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Mental Attitude: Gardens Can Calm People with Dementia

A review of 17 previous studies has found that gardening tasks — such as watering plants or sitting or strolling in a garden — can help sooth anxiety in some dementia patients. Experts say the findings are encouraging, and ongoing research into the potential calming power of outdoor space continues…

(Source: HealthQuest Chiropractic via Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, July 2014)


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Sope Creek Garden Club meets Wednesday

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The Sope Creek Garden Club meets the first Wednesday of the month (Sept-June) at 10am. Meeting locations vary. For more information contact Karin Guzy at 770-955-1303 or

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It’s Sunday Funday at East Cobb Park!


Friends for the East Cobb Park invite the community to join this week’s FREE Sunday Funday on September 28 from 3-6pm. Enjoy music by Douglas Brake. Bring chairs, blankets and a picnic, if you wish, to enjoy activities for children.

Additional parking is available at Fuller’s Park. If possible, please consider walking, biking or carpooling to the park. For your own safety as well as the safety of others, please don’t park along Roswell Road. Thank you.

Enjoy ‘Picnic in the Park’ Saturday celebrating Keep Cobb Beautiful

Keep Cobb Beautiful staff and volunteers are celebrating 30 years of promoting stewardship of our community through litter prevention, beautification, recycling and environmental education. To celebrate its 30th anniversary, families are invited to enjoy a fun picnic in the park 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 27, at East Cobb Park. Bring lawn chairs and enjoy food, fun and entertainment.

East Cobb Park is located at 3322 Roswell Road, Marietta. For more information, call 770-528-1135 or


Free Admission, Volunteer Opportunities Offered September 27 During Georgia’s “Your State Parks Day”

Free admission, dozens of volunteer projects and family-friendly events await Georgia State Park and Historic Sitevisitors on Your State Parks Day set for Saturday, September 27. Sponsored by Friends of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites, the nonprofit dedicating to preserving and enhancing the state’s natural treasures, Your State Parks Day is Georgia’s annual celebration of National Public Lands Day. The statewide event showcases how parks enrich communities while emphasizing the importance of local volunteerism.

Throughout the day, visitors can join volunteer projects such as re-routing a trail at Cloudland Canyon or invasive plant removal at Skidaway Island. Guests can also join fun activities such as fishing and paddling. To encourage participation, Friends of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites will pay the regular $5 parking fee and historic site admission fees for all visitors. More than 60 participating locations may be found

“Your State Parks Day is about providing opportunities to practice stewardship through volunteer projects at state parks and historic sites,” said Friends Executive Director Andy Fleming. “We welcome all Georgia residents and visitors interested joining us on Your State Parks Day; however, it is important to remember that the need to preserve our parks for future generations isn’t limited to a single day. It is our hope that the individuals and families who volunteer with us on September 27 will continue to make a difference at parks throughout the year.”

Georgia’s Director of State Parks, Becky Kelley, said that volunteers are crucial to the park system, helping with everything from landscaping and trail maintenance to junior ranger programs for children.

“We wouldn’t be able to offer the activities and facilities that we do without our volunteers and Friends members,” said Kelley. “Even those who come out for a few hours during Your State Parks Day are making a difference. Many have such a good time that they come back as regular volunteers.”

To see a complete list of events planned for Your State Parks Day, visit The statewide event is part of National Public Lands Day, the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort for America’s public lands.


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East Cobb woman suspects arson at her home is tied to opposing Braves deal

A Cobb County lawyer fears the Atlanta Braves stadium debate is heating up — and in a highly personal way.

Susan McCoy said an arsonist struck her East Cobb property early Thursday morning. The flames didn’t reach her 3,900-square-foot home but did destroy part of her fence, evergreens and other parts of her yard.

McCoy, a newly minted lawyer, said she had filed a complaint with the SEC asking it to examine the county’s plan to issue $397 million in bonds for construction of the new stadium; and she has been critical of the rushed deal’s lack of transparency and cost to taxpayers.

“Its retribution for speaking out,” she said. “I obviously struck a nerve.”

Fire investigators deemed the fire “suspicious in nature” and are asking anyone with any information to contact them at 770-499-3869 or the GA Arson Control Program hotline at 800-282-5804, said Cobb Fire spokesman Daniel Dupree.

The white picket fence and evergreens were near the property line by the road and a distance from the house. Gasoline was still visible on the driveway Thursday, McCoy said.

Cobb County Commissioner Bob Ott was at the property in the Mount Bethel area Thursday morning along with arson investigators after McCoy discovered the fire damage around 8 a.m.

Ott, who voted for the Braves deal, was dismayed at the damage. He described McCoy as an involved citizen who had worked on community projects. He was stunned at what appeared to be arson. Police didn’t have a record any any similar events that would suggest a random prank, he said.

“It is almost impossible to say what caused it but clearly it is something that should not have happened,” Ott said. “People should be able to speak out and not worry about the security of their person or property.”

McCoy has pointed out at public meetings that the commission spent more time last year considering a law on backyard chickens but approved the Braves deal in three weeks. It would mean that taxpayers are subsidizing the Braves at the expense of schools and police, she said.

She announced in September that she had filed a complaint with the SEC because the agency oversees municipal bonds and has jurisdiction if there was any fraud or major misstatement.

The SEC does not comment on investigations or complaints. McCoy said she knows of at least two other complaints filed with the SEC.


(Reprinted from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Written By Steve Visser.)

Mark your calender for the Princeton Lakes Neighborhood Garage Sale

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The Princeton Lakes Neighborhood Garage Sale will be held on Saturday, September 27, 9am-2pm. More than 20 families will participate in the sale.

Princeton Lakes Neighborhood is located near the intersection of Johnson Ferry and Roswell Road in East Cobb. Items for sale include tons of antiques, collectibles, baby/kids items, baby/kids toys, baby/kids clothes, baby/kids furniture & accessories, desks, bedroom/living room furniture, home accessories, framed artwork, household items, adult clothing, shoes/purses, holiday decor, books, small appliances, kitchen stuff, home fixtures, rugs, sports/outdoor/beach items, and much, much more.

Trampoline, kids playhouse, Pottery Barn Furniture, Beatles Posters, Air Hockey Table, Elliptical, freezer, trundle bed, dresser, leather sofa, Storehouse chair and ottoman, and so much more.

Maps will be at the entrances the day of the sale – Princeton Lakes Drive and Karls Gate Drive, Marietta, GA 30068 or Karls Gate Drive and Little Willeo, Marietta, GA 30068 – to get a map of all of the homes participating. Shoppers can also look for balloons and signs on the individual homes involved.


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Calling all gardeners: Time to get ready for Fall

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A free class on “Fall Landscaping Activities” will take place 6:30- 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the Cobb County Extension office in Marietta. Cobb County Extension Horticulture Agent Neil Tarver will teach about fall planting, pruning, lawn care and soil building. The office is located at 678 South Cobb Drive, Marietta. Call 770-528-4070 for more information.


3 days until the BIG DAY! Fast facts: EAST COBBER Parade & Festival

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Do you know when the first EAST COBBER Parade and Festival was held?
November 1995 at Merchant’s Walk in front of what’s now Chipolte.

Were you there?


Visit our 2014 Parade & Festival Guide for all you need to know about this year’s event!

Don’t miss the EAST COBBER Parade & Festival on Saturday, September 13! For Parade and Festival details click HERE!


Genealogy Society of Cobb County Georgia to meet Sept. 23

The September 2014 meeting the Genealogy Society of Cobb County Georgia will be held on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 7-8pm, at First Presbyterian Church of Marietta, 189 Church Street, Marietta, Georgia 30060. The featured presentation will be by Karen Molohon on the subject of “Oh, The Places Where Our Ancestors Have Been – Where Did They Go?”

Karen will discuss how mapping our ancestor’s migration may explain their disappearance or reappearance discovered during genealogy research. She will discuss how to tailor and use migration maps to enhance genealogy research, about the U.S. migration patterns, and how the Census Enumeration districts help genealogy research.

Karen Molohon has been involved in genealogy research for more than 30 years. She teaches family history courses, specializing in getting started with researching and organizing genealogy research, census records, and migration mapping. Karen is a member of the Genealogy Society of Cobb County Georgia.

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