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Logan Martin Homes Edition

Magazine

February 2013


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Lakeside Living and

LOGAN MARTIN HOMES

February 2013

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Covering life along Logan Martin Lake since 1994

Traveling the Coosa

Adrenaline Junkies Unite Kayakers run whitewater rapids in Blount County By David Atchison

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STAFF

Around the Lake

Editor & Publisher Ed Fowler

It’s Valentine’s Day Find your special gifts right here at home By Elsie Hodnett

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Lakeside Living Editors Laura Nation-Atchison Jim Smothers

Lakeside Dining

El Mariachi Is a Destination for South of the Border Delights Theirs is a menu of diversity

Advertising Director Pam Adamson

By Chris Norwood

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Around the Lake

Distribution Kandi Macy

It May Be Cold But the Fish Are Biting Top tips from professional angler Reed Montgomery By Kenny Farmer

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Photography Bob Crisp Brian Schoenhals

Dish It Up! With Lakeside

No Guilt Muffins can be a healthy, yet delicious, alternative By Laura Nation-Atchison

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Art Direction Jennifer Mashburn

Lakeside Events

Create a Table, Create Good Things Lakeside Hospice and The Love Pantry benefit from Feb. 23 fundraiser

Graphic Design Fay Denton Jennifer Mashburn Geraldine Osburn

By Laura Nation-Atchison

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Lakeside Living in Style They Did It For a View Brooks’ design modern home around lakefront scene

Writers

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

By Emily Adams

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Art by the Water

Living the Dream Pell City’s Dave Bise promotes art through his foundation By Aziza Jackson

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Logan Martin Homes

A product of

When Big is Better, This House Is for You A lakefront home with all the trimmings!

The Daily Home

By Mark Ledbetter

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Lakeside Agent Spotlight

Agent Maria Price Loves the Poeple and the Place The personal part of finding a home is fulfilling By Mark Ledbetter

On the Cover: Snow covers the docks on Logan Martin Lake. Photo by Bob Crisp

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Talladega P.O. Box 977, 35161-0977 Phone (256) 362-1000

Sylacauga 22 N. Broadway, 35150 Phone (256) 249-4311 Pell City Towne Park 1911 Martin St. S., Suite 7, 35128 Phone (205) 884-3400


From the Editor...

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don’t know about you, but I am blowing January a great big kiss good-bye! I know it’s wintertime and all, but we’ve had more than our share of one big cold soggy mess. Our mini “snow blizzard” in mid-month reminded me of what happened 20 years ago, come March. Do I even have to remind you of the four foot drifts, the whirling purple cloud that hit us on a Friday night and left us with a mess that didn’t go away for over a week? This month, writer Kenny Farmer visits with fishing expert Reed Montgomery, who knows Logan Martin fishing like many wish they did. They focus on “cold weather fishing,” and you can count on Reed to deliver the best information there is for those hearty souls who still take to the water when the temperatures drop. Then, we’ll find out about Riverside’s newest eating establishment, El Mariachi, where the fare is south of the border and oh, so tasty. Owner Vanessa Cortes Sanchez said there are 80 traditional Mexican items on the menu and we know you’ll want to experience this culinary expertise for yourself. We’ll find out what Dave Bise has in mind for the new arts organization, the Southern Cultural Arts Foundation, for the Pell City area, and about his own artistic pursuits as well. Bise works in pencil, doing detailed drawings that incorporate the whimsical and realistic in an impressive manner. Our old paddler took off with some local residents to the Mulberry Fork River where they used the talents they hone practicing on Logan Martin to take on the whitewater fun the Mulberry offers. And, in line with Valentine’s Day, we visit lake area shopping destinations with some very distinctive things to offer to make your sweetheart’s special day even more special. These local merchants work hard to find those “one of a kind” gifts that have a very personal touch. Writer Emily Adams takes a trip to the home of Mark and Melissa Brooks in the Mays Bend community of Pell City, where they found the perfect place to call home about a year 4

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ago. And finally, I bring you muffins galore, and these are muffins without the guilt most muffins have. I researched as hard as I could, and instead of having from 300 to 500 calories each, they are under 200 calories. So hang in there, we’re headed for better days ahead and more fun on the lakeshore we call home. We hope you find this February issue of Lakeside Living filled with more interesting things about our very special lakeside community. And, Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours!

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Traveling the Coosa

Adrenaline Junkies Unite Kayakers run whitewater rapids in Blount County Story and photos by DAVID ATCHISON

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t was a pleasant surprise when I received an e-mail from a paddling buddy, Steve Morris, about a small group wanting to paddle the Mulberry Fork of the Black Warrior River in Alabama. It was perfect timing. Recent rains had filled local rivers, providing plenty of whitewater action. I told Steve, who lives in the Nashville area, to come on down, and that a group from the Birmingham Canoe Club 6

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planned to paddle the upper or lower, or both sections of the Mulberry Fork Saturday. He and his group were welcome to join us. I first met Steve on the Tuckaseegee River in North Carolina. He led a group of Tennessee Scenic River Association members down the Tuckaseegee River that day. The Tuckaseegee is a Class 1-2 river, where part of the “Fugitive� motion picture featuring Harrison Ford was


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 - Plus occassional whitewater adventures on other waterways.

Andy Lee of Odenville surfs on the Hawaii Five-0 wave as Larry Davis of Pell City waits his turn.

filmed. I’ve also paddled the Nantahala River in North Carolina and the Pigeon River in Northwest Tennessee with Steve. He and another friend, Andrew Smith, led me down the Pigeon River for the first time. I became instant friends with both men. We arranged to have Steve and another of his friends to meet us at the put-in, which is at the Garden City Park in Blount County. He was already there, when Larry Davis of Pell City and I arrived. I have paddled quite a bit with Larry, who lives right down the road from me. We carpooled that morning. Larry recently completed his most challenging kayaking trip down the Class III Ocoee River in Tennessee last summer.

Like many whitewater kayakers, Larry is an adrenaline junkie, but he really enjoys the challenges whitewater paddling offers. “No matter how many times I run a river, I always have a blast,” Larry said. “I constantly try new lines or moves to make each time more difficult and different.” Larry has paddled rivers in Alabama, Tennessee and North Carolina, since he started kayaking during the spring of 2010. “I love the feeling you get when you run the perfect line, glide into that eddy at its highest point, surf the wave, but most of all, flipping over and being able to roll back up without swimming is awesome,” Larry said. To say it was a “cold morning” that day might be an understatement. I have paddled in colder weather, but the temperature was hovering around 28 degrees. When it’s this cold, you won’t see many folks, if any, on Logan Martin Lake, so I figured I would have a lot more company on the Mulberry Fork. I was right. There were about 11 boaters, including me, braving the cold temperatures for a whitewater challenge. “Whose idea was this?” Arlene Schnorbus of Talladega said at the put-in along the river. I would hear that comment a few more times that morning, but nobody confessed to organizing the trip. It just happened. Our group decided to run the Lower Mulberry, and not the Upper Mulberry section, because the water level appeared lower than we had initially thought. It was good seeing Arlene. I haven’t seen her or her husband Joseph probably since last summer. Her husband Joseph is an optometrist in Talladega. Arlene is a project analyst for Jack Henry & Associates. Arlene and Joseph just tied the knot last year, but they February 2013 - Lakeside Living & Logan Martin Homes 7


Larry Davis of Pell City paddles through rapids on the Lower Mulberry Fork of the Black Warrior River.

have known and paddled with each other for years. They actually met through the Birmingham Canoe Club. Both Joseph and Arlene are certified instructors for Open Boat Canoe and Swift Water Safety Instruction. They both canoe and kayak, but are primarily open boaters, canoeists. Arlene has been on many challenging rivers, including the Ocoee and Chattooga. “Chattooga is my favorite of all rivers,” she said. The Mulberry Fork is sort of the “local” whitewater Class 2 run with a couple of rapids approaching Class 3, Hawaii 5-0 and Lunch Stop, depending on the water level. “The Mulberry is an awesome river and can meet most paddlers’ needs,” Arlene said. “I use the river as a training river every time I have the opportunity to paddle on it. It is the paddler’s choice as to whether they play or just run the river. Most of the rapids have an easy route down or you can make them very technical. I would much prefer to practice on the Mulberry than on the Ocoee.” Andy Lee of Odenville was probably the most experienced paddler in our group, with 40-plus-years experience. He has paddled on and off throughout the 8

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years. “My father was a Sea Scout in England,” Andy said. “He bought a kayak when I was a teenager, and I soon got interested in whitewater.” He has paddled many difficult rivers, including the challenging Class 4-5 Little River Canyon in North Alabama. His favorite rivers to paddle are the Class 4-5 Upper Yough in Maryland and the Class 4-5 South Sauty Creek near Scottsboro. “The Mulberry is a great river to teach and learn on,” Andy said. “There are plenty of places to practice eddy turns, surfing and other skills that you can use on harder rivers. A paddler can learn a lot about the basics without worrying about the consequences of a harder river.” The Mulberry Fork is one of the shorter whitewater runs in the area, and a favorite among many local whitewater kayakers and canoeists. I know Steve enjoyed his first trip down the Mulberry, and I hope he comes back to run some other whitewater runs with us. So as the weather hopefully starts to warm, I am ready to venture back onto calmer waters, so until then, have a safe and wonderful time on Logan Martin Lake.


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Around the Lake

The Stafford House has a variety of Valentine’s themed bags and boxes—perfect for custom gift baskets.

It’s Valentine’s Day Find your special gifts right here at home By ELSIE HODNETT Photos by BOB CRISP

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hen you’re looking for that perfect Valentine’s gift, whether it’s flowers, jewelry, a gift basket or something perhaps a little less traditional, lake area shops offer everything you need to bring a smile to the face of your special someone. “Valentine’s Day is the biggest one-day holiday we have, and red roses are the most popular,” said Cindy Luby, with Pell City Flower & Gift Shop. “The meaning of a red rose is love, so many men like to go with the tradition of red roses as a Valentine’s gift.” Luby said Pell City Flower & Gift Shop offers a vide variety of vases to hold the bouquet, or it can be wrapped

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in paper. “We have all price ranges, as well as other colors of roses,” she said. “We have red, white, pink, yellow, peach, lavender, vibrant orange and hot pink and more. If the person receiving the flowers prefers a different color rose than red, go with what they like.” Luby said the shop has a full variety of other flowers as well including Gerberas, stargazer lilies and other lilies, Delphinium, Bells of Ireland, Fuji mums, carnations, teacup roses and more. “We have baby’s breath filler but we also have colorful fillers like Caspia and much more so you can get the look


Pell City Flower & Gift Shop offers bouquets of red roses in a variety of vases. They also offer bouquets of all colors, flowers and styles.

you want,” she said. Luby said many ladies like the growing orchid plants, which look great, have long-lasting blooms and are easy to take care of. “We have a variety of live plants as well as a variety of realistic faux flowers in different varieties that require no maintenance,” she said. “We also have stuffed animals, candles, chocolates and other items to make the gift unique for that special someone.” If it’s jewelry you are after, Griffins Jewelers offers gifts for all ages. “Valentine’s Day is special for all age groups,” said Michael Abernathy, with Griffins Jewelers in Pell City.

“Whether your are buying a $10 or a $100,000 item, we have whatever you are looking for.” Abernathy said Griffins Jewelers has gifts for both men and women. “The charm bracelets are very popular,” he said. “You can personalize it and add to it every year with special charms to capture special moments such as a new baby, a trip, a fun day, a special date—it captures the memory and reminds you of it.” Abernathy said you can never go wrong with diamonds,

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Lakeside Dining

El Mariachi Is a Destination for South of the Border Delights Theirs is a menu of diversity By CHRIS NORWOOD Photos by BRIAN SCHOENHALS

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t’s a gray winter day at the lake, and you’re looking for something new, a little something to spice up

its doors for diners Jan. 7 of this year, but is already

the dreary days. And, as luck would have it, you now

drawing repeat business in their first couple of weeks.

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El Mariachi Mexican Restaurant in Riverside opened

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Although the restaurant is new, it represents a sort of


he expected. Another man told us he definitely got his money’s worth. There was so much food he had to get a to-go box. Then he came back for a beef taco salad the next day. We started out slow that first day, but it picked up fast, and we are very happy about our repeat customers.” The lunch specials, for the most part, run about $5.50, while the dinner plates tend to cost between $7 and $9, Cortes Sanchez explained. And the $9 entrees are actually fairly rare. And what do these items include? Well, it might be easier to say what is not on a menu that features 80 different items and combinations, and is roughly the size of phone book for a small town. All of the Mexican classics are represented. For instance, you have your choice of fajitas with chicken, steak, shrimp or some combination of the three. There are also numerous permutations of taco, enchilada, rice and/or beans, burritos, chalupas, quesadillas, chile con carne with rice and tortillas, flautas, chile relleno, refried beans, guacamole salad, tamales, beef or chicken The chicken fajita at El Mariachi in Riverside. Oh, the aroma!

burritos supreme, chicken quesadillas supreme, beef, chicken or vegetarian taco salads, chimichangas, pollo rapido (rice topped with chicken and cheese dip), shrimp and chicken with grilled onions and bell peppers, pollo barracho (chicken or beef with red salsa, rice, beans and

homecoming for owner Vanessa Cortes Sanchez.

tortillas), pollo que rico (chicken or beef with rice and

“I grew up in Pell City, and I graduated from Pell

beans, tortillas and pico de gallo topped with cheese sauce)

City High School,” she explained. “After that, I moved to

and, for little kids or the less adventurous, hamburgers

Alexander City, and we ran a Spanish bakery for a while.

and grilled chicken sandwiches with fries.

But we didn’t really know anybody in Alex City. We had

And that’s just page one.

a child, and had friends in Pell City with children, so we

All meals come with chips and salsa.

decided to come back and try something a little bigger.

Continuing on to the dinner menu, options include

We wanted to move on to a restaurant.”

hot wings, fish tacos, chipotle chicken, rajas con pollos

After having only been open for less than two weeks

(chicken strips and sliced poblano peppers cook with sour

as this is being written, the customer feedback has been

cream), mariachi pork chops, puerco rojo (pork strips

uniformly positive.

cooked in red salsa) huevos rancheros and huevos con

”We’re getting a lot of repeat visitors,” she said. “We had one customer who particularly complimented us on our rice, said it was very good, different from what

chorizo. Desserts include flan, fried ice cream, sopapilla, chocoflan and three leches cake. There’s a separate kids menu as well. February 2013 - Lakeside Living & Logan Martin Homes 13


One wall of the dining room features a beautiful view of the lake. There is a bar, and although application for a liquor license has been granted, the license itself has not arrived as yet. “It’ll probably be a couple more weeks,” she said. El Mariachi Mexican Restaurant is located inside the hotel in Riverside on Alabama 78, to the right of exit 162 off the interstate. They are open at 11 a.m. daily, and close at 9:30 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays, at 10:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 9 p.m. Sundays. You can also “like” them on Facebook.

Alex Sanchez (standing) runs El Mariachi Mexican Restaurant in Riverside with his wife Vanessa (not pictured) and his brother, Miguel.

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Around the Lake

Montgomery with two big wintertime Largemouth Bass weighing 5 and 7 pounds.

It May Be Cold But the Fish Are Biting Top tips from professional angler Reed Montgomery By KENNY FARMER Photos submitted by Reed Montgomery

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here is an entirely different approach when it comes to fishing in the winter months. Professional angler Reed Montgomery explains what techniques he uses, where on Logan Martin Lake to fish and what to look out for when fishing in cold weather. Montgomery says that when fishing in cold weather, that “slow” is the key. 16

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“No matter what lure you fish, fish it slow,” he said. As bass move from shallows into grass, wood cover and around rocks, Montgomery recommends using a slow retrieve with fishing lures such as topwater lures, buzz baits, prop baits, zara spooks and frogs. “This will get you bites from often sluggish bass,” he said. Montgomery says that large mouth bass love weed cover,


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Montgomery with two big wintertime Coosa River (Logan Martin) spotted bass!

which is currently harder to find on Logan Martin, due to the lower water levels in the winter months. Montgomery adds that “cold, muddy conditions” are the “worst wintertime conditions an angler can face.” He says that anglers should look for the clearest water conditions as well as for the warmest water. However, he says that he fishes Logan Martin Lake year-round, and that he normally fishes the same spots in cold weather as he does in the spring, summer and fall. Another issue facing cold weather 18

anglers is safety. Temperature, precipitation and visibility can cause serious hazards for those fishing from a boat. Montgomery says that anyone fishing in low temperatures should be prepared. “Always bring a spare change of clothes and shoes, for when you get wet,” he said. “Dress warm and overdress. You can always shed some clothes if you get too warm.” When a cold rain is in the forecast, Montgomery says that, in addition to a change of clothes and shoes, that one should also pack items such as a coat, a

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rain suit, rubber boots, goggles, gloves, and a toboggan. He says life jackets should be buttoned up tight. “Hypothermia can occur if it’s real cold or if you fall in the water,” he said. If the rain is accompanied by lightning, Montgomery says to get off the water immediately, or to take cover if getting on dry land is not an immediate option. “Never take the chance of lightning hitting you,” he said. Montgomery discourages anyone from operating a boat in limited visibility, especially in a thick fog. “Never use a GPS to navigate your boat in the fog,” he said. “It will not show another boat coming at you.” Montgomery also says to use caution when navigating out of the river channels or creek channels as low water conditions bring underwater, boat-damaging obstacles, such as stumps and rocks, closer to the water’s surface. These obstacles can be dangerous, not only in the winter, but in the early spring as well. Montgomery says to be observant of these possible risks through April, when water levels begin to increase. While there are a few more precautions to consider when getting out on the lake in cold weather, Montgomery says that it is almost never to cold to fish Logan Martin Lake. One of the few scenarios that would keep Montgomery from fishing in cold weather would be the icing over of the ramps used to load and unload his boat. “I have caught bass in low 40 degree water temperatures with daytime highs of 25 degrees!” Montgomery says there are some advantages to fishing in cold weather, despite the low temperatures. He says that there is no need to get out on the water early because, in the winter, big bass usually bite from mid-morning to late evening. Those looking for more Logan Martin fishing tips can contact Montgomery, owner of Reed’s Guide Service, at 205663-1504 or visit his website at www. fishingalabama.com. The guide service has been offering tours of Logan Martin Lake for over 40 years.


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Dish It Up! With Lakeside

Muffins of all kinds make easy snacks, brunches, even desserts.

No Guilt Muffins can be a healthy, yet delicious, alternative Story and Photos by

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hey’re so versatile and so useful for so many different occasions. I’m talking about muffins, from breakfast to brunch to sides, and so much more, And guess what? You can make them without all the calories and guilt and fat and without very much trouble at all. Would you believe a chocolate muffin with just 128 calories and one milligram of fat?

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How about a lemon poppy seed muffin with 160 calories and fat calories of 27? It can be done, and they’re just as tasty, I promise, as the “real deal.” Yes, I think I’m your food health guru, and I apologizesomewhat. I just think if there are ways to cut back on that “bad stuff ” that we should. So, have your muffins and have them without all the things we know we shouldn’t!


I’m bringing recipes for a fantastic blackberry spice muffin as well, along with an outstanding 95 calorie ginger carrot muffin. So, let’s get cooking and enjoy! Low Fat Chocolate Muffins What you need: One and a half cups all purpose flour Three-fourths cups sugar (How about using Splenda? I did!) One fourth cup baking cocoa Two teaspoons baking powder

One and a half cups fresh or frozen cranberries One-half teaspoon Stevia

What you do: Mix dry ingredients and set aside. Mix milk and bran and set aside and let soak for five minutes. Meanwhile, mix oil, apple sauce. Add the berries, molasses, vanilla and egg whites together. Pour this into the milk and bran mixture and stir. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix only to moisten. Cook for approximately 20 minutes at 350. Makes 24 muffins. Calories: 121, 19 carbs

One teaspoon baking soda Two-thirds cup fat-free vanilla yogurt

Ninety-five calories carrot ginger muffins What you need:

Two-thirds cup fat free milk

One cup whole wheat flour

One-half teaspoon vanilla extract

One and a half teaspoons baking powder

Confectioner’s sugar, optional, to decorate

One egg, beaten

One half teaspoon salt

One-third cup brown sugar

What you do: In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Stir in the yogurt, milk and vanilla until moistened. Coat muffin cups with cooking spray and fill two-thirds full. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for five minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack and sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar is desired. Yield: One dozen, Note: Since these were pretty “low cal,” I added a few chocolate chips for interest! And oh yeah, some walnuts, too! Calories in one muffin: 128 (without the added chips and nuts), 29 grams carbs. Cranberry Blueberry Bran Muffins What you need: Two cups flour One-third cup unsweetened apple sauce One-third cup vegetable oil Three egg whites Two tablespoons baking powder Two tablespoons baking soda

One-third cup white sugar Two tablespoons butter One large carrot, finely shredded One fourth cup skim milk One teaspoon fresh ginger, minced or shredded One-eighth teaspoon cinnamon One eighth teaspoon powdered ginger One eighth allspice or mixed ground spice One tablespoon vanilla Add raisins or nuts if desired.

What you do: Preheat oven to 350. Cut butter into soft cubes and soften. In a large bowl, combine flour and baking powder with the butter, using a pastry cutter or fingers to cut down the butter into .fine pieces mixed with the flour. Add sugars, ginger, carrot. Milk, beaten egg, vanilla and spices to the mixture and mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon or spatula. Add raisins or nuts if using them. Bake for 25 minutes and let cool. 18.5 grams carbs each.

One tablespoon salt Two cups skim milk Two cups of natural bran One teaspoon vanilla

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins What you need: One cup all purpose flour

One and a half cups frozen or fresh blackberries

One cup whole wheat flour

Six tablespoons molasses

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Here’s a group of chocolate muffins bearing just 90 calories each! (The added chocolate chips and walnuts aren’t included in the calories count!) Two tablespoons poppy seeds Two teaspoons baking powder One teaspoon baking soda One-fourth teaspoon salt One egg One cup fat free vanilla yogurt One-fourth cup canola oil One teaspoon lemon extract One-third cup lemon juice

What you do: Preheat oven to 400. Whisk dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a medium bowl, mix egg, yogurt, oil, lemon zest, lemon juice and extract. Make a “well” in the center of the dry ingredients and fold in wet ingredients just until moist. Spoon into a lined 12 cup muffin pan (or one sprayed with cooking spray). Bake 15 to 18 minutes, until lightly browned. I chose to make these “mini muffins,” and just adjusted the cooking time to about 10 to 12 minutes-just keep a watch on them if you do this. Calories (full sized muffins): 161, three grams of fat, 29 grams carbs. 22

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Lakeside Events

You can expect all kinds of creative displays at the yearly Tablescapes.

Create a Table, Create Good Things Lakeside Hospice and The Love Pantry benefit from Feb. 23 fundraiser Story and photos by LAURA NATION-ATCHISON

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here’s the food and fellowship, outstanding table decorations and a visit from former Alabama first lady Patsy Riley, but there’s a whole lot more to the Lakeside Hospice/Christian Love Pantry Tablescapes event Feb. 23. The fundraiser is now in its fourth year, and the approximately $10,000 it raises for the two non-profit organizations is critical to the services the organizations provide.

The place is First United Methodist Church in Pell City and the time is from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Participation is available on several levels, from buying a single ticket for $25 to hosting and decorating a table for eight yourself. Thos who host tables can supply their own guests, or organizers will seat individual guests at various tables for the hosts, said Christine Smith with Lakeside Hospice. The deadline for signing up to host a table is Feb. 9, and February 2013 - Lakeside Living & Logan Martin Homes 23


A colorful display from the ladies of the Red Hat Society.

all you have to do is call Smith at 205-884-1111 to get registered. Table hosts are responsible for providing a table theme with a centerpiece, tablecloth, place settings for eight with plates, cups, flatware goblets and coffee or tea cups. The church will be open starting at 6 p.m. the night before for table hosts to decorate. There will be door prizes, awards made to the best decorate tables and also auction items. Funds generated from the event are divided evenly between Lakeside Hospice and The Christian Love Pantry.

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Lakeside Living in Style

They Did It For a View Brooks’ design modern home around lakefront scene By EMILY ADAMS Photos by BRIAN SCHOENHALS

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rom the outside, it could be your average lake house, with brick red-colored siding, a nice patio overlooking the water and landscaping that, like everything on the lake, comes to life during the summer months. It’s when you step inside, though, that Mark and Melissa Brooks’ newly redesigned home becomes anything but the usual, much like the couple who live there. Mark, a Birmingham native and retired captain in the U.S. Navy, and Melissa, a native of Melbourne, Australia, settled on Logan Martin just over a year ago after Mark retired with 30 years of military service. His parents, Dennis and Lorrie Brooks, 26

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also retired to the lake 21 years prior when his father retired as a Navy admiral. Mark and Melissa had always enjoyed visiting Pell City, so they decided to follow suit. Much of their first year of retirement was spent on a complete interior remodel of their 1974-built, 1,200-square-foot abode. But the overhaul wasn’t necessarily intentional, Mark said. “We knew the kitchen needed to be redone, the bathroom and hallway were pretty average and all the flooring was kind of a hodgepodge, so it was going to be just those three things, and then it turned into down to the studs,” he said. “We did new wiring and plumbing, then the walls needed to be dry


Mark & Melissa Brooks love their Logan Martin “re-do.”

walled because they were an old paneling, and that was just by necessity.” So why buy a house in need of a revamp instead of building a new one? Melissa needed no words to explain their decision, gesturing toward a dining and sitting room lined with floor-to-ceiling windows that give a near panoramic view of the lake. “We bought the view, not the house,” she said. “That was a major selling point. We didn’t want a show house. We wanted an environmentally friendly, modern, sleek living environment on the inside, but a very deceptive outside.” And that’s exactly what they got. The redesign maximizes the usefulness of every room in the two-bedroom, two-bath house. Throw in a monochromatic scheme, some colorful artwork and a few stand-out pieces and you’ve got a lake house that’s as stylish as it is sensible. “We use every square inch of the house every day,” Melissa said. “There’s not a room that we don’t go into, and that was important to us. We wanted it to be manageable, easy to maintain and easy to live in. It’s very open, but still private.”

The heart of the home is an open kitchen and living space, crafted around off-white walls and hardwood floors that mix new and river pine for a slightly aged look. Bold granite countertops blending white, gray and black steal the show in the kitchen, which is completed with stainless steel appliances and white cabinets. The space has come a long way from what it once was. Before the remodel, a line of cabinets separated the kitchen from the living room, and a door in the kitchen looked straight into the hallway bathroom, but now Mark said they have an open space perfect for cooking and entertaining, which was important because Melissa loves to cook. The couple is actually in the process of opening a restaurant in Pell City, The Garry House Café, to open this month where Melissa will serve as chef! The kitchen and bathroom remodels were made easier by Melissa’s penchant for online shopping, Mark said. While he was still on active duty at their previous home in Texas, Melissa would travel to Pell City about once a month to guide the contractors. “All of the fixtures and appliances, Mel just got online and literally ordered everything, down to the bath tile,” Mark said. February 2013 - Lakeside Living & Logan Martin Homes 27


White and gray granite countertops look great with the white cabinets and stainless appliances.

“We kept everything in the garage, and when the contractors were ready to install it, it was right there.” Melissa even ordered the dazzling glass-bulb chandelier that hangs over their kitchen table online. The fixture, which has star-shaped bulbs inside its round fittings, is undoubtedly the star of the room, and another conversation piece, a Scandinavian wash bucket (which is most often used as a “beer trough” during gatherings), adds another spark of interest. “I like to have one or two really beautiful things, and the rest just minimal,” Melissa said of her design preferences. “Like the chandelier, I see that as artwork, not a light fitting. We’ve got sconces in another room made of Murano glass, and I just loved the fluid movement of them. They reminded me of the lake. I like unsymmetrical, slightly unusual, handcrafted items of glass.” The minimal but sleek look continues in the living room, where dark brown couches and wooden shelving offset the lighter wall colors and delicate, live flowers add a soft touch. Everything in the house, including a guest bedroom with doors that open to look out at those full-length windows, is designed to point toward the wonderful view of the lake. The windows line a room adjoining the living room that has extra seating as well as a dining table. The space has doors on each end, one that leads to an outdoor patio and down to the dock, and another that leads to a screened porch and Mark’s aviation-themed office, which he jokingly calls his “I Love Me” room. 28

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“That’s what we call it in the Navy, and other services may do the same,” Mark said with a laugh. Across the walls of the office, which was built where part of the garage used to be, is picture after picture of moments significant to Mark’s career. Among the memorabilia is a photo of Mark shaking hands with former President Ronald Reagan at his graduation from the military academy in the 1970s, another shows Mark and his father before a Naval flight. A desk made of an airplane wing, which Melissa found at Southeast Salvage and gave to Mark as a wedding gift, completes the aviation look. Melissa has a “bonus room” at the front of the house that doubles as her office and was built on what used to be the front porch. Another punch of fun is in the hallway next to the bonus room, which displays artwork that Melissa brought from Australia. The bright paintings depict abstract scenes, some of which Melissa intentionally placed away from the main parts of the house. “I keep all the nudies in private parts so hopefully people’s heads won’t explode,” she joked in her cheerful accent. As for the master bedroom, the couple gave up the suite in favor of the bedroom and bathroom closer to the front of the house and away from the lake noise, they said. The master bedroom sticks with light walls and a dark comforter, while both bathrooms are decidedly modern with vessel sinks, floating vanities and walk-in showers.


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Art by the Water

Pell City artist Dave Bise enjoys his home studio that looks out on Logan Martin Lake. He works in pencil and is currently finishing up a children’s book he wrote and illustrated.

Living the Dream Pell City’s Dave Bise promotes art through his foundation By AZIZA JACKSON Photos by LAURA NATION-ATCHISON

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rtist Dave Bise is now on his second retirement. After retiring for the last time from a career in aviation and Life Safety, Bise is now serving as executive director of the Southern Culture Arts Foundation.

The pen-and-ink drawing artist is also dabbling in paint and watercolor, and is working on a graphic novel and a children’s book. The St. Louis, Missouri native moved down south to Alabama in 1996, got married, and has been here ever since. When he has the time to put his pen down and take a break from his artwork at his house on Logan Martin Lake, he has his hands busy with SCAF. “I retired from Life Safety and got back with the arts full time,” Bise said. “I really get inspired by the art and the kids. It reminds

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me why it’s all worth it.” SCAF was started in July of 2012 and has aimed to establish itself as a support system for artists and art education from Birmingham all the way to Atlanta. “At Pell City High School, 145 students lost art support in July,” Bise said, who is executive director for SCAF. “We are looking at filling that gap.” SCAF has partnered with area schools and local community organizations like the Boys and Girls Club to promote art education. Bise said that SCAF assesses a school or organization’s need through a survey. From the survey results, Bise said that they are better able to help with instruction or use donations for art supplies and equipment.


Bise’s interest in art for children carries over to his home’s decor.

Bise said inspiration for the foundation came from a few people in the Pell City area who realized that there wasn’t a major art presence between the large cities of Birmingham and Atlanta. Bise said that his vision for SCAF is for it to be a place for visual, performing and literary artists along with art lovers to connect and also have a place to spark some interest in local artists and their work. “It’s been great,” Bise said. “The kids love it because they missed it. The parents love it because it’s important. The teachers and administrators love it because it offers students something outside of academics.” Bise has said that the St. Clair County community has been very receptive to SCAF. “We said these are your programs to develop,’” Bise said. “We will supply and support what you need. It’s really a winwin for everybody.” Bise said that as of now, SCAF is relying on donations, partnerships, and business sponsors and will start their major fundraising for future endeavors that could include seminars and conferences. Bise also hopes that SCAF will expand its services and

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This puppy drawing is part of Bise’s illustrations for his children’s book.

receive more corporate sponsorships. “We will be seeking a lot of grant money,” Bise said. “We don’t count on grants as stationary. They are there sometimes and sometimes they’re not.” Bise also hopes that in the long-term SCAF can establish trusts and endowments for future programs, and is currently partnering with Mitcham Financial in Pell City for scholarships and awards. “The legacy I want the foundation to leave behind is to be a viable, stable advocate and resource for the arts in the southeast region of the U.S.,” Bise said. “The legacy is to have a charitable art foundation that is 38

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available to support all the arts,” Bise said. Bise said that he has about 17 artists on board so far including authors and art galleries that are helping to build programs. A day’s work is never done when it comes to SCAF, but when it’s time for the day to come to a close, Bise retires to his home on the lake where he enjoys spending time with his wife, Merry, and their dog, Max, and cat, Sabrina. He said that his time at the lake often inspires his own personal artistic endeavors. “All I’ve gotta do is look out the window and get inspired by the diamonds in the water,” Bise said. “It’s a full-time job but I’m loving it. I’m living the dream.”


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When Big is Better, This House Is for You A lakefront home with all the trimmings! By MARK LEDBETTER

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niquely inspired by American architects and interior designers, this spacious custom built lake estate can be found in the Enchanted Hills subdivision in Pell City. The one story stucco home features extensive use of redwood, sandstone, granite, marble, limestone, Italian tile and red oak. The huge 1,200-square foot main level master suit features limestone flooring, his and hers vanities, a dual entry marble spa shower, custom closet and a whirlpool tub. This spacious home also includes another master bedroom with bath and two more bedrooms in a fully furnished basement. The gourmet kitchen includes twin convection self-cleaning ovens, a thermador warmer and electric cook top. GE Monogram appliances include a built-in microwave, compactor, and dishwasher, and refrigerator. Cabinets are custom cherry with granite countertops. The kitchen area includes an island, pantry, solid surface counter tops and a breakfast bar. The laundry room includes dryer and washer hook ups and a utility sink The home is equipped with high efficiency 17-zone heating/ air conditioning systems that includes gas and hydro heat, a marble fireplace in the den, ceiling fan, double pane windows, a natural gas generator and ridge vent. Included are an attic pull down, nine-foot ceilings, a central vacuum system, intercom, a full security and sound system

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throughout, a wet bar, French doors, recessed lighting and a split bedroom plan Water is public and there are two gas water heaters, and includes a septic sewer system. There is an exterior balcony, open deck, dock and a sprinkler system, There is a three-bay detached garage and two car carport. The home is situated on 4.91 +/- acres with 250 feet of waterfront on Logan Martin, and the house has two large decks. Deck railing features glass inserts for an unobstructed view. There is a large floating pier, a jet-ski lift and boat launch to accommodate swimming, motorized boats and skiing. The house is located at 5010 Forest Drive in Pell City and is easily accessible to Lincoln, Pell City, and Riverside. Local schools include Kennedy Elementary, Duran Middle School, and Pell City High School. Directions: From Stemley Bridge Road (Hwy 34), turn right on Williamsburg Marc Road, go to a stop sign, turn left on Collins Ferry Road, go to stop sign, and turn left on Forest, and it’s the first drive on the right. The list price is $990,000 and the property is listed by RE/ MAX Hometown Properties in Pell City. For information call the office at 205-338-7355 or visit the website http://www.hometownproperties.remax-alabama.com/ remaxal/.


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rawn to the Pell City area by lake living and warm, friendly people, realtor Maria Price now helps families find a place to call home in St. Clair and Talladega Counties. Price grew up in Birmingham before moving to Pell City about 25 years ago. Her visits to the lake drew her to the area. “I came to the lake over the years and fell in love with Pell City living on the water,” Price said. For Price, lake living is a way of life and she describes watching the sunset over the water as a “blessing.” “Warm friendly people touched my heart in this area so I felt this is the place I want to call home,” Price states. Price wants to help families find their place and find their dreams. “The relationships you build are the best part in watching a couple starting out in life or helping an individual that needs a fresh start begin in a new home,” she said. Price sees each person she works with as a new opportunity to get to make a new friend. “I really am so thankful to have a profession that is such a joy to be able to get to know each person,” she

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wrote. Price finds locating unique properties to meet the special requirements to start a dream business or expand a present business fulfilling, also. After working at Pine Harbor Golf Club for eight years, Price left Pine Harbor to work with Ross Bridge Golf Resort. She returned to Pell City to leave “the hustle and bustle of the big city” to begin her career in real estate about five years ago. “My family and friends have been such a blessing,” Price wrote. “I took a leap of faith to go into real estate at a very hard time and they are so supportive to me.” Price works with RE/MAX Southern Homes in Pell City, a company she feels is supportive not only to her, but to her clients as well. Price said the company is number one in the state “which means a bunch for my clients and service and dependability.” Price sells residential and commercial properties in several areas including St. Clair and Talladega counties while also showing property in Birmingham where she grew up. Price can be reached by calling RE/MAX Southern Homes at 205-812-4921. Contact Mark Ledbetter at mledbetter@dailyhome. com.


“a Foundation for Generations”

Scott Fields

Mary Ellis

Janice Dillon

Nan Morris

Bill Gossett

Brenda Fields

Carl Howard Tony Gossett

Blair Fields

Gary Smith

Karen Bain

Michelle Shoemaker

Lawrence Fields

Jenny Frey

Tina Stallings Jacque Owens Jeff Gossett

$419,900 - 579 Eagle Pt. Ln. - ELEGANT FULL BRICK 4 bedroom, 3 bath home, family room, oversized kitchen with butler’s pantry, formal dining room, study/den and loft/den upstairs with two large unfinished rooms. This home is located in a LAKE ACCESS community with tennis courts and pool. MLS #524860 Call Blair 205/812-5377.

$259,900 - 1630 Pine Harbor Road - 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, dining/kitchen combination, large family room with fireplace and full, unfinished basement. Also has pier and seawall. MLS #512530. Call Bill 369-7977, Tony 281-1317, Jeff 405-1649

$284,900 - 99 River Terrace Dr. - YEAR ROUND WATER and spacious 2 bedroom, 2 bath home with open floor plan. Home has living/dining and large unfinished basement for potential growth, 2-car garage and 2-car carport, pavillion, storage building abd civered boat port. MLS #545096 Call Brenda 205/812-4141

$349,900 - 6051 Stemley Rd. - OPEN FLOOR PLAN with 4 bedroom, 4 bath brick home, spacious kitchen, master bedroom with view of lake and one bedroom and bath is handicap accessible. Family room with fireplace and basement with den, bedroom and bath. MLS #538082 Call Jenny 405-0280

$849,900 - 2002 River Oaks Pt. - LARGE 4 bedroom, 4 bath brick home with many amenities. 5-car garage, pool and abundance of storage. MLS #545182. Call Karen 473-4613

$189,900 - RIVERSIDE - 3 bedrooms, 2 baths home with approx 75’ waterfront with pier and shared boat launch, gentle sloping lot to the water. MLS #530254. Call Carl 965-4755

$60,000 - 206 Harmon’s Island Rd. LEASED LOT with this nice 3 bedroom, 2 bath mobile home with spacious open floor plan. Wonderful water view from the covered porch, concrete storm shelter has been added onto the end of the house. MLS #538550 Call Mary 586-0825.

$249,900 - MOTIVATED SELLER - Level lot with this 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home with master bedroom on the main level, bonus room with bath above the garage, concrete boat ramp. MLS #509484. Call Nan 256/452-4761

$449,000 - 598 Rive Bend Circle - HOME OF YOUR DREAMS with this 5 bedroom, 5.5 baths, great kitchen with antique cabinets, top of the line stainless steel appliances, giant media room. MLS #531951 Call Janice 936-6707

$479,000 - 155 Valley View - MOVE IN READY, Awesome one level 3/4 bedroom, 3 bath home with many amenities. Vaulted family room with stone fireplace, beams, dining, sunroom overlooking the lake, bonus room could be 4th bedroom, gentle slope lot on year round water with pier and boathouse. MLS #548623 Call Blair 812-5377 or Brenda 812-4141

$130,000 - 235 River Ranch Rd. - APPROX. 3 ACRES with this large 2000 Palm Harbor double wide manufactured home with 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, living room, dining room, great room with stone fireplace, approx. 36x36’ pole barn with workshop. MLS #544989 Call Scott 368-8138

$279,900 - 205 Ellington Way - ELEGANT 4 bedroom, 2 full and 2 half baths, family room with fireplace, dining, upstairs den and basement. MLS #546722. Call Tina 337-8509

$99,900 - PELL CITY - GREAT STARTER HOME - 4 bedrooms, 2 bath home with split bedroom design, spacious living room, lage kitchen and located on approx half acre corner lot. MLS #542062 Call Michelle 427-3222

$469,900 - 209 Rock Inn Point - CHARACTER, CHARM AND CONVENIENCE is part of this large one level 4 bedroom home with living room, dining, sunroom and bonus room. The oversize master has his/her dressing areas and private overed porch. MLS #515240. Call Lawrence 812-5195

$149,900 - APPROX. 1.77 ACRES with this 4 bedroom, 2 bath newly remodeled home with newly updated kitchen, living room has brick fireplace, detached garage and additional storage building and fenced level yard. MLS #548257. Call Jacque 369-2383

$650,000 - 1442 Popes Chapel Road - OPERATING FARM with this 1.5 story home less than 5 years old, tongue and groove throughout, granite kitchen counters, stainless steel appliances. APPROX. 112 ACRES of grassy fields. MLS #538403. Call Tony 281-1317

508 Martin Street South • Pell City, AL • 205.884.2300 • 1.800.806.7741 • fieldsgossett.com 309937


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Gifts

from page 11

and Griffins Jewelers carries a wide selection. “We have special deals on earrings, pendants, rings, bracelets of all different styles—we sell anything that sparkles,” he said. “Anything a jewelry store sells, most likely we have it, or can definitely get it.” Abernathy said Griffins Jewelers has one of the area’s largest selection of watches, which are great gifts for both men and women. “The crystal football pendant celebrating Alabama’s national championship is very popular, and we have a Waterford Crystal limited edition crystal football with the BCS championship logo

Above: At Griffins Jewelers in Pell City, charm bracelets are very popular. The charm bracelets can be personalized with beads for special occasions such as marriage, a new baby, a trip, a fun day, a special date and much more. At Right: Pell City Flower & Gift Shop has a variety of other items to create the perfect Valentine’s gift for that special someone. Below: The Stafford House offers custom Valentine’s gift baskets with wine, chocolate and much more.

engraved on it.” Edie Golden, with The Stafford House in Pell City, said personalized gift baskets make a great gift. “We have gift baskets with hearts that you can fill with wine, coffees, food items—anything you want,” she said. “We carry a large selection of wine and coffee, as well as gourmet food items, so you are sure to find something for that person’s taste. “We have body lotions, candles and other items you can add to the gift baskets,” she said. “We also have purses, scarves and wraps, pewter serving pieces, wine and coffee holders, and a selection of picnic items in case you want to take your loved one on a picnic.” 46

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The February 2013 edition of Lakeside Living magazine.

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