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April 2011

LOGAN MARTIN HOMES

High Water When the lake floods, the fishing can be good, but if you’re in a kayak, watch out for currents and debris.

Covering life along Logan Martin Lake since 1994

By David Atchison

14 Rescue on Goat Island

STAFF

Eight determined men, three stubborn goats and rescue that came just in time.

Editor Geni Certain

By Elsie Hodnett

20 Art by the Water

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Advertising Director Pam Adamson

Riding the Waves Lakeside artist Anita Bice says demand for her work comes in waves. She jumps on and rides.

Distribution Kandi Macy

By Aziza Jackson

30 Lakeside Living in Style

Photographs Bob Crisp Brian Schoenhals

Tree House Carla and Ed Cochran’s house is not only among the trees on Logan Martin, it’s also of the trees.

Art Direction Benita G. Duff

By Laura Nation-Atchison

on the Lake 38 Sports Tennis Anyone?

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Graphic Design Sandra Carr Fay Denton Geraldine Osburn

At Pell City Tennis Center, you can learn from a pro. By Kenny Farmer

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Giant 48 Quiet Logan Martin Dam stands tall with the

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river at its feet and the lake at its back, providing benefits from electricity to flood control to recreation.

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52 Bounty of Blooms

Pell City Garden Tour offers glimpses of some of the area’s most beautiful landscapes. By Lindsey Holland

58 History Beckons

Talladega’s Silk Stocking past lives again during Pilgrimage weekend By Laura Nation-Atchison

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rifting shoals of yellow pollen, perhaps more than the flowers that produce them, are irrefutable evidence that spring has arrived. As annoying as the pollen is on cars, on ponds and pools, on slow-moving backwaters of the lake and especially in our noses, it’s the flowers that make April a special time in our part of the world. The early bloomers — Bradford pears, flowering plums and cherries, forsythia, hyacinths and daffodils — have come and gone, but the real show is just beginning. In April, we’ll see columbine, violets, peonies, carnations, roses and especially dazzling displays of dogwoods and azaleas. It is not surprising, then, that two signature events occur in April, to the delight of garden lovers across St. Clair and Talladega counties: the Pell City Garden Club’s third annual garden tour and the long-established April in Talladega Pilgrimage with its tour of historic homes. The garden tour, April 30, includes four St. Clair County gardens this year, all of which coordinator Dana Ellison tells me are spectacular. April in Talladega, April 8-9, includes not only five of the city’s beautiful East Street South homes, but also music, art, a play and ghost stories. You’ll find the full list of activities for both events, as well as ticket prices, in this edition of Lakeside. Yes, these events will entice you away from the lake for a few hours, but the trips will be enjoyable diversions. And the lake, in all its April glory, will be there when you return.


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Traveling the Coosa

With the economy picking up, developers are seeing some growth at the new residential development, Horizons on Logan Martin Lake.

High Water When the lake floods, the fishing can be good, but if you’re in a kayak, watch out for currents and debris. Story and photos by DAVID ATCHISON



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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.

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his time on the water, Logan Martin Lake was six feet above the normal summer pool level — it was high — about 471 feet above sea level. I’ve paddled in my kayak one other time when the lake was in a flood stage, a year ago when I ventured up Broken Arrow Creek. The current then was strong, the lake was choppy, and debris was everywhere. My paddling trip this time, between Pine Harbor and Lakeside Park, was not nearly as challenging. Plus, the day was absolutely gorgeous. Fishermen — and women — lined the banks with rods and reels, taking advantage of the weather and of the fishing opportunities high water brings to the shore angler. But not everyone was having luck hooking fish. “I’ve never seen anything like this before,” said Carlean Fleming of Pell City. “We aren’t catching anything, not today, just a lot of trash.” Her husband Mickey was trying his luck along the shores of Lakeside Park. “I’m glad to see the sunshine,” Carlean said. “We fish every now and then to get away from everything, like the telephone.” Mickey was really concentrating on catching a fish. “Sometimes he can’t hear good — when he’s fishing,” Carlean said. Keith Pryor of Pell City was wearing waders and having better luck. “I’ve had five or six bites,” he said. Pryor was actually standing on the pier at Lakeside Landing, but the pier was under the water. Between Pine Harbor and Lakeside Park, I stopped and took a closer look at the residential development Horizons on Logan Martin Lake. The 62-acre development was once home to Shelter Cove marina and campground. Like most developments, construction at Horizons at Logan Martin Lake slowed when the economy tanked, but things appear to be picking up on the residential Jessie, a 10-year-old yellow Labrador retriever, retrieves a tennis ball for Jody Wagner of Cropwell. The dog belongs to his wife, Erica.

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A Canada goose stands alone on a grassy field at the Horizons on Logan Martin Lake residential development.



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development market in Pell City. “We have some growth going on down there,” said Ron Helms, one of four partners who are developing the property. Helms, Joe Paul Abbott, Keith Henderson and Dwight Blair are the partners in the development. Horizons has 15 acres of common area and is anchored by a large clubhouse and community pool. Helms said Horizons has upscale Charleston-style homes and townhomes with front and back porches and plenty of views of Logan Martin Lake. All utilities are underground. He said the new development will have more single-family two-story homes than first planned. He said the market is better for single-family homes instead of townhomes. I met fellow kayakers Natalie and Mark Budd of Pell City during my last paddling trip on Logan Martin Lake.

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The late afternoon sun silhouettes a tall hardwood tree and fisherman Keith Pryor of Pell City as he wades out into the lake waters.

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Helms said the new community is connected by 6-footwide sidewalks, and there is a boardwalk, harbor and island along the 3,000 feet of shoreline. “There’s a bridge that goes out to the island,” he said. Horizons, which is on the St. Clair County side of the lake in Pell City, is easy to spot from the water. A big blue sign is on the island in front of the development. If you want more information about the Horizons on Logan Martin Lake call 205- 884-6000. On my last outing, I met Jody Wagner of Cropwell, who was helping Jessie, a 10-year-old Labrador retriever that belongs to his wife Erica, get some exercise. Jody would throw a bright yellow tennis ball into the lake, and Jessie would dive into the lake, swim out to the ball and bring it back to Jody. “We try to bring the dogs out here every week to play,” Jody said. I also met a really nice couple who only recently moved to Pell City — fellow kayakers Mark and Natalie Budd.

Mark is originally from Orrville, Ohio, and Natalie is originally from Buffalo, N.Y. “We met in school,” Mark said. The two met at the University of Buffalo. They married in July and made a career move to the area. Mark is an assistant plant manager at Scot Industries in Talladega, and Natalie is an operating room nurse at UAB Hospital. They moved to Pell City in November. “We like it a lot,” Natalie said. “Everybody we’ve met has been real nice.” She said they have been kayaking for about three years. You just never know who you’ll run into out on the water. All I can say is welcome Mark and Natalie and I hope you enjoy the lake as much as I do. As always, I look forward to my next trip down Logan Martin Lake, part of the Alabama Scenic River Trail. Until then, have a safe and wonderful time on the lake.

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The goat rescue came just in time. The next day Goat Island was under water as Logan Martin Lake crested at 470.5 feet.

Rescue from Goat Island Eight determined men, three stubborn goats and rescue that came just in time. By ELSIE HODNETT Photos by BRIAN SCHOENHALS

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he entire rescue took about two hours, although a good 20 minutes was spent chasing Big Bob, Billy and Joe — who weren’t too keen on the idea of being rescued. “About two out of every three years we have to rescue them,” said St. Clair County District Court Judge Phil Seay. So eight men boarded three pontoon boats to head out to where the three adult male goats live on Goat Island, in the Pine Harbor community about 100 yards from Seay’s house. The highest point on Goat Island is 470 feet. Heavy rain earlier in the week had poured extra water into Logan Martin Lake, and the lake was expected to crest at 471 feet — which would put Goat Island under water. “We’ve gotten pretty good at rescuing them,” Seay said.


Jeff Jones, Todd Seay and Phil Seay try to corral Big Bob, Billy and Joe, the resident goats on Goat Island.

Davis Worley tries to get a rope around Big Bob’s neck. Phil Seay chases Joe and Big Bob, trying to get close enough to snag one.

“We have pretty much the same group of guys each time.” Dwight Blair, Roger Harris and Davis Worley provided the pontoon boats and Phil Seay, his brother, Todd Seay, Jeff Jones, Rick Euler and Jimmy Lewis were the designated goatcatchers. “They have horns!” Euler blurted as the boats neared Goat Island. This was Euler’s first goat-rescuing mission — the other goat-catchers were old pros. Everyone laughed as Euler stated the obvious — yes, the goats do indeed have horns, big horns. “Just watch out for the horns and you will be fine,” several of the men assured him. It was getting dark as the pontoon boats reached the

island. Big Bob, Billy and Joe came trotting over as the first boat pulled up to the shore. “They think we are going to feed them,” Jones said. “Maybe we can catch one before they run away.” That didn’t happen — the goats took off when they realized no food was forthcoming and before all the men could get off the boat onto shore. The Seay brothers, Jones, Euler and Lewis spread out as the goats trotted to the far side of the island. Jones lucked out and caught the first goat, Billy, right away. Jones and Phil Seay secured Billy and moved him onto Harris’ pontoon boat while the other goat-catchers went

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nita Bice is no stranger to art. The Pell City native has been a freelance artist for more than 20 years and has delved into almost every type of medium, exploring both the fixed and fluid sides of what art can be. Whether it is an architectural rendering built on technicality and precision or an impromptu painting for a friend, Bice enjoys the lessons that each project brings her. Bice said it all started when her parents Aaron and Sara Smith received her report card in the second grade. “On my second grade report card my teacher wrote ‘has artistic talent,’” Bice said. “That’s when everyone knew that this was my talent.”

Bice said she excelled in art throughout her school years in Pell City and even arranged to take two art classes in high school. After graduating from Samford University in Birmingham with a degree in art, she went on to study at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. “It was little country girl going to the big city,” Bice chuckled. “It was where I needed to be. It was wonderful. I found there that I had a knack for perspective.” Bice said perspective involves a more technical approach to art, like drawing three-dimensional imagery onto a two-dimensional surface such as paper or canvas. “It’s a technical form,” Bice said. “It’s either right or it’s wrong. April 2011 - Lakeside Living & Logan Martin Homes

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“I found there that I liked architectural illustration. That’s how I got into airbrush and mixed-media work.” After working in Chicago for about a year doing architectural renderings, Bice moved to Birmingham and became an inhouse illustrator for the Kidd, Plosser & Sprague Group, also known as KPS. While at KPS for about three-and-a-half years, she created architectural renderings of various developments. Bice said those renderings would not have been possible without knowledge of basic fundamentals such as drawing. “You’ve got to have that underlying knowledge of how to draw, that knowledge of perspective,” Bice said. After working with commercial projects, Bice began an extensive and busy freelancing career that allowed her the time to create art the way she wanted. But when the economy slowed down, the jobs did too, giving her more time to focus on other projects, and even teach Photoshop. “Because my freelancing jobs slowed down, I started teaching Photoshop (photoediting software) in my house,” Bice said. “I play. I don’t work, I play.” In addition to teaching Photoshop at home, she also lectures to church, civic and

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and pen-and-ink renderings. “Being a freelance illustrator in the Birmingham market, you’ve got to be versatile,” Bice said. “If you don’t keep your skills sharp you lose them, so having different subject matters keeps you fresh,” Bice said. “Maybe I’ll have a wave of architectural projects, and maybe I’ll have a wave of restoration projects.” Currently the biggest wave hitting Bice is her love of acrylic painting. “Right now (I’m enjoying) acrylic on canvas and the really loose, fun stuff,” she said. “It’s fun to paint.” The artistic discipline she has acquired over the years with perspective has enhanced her painting and given it some balance. “It helps me have a sense of depth with painting,” Bice said. “It shows the threedimensionality of a picture, what colors recede and what come forward, and what colors seem

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to be in the shadows and what colors come to the light.” In addition to staying busy with multiple projects, Bice finds time to use her own ingenuity to create paintings in her studio at home. Some of her work is currently being sold at Four Seasons, an antiques and art store in downtown Homewood. Her work is also on display at the ArtScapes Gallery in Pell City and with the GrandView Financial Group in Birmingham, where it will be exhibited until June. Between painting, showcasing, teaching and lecturing, Bice has a full artistic plate but enjoys the lessons that come along with new art forms. With several waves of art moving in and out of her longstanding and versatile career, Bice is eager to learn even more about art, taking each wave one day at a time. For more information about Anita Bice and her work, visit www.anitabice.com.

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Lakeside Living in Style

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ust a little way down the twisty, turny road named Annesley Drive is a peninsula, its natural surroundings, just the place. It’s the spot Ed Cochran chose to build a log home for himself and his wife Carla, and the place that 20 years later, the couple still loves calling home. Old-growth trees still stand on the property that has been in Carla Cochran’s family for years, and the waters of Logan Martin Lake lap around the shoreline behind their house. There’s a lake view from the front, too, just across the narrow roadway that leads to the Cochrans’ home. The Cochrans’ dock is there, too, and the piece of land is a place where Carla April 2011 - Lakeside Living & Logan Martin Homes

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Ed Cochran had a hand in every part of building and designing the lakeside home he and his wife, Carla, have enjoyed for close to 20 years. He used cypress he found on their property and in other spots for the trim on the stairway and also along porches and decks.

enjoys some of her gardening In early spring, apple trees are starting to bloom and daffodils and other bulbs are working their way skyward. Visitors to the Cochrans’ can expect a tail-wagging welcome from the couple’s three furry family members, Miss Piggy, a happy black Labrador retriever; Sam, a picture-perfect collie; and Scout, a beagle who brings up the rear in the trio. The house is well suited to its natural surroundings. Cochran, who built it himself, not only created the design and blueprints but even cut and shaped the logs and interior woodwork with his own hands. “I guess you could say I did about everything in it,” he says, adding he has worked in construction and custom carpentry for years. “But this is the only house I’ve ever built,” he said. The process took about three years, he said. Stacked porches span the front of the house, one for the first level and another for the second. The lower porch leads to front double doors. Matching screened doors cover a set of carved wooden doors inlaid with stained glass. Along the porch, Cochran used cypress logs for supports, their knots and gnarls giving character to the entry. It’s the perfect place for handling birdfeeders and wind chimes and other things the Cochrans like, even a ceramic frog lounging in his own hammock, giving the space a whimsical flair. Of course there are swings and rockers, just the place for viewing the deep water and activities it brings across the street. But this private retreat is tucked into its woodsy setting, so few who pass by on the water would even know it was there. Inside, Cochran’s flair for working with wood is ever-present. In the entry featuring the stairs and landing to the second floor, the supports and railings are of the same character-filled cypress that Cochran used on the porch. The entry opens right into a large living and dining area and adjacent kitchen. The walls in the room show the rich warmth of the exposed logs. Floors are milled pine, cut in broad boards and laid throughout. Many of the windows in the rooms are trimmed with rough cedar, and a series of transom-style windows across the top of one side of the living room add to the flow of light. A wood-burning stove which stands on a brick hearth on one side of the living room can heat the entire house. Touring the home, visitors learn quickly to stop asking Cochran, “Did you build that, too?” The answer is always a humble “Yes.” The living room is furnished with a pair of cozy armchairs set side by side facing a round, pine coffee table on a wine32

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The kitchen is open to the living and dining rooms and has plenty of cabinets and work areas.

Cochran is still developing the porch, to which grandchildren have contributed paintings of a dragonfly and a rainbow on one wall. His son installed the imprinted metal ceiling and walls, which continue the home’s antique feeling. Windows run across the wall looking out to the water and backyard, where grows a huge fig tree the Cochrans harvest to make preserves. The master bedroom is on the main level down a hall and holds a broad four-poster pine bed covered with an ivory spread. A secretary with a partial roll top is from Cochran’s grandmother’s home. He suspects it’s more than 100 years old. Overhead hangs a painting done by the Cochran’s son Luke, a close-up of a guitar, done in oils. colored area rug. In a corner, an antique table topped with a white crocheted cover holds a display of family photographs. An antique wooden rocker and a deep couch topped with a colorful quilt complete the comfortable living room. The adjoining dining room holds a rectangular table to accommodate lots of friends and family, and in a corner, a massive four-drawer chest that came from Cochran’s grandmother’s home in Selma, where an antique glass globed lamp is placed. A decorative antique chest on the other side of the room is topped with an oval mirror. The entire space has exposed beams overhead; stained ivory and natural beams in the side walls hold lake-like things such as a large painted dragonfly and a colorful big bug. In the center of the downstairs area, Cochran put in a tiled work island and bar done in green and white. In the kitchen, there are large double windows over the sink. Two walls of cabinets are painted ivory and have decorative scrolled carvings. An antique hutch adds more storage space. Double doors at the back of the room lead to a covered screened porch that spans the rear of the house. 34

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A wooden bench at the foot of the bed is handy for seating. Antique tables stand beside the bed, and two large oak chests provide storage for clothing. On the floor is a floral print rug. The downstairs bath is all orange and blue, reflecting the Cochrans’ love of Auburn University. A handy laundry room is next to the bath, large enough to include plenty of storage space.


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The Cochrans’ friendly pets, Miss Piggy, the Lab, and Sam, the collie, greet visitors to the home.

The Cochrans’ house has front porches on both levels that look out to the lake.

This bedroom is outfitted to accommodate the Cochrans’ four grandchildren when they visit.

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Along the hallway to the master bedroom and bath, Cochran made closet doors and the doors to the laundry room in a barndoor design, in keeping with the rustic feel of the house. Two huge cedar posts mark the entry to the stairs to the second level, and railings along the stairway are knotty cedar. The pine stairs are covered with an Oriental rug, and the wall space is filled with old family photographs, many in their original antique frames. The stairs lead into a hall with large bedrooms at each end. A large bath is fitted with a claw-foot tub on a raised slate floor. Countertops — made of alternating orange and blue tiles — run all the way around the room in a “U” shape. Walls on one side are white, with facing walls of natural wood. Double windows look out to the slough behind the house. One bedroom is also used for office space, and Cochran says the computer area is not his domain, but his wife’s. “I don’t use them,” he laughed. The other bedroom is devoted to grandchildren space, with two double beds along with a rustic trundle bed (and yes, Cochran made that, too). An assortment of stuffed animals is piled high on the trundle, awaiting the grandchildren’s next visit. Colorful quilts in coordinating prints on the beds make a cheerful and cozy setting for the youngsters to enjoy. A large glass bowl placed on a chest holds hundreds of the shells the family has collected together during their trips to Gulf Shores. Beside it is a fringed antique lamp. Both upstairs bedrooms open onto the second-story front porch, which is furnished with a variety of antique wicker chairs and rockers. On the rear side of the grandchildren’s room, Cochran has created his own work space, where there’s a desk and some of his own collectibles, especially vintage model cars and farm tools. A walkway from the lower porch trimmed with rough cedar railings adds interest to the porch, which adjoins an enclosed work room for Cochran’s projects. Beside it is a larger spot he’s planning to enclose, giving him even more space for his woodworking projects. Carla Cochran’s family has owned the property in the area and lived there since before part of the Easonville area was flooded to create Logan Martin Lake. A retired registered nurse, Carla said her feelings about the place match her husband’s. “He likes to say his favorite thing is living in a tree house in the woods and playing in the water. And that’s ditto for me.”


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hear all the time that there is nothing for kids to do in Pell City,” said Sarah Stewart, tennis instructor at the Pell City Tennis Center. “But I’ve seen people take tennis and run with it.” The center, located between Lakeside Park and the civic center, offers lessons, clinics, tournaments and team play for both children and adults who want to become involved in the sport. Stewart played tennis at Louisiana State University from 1989 to 1993 where she earned All-America honors. After college, she played professional tennis for about a year on the Satellite Tour. She played all over the United States and in Mexico and South America. While on the tour, Stewart claimed victories over two opponents that were ranked in the top 25 in the world. She also defeated Chanda Ruben, who two weeks later made it to the finals of the French Open. When Stewart, who is a United States Professional Tennis Association Certified Pro, began instructing tennis at the 38

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Pell City Tennis Center in 1998, the complex had only two courts. It now has six additional hard courts with lights, water coolers, player benches and shade awnings. A ball machine is also available for use. “There’s a lot of pride in what we’ve built here,” said Stewart. The Pell City Tennis Center gives children the opportunity to succeed, and at the same time gives families a clean, organized place to spend time together, Stewart says. She enjoys working with the kids, and enjoys helping them succeed. Many of the kids she instructs can reach a level in tennis that they might not be able to reach in other sports, she says. At the same time, tennis can be a unique experience for a family because it is something they can do together — it is hard for parents and children to play a game of football or soccer with one another, Stewart notes. Stewart said the Pell City facility sees about 300 players in a normal week. Many of these are involved in league play.


Longtime student of the Pell City Tennis Center, 15-year-old Alli Brascho, works on her game.

Pell City’s Arizona Shafer practicing at the center. Many players from the program have gone on to play college tennis.

By KENNY FARMER Photos by BOB CRISP League play is open to all players, and there are leagues to fit skill levels from beginner to advanced. Stewart said that because of the growth of the tennis program, the Pell City Tennis Center needs more courts. “We are limited on what we can do with eight courts,” said Stewart. “We’ve doubled in size in the last couple of years.” Stewart worries that if the tennis program continues to grow, there will not be enough courts to accommodate everyone. She hopes that two to four new courts can be added in the future. “If you drive by (the center) you can see how packed it is,” said Stewart. “Seven days a week, it’s that crazy.” Stewart adds that all of the courts are usually “jam packed.” She also says that a huge need is being filled in Pell City by the tennis program and center. For some adults, playing tennis is a way to stay active, exercise and relax. For those people, Stewart said she

focuses on the social aspects rather than the competitive side of the sport. The social side of tennis allows adults to meet a lot of people and enjoy the game of tennis without having to make a commitment. “There are a lot of adults out here that compete and are very competitive, and that’s great,” said Stewart. The center offers night lessons for competitive adults with an advanced skill level. Stewart said many of the young people she instructs now have been taking lessons from her since they were children. “I’m mostly focused on the juniors,” said Stewart. “We’ve had kids come through here to go to college and play tennis. We have a really solid group of juniors.” Stewart has had students go on to play at the University of Alabama, University of South Carolina, Troy University, University of Alabama in Huntsville, University April 2011 - Lakeside Living & Logan Martin Homes

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Mike’s Steaks at the River’s Edge

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n just over a year and a half, Mike’s Steaks at the River’s Edge has already developed quite a following, and they chose to get to their new favorite in a variety of ways, according to co-owner Kat Tucker. “We’re on the water, so we have people coming up on boats, and we’ve had people come on foot, in golf carts and in cars. We even had somebody come up last year on horseback. We just ask that if you do come up by boat, you put on some shoes and a shirt before you come in.” Regardless of their chosen mode of transportation, the big draw is hand-cut steaks cooked to order as well as a variety of seafoods. The steaks are all Angus beef, and are cut and cooked to the diner’s specifications by the eponymous Mike, who would be Mike Gardner, formerly of R&G Steakhouse in Riverside. “That’s pretty rare in this day and age,” Tucker said. “We buy whole sides of Angus beef, so when someone comes in and orders a 12 ounce ribeye cooked medium rare, Mike will actually cut the ribeye off that side of beef, put it on the char grill and then serve it just the way it was ordered.” 44

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The steaks are also marinated, “but I can’t tell you what’s in the marinade,” Tucker said. “I will say that it is a blend that Mike put together himself. I had been eating with Mike as customer for about six months before I bought in. I have actually eaten a $180 steak, and it was not as good as the ones he cooked for me. It melted in my mouth like butter.” And of course, being on the lake, the seafood staples are also stars of the menu. These include “hand-breaded crabcakes, sautéed or fried; fried or grilled U.S. farm-raised catfish; sautéed shrimp and large bay scallops wrapped in bacon. They also feature a house whiskey barbecue glaze on some dishes, and the mushrooms stuffed with crab are also recommended. All vegetables are fresh, never frozen, and cooked to order. While Gardner handles all things steak-related, Tucker is pretty much responsible for everything else, she explained. “I handle inventory, personnel and atmosphere, which is very important. You want people to be able to come get a steak or some seafood in a relaxed atmosphere right on the water.


You want it to be casual and comfortable. That’s what I look for when I go out. Great food, good value and comfortable atmosphere.” She went on to say “you also have to remember that every customer is important, whether he’s ordering a coke or a 20 ounce ribeye or just asking directions. After one or two meals with us, we try to learn the customers’ names and preferences. The customers own this place as much as Mike and I do. Without them, we wouldn’t have a business.” Although there is a full bar, Tucker is quick to emphasize that Mike’s is a family-friendly restaurant that happens to have a bar. “We’re not a bar,” she explained. “We have a kids menu, and kids are always welcome to come out and enjoy it with their

parents. We also have a playground. We’re very family oriented.” The restaurant is situated inside the River’s Edge Marina, formerly known as Rabbit Branch Marina. “They’re really doing an awesome job, and are a full-service marina. They’ve got people living there part time and full time, and the owner, Paul, really is the nicest guy you will ever meet.” The indoor dining room seats 68, and there is room outdoors for another 40. The outdoor area is fenced, secure and well lighted, she said. Mike’s employs nine “well-seasoned, competent employees in both the wait staff and in the kitchen.” They are open Thursday nights from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Reservations are suggested, but not required.

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By MATT QUILLEN

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behemoth, manmade with tons of concrete, metal and earth, rises from the land and holds back millions of gallons of water diverted from its original course and spread across 15,263 acres. Every day people pass by or over the structure that the most ambitious beaver could only dream of building. Some probably pass without a first or, at most, a second thought of what it is or what it did. But for the living things around it, big and small, Logan Martin Dam has changed their way of life for nearly 50 years. Dry pastures and wooded hills became valuable lakeside property. A sleepy town in central Alabama became a place of growth, vacation and leisure. It also helps keep on a light bulb or two. For the creatures that live in and around the water, the dam created a new environment to grow and adapt to — or to move on from. Logan Martin Dam, near Vincent, has seen many changes made in the years since construction began in 1960. Located in the Coosa River system, it was completed and first put in service on Aug. 10, 1964. According to online information from Alabama Power Co., which owns and 48

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operates the dam, Logan Martin was the second dam built as a part of the company’s construction program that further developed the Coosa River in the late 1950s and ’60s. During the first month of construction, the board of directors formally named it after William Logan Martin Jr. He was a circuit court judge in Montgomery and served as the state attorney general. In 1921, Martin was appointed as Alabama Power’s general attorney. It is No. 4 out of seven dams in the system in terms of generating output, with a total generating capacity of 128,250 kilowatts. Brandon Glover, a spokesman for Alabama Power, talked about some of the changes made to the dam and its operation. “Originally, it was operated on site,” Glover said. “So I guess the biggest change in technology has been changing it to a remote operation from Birmingham. It allowed us to eliminate plant operators on site for all of our dams.” “And I think we have a lot better data-gathering technology, as far as monitoring equipment, reservoir conditions, environmental conditions and other things.” Glover said Logan Martin has around six maintenance employees and a supervisor to monitor equipment and make sure it is running normally, as well as security staff on hand.


Logan Martin Dam stands tall with the river at its feet and the lake at its back, providing benefits from electricity to flood control to recreation.

“Operations can be performed locally by employees,” he said. “But most of the day-to-day operation occurs in Birmingham.” Some of the maintenance activities include going up into the turbine tubes when they have outages to check them and make sure they are operating correctly. “For any kind of replacements, they will have an outage or for troubleshooting or repairing the other supporting equipment,” Glover said. Along with those responsibilities, employees perform regulatory functions for the North American Electric Reliability Corp., the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and any other agency with whose environmental and safety requirements the dam must comply. Scheduled outages are often performed during the winter months, when power generation is low, to check all the major equipment. Although the primary function of the dam is power generation, it also provides flood control during periods of heavy rainfall and a prime habitat for many species of fish, both in the lake and the river at its feet. Fish species found in the waters surrounding the dam include several types of bass, crappie, catfish and sunfish, as well as hybrid striper, bluegill and freshwater drum.

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On a sunny day, it can be quite serene beneath the giant. Its metal towers gleam in the sky, and its body shades the area below. People can be seen leaning against the rail of a pier and on boats with rods and reels in hand. Some also drop their lines from rocks peeking above the water when the pool beneath is low enough. But the peacefulness can quickly change as the dam’s

operators prepare to open the six floodgates and release hundreds of thousands of gallons from the lake. Releases from the dam are preceded by an alarm system, giving people in the vicinity several minutes to move. “(The alarm) gives people plenty of time to clear the area,” Glover said. “But we try to tell people if you think you are going to be in an area where you need to leave, you would probably be better not to be in that area in the first place.” For more information on the dam, the lake and safety tips go to www.alabamapower.com/lakes.


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

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By LINDSEY HOLLAND

Bounty of Blooms Pell City Garden Tour offers glimpses of some of the area’s most beautiful landscapes.

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akeside residents who want to create landscapes as luxurious as their homes can harvest ideas and inspiration from the gardens on display in this year’s Pell City Garden Club garden tour. Four spectacular St. Clair County gardens are included in the third-annual tour, scheduled for April 30: two in Pell City, one in Ragland and another in Cropwell. Dana Ellison, tour coordinator, said preparations for the tour were going well. Preparation has been hard but fun, she said, and she was confident the tour will be enjoyable. Although most gardens on the tour will feature flowers, some of them might have elegant water features or exceptional stone gardens, she said. “Typically it has a lot to do with plants, unique trees and unique plants,” Ellison said. Ragland tour hosts Mike and Paula Rushing are Master 52

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Gardeners with two acres of cultivated gardens. Ellison had not seen the Rushings’ work and was excited about the prospect because she’d been told it was “unbelievable.” “The other fabulous gardens on our tour are those of Terry and Julia Capps, Frank and Annie Wallace, and one of our garden club members, Ann and Phil Thomas,” Ellison said. After the tour, lunch will be served at the Pell City Civic Center at Lakeside Park, complete with door prizes and entertainment. “We’ve actually got local talent from the high school that will perform,” Ellison said. “They will be singing and playing the guitar.” Tickets for the tour are $20. In years past, as many as 60 tickets have been sold. The garden club hosts the tour each year to raise money for its outreach projects. Money raised from this year’s tour will


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Pell City Garden Club members working on the annual garden tour are, from left, Dana Ellison, Mima Hutcheson, Adrienne Bourland, Charlotte Wheat, Liz Webb, Peggy Hall and Ann Thomas.

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Big Bob proved the hardest goat to catch. It took the men about 15 minutes before they finally trapped him in the goat house.

after Joe and Big Bob. After chasing the two goats back and forth a couple of times, Todd Seay got close enough and was able to tackle and hold Joe, who was secured and moved onto the boat with Billy. Big Bob, however, was having none of it. He ran from one end of the island to the other, dodging all efforts to try and catch him. Worley, also on his first goat-rescue mission, joined the effort with a rope to try and lasso Big Bob. The six men chased Big Bob to one side of the island and back again several times. The men picked up long

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branches, which they used to try and herd Big Bob into a corner and pen him in. As it turned out, Big Bob can really jump. Just as he appeared to be trapped, Big Bob launched himself three or four feet in the air, up over Worley’s lasso and the branches Jones was holding — and promptly ran to the other side of the island. The men watched, a bit awed by Big Bob’s aerial feat. “I didn’t think he could jump that high,” was said several times, along with, “I didn’t know goats could jump.” The minutes stretched on, with six grown men chasing 100 pounds of fur and horns. Big Bob isn’t called

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“Big” for nothing. “We’re getting tired, but so is he,” Jones said a few minutes later. After a few close calls, Big Bob finally took shelter in the small goat house Phil Seay and Jones built for them last year. Euler blocked the exit and went in to get the third “catch.” Big Bob joined the other two goats on Harris’ pontoon boat. “They are real peaceful once you get them under control,” Phil Seay said. Seay said he was grateful none of the goats had decided to take off into the water, as the temperature probably was in the 30s. It was also the first year none of the goat catchers landed in the water trying to tackle a goat. “The first year I helped rescue the goats, one of the goats decided to swim for it,” Seay said. “He swam out about 50 feet. We could see his back, then his head, then his horns as he sank while he swam. As his horns went under, I grabbed them and pulled him out. Thankfully he was lighter — only 50 pounds or so. That was the only time we almost lost a goat.”

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Seay said the three current goats probably weigh a good 100 pounds each. Now all that was left was to take the three goats to retired Pell City High School coach Gerald Grogan’s goat pen just around the bend. “We owe a big thanks to Coach Grogan, who lets the goats stay in his pen when Goat Island floods,” Seay said. Getting there, however, was easier said than done. “We got stuck on a tree stump at Goat Island,” Seay said. “It was the first time someone had to get into the water and swim. Roger got out and after 20 minutes dislodged the pontoon boat from the tree stump.” The rest of the journey went smoothly, and the goats were settled into their temporary home, where they would stay until the lake stabilized. The rescue came just in time. The next day Goat Island was under water as Logan Martin Lake crested at 470.5 feet. “We take care of the goats,” Seay said. “It’s fun. We have a good time with the guys. We like it — but it’s hard work.”

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First United Methodist Church will present organ concerts at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. both Friday and Saturday. The concerts are included in the price of tour tickets. The Aljerald Powers Memorial Lodge in Winterboro will host an art show and sale both days of the April in Talladega Pilgrimage. Admission is included in the price of the tour ticket. The lodge is on Alabama 21 south of Talladega, next to Winterboro High School. More special events will take place Friday night, April 8. Tours through historic Oak Hill Cemetery, including “live” characters from the past telling their stories, will begin at 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased for $5 at the cemetery. A wine and cheese party begins at 6 p.m. at Heritage Hall Museum, and a donation of $5 donation is requested. Artist-in-residence Tommy Moorehead will exhibit his work at Heritage Hall during the weekend’s festivities. Friday evening is also the date for the presentation of Sundown in T-Town at the Ritz Theatre, performed by the Talladega High School Players Guild at 8 p.m. Tickets may be purchased for $5 at the box office. Saturday night, Marty Stuart and Connie Smith perform at 6 p.m. and again at 8:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased for $32 by calling The Ritz at 256-315-0000. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church hosts a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. both Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased through the Greater Talladega and Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce. Tour tickets for adults are $15, or $12.50 per person for groups of 10 or more. Tickets are $10 for students. Tickets may be purchased from the Chamber of Commerce office at 210 East Street South; Heritage Hall Museum and participating homes, as well as the Aljerald Powers Lodge on the days of the tours. For more information, call the chamber at 256-362-9075.


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