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...and the five-year-old Last year marked the first time when my oldest son Patrick, now six, actually watched, and I mean really watched part of a football game with me. Previously, he had feigned interest, primarily I believe to indulge in some tailgating food and to use the game as an excuse to run through the house and yard yelling, “Touchdown!” and “Go Dawgs!” at the top of his lungs. But the few moments he did watch some of the games, his perspective proved enlightening. Whenever a player ran or caught a pass, he yelled, “Touchdown!” I had to inform him that a first down wasn’t necessarily a touchdown, but I did encourage him to keep cheering. Like most boys, he mimicked my enthusiasm and even if the play was a simple two yards and a cloud of dust, he would jump up and down and yell, “Go! Go! Go!” Being a passionate fellow, he brought a very intense level of emotion to each game. In particular, I recall the UGA-Vanderbilt game. At one point in the first quarter, he had an angry look on his face and his eyes were welled with tears. He was pointing at the television yelling, “Stop! Stop!” When I asked him what was wrong, he said the TV shouldn’t be showing the Vanderbilt players at all, because they were “the bad guys.” I let him know that though we wanted to win the game, they still had to show players on both teams. It was also during that game, that he noticed flags. “What’s that Daddy? Why are they throwing flags? Why are the flags yellow and not red, white and blue?” I explained to him about penalties, and, unfortunately used the phrase “illegal formation.” “Illegal?” he asked, his voice bordering on tears. “Are they taking the Georgia players to jail?” I stifled my laughter, not wanting him to feel that I was mocking him and tried to explain what I meant by “illegal.” I worked my brain to find all the synonyms I could – unfair, out-of-place, against the rules and, yes, let him know no one was going to jail over a football play. Throughout the season, his questions only increased to levels light years beyond the average fan. “Hey daddy, what if Georgia played the Atlanta Falcons who would we want to win?” Georgia. “Hey daddy, what if Auburn played LSU, who would you want to win?” That depends on how much grass Les Miles is eating this year. And my favorite: “Hey daddy, if Georgia played the Jedis who would win?” That answer at least was simple. With lightsabers and The Force, a Jedi

football team would be unstoppable. Toward the end of the season a strange thing happened. My son – a descendant of many UGA alum and football players – informed me his favorite team now was LSU. “Why is that?” I asked. “I don’t know. I like LSU.” I chalked it up to his kindergarten teacher being an LSU fan and Patrick developing a slight crush on her. I told him that was fine, he could like LSU, just not to root against Georgia, since after all he lives in my house. The LSU fascination thankfully only lasted about three weeks. Over the summer, he deepened his passion for UGA and I also worked with him on his expression for other teams. What do I mean? Simple. When he said he hated LSU, I would tell him not to use the word “hate,” but perhaps instead say, “I don’t care for it.” Apparently, he thought that phrase was too polite for football. “Daddy, what if I say they smell?” That works. Since then, he has refined his descriptions for feelings of teams. “Pee-uuu. LSU smells.” “Daddy, why does Alabama smell so awful?” And the gentler, in deference to friends and relatives from the Orange Nation. “Tennessee has some great people, but a smelly football team.” These aren’t the most eloquent phrases, but they are, unfortunately, a lot more diplomatic than what you will hear from most SEC fans these days. And, to be honest, they are a lot nicer than what I will express when I lock myself in my man room during a football game and preach the old mantra, “Do as I say, not as I do.” Patrick is six this year. He still hasn’t watched a whole quarter with me and that’s fine. There will be plenty of time for him to take a game too seriously as he grows up. In the meantime, I will settle for questions about Star Wars characters playing in Sanford Stadium and the varying degrees of odors that emanate from other football teams. Enjoy your fall. Best,

Mark Wallace Maguire

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20 under 40 star honored as Citizen of the Year Rev. Beth Dickinson of Vinings United Methodist Church was recently honored as Citizen of the Year by the Rotary Club of Vinings. Dickinson, who was featured as 20 Rising Star Under 40 in March’s Cobb Life, helped grow the church from 18 members to nearly 80 since she took the helm as senior pastor in 2006. She and her husband Keith have two sons, Thomas, 3, and Jacob, 8.

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Mark Wallace Maguire and The Dawntreaders unveiled their first music for film the premiere of “Tears of Bankers” in September. The independent film was screened in New York as part of the annual New Filmmakers Series. It also appeared at the Rome International Film Festival in Rome, Ga. The music group is led by guitarist, composer, bassist and multi-instrumentalist Maguire. The group’s current lineup also features Smyrna’s Clint Meador on drums and synthesizers. Meador, who is the chief producer for the group, also serves as the sound engineer at Village Church Vinings. “Tears of Bankers” is produced and directed by indie film legend Rick Schmidt, whose films have placed in dozens of festivals, including Sundance Film Festival and Berlin Film Festival. Barry Norman is a producer/executive producer/actor in the film. The movie is also being considered for other festivals in Europe and South America. The band is licensed by BMI and are seeking future collaborations in the film, TV and art arenas. You can listen to their music on their MySpace page and follow them on Facebook. Information: visit,, or

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Cobb Galleria unveils herb garden Cobb Galleria Centre recently debuted an on-site herb garden for use by the venue’s kitchen. Two large raised beds were constructed behind the kitchen, which are filled with more than 20 herbs, including sage, mint, rosemary and several variations of basil. The herbs yield large quantities of ingredients used regularly in the cuisine of the chefs. “Every other day we pick a five gallon bucket full of basil used to make pesto, basil oil and compound butter,” Executive Chef Nicholas Walker said. The garden was the vision of Director of Food and Beverage Kirsten Gleaves. The garden is completely self-sustained within the Cobb Galleria Centre. The boxes were built by the venue’s engineering department, members of various departments helped with the planting, and the food and beverage department takes care of the maintenance and watering. Marigold is planted as a natural repellant for bugs and there are no pesticides used. The seasonal herbs will be replaced in the colder seasons with more weather appropriate substitutes such as kale, lettuce and wheatgrass, and in the spring, other vegetables will be added.

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[shopping] Town Center at Cobb opens new stores Town Center at Cobb announced that it will soon welcome Macrobatix and Hot Dog Heaven & Chargrilled Burgers. These new offerings will add to the mall’s roster of shopping options, joining the recently opened Yogli Mogli, Teavana and T-Mobile stores. Progress also continues on Belk and Forever 21, both undergoing extensive interior renovations and scheduled to open later this year. Macrobatix, an authorized Apple Corporate Retail Store and Service Provider, is slated to open a 2,300 square foot storefront in November. Hot Dog Heaven & Chargrilled Burgers, a family-owned restaurant established in Woodstock, is set to open its second storefront in the Food Court in September. With a loyal following of hungry diners, shoppers will soon be able to enjoy burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches and other American fare. Information:


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[arts & culture] Rescue dog steals the show at ‘Legally Blonde’ When Atlanta Lyric Theatre needed a small dog to play the role of Brusier in the musical adaptation of Legally Blonde, the organization turned to Furkids, the largest no-kill animal rescue organization in the state. The role of Bruiser calls for a small, lively dog that goes to Harvard Law School with Elle Woods, the musical’s lead role. Furkids dog shelter manager Lauren Miller knew that Buster, a 7lb., tan Chihuahua mix that was rescued from the side of the road, would fit the bill. Miller didn’t believe Buster was trained for the stage, but sensed he could handle the challenge. She also hoped someone would adopt him after seeing his antics as the spunky dog in the play. What Furkids didn’t anticipate is that Buster would be adopted before the play opened. Local star Alison Wilhoit, who played the role of Elle Woods, took Buster home for the night after rehearsal. He bonded with her—and her entire family, including her husband, parents, sister and three other dogs — so much that she ended up adopting Buster the day before opening night. Fans can go to to find the dog or cat that will light up their lives. For more information on the Atlanta Lyric Theatre, visit the website

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Well noted KSU’s Dean Meeks set to retire Kennesaw State University College of the Arts Dean Joseph Meeks is retiring in February 2013 after 14 years as dean and 38 years on the Kennesaw State University faculty. Meeks played a central role in the creation of the Joel A. Katz Music and Entertainment Business Program, a collaborative effort between the College of the Arts and the Michael J. Coles College of Business. Under his leadership, the college of the arts has also received significant gifts leading to the naming of the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center, the Onyx Theater, the Audrey B. and Jack E. Morgan, Sr. Concert Hall, the Eric and Gwendolyn Brooker Rehearsal Hall, the Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art and the School of Music was designated an All-Steinway School. We at Cobb Life especially applaud his work. He has been a great force in promoting the arts and academia in Cobb County and Georgia as a whole. Enjoy your retirement, you deserve it.

Mistletoe Market set for October The Junior League of Cobb-Marietta (JLCM) are hosting the 22nd annual Mistletoe Market at the Cobb Civic Center from Oct. 11 through Oct. 13. The event offers shoppers an exclusive look at the one-of-a-kind merchant selections complete with delicious food, a silent auction and entertainment. More than 50 merchants will offer the latest trends in apparel, jewelry, children’s clothing and gifts, home and garden accents, gourmet food products and culinary treats, specialty gift items, and holiday apparel and accessories. Throughout the weekend, there will be performances by local choral and dance groups to entertain shoppers and a raffle giving shoppers opportunities to win fabulous prizes. New for 2012, several popular authors will be present to personally sign their books. Stephanie McAfee, bestselling author of “Diary of a Mad Fat Girl,” will be pre-releasing her latest novel, “Happily Ever Madder: Misadventures of a Mad Fat Girl.” As the largest fundraiser for the JLCM, all net proceeds raised from the market fund non profits groups throughout Cobb. Tickets can be purchased at Receive $1 off your ticket at the door by bringing a package of diapers to help JLCM support Cobb Diaper Day. October 2012 Cobb Life


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Cobb Life and Marietta Daily Journal Publisher Otis A. Brumby Jr. was a giant in the world of journalism, a dedicated family man and a strong believer in the importance of community. Thankfully for us, that community was Cobb. He passed away Sept. 8. Here is his story.

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Otis A. Brumby Jr. served nearly a half-century as

publisher of the Marietta Daily Journal. During those decades he oversaw the transformation of the MDJ from a small-city newspaper into the award-winning flagship of a metro-wide chain of suburban papers; used those publications as “bully pulpits” for lower taxes and against political corruption; crusaded successfully for stronger “Sunshine Laws”; fought passionately for education reform; and was a widely respected kingmaker in state and local politics.

Roy Barnes, former Georgia governor I’ve always had an interest in open government and he was the leader in the state for that. We litigated several cases on behalf of open government and he helped me redraft the opengovernment laws on two or three occasions. And I could have had no better ally than Otis Brumby. It was not just lip service, but something he was passionate about — that government had to be transparent and open. He had a unique background and broad political experience. He had been a confidant of Senator Richard Russell. He saw government up close and personal. He saw what happened if government was conducted behind closed doors. So those life experiences began the process. But his time as publisher confirmed and strengthened them. He was a master of tough questions. He knew the bottom line on everything. And he was not afraid to ask you about it. He didn’t beat around the bush. What you saw with Otis was what you got. He was tough but

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fair. He told me once that Johnny (Isakson) and I were the only ones that understood that completely — that understand what the press needs to do and has to do, and it’s something I admire. We vacationed together, our children grew up together, his mother was a Dobbs and I married a Dobbs. I enjoyed his company. He had a lot of fun in him. A lot who didn’t know him didn’t realize what a great sense of humor he had. A terrific storyteller. To have held the position of influence he did in this community, he was one of the most humble guys I’ve ever been around. He never overstated his influence or importance. His family was always number one. He and Martha Lee had perfect marriage as far as we ever knew. They were a perfect pair together. He was strong of pen, impeccable of integrity and a loyal friend.

Otis Brumby Jr. led a life that built significantly on his family’s stellar reputation in Cobb County. As a businessman, he was a leader in his community during decades of tremendous growth; as a newspaperman, he played an important role in informing the people of Cobb County and shaping their opinions; as a public servant, he gave his time to help Georgia’s children get a world-class education; as a family man, he leaves behind loving children and grandchildren who are charged with carrying on their distinguished family legacy. Otis was one of the most influential Georgians of his generation. Even as we mourn his loss, we celebrate his life, his accomplishments and his contributions to our beloved state.

Brumby, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 prostate cancer nearly two years ago and had waged a strenuous fight against it since then, passed away peacefully at his home Sept. 8 at age 72, surrounded by family and friends. Said former Gov. Roy Barnes of Marietta, “I can think of no single person who’s had bigger impact on Cobb County and this state than Otis. He excelled as a community leader and in education reform. And I think that a giant oak has fallen that will be very difficult to replace.”  Otis A. Brumby Jr. was born April 9, 1940 in Atlanta, son of the late Otis A. Brumby Sr. and Elisabeth Dobbs Brumby of Marietta. His family had a long history and deep roots in county history. One member (Col. Anoldus V. Brumby) had served as commandant of the Georgia Military Institute on Powder Springs Road in Marietta (now site of the Marietta Hilton and Conference Center). Otis Jr. was the great-grandson of Thomas Micajah Brumby, who with his brother James had co-founded the Brumby Chair Company here just after the Civil War (a company that Otis Jr. would successfully resurrect in the mid-1990s). Both Thomas and his son, Thomas Jr., served as mayors of Marietta, the latter dying in office. Thomas Jr.’s son Otis Sr. had founded the weekly Cobb County Times in 1916 and acquired the MDJ in 1951. The publisher and his young family, which also included daughter Bebe in addition to Otis, lived on then-rural Terrell Mill Road just south of Marietta. Despite growing up around the newspaper, Otis Jr. had planned on a legal career. After graduating from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., with a major in political science and a minor in economics, he earned a law degree from The University of Georgia in Athens (where his roommates included future famed criminal defense lawyer Ed Garland, banking tycoon James Blanchard of Synovus and prominent attorney Wyck Knox of Augusta). But shortly after he returned to Marietta in 1965 as assistant to the publisher (a training period that also included a lengthy stint as a “cub” reporter) and two years later was named publisher. He wasted little time making his mark. In 1969 he launched the Neighbor Newspaper group, which ultimately grew into a chain of 27 free suburban weeklies circling metro Atlanta, with satellite offices in each county feeding copy back to Marietta. “Otis Jr. was still in his 20s when he made the visionary decision to start the Neighbor newspapers,” retired Kennesaw State University history professor Tom Scott, Ph.D., told the MDJ. “In the competitive world of modern reporting, with so many alternatives to print journalism, it’s hard to see how the MDJ could have been so profitable without the mass circulation of those suburban newspapers.”

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Meanwhile, with delivery issues in mind and with an eye on the need for better access to then-new Interstate 75, Brumby moved the newspaper’s offices from their traditional Marietta Square location to a new plant on Fairground Street just downhill from Lockheed. Brumby’s newspaper, with its emphasis on short stories and readability, became a model for the industry. When Gannett began laying plans for what would become USA Today, it sent a team of editors to spend a week in the MDJ newsroom studying the Marietta newspaper model.  The MDJ’s meat-and-potatoes was and is coverage of community events that are too routine for bigger media to pay much attention to: the rezonings, the road widenings, the church news, the school news, the new business openings. But unlike many community-oriented newspapers, and unlike many bigger ones as well, the MDJ under Brumby’s leadership also kept its editorial eye riveted on the doings of its local governments. The MDJ hammered home through the years the need for leaner government and lower taxes. “He was always a populist in his views and opposed what he deemed to be wasteful spending on any level of government,” recalled state Senator and former Cobb school board Chairman Lindsey Tippins. Added former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, “Otis was consistently one of the strongest voices for more efficient government, for smaller government and for creating new jobs. He was a passionate advocate for the development of northside Atlanta. Just look at the amount of what in his youth was farmland that now is full of homes and factories and schools. He was integral to the growth of Cobb.” Said legendary retired Georgia journalist and syndicated columnist Bill Shipp of Kennesaw, “Of all the publishers and editors I met and worked for, he was far and above the best one. He had a model daily newspaper. He not only reported the news, his newspaper was an active, dynamic watchdog in this county. “He ran a newspaper that appealed to local newspaper readers and was a cause for community good. And the MDJ is without equal in the entire state in that regard.” Added Barnes, “We have not had any major government corruption scandals in Cobb, and the reason is that Otis was a vigilant watchdog making sure the public knew what was going on. We’ve escaped embarrassment, corruption and scandal because of his efforts.”  Like most editors and publishers, Brumby felt strongly about First Amendment issues. But unlike the perfunctory support sometimes heard from such quarters, Brumby’s front-and-center push for government transparency was unwavering. “His legacy in journalism was his consistent, unrelenting effort to ensure government transparency and open meetings and records,” said U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) “There’s not a journalist or publisher or editorial writer in this state that did more than Otis to ensure the public’s business was done in the open. There wouldn’t be an Open Meetings and Open Records Act without Otis.” Continued Isakson, “When the publisher of your hometown paper and your personal friend has a passion for open government and you’re an elected official, if you don’t embrace that concept too, you won’t last very long.” Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens of east Cobb described Brumby as “a great teacher and mentor. His love of the First Amendment and his desire for elected officials to be held accountable are much appreciated.” Retired ambulance company owner Bo Pounds was part of a group that successfully brought suit against Cobb EMC regarding misuse of corporate assets, an effort that was fueled by the MDJ’s close coverage. “Otis is the best I’ve ever seen at letting the public know what in the hell the government is doing,” he told the MDJ. “Otis is as responsible for openness in Georgia law as anyone.”

Otis A. Brumby Jr., right, was good friends with U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson of east Cobb — and the senator had plenty of respect for the newspaper publisher and his relentless drive for open government. ‘When the publisher of your hometown newspaper and your personal friend has a passion for open government and you’re an elected official, and you don’t embrace that concept too, you won’t last very long,’ says Isakson.

The newspaper went on to win the prestigious annual Freedom of Information Award numerous times from the Georgia Associated Press and the Georgia Press Association. As Brumby saw it, the Sunshine laws were tools for use by the public and media to help hold elected officials accountable. Shipp, the retired columnist, said that public officials “were and are absolutely terrified of the MDJ, and that’s a good thing. We don’t have much of that kind of journalism anymore. It’s the kind of journalism that keeps people in the middle of the road.” Said Marietta Mayor Steve Tumlin, “I had one rule with Otis as a politician: Tell the truth early on and hide nothing, as he knew it or was going to know it anyway.” It’s notable that the three Georgia elected officials who arguably worked the hardest and most successfully to strengthen the sunshine laws — Barnes, Olens and Isakson — had something in common. “They were all under tutelage of Otis Brumby,” Barnes said. “He impressed upon us and all who would listen the importance of making sure that government is open and conducted in the sunshine. He always argued that was the best way to keep government from becoming too bureaucratic and to try to prevent corruption. I could have had no better ally on that than Otis Brumby. It was not just lip service, but something he was passionate about.” Former state Sen. Chuck Clay (R-Marietta) recalls Brumby as “an absolutely uncompromising warrior on behalf of open government and open records. The people of Georgia have been well served by his efforts. I just hope they know what a legal quorum is in heaven or there is going to be trouble, and I bet on Otis.” 

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Brumby also was passionate about education reform and strong public schools. The result was, first, his appointment to the Marietta School Board by then-Mayor Joe Mack Wilson and the City Council in 1993; and later, his appointment as chairman of the State School Board by Barnes in 1999. “I went to his house and said, ‘I want you to be chairman,’’’ Barnes recalled. “That’s a tough job, but he thought about it and said, ‘That’s not the job I want, but it’s a job I can’t say ‘no’ to. Education is too important.’ He was always willing to serve, and he always gave 100 percent.” But perhaps Brumby’s biggest contribution to public schools was the “vote of confidence” in them by virtue of the decision he and wife Martha Lee made to send all five of their children to the Marietta School System, rather than to private schools as many Mariettans were doing. “He chose to send them to public school when he could have afforded to send them to any private school in the country,” observed former U.S. Rep. Buddy Darden (D-Marietta). Brumby was fond of quoting former Mayor Joe Mack Wilson’s observation that the city school system “is the glue that holds Marietta together.”

flux of residents from other parts of the country into east Cobb, the county GOP would be a force to be reckoned with by the early 1980s. “Otis always thought that a strong twoparty system was in the best interest of the state,” said Isakson, who first ran for office in the early 1970s. “And being part of the minority party early in my career, he gave us the chance to make our case. He didn’t prop us up, but he made sure the access was there. We had a chance, and in a lot of communi-

Mr. Brumby was a great teacher and mentor. His love of the First Amendment and his desire for elected officials to be held accountable are much appreciated. His leadership for our community was essential to its success over many decades. He taught us the importance of strengthening the resolve and the need to be vigilant. So I don’t think it’s a coincidence. He was a great asset. I would meet with him every couple of months. He was a great source of counsel in making the right decisions.

Brumby was fascinated by politics, an interest honed when he served in the 1950s as congressional page for his cousin, U.S. Sen. Richard B. Russell in Washington, D.C. (Brumby went on to graduate from The Capitol Page School in Washington.) “Other than his family, which he was more proud of than anything, I think he was most proud of his days as a page for Richard Russell,” recalled syndicated columnist Matt Towery of Vinings. “He didn’t have as many pages as the other senators, and not many could say they paged for him. And that relationship helped form many of his views on politics and life.” Russell was one of the most powerful senators and was the intellectual force behind the Southern bloc that then controlled the seniority-driven body. Russell also was a confidante of both then- President Dwight Eisenhower and then-Senate Majority Leader (and future President) Lyndon B. Johnson. The young Brumby would recall in later years that he was routinely designated by Johnson to answer his personal phone on the floor of the Senate. Cobb and Georgia politics in that era were overwhelmingly Democratic. But Brumby took the reins of the MDJ just as Cobb’s previously next-to-nonexistent Republican Party was first beginning to stir. Fueled by an in-

Journal Publisher Otis A. Brumby, left, and Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens became good friends when Olens was the Cobb Board of Commissioners chairman.

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ties, you never did.” Added Gingrich, who in those days represented a district on the southside of Atlanta, “Otis was a warrior for conservatism who by the creation of the Neighbor Newspapers on top of the MDJ dramatically offset the impact of the Atlanta newspapers. You can’t understand Georgia politics over the last 30 years without understanding how important a figure he was. “It’s hard for folks now to remember how dominant the liberal voice of the Atlanta newspaper was back in the 1970s, and how exciting it was to have Otis and his newspaper as a conservative voice. And it was great for our morale, too. Later, when I was Speaker, I always felt like he had my back.” But Brumby’s personal politics remained somewhat amorphous. He endorsed and gave

financial contributions to candidates of both parties. Although personalities sometimes figured into the equation, for him the bottom line usually was not party label but whether the candidate was suitably conservative, especially on fiscal matters. A similar rule of thumb determined whether to editorially support various proposals floated by local officials. The main criterion was whether the project or referendum made financial sense for taxpayers. “As a politician, I’ll miss the question that I’ve heard over and over, both in Cobb and in the state Capitol: ‘“What does Otis think about this?’” Tumlin said .  It’s hard to be a crusading journalist without making one’s share of enemies, and Brumby made his share — and then some. But he not only possessed bulldog tenacity when it came to following a story, but also with the rare gift of retaining the friendship and respect of those who were momentarily feeling the heat. “He doesn’t have a single friend who didn’t have a disagreement with him, but we all learned to put those behind us,” Darden said. “And he had the ability to move forward. We didn’t always agree, but it didn’t come in the way of what I consider one of my closest friendships in my entire adult life.” Said Isakson, “I’ll be the first to say we didn’t agree on everything, but I learned that it was best to focus on what we agreed about and move on.” Numerous others told the MDJ the same thing, including Barnes. “Johnny and I are two of his close friends and he’d hammer both of us from time to time, but we understood what he was doing,” he said. “As I used to kid him, I never forget that you’re first and foremost a newspaper man. The ink flowed through his bones and blood. But we remained friends. That is a unique ability, to continue to have a close relationship. I knew his secrets and he knew mine. He never betrayed a confidence of mine or vice-versa. But at same time I understood he had a job to do. “In my world, loyalty is the coin of the realm, and Otis was loyal to me and I was loyal to him. That does not mean there would not be criticism. But in the end, we remained friends. He told me once that Johnny and I were the only ones that understood completely what the press needs to do and has to do.” Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon said he understood the awkward position Brumby would sometimes be in. “Being an editor and living here locally has got to be a tough job.”

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 There were two sides to Otis Brumby — the one as the publisher that the public saw, and the private one as a man utterly devoted to his community, to his church, to various other charities and, above all, to his family. He is survived by his wife Martha Lee, daughters Spain Gregory, Lee Garrett, Betsy Tarbutton, Anna Brumby and son Otis Brumby III; 10 grandchildren; and his sister, Bebe Brumby Leonard. The late Mr. Brumby was a trustee of the University of Georgia Foundation, the Arch Foundation of UGA and the Kennesaw College Foundation. He represented the Seventh Congressional District on the state Board of Transportation from 1985-90. He endowed a professorship of First Amendment Law for journalism and law students at UGA in 2004. He was for decades an avid member of the Marietta Kiwanis Club, serving as its president; and past president of numerous professional organizations. He remained an avid UGA football fan, and often remarked that there was nothing like enjoying a game at Sanford Stadium “with 100,000 of your closest friends.” He was a lifetime member of First United Methodist Church of Marietta. “Otis was a faithful and generous churchman and he served where he was needed, whether helping plan the church’s future or ushering and greeting newcomers on Sunday morning,” said the Rev. Sam Matthews, pastor. “I witnessed profound gestures of kindness and consideration from him, gestures that most of us would be challenged to match. Former Congressman Darden, a fellow member, noted Brumby’s steady giving to the church, and quoting the Book of Matthew, said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Former Georgia Supreme Court Justice Conley Ingram sat in the pew just ahead of the Brumbys for years. “He did the smallest job to the greatest job at our church,” he said. “He was a greeter at the door, or took up collection, but you could always count on him to be there. “His life was one of love and dedication to his family and his church and to the First Amendment and to UGA. He was a great friend, and he never tried to take credit for the many things he did for our community. He was a great family man and a great church man and above all, a loyal friend. It’s not going to be the same without him.”

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Otis was a warrior for conservatism who by the creation of the Neighbor Newspapers on top of the MDJ dramatically offset impact the impact of the AJC. You can’t understand Georgia politics over the last 30 years without understanding how important a figure he was. In some of my hardest races, the editorials of the MDJ really helped offset the attacks of AJC, and that I will always treasure. I always felt like he had my back. And when I was speaker we had one of his Brumby Rockers in our office, so I always had a vivid reminder of him. He was consistently one of the strongest voices for more efficient government, smaller government and more jobs. And he was passionate about education. It’s hard for folks now to realize how dominant the liberal voice of the AJC was back in the 1970s. Or how exciting it was to have Otis and his newspapers as a conservative voice. And it was great for our morale, too. … I always found him to be engaging and enthusiastic about life. He had a great sense of humor and we always had a great personal friendship.

 Many of those who shared their reminiscences for this story remarked on the contrast between Brumby’s towering journalistic presence and his personal preference for staying out of the spotlight. “For all his greatness, the greatest thing about him was that he was so humble,” Towery said. “He could be tough in the business place, but when he got out in public, he was shy. You couldn’t get him to talk about himself in front of other people.” Remembered Barnes, “To have held the position of influence he did in this community, he was one of the most humble guys I’ve ever been around. He never overstated his influence or importance.” Brumby also was recalled by Barnes and others as a terrific storyteller. “He had a lot of fun in him,” he said. “A lot of those who didn’t know him didn’t realize what a great sense of humor he had.” Brumby’s middle name, “Anoldus,” had been passed down through the generations, and he joked to an editor this summer in mock surprise that, “I offered it to all my children to use as a name for their children, and none of them wanted it!” And Brumby, whose hairstyle and sartorial choices were nowhere close to “cutting edge,” could be self-deprecating, too. “He used to jokingly call himself ‘the Marietta Square,’” Towery said. “But he wasn’t just ‘the Marietta Square.’ He was Cobb County. And life without Otis Brumby is not going to be as much fun.” Added Isakson, “I’m going to miss my friend Otis.” 

Otis A. Brumby Jr. and his wife of 44 years, Martha Lee, had five children and 10 grandchildren. Those close to him recall Brumby as a man who was deeply devoted to his family, church and community.

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Making a good burger is something most restaurants and home cooks can do.


When you find folks who have the knack, it’s like striking gold. That’s how I felt after we discovered Moxie Burger, a seven-month-old eatery in East Cobb’s Paper Mill Village.

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White oak pasture lamb combined with a smooth blend of caramelized onions, sauteed mushrooms, goat cheese and creole chilli sauce.

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Family owned and family oriented, this casual little café has a genial, attractive interior. Prominent features include a red oak bar with a foot rail of wood taken from buildings on an old tobacco farm in Kentucky, chestnut wood tables and booth backs of 110-year-old barn wood. It sports pottery crafted by owner Chas O’Huyvetter’s brother-in-law and art prints created by his sister. As pleasant as Moxie is indoors, its spacious, roofed outdoor patio accented by greenspace and trees is the way to go when the weather is agreeable. The dog-friendly space even has two big bowls of water for visiting canines. Wherever you sit, you first must order at the counter. If it’s your first time, be prepared to spend a few minutes perusing the menu boards. Top seller, I’m told, is the Moxie burger with bacon, fried green tomato, pimiento cheese and Moxie sauce, which is mayo-based with several secret seasonings, as well as diced pickle. But the Bleu Ribbon, a

burger with bleu cheese crumbles, horseradish mayo, sautéed mushrooms and caramelized onions, is a close second. I chose the Heater, as I’m always on the lookout for the spiciest thing on any menu. Dressed with lettuce and tomato, jalapeños, house-made onion straws, hot sauce and jalapeño ranch dressing, it packed exactly enough punch to enliven my taste buds without being stupefyingly fiery. Moxie’s six ounce, 81 percent lean burger patties are twice ground to ensure no bits of gristle or bone make it to the plate. The certified Angus beef chuck cuts used rank in the top third of all choice grade meat. The kitchen cooks them with care so their nice juiciness and texture are preserved. For a truly luxurious flavor experience, give The Cadillac burger a whirl. Rather than beef, it’s ground grass-fed lamb from a South Georgia farm topped with caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms, goat cheese and Creole chili sauce. Rich

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Above, from left: Fried Green Tomatoes topped with goat cheese, bacon bits, fresh chives and roasted red pepper aioli. The Chucktown salad is topped with strawberries, red onions, sliced almonds and fried goat cheese balls. Owner Chaz D'Huyvetter of East Cobb. and full-bodied, the Cadillac is not to be missed. There also are a couple of specialty hot dogs, with toppings like house made pimiento cheese, bacon, onion straws and hot pepper relish. But there is more to love here than meat. A side or starter of fried green tomatoes has the ideal balance of crunchy and juicy. Loved the zucchini fries, too. Chucktown salad, a nod to a similar salad O’Huyvetter loved as a student in Charleston, SC, is mixed greens with sliced strawberries, red onions, almonds and fried goat cheese. Moxie’s namesake salad contains bacon, avocado, dried cranberries and some of those fried green tomatoes. I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but the King of Pops frozen fruit bars have become an addiction. Moxie Burger is the only restaurant to offer these icy treats outside of the perimeter. All natural and freshly made by the small Atlanta-based company, the bars come in a wide range of wholly unique flavors such as coconut lemongrass, sweet tea and lemonade, raspberry lime and Mexican chocolate, which is dark chocolate spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, vanilla and cayenne. Beers on tap on our most recent visit included October 2012 Cobb Life


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Fat Tire, Red Hare and two Sweetenvironment and menu. water brews. The wine list is well With his own money and investchosen and has something for ments by family members, Moxie everybody. My favorite was an old Burger was born. vine zinfandel from Marietta Wine The party line is that the eatery’s Cellars in Ohio. name came from an old-fashioned Born and raised in east Cobb, word meaning courage, determinaO’Huyvetter is a Pope High School tion, spirit or gumption, moxie grad who went to found its way into the the University of eatery’s name beGeorgia to play cause, as the stated baseball. After hurtexplanation goes, ing his arm, how“the world needs ever, baseball was more moxie.” no longer in the But the real reason 255 Village Parkway cards. A transfer to is a cat, also named the College of Moxie, who embodPaper Mill Village Charleston opened ied the meaning of Marietta 30067 up a new world. the word and will al770.627.3201 “Charleston is ways have a where I became a nent place in foodie,” he said O’Huyvetter’s heart. with a grin. “He was a family pet, an orange Graduating with a degree in fitabby. Every house on our street nance with a minor in psychology, had a dog and they all bowed down O’Huyvetter put in several years in to that cat,” Chas recalled. “I the managerial side of the food inwanted the name of the restaurant dustry before deciding he wanted to to mean something to our family, so create and run his own restaurant this is the hidden meaning.” 

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A tasty black bean patty dressed with goat cheese, roasted red peppers and pesto mayo.

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and magic

inside the box By Michael Pallerino Photography by Reid Traylor

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The South is a place of Tales of mysterious beasts and wild, half-crazed heroes roll clear down to Voodoo bubbles up from the mudflats in a whisper as black and syrupslow as the waters of the bayou. It’s no wonder the stomping shuffle

of buck dancers and the lonely moan of the slide guitar were perfected in the Southern night. Crowded by the song of Katydids, it is a darkness where the forsaken are rumored to find salvation in music. So it was for Mike Snowden. Burned out by a lifetime of playing in bands – the endless travel, the constant in-fighting, the search for something that wasn’t there – he put down his bass guitar and walked away from music. In the seven years that followed he had a child, got a day job and settled into a calm that had previously eluded him. But magic never dies. It merely waits. Five years ago, he realized his daughter had never heard him play. Never seen music swell up and flow from her father the way it can for only those who truly love it. But his bass carried too much baggage, was too complicated to be pure in a child’s eyes. So he picked up a banjo, then the drums, but neither fit. “And then I came across a picture of a guy playing a cigar box guitar,” Snowden says. “I knew I had to try it.” Snowden happened to have a friend who worked at a cigar store and had given him a handful of old boxes. The East Cobb resident had long been intrigued by the smell of the wood, the exotic cities stamped into the side. He knew there had to be another use for them and finally it struck. That old Southern magic. Snowden made a guitar. Three strings and a plug. Varnish. Wood. Something so simple it reaches the purity of truth and carries a unique sound all its own. He started to play music again. First for his daughter, then for anyone who would listen. He gave up on playing anything else, focused solely on this strange, three-stringed guitar. “I sold or threw out all my old equipment,” he says. “It was liberating.”

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Snowden with one of his favorites. Above, he keeps a well stock inventory of cigar boxes to create his instruments.

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Snowden uses a variety of tools to make the perfect instrument. What does a cigar box guitar sound like? You can find his music on itunes, but we recommend his youtube videos to get the full effect.


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He played festivals, recorded music, put out albums and, of course, made more guitars. Almost 500. Aerosmith’s legendary guitarist Joe Perry bought one. So did Audioslave’s Tom Morello. Sugarland’s Christian Bush gives them as gifts. Snowden didn’t invent cigar box guitars, rather he reintroduced them to us. They first appeared in the 1840s when cigars stopped being packed individually in crates. Civil War soldiers made them. So did Bo Diddley. And Jimi Hendrix. Then, for a moment, they all but disappeared. The internet is the modern day Crossroads, a place where magic floats in the ether like a blown kiss. It’s where Snowden saw his first cigar box guitar and it’s where the world first saw him – video of the wounded cry of a slide easing its way down the slender neck of his black Cohiba guitar went viral. People took note. “There’s a whole underground scene of guys who play these things,” he says. In September Snowden will play a series of shows in the UK culminating in Manchester’s fourth annual Boxstock Festival. Once again on the road, but this time with less trouble, fewer complications. After that he’ll return home. To his family. To a place where the heavens speak through three strings and a twelve-inch box. Simple maybe, but nothing short of magic. A CLOSER LOOK

A T M IK E SNO W D EN - He and his wife Monique have one daughter, Madison, 9 -Since 2007 he’s made 450 individually numbered, hand-signed guitars -His cigar box guitar albums, available on iTunes, are:

Summer in the Fields: Cigar Box Guitar Instrumentals The Legend of Boondock Jones and His Faithful Cigar Box Guitar Cigar Box Stomp -Played bass guitar in numerous bands over twenty years, opening for Dave Matthews, Joe Cocker, The Indigo Girls and many others -His favorite is a black wood Cohiba guitar -Guitars are for sale on his website and range from $300-$400 -Upcoming Shows include: Oct. 21- Fundraiser Oct. 27 - Wild Wings, Marietta Costume Party Nov. 10 - Wild Wings, Marietta Chili Cook Off

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Tips on how to add some life and luxury to your basement It's easy to find advice on decorating nearly every inch of your home. Kitchens, living rooms, bedrooms, baths — even mudrooms and closets get attention. But the lowly basement gets short shrift. These subterranean spaces present a host of decorating challenges, from low ceilings and limited natural light to never-ending battles with dampness and even flooding. Yet basements can be untapped treasures. Kathryn Bechen, author of the new "Small Space Organizing" (Revell Books), first tackled basement decorating while living in a tiny basement apartment. Years later, she preaches the same decorating techniques that

helped make her underground rental into a cozy home: Decide exactly how you'll use your basement, and then either embrace its dark coziness or use color, texture and the right furnishings to bring the illusion of bright, open space. Bechen says it's worth the effort, especially for people with small homes, to convert a previously ignored basement into a family gathering spot, workspace or media room. Here she and interior designers Brian Patrick Flynn, founder of, and Kyle Schuneman, an expert on decorating small spaces, offer advice on making basements beautiful.

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"Since there's usually a major lack of natural light in basements," Flynn says, "inject light by using muted color and tons of white. What I often do is stick with muted grays on the walls, then use ultrawhite on ceilings to help bounce light throughout the space. But to make it more punchy, I toss in a super-saturated accent color such as fire-engine red, grassy green or orange." White furniture may seem like a recipe for disaster, but furniture upholstered in white can work in a basement as long as you choose durable, washable fabrics. Using plenty of floor and table lamps will also help, and Bechen says the old advice about mirrors shouldn't be ignored: Strategically placing a mirror opposite even a tiny basement window will help maximize light. The opposite approach also works: Decorate with sleek, low-slung furniture in dark colors to create a sophisticated lounge effect, using the cozy intimacy of the basement to your advantage, says Schuneman.


All three designers believe basements are perfect spots for bold decorating. Experiment with colors you don't normally use or indulge in theme decorating that might feel like overkill if you did it throughout your house. Basements are perfect "for having a retro moment," Schuneman says, since many of them feature vintage wood paneling and decorative touches that have been in place for decades. You're not creating a stage set, he says. But if there are vintage pieces already in your basement, why not amplify that look rather than removing it? Another option: "Go for the feel of a little seaside cottage," Bechen says. Use shades of pale blue, sand and white in linen, light cottons and berbers. Go all out with seashells and decorative pieces with ocean or island motifs.


"Many basements have drop-down ceilings, which are definitely practical since it makes for easy access to plumbing and electrical," Flynn says. But inexpensive drop-down tiles are often unattractive and look cheap. "I usually recommend high-end ceiling tiles with architectural detail. They're double or triple the price of basic drop ceiling tiles, but they give a much more sophisticated look. Plus, you can install them yourself." Another option, he says, is installing stamped metal tile.

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Here are some ideas on how to throw a killer Halloween party.

Marshmallow monsters Get the kids involved with this one. Cutesy and edible, these monsters are an inexpensive way to add character to your bash. Use candy for eyes and ears; you can even make “hair” with a dollop of frosting on top. Decorator gel to draw with can be purchased from Michael’s or your local grocery store. 34 Cobb Life

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Party idea: Set up a craft table with a variety of candy, toothpicks and marshmallows for your guests to decorate their own.

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R.I.P. dip

The only thing guests will find buried in this graveyard dip is tons of flavor. The savory, slightly spicy spread is a great complement to a variety of chips or crackers. It’s even tasty on its own. You can also make this a game by hiding a “body” in one (just make sure it’s big enough to find — choking your guests is not accepted, even on Halloween!). Dig in! (See recipe below.)

Ingredients: 2 cans of black beans, drained, but leave a little of the juice 1 can salsa (8 oz.) ¼ tsp cumin ¼ tsp paprika ¼ tsp salt

Directions: Mix all the ingredients together and then do the monster mash on the mixture until it’s smooth. Place in clear plastic cups. Insert a tombstone cracker in each. (We used Keebler Town House because its oval shape is perfect for a headstone.)

Alternative idea: You can drain the black beans well and make the texture of the dip firm enough to roll into balls. Add triangle-shaped blue corn tortilla chips on each side for wings to create bats.

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Punch ingredients: 2 cans frozen limeade 2 cans frozen lemonade 2 bottles lemon lime soda 2 quarts lime sherbet ***spice it up with rum if desired ***you can also toss in some gummy worms to enhance the effect

Witches Brew This swampy looking brew has an eerie surprise — a severed hand bobs just below the surface. But despite its ominous looks, it’s as sweet as can be, with a little kick of sour. For the frozen hand, use a non-latex glove and make sure you wash it thoroughly. We filled the glove with cranberry juice — the red makes a nice contrast with the greenish punch. Place carefully in freezer and keep it there for at least one day. Before use, run the hand under warm water before delicately cutting the glove off.

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Directions: Mix liquids together in the bowl. Add sherbet just before serving. You can add as little or as much as you like; we found that three scoops stirred gently added a nice “swampy” froth to the top. Frozen hand: Cranberry juice (or water or any other juice you like) Unflavored gelatin Tip: Freeze several hands so you can “freshen” the punch with a new one — as it melts it may affect the

flavor of the punch. We also added gelatin to the juice, which keeps the frozen hand from melting as quickly. Dissolve the gelatin in two cups of hot water, let it cool and add the cranberry juice. If you want to go all out: Pick up some dry ice from Marietta Dry Ice, located at 1383 Lucile Avenue SE, Suite A. You can buy pellets for about $1 a lb. We used 3 lbs and it was more than enough. To use, place the dry ice in a container big enough to hold your punch bowl. Sit the punch bowl down inside. Add water to the dry ice and voilà: you get spooky, curling vapors. As a general rule, dry ice will sublimate at a rate of five to ten pounds every 24 hours in a typical ice chest. Marietta Dry Ice: 770.428.7966

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>>>MUSIC No Halloween party is complete without a soundtrack to keep the undead shaking their bones on the dance floor. Here are some of our picks. 1. Thriller - Michael Jackson. You cannot throw a Halloween party without this song on the list. 2. Black Cat – Janet Jackson. Give your guests the chance to bust out the fierce dance moves. 3. Dracula’s Wedding – Andre 3000 featuring Kelis. This fun, theatrical song conjures up images of a dancing Dracula and his bride-to-be with its cool synthesizer sounds. 4. Nightmare on my Street – DJ Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince. This old-school tune features a creepy Freddie voice and haunting piano over a classic beat as Will Smith recounts his encounter with the Elm Street villian. 5. The Time Warp - Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack. Let “madness take its toll” on the dance floor with this campy classic. 6. Boris the Spider – The Who. Add a little weird with this creepy crawler of a song. They lyrics are fun, but the chorus features a spooky deep voice. 7. No More I Love Yous - Annie Lennox. This quirky ballad is catchy and easy to sing along with. What’s more eerie than a child’s voice saying “the monsters are crazy, there are monsters outside” along with a maniacal laugh in the background? 8. Zombie - Natalia Kills. A great dance beat with cute lyrics: “I’m in love with a zombie, but his heart is so cold. And I know that he like me. Cause he chasing me nightly. And I want him to bite me.” 9. Zombie Jamboree - Harry Belafonte or Rockapella. Silly and fun for group dancing. 10. Army of Me - Bjork. Just envisioning an army of the queen of strange is enough for a fright. Feel the chills run down your spine as a dominatrix-sounding Bjork threatens “if you complain once more, you’ll meet an army of me.” 11. Old Devil Moon - Frank Sinatra. Here’s a classic slow jam for couples in matching costumes. 12. Run Devil Run - Ke$ha. Another great dance track about love gone wrong, full of dark imagery. 13. Chase the Devil -Lee Scratch Perry/Thievery Corporation. Add a little reggae flavor to the mix. 14. Witchy Woman -The Eagles. Grab a broomstick and throw this classic on for the ladies in black. 15. This is Halloween - Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack. Fun and magical. 16. Somebody’s Watching Me - Rockwell. This paranoia-driven jam will have guests looking over their shoulders. 17. Rock Lobster – The B-52s. Pure absurdity, but with a great dance groove it is hard to beat this song penned by the outrageous band from Athens. 18. The Fantastic Mr. Kite – Who knew the Beatles could go Halloween on us? This often unheard song has all the markings of a Halloween tune – circus themes, John Lennon’s lyrics on the mysterious Mr. Kite, and a haunting organ that marks the track. 19. Murder on the Dance Floor - Sophie Ellis Baxter. Which guest has the killer moves? And a few more classics: Monster Mash - Bobby "Boris" Pickett. Hotel California -The Eagles.


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Boo! Brew Halloween-themed beer is also easy to find this time of year. A few to try: Hobgoblin, Shipyard’s Pumpkinhead and Laughing Skull, which is brewed in Atlanta.

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Trick or treat cupcakes Get as creative as you want with these. They can be spooky, cutesy, or both! We used candy corn and chocolate chips for eyes, ears and horns on the mummies, ghosts and monsters. We used Duncan Hines Frosting Creations flavor mix for orange icing, which also has an orange creme flavoring.

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"Finally Free from Arthritis Pain Without Drugs and Harmful Side Effects" Now, in Acworth, Dr. Erin Arnold, D.C. and Dr. Amy Valente, D.C. have what may be the most important breakthrough in non-surgical back pain treatment. Before and after MRI studies have shown disc bulges shrink in size – even with the most painful cases of L4-L5 & L5S1 herniations. Living with arthritis pain can affect every part of your life. It's keeps you from enjoying the good things in life - time with grandkids, playing golf, even working in the yard.

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I'll answer all your questions about chiropractic and arthritis pain. The appointment will not take long at all and you won't be sitting in a waiting room all day either. To take me up on this special offer, you must call before Oct. 25th. Call today…Phone 678-574-5678 Feel the Improvement and Say "Yes" to Life Again

Osteoarthritis Rheumatoid arthritis Bursitis/tendonitis Degenerative joint disease Lumbar disc problems Aching pain in the arms or legs Pain Pills Are Not The Answer Do you remember the Vioxx scandal? It was a medication designed to relieve arthritis pain…but like all drugs, it had side effects. After years of use worldwide, the makers withdrew it from the market because of the overwhelming evidence it caused heart attacks and strokes. There's a time to use pain medications, BUT not before seeking a natural way to correct the CAUSE of the problem! Ask yourself … after taking all these pain medications…maybe for years…are you any better off? Pain Is Not Just 'Old Age' Have you had one doctor after another telling you this is just the natural process of the body getting older - that you should expect to have arthritis.Sure, if you don't take care of your damaged joints now, as you get older they will be worse (which is why you shouldn't wait any longer to see if I can help you.) However, old age is not the cause of your arthritis. I'll venture to say all 360 joints in your body are the same age, yet arthritis and joint degeneration has not affected every one of them - only your previously injured joints that never healed properly. My name is Dr. Amy Valente owner of North Cobb Spine and Nerve Institute. Over the past six years since we've opened the doors, I've seen hundreds of people come in suffering with arthritis and leave the office pain free. I've made it my mission in practice to help those suffering with chronic pain like you.

Listen to what someone else has to say about it….. "I came into the office with terrible hip pain and stiffness. Now I am able to move around without all of the pain! Before I came to the office I had a lot of trouble sleeping but now I can sleep 7 hours a night without taking any medication!" - Thanks! D. Hames "When I came in to NLCC I was dealing with pain that at times, left me unable to function normally. Activities such as working out, doing yard work and lifting my grandson were difficult. Now that I am getting well I feel like a normal person again. I can exercise, lift weights and even lift my grandson without worrying about the pain!" -Thanks again! K. Sears With my "Arthritis Evaluation", we can find the problem and then correct it. Think of how you could feel in just a few short weeks. See and feel your life change for the better. Start your body on the way to pain-free, normal living. Feel tight joints rest, relax, free up. Feel muscles tied in knots become more supple. Feel strength in your muscles increase. As you begin to see motion returning to your joints, you're preventing and reducing chances of disability and a crippling future.You're playing golf again -- hitting longer drives, smoother putts, and lower scores…without pain. Arthritis can be successfully treated. Healthy, pain-free living should be yours. With my "Arthritis Evaluation", we can find the problem and then correct it.Think of how you could feel in just a few short weeks. See and feel your life change for the better. Start your body on the way to pain-free, normal living. Feel tight joints rest, relax, free up. Feel muscles tied in knots become more supple. Feel strength in your muscles increase.

Dr. Amy Valente, D.C. Arthritis can be successfully treated. Healthy, pain-free living should be yours. Please call our 24 Help Line at 678-574-5678 and tell the receptionist you'd like to come in for the Special Arthritis Evaluation before Oct. 25th. We can get started with your consultation, exam and x-rays as soon as there's an opening in the schedule. North Cobb Spine and Nerve Institute is located at 3451 Cobb Pkwy. Suite 4 in Acworth. (On the corner of Mars Hill Rd. and Cobb Pkwy) I look forward to helping you get rid of your pain so you can start living a healthier, more joyful life. Sincerely, Dr. Amy Valente, D.C. P.S. The only real question to ask you is this… Life's too short to live in pain like this. Call us today and soon I'll be giving you the green light to have fun again!

As you begin to see motion returning to your joints, you're preventing and reducing chances of disability and a crippling future. You're playing golf again -- hitting longer drives, smoother putts, and lower scores…without pain.

"I only wished I had found you sooner" I hear this too often, so I decided to do something about it and run this ad. Just call before Oct. 25th and you'll get my "Arthritis Evaluation" for only $20. • An in-depth consultation about your arthritis where will listen…really listen. • A complete nerve, muscle and spinal exam to find the "cause" of your problem.

CALL TODAY! 678-574-5678

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Kids are often enthralled with the wild kingdom, so it's fun to do their rooms with animal-themed decor. And you can think beyond the standard, kittycat wall border or dino bedding; some of today's designs have a sophistication that will please style-minded parents, too. So to quote Maurice Sendak, "Let the wild rumpus begin!" Dwell Studio: This bastion of chic kids' decor offers deer, triceratops, unicorn and zebra papier-mâché wall art that could easily inhabit any room in the house. Owl and unicorn shower curtains are rendered in Dwell's signature muted-color palette. Here too are French textile designer Paule Marrot's high style, textural giclee bird paintings on linen. (, papier-mâché, $76; shower curtains, $66; Paule Marrot wall art, $2,200) Ferm Living: Folk-arty silhouettes are the story at this Scandinavian design house. There are friendly tiger, owl and octopus poly-filled cushions and mobiles, a sweet group of birdshaped cushions, and a snake in fun, stripy organic hues. An unlikely yet whimsical Animal Tower decal stacks a rooster on a giraffe on a dog on a horse on an elephant — wall art sure to inspire some fantastical storytelling. (, cushions, $34.25 and up; mobiles, $45.75; Animal Tower, $110) RoomMates: Silhouette decals including monkeys, pelicans, turtles and more come packaged together ready to affix in whatever creative narrative strikes your fancy. There are realistic dinosaurs as well, packaged in multiples. (; animal decals, $71.49; dinos, $14.49) Little Lion Studio: Based in Montreal, Leonardo Cortes creates quiet, whimsicalsleepscape wall decals. A family of koalas snoozes in eucalyptus branches; a big yet benign whale takes a little sailboat for a ride. A watchful mommy giraffe can be positioned over the crib, with baby giraffe on the other side. Cortes' simple and charming style is reminiscent of that of Babar's creator, Laurent de Brunhoff. (, whale, $45.02; koalas, $81.54 and up; giraffes, $97.03) Restoration Hardware: Vintage illustrations of rhinos, camels and lions will have children dreaming of exploring Africa. (, artwork, $439)


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Since the mid-1970s, when he moved from Tallahassee to attend Clark Atlanta University, Kenny Leon has been a Southern t r a i l b l a z e r proud to call the metro area his home base - no matter where the road takes him. Now a Vinings resident, the nationally recognized actor and award-winning director is often hailed as a local champion for artistry, diversity and philanthropy.

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Sean Combs and Kenny Leon on the set of A Raisin in the Sun .

At Clark, Leon earned an undergraduate degree in political science and set his sights on attending law school in California. Once on the West Coast, however, this college theatre minor took center stage when he began working on television commercials. It wasn’t long before Leon was back in metro Atlanta and working with the Academy of Music & Theatre. At the Academy, he worked on theatre projects during the day and spent evenings giving back to the local community through the arts. “We did legitimate theatre during the day,” Leon said. “At night we would do things in prisons or schools or with homeless people and give them the money we made from the performances. Politics, community and the arts have always been a part of my life and that’s reflected in the projects I choose to do.” After nearly a decade with the Academy of Music & Theatre, Leon was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. “I had applied to the Alliance Theatre around that time because there wasn’t any diversity there,” he said.

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RECENT PROFESSIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: Leon recently opened the world premiere of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner to sold out crowds in Atlanta. He also recently wrapped production on Steel Magnolias, filmed in the metro area, and said both have been high points of his career.

Kenny Leon with Phylicia Rashād on the set of A Raisin in the Sun. “But, the committee for the National Endowment in New York wanted me to leave Atlanta.” Leon once again left Atlanta - this time to study in Baltimore, MD and San Jose, CA. While in San Jose, Leon got the call he had wanted before receiving the Endowment - an invitation to do a play at the Alliance. “I was invited by the Alliance to do a play called T-Bone and Weasel and, at the end of that year, I was offered the associate artistic director job,” he said. “Two years later, I was named artistic director. I had a great time. Atlanta gave me my start, and I could never say, ‘thank you’ enough. But, I was losing myself as an artist so I left Alliance thinking I was moving to New York City.” After an 11-year run as artistic director at the Alliance Theatre, Leon set his sights on the Big Apple. But Leon’s friend Chris Manos, a well-known producer, had other plans. “Chris encouraged me to start a theatre company,” Leon said. “There was a need for a company that focused on issues of diversity, so Jane Bishop and I started that.” As founding artistic director of True Colors Theatre Company, Leon built what has become an Atlanta institution while remaining constantly in pursuit of becoming a better artist.

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It certainly seems Leon Rashad. He was named has been successful in that one of People magazine’s venture, garnering numer50 Most Beautiful People, ous accolades throughout and has been presented his career. He’s directed 10 Martel Cognac’s Rise world premieres for the Al- Above Award and the MIT liance, inEugene McDercluding Elton mott Award in John’s Aida. the Arts. He racked up Still, Leon is FUN FACT: five Tony very much an Leon thinks he nominations everyman - esmight hold the for August pecially when at record for being Wilson’s home in Vinings. killed the most Gem of the “When I come number of times Ocean on home I walk in on the popular Broadway. my neighborT.V. show Heat of He won a hood and jog at the Night. Tony for his the Silver Comet work on LorTrail,” he said. raine Hansberg’s A Raisin “I’m a golfer, and the numin the Sun on Broadway, ber of public and private which, several years later, courses here can’t be was translated into an matched. There are great epynonymous network tel- churches all over, and fanevision adaptation with tastic restaurants. It’s just a Sony and ABC starring great place to come and Sean Combs and Phylicia live and slow down.”

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SURGE “When you die and go to heaven, you’re liable to end up back in Smyrna.” To be sure, Max Bacon calls ’em like he sees ’em. A walking, talking marketing sound byte for the city he has presided over as mayor for the past 26 years, you wouldn’t expect anything less than the barebones truth, as he calls it, about the city he was born and raised in, and governed for nearly half of his life. After devoting six years to Smyrna’s City Council, Arthur Max Bacon, 62, succeeded his father as mayor when Arthur T. Bacon died in 1985. The father had three months left in his last term. The son stepped in and never looked back. When he talks about his city (population 50,000-plus and growing), the son beams. He brags about the city’s resiliency amid a sluggish economy. He boasts about its vibrant and electric downtown district, low taxes, superior infrastructure, etc. And he jokes: “If Smyrna had a beach and a set of mountains it just might be heaven.” Under Bacon’s leadership, city officials set forth to position Smyrna as a progressive and desirable place to live. It started with the redevelopment of the city’s downtown district in the mid ’80s. The plan, he says, had one driving objective. “We wanted to be sure there was something for everybody, from small children, to seniors. We said it would take 30 years and it took 14. So we did something right. I’d put our community up against any in the country.”

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Of the approximately 2,200 businesses that call Smyrna home, the majority are small businesses, many of which are located along the city’s well-traveled commercial corridors or its downtown district. Its eclectic mix of industries includes bioresearch, medical, electronics, civil engineering and government contractors. If you travel down Highlands Parkway and Oakdale Road, you’ll find companies that manufacture items such as home goods, paper goods, firearms, radiation detectors, distribution and logistics, and telecommunications. Lydia Jones, district director of the University of Georgia Small Business District Center, can’t say enough positive things about Smyrna. The key, she says, is its people, which have an average median age of 33.7. “Business owners tell us about the friendly nature and community spirit in Smyrna. It’s refreshing to see businesses in all sectors come together in local associations. Activities like the upcoming ‘shop-hop,’ sponsored by a group of retailers, reveal how well they work together, and how they share innovative approaches to markets.” According to the Lowe Foundation Report, from 1999-2009, business growth increased 19 percent in Cobb County establishments that opened and expanded businesses. “Given the business growth experienced by the county as a whole, Smyrna’s strong contributions to that growth and expected population increases, it is an ideal location for a business,” Jones says. That trend is consistent with what the small business community already feels about Smyrna. “Small business owners see Smyrna as a safe, accessible community with affordable commercial space and housing options,” says Andrea Hall, redevelopment coordinator for the City of Smyrna. “If a small business wants to get involved in the community, there are many opportunities. The Smyrna Business Association is an established fixture for networking and professional development. Some business owners are Partners in Education with Cobb County schools, while others participate in the Rotary Club or Golden K Kiwanis. And the city hosts many annual festivals and events in the downtown district that offer a variety of business participation and sponsorship opportunities.” Hall says the city diligently supports the small business community. For example, the city employs two staff members dedicated solely to economic development. And, to help promote growth, businesses that relocate to one of the city’s designated Opportunity Zones or create new jobs or capital investments may qualify for economic incentives such as state job tax credits. Smyrna’s low property tax rate, which makes up 40 percent of its general fund revenues, also has been a bonus for businesses of all types.

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BY THE NUMBERS 51,271 – Smyrna’s population according to the 2010 U.S. Census 33.7 – Median age of Smyrna’s population 54,603 – The median household income in the city is $54,603 49.3 – Percent of Smyrna’s population with a bachelor’s degree or higher, which is 15 points higher than the metro Atlanta region 73 million – The dollar amount in Smyrna’s FY 2013 budget 8.99 – Smyrna’s millage rate, which has remained the same since 2007 40 – The approximate percentage of the city’s budget that comes from property taxes

Andrea Hall, Smyrna Redevelopment Coordinator with Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon in the downtown district.

Despite significant decreases in the property tax digest over the last five years, efficient budget management has allowed city officials to maintain a low tax rate of 8.99 mills since 2007. It last raised its millage rate in 1991. “Smyrna is one of the more trendy communities in metro Atlanta” says Brooks Mathis, VP of economic development for the Cobb Chamber of Commerce. “From food products, to wine retailer, and eateries, its culture and proximity to Atlanta make it a wonderful place to grow a business. Many businesses appreciate its proactive approach to adopting an incentive policy to assist new and existing businesses of all sizes to grow. The stability in Smyrna can be seen through the diverse companies that call it home.” Glock Inc. Atlanta Bread Company. Kenny’s Pies. Atkins Park. Zucca Pizza. “The success and diversity of Smyrna is in each of these company’s stories,” Mathis says. “The energy of Smyrna is attractive.” Joseph Malbrough, a UPS Store owner and board member for the Smyrna Business Association, says the city’s pro-business environment is appealing to local establishments. “City officials are committed to raising our community’s quality of life. It’s all around us. They keep taxes low. Our infrastructure and quality of services are second to none. And despite what’s happening with the economy, growth and opportunity surrounds us.” 


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Our wine writer Vinings resident Michael Venezia filed this from Oregon during that area’s Grand Tasting party in late July. The International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC) was held at Linfield College in McMinnville. The 27th annual INPC Grand Tasting, known locally as the “walkabout” was held in a spectacular grove of mature evergreens and Douglas Fir trees in the heart of Oregon’s preeminent wine growing region of the Willamette Valley, just one hour south of Portland. The Willamette Valley AVA is a cool climate environment extending 180 miles from the Columbia River in the north to Eugene in the south nestled between the Oregon Coastal Mountain Range in the west of the mighty Cascades in the east. It’s home to approximately 450 bonded wineries and 20,400 vineyard acres, most of which are small family and artisan producers specializing in pinot noir. Although varietals such as chardonnay, riesling, and pinot gris are grown successfully, it is the dark-skinned black pinot, or pinot noir, which has received global acclaim. All

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serious vineyards are not on the valley floor, but on rare hillside uplifts in the valley caused by tectonic plate buckling of the land mass in past geologic events, with soils in these areas reflecting various influences and generally being of three classes: volcanic red soils (basalt), ocean sediment (sandstone/siltstone), and blown glacial silt (loess). The northern latitudes that the Willamette Valley constitutes, with the 45th parallel splitting the valley just north of Sale, make for long days which allow slower, cooler ripening of grapes than more southern regions, with the 1/2 extra hours of sunshine helping grapes reach full ripeness. The region’s passionate producers welcomed winemakers from four continents and both hemispheres offered their wines for all to discover and enjoy. Pinots form Chile, Argentina, France, New Zealand, Canada, California and Oregon were poured to several hundred pinot lovers who swirled, sniffed, sipped and savored magnificent wines along with a delectable array of regional foods prepared by some of Portland’s and Willamette wine country’s most dynamic chefs. Acknowledged as one of the world’s oldest known grape varieties, pinot noir is appreciated for its ability to produce wine that reflects both strength and delicacy. Its seductive

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bright ruby color and magnificent aroma spectrum are unrivaled in the wine world. On my never ending quest for the next taste of great wine my search for the Holy Grail took me to this spectacularly beautiful region to meet those who have chosen to try to transform this capricious grape info fine wine. I was not disappointed. My friend Harry Peterson Nedry of Chehalem is an Oregon wine growing pioneer whose winery produces approximately 20,000 cases annually, focusing on Estate Bottled grapes from three AVAs, Ribbon Ridge, Dundee Hills and Chehalem mountains; varieties include pinot noir (approx. 45-50%) and (the first vineyard planted on Ribbon Ridge, begun in 1980), Stoller (owned outright by partner Bill Stoller) in the Dundee Hills, and corral Creek at the winery in the Chehalem Mountains. Frontier mentalities still survive in Oregon, with a “cover my back” sense of community that promotes extreme collaboration and helping each other in all facets of the industry from grape growing to winemaking to marketing—the conviction that improvements will “float all boats” and improve the breed for Oregon. Mentoring and inclusion are trademarks of the Oregon winemaking family.

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And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a little below average. This is the scene you will encounter on any Tuesday morning at The Marietta Diner where the ROMEO club meets. The club, an acronym for Retired Old Men Eating Out, meets at the diner, enjoys a hearty breakfast, socializes and then commences to enjoying the vintage automobiles brought by a healthy portion of their members. Cars range from early 20th century models up to restored classics from the 70s and 80s. And club co-founder Dik Wesson is eager to spread the ROMEO gospel to anyone who has an interest in antique cars. Cobb Life learned about the club when Wesson dropped by our office in January after reading that our photographer Reid Traylor was an avid gear-head. Traylor was invited to a meeting. Needless to say, between a full breakfast at the diner and shooting one of his favorite subjects, Traylor had a great Tuesday on assignment. The ROMEOs have one rule: They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t talk politics or religion. You can call Wesson at 770-312-6800 or email him at And, of course, you can just show up. Wesson, who is 76, lives in Marietta with his wife, Carleen.

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Above, a 1957 Chevy Bel Air that belongs to David Bachman. Below, shiny wheels and polished grills are just a few of the details that the ROMEOs pay attention to in their car grooming. Opposite page: ROMEO leader Dik Wesson by his 1940 Ford.

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Clockwise from top left: Student Sylvia Clark, 16, paints a project for Make-A-Wish Foundation. Teachers Jan Bennett and Kevin Squires direct students Theresa Kusumadjaja, 16, junior class president; Brandon Taylor, 17; and Waylon Morgan, 16. Waylon Morgan, 16, checks his work. Teachers Kevin Squires and Jan Bennett.

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Community leaders create unique program at North Cobb High School It started on the sidelines of a football game at North Cobb High School two years ago. Principal Phillip Page and community pastor Marlon Longacre were discussing what youth in the area had been expressing to both of them. “These [students] didn’t want to go to college, they wanted to graduate high school and start making money,” said Page. “We didn’t have a lot of courses they were interested in that would allow them to do that. The common theme was ‘there is nothing that’s getting me really excited about coming to school; I’m not connecting.’” Enter fate, in the form of Jay Cunningham, owner of Superior Plumbing. Cunningham approached Page and said he’d like to do something to give back to North Cobb High School, his alma mater. Page mentioned the conversation he and Longacre had, and from there the three began developing a program offering trade skill classes to North Cobb students. The Construction Pathways pilot program kicked off with 12 students learning OSHA guidelines in a computer lab. With funding from Superior Plumbing and Paul Letalien of Archer Restoration Services — who each donate over $50,000 every year — the program has flourished. This year, over 200 students are enrolled in the program, and even more are on a waiting list. Last year a classroom was built to house the tools, supplies and workshop for students taking advanced courses, providing the opportunity to acquire skills for future careers in construction, plumbing and other skilled trades industries. In the classroom, students work on projects for the school and community. In addition to repairing desks and building floats for homecoming, they have designed and constructed picnic tables for a veterans home in Marietta, playhouses for Make-A-Wish Foundation, doghouses for the Humane Society, worked with Habitat for Humanity and have plans to work with the Parks and Recreation Departments of Kennesaw and Acworth. While the focus is on giving back to the community, Cunningham says, eventually the reward will come back BY STACEY L. EVANS

full circle. Though it will take years, the hope is the program will boost the number of qualified workers in an industry that’s seriously lacking in workforce. How bad is the need? Superior Plumbing has a radio ad offering a $1,000 signing bonus for new employees and Cunningham has to recruit outside the state because there aren’t enough skilled workers here.

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From left, Brandon Taylor, Theresa Kusumadjaja, and Waylon Morgan work on a project at North Cobb High School. Above right, Brandon Taylor checks the alignment of a frame. The average age of construction tradesmen is 47, and as many approach retirement, the number of younger workers entering the field isn’t large enough to fill the need. “We can’t find people to work,” said Letalien. “We could double our business in two years, but without the people to put in place, why bother? Something has to change fundamentally.” The biggest challenge in recruiting interest is changing false impressions many students have about the field. “One of the biggest misconceptions is ‘you can’t make money’ or ‘smart kids don’t do it,’” said Longacre. According to Cunningham, most plumbers’ entry wage is around $45,000 a year and income can soar to well over $100,000 with experience. And these jobs demand a high level of knowledge and expertise. The North Cobb program has succeeded in attracting students of all walks, not just those interested in a career in the industry. “Not everyone in here is going into construction, but hopefully they will all own a house one day,” said teacher Kevin Squires. “Now they know how to fix a garbage disposal, water heater, electrical outlets, things like that.” Superior Plumbing also provides materials to a similar program at Allatoona High School and will fund the launch of the same program in January at Kennesaw Mountain High School. “This is an investment for good for me,” said Cunningham, who also works with Go Build Georgia. “It’s grabbing a certain segment of school population and giving them a lot of hope.” 

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GEORGIA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA>>The GSO returns to one of their favorite venues to perform an exciting variety of American works. The program features two premieres by Atlanta-based composers Nicole Chamberlain and Grant Harville. GSO friend Oral Moses lends his rich bass voice to another premiere, Erik Lindgren’s “Extreme Spirituals.” Interspersed throughout the concert are Morton Gould’s “American Ballads.” Conducted by Michael Alexander and Grant Harville, the Georgia Symphony Orchestra performs at Zion Baptist Church in Marietta on Oct. 13 at 4 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Information: 770.429.7016 or THE PACKWAY HANDLE BAND>>The Strand patrons are sure to enjoy a night of alternative bluegrass at The Packway Handle Band’s concert where audiences will hear thought-provoking songwriting and clever arrangements of bluegrass traditionals, all delivered with crackling energy. The Packway Handle Band emerged from a small bluegrass scene in Athens, Georgia in 2001, finding national acclaim first as finalists at the Telluride bluegrass competition in 2002 and 2003, and then taking second place in 2004.


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The Packway Handle Band has been on a roll since its 2003 debut album and is continuing to win over fans and rack up awards, traveling often and performing 200 shows a year. This concert is appropriate for all ages. The Packway Handle Band performs Oct. 12 at 8 p.m. at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre on the Marietta Square. All tickets are $12. Information: 770.293.0080 or www.earlsmith NOSFERATU>>“Nosferatu” was the unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.” The film has reached cult status and has received overwhelmingly positive reviews over the decades. Because it is considered the unauthorized adaption of “Dracula,” names and other details were changed. For example the vampire character became Nosferatu and the name Count Dracula was changed to Count Orlok. Be prepared to be scared. The Earl Smith Strand Theatre presents a screening of “Nosferatu” on Oct. 28 at 3 p.m. The presentation includes live organ accompaniment with Ron Carter on the Mighty Allen Theater Organ. Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, students, and military service members. Arrive early for an organ pops preshow and sing-a-long beginning at 2:30 p.m. Information: 770.293.0080 or www.earlsmith THE SHINS>>The Shins are an American indie rock band founded and fronted by vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, James Mercer. The Shins were formed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but are now based in Portland, Oregon. In support of their highly acclaimed 2012 album, “Port of Morrow,” the band is currently on an extensive North American tour. The new band members backing Mercer on this tour include singer/songwriter Richard Swift, Modest Mouse drummer Joe Plummer, Yuuki Matthews of Crystal Skulls and Jessica Dobson. The Shins perform on Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. in the John A. Williams Theatre at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Ticket prices range from $29.50 to $45. Information: 770.916.2808 or

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CHICAGO>>In this day and age, when everyone wants more bang for their buck, it’s good to know there’s a sure thing – “Chicago.” It has the funniest songs, the hottest dancing, the sexiest cast and the greatest story on Broadway. No wonder “Chicago” has been honored with six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy, and thousands of standing ovations. The Gas South Broadway Series presents “Chicago” on Oct. 4, 5, and 6 at 8 p.m., and Oct. 6 and 7 at 2 p.m., in the John A. Williams Theatre at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Call for ticket prices. Information: 770.916.2808 or ESPERANZA SPALDING & TERRI LYNE CARRINGTON>>Ladies have played a leading role in the development of jazz, from the days of vocalists Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith, to Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan. The bebop era produced great female instrumentalists Mary Lou Williams, Melba Liston, Hazel Scott, and Marian McPartland. And today a new generation of ladies is taking it up a notch. Esperanza Spalding, blessed with uncanny instrumental chops, a multi-lingual voice that is part angel and part siren, has exploded on the scene. Spalding has appeared on numerous talk shows and awards programs, and every major jazz festival in the world. A Grammy winner at 27, Spalding is the new face of jazz. As a drummer and composer, Terri Lyne Carrington has crafted an eclectic brand of jazz that incorporates elements of bebop, soul, funk and more. Also a Grammy winner, Carrington has been featured with jazz greats Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Dianne Reeves, James Moody, and Partice Rushin. She is the leader of the groundbreaking all-female band Matrix. Esperanza Spalding and Terri Lyne Carrington perform on Oct. 19 at 8 p.m., in the John A. Williams Theatre at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Ticket prices range from $26 to $77. Information:: 770.916.2808 or CARMEN>>The Atlanta Opera opens its 2012-2013 season with Bizet’s classic, “Carmen.” Set in sultry Spain, the opera traces Don José’s ill-fated attraction to the alluring gypsy, Carmen. When Carmen casts off her ardent lover for the handsome toreador, Escamillo, José’s intense jealousy turns to vengeance and dooms the fiery romance to a tragic end. “Carmen” is full of sizzling opera hits, including the famous “Habañera” and the irresistible Toreador’s song. The music is sung in French with projected English translations. The Atlanta Opera presents “Carmen” on Nov. 10 and 16 at 8 p.m., Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 18 at 3 p.m. in the John A. Williams Theatre at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Call for ticket prices. Information:: 404.881.8885 or MARIETTA/COBB MUSEUM OF ART>>The Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art hosts two exhibitions during October. The museum presents selections from their permanent collection and an exhibit featuring the works of well-known local painter Thomas Arvid through Dec. 16. The Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art is located in downtown Marietta at 30 Atlanta Street. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, free for children younger than six years and free for members. Information: 770.528.1444 or

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THE ASPEN STRING TRIO>>Sold-out houses and standing ovations characterize the performances of the renowned Aspen String Trio. After twenty years of friendship and music-making, Aspen String Trio members David Perry, Victoria Chiang, and Michael Mermagen have joined together as an ensemble with magical synergy. These three world-class instrumentalists each have a long-time association as artist-faculty with the Aspen Music Festival; combined they have performed across the globe in the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most prestigious venues. The Aspen String Trio performs Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. in Morgan Concert Hall at the Bailey Performance Center on the Kennesaw State University campus. Call for ticket prices. Information: 678.797.2557 or

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GSO JAZZ AT THE STRAND>> One of their most popular concerts, Sam Skelton and the GSO Jazz is once again gracing the stage at the historic Strand Theater in Marietta. This lively and entertaining evening will feature big band adaptations of the music of the acclaimed rock band Radiohead. GSO presents Jazz at the Strand on Nov. 3 at 8 p.m. at the Earl Smith Strand on the Marietta Square. Call for ticket prices. Information: 770.429.7016 or GEORGIA YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT>> Kennesaw State University hosts the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra for their first concert weekend of the season. The Georgia Youth Symphony orchestra performs Oct. 27 at 3 p.m., and Oct. 28 at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in Morgan Concert Hall at the Bailey Performance Center on the KSU campus. Call for ticket prices. Information: 770.429.7016 or

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Who’s the Best in Cobb? That’s right. It’s time again to vote for our annual Best Of Cobb. This issue, which publishes in January, features the winners in tons of categories decided by the best judges of all -

our readers! How can you vote? Simple. Just log onto our website or the website for our daily newspaper and click on the Best Of tab. Then, you can fill out your form and vote for your favorite restaurant, shops and much more! Voting begins Oct. 5 and ends Oct. 31. So get started today! October 2012 Cobb Life 69

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Swordsman’s Ball

The annual Swordsman’s Ball took place at the Cobb Galleria Centre in August. The event, which benefits the American Cancer Society, brings together corporations, philanthropic leaders and community leaders all for the cause of fighting cancer. 1. Phoebe and Anthony Hobbs of Acworth. 2. Randall and Karen Heard of Marietta. 3. Fred Moore and Kim Nasca of Marietta. PHOTOGRAPHY BY TODD HULL

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Book Exchange book signing

Best-selling author and East Cobb resident Claire Cook gave a reading and talk about her latest novel â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Wallflower in Bloomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; at the Book Exchange in Marietta. Cook and author Karen White, who was also featured at the event, signed copies of their novels after the discussion. 1. From left, Sheila Devlin of Kennesaw, Karen White of Acworth (not the author), Retha Finch of Acworth and Kathie Wagner of Kennesaw. 2. Rick and Cathy Foget of Marietta. 3. Book Exchange owner Cathy Blanco of Marietta and Dana Barrett of Atlanta.



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5 4. Debbi Stultz and Sharon Wyland, both of Marietta. 5. Marilyn Hoehne and Marty Binkley, both of Marietta.

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SOUND FAMILIAR? We featured bestselling author Claire Cook (Must Love Dogs, Wallflower in Bloom), who recently moved to East Cobb in our August issue. Read the article at www.cobblife

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The Cobb Library Foundation held a fundraiser in August at the Georgian Club featuring UGA football icon Vince Dooley. Dooley signed copies of his book, “Dooley: My 40 Years at Georgia.” All proceeds benefitted the foundation. 1. Vince Dooley, author and former University of Georgia football coach, is photographed with Retired Lt. Col. Ken Baskett, representing the gold sponsor, Fundamental Focus. 2. From left, artist Libby Mathews with Cobb Library Foundation Executive Director Mary Ellen. The two are photographed with some of Mathews oil paintings. Mathews donated art that was auctioned off to raise money for the event. 3. Martina Goscha, board member of the Cobb Library Foundation, left, with Dr. Betty Ann Cook, executive director for outreach and community engagement at Chattahoochee Technical College.

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5 4. Dooley signs a football for Dex Harris of Vinings. 5. Dooley with Brian Bullock of Acworth. 6. Teena Garcia, chair of the event, is recognized along with her husband, Rob.

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First Friday Art Walk


Residents braved thunderstorms to enjoy Augustâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s First Friday Art Walk. The First Friday Art Walk takes place the first Friday of every month during the summer and features a variety of art and artists on the Marietta Square and in local shops and galleries. 1. From left, Mary Koronkowski of East Cobb, Marissa Vogl of Charleston S.C., Jennifer Rivera of Kansas City, Mo., dk Gallery owner Donna Krueger and of Marietta, Gina Hurry of Birmingham, Ala. , Katie Robinson of Memphis, Tenn. and Amber Byrd of Kennesaw.




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2. Hugh Adams and Jennifer Akin, both of Marietta. 3. Brad and Ellen Deloach of Acworth. 4.Tim Norris of Canton with Cindy Bishop of Marietta. 5. Andy and Karen Crowe of Kennesaw.



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Vinings ice cream social

Vinings Historic Preservation Society helds its annual ice cream social at Coldstone Creamery in Vinings. The event also included face painting and other treats for children. 1. Bette Wise, 2, with dad Jay Wise. 2. Cold Stone Creamery server Peter Davis adds M&M's to a cup of ice cream for Cassidy Lanum, 10 and her brother Jacob, 15, children of Dawn Lanum of Smyrna. 3. Juliette Karcsh, 3, daughter of Carolyn Caborn of Vinings. PHOTOGRAPHY BY TODD HULL




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6 4. Amelie Sengupta, 8, with her dad Narayan Sengupta and sister Mena, 9. 5. Judy and Wayne Wadlrip of Vinings. 6. Tommy Goetze, 5, son of Vinings resident Amy Goetze.


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AUTUMN BURNS BRIGHT Beguile us in the way you know; Release one leaf at break of day; -from October by Robert Frost By Lauretta Hannon I’ll fess up right at the start: I hate summer. When everyone else is swatting mosquitoes and sunburning, you’ll find me inside, curtains drawn and thermostat set at 62 degrees. You see I come from a long line of Hannons whose dominant trait is that we run hot—all the time. On several ill-conceived occasions we held family reunions on Tybee Island, only to stay holed up in our icy condos. Mercifully, the condensation on the windows blocked views of the beachcombers and their soon-to-be diagnosed melanoma. So at this time of year, as the shadows grow longer, I get happier. While others shore up for Seasonal Affectiveness Disorder (SAD), I gear up for being GLAD. But it’s not just about the lower temps. It’s the lessons that autumn teaches me year after year. Lesson 1 Time is short and precious. It’s getting dark earlier now. We feel the pull to get our work done and to get home. Unlike the lazy days of summer, October reminds us that this day will not come again, and tomorrow will be even shorter. We sense an urgency, a knowing that perhaps we should savor it rather than squander it. Lesson 2 Because time is passing, we need to do the things that matter most. Fall makes me re-identify those things and then focus on them. For most of us that’s being with our dear ones. No wonder this is the season when we gather around the hearth for warmth and the company of friends and family. Lesson 3 Stay close to your flame. Just as the hearth signals love and light, fall tells me I need to look at the light within and stay close to it as well. Fall is my high season for contemplation and retreat. In order to reconnect, I have to disconnect. Otherwise the noise of the world will snuff out my flame real fast. By being

quiet and still, I get grounded and renewed. You could say that’s how I get my glow on! Lesson 4 If the only prayer you ever say in your life is “Thank you,” it will be enough. -Meister Eckhart Fall puts us on a path toward gratitude if we’re paying attention. Think about it: the daylight that lasted forever in July is gone, so we’d better appreciate what we have now; what we have now is home, hearth, and the other true riches of life. Suddenly we’re relishing the good rather than brooding over our losses. When that happens, life becomes very good itself. Lesson 5 When change is happening there is the greatest potential for growth. Look at the leaves. They turn such majestic colors in the fall that we clog up mountain highways to take in their beauty. But then something disheartening occurs: the leaves fall off the tree, and it appears barren. This is just an illusion. The tree surrenders its leaves because it is necessary to the cycle of new growth. The leaves have a different job now and can let go. What seems barren is actually preparing itself to be bigger, stronger, and brighter in seasons to come. Surely there’s a metaphor for us in there. So whether you feel like a leaf in flight —or a leaf that’s just been crunched by a size 13 workboot — remember these lessons. Become a student of this hopeful season. But above all, keep your fires lit.

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