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season was the thought that we didn’t WANT to win a national championship in a year when no one could attend the games. Only a Georgia fan could come up with that line of thinking! I’m turning 60 next year. My fraternity got kicked off the UGA campus. My hair is gray and thinning, and I can’t fit into my 32-inch waist Levi’s. I’m not sure I can wait another 40 years! So, I’m going all in and guaranteeing the Dawgs win it all this year! You read it here first! Of course, I’m a little worried about our first game, which is against Clemson. But, that’s not until September. It’s August now and I’m feeling great! GO DAWGS!!!


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rown marsh bunnies munch away in the green grass by the roadside as we cross the causeway. Elusive mink scamper over the rocks as they forage for dinner. The antlers on the fallow deer make us do a double-take when we spot them traversing our neighborhoods. Skinks and anoles greet us in sunny spots in the backyard, while frogs chirp lullabies at night. Coastal Georgia wildlife is so much more than our amazing array of birds, the alligators that inhabit our swamps, the dolphins that swim in our waters, and the sea turtles that nest on our sandy beaches. Here we look a little closer at our neighbors in nature that make their homes in the Golden Isles

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BACKYARD CRITTERS

Our backyards play host to myriad species of wildlife.

Whether lush lawns in busy neighborhoods or more secluded

wooded havens, animals live among us.

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ater is easily accessible,

they also eat buds, flowers, and fruit from trees

as “flaps,” they can glide through the air when

and our yards offer

like dogwood, loquat and mulberry as well.

they jump. People generally discover these

natural food sources ranging from fruit, nuts,

small rodents when they take up occupancy Here are some cool things you might not

in an attic or within the walls of a house,

and vegetation from our trees, gardens, and

know about these fluffy-tailed fellas: Squirrels’

gaining entry from even tiny holes around the

other foliage to the insects and smaller animals

hind legs are double-jointed, and they can

roofline. They make frequent noise at night

that may live there. Old trees, sheds, piles of

turn their ankles 180 degrees, so they're fast

and stay busy caching away nuts and seeds in

leaves and debris, pots and other containers

and extremely agile climbers. They can leap

their nests and handy spots in trees. Quite the

provide spaces for foraging, hiding, resting,

10 times their body length and can fall from

hoarders, they’re known to store hundreds

and nesting. And, quite often, we humans have

a height of about 100 feet without hurting

of nuts away in a night and around 15,000 in

been known to intentionally offer food and

themselves. When jumping, or falling, they use

a season. Exterminators are no strangers to

shelter too. Although, to be fair, we may have

their tail both for balance and as a parachute.

calls to remove these nocturnal pests that seek

intended the bird feeder to provide for our

shelter in cozy attics during winter months

feathered rather than furry friends or meant

And speaking of airborne squirrels, Southern

and bring their friends. Not just noisy, flying

the kibble in the bowl to be for our pets and not

flying squirrels are common in Georgia. You

squirrels are considered a dangerous nuisance

visiting varmints.

may not realize it because they’re nocturnal

because they’re known to chew electrical

and we rarely see them. And like Bullwinkle’s

wires which can create a fire hazard. Stick

One of our most notorious bird feeder bandits

sidekick, Rocky, they can’t really fly. Using the

with the cannon and the moose, Rocky!

is the squirrel. Squirrels are not only one of our

webbed skin between their front and rear legs

most common backyard inhabitants, they’re also one of the most common and recognizable kinds of wildlife found in the state of Georgia. Here in the region the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) designates as the Coastal Plain, the gray squirrel is the species we most frequently see. Less common is the larger fox squirrel. Fox squirrels are generally found in mature pine habitats, with pine seeds being a major source of food. While acorns and other nuts make up most of the grey squirrel’s diet,

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A native Georgia backyard animal that gets a

face and mouth full of 50 teeth that they bare

bad rap is the Virginia (or common) opossum.

when cornered and a tendency to hiss and

The only marsupial in North America, the

growl if feeling threatened, opossums can’t

opossum is a solitary, nocturnal animal that

really be considered cute. Although

carries its babies in a pouch. They’re about

they put on a frightening show, they’re

the size of a cat and vary in color from almost

gentle animals that have an automatic

all white to almost all black. With a pointy

and involuntary physiological response to confrontation: playing dead. This comatose state that causes them to go limp can last up to an hour and mimics not only the appearance but the smell of a dead animal. Not exactly

brown fur and a thick furry tail like a squirrel.

dangerous to people! In fact, opossums

Ironically, they don’t “play possum,” and are

actively remove many dangers to humans.

friendly animals that will approach people.

Opportunistic scavengers, they eat cockroaches and beetles, rats, mice, snakes

Georgia’s own Okefenokee Swamp is home to

(including poisonous ones!), rotten fruit, and

a famous possum, a cartoon character named

even dead animals. They also help fight Lyme

Pogo Possum. Celebrated cartoonist Walt

disease by killing more than 95% of the ticks

Kelly launched his comic strip Pogo about a

that try to feed on them. That’s estimated

possum and his swamp friends that included

at more than 5,000 ticks in one season.

Albert Alligator, Porky Pine, and Howland Owl,

Thanks, ‘possum posse!

in October 1948. The strip was syndicated and ran until July 1975, dishing out satire,

It’s also worth noting that although we may call

doing some moralizing, and pushing some

our GA opossums “’possums,” true possums

political buttons along the way. With about 50

are another animal entirely. Possums are native

million readers following Pogo, Kelly received

to Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, and

numerous awards and was inducted into the

China. These foreign marsupials have gold or

National Cartoon Museum’s Hall of Fame.

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of the nerves. This is called “dousing,” and looks like the raccoons are washing their food. Like light to a human’s eyes, water on a raccoon’s hands gives it more sensory information, allowing it to feel more than it would otherwise. Even when there’s no water, the action helps them grip their food and guide it to their mouths. This washing action Many people find raccoons more endearing

a useful purpose for the raccoon. The black

gave raccoons their Latin name, Procyon

than opossums due to the cute “bandit”

fur absorbs incoming light, reducing glare

lotor, with “lotor” meaning “the washerman.”

masks around their eyes, but they’re much

that would otherwise bounce into the animal’s

Native Americans were the first to note their

more trouble than their marsupial comrades.

eyes and obstruct their vision. At night, less

unusual paws. The Powhatan named them

Racoons have a very high mammal IQ, lower

peripheral light makes it easier for them

aroughcun, meaning “animal that scratches

than monkeys but above cats, and they are

to perceive contrast, which is essential for

with its hands.” The word “raccoon” is the

highly adaptive omnivores. Those famous

seeing clearly in the dark. These primarily

English derivative of that term.

black masks on their faces actually serve

nocturnal hunters are known to raid chicken coops and gardens. They use

Other backyard bandits you might see in

their intelligence and dexterity to get

this region, although not nearly as common,

into garbage bins and food containers,

are foxes and coyotes. Grey foxes, or forest

making them common visitors to human

foxes, are native to Georgia’s woodlands.

homes. Sadly, they are also notorious

Red foxes were introduced by European

carriers of disease and vermin and can

settlers and can be found in fields and

be dangerous to pets for that reason.

more open areas. Once hunted nearly to extinction, the red fox population has

What might be most remarkable about

are incredibly adaptable and can survive

front paws are incredibly dexterous and,

in wooded, rural, and urban areas. These

similarly to humans, contain roughly four times more sensory receptors than their back paws. This allows

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non-native species that has been in Georgia

objects without seeing them,

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raccoons however are their hands. Their

to different environments and the wide availability of food like white-tailed deer and

their sense of touch by

smaller rodents. Neither species are a threat

wetting their skin to

to humans, but they can be a dangerous

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thoroughly to determine their numbers,

more beneficial to us than we realize. Visit

variety of species, and roosting sites. It

georgiawildlife.com to learn more about how

is believed that on St. Simons Island our

you can help with the bat count or, if you’re

large intact areas of maritime forest may

feeling like more bats would be welcome

house a healthy population of the rare

in your yard, there are instructions on the

northern yellow bat, giving strength to

site for how to build a bat house and create

the case for protecting maritime forest

an attractive habitat for

along the Georgia coast. These

these winged

often misunderstood

wonders.

creatures may be

Another fascinating backyard creature is the bat. Like the opossum, because of their strange looks and myths spurred by folklore and vampire tales, and their known status as disease carriers, bats aren’t generally warmly welcomed by humans. However, these small, winged rodents play a critical role in our ecosystems by helping control insect populations and acting as pollinators. Of the 40 species of bats found in the U.S., Georgia is home to 16 of them, all of which feed exclusively on insects. Here in the South where mosquitoes are prevalent, we should appreciate how valuable any animal that eradicates them might be! The Georgia DNR Y WA

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WETLAND WILDLIFE

These Marshes of Glynn immortalized in verse by Sidney Lanier and swamp regions like the nearby Okefenokee provide welcoming habitats for a wide variety of species beyond the alligators, turtles, and frogs we commonly associate with their murky waters. If you’re a keen observer, you may be able to spot some of the mammals that make their homes in the wetlands too.

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ossibly our cutest

coats that spend most of their time

marsh inhabitant, the

hunting in ponds, streams and

North American

other wetland areas. They too like

river otter is

to take over dens and burrows

native to Georgia and the

created by other creatures as

semi-aquatic mammal can be

their homes. Mink are most

found just about anywhere

active at night, early dawn and

in the U.S. While their name

late dusk. When threatened

includes the word “river,” they

by predators, mink may hiss,

don’t just inhabit rivers. In fact, all

snarl, screech and/or excrete a

they really need is a year-round

strong musky odorous fluid like

food source, and they find that in

a skunk from their scent glands.

marshes, swamps, and other estuaries, as well

they leave the area. Because of the density

as rivers. Otters are renovators, often taking

of the otter population, this absence from an

Less common on Georgia’s barrier islands,

over abandoned burrows created by other

area signals to researchers that there may be

are the beaver and muskrat. These semi-

animals or repurposing hollow logs for their

trouble and rehabilitation is needed to protect

aquatic animals tend to be found near year-

dens. A river otter’s diet varies depending on

the ecosystem. This also protects smaller and

round water sources. Although unrestricted

where they make their home. They mostly eat

more vulnerable species that may not show

trapping and habitat loss almost led to the

aquatic invertebrates and fish, but sometimes

distress. Maybe Marvel needs to add an otter to

beaver’s elimination from Georgia, successful

they also hunt for their meals on land. Cat-

the multiverse!

restoration efforts taken by conservationists

like predators, they have a sharp bite and

in the 1940s has resulted in a healthy beaver

occasionally use their whiskers to sense and

Another animal playing this same role in

population today. Beavers construction

detect their prey before giving chase. These

protecting the watershed animals that we

habits make them one of the state’s most

mischievous scamps that occasionally steal or

commonly see in the Golden Isles is the mink.

important animals from an ecological

rearrange outdoor pillows from deck furniture

Often mistaken for our playful otters at first

standpoint. The ponds and wetlands they

or snatch fish from a fresh catch also play a

glance, they can be distinguished by their

create improve water filtration, provide

significant role in the ecosystem. River otters

dark sleek fur, sometimes with white patches

critical nesting and foraging environments

serve as bioindicators for pollution in their

on their chest and throat. Like otters, mink

for waterfowl and migratory birds, and are an

home ranges. If a habitat becomes “spoiled,”

are excellent swimmers with waterproof

excellent habitat for many plants and animals.

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It’s marsh rabbits that we spot in the early mornings and at twilight venturing away from the marsh’s edge to feed on the grassy vegetation by the roadside. Of the four rabbit species found in Georgia

excellent swimmers and readily take to the

And while we’re “splitting hares,” isn’t “hare”

and three existing in the Golden Isles, this

water if pursued. This also makes them prey

just another name for a rabbit? No; although

is the smallest. Marsh rabbits are only 14-16

for alligators and water moccasins. Eastern

hares and rabbits are both from the same

inches long and weigh around 3 lbs. Their

cottontails are the most common and prolific

family, Leporidae, they’re different species,

cousin the swamp rabbit, on the other hand,

variety of rabbit in Georgia. Unlike their

like goats and sheep are different species

is the largest rabbit in Georgia and can

more aquatically inclined cousins, they’re

of the same family. Hares are larger, have

weigh about twice that.

known for making their homes in brush and

longer ears, and their coats tend to change

Swamp rabbits, also

thickets or grassy fields with good cover.

color, while rabbits’ fur stays the same.

called “cane cutters” are more common in the Piedmont region, but both species are known to be

Dwindling habitat and food availability may be depleting their population. Rabbits are the third most popular game animals for hunters in Georgia.

Rabbits also prefer to stay well covered while hares prefer open areas. Hares are also faster, which is helpful if they’re spotted by predators in those wide open spaces they like. While people often call Georgia’s swamp rabbits “swamp hares,” we have no true hares in Georgia, although bones and fossils suggest two species did once reside here. As far as being “harebrained,” that 16th century English expression came from the earlier term “harebrain” used to describe “a giddy or reckless person.” This sprang from the common impression of a hare being nervous and skittish, with the term used today to imply that the person is acting with no more intelligence than a scared rabbit.

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We’d be remiss if we didn’t dedicate some space here to the American Alligator that thrives in our coastal community. Alligators have been roaming the Southeast for 180 million years and the Georgia DNR estimates that there are approximately 200,000 living in our state, mostly south of the fall line that roughly connects Columbus, Macon and Augusta. The average size of an alligator is 11-12 feet and almost 800 lbs. They can live up to 60 years in the wild. Alligators are typically found in marshes, swamps, rivers, ponds and lakes, but also have been located in drainage ditches, our local golf course ponds, and sometimes even in swimming pools. A recent viral video showed a large gator strolling along Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island. Yes, they can be found in salt water and may occasionally be spotted L A U R I E LO H N E

swimming near the shoreline. Alligators prefer open waters during their courtship and breeding season April to May. During the remainder of the year, males prefer deep open water, while females seek out nesting habitat in shallow, heavily vegetated and secluded spots. In areas where the water level fluctuates, like the Okefenokee, alligators dig themselves into hollows in the mud, which fill with water. These tunnels can be as long as 65 feet and provide protection during extreme hot or cold weather. Male alligators rule a home range of two miles, while females stick to a smaller range.

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Don’t feed alligators.

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If you’re in an area where you see a gator or one approaches, try to maintain at least 10 feet of distance.

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If you’re on the water, don’t strike at a gator with your paddle or slap the water with your paddle, because alligators interpret that as a challenge. Instead, raise your paddle in the air, to give the appearance that you’re a large animal and reestablish your dominance over the gator.

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If you want to see alligators safely, head over to Horton Pond on Jekyll Island or visit the Okefenokee Swamp Park.

Since we share our space with these intimidating reptiles, we think it’s a good idea to share some rules about contact with alligators.

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CREEPERS & JUMPERS Without delving deeply into the realm of reptiles and amphibians, suffice it to say that we share space with quite a few species that hop, slither, skitter, and swim. We’re not touching snakes, but will spotlight some of these creatures frequently spotted in our midst.

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here are more than 1,500

The Mediterranean house gecko is an

species of skinks, making

introduced species common in Georgia and

them one of the most

Florida. The tiny spotted lizards are almost

diverse families of lizards.

completely nocturnal and hide in cracks,

These reptiles can be found

crevices, under leaves and tree bark by day.

in a wide variety of habitats and generally make their homes in environments protected from the elements,

Sticky toe pads allow them to climb walls and they are often seen perched near outside lights feeding on insects attracted to the light.

burrowing and foraging for insects. Some types we commonly find in our backyards in the Golden Isles include

is the glass lizard. We have more than

the broad-headed skink, the little

one species of glass lizard here, with the

brown skink, and the Southeastern

largest being the Eastern glass lizard.

Five-lined skink. The five-lined skink is

These harmless, long, slender lizards

one most of us recognize by the bright

can be found in wetland areas and dune

blue tail it has as a juvenile, which

habitats and are frequently mistaken for

loses its color as it matures. A handy

snakes because they have no legs and

defense mechanism of the skink is the

slither along the ground. Glass lizards can

ability to divert a predator’s attention

be distinguished from snakes by their

to that bright colored tail, then to

moveable eyelids, external ear openings,

escape by shedding it. The green anole is another friendly

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and inflexible jaws. Among the wide variety of frogs and toads

visitor we see often. These little lizards

that inhabit the area, one of our favorites is

are tree-dwellers and can change their

Georgia’s official state amphibian: the green

coloring in different shades of green

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Another type of lizard worth mentioning

tree frog. Only about two inches long, this

and brown to match their environment.

lime-green frog spends most of its time

Males display a pinkish throat fan when

eating insects in the trees, but frequently can

approaching a potential mate or in territorial

be found clinging to our windows or sliding

rivalries. They frequently bask in the

glass doors. During warm months, we’re

vegetation darting away from their sunny

serenaded by the males who group together

spots to catch insects or chase away rivals.

for nighttime chorus sessions.


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ome of our local creatures didn’t

and sloths. Armadillos migrated across the

While it’s commonly thought that armadillos

start out that way. They were

Rio Grande in the mid 1800s and spread

curl into a ball when they’re frightened, the

introduced to the region by

across Texas and continued east to the

nine-banded armadillo can’t do this. Instead,

European settlers or they migrated

southeastern U.S. Introductions in the state of

its defense mechanism is to jump into the air. It

here. These animals are considered invasive or

Florida established a separate population that

cannot control the direction of its movement

exotic species and require monitoring because

eventually merged with the Texas migrants.

and may go as high as three feet. While this

they may threaten native wildlife through

The fact that they are superb swimmers

may effectively scare off predators, it can

predation, competition, or transmission

allowed them to reach Georgia’s barrier islands.

also dangerously put them directly in the path

of disease. Known “intruders” existing on

Not only can armadillos hold their breath for up

of the bumper of an oncoming vehicle. This

the barrier islands and mainland include

to six minutes, they are known to increase their

behavior coupled with the fact that armadillos’

armadillos, feral hogs, European fallow deer,

buoyancy by gulping air into their stomachs,

eyes don’t glow in the dark like other

and the wild horses on Cumberland Island.

allowing them to float on the surface of the

animals’ explains the high number of

These species are met with varying degrees of

water. They thrive in the maritime forest and

roadside casualties we see.

enthusiasm. While island visitors may love to

these omnivores are often seen foraging

see them, many conservationists do not.

for food with their snout to the ground and long, sharp claws digging in the dirt,

Although the nine-banded armadillo can

and snatching insects with their sticky

now be found throughout the southern states

tongue. Their diet mainly consists

and in an expanding range to the north, they

of grubs, ants, worms, beetles

are not native to North America. Named

and grasshoppers. Their

“little armored one” by the Spanish for their

eyesight is poor, but they make

unique bony plate covered by leathery brown

up for it with keen hearing and

skin, armadillos are relatives of anteaters

sense of smell.

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All feral swine are members of the same biological species, but they are often referred to by different names such as wild boar, wild hogs, and wild pigs. Pigs were first introduced to North America by Spanish explorers in the early 16th century. Most were allowed to range freely throughout forest, marsh, and field and were harvested for meat. In the early 1900s, the introduction of the Eurasian wild boar for sport hunting resulted in interbreeding with the free-ranging domestic pigs already present. High reproductive potential, habitat generalization, wide range in diet, and low mortality rates all contribute to the feral hogs’ rapid population growth. Soon they were causing economic and ecological damage across agricultural regions in the Southeast, resulting in the ban of free range farming practices. Unclaimed free range populations continued to proliferate and spread across the U.S. Not only did the pigs make it to the Georgia coast, their

damage because of their voracious appetite

nests laid on Ossabaw Island beaches. This

excellent swimming abilities made even the

and omnivorous diet. Rooting up virtually any

means they’re not just destructive, but their

islands accessible!

food, whether plant, fungus, or animal, living

consumption habits could contribute to the

or dead. What makes these hogs especially

extinction of an entire species. Systematic

Feral hogs wreak havoc on every large

troublesome for our coastal ecosystem is

shooting and trapping has shrunk the

undeveloped Georgia barrier island:

the fact that they eat the eggs of sea turtles,

predation rate to about 10%, but takes relentless

Cumberland, Sapelo, St. Catherines, and

diamondback terrapins, and ground-nesting

work to keep it low. Collaborative efforts for

Ossabaw. They’re also known to be on Little

birds. In the early 2000s, hogs destroyed

eradication that go beyond hunting are being

St. Simons Island. They cause widespread

nearly 70% of the loggerhead sea turtle

pursued through the state.

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It’s not unusual to see white-tailed deer in the Golden Isles. Near dawn and dusk, they nonchalantly wander through yards, nibbling on foliage and flowers. In the early 1900s, however, the whitetail population in Georgia dwindled due to excessive hunting. Due to conscious, and highly successful, efforts taken to reestablish white-tailed

Although white-tailed deer have been

deer throughout the Southeast, these native

reestablished on St. Simons Island and

they’re famous or infamous is debatable. The

deer have been thriving throughout the

surrounding areas for quite some time, the

horses were likely first brought over by the

state for more than 50 years. Locally, there’s

large population of fallow deer on Little St.

Spanish when missions were established in

more to the story, and it all started on Little

Simons Island kept the whitetails from being

the 1500s. The first documented mention of

St. Simons Island.

able to recolonize there. The native deer

the herd was in 1742, when at Fort Andrew

were deprived of the food they needed to

the Spanish wrote of discovering “fifty to

When Little St. Simons was purchased in

survive by the extensive grazing of the vast

sixty horses in a corral within the fort.” Over

1908, there were no deer on the island. The

number of fallow deer.

the years, new stock was introduced and horses were removed for sale, but by the time

island’s owners were avid sportsmen and brought in exotic deer species from Europe

In 2015, following increased control of the

the national park was established in 1972,

and Asia to establish a population. The

fallow deer population, naturalists on Little

the island’s horses had become feral. While

introduced European fallow deer thrived

St. Simons Island were excited to report the

these “wild horses” are a romantic notion and

in this environment. Over the course of the

return of white-tailed deer for the first time

attract visitors eager for a sighting, they are a

next century, the number of fallow deer

in more than 100 years. In 2017, they began

point of contention for many conservationists

increased dramatically, with a count in 2006

regularly observing a group of whitetails

and animal lovers. Not only do they cause

estimating there to be approximately 750 deer

moving around the island. Conversely, St.

damage to the island’s native ecosystem, but

on the island. Fallow deer eventually started

Simons Island has experienced an increase in

the herd is unmanaged, meaning no food,

being spotted on St. Simons Island too, as the

the number of fallow deer. Oh, deer...

water, or veterinary care is provided, and there is no population control. Hopefully a

deer swam to new territory. They’re easy to recognize with male fallow deer sporting large

The feral horses of Cumberland Island are our

solution can be found that protects the land

palmate antlers, like moose or caribou.

most well-known exotic invaders. Whether

and these beautiful creatures.

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ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS

o see these animals, get out and explore! Spend

some time visiting our local nature trails and wildlife

For additional close-up encounters with animals, both native and exotic, here are several places you can visit that are within a short drive.

preserves. Visit sslt.org for more information about Cannon’s Point and their other parks, trails, and protected

greenspaces. Take a kayak tour in the marshes or the swamp. Book a day trip on Little St. Simons and learn from their naturalists. Join one of Jekyll Island’s Gatorology sessions at Horton Pond or a turtle patrol with the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. Take your lunch or dinner to the park or the beach, or even just the middle of your backyard, and pay attention to the creatures around you. 42

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The Farm at Oatland North A rescue and sanctuary for abused, neglected and abandoned animals that include horses, goats, donkey, cows, and miniature pot belly pigs.

4-H Tidelands Nature Center Animal exhibits including aquariums and reptile viewing tanks, birding area with wildlife viewing platform.

70 Cannons Point Rd. St. Simons Island, GA

100 S. Riverview Dr. Jekyll Island, GA

912.399.8159

912.635.5032

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Georgia Sea Turtle Center Sea turtle hospital and rehabilitation center. View sea turtles, diamondback terrapins, and gopher tortoises. Watch their page on social media for sea turtle releases you can go to the beach and observe! 214 Stable Rd. Jekyll Island, GA

Wild Adventures Theme Park A theme park and water park that also features an animal park with hundreds of native and exotic animals and a safari train attraction. Animals include monkeys, lemur, sloth, black bear, lion, tiger, zebra, giraffe, llamas and alpaca, fox and ferret, capybara and coatimundi.

912.635.4444

3766 Old Clyattville Rd. Valdosta, GA

gstc.jekyllisland.com

229.219.7080 wildadventures.com

5700 Okefenokee Swamp Park Rd. Waycross, GA 912.283.0583

White Oak Conservation Non-profit conservation center that works with zoos and is dedicated to the conservation and care of endangered and threatened species, including rhinoceros, zebras, okapi, cheetahs, giraffe, and now, African elephants. 581705 White Oak Rd. Yulee, FL 904.225.3396 whiteoakwildlife.org

okeswamp.org Oatland Island Wildlife center featuring species native to Georgia including birds of prey, bobcats, armadillos, flying squirrels, bison, fox, wolf, deer, and alligators.

Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary Non-profit wildlife rescue and sanctuary for big cats confiscated by the state for illegal ownership, improper enclosures or maltreatment.

711 Sandtown Rd. Savannah, GA

1860 Starratt Rd. Jacksonville, FL

912.395.1212

904.757.3603

oatlandisland.org

cattyshack.org

We’d like to say a special thank you to three talented local photographers: Wayne Morgan, Laurie Lohne, and Debbie Dean who permitted us to use their wonderful wildlife photos. To see more of their photos, as well as wildlife and local scenery shot by other photographers, follow/join the My Georgia Coast group on Facebook. Wayne and Laurie also have photography pages on Facebook. You can purchase prints from Wayne at waynemorganartistry.com or contact him at 912.288.0810. Laurie’s prints and books are available at pixels.com/ art/laurie+lohne. To purchase prints from Debbie, contact her at 912.282.5603.

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Okefenokee Swamp Park A private non-profit facility that exists in part of the larger Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge (fws.gov/refuge/ okefenokee) and includes interactive displays, live animal shows and animal exhibits that include alligators, snakes, and other reptiles, train and boat tours. (You might even see Pogo here!)

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Kids Korner Animal Facts & Fun

To continue our wildlife adventures, here are some activities to do with your favorite young folks. We invite you to cut out this section and share it with kids so they can draw, color, and complete the puzzles. (Markers work best on glossy paper.)

Have fun!

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Baby Animal Names Newly hatched eagles are EAGLETS. Like cows, young elephants are called CALVES. A baby tiger is a WHELP. Flies start out as MAGGOTS. Yuck!!!!

Hi! my name is Joey.

Kangaroo young are called JOEYS. A baby goat is called a KID. A newborn mouse is a PINKY. KITS are what baby ferrets are called. HATCHLING is the name for a baby turtle.

Hi Joey! I m Billy. Nice to meet you!

It’s a fact! Baby elephants don’t know how to use their trunks – or what they do. They swing them around, and sometimes trip and fall over because of them. They even suck on their

A baby deer is called a FAWN.

trunks just like a human baby sucks its thumb. When calves are about 8 months old they figure out how to use it to eat and drink. At a year old, they’ve learned exactly what their trunk is for … eating, drinking, grabbing, and even bathing. They have their own built-in shower!

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Connect the dots to see a tenta-cool sea creature!

Did you know?

Human blood is RED, but the blood of an octopus is BLUE!

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Word Search Find the all the animals listed below. They can be straight, diagonal, or even backwards!

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cheetah dog donkey eagle frog

gerbil goose hippopotamus horse kangaroo

llama ostrich owl raccoon skunk

turkey turtle wolf zebra


Animals Assemble! When alligators get together it’s called a CONGREGATION. A CACKLE is what a group of hyenas is called.

A group of bees is known as a HIVE.

A bunch of bats form a COLONY. A MOB is the name for a crowd of kangaroos. Fish swim together in a SCHOOL. A group of crows is called a MURDER! Ducks floating together in the water are called a RAFT.

It’s a fact! Flamingos have knees that can bend both ways – forward like a human’s and backwards too! Actually, these joints only look like knees, they’re really the bird’s ankles and heels. The flamingo’s knees are hidden higher up, under its feathers.

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It’s a fact! Bald eagles mate for life and share parenting duties. Both mother and father care for the eggs through the time they hatch and until the eaglets can take care of themselves.

Did you know?

Snakes sleep with their eyes open. (They couldn’t close them even if they wanted to, because snakes have no eyelids!)

America’s Bald Eagle After the colonies became the United States of America in 1776, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were asked by a committee of their fellow Founding Fathers to create an emblem representing the proud new nation. They had a really hard time coming up with something that everyone liked. Votes were taken for different designs at least THREE times but nothing was ever good enough for everyone. Finally, in 1782, a man on the voting committee named Charles Thomas suggested combining the pieces that they liked from each of the drawings into one last design. The bald eagle was one of the main pieces that ended up in the final artwork, and it has been used as our symbol ever since. It’s printed on money, used on buildings, and many other places. And that’s how the bald eagle became America’s national bird. 50

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Can you help me through this maze to get to the cheese?

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Q. Why shouldn’t you play cards in the jungle?

LOL!

A. Because there are too many CHEETAHS.

“Knock, knock.” “Who’s there?” “Interrupting cow.” “Interrupting c--” Q. How do you stop a dog “MOOOOOO!” from barking in the front seat of the car? A. Put him in the back seat!

A. The duck. He was the only one with a bill.

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A. A HOPPOpotamus.

Q: Why didn’t the boy believe the tiger? A: He thought it was a lion! (a lyin’ - get it?)

Q. When the duck, the cat, and the cow went out to dinner who had to pay?

Word Search Answers

Q. What do you call a one-legged hippo?

Q: What did the judge say when the skunk walked in the court room? A: Odor in the court!

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he symphony will return to the concert hall with a season of vibrant, diverse, and timeless music presented up close and personal. Listen for old favorites from George Gershwin, Sergei Prokofiev, and Giochino Rossini. Explore new pieces from current living composers Jennifer Higdon and Alma Deutscher. Discover an original composition from orchestra principal second violin, Piotr Szewczyk. Be amazed by a demanding cello concerto from Peteris Vasks. Marvel at what

some believe to be Johannes Brahms greatest masterpiece. This is just a sampling of the captivating orchestral music CSG Music Director and Conductor, Michelle Merrill has planned for performance in two concert venues. At Wesley United Methodist Church on St. Simons Island, strings will soar and winds will flourish. In the auditorium at Brunswick High School, the Symphony will have the ability to perform with large orchestral forces. An enchanting program of Melody, Harmony, and Grace

will be presented on Opening Night, September 20, at Wesley United Methodist Church. The merry overture to Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, will be followed by “Concerto Provencal,” a sweet, sunny concerto from French composer Reynald Hahn performed by four wind soloists. Higdon’s soothing string arrangement of “Amazing Grace” written in her own voice will be followed by a melodic, harmonically rich “Serenade for Strings” from Joseph Suk. Under the tutelage of Antonin Dvorak, Suk composed this piece when he was just 18 years old.

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tories that resonate with us are often retold through multiple art forms that reach different audiences. On Opening Night, the Symphony will be performing an overture from Rossini’s classic opera The Barber of Seville. This opera may be familiar to many of us thanks to Bugs Bunny. “The Rabbit of Seville,” a theatrical cartoon short released by Warner Brothers in 1950 is a spoof on Rossini’s famous opera. Director Chuck Jones and writer Michael Maltese drew on The Barber of Seville for inspiration, playing six minutes of Rossini’s opera while Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd battle onstage at the Hollywood Bowl, with Bugs as the barber and Elmer as the befuddled recipient of an unwanted shave. They occasionally even sing along. The constant onscreen gags are punctuated mostly by Rossini’s famous overture, “Largo al fac­totum.” Not only have most of us seen it, it was voted #12 of the 50 Greatest Cartoons of all time by members of the animation field. The musical arrangements in the cartoon are noteworthy because the

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overture’s basic structure is kept relatively intact, with repeated passages removed and the overall piece conducted at a faster tempo to accommodate the cartoon’s standard running length. This Warner Bros classic is still a much loved cartoon and introduces audiences to the wonderful world of Rossini, and, for many, the genre of opera itself. Introducing opera to the Looney Tunes adventures of Bugs and Elmer worked so well that Jones and Maltese did it again, using the works of Wagner, in 1957’s “What’s Opera, Doc?” Film critics, animation fans and filmmakers often hail this as the greatest Warner Bros. cartoon ever released and it tops many Top Ten lists of the greatest animated cartoons of all time. In 1992, the United States Library of Congress deemed the “What’s Opera, Doc?” to be “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant,” and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry, making it the first cartoon to receive such honors. Not bad for a wascally wabbit, eh?

Music lovers will return to Wesley on November 22, for Inspiration, a concert featuring an original composition from Piotr Szewczyk, CSG’s principal second violin, and an early symphony from Felix Mendelssohn which shows great command and assurance for one so young. The soloist for the evening will be concertmaster Aurica Duca. She will perform Mozart’s “Violin Concerto No. 2,” a charming work allowing the soloist to embellish, lead, and soar with the orchestra. A Valentine’s Day program of Love and Loss will be offered for our planned return to the Brunswick High School auditorium. The opening strains of the February 14 concert might be surprising, but soon concert goers will be swept up in the “Siren Sounds Waltz.” This clever work by Deutscher transforms the ugly sounds of street life into beautiful music. Then it’s off to Catfish Row and many of the best-known songs from Gershwin’s beloved opera, Porgy and Bess, as arranged by Robert Russel Bennett. Selections from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet provide a fitting close to an evening of beauty, romance, struggle, and loss. The final concert of the season, planned for April 11 at Brunswick High School, will present creative, compelling music in a program titled Light and Dark. Lili Boulanger’s “D’un matin de printemps” is an evocative 20th Century piece written with a fresh, joyful

character and constant time and mood changes. Next, a quiet ethereal note opens Peteris Vasks’ deeply spiritual “Cello Concerto No. 1,” which will be performed by a guest artist. Considered one of the most famous composers from the Baltic states, Vasks grew up in Latvia, a region torn apart by violence and cruelty under Joseph Stalin. His exhilarating score gives rise to a sense of freedom and subtle protest. Johannes Brahms’ powerful “Symphony No. 4” completes the evening with its complex mix of musical interrelations. Each melody evolves seamlessly from a theme that weaves its way through fanfares, horn calls, searching melodies in the strings, and thundering timpani. It is certain to bring the audience to its feet as the orchestra closes out the 39th season. In the past year, concertgoers learned more than ever the importance of coming together to experience music during the Variations on a Season outdoor concerts that kept the music playing. Now the symphony is ready to invite music lovers back into the concert hall and to – ENGAGE! The mission of The Coastal Symphony of Georgia is to engage, enrich, and inspire the community through artistically vibrant musical performances. For more information or to order season tickets, visit coastalsymphonyofgeorgia. org or call the box office at 912.634.2006.


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he primary mission of America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia is to lead the efforts to end hunger and improve lives. Now, thanks to a $1.5 million grant, plus another $1 million in donations from the community, with Sea Island Company’s pledge of matching funds to $500,000, Second Harvest will be able to reach more families in need. These funds enable them to triple the size of their Southeastern branch in Brunswick. “Over one-fifth of the residents of Glynn County experience food insecurity. That is simply too many. The expansion of America’s Second Harvest Brunswick facility will be a critical step in reducing this percentage in our community,” said Scott Steilen, President and CEO of Sea Island Company. “This is an important issue for everyone, and it is time we make a strong commitment to address it.” Mary Jane Crouch, Executive Director of America’s Second Harvest, emphasized the importance of this collaboration. “This project will help so many children, families and seniors that are at risk for hunger not have to worry about where or when they will have their next 58

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meal. We are so honored to work with Sea Island and The Anschutz Foundation to end hunger in coastal Georgia.” The Brunswick expansion will include an increase of 20,000 sq. feet in warehouse space and a new volunteer space to allow groups to assist in daily activities such as packing pantry lunches, backpacks, and emergency boxes. A new truck dock will expand capacity for pick-up and delivery and allow easier access by large vehicles. A Kid’s Café Kitchen will be added in which to prepare nutritional meals that will be packed and delivered to local children at risk.

In addition to the fundraising commitment for the Brunswick facility, Sea Island and The Anschutz Foundation are also working with Glynn County Schools to provide food pantries in every public school in the county. The program will follow the successful model that was recently launched in the Savannah school system where the School Pantry is stocked with boxes of shelf-stable food that can provide three to four family meals and breakfast. Glynn County teachers, principals, guidance counselors, and social workers can refer students and their families for food assistance from the School Pantry. The Anschutz Foundation

will fund the cost of the food that is provided by America’s Second Harvest and Glynn County Schools will fund the cost for the pantry at each school. “When we dove deeper into this issue for children in the Glynn County school system, we learned that over 64% of students are eligible for free or reduced lunch. Further, we also learned that many children are unable to focus at school because they are hungry. We had to do something,” Steilen said. “This program enables students of all ages and their families to benefit from a balanced meal.” Superintendent


of Glynn County Schools, Scott Spence, expressed gratitude for the commitment of Sea Island Company. “We are very fortunate to live in an area with stakeholders like the Sea Island Company,” said Spence. “They have been valued partners with the Glynn County School System since I was a student many years ago. Meeting the basic needs of our students must be first and foremost in our mission. The Sea Island Company in conjunction with America’s Second Harvest are making it possible for us to do just that.”

TOP: Scott Steilen, President and CEO of Sea Island Company announces the company’s committment to fight hunger locally with financial support going to America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia and Glynn County schools. ABOVE: Sea Island Members learn about the issue of food insecurity in Glynn County during Sea Island’s presentation and event on Rainbow Island.

Kalista Morton, the Brunswick’s branch community relations manager adds, “We are so thankful for all of the community support through the years and are looking forward to ‘Feeding the Future’ in Coastal Georgia. Donations are appreciated and we continue to be grateful for all of our volunteers that enable us to serve this community along with our valuable Partner Agencies.” Volunteers are needed to help with Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia’s Mobile Food Pantries each month. For more information, contact kmorton@helpendhunger.org. You can also support Second Harvest through canned food drives and donations. Monetary gifts have the biggest impact, because for every dollar donated, Second Harvest can provide 5 meals as part of the Feeding America program. Donations can be mailed to 134 Indigo Dr. Brunswick, GA 31525 or made online via the website helpendhunger.org.

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t’s the month of August that always sneaks up on me each year. Where did the summer go? How is school starting in just a few weeks? I’m far from being a perfect parent and always remind myself that every single move I make is seen by the ones that matter most. Children learn by watching and observing. Their best teachers? Well, it’s all of us. Parents and grandparents, teachers and neighbors, friends and family. They watch and learn from us. Kind of a frightening thought, right? But it is also such a blessing. This is our chance to pass on wonderful lessons to the next generation. Whether you are about to send your child off to Pre-Kindergarten or drop your oldest off on your favorite college campus, here are a few back to school tips:

Communication Young children will need you to keep in contact with the teacher and school. Make sure you are checking school emails and schedules. Respond appropriately to school communication in a timely manner. Teach your high school and college students to do this for themselves. Send them off to college prepared to speak with professors face to face and via email. The ability to maintain eye contact, be thankful and

respectful, show up when required, offer to help another student, and be on time are all valuable qualities to instill in young people.

Respect for Others Young children will show up at school and meet so many new friends. They have met your friends over the years and your friend’s children, but these will be new faces. These kids might look and/or dress differently, eat a different lunch, or arrive to school in a different way. Talk with children about this to help them understand that we’re all different and that’s okay. When children learn this at a young age, it minimizes bullying when they are older.

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dergarten student and a middle school student. They could not be on more different levels and it’s not easy, but it benefits them so much. Have someone set the table. Keep the dinner simple, easy to eat. Use the first five minutes to review 2-3 table manners, then enjoy dinner. Don’t spend the entire dinner correcting them. Just enjoy the meal and time together. Do this each week. Reinforcing these tips weekly helps these manners sink in. And they will, I promise. Continue this tradition when older children are home from college

Commit to eating as a family once or twice a week this school year. In my home, we do this on Monday, and this year I’ll have a pre-kin-

Hope all of our students, parents, and teachers have a great year!

Rules for Recess The playground is the best part of the day for most children. Remind your children of the basic rules of play: take turns, play fair, encourage others to join in the game, be a good sport.

Jennifer Daniel is a graduate of The Protocol School of Washington and she may be reached at Jennifer@polishedpeyton.com or visit her website at polishedpeyton.com.

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Experience the Saint Simons Effect® by John Adams

I LOVE THE BEACH. Period. But you may wonder why I’m so fond of being close to water. I love the beach because of the way it makes me feel. The way it changes my attitude. The way it seems to shape my overall demeanor. I don’t know why other people like the beach, I am sure everyone has their own reasons. But for me, it’s what I call “The Saint Simons Effect®.” Walking on the sand and watching the waves has a strong calming effect on me. In one very short moment, just looking over Sound and seeing Jekyll on the other side, I forget everything that I thought was vitally important and enjoy the moment. So let’s get into a more “scientific” definition of The Saint Simons Effect: EFFECT: a change which is a result or consequence of an action or other cause. In this case, the action is when I leave metro Atlanta and eventually drive over the F. J. Torras Causeway. The change that results is the Saint Simons Effect®. This effect is consistent, reliable, and addictive. I suspect it is measurable, but that is above my pay grade. Even so, I have discovered that there are a

number of habits that one tends to exhibit when under the influence of the Saint Simons Effect®. And with apologies to Dr. Stephen J. Covey, I shall undertake to list them here: THE SEVEN HABITS OF HIGHLY SAINT SIMONS EFFECTIVE PEOPLE 1. They Slow Down This ain’t I-285 and we’re not trying to win the Daytona 500 on our tiny island. There is a slower pace of life and nature here that is good for the soul. 2. They Breathe Deeply No matter where you are one the island you can smell the salt and taste the ocean with every breath you take. Sometimes, like when you are standing on the beach itself, it is almost overwhelming. Other times, you need to take a deep breath to experience it, but the ocean is in the air always. 3. They Walk on the Pier and Sit a Spell From my perspective, our Village pier is a national treasure. Right up there with the Grand Canyon or the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the pier is a melting pot of locals, tourists, seniors, kids, and ever-hopeful fishermen who sit there all night under the lights. It’s here you can watch the powerful tide bringing nourishing seawater into our marshes. And

6 hours later, watch as that same water heads back to sea after cleansing the shrimp habitats. 4. They Watch a Sunrise (or Sunset) from Start to Finish Ah, how we adore the amazing sunrises and sunsets at the beach. Just watching the sun come up or go down over the Atlantic is breathtaking. It is also a great time for self-reflection and introspection. 5. They Stare at the Waves Crashing on the Shore As I feel the waves coming in, I always wonder whose mighty hand set the boundary between ocean and beach and set each grain of sand in its proper place. I think I know. 6. They Collect a Few Seashells All humans apparently have a strand of DNA that is simply delighted at the prospect of picking up a shell on the shore and bringing back as a treasure. If you haven’t done it recently, try it! 7. They Consume Wild Georgia Shrimp In an earlier piece, I waxed eloquent about the joy of Georgia’s wild white shrimp. For some reason, every time I arrive here, I feel compelled to make sure that the sweet shrimp is still the best in the world by enjoying a fried shrimp platter. I figure that this shrimp made the ultimate sacrifice so that I could enjoy its special flavor, so the least I can do is eat it!

JOHN ADAMS is American by birth and Southern by the grace of God. He has never lived outside of Georgia, and commutes between homes in Decatur and St. Simons Island. Learn more about him at RealEstateCoffeeBreak.com. After he wrote this, he registered the phrase “The Saint Simons Effect ” ®

with the US Patent Office in anticipation of his upcoming book.

In summary, I have just one question: Do you regularly experience the Saint Simons Effect®? I hope so.

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FOUNDATION FOCUS

Empowering and Preparing Students for Success In this issue of Elegant Island Living, the Davis Love Foundation (DLF) continues its partner and charity spotlight with a focus on Communities In Schools of Glynn County.

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s summer begins to wind down and students prepare to return to the classroom, there’s a local nonprofit that is also gearing up for the school year. Communities in Schools of Glynn County is an affiliate of the nation’s largest dropout prevention organization whose mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Communities In Schools brings caring adults into the schools to address children’s unmet needs and provide access to critical resources. As a result, at-risk students are equipped to take on and tear down the barriers that stand between them and an equitable path to education. The nonprofit works hard to ensure that the essential Five Basics of every child are achieved.

STUDENTS NEED: ✔ A one-on-one relationship with a caring adult ✔ A safe place to learn and grow ✔ A healthy start and a healthy future ✔ A marketable skill to use upon graduation ✔ A chance to give back to peers and community

“We provide at-risk youth with a caring circle of adults and mentors to create access to critical resources like food, housing, healthcare, counseling and so much more so they can take charge of the future they want for themselves, their communities and each other,” said Lynn Love, Executive Director of Communities In Schools of Glynn County. “Because each child and their needs are different, the strategies to support them vary. We provide whatever it

is that each child requires to remain focused at school, whether it be a pair of eyeglasses, winter boots, school supplies, tutoring or other more intensive needs like housing, counseling, food, and more.” Through the proceeds of The RSM Classic, an Official PGA TOUR event, the Davis Love Foundation is pleased to support nonprofits making a positive impact on children and families. “The PGA TOUR has a long history of giving back, and the Davis Love Foundation is honored to be a part of this tradition,” said Todd Thompson, RSM Classic Tournament Director. “The level of support the Davis Love Foundation provides local, regional and national nonprofits is due in large part to our corporate partners, including title sponsor RSM, and through the generous support of our surrounding community in the form of sponsors, volunteers and ticket purchasers. We’re excited to be able to welcome all these groups back to The RSM Classic this November.”

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NONPROFIT NEWS GRANTS BENEFIT ANIMALS Our community’s concern and caring for others even extends to its creatures. Glynn County Animal Control and No Kill Glynn County recently received grants from the Raymond and Elizabeth Baumel and Abernathy Fund for Animal Welfare, an endowed fund of the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation. These funds are to be used for costs associated with the care, feeding, medical attention and sheltering of stray and unwanted dogs in Glynn County. Glynn County Animal Control will use these funds to cover the monthly flea and tick preventative for dogs in their care for the next 12 months. No Kill Glynn County will use these funds to cover emergent medical needs and necessary transport among facilities. For more information about the Foundation, visit coastalgeorgiafoundation.org.

Tiffani Hill, Division Manager Glynn County Animal Control and Jennifer Fussell, Marketing Director for the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation.

Paul White, President and CEO of the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation, Caroline Blackshear and Chandra Capps Kendall of No Kill Glynn County, and Jennifer Fussell, Marketing Director for the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation.

MATTRESS MISSION CONTINUES Operation Bed Spread is still at work helping others with your donations. Formed on the belief that every child deserves a good night’s sleep, this local nonprofit organization collects and delivers beds to families and agencies in need of beds for children. To date, they have delivered more than 1200 beds. Mattresses that are donated are cleaned and sanitized by ServiceMaster by A1. And money donated is used to cover the costs of transportation and purchase mattresses when available. You can help support this continuing ministry by attending the annual Back-to-School Bedlam fundraiser at Brogen’s South on Sunday, August 22 at 2:30 p.m. There will be live music by local band Idle Hands, Happy Hour pricing on beer and wine, and all-you-can-eat wings. Tickets are $25 payable at the door.

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REGISTRATION OPEN FOR LECTURE SERIES This month marks the return of Coastal Georgia Historical Society’s annual Chautauqua Series. “Eden and Empire: Coastal Georgia’s Ties to Shaping Early American National Identity” will focus on how these conflicting concepts in the early 19th century molded the American Republic’s future. On August 12, the series opens with

Clay Jenkinson, winner of the National Humanities Award and a leader in the modern Chautauqua movement. In a dramatic portrayal of Thomas Jefferson, Jenkinson will examine the evolving concepts of early America in his program, “Empire for Liberty: The View from Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.” The lecture on August 19 will explore a more local topic, as author Jennifer Goloboy presents “Isabella and James Hamilton,

Merchant Family of St. Simons, Charleston, and London.” The concept of America as Eden will be the topic of a lecture on September 2, presented by scholar and author Victoria Johnson, drawing from her book American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic. Coastal Georgia’s position in the global economy will be examined in the final lecture presented by Sven Beckert on September 9, based on his book Empire of Cotton, A Global History. The virtual sessions will be presented on Thursday evenings, August 12, 19, September 2, and 9, at 6:00 p.m. The August 12 and 19 lectures will be held in person at St. Simons Presbyterian Church (with a 400 person limit), as well as presented virtually. The cost for the series is $50 for members and $95 for non-members. For more information and to register, visit coastalgeorgiahistory.org (under the Program Registration tab). Choose “Virtual Only” or a “Virtual and In-Person RSVP” ticket. Registration closes at 5:00 p.m. August 12, and a Zoom link will be sent the day before the first program.

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THE GOLDEN ISLES WERE A SEA OF RED, WHITE & BLUE ON 4TH OF JULY WEEKEND. On St. Simons Island, families perused the vendors’ wares at the Sunshine Festival craft marketplace, and the annual golf cart parade organized by St. Simons Bait & Tackle drew more than 100 creative & patriotic participants. Historic Downtown Brunswick’s weekend festivities included a Semiquincentennial Street Parade down Newcastle with some truly epic costumes, including Paul Revere with his lantern astride his trusty steed. In Mary Ross Park, there was a pooch parade, cornhole and axe throwing competitions, kids’ games, sliced watermelon, and live music. Fireworks displays on Jekyll Island, St. Simons Island, Sea Island, and in Brunswick Sunday night thrilled kids of all ages. 1. Julie, Stephen, Eli and Camden Sullens. 2. Patriotism isn’t dead. 3. John Henry, Taylor and Katharine Adams. 4. Matt, Christina, Paisley and Henri McCarthy. 5. ’Murica Boys. 6. The Hansley family from North Carolina. 7. Jimmy and Tammy Bellamy with grandson Cooper. 8. Cal Fischer, Jeff and Randi Marx. 9. Dennis Hirstein, Karen Claspille, Belenda Brockmann, Tweeter and JJ Johnson. 10. Golden Ray golf cart gets our vote for most orginal! 11. Birmingham Boys. 12. Jeremiah, Aspen, Kaysen and Bre Fogel. 13. The Miller Family. 14. Dave Jordan lounging as Bud Badyna does the leg work. 15. Colleen Craven, Maggie Holt, Gracelyn Thrash, Ashley Busby. 16. BYOB(oom). 17. Love American style. 18. American Icons. 19. Terri and Art Myrberg with Boomer and Shasta. 20. Chelsea and Michael Gagliano with Pia. 21. Patriotic pooch. 22. The “Tacky Tourists.” 23. Paula Di Landro, Yalin Blasini with Finley, Bella and Bear. 24. Tina Frankovich, Allie Krokos, Izzi Runyon, Emme Runyon. 25. The Matthews Family. 26. Ainsley Clark, Janelle Morgan, Isla Clark. 72

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RESIDENTS OF SEA PALMS ON ST. SIMONS ISLAND ALWAYS SHOW UP BIG FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY. THIS YEAR THEY HELD THEIR PARADE ON SATURDAY, JULY 3 UNDER OMINOUS GREY SKIES, BUT THAT DIDN’T DIM THEIR SMILES OR PATRIOTIC SPIRIT. THESE FAMILIES AND FRIENDS ALWAYS KNOW HOW TO HAVE FUN!

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THE HISTORIC HARRINGTON SCHOOL CULTURAL CENTER CELEBRATED ITS REOPENING TO THE PUBLIC WITH THE RETURN OF TASTE OF GULLAH. Attendees enjoyed traditional and contemporary Gullah cuisine and cultural demonstrations through storytelling, song, and dance. It’s beautiful to see the island’s African American heritage being kept alive. 1. Kymiah Shaw, Lakya Shaw, Kysean Shaw. 2. Judy Wrath, Ken Jacobsen. 3. Patrick Holladay, Amy Roberts. 4. Viola Abbott. 5. Ed and MaryAnne Linz, Joel and Laura Maddox. 6. Irma Summers, Talayah Graham, Trinisha Gasque. 7. Cosby Johnson, Leonard Hicks. 8. Servant Emannuel Branch, Aundra Fuller. 9. Elisia Scott, Elizabeth Holladay. 10. Expression through dance. 11. Kyajuana and Jason Gilbert. 12. Derick Graham, Bria Graham. 13. David and Bonnie Springer. 14. Jay and Mary Morrison. 76

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DOWNTOWN BRUNSWICK WAS HOPPING ON THE FIRST FRIDAY IN JUNE. Shops stay open late, there’s live music in the squares, art galleries have exhibits on display, and restaurants are open for guests to grab a bite or a refreshing drink. If you haven’t been downtown lately, you should check it out! 1. Andrew, Mikayla and Keller Smith. 2. Haley Hamilton, Deron Stanton. 3. Sung Hui and Randy Lewis. 4. Jane and Clint Emerson. 5. Katy Wooten, Heidi Minix, Kristie Minix, Tyson Minix, Jeanette Morgan, Daryl Flemming. 6. Kendall Lee, Rachael Lee, Laney George. 7. Stephen Parnell, Joey Wooten, Jacob Smith, Jonah Jacobs. 8. Keith, Lynn and Caity Passeur. 9. Martinna Reyes, Emily McDonald, Carleigh Coffey. 10. Jordan Lee, Nicole Shingler, Audrey Shingler. 11. Roscoe Scarborough, Molly Petry. 12. Brian, Theresa and Brody Boyer. 13. Kristy Sulkovsky, Deb Hill, Melissa Remler. 14. Jessie and Gerral Cutright. 78

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COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS RECENTLY HELD THEIR JUNEBALAYA FUNDRAISER AT VILLAGE CREEK LANDING. Guests were treated to delicious Mexican street tacos and other fare from Jefecita’s Mobile Kitchen and outstanding music by Nashville country artists with local roots, The Tuten Brothers. It was a fabulous night to benefit the organization who provides services to our community’s students in need. 1. Sara Callaway, Beth Richardson, Melissa Purvis. 2. Anne Tuten, Kissy Tuten, Anne Whelchel. 3. Gregg Cook, Donna Nedik. 4. The Tuten Brothers. 5. Ben and Tonya Smith. 6. Nancy Dorn, Ann Cullens, Susan Shipman, Will Ris. 7. Casey Cate, Detra Brock. 8. Anna Martin, Jim Weidhaas, Lynn Love, Andrew “Bert” Ruberti. 9. Kathy and Wes Jones. 10. Kelsey and Jack Key. 11. Brandon Lewis, Missy Weaver. 12. Lee and Emily Davenport. 80

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WHAT A DAY FOR ART! THE GOLDEN ISLES IS A MECCA TO TALENTED ARTISTS WHO SEEM TO NATURALLY FLOCK HERE. To celebrate and provide a showcase for that creativity some enterprising minds came together and launched the inaugural Brunswick Art Walk. Dozens of artists in a variety of mediums displayed and sold their works while restaurants offered specials throughout the day. 1. Brad, Elizabeth, Jennifer and Henry Cayer. 2. Frank Berrus, Mary Ann Pruett. 3. Tina and Kerry Green. 4. Susan and Dory Rittenhouse. 5. Kaitlyn Munchenburg, Madison Gainous, Logan McKinney, Hannah McCarthy. 6. Mary Jane Harike, Molly Knowlton. 7. Katherine Kinstle, Lucy Brous, Cindi Bauer, Rebecca Staton, Mary Ann Clawson. 8. Barbara Reighard, Matt and Roxanne Flagg. 9. Lavinnia Eblen, Mike Brantley. 10. Erin and Eric Granados. 11. Stephen, Courtney and Carol Prince. 12. Debbie Yancy, Charity Floyd, Greg Yancy. 13. Michele Meyer, Alita Adams. 14. Peter A.E. Roth, David Brockway, and Michaele Hannemann provide musical ambiance 82

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THE FIRST FRIDAY FUN IN JULY SERVED AS A KICK-OFF TO THE LONG HOLIDAY WEEKEND. People were out and about despite the rain, celebrating the anniversary of Silver Bluff Brewing Co., tasting delicious chocolate bonbons made with Richland Rum by Sugar Marsh Cottage, checking out the Home_Made Art #2 exhibit in the Mildred Wilcox Gallery at The Ritz. 1. Dale Potts from Sugar Marsh Cottage Specialty Confections. 2. Steve Thompson, Steffanie Thompson, Casey Joiner, Victoria Joiner, Lila Joiner. 3. Doug and CeCe Bowen, Paige and Jim DeLany. 4. Debbie Dowdy, Kathy Webb. 5. Morgan Wilson, Caroline Hanson. 6. Barbie Fields, Eddie Mobley. 7. Eric and Carrie Payne. 8. Durrett Moerman, Alexia and Alden Miller. 9. Foster Hayes, Tammy Abbott, Anthony Abbott, Edie Payne, Brittney Hayes, Caden Abbott. 10. York Phillip, Heather Heath, Vicki Phillip. 11. Holly Hooks, Kirk Kempe with Kipper. 12. Cindy Williamson, Annette Gilleski. 13. Amber Williams, Ashley Williams. 14. Catrina Yawn, Cameron Van Allen, Jake Baugher. 84

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113 catheaD Ln, catheaD LanDing Welcome to paradise along the banks of Cathead Creek! Riverfront living in a majestic marsh setting awaits those looking for a relaxing and fun retreat to call home. Boasting over 3,000 square feet, four bedrooms, an open floor plan, elevator, rooftop gym, huge garage with workshop - and not to mention the porches – there is space aplenty for family and friends. Community pool, clubhouse with gym and a deepwater dock. $535,000

Susan imhoff 912-222-5686 912-638-0406

Susan.Imhoff@SIR.com

102 ShipmaSter Drive, BrunSwick Set on gorgeous grounds with lagoon views in the enclave of Oak Grove Island surrounded by salt marshes and winding rivers, this stately traditional home updated in 2019 features 4 ensuite bedrooms all with walk-in closets located on the main level plus a huge bonus room/5th bedroom and expansive floored attic space on the second level. Additional features include a true chef's kitchen, screened porch, tile patio, manicured lawn, fenced back yard and a 3-car garage. Neighborhood amenities include a golf course, deep water marina, tennis courts, swimming pool and playground. $799,950

DeLoachSir.com | 912-638-0406 | 2901 Frederica Road | St. Simons Island, GA ©2021 DeLoach Sotheby’s International Realty. All rights reserved.

selling the entire Golden Isles since 1967 5445 Frederica rd, st. simons Island

Inventory is running low in our area and prices are going up. Let us list your home this Summer to get it sold fast, and for top dollar! There are many benefits of using a Sea Palms agent to sell your home, such as top-notch advertising, professional Realtors® and Sea Palms Membership incentives for the buyer of your property. Call today to find out more!

877.638.6660 or 912.638.6660

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Your home is more than a building or an address. It’s where you experience life, connection, and growth. That is why our agents find what they do so rewarding! Each month we are going to take you into the home of one of our agents. See what they love and value most about their homes and where they live. Since I was young, I have always been drawn to the outdoors. That is one of the main reasons I love living on Sea Island. Living here is a nature-lover’s dream world with access to world-class amenities and a lifetime worth of things to do. There truly is nowhere else just like it which makes selling real estate on Sea Island that much more exciting! I love sharing my passion for the community with my clients. Those who know me would tell you I never slow down and they are right! It is especially hard to take a break when the current real estate market is so busy! However, when I do have time to relax I love being at home. One of the ways I like to wind down is to cook and listen to music. It’s the time I slow down the pace, reflect, appreciate and give thanks. Now that things are starting to get back to normal, I am looking forward to entertaining more! I love sitting around my dining room table with my friends and family, breaking bread and sharing a nice bottle of champagne.

scape portrait of the beautiful marsh by Jim Palmer. I feel outdoors looking at it. After having lived on the marsh in the Golden Isles for over 20 years, it’s comforting. It also represents change. Our marshes here are constantly changing. There are also fish in the marsh which takes me to my favorite thing besides selling real estate, fishing! I love fishing on or off shore, it is one of my greatest passions. At the end of the day a home is what makes you feel comfortable. I think that is what I love most about selling real estate. Figuring out the match! It’s a challenge that I really know the value of. I listen to my client’s needs and wants and make it a personal mission to find the right fit!

Susan Imhoff is a Sales Associate at DeLoach Sotheby’s International Realty. Susan is highly personable with an engaging personality and a consummate professional. She currently ranks in the top 1% of agents In reality, most of my time is spent showing property or at work in my office. One of the ways I tried making my office feel like in Glynn County and has created many positive outcomes for her clients home is by hanging my favorite painting above my desk. It’s a land- that reflect her outstanding client testimonials.

DeLoachSIR.com | 912-638-0406 | 2901 Frederica Road | SSI, GA ©2021 DeLoach Sotheby’s International Realty. All rights reserved.


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Art & Annie Harper 912.222.2024 OR 912.222.4455 ajharper@gmail.com or annieharperssi@gmail.com 119 Marina Drive SSI, Georgia 31522

912.638.4740

506 Wesley Oak Drive - Beautiful 3BR/2BA home framed by majestic live oaks and lush landscaping. Features include lovely hardwood floors, screened porch, large 2 car garage, and irrigation system with it’s own well. There is an 8ft. privacy fence for the backyard. Property is in an X zone. Great location close to shopping and dining. Sellers are licensed Realtors in the state of Georgia. $615,000. Call Art Harper for a showing. 912-222-2024.

PENDING

423 PINE STREET - $265,000 Adorable cottage with beautiful wood plank floors, tiled kitchen backsplash, granite counters, stainless steel appl. and wood blinds. Both BRs have tiled showers, double vanity in the master BA, granite counters on vanities, walk-in closets, and pocket doors to the baths. The backyard is completely fenced. Only 3 years old, is like new, and has been well maintained. Call Joy Wright (912) 230-0134.

1503 SANCTUARY WYND - $499,500

JOY WRIGHT 912-230-0134 joydonwright@gmail.com

On the 8th green of the Sanctuary Cove Golf Course! 3,339 SF with 5BR, 3BA, bonus room, beautiful crown molding, many large windows, and hwd floors. Master BR and BA on the main level as well as a second BR with full BA, GR with FP, and kitchen with double oven, granite countertops, breakfast bar, and workstation island; second level has 3BR, & bonus room. Sanctuary Cove is a gated golf course community with lots of amenities. Call Joy Wright (912) 230-0134.

POTENTIAL FOR 2ND LEVEL RESIDENTIAL 500-506 GLOUCESTER STREET - $925,000

912-638-4740 119 MaRIna DR ST. SIMOnS ISlanD, Ga 31522

This historic 2-story building known as the "Zell Building" is located in the center of downtown Brunswick. The building is one of the few downtown buildings with its own private parking lot in the rear entering from Reynolds Street; elevator is available at front door of building. The first level is currently fully leased. Each first level unit has a private restroom. The second level has 8 private offices that are currently leased.Many of the second level units have private restrooms in addition to common restrooms on the second level hallway. Call Don Wright (912) 222-0133.


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Christa Clark 912-638-4740 or 912-634-1333 119 Marina Dr St. SiMonS iSlanD, Ga 31522

Lake View Cottages New Construction Homes. Private Neighborhood. Surrounded by Live Oaks.

BC Construction (912)223-3004 clark5943@bellsouth.net

Yacht Club - 2 New Construction Homes Deep water lots with salt water pools and dock. 4,000 SF 4BR, 4BA, 1 Powder Bath. 4,500 SF 4BR, 4BA and 1 Powder Bath

Frederica Golf Club 1.94 acre golf course lot. Cleared and Ready to build.

BC Construction has building sites available in Lake View Cottages, Yacht Club & Frederica Golf Club. Reliable, licensed and insured professionals can help you every step of the way.

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157 Point Lane, Kings Point Stunning English Colonial. Highest quality finishes. 2-story foyer has a fireplace and lake view. Fireplaces in the dining room, great room, living room and screened porch. Master bedroom on the ground floor. Separate office. Five bedrooms plus a game room equipped with wet bar and full bath. Cinema, gym, and book nook/reading area. Private porches and balconies serve bedrooms on the view side of home. Chef’s kitchen with immediate access to additional dining alfresco. Pool side covered porch with wet bar, Artisan grill plus built-in Big Green Egg. Pool house with bath. There’s fun and excitement around every corner of this lakeside home. Located in a gated Sea Island community. $3,100,000

Lot 20, Golf Retreat North A magnificent half acre+ building site located on the #5 tee of Plantation Golf Course. Long views across the elevated greens of #6, the Seaside Course and the marsh. Underbrushed and easy to see. Live Oaks, Pines and Magnolia trees. Sea Island Club application rights are available on this property. A lovely home site in a convenient Island location, close to the village/pier. $895,000


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116 Seminole, Island Club This fantastic St. Simons Island Club brick home is only a short walk or bike ride to the Village/Pier area and St Simons beach! With over 5000 sf of living space, almost all of it takes advantage of the wonderful Retreat golf course views! Large living room with fireplace, tray ceiling and cove lighting, a spacious dining room with a bay window, an open kitchen/breakfast room with a fireplace, and a vaulted ceiling family room provide plenty of space to enjoy. You will love the office/study with its own fireplace, wood floor and walls, and custom cabinetry. The south wing master is private, has a trey ceiling, wood floors and large bath. The screen porch is perfect for entertaining friends and family. Spacious with plenty of room for lots of furniture, and it opens into the living room, family room and master suite. Two additional bedrooms and 2.5 baths share the north wing. This attractive home won’t last long - so many spacious family gathering areas plus a spectacular view! $5,950,000

Lot 18, Ocean Forest Located on the picturesque 6th fairway of the famed and private Ocean Forest Golf Course, this building site is exceptional. Contoured and well vegetated, the Live oaks and palmettos are beautifully set among rolls of ancient sand dunes in this maritime forest. Public sewer and water serve this site in its peaceful and secure setting. The Ocean Forest neighborhood has its own full time staffed gatehouse. You will know your neighbors: short term rentals are prohibited. The ambience of Ocean Forest is real. Come and see for yourself. $899,000


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Dana Hill

Teri Moore

Karen Mumford

REALTOR

REALTOR

REALTOR

REALTOR, GRI

912.571.1948

912.638.1098

912.272.4698

912.222.4010

Nancy Phelan

www.GaCoastRealty.com 105 Main Street

Plantation Village

• 912 - 638 - 1144 St. Simons Island, GA R T DE AC N R U NT CO

4203 Ninth St - East Beach 4BR, 4BA, 2HBA beach home sits on over .5 acre of oceanfront land. The interior is a palate for your imagination. Soaring ceiling heights and a kitchen that is a work of art. Framed in steel exceed all hurricane standards. Oceanfront terraces and balconies overlook the pool and ocean. $2,975,000

1300 Downing St, Unit #375, King & Prince 3 bedroom, 3 bath unit located on third floor of the North tower of the historic King and Prince Hotel. Steps to the beach. $1,175,000

104 Westchester, Island Club This custom built home offers 4 large BRs with the master on the main level. Many features include a large bonus room, a chefs kitchen with a butlers pantry, a large FR with FP, a formal DR/LR, 3 car garage, custom millork and more. A great opportunity to live in the Island Club. $1,300,000

235 Medinah, Island Club Custom built 5BR, 5BA, 2HBA on approx 1 acre overlooking the Island Club Golf Course. 9+ foot ceilings, a 4 car garage (2 climate controlled), a gourmet kitchen, wet bar, two fireplaces, built-in speaker system, large heated pool and more. Don't miss this rare find in the Island Club. $1,295,000

4214 Eleventh St., East Beach Absolutely charming vintage beach cottage only 3 houses back from beach access, just a short walk to beach. The main house has 3BR and 3BA with the 4th BR and BA is a guest cottage behind the main house. $924,000

1042 Demere Road, St. Simons If you are looking for an island getaway, this is the perfect 2 story beach cottage! 3BR, 2.5BA with an open floorplan that includes a family room perfect for entertaining or relaxing after a day at the beach. $725,000

136 Laurel View Drive Great mid-island location surrounded by oak trees! Open floorplan with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and the master on the main floor. $715,000

1519 Wood Ave, Unit #1519 Gorgeous, totally renovated townhouse located approximately 700 feet from the beach! 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, fully furnished. $675,000

238 Peachtree Charming island cottage in the heart of St Simons Island. Open floor plan with hardwoods and master on main. Gorgeous pool and landscaped yard. 2BR upstairs w/ full bath. A very well appointed home for full time residence or vacation! $670,000

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Emily Wages

Sarah Broyles

Freddy Stroud

Proper ty Manager

Rental Division

Rental Agent

Broker, CRS, GRI

912.638.1144

912.638.1144

912.638.1144

912.269.1144

www.GaCoastRealty.com 105 Main Street

Plantation Village

• 912 - 638 - 1144 St. Simons Island, GA

Available Homesites

146 Shady Brook Circle, Unit 201 This 3 bedroom, 2 bath condo is on the second floor in Shadow Brooke Village. A single car garage and storage room are located on the ground floor. Elevator in the building. Screened in porch. $297,500

Lot 12 Mission Drive Tolomato Island - $79,000

259 Saint James Ave St Simons - $390,000

Lot 19 Blue Heron Lookout Tolomato - $75,000

Lot 7 Mission Drive Tolomato Island - $72,500

Lot 7 Sanctuary Harbour Trl Waverly, GA - $13,000

253 Buffalo Drive Brunswick - $190,000

101,107,108 Talahi Island Lane Riverside, Brunswick, GA - $135,000

Lot 7 Mission Drive Sanctuary Cove - $13,000

Ware County Line Rd 28 Acres - Nahunta, GA

156 Blue Heron Trail Sanctuary Cove - $13,000

VACATION | LONG TERM RENTALS | PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

East Beach - 7 Coast Cottage Coastal gem steps away from the best beach on the island. 4BR, 4.5BA. Sleeps 8.

The Grand - Ocean front complex with spectacular views. Oversized pool & private boardwalk to East Beach.

King & Prince - St. Simons Island King and Prince ocean view villas. Call today to check availability!

East Beach - Twelfth St. Charming beach home within walking distance to the beach. 4BR, 5.5BA. Private Pool and Cabana. Sleeps 10.

East Beach - Sixteenth St. 5BR, 5.5BA. Breathtaking ocean views. Amazing outdoor kitchen and private pool. Sleeps 10.

St. Simons Island - Ocean Rd Amazing 5BR, 5.5BA family friendly marshfront home w/ private pool. Short walk to beach. Sleeps 14.


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Thinking About Hiring a Property Manager? Real Escapes Properties Needs your Vacation Rental! For details, give us a call... we’d love to talk with you! Our Current Demand Exceeds Our Available Inventory. Call a name you can Trust. Years in the business have earned an established client base through a high percentage of repeat and referral business. All Properties are Professionally Managed with our Personal touch.

FEATURED VACATION RENTALS

Magnolia cottage 3BR/3Ba completely Renovated!

1204 demere 5BR/3Ba ½ Mile to Beach, Private Pool

1608 ocean Road 4BR/2Ba 2 Blocks to Beach

Harbour oaks 101 3BR/2Ba gated with Pool access

ashantilly cottage 3BR/2Ba Pool coming soon!

Bella Vita - 4301 5th st. 4BR/3Ba Pool coming soon!

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Anna Johnson 912.258.3672

Betsy Polhill 912.269.1690

Bradley Randall 912.270.8556

Carla Jernigan 912.266.3111

Top Producing Agent

Christina Judd Clarke 912.399.2267

Colleen Martin 912.297.8638

Cynthia Brown 662.694.9235

Ellen Cook 978.317.3609

Phoebe Hoaster 912.270.5730

Top Selling Agent Joan Lewis 912.258.5841

Kelli Osteen 912.270.2505

Mary Jo Prater 912.223.2283

Judy Ballard 912.269.6364

Kelsi Brooks 832.279.7344

Nancy Mickelson 281.961.9056

Kay Love 912-230.3253

Ken Sausedo 912.223.1918

Marcia Beauchamp Irwin 678.361.8835

Margaret Maestas 912.250.6677

Pam Ruddy 912.222.7917

Phoebe Hoaster 912.270.5730

Sandra Branch 912.269.1129

Top Listing Agent

Ruth Heyward Beall 912.269.5596

Rachel Marascalco 770.316.2349

Ruth Heyward Beall 912.269.5596

Sandra Branch 912.269.1129

Zaida Clay Harris 912.258.1089

912-634-9995 | SignaturePropertiesGroup.com | 600 Sea Island Rd. Ste 28, St. Simons Island, GA 31522


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60 Telford Lane | St. Simons

206 Dunbar Drive | St. Simons

1524 Ocean Blvd | St. Simons

3BR, 3.5BA. in Frederica Golf Club. $2,325,000. Brad Randall. 912-270-8556.

4BR, 3 Full & 2 Half Baths. Marsh/River Views. $1,100,000. Joan Lewis. 912-258-5841.

3BR, 3.5BA. 400 steps from beach! Furnished. $949,000. Rachel Marascalco. 770-316-2349.

105 Colony Place | St. Simons

136 Rice Mill | St. Simons

18 Country Club Court | St. Simons

4BR, 4.5BA. Spacious One Level Home. $892,000. Call Any Signature Agent.

4BR, 3.5BA. Gated. Golf, Marina. $849,900. Judy Ballard. 912-269-6364.

4BR, 3.5BA. On cul de sac. $675,000. Rachel Marascalco. 770-316-2349.

UNDER CONTRACT

1058 Sherman Ave | St. Simons

386 Belmont Circle | Brunswick

149 Drakes Landing | Brunswick

4BR, 2BA. Duplex near Beaches. $599,000. Call Any Signature Agent.

4BR, 3BA. In Carriage Gate Plantation. $459,900. Colleen Martin. 912-297-8638.

3BR, 2BA. Half acre lot. Gated Community. $339,900. Kay 230-3253. Anna 258-3672.

235 Battle Road | Brunswick

604 Brockington Point | St. Simons

159 Shadowlake Drive | Brunswick

3BR, 2.5BA. 1.54 acres. Zoned agricultural. $299,000. Nancy Mickelson. 281-961-9056.

2BR, 1.5BA. Condo. Great Island Location. $230,000. Kay 230-3253. Anna 258-3672.

3BR, 2BA. Spacious with plenty of privacy. $210,000. Colleen Martin. 912-297-8638.

UNDER CONTRACT

912-634-9995 | SignaturePropertiesGroup.com | 600 Sea Island Rd. Ste 28, St. Simons Island, GA 31522


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Shannon Stafford 912.638.5843 Property Management & Rentals SignatureRentalSSI.com

VACATION RENTALS

1704 Bruce Drive | East Beach

4211 Eleventh St | East Beach

4319 Seventh Street | St. Simons

5BR, 5.5BA. SEAesta Beach House. Sleeps 16.

4BR, 4BA & 2.5HBA, Pool.

3BR, 2.5BA. East Beach Home.

1460 Ocean Blvd 101 | St. Simons

St Simons Grand 318 | St. Simons

Ocean Walk Q8 | St. Simons

2BR, 1.5BA. Duplex.

4BR, 3BA. Top Floor.

2BR, 2BA. Second Floor Unit.

1440 Ocean Blvd 311 | St. Simons

850 Mallery St T2 | St. Simons

Beach Club 435 | St. Simons

2BR, 2BA. Direct Oceanfront.

1BR, 1BA. Ocean Walk. Upstairs unit.

2BR, 2BA. Partial Ocean View.

114 Floyd St. | St. Simons

Demere Landing 138 | St. Simons

502 Harbour Oaks | St. Simons

3BR, 2BA. Steps to pier/Village.

4BR, 3.5BA. Multi-level Condo.

3BR, 2BA. Sleeps 6.

912-634-9995 | SignaturePropertiesGroup.com | 600 Sea Island Rd. Ste 28, St. Simons Island, GA 31522


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Oak GrOve Island - 4 lOts avaIlable 1. 320 Oak Grove Island Drive (Lot #2-D) 2. 310 Oak Grove Island Drive (Lot # 6-C 3. 105 Shipmaster Drive (Lot #499) 4. 105 Riverwalk (Lot #401

$19,500.00 $30,000.00 $25,000.00 $57,000.00

.60 Ares .65 Acres .53 Acres .47 acres

Cynthia Brown Cell 662.694.9235 cbrown4738@yahoo.com ABR, GRI, MRP, SRS Million Dollar Producer

912-634-9995 | SignaturePropertiesGroup.com | 600 Sea Island Rd. Ste 28, St. Simons Island, GA 31522

Under COntraCt

206 DunBAR DRIve - SSI Panoramic marsh/river views from wrap around porches of this recently renovated low country. 4BR, 3BA, 2HBA, salt water screened pool. $1,100,000

Joan Lewis

new LIStInG - 102 ShORe RuSh DRIve, SSI Bright open, one level, split BR floor plan with newly renovated kitchen and master bath. 3 BR/3 BA. $545,000

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912.258.5841 Joanlewis65@gmail.com joanlewisrealestate.com new LIStInG - 271 MOSS OAk LAne, SSI Breathtaking view of lagoon and fairway from this pristine 2nd floor, 1 BR, 1 BA condo in Sea Palms. This is a treasure!! $245,000

FReDeRICA YACht CLuB - SSI Selection of boat slips priced from $10,000-$44,000. All new 40’ docks with power and water. Call for details.

912-634-9995 | SignaturePropertiesGroup.com | 600 Sea Island Rd. Ste 28, St. Simons Island, GA 31522


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Zaida clay Harris Office: 912.634.4311 Cell: 912.258.1089 ZaidaClayHarris@gmail.com

JUST lISTed - 214 W. davIS cUP cT Bring your contractor! This 3 bedroom, 2 bath home has great bones but needs a facelift! $395,000

SOLD

JUST lISTed - 131 SHORe RUSH dRIve Beautifully renovated 4 bedroom, 4 bath ranch with screened pool. Formal dining room, living room with FP, den with FP & a sunroom. $675,000

105 cOlOnY Place Beautiful island home surrounded on two sides by Sea Palms golf course. This 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath home is spacious with both formal and informal living spaces. 3700+ SF. X Flood Zone! $892,000

SOLD

JUST lISTed - 499 RIveRa Great opportunity to get on the island. This 3 bedroom, 2 bath home needs some TLC. X Flood zone. $320,000

912-634-9995 | SignaturePropertiesGroup.com | 600 Sea Island Rd. Ste 28, St. Simons Island, GA 31522

NEW LISTING

1524 Ocean Blvd, SSI • 949,000

SOLD

4207 TenTH STReeT, SSI • $1,650,000

location, marsh views, luxurious touches, tastefully decorated Beautiful east Beach cottage is completely renovated, sits on and sold fully furnished.This completely renovated townhouse a large lot and is just steps from the Ocean at the beach acwith 3 BR, 3 Ba is fee simple and has no monthly HOa dues cess. 4BR/3.5Ba/2505 SF. Private Pool! or restrictions. 400 steps to the beach, a fantastic primary, secondary or investment property.

Under Contract

104 GleneaGleS, SSI • $895,000

Mary Jo Prater Cell: 912-223-2283 maryjoprater@gmail.com

Under Contract

144 POInT lane, KInGS POInT • $1,500,000

a lovely 4BR/4.5Ba 3515 SF Island club home with breath- This magnificent 2.13 acre lot has 270° views of the Frederica taking golf course and lagoon views. located on a the cul-de- Rive, SSI Marina, Marshes of Glynn, and Jekyll Island. The lot is surcharged and ready to build your dream home! sac of a quiet street. Open floor plan, great location!

912-634-9995 | SignaturePropertiesGroup.com | 600 Sea Island Rd. Ste 28, St. Simons Island, GA 31522


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No. 324, 20 Waterfront Drive, St. Simons. 4BR / 4BA St. Simons Sound/Atlantic Views $1,485,000

505 Cumberland Harbour Blvd. St. Mary's, Georgia 3BR / 3FBA / 2HBA $699,000

uNdeR CONtRACt 315 Commons Road The Commons, St. SimonsIsland 4BR / 3BA/ 1HBA $550,000

uNdeR CONtRACt 4326 Tenth Street East Beach, St. Simons 4BR / 3BA / 1HBA $1,100,000

907 Beachview Drive, St. Simons. Oceanview, 3-4BR / 4BA $2,250,000

ReCeNtLY sOLd 4335 Seventh Street East Beach, St. Simons 4BR / 5BA $1,750,000

Just Listed 234 Island Drive, Island South St. Simons 2BR / 2FBA $250,000

Now Is the Time to Sell!! Take advantage of the market, and call me for a listing consultation!

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SAINT SIMONS ISLAND, GA

DARIeN, GA

1008 Sea Palms West | Micki Carter 912.617.3807 | 4BR | 4.5BA Pool! Charming low-country home with curb appeal to spare! Located in The Enclave, in Sea Palms west overlooking the green space that the Sea Palms West HOA recently acquired. Enjoy the newly resurfaced pool with a view of the lagoon and greenspace. With over 3,200 SF, 4BR, each with its own private bath, master suite on main level with direct pool access, his and hers closets in master BR, dual vanities, whirlpool tub and separate shower. Renovated kitchen with butlers pantry, study, LR with built-ins and wet bar, solarium, powder room, screened-in heated gunite pool. $839,000

113 Cathead Lane | Susan Imhoff 912.222.5686 | 4BR | 4.5BA The absolutely most beautiful location in Cathead Landing!!! This fabulous deepwater home has a view from most rooms in the home! This home has been impeccably maintained and newly painted. This home has it all and is a must-see! Many recent interior and exterior upgrades. Light fixtures, countertops, new rooftop wet bar in the rooftop gym. The huge garage and workshop, floors, and walls were just painted. The master suite has a large walk-in closet. Exterior decks recently renovated. This gated community has a pool, community house with a gym, and a deepwater Dock. $535,000

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2663 Seminole Trail 7BR | 5BA | 2HB | 10 Acres on River Maria Jennings 912.222.0185 $1,400,000

178 Hampton Point Drive 4BR | 4+BA | Villa w| Marsh Views Mac Sullivan 912.230.6156 $1,950,000

264 Cinder Hill Drive 4BR | 3BA | New Roof, Marsh Views Mary Hunt 912.217.1629 $419,000

318 West Fifty Fifth Street (C 522) 9BR | 9+BA | 17,151 sq ft living space Adair Allen 912.571.6399 $5,900,000

342 Oak Grove Island Drive .74 Acres in Gated Community Chandra Kendall 912.258.4233 $25,000

11 Hidden Harbor Road 3BR | 3BA | River & Marsh Views Kymerlee Music 912.230.6743 $390,000

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426 Deerwood Road | 3BR | 2BA + Gst House | Larry Delaney 912.230.0406 Private, 132 acre Estate within 30 minutes of Brunswick. Pass through a gated entrance and cross over “Duchess Bridge” to the ultimate compound. With a one-level ranch main house, separate guest house, in-ground pool, outdoor kitchen/gazebo, classic barn and four stocked lakes complete with a johnboat and kayaks - everyone is living the good life at this one-of-a-kind property. Main house features 3BR and 2BA while the guest house has a full kitchen, LR, full bath and a loft-style BR. Guest house is stays booked on VRBO. Also 2 riverfront home sites on the Satilla River! $1,150,000

1440 Ocean Blvd Unit #109 | Amanda Duffey 912.222.3557 | 2BR | 2BA OCEANFRONT units rarely come on the market in this complex. Beach Club 109 is an updated unit located on the ocean end, and offers beautiful ocean views from two balconies, the living room, guest & master bedrooms and dining area. This unit is being sold fully furnished. Great rental income. In the center of the St. Simons Beach Club there is a large courtyard offering an oceanfront swimming pool and two secluded hot-tubs. Additional amenities include direct beach access, charcoal grills, and a tennis court, as well as a fitness, recreation, and business center. $699,000

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20 Waterfront Drive # 324 4BR | 4BA | 3,311 SF | VIEWS Ann Harrell 912.222.4002 $1,485,000

102 Shipmaster Drive 5BR | 5.5BA | Outstanding, Lagoon Susan Imhoff 912.222.5686 $799,950

905 Champney Street Homesite on marsh| Hampton Plantation Sherril Sumner 912.617.9436 $250,000

181 Peppertree Crossing 3BR | 3BA | 2 Master Suites Kymerlee Music 912.230.6743 $285,000

305 Yacht Club Lane 4BR | 6+BA | Custom, Location Nadia Johnson 912.771.9500 $1,785,000

100 Amber Mill Circle 3BR | 2BA, Many Upgrades Mary Hunt 912.217.1629 $264,900

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FEATURED VACATION RENTAL - 4207 Tenth Street, East Beach, St. Simons Island Welcome to Blue Heaven! This beautifully renovated 4 bedroom / 3.5 bathroom new vacation home is located at the doorstep to the much sought after wide soft sand beaches of East Beach. Guests of Blue Heaven will enjoy over 2500 SF of island living space with wrap around porches, elevator, private balconies, private salt water pool, fenced in backyard with plenty of yard space, and so much more!


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A Champagne Celebration: Portrait of Husband-and-Wife Lighthouse Team Discovered

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istorians sometimes hear about treasure troves of artifacts or documents long forgotten in an attic or basement which, once discovered, reveal information about the past. The Coastal Georgia Historical Society recently found a hidden treasure not in an attic, but in another museum’s collection. In June of 2021, a visitor at the St. Simons Lighthouse Museum asked if we had a picture of Joseph Champagne, the lighthouse keeper from 1892 to 1907. She had a friend who was a descendant and was seeking information. Regrettably, the Society does not have a photograph of Champagne in its collection. The visitor continued to tour the exhibits but soon came back to our volunteer docent saying that she had found an image of him online! The photograph of Joseph and his wife Abbie, shown here, is in the collection of the Beaches Museum in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. While the Champagnes were accurately identified in the museum’s records, the location was mistakenly attributed to the St. John’s River Lighthouse, where

Champagne was keeper from 1890 to 1891. The location is in fact the front porch of the St. Simons Lighthouse Keeper’s Dwelling. The Society contacted the Beaches Museum and corrected this information based on architectural details shown in the photograph that match those of the St. Simons Keeper’s Dwelling. In the image you can see the distinctive curves of the front porch ceiling trim and the bench supports. The brick pattern and placement of the front windows exactly match the St. Simons Dwelling and conclusively confirm the location, as shown in the present-day photograph. This image is exciting not only because it is a recently discovered treasure, but also because it is a rare portrait of a husband-and-wife lighthouse keeper team. Joseph and Abbie were both employees of the U.S. Lighthouse Service, with Joseph acting as head keeper and Abbie as his assistant. In 1892, it was not uncommon for wives to be appointed as assistants. However, the Lighthouse Service never designed a uniform for women. In this formal portrait of the Champagnes, Joseph is wearing his dress uniform of a navy double-

Courtesy of Beaches Museum breasted jacket, with embroidered gold “K” for keeper on the collar. He holds binoculars, signaling that part of his job was coastal observation. In the absence of a uniform, Abbie is wearing a formal dress in a similar shade, and the captain-style keeper’s hat is on the bench beside her. The St. Simons Light had one other married team, Isaac and Dora Peckham, of whom we do not have an image. If anyone happens to find a photograph of the Peckhams in another collection (or an attic or basement), please let us know!

Coastal Georgia Historical Society presents this article and images from our archives as part of our mission to tell Coastal Georgia’s inspiring stories. The Society operates the iconic St. Simons Lighthouse Museum and the World War II Home Front Museum, housed in the Historic Coast Guard Station at East Beach. To learn more about the Society, its museums, diverse programs, and membership, please visit coastalgeorgiahistory.org. 114 E L E G A N T I S L A N D L I V I N G


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success for all members to graduate from high school with a plan for the future - demonstrating good character and living a healthy lifestyle. With generous support from the community, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Georgia is making a difference in the lives of their members and serves both Glynn and McIntosh counties.

The Coastal Georgia Foundation is a launching point for strategic and sustained philanthropy; bringing together fundholders and our community. By matching an individual’s personal interests with the immediate needs of our community, the Foundation promotes unity and a holistic approach to community betterment.

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