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Historic Mileybright Farmhouse Now a Bed and Breakfast


Mileybright Farmhouse, mere blocks from the Kensington MARTA Station in Decatur, was built in 1900 by Judge John S. Candler. Candler operated a dairy farm on the property, 425 acres of which eventually became a portion of Avondale Estates. Waffle House co-founder Tom Forkner also lived in the home as a boy.


Labeling Laws that Stick


Controversy continues over genetically modified organisms (GMOs), especially seed crops created by industry giants like Monsanto (maker of Roundup) and genetically manipulated to withstand their own herbicides. While research into the long-term effects of GMOs is in its infancy, critics urge caution. Among the fears is that GMOs may introduce new allergens into the food chain, deplete beneficial bacteria in the soil and suppress the natural immune responses of food and feed crops.


Hamburgers Near Oglethorpe, 1970s


In the 1970s there were hardly any places to eat in Brookhaven near Oglethorpe University, but one lonely outpost for hamburgers, fries, milkshakes and Cokes was the old Burger King, pictured above. Fronting Peachtree in the general area near today’s Town Brookhaven, the old Burger King now seems like a retro piece of Americana. It was in its day a popular destination for not only hungry Oglethorpe students but also other Brookhaven residents.


36th Annual Peachblossom Bluegrass Festival


Two “Ps” signify spring for many in Atlanta: the first is pollen and the second is pickin’ — of the bluegrass variety! For 36 years, the Peachblossom Bluegrass Festival has ushered in the season on the first weekend in April. That will change slightly as this year’s festival will happen on Saturday, April 21, but the fine music and fellowship will be as always.


Life’s A Beach in Norcross


Beach volleyball fans and sandcastle architects of all ages are invited to play in the sand during Norcross’ Annual Spring Break Music Fest, April 21st from 10 am – 10 pm in Lillian Webb Park, 5 College Street. Literally tons of sand are brought in to create the Norcross beach scene, which includes free concerts, inflatables, food and games and the splash pad (weather permitting).


Cookies and Love for Our Troops


Thanks to the Girl Scouts and local businesses and residents, our soldiers overseas and stateside can receive something sweet that lets them know someone cares. A Taste From Home is a project started in 2008 to send Girl Scout (GS) cookies to military troops overseas.


Decatur MARTA Station, 1990s

Decatur Marta Station

Opened in 1979 as part of the rapid transit line running to Atlanta, the Decatur MARTA Station was a joint venture of the architectural firms of Edwards and Kelsey of Newark, New Jersey and Stevens and Wilkinson of Atlanta. Stations such as this, which are serviced by bus routes, are vital cogs in MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Transit Authority)—the ninth-largest of the county’s interurban transit systems designed to alleviate traffic congestion.


Governor Presented Flag Flown by Special Forces


When former Georgia native and Army Special Forces Sergeant-Major Jack Nevils wanted to show his appreciation to those in his home state for supporting his fellow fallen and wounded Special Operations troops and to welcome Georgia’s Governor Nathan Deal and first lady Sandra Deal to the Capitol, he carried a flag on a Special Forces mission and then flew it in honor of Georgia’s Governor on his Forward Operating Base (FOB) in Iraq.


Irish Eyes are Smiling on Va-Hi

Irish Eyes

“And Yours Will be Smiling As Well!” promises Limerick Junction’s Web site, as Atlanta’s oldest Irish pub gears up for its 25th annual St’ Patrick’s Day celebration! Of course, the Virginia-Highland institution gets its Irish up all the time, but it will no doubt pull out all the stops to commemorate the quarter century. Limerick Junction usually features a full day of festivities with a block party in the rear of the pub and live Irish music inside. Since St Patty’s falls on a Saturday this year (March 17), one can expect the fine fellowship and revelry to be kicked up several notches!


Community Comes Together to Support the Police Department

Police Department

Three years ago, Anna Huthmaker, of Huthmaker Violins, heard that due to budget cuts, the police department quietly decided that instead of cutting any amount from a service to the community, they would do away with their annual awards banquet. This was unacceptable to her. From there, Anna decided she wanted to do something, and now in its third year, has officially titled her efforts, Project Appreciation. The goal is to raise enough money to give the police a nice awards banquet.

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