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  • MemorialDay1915

    Memorial Day in Atlanta

    Memorial Day has become one of the most popular three day weekends in modern day Atlanta. Coming in the waning weeks of spring, it is a time of major local festivals as well as events honoring the service of American military veterans. One hundred years ago, however, it was a holiday largely ignored by most Georgians.

     

    Nationwide, Memorial Day celebrations center on the soldiers and victorious veterans of the Civil War. It was a holiday which was shunned in the state and the rest of the South 100 years ago. Most southern states held ceremonies for Memorial Day or Decoration Day, a day to set aside to decorate mili-tary graves, honoring Confederate veterans at various times in April, May and June. In Atlanta, the na-tional Memorial Day, which usually came on the last weekend of May was rarely mentioned in public.

     

    A dwindling handful of Grand Army of the Republic or Union soldier veterans held a quiet dinner in the Kimball House. A number of African-American churches held memorial services and there were special ceremonies at the National Military Cemetery in Marietta, Ge   Read more...

  • AnimalStars

    Keeping Animal Stars Safe

    (NAPS)—Since the dawn of Hollywood, animal stars have played some of the most unforgettable characters ever seen on the silver screen. Their characters have charmed and delighted moviegoers and television audiences for generations. From legendary characters of a bygone era including Lassie, Mr. Ed and Flipper to such modern classics as Uggie, Mr. Jinx and Crystal the capuchin, animal stars have played and continue to play important roles, entertaining people while also teaching new generations to love and cherish animals.

     

    To keep these beloved stars safe, the country’s first national humane organization, American Humane As-sociation, has been working to protect animal actors since 1940 through its well-known “No Animals Were Harmed®” program. Working on thousands of movie and television productions, the group makes sure that some 100,000 animals are treated humanely each year, and has overseen the protection of millions of animal actors over the past seven decades.

     

    Now, during the program’s 75th year, the organization has put out a new book to celebrate the   Read more...

  • JoeysatZoo

    Zoo Atlanta will be Jumping with Joeys

    May means Mothers Day- and some marsupial moms at Zoo Atlanta will be in on the celebration. As of press time the zoo’s red kangaroo community was expecting babies (joeys) to be born between April 5 and 18.

     

    According to the zoo, red kangaroos are born blind, hairless and about the size of a jelly bean. Follow-ing a gestation period of 30-40 days, the joey will instinctively seek out its mother’s pouch to begin nursing. The joey will spend several months in the pouch before growing enough to venture out on its own. Zoo visi-tors can look forward to a spring and summer of joeys peering from their pouches as they take in their new world.

     

    But that’s only the tip of the tail when it comes to zoo doings. There’s the spectacular new reptile house and its exotic denizens to check out. And don’t forget the immensely popular Brew at the Zoo on Saturday, May23 that pairs the zoo experience with local craft beers and live music. June events include an art auction, Asian Heritage Day and Members Only Night.

     

    Learn more at www.zooatlanta.org

     

    -Steve Kil   Read more...

  • Georgia Cart Recovery founder Rodney Evans on left and his brother Dennis.

    Local Man Turns Curiosity Into Successful Business

    “I’ve been asked hundreds of times how I got in this business,” said Rodney Evans, the founder of Georgia Cart Recovery. Evans, who describes himself as a proactive person — “I’m always policing myself, thinking of ideas,” — said he spotted some Kroger carts on the side of a road in 2011.

     

    Curious how Kroger recovered their stray carts, Evans made some calls, eventually reaching Kroger Regional Manager Scott Baker, now retired.

     

    “I explained the scenario, I wasn’t looking for a job, I just wanted to understand the process,” said Evans, who was in the construction business at the time. According to Evans, Baker’s response was, “I was thinking the same thing, but I haven’t been able to find an entity for help.”

     

    “As soon as he (Baker) said that I thought I’m just gonna see where this goes. I said to him you just found it when do I start,” Evans said.

     

    Baker invited Evans to meet with him the next week and the rest is history. Evans who runs the cart service with help from his brother Dennis said he has seen positi   Read more...

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