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Take a "Pilgrimage" to Marietta's Historic Homes

Take a "Pilgrimage" to Marietta's Historic Homes

MARIETTA, GA -- The 24th annual Marietta Pilgrimage Historic Home Tour will be held Saturday, Dec. 4 and Sunday, Dec. 5.

This holiday tradition offers a variety of treasures in the Northwest Marietta-Kennesaw Avenue Historic District.

The locations being spotlighted on the 2010 tour include:

* Archibald Howell Home (c. 1843)
* McClellan-Apple-Bullington House (c. 1904)
* Millwood-Luxemburger-Kinney House (c. 1904)
* Powell House (c. 1905)
* Mills House (c. 1907)
* Gordon-Padgett-Owens House (c. 1947)

Heritage Buildings
* Root House Museum (c. 1845)
* Brumby Hall & Gardens (c.

Help Low Income Families by Stuffing a Bus

COBB COUNTY, GA -- Cobb Community Transit and the Cobb Department of Transportation are doing their part to help low income families in the county enjoy the holidays by sponsoring the 2010 Stuff-A-Bus, benefiting Cobb Christmas, Inc.

The public's help is needed for Stuff-A-Bus with donations of money, new toys and gifts, non-perishable food items and gift certificates. Cobb County's generosity will brighten the holidays for thousands of local low income families.

Cobb Christmas is the county's oldest and largest holiday assistance program.

Donations will be accepted at the following times and locations:

Monday, Dec. 6
* Cobb County Offices -- 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
* Durham Middle School (2891 Mars Hill Road NW, Acworth, 30101) -- 10:30 a.m.

Christmas Kick-Off Event at Pike Nursery, November 27th

On November 27, from 7:00 – 10:00 a.m., Pike Nurseries will host their Christmas Kick-Off Event, which boasts hot apple cider and appetizers from Proof of the Pudding for guests to savor while selecting the perfect Christmas tree. During this time, they are offering guests 10% off of their entire purchase and another 10% of each purchase will be donated to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Following the Christmas Kick-Off event, Pike Nurseries will host two Williamsburg Wreath Decorating Workshops on November 27 at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., where Pike Nurseries instructors will help attendees create their own personal wreath for the holidays. 

The $30 supply fee provides participants with a fresh evergreen wreath, fruits, nuts and berries with which to create a beautiful and lush wreath inspired by Christmas in historic Williamsburg.

CTC iPad Program to Expand Next Quarter

MARIETTA, GA -- Technology in the classroom isn't new, but the use of the Apple iPad is a relatively innovative program at many colleges.

For a few Chattahoochee Technical College students, the small device is proving invaluable in their educational experience. Now, more students will get that chance as the iPad program expands in January.

"This launch of the iPad is an extension of CTC's continued innovation in technology application in the classroom," said Trina Boetler, vice president of academic affairs. "Originally, [CTC president] Dr. Sanford Chandler asked the Executive Council to come up with innovative ways to utilize technology throughout the college.

Have You Seen Keith Burns?

COBB COUNTY, GA -- Keith Burns, 45, of Cobb County has been missing since Tuesday, Nov. 9.

According to friends, Keith was scheduled to perform an independent construction job in Hiram on the day he went missing. A witness claims to have seen Keith's truck -- a red 1998 Ford Ranger with a black tool chest in the bed, license plate 845 HSN -- at the site, but it appears as though no work was performed.

Keith is described as a white male, about 6'1" tall and 200 pounds, with short brown hair and brown eyes. He has Type 1 diabetes and requires medication; he is also a past president of the Atlanta Astronomy Club.

Three search groups have combed the area of the construction site with no sign of Keith or his truck.

Anyone with information on the disappearance of Keith Burns is asked to call Cobb County Police at 770-499-4185.

Kennesaw Offers Free Lunch to Veterans

KENNESAW, GA -- The City of Kennesaw will honor the service of military members past and present with a free lunch on Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11 from noon until 1:30 p.m. at the Ben Robertson Community Center (2753 Watts Drive, Kennesaw, 30144).

"We want to take this opportunity to recognize the contribution of the men and women in uniform, especially those who saw combat," said Kennesaw City Councilman Tim Killingsworth, who is also a former US Marine. "Our military members serve to defend the freedoms we value, and this is one small way to thank them."

American Legion North Cobb Post 304 is partnering with Kennesaw city officials to host the lunch.

Upcoming Public Information Houses on Proposed SPLOST

COBB COUNTY, GA -- Cobb officials are hosting a second round of meetings to get the public's input on the proposed Cobb County 2011 Special Local Option Sales Tax for facilities, parks and transportation.

These public meetings will be held as open houses, and no formal presentations will be made. Residents are encouraged to attend one of the meetings to gather more information and contribute their thoughts and ideas on the county's needs.

Monday, Nov. 8, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
East Cobb Library (4880 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, 30068)

Monday, Nov. 8, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Threadmill Complex (5000 Austell-Powder Springs Road SW, Austell, 30106)

Tuesday, Nov. 9, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Noonday Creek Baptist Church (4121 Canton Road, Marietta, 30066)

Wednesday, Nov. 10, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
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