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LAKESIDE LIVING and LOGAN MARTIN HOMES

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Covering life along Logan Martin Lake since 1994

BY THE WATER

Joe Williams: An artist of all trades

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ON THE WATER THIS MONTH

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January was quite a month for Logan Martin Lake. Temperatures in the mid-70s and a rare opportunity for a boat ride this time of year gave way to seemingly endless rains that led to a flood. The month rounded out with freezing temperatures and sleet. It’s like the old saying about weather in Alabama, if you don’t like it, stick around, it will change. Dominating attention, though, was the flood, which saw water levels rise from their winter level of 460 feet all the way to a crest of 470 feet above sea level. As the waters rose, topping piers, seawalls and boathouses and spilling over into lakeside yards, veteran residents prepared by moving property in the way of the flood to higher ground. Boats were pulled from covered piers, many of them seen suspended by ropes between piers and even trees, rising and falling with the will of the water. And then as if on cue, the rain subsided, and the water began its slow descent, leaving residents with the task of cleaning up the remnants left behind. It is hardly my favorite activity on the lake, but as they say, it goes with the territory. And for those who love the water as I do, it is but a small price to pay for what we get in return. Now, February is upon us, and there likely will be other weather surprises ahead. But these precious winter moments of vibrant sunsets and cold nights warmed by a fire and the shimmer of moonlit water are among the many pleasures found lakeside at Logan Martin. It’s February. It’s Lakeside. It’s where you want to be.

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Taking to the water

Winter on Broken Arrow Creek

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Story and photos by David Atchison

Rick Euler, a part-time resident of Pell City, joined David on his kayaking trip up Broken Arrow Creek.

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. It looked more like a Labrador retriever, leaving a long white wake as it made its way across the width of Broken Arrow Creek. Only the head was visible at first, but then the creature took a nose dive, slapping its tail against the water as it vanished from sight. “What is it,” asked my paddling companion Rick Euler, “an otter?” “No,” I replied. “A beaver.” And it was a very big beaver. We got a couple of more looks, or should I say the big animal got a couple of good looks at us, as we worked our way up Broken Arrow Creek. Only one week before, I had attempted to paddle up Broken Arrow Creek by myself. It was the week of the “big flood.” The water was really up, covering Bob and Frieda Wood’s piers, when I boarded my sea kayak in an attempt to go up Broken Arrow Creek. The couple allowed me to use their lake residence as a landing and launching site for some of my kayak trips along Logan Martin Lake, part of the Alabama Scenic River Trial. This was an overcast, cold day. I made a beeline straight across from their home on Broken Arrow Creek to the south shoreline. I soon realized that was a mistake. Fortunately, I was in a “Sea” kayak. The cold, hard wind was murderous and when waves started breaking across the bow of my boat, I was a little to moderately concerned, since it was the middle of winter. The open churning water sort of reminded me of the Bermuda Triangle, but I knew where I was headed. There is only a narrow opening to Broken Arrow Creek from the main river channel, but the creek eventually opens up into a large open body of water. I would say the opening is about one-mile wide. At the back of the creek opening the channel narrows again. When I finally reached the back of the creek where it narrows, the water calmed down considerably. The standing timber helped protect me and the water from the strong wind. Bob told me before I left I might have trouble

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finding the main creek channel because of the flooding. He was right. I initially passed the main creek channel, kicking up a couple of wood ducks in the back of one slough. I finally found the main creek channel, but all I could see was water or timber standing in water. This place was really flooded. I decided to head back to Bob’s. I actually paddled straight through the standing timber, a shortcut that saved some time on my trip back, with no problems. I traveled back along the north side of the large creek opening this time, which was so much better. The hills along the north shoreline shielded the cold north wind, making my trip back warmer, and the water was much, much calmer. When I arrived back, I told Bob I would try again later, which brought me back with Rick the following weekend on something of an Arctic exploration of Broken Arrow Creek. Actually, Rick and I expected much colder weather when we headed down Broken Arrow Creek — his first and my second attempt. Forecasters predicted 14degree weather. We saw subfreezing temperatures all that week. Fortunately, it was 25 degrees that Saturday morning, and there was no wind. The water was about 2 feet below full pool that Saturday, and the surface of the large creek opening was like glass. There were no problems as we passed the spillway of a dam to a private lake which feeds water into Broken Arrow Creek. The spillway was beautiful. Water trickled down, forming a majestic wall of ice. Rick and I made our way past what Bob calls the “mud flats.” He said it’s a popular spot for duck hunters. Bob has Pell City wildlife artist Wayne Spradley’s print

From Page 7 Rick Euler leads the way up Broken Arrow Creek.

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LEFT: A large beaver swims across the creek.

BELOW: Water flows from a dam, forming a majestic, icy waterfall.

titled, “Broken Arrow Creek Mud Flats.” In the painting, you see the mud flats and mallards taking to the sky. Rick and I took our time paddling up the narrow part of Broken Arrow Creek, kicking up ducks along the way. “Look up,” Rick said to me as I changed the battery of my camera. I looked up and finally saw what Rick was taking about, a big hawk soaring in the pale white winter sky, probably looking for an easy meal. I told Rick before we left that I wouldn’t be surprised to see deer or turkey along the way. There is a lot of wildlife along Broken Arrow Creek. We traveled about a mile and a half, before we came to an abrupt stop. I hit a sheet of ice. The thoughts of the Titanic did surface in my mind. The main creek channel, where it narrowed about 30 feet across, was actually frozen. We could go no further as we had planned. I must say, I was a little disappointed. I wanted to go up Broken Arrow Creek as far as we could in a kayak. I guess we did just that, but if it wasn’t for the ice, I think we could have possibly gone at least another half-mile, if not more. When it warms up a little and the ice melts, I may give Broken Arrow Creek another try. I really think it would be a great place to paddle and camp overnight. But for now, that will have to wait. So Rick and I headed back. About the time we got to Bob’s house, the wind started kicking up. Rick and I agreed we probably made a smart decision starting our trip early that morning. When we got back, Frieda had hot coffee waiting for us. Frieda is retired from UAB, while Bob retired from the

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ART BY THE WATER Joe Williams: An artist of all trades

Story by Brandon Fincher Photos by Bob Crisp

It may be impossible to approach and enter the home of Joe and Kelly Williams for the first time without a smile sliding across your face. Pulling through the gate leading to the Williams home off Stemley Bridge Road, visitors can see the Williams’ have an eclectic mix of metal art pieces along the driveway right up to their house, which stands tall among the forest trees. The smile appears because most of the pieces are just outright bright and fun. The front yard has a bottle tree and a family tree with Williams family member faces made from metal pieces. The backyard has a beach vibe with a few metal palm trees sprinkled in among the hardwoods. Joe Williams started Continued on 14 Local artist Joe Williams has created art in several mediums but is most known for his ceramics and metal work. Williams said his traditional and practical-style ceramics are some of his best-selling items.

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Many of Williams’ pieces are nature inspired, such as the large metal fish he keeps outside his home.

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metal working in 2000. Much of the metal pieces are either nature inspired or abstract. “With the metal stuff, we’ll go to the junkyard or go dumpster diving and find all sorts of stuff for that and just put something together,” Williams said. Working with the metal can take months because it is difficult to mold the big pieces of the metal. Sometimes Williams will have to wait until just the right piece can be found that will fit in with a sculpture. “I’ve got a piece that I’ve started that took me probably three months, four months, to put seven or eight pieces together because I couldn’t ever get it like I wanted it,” Williams said. “I’d put something up and try it, and it Continued on Page 16

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Williams’ wife, Kelly, does much of the firing and glazing for his pottery pieces.


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From Page 14 just didn’t work, and I’d just have to wait.” Williams does most of the welding on the sculptures, while wife, Kelly, does a lot of the plasma cutting of the metal. Williams is far from just being a one-art-form specialist, though. Much of his metal work comes during the winter, but perhaps what he enjoys most is pottery. “I don’t do a lot of pottery during the wintertime because it’s so cold. The clay is cold, and for me it’s hard to work,” Williams said. He estimates he started working on pottery around 1985. “I got started in pottery by going to see Tommy Moorehead. I wanted to learn how to draw and still can’t draw,” Williams said. “He had a wheel there, so I got to fooling with it, and finally after a period of time, I kind of picked that up.” He primarily does functional pieces with the potContinued on Page 18

This armored knight has several pieces that have to be welded together. Sometimes it takes Williams months to finish a metal art piece.

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Williams said he will check junk yards and dumpsters to find the right parts for his metal artworks.

tery because those usually sell the best, but he also likes to develop unique pieces, if for nothing else, his own enjoyment. He pointed out pieces he made that looked like poppy flowers and a face jug. “Some things you just want to see if you can make it work,� Williams said. He gets inspiration from the objects he sees in everyday life and tries to recreate them with his own perspective in his art. Williams said he enjoys making the pieces but the firing and glazing, not so much. Luckily, Kelly is there to help him with that part of the process. Continued on Page 20

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Williams creates abstract art and art resembling a specific subject from his own perspective. Most of his works give a sense of being happy and fun.

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Williams created a bottle tree after seeing one and deciding he wanted to try making one, too.

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In the past, Williams has worked in other artistic disciplines such as stained glass, leather and some wood carving. He likes the challenge of seeing whether or not he can create art in a new way. “I went to Gatlinburg, Tenn., and saw this leather belt. I think that belt cost $25. I said, ‘Heck, I’ll just make that,’” Williams recalled. Joe and Kelly also appreciate the artwork of others. Their unconventional house is based on the style of a New York loft apartment with high walls covered in paintings and plenty of space to place pieces of their art collection. “Really, before we got married, we decided

From Page 18 in collecting art we wanted to go with originals. I think that everything we have now, with the exception of one or two pieces, is all original,” Williams said. “All the paintings and all the other stuff we have, it’s all original art.” In addition, most of the art works are from artists in Alabama and most of the Alabama artists are from this region of the state. Williams makes his living as a commercial loan officer at the First National Bank of Talladega and believes creating art relaxes him and almost serves as therapy after a busy day on the job. “It’s just kind of a release for me.”

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The high-water mark

Much of the area around the Pell City Sports Complex and a good portion of the parking lot was under water due to flooding.

Days of rain push Logan Martin Lake above flood level Story by Elsie Hodnett Photos by Bob Crisp and Brian Schoenhals Shortly after the new year, lake residents saw something they hadn’t seen in a few years, flood waters on Logan Martin Lake. A wetter-than-anticipated winter caused Alabama Power officials to warn lake residents about rising water on Wednesday, Jan. 7. APC spokesman Brandon Glover said a peak of 467 feet was originally projected for Logan Martin Lake, which has a normal summer pool of 465 feet and a normal winter pool of 460 feet. The projected peak was changed to 470 feet, and the lake crested at about 8 a.m. Friday morning, Jan. 9, at 469.87 feet. While many residents were able to move their boats, trailers and other property to safety, others were not.

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In Lincoln, residents at the Coosa Valley R.V. Park said they saw a pontoon boat float up and were able to secure it. A 30-foot section of dock floated by also, but there was not a boat available at that time to retrieve the dock. “Riverside residents were seeing a lot of debris coming down the Coosa River and damaging piers, patios, boathouses and boats,” said Riverside Mayor Rusty Jessup. Jessup said he heard a report of a boathouse collapsing and of several boats being knocked loose and floating down river, but did not hear of any injuries related to the flooding. “The biggest problem is the debris” — trees and stumps and other trash, he said. The Alabama Department of Transportation closed a portion of U.S. 78 near the St. Clair County/Talladega County line due to flooding. ALDOT 4th Division District 5 manager Mike Tims said the portion of U.S. 78 was the only road closed in Talladega County, and U.S. 78 was the only road he knew of that flooded because of its proximity to the Coosa River. ALDOT 3rd Division District 2 manager Gary Smith said no roads were closed

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The walking bridge between Lakeside Park and the Pell City Sports Complex was almost completely submerged due to flooding.

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High Water

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Pell City resident Ben Dugger can just see the top of a pier from his canoe as he paddles along Logan Martin Lake.

in St. Clair County due to flooding. In Pell City’s Lakeside Park, water covered the benches of several picnic tables, a portion of the walking trail and much of the bridge walkway leading from Lakeside Park to the Pell City Sports Complex. Area residents didn’t let the flooded walkway undermine their walking efforts, using the roads throughout the park instead. Alabama Marine Police officers said residents helped during the flood by securing lost watercraft and calling the marine police so they could reunite the lost boats with their owners.

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APC spokeswoman Gina Warren said one of the best ways residents can be prepared for flooding is by staying informed. Information about lake levels can be found at https:// lakes.alabamapower.com or by calling 1-800-LAKES11 (1800-525-3711). “Residents can go online or call that number to find out the latest information,” Warren said. “That way they can also take preliminary precautions so they can move their property quickly if needed.” Updated information and photographs also will be available at www.dailyhome.com.

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Rescue at Goat Island Rising waters force residents to save four-legged neighbors The goats were temporarily relocated to a pen on retired Pell City High School coach Gerald Grogan’s property.

Story by Elsie Hodnett Photo by Brian Schoenhals As the water began rising, lake residents hurried to make sure their belongings were moved to safe locations. For several Pell City residents, this meant more than just making sure their boats were secure. They had to ensure that Big Bob, Lance and Richard were OK. “In Pine Harbor, there is a small island about 200 yards from some of the houses, mine included, that is home to three goats,” said St. Clair County District Judge Phil Seay. Seay said he purchased the three goats in the spring of 2008 from Bob Bell, who passed away last year. “Big Bob is named after Bob Bell, Lance is named after (Pell City Municipal Court Judge) Lance Bell, who is Bob’s son, and Richard is named after (St. Clair County District Attorney) Richard Minor. Seay said taking care of the goats is a neighborhood effort, and local residents take turns canoeing out to “Goat Island” and feeding the goats in the winter. “Goat Island completely floods at just below 470 feet,” he said. “So when we noticed the flood waters were coming up

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and they reached 469 feet, we met together Thursday night (Jan. 8) and made the decision to evacuate the goats.” Seay said he, Dwight Blair, Jeff Jones, Coleman Jones, Mike Aiello, Robert Minor, Richard Minor and Lance Bell made up the rescue team. “It was dark, but we used Dwight’s pontoon boat and made the adventure out to Goat Island,” he said. “About three-fourths of the island was underwater, leaving about 50 by 100 feet above water.” Seay said the goats don’t willingly enter the boat. “You have to catch them, and it took us about 20 minutes to do that,” he said. “We had contacted retired (Pell City High School) coach Gerald Grogan, who allowed us to float the goats around the bend and house them in one of his pens (Grogan also keeps goats).” Seay said the neighbors are taking turns sharing the goat feeding duties. “We will house them there (with Grogan) until the weather improves,” he said. Seay said the group worked together well to save the goats. “We keep an eye on the goats,” he said. “They do a good job out there and keep the grass cut.”

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Lakeside living in

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Story by Laura Nation-Atchison Photos by Brian Schoenhals

Bill and Beth Cox enjoy water year round. The doubledecker boat house offers a place to hang out around the water.

She still raves over the change of lifestyle and says every day of living on Logan Martin Lake brings new joy. Beth Cox and her husband, Bill, have lived on the Pell City side of Logan Martin for three-and-a-half years and say now they can’t imagine being anywhere else. The house they found on Blackberry Lane rambles along a hilltop, looking out at Pine Harbor in one direction, and in the other, there’s a view of the River Oaks development. The Coxes are on what lake folks call “deep water” year round and enjoy watching the boats go by — people skiing and pulling tubes along the lake for fun or just taking a slow cruise along the shore. There’s something else to enjoy watching as well, the array of waterfowl and other wildlife that the water attracts. It’s easy to take in all the water

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Continued from Page 29 offers from the Coxes’ home. Their large sloping lot gives a panoramic view, and the design of their home just lends its self to it. The house is two levels, with the main living areas upstairs. All across the back of the house is a glassed- in sunroom, with space for several seating areas, even a dining table and chairs to take in the sights while having a meal. It’s the Coxes’ favorite spot in the house. “This is really where we spend most of our time,” Mrs. Cox said. It’s obvious why the couple favors the room, and it’s furnished in soft seating and light colors, adding another peaceful touch to the relaxing setting. Sunlight sifts through the glass on a January day, and out on the water, the light glitters on top of a few lazy waves. The Coxes were living in a north Atlanta suburb when they found the spot they now love calling home. Moving was something they chose to do because of family. Mrs. Cox’s mother had become ill, and the couple wanted to be close to her. Mrs. Cox has happy memories of sharing the Logan Martin house and its enjoyment with her mother before she died two years ago. She said her mother loved coming to the lake house, as do the couple’s four children. “They call it a great place to ‘chill,’”

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The sunroom is where the Coxes say they spend most of their time. It’s also where their pair of Labrador retrievers, Jack and Blue, like to relax.

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STYLE The large kitchen has space for a table for six, and there’s plenty of room for cabinets and storage. The living room opens into the kitchen and both rooms have broad views of the water.

Mrs. Cox said. “And that’s what we do.” The Coxes made some changes to the house they bought, taking out walls in the living room and kitchen, and have created a flowing feel to the space. The kitchen stretches across one side of the back wall with the living room opening to the kitchen. There’s plenty of space for a table for six and a tall hutch nearby for holding tableware. On the table is a pair of carved wooden ducks, their necks stretched in graceful poses. Overhead, a tiered chandelier is a favorite piece in the room. It came from Mrs. Cox’s mother’s home in Birmingham. Round-backed parson’s chairs are used with a rectangular farm table with pedestal legs. The large living area extends from the front door to the back of the house, joining the kitchen, and leads into the sunroom at the rear. Plush seating in cream and olive is set against a muted oriental rug, and a fireplace sits in the center of one wall. Family photographs are scattered throughout the house, showing lots of memories and time together. Many of the paintings depict family memories, also — two in particular have stories about Mrs. Cox’s mother, Betty Mitchell.

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Bill and Beth Cox came to their home on Logan Martin after spending years in the Atlanta area. Their lake home stretches across a hillside overlooking the water. There’s a large floral her mother found that hangs in the Cox’s living room, but Mrs. Mitchell decided it needed a little something added after she bought it. Mrs. Cox said her mother really wasn’t a painter, but got a brush and some red paint and decided to doctor it up. “She just said it really needed some red in it and then added it,” Mrs. Cox said. She agrees that the addition to the painting made a great impact and loves having it in her home. On a wall on the other side of the room hangs another painting with “mama” memories.

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Mrs. Cox and her mother were out browsing through antique shops in Gatlinburg one day and both saw the painting, both commenting on how much they liked it. They went back and forth a little, one urging the other to take it, offering to give up the find. Eventually, Mrs. Cox ended up with the painting, along with another story to tell about her mother. “My mother’s all over this house,” she said. There’s another important thing from her mother in the living room, a mantle clock Continued on Page 36

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The sunroom runs across the entire back of the Coxes’ home. It’s a great place for watching the water year-round. that came from her great-grandmother’s home in Sand Mountain. The master bedroom is located at the opposite end of the house from the kitchen, and that’s where the Cox’s went all out, adding a huge master bath. Mrs. Cox credits designer Candacey Mitchell Brown from Webb Concrete in Pell City with creating the concept she and her husband had in mind. There’s a vaulted ceiling and large windows of glass blocks that flood the room with natural light. In the corner is a large spa tub, and at the other end of the bath is an oversized glass shower. Tile around the tub and shower walls is brown and gray slate, and floor tiles are off white.

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There are double vanity areas and sinks set in gold and bronze counter tops. The master bedroom adjoins, and the four-poster, king-sized bed and chests are cherry. Bed coverings are a soft blue and cream, and walls are painted a light beige, trimmed in white molding. Prints of perching birds hang along one wall, where there is a double-door entry to the sunroom. The doors offer a view of the water from the room, along with plenty of sunlight. Stairs from the living room lead down to the ground level, where there’s a large bedroom and bath at one end and at the other, a spacious living room. There are glass doors leading to the landscaped

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Bill and Beth Cox love the laidback living they’re found on Logan Martin Lake since leaving Atlanta three and a half years ago.

grounds and down to the water, where the Coxes have a two-story covered boathouse and pier. That’s where a lot of the “chilling” takes place. There’s seating on top of the boathouse and for some, a great spot for splashing into the water or soaking up the sun. The house has a full-size, in-ground pool surrounded by plenty of patio space for lounging and entertaining. Above the pool, there’s a large deck, another great spot for enjoying the beauty of Logan Martin Lake. The Coxes both enjoy a large home office space upstairs over the garage. Three large paned windows bring in the lake view, and the Coxes each have a computer and desk set up in the room. A teacher at Williams Intermediate School in Pell City, Mrs. Cox has a place for her schoolwork. She also uses the space for another love besides her “job.” She’s a writer herself and has turned out some award-winning short stories while working in the room. Cox uses the room to keep up with his work. He’s worked for International Paper for years since leaving college football coaching.

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ABOVE: The master bath was added after the Coxes bought their home. It includes a deep spa tub and glassed-in shower. RIGHT: The master bedroom is decorated in ivory and pale blue and has an entry to the sunroom that stretches across the back of the house.

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“I tell people I’ve been in boxes for 30 years,” Cox says. It was Cox’s childhood friend, Hank Spence who lives on Logan Martin, who connected the Coxes to the lake. When the Coxes determined they wanted to be closer to Birmingham and Mrs. Cox’s mother, Spence suggested they contact real estate lake property specialist Linda Sidlo for help. She found the property on Blackberry Lane, and the Coxes bought it before even visiting it.

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“We basically bought it over the fax machine,” Mrs. Cox said. The purchase has been a decision the Coxes are grateful they made. They now look forward to spending their time on Logan Martin away from the harried lifestyle of the Atlanta area. “People who have been here all their lives probably get tired of hearing us say how much we love it,” Mrs. Cox said. “It’s such a great change from what we were used to.”

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“The weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful!” Every season has its special appeal, especially when you live on the lake, and winter is no exception. Entertaining your guests moves from the outside, into the home, but the view is just as spectacular as any other season. And of course when it’s time to serve that special meal, what could be more inviting than a hearty bowl of soup, complemented by a glass of good wine. Chef Paul Prudhomme included a recipe for a French Market Soup in his recent cookbook, “Louisiana Tastes.” He wrote “A lot of folks think it never gets cold in Louisiana, but believe me it does. A blustery winter day is when you will really appreciate this soup, though it’s great any time of the year. “It’s a complete meal.” Edie Golden of Pell City’s Stafford House, graciously offered some advice on choosing the proper wine to serve

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Chicken-corn Soup

2 teaspoons cayenne 2 teaspoons garlic powder 1 ½ teaspoons dried coriander 1 ¼ teaspoons dried oregano 1 ¼ teaspoons black pepper 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves ½ teaspoon white pepper Mix the seasonings in a small bowl and set aside.

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SOUP INGREDIENTS 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 3 cups chopped onion 1 cup chopped celery 1 ½ cups chopped bell pepper 1 pound ground beef

1 ¼ teaspoons minced fresh garlic ¼ cup all-purpose flour 7 cups beef stock 1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes 7 cups cored green cabbage, cut into 1-inch pieces (about 1 medium-size head) 1 (15 ounce) can tomato puree In a heavy 5-quart pot, over high heat, melt the butter until it sizzles, about 2-3 minutes. Add the onions, celery bell peppers and 2 tablespoons of the seasoning mix. Cook, stirring every 2-3 minutes until the vegetables begin to brown and lose their color, about 10-12 minutes. Push the vegetables to one side – so the meat can brown by being in contact with the bottom of the

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pot – then add the ground beef, garlic and remaining seasoning mix. Continue to cook, turning the meat and breaking up the clumps, about once a minute, until it is brown, about 5 minutes. Mix the meat with the vegetables and stir in the flour until the white is no longer visible. The meat will be a little pasty but should absorb all of the flour – if not, add a little stock – and the flour will form a crust on the pot bottom. Continue to stir and scrape until the crust sticks hard, then add the diced tomatoes, cabbage and 1 cup of stock. Scrape the bottom of the pot again, loosening all the brown bits. Cook, stirring almost constantly, for 5 minutes, then add the tomato puree. Stir and scrape the pot bottom well, then cover and cook, uncovering every 3 to 4 minutes, for 10 minutes. Stir in 5 cups of the stock. Cook for 4 minutes, and then stir in the remaining stock. Bring just to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 20 minutes. Serve hot. There’s something about the very mention of a seafood gumbo that makes most folks salivate. The combination of shrimp and vegetables in this recipe is no exception. Serving it over a bed of fluffy rice, accompanied by a glass of red wine, really makes it Continued on Page 44

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SHRIMP-OKRA GUMBO 2 pounds shrimp 2 pounds sliced or small whole-pod okra 2 medium onions 2 tablespoons chopped bell pepper 2 tablespoons chopped celery 4 tablespoons cooking oil 1 15-ounce can tomato sauce 1 cup water salt, pepper and red pepper Mix okra, onions, bell pepper and celery in cooking oil and smother for 45 minutes or until okra is cooked. Add tomato sauce and water. Add shrimp and season to taste. Cook about 15 minutes. Serve hot, over rice.

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If you’ve visited Pennsylvania Dutch country and sampled the cuisine, you know the food is superb. Betty Groff is a well-known author of cookbooks in that area. She is a 10th-generation Mennonite and life-long resident of Lancaster County. Betty Groff and her husband, Abe, own and operate the award winning Cameron Estate Inn and the internationally acclaimed Groff’s Farm Restaurant, which specializes in Pennsylvania Dutch family-style cooking. A winter favorite at the restaurant is her Chicken-Corn Soup. Betty says it is a meal in itself.

CHICKEN-CORN SOUP 4-6 pound chicken or 2 cups diced, cooked chicken 6 cups chicken broth ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon black pepper 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

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Homemade Chili

2 cups corn kernels, fresh or frozen 1 cup chopped celery 1 cup egg noodles If you are starting with a fresh chicken, place it in a pot and add 8 cups of water, salt, pepper and parsley. Cook over medium heat until tender, about 45 minutes. Remove chicken and discard the skin. Debone and dice the chicken. Bring six cups of the broth to a boil over high heat and add corn, celery and noodles. Lower the heat to simmer, cover, and cook for at least an hour. Add the chicken and heat thoroughly. Serve in heated bowls. And what red-blooded American doesn’t crave a good bowl of homemade Chili in the winter? Southern cooks have a variety of recipes for the delicious dish, but if you’re looking for the “best of the south,” the famous Whistle Stop café in Irondale is just the place to find it. Fannie Flagg’s cookbook “Whistle Stop Café” has the original recipe from the café and offers these suggestions: “To serve in the old fashioned way, crumble saltines or cornbread in the bottom of the bowl, then spoon the chili on top.” Add grated cheese or a dollop of sour cream if you wish.

Edie Golden suggests a glass of Merlot, preferably Canoe Ridge, to complement the chili.

HOMEMADE CHILI 2 pounds lean ground chuck 2 medium onions, peeled and chopped 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced 3 cups beef broth or water 1 15-ounce can tomato sauce 1 14 ½-ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained 3 tablespoons uncooked oatmeal 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon sugar 4 to 5 tablespoons chili powder ½ to 1 teaspoon red pepper 3 15-ounce cans pinto beans, undrained Cook ground beef, onions and garlic in a Dutch oven until beef is browned, stirring to crumble. Drain in a colander. Return beef to Dutch oven and add remaining ingredients except beans, stirring well. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat and simmer 40 minutes. Add beans. Let simmer, partially covered, for 20 additional minutes.

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FINDING FINE WINE Lakeside shops offer variety of wines for Valentines Day This table setting at the Stafford House in Pell City displays wine and other items for a romantic dinner.

Story by Heather Baggett Photos by Brian Schoenhals When it comes to choosing the perfect wine to complement that special Valentine’s Day dinner, area wine sellers say everyone likes something different. From red to white, everyone has a different preference, and two stores located near the lake that sell wine stock a wide variety of both to keep consumers happy. Nora Martin of the Stafford House in Pell City said the store sells more red wine during the winter when temperatures drop. “We sell a lot of red wine, especially now,” Martin said. “Some people aren’t going to drink anything but red, but we sell a whole lot more red in the winter. In the summertime we sell more white.” While the change in season may result in a boost in sales of a particular type, Martin said choosing a wine is personal. It all comes down to what a person likes. “Some people are not going to drink red, and some people are not going to drink white,” she said. “What people prefer

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in wine is real subjective. It’s just what they like.” Martin said white wine is typically served with chicken, while a merlot or cabernet goes well with steak or beef. “I’m a purist; I like white with my chicken,” Martin said. “If I’m having a steak I want a good cab. Some people would want a merlot with (steak); I would want a cabernet. “I would want a white with my seafood, and that’s what most people seem to prefer.” For someone who may be thinking of serving something spicy for their Valentine’s Day dinner, Martin said the Rudolf Miller Riesling Kabinett works well with hot dishes. “It’s surprising because it’s a Riesling, and I’m not a Riesling fan, but that with a spicy dish is good,” she said. “It’s a white wine and it’s a little sweet. It’s not one of my favorites that I just sip on, but with something spicy it’s very good.” Patricia Abercrombie of CC’s Tobacco and Package Store on Alabama 34 on the Talladega County side of the lake said everyone who comes into the store has a different wine they call their favorite. “We have something for just about every taste,” she said.

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Local wine sellers say the popularity of different kinds of wine varies with the seasons. “If you come in and say, ‘I want a certain brand,’ and we can get it from our suppliers, we get it. We try to get everything that people ask for.” Abercrombie said local wines have been a popular choice lately. In fact one is so popular, they’re having a hard time meeting demand for it. “A lot of people ask for the Morgan Creek and the Bryant because it’s local,” she said. Bryant Vineyards is located just a few minutes from the store, featuring wines made from native muscadine grapes. “People do want to buy local. We get calls every day for (Bryant). It is (popular).” Morgan Creek’s vineyard is located in Harpersville, while Bryant Vineyard is in the Renfroe area. Both have

been big sellers at CC’s. Martin said Candoi, an Italian wine, has been a big hit with customers at the Stafford House. The merlot is made with organic grapes, but Martin said they’ve sold the wine before “everybody was going green.” “They were doing that before it was trendy,” she said. “It’s just gone over great. It’s just smooth … and very moderately priced.” But there’s no reason to choose something just because it’s the popular choice, Martin said. “If you enjoy a red wine, drink it with anything,” she said. “I’m serious. I think you need to drink what you like. If you like red, drink that red. If you like white, drink white.”

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Through our readers’ eyes Diana Gibbs took these pictures of Logan Martin Lake from Lincoln Harbor on the Talladega County side of the lake. We thank Gibbs for her photos and encourage other readers to submit their work that tells the story of just how special Logan Martin is all year long. To submit a photo, simply e-mail it to: cpappas@ dailyhome.com or mail it to Lakeside Photos, P.O. Box 977, Talladega, AL. 35161.

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ing director for the Yacht Club on Lake Logan Martin. At the Yacht Club, construction has begun on one of the more than 30 three-bedroom townhouse buildings planned for the development, and construction on the condominiums, which will have one-, two- and three-bedroom units, was scheduled to begin at the end of January. Also, construction on the clubhouse, which will feature such amenities as a kitchen, fitness center, meeting rooms and theater, will begin in March. Babb said tennis courts were com-

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Kauffman said he thought adding the beach was a must-have. “We do have a beach area that residents will like and will look forward to using when it’s warmer to give them access to the water,” Kauffman said. Clubhouse construction has just been completed over at Horizons on Logan Martin Lake. “We just finished the clubhouse and we’re in the process of decorating,” said Paula Blair, sales manager for Horizons. She said the clubhouse is already open, but she’s still getting it completely ready for use. Inside the clubhouse, the main room features two seating areas with a television and fireplace. Right off the main room is a fully-equipped kitchen and storage room, which Blair said could be used when a function is taking place inside the clubhouse. “The facility will be available for rent by nonresidents,” she said, adding that there is already a wedding scheduled for May. The two-level house also features wrap-around porches on both floors with panoramic views of the lake. The downstairs features a recreation room right off the pool patio, another fully-equipped kitchen, two fitness rooms that each have showers and a locker room, Horizons residents will also have access to a 3,000-foot boardwalk stretching the perimeter that allows lake access.


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Located at 1000 Ranch Marina Road in Pell City. From I-20, Exit 158 (Pell City/Ashville), travel south on Hwy. 231 (Martin Street). Turn left on Hwy. 34 which will branch off to the right just past the Civic Center. Continue to Funderburg Bend Road and turn right. Continue south on Funderburg Bend Road 1.8 miles to The Yacht Club. All property owners will be subject to annual community development district assessment. Plans as of 2-09. Need not be built.



Lakeside Magazine - February 2009