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Video of the Week: 2 Talk with Bob Ott

Commissioner Bob Ott’s 2Talk program for September. Ott speaks with James Nelson, chairman of the Freedom Calls Memorial Foundation.

Celebrate the opening of Noonday Creek Trail Wednesday

A special event 10 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 3, will celebrate the opening of Noonday Creek Trail, which links five of the trails in our area. This event marks the official connecting of the Silver Comet, Noonday Creek, Mountain to River, Chattahoochee River and Cumberland trails.

Noonday Creek Trail connects Town Center west to Alabama and south to the Chattahoochee River and Atlanta. The $11.6 million multi-use trail is seven miles in length with trailheads and parking throughout the corridor.

The event will be held at one of the trail’s five pedestrian bridges. A tent will be visible along the north side of Town Center at Cobb Mall. Parking will be available in the mall’s parking lot. The celebration is sponsored by the Town Center Area Community Improvement District.

The Noonday Creek Trail is a culmination of efforts among the Town Center CID, Cobb County, Georgia Department of Transportation and the National Park Service. Future phases of the trail will also connect to Noonday Park and northward toward and into Cherokee County. Plans for a proposed 42-acre park near the mall will be on display at the ribbon cutting event.


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Should your pet be our pet of the month?

Fill out the information on your pet and send it to:
EAST COBBER, P.O. Box 680445, Marietta, GA 30068

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Pet’s Name:
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Best Trick:
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Sept. 19 is Senior Day at the Fair

North Georgia State Fair

Calling all seniors 55 and older. Head to the North Georgia State Fair on Friday, September 19, for Senior Day at the Fair!

Enjoy exhibits, entertainment, a cake walk and more. Plus FREE parking and entrance at the Main Gate.

The North Georgia State Fair will be held at Jim R. Miller Park, Callaway Road in Marietta. Call 770-423-1330 for more information.

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Eat Cheeky for less with coupons for EAST COBBER readers


Enjoy delicious enchiladas, burritos, salads and more at Cheeky with coupons from p. 50 in our August issue. Visit Cheeky at The Avenue, 4475 Roswell Road.


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Fall is for Planting at Pike Nursery


On Saturday, September 6 at 9am, let Pike’s experts help you have a gorgeous garden year-round. Attend this FREE class to learn the best gardening practices for fall.

Class held at Pike Nursery locations. Visit Pike Nurseries in East Cobb at 1875 Roswell Road or 2900 Johnson Ferry Road or online at

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Order your tickets for the 2014 North Georgia State Fair


The 82nd Annual Superior Plumbing North Georgia State Fair will start Thursday, Sept. 18 and run through Sunday, Sept. 28, at Jim R. Miller Park in Marietta. Attracting nearly 300,000 people throughout metro Atlanta, North Georgia and surrounding states, the Superior Plumbing North Georgia State Fair is the largest fair in metro Atlanta and the second largest in Georgia.

Exciting concerts are lined up for this year’s fair. The Georgia Lottery Concert Series for the 2014 Superior Plumbing North Georgia State Fair under the covered arena includes:

- Francesca Battistelli at 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 19
- Mark Wills at 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20
- Jo Dee Messina at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 24
- Travis Tritt at 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 25
- Kenny Rogers at 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 26
- Craig Campbell at 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 27

New for 2014 is the Sky Flyer ride. The tower of the ride is a sky-scraping 100 feet high. It has 12 arms on which the seats are held. Each seat holds two riders. Once passengers are safely loaded, the main tower slowly rotates and the arms and chairs are lifted in the air, giving a smooth and enjoyable experience. The ride gives a wonderful feeling of weightlessness.

There will be new live shows that are free with paid admission include Robinson’s Racing Pigs and Paddling Porkers – come cheer on the funniest racing experience ever. Pig racing gets even better when celebrities like Britney Spareribs and Lindsay Slowham are vying for the coveted Oreo prize. Other new shows include “Sandscapes”, performance art the whole family will enjoy. You will want to bring the whole family back again and again as the Sandscapes sculptors transform 50 tons of sand into a specially-themed work of art throughout the run of the fair. The nationally-known Puppetone Rockers perform to millions of fans every year. The Puppetone Rockers captivate audiences with laughter, audience participation, super-positive messages and a great cast of characters.

All-time favorite shows and attractions back again this year include Sea Lion Splash, The Tiger Encounter with Felicia Frisco, and Brian Ruth “Master of the Chainsaw” will be back to transform raw logs into true works of art with only a chainsaw. Oscar the Robot, the entertaining roaming robot with razor wit and famous stroller races will also be returning to the fair this year. Wit Carson’s Petting Zoo and the fair petting barn at the south entrance of the fairgrounds provide a fun and educational experience for children and adults alike. Pony rides also will be offered. Other long-time traditions will continue, including sanctioned flower shows, non-commercial exhibits, and more than 40 amusement rides and games courtesy of the Great James H. Drew Exposition.

Advance tickets can be purchased for $5.00 for adults, and $11.00 for a book of 21 ride tickets – which is 50 percent off regualr price. There is a $1.00 fee for postage and handling. Advance tickets are on sale, just visit our website to order tickets by credit card or send a check or money order to North Georgia State Fair, P.O. Box 777, Kennesaw, GA 30156. Orders must be postmarked by Wednesday, Sept. 10.

Regular priced tickets can be purchased at the gate at $7.00 for adults, and children 10 and under are free. Ride tickets are $1.25 each, $20.00 for 21 tickets, $50.00 for 55 tickets and 120 tickets for $100. Parking is $3.00. ATM machines are located on the midway. Discount tickets will be available at all metro Atlanta Walgreens through Sept. 19.

To visit the Superior Plumbing North Georgia State Fair, take Interstate-75 North to Exit 260 (Windy Hill Road) and go west. Go approximately five miles on Windy Hill Road, turn left on Austell Road then turn right on Callaway Road. Jim R. Miller Park is on the right. For information, call 770-528-8989, and visit or

The Consignment Sale You’ve Never Seen

Members of the New Century Circle with the clothing they pulled for Foster Care Support Foundation.

Last Saturday was a special day in the life of Mt. Bethel UMC. As our Fall/Winter Children’s Consignment Sale was closing to the public, volunteers gathered in the small dining room to pray for the mission ahead while families and charity organizations were arriving to participate in the highlight of our semi-annual sale – the charity pull.

The Mt. Bethel Children’s Consignment and Baked Goods Sale is a longstanding tradition that raises funds for missions. But many people may not know about the other very important way in which the sale helps women and children in need.

At the close of each sale, all of the unsold items that have been marked for donation are made available to families in need, as well as charities such as Project 82, Foster Care Support Foundation, Hands of Hope, The Garden, and so many more. Each family is paired with a volunteer to personally assist them as they select items for their children. It is a wonderful opportunity for us to build relationships with those who may not have a church home. During this time, stories are shared and hearts are changed. Children’s faces light up as they find a special toy. Burdens are eased as parents find much needed clothing items for the upcoming season. Many of Mt. Bethel’s mission partners and other organizations replenish their supplies so that they will be prepared to serve others. Above all, Jesus is glorified as we become His hands and feet to the least and the lost in our community and around the world.

The easiest way to increase the sale’s impact on missions is for consignors to donate their unsold items. This allows for a larger selection during the charity pull on Saturday and saves you a return trip to the church to pick up those items. They will make a world of difference in our community and beyond. Volunteering for the charity pull is also a way to increase the sale’s focus on missions and to extend the love of Christ to those in need. Thank you to all who were involved in the charity pull last weekend. The experience was a blessing and lives were touched in ways that we will never fully realize.

(Written by Gretchen Hornsby. Reprinted from Click HERE for the original article.)

Congressman Lynn Westmoreland to Speak at September 6 Cobb County Republican Party Breakfast

Congressman Lynn Westmoreland

The September 2014 Breakfast for the Cobb County Republican Party will take place on Saturday, September 6, from 8:15 to 10am.
The venue is the Cobb County Republican Party headquarters, 799 Roswell St, Marietta.
The featured speaker is Third District Congressman Lynn Westmoreland (R-Newnan). He will give an update of the work of one of the committees on which he serves, the House Select Committee on Benghazi, chaired by Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina.
The breakfast buffet opens at 8:15, and the program begins at 8:45am. Admission is $10 per person.  There is no extra charge for breakfast or coffee. For more information, please contact Joe Dendy at 770-820-6545.


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Alexsander Academy is Great Educational Option for Kids


Alexsander Academy students Sujay Boapally, Grace Edwards and Jaden Sella spend time with teacher Nancy Sellinger.

Because not every child thrives in a large classroom learning environment, we are fortunate to have a school like Alexsander Academy close by. Located in Alpharetta, Alexsander Academy was created to be a place where children with differences can also be challenged academically. When Co-founder Stefanie Smith was looking for resources for her son, she realized that many schools focused on rehab and behavior management, but didn’t offer a strong academic curriculum for children with special needs.

At the fully-accredited Alexsander Academy, there is no “one size fits all” program, and educators create a curriculum that is tailored to each student’s learning needs.

“Our small environment allows us to help students be successful in a classroom, build friendships and gain selfconfidence,” says Stefanie. “We help our students be better prepared to go back to a traditional learning setting.”

Stefanie is proud to offer knowledgeable and experienced teachers at the academy. Most teachers have advanced degrees and more than 15 years of experience teaching students with issues, like learning disabilities, ADHD, AS, autism spectrum disorders, dyslexia, cognitive challenges and Down syndrome.

If your child needs a small and more individualized school program or is struggling academically or socially, take the time to learn more about Alexsander Academy. They are accepting applications for the 2014-15 school year and scholarships are available. Also, the school offers a summer academic session and yearround tutoring.

The academy is located at 1090 Powers Place, Alpharetta, Ga., 30009. For more information, visit or call

(Paid advertisement. Reprinted from the August 2014 issue of EAST COBBER.)