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  • KeepDeKalbBeautiful

    Keep DeKalb Beautiful Turns Blight into Art

    Keep DeKalb Beautiful is working with communities to convert blight into art with its ‘Barriers to Beauty’ program. The program installs cheerfully painted concrete barriers to prevent illegal dumping in key areas. Its most recent project was installed off River Road in the south end of the county.

     

    “These barriers are used to prevent dumping in key areas, and when they are bare, they look institutional,” said Gordon Burkette, program director of Keep DeKalb Beautiful. “This hands-on project is de-signed to give young people the opportunity to improve how their own communities look through creativity.”

     

    ‘Barriers to Beauty’ promotes community involvement and educates citizens about how illegal dumping affects them. Participants spray paint the base of the block, then use recycled signs to create stencils of picket fences, flowers, butterflies and more.

     

    For more information about ‘Barriers to Beauty’ or to organize a project, contact Keep DeKalb Beau-tiful at 404-249-2010 or kdb@dekalbcountyga.gov.

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  • DeckEntertaining

    Prepare Your Deck for Outdoor Entertaining Season

    This year, designers are seeing a growing trend emerge among homeowners: bringing their interior design aesthetic to their outdoor spaces. “Homeowners are looking for ways to let their personalities shine throughout every room in their homes, including the outdoors,” says HGTV/DIY network star, Jeff Wilson, “It’s changing the way people approach decorating, including their decks and backyards.”

     

    Here are some tips from the leader in outdoor wood care protection and beautification, Thompson’s® Wa-terSeal.® They can help you create an outdoor environment that’s both beautiful and functional for entertaining family and friends (or even a party of one!).

     

    • Bring some natural color to your backyard. Consider adding a colorful variety of potted plants like geraniums and greenery like boxwood topiaries to provide some privacy and a bit of texture to border the space. • Furnish it colorfully and comfortably. Whether your aesthetic lends itself to stone benches or wooden Adirondack chairs, add some cushions to make the seating both comfortable and colorful.   Read more...

  • WaffleHouseFounder

    Waffle House Co-Founder Joe Rogers Sr. Dies at 97

    Joe Rogers Sr., co-founder of the iconic Waffle House, died this past March at age 97. Born in rural Jackson, TN, he firmly believed that “people—your family, your friends your neighbors” are the most important parts in life. “All of your communication,” he wrote, “is person to person and everything you do is built around relation-ships.” Friendly people serving good food fast at affordable prices remains the essence of the Waffle House philosophy today.

     

    Working as a short-order cook in the 1950s for the Memphis-based Toddle House, Rogers decided to start his own diner with partner Tom Forkner. They opened their first store in 1955 at 2179 East College Avenue in Avondale Estates. The landmark building is now open once a month as a museum.

     

    By 1961 Rogers and Forkner had 4 diners. Waffle House—with its basic menu many know so well and its classic retro architecture—became a true southern phenomenon when it began franchising in the 1960s. Today Waffle House has more than 2,100 franchises in 25 states. My friends Jack and Marianne tell one of my favorite   Read more...

  • DunwoodyHSRobotics

    Dunwoody High School’s Newest Robotics Team Just Keeps on Rolling

    After an amazing performance at the State Championships in Athens last weekend, the rookie Dunwoody High School FIRST® Robotics Competition Team, WildCat 5e, accumulated enough points to finish the season ranked 6th in Georgia. This unprecedented, outstanding performance was enough to qualify the team for the World Champion-ships in Houston from April 19-22, where WildCat 5e will face tough competition from the best teams in the United States and around the globe.

     

    Humbled by the opportunities they have been granted as a result of their success, WildCat 5e blew away everyone’s expectations at the competitions (including their own!). At the beginning of the season, no one believed WildCat 5e would make it to the Houston competition; it wasn’t even on their radar. This dedicated group of kids and parent volunteers has worked harder than ever in order to raise the funds necessary to get them this far in the competition, and have done so in conjunction with their fantastic sponsors, friends, family, and generous members of the community who donated to assist them in reaching and   Read more...

  • ZooLibrary

    The Zoo Library Uses Hands-On Approach to Teach Conservation

    The Zoo Library is a hands-on, interactive conservation program with live animals serving schools, hospitals, libraries, senior centers, child care facilities, and community outreach programs in metro Atlanta.

     

    Local high school English teacher Holly Isserstedt and her husband Paul Suarez founded The Zoo Library when they saw an increasing need to put more interactive experiences in the classroom to promote project based learning and real world application.

     

    “What better way to to do this than with live animals.” Said Isserstedt. “As parents, we want the next gen-eration of children to learn more about our precious natural environments, eco-systems and protection and conservation for animals. One way of doing this is to educate students on proper habitats, safe handling, care and respect for all species. By caring for animals, children learn responsibility, compassion and the precious connection among all living things.”

     

    The Zoo Library crew includes pigmy hedgehogs, lop rabbits, a Russian tortoise, various snakes, hissing cockroaches, a panther c   Read more...

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