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Volume 26 No 8



AUG 2017

NOSHFEST… .more than just food!

Kennesaw’s Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival to Heat Up Adams Park


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Festival fans and music lovers will converge in Kennesaw for two days of barbeque bliss at the City of Kennesaw’s Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival presented by XFINITY on Friday, August 25, 6 - 10 pm and Saturday, August 26, 10 am - 10 pm at Adams Park. The event will be held rain or shine. Admission is free. From its humble beginnings, Pigs & Peaches has grown into one of the region’s most beloved festivals attracting over 50,000 attendees annually. Now in its 17th year, the festival features two days of non-stop music, good eats, cold beer and interactive family-fun. Attendees will find over 200 vendors, exhibitor and contestant booths, a Kid Zone full of inflatable jumpers, amusements and attractions, tons of tasty treats to satisfy every whim, and an incredible lineup of live entertainment and street performers. At the heart of the festival is a Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned competition, which is also recognized as official Georgia BBQ Championship event. Additional cooking events include a Backyard contest for amateurs, Anything Butt and Peach Dessert contests, and a Kids’ Que Cook-off for budding young pitmasters. Over $16,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to contest winners. Music headliners on the XFINITY Main Stage include the hook-heavy, alt-rock trio Kick the Robot on Friday at 8:30 pm, and GRAMMY-nominated and Atlanta-based, folk-rock troubadour Shawn Mullins on Saturday at 8 pm. Supporting acts include Smokey’s Farmland Band, Diane Durrett & Melissa “Junebug” Massey, Lilac Wine and Ah Surely!. Musicians on the Miller Lite Locally Brewed Stage include Kevin Dunbar, the School of Rock East Cobb House Band, Hailey Fletcher, Riley Biederer, Wesley Cook, Highbeams, Sons-N-Britches, and Roger “Hurricane” Wilson & The Hurricane Homeboys. Other attractions include helicopter rides, a side-by-side zip-line, and the SCANA Energy Family Stage showcasing regional dance and performance groups. Saturday’s activities will be capped off with a spectacular fireworks finale at 9:30 pm. While public tasting is not offered as part of the BBQ competition, there will be dozens of vendors (including several cook teams) who will be selling barbeque and other food and beverages, including beer. Prices vary among vendors. For the safety and comfort of festivalgoers, owners are discouraged from bringing their four-legged family members. Many dogs do not respond well to large crowds, loud noises and the heat. Public parking is available at several locations in downtown Kennesaw. Limited handicap parking is available at Adams Park, 2753 Watts Drive. Courtesy shuttles will provide round-trip service to the festival from Swift-Cantrell Park, 3140 Old Highway 41 and Kennesaw Elementary School, 3155 Jiles Road. For more information, visit or call Kennesaw Parks & Recreation at 770-422-9714.


Celebrate Jewish Food & Culture, Sept. 3rd & 4th NOSHFEST….more than just food is presented by Temple Kol Emeth. Noshfest enters its seventh year celebrating Jewish food and culture by showcasing delicacies and activities unique to Jewish heritage and bringing together members of Cobb County’s diverse community in a fun two-day festival. Enjoy drink and delicious food from around the world and browse booths of interesting and unique crafts and goods. Learn about the Jewish culture through interactive exhibits and tour the sanctuary with a member of the ritual committee.  NOSHFEST is a “taste” event with samples sold from $1 to $5 of delicious food including bagels, kugel, brisket, latkes, potato knish, fried green tomatoes, ice cream, pastrami and corned beef sandwiches, hamantaschen cookies and much more. Artisans are from all over the southeast featuring their own hand-made crafts, paintings, clothing, furniture, jewelry and much more. Plan to shop for that unique gift idea. The entertainment stage will feature live performances along with cooking demonstrations from General Muir, Kugal cook-off, Krav Maga (Israeli Martial Arts), Peyton Parker (The Voice finalist), Kyra Goldman (singer / songwriter), Chip and the Guys (Nu-Grass Americana) and much more. Each day will begin with a flag raising ceremony and National Anthem. There will be a replica of the Western Wall in our Israeli booth that you will be able to place prayers. We will have several booths displaying and educating patrons on Jewish culture including scheduled tours of the synagogue. Since this is a family affair, there will be ample activities for the kids. The Kid’s Zone will feature interactive games and inflatables including giant slides, obstacle courses, bounces, Rockwall and Euro Bungy quad jump. We will have a petting zoo for all the animal lovers stock full of friendly barnyard buddies: goats, llamas, sheep, chickens and rabbits to name a few. NOSHFEST is a wonderful experience for the whole family! Admission to the event is FREE and we are encouraging everyone to bring two non-perishable items to donate. MUST Ministries will be the benefactor of the food donations and they do incredible things in our community. Temple Kol Emeth is located at 1415 Old Canton Road in Marietta, GA 30062. Open Sunday: 11:00 am to 5:00; Monday: 11:00 am to 4:00. For more information contact Bill Watson at 770-423-1330 or billwatson@jrmmanagement. com. Find us on Facebook search: NOSHFEST and on-line at

Hubcaps & History Car Show at the Marietta Streetfest

The Marietta Museum of History is pleased to host the 13th annual Hubcaps & History Car Show on the Historic Marietta Square, Saturday, September 16th from 10am to 3pm. This fun day of vehicles on the Square is held in conjunction with the Marietta Streetfest. Hubcaps & History was created as a fundraiser for the Marietta Museum of History, which is a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve, provide, promote and partner with our community to make it a more desirable place to work, live and play. The vehicles will be on display along South Park Square, Roswell and Atlanta Streets. The entry fee is $10 for cars and $5 for motorcycles. All vehicles can start lining up at 9am.

There will be six categories for awards this year. The awards are handcrafted by Lenny’s Hair Salon, whose staff are classic car owners and enthusiasts. One award will be given out based on popular vote and the Museum will be open for FREE. This is one of the largest display of classic cars during the year. So many familiar “faces” from the 50’s and 60’s. An excellent way to share with your children and grandchildren the beauty and the history of cars gone by. If you have or know someone with a classic or specialty car or motorcycle please have them come to this great event. Applications are available on the Streetfest website and there will be applications available the day of the event. To find out more, call 770-794-5710

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Mother Myralin Swaby Happy Birthday and Congratulations to Mother Myralin Swaby who celebrates her 80th Birthday on August 5th. Thank you for always being there for us. From your children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. God Bless You Always. “We love you” Mama.


Congratulations to troop 703’s most recent Eagle Scout, Austin Hester. Austin has been a member of Troop 703 in Kennesaw, (Chartered by Living Hope Church on Stilesboro Road), for 8 years. He completed his Eagle project at Living Hope Church. He installed a new illuminated flag pole to replace the one that had been damaged/stolen. He has earned 23 merit badges and completed untold community service hours on his trail to Eagle. Love, his very proud Eagle Scout parents.

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Most seniors are aware of the many senior discounts that various stores offer. The “Senior” status age starts at 55, 60, 62, or 65, depending on the store. Did you know, though, that there are some significant tax breaks for senior Georgia residents? When a Georgia resident attains 62 years of age by December 31, $35,000 of income can be exempted from Georgia income tax. This exemption can include up to $4,000 of earned income with the total earned and unearned income being capped at $35,000. This exemption does NOT include Social Security Benefits, since those benefits are already excluded from Georgia taxation, regardless of the age of the beneficiary. When a resident becomes 65 years of age, the retirement exclusion increases to $65,000. For the average retiree, the Georgia retirement exclusion effectively eliminates any taxable income for taxpayers 65 and older whose primary residence is in Georgia. Several counties in the North Metro Atlanta area offer a partial property tax exemption on the taxpayer’s primary residence. Cherokee County has an exemption from school tax at age 62 on the first $377,750 of home value. Cobb County has a complete exemption from school tax at age 62. Bartow County has a school tax exemption on $40,000 of the assessed value of the home after the owner reaches age 65. All three of these counties offer additional property tax breaks based on the total household income being under certain thresholds. The City of Kennesaw allows residents 65 and older a complete exemption from property tax on their principle residence. Kennesaw is the only city in Cobb County that has this exemption. To receive the property tax exemptions, you must apply to the county (or city) for the exemption by April 1st of the year after you reach the qualifying age in order to receive the exemption later in the year when the property tax notices are sent out to the property owners. While Georgia is not one the states without income tax, the tax exemptions on retirement income, Social Security benefits, and property taxes make this area of Georgia very favorable to retirees.

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Kennesaw Hosts Shredding Event

Keep Kennesaw Beautiful (KKB) will host a community shredding event on Saturday, August 12 at the Kennesaw Public Works facility on 3080 Moon Station Road from 9 am – noon (or until the shred truck is filled). There will be absolutely NO glass, metal, or electronics accepted at this event – only personal documents for shredding. The event is free and open to all; donations to support KKB educational programs will be accepted. Acceptable items for shredding include personal medical documents, bank statements, personal financial documents; credit applications, and sensitive personal files. Items not accepted are magazines, newspapers, books, 3-ring binders, or household trash/recycling. Secure personal document shredding will be done on-site; no need to remove staples or paperclips, but large binder clips and 3-ring or other binders need to be removed. The document limit is ten boxes no bigger than a 12x10x15 banker/file box. Visit the Keep Kennesaw Beautiful Facebook page for further information or call 770424-8274 with questions.

Watts Drive Roundabout

Road work has begun in downtown Kennesaw on the Watts Drive roundabout necessitating the closure of Watts Drive from Little General Clogger to Blackmon Automotive (just prior to the Community Center entrance). The project is expected to be completed in late September. Concurrently, Dallas Street has been re-opened from Main Street to the side entrance of the City Hall parking lot and Lewis Street from Main to Dallas Street is reopened. Traffic from Cobb Parkway will have no direct access to City Hall via Dallas Street or Watts Drive next to Revival on Main during the roundabout construction. Drivers should use J.O. Stephenson Avenue or Dallas Street to get to City Hall. Revival on Main can be accessed only via Main Street.


While school has started, the weather will still be hot. The Splash Pad at Swift Cantrell Park will be closed during the week, however, the kids can cool off on the weekends until September 3. Hours of operation on Saturday and Sunday will be 10 am to 7 pm, weather permitting. Admission is $2 per person; children ages 2 and under are free.


Join members of the Kennesaw Historical Society as they host Michael K. Shaffer, Civil War historian and frequent lecturer, as he shares his knowledge about the Georgia Military Institute in the Civil War. Marietta was already a thriving community when Colonel Arnoldus Brumby, a graduate of West Point, opened the Georgia Military Institue. During the Civil War, the cadets from G.M.I. assisted in training confederate volunteers and saw active duty. Come learn the story of Georgia’s special school. The lecture will be held on Saturday, August 19 at 2:00 pm at the depot in downtown Kennesaw.


Western-Themed Open House Party

Area residents are invited to attend Kennesaw Parks & Recreation’s ‘Program Palooza’ at the Ben Robertson Community Center on Saturday, August 12, 10 am - 1 pm. All ages are welcome. Admission is free. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet program instructors, observe and participate in a variety of demonstrations, and learn all about dozens of new and exciting recreation activities that will be offered this fall — from sports, dance and fitness programs to arts & crafts and adult enrichment classes. Activities and entertainment include cattle roping, gold panning, and a kid-friendly shooting gallery. Healthy refreshments will be available from the chuck wagon and watering hole (while supplies last). Western attire is encouraged. A discount will be offered for registration accepted on-site during the event. For more information, visit kennesaw-ga. gov/parks-and-recreation or call 770-4229714.

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Cobb County Genealogy Society Georgia Monthly August Meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 22nd, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the First Presbyterian Church of Marietta, 189 Church Street, Marietta, Georgia 30060 DNA – FINDING COUSINS THRU CHROMOSOMES Kenneth H. Thomas, Jr., the genealogy columnist for the Sunday Atlanta JournalConstitution for forty years, will present an introduction to genealogy testing -- a description of what each test and its results look like at the two major DNA testing companies, followed by an emphasis on what each type of test can show to help with understanding personal genealogy. There is an emphasis on case studies, demonstrating how Thomas has enhanced his understanding of his own family tree and has shook, if not solved, some of his long-standing brick walls. Email:

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Yo u n g A c t o r s P l a y h o u s e i s performing,THIRTEEN, a new musical about the labels that last a lifetime at Pine Mountain Middle School, Kennesaw, GA. Performances are Friday, Saturday & Sunday, August 11, 12, and 13. Tickets are $15.00. Visit for more information.



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Comfort Keepers, an industry leader in in-home caregiving, needs local CNA’s and Companion Caregivers to assist adults in Marietta, Kennesaw, Acworth, Smyrna, Austell and Mableton. Interviewing daily for immediate openings, full or part-time shifts. Call 678-354-0102.


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Karin Benado, owner of Diamonds R Forever announces that the company is going out of business. Founded in 1987 as a family run shop, Diamonds R Forever has grown and evolved over the years. It has been our distinct honor to serve over four generations of loyal customers. We are conducting a brief going out of business sale with savings up to 70% off. Thank you for your patronage. Please stop in to say goodbye and take advantage of our Going Out of Business prices. We are located at 1619 Collins Rd., Ste 300, Kennesaw, GA 30152. We are in the retail center that is next to Publix shopping center and faces Barrett Parkway


Alisha Smith Named Town Center CID Director of Projects and Planning T h e To w n C e n t e r C o m m u n i t y Improvement District (TCCID) has hired Alisha Smith as Director of Projects and Planning. Alisha will play an integral role in advancing the vision of the TCCID, helping to develop infrastructure and place-making projects that address transportation and quality of life needs for the Town Center community. Alisha comes to the TCCID from the Atlanta office of ARCADIS, U.S. Inc, where she served as Infrastructure Project Design and Development Manager. During her time there, she was often the lead project manager and consultant for the TCCID’s parks projects. At ARCADIS, Alisha excelled in concept design and development, vetting new ideas and opportunities, project management and municipal program management. She also brings experience in creating proposals, graphic presentations, writing grants, marketing and communications, and managing funding sources. She brings nearly 20 years of experience in the Architectural, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) Industry. As Director of Projects and Planning, Alisha will oversee the TCCID’s portfolio of projects and collaborate with internal and external partners to ensure that these investments are managed wisely and achieved on time. The bulk of her responsibilities will rest in management of capital projects and community programs and planning. Alisha graduated from the University of Georgia, where she earned a degree in Landscape Architecture from the School of Environmental Design. She is a Cobb County native who looks forward to contributing to her hometown in a meaningful way. “The Town Center CID is making huge strides in development and I look forward to working with such a determined team on a dynamic portfolio of projects,” Alisha said. “This position will allow me to help execute the CID’s exciting vision for the surrounding community.”


Congratulations to Dr. Robert Hester and Dr Bruce Hester for 50 years of providing outstanding dental services to our community. Dr. Robert Hester opened his office in August of 1967, little knowing that his son Bruce (not born yet) would join him later in the practice. Twenty-five years ago, Dr Bruce Hester joined his father in the practice. In 1992, father and son purchased their office on Lewis Street from the United States Post Office and moved in the building in 1993. In 1998 Dr Robert retired from practice and Dr Bruce has been carrying on the legacy of providing smiles to eveyone in Kennesaw and beyond. Whether your dental needs are a complete exam and cleaning, a cosmetic full-mouth restoration, or anything in between, Hester Dental promises to provide you with exceptional care as we enhance the natural beauty of your smile.Call 770-422-1554 for an appointment

Cut-A-Thon for Autism

Nelda Ayers Guthrie and her staff at Heads Up Hair Salon at 3083 Cherokee St, Kennesaw, are active participants of the TASB Cut-A-Thon. Need a hair cut? It’s half price starting at 2:00 pm on Saturday, August 26, 2017 until midnight. Be sure to come and listen to Copperhead Highway, a Southern gospel band performing 7:00-9:00 pm under the tent. Come enjoy food, drinks, snow cones, music and prizes! For more information call 770-422-0978. TASB Cut-A-Thon for Autism 2017 is a recognized event that showcases salons and barbershops, and talented stylists and barbers. We are proud to include only the most prestigious stylists & barbers with big hearts who are giving enough to donate their services for our cause. This is the 6th annual Cut-A-Thon. Clients are encouraged to visit the participating salons and barber shops that are hosting the volunteer stylists and barbers from the metro Atlanta area. Clients will receive professional hair care services with a 50% discount while helping to raise funds and awareness for autism.



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When people talk about making resolutions, our minds go straight to January or the New Year. Starting fresh or setting a • Choose the services needed and the days and time to improve can come at other times of hours that fit your schedule. the year as well.  As the • Need an economical personal security device early Georgia summer for 24/7? – we provide them. comes to a close and a new • An approved care provider for Cobb’s school year begins, it is a Share the Care program. perfect time to make some Leave Mom and Dad with loving new goals for yourself or your business. caregivers from a local company In July, we welcomed you can trust. Wendy Ellin to our KBA 240 Cherokee St., Ste 302 Our caregivers are screened, lunch so she could give us strategies for organizing and de-cluttering our Marietta, GA 30060 bonded and insured. work environment. Most of our members left Peter Witkiewicz, Owner FREE CONSULTATION with a serious urge to clean their offices. I’m Independently Owned and Operated a pretty organized person, but Wendy’s advise had a huge impact on what I do with all the paperwork that moves across my desk. Now that we are all organized (or at least thinking about it) we continue our focus on improving our member’s business health • Allergies • Asthma when we invite Gary Patterson to join us for this month’s KBA lunch on August 8th.  Mr. • ADHD • Autism Patterson will share the basics for improving • Bronchitis • Facial Nerve Paralysis revenue in our businesses.  He will present proven techniques for creating strategic • Height Growth • Migraine growth, improving the bottom line, and • Myopia • Obesity reducing stress levels.  Register today for this • Pain Management informative lunch program and other regular networking events by visiting our website at • Promote Appetite • Pediatric Cerebral Palsy Summer doesn’t really end in the south when school starts - it just moves to the • Slow Development evenings and weekends.  Wouldn’t it be nice • Spinal Cord Injury to have your business or career working on Chiuying Ko • Stroke • Tourette Syndrome all cylinders so you can relax and enjoy that Licensed Acupuncturist extended summer?  Make today the day you start making new resolutions and include Kennesaw Acupuncture Clinic Call Chiuying at a membership in the Kennesaw Business ed on information you have• Ste provided Due to • 30152 1815 Old 41 Hwy 140 •us. Kennesaw ADVERTISER - PLEASE CHECK:on the Association top of that list.  Our 400 (Corner of Old 41date, Hwy and Road) need to meet our publication we Stanley can only make plus members know that we’ll keep them ncorrect numbers, and expiration dates at this time. ADDRESS CORRECT engaged far longer than a January gym onstraints, a second proof of any changes made will membership! our approval. PHONE NUMBER CORRECT

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ABA Women’s Business Network Luncheon

The ABA Women’s Business Network Luncheon will be held at Rosenwald School 4410 Old Cherokee St, Acworth, GA 30101, on Thursday August 17 from 11:30 until 1:00 pm. While sponsored by the ABA Women this luncheon is open to all women in business and you do not have to be a member of either ABA or KBA (but you will want to join once you attend a luncheon. This is a Ladies’ networking event specially formulated to connect and empower women in business. RSVP must be completed in advance via Caterer: Carrabba’s Italian Grill Entry Fee $20 per person

Back to school; Back to business

Danielle HildeRbrand, President

Summer vacation lightens the mood for everyone in Acworth. The days are longer and the children play harder. It’s nice to kick back and relax without worrying about getting the family ready for the next school day. It’s also nice to see less traffic on the roads to and from work each day. The kids may not have to report to school but the adults have a job to do. Many of the members of the Acworth Business Association work hard year-round to earn the opportunity to enjoy a more flexible work schedule. In addition to working in their businesses the Acworth Business Association takes the time to get out and work ON their business. With 5 networking opportunities per month, it’s hard not to find an opportunity to shake hands and build new relationships. Three years into owning my business (Pearl’s Spa & Boutique), I decided to get out and expand my network. My lead massage therapist (Vandell Johnson) and I visited the Acworth Business Association’s December Luncheon. The room was full of the heavenly scent of Carrabba’s lunch and buzzing with excited members and guests. We happened to sit down for lunch with a Chiropractor who instantly became a referral source and would be a partner for years to come. We left in awe of the ABA and how hard they work to give back to this community. The very next ABA event that I attended was the Morning Jolt, this event literally caffeinated my business and changed the way I looked at networking. The people who I discovered within the first month of my ABA membership reminded me of why I chose Acworth for my business. This community is one to celebrate! The bond is strong and here to build one another up. Everyone is welcome in Acworth and the ABA’s doors are always open. If you’re looking to refresh your networking and develop lasting relationships, please join us at our next ABA event! Upcoming Events ABA Morning Jolt- 7:45am Tuesdays, August 8th & 22nd are held American Legion Post 304 4220 S Main St. Acworth , GA 30101 Networking event that focuses on passing referrals with one another. Coffee and breakfast provided. ABA joins KBA for Alive After Five- 5:307:30pm Tuesday, August 15, at Sky Zone 1650 Airport Rd #105, Kennesaw, GA 30144 Open social networking combined with Kennesaw Business Association that promotes relationship building in a relaxed atmosphere for members, drink ticket and food provided. Jumping on the trampolines during event not required, but recommended for enhanced happiness. Free for members

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Summer, it seems, is getting shorter and shorter every year. It is back to school time already. Just as you need to get all the school supplies and the immunization records completed, it is also a good time to have your back to school eye exam. Studies show that only 31% of children between the ages of 6 and 16 have an annual eye examination and 70% of children under age 6 have never had an eye examination. One statistic suggests that 20 million children will go back to school with a vision problem that may interfere with the ability to learn, contribute to disciplinary problems and put them at risk of vision loss. We are using computers more these days, watching more TV, and playing more video games all of which can cause strain on your eyes. You may see your vision change rapidly which would be obvious to you or it can happen very gradually. So gradually infact that you can have difficulty and not even realize that there is a problem. I can speak from personal experience. I received my first pair of glasses at age 15. It was amazing how clear the board was after getting them. Most of the schools will offer vision screenings. The screenings are certainly important but should not be considered and eye examination. According to a study conducted by the National Institutes of Health, vision screening methods detected only 40-60% of children with vision problems. I recommend having an examination within the first few months of the school year. This will give you the best opportunity for optimal performance in school for both classroom and sporting activities. Watch for these learning related vision problems

Turning or tilting the head to use one eye only, or closing or covering one eye Placing the head close to the book or desk when reading or writing Eyes that are crossed or turned in Eyes that move independently of one another Losing place when reading, or using a finger as a guide when reading IPhone users…test visual acuity, color vision more from your IPhone. Download the free EyeXam app from the App Store. This is really cool. Vision is critical to learning. Make sure your child is ready to go back to school. Call to schedule your back to school exam now.

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Cobb prosecutors honored at conference

Two prosecutors in the Cobb District Attorney’s Office received special recognition during the Summer Conference of the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia.

Deputy Chief ADA Chuck Boring was named ADA of the Year. Boring heads the Special Victims Unit in the DA’s Office and is known statewide for his prosecution of human traffickers and child molesters. In 2016, he successfully led the prosecution team in the Justin Ross Harris murder case, which received global media attention. Senior ADA Marty First was named the 2017 Arson Control Prosecutor of the Year, particularly for his work prosecution of two women who set their home on fire for the insurance money. The award was presented by Georgia Arson Control. Prosecutors and investigators from around the state gather twice each year for the training. ADA Boring was also a presenter, sharing his experience in prosecuting high-profile murder cases in the modern age of social media. Other presenters included Chief ADA John Melvin, who highlighted recent appellate court decisions affecting criminal law, procedure and evidence, and Senior ADA Jason Marbutt, who addressed the growing problem of unlicensed personal care homes and building cases for effective prosecution of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation. Read more about DA Vic Reynolds and the activities of the Cobb District Attorney’s Office at or on Facebook.: (Pictured From left) Deputy Chief ADA Chuck Boring, District Attorney Vic Reynolds, and Senior ADA Marty First.

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MAYOR TOMMY ALLEGOOD School is back in session! We hope that everyone enjoyed the time off with their families and took advantage of the staycation opportunities that Acworth has to offer. If you are like us and need a few more weeks of summer fun, you’re in luck! Acworth Beach Rentals and the Acworth Slide are still open for business on the weekends. Come out to one of our beautiful lake front parks and spend the day on the water or grilling at one of our covered pavilions. Pricing and hours for each of these options vary, so please visit www.acworthparksandrec. org for additional information. In Acworth, we enjoy celebrating those who work hard in our community. Our principals, administrators, teachers, and bus drivers work hard to prepare for the upcoming school year long before the first day of school. It is their mission to provide our children with the greatest academic experience possible. We have two public high schools, three middle schools, five elementary schools, and three private schools serving our residents! We believe that educational opportunities are key for quality of life in a community. When people are deciding where to raise their families, the quality of the local schools is always a primary determinate. We are proud to have so many great options within our city limits for our residents to choose from! Through continued support of an anonymous benefactor, private organizations, nonprofit partners and the Acworth Housing Authority, we are excited to offer another year of the Expanding Horizons and Acworth Achievers Programs. More than twelve years ago, a generous businessman approached the city about starting a program that made an “impact on the lives of children in our community.” That simple concept led to the formation of the Expanding Horizons Program that takes local children from the Acworth area on educational field trips during the school year. The Acworth Achievers Program is a mentoring and after school program that meets twice a week, year round. Participants hear from educational speakers, receive help from tutors, and assistance on their college entrance exams and applications.


As always, for more information on any of these projects, events and programs you can visit, sign up for our e-news blasts on our home page, “like” Visit Acworth on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter at @VisitAcworth. God Bless, Tommy

Acworth Police Department Receives Award for Excellence

Chief Wayne Dennard and his department, Acworth Police Department has been named the recipient of the 2017 Dr. Curtis E. McClung/Motorola Award for Excellence by the GeorgiaAssociation of Chiefs of Police. (GACP) This award, which is co-sponsored by the Motorola Corporation, is given annually to an agency in recognition of an innovative program initiated by the department that fosters law enforcement excellence. Acworth P.D. received the award for the implementation of the Chief’s Young Adult Advisory Board. The Board was created to be able to connect with teens and spend time listening to their concerns for their community. The Board’s mission is to increase diversity, awareness, and insight into what young adults are experiencing, saying and expecting form law enforcement by opening lines of communication between all stakeholders. It also increases communication between students, the chief of police and promotes community confidence in the police department through relationships, education, partnerships and transparency. As a result, the program grew and expanded to reach even more young adults and the department developed a teen version of the citizens police academy called STARS (Smart Teens Are Responsible &Safe) Acworth P.D. received a $1,000.00 award for their achievement.


Join us on Friday, September 15th at 6 p.m. for ‘Covering the Bases’ at the Horizon Field, 4000 South Main Street, Acworth. There will be bounce houses, band performances, face painting, water dodgeball, midnight kickball and more!   ‘Covering the Bases’ is an award winning program that raises awareness and funds to support the Horizon Field. The field is a synthetic surface which allows children with physical and cognitive disabilities to play organized sports. 100% of all proceeds from ‘Covering the Bases’ go directly to Horizon Field. Please visit the www.Covering the Bases. org to learn more about donating, sponsorship and kickball registration .

Horizon League Fall Baseball

Registration is currently going on for the Fall Horizon Baseball League. The Horizon League is a non-competitive baseball league for athletes ages 5 years and older with physical and/or cognitive disabilities. Games will be played on the Horizon Field (4000 South Main Street, Acworth 30101). The cost of the league is $15 per player. Games begin on Saturday, September 16 and continue through Saturday, October 21. Register online at or at the Acworth Parks, Recreation and Community Resource Department located at 4762 Logan Rd, Acworth 30101.

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Lots of great energy and enthusiasm as the ABA and City of Acworth hosted teachers and staff from McCall Elementary, Acworth Intermediate, and Barber Middle School for their Back-To-School. Big thank you to Carrabbas and all the ABA sponsors for making this luncheon a great success. Good to see McCall ES Principal, Thomas Farrell and meet new Principal for Acworth Intermediate: Bertha Nelson and the Principal for Barber Middle School: Tia Amlett. The Acworth Business Association hosted 11 schools this week as these dedicated teachers and staff get ready to start the school year.

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The 85th Annual North Georgia State Fair will be held Thursday, Sept. 21, through Sunday, October 1, 2017 with the following times: Monday through Thursday 4 to 11 p.m., Fridays 4 p.m. to midnight, Saturdays 10 a.m., to midnight, and Sundays 12:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. As the largest fair in metro Atlanta, the Superior Plumbing North Georgia State Fair attracts nearly 300,000 people every year from north Georgia and neighboring states. The Superior Plumbing North Georgia State Fair features live music, free attractions and shows, farm animals, flower shows, blue ribbon competitions, local entertainment, and delicious fair foods. There are also games and rides on the Great James H. Drew Exposition midway– one of the largest carnival midways in the United States, featuring the Wildcat Rollercoaster and the Georgia Mountain Lift. A cornerstone of the fair, the great James H. 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Wow! I am amazed at how quickly the summer break has passed. Before it gets away though, I want to sound out a few acknowledgements and events in and around that occurred over the summer: TheCityofKennesaw Staff is incredible! Without a doubt, they are a team of professionals who makes the difference in the successes we enjoy as citizens of the community. Thank you for what you do for each of us and a job WELL DONE! The Swift-Cantrell Splash Pad opened – this was a collaborative project with Cobb County. The Outdoor Movie Series continues to be a huge success as was the regular summer recreation programming totaling more than 300 programs. The City completed three of the scheduled six races with the fourth occurring right about the publishing time for this paper. Already this year, the number of participants has grown by more than 35 percent – the first three races totaled over 3,000 runners and walkers. Our Fourth on the Third Celebration was the largest attended in our history, with an estimated 20,000 people participating and watching the fireworks display. Progress continues to be made on numerous road and sidewalk improvement projects. New business and residential properties are going vertical as we continue to meet demand for growth and modernization. We live in a community filled with great opportunity and people, and based on observation, more of you than ever are involved with our community. Our boards and commissions are busy reviewing applications and meetings are wellattended. Thank you for being actively involved, and I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event.

Chief’s Corner by Bill Westenberger

Some people are extremely happy, some are upset, and some are sad. No matter the perspective, the big yellow buses are rolling and kids are back in schools. Our dedicated teachers and school officials have opened their arms to welcome the students back. As the school doors open, so goes away the lighter commutes. We will all be challenged with slower commutes, more accidents and roadway frustrations. Occasionally, frustrations give way to anger and road rage. I encourage everyone to take steps to reduce those frustrations: expect delays, leave a few minutes earlier, and be more patient. Busses, bus stops, and school zones have all interjected themselves back into your commute. Remember, stop when the school bus arms are out – it’s best to go ahead and begin the efforts to stop when you first the flashing lights. Attempting to beat the stop arm only creates added danger. When driving through neighborhoods, don’t forget the kids are at the bus stops. A sudden movement into traffic lanes by a child may not provide sufficient stopping time for drivers travelling at the faster rate of speed. Finally, don’t forget that school zones are restricted to a maximum speed of 25mph while the lights are flashing.

Our officers will be in place to help remind drivers of ways to voluntarily comply with the laws of roadways. We want you and your family to all arrive at your destination safely. We appreciate those of you who are careful and patient in your travels. I challenge you all to make our traffic focus times boring. -In Humble Service-



Dear Bright Side Readers, I am writing on behalf of Loving Arms Cancer Outreach and the upcoming Dancing With the Stars of Cobb County event to be held at the Atlanta Renaissance Waverly Hotel and Convention Center on September 16. I am a competitor in the one-night event which reinvents the popular show “Dancing with the Stars.” I have a personal fundraising goal of $5,000, and each dollar raised as by donation, sponsorship, or ticket purchase counts as one vote for me. With your help, I hope to exceed this goal. Cancer has touched all of us, directly or indirectly, forever changing our lives. The fight against cancer can destroy our families, finances, and future. I have personally experienced some of these trials in my family and want to do everything I can to prevent it from happening to someone else. Dancing With the Stars of Cobb County is an unique opportunity to make a commitment which has the potential to change the future in someone’s life as they battle cancer. Your participation as one of my supporters in this event would truly mean a great deal to me personally. Whether or not I can dance is not the question. With your support, I know I can make my goal make a difference for Loving Arms Cancer Outreach. To buy tickets: http://dwts.lovingarms. support/order-tickets-dancing-stars-2017 To Vote: meet-the-stars-2017 If you need further information, please contact the Loving Arms Cancer Outreach event staff member, Janet Graham at 770.590.5153 or janet.graham@lovingarms. support. I look forward to sharing more sponsorship details and connecting with you. Sincerely, C. Derek Easterling

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The Next Level “Off the Field”

by ray baker, baseball coach Some athletes are about to enter their first year of college and they have decided not to play at the next level. As some high school athletes enter their new grade, they know their high school career will be the end of their time as a player. This is okay; this in many cases is their decision. These athletes have a plan of focusing on grades, their careers, using their competitive edge off the field. They will take what they have learned on the field, in the heat of the competition, the struggles, the losses, and the behind the scenes sweat, and take it to the classroom and in their own workforce. They will recognize the difficulties and know how to overcome the obstacles, the setbacks. They will also recognize the achievements and the victories. That athlete will take that game focus and competitive drive and make it work for them to achieve their goals. They will look back at how they were challenged to push harder. How their coach absolutely ticked them off at times for pushing them to reach another gear, to put away the excuses or the “I can’t.” The athlete will pick up their classmate, their co-worker, their employee just as they did on the field or on the court. They will be clutch when the “game” is on the line. As all of us look at these athletes, be beyond proud of those that go in a new direction. It is very difficult to give up a game you love. Every player no matter the sport, no matter what level, will at some point walk off the court or the field for the final time. The advantage these athletes have is they know by their own choice when their last time will be. When you walk on your campus for the first time, when you walk into your new career on the first day, you have the foundation to be greater than you ever were on the field and the court. You never stop being competitive or having the mentality of an athlete. It will be with you and lead you to great heights the rest of your life.

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Hats off to a special team that represented the Energy Tae Kwon Do Organization of Kennesaw GA in the 2017 Peachtree Road Race! Johanna LoTempio who is currently a brown belt with ETO organized the effort. Miss Johanna prepared for the race by running several miles a week. She also trains several hours a week at ETO along with her 12 year old daughter Allison. Allison received her 1st degree Black Belt in June and performs as part of the ETO STORM Demonstration Team. Both of these women are fine examples of “Girl Power”! Miss Johanna was joined by team members Jorge Velez, Michael Krantz (ETO Red Belt), Rob Gilliam (ETO 3rd Degree Black Belt) and Shannon Krantz. In spite of the heat, they had a great team building experience and completed the race with no problem! ETO is proud of their efforts and honored to have them represent our martial artists and families! For more information on ETO, check out or call 770-528-9821. GO ETO!


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The Big Shanty Bassmasters All major ad change requests will have to be done in the next issue you adverThe Big Shanty Bassmasters fished their home lake this month, 2017. tiseJuly in. 15, Thank youThe for your business. Carol Thompson, Publisher. Sunrise on the Etowah was held on Lake Allatoona from 4 am till 11 am. We went with an early morning tournament to beat the heat and boat traffic. And a good thing to as between 8 am and 9 am the air temps were hitting the high 70’s low 80’s and a heavy fog had formedPlease call 770-851-5469 over the lake. But by 10 am the fog had burned off and we had partly sunny skies with high corrections to humidity. The water temps are in the High 80’s and the lake is pretty clearor andemail full to the brim from all the recent rains. Scott Bates came out on top with 3 fish at 7lbs 7 ozs with a big fish right at 3 lbs. Scott reports all his fish come off a top water bait worked over main lake points and humps that had brush on them. Andy Henderson came in 2nd on the boater side and Bill Scearce was 1st place Co-Angler. Next month will will be fishing the last tournament of this season at Lake Lanier, another early morning tournament from 4 am till 11 am.  In September will start our 2017-2018 tournament season and points will all be reset to zero. Please come joins us, we have a lot of fun and good fellowship to boot. This ad was created based on information you have provided us. Due to Lucas Nieves, age 8 time constraints and the need to meet our publication date, we can only make corrections to spelling, incorrect numbers, and expiration dates at this time. Again because of time constrants, a second proof of any changes made will Benefitting NCHS Cross Country not be resubmitted for your approval.


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Kennesaw-Acworth Optimist Club News

The Kennesaw-Acworth Club has formed an Educators Club within their existing Club to help, support and encourage Optimists’ focus on education and community schools. 16 local educators were inducted into the new Club on July 20, 2017 at Big Shanty Elementary. Their interest in service, education and dedication to the children of our community will make them an important voice at the Kennesaw-Acworth Optimist Club. Some of the Educators Club activities will include the support and encouragement of: student ambassadors at Open Houses and PTA meetings, oratorical and writing contests, Safety Kids Helping Kids, leadership skill development, civic activities and other programs from Optimist International and member schools. The Kennesaw-Acworth Optimist Club has Junior Optimist Clubs at Harrison and Kennesaw Mountain High Schools as well as Big Shanty and Baker Elementary Schools. There is also a strong interest at McCall Primary, Acworth Elementary and Barber Middle School to form Junior Clubs. The principals at all seven schools have joined our new Educators Club. More information can be obtained at or by contacting David Grant at



Kennesaw Mountain High School will host their third annual Kennesaw Comic and Toy Show Saturday, August 12 at the school’s Fine Arts Building. The event will have vendors selling, buying and trading comics, cards, toys, action figures, GI Joes, original art, jewelry, vintage records, video games, books, and more. In addition, there will trivia games, BALANCED BODY WELLNESS CENTRE costume contests, card 5150 Stilesboro Road • Ste 620 • Kennesaw • 30152 • 770-425-6068 tournaments, discussion panels, special demonstrations, and a concession stand. “Last year we had over 400 people attend, so we are hoping to ADVERTISER - PLEASE CHECK: sed on information you have provided us. Due to grow even more this e need to meet our publication date, we can only make year” Carson Colenbaugh, senior on the Drama Leadership Team stated. “I know a lot of ADDRESS CORRECT my friends are excited about it. It was so much fun last year!” incorrect numbers, and expiration dates at this time. The event is a fund raiser for the school’s theater’s lighting and sound equipment. constraints, a second proof of any changes made will “It’s a unique way for us to raise some money for our school and for the students and PHONE NUMBER CORRECT your approval. community to have the own little ‘Dragon Con’.” Added senior Nick Haddad. 3056 Cherokee Street • Kennesaw • 30144 “Last year, we had a wide range of vendors selling new and new items, as well as PRICES CORRECT quests will have to be done in the next issue you artists, and people promoting their websites and other events. This year we have a special your business. Carol Thompson, Publisher. effects makeup session, and a cos play workshop.” Noted the event coordinator and theatre SPELLING director, Coy Dunn. “It’s a great event for people of all ages. With the popularity of all the comic book Please call 678-699-2706 EXPIRATION DATE television shows and movies that are currently being produced, we thought we would try it. We have been extremely proud of the results! It has now became a popular annual event.” rections to Dunn added. The show is from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and admission for the event is five dollars. Go to for more details. PICTURED ABOVE: Kennesaw Mountain Drama students Analeigh Honeycutt, director Coy Dunn, and Nick Haddad prepare for the Third Annual Comics & Toy Show, August 12.

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Life’s Pressures and Good Judgment Rev. Sam Storey, Columnist

In the opera Faust, there is a fight to the finish between Satan and the young man Valentine. During the course of the fight, Satan breaks Valentine’s sword and he stands poised to slay him. But the young boy takes the two pieces of his sword and fashions them into a cross. Confronted with this symbol of faith, Satan becomes immobilized and Valentine is saved. It is an interesting concept: A dramatic demonstration of faith. Unfortunately such resolution of faith does not always save you. In fact, it might be your deathbed. It was John’s. Take a look at the story with me. John has been arrested by King Herod. And why? Because John kept reminding Herod that even the king is not above the law. He said, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” So this was the king’s egregious sin. He had stolen his brother’s wife, Herodias. Now, it would be understandable if this were where the story ended. The king didn’t like a desert preacher calling him a sinner so he had him beheaded. Simple enough. But life is not always simple. There is usually more to a story than meets the eye. And in this case we learn that Herod actually liked to listen to John, thought he was a holy man, and protected him. Perhaps, in Herod’s mind, putting him under lock and key was a way of removing him from harms way. So if the king was offended by John’s outbursts, it was not enough to warrant death. The king feared the prophet and dared not harm him. But life has a funny way of pressuring us to do things we would not normally do. This is a story about a man who caved due to social pressures. Let me ask you: How do life’s pressures affect your judgment? What can we learn form this deplorable moment in the life of this king, this moment when the king caved? We learn that... All of these persons have one thing in common. They are being pressured by other people. We all, at one time or another, experience people-pressure. The question is how will it effect our judgment? That is the question Herod faced. After making an oath to a pretty young girl that she could have up to half of his kingdom, she surprised him and asked for the head of the Baptist. Mark 6:26 indicates that the King was thrown into distress, he knew it was wrong, but because of his oath and his dinner guests, he did not want to refuse her. He sent the executioner and on a platter was delivered the head of a holy man. When you find yourself in the middle of difficult situation, one which requires you to make an important decision remember first that puzzling problems require conscientious decisions, and second, promises made in haste create great waste, and finally that the pressures of life can affect good judgment. Amen. (Rev. Sam Storey was Senior Associate Minister, Emeritus of Marietta First United Methodist Church. Rev Sam passed away on Thursday March 2, 2017 after battling heart disease for over two decades. He wrote for us faithfully for seven years.Because his writings are timeless we are sharing them, once again, with our readers. This article first appeared in the August, 2012 Bright Side.)


CHILDREN’S Consignment Sales Lil’ Blessings

Kennesaw First Baptist Church will host their Fall and Winter Consignment Sale on


Want To Sell? We accept premium, gently used children’s items.

To register to sell, go to and follow the Lil’ Blessings links. Sellers receive 80% of sale proceeds while 20% supports the KFBC Women’s and Children’s Ministry Programming and Community Outreach. All donated items as well as the Church’s portion of the sale proceeds are tax deductible. Sellers are asked to volunteer to help for at least one shift. Want To Shop Early? Volunteer shifts are available throughout the sale and offer GREAT perks!! If you want to shop BEFORE anyone else (including sellers who don’t volunteer and the general public), sign up to volunteer for a 3-hour shift! All volunteers who work one shift will receive a pass to our pre-sale on Thursday night. Volunteers who work 2 or more shifts receive a pre-sale pass for themselves and a guest as well as a one-time use 10% off coupon to use on either Thursday or Friday. You can sign up on the Lil’ Blessings webpage at The church is located at 2958 N Main St, Kennesaw, GA 30144. For more information visit or call (770) 427-3109

Born Again Blessings

Children’s, juniors, and maternity clothes, shoes, toys, nursery items, baby equipment, furniture and more! Friday August 11, 9am-7pm. Saturday August 12, 9am-noon. Preview sale: Thursday open to workers and sellers only. First time moms can sign up for early shopping privileges. Riverstone church, 2005 Stilesboro rd. Nw, Kennesaw, Ga 30152. More


Located at 3956 Due West Road, Marietta, GA 30064. Sale Dates are August 25th 9:30-7:00 and August 26th 8:00-12:00. Many items 1/2 price on Saturday only. For more information, find us at, or email us at duewesttreasurechest1@

Wildwood Baptist Preschool Community Market and Fair

Wildwood Baptist Preschool is proud to announce it’s 7th Annual Community Market and Fair which will be held on Saturday, September 9, 9 am til 3:00 pm.This exciting event is to raise funds for our preschool and share an opportunity for community involvement! SELL- Rent a space and fill it with garage sale items, hand-made crafts or vendor fair items (with committee approval). This event will be advertised and rental spaces start as low as $40! VOLUNTEER– We have many areas in which we need volunteers. It is going to be a fun day! We would love for you to be a part of this community event! BAKE- Wildwood Baptist Preschool will be hosting a bake sale and cake walk. Donations of baked goods along with the recipes would be greatly appreciated! SHOP- Bring the whole family and enjoy a day of shopping, eating and a whole lot of fun! The event will take place at 4801 Wade Green Road, Acworth, GA 30102. For more information, please contact or call (770) 499-1580.

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city of marietta - art in the park

Giving folks – most likely about 45,000 of them – a reason to stay in town for Labor Day, the 31st Annual Marietta Art in the Park will showcase 175+ fine artists and plenty of entertainment for the entire family in historic Marietta Square. For the first time, Art in the Park includes the One Piece Project, a benefit for nonprofit organizations and celebration of art and beauty. It all takes place amid a variety of dining options and historic sites. Held in Glover Park on the Historic Marietta Square, Art in the Park offers Free Festival Admission! ART Art in the Park is Cobb County’s only annual fine art show and offers visitors a fun way to meet and talk with the artists and even see some of the works in progress. In the spacious Artist Market, attendees will be delighted by the range of artists who offer a high level of fine art in media including jewelry made from fine metals and precious stones; ceramics; paintings in watercolor, acrylic, oil and pastel; woodworking; glass; photography; textiles and much more. ONE PIECE PROJECT Art in the Park is pleased to announce the One Piece Project. At this year’s festival, each participating artist will select one work of art - marked with a One Piece Project ribbon - for which he or she will donate 10 percent of the sale price to the festival. Art in the Park will then distribute the proceeds to selected beneficiaries, this year including the “Inspired by the heArt” exhibition and Keep Marietta Beautiful. The “Inspired by the heArt” show is an event that began in 2013 and allows Cobb County students with mild to severe intellectual disabilities to create, celebrate and display their artistic skills. Last year, more than 200 students participated in the event from which no one is turned away. Keep Marietta Beautiful’s mission is to generate an environmental pride and a sense of ownership within the Marietta community through events that reduce waste, recycle and beautify the community. CHALK The family-friendly weekend also includes the Chalk Spot street art display, benefiting the Marietta High School Art Club. Chalk Spot participation is only $10 per person (for applications postmarked by August 15, 2017), and includes a goodie bag. Kid-sized fun doesn’t end with chalk art. Marietta Art in the Park also includes the Children’s Art Alley, a free interactive “make and take” area. MUSIC Visitors to Art in the Park can take a break, enjoy lunch from the surrounding restaurants or onsite food trucks and relax under an umbrella with a beverage while enjoying smooth tunes in the Music Café. Art in the Park Festival - Saturday, September 2 - Monday, September 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, includes Children’s Art Alley. At Glover Park on the Historic Marietta Square Parking is available in the decks located at Waddell and Lawrence streets within walking distance of the festival.

What’s a Volkswagen Story? Phil Robinson

In 1992, 25 years ago, I opened my first karate school. It was a small, somewhat rag-tag kind of place, but it was all mine. To underscore how classy the establishment was, it was next door to a shop that restored old Volkswagen Bugs and Vans. The shop owner said to me, “You know, everybody has a Volkswagen story. Everybody’s been in one and has a story to tell.” This is so true. We seldom see one anymore, but that little car with the motor in the back has left a mark on the memory of countless people throughout the country. It seems all you have to do is see one puttering down the road and it will make you smile and perhaps spark a memory you had from days gone by with your VW. Here are the memories shared by my friends: “I had a VW Bus, called it the One Room Condo, and a Super Beetle with 88 jugs that out ran a lot of so called Hot Rods ... running the roads &fields in the ‘70s.”-David Wood, “Woody” from Cherokee County, Georgia “I’m an artist, lived in my VW camper for many, many years. ATL, Amelia Island, Tenn. Panama C.B., South Georgia…. Great times.”-David Brian Wasden- Jacksonville, Florida “Mine was red; the first one with automatic transmission. I felt so cutting edge.”-Eddie Wells, Galveston Texas “When it snowed, my car was the only one on the road. During the ice and snow the VW’s and the Jeeps would go to abandoned parking lots and show off.” – Joe from Virginia Beach “My first car was a 1955 black bug, 36 horse power. Back then, summer of 1966 a new bug was $1995.00! Easy to drive and a little underpowered, but I loved it. Cruising the drive-ins, I felt under dressed as it was the age of the muscle car. Wish I had it today.”– Roger Hall from Toledo, OH “My dad bought one and it quit running. He was so angry, he just left it on the side of the road.”Michelle Girage, Kennesaw, GA As you can see, so many of us have a memory that involves a VW. It seems to be one of those experiences you never forget. Speaking for myself, I had a Volkswagen story that is hard to believe. It involves traveling across country in a van that cost $500.00. In fact, it is now a novel. Phil Robinson is a published author who teaches karate and tai chi at Kennesaw Parks and Recreation, and at Acworth Parks and Recreation.


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