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Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta New Outpatient Care Center


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Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta announced that the doors of the Children’s at Town Center Outpatient Care Center are now open. The new 48,187-square-foot building, located on the existing Children’s at Town Center campus, will provide pediatric specialty care in multiple disciplines to Cobb County and surrounding areas. The Outpatient Care Center on the Children’s at Town Center campus has been named the Cunningham Family Building in recognition of a generous gift from Cobb resident Jay Cunningham. The facility will offer families access to an expanded sports medicine gym, outpatient rehabilitation, and orthotics and prosthetics, as well as pediatric specialists, including allergy, otolaryngology (ENT), endocrinology, general surgery, nephrology, orthopaedics and pulmonology. These services join Children’s urgent care and radiology offerings currently available on the Town Center campus. In addition to the new building, the existing facilities at Town Center are currently being renovated and will be completed in summer 2018. “Children’s has been a proud part of the Cobb County community for more than 20 years,” says Donna Hyland, President and CEO at Children’s. “Our goal is to continue to find new ways to provide access to the care that every child in Cobb County deserves. With this expansion, the Town Center campus will be a one-stop shop for many of the community’s specialized pediatric healthcare needs.” In 2017, Children’s treated 35,000 children who live in Cobb County, from broken bones, ear tube surgeries, sports rehabilitation to cancer. Children’s has five locations in Cobb County and offers families access to more than 2,000 pediatric providers representing more than 60 pediatric specialties and programs within the Children’s system. In addition to expanded services, the new facility will provide specialized pediatric equipment and techniques that children need to thrive. The building will offer a large meeting room to host local groups and events for the community. The expansion of the Children’s at Town Center campus is made possible through generous support from the Cobb community. Visit for more information.


MAR 2018

Easter Egg Scramble

Marietta’s Parks, Recreation and Facilities Easter Egg Scramble will take place on Friday March 23, 2018 at 6:30 PM. The event will be held at Laurel Park, 151 Manning Rd., Marietta, 30064. The Easter Bunny will be available for photos after the Egg Scramble until 7:30 p.m. Arrive early to find parking and your child’s correct age group. Children will be divided into the following age groups: 3 and Under; 4 - 6; 7 - 10

Easter Egg Hunt at Smith-Gilbert Gardens

Mark your calendars, Smith-Gilbert Gardens is hosting their 4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt from 10AM-2PM on Saturday, March 31st! In order to participate in the Easter Egg Hunt you must pre-register for your hunt online at www.  REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN. Due to limited availability, no walk up registrations will be accepted.  Your entry fee includes garden admission, 1 Easter egg hunt, games, crafts, and a chance to meet the Easter Bunny. The price for nonmember children is $10.00, $7.00 for adults, and $6.00 for seniors.. . The Event is Rain or Shine - in cases of severe weather, we will allow Easter Egg Hunt tickets to be used as a general admission pass for another date. 

Acworth Egg Hunt -

The City of Acworth and Freedom Church would like to invite your family to experience an egg hunt like you’ve never seen before! The event will take place on Friday, March 23 at the Acworth Sports Complex, located at 4000 South Main St. The Easter Egg Hunts will be held on the baseball fields and we ask all participants to please park on the baseball side of the complex. We will have gates and concessions opening at 6:30 p.m., and the first hunt begins at 7:30 p.m., so make sure you arrive early. This year the hunt will consist of 50,000 eggs and the Easter Bunny will be SKYDIVING in for the fun! The Acworth Egg Hunt is broken down into five age groups and the start times will alternate between fields. For more information or to volunteer visit


Congratulations Ben Flanagan.

He received the Lifetime Service Award from the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce and the City of Acworth. Ben has volunteered for over 50 years at the city, county, and state levels! Above: Acworth Mayor Tommy Allegood congratulates Ben Flanagan.

Bring the whole family out for the 9th Annual Northeast Cobb Community Egg Drop presented by Superior Plumbing & C&S Paving, Inc. and get ready as more than 90,000 eggs and pieces of candy are spread out and dropped from a helicopter at the football fields at Sprayberry High School. The 2018 Northeast Cobb Community Egg Drop will be held on March 31st, 10 AM – 5 PM at Sprayberry High school located at (2525 Sandy Plains Rd, Marietta, GA 30066). More information at www. More Easter Events on page 18.


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Changes Under the New Tax Law, Part II by Raymond D. Rhoades, CPA

Income taxes for 2018 will be significantly different for most taxpayers because of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed in December. Last month I began my review of some of the major changes. LILY BRYSON One of the most significant (and most complicated) changes that the new tax law makes applies to self-employed people and owners of pass-through entities such as S-corporations and partnerships. Taxpayers Happy Birthday to our beautiful Lily! who receive income from such entities may Born March 5, 2007.  We love you SO much! be eligible to deduct 20% of the income from Happy 17th Birthday Bryson! I’m so Love Mom, Dad, and Ava the pass-through entity. I believe that this was proud of the amazing man you’ve become! done to give business income that is taxed As Krewella says-You’re “KILLIN’ IT!“ I on individual tax returns a benefit similar to love you so very much!! Mom the lower taxes on business income that was granted to corporations. There are many qualifications, limitations, requirements and phase outs that apply to this deduction. Itemized deductions are changed by the new tax law. Two deductions will have new TUCKER limits that apply. The deduction for state and local taxes (income or sales and property taxes) is capped at a maximum deduction of $10,000 per year. This will impact the high KESI Tucker Hardin is turning 18 on March income taxpayers, particularly in the high 10! Happy Birthday! We love you and are tax states. Home mortgage interest deductions so proud of you! will be limited. Only the interest on up to Happy 18th Birthday beautiful Kesi!  of acquisition debt on a first or With pride, dignity, style and grace, pursue HAPPY ANNIVERSARY $750,000 second home will be deductible. This new your dreams and follow your heart. Enjoy all limit generally applies to new mortgage debt life has to offer! GOD BLESS YOU, WE ARE after December 14, 2017. After 2017 there PROUD OF YOU AND WE LOVE YOU!!! will be no deduction for interest on either Mommie, Daddy, Trey and AJ existing or new home equity loans. Other deductions are eliminated or severely reduced. Miscellaneous itemized HELPING ONE GUY deductions (unreimbursed employee expenses, Don AT A TIME investment expenses, tax preparation and and Kay planning fees, and so on) will no longer be Muehling deductible. Casualty losses from fire, theft, flood, etc. will no longer be deductible, except for losses that result from a federally declared On March 10th 2018 Don and Kay disaster. Moving expenses will no longer be Muehling will celebrate their 60th Wedding Anniversary. We, at Day Break Village, are deductible, except for the military. Alimony on any divorces after 2018 so happy to be celebrating with them. This picture was taken at our Halloween party will no longer be deductible to the payer, or last year. They dressed up as Jail mates with taxable to the recipient. The new law allows 529 college savings This month's HOG Recipient is Rick balls and chains. Kay is a devoted wife who Lane. On December 8th, the lives of the makes sure Don is in good hands, and Don plans to be used for elementary and secondary Lane family were tragically altered when a follows everywhere Kay goes. They make tuition, up to $10,000 per student The Alternative Minimum Tax was tree branch broke and fell on Rick’s wife, a great team! We wish them many, many eliminated for businesses but not for Jen. Jen sustained multiple injuries, but the more years! individuals although the exemption for injury to her spine has resulted in paralysis was increased to provide some of her lower body. This life changing event T h e B R I G H T S I D E individuals relief. is not only difficult on Jen, but also on Rick The Affordable Care Act requires that Newspaper is online at and their three boys. Please join us for dinner at NorthStar individuals who do not have health insurance or qualify for an exception must pay a fine. Church on March 13 at 6:30. Donations to This is known as the individual mandate and HOG for the March, 2018 dinner will go into EMAIL YOUR STORIES OR has been repealed for years after 2018. Note a love offering for Rick Lane and his family. QUESTIONS TO that the mandate will still apply to 2018. Please click going on Helping One Guy FB page. No charge for dinner.

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Led by Bonsai Curator Rodney Clemons Rodney Clemons visits Smith-Gilbert Gardens on the 2nd Saturday of each month (some exceptions as noted on the events calendar) to oversee, evaluate, care for, and prune the Gardens’ bonsai collection. Along with a small group of well-trained and very experienced volunteers, Rodney provides expert care in all aspects of maintaining the collection. Visitors are welcome to ask questions and talk with Rodney and the volunteers to learn more about this ancient art. If you’re interested in learning more about bonsai, please plan a visit on the 2nd Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (lunch 12 noon – 1 p.m.) Open toThis visitors; free, after based paid on information you have provided us. Due to ad was created ADVERTISER - PLEASE C garden admission. (Please note: We request you do not bring your personal bonsai trees to time constraints and the need to meet our publication date, we can only make the Gardens.) corrections to spelling, incorrect numbers, and expiration dates at this time. ADDRESS CORRECT KENNESAW HAS ELECTRIC CAR CHARGING Again because of time constraints, a second proof of any changes made will not be resubmitted for your approval. PHONE NUMBER CORRE STATION AT ADAMS PARK Stroll through over 250 arts and crafts Kennesaw residents and visitors who own electric-vehicles can now recharge their cars representing theyou finest at the City’s new electric car charging stations. The stations are located on the All major adground changelevel requests will havebooths to be done in the next issue adverPRICES CORRECT of the “Revival” parking deck located at 2825 South Main Street and at Adams Park located artisans in the South. tise in. Thank you for your business. Carol Thompson, Publisher. at 2753 Watts Drive, Kennesaw, Georgia. SPELLING Kennesaw City Manager, Jeff Drobney said, “The installation of two electric charging Come Celebrate the History of Kennesaw stations is just one piece of the city’s efforts to meet our goal of sustainability and beingPlease an call 770-851-5469 Visit the General and the Southern Museum eco-friendly community. Other efforts include adding multi-use paved paths, natural trails EXPIRATION DATE to that connect our parks and neighborhoods and bike stations to encourageor ouremail residentscorrections and visitors to use alternative forms of transportation.” It's a Family Affair -- Bring the Kids! All of these items are outlined in the City’s five-year strategic plan adopted by the Mayor and Council in January 2017. Parade starts at 9:30 on Saturday, April 21 According to the Georgia Department of Revenue the State of Georgia has a total of 12,539 registered electric vehicles on the roads. One benefit of driving an electric car is it helps to improve the environment because it has zero emissions and doesn’t emit harmful Call .... pollutants into the atmosphere. The other benefit of owning an electric vehicle is the reduction of gas costs as Americans spend between $2,00 and $4,000 on gas every year. Kennesaw Business Association For additional information contact the Kennesaw Communications Division at (770) 424-3018 or email the Jolene Butts Freeman, Director of Communications at jfreeman@


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MEET AND GREET The American Legion Auxiliary invites our readersWives, mothers, daughters, sisters, grandmothers, granddaughters and greatgranddaughters of veterans who have served our great country during times of war to attend their Meet and Greet on Wednesday, March 24 at 7:00 pm at the American Legion Post 304 on Hwy 293 in Acworth. Food, beverages, door prizes and raffle begin promptly at 7pm. send us an email or visit our Facebook page for more information. Email: alaunit304@;


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JUNK REMOVAL Unwanted items in your home? Think it’s going to be too expensive or a hassle? Just text a picture of your items to 404-456-4716 and I’ll text you back a quote. That simple. Get your cheap quote today! A. D, McCord will be glad to help. Help Wanted 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. COMMUNITY DAY OF FUN

Foster4Love, a non-profit organization whose volunteers advocate for children in foster care, will host a community day of fun for the entire family on Saturday, March 31, 2018.The day will be filled with food from around the world, brew pairings, music, entertainment, vendors and some very special activities for the kids and the family! This inside/outside event will be held at Dry County Brewery 1500 Lockhart Dr NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144. Restaurants and vendor will donate 10% of sales to benefit Foster4Love’s future Medical Clinic and “Healing Moments” program.


SAT APRIL 14 PRAISE BANDS JAM! - 5:00 pm. Parks Stamper, 104.7 Fish Radio, will Emcee Youth in Mission’s annual fundraiser concert at Kennesaw First Baptist Church, 2958 North Main Street in Kennesaw, on Saturday, April 14, 2018, from 5:00-8:00pm in the Welcome Center. FREE Admission, Donations Accepted. Vote for your favorite FOOD: “Sliders and Sides” - Come on out on April 14 for Food, Fun, and Worship. For information call (770) 425-5129 or visit www.


Friday April 13 and Saturday, April 14: 9:00-4:00;Sunday April 15, 9:00-2:00 hosted by the Kennesaw Mtn.Shrine Club 1380 White Circle S.W., Marietta,Ga.30060


TUES MAR 27 COBB COUNTY GENEALOGY SOCIETY MEETING 7:00 pm First Presbyterian Church of Marietta, 189 Church St., Marietta. Topic: Surprises in DNA – Are You Ready? The public is invited to all monthly meetings of the Cobb County Genealogy Society. Free parking is available in the church parking lots. Visit http://www.cobbgagensoc. org/ or Email:

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Bx Acorn Recovery Do you have a loved one suffering from addiction to alcohol, pain pills, heroin? Are they depressed or full of anxiety. Bx Acorn Recovery can help and is a facility located at 1290 Kennestone Circle, Marietta, 30066. Visit for more information. Don’t let your loved one become a statistic. It is heart breaking. (See their ad on page 7) Celebration Village A 10-year study funded by the renowned MacArthur Foundation in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic proved that growing older doesn’t have to be a slow, steady decline. Instead it can be a time of continued growth throughout all aspects of life – socially, intellectually, physically and spiritually. Celebration Village, located in Acworth, allows you to discover successful aging in retirement homes. Visit and then give them a call at 678-594-3570. (See their ad on page 17) Leaf B Gone Think Spring! Need gutters cleaned, pressure washing on your house, deck, sidewalks, Trees trimmed, Yard cleaned up. Call Jamie McEntyre at Leaf B Gone. He has 22 years experience and he is a locally owned and operated business. Call or text him at 470-295-2669. His prices are reasonable and he has 10% off first gutter cleaning! (See their ad on page 13) Lily Del Chasity and Angie, a mother daughter team, invite you to try their homemade soaps and bath products, made from the finest natural and organic ingredients locally. Take advantage of their 30% OFF EVERYTHING when you make a purchase in their online store at their ad on page 3)


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All major ad change requests will have to be done in the next issue you adverThe February luncheon meeting of the Marietta Business Association featured a rousing in. Thank you The for your business. Carol Thompson, Publisher. and motivational speech by KSU Women’s Basketball Head Coachtise Agnus Berenato. coach’s talk, “Coaching On and Off the Court,” encouraged attendees to love others, support the community, and find something meaningful that motivates their lives - and be passionate Please call 770-851-5469 about it. She’s a good example of being passionate! Her speech had attendees laughing and crying and applauding, almost at the same time as she shared experiences working with orMarietta emailHigh corrections to students and changing their lives for the better. Student basketball players from School and Mt. Paran Christian School, along with their coaches, were guests at the meeting and enjoyed the experience of hearing the coach and meeting MBA members. Marietta High basketball players Tiara Lewis , Tisheba Durham, Taylor Smith and Charlay Conway along with head coach Mike Marchese were guests at the Marietta City Schools’ corporate table. The Marietta Business Association is partnering with Marietta High School to host the 4th Annual Career Day on March 27 at MHS. Students will have the opportunity to meet local business leaders and discuss career paths and opportunities for employment in Cobb County. Businesses interested in participating are urged to contact the school to reserve a table. This ad was created based on information you have provided us. Due to 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 constraints, a second proof of any changes made will not be resubmitted for your approval.


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In February Acworth hosted an event that is dear to our hearts: The Special Olympics Polar Plunge. A few hundred of us gathered on Acworth Beach to jump into Lake Acworth, polar bear style, to support over 27,000 Special Olympics of Georgia athletes. We were “Freezin’ for a Reason”. DIVE IN AROUND ACWORTH While we’re on the topic of “plunging”, the ABA’s theme for 2018 is “Show up, Dive in, Stay at it”. What does it mean to “Dive in”? We all know the difference between a casual bystander, and someone who is diving in. It’s the police officer who invests time serving in his community off the clock. It’s the employee who goes the extra mile for her customer day after day. It’s the dad who is rooting in the stands at every game—and maybe even signs up to coach. Around ABA, we have amazing men and women who are diving in, and we always need more. They roll up their sleeves alongside their fellow business men and women and help make this city and the organization better. Many of them serve on our Ambassador team or on our Board. One group of “Dive In-ers” that we could not live without is our Presidential Sponsors. These businesses, and the women and men behind them, dive in to make much of the good that happens through the ABA possible. Our Presidential Sponsors make a slightly larger, one-time investment with the ABA in order to be able to promote their business at the largest events in Acworth including our annual Golf Tournament, the Superior Plumbing Taste of Acworth, and a boatload more. By diving in this way, they make: 1) an investment in their business, 2) an investment in their community, and 3) an investment in themselves. We love our Presidential Sponsors! Head over to to learn more. COME GOLF WITH US!!! Acworth Business Association’s annual Golf Tournament with is coming up Tuesday, April 17th at Cobblestone Golf Course, and trust me, you want to be there! Calling all golfers, hackers, and folks just looking to have a blast while promoting your business and getting to know our local business men and women. This is not your grandma’s golf tournament. Go to the ABA website to sign up and find out more or call 770-423-1330.

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Additionally, all depression and ADHD therapies contain FDA-mandated warnings for caregivers to monitor for suicidal thinking, worsening of depression symptoms, and unusual changes in behavior. Literature warns parents that “stimulants at usual doses can cause treatment emergent psychotic or manic symptoms (hallucinations, delusional thinking, mania) in children and adolescents without prior history of psychotic illness.” The PDR also reports clinical trials have identified aggressive behavior and hostility as notable side effects of ADHD medications. Prior to the advent of antidepressants, there was little relation between depression and violent behavior. “One of the things in the past that we’ve known about depression is that it very, very rarely leads to violence,” observed psychiatrist Peter Breggin in a Fox News report. “It’s only been since the advent of these new SSRI drugs that we have murderers, sometimes even mass murderers, taking antidepressant drugs.”  Antidepressants and ADHD meds are in the same class of drugs as HEROIN and they are being given to developing brains. These drugs were never tested on children... but they have been a staple for the last 25 to 30 years. While there is a time and place for all interventions, handing out antidepressants and ADHD medications like candy is irresponsible and is having a long term affect on our society… Unfortunately, all the prayer in the schools or all gun control won’t overcome that!  In our office we have always said do everything conservative you can first...that means movement, nutrition, exercise, water, emotionally stable environments ..if that is not enough then you look deeper into alternatives, but unfortunatley in our society right now it’s all about what is quicker and easier and more convenient for the parents and our go go go lifestyle. The kids are the ones who suffer at our convenience. I am certainly not saying there is never a right time for drugs. There is a time and a place for drugs and even though this is the “norm” now a days, THESE drugs my friends are not the answer, they are the problem. 

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If you’re in Acworth, you’re at the right place at the right time. On February 1, we had the honor of sharing the “State of our City” with members of the Acworth Business Association and community partners. This year’s theme was “Right Place, Right Time”. Quality of life is a journey. Our City team has been working diligently over the past twenty years to bring our citizens a quality of life unlike anywhere else. We strive to offer incredible incentives that will entice business owners to invest in our community. Our business community has increased by one hundred new business in the last year and they know that they are in the right place at the right time. We have been steadily building partnerships over the past twenty years that have resulted in meaningful developments for our “active adults” that include two Walton properties, Celebration Village, and Dogwood Forest of Acworth, who are now working on Phase II and Phase III of their development. We have partnered with Fortress Builders, who are responsible for three single-family home neighborhoods within the Acworth community. Infill is something we have been focusing on and you may have noticed new houses popping up on streets throughout our community. In addition, we are proud to inform our citizens that Milholland Enterprises will be working on our Lombardy Transformation! The old apartments are coming down and 12 single-family homes will take their place. Thanks to our partnership with SPLOST, we have been able to complete twenty miles of new road improvements, more than one hundred acres of park expansions, become the first silent crossing in Georgia, begin construction on our Acworth Community Center, and will become home to the new Regional Library and Community Health Center scheduled to open this spring/summer. As a community, it is our vision to build the right place for Millennials. We have placed an emphasis on marketing our downtown restaurants and events with this age group in mind. With our Downtown Redevelopment and Acworth History Center projects underway, we are making the necessary additions that will draw new businesses and housing with walkability to a community. 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

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The Holbrook Acworth, an active living senior community, catering to individuals seeking to live a fulfilling and passionate life, held a ceremonial groundblessing on January 31 on site of its newest property scheduled to open Spring 2019 The project’s developers, Al Holbrook and Dan Needle of Solomon Development Services, the management group, Speak Life Management, and owner of Choate Construction, Millard Choate were joined by city officials along the Acworth Mayor, Tommy Allegood for the ceremony. The ceremony was followed by a celebration luncheon at Gabriels Old Mill in Acworth. The new site is being constructed next to Dogwood Forest of Acworth, an assisted living and memory care community which opened in 2014 and was the developer’s first entry into the Acworth market. For more information about The Holbrook, please visit www. PICTURED From left to right: Dan Needle, Mayor Tommy Allegood, Al Holbrook, and Millard Choate.

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BY TAMMY EVERHART, OWNER Great Gig Dance Co. dancers received honor and recognition at the 5th annual KSU Dance Festival in February with their Tap piece “XX/15,” taking home the trophy at the adjudicated concert that featured 15 concert works from high schools and studios in the state of Georgia. The KSU Dance Festival celebrates concert dance in high schools and studios. This annual festival features adjudicated performances, master classes, informal choreographic showings, and faculty seminars. This year’s festival was attended by 300 dancers from high schools and studios in Georgia.  Great Gig Dance Co. also received festival recognition in 2015 with their contemporary work, “Reclaimed.” They are especially proud of their victory this year, and celebrate as a win for tap dancing. Their work “XX/15,” choreographed jointly by Tammy, Victoria and Zack Everhart, explores the relational struggles among teenage girls. Tammy Everhart cannot thank the dancers enough for their hard work, their talent, and for believing in and studying the artistry of Tap dance. The Department of Dance at Kennesaw State University is home to the largest collegiate dance program in Georgia, offering a Bachelor of Arts degree with concentrations in ballet and contemporary modern dance. The dance is program is rapidly growing in national popularity and reputation, and currently is home to more than 120 dance majors. Great Gig Dance Co. offers classes in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, and contemporary dance for dancers ages 3 to 103. The studio is located in Kennesaw, at 4200 Wade Green Road. Visit or call 770-218-2112 for more information.

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Brookwood Christian School invites all motorcycle enthusiasts to join them as Brookwood honors National Reading Month by hosting their first charity motorcycle ride with Acworth’s very own Chef Henry Chandler leading the ride!  The event will be held on Saturday, March 24. Proceeds benefit the International Dyslexia Association – Georgia Chapter as well as Brookwood Christian’s Dyslexia Reading Programs. The event includes breakfast catered by Henry’s Louisiana Grill & Henry’s Uptown at the school at 9:00 am and is included in the cost of the ride. Come enjoy biscuits/gravy, eggs, cajun grits, andouille sausage/bacon, coffee/ juice, before KSU (that is Kick Stands Up) at 10:00 am with Chef Henry leading the way. The ride will last approximately two hours, includes a police escort through scenic surrounding areas and will end up back at Henry’s. The cost is $50 per bike with no additional charge for a passenger. More information and registration is available at

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Come enjoy the 42nd annual Superior Plumbing Kennesaw/Big Shanty Festival April 21 and 22. The downtown Kennesaw area will be transformed into a giant family-friendly festival. There will be a variety of activities to entertain all ages. While at the Superior Plumbing Kennesaw/Big Shanty Festival take time to wander through more than 200 booths featuring a vast array of one-of-a-kind and homemade crafts. The Superior Plumbing Big Shanty Festival has grown through the years to become one of the largest arts and crafts shows in North Georgia. The location of the festival plays up the rich heritage of Kennesaw and its important role in the Civil War. The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History sits at the center of the festival. This Smithsonian-affiliated Museum is home to the famous “General” locomotive and encompasses the history of the downtown Kennesaw area. Stop by the enormous Kid’s Zone with inflatables big and small for kids of all ages will entertain all the kids. In the parking lot, adjacent to Trackside grill there will be a new Food Court featuring live music both Saturday & Sunday from the spectacular Scott Thompson. In addition, this area will feature one of our Local entertainment stages. Cobb EMC will also be providing complimentary cell phone charging stands so you will be able to stay connected & charged up throughout the day! Of course, it wouldn’t be a festival without outstanding local entertainment and all your favorite “festival foods”. Entertainment will include some of Kennesaw’s most talented residents performing, local dance and demonstration teams, school chorus groups, members of Great Gig Dance Studio and many more community groups on the Local Entertainment Stage. The two entertainment stages will also feature performances by many of our area schools including Baker, Chalker, Pickett’s Mill, Big Shanty and Hayes Elementary, as well as Awtrey, McClure and Barber Middle School. The Superior Plumbing Kennesaw/Big Shanty Festival is held in downtown Kennesaw on both sides of Main Street (Highway 293) and is co-sponsored by the City of Kennesaw and the Kennesaw Business Association (a non-profit organization). The hours of operation are 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., on Saturday, April 21, and noon-5:00 p.m., on Sunday, April 22. Admission is FREE. For more information call Jonathan Jenkins or Bill Watson at 770423-1330.


Gratitude is never silent. For the most part we are internally grateful for things and people, but if that gratitude is not expressed through our words, that gratitude does not exist. We want to express our gratitude for those who came before us, those giants whose shoulders we stand on today, like Mike Daniel. His legacy will be well represented by the 2017 recipient of the Georgia Recreation and Park Association (GRPA) Mike Daniel Award, Ms. Kim Watt. Kim Watt is the ideal team player. She lives up to the virtues laid out in the book written by Patrick Lencioni, called The Ideal Team Player. He conveys that the ideally your team members will be humble - in terms of not thinking less about yourself but thinking about yourself less, hungry - as in healthy level of hunger that is both sustainable and manageable, and smart - not academically but people smarts. Ms. Watt serves as the assistant director for the Acworth Parks, Recreation, and Community Resource Department, where she is responsible for leading the recreation efforts for the department and leading the team members within that division. She plans and implements several large events that attract tens of thousands of people to the community and several smaller, more intimate community style events. Her team leads the department’s efforts in special needs, active adults, youth and athletic programming. She also serves as the Acworth Tourism Director, where she is responsible for the city’s destination marketing campaign, relationship management with local hoteliers, utilizing hotel/motel tax revenue to recruit visitors and sporting tournaments to the community, and general oversight and management of the Tourism Authority. Ms. Watt has served GRPA in a variety of capacities over the years. She is well respected within the recreation professional community. Sincere, caring, trustworthy, smart, and a good listener are the words that her team members use to describe her. Selfless, rock-solid, dependable, trustworthy, and competent are the words that the agency director uses to describe her. We strongly believe that God places people in our lives at various points of our journeys and they are called interceders. These people profoundly impact your journey and can positively impact the trajectory of it. We are so grateful that our paths crossed and the Acworth Parks, Recreation, and Community Resource Department is much better for it! Pictured above with Kim is GRPA President for 2017, Robby Newton, James Albright, City of Acworth and Kim’s parents.


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CONGRATULATIONS TO Taylor Campbell for signing the NCAA scholarship to play soccer this fall at Anderson University in South Carolina. She has played soccer since she was three years old. She has been on several competitive traveling club teams and has played varsity at North Cobb high school for three years. Taylor plans to pursue nursingAt Anderson University. Taylor is pictured with her parents John and Nancy Wells, her sister, and her soccer coach.

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Pictured with Thurman at his signing are, from left to right, Thurman’s father Thurman, Sr., Thurman II, mother Danika, and sister Kaelyn. Our North Cobb High School family is looking forward to seeing Thurman on the field again.  

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North Cobb High School football standout Alonzo (Trey) Urquhart has signed his letter of intent to play football at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Pictured with Trey at his signing are, from left to right, Trey’s mother Kimmily, Trey, father Alonzo, and brother Braylon.  Way to go Trey!

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Kennesaw Mountain High School football player Cole Rieke has signed his letter of intent to play football at Georgetown College in Georgetown KY. Pictured with Cole at his signing are his parents Lee and Jeanne Rieke, and KMHS administration and staff.



Kennesaw Mountain High School football player Reagan Lake has signed his letter of intent to play football at Shorter University in Rome, GA.. Pictured with Reagan at his signing are his parents Patti and Marty Lake., and KMHS administration and staff.

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A few more weeks until summer break! Don’t miss your opportunity to kick into some fun with ETO! ETO is proud to host its 12th annual Camp ETO located at 2689 South Main Street in down town Kennesaw. This martial arts and fitness themed camp is offered for 2 weeklong sessions the weeks of June 11-16 and July 9 - 13. Camp ETO is the perfect summer event for both the seasoned martial artist and the beginner who has yet to throw a first punch. Camp activities will focus on fitness, sportsmanship, safety awareness, community service, values lessons, and skills development in a fun and safe environment. In addition to martial arts, activities will include outdoor games, swimming, field trips, crafts, service projects and guest speakers. For more information or to enroll, please call ETO at 770-5289821 or checkout GO ETO!

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ETO Martial Arts and Fitness held a CPR/AED workshops on Wednesday 2/7 on Saturday 2/10. The training was open to adults, ETO assistant instructors REGISTER ON LINE and up & coming ETO Black Belts. 2690 A Summers St. • Kennesaw ETO staff members are required to Cert #1010 Serving Cobb County since 1989 maintain current CPR certifications. The training was led by Doug Edwards was created based on information you have provided us. Due to of the AmericanThis RedadCross and one ADVERTISER - PLE time constraints and the need to meet our publication date, we can only make of ETO’s head instructors. Mr. Doug does an excellent job of to presenting corrections spelling, incorrect numbers, and expiration dates at this time. ADDRESS CORREC the training in aAgain livelybecause manner. If constrants, a second proof of any changes made will of time you would likenot more information for on your approval. be resubmitted PHONE NUMBER C having ETO provide CPR training for your group, please call 770-528-9821 or All major ad change check out Togetherrequests will have to be done in the next issue you adverPRICES CORRECT we can make a difference! tise in. Thank you for your business. Carol Thompson, Publisher.

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GROWTH OF THE KENNESAW GRAND PRIX RACESPlease call 770-851-5469 by dr cris welsh Classes email corrections toFitness In 2010, when it became apparent that our community was interested inor participating in


a 5K, several of our knowledgeable runners literally ran all over the city to find the course with the least impact and the ability to hold the most runners. We wanted a standardized course that would make it easier for the Police Department, Parks and Rec, and Public Works to staff and man. And first race: The Swift Cantrell Classic was formed to benefit the Swift Cantrell Park Foundation - the first SCC had over 700 runners. (normal first race participation is about 250 runners). In 2011 the idea to create a Grand Prix Series was born. The concept was: In the City, By the City and For the City. Four races: Swift Cantrell Classic (Park Foundation), Dream Dash (Teen Center), Garden Gallop (Garden Foundation) and GLC (Museum This adFoundation) was created based on information you have provided us. Due to ADVERTISER - PLEA were joined by The Run For Wounded Heroes and The Warrior Way 5k (NCHS Country time Cross constraints and the need to meet our publication date, we can only make seemed like a natural fit) In 2012 NCHS went to a trail course and the series brought in corrections to spelling, incorrect numbers, and expiration dates at this time. ADDRESS CORRECT the KDDA for the Elf Trot (this spot is now filled by the Dave Krache Foundation, Allison Again because of time constrants, a second proof of any changes made will Giddons. REGISTRATION SPECIAL notraces. be resubmitted Since 2011, over 35,000 runners have participated in one or more of our In race feesfor your approval. PHONE NUMBER CO 2 FOR 1 alone, not counting sponsorships, the races have brought in about $881,000.00. This money Emily Heiler has paid for all the expenses of the race and the balance is given to the individual All majorfoundation ad change requests will haveREGISTRATION to be done in the next issue you adverPRICES age 9CORRECT connected to that race. The amount of miles run by participants of this series is around 109,293 tise in. Thank you for your business. Carol Thompson, Exp. 04/06/18 Publisher. miles which is enough miles placed end on end to circle the earth 3.6 times! Alex Harmer – age 9 In 2011 we organized a Fit City Kennesaw Kick off and engaged Wellstar, KSU, Life SPELLING University, Kaiser, The American Heart Association, Get Fit Atlanta and Big Peach Running Please call 770-851-5469 Company. Many things have spawned from these relationships. Life University sponsored EXPIRATION DATE the work out equipment in SCP and became actively involved with all the racesor andemail the Park corrections to Foundation, Swift Kids Running Club was started. It is run with 50 volunteer coaches and serves about 400 kids per year. Their prize - to run in a City of Kennesaw 5K. Because of our health and wellness outreach in the community, the City was invited to the White House in 2012. In 2017 the City of Kennsaw Parks and Rec department received a Healthy Georgia State level award from the Lt Governor for the races, Swift Kids and the workouts in the park. And the bonus -- we have healthier kids, parents, grandparents, friends and The KGP 2689 South Main St. • downtown Kennesaw is continually contacted by other communities, as a resource, on how to set events like this up.

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In February, Awtrey’s student council sponsored the Winter Ball where three hundred 7th and 8th graders attended. The theme was SNOWBALL. Selected as the 7th Grade Prince and Princess is Max Evanson and Chassidy Harris. The 8th grade Queen is Jordan Turley and King, Connor Treasure. These class representatives are pictured above l-r. The proceeds will go towards student/school needs, teacher appreciation, and next year’s Giving Tree.

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A team of 10 students from Big Shanty Intermediate competed to see which school had the BEST READERS and fastest buzzers at the tenth annual Cobb County Ruffin Reading Bowl on Saturday January 14th at Campbell High School. To prepare for this competition these students read 17 books, wrote questions, studied, and participated in practice competitions every Monday braving the cold weather to arrive at the 7AM meeting time along with their coaches, Mrs. Tracey Sender and Mrs. Barbara Powell-Schager. Although Big Shanty didn’t win the competition, they played well and with great sportsmanship! Moreover, each and every one of them is a winner, because as their chant says, Big Shanty Rocks and Readers Rule!


Art has long been recognized as an important part of a well-rounded education — but when it comes down to setting budget priorities, the arts rarely rise to the top even though studies showing that exposure to the arts can help with academics. A few schools are taking the research to heart, weaving the arts into everything they do and finding that the approach not only boosts academic achievement but also promotes creativity, self-confidence and school pride. One such school is Kennesaw Elementary School in Kennesaw. We recently attended an Arts Integration Night where students performed at ten Theater, Dancing, Visual Arts and Music Stations through out the school. These K-2nd graders shared with their parents how the beat of a drum can improve reading and concentration, others danced to a story about the changing seasons, and still others told stories through pantomime and puppetry arts. Students created puppets to show a character in a story and practiced giving them a “voice”.  These kindergartners then created a story with their puppets or used them to retell a story they already know.    Kennesaw Elementary has received a grant to implement this program which also includes field trips to musical performances. A heartfelt thankyou to the KES Administration and Staff for their forward thinking and for involving our students in the arts while improving their academics.

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Yes, America…You’re Getting a New Medicare Card! BY TONI KING, MEDICARE AUTHOR

Toni: I have been receiving mail and phone calls about a new Medicare card that is being issued for those on Medicare. I’m getting a little concerned because neither my wife or I have received the new card. My wife went to her cardiologist and there was a sign saying when a new Medicare card comes to bring it to them.What should we do if we don’t receive our new Medicare card? Thank You. Sam from Corsicana, TX Sam: Great question…Together let’s discuss when and how the new Medicare card is arriving to the 55 plus million who are already enrolled in the Medicare system and the 10,000 Baby Boomers every day who are eligible for Medicare. The new Medicare card will start arriving state by state via geographic area beginning April 2018 and will take a complete year to mail new Medicare cards nationwide, finalizing by end of April 2019. After December 31, 2019, those enrolled in Medicare must use the new Medicare card. To view the nationwide new Medicare card mailing waives, visit attached link to view when your state will begin receiving the new card… Sam, Texas will not begin receiving new Medicare cards until June 2018, and your wife’s cardiologist office is looking out for its client by informing them to bring the new card to them when you receive it. The new Medicare card will help to protect Americans from identity fraud by removing the Social Security number and replacing it with 11 characters either upper case letter from A- Z (except for S, L, O, I, B, and Z — for ease of reading) and numbers 0-9. Below is how Medicare is helping America to get ready for the big change: Be sure your mailing address is up to date by contact Social Security at or 1-800-772-1213 TTY users can call 1-800-25-0778. Medicare wants everyone to know that mailing a new card to all on or enrolling in Medicare will take time. Don’t be alarmed if your new Medicare card comes at a different time than your friend’s or neighbor’s card. Medicare wants all to be aware of anyone who contacts you about your new Medicare card. Medicare or Social Security will never ask you to give them your personal or private information to get your new Medicare number or card. Sam, I was concerned when you wrote that you had been receiving calls and marketing information regarding your new Medicare card. The Toni Says Medicare team is informing those who call the office to never give your information to anyone who calls because identity fraud is growing throughout America. It is reported that millions of retirement dollars are stolen from those on Medicare because of fraud. Remember…protect your new Medicare card as you do your Social Security number. The new Medicare number will be unique to only you and will only be used for your Medicare coverage!

Remember Slow Food?

Someone asked the other day, ‘What was your favorite fast food when you were growing up?’‘We didn’t have fast food when I was growing up, I informed him. ‘All the food was slow.’‘C’mon, seriously. Where did you eat?’ ‘It was a place called ‘at Home,’’ I explained. !‘Mom cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn’t like what she put on my plate I was allowed to sit there until I did like it.’ By this time, the kid was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn’t tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table. But here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I figured his system could have handled it . Some parents NEVER owned their own house, never wore Levi’s, never set foot on a golf course, never traveled out of the country or had a credit card. In their later years they had something called a revolving charge card. The card was good only at Sears Roebuck. Or maybe it was Sears & Roebuck.Either way, there is no Roebuck anymore. My parents never drove me to soccer practice. This was mostly because we never had heard of soccer. I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had one speed, (slow) We didn’t have a television in our house until I was 11. It was, of course, black and white, and the station went off the air at midnight, after playing the national anthem and a poem about God; it came back on the air at about 6 a.m. And there was usually a locally produced news and farm show on, featuring local people. I was 19 before I tasted my first pizza, it was called ‘pizza pie.’ When I bit into it, I burned the roof of my mouth and the cheese slid off, swung down, plastered itself against my chin and burned that, too. It’s still the best pizza I ever had. Pizzas were not delivered to our home. But milk was I never had a telephone in my room. The only phone in the house was in the living room and it was on a party line. Before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you didn’t know weren’t already using the line All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers--my brother delivered a newspaper, six days a week. It cost 7 cents a paper, of which he got to keep 2 cents.  He had to get up at 6 AM every morning. On Saturday, he had to collect the 42 cents from his customers. His favorite customers were the ones who gave him 50 cents and told him to keep the change His least favorite customers were the ones who seemed to never be home on collection day. Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the movies. There were no movie ratings because all movies were responsibly produced for everyone to enjoy viewing, without profanity or violence or most anything offensive. If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may want to share some of these memories with your children or grandchildren Just don’t blame me if they bust a gut laughing. Growing up isn’t what it used to be, is it? Editor’s Note: I don’t know who wrote this, but since this is how I lived growing up I thought I would share with the younger generations.


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visit a mosque day

On Saturday, March 10, Atlanta area mosques will open their doors to the general public. Although most mosques are always open to the public, this is a chance for individuals and groups to enjoin in a casual setting with Muslims from their neighborhoods. Suffa Mosque located at 2750 Jiles Rd., Suite 109 Kennesaw (behind Publix on Cobb Parkway) will open its doors from 3-6 pm. The community is invited to bring your families, friends and neighbors. For more information call 770-906-0838.


SUNRISE SERVICE Winkenhofer Pineridge Funeral Home and Cemetery invite the public to their 27th annual Easter Sunrise service on Sunday April 1, 2018 at 6:45 am at Pine Ridge Memorial Park. Dove and prayer balloon release. Dress Join Us: Bible Study - 10:00AM Worship - 11:10AM warm and comfortable. Cobb’s largest egg hunt 2655 Cobb Pkwy NW • Suite 105 • Kennesaw 30152 Cobb County’s largest egg hunt will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 24, at Al Bishop Softball Complex in Marietta. This family-friendly event is free. Activities will include egg hunts, art activities, live entertainment, inflatables, hula-hoop contest, tug-of-war, musical chairs, food trucks and vendors. There will be four egg hunts by age groups. The schedule of events is as follows: and 10-11 a.m. - Park opens (armband distribution, games, activities and entertainment). 11 a.m. - ages 3 and  under hunt. 11:30 a.m. - ages 4-5 hunt. Noon ages 6-7 hunt. 12:30 p.m. - ages 8-10 hunt Please bring your own baskets for the hunt. Special needs participants are included in all activities. For more information please call 770-528-4333. new beginnings umc Please join us at New Beginnings UMC (2975 Cobb Pkwy., Kennesaw, GA) on Sat., March 24, 1 - 3pm, for an Easter Eggstravaganza. ADVERTISER PLEASE CHECK: This free event is open to the based on information you have provided us. Due to public and includes egg hunts (Ages Infant d the need to meet our publication date, we can only make 5), food sales, games, face-painting, and ADDRESS CORRECT Gr. ng, incorrect numbers, and expiration dates at this time. picture-taking. For questions or more info., contact us at: me constraints, a second proof of any changes made will PHONE NUMBER CORRECT 770-421-9980 or or your approval. SUMMIT BAPTIST CHURCH Join us at Summit Baptist Church on PRICES CORRECT e requests will have to be done in the next issue you March 30th, 2018 6:00pm-8:30pm for our you for your business. Carol Thompson, Publisher. 2nd Annual Flashlight Egg Hunt!  Egg hunts, SPELLING games, inflatables, face painting and a Special Children’s Message It’s FREE!! Everyone ease email changes or okay to EXPIRATION DATE Welcome!  Bring your neighbors & friends! Food trucks will be onsite to purchase dinner for your family!  Egg hunts for Preschool @ We770-851-5469 are reminded this time of year of the miracle of life. As or call 7:30 – 1st grade thru 5th grade 8:00 For more nature seems to awaken around us, we experience a renewed information contact 770-975-4595. 4310 Moon Station Lane, Acworth, GA 30101. sense of joy and possibility. More info at

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aba golf tournament

The Acworth Business Association is teeing it up at the beautiful Cobblestone Golf Course on April 17, at 9 a.m., for their annual golf tournament to support the ABA Education Outreach and the Horizon Field. ABA is looking for golfers and sponsors to help make the tournament another success in 2018. The ABA is set to have the Ft. Lauderdale Scramble start at 9 a.m., along the rolling hills and lakeside course at Cobblestone Golf Course off Nance Road in Acworth. Registration for golfers is only $125 or $450 for each foursome and includes greens fees, cart, goodie bags, breakfast and snack with lunch and a silent auction at the conclusion of the round of golf. Be a sponsor for ABA as little as $100 or sponsor another asset of the tournament like the putting contest or be one of the presenting sponsors! Prizes will be awarded for closest to the pin, and longest drive as well as the top three finishing teams. A silent auction will also be running throughout the tournament for some great prizes. For more information about ABA and this year’s golf tournament, please contact JRM Management Services, at 770.423.1330.


BRAVO DANCE COMPANY THUR MAR 15 AND FRI MAR 16 BRAVO DANCE COMPANY presents CONNECTED at the Dallas Theater. Solo and group works highlight a range of fun themes and exciting ideas! Our talented young artists inspire and light up the stage. Each show is unique and has a different assortment of dances. Connected is presented by Bravo Dance Company with guest performances by great gig DANCE co. Any questions or inquiries other than ticketing should be directed to-770-426-5328 or office@ Tickets on sale at TRUE VISION FUNDRAISER True Vision Eye Care invites the public to join them at Guston’s Grille, 3330 Cobb Pkway, Acworth on March 24th 2:00 till 7:00 pm to come, support and/or donate to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Let’s help conquer Childhood Cancers. More information in their ad on page 6.


Robert Jones, Author, will be the March 13 speaker for the Save Acworth History Foundation at 7:00 P.M. He will be speaking on the “Lost Gold of the Confederacy” at Roberts Community and Education Center 4681 School Street, Acworth GA 30101. Robert C. Jones served as President of the Kennesaw Historical Society for 21 years (1994-2015), and also served as a member of the executive board of the Kennesaw Museum Foundation for 17 years (1998-2015).


Well Hallelujah!!!! We finally got to go fishing after all this snow and ice!!! The Big Shanty Bassmasters traveled to “Lake Country” Lake Sinclair this past weekend, January 20th, 2018. Water temps stayed in the mid 40’s all day and was pretty clear for Sinclair this time of year. Weather was nice, started out a bit chilly but warmed up nicely by 3pm weigh in time. Bluebird skies ruled the day as high pressure was building in, which made the fishing pretty tough. But there has to be a winner- Coming in first on the Co-Angler side was Ron McQueen with 3 fish weighing in at 4lbs 12oz anchored by a 2lb 13oz largemouth bass. 2nd on the Boater side was Scott Bates with 5 fish at 6lbs 3 ozs. . 1st place on the Boater side was Danny Perdue with 2 fish at 6lbs 5 ozs anchored by Big Fish of the tournament at 4lbs 01oz. Danny reports that both fish came on a Carolina rigged trick worm in Green pumpkin. “You had to be cognizant and focused at all times. You wouldn’t feel the bites, you would just feel a sight heavy sensation”. The Club is accepting new membership for both Boater and Co-angler. As always you do not need to own a boat to join.  See our web site Bigshantybassmasters. com for more info

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Dansby Swanson Honored

Dansby Swanson was a two sport letterman at Marietta High School where he excelled in baseball and basketball. On Monday night, February 12th, the Marietta High School baseball program honored Dansby Swanson during a pre-game ceremony before their first home game matchup against Campbell High School. Marietta Baseball recognized Dansby for all of his accomplishments, and placed a cut-out jersey of his Marietta #3 on the outfield fence. Dansby was a two sport letterman at Marietta High School where he excelled in baseball and basketball. In 2012, he received a scholarship to Vanderbilt University where he led the baseball team to the 2014 College World Series National Championship. In 2015, he was selected first overall by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the Major League Baseball Draft.   Coach Phillip Rogers, Head Coach for Marietta Blue Devil Baseball, expressed what it was like coaching Dansby at MHS. “What stood out the most to me about Dansby was his baseball I.Q. – he would see things while he was in the dugout, during an at bat, while he was on the bases about the other team that no one else was seeing – including coaches,” said Rogers.  “It was amazing to watch and I was the one learning from him!” After being traded during the 2015-2016 off season, Dansby is now back in his hometown representing as the current shortstop for the Atlanta Braves.

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SAT MARCH 17 SHAMROCK 5K SHUFFLE The City of Marietta will host the 2nd Annual 5K Shamrock Shuffle on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 8:00am on the Marietta Square benefitting the Marietta Police Athletic League. This event will raise money to support the Marietta Police Athletic League’s (PAL) youth athletic programs with needed supplies and equipment. The cost to register is $20 for kids 12 and under, $25 for early registration until March 10, 2018 and $30 after March 10th. T-shirts are included in your registration fee but only guaranteed for early registration. To register visit Marietta/ShamrockShuffleMarietta


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The Marietta Parks and Recreation Department invites artists to participate in the 42nd Annual May-retta Daze Arts and Crafts Festival held in Glover Park in the Historic Marietta Square on May 5-6, 2018. More than 100 local and area artists and craftspeople will display and sell their paintings, pottery, jewelry, and much more at the annual festival. To register to sell items at the event, please review the requirements and print out the form and mail it to the Parks and Recreation Department located on the 3rd Floor of City Hall, 205 Lawrence St., Marietta, GA, 30061. The form is online at http://www.mariettaga. gov/ search for May-retta Daze. Applications should be postmarked on or before the registration deadline on March 29th. Please review the application to see the booth space fees. Admission to the festival is free. More info: Marietta’s Parks and Recreation Department, 770-794-5601. is a non-government resource operated by eHealthInsurance Services, Inc, This is a solicitation of insurance. Not connected with or endorsed by the U.S. government or the federal Medicare program.

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City of Marietta to Receive ARC’s Livable Centers Initiative Awards Grants

The City of Marietta is pleased to announce it will receive one of only eleven of Atlanta Regional Commission’s Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) study grants for $100,000. The grants will help the City of Marietta develop plans and policies that create more vibrant, walkable, and connected places. Once the studies are complete, Marietta will become eligible to receive funding for transportation projects such as sidewalks and intersection improvements. With the grant, the City of Marietta will examine redevelopment opportunities for housing and commercial development throughout the study area and assess the impact of developments that have taken place since the original LCI plan was developed in 2001. Impacts to the local economy and to existing planned infrastructure will also be examined, as well as opportunities to improve sidewalk connectivity and other transportation networks. Contact: Courtney Verdier, 770-794-5717,

Drive Shack to Open First Location in Georgia on Marietta’s Franklin Gateway

The City of Marietta is pleased to announce that Drive Shack is the newest addition to the Franklin Gateway Corridor, joining other top brands like Atlanta United FC, The Home Depot Technology Center, and IKEA US. Drive Shack is a year-round sports entertainment destination that combines golf, dining, competition and fun. The Franklin Gateway location will feature three levels with hitting bays housed within a building where people can enjoy tech-powered golf games. Visitors can also spectate from the restaurant area, event space, or complimentary game lounge. Drive Shack will curate and support a compelling, unforgettable customer experience that will keep golfers and non-golfers alike coming back to Marietta and Franklin Gateway area yearlong. Mayor Steve Tumlin said, “I, along with all members of our City Council, would like to humbly thank the citizens of our great City for believing in the vision our leaders had in 2013 with the Redevelopment Bond.” Drive Shack will be built on 17.18 acres which the City purchased through the 2013 Redevelopment Bond. The future Drive Shack location is expected to open in 2019 and will be a $20-25 million investment which will not only provide 450+ new jobs along the Franklin Gateway corridor but will also provide significant annual sales and property tax revenue for local governments and the school system.

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