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O Wednesday, January 9, 2013 ur Bridal Planner will show you how to make the most of your time, energy and budget, while keeping your wedding’s style and fun factor sky high. November 27, 2013 MyConnection 2013 Bridal Planner Published every Wednesday and delivered free by The Newnan Times-Herald online now Check Out the Classifieds on Page 7 Luminarias to honor Madeline McTier By Celia Shortt In what has become a Christmas tradition in Coweta County, residents of the SummerGrove neighborhood in Newnan will be setting local streets aglow with luminarias. “It allows us to do a few great things at once — make SummerGrove beautiful, raise money, and have a greater sense of community,” said Lights for Linda Luminarias founder, Nancy Sanker. Sanker started this project with friends to honor her sister, Linda McGrenaghan, who died after fighting leukemia for 19 years. All proceeds from the luminarias go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Currently, more than $6000 has been donated to LLS through the project. This year, Lights for Linda is dedicating the luminarias to Madeline McTier. McTier was a 17-yea r-old East Coweta High School student who passed away in September from complications of a brain tumor. She lived in the neighborhood where Lights for Linda began. “It’s an honor that they would think of us,” said Madeline’s mother, Jennifer McTier. “SummerGrove is a large community. Even though it is a big community, it is close-knit. So many people have done so many wonderful things” Jennifer McTier purchased luminar- Lights for Linda Luminarias kits are for sale this year in honor of Madeline McTier. To purchase, email lightsforlinda@gmail. com. They are available for a suggested tax-deductible donation of $20 to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Each kit includes eight luminary bags, eight longburning candles, sand, and instructions. McTier The streets of SummerGrove on a past Christmas Eve lighted by the Lights for Linda Luminarias. ias for the cause in the past, but has not before been as involved as she is now. This year, she plans to help with the entire process — from distributing luminarias, to assisting in organizing the overall effort. “Christmas will be hard,” she said. “It will be nice to see the luminarias on Christmas Eve. It will be good to focus on that instead of the bad. I’m looking forward to helping.” This is the first year in which the luminarias will be honoring a specific person. “We felt compelled to do it because I can’t imagine losing a child,” said Sanker. “You can join us as we remember Madeline, encourage others who are in the midst of their health challenges and salute their caregivers.” Luminaria kits can be purchased at Kits are available for a suggested tax-deductible donation of $20 to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Each kit includes eight luminary bags, eight long-burning candles, sand, and instructions. The kits will be available for pickup on Saturday, Dec 7 from 9 a.m. to noon at the SummerGrove Town Hall. Kits can also be picked up at 55 Lake Shore Drive on Dec. 9 from 3 to 7 p.m. SummerGrove residents are invited to become “Lighthouses,” helping to spread the luminarias’ glow by placing professionally printed signs in their yards. Signs will be delivered during the week after Nov. 22 and picked up on Dec. 7. For more information on purchasing luminarias and how to become a “Lighthouse,” email lightsforlinda@ or call 770-344-8046. Follow the luminarias’ progress by visiting or “liking” the organization on Facebook. As a way of saying thanks, Lights for Linda Luminarias will include the purchaser’s name and the name(s) of the person each is honoring in a future SummerGrove newsletter. i n s i de Special touches for an easy-to-create pie bar ➤ Photo by Jeffrey Leo Heritage School junior Ruthie Powell is already a four-time GISA state cross country champion with a chance at a fifth title in 2014. Last spring, she swept victories in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meters at the GISA state track meet. Heritage four-time GISA champion Ruthie Powell continues to dream big By CHRIS GOLTERMANN Sixth graders, take note. You’re never too young to dream big. Just ask Ruthie Powell. Five years ago, The Heritage School junior found herself on the school’s 1-mile warmup cross-country course not knowing much about the sport, but compelled to “follow in the footsteps” of former Lady Hawks standout runner Elizabeth Ginn. Has she ever. Powell continued to add to her own legacy last month by capturing an unprecedented fourth consecutive GISA individual state championship while adding another title for Heritage’s cross-country program under the guidance of longtime coach Frank Marchman. Under Marchman’s guidance, the school has won a dozen state cham- pionships since 2002 divided equally among girls (2003-06, 2010-11) and boys (2002, 2004-06, 2010-11). The list of individual winners between programs is equally lengthy including Powell’s cousin, Margaret, who set a state-record in the mile for Heritage in 1995. Yet Ruthie has gone from a promising prospect in middle school to powell, page 3A PAGE 6 DELIGHT YOUR GUESTS WITH A Decadent Dessert Bar Anyone who entertains knows it takes effort to make it look effortless. For those planning to host a dinner party this holiday season — or throughout the year — incorporating special touches is part of the fun and adds to your guests’ experience. The next occasion where you plan on entertaining, resist the temptation to delegate bringing a dessert to your guests. Instead, save the best for last by serving up a dessert pie bar as the sweet finale to a wonderful gathering. Follow these easy steps to help bring your dessert bar to life for your next event. Shhhhh ... it can be your little secret Finding ways to save time without compro­mis­ing quality is the hallmark of a savvy host or hostess. With the high-quality ingredients and handmade touches available in today’s pre-made pies in the frozen aisle dessert, page 2A THE ONLY FINISH READY PORTABLES IN THE INDUSTRY, CUSTOM-BUILT FOR YOUR NEEDS. 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