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• 20 Gift baskets from local businesses

• Mini Massages • And Much, much More!

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Amanda Cera, amandaocera@yahoo.com Bryan Clanton Taylor Gantt, theganttinator@gmail.com Ronnie Garrison, http://fishing.about.com Patti Robinson Rachel Scoggins Allison Smyly Cathy Willis, foodie@kitchendrawer.net

Contributing PHOTOGRAPHERS Charles-Ryan Barber Brad Cook, www.bradcookphotography.com

STAFF Jenni Tatum, Publisher Ben Johnson, Marketing Laurie Cochrane, Editor Carrie Jones, Art Director Nicole Scibetta, Office Manager

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Plug in to Kitchen Drawer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 The ABC’s of C.S.A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Entrepreneur Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 In the News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Meet Your Neighbor – The Quicks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Kitchen Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Vent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Recollections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 July/August Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Children’s Art . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Fun and Games – Sodoku Solution: May/June. . . . . . 27 Freedman’s Finds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Griffin Police Explorers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Sports: Great Expectations – World Cup . . . . . . . . . . 32 Paparazzi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Lads in Plaid – Bagpiper John Cavendar . . . . . . . . . . 38 UGA Is Here to Stay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Kindling – Part 4 – Burning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Fly Fishing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Business Card Page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

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Change is the only constant.

joined by Jeff Stanley, a gold record artist, and Chris Hicks of the Marshall Tucker Band. BRAG moved on though middle Georgia, spending the night in Thomaston and Newnan before completing the race in Fayetteville. In other news, editor Laurie Cochrane and two of her daughters got new ‘dos at Synergy Salon. Sylvia donated her flowing tresses to Locks of Love, while Synergy donated Laurie’s and Rosalie’s more modest clippings to Matter of Trust, which will use them to soak up oil in the Gulf. Art director Carrie Jones, still training hard (now up to 20 miles per week) for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure in October, walked the Peachtree Road Race. Follow her progress on carriewalks60miles.blogspot.com or sponsor her atthe3day.org “Donate to a Participant.” Ben and Chad Baker attended the first meeting of the Handsome Gentlemen’s Club held at 6th Street Pier in Griffin, where Beau Kelley provided an interesting door prize and tasted a most unique dessert. Meanwhile, Jenni Tatum enjoyed the sun and surf of the Gulf with her husband and boys.

Big news first: Ben and Tracy Johnson welcomed baby girl Alexa Morgan on May 5. The Bluebird of Happiness then flew to Thomaston on May 8 for the Bluebird Festival. The first event of its kind on the square, the Festival was a showcase of homegrown talent and artisanship. See the article on Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) on pages 6–7 in this issue. The KD staff filmed the head of Georgians for Passenger Rail reporting on the results of the Brookings Institute study into the viability of Passenger Rail at a speech at Georgia State on May 25. Both Hampton and Griffin are slated to be stops if the proposed rail happens, with the airport being another stop. Imagine being able to take a plane without the nightmare of parking or the vagaries of a commute to the airport. More information will be forthcoming. The first weekend in June was huge for Griffin, as it was marked by not one, but three major spectacles. The Inaugural Doc Holliday Beer Festival (more on that below) gave way to the Griffin Downtown Council’s June Jam, a free street concert where hundreds gathered to rock out to Hudson Road Plug In and the Big Baby Band. Former mayor, Rodney Kitchen Drawer helps those who help themselves. McCord, joined them onstage to lay down some The best way to promote your event, your success, sick rap lyrics. or your story (and be considered for publication The following day, Griffin was visited by over a in Kitchen Drawer magazine) is by registering at thousand Bike Race Across Georgia (BRAG) kitchendrawer.net. Take advantage of this free bicyclists who received a hearty welcome with a venue and unlimited space for posting your own Wild West Fest put on by the City in their honor. events, pictures, stories, etc. And as always, you The Ron Kimble Band and The Buckeye Band were can chat us up on Facebook and Twitter!

The Inaugural Doc Holliday Beer Fes tiva l was a ground-breaking event held in downtown Griffin where attendees could sample over 50 different craft beers from around the world. The event went so well that the planners, Armchair Studio’s Chad Baker and Kitchen Drawer’s Ben Johnson, are already hard at work . planning DOCtoberfest for this fall www.kitchendrawer.net

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C.S.A.

The roots of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

Victory Gardens became part of the culture of hometown USA and a formula for sustainability during World War II. In the current struggle for independence from foreign oil and processed foods, the tide is turning once again toward greater reliance on our own home and farm gardens. The current corporate food system was built on efficiently producing and distributing food through cross-country shipping of fruits and vegetables and manufactured corporate products. However, that infrastructure, put in place by corporate producers, has several serious underlying faults that have left us with a broken system totally dependent on foreign oil to sustain itself and feed our people. Along with that has developed a notoriously overweight and unhealthy society addicted to overprocessed and fast foods. Together we search for solutions, realizing it is not sustainable or wholesome to depend on truckers to bring chemically treated tomatoes to our families’ dinner tables from across the country when we have farmland all around us! Food miles become vital when oil costs are high.

In basic terms, a CSA program consists of a community of individuals who pledge to support local farmers. As the farmers work with shareholders, they provide mutual support and share the risks and benefits of food production. CSA programs are set up with a 12-week advance pledge that covers the anticipated cost of producing the vegetables. In return, they receive shares in the farm’s bounty throughout the growing season and the benefits of wellness gained from reconnecting to the land in food production for their family.

Every family needs a farmer. Do you know yours?

An affordable box of fresh vegetables for local families.

One of the most viable solutions, growing at incredible rates in local communities across America, is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs like the one developed by Bluebird Market in Thomaston, Georgia. “Every family needs a farmer,” states the USDA, and Bluebird Market has made it affordable and convenient to reconnect with our local farmers. By setting up a weekly distribution program of locally grown, organic and fresh foods, Bluebird CSA offers local people the opportunity to know who is providing their food. Once again, local consumers can rely on fresh and local food sources, rather than processed and warehoused foods, to provide nourishment for their families.

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Sharing the risk in order to rightfully share the bounty.

A typical seasonal summer share box is filled with farm-fresh, Georgia-grown vegetables like onions, summer squash, potatoes, turnip greens, broccoli, basil, herbs, peaches, lettuces, heirloom tomatoes, beans, peas, apples, beets, okra, corn and assorted peppers and eggplant. Participating Middle Georgia family farmers who provide the CSA program with fresh vegetables, fruits and berries each week include: James Family Farm, Dickey Farms, Little Red Hen Farms, McCrary Farms, Newman Farms, Holland Farms, Connell Farms, B & D Farms, SunRay Farms, Yerkes Strawberry Farm, Sell Farm, Elliott Farms, and many more growing certified organic and naturally grown produce.


Orders are taken weekly for the next week’s harvest shares from family farms in the Bluebird Multiple Farm Middle Georgia CSA. Subscribers commit to a share of the local harvest for 12 weeks in this streamlined vegetable club. By prepaying each week for the next week’s share of the harvest, members may choose the size box of vegetables that meets their families’ needs. A quarter-share box is only $15 each week and is suitable for one person. For a family of two, the half-share box for $30 would be suitable, and for a family of 4 or more, the whole share box at a weekly cost of $50 dollars.

week and pick up fresh vegetable CSA share boxes. When chefs were asked nationwide what the number-one food trend was for 2010, the answer was “locally grown produce.” We are fortunate to have farms in Middle Georgia and CSA programs like Bluebird CSA set up for local people to reap the rewards of a sound local food system.

Members pick up their Bluebird share box at the local farmers’ market in Thomaston on Saturday mornings or at Liberty Technology in Griffin on Saturday afternoon.

On Facebook at Bluebird CSA each week you will find a streaming list of fresh and seasonal recipes for your veggies and fruits. Bluebird CSA connects shareholders to an ever-flowing recipe stream that uses fresh and seasonal vegetables in simple easy-to-prepare family meals. Many of the members are so excited when they get this harvest that they invite friends over for a harvest dinner party. Delicious soups, breads, salads, and fruits are prepared at home using fresh products to share with others. Dinner parties are a fun way to share fresh food ideas and network about best ways to prepare the bounty of garden produce.

Gratitude gifts for favored shareholders

Each “Bluebird Box” share contains a predetermined number of pounds of fresh vegetables and a little extra according to what is in season and available. With many requests for organic and bulk co-op items, Bluebird often adds what they call “lagniappe” (pronounced lanny-yap), a term defined as “something given or obtained gratuitously or by way of good measure.” “We heard ‘lagniappe’ used frequently when vacationing in New Orleans,” states Patti Robinson, Bluebird CSA founder, “The plus items are thought of as a gratitude gift to our most favored CSA members. Shareholders say opening their box each week is like Christmas morning.”This means that Bluebird CSA shareholders often find, nestled among the usual share of fresh, seasonal vegetables, anything from fresh Georgia roasted coffee beans, local blackberry raw honey, fresh heirloom tomato plants for the garden, or spices and herbs for flavoring foods with a reduction in salt and sugar.

More participation brings more variety

Bluebird CSA is backed by those who believe in sustainable actions and farm-fresh produce. As participation continues to grow, so does local CSA buying power and selection. Many communities are working together with their CSA programs to obtain a steady supply of Georgia products like artisan cheeses, farm-fresh eggs, Georgia pecans, grill seasonings, pet milk, farmhouse baked goods, pickles, preserves, Angus beef, fresh chicken and pork, fresh turkey, artisan breads, and all the best that Georgia producers have to offer. It is amazing what is being produced in Georgia, and there is a new awakening to our local producers. Demand is at an all-time high in urban sophisticated markets where Saturday mornings are set aside for gathering at the local farmers’ market to shop for the upcoming

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The fun of sharing the harvest, recipe trading and fresh dinner parties

Keeping local money in the community where it belongs

CSA programs benefit farmers and the community by keeping local money where it belongs – in the local community. It prevents waste, since farmers don’t just cut vegetables and bring them to market in hopes that someone will purchase – often going home with leftovers that could have been left in the ground. Rather, each item is harvested to fill a preordered share box. Shareholders can count on all the best from their farmers who are, in essence, personal growers for their family. It’s beneficial to the community when local people buy local and put the money back into local farms rather than in far-off, often overseas, corporations.

Building a stronger community through sustainable practices

Building a foundation that is lasting and solid is one of the big rewards of participating in the local CSA program. Communities that can feed their local families without depending on transport trucks rolling into supermarkets are self-reliant in the most basic of human needs. CSA programs like Bluebird CSA are DIY (do it yourself) advocacies that aim to bring about a local food system that will be sustainable. Feeding local people from local farms helps communities implement a sound program for interdependent, sustainable living.

Learn more! Visit the Bluebird CSA on Facebook or visit bluebirdbox.wordpress.com to begin your own “slow dance with nature.”

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(left to right): David and Linda Gilchrist, 6th Street Pier; Glenn Golden, Jailhouse Brewing Company; Billy Maddox and Todd Harding, Maddox & Harding, LLC; and Brian Bliss, Jessica Johnson and Richard Savage, NGMT (North Georgia Medical Transcription) Ambulance Service.

Kitchen Drawer’s Entrepreneur Focus features a group of local business owners who offer their talents, products, and services to enrich their communities. We hope the stories of their struggles and triumphs while building their businesses serve to encourage and inspire those who may be considering taking on the risks, challenges, and joys of entrepreneurship.

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6th Street Pier, celebrating its first year of operation, is led by owner-operators David and Linda Gilchrist. With roots in organic farming, David has a natural affinity for good food, prepared well. David spent 12 years in restaurant work as both a line cook and a caterer. In 2000, he bought King’s Bay, a 150-seat seafood restaurant in Jackson, Georgia. The Gilchrists decided to sell in 2007. ‘Never again,’ said Linda, her creativity satisfied by her beauty salon business. But retirement didn’t suit David, who by now was hooked on the creativity and bustle of restaurant life. Stuff started happening. Drawn to Griffin through church membership, David began working at the soup kitchen at another church, St. George’s. In 2009, the Gilchrists learned of an opportunity to rent a circa 1940s brick building that had been a carburetor repair shop and a pool hall. They were immediately drawn to the inviting space, and Linda envisioned its great potential – so great that it overcame her ‘never again’ resolve. However, the seller, Griffin Gallery proprietor Marcia Collins, had not before considered selling and was cool on the idea. In getting to know each other, Marcia and Linda discovered they knew each other from 40 years ago. They’d played basketball together when Linda briefly attended Fayetteville middle school in 1969. Never say ‘Never.’ The Pier is located at the corner of 6th and Taylor Street (Hwy 16E) in the Downtown Historic Redevelopment District. The 20-foot ceilings of exposed planks, brick walls and pinewood floors are as welcoming as the staff. Their style is Southern. You can expect the unexpected – like fried green tomatoes with your rare sautéed tuna and mango salsa or Oysters Bubba Rockefeller, made with collards and country ham. The menu utilizes local food. Everything on the menu is fresh and hand prepared, including dressings, sauces and spice mixes. The staff is experienced and affable, serving well-prepared fresh food quickly and properly. Linda is in charge of service and presides behind the bar. She has owned service establishments since 1987 and knows the importance of customer satisfaction. She establishes relationships with her patrons, who often test or collaborate on a new drink or menu special. You might find a drink named after you! 129 S. 6th Street, Griffin | 770-233-1220 | Visit us on Facebook or at www.6thstreetpier.com Casual Dress/Moderate Prices, Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 4:30 PM

Unbeknownst to him, Jailhouse Brewing Company would have its start in Glenn Golden’s kitchen: “My wife and I enjoy cooking, and we love to experiment with flavor pairings. I found the same enjoyment from brewing that I did in the kitchen or at the grill.” Glenn also enjoyed the way his friends would react when they tried his home brewed beer: “I think they were surprised at how good home brewed beer can be.” Glenn embodies a true entrepreneurial spirit: “I take things I enjoy doing and then try to find out how to make a business of it.” Glenn was inspired after reading the story of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. “That pushed me off the edge of the cliff,” Glenn says. He reasoned that if other people were doing it, it could be done. The brewery’s name came naturally. Glenn had already purchased the old two-story brick building, located in downtown Hampton and in major disrepair, before a local historian informed him that it had served as the old jailhouse. The building had to be completely gutted to expose its old brick. All of the brewing equipment came out of the old Buckhead Brewery in Stockbridge. Although he had plenty of experience, Glenn had no formal training in brewing, so he enrolled in a course from the American Brewer’s Guild for six months. During that time, the Goldens had their first child. Baby Ross woke Glenn up at 4 a.m., and he started studying; then he would go to work renovating the building. Rounding out his training, Glenn spent a week in residence in Sacramento, Ca., and apprenticed with a brewery in Nashville for five weeks. Glenn’s license came in the mail five months later than expected, and he brewed his first batch of beer that same day. Jailhouse Brewing Company’s first keg of beer debuted in November at Slices Pizzeria in Griffin. Jailhouse now features three brews: Slammer Wheat, Mugshot IPA, and Breakout Stout. Glenn hopes to bring awareness to Hampton and the surrounding area and attract other entrepreneurs. Meanwhile, he plans to continue growing slowly and to become known as our local brewer. www.jailhousebrewing.com | 678-734-3202 | Visit us on Facebook and Twitter

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Since opening in 2006, NGMT, Inc. has been a leader in the Basic Life Support (BLS) Ambulance transportation industry, operating 30 ambulances state-wide. Our trained EMTs and Paramedics strive to provide the utmost in professional service to our patients as well as our community. NGMT, Inc. is state-licensed, offering non-emergency ambulance services out of five Georgia offices, and most recently opening an office in Griffin. Our Griffin office will serve Spalding, Henry, and Butts counties with the same professional, timely, and family-oriented service our name brings to each new community we are fortunate to join. NGMT, Inc. offers non-emergency, scheduled ambulance service to patients meeting medical necessity requirements for ambulance transportation. Scheduled trips include those to dialysis, wound care, chemo or radiation, CTs, MRIs, diagnostic testing, etc. NGMT, Inc. also runs urgent response calls to local hospitals, mental health hospitals from nursing homes, or patients’ homes in the area for a variety of health issues. We bill insurance directly, saving nursing homes and families hundreds of dollars upon qualification. Richard Savage has 19 years’ experience in medical transportation. He began by providing wheelchair patients with medical transportation before founding NGMT, Inc. Operating the ambulance service offers the added benefit of a higher level of care by qualified personel. Richard trains beyond the normal standards of EMTs and Paramedics. “Excellent bedside manner is something I must have in my employees. They are an extension of me out in the field and community. Our relationship with our patient and the family begins from the very first time we come out for an evaluation. We strive to give our patients and families the comfort they deserve, while remaining professional.” NGMT, Inc. is happy to send out personnel for a free evaluation to see if you qualify to receive BLS Ambulance transportation at no cost to you, your facility, or family. Griffin Office, 430 South Eighth St. | 770-233-4620 | Fax: 770-233-9840

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Maddox & Harding is a law firm specializing in general/civil, personal injury, criminal, and family law, with locations in Zebulon and Griffin. Billy Maddox and Todd Harding pride themselves on the attentive, professional service provided by their competent and committed staff, including paralegals Sharon Norris and Bobbi Brooks, and legal assistant, Amanda Baird, with decades of combined experience. “We couldn’t do it without our girls,” says Harding.

Billy Maddox grew up in Upson County and earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Georgia. He then worked for United Bank and Middle Georgia Water Systems. He always wanted to be a lawyer, but as time went on, he thought the opportunity had passed him by. Then, as a 29-year-old husband to Meredith and father to three-year-old Jake, Maddox decided to attend law school at John Marshall in Atlanta. There he met Todd Harding. Harding had joined the Marine Corps right after high school and served in the first Gulf War. Then he worked for the Illinois Department of Corrections for six years. Much like Maddox, he thought he would never attend college, but at 29 and married to Mandi, with two sons, Brody and Cameron, Harding went to Governors State University for his undergraduate degree, followed immediately by law school, during which his daughter Emmaline was born. Maddox and Harding immediately became good friends and found that it was practical for them to carpool to school. Two years into the program, they decided to go into practice together when they graduated. The friends began their practice with 250 perforated business cards from Office Max. “We handed them out to anyone who would take one,” laughs Maddox. Their excellent small-town service and willingness to take on any case paid off. Maddox & Harding opened its first office in Zebulon in 2006, followed by another office in Griffin in 2008. Aside from their legal skill and success in the court of appeals, Harding offers another incentive to give them a call: “We’re the best lookin’ lawyers in town.” 15 Jackson St., Zebulon | 770-567-3882 | 113 East Solomon St., Griffin | 770.229.4578 | maddoxharding@yahoo.com

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The First Tooth Fairy

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Orrs Elementary

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MDA Summer Camp

has been named the 2010 National School of Character. In an endeavor that was 5 years in the making, Principal Dexter Martin and Vice Principal Marsha Clark have worked with the staff, teachers, and students to set exemplary standards that reach beyond the walls of the school and into the surrounding community.

Mattie Stepanek was one of MDA’s most precious friends and as you can see from the poem (left), he is quite the eloquent writer too. What Mattie puts into words is what every child who attends MDA Summer Camp wishes they could say. It’s because of YOUR efforts that we are able to provide this weeklong experience full of lifetime memories to over 100 children in Georgia. By simply asking your circle of friends for a donation, you make it possible for these kids and have a week that doesn’t focus on their disabilities but instead celebrates their life. We believe in YOU, and we know that with your help the Griffin community will hit the goal of $35,000! Keep up the great work, Griffin leaders!! Our kids are counting on you!

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The sound of buzzing as honeybees swarm all around you. To some, this is a nightmare of fear and allergic reactions. But for Jim Quick, the sound is sweet. A resident of Pike County, Quick has been a  recreational beekeeper for 30 years. He is also a lecturer about honeybees and the art of beekeeping as well as a local honey producer. Beekeeping is in Quick’s blood. His grandfather owned hives not only for honey, but also to pollinate his various crops. From the age of 11 Quick, along with his brother, learned all the basics of beekeeping from their grandfather. After leaving bees behind for a while, Quick’s grandfather asked him to get back into it. “I did and am still going strong,” he says. Just as his grandfather made beekeeping a part of his life, Quick has included his family in his hobby. Denise Quick, his wife, helps with the different presentations he gives, but doesn’t work with the bees. He has started getting all three of his sons involved in beekeeping. He puts his five- and eightyear-olds in long sleeves and bee veils and takes them out with him; he even takes his three-year-old with him. “They like to look into the hives,” he says. These days, Quick owns around 40 hives of his own. While his day job is working in entomology at the UGA Experiment Station, beekeeping is his hobby, and he handles all the beekeeping calls that come through the station. He also teaches beekeeping classes in Pike, Spalding, and Lamar counties. Brian Cline, his partner and fellow beekeeper, has been with him with 15 years. They were best friends in school and are still friends after all these years. The two share hives in Pike, Spalding, and Lamar counties. Quick’s vast knowledge of honeybees keeps him traveling the state. He has spoken and given workshops at the annual Beekeeping Institute at Young Harris College, sponsored by the UGA honeybee program. He has spoken in McDonough, given a workshop in Carrolton, and even traveled as far south as Moultrie. He spoke with the Henry County Beekeepers Club a few months ago, and Coweta County wants him to come speak with them in August. His workshops generally consist of the basics of beekeeping, but if he speaks to an experienced group of beekeepers, he will address specific topics. Quick also travels around to schools, educating students about honeybees and beekeeping. He will show the students a lifecycle poster featuring the queen, drone, and worker bees and explain the different 18

The Quicks responsibilities the bees have. He also brings a travelling hive, which is wooden frame cage encased in glass, so the kids can see the actual workings of the hive. Along with Barbara King, he maintains an  observation hive at the Griffin Science and Enrichment Center. In addition to traveling around teaching classes and giving informational sessions to clubs, people also hire him to remove swarms. He can remove nuisance-type bees from houses and other buildings. He has used the hives for pollination of gardens and crops such as cotton, and rents out bees to the USDA at the Experiment Station. Selling honey is the main thing he does with the bees, but he also states, “I like the solitude, the peace and quiet.” He goes on to say, “Honeybees are really fascinating in the way they work, get along, make their homes. Overall, it’s a neat insect to try and understand.” Although bees will sting, beekeeping isn’t dangerous unless someone is allergic. Honeybees are not naturally aggressive insects. Quick uses European honeybees, which are calm and not naturally aggressive. People participate in beekeeping with honeybees because they are the most manageable. Other types of bees are used for pollination and people do work with them, but for recreation, honeybees are the easiest for humans. A honeybee is a social insect, working for a goal. Other bees, such as bumblebees or carpenter bees, are solitary insects and work for themselves. When Quick goes to his hives to work, he wears a bee veil, and that’s all. Sometimes he will put on long sleeves, and he will wear gloves only if he’s working with an aggressive hive. “I have found it’s easier to work with no gloves,” he says. “The gloves get really bulky. If you accidentally kill a bee, the worker bees will set off pheromones and the hives will get more restless and be out to defend the hive a little more. Using bare hands, I can feel the frames a little more and whether or not I’m about to squish a bee.” Quick does get stung some, but doesn’t pay much attention to it. Honeybees don’t sting unless they are restless or aggressive. When the barometric pressure drops, the hive gets aggressive because the hive doesn’t like the change in the weather. If the barometric pressure is steady or high, the bees are calm. A beekeeper can sell honey gathered from their hives, but they can also sell the bees themselves. Some beekeepers sell nothing but queen bees.

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Others sell packages of bees – a hive of three pounds of bees that includes workers, drones, and a queen.

There are hundreds of different varieties of honey in the world. Varieties include peach, blueberry and blackberry, even If you are interested in getting into bees, Quick kudzu honey. The majority of the honey suggests that it is best to team up with an experienced he has is clover, but he calls it a beekeeper to figure out how the hive works. “It’s wildflower honey because there are more than just pouring the bees into the hive,” always notes of other flowers in the Quick says, “you have to set things up for their cells, honey’s taste. “I don’t put the kind of then wait a few days for the bees to start building honey on my label, because you can’t honeycomb in there, bringing in the food, and the control where the bees go,” he says. “For queen to start laying the eggs. You’ll start rolling example, in March the honeybees are on from there.” A hobbyist beekeeper generally has crimson clover, but if they find something 5-10 hives. they like better down the road, they will Quick sells honey out of his house workplace, but get that and put it into the honey.” his business is not big enough to warrant a honey “When my grandfather started me, you house. If he wanted to sell in different stores, he’d just had bees and you didn’t have to worry have to be regulated by the Department of Agriculture about them. But now, it has become much and have a honey house with certain requirements. more management intensive,” Quick says.

“To be a beekeeper now, you have to have a lot of management to your hives. It’s definitely time consuming and if you get spread too thinly, you eat up any cost you make. There’s not a lot of money in  it.” Even so, Quick loves his bees. “I‘m happy where I am right now, but when the time gets closer to retiring, I may want to do it as a supplementary income. The money in beekeeping isn’t in honey. The money is probably in the selling of bees and queens. There’s a lot more money to be made in that than in honey.” Quick reiterates that, “Bees are really interesting creatures.” After 30 years of devotion to the insect, his zeal is obvious. “It’s a learning experience every time you go to the hive. Even though I’ve been doing this for 30 years, I learn something new every time I go to the hive.”

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Maybe you heard Garrison Keillor’s “Forbidden Tastes” song on NPR, or perhaps you spotted a picture on the internet – in any case, you may have heard rumors of Chocolate Bacon Cake. Here’s the legend, brought to life. Guess what? It’s pretty tasty.

CHOCOLATE BACON CUPCAKES WITH NUTELLA FROSTING

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Step 1: Make Cupcakes

Start with mixing up any chocolate cake recipe you want. It can be your Grandmother’s secret recipe from scratch, or it can be a boxed mix – that’s up to you. Bake approximately 2 dozen cupcakes in cupcake liners.

Step 2: Make Bacon

Cook 12 strips of your favorite bacon until very crispy. You don’t want limp bacon on your cupcake!

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Nutella

Nutella is a fantastic Italian hazelnut-chocolate spread. It is delicious on pretty much anything you’d spread with peanut butter or eat with chocolate (but also fun to eat straight out of the jar). Look for it near the peanut butter at the grocery store.

Bacon Cooking Tip: You can cook bacon on the stove top, OR you can cook it in the oven. Place on tin foil on a baking sheet that has sides so the grease won’t mess up your oven. Bake at 350º for 15-22 minutes (time depends on thickness of bacon).

Step 3: Make Nutella Frosting

1 c. confectioners sugar 1 c. Nutella

5 Tbsp. butter, at room temperature 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract 1/4 tsp. salt

1/3 c. heavy cream

Place the Nutella, butter, confectioners sugar, salt, and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on medium-low speed until creamy, scraping down the bowl with a rubber spatula as you work. Add the cream and beat on high speed until the mixture is light and smooth.

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The University of Georgia has been an important presence in Griffin/Spalding since 1888, when its Griffin campus was established as the Georgia Experiment Station. For over 100 years, scientists there have conducted research focused on agriculture, the environment, and food science. Research centers at UGA Griffin continue to impact lives worldwide, as faculty and staff work with colleagues on projects with international relevance. One such undertaking is the Peanut Collaborative Research Support Project (CRSP) that has the potential to save thousands of lives from disease. The latest expansion, as proclaimed on billboards around local towns and interstates, is the addition of formal undergraduate and graduate instruction. The UGA Griffin campus now offers seven undergraduate and two graduate degree programs. Community programs include “Enriching Young Minds,” a five-week program for middle school students and the “Young Scholars” program for high school students. Dr. Arkin offers high praise for the Griffin-Spalding community’s support of the UGA Griffin campus. “From its inception, this campus would not have been here if not for the community. More recently, the people provided approximately $11 million to build a student learning center through a special purpose local option sales tax.” He attributes a large measure of the continued success of the UGA Griffin campus to the community. Dr. Arkin’s vision for the future is lofty: “In one decade or two, this place will be a complete campus of the university with all the amenities expected of a research institution.” With many acres of land available for expansion and the dedication of leaders like Dr. Arkin and the campus staff, this goal has every chance of becoming the next reality for the UGA Griffin campus.

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I’m an entomologist, specializing in Vespa, Dolichovespula. In laymen’s terms, I study wasps for a living. Don’t laugh. They’re complex creatures, more like humans than one might think. There are a lot of us in the world. Wasp charmers, that is, not humans. Plenty of humans in the world.

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unny, I can’t help but laugh at myself when I say things like that. I sound like an 80-year-old man, which makes sense ‘cause that was a Joeism. Anytime anything went wrong—a disaster in Thailand, an accident down at 5th and Main, it happened because there are too darn many humans in the world. “It’s Mother Nature shaking us off like a shaggy dog leaving a lake after a long swim,” he used to say. I owe Uncle Joe for so much of who I am. He’s the reason I study wasps. When I was young, he used to tell me wasps had built a nest inside his head. I remember watching his ears trying to catch a glimpse of one flying in or out. I thought his wiry ear hairs were wasp legs. Can you believe that? It seems so impossible now. I was old enough even then to know logically what he was claiming couldn’t be true, didn’t make sense, but emotionally, it did. In fact, it made perfect sense; I wanted to believe. It was safer, comforting to believe what Uncle Joe said. If wasps had invaded the mind of the rapist who murdered my mother—if wasps had infected my father’s mind causing his suicide, then I could accept that. And when my intellect sharpened and threatened to reject the wasp theory, there was always Aunt Moe to blame.

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camped under the pines. It was summer because I remember watching fireflies wink on and off; I remember heat lightening flaring in the sky. For two days and nights he’d been silent. I’d chatted about what type of glass eye we’d buy next. He watched me in silence as I dug up the mason jar of glass eyes and deposited the most recent spider web patterned eye we’d selected on clearance a few months ago into the jar. I was just patting down the last rich handful of dirt over the jar when he spoke. “I’ve got a plan for gettin’ rid of the wasps,” he said. “Will you help me?” There was no inflection in his voice; it was as dead and creepy as the jarful of glass eyes. (That’s why I’d insisted we bury it in the first place). I remember how hot the air felt when I breathed it into my lungs. Once, before my Mama died, we made chocolate chip cookies. When she opened the oven door, I was standing close enough for the heat to wash over me when she reached in to take them out. That is how the air felt that afternoon. He sent me into the woods with two giant black trash bags to collect kindling.

If throwing pillows at her made me feel better; if hiding her shoes and digging up her flowerbeds made it easier for me to sleep at night; if hating her kept me from hiding under the house in the crawl space, she was willing to take all of my anger and fear with a sad, hopeful smile. There were times back then, after Uncle Joe died in the fire that burned down the old vacant Frog Town Public Library, when I even blamed Aunt Moe for the thunderstorms that frightened me so much that I hid under my bed.

“When you fill those up with pine cones, bring them to me,” he instructed. “You’re the best, my little wasp charmer. Only you and Moe quiet the noises and dull the stings.” He bent down and kissed me on the top of my head. “Hurry it up, now,” he said. I took off running into the woods, pausing only a moment to look back at him. He was standing with his hand held up in a wave, but his eyes were closed. Sunlight filtered between his loosely splayed fingers and shone off his balding scalp like a halo. Goosebumps pricked my skin as I turned and ran into the woods.

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wasp nest hung above me on the lowest limb of the tree I’d slept under. I watched as one after another, the wasps returned to the hive for the night.

Until now, I had avoided all flying insects because I wasn’t taking any chances that one might burrow its way into my ear or up my nose. I didn’t want them to make me crazy. They Sharp stones and brush dug into my knees as I wailed. didn’t look so scary as I watched them. A few curious workers The last piece of my heart that hadn’t been shattered seemed flew down to where I lay. I stayed perfectly still as a wasp to melt in my chest and burn its way up my throat like hung in the air, first near one eye, then by my nose, then to erupting lava. I vomited into larkspur and Queen Anne’s lace, the other eye. She moved toward me and then backward wild ferns, Virginia creeper and poison ivy. I couldn’t see slightly as if she recognized me or wanted to memorize my the smoke rising, but I could smell it and taste it on the air. features. Another wasp joined her and performed the same I crawled a little farther into the woods, found a tree with ritual before they both flew up and disappeared into their a green mossy skirt and went to sleep, hoping I would hive. I decided then I wanted to be infected like my Dad and never wake up. Uncle Joe. Tomorrow I would come back here and lay still under the nest until one of the wasps ventured into my ear. It was still light out when I awoke, but the fireflies were warming up for the approaching evening. The late afternoon I knew Aunt Moe would be worried by now, and I kept air was still and quiet—no sirens, no fire trucks, no ambulances. imagining her back at the house replanting the petunias I’d I wasn’t even sure if anyone but me knew Uncle Joe had been ripped out of the pots on the screened-in porch. She didn’t inside the old library. I rolled from my side onto my back know her world was about to change forever. I wasn’t even and rested my hands behind my head. I would have been sure if she knew what it felt like to have everything change staring at clouds had the canopy been less dense. A paper in a single instance. Suddenly, I felt bad for sabotaging

“I’vegotaplanforgettin’ridofthe wasps,”hesaid.“Willyouhelpme?” There was no inflection in his voice; it was as dead and creepy as the jarful of glass eyes.

her petunias, for hiding glass eyes, for wishing she’d died instead of my mother, instead of Joe. When I stumbled out of the woods, the black trash bags still in tow, Aunt Moe threw the cordless phone onto the ground and sprinted toward me. She grabbed me up into her arms and squeezed me, kissed my dirty, mosquito-bitten cheeks and sobbed, “You’re safe. Thank God, you’re safe.” It never occurred to me while I was coping in the woods that Aunt Moe might think I had been with Uncle Joe. She always watched us so closely, albeit from the perimeter, never intrusively. Uncle Joe must have timed his escape while she was in the shower or in the basement washing clothes. And I know he sent me off deliberately to be sure I was safe and didn’t follow him. I would like to be able to say Aunt Moe and I clung to each other to get through the loss of Uncle Joe, but we www.kitchendrawer.net

didn’t. I hated her then. She insisted I bathe and eat. She enrolled me in swimming lessons down at the YMCA. She forced me to attend the Turcott twins’ tenth birthday bash. She brushed and braided my hair, and all I wanted to do was go lay under the wasp nest in the woods and wait for the craziness to come. She cleaned all of his clothes out of the closet and emptied out his jars of screws and rubber bands, twist ties and thumb tacks. She let me keep his BB gun, some of his books, and a few of his flannel shirts, and I sneaked a pair of his old hiking boots. To me it was like she was trying to erase him from the world, and I hated her for it. I was determined to make her pay, and how better to do that than by wasp invasion. Since the fire happened in late May, I had exactly two months to go mad before school started in the fall. And I fully intended to be completely and utterly insane by August ninth. 45


Fly Fishing by Ronnie Garrison

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When you start using your fly rod, you will want a lot of room behind you for the back cast. For that reason, fishing from a boat or fishing a pond where you can wade out from the bank is best. As you learn to use your outfit better and learn to roll cast you can fish tighter spots without catching a lot of limbs. The Flint River is a great place to use a fly rod. You can fish from a canoe or jon boat or wade the shoals. Cast a hellgrammite (rock worm) imitation into pools and shoal bass will give you a fight with lots of jumping. They are the closest thing to smallmouth we have in this area. There are some grown bluegill, pumpkin seed, and shellcracker sunfish in the river that will eat your rubber crickets and popping bugs, too. High Falls is another good place to fish with fly outfits, but you need a boat. The lake is full of bluegill that will readily eat just about any bug you cast to them, and you can hook a bass that will stretch your string when it hits. Big lakes can be fun, too. Jackson Lake has lots of bluegill in the coves around logs and brush, and you can catch all you want on a rubber spider. You definitely need a boat to access the bigger lakes, but you will catch fish. Most of the fish in bigger lakes have never seen a rubber spider or popping bug so they are easier to catch. Don’t be intimidated by fly fishing. Give it a try, and you may be hooked for life. You can read more from Ronnie Garrison at http://fishing.about.com. About.com is a part of the New York Times Company.

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s a pre-teen, outdoor magazines exposed me to wonderful fishing experiences I could only dream about. Growing up on a small farm in rural McDuffie County, I was familiar with bream and bass, but catching trout and salmon was a thrilling idea. And my cane pole paled in comparison with fly rods and the whole mystique of fly fishing. I tried to imitate what I read. I would take the smallest bream hook I could find, some of mom’s sewing thread, and a few chicken feathers and tie flies. In my mind they were masterful creations that sometimes fooled small bream and horny head creek minnows in Dearing Branch. My “fly rod” was a short end of a broken cane pole, and my fly line was any kind of fishing line I could find. I spent many wonderful hours dabbling those homemade flies in the branch, trying to catch anything that would hit. When I was in high school I got a real fly rod for Christmas – a generic rod with a spring-loaded reel. I loaded it with cheap fly line and had fun catching bluegill on little popping bugs and bass on bigger bugs. I also used it like a cane pole, with cork and jig, for catching crappie around button bushes at Clark’s Hill in the spring. After we got married, Linda and I fished a lot. I told her a fly rod was too hard to learn to use but she insisted on trying it one day, and within minutes she was putting the little rubber spider near bushes and landing bluegill. She was hooked, and I had to buy her a fly outfit of her own the next week so I could get mine back! Fishing with a fly rod is different because you cast the line itself, not the tiny, lightweight lures used in fly fishing. You can fish a fly the size of a gnat, if you can see well enough to get the line through the eye of the hook, and catch fish that won’t hit anything else. But for fishing around here you don’t need fancy gear and tiny flies. You can get a cheap fly rod and reel like the first one I used for about $25 locally at Berry’s Sporting Goods in Griffin. For a decent line, the most important part of the outfit, you will spend about $15. That will get you started, or you can go with a good outfit for under $100 that will serve you for many kinds of fishing. Add a few rubber spiders, popping flies for bluegill and big popping bugs for bass, and you are ready to fish.


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