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S2EP37 Marietta's Conductor, Paul Scanling!

As soon as he could reach the keys, Paul started piano lessons. He went on to the flute, then on to several other instruments (and singing). He also had an ear for music, he could hear a song and play it on several instruments. Now he conducts several groups, teaches private lessons and sings on the choir on Sunday. Busy man! But he believes that classical music has a presentation problem… So now he is conducting the Marietta Symphony Orchestra at Raul Thomas’s Theater on the Square on...

Duration: 00:19:44

S2B8, Bleeding Pom Poms! The 1967 Championship Team

It was a pouring down freezing rain day in December when the Marietta Blue Devils played in their second state championship game. They battled fierce weather and came together as a team despite integrating with the Lemon Street school that very year. Hear from the players and one cheerleader that were there and what it was like to win one for Marietta High School. Episode includes: Bill Kelly, Bob and Jim Cagel, Mike Welsh, Ken Delk , Freddie Summerour , David White, Vickie Young,...

Duration: 00:36:06

S2 EP37: Marietta High School Homecoming! Football players, cheerleaders and the athletic director

Homecoming is a huge part of Marietta! The parade and the traditions that really makes Marietta unique. Hear from the current Marietta High School football players, cheerleaders, band members and the athletic director, Paul Hall!

Duration: 00:36:22

S2B7, Virutal Reality and Chalktoberfest Preview at Markay Gallery!

What is Amber and the rest of the crew at Markay Gallery up to for October’s Art Walk? Well, she has a virtual reality simulation with Anthony Harris (, a new exhibit called Gem, artists Mary Jane Huegel and Don Kolberg and a podcast called Marietta Stories! And it just so happens, Sally Macaulay shows up to give an update on the Chalktober Fest celebration that’s going on this weekend on the Square. Five countries represented! I also speak with the...

Duration: 00:27:17

S2EP35, Creating a community for bariatric patients to thrive, Anthony Bammer of Synovia Fitness

Anthony Bammer and his partner, Vincent Bracey know how to change bariatric people’s lives. For those who don’t know. bariatric is the part of medicine that uses dieting, exercise and behavioral therapy approaches to weight loss, as well as pharmacotherapy and surgery. Anthony’s and Vincent’s group trust them and enjoy working out and staying in touch over the week, even when they are not hanging out. Some of his clients share their experience and why they enjoy Anthony and Synovia...

Duration: 00:34:33

S2B6, Northcutt Stadium history and Marietta in the 30's and 40's, Guy Northcutt

What is the story behind Marietta's Northcutt Stadium? Where did the rocks come from for the stone wall around the stadium? Guy Northcutt's Dad was instrumental in the building of stadium. He thought to use klinkers from the hosiery factory to build up the field for proper drainage. (You'll have to listen to find out what a blinker is...) Enjoy this Marietta High School Homecoming bonus episode!

Duration: 00:30:51

S2EP34, Dirty Jobs, West Side Elementary School Style

I spoke with some kids at West Side Elementary School, Talented and Gifted (TAG) Academy, about their long term projects and the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program. Students at each grade level work on a year-long project that is based on an identified problem that the school/community is facing. Through the West Side TAG program, students are encouraged to use their talents and gifts (TAG) to solve those problems. The 5 graders and 2nd graders interviewed spoke...

Duration: 00:42:41

S2EP33, Down to the studs: bringing 493 Church St back to life!

On May 30th, 2016 two sisters, Judy Willingham, 72, and Andra Pearce, 69 died in a house fire at 493 Church Street. Approved for demolition in December 2016, the house sat vacant until Sara and Jon Micheletto asked if they could fix it up. Their journey to restore the house includes kicking the critters out, historical documents, 7 dumpsters of material and an indoor pool designed by an architect that built churches.

Duration: 00:50:54

S2B5, East Cobber Parade marching and mental illness talk, Linda Javadi and Debra Howard

I walked (marched?) in the East Cobber parade along with Linda Jivadi, Debra Howard and some other folks from NAMI Cobb! The National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) Cobb is all about helping families in crisis and connecting resources for your loved one. Linda and Debra talk about their situations and practical things you can do to support your loved one. Breaking the stigma associated with mental illness is the most important thing you can do. So let’s talk about it and see what...

Duration: 00:24:17

S2EP31 Number one thing to do in Marietta, Marietta Food Tours!

Cecilie and Brian Benefield took 10 folks and me on a 3 hour tour of Marietta. Of course it included great food i had not tried, but i also learned more abut the history of Marietta and the Square. Brian and Cecilie created a top notch experience that is rated the number one activity on trip advisor for Marietta Georgia. The whole tour was interactive and everyone had a great time, especially the ones I had on the show! Check it out!!!

Duration: 00:42:04

S2EP30, Hoboken Cafe on Whitlock's Story, featuring Johnny Pizza

How did Johnny Pizza learn how to cook real Hoboken Italian food? From his family and his neighbors in Hoboken, of course. Not from written down recipes, but from asking questions and watching as the extended family prepared the meals on Sunday. Johnny paid attention and learned the recipes and techniques that he applies everyday to his fresh mozzarella, sauce and famous meatballs.

Duration: 00:44:17

S2EP29, Bill and Paul's Excellent Adventure

Paul Southern, a friend of the show (and former special agent for the department of homeland security), interviews Bill Nowicki about his life and what drives him. From a Friendly’s ice cream scooper to a nuclear submarine to nuclear plants. But a lot changed back in 2013, when Bill hired Gary O’Malley as a coach. In that moment, many things changed in Bill’s life. Submarine Sea Stories Podcast Nowicki...

Duration: 00:53:29

S2EP28, Memories of Marietta and her family’s Civil War heritage, 91 year old Betty Peardon

As a child, Betty Peardon’s Mom brought her to the Marietta City Cemetery and raked the magnolia leaves from her ancestor’s graves . Her Mom told her stories, some of whom fought in the Civil War. The most prominent is William Phillips, a Civil War General that was friends with the governor. Betty tells the story about Jefferson Davis (president of the confederacy) dislike of Phillips and the mysterious tie to a woman. Also, Betty described what happened to her ancestor’s home on...

Duration: 00:34:32

S2EP27, America’s Most Chubbies Dad, Matt Rooke

Everyone in Marietta needs to thank Matt Rooke. He put us on the national social media map and increased our cool factor by about 10,000! Did I mention he is the father of 3 boys under the age of 5 and until recently was a stay-at-home Dad? How did Matt win the first America’s Most Chubbies Dad? It was not easy, competition was stiff. But Matt was confident. He posted every day and beat out 1800 other Dad’s. What did he win, how did he beat out those folks and what was it like...

Duration: 00:48:05

S2EP26 Rising Wheeler High School juniors and nationally competitive designers, Aeroflow Racing

Ok, could you build a team, website, learn to aerodynamically build a balsa wood race car, find sponsors and compete in a national race? This week on Marietta Stories, I interview Arul Gupta and Poojan Mehta, 15 year old guys who were part of a team that, constructed a car from styrofoam, created a website, found sponsors, and competed nationally through F1 in schools. F1 in Schools is a worldwide competition consisting of several teams of kids aged 11-18. In this highly competitive...

Duration: 00:33:02

S2B4, Markay Gallery for August Art Walk, Artist, historian, real estate agent, and a 3 year old

We took a stroll through Markay Gallery during this month’s Marietta Square Art Walk and had a fun time playing “Gallery Golf” with gallerist and hole-in-one extraordinaire, Amber Markay Byrd. We met up with gallery artists, their families and two very special gallery guests, Michael Shaffer professor at KSU and Carey Cox of Johnny Walker Realty. The highlight of the night was host, Bill Nowicki meeting Brooklyn, Eric Staveness’ 3 year old daughter. “Brookie” as they call her, sure had some...

Duration: 00:31:49

S2EP25: Ignite HQ, Marietta's coworking officespace

“Space. Capital. Community.” These three words best describe IgniteHQ, one of the newest organizations to root itself near Marietta Square. The resplendent, state-of-the-art coworking space outfitted with private offices, conference rooms, and lively communal areas is home to several startups and small businesses, but as COO Catherine Pearson explains, IgniteHQ is not just a coworking space, but an ecosystem of entrepreneurs, enterprises and investors influencing Georgia's entrepreneurial...

Duration: 00:24:18

S2B3, Julien's Auction brings Gone With the Wind Jewerly to Marietta

Stephanie Coston of the Marietta Square Experience Branding Project and Philip Goldstein, one of the City Councilmen, talk Marietta strategy and future plans. Connie Sutherland, the Director of the Museum talks about her experience with Gone with the Wind, her favorite scene and how jewelry from the movie made its way to Marietta. I also speak with Martin Nolan, Executive Director/Chief Financial Officer of Julien’s Auction about the movie and the auction that is coming up in November...

Duration: 00:35:33

S2EP24, Creative excellence, Brian So of Spring Restaurant

Brian grew up eating Korean food for every meal, but became engrossed in the Food Channel in the 5th grade. His grandmother allowed him to bake and enjoyed making pancakes from scratch, American food that the family loved. After several years of training and practice, Brian and his wife, Kerry decided to break out on there own and opened Spring Restaurant on the Marietta Square. It’s obvious how much care, creativity and excellence Brian and Kerry put into the menu and the experience...

Duration: 00:38:26

S2 EP23, Indie Movie Maker Jacob Viness and Actor, Justin McEver

Maggie’s Farm, an Indie Film creation, is the brainchild of Jacob Viness, a Marietta native. I speak with him and his good friend and star of the movie, Justin McEver. The movie takes place in a ice cream parlor over the course of an evening with an angry Justin barking orders to employees that might not care so much… I must say, this interview was a ton of fun. Justin and Jacob make me a little nervous as a Dad; no steady income from movies for Jacob and playing in a band for Justin. But...

Duration: 00:33:26

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