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Cobb EMC’s Annual Meeting is coming soon


Cobb EMC is more than your electric provider. Join them to celebrate Cobb EMC members during the Annual Meeting.

Come and learn about Cobb EMC’s progress, ways to save on your electric bill and exercise your right to vote.

Each Cobb EMC member who registers will receive four free North Georgia State Fair tickets with unlimited rides and free parking to use when the fair is in town, and a chance to win BIG door prizes.


  • Energy efficiency booth
  • Power line safety demo
  • Kids fun zone

Door prizes*

  • Tablets
  • Visa® gift cards
  • Bill credits
  • Big Green Egg® grills
  • Refurbished Cobb EMC truck

*Prize winners will be solely responsible for all applicable taxes.

Annual Meeting held at Jim R. Miller Park on Saturday, Sept. 19, 8 – 11:30 am. Member registration begins at 8 a.m. and closes at 9:30 a.m. Learn more at


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Costumed Characters needed for CNC’s Halloween Hikes


The Chattahoochee Nature Center needs to fill about seven costumed character positions for their Halloween Hikes in October. Volunteers must be adults (18+) and able to help with all three nights, if possible. Some positions involve memorizing a short script, and others are non-speaking.

The Halloween Hikes in 2015 are in the evenings on:

  • Friday, October 23
  • Saturday, October 24
  • Friday, October 30

For more information, or to sign up, please contact Brittany Swales by email or at 770-992-2055 ext 249 with questions or to sign up.


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Observe the Outdoor Burning Ban through Sept. 30

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources issues a ban on open burning through Sept. 30 of each year. Fifty-four counties in Georgia (including Cobb County) are affected. Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services are responsible for the enforcement of this state-issued burning ban in unincorporated Cobb County, and the cities of Acworth, Kennesaw, and Powder Springs.

Through Sept. 30, the public may not burn leaves, tree limbs, or other yard waste, forest land, or use air curtain destructors for land clearing. If you have a complaint or problem regarding burning in your area, please call 911. For more information, click here.


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Landscape equipment theft on the rise in Cobb County


Since the beginning of June, Cobb PD has seen an increase in the theft of landscape equipment. The thieves mostly target landscape trucks and trailers. Lately, the equipment has been stolen when the crews park their vehicles for a lunch break.

As a homeowner, be sure to record your serial numbers on all of your household items. Most of the time, the serial number is the only identifier aiding police in returning your property after a theft. Also, it is easier to recover stolen property and secure criminal charges against the subject in possession of the property.

(Source: Cobb County PD) 


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Make plans to attend Open House Day at the Wright Center



Come and explore the beautiful Wright Center! All ages welcome to walk the trails, get some gardening tips or learn how to start your very own compost. Feel free to bring a lunch or a picnic or make it a short visit. Drop by any time between 10 and 2 on June 29th and meet the staff and learn about Summer programs at the Wright Center.

The final summer open house will be July 13th.

The Wright Environmental Center is located at 2661 Johnson Ferry Road in East Cobb. Parking is on Post Oak Tritt Road next to Chestnut Ridge Christian Church.

Pollinator Day to be celebrated Thursday


Cobb County will hold a free Pollinator Day event at the Wildlife and Rain Garden10-11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 18, at the Cobb County Water Quality Lab, 662 South Cobb Dr., Marietta. The event will include a bug hunt, butterfly craft and information about pollinator-friendly plants, practices and pollinator garden certification. For more information, contact or 770-528-2284.


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Glimpse of the Garden Tours at Smith-Gilbert Gardens


Smith-Gilbert Gardens Glimpse of the Garden Tour is a 60 minute guided tour through the Gardens focusing on the history, sculpture, and horticulture of Smith-Gilbert Gardens. This gives guests a unique perspective on the birth and continued growth of the property. During the tour you will see some of the Garden’s 3,000+ species of plants, learn about the history of the Hiram Butler House (ca. 1881) and view a small collection of 31 pieces of contemporary sculpture thoughtfully placed in the garden.  Stay to check out the Conifer Collection, Vegetable Garden plus more, and you will see why the Garden is considered a must see destination.

The Glimpse of the Garden tour will be offered every Saturday at 10:30am, pre-registration will be available online at Admissions is free for members and $10 for Adults, $9 for Seniors and Military, $8 for Children 6 to 12 years of age, and free for children 5 and  under.

Water Quality Report and conservation tips


The Cobb County Water System’s annual Water Quality Report, also known as the Consumer Confidence Report, is available for review. This federally-mandated report for the period covering January-December 2014 provides residents with information about the quality of their drinking water. Cobb Water System customers received notification in their bills of the document’s availability. To view the report, click here. Customers may request a hard copy of this report by calling 770-423-1000.

Cobb Water System staff also shared how to inspect a yard sprinkler system and provides tips on how to correct problems and conserve water in your yard. To view the video segment, click here.

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The Friends for East Cobb Park


Sandy Woltering, Vice President/Committee Chair, Memberships & Marketing; Amy Phillips, Secretary; Tom Bills, Cobb County Parks Representative; Jodie Braner, President; David London, Committee Chair, Donations; Cathy Ford, Committee Chair, Events; Teresa Corso, Treasurer


On any given day year-round, East Cobb Park is bustling with activity – children climbing on the  playground, dog walkers circling the paths, teenagers joining a pickup soccer game, or families enjoying a picnic.

Neighbors greet each other as they meet for a concert held at the outdoor stage. This park has become a hub in our community.

This gathering place is the grass-roots effort of a volunteer nonprofit organization known as the Friends for the East Cobb Park. It all began in 1998 with a group of civic-minded individuals who wanted to create a green space in East Cobb. With a goal to raise funds to purchase an appropriate property, the group’s plan was to then deed that property to the county that would, in turn, maintain the park. These individuals created a nonprofit organization, and a public-private partnership was formed between the county and this new entity.

During the next few years, a location was chosen, funds were raised, and professional park designs were
drawn. Much of the land was the family homestead of Elbert Bowles, located on Highway 120 between Old Canton and Providence Roads. Once the nonprofit raised more than $1 million to cover land costs and some development, Cobb County contributed $1 million toward further development. Initial construction began in 2002, and the park was officially dedicated on June 28, 2003.

East Cobb Park is now a 20.3-acre park with grass fields, walking trails, stream overlooks, two  playgrounds, picnic pavilions, an outdoor classroom, and an outdoor stage. The park is open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Cobb County Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs Department estimates that between 500-700 people of all ages visit the park on a nice day, which is quite a testament to the vision of those who got the ball rolling. Still a vibrant organization, Friends for the East Cobb Park actively supports facilities and programs, as well as develops park enhancements. The group’s 2015 President Jodie Braner is quick to point out that Cobb County maintains the grounds, but the nonprofit group continues to raise funds and oversee improvements.

“The county workers are responsible for upkeep, such as cutting the grass and planting new shrubs and trees,” says Braner. “But it is up to us to purchase those shrubs and trees. We also manage and fund projects, such as the new steps from the lower field to the parking lot. Last year’s president, Amber Harris, was instrumental in seeing through that project’s completion.”

Committee meetings take place monthly or bimonthly depending on the level of activity at the time, according to Braner. General board meetings are held monthly for the entire organization to openly discuss new ideas and projects. Braner says a new project under discussion is the addition of bench swings for adults. “We all like to swing,” comments Braner. “It’s not just for children.”

For those interested in becoming more involved with the park or giving a lasting gift in someone’s
name, such as a personalized walkway cobblestone, visit or
friendsfortheeastcobbpark for more information. In looking at the website, you just may find a familiar
name among the list of volunteer officers, committee chairs, past presidents, and advisory board members.

And of course, more volunteers are always needed. Underlying it all is a dedication to make East Cobb
Park the best it can be. “We start our meetings with ‘wouldn’t it be great if … or what else can we do,’”
says Braner. “We are neighbors working toward a better community.

(Written by Carmen Abernathy)


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Huge Community Garage Sale

Don’t miss the huge community garage sale at the One World Spiritual Center Gym area, 3535 Shallowford Road NE, Marietta 30062.

Sale dates are:

Saturday, June 20, 8 am-3 pm and
Saturday, June 27, 8 am-3 pm

Many items from the church, members, and friends will be for sale both days. On June 27, day care items will also be for sale.

Persons interested in reserving a space should contact 678-214-6938.


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