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Man Enough to be a Girl Scout

A girl can do anything.  Especially when she is empowered by a support system of family and community leaders who ensure she has every chance to participate in engaging activities and learning opportunities.

The Jonquil Service Unit, which services Girl Scouts in Smyrna, Vinings, and beyond, has been building up the ultimate boys club to show support for the ultimate girls club through the “Are you Man Enough to Be a Girl Scout?” promotion. As the preeminent leadership development organization for girls, it is important for the girls to know they are supported by the men in the community as well as the women. For the last 104 years, Girl Scouts has helped to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Local Girl Scouts recently held an “Are You Man Enough To Be A Girl Scout” event at Adventure Outdoors in Smyrna. A robust turnout showed that many men of this community are truly man enough to be a Girl Scout! “Man Enough” men include:

  • Bob Ott, District 2 Commissioner, Cobb County and Delta Pilot
  • Bob Barr, 2016 GOP delegate and former Congressman 
(GA 7th 1995-2003)
  • Dr. Roger Tutterow, Professor and Director, Econometric Center 
at Kennesaw State University
  • Jay Wallace, Owner, Adventure Outdoors
  • William “Pepper” Kelly, Real Estate Broker, 
Coldwell Banker Commercial
  • Riley Lowry, Principal, The Lowry Group
  • Max Bacon, Mayor of Smyrna
  • Tony Waybright, Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 250 and 
chairman of the Campbell Middle School Council
  • Steven Smith, supporter of Troop 14432
  • Chris Parker, Troop 13424 and Service Unit Treasurer.
  • Harold Watkins, Past Commander of American Legion Post 160
  • Kevin Powell, Leader of Troop 16068
  • Ian Harp, Service Unit Cookie Dad and supporter of Troop 14381

Want to learn more about Girl Scouts in the area? Just send an email to

101 Steak Set to Open This Month

The highly anticipated newest steakhouse in Vinings, 101 Steak, is set to open this month. It will be the newest restaurant from the 101 Concepts brand which also owns Cibo e Beve, Food 101, Meehan’s Public House, Smoke Ring and Restaurant Paradis in Florida. The restaurant will be located in the space Social Vinings formerly occupied in the Vinings Jubilee area.

It’s no surprise that the menu of 101 Steak will be heavy with meat, but there will also be a wide variety of seafood and a raw bar as well. The menu will showcase the eclectic background of Executive Chef and partner, Joey Ahn, former executive chef at SoHo Vinings.

In addition to the mixture of dry aged and Black Angus beef offered (the 32-ounce tomahawk chop is a signature item), Ahn is displaying his diverse skill set with dishes such as seafood misto, scallop crudo topped with “scallop bacon” and homemade burrata and side items like jalapeño corn brûlée with smoked bacon.

“We have familiar steakhouse options, but guests will also see a more chef-driven selection of appetizers and specials and won’t be limited to only meat items,” says Ahn. “101 Steak is a neighborhood restaurant where patrons can bring their whole family.”

Local Elementary School Chosen for Smithsonian’s Nestwatch Program

Nickajack Elementary students had the opportunity to participate in the Smithsonian’s Nestwatch program recently. Thanks to grants supplied by Flying Together, IBM, and Keep Smyrna Beautiful, Nickajack has been able to develop and grow a thriving birding area adjacent to the school.

Nickajack students observed and tracked targeted bird species in their immediate surroundings. They “banded” several birds, which meant attaching a small tag to each bird so the bird can be individually identified. Nickajack students banded an American Robin , a Northern Cardinal, and two Song Sparrows. They also caught and released a Carolina Wren, White Breasted Nuthatch, Juvenile American Robin, and a Northern Mockingbird.

As part of the Smithsonian’s Neighborhood Nestwatch program, local schools are given unique opportunities to take part in projects like these. The Neighborhood Nestwatch program is a citizen science project, which reinforces observation skills and provides a meaningful platform for scientific learning. Learn a bit more about the Nestwatch program by visiting: