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Seniors create whimsical gathering place

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Sharon Blankenship, center, serves a cup of coffee to 93-year-old Ruby Durham, who joins other residents of Garrison Drive at their neighborhood art garden. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News

With the threat of stormy weather looming overhead, Sherry Reeves painted butterflies on a blue pallet inscribed with the words, “forgiveness, family, friends, love, live” and “laughter.”

The whimsical artwork is a welcome addition to the garden oasis — spearheaded in part by her 70-year-old neighbor Sharon Blankenship — that is taking root behind three of Etowah Area Consolidated Housing Authority’s senior apartment units on Garrison Drive in Cartersville.

Montgomery gives back to Cartersville through nonprofit work

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Kristy Montgomery serves as the American Cancer Society’s community manager for Relay For Life of Bartow and Floyd counties, co-president of ACT I, a director for The Grand Theatre and recording secretary for the Cultural Arts Alliance in Cartersville. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News

Through her work with the American Cancer Society and Cartersville’s arts community, Kristy Montgomery is embracing every opportunity to serve her hometown.

Bartow’s fall festivals feature diverse backdrops

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As Labor Day weekend nears, thousands of local and out-of-town festival-goers will start experiencing Bartow’s diverse locales. With settings ranging from parks to historic structures, events offering carnival rides, artwork, the old West and live music will begin taking shape across the county through late October.

Lake Allatoona-based flotilla earns national diversity award

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For the second consecutive year, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 22 has received the National Commodore’s Three Star Award for Diversity. Based at Lake Allatoona, the flotilla features about 60 volunteers and is a component of the Seventh Coast Guard District’s Division 2.

Registration underway for Bartow History Museum Historic 5K at Rose Lawn

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Continuing to combine fitness and historic preservation, the Bartow History Museum Historic 5K at Rose Lawn will return to downtown Cartersville Sept. 19. The third annual offering will begin and conclude at Rose Lawn Museum, the former residence of the late renowned evangelist, Samuel Porter Jones.

Noble Hill alumni to reunite for Labor Day cookout

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In its 26th year, the Noble Hill-Wheeler Memorial Center’s Labor Day Homecoming Cook-Out on Sept. 7 will reunite the former school’s alumni. Now operating as a cultural museum, the building — originally named Cassville Colored School and later referred to as the Noble Hill School — provided instruction for black children in the first through seventh grades from 1923 to the mid-1950s.

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