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Mary Ann Booth Cabot, nationally acclaimed nature artist and longtime member of the Roswell Garden Club, passed away peacefully February 6. One member of the club remembered her with these words, “She was so talented, kind, and had such a darling sense of humor.” Another said, “Mary Ann was an incredible woman, an outstanding artist, and a great gardener. She will be missed by all who knew her.
Mary Ann was a strong, energetic woman…
The Georgia Legislative session has begun, and many bills are being introduced that concern our members. Okefenokee Swamp protection and Coal Ash disposal are the two big concerns. The Georgia Water Coalition, GWC, has provided the following summary of the issues being followed–and a request to contact your legislator. You can write your own letter, or use the link provided, which automatically sends to your legislators from the address you provide. You can edit the letter as you wish to express your personal views. You can also get more detailed info on the issue by contacting the person listed.
…Barbara & Tally, GCG Legislative Team Members
GWC Priority Legislation
Each year, the GWC membership adopts two to three priority issues addressing critical threats to Georgia’s waterways. This year, the GWC is committing again to two issues we have been slowly gaining ground on for a number of years. With your advocacy and support we can continue to collect victories for the environment.
Protecting the Okefenokee Swamp
Last spring, I decided it was time to give up my chain saw. I was tired of the hassles involved with keeping it in good working order and all of the steps for safe use. I was relieved to let it go, but a little sad. Then I saw an ad for a tiny 4” chain saw. It’s a little bigger than my hand, weights about 5 pounds with the battery installed, and can cut branches and trunks up to about 6”. I had to have one.
I love that little chain saw. As soon as it arrived, I put it to use. Its rechargeable battery works for several hours, and mine came with 2 batteries. I run out of energy long before the chain saw does. I’ve been working on a major project clearing trashy trees from my back yard and replacing them with nicer understory trees and shrubs. My little chain saw has been handy in chopping down the trees and in chopping them into pieces that fit into the decomposable yard bags I can put out for weekly city pick up. As you can see…
Conserving the Chattahoochee by RGC Guest Blogger & 1st Place High School Competition Winner Savannah Young
Plastic, Styrofoam, Oil— these three pollutants products have made their way into our oceans, rivers, and lakes. Georgia’s own Chattahoochee river is no exception. Once a beautiful sight to locals and hikers, the river is now facing every type of pollution due to construction and littering.
In an article by The Signal, writer Gabby Miller stated that, due to construction in the area, dozens of pollutants are washed into the river when it rains, like “oil” and “tire dust” and that “rainwater mixed with excess from the roadways is the root of a lot of the pollution in the river”.
Unfortunately, construction isn’t the only thing harming the Chattahoochee River. Miller goes on to say that “the trash you litter can go anywhere” as it’s “practically weightless”…
We All Need to Do Our Share to Save the Chattahoochee by RGC Guest Blogger & 2nd Place High School Competition Winner Krysta Schwab
At first glance, the Chattahoochee River is the apex for leisurely activities. A drive down Azalea Dr. encompasses parking lots packed to the brim with families canoeing, river tubing, paddleboarding, etc. In addition, there are countless rowing organizations that hold their practices at the river. As many of these other individuals, I have indulged in my fair share of Chattahoochee activities. I remember one specific time, I was river tubing for the 4th of July with a friend and her family. I thought it was odd that her mother reiterated that we shower well after our little excursion, and I assumed it was because it was a river, and that is what you always do. Well, let’s just say that in recent years I have holistically discovered why she was so persistent in making sure we were clean…
The Magic of the Chattahoochee is in Jeopardy by RGC Guest Blogger and 3rd Place High School Competition Winner Claire Mulkey
The Chattahoochee River is at the core of Roswell’s existence. Not many suburban cities can boast the possession of an aged river that holds so much history in its opaque waters, but Roswell can. For centuries, through war and peace, through stagnancy and change, the Chattahoochee remained constant, flowing on even before Roswell existed. The river ran on its own, completely independent of any assistance or aid. But now, in the face of pollution, a byproduct of human intervention, the magic of the Chattahoochee is in jeopardy…
How to be a Powerful Preserver of the Chattahoochee by RGC Guest Blogger & 4th Place High School Competition Winner Alli Wiggins
As I run on the boardwalk along the Chattahoochee River and past the Chattahoochee Nature Center, I witness the beautiful essence of this natural landscape. The autumn leaves are changing, the sun is setting over the river and the geese are migrating South for the winter season. One would’ve never thought that this form of lovely nature could ever be found in Roswell, Georgia. However, nature is beautiful in every way, and in every place and we must discover ways to preserve the essence of nature, especially the Chattahoochee.
Suddenly, I continue my stride from the boardwalk path onto the sidewalk and stumble across a sprite can. I almost trip over this myself and wonder how this small metal can could impact an entire ecosystem…
Becoming Mother Nature’s Mother by RGC Guest Blogger & 5th Place High School Competition Winner Brooke Yates
In the following 305 words, I will open your eyes and make you realize our Earth is dying. The cause is you; it’s your family, neighbors, and friends; it’s all of us. In contrast, you may not be the one throwing trash in the Pacific Ocean or owning a factory releasing toxic gases. The Roswell community doesn’t shy away from leaving a carbon footprint. We live in a beautiful city with restaurants, theaters, festivals, and fantastic shopping; residents tend to bat an eye when it comes to protecting mother nature…
Protecting our City with Small Changes by RGC Guest Blogger & 6th Place High School Competition Winner Maille McLaughlin
During the pandemic, many citizens of Roswell have made a conscious effort to get outside and explore local areas. Home to many waterways, parks and trails, Roswell provides a breath of fresh air and variety from being stuck within the same four walls. While the breath of fresh air is nice, it can be hard not to notice an empty soda bottle lingering on the river’s surface, or maybe a shopping bag caught in a tree. Litter like plastic bottles and bags act as visual representations of how we are damaging our environment, but not as commonly seen or discussed are our carbon emissions…
Roswell Garden Club is always looking for new members to learn with us, garden with us, arrange flowers with us, contribute to the community with us, and socialize with us. If you are interested in visiting us or joining us, let us know. You do not have to be a Roswell citizen to join Roswell Garden Club.
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