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Barbara Purdy Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Provides Personal Touch to Real Estate Search


Buying and selling a home is one of life’s biggest decisions. In today’s competitive market, it takes more than desire to  successfully navigate a real estate transaction. It takes an intimate knowledge of the financial and personal aspects of the buying and selling process.

East Cobb Realtor Barbara Purdy has been on both sides of the closing table. When relocating to East Cobb from England  two and a half years ago, Purdy used her knowledge of real estate to secure the ideal home for herself, her husband and their three teenage sons.

An associate with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties, Barbara Purdy understands what it’s like to search for a home in and around East Cobb. The need for good schools, good neighborhoods and an ideal commute  time are top priorities for local buyers.

“The right location is crucial,” believes Purdy. Purdy credits East Cobb’s wealth of friendly neighborhoods, excellent schools, local amenities and burgeoning restaurant scene with attracting residents, including her family. As a Realtor with BHHS Georgia Properties, Purdy has access to the latest technology to aide in home buying and selling, including a mobile app to search for homes on the market. Purdy and her team market homes for top dollar and assist clients in finding the right home for their family.

“A qualified real estate agent is essential in buying and selling a home, for the information they can provide the client,” said Purdy.

To contact Barbara Purdy about buying or selling a home, email or call 404-662-6137.
(Paid advertisement. Reprinted from the August 2014 issue of EAST COBBER.) 



Prep Roundup: Johnson Ferry wins season opener


Johnson Ferry Christian jumped ahead early in their season opener Friday, taking a three-touchdown lead at the end of the first quarter, on the way to a 34-0 victory over Greenville (S.C.) The Saints scored touchdowns in all three phases in the win.

Dewan Warbington caught two passes for 60 yards and added two rushing touchdowns for Johnson Ferry. Peter Elder was the leading rusher with 74 yards on 15 carries to pace the Saints.

Thomas Gilbert returned a punt 41 yards for a touchdown.

Defensively, Luke Jarrett had 10 tackles and a sack. Luke Chauncey had a 4-yard interception return.

Johnson Ferry will play at New Creation Academy on Friday in McDonough.

(Reprinted from the Marietta Daily Journal. Click HERE to read the original article.)  

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Spend Labor Day at Holy Smoke BBQ Festival at Johnson Ferry Baptist


Forget the backyard cookout, give your grill a rest this Labor Day and head to the Holy Smoke BBQ and Music Festival sponsored by the Men of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church on Monday, September 1, 2014, 11am-5pm. FREE admission and parking!

Enjoy barbecue from Williamson Brothers for $5, live music, BBQ cooking contest, kids games, vendors, a silent auction, classic car show and more. Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, 955 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta.  More info:  770-794-2972 or

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Easily review current and proposed SPLOST projects

Cobb County staff has made it even easier for the public to check the status of current Special Local Option Sales Tax projects and review proposed 2016 SPLOST projects. The existing mobile map has been updated to include proposed projects.

Users can search existing SPLOST projects, as well as proposed projects, by area, commission district or category, such as transportation, parks, and roadway and pedestrian improvement. Each link contains a fact sheet about the project.

The mobile map application can be used on desktop computers, smartphones or tablets. It is compatible with both Android and Apple iOS devices. For more information, or to utilize this tool,

(Source: CobbLine)


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Teenage Hormones and Heart Health


If you’re a parent of a teenager, you’re probably familiar with the mood swings hormone surges can produce. You know how they affect temperament — but what about heart health?

Although hormone changes and rapid growth can cause temporary changes in cholesterol levels orblood pressure, hormonal surges don’t pose a real health risk, said Dr. Stephen Daniels, chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

“Adolescence is a time of lots of change in the body — most predominantly changes in growth,” said Dr. Daniels, who is also an American Heart Association volunteer. “These biological changes can have an impact on what we think of as risk factors, such as cholesterol and blood pressure. But it’s not as much about the hormones as it is about all the things that are happening in that time frame that actually influence teen health.”

A mix of psychological, physical and environmental changes and, most importantly, behaviors and decision making, can affect a teen’s health. With new choices, experiences and influences, many teens crave peer acceptance and want to fit in, all of which influence health decisions. Choices about smoking, diet and physical activity are critical. 

Smoking is one of the most critical health topics a teen can tackle. In fact, 68 percent of adults who smoke began smoking regularly at age 18, and every day almost 3,900 adolescents under 18 try their first cigarette, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Talk to your kids about smoking. Don’t underestimate your influence — if you smoke your child is more likely to smoke too. Learn more about quitting yourself.

Physical Activity 
Another key factor is physical activity. Studies have shown that a child’s physical activity level can decrease during adolescence. This may be an even bigger concern for teen girls than boys, according to Dr. Daniels.
“This is a time when some girls begin to decrease their physical activity,” Dr. Daniels said. “Unfortunately, not only may this affect weight and health but we know that once it’s decreased it may never get back to the pre-teen level.” 
Be sure and encourage physically activities at home, at school and with your child’s friends. Learn how to find time get the whole family heart healthy.

As teens spend more time outside the home, peers often have a bigger influence on what they eat. About one in three kids in the United States is overweight or obese. Eating out, larger portion sizes and lack of activity are major culprits. An overweight child has a 70 to 80 percent chance of staying overweight as an adult. It’s important toestablish good habits at home now.

What can you do?
Don’t underestimate your influence as a parent, even when your kids act like it doesn’t count. Talk to your teen about the importance of diet, physical activity and not smoking. And help foster a healthy environment. If you smoke, quit, eat healthy meals together and get moving as a family so your teen will have healthy habits to carry forward.

Make sure your child visits the doctor regularly. Dr. Daniels recommends kids get their cholesterol tested before puberty. Blood pressure should be checked regularly and height and weight measured to calculate BMI, which gives your doctor important information about your child’s health. Your doctor will also watch for Type 2 diabetes, which usually doesn’t occur in childhood but can begin in adolescence.

Part of puberty is becoming more resistant to insulin (the body isn’t as sensitive to it), which can cause the body to produce more than needed, especially if your child is overweight. And if your teen has a cardiovascular conditionor heart defect, it’s even more important to visit your doctor.

(Source: American Heart Association) 


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Document Your Family’s Health History

Family health history can help your child’s doctor make a diagnosis if your child shows signs of a disorder. It can reveal whether your child has an increased risk for a disease; if so, the doctor might suggest screening tests. Many genetic disorders first become obvious in childhood, and knowing about a family health history of a genetic condition can help find and treat the condition early.

Most people do not think that chronic diseases such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes affect children, but children with a strong family health history of these diseases can show signs in childhood. However, having a family health history of a disease does not mean that your child will get that disease. Children with a family health history of chronic diseases can benefit from developing good lifestyle habits, such as exercising and eating healthy, right away. These habits can benefit the entire family and might help prevent or delay these conditions.

Ways to Collect Your Child’s Family Health History

  • Record the names of your child’s close relatives from both sides of the family: parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. Include conditions each relative has or had and at what age the conditions were first diagnosed. For relatives who are deceased, include the cause of death and the age at death.
  • Use the US Surgeon General’s online tool for collecting family health histories, called “My Family Health Portrait.”
  • Discuss family health history concerns with your child’s doctor. Gather the information before seeing the doctor, using “My Family Health Portrait.” Fill out family health history forms carefully. Families considering having another child should share family health history information with the mother’s doctor.
  • Update your child’s family health history information regularly and share new information with your child’s doctor. Remember that relatives can be newly diagnosed with conditions between doctor’s visits.
  • The best way to learn about your family health history is to ask questions. Talk at family gatherings and record your family’s health information—it could make a difference in your child’s life.

Get involved!

Send a personalized e-card to family and friends encouraging them to collect their family health history.

Family health history isn’t just important for your child’s health—it’s important for your health, too! Learn more.

(Source: CDC)

Hike, Bike and Tee Up At Georgia State Parks This Fall


Red Top Mountain

There are more than just fall festivals and hayrides available this year at Georgia State Parks. What better way to enjoy the arrival of autumn than spending time outdoors? From golf course packages and hiking, to spending time with family at a fall celebration or two, Georgia State Parks are the best place to be while saying farewell to summer.

Welcome the cool, crisp fall air with a round of golf at some of the best golf courses in Georgia. Stay and play at eight Georgia State Parks’ courses that are offering overnight accommodations featuring two day, two night stay packages. These bargain packages range from $58 to $180 and include accommodations in lodges, cottages or nearby hotels, cart and greens fees for 18 holes per day. Want a challenge? Visit The Creek Golf Course at Hard Labor State Park appropriately named as “the 4th sweetest deal in the United States” by Golf Digest Frugal Golfer magazine and tackle what is voted as “the hardest starting hole in Georgia.” The Lakes at Laura S. Walker State Park is also a challenging yet fun test of golf. Settle overnight at a lakeside cottage and enjoy the views of the stunning peninsula and partake in the course selected as “the 7th best municipal course in the nation” by GolfWeek.

Whether biking recreationally or on a more vigorous terrain, pedaling the trails at Georgia State Parks is a great way to get outdoor exercise and take in the vibrant autumn color of the leaves while quietly rolling through the scenic woods. Recreational bikers are free to roam miles of paths at Panola Mountain, Red Top Mountain, Hart, Smithgall Woods, and Victoria Bryant state parks. With dynamic grades and terrains, grab a bike and strap on a helmet to visit seven state parks that will test your talent. Fort Mountain, Tallulah Gorge, Unicoi, Richard B. Russell, Mistletoe, Fort Yargo and Hard Labor Creek state parks are loaded with steep grades, bridges and fast berms that are designed to provide a challenge for the more experienced cyclers.

Enjoy exploring the outdoors on foot? Hikers can ease their mind and stretch their legs when visiting some of the most diverse and scenic hiking trails in the state. The challenging backcountry trails of Black Rock Mountain State Park and paved trails suitable for wheelchairs and strollers at Mistletoe State Park are available for all ages and fitness levels. Take fall fun to new heights with hiking excursions that include breathtaking waterfalls of the North Georgia Mountains at Fort Mountain State Park, Vogel State Park and Amicalola Falls. For guests who prefer to explore the trails after sunset, Tallulah George State Park even offers full moon hikes during the fall. To begin or expand hiking adventures at Georgia State Parks, join the Canyon Climbers Club and experience some of the system’s most spectacular landscapes.

Fall at Georgia State Parks would not be complete without a little celebration to bring in the cooler weather and festive activities that await after summer. Seize the autumn day and come out to the many fall-themed events available. Harvest on the Homestead at Red Top Mountain State Park in September is perfect for families to enjoy toys and games, crafts, blacksmithing, cooking, contests, and more. Florence Marina State Park will offer a family-friendly Oktoberfest complete with haunted hayrides, games for kids, a costume contest and silent auction. For art lovers, Roosevelt’s Little White House has planned its first craft festional in October, and Cloudland Canyon State Park will hold its Annual Arts & Crafts Festival in November.

For more information on activities offered at Georgia State Parks in the fall and ways to welcome the cooler weather, visit

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Local Business Leaders Raising Funds for East Cobb Public Safety Celebrations


For the second year in a row, local business leaders are leading efforts to raise funds to underwrite two special events for local Public  Safety professionals. The first celebration is to be held this October to thank Precinct 4 police officers for all they do to keep our community safe. This event will coincide with Cobb County Chamber of Commerce’s Public Safety Appreciation Week, and with the support of local businesses, organizations and individuals has now become an annual event.

The second event will take place in February 2015 when this volunteer group will host the Cobb County Fire Department’s annual awards banquet.

“Both events will take place in East Cobb, and we are confident that our community will rise to the challenge and provide the financial support needed to make these appreciation celebrations very meaningful for these special heroes,” says Susan Hampton, Regional Manager for Fidelity Bank, and chair for the Public Safety Celebrations. “Fundraising was very successful last year, with seed funding
already in place for this year’s events, however, there is still a need to raise additional funds to insure both events’ continued success,” says Susan. Local businesses, as well as families, school groups and civic clubs are encouraged to make donations to this worthy cause.

Sponsorship opportunities begin at just $25 to “Thank a Hero”!

For more information on these public safety celebrations, call Susan Hampton at 404-218-6216.

Northeast Cobb Business Association to host UP-BEAT this Wednesday

The Northeast Cobb Business Association will host UP-BEAT, United Partners – Business Education Advancing Together on Wednesday, Aug. 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Piedmont Church, 570 Piedmont Road in Marietta.                

The keynote speaker will be Georgia Sen. Lindsey Tippins (R-West Cobb). To register for the event, visit


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