Around Town: Honoring the Past and noting a dramatic arrival
by Otis Brumby, Bill Kinney and Joe Kirby
Around Town Columnists
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MARIETTA'S ANNUAL Veterans' Day Parade will step off at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 11 - the traditional "11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month" that commemorates the Armistice that ended World War I at that moment in 1918.

As with most Marietta parades these days, it will begin at Roswell Street Baptist Church and head due west on Roswell Street, then turn down Lawrence Street toward City Hall to disband.

As in past years, this year's march is being sponsored and organized by the City of Marietta and the Marietta Kiwanis Club, reports parade coordinator Scott Chadwick of the club.

Grand marshal and keynote speaker at the rally immediately afterward in Glover Park on the Square will be retired Vietnam-era Army nurse Capt. Donna Rowe of east Cobb.

Among those marching will be the bands from Marietta, Allatoona, Lassiter, Pebblebrook and South Cobb high schools, plus a detachment from the Canadian Air Force. Also rolling will be units from local American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts, including World War II re-enactment units and their vehicles from the Military Vehicle Preservation Association, Chadwick said.

Also participating in the rally will be Marietta Mayor Steve Tumlin and Cobb Commission Chairman Tim Lee.

The event will culminate with a 21-gun salute and the playing of "Taps" by the Cobb County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard around 1 p.m.

Unlike the annual July Fourth parade downtown, don't expect a blazing sun or high temperatures to be a problem on the 11th.

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ALSO THAT DAY, local historical researcher and Civil War re-enactor Brad Quinlin will be giving free guided tours of Marietta National Cemetery at 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Quinlin's dogged research to date has unearthed the names of two dozen or so Union soldiers who were errantly buried there under headstones that read "Unknown."

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MEANWHILE, UP IN KENNESAW that day, the city will honor military members past and present with a free lunch from noon to 1:30 pm at the Ben Robertson Community Center, 2753 Watts Drive. American Legion North Cobb Post 304 is partnering with Kennesaw officials to host the lunch. Food is being provided by Bullfrogz on 3655 Cherokee St., in Kennesaw and the Chick-fil-A restaurant on 3295 Cobb Parkway in Acworth. All military service members are invited to attend and no identification will be required.

THE STORK DELIVERED George Edward Bentley IV in a most unusual place over the weekend, and he'll have quite a story to tell about it someday.

Baby Ed was born at 5:55 a.m. Sunday morning, with dad Ed Bentley, 21 helping abruptly deliver his and wife Laura's first baby on the sidewalk of WellStar Kennestone Hospital with no medical staff in attendance.

Laura, 19, said she began having contractions at 2 a.m., but thought at the time she was simply having gas pains, as she had eaten the "infamous eggplant parmesan" at Scalini's Italian restaurant five hours before. Legend has it that any woman who is advanced in her pregnancy and eats the dish will give birth within 48 hours, and the restaurant has a wall of baby photos to prove it.

Baby Ed was not due until Nov. 10.

Ed went back to sleep and told her to wake him if the pains became closer together and really could be contractions. When her water broke at 5:30 a.m., they packed their things and headed to the hospital.

"We live five minutes from Kennestone, off the 120 loop, so I certainly didn't think we were in any sort of rush to get there. On the way, I even told Ed, 'I hope I'm dilated enough for an epidural.' Obviously, that wasn't an option," Laura said.

After parking in the parking deck and walking to the hospital, Laura was 40 feet from the labor delivery wing's doors when she stopped and told Ed she couldn't walk any further.

"He said, 'We're 40 feet from the hospital.' But I said, 'You don't understand. I can feel the baby's head coming out,'" Laura said.

So as dad ran into the hospital to get a wheelchair, Laura remained standing on the sidewalk and placed her hands over the baby's head in case he came out before Ed returned.

When Ed came back, baby Ed had already come out past his shoulders, so dad pulled the baby the rest of the way out of the womb and wrapped him in a sweater.

"You watch shows where babies are being born and it looks so painful and the mom's making all these crazy faces like it's the worst pain of her life, but she was very cool and calm about it. She actually just had a look on her face that was like, 'Oh wow. Did that just happen?'" Ed said, with a laugh.

"Ed pulled the baby out and it tugged on the umbilical cord so that hurt, but the whole labor part actually wasn't bad. But I don't think I really had enough time to feel anything," Laura said.

George Edward Bentley IV, grandson of George Bentley Jr. and his wife, Candace, of Marietta, weighed in at a healthy seven pounds and is 18 inches long.

"I called my mom and she didn't believe it," Ed said. "She was like, 'Yeah, sure Ed, Laura had the baby on the sidewalk, OK'. But I told her no, I was serious. She really thought I was joking, and it took a while for her to believe me. At least we have a good story to tell."

Indeed. There were 5,903 babies born at Kennestone last year, and likely about that many will arrive there this year as well. But young ed is the only one known to have arrived via the parking lot - literally.

As the Rev. Dr. Sam R. Matthews, senior pastor at the Bentleys' church, First United Methodist of Marietta, said when announcing the baby's birth from the pulpit Sunday, "This baby was born at Kennestone, but not in Kennestone."

REGGIE TAYLOR, executive director of the Marietta Redevelopment Corporation, recently gave a presentation of the MRC's fiscal year 2010 annual report to the Marietta school board.

During that Oct. 19 presentation Taylor surprisingly took credit for the city's acquisition of the 13-acre Preston Chase apartment complex on Franklin Road near Delk Road, which the city purchased from Regions Bank in February for $2.7 million, using funding from the 2009 parks bond. After it finishes demolishing the 200-unit complex, the City Council intends to turn the site into a public park.

"One of the things that I really wanted to have standout is the MRC led the process to buy the Preston Chase Apartments and take those apartments down," Taylor said to the school board.

But what the school board may not have known is that Mayor Tumlin credited Councilman Johnny Sinclair for negotiating with the bank over the foreclosed property. And Tumlin turned to Ray Buday, executive director of the Marietta Housing Authority, and his longtime friend Pete Waldrep to manage relocating the Preston Chase tenants before the city spent $410,643 with Environmental Holdings Group, LLC of Buford to demolish the complex.

The MRC deserves as much credit for the project as Al Gore does for the Internet.

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POLITICAL PLATTER: Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan (D-Austell) will sign copies of her book "No Apologies: Powerful Lessons in Life, Love & Politics" at the Vinings wine boutique The Colors of Wine, 2355 Cumberland Parkway Blvd., from 6 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 16.

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THE MARIETTA HIGH SCHOOL Athletic Hall of Fame ceremony took place at MHS on Oct. 22. It was catered by the school's Culinary Department and all inductees were recognized at half-time of the Lassiter game. Inductees were Dr. Alfred O. Colquitt III, Dr. John Knox and Dr. Steve Gibbons, posthumously, as contributors; Coach Roscoe Googe (1979-2009) as this year's coach; Mackey Nolen (Class of 1952), Joseph Kozloski (Class of 1959), Andy McCollum (Class of 1977), Labrone Mitchell (Class of 1997) and Ezra Williams (Class of 1999) as athletes; the 1950 Boys Track Team; and James Pressley as head coach.

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THERE WILL BE WINNERS AND LOSERS in today's elections, but the biggest winners will be those who take the time to go and vote. And the biggest losers, in every sense of that word, will be those who ignore that obligation. Our country is making substantial sacrifices in blood and treasure to defend our way of life and to try and establish at least a degree of representative democracy in such places as Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere. Those in those places who hope to defeat us don't hate us because we like hot dogs, apple pie and baseball, but because we believe in freedom and the rights of the individual, and that we have every right to live as free as possible.

So be a winner today: Go vote!
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