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Volunteer as a Family:

Strengthen the Family Bond and Practice Social Responsibilities

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If you’ve been feeling that your family is disconnected, consider volunteering together in the community.

28 <Enter> Today’s Digital Age:

Families Connecting through Technology

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Connecng with family and friends who are far away adds an inmate and memorable experience during the holidays.

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MyTown’s Hotspots for Family Time

A quick-list of places in Middle Georgia where families can enjoy quality me together.

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Holiday Time! Baking With The Kids

What beer way to create great, lasng memories than to bake with your kids?

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Put a Twist in Traditional Holiday Meals

New dishes, baked goods, and unique ingredients can give renewed interest to the tradional holiday menu.

36 – 37 Fall Photos from Readers

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Publisher Letter

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What’s on the Web Now?

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We Asked, You Facebooked

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Faces in Business: Q & A

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Faces in Middle Georgia

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Pathfinder of the Month

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Events in Middle Georgia

12 – 18

Announcements

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School News

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Contributing Writers

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Ann Smith Beth McKinnon Ashley Harrington Rob Pelissier Greer Hawkins Perry Slaughter Jolie Hardin Dr. Sheila Shah Mayor Reichert J. Andrew Lockwood Ivey Hall

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2nd Annual Light More Homes

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Q & A on the Life-Changing Experience of Adopting a Child

One year since publishing our original feature on adopon, we share with you the Gordon’s story.

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Declutter Your House for the Holidays

Tips that help you decluer and realize that less can be more!

54 – 55 Dare to Cook Different

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Taste of theTown

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Resources

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Schools Churches Services & Organizaons Elected & Appointed Officials Community Phone Numbers

Distribution List

Try new recipes with Shelli Attaway.

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from the Publisher As 2009 comes to a close and we prepare to celebrate the New Year, many of us will be gathering with friends and family to celebrate. This issue of MyTown Monthly magazine is dedicated to connecng with family and friends during the holidays (and beyond). One feature in parcular has my aenon this month: “Volunteer as a Family: Strengthen the Family Bond and Pracce Social Responsibilies.” Volunteering as a family is an acvity that can impact the community, develop a deep appreciaon for each other, and bring awareness to the gi of family. I venture to say that many of the things and beliefs we have taken for granted for so long have been especially challenged during this past year. We can see the situaons we as individuals, as a community, and as a naon are in as negave, and get sucked into the black hole of gloom and doom with feelings of loss, anxiety, and depression. Or instead, as I suggest all of us try to do, we can focus on the posives that we have in our personal lives, as well as in our collecve community. A man once told me in the elevator, “The way I see it, any day above ground is a good day.” Every day that we live, we each have a purpose. It’s our responsibility to seek out good and have faith that as we travel our paths (and travel together as a community), we are fulfilling our purposes. This isn’t to say that what we experience is going to be easy or fun, what we want or expect. Sll, these experiences will take us to the next levels in our lives. Appreciate the struggle, because I think somemes it’s in the struggle that values are clarified and life lessons are learned. If you find that you just can’t see any posives in your life, then I especially recommend volunteering with organizaons in Middle Georgia that serve people in our community who are relying on them to get to their next day, week, year... to their next level in life. You will quickly see how much you have to offer when you reach out to help someone else. When volunteering is done as a family, it strengthens your bond with each other, deepens appreciaon, and teaches children that not all gis in life come wrapped with a bow on top. Another feature that warrants special note this month is, <Enter> Today’s Digital Age: Families Connecng through

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Technology.” I menoned that struggle can clarify values and encourage life lessons to be learned; it also brings about innovaon. Think about it: Do you want to change something when it’s going along fine? I doubt it. But when the playing field changes, so do the games and their rules. Somemes change is fun, and other mes it’s revoluonary. Since 2007, how friends, family, and businesses communicate with each other has altered drascally. In fact, I think the past year will go down in history as the year of the social revoluon. From Facebook to cell phone apps, the rules on how families stay connected with each other no longer have to involve trips across the country, but rather a click of the mouse or touch on the cell phone to instant video, live chat, and more. Nothing replaces in-person interacon, but when that isn’t possible, our naon’s social revoluon makes connecng with each other a whole lot easier! Here are a few quesons that I have pondered, and I wonder what you think: Has the naon’s current economic situaon served as a catalyst for the exponenal interest and growth of social media? If so, do you think our naon’s interest in social media has spurred innovaon and manufacturing/release of new products? What long-term impact will our current innovaons have on our global naon? Do you think we would have achieved a social revoluon without the recent recession? Become a fan on our Facebook page, and tell us what you think! I can’t end this leer without giving a big thank you to our readers and adversers! You were so paent during our rebranding and your feedback from the new magazine has been tremendously posive. Your notes affirmed that my decision to rebrand the magazine was a good one, and I look forward to where our journey will take us in 2010!

Jennifer Bucholtz

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Recently, I travelled to Forsyth’s gorgeous historic downtown to dine at Jonah’s on Johnston, a local pizzeria serving calzones, specialty pizzas, and desserts. I had only heard of it before, but it had been highly recommend by a friend, so I thought I would try it out. When I walked up to Jonah’s, there were people enjoying the final few bites of their meal and the beauful Georgia weather we had been experiencing. It looked like they had been there a while, but weren’t in any real hurry to leave. As I passed them and walked inside the very clean restaurant, I was greeted with the sweet aromas of baking pizza pies and the sight of a dozen desserts on display near the register. I noced that the customers have a clear view into the kitchen, which almost seems to be on display, as if to celebrate the art of baking a pie as much as the act of eang one... (read more online at www.mytownmonthly.com)

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We Asked, You Facebooked “What is your favorite family holiday tradion?” We want to know what our readers’ favorite family holiday tradions are, too! Post your comments on our Facebook page at “MyTown Monthly Magazine.” “Making all the goodies you only make at this me of year! Yummy!” Susan Pitner Douglas "Christmas Eve Gi!" Whoever remembers to say it first at Christmas Eve dinner gets to open one present.” Ginny Belvin “On Christmas Eve we aend the Children's Christmas Mass. When we get home, I let the kids open one present each - it is always new pajamas! Then we all get in our PJs and watch a Christmas movie while we eat ham sandwiches and Christmas cookies. It's a great tradion that makes waing for Santa a lile easier!” Deborah Wilson Gilbert “There's a e for my favorite memory. My mother ACTUALLY baked gingerbread men, strung popcorn on one of the trees (we always had two - upstairs and down), and had a train running around the other, electric candles were in every window, hot chocolate, THE WORKS! But when I got older, we started having a non-tradional celebraon: A Cajun Christmas with jambalaya, seafood broil, and sweet potato pecan pie! I LOVE THEM BOTH.” Pilar Wilder

We want to thank our Facebook fans for their support! We recently celebrated

“If you could ask Ken Burns, the documentarian, one queson, what would it be?” We recently interviewed Ken Burns while he was at the Museum of Arts & Sciences in Macon. Check out the video from his presentaon and our interview with him on our website at www.mytownmonthly.com, under the link “Videos.”

“Why, humanity, why?” Cameron Kunzelman

“A documentary piece on the increased presence of homelessness in a city with a church on every corner might be an enlightening look at an oenmes neglected perspecve.” Phillip Banze

“What historical mistake are we most in danger of repeang?” Saralyn Collins Harvey

“Is Ted Turner planning to colorize the Civil War footage?” Tom Pender

“How do you choose your subjects?” Gracen Strong

"What makes for a good community?" "Well rounded people. People willing to serve each other in many different capacies and ways. People willing to invest me into the next generaon and willing to go the extra yard to make the place around them beer." J. Andrew Lockwood “I think culture - theatres, museums, ethnic food... I like vising communies with a lot of culture, and I think it's what keeps residents around for the longterm.” Jennifer Bucholtz “Parks! Playgrounds... that are kept up... running, and bike tracks too." Dana Griffin Walker “I think neighborhoods designed for pedestrian traffic, where you can walk to a shop; and knowing your neighbors makes for a good community. I like places where you don't need automobiles to get around all of the me.” Adam Mauldin "Friendly people who reach out to newcomers; great downtown restaurants and shops; affordable downtown living; and support for the schools, the poor and homeless, and the arts." Kathi Vitale

moving into our newly restored business house at 3626 Vineville Avenue. Check out our office video on our website at www.mytownmonthly.com, under the link “videos.” “Congrats on your new locaon!” Shondra Hollingshed Glover

“CONGRATS to you guys! We are so excited for you!” Amanda Lindley “Wow! New tle and new digs! Congrats!” Jessica Taylor Niederkorn “Congratulaons! I can't wait to see the new office.” Jae' Madison

Leers to MyTown Monthly magazine: The new MyTown Monthly magazine turned out great! We are glad to be a part of it. Donny Guy, Lowe Lighng Center Just wanted to say that you did a really awesome job on the MyTown Monthly magazine this month! Whenever I see free magazines the majority of them look cheesy, but this one goes above and beyond. Just thought that I would let a fellow graphic designer know that your design work rocks. Mary Dolan What is the date that each monthly magazine is published and ready for pick up? I don't want to miss one! It is great! Brenda Spears MyTown Monthly magazine is distributed around the 7th of each month. For those that receive the magazine in the mail, give it another couple of days or so… some post offices are faster than others (Houston, Peach, Jones, and Monroe counes are really fast, and Bibb County is SLOW!).

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FACES IN BUSINESS Aenon business owners! Looking to freshen up your business knowledge? Check out our series of arcles on “Posioning Your Company for Success.” by Adam Mauldin. Read online at www.mytownmonthly.com under the link, “blog.”

Q&A

with Dr. Sheila Shah, denst and owner of MaconSmiles

What do you think it takes to be a successful entrepreneur?

To be a successfull entrepreneur, one must be willing and happy to work in and on the business as much as necessary in the beginning. As the business grows, one needs to hire the appropriate people for the work you need to delegate, and to provide constant training and movaon for them. Also, it is important to have wrien systems in place and put into a manual that is distributed to all employees. The owner needs to be ready to change any aspect of the business as beer or newer ways of operang become more suitable.

What has been your single most challenging moment as an entrepreneur? The most challenging

moment was leng go of an employee. From that experience, I learned that the business owner must be willing to make tough decisions, because nobody else can do it for you. In other words, whether you like it or not, the buck stops with you.

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a paent, customer, or employee appreciates what I do for them; it makes all the work seem effortless!

What have you learned the most about operang a business in the last year? In the last year, I have learned to

tune out the news and media, and focus on only those variables that I can control. This prevents me and my team from becoming paralyzed with worry over things that we have no control over, and helps keep a business that is thinking posive and moving forward.

What do you aribute to the success of your business? The success of my business is contributable to many factors, such as a constant focus toward excellent customer service and the unwavering dedicaon I have to it; improvement of its internal operaons, and my constant learning of how to make it beer. Also indespensible are a well-paid staff that share my focus, and a supporve husband.

What are one of your goals you hope to accomplish in the next couple of years? I plan to pay off my office

building mortgage in the next few years and carry the business to the next big leap, which will allow me more me with my family.

with Ashley Johnson, co-owner with her mom Judy Smith, at Rumor Bouque

What do you think it takes to be a successful entrepreneur? I think it takes a lot of hard work and determinaon. I also believe from the very beginning, you need to have a clear vision of what you want every detail of your business to be like, and you need to know what it is going to take to make that vision a reality.

What has been your single most challenging moment as an entrepreneur? Deciding to take the leap and actually go for it! I learned that it is possible to have a dream and actually make it a reality.

What has been your most rewarding moment? Building relaonships with customers and

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having them come back to shop with us again and again.

What have you learned the most about operang a business in the last year? I've learned that you never know what will happen in the future, and you have to accept change and be resilient.

Is your business the same today as it was when you started it? No. In fact, last year we moved our store across the courtyard in our shopping center at The Prado in order to improve our layout and gain more square footage. The expansion has really helped our customers find their way around the store easier and be able to shop more comfortably.

What do you aribute to the success of your business? Our wonderful, loyal customers! Without them, Rumor would not be successful!

What are one of your goals you hope to accomplish in the next couple of years? I hope to improve our website by including more content and informaon that is relevant to our customers. www.mytownmonthly.com | Facebook Page : MyTown Monthly magazine


FACES IN MIDDLE GEORGIA

Donna Barfield (le), President of the Macon Chapter of the AT&T Telephone Pioneers, presents Glenda Davis, Senior Community Manager for the American Cancer Society, with a donaon of $500.

Steve Brodie, SERTOMA North Georgia District Governor, recently presented the Macon Professional Women's SERTOMA Club (MPWSC) with the SERTOMA Internaonal Mission Award and Member Services Award. MPWSC was the only club in the District to receive these two awards. Pictured le to right: Anita Sandefur, Club President; Debbie Brilling, Execuve Director of AVC; and Jeri Loomis.

MaconSmiles denst Dr. Sheila K. Shah awards Harrison Pieri, age 10, with an iPOD Shuffle in the MaconSmiles' Candy Buy-Back Event raffle. Harrison, an A and B Honor Roll student at TG Sco Elementary School in Monroe County, is the son of Stacy Pieri.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Georgia (BGCCG) recognized past BGCCG Board member and current Regional Advisory Council member Robert Hatcher Jr. with the Boys & Girls Clubs Naonal Award of Merit. The award recognizes Mr. Hatcher’s commitment to Boys & Girls Clubs and to the youth of our community. Pictured: Hatcher, Ronnie Jenkins (Boys & Girls Clubs of America), and Nalyne Young (BGCCG Board chair).

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Georgia (BGCCG) awarded Rosalind McMillan with the Boys & Girls Clubs Naonal Medallion, which recognizes a Board member’s unusually devoted service. Pictured: Ronnie Jenkins, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, McMillan, and BGCCG Board chair Nalyne Young.

Mike’s Golf Carts was recently named Perry’s Business of the Month by the Business Development Commiee of the Perry Area Chamber of Commerce. Mike’s Golf Carts is a family-owned business that has been serving middle Georgia since 1998. Owner Mike Williams rebuilt his first golf cart for his father to use while gardening, and his business has steadily grown ever since.

The U.S. Small Business Administraon (SBA), the federal agency that assists and protects the interests of small businesses, nominated Macon’s own Audrey Price to parcipate in the Washington round-table discussion with representaves from 14 other companies. President Obama mediated the discussion, which centered on healthcare reform and its impact on small business. “No one could have prepared me for the shock and excitement,” said Price, whose Macon firm, Quantum Dynamics, Inc., contracts with the Department of Defense. “It is just a tremendous honor to be asked to meet with President Obama, and to represent small business owners across America.” December 2009 MyTown

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Giving Back to Middle Georgia’s Communies

by Thomas M. Pender Many of the parents at the Internaonal City School of Ballet (ICSB) in Warner Robins volunteer their me to help with the producons, but Melinda and Derek Meredith went above and beyond when they decided to remake most of the costumes for the school’s holiday producon of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. The Merediths’ daughter Kennedy led them into the ICSB family when she started dance classes there in 2007. Owner, creator, and arsc director Georne Aucoin was struck by their outgoing personalies. “They were always so joyful, and full of great energy and enthusiasm for their daughter, and for the studio.” Aucoin had been planning The Nutcracker of Houston County for quite some me, and in July 2008, it seemed everything for the producon was in place: technical assistants, dancers, sets, props, and most importantly, a costumer. However, by the beginning of August, the show’s original costuming plans were changed. Aucoin asked Melinda, who works at Geico, and Derek, a manager at Kohl’s, to help with the costuming, which she wanted to be very elaborate and true to the me period of the story. Aucoin recalls, “When I spoke with Melinda on the phone about stepping in and helping me to organize the costumes, she said, ‘I know a lile about sewing.’ However, her ‘lile’ has turned out to be more than anything I could imagine! She and Derek made a few props for last year’s Nutcracker and spring concert, but I had no idea what kind of talent I had staring me in the face every day!” Aucoin says that the Merediths’ dedicaon and enthusiasm have encouraged her to pursue her vision for an annual Nutcracker producon in Houston County. Their joy and charisma has spread throughout the school, and inspired the enre producon. “Melinda and Derek are up at the studio every night, picking up materials, measuring the dancers, creang, and every me they come in, they are so posive. How they work together as a team is phenomenal, and their ability to get others to work on their team is even more impressive! One of the most real things to me about both of them is their humbleness in all the work they are doing.” Melinda and Derek have always revolved their leisure me and hobbies around their children, and love geng involved in whatever interests them. This year, Melinda’s sewing skills have created all of the intricate costumes, while Derek has used his

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talents for building and painng in creang the masks and headpieces for Pictured: Melinda and Derek Meredith, MyTown Monthly’s Pathfinders of the Month the producon. In fact, Melinda not only volunteered to create new costumes for the Nutcracker, but she also pulled together a group of other parents who could help with the sewing. Along with their crew, Melinda and Derek have created incredible costumes, headpieces, props, and many other items that, according to Aucoin, “could never be matched by any costumer or designer in this area.” When they were asked how much they wanted to be compensated for their services, the Merediths replied that they only wished for ICSB to connue to grow. “The Internaonal City Ballet has a dream to bring the fine arts to Houston County and have a facility built to house these types of producons. It is very important that children be exposed to the arts, and develop an appreciaon for them. Georne is a world-class dance instructor and could teach anywhere, but has chosen to stay in Warner Robins, and our children are blessed to have her to make them the best that they can possibly be.” Melinda says that working with all of the other parents, and seeing the excitement build as the producon draws near, are her favorite parts of volunteering with the holiday show. “The most memorable me was when we were trying on the costumes for the lile girls that will be playing the part of the Nymphs, and watching their faces light up with excitement as they slipped on their masks and wings.” Jeanee Frey, the school’s volunteer parent in the promoons department, says that her daughter Bella was very struck by the Merediths’ work, as well. “Oh, my gosh, Mom,” Bella said, “the Gingerbread costumes are so awesome! They’re pink with polka-dots and have shiny beads, and we get to wear a big pink bow with polkadots in our hair! I love it!” The Merediths say they would both love to be involved in any of the school’s future projects. Congratulaons Melinda and Derek as being selected as MyTown Monthly’s Pathfinders of the Month! www.mytownmonthly.com | Facebook Page : MyTown Monthly magazine


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Winter brings many thoughts to our mind each year. For some people it brings excitement over cooler weather and maybe snow. For other people it brings anxiety and stress over holiday fuss or pain from the cooler weather. At Yvonne’s Natural Market, we can’t change the weather, but we may be able to help you find the supplement and lifestyle to cope with stress, colds and flu, lack of energy, or more serious health conditions. Our experienced and certified staff will be glad to spend time with you to help you find the products and answers for your specific need. Yvonne’s Natural Market carries many food items that fit your everyday meals or that holiday recipe. We have lots of wheat free/gluten free products and ingredients. It is exciting for us to bring in many new food items every month. Come see our newest line of All Natural Grass-fed White Oak Beef. Check us out often. At Yvonne’s Natural Market, we stock a wide variety of supplements, health and beauty supplies, cleaning supplies, and a great selection of organic pet food and accessories along with our complete organic/natural food line. We keep our prices low while our quality and service are high. We look forward to serving you!

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EVENTS

Addional Holiday & Non-Holiday Calendar Events available online at www.mytownmonthly.com. Events added daily!

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B YRON D ECEMBER 12

books donated will benefit Educaon First. See the Barnes and Noble in-store display for further details.

Time: 30-minute sessions begin at 11 a.m. Locaon: Byron Welcome Center at the Train Depot Cost: $10 includes lunch, a photo with Santa, and a train ride. Photos with Santa only are $3. Contact: Para Vinson of the BAHS at (478) 214-5560 This year’s theme is “The Byron Express,” so bring the kids to the Train Depot for a memorable day with Santa!

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Time: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wednesdays – Fridays Locaon: Monroe County Arts Alliance Gallery 54 N. Jackson St., Forsyth Cost: Free to aend, item prices vary Contact: Coordinator Debra Staples (478) 994-8668 A marketplace of gi-giving and decorang creaons. Open house and acvies to be announced. Call for details, or visit monroearts.blogspot.com for updates. The gallery will be turned into a fabulous marketplace which will focus on the holiday decorang and gi-giving season.

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Christmas Candlelight Tour

Time: 6 – 8 p.m. Locaon: Jarrell Plantaon Historic Site 711 Jarrell Plantaon Rd., Juliee Cost: $2 – $3.50 Contact: www.jarrellhouse.com Tour this plantaon house and grounds by luminary and candlelight, then enjoy a campfire, carols, and Christmas stories from long ago.

M ACON N OW THROUGH D ECEMBER 19 City Market on the Green

Time: Every Saturday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Locaon: Poplar Street between Third Street and Marn Luther King Jr. Blvd. Local growers, crasmen, and arsans will be on hand, as well as demonstraons in poery making, blacksmithing, crocheng, yarn spinning, and pen making on wood lathes.

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“Socks for Seniors” Sock Drive

Time: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Wed. – Thu., 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Fri. – Sat., 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. Sun. Locaon: Macon Indoor Flea Market 3670 Eisenhower Parkway Cost: Free Contact: (478) 781-8770 Women on the GO Network, Inc. is sponsoring the "Socks for Seniors" drive. All socks donated will be given to nursing home residents.

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Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive

Locaon: Barnes and Noble, located in The Shoppes at River Crossing, 5080 Riverside Drive Give the gi of literacy this holiday season! All

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F EBRUARY 8, 2010

Miss Music City and Miss Music City’s Outstanding Teen Scholarship Pageant Applicaons

A preliminary pageant to the Miss America and Miss America’s Outstanding Teen compeons. For more informaon, visit www.missmusiccity.org.

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“Johnny Mercer: Too Marvelous for Words” Exhibion

Time: Tuesday – Sunday, 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Locaon: Georgia Music Hall of Fame 200 Marn Luther King Jr. Boulevard Cost: Free with regular admission of $3.50 – $8 Contact: (478) 751-3334 Acclaimed singer, songwriter, and lyricist Johnny Mercer would have been 100 years old on Nov. 18, 2009, and as part of the Centennial Celebraon, The Georgia Music Hall of Fame is presenng a ”Johnny Mercer: Too Marvelous for Words,” an exhibion on display through June.

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The Man Who Came To Dinner

Time: December 4 – 5 p.m. & 8p.m.; December 6, 2:30 p.m.; December 9 – 10, 7:30 p.m.; and December 11 a.m. – 12 a.m., 8 p.m. (There will be no shows on December 7 – 8) Locaon: Theatre Macon, 438 Cherry Street Cost: Adults $18, Students $12, Seniors $15 Contact: Reservaons are required, call (478) 746-9485 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Monday – Saturday. This American favorite, set in the 1940s, centers on the irascible Sheridan Whiteside who, having dined at the home of the Stanleys, slips on their doorstep and breaks his hip. The Stanleys are stuck with "the man who came to dinner" throughout the holiday season, as well as his transatlanc calls, Hollywood friends dropping in, and exoc gis from around the world, not to menon his terrible advice to their teenage children! A work of great heart and great joy, this is perfect family entertainment for the Christmas season.

D ECEMBER 9 – 13

Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet

Time: December 9 – 11 at 7:30 p.m., December 12 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., December 13 at 2:30 p.m. Locaon: Grand Opera House, 651 Mulberry Street Cost: $15 – $25 for adults, $10.00 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the Opera House office at 400 Poplar Street or online. Contact: The Grand Opera House office at (478) 301-5470, or Nutcracker of Middle Georgia at www.midganutcracker.org. It just isn’t the Christmas season unl your family has seen The Nutcracker!

D ECEMBER 10 – 12 Drive-Thru Navity

Time: 6:30 p.m. Locaon: Riverside United Methodist Church

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735 Pierce Avenue Contact: (478) 746-4778 Bring your family to enjoy this unique experience. Riverside Methodist’s "Drive-Thru Navity" display has been a Macon tradion for 14 years!

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Celc Christmas with Robin Bullock and Steve Baughman

Time: Doors open at 7:30 p.m., show begins at 8 p.m. Locaon: The Douglass Theatre 355 Marn Luther King Jr. Boulevard Cost: $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Cost for students with ID is $10. Contact: Call (478) 742-2000 for ckets. More informaon is available at www.acouscproducons.com. World-class Celc masters Robin Bullock and Steve Baughman will be performing their beauful seasonal Celc and Appalachian duets on guitar, mandolin, ciern, Baugholin, banjo, and piano. Opening the show will be the master mountain dulcimer virtuoso Aaron O’Rourke.

D ECEMBER 13

Live Navity Drama “Visitaon”

Time: 7 p.m. Locaon: Highland Hills Bapst Church 1370 Briarcliff Road Witness this unique, live outdoor navity drama, and experience the message of Christmas in a whole new way!

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Choral Society of Middle Georgia Presents Handel’s Messiah

Time: 7:30 p.m. Locaon: St. Joseph Catholic Church 830 Poplar Street Cost: General admission is $10. Senior, student, and military admission is $8. Contact: Visit csmga.com The Choral Society of Middle Georgia will present the holiday classic Handel’s Messiah for your family to enjoy. Visit their website for all the details!

D ECEMBER 17

Wine Dinner at Edgar’s Bistro

Time: 7 p.m. Locaon: Edgar’s Bistro, 5171 Eisenhower Parkway Cost: Call for details Contact: (478) 475-9995 or visit www.edgarshospitality.com Edgar’s presents a special night of food and a bit of the grape!

D ECEMBER 18

A Christmas Carol

Time: 7:30 p.m. Locaon: Grand Opera House 651 Mulberry Street Contact: (478) 301-5470 or www.thegrandmacon.com A spellbinding story filled with music, dance and drama that captures the true heart and soul of the season.

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D ECEMBER 19

A Civil War Christmas

Time: 5 – 9 p.m. Locaon: Cannonball House, 856 Mulberry Street Cost: Call (478) 745-5982 for admission informaon. Come out and visit with living historians, both civilian and military, and experience the sights and sounds of Southern Christmases during the Civil War years (1861-65). This event is part of the “Art of 19th Century Living” series.

D ECEMBER 20

Macon Symphony Orchestra’s “Music Yule Love” Holiday Concert

Time: 2 p.m. Locaon: Porter Auditorium, Wesleyan College Cost: Adults $38.50, Students $18.50, and Children 12 and under $13.50 Contact: ckets@maconsymphony.com or www.maconsymphony.com Come experience the holiday hymns and carols you know in a whole new way! The Macon Symphony Orchestra presents this unique holiday treat just for you!

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Champagne Tasng Night at Edgar’s Bistro

Time: 7 p.m. Locaon: Edgar’s Bistro, 5171 Eisenhower Parkway Cost: Call for details Contact: (478) 475-9995 or visit www.edgarshospitality.com Come out and sample some holiday elegance with Edgar’s! Sip your favorite champagnes, and possibly even discover new favorites!

D ECEMBER 24

Christmas Eve Organ Recital and Candlelight Communion Service

Time: 5 p.m. Locaon: Highland Hills Bapst Church 1370 Briarcliff Road Christmas Eve Organ Recital and Candlelight Communion Service featuring the organist Gerald Carper.

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Downtown Macon Is The Place To Be On New Year's Eve!

Time: 9 p.m. Locaon: Intersecon of Cherry and Third streets Cost: Admission is free. Vendors will be selling items at varied costs. Contact: www.cherryblossomballdrop.com NewTown Macon, Robins Federal Credit Union, and the Cherry Blossom Fesval have announced that New Year’s Eve will be "First Friday at Midnight." With the roads closed, downtown Macon will be turned into a street party, including entertainment by Party Man Producons. With a First Friday wrist band and special cup, open-container laws are waived in the downtown area for this event. Details of the First Friday at Midnight event and Ball Drop, as well as downtown hotel contact informaon and direcons, can be found at www.cherryblossomballdrop.com.

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Tasng Party

Time: 6 – 7 p.m. Locaon: Super Suppers 4524 Forsyth Road Cost: $5 per person/Supper Club Members are FREE Contact: RSVP at (478) 254-6645 or www.supersuppers.com Hosted by Super Suppers.

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A Sugar Plum Tea Time: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Locaon: Perry Presbyterian Church 111 2nd St., Perry Cost: Adults: $15, Children: $10, Table of 8: $80 Contact: Enjoy an aernoon of catered food and entertainment provided by the Internaonal City Ballet Company. Dress your lile ones up to have a picture taken with the Nutcracker Dancers.

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Leadership Training for Girls

Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Locaon: Rozar Park 1060 Keith Drive Contact: (478) 731-2664 or www.made2bmore.org Topics include: Self-Esteem, Conflict Resoluon, and Equee. Girls hear from great speakers, experience cultural field trips and more. Sponsored by Made 2B More.

Breakfast with Santa

Time: 8 – 10 a.m. Locaon: The Swanson House 933 Carroll Street Contact: Reservaons required; (478) 987-1938. Jolly Old St. Nick welcomes children for breakfast and a chance to share their Christmas wishes! A photographer will be available to capture the moment.

D ECEMBER 13

Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve Holiday Concert

Time: Doors open at 6 p.m., concert begins at 7 p.m. Locaon: Inside the Museum of Aviaon’s “Century of Flight” Hangar Cost: Free Contact: (478) 922-5100 The United States Air Force Reserve Command Band's free annual holiday concert will feature a mix of holiday songs, including classic carols and sing-along tunes.

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Time: 7:30 p.m. Locaon: First Assembly of God Church, 6040 Watson Boulevard Cost: General admission is $10. Senior, student, and military admission is $8. Contact: csmga.com The Choral Society of Middle Georgia will present the holiday classic Handel’s Messiah for your family to enjoy. Visit their website for all the details!

D ECEMBER 19

Snow Day

Time: 2 – 4 p.m. Locaon: Courthouse Square 201 Perry Parkway Yes, Virginia! It really does snow in Perry! Bring the family for a special snow day in downtown Perry. Make a snowman, have a snowball fight or make snow angels. Sponsored by the Perry Downtown Development Associaon.

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must sign in and fill out a waiver of liability form. Volunteers who are 16 or 17 years old must have a parent or guardian sign the waiver. Every volunteer is required to wear closed toe shoes; flip-flops and sandals are not allowed. Lunch will be provided. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Habitat for Humanity at (478) 328-3388.

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Christmas at the Market

Time: 7:30 am. – 12 p.m. Locaon: Perry Arts Center 1121 Macon Road Contact: (478) 987-5211 Find natural products for the Holidays from Christmas Trees, mistletoe, wreaths, swags and greenery for decorang to homemade cakes, and pies. Enjoy music by the Roland Fall Band and bring your children for a special story.

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Volunteers Needed on Habitat for Humanity Project

December 12: Siding and Soffit; Need 10 Volunteers December 19: Siding and Soffit, Need 20 Volunteers Locaon: Orchard Way, Warner Robins Cost: Free Contact: (478) 328-3388 or volunteer@hocohabitat.org Thanks to our volunteers who have come out to the worksite in recent weeks! Please note our construcon schedule for the coming weeks. The project is located on Orchard Way, just off of Watson Boulevard between Pleasant Hill and Davis streets. The minimum age for parcipants to be on the work site is 16. Once a volunteer arrives, they

Houston County’s December Dance

Time: 7 – 8 p.m. Locaon: Warner Robins Convenon Center 308 N. Davis Drive Cost: Members $10, Non-members $15 Contact: Carl Candiano at (478) 919-0624 or DanceHoustonCo@yahoo.com. An evening of ballroom and Lan dancing. No experience or partner required. Light refreshments provided. Smoke- and alcohol-free event. There will also be beginner waltz lessons from 8 – 10:30 p.m. For more informaon, go to www.dancehoustonco.org.

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The Nutcracker Comes to Warner Robins

Time: 7 p.m. on December 19th and 3 p.m. on December 20th Locaon: Homer J. Walker Civic Center 700 Watson Boulevard Cost: $15 (Children ages 3 and under free) Contact: (478) 953-1117 or www.icsballet.com The Internaonal City Ballet Company, who recently performed “Peter and the Wolf” at Sacred Heart Catholic School’s 52nd Annual Fall Fesval, will perform the holiday classic ballet The Nutcracker at the Civic Center to delight all those who love the Christmas season.

D ECEMBER 20

A Christmas Drama and Musical

Time: 3 p.m. Locaon: Word In Season Ministries 80 Cohen Walker Drive, Bldg. A Contact: (478) 333-2444 This play consists of music, drama, and dance. It focuses on the gis, talents, and callings that we have been given.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

IN MIDDLE GEORGIA

2009 Rotary Ocmulgee Race Raises $9,600 for Local Organizations

Brantly Malcom

Celebrated age 3 on September 23 Son of Shane and Susan Malcom and brother of Hunter Walling.

Raegan Olivia Bozeman

Celebrated age 2 on October 2 Daughter of Kandy and Shield Bozem and sister of Graham

Trinity Madison

Celebrated age 4 on October 6 Daughter of Teddy and Jarquea Madison

John Chrisan Pender

Celebrated age 5 on October 6 Son of Tom Pender Brother of Nick and Garre

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Uptown Macon Rotary recently announced its donaon of $9,600 to the Macon Rescue Mission, Friends of the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail, and Uptown Macon Rotary’s youth financial literacy project. The proceeds were raised during U-ROAR (Uptown Rotary Ocmulgee Adventure Race), an annual Uptown Macon Rotary fundraiser held at Javors Lucas Lake this past summer. Of the total net proceeds raised from this year’s event, $4,305 was given to the Macon Rescue Mission, $3,152 was given to the Friends of the Ocmulgee Trail, and $2,152 was given in support of Rotary’s newly founded youth financial literacy service project. City Councilman Rabbi Larry Schlesinger presided over the check presentaon ceremony. “We are extremely appreciave of our sponsors and our volunteers, and we recognize that the event’s success would not have been possible without their generous support” said Mark Driver, president of Uptown Macon Rotary.

Coliseum Northside Hospital Celebrates 25 Years of Service Coliseum Northside Hospital recently celebrated 25 years of service to the community! Opening its doors on October 1, 1984, the trusted Macon hospital was established by Charter Medical Corporaon as Charter Northside Hospital. Purchased in 1993 by a Nashville, Tennessee-based hospital management company, it was merged with other area centers in 1998, and in November of 2005, it was given the name Coliseum Northside Hospital. The facility is a full-service medical/surgical facility with 103 beds, 24-hour emergency services, and the Coliseum Northside Orthopaedic Center, which provides a full range of orthopaedic services from surgery to rehabilitaon. Of the 18 original employees, 2 have rered, but the remaining 16 are sll working! Coliseum Northside Hospital is located at 400 Charter Blvd., Macon. For more informaon, call (478) 757-8200 or visit www.coliseumhealthsystem.com

Madison Named Executive Director for the College Hill Alliance Macon resident Patrick Madison was named execuve director for the College Hill Alliance, effecve October 1. Madison is co-founder of Madison-Poss & Associates, a Macon-based regional planning and development consulng firm whose projects include College Hill Commons and the Palisades. He served as chairman of Macon-Bibb County Planning and Zoning Commission from 1989 to 1992. Madison’s 35-year career in urban development includes mediaon in construcon, public issue, environmental and insurance cases, environmental assessments, and real estate consulng. “Pat is a home run for the organizaon,” College Hill Co-Chair Sarah Gerwig-Moore said. For more informaon on the College Hill Corridor Commission, visit www.collegehillmacon.com

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

IN MIDDLE GEORGIA

Downtown Macon Welcomes Two New Businesses Cesare Mammarella, the owner of the Tic Toc Room and Luigi's Bistro, recently opened two new businesses in the old Bella Donna building at 484 Cherry Street in downtown Macon.

Penny Harvey

Celebrated her birthday on October 11

Dolce Vita Café and Bar is a full coffee and bar café which will not hurt your wallet, as it only serves food items under $5. The inmate 40-person-capacity spot offers a smallplate menu featuring soups and salads, as well as hot and cold drinks. Breads, cakes, pies, and muffins are freshly baked in-house. They are open Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 12 a.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 1 a.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Upstairs, Jack and Coat Men’s Clothiers is a 1,600-square-foot clothing store that will help suit you up for your “business-Friday look,” as well as your “casual night out”! Specializing in casual wear, Jack and Coat also carries dress shirts, es, preppy corduroy pants, and polo shirts. Whether you are looking for shirts, or designer jeans, Jack and Coat can fill your closet! Hours are Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Pat Piman

Celebrated age 75 on October 28

Addison Paige Lemley

Celebrated age 1 on October 15 Daughter of Leslie and Rusty Lemley.

Baili Hodges

Celebrated age 2 on November 16 Daughter of Charita and Bernard Hodges and sister of Joseph.

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American Pride Bank Team Gets New CEO John Hall recently joined American Pride Bank and its holding company, American Bancorp Inc., as President and CEO. Hall has more than 23 years of community, regional, and super-regional banking experience, most recently as President and CEO of First Choice Community Bank. “I am excited about returning home to connue my banking career. For my wife, Stephanie, and our family, moving ‘back home’ creates tremendous excitement,” says Hall. The Board of Directors felt strongly that bringing on an individual with community es and market experience would connue American Pride Bank’s success and growth. “Mr. Hall’s es to Macon are invaluable to us,” American Pride Chairman Danny Patel said. “He is going to quickly become a member of our Bank family.” For more informaon, call (478) 784-1448 or visit www.americanpridebank.com.

Macon 2011 Conference Booking: Not Just a Walk in the Park! Thanks to a passionate campaign, Macon is now set to host the 2011 Georgia Recreaon & Parks Associaon (GRPA) annual conference, aer what will be 38 years! With six hotels and 1,150 room-night bookings to be filled over the mid-August week, and $212,520 in esmated expenditures, the conference is a huge win for Macon. Janice Marshall, President and CEO for the Macon-Bibb County Convenon & Visitors Bureau, names Convenon Sales Manager Beth Robinson as the catalyst for the win. “It was Beth who suggested that the Macon CVB parcipate in the group’s trade show prior to the bid. Beth was posioned to talk with the delegates about all the new products in Macon during the trade show, and helped Macon win the votes needed to host this big piece of business in Macon.” For more informaon, contact Sonya Rice, Public Relaons Manager for the Macon-Bibb County Convenon & Visitors Bureau, at (478) 743-1074 ext. 115, or by email at srice@maconga.org. www.mytownmonthly.com | Facebook Page : MyTown Monthly magazine


ANNOUNCEMENTS

IN MIDDLE GEORGIA

Georgia Sports Hall of Fame Announces 2010 Induction Class and Receives Honor for Youth Program

Joseph “Jay” Dupree III

Celebrated age 3 on November 16 Son of Joseph Dupree Jr. and Tamicia Mosley and brother of Talyndria.

Ethan Roberson

Celebrated age 5 on November 18 Son of Drs. Jenn and Brad Roberson

The Georgia Sports Hall of Fame’s (GSHF) Honors Court recently selected the GSHF Class of 2010 from an eligible pool of 252 nominees. The men and women selected were those who best exemplify the tradion of sports excellence in the State of Georgia. Inductees include the following: Al Ciraldo (announcer for Georgia Tech football and basketball games beginning in 1954), Edward Evere (amateur and professional golf champion), Ernie Johnson (professional pitcher, and the iconic voice of the Atlanta Braves from 1966–1999), Sam Mitchell (pro basketball player and coach, as well as Mercer’s allme leading scorer), Larry Rakestraw (University of Georgia 1961 baseball MVP, who went on to play professional football for the Chicago Bears and Atlanta Falcons), Ronald Simmons (leader of Warner Robins High School’s 1976 state and naonal football champions, USFL football player, and professional wrestler), and Suzanne Yoculan (member of the University of Georgia’s Women’s Gymnascs Team, five-me Naonal Coach of the Year and eight-me SEC Coach of the Year). In addion, the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame’s Steps For Life recently the first place Communicaon Award by the Internaonal Sports Heritage Associaon (ISHA). The award was presented at the ISHA annual conference in Balmore, Maryland. Steps For Life, the GSHF’s health and wellness program, teaches 5th grade students the basics of healthy diet and exercise. Since the program began, over $20,000 in grant awards from the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundaon and The Peyton Anderson Foundaon have allowed approximately 4,500 students in Middle Georgia to parcipate. Data collected during the program shows that Steps For Life is very effecve in communicang the posive effects of healthy lifestyle choices. For more informaon on the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, call (478) 752-1585.

2009 Georgia Invitational Golf Tournament Reaches Goal to benefit the Museum of A viation

Anslea Bell

Celebrated age 14 on November 26 Daughter of Myndee Dement Sister of Xander

Annalynn McTyre Waddy

Celebrates age 3 on December 3 Daughter Ben and Calista Anne Waddy

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A total of 63 business and individual sponsors recently helped the Museum of Aviaon Foundaon raise $330,450 at the 20th Annual Georgia Invitaonal Golf Tournament. Pine Oaks Golf Club at Robins Air Force Base welcomed a total of 340 golfers, who competed in three separate rounds of golf for prizes totaling $30,000. This year’s tournament income brings the 20-year total of funds raised for the Museum of Aviaon to $5,055,000! The foursome of Jeff Bagge, Stan Gann, Rered Lt. Gen. Donald J. Wetekam, Chairman and Barbara and Chuck Shaheen were of the Museum of Aviaon Foundaon Naonal the overall winners of the Tournament. Board of Advisors, right, helps display the “The overwhelming support for this ceremonial check showing the tournament tournament this year was really income of $330,450. grafying,” said Pat Bartness, President and Chief Operang Office of the Foundaon. “The generous support each year for this tournament helps keep the Museum of Aviaon one of the best aviaon museums!” www.mytownmonthly.com | Facebook Page : MyTown Monthly magazine


ANNOUNCEMENTS

IN MIDDLE GEORGIA

Ribbon Cutting Held for Show Kids, LLC

The Perry Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cung for Show Kids at their new Perry locaon, 903 Carroll Street. Show Kids is a unique music and drama program designed specifically for children. Commied to expanding the imaginaons and creavity of children, they offer weekly classes that incorporate music, movement, drama, and creave performance, while enhancing self-confidence and communicaon skills. Show Kids is hoping their live producons become a community tradion. Classes are available for Music/Drama, Dance Team, and Pageant Prep. Kate Paulin

Celebrates age 6 on December 7 Daughter of Tricia and Erik Paulin and sister of Daniel

For more informaon, contact Tracy Westmoreland at (478) 542-2397 or Yvonne Edwards at (478) 397-3716, or visit them online at www.showkidsperry.com.

Dancing for Heroes Charity Event A Huge Sucess The 1st Annual “Dancing for Heroes” Charity Event, jointly organized by the Houston County and Greater Macon chapters of USA Dance, was a great success! Over 200 people aended the event and more than $4,000 was raised to support Hearts to Heroes, a Middle Georgia charity dedicated to supporng Middle Georgia’s troops, and the Wounded Warrior Project, which sends care packages to wounded troops being evacuated from war zones. Alexandria M. "Ladybug" Grant

Celebrates age 2 on December 12 Daughter of Jeffrey and Marna Grant and granddaughter of O’Claudia Johnson

Shelli Aaway

Celebrates her birthday on December 21

For more informaon on Hearts to Heroes, contact Myra Foskey at (478) 230-0663 or myra_foskey@yahoo.com. For more informaon on the Wounded Warrior Project, visit: www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

Ribbon Cutting Held for The Boarding House Cafe The Perry Area Chamber of Commerce recently held a Ribbon Cung for The Boarding House Cafe on Monday at their new locaon at 922 Carroll Street. The Boarding House Café is a fine dining restaurant and is open seven days a week, serving lunch and dinner. They will deliver lunch to Perry area businesses, and also provide fullservice catering for the Middle Georgia area. For more informaon, call (478) 224-6873.

Great Clips Makes Scholarship Donation to MGTC

Caden Mitchell Cole

Celebrated age 1 on December 24 Son of Kelley and Brooke Cole Brother of Trystan

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John and Brenda Page, owners of several local Great Clips franchises, recently made a donaon to the Middle Georgia Technical College (MGTC) Foundaon in support of the college’s Cosmetology program. The Pages’ donaon will provide a scholarship for a deserving Cosmetology student at the end of Summer Quarter. Cheryl Stelk, director of Advancement at MGTC Foundaon, accepted the donaon from the Pages. “We are very grateful for the Page’s generosity,” said Stelk. “Partnerships such as this one are very important to the College.” The Pages and Great Clips have had a long-standing partnership with the Cosmetology program at MGTC, serving on the program advisory board and hosng special events for the students. For more informaon, contact Cheryl Stelk at (478) 988-6800 ext. 7201. www.mytownmonthly.com | Facebook Page : MyTown Monthly magazine


SCHOOL NEWS

SPOTLIGHTING ACHIEVEMENTS

For the 2009 Museum of Aviaon Skyscapes Poster Contest, fourth graders were invited to create a poster with the theme “Celebrang 25 Years – Honoring Our Past and Creang Our Future in American Aviaon.” Pictured (le to right): Conner Hurless (4th place); Mrs. Melissa Spalding, Director of Educaon; Jared Hesketh (President’s Choice); Madison Marn (2nd place); Alivia Page (Teacher’s Choice); Necole Hilton (1st Place); Logan Harter (5th Place); and Dante Madison (3rd place).

Three Hutchings Career Center students were honored as "September Employees of the Month" for their outstanding work ethic at local businesses and in the classroom. The Work-Based Learning program at Hutchings teaches students valuable job skills as they earn class credit and a paycheck. Pictured (le to right): Lawrence Mink, Hutchings Work-Based Learning Coordinator; Shanell Punch, Business Educaon; Megan Mosely, Healthcare Technology; and Jeremy Balkcom, Automove Technology.

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Troop 60053, under leadership of Jean Higginbotham, recently completed a U.S. map painng project at Hilltop Elementary School. The troop stenciled and painted a United States map, which took 17 hours to complete. Troop members who received the Bronze Award include: Kiana Drummond, Jordan Engen, Leann Harper, Maggie Higginbotham, and Beth Rockwell. First Presbyterian Day School senior Chrisne Boddy has received the 2009-2010 Outstanding Senior in French Award from the American Associaon of Teachers of French. Boddy is a French Club officer, a member of the Naonal French Honor Society, and has parcipated in the Naonal French Contest.

Cassie Brooke Hulee, a 7th grader at Bonaire Middle School, made the final cut for Middle Georgia Idol. The Middle Georgia Idol compeon was held on November 14 at the Warner Robins Conference Center-Galleria Mall, in Centerville.

First Presbyterian Day School's new middle school girls’ volleyball team made its home debut in September. The team is coached by geometry teacher Katrina Hegeman (second row, far le). The team is made up of middle school girls, and the school is hoping the group will form the nucleus of a high school team in future years. Mount de Sales Academy seniors Ariana Rose and Lemuel Robinson have been designated as semifinalists in the 46th Annual Naonal Achievement Scholarship Program, which recognizes academically promising black students throughout the naon, and provides scholarships for them. These students will move on to compete for approximately 800 Achievement Scholarship awards in the spring of 2010.

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SCHOOL NEWS

SPOTLIGHTING ACHIEVEMENTS

Two students collaborated to create a logo for the Houston County Hot Shots Coalion. The goal of the logo was to increase vaccine awareness and numbers in Houston County’s schoolage children. Ariana Welch, a Houston County High junior, created the character artwork for Hot Shots. Brian Reilly, a Warner Robins High alumni, converted the design to digital art.

Mount de Sales Academy faculty member Jeff Dobias placed first in the 10K Run of the 2009 Macon Labor Day Road Race. Dobias finished with a gun-me of 34:28 to take the first place.

Mercer University senior basketball guard James Florence has been named to ESPN's "10 Players to Keep an Eye On" list for the 2009-2010 collegiate basketball season.

The faculty, students, and staff of Hilltop Elementary came to the rescue of Clarkdale Elementary School in Atlanta. Recent flooding in Georgia caused Clarkdale Elementary to be completely submerged underwater. The school lost everything. Trying to make a difference, Hilltop Elementary collected school supplies for the students of Clarkdale. Pictured are some of the Hilltop students who contributed to the cause. Students are: Donny and Lewis Goldberg, Hunter Hoffman, Ausn Gambel, Kyree Colvin, James and William Link, and HES Counselor Wanda Stafford.

All the world is now their stage! Mount de Sales Academy has inducted 15 new members into Troupe #5585 of the Internaonal Thespian Society. New members include: seniors Ansley Burgamy, Fred Burton, Erica Clark, Joe Fox, Joseph Pate, Harrison Payne, and Faama Vasser; juniors Katy Huo, Zachary Morgan, and Mariam Muraina; and sophomores Bey Cantrell, Jake Grisamore, Chandler Price, Gabby Rosen, and Virginia Rumph.

Lile Bears Preschool, Houston County High's Early Childhood Educaon laboratory school program, invited Bear football players along with cheerleaders to show them school spirit. The students talked to the “Lile Bears” about hard work on and off the field and a good atude. The “Lile Bears” learned a cheer and were presented a T-shirt. Pictured are: Football players Travis Huner, Greg Nelson, Johnny Goodman and cheerleaders Briany Joiner and Candace Galabiz with “Lile Bears” Claire Gaedecke, Kenna Johnson, Evan Roth, Kaylee Anderson, Ri-Lee Kimball, Mahew Milam, Garre Bosworth, Mallory Welch, Scoy Griffin, Sage Blake, and Ava Jones.

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SCHOOL NEWS

SPOTLIGHTING ACHIEVEMENTS

Perry High School’s Career, Technical and Agricultural Educaon Department recognized senior Morgan Strickland as the October 2009 Student of the Month. Strickland has been involved in the Future Farmers of America (FFA). She won the 2009 state-level Nursery/Landscape compeon, and will compete at naonals. Pictured with Perry High School Assistant Principal/CTAE Supervisor Chris McPhail, Morgan plans to aend Valdosta State University next fall, and hopes to transfer to the University of Georgia as an Agricultural Business major.

Sacred Heart Catholic School’s Naonal Junior Honor Society recently held an “Out of Uniform” Day to raise money for the Houston Hot Shots Coalion. The Coalion makes the flu vaccinaon available to children in the county school system, to ensure that the youth of Houston County are vaccinated.

Mount de Sales Academy sophomore Stewart Rich aended the USSSA AllAmerican baseball tryouts on August 14 - 16 in Kissimmee, FL. He was selected to represent the region and was selected to the USSSA AllAmerican Second Team and is in contenon to make the Naonal Team which will be playing in internaonal compeon next summer.

As part of Stra ord’s golden anniversary celebraon, the school welcomed back 23 former homecoming queens, represenng the past five decades. The ladies were recognized on the track before the football game, and presented a rose by members of the second-grade Stra ord Youth cheerleading squads.

Perry High School’s Sherry Johnson has been awarded the Georgia Business Educaon Associaon Teacher of the Year.

Tanall Square Academy seniors DeAndre Smelter and Allie Bailey were chosen by their peers to represent the student body as 2009 Homecoming King and Queen.

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At the Board of Educaon Meeng on October 15, 2009, the five finalists for the Bibb County Teacher of the Year were named: Crystal Graham from Miller Middle School (8th Grade Math), Anthony “Tony” Jones from Rutland High School (9th-12th Grade Honors Georgia and AP World), Maurine Parker from Alexander II Magnet School (K-5 Music), Claire Sirmans from Hutchings Career Center (9th-10th Grade Math), and Olena Stadnik from Lane Elementary (5th Grade Math and Science). www.mytownmonthly.com | Facebook Page : MyTown Monthly magazine


The theme for Stra ord's 2009 summer reading program was “Pop Open a Good Book!” The school’s top summer readers were: Mark Barrow (4th grade) - 14,596 pages; Tripp Vaughn (4th) - 8,391 pages; Tejas Athni (4th) 7,261 pages; Sammy Marn (4th) - 6,770 pages; Zainab Siddiqui (5th) - 6,402 pages; Manasa Vemuri (4th) - 5,722; Alex Smith (4th) - 5,209 pages; Sam Barrow (2nd) 5,209 pages; and Adam Young (5th) - 4,941 pages.

Caroline Jackson, senior at Tanall Square Academy, has been named one of three Naonal Merit semifinalists in Bibb County. She is ranked first in her class, has received numerous Science Fair awards, named a Governor’s Honors Nominee in Communicave Arts and Science in 11th grade, and received the Hugh O’Brien Leadership Award in the 10th grade.

The Gretsch Foundaon Guitar Art Program, as part of the St. Joseph’s Catholic School Art department received four guitars. The Gretsch Company is a maker of fine guitars, violins, and drums. The guitars must be used in an arsc fundraising effort, so the 6th grade mosaiced the guitars to be included in the SJS Fall Fesval Silent Aucon.

Chrisna Barnes placed third as she represented the Houston County Career and Technology Center (HCCTC) in the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Georgia Naonal Fair Culinary Arts Compeon.

Randy Kim and Bass Gabriel face each other during the first meeng of St. Joseph’s Catholic School’s 2009-10 Chess Club.


Volunteer as a Family: Strengthen the Family Bond and Practice Social Responsibility It’s very easy to get caught up in the business of everyday living, from obligaons at work to obligaons with family. But life is about more than simple obligaons. If you’ve been feeling that your family is disconnected and caught up in the fast pace of daily obligaons, consider volunteering together in the community. Community service is one of the most sasfying, fun, and producve ways to reconnect with the community. Geng the enre family on board helps to set a good example by demonstrang that life is also about giving, not just receiving. Beyond seng a good example, volunteering can also help to strengthen the family bond. “It’s about helping to form well-rounded cizens,” says Amy Chastain, Communicaons Manager at Goodwill Industries in Macon. “With this current economy, kids are starng to see the need. Maybe their next-door neighbor is out of a job.” Ivey Hall, Director of Volunteer Services for Goodwill, adds that over the past few years, Goodwill has seen a rise in volunteerism among students. “It’s important to get involved with volunteering at a young age, because colleges are looking for kids that have done community service,” says Hall. “It’s important to stress with kids the importance of helping out. It can be as simple as cleaning out their closet and seng aside clothes to be donated.” Make volunteering a family tradion. According to Hall, it doesn’t have to be complicated. When it comes to involving your kids, start with organizaons that could use clothes, gis, or food.

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CLOTHES & HOUSEHOLD ITEMS

Goodwill Industries is one of the naon’s largest non-profit organizaons that provides the community with educaon, training, career services, clothes, and food. How can you get your family involved? “There are different ways to get involved,” explains Hall. “Donaon drives are an easy way to get in and do some volunteer work.” Goodwill’s corporate offices are located on Eisenhower Parkway across from Macon State College, and include a bookstore, career services department, Edgar’s Bistro restaurant, and a convenon center. Goodwill has several retail locaons throughout Middle Georgia, where community members can both purchase and donate household items. “There are a lot of volunteer opportunies,” says Hall. “The bookstore always needs help sorng out books.” At retail locaons, volunteers can also help sort clothes by type and color. “It’s very hands-on work,” says Chastain. “We’ve had many groups come in and help out.” Hall adds, “It’s rewarding for kids especially, because you can see a result at the end of the day.”

FOOD & GROCERIES

The downtown Macon Rescue Mission is more than just a non-profit organizaon. “We are a ministry that began 50 years ago,” says Business Director Julie Adair. “We started in the 1950s, because the city had many homeless men roaming around.” Today, the organizaon houses men, women, and children, and strives to provide an enriching environment for them. “Our mission is to help those

people regain their confidence and ability to go back into society with a job and become a producve member of the community,” says Adair. Since the organizaon is enrely supported by the community, items are always needed. “We need a constant and consistent food drive that goes on all year,” says Adair. “Our demand for food boxes has doubled since last year.” The demand for food increases toward the end of the month. Families who would like to involve their children in the process of collecng food for the Mission should call and speak with the directors, Jeff Nichols and Laura Dingley, and express the desire to do a food drive. The organizaon does not receive federal funds, so donaons of any kind are greatly appreciated.

GIFT GIVING

Project Giving is an organizaon whose humble beginnings started in a classroom. Founder of Project Giving, Toni Henson Slade, taught elementary school, and says she saw many needs within the community. “It began as a simple extension of compassion for my students and their desperate plight,” says Toni. “It has now become a community outreach exercised by various businesses, organizaons, families, and individuals.” Project Giving strives to be an advocate for families in crisis, with a primary emphasis on serving families who have been financially devastated due to chronic illness. The Family Christmas Adopon Project ulizes the educaonal system through teachers, counselors,

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and principals to determine the families within their schools who are most in need. Aer families are selected, businesses, organizaons, families, and individuals “adopt” them for Christmas. “With Project Giving, 75% of our partners [which include enre families] deliver gis to their families,” says Toni. “We have teams of people who deliver gis to people during the holidays.” Up unl days before Christmas, families deliver gis all over Middle Georgia. When community members get involved by giving, sharing, and connecng through community service, it helps to strengthen the community as a whole. Make a point of speaking with your family over dinner this evening. Discuss your interests and where you would like

to help out. And remember you are part of a wide community that is in need all year-round.

GET INVOLVED!

Family-Friendly Volunteer Organizaons and Opportunies Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA Ivey Hall, Director of Volunteer Services (478) 475-9995 ext. 879 www.goodwillworks.org Macon Rescue Mission Laura Dingley (478) 743-5445 ext. 2015 www.maconrescuemission.com

Project Giving Toni Henson Slade, Founder (478) 224-HOPE www.projectgiving.net FURever Friends Halie White (478) 952-4535 www.furever-friends.org Make A Wish Foundaon Diane Gilliam (478) 788-8450 www.wish.org/georgia The Building Family Foundaon Detra Foreman (478) 284-5379 www.thebuildingfamilyfoundaon.org


<Enter>Today’s Digital Age: Families Connecting through Technology Other military families are equally grateful for technology. Jennifer Bridensne works at the Family Readiness Center at Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins. Her husband, Flint Bridensne, is currently deployed. “We talk to each other through emails, Facebook, cell phones, webcaming, and instant messaging through both AKO (Army Knowledge Online) and Yahoo. We have also video teleconferenced before in Hawaii, but we haven’t used that opon here yet.”

Jennifer Bridensne and children Technology is the fastest growing industry in today’s global world. From cell phones to the internet, families, business owners, students, and organizaons from every walk of life are trying to keep up. For most of us, technology plays an integral role in our busy lives. It helps facilitate transacons, keeps us abreast of breaking news, and offers easy access to informaon of every kind. What would the world look like without digital technology? For many, it’s unfathomable. Valerie Wilcox spoke to MyTown Monthly, who says technology plays an important role in her family. Her husband, Larry Wilcox, is staoned overseas, and the family frequently uses webcams, texng, and instant messaging to stay connected with each other. Larry is with the 116th Air Control Wing and deploys very quickly. “He’s been with the military for 20 years, so we have the whole roune down at this point,” says Valerie. “We do a lot of webcaming because it makes it so much nicer that the children can actually see Dad, and he can show them things that are happening in day-to-day life. It makes it a lot easier on them than having to deal with him being gone from their lives so much.”

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What was it like for military families before the advent of digital technology and its numerous funcons? Limited, say Jennifer and Valerie. “My husband was in Korea twice in 1993,” says Valerie. “Back then, we could only use telephones, but the lines were so bad back then and our phone bills were terrible. He went back to Korea 10 years later and by then, we had an 18-monthold who didn’t understand why Daddy wasn’t around.” Jennifer says she sees no downside to technology and its many uses. “My husband was in Kuwait during 9/11, and we had no contact with him at all. His job was very scary back then. We didn’t have Messenger (for instant messaging). Now he’s able to take his personal laptop with him, and can email and let me know he’s OK.” During the holidays, technology takes on a parcularly important role in the Wilcox and Bridensne families. “Last Thanksgiving, he was able to chat with everyone around the table,” says Valerie. “With Larry’s schedule, he can use the computer at 4:00 in the morning over there, and it’s a perfect me for us here.” Flint will be away during both the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. “Last year, he had dinner with us,” says Jennifer. “We placed the webcam close to the dinner table, and had a Thanksgiving meal with him.”

Families nowadays are scaered, with many living in different towns, states, or countries. Connecng with family and friends who are far away adds an inmate and memorable experience during the holidays. With the use of webcams, instant messaging, cell phones, Facebook, Twier, emails, and other social networking tools, families and friends can stay connected anyme! As technology begins to rapidly change and increase in user funconality, people are more connected than ever. For many, connecng through technology is all about spending me with family. “Aer 20 years of being in the military, technology is a blessing,” says Valerie. Are you Tweeng for the holidays? Facebooking? IMing? Emailing? Share your stories with us! What technology do you use to connect with your out-of-town family members and friends?

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Valerie Wilcox and children (pictured le) and Larry Wilcox.

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MyTown’s Hotspots for Family Time

Autumn in Middle Georgia is a me of the year that many residents ancipate. The weather is cool; acvies abound; and families prepare for Thanksgiving. In this issue, MyTown Monthly is focusing on bringing the family together to enjoy quality me with each other. The following is a quicklist of places in Middle Georgia where families can enjoy quality me together. For more ideas, refer to MyTown Monthly’s online calendar at www.mytownmonthly.com. Events are updated daily, and cover happenings in Monroe, Jones, Bibb, Peach, and Houston counes.

Bibb County:

Cox Capitol Theatre Located on Second Street in downtown Macon, this theatrical treasure provides more than just entertainment. Families are encouraged to aend the Sunday Supper, which includes a family movie and $1 pizza slices. “We showed Hook and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in November,” says Execuve Director Julie Wilkerson. “In December, we’ll be showing It’s A Wonderful Life.” The movie was shown last year, and was such a success that it will be brought back again this year. Cox also offers “Dinner and A Classic” on Wednesday evenings. Cox is not just for adults, but a fun, family entertainment venue that welcomes all ages, and is also open for rentals. “It’s a fun experience to watch a movie and be able to eat at a table,” remarks Wilkerson. “The atmosphere is great. It’s really a beauful theatre, especially (for) watching older movies.” Wilkerson says that the theatre is open to all ages.

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Cox Capitol Theatre is located at 382 Second Street in Macon. For more informaon, visit www.coxcapitoltheatre.com.

Peach County:

Green Frog Coffee Shop It’s a “green frog experience” from the moment you open the door to this quaint, Southern café. Neatly tucked on historic Main Street in downtown Byron, the Green Frog Coffee Shop offers the right kind of seng for the enre family. Kids will enjoy the playful atmosphere, while parents will thoroughly bask in the sweet, simple aromas of coffee and delicious treats. Shirley Meyers, a mom with six children, had a vision to open the coffee shop. Today, it is owned by Dan and Barbara Schlafer. “This is a local community hangout,” says Schlafer. “We get a lot of support from the local policians and businesses around here.” Customers can enjoy hearty breakfasts at the café, including toasted bagels, Danish and cinnamon rolls, oatmeal, waffles, and breakfast sandwiches. Lunch opons vary from sandwiches to soups, and specialty coffees include cappuccino and lae. Green Frog Coffee Shop is open daily from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., and if you’re smien with the Green Frog Coffee Shop, you can walk away with your very own Green Frog T-shirt for only $15! Green Frog Coffee Shop is located at 112 Main Street in Byron. For more informaon, call (478) 320-1669.

Houston County:

Beauty for Ashes Chrisan Book Store Beauty for Ashes is a laid-back, friendly Chrisan bookstore. “Charlie Walker wanted to open a business that was really a ministry,” explains Jennifer Hulbert-Shimp. “He wanted a place where people could come in and have prayer.” Charlie Walker and Linda and Bob Kelly opened the store, which is managed by Jennifer and Jodi Hulbert, in May 2008. The store sells Chrisan books; specialty gi items for babies, kids, and adults; and local art. “We like to feature local arsts,” explains Jennifer, “So they can showcase their work.” Every third Thursday of the month, Beauty for Ashes offers entertainment from 7 to 9 p.m. Customers can enjoy complimentary coffee and laes, while enjoying good music and fellowship. “We’re just a small, local store,” says Jodi. “We like to engage the customers. If we don’t have something in the store, we’ll order it for them.” Beauty for Ashes shares a space with First Love Ministries, a nondenominaonal, interracial, and intergeneraonal ministry that welcomes all ages. “People come into the bookstore and have goen involved with First Love Ministries,” says Jennifer. The community has been supporve and open to the bookstore. “Many have said how excited they are to have a local Chrisan bookstore,” says Jodi. Beauty for Ashes is located at 936 Carroll Street in Perry. For more informaon, call (478) 987-1653.

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Holiday Time! Baking With The Kids

MyTown Monthly’s December issue is about family: spending quality me with a significant other, children, extended family, and close friends. What beer way to create great, lasng memories than to bake with your kids? Do you remember helping your mom and grandmother in the kitchen? If you were one of those kids who liked to lick the bowl clean and sprinkle sugar on cookies, you’re not alone! Make this holiday special by re-creang those special moments with your child. Baking does not have to be meconsuming or complicated. “You can take already-cooked brownies and shape them into animals,” says Debbie Brooks. “Whatever you do, make it simple.” Debbie lives in Byron, and has won numerous cooking awards. She first won in 1996, when she came in first place at the “Georgia On My Plate” contest. Debbie connued to enter compeons, and won trips all over the country, including an impressive trip to the Disney Cooking Instute. “When I was a kid, I loved to cook,” says Debbie. “My grandmother inspired me. She had to be creave with food, because she had many kids.” Parents can scour the internet; look through fun and easy cookbooks; or speak to their local baker for cooking ideas. Kathy Algae works at Super Suppers, located on Forsyth Street in Macon. She has been baking for 30 years, and is well-known for her “Kathy’s Creaons” delicacies. She says when parents want to involve their children in making holiday treats, they need to be

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very paent. “You’ve got to be able to hold their aenon,” says Kathy. “And make it easy. I like to use Bundt cake pans.” Parents can also use simple ingredients when creang animal figures. For example, use malted milk balls when creang turkeys, and red licorice for creang the long throat on a rooster. “Cupcake pares are always a blast!” says Debbie. “You can have the kids measure out flour and roll cookies in balls. Cinnamon rolls are also easy to do. Kids can help with rolling things out and sprinkling on things.” Debbie suggests parents refrigerate their dough the night before they plan to cook. Another great idea when it comes to involving kids during the holidays is to have them make place cards. “This will include them in the planning phase,” says Debbie, “where they could help in seng the table.” Children as young as two or three years old can help parents bake! Make sure to give kids jobs that are age-appropriate, and praise them oen. By the me children are four or five years old, they can pour, measure, and make shapes with cookie cuers. Involving kids in the aspect of baking is integral to family me, says Kathy. “Family me is so extremely important. Sing down to a meal together… it’s the togetherness kids need to be taught.” With so many families geographically scaered, holidays are a special me when kids get to experience the joy of spending quality me with their siblings and older family members.

Make the holidays special by encouraging your child to bring some delicious baked goods to school. Bibb County Director of School Nutrion Dr. Cleta Long says, “Our school board doesn’t have any policies regarding food brought into the classrooms. It’s really up to the discreon of the teacher.” Long suggests parents consider the following when it comes to bringing baked goods to school: • Check with your child’s teacher first. There may be children who have allergies to certain foods. “Most of the me, teachers are aware of the kids who have allergies,” says Long. • Based on conversaons with the teacher, bring food every child can enjoy. “There may be religious beliefs that may prevent a child from parcipang, based on a parcular food,” notes Long. • Parents need to consider the safety of the food. “Be aware of sanitaon issues,” says Long. “We have people who are very careful about the kind of ingredients that go into foods. Parents need to be extra careful when it comes to sending food in for an enre classroom of kids.” • If parents have quesons or concerns about bringing baked goods to school, Dr. Long suggests calling the school board.

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Put a Twist in Traditional Holiday Meals New dishes, baked goods, and unique ingredients can give renewed interest to the traditional holiday menu If you’re a natural-born planner, then you’re already considering what to include on the menu for the holidays. Maybe you already have the menu planned. Whether you buy pecan pie every year, or always include mashed potatoes and gravy in your Thanksgiving meal, somemes it’s great to consider other ingredients, baked goods, and different types of food for your holiday meals. Middle Georgia offers many shopping venues to choose from, whether you plan to cook or buy food for the holidays. Besides your local grocery store, there are some terrific shops, outdoor markets, and specialty stores that sell unique ingredients. Yvonne’s Natural Market, located in Macon, offers a unique lineup of organic products, gluten-free foods, and specialty items for the enre family. “When you’re making baked goods, consider using stevia (a low-calorie natural sweetener), organic sugars, or other natural sweeteners,” says owner Yvonne Mourfield. “That way, you’re not geng chemicals in your food.” Yvonne’s has mulple sweetener opons to choose from, including agave sweetener, which is low on the glycemic index for people with diabetes. “We also have organic flour for baking,” notes Yvonne. For your holiday meals, Yvonne’s has gluten-free pie shells, pie fillers with no preservaves, organic stuffing, wheatfree and gluten-free bread crumbs and mixes, gluten-free chocolate chips, along with many other items. “We have customers who are gluten-intolerant, and do a majority of their shopping here because of the selecon of gluten-free products we have,” says Yvonne. For those who enjoy Jonah’s on Johnston, Yvonne’s is the only store in Macon that offers three types of their fresh-baked bread and a variety of their fresh scones.

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If you are someone who enjoys pastries, mouth-watering treats can be found at Priester’s Pecans, located in Perry. The store has been serving the community for the past seven years, selling candy, food, and specialized gis. Manager Ginger Gregory says Priester’s has a lot to offer. “We have cookbooks, jellies, jams, sauces, coffees, pecan pies, holiday items, candies for kids, pecans of every kind, and party trays.” In addion, pecan, coconut cream, and sweet potato pies are available. Customers who come to shop at Priester’s will enjoy the warm and friendly atmosphere. Free samples of coffee and pecans greet customers, and many items are perfect for party trays. Priester’s offers an impressive variety of pecans, including honey-glazed, chocolate-covered, and caramel pecans. “People also like our sugar-free candy,” says Gregory. This year, take your tradional Holiday menu, and add unique dishes or baked goods to it. You might even consider cooking your tradional items using different ingredients. However you choose to provide your holiday meal, take me to enjoy it with family! Want to shop from local merchants? Travel to downtown Macon on Saturday mornings, where City Market on the Green is in full swing. Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., visitors can purchase locally grown produce, handmade cras, home-canned jams, jellies, pickled okra, salsa, home-baked breads, cakes and cookies, tradional New Orleans pralines, hand-carved walking scks, handcraed pens, poed plants and herbs, and more! “The market takes place in the same place as the old Farmer’s Market,” says Naomi Davis, market manager for City Market

on the Green. The market is located on the corner of Poplar Street and Marn Luther King Jr. Boulevard, and is open from March to mid-December every year. “We have various vendors who sell a number of great items,” says Davis. With the support of NewTown Macon and the City of Macon, City Market strives to feature local growers, creave cras, and local arsans. You can order from the following vendors, or stop by their booths to sample their delicious fare: One vendor, Sarah, takes orders for banana bread, yeast rolls, ulmate coconut cake, sour cream pound cake, red velvet cake, Italian cream cake, Hummingbird cake, and Mississippi Mud cake. She can be contacted via email at sweetheart@bellsouth.net. Another vendor, Linda, specializes in pound cakes, cookies, Rice Krispie and granola bars, sourdough and cinnamon raisin breads, and muffins. She also does Christmas cookies, pecan pies, and date nut balls. John is also a vendor who specializes in cakes, especially cheesecakes, tradional Scosh short bread, espresso brownies, and chocolate cake. He is also open to taking orders. He can be contacted via email at cajun18@cox.net.

Yvonne’s Natural Market can be contacted by calling (478) 254-3670. For more informaon on Priester’s Pecans, visit www.priester.com or call (478) 987-6080. For more informaon on City Market on the Green, visit www.maconmarket.com or call (478) 836-4564.

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Storybook Pumpkin Night at Kings Chapel Elementary. The school decorated more than 150 pumpkins and shared with parents

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Mia Johnson (16 months) picks out her first pumpkin at Elliot Farms

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Q&A

on the Life-Changing Experience of Adopting a Child Last year, we interviewed several families who either adopted children, or were seeking to adopt. One couple we interviewed, Jenny and Robert Gordon, told us they had started the process of adopng internaonally aer considering domesc adopon. It was not an easy decision. “The waing is the hardest part,” said Jenny. MyTown Monthly received a call from the Gordons, and they shared with us that they found the baby girl they would adopt! In this issue of MyTown Monthly, one year since publishing our original feature of adopon, we share with you the Gordon’s story.

MyTown Monthly: How long did it take you and your husband to adopt your daughter? Jenny Gordon: It's hard to believe, but three years ago this month, my husband and I started acvely pursuing our dream of adopon. Fast-forward 30 months later (aer deciding on an internaonal adopon from China), and we received the call of a lifeme. Robert and I were going to become parents to a beauful lile 10-month-old girl! MyTown Monthly: How did you choose an adopon agency? Jenny Gordon: The hardest and scariest thought at first was deciding which adopon agency to choose. There were hundreds, of which most are reputable, but it's important to do your homework before comming yourself and your money.

It's an agency that has worked solely on the placement of Chinese children since the China Center of Adopon Affairs allowed foreigners to adopt beginning in the early 1990s. MyTown Monthly: How did you react to the news that you and your husband were going to be parents? Jenny Gordon: I remember that I couldn't breathe. My husband couldn't stop yelling with excitement over the telephone. It was unbelievable. The moment we had waited so long for had finally arrived! June 11, 2009. That was the day we'll always remember. August 19, 2009. That was the day we finally le on a 14-hour flight to Beijing. Our 18-day adopon adventure had begun.

Ask for references of families who have used the adopon agency's services. I emailed dozens of people and got responses from almost everyone. Make sure the agency is transparent and upfront with its service fees and expectaons. Most importantly, do your research. Check licenses, the Beer Business Bureau, state organizaons, and again, hear it firsthand from families who've been there before.

MyTown Monthly: What were your experiences with the adopon agency when you went to China to meet your daughter for the first me? Jenny Gordon: As with many adopon agencies, a guide is present in the cies and provinces you visit. The true test of an adopon agency is how its representaves treat you overseas. Chinese Children Adopon Internaonal guides were true professionals, and took care of us every step of the way.

We narrowed down our choices to a few, but aer speaking with a co-worker's friend from church, we decided on Chinese Children Adopon Internaonal.

Now, I wouldn't say our adopon experience was perfect, but what one is? However, the appointments we aended in China, paperwork we signed, photos

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we took, and everything else related to making sure our adopon papers were in order, that part was perfect.

Looking to Adopt? Follow These Steps! • Educate yourself and your family members. • Decide what type of adopon you want pursue. • Invesgate ways to handle adopon expenses. • Select an adopon agency/facilitator and/or aorney. • Complete an agency applicaon form. • Begin the home study process. • Aend pre-adopon and parenng classes. • Be matched with or locate a child. • Prepare for your child's arrival. • File a peon to adopt. • Finalize the adopon. • Post-adopon services and educaon. Source: www.adopon.com

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Declutter Your House for the Holidays Tips that help you declutter and realize that less can be more! We’ve all seen “de-cluering” shows on T.V. with ps on how to organize; get rid of cluer; and plan for a stress-free, simple living space that will ulmately transform our lives. We’ve watched in horror as families with young and older children hoard food, clothes, toys, and, well, just things throughout their homes, unl rooms take on the look of storage units. Up unl recently, “de-cluer” and staging experts have been scarce. Today, the industry is growing, as families and individuals are quickly realizing their living spaces have goen out of control. Since the holidays are upon us, this may be the perfect opportunity to tackle your messy home. MyTown Monthly spoke to Karen Hancock, owner and founder of Amazing Spaces, who works as a professional organizer. Hancock works with clients to de-cluer their home and organize their space, plus she offers house staging services. She began by helping real estate agents in North Carolina, who needed help in staging homes to be put up for sale. When it comes to organizing, Hancock says many don’t know how to go about it. “People get overwhelmed and they just don’t know where to start,” she says. “They don’t know how to make decisions over items that have emoonal es.” Hancock coaches clients on how to decluer on their own, an important aspect of maintaining a clean home. It all begins with a reality check. “I have to help break that emoonal e,” says Hancock. “It’s not a person. You can’t develop a relaonship with it. It’s just a thing.” Linda Soloman is a Realtor with Stuckey Realty in middle Georgia. She says she advises her clients to de-cluer as much as possible when it comes to selling a home. For the holidays, Soloman says it’s all about enjoying your space and

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making your guests comfortable. “When you de-cluer, it helps to foster communicaon,” says Soloman. “You want to be able to use the things you have, without having them disappear with all that cluer.” So, where to begin? Hancock and Soloman weigh in with these ps: Think Environment. Recycle, Reuse, and Throw Away! If you don’t use it, lose it! Go through every room in the house, and make an inventory of what you have. “Go through and ask if it’s been longer than a year (since you’ve used it). And if it’s not a seasonal item, then you need to think of giving it away,” says Hancock. “If it’s memorable pieces from your children’s childhood, you don’t have to keep every single piece of artwork. Box it up, store it, and keep it in a proper place, like a closet or ac.” For the rest of the children’s art, throw it away or send it to the recycling bin. “If you’re not using items that are not seasonal, think of donang them to a local charity – Goodwill or Salvaon Army – or have a yard sale,” says Soloman. Develop a Workable System It is very easy for cluer to start piling up again aer the purge. The answer lies in creang a workable system that is realisc for you and your family. “Take a few minutes a day, just two minutes even, to get rid of the junk right away,” says Hancock. “Set aside me to check your bills daily, or put them in two envelopes – one for the beginning of the month, and one for the end of the month. Come up with a simple system. For kids, put a magnec calendar on the fridge, where everyone can see what

needs to be done.” Hancock also stresses that families think of sharing the load of de-cluering. Assign tasks to each family member. It’s important to develop a system that works for your lifestyle. If your mornings are hecc with trying to get everyone out of the house on me for work and school, then late evenings may be ideal. Take Inventory of Your Needs, Not Your Wants Many of us are bombarded with adversements: the latest television screens, updated computers, new fall clothing lines, or the latest handbags. But ask yourself: do you really need it now? “Less is always more, I tell clients,” says Hancock. “Get rid of the extra table and extra books. Focus on what your family really needs.” Create inmate spaces within your home to help facilitate relaonships. “You just need to look at what you need,” comments Hancock. “You don’t need 20 mixing spoons.” When your space is clear, you will begin to view your life in a whole different way. Hancock says many of her clients have saved money, and have gained a whole new appreciaon of life, by following these simple ps. When it comes to the holidays, organizing your home by decluering will allow family and friends to enjoy themselves. “You don’t want people bumping into things that don’t need to be there,” says Soloman. For more informaon, or to get help in organizing your space, visit www.amazingspacesmacon.com. Interested in selling or buying a home? Call Linda Soloman at (478) 973-1762.

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F INDING J OY

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N ATURE !

by Ann Smith We are an over-smulated society. Television, music, video games, talk radio, e-mail, and internet allow us to find out what our friends had for dinner, play a game with someone halfway around the world, and listen to a mind-boggling array of songs and podcasts with lile effort. Even with all this electronic smulaon and access, we sll spend our whole lives in physical contact with the world around us. Ann Smith

On a recent Sunday, my husband and I were driving in downtown Macon. As we sat at a red light, we saw a squirrel on the corner, standing on his hind asmith@ahsmithcpa.com legs. You know the look. When the y www.smallbizspeaker.com stand that way, they look like people, except furrier and with a long er tail. This squirrel wanted to cross the street but was a bit wary. However, he must have seen the signal that indicated it was safe to cross, because in a moment, he zipped across the street, staying in the crosswalk the whole way! We laughed out loud watching him. He had urban living figur ed out! Business Development Specialist (478) 731-9025

Years ago, when our children were sll in high school, we spent a great deal of me at school sporng events. Soccer games were aended by a mix of people and dogs. The dogs, who wandered up from homes near the school, had disc overed that food was plenful there. They kept the area under the bleachers free of food scraps, and we all knew them by name. The usual roune at soccer games was to play the Naonal Anthem before kickoff. During the playing of the Naonal Anthem, everyone stopped what they were doing and faced the flag. One evening as the music began, I noced one of the “soccer dogs,” a small (and oen smelly) beagle. He s topped foraging, faced the flag, and sat down for the duraon of the music. When the Anthem ended, he resumed his search for French fries, just as everyone else resumed their conversaons. I sll laugh thinking of his patriosm! Our dining table is posioned where we can see our bird feeders. We are frequently entertained, watching the chipmunks chase each other or baby bir ds quivering as they beg their parents for food. We watch hummingbirds dive-bomb each other, and wonder how they ever get along well enough to make baby hummingbirds. It’s beer than television! Turn off the electronic smulaon and see what you discover. A way to find balance is to set aside one day a week where you don’t watch television, surf the web, or listen to music. Who knows what you will see and hear? Wife of Jim Smith, mother of Nick and J ., CPA, business owner, consultant, volunteer, teacher, writer, Ann’s life is a connuing quest to learn about balance and priories! 42 MyTown December 2009

A SK B ETH by Beth McKinnon

Dear Beth, My friend and I are on opposite sides of the polical fence. We’re both passionate about our beliefs. When we discuss them, emoons run high. Our friendship is suffering. How can I address this without selling out on m y beliefs? Z Dear Z, Emoons seem to be running high in many places right now. We all have Beth McKinnon, beliefs, and of course, we want to CPCC stand up for them. Passion is great, Executive/Life Coach but compassion is beer. Differences Accessing Success are healthy, but they must be (478) 475-9391 expressed with respect and politeness. We are all doing the best we can. None of us has all the in formaon. We come to conclusions as best we can, and make the choices that ring the truest for us. It ’s hard to know who is right and who is wrong. Take the me to put yourself in your friend’s shoes. See if you can have some empathy for her, knowing that she is making the best choice she knows how to make. Focus on what you love about her, and what you agree on. Think about what your friendship means to you. You may decide that discussing polics is not worth endangering it over. You may decide to agree to disagree, which is not selling out. This country was founded on freedom of speech. We must honor the right of each other to hold beliefs different than our own. There seems to be a tendency to want to convince each other that “I am right and you are wrong.” This will get us nowhere. These are extremely difficult mes. There is a lot of fear. Those who believe they are right want to save the world from those they believe are wrong. Sll, most of us do agree that we want to come together somehow. We begin by respecng each other. In conflict resoluon, the pares are asked to look beyond their opposing posions, to see how they connect as human beings, and wha t they have in common. I am reminded of a story of a group of men in a small Gr eek village. Every evening, they would go to the same tavern and lambaste each other over their different views. Yet, at the end of the evening they would leave together, arm in arm, laughing. One night, the bartender asked how they could do this. The answer came. “We love each other more than we do these ideas!” To submit your quesons, email bmckinnon@accessingsuccess.com with Ask Beth in the subject line. Be th is a naonally cerfied performance coach and cofounder of Accessing Success, a company offering coaching and seminars. Beth helps her clients overcome their personal obstacles and move into the inspired high-energy acon necessary to compel them forward to success in every area of their lives. www.accessingsuccess.com. www.mytownmonthly.com | Facebook Page : MyTown Monthly magazine


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L EAVING G RACEFULLY : C OPING WITH J OB T ERMINATION

E VERYONE W INS W HEN Y OU M AKE C HARITABLE G IFTS

by Ashley Harrington

by Rob Pelissier

Ashley Harrington Cert. Financial Planner Senior Vice President (478) 922-8100 sherri@rfmoney.com

“I was called into my boss's office at the end of the day, and told that I was being terminated due to downsizing. Aer several minutes of shock, I stood up and began to spill out my anger. I told my boss that he and the company were ridiculous. I then began grasping for reasons why I shouldn’t be let go. I even tried explaining to my boss that one of my co-workers was the real weak link. Then, I began t o cry. My boss proceeded with the formal terminaon process by going over some type of legal document. I told him that I wasn’t going to listen anymore. Aer all, what was the point? As I exited his office, I told him that he was going t o be sorry. I stormed out of my office for the last me, and I now I realize, that I le a lot more than that.” ~~Unknown

This is similar to a situaon I learned about through a business contact. These days, job loss is an unfortunate, yet all-toocommon, event. Call it what you will: being laid off, downsized, or just plain fired. Whatever you call it, it hurts. Job loss c an have a profound effect on your emoonal well-being, but the way you cope with the terminaon process can affect the future of your career! Taking a closer look at the scenario above, there are several things that the separated employee should have done differently: • Remain calm. Be strong, confident, and accepng of the terminaon, even if you do not agree with it. Don’t say things that you may regret. Remember, you may need a reference down the road! • It is perfectly appropriate to ask how your employer made the decision to terminate you. It is also a good idea to write your employer’s comments down. • Don’t play “the blame game,” trying to turn the focus onto your co-workers’ weaknesses. • Be respecul and paent, and listen. Your boss is probably being told by higher management to terminate you, and doesn’t like it, either. • Refrain from being dramac in front of your co-workers. You will probably regret your behavior later. • Leave with a great lasng impression by saying “I have enjoyed working here. Thank you.” Show appreciaon, even if it’s the last thing you feel! Remember that there is always a chance that you will run into your former boss or co-workers again, whether it is in a professional or personal situaon. Make sure that you leave a prior job situaon in a way that will not bring you shame later!

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It’s holiday me again. Like everyone, you have many things in your life for which you are thankful. You may want to show your appreciaon by making a charitable donaon. If you do, both you and the charitable group can come out ahead. It’s no secret that 2009 has been a prey rough year, with most of us feeling the effects of the recession. Consequently, you may feel you can’t Rob Pelissier afford to make charitable gis right now. But there’s never been a more Financial Advisor urgent need for these gis, as the Edward Jones distressed economy has led to a (478) 755-5007 decline in naonwide charitable www.edwardjones.com contribuons. Furthermore, your charitable contribuons can provide you with these tax benefits: • You can take an immediate tax deducon. If you itemize your taxes, you can deduct your “tax-qualified” charitable contribuons. (Be sure to ask the organizaon if it has taxqualified status.) Your charitable contribuon tax deducons are generally limited to 50% of your adjusted gross income. (If you want to claim a deducon for the 2009 tax year, you’ll need to contribute by December 31, 2009.) • You can avoid capital gains taxes. You’re not limited to making charitable contribuons in cash — you can donate other assets, such as stocks or real estate. If you’ve held these assets for a long me, their value may have risen considerably, despite the volality of the markets. If they have appreciated and you sell them, you will have to pay capital gains taxes on your profits. However, if you donate these assets, you can avoid the capital gains liability while sll claiming the tax deducon. • You can remove assets from your taxable estate. In 2010, the estate tax will be repealed, but it will return in 2011. Estate taxes can be heavy, and your heirs may have to sell their assets to pay them. One way you can reduce the value of your taxable estate, as well as receive an immediate tax deducon, is to donate your assets! If you sll want to enjoy the benefits of these assets while you’re alive, you could transfer them to a “charitable remainder trust,” which can sell them and reinvest the proceeds, out of which you could receive a lifelong income stream. Upon your death, the charity you designated will receive the remainder of the trust’s assets. (You’ll need to work with a qualified legal advisor to arrange this.) As you can see, the old saying “when you give, you also receive” is certainly true for charitable donaons, so during the upcoming holiday season, be as generous as possible, to charitable groups and to yourself! www.mytownmonthly.com | Facebook Page : MyTown Monthly magazine


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I’ LL N EVER L IFT W EIGHTS

W ALKING & R UNNING S AFETY

Part Three of the “Never Say Never” Series

by Perry Slaughter

by Greer Hawkins Unlike my client, Sally, I’ve always played and loved sports. I was never injured unl last year, while training for a marathon. My injury was due to overtraining. I was running too much and cross-training too lile. I didn’t realize how crucial it is t o have balance in your body.

Greer Hawkins NSCA Certified Personal Trainer Trainers Fitness Institute (478) 757-7180

Last month, Sally started cross-training on the ellipcal and the staonary bike. Cross-training allows Sally to sll reap the cardiovascular benefits of aerobic acvity, without pounding pavement every day. This month, I introduced her to liing weights.

Women tend to worry that liing weights will make them “big” or “bulky.” It’s actually quite the opposite! Liing weights is essenal for muscle and bone health. Substanal research proves liing weights can reverse muscle and bone loss. Rick Kahley, owner of Trainers Fitness Instute, teaches a women’s weightliing class three mes a week. Sally joined the class to connect with other women, while building strength and geng a great workout! By being part of a class, she will gain friendship and accountability. Liing weights creates ny tears in our muscles. In order for our muscles to rebuild stronger aer each workout, we must eat protein as a post-workout meal. We focused on incorporang lean protein into Sally’s diet, and found egg whites, boneless skinless chicken breasts, and edamame to be her favorites. Last month, we focused on healthy fats, such as seafood and nuts, which also provide a great source of protein. Here’s a look at her workout plan for this month: Mon Week 9 and 10

Walk 30 mins Ellipcal 10 mins Weights

Tues

Wed

Rest

Walk 30 - 45 mins with 1 min jogs every 5 mins

Walk

30 - 40 Week mins 11 and Weights 12 Ellipcal

Thurs

10 mins Weights

Sat

Sun Walk 30 - 45 mins with 1 min jogs every 5 mins

Rest

Rest

Walk Weights 30 - 60 Staonary with Acvity 1mins min jogs bike every 10 min 5 mins

Walk

20 mins with 5 min jogs every 5 mins

Fri

Weights Acvity: gardening Staonary housework bike cleaning 10 min etc.

Sally used to think only men needed t o li weights. Now, she understands the importance of keeping her body balanced and strong. “Everyday acvies, like grocery shopping, are tremendously easier,” Sally confessed. “I have more energy and I feel stronger each week.” 46 MyTown December 2009

I was saddened to hear of the death of a Middle Georgia runner recently, so for this month’s column, I thought that it would be appropriate to touch on safety while out walking or running for exercise. Many mes, out of convenience or lack of access to parks or trails, we find ourselves sharing the road with automobiles while walking or running. If sidewalks are present, we are Perry Slaughter expected to use them. However, when you have no choice but to use Owner the road, you should walk or run Run Fit Sports (478) 477-7577 (Macon) facing traffic. Always assume that the driver is not paying aenon to you, (478) 953-4892 (WR) and be ready to step off the road as www.runfitsports.com needed. Pedestrians may have the right-of-way, but in a collision with a fast-moving vehicle, you are going to lose! If you will be running at night, you should wear reflecve clothing and some type of flashing ligh t. Your local running store stocks many styles of running vests and lights. There are even vests and hats with light-eming diode (LED) lights built into them! Most workout clothes made by the major shoe brands include reflecve elements. The Saucony shoe company has even started incorporang small removable LED lights on the sleeves of their clothing. The Br ooks shoe company makes an enre line of bright clothing appropriately named NightLife that praccally glows in the dark! Wearing MP3 players, although great when running on the track or trails, should be avoided when running on the road. It is very difficult to hear cars coming from behind with music playing in your ears. Remember, even though you can see cars coming toward you, cars may be passing other cars behind you, and therefore coming up behind you in your lane! Walkers and runners, especially women, should also be aware of the danger of the people around them. When wearing headphones, it is difficult to hear someone coming up behind you. For protecon against an assailant, it may be a good idea to carry pepper spray in your hand while you run. Again, your local running store carries pepper spray designed with the exerciser in mind. It is also important to have some form of idenficaon with you while exercising. A popular company called Road ID makes personalized bracelets and shoe tags that display personal informaon. The New Balance shoe company has started pung similar tags on their running clothing. Mos t good quality running shorts have key pockets built into them, and you can carry your idenficaon in those, as well. Accidents can happen, but by following these guidelines, you can greatly improve the odds of having a safe and fun workout. www.mytownmonthly.com | Facebook Page : MyTown Monthly magazine


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A CTIVITIES FOR C HILDREN D URING THE H OLIDAY S CHOOL B REAKS

SOFT DRINKS MAY BE HARD ON YOUR TEETH

by Dr. Jolie Hardin

by Dr. Sheila Shah

Dr. Jolie Hardin Principal Matt Arthur Elementary School (478) 988-6200 jolie.hardin@hcbe.net

Last year, a group of parents asked me for some acvies to do with their children over the holidays. They wanted fun acvies that would be beneficial to their children, and that kept them in some type of “ school mode.” As they can do over the summer, many students become bored quickly during the holiday season. If the weather is too cold or rainy, they can become very restless and agitated doing the same thing over and over. I solicited the help of the teachers at my school to suggest acvies for the upcoming breaks. Here is what we came up with:

• Allow a child to make his or her own dish for that special dinner. Cooking or baking something could include using measurements, following instrucons, and having fun at the same me! Remember, a recipe that does not have many ingredients or steps would be easier for the younger ones. Being with extended family, especially grandparents, is a great me for children to ask about school, or life, when the grandparent was their age. It’s a wonderful me for students to think of interview quesons, then to write biographies of family members, or even to compare and contrast the “old mes” to current mes. A child’s special interests can even be the basis of ques ons: sports, foods, entertainment, cars, etc. If traveling, students could write in a travel journal, and send postcards to friends from different locaons. Be prepared with stamps, etc. Students could also design, write, and send their own holiday cards. At Thanksgiving/Christmas, a personal note of gratude to significant adults (relaves, neighbors, school/church leaders, and teachers) means so much to the recipients. “Thank you” notes, with pictures of the child holding the gi, would reach across miles and carry smiles. Students could go through the sales papers and find the differences between regular price items and sale price items. Parents could make a list of what they are looking for, and the child could calculate the cost savings. Kids could keep a daily journal or “diary” of things they do over the holidays. They may include photographs, as well. Children could bring these back to their class to share aer the holidays. It will also be a w onderful way to save memories of these special occasions. Write mulplicaon, addion, subtracon, or division problems (depending on the grade level of the student) – without answers – on scky Christmas labels or sckers, or even plain labels. Give one to each person in your house to wear for the day. Throughout the day, the person can ONLY be referred to by the answer to the problem on the label, not their name. This will help the kids learn their math facts.

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Dr. Sheila Shah

Dentist MaconSmiles (478) 757-8714 skshah@bellsouth.net www.MaconSmiles.com

In a recent arcle from the Minnesota Dental Associaon tled “The Hard Facts,” densts had a lot to say about sipping soda. One said, “I had a 16year-old paent in with 30 severe cavies. He admied he drank two Mountain Dews for breakfast, drank one on the bus, and then had f our to five at school. He figured he drank 10 to 12 pops a day and said he can’t stop.” Another summed it up by simply saying, “Sweetened soda is to teeth as cigarees are to lungs.”

Acidic foods and beverages with pH values below 4 can result in dental erosion. When salivary pH levels drop to crical levels, enamel loses calcium, causing etching of the enamel surface. Aer this superficial decalcificaon of the enamel by the acid, remaining micron layers of denn are more suscepble to the effects of dental erosion. Oddly enough, individuals who brush their t eeth immediately following an acid aack may actually be increasing erosion of the so, demineralized surface.

So why are so drinks so hard on teeth? • Sugar in sodas combine with bacteria in your mouth to form acid. • Diet or “sugar free” soda contains its own acid.

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• Acid in so drinks, whether they contain sugar or not, is the primary cause of weakening tooth enamel. • Acid aacks your teeth, with each aack lasng about 20 minutes. • An acid aack starts over again with each new sip of soda. • Ongoing acid aacks weaken tooth enamel. • Bacteria in your mouth cause cavies when tooth enamel is damaged. • If you have a receding gum line, acid does mor e damage below the gum line than abov e it. This is of parcular concern in adults. • See the charts provided for a beer understanding of acid levels (pH) in sodas.

So how can you reduce the chances of decay? • Drink so drinks in moderaon. • Don't sip for extended periods of me. Ongoing sipping prolongs sugar and acid aacks on your teeth. • Use a straw to keep the sugar away from your teeth. • Aer drinking, swish your mouth out with water to dilute the sugar. • Never drink soda or juice be fore bedme. The liquid pools in your mouth and coats your tongue and teeth with sugar and acid. • Read labels. Regular sodas are high in sugar, and diet or “sugar free” sodas are high in acid. Sugar and acid are bad for teeth. • Drink water instead of so drinks. It has no sugar, no acid and no calories. • Get regular checkups and cleanings to remove bacteria buildup (plaque). • Don’t forget to floss. And use a fluoride t oothpaste to protect your teeth. Porons of this arcle are © 2002-2009 Minnesota Dental Associaon. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission.


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A R EGIONAL A PPROACH M IDDLE G EORGIA

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by Mayor Reichert

Mayor Reichert Mayor of Macon (478) 751-7170

The success of Middle Georgia will require cooperaon throughout the region. As mayor, I have learned how closely connected we are in Middle Georgia. Our largest employer is Robins Air Force Base, which lies well outside the incorporated city limits of Macon. Yet as mayor, I have commied to work with the 21st Century Partnership and Middle Georgia Clean Air Coalion to see that Robins AFB is not adversely impacted by the BRAC process or air quality non-aainment.

Also, there are the other es that really bring Middle Georgia together. Macon is a proud partner in the I-16 Corridor Alliance, an effort to promote regional economic development all along I-16 for everyone’s benefit. As mayor, I am also promong the concept of a regional connector from Sardis Church Road interchange at I-75 to Sagoda Road interchange at I-16. In addion to creang a transportaon and logiscs hub near the Middle Georgia Regional Airport, this connector would provide greater access to Robins AFB from both I-16 and I-75. In the coming years, the United States Census Bureau predicts the populaon of the State of Georgia will connue to grow. Growth from the metro Atlanta area will extend south. Our region must be prepared, and look at progressive measures to not only aract growth, but successfully manage it, as well. Passenger railways must come to Georgia for us to remain compeve with our neighbors in the Southeastern United States. We lag greatly behind the efforts of North Carolina and Tennessee in the planning and c onstrucon of both intra- and intercity rail systems. Our hope is t o not only get the planned passenger rail line between Atlanta and Macon in service, but to also extend it! We must collecvely push for this metable to be sped up and implemen ted by both state and federal governments. Passenger railways will not only allow for economic development, but will also ease our s tate’s staggering transportaon problems. The link between Atlanta and Middle Georgia is a crical first component for passenger rail service in Georgia. We must think regionally, and remember that all of our future successes will be ed together. I am commied to working with our partners in the Middle Georgia community, and I look forward to 2010 as a year when we will see increased cooperaon and communicaon in our region!

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M ERCER B ASKETBALL : T HE H OTTEST T ICKET IN T OWN by J. Andrew Lockwood With professional sports all but removed from Macon, the Mercer Bears are starng to fill the void for a city in need of a sports t eam. Middle Georgia’s hoest team has consistently improved, and this could be the year that the Bears finally make it to “the big dance,” with seventeen wins last season, including two upset victories over Auburn and Alabama. J. Andrew Lockwood Mercer University Student, Senior Email: james.andrew.lockwood @student.mercer.edu

Aendance increased 54% last year, and nearly 1,000 season cket packages are already sold for the 2009 – 2010 season!

“We’re shoong for the Atlanc Sun Championship and want to compete in the NCAA tournament, not just show up,” said senior guard James Florence. The fouryear starter is the NCAA’s best returning scorer, averaging more than 20 points per contest. Teamed up with big man Daniel Emerson and guards E.J. Kusnyer and Brian Mills, the Bears may find themselves very busy come tournament me! Building on last year’s success, head coach Bob Hoffman lured a few big-me junior college transfers, including Jeff Smith, who dropped 22 points in his first game as a Bear in an exhibion win over Georgia College and State. With a high-octane offense, the Bears look to repeat their success on the road against the likes of Vanderbilt, Alabama, and Providence.

“We’re shooting for the Atlantic Sun Championship and want to compete in the NCAA tournament, not just show up.”

And let’s not forget about the women! Last year’s monumental 17-14 record, up from a dismal 4-26 mark, w as one of the best turnarounds in the 2008 – 2009 c ollege season. LaToya Jackson and Courtney Ford, the two lone seniors of the squad, will look to guide their young team back to the Atlanc Sun Tournament where they fell in the Semifinals to East Tennessee State last March. How could this not be the start of something great? J. Andrew Lockwood is a sportswriter for Mercer University’s Cluster Newspaper as well as the senior edit or for the BearZone (MercerBears.blogspot.com). You can email him at james.andrew.lockwood@student.mercer.edu. www.mytownmonthly.com | Facebook Page : MyTown Monthly magazine


T HE N EW L OOK OF V OLUNTEERISM : S ERVICE L EARNING by Ivey Hall

Ivey Hall (center)

Director of Volunteer Services Goodwill of Middle Georgia and the CSRA

When we hear the word “volunteer” many of us think of days serving food in a homeless shelter, coaching a lile league team, or collecng items for a donaon drive because it is the “right thing to do.” However, volunteerism is quickly becoming a more comprehensive acvity because of a new focus on “service learning.” Service learning is oen thought of as educaon in acon and is the process of seeing a need, understanding what caused the need and then doing something to help.

Many schools are using service learning as a way to illustrate classroom theories through giving back to the community. Service learning starts early here in Macon. For the past several years Goodwill has been the bene ficiary of a wonderful service learning project of the First Presbyterian Day School Kindergarten classes. The teachers work with their students to help them understand the importance of thinking of others by giving donaons to organizaons that serve those in need. The students collect toys they no longer want or need and donate them to Goodwill. The students take a fieldtrip to the store to donate their items, learn the Goodwill story, and find out how their donaon will help provide job skills training that helps people become employed. These teachers are able to help these young students grasp the concept of service to others even though they are just five years old. On the opposite extreme, service learning doesn’t have to stop just because you are no longer a tradional student. Now is perhaps the best me to take advantage of service learning as an opportunity to explore a career that is of interest to you or to improve your skills while in search of a new job. Many nonprofits are helped each year by professional volunteers who give their me and talent through service on a Board of Directors, by helping in a front office or assisng with a fundraising event. The holiday season is fast approaching. As you start to plan for family dinners, company pares, and shopping, consider making plans to take advantage of the many service learning opportunies offered by the local non-profits of Middle Georgia. Sit down with your family, friends, and co-workers and talk about why it is important to help other s and then g o out and do it. You can take a Saturday morning to serve the hungry or pledge to adopt a family for Christmas. No maer where you volunteer or what you do, the act of idenfying a need and then giving of yourself to help sasfy the need is what's important.


2nd Annual “Light More Homes” Christmas Celebration to Support Lynmore Estates Neighborhood Revitalization local Habitat for Humanity, which provides affordable homes for needy, low-income middle Georgians.” Harold Tessendorf, Macon Area Habitat for Humanity Execuve Director, expressed his appreciaon to Presenng Sponsor Raffield Tire Master, supporng sponsors, partners, and the many community volunteers that will work relessly behind the scenes to make ready this light display. “The Light More Homes program points the way for more people to get involved with serving their neighbor through Macon Area Habitat for Humanity. We greatly appreciate the vision and hard work of our volunteers and sponsors who have seen fit to support our mission through this innovave event.” Chick-fil-A is hosng the 2009 Christmas Light Celebraon to benefit Macon Area Habitat for Humanity. Returning host sponsors will be David Clark, Owner/Operator of the Tom Hill Sr. Blvd. Chick-fil-A, and Presenng Sponsor Raffield Tire Master, as well as addional sponsors. This season-long event will take place at the Chick-fil-A on Tom Hill Sr. Blvd. unl December 31 during normal evening operang hours. Raffield Tire Master will again anchor the event, along with supporng partners DECA, Middle Georgia Cruisers, Pollock Signs, The Shoppes at River Crossing, Cherokee Brick, ASI, Central Bank of Georgia, On the Spot Adversing, RSC Equipment Rental, Lamar Signs, Groome Transportaon, Harvel Plascs, Smello Yellow, 13 WMAZ, Today’s MGT, ABC Macon WPGA, Fox 24, My Town Monthly magazine, Macon Magazine, Address, and The 11th Hour. "We love being the presenng sponsor of the Light More Homes Christmas Celebraon," said Sam Raffield of Raffield Tire Master. "The annual light display is fun, beauful, and serves a great cause by raising funds for our

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“Light More Homes” grew from the desire of Chuck Hammock to bring smiles to children and adults at Christmas through animated Christmas lights synchronized to music. The display began as a small residenal drive-by yard display that was heard in cars via the FM radio. From there, it moved indoors and was paired with the Live Out Loud Children’s Choir singing to the music and lights. In 2008, the event evolved into a significantly larger 35,000-light display, which thousands of adults and children have experienced and enjoyed. The annual event’s goal is to raise public awareness of the need to improve sub-standard housing in Bibb and Jones counes. Funds raised through sponsorship support and customer donaons will go directly to support Macon Area Habitat for Humanity’s goal of building 46 decent and affordable homes in the Lynmore Estates neighborhood for low-income families by 2013. Since the Macon Area Habitat for Humanity was chartered in 1986, it has built a total of 70 homes. Seventeen of 2005’s goal of 46 home construcons have been completed, as part the affiliate’s wider Lynmore Estates Revitalizaon Program.

2008 generated sponsor and customer donaons of $7,000 (aer expenses). The proceeds from the 2008 Light Show, along with addional sponsor gis, were applied to Macon Area Habitat for Humanity’s Annual Mercer University-sponsored build during the winter of 2009. Clark hailed last year’s efforts as very successful. “The new volunteers and Habitat homes that come from this annual project are blessings, beyond the smiles I see from kids and adults that watch the celebraon,” Clark added. The 2008 display garnered interest from Chick-fil-A Corporate, and the Macon Chick-fil-A owner/operators located on Zebulon Road, Eisenhower Parkway, Bloomfield Road, and in the Macon Mall. These addional restaurants will parcipate in 2009 as supporng host sponsors, helping to increase the awareness of the event and Macon Area Habitat’s Chrisan Housing mission. For more informaon on how individuals, churches, groups, or companies can partner with Macon Area Habitat for Humanity on the Light More Homes Christmas Celebraon project or other projects, go to www.maconhabitat.org or contact Jim Mercer, Development Director at jmercer@maconhabitat.org.

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Dare to Cook Different Fall is finally here! With it come changing leaves, the first crackling fire in the fireplace, and an assortment of great seasonal fruits and vegetables: crisp apples, versale squash, mushrooms and the quintessenal fall veggie, pumpkin. We’ll be using those and more in the recipes that follow. This week I’ve included five hot dinners perfect for cool autumn evenings, and a delicious dessert that looks almost as good as it tastes! From China to Mexico, over to the Mediterranean and back, we’re cooking up something different! Let’s get cooking…

Cinnamon-Apple Pork Chops with Maple Glazed Acorn Squash SHELLI ATTAWAY

Shelli and her husband love to cook together. They decided that they would try a new recipe every Saturday night. Check out the recipes they are cooking this week:

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I found this recipe on the Taste of Home website and not only is it delicious, but low calorie (1 pork chop, 2/3 cup apple topping, and ½ squash is only 567 calories!). This meal is simple to put together and the cinnamon-apple topping is phenomenal. The sweetness of the topping with the tartness of the apples … Mmmm! And this is a topping that you can put on other things as well – warm pound cake with ice cream for one! Use your imaginaon. Ingredients – Pork Chops: 4 boneless pork chops 2 tablespoons buer 3 tablespoons brown sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon salt 4 medium tart apples, thinly sliced (we used Granny Smiths) 2 tablespoons chopped pecans

Let’s prepare! Cut the chicken into strips or large chunks. Your choice! Mix the flour and salt together, and toss each piece of chicken in the mixture. Brown the chicken in a skillet with some olive oil. You just want to brown the chicken to give it some color, not cook it. Place the chicken in the crockpot. In a separate bowl, mix together the orange juice, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar and ketchup and pour over the chicken. Because I like a lile kick, I added between ¼ teaspoon and ½ teaspoon of red pepper flakes! Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours (or high for 4). To complete the meal, I cooked some rice in my rice cooker and popped some frozen eggrolls in the oven and voila! A nice, easy dinner that is yummy and versale. Enjoy!

Let’s cook! First you need to prepare the acorn squash. Cut it in half lengthwise, scoop out and discard the seeds and surrounding pulp. Place cut side down in baking dish with water. Bake uncovered 350F for 45 minutes. While it is cooking, combine the syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger and salt. When the squash is finished cooking, drain the water from the pan and turn squash cut side up, pour the syrup topping into the halves. Bake uncovered for 10 minutes unl glaze is heated through.

For a few weeks, I was on a serious mission to find a good pumpkin pasta recipe. I finally found one! This recipe turned out to be a pleasant surprise (created by Rachel Ray). I thought this was a creave and unique way to have pasta without your normal pasta sauce. Plus, it’s a great way to sneak a serving of vitamin-rich vegetables into dinner without pping off the kids! Aren’t you curious just from looking at the ingredient list? (If you don’t like sausage, you can always use ground turkey/chicken/beef.)

Pumpkin Pasta with Sausage and Wild Mushrooms

Easy, right? To serve simply top the pork chops with the apples! Gently mix the maple syrup mixture into the squash. Enjoy!

Chinese Lemon Chicken My friend passed this crockpot recipe to me. It is divine! I think crockpots have to be one of the greatest things invented. Something about “seng December 2009

Ingredients: 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon kosher salt 12 oz frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed 6 tablespoons brown sugar 2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar 6 tablespoons ketchup Olive oil for browning chicken

Ingredients – Acorn Squash: 1 medium acorn squash, halved 1-1/2 cups water 1/4 cup maple syrup 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon salt

Moving on to the chops… In a large skillet over medium heat, cook pork chops in 1 tablespoon melted buer for 4-5 minutes on each side or unl done. While they are cooking, in a small bowl combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. When the chops are done, remove and place in a foil wrap to keep warm (but don’t seal – you don’t want the chops to sweat). Add the apples, pecans, brown sugar mixture and remaining buer to the pan; cook and sr unl apples are tender.

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Ingredients: 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 lb bulk sweet Italian sausage (we used sausage with sage, which works well, too) 1/4 lb shiitake mushroom caps (we used buon mushrooms) 2 portabella mushroom caps, halved and thinly sliced 3 garlic cloves, minced 1 medium yellow onion, chopped (I used a red onion) Salt, Black Pepper 1/2 cup dry white wine 1 cup chicken stock 1 14oz can Pumpkin (100% pumpkin, not pie filling) 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream 2-3 tablespoons fresh sage, thinly sliced 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg A pinch of ground cinnamon 3/4 lb penne pasta Let’s get started! First, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Meanwhile, heat a deep skillet with olive oil

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over medium-high heat. Add and brown the sausage and crumble it with a wooden spoon. Push the sausage over to one side of the pan and add the mushrooms, garlic and onion. Cook unl the mushrooms are brown. Season with salt and pepper. When your pasta water begins to boil, add the pasta and a dash of salt and cook according to package direcons. Combine the veggies and sausage and pour in the wine to deglaze the pan. Cook for a minute or two. Add the chicken stock and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Sr in the pumpkin slowly. Once it is incorporated, add the cream, sage, nutmeg and cinnamon. Adjust the salt and pepper if necessary, and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 15 min to let the flavors meld together.

1 egg 8 oz Monterrey Jack Cheese, shredded 1 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese Toppings - Olives, Sour Cream, Chopped Scallions, Torlla Chips Let’s layer! First you need to brown your ground chuck over medium-high heat, srring occasionally. Add the onion and sauté for about 3 minutes, unl the onion is translucent. Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Sprinkle the chili powder and sr to combine. Add the tomato sauce, sugar, salt, olives, and chilies. Simmer for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix together the egg and coage cheese.

When the pasta is finished, drain the water and add to the sausage mixture. To serve, plate the pasta and top with the cheese and chives! Enjoy!

In a 13x9 greased baking dish, layer 1/3 of the meat mixture, 1/2 of the Monterrey Jack cheese, 1/2 of the Coage Cheese mixture, and 6 torllas (I bought the small 4 or 6 inch size torllas). Repeat. Pour the remaining meat mixture over the torllas and top with the Cheddar Cheese. Bake in a 350F degree oven for 30 minutes. Let the lasagna rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Jeremy’s Mediterranean Shrimp

Roll o’ Pumpkin

I love unexpected surprises. This is the perfect example of a meal created with leover items. My husband “created” this one weekday night when we had no clue what to have for supper. Since that first me, he has added a lile of this and a lile of that to create this simple weeknight meal!

Are you in the market for a new fesve dessert for the holidays? This Pumpkin Cake Roll is fun to make and oh, so yummy. Seriously, what food isn’t improved with a generous dose of cream cheese?

Ingredients: 1 lb medium shrimp, deveined and cleaned 16 oz pasta sauce (your choice) 14 oz Archoke Hearts, draining half of the liquid 20 Kalamata Olives, pied 2 teaspoons minced garlic 1 medium bell pepper, chopped 1/2 red onion, chopped 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper 8 oz Linguini Let’s get saucy! Add the pasta sauce and garlic to a skillet and heat over medium high heat. Once the sauce simmers, turn down the heat to medium. Add the bell pepper, onion, olives and archoke hearts. Cover and cook for 12 minutes srring occasionally. Meanwhile cook the linguini according to package direcons. Finally, add the shrimp to the sauce mixture and cook unl they are pink (usually takes about 4-5 minutes). Serve over the pasta and enjoy!

South of the Border Lasagna I love lasagna! When this fun recipe fell into my lap, courtesy of the Junior League of Ausn, I had to make it. This is a great “stand alone” dinner (with tons of leovers) or a great dish to take to a friend’s house with chips! Ingredients: 2 lbs ground chuck 1 onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 2 tablespoons chili powder 3 cups tomato sauce 1 teaspoon sugar 1/2 tablespoon salt 1/2 cup sliced black olives 1 4-ounce can of green chilies, chopped 12 flour torllas 2 cups coage cheese, small curd

Ingredients: 3 eggs, separated 1 cup sugar, divided 2/3 cup canned pumpkin 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon salt Filling 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, soened 2 tablespoons buer, soened 1 cup confeconers' sugar 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract Addional confeconers' sugar, oponal Let’s roll! Line a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan with waxed paper. Grease the paper and set aside. In a large bowl, beat egg yolks on high speed unl thick and lemon-colored. Gradually add 1/2 cup sugar and pumpkin, beang on high unl sugar is almost dissolved. In a small bowl, beat egg whites unl so peaks form. Gradually add remaining sugar, beang unl sff peaks form. Fold into egg yolk mixture. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; gently fold into pumpkin mixture. Spread into prepared pan. Now you want to bake at 375°F for 12-15 minutes or unl cake springs back when lightly touched. Mine took only 12 minutes. So, keep an eye out if you set your mer for 15 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes. Turn cake onto a kitchen towel dusted with confeconers’ sugar and gently peel off waxed paper. Roll up cake in the towel “jelly-roll” style, starng with a short side. Cool completely on a wire rack. While that is cooling, let’s make the cream cheese filling! Beat the cream cheese, buer, confeconers’ sugar and vanilla unl smooth. Once the cake has cooled, you are ready to add the filling! Unroll the cake and spread the filling evenly to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up again. Cover and freeze unl firm. To serve: Remove from the freezer 15 minutes before you are ready to eat. Enjoy! December 2009 MyTown

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Middle Georgia community members now have the unique opportunity to experience the flavorful culinary speciales of the Mediterranean! Conveniently located on the corner of Second and Cherry streets in downtown Macon, the Greek Corner Deli offers specialized dishes for everyone. This aracve eatery offers a number of Mediterranean dishes, along with American food, such as subs, pizzas, and hamburgers. In addion to variety, the Greek Corner Deli offers a laid-back atmosphere, where diners can enjoy their meals with family and friends. “We wanted the opportunity for downtown [Macon] to experience the culture, the Greek food . . . everything we ate growing up, like Greek salads,” says owner and founder Arty Passias. “There was always Greek salad with feta on the table.” Passias says the menu is designed for diners to sample Greek cuisine, yet have the opon to eat American food, as well.

beers Mythos and Alfa. Other alcoholic drinks include Budweiser, Bud Light, and Miller Lite, among others. Snacks and desserts are also available at the deli, such as chips, potato salad, cole slaw, and more. Customers enjoy the famous Greek baklava, a rich, sweet pastry served with chopped walnuts, syrup, cinnamon, and buer engulfed in layers of Fillo Dough.

Interested? Call the Deli at (478) 254-3059. The restaurant is located at 587 Cherry Street, and is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

First Fridays are popular in downtown Macon, and the Greek Corner Deli offers many specials on their menu. Customers can also enjoy late-night Saturday entertainment and special events at the Deli. Military, police, and fire department personnel are eligible for a 10% discount with proper ID. The Greek Corner Deli also caters!

Craving a delicious salad? Passias says the Greek salad, fashioned with mixed leuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, Feta cheese, onions, Kalamata olives, pepperoncini peppers and house dressing, is a popular dish. Hungry diners can also order the gyro, which is the most ordered item on the menu. The Deli’s gyros are made up of lamb, tomatoes, onions, and Tzatziki sauce (a cucumber sauce), all served on a pita. Mini gyros are similar to the original gyros, but come with leuce in a torlla. The Greek Corner Deli also carries import wine and beer, such as the popular Greek

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Menu

(abbreviated)

Starters

Hummus: served with 2 pieces of pita bread $3.99 Dolmades: stuďŹ&#x20AC;ed grape leaves with pita bread $3.99 Mini Gyros: just like the original, but served with leuce in a torlla $1.49 (1), $5.99 (5), $10.99 (10)

Salads

Greek Salad: mixed le uce, tomatoes, cucumber s, F eta cheese, onions, Kalmata olives, pepperocini peppers, and house dressing $5.49 (small), $7.99 (large)

Pita Pizzas Cheese Only $3.49 (addional toppings $0.50 each: pepperoni, ham, bacon, meatball, gyro, mushrooms, onions, fresh garlic, peppers, tomatoes, black olives, feta cheese, and banana peppers)

Greek Cor ner Specialties Gyro: lamb and beef mean, tomatoes, onions, and Tzatziki sauce (cucumber sauce) served on a pita $5.79 Greek Quesadilla: gyro meat and cheese served with pico de gallo, leuce, and mayo in a spinach wrap $5.99 Lamb or Chicken Souvlaki: lamb or chicken meat, tomatoes, onions, Tzatziki sauce served on a pita $5.99 Greek Chicken Pita: mini greek salad with chicken served on a pita $5.99 Meatball: meatballs and marinara sauce topped with provolone cheese and served on a hoagie $6.49 Cuban: ham, pork, Genoa salami, pickles, spicy mustard, and swiss cheese served on a hoagie $6.49 Reuben: corned beef, sauerkraut, swiss cheese, and thousand island dressing served on toasted rye bread $5.49 Spanakopita (Spinach Pie): served with side salad $6.99

Desserts Baklava Cheesec ake: cheesecake t opped with crumbled baklava pieces. $4.99 Baklava: chopped walnuts, syrup, cinnamon & buer in layers of ďŹ llo dough $2.99

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RESOURCES

SCHOOLS

BIBB COUNTY ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS 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 Heritage 6050 Thomaston Road Macon, GA 31220 (478) 779-4700 Principal: Ms. Donna Jackson PTA President: Stephanie Vanaken Jones 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 PTA Co-Presidents: Sco and Donna Pervis Sonny Carter 5910 Zebulon Road Macon, GA 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

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Rosa Taylor 2976 Crestline Drive Macon, GA 31204 (478) 779-3550 Principal: Dr. Susan Simpson PTA President: Tammy Burch Union 4831 Mamie Carter Drive Macon, GA 31210 (478) 779-2650 Principal: Dr. Efrem Yarber Vineville Academy (Magnet) 2260 Vineville Avenue Macon, GA 31204 (478) 779-3250 Principal: Ms. Paulee Winters PTO President: Sonia Duggan

B IBB C OUNTY M IDDLE S CHOOLS Appling 1210 Shurling Drive Macon, GA 31211 (478) 779-2200 Principal: Robert Stevenson H.G. Weaver 2570 Heath Road Macon, GA 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

B IBB C OUNTY H IGH S CHOOLS

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

B IBB C OUNTY P RIVATE S CHOOLS Central Fellowship Christian Academy 8460 Hawkinsville Road Macon, Georgia 31216 (478) 788-6909 Principal: Claudia Paerson Grandparents/Parents Acon Commiee: Lori Inouye Covenant Academy, Inc. 4652 Ayers Road Macon, GA 31210 (478) 471-0285 Headmaster: Dr. W.R. Walters www.covenantacademy.net First Presbyterian Day School 5671 Calvin Drive Macon, GA 31210 (478) 477-6505 Headmaster: Mr. Gregg Thompson Viking Involved Parent President: Elaine Wright www.fpdmacon.org Middle Georgia Christian School 5859 Thomaston Road Macon, GA 31220 (478) 757-9585 Director: Mr. Stan Frank PTFA President: Walter Calhoun www.mgcswarriors.org Montessori of Macon 436 Forest Hill Road Macon, GA 31210 (478) 757-8927 Principal: Ms. Tanya Melville www.montessoriofmacon.org

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 2011 Riverside Drive Macon, GA 31204

(478) 779-2550 Principal: Mr. Ron McCall

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

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Progressive Christian Academy 151 Madison Street Macon, GA 31201 (478) 742-3134 Principal: Dr. Bey J. Tolbert www.pcamacon.org St. Joseph’s Catholic School 905 High Street Macon, GA 31201 (478) 742-0636 Principal: Dr. Kaye Hlavaty School Board President: Steve Dillard Home/School Associaon Co-Presidents: Laurie Gregory and Michelle Mayhue www.saintjo.com St. Peter Claver Catholic School 133 Ward Street Macon, GA 31204 (478) 743-3985 Principal: Ms. Ellen Marie Hagar PTO President: Verda Colvin www.spcschool.com Stratford Academy 6010 Peake Road Macon, GA 31220 (478) 477-8073 Head of School: Dr. Robert Veto Stra ord Interested Parents President: Erin Bickley www.stra ord.org Tattnall Square Academy 111 Trojan Trail Macon, GA 31210 (478) 477-6760 Headmaster: Larry Collins Trojan Legion President: Michael Knapp www.tanall.org Wimbish Adventist School 640 Wimbish Road Macon, GA 31210 (478) 477-4600 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 www.windsoracademyknights.com Woodfield Academy 4375 Rivoli Drive Macon, GA 31210 (478) 477-9844 Headmaster: Becky Sessions www.woodfieldacademy.org

HOUSTON COUNTY PRIMARY SCHOOLS David A. Perdue Primary 150 Bear Country Road

Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 218-7500 Principal: Linda Horne Eagle Springs Children’s Center 106 Waterland Way Centerville, GA 31028 (478) 953-5003 Owner: Sandra Doolile Administrator: Serena Webb www.eaglespringschildrenscenter.com Lake Joy Primary 995 Lake Joy Drive Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 953-0465 Perry Primary 1500 Sunshine Avenue Perry, GA 31069 (478) 988-6160

H OUSTON C OUNTY E LEMENTARY Bonaire 101 Elm Street Bonaire, GA 31005 (478) 929-7826 Principal: Dr. Eric Payne PTO President: Hai Vu Centerville 450 N. Houston Lake Boulevard Centerville, GA 31028 (478) 953-0400 Principal: Cindy Flesher PTO President: Angie Lewis David A. Perdue 115 Sutherlin Street Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 988-6350 Principal: Ed Weeks PTO President: Dawn Melden Eagle Springs 3591 Highway 41 North Byron, GA 31008 (478) 953-0450 Principal: Andrea McGee Hilltop 301 Robert Bryson Smith Parkway Bonaire, GA 31005 (478) 929-6113 Principal: E. Harold Sapp

Lindsey 81 Tabor Drive Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 929-7818 Principal: Anthony Lunceford PTO President: Michelle Angelos Linwood 420 Educaon Way Warner Robins, GA 31098 (478) 929-6360 Principal: Lazunia Thomas PTO President: Sandra Fujimoto Matthew Arthur 2500 Highway 127 Kathleen, GA 31047 (478) 988-6170 Principal: Dr. Jolie DeLoreto Hardin Miller 101 Pine Valley Drive Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 929-7814 Principal: Gwendolyn Pearson-Kilgore PTO President: Sharon Schnedker Morningside 1206 Morningside Drive Perry, GA 31069 (478) 988-6261 Principal: Dr. Pat Wi Northside 305 Sullivan Road Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 929-7816 Principal: Jodi S. Clark PTO President: Sarah Hedrick Parkwood 503 Parkwood Drive Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 929-7822 Principal: Lisa Casilli PTO President: Lisa Roitzsch Pearl Stephens 215 Sco Boulevard Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 929-7895 Principal: Dr. Marion Ford PTO President: Edquader Marble

Kings Chapel 460 Arena Road Perry, GA 31069 (478) 988-6273 Principal: Paulee Tompkins PTO President: Kelly Rodgers

Quail Run 250 Smithville Church Road Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 953-0415 Principal: Dr. Cheryl Thomas

Lake Joy 985 Lake Joy Road Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 971-2712 Principal: Dr. Doug Rizer PTO President: Susan Goodwin

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Shirley Hills 300 Mary Lane Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 929-7824 Principal: Dr. Traci Jackson PTO President: Angie Barnwell Tucker 1300 Tucker Road Perry, GA 31069 (478) 988-6278 Principal: Dr. Kim Halstead Westside 201 North Pleasant Hill Road Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 929-7820 Principal: Sharon A. Dani

HOUSTON COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOLS Bonaire Middle School 125 GA Highway 96 Bonaire, GA 31005 (478) 929-6235 Principal: Cindy Randall Feagin Mill Middle School 1200 Feagin Mill Road Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 953-0430 Principal: Dr. Jesse Davis PAW President: Michelle Hall Huntington Middle School 206 Wellborn Road Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 542-2240 Principal: Dr. Gwendolyn B. Taylor Mossy Creek Middle School 200 Danny Carpenter Drive Kathleen, GA 31047 (478) 988-6171 Principal: Paige Busbee Northside Middle School 500 Johnson Road Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 929-7845 Principal: Ed Mashburn PTO President: Dawn Dunbar Perry Middle School 495 Perry Parkway Perry, GA 31069 (478) 988-6285 Principal: Thomas Moore Thomson Middle School 301 Thomson Street Centerville, GA 31028 (478) 953-0489 Principal: Tammy Dunn

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Warner Robins Middle School 425 Mary Lane Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 929-7832 Principal: Dr. Donald Warren

H OUSTON C OUNTY H IGH S CHOOLS

The WestďŹ eld School 2005 US Highway 41 South Perry, GA 31069 (478) 987-0547 Head of School: Rachel S. Deems Principal: Janee J. Anderson www.wes ieldschool.org

Houston County High School 920 GA Highway 96 Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 988-6340 Principal: Sherri Freeman

Westside Baptist Academy 1101 Dunbar Road Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 784-9153 Administrator: James Anderson www.westsidebapstacademy.com

Houston County Career and Technology Center 1311 Corder Road Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 322-3280 Principal: Mike Parker

J ONES C OUNTY P RIMARY S CHOOLS

Houston County Crossroads Center 401 Dover Drive Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 929-7828 Principal: Dr. Ronnie Walker Northside High School 926 Green Street Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 929-7858 Principal: Mr. Mark Sco Perry High School 1307 North Avenue Perry, GA 31069 (478) 988-6298 Principal: Dr. Darryl Albrion Warner Robins High School 401 South Davis Drive Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 929-7877 Principal: Steve Monday

HOUSTON COUNTY PRIVATE SCHOOLS Christ United Methodist School 511 Russell Parkway Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 923-2867 Director: Terry L. Cooper PTO President: Mary Catherine Liberty www.christunitedschool.com Sacred Heart Catholic School 250 South Davis Drive Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 923-9668 Principal: Staci Erwin www.shswr.org

Mattie Wells Elementary School 512 Hwy 49 Macon, GA 31211 478-746-7335 Interim Principal: Dr. Gail Wincey

JONES COUNTY ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS 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 Mattie Wells Elementary School 512 Hwy 49 Macon, GA 31211 478-746-7335 Interim Principal: Dr. Gail Wincey

J ONES C OUNTY M IDDLE S CHOOLS Clifton Ridge Middle School 169 Dusty Lane Macon, GA 31211 (478) 743-5182 Principal: Wes Cavender PTO President: Kim Lanford Gray Station Middle School 324 Highway 18E Gray, GA 31032 (478) 986-2090 Principal: Johnny Holliday

J ONES C OUNTY H IGH S CHOOLS Jones County High 339 Railroad Street Gray, GA 31032

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(478) 986-5444 Principal: Mr. Chuck Gibson Maggie Califf Learning Complex 110 Maggie Califf Street, Gray, GA 31032 (478) 986-3046 Principal: Clinton Burston

MONROE COUNTY ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS K. B. Sutton Elementary School 1315 Highway 83 North, Forsyth, GA 31029 (478) 994-2031 Principal: Mr. Joe Parlier Samuel Hubbard 558 Highway 83 South, Forsyth, GA 31029 (478) 994-7066 Principal: Mrs. Kay Williams PTO President: Rob Blair T. G. Scott 70 Thornton Road, Forsyth, GA 31029 (478) 994-3495 Principal: Dr. Richard Bazmore PTO President: Marci Sink

M ONROE C OUNTY M IDDLE S CHOOLS Banks Stevens 66 Thornton Road, Forsyth, GA 31029 (478) 994-6186 Principal: Dr. Mike Hickman PVC President: Ginger Baldwin William Hubbard 500 Highway 83 South, Forsyth, GA 31029 (478) 994-6803 Principal: Mr. Steve Edwards PTO President: Susan Wood

M ONROE C OUNTY H IGH S CHOOL Mary Persons 300 Montpelier Avenue, Forsyth, GA 31029 (478) 994-2812 Principal: Mr. Jim Finch

P EACH C OUNTY E LEMENTARY S CHOOL Byron Elementary School 202 New Dunbar Road, Byron, GA 31008 (478) 956-5020 Principal: Dannelly Marn

P EACH C OUNTY M IDDLE S CHOOL Byron Middle School 201 Linda Drive, Byron, GA 31008 (478) 956-4999 Principal: Dr. Ken Banter

P EACH C OUNTY P RIVATE S CHOOL Byron Christian Academy 69 Burne Road, Byron, GA 31008 (478) 956-3503 Director: Donna Vander Zwaag www.byronchrisanacademy.com


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CHURCHES

B YRON C HURCHES Bapst

Hilltop Bapst Church 4140 US Highway 41 North, Byron, GA 31008 (478) 719-8262 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Robin Tedder

Methodist

Harvest Church 3322 Highway 41 North, Byron, GA 31008 (478) 923-8822 Sunday Services: 9 and 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m.

Interdenominaonal

Unity in the Heart of Geor gia 127 Peachtree Parkway, Byron, GA 31008 (478) 747-2717 Sunday Service: 11:00 a.m. Minister: Debra Carter Williams www.unityintheheartofgeorgia.org

F ORSYTH Bapst

First Bapst Church 95 West Morse Street, Forsyth, GA 31029 (478) 994-5240 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Pastor: H. Darrell Watson www. cforsyth.com Maynard Bapst Church 1195 Juliee Road, Forsyth, GA 31029 (478) 994-2120 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. and 6:45 p.m. Pastor: Dr. Marvin Lee www.maynardbc.org

Church of Christ

Church of Christ at Forsyth 2619 Highway 41 Street, Forsyth, GA 31029 (478) 994-1281

Methodist

Christ United Methodist Church 417 North Frontage Road, Forsyth, GA 31029 (478) 994-1232 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. and 6:45 p.m. Pastor: Keith Harris www.christumcforsyth.org Forsyth United Methodist Church 68 West Johnston Street, Forsyth, GA 31029 (478) 994-5706 Sunday Services: 9:05 and 11 a.m. Pastor: Ken Stephens www.forsythumc.org Hopewell United Methodist Church 483 Hopewell Road, Forsyth, GA 31029 (478) 994-4077

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Pastor: Rev. Hulon M Kemp III www.umc.org

Pastor: Rev. Ronald L. Slaughter www.saintpaulame.org

Presbyterian

Anglican Catholic

Dayspring Presbyterian Church 1045 Highway 41 South, Forsyth, GA 31029 (478) 994-4503 Sunday Services: 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Pastor: Rev. Dean Conkel www.dayspringpca.com

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

Bapst

G RAY Bapst

Calvary Bapst Church 4364 Upper River Road, Gray, GA 31032 (478) 986-5780 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Pastor: Danny Munday www.calvarybapstofgray.com First Bapst Church of Gray 134 W Clinton Street, Gray, GA 31032 (478) 986-3098 Sunday Services: 8:45 and 11 a.m., 6:30 p.m. Pastor: Dr. Steve Albanese www.firstbapstgray.com Greenwood Bapst Church 3400 Gray Highway, Gray, GA 31032 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. Pastor: Glynn Cranford www.gwbgray.org Elam Bapst Church 203 Elam Church Road, Gray, GA 31032 (478) 986-3794 Sunday Services:11 a.m. Pastor: Gary Thomas www.elambapst.org

Church of Christ

First Bapst Church of Christ 511 High Place, Macon, GA 31210 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Pastor: Dr. Bob Setzer Jr. www. cmacon.org Highland Hills Bapst Church 1370 Briarcliff Road, Macon, GA 31211 (478) 746-4846 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Pastor: Jim Dant www.highlandhillsbapst.org 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 www.ingleside.org Lakeview Bapst Church 7065 Mosely Dixon Road, 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. www.mabelwhite.org

Gray Church of Christ Hwy 18 260 James Street, Gray, GA 31032 (478) 986-2518 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. www.graychurchofchrist.org

Mikado Bapst Church 6751 Houston Road, Macon, GA 31216 (478) 781-2324 Sunday Services: 8:30 and 11 a.m. Pastor: Rusty Smith

Methodist

Mount Zion Bapst Church 7015 Rivoli Road, Macon, GA 31210 (478) 994-0838 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Stan Braley www.mtzionmacon.com

M ACON

New Heights Bapst Church 158 Lamar Road, Macon, GA 31220 (478) 757-2240 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Pastor: Mark S. Johnson

Gray United Methodist Church 118 South Jefferson, Gray, GA 31032 (478) 986-3668 Sunday Services: 9 and 11 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Wayne East Moseley

African Methodist Episcopal

Saint Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church 2501 Shurling Drive Macon, GA 31211 (478) 745-0507 Sunday Worship: 9:30 a.m.

Northway Church 5915 Zebulon Road, Macon, GA 31210

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(478) 476-1971 Sunday Services: 9 and 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Kevin Mills www.vinevillenorth.com Pine Forest Bapst Church 1848 Tucker Road, Macon, GA 31220 (478) 788-3883 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Pastor: Dr. Norm Yukers www.pfweb.org Tabernacle Bapst Church 6611 Zebulon Road, Macon, GA 31220 (478) 476-3507 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Dr. David Hunter www.tbcmacon.com Tanall Square Bapst Church 4925 Zebulon Road, Macon, GA 31210 (478) 477-4587 Sunday Service: 10:45 a.m. Interim Pastor: Max Paerson www.tanallsquare.org Vineville Bapst Church 2591 Vineville Avenue, Macon, GA 31204 (478) 743-9366 Sunday Services: 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. Interim Pastor: Dr. John Pierce www.vbcmacon.org Wesleyan Drive Bapst Church 939 Wesleyan Drive, Macon, GA 31210 (478) 474-0730 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Pastor: Rev. Troy Dykes www.wesleyandrivebapst.org West Highland Bapst Church 4505 Mercer University Drive Macon, GA 31210 (478) 474-0600 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Interim Pastor: Rev. Steve Johnson www.westhighlandchurch.org

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 www.stjosephmacon.com 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 www.stpeterclaverchurch.org

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 www.foresthillschurchofchrist.com North Macon Church of Christ 1190 Bass Road, Macon, GA 31210 (478) 471-0901 Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Disciples of Christ

First Chrisan Church 2306 Vineville Avenue, Macon, GA 31204 (478) 742-2522 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Pastor: John B. Carroll JohnBCarroll@Juno.com

Episcopal

Christ Episcopal Church 582 Walnut Street, Macon, GA 31201 (478) 745-0427 Sunday Eucharists: 8 and 11 a.m. www.christchurchmacon.com Saint Francis Episcopal Church 432 Forest Hill Road, Macon, GA 31210 (478) 477-4616 Sunday Eucharists: 8, 8:45, and 11 a.m. Pastor: Joseph Shippen www.s rancismacon.com Saint James Episcopal Church 1080 Courtland Avenue, Macon, GA 31204 (478) 745-5146 Sunday Eucharist: 10 a.m. Rector: Rev. Carl Buice www.stjames-macon.com Saint Paul Episcopal Church 753 College Street, Macon, GA 31201 (478) 743-4623 Rector: Camille Hegg www.stpaulsmacon.org

Greek Orthodox

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

Independent Chrisan

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

Jewish

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 www.csimacon.org Temple Beth Israel 892 Cherry Street, Macon, GA 31201

(478) 745-6727 Friday Service: 6:30 p.m. Rabbi: Laurence Schlesinger www.ga011.urj.net

Lutheran

Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity – LCMS 1899 Tucker Road, Macon, GA 31220 (478) 474-8393 Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Karl K. Schmidt www.holytrinitymacon.org Lutheran Church of the Redeemer – ELCA 390 Pierce Avenue, Macon, GA 31204 (478)742-4281 Sunday Services: 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Jim Braswell www.redeemermacon.org

Methodist

Centenary Church 1290 College Street, Macon, GA 31201 (478) 742-8926 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Pastor: Dr. Tim Bagwell www.centenarymacon.org Doles United Methodist Church 6258 Thomaston Road, Macon, GA 31220 (478) 477-6097 Worship Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Alan Fennell Ebenezer United Methodist Church 4600 Mercer University Drive Macon, GA 31210 (478) 474-9425 Sunday Service: 11:00 a.m. Pastor: Dr. Wayne MacDonald First Free Methodist Church 3220 Napier Avenue, Macon, GA 31201 (478) 477-8572 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Sunday Bible Study: 10 a.m. Pastor: Dr. Paul M. Elder 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 www.foresthillsmacon.com Ingleside United Methodist Church 3187 Ridge Avenue Macon, GA 31204 (478) 474-1703 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Deborah W. Holt www.gbgm-umc.org/inglesideumc Martha Bowman Memorial United Methodist Church 500 Bass Road, Macon, GA 31210 (478) 477-1901 Sunday Services: 8:30, 9:30 and 11 a.m. December 2009 MyTown

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Pastor: Dr. Jay Harris www.marthabowman.org

Mulberry Street United Methodist Church 719 Mulberry Street Macon, GA 31201 (478) 745-8601 Sunday Worship: 9 and 11:00 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Tommy Marn www.mulberrymethodist.org Park Memorial United Methodist Church 5290 Arkwright Road Macon, GA 31210 (478) 477-3740 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Pastor: Cecil Hazen www.parkmumc.com Riverside United Methodist Church 735 Pierce Avenue Macon, GA 31204 (478) 746-4778 Sunday Tradional Service: 10:30 am Sunday Contemporary Service: 11:00 am Pastor: Rev. Stephen A. Waldorf www.rumcmacon.org 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 www.vinevillemethodist.org

Non-Denominaonal Church of the Wildwood 701 Greentree Parkway Macon, GA 31220 (478) 474-4842 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Pastor: Paul J. Dziadul Sr. www.cwwmacon.com

Emmanuel Church 621 Foster Road Macon, GA 31210 (478) 474-4898 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Rob Farr www.emmanuelchurch.com Living Water Fellowship 6120 Thomaston Road Macon, GA 31220 (478) 477-9419 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. E-Mail: lwfc@livingwatersfc.com Pastor: Steven Scarborough www.livingwatersfc.com Moral Compass Ministries 2901 Joycliff Road Macon, GA 31211

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(478) 345-0062 Sunday Service: 10:15 a.m. Pastor: Larry B. Johnson

Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Bob Veazey www.gracechurchmacon.com

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 www.newcitydowntown.org

North Macon Presbyterian Church 5707 Rivoli Drive Macon, GA 31210 (478) 477-7777 Sunday Service: 10:45 a.m. Pastor: Peter M. Dietsch www.nmpc.net

Rhema Internaonal Ministries, Inc. 107 Highway 49, Suite C Macon, GA 31211 (478) 841-2915 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. CEO/Founder: Dr. Irene and Chief Elder Lamar Belle Senior Pastors: Curs and LaWanda Carswell www.rhemainternaonalministries.com Piedmont Church Meeng at Stra ord Academy 6010 Peake Road Macon, GA 31210 (478) 955-3367 Sunday Services: 9:15 and 10:45 a.m. Lead Pastor: Jerry Dingmore www.piedmontchurch.net

Orthodox

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

Pentecostal

Northminster Presbyterian Church 565 Wimbish Road Macon, GA 31210 (478) 477-6646 Sunday Services: 8:45 and 11 a.m. Pastor: Dr. Jarred Hammet www.northminstermacon.org Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church 501 Bass Road Macon, GA 31210 (478) 474-4451 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Pastor: Rev. John Napoli III www.standrewsmacon.org Vineville Presbyterian Church 2193 Vineville Avenue Macon, GA 31204 (478) 742-7379 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Pastor: David C. Jordan Washington Avenue Presbyterian Church 939 Washington Avenue Macon, GA 31201 (478) 743-3345 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. Pastor: Rev. P. Henderson Lile

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

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 www.zionpresbyterian.org

Presbyterian

Protestant

First Presbyterian Church 682 Mulberry Street Macon, GA 31201 (478) 746-3223 Sunday Services: 9 and 11:15 a.m. Pastor: George W. “Chip” Miller www.fpcmacon.org

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 www.wesleyanlife.org

Grace Community Church 1090 Washington Avenue Macon, GA 31201 (478) 757-6577

St. Andrew Chrisan Church 6220 Thomaston Road Macon, GA 31220 (478) 757-1810 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. www.mytownmonthly.com | Facebook Page : MyTown Monthly magazine


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 Adenst

Wimbish Road Seventh-day Advenst Church 640 Wimbish Road Macon, GA 31210 (478) 477-4300 Divine Worship: 11 a.m. Pastor: Maurice Wi www.wimbishroadadvenst.org

Unitarian

High Street Unitarian Universalist Church 1085 High Street Macon, GA 31201 (478) 741-1714 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. Minister: Rev. Rhe Baird www.highstreetchurch.org

P ERRY Bapst

Greater Union Bapst Church 1006 Marion Street Perry, GA 31069 (478) 987-0054 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Pastor: O.L. Evere

Assembly of God

First Bapst Church of Bonaire 142 West Highway 96 Bonaire, GA 31005 (478) 922-1924 Sunday Services: 10 a.m., 6 p.m. Pastor: Kenny Rodgers www.bonaire c.com

First Assembly of God 6040 Watson Boulevard Warner Robins, GA 31099 (478) 953-0320 Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Pastor: Mark Merrill

First Bapst Church of Garmon Street 210 Garmon Street Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 923-2279 Sunday Services: 8, 9:45, and 11 a.m. Pastor: Josh B. Kirvin, Sr. www. cgarmon.org

Christ Chapel 2288 Moody Road Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 922-1061 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Pastor: Andy King

Bapst

Bible Bapst Temple 2601 Watson Boulevard Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 923-9822 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Pastor: Charles D. Weber Calvary Bapst Church 351 GA Highway 96 Bonaire, GA 31005 (478) 929-1823 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Pastor: Jim Lane Central Bapst Church 1120 Lake Joy Road Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 953-9319 Sunday Contemporary: 9 a.m. Sunday Tradional: 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Pastor: Dr. H. Owen Bozeman

Houston Lake Bapst Church 2300 Highway 127 East Perry, GA 31069 (478) 987-0277 Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Pastor: Fred McCoy

Cornerstone Bapst Church 1618 S. Houston Lake Road Kathleen, GA 31047 (478) 987-6344 Sunday Services: 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Pastor: Art Fowler

Second Memorial Bapst Church 1845 Kings Chapel Road Perry, GA 31069 (478) 987-4803 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Pastor: Dr. Tracy Brinson

Fellowship Bible Bapst Church 431 Dunbar Road Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 929-0828 Sunday Services: 8 and 10:45 a.m. Pastor: Willie L. Reid Sr. www. bchome.org

Lutheran

Christ Lutheran Church – LCMS 733 Carroll Street Perry, Georgia 31069 (478) 987-601 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Rev John Lehenbauer

W ARNER R OBINS African Methodist Episcopal Adams-Smith Tabernacle AME 304 Green Street Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 329-1885 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Deborah Franks Watson

First Bapst Church 108 Church Street Centerville, GA 31028 (478) 953-3387 Sunday Services: 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Pastor: Dr. Allen Hughes www. ccenterville.org First Bapst Church 1135 Watson Boulevard Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 922-8152 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Pastor: Dr. Andrew J. Hammack www. cwr.com

Freedom Bapst Church 1221-4 South Houston Lake Road Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 987-6500 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Pastor: Floyd McKeel Friendship Bapst Church 1322 Feagin Mill Road Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 953-9509 Sunday Services: 10:55 a.m. and 6 p.m. Pastor: Paul Cowles www.friendshipbapst.com Grace Bapst Church 204 South Pleasant Hill Road Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 923-5489 Sunday Services: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 6 p.m. Pastor: Paul Mullen www.georgiagrace.org Greater Springfield Missionary Bapst Church 1195 Heflund Avenue Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 923-5721 Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m., 5 p.m. Pastor: Daniel W. Jackson Sr. Green Acres Bapst Church 901 Elberta Road Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 923-1995 Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Pastor: Johnny Ellison www.greenacresbc.com Hebron Fellowship Bapst Church 3208 US Highway 41 North Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 953-0224 Sunday Worship Services: 11 a.m. Pastor: Daryl J. Vining Sr. Northside Bapst Church 1013 Carl Vinson Parkway Centerville, GA 31028 (478) 923-9892 Sunday Service: 10:50 a.m. Pastor: Loy Ballard www.northsidebcga.org December 2009 MyTown

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CHURCHES Warner Robins, GA 31095 (478) 953-7246 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Paula Day and Clyde Johns

Oakland Bapst Church 1509 Russell Parkway Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 923-3533 Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Pastor: Rev. Thomas Barnard www.obcwr.com

Pastor: David A. Clarke Unity Bapst Church 479 Highway 96 Bonaire, GA 31005 (478) 922-0063 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Lewis Cooper www.discoverunity.com

Second Bapst Church 2504 Moody Road Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 923-7101 Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Pastor: Dr. Jeff LaBorg www.sbcwr.org

Westside Bapst Church 1101 Dunbar Road Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 785-1024 Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Pastor: Dr. G. Wayne Dorse www.westsidega.com

Shirley Hills Bapst Church 615 Corder Road Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 923-5571 Sunday Services: 9 and 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Pastor: Andy Cook www.shirleyhills.org Southside Bapst Church 1040 South Houston Lake Road Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 953-9388 Sunday Services: 9 and 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Jerry Walls www.ssbcfamily.com Spring Chapel Missionary Bapst Church Spring Chapel Missionary Bapst Church P.O. Box 339, 112 Hwy 247 Spur Kathleen, GA 31047 (478) 218-0736 Sunday Service: 1st, 3rd, and 5th 9:15 a.m.; 2nd and 4th 11 a.m. Pastor: James K. Baker The River at Houston County 2440 Hwy 127 Kathleen, GA 31047 (478) 224-River (7483) Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Steve Wood Trinity Bapst Church 505 N. Houston Lake Blvd. Centerville, GA 31028 (478) 953-3600 Sunday Services: 10 and 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Pastor: Terry Hyman Union Grove Missionary Bapst Church 809 S. Davis Drive Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 922-5514 Sunday Service: 10:15 a.m.

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Catholic

Sacred Heart Catholic Church 300 South Davis Drive Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 923-0124 Saturday Vigil Mass: 5 p.m. Sunday Masses: 9 and 11:45 a.m. Sunday Spanish Mass: 2:00 p.m. Pastors: Monsignor Fred Nijem www.sacredheartwr.com St. Patrick Catholic Church 2410 Hwy. 12 Kathleen, GA 31047 (478) 987-4213 Saturday Vigil Mass: 5:30 p.m. Sunday Masses: 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Pastor: Father Kirk Mansell

Chrisan and Missionary

Harvest Chrisan Fellowship 1211 South Houston Lake Road Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 953-3311 Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Kelly Pope II www.harvestwr.org Warner Robins Alliance Church 3006 Green Street Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 923-7439 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Pastor: John Varland

Church of God

River of Light Church of God 1300 Corder Road Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 923-3541 Sunday Services: 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Pastor: Dwayne Evors www.riveroflightchurch.com The Rain Church 257 Gunn Road

Disciples of Christ First Chrisan Church 100 N. Houston Road Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 923-1536 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Darrell Vandervort www.fcc-wr.org

Episcopal

All Saints Episcopal Church 1708 Watson Boulevard Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 923-1791 Sunday Service: 10:15 a.m. Pastor: Father Marn J. Bagay www.allsaintsepiscopalwr.org Warner Robins Chrisan Methodist Episcopal Church 200 Othal H. Lakey Circle Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 923-6326 Sunday Services 8 and 10:45 a.m. Pastor: Lindsey P. Napier Sr. www.warnerrobinscmechurch.org

Lutheran

Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church – ELCA 301 N. Pleasant Hill Road Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 923-2239 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Kathleen Yates www.faith-in-christ.net Mount Calvary Lutheran Church 336 Carl Vinson Parkway Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 922-1418 Sunday Contemporary: 11 a.m. Sunday Tradional: 8 and 10:45 a.m. Pastor: Rev. David Brighton www.mount-calvary.net

Methodist

Bonaire United Methodist Church 144 Elm Street, P.O. Box 7 Bonaire, GA 31005 (478) 923-7317 Sunday Services: 8:15 and 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Jay Tucker www.bonairechurch.com Centerville First United Methodist Church 600 N. Houston Lake Road Centerville, GA 31028 (478) 953-3090 Sunday Services: 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Stephen Grantham www.centervillemethodist.org

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Christ United Methodist Church 511 Russell Parkway Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 922-0211 Sunday Services: 9 and 11 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Jim McIlrath www.christunited.net First United Methodist Church 205 North Davis Drive Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 923-3737 Sunday Services: 8:30 and 10:50 a.m. Pastor: Dr. Jimmy R. Asbell Jr. www.fumcwrga.org Trinity United Methodist Church 129 South Houston Road Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 923-3797 Sunday Contemporary: 11 a.m. Sunday Tradional: 8:30 and 11 a.m. Pastor: Bill Bagwell www.trinity-methodist.org Word of Life Worship Center 650 Carl Vinson Parkway Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 922-5153 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Phil Faraone www.wolworshipcenter.org Chrisan Fellowship Church 621 Walnut Street

Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 975-0808 Sunday Services: 8 and 10:45 a.m. Pastor: Bishop Harvey B. Bee www.cfcupliing.org

80 Cohen Walker Drive Building A â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Auditorium Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 333-2444 Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m.

Evergreen Family Fellowship 80 Tabor Drive, Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 922-5982 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Joe Senter www.evergreenfamilyfellowship.org

Nazarene

End Time Harvest Church 114 Bell Drive, Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 922-7910 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Pastor: Melvin Womack

Presbyterian

Joy Fellowship Church 210 Sylvia Avenue Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 953-6090 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Volleen Vicknair The Salvaon Army Church Warner Robins Corps 96 Thomas Blvd., Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 922-7585 Sunday Services: 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Pastors: Captains Larry and Brenda Gibson Word In Season Ministries Middle Georgia Technical College

Church of the Nazarene 300 Lois Drive, Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 923-2108 Sunday Services: 10:55 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Pastor: David Miller Covenant Presbyterian Church 1631 Green Street Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 929-4770 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Pastor: Rev. Robert L. Jarre Westminster Presbyterian Church 303 Mary Lane, Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 922-2782 Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Dr. Glenn A. Gilstrap

United Pentecostal

First United Pentecostal Church 603 Wellborn Road Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 929-5616 Sunday Service: 11 a.m. Pastor: Mark Fogarty


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Business & Consumer Services

Boys and Girls Club of Georgia Heartlands – Byron Unit enables young people to reach their full potenal as producve, caring, and responsible cizens. 202 Mosley Road, Byron, GA 31008 (478) 956-1395 Byron Beer Hometown The Byron visitor’s center and official website of Byron: www.byronga.com Contact Regina Mansfield at byroncrossing@yahoo.com or call (478) 956-2409

Clubs

Byron Lioness Club PO Box 1782, Byron, GA 31008 (478) 956-2412 Byron Lions Club PO Box 1123, Byron, GA 31008 (478) 956-2412 Mickey Fuller Masonic Lodge Meengs: 7:30 p.m., 2nd and 4th Thursday 106 Gralan Drive, Bryon, GA 31008 (478) 956-4400 www.peachcountymasons.org Middle Georgia Sport Horse Associaon A local riding club that is an affiliate of the United States Dressage Federaon. 3380 Marshall Mill Rd, Byron, GA 31008 (478) 338-0448, www.mgsha.org Rotary Club of Bryon Meeng: 8 a.m. Every Wednesday Country Cupboard Restaurant 107 Chapman Road, Byron, GA 31008 (478) 956-2000 Village Green Garden Club Bryon, GA 31008 (478) 956-5879

Support Organizaons ALCOHOL/DRUG/EATING TREATMENT CENTERS Al-Anon Family Groups of Georgia A fellowship of relaves and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hope in order to solve their common problems. P.O. Box 2189, Byron, GA 31008 Toll free: (800) 568-1619 E-mail: areaoffice@ga-al-anon.org PARENTING/FAMILY SERVICES The Compassionate Friends A non-profit, self-help support organizaon for families who have experienced the death of a child of any age from any cause. There is no religious affiliaon. Byron, GA (478) 988-9361

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Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce 267 Ti College Drive Forsyth, GA 31029 478-994-9239 www.forsyth-monroechamber.com

Clubs

Forsyth Lions Club Meengs: 7 p.m., 2nd and 4th Monday Hong Kong Palace Chinese 465 Ti College Dr., Forsyth, GA 31029 (478) 477-6790 www.lionwap.org/forsythga Email: forsythgalionsclub@yahoo.com

4-H and Youth — Macon 736 Riverside Drive, Macon, GA 31201 (478) 751-6338 American Cancer Society Naonwide community-based voluntary health organizaon dedicated to eliminang cancer and prevenng cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, educaon, advocacy, and service. 804 Cherry St., Macon, GA 31201 (478) 743-6391, www.cancer.org American Heart Associaon 3312 Northside Drive, Ste. 140-A Macon, GA 31210 (478) 405-3200

Meadows Naonal Gun Club 1064 Rumble Road, Forsyth, GA (478) 994-9910

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

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Art Partners and Friends Provides art instrucon and free materials so that people who, due to economic circumstances, disability, or lack of opportunity, can now learn the joy of art. 333 Coon Avenue, Macon, GA 31201 (478) 743-3144

Business & Consumer Services Jones County Chamber of Commerce 161 West Clinton Street, P.O. Box 686 Gray, GA 31032 (478) 986-1123 www.jonescounty.org

Clubs

Gray Garden Club The objecves of Gray Garden Club are to promote the advancement of gardening, to develop home grounds, to study horculture and arsc use of plant material, and to promote civic beauty. www.gardencentral.org

M ACON Business & Consumer Services

Beer Business Bureau of Central Georgia, Inc. 277 Marn Luther King, Jr. Boulevard Suite 102, Macon, GA 31201 (478) 742-7999 Chamber of Commerce Driving force for business and economic development in Central Georgia. 305 Coliseum Drive, Macon, GA 31201 P.O. Box 169, Macon, GA 31202 (478) 621-2000 www.maconchamber.com Cooperave Extension Service 736 Riverside Dr., Macon, GA 31201 (478) 751-6338 Economic and Community Development Department 439 Coon Avenue, Macon, GA 31201 (478) 751-7190

Civic & Non-Profit

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

Big Brothers Big Sisters Volunteers are matched with children and serve as friends, mentors, and role models. 193 Pierce Avenue, Macon, GA 31204 (478) 745-3984 www.bbbsheartga.org 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. Boulevard Macon, GA 31201 (478) 743-4153 www.bgccentralgeorgia.org Boy Scouts of America, Central GA Council 4335 Confederate Way, Macon, GA 31217 (478) 743-9386 www.centralgeorgiacouncil.org 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. 682 Cherry Street, Ste. 1113 Macon, GA 31201 (478) 257-6190 Office Execuve Director: J. Travis Blackwell tblackwell@communitypartnershipinc.org www.communitypartnershipinc.org 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 www.cccsmacon.org

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Downtown Macon Lions Club Support to Bibb and surrounding counes through primary mission of iniaves and fundraising 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 www.maconlions.com 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 Dr., Macon, GA (478) 477-0003 Contact: Gary Hinebaugh, Secretary 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 Street, Macon, GA 31201 (478) 743-0000 www.educaon-first.org Friends of the Macon-Bibb County Libraries Support volunteer efforts to raise funds for the improvement of the Macon-Bibb County Libraries. P.O. Box 5412, Macon, GA 31208 (478) 744-0824, friends@bibblib.org Georgia District Office of Kiwanis Internaonal, Inc. — Macon Division 9 182 Riley Avenue, Macon, GA 31204 Meeng: Tuesdays 12 p.m. Contact: Alexia Lieber (478) 474-6169 www.gakiwanis.org Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia Builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world beer. 6869 Columbus Road, Lizella, GA 31052 (478) 935-2221, www.gshg.org Golden Opportunies Provides programs and services to keep adults 55 and older informed and involved. Wellness Center, 3797 Northside Drive Macon, GA 31210 (478) 757-7817 www.mccg.org/services/golden.asp 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 Pkwy., Macon, GA 31206 (478) 475-9995, www.goodwillworks.org In STEP With Singles, Inc. An interdenominaonal 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, www.Instepsah.org 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, www.jayshope.org

Contact: Maria Stewart (478) 442-2707, www.stonecro.org

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, www.jlmacon.org

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, www.pilonternaonal.org

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 Street, Macon, GA 31201 Meeng: Tuesday 12 p.m. Contact: Jim Tessmer (478) 972-4195 wwww.kiwanismacon.org

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 Street, Macon, GA 31201 (478) 746-4090, www.ronaldhousecga.org

Kiwanis Club of North Macon 3914 River Place Drive, 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 Road, Macon, GA 31206 (478) 784-6800, www.maconhabitat.org Macon Outreach 267 First Street, Macon, GA 31210 (478) 743-8026, Client line Macon Volunteer Clinic Provides the medically underserved with excellent healthcare. 376 Rogers Avenue, Macon, GA 31204 (478) 755-1110 www.maconvolunteerclinic.com March of Dimes Foundaon Dedicated to improving the health of babies by prevenng birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. 2733 Sheraton Drive, Building F, Suite 130 Macon, GA 31204 (478) 743-9165, www.marchofdimes.com Meals on Wheels of Macon and Bibb County, Inc. 1212 Gray Highway, Macon, GA 31211 (478) 745-9140 www.mealsonwheelsmacon.org Middle Georgia Community Food Bank Feeding neighbors and building hope since 1981. The food distribuon meets the needs of needy families, senior cizens, children, and homeless at no cost to the recipients. 4490 Ocmulgee East Boulevard Macon, GA 31217 (478) 742-3958 www.mgc .org Middle Georgia Women’s Connecon Giving women an opportunity to connect with each other and their communies through a luncheon format that includes a feature presentaon and a speaker. Meeng: 2nd Wednesday of month at 11:30 a.m. Locaon: Healy Point Country Clubhouse in River North

Rotary Club – Downtown Meeng: Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. Macon Centreplex 200 Coliseum Dr., Macon, GA 31217 www.dtmr.org Rotary Club – Macon Meeng: Mondays at 1 p.m. First Presbyterian Church 682 Mulberry Street, Macon, GA 31201 Rotary Club – Uptown Meeng: Thursdays at 12 p.m. Idle Hour Country Club 5171 Eisenhower Parkway Macon, GA 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, www.saveapenc.com 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, www.unitedwaycg.com

Clubs

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 St., Macon 31201 Cost: $10 Reservaons (478) 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, www.centralgaadfed.org 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., 1st and 3rd Wednesdays Box 1961, Macon, GA 31202, (478) 471-6900 E-mail: members.cox.net/sertoma December 2009 MyTown

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SERVICES AND ORGANIZATIONS

Macon Soccer Club Promotes the growth of soccer by providing high-quality soccer programs for all ages and ability levels. 4510 Raley Road, Macon, GA 31206 (478) 471-6443, www.maconsc.org Macon Tennis Associaon John Drew Smith Tennis Center 3280 N. Ingle Place, Macon, GA 31210 (478) 477-1957, www.macontennis.com Macon Tracks Running Club P.O. Box 26455, Macon, GA 31221 (478) 972-6772, www.macontracks.org Macon Waves Swim Club P.O. Box 7942, Macon, GA 31209 (478) 746-6186 Maconwaves1975@yahoo.com MOMS Club of Macon Moms Offering Moms Support is a non-profit organizaon for at-home mothers. www.maconmomsclub.org 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 Road, Macon, GA 31204 (478) 971-3357, hp://mgcc.ws 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 Contact Phil Hill at (478) 993-5551 Swim Macon Aquacs Club Provides private and group swim lessons, summer leagues, masters program, and compeve swim team. 5097 Northside Drive, Macon, GA 31210 (478) 474-9689

Economic Development

Historic Macon Foundaon Educates the greater Macon community about its history and historic preservaon; preserves and restores historic buildings and neighborhoods. 1083 Washington Avenue, Macon, GA 31201 (478) 742-5084 www.historicmacon.org Macon-Bibb County Economic Opportunity Council 653 Second Street, Macon, GA 31201 (478) 738-3240, www.maconbibbeoc.com Macon-Bibb County Health Dept. Protects the health of people and their environment. 171 Emery Highway, Macon, GA 31217 (478) 745-0411 Middle Georgia Regional Development Center 175-C Emery Highway, Macon, GA 31217 (478) 751-6160, www.mgrdc.org

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NewTown Macon 479 Cherry Street, Macon, GA 31201 (478) 722-9909, www.newtownmacon.com Rebuilding Macon. Inc. Rehabilitates homes of low-income homeowners, parcularly the elderly and the disabled, so that they may connue independence. 3864 Lake St., Macon, GA 31204

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. Boulevard, Macon (478) 742-2000

(478) 744-9808 www.rebuildingmacon.org

Macon Film and Video Fesval Cox Capitol Theatre 382 Second Street Macon, GA 31201 www.maconfilmfesval.com

UGA Business Outreach Services 200 Marn Luther King Jr. Boulevard East Macon, GA 31201 (478) 751-6592

Macon Lile Theatre 4220 Forsyth Rd., Macon, GA 31210 (478) 477-3342 www.maconliletheatre.org

Recreaon & Culture

Middle Georgia Art Associaon 2330 Ingleside Avenue, Macon, GA 31204 (478) 744-9557, www.mgaa-art.com

Cannonball House 856 Mulberry Street, Macon, GA 31201 (478) 745-5982 for Tours Cox Capitol Theatre Public facility for movies, concerts, and special events. 382 Second Street, Macon, GA 31201 (478) 257-6391 www.coxcapitoltheatre.com Douglass Theatre 355 Marn Luther King Jr. Boulevard Macon, GA 31201 (478) 742-2000 Federated Garden Clubs of Macon 730 College Street, Macon, GA 31201 (478) 742-0921 Georgia Music Hall of Fame 200 Marn Luther King Jr. Boulevard Macon, GA 31202 (478) 750-8555 Grand Opera House 651 Mulberry Street, Macon, GA 31201 (478) 301-5470 Hay House 934 Georgia Avenue, Macon, GA 31201 (478) 742-8155 www.georgiatrust.org Macon Arts 486 First Street, Macon, GA 31201 (478) 743-6940 Macon-Bibb County Convenon and Visitors Bureau 200 Cherry Street, Macon, GA 31201 (478) 743-3401 Macon-Bibb County Parks and Recreaon Department Central City Park P.O. Box 247, Macon, GA 31201 (478) 751-9280 Macon Film Guild Screens recently released, award-winning,

MidSummer Macon 4760 Forsyth Road, Macon, GA 31210 (478) 757-5174, www.midsummermacon.org Museum of Arts and Sciences 4182 Forsyth Road, Macon, GA 31210 (478) 477-3232, www.masmacon.com Ocmulgee Naonal Monument 1207 Emery Highway, Macon, GA 31217 (478) 752-8257, www.nps.gov Sidney Lanier Coage 935 High Street, Macon, GA 31201 (478) 745-3132 Theatre Macon 438 Cherry Street, Macon, GA 31201 (478) 746-9485, www.theatremacon.com Tubman African-American Museum 340 Walnut Street, Macon, GA 31201 (478) 743-8544, www.tubmanmuseum.com

Support Organizaons

ABUSE AND BATTERY Bibb Co. Public Schools, Social Services 484 Mulberry Street, Macon, GA 31201 (478) 765-8607 www.bibb.k12.ga.us Central Georgia CASA 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 Street, Macon, GA 31201 (478) 238-631,www.gacasa.org 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. Boulevard Macon, GA 31201 (478) 745-9292

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Crossroads Counseling Center 500 Bass Road, Macon, GA 31210 (478) 475-4608 Macon Rescue Mission, Inc. 774 Hazel Street, Macon, GA 31201 (478) 743-5445 www.maconrescuemission.com ADOPTION / FOSTER CARE Covenant Care of Macon 3950 Ridge Avenue, Macon, GA 31210 (478) 475-4990 www.covenantcareadopons.com DFACS — Bibb County 456 Oglethorpe Street, Macon, GA 31201 (478) 751-6051 Georgia Industrial Children's Home 4690 North Mumford Road Macon, GA 31210 (478) 474-8220, www.gich.org Hephzibah Children's Home 6601 Zebulon Road, Macon, GA 31220 (478) 477-3383, www.hephzibah.com Methodist Home 304 Pierce Avenue, Macon, GA 31203 (478) 751-2800, www.themethodisthome.org Prevent Child Abuse Heart of Georgia 640 Plum Street, Suite 202, Macon, GA 31201 (478) 238-6349, www.pcahg.org ALCOHOL/DRUG/EATING TREATMENT CENTERS Alcoholics Anonymous St. Francis Episcopal Church 432 Forest Hill Road, Macon, GA 31210 (478) 746-6652 Coliseum Psychiatric Center 340 Hospital Drive, Macon, GA 31217 (478) 741-1355 Family Behavioral Care of Central GA 135 N. Crest Boulevard, Macon, GA 31210 (478) 474-4321 CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT Child Support Enforcement 2720 Riverside Drive, Macon, GA 31209 (478) 752-1500 CRISIS HOTLINES First Steps Bibb County Niki Robinson at (478) 633-7284 Save-A-Life Ministry 112 Pierce Avenue, Macon, GA 31204 (478) 755-1343 Teen Parent Center 456 Bay Street, 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, turtlesem@yahoo.com DISABILITY SUPPORT SERVICES ARC of Macon Works to improve the quality of life of individuals with developmental disabilies. 4664 Sheraton Drive, Macon, GA 31210 (478) 477-7764, www.arc-macon.org Disability Connecons 170 College St., Macon, GA 31201 (478) 741-1425, Ext. 101 www.disabilityconnecons.com Healing Center Foundaon for Children with Disabilies 7440 Thomaston Road, Macon, GA 31220 (478) 757-1338 Source Care Management 1760 Bass Road, Suite 203, Macon, GA 31210 (478) 471-0782 DISEASE SUPPORT GROUPS Breast Cancer Support Group for Young Survivors Children of these young survivors meet simultaneously in the Beach Buddies Club. Women and children meet separately, but meeng mes and dates are the same. Forest Hills United Methodist Church 1217 Forest Hill Road, Macon, GA 31210 Contact: Laura Paxton (478) 718-4123, www.bunkoforbreastcancer.org Hope Floats MS Support Group Pinegate Rerement Center 300 Charter Boulevard, Macon, GA 31210 Meeng: 6:30 p.m. Contact: Marty Beliveau (478) 742-9011 EMERGENCY RELIEF SERVICES American Red Cross 195 Holt Avenue, Macon, GA 31201 (478) 743-8671, www.redcross.org HOSPICE SERVICES United Hospice of Macon 6060 Lakeside Commons Drive Macon, GA 31210 (478) 745-9204, www.united-hospice.com VistaCare 750 Baconsfield Drive, Suite 115 Macon, GA 31211 (478) 750-9777, www.vistacare.com 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, Macon, GA 31201 Meeng: Every 2nd Saturday, 12:30 p.m. Contact: Nikkii Hatcher (478) 238-6862 PARENTING/FAMILY SERVICES Babies Can't Wait 2520 Riverside Drive, Macon, GA 31204 (478) 745-9200 Child Care Resource and Referral Agency of Central GA 277 Marn Luther King Jr. Boulevard,

Suite 104, Macon, GA 31201 (478) 752-7800, www.gaccrra.org Crossroads Counseling Center 144 Pierce Avenue, Macon, GA 31204 (478) 475-4608 www.crossroadschrisancounselingcenter.org 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. Boulevard, Suite 203, Macon, GA 31201 (478) 745-2811, www.fcccg.org Georgia Stepping Stones Maximizes individual potenal throughout life’s stages. 2940 Riverside Drive, Suite 99, Macon, GA 31204, (478) 474-8552, www.meritan.org Lighthouse For Families A Ministry of The Methodist Children's Home provides Medicaid counseling for families, children, and youth. 116 Pierce Avenue, Macon, GA 31204 (478) 464-3001 Medcen Community Health Foundaon P.O. Box 6000, Hospital Box 78 Macon, GA 31208, (478) 633-6182 www.medcenfoundaon.org 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 Highway, 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. Boulevard Macon, GA 31201, (478) 752-7800 www.qualitycareforchildren.org

P ERRY Business & Consumer Services

Houston County Cooperave Extension Office 801 Main Street, Perry, GA 31069 (478) 987-2028 www.ugaextension.com/houston Perry Chamber of Commerce 101 General Courtney Hodges Boulevard, Suite B, Perry, GA 31069 (478) 987-1234, www.perrygachamber.com

Civic & Non-Profit

Made 2B More Organizaon dedicated to teaching young girls and teens leadership skills and to grow up to be phenomenal women. Girls ages 11 – 18. Meeng: Second Saturday of the month. Perry Recreaonal Center (Rozar Park) December 2009 MyTown

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1060 Keith Drive, Perry, GA 31069 (478) 731-2664, www.made2bmore.org

Clubs

American Camellia Society at Massee Lane Gardens 100 Massee Lane, Fort Valley, GA 31030 (478) 967-2358, www.camellias-acs.com

Economic Development

Houston Arts Alliance 801 Main Street, Perry, GA 31069 (478) 218-5229 www.houstonartsalliance.org Lane Southern Orchards 50 Lane Road, P. O. Box 716 Fort Valley, GA 31030 (478) 825-3362, www.lanepacking.com Perry Players Theatre 909 Main Street, Perry, GA 31069 (478) 987-5354 www.perryplayers.org

W ARNER R OBINS Business & Consumer Services Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Middle Georgia, 748 North Houston Road Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 922-1141 www.cccsmacon.org Houston County Development Authority 200 Carl Vinson Parkway Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 923-5470 www.houstoncountyga.net Warner Robins Area Chamber of Commerce 1228 Watson Boulevard Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 922-8585 www.warner-robins.com

Civic & Non-Profit

Airman and Family Readiness Center Robins Air Force Base 78 FSS/FSFR 725 Ninth Street, Suite 100 Warner Robins, GA (478) 926-1256 American Red Cross Houston-Middle Georgia Chapter 346 Corder Road, Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 923-6332 www.middlegeorgiaredcross.org Exchange Club of Houston County Ryan’s Steakhouse, 1992 Watson Boulevard Warner Robins, GA 31093 Meeng: Tuesday at 12 p.m. Contact name: Angela Hayes (478) 952-2879 Houston County Habitat for Humanity 515 Myrtle Street, Warner Robins, GA 31095 (478) 328-3388 www.houstoncountyhabitat.org

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Houston County Rered Educators Associaon Provides the opportunity for support, service, and fellowship with friends and rered educators in the community. Meets: 2nd Thursday of the month, September through May Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Locaon: China Buffet on Russell Parkway Kiwanis Club of Warner Robins Ryan’s Steakhouse, 1992 Watson Boulevard Warner Robins, GA 31093 Meeng: Thursday at 11:30 p.m. Contact: Allen Richardson (478) 918-7887 Meals On Wheels - Houston County Council on Aging 1137 Kathleen Bynum Drive Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 328-6070 Middle Georgia Community Acon Agency, Inc. The mission is to provide, in collaboraon with public and private partners, social services that address the needs of disadvantaged individuals. (478) 922-4464 www.mgcaa.org United Way 2-1-1 Phone: 2-1-1 Cell phone: (866) 680-8924 www.unitedwaycg.org/211.da

Clubs

Anque Automobile Club of America Automove historical society dedicated to the preservaon, restoraon, and maintenance of historical self-propelled vehicles and their history. Meets: 3rd Thursday of the month Time: 6:30 p.m. Locaon: The Ole Country Times Buffet 1208 Russell Parkway, Warner Robins Business Networking Internaonal Middle GA Power Networkers Meeng: Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. Contact: Terri Minter (478) 919-6719 Central Georgia Amateur Radio Club First Chrisan Church – Fellowship Room 100 North Houston Road Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 542-1620 Meeng: Second Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Contact: Bill Atkins Central GA Soccer Associaon 1107-B Russell Parkway Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 987-2455

31093 Meeng: 2nd Tuesday at 7 p.m. Contact Dennis Billings at (229) 268-2619 or billings@sowega.net Moms Troop of Middle GA Group of women and children who get together several mes a week. Contact: Amber Kan, (478) 225-6472 Email: themomstroop@yahoo.com www.themomstroop.org Robin’s Pacers Running Club To promote health and fitness among club members and the local community. www.robinspacers.org Robins Ramblers Square Dance Club Meeng: Every Wednesday from 7 – 9 p.m. Recreaon Center 800 Watson Boulevard, Warner Robins, GA (478) 918-0874 Rotary Club of Warner Robins Meets: 12 p.m. Tuesdays Wellston Center, 155 Maple St. Warner Robins, GA 31093 warnerrobinsrotary.org Warner Robins Aquanauts To provide professional swim instrucon and fitness; to beginners, compeve swimmers, and seniors. Memorial Park Pool. 800 First Street, Warner Robins, GA 31088 Head Coach: Wes Hamborg (478) 929-8044, www.wraswim.com Warner Robins Business & Professional Women’s Club 248 Waterford Drive, Bonaire, GA 31005 (478) 923-1752 Warner Robins Civitan Club Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q , 811 Russell Parkway Warner Robins, GA 31088 Meeng: Tuesday at 12 p.m. Contact: Jan Francis at (478) 922-6740

Economic Development

21st Century Partnership 804 Park Drive, Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 225-9005 www.robins21.org Centerville Development Authority 300 East Church Street,Centerville, GA 31028 (478) 953-4734 www.centervilledda.org Houston County Career Center 96 Cohen Walker Drive Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 988-7130

Georgia Aircra Modelers Associaon, Inc. P.O. Box 140, Warner Robins, GA 31099 (478) 328-2689

Houston County Development Authority 200 Carl Vinson Parkway Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 923-5470 www.houstoncountyga.net

Mid-Georgia Orchid Society Warner Robins Recreaon Department 800 Watson Boulevard, Warner Robins, GA

Middle Georgia Consorum, Inc. 124 Osigian Boulevard, Suite A Warner Robins, GA 31088

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(478) 953-4771 www.mgwis.com Georgia Naonal Fairground & Agricenter 401 Larry Walker Parkway, Perry, GA 31069 (478) 987-3247 www.gnfa.com Museum of Aviaon Flight & Technology Center GA Highway 247 & Russell Parkway Warner Robins, GA 31099 (478) 926-6870 www.museumofaviaon.org Warner Robins Lile Theatre 502 South Pleasant Hill Road Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 929-4579, www.wrlt.org Warner Robins Recreaon Department 800 Watson Boulevard Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 929-1916, www.warnerrobinsga.gov YMCA of Houston County 2954 Moody Road, Bonaire, GA 31005 (478) 922-2566, www.hocoymca.org

Support Organizaons

ABUSE AND BATTERY CASA of Houston County, Inc. Houston County Juvenile Jusce Complex, 206 Carl Vinson Parkway Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 542-2141, ext. 336 www.naonalcasa.org COSC Women’s Shelter Women and children’s homeless shelter 312 Duke Avenue, Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 922-3195 Family Advocacy Clinic 655 7th Street, Building 700 Robins Air Force Base, GA 31098 (478) 327-8398 Rainbow House Children's Resource Center Aims to reduce the occurrence of child abuse and assist vicms. 108 Elmwood Street Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 923-5923 www.rainbowhousecrc.org Salvaon Army Safe House Safe shelter for domesc violence vicms and their children. P.O. Box 2408, Warner Robins, GA 31099 (478) 923-2348 Support Group for Domesc Violence Vicms Support group for vicms of domesc violence. P.O. Box 2408, Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 923-2348 ADOPTION / FOSTER CARE DFACS - Houston County 92 Cohen Walker Drive Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 988-7600 ALCOHOL/DRUG/EATING TREATMENT CENTERS 12-Step Group Paerned aer Alcoholics Anonymous. Every Tuesday 6:30 p.m. and every Saturday 10:30 a.m.

Christ United Methodist Church 511 Russell Parkway Warner Robins, GA 31088 Alcoholics Anonymous - Warner Robins 1001 Carl Vinson Parkway Warner Robins, GA 31099, (478) 923-7657 Hodac Women in substance abuse recovery who are homeless, pregnant, or with minor children under the age of 12. 2764 Watson Boulevard Centerville, GA 31028 (478) 953-5675, www.hodac.org Houston Medical Center Behavioral Science & Psychiatry 1601 Watson Boulevard Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 542-7788, www.hhc.org Narcocs Anonymous - Centerville Centerville United Methodist Church 101 Wilson Drive, Centerville, GA 31028 Narcocs Anonymous - Warner Robins First United Methodist Church 205 North Davis Drive Warner Robins, GA 31093 Phoenix Center 940A Highway 96, Warner Robins, GA 31099 (800) 715-4225 Unlimited Visions 2503 Moody Road Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 329-0550 CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT Child Support Enforcement - Warner Robins 92 Cohen Walker Drive Warner Robins, GA 31095 (478) 988-7700 CRISIS HOTLINES Community Outreach Service Center The Community Outreach Service Center is an emergency and transional housing facility for men, women, and children. They provide safe lodging, clean bedding, meals, showers, and telephone access for local calls. 404 Duke Avenue (Men) and 312 Duke Avenue (Women and children) Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 922-3195 Helpline Georgia Crime vicm assistance helpline. 2762 Watson Boulevard Warner Robins, GA 31093 (800) 338-6745 Pregnancy Resource Center of Warner Robins Offers pregnancy tesng, parenng educaon, STD and HIV educaon, aeraboron care and more. 306 North Davis Drive Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 225-2241 Salvaon Army Safe House (478) 923-6294 DISABILITY SUPPORT SERVICES Abilies Discovered, Inc. Assists in the employment, educaon,

training, and support of individuals experiencing physical and/or developmental disabilies. 211 Corder Road, Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 923-7727 Epilepsy Associaon of GA, Inc. 121 Booker Street, Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 923-8141 Happy Hour Mental Retardaon Service Center 802 Young Avenue, Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 929-6600, www.hcaec.com Heart of Georgia Developmental Disabilies Ministries 615 Corder Road, Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 953-2992 www.heartofgeorgiaddm.org Naonal Alliance on Mental Illness - Central Georgia, Inc. 209 Elberta Road, Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 328-0508 www.namicentralga.org EATING SUPPORT SERVICES Middle Georgia GIG (Gluten Intolerance Group) Support for persons with celiac disease, dermas herpeformis, gluten intolerance, or anyone following a gluten-free diet. Meets the 3rd Saturday of each month. Central Bapst Church 1120 Lake Joy Road, Warner Robins, GA (478) 397-5061 middlegeorgia.gigbranches.org EMERGENCY RELIEF SERVICES American Red Cross - Houston-Middle GA Chapter 346 Corder Road, Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 923-6332 www.middlegeorgiaredcross.org Houston County Emergency Management 200 Carl Vinson Parkway Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 542-2026 Salvaon Army - Warner Robins 305 Green Street, Warner Robins, GA 31093 (478) 922-2226 HOSPICE SERVICES Heart of Georgia Hospice 103 Westridge Drive Warner Robins, GA 31088 (478) 953-5161, www.heartofgahospice.org PARENTING SERVICES Family Advocacy Clinic 655 7th Street, Building 700 Robins Air Force Base, GA 31098 (478) 327-8398 Rainbow House Children’s Resource Center Strengthen the community’s response to child abuse and neglect through prevenon, intervenon, and advocacy efforts. P.O. Box 1239, Warner Robins, GA 31099 (478) 923-5923, www.rainbowhousecrc.org Robins AFB Airman and Family Readiness Center 700 9th Street, Suite 1000, Building 794 Robins Air Force Base, GA 31098 (478) 926-1256 December 2009 MyTown

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U.S. G OVERNMENT

Senators (6-year terms) Saxby Chambliss (R) (term expires 1/15) U.S. Senate Telephone: (202) 224-3521 Fax: (202) 224-0103 www.chambliss.senate.gov 300 Mulberry Street, Suite 502 Macon, GA 31201 Telephone: (478) 741-1417 Johnny Isakson (R) (term expires 1/11) U.S. Senate Telephone: (202) 224-3643 Fax: (202) 228-0724 www.isakson.senate.gov Telephone: (770) 661-0999 Fax: (770) 661-0768 Representative (2-year term) Jim Marshall (D) (term expires 1/11) 8th District Telephone: (202) 225-6531 Fax: (202) 225-3013 jim.marshall@mail.house.gov 682 Cherry St., Macon, GA 31201 Telephone: (478) 464-0255

S TATE G OVERNMENT Governor Sonny Perdue (R) (term expires 1/11) State Capitol, Atlanta, GA 30334 Telephone: (404) 656-1776 www.legis.ga.gov Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle (R) (term expires 1/11) State Capitol, Atlanta, GA 30334 Telephone: (404) 656-5030 www.legis.ga.gov Georgia Representatives (2-year term) Jim Cole (R) District 125 109 State Capitol, Atlanta, GA 30334 Telephone: (404) 651-7737 P.O. Box 787, Forsyth, GA 31029 Telephone: (478) 994-4206 Tony Sellier (R) District 136 601 Coverdell Legislative Office Building Atlanta, GA 30334 Telephone: (404) 656-0254 680 Marshall Mill Rd., Fort Valley, GA 31030 Telephone: (478) 825-2888 Email: reptonysellier136@msn.com Allen Peake (R) District 137 504 Coverdell Legislative Office Building Atlanta, GA 30334 Telephone: (404) 656-0188 103 Colony Court, Macon, GA 31210 Telephone: (478) 474-5633 Email: allen@allenpeake.com Nikki T Randall (D) District 138 404 Coverdell Legislative Office Building Atlanta, GA 30334 Telephone:(404) 656-0109 P.O. Box 121, Macon, GA 31202 Email: nikki.randall@house.ga.gov

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David Lucas (D) District 139 509 Coverdell Legislative Office Building Atlanta, GA 30334 Telephone: (404) 656-0220 2594 Saratoga Drive, Macon, GA 31211 Telephone: (478) 755-0115

Commissioners: Telephone: (478) 621-6345 James Vaughn (D), Chairman Larry Evans (I), District 1 James Ham (D), District 2 Michael Bilderback (R), District 3 James Peters (R), District 4

Bubber Epps (D) District 140 411 Coverdell Legislative Office Building Atlanta, GA 30334 Telephone: (404) 656-0126 P.O. Box 236, Dry Branch, GA 31020 Telephone: (478) 743-9901

Other Elected Officials: Joey Proctor, Coroner Telephone: (478) 447-2636 John Cary, Sheriff Telephone: (478) 994-7048

L OCAL G OVERNMENT Byron/Peach County

City Hall 200 Main St., Byron, GA 31008 Telephone: (478) 956-3600

Mayor (4-year term) Larry Collins Telephone: (478) 956-3600 Commissioners: Telephone: (478) 825-2313 James Khoury, Post 5, Chairman Roy Lewis, Post 1 Byron Walter Smith, Post 2 Fort Valley Thomas Palmer, Post 3 Vice Chairman Martin Moseley, Post 4 Byron/Fort Valley

Appointed Officials: Greg Popham, City Administrator Bobby Melton, Attorney City Council Members: Mike Dodd Rosemary Walker James Calloway Desi Hansford Lamar Russell Melvin Lawrence Monroe County Courts: Monroe County Courthouse 145 L Cary Bittick Dr., Forsyth, GA 31029 Telephone: (478) 994-7018 Superior Court: Telephone: (478) 994-7022 Lynn Ham, Clerk of Court

Other Elected Officials: Kerry Rooks, Coroner Terry W. Deese, Sheriff Telephone: (478) 825-8269 W.L. Brown, Tax Commissioner Telephone: (478) 825-3161

Magistrate Court: Telephone: (478) 994-7018 Jeffery M. Davis, Chief Magistrate Judge

Peach County Courts: 205 West Church St., Fort Valley, GA 31030 Telephone: (478) 825-2313

Juvenile Court: Telephone: (478) 992-5064

Superior Court: Telephone: (478) 825-5331 Joe Wilder, Clerk of Superior Court Magistrate Court: Telephone: (478) 825-2060 Laurens C. Lee, Chief Magistrate Judge Probate Court: Telephone: (478) 825-2313 Deborah W. Hunnicutt, Probate Court Judge Juvenile Court: Telephone: (478) 825-3453 Thomas Mathews, Chief Juvenile Judge Lynn T. Kennedy, Court Administrator City of Byron Municipal Court: City Hall Telephone: (478) 751-7154 Laurens C. Lee, Judge Phyllis Jacks, Clerk of Court

Forsyth/Monroe County

City Hall 26 North Jackson St., Forsyth, GA 31029 Telephone: (478) 994-5649

Mayor (4-year term) Tye Howard Telephone: (478) 994-5649

Probate Court: Telephone: (478) 994-7036 Karen Pitman, Judge

City of Forsyth Municipal Court: City Hall Telephone: (478) 994-5649 William M. Clifton III, Judge Jeffery Davis, Judge Janice L. Hall, City Clerk

Gray/Jones County

City Hall 109 James St., Gray, GA 31032 Telephone: (478) 986-5433

Mayor (4-year term) Jason E. Briley Telephone: (478) 986-5433 Commissioners: Telephone: (478) 621-6345 Preston Hawkins, Chairman Larry Childs, Vice Chairman David Gault, District 2 Tommy Robinson, District 3 Bert Liston, District 4 Other Elected Officials: Adam Lowe, Police Chief Telephone: (478) 986-5433 Brian Jackson, Tax Commissioner Telephone: (478) 986-6538 Appointed Officials: Telephone: (478) 986-6300

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Linda Sibley, Chief Appraiser & Board Milton Appling, Member Alma Pounds, Board Chairman Donald Turner, Board Member Rose Holder, Board Member City Council Members: David Tufts, District 1 Benny Gray, Jr., District 2 Terrell Fulford, District 3 Ronnie Miller, District 4 Jones County Courts: Jones County Courthouse 110 S Jefferson St., Gray, GA 31032 Telephone: (478) 986-6671 Superior Court: Telephone: (478) 986-6671 Bart Jackson, Clerk of Court Magistrate & Probate Courts: Telephone: (478) 986-6668 Mike Green, Magistrate and Probate Judge

Macon/Bibb County

City Hall P.O. Box 247, Macon, GA 31202 Telephone: (478) 751-7400

Mayor (4-year term) Robert Reichert (D) (term expires 12/11) Telephone: (478) 751-7170 Commissioners: Telephone: (478) 621-6345 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 Other Elected Officials: Leon Jones, Coroner Telephone: (478) 621-6314 Jerry Modena, Sheriff Telephone: (478) 746-9441 Thomas W. Tedders, Tax Commissioner Telephone: (478) 621-6300 Appointed Officials: Steve H. Layson, Chief Admin. Officer Virgil Adams, Attorney Sam Kitchens, Dir. Bldgs. & Prop Tony Rousey, Computer Center Dir. Deborah Martin, Finance Dir. Marilu Cowan, Human Resources Dir. Doug Furney, Tobesofkee Dir. Barry Smallwood, Purchasing Agent Ken Sheets, Engineer City Council Members: Rick Hutto, Ward 1, Post 1, (478) 738-9777 Lonnie Miley, Ward 1, Post 2, (478) 742-1558 Elaine Lucas, Ward 1, Post 3, (478) 779-2550 James Timley, Ward 2, Post 1, (478) 474-1668 Mike Cranford, Ward 2, Post 2, (478) 746-0704 Ed Defore, Ward 2, Post 3, (478) 474-0754 Larry Schlesinger, Ward 3, Post 1, (478) 741-7745 Alveno Ross, Ward 3, Post 2, (478) 743-7460 Tom Ellington, Ward 3, Post 3, (478) 742-8863 Miriam Paris, Ward 4, Post 1, (478) 746-6557 Charles Jones, Ward 4, Post 2, (478) 785-9100 Virgil Watkins, Jr., Ward 4, Post 3, (478) 335-7809 Lauren Benedict, Ward 5, Post 1, (478) 746-4422 Nancy White, Ward 5, Post 2, (478) 743-8141 Erick Erickson, Ward 5, Post 3, (478) 471-8381 Bibb County Courts: Bibb County Courthouse 601 Mulberry St., Macon, GA 31201 Telephone: (478) 749-6400 Superior Court: Telephone: (478) 621-6527

Martha Christian (12/12), Chief Judge S. Phillip Brown (12/12), Judge Ed Ennis (12/10), Judge Tilman E. “Tripp” Self, III (12/10), Judge Lamar W. Sizemore, Jr. (12/10), Judge George B. Culpepper, III, Senior Judge C. Cloud Morgan, Senior Judge Tommy Day Wilcox, Senior Judge Howard Simms (12/12), District Attorney Dianne Brannen (12/12), Clerk State Court: Telephone: (478) 621-6676 J. Taylor Phillips, Senior Judge William P. Adams (12/10), Judge Otis Scarbary (12/12), Solicitor-General Greg Guest, Chief Probation Officer Donna Scarbary, Clerk Civil & Magistrate Court: Telephone: (478) 621-6495 William C. Randall (12/10), Judge Cedric T. Leslie, Associate Judge William Shurling, Associate Judge Tommy Alston, Sheriff Phyllis Willis, Clerk Probate Court: Telephone: (478) 621-6494 William J. Self, II (12/12), Chief Judge Sherri G. Lanford, Clerk Juvenile Court: Telephone: (478) 621-6448 Thomas J. Matthews, Chief Judge Othniel W. McGehee, Senior Judge Quintress J. Gilbert, Judge Darcy Sutton, Clerk City of Macon Municipal Court: City Hall 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

Warner Robins/Houston County

Centerville Mayor Mayor Harold M. Edwards, Jr. City Hall 300 East Church St., Centerville, GA 31028 Telephone: (478) 953-4734

Terry B. Horton, Post 3, (478) 922-6044 Bob Wilbanks, Post 4, (478) 397-5224 Clifford Holmes, Post 5, (478) 922-1782 John F. Williams, Post 6, (478) 923-3755 Houston County Officials: Houston County Board of Commissioners 200 Carl Vinson Pkwy., Warner Robins, GA 31088 Telephone: (478) 542-2115 Commissioners: Ned M. Sanders (R), Chairman H. Jay Walker (R), Post 2 Gail Robinson (R), Post 3 Larry Thomson (R), Post 4 Tom McMichael (R), Post 5 Other Elected Officials: Daniel Galpin, Coroner, (478) 542-2113 Cullen Talton, Sheriff, (478) 542-2125 Mark Kushinka, Tax Commissioner Telephone: (478) 218-4940 Superior Court: Telephone: (478) 218-4720 George Nunn (N), Chief Judge Edward D. Lukemire (N), Judge Katherine K. Lumsden (N), Judge Kelly R. Burke (R), District Attorney Carolyn V. Sullivan (D), Clerk State Court: Telephone: (478) 542-2105 Bob Richardson (N), Judge Robert Tawse (R), Solicitor – General Gay B. Valasky (A), Clerk Civil & Magistrate Court: Telephone: (478) 987-4695 Robert E. Turner, Chief Magistrate Brenda H. Morton, Senior Magistrate John W. Geiger, Magistrate Angela Sammons, Magistrate Virginia Stewart, Clerk Probate Court: Telephone: (478) 218-4710 Janice D. Spires, Judge Kim Willson, Chief Clerk Public Defender: Office of the Public Defender, State Court 202 Carl Vinson Pky., Warner Robins, GA 31088 Telephone: (478) 542-2055 Office of the Public Defender, Superior Court 201 Perry Parkway, Perry, GA 31069 Telephone: (478) 218-4870

Perry Mayor Mayor James Worrall City Hall 1211 Washington St., Perry, GA 31069 Telephone: (478) 988-2700

Juvenile Court: Telephone: (478) 542-2060 Deborah A. Edwards, Judge Sandra McGowan, Clerk

Warner Robins Mayor Mayor Chuck Shaheen City Hall 700 Watson Blvd., Warner Robins, GA 31093 Telephone: (478) 929 1111

Municipal Court of Cen terville 500 Houston Lake Blvd., Centerville, GA 31028 Telephone: (478) 953-4795 Michelle Snyder, Clerk Jeffrey L. Grube, Judge

Centerville City Council Members Cameron Andrews, Post 1 Randall Wright, Post 2 Edward R Tucker, Post 3 Robert Smith Jr., Post 4

Municipal Court of Warner Robins 800 Young Ave., Warner Robins, GA 31093 Telephone: (478) 322-0240 Fred Godwin, Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Grube, Judge Larry O'Neal, Judge Martin Martragrano, Judge Kay Dykes, Clerk

Perry City Council Members Phyllis Bynum-Grace, (478) 235-5874 Willie King, (478) 396-5403 Joe Kusar, (478) 988-3800 Charles Lewis, (478) 988-1268 James Moore, (478) 825-0046 Warner Robins City Council Members John Havrilla, Post 1, (478) 922-0391 Tom Simms Jr., Post 2, (478) 971-0739

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E MERGENCY

911

NONE MERGENCY Byron Forsyth Gray Macon Perry Warner Robins

(478) 956-2880 (478) 994-7048 (478) 986-5554 (478) 751-7500 (478) 988-2800 (478) 542-2000

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Byron Forsyth Gray Macon Perry Warner Robins

(478) 825-3733 (478) 994-9239 (478) 986-1123 (478) 621-2000 (478) 987-1234 (478) 922-8585

BIBB COUNTY GOVERNMENT/CITY OF MACON: Bibb County Tax Commissioners Business Licenses City Compliance Office City of Macon Administration Elecons Emergency Management Agency Engineering Office (Planning & Zoning) Extension Office Inspecon & Fees (Permits) Jury Duty Call-In Phone (Superior Court) License Plates/Tags (Courthouse) License Plates/Tags (Farmer’s Market) Parks & Recreaon Police Department (Administraon) Reports/Accidents Taxes (Assessor’s Office/Property Taxes)

(478) 621-6500 (478) 749-6400 (478) 751-7404 (478) 751-2789 (478) 621-6622 (478) 751-7214 (478) 751-7460 (478) 751-6338 (478) 751-7280 (478) 621-6000 (478) 621-6500 (478) 621-6820 (478) 751-9280 (478) 751-7505 (478) 621-5550 (478) 621-6701

HOUSTON COUNTY GOVERNMENT/CITY OF PERRY AND WARNER ROBINS: Business Licenses (Warner Robins) Cooperave Extension Elecons Emergency Management Agency Human Resources Inspecon & Fee (Permits) Jury Duty Call-In Phone (Superior Court) License Plates/Tags (Perry) License Plates/Tags (Warner Robins)

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(478) 929-1148 (478) 987-2028 (478) 987-1973 (478) 542-2026 (478) 542-2005 (478) 542-2018 (478) 218-4724 (478) 218-4940 (478) 542-2135

Parks & Recreaon (Warner Robins) (478) 929-1916 Planning & Zoning (Warner Robins) (478) 918-2991 Taxes (Assessor’s Office/Property Taxes) (478) 218-4750

JONES COUNTY GOVERNMENT/CITY OF GRAY: Business Licenses Elecons Emergency Management Agency Extension Office Inspecon & Fees (Permits) License Plates/Tags Parks & Recreaon Planning & Zoning Sheriff Department Tax Assessor Tax Commissioners

(478) 986-5117 (478) 986-3222 (478) 986-6672 (478) 986-3948 (478) 986-5117 (478) 986-6538 (478) 742-3535 (478) 986-5117 (478) 986-3489 (478) 986-6300 (478) 986-6538

MONROE COUNTY GOVERNMENT/CITY OF FORSYTH: Business Licenses Emergency Management Agency Extension Office Inspecon & Fees (Permits) License Plates/Tags Parks & Recreaon Planning & Zoning Sheriff Department Tax Assessor Tax Commissioners

(478) 994-7040 (478) 994-7000 (478) 994-7014 (478) 994-7618 (478) 994-7020 (478) 994-7032 (478) 994-7040 (478) 994-7048 (478) 994-7038 (478) 994-7020

PEACH COUNTY GOVERNMENT/CITY OF BYRON: Business Licenses Emergency Management Agency Elecons Extension Office License Plates/Tags Parks & Recreaon Planning & Zoning Tax Assessor Tax Commissioners

(478) 825-2535 (478) 825-2535 (478) 956-2409 (478) 825-6466 (478) 825-3161 (478) 956-2409 (478) 956-2411 (478) 825-2535 (478) 825-3161

D RIVER ’ S L ICENSE (T UES . – S AT.): Bibb County Houston County

(478) 751-6031 (478) 542-2125

F IRE D EPARTMENT : Byron

(478) 956-3611

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Centerville Forysth (478) Gray Houston County Macon Perry Warner Robins

G EORGIA S TATE P ATROL

(478) 953-4050 994-2040 (478) 986-3489 (478) 542-2040 (478) 751-9180 (478) 988-2850 (478) 765-1031 (478) 453-4718

H EALTH D EPARTMENT Bibb County Houston County Jones County Peach County

(478) 745-0411 (478) 218-2000 (478) 986-3164 (478) 825-2535

Central Georgia Rehab (478) 201-6500 Children's Hospital (478) 633-8150 Coliseum Medical Center (478) 765-7000 Coliseum Psychiatric Center (478) 201-6500, (478) 741-1355 Macon Northside Hospital (478) 757-8200 Medical Center East (478) 749-9200 Medical Center North (478) 474-5600 Medical Center Northwest (478) 757-7865 Medical Center of Central Georgia (478) 633-1000 Lake Joy Med-Stop (478) 987-0323 Houston Medical Center (478) 922-4281 Houston County Volunteer Medical Clinic (478) 923-9730 Houston Heart Institute (478) 542-7811 Houston Lake Med-Stop (478) 988-1865 Monroe County Hospital (478) 994-2521 Pavilion Med-Stop (478) 923-2843 Perry Hospital (478) 987-3600 Veterans Community Outpatient Clinic (478) 476-8868

24-H OUR H ELP L INES : (478) 742-2330 (478) 745-9292 (478) 743-5445 (478) 741-4141 (478) 633-1429

L IBRARIES : Byron Public Library Centerville Public Library Charles A. Lanford Library Jones County Library Nola Brantley Memorial Library Perry Public Library Riverside Branch Library Shurling Branch Library

(478) 744-0800 (478) 744-0818

P ETS : Animal Control (Bibb County) Animal Control (Houston County) Animal Control (Warner Robins) Humane Association of GA (Bibb County) Humane Society (Houston County)

P OST O FFICE

www.usps.com

(478) 751-9200 (478) 542-2033 (478) 929-7280 (478) 745-4099 (478) 599-0211 (800) 275-8777

S CHOOLS See pages 58 – 61 for a Listing of Schools

S HERIFF ’ S D EPARTMENT :

H OSPITALS :

Crime Stoppers Crisis Line & Safe House of Central GA Macon Rescue Mission Mid-Georgia Ambulance Poison Control Center

Washington Memorial Library West Bibb Branch Library

(478) 956-2200 (478) 953-4500 (478) 621-6970 (478) 986-6626 (478) 923-0128 (478) 987-3050 (478) 757-8900 (478) 744-0875

Bibb County Houston County Jones County Monroe County Peach County

(478) 746-9441 (478) 542-2125 (478) 986-3489 (478) 994-7048 (478) 825-8269

U TILITIES : ALLTEL Georgia, Inc. (800) 501-1754 AT&T (888) 757-6500 Byron Utilities (478) 956-4483 Centerville Utilities (478) 953-3222 Cox Communications (478) 784-8000 Dispatch (Bibb) (478) 751-9123 Flint Energies (478) 988-3500 Georgia Natural Gas Services (888) 442-7489 Georgia Power Company (888) 660-5890 Landfill (Bibb) (478) 751-9296 Landfill (Houston) (478) 987-0089 Macon Water Authority (478) 464-5600 Perry Utilities (478) 988-2743 Public Works (Bibb) (478) 751-9122 Public Works (Peach) (478) 956-4840 Recycling (Bibb) (478) 751-7959 Recycling (Houston) (478) 929-7258 Sanitation (Bibb) (478) 751-9125 Sanitation (Peach) (478) 987-1411 SCANA Energy (877) 467-2262 Streets (Bibb) (478) 751-9124 Streets (Peach) (478) 956-4483 Trash/Refuse/Waste Pick-Up (Bibb County) (478) 746-7230 Trash/Refuse/Waste Pick-Up (Macon) (478) 751-9123 Tri-County Electric Membership Corp. (478) 986-8100 Warner Robins Utilities (478) 929-1144 Watson Cable (478) 922-9440 Windstream (800) 501-1754

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