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  • MetroTrails

    Some Metro Trails with Shade to Beat the Heat

    Now that the Peachtree Road Race is over, Hometown readers who run or walk distances may be looking for different, cooler places to do their miles. All of these public routes provide shady tree shelter with forest canopies, many with picturesque bridges over creeks and stream-filled marshlands. They’re scenic and flat or gently rolling terrain. These trails are mostly short, lending themselves to an early finish or an extra lap. Three of the best run/walk trails follow.


    South Peachtree Creek Trail (2 mi), 874 Gaylemont Circle at Medlock Park in Decatur 30033 is perhaps the most unique, as pictured in our headline photo. Murphey Candler Trail (2 mi.), 1551 W. Nancy Creek Dr. is beside the lake at Murphey Candler Park in Brookhaven 30219. Tribble Mill Park Trail (2.8 mi.), 2125 Trib-ble Mill Pkwy. in Lawrenceville 30045 winds around Azora Lake.


    All these shady trails alleviate the summer heat we still have and are great to taper training until cooler weather comes this fall. It’s worthwhile to drive to them. Your mileage may vary! For more information, go to atlantat   Read more...

  • BPD5KRun

    Brookhaven Police Department Fourth Annual Hot-Pursuit 5K Run | Tot Trot

    The Hot Pursuit 5K Run will be held on September 9, 2017 in the City of Brookhaven. The run includes a 5K and Tot Trot. The race starts on Peachtree Road near Dresden Drive at 8:00 P.M. and promises to be a great time for all ages and abilities.


    The route will take participants down Dresden Drive before winding through the scenic Ashford Park neighborhood. The course will be staffed by volunteers to provide assistance to runners. The Brookhaven Police Department will handle traffic control and will be at all intersections.


    The Hot Pursuit 5K will be electronically timed for fast, accurate results. The race will conclude with a postrace ceremony in which awards will be presented in multiple categories and age groups. All Proceeds Will Be Used to Support the Brookhaven Police Department’s “Shop with a Badge” Christmas Program The Shop with a Badge or similarly named programs are held in numerous law enforcement agencies across the country. All funds raised through race registration fees, donations and corporate sponsorships will be divided up equally amongst our c   Read more...

  • PollinatorsBees

    Pollinators: More Than Just Bees

    Bees are synonymous with pollination—and for good reason. Their size, shape and physical characteristics—fuzzy bodies that so effectively collect and transport pollen—make them efficient foragers. Additionally, they are conditioned to collect ample pollen to take back to their brood, a behavior that has helped reinforce their reputation as “busy bees.”


    It’s important to recognize, however, that other insects and animals contribute to pollination, the important process of collecting and distributing pollen to help plants reproduce and bear food. Research conducted in recent years suggests that the combined activity of nonbee pollinators—such as flies, bats and butterflies—can be just as valuable to pollination as bees.


    Meet The Lesser-Known Pollinators A black-and-yellow-striped insect hovering above a flower is not always a bee. Some flies—such as flower flies, or hoverflies—resemble bees; for this reason, they’re called bee mimics. Several plant species—most notably, the cocoa tree—rely exclusively on fly pollination. Without flies, there w   Read more...

  • ParentInfo

    Important Information For Parents

    Kids depend on their parents for guidance, and the help that they get can make a big difference in their lives. If you are the parent of a young man who is turning 18 or if he is a recent immigrant between the ages of 18 and 25, it is important that you make sure that he registers with the Selective Service System. All male U.S. citizens, immigrants, undocumented aliens and men with dual citizenship within the age group must do so and it is a critical step for young men as they move forward in life.


    Why Register? First and foremost, it is required by law and the failure to do so can result in fines and prison terms, but up and coming young men register for the benefits that registration affords. This year, the Federal Pell Grant program alone has provided over 8 million students with financial aid at a cost of more than $30 billion. To be eligible for federal education funds, young men must be registered with the Selective Service System. It is also required for federal job training programs and permanent jobs with the federal government, including the U.S. Postal Service. For y   Read more...

  • 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

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