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Heck! It’s cold up in these here hills! Really, what did I expect since it is January? If anyone is concerned– besides my mother– The Boy and I are doing fine up here in the cabin. I don’t have an indoor thermometer, but I figure on those below freezing nights, I’ve kept and average temp of maybe 57 degrees and stayed pretty warm. Taking my old fella out in the middle of the night when the temp is close to single digits is another matter. We both put on our winter coats and make a dash for it. That is– if you can call it a dash. Carrying a 35lb Beagle up and down very steep stairs even good conditions is quite a feat. Add in the ice factor– and our combined ages– and well…you get the idea. I figure we have one more month and then we’ll be getting ready for spring. With that in mind we’ve included The Boy in his hand-mea Home Builders Showcase in this isdown winter coat. At least 4 sue for those who might be building of my dogs have worn this coat over the years when or buying a new home in the coming they got to elderly. He is months. United Community Bank walks the only one who seems us through the mortgage process and to get the Velcro caught on Greenbriar and then he John Mahan & Associates gives tips on screams a Beagle Howl for navigating the legal issues one should me to come help him. consider. We’re all hoping the economy takes an up-tick soon, and betting on that, Tom Jackson of Jackson Associates, is ramping up the Covered Bridge Estates Community. You should go by there and take a tour! In all of this seriousness, there is some fun to be had. To celebrate Valentines Day we’ve featured absolutely gorgeous gifts from North Georgia Diamond and some very decadent chocolate recipes from yours truly. Yum on both counts. Outdoor Adventure Editor Greg Dunn has provided us with an astounding list of upcoming race events. You better get ttraining starting right now, because some of those Mountain Bike races look tough. Next up is our Spring Festival Preview issue. This is the area’s most complete list of festivals, fairs and events throughout north Georgia. We’ll also be exploring the growing trend of Agritourism. A spring issue wouldn’t be complete without tips for preparing your home and garden for the season. Along with this we aim to give our readers a complete list of contractors to help you with those spring projects. And if that isn’t enough we’ll also be talking about traveling to north Georgia with your faithful companion. Just thinking of the next issue gets me excited for Spring. This year marks to 10th Anniversary of Inside Appalachian Country Magazine. Stay tuned for some great giveaways, a little celebrating and few new tricks up our sleeve. Spring, here we come!


PUBLISHER EDITOR IN CHIEF Alice Sexton OUTDOOR ADVENTURE EDITOR Greg Dunn EVENTS EDITOR Advertising Sales Ann Merry ADVERTISING SALES Diana Garber 770. 401. 9898 | ADVERTISING INQUIRIES Inside AC Magazine 706. 492. 5070 LAYOUT/DESIGN Blue Ridge Media Group CONTRIBUTORS Joanne Arnold, Bill & Allison Craig, Greg Dunn, Diana Garber, Karen Graham, Tom Jackson, Betty Kossick, Stefanie Joyner, John Mahan, Ann Merry, United Community Bank, Winegrowers Association of Georgia and The Boy, Minister of Rolling in Leaves

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Restaurant Spotlight, Millie's Diner Step Back in Time to the '50s. Southern Comfort Food with a Gourmet Twist Unearthing the Past Private Archeology Collections from Cherokee County


Craftsman Style Luxury Building your Mountain Dream Home


Home Builders Showcase Find the Perfect Builder for Your Home Project


It's All in the Details United Community Bank and & Mahan Associates Make Building or Buying Your Mountain Home Smooth Sailing


Get Your Wine Passport & Go! Join the Winegrowers Association of Georgia for the Spring Wine Highway Weekends


Death By Chocolate Make February 14th a Chocolate Extravaganza



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Restaurant Spotlight


Millie's Diner

Mon-Thurs 11am-9pm Fri 11am-10pm Sat 11:30-10pm Sun Closed

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15 West Cross Street/Hwy. 515 East Ellijay, Georgia 30540

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The newest addition to Coast2Coast Catering & Madeline’s Café & Bakery family is Millie’s Diner— Hector and Gerard’s take on a 40’s & 50’s style diner. If you are wondering who Millie is, it’s Gerard’s aunt. "Millie was an avid baker," explains Gerard, "I know this is where I found my passion for cooking and baking and presenting a beautiful table." My aunt Millie always made the table breathtakingly beautiful with linens, china, silver, and ALWAYS fresh flowers…ALWAYS." This is what Hector and Gerard wanted to recreate at Millie’s, to feel graciously at home as soon as you walk in the front door. Vintage prints of diners hang on the walls along with antique utensils and cans. A feature wall with art from local artists leads you to the back where retro designed restrooms take you back to the ‘50’s. Vintage table cloths, many from Aunt Millie herself, make each table setting different. The diner's colors are warm and inviting with charming sophistication of a good home coming. The food at Millie’s is like good Sunday home cooking with a twist of BBQ, Tex-Mex, and Southern influences. Simply Delicious! Experience the winning combination of unique décor and comfort foods of the south with a gourmet twist. Come on in for the Daily Dinner Specials served hot and fresh. AC Monday - Saturday 10am to 7pm and Sundays 10am to 3pm. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts. Dine in or take out. Located at 4817 Hwy 53 East in Tate, GA (previously Cross Roads Café). For more information contact Millie's Diner: 678. 454. 4065 or





Outdoor Adventure Editor Greg Dunn Tells us How to Kick it Up a Notch and Beat the Wet Winter Blues

I don’t know about you but I’m Ridge trails, which highlight many of pretty much over winter. I mean, is the best natural features of the area. this Portland, Oregon or something? For more information visit: Here in Blue Ridge, we totaled!georgia50.44” of rain for 2013– ten inches death-race/cr80 more than Portland– which is well April known to be one of the wettest 04/5 Italian Road Bike Festival. cities in the country. Despite the Scenic road bike ride in North rain, I have managed to fit in more Georgia. 104, 69, 41 mile routes. mountain bike rides this winter than Celebrate the start of Italy's Classic the last couple, even getting in a 3 Road Bike Race Season by riding the hour ride here and there, but the beautiful scenic countryside of north extra motivation it takes to ride in Georgia, reminiscent of Italy! Fully the rain is starting to wear me out. supported! For more information So…since I have decided to step visit: up my riding volume for 2014, and With Austin and Destin Lesesne. Half way have no control over the weather, I the 3.5 mile downhill section of Stanley 04/5-6 Tsali Knobscorcher Mountain thought it might be a good idea to find down Gap Trail. One of the best true singletrack Bike Race. Although this race is located a race or two to help justify riding in downhills in the southern Appalachia. Although I may be a little biased since it's at the Tsali trail system near Bryson crappy weather. Having a race to look only a mile from my house. City, NC. I included it because it’s a forward to really helps me ride more classic and only about an hour and a consistently, because racing out of shape half from downtown Blue Ridge. Over 30 miles of fast flowy just plain sucks! Whether you’re a cyclist, hiker, trail runner– singletrack make this a popular destination for mountain or just want to get outside more this year– the mountains of north Georgia are a great place to find an event that is sure to bikers in the southeast. For more information visit: www. help put a “spring” back in your step!


03/01 Snake Creek Gap MTB Race # 3. “The Snake” as it’s referred to by most, is a point-to-point race along the Pinhoti Trail System near Dalton, GA. A choice of two different lengths, a 17 mile and a 34 mile course, makes this a great event for beginners and pros alike. For more information visit: 03/14-16 Dahlonega Trail Fest. My wife Carrie and I went to this event when we first moved to the area and had a great time. The festival is a celebration of the coming spring and the Appalachian Trail. Events include a 5 and 10K running race, informational clinics, and retail vendors showcasing the latest and greatest outdoor apparel and equipment. For more information visit: 03/15 Georgia Death Race. This is an ultra-marathon, 60 mile trail race that starts at Vogel State Park and ends at Amicalola State Park in the North Georgia mountains. The course includes sections of the Benton MacKaye and Duncan 8

04/12 Blue Ridge Mountain Adventure Race. 2014 marks the 17th running of Georgia’s first adventure race. A favorite among competitors, this race utilizes the challenging terrain of the north Georgia mountains to push the limits of beginner and elite level competitors alike. For more information visit: 04/12 Blue Ridge Trail Town Celebration. Visit the Benton MacKaye Trail Association booth at the finish line of the Annual Blue Ridge Adventure Race. Learn more about the BMT. There will be an informational slide show and members available to answer questions. For more information visit: 04/19 3 Hours of Payne Mountain Bike Race. This race is part of the Chainbuster Racing series, one of the premier endurance MTB race series in the east. The racecourse is located at Paynes Creek Park in Hartwell, GA. For more information visit:

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of peers and energize for the upcoming season. For more 05/3-4 Georgia High School Cycling League Leader’s information visit: www. Summit. The Georgia High School Cycling League’s annual Leaders’ Summit brings together coaches, assistant coaches, Editor's Note: I am honored to be on the founding committee ride leaders, parent volunteers, team directors and anyone for the Georgia High School Cycling League. Cycling has been interested in learning more about our coaching and teaching my passion for over twenty years and will always be big part methods to develop skills and knowledge, share strategy and of my life. Our mission is to promote the value of cycling in build community. This conference will promote a wellour community as a mode rounded approach to coaching of transportation and as a that creates an environment FOR GUIDED MOUNTAIN BIKE TOURS & TAKING life-long sport. We want to in which high school students YOUR TRAINING TO THE NEXT LEVEL see more and more people on can grow and thrive. This is a CONTACT GREG VIA EMAIL bikes, period! great opportunity to spend a weekend in the company

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Unearthing the Past Archaeology in Cherokee County

WORDS & Photos: THE cherokee county historical society

A SOLID dedicatION to historic preservation and education

The Cherokee County Historical Society (CCHS) is an

also provides local property owners with preservation

advocate for preservation in Cherokee County through

assistance. The Historical Society has an archival

their annual Historic Preservation Awards and Sites

collection consisting of over 86,000 items pertaining to

Worth Saving. The Historical Society is the caretaker

Cherokee County history. The collection also includes

for important artifacts and documents pertaining to

documents, books, photographs, and objects, which

Cherokee County’s history, and therefore shares these

range from Native American artifacts to farming

materials through publications, exhibitions, and public

tools. The office and library, located in the Historic

programs so that Cherokee County residents and

Courthouse, is open to the public for research Monday

visitors can learn about our rich history. CCHS

through Friday.


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AC COMMUNITY Have you ever wondered who inhabited north Georgia before the Cherokee?

If so, the Cherokee County History Museum in Canton has a new temporary exhibit just for you. Sponsored by Canton Tourism, “Unearthing the Past: Archaeology in Cherokee County” features privately owned artifacts from Cherokee County spanning over 8000 years. Descriptive panels and historic photographs reveal 80 years of archaeological investigations in the county, the hundreds of archaeological sites identified, and the cultures inhabiting the sites. On February 18th a “Native American Artifact Identification Night” will be held by the Cherokee County Historical Society (CCHS) at the Rock Barn in Canton at 7 p.m. The public is invited to bring their own local Native American artifacts for examination by local expert Carl Etheridge, Retired Chief Ranger, Allatoona Reservoir.

Archaeological Studies

The Allatoona Basin was again surveyed during 1985 and 1986. Funded by the Corps of Engineers, 642 sites in Cherokee County and a total of 1063 sites in the entire river basin were identified, ranging from Paleo Indian to historic period–10,000 B.C. to A.D. 1940. The significance of the sites were evaluated using the National Register of Historic Places eligibility criteria. Recent investigations have been single sites where cultural resource evaluations were performed as required by Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. Although smaller in size than the earlier regional studies, these thorough excavations using the latest technology, have significantly increased our understanding of Cherokee County’s past. Examples include Long Swamp, Hickory Log, Cagle, Hobgood, Highway 5 and others. From these archaeological studies, a long and varied history of the county has emerged. The first Native American occupants of the county were the Paleo Indians, who were here prior to 9,500 BC. The last Native American occupants were the Cherokee– who called Cherokee County home from the 1780s until their removal in 1838. Many different cultures came and went in the 11,000 years between them– one of those cultures was the Mississippian, also known as the mound builders. One of the four sites highlighted in the exhibit is Wilbanks Mound, which was built by the Mississippians.

The exhibit begins with an overview of the archaeological studies, which have occurred in Cherokee County. During the Depression, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) funded an effort to identify archaeological sites across North Georgia, with limited excavations at the most promising locations. Led by Robert Wauchope in 1938, 31 sites were found in Cherokee County and the recognition of past cultures in the area was begun. Only 8 years later, the soon-to-be Allatoona Basin was examined by the Smithsonian and an additional 180 archaeologically significant sites were found. One of these sites, Wilbanks Mound, was partially excavated by William Sears from UGA in 19481949. Joseph Caldwell and Carl Miller with the Smithsonian returned to the basin in 1949 with only 6 months to excavate the remaining sites. They were able to perform limited excavations at 8 sites and surface testing on another 13 sites before the basin flooded, forming Lake Allatoona.

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Around A.D. 1100 on the banks of the Etowah River near Sixes, a Mississippian community worked together to build a 45 ft. square earthen lodge, perhaps to use as council chamLeft: A small reconstructed conoidal (coneshaped) bowl found on the Etowah River north of Canton. A Green Stone Celt (axe-like tool or weapon) from Wilbanks Mound. A soapstone bowl from Little River. Above: Beads and two ear spools from the Long Swamp site in Ball Ground.

bers or for religious ceremonies. The community was led by a chief. Just down the valley, a similar chiefdom was being established at Etowah. By A.D. 1250, a mound was built over the old earthen lodge at Wilbanks. Etowah was now the seat of power for the river valley– the main chief at Etowah ruled over five smaller chiefs, including the one at Wilbanks. Tributes such as excess food and labor flowed from the residents to the lesser chiefs and the main chief. In return, the chiefs performed religious duties, hosted feasts, and led the community in warfare. From A.D. 1300- 1375 the Etowah civilization was at its height, ruling over as many as 8 mound sites and chiefdoms. Following this period, the Etowah valley sites were abandoned and a new seat of power emerged at Little Egypt in Murray County. Etowah and Wilbanks were reoccupied on a smaller scale from 1475-1550. However, the introduction of European diseases in the mid-1500s decimated the Native American population. The Mississippian chiefdoms collapsed, moved down the Coosa River into Alabama, and eventually joined with others to create the Creek confederation. The Etowah valley remained sparsely populated until the coming of the Cherokee in the late 1700s. The Cherokee County History Museum and Visitors Center hosts temporary exhibits three times a year. Previous exhibits include: Liquid Gold: Moonshine in Cherokee County, African-American Community History in Cherokee County, What We Wore: Mid-Century Women’s Fashion, and A Fighting Spirit: Cherokee County in World War II. AC Please visit the museum to learn more about the Native American cultures and sites in Cherokee County. For more information contact CCHS 770. 345.288 or Continued on next page >



Above: A Strap-Handled Pot from the Mississippian era and that was found at Wilbanks Mound. Opposite Page: Another conoidal pot found on the Etowah River north of Canton.

“Unearthing the Past: Archaeology in Cherokee County” January 8 – April 12, 2014 Free Admission Cherokee County History Museum In the Historic Marble Courthouse 100 North Street, Suite 140, Canton, GA 30114 W,Th,F 10-5 Sat 10-3

Top: A Mississippian Eagle Pipe that was found on the Etowah River south of Canton. Bottom: An Historic (reconstructed) Era Pot found at Proctor's Bend on the Etowah River. It was filled with deer, raccoon, hog and garfish bones, peach pit, and a bullet mold.


Authored by local writer and Cherokee County native Rebecca Johnston, this book is the first comprehensive history of the county published since 1932! The book will take readers from the times of the Native Americans to the Civil War and the Great Depression, through the years leading up to World War II and up to modern day times. Hardcover and indexed with 224 pages and over 250 photos. On sale now, only $30.00. Contact us at 770. 345. 3288

“Native American Artifact Identification” Open to the public; bring your artifacts 7:00 pm February 18, 2014 Historic Rock Barn 658 Marietta Highway Canton, GA 30114

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In December of 2013, Ellijay Associates LLC was proud to announce the sale of their current model in Covered Bridge Estates. This Craftsman style home, pictured above. sold for in excess of $ 400,000.00, This sale has paved the way for the recent ground breaking endeavor of their newest model in Covered Bridge Estates. 14

The development, which is situated at the base of the Appalachian Mountains in beautiful Ellijay, GA, is located off highway 382, between Carters Lake and the Gilmer County Airport. The under construction home, a Craftsman style luxury cabin, will feature 2,083 square feet of virtually

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maintenance free living specifically designed to accentuate the 2.17 acre lot it sits upon. The floor plan is a custom design created by the award winning firm of Don Gardener Architects. The wooded backdrop of the home boasts beautiful panoramic views. The home provides a plethora of extras and upgrades and will be ready for occupancy February/March 2014


Left: This Covered Bridge Estates craftsman style home sold for $400,000 this past December. Above: Just one of the epic views from the Covered Bridge Estates community .

with an anticipated completion date of July 2014. Ellijay Associates LLC is the original developer of Covered Bridge Estates and is proud of the fact that this development has never had a foreclosure– it is wholly owned by Ellijay Associates LLC and remains debt free. The managing partners of Ellijay Associates LLC

have successfully completed many other residential projects with the most recent being Grande Bay Resort, on the island of St. John in the United States Virgin Islands. Covered Bridge Estates is a professionally planned and gated community naturally enhanced by the beauty of Flat Creek winding its way through the neighborhood. Phase 1 & 2 include over 157 acres of property with 88 home sites ranging in size from 1 to 3 acres. Starting in the low 30’s, you may bring your own licensed and insured contractor or use one of the Ellijay's suggested builders. The paved roads are installed, with water, cable, telephone and electric already connected to each individual home site. Existing and proposed amenities include an Open Pavilion Community Center adjacent to Flat Creek, with a park, picnic area, outdoor fireplace and walking trails. In addition, Covered Bridge Estates is just minutes from vineyards, restaurants, golf, fishing, boating, tubing, horseback riding and over 100 miles of bicycle trails. What else does the area around Covered Bridge Estates offer? Just 3 miles away is Carters Lake, named one of the most scenic lakes in the Southeast. Located at the southern end of the Blue Ridge Mountains, its

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sparkling water and rugged shoreline cannot be developed thus providing for a beautiful surrounding with a variety of recreational opportunities. The outdoors person will enjoy camping, picnicking, boating, fishing, and hunting. For the pilot, visit the new FBO and hangers. Located within the Gilmer County Airport, designator 49A. Fly in and stay or just stop in to say hello to its manager Mr. Jim Smith. No trip to Ellijay would be complete without a stroll through historic Downtown. Start your morning at the Cornerstone Café for breakfast, followed by some hearty shopping and meandering through the town square. For lunch or dinner stop in at JJ’s on River Street and watch your favorite game, or listen to the live music. Other dining experiences include Charlie’s Italian Restaurant, the Cajun Depot, Pooles BBQ and an abundance of various establishments all within a short drive. And if you’re a first time visitor to the area, don’t forget to end your day with a fried pie for desert! For further enticing, you’ll want to include a stop at one of the numerous apple houses, Cartacay Vineyards, Amicola Falls and perhaps the Corn Maize. You are demographically located at the southern end of the Appalachian Trail, thirty minutes from downtown Blue Ridge, and less than an hour from Atlanta, Chattanooga, Tennessee and Murphy, NC–in essence you're right in the middle of everything! Now that you have a small taste of the area, let’s talk a little bit about the new home being constructed. Jackson & Associates, a licensed and insured General Contractor in both Georgia and Florida, has been involved in the construction or renovation of nearly a thousand residential units– working on everything from small single family renovations to rustic log cabins, South Indies style Island cottages and high rise condominiums. Tom Jackson and his team are capable of building anything from a rustic retreat to a posh penthouse, providing the homeowner with the dream home they



kHOME BUILDERS SHOWCASE Planning on Building Your Dream HOme in North Georgia? Check Out What Our Local Builders Have to Offer Blairsville, GA Calvin Collins Construction 152 Calicia Lane Blairsville, GA 30512 706-745-8498 Combs & Son Construction, Inc. PO Box 2596 Blairsville,GA 30514 706-781-5746 RTD Contracting 172 Birch Cane Drive Blairsville, GA 30512 706-273-8495 Ryan Owenby Construction 216 Mount Pleasant Ridge Blairsville, GA 30512 706-781-5654 Tri State Construction 252 Holloway Rd. Blairsville,GA 30512 706-745-4791 Winkler & Winkler 2093 Bowling Gap Blairsville, GA 30514 706-635-1458 Blue Ridge, GA Cabin Watch Premium Home Services 560 E. Main Street Blue Ridge, GA 30513 706-258-7936 Classic Homes of Blue Ridge 2460 East First Street, #A1 Blue Ridge, GA 30513 706-632-4977 Coleman Log Homes PO Box 2626 Blue Ridge, GA 30513 706-455-0415 Travis Coleman Hand-Crafted Custom Homes Cox Construction Log Homes PO Box 1619 Blue Ridge, GA 30513 706-273-8387 16

Duval Construction & Design 354 Highland Circle Blue Ridge, GA 30513 706-455-7036 J.W. Stephens 3387 E. First Street, #A Blue Ridge, GA 30513 706-632-3777 JFS, Inc. 649 East Main St., Suite 9 Blue Ridge, GA30513 706-632-6345 John Soave, Custom Home Builder Keith Sumner Custom Homes 723 E. Main Street Blue Ridge, GA 30513 706-669-5700 MC Butler Construction, LLC 3900 East 1st Street Blue Ridge, GA 30513 706-455-0577 North Country Development 647 E. Main Street Blue Ridge, GA 30513 706-632-6345 Placher Construction Group 560 E. Main Street Blue Ridge, GA 30513 706-258-7936 Scenic Mtn. Construction, Inc. PO Box 2655 Blue Ridge, GA 30513 706-633-9795 Sisson Log Homes PO Box 29 Blue Ridge, GA 30513 877-273-6807 Tilley Building 16 Summit Street Blue Ridge, GA 30513 706-632-2800 Tru-Built Mountain Homes PO Box 1703 Blue Ridge,GA 30513 706-455-6741

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Larabet Construction 681 John Houck Rd. Clayton, GA 30525 706-782-0904 Larry Gipson Construction 170 Gordon Lane Clayton, GA 30525 706-782-2448 Rabun Builders, Inc. PO Box 2045 Clayton, GA 30525 706-746-3723 Robbie Hendricks Builders 232 Shadow Brook Lane Clayton, GA 30525 706-782-5819 York Builders 118 Kastner Drive Clayton, GA 30525 706-782-7422 Cumming, GA Kellogg Construction Company 2975 Cordury Terrace Cumming, GA 30041 866-617-2024 Dahlonega, GA Caldwell Home Design & Construction 2790 Yahoola Rd. Dahlonega, GA 30533 706-265-0689 Continued on page 20

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always envisioned. As a family man, Tom prides himself on his ability to create long-term relationships within a community and clients. The newest addition to Covered Bridge Estates is the Don Gardner designed home. This custom designed residence will have exterior walls constructed with 2x6 framing and fortified with ½” plywood siding, a step above the standard industry requirements. The exterior is a harmonious combination of stack stone and James Hardi cementous type lap siding. The windows and doors will be manufactured by Pella and further supplemented with argon filled, tinted and insulated glass. The interior frames will be wood and aluminum clad and the entry door a fiberglass stained product manufactured by Therma Tru, visually highlighted with sidelights and a transom. The kitchen cabinets are manufactured by Kraft Maid, composed of shaker style wood with a center gas cooking island, granite counter tops and GE American made appliances. Most rooms have vaulted or raised ceilings. There's a spacious bonus room above the oversized 2-car attached garage– and yes, for outdoor relaxing there are both front and rear covered porches with v groove stained/painted wood ceilings. A gas fireplace in the great room, along with wood floors in February/March 2014

Above Left: Drive through Covered Bridge over the scenic Flat Branch Creek. Above: Jason Williamson of Williamson Grading and Mike Kunkel Covered Bridge project manager discuss site grading. Left: Award winning Don Gardener Architects custom designed floor plan.

the living and dining rooms, further accentuated by the stone in the kitchen– wow, this is almost like maintenance free living. Tom Jackson, President of Jackson & Associates also is a LEED AP© and upon request, can accommodate any additional energy efficient or “green needs” you may desire. Jackson insists that whenever possible, his firm prefers to work with qualified local tradesmen in the community who are vetted by the subcontractors on site, such as Jason Williamson of Williamson Grading (who recently returned from the Middle East), K & D Masonry, Waters Foundation, WCI Construction with the talented Robert Worley crew performing the framing, siding and roofing along with a host of other experienced tradesmen. Ellijay resident, Mike Kunkel, is the on-site project manager for Covered Bridge Estates and is always available at the Sales Center. He would be happy to Appalachian Country

set you up with a tour of this exclusive gated community. If you don't have time to visit, feel free to contact our sales associate Dan Parker of Remax® Town & Country. What are you waiting for? Come by and see what Covered Bridge Estates has to offer! AC Contact Mike Kunkel, Project Manager 706. 669. 4177 Contact Dan Parker, Sales Associate Remax Town & Country 706. 889. 4488 Covered Bridge Estates 90 Bridge Road Ellijay, Georgia 30540 706. 669. 4177 Directions: Highway 5/515 in Ellijay: From the North turns right, from the South turn left onto Howard Simmons Road (CVS/ Chic-fil-A). Travel ½ mile until it ends at Old 5. Turn left at Old Hwy 5 and travel 1.5 miles. Turn right onto 382 West (Conoco/Greens Country Store). Travel 3.7 miles west of Old Hwy 5 and our entrance will greet you on the left.


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kHOME BUILDERS SHOWCASE Appalachian Contracting Service 487 Morrison Moore Pkwy. W. Dahlonega, GA 30533 706-864-8777 Demorest, GA Solid Rock Home Builders 670 Hilton English Rd. Demorest, GA 30535 706-348-7891 Dillard, GA Claude Rickman Construction PO Box 6 Dillard, GA 30537 706-746-2142 Ellijay, GA B & R Builders Diversified, LLC 675 South Main Street Ellijay, GA 30540 706-635-7282 Bestco 4175 Turniptown Rd. Ellijay, GA 30536 706-273-6173 Custom Homes by Rick Woody Industrial Blvd. Ellijay, GA 30536 706-276-6065

Elk Mountain Homes 397 Walnut Ridge Ellijay, GA 30536 706-698-4567

Timber Wood Construction, Inc 1216 Progress Rd. Suite 2 Ellijay, GA 30540 706-273-9067 www.timberwoodconstructionhomes. com

Hall, Tim 959 Wolf Pen Gap Rd. Ellijay, GA 30540 706-276-7505

Trinity Custom Homes, LLC 15230 Highway 515 South Ellijay, GA 30536 706-273-7139

Hensley & Southern, LLC 11 Overhanging Rock Rd Ellijay, GA 30536 706-889-3838

Witt Building Company, Inc 99 White Pine Trail Ellijay, GA 30540 706-889-2480

Jackson Associates 90 Bridge Road Ellijay, Georgia 30540 706. 669. 4177

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Jimmy Rogers Construction 4725 Boardtown Rd. Ellijay, GA 30540 706-276-7662

Fine Built Construction 66 Sanderson St. Hayesville, NC 28904 828-389-1653

Mountain Homes 196 Mossy Rock Lane Ellijay, GA 30540 706-636-5365

Renner Companies 367 Big Oak Drive Jasper, GA 30143 706-301-5609 LAKEMONT, GA Austin & Butler Builder, Inc. 1156 Ramey Rd. Lakemont, GA 30552 706-782-9294 Dennis Thompson Construction PO Box 274 Lakemont, GA 30552 706-782-8354

Hiawassee, GA T.L. Thompson Construction Hiawassee, GA 30546 706-897-2204

Satterwhite Log Homes 14378 Highway 515 N. Ellijay, GA 30536 800-918-6881

Harrison Construction Company, LLC 8755 Henderson Mountain Road Fairmount, GA 30139 404-394-0584 www.harrisonconstructioncompany. com Jasper Mountain Highlands 67 Bryant St Jasper, GA 30143 706-253-0794

Watkins Home Builders, Inc. Ellijay, GA 30536 706-636-4392

Hidden Valley Homes 194 Ridgehaven Trail Ellijay, GA 30536 706-635-3925

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United Community Bank Offers Superior Personalized Service for Buying or Refinancing a Home With today’s low interest rates, this is the perfect time to purchase a new home or refinance your current mortgage. Our loan specialists are ready to help you open the door. If you are considering home ownership or refinancing, following are some tips to assist you:

Six Helpful Tips to Consider When Selecting a Loan 1. It is important to pay your bills on time. This makes you a lower credit risk and, therefore, a better candidate for a mortgage at the lowest possible interest rate. 2. Before starting to look for a home, check your credit report. Credit reports are used by loan specialists to determine your qualification for the mortgage you want and for the interest rate you pay. It is important to make sure your report is accurate. You can obtain your credit report from one of the three major credit bureaus – Equifax, Experian or TransUnion.

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3. Determine a comfortable mortgage payment you feel will financially fit into your monthly household budget. Please explore our payment calculators on our website at in the Mortgage section. 4. Come see a loan specialist at United Community Bank. Being pre-qualified for a loan will help you know what you can afford before you look at houses. 5. Make sure you have a good understanding of all aspects of your loan. We encourage you to ask questions about all closing costs associated with your loan before signing any documents. 6. Work interactively with your loan specialist. We will likely need to talk with you and gather information periodically throughout the process. Getting back with your loan specialist quickly will help in expediting the process.

We offer a wide assortment of conventional loan products, including fixed rate mortgages, adjustable rate mortgages, Veterans Administration loans, FHA loans, USDA loans and jumbo loans. We are an approved seller and servicer for Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae products. We also offer an in-house SmarterMortgage, which provides flexible terms, servicing for the life of the loan and monthly or bi-weekly payments. When you’re ready, the mortgage team at United Community Bank is available to exceed your expectations and make your dreams of home ownership come true.

UCB's Experienced Mortgage Team Scott Morris, Mortgage Loan Originator has been a part of the Ellijay/Gilmer County community for more than 10 years. He is here to offer you the support and expertise that you need when buying or refinancing your home: “In addition to my present six and a half years as a Mortgage Loan Originator with United Community Bank, I have more than 23 years of

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Baugh Home Builders 396 Wolf Creek Rd. Mineral Bluff, GA 30559 706-455-0315

Clarence Redden Construction 622 O.V. Justice Rd. Rabun Gap, GA 30568 706-746-5183

Daniel Johnson Construction PO Box 530 Tiger, GA 30576 706-490-3630

KRHC, Inc. PO Box 577 Mineral Bluff, GA 30559 706-633-8813 T. Wosyluk General Contracting 5860 Appalachian Hwy. Mineral Bluff, GA 30559 706-374-3150 Timber Ridge Log Homes 206 Hickory Hts. Mineral Bluff, GA 30559 706-900-3643 MORGANTON, GA Stalwood Construction LLC 15284 Morganton Hwy. Morganton, GA 30560 706-374-2009 www.stalwoodconstruction. com

Kilby Construction 769 Ponderosa Rd. Rabun Gap, GA 30568

David Dickerson Builders, LLC PO Box 144 Tiger, GA 30576 706-782-6366

Little River Home Builders 69 Little River Rabun Gap, GA 30568 706-982-9235

Faletti, Inc. 74 Williamson Pt. Tiger, GA 30576 404-234-7987

Morgan Fazzary Fine Homes 22 West Pond Lane Rabun Gap, GA 30568 706-308-3557

Steve Jones Construction 4409 Old Highway 441 Tiger, GA 30576 706-212-2006

SUCHES, GA Tipton Builders 22850 Morganton Hwy. Suches, GA 30572 706-838-4385

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upper level executive management experience in the corporate world in the Atlanta area, and more than three years selling real estate in Gilmer County. I have a strong commitment to exceed customer expectations in all transactions and have excellent rapport with the realtors in the community. I am well versed on conventional mortgage loan products as well as governmentbacked loan programs, such as USDA and FHA.” - Scott Morris, Mortgage Loan Originator, United Community Bank - Ellijay Renee Burgess has 30 years of banking experience in Pickens County, including sixteen years as a Mortgage Loan Originator. She is ready to help you with your next big step: “I have been a Mortgage Loan Originator for the past 16 years. I always try to make each and every mortgage a personal and pleasurable experience for my borrowers and try to go the ‘extra mile’ to accomplish this.” - Renee Burgess, Mortgage Loan Originator, United Community Bank – Jasper Our Relationship Managers are also available to assist you in choosing the right in-house mortgage product. We have some of the most experienced loan specialists in the business. Aside from understanding the communities they

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Buying, refinancing or remodeling a home is one of the biggest financial decisions you will ever make. That’s why it is important to have an experienced loan specialist on your side who understands your specific needs. We’re large enough to offer all of the mortgage products you expect, but small enough to provide the individual personalized service you deserve. When you begin the search for your perfect home or make the decision to begin that big home project, stop in and see what our loan experts can do for you. AC serve in they are eager to learn about your mortgage needs and develop a product solution specifically tailored for you, our customers. Zach Henderson, Patrick McVey, Amanda Payne and Judy Smith take pride in serving the Ellijay/Gilmer County community. With a combined 81 years of banking and lending experience they can sit down and talk with you about helping make your dreams become a reality. In Jasper, Jerry Edwards, Daniel Lopez and Mary Perkins are deeply rooted in their community. They collectively have 71 years of banking experience serving the Jasper/Pickens County community. Daniel, Mary, and Jerry take pride in the strong relationships they are able to build with their customers.

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For more details and information on home buying and refinancing, visit: United Community Bank 558 Industrial Boulevard Ellijay, GA 30540 706. 635. 5411 Hours: Monday - Friday 9AM - 5PM Saturday 9AM - NOON United Community Bank 118 Whitfield Drive Jasper, GA 30143 706. 253. 9393 Hours: Monday - Thursday 9AM - 4PM Friday 9AM - 5PM Saturday 9AM - NOON For more information please visit: NMLS: 421841

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kHOME BUILDERS SHOWCASE While the real estate market in north Georgia has not fully recovered, there are encouraging signs that the environment has improved as we enter 2014. None of us has to be reminded that from late 2007 to the present, the economy and particularly the real estate market suffered extensively. Devastating losses in the stock market, bank failures, job losses, foreclosures and declining property values impacted all of us, particularly homeowners, prospective homebuyers and those of us who made a career in real estate. Finally there is some good news. Today we see more traditional sales and purchases as opposed to bank owned properties acquired through foreclosure and offered for sale below market prices. Interest rates are favorable and due to the improving economic climate, people have more disposable assets. Having stated such optimism, now more than ever, sound decisions need to be made by those who wish to purchase or build a home. Many of the problems that occurred in the past could have been avoided with more educated decisions. Buying a home is a huge decision and probably the largest investment many of us will ever make. 24

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The first rule for a positive experience should be to utilize the professionals available to you. Before buying or selling a home consult an attorney who is a specialist in real property law and one who will look after your interests. An attorney will execute a title exam on the property, which is an essential tool whether you are buying or building. Carefully choose a Realtor®. Ask for references and credentials. Make use of other professionals such as home inspectors, surveyors, engineers, architects, contractors and insurance specialists. Use the internet to assist you in learning about their experience and education. The old saying “only the strong survive” certainly applies to professionals in today’s real estate market. Those who are still in business today have survived the trials of the past few years primarily because of their professionalism and ethics. Make your own choices. For example, if you are purchasing a home and paying closing costs, you are entitled to select the closing attorney. If selling a home, you have the right to have an attorney represent you. Real estate law in Georgia is uniform all over the state but varies from other states so, if you are moving to Georgia, a local attorney is best suited to give you advice. Therefore, it is best to use a local attorney, Realtor® and lender, who are familiar with the community and particular issues relating to title matters, property owners associations, covenants, easements, taxes and related matters. Determine what you can afford by doing your homework in the beginning. Gather basic information about your income, existing debt and credit information then meet with a lender to find out how much you can borrow. Total up the amount of savings needed for your down payment and closing costs. Be prepared for additional costs involved in closing your transaction such as bank fees, property inspections, filing fees, taxes and reserves for escrow accounts to pay future taxes and insurance.

Your lender will provide you with what is called a “good faith estimate”. Under current legal guidelines this estimate is very accurate of what costs you can expect. After you determine what you can afford your Realtor® or attorney can assist you in making a realistic offer on the property you ultimately choose. Having a home built is a somewhat different ball game. Seek help from an attorney or Realtor® familiar with the area before contracting with a builder. Again, I would suggest a local builder who is familiar with the area’s building codes, subcontractors and property association requirements. More importantly, a local builder will still be in the community after your home is built and will want to maintain a good reputation. Remember the rules stated above concerning what you can afford and stay within your budget.

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Choose your builder carefully. The builder will most likely give you references he chooses but it is important to also use other resources to thoroughly determine the credibility of your builder. Your attorney can assist you in verifying if the builder has been involved in lawsuits, liens or credit problems. Another reliable source is the local Contractors or Builders Association. Most of them have websites and the officers are glad to answer questions and assist you in making sound choices. From firsthand experience, the members strive to be competent, professional and ethical. As stated above about the professionals you choose, builders who are still in business today are still here for a reason. They have weathered the storms because of their honesty and professionalism. Despite all the problems of recent years, I am proud to say that the attorneys, Realtors®, lenders and builders in the north Georgia area are among the best that our state has to offer. Make use of them and your buying, selling or building will be successful. AC John Mahan is the managing partner of Mahan & Associates, Attorneys at Law in Ellijay, Georgia. He has practiced law for 32 years specializing in real property law. He and his associate Joshua Teague offer a full service law firm to handle all of your legal needs. For more information on the legal aspects of buying or building a home in the area, please contact Mahan & Associates Attorneys at Law A Full Service Local Law Firm Serving the Entire north Georgia Area PO Box 612 28 Old Highway 5 North Ellijay, Georgia 30540 706. 635. 5955


The Winegrowers Association of Georgia– Georgia’s Fine Wine Producers Meet the people. share the passion. Discover the beauty and taste the quality of north Georgia’s developing wine region.

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We invite you to experience the beauty of our vineyards and taste the quality of our wines, many of which have won National and International competitions. With so many medals won by our wineries, north Georgia is emerging as a prominent wine growing region.

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Get Your Passport and Wine Tour Map at These Participating Wineries 12 Spies Vineyards and Farm 550 Black Branch Road Rabun Gap, GA 30568 813. 335. 2886 Cartecay Vineyards 5704 Clear Creek Road Ellijay, GA 30536 706. 698. 9463 Cavender Creek Vineyards 3610 Cavender Creek Road Dahlonega, GA 30533 770. 823. 9255 Crane Creek Vineyards 916 Crane Creek Road Young Harris, GA 30582 706. 379.1236 Habersham Winery 7025 S. Main St. (GA Hwy 75) Helen, GA 30545 706. 878. 9463 Hightower Creek Vineyards Hiawassee, GA 30546 7150 Canaan Drive 706. 896. 6287 Montaluce Winery and Estates 946 Via Montaluce Dahlonega, GA 30533 706. 867. 4060 Sautee Nacoochee Vineyards 98 Nacoochee Way Sautee, GA 30571 706. 878. 1056 Serenberry Vineyards 450 Tipton Trail Morganton, GA 30560 706. 623. 8463 Serenity Cellars 265 Laurel Ridge Road 706. 348. 1277

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Sharp Mountain Vineyards Rathgeb Trail. Jasper, GA 30143 770. 735. 1210 Cottage Vineyard and Winery 5050 U.S. 129 Cleveland, GA 30528 706. 865. 0053 Tiger Mountain Vineyards 2592 Old Highway 441 Tiger, GA 30576 706. 782. 4777 Yonah Mountain Vineyards 2454-B hwy 17 Sautee Nacoochee, GA 30571 706. 878. 5522


We invite you to experience the beauty of our vineyards and taste the quality of our wines, many of which have won National and International competitions. With so many medals won by our wineries, north Georgia is emerging as a prominent wine growing region. Over the weekends of March 22nd, 23rd and March 29th, 30th the Winegrowers Association of Georgia (WAG) will once again hold its Spring Wine Highway. Fourteen member wineries will participate and all will provide multiple wine samples and special events to patrons who purchase a passport, ticket. The cost of the passport is $30.00 per person and provides access to tastings at all 14 wineries during the event. The passports may be purchased at any participating winery during the event. The Winegrowers Association of Georgia is comprised of 15 winery members, numerous vineyard members and boasts an impressive network of associate members, made up of lodging, restaurant, and outdoor activity partners. WAG was organized to promote and market Georgia wines, and to increase the public awareness of Georgia wines, as well as to facilitate research in Georgia viticulture and vinfication techniques. Georgia has a lengthy history of winemaking that originated during the colonial days of the 18th century. It was part of James Edward Oglethorpe’s economic plan to introduce European Viticulture to Georgia. At the beginning of the 20th century, Georgia had 20,000 acres of wine grapes, making it the sixth largest wine producer in the United States. However, prohibition would bring the successful vineyard and winery operations to an end. In 1907, Georgia became one of the first states to prohibit the sale and distribution of alcohol. This regulation set the industry back from a high of approximately 20,000 acres to only about 200 acres of Vinifera and French American hybrid varietals, which are still planted today. Today a farm winery renaissance is taking place across Georgia. Over two-dozen north Georgia wineries, comprising of over 200 acres of vineyards produce nearly 50,000 cases of wine annually. The real explosion in vineyard and winery development has been in recent years. Over a dozen wineries have opened in the last five years in north Georgia, and more are planned. Newly developed Farm Wineries vary in age– from newly planted vineyards to enjoying their first harvest this coming Fall. The growth can be attributed to the success of the premium European varieties and hybrids thriving in the area, as well as the draw of the lifestyle that vineyards and wineries provide. North Georgia’s wineries are producing award winning wines, attracting tourists, and giving a boost to our local economy. In addition to the wineries, there are family vineyards throughout the north Georgia Mountains. Many of them welcome visitors and are happy to share their stories and plans.

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Our vineyards range in size from 1 to 30 acres. There are many different varietals of grapes and there are almost as many different methods of planting those grapes. Topography, variety of grape, trellis system, and plant spacing all account for differing methods of viticulture. Each vineyard must take all of these variables into account before planting, and hope they have the right combination to maximize grape quality and production. As you visit all our wineries during the Spring Wine Highway this March, take a look at the various vines. Try and guess the age and type of vines you encounter. You will be amazed at the variations in the vines, as well as the varying characteristics of each wine you taste. Come taste a perfect day in Georgia, and discover the passion that you've been missing. Our mountains provide the perfect place to escape the ordinary and embrace the exceptional. You can be active in your pursuit of outdoor excursions from golfing and mountain biking to back-country hiking, camping, and rafting. We also boast some of the best places for relishing relaxation and indulgence. Experience the luxury of an area bed and breakfast or country inn, browse our antique stores and local art galleries, and savor the cuisine of both casual and fine dining options, all of which are nestled in our north Georgia wine country. Once you are here, you’ll know why the locals are smiling. When we offer you a glass of our wine, you'll realize that you will be holding something as impressive as our mountain landscape. This may be the Peach State, but grapes are our passion, and the clusters in our vineyards produce awardwinning wines, which are gaining national recognition and fueling the emergence of North Georgia as a prominent wine region. AC February/March 2014

Winegrowers Association of Georgia’s Spring Wine Highway March 22nd, 23rd and 29th, 30th. The $30.00 Passport gives you access to 14 Wineries’ tastings and special events Additional information, including web Links to our member wineries, vineyards and partners, is available on line at our website: .

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Top, Clockwise Left: Crane Creek Vineyards, Cavender Creek Vineyards , Sautee Nacoochee Vineyards, Hightower Creek Vineyards and Habersham Vineyards. Above: The Winegrowers Association of Georgia's 2014 Spring Passport, available at participating wineries.



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Chocolate While the winter months seem to drag on, we all turn to our favorite comfort foods. Savory chocolate recipes have been used for special occasions since the first mole sauce was served centuries ago. With Valentine's Day just around the corner, what better way to celebrate than with a tribute to chocolate? And remember, no matter what your mother may have told you, it’s perfectly acceptable to eat chocolate for dinner!

Flourless Chocolate Cake

This simple cake is extremely rich, and tastes like the most delicious, silkiest, most supremely-chocolate ganache you’ve ever had. The taste depends entirely on the quality of the chocolate used, so choose wisely. Ingredients 10 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped 7 ounces butter, salted or unsalted, cut into pieces 5 large eggs, at room temperature 1 cup sugar Preparation 1. Preheat the oven to 350F 2. Butter a 9-inch (23 cm) springform pan* and dust it with cocoa powder, tapping out any excess. If you suspect your springform pan isn’t 100% watertight, wrap the outside with aluminum foil, making sure it goes all the way up to the outer rim. 3. Melt the chocolate and butter in a double boiler (or microwave), stirring occasionally, until smooth. Remove from heat. 4. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugar, then whisk in the February/March 2014

melted chocolate mixture until smooth. 5. Pour the batter into the prepared springform pan and cover the top of the pan snugly with a sheet of foil. Put the springform pan into a larger baking pan, such as a roasting pan, and add enough hot water to the baking pan to come about halfway up to the outside of the cake pan. 6. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. You’ll know the cake is done when it feels just set, like quivering chocolate pudding. If you gently touch the center, your finger should come away clean. 7. Lift the cake pan from the water bath and remove the foil. Let cake cool completely on a cooling rack. Serve thin wedges of this very rich cake at room temperature, with creme anglaise, ice cream, or whipped cream. Note: This cake can be wrapped and chilled in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. – David Lebovitz

Red Wine & Chocolate Beef Stew

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Ingredients 2 pounds or so of stew beef or blade pot roast, cut into large chunks 11/2 cups red wine 1/4 cup Worcestershire Sauce 3 tablespoons olive oil 3 stalks celery, chopped 1-2 onions peeled and chopped 3-4 carrots, peeled and chopped 28 oz can of whole tomatoes 1 cup beef broth 1 dried Ancho pepper, seeded and chopped or 4.5 oz can chopped green chilies 1 tablespoon ground cumin 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 1 tablespoon dried oregano 2 heaping spoonfuls cocoa powder 2 ounces 70% dark chocolate, chopped Salt & pepper to taste, optional- several dashes of hot sauce 10-12 oven roasted new potatoes, figure 2 person depending on size of the potato. Preparation 1. Marinate beef in wine, Worcestershire, salt & pepper 2. In a large skillet brown beef chunks in oil. 3. In a large heavy pot add the celery, onions and carrots. Add the tomatoes,



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chopping them a bit with a spoon. Add beef broth and the remains of the marinade. Add chilies, spices and cocoa and stir well. Season with salt and optional hot sauce. Bring to a simmer. 4. Continue simmering until the beef is very tender and the broth has thickened, about 1-1/2 hours. Stir in the dark chocolate. 5. Ladle stew over potatoes. Serve immediately topped with fresh cilantro and extra sharp cheddar cheese, sour cream or yogurt! Serves 6.

Chocolate Bacon Jam

Spread this savory bacon jam on toast or Hoe Cakes for breakfast, on crusty bread as an appetizer, or use it as a condiment in sandwiches and burgers. Also makes a great gift for your chocolate loving friends! 1-1/2 to 2 lbs bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces and cooked 1 large yellow onion, diced 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar 2 cups water 1 cup coffee or bourbon 1/2 cup molasses or pure maple syrup 1/2 cup brown sugar 2 to 4 oz dark chocolate chopped, chips are also fine February/March 2014

Preparation 1.In a heavy skillet or pot– with approximately 1 tablespoon bacon grease– add onions and garlic and cook until translucent. 2. Add in bourbon/coffee, vinegar, water, molasses, and brown sugar. Bring to a boil, scraping down the sides to release browned bits. Add in the chocolate and cooked bacon, and stir to combine. 3. Simmer uncovered, stirring every 2030 minutes for about 3 hrs. or until jam has reduced to a thicker consistency. 4. Pulse in blender or food processor until coarsely chopped, do not puree. 5. Let cool, then refrigerate in airtight containers up to 4 weeks. 6. Warm jam very slightly in microwave and serve.

Hoe Cakes

Referred to Ash Cakes, Journey Cakes or Johnny Cakes, this cornmeal flat bread was first made by American Indians and cooked on rocks or bricks in the fire. According to Director of Interpretation and Museum Programs for Historic London Town and Gardens in Maryland, Rod Cofield's research reveals that the name hoe cake comes Appalachian Country

not from the slaves cooking the cornmeal on a metal hoe, but from an earlier meaning of the word hoe, which was synonymous with griddle. “From a naming standpoint, the term hoe used for a cooking implement as early as the 1670s strongly suggests that when colonists baked a mixture of Indian corn (or wheat) and liquid on a peel or griddle, this food item became known as a hoe cake. The name stuck even when a hoe cake was cooked in a skillet or pan.” – Rod Cofield Ingredients 2 cups white or yellow cornmeal 1 egg, beaten with a fork (my addition) 1 teaspoon salt 2 cups boiling water Oil for frying or bacon grease from jam recipe. Preparation 1. Add salt and egg to cornmeal, mix with fork 2. Add boiling water and stir 3. Let cool slightly and then form into patties 4. Heat skillet on medium high heat and plop patties into pan. Brown on both sides, drain and serve. Makes about 12 cakes. AC


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While the legends of how Valentines Day originated abound, one simple thing rings true, it’s a day to declare our love and celebrate those who are close to us. Many detractors avoid this day as too commercial, but for those of us who like a good celebration– we’ll we’re all in. Our advice? Don’t over think it. Some claim that the traditional gifts– flowers, chocolates, or jewelry are cliché. Well, think again as a recent survey asked women between the ages of 18-34 what they wanted their sweethearts to get them for Valentine's Day. An overwhelming majority said, "Diamonds and/or Chocolate." So let's get this straight– while it seems that everyone wants you to think outside the box on Valentine's Day, why not stick to what makes almost everyone happy– a big red box of chocolates and a little velvet box with a stunning piece of diamond jewelry inside. 36

While embracing the natural choices on Valentine's Day – breakfast in bed, red roses or a romantic dinner– all are fairly easy to negotiate. And you probably know what kind of chocolate your valentine likes, however it may not be quite as easy when it comes to diamonds. There are a lot of different choices out there, and getting the biggest may not be within your grasp. The best way to approach this situation is to consider setting a budget that you can live with. Once your budget is set, we recommend a trip to your local jewelry store. Smaller, independently owned jewelry stores like North Georgia Diamond tend to have a more relaxed atmosphere and less of the high-pressure “Buy it Now” sales force than the larger chain jewelry stores. These local stores strive for a comfortable environment and a personal approach to customer service.

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Along with getting excellent personal service and experienced advice, you’ll also be supporting a small business in your community. With a 3000 square foot state of the art store, and the largest diamond selection in north Georgia, the experienced staff at north Georgia Diamond will help you select the perfect gift for your Valentine. AC

North Georgia Diamond is located at 29 Highland Drive, Suite 105 in East Ellijay in the Highlands Shopping Center next to Wal-Mart. For more information: 706. 515. 1551 Monday – Friday 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday 10am to 5pm.

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Rubies A traditional heart shaped ruby & diamond pendant is a must for Valentine’s Day. Give the gift of your heart.

Southern Rounds Proudly made in the USA at North Georgia Diamond. Choose from our selection of 9MM & .45 caliber pendants & earrings. Or, bring in your own shell casing and we will create a custom piece suitable for any man or woman.

Rhythm of the Heart Show her you will always love her with this diamond that naturally moves and beats with her heartbeat.

Brilliant Embers This sterling silver & CZ collection is our most popular and affordable selection. With the premier look, but with most pieces averaging under $150.00.

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Semi-Mount & Loose Stones Time for an upgrade? Visit our store for an upgrade to your mounting or upgrade your diamond from our selection of loose stones.

Double Heart Pendant A very popular choice for Valentine’s. Open her heart and fill it with love.

Diamond Earrings Every girl wants a shimmering pair of diamond studs to show off. You can choose from many different sizes & cuts.

Nikki Lissoni North Georgia Diamond’s latest brand addition. This interchangeable component style of jewelry is a must for every girl’s wardrobe. Each locket opens and allows you to interchange the coin inside. This makes a the perfect accessory for all occasions and seasons.


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Estate Jewelry We have a variety of estate jewelry. Everything that is old can become new again. This beautiful diamond & ruby bracelet is an example of true vintage piece coming back to life.

Watches North Georgia Diamond is an authorized Citizen & Bulova Dealer. Citizen Eco-Drive technology harnesses the power of light from any natural or artificial light source and converts it into energy– which is stored in a permanently rechargeable lithium-ion cell. It recharges continuously in any kind of light to run forever. We offer watch repair onsite for many brands including Rolex, Tag Heuer, Movado, Seiko, & more.

Bridal Jewelry North Georgia Diamond has the largest selection of bridal jewelry in North Georgia. You can choose from many popular metals including, white gold, yellow gold, rose gold, & platinum. We hand select the highest quality diamonds and gemstones to set into your ring. The stones are then hand set by our on-site jeweler.

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ONE SOURCE BUSINESS PRODUCTS Quality makes a difference—and so it is with One Source Business Products in East Ellijay. Barry Cates, the proprietor, and his employees believe in greeting each customer with quality too, not forgetting a cheerful hello. “With our life today being so fastpaced, it’s easy to forget to say, ‘Hello.’ You never know the kind of day that person might be having.” Cates tells that he started his business in 2002, in Dalton, and still has his warehouse there. Then, he expanded his business calls to other towns, including Ellijay since his wife, and her family, come from the area. He was welcomed and treated so kindly that he decided to set up his retail store in East Ellijay, “After much prayer and hard work, in 2005. We’ve been here for nine years,” Cates points out. The main wholesaler for One Source, is a Fortune 500 company, which enables One Source to be competitive 40

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From Left: Phillis Milton, Inez Bramlett and Lynn Wood. With over 20 years of combined experience, these knowledgeable business product professionals work hard to understand your needs and recommend the right solutions.

“… Working with One Source Business Products has helped my business grow beyond my wildest beliefs. They tell you straight and to the point that they are the most affordable business solution on the market today and they stick their minds to it. Mr. Cates is very knowledgeable about his work and his undying passion to be above the best is most rewarding. In the times of finding the most affordable and most honest, consider One Source Business Products as an alternative to the chain stores.…” –Phillip Ewing

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and fair, price wise, and to provide products and services to eight communities currently: Dalton, Calhoun, Chatsworth, Elljay, Blue Ridge, Jasper, Canton, and Woodstock. With One Source’s basic office supply inventory, such things as office furniture, stationeries and copy papers, school supplies, business forms, custom labels, postage stamps, black and white copies and color copies, and janitorial products are stocked. One Source also has a reputation that grows daily. It is known to be the only business in the area of Ellijay, which does blueprint copying, as well as large format printing, and the only area authorized FedEx shipper— and One Source also is known for top-notch office design and layout. An aspect of One Source’s business that is happily honored is price matching. If the customer brings in an ad to show a lesser price for the same product during the same ad period, One Source will honor it. Cates notes that the One Source catalog offers more than 30,000 items, and what the store doesn’t have in its retail space, it can obtain for its customers, usually by the next business day. One Source goes beyond the usual to help customers. “For instance this past summer we had a customer who wanted a bike rack for their employees who ride their bikes to work .You won’t find bike racks in our catalog, but through one of our suppliers we were able to deliver a bike rack the next week. And recently we outfitted a customer’s office with an electric heightadjustable desk. With the push of a button the customer can go from sitting to standing at their work station.” One of the things that Cates says his business promotes is the support of other local businesses. Though One Source sells computer supplies they don’t repair computers, but he recommends local businesses that do. Though the Dalton store is basically a warehouse now, and not a retail store, Cates says, it still serves the Dalton area for office supplies. This is where the One Source



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Over the years, we’ve earned the trust of hundreds of businesses in the area by holding true to the following commitments to our customers: One Call – One Source – One Solution We don’t sell office supplies. We supply offices. That means carrying a comprehensive selection of products. From coffee to copier toner, file folders to copy holders, jelly beans to antiglare screens – you need it? We’ve got it. Product Knowledge Our experienced team of business product professionals know product – They’ll work hard to understand your needs and recommend the right solutions. Great Prices Because we buy right and operate efficiently, we can pass phenomenal savings on to our customers. Order Accuracy We double-check your order before it goes out the door to ensure it’s right the first time.

employees, One Source takes on friendliness as its hallmark for serving its surrounding communities. And just as friendliness is shown to the customers when they enter the store, the employees make a point of doing the same when the customers leave, with just as friendly a “Thank you for your business.” One Source depends on a friendly smile and a kind word for all, “That goes a long way,” Cates assures. AC bookkeeping is done, as well, he notes. Thus, One Source covers a lot of north Georgia territory. One Source, is an appropriate name for this business that provides business products and services. With confident, friendly February/March 2014

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Fast Delivery We’ll get it to you quick. Most orders are delivered complete, next day! Friendly Delivery Personnel Our drivers get rave reviews. They take care in handling your order and they’ll place it where you request. Customer Service Every one of our employees is part of the customer service team. We are committed to 100% customer satisfaction. Return Policy Were you satisfied with the product? If not, we’ll take it back and replace it with an item that meets your needs. Satisfaction Guaranteed We stand behind every product and every service offered. We’re not satisfied until you are. Trust Our customers know they can depend on us to provide the utmost in quality service and products at the most competitive prices.




ARTS 1/8 – 4/8 Unearthing the Past: Archaeology in Cherokee County features privately owned artifacts from Cherokee County spanning over 8000 years. Descriptive panels and historic photographs reveal 80 years of archaeological investigations. W, Th, F 10-5 Sat 10-3. Free Admission. Cherokee County History Museum in the Historic Marble Courthouse. 100 North Street, Suite 140, Canton, GA 30114. 1/18 – 2/22 The Photography of Tom Wells. Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association and Arts Center. Gallery Hours: 10am - 6pm. Tuesday - Sunday. Closed Monday. 420 West Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA 706.632.2144 www. 2/1 Corkscrews and Canvas. Cherokee Arts Center. Canton,GA. A place to come for a fun night and create a masterpiece of your own! No previous painting skills required. info@cherokeearts. org or 770-704-6244 2/7 Acoustic Blends Live Music Jam. Gilmer Arts Building Ellijay, GA. 7-9:30PM. Bring your instruments and sit in the front row to play along or sign up on-site to be on the stage. www.gilmerarts@gilmerarts. org, 706-635-5605. 2/7 “Work of Nature” Gilmer Arts Center. Ellijay, GA. Opening Reception 5-6:30pm. www.gilmerarts@gilmerarts. org, 706-635-5605. 2/22 2014 Cork & Canvas –Toast to the Arts! Help support the arts education and programming at the Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association. Enjoy an evening filled with wine tastings, hors d’oeuvres, live music, dancing & silent auction. 7 to 9 pm For info: 44

3/4 - 3/28 Youth Art Month A national celebration of the visual arts in education. Reception and Dedication Ceremony 3/4, 4 pm. Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association and Arts Center. 420 West Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA 706.632.2144 3/14 Gilmer County Student Art Exhibition and Reception. Hosted by the Gilmer Arts Gallery in the Gilmer Arts Building. 3:30-5-30pm. FREE! www.gilmerarts@gilmerarts. org, 706-635-5605.

DINING & DANCING 2/1 Snowflake Ball, Willow Creek Falls & Vineyard, 35 Trackside Court, Blue Ridge. Dress is festive; Wintry Blue and White. Cost is $50 per person or $85 per couple. Proceeds benefit the North Georgia Mountain Crisis Network ngmcn, 706-889-7415 2/7-8 2014 Winter BBQ Throwdown! Brasstown Valley Resort is offering a special room rate & banquet package for this event. Please contact reservations at 1-800201-3205 and mention the "GA BBQ Weekend Rate." 2/14 Cartecay Vineyards Valentine’s Day Event. Live music with Barefoot Boone. 12oz. Glass of Wine (wine glass to keep) chocolate cup filled with Chambourcin Wine and light Hors d’ Oeuvres. 5:30-8:30pm. www. 2/21 Supper Club – Dinner & a Movie at Gilmer Arts. Gilmer Arts Building, Ellijay, GA. 7:00PM. For details visit: 3/8 Wine & Wild Game Dinner, Cartecay Vineyards, Nealey Barn Loft. Join us for our 2nd Annual Wine & Wild Game Dinner. Multiple courses with

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wine pairings. $75 per person. For more information: www. 3/21 Historic Preservation Awards Banquet Northside Cherokee Conference Center $25 per person with cash bar. For more information and to RSVP please call 770-3453288.

EVENTS & SHOWS 2/1-2/18 Ice Skating –The Blue Ice of Blue Ridge is open Mon & Thurs, 2:30pm – dark; Fri & Sat, 10am-8pm; Sun 12pm7pm. With skate rental is $10, Call for time confirmation 706-633-7433 2/1– 3/1 Winter Wonderland Tours! North Georgia Petting Zoo & Petting Farm, Cleveland, GA. Tour times in February will be 11:30, 12:00, and 1:00pm. Limited space, reserve NOW. For details: www. 2/1 – 4/1 Woodstock Market & Show, Woodstock, GA Fri & Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 11am5pm. Fantastic Outdoor Market vintage items, arts & crafts, plants, food and much more. 770-924-0406 2/14 Valentine’s Day! Apple Annie will be out delivering special greetings around the town! Mercier Orchards. 800-361-7731 2/15 4th Annual Jim Thompson Memorial Fire & Ice Chili Cook Off with live music, ice sculptures, ice skating and amazing chili! Buy a Tasting Card to sample the competition and vote for the People’s Choice Award. Now taking your votes for Fire Queen and Ice King. Tasting from Noon to 4:30pm. Awards ceremony begins at 5pm. 2/18 Native American Artifact Identification Night. Cherokee County Historical Society History Program.

Bring your artifacts to be identified and examined by Carl Etheridge, Retired Chief Ranger, Allatoona reservoir! Free and open to the public. The Rock Barn @ 7:00pm. 658 Marietta Highway, Canton, GA 30115, Call 770-345-3288 for more information 2/22 3 Monkeys Antiques and Auction House. Monthly Saturday auctions at 6:30 pm, preview begins at 10 am. Many, but not all of the items we are presenting, are pictured at 2380 East First Street, Blue Ridge, GA. For info: 706-6326111 2/22 Customer Appreciation Day! Mercier Orchards. 10am to 2pm. Come by and enjoy some free treats, face painting, and door prizes! It’s going to be a lot of fun. For details 706-632-2685, www. 3/1 Snake Creek Gap MTB Race # 3. Pinhoti Trail System near Dalton, GA. www.snake. See page 8-9 for more info. 3/14 Let’s go Fly a Kite Day!! Mercier Orchards, BlueRidge 10am until 2pm. Fly kites in our orchards! Come and decorate a kite or bring your own. 3/14-16 Opening Day for the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway The relaxing ride starts at the historic depot, built in 1905 in downtown Blue Ridge, then stops for a layover in the quaint sister towns of McCaysville, Georgia and Copperhill, Tennessee. Visit or call 877-413-TRAIN (8724) for fares and schedule. 3/14-16 Dahlonega Trail Fest a celebration of the coming spring and the Appalachian Trail. www.dahlonegatrailfest. org See page 8-9 for more info.

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3/15 George Death Race an ultramarathon, 60 mile MTB trail race. See page 8-9 for more info. 3/15 Social Media Workshop – The Next Step for the Entrepreneur. Presented by Camille Ronay. Cherokee Arts Center, 1 - 3:00 pm. www., 770-7046244 4/5 Italian Road Bike Festival. Celebrate the start of Italy's Classic Road Bike Race Season. www.cartecaybikes. com. See page 8-9 for more info. 4/12 Blue Ridge Mountain Adventure Race. 2014 marks the 17th running of Georgia’s first adventure race. See page 8-9 for more info. 4/12 Blue Ridge Trail Town Celebration Visit the Benton MacKaye Trail Association booth at the finish line of the Annual Blue Ridge Adventure Race. See page 8-9 for more info. 4/25 Taste of Blue Ridge to benefit the Humane Society of Blue Ridge. Tickets go on sale EARLY and usually sell out! Start checking the HSBR web site for ticket sale date. www. or call 706. 632. 5224.

MUSIC 2/1-4/1 The Vine Wine Bar & Bistro Downtown Blue Ridge. Live Music on Saturday nights 6:30-9:30pm. Call The Vine for details: 706-946-VINE (8463) 2/1 Live Music with Greg Erwin. Cartecay Vineyards. Ellijay, GA. Nealey Barn Loft, Chimney Patio if good weather. 1:30-5:30pm, $14 includes Live Music, 5 tastings and Cartecay Vineyards Logo Wine glass. www. February/March 2014 2/8 Live Music with Danny Rhea Cartecay Vineyards, Ellijay, GA from 1:30pm to 5:30pm. Includes 5 Tastings and Cartecay Vineyards’ Logo Wine Glass. $13.00. www.. 2/8 Contra & Square Dancing with Andrea Nettleton John C. Campbell Folk School Community Room , Keith House. Saturday 8:00-11pm. The calling and music will be splendid. Beginners, couples and singles are all welcome. Call 828-837-2775 for more details. 2/14-15 Holly & the Heartbreakers. Holly Theater, Dahlonega. Fri & Sat 8:00 pm. Love songs and break-up songs plus lots of rock and roll from our own Oldies Rock & Roll Band. What a great band for Valentines! For info call: (706) 864-3759 or 3/29 Live Music is Better. Gretchen Peters. Grammy nominated, Nashville singer-

songwriter and writer of CMA Song of the Year 'Independence Day.' 7:30pm. Blue Ridge Community Theater, 706-632-9223 4/18, 4/25 Laser Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon. Rollins Planetarium. Young Harris , GA. A one-of-a-kind concert that surrounds audiences will the dazzling sights and sounds of Pink Floyd’s groundbreaking album. Share this journey to The Dark Side of the Moon with us. Time: 7-8pm.on these Friday evenings in April.

THEATER 2/1 Charlotte’s Web Holly Theater. Dahlonega,GA , this classic tale of a pig named Wilbur and his friendship with a barn spider named Charlotte. When Wilbur is in danger of being slaughtered by the farmer, she persuades the farmer to let him live. Wonderful for all ages! Old & Young alike. For info call: (706) 864-3759 or

2/1-2/2 & 2/7-2/8 The Lion in Winter. Jasper, GA. Tater Patch Players, Fridays & Saturdays 7:30pm, Sundays 2:00pm. Tickets: $15.00. For details 706253-2800 or check website:

2/17-18 AUDITIONS for Beached Wails, Play by Topher Payne. Audition Times: 6:00pm both days (Monday & Tuesday). Scripts available @ Blue Ridge Community Theater Box Office. 706-632-9223

2/13-16 & 2/20-23, 2/27- 3/2 Lost in Yonkers by Neil Simon. In 1942, the Ne'r do-well son Eddie deposits his two young sons on the stern Grandma Kurnitz’s doorstep in a strange new world called Yonkers. Blue Ridge Community Theater. Thursday - Saturday @ 7:30 p.m. Sunday's @ 2 p.m. Tickets online or the box office 706-632-9223 www. blueridgecommunitytheater. com

3/14 – 3/23 Jack and the Giant Beanstalk Sunny D Children’s Showtimes, Friday & Saturday 7:30pm & Sunday – 2:00pm. So much more to this play than Jack and a beanstalk! Come for the fun! Blue Ridge Community Theater Box Office 706-632-9223.

WINE TASTINGS 2/1 , 2/8, 2/15, 2/22 The Vine Wine Bar & Bistro, Downtown Blue Ridge. Special Wine Tasting of our delicious local wines every Saturday in February, March. 6Pm. 706-946-VINE (8463).

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