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Pathfinder of the Month: Don Hensley

Forsyth Road Kroger: Community grocery store undergoes a faceli.

14 & 15 16 18 20

Riverfront Landscaping: You Dream It.

Walking Tour: Discover Macon’s

24 & 25

They Build It!

Historical Buildings.

Grow a Garden: Involve the whole family in growing a garden this spring.

Upcoming Issue:

Updang your Home: Simple, easy ways to spruce up

May Issue - Summer Camp Guide: You and your children will find the perfect camp for your family in this year’s local summer camp guide.

your living environment.

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Naonal Home Inspecons: Geng your home inspected. Why sellers need it, too!


Places of Worship

46 – 48

6 & 8

Macon Area Clubs

49 – 52

From the Publisher Community News Birthdays & Celebraons

14 With summer around the corner and lawns needing aenon and care, it’s important to choose a professional and licensed company when considering landscaping projects. With years of experience and ongoing cerficaons, Riverfront Landscaping offers some of the best installaon services in Middle Georgia. See pages 14 & 15. 2


Elected & Appointed Officials


School News

38 & 40

Community Phone Numbers


Community Calendar

42 & 43

Adverser Index


School Informaon

44 & 45

Steve Johnson

26 Sam Hart

30 Perry Slaughter


Ann Smith

26 Rick Huo

30 Paul Tobin


Beth McKinnon

28 Dr. Bailey Phillips

32 Dr. Barry Shealy


Rob Pelissier

28 Dr. Sheila Shah

32 Ned Dominick


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Jennifer Williams Bucholtz (478) 474-1999 ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE


Jenny Cook

I woke up a week ago with the sound of birds chirping. Immediately, I felt a sense of calmness. Regardless of the uncertainty in our world’s financial climate, some things will never change… and those things oenmes are least valued unl the transient things we most value are either taken away from us or placed in jeopardy. I recently have taken more me to stop and observe the budding trees, flowering shrubs, singing birds, and squirrels playing freely in the yard. Our holly tree in front of our house recently sprouted another 4 inches in height, and the shrubs lining the side of our driveway seemed to almost double in size from last year. Aer spending too much me in front of the “talking heads” on T.V., and hearing of just about everything shrinking, from the employment rate to my investment porolio, it’s encouraging to see that birds are sll singing, and nature is using the wealth of the Earth to grow. I suspect that all of us could use a me-out to observe nature’s gis. Meaningful lessons can be learned at the most unexpected mes. For example, on my drive home last week, as I turned the corner, I started to swerve le a bit as I always do to miss the developing pot hole/depression in the road. But this me, the depression was filled with water, making a small pool. And, inside this pool was a bird playing and cleaning itself. I stopped for a moment to observe this bird, and thought to myself… this bird could be playing in clean water out of a bird bath in a neighbor’s yard. But instead, here this bird is as happy as can be washing itself in runoff on the asphalt road. I think that somemes we make it hard for ourselves to find happiness, and to just simply enjoy what we have. To make what we have the most enjoyable that it can be, and when we add to it, to do so meaningfully. Homes are where our family gathers; it’s our haven. Having a home that fits a family’s wants and needs can be one of the most valuable possessions a family owns. In this year’s Around Town home and garden issue, we are proud to feature on the front cover Riverfront Landscaping. This business offers incredible services that help homeowners culvate beauful outdoor surroundings – from landscaping, outdoor fireplaces and kitchens, to outdoor living spaces. Not only am I impressed with the company’s services, I am even more impressed with the family that runs this business. Chuck Piman, the owner, recently was involved in a fatal accident. By the grace of higher powers, he survived, but his partner and close friend in the vehicle didn’t. Aer being thrown out of the vehicle and suffering serious injuries, it was a gi that Chuck lived. Chuck is married to Callie, and they have two young children. The family’s dedicaon is commendable. Chuck’s workmanship is among the best in Middle Georgia, and his dedicaon to the business is unwavering. Chuck has much more to accomplish in this world. I encourage us as a community to support this family, and their landscaping business. When it comes to your landscaping and outdoor living needs, I hope you will think about giving Riverfront Landscaping a call. To learn more about Riverfront Landscaping, refer to this month’s cover feature on pages 14 – 15.


Steve Schroeder (478) 755-0505

Around Town North Macon community magazine is a monthly community-based magazine owned and published by North Macon resident, Jennifer Williams Bucholtz. It is a publication of Around Town North Macon, Inc., Around Town Middle Georgia Publishing, Inc., and a franchise of Around Town Community Magazines, Inc. The mission of Around Town North Macon community magazine is to build a sense of community and pride by providing residents and businesses with positive stories and timely information that spotlights local residents, organizations, and businesses operating and working together. Around Town North Macon community magazine is free and mailed to local residents and businesses in North Macon each month. Additional copies are available for pick-up at local businesses. Subscriptions are available for $24 per year. Send check or money order to the address below. The viewpoints of the advertisers, columnists, and submissions are not necessarily those of the Publisher, and the Publisher makes no claims as to the validity of any charitable organizations mentioned. Around Town North Macon is not responsible for errors or omissions. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without written permission from the Publisher. All rights reserved. © Copyright 2009.

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Robins Federal Credit Union is proud to celebrate 55 years of financial service to Middle Georgia. At the end of 1954, Robins Federal had approximately 1,770 members with $119,000 in loans and $72,000 in deposits. This was a modest beginning for a credit union that is now the 4th largest in Georgia with over 130,000 member, 17 branches, over a billion dollars in assets and 340 employees. Robins Federal offers a full range of financial services to their customers including checking and savings accounts, auto and mortgage loans, business services, online services, investment services, cerficates and IRAs, money market accounts, and any financial service offered at other instuons. Rates are compeve at Robins Federal and many products and services are free.

P INE R IDGE G ARDEN C LUB ATTENDS S TATE F LOWER S HOW Members of Pine Ridge Garden Club recently parcipated in and aended the Garden Club of Georgia, Inc. The State Flower Show was held at Pebble Hill Plantaon in Thomasville, Georgia. Several members entered exhibits and won awards in the Horculture Division of the show. While at Pebble Hill, the group also toured the Plantaon House. Pine Ridge Garden Club is a member club of the Federated Garden Clubs of Macon, Inc., the Camellia District, The Garden Club of Georgia, Inc., and the Naonal Garden Clubs, Inc.

awarded Coliseum Health System’s 2008 Frist Humanitarian Award. Hue and Lynn are eligible for the naonwide 2008 Frist Humanitarian Award, the highest honor an employee and volunteer can receive at HCA, the parent company of Coliseum Health System. Hue Tran demonstrates a high level of self sacrifice for paents, co-workers, and others in the community. She volunteers for Habitat for Humanity and serves at homeless shelters and soup kitchens. Hue donates any Christmas bonus received to a needy family, and she always gives away her personal rewards or gis to the less fortunate. She recycles plasc shopping bags, crocheng and making tote bags and purses out of them – which she then gives away. Lynn Poe began volunteering the day aer she rered from 20 years of nursing at Coliseum Northside. As well as running the hospital gi shop, Lynn has assisted with fund raisers and events for charies like Make-A-Wish Foundaon, RelayFor-Life, Alzheimer’s Associaon, and DFCS. She also volunteers with Lynn Poe (le) and Hue Tran. American Heart Associaon collecng donaons in her neighborhood and at Heartland Hospice Service where she visits with the inpaents and performs clerical work. She began the “Siers Ministry” with her church Sunday school to relieve caretakers during the care for their loved ones. The Frist Humanitarian Awards were created to recognize one employee and one volunteer at each HCA-affiliated facility who demonstrates extraordinary concern for the welfare and happiness of paents and their community. Congratulaons Hue and Lynn!

Pictured (le to right): Pam Kanode, Bey Herndon, Sue Cranford, Fran Fox, Jan Thiese, Winnie Francavage, Geri Peterson, and Susan Stone. Not pictured: Alan Thiese and Paul Kanode


G EICO P ROVIDES G OOD V OCATIONS E MPLOYEES T RANSPORTATION TO J OB O PPORTUNITIES Aaron Griffin, Geico Social Responsibility Commiee Member recently presented a check for $10,000 to Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia & the CSRA. The contribuon will help fund a van shule service for individuals with disabilies and enable them to get to and from job skills training through the Commercial Custodial training

Hue Tran, RN, Coliseum Northside Hospital employee and Lynn Poe, Coliseum Northside Hospital Volunteer, recently were 6

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program and employment opportunies offered by Good Vocaons, an affiliate of Goodwill Industries. For many individuals in our community, transportaon is a major barrier to obtaining and sustaining meaningful employment. Support from organizaons like Geico enables Goodwill to reach out and serve a larger percentage of eligible job seekers in the Middle Georgia area.

other women. At a difficult me in her life, Bess took over a retail store, “Kaybee of Macon,” which is in the heart of Macon. She developed the skills to run the store and its’ business flourished. “You don’t know what you can do unl you are forced into it by crisis,” she tells women. She is an ideal role model. Bess has helped develop the Macon and Middle Georgia Federaon of Jewish Charies and supports the Macon Symphony Orchestra as a Board Member.

The Custodial training program offers job skills training to assist trainees to develop competencies on cleaning techniques, floor care techniques, appropriate work habits, proper care and use of janitorial equipment, and the chemistry of cleaning.

V INEVILLE N ORTH B APTIST C HURCH C HANGES N AME TO N ORTHWAY C HURCH Vineville North Bapst Church recently changed their name to Northway Church. The church explained, “with an address on Zebulon Road, it was oen confusing to explain the name Vineville North. As a strategic outreach of Vineville Bapst Church (located on Vineville Avenue) the north campus was built in the days before Zebulon Road was developed. Now that this area has grown, the me for a new identy has come.” Lead Pastor, Kevin Mills adds, "While remaining Southern Bapst in affiliaon, Northway Church more clearly represents our individual, unique approach to ministry in our community.” With a progressive ministry style, the church seeks new and disncve methods to appeal to those uninterested in a more tradional format. The church incorporates a high-tech, mulmedia approach and a very casual environment to communicate their message. Join Northway Church on Easter Sunday, April 12, for the launch of their new name. For more informaon, visit their website at

Aaron Griffin (le), Geico Social Responsibility Commiee Member presenng a check for $10,000 to Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia & the CSRA.

C AREER W OMEN ’ S N ETWORK R ECOGNIZES W OMEN OF A CHIEVEMENT Career Women’s Network of Macon honored two women, Dodie Cantrell and Bess Bayme Coon, at their Women of Achievement luncheon. Dodie Cantrell is past President and General Manager of 13 WMAZ. She led the network to launch one of the first television websites in Georgia. As an Execuve Producer of invesgave reports programs, she has brought focus to community problems and idenfied ways to advocate for government Pictured (le to right): Bess Bayme acons. Bess Bayme Coon is a role model of encouragement to

Vineville Bapst Church recently changed their name to Northway Church. The church is located at 5915 Zebulon Road, Macon.

Coon, Dodie Cantrell, and Leslie Samuelson.

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Happy Birthday!

Jimmy J. Brown (J.J.)

Giordano Filipponi

Joseph H. Johnson

Marsenia Dunn

Larrenia Williams

Celebrated age 33 on February 14

Celebrated age 31 on March 4

Celebrated on March 8

Celebrating on March 12 Twin of Larrenia Williams

Celebratedon March 12 Twin of Marsenia Dunn

Tristan MacMillan

Om V. Patel

Bobby Correll Hamm

Mrs. Naola Ellison

Kumar Ramaiya

Celebrated age 3 on March 15 Son of Angela and Michael MacMillan

Celebrated on March 20 Son of Vinod Patel Brother of Adi

Celebrated on March 22

Celebrated on March 23

Celebrated on March 26

Cooper McKale Massey Celebrated age 6 on March 26 Son of Amber Massey and Joel Massey Brother of Hunter

Breanna Anaya Mack


Jeremy Antonio Bond, Jr. Donnie Wayne Churchwell

Celebrating age 1 on April 9 Celebrating age 1 on April 22 Daughter of Octavia Mosley Son of Mary R. Johnson and Eric Mack and Jeremy A. Bond

Celebrating 60 on April 23

Barbara and Powell Brannon Celebrated their 2nd Wedding Anniversary on March 2

Stork Watch!

Stork Watch! Rigsby James Booth

John Wheeler Howell

Born February 23 8 lbs. 7 oz., 21� long Son of Joy and Josh Booth Big brother Caden 10

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Pathfinder of the Month Building Homes for Members in Our Community Currently, Don is working on his 14th house and says it is the biggest home he has built so far. “It’s a 5 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,500 square foot house and the owner has been out: helping frame the house; pung the trusses up; and has just been a vital part of building the house,” says Don. “During that me-frame, you can see that his pride in ownership has grown in helping to build!” The homes are built to code, with 36 inch wide doors for wheelchair access and the use of high energy efficient appliances.

Don Hensley Around Town is proud to introduce Don Hensley as the Pathfinder for the Month of April. Don rered from Brown and Williamson as a city manager in 2001. Aer rerement, he spent me working in construcon. “I worked for a friend for one year as a site superintendant,” says Don. During that me, he also began doing mission work with his church, Mabel White Bapst Church. He went on different mission trips, helping to build a college and other buildings in Ohio, Wyoming, New York, and Venezuela. “My Sunday school teacher, Al Andrews, is the one who told me about a job with Habitat,” says Don. “Although I’d been on about 15 different mission trips with my church, I didn’t know what Habitat was about.” At the me, Habitat was in need of a coordinator or building manager. “By December of 2005, I met with Harold Tessendorf, the execuve director of Habitat for Humanity,” says Don. The two discussed various topics including whether Don would be a good fit for the job. Don immediately felt compelled to work with the organizaon. “I know what it feels like not to own a home – my father had died when I was two and 12

my mother was killed in a car wreck when I was five, so I knew how it was to not have a home,” says Don. “I mean, I never lived in a home that was owned by anybody in my family unl I bought my first house.” According to its website, the Macon area Habitat for Humanity is a Chrisan housing ministry whose goal is to eliminate substandard housing in Macon. The affiliate has built 69 houses in Bibb and Jones County since it was founded in 1986. The affiliate has provided simple, decent places to live for 82 adults and 174 children. In January 2006, Don began working with Habitat and says he considers his work more than just a job. “I see this as a mission job,” says Don. “What I think Habitat does is gives a helping hand and doesn’t give a hand out.” Potenal homeowners are expected to help build their own house. “They’re required to work about 300 sweat hours,” says Don. “On every house, the homeowner works with us and they get to learn what it takes to have a home made… they help do a lot, like painng.” April 2009

When Don started working with Habitat, the organizaon was building one house per year, with a goal to increase the number of houses built per year. “Since that me, we have grown significantly,” says Don. “We’re building anywhere from four to six houses per year.” The process is quite involved. Don fills out paperwork, works on scheduling, submits permits, and will work on sites most days of the week. He describes his role at the organizaon as hearelt. “When I was with Brown and Williamson, it was all about my career,” says Don. “Now what I’m doing is all about the heart and mind.” Don and his wife, Lynn, have been married for 35 years and have one son, Benjamin, who is 22 years old. Don says some of the most influenal people in his life include his high school coaches, David Franklin, who used to pastor Mabel White, and Al Andrews. Don is thankful to all the people who work with Habitat to make it all possible. “There’s a lot of great people out there who help to make this all possible, like Alan Frank’s Roofing, who installs all of our roofs at no charge, and Wellson Bac incorporated, the heang and air company that installs AC units at no charge,” says Don. For more informaon on Macon Area Habitat for Humanity, visit To get involved and volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, call (478) 784-6800. To donate to or purchase items from the Habitat for Humanity Home Store, call (478) 752-5859. Around Town - North Macon

RIVERFRONT LANDSCAPING You Dream It. They Build It. Pergolas Water Features Fireplaces Outdoor Kitchens Custom Stone Work Landscaping

With summer around the corner and lawns needing aenon and care, it’s important to choose a professional and licensed company when considering landscaping projects. Companies with cerficaons and licenses have experience and knowledge about a variety of lawn and garden issues. For instance, individuals who apply pescide to lawns are required to be licensed under law. The Georgia Department of Agriculture administers the program of license tesng, which insures that all pescide applicators have a minimum level of training. Riverfront Landscaping company is accredited and cerfied through a variety of organizaons and instuons including The University of Georgia, The Georgia Department of Agriculture, The Naonal Concrete Masonry Associaon, The Georgia Soil and Water Commission, and The Professional Lawn Care Associaon of America. With years of experience and ongoing cerficaons, Riverfront Landscaping offers some of the best installaon services in Middle Georgia. 14

The dream of providing Middle Georgia with a highly cerfied and customer-focused landscaping company began almost a decade ago. Chuck Piman, owner and founder of Riverfront Landscaping, decided to combine his love of outdoors with building. “I’ve always liked to work outside,” says Chuck. “I worked in landscaping for years and enjoyed it.” Chuck was born and raised in Macon and in September 2001, decided to go out on his own and open Riverfront Landscaping. Since it has opened, the store has connued to provide customers with nothing short of the best. “I saw the need for quality work,” says Chuck. “If it takes me completely re-doing, something to get it right that’s what I’ll do – my goal is to build the best and provide the best.” The company does not outsource, allowing customers to receive high quality work and individualized aenon to every project. Chuck and his wife, Callie, manage the company, which offers a complete range of unique landscaping services including water features, decks, paos, outdoor kitchens, fireplaces, landscapes, and a garden center located at 3230 Hartley Bridge Road, and custom stonework.

and outdoor projects such as outdoor kitchens and fireplaces. “We can put stone on anything,” remarks Chuck. “Customers can request stonework on fire pits, offices, walkways – anything.” Stonework also can be applied to brick

Riverfront Landscaping is currently one of the most sought aer companies in Middle Georgia for custom stonework. The company has done brickwork on subdivision entrances, houses, commercial properes, and much more. Stonework services are offered on indoor April 2009

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pavers and columns, retaining walls, a number of outdoor structures, and mailboxes. In addion to stonework, Riverfront can install and custom-design arbors and pergolas. The company has completed custom stonework for businesses such as Ashley Furniture, Majesc Stone and Landscape Supply, and many others. For their impressive work, they recently received an award from Keep Warner Robins Beauful. Customer service and communicaon are important aspects of Riverfront Landscaping. Every project is considered important and aenon to detail and style are emphasized during the installaon phase. “There’s definitely a specific look that goes with good landscaping,” says Chuck. “When landscaping is done well, it can add about 15% value to your home.” Whether home or business owners are looking to update the outdoors or want to achieve a specific look, Riverfront Landscaping offers site planning, design, and installaon. “Basically, if a customer wants it, we can do it,” says Chuck. “Whatever they dream of, we can build it.” The company has provided services

for many residenal, commercial, and community structures in Middle Georgia. Once customers have consulted with Riverfront professionals, they can opt to add landscape lighng, decorave outdoor structures, shaping and grading, seasonal color display, drainage soluons, pine straw and color enhanced mulching, cerfied irrigaon installaon and repair, and hydro seeding and tree removal. In addion to an immaculate lawn and breathtaking landscaping, consider this: water features can enhance outdoor living spaces. The beauty and character that can be added to back and front yards, parks and recreaon areas, or swimming pools is a dream-come-true for many. Riverfront Landscaping has provided complete installaon on a variety of features including pond-less waterfalls, koi ponds, fountains, bubblers, dry creek beds, and custom fountains. Chuck and his wife Callie have two children, Caleb (5 years old) and Luke (3 years old). They enjoy involving their children in the business and teaching them at a young age. Three years ago, the company decided to April 2009

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launch a charitable event tled, “Ponds for Kids.” The first Middle Georgia landscaping company to offer such an event, Riverfront’s idea for “Ponds for Kids” is to allow children to learn and parcipate in a fun, outdoor acvity that will add beauty, character, and value to the property. The first year the event was held at Hephzibah Children’s Home. The children parcipated in the construcon of a water feature. The last “Ponds for Kids” helped raise more than $3,000 for a charitable cause. If you’re looking to start a garden, Riverfront Landscaping’s garden center is located at 3230 Hartley Bridge Road. The only full-service garden center of its kind in Middle Georgia, the center offers unique and specialized items, including an impressive selecon to meet various gardening needs such as annuals, perennials, aquac plants, shrubs, and trees. The impressive 1700 square feet indoor garden center is also remarkably furnished with garden accessories that include wind chimes, bird feeders, bird houses, and colorful items that will brighten any garden. Customers can enjoy the picturesque display around the garden center that showcases landscaping work, custom stonework, and water features. To get started on your dream, call the professionals at Riverfront Landscaping today! Look for garden items inside the garden center and stroll outdoors to find the perfect flower, plant, or tree. Riverfront Landscaping is located at 3230 Hartley Bridge Road, off I-75 South. For more informaon, call (478) 254-6089 or visit 15



pring is finally here and with winter finally behind us there’s that inevitable insnct to spend me outdoors. What beer way to involve the whole family than to encourage everyone to parcipate in a healthy, enjoyable, and refreshing experience: gardening! For families contemplang where to begin with gardens, Middle Georgia has resources that can help you get started. Many families enjoy gardening, and studies in the United States show it is one of the most popular outdoor recreaonal acvies in the country. Organizaons such as Master Gardeners of Central Georgia (MGCG) promote the importance of growing gardens. “This year, there’s an interest with vegetable gardens,” notes Patricia Reynard, who works as the Spring Home and Garden publicity chair for MGCG. “One of the most acve ways to get involved in gardening is to plant a row of vegetables for the hungry.” The organizaon works with a number of counes in the state of Georgia and promotes good horcultural pracces through seminars, workshops, various programs, and gardening acvies. Volunteers from MGCG are heavily involved in these community projects and programs. “We’re really enthused about geng people to get excited about gardening,” says Patricia. “We work at geng them to find an appreciaon for the gardening process, such as refraining from using pescides to kill bugs… because they’re an important aspect of gardening.” In this economy, families are opng to find acvies to do outdoors, rather than leaving home and spending money on outside entertainment. Growing a garden is appealing to many Agape Nursery, located at 4580 North Mumford Road, Macon, features an impressive nursery where families can find a myriad of gardening items. Rebecca Rankin works at the nursery and says it is 16

GROW A GARDEN >> involve the whole family very family-friendly. “Kids can come and walk around; there’s a lot of freedom,” says Rebecca. The nursery offers landscaping materials and indoor and outdoor plants. “Nowadays people are wanng to grow more of their own food,” says Rebecca. If you find yourself wondering where to start, Agape Nursery is well equipped to answer your quesons. “Our staff is very knowledgeable about plants and gardens,” says Rebecca. “We will show people how to plant and grow a specific plant or garden.” Growing a garden does not have to be complicated. Rebecca says many people think they need a victory garden, when in fact they can grow a garden anywhere. “You don’t have to have a plot necessarily designated for a garden,” she says. “There are some What better way vegetables that to involve the can easily be whole family grown in some than to spots.” encourage everyone to Whether you participate in a want to plant healthy, indoors or out, enjoyable, and there’s a way refreshing to involve experience: everyone. GARDENING! When it comes to including children, turn gardening into an excing acvity. Let them choose their own spot and have them dig with child-sized tools. If you’re looking to save money, plasc spoons and shovels work well. Ace Hardware sells products that can help families grow gardens. The store provides a full range of gardening, plumbing, electrical, paint, hardware, and outdoor accessories. CEO Jeff Layson says ACE Hardware staff is knowledgeable about ferlizers, preparing the soil, and can answer quesons about gardening. According to ACE Hardware professionals: “A healthy lawn and garden can withstand pest infestaons and recover without the need of chemicals. It is all about the right plant in the right place – installed in amended soil and given a one inch of April 2009

water each week to ensure it will develop a rigorous root system – then mulched a minimum of two inches to keep the roots cool and retain the moisture.” Gardening items can also be found at Riverfront Landscaping, located at 3230 Hartley Bridge Road, Macon. Owner and founder, Chuck Piman says children get excited when they get to be involved in projects, such as the Ponds for Kids event held by Riverfront Landscaping. The first Middle Georgia landscaping company to offer such an event, the idea for “Ponds for Kids” is to allow children to learn and parcipate in a fun, outdoor acvity that will add beauty, character, and value to the property. The first year the event was held at Hephzibah Children’s Home. The children parcipated in the construcon of a water feature. The last “Ponds for Kids” helped raise more than $3,000 for a charitable cause. “We try to get the kids involved,” says Chuck. You can also find gardening items at Riverfront Landscaping’s garden center. The only full-service garden center of its kind in Middle Georgia, a number of unique and specialized items, including an impressive selecon to meet various gardening needs such as annuals, perennials, aquac plants, shrubs, and trees are offered. ATNM

For help getting your family garden started... Riverfront Landscaping is located at 3230 Hartley Bridge Road. For more informaon, call (478) 254-6089 or visit

Agape Nursery is located at 4580 N Mumford Road. For more informaon, call (478) 475-0990.

ACE Hardware has several locaons in Macon. To find a locaon near you, visit, or call (478) 474-6454.

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Updating Your Home >> Easy, Simple Ways to Spruce Up Your Living Environment


hinking of an extended spring make-over? There’s no beer me to start. Now that spring is in the air, many are looking to spring clean and brighten the look of their homes. If your home sorely needs aenon, consider this: updang one or two rooms in your home will add something special to your life and may spur you on to do other rooms throughout the summer. With a lile paence and perseverance, home updates don’t have to blow your budget or cause you to feel overwhelmed. We’re hearing it everywhere: living on a budget; spending on a budget; decorang on a budget; try to stay on a budget! Here at Around Town, we’re all about encouraging our readers to live healthier, happier lives, whether on a budget or not. Joyce Parker is the owner and founder of Bodega, a home accessory store in North Macon. She says starng with something as simple as color can do wonders for a home without breaking one’s budget. “You can begin by choosing a rug or a painng,” says Joyce. “Start with one room and find something you’ve fallen in love with.” Bodega offers so many items that can change the look of a room. The store sells rugs, furniture, painngs, other home accessories and decoraons, and so much more. Bodega can also special order furniture pieces and other home accessories. Joyce says she recommends that people look through magazines for inspiraon. One of the most cost-effecve ways of changing the look of your home is by painng. “Paint will make a huge difference in a room,” says Joyce. “It’s not expensive and there are so many opons.” Many prefer so, neutral colors, which are recommended if homeowners want to sell their homes. Joyce says people need to think about colors and what they feel comfortable with. “Anything, really, goes today,” she says. “It all depends on the individual – they need to have an input into what they want.” At Bodega, tradional as well as contemporary pieces are available for purchase, from lile side tables to lamps. With so many available opons in updates, light fixtures are another inexpensive, yet dramac easy fix. If you have overhead lights and want to tone down the look, switch to scones. Dining rooms can be spruced up by adding a simple and elegant chandelier. Or, instead of buying new fixtures, consider paint. Light fixtures throughout the home


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that are made out of brass can easily be painted over. In addion, shades are relavely inexpensive and can change the look of a room. If you’re working with a larger budget, other rooms in the house can undergo more extensive updates. Kendall Harris is the owner of Pop-N-I Construcon, a company that has been in the Middle Georgia area since 1982. Pop-N-I Construcon builds custom homes, addions, and provides remodel services. “Most homes nowadays are centered around the kitchen,” says Kendall. “An updated kitchen will help drive the sell of a home.” You can update a kitchen by simply adding a backsplash or re-painng cabinetry. “One of the best ideas for people living in homes where the kitchen is separated from everything else is to take down a wall and open it up,” says Kendall. Updated bathrooms and master suites are two other rooms that add value and comfort to a home. “Years ago, master suites used to be an aer-thought,” explains Kendall. “Now, people are spending more and more me in their master suites – they want large walk-in closets with a retreat or hotel feel.” Kendall recommends homeowners stay as classic as possible when it comes to remodeling and updates. “People change their minds about style about every four to five years,” he says. If you’ve recently remodeled the inside of your home, turn your aenon to the outdoors. Over the years, outdoor living has become increasingly more popular. If you want to spend me enjoying your yard, installing a nice deck or pao and landscaping may be the answer. Riverfront Landscaping provides a number of services, including water features, decks, paos, outdoor kitchens, fireplaces, landscapes, custom stone work, and a garden center located at 3230 Hartley Bridge Road, Macon. In addion to stonework, Riverfront Landscaping can install and custom-design arbors and pergolas. The company has completed custom stonework for businesses such as Ashley Furniture, Majesc Stone and Landscape Supply, and many others. For more informaon, contact Riverfront Landscaping at (478) 256-0089. “People want to spend me outdoors more than ever,” says Kendall. Now, you can enjoy the outdoors and feel great about the simple, small changes you’ve made indoors! To contact Kendall at Pop-N-I construcon, call (478) 747-5821. ATNM Around Town - North Macon


National Home Inspections >> Getting Your Home Inspected:

Why Sellers Need It, Too!


owadays, home owners can’t afford to pass up the necessity of a home inspecon. Since the housing industry connues to experience ups and downs, most agree homes are one of the biggest and most important investments. Ned Dominick and his wife, Meg, began restoring houses in Macon’s Intown Victorian Historic District more than 30 years ago. “We kept hoping there was somebody we could hire that could come and tell us whether a house we were looking at was a good idea or not, and whether it needed to be pushed down,” says Ned. “And there was nobody who would do it.” Ned thought it would be a great idea if someone could inspect properes around town. Aer acquiring important skills, years later Ned decided to start Naonal Home Inspecons. The company opened its doors to the community in 1978, the first home inspecon company in Middle Georgia. This locally-owned company has grown to be a significantly successful home inspecon company, having inspected more than 16,000 houses. Over the years as the company grew, Ned included more inspectors. Jove Tweedle, Bruce Dotson, Chrisan Dominick, along with Ned Dominick inspect homes in Macon, Warner Robins, Forsyth, Fort Valley, Perry, Milledgeville, Bibb County, Houston County, Peach County, Monroe County, Jones County, Twiggs County, Crawford County, Baldwin County, Laurens County, Putnam County, Dodge County, Jasper County, and Pulaski County. 20

Home inspecons are important to both the buyer who needs to have a full understanding of the condion of the home, and the seller who wants to provide accurate disclosure informaon. Ned Dominick says, “Home inspecons have become a fact of life; we are not going away and we are not going to get any less detailed or ‘reasonable.’” Naonal Home Inspectors provides residenal and commercial property inspecons, new home construcon inspecons, seminars for homebuyers, pre-lisng inspecons, and expert witness tesmonies. Ned has been providing expert witness services to the legal community in courts and in arbitraon meengs for many years. In today’s economy, many homeowners are opng for maintenance inspecons and foreclosure inspecons. In the 30 years since Ned has worked in the business, he says this is the toughest real estate market he’s ever seen. “People are holding onto their homes or looking for deals,” explains Ned. “The thing about foreclosures is, are they any good?” Ned cauons buyers and sellers to take advantage of home inspecons. “You need to weigh the costs,” says Ned. “You can buy a foreclosed house for very, very low, but if you get in there and all the copper pipes have been pulled out of it, then what kind of a bargain is that when you may end up having to spend as much to make it habitable again, as otherwise?” With maintenance inspecons, homeowners are holding onto their properes. “We go through the house from top to boom,” explains Ned. “And we’ll tell them what’s going on – whether they have leaks under their shower heads that’ll cost them $4 or $5,000 down the line – it’s about taking care of your property.” One of the most important aspects in today’s housing market, according to Ned, is to have the seller do a home inspecon, which is called a lisng inspecon. April 2009

In a typical scenario, Ned explains the importance of lisng inspecons: “We have a home with a $250,000 asking price. The seller may have a “secret” price of $245,000 where he will sll be comfortable. A buyer comes and makes some offers and beats the sellers down to the “secret” price of $245,000. The seller is very excited – then comes the home inspecon. We find a dangerous, cracked heat exchanger and a new furnace costs $2,800; a 15 year-old air condioning unit; a secon of roed sill by the deck; and six fogged up windows… which may end up totaling $1,000 for a total of more than $5,000 addional dollars. The buyer demands all these things be repaired. The seller is already down to the bone, so either the seller will lose money; the realtor starts kicking in commission; or the buyer walks away. But if the seller enlists a “reputable” inspector at the me of lisng, the seller can fix the most pressing items; say the furnace for safety reasons, but not fix the fogged up windows or the 15 year-old air condioning unit. The seller can offer the original price of $250,000 or even more. The buyer will come, see the report, and use the report as the reason to beat down the sellers’ “secret” price, and everyone walks away happy.” Naonal Home Inspecons is a disncve home inspecon company. Although home inspectors are not required to be cerfied, all the inspectors at Naonal Home Inspecons are members of and cerfied through The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) – the most recognized professional home inspecon society in the United States. Membership requires rigorous exams, review of inspecon reports, and connuing educaon. Ned Dominick and Naonal Home Inspectors are qualified and experienced to inspect a home to ASHI standards and have a reputaon for being thorough, professional, and unmatched in experience. ATNM For informaon on Naonal Home Inspecons, call (478) 738-0893 or visit Around Town - North Macon


Forsyth Road Kroger >> Community Grocery Store

Undergoes a Facelift future. “As each step unfolded, we found they were doing a great job,” says Carole Burnham, one of the community members who parcipated in the customer focus group and works at Carlyle Place as a rerement counselor. “They did a great job as each step unfolded – the new produce department looks fabulous and there’s just a generally open feeling to the new remodel.” Carole adds, the members of the focus group feel Kroger is a great place for customers. “The customer service here is great,” says Carole. Once a month the group met and various needs would be addressed. “We’d encourage them to talk about any issues they felt were relevant,” says Mark. “Our goal is to be the best grocery store in Middle Georgia.”


roger is one of the country’s largest retail food companies and is headquartered in Cincinna, Ohio. Residents living in North Macon now will enjoy a newly renovated Kroger on Forsyth Road. The store has been in the North Macon area since 1986 and the last remodel took place in the late 1990’s. “Kroger spends many hours researching, in order to select certain locaons to remodel stores aer evaluang customer needs – such as Kroger customers in this community.” “Strategic planning, and the design of the new facility,” says Mark McWilliams, unit manager for Kroger on Forsyth. “All these factors play an important role whenever Kroger goes into redesigning a store, which requires a lot of effort and planning.” Kroger has connued to be a communityfocused grocery store and a few months 22

ago, a customer focus group idea was introduced. Todd Emerson, co-manager in charge of the remodel had the task of heading up the focus group. Leers were sent out to loyal customers and approximately 10 community members showed up at the first meeng. “We’re a neighborhood store and this is an idea that we came up with to get some of our most loyal shoppers in the community to be a part of this group,” says Mark. “We gave them an insight into what we were planning; why we were planning it; and hoped they would give us feedback on whether we were doing good or doing bad.” The relaonship between these customers and Kroger employees proved to be posive. Members in the focus group were asked quesons such as how the renovaons would affect shoppers and what they would like to see done in the April 2009

Renovaons began in September of 2008 and this month, the new remodel should be complete. The store will feature new equipment with enhanced amenies. “This will provide value and convenience to customers and, hopefully, an enjoyable shopping experience as well,” says Mark. Newly added amenies include a service meat and seafood department; a walk-up pharmacy; a new gourmet bakery case; a sushi, soup, and olive bar; an expanded nutrion department; in the deli, the Boar’s Head line has been extended; and several lines of specialty groceries will be added. For Kroger employees, customer service is highly important and community involvement connues to be a top priority. The new renovaons will offer customers addional services. “As a manager, we appreciate the support and loyalty of our customers,” says Mark. “We will connue to try and meet as a group, hopefully on a quarterly basis, since everyone’s me is valuable.” ATNM For more informaon, visit or call (478) 474-7410. Visit the newly renovated Kroger at 4650 Forsyth Road, Macon. Around Town - North Macon


>> Downtown Focus


owntown Macon is lined with numerous historical buildings with impressive architecture. Visitors, residents, and organizaons have maintained an intriguing curiosity about the history of these buildings over the years. A few years ago, Juanita Jordan at the Peyton Anderson Foundaon is one community member who asked about a specific building during a NewTown meeng. Maryel Ban, preservaon consultant at NewTown Macon had always been interested in research and history. She decided to do some research on the parcular building for Juanita. She found out the building had been an A and P grocery store. “Juanita asked, ‘Well, I wonder if there are other buildings like that?’” says Maryel. “And I said, ‘O yes,


Walking Tour we can find them.’” Maryel began to conduct research on various buildings and Juanita asked Maryel if markers containing historical informaon could be placed on these buildings. Maryel knew of a company that specialized in bronze markers. Funding, thanks to a grant received from the Peyton Anderson Foundaon, was received to launch the new project. Maryel says she originally wanted to place the date these buildings were built on the bronze plaques with some informaon. “While I was working in the archives at the Washington Memorial library, I found all these line drawings for these buildings, similar to etchings and old photographs” says Maryel. “And I thought, ‘Well, this

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would make it more interesng.’” So Maryel spoke with the company that was working on the bronze markers and asked if a photograph could be included and they assured her they could incorporate the photographs using laser prinng on aluminum sheets. The sheets were then inserted on the bronze plaques. “We ended up with about 56 plaques,” says Maryel. “And it sort of became like the chicken and the egg – do you look for the line drawing first or do you look for the building?” Most of the important buildings that had been standing, and some that are currently standing, had drawings. “In the 19th century, a lot of mes the leerhead showed a line drawing,” explains Maryel. “So somemes

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Downtown Focus << >> Discover Macon’s Historical Buildings I had that, and other mes it was booklets that had been put out by the Chamber of Commerce or publishing companies that were here, so it was a lot of research.” Many mes, Maryel would look at the Sanborn Fire Insurance maps, which would show the footprints of many of the buildings. These maps were done for fire insurance purposes and included street numbers. “For example, in 1889, I could go to the city directory and see what company or business was in the specific address,” explains Maryel. “And then I could go in and see the adversers and see if they adversed in the city directory and in that way, find the line drawing.” That early interest was the catalyst that prompted downtown Macon’s walking tour. Today, more than 50 historic downtown buildings have historic markers placed on

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them. These plaques show the date of construcon, a laser-printed historic photograph or line drawing of each building or the original building on the site, and informaon on the history of each property. Brochures with informaon on the buildings were printed and soon, people began asking if they could walk around with Maryel and look at the buildings. The Walking Tour is now offered quarterly and looks at buildings such as a former livery stable, known as the “Hotel de Horse;”the Southern Botanico-Medical College from which John Pemberton, who developed the first Coca-Cola syrup formula, graduated; and a grocery, hay and grain dealer, now the locaon of a present-day jeweler. This month, the Walking Tour, conducted

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by Maryel, will be held on Sunday April 19 at 2:00 p.m. Parcipants should meet at NewTown’s offices at 479 Cherry Street between 1:45 and 2:00 p.m. This tour will provide parcipants with a unique opportunity to appreciate Macon’s history and architecture by one of the city’s mostrecognized preservaonists. A donaon of $5 per person to NewTown Macon is requested. Refreshments will be served at NewTown Macon following the tour. NewTown Macon is a nonprofit publicprivate partnership focused on growing jobs, increasing residents, and creang a sense of place in downtown Macon. For more informaon on the Walking Tour, visit or call (478) 478-722-9909 or (478) 742-4414. ATNM



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by Stephen N. Johnson

by Ann Smith

This month, Chrisans throughout the world will celebrate Easter and the resurrecon of Jesus. Historically, the resurrecon is the hope of life aer death as expressed in the last two phrases of the Apostles’ Creed: “I believe in … the resurrecon of the body and the life everlasng.”

Stephen Johnson President Reformaon Ministries

The significance of the resurrecon, however, does more than prepare us for death. Throughout His life and ministry, Jesus embodied the virtues of love, forgiveness, kindness, and goodness. Yet, because of His unrelenng confrontaon with established religion, Jesus was condemned and executed by crucifixion.

The disciples who had followed Jesus, “forsook Him and fled.” They did not just leave; they “forsook Him.” Living by the virtues Jesus advocated had not worked. What does a life of love, forgiveness, kindness, and goodness get you? Ridicule, rejecon, condemnaon, and a horrifying death. Hate had conquered love; vengeance had overpowered forgiveness; cruelty had defeated kindness; and wickedness had trounced goodness. Jesus was dead. His teachings discredited. The disciples deserted. That was Friday. On Sunday, things changed. Following the report of some women about an empty tomb, skepcal disciples became convinced that “Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father.” This belief has altered the course of human history. But how? The resurrecon means more than life aer death. The resurrecon is God’s assurance that Jesus’ virtues had overcome the world’s vices. They sll do. Today we are entangled – internaonally and personally – in relentless, disastrous cycles of hatred, vengeance, cruelty, and wickedness. These cycles can be broken only by the virtues Jesus espoused. Love is the only power that can break the destrucve cycle of hatred; forgiveness is the only power that can break the ruinous cycle of vengeance; kindness is the only power that can break the lethal cycle of cruelty; and goodness is the only power that can break the noxious cycle of wickedness. This in no way insures that virtue will be reciprocated. Virtue is oen met with villainy. Notwithstanding, the followers of Jesus can sll be catalysts for breaking these deleterious cycles. Every follower of Jesus has experienced the virtues of Jesus. The challenge then to all who celebrate Easter is this: having experienced the virtues of Jesus, will we now live by them? Will we trust these virtues to defeat the hatred of internaonal terrorism or the personal animosity of a neighbor or the hoslity of a friend or the revenge of an enemy? This is the significance of the resurrecon. It does more than prepare us for death. It prepares us for life. Steve is President of Reformaon Ministries, Inc., a ministry dedicated to proclaiming the message of God’s amazing grace. 26

We need each other. That statement may bother you if you believe in “selfmade men” or value independence, two concepts we seem to hold dear in the United States. But the reality is that going it alone is lonely, and it’s not the way we were created to live. Our family recently experienced a family emergency. While we had a posive outcome, there was a period Ann Smith, CPA of me that was stressful for us. We Business Development reached out to friends and church Specialist family and within a short amount of (478) 731-9025 me, had many people praying for us. Text messages and e-mails confirmed how quickly and widespread this prayer effort mobilized. And while everything turned out well, we were moved by the tremendous outpouring of love we received. Yet we would not have received that support had we not reached out to others. I have heard people say that they don’t want to share their own crises with others. Somemes it’s because they fear judgment, or maybe they don’t want to burden others with their troubles. Some seem to think it’s best to keep things private. And yes, there are people with whom you may be more willing to share with than others, but to keep it all inside makes the burden far heavier than it needs to be. Not only do you lose the prayers and support you get from sharing your burdens, but you may find that others can help li the burdens from your shoulders. Sharing means that somemes you are the one who needs another to share with, and somemes you share the joys or sorrows of another. It’s more than a two-way street. It’s muldimensional. Sharing can never be a one-sided affair, yet I’ve seen people who tried to make it so. Some are quick to unload their burdens on others, but are unwilling to take on the burdens of anyone else. When that occurs, others will soon distance themselves, to avoid being taken advantage of. Some people are more than willing to take the burdens of others, yet they refuse to share their own burdens. They can become isolated because others sense that they want to be le alone and don’t want the help that is offered. While burdens are made smaller by sharing, joys are increased when shared with others. When you get really good news, celebrang it with others makes it even beer. I can’t imagine what it would feel like to have something wonderful happen and not have anyone to share it with. It would have to put a damper on the excitement. Life is a mixture of joys and sorrows, good days and bad. Sharing intensifies the joys and migates the sorrows. It’s the ulmate life-enhancer!

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by Beth McKinnon

by Rob Pelissier Dear Beth,

During a long downturn in the financial markets, it’s hard for some people to be cheerful about their prospects for investment success. Yet, if you look beyond the headlines, you can actually find some reasons to believe that brighter days lie ahead.

I love my job and family, but my life is so busy, it’s hard to enjoy them. I feel overwhelmed and stressed. How can I get a handle on my life? A Dear A,

Beth McKinnon, CPCC Executive/Life Coach Accessing Success (478) 475-9391

Today, the opportunies for overwhelm are many, as men and women take on more roles; the informaon age dumps tons on us daily and we have countless choices in our lives. Even when, by some miracle, we’re able to clear the cluer, our minds just fill up again from choosing the possibilies that are all

around us. What to do? It may help to know that the mind can only hold so much before it short circuits and goes into overwhelm. That’s when people go to the movies and do other avoidance things. It may help for a while, but what happens when we leave the theater? Things gradually resurface and then we feel worse not only because of the muddle in our mind, but we once again put off doing anything about it. Great relief comes from facing up to and capturing, in some system, all of our “to dos.” Here’s a place to start. Write down three projects you want to complete. Choose the three that most disrupt your peace of mind. Describe in one sentence what outcome you want for each. Congratulaons, you’ve just created a vision. A vision is important because you have to imagine the desired outcome in order to see your next steps. Now your project begins to have a life of its own. Decide on your next step and schedule it. You start to have hope, see possibilies, and feel energized to push on. Another great reliever is pruning your list. Most of us make promises to ourselves that even superman could not keep. Those promises vie for our aenon and keep us stressed and uneasy unl we write them down and take a good look. Renegoate promises and make a plan for what you sll choose to do and begin implemenng it. Aer that, you can go to the movies! To live stressfree in this age, a system for “to dos” is a must. I recommend David Allen’s system in Geng Things Done. He says “It is possible for a person to have an overwhelming number of things to do and sll funcon producvely with a clear head and a posive sense of relaxed control.” That’s when you create the life you want. To submit your quesons, email with Ask Beth in the subject line. Beth is a naonally cerfied performance coach and cofounder of Accessing Success, a company offering coaching and seminars. 28

Here are five of these potenal causes for opmism: Recovery may be near. As you know, we’ve been in the grip of a long and Financial Advisor painful recession, but that may change Edward Jones fairly soon. In fact, the recession is (478) 755-5007 likely to end in the second half of 2009, according to a majority of the economists surveyed by the influenal Naonal Associaon for Business Economics. And since the stock market has historically ancipated an economic recovery by about six months, and begun responding favorably, now may not be the me to abandon your long-term investment strategy. Of course, past performance is not a guarantee of future results. Rob Pelissier

Market rallies can happen quickly. History has shown that rallies can start quickly and take off sharply. Consider this: In the first year of a recovery, investors have recouped an average of 82 percent of what they lost in the enre prior bear market, according to Standard & Poor’s. Keep in mind, though, that we have experienced a larger-than-usual drop in the market, so you shouldn’t necessarily expect a rally to produce these results. Sll, if you are out of the market when it does rally, you are likely to miss some of the strongest returns. Low prices may mean good opportunies. By almost any tradional measure of value, investments are now very aracvely priced. And when prices are low, returns over the long term tend to be higher. Keep looking for quality investments – if their fundamentals are sll sound, they could offer the greatest potenal for long-term rewards. The Treasury and Fed are working overme to support the U.S. financial system. While the problems of resuscitang our financial system are enormous, and the soluons are not clearcut, the Department of the Treasury and the Federal Reserve are working hard to support the credit markets, boost liquidity, lower mortgage rates, and take other steps that can ulmately benefit the economy and the investment markets. Low inflaon can help boost “real” returns. Inflaon is currently close to zero. As an investor, you have reason to welcome a low inflaon rate, because when inflaon is high, it can erode the “real” returns of your investments. Remember, if you’re going to help achieve your long-term goals, you will likely need to keep invesng in even the gloomiest of markets — and, as we’ve discussed, there might be more than a few rays of light ready to pierce the clouds.

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by Sam Hart




by Rick Hutto

“THINK COMMUNITY!” I invite you to join with Mayor Reichert, about 70 community leaders, and myself in adopng the moo, “THINK COMMUNITY!” The Community Leadership Conference just completed adopted this theme, and I have their signatures of commitment to prove it! My vision for the future of our community has been expanded and enhanced by two recent events. The Samuel F. Hart, Sr. first event was a series of public forums Chairman entled “HEART TO HART.” I was Bibb County Board of encouraged as I heard from community Commissioners leaders, community acvists, and plain (478) 749-6400 ordinary cizens. The comments received were thoughul and thoughtprovoking. I contend: If you ask and then listen, you will hear from the ‘hearts’ of people. The second event was the Community Leadership Conference. We brought elected officials, community leaders, and a mixture of interested cizens together. We are waing on a report from the facilitator, but I would like to share with you a thumbnail sketch of the success on the conference. The theme “THINK COMMUNITY!” was adopted and we are asking our enre community to join us in adopng this concept in every issue we encounter: in government, in business, in community organizaons, and in our personal dealings. The Community Leadership Conference parcipants agreed to focus on three areas. First, we made a commitment to work toward combining government services (government efficiency and integraon). Mayor Reichert and I have an open dialogue, and we are looking seriously at ways to combine services and to peacefully navigate the Service Delivery Strategy. Secondly, public safety is the second area of major concern and this is an issue of importance to all of our cizens. Although a lot of the concerns with public safety relate to percepon, the north Bibb County area has experienced a lot of pey crime, which has created a sense of unease. Working together, the Macon Police Department, the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, and neighborhood crime watch organizaons can have a tremendous impact on public safety. Thirdly, another major issue was to improve our image and public percepon. We need to “clean up our community;” we need to recognize and counter inaccurate percepons about our community: we need to come together to exhibit unity and pride in our community. I encourage you to “THINK COMMUNITY!” Come up with ways to involve your business, your organizaons, your family, and YOURSELF in making our COMMUNITY a beer place for all of us! 30


One year ago, the Georgia legislature warned us that unless Macon comes up with substanal local money to support the Music and Sports Halls of Fame, they will be closed and moved to Atlanta. It is not an idle threat. Augusta lost funding for the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame even though the area is represented by the Chairman of the House Appropriaons Commiee. Rick Hutto

On May 4th, I instructed the City Aorney, in wring, to dra legislaon for me that would redistribute the hotel/motel bed tax – which is paid only by those buying overnight accommodaons – to benefit the Halls of Fame. At the me, we could have made that change locally. However, the legislaon was not draed and, beginning July 1st, only the legislature could make that change. Macon City Council Member, City at-large

I then authored an ordinance to raise by one penny the hotel/motel tax with the new revenue – approximately $400,000 per year – to be equally distributed between the two Halls of Fame. City Council passed the measure, but it was then discovered that the City Aorney had draed it incorrectly so the Mayor vetoed it. Aer being re-wrien, it was again passed 14-1. The County Commission then unanimously agreed. An effort made in City Council to have the new revenue also benefit the Tubman Museum and the Georgia Children’s Museum was narrowly defeated. Once the legislave session began, three of our Democrac members wanted the one penny to be split four ways between the two Halls of Fame, the Douglass Theatre, and to build a music amphitheatre as Macon agreed in wring to do when the Music Hall of Fame was lured here. The Mayor decided to support that posion and asked that we do so as well. While I would not have preferred that the new revenue be so diluted, at least we would be producing the revenue demanded by the legislature. The Republican members of our delegaon were willing to include the Douglass, but would not agree to the amphitheatre, even when Democrats proposed only a three-year funding for the amphitheatre with a sunset provision if it is not well underway within that me (Congressman Jim Marshall has agreed to seek federal funds for it). One City Council member busily worked an email list seeking to kill any compromise that included the Douglass or the amphitheatre. Although both our Democrac and our Republican legislators made compromises, they couldn’t meet in the middle. Because of this impasse, we will likely lose both Halls of Fame and, sadly, their collecons and archives will probably be shipped to Atlanta. Rick Huo is a “recovering aorney” who prefers his current calling as a writer, publisher, and City Council member.

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by Dr. Sheila Shah

by Dr. Bailey Phillips Many homeowners trade in their treadmills this me of the year for exercise of the garden variety. Bending, reaching, and digging in the garden can provide a great workout, but can cause muscle injury if precauons are not taken.

Dr. Bailey Phillips Chiropractor Phillips Chiropractic (478) 475-4131 www.phillipschiro

A warm-up and cool-down period is just as important for gardening or doing yard work as it is for any other athlec acvity. Stretching during those periods before and aer acvies is essenal to prevent injuries, pain, and sffness.

Before stretching for any acvity, there are a few ps to keep in mind. Breathe in and out slowly throughout stretching exercises; stretch gently and smoothly – do not bounce or jerk body in any way; and stretch as far as you can comfortably. You should not feel pain. The following are a few easy stretches recommended for your gardening workout: • Stand-up and prop your heel on a step with your knee straight. Bend Forward unl you feel a slight pull in the muscle at the back of the thigh. You may need to stabilize yourself by holding onto something. Hold the posion for 20 seconds, and then relax. Do it once more, and then repeat with the other leg. • Stand up and put your right hand against a stable surface. Bend your le knee and grab your ankle with your le hand. Pull your heel toward your buocks to stretch the muscles at the front of the thigh. Hold that posion for 20 seconds, relax and do it again. Repeat with the other leg. • Weave your fingers together above your head with your palms up. Lean to one side for 10 seconds to stretch the upper body, then reverse. Repeat 2 or 3 mes. • "Hug your best friend.'' Wrap your arms around yourself and rotate to one side, as far as you can go. Hold for 20 seconds and then reverse. Repeat 2 or 3 mes. There are many more stretching techniques that can enhance all of your physical acvies. Look for them in your local bookstore. Finally, be aware of your body's form while working in the yard. Kneel, don't bend. Alternate your stance and moon as oen as possible to balance the muscles used. When the damage is done. If you are already feeling the aches and pains of gardening, give my office a call. Studies show that chiropracc care is more effecve than tradional medical treatment for low-back and neck-pain in parcular. Doctors of Chiropracc are trained to idenfy the problem and adjust your spine to encourage the body's natural healing process. 32

While the economy connues to be a topic on the minds of many people, concerns have led some to ghten their watch on their wallets. In fact, it's generally smart in ANY economy to protect personal finances, and even clip coupons or cut corners. But it's also important that consumers use wise spending pracces when determining WHICH corners to cut. Dr. Sheila Shah

When trying to maintain a reasonable budget, some consumers make the mistake of trimming back in areas of healthcare. They may reason that trips to the physician or denst can be avoided unless they are in pain or in need of immediate aenon. But early diagnosis of problems can go a long way in actually adding back to the boom line.

Dentist MaconSmiles (478) 757-8714

Early and regular checkups with healthcare providers will be less costly in the end than trying to fix a problem once it has intensified. Dental Disease and Gum Disease don't go away when you skip visits! They only get worse and MORE costly. The need for a minor dental filling, if le untreated over me, can progress to the need of a root canal, a crown or bridge. That's not even counng the cost in suffering Allow the hygienist to physical through the problem unl it teach you the best HAS to be recfied eventually techniques for flossing anyway! Then again, why not potenally forgo even the cost and brushing to of the minor filling by taking prevent cavities and the less costly route of gum diseases; and, prevenve care? Prevenve in turn, keep more of screenings and roune visits your cash. are much more minimally invasive on both the person AND the pocketbook.

Allow the hygienist to teach you the best techniques for flossing and brushing to prevent cavies and gum diseases; and, in turn, keep more of your cash. Should you have a problem that needs to be stopped in its tracks before it starts to sideswipe your savings, however, rest assured. Your dental professional can help you select treatments that are cost effecve and sequence them according to your budget. Even if you have to go slowly due to a ght budget, your denst can sll work with you to reduce the rate of worsening. Your denst is your partner in affordably preserving your smile. Taking your healthcare seriously is important to a balanced lifestyle and a balanced budget. It's wise in ANY economy to maintain your well-being. But while everyone's talking about THIS economy, maybe you should be talking to your denst.

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by Paul Tobin

by Perry Slaughter

Perry Slaughter Owner Run Fit Sports (478) 477-7577

In January, people flood into my store to buy running shoes, walking shoes, crosstrainers, and fitness apparel in order to meet their New Year’s resoluons to lose weight and get in shape. By mid February, many of those folks have given up on their goals, and we will not see them again unl next January when the cycle repeats itself. It does not have to be this way. But, it takes long-term lifestyle changes to aain and maintain fitness goals.

I tried an experiment this past summer where I ran up to 91 miles per week. My logic was that if I ran enough, I would burn enough calories so that I would not have to watch my diet so closely. When I ran cross country and track in college, we had a saying to this effect: “If the furnace is hot enough, you can burn anything.” This logic worked great back then. I would run tons of miles and eat prey much anything that I wanted. There are elaborate formulas. But, roughly speaking, I should burn about 100 calories per mile while running. Ninety-one miles would equate to an extra 9,100 calories burned per week. With about 3,500 calories per pound of fat, that is almost 3 pounds of fat per week. Assuming that I eat normally, the fat should melt off prey fast, right? I started the summer weighing about 155 pounds. That may not sound like a lot of weight for a man. But, I was a lot heavier than I wanted to be. In fact, I weighed 25 pounds more than I did 5 years ago. So, every day I got out in the heat to put in the miles. Yes, I was red and hot. But, I pressed on, determined to meet my weight loss goals. By the end of the summer, my weight had only dropped 3 pounds! Now that is depressing. Seems my body is not as cooperave as it was years ago. I have been running so many miles for so many years that somehow 91 miles per week did not affect me like it would a non-runner. So why am I telling you this depressing story of apparent fulity? I am trying to explain that weight loss and fitness goals are difficult for everyone. Even a cerfied coach and personal trainer that knows how to get in shape can have a difficult me. I am not going to give up and I encourage you to do the same. I am concentrang on building muscle to compliment my cardio workouts, and I intend to eat healthier. I feel so much beer when I am in shape, and I am determined to get that feeling back this year. Anything worth aaining is difficult. It is through facing the challenges that we gain strength. I am reminded of a quote by William Ellery Channing, "Difficules are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict." 34

Too oen in doubles, the two opposing players at net watch the ball go back and forth between their partners at the baseline. Eventually, one net player poaches the ball, makes the volley, and finishes the point. Meanwhile, the other net player can only stand there feeling blind-sided by this great poach or, worse, geng hit by the ball. Why? Because the opposing net player never saw the volley coming and had no chance to play it. This type of scenario is way too common in most doubles and proves that the first thing to know about playing doubles has nothing to do with hing the ball. It's about playing the net while your baseline partner hits the ball. Here are some simple rules to follow: Paul Tobin

Head Tennis Professional John Drew Smith Tennis Center (478) 320-4574

Rule 1: Don't Look Back. When both teams are in the up-andback formaon, and a point is building between the two baseline players, don’t look back. Net players want to play, too, so they will look for a chance to cut off one of the shots and volley through the gap between partners on the opposing team. These gaps are what the net players are trying to find. If the opposing net player gets a chance to hit the shot, your only chance lies with your net player geng a racket on the ball to keep it in play. To do so, your net player must see the volley coming in advance. If your net player looked back, he or she won't get their head turned forward in me to see the volley coming. Rule 2: Watch your net opponent. Therefore, while your baseline partner hits, watch the opposing net player, not your partner. If that opposing net player makes a move on the ball, you will know it instantly. Watch that opposing net player's eyes as they track the ball. Those eyes tell you whether your partner's shot is down the alley or crosscourt or overhead. If you see that opposing net player's eyes light up as he or she raises the racket and starts moving to cut off the ball, look out — a volley to the gap is on the way! Rule 3: Put the Whole Point Together. Your job at net is twofold. While your baseline partner hits, your job is to be on guard in case the opposing net player cuts off the shot. Also, while the opposing baseline player hits, your job is to try to cut off the shot. Your main role is to take a offensive posion at the net. Rule 4: Kick the Habit. Fortunately, unlike most bad habits, the head-turning habit is easy to break. For best results, get a foursome together and have the baseline players exchange crosscourt drives. Posion yourself as the net player for your team. Don't actually play or try to cut off shots. Think only of training your eyes and not looking back at your partner.

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by Dr. Barry Shealy

by Ned Dominick Oen when people find that I am a math teacher, their first response is, “Oh, I was never good at math!” I want to respond, “Oh, I am sorry; evidently no one ever helped you see what math is!” Math is much more than skills and procedures (or torture!). It is a way of thinking. It is a way of making sense of our world and a means of impacng the world. The real fundamentals of mathemacs are paern and relaonship. When Dr. Barry Shealy people understand these Assistant Headmaster fundamentals – especially kids – math First Presbyterian also becomes something else at mes Day School – FUN! As the issues we face become (478) 477-6505 more complex and the need for mathemacs proficiency in the workforce grows, we are going to need more people who find math fun! I have been blessed to work with kids over the years who naturally find math fun. These are oen the kids on math teams. Several schools in middle Georgia have fielded very acve and successful math teams recently. These students work hard in their regular classes, problem solving classes, and outside of school. Then they enjoy the compeon as much as kids on the court, track, field, mat, or in the pool. I have oen had to pry my teams away from poring over a test they have just taken or debang a difficult problem just to get them to go and eat lunch. I am sure the other math team coaches in the area can relate! While not every student will become a star “mathlete,” I believe every student can learn mathemacs and find some enjoyment along the way. Developing this atude begins at home and early. Young kids can measure; play counng and sorng games; and look for paerns and symmetry. Parents can involve kids in grocery shopping, planning vacaons, and other decision making acvies. They can talk about me – “What me will we get out of the movie; when do we have to be home; and do we have me to do something else in between?” Play games and work on puzzles (maybe have a family Sudoku contest). Learn to play strategy games like chess, mancala, or card games. I read recently that playing a musical instrument and “meditave” physical acvies like golf and bowling are good for mathemacal development. I believe one key to developing mathemacal ability is atude. As parents and teachers, we need to culvate atudes that everyone can learn math and that math is useful and important. Hopefully, even that math is fun! I am looking forward to the day I tell someone that I am a math teacher and they say, “Oh, I always loved math!” Dr. Barry Shealy has taught mathemacs on every level from elementary to graduate school and has been involved in mathemacs compeon for 33 years. He currently is Assistant Headmaster and Curriculum Director at First Presbyterian Day School and teaches AP Calculus BC. 36

Ned Dominick Owner National Home Inspections (478) 738-0893

It has finally happened in Macon just like the rest of the country: large numbers of foreclosures taking place, including in North Macon. You may have read about the high number of foreclosures in Lake Wildwood, but there are also a number of homes in the “silk stocking” neighborhoods. As they saying goes, “Their pain-mygain!” or “fortunes are made during the hard mes.” Even as we are hearing about record numbers of foreclosures, we are also hearing about the great deals that are available as properes are being foreclosed upon, or even abandoned due to high interest rate conversions. Well, beware of the dark lining in the silver cloud...

Let’s look at homes that have already been lived in and have been taken back from individuals. As you can imagine, homeowners who have been forced out of their houses tend to have some atude. They are not leaving by choice, and usually they are under intense financial stress. One of the byproducts of this stress is a lack of aenon to maintenance, to put it mildly! Normal problems like leaky sinks or even roofs are oen completely ignored and there is damage as a result, such as wet ceilings or even roed floors. As most of us know, financial stress will also bring personal relaons to the breaking point. Somemes this pressure is relieved on the house where homeowners punch holes in the doors and walls in frustraon. This is, of course, not right but happens nonetheless. Then there is the real trouble. We recently inspected a foreclosed home and almost immediately noced that there was no water pressure or air condioning. You guessed it! All of the copper had been stripped out of the house. Pipes, refrigerant lines, and the air condioning condensing unit had been torn down so the tubing could be ripped out. Even wires in the walls and ac were ripped out. Insane! The long and the short of this arcle is that almost all foreclosures are being sold “as is.” What this means is that you need to make sure you know what “as is” really means. The best way to do this is to get the house inspected. Oen, the lender will agree to address items like missing pipes or wiring. If he/she won’t, you can adjust your offer to make sure you really are geng a good deal. Look before you leap.

Ned Dominick has been inspecng homes in Macon, Warner Robins, and all of Middle Georgia since 1978. He and his inspectors have examined over 16,000 local homes. He is a cerfied inspector with the American Society of Home Inspectors ASHI. For more informaon, go to Ned’s website at

April 2009

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Around Town is seeking the OLDEST and YOUNGEST persons living in Macon.

Winners will be featured on the front cover of the June “Celebraons” issue of Around Town – North Macon. If your baby was/will be born between March 1 and May 10, 2009, he/she is eligible to win. The youngest baby and the oldest man/woman from the submissions received will win.

E-mail name, age, and contact informaon to: Or call, (478) 474-1999.

Submission deadline: May 10 at 5 p.m.


School News: Spotlighting Achievements Lisa Lee, a senior at Tanall Square Academy, was selected as a Naonal Merit Scholarship Finalist. Lisa is a member of the varsity soccer team; served as a U.S. representave for the South Korean Presidenal Inauguraon; and is a member of Y-Club and Key Club. She also served on the Debate Team where she was named a Naonal Forensic League member, earning a Degree of Honor and a Degree of Merit.

Logan Butler has been chosen as Straord's STAR student for the 2008 – 2009 academic year. The STAR student compeon is sponsored by the College Board to recognize excellent performance on the SAT. A school's STAR student is that student who scores the highest composite score on the SAT in a single sing. Logan Butler has named Eleanor McDavid, his AP Biology teacher, as his STAR teacher.

Westside High School Pre-Engineering Magnet Program students will be compeng at the State Science Fair at the University of Georgia. Pictured (le to right): Galen Hughes, Alisha Hightower, Nakendria Colvard, and Mr. Mark Paschal, coordinator.


Graon Tanner recently was named a percussionist for the second me to the All State band, which is the highest honor a student can achieve in music. These are the best players in the enre state, regardless of districts or public/private affiliaon. Graon will perform a concert with other All State members.

The First Presbyterian Day (FPD) math teams enjoyed a recent win at the Rockdale Mathemacs Tournament; 2nd place finish at Mercer University Mathemacs Tournament; 2nd place finish at Georgia Southwestern Mathemacs Tournament; and a first place win for the fih straight year at the Georgia Southern Invitaonal Mathemacs Tournament. Three FPD students qualified for State MATHCOUNTS: Davy Priester, Baylee Heard, and Timothy Ramdin. Congratulaons! The Amputees Across America team (pictured below) recently visited Springdale elementary. The group talked to students and shared their message of, "never say I can't." Springdale staff and students raised $1,000 to help the riders travel across the United States and support those who are hard at work in rehabilitaon centers.

April 2009

Eliza Blackman won 2nd place and a $500 scholarship for her watercolor entry, "Bird," in the Kiwanis Club Art and Talent Showcase compeon.

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School News: Spotlighting Achievements

First Presbyterian Day School senior striker Kelsey Black recently signed a leer of intent to play soccer for Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon next year. Kelsey, a two-me All State performer for the Vikings, holds school records in five categories: goals scored-season (42), assistsseason (20), career goals (110), career assists (54), and games played (93). “I have never seen a striker as dominant as Kelsey,” Vikings coach Josh Trieste said. “She is simply amazing. I would say that when she is on her game, she is almost unstoppable.” Kelsey Black (center) is pictured with her sisters Meagan (far le) and Chrisna, parents Sandy and Clayton, Brewton-Parker coach Dan Robertson, and FPD coach Josh Trieste.

The students pictured above were winners at the Internaonal Student Media Fesval. Films ranged from animaons and documentaries to music video. Students who present at the MAGA screening include Jasmin Duhart, Skyview Elementary; Kae Davis, Howard Middle; Chrisna Mayfield, Howard High; Javier Palacios, Burdell Hunt Elementary; Hakeem Shabazz, Howard High; Kwush Baldwin, Hutchings Career Center; Briany Jones, Skyview Elementray; John Hudgins, Howard Middle; and Sco Cummings, Alexander II Elementary.

Two St. Joseph’s Catholic School Students recently had their artwork displayed in the Floyd Federal Building in Atlanta as part of the Georgia Art Educaon Associaon’s Capitol Art Show. Fourth-grader Reeves Haynes and third-grader Philip Engel aended a recepon in Atlanta and met with State Representave Allen Peake to discuss their artwork aer touring the Capitol Building. Pictured (le to right): Philip Engel, Representave Allen Peake, and Reeves Haynes.

Straord Academy seventh grader Aaron Gregor won 1st place on an individual test in Middle School Division III at the Georgia Southern Mathemacs Tournament.

The Straord Quiz Bowl Team recently won the Macon State College Academic Quiz Bowl Tournament in the private school division. Team members included: Robert Ellio, Aliy Ahmed, Eliza Blackman, Cater Thompson, Nicholas Graham, Rachel Schlesinger, Hannah Reynolds, Sam Smith, Connor Bashinski, Doug Evans, Arhum Qazi, and Bert Thompson. 40

April 2009

Ryan Brose, a freshman at Tanall Square Academy, received an award for the US Youth Soccer's Naonal Save of the Year. The award was announced at the U.S. Youth Soccer Awards Gala, held in conjuncon with the 2009 U.S. Youth Soccer Adidas Workshop at the San Jose McEnery Convenon Center in San Jose, California.

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Around Town: Events


Time: 10: 30 a.m. Locaon: Barnes & Noble 5080 Riverside Drive For young children. (478) 474-0161.


Time: 6 – 8 p.m. Locaon: WineStyles 6255 Zebulon Road, Suite 210 8 wines plus appezers. Cost: $10/person, $6/wine club members. No reservaons. (478) 474-9595

A PRIL 5 – 12

Li High the Cross Time: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Locaon: Vineville United Methodist church, 2045 Vineville Avenue Hosted by the Music and the Arts Program. A Holy Week Exhibit of crosses. Cost: Free. For more informaon call Dennis McCleary at (478) 745-3331.


Temple Beth Israel Community Seder Time: 6 p.m. Locaon: Temple Beth Israel 892 Cherry Street Cost: Adults 13 and older $20, Children 7 – 12 $6, 3 – 6, and under 3 free. There shall be a limitaon on the number of reservaons which will be made. Please make reservaons early. Call Kathy at (478) 745-6727.


Dave Ellington – Can You Hear My Hat?

100 College Staon Drive Macon State College invites prospecve students who have been out of high school for at least five years to aend a special “Drop In” session to get all the necessary informaon to earn a college degree. For more informaon or to make reservaons, call (478) 471-2800.

A PRIL 9 & 10 & 12 Holy Week Events

Time: 6:30 p.m. Locaon: First Bapst Church of Christ, 511 High Place Maundy Thursday Service. Good Friday Lunch and Service. Easter Sunday Worship. (478) 742-6485.


“Rising Stars” and Macon Iron’s “Junque Yard Alley Cats” Time: Tuesday - Friday, 12 – 5 p.m. Saturday, 12 – 3 p.m. Locaon: Middle Georgia Art Associaon Gallery, 2330 Ingleside Avenue An excing show featuring both fine art and amazing sculpture using Junque Yard materials donated by MACON IRON. Cost: Free. (478) 744-9557 or


Easter Sunrise Services Time: 6:30 a.m. or sunrise Locaon: Wesleyan College Great Lawn 4760 Forsyth Road An interdenominaonal worship service organized by five area churches. If rain occurs, the event will be held in Porter Auditorium. Cost: Free and open to the public. (478) 757-4023.

Group exhibion of Wesleyan College senior students majoring in studio art. Cost: Free and open to the public. (478) 757-5189.


Wesleyan College Celebrang Student Scholarship Day Locaon: Wesleyan College 4760 Forsyth Road Honors program students present topics at various mes throughout the day. Cost: Free and open to the public. (478) 757-5228.


The Barnes & Noble Book Club Time: 10:30 a.m. Locaon: Barnes & Noble 5080 Riverside Drive Will discuss the book The Gathering by Anne Enright. (478) 474-0161


American Girl Book Club Time: 4:15 p.m. Locaon: Barnes & Noble 5080 Riverside Drive Bring your dolls for a “Petal Perfect” arts and cras meeng. No reservaon necessary. (478) 474-0161.


Plasc Surgery Time: 7 p.m. Locaon: Museum of Arts and Sciences 4182 Forsyth Road Lecture series for women of all ages; guests are provided with educaonal informaon about their health, body, and emoonal well-being, plus lots of fun and entertainment. Reservaons required, call (478) 746-4646.

Time: 10 – 11:30 a.m. Locaon: Georgia Music Hall of Fame 200 Marn Luther King Jr. Blvd. MIKE (Music in Kids’ Educaon) Programs for Kids. Piano wizard David Ellington shares with students the essence of classical, jazz, Lan, rock and New Orleans piano in a rollicking, interacve performance. Reservaons are requested for groups of ten or more. Cost: $3.50 ages 4 – 17 and free under age 4. (478) 751-3334 or


Time: 9 a.m. Locaon: Coliseum Northside Hospital, 1st floor conference room 400 Charter Blvd. This program covers the 2009 Medicare deducbles, co-pay and premiums, as well as informaon on financial assistance to qualifying Medicare enrollees and the new Medicare Part D plan. (478) 4648171.




A PRIL 17 – M AY 8

Time: 7 p.m. Locaon: Wesleyan College , Porter Auditorium, 4760 Forsyth Road Featuring Wesleyan Music Students. Cost: Free and open to the public. (478) 757-5259.

Time: Tuesday - Friday, 12 – 5 p.m. Saturday, 12 – 3 p.m. Locaon: Middle Georgia Art Associaon Gallery, 2330 Ingleside Avenue This exhibit invites all visual arsts in all art media to capture their interpretaon of how they see expression and soul in the flower and the human figure. Cost: Free. (478) 744-9557 or

Lecture: Nurturing the Greatness Within You Time: 11:15 a.m. Locaon: Wesleyan College, Taylor Hall Peyton Anderson Amphitheater 4760 Forsyth Road Behavioral expert and author Sheryl Towers provides tools and strategies designed to reduce stress and fear and bring you closer to achieving your potenal. Cost: Free. (478) 757-5134.


“Drop In” Session Time: 5 – 7 p.m. Locaon: Macon State College, Office of Admissions in the Student Life Center 42

“Medicare Made Easy” Program

Wesleyan’s Annual Spring Recital

A PRIL 14 – M AY 9

Senior Studio Art Majors’ Exhibion Time: Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 12:30 – 5 p.m. Locaon: Wesleyan College, Porter Fine Arts Building, Cowles Myles Collier East Gallery 4760 Forsyth Road Open Recepon April 14 at 6 – 7:30 p.m. April 2009

Women on the GO Networking Luncheon: No Health, No Wealth. Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Locaon: Middle Georgia Associaon of Realtors 3263 Vineville Avenue, Macon Speaker: Dr. Lesley Cown. Cost: $15 members/$20 non-members. To register call (478) 474-5519 or (478) 731-8761.

Figures to Flowers

A PRIL 18 Hay Day

Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Locaon: Hay House 934 Georgia Avenue Around Town - North Macon

With the theme "Families on Holiday," children and their grown-ups can enjoy exhibits, tours, educaonal games, handson acvies, and other surprises. (478) 742-8155 or

how to recognize signs of depression or other factors associated with suicidal thoughts and behaviors. (478) 745-9406.


Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Locaon: Barnes & Noble 5080 Riverside Drive For Pre-K – Grade 12 educators. There will be refreshments, acvies, and prizes geared toward giving our hard-working and dedicated educators the recognion and encouragement they deserve. (478) 474-0161.

Time: 2 – 4 p.m. David Grier has been voted by the members of the Internaonal Bluegrass Music Associaon as Best Guitar Player of the Year. He has appeared on two Grammy- winning recordings: "True Life Blues-A Tribute to Bill Monroe" and "The Great Dobro Sessions." Concerts are in North Macon. Seang is limited. For house concert reservaons, call Joe Cullison at (478) 405-0076.



Educator Recepon

The Ready Writers of Middle Georgia Time: 1:30 p.m. Locaon: Barnes & Noble 5080 Riverside Drive This group of writers strives to build relaonships through wring. They encourage each other on their individual journeys, and team together to reach the community. (478) 474-0161.


Celebrity Casino Night Time: 6:30 p.m. Locaon: Edgar J. Wilson Convenon Center, Macon Centreplex Ballroom 200 Coliseum Drive Presented by Kroger and Sanford Company to benefit The Children’s Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia. There will be gaming tables open throughout the night as well as silent and live aucons. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served and a cash bar will be available. Dress for the occasion is from t-shirts to aras. Cost: $45. All proceeds benefit The Children’s Hospital. (478) 633-7686 or


Os Redding: I've Got Dreams to Remember Time: Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m. Locaon: Georgia Music Hall of Fame 200 Marn Luther King Jr. Blvd. Named “Museum Exhibion of the Year” statewide in 2008, the exhibion tells the story of Macon’s own Os Redding. The exclusive exhibit, organized with the Os Redding Estate, has drawn fans from all over the world to experience the collecon of rare photos, memorabilia, film footage and music. (478) 751-3334 or


Understanding Suicide Risk: Recognion, Interviewing, and Intervenon Time: 10:30 a.m. Locaon: Christ Chapel 170 Starcadia Circle Featuring Dr. John Mauldin, Clinical Psychologist. This is designed for those who want to hone their knowledge and skill set concerning the incidence, associated risk factors, and early intervenon strategies needed to address suicide prevenon. Parcipants will learn April 2009


David Grier Concert

Frederica von Stade in Concert with Marn Katz Time: 4 p.m. Locaon: Wesleyan College, Porter Auditorium 4760 Forsyth Road Mezzo-soprano, von Stade has performed with the Metropolitan Opera for 30 years, garnered six Grammy nominaons, made over sixty recordings with every major label, and has had numerous featured appearances on television. Cost: $45. (478) 757-5171.


Third Tuesday Organ Interludes Time: 12 p.m. Locaon: Christ Church (Episcopal) 582 Walnut Street These monthly events last approximately 30 minutes and are free. For further informaon, please contact Christ Church, (478) 745-0427 or Nelda Chapman at St. Joseph Catholic Church (478) 745-1631


Locaon: Wesleyan College, GrassmannPorter Studio Theatre 4760 Forsyth Road Cost: $8 full price, $4 students, alumnae, and senior cizens. Reservaons recommended; seang is limited. (478) 757-5259 or email

A PRIL 23 – 26

Spring Flower Show: Out of this World Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Locaon: Museum of Arts and Sciences 4182 Forsyth Road This show is a salute to the Heavens, Hubble, and Galileo. The Flower Show is Sponsored by The Federated Garden Clubs of Macon, Inc. Cost: Free (with MAS pass or membership) and open to public. Jeanne Holliday (478) 747-2210 or Alan F.E. Thiese (478) 477-6507.


The Golden Opportunies Book Club Time: 10:30 a.m. Locaon: Barnes & Noble 5080 Riverside Drive Will discuss the book Home: A Memoir of my Early Years by Julie Andrews. (478) 474-0161.


Postcolonialism, Cold War, and 20th Century Sources of Islamic Fundamentalism Time: 11 a.m. Locaon: Macon State College, Arts Complex Theater, 100 College Staon Drive Speaker: Dr. Jeffrey D. Burson, assistant professor of history. For more informaon, contact Dr. Jeff Burson at (478) 471-5748.

Community Awareness Forum and Free Health Screening


Time: 4 – 7:30 p.m. Locaon: Douglass Theatre 355 Marn Luther King Jr Blvd Sponsored by: 100 Black Men of MaconMiddle GA. Unnatural Causes: is inequality in healthcare making us sick?

Time: 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Locaon: The Methodist Home Bake Sale, Live & Silent Aucon, Children’s Carnival, Arts & Cras, Food, Entertainment, and Celebraon Market. (478) 751-2800.



Turn-off Week Event Time: 4:15 p.m. Locaon: Barnes & Noble 5080 Riverside Drive Turn off your TV and put away your video games. We’ll celebrate naonal Turn-off week with an arts and cras aernoon. There will be various acvies, including ThinkFun games, refreshments, and giveaways. (478) 474-0161.

Celebraon Day

Wesleyan’s Annual Spring Concert Time: 4 p.m. Locaon: Wesleyan College, Porter Auditorium 4760 Forsyth Road A celebrated annual concert featuring offerings by the Wesleyan Concert Choir and the Wesleyannes. Cost: Free and open to the public. (478) 757-5259.



Time: 7 p.m. Locaon: Barnes & Noble 5080 Riverside Drive Newcomer’s Guide to Georgia by Don O’Briant. Whether you’re new to the state of Georgia, or a nave, this book has the valuable informaon you’ll want. (478) 474-0161.

Time: 6 p.m. – 7 a.m. Locaon: Wesleyan College 4760 Forsyth Road The all-night event includes a Survivor Lap, Luminaria Ceremony, plus 13 hours of live music, and events designed specifically for the college crowd. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Those interested in camping out on the quad for cancer may donate and register teams online at


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Student-Directed Short Plays Time: 8 p.m. Around Town - North Macon

Relay For Life



P UBLIC – E LEMENTARY Academy for the Blind 2895 Vineville Avenue Macon, GA 31204 (478) 751-6083 Director: Dr. Dorothy Arensman


Alexander II (Magnet) 1156 College Street Macon, GA 31204 (478) 779-2700 Principal: Dr. Linda Bivins PTA President: Joanna Giens-Summerow

Brookdale 3600 Brookdale Avenue Macon, GA 31204 (478) 779-2800 Principal: Vicki Williams

Dames Ferry 545 Highway 18 West Gray, GA 31032 (478) 986-2023 Principal: Ms. Estelle Jacobs PTO President: Jason Cheyney

Gray Elementary 273 Railroad Street Gray, GA 31032 (478) 986-6295 Principal: Cecil Paerson PTO President: Lisa Gay Gray_Elementary_School


PTA Co-Presidents: Sco and Donna Pervis

Samuel Hubbard 558 Highway 83 South Forsyth, GA 31029 (478) 994-7066 Principal: Ms. Angela Dillon PTO President: Rob Blair

Sonny Carter 5910 Zebulon Road, Macon, 31210 (478) 779-3350 Principal: Ms. Kelly Cuasey PTO Co-Presidents: Beth McCart and Kay Mixon

Springdale 4965 Northside Drive Macon, GA 31210 (478) 779-3750 Principal: Ms. Amy Duke PTC President: Bonnie Leight

Rosa Taylor 2976 Crestline Drive Macon, GA 31204 (478) 779-3550 Principal: Dr. Susan Simpson PTA President: Tammy Burch

T. G. Scott 70 Thornton Road Forsyth, GA 31029 (478) 994-3495 Principal: Dr. Richard Bazmore PTO President: Marci Sink

6050 Thomaston Road Macon, GA 31220 (478) 779-4700 Principal: Ms. Donna Jackson PTA President: Stephanie Vanaken



Vineville Academy (Magnet)

2350 Alandale Drive Macon, GA 31211 (478) 779-3600 Principal: Dr. Keela Malone PTO President: Anastashia Glover

King-Danforth 1301 Shurling Drive Macon, GA 31211 (478) 779-2100 Principal: Ms. LaQuanda Brown

McKibben Lane 990 Newport Road Macon, GA 31210 (478) 779-3150 Principal: Dr. Sherri Flagg 44


4831 Mamie Carter Drive Macon, GA 31210 (478) 779-2650 Principal: Dr. Efrem Yarber 2260 Vineville Avenue Macon, GA 31204 (478) 779-3250 Principal: Ms. Paulee Winters PTO President: Sonia Duggan


P UBLIC – M IDDLE , CONT’D Forsyth, GA 31029 (478) 994-6186 Principal: Dr. Mike Hickman PVC President: Ginger Baldwin

Clifton Ridge 169 Dusty Lane Macon, GA 31211 (478) 743-5182 Principal: Mr. Wes Cavender PTO President: Kim Lanford

H.G. Weaver 2570 Heath Road Macon, Georgia 31206 (478) 779-4650 Principal: Dr. Pam Carswell

Howard 6600 Forsyth Road Macon, GA 31210 (478) 779-3500 Principal: Mr. Ma Adams PTO President: Lisa DeWees

Miller (Magnet) 751 Hendley Street Macon, GA 31204 (478) 779-4050 Principal: Mr. Steven Jones

William Hubbard 500 Highway 83 South Forsyth, GA 31029 (478) 994-6803 Principal: Mr. Steve Edwards PTO President: Susan Wood

P UBLIC – H IGH Central (Magnet) 2155 Napier Avenue Macon, GA 31204 (478) 779-2300 Principal: Dr. Erin Weaver

Howard High 6600 Forsyth Road Macon, GA 31210 (478) 779-4850 Principal: Ms. Karen Yarbrough


Hutchings Career Center

1210 Shurling Drive Macon, GA 31211 (478) 779-2200 Principal: Robert Stevenson

2011 Riverside Drive Macon, GA 31204 (478) 779-2550 Principal: Mr. Ron McCall

Banks Stevens

Jones County High

66 Thornton Road

339 Railroad Street

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P UBLIC – H IGH , CONT’D Gray, Georgia 31032 (478) 986-5444 Principal: Mr. Chuck Gibson

Mary Persons

Mount de Sales Academy 851 Orange Street Macon, GA 31201 (478) 751-3240 President: Ms. Kathleen R. Prebble Parents Associaon President: Sara Morgan

Progressive Christian Academy

Northeast 1646 Upper River Road Macon, GA 31211 (478) 779-4100 Principal: Dr. Sam Scavella

Westside 2851 Heath Road Macon, GA 31206 (478) 779-3800 Principal: Ms. Laura Perkins

P RIVATE Covenant Academy, Inc. 4652 Ayers Road Macon, GA 31210 (478) 471-0285 Acng Headmaster: Todd Whetsel

First Presbyterian Day School 5671 Calvin Drive Macon, GA 31210 (478) 477-6505 Headmaster: Mr. Gregg Thompson Viking Involved Parent President: Elaine Wright

Middle Georgia Christian School 5859 Thomaston Road Macon, GA 31220 (478) 757-9585 Director: Mr. Stan Frank PTFA President: Walter Calhoun 433 Highway 41 South Forsyth, GA 31029 (478) 994-5986 Headmaster: Ms. Martha Krepps

Montessori of Macon 436 Forest Hill Road Macon, GA 31210 (478) 757-8927 Principal: Ms. Tanya Melville

151 Madison Street Macon, GA 31201 (478) 742-3134 Principal: Dr. Bey J. Tolbert hp:// homepage.htm

St. Joseph’s Catholic School



Principal: Ms. Ruth Ann Fillman Home/School Co-Presidents: Tracy Reab and Anna Marie Davis

Windsor Academy 4150 Jones Road Macon, GA 31216 (478) 781-1621 Headmaster: Mr. John Cranford PTA President: Angela Hardy

Woodfield Academy 4375 Rivoli Drive Macon, GA 31210 (478) 477-9844 Headmaster: Becky Sessions

905 High Street Macon, GA 31201 (478) 742-0636 Principal: Dr. Kaye Hlavaty School Board President: Steve Dillard Home/School Associaon CoPresidents: Laurie Gregory and Michelle Mayhue

Walk directly to your designated school bus stop when you leave home in the morning and walk directly to your home in the afternoon when you are dropped off at your school bus stop.

St. Peter Claver Catholic School

Walk the route with the fewest streets to cross from your home to the school bus stop.

133 Ward Street Macon, GA 31204 (478) 743-3985 Principal: Ms. Ellen Marie Hagar PTO President: Verda Colvin

Stratford Academy 6010 Peake Road Macon, GA 31220 (478) 477-8073 Head of School: Dr. Robert Veto Straord Interested Parents President: Erin Bickley

Tattnall Square Academy 111 Trojan Trail Macon, GA 31210 (478) 477-6760 Headmaster: Mr. Barney Hester Trojan Legion President: Michael Knapp

Wimbish Adventist School 640 Wimbish Road Macon, GA 31210 (478) 477-4600 Around Town - North Macon

Student Safety Tips

Cross the street at street corners or at designated cross walks. Watch for vehicles approaching or making turns before you cross a street. Never cross the street between parked vehicles. Never accept a ride from a stranger. Face traffic when walking to a bus stop on a road without a sidewalk. Always cross in front of the bus and NEVER behind the school bus. Use extra caution at a bus stop before the sunrise by wearing reflective clothing. Leave home early enough so you arrive at the bus stop at least five minutes before the school bus is scheduled to arrive.


Monroe Academy

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300 Montpelier Avenue Forsyth, GA 31029 (478) 994-2812 Principal: Mr. Jim Finch


Stand in line facing traffic so you can see the school bus approaching the bus stop. Tips provided courtesy of Bibb County School District.


Resources WORSHIP OF


AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL Saint Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church 2501 Shurling Drive Macon, GA 31211 (478) 745-0507 Sunday Worship: 9:30 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Ronald L. Slaughter

BAPTIST First Bapst Church of Christ 511 High Place Macon, GA 31210 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Pastor: Dr. Bob Setzer, Jr. www. Highland Hills Bapst Church 1370 Briarcliff Road Macon, GA 31211 (478) 746-4846 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Pastor: Jim Dant Ingleside Bapst Church 834 Wimbish Road Macon, GA 31210 (478) 477-7251 Sunday Services: 9:30 and 11 a.m. Pastor: Dr. Timothy A. McCoy Lakeview Bapst Church 7065 Mosely DixonRoad Macon, GA 31210 (478) 474-8868 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Pastor: Rev. Mark Grinstead Mabel White Memorial Bapst Church 1415 Bass Road Macon, GA 31210 (478) 474-7577 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Sunday Bible Study: 9:15 a.m. Mount Zion Bapst Church 7015 Rivoli Road Macon, GA 31210 (478) 994-0838 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Sunday Bible Study: 9:15 a.m. New Heights Bapst Church 158 Lamar Road




Macon, GA 31220 (478) 757-2240 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Pastor: Mark S. Johnson

Interim Pastor: Rev. Steve Johnson

Pine Forest Bapst Church 1848 Tucker Road Macon, GA 31220 (478) 788-3883 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday Bible Study: 9:45 a.m. Pastor: Dr. Norm Yukers

All Saints' Anglican Church 1694 Wesleyan Drive Macon, GA 31210 (478) 405-9111 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. Email:

Tabernacle Bapst Church 6611 Zebulon Road Macon, GA 31220 (478) 476-3507 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Sunday School: 8:45 a.m. Pastor: Dr. David Hunter Tanall Square Bapst Church 4925 Zebulon Road Macon, GA 31210 (478) 477-4587 Sunday Service: 10:45 a.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Interim Pastor: Max Paerson Vineville Bapst Church 2591 Vineville Avenue Macon, GA 31204 (478) 743-9366 Sunday Services: 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday Bible Study: 9:35 a.m. Pastor: Dr. Bill Hardee Vineville North Bapst Church 5915 Zebulon Road Macon, GA 31210 (478) 476-1971 Sunday Services: 9 and 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Kevin Mills Wesleyan Drive Bapst Church 939 Wesleyan Drive Macon, GA 31210 (478) 477-2510 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Tommy Jones West Highland Bapst Church 4505 Mercer University Drive Macon, GA 31210 (478) 474-0600 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. April 2009


CATHOLIC Saint Joseph Catholic Church 830 Poplar Street Macon, GA 31201 (478) 745-1631 Sunday Masses: 7:45 and 9:30 a.m., 12:10 and 5 p.m. Pastor: Father Allan J. McDonald Saint Peter Claver Catholic Church 131 Ward Street Macon, GA 31204 (478) 743-1454 Sunday Masses: 9 and 11:15 a.m. Pastor: Father Adam Kasela

CHURCH OF CHRIST Forest Hills Church of Christ 800 Forest Hill Road Macon, GA 31210 (478) 474-2233 Sunday Service: 9:30, 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Minister: Bob Myhan North Macon Church of Christ 1190 Bass Road Macon, GA 31210 (478) 471-0901 Sunday Bible Study: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

DISCIPLES OF CHRIST First Chrisan Church 2306 Vineville Avenue Macon, Georgia 31204 (478) 742-2522 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Pastor: John B. Carroll

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Saint Francis Episcopal Church 432 Forest Hill Road Macon, GA 31210 (478) 477-4616 Sunday Eucharists: 8, 8:45, and 11 a.m. Sunday School: 10 a.m. Pastor: Dan Edwards Saint James Episcopal Church 1080 Courtland Avenue Macon, GA 31204 (478) 745-5146 Sunday Eucharist: 10 a.m. Rector: Rev. Carl Buice Saint Paul Episcopal Church 753 College Street Macon, GA 31201 (478) 743-4623 Rector: Camille Hegg

Temple Beth Israel 892 Cherry Street Macon, GA 31201 (478) 745-6727 Friday Service: 6:30 p.m. Rabbi: Laurence Schlesinger

LUTHERAN Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity – LCMS 1899 Tucker Road Macon, GA 31220 (478) 474-8393 Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. Bible Classes: 9:45 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Karl K. Schmidt Lutheran Church of the Redeemer – ELCA 390 Pierce Avenue Macon, GA 31204 (478)742-4281 Sunday Services: 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Educaon Hour for all ages: 9:15 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Jim Braswell

GREEK ORTHODOX METHODIST Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church 859 First Street Macon, GA 31201 (478) 621-0744 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Priest: Fr. Julian Damian


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Mulberry Street United Methodist Church 719 Mulberry Street Macon, GA 31201 (478) 745-8601 Sunday Worship: 9 and 11:00 a.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Tommy Marn Park Memorial United Methodist Church 5290 Arkwright Road Macon, GA 31210 (478) 477-3740 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Pastor: Cecil Hazen

Centenary Church 1290 College St. Macon, GA 31201 (478) 742-8926 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Sunday School: 10 a.m. Pastor: Dr. Tim Bagwell

Riverside United Methodist Church 735 Pierce Avenue Macon, GA 31204 (478) 746-9688 Sunday Services: 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Stephen A. Waldorf

Doles United Methodist Church 6258 Thomaston Rd. Macon, GA. 31220 (478) 477-6097 Worship Service: 10:30am Pastor: Rev. Alan Fennell

Vineville United Methodist Church 2045 Vineville Avenue Macon, GA 31204 (478) 745-3331 Sunday Services: 9, 8:45, and 11 a.m. Pastor: Dr. Marcus Tripp

Forest Hills United Methodist Church 1217 Forest Hill Road Macon, GA 31210 (478) 477-1161 Sunday Services: 8:30, 9:30 and 10:55 a.m. Pastor: Shane Green Ingleside United Methodist Church 3187 Ridge Avenue Macon, GA 31204 (478) 477-7927

NON-DENOMINATIONAL Church of the Wildwood 701 Greentree Pkwy. Macon, GA 31220 (478) 474-4842 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Sunday Bible Class: 10 a.m. Pastor: Paul J. Dziadul Sr. CONTINUED ON PAGE

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Congregaon Sha’arey Israel 611 First Street Macon, GA 31201 (478) 745-4571 Friday Service: 6:15 p.m. Saturday Service: 9:30 a.m. Rabbi: Rachel Bat-Or

Martha Bowman Memorial United Methodist Church 500 Bass Road Macon, GA 31210 (478) 477-1901 Sunday Services: 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday Contemporary: 9:30 and 11 a.m. Pastor: Bob Moon



Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Deborah W. Holt


Northside Chrisan Church 5024 Northside Drive Macon, GA 31210 (478) 477-6539 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Pastor: Rich DeWees



Christ Episcopal Church 582 Walnut Street Macon, GA 31201 (478)745-0427 Sunday Eucharists: 8 and 11 a.m. Sunday Children’s Service: 9 a.m.


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NON-DENOMINATIONAL, CONT’D Emmanuel Church 621 Foster Road Macon, GA 31210 (478) 474-4898 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Rob Farr Living Water Fellowship 6120 Thomaston Road Macon, GA 31220 (478) 477-9419 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. E-Mail: Pastor: Steven Scarborough Moral Compass Ministries 2901 Joycliff Rd Macon, GA 31211 (478) 345-0062 Sunday School: 9 am Sunday Service: 10:15 am Pastor: Larry B. Johnson New City Church Meeng at Cox Capitol Theater 382 Second Street Macon, GA 31201 (478) 957-9260 Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Keith Watson Rhema Internaonal Ministries, Inc. 107 Highway 49, Suite C Macon, GA 31211 (478) 841-2915 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Sunday School: 9 a.m. Thursday Bible Teaching: 7 p.m. CEO/Founder: Dr. Irene and Chief Elder Lamar Belle Senior Pastors: Curs and LaWanda Carswell

Piedmont Church Meeng at Straord Academy 6010 Peake Road Macon, GA 31210 (478) 955-3367 Sunday Services: 9:15 and 10:45 a.m. Lead Pastor: Jerry Dingmore

ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN Saint Innocent Orthodox Church 7301 Rivoli Road Macon, GA 31210 (478) 994-1648 Sunday Divine Liturgy: 10 a.m. Pastor: Father Chris Williamson

PENTECOSTAL Word Aflame Tabernacle 1780 Tucker Rd. Macon, GA 31220 (478) 477-5747 Sunday Services: 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Pastor: Pastor Marcantel

PRESBYTERIAN First Presbyterian Church 682 Mulberry Street Macon, GA 31201 (478) 746-3223 Sunday Services: 9 and 11:15 a.m. Sunday School: 10:10 a.m. Pastor: George W. “Chip” Miller Grace Community Church 1090 Washington Avenue Macon, GA 31201 (478) 757-6577 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Bob Veazey North Macon Presbyterian Church 5707 Rivoli Drive Macon, GA 31210 (478) 477-7777 Sunday Service: 10:45 a.m. Pastor: Peter M. Dietsch Northminster Presbyterian Church 565 Wimbish Road Macon, GA 31210 (478) 477-6646 Sunday Services: 8:45 and 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Pastor: Dr. Jarred Hammet Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church 501 Bass Road Macon, GA 31210 (478) 474-4451 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Pastor: Rev. John Napoli III hp:// Vineville Presbyterian Church 2193 Vineville Avenue Macon, GA 31204 (478) 742-7379 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Pastor: David C. Jordan Washington Avenue Presbyterian Church 939 Washington Avenue Macon, GA 31201 (478) 743-3345 April 2009

PRESBYTERIAN, CONT’D Sunday Services: 11:00 a.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Pastor: Rev. P. Henderson Lile Zion Presbyterian Church 2131 Vineville Avenue Macon, GA 31204 (478) 390-0053 Sunday Services: 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Pastor: Rev. Jess Stanfield

PROTESTANT Macon Wesleyan Church 2171 Forest Hill Road Macon, GA 31210 (478) 471-9038 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Pastor: Mark A. Atkinson St. Andrew Chrisan Church 6220 Thomaston Road Macon, GA 31220 (478) 757-1810 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Sunday School: 10 a.m.

REFORMED AND EVANGELICAL Redeemer Bapst Church Meeng at Covenant Academy 4652 Ayers Road Macon, GA 31210 (478) 718-8343 Sunday Services: 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Pastor: Eric Freel

SEVENTH-DAY ADENTIST Wimbish Road Seventh-day Adenst Church 640 Wimbish Rd Macon, GA 31210 (478) 477-4300 Sabbath School: 9:15 a.m. Divine Worship: 11 a.m. Pastor: Maurice Wi

UNITARIAN High Street Unitarian Universalist Church 1085 High Street Macon, GA 31201 (478) 741-1714 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. Minister: Rev. Rhe Baird Around Town - North Macon


Chamber of Commerce Driving force for business and economic development in Central Georgia. 305 Coliseum Dr., Macon, GA 31201 P.O. Box 169, Macon, GA 31202 (478) 621-2000

Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Georgia Enables all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potenal as producve, caring, and responsible cizens. 277 Marn Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Macon, GA 31201 (478) 743-4153

CIVIC & NON-PROFIT, CONT’D Georgia District Office of Kiwanis Internaonal, Inc. — Macon Division 9 182 Riley Ave., Macon, GA 31204 Meeng: Tuesday, 12 p.m. Contact: Alexia Lieber (478) 474-6169

Boy Scouts of America, Central GA Council 4335 Confederate Way Macon, GA 31217 (478) 743-9386

Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia Builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a beer place. 6869 Columbus Rd., Lizella, GA 31052 (478) 935-2221

Community Partnership Facilitates broad-based collaboraon among business and community leaders, service providers, and community residents to improve the well-being of children and families. 116 Pierce Ave., Macon, GA 31204 (478) 464-3020

Golden Opportunies Provides programs and services to keep adults 55 and older informed and involved. Wellness Center, 3797 Northside Dr. Macon, GA 31210 (478) 757-7817

100 Black Men of Macon Improving the lives of the community’s youth through mentorship, educaon, and support. 1680 Broadway Str. Macon, GA 31201 (478) 744-9820

Consumer Credit Counseling Service — Macon Helps idenfy soluons to creditor calls, garnishments, or bankruptcy. 277 Marn Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Ste. 202 Macon, GA 31201 (478) 745-6197

4-H and Youth — Macon 736 Riverside Dr., Macon GA 31201 (478) 751-6338

Downtown Macon Lions Club Support to Bibb and surrounding counes through primary mission of iniaves and fund raising efforts to enhance the quality of life for the blind and visually impaired. Vineville United Methodist Church 2045 Vineville Avenue, Macon, GA 31204 Meeng: Thursday, 12 p.m. (478) 745-1299

Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia Builds lives, families, and communies one job at a me by helping people discover and develop their God-given gis through work and career development services. 5171 Eisenhower Parkway Macon, GA 31206 (478) 475-9995

Cooperave Extension Service 736 Riverside Dr., Macon, GA 31201 (478) 751-6338 Economic and Community Development Department 439 Coon Ave., Macon, GA 31201 (478) 751-7190


American Cancer Society Naonwide community-based voluntary health organizaon dedicated to eliminang cancer , prevenng cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, educaon, advocacy, and service. 804 Cherry St., Macon, GA 31201 (478) 743-6391,

Big Brothers Big Sisters Volunteers are matched with children and serve as friends, mentors, and role models. 193 Pierce Ave., Macon, GA 31204 (478) 745-3984

Educaon First Works to deliver results in the area of public relaons, preparing children to learn, and ensuring quality teaching and leadership in public schools. 577 Mulberry St., Macon, GA 31201 (478) 743-0000

American Heart Associaon 3312 Northside Drive, Ste. 140-A Macon, GA 31210 (478) 405-3200

Jay's HOPE Foundaon Improves the quality of life of children with cancer and extends hope to families through educaonal, spiritual, emoonal, financial, and social support. 1157B Forsyth Street Macon, GA 31201 (478) 238-6360 Junior League of Macon Promotes volunteerism, develops the potenal of women, and improves the community through the effecve acon and leadership of trained volunteers. 2055 Vineville Avenue Macon, GA 31204 (478) 743-0847 CONTINUED ON PAGE

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American Legion and Auxiliary P.O. Box 6523, Macon, GA 31208 (478) 474-7799

Exchange Club of Macon Exchange is business and professional men and women meeng together and working together to make our naon a beer place. Meeng: Thursdays, 11:45 a.m. Monument Room at the Centreplex 200 Coliseum Drive, Macon, GA (478) 477-0003 Contact: Gary Hinebaugh, Secretary

In STEP With Singles, Inc. An inter-denominaonal single adult ministry whose mission is to minister to the spiritual and emoonal needs of singles adults of all ages in the Middle Georgia area. P. O. Box 26245, Macon, GA 31221 (478) 747-6663


Beer Business Bureau of Central Georgia, Inc. 277 Marn Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Suite 102, Macon, GA 31201 (478) 742-7999


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CIVIC & NON-PROFIT Kiwanis Club of Macon A global organizaon of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a me. Mulberry United Methodist Church 719 Mulberry St., Macon, GA 31201 Meeng: Tuesday, 12 p.m. Contact: Jim Tessmer (478) 972-4195 Kiwanis Club of North Macon 3914 River Place Dr., Macon, GA 31210 Wager’s Grill Meeng: Wednesday, 12 p.m. Contact: Alexia Lieber (478) 474-6169 Macon Area Habitat for Humanity Makes the dream of owning a simple, decent, and affordable house a reality. 3225-A Rice Mill Rd., Macon, GA 31206 (478) 784-6800, Macon Outreach 267 First St., Macon, GA 31210 (478) 743-8026, Client line Macon Volunteer Clinic Provides the medically underserved with excellent healthcare. 376 Rogers Ave., Macon, GA 31204 (478) 755-1110 Meals on Wheels of Macon and Bibb County, Inc. 1212 Gray Hwy., Macon, GA 31211 (478) 745-9140 Pilot Club of Macon The mission of Pilot Internaonal is to improve the quality of life in communies throughout the world. Meeng: First Tuesdays at 6 p.m. 102 Preston Ct., Macon GA 31210 (478) 741-5123, Ronald McDonald House of Central Georgia Provides a place for families to stay when their child is in a hospital far from home. 1160 Forsyth St., Macon, GA 31201 (478) 746-4090, Rotary Club – Downtown Meeng: Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. Macon Centreplex 200 Coliseum Dr., Macon 31217 Rotary Club – Macon Meeng: Mondays at 1 p.m. First Presbyterian Church 682 Mulberry St., Macon 31201 Rotary Club – Uptown Meeng: Thursdays at 12 p.m.


CIVIC & NON-PROFIT, CONT’D Idle Hour Country Club 5171 Eisenhower Pkwy., Macon 31206 Save a Pet Rescues animals from the county pound and places them into foster homes unl a permanent home is located. P.O Box 408, Bolingbroke, GA 31004 (478) 808-9472, Salvaon Army 1925 Broadway St., Macon, GA 31206 (478) 746-8572 United Way of Central Georgia 277 Marn Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Suite 301, Macon, GA 31201 (478) 745-4732,

C LUBS Career Women’s Network of Macon Brings together women of achievement and influence to network ideas and to solidify effecve relaonships. Meeng: 11:30 a.m. First Tuesday of the month Ramada Plaza 108 First Street, Macon 31201 Cost: $10 Reservaons 808-8281 Central Georgia Adversing Federaon Provides and promotes a beer understanding of the funcons of adversing and its values. P.O. Box 586, Macon, GA 31202 (478) 475-8555 Macon Professional Women’s Sertoma Club Provides service to mankind by communicaon of thoughts, ideas, and concepts to accelerate human progress in health, educaon, freedom, and democracy. Meengs: 12 p.m., first and third Wednesday of each month. P.O. Box 1961, Macon, GA 31202 (478) 471-6900 E-mail: Macon Soccer Club Promotes the growth of soccer by providing high quality soccer programs for all ages and ability levels. 4510 Raley Rd., Macon, GA 31206 (478) 471-6443, Macon Tennis Associaon John Drew Smith Tennis Center 3280 N. Ingle Pl., Macon, GA 31210 (478) 477-1957, Macon Tracks Running Club P.O. Box 18175, Macon, GA 31209 (478) 471-7721, April 2009

C LUBS , CONT’D Macon Waves Swim Club P.O. Box 7942, Macon GA, 31209 (478) 746-6186 MOMS Club of Macon Moms Offering Moms Support is a nonprofit organizaon for at-home mothers. Middle Georgia Camera Club Promotes interest in photography. Meengs: 7:30 p.m., first and third Thursday of each month. Locaon: Northminster Presbyterian Church, 565 Wimbish Rd., Macon (478) 971-3357, hp:// Middle Georgia Woodworkers Associaon Beer your woodworking skills and get involved in community projects. Meengs: 2nd Tuesdays, 7 p.m. Gymnasium of Vineville Bapst Church Phil Hill, (478) 993-5551 Swim Macon Aquacs Club Provides private and group swim lessons, summer leagues, masters program, and compeve swim team. 5097 Northside Dr., Macon, GA 31210 (478) 474-9689

E CONOMIC D EVELOPMENT Historic Macon Foundaon Educates the greater Macon community about its history and historic preservaon; preserves and restores historic buildings and neighborhoods. 1083 Washington Ave., Macon, GA 31201 (478) 742-5084 Macon-Bibb County Economic Opportunity Council 653 Second St., Macon, GA 31201 (478) 738-3240 Macon-Bibb County Health Dept. Protects the health of people and their environment. 171 Emery Hwy., Macon, GA 31217 (478) 745-0411 Middle Georgia Regional Development Center 175-C Emery Hwy., Macon, GA 31217 (478) 751-6160, NewTown Macon 479 Cherry St., Macon, GA 31201 (478) 722-9909 Rebuilding Macon. Inc. Rehabilitates homes of low-income homeowners, parcularly the elderly Around Town - North Macon

E CONOMIC D EVELOPMENT , CONT’D and the disabled, so that they may connue independence.

R ECREATION & C ULTURE , CONT’D Central City Park P.O. Box 247, Macon, GA 31298 (478) 751-9280

R ECREATION & C ULTURE (478) 744-9808 UGA Business Outreach Services 200 Marn Luther King Jr. Blvd. E. Macon, GA 31201 (478) 751-6592 Cherry Blossom Fesval 794 Cherry St., Macon, GA 31201 (478) 751-7429 Cannonball House 856 Mulberry St., Macon, GA 31201 (478) 745-5982, Tours Cox Capitol Theatre Public facility for movies, concerts, and special events. 382 Second St., Macon, GA 31201 (478) 257-6391

Macon Film Guild Screens recently released, award winning, and crically recognized works by contemporary independent American or foreign directors; films typically not available to a Middle GA audience. Locaon: Douglass Theater 55 Marn Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Macon (478) 742-2000 Macon Film and Video Fesval Cox Capitol Theatre, 382 Second St. Macon, GA 31201 Macon Lile Theatre 4220 Forsyth Rd., Macon, GA 31210 (478) 477-3342 Middle Georgia Art Associaon 2330 Ingleside Ave., Macon, GA 31204 (478) 744-9557



Speaks for the best interests of abused and neglected children involved in the juvenile courts; promotes and supports quality volunteer representaon for children to provide each child a safe, permanent, and nurturing home. 640 Plum St., Macon, GA 31201 (478) 238-6318 Crisis Line & Safe House of Central Georgia Provides 24-hour hotline, safe shelter, and support services for domesc violence and rape crisis. 277 Marn Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Macon, GA 31201 (478) 745-9292 Crossroads Counseling Center 500 Bass Rd., Macon, GA 31210 (478) 475-4608 Macon Rescue Mission, Inc. 774 Hazel St., Macon, GA 31201 (478) 743-5445 ADOPTION/ FOSTER CARE

Douglass Theatre 355 Marn Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Macon, GA 31201 (478) 742-2000

MidSummer Macon 4760 Forsyth Rd., Macon, GA 31210 (478) 757-5174

Covenant Care of Macon 3950 Ridge Ave., Macon, GA 31210 (478) 475-4990

Federated Garden Clubs of Macon 730 College St., Macon, GA 31201 (478) 742-0921

Museum of Arts and Sciences 4182 Forsyth Rd., Macon, GA 31210 (478) 477-3232,

DFACS — Bibb County 456 Oglethorpe St., Macon, GA 31201 (478) 751-6051

Georgia Music Hall of Fame 200 Marn Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Macon, GA 31202 (478) 750-8555

Ocmulgee Naonal Monument 1207 Emery Hwy., Macon, GA 31217 (478) 752-8257,

Georgia Industrial Children's Home 4690 North Mumford Road Macon, GA 31210 (478) 474-8220

Grand Opera House 651 Mulberry St., Macon, GA 31201 (478) 301-5470 Hay House 934 Georgia Ave, Macon, GA 31201 (478) 742-8155,

Sidney Lanier Coage 935 High St., Macon, GA 31201 (478) 745-3132 Theatre Macon 438 Cherry St., Macon, GA 31201


Macon Arts 486 First St., Macon, GA 31201 (478) 743-6940

Tubman African-American Museum 340 Walnut St., Macon, GA 31201 (478) 743-8544 ABUSE AND BATTERY

Macon-Bibb County Convenon and Visitors Bureau 200 Cherry St., Macon, GA 31201 (478) 743-3401 Macon-Bibb County Parks and Recreaon Department April 2009

Bibb Co. Public Schools, Social Services 484 Mulberry St., Macon, GA 31201 (478) 765-8607 Central Georgia CASA Around Town - North Macon

Methodist Home 304 Pierce Ave., Macon, GA 31203 (478) 751-2800 Prevent Child Abuse Heart of Georgia 640 Plum St., Suite 202 Macon, GA 31201 (478) 238-6349 ALCOHOL/DRUG/EATING TREATMENT CENTERS Alcoholics Anonymous St. Francis Episcopal Church 432 Forest Hill Rd., Macon, GA 31210 (478) 746-6652


The Impulse Card — NewTown Macon 479 Cherry St., Macon, GA 31201 (478) 722-9909

Hephzibah Children's Home 6601 Zebulon Rd., Macon, GA 31220 (478) 477-3383


3864 Lake St., Macon, GA 31204



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Coliseum Psychiatric Center 340 Hospital Dr., Macon, GA 31217 (478) 741-1355

Source Care Management 1760 Bass Rd., Suite 203, Macon, GA 31210 (478) 471-0782

Family Behavioral Care of Central GA 135 N. Crest Blvd., Macon, GA 31210 (478) 474-4321


CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT Child Support Enforcement 2720 Riverside Dr., Macon, GA 31209 (478) 752-1500 CRISIS HOTLINES First Steps Bibb County Niki Robinson at (478) 633-7284 Save-A-Life Ministry 112 Pierce Ave., Macon, GA 31204 (478) 755-1343 Teen Parent Center 456 Bay St., Macon, GA 31201 (478) 751-4035 CHRONIC FATIGUE SUPPORT SERVICES CFS/CFIDS/FM Support Group Provides informaon and support to persons with Chronic Fague Syndrome (CFS) and Fibromyalgia (FM). Meeng: First Saturday of each month (except July), 1 p.m. Coliseum Medical Centers 5th floor classroom Macon, GA 31211 (478) 475-4908 DISABILITY SUPPORT SERVICES ARC of Macon Works to improve the quality of life of individuals with developmental disabilies. 4664 Sheraton Dr., Macon, GA 31210 (478) 477-7764 Disability Connecons 170 College St., Macon, GA 31201 (478) 741-1425, Ext. 101 Healing Center Foundaon for Children with Disabilies 7440 Thomaston Rd., Macon, GA 31220 (478) 757-1338

Breast Cancer Support Group for Young Survivors Children of these young survivors meet for their support group called Beach Buddies. Though women and children meet separately, meeting times and dates are the same. Forest Hills United Methodist Church, 1217 Forest Hill Rd. Macon, GA 31210 Contact: Laura Paxton (478) 718-4123 HOPE FLOATS MS Support Group Pinegate Retirement Center 300 Charter Blvd., Macon 31210 Meeting: 6:30 p.m. Contact: Marty Beliveau (478) 742-9011 EMERGENCY RELIEF SERVICES American Red Cross 195 Holt Ave., Macon, GA 31201 (478) 743-8671 HOSPICE SERVICES United Hospice of Macon 2484 Ingleside Ave., Bluiding B Macon, GA 31204 (478) 745-9204 VistaCare 750 Baconsfield Dr., Suite 115 Macon, GA 31211 (478) 750-9777 hp:// LUPUS SUPPORT SERVICES Lupus Support Group Meeng Lupus paents or anyone interested in learning more about the illness. Peyton Anderson Health Educaon Center 877 Hemlock Street Meeng: Every 2nd Saturday, 12:30 p.m. Contact: Nikkii Hatcher (478) 238-6862 PARENTING SERVICES Babies Can't Wait April 2009



2520 Riverside Dr., Macon, GA 31204 (478) 745-9200 Child Care Resource and Referral Agency of Central GA 277 Marn Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Suite 104, Macon, GA 31201 (478) 752-7800 Family Advancement Ministries Provides financial assistance, life skill programs, counseling, and baby supplies to expectant women and parents with preschool age children. 538 Orange St., Macon, GA 31201 (478) 746-9803 570 High Pl., Macon, GA 31201 (478) 745-7165 Family Counseling Center of Central Georgia Provide counseling to families. 277 Marn Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Suite 203, Macon, GA 31201 (478) 745-2811 Georgia Stepping Stones Maximizes individual potenal throughout life’s stages. 2940 Riverside Dr., Suite 99 Macon, GA 31204 (478) 474-8552 Medcen Community Health Foundaon P.O. Box 6000, Hospital Box 78 Macon, GA 31208 (478) 633-6182 Nana's Creaon & Youth Services Provides the following services to youth and their families: parenng, early intervenon, home evaluaons, family assessments, crisis intervenon, visitaon supervision, case management, anger management, and conflict resoluon. 3014 Gray Hwy, Suite 7 Macon, GA 31211 Quality Care for Children An all-in-one resource for and about child and school-age care. 277 Marn Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Macon, GA 31201 (478) 752-7800 Around Town - North Macon

U.S. G OVERNMENT President (4-year term expires 1/13) Barack Obama (D)

Vice President (4-year term expires 1/13) Joe Biden (D) The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20500 Telephone: (202) 456-1414 Fax: (202) 456-2461

Senators (6-year terms)

Macon Office: 300 Mulberry St., Suite 502 Macon, GA 31201 Telephone: (478) 741-1417 Johnny Isakson (R) (term expires 1/11) U.S. Senate 120 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 Telephone: (202) 224-3643 Fax: (202) 228-0724 Atlanta Office: Telephone: (770) 661-0999 Fax: (770) 661-0768

Representative (2-year term) Jim Marshall (D) (term expires 1/11) 8th District 504 Cannon House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 Telephone: (202) 225-6531 Fax: (202) 225-3013 Macon Office: 682 Cherry St., Macon, GA 31201 Telephone: (478) 464-0255 Fax: (478) 464-0277

S TATE G OVERNMENT Governor Sonny Perdue (R) (term expires 1/11) State Capitol Atlanta, GA 30334 Telephone: (404) 656-1776

Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle (R) (term expires 1/11) State Capitol Atlanta, GA 30334 Telephone: (404) 656-5030

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Tommy Day Wilcox, Senior Judge Telephone: (478) 751-4139

BIBB COUNTY OFFICIALS: Bibb County Courthouse P.O. Box 4708 Macon, GA 31208 Telephone: (478) 749-6400

Howard Simms (12/12), District Attorney Telephone: (478) 621-6427 Dianne Brannen (12/12), Clerk Telephone: (478) 621-6527

Commissioners: (4-year term expires 12/12) Meet 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Telephone: (478) 621-6345

STATE COURT 4YEAR TERM : J. Taylor Phillips, Senior Judge Telephone: (478) 621-6676

Samuel F. Hart, Sr. (D) – Chairman Lonzy Edwards (D) – District 1 Bert Bivins (D) – District 2 Elmo Richardson (R) – District 3 Joe Allen (D) – District 4 Shelia Thurmond – Clerk of Board

William P. Adams (12/10), Judge Telephone: (478) 621-6676 Otis Scarbary (12/12), Solicitor-General Telephone: (478) 621-6572

Other Elected Officials: Leon Jones, Coroner Telephone: (478) 621-6314

Greg Guest, Chief Probation Officer Telephone: (478) 621-6330

Jerry Modena, Sheriff Telephone: (478) 746-9441

Donna Scarbary, Clerk Telephone: (478) 621-6676

Thomas W. Tedders, Tax Commissioner Telephone: (478) 621-6300


Appointed Officials:

William C. Randall (12/10), Judge Telephone: (478) 621-6338

Steve H. Layson, Chief Admin. Officer Virgil Adams, Attorney Sam Kitchens, Dir. Bldgs. & Prop Tony Rousey, Computer Center Dir. Deborah Martin, Finance Dir. Tommy Brown, Human Resources Dir. Doug Furney, Tobesofkee Dir. Barry Smallwood, Purchasing Agent Ken Sheets, Engineer

Cedric T. Leslie, Associate Judge Telephone: (478) 621-6505 William Shurling, Associate Judge Telephone: (478) 621-6505 Tommy Alston, Sheriff Telephone: (478) 621-6468

CITY OF MACON OFFICIALS: City Hall P.O. Box 247 Macon, GA 31202

Mayor (4-year term)

Phyllis Willis, Clerk Telephone: (478) 621-6495

PROBATE COURT 4YEAR TERM : Telephone: (478) 621-6494

Robert Reichert (D) (term expires 12/11) Telephone: (478) 751-7170

William J. Self, II (12/12), Chief Judge Sherri G. Lanford, Clerk

Bibb County Courts: Bibb County Courthouse 601 Mulberry St. Macon, GA 31201

JUVENILE COURT APPOINTED : Telephone: (478) 621-6448

SUPERIOR COURT: Martha Christian (12/12), Chief Judge Telephone: (478) 621-6620 S. Phillip Brown (12/12), Judge Telephone: (478) 621-6328 Ed Ennis (12/10), Judge Telephone: (478) 621-6575 Tilman E. “Tripp” Self, III (12/10), Judge Telephone: (478) 621-6545 Lamar W. Sizemore, Jr. (12/10), Judge Telephone: (478) 621-6535 George B. Culpepper, III, Senior Judge Telephone: (478) 621-6575

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Saxby Chambliss (R) (term expires 1/15) U.S. Senate 416 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 Telephone: (202) 224-3521 Fax: (202) 224-01030

C. Cloud Morgan, Senior Judge Telephone: (478) 621-6341



Thomas J. Matthews, Chief Judge Othniel W. McGehee, Senior Judge Quintress J. Gilbert, Judge Stephen Pace, Clerk

CITY OF MACON MUNICIPAL COURT APPOINTED : City Hall Macon, GA 31298 Telephone: (478) 751-7154 Robert Faulkner, Chief Judge Robert Herndon, Judge Kay Gerhardt, Judge Althea Buafo, Judge Bryan Tiller, Judge Reza Sedghi, Judge John Pattan, Dir. Macon Municipal Court






(478) 621-2000



Business Licenses City Council Clerk's Office Commissioners Compliance Office Courthouse Court (Juvenile) Court (Municipal) Court (Probate) Court (State) Court (Superior) District Attorney Economic & Community Development Elections Emergency Management Agency Engineering Office (Planning & Zoning) Engineering (Traffic) Extension Office Human Resources Information & Technology Inspection & Fees (Permits) Jury Duty Call-In Phone (Superior Court) License Plates/Tags (Courthouse) License Plates/Tags (Farmer’s Market) Parks & Recreation Police Department (Administration) Reports/Accidents Taxes (Assessor’s Office/Property Taxes) Vehicle Maintenance (City) Workforce Development

Macon Northside Hospital Medical Center of Central Georgia Medical Center East Medical Center North Medical Center Northwest



(478) 751-7500


(478) 749-6400 (478) 751-7260 (478) 751-7987 (478) 621-6500 (478) 751-7404 (478) 621-6345 (478) 621-6448 (478) 751-7154 (478) 621-6494 (478) 621-6676 (478) 621-6527 (478) 621-6427 (478) 751-7190 (478) 621-6622 (478) 751-7214 (478) 751-7180 (478) 464-5700 (478) 751-6338 (478) 751-2720 (478) 621-6348 (478) 751-7280 (478) 621-6000 (478) 621-6600 (478) 746-1589 (478) 751-9280 (478) 751-7505 (478) 621-5550 (478) 621-6701 (478) 751-9101 (478) 751-7333

(478) 751-9180


(478) 453-4718


(478) 745-0411

(478) 757-8200 (478) 633-1000 (478) 749-9200 (478) 474-5600 (478) 757-7865

24 H OUR H ELP L INES : Crime Stoppers Crisis Line & Safe House of Central GA Macon Rescue Mission Mid Georgia Ambulance Poison Control Center

(478) 742-2330 (478) 745-9292 (478) 743-5445 (478) 741-4141 (478) 633-1429

L IBRARIES : Riverside Branch Library Rocky Creek Branch Library Shurling Branch Library Washington Memorial Library West Bibb Branch Library


(478) 757-8900 (478) 744-0880 (478) 744-0875 (478) 744-0800 (478) 744-0818 (478) 474-1999

P ETS : Animal Control Humane Association of Georgia, Inc.


(478) 751-9200 (478) 745-4099 (800) 275-8777

See pages 44 & 45 for a Listing of Schools


(478) 746-9441


D RIVER ’ S L ICENSE (T UES . – S AT.)((478) 751-6031 F IRE D EPARTMENT

(478) 474 -1999

H OSPITALS : Children's Hospital (478) 633-8150 Coliseum Medical Center (478) 765-7000 Coliseum Psychiatric Center (478) 201-6500, (478) 741-1355 Central Georgia Rehab (478) 201-6500

AT&T Cox Communications Georgia Natural Gas Services Georgia Power Company Macon Water Authority Public Works City of Macon Administration Dispatch Landfill SCANA Energy Sanitation Streets Trash/Refuse/Waste Pick-Up (City) Trash/Refuse/Waste Pick-Up (County) Recycling

(888) 757-6500 (478) 784-8000 (888) 442-7489 (888) 660-5890 (478) 464-5600 (478) 751-9122 (478) 751-2789 (478) 751-9123 (478) 751-9296 (877) 467-2262 (478) 751-9125 (478) 751-9124 (478) 751-9123 (478) 746-7230 (478) 751-7959

These numbers are provided courtesy of Around Town North Macon, your community resource, (478) 474-1999. 54

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ADVERTISER INDEX Around Town magazine is brought to you compliments of the following advertisers.

Around Town magazine is a free publicaon that is provided to our community members as a service each month. It is mailed to homes and businesses for free and contains posive informaon about the community that is intended to bring our community members closer together. Around Town is a community-minded magazine with the purpose to beer our community through posive informaon. Banking/Financial Services Edward Jones MidSouth Federal Credit Union Robins Federal Credit Union Security Bank

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Clothing, Footwear & Jewelry Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia Run Fit Sports Sugarplum Tree

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Dentists/Orthodontics Dental Associates of Macon – Dr. Ash P. Walker Lisenby Orthodoncs – Dr. Clay Lisenby MaconSmiles – Dr. Sheila K. Shah

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Education Mount de Sales Academy Straord Academy

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Employment Services Randstad


Health, Beauty, and Fitness Body Evoluon – Mary Toole Mia’s Health Foods Medi-Thin The Laser Studio Yvonne’s Natural Market

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Archadeck Carpet Cure Olde Towne Shuers Pop-N-I Construcon Putzel’s Lighng Rhombus Stone Craers Shepherd Paving Tradions in Tile and Stone

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Atlanta Custom Candles 11 Bert Maxwell Furniture Inside Front Cover Big Peach Anques Inside Front Cover Carlton Interiors Inside Front Cover Carol’s Linens Inside Front Cover Carpet Salvage – Brandon O’Nan 35 Frames Etc. 33 FusionPoint 1 Isabel’s 35 Juicy Junk Inside Front Cover Lipson’s Fabrics 35 Macon Bedroom and Maress Outlet 56 Payne City Anques 35

Insurance Blue Cross Blue Shield – Tom Burns


Landscaping Riverfront Landscaping


Steve Schroeder Photography

Physicians and Medical Services Baker Hearing Aids Coliseum Professional Pharmacy NEXus Pain Center Phillips Chiropracc – Dr. Bailey Phillips Monroe County Hospital Urology Specialists of the South

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Real Estate

Home Interiors/Services


American Natural Resources


Recreational/Children/Hobbies Bird Watcher Supply Comany (The Bird Store) DKH Entertainment Grand Opera House Hephzibah Children’s Home (Summer Camps) Monkey Joe’s Tennis Coaching by Paul Tobin

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Restaurants/Food Services Fresh Air Bar-B-Que Giuseppi’s Pizza and Pasta Goodwill (Edgar’s) Marco Taki

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Services/Other Junior League’s Tour of Homes Habitat for Humanity


Home Improvement & Repair Advanced Integrated Systems (AIS)

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Testimonials of the Month With the economic condions the way they were before the holidays in 2008, we were bracing for the worse. We decided to cut back on our adversing and not do any print media – that is unl we were presented with a proposal from Around Town magazine – Warner Robins / Perry. We took a chance and went ahead with their recommendaons. We were impressed with the Around Town staff and their efforts in geng our message across to the public and we were completely surprised and very much pleased with the results. I have a long-term contract with Around Town magazine and I would certainly recommend their product for any business looking for an adversing impact. Sam Saerfield and Van Dempsey, Owners of Saerfield and Dempsey Jewelers We at Carlton Interiors have received great exposure in Macon, Houston County, and Middle Georgia as a direct result of our ads in Around Town magazines. Response from our ads far exceeded our expectaons. We have found that Around Town magazines are easily readable and beaufully formaed. Each month, informave arcles and interesng local people are featured in these magazines – a criteria that has proven to be successful. We, at Carlton Interiors are happy to parcipate in Around Town magazines. Joyce Carlton, Owner of Carlton Interiors April 2009

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