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Let’s bounce: Jumpshot offers fun for the whole family June 2018

LOTS TO DO in the Boro this summer!

Take a walk on the wild side at GSU’s Wildlife Center Find some hidden treasures at Charlie’s Funky Junk Shop Set your creative spirit free at Free Spirit Pottery & Glass Studio


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Behind the Scenes People who make it happen

Angye Morrison, EDITOR 912.489.9405 | amorrison@connectstatesboromagazine.com

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....and just like that…it’s summer! Welcome to sunshine, beach time and flip flops. We’re excited that summer is finally here, mostly because there’s so much to do in the Boro this time of year. So that’s what we’ve focused this issue on. We hope you’ll take our suggestions and take in the experiences we’ve highlighted — but if not, we hope it’ll get your wheels turning toward finding your own ways to enjoy your summer. We sought out some family-friendly things to do that were a little out of the ordinary. First of all, we spent some time talking to the good folks at JumpShot. What a fun way to spend some time with your family! We also spent some time with Free Spirit Pottery, Charlie’s Funky Junk Shop, and last, but certainly not least, the Center for Wildlife Education at Georgia Southern University. These are all ways you can spend some time this summer as a family, but also individually. So get out there and explore…see what you can find to do…and enjoy the Boro. You’ll be amazed at all there is to do here! Side note: We’d like to say thank you and farewell to Kenley Alligood, who has been writing our Day Trippin’ feature for the past two years. She is moving to Michigan for graduate school, and we’ll miss her terribly. But we’re thrilled that she has this opportunity. Best of luck to you, Kenley!

Hunter McCUMBER, ART DIRECTOR 912.489.9491 | hmccumber@statesboromagazine.com Stephanie Childs, Marketing & Sales Manager 912.531.0786 | schilds@connectstatesboromagazine.com Darrell Elliot, Distribution 912.489.9425 | delliot@statesboroherald.com Jim Healy, Operations manager 912.489.9402 | jhealy@statesboroherald.com 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, amorrison@connectstatesboromagazine.com. Copyright © 2018 by Statesboro Publishing Company, Inc. All rights reserved.

Olivia Carter, co-owner of Charlie’s Funky Junk Shop, makes notes at the shop’s counter. The store is a labor of love for Carter and her mother, Patricia Carter. Read their story on page 26. Photo by Scott Bryant

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The Arts SEEN! Send photos, along with information about the event, as well as the names of those pictured, to amorrison@connectstatesboromagazine.com.

1. Georgia Southern student Libby Hartley, 20, of St. Simons Island helps Ahana Raval, 5, learn how to make flowers from tissue paper during ArtsFest. The festival is hosted by Statesboro Bulloch County Parks and Recreation in partnership with Georgia Southern and celebrates the arts through performances, exhibits, demonstrations and numerous hands-on activities for all ages. Hartley, the service coordinator for the university’s chapter of Phi Eta Sigma honor society, wanted to generate some enthusiasm for her activity at the festival with her unique headwear. Photo by Scott Bryant

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2. Wearing sneakers to save her dance shoes for her performance, Anna Nessmith, 11, right, and a fellow Statesboro Youth Ballet student go over their steps just before hitting the stage during the 36th annual ArtsFest on Sweetheart Circle at Georgia Southern University. Photo by Scott Bryant 3. Alrandria Felts, left, and pal Katelyn Tucker, both 7, put their personal touches on a community mural sponsored by the Averitt Center for the Arts during ArtsFest. Photo by Scott Bryant 4. Mary Poppins, portrayed by Harlie Carter, at left, sings about the important of little things to Michael (Ian McLendon) and Jane (Kylie Maynard) during a scene from Statesboro High’s production of Mary Poppins. The cast of 100, including high school, middle school and elementary school students, brought the tale of the iconic magical nanny to the stage April 28 and 29. Photo by Scott Bryant

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5. Carter, McLendon and Maynard are joined by Destiny Harwell as the Birdwoman to sing “Chim Chim Che-ree.” Photo by Scott Bryant 6. Don Giovanni, portrayed by Vincent Valentin, left, plots his escape after his treachery is exposed by Donna Anna (Maria Smart), center left, Don Ottavio (James Allen), center right, and Donna Elvira (Meghann Ashey) during a scene from the Georgia Southern Opera and Georgia Southern Symphony production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Georgia Southern Performing Arts Center on April 20 and 21. Photo by Scott Bryant 7. Don Giovanni, portrayed by Vincent Valentin, bottom left, plots a seduction while Masetto (Jon Holland Jones), right, Donna Elvira (Meghann Ashey), Don Ottavio (James Allen), and Donna Anna (Maria Smart), background, plot their revenge during a scene from Don Giovanni.

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Chaos and Contentment • By Cristina Emberton

‘Why do you let him do that?’ My child is spread-eagle on the floor of the cereal aisle. I had refused to buy the so called, “breakfast item” that is actually chocolate chip cookies rolled in sugar. Random person asks, “Why do you let him act like that?” Inside my head or possibly out loud, to random person I say, “Oh…because I love it! I love the stares and being the main attraction here at the Wal-Mart Supercenter! It is the ultimate pleasurable experience to have a full cart of groceries and a child I must physically remove from the store!” I have and still do, avoid the store with my children as much as possible. Although my children are older now, I’d rather skip a grocery outing with them. Sometimes they can be helpful. I make it a mission and send them off for specific items, especially if it is something of special interest to them. The problem is this can make a 20-minute trip into an hour while I wait for customer service to call their names over the loud speaker. Regardless of our massive technological advancements, the speaker sounds like it was made in 1983 and my children are deaf to it. I still get shopping done at record breaking speed during my lunch hour to avoid taking them. Since their birth I have found ways to make lone, mission critical stops at the store. Being nibbled to death by ducks would be preferred over a full-on grocery trip with my two children when they were toddlers. When my son was at prime meltdown age, 8

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my daughter would have still been strapped in a carrier or strapped to me, contained and immobile. I have made exits with my son under my arm crying and screaming while pushing the stroller containing my daughter. My son was a loose cannon. He did not do well in large crowds and would become overstimulated easily. With this said, meltdowns were weekly and sometimes daily. I entered grocery stores with a game plan and predetermined exit route. Trigger areas were always in the peripheral vision; candy aisle, toys, etc. A successful trip to the store consisted of getting in and out while my daughter slept in her carrier and my son’s focus remained fixated on the hot wheels car in his hand. I was, and still am, always prepared to abort. There is nothing — absolutely nothing — in that basket that I wasn’t prepared to walk away from. No hesitation! When drink orders were taken at the beginning of a restaurant meal, to-go boxes were already requested. If children learn anything about us as their parents, it is that we will leave (with them, of course) an event, a store or restaurant, if we must. I never threaten if I cannot follow through. I don’t tell them that we will not be going to Florida when the trip is booked and deposits made. There are plenty of opportunities and outings I’d rather back out on to prove my honesty! (snicker, snicker) Before one foot goes inside the restaurant,

the ice cream shop, toy store, trampoline park or birthday party, the abort strategy must be in place and preferably announced to the entire family before entrance! To answer the onlooker’s question, “why do you let him do that??” because, sir, if you spank a child that is already overstimulated and hypersensitive they will do nothing more than scream more and probably hit back. The solution? Time. Time driving and redirection will turn this meltdown around. This starts by getting them out of the environment they are currently in. Sometimes we have to do this to teach them consequences for their behavior. Sometimes we have to do this because they truly have an inability to emotionally deal with their surroundings. Too many people, noise, lights and excitement can send some children into a spiral of stimulation. As adults, it is hard to relate to a child’s perspective or understand when a child is misbehaving or having uncontrollable emotions. They have yet to learn how to control these emotions resulting in what “looks” like a spoiled brat. So, if you’re no stranger to the grocery store meltdown, and the random onlooker gazing in judgment, just remember there are those of us who see you and understand. It’s just a few moments of an eye rolling experiencing. If you chose to let them scream and stand firm in the grocery line, by all means go for it! You are a soldier with completed errands!


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Statesboro called Jumpshot that offers more than 13,000 square feet of interconnected trampolines. The space allows for concessions and big entertainment, all at a reasonable price. Whether it is for a birthday party, a corporate event, or a team outing, Jumpshot has something to offer for people of all ages this summer – even parents have their own lounge to relax in while the kids play dodgeball and experience the wipe-out machine. A one-hour pass to use the indoor trampolines is $13 an hour. Their Thursday specials start at rates as low as $7 per person. Along with their indoor trampolines, Jumpshot also offers paintball activities. It is the largest indoor paintball facility in Georgia, with speedball, turf Call of Duty and sawdust fields for groups to choose from. A field access fee starts at $30 per person, and it gives the individual access to three fields. This price includes a gun, mask, chest pad and 500 paint balls. If you are interested in visiting Jumpshot or letting them host your next event, call (912) 259-9191 or visit their website at jumpshotstatesboro.com.

Jump into summer with a visit to Jumpshot Written by Lauren Porter Photos courtesy of Jumpshot In the late 1930s, a man by the name of George Nissen invented the trampoline. According to the New York Times, Nissen was a teenage gymnast. He and his coach made the first trampoline out of scrap steel and tire inner tubes to use for an act in the Iowa Hawkeye Circus. It gave Nissen the ability to spring back into a somersault. The success of this act led the two men to form a company that sold a portable version of their trampoline. Nissen named it Campeón de Trampolín. 10

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Nissen continued promoting his business by traveling the globe with his wife, his baby and a folding trampoline. By the late 1950s, people started catching wind of this new product and “jump centers” emerged at gas stations around the U.S., allowing kids the fun of jumping on trampolines while their parents filled up the gas tank. Today, the trampoline remains an American pastime, and it is even an Olympic event. For those of us who want to get in on the fun, there is a state of the art facility in

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Stephanie comes to Connect Magazine with more than 15 years of sales and marketing experience both internationally and nationally. Currently serving as the Marketing/Sales Manager

for Connect Magazine and GSU Eagle Nation (gsueaglenation.com), she is also a Multimedia Sales Strategist for the Statesboro Herald. She has extensive knowledge in providing strategic marketing planning to ensure her clients are reaching their desired goals. Stephanie prides herself in providing integrated advertising plans; campaign management; understanding the market and key competitors; and working collaboratively to determine creative messaging for all her clients. Stephanie has extensive marketing and sales experience – B2B and B2C - in various industries including: business services; consumer

products; food and beverage; financial, government; hardware; health care; recreation/leisure; and notfor-profit. She places strong emphasis on integrating traditional marketing principles into her clients’ digital strategies to maximize their exposure so they receive the best ROI. A native of Statesboro, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her son Jackson; staying active at her son’s school, Bulloch Academy; traveling; cooking; and taking continuing education courses to stay abreast of all the changes and industry trends that affect marketing and communications.

Q: What makes an effective print marketing campaign? A: Often the lack of understanding what the purpose of your ad is targeting, results in feeling as if it did not work for you. First and foremost, deciding on your print ad campaign should be well thought out and planned ahead of time. Your ad campaign is no different from putting together a business plan or budget; Just like the aforementioned, you need to know exactly what you want to achieve from running your ad and the most effective way to reach your goal. Now, what I am about to say will certainly raise some eyebrows and it does not apply to all ads – but it does for many. Most ads are not designed to sell, but to get people to remember your brand and reputation is quintessential if you want readers to remember you. In general, consumers need to see an ad 7 times before they take action. When meeting with your print rep to discuss your ad, you should involve anyone else that will have a hand in your campaign present. If you use a graphic designer, photographer, or copywriter and they will be involved in any capacity with the placement of your print ad - avoid delays and have everyone meet together. This will ensure all of you are on the same page and working to achieve the same goal.


Sarah Gearhart, the brand new owner of Free Spirit Pottery & Glass, smiles amidst some of the art pieces created in the shop. Customers can pick out their own piece of pottery and paint it any way they like, and pick it up about a week later, after it is fired. The shop also offers canvas classes, featuring paintings like those shown on the wall behind Gearhart.

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All sorts of pottery items are offered by Free Spirit — everything from plates to platters and gnomes to mugs. All are available to paint, along with some finished pieces, like this ladybug deviled egg platter.

Free Spirit now offers bottle fusing. You can bring in your empty bottles and they can be fused in to a tray or dish. Wire and beads can also be added so you can hang them for display in your home. It’s a great way to recycle used bottles. | For those who love Tic Tac Toe, you can pick up this cute little dish that has a game board on it, and add your own flair by picking out the game pieces. This game dish sports martini glasses and olives, created by fusing glass.

At Free Spirit, it’s all about fun art, not fine art Written by Angye Morrison Photography by Angye Morrison Sarah Gearhart came to Statesboro about nine years ago to attend Georgia Southern University. She graduated with a degree in sport management, with a minor in business. During her time at GSU, she and a friend became regulars at Free Spirit Pottery & Glass. “I used to drive by the shop all the time and it took me a while to come in. I had heard about it, but I thought, I’m not that artistic,” Gearhart said. But eventually she made her way in, and says that she and her friends from work began to frequent the shop on Friday nights, celebrating making it through another work week. Gearhart got to know the owner, Ann

Walsh, and her staff while she spent time there. She even had a conversation with one of her friends about how cool it would be to own Free Spirit. Talk about prophetic. Gearhart is now the owner, three years after going to work at the shop part-time. She closed on the business in May, after Walsh decided to sell in 2017. Gearhart has been working as manager for some time now, and is thrilled to call the business her own. “Never in a million years did I think that I would be here,” she said. “I’ve always wanted to own a business. It’s pretty cool to wake up and actually want to go to work. Not a lot of people can say that.”

Gearhart says she has grown to love Statesboro, and can’t imagine living and working anywhere else. “I’ve gotten to know a lot of the people, our customers. Some of my best friends I’ve met through teaching classes, and just regular customers. I’m here all the time. I should just basically live here, because I’m here all the time,” she says, laughing. “It’s a pretty fun place.” Originally from Marietta, Gearhart says that although owning a business was always something she wanted, she had figured it would happen for her later on in life. Customers often ask Gearhart if she was an art student, and she laughs as she tells June 2018

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be recycled. them no. In the summer time, Free Spirit offers art “I always tell people this place is fun art, camps for kids ages 4 and up. There will not fine art,” she said. A lot of people come to Free Spirit in- be three sessions this summer, the second, terested in art, but “freaking out” because third and fourth weeks of July. The camps they don’t know how to paint. Gearhart run from Monday through Friday of those tells them that it’s more about the experi- weeks, from 9 a.m. until noon. Children who attend will have fun doing pottery, ence than the expertise. “You don’t have to be an artist to come canvas, clay and tie dye projects. “I try to throw in a bunch of messy stuff here. I think that’s one of the coolest things about that. If we get a 2-year-old in here that they like,” Gearhart says. She added that paints something, it’s going to be a hot that last year, they did squirt gun painting. “We went outside and they were supmess, but it always turns out and it always looks really cool,” she said. It’s about the experience, but in the end, “It’s cool to leave with something tangible,” Gearhart says. The bread and butter of Free Spirit is the pottery. Customers don’t need an appointment; they can just walk in, pick out a piece, and sit down and start painting. Pieces range in price from $1 to $150, with the average cost being around $20 to $30. The pieces are fired on site in the shop’s kiln, and ready to be picked up in about a week. You can also create your own piece out of clay, paint it, and have it fired. Free Spirit also offers canvas painting, which does require a reservation. There are classes Sarah Gearhart is shown with some of the fused glass pieces offered. This Wonder Woman piece has been taught after hours, from 6:30 to made into a clock. The shop offers wind chimes, dishes, 8:30 p.m. Cost for the class is clocks, earrings and more, all made with fused glass. $35 per person. Gearhart says you can bring posed to be painting on canvas, but they a drink and settle in. “You can choose your class, and we’ll mostly squirted at me,” she said, laughing. Gearhart tries to teach a lesson with guide you along,” she says. The classes are great for date night, work what the children are doing as well. Last year, they did a Picasso themed lesson and or social groups. In addition to the pottery and canvas project, making self-portrait masks. “It’s teaching a lesson but still making it painting, the shop offers fused glass. Fused glass is made when pieces of glass are fun as well,” she said. During the camps, heated in a kiln until they fuse into one the kids will complete two or three projects piece. Gearhart says customers have creat- a day. Cost for a week of camp is $165 for ed jewelry, sun catchers, clocks, dishware and more. There are many pieces in the the week, with a 10 percent discount for each additional child in a family. The camp shop on display for purchase. Something newer to the shop is bottle fus- includes the project and supplies, as well ing. Customers can bring in a clean, used as a snack for each child. Gearhart says that this year, they will wine bottle, and Gearhart can fuse it into a tray or dish. Wire and beads can be also be working with the Boys & Girls Club added so that it can be used as a hanging. of Bulloch County and the YMCA, to give It’s a great way to upcycle bottles that can’t more local kids the opportunity to be ex14

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posed to and create art. Once a month, Gearhart says they offer a kids night out, and there may be additional dates for this popular event during the summer months. Cost for the night is $25, which includes a movie, a meal, popcorn and a movie-themed art project. Parents can drop their children off from 6 to 9 p.m. As if all that weren’t enough, Free Spirit also offers kids classes during spring break and the summer, which run $20 per class. Gearhart keeps incredibly busy with her business, but she still finds time for her own art projects. Her favorite is pottery, which she says is very forgiving — a welcome attribute, considering her perfectionist bent. “You can wipe it off and start over,” she said, laughing. She says she especially enjoys painting objects like mugs, because they’re items you can truly use in your home. She also enjoys making fused glass items, particularly the jewelry. Gearhart likes painting on canvas, but says she spent more time doing that before she began working at Free Spirit. “It’s a good stress reliever,” she said. “But it takes the most time for me, because of that perfectionist thing.” In the future, Gearhart plans to add more classes, and wants to add more wood projects like signs made from pallet or reclaimed wood. She’s just looking for the best way to make that happen. “I would love to start doing classes like that. It would be something that’s different but it’s fully customizable,” she said. She’s also looking into adding pottery wheels in the shop, but is trying to determine the best placement for them in the shop. Free Spirit Pottery & Glass is open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; on Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and on Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can also book private parties on Sundays and after hours. You can find Free Spirit on Facebook: @ freespiritart. The shop is located at 42 East Main Street. Call (912) 489-3232 for more information.


Tailgate Tattler • By Chandler Avery

Dog days: Minor league talent takes the field Ahh, June. The dog days of summer. The return of the Statesboro summer scorcher, a time in which there is not much happening in the collegiate world of sports. But for former Eagles pursuing their dream of playing baseball in the big leagues, summer is the middle of the full swing of minor league season. So, after having the pleasure of watching two Eagles pitch in the minors this season, I figured there’s no better time than June to present my Georgia Southern baseball rendition of a “Where Are They Now?” MLB Chris Beck-Chicago White Sox: 16 IP in nine appearances in 2018; 0-0 record with 1 save and 3.94 ERA Beck has made a career 92 appearances for the White Sox in the past four years after being the 76th overall pick by the Sox in the 2012 draft. AAA Sam Howard-Albuquerque Isotopes (Colorado Rockies affiliate): 32.1 IP in 7 starts in 2018; 2-3 record with a 5.01 ERA Howard has been with the Rockies since he was signed in 2014, and has progressed through their farm system with a 28-32 record and 3.69 ERA in 95 starts. AA Victor Roache-Springfield Cardinals (St. Louis Cardinals affiliate): .267 Avg in 135 plate appearances; 11 HR, 28 RBIs Roache has a career average of .239 and 79 HR in his five years with minor league affiliates from the Brewers, Dodgers and Cardinals.

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A(Advanced) Jason Richman- Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Los Angeles Dodgers affiliate): 26.1 IP in 15 appearances in 2018: 1-4 record with two saves and 4.44 ERA. Richman has a career record of 7-10, 7 saves, and a 3.50 ERA in 100 appearances with different minor league affiliates of the Rangers and Dodgers. Jordan Wren- Salem Red Sox (Boston Red Sox affiliate): .300 avg in 10 plate appearances in 2018. Wren has a career average of .198 in his 81 plate appearances with the Boston Red Sox farm system. A Logan Baldwin- Augusta GreenJackets (San Francisco Giants affiliate): .275 avg in 131 plate appearances with 4 triples and 9 doubles. Baldwin has a .362 career average in 2 years with the Giants minor league system with 99 hits including 20 doubles. One of the cooler experiences I had this past month was to fly out to Los Angeles for a getaway from Disney World and see the Pacific Ocean for the first time. While I was out there, Rancho Cucamonga was in town, so I hopped in a rental car and went to catch a game and see Jason Richman play. It really is cool seeing our former Eagles living the dream and getting to see some neat places in this country while doing so. Personally growing up 5 miles away from the Gwinnett Braves (now Stripers) stadium, I fell in love with minor league baseball. To me,

it is the purest version of professional baseball, as the players are all within reach of achieving a lifelong goal of playing in the big leagues. Sure, you may not recognize the names now, but looking back you can say you watched some of the great names of today get their start. I still remember the starting rotation of the G-Braves included both Tommy Hanson and Julio Teheran, and some guy at first base by the name of Freddie Freeman. Needless to say there are a lot of players who can and will turn into a star name in the future, so get on out to a minor league game whether it’s Charleston, Augusta, Gwinnett, Jacksonville, or any of the numerous minor league teams in the country and enjoy some of the best sporting environments you can find. In other baseball news, I would be missing one of the hottest commodities in the sport if I didn’t bring up the Savannah Bananas. Sure they aren’t a minor league team, but the organization operates better than any pro league I have seen. A quick check at their website and you will find they have sold out all of their games except for a few weeks before the season starts. Last year the team had a couple of Eagles, and the opposing teams in the Coastal Plain League is usually a popular spot for Eagles looking to play some summer ball. The Bananas run things right. Every time the team takes the field, it is more than just a game. It is a show. Savannah rallies around this team each summer, as the baseball game is sandwiched in between the games, events, dance routines and much more that the organization puts on. It’s simply amazing how less than five years ago the Savannah Sand Gnats were a fledgling minor league team that moved to Columbia and left Grayson Stadium empty and potentially being torn down. Those days are gone, and Georgia’s first city has simply “Gone Bananas.” The team kicks off its season this month, and I am looking forward to seeing the talent on the field, especially with the new addition and rivalry that comes in the form of the Macon Bacon. So folks, take a breath. June is a semi slowdown time for sports, but get ready, because the two versions of football are coming, and for the Tailgate Tattler that means I get to dive back into the current happenings and state of athletics at Georgia Southern in just one short month! In the meantime, finalize your donations to the Athletic Foundation, and get ready to acquire your season tickets if you haven’t done so already, because the fiscal year ends June 30! GATA


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The Music Scene • By Brandi Harvey

A Bird in the hand: Behind the scenes with BiRDPERSON If you’re looking for one of the most wellknown and established bands on campus, BiRDPERSON is the band for you. When BiRDPERSON began in the living room of roommates Aaron Cooler, Wheeler Lovett and Anthony McLeod, they couldn’t have seen the future in store for the band or the impact it would have on the music scene in Statesboro. Nearly four years after their initial musical convergence and following some evolution from original lineup, band members Aaron Cooler, Trey Wilson and Jarrett Thompson have just gotten back together after nearly eight months apart. Coming back with a renewed energy, they are ready to bring their own personal style to the stage again. I recently got the chance to talk to him specifically about BP and their history, future, and current passions and projects. BH: What are the origins of the band’s unusual name? AC: When we were around 20, we came up with a name we didn’t put much thought or consideration into the process because we didn’t really think we’d do anything with it. The conversation went something like “Hey, wouldn’t Birdperson be a dumb band name?” We all agreed and decided to go with it. When we actually started to play shows and write more original music (as opposed to just playing covers) we never bothered to change the name, and it’s stuck to this day, more out of laziness than anything. The stylization of BiRDPERSON came a bit later, just to make it stick out visually. BH: I’ve talked a bit about your unique style of music. What genre do you consider yourselves, and who are your influence? AC: We play a genre that we call MathPunk, which takes inspiration from genres like 1st and 2nd Wave Emo, Math Rock, Pop-Punk,

and even Shoegaze and Hardcore. We all have scores of personal influences that span tons of genres as a band, but in BiRDPERSON, we see ourselves as continuing a modern emo and punk rock tradition in the vein of Glocca Morra, Snowing, Mom Jeans, Algernon Cadwallader, Braid, the Promise Ring, and others that fall under that umbrella. BH: You’ve just come off of a pretty long hiatus. What led to that break, and what brought you guys back together? AC: After two EPs, two music videos, and two tours, we were feeling burnt out and needed take some much-needed personal time. It’s been our biggest challenge. All four members were in different places, physically and emotionally, so we decided to call it quits for a while. We thought that was going to, more than likely, be the end for BiRDPERSON. However, we missed the songs and playing together way too much, and after eight months of silence, we’ve figured out how to go about making this band happen as a three-piece in this best way possible from here on out with renewed vigor and creative energy. We have tons of new music and other content on the way for the coming months. BH: I’m sure your friends are glad to have you back together. What does the future look like for BiRDPERSON? AC: Now that we’re back together, we just want to pick up where we left off. Playing shows with our friends, writing music, putting it out, and going on tours and weekenders.. If it leads to more eventually, that’s fantastic, but we’re never going to be doing this because we dream of being rich or famous, or getting some big record deal. If that ever becomes our motivation as a band, we’ll need to stop because

we’re doing something wrong at that point. BH: I met you doing research for an article that led me to Birdhaus, the home for Statesboro’s DIY scene. For those who missed that article, tell us a little about it and how BiRDPERSON led to its creation. AC: Eventually, we decided we were tired of toiling away playing three-hour sets at bars for people who were generally disinterested in our music and we needed a place to play our own tunes, so we started hosting shows in our living room, giving the place the name BiRDHAUS. Since then, the venue has taken on a life of its own outside of the band, hosting anywhere between 2-4 shows a month, acting as a fullyfunctional recording studio, and serving as a practice space for local bands. We host shows across ALL genres, including metal, punk, folk, hip-hop, shoegaze, spoken word, noise, emo, math, alt-country, pop, jazz, funk, and everything else. Anyone interested in becoming a member of a revolutionary art space that subverts the notion that a state, school, church, or other governing body must sanction social gatherings, within a community that focuses on providing a safe environment for everyone to appreciate art regardless of race, gender identity, class, religion, or sexuality is welcome at the BiRDHAUS! BH: We’re almost out of time, and I’m way beyond my word count for the article, but I’d love for our readers to know where they can find your music, and any other final thoughts you might like to share. AC:Our two EPs are available on all major streaming platforms (Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, etc) or you can download them for a name-your-price donation at www.BiRDPERSONband.bandcamp.com. We also have new music that is on the way that will be released via those same avenues soon. Be nice to everyone! Find local bands in your town and support them! Go to shows and bring your friends! Build beneficial communities and relationships centered around art and people rather than profit! We love you!

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Plan a special day for Dad!

A time to celebrate those precious dad moments!

Kids’ gifts for loving dads Father’s Day is fast approaching, which means your kids will surely want to give a little something special to Dad to show him just how much he means to them. Here are a few heartfelt gift ideas that will definitely make him smile. Crafts: A greeting card, pencil holder, personalized mug, keychain, painting, drawing, macaroni picture frame, papier-mâché sculpture — the possibilities are endless when it comes to making a handmade Father’s Day gift. One thing’s for sure: Dad will be proud of his budding little artists!

Videos: Make a home video in which your kids share some loving thoughts about Dad. Have them explain what they like the most about their father or what activities they like to do together. This thoughtful video will warm Dad’s heart, and he’ll undoubtedly take great pleasure in rewatching it countless times.

Photos: Let your kids flip through old photo albums and choose their favourite family photos. Next, help them create an annotated scrapbook that will surely bring a smile to Dad’s face and allow him to reminisce about cherished memories with those he holds dear to his heart.

Are you looking to celebrate Father’s Day by planning an unforgettable outing this year? Great idea! Thankfully, you won’t need to think too hard to find ways to bring a smile to dear ole’ Dad’s face. All you need to do is choose an activity that the two of you will enjoy doing together. If your dad is a sports enthusiast who loves the great outdoors, a hike in the woods, a canoe excursion or a fishing trip will surely make his day. You could take advantage of the beautiful weather to go for a bike ride, have fun at an amusement park or play a friendly game of golf, soccer, volleyball — whatever his sport of choice! Perhaps your dad is more the type to appreciate a delicious meal and a good bottle of wine? In that case, share a tasty dinner at a restaurant he’s always been meaning to try and watch him beam with delight. And if you prefer to think outside the box, a tasting work­ shop (chocolate, cheese, beer) or cooking class is a surefire way to create cherished memories that will last you both a lifetime. Alternatively, if your dad loves cultural experiences, a visit to the local museum or art gallery is the perfect way to share a special day that’s both inspiring and entertaining. Does your father absolutely love a good flick or an upbeat tune? Catch an afternoon showing at the movie theatre or attend a con­cert in his company to mark this most special of occasions.

Poems: Help your kids compose a few rhymes paying homage to Dad. Have them recite their poems on Father’s Day and present daddy dearest with a written, framed copy to hang in his office or workshop.

Gift ideas for every kind of dad Can’t think of an original gift idea for Father’s Day? Seeing as every dad is unique in his own right, why not give him something that reflects the person you love so much? To help get you inspired, here are a few gift ideas for every type of dad.

The thinker: There’s nothing like a board game or puzzle book to get Dad’s grey matter going. You can also surprise him with a documentary series or a subscription to a scientific magazine to quench his thirst for knowledge.

The foodie: Does your father enjoy a gourmet spread? Between craft beers, good wines, fine cheeses, sweet treats — like rich chocolates and gourmet candies — local produce, and other mouth-watering delicacies, there are many options to appeal to your dad’s taste buds. The handyman: If your dad loves projects that force him to roll up his sleeves, why not give him a new tool or innovative gadget to add to his prized collection? A gift card for his hardware store of choice is also an excellent idea. The athlete: Sportswear, a smart watch, a refillable water bottle, a guide to the region’s best cycling routes or nicest hiking trails — there’s no shortage of options to please the number-one athlete in your life. The technophile: Is your dad into everything technology? Between Bluetooth speakers, a tablet, a drone or the latest state-of-the-art camera, you have a ton of choice when it comes to high-tech gifts.

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Overthinking It • By Katherine Fallon

We’re here On May 3, in the Georgia Southern University Statesboro’s Center for Arts and Theatre, the first annual Lavender Graduation was held. The color lavender holds special significance to the LGBTQ+ community and Lavender graduations are held across the country to honor students within the LGBTQ+ umbrella. Made possible by Ted Tucker, Georgia Southern Statesboro alumnus, the event featured a panel of community members and alums from both Statesboro and Armstrong campuses, as well as a series of speakers, including alumni, Ted Tucker, and professor Emeritus Dr. Fred Richter. When Tucker attended Georgia Southern, it was known as Georgia Teachers College, and had a very small student body. His sexuality was known to him but not to others, and while he loved his experience here, he did not feel he was ever able to be himself. After moving to San Francisco and finding himself in an accepting and widespread community, it became important to him to facilitate those feelings of comfort for others within this demographic. His investment in invigorating our university’s LGBTQ+ community has already, in its nascent planning stages, transformed the experience of both faculty and students alike.

Richter, the first out gay faculty member at Georgia Southern, can be thanked for influencing Georgia Southern to add sexuality to its non-discrimination policy. Furthermore, he spent his career on campus doing much more than teaching English: he became a spokesperson for the community, educating others and, in the process, indubitably empowering allies to join in the quest for equality. He continues to champion the LGBTQ+ community, encouraging acceptance from within and without. During the ceremony, when the panel discussion opened to questions from the floor, the focus shifted from those who identify within the LGBTQ+ umbrella, themselves, to those who want to support us, but don’t necessarily know how. This is not uncommon for gatherings of queer people and allies, but it is difficult water to tread: where some are patient with those who do not quite know how to offer their support, others have grown tired, over a lifetime of being educators, of being expected to teach others. Not all of us want to or can be ambassadors, and it is never the responsibility of the marginalized to educate. There are no right answers, particularly none that cover the spectrum of experiences within the LGBTQ+ community, such as those

who hold more than one minority status and struggle to find a confluence between the two, which was also discussed on the panel. However, for those who choose to, bringing people into the fold is important. In this particular company, it was evident that people find such education to be a significant step in community-building, and that some are willing to provide such guidance. At times, I get discouraged by the heteronormativity of Statesboro, such as the way my wife and I are responded to in public: the looks we get, the misgendering, her reticence to use public restrooms, the fear we have of any physical contact. At the movies the other day, watching the cheesy concession stand turn-your-cell-phone-off preview, I started crying while watching all of those couples -- diverse in many ways, but not in this way -- put their arms around one another, lean into one another, practically leap into one another’s laps when afraid. I cried because I want that freedom and comfort, to love and be seen loving without risk. A few days after Lavender Graduation, on the bus to traditional graduation, we slyly held hands by grasping the same strap. Her hand crushed mine and I held steady, happy for that brief moment between us. This frustration isn’t exclusive to Statesboro; I have experienced some ilk of homophobia in every place I’ve lived, including big cities in the Northeast and Southwest, so events like Lavender Graduation are heartening. Listening to the panelists and the keynotes provided me with perspective on the light years between how things used to be and how they are now. We have a lot of ground to cover before I’ll stop crying at heterosexual public displays of affection, but the fact that I can write here, referring to my wife, is not to be taken for granted. The fact that we held an event last week which honored queer graduates of all stripes, while bringing together those who hope to support us in our quest to be safe and validated is nothing to sneeze at. Wheels are turning, whether the homophobes like it or not. With every day, with every individual and collective effort, it becomes easier and easier to be out and proud. We might not be able to hold hands everywhere, but the university has created spaces where we can, and has introduced us to those who wish broader freedom for us, and who will fight to see it realized. I am not only out and proud; I am also proud of Georgia Southern.


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Day Trippin’ • By Kenley Alligood

‘From Rome to Lawrenceville’ Music of Georgia I was driving the other day and letting the scent of magnolia blooms roll through the open windows, Atlanta-based rock band Manchester Orchestra on the radio, and it all struck me for the first time. In a few short months I’ll be leaving Georgia, my home for all 23 years of my life, and moving to the Midwest to pursue a master’s degree. When I sat down to write today I realized that I have more nostalgia than I bargained for, and not just for this job of two years which I’ve loved every minute of, but for, well, everything. Somewhat unexpectedly, a lot of it comes back to music. “Moonlight Through the Pines” No song is more quintessentially Georgian than Ray Charles’s achingly soulful rendition of “Georgia on My Mind.” Written in 1930 and performed by various artists over the years, Charles’s version gave it new life and meaning, inextricably linking the two in the public consciousness. The Albany native performed the song live before the Georgia General Assembly in 1979, leading Georgia lawmakers to adopt it as the state song the very next month. Ray Charles was one of the first people inducted into the Georgia State Music Hall of Fame and a statue of Charles at his piano sits in a plaza bearing his name in the city of his birth. And indeed the song is all about roots, as anyone who attended UGA’s commencement a few weeks ago can 22

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attest. Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, childhood friends from Augusta and two-thirds of the hit country group Lady Antebellum, returned to their alma mater and gave a moving tribute to their school, their state and to Ray. “Woke up this morning, I had them Statesboro blues…” Thinking back to my own graduation creeping up on two years ago, to all those weekends when the booming voice of Erk Russell echoed over town, to the chaos and hilarity of Southern Pride’s GSU Scramble, to linking arms with strangers as we sang the alma mater and “It Is Well,” I think the Allman Brothers said it best. Written by Georgia blues artist Blind Willie McTell, “Statesboro Blues” was covered in 1971 by the Allman Brothers Band and their version sits at No. 9 on Rolling Stone’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time.” The band pioneered the Southern rock genre, though the members disagreed with the label, seeing themselves as simply a rock band that happened to be from the South. The band’s base of operation for much of their early development was a home in Macon which is now open to the public as The Allman Brothers Band Museum. Tours run Thursday through Sunday and fans come from all over the world to see the largest collection of Allman Brothers artifacts and memorabilia in the world. The home is also a live music

venue, hosting artists who owe their rock roots to the band that started it all. “And I Feel Fine” Looking back, I could kick myself for living most of my life 45 minutes from Athens and never going to a concert there. Athens has made a name for itself as an incubation site for countless new-wave and alt-rock groups. In the 70s and 80s groups like The B52s and REM shot to national popularity but they played their first shows in tiny venues around Athens. REM famously played their first concert in a defunct church outside of town, the steeple of which has been preserved and can still be visited by die-hard fans. Athens boasts several world famous venues, including the Georgia Theatre and the 40 Watt Club, which gave punk rock bands like Pylon a stage and propelled them into the national spotlight. The venues still serve as important markers in the city’s music scene, hosting bands like Colony House and The Mountain Goats as well as locals like Cinemachanica and New Madrid. Summer is almost here, the perfect time for music festivals and outdoor venues. There’s no better time to visit the old stomping grounds of your musical heroes or to finally go see that band you’ve always talked about. Ask yourself what I regret waiting until now to ask: Why not?


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Three benefits of adopting a cat Would you like to expand your family by adopting a cat? Here are a few ways a feline companion could benefit your life. 1. Affection. Cats may be on the independent side, but that doesn’t mean they don’t enjoy giving and receiving affection. Whenever you need a bit of love, your cat will be there for pets and scratches and purrs. A win-win for both of you!

How to prepare for your pet’s euthanization Does your aging pet have a hard time walking, eating or doing his business? Does he whine constantly or no longer react to your voice? Has he become become but a shadow of his former self? If so, you may have started to think about having him put down. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for this trying event. VET’S OPINION Always start by having your pet examined by a veterinarian. He or she won’t be able to make the decision for you but will at least be able to provide an accurate assessment of your pet’s health. This will confirm whether any type of treatment (medication, surgery, special diet) might be viable, or if euthanasia is the only option. Getting the opinion of a trained professional is the best way to be at peace with your decision.

procedure is fast and painless. It’s required that the responsibility be carried out in conditions that minimize the animal’s anxiety. Respect and compassion are always top-of-mind for the specialists charged with this delicate task. SHOULD YOU BE PRESENT? Whether or not you choose to witness the procedure is entirely up to you. That said, many vets report that pets whose owners are present are typically calmer when receiving the injection.

A GENTLE PROCEDURE Veterinarians are meticulous in ensuring the euthanasia PALLIATIVE CARE If your vet confirms that treatment is no longer an option for your pet but you don’t feel ready to go through with euthanasia, inquire about palliative care services. These can prolong the life of your pet somewhat while minimizing pain and suffering.

My dog encountered a porcupine! Did your curious canine cross paths with an unfriendly porcupine and find himself covered with quills? Take the situation seriously: those “needles” could penetrate deeper into your pet’s body, which, in addition to being highly painful, can lead to infection.

2. Education. Having a furry friend to take care of will teach your children about responsibility. Depending on their age, your kids could be in charge of feeding, grooming or litter box duties. 3. Happiness. Studies have shown that having a pet cat increases dopamine and serotonin levels in all members of the household. Both of these hormones are associated with — you guessed it! — feelings of happiness and well-being.

Want to help out a feline in need? Adopt an adult cat from a shelter. They’re much less popular than kittens — and kittens grow up eventually anyway!

Visit a veterinary clinic as soon as possible to have the quills safely removed under general anesthetic.

Pet grooming: so much more than a bath and a trim Does your dog have hair that gets in his eyes? Is your long-haired cat always hot? Does giving your dog a bath inevitably turn your bathroom into a battlefield? Is trimming your cat’s claws a dangerous mission? All these problems can be solved with a simple visit to your local pet groomer. A VARIETY OF SERVICES Grooming salons offer a wide selection of treatments and care that all aim to improve the hygiene, appearance and well-being of our furry friends. Here are a few examples of services you might find at your local pet groomer’s: • Tooth brushing • Claw trimming • Hair cutting or trimming • Knot removal • Skin and fur inspection for parasites or skin disorders

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Do I really need to brush my cat? Cats are, by nature, very clean animals. However, while they’re perfectly capable of grooming themselves, they sometimes need a helping hand — or brush — to keep their coat looking its absolute best. Read on for a look at the benefits of regular brushing for your cat.

HOW TO BRUSH A CAT Using a brush or comb designed for your cat’s fur type (short, mid-length or long), gently brush in the direction of hair growth, spending more time on the thicker, denser parts of the coat (collar, back, base of tail, etc.).

Dog park safety rules A trip to the dog park is the perfect opportunity for your loyal companion to get some exercise and socialize with other dogs. For the experience to be safe and enjoyable for everyone involved, it’s important that you follow certain basic rules. If you’d like to be a model dog park user during your next outing, follow these recommendations:

Brushing your cat will improve the appearance of her fur in addition to preventing knots and getting rid of loose hair. By reducing the amount of excess hair your cat ingests while she grooms, you’re also helping to prevent hairballs from forming. Each time you brush your cat, take the opportunity to inspect her skin for anything unusual (redness, parasites, etc.). And, finally, spending time grooming your cat is a great way to strengthen the bond you share. Brushing your cat helps prevent knots and eliminates loose hair.

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• Make sure that your dog has been dewormed, is up to date on his vaccines and is wearing a valid ID tag. • Don’t enter the park if your dog seems nervous or overexcited. • Always stay in the section of the park dedicated to dogs the same size as yours (some parks keep large and small breeds separate). • Be aware of your surroundings and supervise your pet at all times to ensure he doesn’t attack another dog (or get attacked). • Pick up your dog’s droppings and dispose of them in the designated receptacle. • Don’t throw a ball or other toy to your dog if other animals are nearby. • Leave the dog park immediately if your pet starts acting fearful or aggressive.

In addition to letting Mittens climb and jump to her heart’s content, a cat tree provides your pet with a raised spot where she can relax and watch over her territory in peace. Are you looking to purchase a multi-level refuge for your feline companion? Here are a few tips to help you find the perfect cat climbing tree. Choose a model that’s tall enough — at least three feet — and includes different platforms and surfaces to climb. Your cat will love being able to jump from level to level to reach the top! Stability is another important factor. Choose a cat tree with a solid base that adequately supports the structure in a way that prevents it from tipping over. Finally, choose a cat tree that doubles as a scratching post, and make sure the model you choose includes a cozy place where your pet can hide and snooze without being disturbed. WHERE TO PUT IT? The location of your cat tree is another point to think about. If possible, place it near a window or a sliding door to allow your pet to keep an eye on the birds.

Lyme disease in dogs: what you need to know Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that’s transmitted to dogs via tick bites. If left untreated, the illness can spread to various organs and cause severe health problems, which is why it’s crucial to know what it is exactly and how to prevent it. SYMPTOMS Lyme disease is relatively difficult to detect because its symptoms are highly varied and may only present several months after your dog’s initial exposure. Nevertheless, certain signs such as loss of appetite, fever, low energy and difficulty moving around (limping), are generally linked to the illness.

Lyme disease is a zoonosis, meaning that it can affect both animals and humans.

PREVENTION Have your dog vaccinated regularly to prevent him from contracting Lyme disease. You may also use parasite repellents (in cream, pill or collar form) in addition to checking your pet’s fur for ticks after every walk. If you find a tick on your pet, gently remove it using a tool specifically designed for the task (available at pet stores) and bring the tick to a vet to have it tested for Lyme disease.

Prevent Lyme disease by having your dog vaccinated and checking his fur for ticks after every walk.

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From trash to treasure: At Charlie’s, it’s all relative Written by Lauren Porter Photography by Scott Bryant 26

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Humans love to collect things. Research suggests that this innate need goes back to when our ancestors gathered items as tools for survival. Over time, this ever-present desire to collect has evolved into a hobby. From photo albums to that dusty stack of newspapers in the closet, we hold onto objects of sentiment for pleasure. Once we grow tired of these items (if that ever happens), we clean out our spaces, discard our collections and pass them onto the next set of hands that seek treasure. There is a place in Statesboro dedicated to this old cycle of collecting and letting go. It is called Charlie’s Funky Junk Shop, and the name is just as eclectic as the stuff inside. Connect had the privilege of speaking with co-owners, Olivia and Patricia Carter, to


Olivia Carter of Charlie’s Funky Junk Shop works on the latest displays.

Charlie’s Funky Junk Shop’s canine ambassador Clark waits patiently to greet customers.

learn more about the origins of this collector’s paradise. “My father, Charlie, is who the store is named after. He was a crane operator in New York City. In 1967 he wanted to get out of the city rat race to have a more peaceful life in upstate New York, so he bought a huge dairy barn and made it into an antique store for tourists. I was 7 when he started and I grew up in that business. Consequently, I have a lot of little things I collect. From toys to different glassware, I have too many collections, which is why I began selling some things,” Patricia said. The mother-daughter team told Connect that they have always wanted to run a business together. “We are both creative, we think a lot alike and we work well with each other. When this opportunity happened, we decided to run with it.” Olivia said. Patricia started out by clearing her space and getting rid of the excess in her home. At

the time, Olivia was creating theater props and buying things on eBay for different performances while Patricia was selling her items on eBay. One day, a conversation sparked between the two that became a vision for starting their own shop, and they had the perfect place in mind for a setup. The face of Charlie’s Funky Junk Shop is located at 33 West Main Street. Originally a shoe store in 1900, the structure of the building is an heirloom of Statesboro. The Carters purchased the space about 10 years ago. Today, it is decorated with old brick walls, original floors and a tin ceiling. The character of the shop is a perpetual reminder of the history that exists downtown. Perhaps what is more interesting than the building’s old designs are the vintage items that the shop sells. A pair of pickers venture across the southeast to find unique pieces for the store. When you shop there, you’re not only getting local antiques, but also a

selection of trinkets from surrounding areas. Over the last nine months, Charlie’s has featured items like love letters tied together with twine from a couple in a war. There was also a set of letters from women who were believed to be women’s rights activists in the 1900s. These, among other items, turn the essence of the shop into a priceless time machine. “You have to try hard not to fall in love with things, but I think falling in love with items is what makes the job so fun. We have a lot of enthusiasm about what comes through our store,” Olivia said. The great thing about Charlie’s is that it guarantees a unique experience for all its customers. The team constantly rearranges the stage, and there are always new items waiting to come out from behind the barn doors. From Civil War pennies to handcrafted local jewelry, Charlie’s Funky Junk Shop has something for everyone to enjoy.

If you are interested in selling your items to Charlie’s Funky Junk Shop, call (912) 536-2432, or e-mail hello@charliesfunkyjunk.com to schedule an appointment. June 2018

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Respect, responsibility all part of the job for GSU students Written by Angye Morrison Photography by Angye Morrison He is studying electrical engineering and plans to put his education to work in that field after graduation. She is studying biology, and says she isn’t sure what path her career will take, but she wants it to be something “wildlifey.” Mason Moore and Rachel Bird are both juniors at Georgia Southern University, and both are working at The Center for Wildlife Education on campus. Moore has been on the job less than a year, while Bird has worked at the center for around two years. Both have discovered a love for wildlife and its preservation. Hailing from Newnan, Georgia, Moore says he chose to go to GSU because the engineering college at the university was so welcoming. He decided to find a parttime job, and wanted to work on campus because of the convenience that would offer. Since taking the job, Moore says he has learned a lot.

“It’s taught me a lot about the environment. A lot of stuff, if I wasn’t here, I wouldn’t have known about,” he said. Those things include learning about the protection of birds of prey and why that is so important, and the difference between venomous and non-venomous snakes. These are important lessons, he feels, for anyone who chooses to spend time in nature. “I would never have known those things if I hadn’t worked here,” he added. Bird is a Statesboro native who decided to remain at home and attend college, partly to be near her family and friends, and partly for economic reasons. She also enjoys working at the center and, like Moore, has gained a lot of knowledge. “It’s fun because I’ll learn about some things here, and then I’ll see it in my classes. Or I’ll learn something in my classes and then I’ll apply it here. I’ll see an animal at work and now I know things about it,” she

said. One example of this comes through her contact with the fat-tailed gecko at the center. Bird had learned that the animal’s skin is water repellent, and this led her to do a research project in one of her physiology classes. Having contact with the animal made the project more impactful for her. It’s also impacted her career choice. She isn’t sure specifically what she wants to do, but says she definitely wants it to involve wildlife and research. “It could be teaching as a professor, with research on the side,” she said. “I’m not really sure.” The responsibilities at the center for both students include the care and handling of the animals, as well as educating the children who visit there. Hundreds of children visit the center each year, in small groups and as part of field trips, and the staff also makes off-site visits to area schools and libraries.

1. Mason Moore, a rising senior engineering student at Georgia Southern, handles one of his favorite animals at the Wildlife Center at GSU, Thomas the barn owl. | 2. Casper the python takes a minute to pose in the sun with Rachel Bird, a junior at GSU.

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Bird says the job was different than what she had thought it would be initially. “It was not what I expected at all. I thought it would be, more so, caring for the animals and feeding them, that kind of stuff. I didn’t expect that amount of kids whenever I started here,” she said. Moore agrees. He had previously worked at a children’s play place, so says that in a sense, he was prepared. But the environment at that job was much more chaotic. At the wildlife center, visits by groups of children are much more structured. And he loves that they’re not just supervising children; they’re helping them learn. “It feels a lot better to not just tell kids what to do, but also to educate them on stuff,” he said. Student employees at the center are each given a lot of information to absorb, all about the animals and their care. They’re expected to learn that information, and then they receive some on-the-job training. They start slowly, with reptiles and cockroaches, and work their way up to the flight birds. The experience is a bit intense, but both students say it’s so worth it. “When I first got (the job), I was very shy; I didn’t want to do much. It kind of forces you to get out of your shell, whether it be by public speaking or going in a 14-foot snake enclosure and she’s mad. It really breaks you out of your comfort zone. I really like that a lot,” Bird said. Each student has a favorite animal that they enjoy working with. For Moore, it’s the horned owls, both the flight and display birds. No one else enjoys working with them, he says, because they can be a bit aggressive. But he finds them fascinating. “I didn’t know that owls were built for stealth, so they’re very quiet. I think that appeals to me from an engineering mindset,” he said. Moore said he enjoys handling all of the animals and had one exception, until recently — the eastern hog nose snake. The snake has been very aggressive, and has some defense mechanisms that are a bit offputting, such as flattening his head to look like a cobra, bleeding out of his eyes and hissing. Those things, Moore said, were very effective for him. “I was just afraid to really deal with him, but now he’s, like, really calm. I’m not sure what changed,” he said, laughing. Bird says her favorite animal is the barn owl, which she says is “cute, small and fluffy.”

“Every time you walk up to him and look at him, at least girls, he doesn’t like the guys too much, if you talk to him, he always talks back,” she said. Bird’s least favorite chore, she says, is cleaning up what the birds leave behind after they’ve eaten. Moore and Bird each say that their most memorable moments on the job have come as a result of working with the flight birds. “The image of seeing a hawk flying and you can see his face and his talons coming in and landing on your glove; that is what I will always remember. It’s really cool. Not many people get the opportunity to see that,” Bird said. Both students plan to continue working at the center until graduation, and will be working there all summer this year. Their help will be needed, as there will be summer camps, off-site visits to more than 20 locations and

many on-site field trips as well. And both students have learned to appreciate what the center means to their campus, as well as to the community. Moore says it’s important for people to understand the impact their actions have on the environment. “We can learn from these animals. Just by knowing about nature, you can learn from it,” Bird added. “The more you learn about it, the more you respect it.” Online registration for summer camp sessions at The Center for Wildlife Education at Georgia Southern University are now open. The center is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., and on Saturday, 1 to 4:45 p.m. A 30-minute wildlife program is offered each afternoon, Monday through Friday. For more information on what the center has to offer and admission rates, go online at http://academics.georgiasouthern.edu/ wildlife/, or call (912) 478-0831. May 2018

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How to make a business plan for your farm A proper business plan is a valuable tool for any farm owner. In addition to affording you the opportunity to clearly define your professional objectives, it will allow you to approach lending institutions in your area with confidence. Here are five tips for writing one: 1. DESCRIBE YOUR PROJECT Briefly explain your vision and your entrepreneurial plans for the future. Make sure you mention the services or products offered by your operation and include all your short-, medium- and longterm goals. 2. CARRY OUT MARKET ANALYSIS Map out your agricultural sector and define your target clientele. Identify all of your main industry

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competitors, list their strengths and weaknesses, and compare them to yours. 3. DEVELOP A MARKETING STRATEGY Outline your marketing strategy (selling price, marketing, distribution networks, etc.). Then, determine how you’re going to promote your products and attract clients (social media, website, print ads, etc.). 4. DEFINE THE MANAGERIAL ORGANIZATION OF YOUR COMPANY Describe your organizational structure. Be sure to specify the roles and responsibilities of each member of your staff. It’s important to include all your work-related policies, such as pay, benefits, scheduling, etc. 5. ANALYZE YOUR FINANCIAL SITUATION Make a detailed breakdown of your financial situation and forecast the future earning potential of your business. Indicate all your expected expenses and include a financial statement of the last few years, if applicable.

Fodder plants are mainly used to feed livestock. When chosen wisely, they can even contribute to the prosperity of your farmland. That’s why it’s important to choose ones known for their various benefits. SELECTION CRITERIA To properly determine the type of fodder you should plant, you need to consider how you plan on using your land. Do you plan to develop a pasture or a hayfield? You’ll also need to consider the type of soil you’ll be working with (wet, dry, acidic, etc.) and your region’s climate. You should also consider when you’d want to harvest your crop (spring or summer) and how long you expect to operate. Finally, before you make a choice, consider how long it will take to grow each different crop as well as their nutritional value based on the needs of your livestock.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), irrigated land only accounts for 20 per cent of the world’s farmland. However, it accounts for 40 per cent of global agricultural production. In other words, irrigated crops have up to two, even three times more yield than those without irrigation. It’s no wonder, then, that more and more land is being irrigated every day. A good irrigation system poses several advantages for any agricultural operation. It helps manage your watering schedule by providing water for your crops whenever needed. In other words, your harvest won’t have to rely on the whims of Mother Nature anymore — which will hopefully reduce the stress of farmers everywhere.

also increase drastically. This is good news for producers and consumers alike. Proper irrigation practices also: • Limit soil erosion • Reduce root diseases • Protect your crops from frost (in the case of sprinkler irrigation) • Optimize the use of water for your crops • Reduce leaching of fertilizers and pesticides In short, irrigation is an undeniable and essential asset to any agricultural operation. Though it is a significant expense up front, the benefits of irrigation should be considered an investment into your business.

• Alfalfa • Barley • Bromegrass • Birdsfoot • Clover • Maize If you’d like to improve the longevity and diversity of your crop — and the nitrogen content of your soil — plant a mixture of grasses and legumes. But be careful: avoid integrating invasive species such as smooth bromegrass and crested wheatgrass, as they propagate too quickly and can affect the overall development of your crop.

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legumes. Here are some species that are frequently used by farmers:

Chia: an up-and-coming crop in North America

Renowned for its many healthy attributes — like its high omega-3, fibre and protein content — chia has been gaining in popularity over the last few years. Growing consumer interest in this powerhouse superfood could prove quite advantageous for North American farmers. Chia is an incredibly promising crop. Right from the get-go, it’s important to know that chia is a plant indigenous to South America. Since it doesn’t fare well in cold weather but is extremely drought resistant, it generally grows in countries with hot, arid climates. In addition, it needs a shorter period of light exposure to flower and produce seeds. Considering these factors, how could it successfully be harvested in North America? It’s now possible to cultivate these plants thanks to the work done by researchers in Kentucky. They’ve managed to develop a new strain of chia that takes longer to bloom, making it ideal for growing in areas with variable climates. Although it’s still in the development stage in North America, chia production is already drawing quite a bit of attention from farmers. Agricultural research and development specialists say that the production of chia — as a backup crop — could contribute to the diversification and profitability of the North American farming industry.

Drip irrigation systems promote concentrated input that can reach the roots more easily. Not only will irrigation greatly improve your crop yield, but the quality of your crops will

Irrigation increases the quality and yield of your crop.

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