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Lakeside Magazine

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LOGAN MARTIN HOMES

Traveling the Coosa

Covering life along Logan Martin Lake since 1994

They Know How to Have Fun at Sundance Marina St. Pattie’s is an all out occasion there By David Atchison

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STAFF

Around the Lake

Lakeside Living Editors Laura Nation-Atchison Jim Smothers

Fishing Since Age 5, It’s a Career Now David Hopkins organizes the big tournaments By Mark Ledbetter

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Dish It Up! With Lakeside

Advertising Director Pam Adamson

Let’s Do Brunch! Get outdoors for a wonderful springtime meal By Laura Nation-Atchison

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Distribution Kandi Macy

Lakeside Dining

There’s Another Finchers to Love Finchers offers yet another spot to gather for great eats

Photography Bob Crisp Brian Schoenhals

By Chris Norwood

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Lakeside Living in Style

Art Direction Jennifer Mashburn

A New Look for an Old Place Making changes after the storm

Graphic Design Fay Denton Jennifer Mashburn Geraldine Osburn

By Emily Adams

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Art By The Water

Making Wild Things From Wood Tom Goodwin likes taking a hand to the wood he finds

Writers

By Aziza Jackson

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EMILY ADAMS DAVID ATCHISON Kenny Farmer ELSIE HODNETT AZIZA JACKSON MARK LEDBETTER CHRIS NORWOOD LAURA NATION-ATCHISON

Butterflies, Butterflies Bring these beautiful creatures into your world By Elsie Hodnett

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Want to Have It All in a House? This water front home is a winner for the whole family

Logan Martin Homes Edition

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Lakeside Agent Profile

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On the Cover It’s time to get out on the pier and put in the boats Photo by Bob Crisp March 2012

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together the outstanding fishing tournaments that take place on Logan Martin Lake. And then there are some great gardening tips in store from Hazlewood’s Nursery and our local Auburn Extension folks and a peek at the latest venture from the famed Fincher’s Restaurant from their newest venture in Pell City. All I can say is you’re gonna love it! As we welcome back summer-almost-we all celebrate those long and lovely lakeside days-piddling in the yard, relaxing and loving every minute of life in our own little paradise. It’s no wonder we love it here!

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’m always excited about the stories and people and places we bring to you each month, but I have to tell you, I think this month is a little extra special. Our longtime Lakeside friend Roxanne Bukacek shares the “re-do” of her guest house on the lakefront in Riverside, and anyone who knows Roxanne knows that the artist in her and her flair for the creative is always way over the top. She’s another one who had severe damage from the tornadoes last April and after a huge tree fell on the guest house, she and her husband, Tom, got busy to create a whole new look. Roxy is full of decorating ideas and is pretty handy in the gardens that surround her lovely historic family home that overlooks the beautiful shoreline. Our paddler tells of the fun and frolic that residents of Sundance Marina created for St. Patrick’s Day, along with some other interesting tales from his travels down river. I imposed upon another longtime Lakeside friend, Myrt Pfannkuche, for our brunch spread this month, along with a new friend, Sue Humphreys from Huggy’s Diner in Pell City. Just about everyone around Pell City and probably beyond knows of Myrt’s prowess in the kitchen, goodness, she’s been a winner I don’t know how many times in our Daily Home Cooking Contest each year. Of her own accord, when Myrt read in last month’s issue of Lakeside that I was going to focus on brunch for this issue, she sent me some of her recipes that I knew you’d want to have. And beyond my wildest expectations, she prepared them and invited me to her house for a family brunch! Sue shares a fabulous Smokin’ Grits Casserole and I offer a crustless crab and shrimp quiche. No crust, it’s pretty low cal. We’ll take a look at what woodworker Tom Goodwin has been up to lately and we’ll find out just what it takes to put


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Traveling the Coosa

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a continuing series written by David Atchison, Lakeside Magazine writer and Daily Home Pell City news editor, about his experiences as he travels down the Logan Martin stretch of the Alabama River Trail.

They Know How to Have Fun at Sundance Marina St. Pattie’s is an all out occasion there Story and Photos by DAVID ATCHISON

I This is the flow area for travel trailers and tent campers at Sundance Marina.

t didn’t occur to me what day it was when I first met the woman with the sparkling green hair, wearing limegreen glasses. “We like to have fun here,” said Linda Tinsley of Pinson. I met Linda and her husband, Ronnie, shortly after I arrived at Sundance Marina, one of many stops I have made as I make my way down Logan Martin Lake, part of the Alabama Scenic River Trail. “We’ve been up here for about 18 summers,” Ronnie said. “We come up here even in the winter time.” I think it’s harder to find Sundance Marina from the road than from the lake. It is just across the slough from the April 2012 - Lakeside Living & Logan Martin Homes

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A heron flies across the top of a tall pine tree, looking for a place to roost near the Sundance Marina.

General Lee Campground. From the road, the marina is located just off St. Clair Shores Road, on Coosa Way, south of Pell City. Damon Segars, who manages the marina, said his father bought the marina in the early 80s as an investment or business venture. His father is in now bad health, and he and his sister, Ann Allen, manage the marina now. The Segars family is from the Birmingham area, although his father is originally from the Cullman area. The family was involved in the building supply business. But for Damon, it’s the marina business along beautiful Logan Martin Lake. The marina offers fishing, swimming and picnicking. “This is a popular place to catch crappie,” Damon said. He said from September to April, crappie is the main catch 8

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for anglers visiting Sundance Marina. Linda said she’s caught crappie up to three-and-half-pounds. “I don’t keep anything but crappie,” she said. Most marina residents live in travel trailers, which have permanent places along the shores of Logan Martin Lake at Sundance Marina. There is an area for those who don’t stay year-round at the marina, and an overflow area that has trailer hookups and picnic tables next to the water. You can also tent camp in this area, and there is enough room for a camp fire at each site. Linda was really decked out for St. Patrick’s Day when I met her. “My favorite color is green,” she joked.


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Actually Linda was decorating her monster mobile, golf cart, for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade residents had planned. The Tinsleys’ golf cart was decorated with green Irish shamrocks, charms and even a black pot of gold. “It’s amazing what you can get from the Dollar Tree to pimp up your drive,” Linda said. Linda said residents thought about having a contest for the best decorated golf cart – and person. If they had, she could have won hands down. She proudly struck her “Irish” pose with her decorated golf cart. Historic Homes Heritage Hall Museum Exhibit Friday Night Wine & Cheese Reception “Ghosts of Talladega” Cemetery Tour St. Peter’s Taste of Talladega Luncheon Talladega Library Genealogy Room A.J. Powers Memorial Plank Road Station

It was all in fun, and residents say when they come to Sundance Marina, it’s all about fun, relaxing and just sharing the lakeside experience with friends and family. “This is my sanctuary,” Linda said. Linda said she is able to unwind from her work, and her weekends on the lake are so relaxing. “You can usually find me on that fishing pier or swimming pier out there,” she said, pointing towards the water. Linda said she enjoys the atmosphere at Sundance Marina. “There are a lot of good people here,” she said. Residents planned a pot luck meal that Saturday night, and

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Linda Tinsley of Pinson with her St. Patrick’s Day golf cart at Sundance Marina.

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Fishing Since Age 5, It’s A Career Now David Hopkins organizes the big tournaments By MARK LEDBETTER Photos by BOB CRISP

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t the age of 5 David Hopkins’ father gave him his first rod and reel, hung a bucket on a line in the back yard and told him when he could hit the bucket eight out of 10 times he would take Hopkins fishing. At age 6 Hopkins’ dad took him on fishing and camping trips. Years later, Hopkins moved to Tennessee as a part-time boat salesman and became involved in fishing tournaments. The past 20 years the Cropwell resident joined local marine mechanic Mike Szokoly and Buck’s Island Marine in Southside to organize fishing tournaments benefiting the Riverside community and charitable organizations. As a tournament organizer, Hopkins said he checks fishermen in, conducts weigh-ins, and resolves disputes should they arise. Rarely do they have a problem with fishermen cheating by placing weights in the mouth of the fish. A more common but rare problem encountered is someone catching fish for someone else. For some fishermen, tournaments are not simply a time to relax but have become a profession. Professional fishermen like Kevin VanDam make a good living fishing tournaments, Hopkins said. If a fisherman can place in the top 10 and win one or two tournaments each season he can make a good living, Hopkins said. Professional fishermen have chosen an expensive profession. The Bassmaster Classic entry fee is $50,000. Bass boat costs may range from $20,000 to $63,000. Pros will carry 20 to 40 rods and reels with them. Hopkins said if a professional fisherman makes $50,000 April 2012 - Lakeside Living & Logan Martin Homes

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to $60,000 per year, he is not even breaking even. Hopkins offered tips for anyone interested in entering a tournament: arrive on time, show courtesy on the water, don’t block the ramp – prepare the boat before entering the water, read the rules, and remember the boat number (even veteran fishermen still forget boat numbers, Hopkins said). Hopkins said he enjoys benefit tournaments. Hopkins, Szokoly and Buck’s Island have organized tournaments for Relay for Life, The Ronald McDonald House and local school systems. The Alabama Sheriff ’s Boys Ranch tournament features a fishing pro or a member of a local fire or police department taking one of the boys with them. Hopkins personally started the Indian Creek Youth Camp tournament to assist youth who cannot afford to attend camp. Tournaments organized by Hopkins have impacted the Riverside community. Riverside Mayor Rusty Jessup said that since Hopkins adopted Riverside as tournament headquarters he looks for the fishing tournament industry to grow. Several improvements have been made to make Riverside “fisherman friendly,” Hopkins said. Riverside purchased a vacant building at the marina and with a $100,000 grant made several improvements including dredging the channel, rebuilding two piers, repairing the boat ramp, constructing a boardwalk and

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landscaping as the first phase in a three phase improvement program. Hopkins said fishermen arrive one to two days prior to the tournament to practice. Usually there are “100 boats in town,” Hopkins said. “They need hotels and restaurants.” Jessup said the tournaments have “brought a lot of commerce to our city through sales tax revenue and the installation of a gas pump at the pier.” Hopkins said in his 20 years of tournaments, they’ve never lost money or cancelled. One was delayed a few hours because of weather, and in one tournament, fishermen fought cold temperatures. When Hopkins is not organizing tournaments he is a part-time independent salesman working with Buck’s Island in Southside. He sells rods and reels, tackle and boats. Fishing has changed a lot since his first plastic rod, Hopkins said. “Several milestones have changed fishing.” Technology and new materials have made it possible to make rods lighter with a variety of “actions.” Depth finder technology provides the angler with more defined locations, some up to 150 feet, and a new one will offer 360 degree detection capability. Some depth finders send signals imitating a school of small fish. Hand-made lures are still produced, but the Japanese producers offer thousands of computer-designed and machined produced crank baits.


A rig growing in popularity is the Alabama Rig, “Go Get ‘Em.” It is an umbrella rig that allows multiple swim baits that create a bait presentation “that gets bass excited” Hopkins said With all the technology and changes that have come to fishing since he was a child, Hopkins said the ultimate thrill in fishing is the four-pound spotted bass. “It is the meanest fish in fresh water,” Hopkins said. As one old fisherman once told Hopkins, the spotted bass has a “bad attitude and its bags are packed.” It fights harder and while it may be in one place today, it will be somewhere else tomorrow, Hopkins explained. Whether it is a cane pole and a worm or an expensive rod and reel and crank bait, fishing is still the choice of many that enjoy the feel of the tug on the line when they hope it’s the “big one.”

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Dish It Up! With Lakeside

There’s nothing like a great brunch out on the deck overlooking Logan Martin Lake. From left are Tim and Tracy Haas, hostess (and mom) Myrt Pfannkuche, Tyler Hass and Michelle Pfannkuche at Mrs. Pfannkuche’s lakefront home in Pell City.

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ever did I imagine that this brunch focus for this issue would come to fruition the way it did. First, I have to thank Sue Humphreys of Huggie’s Diner fame in Pell City and Myrt Pfannkuche for their input and expertise. Then, I found a pretty darn good crab and shrimp quiche recipe that my buddy Betty helped me put together that’s not only very yummy but very low cal and low cholesterol if you make it the way we did. It’s just plain fun to have friends over for a great meal and there’s nothing like brunch to make everyone happy. Let’s start with Myrt’s spread, you just won’t believe it!

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I walked into her house on a gorgeous Saturday morning, she had her two daughters there, Michelle Pfannkuche and Tracy Haas, along with Tracy’s husband, Tim, and son, Tyler. Oh, and lest we forget, the canine friends, Dixie, Jupiter and Tea. The Pfannkuche family is a large lover of animals and they’re always part of the Pfannkuche family’s welcoming committee. Sue contributed an exceptional sausage and grits recipe that I know you friends and family will enjoy. For those who like to add a little spice to their brunches, I would suggest a zesty bloody mary for Sue’s dish, maybe a mimosa to go along with Myrt’s spread and as for mine, I think


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Here’s my no crust crab and shrimp quiche. Not only good, but not so bad on the calories either.

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Myrt’s cinnamon rolls are the cat’s meow.

What you do: Preheat oven to 350. Butter a 10-inch quiche dish or pie plate. Spread the picante sauce or salsa over the bottom of the dish. Distribute the chopped artichokes evenly over the picante sauce. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the artichokes. Whisk eggs until smooth and add sour cream and blend until smooth. Pour egg mixture over the cheeses. Bake uncovered for 30 to 40 minutes or until set. Let stand for 10 minutes. Cut into wedges, garnish with tomato wedges, parsley and olives.

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About a dozen cooked shrimp Four large eggs or you can use Egg Beaters One cup evaporated skim milk One half tablespoon salt One half teaspoon dry mustard One fourth teaspoon pepper Paprika to taste

What you do: Preheat oven to 400 degrees, 375 if using a glass pan. Spray a nine inch pie plate with cooking spray. Combine chopped crab, onion and cheese and press mixture into pie plate. Beat together remaining ingredients except for the paprika and pour over the crab. Sprinkle with paprika and bake 30 minutes. Myrt’s Zesty Cheese and Artichoke Oven Omelet

waxed paper and a towel. Put in oven overnight with oven off. Remove from oven. Preheat oven to 350. Remove wax paper and towel from pan. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, but check after 15 minutes just in case. Remove from oven when done and flip onto serving platter so the nuts are on top. Serves 12…I am afraid to tell the calorie and fat count! So let’s just skip that part. My crustless “low cal” crab and shrimp quicheNot bragging, but it’s sort of to die for! What you need: Eight ounces crab meat One cup sharp cheddar cheese, two percent fat if you want to keep it healthier One cup onion, chopped

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What you do: Cook grits according to directions. Mix Monterrey Jack cheese in with cooked grits. Place cooked grits in a greased nine by 13 casserole dish. Sauté chopped bell pepper, chopped onion and smoked sausage (sliced) in olive oil. Pour over grits and sprinkle one teaspoon of Tony’s seasoning over above cooked ingredients. Top with cheddar cheese and bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes until cheese melts on top. Serve with toast or fresh fruit. Enjoy! From Susan Humphreys of Huggy’s Diner in Pell City.

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Lakeside Dining

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There’s Another Fincher’s to Love Fincher’s offers yet another spot to gather for great eats By CHRIS NORWOOD Photos by BRIAN SCHOENHALS

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isitors to both sides of the lake will now have the opportunity to sample what the state department of tourism recently deemed one of the 100 foods to eat in Alabama before you die: grilled catfish from Fincher’s. Visitors to the Talladega side of the lake are no doubt already well acquainted with the Finchers location in Renfroe, but since January there has been a sister location in Pell City,

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near the industrial park in the space formerly occupied by Aunt Aggies. There are also Finchers locations in Sylacauga and Childersburg, although the Childersburg location will be closing this summer. “The Pell City location opened in late January,” owner Christy Finche’r said. “I love Pell City, and I’ve been thinking about doing this for a while. When the property came on the


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Susan Rogers, left, and Rhiann Pacheo, right, show off some of the restaurant’s favorites.

market, we decided to do it.” The Pell City location features an all you can eat fish buffet on Saturday nights, whereas the Renfroe location boasts a wider array of seafood on the Saturday buffet, but otherwise the menus at all Finchers locations are identical. The original Finchers in Renfroe was opened 22 years ago by Christy’s mother-in-law, Linda. Although it didn’t actually 28

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start out as a restaurant. “It was originally a fish market, just selling catfish by the pound,” Christy explained. “Then, things started to get really busy, so she just started selling fish sandwiches and bags of chips at the window. The restaurant just grew out of that.” Christy’s husband Steve had been working as a contractor until the housing market collapsed and jobs became scarce. So three


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The fried catfish is a staple favorite at Finchers.

years ago, the couple opened up the Fincher’s location in Sylacauga. The Childersburg location followed, in a leased building, and Pell City is now the latest addition to the growing business. The Finchers also make weekly trips to the gulf coast to purchase fresh items for the seafood buffet in Renfroe. These include fresh gulf shrimp and oysters on the half-shell, among other nautical delicacies. In addition to the catfish that made them famous, all Fincher’s locations also feature a daily lunch special with a meat dish and three sides

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A New Look for an Old Place Making changes after the storm Story by EMILY ADAMS Photos by BOB CRISP

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Roxanne Bukacek in the restored kitchen of her guest house. The house was demolished during last April’s tornadoes.

lmost one year ago to the day, 100 years of history were destroyed when heavy winds landed a tree on Roxanne Bukacek’s family guest house. Looking at the home today, you would never know it was a victim of the April 27 tornadoes, and that’s just the way Bukacek planned it. “I wanted it to look just like the old house on the outside, but inside, we changed it completely,” she said. The old home was demolished by the trunk of an almost 7-footwide tree, meaning it had to be rebuilt from the ground up. “We weren’t able to salvage much,” Bukacek said. “If I could have saved the 100-year-old foundation, I would have, but it was gone. All the furniture, dishes, artwork – all that was gone.” Bukacek credits her contractor, Tim Gulledge, and his brothers Bruce and Chad, for making the house beautiful again in only 90 days. “Tim promised us we would be back in the house in 90 days, and he delivered,” she said. “I don’t think they missed one day of work except for a couple because of the weather.” Bukacek took the opportunity to improve the design of the now three-bedroom, two-bath house, opening up the kitchen and living room areas and creating a new bedroom. “My mother is really the one who drew up the blueprint of what she wanted,” Bukacek said of her 88-year-old mother, Virginia Posey. “She said ‘I’m going to draw a line down the middle of the house, and I want it open.’.” The living room, dining room and kitchen – once separate rooms – now create a wide open living area, perfect for socializing, Bukacek said. “We knocked all those walls out of the design, and it feels much bigger in here than it did before,” she said. The bathroom near the two front bedrooms was also relocated, making it more accessible for guests in the bedrooms and people in the living area. April 2012 - Lakeside Living & Logan Martin Homes

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At left, the guest house after the storm.

Below, the guest house today.

“Before, you had to go through one bedroom to get to the bathroom,” Bukacek said. “Now it’s in between the bedrooms and opens to the living room. It’s much more convenient.” Another major change was turning an art studio in the back of the house into a bed/bath combo. They also added a deck on the back of the house, a special request from Bukacek’s mother. “The main thing we had in mind with the re-design was making everything wheelchair friendly,” Bukacek said. “You never know if somebody might need it one day.” Because of this, the porch has a ramp to the back door. A bench and handlebar were also added to the back shower, as well as a wide walkway throughout the home. 34

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Above: A new bathroom inside the guest house. Left: A stained glass inset lets in a warm glow of light.

Once the rebuild was complete, the real fun began for Bukacek. She began incorporating as many salvaged pieces as possible into the décor, using them in new and creative ways. “It made me sick to lose the furniture, because most of it came from my great-grandmother, grandmother and great-aunt,” she said. “So, I wanted to put as much of the history back in the house as I could.” Bukacek saved two mantles, placing one in the living room and the other in the front bedroom. She also salvaged a claw foot tub and used wood saved from the kitchen to cover the bathroom walls. Also, a bathroom vanity belonging to a relative was restored; a piece saved from what was a seven foot armoire was placed over the pantry; pieces of chair railing from the old home became the frame for a mirror placed in the second bedroom, and Bukacek made a headboard out of two doors that were saved. They also created a walkway leading to the main home out of bricks from the old chimney. And that’s not even the half of it – all throughout the house are touches of history, which Bukacek said gives the space more meaning. 36

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Above: The living room is painted a sunny shade of yellow and furnished with eclectic flair. Below: One of the cozy bedrooms inside the “new� guest house.

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Another bedroom makes use of a daybed and wicker and antique accents to create a charming look.

“I’m a packrat, and I come by it honestly,” she said. “I want to find a way to use everything. It might take me a while to figure it out, but I will find a way to make something out of nothing.” Bukacek, who taught art for 27 years, said she gets her resourceful nature from her two great-uncles who used to live in the house. “They cleaned out the barn after my uncles died and found a box labeled “strings too short to use,” so it obviously runs in the family,” she said. “My husband doesn’t even ask anymore.” A few new features were added to the home as well. Bukacek said her husband requested a beer fridge, which stays fully stocked and keeps beverages at a cool 38 degrees. “That was the first thing my husband said he wanted to add,” Bukacek laughingly said. “And of course, when my step-son comes and brings his friends, it’s depleted, so it gets good use.” Bukacek added a personal touch to the kitchen, drawing her own tile design for the floor. 40

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“I wanted the tile to look like a rug, and it looks exactly like I drew it,” she said. “It cost more than I thought it would, and I paid for every cut that was made, but it looks great.” The home was painted with warm colors, revolving around a piece of copper tin Bukacek found at an antique shop. “That’s when I started going copper,” she said. “There are copper pieces in the granite countertops, and the wall color reflects it.” After months of “sanding, scraping and priming,” the home is almost complete, save a few pieces of artwork. Bukacek said she looks forward to putting the incident behind her and getting back to her favorite hobby of gardening. “This time last year, I never would have thought we would have the house back, but I can say this - we were lucky,” she said. Although the historic home was lost, Bukacek said the new home is just as valuable. “It has an interesting story, and I like that.”


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Making Wild Things From Wood Tom Goodwin likes taking a hand to the wood he finds By AZIZA JACKSON Photos by BOB CRISP

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Tom Goodwin is now doing lots of carvings of the things he sees in nature.

if he works on it full time. The wood-burning technique proves itself to be a tedious yet worthwhile process that gives life to his animal figurines such as deer and lions by burning needlelike hairs onto them, one by one. Goodwin hardly ever names his pieces. To this day, the only thing he has ever named was his dog “Tigger.” Goodwin has been busy with his new

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pieces. New pieces like stylized carvings of fish and nature scenes can be seen around the family’s home. One in particular shows a tense scene with an elk facing off with a wolf. The wolf snarls at the giant elk that is three times his size, as the elk lowers his antlers preparing for battle. “Everybody is really amazed that he can see it and carve it,” said his wife


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Goodwin’s carving of a tiger, which he also chose to paint.

Saturday, April 7 at Ruffner Mountain. His fall shows will be held at a folk art show Saturday, Sept. 15 and Sunday, Sept. 16 in Leeds. On Wednesday, Oct. 3 and Thursday, Oct. 4 Goodwin will be at a wood carving art show in Huntsville. Last but not least, on Saturday, Oct. 13, Goodwin will display his work at the annual Artscape Festival in Pell City. Goodwin says he also plans on helping out at Artscapes’ annual art camp for children, but will be working with clay instead of wood and sharp tools. “We just try and get the best we can for the kids,” Goodwin said. Goodwin remains active with the Logan Martin

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Logan Martin Homes April 2012

A Real Estate Property Guide for Logan Martin Lake and Surrounding Areas

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Want to Have It All in a House? This waterfront home is a winner for all in the family By KENNY FARMER

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his beautiful four-bedroom home, located in Cropwell’s Oak Pointe subdivision, features over 1,000 feet of water frontage as well as a boathouse, guesthouse and saltwater pool. The one story house, built in 1989, sits on approximately six acres of well-manicured land and features a fantastic view of Logan Martin Lake. In addition to the home’s four bedrooms, it also has four and a half baths, living room, dining room, breakfast room, laundry room and sunroom. The house contains three fireplaces; they can be found in the living room, master bedroom and study. The kitchen is equipped with a built-in microwave, double oven, electric stovetop, built-in dishwasher, refrigerator, icemaker and garbage disposal. It has a tiled floor, soapstone island and black custom cabinets that match the appliances. The hardwood living room’s large windows allow for a great

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view of the lake. The mirrored master bath has a garden tub as well as a shower. It also has a walk-in closet. The property has many attractive outdoor features as well, including a ‘vanishing edge’ salt water pool complete with fountain, a fenced in playground, a beach volleyball court, shaded stone patio, barbeque area and gazebo. The property is also ready for guests with its outdoor guest quarters. The guest house has a bedroom, living room and kitchen and deck. A great view of the lake can be seen from the deck. The house also has a two-car garage, boat house, pier and additional storage area. Located at 200 Oak Pointe Circle, this home is minutes from downtown Pell City and convenient to Interstate 20. The home is listed for $1,450,000 by The Realty Pros.


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550 Eagle Pointe Lane ~ $350,000

One level full bick lake home with year round water. This 3 bedroom, 2 full bath home features a great room and dining room with fireplace, a large kitchen with island, butler’s pantry and keeping room, a master suite with sitting area, covered floating dock with lift and a 2 car garage. www.ERAKinghomes.com/55107

135 Hamilton Lane ~ $234,900

3 bedroom, 2 full bath lake home with privacy and 3+/- acres. The home features a main level master with double vanity, eat-in kitchen, living room with fireplace and tons of deck and covered porch space for entertaining or relaxing. www.ERAKinghomes.com/53002

98 Creekview Lane ~ $239,900

Water access home with tons of space. This wellmaintained and decorated home is ready for you. The home features 4 bedrooms plus a basement den and a bonus room, great room, dining room, eat-in kitchen and a 2 car garage. www.ERAKinghomes.com/54954

5015 Collins Drive ~ $1,099,000

This exquisite waterfront home features two masters on the main level, a salt water pool, pool house with half bath, dock with boat lifts, a 25,000 lb helicopter dock, jet ski lifts, 6 zone sprinkler system, and a patio for entertaining friends and family. All water crafts and furnishings included. www..liveonloganmartin.com

2808 England Road ~ $114,900

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The Cottages at Lincoln Harbor ~ $299,900

3 or 4 Bedroom Cottages with personal elevators, gorgeous views of the water, granite countertops, ceramic tile showers, full appliance package and access to community docks, pool, beach, boat ramp, picnic areas, playground and a shoreline boardwalk. A sportsman and nature lover’s paradise. www.ERAKinghomes.com/9793

2875 Waldrop Road ~ $359,500

Make us an offer on this 1.3+/- acre water front lot. It is surrounded by some gorgeous homes built by Superior Construction which is locally owned and operated. Come build your dream home on Logan Martin Lake! www.ERAKinghomes.com/16424

Wow you get the most incredible view at this 3 bedroom, 3 full bath lake home. It has a huge living room with stacked rock fireplace, dining room, kitchen with breakfast bar, boat dock, boat house and a view of the water from every room except 1 bedroom. Bring us an offer and start enjoying the lake life! www.liveonloganmartin.com

354 Cloud Nine Lane ~ $299,900

The Overlook Condos Unit 2340 ~ $175,000

One story home with 26+/- acres, vinyl pasture fencing, 2-story barn, potting shed, sunroom, huge kitchen, living room, dining room, screened porch, gorgeous view, breakfast room, 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths and a 2-car garage. www.ERAKinghomes.com/54954

2.5 bedroom, fully furnished condo with all appliances, granite countertops, private balcony, storage room and access to community docks, beach, boat ramp, pool, picnic areas, playground and boardwalk. www.ERAKinghomes.com/44315

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2910 England Road ~ $589,500

This house is absolutely gorgeous! With over 8000 sq ft, it boast some amazing stone and wood work. Features include 5 BR, 5.5 baths, 3 car garage, covered patio, home theatre room, in law suite with separate entrance and a dock. www.liveonloganmartin.com

2925 England Road ~ $639,500

Wow what a home! 300+/- feet of water frontage, outdoor kitchen, inground pool, hot tub, home theatre, enclosed boat garage for 2 boats, launch, dock, 3 car garage, open kitchen, dining room and great room with a gorgeous island, 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths complete this lovely lakefront home. www.liveonloganmartin.com

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Lakeside Agent Spotlight

She likes the work! Kelly Ford finds her place in helping people find that perfect home and promoting Pell City’s great environment By KENNY FARMER Kelly Ford

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ealty Executives agent Kelly Ford began her career in real estate in August of 2005 because she was “tired of sitting in an office all day.” She joined Realty Executives in Pell City in March 2011 and says it’s “the best place” she’s ever worked. “I really like meeting the people,” said Ford. “And I’ve made quite a few friends. I like seeing people happy and getting what they want. I’ll work with someone a year if thats what it takes.” Ford says that there are many things that make Pell City attractive to prospective home buyers, including a great school system that she says is “easy to promote.” “We have a fabulous school system,” said Ford. Ford’s son Kyle will graduate with honors from Pell City High School this year. She says he has had a “really good experience” at the school. He is a currently a member of the PCHS golf team, and has also participated in baseball, football and track. Ford also mentioned the activities offered by the Pell City Parks and Recreation department, such as tennis, baseball, basketball and boating, and how they contribute to the overall attractiveness of the area. “There’s just a lot for kids here.” Other things that bring people to the area, according to Ford, is Logan Martin Lake, a “great” police department and the fact that the roads are not congested. Ford calls Pell City a “small big town.” “I think the police department does a real good job,” said 58

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Ford. “They don’t bug you to death. They’re not pulling you over every minute, but they’re taking care of what they need to take care of.” Ford is excited about the current state of the housing market and says that it is slowly improving. “The housing trends are definitely moving in the right direction. I’ve had the best January and February (this year) since I’ve been doing real estate.” Ford says when meeting with clients, she asks them what type of house, neighborhood and price range best suits them, but prefers “to listen more than she talks.” Ford, a graduate of Oxford High School and Jacksonville State University, feels she can offer a broader perspective, especially to out-of-town buyers, because of her extensive travels. “I’m an Army brat. I’ve lived in Germany, Florida, Hawaii, Alaska, Virginia. You name it, I’ve been there.” Ford also does property management for Realty Executives, meaning she will find a rental home that best suites a client. She runs credit and background checks on the prospective renters, takes monthly payments and assists them when the time comes to move out. Ford is a member of the National Association of Realtors as well as the Birmingham Association of Realtors, and was named the 2006 Rookie of the Year by the St. Clair County Association of Realtors. She has also been involved with Relay for Life and the St. Clair County Children’s Advocacy Group. Contact her at kellysellsthelake.com.


KAREN BAIN

2011 Realtor of the Year “a Foundation for Generations”

www.loganmartinlaketeam.com

Lifetime Member of Club of Excellence

205-473-4613

karenbain@ymail.com

173 Kewanee Lane

580 Seminole Trail

200 Clearwater Point Rd., Cropwell

$189,900

$225,000

$229,900

$249,900

Fraim Drive

200 Clearwater Point

70 Sunset Strip

488 Rabbit Point

$249,900

$249,900

$274,900

$299,900

3165 Easonville Road

45 Willow Point Lane

261 Lisas Cove

626 Sullivan Lane

$349,900

$349,900

$350,000

$369,900

71 Eureka Road

265 Rock Inn Point

$419,900

$499,900

606 Paradise Isle MLS#523004

MLS#502408

MLS#516940

MLS#521927

MLS#522745

MLS#523508

855 Lake Ridge Ln., Talladega 540 Collins Dr., Pell City MLS#524947

MLS#474033

MLS#499353

MLS#511831

MLS#493175

MLS#509183

MLS#522745

MLS#502166

MLS#509186

MLS#522424

$392,000

$399,000

10 Belbrook Drive

386 Lakeview Circle

1060 Images Square

5017 Collins Drive

$579,900

$599,900

$799,900

$1,300,000

MLS#514253

MLS#520662

MLS#506451

MLS#487999

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(205) 338-6683 Phone (205) 338-4149 Fax

1019 Martin Street South Pell City, AL 35128

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Nancy Locklar Realtor/Owner

489261 - 114 Hickory Ln, Pell City - $289,900

519495 - 130 Clearwater Point Rd, Cropwell - $309,500

501816 - 527 Coosa Island Rd, Cropwell - $349,900

(205) 362-6883 Kelly Ford Realtor

518020 - 395 Oak St, Cropwell - $369,900

512908 - 636 Haven Circle, Riverside - $454,900

518778 - 474 Lomar Dr, Lincoln - $135,000

(205) 243-7915 Stephanie Hurst Agent

519457 - 1017 Blue River Dr, Lincoln - $274,500

524125 - 301 Lincoln Shores Dr, Lincoln - $274,500

503416 - 475 Indian Acres, Talladega - $369,900

(256) 493-7441 Tracy Pike Realtor

521439 - 172 Odonnell Rd, Ashville - $259,900

501879 - 160 Lakefront Dr, Talladega - $199,500

520426 - 419 Pine Point Ln, Talladega - $219,500

(256) 749-7186 Debra Allen Realtor

524980 - 444 River Trace Dr, Talladega - $289,000

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516916 - 56 Shaw Ln, Alpine - $549,900

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507337 - 150 Grand Terr, Talladega - $649,000

(205) 283-0290


3440 Martin Street So., Suite 17 Cropwell, AL 35054 Sharon Thomas, GRI, ABR Broker

Sharon@SharonThomas.net www.SharonThomas.net (Cell) 205-365-8875

Phone (205)338-SELL (7355) 1-866-377-9415 RED

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4406 Master’s Road - Pell City $79,400 All Brick, 3 Bedroom 2 Bath, Situated on 1 acre +/-, Eat-in Kitchen, Large Living Room, Storage Building

623 Phillips Drive - Vincent $79,900 3 Bedroom 1 Bath, Kitchen w/Island, Bamboo Hardwood Flooring, Fenced Back Yard, 1 Car Garage

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1355 Brooks Lake Rd. - Lincoln $59,900 3 Bedroom 1 Bath, Separate Dining Room, Spacious Master Bedroom, 2 Car Carport

7182 Rowan Road - Leeds $129,900 All Brick, 3 Bedroom 2 Bath, Some Appliances Remain, Full Unfinished Basement, Large Fenced Back Yard, Storage Building

144 Horseshoe Circle - Talladega $175,000 2 Large Workshops, Situated on 2.64 acres+/-, Newly Remodeled Kitchen, Large Den w/FP, Formal Dining Room, All Brick 3 Bedroom 3 Bath, Screened Patio

1152 Valley Road - Ragland $80,000 All Brick w/Finished Basement, 3 Bedroom 3Bath, Downstairs w/Mother-in Law, 2 Fireplaces, Situated on .143 acres+/-, Sold As Is Where Is.

594 Manning Road - Pell City $144,900 3 Bedroom 2 Bath, Situated on 1.64acres+/-, Kitchen w/Breakfast Bar & Pantry, 2 Car Garage, Additional Acreage can be Purchased

289 Mountain Crest Drive - Pell City $189,900 Beautiful View of Mountains, 4 Bedroom 3.5 Bath, Situated on 3 acres+/-, Full Basement, Large Kitchen w/Pantry, Split Bedroom Design

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165 Hitching Post Circle - Cropwell $229,900 All Brick, Situated on 1.5 acres+/-, 3 Bedroom 2.5 Bath, Kitchen w/Island, Huge Fenced Yard.

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240 Brownwood Drive - Pell City Two Bedroom, 1 Bath, eat-in kitchen. Situated on 1 acre+/-. $700.00 a month. Call Sharon

122 Raley Street - Vincent $79,900

Situated on 1acre +/-, 3 Bedroom 2 Bath, Permanent Foundation, Living Room w/Woodburning Fireplace, Master Bath w/Garden Tub, Large Back Deck

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330 Oak Leaf Circle ˆ Pell City $119,900 3 Bedroom 2 Bath, Spacious Living Room w/Gas Log FP, Master Bath w/ Garden Tub, Eat-in Kitchen, Covered Back Patio, & 2 Garage.

3519 Sprayberry Rd - Pell City $119,900 NEW CONSTRUCTION, 1.2 acres+/-, 3 Bedroom 2 Bath, Back Deck, Covered Front Porch

5201 Lee Road - Pell City $149,900 4 Bedroom 2 Bath, Large Den with Fireplace, Oversized Master Bedroom, Large Fenced Back Yard, Half Acre Lot

120 Fern Circle - Pell City $159,900 Fenced Back Yard, 3 Bedroom 2 Bath, Master w/Jetted Tub, Crown Molding, Extra Carport/Privacy Fence, Covered Patio

165 Oak Leaf Court - Pell City $199,900 1.5 Story 4 Bedroom 2.5 Baths, Great room with Gas Log FP, Huge Formal Dining Room, Master w/Jetted Tub, Large Fenced Backyard

260 Hunter Ridge Lane - Pell City $264,900

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113 Maine Street - Cropwell Water Front, 2 Bedroom 2 Bath, Totally Remodeled, & Pier with Boat Lift $1,300.00 a month

4 Bedroom 3 Bath, Full Finished Basement, Master w/Jetted Tub, Kitchen w/2 Pantries, Dining Room w/Arched Doorways, Water Access, Community Pool & Tennis Courts

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2000 3rd Ave ˆ Pell City $750.00 a month 2 Bedroom 1 Bath on corner lot, large living room, oversized bedrooms, and large fenced backyard!

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84 Oak Drive - Lincoln $45,000 3 Bedroom 2 Bath, Spacious Living Room w/Fireplace, Kitchen w/Island, Cooktop, & Built-in Oven, Oversized Laundry Room, Master with Garden Tub

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Enjoying the beauty of butterflies in your own garden is one of the many joys of gardening. By knowing which plants to include in the garden to bring in the creatures, you can be assured of an outstanding display.

that will appeal to certain species of butterfly. Butterfly season in Alabama is early spring to late fall. Butterflies have four stages of development: egg, caterpillar, chrysalis and winged adult, and need certain things at each stage for greatest success. Adult butterflies lay eggs on host plants, which provide food for the caterpillars to mature. At the end of that stage, they need a sturdy, protected place to attach and form the chrysalis. Adults survive by eating sweet flower nectar. Since most butterfly caterpillars have specific food preferences, you will want to plant certain plants to attract the type of butterfly you want in your garden. For example, Monarchs only lay eggs on milkweed. Black swallowtails lay

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eggs on any member of the carrot family, such as parsley, fennel and dill, but no other plants. Once a caterpillar eats its first meal, it cannot survive on any other plant. You can use a good reference book to identify which caterpillars become which butterflies, so you will know not to kill those caterpillars. Butterfly gardens should be in full sun, because all insects are cold-blooded and their body temperature is dependent on the environmental temperature. You can enhance the suns warming energy with stepping stones or a gravel path, providing areas for adult butterflies to bask in the sun. Be careful when applying chemicals, such as pesticides, on or near plants. Some insecticidal soaps or oils leave no

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256-375-9848

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4800 Cogswell Ave.-Suite 207 Pell City, AL 35125

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Phone (205)338-SELL (7355) 1-866-377-9415 • (Cell) 205-365-8875

Sharon Thomas

2007 Realtor of the Year GRI, ABR Broker

4800 Cogswell Ave.-Suite 207 Pell City, AL 35125 www.SharonThomas.net

MOODY REALTY www.moodyrealtyal.com “I represent buyers and sellers throughout St. Clair County and surrounding areas.”

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Cosmos, Gaillardia, Impatiens, Marigold, Scabiosa, Verbena, Zinnia, Pansy, Viola, Pinnola and Pentas. Perrennials: Aster, Bee balm, Butterfly Weed (milkweed), Salvias, Catmint, Phlox, Primrose, Purple coneflower, Sedum Spectabile, Boneset, Black-eyed Susan, Blazing Star, Dandelion, Goldenrod, Joe-Pye-Weed and Yarrow. Your local County Extension Office or knowledgeable greenhouse professional can provide additional information.

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said Gayla Fairchilds, sales associate at Hazelwood’s Greenhouses & Nursery Inc. in Pell City. “And container gardening works great for herb gardens.” Fairchilds said the safest time to plant outside is after April 15. “If you keep the plants indoors under proper lighting, you can start now,” she said. “Proper lighting is very important.” The Alabama Cooperative Extension System literature recommends planting large sweeps of each flower, because butterflies have poor vision. Many of the native butterflies more often visit purple, red, orange and yellow flowers. The main keys to choosing flowers in your butterfly garden are long bloom time, a variety of plants, large areas of a single color, tubular-shaped and compound flowers and rich nectar. Recommended nectar sources for adult butterflies include: Shrubs: Azalea, Buddleia, Sumac, Viburnum, Abelia and Lantana. Annuals: Alyssum, Candytuft,

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chemical residue to harm caterpillars. Butterflies also need shelter, so include a few blooming shrubs in your butterfly garden or have evergreens nearby. You can even locate your butterfly garden near a garage, gazebo or garden shed to provide shelter and protection for butterflies. These structures also provide caterpillars with a sturdy place for chrysalid attachment. Male butterfly adults need to puddle and obtain water and minerals from the shallows of these wet places. To make a permanent puddle, bury a shallow pan of wet gravel or sand to its rim then fill it with liquids such as fruit drinks or plain tap water. Flowers provide the nectar food adult butterflies need. By choosing a variety of plants including annuals, perennials and woody shrubs, you can provide flowers continuously through the butterfly season. A diversity will also attract a greater variety of butterflies. You can also plant an herb garden. “The fennel and parsley in the herb garden are natural food for butterflies,”

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