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Surprise for the 'Mayor of IHOP'

Surprise for the 'Mayor of IHOP'

ROSWELL, Ga. -- At the end of the breakfast rush at the Roswell IHOP, server Gary Gardenhire still had energy to spare.

He thought 11Alive visited the restaurant to shoot a commercial for the morning show, but he had no idea it was a ruse -- for him.

Even if you haven't met Gary, you're already his friend. He'll talk to you about his wife, who he just lost last year.

"That's alright, I keep her right here, I keep her in my heart 24 hours a day," he said. "When you got a love as good as ours was, you can't go wrong."

Gary also has six children, 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He loves his job so much that during this past winter's storm, he walked five hours through the snow -- because he wanted to work.

In fact, he's so beloved that restaurant regulars call him "the Mayor of IHOP."

The Atlanta Alive crew heard so many great things about Gary and wanted to surprise him.

Volunteers clean Vickery Creek

Volunteers clean Vickery Creek

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Members of the Georgia Canoeing Association pitched in last weekend to help the city of Roswell clean up Vickery Creek.

Using hand saws -- and their own gloved hands -- volunteers went to work on a fallen tree that created an island upstream of Roswell's historic mill dam. They removed limbs from the tree and collected trash, including bottles and recreational equipment, that gathered among the branches.

The cleanup initiative was launched ahead of Rivers Alive, when volunteers gather to beautify Roswell's parks and waterways. This year's Rivers Alive will be held Saturday, Sept. 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Those who would like to volunteer can do so at roswellgov.com.

Fulton County 4-H teaches students through hands-on activities

Fulton County 4-H teaches students through hands-on activities

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- As students head back to school, Fulton County Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Program will begin the fall session with a list of fun, challenging activities to enable them to become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society.

“4-H has been a staple in many communities providing guidance and structure for students,” states Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “Our program focus is to assist youth in acquiring knowledge and developing life skills through hands-on experiences.”

The Fulton County 4-H Program has offered students fun activities such as going to Cloverleaf Summer Camp (Rock Eagle 4-H Center), taking the Animal Safari Tour and the Cochran Mill Nature Center Tour. Students also receive leadership and communication skills training as well as learn about foods and nutrition, health, energy conservation, and citizenship.

Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal to Visit Roswell’s Waller Park

Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal to Visit Roswell’s Waller Park

Roswell, Ga. (July 22, 2014)—On July 29, Georgia’s First Lady, Sandra Deal, will visit the City of Roswell’s Waller Park Recreation Center to help bring attention to the state’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). The SFSP ensures that low-income children have access to nutritious meals when school is not in session.

 

Deal will be arriving at 8:00 a.m. to have breakfast with children attending Waller Park Day Camp. She also plans to read a story to the children and take a brief tour of the facility.

 

Chick-fil-A makes 5,900 meals for kids who receive free, reduced school lunch

Chick-fil-A makes 5,900 meals for kids who receive free, reduced school lunch

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- The owners of 60 metro Atlanta Chick-fil-A restaurants provided 5,900 lunches Wednesday to children in seven counties who typically receive free and reduced lunches at school, reports Marietta Daily Journal.

The food made its way to children through MUST Ministries, whose summer lunch program has been around for 19 years. Program volunteers meet at churches in Bartow, Cherokee, Cobb, Forsyth, Gwinnett, north Fulton, Paulding and Pickens counties five days a week to make, pack and deliver lunches to nearly 6,000 children across eight counties for 10 weeks during the summer.

Boutique gives free gowns to military brides

Boutique gives free gowns to military brides

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique in Roswell will once again team up with Brides Across America to give free wedding gowns to soldiers and women who are engaged to military members.

The gown giveaway will take place Monday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon.

To qualify, a woman and/or her fiancé must be active duty military, either currently deployed or with a scheduled deployment in the near future. Participating brides must also have a wedding planned for the next 18 months. Learn all the qualifications for the gown giveaway.

Wedding Angels owner Jacqueline Westney said more than 100 gowns in various sizes and colors will be available. Bridal consultants will help participants choose their perfect dresses.

Roswell Historical Society to honor Cherokee Nation

Roswell Historical Society to honor Cherokee Nation

ROSWELL, Ga. -- The Roswell Historical Society will hold a ceremony next month to honor the city's Cherokee history.

The society will dedicate a memorial on Saturday, July 19 at Riverside Park.

Honored members of the Cherokee Nation will attend the event, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

The memorial consists of boulders bearing eight plaques that tell of the Cherokee tribe's history in Roswell. Cherokee Committee Chair Cindi Crane wrote the plaques, which were vetted by the Cherokee Nation, the National Park Service and the Trail of Tears Association.

Riverside Park is located at 575 Riverside Road.