can you put up some stuff about the Roswell/Milton area of GA?
Of course! Here we go…
Don’t know if you’re aware but Roswell, GA is home to it’s very own Ghost Tour and Paranormal Investigation group, which is a member of the TAPS family! Apparently it’s a very popular area for the supernatural. I’ll let you check out all that info but here’s one story: apparently the Old Roswell Mill/Boswell Hall is a huge attraction for the paranormal, being a site for EVPs, the apparition of a young girl roaming the property, lights turning on and off, strange pictures, and even spirits wearing Civil War era clothing. So glad you turned me on to this area, seems like it’s a hidden gem of hauntings!
As for Milton specifically, I didn’t find as much as the boon Roswell turned out to be, but I did find some stuff about Alpharetta, which is apparently a part of Milton, or vice versa. The Hopewell School, which has been torn down (I don’t know if there’s any building(s) on the premises now, but I’m sure some kind of bad juju still exists) was shut down and abandoned in the ‘70s after 7 elementary school children died of poisoning there. People claimed a strange presence all throughout the school and property. Also, in the woods behind the old Food Giant store, a woman’s body had been found. Her spirit is rumored to still be around and angry, screaming frequently but only at midnight. Police have been dispatched several times but have found nothing out of the ordinary.
ROSWELL, Georgia ― With polls closing in this suburban Atlanta congressional district, the question of whether Democrat Jon Ossoff will emerge with enough votes to avoid a June runoff is too close to call.
Democrats consolidated around Ossoff, and in the early voting out of DeKalb County, he is up, as expected, by a significant margin.
If Ossoff cracks 50 percent when the votes are all counted, he’ll have delivered a knockout blow to the field and sent shivers down the spines of scores of Republican members of the House and Senate who now suddenly face serious contests in November 2018.
If Ossoff, a former documentary filmmaker and congressional aide to Georgia Rep. Hank Johnson, falls short of the 50-point mark, a runoff with the top two finishers will be held on June 20th. He has an added handicap that several obscure Democrats are also in the race, and could hoover a tiny percentage, but just enough to keep him under the magic line of 50.
The Georgia race comes a week after a stunningly close contest in Wichita, Kansas, which Democrat James Thompson lost by 7 percent, a 20-point swing from November. In May, populist banjo legend Rob Quist faces off in Montana in another special against Republican Greg Gianforte. Both Thompson and Quist endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the Democratic presidential primary, and elements of the left coalition suspect the lack of establishment support is connected to that. Ossoff, a clean-cut 30-year-old running a fairly standard-issue campaign, seems more amenable to establishment Democrats.
But the theory that establishment Democrats ignored two races but poured money into a third has a major problem: They ignored Ossoff, too, at first. When national Democrats first looked at the suburban Atlanta race, precipitated by the nomination of former Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) to be health and human services secretary, the number-crunchers in Washington weren’t sure a Democrat would even emerge from the “jungle primary” in April ― let alone that they’d be eyeing a possible victory.
The party largely stayed away at first, but grassroots donors, fueled by Daily Kos and “The Rachel Maddow Show,” poured millions into the race. National Democrats who worried about the race becoming “nationalized” could no longer use that as a rationale to stay away, and the quiet help the party had been providing Ossoff became much more public.
Still, he didn’t need much help with fundraising once his race became the one activists around the country were following, and he has raised more than $8 million so far, most of it in small increments from donors around the country. Candidates get more favorable ad rates on TV than super PACs and other committees do, so there is little reason for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to spend money on the air. (That hasn’t stopped it from blasting its donors with subject lines like “MASSIVE loss,” trying to tap into some of the anxiety about the possibility of a loss.)
With Ossoff’s race either ending Tuesday night or moving to a runoff in June, that may make room for activist attention to turn to Montana, and perhaps a special election in South Carolina to replace Mick Mulvaney, who became director of the Office of Management and Budget.
Earlier in April, Sanders told The Huffington Post he was willing to travel to Montana and campaign for Quist if Quist was amenable to it. On Monday, Quist and Sanders jointly announced he would indeed be heading out to the Blue Sky State. Sanders’ intervention may prod the national party to get involved, and will almost certainly open the spigot of small-dollar support from his organization Our Revolution. That group, founded in the wake of his presidential campaign, had endorsed Thompson in Kansas, but did precious little in the way of fundraising for him.
At the East Roswell Public Library on Tuesday, in a predominantly Republican area, voters trickled out, more often than not telling HuffPost they had been turned away and told they were at the wrong polling place, even though they had just voted here in November. Reports came in from around the district of confusion at polling places, some of it sparked by the fact that some counties are split between several congressional districts, so not everyone in the same county was able to vote in the primary ― even though they’ve had to suffer through an endless loop of campaign commercials.
Hostility was on ample display. At a confluence of two polling precincts in east Cobb County, Ossoff supporter Holly Simmel had her umbrella and chair set up by 6:30 in the morning. Friends showed up shortly after and camped on the opposite side of the road. Then came a backer of Bob Gray, a self-styled Trump Republican, who began arguing with Simmel. He had fairly basic points to make, she recalled, among them that Democrats are not real Americans. When she asked him to be quiet, he called her a “snowflake” ― typically a term reserved for Twitter and YouTube comment sections, referring to the delicate nature of one’s political opponent.
“Your friend is sitting on my church’s lawn,” she said, before walking across the street to the Mount Bethel United Methodist Church, where voting was taking place. Shortly thereafter, the sprinkler began watering a group of Ossoff sign-wavers. Louisa Wakeman, Simmel’s friend, was among those getting drenched, and told HuffPost that a church official later came out and admitted to her he turned the sprinklers on to get them off his lawn. She reasoned that he shouldn’t volunteer to the church to be a voting precinct if he didn’t want rival voters showing up, but, in his defense, there hasn’t been a competitive congressional election in the district for decades.
Joe Webb, 70, standing outside the church with his Bob Gray sign, an American flag and a U.S. Marines flag, said he’s been standing there all day for three weeks, since early voting began ― an extraordinary assertion, but one confirmed by several Ossoff supporters, who said his familiar red hat and ponytail have indeed been there that long. “We’re not angry, we’re persistent,” Webb said. If Gray doesn’t get out of the primary, he said, he would happily support Karen Handel.
The same was true of other Republicans HuffPost spoke to. Jake McQueen, 58, a computer consultant, was one of them. “The candidate is important, but the party is more important,” he explained.
Dr. Larisa Pearlman, an OB-GYN who lives in the district, is reflective of the amount of energy on display. Pearlman, 48, worked a 24-hour shift on Friday, and immediately hit the pavement Saturday for Ossoff.
From Sunday morning until deep into Monday, Pearlman was back at work again, another 24-plus-hour shift. She sounded groggy but determined in an interview just as her shift ended, and said she wouldn’t be resting until her work for Ossoff was done. There would be no nap before afternoon canvassing; she had to help her son with a paper first.
“I’ve never been more politically motivated in my whole life,” said Pearlman, a Democrat. She said her sons “have both been very tolerant of my activity, so to speak.”
On Tuesday, she was outside the public library, waving a sign for Ossoff.
If Republicans hold Ossoff short of 50 percent and beat him in June, it’ll be thanks to people like Pearlman, McQueen and Charlene Weir. Weir, 49, also of Roswell, said she has voted in every election since she turned 18. Republicans, indeed, turn out for special elections and midterms at far higher rates than Democrats.
Weir was no big fan of Ossoff. “I don’t like him. He comes across as unlikeable,” she said. And every time, she has voted for a Republican, she said, save for one exception, the Dixiecrat Zell Miller.
National Democrats are often concerned that competing in elections and failing can be deflating for activists, and can turn the “narrative” against the party. But Jen Cox, a co-founder of the local group Pave It Blue, which launched after the election, said that what Trump has uncorked, Ossoff losing can’t put back in a bottle.
“The train has left the station, we couldn’t be happier, we’re just getting started,” she said. She explained it’s been liberating to realize other liberals live in the area and to create a new community. “When they’re talking today about this being a red district, always has been, always will be, I don’t think that’s true. We’re showing today that regardless of what happens tonight, we have narrowed that gap so much that they are shaking in their boots. Jon gave us this opportunity ― right place, right time ― and as soon as Jon gets elected we will move on to the next candidate that needs help flipping a red district. We will teach women how to get involved in politics, demystify the process of running for a position.”
If Ossoff goes down, “I don’t think it is going to negatively affect it, that is truly my honest answer. This is a channel for us to do something with the concern and angst we felt on November 9. There’s no unringing that bell.”
I woke up this morning feeling rather melancholy. The sky outside was gray and the park, usually full of activity, was quiet. A droll and boring Sunday… that is what I thought I was in store for. I wanted to resign myself to bed where I could hibernate under the comforter buried in pillows and let the day pass me by. Luckily for me my partner in crime would have no part in this. Instead he decided he was going to take me on an adventure.
I could have said no and continued to mope… allowing myself to marinate in the heavy and dank feelings of the day. But then I thought about my blog… and the Adventures of Yes and what that means. It means embracing the day and simply saying “Yes” to see all the places you’ll go and fun you will see.
I think the quote that best describes it is the following,
“Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, loudly proclaiming, "Wow…what a ride!”
So I decided to say yes to the adventure.
Today the journey brought me to the historic town of Roswell, GA. Rather than what you would imagine when given the name “Roswell” the town was quite the opposite. It was full of quaint little stores, restaurants, and businesses. One of those strips you could spend hours perusing, taking note of every small detail and souvenir in each shop.
These were what I like to refer to as “Human Treats” as they reminded me slightly of dog biscuits… I’m not sure why.
There is something there for everyone… no matter where you are from…
Lots to look at and lots to see. Even on such a dreary day I felt great!
I was thoroughly impressed with the towns decor for the season. One of my personal favorites was the following…
That would be Angry Birds made out of crates and pumpkins. You’ve got to love the creativity!
We also came across the cutest looking Cat Clinic I have seen yet.
If I ever have my own Vet Clinic I want it to look something like this!
The mailbox was a definite bonus.
All and all a really fun place to walk through and explore.
We also discovered that it is an excellent place to find somewhere cute to eat! We ate at this little place called “Party Chic”.
All I could think of is this is what a business with my sister could be like!
The dining room was cute with a calming sort of shabby chic feel to it.
I insisted that we eat outside and I am so glad we did!
You might notice that we are both sitting in the same place. This is because about ten minutes after sitting there my fiance requested a seat change. His seat just “didn’t feel right”. I knew this was going to happen when we sat down and even suggested we switch seats. Alas, he had to prove it to himself first.
The food was delicious! I wanted to eat everything on the menu from the cheese plate to the carrot ginger soup to the desserts. It all looked so yummy!
Everything was reasonably price which made it all the better! I settled on a shrimp cocktail and pasta salad with chicken. My fiance got a roast beef sandwich and french onion soup.
The shrimp cocktail was delicious and so cute!
I was enamored with everything about the food.
My pasta salad with chicken on it was amazing. The chicken was REAL chicken. None of that gross packaged crap they throw on salads to charge you more. It was grilled and seasoned to perfection and fresh! The pasta salad is probably one of the best pasta salads I have had in a long time! It was not coated with mounds and mounds of Italian dressing but was subtly seasoned and coated just to perfection. The tomatoes and the peppers in it were delicious and I couldn’t have asked for a better meal!
My fiance’s meal looked equally delicious and I assume it was since I really didn’t get to taste too much of it!
All and all… an excellent afternoon brought to you simply by the power of “yes”.
So I ask you, what adventure have you been on today simply by saying “yes”?