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Canoe music series returning September 24


Canoe restaurant near Cumberland/Vinings has announced the return of its seasonal outdoor music series, Song of the South, on September 24 at the restaurant’s outdoor river bar on the banks of the Chattahoochee River.

The restaurant will feature live, local music every Wednesday evening from 7-10pm. throughout the season.

The series schedule will be Sans Abri on September 24, Smokey’s Farmland Band on October 1, Sam Lewis on October 8, Cicada Rhythm on October 15, High Strung String Band on October 22 and The Deadfields on October 29.

For more information, call 770-432-2663 or visit

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.)

Coming in November: EAST COBBER Pet Guide!


Loyalty. Affection. Tenderness. Playfulness. Pets enrich our lives like nothing else. At EAST COBBER, we believe our one-of-a- kind companions deserve their own special section. That’s why every November issue, we publish the only pet care resource for East Cobb pet owners. For advertising information, call EAST COBBER: 770-640-7070.


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Best Friends Continue Support Through Breast Cancer Walk

Breast Friends: Lu Ann Schratter, Michelle O’Shaughnessy, Christy Mire and Kathryn Fant. Not pictured: Pam McTeer, Maureen Ussellton and Robin Kirkman.

Breast Friends: Lu Ann Schratter, Michelle O’Shaughnessy, Christy Mire and Kathryn Fant. Not pictured: Pam McTeer, Maureen Ussellton and Robin Kirkman.

Walking a path of hardships is always made easier with friends by our side. Christy Mire, a breast cancer survivor, says she couldn’t have made it through the many months of cancer treatment without her East Cobb friends. Now some of those same friends are joining her in October for the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer, produced by It’s The Journey, Inc., to raise funds that stay local and support Georgia breast cancer patients and breast health programs.

When Mire was first diagnosed with cancer two years ago, she originally decided against getting a $4,000 genetic test as part of her screening because of the low probability that it would be positive and her insurance didn’t cover the test. Her geneticist told her about a grant that was funded through the It’s The Journey organization that would pay for the test. The results of the genetic testing revealed that Mire carried the positive gene for breast cancer, which changed the entire course of her cancer treatment.

As a cancer survivor, Mire wants to “pay it forward” for others who need breast cancer screening and care. She approached a friend who had been active in past walks about joining her 2014 team.

“When some of my friends found out about my plans to join a team, they said ‘I am with you,’” says Mire. “These are the same people who had delivered meals for three months and sat by my side through chemo treatments. They are now there to walk with me for others. Because a large percentage of the money raised stays in the metro Atlanta area, we are helping women who literally live next door.”

Appropriately named Breast Friends, Mire formed her own 2014 team with seven enthusiastic friends: Kathryn Fant, Robin Kirkman, Pam McTer, Michelle O’Shaughnessy*, LuAnn Schratter, Karen Seigle and Maureen Ussellton. Team members are training and raising funds for the 30-mile walk scheduled for October 11-12. The team’s goal is to raise $10,000, and Breast Friends participants are almost halfway there.

If you would like to donate to the team, go to The mission of It’s The Journey, Inc. is to strengthen Georgia’s breast cancer community by raising money and awareness for local Georgia organizations that focus on breast cancer education, research, early detection, awareness and support services, as well as the unmet needs in the
breast cancer community.

*Editor’s Note: Michelle O’Shaughnessy is an Account Representative for EAST COBBER Magazine.


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The Georgia Legislative Policy Forum is Friday


Registration is open for the Fifth Annual Georgia Legislative Policy Forum, a daylong event on Friday, September 19, that will bring national and state policy experts to the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel to discuss free-market solutions to Georgia’s challenges. The event will be held from 7:30am-3pm at Renaissance Atlanta Waverly, 2450 Galleria Parkway SE.

The only forum of its kind in Georgia, the theme of this year’s event hosted by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and the Conservative Policy Leadership Institute is, “Tearing Down Walls,” a tribute to the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall.

This not-to-be-missed event  has been described by state leaders as “the opening shot” to the legislative session and is attended each year by hundreds of legislators, businesspeople and interested citizens.

This year, state and national experts will focus on tearing down the walls to education, tax and health care reform in Georgia. Keynote speakers are Herman Cain, former presidential candidate and popular radio talk show host, and Clint Bolick, director of the Goldwater Institute’s Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation. The day’s events will include a retrospective of the Fall of the Berlin Wall by special guests Tom Harrold, Chuck Clay and Hans Rueffert.

Registration is open to the public; the deadline is Monday, September 15. The cost is $125 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. For more information, the agenda and to register, go to  If you have difficulty registering, email

For directions visit requested is Business, Business Casual. No jeans, cut-offs, tennis shoes, collarless sport shirts, shorts or athletic attire.

Friday is Senior Day at the North Georgia State 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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Cobb County School District Names Teachers of the Year For Elementary, Middle & High


In three separate surprise presentations at their respective schools on July 28, Superintendent Chris Ragsdale named the school district’s three academic level Teachers of the Year. They are Beth Knight of Hendricks Elementary School, Rick Parker of Daniell Middle School and Tyler Gwynn of Allatoona High School.

On the first day of pre-planning, Mr. Ragsdale surprised the teachers by naming them academic level Teachers of the Year in front of their fellow teachers and staff members. Each of the three level winners was first selected as a local school Teacher of the Year by fellow faculty members. School honorees submitted written applications for the District-wide honor, which are read and rated independently by a committee of administrators. The highest-rated applicants from elementary, middle, and high schools are named Teachers of the Year. On August 22, following a comprehensive interview process, Tyler Gwynn of Allatoona High School, was selected as this year’s Cobb County’s District Teacher of the Year.

Rick Parker’s Teaching Bio:
• Teaches 7th Grade Social Studies.
• Started out in the Internet security business, but after 10 years and many hours training his colleagues, realized that teaching was his calling.
• Became a teacher at 31 because he wanted to make a difference.
• In 2006, was nominated as Maryland Social Studies Teacher of the Year.
• Hired by Cobb County School District in 2007.

Teaching Style:
• Always wears a coat and tie when he teaches to establish decorum and professionalism.
• Embraces the use of technology to expand the learning environment.
• He and his students created their own version of Wikipedia just for Social Studies.
• Obtained a license for their own Google App for
• Believes strongly in student engagement and has been known to dress in safari gear and other costumes to teach students about history.

Quote from Principal:
“Engaging. Dynamic. Intentional. These are just three words which describe Mr. Rick Parker’s teaching style with the students of Daniell Middle School. Whether dressing in character as people students are studying, providing experiences for students outside the classroom for events such as the Geography Bee, or preparing students with 21st century digital learning experiences such as Daniellpedia, Mr. Parker ensures his students receive a premier education in history both in and out of the classroom. His dedication to each individual student is evident in his students’ success. Mr. Parker is master teacher!”

– Daniell Principal David Nelson

Fall for Fun! Community Events September 19 – 25.

North Georgia State Fair

Visit the North Georgia State Fair through September 28.

Fall officially begins on Tuesday but the fun keeps going all week long! For even more to do, check out our online calendar HERE.

Every Tuesday and Saturday, Feeding Time at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Join a naturalist for an in-depth look at one of their resident animals as they are being fed. 4pm. Admission: $10 adults/ $7 seniors/ $6 children ages 3-12 and free for 2 and under and members. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. More info: 770-992-2055.

Trail Hikes, Every Saturday and Sunday. A docent guides you on a journey through the Chattahoochee Nature Center trails using biofacts and activities to spark you “natural” curiosity. 1pm. Admission: $10 adults/ $7 seniors/ $6 children ages 3-12 and free for 2 and under and members.. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. More info: 770-992-2055.

FREE Chess Matches every Saturday. Hone your chess skills with games every Saturday starting at 3pm, Cool Beans Coffee Roasters (31 Mill St. Marietta, GA 30060) in Marietta Square. There no cost to play, email or visit for more information.

Every Wednesday, Wednesday Walks in the garden at Barrington Hall. Share in the garden’s history and learn some gardening tips for your own yard. 9:30-10:30am. Free. Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell. More info/reservations: 770-640-3855.


Every Saturday

Marietta Square Farmers Market. featuring products that are grown and produced in Georgia, including produce, plants, honey, breads, cheese and other items. 9am-12pm. Rain or shine. Now open all year. Glover Park-Marietta Square. More info: 770-499-9393 or

Free Arts and Crafts. at Lakeshore Learning Materials. 11am-3pm. Ages 3 and up. Lakeshore Learning Store, 4287 Roswell Road, Marietta. More info: 770-578-3100 or


North Georgia State Fair through September 28. Metro Atlanta’s largest fair. Enjoy rides, live music, and farm animals. Monday-Thursday: 4-11pm. Friday: 4pm-midnight. Saturday: 10am-midnight. Sunday: 12:30-10pm. $7. Jim Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Road, Marietta 30008. More info: or call 770-528-8989.


September 19

Cobb County Restaurant Week through September 20. Local restaurants celebrate their culinary talents, cuisine and atmospheres. 3-course prix fixe lunch/dinner menus: $15-35. See participating restaurants and details at

Cobb County Schools are CLOSED for Fall Break. Classes will resume on Monday, September 22.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee produced by Marietta Players. This play is an endearing musical about an eclectic group of six mid-pubescents who vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. Directed by Blaine Clotfelter and Brian White. Wednesday-Saturday: 8pm, Sunday: 3 pm. $20 Students/Seniors, $25 Adults, $18 Preview Weekend. Theatre at the Marietta Square – 11 Whitlock Ave, Marietta, 30064. More info: 678-224-8095 or
5th Annual Georgia Legislative Policy Forum. A daylong event that will bring national and state policy experts together to discuss free-market solutions to Georgia’s challenges. Attended each year by hundreds of legislators, business people and interested citizens. 7:30am-3pm. $125 (Registration deadline 9/15/14). Renaissance Atlanta Waverly, 2450 Galleria Parkway SE, Atlanta 30339. More info: 404-256-4050 or
September 20
48th Annual Roswell Arts Festival in the heart of historic downtown Roswell is presented by the Roswell Recreation Association. Come out and enjoy artists and craftsmen from across the Southeast, local singers, children’s painting, sand art, and food vendors. Saturday: 10am-6pm; Sunday: 10am-5pm. Roswell Town Square, 617 Atlanta Street, Roswell, GA 30075. More info: 770-640-3253 or
International Fall Festival featuring music, food, an outdoor market, church tours and fun activities for children. Saturday: 11am-5pm. Sunday: 11:30am-5pm. $1 admission. St. Mary of Egypt Orthodox Church, 1765 Woodstock Road, Roswell 30075. More info: 770-640-1780 or
23rd Annual Marietta StreetFest presented by the Marietta Museum of History featuring Georgia antique dealers, artisans, and attractions as well as the Marietta Square Farmers Market, the Trash or Treasure Show and the popular Hubcaps and History Classic Car Show. 9am-9pm. Marietta Square. More info: 770-794-5710 or
5th Annual Noteworthy 5K. The Noteworthy provides an opportunity for the community to come together, be healthy, and help support the Georgia Symphony Orchestra (GSO). Racers are encouraged to be creative and wear formal “symphony-themed” attire. A “Black Tie” party will be held after the race. The fun will include music, snacks, awards, and door prizes. New this year: Food Trucks will be available with great treats for purchase. 7pm. Registration: $10-$35. Barrett Lakes Office Park, Building 4, 1940 Lodge Road, Kennesaw 30144. More info: 770-429-2390 or
The Marietta Museum of History is offering FREE Admission to the downtown Marietta location every Saturday in September from 10am to 4pm. Each Saturday, will be focused on a Museum exhibit or event.
2nd Annual VOICE Today Legacy Ball. Live and silent auction, dinner and dancing with all proceeds from the event go directly to fund the Voice Today a non-profit organization that encourages the community to break the silence and the cycle of child sexual abuse. 7pm. Atlantic Aviation – Peachtree Dekalb Airport, 1951 Airport Road Atlanta, GA 30341. More info: 678-578-4888 or
September 22
Cobb Chamber/AT&T Business Open Golf Tournament. Four–person Ft. Lauderdale scramble shotgun start at 11am. Registration/driving range open at 9am. Award reception follows with food, drink, and prizes. $250/player or $1,000/foursome. Indian Hills Country Club, 4001 Clubland Drive, Marietta 30068. More info: Katie Henderson, 770-859-2344 or
September 23
AAUW (American Association of University Women) is holding its 55th Annual Bookfair at Perimeter Mall, September 23 – 28, Mall hours, no fee to shop. Opening Night is Monday, September 22 from 6-9 p.m. with a $10 fee to shop. The sale will offer over 75,000 gently used books in 50 categories at bargain prices. Many books are in the $2 – $3 price range. Bookfair offers novels, science fiction, romance, children’s books (pre-K through young adult), history, religion, military, cookbooks, sports, hobbies, and much more. AAUW’s Cobb County branch partners with North Fulton and Atlanta branches to earn funds for scholarships and community activities that benefit women and girls.
Finance Essentials. A representative from Kennesaw State University, Coles College of Business will be teaching the fundamentals of financial analysis, with instruction on reading financial statements, understanding financial ratios and return on investment. $69. 6-9pm. Kennesaw State University Center, 1000 Chastain Road, Building #3301, Room 464, Kennesaw 30144. More info: 770- 423-6450 or
September 25
Brown Bag Concert Series. Get lunch on the square every Thursday and hear live music in Glover Park. 12-1pm. Marietta Square, 50 North Park Square, Marietta 30060. More info: or 770-794-5601.
READing Paws. This one-on-one program is designed to promote confidence and to encourage independent reading skills. Recommended for grades 1-5. Registration required. 3:30-4:30pm. East Cobb Library, 4880 Lower Roswell Road, Suite 510-B, Marietta. More info: 770-509-2730 or


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Walton Grad Creates Babysitting Biz

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Since becoming a swim instructor and camp counselor, Walton School grad Ashkon Ashjazadeh discovered how much he enjoyed working with children. Ash is now available to care for children! Local, energetic, and uplifting, Ash aims to be the most positively influential sitter for all the children he cares for. Activities like sports, reading , puzzles, and even yoga are just a few tools he uses to entertain and enrich. So if you are looking for a “manny”, need some after-school care or a date-night sitter call Ash at (404)-904-2825. Red Cross First Aid/CPR Certified . References available.


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Rise Up! Clubs Bring Biblical Principles to Children


Rise Up! Co-Founders and East Cobb residents Jenny Krueger, Jenny Cox and Lindsay Trotti

Marshmallows flying through the air, dads dressed up in ridiculous costumes, and kids playing Minute-To Win-It games are typical sights at a new character education program sweeping across East Cobb. Rise Up! started in 2012 when a few Timber  Ridge families gathered in a backyard to bring Biblical principles to children in a culturally relevant and funfilled way. Founded by Jenny Krueger, she could not have predicted that her simple idea would grow into an after-school program serving 850  children in eight Cobb and Fulton County public elementary schools.

Jenny Krueger explains, “The pace at which this ministry started was almost comical. We thought there might be interest in this type of program, but to have over 100 kids at the first Timber Ridge meeting was incredible.”

The mission of Rise Up! is to change the world for Christ by strengthening the character of children. “It is amazing to see the high interest from parents in this new way of sharing Biblical values with children,” states Jenny Cox, co-founder.

Rise Up! teaches children how to apply Biblical principles in incredibly practical ways. For example, in the annual Compassion Challenge, children are given $1 and challenged to use their God-given talents to multiply that dollar.

“The children exceeded our expectations by raising over $7,000 for various charities around the world,” adds Lindsay Trotti, co-founder.

Rise Up! is a non-school, non-foundation and non-PTA sponsored, 501(c)3 organization. Though based on Biblical principles, Rise Up! welcomes students of all faith backgrounds and respects each student’s right to make their own decision regarding spiritual matters. Rise Up! is active in the following elementary schools: Timber Ridge, Tritt, Garrison Mill, Mt. Bethel, Mountain Park, Murdock, Shallowford Falls, Teasley, Kincaid, East Side, Sope Creek, Mountain View, Nickajack and Kings Springs.

For more information about supporting Rise Up! or bringing it to your school community, please visit, email or, contact Jenny Krueger at 321-948-3200.


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