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Disney on Ice's Pablo Saccinto sits down with us to talk about the upcoming show in Duluth, life on the road, how he started skating, and his favorite Disney movies. 


The Taste of Mableton festival kicked off with a parade featuring Pebblebrook High School's Mighty Marching Machine band and other local groups. The parade showcased the multicultural talents of the Mableton community and marched down Floyd Road to the Mable House complex. The event was attended by many students who had worked hard to prepare for the parade. Parade grand marshal Jeff Padgett was enthusiastic about the event, and Fernanda Juarez from the TEOTL Foundation said it was emotional to see different people sharing their cultures. South Cobb students and JROTC members Andrea Galdamez and Yazmin Vanegas enjoyed the parade, but after the performance, they were really looking forward to getting some food.

The M2R TrailFest is a free, public arts festival taking place on May 13th. This year, attendees can enjoy art installations and performances along the Mountain to River Trail, which stretches from Lewis Park to Brown Park. There will be sculptures, mural additions, free art drops, scavenger hunts, and a pet parade. The festival also features live music, dancers, and aerialists. Visitors can choose their path and see the brightly colored murals and sculptures along the way. The event is sponsored by SA White Oil and raises funds for the Marietta Art Council. More information is available at m2trailfest.com.

Despite having five stitches removed from his shooting hand just two days before, Wheeler alum Jaylen Brown led the Boston Celtics to a 112-99 victory over the Atlanta Hawks in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series. Brown recorded game highs of 29 points and 12 rebounds, while Jayson Tatum added 25 points and 11 rebounds. Atlanta's Trae Young, finished with 16 points, and Dejounte Murray led the Hawks with 24 points and eight rebounds. Game 2 will be played in Boston tonight at 7:00 PM on NBA TV, and then the series will shift to Atlanta Friday night.

Each summer, outstanding young American instrumentalists from the National Youth Orchestra 2 come together for the free orchestra program with the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America and NYO Jazz for intensive training and performance opportunities.

Four members of the NYO2 for 2023 are student musicians in Cobb Schools. Harrison 10th grader Euginie Lim will join the group as a violinist. Ian Lilly, an 11th-grade band student at North Cobb High School, earned a spot as a trombone player. And Wheeler’s Christian Phanhthourath and Angelina Lu round out the Cobb selections. Christian plays the cello, and Angelina is a violinist.

Gary Varner, a former head coach at Allatoona High School, has taken a new role as an assistant coach for North Cobb Christian's football team. Varner had to step down from his previous position due to the rigors of teaching full-time and dealing with recovery from multiple cancer surgeries. He received many offers from other coaches, but chose North Cobb Christian because of his respect for head coach Matt Jones. Varner will bring his experience and knowledge to the team as they prepare for the upcoming season.

Marietta City Schools has welcomed a new "crisis response canine" named Barney, a black Lab who will offer support to students in need. Barney will be assigned to Officer Paul Hill, who works as a school resource officer in the city's elementary schools. The specially trained dog will assist students and adults with emotional and mental health issues by providing comfort and de-escalation during crisis situations. Barney will be used in court, too, where he can sit under the witness stand if a child has to testify. Barney's cost will be covered by the Marietta City Schools Foundation, a nonprofit which supports the school system.

Sprayberry High School held its third annual interfaith baccalaureate ceremony on Thursday night. The event included seniors and local faith leaders who delivered messages of wisdom for adulthood to an audience of about 60 people. The ceremony aimed to represent the diversity of the school's student population, which includes Christians, Hindus, Jews and Muslims. The messages from the faith leaders focused on adapting to change, seeking wisdom from parents and contributing to society. Each student was called up individually to receive a certificate from the school's principal. Students stayed after the ceremony to eat baked goods and hug family members.

Editor Ron Cobb recently discussed a Civil War memoir by John C. Reed, a line officer in the 8th Georgia Infantry, at an event in Marietta. The manuscript, which chronicles Reed's firsthand experiences of General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, was published in full for the first time. Reed, who fought throughout the entire war, was educated in classics and was wounded at least twice in battles at Manassas and Gettysburg. The manuscript, which includes 226 footnotes, has been edited by Cobb, who described the challenges of deciphering the text and making minimal changes. The memoir also includes Reed's observations on baseball and his practice of taking a slave to war with him.

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