Georgia Magazine - January 2023 - 15

Patrons of the arts
Lawson Beshears dons his pink hard hat as an apprentice lineman at
Snapping Shoals EMC and displays a news story featuring his younger
self sporting a pink cast for breast cancer awareness.
Cobb Electric Membership Corp. (EMC) in Marietta was
Snapping Shoals
lineman a lifelong
cancer-awareness
advocate
I
n 2012, a young and reckless Lawson Beshears flipped a
go-kart and broke his arm. He could have chosen any
number of colors for his cast. He chose pink.
A story in The Covington News quoted the then-fifthgrader's
explanation for the color choice: " My bus driver had
breast cancer, and I wanted to honor her and a family friend that
was recently diagnosed. That's why I chose to get a pink cast. "
The next day at school, Beshears was met by friends who
were excited by the choice as well as some who were shocked
that he chose a pink cast. Even so, he said he " wouldn't change
anything about his decision. "
Fast-forward to October 2022. Beshears, an apprentice
lineman, joined his colleagues at Covington-based Snapping
Shoals Electric Membership Corp. (EMC) in the cooperative's
annual tradition of donning pink hard hats to recognize Breast
Cancer Awareness Month. Snapping Shoals line crews wear the
hard hats to support employees, family members and those in
the community who have been affected by cancer.
Beshears' dedication to cancer awareness also is personal;
his father and grandfather both have survived cancer battles. As
he noted in the final quote of the 2012 article, " all cancer is bad
and can strike the people we love at any given moment. "
-Scott Fuss
a silver sponsor for Chalktoberfest on the Marietta Square
Oct. 8-9. The event featured chalk art by 86 artists, including
Jack and Melody Tripp, the married couple from Sandy, Utah,
who created the design on the 10-by-20-foot block designated
with Cobb EMC's name and logo. The Tripps have been doing
chalk art on pavement for 13 years and have earned several
awards for their work.
SHORTTakes
Love of literacy:
Marietta-based
Cobb Electric
Membership Corp.
(EMC) and its wholly
owned subsidiary,
Gas South, brought
15 authors to interact
with more than
25,000 students at about 50 schools in Cobb, Paulding, Cherokee,
Bartow and Fulton counties during its Literacy Week program
Oct. 24-28. The program, which is in its 12th year, shares the
love of books, reading and creative writing with students in
kindergarten through 12th grade.
Show of appreciation: Faith Christian Academy in Waynesboro let
Millen-based Planters EMC know that the cooperative's work is
valued by those it serves. Students in teacher Ginger Rogers'
seventh-grade class collected snacks for Planters EMC employees
during the school's Service Week. The accompanying note thanked
the EMC for its hard work as " a vital part of our community. "
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SCOTT FUSS
COURTESY COBB EMC
COURTESY COBB EMC
http://www.georgiamagazine.org

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