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The Fundementals of summer fun

summer readingAlthough the school year is almost over, the fun of learning has just begun. Sign your whole family up for the Summer Reading Program to attend fun library events, read great books and win prizes.

The program begins on Monday, May 14, and you can register now at cobbcat.org/srplog to begin logging your summer minutes.

The Summer Reading Program Kickoff Party will be held 5-7 p.m., Saturday, June 2, at the Switzer Library in downtown Marietta. This event is free and open to the public.

Come dressed in your favorite dancing outfit from your favorite decade for the Decades Dance Party. The family-friendly DJ will be playing all the best hits from the 1950s to today. Cobb Police Department staff will bring official police vehicles to explore.

The Atlanta Dream will lead basketball drills and the mascot, Star, will be on-hand for high fives. Enjoy kid yoga, balloon volleyball, arts, crafts and music-centered story time.

Hundreds of 2018 Summer Reading Program events are scheduled. For information, visit cobbcat.org/srp or call 770-528-2320. The Switzer Library is located at 266 Roswell St NE, Marietta.

Take one or leave one, mini-library now available at Art Station

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Girl Scout Brownie Troop 16917 recently donated a Little Free Library to Cobb County PARKS for all Kennesaw book lovers.

The new library, named Brownie Bot, is on the Art Station-Big Shanty property and open for anyone who wants to take or leave a book free of charge. The girls designed, painted, decorated and stocked the library for their spring service project. They hope the library will foster a love of reading to Kennesaw residents.

A ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for the Little Free Library was held on May 2. Brownie Girl Scout Troop 16917, which includes 12 second-grade girls, dedicated a portion of their cookie sale proceeds and received donations from Lowe’s of West Marietta and Sherwin-Williams of Powder Springs to help fund the project.

For more information about The Art Station- Big Shanty visit artstationcobb.org. For more information about Little Free Libraries visit littlefreelibrary.org.

The Art Station at Big Shanty Park is a facility of Cobb County PARKS. The historic facility houses three multi-media classrooms, a pottery studio, meeting space and gallery space. The Art Station provides the community with opportunities in the arts through classes, camps and gallery shows.

Water care prevents public problems

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This year Georgia celebrated Water Professionals Appreciation Day in May.  Cobb County Water System invites you to celebrate with us by learning about safe drinking water, responsible household practices and pollution prevention.

In Cobb, we have four water reclamation facilities. Unless you’re on septic, your wastewater is treated at one of these facilities. Your local treatment facility employees work hard to ensure your drinking water is safe and your wastewater is treated to remove solids, reduce pollutants and restore oxygen.
 
Cobb County Water System is also responsible for water mains, pumps, hydrants and meters. After the water meter, the water and plumbing is the responsibility of the property owner. There are several things you can do to prevent contamination and plumbing problems. 

  • Check your water pressure. Water pressure over 80 psi can rupture pipes and cause water loss.  
  • Beware of FOG: fats, oils and grease. These build up in the pipes over time and lead to blockages and backups in homes, businesses, and the environment. Prevent FOG by using sink strainers, and placing excess food scraps and FOG in the trash. Solids such as wipes and rags can contribute to clogs as well.
  • Keep in mind, not all products that market themselves as flushable disintegrate in water. Unless it disintegrates in the water, it can lead to a clog, so place these items in the trash.  Never flush personal wipes or paper towels.
  • Even with our rigorous treatment process, dissolved and diluted materials can pass through the treatment plant and make its way into the environment.Examples include pharmaceuticals and personal care products, which should never be flushed down the drains.  Instead of purchasing items in bulk, buy small quantities of these products to limit waste and expiration of products.  Also purchase environmentally friendly products when applicable.

Learn more about water and wastewater through our Water and Wastewater 101 program and Eco-Logical Water 101 and Wastewater 101 videos, located on our web site, cobbstreams.org under education.

Burning ban arrives for metro Atlanta

Fire 200Please be aware the metro wide ban on outdoor burning is in effect through Oct. 1. During these months, you may not burn leaves, tree limbs or other yard waste. Burning forest land or use air curtain destructors for land clearing is also prohibited. This is a state-issued ban that affects 54 Georgia counties. Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services staff is responsible for enforcing the burning ban in unincorporated Cobb County and the cities of Acworth, Kennesaw and Powder Springs. For more information, visit cobbfire.org.

Get a job upholding democracy in Cobb

Cobb County Elections staff is hiring poll workers for the 2018 election cycle. We have 141 polling places and need additional people to work elections on May 22, July 24 and Nov. 6. A poll worker must be a U.S. citizen, Cobb County resident, at least 16 years old, able to read, write, and speak English and not have any felony conviction in the last 10 years. Poll workers attend at least one training class before working at the poll. Workers must arrive at 6 a.m. on Election Day and stay until approximately one hour after polls close at 7 p.m. Poll workers must provide their own transportation to the scheduled class and to the poll on Election Day. To obtain information regarding pay rates or to complete an application, please download a brochure at cobbelections.org/pdf/PollWorkerBrochure.pdf.