Found this interesting story looking for Decatur news, it's over a year old story but worth sharing.
By Jana Winter, Perry Chiaramonte
Published April 26, 2012
Includes the loving message: "We'll probably be home before this gets there."
The Virginia man who received a postcard from his parents nearly 60 years after it was sent is headed to the Chicago aquarium shown on the long-lost piece of mail.
After FoxNews.com reported that the postcard, featuring a 2-cent stamp and a loving message from the parents of Scott McMurry, had turned up in the mail of a Florida woman, officials at Chicago's John G. Shedd Aquarium stepped in to tie a bow around the bizarre affair. McMurry told FoxNews.com he's accepted an expenses-paid offer to come visit the Windy City aquarium depicted on the long-lost postcard.
"It will be the first time actually seeing Chicago. The only time I've been there is at the airport," said McMurry, who hasn't yet worked out the details of his trip. "It should be interesting."
"We invited Mr. McMurry and his family so they can enjoy a place that his parents enjoyed 60 years ago."
- Andrea Smalec, spokeswoman for Shedd Aquarium in Chicago
The postcard, which was sent to McMurry in 1957, when he was a junior in high school and his parents had taken a trip from their Decatur, Ga., home, includes the loving message: "We'll probably be home before this gets there."
Officials at the Windy City aquarium said they are thrilled to show McMurry the attraction his parents once visited.
“You don’t see something like this everyday,” Andrea Smalec, a spokeswoman for Shedd Aquarium told FoxNews.com. “We invited Mr. McMurry and his family so they can enjoy a place that his parents enjoyed 60 years ago, with some added attractions of course.”
It's been an amusing whirlwind week for McMurry, who was tracked down by South Daytona schoolteacher Elizabeth Fulcher after she found the old postcard in her mail. Days later, an official from McMurry's local post office in Falls Church, Va., personally delivered the postcard to his home.
"I guess they wanted to make sure it got to me this time," McMurry quipped. "How it got to South Daytona is beyond me."
Postal service officials believe the postcard languished in someone's home for decades before going back into circulation..
"This often occurs when someone purchases an older home, or moves from a residence, and finds mail," United States Postal Service spokeswoman Enola Rice told FoxNews.com. "They do not want to hold on to someone else's mail, so they place it in a mailbox.”
McMurry plans to frame the postcard, and noted he has kept several letters from his mother over the years. But he is still puzzled about the strange odyssey of the card.
"It's hard to explain," he said. "I'll probably never know."
In 1940 Santa Claus arrives in Decatur on the Square in a remarkable Ford automobile and with him was Aunt Santa.
Not sure what's so remarkable about this Ford. looks like something you would find in a junk yard.
But this is 1940...
T'Was The Night Before Thanksgiving When DB Cooper Jumped ...
If you don’t know the story of D.B. Cooper, the short version goes like this:
On Nov. 24, 1971, a man referred to as D.B. Cooper hijacked a Boeing 727 on a flight between Portland, Ore., and Seattle. He extorted $200,000 in ransom, and parachuted from the plane. No one has ever seen him since.
The long version extends to present day and involves what D.B. Cooper left behind: a few crumbling $20 bills, an airline boarding pass, a pink parachute, a black clip-on a necktie from J.C. Penney – which all fit neatly into a cardboard box at the FBI office in Seattle.
It was early afternoon on Thanksgiving eve, 1971. A man paid $18.52 in cash for an airline ticket to Seattle.
Walter Cronkite described him as “just another passenger who gave his name as D.A. Cooper."
The passenger had actually given his first name as "Dan," but Cronkite called him "D.A." In the beginning, nobody got the name right. The legend hadn't quite stuck. The man, whoever he really was, is best remembered now as the hijacker D.B. Cooper.
As the Boeing 727 headed north toward Seattle, Cooper passed a note to a stewardess. In this clip from the CBS Evening News, Bill Kurtis describes what happened next:
Kurtis: "Thirty-six passengers got off the jetliner in Seattle last night. Left aboard: Four crew members and the hijacker, dressed in a business suit, demanding $200,000 and carrying a plain brief case which he told the crew held explosives."
On the ground at Sea-Tac Airport, Cooper was given the money, along with four parachutes, in exchange for releasing the passengers. The jet was refueled, and around 7:30 p.m., the Sea-Tac tower cleared if for takeoff. It climbed into the November darkness, and headed south toward Mexico.
Kurtis: "The crew, here being debriefed by the FBI, was told to fly low over Oregon's flatlands with the flaps down. The speed dropped to 200 miles per hour."
As they flew south, Cooper ordered the crew to stay in the cockpit. The jet began to run low on fuel and then landed in Reno, Nev. Back in the main cabin, Cooper, the $200,000 and one of the parachutes were nowhere to be found. All that was left was Cooper's clip-on necktie.
Kurtis: "Snow covers the mountains in Northern California and Nevada; a hostile terrain for any parachute drop, especially at night. Police believe he left the 727 in the flatlands of Oregon or Washington, but they are still looking in four states."
Law enforcement ultimately focused the search on southwest Washington, but they failed to turn up any clues. Meanwhile, Cooper has become a folk hero, like a modern-day Robin Hood to some people. A tavern in the search area began throwing an anniversary party each year.
The FBI believes Cooper died while making the jump. It was a cold night, and Cooper was underdressed. None of the bills he was given have made it into circulation.
In 1980, kids playing along the Columbia River found $6,000 of the money buried in a sandbar. Chances are it washed downstream from where Cooper – or his body – hit the ground back in 1971.
Four decades later, the FBI still gets calls from people who claim to be Cooper or claim to know the hijacker's true identity. The bureau has investigated nearly a thousand of these possible D.B. Coopers over the years, but none has quite fit the profile.
Photo credit: Next Stop...Decatur Get ready to shop this holiday season and be sure to bring along your Christmas gift shopping list. Follow these important holiday shopping tips to prepare before venturing out to your local stores or diving into your online shopping.
Gear up for the holiday season with these Christmas shopping tips:
Decide who to include on your Christmas shopping list. Consider family, friends, co-workers, bosses, hairdressers, postal workers, newspaper deliverers, babysitters, teachers, and host or hostess gifts. Set a budget for each person on your list, and write down some gifts that fall into that price category. Shop online for Christmas gift deals. Looking for some helpful online Christmas shopping advice? Make sure you take the cost of shipping into account when you’re doing your research. This can add up, especially if you’re ordering from several different websites.
Make a special folder in your email to keep all the receipts and shipping confirmations so you don’t lose track of anything.
Leave your bulky winter jackets in the car when shopping in the mall. Plan your Christmas shopping trips for early morning hours to avoid large crowds. Wear comfortable shoes to keep your feet happy during a fun-filled day of Christmas shopping. Bring your coupons! Bring non-perishable snacks such as trail mix or pretzels on your shopping trip. Bring a bottle of water and juice boxes for the kids to stay hydrated.
Take advantage of these Christmas shopping ideas to avoid holiday stress. Start your shopping early in the season and stick to your list (check it twice!).
It’s time for the 5th annual Decatur Christmas Tree! Thanks to all the
local businesses who help make this possible each year! The tree will be
up all holiday season, but the lighting is a fun event for the whole
community. We block off East Court Square and have hot chocolate,
treats, carols, snow, and a visit from Santa! Hope to see you there!
OK, we agree, the new holiday decorations don’t measure up to our standards. Rather than looking like swags, they look like upside down trees and they just don’t work on the street lamps. Many of our holiday wreaths date back to 1996 and were starting to look shabby. We thought it would be a good idea to trade them out for something different and replace the oldest wreaths with an updated design. Boy were we wrong! So, when you mess up, admit it, take responsibility and fix it. The good news is that our old wreaths are still in storage. Our decorating company will begin switching them out but it may take a week as they fit us into their installation schedule. The “experiments” will be traded in for new wreaths next season and we will put this down as a lesson learned. In the meantime, just tell your friends that they are festive arrows pointing you in the direction of great shopping and wonderful food and have a very Happy Thanksgiving!
When: Saturday, November 23 rd
Setup: 9:00 AM Cooking: 9:00 till you're done
Peoples Choice Judging: 12:00 PM till 4:00 PM
Professional Judging 3 pm Where: Steinbeck’s Back Parking Lot in Oakhurst, Decatur
Who: 25 entries max $10 entry fee (Will be used for prize money)
What: Try chili from local residents and restaurants $5 to enter (kids are free) and LIVE music
- Must sign up at Steinbeck’s prior to event
- Must cook MEAT on Site AFTER INSPECTION
- All other prep may be done ahead of time NO ROADKILL
- Supply all of your own cooking equipment: Burner, Propane, Utensils, Rags, Cooler with ice for your food, ingredients to maintain food safety
- We supply cooking tables, serving cups, spoons (for customers), crackers and napkins
- Must prepare 4 to 5 gallons of Chili for patrons and judging (remember, there is a people’s choice cash prize so don’t run out)
- Must be willing to eat your own chili upon demand “Burnt” Chili will be automatically disqualified
- City ordinance (and our entrepreneur spirit) forbid you from bringing your own beer, wine, or alcohol); however, you may purchase from Steinbecks (we have a license, you don’t, ha!)
- Judges: Jay Swift - Chef owner of 4th & Swift; Kevin Rathbun- Chef owner of the Rathbun’s, Rathbun steak, and Krog Bar; Michael Deil- Chef, East Lake Country Club; Mayor Bill Floyd; Rusty Bowers- Owner of Pine Street Market
- Scoring will be on a 1-10 scale based on: Aroma, Appearance, Texture, Taste & Creativity
- The chili with the highest score wins
- First place: $200 cash and your name on the eternal chili trophy to be housed at Steinbeck’s for all eternity - Second Place: TBD
- Third Place: TBD
- People’s Choice: Each patron of the event will receive ONE voter ballot to pick their favorite and their least favorite chili. The contestant with the most votes will win the people’s choice award, prize, and spot on the eternal trophy
From visitatlantasdekalbc.reachlocal.net Stone Mountain Village, GA — The Color Vibe, a fun run 5k company, is hosting one of their “colorful” runs for people of all ages on November 23, 2013 in Downtown Stone Mountain.
According to their website, “You are the canvas, and when you’re finished with this 5k run you’ll be an exciting and vivid masterpiece.” Before, throughout, and after the 5k run, participants are blitzed with the companies unique color powder made of a dyed cornstarch. When it’s over, runners are invited to participate in a large colorful dance party hosted by a professional sound crew.
A portion of the proceeds will support a local non-profit organization. According to a company representative, “We receive so much support and enjoyment from the communities we travel to that it’s a real joy for us to be able to give back to those that need the help.” This year the charity who will receive the donation is the Stone Mountain Village Visitors Center. More information about the Stone Mountain Village Visitors Center can be found at www.Stonemountainvillage.com.
The Colored Powder is manufactured and produced in the United States. It’s made from food grade quality cornstarch using an advanced manufacturing process that’s been custom developed for the Color Vibe Race Series. It’s non-toxic, 100% safe and biodegradable.
For more information on the company, the race or registration go to the company’s website: www.thecolorvibe.com or send and email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take “A Walk Down Main Street”
during the 31st annual Decatur Holiday Candlelight Tour of Homes Dec. 6
and 7. The tour showcases the neighborhoods along Decatur’s original
main thoroughfare and attracts visitors from around the area to
experience the history and tradition of our community during the holiday
The Tour features seven homes and two points of interest – Decatur Recreation Center and new downtown Decatur boutique Sq./Ft. – all decorated for the holidays.
This year’s tour is designed to be pedestrian friendly. We encourage
you to park your car and stroll through downtown Decatur, visiting each
of these remarkable homes. We are also excited to partner with ATL-Cruzers to provide complimentary Gem car shuttles for the event.
Saturday, November 16, 10:00am- 9:00pm Sunday, November 17, 12:00-6:00pm
Please join us this weekend as we feature items to dress
your holiday table! Start your gift shopping, too! We have so many new
things to share with you.
We will be featuring work by these artists, among others.
See you this weekend!
Raluca and Mark Tudose
Spoonman of Transylvania and his wife. There is a spoon with a story
for everyone on your list. These also make perfect hostess gifts!
Andrei Pandea We
noticed these dear little heads in an upstairs window from the street
in Sibiu. Once upstairs, we discovered this young artist and his
remarkable story of The Innocents' Choir, his project to help raise
funds to aid Romanian children with special needs by crafting and
exhibiting 5000 miniature ceramic busts . We are fortunate to have 12
similar pieces for sale this weekend.
was a weaver from the village of Mureni, near Sighisoara, Transylvania. She passed away 2 years ago at the age of 90.
We met her daughter (pictured here) , who presented us with stacks of
crisply pressed cloth scented with lavender. We bought them all.
the steps into the ancient Leather Workers' Guild Tower in Sighisoara,
we were transported back in time... Here we met Nistor at his workbench
fashioning a horse's harness, perhaps to grace one of the many horses we
saw pulling wagons and plows. We don't have harnesses for you (but ask
about our hand-woven horsehair hatbands from Peru!), but did get an
assortment of handsome leather bracelets.
Rose Ann Hall Designs
We are pleased to introduce hand-etched glassware and hand-dipped and carved cathedral candlesfrom
artisan group based in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. One fourth of
the work force is physically disabled. Learn more about them by
watching this video.
Two Worlds, One goal
We look forward to seeing you this weekend in our new location in East Decatur Station!