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December 2017

Deckin’ the halls b calls: SFD sh etween ares holiday tra ditions Dan Rogers : It’s all abou t the beard Polks: Shar in holiday joy g is a tradition

Carl Rushing:

BRooklet’s own St. Nick







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Table of Contents

Editorial for December

mirth & Matter Editor’s letter

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Angye Morrison Connect Editor

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Behind the Scenes People who make it happen

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When I began considering how to approach the stories on our two Santas for this issue, paramount in the back of my mind was the singular thought, “I’ve been a good girl this year, Santa!” In fact, I made that very statement to each of the jolly elves featured in our issue. I think I convinced them. At least, I hope I did. (wink, wink) This time of year we all spend time looking back – we reflect on our accomplishments and we think of our failures. We think of how we spent our time and how we should have spent our time. And if you’re anything like me, you’ll spend time looking forward as well. We are staring down the barrel of a brand new year, after all. Isn’t that the best gift of all? We get a clean slate each and every year. No matter what did or didn’t happen in 2017, we’ve got a brand new year coming in hot. It’s sparkly, isn’t it? All shiny and fresh, with no mistakes on it yet. In this issue, we bring you some wonderful people who have truly grasped the holiday spirit. We spoke with two local gentlemen who embody St. Nick himself, a sweet couple who brings holiday cheer to their neighborhood, and some of our own local firefighters who enjoy decking their halls between calls. We hope you enjoy this holiday issue, and we wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season.

Darrell Elliot, Distribution 912.489.9425 | Jim Healy, Operations manager 912.489.9402 | Connect Magazine is published monthly (12 issues a year). The cover and contents of Connect Magazine are fully protected by copyright laws of the United States and may not be reproduced, in whole or in part, without the written consent of Connect Magazine. We are not responsible for loss of unsolicited inquiries, manuscripts, photographs, transparencies or other materials. Such materials will not be returned unless accompanied by return postage. Address letters and editorial contributions to Connect Statesboro, Angye Morrison, 1 Proctor Street, Statesboro, GA 30458, Copyright © 2017 by Statesboro Publishing Company, Inc. All rights reserved.

December 2017


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Harvest Punch Ingredients: 25 pieces dried jujubes, sliced 1 large Asian pear, quartered and seeded 3-inch piece ginger, thinly sliced 2-3 cinnamon sticks 3 quarts water Good honey and/or sugar to sweeten 1.5 liters ginger ale to make cold punch (optional) 2 tablespoons pine nuts for garnish In a large pot combine jujube, pear, ginger, cinnamon sticks and water. Cover the pot with a lid and bring to boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 1 hour. Strain the juice to reserve and discard everything else. Sweeten with honey when you serve as tea. To make punch, sweeten the juice with sugar and/or honey, and chill in the fridge until cold. Before you serve, pour ginger ale and mix. Sprinkle pine nuts to garnish.

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The Arts Friday, December 1 All Fired Up, Roxie Remley Center for Fine Arts On Friday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., shop the Roxie for locally crafted pottery, jewelry, prints, paintings and more, created by Averitt Center students, GSU students, faculty and local artists in the community. Through December 16 Annual Juried Competition at the Averitt Center for the Arts This popular exhibition traditionally consists of local landscapes, figurative work and portraiture, as well as narrative pieces and abstracts. Juror and awards judge this year is Jason Hoelscher, director of the Betty Foy Sanders Art Museum at Georgia Southern University. Putting Us on the Map: Georgia and its Coastal Plain Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau A unique collection of maps that tell stories about Georgia, the Coastal Plain and Bulloch County. The exhibit will be on display until April 2018. The CVB is located at 222 South Main Street in Statesboro. Ongoing Give it a Spin! Workshop, 3rd Sunday each month Averitt Center for the Arts For those 16 years of age and up, from 1-4 p.m., this pottery class for beginners covers the basics. Bring a towel with you; all other materials provided. Cost is $25 ($40 for non-members).

Dear readers and advertisers

The holiday season is the perfect time for us to thank you for your continued trust and support throughout the year. Our greatest desire is to continue providing you with high-quality coverage of the news and issues that matter to our community. We wish you the happiest of holidays, filled with warmth and good cheer, and we hope to have the pleasure of offering you many more moments of enjoyment and reading in 2018.

Season’s greetings! Angye, Hunter, & Stephanie

Paint-N-Party, 2nd Friday each month Averitt Center for the Arts Come and have fun with your friends and your favorite drink (21+ to drink). Price includes a 16X20 canvas and art supplies. Call Tony Phillips at (912) 212-2787 to register. Cost is $35 per session. Art Educators’ Exhibition Averitt Center for the Arts The Youth Gallery at the Averitt features the artwork of Bulloch County students each month. This month the spotlight is on Langston Chapel Elementary & Middle School. The exhibit will be on display throughout the month. An opening reception is held on the first Friday of each month at 5:30 p.m.

December 2017


Carl Rushing: Brooklet’s own St. Nick By Angye Morrison After nearly 30 years of playing Santa Claus, you might think Carl Rushing would grow weary of the role. But if you thought that – you would be very wrong. The Brooklet resident filled in for a buddy from Effingham County way back when, even putting on a fake beard with the requisite Santa suit, and went to visit a special education class at Guyton Elementary School. 8

He was hooked right then and there. “The first time he did it, he fell in love with it,” said Rushing’s wife, Cathy, who often plays Mrs. Claus to his Santa. Rushing continues to go to the schools in both Effingham and Bulloch counties, as well as some of the banks and the local drug store in Brooklet. He even drops in at the local IGA, as well as family reunions. Wherever Santa is

needed, Rushing is sure to be there. One of the biggest draws for Rushing’s Santa Claus is that he poses with the children for photographs, something he’s done unofficially for years. But last year, they decided to organize the effort and hosted an event at their home. They set up a backdrop, and provided cookies and hot chocolate, as well as goody bags for the children. Dozens and dozens of

children came. “There was so much traffic, we had to have somebody out there to make sure people didn’t park where they weren’t supposed to,” Cathy said. This year, they’re setting up shop at the Peanut Festival grounds at the Pavilion in Brooklet on December 9, from 2 to 5 p.m. All are welcome, the event is free, and there will be goody bags for the children and light refreshments for all. Last year, the Rushings footed the bill for the event – but this year, lots of people have stepped up and have volunteered to help by baking cookies or buying treats for the goody bags. “We never charge. Everything’s free,” Rushing said. “That’s been his thing. He didn’t want to charge people to take pictures,” Cathy said, adding that “you wouldn’t believe the number of young couples who bring their children to have their picture taken with Santa,” and say they couldn’t afford it otherwise. Rushing says when the children come to see Santa, they ask the expected – but they often ask for the unexpected. “One asked me to bring her Mama home. Little kids ask me to pray for them. If they want prayer, we pray for them right there. When I go to the schools, I pray for the class. I mean, there ain’t nothing they can do but throw Santa Claus out,” he said, laughing. Rushing says he’s very honest with the children, and never promises something he can’t deliver. And just like with the legend of St. Nick, over the years, word has spread in the com-

munity that Rushing is the go-to man when children are in need. Bicycles, clothes and toys often find their way to him, as people in the community donate what they can to help. Rushing stores the items all year, and then gets them to the kids who need them most. “Carl’s gotten to be known as, if you know somebody that needs some help, they’ll call him. When people have things to donate, they’ll contact him and ask if he knows somebody (who needs it),” Cathy said. “There’s more involved than just the Santa thing.” She adds that this has become a way they can give back some of what they have received themselves. “There’s been times in our lives when people have helped us, so if we can help somebody else, we want to do that,” she said. “She gets on me because I’ll spend our money buying groceries for somebody else,” Rushing said, laughing. “But not everybody has got a heart like that,” she added. Rushing says his Santa duties don’t end with the holiday season. He’s busy throughout the month of December, but when he hangs up his Santa suit, it doesn’t mean that Santa goes on vacation until next Christmas. Everywhere he goes, people of all ages are excited to see him, whether he’s in his Santa garb or not. He’s easily recognized, as he sports a full white beard and long white hair all year long. “Every time we go somewhere, there will be little kids, like, ‘Mama, there’s Santa Claus!’ Even if he’s not in his suit, they’ll want a picture with Santa Claus,” said Cathy, who tells of one encounter from last year that has

given them a lot of joy. The couple was eating at Cracker Barrel, well after the holidays had ended, when a little boy spotted Rushing, and began waving at him. His grandmother told Rushing that the child wanted to come over and say hello, and of course, Rushing agreed. The child came over and said, “You’re Santa Claus, aren’t you?” Rushing smiled, nodded, and posed for a photo with the child, who later insisted that they bring the Christmas tree back out because Santa was in the area and he didn’t want to miss out on any additional toys that might be delivered. The Rushings are still chuckling over the memory. Although his duties as Santa keep the couple pretty busy, they do have other interests. Rushing volunteers as the chaplain for the Brooklet Police Department, and they are active members of their church, Merrywood Baptist. They ride motorcycles together, and enjoy spending time with their three children and many grandchildren. While Cathy is still working, Rushing has retired, having worked for many years for Alltel, now Windstream. For Rushing, being Santa is special, and he says it keeps him young. He feels that Santa is a symbol of hope for children from all types of families and from all backgrounds. “He’s very humble about it all,” Cathy said. “Doing this, it makes him happy and he feels like he’s helping people. Wherever he goes, people get so excited to see him and it does his heart good to know that it brings them joy.” December 2017


Dan Rogers: It’s all about the beard By Angye Morrison About four years ago, Dan Rogers was asked by his daughter to pose as Santa Claus for some photos with his grandchildren. She figured he might as well make use of his Santa beard, and this blossomed into several other photo opportunities. And “Danny Claus” – as he’s been dubbed by some folks at church – was born. Not long after those photo shoots, Chick10

fil-A contacted Rogers to say they needed a Santa. The restaurant’s regular Santa was contracted with the mall and couldn’t make an appearance elsewhere. So Rogers donned the red suit again. He’s been the restaurant’s Santa ever since. In addition, Rogers, who lives in Statesboro with his wife, Betty, is the official Santa each year at Bevricks Char House Grille in Metter

and the Sweet Tea Grille in Swainsboro. He has also appeared at both Walker Pharmacy locations in Statesboro. “It’s kind of snowballed from year to year, getting to be a little more,” he said. Rogers does some free work, and some paid. He’s been paid as much as $100 an hour. He would like to be able to not ever charge.

“I don’t want to burden anybody with a price. But the outfits cost, and it costs to get where you’re going. It does give Betty and I a little bit of Christmas income that we can use that we would not normally have had if we had not been doing this,” he said. He says he loves being Santa. “I enjoy it. It’s a lot of fun. I like to see the look on kids’ faces,” he said. He added that there are those who are afraid of Santa, but there are many more who love to come and eat with Santa at the restaurants. “I enjoy that part,” he said, laughing. Rogers tells the story of a child last year who came a little late to the Sweet Tea Grille, after he had already finished his appearance and was sitting down to have a meal with Betty. The child, who had a learning disability, came in with his parents. “I made a point to go and sit with him and talk with him for a little while. That’s always fun to be able to bring a little bit of cheer to the children,” he said. Betty will be joining him this year for the first time as Mrs. Claus. She’s been unable to do so previously due to health concerns for her. “This year she wants to get out and be part of the fun,” he said. He says he’s making a special chair for Mrs. Claus, since there’s always one provided for Santa, but not for Mrs. Claus. “She wanted a Mrs. Santa chair, because everywhere we go, they have a rocking chair for Santa to sit in, but she usually ends up sitting in a regular dining chair. She wanted something with a little cushion in it. So we’re in the process of making that. So we’ll be carrying that with us,” he said. Rogers said the fun part of being Santa is being able to talk to the kids and hear some of the requests they have. “I had one little girl that came to Chick-filA, and she got up in my lap and her parents said, ‘OK. Go ahead and ask him.’ She says, ‘I want to measure your beard.’ She had a lit-

tle tape measure and she measured my beard to see how long it was. And her parents said she was homeschooled and that was her assignment,” he said, chuckling. Rogers gets all sorts of requests, including horses, golf carts, ATVs, four-wheelers and games. He says he’s had some odd questions, but hasn’t had any of the more difficult

questions or requests yet. “I’ve read up on some other Santas and what their answers are to those kinds of questions,” he said. “You get this every time, ‘Where’s your reindeer?’ The good answer to that that this guy gave, that I’ve used, is that reindeer can only fly on Christmas Eve. So we have to leave them at home. They’re not used to this hot weather anyway. That seems to satisfy them a lot of times.”

One little boy even asked what kind of car Santa drives. When Rogers told the child he drives a white, four-wheel drive truck, he wanted to know why it wasn’t red. Rogers’ answer? Well, to help him hide it in the North Pole snow, of course. One of the best things about being Santa for Rogers is how it makes him feel. “It’s a lot of joy for me to be able to spread some joy to others, and see the light in their eyes as they light up about Christmas,” he said. “The giving nature of Christmas is what we all enjoy about it. It’s just a joy in my heart to be able to see the kids respond.” Rogers retired from the Georgia Department of Transportation after 32 years, and he and Betty have called the Boro home for 11 years now. They are both natives of Glennville, Georgia. He likes to hunt and fish, but says he doesn’t get to do either as much as he’d like. He keeps a small garden behind their home, and his workshop is filled with woodworking projects. He’s also been building some knives. He proudly points to furniture in the couple’s home that he refinished or built. “I like to get out in the shop and tinker and build things,” he said. Rogers was raised on a farm, and says that his dad taught him that “you didn’t call anybody to fix things. You had to fix it yourself.” “I guess that kind of passed on to me. We tried to make and fix things,” he said. The Rogers have two children, Amanda and Scott, and several grandchildren. The youngest, Aden, is a 4-year-old named for Rogers’ grandfather. The couple is active at Trinity Baptist Church in Nevils. Rogers says he knows that one day he might have to stop being Santa, but the thought makes him sad, because he enjoys it so much. “But my wife,” he said, laughing, “she complains about the beard.” December 2017


The Music Scene • By Brandi Harvey

The cost of our art It’s nearly midnight. I’ve been enjoying a live music session at GeeDa’s Table when the artist for the evening, 19-year-old Juliet Muldrew, steps away from the mic and asks if I’d like to sit in for the last song or two. After we sing a couple, she finishes up the set, and we begin to chat as she starts packing up. “I’ve got to be at work at 5 a.m.,” she tells me. As we talk more about what she’s up to, I hear a familiar story. For me, it’s a few writing gigs, bartending, constant marketing and involvement in professional productions at performing arts venues, as well as the occasional church service, wedding or community event. For most, it’s a full-time job, rehearsals on the weeknights, and shows on the weekend. For Juliet, it’s an early morning clock in after a late night of performing. When it all boils down, there’s a sense that music must often takes a secondary place in the lives of local musicians. Regardless of skill or talent, there’s always been the unwritten understanding that artists must “pay their dues.” I have no idea who


came up with that idea, but I’d like to kick him in the shins. While it’s true that hustling to make a name for yourself as a musician builds character and weeds out the truly dedicated from those chasing a fleeting whim, it’s also true that there is some genuine talent being overlooked, underpaid and under-supported. There’s a conundrum in this digital age that we are beginning to see. More and more people are being told they have the power to live their dream, and technology makes digital music production and marketing available to even the greenest novice. The market is becoming saturated with musicians. Young hopefuls are putting their best foot forward to start a career, older folks are trying their hand at pursuing a dream they have long buried, and retired hobbyists determine to finally do something with those skills they honed over the years. Perhaps it’s because it’s my job and I intentionally surround myself with musicians, but it seems the number of musicians aspiring to make a living

with their art grows every year — which only makes the challenge greater. Is it possible to stand out in the crowd? Can a would-be musician actually earn a living in this market? Each year it gets harder to actually make a living as a musician. The average pay for a four-hour show is $100. At first blush, that seems like a pretty sweet deal. Twenty-five dollars an hour is a nice little paycheck. But wait, what about the hour it takes to load in and sound check, or the hour to tear down and load out? Alright, $17 an hour still isn’t bad, right? Of course, there is also the mid-week rehearsal time. That will take at least two hours. Plus, we have to include the individual rehearsal time. Let’s assume our musician is really talented and only needs an extra hour or two per week. That leaves our musician at $10 per hour. The final blow to our musician’s hourly wage is the time spent promoting and scheduling. In order for a band to be successful, they not only have to keep a crowd, but more and more venues lay the onus on the band to bring in a crowd. While that backwards concept is one I’ll likely address in a future article, we’ve now added another four hours per week for marketing on social media, e-mails and websites. Leaving out other considerations and assuming that this is an average amount of time invested, our musician is making about $7 an hour — hardly a livable wage for an adult with a household to support. This is the cost of art in our area. Performers work tirelessly for the love of their fans and their art. So where does all of this leave venues and patrons? Well, that’s easy. Venues who want to support local artists need to be willing and able to pay more, especially for artists they believe are a cut above the rest. Venues can’t support artists if the patrons aren’t there for them. As music lovers, we simply must be willing to make the small effort to get out and support the music we love. I won’t tell you that music will die without it. That would be a lie. Musicians are a rare breed who have no choice but to share their passion, and they will do it wherever and whenever they get the chance. However, part of what makes Statesboro a wonderful place to be is the talent we have in this town. We can keep those talented performers here with enough support. When we show up for concerts and live music in town, “the powers that be” take notice and provide more opportunities for those talented folks to share their gifts. When we attend shows, interact with bands and artists on social media, throw a twenty in the tip jar, and invite more friends to follow them, artists feel the support and gain the momentum that helps them continue in their path. Whether it’s a hashtag or an article or a one-on-one conversation, “Support local music” is a phrase that we should all get behind in order to make the cost of our art one that we can live with.

Connect Crime •By Holli Deal Saxon

TRASHY SITUATION SPY STALKER – A woman living on Williams Road told deputies her estranged husband, from whom she is divorcing, asked neighbors neither he nor she know to let him use their home so he could spy on her, since he suspected her of having an affair. MOUTHY BURGLAR – A Willow Lane man said he saw a male dressed in black with a pair of bolt cutters skulking around his shed. He grabbed a pistol while his girlfriend called 911, and when he confronted the offender, the man said “What you gonna do?” The complainant fired a warning shot which caused the offender to flee. HELD AGAINST HER WILL – A woman working as a caregiver at a Stonebrook Way residence said her patient’s mother accused her of

hurting the patient and then refused to allow her to leave the residence. TRASHY SITUATION – A Still Quarters Road woman told deputies she saw her neighbor burning trash in his own yard and warned him another neighbor would complain. The other neighbor did show up, taking pictures of the fires and calling the complainant “white trash” while threatening to call authorities. TAINTED CANDY – A Rushing Road woman said she found a sewing needle inserted in a piece of Twizzlers candy her child collected from Berkshire Subdivision during trick-or-treating. She showed the candy and needle to a deputy but said she did not know which house passed out the candy. BAD MOOD RISING – A Coley Boyd Road

couple argued over the woman being in a bad mood. They separated when the man left for work. JUST BIZARRE – A man walking along West Waters Road with a firearm in his hand told deputies three people tried to kill him and stole his motorcycle. Deputies found no suspects and the motorcycle was covered with a tarp in the man’s yard. He was found to be a convicted felon and was arrested. VULGAR SIGN – A May Road man removed a handmade sign he placed against a power pole after being told it contained illegally profane language. He was angry over someone killing his pig and the sign announced he hoped the offender goes to jail. The sign’s wording included expletives.

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Hanner Fieldhouse get ready, because it is time for a fun and exciting four months. That’s right, basketball is here, and after the football season it has been, it will be nice to see the Eagles fly around on the hardwood. Quite honestly, basketball has been my favorite sport to be in the front row watching, especially at Georgia Southern, because of the atmosphere behind the game. Now, I have been quite fortunate in my timing, as my freshman year coincided with the freshman season of both Jake Allsmiller and Mike Hughes, which as some of you may recall ended with a trip to the Sun Belt championship game. Needless to say, basketball has been exciting my entire tenure here in Statesboro. However, I do want to cover both men’s and women’s teams, including what talent we bring to the court, as well as whom the Eagles will face this year. So without further adieu, let’s dive into the details!

Tailgate Tattler • By Chandler Avery

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Women’s Basketball The Lady Eagles are a young team this year, so there are a lot of new and fresh faces to acquaint ourselves with. A couple of faces we will see that we are all familiar with are Alexis Brown and Sierra Butler. Sierra Butler returns after being fourth on the team in scoring (5.3 PPG), and second on the team in rebounding (5.8 RPG) last year. The rebounding is something I look forward to having back, as Butler alone accumulated over 15 percent of the entire Eagle rebounding output last year. As for Alexis Brown, I know last year she was known as “Tookie’s Sister,” however, I have a strong feeling that she is going to be a strong anchor for the team this year, putting her and Tookie in a position to both be the studs. Brown was third in scoring (6.7 PPG) and second in steals (30) last season, and I really am optimistic about her role as a starter this year. Another couple of key players for the Eagles are Alexis Foulks and Amira Atwater. Foulks started in just seven games last season, but played a key role in the early games for Georgia Southern, leading the team in minutes against Fort Valley State in the exhibition. Atwater only started in eight games, and averaged just over 14 minutes a game, but was second in assists (58) among the entire team, so she loves to spread the ball around. Looking ahead at the Lady Eagles’ schedule, it is very similar to last year with common non-conference opponents and the typical conference schedule, but I want to highlight a few of the opponents.

Alabama: We want Bama? Well we got them. Alabama will be rolling into Statesboro to take on the Lady Eagles. The Tide are definitely a formidable opponent, as they made a deep run in the Women’s NIT last year, and are looking to have another successful year. IUPUI: Georgia Southern plays host to a second Women’s NIT in IUPUI. They finished 62 in the women’s RPI, which is quite respectable. IUPUI has reached the WNIT 4 out of 5 years, so they are no stranger to postseason. UT-Arlington: UTA is primed and ready to dethrone Troy this year, as they are led by two of the Preseason Sun Belt First Team players in Rebekah VanDijk and Cierra Johnson. Though Troy has been the league champions two years in a row, UTA is in the same boat as Georgia Southern Men’s team: they have been building and this is their year. The Lady Eagles face UTA Twice, once in Arlington and once in Statesboro. Overall, it should be an interesting year for the Lady Eagles, as they return some players, but also are bringing some youth to the floor, but it will be fun to watch. Note: At the time of writing Women’s Basketball was 1-1 with a win over Coastal College and a loss to NC A&T Men’s Basketball The Eagles are the true definition of “HighFlying.” With all five starters returning, and 94 percent of the points scored last year returning, this year should be one to remember. Mike Hughes and Jake Allsmiller are seniors, with Ike Smith and Tookie Brown beginning their junior campaign. To elaborate on how prolific this team should be, here are some stats to wow you. Tookie Brown: 17.1 PPG (2nd in Sun Belt) Ike Smith: 19.6 PPG (1st in Sun Belt) Mike Hughes: 10.6 PPG Jake Allsmiller: 7.8 PPG Jake Allsmiller: 4th in Sun Belt in 3PT Tookie Brown: 4th in Sun Belt in Steals, 4th in Assists, 1st in Free Throws Made Montae Glenn: 4th in Sun Belt in Offensive Rebounds Ike Smith: 1st in Sun Belt in FG % With multiple people up in the top of the Sun Belt statistics, it is sure to be a fantastic year under one caveat. The big factor is IF the Eagles can rebound. Though they were pretty good at shooting last year, their downfall was cleaning the glass and following up. I say with full confidence, there is not a team on the schedule we can’t beat if we rebound. That being said, let’s take a look at some of

the foes the Eagles face. Cal State Bakersfield: The Eagles will face the Roadrunners twice this season, once in Statesboro an once in Bakersfield. At the time of writing, the Eagles had already thwarted CSUB 77-53 in Hanner Fieldhouse. The offense looked amazing, and there was never a doubt who looked better on the floor. The reason I highlight this team is their postseason resume. CSUB has been in the NIT or NCAA the past three years, and is usually a factor every March in the Big West. This is a great win for Southern’s resume, and sits up there quite nicely with the win over Wake Forest. East Tennessee State: ETSU has been a solid force in Georgia Southern’s old stomping grounds that is the Southern Conference. Coming off a SoCon championship and a trip to the NCAA tournament, the Bucs are a good team, and it will be no easy test when the Eagles travel to Johnson City in December. UT-Arlington: UTA returns as the reigning Sun Belt regular season champions, and quite honestly got the short end of the stick by not receiving an at-large bid to the NCAA. However, they did make a run in the NIT, falling in the quarterfinals to previously mentioned Cal State Bakersfield. UTA is the preseason favorite for the Sun Belt, garnering 9 of the 12 first place votes (one of the three votes was UTA’s vote, and could not be cast for them). They return a lot from the team last year, and I honestly believe that these two teams will be meeting in New Orleans on Selection Sunday.

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I could sit here and write about each team all day, how they stack up on paper, even bring in Sabermetrics or something of the like, but at the end of the day, each game has to be played. My best advice for those of you looking for answers to this season is to “Show up, because we are gonna show out!” (Thanks Coach Lunsford for that quote). The Georgia Southern men’s and women’s basketball squads are good. But to be great they need all of us to pack Hanner Fieldhouse, get rowdy, and rally behind them. Basketball is much more fun when the seats are filled, and there is no place tougher to play than a sold-out Hanner Fieldhouse! So be sure to GATA this winter (Get After That Attendance)!


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Four Christmas plants that are toxic to pets

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Some of the most popular types of Christmas plants can be extremely dangerous to your pet’s health if ingested. Here are four particularly toxic examples:

It’s true! Our feline friends can contract what is known as a “cat’s cold.” Feline coryza, also referred to as feline viral rhinotracheitis, is a highly contagious infectious disease that typically affects kittens and older cats that spend a lot of time outdoors. Common symptoms include frequent sneezing, difficulty breathing, eye secretions, nasal discharge, lethargy, fever and appetite loss.

1. Mistletoe 2. Hellebore (or Christmas rose) 3. Holly 4. Poinsettia When ingested, these plants can provoke undesirable reactions like abdominal pain, digestive problems (vomiting, diarrhea, etc.), oral irritation and increased salivation. Sometimes intoxication can even lead to death, which is why it’s crucial to consult your veterinarian right away if your cat or dog shows any symptoms of poisoning. Lastly, if you receive any one of these beautiful but toxic plants to decorate your home during the holidays, make sure to place it somewhere far away from your four-legged friend’s reach.

Certain Christmas plants, like mistletoe, hellebore, holly and poinsettias, are hazardous to your pet’s health.


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If your cat shows one or more of these symptoms, consult your veterinarian without delay! As an animal health professional, he or she will be able to suggest the right course of treatment for your adorable little fur ball.

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By Angye Morrison If you ask anyone about what a firefighter is, they’ll likely give you the same answer: a hero. Firefighters put their lives on the line day in and day out, so that the average citizen can rest easy. Holidays are no exception. When most people are gathering with their families around the holiday table or opening gifts this Christmas, firefighters will be at the station, on the ready, in case they are toned out to a fire or some other emergency. So it’s important for firefighters to have some holiday traditions of their own – special things that make their time at the fire house better and their holiday brighter. According to Statesboro Fire Department Chief Tim Grams, the SFD goes into holiday mode toward the end of November, in order to facilitate a festive mood and the camaraderie the department needs. “They still do their daily duties, and they still do their training, but we like for them to decompress and reflect and just kind of enjoy being together,” he said.


“During the month of December, we still do trucks and we still do calls, but we do slow it down. We still do what we have to do, but it’s a little bit more relaxed,” added Assistant Chief Bobby Duggar. He said the department works to finish projects and training by the end of October, so that they can slow it down during the holiday season. “We just like to let the guys decompress a little,” Grams said, “and just enjoy the job. Because I think sometimes that gets lost, especially when we’re constantly, ‘hey, we gotta get this, we gotta get this, we gotta get this.’” Battalion Chief Steve Morris agrees. “We use this time to build camaraderie and build the brotherhood, just enjoy the fellowship that comes with the job,” he said. Each shift has its own personality, Duggar said, and each has developed its own holiday traditions. Each shift does a gift swap, and depending on that personality, the gifts might be serious or comical. “Some shifts are pretty straightforward and they get the nice presents, and some shifts are the comedians, so they are the ones that get the gag gifts,” he said. Each shift also cooks food or brings in treats from home, many bringing in that special traditional food that screams “holiday” for them. The firefighters also are able to hang out together and watch holiday movies, play games and enjoy Christmas music. Battalion Chief Jason Baker, A shift, says his crew has a lot of guys that are “really big into Christmas.” “We do a lot of decorating. They’re chomping at the bit to get the stuff out of the attic and decorate, and put up trees and stuff like that,” he said. The guys do at the fire station what they’d do at home during the holidays, he added. “Pretty much what we’d do at home, just, we do it here,” he said. “We’re a family. We spend a third of our lives here, and we’re just like any other family. We have good days and we have days we don’t necessarily want to see anybody, just like when we’re at home. For us, it’s a kind of sense of

normalcy. It’s kind of a way for us to feel kind of like you are home, with the big meal.” That big meal often means that wives and children join their firefighters at the station, making it a true family event. The firefighters look out for each other in other ways as well. The guys who have children at home but have to work on Christmas morning are often relieved by those who don’t have kids so that they can go home, at least for a few hours, to be with their families on Christmas day. During the holidays, battalion chiefs also make time to spend with the guys, Duggar said. “It just makes a difference. With the uniforms and the rank, these guys focus on that a lot and they don’t see the human side of us. We know what it is to be a fireman and to be away from your family,” he said. Another tradition that has benefited not just the department, but the community as well is the department’s participation in the annual Chili Town event, held as part of F1RST Friday each December. Local chefs prepare their best chili recipes and judges pick the best, and local residents can choose their favorite as well. Everybody gets to sample the chili and it’s a great night of fun, food and frolic. Grams said the SFD has a little fun with the event. “We make a little side pot. It’s pretty spicy. We don’t make them, but we encourage all the new folks to take a spoonful and that’s pretty funny. Most of them willingly partake,” he said, laughing. All the tradition, holiday or otherwise, helps to build that all-important brotherhood that is vital in the department, Grams said. “It’s not an 8 to 5 job. The situations we put them in, in fires, there has to be that trust and that bond. If we didn’t take some time to develop that outside of working together, I just don’t know if it would have that same effect. So we take that opportunity to really foster and nurture that family, because it’s not just family,” he said. “It’s just different in the fire service. Especially here.”

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Couple shares joy with holiday tradition By Lauren Porter It is that time of year when the patter of little feet can be heard dancing around the Christmas tree. All ornaments are hung with a feeling of sentiment, and the smell of fresh pine awakens the senses. For some, Christmas brings an abundance of joy and laughter to the home. It is the season for carrying out lifelong traditions, like giving a kiss under the mistletoe or getting a big lump of coal. For Sylvia and Leroy Polk, Christmas is a way to spread cheer and a little light —or in their case — a lot of light to those around them. For more than two decades, the Polks have been decorating in a big way for the holidays. Each year, after three weeks of preparation and tedious work, the Polks transform their home into a shiny display of red and white lights. The colorful layout is controlled by three main units, and it stretches from the top to the bottom of their fence, wraps around the house, layers the bushes and even hangs from the porch. Little drummer boys rest along the fence and candy canes are placed sparingly around their yard. Poinsettias line the sidewalk and lead to a sign on the garage that reads: “The North Pole Washateria - We suds’ Santa’s Duds.” Hanging neatly beside the sign are pieces of a red suit, washed up and ready 20

for Santa to wear. “We just love this holiday and we know the reason for the season so we enjoy celebrating together. We try to have a birthday party for Jesus on Christmas Eve in the yard by the road. I do punch, hot apple cider and cookies. Guests are welcome to get out and celebrate by looking around. We hand them refreshments from our party while they visit,” Sylvia said. As viewers marvel at the dazzling lights and intricate details outside, the spirit of Christmas dwells inside of the home, as well. While the rooms are decked out with nutcrackers and carousels, one of the main attractions for the family is the menu. When Sylvia cooks, she uses two main ingredients that are found in most downhome southern dishes: comfort and soul. She says she likes to challenge herself with tasty hors d’oeuvres like cocktail sausages, stuffed mushrooms, seafood dips and fruit trays. All corners of the Polks’ home are touched by the holiday, and each year they try to add something unique to their arrangement. “I’d say 75 percent of our stuff that’s really big, we made it ourselves,” Leroy explained. Something that draws a lot of attention is the church on display, which was crafted by

hand. The foundation is brick with a plywood structure, and the windows are made from recycled chandelier glass. “Outside of the church we have little toy cars parked. Leading up to the doors are stepping stones, and inside we have the congregation sitting on pews. We have a senior choir and a junior choir,” he continued. The magic happens at night, when the sanctuary is lit up and the PA system is streaming Christmas music. It’s as if an actual worship service is happening inside of a knee high church. It is one of the first displays people flock to when they stop by for a visit. “Little kids will run up and down the street and they’ll stop right in front of the church outside our house, their eyes lit up, steadily talking about the lights and sounds coming from the yard. We love the reaction from that,” Leroy said. Having recently celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary, decorating for Christmas is a hobby and tradition that has brought the couple closer together. Their secret to a long lasting marriage? Commitment. What better way to show that commitment than by patiently unraveling a few hundred strands of lights and turning their home into a winter wonderland?

The sound of downtown in the Boro By Brooks Adams

Shown is the inside of the Polk’s model church, which plays gospel music and Christmas spirituals through its speaker.

Elves are hard at work on the Christmas display of Sylvia and Leroy Polk.

For those that love live music and local artists, there is often an association of places with specific types of music. New Orleans lives and breathes jazz. Nashville is the home of country music. Across the country and around the world, specific places have their own unique sound. So what, then, is the sound of Statesboro? If this were a recipe, we would have to start with the gospel, bluegrass and country that are woven into the fabric of the region. Add a dash of Blind Willie McTell for his song “Statesboro Blues” and a helping of southern rock thanks to The Allman Brothers Band version of that same song. No discussion of Statesboro music would ever be complete without the music of Emma Kelly, and the presence of Georgia Southern guarantees that there is always going to be a youthful vibe to our signature sound. Quite a varied mix. With all of these influences, is there one performer who manages to capture the essence of these elements and weave them into a coherent, unique sound? Local singer/songwriter Brandi Harvey hopes that she can. A native of Gainesville, Florida, Harvey grew up performing in various churches across northern Florida and South Georgia where her father was a minister. After moving back to Statesboro a few years ago, she began collaborating with other local artists on a variety of musical and stage productions at the Averitt Center for the Arts, including the Motown musical Dreamgirls, the Patsy Cline tribute show Always...Patsy Cline, Russ Lanier’s Music of the Eagles, and most recently with the Fleetliners’ Women of Country Music. We sat down with Harvey to ask her about her musical influences, style, and aspirations, and why she hopes to be the

“Sound of Downtown,” as dubbed by Stephen Maenpaa at 40 East Grille. “I grew up singing in church, but my influences range from Karen Carpenter to Joan Jett to Whitney Houston. I have always had a hunger to expand my ability, so I grew up listening to anything I could get my hands on,” she said. When asked about her personal style of music, Harvey replied, “The word ‘eclectic’ comes to mind! Seriously, my base is jazz and blues. That’s where I feel most comfortable, and then I throw in a mix of everything else. I love the music of Patsy Cline because of its timelessness and soulfulness, but then I also love Imelda May for her sass and attitude. I try to capture that in my performances. I want people to feel my love for the music as well as being entertained by it.” As for her aspirations, “When I was little, it was my dream to be a ‘rock star.’ While I don’t feel the need to perform stadiums at this point in my life, I feel like the journey is one that a lot of people can relate to. I want to share that journey, and the music that comes out of it, with others. Music has a way of connecting people in a way that nothing else can.” So why should Harvey wear the mantle of the Sound of Downtown? “I want to represent Statesboro because I love it here; I love the opportunities that it has given me and that it still continues to give me. This is a unique and special place. For all the tradition and southern charm, there’s an energy here; an appreciation for the arts, for music, and an optimism that I really want to be associated and identified with,” Harvey said. Harvey performs most Thursday nights at 40 East Grille with the duet R&B, and on weekends with Richmond Hill-based band Moss City Groove. December 2017


Overthinking It • By Katherine Fallon

Consider propane, please We have been talking about getting a grill for a while now. My partner is a serious Consumer Reports researcher, and identified several promising models. A few were propane, and a few were charcoal. We read reviews of each model, and breakdowns of the differences between a propane and a gas grill. Propane is, to sum it up, much easier to use. It takes less time to heat, to cook, and to cool. It requires significantly less cleaning and fewer steps along the path to finally having cooked food. However, I have always romanticized charcoal grills, probably because I have never had one myself, living vicariously through those in my life who do. I associate them with parties, with good weather, and with camping trips. I love the taste of the fire’s singe, and the smell of the coals as they


smolder and smoke. I am outspoken about my jealousy each time we smell someone else’s grill. I also have a history of loving what is most complicated, so charcoal was always the obvious choice, but while I was out of town a few weeks ago, my father-in-law visited and scared my partner into thinking the charcoal grill would burn the house down. He harped upon this — there is always something he harps upon — and begged Nikki to buy a propane grill, then suggested one far outside our budget. Her father is very kind to me, and very thoughtful. He has always been inclusive, and brings me trinkets that show he has been paying attention. But he is a complicated man, and feels the compulsion to teach us about something, even if it’s something we

know as much about as he does. To say he always has to be right is oversimplifying; it is more like he always needs to be knowing. He calls himself the “Old Man” and fancies himself a sage. At times, I handle it better than others. This was not one of my better times. When Nikki told me later about his crusade for propane — his parting words were “Consider propane, please,” as though pleading with us to quit taking drugs — my decision was made. When I got home, we bought a massive charcoal grill, and I spent hours reading about proper technique: the two-zone fire, the position of the grates and vent openings, the ideal temperatures of both the grill itself and the food being cooked, when to remove meat and let it rest. I have made two attempts to use the grill and have been unsuccessful both times. I finished the first batch of food on a stovetop grill pan, admitting defeat. I don’t understand yet how close the coals should be, how oiled the grates should be, how thin the meat should be tenderized, the staggering of food so that everything is hot when plates are made. I don’t understand how sooty the coals should be inside the chimney before dumping them into the grill itself, or how to avoid the nearly opaque and endless cloud of gray smoke that billows off of the coals as they first catch. After my first attempt, I threw a bit of a hissy fit. Nikki kindly reminded me that I chose this grill and that at the time of purchase, I pronounced dramatically that we were just going to have to deal with the charcoal learning curve with dignity. So this weekend, I lit it up again, trying a few new things, and the results were neither great nor pathetic. I am happy to report that my response was also much improved. After that first disappointment, I thought that I’d made a dumb move simply to be contrary. Then I remembered that propane was never an option in my mind. It is as much about the process as it is about the food. I love a challenge, and I will learn to love this one. I am happy to screw up repeatedly, and in various ways, if it means that improvement becomes triumph.

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Day Trippin’ • By Kenley Alligood

Visit Lake Lanier for a little holiday magic One of my favorite Christmas songs is “I’ll be Home for Christmas” and this is actually the first year I won’t be. I’ve always had a nostalgic view of the holidays. November 1 hits and I put my Norman Rockwell glasses on, looking forward to crackling fireplaces and special desserts and rooms full to bursting with all of the people I love. I’ve outgrown the matching pajamas on Christmas morning but I hope I never outgrow having coffee with my grandparents after all the gifts have been shared or pretending to be annoyed at my dad as he protests for at least the 22nd year in a row that he doesn’t want anything for Christmas this year. The holidays are about the traditions we celebrate and the people we share them with. I could spend whole pages telling stories about how we’ve done a Charles Wysocki puzzle every year 24

since I can remember or about the time my grandfather’s notoriously blazing fire created a backdraft that filled the whole living room with smoke. One of my favorite Christmas memories, something we quit doing for whatever reason by the time I got into high school, was visiting the Magical Nights of Lights at Lake Lanier. I suppose that’s why I remember it with such fondness as something that was, well, magical. I remember driving through a tunnel of glittering icicles standing head and shoulders above the sunroof and feeling like I was flying. I found myself mesmerized by the lights glinting through the trees and glittering off the water. It truly is a beautiful thing to behold on a crisp winter night. The Magical Nights of Lights is a 7-milelong drive featuring millions of tiny lights me-

ticulously choreographed to holiday songs. The displays feature scenes that I remember loving as a child like the Twelve Days of Christmas and Santa’s Workshop, along with new ones to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Magical Nights of Lights. The winding path through the trees terminates in the Holiday Village where families can roast marshmallows, get a picture with Santa Claus, and ride the beautifully lit Ferris wheel. If you’re going to be in the Atlanta area for the holidays, give Lake Lanier a try. It might just be the start of a new tradition for you and your family. The Magical Nights of Lights is open 5 to 10 pm every night Nov. 17 – Jan. 3. Tickets for vehicles of 10 passengers or less are $35.




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Legacy is right in the heart of Statesboro, Georgia and is located directly across from the Georgia Southern campus. Residents retreat to their own fully furnished apartments, outfitted with spacious patios, vaulted ceilings and full-sized kitchens. When studying, residents take full advantage of Legacy’s computer center with free printing. Other great features include a resort-style swimming pool, fitness center with cardio and weight machines, basketball and sand volleyball courts and a pet friendly environment!

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111 South is one of the newest student housing communities in Statesboro, GA, located within walking distance of Georgia Southern University. We offer a luxurious lifestyle with fully furnished apartments, allinclusive rent packages, 24-hour clubhouse with free Starbucks coffee and a “Best in the ‘Boro” Pool with lazy river. Our spacious floorplans include 2, 3, 4, and 5 bedroom apartments, all with private bathrooms and walk-in closets. In addition, all units have granite countertops, black appliances and add laminate plank flooring. 100 Woodland Drive, Statesboro, GA 30458 (912) 681-6441 17931 Highway 67 South, Statesboro, GA 30458 (912) 681-6539 1400 Statesboro Pl Cir., Statesboro, GA 30458 (912) 681-8307 111 Rucker Ln, Statesboro, GA 30458 (912) 225-0381


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