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5 VIEWPOINT Mankind’s oldest and still-untamed nemesis 6 PICTURE THIS? Identify this Georgia site for a chance to win $25! 7 MAILBOX Our readers respond 8 GEORGIA NEWS Kay brothers honored; TCSG student of the year; Veterans’ memorial; YHC bachelor’s degrees 10 CALENDAR Happenings around the state 14 CURRENTS GEORGIA Magazine’s laptop winner; Lanier Tech’s new program; Leadership Georgia 34A THE 2009 WASHINGTON YOUTH TOUR Lessons in leadership 46 AROUND GEORGIA The Westobou Festival 2009 presents performing and visual excellence in the arts 56 MY GEORGIA I blinked 58 GEORGIA GARDENS “Monsters” in the garden 60 GEORGIA COOKS Culinary learning opportunities in Georgia 66 SNAPSHOT Harvestime!

ON THE COVER: Sen. Johnny Isakson, fifth from left, and Sen. Saxby Chambliss, seventh from left, pose at the United States Capitol with 103 delegates sponsored by Georgia’s electric membership cooperatives for the 2009 Washington Youth Tour. (Photo by Daniel Peck Studios.)

In your hands is one of the almost 860,000 copies printed for the September GEORGIA Magazine—a record-breaking circulation! It’s also one of our largest editions with 68-plus pages, the plus being all the versions produced for our electric co-ops, which can range from four-page newsletters to 20-page annual reports. This issue includes a special energy report on climate-change legislation and how it can affect you (see page 16). Be sure your voice is heard! We also pay tribute to a few World War II veterans (see page 18). These brave military heroes served our country well—and were never arrogant, dismissive or even derisive about giving their all in defense of our many freedoms. Since large numbers of our “Greatest Generation” are passing on and leaving us, take time to read their words of wisdom and honor them for their sacrifices. Speaking of wisdom, how many times have you actually taken advice from someone and discovered it was a good thing you did? We asked our readers to submit their stories on “The best advice I ever took”—and we all learned something! We hope you will enjoy reading “Words of wisdom” (see page 26), and take away some good advice, too! Enjoy,

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Mankind’s oldest and still-untamed nemesis

BY PAUL WOOD President/CEO, Georgia Electric Membership Corporation


ears ago, a wise old man, having lived through the Great Depression, often warned me that a similar economic collapse could happen again. I usually waved him off with, “I don’t think so.” I would remind him that America now has safeguards in place that did not exist in 1929, namely the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) to insure accounts against bank failure and a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to oversee Wall Street. On one occasion, he listened carefully, paused a moment, and then with a voice lowered to a near whisper, said, “Paul, as long as there is greed in this world, there will always be the possibility of another Great Depression.” I thought of him many times during the collapse of the subprime mortgage market last year. I thought of him again when Bernie Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in prison for operating the world’s largest Ponzi scheme from his Wall Street headquarters. It was Madoff’s greed that led him to steal more than $50 billion from trusting investors. Some reports say it may have been as much as $65 billion! Unbridled greed had consumed him. Russian author Leo Tolstoy, in one of his great short stories (“How Much Land Does a Man Need?”), painted an unforgettable picture of how the lust for more land cost a farmer his most precious asset. As I recall the story, the devil offered the farmer as much land as he could walk around between sunrise and sunset

absolutely free. But there was one catch: the farmer was required to return to the starting point before sunset or he would forfeit his life. The farmer agreed to the terms, and as the sun rose the next day, he set out on his journey. By noon he had covered quite a long stretch but had plenty of energy, so he stepped off in another direction. By midafternoon, with enough stamina and sunlight remaining, he turned his sights toward another point on the horizon. Finally, by late afternoon, he began walking toward the devil who was waiting patiently. But the farmer misjudged the distance. As the sun began to set, the farmer, not even close to the finish line, began walking faster and faster. Soon he was running with all his strength. The sun set just as the farmer reached the devil. Physically exhausted, he fell at the feet of the devil, and with the last flicker of sunlight, he died. The devil smiled and said, “The farmer returned before sunset, and I have kept my end of the bargain. I promised him all the land he could cover in one day, and he now has all he needs: six feet long and two feet wide.” Of all the vices with which we are familiar, can there be any one more difficult to restrain by human nature than greed? The answer to that question has eluded mankind from the beginning of recorded time. And this is why succeeding generations likely will be forced, yet again, to deal with the catastrophic effects of old-fashioned, insatiable greed. 5



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Welcome to “Picture this?” a monthly contest where we print a reader’s photo showing a Georgia place—and you get a chance to guess where the picture was taken! We will reward the reader whose photo is published—as well as the person who correctly guesses where it was taken—with $25 each. (If more than one person guesses correctly, we’ll draw from among all correct answers to determine the winner.) Winners’ names and where the photo was taken will appear in a future issue. Ready to guess? Send your guess by Sept. 18, 2009, to GEORGIA Magazine, Attn: “Picture this,” P.O. Box 1707, Tucker, GA 30085, or e-mail to Be sure to include your name, address and phone number. Have a photo? Send your original photos of locations that are easy to identify, but not too prominent (i.e., the Big Chicken in Marietta or Stone Mountain) to the address listed above, or you can e-mail 300-dpi photos to us at deadline for entries in the November 2009 issue is Sept. 18, 2009. Please send photos and guesses in separate envelopes. Our winners from the July 2009 issue are Vickie Summey of Woodstock, who took the photo, and JoAnn Huff of Dallas, who correctly guessed that the subject was the iron pour house at Red Top Mountain State Park near Cartersville. Also known as the “Summey casting shed,” it was named after Francis Marion Summey, the photographer’s husband’s grandfather, one of the miners who worked in the iron ore mine once in operation there.

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Top left: Contractor, designer and restoration expert Jane Coslick has a vivid imagination when it comes to salvaging and enlivening Tybee Island beach cottages, many of which were slated for demolition. At top: The Fish Camp cottage, once a rickety fishing shack, now exudes a fun, beachy aura. At left: 99 Steps to the Beach maintains its cottage feeling but now is light and bright with Coslick’s simple color palette. Above: Renovated Horse Pen Creek Cottage is flush with colorful accents against white walls.




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• Music appreciation. Inductees into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame this year include Collective Soul, Third Day, Peter Conlon, Bryan-Michael Cox, John L. Carson, Roy Hamilton, Berry Oakley and Shakir Stewart. Georgia Public Broadcasting will carry the live broadcast of the ceremonies, held Sept. 19 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Learn more about the Georgia Music Hall of Fame at

Multi-platinum-selling rock band Third Day

• Hot stuff! Tabasco is looking for unique community cookbooks that were produced by nonprofit organizations in 2008 and 2009 for its 20th Tabasco Community Cookbook Awards. More than 250 exceptional cookbooks have been honored to date, and these organizations have been granted nearly $100,000 to benefit local causes and charitable programs. Apply by Sept. 25. For rules, visit or call (212) 6796600, ext. 240. • Bird-watching opportunities. Georgia’s Colonial Coast Birding and Nature Festival will take place Oct. 8-12 with field trips through the woodlands, old rice fields, tidal marshes and freshwater wetlands of the Georgia coast. The registration deadline for this bird-watching excursion is Sept. 29; early registration begins Aug. 29 and can be done at 8

The Georgia Humanities Council held its 24th Annual Governor’s Awards in the Humanities on May 7 at the Old Georgia Railroad Freight Depot in downtown Atlanta. This year, the following 10 recipients were honored: Michael F. Adams, Brenda S. Banks, Martine W. Brownley, Caroline Crittenden, Karen Huebner, Paul M. Pressly, Mary E. Stakes, Kathleen Thompson, the Georgia Archives and Terry Kay. In 2001, Terry Kay’s brother, John Kay received the Governor’s Award in the Humanities along with Frances Evans for their work establishing the Institute for Continued Learning (ICL) at Brothers John Kay, left, and Terry Kay catch up for a Young Harris College (YHC). moment outside the Depot in Atlanta before the 2009 John and Terry now hold the Governor’s Awards in the Humanities ceremony. distinction of being the only two siblings to both receive the pres- “The Book of Marie,” released in the fall of 2007. tigious award in its 24-year history. Terry’s first novel, published in Raised on a 40-acre farm near Royston, the Kay brothers and their 1976, “The Year the Lights Came other 10 siblings were well acquaint- On,” is a story inspired by his memed with the hard work that accompa- ory of electricity arriving to his isolatnied mule farmers raising cotton, ed childhood world. Portraying vividly the impact electricity had on corn, wheat and oats. John, a former United Methodist rural communities has endeared him minister, retired from the North to electric cooperatives throughout Georgia Conference in 2001 after Georgia, where he also worked in 39 years. He served as pastor of public relations for Tucker-based Sharp Memorial UMC on the cam- Oglethorpe Power Corp., the nation’s pus of YHC from 1967 to 1980. He largest power supply cooperative taught courses in religion and phi- providing electricity to 4.1 million losophy at YHC from 1967 to 2001, Georgians. Three of Terry’s novels have serving on the faculty full time been produced as Hallmark Hall of beginning in 1980. Terry, a 2006 inductee into the Fame movies—“To Dance with the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame and the White Dog,” “The Runaway” and 2007 recipient of the Stanley W. “The Valley of Light.” He has twice Lindberg Award, has been a sports received the Georgia Author of the writer and film/theater reviewer (The Year award and in 2004 was presentAtlanta Journal-Constitution), a pub- ed with the Townsend Prize, considlic relations executive and a corpo- ered the state’s top literary award. —Byron McCombs, rate officer. He is the author of 10 Blue Ridge Mountain EMC published novels, most recently,



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Walk of Memories honors veterans Lank named They served their country in the Indian War, World student of the year War I, WorldWar,WarCivil II, Korean War,

Michelle Smith Lank, a student in the early childhood care and education program at Swainsboro Technical College, has been selected as the Technical College System of Georgia’s (TCSG) 2009 student of the year. Chosen from among 146,000 students, Lank was interviewed by a panel of judges from the state’s government, business and industry sectors; educational accomplishments, leadership qualities, community involvement and future aspirations were also considered in determining the winner. For the next year, Lank will travel the state representing the Technical College System of Georgia at conferences and events, as well as in meetings with the governor, legislators and other state leaders. The Technical College System of Georgia oversees 33 technical colleges throughout the state. TCSG colleges offer small classes, hands-on experience and focused instructor attention in more than 600 programs, including health care, aerospace, agribusiness, life sciences and much more. September 2009

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Liberty Ship. An additional 7,000 commemorative bricks are available for purchase to honor those serving and their families. For more information, contact J.R. Wages at (770) 442-0423 or the American Legion Post 201 at (770) 475-9023.

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Vietnam War, Gulf War, Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan—and now veterans of these conflicts are being honored at the Walk of Memories, located at American Legion Post 201 in Alpharetta. Comprised of more than 7,600 bricks inscribed with the names of veterans, family and friends of those who served in the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard, the Walk of Memories honors veterans including the more than 700 Georgia soldiers killed in action in Korea, as well as Medal of Honor recipients. Several memorials and pieces of equipment are also on display on the 13 acres at the American Legion post, including an M60 tank, UH-1 Huey helicopter and Navy gun from a World War II

Young Harris College (YHC) has been accredited as a four-year institution and will begin offering bachelor’s degrees in the fall of this year. The 650 students may now choose from majors in English, music, biology, and business and public policy. The college, situated in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Young Harris, was founded in 1886 and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. For more information, visit —Andrew Widener


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Homer. Weekend festivities include dancing, live music, food and games such as the moonwalk and rock climbing. (706) 6773510. Cruise-In at the Square, Sept. 5, downtown, Blairsville. Blairsville Cruisers invites owners of classic vehicles to participate in this first-Saturdays event. www.blairsvillecruis (706) 781-3555.

Fun at the fair! North Georgia State Fair, Sept. 24-Oct. 4, Jim R. Miller Park, Marietta. Games, live entertainment, competitions and more. www.north (770) 423-1330.


he 77th annual North Georgia State Fair will take place at Jim R. Miller Park in Marietta Sept. 24-Oct. 4. It is the largest of its kind in metro Atlanta and the second largest in Georgia, attracting nearly 300,000 people from throughout the South. This year’s fair promises to be better than ever, with attractions, concerts and exhibitions to suit anyone’s interests—not to mention the Great James H. Drew Exposition, one of the largest carnival midways in the U.S. Visitors may enjoy free concerts guaranteed to happen, rain or shine, thanks to a covered arena. Headlining performers include Georgia-born, singer-songwriter Luke Bryan, country musician Joe Nichols and contemporary Christian band Newsboys with special guests Seventh Day Slumber and Bread of Stone. Returning this year are crowd favorites like the High Dives Show, Keith King BMX Bike Show, Oscar the Robot, Brian Ruth the Chainsaw Master and Frisco Brothers Petting Zoo and Pony Rides. There are also new attractions like Frisco Brothers Tiger Encounter and Elephant Show, an exotic education for the whole family, and Skin & Bones & Co., a comedy circus. Come enjoy all of this, plus local square dancers, blue-ribbon competitions, flower shows and great food.

Pine Log Arts and Crafts Fair, Sept. 12-13, Pine Log UMC campground, Rydal. More than 60 arts and crafts vendors display their goods at this historic campground, also featuring entertainment and pit-cooked barbecue. (770) 607-5350. 10th Annual Wildlife & Nature Art Festival and Expo, Sept. 19-20, City Park, Blue Ridge. Celebrate art and adventure with artists from the Southeast and their outdoors-themed work. (706) 632-2144. 10

Labor Day Celebration and Red Wine Release, Sept. 5-6, Montaluce Winery and Estates, Dahlonega. Live music, hayrides and food and wine. www.montaluce. com. (706) 867-4060.

crafts. www.chattahoochee (706) 7686890.

Mountain Marketplace and Heritage Festival, Sept. 5-6, Mountain Life Museum, Blairsville. Come celebrate the area’s rich Appalachian heritage and culture. www.unioncountyhis (706) 745-5493.

Sage Market, Sept. 12, downtown, Toccoa. Local farmers and crafters sell handmade and homegrown items. www.main (706) 2823309.

Oktoberfest 2009, Sept. 10-13, 17, 20, 24-27, Oct. 1-Nov. 1, Helen Festhalle, Helen. German-style celebration in this alpine village. www.helencham (706) 878-1619.

Bluegrass Festival, Sept. 2526, downtown, Blairsville. The Southeastern Bluegrass Association hosts this event, which includes raffles, live music on two stages and free music workshops. www.unioncounty (706) 745-5493.

Dinner and a Movie, Sept. 11, 25, Montaluce Winery and Estates, Dahlonega. Come for dinner at Le Vigne and stay for a free movie afterward on the veranda. (706) 867-4060. Chattahoochee Mountain Fair, Sept. 11-19, Habersham County Fairgrounds, Clarkesville. Thirty-fourth annual festival features family entertainment such as live music and

15th Annual Foxfire Fall Heritage Festival, Sept. 26, Dillard City Hall, Dillard. Traditional trades and skills, regional crafts and pottery, huge raffle, kids games and live bluegrass and gospel music. (706) 746-5828. Arts in hARTwell, Sept. 26, downtown, Hartwell. Festival features juried fine arts and

Bluegrass Bands and Helping Hands, Sept. 26, Heritage Point Park, Dalton. Area bluegrass musicians perform to benefit DOCUP, a local charity that helps families hit hard by unemployment. www.bluegrassbandshelp (706) 624-4829. Riverfest Arts & Crafts Festival, Sept. 26-27, Boling Park, Canton. The Service League of Cherokee County sponsors this outdoor family event. www.river NORTHEAST GEORGIA MOUNTAINS Banks County Holiday Festival, Sept. 4-6, downtown,



Apple Pickin’ Jubilee, Sept. 12-13, 19-20, 26-27, Oct. 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 23-25, Hillcrest Orchards, Ellijay. Animal rides, petting farm, wagon rides, ice cream parlor, food and live entertainment. (706) 273-3838.

Petit Le Mans, Sept. 23-26, Road Atlanta, Braselton.This famous 1,000-mile, 10-hour race returns to Georgia. (800) 849-7223.


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enactments and a wide variety of music. (770) 253-2011.


“Jake’s Women,” Sept. 11-26, Stellar Cellar at St. James Episcopal Church, Marietta. The Polk Street Players present Neil Simon’s hilarious and touching play about relationships. www. (770) 2189669. Paws-and-Effect Dog Show Fundraiser, Sept. 12, Deer Lick Dog Park, Douglasville. S.H.A.R.E. Inc. hosts this benefit for domestic violence victims. (770) 370-2272.

Regions are determined by the Georgia Department of Economic Development. See their Web calendar at for additional events.

heritage crafts. www.hart-cham (706) 376-0188. METRO ATLANTA AJC Decatur Book Festival, Sept. 4-6, downtown, Decatur. Largest independent book festival in the country features a wide array of writers. www. (404) 625-5448. Downtown Alpharetta Farmer’s Market, Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26, Alpharetta. Fruits and vegetables, flowers and plants and home goods. (404) 402-5389.

Gwinnett County Fair, Sept. 17-27, Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, Lawrenceville. Family entertainment, rides, games and agricultural exhibitions. www.gwinnettcounty (770) 963-6522. Art Show and Book Signing, Sept. 25-26, Vinings Art Gallery, Smyrna. French painter Janine Pol returns to show her work and sign her new book. www. (404) 7947762. Castleberry Hill Loft Tour, Sept. 26-27, Atlanta. This historic neighborhood invites guests to tour the lofts and explore its unique galleries, boutiques and restaurants. (404) 614-0006. Lecture by Richard Russo, Sept. 30, Margaret Mitchell House, Atlanta. Pulitzer Prize-winning author discusses his new book. (404) 814-4150.


Powers’ Crossroads Country Fair and Art Festival, Sept. 57, Coweta County. Featuring over 250 artists and craftsmen, Southern food, historical re-

Old Milton Country Fair, Sept. 12-13, Milton Center at Log Cabin, Alpharetta. Step back in time with this familyfriendly, fun-filled festival. (770) 653-6821.

A Blue Ribbon Affair Arts, Crafts & Classic Car Show, Sept. 19-20, Jim R. Miller Park, Marietta. More than 200 Southeastern artists, local groups and performers, festive foods and antique cars. (770) 423-1330. September 2009

PRESIDENTIAL PATHWAYS Labor Day Weekend on the Lake, Sept. 5-7, Florence Marina State Park, Florence. Holiday weekend features reptile programs and games. (229) 838-4706. Farm Heritage Day, Sept. 12, Chestnut Oak,

Zebulon. Celebrate life on the farm with mule plowing, demonstrations, crafts, wagon rides, live music and entertainment. www. (770) 856-2144. Wildlife Adventure Workshop, Sept. 12, Old South Farm Museum, Woodland. A discussion on predators and a course on taxidermy and trapping. www.old (706) 975-9136. Boss Hog BBQ, Sept. 26, downtown, Thomaston. Compete for the best ribs, pulled pork and Brunswick stew. www. cityofthomaston. com. (706) 6474242.

Georgia Celebrates Quilts, Sept. 18-20, Cobb County Civic Center, Marietta.The East Cobb Quilters Guild presents a judged competition featuring more than 400 Georgia quilters along with vendors, demonstrations and raffle items. (404) 843-1040.

Family Fun Day, Sept. 26, Upatoi United Methodist Church, Upatoi. Barbecue, silent auction, arts and crafts, and a sweet shop. www.upa (706) 561-0433. HISTORIC HEARTLAND 7th Annual Perspectives: 2009 Georgia Pottery Invitational, Aug. 29-Sept. 16, OCAF Art Center, Watkinsville. Showcase of contemporary pottery. (706) 769-4565. Artful Harvest Art Show, Sept. 4-29, Southern Heartland Art Gallery, Covington. The Southern Heartland Art Guild features Georgia artists in their annual exhibition. www.south (770) 377-6455. Peach Cobbler Mennonite Relief Auction, Sept. 11-12, Georgia National Fairgrounds, Perry. Quilt auction, arts and crafts sale, children’s activities, food and music. www.peach (478) 957-2132. Earth, Air & Water, Sept. 11-Oct. 31, Madison-Morgan Cultural Center, Madison. Philanthropist, collector and world traveler Lucinda Bunnen shows her photographs from

the Galapagos Islands. www. (706) 3424743. Tour of Bungalows and Cottages, Sept. 18-19, Madison. Guests will see unique houses, some never before open to the public. www. (706) 342-9627. Southern Circuit Film Series, Sept. 21, MadisonMorgan Cultural Center. A screening of the independent film “Automorphosis” as part of the Tour of Independent Filmmakers. www.mmcc-arts. org. (706) 342-4743. Georgia Golden Olympics, Sept. 23-26, Warner Robins. Amateur athletes 50 and over compete in a variety of sports including swimming, bowling, golf and tennis. www.georgia (770) 8673603. Rockdale County Fair, Sept. 25-Oct. 4, Georgia International Horse Park, Conyers. Live music, children’s games and activities, food and vendors. www.rockdalecounty (404) 387-6296. (Continued on page 12) 11


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(Continued from page 11) CLASSIC SOUTH Preserving History: Behind the Scenes, Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26, Augusta Museum of History. The museum unveils the processes of preserving history. (706) 722-8454. Cruise-In on the Square, Sept. 12, downtown, Washington. Antique cars and trucks cruise in with music by Tommy Landrum’s Cruzin’ to the Oldies. www.memorylanecruisersga. org. (706) 678-2013. Southern Naturalists: Audubon in Context, Sept. 14-Dec. 12, Hickory Hill, Thomson. Exhibition sponsored by the University of South Carolina Library displays folios of early Southern naturalists and artists. (706) 5957777. Westobou Arts Festival, Sept. 17-26, Augusta. Sweeping cultural event features dance, music, theater, visual arts and a concert by the Blind Boys of Alabama. www.westoboufestival. com. (706) 755-2878. Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival, Sept. 18-20, downtown, Augusta. Fine arts and crafts market and special concert by Shawn Mullins. www. (706) 8264702. Farm Festival, Sept. 19, Waynesboro. The Waynesboro Shrine Club sponsors this annual event featuring food, a barbecue cook-off, a parade and family entertainment. (706) 799-2770.

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Tifton Truck and Tractor Pull, Sept. 25-26, American Legion Fairgrounds, Tifton. Trucks and tractor pullers compete for points and prize money. www.tiftontourism. com/festivals. (229) 386-0216.


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MAGNOLIA MIDLANDS “On Dragonfly Wings,” Sept. 2-5, Georgia Southern University Performing Arts Center, Statesboro. The life-affirming play will be presented with electrifying special effects. (912) 478-7999. 14th Annual Lumber City Farm Day Festival, Sept. 1113, Main St., Lumber City. Arts and crafts, food, parade, dog show, fun run and 5K race, amusement park and street dance. (912) 363-4942. Gopher Fun Run-Walk, Sept. 12, General Coffee State Park, Nicholls. Children ages 6-12 can run or walk through gopher turtle habitats. (912) 383-7332. Gene Watson in Concert, Sept. 19, Old Opera House, Hawkinsville. Gene Watson performs classic country songs.

SlowExposures, Sept. 18-27, Candler Field Museum,Williamson. Annual fine arts photography exhibition captures rural South’s character. (770) 567-3600.

www.hawkinsvilleoperahouse. com. (478) 783-1884. Nicholls Founders Day, Sept. 25-26, South Georgia Youth Park, Douglas. Street dance, pageant, arts and crafts, T-shirts and meat goat classic show. (912) 345-5290; (912) 345-2421. Wiregrass Festival, Sept. 2627, courthouse square, Reidsville. Parade, car, truck and motorcycle show, entertainment, Civil War re-enactments, and arts and crafts. www.wire (912) 557-4626. GEORGIA’S COAST


“A Scandalous Affair,” Sept. 19, Thomasville Cultural Center, Thomasville. An off-season performance of this well-known musical. (229) 226-6964. “Ribbons and Strings: An Evening of Music, Dance and Art,” Sept. 24, Thomasville Cultural Center, Thomasville. (229) 278-2787. 12


Sundays at Four Concert, Sept. 13, Thomasville Cultural Center, Thomasville. “The Sounds of Sondheim” is the performance in this monthly concert series. www.thomas. edu/actu. (229) 226-6964.

Featured Art Exhibit, Sept. 1-25, Old Jail Art Center and Museum, Darien. The Figurative Art Work of Carl Fougerousse includes oil paintings, drawings and stained glass. www.mcin toshartassociation. com. (912) 437-7711.

27th Annual Labor Day Weekend Catfish Festival, Sept. 5-7, Kingsland. Through Nature’s Lens, Sept. 4-26, Historic Southern fried and Cajun catfish, a Ritz Theatre, Brunswick. Exhibition of coastal parade, free concerts, resident Christy Trowbridge’s paintings of arts and crafts Sapelo Island’s natural beauty. www.goldenisles booths, antiques and (912) 262-6934.

collectibles, a 5K run and a classic car and tractor exhibition. (912) 729-5999. “Moving Midway,” Sept. 10, Ritz Theatre, Brunswick. Acclaimed documentary about the moving of an historic North Carolina plantation. (912) 262-6934. Bluegrass Music Convention, Sept. 10-12, Twin Oaks Park, Hoboken. Bring your own lawn chairs to this event’s 36th year with performances by several bluegrass acts. www.twin (912) 458-2365. Wild Georgia Shrimp Festival, Sept. 18-20, historic district, Jekyll Island. A festival surrounding coastal cuisine and the delicious combination of shrimp and grits. www.jekyllis (877) 453-5955. Jazz in the Park, Sept. 20, lighthouse lawn, St. Simons Island. Savannah bass guitarist Ben Tucker and his ensemble play under the stars. (912) 262-6934. Visit for more listings or to post an event. Event details subject to change; please verify before attending. Events for the December issue are due by Oct. 1. E-mail GEORGIA MAGAZINE

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Lanier Technical College’s Oakwood campus offers a new program designed for launching a career in the electric utility industry. The associate degree (or diploma) program in electrical utility technology trains students to work as technicians at electrical utilities. Graduates qualify for employment as engineering technicians, engineering representatives, substation maintenance technicians or electricians, meter technicians or generator technicians. The program comes at a critical time when the electrical utility industry is eagerly seeking a new crop of achievers to fill important positions. “We need to get the best and brightest, because half of the work force is getting ready to retire,” says Neil Matheson Jr., lead instructor for electrical utility technology and electronics technology at Lanier Technical College’s Oakwood campus. “We need to get some new blood in here.” For more information on Lanier Tech, call (770) 531-6300 or visit Or to read about educational opportunities available through Georgia’s colleges and universities, see “A college in every corner,” page 36.


Seeking a high-energy career?

Jackson EMC’s Doug Smith, far right, a district engineering supervisor at the Jeffersonbased co-op, teaches Electrical Utility Technology at Lanier Tech. Here, Smith and his students visit a power facility.

Two Jackson EMC employees teach classes in the program. Doug Smith teaches courses in substation and distribution, and Ken Brand teaches Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA). Students also take field trips to Jackson EMC in Jefferson to see their classwork in action.

The program—just two years old (it graduates its first students this academic year)—provides a solid steppingstone to a rewarding career. “The power industry has a retention rate of about 97 percent,” Matheson says. “Once people get hired, they stay.” —Deborah Geering

GEORGIA Magazine awards laptop to student


Last January, Greg Crowder, left, vice president of marketing and administration at Sumter Electric Membership Corp. (EMC) in Americus, presented Jimbo Horne, a student at Schley County High School in Ellaville, with a new laptop computer. The award took place at Sumter EMC headquarters in Americus. Horne was the winner of GEORGIA Magazine’s 2008 statewide laptop contest. GEORGIA Magazine created the annual contest to encourage students to fill out and send in the reader inquiry coupon included in the magazine’s September Higher Education Guide section. The coupon enables students to request information on specific schools and allows them to enter the laptop giveaway. Find this year’s coupon on page 45. 14


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Georgia’s electric membership corporations (EMCs) recently played a prominent role in a leadership program for 250 Georgia leaders, showcasing EMC ties to a sister cooperative in Central America. Lending his expertise to the program, which focused on education, energy and environmental initiatives, Tucker-based Oglethorpe Power Corp. President/CEO Tom Smith discussed energy challenges and opportunities facing Georgia and the efforts of electric utilities to meet growing energy demand. Georgia EMC Vice President Bill Verner also contributed significantly to Leadership Georgia’s (LGA) first international program held in June in Costa Rica. “It was a rare opportunity to showcase electric cooperatives in a part of the world where many areas remain today like rural America was before electricity,” says Verner. According to Verner, a program chair, the locale served as a timely reminder that developed and developing countries are still desperate for electrification in rural areas to foster improved agricultural practices and a better quality of life.

H.G. “Pat” Pattillo, a Leadership Georgia founding father (and a pioneer of eco-tourism in the Guanacaste region) who has developed the Hacienda Pinilla residential community, the site of the June program, was overwhelmed that such a large LGA contingent traveled to Costa Rica to learn about innovative approaches to common challenges. Attendees heard a moving story when Pattillo spoke of his family farm in Rockdale County getting electricity for the first time from Covington-based Snapping Shoals EMC when he was a young boy. LGA attendees then learned that almost 70 years later (2007) through NRECA’s International Programs Division, another Georgia EMC helped bring electricity to one of the 40 Costa Rican schools that Pattillo’s foundation sponsors in Guanacaste. That cooperative is CowetaFayette EMC (CFEMC), and CFEMC President/CEO Tony Sinclair spoke of CFEMC’s close connection to Costa Rican cooperative Coopeguanacaste, which serves electricity to the Guanacaste region and in particular to Hacienda Pinilla. Through this association, CFEMC has shared technical expertise with Coopeguanacaste, and personnel have worked alongside their linemen to help construct power lines without the benefit of modern conveniences like bucket trucks. The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s International Programs Division coordinates these programs and the utilization of donated or outdated materials and equipment Leadership Georgia’s Heathworldwide. Here in Georgia, er Teilhet visits students at electric cooperatives and Villereal School in Costa Rica. Inset: Pat Pattillo, shown vendors host an annual charhere with his wife, Betty, is a founder of Leadership itable fund-raiser in April, Georgia, one of the most successful state leadership Take Aim At Progress (www. programs in the country. takeaimatpr ogr, September 2009


Leadership Georgia highlights EMC international programs

Linemen from Coweta-Fayette EMC and other Georgia cooperatives worked alongside Coopeguanacaste lineman to bring electricity to remote areas of Costa Rica.

which offsets travel and lodging expenses for the linemen who volunteer. In recent years, linemen from Flint, Grady, GreyStone, Habersham, Irwin, Jackson and Walton EMCs have worked in other areas of Costa Rica and Guatemala. In addition to showcasing the success of the international program, the LGA program included segments on Costa Rican initiatives of both the University of Georgia and the Georgia Institute of Technology, and sustainable living practices being developed on EARTH University’s satellite campus in the region. Participants included dignitaries from Gov. Sonny Perdue’s staff, Georgia Dept. of Economic Development, state legislators and judges, the Board of Regents and congressional staff, among many other community and business leaders. Leadership Georgia is one of the nation’s oldest and most successful leadership programs for business, civic and community leaders. 15

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Landmark energy legislation that can affect you


he U.S. Senate is poised to act on energy and climatechange legislation this fall since the U.S. House passed H.R. 2454—the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES) this summer. This report provides some answers to questions on this landmark legislation.

newable resource by 2025, or pay a 2.5 cents/kWh noncompliance penalty. About one-fifth of the RES can be met with efficiency and conserACES passed on June 26 by a vation programs. Small utilities narrow margin of 219 to 212; 218 (annual energy sales of 4 million votes were needed to pass. Our MWh or less) are exempt from the state’s congressional House delega- RES, but most Georgia EMCs around tion voted as follows (see “How to metro Atlanta will be subject to the contact Georgia’s representatives and mandate. ACES establishes a “cap-andsenators” later in this story to make trade” scheme to accomplish the CO2 your voice heard): emissions reductions, which Georgia members of Congress voting “Yes” sets a national cap on the 2nd District—Sanford Bishop (D) number of tons of CO2 4th District—Hank Johnson (D) emissions allowed each 5th District—John Lewis (D) year. The cap would grow more stringent over time. 13th District—David Scott (D) The EPA would then develGeorgia members of Congress voting “No” op emissions permits, called 1st District—Jack Kingston (R) allowances, equal to the 3rd District—Lynn Westmoreland (R) number of tons allowed 6th District—Tom Price (R) annually under the cap. 7th District—John Linder (R) How those allowances are 8th District—Jim Marshall (D) distributed is a key question 9th District—Nathan Deal (R) under any cap-and-trade plan. Since ACES does not 10th District—Paul Broun (R) include an “economic safety 11th District—Phil Gingrey (R) valve” provision, the price is 12th District—John Barrow (D) unrestricted, allowing energy costs to escalate without limitation What does the ACES as the market (which includes Wall legislation do? Street speculators) for allowances It requires electric utilities, in- fluctuates. cluding electric membership corporations (EMCs), to reduce greenhouse How will ACES impact my gas emissions (CO2) at increasing amounts over time. These obliga- electricity bill, and future tions would begin in 2012 and energy supply in general? Unfortunately, it will increase require 80-percent reductions by your electric bill. Several factors will 2050. It also creates a Renewable cause the costs to rise: Electricity Standard (RES), mandat• The legislation intentionally creates ing that electric utilities purchase a shortage of allowances, with the 20 percent of their energy from a re-

How did the U.S. House of Representatives vote on H.R. 2454, or ACES?


price expected to rise sharply with no upper limit on price. • Carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology is not available yet. If it were, CCS would allow utilities to continue using coal, with greatly reduced emissions, but at much higher costs. • Unlike Midwestern or Southwestern states with wind and solar energy opportunities, renewable energy is not available on an economic or commercial scale in Georgia, therefore the noncompliance penalty (roughly a 28-percent premium on today’s average cost/kWh) will be an additional cost for EMC memberowners in the metro Atlanta area. • Energy costs are going to rise due to the need for new generation capacity regardless of cap-and-trade, but shrinking capacity reserves and more costly alternatives to coal will increase costs even further.

What’s next? The U.S. Senate will consider climate-change legislation and intends to write its own bill this month in the Environment and Public Works Committee, chaired by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA). The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, chaired by Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), passed a RES this summer. The Senate RES is less aggressive—although still very punitive to Georgia consumers—than the House version, mandating 15 percent of electricity from renewable sources by 2021 with up to onequarter coming from efficiency programs. The Senate noncompliance penalty is 2.1 cents/kWh. Once the Senate acts, the measure goes to conference committee to attempt to reconcile differences between the two versions. Ultimately, any agreement reached in committee must be approved by both the House and Senate before going to the president. GEORGIA MAGAZINE

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What will happen if Congress doesn’t pass a climate-change bill? The EPA found that greenhouse gases pose a threat to public health and welfare. Should the EPA ultimately regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act, such regulation could be more costly than that being considered in Congress. Muchneeded new generation capacity hangs in the balance while the potential for legislative or regulatory action undermines planning certainty for energy providers. For more information on this EPA proceeding, go to ment.html.

What should I ask my members of Congress to do, and when? The time is now! The Senate is poised to act on energy and climatechange legislation within the next 30 to 60 days; then House and Senate conferees will hammer out a final bill. While a majority of U.S. citizens believe something should be done to decrease our reliance on fossil fuels, and foreign sources in particu-

lar, 80 percent of registered voters do not want Congress to pass climate-change legislation without first knowing the cost to consumers.* In other words, Congress does not have a “blank check” to address climate change. We want you, our consumerowners, to engage your elected representatives in this critical debate on energy policy. Contact your representatives and senators and urge them to oppose provisions in any climate legislation that does not ensure

Our representatives and senators need to fight for a climate-change bill that is: ✔ Fair—Legislation needs to recognize regional differences in how electricity is produced. Consumers should not be penalized because of where they live. ✔ Affordable—Any plan must keep electric bills affordable for all Americans. ✔ Achievable—Mandates must be realistic to ensure long-term success.

H.R. 2454 as passed by the House of Representatives does not meet the above criteria. We urge our members of Congress to oppose legislation if significant changes to improve the bill consistent with these fundamental objectives are not made in the Senate. For more information and to make your voice heard, go to www. September 2009

consumers’ electric bills will rise as little as possible in addition to the increases we already face for new generation.

Here’s how to contact Georgia’s representatives and senators: Contact your elected official by mail, e-mail or telephone. The main Capitol switchboard phone number is (202) 224-3121, and you can reach any member of Congress through this number. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R) Sen. Johnny Isakson (R) Note: The voting record for Georgia’s representatives is shown at the beginning of this article, and the Senate has yet to take action. Both Sens. Chambliss and Isakson remain outspoken opponents of cap-andtrade schemes for greenhouse gas reductions and have opposed disproportionately punitive renewable electricity standards for our state and region of the country. * April 2009 NRECA opinion poll 17



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Honoring heroes

A tribute to Georgia’s World War II veterans BY E. WAYNE MCDANIEL, PH.D.

More than 320,000 Georgians served in the U.S. armed forces in World War II. Of these, approximately 5,000 gave their lives for their country on foreign seas and soil. Most of their stories were told in letters to family and simple white monuments on foreign fields.


There isn’t space to tell the stories of every veteran, but here are a few. The hope is that they will encourage every reader to root out their own family’s narratives to add to those presented. Our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents have untold riches to offer us in their life stories. Record them, write them, and retell them to your own children and grandchildren. It is the finest tribute we can offer them and the greatest gift we can give to young readers. Tom Brokaw called these veterans our “Greatest Generation.” If true, it’s partly because their characters were forged on the anvil of the Great Depression. Hardship has built stronger citizens throughout history. Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf titled his biography, “It Doesn’t Take a Hero,” but each Georgian presented in this article, as well as the hundreds of thousands of others who lived and fought during World War II, are heroes of the best kind. Most, however, would tell you they were just doing their job. They were not alone. Many more Georgians, men and women, entered the civilian war effort either at home or by traveling to the industrialized North. They are all heroes. While most of these Georgia natives were in their teens or early 20s when war broke out in 1941, and are in their mid-to-late 80s now, some were older. Unfortunately, during the preparation of this article, one of our veterans passed away. E.J. Daniel of Millen was nearing age 40 when he entered the army at war’s outbreak. He passed away in April at the age of 101. We wish easy rest to him, and to all the other heroes who have left us. And, as was pointed out by several of the others, “None of us is getting any younger.”



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Marine Mack Abbott, of Gainesville, is responsible for a new monument near Marietta honoring Pearl Harbor veterans. Above: The USS Shaw explodes during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941.

Mack Abbott, Gainesville on many of the Mack Abbott was up early on Dec. 7, 1941. He had an appointment at the nearby Honolulu airport for his first flying lesson. Abbott didn’t get to keep his appointment. Instead, he met hundreds of Japanese warplanes head-on, as they bombed and strafed Pearl Harbor, where his barracks were located, and other military installations on Oahu Island. The sneak attack devastated the American fleet anchored at Pearl Harbor and placed our country’s future in serious peril. Since he was up and dressed, unlike his fellow Marines, Abbott was the first one on the parade field, firing up at the attackers with his World War I-era rifle. He and his 12 companions shot down three enemy planes. The Marine Corps credited Abbott with firing the first shot of World War II for the Corps. Abbott’s biography, “First and Last Shot Fired in World War II,” tells of his experiences that day, followed by battles on Pacific islands such as Midway, Guadalcanal, Saipan and Tinian. He was sent to school to become a water engineering technician. Making fresh water was vital September 2009

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the last official patrol Pacific Islands, and credited Abbott with against Japanese holdouts while bombers that was why he firing the first shot flew off the pacified was sent to Midway. His firing of the of World War II for end of the island to drop atomic bombs on first shot for the the Corps. the Japanese mainland Corps at Pearl on Aug. 6 and 9, 1945, Harbor—and the last by order of President Harry S. shot, on Tinian—was strictly by Truman. chance. Abbott was also credited by the “I had nothing to do with it Marine Corps as having fired the really,” he says. “I happened to be last shot of World War II while on in the right spot and was just doing that patrol. my job.” Originally from near BirmingIt was also by chance that ham, Ala., Abbott ultimately settled Abbott’s water-desalting equipment in Gainesville. Among his many was crucial in telling the planners in activities, he served as president of Hawaii that the next Japanese objecthe Georgia Pearl Harbor Survivors tive in the Pacific was Midway. organization. The problem he was brought He was responsible for spearthere to solve was used by the code heading the movement to place a breakers to send a fake message for beautiful monument to Pearl Harbor the Japanese to intercept. Their later veterans in the national cemetery message traffic on the subject near Marietta, an almost impossible assured the American admirals that task. As Abbott says, “Marine serthe Japanese code “AF” meant geants just don’t like to take no for Midway, and that this was their next an answer, so I persisted.” target for attack. He also has been a proud memThe American carrier fleet, just ber of the World War II Roundtable about the only large ships to survive group in Atlanta for many years. Pearl Harbor, was waiting for the Abbott’s book is available Japanese forces, and their airborne through local libraries or from the attacks broke the back of the enemy author. ★ carrier forces, sealing Japan’s fate. (Continued on page 20) It was on Tinian that Abbott led



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Madeline and Jim Austin, of Rome, married in 1950 after Jim returned from his service in the Navy as a medic on D-Day. Above right: Troops wade ashore on Omaha Beach during the Normandy Invasion, June 6, 1944.

James Austin, Rome Jim Austin had just turned 18 when D-Day, code-named “Operation Overlord,” commenced on June 6, 1944. The young U.S. Navy hospital corpsman and his shipmates quaked, but forged ahead as the American battleships’ salvos went over their heads. Their LST (Landing Ship-Tank) made its perilous way to Utah Beach, Normandy, under heavy artillery fire, and onward into history. While the carnage at Utah was severe, it was lighter than at other beaches that morning. “We were in the seventh wave to hit the beach,” says Austin. “It was a terrible experience, as anyone who was there can tell you, if they will talk about it.” Austin was a member of a medical team, made up of two doctors and 20 corpsmen, part of a secret unit of hundreds of medical personnel called “Foxy 29.” The United States had known for several years that this day would come, and that there would be many casualties. The LSTs were there to drop off men and equipment, then administer to the fallen on the beaches and evacuate the wounded back to England. The landing must have had an eerie sense of déjà vu for the young 20

corpsman. He had taken part in a practice run for the attack weeks before, while still in England. The operation, called Exercise Tiger, tragically took many more American lives than the actual landing at Utah. The operation that was intended to prepare the men for the landing was so secret that few references to it existed until recently. Most are the oral histories of those, like Austin, who actually participated in it. The practice landing was held on the English Coast at Slapton Sands Beach, which had been selected because of its resemblance to Normandy’s Utah Beach. Unfortunately, the American troops that took part in Tiger ran afoul of several German E-boats, which were patrolling the area from their base at nearby Cherbourg, France. The E-boats were small, fast, heavily armed motor torpedo boats, similar to the U.S. Navy’s PT boats. They savagely attacked several of the fully loaded LSTs. The result was the loss of several hundred American troops. The exact number varies, but it was somewhere between 500 to 1,000 men. The tragedy could have scuttled the entire invasion, if made known. Austin, now a semiretired Baptist minister, vividly recalls the participants who survived being given a stern warning. “They told us that anyone caught speaking of the disaster would be shot,” says Austin, “and they meant it.” The magnitude of the tragedy is

best illustrated by comparing the number of deaths. More than twice as many troops lost their lives practicing for the landing. Fewer than 300 lives were lost during the actual landing on lightly defended Utah Beach. ★

Curtis Beall, Dublin Some might consider Curtis Beall the ideal example of a Southern gentleman farmer. On his farm near Dublin, he raises Christmas trees and catfish and makes very good scuppernong wine. While this may be the picture of Beall now, things were very different for him 65 years ago when he entered the Marine Corps and joined in the attack against Japanese forces, slugging through the mud on the island of Okinawa. In an attempt to complete his college education before entering military service, Beall had entered the University of Georgia (UGA) in 1941. He was one course short of graduation on July 1, 1943, when he received an invitation from the U.S. government to leave college and report to Duke University in Durham, N.C., for active duty. It would be four long years before he returned to UGA. After two semesters of tough courses in mathematics and physics at Duke, Beall and his fellow future Marine officers were shipped off to Parris Island, S.C., for three months of basic training. “As we approached the island,” says Beall, “we noticed a huge sign that read, ‘This is where the differGEORGIA MAGAZINE



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Okinawa saw more than 50,000 ence begins,’ but we had Allied casualties, Japanese fire. The Battle of no idea just how big that mostly American, Okinawa, the largest difference would be.” amphibious operation in The biggest lesson with 12,000 the Pacific theater, has learned, according to been called “82 days of Beall, was that there killed in action. hell” and “Typhoon of would be no more “I, me Steel,” referring to the heavy fighting or myself.” Those terms were now and adverse conditions. nonexistent. Instead, the soon-to-be “The mud was so thick and Marine officers were taught to think deep, it would pull the soles right off in terms of “we and us.” the men’s boots,” recalls Beall. After basic training, the Marines Fleas, ticks and mosquitoes were ordered to Camp Lejeune, N.C., made life nearly unbearable, even if for another three months of more it weren’t for the constant Japanese advanced, and even more demandfiring. ing, training. One of the most devastating In spring 1944, Beall, along with battles of the war, Okinawa saw 6,000 other Marines, boarded the more than 50,000 Allied casualties, Admiral Hughes, a converted luxury mostly American, with 12,000 killed. liner, and sailed for Okinawa. He The Japanese lost more than was placed in charge of 200 men. 100,000 troops, and approximately The ship made a short stop at Pearl one-fourth of the island’s noncomHarbor, then proceeded to Guam, where they spent two weeks prepar- bative population died due to the invasion. ing for combat duty. The main Japanese resistance After a short stop at Saipan, the ended on June 21, 1945, with most Marines landed on Okinawa, not far of the senior Japanese officers comfrom Kadena Air Base. The Marines mitting suicide, called “seppuku.” bivouacked for two days, and Beall Some minor and sporadic skirmishes was assigned to the First Marines. continued until the total Japanese He was ordered to take command of an 81-millimeter mortar pla- surrender in August 1945. A monument now stands on toon, which had been decimated by Okinawa, listing the names of the dead—Japanese military, Allied forces and civilian. There are nearly a quarter million names inscribed on the monument. Beall returned to UGA in 1947 to finish his final course in bacteriology, where he received his bachelor’s degree in agriculture. ★

The Museum of Aviation The Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins honors the heroes of World War II with its impressive World War II Exhibit Hangar. Opened on Oct. 17, 2008, it is the first new hangar built at the museum in the last 13 years and is part of the Next Generation capital campaign. The opening weekend featured gala events and a concert by country music artist Lee Greenwood with backing from the Band of the Air Force Reserve. The festivities were dedicated to honoring veterans of World War II and more specifically the 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, which is the subject of the hangar’s first exhibit, Down to Earth:The 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment and the Air Invasion of Normandy. In January, this 6,000-square-foot exhibit was given the 2009 award for the Best Museum Exhibition by the Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries. The exhibit demonstrates how the coordination of air and naval forces contributed to the success of Operation Overlord, the Allied D-Day invasion. In addition to this exhibit, other features on World War II include the Tuskegee Airmen and the Hump Pilots, who provided air support in the campaigns in India, Burma and China. The Museum of Aviation is located in Warner Robins near Robins Air Force Base, 20 miles south of Macon. For more information visit www.muse or call (478) 9266870.

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Carl D. Beck, Atlanta

Janice M. Benario, Atlanta

Many military veterans find it difficult to talk about their wartime experiences. There are at least two notable exceptions among our featured veterans. Mack Abbott is one; Carl Beck the other. Both speak to civic and military organizations about their service experiences, but they’re most happy when addressing young people in schools in Atlanta and throughout Northeast Georgia. “It’s important that schoolage children hear our story,” says Beck. “If we heed mistakes made in the past, we’re much less likely to make them again.” Beck was among the elite paratroops who took much of their training at Camp Toccoa. The steep slopes of Currahee Mountain were the ideal place to toughen up the young troops. The camp produced many stories, including the inspiration for the 2001 miniseries “Band of Brothers.” The soldier whose rescue from the front lines was featured in the 1998 film “Saving Private Ryan” went through training there. Even the 1967 film “The Dirty Dozen” was based on the dubious exploits of some less-distinguished soldiers from the camp. The training at Camp Toccoa was followed by more rigorous training at parachute school, held at Camp Mackall in North Carolina. Beck, upon completion of this training, served in the ranks of the famed “Screaming Eagles.” He fought with H Company, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. Dropped behind German enemy lines in the early morning hours before the commencement of Operation Overlord, better known as DDay, Beck and his compatriots land-

A secret Navy course in cryptology, or code breaking, was given during World War II at seven of the nation’s major women’s colleges. Upon completion of the course held at Coucher College in Baltimore, Md., Atlanta resident Janice Benario, along with a dozen of her classmates, entered the Navy as “Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service” (WAVES) with the rating of seaman. “We were placed on active duty on July 3, 1943, and sent to Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass., for eight weeks of training and indoctrination,” says Benario. She and the other young women were soon made midshipmen and, on Aug. 24, 1943, were promoted to ensigns in the Navy, cleared to handle top secret material. She was then ordered to report to the Naval Communications Annex, in Washington, D.C. Here she was further cleared to handle top secret Ultra material. Her office received the intercepted encrypted Enigma messages to and from German U-boats operating in the Atlantic under German Adm. Doenitz. The Enigma Code used a special machine invented by the Germans after World War I called the Wehrmacht Enigma. The Allies broke the code in 1943 and used the intercepted information to great advantage. After the messages were decoded and translated into English, they were studied carefully by the research team in Benario’s office and then forwarded to either the chief of Naval Operations or the Navy’s commander in chief, and later Fleet Adm. Earnest King. The contributions of Benario and her team of code breakers saved countless lives in the North Atlantic, as many of the efforts of the German U-boat “Wolf packs” were thwarted by the now-informed convoys and destroyers.


Still smiling, Carl Beck, of Atlanta, is a decorated paratrooper who speaks to school groups—and continues to skydive!

ed near Vierville on France’s coast at Normandy. Their job was to confuse and engage the enemy to take pressure off the nearly 25,000 troops, which landed on Utah Beach the next day, June 6, 1944. They did their job well. Beck spent the next several weeks fighting in Normandy, facing a determined foe aided by terrain filled with hedgerows, canals and rivers at flood stage. Later, he participated in the bloody fighting of Operation Market Garden in the Netherlands, and then battled the Germans at Bastogne, as part of the famed Battling and Battered Bastards of Bastogne. His deeds were recognized with the award of the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and commendation medals, as well as a Presidential Unit Citation, with clusters, among other decorations. His foreign medals include the Dutch Order of Wilhelms, the Belgian Forreguerre and the French Croix de Guerre. Beck leads tours to Normandy and still jumps out of airplanes to commemorate D-Day. He also works part time at Agnes Scott College in Decatur. ★




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(Continued from page 23) The second half of his book deals with his years both aboard ship and ashore with the Navy, most of it during World War II. He served at a naval air station in the Canal Zone of the Republic of Panama for two years before Pearl Harbor. He was stationed in Hawaii and Australia and served aboard three ships—the Griffin, the Arneb and the Wayne. The USS Griffin (AS-13), was originally a civilian cargo ship. Purchased by the Navy in 1941 and converted into a submarine tender, she sailed to Brisbane, Australia, in 1942. Here the Griffin, and her talented crew of maintenance people, supported Submarine Squadron Five, a small fleet of outdated subs that bravely battled the Japanese navy, almost single-handedly. They protected Australia’s coast, until later joined by more modern U.S. subs. Most of Australia’s ships and troops were away, helping England against the Germans in Europe, and leaving the country vulnerable to Japanese attack. Harrell’s next ship was the USS Arneb (AKA-56), an attack cargo ship. The ship was in pre-commissioning phase when he came aboard in Portland, Ore. This was a huge undertaking, with everybody aboard pitching in. He and his small team of Navy yeomen were responsible for commissioning the ship. Toward the end of the war, Harrell was assigned to the USS Wayne (APA- 54), an attack transport ship. On his first trip, from Hawaii, the Wayne delivered hundreds of survivors, many of them wounded, from the Battle of Okinawa to San Francisco. After some repair and overhaul work, again in Portland, the Wayne headed back to the Pacific. She delivered Marines to Nagasaki, Japan, this time, for occupation duty immediately after the war. Here Harrell saw, firsthand, the devasta24

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The “Fat Man” nuclear bomb was detonated over Nagasaki on Aug. 9, 1945, killing more than 74,000 people.

tion and terrible aftereffects of an atomic blast. Nagasaki, the second city bombed by American bombers with a nuclear bomb, had been almost totally destroyed, with the loss of more than 74,000 of its residents. “The sight of the injured and dying will be with me for life,” he says. “One of my most lasting impressions is that of the image of a human form, burned into the surface of a bridge by the bomb’s blast.” Harrell married Gaynelle while on a short leave in the middle of the war. A widower now, he has moved to Nashville, Tenn., to be near his children. ★ ★ ★ ★ These stories are representative of thousands of veteran’s chronicles, some more heroic, some less, but all valiant in their own way. If you enjoy speaking your native language, living and worshiping according to your own ideas, you might want to shake the hand of a World War II vet and say “thank you.” E. Wayne McDaniel, of Gainesville, is a journalist, historian and teacher. He is also a veteran of more than 30 years’ total military and government service, having served in both the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy throughout Europe, Asia, Southeast Asia and the U.S. Now, he writes and teaches history and creative writing in the continuing education departments of several area universities.

• “Allies, Pearl Harbor to D-Day,” by John S.D. Eisenhower • “At Dawn We Slept: The Untold Story of Pearl Harbor,” by Gordon W. Prange • “D-Day, June 6, 1944 the Climactic Battle of World War II,” by Stephen E. Ambrose • “D-day: Down to Earth: Return of the 507th,” by Phil Walker • “Days of infamy: MacArthur, Roosevelt, Churchill, the Shocking Truth,” by John Costello • “Enigma:The Battle for the Code,” by Hugh Sebag-Montefiore • “Foxy 29: From the Sea Came Heroes,” by Joseph Earhart Sardo III • “Pearl Harbor: A Primary Source History,” by Jacqueline Gorman • “Pearl Harbor: The Day of Infamy— An Illustrated History,” by Dan van der Va • “Secret Messages: Codebreaking and American Diplomacy,” by David J. Alvarez • “The Tuskegee Airmen: the Men who Changed a Nation,” by Charles E. Francis • “The History of the German Resistance, 1933-1945,” by Peter Hoffmann

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Essay contest:

Words of wisdom

Readers share the ‘best advice’ they’ve ever received


ometimes it’s tough to navigate life’s issues, but occasionally you’ll hear a piece of advice—something that just “clicks” and stays with you. For the past several months, we’ve asked readers to submit the best piece of advice they ever heard. From all over the state, we received stories that were funny, inspirational and others telling of hard life lessons. Below are some of our favorites. Readers whose stories are published this month will each win $50. Thanks to everyone who entered our essay contest!

Life is full of broken teapots

Saying ‘I’m sorry’

Scott and I had just returned from our honeymoon and were loading up my things from my parents’ house. I was standing in the doorway talking with Mom when I heard the sound of breaking china. To my dismay, Scott had dropped the carefully wrapped teapot we had purchased on our honeymoon, and it now lay in pieces on the driveway. In tears, I began to fuss at him when Mom put her arms around me and said, “Camille, life is full of broken teapots.”

The best advice I ever took was given to me by my dad. He only stood 5 feet 2 inches tall, but was the biggest man I ever knew. He loved his family and worked hard to provide for us. He was Italian and loved to share stories and sayings from the old country. One gem he shared with me was this: Do good, forget about it; do bad and think about it. That has served me well whenever I did something for someone and they didn’t say thank you. Rather than get frustrated with their lack of courtesy, I would remember what Dad told me and let it go. He said I would get my thanks in the end. When I did something wrong, my conscience would kick in, and I would always try to correct it. “I’m sorry” was always part of my vocabulary, and it has served me well in my marriage and child-rearing. It’s just as important to say I’m sorry as it is to say thank you, and my dad’s words ring in my ears. He’s gone, and I sure do miss him, but he left behind a world of advice that I now pass down to my children. —Madeline Lewis, Cleveland (Habersham EMC)

That short phrase, so full of wisdom, has been often quoted in our 26 years of marriage. Accidents happen. Treasures are lost. Hearts are broken. Life offers many unexpected moments where we must quickly choose either to lash out in anger or to extend grace and forgiveness. While I would love to still have that pretty china teapot, the life lesson I learned from my mother that day has proved to be the more valuable keepsake. —Camille McDade, Sandersville (Washington EMC)

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Trust in God

Simple forgiveness

One afternoon in June 1935, I was helping Daddy work in our peach orchard. The peaches were beginning to ripen. I was planning to go to Meredith College with money he would make when he shipped those peaches in about two weeks. A terrific windstorm came up suddenly and blew the peaches off the trees. The Great Depression had Jewell Buchanan and daughter Pat Evans taken all of Daddy’s money, and there lay my hopes under those peach trees. I sobbed, and Daddy, a man of indescribable faith, I am blessed with having a said, “Don’t give up, Honey. If we mother and father who taught my trust God, he will provide a plan.” two sisters and me to be true to our and just do the right thing. My ‘The day I left, Daddy had one word dad died suddenly at age 55 in 1979, but the lessons I learned from $10 bill, but his advice was him are priceless. I remember him worth millions.’ returning home from the drugstore, and as soon as he walked in the door he realized the clerk had given I had been extremely active in him $5 too much. Before he even 4-H work in Chesterfield County, so sat down, he quickly went back to we went to see the Home Demonreturn that $5. You shouldn’t keep stration agent to ask about borrowsomething that isn’t yours, and that ing $100 from the 4-H Scholarship was instilled in me by his example. Fund. I qualified and got the loan. My mother, who is now 83, With my wardrobe of five hometaught us to just do it, and do it made dresses, I went to college. The right the first time. She is one who day I left, Daddy had one never puts anything off and literally $10 bill, but his doesn’t let the grass grow under her advice was worth feet. She continues to cut her yard millions. It taught with a push mower, and if we are me what faith in behind on our grass cutting, she’ll God means. be cutting our yard too! It’s a chalToday, after 43 lenge to stay ahead of her, but her years in public determination and getting things education, I have done are what keep her going. faith in a hand bigger Hope she makes it to 100! than a peach tree. —Pat Evans, Jasper —Ruth Baxley, Toomsboro (Amicalola EMC) (Oconee EMC)

The best advice I ever received was from my mother. I had been through a pretty awful divorce the year before, and I didn’t realize just how different I had become. The divorce changed me, and I let happiness just slip away. I thought it was “unattainable” since I wasn’t part of the traditional family anymore. I was tired, bitter and angry. My mother looked at me one day and told me, “Let it go, forgive him. He really is sorry, and he still loves you.” I didn’t accept it at first, but looking in the mirror, I was just a shell of who I once was: A happy mother of three, with a full life ahead.

Do the right thing

September 2009

‘I realized that being positive attracts positive outcomes.’ I did just what she said, I forgave him. Completely. People noticed right away, I was smiling now! I had a renewed purpose in raising my children and made exciting plans for the future. Best of all, I realized that being positive attracts positive outcomes. My ex-husband and I started dating again, two years after we divorced, and repaired what was broken. He asked me to marry him for the second time, one year later. We are now remarried, but it all started with a simple little notion of forgiveness. Sometimes the most powerful tools we have are the ones that we’ve had all along, we just forget to use them. —Celeste Simmons, Kennesaw (Cobb EMC) 27



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Take stock of your debt Like many newlyweds, my husband and I struggled financially. We both came into the marriage with car payments and credit card debt. Marriage added even more debt— rent, telephone, electricity, cable, water, groceries, etc. I worked at the local bank, and in an effort to reduce our debt, I went to my boss, Mike McDonald, to ask for a loan to consolidate bills. He agreed, but first he asked me to make a list of all our outstanding debts starting with the smallest and going up from there. I returned the next day with the list. Mr. McDonald looked over my list of 13 bills and then offered me the best advice I’ve ever received. He said, “The easiest way to reduce your debt is to start by paying off the smallest bill on this list. After that bill is paid, you will only have 12 bills. Take the next smallest bill and work on paying it off. Then you will only have 11 bills. Continue this process until all your bills are paid.” —Tammye Vaughn, Vidalia (Altamaha EMC)

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Essay contest

Spend time with your kids “Spend time with your kids when they’re young—they’ll be gone before you know it!” a church friend shared with me, as I raised three daughters, two years apart, alone. Toddler and preschool years passed in a blur of exhaustion. Working two jobs, legal secretary and vacuum cleaner salesperson, made “quality time” become the “any time” of laundry, baths, quick suppers, bedtime stories, silly songs and praying as they fell asleep—all crammed into the space after a grueling drive home from Atlanta, picking up my girls on the way.

‘Watch every play they act in, every ball game they compete in.’ This year, my 18-, 16- and 14year-old daughters begin leaving. Yesterday, we spent hours in the pediatrician’s office, getting prescriptions to treat constant strep throat infections. Today, substitute that for hours in the dermatologist’s office to get acne prescriptions. Experiencing the agony and ecstasy of raising three kids taught me to take the time to watch every play they act in, every ball game they compete in, every “Nutcracker” ballet. Read books. Go on trips. Pray over them. Time flies. —Jean M. Zhuño, Toccoa (Hart EMC)

Jean Zhuño, second from left, with daughters Annabelle, Marisa and Jocelyn

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Don’t sweat the small stuff As a young bride, I would visit with my grandmother and spend time talking to her in the kitchen or living room. One day the subject was how husbands can get on your nerves and knew just how to punch our buttons. I asked how she handled this, and she stated that, as she aged, she came to realize that each

thing had to be hanthose words with me dled separately. You since that day. cannot group things Her greatest irritatogether and make tion was that my big arguments out of granddad would buy small disagreements. John and Jeannette Elrod, married used vehicles and Her next words made for 68 years park them in the a major impression. front yard until they “If it will not matter tomorrow, then sold. She hated the front of her just keep silent.” I have carried home looking like a used car lot. But the eyesore was a source of income, and, when the vehicle sold, the eyesore was gone. Therefore, the wisdom imparted was what irritated her today might be gone tomorrow, and it was not worth damaging their relationship over. This same wisdom can apply to many aspects of married life. I began to think before opening my mouth, and it helped me to be more patient and less critical of my spouse. My grandparents have been married 68 years, and as I follow behind with 25 years, I wish to be as blessed in a relationship as they are at 83 and 84 years of age. —Tracy K. Thompson, Buchanan (Carroll EMC)

‘Can’ your blessings As a child, I heard Mama say the blessing countless times. Her standard mealtime prayer was, “Teach us to count our blessings, dear Lord, and help us to be more worthy of them. In Christ’s name, Amen.” Because of her Southern accent, I always thought she was saying, “Teach us to can our blessings.” This statement triggered a mental picture of our blessings being preserved in Mason jars and placed on shelves for future use. (Continued on page 32) 30




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(Continued from page 30) By the time my auditory mistake was corrected, I had learned that the misunderstood blessing was as important as what she had actually said. Mama had unintentionally passed along wisdom through her soft accent. Yes, I do need to learn to count my blessings: a loving husband, a comfortable home and terrific friends. I will learn even more by preserving those blessings in

some way so that in the future I can take them down from my mental shelves and be blessed by their memories. Although Mama’s not with me anymore, I have followed her guidance and have “canned” my treasured memories of her blessings— Southern accent and all! —Frances McDaniel, LaGrange (Diverse Power)

Funeral for ‘I can’t’ My father was multi-talented. He was a farmer who worked tirelessly to protect his land and forest using crop rotation, terracing and reforestation. He was a Primitive Baptist minister whose congregation loved him as a relative. He was also a teacher as well as a principal. Father taught me at Centerville Grammar School for three years in a three-room cinder-block building with a coal-burning stove in each room. When I was in the fourth grade in 1948, the school was downsized to two teachers with three grades in two rooms. There were two words that my father could not tolerate: “I can’t.” To emphasize his point, he literally had a mock funeral for “I can’t.” The two words were printed in bold red letters on yellow poster paper and placed in a cardboard box—the coffin. A shallow grave was dug in a remote section of the playground. His three classes attended the funeral. He made a speech emphasizing never using “I can’t” as an excuse again because it will be buried today. At age 69, I still run across some of my classmates from that era. Very often one will ask, “Do you remember the funeral for ‘I can’t?’” “I most certainly do,” I reply in all earnest. —Jefferson Marion Hunt, Kathleen (Flint Energies) 32




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Get an education My mother, Elsie Mae Dixon O’Donnell, of Mershon, always told her nine children, “Get all the education you can. Nobody can take it away from you!” Some of my brothers took welding and auto-body classes, others took classes to work in the phosphate Elsie Mae Dixon O’Donnell, center, with several of her children and grandchildren mines in Central Florida. Four of my brothers took a turn in the Army, two went into the Navy. Again, they had to take classes to rise in the ranks or change their mode of operating.

‘Get all the education you can.’ I went to Berry College in Rome to become a high school teacher. I was always going back at night and summers for more classes to do more, become more. Two years ago, I retired after teaching 34 years. Some of those great years were spent teaching in Rome and McRae and in Central Florida. So, Mom, thanks again for the wonderful advice—“Get an education.” Your children all took classes, worked and made a place for themselves. —Susan Rudd, Jesup (Satilla REMC)

Save a friendship My father, who tended 45 acres of land, worked at a barber shop on Saturdays and pastored two churches on Sundays, taught me a lot. He lived to be 100 years old, and I’ll always remember his advice. Never argue with an angry friend. Wait until they calm down. Only then will you be able to reason with them and perchance save a friendship. —Bonnie Belle Phillips, Winterville (Rayle EMC) September 2009



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Lessons in leadership The 2009 Washington Youth Tour



he week of June 11-18, 2009, Delegates return home passion103 high school students from ate about their visits to national across Georgia (representing 38 monuments, including the Jefferson, electric cooperatives) traveled on the Lincoln and FDR memorials, where 2009 Washington Youth Tour (WYT), they reflect on the words of leaders a weeklong, all-expenses-paid jourwho helped define and uphold our ney to Atlanta, the Little White House nation’s guiding principles. At the in Warm Springs and Washington, Smithsonian, delegates discover and D.C. Upon arrival in D.C., they joined explore art, science, nature, and more than 1,400 other student deleAmerica’s culture and history. When gates representing electric memberthey visit the World War II, Korean ship cooperatives (EMCs) from War Veterans and Vietnam Veterans 44 states. memorials and, especially, Arlington Each June, the students discover National Cemetery, they realize the the WYT is more than a trip; it is a ultimate price of freedom paid by lesson in leadership. Delegates learn our servicemen and servicewomen. about the electric cooperative moveSince 1964, electric cooperatives ment, as well as American history across the country have sent more and how government works. They than 40,000 student delegates on the meet Georgia’s representatives in the WYT, providing the opportunity of a House and Senate, participate in lifetime and affording them the National Youth Day and partake of chance to develop their leadership Washington’s sights. abilities—for the hope of a better

Morgan McCombs, of Blairsville, left, and Maggie Couey, of Alamo, were chosen as statewide delegates representing Georgia EMC on the 2009 Washington Youth Tour.

future for themselves and their communities. Prospective participants and other interested parties, including WYT alumni, can visit the Youth Tour Web site,, to learn about the tour’s history or reconnect with fellow alumni.

The 2009 itinerary


Above: GreyStone Power’s Dominique Barfield, right, shakes hands with Rep. Lynn Westmoreland at the Georgia Congressional Delegation meeting. At right: From left, Grady EMC’s Courtney Suber, Sunnie Chason and Lizzie Kornegay pose with Sen. Saxby Chambliss. September 2009

Day 1: Kick-off banquet in Atlanta; team-building and leadership exercises Day 2: Tour Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Little White House in Warm Springs; teambuilding exercises at Coweta-Fayette EMC in Palmetto; flight to Washington, D.C. Day 3: Breakfast at Hard Rock Café; visit Ford’s Theatre, Peterson House, Smithsonian Institution and Washington National Cathedral; dinner at Union Station; guided tour of FDR, Jefferson, World War II and Iwo Jima memorials Day 4: Guided tour of Arlington National Cemetery and wreath-laying ceremony at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier; visit Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial and Vietnam Veterans Memorial; see “Beauty and the Beast” at Toby’s Dinner Theatre Day 5: All-States Youth Day Program; lunch at Capitol Visitors Center; tour Capitol, Library of Congress and Holocaust Memorial Museum; dinner at Phillips Seafood followed by sunset cruise on the Potomac Day 6: Tour Supreme Court, Mount Vernon and Newseum; explore the Kennedy Center, visit Air Force and Pentagon 9/11 memorials Day 7: Photographs with Georgia Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson; Georgia Congressional Delegation meeting in Cannon Caucus Room; tour Madame Tussauds wax museum and National Archives; All-States farewell event Day 8: Flight back to Atlanta



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‘An awesome experience’— this time as a chaperone BY KIRK SHOOK, WALTON EMC CHAPERONE

When I was a junior in high school, I participated in the Washington Youth Tour as a Blue Ridge Mountain EMC delegate in 2002. I met wonderful people I still keep in touch with. And I got to experience the workings of our federal government. The WYT inspired me to work in the political process of my country, which I continue today. With this year’s 103 students in tow, the chaperones for the trip worked to help make this another “awesome experience.” As usual, the well-planned trip included visits to all the great sites in D.C. The tour gave these students the opportunity to experience history firsthand, from Mount Vernon to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. Almost immediately, the students began to bond and form relationships, which continued through the week as they soon became family. It is truly amazing to see this in the course of a week, and it reminded me of my experiences when I walked in their shoes. But it was not just the youth who bonded, the adults did as well—14 of us, all from varying backgrounds and experiences. As the students exchanged numbers, e-mail addresses and Facebook invites, we chaperones did the same—talking of luncheons and reunions. In today’s society of BlackBerrys, iPods and instant messaging, the students modeled to us the importance of forming relationships. The Youth Tour is more than touring Washington, and no one can truly grasp that unless they go. “What an awesome experience!” Kirk Shook teaches economics and government at North Oconee High School in Bogart. 34B

In their own words The 2009 Washington Youth Tour made me more aware of … Audra Vaughters (Amicalola EMC, Jasper) … the workings of the government and history. It also showed me the leadership potential in not only myself, but every delegate on the trip. Morgan McCombs (Blue Ridge Mountain EMC, Young Harris) … the connections people have with each other. I will never be afraid to start up a conversation with a stranger ever again! Kelsey Dobbs (GreyStone Power, Douglasville) … how our country is run, and how it was created! I was given the opportunity to see the foundation of a great nation. Maggie Couey (Little Ocmulgee EMC, Alamo) … the present structure of government and the complexity of it.

E.J. Sanders (Oconee EMC, Dudley) … the power that I have, to inspire, to empower. The power to help the world change for the better.

The WYT taught me a valuable lesson in leadership by … Kevin Ankerholz (Cobb EMC, Marietta) … showing me the importance of being vocal. Before this trip, I led quietly by example. Hope Patton (Satilla REMC, Alma) … teaching me that leadership is about serving others. Chelsea Statham (Southern Rivers Energy, Barnesville) … making me realize that in a group full of leaders, there can’t be competition for the top dog. Everyone must follow each other. Britton Weese (Walton EMC, Monroe) … taking me out of my comfort zone and allowing me to meet people from all over the nation.

An exhibit, place or memorial made me realize … Kaitlin Costley (Carroll EMC, Carrollton) … Arlington Cemetery made me realize we live in a wonderful nation that thousands of individuals are willing to give their lives for, and we should not take freedom for granted.

Top: From left, Lucy Ma, (Flint Energies), Austin Tanner (Slash Pine EMC), Yusuf Uddin (Flint Energies) and Emily Butler (Slash Pine EMC) participate in the wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Above: Delegates take a break from touring at the FDR Memorial.


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Will Walton (Flint Energies, Reynolds) … the Holocaust Museum was truly lifechanging. I literally got chills when I entered the “shoe” room. My mindset was totally altered by listening to the concentration camp survivors’ stories. Morgan Adkins ( Jefferson Energy, Wrens) … that history cannot truly be appreciated in the pages of a book. Climbing the marble steps of the Jefferson Memorial and gazing at the Constitution made me feel connected to the Founding Fathers. Cody Ashcroft (Ocmulgee EMC, Eastman) … I felt somber after walking the grounds of Arlington and viewing the wreath-laying ceremony. My own father serves in Afghanistan, and I was reminded of the considerable sacrifices made by soldiers and their families.

After the WYT trip, my aspirations are to … Heather Styles (Jackson EMC, Jefferson) … do an internship in Washington, D.C. Aimee Johnson (Oconee EMC, Dudley) … write to my senators and representatives about my thoughts and ideas. I also plan to apply for a summer internship in the House of Representatives. Taylor Meadows (Planters EMC, Millen) … keep in touch with all of my new friends and to continue developing my leadership skills.

Richard Collins (Coastal Electric Cooperative, Midway) … this trip gave me a greater appreciation of government and our nation’s values. Karli Thompson (Middle Georgia EMC, Vienna) … it is such a great experience for a teenager, and is an awesome opportunity. Alli Gainer (Satilla REMC, Alma) … the tour is truly an eye-opener! Josh Porterfield (Walton EMC, Monroe) … the delegates learn priceless leadership lessons and people skills.

Karen E. Roberts (Satilla REMC, Alma) … keep involved in as many activities as possible.

Electric co-ops should continue sending delegates to D.C. because … Whitney Jinks (Central Georgia EMC, Jackson) … young people do not realize how great our country is. We hear so much negativity, but this really opened my eyes to the wonder and beauty that is America.

Delegates’ hopes and dreams … The 2009 Washington Youth Tour delegates are aiming high!

Left: From left, Breanna Smith (Upson EMC), David Henry (Southern Rivers), Cleve Cleveland (Flint Energies) and Brandon Ware (Walton EMC) give a “live” broadcast at the Newseum. Above: A stop by the White House provides a perfect picture moment.

wants to major in chemistry, eventually becoming a pharmacist.

Central Georgia EMC’s Tiara Martin hopes to attend law school and be the first black female president.

Ocmulgee EMC’s Jessica NeSmith wants to obtain a degree in sports medicine or psychiatry.

Blue Ridge Mountain EMC’s Blake

Coastal Electric Cooperative’s

Cox hopes to attend U.S. Military Academy and serve his country.

Tyrone Bacon wants to specialize in sports medicine.

Oconee EMC’s E.J. Sanders plans to study political science. He wants to become a JAG (Judge Advocate General) lawyer.

Canoochee EMC’s Amber Hutcheson

GreyStone Power’s Dominique Barfield plans to attend medical school and become a neurologist.

Altamaha EMC’s Mary Frederick

wants to become a veterinarian. Carroll EMC’s Kaitlin Costley plans to major in U.S. history and dreams of becoming a museum curator at the Smithsonian. September 2009

Habersham EMC’s Ethan Savage hopes to become a lawyer and a senator.

Tri-County EMC’s J.D. Felt’s goal is to attend medical school to become a urologist. Washington EMC’s Rakyah Washington aspires to major in criminal justice. 34C

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… Where they are now

From delegate to reporter

Speaking up and standing out

History, pride and courage

Amanda Bennett

Adam Hammond

Regina Holliday

Amanda Bennett of Douglas says the Washington Youth Tour gave her a sense of renewed American pride. As a 2008 delegate from Satilla REMC in Alma, she says, “It allowed me to see what our beautiful country stands for and the steps taken to obtain the freedom we have today.” While on the WYT, Bennett learned that her voice is essential. “I no longer am afraid to speak up and stand out.” During the tour, she gave a speech at Arlington National Cemetery. “It was an honor to stand before my fellow delegates on such hallowed ground.” Since then, Bennett has spoken at many town meetings, encouraging community leaders to take a stand. Amanda was chosen by National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) as the 2008-2009 Youth Leadership Council National Spokesperson—only the third Georgian to attain this honor in the program’s 44year history. In her role, she represented Georgia’s EMCs and the youth of all U.S. electric co-ops as a speaker at the NRECA Annual Meeting in New Orleans in February. She was also interviewed in March on the Georgia “Farm Monitor” TV show. Amanda also traveled on this year’s WYT to participate as a Youth Tour national youth staff member and speaker in the Monday All-States Youth Day program. Bennett, who works at First National Bank of Coffee County, will start school at South Georgia College as a business and accounting major.

Adam Hammond, 24, of Macon has always had an interest in politics, in part, because his grandparents served as public servants in local government. While on the 2002 Washington Youth Tour as a Walton EMC delegate, he realized the important role government played in his daily life, and he credits the tour with awakening a desire to make a difference in his community. “The [tour] reaffirmed my interest in politics,” he says, “because when you can attach experiences you have on the tour to things you see on the news or in school, it makes it even more relevant in your life.” Last year, after graduating from Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville, Hammond became a news reporter for FOX24 News in Macon, and has had the opportunity to interview both senators from Georgia—Isakson and Chambliss. During his first interview with Chambliss, he reminded the senator that they had met when Hammond was a WYT participant. “It immediately gave us something to talk about and established me in his mind as the boy he met at a luncheon seven years ago who now chases him around trying to get a sound bite,” says Hammond. Seven years after the WYT, Hammond is still reaping the benefits of being a delegate, and he’s giving back to the community.

In 2005, Altamaha EMC delegate Regina Holliday’s Washington Youth Tour adventure began as a fun-filled week with friends from all over Georgia, but it turned out to be much more than she expected. “We learned so much about American history, pride and the courageous battles of men and women who fought to keep our country free,” says Holliday. At the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, student delegates were given the name of a fallen Georgia soldier, and they traced it onto a piece of paper. “It was so moving … it was almost as if it were someone who I was close to. One of our chaperones even left in tears.” When Holliday visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, she stood in awe of the guard who was wholly committed to protecting the welfare and image of someone he never knew. “They took such pride in what they did to protect those who defended our country,” she says. For 21-year-old Holliday, nothing compares to the feelings, emotions and memories she has of the WYT. The tour opened opportunities beyond her dreams. Regina now serves as the 2008-2009 National FFA Southern Region vice president, and she will be traveling 100,000 miles and spending 300 days on the road representing the National FFA.





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ou’ve lived your whole life in one place, and now, as you prepare to choose a college, you’re ready for a change. But there’s a problem. College is expensive. Travel is expensive. And maybe it would be nice, after all, to come home every once in a while … if only to do some laundry. Lucky for you, you live in Georgia: a state blessed with geographical diversity, a top-notch public college and university system, a myriad of private schools and the HOPE Scholarship. You can have it all—a change in scenery and an excellent education—and you never have to leave the state. Georgia boasts 101 accredited public and private universities and colleges, public technical colleges, and special-purpose schools that are eligible for state-funded student aid. So you’re bound to find the perfect fit. Here’s a sampling of what you’ll find in every “corner” of the state—and in the middle, too. GEORGIA MAGAZINE



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In the mountains:


North Georgia Technical College’s technical and industrial programs prepare students for a variety of occupations. Here, students apply the technical knowledge and skills they’ve learned to repair, install, service and maintain the operating condition of heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration systems.


North Georgia’s little college with the world’s largest campus has added a new twist to its nationally known, work experience program. With Berry’s new enterprise development program, students aren’t just guaranteed an on-campus job; they can also launch or lead campus businesses. The first enterprises include two beef compaOutstanding in their fields: Enterprise Development nies, a milk production participants visit Berry College’s new organic garden, company, a bike rental started by Samantha Kellenberger, center. Also pictured, and repair shop, an online left to right, Erika Chester, David Reeves, Program alumni store, a genetics Director W. Rufus Massey Jr. and Tribb Robison. company and an organic garden. human resources and financial conWork has always been an sulting services. “Since my freshessential component to an educaman year, I’ve wanted to leave tion at Berry, a college on 26,000 some type of legacy at Berry,” says acres near Rome with an enrollWeb designer and senior David ment of 1,800. Students who Reeves, of Atlanta. “I think that by choose to work at Berry—and nearhelping the BEST team get off the ly all of them do—graduate with ground, hopefully it’s a legacy that valuable experience in addition to will stand for quite some time.” their degrees. The enterprise development “It’s opened so many doors and program has struck a resounding so many resources,” says organic chord with students, faculty, staff, garden manager and senior Samanalumni and trustees because of its tha Kellenberger, of Tampa, Fla. economic timeliness, says its direc“I really want to work with the tor. “We’re hiring,” says W. Rufus USDA’s farmland conservation proMassey Jr., assistant vice president of gram, and there’s no better way to enterprise development. “We guarget my foot in the door.” antee students a work position at Enterprise participants can tap Berry. And this layer on top of the the business skills of the new Berry work program has really taken off, Enterprises Student Team (BEST), simply because it gives students a which offers marketing, business wonderful opportunity.” planning, Web development, (Continued on page 38) ALAN STOREY


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Several colleges in the North Georgia mountains: • Berry College, Mount Berry, • Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, • Dalton State College, Dalton, • North Georgia Technical College, Clarkesville, • Young Harris College, Young Harris,

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By the ocean: College of Coastal Georgia

by professors instead of There’s been a sea change teaching assistants, and an Augusta at the College of Coastal average class size of 23 Brunswick Georgia. On July 1, 2008, the students. And, hey, it’s the public college changed names only four-year college in and missions, from Coastal Georgia Georgia that’s on the beach. Community College. The college, part The transition also means an of the University System of Georgia, exciting opportunity for students who now grants baccalaureate degrees in want to help shape the tone and culbusiness administration and educature of the college. tion (middle, elementary and special). “This group of students are part Beginning in 2010 it will also offer a of that transformation,” says Valerie nursing degree, and it continues to Hepburn, president of CCG. “They’re offer bachelor’s and master’s degree the ones who are deciding what the programs in many other fields residential halls are going to look like, through a collaboration with Armwhat kind of athletic teams we want, strong Atlantic State University and what the mascot will look like. Georgia Southern University. Through the 2015 freshman class, The change means that the there’s going to be a steady stream of College of Coastal Georgia, in opportunities for these young people.” Brunswick, is more attractive than College of Coastal Georgia Professor Trish Randall Rozier, a sophomore ever. Some of its strongest selling Rugaber instructs her biology class lakeside. from Screven with plans for pharmapoints: the lowest tuition in the state cy school, is part of that group of ($84 per credit pioneers, organizing tailgate parties hour), a relaand joining several student commitGeorgia colleges near the ocean: tively low cost tees. “It’s a great school, the faculty’s • Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah, of living for real nice, very helpful, and the stu• College of Coastal Georgia, Brunswick, students seek- dent body’s real fun to be around,” • Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, ing housing, he says. “I’m ready for the campus• Savannah State University, Savannah, classes taught life stuff.” CHRIS JOHNSON, COLLEGE OF COASTAL GEORGIA


In the city: If you want to taste city life during your college years, your many options extend even beyond the multitude of Atlanta institutions. “A lot of people do not know that we’re the second-oldest as well as second-largest city in the state,” says Kathy Schofe about Augusta, home of Augusta State University. “It’s a city that is changing, and it’s really exciting to watch.” If you’re keeping score, that’s second oldest to Savannah, and second largest to Atlanta—but in the center of everything. “We’re just two hours from the beach, two hours from the mountains and two hours away from the state capital,” says (Continued on page 40) 38

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(Continued from page 38) Schofe, director of public relations for the university. Augusta State’s service-learning component puts the city front and center in university life, Schofe says. “It’s part of the culture here. In sociology classes, for instance, they may do work in a community center or a homeless shelter. Marketing classes will do marketing studies for nonprofit agencies. We do things for the governmental agencies that they use in making their decisions.” Many science majors choose ASU, whose total enrollment is about 5,600, because of its strong ties to the Medical College of Georgia. “Biology is our largest major. We’re strong in the natural sciences and health sciences,” she says. “It’s a wonderful location for science careers.” A few colleges in larger cities:

Even with 45,000 square feet of new space on campus, our most important building project is still our students.

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Get the most for your education dollar osts are always a concern when it comes to college, but these days, C value is more important than ever. Here are some tips and considerations to get the most for your money:

Keep your grades up; get a HOPE Scholarship For its availability and flexibility, HOPE is simply the best deal going for Georgia college students. At public institutions, the award covers tuition, fees and a book allowance. At private institutions, it pays up to $3,500 a year. To learn how to qualify and apply, visit the Georgia Student Finance Commission Web site at

Become a financial aid expert Just say the phrase “financial aid,” and it’s hard to stop people’s eyes from glazing over. As dry and confusing as the subject can be, financial aid is essential for most college students. The Web site GAcollege411 offers an excellent primer on financial aid, explaining the kinds of aid available, specific programs, how to determine your eligibility and how to apply. It will take about an hour to read it all, but when you’re done, you’ll be a financial aid pro. Go to and select the Paying for College tab.

Consider living at or near home You can save loads of money by crashing at your parents’ home … if they’ll let you. Many of Georgia’s colleges include a large number of commuter students, so you won’t be alone. But if residential life is right for you, you can still save a lot of travel expenses by staying in the state—and never having to buy a plane ticket home.

Transfer A good compromise to living at home during college is to start at home and transfer later. The University System of Georgia makes it easy to do, too. Each institution within the system has developed a core curriculum of 60 semester hours. The core curriculum completed at one system institution is fully transferrable to another system institution within the same major. So, you can start college at your nearby public community college and then transfer after you’ve completed your first 60 hours.

(Continued from page 41) University, University of TexasAustin, and University of Texas-Pan American. CDEP participants attend FVSU for three years and then transfer to a partnership school, graduating with a B.S. in mathematics, biology or chemistry from FVSU and a second degree in engineering, health physics, geology, geophysics or petroleum engineering from the transfer school. Including summer programs for younger students, Crumbly estimates that about 160 young scholars participate at any given time. The graduates are snapped up by energy employers all over the country, including major corporations such as BP, Chevron Corp. and Exxon Mobil Corp. Georgia electric membership corporations have hired some, too. “I guess most folks would never have dreamed this program would have been at Fort Valley State,” Crumbly says. “It really has essentially made FVSU the gateway to a career in energy. These kids are the cream of the crop.” Away from the hustle and bustle of city life, but only 100 miles from Atlanta, FVSU students get the best of both worlds. “We are really right in the heart of the peach belt, yet we’re only an hour and a half from a ball game in Atlanta,” Crumbly says. “It’s really a nice place to live.” As the state’s only 1890 landgrant university, the 3,000 students enrolled at the historically black university become part of its rich history and close-knit community. Recent improvements include a new stadium, seven apartment-style residence halls and a state-of-the-art science building.

Get a job! Working through college is more popular than ever. According to Inside Higher Ed, an online publication, nearly half of all full-time students and 80 percent of part-time students work, and those numbers are increasing. Fortunately, colleges are keeping up with the times and are becoming ever more accommodating to working students. Online classes and online-hybrid classes (where class is conducted partly online and partly in the classroom) allow working students more flexibility. Many colleges also incorporate work-study or community work into the education experience, absorbing employment as part of the campus culture. 42

Some Central Georgia colleges: • Brewton-Parker College, Mount Vernon, • Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, • Macon State College, Macon, www.macon • Wesleyan College, Macon, www.wesleyan GEORGIA MAGAZINE



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In the south: Thomas University


September 2009


Tucked among the Thomasville rolling plantations of Southwest Georgia is the scenic campus of Thomas University. Although the small, private school in Thomasville is just an hour’s drive west of Valdosta and an hour north of Tallahassee, Fla., it offers a college experience that is miles from those found at the large state universities in these nearby cities. With an enrollment of about 900 and an average class size of 17, Thomas University provides individual attention to students, in and out of the classroom. “We specialize in a lot of care and attention to students, a lot of intervention when necessary, and nurturing,” says Gary Bonvillian, president of Thomas Forbes Hall on Thomas University’s campus is the former winter home of the Hon. University since 2004. “In staff meetCameron Forbes, former governor general of the Philippines and ambassador to Japan. (Continued on page 44) The building fits right in with the scenic charm of a Southwest Georgia plantation.




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(Continued from page 43) ings, we actually talk about our students by name.” This is not the place to go if you want to disappear into the woodwork. The faculty and staff at Thomas are determined to make sure students succeed. A flexible course schedule featuring a mix of traditional, online and hybrid classes, and a campus culture of interaction between students, faculty and staff members all contribute to the school’s high student-retention rate. With a graduation rate of 70 percent, Thomas University ranks fifth among all colleges and universities in Georgia. Deborah Geering is a freelance writer who lives in Decatur. Some colleges in South Georgia: • Albany State University, Albany, www.asu • Thomas University, Thomasville, www.thom • Valdosta State University, Valdosta, www. … And there are so many more! For a complete listing of Georgia’s colleges—private and public, small and large, technical, twoyear, four-year and beyond—go to www. Plus, for information on a new educational program in the field of electric energy, see “Seeking a high-energy career?” page 14.





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Sights and sounds The Westobou Festival 2009 presents performing and visual excellence in the arts BY STEPHANIE D. GREEN

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rtist Lou Ann Zimmerman has been busy working on a little something. Zimmerman is a member of the National Whiskey Painters Association, an elite group of painters whose trademark canvases span no larger than 4 inches by 6 inches, but whose themes are boundless. Zimmerman’s latest effort will be on display at this year’s Westobou Festival, which takes place in Augusta Sept. 17-26. “Last year, I displayed a cotton series, and I may do a little more of it again for this year,” Zimmerman says. “I love to take a theme and see how many different ways I can develop it. It just keeps evolving,” she explains. The Westobou Festival, named after the Westobou River now known as the Savannah River, is a 10-day event that celebrates excellence in arts from local, regional and national performers. The eclectic mix of events takes place in the heart of downtown Augusta and is sprawled throughout neighboring historic venues. Admission varies for each event and can be purchased at the respective sites. Following a successful debut in 2008, Westobou quickly garnered comparisons to long-running festivals like Spoleto, held each year in Charleston, S.C. Yet, Kathi Dimmock, executive director of the Westobou Festival, insists, “Westobou is going (Continued on page 48) ••


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While in Augusta … Where to stay • The Partridge Inn: The Partridge Inn boasts a rich history of Augusta’s high society events such as parties, weddings and dinners hosted for presidents. The inn’s signature restaurant, the Verandah Grill, offers fine dining and live jazz. The hotel celebrates its rich history and 100 years of service in January 2010. • The Augusta Marriott Hotel and Suites: Located in the heart of the downtown business district on the banks of the Savannah River, the Augusta Marriott is close to shopping, entertainment and cultural attractions, as well as the Medical College of Georgia and the Augusta National Golf Club. www.mar riott-hotel-and-suites.

Hit the town • Surrey Center: Often referred to as “the spot,” Surrey Center is Augusta’s premiere shopping, dining and entertainment location, offering three levels of Augusta’s best restaurants, shops and entertainment venues. www.

Arts and culture • First Fridays-Artists’ Row: Every First Friday of the month, downtown galleries, diners and boutiques open shop for the evening from 5-10 p.m. and offer demonstrations, refreshments, gallery tours and entertainment. • The Morris Museum of Art: Located on the Riverwalk in downtown Augusta, The 48

good foot” as noted bluegrass favorite Rhonda Vincent and the Rage will kick things off at the Imperial Theatre on opening night. A string of highly anticipated performances will follow suit, running the gamut from classical to contemporary. The American Ballet Theatre Co.’s ABT II will give a classical ballet performance, while at the other end of the spectrum, the Augusta (Continued on page 50)

Morris Museum of Art is the first museum dedicated to the art and artists of the American South. The collection includes holdings of nearly 5,000 paintings, works on paper, photographs and sculptures dating from the late 18th century to the present. • Summerville: One of Augusta’s seven historic districts, Summerville began as a summer resort for wealthy Augustans. By the late 1800s, wealthy Northerners flocked to Summerville to build grand mansions that served as winter homes. Summerville boasts impressive examples of revival styles of architecture—Greek, Gothic, Italianate, Spanish and Colonial, to name a few. www.summer

Not to miss • James Brown exhibit in The Augusta Museum of History: The James Brown exhibit features rare memorable and personal artifacts that vividly tell the story of the Godfather of Soul. An array of costumes, personal artifacts, interviews with Brown, records, images of Brown and his children, and audiovisual stations, which highlight concert performances, albums, studio recordings and more, exist in this must-see exhibit. www.augusta

Where to eat • The Bees Knees: Along with its quirky name comes a quirky menu to match. A local favorite, The Bees Knees is a Tapas restaurant that takes its cuisines to all corners of the world, from Thai to Spanish, Cajun to Mediterranean and Japanese to French.



Ballet enthusiasts will enjoy the American Ballet Theatre Co.’s ABT II classical performances at this year’s Westobou Festival.

• Broad Street Market: Whatever the occasion, Broad Street Market allows for the perfect ambience, where diners can enjoy exquisite food, fine wine and superb company. • Bistro 491: Wonderful Southern French rustic cuisine is served at this elegant bistro. Beautiful flower arrangements, luxurious carpets, long banquettes and unique lighting highlight the simple, almost retro feel of the bistro. • La Maison on Telfair: Located in a beautifully restored 1853 mansion in Augusta’s quaint historical district, this fine dining fixture draws huge crowds and many local celebrities.

Deals • Augusta Gallery pass: Use this one-price ticket for admission into eight Augusta attractions, historic homes, gardens and museums. The $20 cost offers a 50-percent savings off regular adult admission prices. Attractions include The Augusta Canal Interpretive Center, Augusta Museum of History, Ezekiel Harris House, Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, Meadow Garden House Museum, Morris Museum of Art, National Science Center’s Fort Discovery and The Boyhood Home of Woodrow Wilson. www.augustaga. org/visitors/about-augusta/gallery-pass. GEORGIA MAGAZINE



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(Continued from page 48) Symphony veers far from tradition in Video Games Live, an immersive concert event featuring music from the most popular video games of all time. The Symphony Orchestra Augusta, with chorus, will perform along with exclusive video footage and music arrangements, synchronized lighting, solo performers, electronic percussionists, live action and unique interactive segments. Kids who are regularly told to “stop making faces” can let loose and do just that with Clay Artists of the Southeast during the Kids Making Faces Workshop. The potters will provide all materials and instruction to help the children turn a lump of clay into a unique work-ofart face mask. Those who knew Langston

One of the leading barbershop choruses in Georgia and the Carolinas, the Garden City Chorus from Augusta will perform.

Hughes as a Renaissance poet and writer will literally get to see another side of the author in the 12-part epic montage “Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz.” The multimedia presentation links the words and music of



The Video Games Live concert event combines energetic lighting synchronized with the music, live action and audience-interactive segments to create an electrifying entertainment experience.

Hughes’ poetry to topical images including African-inspired mural designs and cubist geometries. The sound of music will ring loud and clear as Elisabeth von Trapp, granddaughter of the legendary Maria and Baron von Trapp, sings along with special guest Erich Kory. Elisabeth’s grandparents’ life story inspired the renowned musical “The Sound of Music.” “We strive to have a good balance between local, regional and national performances,” Dimmock says. Nearly just as interesting as what and who visitors can expect to see is where the events will take place. “Many of [the events] are held in intimate and historic theaters, adding another level to the experience,” says Bowen. The Sacred Heart Cultural Center, for example, is an artistic masterpiece listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a must-see landmark. This year, it serves as the venue for Silent Movie Night, featuring “The General.” (Continued on page 52)

Popular Grammy Award-winning gospel group The Blind Boys of Alabama will entertain audiences with a rousing blend of traditional and contemporary gospel music.







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Oct. 10 Riverfront Market Day

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The Arts in the Heart Festival (www.artsin is being held for its 29th year in Augusta Sept. 18-20 as part of the Westobou Festival. Arts in the Heart features ethnic food and entertainment, fine arts and crafts, a literary tent, children’s area and more.This year’s festival includes Shawn Mullins and Pat Blanchard in concert.

(Continued from page 50) Located in a spacious historic building on Artists Row, Gallery on the Row features the works of a diverse group of local and regional artists who create in a range of art forms, including watercolor, ceramics, photography, leaded glass and mosaic works. For anyone who’s curious about what life was like for a future president, visit The Boyhood Home of Woodrow Wilson, which now serves as a museum depicting the life of the 28th president as a boy growing up in Georgia during the Civil War and Reconstruction. “There’s history and culture in Augusta that’s second to none,” Dimmock points out. In the same spirit that Lou Ann Zimmerman strives to grow and see her work evolve, Dimmock longs to see the Westobou Festival do the same each year. But there is one thing she certainly prefers not to change. “We want visitors to leave wanting more and wondering who we’re bringing in for next year,” she says. Stephanie D. Green is a writer who lives in Evans with her husband and their five children. (Continued on page 54) 52




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• Southern Soul and Song Special: Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m., Imperial Theatre, $20. Performance by the bluegrass singer/ instrumentalist and her band. • Making Faces, Sept. 17-26, Arts and Heritage Center, Municipal Center, $5 for adults; $2 for children 12 and under. Clay Artists of the Southeast (CASE) present exhibition of Southern face jugs. • The Whiskey Painters of America Annual Exhibition, Sept. 17-26, Zimmerman Gallery, free. Invitational showcase of more than 100 original watercolor paintings. • Allen Organ Silent Movie Night featuring “The General,” Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m., Sacred Heart Cultural Center, $12. Showing of the epic silent film “The General” with live music by organist Ron Carter. • Langston Hughes’ “Ask Your Mama:Twelve Moods for Jazz” featuring the Ron McCurdy Quartet, Sept. 24, 7 p.m., Paine College, GilbertLambuth Memorial Chapel, $25 for adults; $15 for students and military. Homage to Langston Hughes in a multimedia montage. • Elisabeth von Trapp & Erich Kory in Concert, Sept. 24, 8 p.m., Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, $15 general admission; under18 free. Riverwalk Series presents the granddaughter of the legendary Maria and Baron von Trapp along with cellist Erich Kory. • Video Games Live, Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m., Bell Auditorium, $20-50 for seats, $1,200 for tables. Augusta Symphony Orchestra presents immersive concert of most popular video game music. • ABT II, Sept. 26, 7 p.m., Imperial Theatre, $17-35. Performance by the Augusta Ballet.

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Screen doors creaked open—the universal small-town hello—and we’d hear heavy footsteps on the wooden porch, a sigh as someone settled into a rocker. Sometimes we’d stop to chat, maybe sit a spell. Darkness washed in and we’d move on. My eyes shut tight, I’d pause on the sidewalk. “Star light. Star bright. First star I see tonight.” Can’t tell, or your wish won’t come true. Bobwhites and frogs sang to the lightning bugs’ dance—tiny beacons in a backdrop of honeysuckle. We’d get to the corner and turn around, our path leading back home past houses with lights now dimmed and rocking chairs emptied, past the Plains Baptist Church with its towering steeple to the place where pomegranates dotted the ground. Then the sidewalk ended. Hands cupped, I’d carry my precious find inside, get a jar from underneath the kitchen sink and poke holes in the top. My sister slept across the room. A fan whirred in the corner. The moon dribbled through the window across my bedspread. Beside me sat the mayonnaise jar where my tender catch glowed among fresh green grass. Beyond the door, a Braves game crackled softly from my father’s radio. A perfect summer night. Then I blinked, and it was gone. Thirty years later, I sit at home in Albany, my daughter beside me, and think of summers long ago. How fast they faded. Maybe tonight we’ll walk after supper and find a sidewalk to follow. We won’t step on cracks. We’ll hold hands and look up at the sky. “Star light. Star bright. I wish I didn’t have to blink tonight.” Mandy Flynn works with the Southwest Georgia Cancer Coalition in Albany and is a freelance writer in her spare time.

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‘Monsters’ in the garden Secrets from Georgia growers BY LYNN COULTER


ant to put some monsters in your garden? No, we don’t mean the kind of scary creatures that show up in late-night movies. We’re talking about monster-sized flowers, fruits and vegetables. Lots of gardeners enjoy growing tomatoes as big and round as bowling balls; sunflowers that reach for the sky; and pumpkins so enormous, you could almost carve them into coaches for Cinderella. But you wonder why anybody would want to grow gigantic produce. If you’ve been gardening for a while, you probably already know that many vegetables, such as eggplants and squash, become tough, and pass their peak of flavor when they remain on

the vine or bush too long. If you are raising food to eat fresh, or to can and freeze for later, you need to harvest your fruits and vegetables while they are still tender and flavorful. That usually means picking them while they are fairly small. But if you’re a gardener with a competitive streak, you aren’t worried about eating your super-sized bounty. Instead, you may plan to enter your backbreaking pumpkin in a contest, so you can take home Kolby LaGana, and his “Pa,” grandfather Johnny Osborne a ribbon and a gardening Sr., admire the towering sunflowers grown by Kolby’s dad title. Or you may simply in their garden. Kolby is the son of Denise LaGana and enjoy seeing how far you Johnny Osborne Jr., of Linton (Washington EMC). can take a flower seedling One year, Kolby and his grandfaor a backyard tomato. ther, whom he calls “Pa,” raised a Kolby LaGana, 6, has been helpcrop of sunflowers that towered over ing his grandfather, Johnny Osborne them both. Although they gave them Sr., of Linton, raise big veggies in the the usual care in the garden, “they garden since he was 2 years old. “The did nothing special for them to be first couple of years,” says his aunt, that big and beautiful,” Page says. Elaine Page, “he just played with his One secret to anything big is child-size garden tools or toy tractor starting with the right seeds. Louise as his daddy [Johnny Osborne Jr.] worked in the garden.” Since then, Weyer, a program assistant for the he’s learned to help plant and gather Cobb County Extension Service, says, two kinds of banana peppers, bell “You need to buy special varieties” to peppers, tomatoes, watermelons and grow the biggest and best. “There’s a pumpkin in the Burpee catalog cucumbers.

4-H pumpkin contest: First-grader Logan Haddon was visiting with her class from Pinewood Christian Academy when she found this giant pumpkin at Poppell Farms in Odum. Logan is the granddaughter of Larry M.Thompson of Statesboro and Colonel’s Island (Excelsior EMC and Coastal Electric Cooperative). 58

Each year, the Georgia 4-H clubs run a pumpkin-growing contest sponsored by the Georgia Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association. In 2008, the first-place winner, an ‘Atlantic Giant’ pumpkin, came from Carroll County and weighed an amazing 468.8 pounds. For information on the 4-H Pumpkin Growing Contest, which has an Oct. 1 entry deadline, visit contest.




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called the ‘Prizewinner Hybrid’ that is said to grow up to 300 pounds. Dill’s ‘Atlantic Giant’ can grow to 1,000 pounds.” For whopper tomatoes, you might try a variety called ‘Delicious.’ According to the Web site www., that variety is listed in the 1986 Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s heaviest tomato, weighing seven pounds, 12 ounces. Tomato Growers Supply Co. of Fort Myers, Fla., has a wide selection of many other tomato varieties that promise hefty results. If you’d rather grow large blossoms on flowering plants, such as mums and dahlias, again, you need to choose varieties that promise exhibition-size results. As the plants grow, remove most of the buds and shoots when they appear. This will funnel all the plant’s energy into developing one or two very large blooms. Don’t be discouraged if your “garden monsters” don’t break any world records. As every gardener knows, growing anything successfully requires a bit of luck, as well as

Heads up! Harrison Turner, age 6, can’t resist “playing with his food” as he lifts a 4-pound zucchini overhead.The big veggie (actually an immature fruit, according to botanists) was grown by his aunt and uncle, Judy and Hugh Adams, of Elberton (Hart EMC). September 2009

hard work. You can enjoy your watermelons or dinner-plate dahlias no matter how big or small, and anyway—there’s always next year! Douglasville resident Lynn Coulter is the author of “Gardening with Heirloom Seeds” and “Mustard Seeds: Thoughts on the Nature of God and Faith.”

How to grow a ‘monster’ • Remember, one key to growing any large vegetable, fruit or flower is to start with the right kind of seeds. Look for a variety that promises 10-foot-tall sunflowers, for example. • Next, select a garden site that gets at least six to eight hours of full sun each day. Avoid soggy areas that don’t drain well. • Before you plant, test the soil with a kit from a nursery or hardware store, or send a soil sample to your county extension service. For a small fee, they’ll analyze it and tell you how to improve the soil with amendments or fertilizers. Be sure to indicate what you plan to grow. • Till or hoe your garden area deeply, removing debris and rocks.Work in the recommended amendments. • Plant your seeds or seedlings. Don’t overcrowd, as this can inhibit their size as they grow. • Keep the garden watered and weeded regularly.Too little water will also inhibit growth, and weeds will compete with your plants. • Fertilize as recommended by your soil analysis, or according to the directions on the fertilizer package. If you’re going for big fruits and vegetables, be aware that using a mix containing more nitrogen yields more foliage and smaller produce. Fertilizers high in phosphorus will encourage blooming and the formation of fruits. • Keep an eye out for pests and diseases, so they don’t spoil your monster results!

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Cook like a pro Culinary learning opportunities in Georgia



ver dreamed of becoming a professional chef? Want to own your own restaurant? Learning to cook professionally is different from taking occasional classes on how to make sauces or how to work with chocolate. Professional culinary training involves business issues—how to manage a restaurant—plus nutrition, portion and cost control, sanitation, beverage and restaurant service. Without a clear understanding of all those components, anyone contemplating life as a professional chef—never mind chef/owner—is operating with less than a full deck. So look for a professional culinary

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program that offers handson training—something the exclusively online programs can’t offer—under the supervision of a professional chef educator. There are several ways to acquire the necessary professional training in Georgia. Executive Chef at The Shed at Glenwood in Atlanta, Lance Gummere apprenticed the old- Beginning in 2010, students at the College of Coastal fashioned way with a chef Georgia in Brunswick can earn an associate arts degree in in Colorado who paid him their American Culinary Federation-accredited program. a pittance—enough to get a haircut, he says—and food and push him toward becoming a culilodging for a couple of years while nary professional, so he worked with teaching him how to cook. Gummere the Hyatt Corp. and attended classes worries that today’s culinary students for a three-year period. Christopher McCook, CEC (Certi(and their parents) pay sky-high fied Executive Chef), is a graduate of prices to get a culinary degree thinkthe Culinary Institute of America and ing they’re going to land a high-payan ACF program. Today, as executive ing job, then find themselves doing chef at the Athens Country Club, line cooking for $12 an hour. It can McCook chairs the Classic City Chefs be a shock. and Cooks Association, one of seven Another way of learning culinary ACF Georgia chapters. In that capaciskills through internships is through ty, he has sponsored seven ACF canprograms sponsored by the American didates at the club and has two in Culinary Federation (ACF), the same the pipeline. organization that promulgates the How should a prospective culiCertified Executive Chef credential. nary candidate pursue an ACF sponMatt Holdon, chef/owner of Smoke sorship? Rings in Hiawassee, came through an McCook advises that the candiACF-accredited program that put him date first speak with the certification on his life’s course. His wife Jami is a chairman or someone on the chapgraduate of the Culinary Institute of ter’s board. Consulting the ACF Web America in Hyde Park, N.Y., so site,, is an approbetween the two of them, they priate first step, as Georgia’s chapters embrace the major ways of becoming cover the state. The basic program a chef in this country. “I had done some college,” he will take from two-and-a-half to three says of his stint as a business major at years, he says, depending on the Western Carolina University. “But I individual. Costs vary too, but typically, the didn’t know what I wanted to do.” chapters assist with expenses and the Having a college job cooking helped





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company with which the candidate will work picks up some of the costs. While compensations will vary, count on earning about $8 to $9 an hour (typical line-cook compensation) while working as a spud peeler and a suds buster. The student commits to that property for the time they’re in the program, adds McCook. At least one of the ACF chapters works hand in glove with the culinary programs offered at Georgia’s technical colleges, most of which offer various certificate and diploma programs. Through his affiliation with Middle Georgia Technical College, James Basting, chapter chair of the Middle Georgia ACF, teaches professional culinary courses at Pulaski State Prison in Hawkinsville, a female and juvenile facility where he mentors some dozen inmates in the program. He’s particularly proud of his efforts with this population, and reports that one alumna today manages a restaurant in South Georgia. Of Georgia’s 28 technical colleges—there are mergers currently taking place that will alter this number—11 offer certificate, diploma and/or two-year degree programs in culinary. At Valdosta Technical College, perhaps the newest program in the lineup, Amory Basford recently became culinary arts program coordinator and food service director. A graduate of the culinary program at the Art Institute of Atlanta, Basford had his own gourmet pizzeria in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., and was executive chef at Max Lager’s in September 2009



Culinary students at the Atlanta campus of Le Cordon Bleu balance time between handson work in the kitchen and hitting the books for their foundation courses, studying food science, nutrition and food safety, among other industry topics.

Atlanta. He’s most proud of the new kitchen that has just been installed in time for the new academic year. Operating under the auspices of the Board of Regents, two four-year colleges—the College of Coastal Georgia (formerly two-year Coastal Georgia Community College) and Clayton State College and University—offer culinary education. At Coastal, the ACF-accredited program is transitioning from certificate-granting to a program leading to an associate arts degree, which will begin January 2010, according to director Walter Wright. Sea Island relies on Coastal for training its interns, Wright points out. Clayton State has a noncertificate-granting continuing education program housed at the school’s North Fulton campus. One alumna of Coastal’s program while it was a community college, Jackie Grantham, a native of Jacksonville, Fla., says culinary training has given her a whole new life. The mother of three children, two of whom are grown, Grantham “never

even set foot in a high school,” she says. Today, having earned her GED and armed with her preparation in culinary from Coastal, she serves as head chef at the Oak Grove Island Golf & Country Club in Brunswick. “I started the program, and six months into it, I was offered this position,” she says. In addition to these, Georgia fields two blue-ribbon colleges devoted to professional culinary preparation. The program that Valdosta’s Basford completed at the Art Institute of Atlanta is the International Culinary School program, which offers not only associate of arts two-year programs but also full 12-quarter bachelor of science degrees in culinary arts management and wine and beverage management. Program director now is Jim Gallivan, a former resort and hotel chef who arrived to head up the school in July 2008. Running the demonstration restaurant at International is Justin Ward, a well-known longtime Atlanta chef. 61


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Students find that one perk of attending college at the College of Coastal Georgia is the school’s proximity to the beach.

Professional culinary programs, such as the one at the International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Atlanta, teach students all aspects of restaurant management.

The 535 students currently enrolled at International have access to a state-of-the-art facility with five teaching kitchens and a dining lab that’s open to the public. All students, even those majoring in pastry or management, work in the restaurant to get an understanding of running a restaurant. Students currently pay $453 per credit hour, with a likely increase this fall. At its current rate, one shells out $21,744 annually. But the staff is exceptionally credentialed. International gets special recognition from the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission. Gallivan admits he was “astounded” by the faculty’s ability. “Everybody here has done it all,” he says, adding: “There are gold medals all over the place,” referring to the Olympic-style competition awards that faculty members have won. Hope Scholarships and VA eligibility may be applied. Also well known, Le Cordon Bleu of Atlanta attracts a wide range of students to its 60,000-square-foot facility in Tucker. Demo kitchens, with their ample fenestration allow62

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ing an open view from the lobby, are busy early in the morning as chefs-intraining work on their fundamentals. “We’ve got people from 18 to 65,” says Hong Kong-born Patrick Lee, president of the Atlanta campus, which boasts a faculty of some 42 individuals, including some adjuncts. “Some [students] abandon lucrative careers to get into the business,” he notes, although sometimes with starry-eyed expectations of compensation that won’t match their former careers. “Some don’t care; it’s just a passion. Period.” Their enrollment is around 750 currently. Everybody starts with three foundation courses. Foundation I is food science, nutrition, college success (how to be successful in class, study habits, etc.) and food safety. Foundation II includes math and computers. Foundation III is interpersonal communication, cost control and purchasing. Along the way, students get a good dose of English composition, study cuisine across cultures, culinary history, contemporary cuisine, hospitality supervision, and wine and beverage. A new program starts every six weeks. The program currently costs

$3,650 for the entire experience, which finishes in the school’s lab restaurant. At this point, the student is getting exposure to all aspects of restaurant management, from table service to napkin folding. As Georgia grows more and more first-class restaurants, increased opportunities for employment and for growing one’s own business in the culinary field present themselves. But the background gained also leads to possibilities in wine sales, hotel and resort management, and even to service as a private chef for a family. While the economy is lumbering, it’s nonetheless amazing how many restaurants are opening not only in Atlanta but around the state. These programs will supply well-trained personnel for a long time to come. Jane F. Garvey is a food and travel writer based in Decatur. A graduate of Coastal Georgia Community College (now the fouryear College of Coastal Georgia), Jackie Grantham, CC, recommends these frites as an appetizer. This recipe won her a second-place award at the Idaho Potato Commission’s “Happy Hour” competition. GEORGIA MAGAZINE



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BBQ Chicken Frites Courtesy of Jackie Grantham, CC, head chef at Oak Grove Island Golf & Country Club Oil, for frying 3 large Idaho potatoes, washed and cut into thin strips Barbecue Chicken Sauce Roasted chicken breast, shredded 2 cups good quality ketchup 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce 2 tablespoons Liquid Smoke 2 tablespoons quality prepared mustard 2 teaspoons black pepper 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper 1 teaspoon granulated garlic Caramelized Red Onions 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 tablespoons quality olive oil 1 large red onion, thinly sliced 2 tablespoons good white wine 1 to 1-1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese 1 tablespoons fresh parsley for garnish In a deep fryer, heat oil to 325 degrees; fry potatoes in oil 2-3 minutes. Drain on a brown bag, then drain on paper towel; set aside to cool. Prepare sauce by placing in a small saucepot set over low heat the shredded chicken, ketchup, cider vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, Liquid Smoke, mustard, black pepper, cayenne and granulated garlic. Simmer over very low heat. For onions, heat butter and oil in a sauté pan set over medium heat; sauté onions about 10 minutes to develop a rich brown color. Add wine, and deglaze stirring in the pan, cooking an additional 20 minutes, or until dry. When ready to serve, raise temperature on oil to 375 degrees. Re-fry potatoes until golden brown, and drain on paper towel. Place potatoes on a large oven-safe platter and ladle barbecue sauce on top. Top with caramelized onions, then cheese; place under broiler 2 minutes so cheese melts and begins to brown. Sprinkle with minced parsley. September 2009

Note: you will not use all the sauce in a single plating, but you will use all the chicken. So reserve any extra sauce for another use in a tightly sealed glass jar in the refrigerator. Serves 2-4. Cammie, Chef Jim Gallivan’s dog, loves these treats in hot summer weather. They’re people-friendly as well. Cammie’s Pup-sicles Courtesy of Jim Gallivan, chair of the Department of Culinary Arts, The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institutes 3 cups plain yogurt 1 ripe banana 1 cup smooth peanut butter (Cammie prefers Reese’s, he notes) 1 tablespoon honey Purée yogurt, banana, peanut butter and honey until smooth. Pour into ice cube trays and freeze. Pop one out and reward your best canine friend. This is a traditional Moroccan dish, named for the covered conical clay earthenware dish it is usually cooked in. It may be made with lamb, chicken or other meat, and is a combination of sweet and sour flavors. Tangine of Chicken, Preserved Lemon and Olives Courtesy of Michael F. Nenes, CEC, CCE, The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institutes Spice Rub 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 teaspoon black pepper Main Dish 1 (2-1/2-pound) chicken, cut into 8 pieces 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger Pinch saffron 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 stick cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground coriander 1-1/4 cups diced onion 2 cups chicken stock 1 cup whole pitted green olives

1/2 cup preserved lemons, quartered strips (rinse lemons as needed, removing and discarding pulp) Salt and pepper, to taste 2 cups cooked couscous, as an accompaniment Combine minced garlic, olive oil and black pepper for the Spice Rub. Rub chicken with mixture and let set 2 hours. Heat oil over medium heat and brown chicken on all sides, 8-10 minutes. Add pepper, ginger, saffron, cumin, cinnamon and coriander; cook 1 minute. Add onion and sauté over medium-high heat, 2-3 minutes. Add stock and bring to a boil; reduce to a simmer and cover, leaving lid ajar to allow steam to escape. Simmer 20-30 minutes or until chicken is tender. Add olives and preserved lemons; cook 5 minutes. Remove chicken and reduce to sauce consistency, stirring. Correct seasoning with salt and pepper. Serve chicken covered with sauce on couscous. Note: Preserved lemons may be found at stores specializing in Middle Eastern foods. Serves 4. These kebabs are perfect for a tailgating party. Serve with warm pita bread, assorted olives, chopped tomatoes, and feta cheese for a tasty sandwich. Spicy Beef and Sausage Kebabs With Yogurt Dressing Cybil Talley, founder of All About Foods; director of Career Services at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Atlanta Yogurt Dressing 1/2 cup plain yogurt 1/2 cup sour cream 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro 1 tablespoon minced purple onion 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice Kebabs 20 (4-inch) wooden skewers 1 pound ground chuck 1/2 pound ground spicy pork sausage 1/2 small onion, minced 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley 1 teaspoon ground coriander (Continued on page 64) 63

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G (Continued from page 63) 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon black pepper 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1/4 teaspoon curry powder 1 large egg, lightly beaten Prepare dressing by stirring yogurt, sour cream, cilantro, purple onion, salt and lemon juice until combined. Cover and chill until ready to serve. Soak wooden skewers in water for about 20 minutes to prevent them from burning. Stir together ground chuck and remaining ingredients just until well blended. Don’t overwork the meat or it will become tough. Shape about 3 tablespoons of meat mixture evenly around each skewer, forming oval-shaped kebabs. Arrange kebabs on a broiler pan that has been coated with vegetable cooking spray. Broil for 6-8 minutes or until browned. Serve with Yogurt Dressing. Makes 20 kebabs and about 1 cup dressing. This Southwestern salad is simple yet flavorful. Southwestern Sunset Avocado and Tomato Salad Courtesy of Jim Basting, CCE, Houston County’s High School Culinary Team mentor, Middle Georgia ACF chapter chair 2 ripe avocados, peeled, pit removed, diced large 3 medium fresh red tomatoes, peeled, cut into large dice 1/2 cup finely diced red onion 1 (11-ounce) can Southwestern whole kernel corn blend, drained 1 head red leaf lettuce, washed, dried Cooked meat of choice (such as leftover grilled chicken breast, diced, or leftover cooked salmon, tuna, lobster, shrimp) Salad dressing, your choice In a large bowl, toss together avocado, tomato, onion and corn. Refrigerate until ready to serve. When ready to serve, spoon onto lettuce leaves. Place meat on top, and drizzle with your favorite salad dressing. Serves 4. 64


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Georgia's premier resource for travel, lifestyle, cooking and feature articles.