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Safe Haven: Helping women in crisis Soup Kitchen: Reaching beyond the plate


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Behind the Scenes People who make it happen

Angye Morrison, EDITOR 912.489.9405 | amorrison@connectstatesboromagazine.com Hunter McCUMBER, ART DIRECTOR 912.489.9491 | hmccumber@statesboromagazine.com

Angye Morrison Connect Editor

We all want to help others. We just don’t always know how. This month, we’re giving you a nudge in that general direction. We’ve focused much of the magazine on volunteerism, and some of our local organizations that help others every day and are always accepting willing volunteers. We hope you’ll want to help, whether it’s at one of these four organizations, or one of your own choosing. We spent time talking with the owner of Roosevelt’s Character Development Center, and the folks at the local animal shelter, Safe Haven and the soup kitchen at First United Methodist Church. These are amazing, dedicated folks who simply want to make the world — starting here in Statesboro — a better place. Each of these organizations does so much, and you’ll be inspired to lend a hand, wherever you are. We also focus the spotlight on the SHE Expo, the first event of its kind in the Boro. This exciting event is free and open to the public, and will benefit not only women, but their families as well. So get out there, find somewhere to pitch in, and make a difference. We think you’ll find that the more you give, the more you receive. Funny how that works, huh?

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.

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Georgia Southern University’s commencement will be held May 5 at Paulson Stadium at 8:30 a.m. Portal Middle High School’s commencement will be held at PMHS Athletic Complex on May 24 at 7:30 p.m. Statesboro High School commencement will be held at Womack Field on May 25, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The commencement for Southeast Bulloch High School will be held at SEBHS’ Fred Shaver Field at 8:30 a.m. on May 26. Bulloch Academy’s commencement has been set for May 25.


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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. In March, the Averitt’s Youth Theater performed The Tempest, with a stellar cast. Members of the cast included Kian DeVine (Prospero), Edy Kaleta (Miranda), Zac Davis (Ferdinand), Kinslee Polk (Antonio), Ernesto Molina (Caliban), Sarah Harvey (Ariel), and Grace Ann Jerrell (Gonzalo). Also performing were Mackenzie McGrath (Alonzo), Xavier Deckard (Sebastian), Jack Blackmon (Stephano), Aiden Sowell (Trinculo), Hannah Kimball (Adrian), Lainey Hendrix (Francesco), Allison Barron (Juno), Claire Kennedy (Ceres), Tori Mills (Iris), Stan Haselton (Master) and Alex Shroyer (Boatswain). Mariners were played by Aliyah Cunningham, Lola Schwarz, Adyson Graham and Livy Wammock. The play was directed by Ashley Morgan. Photos by John Parcels 2. Dancers were hard at work in the weeks leading up to April’s performance of “An Evening of Modern Dance,” the first of its kind at the Whitaker Black Box Theatre. The dancers were directed by Taylor Ellen, artistic director of the Statesboro Youth Ballet, along with Atlanta-based choreographer and professional dancer Clara Guyton. Photos by Statesboro Youth Ballet 3. The Odd Couple, Female Version hit the stage at the Whitaker Black Box Theater in April. The comedy starred Brandi Harvey as Olive Madison and Christie McLendon as Florence Unger, and was directed by Ashley Morgan. The cast was hard at work in the days leading up to opening night, on April 19. 4. Brandi Harvey and Christie McLendon delighted audiences with their performances in The Odd Couple, Female Version April 19-22 at the Whitaker Black Box Theater. Photos courtesy of Christie McLendon

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Chaos and Contentment • By Cristina Emberton

The easy pet theory…just a theory As with most parents, my life is busy and it feels as though it is non-stop. I work and go to school while juggling the kids. I only tell you that to tell you this; I make attempts to keep life easy and simple. ”Easy” is a key element in my routine! I fail at this miserably. About a month ago, my son’s 12th birthday was approaching….like….in two days. A previous plan I formulated was not going to work. Plan B was going to be initiated. Problem…. there was no Plan B. I was running an errand to the main pet store in Statesboro. As I pull into the parking lot I’m imagining a new puppy or kitten as a birthday present. No way, no how, not now. Then it hits me….a reptile! A snake! He has been asking about this! I enter the store with this possibility in mind. Oh! Look at that! Ball pythons and cages 50 percent off! It’s destiny! I am going to get MAJOR cool mom points for this! They eat once a week, if that (I cringe at this thought, but whatever), animal contained 24/7, no vet bills. It’s easy! It’s perfect! The surprise was fantastic! He was shocked and my daughter thought it was awesome too. We made a place in his room, temperature regulated, all good! Cool mom points easily established! This was a Wednesday. Monday morning I enter his room and notice the lid just about an inch open. No. No. No. Noooooooo! The kids had “Jenga” (it’s a girl snake; so they told me) out the evening before. I had not helped them put the snake back. Fail on my part……Jenga is on the loose. No longer easy. 8

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After a frantic upheaval of my son’s room, we continue a search just outside of his room. Time runs out and everyone has to get ready for school/work. While they are getting ready I decide we need “snake bait.” I get one of Jenga’s frozen mice ready (thawed – again with the cringe) and move Jenga’s cage, top open, to the middle of the kitchen. With mouse “available” inside, of course Jenga will come back and comfortably settle back in her home. Of course! Easy! The kids think it’s a ridiculous idea. It was. That evening with everyone home, no Jenga. We continue to look. No Jenga. After a day or two it’s obvious our cat, Calvin, has had a run in with Jenga. He is completely skittish and sweeps every room before carefully walking in. Jenga is here……somewhere. Almost two weeks later, I had just been looking in the attic. At this point, I am preparing to find a dead snake. I consider turning on the gas logs but decide it’s too warm outside. I still have the flashlight in hand and have a fleeting thought to look once more in the fireplace. There’s Jenga, curled up next to the pilot light. After thanking the Lord that I had not cooked our snake, I got her back in her cage. Poor thing went straight for her water. Thirsty snake! Maybe she will think twice before leaving home next time! Calm comes across the house and we can all sleep without checking our sheets. Birthday snake once again seems like it was the best idea ever! Easy once again!

Then… My son notices small black bugs on Jenga. What is this?? Naturally….we Google it. Reptile mites? Are you kidding me? Nope. Basically Jenga has fleas. Yes – seriously. After vet calls, decontaminating the container and Jenga, and the expense of the solution to get rid of the mites, I determine there is no easy pet. No different from the dog or cat we love so dearly, any animal we bring into our home will take time and energy. Pets are important for children. It gives them responsibility and companionship. I love animals and will probably always have pets around. Regardless of juggling all the facets of life, our pets are important. They educate us and provide a break from stress; taking our minds off ourselves. My family will always need them as much as they need us. BUT – lesson learned. I will never again assume “A new pet! Yeah! That will be easy!”


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Animal fosters help save, adopt local animals Written by Lauren Porter Photos courtesy of the Humane Society of Statesboro & Bulloch County The Humane Society of Statesboro is a volunteer-based, nonprofit organization that has been saving animals in the area for over 30 years. The mission of HSSBC is to stop pet overpopulation in our community through several outlets, including adoption, spay and neuter, and education. One of the most commendable aspects of the organization is their ability to be a voice of reason for animals that cannot speak for themselves.

This “voice” is most prominent in their belief that companion animals enhance the lives of humans and that each pet deserves a good home with proper love and care. HSSBC strives to make Bulloch County a “no-kill” community, so they rely on their fostering program as one alternative to euthanizing the animals. Carrie Mitchell, president of the Humane Society, spoke with Connect about her memorable beginnings as a foster

for the organization. “One of my early fosters is a personal favorite. She was a beagle named Annie. I took her in, and it was a long time before she came around. She became very attached to me although she was fearful of everyone else, especially men and children. I thought it would be impossible to find the right home for her until I got a phone call from a lady that lived out of town. We talked about Annie for a while and every time I mentioned the dog’s issues, the woman said she could handle it. She drove two hours to pick her up and she fell in love. Annie fell in love with her and her husband, too, which surprised me because she was so timid around men before finding her forever home. She came such a long way and it was a special thing for me to be involved with at the time,” Mitchell said. The organization currently has about 45 volunteers who share in the happiness of fostering an animal. One of the ways to get involved with fostering includes saving “last chance” pets. HSSBC aims to remove adoptable “last chance” pets from the Bulloch County Animal Shelter before it is too late. These animals are placed in foster homes and immersed in a loving and caring environment until they get adopted. Through the foster program, animals are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and fully vetted with preventative flea, tick and heartworm medicines. To learn more about how you can become a foster parent for pets, visit the HSSBC website and click the “volunteer/foster” link. The animals of our community need your help in fighting for their second chance. To help give animals that second chance, upcoming adoptions will be held at Petco on May 5 and 19 from 11 a.m. to 3p.m. Another way that HSSBC aims to make Bulloch County a “no-kill” community is by transporting some of the animals and relocating them to a place where they can be fully vetted and have a better chance at getting adopted. Through the transporting process, HSSBC requires that the parent pets of transported litters are spayed or neutered to prevent future litters. If spaying or neutering that pet is a financial issue, HSSBC may be able to assist. Call (912) 681-9393 to discuss your pet’s options in further detail. In 2017, HSSBC worked to get 194 cats adopted and 17 transported, while 142 dogs were adopted and 145 were transported. For the first three months of this year,

Dogs and cats are brought to Petco regularly to find their “furever” homes. You can apply for a dog or cat online, at www.statesborohumane.org. Pet adoptions at Petco this month will be held on May 5 and May 19, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 10

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they have adopted out 68 cats and 31 dogs. Surely, none of this could be done without the help of their committed volunteers. These individuals make a long-term impact for animals in the area, and HSSBC is always looking to expand their volunteer base. One way to get involved is by helping at their silent

auction that is coming up on June 23. All proceeds from this event go to Save the Animals. Whether it be by helping at the store, fostering a pet, or simply by showing up to the events, there are ample opportunities for all those who want to make a difference in the lives of animals. To learn more about

the Humane Society of Statesboro’s services and volunteer opportunities, attend one of their meetings, held at St. Matthew Catholic Church on Gentilly and North Edgewood. You can also visit their website, statesborohumane.org, for details on upcoming events and opportunities.

“Popeye� was a puppy that was turned in to the shelter and needed rescue immediately, as he had a severe eye issue. He was rushed to Gateway Animal Hospital, and required extensive surgery to remove his eyeball and stitch the socket closed. The bill was extensive, but local donations poured in to help, and he received the care he needed.

When a dog or cat finds their new families, everyone is all smiles. In 2016, 366 pets were adopted in Bulloch County from the Humane Society of Statesboro & Bulloch County. May 2018

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Safe Haven: Creating just that for women for more than 20 years Written by Lauren Porter Photos courtesy of Safe Haven According to the National Coalition of Domestic Violence, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. Furthermore, 1 in 3 women have been victims of domestic violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. With such alarming statistics, you might question how close to home these victims live. Since 1 in 3 women are directly affected by

domestic violence, chances are it has happened to you or someone you know. There is no prejudice when it comes to this type of obliteration, no rule book or set of stereotypes to look for. It could happen to anyone. In fact, everything in life becomes susceptible to the damage that unfolds, including children, family members, finances, and even careers. That is why it is so imperative to educate

ourselves and others about having healthy relationships, so that less people fall victim to such a destructive cycle of abuse. To enlighten teens and adults on the risks of domestic violence, Safe Haven of Statesboro, also known as Citizens Against Violence, has been serving Bulloch and surrounding counties for more than 20 years. Safe Haven is a certified emergency shelter where adults and children can go when they’re fleeing domestic violence. In 2017 Safe Haven received 845 crisis calls on their hotline. More than 100 adults and 100 kids utilized the emergency shelter, and nearly 40 adults and almost 50 children received services through their rapid rehousing program. Almost 90 victims received assistance through their legal advocacy program. All services are free, and the shelter is confidentially located so that participants can be protected safely. The mission of the organization is to serve, strengthen and support victims and children of domestic violence through the provision of emergency and community based services. Safe Haven is dedicated to ending the cycle of violence by providing awareness through volunteer services that include a 24/7 crisis line, case management services, parenting classes, legal advocacy, and educational programs. One of the educational programs, Teen Dating Violence, is targeted toward the youth in the community. This is because 1 in 3 high school students may be involved with teen dating violence. Girls between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence. In Georgia alone, 50 percent of the victims in cases studied by the Georgia Domestic Violence Fatality Review began their relationship with the person that eventually killed them when they were at those impressionable ages leading up to adulthood. There is a huge correlation between people that started relationships in their teens that go down the road to end up with someone that will hurt or kill them. Kim Billings, public relations and legal services director at Safe Haven, spoke with Connect about the program. “The objective of Teen Dating Violence is to go in early and bring awareness while people are still at those crucial ages in life. Through the program, teens are able to define a healthy relationship that involves consent, communication, trust, boundaries and

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Colonial Fuel & Lubricant Services Inc. volunteered at Safe Haven. Seven CFLS employees assisted in cleaning out storage units as well as organizing the clothing closet. Shown are Tim Brown, Don McKee, Alan Rice, Amy Morris, Michelle Englett, Teresa Campbell and Latrelle Bragg. Georgia Southern University and the National Council for Negro Women volunteered their time at Safe Haven, cleaning out the facility’s storage unit.

conflict/resolution,” she said. The Teen Dating Violence program is school sanctioned and offered quarterly. For more information, contact their staff at (912) 764-4605. Along with this program, Safe Haven offers classes about workplace violence and a program called Domestic Violence 101 to any group or class that is interested. Just when it seems the organization has rendered all the services necessary for those in need, they continue to outshine the community’s expectations. Along with their educational programs, Safe Haven offers support groups, after school and summer programs for the children, while also providing referrals

to other resources in town. What is more, Safe Haven covers six counties total, and they help people from all 159 counties in Georgia, as well as across all 50 states. Of course, all of the programs and resources listed would not be successful without Safe Haven’s network of volunteers. Last year, more than 2,200 hours were logged by their volunteers and interns, and they are always looking for more people to help out. Billings commended the volunteers’ hard work. “It is crucial for us to have good positive role models on board with us in the line of work we do. We are so appreciative of how the community recognizes an individual’s hardships so much so that it makes them want

to lend a compassionate hand,” she said. “Some of the people we serve have been through such devastating heartache, so it is refreshing when other people want to pay it forward. Whether it’s with their time or giving towels or a just writing a card, a lot of our volunteers don’t realize the impact they have on the bigger picture.” If you or someone you know would like more information on Safe Haven and the services they provide our community, feel free to contact them at any time. An advocate is always on standby to talk with you. If you are in a crisis situation and you need shelter, call 1-800-33-HAVEN. Contact via e-mail at help@safehavenstatesboro.org. May 2018

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Tailgate Tattler • By Chandler Avery

New TV deal not all it’s cracked up to be May is to me the toughest time of the year for collegiate sports, as most of the sports are starting to wind down. But, have no fear, the Sun Belt and ESPN have teamed up to contract a new TV deal that has taken me a month to dive into, but never the less will impact Georgia Southern and the Sun Belt as a whole for the future. Back in March, the Sun Belt put out a tweet that teased some announcement to be revealed, but it was not hard to derive its meaning, with the image containing the typical multicolor TV signal screen and the ESPN logo. Clearly it was some sort of TV deal that was in the works, but what we did not know was how massive this TV deal would be. Now when I use the word “massive” I’m not necessarily referring to the monetary size, but rather the growth of exposure for the Sun Belt. So we thought. Commissioner Karl Benson laid out all of the new perks in a video published by the conference, and originally, I found myself with most of Eagle Nation in thought that it was pretty good. For those of you that have not seen the details, here is what ESPN will be providing, followed by some of my thoughts. The deal runs through the 2027-28 school year. I personally am not sure how I feel about this, as ESPN+ is brand new, and if it fails the Sun Belt may in fact start to lose money off of this. The Sun Belt Football Championship game will air on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. This I like, as normally the Sun Belt gets kicked to the U for 14

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TV games, but this shows that ESPN is willing to place our conference on the same networks and same day as the ACC, American Athletic, Conference USA and Mountain West championship games in only the first year having a championship game. All Sun Belt Home football games will be on an ESPN platform. This is nothing new, as ESPN has broadcasted all home football games for six years. The only difference is that instead of ESPN 3, the games will be on ESPN+. By the 2020-21 school year, a minimum of 500 Sun Belt events will be on an ESPN platform. This is interesting, as if you do the math, each school will have on average 42 events per year broadcasted. This is astronomically higher than what is broadcasted now, which will bring much more exposure and access to watch Sun Belt sports. By the 2020-21 school year, all Sun Belt football, men’s basketball, and women’s basketball will be on an ESPN platform. This is huge for women’s basketball, as I cannot recall a time in which I have seen a Georgia Southern women’s basketball game on ESPN 3. It will grow the access in this facet tremendously, and will supplement the men’s basketball access, as currently about 50 percent of the games are on an ESPN platform. Beginning in the 2020 football season, Sun Belt will have at least 10 football games on a national television platform (ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU). This I am cautious to say is good, because yes there will be more access and national spotlight, however that brings in

more chances of having a game being pushed to a Wednesday or Thursday night, or even worse, a noon kickoff in the Statesboro September heat. What has not been announced is how much money the Sun Belt and each school will pocket as a part of this deal. People close to the deal all agree it will be more than what each school currently makes, which is $100,000, which is not great, but not terrible. I strongly feel that the money total will have some variance based upon two things: the conference’s performance, as well as the profits coming from ESPN+. Now, you have seen me bring up this new ESPN+ a few times now, which is an essential part of this deal. ESPN+ is Disney’s/ESPN’s dive into the streaming industry. The company is basically going to get rid of ESPN3 (you know, the free streaming), and now relabel it with a plus sign and charge us fine folks to watch. ESPN+ is going to be $4.99 a month to watch the Sun Belt, as well as all other nonPower 5 sports. Time will tell how this service as a whole will play out, as there is a lot of rolling out to do, as the service just started on April 12. It has some positive lights to it, as it will bring every MLS game to viewers, one NHL game a day, one MLB game a day, featured coverage of the PGA tour during the week, the entire 30-for-30 collection, and a royal load of collegiate sports. However, is it really worth $5 a month? Oh and also, don’t think of using this as a replacement for cable, as you will still need a TV provider to view the events on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and the SEC Network. For me, I don’t see the benefit of ESPN+ just yet, as it pertains to Georgia Southern. I thoroughly enjoy listening to Danny Reed on all the games I can’t watch on TV, so I am not hurting there. Now when 2020 rolls around and the large chunks of this deal kicks in, I believe that ESPN+ might be worth it for those like me who follow every school in the conference, assuming ESPN maintains the price of $4.99/ month. However, for those who don’t have an unhealthy obsession with Sun Belt athletics, it may be best to hold off of this deal and stick with Danny Reed, Collin Lacy and the entire Georgia Southern Sports Network by listening for free online. Bottom line, I believe the Sun Belt wanted to be the first to jump into this deal with ESPN to say they were the first, which is why the announcement came when it did. However, we will have to wait at least three years for us to see any dividends pay off for the conference as a whole, as the changes will not start to roll in until 2020.


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SHE Expo to be held May 12 Written by Angye Morrison The inaugural SHE Expo will bring together women from Statesboro and beyond this month to empower them to make better decisions about their health, wellness, lifestyles and beauty. The event is also for families, community-based organizations, medical professionals, and fitness, beauty and wellness experts. In addition to providing education for attendees, the Expo, to be held on May 12, will also be full of inspiration and fun. The day-long event will provide information on health issues and available services and resources, as well as comprehensive wellness. Organizers say the event “promises to invigorate the Statesboro community to keep health and wellness a priority.” Held at the Nessmith-Lane Conference Center, the Expo will be set up in four key focus areas, all designed to engage attendees in interactive experiences that fit how they live, work, play and learn. Exhibitors and sponsors were select16

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ed based on how their products and services fit with the focus areas and the program offerings. For the families who attend, there will be a special Family Station where they can take a break, and for the children to play. There will be a Kids Zone, toys, children’s clothes and accessories, family entertainment, child care, baby care and educational tools. You’ll also find resources and products, and for new moms, a lactation/nursing station. There will also be a Lifestyles station, which will focus on the comforts of home and how we cultivate relationships. Exhibitors will include everything from home care to food tastings, and everything in between. There will be furnishings, home improvement, appliances, kitchenware, gardening and more. At the Inside Out station, attendees will be challenged to look at how they can become their best selves, inside and out. There will be information on women’s health and wellness,

as well as beauty and fashion. You’ll also find health educators, weight loss, gyms, personal trainers, clothing companies and boutiques, jewelry and accessories, salons, spas, clinics and hospitals, and community-based health organizations and medical professionals. Well Connected is the station where attendees can find out how to better engage in civic life and community, as well as about charitable giving and volunteerism. You can also learn about how technology affects us now and into the future. There will be representatives from financial advisers, insurance, banks, community organizations, nonprofits, political organizations, business, technology, education and professional organizations. Attendees at the Expo will receive medical information, free health screenings, samples and makeovers, and see beauty, health and fitness demonstrations. There will also be six different 45-minute classes. You can preregister for free courses on self-defense, hair and make-up tutorials, best massage techniques and more. In addition to receiving giveaways from participating exhibitors, there will be hourly prizes throughout the day, and each attendee will have a chance to win the SHE Expo grand prize. You can claim a free ticket in advance to increase your odds of winning. Present your early bird ticket at the SHE registration table upon entering the Expo to enter. Acquire tickets at the Expo event page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/events/428065757622143/ permalink/429233890838663/. Major sponsors for the event include East Georgia Regional Center as title sponsor, Statesboro Herald, Connect Statesboro Magazine and Statesboro MOMents as media sponsors, and Ricky Lane DDS as a presenting sponsor. “We are very excited about the opportunity to be the title sponsor at the first ever SHE Expo here in Statesboro! Partnering with the Statesboro Herald to plan something magnificent and enticing for women of all ages in Bulloch County and the surrounding areas has been really fulfilling. We look forward to everyone coming out to experience all that it will have to offer. We hope that attendees will walk away rejuvenated and inspired. The health and wellness of our community is a priority for us at East Georgia Regional Medical Center, and we hope that this free event will bring fresh, new ideas and empowerment to Statesboro for many years to come,” said Erin Spillman, director of Marketing at EGRMC. The Expo is open to the public and admission is free. The event begins at 10 a.m., and ends at 4 p.m.


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The Music Scene • By Brandi Harvey

Original music by local artists on the horizon “I am so sick of cover bands. If I hear another cover band play ‘Wagon Wheel,’ I’m gonna scream!” says the cover band singer who regularly performs “Wagon Wheel” because Dylan was a genius and it really is a great song, and it’s not Old Crow Medicine Show’s fault that they were so terribly overplayed that even the hipsters stopped ironically listening to them. OK, the reality is, if you’re going to play in a band that’s relatively new, you’re going to have to do covers. And I am a firm believer that some songs should not be “made your own.” I’m sorry, but Leanne Rhymes should’ve never touched “Unchained Melody.” (This would actually be where I’d place a #sorrynotsorry if I were posting this on social media.) So, in the midst of all of the cover bands doing the latest Ed Sheeran song for the umpteenth time, and with the understanding firmly in place that I am, in fact, in a cover band that I LOVE performing with, let’s delve into some deep truths about live local music, audiences, bartending, tips, support, and some other random philosophical and dogmatic bologna that I’m sure I’ll run across along the way. Cover bands have a place. When the bar is hopping and the drinks are flowing, and the customers are looking to “Boogie Oogie Oogie till [they] just can’t boogie no mo’,” busting out just the right cover tune that everyone can sing and dance along with isn’t only the best choice, it’s the only right choice. It is ordained by a higher power (probably the dual ruling bar gods of jaeger and Van Morrison) that when the crowd is looking to get stupid, you are required, by said divine appointment, to play “Brown Eyed Girl.” (There’s some of that bologna previously mentioned.)

However, as a songwriter, there are days when my soul is crushed that I can’t share my originals in that setting. I suppose I could, but it feels a bit wasted. I’m not judging the folks who came out to have a good time and party a little on the weekends. I know the healing power of cranking up some familiar tunes and just letting loose. But I also recognize the joy of discovery when I find a new artist or song that speaks to me. Statesboro has some amazingly talented songwriters who don’t often get to share their gifts. The Averitt Center for the Arts has heard the community’s cry for an opportunity to hear some of our local musicians perform their own work. The fall will not only bring new students, but the Averitt is looking at creating what could potentially be a boon for bands and lovers of local music alike. On Sept. 27, we will see a show of LOCAL ARTISTS performing on the stage in the Emma Kelly Theater. Executive Director Jamie Grady is hoping to make the Averitt Center for the Arts an even greater haven for local artists of all kinds, and in order to open up some dialogue between local artists and the center to begin building a stronger relationship for future partnerships. The goal is to provide opportunities for songwriters and bands who are looking for a place to perform their original works as well as hopefully helping a broader segment of our community learn more about what the Averitt Center is and all that is offered there. Here’s the catch: it has to be primarily original music. This will be a chance for songwriters and bands to work their passion and play their own songs their own way! As a songwriter, I see this as an absolutely

beautiful opportunity for our community to support our local music scene. I’ve heard stories from those who saw R.E.M. at some tiny space in Athens when they were just starting out, or folks who saw Sister Hazel when they were starting out in Gainesville. My hope is that we will be able to look back at what will, if all goes well, be a dynamic series that brought some amazing celebrities to the stage in Statesboro “before they were stars.” I hope my kids will be able to look back and say “I saw her at her first stage show when she was just starting out in Statesboro.” I want those who love music of all types to find the joy of discovering, not only a new artist they love, but a new local artist that they can support right here in Statesboro. I hope we, as a community, will get behind this. I hope all of my friends in the music scene from college students to old pros will get their submissions ready so that we can make this a tremendous event for our fair town. If you are a musician, and you are interested in taking the stage for this event, follow the Averitt Center’s Facebook page or keep an eye out on Connect Statesboro’s website for updated information, or you can visit www. averittcenterforthearts.org and sign up to receive their newsletter where you can stay up to date on this and other events coming up. If you are a lover of music, and you’re hoping to break out of the same old cover band listening, this is just one of many events in the works from the Averitt Center and other organizations in town to encourage songwriters and other creatives in their work. It’s an exciting time to live in Statesboro, so stay Connected! (OK, maybe that was a little cheesy, but I have no regrets!) 2018

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Is it time for you to have a mammogram? For women of average risk, the American College of Radiology recommends annual mammograms starting at age 40, with no upper age limit as long as the woman is in good health.* A screening mammogram can help detect breast cancer in its earliest and most treatable stages. Statesboro Imaging Center offers 3D mammography services, which provide clearer images and faster results.** Schedule your mammogram today.

*For American College of Radiology recommendations, visit www.acr.org. **Comparative data using 3D and 2D mammography to detect invasive cancer, BreastCancer.org, June 2016. Appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis. An order from a physician or qualified healthcare provider is not required, but the patient must provide a physician/provider name when an appointment is made. If the patient does not have a physician/provider, a list will be provided for selection. All mammogram reports will be sent to the physican/provider, and the patient is responsible for follow-up. *Check with your insurance provider to confirm coverage for a screening mammogram. East Georgia Regional Medical Center is owned in part by physicians.


Day Trippin’ • By Kenley Alligood

From food to museums to history: Charleston’s got it As the oldest city in South Carolina, Charleston is known for its well-preserved historical buildings, its pivotal place in some of the major events of our nation’s young history, and its vibrant culture. The most famous and certainly most photographed location in Charleston is Rainbow Row, 13 Georgian homes on East Bay Street. The pastel homes are the longest cluster of row houses from that period remaining in the United States. Though these homes are not open to the public, Charleston boasts countless historic homes restored to period shine and preserved as museums including the Russell House, the Manigault House, and Middleton Place, which boasts the oldest landscaped gardens in America. Charleston is home to many more firsts, including the first shots of a four-year war that would result in over a million Americans dead. The infamous Fort Sumter, maintained today by the National Park Service, can be visited by a ferry which leaves from the Visitor’s Center off Concord Street. Charleston harbor is also the final resting place of one

of the Civil War’s greatest feats of engineering and its most enduring mystery: the H. L. Hunley. Uncovered by NUMA scientists in the late 90s after over a century lost to history, the world’s first successful combat submarine was raised and conservation efforts began. In conjunction with Clemson University archaeologists continue to examine the artifacts found within in an attempt to answer the question of the submarine’s mysterious sinking. In a similar vein, if it’s history you’re after, the Charleston Museum is a required stop. Established in 1773, it proudly claims the title of America’s first museum and houses a large natural history collection as well as a permanent exhibit dedicated to all of the facets of life in the Lowcountry. The Avery Research Center for AfricanAmerican History and Culture is a museum and archives dedicated to preserving the history and culture of African-Americans in the Lowcountry. Nearly half of African-Americans living in the United States today can trace their origins in this country to the Carolinas. The museum seeks to honor the legacy and

celebrate the ongoing contributions which African-Americans have made on the United States. Charleston is one of the few surviving bastions of Gullah culture where African language, music, and arts thrive and their impact on the region cannot be overstated. Charleston was one of the hubs of development for jazz music along with New Orleans, even inspiring a dance craze which swept the nation in the 1920s. The city holds an annual jazz festival every winter but various clubs and restaurants around town invite guests to enjoy the music nightly. Speaking of restaurants, I would be remiss in my duties if I didn’t talk about food. In the annals of Southern food culture, Charleston may be its crowning jewel. From seafood, to barbecue, to food that’s just good for the soul, Charleston has it all. Trendy spots like HUSK (and its neighboring bar specializing in traditional southern cocktails) compete with local favorites like The Glass Onion and the Hominy Grill. Whatever you’re craving on your visit, it’s almost guaranteed to be unforgettable.

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Volunteers are all smiles as they await guests in line during the soup kitchen’s service.

Statesboro Soup Kitchen: Reaching beyond the dinner plate Written By Angye Morrison • Photography by Karen Phipps A little more than 20 years ago, a small band of people from First United Methodist Church in Statesboro saw a need in the community, and took action to meet it. That need was to feed the hungry, so they started Statesboro Soup Kitchen, which still operates today. The first time the ministry served a meal, there were about 10 or 15 people who came to eat. These days, they serve between 350 and 450 people every Saturday, in addition to delivering meals to The Summit. Karen Phipps is the current director for the ministry, which has expanded way beyond the original small group that gave it life. There are a multitude of volunteers, coming from churches, civic groups, and the local schools. Phipps says finding volunteers is not difficult — it’s finding sponsors that can be a bit tricky. The Jaycees, and the Kiwanis and Rotary clubs have sponsored meals. Groups from

Georgia Southern University regularly serve, along with those from Saint Matthew Roman Catholic Church, Statesboro Korean Baptist Mission and Ogeechee Technical College, just to name a few. A typical week is anything but, Phipps said. If she is ordering food, she “guestimates” how much they will need based on an educated guess as to how many people will show up. She usually arrives on Saturdays around 8 a.m., and boils the water for the tea, and then gets out of the way so that the volunteers, who arrive around 9 or 9:30, can begin working. They prep and cook the food, and their first big push is to get all the meals ready to be delivered to The Summit. They are delivered by 12 volunteers, who go in pairs to make the deliveries. The remaining volunteers set up, serve and then clean up. They also prepare meals to go to the local homeless mission, which are

picked up. The meal is served from noon to 1 p.m., but Phipps says when the food is ready, they will begin serving, even if it’s early. If there is a sponsor for the week’s meal, they pay for the food and provide it. Some even do their own shopping, which Phipps says gives her a welcome break. The meals they serve can be as simple as cold cut sandwiches, chips and fruit, to turkey tetrazzini, which they served recently. “We’ve had chili and tacos. We’ve done industrious things like Salisbury steak with mashed potatoes and a vegetable. The favorite dessert is ice cream,” she said. If they have leftovers, they freeze what they can, and they often take meals to Safe Haven, to the local fire, police and emergency services departments, to group homes and halfway house, and the volunteers eat as well. “We don’t let anything go to waste,” Phipps said.


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Phipps began decorating the tables with colorful plastic tablecloths from WalMart, believing it would help create more of a restaurant feel for the guests. The volunteers decorate the fellowship hall for holidays as well. “Anything to make it fancy, because for a lot of the folks, it’s the only time they get close to some sort of simulation of a real restaurant,” she said. Phipps’ full-time job is as the program director for Eagle Academy at Georgia Southern. She came on board first as a volunteer at the soup kitchen and was asked two years ago to become the coordinator. She wanted to make sure those who come to eat are treated as guests. Volunteers walk around and wait on the guests, and talk to them. The meal is buffet style, and volunteers dish up the food. Originally, people who came to the soup kitchen were given their food and they would leave. Phipps said that as coordinator, she just couldn’t do things that way. She was told no one would want to stay and eat. She asked, “Can I just try?” The first time they served a buffet-style meal, 100 people stayed and ate at the church. People who now come to the soup kitchen each week mostly come from the neighborhoods surrounding the church, within walking distance. Some ride bikes from a bit further. Phipps says they often get comments from guests about the food, but the ones about the volunteers talking with the guests are the “ones that grab my heart.” She recalls a group that came from the tent city in the woods across from The Olive Garden, saying she sat down one day to talk with them. They told her that they came to the soup kitchen not for the food, but because, “You’re willing to sit down at the table and talk with us like we’re the same as you are.” She was a bit shocked, and responded, “You are the same as we are.” “But nobody treats us like we are,” they said. This has become her mission, as well as the mission of the soup kitchen: To show everyone God’s love and to show them that they are cared for. Some of the volunteers have gone the extra mile and provided additional needed items, like goodie bags that contained small items and toiletries. The Korean church always brings clothing to hand out, Phipps said, and the soup kitchen always welcomes donations of warm clothing. Items that are always needed include No. 10 canned vegetables, jarred spaghetti sauce, frozen foods, gallon containers of ice cream, sandwich cookies and plastic bags for to-go boxes. They are also always collecting warm socks, shoes and coats, in all sizes, from babies to adults. Monetary donations are also welcome. Any of these can be dropped off at FUMC. Phipps says the soup kitchen is important not just for the work it does in feeding people, but also for what it teaches the community. It’s shocking to most to hear the number of people who are fed each week. “It’s opening their eyes to a part of the community who is not doing really well, and not thriving,” she said. “It opens their eyes to a part of the community they may not see. They may see, but they don’t really see.” If you’d like to help, e-mail the soup kitchen at statesborosoupkitchen@gmail. com, or Phipps at kcantini@georgiasouthern.edu. You can also call the church at (912) 764-7549.

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Overthinking It • By Katherine Fallon

The fourth wall Recently, a high school classmate posted a photo of the superlative section of our senior yearbook. There I am, bleach blonde, studioissue velvet-cloaked, glancing over my shoulder in a way I never have in real life. Below my name: most talented. Looking at the course of my life, there are a number of reasons I might have won that particular superlative, but the cause for its being bestowed upon me as a senior in high school was my acting ability. I was in every school play, most often in leading roles. I wrote a one-act that was accepted by a statewide theater festival and got to watch it come to life on stage, both before my school and the broader audience. I went to nationals for speech and debate two years running, performing a dramatic mono26

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logue each time, and earning sixth place in my senior year. I was an apprentice at a professional theater company and never cashed the measly check I received for acting a bit part in The Death of a Salesman; I believed it to be the first of many in a career of acting. In college, I continued acting until I transferred schools. My reasons for transferring were plenty, academics surely one of the most powerful, but others were based on interpersonal conflict and heartbreak. I was literally running from my problems, and while it turned out to be the right decision in this case, the circumstances that caused my flight took me away from performance, turned me inward, made me almost shy. My time in the spotlight was over. When I saw the Facebook post this week, it

brought back many complicated memories, as high school yearbooks are intended to torture us later in life by confronting our former, sometimes more sparkly, selves. I showed Nikki and she, never having known me as an actress, was surprised to learn not that I was voted most talented, but that I was voted most talented for a skill of mine that she has never encountered. I lamented the loss of that particular skill, that special ability for which I was once acknowledged and which is now unknown to most of my closest friends. But Nikki said, “You are still acting, every day in the classroom,” and it, too, sent me into a spiral of nostalgia, this time for the not-so-distant past. For the first year I taught, I nearly vomited every day, walking into the classroom with butterflies and weak knees, terrified of the sea of young heads before me. I took deep breaths in bathroom stalls, and stared at myself in the mirror, challenging my own gaze into softening. I don’t know if my students knew that first year just how scared I was of their potential responses to me, but as time passed, I began to enter the classroom with more and more confidence. Some classes are harder than others, of course, but for the most part, my students have been engaged and playful, participatory and respectful. They sit in their seats and watch me when they are expected to, and the best of them don impressive academic personas in response to mine. Although it is technically my job to teach them such lessons, my students educate me daily on how to adapt to different audiences, to tailor my performance to the needs and responses of different spectators, and, what’s more, how to include them in the performance of each 75-minute class. While part of my newly-minted confidence is based upon being comfortable as the focal point of the classroom, the relationships I try to foster within my classroom are really what have made a difference for me, in a way that transfers neatly into both my personal life, and my deeply private one. My pupils have reminded me of something I had forgotten in the years since training so ardently for a career in theater, and that is that there is more to acting than speech; in order to be truly talented, you must also know how to listen, and how to react to what you hear. As a result of this hard-earned awakening, these days, when I walk into the classroom, my students’ voices break down the proverbial fourth wall. I would argue that thanks to them, I am more superlative now than I was when I was winning awards, standing on stage, lit so brightly I couldn’t see those before me.


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Raising good kids: It’s all about character Written By Angye Morrison • Photos courtesy of Roosevelt Cone Jr. It all started when Roosevelt Cone Jr. sat down at his kitchen table and sketched out a hand. Cone had owned The Spot previously, which was a place where local children could come and hang out and play video games. He had also worked in the Boys & Girls Club of Bulloch County, and had seen the difference such programs could make in the lives of underserved youth. But Cone wanted to do something a bit more meaningful, and focus his efforts on teaching youth about character. And with that, Roosevelt’s Character Development Center was born. Kids who come to the center learn about responsibility and engage in character building lessons, which Cone designs himself. Everything they do at

the RCDC is infused with the six pillars of character: trustworthiness, responsibility, respect, citizenship, caring and fairness. “We try to implement that in everything we do around here,” Cone said. The lessons the children learn at the RCDC are incredibly important, Cone believes. “It’s so important, I don’t even know if I can even put a range on it,” he said. “I think we all know that the kids today, they all need positive role models. To me, looking around every day, we’re failing with that. I think places like this, and the lessons we come up with, at least if they’re not getting the time and guidance they should be getting at the house, at least they’re getting it here. Every little bit counts.” The RCDC has been operational for around two years, Cone said. His wife, Shelby, is the

co-owner and co-founder of the center. Both have a love for children and seek to be positive role models not just at the center, but in their everyday lives as well. “I always look at it like you can’t run a character program if you’re out doing whatever,” Cone said. “With me having this program, I’m always able to put myself in check a lot quicker than other people because of what I’m representing. So (the program has) had an impact on me.” He says it’s also impacted his son, Braylon, as well as his wife. “You can’t impact other kids if you’re not impacting your own. My wife, she gets attached to the kids, and has been impacted by the program as well,” he says. “It’s been positive (for us) all the way around.”

Children who come to RCDC are taught about character, but they also get to put what they learn into action. There’s also time for fun, such as a visit to a miniature horse farm. Three generations of Cone men, all named Roosevelt — Roosevelt Cone Jr., Roosevelt Sr. and Roosevelt III, who goes by his middle name, Braylon. Roosevelt Jr. says he learned about hard work and character from his father, and he’s not just passing those lessons on to his son, but to other local children as well at the RCDC.

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Cone is a 2001 graduate of Southeast Bulloch High School and went on to earn his Bachelor of Arts in Child Development and his master’s degree in Psychology from Ashford University. He says he’s always known that he wanted to work with children, even back when he was a kid, growing up in Brooklet, hanging out with the children that his mother cared for. As he grew older, Cone decided he wanted to be a physical education teacher and coach, and that soon morphed into wanting to be an art teacher. No matter what career path he considered, the focus was always working with children. Eventually, he determined that he wanted to develop his own program. He has now worked for a total of 16 years with local children, and he sees every day the impact of his efforts. He says he is approached all the time around town by young people who come up and hug him, and shake his hand, and tell him thank you for what he’s done for them. “If those kids can always remember Mr. Roosevelt, and say he was always positive, he always pushed me, if they can all remember that. I want them to always remember me for pushing them and instilling good values in them,” he said. Parents of the kids who come after school Monday through Friday pay $180 a month. For that fee, the children are picked up after school, they are supervised while they do homework, they get snacks, and they engage in character lessons, in addition to play time. Cone also focuses on mentoring, which includes helping the children learn how to deal with bullying, and building their self-esteem. He’s also established a one-on-one program called All My Sons, which is for boys ages 10 to 18 who currently don’t have a father figure in their lives. Each week, these young men meet at the center to discuss the issues they face and to learn life skills such as becoming a man, the importance of being a good father, the importance of education, how to show respect, how to treat women with respect and more. Cone says the fathers of most of these young men are not around, so he may be the only positive role model they have. “That’s basically what I came up with this program for. The things that fathers should be around to talk about with their sons, those kids that don’t have their fathers around, they’re going to miss out. So with that program, that’s what I try to do,” he said. Kids at the RCDC range from kindergarten through 12th grade. In addition to what they do at the center, they also have enjoyed sum-

Roosevelt Cone is shown holding the poster created by the children at Roosevelt’s Character Development Center. The poster was a Valentine’s Day gift, made of all the stickers the children had earned for doing well. They also wrote letters showing love for the center and for Cone and his wife, Shelby, who is the co-owner/ co-founder of the RCDC.

mer camps, visits to local businesses in the community, and caring for the animals at the Pony Farm. During the time since the doors opened at the RCDC, Cone says he’s seen a lot of changes in the kids who have been coming. But don’t call it a daycare center. “I always tell the parents this is not a daycare center. It’s a character building center. We’re always firm on the kids,” he said, adding that this shows in their behavior over time. “All they need is time,” Cone says. He posts the mantra regularly on the RCDC Facebook page. Cone says there are good parents who don’t take the time to guide their children, and there are bad parents who won’t take the time to guide their children. “Whether it’s taking 10 minutes to read them a bedtime story, or fixing a meal and using that time to communicate as a family. Time is very important, not only with kids, but with adults too. All they need is time,” he said. Cone says he was very fortunate to have both of his parents, Roosevelt Sr. and Janice, who invested in him and taught him great life lessons. He credits them with helping him to become the man that he is today. “They instilled great values in us,” Cone said, speaking of himself and his older sister, Pam. “When we came home from school, we had chores to do. It all has to do with the en-

vironment you’re in. Ever since I was young, it was always about working for the things that you want.” Cone Sr. retired about five years ago from Denmark Furniture Mart in Brooklet, and the father/son duo made their unofficial business “official”— their moving service had been something they had done together for quite a while. After his dad retired, Cone says they merged his dad’s old school thinking and his new school thinking, establishing Rosie & Son Moving Service. They must be doing something right, because the company has consistently been chosen by the community as the Best of the Boro for the past few years. Cone says he helped his dad with his first move when he was just 12 years old. After his dad asked him to help, he asked his father, “What if I can’t do it? What if I can’t lift?” His father replied, “What if you can?” Cone carries that with him every day as he mentors boys and girls, helping them to understand that just as he found out he could do anything he set his mind to, so can they. “It makes me feel good that I’ve made that mark around here,” he said. If you’re interested in volunteering with the Roosevelt’s Character Development Center, see their Facebook page, or call (912) 4864713. The center is located at 220C North Main Street in Statesboro. May 2018

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