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  • ReservoirPark

    Reservoir Park Will Become Atlanta’s Largest Green-space

    It is hard to fathom, but a gigantic hole in the earth in the Bankhead area west of Midtown will one day be-come a centerpiece for Atlanta’s largest park.

     

    The first step in the process is to expand gorgeous, old Bellwood Quarry into a reservoir holding more than a million gallons. Well past the planning stage, anticipated completion is 2018, no longer just drawings on pa-per, according to Lillian Govus, communications director for Atlanta’s Department of Watershed Management. She said a crew from Colorado has begun scaling loose rocks on the quarry sides before main construction be-gins. Next comes blasting shafts 400 ft. down to the quarry floor, with heavy artillery including a mammoth custom-built drill to serve as a tunnel boring machine. Currently under first-phase construction in Ohio, about 70 trucks will transport the components to the Bellwood Quarry site, where workers will complete final assem-bly of the machine. “Come September,” says Govus of the tunnel to follow, “we’ll start on its way.”

     

    The public will name the massive boring machine worke   Read more...

  • PeachtreeIndependenceDay

    The Peachtree and Independence Day

    Since 1970, the Peachtree Road Race, organized by the Atlanta Track Club (ATC) has become an enduring, endearing city tradition. In the first race, runners paid a $2 entry fee and lined up at the old start at the intersection of Peachtree and West Paces in Buckhead. Of the 150 who ran in July 4th heat and humidity, 110 participants, including three women, completed the 10 K (6.2 mile) course, finishing at Equitable Plaza downtown. Atlantan Jeff Galloway, an Olympian and running guru, came in first place.

     

    The philosophy of the Peachtree, however, was that all who finished were winners. To honor participants Tim Singleton of the ATC suggested commemorative T shirts. And so in the 2nd race in 1971, ATC awarded the cov-eted shirts to all finishers, creating an all-inclusive atmosphere.

     

    In the bicentennial year 1976, the event gained solid sponsorship as the AJC Peachtree Road Race. By 1978 it had 12,000 participants and within a few years it grew to 60,000, which is now capped as what the city can safely handle, and runs from Lenox Square to Piedmont Park. Every July 4th   Read more...

  • FedReserve

    Atlanta’s Federal Reserve Bank Counts

    Get out of this pool this summer and learn about the flow of money at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. With school out of session, it’s important to keep your mind ticking with mental exercises. Touring At-lanta’s Federal Reserve Bank is a fascinating and free educational experience- and certainly one that is hard to replicate in the classroom. Visitors get a big picture of the many ways the Fed helps our economy run smoothly in the Monetary Museum with interactive exhibits and guided tours. Amy Hennessey, director of economic education, said the Atlanta Fed includes a variety of visuals and lessons to make learning easy and accessible.

     

    “We have a number of interactive exhibits and games to test your knowledge of finance. The ‘go with the flow’ game allows people to better understand how we as consumers interact with businesses and banks,” Hennessey said. The cash overlook into the bank’s automated vault is one of the most impressive features at the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank. Visitors can see hundreds of thousands of dollars counted, sorted and even destroye   Read more...

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    CDC Museum for Science Geeks

    If you are a science or healthcare geek, one of the best places to visit in Atlanta is the Center for Disease Control Museum. Officially known as the David J. Sencer Museum, this strikingly modern facil-ity is located in a stunningly beautiful building near the main CDC entrance on Clifton Road.

     

    With three levels, the museum offers rotating new exhibits and a comprehensive history of Public Health and the CDC. Growing out of the 1798 Marine Hospital which served merchant seamen, the Public Health Service evolved to guard the general health of the nation and insure the general good health of im-migrants. In 1946, the CDC was established in downtown Atlanta before its move to the current location following a land grant from Emory University.

     

    The history part of the museum charts the various and multi-faceted programs of the Center with some beautiful and sometimes frightening artifacts like the large iron lung on display. Visitors can learn about the CDC’s [or the Public Health Service] role in programs from polio, smallpox, Legionnaire’s disease, syphilis [and other   Read more...

  • FourSpringTips

    4 Spring & Summer Safety Tips for Pet People

    Winter is over. In fact, it’s long gone. Most of us have abandoned our hibernation caves and traded the chill dark days for some sunnier romps outside. And we aren’t the only excited ones either -- you can bet your pet is just as ready to paw on some fresh grass and soak up a few rays of their own.

     

    Stop and Smell the Roses This time of year brings a beautiful bouquet of colors, sights, and smells, but humans aren’t the only ones who get their olfactories abuzz with the fresh flowers springing to life at every turn. Your dog, and even cat, dig the bright new blooms, but make sure you are aware of where their nose and mouth goes. Several readily prevalent plants and flowers are actually toxic to pets, so read up on which blossoms are beautiful, and which are just plain bad for the extra member of your family.

     

    Cleaning House We don’t know what it is about spring the makes us want to clean everything -- yet it always does. Most of us toss out a lot of unneeded junk from the closets and corners of our home, but most of us also bring in a lot of new chemicals and c   Read more...

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