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  • WarTorn

    Baseball in a War Torn World, Atlanta 1915

    The world can be a scary place and it didn’t get much worse than it did in 1915, the first full year of World War I. Although the United States didn’t enter the greatest war in the history of mankind up to then until later, Atlanta newspapers faithfully recounted all the horrors of that conflict in exacting detail – day after day after day. Only one thing could take the war off the front pages of 1915 Atlanta, and that was the start of baseball season with all those exhibition games pitting the local Crackers against the Big Leagues.

     

    Battles and destruction in Europe had so dominated the Atlanta press that one local cartoonist penned an im-age showing the “War News” fleeing in terror from a gigantic baseball and headed off the front page. With the coming of March, “Popular Attention” would be diverted by the most popular game in America. The Crackers had been very successful in recent years and faced several teams from around the region in the pre-season games with some success, but there were also Big League teams coming to town.

     

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  • OrganDonors

    More Organ Donors Key To Saving Children

    (NAPS)—There is hopeful news for the nearly 2,000 children waiting for the “Gift of Life”—a lifesaving organ transplant. To help as many of these children as possible, a national effort is being made to increase the number of available donors—the key to saving more lives.

     

    It Makes A Difference When she was just 5 months old, Caitlin’s life was saved by organ donation. Caitlin was born with a life-threatening liver condition and needed a transplant. She received her new liver when another family saw through the grief of losing their son and said “yes” to donation. Today, this cheerful little girl loves life and her family, and charms everyone with her sunny smile.

     

    Her story is one of hope for those still waiting. According to www.organdonor.gov, more than 123,000 indi-viduals of all ages are on the national organ transplant waiting list, waiting for a kidney, heart, intestine, pancreas, lung or liver. About 18 people die each day because they do not receive a new organ in time.

     

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  • SpringtimeHistoryCenter

    Springtime Brings New Programs from DeKalb History Center

    The DeKalb History Center has announced its schedule of upcoming spring programs for schools, children and the public.

     

    “Life in the 1850s,” “The Civil War” and “Pioneers and Natives” make up the core of the center’s new pro-grams for schools. Steve Daniel, a volunteer who participates in many of the school tours, said, “I am continually impressed with how well behaved the children are and how attentive they are to the presentations. They always ask interesting questions, and they are eager to participate in the interactive portions of the tour.” In addition to these programs, there are several special school programs.

     

    On March 27, Third Grade History Day will feature Paul Revere, Susan B. Anthony, Lyndon Johnson and Cesar Chavez. Outreach to schools is another new offering this spring. The play about the Civil War in DeKalb County, “Shadows of the Past,” can be performed at schools or as part of a tour at the History Center.

     

    Other outreach programs include a focus on Harriett Tubman and Creek Indians of Georgia.

     

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  • Cellmates

    Canine Cellmates Program Proves Effective

    The program allowing Fulton County prisoners in rehabilitation to train animals for adoption is working. In fact, it has been recognized nationally as one of many proven ideas that could save animals that would otherwise be eutha-nized. Canine Cellmates is a relatively new program which began in 2013. The organization aims to provide a better life for inmates in the Fulton County Jail and keep rescued shelter dogs from certain death. “During a four-month course consisting of education, training and overall care for the dogs, we hope to positively change both the dogs and the inmates,” said Susan Jacobs-Meadows, founding director and director of volunteer services. “Inmates who qualify are able to train two dogs, one after the other. At the end of the training course, our goal is for the dogs to pass the Ca-nine Good Citizen test and graduate from our program into a wonderful, forever home.” Jacobs-Meadows also said the inmates receive viable job skills which create a new “overall lease” on life for both the dogs and the inmates by offer-ing them a second chance. “Both groups h   Read more...

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