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East Cobbers love their homes and gardens. The EAST COBBER home and garden blog features awesome home and garden happenings, ideas, deals and tips to improve your living environment. Do you have an idea for the H&G blog? Email submissions and photos to hg@eastcobber.com.

Watershed program earns honors

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Cobb County Watershed Stewardship program was recently honored with the 2013 Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Watershed Award. The Cobb program’s mission is to promote respect for the environment by teaching the connection between our behavior and water quality. During the 2012-2013 reporting year, 10,761 Cobb residents participated in programs provided by the Watershed Stewardship Program. Specifically for the Adopt-A-Stream program, staff trained 244 volunteers during 45 chemical, bacterial and macroinvertebrate monitoring workshops.

In Cobb, there are more than 50 active monitoring groups who reported more than 500 monitoring events in 2013. The Watershed Stewardship Program brings water quality awareness to the community through rain barrel workshops and storm drain marking, partnering with library departments and the Cobb County Master Gardeners and organizing Cobb’s Anuran Monitoring program and the Children’s Water Festival.

Cobb’s environmental programs specialist, Mike Kahle, was recognized as the New Trainer of the Year. He has conducted 55 workshops, certifying 471 volunteers and was praised for going above and beyond to educate and motivate volunteers.

Ina Allison was also honored with the 2013 Excellence in Data Collection award. She has been a chemical and macroinvertebrate monitoring volunteer for 10 years. She was praised for the highest quality collection methods and environmental stewardship efforts.

 

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Celebrate Great American Cleanup by recycling household items

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Join Keep Cobb Beautiful staff in celebrating the Great American Cleanup at a Community Recycling Center event 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, April 12. Kick off spring cleaning by dropping off reusable and recyclable items at two locations: Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre, 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton, or Lassiter High School, 2601 Shallowford Road, Marietta.

In doing so, you can reduce the clutter in your home while reducing the amount of waste that goes into landfills. Most of the recycling is free, except where noted. Activities will include:

  • Document Shredding
    • Secure, onsite shredding
    • Paper products only
  • Electronics Recycling
    • Computers, laptops, printers, accessories, etc.
    • TVs: $10 recycling fee
  • Latex Paint Recycling
    • $2 per gallon offset disposal fee
    • NOT ACCEPTED: Oil or alkyd paints
    • Cannot be mixed with anything, including other paint
  • Textiles Collection
    • Shoes, clothing
    • Area rugs, sheets, comforters, curtains
  • Battery Recycling
    • Household (AA, 9 volt, etc) – please tape over connectors
    • Car, cell phones, laptop and power tools
  • Other materials
    • Appliances: stoves, refrigerators, microwaves, washers, dryers, water heaters, mixers, ovens, blenders, freezers and toasters.
    • Metals: steel, aluminum, cast iron, car parts and wheels
    • Lawn/outdoor equipment: lawn mowers, weed eaters, chain saws, lawn edgers. **Fuels must be removed with hole in tank**

For details, view the event flyer here, call 770-528-1135 or visit facebook.com/KeepCobbBeautiful.

 

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Genealogical Society of Cobb County April meeting is 4/22

Ruthanne Warnick

Ruthanne Warnick

The Genealogical Society of Cobb County will host their next meeting on April 22, 2014, at 7pm. The meeting will feature Ruthanne Warnick discussing “Writing Your Family Story.”

Warnick holds a master’s degree in geography, is a former travel industry professional and has worked on numerous special projects to capture people’s stories. All of these were driven by a desire to learn about and learn from people’s experiences, whether they live across the street or across the world, featuring their everyday life as well as exotic adventures. Warnick’s own story is featured in the book Thin Threads: Real Life Stories of Hadassah Life Changing Moments.

The meeting will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 189 Church St, Marietta, GA 30064. For more about the Genealogical Society of Cobb County, visit http://www.cobbgagensoc.org/index.htm.

 

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April ECCA meeting to feature Braves VP of Operations

Atlanta Braves

The next meeting of the East Cobb Civic Association will be held on Wednesday, April 30. Bringing the program will be Mike Plant, vice president of operations for the Atlanta Braves. Plant will give some general information about the Braves operation and touch on the anticipated move to Cobb County.

The program starts at 7pm and is open to the community. The members-only, general membership meeting will follow. Both the program and the membership meeting will be held in the community meeting room of the East Cobb Government Center, 4400 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta.

 
 

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Libraries closed April 18

The Cobb County Public Library System will be closed April 18 for the Good Friday holiday.  Regular library hours will resume on Saturday, April 19.

For a list of all holiday observances, please their website.

 

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Learn tasty tips to grow great tomatoes at Pike this Saturday

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A juicy, vine-ripened tomato can add the perfect burst of flavor to spring and summer recipes. The garden experts at Pike Nurseries know all the planting tips and tricks to harvest homegrown tomatoes that last throughout the season. Customers can take their pick from two FREE classes on Saturday, April 5, at all Pike Nurseries store locations to learn more about these delicious, nutrient-packed plants. At 10am, garden experts will host a Growing Great Tomatoes seminar. Participants will learn key planting and care tips as well as the many tomato varieties that are best suited for their garden. At 2pm, customers can join in on the Grow Your Own Salsa Garden class, where gardeners and at-home chefs alike learn not only how to grow all of the ingredients for salsa, but also how to use their harvest in a custom recipe! Whether customers prefer heirloom tomatoes or cherry tomatoes, Pike Nurseries always offers fresh advice for harvesting homegrown tomatoes – ripe for the picking!

Visit Pike Nurseries in East Cobb at 1875 Roswell Road or 2900 Johnson Ferry Road or online at www.pikenursery.com.

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Free seminars to share basics of vegetable gardening and herbs

Overhead of Gardening Woman Weeding Vegetable Garden

Beginning gardeners are invited to attend the Vegetable Gardening Basics workshop 6:30-8 p.m., Thursday, March 27. Cobb Cooperative Extension staff will provide the information needed to get a vegetable garden off to a good start in Georgia. The workshop will be held at the Extension Office, second floor, 678 South Cobb Drive, Marietta. Pre-register by calling 770-528-4070 or emailing uge1067@uga.edu.

Extension staff will also present a program on growing and cooking herbs in Georgia 6-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 8. Participants will learn about planting and maintenance, pruning and harvesting techniques and how to use herbs after harvesting. The seminar will be held in the training room at the Cobb Water System Lab, 660 South Cobb Drive, Marietta. For more information, call 770-528-4070.

(Source: CobbLine)

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“Through the Garden Gate” returns this May

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The popular “Through the Garden Gate” event presented by the Master Gardener Volunteers of Cobb County (cobbmastergardeners.com) will return on Saturday, May 10, from 10am-5pm.

Explore the flora and fauna of five private Marietta gardens and the McFarlane Nature Park along this lovely 24-mile drive. In addition, see how local Master Gardeners tackle a range of gardening challenges to create both beautiful and functional retreats.

Tickets are $15 advance, $20 at the gate(s). Garden tour information and ticket information can be found by visiting cobbmastergardeners.com/garden-tour or by calling the Cobb Extension Office at 770.528.4070. Gardens may be visited in any order.

All tour proceeds benefit approved Master Gardener projects and activities. View a complete project list at cobbmastergardeners.com/projects.

 

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Check out our 2014 Home & Garden Guide!

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Clean out the cobwebs and get your garden on, Spring has sprung and it’s time to get outside! For tips, tricks and advice from East Cobb experts, check out our 2014 Home & Garden Guide.

Read the 2014 EAST COBBER Home & Garden Guide online or in our March issue.

 

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Homestead exemptions due by April 1

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Homeowners have until April 1 to apply for Homestead Exemptions for the 2014 tax year. Applications must be received or U.S. postmarked by the deadline to affect the 2014 tax bill. A metered or kiosk postmark is not accepted as proof of timely mailing. Applications not received or U.S. postmarked by the deadline will be applied in the following tax year. The applicant must own and occupy the property as his or her legal residence on Jan. 1 and his or her name must appear on the deed in order to qualify.

Homeowners must apply for all exemptions for which they are eligible; exemptions are automatically renewed thereafter unless there is a change in ownership or eligibility.  Homeowners must notify the Tax Commissioner’s Office if they are no longer eligible for an exemption. It is not necessary to reapply if the home has been refinanced. New property owners will be mailed a tax exemption brochure after the purchase. For detailed information and forms, visit cobbtax.org.

 
 

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