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  • MargeStory

    She Was the Mother of Hometown News

    Margaret “Marge” Council Heal, who at 76 left this world in 2012, is forever the mother of our pub-lisher Janet Jubilee. To old-time writers like me she was also the Mother of Hometown News. We still miss her and think of our former editor Marge every month when new issues come out. “Would she like them?” we wonder, and we always try to make sure that she would. Marge Heal will always be our guiding spirit.


    When Brookhaven Buzz, our flagship paper, came out in 1990, I was immediately attracted to its for-mat and content. I liked its emphasis on not only what’s happening but also nearby history. It wasn’t too long before I submitted to Marge my first story, on the old 48 Veteran’s Hospital at the present site of Brookhaven Park. I had vivid memories as a kid riding my bike past that building in Brookhaven in the early 1960s.


    Marge loved the idea of community fused in history. Most readers may not remember; but the popular space in the heart of Brookhaven with the cool pedestrian alley, between what are now the brick structures of Hudson’s Grille and Sugar Shack, along   Read more...
  • KidsScreenTime

    Six Tips To Help You Manage Kids’ Screen Time

    If any of the nearly 51 million schoolchildren in America today is someone you care about, you may find this information on kids and the internet quite intriguing.


    To help your young students make the most of the online world while staying safe, heed these hints: 1. Share Space: Have a shared family computer in a common space. This lets you supervise your kids’ online time without hovering. 2. Limit Time: The length of an online session should match your child’s natural attention span. School-age kids’ brains can focus for about 30 minutes at a time, so they won’t really get much from ses-sions longer than that. A good idea is to set a schedule of computer time with dinner acting as a halftime. 3. Increase Freedom: Gradually give your children freedom to decide how to use the internet as they grow into teenagers. They will probably push for more freedom, a natural part of preparing for adulthood. Trust your teens to make good decisions and appropriately manage time online. 4. Turn To Technology: Everyone has preferred shows or spaces online and can watch anywhere via tablets   Read more...
  • CowLives

    A Cow Lives In Piedmont Heights

    At 566 Pelham Road in Piedmont Heights, at the intersection with Montgomery Ferry Road, stands a cow quietly gazing out of the trees. A bit startling at first, until one realizes it is a full-sized statue of a Holstein. No, she is not an escapee from a Chick-fil-A billboard. Named Kathleen by her owner, she has been watching over the neighborhood for five years and is a quaint reminder of the dairy farms which once populated Piedmont Heights.


    Kathleen belongs to Donna Bryans Gensler, a longtime resident of the community. The cow was a gift from her family in memory of the herds of cattle on the farm in Madison, Georgia, where she grew up. Cows were Donna’s favorite animals and she loved them so much she became a vegetarian.


    Kathleen enjoys an exciting life in Piedmont Heights. She is a frequent backdrop for photographs and always dresses up for holidays, neighborhood events, and special occasions. Recently she received a new “dress”—a fresh coat of black and white paint, her second since moving into the neighborhood.


    A few years ago, a couple who frequently pas   Read more...
  • SpringCountdown

    Spring Countdown for The Peachtree

    For the community of AJC Peachtree Road Race participants, spring is the season to train for one of the pre-eminent annual summer events in the ATL. This spring I’m preparing for my 40th consecutive Peachtree, for which I am so grateful and can hardly believe. I did my first in 1978 with about 12,000 par-ticipants. By 1979 registrations reached about 60,000 and became capped. It’s not unusual for many to have long unbroken streaks of Peachtree participation.


    In the minds of true Peachtree Road Race enthusiasts, they’ve made their Fourth of July plans even on New Years’ Day. Some do formal Resolution running or walking events and others just know they’ll regis-ter for the race again while mainly staying inside in cold winter.


    As winter wanes, March is the month for the 60,000 racers, runners, joggers, walkers and wheelchair athletes to mail in their Atlanta Track Club (ATC) Peachtree registrations, which is formally announced in the AJC. One’s cancelled check serves as receipt for entry. Race applicants can vote for the coveted T-shirt from a short list of 5.


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  • SheepShawl

    Sheep to Shawl Program Explores Historic Cloth Making

    There is always something interesting to see or do at the Atlanta History Center. In April, the fascinating Sheep to Shawl Program returns once again as an event for the whole family. It details the long process of cloth making in the rural South of long, long ago. Americans in the 21st century with their overflowing closets of ready-made clothing cannot image how much time and work it took to make clothing in earlier times. Centered on the historic house and farm buildings of the Smith Farm, Sheep to Shawl helps explain it all to even the most unbelieving.


    To begin with, the sheep and angora goats who reside year round at the farm are shorn of their heavy winter coats in four demonstrations. Those “residents” scheduled to be shorn include Ida Mae, the twelve year old matriarch sheep on the farm. The wool is then carded, spun and woven into perfectly wearable shawls. This very child friendly process allows young people to participate and “not just witness it.” They help to do something few people in Atlanta have done in more than a century by turning freshly sheared wool into   Read more...
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