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Cobb County Shredding Day is free and safe way to dispose of documents

Cobb County Shredding Day is free and safe way to dispose of documents

Keep Cobb Beautiful is partnering with Keep Smyrna Beautiful, Keep Marietta Beautiful and Keep Powder Springs Beautiful to host a Document Shredding Day 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Oct. 22. The event is free and an excellent opportunity for residents to securely dispose household papers. Each car is limited to 100 pounds of documents to be shredded and only paper products will be accepted. The event locations are:

  • Keep Cobb Beautiful:
    Piedmont Church, 570 Piedmont Road, Marietta
  • Keep Smyrna Beautiful:
    Wolfe Adult Rec Center, 884 Church St., Smyrna
  • Keep Marietta Beautiful:
    Marietta city limits, 591 N.

Adopt a Golden Atlanta announces Seniors for Seniors Program

Adopt a Golden Atlanta announces  Seniors for Seniors Program

 

Adopt a Golden Atlanta (AGA) is initiating a Seniors for Seniors program, providing a way for seniors age 65 and older to adopt senior golden retrievers (10 years and older) by waiving the adoption fee or facilitating a permanent foster home arrangement.

In the last few years, Adopt a Golden Atlanta, the largest golden retriever rescue in the Southeast and fourth largest in the US, has seen an increase in the number of older dogs coming into the program – either due to passing of their owner or because of economic reasons.  “We’ve seen a four-fold increase in the number of seniors we’ve taken in,” reports Lauren Genkinger, AGA’s president and founder.  “So we’re announcing this program that is a win-win for both seniors involved – the human and the golden retriever,” she continues.

For many breeds, such as golden retrievers, the average life span has been 10 to 12 years, but with the current a

Grants available to county schools for educational gardens

Grants available to county schools for educational gardens

Keep Cobb Beautiful staff recently announced that its Dig'n The Dirt school garden grant applications are available for learning gardens in all Cobb County public and private schools.

"Our sponsorship partners recognize the educational value of getting kids to learn math, science, language arts and other subjects related to the Georgia Performance Standards in a hands-on method, not to mention the health aspect of just getting them outside for sunshine and fresh air," Elicia Fritsch, KCB co-chair, said.

Grant applications are available to all schools in Cobb County, excluding Marietta City Schools, whether they have an existing learning garden or want to start a new garden on school grounds. Grants will be awarded up to a maximum of $1,000. One application per school and the application period runs through Oct. 31. This program is funded by contributions from Whole Foods Market at Merchants Walk, Edens & Avant, Waste Management, Inc. and Lockheed Aeronautics.

Time to register for the Cobb Make A Wish Foundation 5k and help make a child's wish come true

Time to register for the Cobb Make A Wish Foundation 5k and help make a child's wish come true

Cobb's annual 5K to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Georgia and Alabama will be held Saturday, Oct. 8, and pre-registration is open now. All net proceeds from the race will go to the foundation to grant wishes for Cobb children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Runners have the option of electronic timed or untimed registration. Fees are $25 timed and $20 untimed before Oct. 1. After then, fees are $35 timed and $25 untimed up to race day. Fees for children 12 and younger are $10 with children 5 and younger free. Groups of 10 or more are $20 timed and $15 untimed. If you would like to support the race, but are not able to attend, you can register as a "phantom" runner for $20. All registered participants, including phantom, will receive a commemorative long-sleeve T-shirt, except children 5 and younger.

Last year, six local children's wishes were granted.

OSHA, MUST Ministries partnership to benefit those in need

OSHA, MUST Ministries partnership to benefit those in need

SMYRNA, Ga. -- A new Metro Atlanta alliance could possibly put several Georgians back to work before the end of the year.

On Sept. 26, representatives from MUST Ministries and the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration signed an agreement to launch a new training program for out-of-work residents of Cherokee and Cobb counties. This is only the second such partnership that OSHA's Atlanta-West Area office has entered.

This alliance will create a 10-hour general workplace safety course related to seasonal jobs, including warehouse work and stocking. The course will be held Oct. 24-26; OSHA and Must Ministries plan to launch a similar course in February to focus on summertime construction jobs.

The goal of these courses is to provide the unemployed with access to training resources, according to OSHA area director Andre Richards.

Steel from Twin Towers on display at Cobb Safety Village

Steel from Twin Towers on display at Cobb Safety Village

Local dignitaries and members of the Cobb Fire and Emergency Services Department gathered recently to pay homage to the anniversary of Sept. 11 and unveil a section of steel from one of the Twin Towers.

This monument is now on display at the Cobb Safety Village, located at 1220 Al Bishop Drive in Marietta

Residents invited to town hall meeting in south Cobb

Residents invited to town hall meeting in south Cobb

District Four Commissioner Woody Thompson will host a town hall meeting for his constituents 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 13.

The meeting will be held at South Cobb Community Center, 620 Lions Club Drive off Veterans Memorial.

Town hall meetings are an excellent opportunity for the public to interact with elected officials, hear about progress being made around the county and share input. For more information, call 770-528-3312 or visit cobbcounty.org/thompson.