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The benefits of yoga Exercise strengthens physical and mental health

PHOTO BY MELANIE RUBERTI

Susan Kraut focuses on stretching and deep breathing exercises as she winds down a yoga class.

BY MELANIE RUBERTI melanie@newnan.com

When yoga students step into Susan Kraut’s classroom on the second floor of the Piedmont Newnan Wellness Center, they are immediately transported into a meditative oasis.

Dim lights, soothing music and lightly scented incense encompass the room as Kraut, a certif ied yoga instructor, leads students through a series of poses intermingled with breathing techniques and deep muscle stretches throughout the body.

While the Hatha yoga class Kraut taught on Wednesday is for more experienced yoga students, she gently guides the class through the exercise and shows them alternative poses if they’re not quite up to speed. But Kraut is quick to break the misconception yoga is only

for people with extreme flexibility or exercise experience. “Enhancing flexibility, physical strength and endurance is actually part of the practice,” she explained. “It connects our mind and our body and gets us in tune with our body … when we feel strain and anxiety, we

know what to do to stop it.” Kraut felt the benefits of yoga f irsthand when she started practicing it more than five years ago. The former entertainment marketing specialist had two

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Welch STEM Garden growing a crop of learning opportunities By REBECCA LEFTWICH

COURTESY OF WELCH ELEMENTARY

Welch students get in on the gardening action, spreading mulch in flower beds.

becky@newnan.com Nestled in an outdoor nook at Welch Elementary School is a place where f irst-graders grow edibles, the tiniest Bulldogs learn their ABCs on stepping stones, and teachers conduct read-alouds and science experiments with their classes. It’s Welch’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Garden, a collaborative project spearheaded by parent volunteer Jennifer Adke and STEM teacher Sharon McClellan. More than simply an outdoor classroom, the garden was specifically designed to augment STEM classes – which have been in place for grades K-5 for three

years – at the school. “I took the state science standards and sat down with Jennifer, and we figured out things we could be doing,” McClellan said. “We wanted to make sure the teachers feel like it will enhance their lessons and not just be something extra they had to do. Uti li zi ng a n u nused space between classroom ha llways a nd in itia lly armed with a $2,500 grant from Panasonic secured by Adke, volunteers began carefully transforming the spot into a sciencespecific learning ground. “The garden would not have been possible without Jennifer,” McClellan said. Among other features, the garden contains grow-

ing tables, a life-sized abacus made of PVC pipe and wiffle balls, a weather station, an experiment table, stepping stones labeled with the ABCs and a low wooden bridge designed specifically to help pre-K students with reading and motor skills. A mourning dove and several hummingbirds have taken up residence in the garden as well. “The grant from Panasonic really helped get it going, and we’ve had other donations from The Home Depot and other places,” McClellan said, adding that one popular feature of the garden is tree stump stools donated by the Georgia Forestry

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Coweta SAT scores top national average Courtesy of Coweta County Schools Special to The Newnan Times-Herald

The average score on the SAT was 1079 for 2017 graduates in the Coweta County School System, placi ng t he system 19 points above the national average and 29 points above the state average on the college entrance exam. This was the first year of reporting for the newly

reformatted SAT. Reporting shows test results for 2017 graduates on the SAT’s new math and evidence-based reading and writing tests sections and is scaled between 400 and 1600 points. While the new format precludes direct comparisons to last year’s results, 2017 was the third year in a row that the Coweta County School System scored higher than

the state and national averages. All three Coweta high schools also outscored state and national averages on the exam. “Opportunities to evaluate the level of rigor in our curriculum against the state and nation are often difficult to obtain,” Coweta Superintendent of Schools Steve Barker said. “The SAT is one such measure that allows this type of comparison.

“These positive results ref lect a rigorous advanced curriculum, strong instructional delivery from our teachers, and dedicated work by our students,” Barker added. “Our community should be proud of their efforts.” Coweta County’s average score wa s 552 on reading/writing and 528 on math, while national scores averaged 533 on reading/writing and 527

on math. Georgia averages were 535 on reading/ writing and 515 on math. East Coweta Hig h School students scored an average of 546 on reading/writing and 523 on math for a combined 1070; Newnan High School students scored an average of 547 on reading/writing and 521 on math for a combined 1068; and Northgate High School students scored an average of 562 on reading/writing and

540 on math for a combined 1102. The mean scores are for students in the graduating class of 2017 who took the new SAT during high school. Within each assessment, test-takers are counted only once and only their latest scores are included. School systems or schools with 15 or fewer t e s t- t a k e r s w e r e n o t

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“ T he fou r t h g rade helped move and make d i s p l a y s ,” s h e s a i d . “Everybody was working together, which was really nice because we’re trying to instill teamwork and looking out for each other. It gave them ownership, and they really enjoyed that. We enjoyed w a tc h i n g t h e m work together.” Even technology even takes on a different meaning in the garden. “We have pinecones out there to put in buckets on the level,” McClellan said. “I tell them that level is technology because technology is anything that helps us do our jobs. It doesn’t necessa ri ly have to be plugged into the wall.” McClellan said plans for the garden include a permanent covering to replace the pool umbrellas that now shade the stump stools, with the hope of incorporating solar power. A measur-

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ing station with built-in tape measures also is on the wish list, to help students connect the classroom work they perform with rulers to other measuring tools. “Part of the purpose of STEM classes and the use of an outdoor classroom is to make those real-life connections,” McClellan said. “When kids are planting, seeing the roots and the stem, they’re using standard vocabulary but they don’t even realize it. In social studies, they’re talking about agriculture and they understand even though they don’t have any experience with it. They’re connecting the dots so it all makes sense. “They’re learning and they don’t even realize it, which is wonderful and exactly what we want,” for our local schools she said.jackets to your specs custom

teach yoga full time. She’s seen the emotional benef its of the exercise as well. “My character type has tendencies to be controlling and obsessive. I’m an extrovert and I am also the mom of three girls. Their dad works in Va ncouver, Canada. It’s a lot to manage,” Kraut explained. “Yoga feeds my need to keep physically strong and to create ‘space’ in between my thoughts so I don’t get overwhelmed. “Overa l l, yoga has helped me slow down. My anxiety is gone,” she added. “I believe if we can find enough ‘stillness,’ the answers to our questions and worries will come to us in the silence.” Kraut said it’s important for beginner yoga st udents to f i nd t he right instructor - and not to give up if the first few sessions do not feel right. She suggested try-

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ing another class and/or instructor. There are a variety of yoga practices, such as: Hat ha , Yi n , Vi nyasa, Ashtanga and several more. Each exercise has a different focus; some put more emphasis on breathing, others incorporate dance-like movements. Anyone interested in the practice of yoga will have a chance to see the different classes this Saturday, Oct. 14. The Yoga & Wellness Festival will showcase t he meditative exercise at the Greenville Street Park from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. There will be classes for adults and kids, plus more than 40 health and holistic vendors on site. The festival is free of charge. For more information, visit www.newnanyoga. com. Melanie Ruberti melanie@newnan.com

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Swing Dance Lessons Oct. 18, 6:30 p.m., Free

Backstreet Community Arts, located at 19-B First Avenue, Newnan (behind Bridging the Gap) will be offering free swing dance lessons on Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m., courtesy of Jenny and Chuck Enderlin. Bring a bottle of water and comfortable shoes--no dance partner or experience required! The half-hour beginner’s lesson will be followed by a period of open dance for all. For more information, call 706-9402787 or email dream@backstreetart. org

19-21 LAGRANGE

‘Little Women: The Musical’ Oct. 19-21, 7:30 p.m. and 2:30 Sun. matinees, $10 - $15

LaGrange College Theatre presents Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women: The Musical.” Starring students Leigh Ann Hamlin as Beth, Kelsey Seals as Jo, Bryce Mixon as Laurie, Joely Peterman as Mrs. Kirk, Abigail Young as Amy, Elyse Barnett as Marmee, Laine Fletcher as Meg, and Neal Brumbeloe of LaGrange will be appearing as Mr. Lawrence. The box office is open weekdays from noon until 4 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for senior citizens (55 and older) and non-LC students and free for LC students, faculty and staff. Email the box office to make reservations at priceboxoffice@lagrange.edu, or call 706-880-8080.

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Masterworks Chorale presents ‘Because of the Brave’

Hummingbird Festival 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Free

“The City of Friendly People” invites you to the annual Hogansville Hummingbird Festival, held the third weekend of every October in historic down-

25 NEWNAN

Anti-Bullying Film Screening, ‘Fat Boy Chronicles’ Oct. 25, 5:30 p.m., Free

The Nixon is hosting a screening of “Fat Boy Chronicles,” an anti-bullying film by local author and screenwriter Michael Buchanan, tells the tale of a 14-year-old boy learning to cope with body issues and bullies in his life. Filmed in Newnan, the film will be shown for free at The Nixon Centre for Performing Arts, with a Q&A with Buchanan and crew after the film.

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NCHS Possum Supper Nov. 8, 7:30- 10:30 p.m., $25

Join Newnan-Coweta Historical Society for an old-fashioned Possum Supper (Yes, with real possum) in the tradition of the longtime Newnan Possum Eaters Convention. Hear history of how Possum Suppers became a Newnan tradition starting during the political campaign of William Yates Atkinson for Governor of Georgia in the 1890s and how the possum became a mascot for President William Howard Taft. The tradition was continued by Newnan civic leaders at several locations into the 1950s and ’60s. The dinner is at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 8, at the Historic Train Depot, 60 E. Broad St. in downtown Newnan. Tickets, $25, are available on Eventbrite.com. For a direct link, go to https://www.eventbrite. com/e/nchs-possum-supper-tickets36865088472?aff=eac2

Oct. 22, 2 p.m., $15 adult, $5 student

The Masterworks Chorale will present “Because of the Brave,” a concert honoring veterans of our community, along with a Quilts of Valor presentation at The Nixon Centre for Performing and Visual Arts. The program will honor veterans of our community for the sacrifice, dedication, and service they gave to the citizens of America and her land. Five individuals will be spotlighted for their efforts in this quest with the beautiful handmade quilts so lovingly made for these men and women of courage. The presentation will include music of home, country, and heart. Tickets are available at http://www.thenixoncentre.net, and prices are $15 for adults, $5 for students. For more information, visit the Nixon Centre’s website or call 770-254-2787.

24 NEWNAN

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tell us about the relationships between good and evil, fear and curiosity, fate and free will, and past and present throughout history. The free lecture, a part of UWG’s Other Night School, will begin at 6 p.m., with a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit https://www.westga.edu/academics/coah/sota/featured-events.php

Sometimes helpful, sometimes vengeful, ghosts are frequently depicted as being caught between worlds, making us as living audiences question our conceptions of morality, mortality, and time. Join Dr. Leah Haught, Department of English at the UWG Newnan Center to explore what ghosts might

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Grantville Little Free Library to be located at city hall

has is functional with a ING WITH PRIDE SINCE I NAILED IT! few exceptions: I WAS BEAMING EVEN MORE—IF • THE RADIO AND CLOCK, BUT I CAN ALWAYS INSTALL A CD PLAYER AND WEAR A WATCH TO TAKE CARE OF THOSE. WELL ACTUALLY, SOMEONE ELSE COULD INSTALL A CD PL AY ER FO R M E , B U T I C A N ALWAYS WEAR A WATCH OR LOOK AT A PHONE TO GET THE TIME. • THE GAS GAUGE, BUT I CAN

SCOTT LUDWIG For as long as I can remember I’ve been fascinated with the 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air. You could call it my dream car. That’s why it makes perfect sense to tell you I am now the proud owner of Maybelline; a big, black and beautiful 1953 Packard Clipper. Don’t get me wrong: I’m not a gear head by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, if you put me in a room with nine other guys and our task was to rank us according to our automobile knowledge, we would unanimously agree to put all nine ahead of me and leave the 10th spot for “any other man on earth other than Scott.” My car knowledge is limited. As for Maybelline, although I’ve owned her for a year now, she’s only resided in my garage for the last two months. Prior to that she took a couple extended vacations with two “car guy” friends of mine for a little R and R – restore and repair. It was worth the time away because today she is absolutely gorgeous and in her best shape in years. Everything Maybelline

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While I do know Maybelline’s age, I don’t know how many miles she has on her. While the odometer works and displays six numbers, the number on the far right follows a decimal so I don’t know how many hundred thousand miles precedes the currently displayed 89,638.4. Maybelline and I made our car show debut at Senoia’s annual car show, Cruisin’ to the Oldies. Throughout the day several people asked questions about my Packard. Here are a few I knew the answer to:

What did you expect? We’ve only really known e a c h o t h e r fo r e i g h t weeks. After the show, my wife asked me how everything went. I told her I met a lot of interesting people, there were lots of photographs taken of my car and Maybelline was the only Packard in the show. She then asked me how m a ny que st ion s were asked of me that I didn’t know the answers to. I told her, “all but six or seven.” “So how many questions were you asked? Let me guess: Six or seven.” O b v i o u s l y m y w i fe knows me a lot better than I know Maybelline. But give us time; we’ve only known each other for eight weeks.

kandice@newnan.com Grantville City Council has designated city hall to be the location the city’s Little Free Library. The council approved the location based on a recommendation from Councilman Willie Kee at Monday night’s meeting. Kee had already volunteered to supervise the library in regards to appropriateness and reading material. The council was at odds when the library wa s approved 3 -1 i n August based on a rec-

ommendation from the streets and public works committee. Leadership Coweta graduates made a proposa l to put a Little Free Library in Grantville at a council meeting in July. The recently graduated Leadership Coweta class, sponsored by the chamber, undertook placement of the book boxes around the county. Severa l h ave be en built as Boy Scout projects, and others have been built by families. The boxes on a pole have an opening so that books may be placed into them

and removed by people wanting to read one. People are welcome to borrow a book or donate one. More than 10,000 Little Free Libraries can be found around the world, located in as many as 50 countries. The organization, founded originally by Todd Bol and Rick Brooks, was created to promote literacy and to bring communities together. T he 2017 Leadership Coweta Class has sponsored five libraries in Senoia and two in Newnan.

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When the new show “Valor” premiered October 9 at 9 p.m. on The CW, Drake Strickland’s family was glued to the television. Drake, 8, has a principal role in the military drama, which follows a group of Army helicopter pilots. Drake filmed the pilot episode in March, and the show was “green-lighted” in May, according to his father, Vernon. In addition to the pilot, Drake has also filmed episode three. The season has 13 episodes. The Stricklands won’t know when Drake will be back on the “Valor” set until a few days before an episode is shot. Drake’s mother - and “Momager” - Makisha will get a call, and then they’ll get the script. Drake only has a few days – a week at the most – to memorize his l i nes before shoot i ng begins. Drake plays Max Kam, the son of soldier Jimmy Kam and his wife, Jess. Based on the long-form trailer for the new series, J i m my K a m a n d on e other man were taken hostage, and lead character Chief Warrant Officer Nora Madani (Christina Ochoa) feels that the team made a bad decision that led to the men being taken hostage. Jimmy Kam is played by W. Tré Davis. Jess Kam is played by Corbin Reid (“How to Get Away with Murder). Drake is the only child in a principal role on the series, according to his parents. Last Christmas, Drake sta r red i n a Wa l m a r t commercial. The Coweta Charter Academy student has acted in several other com mercia ls, a nd has auditioned for multiple parts in movies, television shows and commercials. The Stricklands have worked on Drake branching out into different kind of characters – “outside of his normal, comedic, happy-go-lucky self,” said his dad. But the Stricklands have

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turned down some auditions, primarily for movies and television shows that aren’t particularly child-friendly. “Some were a little too much for our liking,” said Makisha. And they didn’t fit with Drake’s brand, said his father. Drake is excited about being in a television show, but said he’s also a little nervous about being in a show for adults. “Because I don’t know what is going to happen in an adult TV show,” he said. His goal is to be on a children’s television show – something that he would like to watch. And something that his friends and kids at school will watch. “I want people at school to say – hey, are you on a TV show?” Drake said. “None of your friends will see this show,” his mom said of “Valor.” When it comes time to shoot, Drake said he just imagines that his dad is

gone and how that would be. “ I ’m rea l ly good at imagining,” he said. “One of my great acting teachers told me it’s called acting, but you don’t ‘act’ like it. You’re supposed to be this person.” “It’s like ‘Nike – just do it.’ I just do it,” Drake said. His role in “Valor” is “not a super-hard role to play but sometimes it can get kind of difficult,” he said. Acting in a television show is different than a commercial – especially with all the takes. Most television shows and movies are shot with a single camera, Vernon said. When viewers see different camera angles within a single scene, it’s because multiple takes were shot, with the camera in different positions, and then put together in editing. Drake has also been called back in to do “wild tracks” – voice overs on top of previously shot and

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