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April 2014

3292 Thompson Bridge Road #250, Gainesville, GA 30506 Phone: (770) 287-1444 Fax: (770) 287-1445 E-mail

Vol. 20 Issue 4

INSIDE THIS ISSUE House to be venue manager Morgan House, a Gainesville native who grew up kayaking on Lake Lanier, will be the first venue manager of the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue. Page 16

Ready, set, dine on the lake With nearly a dozen dining options on and around Lake Lanier – even more if you include all the choices at Lake Lanier Islands – there’s no excuse to go hungry this season. Page 15

Alpine village of Helen Even before visitors enter the small Alpine village of Helen, Ga., history and mountain beauty abound! The Nacoochee Mound and Nora Mill Granary are two of the area delights. Page 56 Also inside: Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Break from the lake . . . . . . . .Page Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Captain’s comments . . . . . . . .Page Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page COE column . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Cruising Wilsons . . . . . . . . . . .Page Dining guide . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Fishing column . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Glenn Burns . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Lake Lanier Olympic Venue . . .Page Lake levels . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Lanier map . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Marinas information . . . . . . . .Page Outdoor activity calendar . . . .Page Recreation guide . . . . . . . . . .Page Safety guide . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Sailing calendar . . . . . . . . . . .Page Shore Lines . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Steve Johnson . . . . . . . . . . . .Page US Coast Guard Auxiliary . . . . .Page Vanderford’s travel . . . . . . . . .Page

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A member of the Vanderbilt University rowing team prepares an eight-man rowing shell for competition during the John Hunter/Lanier Sprints double regatta weekend at the end of March.

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New brief expected, different legal counsel in water lawsuit is published by Lanier Publishing, Inc., 3292 Thompson Bridge Rd. #250, Gainesville, GA 30506 (770) 287-1444 Publisher/Editor Alan Hope Production Susan Nish Susan Daniel Creative, Inc. Senior Writer Pamela A. Keene Contributing writers Phillip Sartain, Roy Crittenden, Tommy Wilkinson, Millie Adcox, Mike Rudderham, Glenn Burns, Bob & Carolyn Wilson, Lisa Beers, Jane Harrison Steve Johnson Travel Editor Bill Vanderford Lakeside is published monthly by Lanier Publishing, Inc. based in Gainesville, GA, with distribution in some 300 locations around Lake Lanier and other areas. Opinions expressed by contributing writers are not necessarily those of Lakeside, its staff or its advertisers. Manuscripts and photographs submitted will be considered for publication. Lakeside cannot be held responsible for such materials in case of damage or loss.

By Jane Harrison The Florida lawsuit against Georgia over water rights passed into the next round of legal procedures last month and Georgia hired a new legal firm to represent it in ongoing water litigation. After U.S. Supreme Court justices conferred about the case in late February, the court requested the U.S. Solicitor General file a brief expressing views of the United States. A Supreme Court public information officer said this request is not uncommon and that there is no set date for the Solicitor General to file the brief. Florida Governor Rick Scott filed the Supreme Court lawsuit in Oct. 2013 alleging that Georgia was hoarding water from the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint river system and threatening the economic future of Northwest Florida. The region experienced a fishery decline and Scott blamed it partially on a lack of fresh water flowing from Georgia rivers into oyster beds in Apalachicola Bay. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal responded that the lawsuit was a frivolous waste of money that interferes with potential non-litigious solutions between the states

over how to share the water. Georgia filed a 126-page opposition to the lawsuit through attorneys now off the case. Deal last month announced the appointment of a smaller niche law firm, Kazmarek Mowery Cloud Laseter LLP to represent the state. The firm, which specializes in environmental and energy cases, replaces Seth Waxman of WilmerHale and Chris Landau and Craig Primis of Kirkland & Ellis LLP as leaders of the litigation team. That team also included longtime Georgia water litigators Bruce Brown, Todd Silliman and John Allen. After the U.S. Solicitor General files a brief, justices are expected to consider it in another conference. In other potential litigation, a spokesperson for Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens said the attorney general would not comment on whether the state would sue Tennessee over a state line dispute. Last year’s Georgia General Assembly passed a resolution to sue Tennessee if it did not grant Georgia access to the Tennessee River by the end of the 2014 legislative session in late March. The

2013 House Resolution 4 proposed a deal to resolve a 200 year boundary dispute by exchanging a 1.5 mile strip of land claimed by Tennessee to pipe water to Georgia for about 66 square miles that Georgia claims were erroneously allotted to Tennessee in a survey miscalculation. The resolution authorized the attorney general to seek the 66 square miles in a Supreme Court lawsuit if Ten-

nessee did not grant Georgia access to the Tennessee River. “The Attorney General is familiar with HR 4, but we do not comment on potential litigation,” said spokesperson Lauren Kane. Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris did not respond to questions about whether Tennessee officials had discussed the resolution or planned to act on the proposal.



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R UNDE T! AC R T N CO BEST VIEW ON THE LAKE ~Point lot ~Ranch, 4 BD/3.5 BA~ Master on Main~ Dock w/Double slip dock permit~ REDUCED ~$599K (Hall)

CUTE COTTAGE AT AMAZING PRICE ~Perfect year round weekender and seasonal lake views~ 2 BD/1BA on main~finished basement~easy walk to platform dock on grandfathered road~ REDUCED~ $140K (Dawson)

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FANTASTIC CUSTOM COTTAGE ~ Just what everyone wants...the feel of a mountain cabin on the lake! Tongue and Groove vaulted ceilings, open floor plan, easy walk to double slip dock~finished terrace level ~3 BD/3 BA on Chestatee Bay~$639K (Forsyth)

MOTIVATED SELLER ~ Deep Water ~ Gated property includes 2 lots for “total privacy”~Single slip dock~ 5 BD/4 BA~ 3 finished levels, Bring All Offers; REDUCED $749K (Hall)

5252 Trudy Circle, Gainesville, GA

CHARMING LAKE HOME on quiet, secluded lot w/year-round lake views on deep water & full lake access. Single slip covered dock in tranquil cove. Huge deck, updated kitchen & living room, 3 BD/2 BA with basement storage area. $429K (Hall)

97 Lakeview Point, Dawsonville, GA

FOUR SEASONS ON LANIER on large culde-sac lot. ~ 4 BD/3.5 BA on full terrace level~ enjoy swim/tennis community near Lake Lanier~ $223K (Hall)

ARMY CORP APPROVAL FOR 32 X 32 SLIP DOCK ~ price includes pontoon boat & golf cart~ 2 BD/2 BA~ Make cash offer! REDUCED~ $145K (Dawson)

Lot Listings on Lanier

Lot Listings on Lanier

3106 Beech Tree Way, Gainesville, GA

3908/3914 Harbour View Ct, Gainesville, GA

5547 Hidden Harbour, Gainesville, GA

2 Lots in Oak Harbour, culde-sac, SS dock. $139K$169K (Hall)

6044 Wellington Ave, Gainesville, GA Stratford on Lanier, Water view. $65K (Hall)

6599 Garrett Rd, Buford, GA



One of a kind South Lake Lot; sunset views, open water; SS dock. $479K (Gwinnett)

Fantastic Hidden Harbour Lot, Owner Financing; open water;SS dock permit. $375K (Hall)

5262 Trudy Circle, Gainesville, GA Lot with double slip dock, buy now, build later; $275K (Hall)

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6532 Misty Harbor Ct., Flowery Branch, GA Near Lake Lanier, ready to bring your builder, near 5 marinas & 3 boat ramps, $45K (Flowery Branch)

BUNGALOW, IN GATED SWIM/TENNIS, 3 BD/2BA, Fixer Upper-seeking cash offer. REDUCED; $73,500 (Hall) Search from your mobile device for any property at anytime: Type in Agent Code: KW1PLWBUI 6644 Crestwood Peninsula, Flowery Branch, GA

NEW ON THE MARKET, Great lake home on South end of Lanier~ Updated gourmet kitchen that is ideal for plenty of chef's ~ master on main ~ full finished terrace ~ large upper bedrooms ~ easy walk to single slip dock~ good water~ close to Aqualand Marina. $540K (Hall)

100 Longview Street, Dawsonville, GA

JUST LISTED RANCH on great water with great views and super easy walk to single slip dock w/ party deck. Totally renovated kitchen with new cabinets & appliances, 3 BD/2BA on main, screened porch, deck, huge 2 car garage with finished upstairs, tons of basement storage. $395K (Dawson)

3640 Bert Drive, Gainesville, GA

JUST LISTED COTTAGE with great views of the lake, single slip covered dock w/party deck. Renovated cottage and ideal weekender, 2 BD/1.5 BA, screened porch and fabulous entertaining deck all with lake views, easy walk to dock, updated kitchen & hardwood floors. Must see. $299K (Hall)


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ON 3+/- AC POINT LOT WITH TWIN SLIP PERMIT! Long private drive leads you to this charming renovated 4BR/3.5B lake home with scenic panoramic views! Gorgeous stone patio and outdoor firePOINT LOT WITH INCREDIBLE PANORAMIC VIEWS AND NEW DEEP WATER TWIN SLIP PARTY DOCK! Built in 2002 this charming and elegant Cape Cod home has cedar shake and board and batten, two stone FP’s, finished terrace level, master suite on main, 3 screened porches, and firepit. 3991 MOUNT VERNON RD, GAINESVILLE, 30506 FMLS# 5093078

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EXQUISITE 4 SIDES BRICK RANCH ON FINISHED TERRACE LEVEL. Private lot w/ Sslip dock in year round deep water. Gated S/D in North Hall. 5BR/4.5B, Study, elevator, terrace level bar and billiards rm, sunroom, 4 FP’s. FMLS# 5207745 Video tour @





AMAZING DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY ON 9.5 ACRES! Includes a 4BR renovated home, guest house, pavilion and private dock. Approved for 18 lots and 18 boat slips. See video tour @ FMLS# 7046198


PREMIER TWO ACRE ESTATE LOT IN QUIET ESTABLISHED COUNTRY CLUB AREA WITH PRIVATE TWIN SLIP DEEP WATER DOCK. Adjacent to Lake Lanier estate homes and short drive to Chattahoochee Country Club and golf. 1185 ANTIOCH CAMPGROUND RD, GAINESVILLE 30506 FMLS#5156265



NEW CONSTRUCTION OPPORTUNITY! Builder in place to build this charming 2BR with bonus room home for you! Lot available without home for $249,000. S-slip dock included. Call me for details! 9275 LONG HOLLOW RD, GAINESVILLE 30506 (FORSYTH COUNTY)

REDUCED! AFFORDABLE LAKE FRONT LIVING IN PRESTIGIOUS GAINESVILLE/ NORTH HALL N’HOOD! 5BR’s/3.5B picture perfect brick front home in sought after Mount Vernon Pointe! Finished terrace level with guest suite, ready for second kitchen. Large and private backyard with path to the lake and CORPS frontage for fishing, swimming, kayaking and more! Boat ramp within a mile. 3874 ALEXANDRIA, GAINESVILLE 30506 FMLS#5102457 VIRTUALTOUR@






SPECTACULAR HOME WITH THREE LEVELS! Lake Lanier resort living & big enough for all your family and friends. 5BR/6B with three master suites.Twin slip dock in deep water! Video tour @ FMLS#5170238


DEAL! GET-A-WAY TO THIS COZY 3BR/2B CABIN WITH PRIVATE SETTING AND GRASS TO WATER SINGLE SLIP DOCK NEAR QUIET ROWING VENUE! This home is updated and ready for you or your weekly rentals! Dock can always push out in good water. Video tour @ FMLS# 5236044



PERFECT 10! SOUGHT AFTER SOUTH LAKE WATER, LOCATION AND VIEWS! Gentle and private lot with private deep water dock! 2008 Custom craftsman built ranch 4BR/4.5Bs with finished terrace level. Four car garage.Video Tour @ www.5786hiddencoveroad. info FMLS#5187259



ADORABLE RENOVATED COTTAGE IN PREMIER SOUTH LAKE CUMMING LOCATION! Grass to water views, deep water single slip party dock. 3BR/2.5B, Master up with sitting and fireplace. 3770 T W HENDERSON, CUMMING 30041 FMLS# 5236174

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INCREDIBLE PRIME LAKE ESTATE ON 6 ACRES WITH POTENTIAL 2ND HOMESITE! TWO DOCK PERMITS. Separate Apt and 6 car garage. Perfect for family compound or retreat. Chattahoochee Country Club. 3633 LOOPER LAKE POINTE, GAINESVILLE FMLS# 4213782

VIEWS AND 380 FEET OF SHORELINE! Main house has 4BRs, high end finishes, cedar shake & stone on three finished levels with two covered porches. 5 Car garage. 9055 KNOLL DR, GAINEVILLE 30506 Forsyth county FMLS#5148615

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JUST LISTED! LIVE ON PENINSULA RETREAT WITH WATER ALL AROUND YOU! Upscale lake living with gentle grass to water views, pool and deep water twin slip party dock! Enjoy three finished levels, 4 or 5BR's, main floor study, and terrace level 2nd kitchen, game room, guest suite, and fitness room. Pool house covered pavilion o'looks the lake and pool.

FOUR SIDES BRICK LUXURY LAKE HOME WITH THREE FINISHED LEVELS! DEEP WATER TWIN SLIP DOCK. Finished terrace level with mahogany bar, fitness room, billiards and family room. FMLS# 5199142 Video tour @ Forsyth County.



JUST LISTED ALL BRICK 4BR/4.5B TWO STORY ON FINISHED TERRACE LEVEL IN CHATTAHOOCHEE COUNTRY CLUB AREA. Great lake views of deep water quiet area and single slip dock. Golf cart path as Corps line is very close to water’s edge. Up to date and shows like a model! Gainesville 30506 FMLS#5256983

BEAUTIFUL THREE FINISHED LEVELS WITH GENTLE WALK TO SINGLE SLIP DEEP WATER PARTY DOCK. 5BR’s/3.5B’s w/finished terrace level. Tasteful updating and an open plan for entertaining. N’hood pool. FMLS#5242050. Forsyth County.



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The Chambers Team 631 Dawsonville Hwy • Gainesville, GA 30501 • Office 770-503-7070



MILLION DOLLAR VIEW!! What a wonderful retreat boasting lots of windows and natural light. Stunning great room with pine tongue and groove cathedral ceiling, 2 stone fireplaces and a perfect terrace level for easy lake living and entertaining.

SOUTHERN LIVING AT ITS BEST in this spectacular Lake Lanier home on always deep water. 5BR/ 4.5BA, open floor plan w/gourmet kitch, top of the line appliances, study, dining rm, great rm w/vaulted ceilings, 3 FPs, master ste on main, hw flrs, screened porch. Fin terrace lvl w/bar, game area, BR, BA & lg gathering area. Beautifully landscaped yard, outdoor stone FP, waterscape & pond. Covered dock w/party deck.



THIS NANTUCKET INSPIRED HOME is a true master piece and located only minutes from the chattahoochee country club & golf course. Unbelievably gorgeous 3.25 acres w/lake on 3 sides. Lovely porches overlook Lake Lanier & the private enclosed boat dock.




PRIVATE LAKE LANIER GATED ESTATE on apprx 7 ac of beautifully landscaped grounds. Very gentle walk to enclosed boat dock. Large screened porch opens to the heated sparkling pool. Many elegant appointments: copper roof, intricate millwork, marble floors in the gorgeous foyer with lighted trey ceilings and custom arches. Handsome paneled study w/FP. As seen on hgtv's



LAKEFRONT LIVING AT ITS BEST. Private 4 sided brick home at end of culdesac in upscale lake S/D. 3BR/2BA on main. Fin terrace level w/2BR/2BAs, den, theatre rm, full kitc for in-law/teen ste. 4-car garage, basketball court. Pool & hot tub. Teak custom built dock w/party deck. Call for list of amenities & appt to view this fabulous lake property. 5 min. to hospital, shopping, restaurants & schools.


NEVER BEFORE ON THE MARKET! This spectacular custom lake home was architecturally designed to capture panoramic lake views from every window and room! Stunning mstr BR on main, 2 FPs, open flr plan, cathedral ceilings & wrap around deck. Beautifully maintained and decorated. Big open water views, steps to cov SS dock always in drough proof water. Grassed to water's edge.

TO VIEW OUR MANY VERY PRIVATE COVE WITH 2 ADJOINING LOTS. Quaint cedar shake lake home on beautiful, level grassed lot. Swim dock in place but a possible upgrade to covered dock. Builder's home. Pine raised panel kitchen cabinets, solid wood doors.

3.178 ACRES ON LAKE LANIER! Small weekend home on property which could be refurbished. Lots of privacy. Located in North Hall off Highland Road.


WE LIVE AND PLAY ON LAKE LANIER Patti Chambers c 770.287.4879 • Bobby Chambers c 770.654.0533 Sally Chambers Kirchner c 770.538.5626 • Patsy Mercer c 770.540.6507 • Office 770.538.4010


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Sought-after Cumming, extreme south end of Lake Lanier, flat walk to the lake, double slip party dock on deep water, incredible views, master on main. $650K

Luxury home

Panoramic lake views

Custom luxury

Cul-de-sac lot

Gated brick luxury

Easy walk to lake, dbl slp pty dock, saline pool, Lighthouse Harbour n’hood. $1.19m

Luxury home, easy walk to lake, dbl slp party dock, fin. terrace lvl w/wet bar. $800K

2 kitchens, sought-after Buford, 4 FP, double slip boathouse, high-end fixtures. $799K

Dbl slp pty dock, gourmet kit, 2 story fireplace, master on main lvl, huge deck. $575K

Gated comm., cul-de-sac lot, Forsyth County, high-end features, fin. terrace lvl. $570K

Lake home of future

Marina Bay

New additions

Sought-after Buford

Forsyth County

Electronics/media showcase, 5BR, media room, deep water dock, fin. ter. lvl. $539K

Stone gate, 2 story fireplace, artist designed built-in cabinetry, high-end upgrades. $525K

4 BR/3 BA, SS party dock on good water, new gourmet kitchen, open floor plan. $525K

4 BR/3 BA, short walk to lake, drought-proof cove, just updated, nice views. $499K

HW flrs, granite counters, open flr pln, stone FP, cov. SS dock, high ceilings. $499K

4-sided brick

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Deep water

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Master on main lvl, SS party dock, great water, lovely views, 2nd kitchen. $450K

3 BR/3.5 BA, craftsman style, short walk to water, screened porch, 4 decks. $450K

Move-in ready, 2-story fam rm, screened porch w/FP, nice views, workshop. $425K

Great views, SS pty dock, open floor plan, fin. terr. lvl, Brazilian cherry floors. $425K

5 BR/3.5 BA, covered SS dock, palladium windows, master on main level. $415K

Cresswind on Lanier

Chattahoochee Ldg

Great location

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Forsyth lot w/ dock

3 BR/2 BA, 2 slip party dock w/lifts, deep water, open floor plan, scr. porch. $350K

.59 acres, SS covered dock, nice cove, soil tests complete, easy to build on. $69,900


55+ comm., tons of amenities, HW flrs, upgrades galore, full bsmt, like new. $400K

4 BR/3.5 BA, drought-proof water, high ceilings, updated fixtures, HW floors. $399K

5 BR/3 BA, rustic style, close to water, SS dock, fin. ter. level w/ 2nd kitchen. $375K


April 2014

The mission of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary: Recreational boating safety With the passage of Auxiliary legislation in October 1996, the Auxiliary’s role was greatly expanded to enable Auxiliary participation in any Coast Guard mission authorized by the Commandant of the Coast Guard with the exception of combat and direct law enforcement. Prior to the horrific events of September 11, 2001, the U.S. Coast Guard was under the control of the Department of Transportation during peacetime, but during conditions of war, it would be moved to the Department of the Navy. During 2002, President Bush placed the Coast Guard and the Coast Guard Auxiliary under the direction of the Department of Homeland Security. With additional responsibilities placed upon the Coast Guard, recreational boating safety became the responsibility of the Auxiliary. The Auxiliary has mission responsibility to support the Office of Boating Safety (G-OPB) with the development and implementation of various Recreational Boating Safety programs. This mission includes Auxiliary traditional activities conducted on behalf of federal, state and local

gram is to establish “community we never know when a recrewinds up saving their life. partners” with businesses freRoy Crittenden is the Public ational boater will pick up one of quented by recreational boaters Affairs Officer for Flotilla 29. our free pieces of literature that Roy and visit them on a regular basis. Crittenden The majority of these “accounts” are composed of marinas, boat USCG Flotilla 29 of the U.S. Coast until 4:30 p.m. and cost is $40. sales companies, marine products Auxiliary Guard Auxiliary, Lake Lanier, Discounts available for addicompanies, marine repair shops, announces a one-day, seven-les- tional family members. boat rental companies, bait and son “About Boating Safely” Course contents include: tackle shops, water sports compacourse. The course is scheduled • Know your boat nies, etc. We also call on “big „ MORE INFO: 770-393-4382, for Saturday, April 12, 2014. • Before getting underway box” stores that sell fishing, This course also serves as a • Navigating the waterways equipment. Our visitors place a Flotilla 29 Lake Lanier, PWC certified course for chil- • Operating your vessel safely two-tier brochure holder in each dren under the age of 16. This • Boating’s legal requirements of the accounts and stock it with course will be given at the Coast • Boating emergencies six to eight different types of safe governments to improve the Guard Auxiliary Operations • Enjoying watersports knowledge, safety skills, and op- boating literature, including the Center, 6595 Lights Ferry Rd., • State of Georgia regulations State DNR Handbook of Georgia erating environment of recreFlowery Branch, Ga., on the left Successful completion of this Boating Laws and Responsibiliational boaters. These include, ties. The visitors also discuss with just before the entrance to Aqua- course may result in a reduction but are not limited to: land Marina. in your boat’s insurance premanagement various Auxiliary • Public education programs Classes run from 8:30 a.m. mium. programs including safe boating • Vessel examinations course schedules and Vessel • Liaison for the purposes of „ MORE INFO: Pat Lindsey, Flotilla Commander enhancing RBS and the images of Safety Check (VSC) schedules. Flotilla 29 • 770 271-4059 • the Coast Guard and the Auxiliary Currently, there are ninw certified in the environs with other organi- active Program Visitors in Flotilla 29 Lake Lanier, calling on apzations, communities, groups, proximately 76 accounts around clubs, associations and enterthe lake. Our goal is to call on prises. • Distribution of RBS literature them on a monthly basis, thereby maintaining a good working relaand information for the boating public through the RBS Visitation tionship with their management. As a group, we feel like we are Programs (RBSVP). The goal of this visitation pro- selling “safety on the water,” and

Safe boating course set for April 12


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April 2014

Don’t bypass the boat docks when searching for gamefish While growing up six miles from Lake Blackshear, I spent lots of time at my Uncle Jack’s lakefront place. I kept my jon boat in one of his slips. Entering the enclosed dock was always exciting because a stealthy approach would routinely reveal schools of bream moving around and several bass suspended in or near the shaded areas. When it comes to dependable bass holding cover, boat docks are hard to beat. The waters below these sanctuaries offer both security and food. Bass are ambush predators and gravitate readily to areas of shadow. Typically docks attract small bluegill and other species of forage making them a natural hang out for many gamefish. It’s no surprise that most highly skilled bass anglers are masters at pulling fish from around and under these prime pieces of underwater real estate. As you might imagine, docks vary widely in the level of productivity. Some might be close to a sure thing on every outing while others only produce the occasional fish. The dock itself along with the bottom underneath and around it can provide many clues. Areas with firm bottom compositions tend to be more

Tommy Wilkinson Casting Lanier

productive than softer sediment. If the shoreline is rock studded, it’s a pretty good bet the cover extends for a distance underwater as well. Without throwing wild cards (like planted cover or consistent night lighting) into the equation, it’s usually a safe bet that larger docks are more productive than smaller structures. Likewise, older docks that have a very noticeable “patina of age” are often bass magnets. One should always check these out. Don’t forget suspended fish Marina boat slips are the mega docks of many lakes. These can be real hot spots harboring the entire food chain from plankton to predator fish. They are normally well lit at night which is a plus for attracting baitfish. Bass are always present at a number of key areas in a complex structure like this. It is important to note that

some marinas allow anglers to fish the area and some do not. Be sure to look carefully for any posted signs before fishing these areas. If in doubt, it’s always prudent to ask. Since I just mentioned the factor of night lighting, it’s worth noting that docks set up for crappie fishing can be sweet indeed. Look for locations sporting light fixtures close to the water and lots of rod holders. They’re usually spiked with man made brush piles sunk along the sides and front. Locations like this are prime bass hang outs and should be fished thoroughly. Some property owners sink brush and Christmas trees around docks as a disposal method. This cover is usually not obvious to the eye but a jig or plastic worm can quickly reveal the hidden treasure. When casting around an unfamiliar dock, always make a couple of presentations with a bottom bumping bait for this reason. Unlike the region where I grew up, nearly all docks in our area are suspended on floats. Catchable fish may be suspended just under the floats, hugging the bottom, or anywhere in between depending on seasonal and daily conditions. When fishing floating

docks, be sure to target the anchor poles holding it in place. Bass often gravitate to these the same way they relate to stumps and other objects. Practice ‘shooting’ at home When casting close to private docks, etiquette is important. Crankbaits and jerkbaits with treble hooks are pretty safe to fish around the outside edges. When casting into slips I prefer single hook weedless lures such as soft plastics or jigs. Mindful casting along with proper lure selection virtually eliminates above surface snags in this scenario. If a boat is in a slip, space may simply be too tight to make a traditional cast. In this situation, a technique known as “shooting” can provide accuracy in presenting lures to bass that receive little to no pressure. Would you like to show a lure to a bass that has not seen an artificial in ages? Safety should be the primary focus with this technique. Practice in your yard to get started and ensure you are proficient before hitting the water. This method is exclusive to spinning tackle. It’s best suited to plastic grubs, worms, or skirted tubes rigged on lead heads. If fishing the plastic worm, be sure

to use a lead head type hook as well. Skirted jigs are also good candidates for this technique. This is a very accurate way to put a lure well back into a tight spot where traditional casting is not an option. Since targets are low, a kneeling position is standard. To execute the move, open the bail and drop the lure to halfway between the first eyelet and reel seat. Press the index finger on your rod grip hand against the top edge of the spool to prevent further line from playing out. Now load the rod by grasping the hook bend with your non casting hand and pulling it directly toward the butt of the rod. The stop point here varies with rod action. Often it will be slightly ahead of the reel. Next point the rod directly toward the target and parallel to the water surface. Release the lure and index finger you are pressing against the spool simultaneously. When done properly the bait will fly exactly to your point of aim. If you need to apply the brakes, simply extend your index finger to the lip on the reel spool. I reiterate that it’s very important to understand how grasp the lure when doing this. Be sure to use See Fishing, page 11

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Continued from Page 10 the thumb and closest finger to securely hold the hook in the bend area with the point away from your body. Snip the hook point off a jig and practice shooting your baits of choice in the back yard, under the kitchen chairs, and under the pick up truck. It’s kind of fun really. Finesse style worm is tops Another very popular method of presenting lures to fish under boat docks is called skipping. As the name implies, the bait is skipped like a flat stone on the water surface. Some anglers can skip expertly with baitcast reels. For most of us, myself, this always results in the biggest king size backlashes known to man. For a surer and less frustrating approach, reach for the spinning rod. Standing on the bow of the boat, point the rod tip close to the water and snap a cast close and parallel to the surface. It does take a little practice but like shooting, the rewards are worth the effort. Lures lending themselves best to this technique are jigs, spider grubs, and weightless plastics. When targeting docks remember the fish could be at any depth depending on the conditions and time of year. They may be suspending slightly below the floats. In this situation, spinnerbaits and shallow running crankbaits can be effective along the outer edges. On the approach be sure to fish the entire front edge as well. Swimming plastics such as

curl tail grubs and fluke type baits on Fish Head Spins are great choices with versatility from just below the floats to the bottom. In much of the country, tubes are the “go to” dock baits. In our area, the king of dock fishing lures is the straight no frills finesse type worm five to six inches in length. Pick your favorite color of green and pair it with a lead head. A 3/16 ounce size is a day in day out favorite. If you’re taking beginning anglers out try live nightcrawler worms around and under the docks. Use medium spinning tackle and eight pound test. Tie on a number two Aberdeen style hook and crimp a fat split shot about 18 inches up the line. Thread a fat nightcrawler through the middle to cover the hook shank. Gently lob the worm to likely areas and allow it to settle on the bottom for about a minute. Pick it up and repeat the procedure. Keep tension in the line once the bait reaches the bottom. In closing, good news is that boat docks are everywhere. They’re great places to check out when the fishing gets tough. If you’re looking for consistent year round bass action, be sure to have docks high on your casting list. Be safe and enjoy the lake! Tommy Wilkinson is a veteran of the fishing industry and resides in Jefferson, GA. „ MORE INFO:

Lake Level: Just about 1071 which equates to full pool Surface Temp: 48 degrees at press time. However expect to find areas of warmer water in the creek pockets after periods of warm sunshine. Temps are about to start climbing. Clarity: Clear in main lake areas with some color in upper tributaries, especially after rains. Bass fishing has been fair to good. Concentrate your efforts up in the creeks. Target coves and points inside coves or pockets. Fish are gravitating to boat docks and this could be your top bet for consistent action during the first half of the month. Docks floating over 15 to 20 feet of water are prime real estate and expect the depth range to get shallower as the month progresses. Top lures have been skirted twin tail grubs, such as the Hula Grub, and the shakey head rig which is a finesse style worm rigged on any number of specialty lead heads. With either soft plastic bait, stick with green or brown colors and you’ll be in good shape. Water is warming so keep an eye out for warmer temperatures in the backs of pockets and coves. These places will turn on. Jerkbaits are also producing good results, especially where warmer water is found. Stick with natural finishes that resemble shad or blue back herring. Suspending models are always a good choice this time of year. The full moon is on the 15th this month. If the water is warming quickly, we could see a lot of fish migrating shallow to spawn around this period. If we have cold weather this could hold things back for a week or so. Stay tuned in to weather conditions so you’ll be on the water for some of the year’s best bass fishing! Tip of the month: Look for bass moving to spawning areas when dogwood trees are in bloom. Striper fishing has also been fair to good. As with the spotted bass, concentrate you efforts in the creeks. Upper areas, often way up into the narrow areas, are good bets. You can also find fish in the middle creek areas that are migrating to or from these upper creeks. Focus on points and coves. Don’t hesitate to go all the way to the backs of coves. It’s not uncommon to find packs of linesides cruising for prey in these areas early and late in the day. Trailing live herring or trout on flat lines is the method of choice. If the area is not tight, you can use planer boards to put out four lines at once. As you’ve heard dozens of times before from me, make sure you are casting toward the shoreline while drifting the live baits. This discipline will put a lot of extra stripers on the end of your line. Bucktail jigs weighing 3/8th ounce or less paired with fluke style trailers are good casting choices. It’s worth mentioning that fluke style baits rigged on lead heads can be deadly. Expect better fishing to move out toward middle and creek mouth areas during the latter half of the month.

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GDOT eyes two new bridges over Lake Lanier in U.S. 129 widening By Jane Harrison As supports for a new bridge over a northern reach of Lake Lanier were being drilled, local residents studied state plans for a road widening project that would build two additional new bridges. Northern Hall County area residents expressed mixed opinions about the proposal to widen U.S. 129/Ga. 11, also known as Cleveland Highway, and construct new bridges over the Chattahoochee River and East Fork Little River. The project would four-lane a 5.4 mile section of Cleveland Highway from just south of Limestone Parkway to the intersection of Jim Hood/Nopone roads. It would replace bridges built in the late1950s and deemed structurally deficient by the Georgia Department of Transportation. The bridge replacements could be the second and third state spans built over the lake in more than two decades. GDOT is currently constructing a new bridge with a pedestrian tunnel to replace Clarks Bridge at the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue. That project is slated for completion in 2015. Hundreds of area residents evaluated the proposed Cleveland Highway widening at an open house hosted by GDOT in late February. North Hall High School government teacher Chris Haynes was among those who had been bracing for the road work for years. “I’m 30 years old, as long as I can remember people have been talking about it,” said the local native who “grew up running in the woods, hunting and fishing” on land at his grandmother’s house, which is going to be taken by the project. “You can’t halt progress,” he added. GDOT is seeking right-ofways on more than 110 parcels, which include at least 22 homes or structures, according to spokesperson Teri Pope. Jason Truelove said he hopes to get a good deal on the 2.9 acres he owns along the route. “As long as they treat me fairly, I don’t care,” about losing the land, he said. “As long as I get enough to move somewhere else.” Residents in the Sagamore subdivision, about a mile north of the project’s southern terminus,



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Ready, set, dine on the lake with old favorites, new twists By Pamela A. Keene With nearly a dozen dining options on and around Lake Lanier – even more if you include all the choices at Lake Lanier Islands – there’s no excuse to go hungry this season. Whether you’re looking for a melt-in-your-mouth hand-pattied burger with all the trimmings or a seafood salad, you could make a career out of experiencing the food choices around the lake. Not only is the food varied, but the views and settings are diverse as well. Choose on-the-water dining at Mallory’s Castaways at Holiday Marina with its deck overhanging the lake, Fish Tales overlooking the Hideaway Bay Marina or Pelican Pete’s on the dock at Port Royale. You can come by boat or car to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner, and there’s no need to “doll up,” because it’s lake living and casual attire rules. Let’s start with the area eateries that are open all year: Big Creek Tavern – located off Lanier Islands Parkway at 8050 Big Creek Rd., Big Creek offers lunch and dinner seven days a week. The menu ranges

from salads and more than a dozen starters to prime hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood and entrees – chicken, ribs or chops. Big Creek also offers a full section of beers – from microbrews to standards – some on draft, others bottled. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Coastal Breeze Seafood Grille – known for its grilled fresh fish with a choice of five house-made sauces, Coastal Breeze is located on Lanier Islands Parkway near McEver Road. Don’t let the construction discourage you from lunch or dinner with selections of soup, salad, sandwiches, pasta dishes and entrees that include Dungeness crab, snow crab legs and bacon bleu salmon. A dozen beers on draft, plus another dozen or so bottled, plus a generous wine list by the bottle or the glass, are complimented by a full bar. May 7 marks the beginning of Coastal Breeze’s third year. Hours are Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight.

Fish Tales – Hideaway Bay Marina is home to Fish Tales with its trademark Cuban and Hideaway salads, Florida grouper prepared multiple ways, and fish tacos has promised new menu items in April, including additional appetizers and a new salad. The full-service bar features bottled beers. Fish Tales offers live entertainment on the weekends in April and May, a nightly entertainment from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Hours are Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Old McDonald’s – The go-to restaurant for barbecue is Old McDonald’s, which backs up to Lanier Islands Parkway just west of McEver Road. The entrance is off old Holiday Road. Pulled pork, ribs, chicken and burgers highlight the regular menu. Breakfast is served on Saturdays and Sundays. Hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Skogies – Gainesville Marina’s Skogies is one of the few places on the lake where break-


Staff at Fish Tales Restaurant at Hideaway Bay Marina, just one of the many restaurants getting ready for the season.

fast is served on Saturdays and Sundays, including Eggs Benedict five different ways. New menu items for the 2014 season will start popping up on the menu this spring in addition to popular favorites. The restaurant has a BYOB policy for beer and wine with a $1.99 fee per person for those served. Hours, until the weather is warmer, are Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.,

Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon (breakfast) and noon to 9 p.m., Sunday, 9 a.m. to noon (breakfast) and noon to 5 p.m. Open for the Season Dockside Grill – Aqualand Marina is home to Dockside Grill, known for its 10-ounce hand-pattied burgers with a generous variety of toppings. The menu also offers salads, chicken, grilled fish and more. Dockside See Restaurants, page 25


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LAKE LANIER OLYMPIC VENUE House chosen as venue manager LAKE LANIER OLYMPIC VENUE INFO By Jane Harrison Morgan House, a Gainesville native who grew up kayaking on Lake Lanier, will be the first venue manager of the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue. House, 26, whose dream of winning an Olympic medal motivated him much of his life, will now set his sights on making the venue shine to its potential. “I’m happy, excited, nervous and ready,” House said after accepting House the position offered by Gainesville Hall ’96, the non-profit organization that oversees development of the 1996 Olympic site. He was selected from more than 50 applicants in a nationwide search. GH ’96 chairperson Mimi Collins cited among House’s credentials his degree in marketing, organizational skills, experience in sports and recreation, and familiarity with multiple water front venues. She added House impressed selection committee members in his presentation inside the Olympic Venue tower. Moments after he departed from his March 18 interview, they voted to offer him the job. “He demonstrates strong people and communication skills and has many connections through his travels. Plus he’s personable and outgoing.” She expressed confidence in his ability to attract more than water sports events to LLOV. “He will be the

face of the venue and represent our community to the nation and the world.” House said one of his main goals is to bring about “much larger community involvement. Gainesville is known as the ‘poultry capital of the world.’ I don’t see why it can’t become the ‘paddle sport capital of the world.’ ” He envisions LLOV becoming the number one destination for visitors in Gainesville. Collins said job pay “is in the range of $50,000” annually. The GH ’96 budget allots $70,000 for the position. House expected to start the last week of March. He anticipated keeping his coaching position assisting Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club Head Coach Claudiu Ciur with high performance athletes. House began paddling when he was about 8 years old after seeing Olympic athletes on Lake Lanier in 1996. As a youngster he declared he would bring home a medal in the sport and devoted a decade and a half toward that goal. He succeeded in becoming one of the nation’s top kayakers, but could not achieve an Olympic berth in 2008 or 2012. His missed a spot on the 2008 U.S. team by less than a second. Note: Lakeside on Lanier plans a feature on House and his goals for the venue in the May edition.

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About 40 paddlers competed in 10K and 20K races in the Lula Bridge Race the first Saturday of spring. Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club athletes were joined by area paddlers and groups visiting from Hungary and Minnesota in the race between the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue and Lula Bridge. Participants paddled up the Chattahoochee River channel in racing kayaks and canoes, classic canoes, stand up paddle boards, recreational kayaks, and surf skis. The annual event is organized by LCKC.

Here's a profile and calendar for the two clubs operating at the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue:

Lake Lanier Rowing Club Contact: John Ferriss Phone: 770-287-0077 Email: Address: Lake Lanier Olympic Venue 3105 Clarks Bridge Rd., Gainesville, GA 30506 Website: Club offerings: Recreational and competitive rowing for ages 13 to 80+. Beginner to elite offered through regularly scheduled practices, classes, and camps hosting of local, regional, national and international rowing regattas. Calendar of events: May 23-25 - ACRA National Championship Regatta

Lake Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club Contact: Office Administrator Brenda Miller, LCKC President Kevin Seitz Phone: 770-287-7888 Fax: 770-287-3444 Email: Website: Address: Lake Lanier Olympic Venue 3105 Clarks Bridge Rd., Gainesville, GA 30506 Club offerings: Recreational and competitive canoe and kayaking for ages 12 and up. Beginner to masters programs offered through regularly scheduled practices, classes, and summer camps. Also hosts local, regional, national and international competitions. Calendar of events: Apr 26-27 - Canadian Team Trials May 3 - BBI Jr. Olympic Program Practice Race May 9-10 - USA Canoe/Kayak Collegiate Nationals May 10 - LCKC Spring Sprints May 17 - Spring BBI Jr. Olympic Program Fungatta May 31 - Paddlethon and Cardboard Boat Race Venue seats about 2,000 with parking capacity of about 400 cars. The boathouse and tower are available to rent for meetings and special occasions.


GH ’96 prioritizes improvements, seeks new board members By Jane Harrison The hiring of a venue manager has been the most significant act of GH ’96 since its re-structuring last July. Hall County and Gainesville governments each pledged $150,000 in fiscal year 2014 for improvements at the venue that included hiring a manager. GH ’96 was preparing submissions for FY ‘2015 funding in late March. Although county and city funding was authorized for this fiscal year in late May and June 2013, the organization had not set up a bank account to deposit it until late February. Board member Rob Fowler, noting that it is important to show improvement to municipal partners before submitting budget requests, suggested in February that the board set up a priority list of improvements. Categorized as first to third tier priorities, most improvements involved basic cleaning, painting,

landscaping, and facility repairs. The board committed up to $100,000 to accomplish those tasks, but exempted dock replacement. The docks, many of which have been in use since the 1996 Olympics, are dilapidated, splintered, and sink under the feet of crews launching boats. Fowler suggested funding for new docks come through a capital campaign or special fundraising effort. At meetings in February and March, board members announced a list of accomplishments, which included polishing boathouse floors, minor painting and landscaping. The board committed $4,763 for cleaning of floors, bathrooms and lockers and about $7,200 for landscaping and security system installation and monitoring. The board is seeking two new members to replace the positions vacated by House after he accepted the management job and the late Mike See GH ‘96, page 17


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Local company releases product to test for stray electrical currents Marine Surveyors of North Georgia has custom built a device to connect to all three shore power connections for every vessel. The company has named the product Stray Current Sensor. The sensor is a mobile device installed between the dock power pedestal and the vessel shore power cord. The three shore power connections are the 30 amp 125 volt, 50 amp 125 volt and 50 amp 250 volt sensors. The sensor tool trouble shoots

the source of alternate current electrical leakage in any vessel without shutting the power off to so users can determine potential electrical problems. By manually turning breakers on and off users can locate problems immediately. The sensor is designed to help pinpoint problems with: • older vessels • renovated vessels with new wiring and appliances • vessels with an extremely high electric bill • episodes of electric shock when

• GH ‘96 Continued from Page 16 Banks, who passed away earlier this year. Collins said she would contact Connie Hagler, former LCKC executive director, to find out if she is interested in coming on board. Hagler, who advocated tirelessly for the venue for more than a decade, resigned in frustration in 2007 after years of trying to rally funding and support for LLOV. After her resignation, House, now the venue manager, cred-

ited Hagler for helping launch his Olympic dream and cited her contributions to LCKC and the Olympic Venue. In a 2007 statement to Lakeside News, House commented on her dedication: “Connie contributed more to this sport locally and nationally than anyone else I know. She poured her heart out into Lanier and has made (LCKC) into a great club. I love LCKC and will always be a member of it.”

touching something metal onboard • episodes of “tingling” in the water when swimming near a boat. Michael Griffin, owner of Marine Surveyors of North Georgia, has been surveying for 20 years and built the sensor two years ago. He now uses it on every boat he surveys and says he has found some type of stray current in at least 20 percent of them. More importantly, he says, most of the stray currents are above one amp, which he says is considered threat to life and property. Griffin’s company will rent, install and and instruct boat owners how to operate the device. AC electricity in “fresh water” can kill, Griffin says. Swimming near any vessel that has shore power connected to it is hazardous either at a private residence or at a marina. “The ‘No Swimming’ signs at marinas are there for a reason,” he says. Griffin is a member of the National Fire Protection Agency and the American Boat and Yacht Council (Certified Technician). If you have any questions or would like your vessel tested for

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Make sure your boat is ready for the season Spring is here and that means it’s time to re-commission your boat for the season. Due to the two ice storms we had your inspection of hoses will be even more important this year. Hoses that appear damaged need to be replaced immediately. When you think everything is OK, double check with all tanks full and recommended pressure. If there are no leaks you are ready to go. If your boat has outdrives be sure to inspect the bellows that cover the U-joints, cables, exhaust, and propeller. Next, check wiring and connections. Sometimes older wiring will have insulation cracks and that portion of the wiring will need replacement, also correct any bad connections. If your boat stays in the water year round it should be hauled and pressure washed, at least on the bottom. Also inspect thru hull fittings, running gear, props, and zincs. The cleaner bottom will make the boat more fuel efficient. If your boat is inboard powered check your exhaust hoses and hose clamps. Check sea-cock if equipped and make sure they open and close easily. You never know when you might need to close them in an emergency. Next check your hydraulics, tilt, trim and steering. Don’t forget to grease all fittings. It’s best to start the season with an oil and filter change, tune-up and checking that all fluid levels are fresh and at proper levels. Check accessories like bilge pumps, anchor winch, spotlight, navigation lights, PFDs, fire extinguishers and ditch bag. Don’t forget to inspect required Coast Guard equipment. When you are done you might want to have the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary conduct a boat safety inspection. It’s free and they give you a sticker. If you have not gone to the boating school offered by the Coast Guard Auxiliary, you might want to sign up. Completion of this course can mean a 10 percent discount on insurance premiums offered by some insurance companies Don’t forget the boat trailer. Inspect tires, bearings, lights, and winch. Make repairs where necessary and you won’t be stuck on the highway. If you need an owner’s manual for assistance contact: or Remember to record your repairs in your maintenance log.

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Outboard motor history Most people give Ole Evinrude credit for the first outboard motor until the 1940s when Carl Kiekhaefer claimed Cameron Waterman invented one several years before Evinrude. But Evinrude’s model caught on and is still being produced today. Evinrude started in 1907 and its competition from then till the 1940s were Waterwitch, Lockwood and Johnson. Evinrude eventually purchased Johnson and later formed O.M.C. (Outboard Marine Corporation). Mercury outboards came along in the late 1930s when he bought out a bunch of catalog order outboards which weren’t selling. He re-worked and sold them and the rest is history. In the late ’40s O.M.C. made Sea-King outboards for Montgomery Wards and also Buccaneer outboards for hardware stores. Mercury followed with Wizard Outboards which was sold by a now defunct auto parts store. Scott-Attwater threw its hat in the ring for awhile. During the ’50s and ’60s there was a horsepower race between O.M.C. and Mercury. O.M.C. had a V-4 that was called the Fat Fifty by Mercury. Mercury seemed to have the edge with their in-line 4-cylinder Mark 58. It was lighter and more economical. O.M.C. came out with a 75 H.P. V-4. Mercury countered in 1958 with an in-line 75 H.P. six cylinder called the Mark 78. To demonstrate how powerful they were Kiekhaefer put two on a 20’ runabout and set the world’s record pulling 20 water waterskiers. I was one of the skiers, and it was quite an experience. It was about the time that chain saw maker McCullough entered the outboard business. They sold motors to Sears, who marketed them under the Elgin name. Suzuki came on the scene with a unique fuel mixing system that mixed oil and gas at the engine, this caught on with the boating public. Yamaha came on the scene and as you know has been very successful. The four-stroke era came about just as O.M.C. went out of

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Spring is like a split personality April is a month I like to call a Jekyll and Hyde month. For the most part, the weather this month is mostly tranquil and serene. In fact, it is the driest month of the year in north Georgia. We have abundant sunshine, the plants and trees are still in bloom, and temperatures continue to warm. However, things can frequently turn ugly in a heartbeat. I remember back in 1987 when temperatures were warming and we were on a fast track to warmer spring weather. Then I noticed this huge area of cold arctic high pressure barreling out of Canada. At the same time, there was a stalled out cold front in the Gulf of Mexico. A low pressure area was forming along the front. It looked like a typical winter storm scenario. As new computer model data continued to stream in, it was now apparent the moisture and the cold were about to meet up at the same time, and right over Georgia. Even though we were well into the 70s, I had to make a prediction. Within 48 hours, we had 4-6 inches of snow from the mountains in to the northern suburbs of Atlanta. Two days later, we were back in the 70s! The latest I believe it ever snowed in our area was April 25 when 1.5 inches fell in 1910, also the heaviest for the month, and the latest-ever freeze. While April can be very pleasant, and

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LAKE LANIER WATER LEVELS AUG 1 1071.93 2 1071.86 3 1071.90 4 1071.95 5 1071.87 6 1071.82 7 1072.41 8 1072.58 9 1072.45 10 1072.56 11 1072.78 12 1072.78 13 1072.77 14 1072.62 15 1072.48 16 1072.37 17 1072.44 18 1072.63 19 1073.22 20 1073.38 21 1073.44 22 1073.53 23 1073.41 24 1073.55 25 1073.63 26 1073.38 27 1073.11 28 1072.92 29 1072.67 30 1072.48 31 1072.61 AV 1072.69 MAX 1073.63 MI 1071.82

SEP 1072.67 1072.74 1072.65 1072.45 1072.26 1072.05 1072.09 1072.15 1072.08 1071.95 1071.83 1071.74 1071.67 1071.70 1071.72 1071.66 1071.59 1071.54 1071.49 1071.44 1071.60 1071.66 1071.62 1071.59 1071.69 1071.66 1071.61 1071.63 1071.64 1071.61 1071.86 1072.74 1071.44

OCT 1071.60 1071.53 1071.50 1071.44 1071.47 1071.62 1071.68 1071.66 1071.60 1071.54 1071.47 1071.50 1071.54 1071.49 1071.40 1071.36 1071.37 1071.34 1071.37 1071.39 1071.34 1071.28 1071.21 1071.14 1071.08 1071.09 1071.11 1071.07 1071.05 1070.98 1070.94 1071.36 1071.68 1070.94

NOV 1070.92 1070.95 1070.97 1070.94 1070.90 1070.84 1070.82 1070.78 1070.78 1070.79 1070.76 1070.69 1070.64 1070.59 1070.54 1070.57 1070.61 1070.60 1070.59 1070.54 1070.50 1070.45 1070.45 1070.49 1070.46 1071.04 1071.31 1071.29 1071.31 1071.34

DEC 1071.36 1071.34 1071.28 1071.14 1071.02 1071.10 1071.35 1071.50 1072.02 1072.18 1071.96 1071.91 1071.74 1072.02 1072.14 1071.96 1071.74 1071.55 1071.34 1071.12 1071.17 1072.20 1072.93 1072.98 1072.94 1072.70 1072.48 1072.68 1072.69 1072.45 1072.24 1070.78 1071.91 1071.34 1072.98 1070.45 1071.02

JAN 1071.95 1071.70 1071.41 1071.28 1071.17 1070.99 1070.86 1070.73 1070.61 1070.59 1071.17 1071.43 1071.44 1071.30 1071.19 1071.09 1070.92 1071.02 1071.09 1070.03 1070.97 1070.94 1070.87 1070.80 1070.87 1070.94 1070.91 1070.94 1071.91 1070.86 1070.87 1071.09 1071.95 1070.59

FEB 1070.92 1071.00 1071.03 1071.04 1070.99 1070.96 1070.89 1070.96 1071.03 1070.04 1071.16 1071.30 1071.19 1071.11 1071.22 1071.32 1071.26 1071.25 1071.15 1071.04 1071.07 1071.20 1071.28 1071.16 1071.00 1070.79 1070.60 1070.43

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MAR 1070.46 1070.52 1070.52 1070.48 1070.43 1070.43 1070.41 1070.47 1070.51 1070.48 1070.44 1070.45 1070.35 1070.31 1070.38 1070.67 1070.83 1070.89 1070.85 1070.84 1070.85 1070.92 1070.99 1070.99 1070.90

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Another great sailing season comes to an end Bob and Carolyn Wilson, aboard Sea Island Girl, continue Lakeside's long running series of cruising adventures which began in the mid-1990s. To date we've had the Johnston family, Jean and Bill Bayman, and Mechelle and Bill Cooksey all contribute to the series. Bob and Carolyn boated on Lake Lanier until leaving for their adventure in 2002. For those of you who suffered through the miseries of snow, cold weather and power outages it would seem logical that reading about blue skies, white sand beaches and 80 degree temperatures could become a little frustrating, yet this winter was one of the best cruising seasons we have experienced. But, despite all the rhetoric, we now realize that everything must come to an end. Being perfectly honest, there were a lot of things back home we missed. Kroger and Publix would probably rank the top of our list, and having a car would be second. Don’t get me wrong, there was a good grocery store, but the prices were substantially higher. The brand name goods were even higher. One can justify some increase in costs because there are no taxes, and everything

much larger boats have standard refrigerator/freezers, dishwashers and washer/dryer combinations. I Bob & have explained to her that it only Carolyn takes a million dollars or so to Wilson have all of those conveniences, and that usually ends the converCruising sation. Wilsons What else have we missed? Chinese food, Wendy’s and has to be shipped in with custom Trader Joe’s, along with our duties added. But having few op- neighborhood WalMart, CVS and Home Depot. I have missed my tions, we would either pay the art classes, and Carolyn has price, or do without. Rental cars were available for missed her students at Dunwoody twice the usual price, while gaso- Prep. We have missed getting together with our neighbors, and line was just over $6 a gallon. Taxi rates were high so we tended having our friends and family to walk the three miles to the gro- close-by to enjoy a cookout or cery then hail a taxi for the return celebrate a special occasion. What haven’t we missed you trip to preserve the refrigerated might ask? It would have to be items. the traffic congestion, the sirens, Thanks to one or two of our boating friends, we enjoyed a lot the violence, the air and noise pollution; or, the rush to go everyof fresh fish. Tuna, Grouper, Wahoo and lobster were plentiful where and the urgency with this year and it was always a spe- which everything needed to be done. cial treat whenever they shared Now that another cruising seatheir catch. As for Carolyn, she would al- son has ended, we find ourselves back home trying to catch up on a most nightly exclaim, “I sure do few projects around the house. miss my dishwasher!” That is Sea Island Girl has been tucked something that wasn’t available away for the summer and Carolyn when we bought our trawler, however, some of our friends with is delighted to have a dishwasher

Spectacular sunrises and sunsets are commonplace when cruising.

once again. It’s a bit cooler here than in the Bahamas and the flowers will be blooming soon. But there are some things missing. Long gone are the glorious sunrises that we woke up to each morning and the billowing clouds being outlined by an orange, setting sun. We have discovered that the neighborhood pool is no replacement for the miles of sandy beaches that we roamed in search of sea glass or colorful shells. Unfortunately the smell of bougainvillaea or the swaying of palm trees festooned with coconuts has quickly become a fading memory. The single traffic light on Great Abaco and the two lane roads replete with potholes have

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New COO named at LLIR By Pamela A. Keene Lake Lanier Islands Resort has a new chief operating officer. Bradley Anderholm has joined the executive leadership team, Anderholm bringing more than 30 years of experience in the travel and hospitality arena. Anderholm will oversee operations at the resort, including accommodations, dining, recreation and event venues. “As a company, we have always been devoted to not only growing our influence as a major travel and leisure destination in the Southeast, but also to growing our unique offerings year after year,” said LLIR’s Virgil Williams. “Bradley’s depth and breadth of experience in this industry will undoubtedly serve as an asset to the Islands. We are ex-

cited to have such a creative individual bring a new dynamic to our already outstanding executive team. With Bradley’s vision and expertise, we are gearing up for a remarkable season ahead.” Prior to joining the executive team at Lake Lanier Islands, Anderholm served as Food and Beverage Director at Callaway Gardens Resort, as well as Chief Financial Officer and Director of Operations at Buckhead Life Restaurant Group. He also has served on the Board of Trustees for the University of California, and as a board member for the Yosemite Association, Yosemite Fund, Marriott International’s Food and Beverage Advisory Board, Georgia Hospitality and Travel Association, Atlanta Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and the Atlanta Community Food Bank. He has also taught as an adjunct instructor at the Art Institute of Atlanta.

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sells beer, including a variety of drafts that change periodically and wine by the glass and the bottle. Dockside begins its summer hours as the weather warms. Current hours are Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mallory’s Castaways – Starting its third year at Holiday Marina, Mallory’s Castaways serves Asian fish tacos, peeland-eat shrimp, hand-pattied 8ounce burgers, entrée-sized salads, a variety of fresh fish, burgers and sandwiches. All items are prepared on-site, including home-made chicken salad. Castaways serves up live entertainment and karaoke on the weekends. It opens for the season in early April, with hours expanding as the weather warms.

Pelican Pete’s – Port Royale’s floating restaurant, Pelican Pete’s, brings new items to the table, including sweet potato tots, plus new appetizers and sides. The Pete’s signature tri-colored nachos is loaded with chicken strips, lettuce and jalapeno black bean salsa with roasted corn. Pete’s frozen drinks feature fresh fruit bases. Craft beers are offered by the bottle and the newest trend – beer cocktails – will be making their debut at Pelican Pete’s this season. Weekend hours until the season begins are Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. When you’re headed to the lake this season, stop by for dine-in or take-out. Many of the area restaurants also cater, so be sure to “ask your server.”


Summer fun starts early at Islands, with concerts, buffets and special events By Pamela A. Keene Banks & Shane brings their special style of entertainment to Lake Lanier Islands and Sunset Cove on Saturday, April 12. The Full Moon Party from 7 to 11 p.m. will also feature a fireworks show to light up the night. The duo, now celebrating more than 40 years of music, continues to draw record crowds to their concerts. To beef up the celebration, the resort is bringing in roving entertainment, including stilt walkers, jugglers, Calypso girls, steel drummer and fire breathers. The cover charge is $15 per person and starts at 5 p.m. However, the annual Beach Pass at the early-bird price of $40 through the end of April includes all events at Sunset Cove. Other highlights at the resort this spring include the Sunset Cove Sand Series volleyball


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tournament on April 19, starting at 9 a.m., and the three-day InWater Boat Show Friday, April 25, through Sunday, April 28, starting at 10 a.m. each day. New this year, the Sweetwater Shrimpfest is slated for Saturday, May 3. Partnering with Sweetwater Brewery, the resort will showcase 10 local restaurants, music by the Quail Dogs, the Sweetwater Summer Beer Garden, plus a Kids Zone and volleyball games.

This year the resort offers a combination of the popular Seafood Buffet and the Steakhouse Buffet every Friday and Saturday night at Windows in Legacy Lodge. It begins the last weekend in April and will be offered every Friday and Saturday night through August. „ MORE INFO:

Family Season Passes return to Islands with early-bird pricing through April By Pamela A. Keene Family Season Passes for LanierWorld have returned to Lake Lanier Islands for the 2014 season. “The last time we offered family season passes was 2008, so this year we’re bringing them back,” said Bradley Anderholm, the new chief operating officer for Lake Lanier Islands. “We encourage families to come out and spend the season with us and see all we have to offer.” The $199 LanierWorld Season Pass Family Pack includes unlimited access for three family members to all LanierWorld rides and attractions, carnival rides, games, and beach chairs. Gate entry is included. Additional family members may be added for

$60 each. These early-bird prices are available through April 30. The Season Beach Pass for $40 includes all eight Full Moon Parties, plus a number of special events. The pass also includes daily access to the beach. Individual admission to each Full Moon Party is $15. (For gate entry information see Islands Club below). The resort is offering a variety of other packages for guests this season, all with early-bird pricing until the end of April: • The Islands Club – $100 annual fee – includes unlimited club gate fast access, unlimited boat ramp usage, and access to Magical Nights of Lights. A regular one-day gate pass is $10. • The Sunshine Club – $195

annual fee – includes all benefits of Islands Club, access for the club member and one guest to all Full Moon Parties, four single-use buddy passes for daily beach access and unlimited fountain drinks with a refillable souvenir cup. • The Nautical Club – $295 annual fee – includes all benefits of the Sunshine Club, plus four additional buddy passes for daily beach access, $1 off per gallon for marine gas purchases at Harbor Landing, and the ability to reserve a boat slip at Sunset Cove 30 days in advance. Non-members can reserve slips 10 days in advance. „ MORE INFO: 770-945-8787,

In-water boat show set for April 25-27 at LLIR Lake Lanier Islands Resort is holding the largest in-water boat show in Georgia. The event is April 25-27 at LanierWorld. The show will display top-ofthe-line new boats. Some boats will be available for demo by qualified buyers.

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New location, date for LLA’s annual meeting The Lake Lanier Association’s annual meeting is set for Sunday, April 27, 2014. The schedule is as follows: • 4 p.m.-5 p.m. - Elected official/candidate meet and greet • 5 p.m.-6 p.m. - Business meeting • 4 p.m.-6 p.m. - Concurrently running lake-based business expo (if you are a business that would like to participate in the expo, please contact the Lake Lanier Association for details) Location is at the Carriage House Pavilion, Lake Lanier Islands, 7000 Lake Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford. By car, simply park in the Grand Hall parking lot and walk to The Carriage House. By boat, dock at Sunset Cove and walk along the sidewalk around to The Carriage House.

Agenda includes the following: • Meet elected officials and candidates for office for local, state, and federal positions. • Updates from the association on activities over the past year as well as programs and initiatives for the upcoming year. • Keynote Speaker Frank Norton, Jr. will present economic outlooks and real estate market trends around Lake Lanier. • Corps of Engineers Project Manager Tim Rainey will give updates on several Corps initiatives. Light snacks and complimentary soft drinks will be served. There will also be a cash bar available. Non-members may attend and are encouraged to join at the meeting. „ MORE INFO:

Limestone Tri Club gearing up for summer Area residents interested in competing in triathlons and meeting triathletes around Lake Lanier this summer have a new resource to get them at the starting line. A new triathlete club focusing on novice athletes is planning meetings and training sessions through October. The Limestone Tri Club will meet the

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Lake Lanier Sailing Club hosts open house on May 10 By Pamela A. Keene Lake Lanier Sailing Club will host a public open house at its facility off Old Federal Road in Flowery Branch on Saturday, May 10. The free event will highlight the club’s sailing fleets and offer sailboat rides to guests from 2 to 5 p.m. “We just want to promote sailing and all that Lake Lanier Sailing Club has to offer to all members of the family,” said Amy

Walsack Larkin, commodore of the club. “We have programs for youngsters, youth and adults, both racing and cruising events, and this is a great way to find out what’s available on Lanier.” Club members will serve as tour guides at the 20-acre facility that includes a clubhouse, boat docks and launch ramps, dry and in-the-water boat storage, a sandy beach with lake access, and a boat repair yard.

“Guests can come to learn about sailing and about the club, take a boat ride or just pull up a chair and enjoy the view from the point across the lake,” she said. The event will be held rain or shine. Reservations are suggested but not required by calling Larkin at 404-414-4740 or emailing her at „ MORE INFO:

Carefree Boat Club now open at Aqmamarina Lazy Days Carefree Boat Club on Lake Lanier held its ribbon cutting ceremony with members of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce and the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce late last month at its Aquamarina Lazy Days location. The club has 35 affiliates on fresh and salt water, with the main concentration of clubs along the Eastern Seaboard and west to Chicago. Members pay monthly dues – much like a golf membership – and then can reserve boats for up to six hours at a time. The Lanier location offers Manitou Tritoon Pontoon boats and a variety of Chaparral boats, from wakeboarding to cruisers. For more information visit or call 770-361-5501.

Sweep the Hooch volunteers sought at Don Carter State Park By Jane Harrison Paddlers, walkers and waders can volunteer for spring cleaning at Don Carter State Park in the April 12 Sweep the Hooch organized by Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. Riverkeeper and park staff are seeking volunteers to clean up along the shoreline and water at the Lake Lanier park. Paddlers in canoes, kayaks or SUPs will collect debris from sections that cannot be accessed from land. Volunteers must bring their own water craft or rent one from an area outfitter. If paddling solo, a paddler must be at least 15 years old. If paddling tandem, the youth must be at least 10 years old and accompanied by an adult at least 21 years old. Land-based walkers will pick up trash along the shoreline. Waders will collect debris from shallow water areas and banks. Volunteers must provide their own waders. Volunteers can register on line at Public/ap.aspx?EID=20141701

E. The event is scheduled 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The 4th annual Sweep the Hooch traverses about 60 miles and includes 27 sites on the Chattahoochee River. The state park in Hall County is located on a northern portion of the Chattahoochee that forms Lake Lanier. Paddling volunteers are also needed to pick up trash on the river section from Buford Dam Lower Pool to Settles Bridge. Walkers and waders are sought to clean up near Settles Bridge and Bowmans Island (east). For a complete list of Sweep sites, see: sweep-the-hooch.php. Riverkeeper reported that more than 550 volunteers hauled 3.7 tons of refuse from the river last year. The Upper Chattahoochee Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the National Park Service partner with Riverkeeper in the spring ritual.




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Lakeside Calendar April 2014 „ Thru April 3 – “Jerusalem” film screening presented by Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Rd., Atlanta. Admission: Adults, $13; students and seniors, $12; children under 12 years old, $11; museum members, $8. Info: 404-929-6300; „ Thru April 3 – “Jerusalem” film screening presented by Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Rd., Atlanta. Admission: Adults, $13; students and seniors, $12; children under 12 years old, $11; museum members, $8. Info: 404-929-6300; „ April 7 – 12th Annual Dogleg Charity Golf Tournament, Crystal Falls Golf Club in Dawsonville. Registration, lunch, “putting for puppies” starts at 10 a.m., shotgun start, noon, followed by the awards, dinner and auction. Individual fee: $110 includes green fees, cart, lunch, more. Proceeds benefit the Dawson County Humane Society. Info: 706-216-2763 (Terri); „ Thru April 13 – “Orchid Daze: Impressionists,” exhibit held at Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta. Info: 404-876-5859; „ April 18-20, 24-27 – “Twelve Angry Men” presented by Habersham Community Theatre in downtown Clarkesville in the Historic Habersham Theater. Times: 7:30 p.m., evening; 2 p.m., matinees. Admission: $15, adults; $8, children and full-time students. Info: 706-839-1315; „ April 26 – Spring Chicken 2014 Festival from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in downtown Gainesville includes a 5K run at 9 a.m., Chicken City parade at 10:30 a.m., ReHatched Artist Market from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Chicken Cook-off from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., as well as music, Kids Zone and Junk Art Wars Competition.

Info: 770-297-1141; „ April 26 – Flowery Branch Spring Festival, sponsored by BSA Troop 228 and the City of Flowery Branch, held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in downtown Flowery Branch on Railroad Avenue includes arts & crafts, games, food, entertainment, bouncies, blood drive, shopping and music. Free admission & parking. Info: 678825-4228; „ Thru April 26 – “1001 Nights” presented at Center for Puppetry Arts at 1404 Spring St., Atlanta. Times: 10 a.m. and noon Tues.-Thurs.; 10 a.m. and 8 p.m., Fri.; 3 and 8 p.m., Sat.; 2 and 5 p.m., Sun. Admission: $9.25 members; $16.50, non-members. Info: 404-873-3391; „ Thru Aug. 24 – “Whales: Giants of the Deep,” presented at Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Rd., Atlanta. Admission: $18, adults; $17, students and seniors; $16, children ages 3-12. Info: 404-929-6300; Brenau College „ April 10-12 – Faculty Dance Concert held in the Hosch Theatre features senior thesis projects and works by Merce Cunningham and Helen Tamiris. Tickets: $6, adults; seniors, $4. Free for Brenau University students, faculty, staff and children 12 and under. Info: 770-5384764 (Nichole Rawlings). „ May 13-July 3 – President’s Summer Art Series held in Simmons Visual Arts Center in the Sellars Gallery. Exhibition showcases artists Bob White, John Hemmer, Andrew Crawford and Gregory Johnson. Reception held May 13 5:30-7 p.m. „ Thru May 16 – “The Black Mountain

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Continued from Page 34 „ May 18 – Family Day-Cherokee Legend of the Butterfly at Wilshire Trails Park-Butterfly Release, 1 p.m. Info: Piedmont College „ April 10-13 – “Little Shop of Horrors,” performed in Piedmont’s Blackbox theater. Times: 7:30 p.m., Thurs.-Sat.; 2 p.m., Sun. „ April 14 – Art Capstone Exhibit in Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art features the works of graduating seniors. „ April 15 – The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross by Cesar Franck performed in the Piedmont College Chapel by The Piedmont Chorale, Orchestra and soloists. Wallace Hinson, conductor, 7:30 p.m. „ April 24 – The Wind Ensemble presents their final concert of the season, which includes works from a variety of composers and styles, 7:30 p.m. „ April 27 – Faculty Recital by organist James F. Mellichamp, 4 p.m. Info: Quinlan Arts Center „ Thru April 12 – 11th Annual Charles J. Thurmond Scholarship Competition, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Gainesville. „ April 17-June 7 – Spring exhibitions featuring artists: Jay Kemp, Kim Karelson, Mary Ann Klimek, Helene Gardelle, Eleanor Stecker, Pat Burns and Bambi Rogers. Opening reception will be held 5:30-7 p.m., April 17. Info:

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Beach at Don Carter State Park expected to be popular this summer By Jane Harrison Sunbathers could not wait until summer to lay out their towels on sand and dip their toes in the water at Lake Lanier’s newest beach. Hints of spring last month brought winter-weary sun lovers to Don Carter State Park where Park Ranger Will Wagner reported even in the depths of a cold winter, plenty of people sought naturalistic getaways. Folks plodded along the paved 1.5 mile paved multi-use trail, pulled their RVs to lake view campsites, lugged their backpacks to walk-in sites, and stoked the wood stoves in the eight cottages. And, some casting lines from the fishing ramp pulled in bounteous catches, including one angler’s haul of more than 50 crappie, Wagner reported. “The most popular day use feature is the paved trail,” Wagner said, but as the weather warms he expects the sandy beach to be the biggest draw. The large sandy beach overlooks a scenic cove. Steps above the sand, a rock pavilion with an outdoor shower, restrooms with indoor showers and changing areas, picnic tables, grills, swings, benches, and nearby playground await beach-

goers and fun-seekers. Some new programs and activities also await those who head to the park this spring and summer. Many more are planned a bit further down the path. Interpretive programs, kayaking lessons, and possibly a new nature trail are planned in coming months. A new interpretive ranger, Clint Eller, from Cornelia, was expected to join the staff this month, Wagner said. He will compose a program calendar that may include programs about snakes and reptiles, kayaking lessons, and other sessions led by park staff and area naturalists. The park has eight kayaks on hand and plans to offer rentals as soon as a boat house is constructed. Wagner said park officials would eventually like to offer “paddle in” campsites accessible by water. These may be a year in coming. Park goers may not have to wait long to tread on the Huckleberry Point Trail, a 3/4 mile nature trail under construction. The wooded compacted dirt path along the peninsula on the Chattahoochee River may be ready this summer. Those seeking a natural setting

for special events, such as weddings, family reunions, and other celebrations can call on numerous caterers, tent venders, photographers, and event planners to set them up at the park. Wagner reported that dozens of venders, many of whom attended a venders’ fair at the park last month, appear on a “preferred list” of businesses wanting to help host events at the park. He added the park is looking at partnering with various outfitters, including paddling and zip-lining companies, to bring in more activities. Tourists desiring to stay at the PHOTO BY JANE HARRISON park this summer better get their Kelly Woods and Stephen Conklin set up their tent at one of the walkreservations in soon. As of late in campsites at Don Carter State Park. March, cottages were heavily booked June and July. The park’s Don Carter State Park Accommodations & Facilities 44 RV sites “have been incredibly • 8 Cottages ($110-$160) popular,” Wagner said, and will - Cottage #1 is dog friendly ($45 fee per dog, two dog max) likely continue to be so summer - Cottage #3 is ADA through fall. The 12 primitive • 44 RV Campsites ($25-$29) walk-in campsites were “ex• 12 Primitive Walk-in Tent Sites ($15) tremely popular” in the fall and • 4 Picnic Shelters ($45) are expected to fill up in the sum• 38,000-Acre Lake Lanier/10.4 Miles of Shoreline mer. • Fishing – ramps, cleaning station There are still no drive-up • Boating – ramps and docks campsites for tents and pop-ups. • Swimming – large, sandy beach “That’s about 24 months out,” • Hiking/Biking Trails– 1.5-mile paved multi-use, 2-mile hiking Wagner said. When a “car camp• Playgrounds ing” campground is established, it Info:, 678-450-7726, reservations: 800-864-7275 See Carter, page 47

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Outdoor Activity Calendar ee Lake Lanier Olympic Venue Calendar for canoe/kayak and rowing activities. „ ISI Cycling, Gainesville. Group road cycling for all speeds and levels in North Hall area, mountain biking at Chicopee Woods, see „ Brenau Masters Swim Team, Gainesville. Practice and competitive program for masters swimmers of all levels, high school age and older. Mon., Wed. & Thurs. 6-7 a.m. Brenau University Natatorium, Washington/Prior St. $60 month. (770) 534-6279, „ Sunday Kroger Rides, Gainesville. Base pace road bike rides averaging around 40 miles roll out at 1:15 p.m. Sundays from Kroger parking lot on Thompson Bridge Rd. „ First Visit Tour, Helen. Learn more about the park with van tour to covered bridge, Dukes Creek, cottages, 10-11:30 a.m. April 5, Smithgall Woods State Park, 61 Tsalaki Trl. $5 parking., (706) 878-3087. „ Trail Crew Work Day, Gainesville. Bring water, lunch and gloves for trail maintenance work, tools provided, ages 18 and older, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 5, Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Dr. Call to register., 770-535-1976. „ First Saturday Hike, Gainesville. Join Elachee naturalist for a guided hike to see spring wildflowers in Chicopee Woods 10-11:30 a.m. April 5, Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Dr. $5 adults, $3 children 2-12, free to Elachee members and children younger than 3., 770-535-1976. „ Hope 5K, Maysville. 5K on paved and unpaved surfaces, 8:30 a.m. Apr. 5, Hurricane

Shoals Park, 416 Hurricane Shoals Rd. $25. „ Close Encounters of the Bird Kind/That’s Owl Folks, Dawsonville. Alternating shows spotlight Georgia birds that have been rescued; spectators have a chance to learn about and get up close to owls, raptors, and other birds, 1-2 p.m. April 5, 12, 26, Amicalola Falls State Park Lobby, 418 Amicalola Falls State Park Rd. $5 parking., 706-344-1500. „ Stars Over Elachee, Gainesville. View constellations, the moon, planets and stars, 7:309:30 p.m. April 5, Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Dr. Suggested for adults and children age 8 and older. Bring flashlight and pencil. Register in advance, reserve a telescope. $10 adults, $5 children 2-12, free to Elachee members., 770- 5351976. „ Trillium Trek Trail Run, Gainesville. 5K, 10K, half-marathon on Chicopee Woods trails, plus kids’ fun run. Kids’ race 2 p.m., others 2:30 p.m. Apr. 6, Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Dr. 5K $25, 10K $30, half marathon $40, add $5 race day; kids’ race $5., „ Glow the Distance 5K/Fun Run, Jefferson. 1K 8 p.m., 5K 8:30 p.m. Apr. 11, Jefferson Middle School, 110 Hoschton Rd. $30. „ YMCA Family 5K, Gainesville. 8 a.m. Apr. 12, JA Walters YMCA, 2455 Howard Rd. $25 early, $30 late. „ Redneck Race & Doo-athlon, Dawsonville. 5K run, 40-yard Fat Man Dash, and duathlon with 15.47 mile ride; duathlon 8 a.m., 5K 8:15 a.m. Apr. 12. Silver City Baptist Church, 6170 Jewell Bennett Rd. 5K $35, duathlon $25, Fat Man $5., „ Sweep the Hooch, Gainesville. Chatta-

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about energy saving technology and building techniques, go geo-caching, find out how to attract butterflies and pollinators, and tour Elachee in Open House for Nature Preschool, April 19. Family Earth Day Service Project 9 a.m.-noon, other activities noon-3 p.m., Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Dr. 770-535-1976. „ Wilderness First Aid, Helen. Instruction on rendering first aid in a remote area, led by retired National Park Service ranger/paramedic, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Apr. 19, Smithgall Woods State Park, 61 Tsalaki Trl. $5 parking., (706) 878-3087. „ Wildflower Walk, Blairsville. Guided hike to see jack-in-the-pulpits, trilliums, wild azaleas, and more, Apr. 19, Vogel State Park, 405 Vogel State Park Rd. $3, plus $5 parking., (706) 745-2628. „ Riverside Military Academy Hula Hustle, Gainesville. Run Riverside campus between castle walls and on trails to Lake Lanier in Hawaiian themed clothing, 9 a.m. Apr. 19, 2001 Riverside Dr. 5K $25, fun run $10., „ Fort Yargo Easter Egg Hunt, Winder. Search for eggs on new bike trail, meet at multipurpose courts 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Apr. 19, Fort Yargo State Park, 210 S. Broad St. $5, plus $5, (770) 867-3489. „ Kenny Stewart 5K/10K, Dawsonville. 8 a.m. Apr. 19, Rock Creek Park, 455 Martin Rd. 5K $20, 10K $30 early, $25/$35 race day., „ Limestone Tri Club, Gainesville. Club for triathletes of all levels, 6:15 p.m. April 21, Limestone Place, 2480 Limestone Pkwy., 770532-2453, Ext. 1.

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Lakeside restaurant ‘attacked’ by Wolverines It takes lots of lasagna to replace 3,000 calories for each University of Michigan rower

Shore Lines From the fascinating to the remarkable, Lake Lanier harbors many personalities and places along its shores. Lakeside presents “Shore Lines” – stories about people who live, work and play around the lake and the places that make the area special. By Jane Harrison ony Jonovitch took some deep breaths, inhaling the aroma of his labors and perhaps calming his nerves a bit as he waited for the blue wave to hit his Lake Lanier restaurant. A hungry pack of Wolverines was about to strike Skogie’s Lakeside and the restaurateur knew they eat a lot. “I’m anxious … I want them to get here and enjoy it,” said Jonovitch moments before the 69member University of Michigan men’s rowing crew politely stormed in for dinner. Ten lasagnas, mounds of salad, multiple triangles of garlic toast, and seven sheets of yellow cake awaited the ravenous rowers. The Skogie’s team had toiled extra hours, hauling in 50 pounds of tomatoes, 90 pounds of meat and bunches of fresh herbs, to produce a dinner worthy of the six-time national champions. A small scouting party of coaches arrived first. “I’ve been counting down the days to come back to Skogie’s,” remarked Lucas Neugebauer, a freshman coach who chowed down at the Gainesville Marina restaurant last year. Head Coach Gregg Hartsuff had confidence Jonovitch could


replenish an estimated 3,000 calories each crew member burned off in two workouts on Lake Lanier. Hartsuff met the 29-year restaurateur during a previous spring break practice when the Michigan crew migrated from their frozen waters to train on the Georgia lake. Several years ago, Jonovitch began making box lunches and hosting dinners for collegiate rowers whose spring break regimen is “eat, sleep and train.” More than a thousand of them travel down each spring to Gainesville, lured by the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue, Lake Lanier Rowing Club, and warm southern hospitality. They bed down at area hotels, dine locally, play water polo at the Francis Meadows Aquatic Center, and workout on the water and ergometers at the boathouse. About 400 college and high school athletes per week set oars in Lake Lanier in mid-March. Some planned to test their mettle at the John Hunter and Lanier Sprints regattas, expected to attract 3,000 athletes and spectators to LLOV March 29-30. The rowers’ migration is “a great boost for business,” Jonovitch said, especially for a lakeside restaurant at a slow time


Heather Jonovitch places garlic toast in trays, above, and Tony Jonovitch puts the finishing touches on a salad prior to serving the University of Michigan's men's rowing crew at Skogie's.

of the year. Hartsuff made arrangements with Jonovitch for his crew to eat three dinners at Skogie’s during their March 1-10 stay. He needed all-you-can eat meals and he warned his host, “they eat a lot.” “He told me what he wanted and I told him I’d double the food for all your guys,” Jonovitch said. There were other particulars: some meals had to be gluten free and/or vegetarian. Jonovitch tapped his diverse culinary experience to compose menus somewhat different from Skogie’s traditional seafood fare. After the Monday lasagna dinner, he planned a Wednesday table featuring baked ham, mashed potatoes and green beans, followed by a Friday farewell with grilled grouper and baked potatoes. For each meal, he prepared a vegetarian option, like baked ziti. After selecting tomatoes, herbs and fresh produce at Lanier Produce in Oakwood, Jonovitch and kitchen manager Travis Clanton began building lasagnas with “made from scratch” marinara base. They began preparations for the Monday barrage on the Saturday before. About a half hour before the crew arrived, Tony Jonovitch’s wife and restaurant partner, Heather, had finished slicing and dicing tomatoes, red onions and cucumbers and mixed them with black olives, romaine and leaf lettuce. She recalled the Wolverines’ last visit. “They ate like they had


Michigan rowers dish up lasagna, salad, and garlic toast at a team dinner at Skogie's.

never seen food in their lives … even the girls, the little coxswains,” she said. “They just burn so many calories rowing all day.” She added her husband knows how to cater to athletes. “He’s so good … he knows how much to make.” At about 6:20 p.m., 10 minutes before the anticipated arrival, Jonovitch set out pans of lasagna, monster bowls of salad, and plates of garlic toast. The dinner steamed in front of the indoor dining room and on the outdoor deck, warmed by gas heaters. Gluten free and vegetarian options waited in the kitchen. The coaches were still savoring their first bite rites, when the team vans rolled in. Tall, muscular college men wearing Michigan blue filed in, along with a coterie of petite young women coxswains, who don’t actually row but whose eyes and directions are key to guiding a racing shell. “Oh, it smells so good!” exclaimed senior Philippe Kirschen, in line for his first of three helpings. “We had a tough workout today.” Despite the hunger pangs, the feeding frenzy was mannerly. Rowers politely waited their turn, complimented the chef and staff, and stuffed their mouths rather quietly. Some returned to line still forking in what remained on their plate. Jonovitch replenished buffet tables with pan after pan of steaming lasagna. Server Marsha

Wolff topped off iced tea and water glasses. “I’ve been looking forward to this since last year,” said junior Brandon Gregg. He added the food, atmosphere on the lake, and friendliness at Skogie’s were what he’d been craving. “The food is really good,” said junior Hayden Sonnier, as other teammates exclaimed “That’s a massive piece!” “A masterpiece!” “That’s excellent!” Coxswains waiting in line giggled when asked if they could match their teammates’ gastronomic capacity. “We race up here just as fast as they do … if we get here any later, there won’t be anything left,” said junior Swanti Sudarsan. (There was plenty for all). Coach Hartsuff foresaw satisfaction all around and brought Jonovitch autographed posters of his national champion crew. He also predicted the crew’s mouths would be watering later that week when they rowed past the restaurant in their 15-mile “Skogie’s row.” It makes a tough training session almost cruel, as rowers stroke by their favorite dining spot without dropping in. “We tell them, ‘that’s where we’re eating tomorrow,” Hartsuff chuckled. That stokes the momentum to row steady toward the next day’s reward. The Michigan crew will be back in Gainesville to defend their national title at the ACRA championship regatta May 23-25 at LLOV.

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Continued from Page 45 „ Lake Lanier Dog Obedience Class, Gainesville. Seven week basic and advanced classes for puppies 12-weeks to mature dogs, Mondays Apr. 21-June 2, basic 6:30 p.m., advanced 7:30 p.m., Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center, 1855 Calvary Church Rd. $125. Regiser by phone: 770-967-6604, 770536-0419, or 770-534-3205. „ Bullriding Event, Gainesville. Apr. 2526, Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center, 1855 Calvary Church Rd. Advance tickets $12, gate $15, children $10. 770-531-6855. „ Spring Chicken Festival, Gainesville. Parade, 5K run, art market, chicken cook-off, live entertainment, kids’ zone, quilt show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Apr. 26, Downtown Gainesville. $5 “cluck buck” good for 10 cook-off samples., 770-531-1102. „ Spring Chicken Festival 5K, Gainesville. 9 a.m. Apr. 26, Re-Cess Restaurant, 118 Bradford St. NW. $30 early, $35 race day; $20/$25 no shirt option. Entrants get free admission to Spring Chicken Festival and cook-off discounts.,, 770-533-1128. „ FBES Tribal Run, Flowery Branch. Fun run 8 a.m., 5K 8:30 a.m. Apr. 26, West Hall High School, 5500 McEver Rd. „ Run for a Reason 5K, Flowery Branch. 8 a.m. Apr. 26, Flowery Branch High School, 6603 Spout Springs Rd. $20 by April 20, $25 after. „ Muddy Duck Dash, Dahlonega. 3.5 mile obstacle/trail challenge, start waves every five minutes beginning at 8 a.m. Apr. 26,

Continued from page 44 University of North Georgia Gainesville Campus, 3820 Mundy Mill Rd. $40-$45, Little Duck Dash $20. „ Twilight Criterium, Athens. Bicycle races, 5K run, music, food, kids’ activities and more, Apr. 25-26, Downtown Athens. „ Gone Riding Mountain Bike Event, Winder. Southeastern Regional Championship with cash awards and prizes, all ages, skill levels, Apr. 27, Fort Yargo State Park, 210 S. Broad St. Entry fee, plus $5 parking., 352-873-9279. „ Bark in the Park, Gainesville. Fun contests for dogs of all sizes, 2-4 p.m. April 27, Midtown Greenway, 682 Grove St. Free. „ Bartram’s Palette and Pen, Helen. Visit with artists and writers “at work in the woods,” 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Apr. 27, Smithgall Woods State Park, 61 Tsalaki Trl. $5 parking., 706-878-3087. „ Sawnee-Burnt Mountain Century Challenge, Cumming. 25, 46, 75 and 100 mile bicycle rides, 75-100 miles (for experienced cyclists only) 8 a.m., 25-46 8:30 a.m. May 3, Cumming Kiwanis Building, 417 Pilgrim Mill Rd. $25 through Apr. 24, $35 after, $10 for t-shirt., „ Forsyth Century Challenge, Cumming. 17, 32, 67 and 100 mile bicycle rides with SAG stops, music and more, 8 a.m. May 4, West Forsyth High School, 4155 Drew Rd. $40-$45. - Compiled by Jane Harrison

will include a group campground for scouts, church organizations, and other groups of 40 to 50 people. The park ranger projected other plans for expanding park trails are still “pretty far down the pike.” These include 12-15 miles of horseback riding trails, a 2-mile Dog Creek Trail, and a 6-8 mile backcountry trail. The Dog Creek Trail will explore the coves and waterfowl habitats leading to a shoaling, picturesque section of the Upper Chattahoochee. The scenic backcountry trail will traverse hardwood forest along

the shoreline and ridge line. Though these projects are months or even years away, the new park seems to have attracted a following with the amenities it now has. Even in January the cottages were full on weekends, Wagner said. This summer, guests can greet the day with a view of Lake Lanier, power walk on a trail, cool off with a dip at the beach, catch lunch at the fishing ramp, launch their boat for a cruise on Lake Lanier and maybe make it back for a wildlife program. What a day at the park!

A group picnics at Don Carter State Park the first week of spring, above, while teenagers play in the sand and wade into the lake at the park’s beach.



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SWIMMING Swim Lessons/ Aquatics Programs Frances Meadows Aquatics and Community Center • Location: 1545 Community Way, Gainesville. • Information/registration: (770) 533-5850, • Lessons/Cost: Swimming and water safety program for all ages and levels, age 6 months to masters, basic aquatics safety to skill proficiency for competitive swimmers. Four 30-minute group lessons available at various times/dates through Aug. 8. City resident $45, non-resident $60. Lifeguard training available. • Splash Aquatic Club: Competitive swimming groups for Rookie (age 4) through Masters (age 18 and older to improve fitness, develop better technique, or train for competition. Gainesville/Hall residents $30-$60, non residents $40-$80. Cumming Aquatic Center

Boating Safety • Course: Conducted by Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division with test for boater education and PWC certification • Minimum age: 12 • When/where: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Apr. 19, Sunrise Cove (Hall). Other courses offered monthly in Towns, Rabun, Union, and Hart counties. Call for information. • Information/registration: Free. Must call to pre-register, class is limited to 30 participants. (770) 535-5499. Boat Safety Course • Course: Conducted by DNR or U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary with test for boater education and PWC certification. • When/where: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Apr. 26, Gainesville Marina, 2145 Dawsonville, Hwy., Gainesville. • Cost: To be determined. • Information/registration: Must call to pre-register, speak with CJ: 770-536-2171. Basics of Boating - America's Boating Course • Course: NASBLA certified basic boater safety program NASBLA certified basic boater safety program covering boat handing, safety equipment & procedures, navigation, boat types & terminology with exam for certification. • Instructors: Atlanta Sail and Power Squadron • When: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Apr. 26, June 7 • Where: Lake Lanier U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Project Management Office, 1050 Buford Dam Rd., Buford. • Cost: $35, families may share book. Add’l family members sharing book, $15 each • Information/registration:; Other Boater Education Opportunities (Certification exam not included) • Ladies & Boating: Introduction to boating for ladies only, includes boating trip on lake and instruction in driving, docking, “rules of the road.” 9 a.m.-noon May 10, Gainesville Marina, 2145 Dawsonville, Hwy., Gainesville. Register in advance by calling CJ: 770-536-2171. • Professional Tutoring: On-line or in person tutoring designed to prepare individuals for exams required for certification and licensure for maritime jobs by instructor Steve Johnson, retired US Coast Guard, experienced ship navigator, deck officer, and USCG license instructor for Sea School.,, (770) 312-0989. • Advanced Boating Seminar in piloting, marine communications, and other boating skills offered Apr. 12 at West Marine by the Atlanta Sail and Power Squadron. Information: Vessel Safety Checks • U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary certified Vessel Examiners perform safety inspections on recreational boats, personal watercraft and paddle sport vessels. Free. When/Where: All inspections 9 a.m.-noon unless otherwise noted: Apr. 17 Bass Pro Shop (Gwinnett), Apr.19 Balus Park (Hall), Apr. 21 DNR Office (Hall) Information:, • Drop in vessel safety check: Drive up to fuel dock, get a free safety check May 1618, Bald Ridge Marina, 1850 Bald Ridge Marina Rd., Cumming. 770-887-5309. • Atlanta Sail and Power Squadron offers vessel safety check-ups by appointment. Information:

• Location: 201 Aquatic Circle, Cumming • Information/registration: (770) 781-1781 (register online) • Lessons/cost: Swimming and water safety program ranges from toddler-age in Parent Child Aquatics Program to teens and adults in Learn to Swim and Adult Aquatics Program. Private or semi-private lessons available. Fees and schedules vary. Competitive swimming and diving programs, Masters Swim Team also available. Lifeguard certification offered. Brenau University • Location: Brenau Fitness Center, 500 Washington St., SE, Gainesville • Information/registration:, Blaire Bachman, (770) 534-6279, • Lessons/Cost: Custom private swim lessons for all ages and abilities. Four 30-min. lessons $100; advanced level-four 1-hr. lessons $150. Brenau Masters Swim Team offers practice and competitive program for swimmers of all levels, high school age and older. $60/month. University of North Georgia Gainesville Campus • Location: 3820 Mundy Mill Rd., Oakwood • Information/registration: index.php, (678) 717-3605 • Swim lessons: For ages 3 (must be potty trained) and older range from introduction to water skills to swimming and skill proficiency. Summer dates to be announced. Check website in April. Georgia Mountain YMCA • Location: 2455 Howard Rd., Gainesville • Information/registration: 770-297-9622 • Swim program: Lessons for all ages and levels, parent-child swim, Masters Swim Program, water fitness, water safety, life guard certification. Fees and times vary. Boaters born after Jan. 1, 1998 must take Boater Ed class The boater education law passed last year by the Georgia General Assembly requires that beginning July 1, 2014, any person born after Jan. 1, 1998 must complete a boater education course approved by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources before he or she may legally operate a motorized vessel (this includes personal water craft) on Georgia state waters. A person is exempt from the mandatory education requirement if he or she is licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard as a master of a vessel or operates on a private lake or pond or is a non-resident with proof that he or she has completed a nationally approved boater education course or equivalency exam in another state. Persons younger than 12 may not legally operate a personal water craft. Youngsters age 12 to 15 may legally operate a PWC only if the have passed a DNR-approved boating safety class or are accompanied by a competent adult (age 18 or older who is not under the influence of alcohol or drugs and who is carrying proper identification such as a driver's license or government issued identification with a description of the person, photograph and date of birth).

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Lake Lanier Marinas Info AQUALAND MARINA Hours of operation: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 7 days a week Phone: 770-967-6811 Website: Location: 6800 Lights Ferry Rd., Flowery Branch Types of slips available: Houseboats, covered cruisers, & all types of open slips plus covered & open dry slips, totaling 1,725 wet docks and 460 dry docks Store: Yes Store/Dock hours: Dock open 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 6 days a week; Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Types of fuel: Non-ethanol, 90 octane Price of fuel: (as of 3/23/14) $4.99 On-site eatery: Dockside Grill Take-out menu: Sandwiches Restaurant description: Casual Menu: Famous “Docker Burger,” sandwiches, salads & seafood grilled & fried. Phone: 770-363-2318 Security: 24/7, gated Additional amenities: Self service work yard with deep draft well & marine travel lift, houseboat launching ramp, pump-out station, bathhouses with showers, laundry facilities, wet slips with private gated parking. Sales of new boats by Coast to Coast Yacht Sales, brokerage services by Marine Max, rental boats & cabins by Lanier Aqua Rentals. AQUAMARINA LAZY DAYS Hours of operation: Office/Dock, 9am - 5pm, 7 days a week Phone: 770-945-1991 Website: Location: 6700 Lanier Islands Pkwy, Buford Types of slips available: Concrete Wet Slips from 50 125 foot covered & 100 foot open slips; 554 covered dry stack spaces up to 36 feet Types of fuel: 90 Non-ethanol marine fuel treated with ValvTect; diesel Price of fuel: (as of 3/23/14) $4.99 non-ethanol; $4.39 diesel Security: 24/7 surveillance monitoring Full Service Department: Barefoot Boating, 770-8205949 Boat Club: Carefree Boat Club, 770-361-5501 Additional Amenities: Free pump out for customers, trailer storage, dock carts, ice available, boat detailing service; Dry Stack - smartphone app to control launch/retrieval of boat, Pre-Fueling service, wash racks; Wet Slips - gated/private parking, golf cart valet service, inslip pump out, weekend newspaper delivery BALD RIDGE MARINA Hours of operation: Office, Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., marina has 24/7 access. Phone: 770-887-5309 Website: Location: 1850 Bald Ridge Marina Rd., Cumming Types of slips available: Covered & uncovered. Store: Sandwich shop; some boating supplies Store hours: Seasonal Types of fuel: 90 Non-ethanol; diesel Price of fuel: (as of 3/23/14) $4.99; $4.59 diesel (Dock open 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon., Wed. & Fri.; 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. & Sun.; Closed Tues. & Thurs.) On-site eatery: Dockside Sandwich Company

Eatery hours: 11-6 M-F and 10-6 Sat/Sun - Seasonal Menu: Grilled & cold sandwiches, snack foods, drinks Restaurant description: Casual Phone: 770-889-5177 Security: 24/7 security, gated Additional amenities: Full-service department, parts department, boat body work, yacht repair & Marine Max Stovall sales dock. Boating supplies/commissary/dry goods/retail clothing items. GAINESVILLE MARINA Hours of operation: Office, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 7 days a week Phone: 770-536-2171 Website: Location: 2145 Dawsonville Hwy., Gainesville Types of slips available: 600 slips, dry stack covered up to 25', wet covered & uncovered up to 80'. Types of fuel: 90 recreational, non-ethanol Price of fuel: (as of 3/23/14) $4.89 (Dock open 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 7 days a week; Pay-at-the-Pump, 9 a.m.- ‘til dusk) On-site eatery: Skogies Menu: Barbecue, seafood and American fare. Phone: 678-450-1310 Security: 7 days a week Additional amenities: Parts department, land service shop, recreational room, bath house, pumpout station. Sales of new, used and brokerage boats. Bennington Pontoon Boats, Four Winns Deck/Sport Boats and Yamaha Outboards. HABERSHAM MARINA Hours of operation: Office/Store, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 7 days a week Phone: 770-887-5432 Website: Location: 2200 Habersham Marina Rd., Cumming Types of slips available: 650 slips for dry storage up to 27’ Store: Yes Types of fuel: 90 Recreational fuel, non-ethanol Price of fuel: (as of 3/23/14) $ 4.68 (Dock open 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 7 days a week) Security: Yes Additional amenities: Repair services, detailing and bottom cleaning. Also bathroom and shower facilities are available. HIDEAWAY BAY MARINA Hours of operation: Office: 8:30 a.m5:30 p.m., 7 days; Marina: 24/7 Phone: 770-967-5500 Website: Location: 6334 Mitchell St., Flowery Branch Types of slips available: Wet (510) Dry (150) Showroom: Atlanta Marine Store/Gas Dock hours: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., 7 days a week Types of Fuel: 90 octane, non-ethanol Price of fuel: (as of 3/23/14) $4.58 On-site eatery: Fish Tales Security: 24/7 manned security Additional amenities: Restaurant-Seasonal, complete boat/motor repair, new bathhouse w/ locked showers and AC, laundry, pump out, trailer storage.

HOLIDAY MARINA Hours of operation:Office/Store/Dock, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., 7 days a week Phone: 770-945-7201 Website: Location: 6900 Holiday Rd., Buford Types of slips available: 22-100' Uncovered including 80, 90, and 100' Breakwater Slips; 26-85' Covered Slips totalling 1238 Slips Store: Yes; Convenience items and basic boating supplies. Types of fuel: Premium, unleaded & diesel, non-ethanol Price of fuel: (as of 3/23/14): $4.99 premium; $4.99 unleaded; $4.49 diesel (5 percent discount with Westrec advantage membership) On-site eatery: Castaways Seafood Bar & Grill Menu: Fish, chicken and burger baskets Phone: 678 765-0424 Security: 24/7 Additional amenities: Boat rentals, repair service, pumpout station, boat sales, TowBoat US LANIER HARBOR MARINA Lanier Harbor Marina has permanently closed effective 2/4/14. PORT ROYALE MARINA Hours of operation: Office, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 7 days a week Phone: 770-887-5715 Website: Location: 8800 Port Royale Dr., Gainesville Types of slips available: Uncovered, 20' to 80'; covered, 24' to 80' totaling 514 slips & dry stack storage (470) for up to 39'. Store/Dock hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 7 days a week Store: Service Store & Ship Store Types of fuel: 90-octane Price of fuel: (as of 3/23/14) $4.84 On-site eatery: Pelican Pete's Bar and Grill Security: Gated, 24/7 Additional amenities: Climate controlled bath house with showers, 24/7 self-service pump out, rental boats, Courtesy dock for dry stack, two ship stores, full-service center, largest floating gas dock in Ga., 16 gas pumps. SUNRISE COVE MARINA Hours of operation: Office/Store/Dock, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Wed.-Mon.; Closed Tues. Phone: 770-536-8599 Website: Location: 5725 Flat Creek Rd., Gainesville Types of slips available: Uncovered-20-70'; Covered24-50'; to include an exclusive 44' Sailboat Breakwater Dock. Total Wet Slips 688 and nine (9) Dry Storage Spaces (boats on trailer). Store: Yes Types of fuel: 90 recreational, non-ethanol Price of fuel: (as of 3/23/14) $4.95 with 5 percent off with Westrec Advantage Membership Security: 24/7 Additional amenities: Club House, bath house, laundry facility and pump-out open 24/7.

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Lakeside’s Dining Guide Lakeview Dining Big Creek Tavern – lunch, dinner seven days a week; breakfast at 11:30 a.m. on Sundays. Open year around. Featuring the “Best” Angus Beef, a step up from old-fashioned American food. Billiards, video games, beer, wine, liquor. Mon. Thurss, 11:30 a.m. to midnight, Fri. and Sat. from 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Sun. from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. 8050 Big Creek Rd., Buford. B3, 678-482-1662. Bullfrogs Bar & Grille – Located at Legacy Lodge & Conference Center at Lake Lanier Islands Resort. Open for lunch and dinner daily. Dine poolside or indoors. Selections include salads, sandwiches, entrees, desserts and a variety of drink options from full-service bar. Guests may arrive by boat or car. Buford. B-3, 770-9458787. Dockside Grill Café – Offering full lake views of Lanier in a casual outdoor café setting. Featuring the famous Docker burger, sandwiches including grouper, tuna and mahi. Spring hours Fri -Sun, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aqualand Marina, Flowery Branch. C-3, 770-363-2318. Dockside Sandwich Company – Offering sandwiches, lahvosh, salads, chips and snacks. Baldridge Marina, Cumming. Seasonal. 770889-2185. Fish Tales Lakeside Grille – Casual lakeside dining featuring grouper fingers, signature salads and much more. Full service indoor and outdoor bar with live music. Sun. - Thur., 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri./Sat., 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Hideaway Bay Marina. C-3, 770-967-3775. Mallory’s Castaways – Holiday Marina. Offering fish, chicken and burger baskets; hand-cut potato chips with special toppings; casual dining. Full bar service, tropical and frozen drinks. Live entertainment and karaoke on the weekends. Call for hours. C-3 678 765-0424. Seasonal. Pelican Pete’s – Picturesque dining right on the water at Port Royale in an open-air thatched-roof building. Selection of sandwiches, burgers, fish and more. Call for hours. B-2, 770-887-5715 ext 5. Skogies – Made from scratch seafood, BBQ and American fare with a great view served in a laid back pet friendly environment. We serve the best breakfast on Lake Lanier! Menu items include eggs benedict served five ways, Omelettes, shrimp & grits, cathead biscuits & gravy, breakfast sandwiches & more. Call from your boat & they will pick you up. Spring hours: Wed /Thurs 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sat, 9 a.m. to noon (breakfast) and noon to 9 p.m., Sun, 9 a.m. to noon (breakfast) and noon to 5 p.m. Gainesville Marina. C-1 678 450-1310; Sunset Cove Beach Club – An open-air eatery on a quiet stretch of beach near LanierWorld at Lake Lanier Islands Resort. Open for lunch and dinner. Views of the lake during the day or dine under the stars in the glow of firelight from the fireplace. Come by car or by boat. Also at Sunset Cove, Dog and Draft features 12 beers on draft, plus hot dogs, brats and sausage in pretzel buns. Fire and Ice kiosk offers smoked barbecue and burgers. On the Boardwalk, Sunset Cantina serves Tex-Mex food featuring tacos, quesadillas, and burritos; a fusion of food truck food fare and culinary concoctions with our own special flair! By water, Sunset Cove is between buoys 7SC and 5SC. Buford. B-3, 770-945-8787. Windows Restaurant – Located at Legacy Lodge & Conference Center at Lake Lanier Islands Resort and overlooks Lake Lanier. Pro-

vides breakfast buffet and menu options daily, and special dining events every Saturday night throughout the season. Guests may arrive by boat or car. Buford. B-3,, 770-945-8787. American Antebellum – Southern contemporary cuisine including fried catfish with pimento dumplings, grilled wild salmon, thyme roasted pork chop, ribeye with buttermilk mashed potatoes and more. Weekend brunch features biscuits and gravy, ham steak and eggs, buttermilk pancakes, shrimp and grits, and more. Downtown Flowery Branch, C-3, 770-965-8100. Braise – Open for lunch and dinner, Tues.-Sun. Also features fried green tomatoes, BBQ shrimp, oyster po’boys, braised short ribs and pot roast. Dessert for two features apple cobbler and brownie a la mode. Comfort food redefined. Live weekly entertainment downstairs at Coo-Coo’s Nest with an extended bar menu and drink specials. Located at 1920 Freedom Pkwy., just off Ga. Hwy. 400. A-3, Cumming, 678-456-8932. Branch House Tavern - The ultimate sports restaurant in Hall County offers a selection of hamburgers, wings, hearty salads, southwestern grill fare, and a huge selection of appetizers and desserts. Big screen sports action on 50 HD TVs, and live entertainment. Also featuring a full bar and dancing all night long. 678-828-8345 5466 McEver Rd. C-3 Flowery Branch, GA. 30542. Take Out Available Coastal Breeze Seafood Grill – Offering seafood, steaks, ribs, oysters on the half shell, salads, burgers and more. Lunch and dinner, full bar. Sun.-Thur 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-midnight. 5390 Lanier Island Parkway. C-3,, 770-945-9181. Collegiate – Old-fashioned hamburgers, hot dogs and milk shakes served in 1940s setting. Gainesville. C-2, 678-989-2280. Foster House – Lunch and dinner served family-style featuring casual dining at lunch and fine dining in evening. Lunch served 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Mon.-Fri. Dinner served 5-8:30 p.m., Thurs.; 5-9:30 p.m., Fri./Sat. Cumming. A-3, 770-887-9905. Norman’s Landing – Specializing in fresh seafood, hand-cut steaks, Canadian baby-back ribs with Kansas City barbecue sauce. Cumming. Casual. A-3, 770-886-0100. Silver Bay Seafood – Specializing in seafood dishes like fried grouper, snapper, baby shrimp, oysters, scallops, broiled swordfish, mahi, and much more. Located at 2415 Browns Bridge Rd., Gainesville, C-2. 678 450-4900. Two Dog Café – Classic small town diner with an emphasis on fresh food and fast service for lunch and dinner. Located at 317 Spring St. Gainesville. C-2, 770-287-8384. Wild Wing Café – Offers casual dining, live music, special Monday Trivia Night and 2 Fer Tuesday nights (buy a dozen, get a dozen wings free). Located at 311 Jesse Jewell Pkwy., Gainesville. C-2, 770-536-9177. Yahoola Creek Grill – Features Southern-inspired, made-from-scratch cooking from our outdoor deck, cozy dining room and loft. Full beer and wine list. Open for lunch and dinner, Wed.Sat. Open for brunch and supper on Sunday. Closed Mon./Tues. Located on S. Chestatee Street, Dahlonega. 706-482-2200; Continental/Fine Dining Adam’s – American Mediterranean cuisine including Rack of Lamb, Calf’s Liver Anglaise,

Mediterranean Chicken Penne, Oysters Rockefeller and Seafood Pastilla Rolls. Full bar. Dinner Mon.-Sat., 5-10:30 p.m. Located at 15 East Main St., Buford. B-3, 678 754-0379. Aqua Terra Bistro – European fusion cuisine served daily. Open for lunch, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Mon.-Fri.; noon-2:30 p.m., Sat.; dinner hours are 5-10 p.m., Mon.-Sun. Located on Buford’s historic Main Street. No reservations. B-3, 770-271-3000. Blue Bicycle – a bistro touting “great food in a place not to feel rushed.” Open for lunch Thurs./Fri.; open for dinner Tues.-Sat. Reservations are suggested. Located at 671 Lumpkin Campground Road, behind the Outlet Mall on GA. Hwy. 400. Dawsonville, B-1. 706-2652153. Corkscrew Café – Fine dining featuring varied menu choices, open lunch and dinner. Hours: 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Tues.-Thurs.; 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri./Sat.; noon-9 p.m., Sun. Reservations suggested. Located on 51 West Main St., Dahlonega. 706-867-8551. Luna’s – Continental cuisine, romantic atmosphere. Gainesville. C-2, 770-531-0848. Oar House in Dahlonega – Specialties: handcut steaks, seafood dishes and homemade desserts, “everything homemade from the bread to the pickles.” Located Hwy 52E, 4 miles east of Dahlonega. D-1. Reservations suggested. 706864-9983. Poor Richard’s – Specializing in Prime Rib, steaks, ribs and fresh seafood. Casual dining, dinner only. Full-service bar. Gainesville. C-1, 770-532-0499. Scott’s Downtown – Upscale casual ambience with specialty sandwiches for lunch and gourmet entrees for dinner. Gainesville. C-2. 770-5361111. Barbecue/Country/Home Cooking Johnny’s BBQ – Real Pit BBQ pork, chicken & ribs. Brunswick stew. Minutes from Clark’s Bridge rowing venue. Gainesville. Casual. D-1, 770-536-2100. Old McDonald’s BBQ – Real Pit BBQ, Brunswick stew, ribs. Minutes from Lake Lanier. Casual. Tues. - Thurs., 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Buford. B-3, 770-945-8608.

Deli Common Grounds Coffee Shoppe – Light breakfast, lunch and dinner and desserts followed by fresh roasted coffee. Flowery Branch. C-3, 770-967-4080. Italian Dominick’s Italian Restaurant – Features cuisine from the north of Italy, with veal, chicken and seafood dishes. Favorites include chicken saltimbocca and garlic bread appetizer. Halfprice bottles of wine on Monday nights, halfprice appetizers from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and endless pasta and salad on Wednesdays. Dominick’s is open Monday thru Sunday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for lunch and dinner from 5-9:30 p.m. Located at the corner of Buford Hwy. and Hamilton Mill Rd in the Buford Village Shopping Center., Buford. B-3, 770-614-0019. Gianni’s Italian Bistro – serves pizza, subs and pasta. Located at LanierWorld at Lake Lanie Islands Resort. www.lakelanierislands. com. Buford. B-3, 770-945-8787. Piazza – Features traditional Italian dishes, homemade raviolis, pizza, chicken, veal and seafood specialities. Open 7 days a week: 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun.-Thurs.; 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri./Sat. Located on 24 East Main St., Dahlonega. B-1. 706-867-9881. Vinny’s New York Pizza & Italian Grill – New York-style pizzeria known for generous portions and reasonable pricing. Specialties include Philly Chicken and Cheese sub, New York Pizza, Chicken Caesar Salad, Sausage & Pepper plate, baked pasta and Lasagna. Desserts include Cannoli, Tiramisu, Italian Funnel Cakes or cheesecake. Wine and beer available. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat., noon-10 p.m.; Sun, 5-10 p.m. Located at 4977 Lanier Island Pkwy, Buford. C-4, 678-482-9966. Mexican La Cazuela – An Atlanta area landmark that’s expanded to two locations around Lanier. Features fajitas, selection of combination platters and more. Cumming, 678-947-0718, Buford, 770-614-6871. Oriental Little Tokyo – Japanese dining - hibachi grill, sushi. Dine in, take out. Open Tues.-Fri., 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., noon-10 p.m.; Closed Mon. Buford. B-4, 770-945-3350.

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April 2014

New buoy installed at Buford Dam


The buoy marking no entry at Buford Dam has been replaced. Marine Specialties, Inc. replaced the system with a new type of buoy that should last longer than the traditional buoy system. The 900-foot line was replaced about three months ago.

DNR offers interactive ‘Georgia Outdoor Map’ The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has unveiled an interactive map that identifies DNR-managed lands and outdoor recreation opportunities. The “Georgia Outdoor Map” includes state parks, wildlife management areas, public fishing areas, boat ramps, and historic sites. Users are able to search by category to find locations where they can camp, hunt, hike, fish or explore history. “We are proud to offer this new resource to Georgia’s citizens and visitors,” said Gov. Nathan Deal. “We are blessed here in Georgia with a state that is rich in both natural and cultural resources. I want to encourage Georgians to use this interactive tool to find new places to explore.” The “Georgia Outdoor Map” can be visited using any device with a web browser including desktops, phones and tablets. By checking criteria fields, users can find recreational opportunities, directions, handicap accessibility, telephone numbers and website links for more details. The tool also offers a “near me” function to help users determine which recreational opportunities are

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It’s a quick way to find boat ramps, campgrounds, archery ranges and other places for enjoying the great outdoors.” To view the free, interactive map, visit The Georgia Department of Natural Resources operates more than 400 properties, covering more than one million acres. Its mission is to sustain, enhance, protect and conserve Georgia's closest to them. natural, historic and cultural re“With this web-based tool, users can easily see what types of sources for present and future outdoor recreation are available in generations, while recognizing the importance of promoting the all parts of the state,” said DNR development of commerce and inCommissioner Mark Williams. “The map includes all DNR prop- dustry that utilize sound environmental practices. erties open for public use, from the smallest historic site to the „ MORE INFO: largest wildlife management area.

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Helen is a great spring destination, and it’s nearby Even before visitors enter the small Alpine village of Helen, Ga., history and mountain beauty abound! Along this path just below Yonah Mountain, an old Indian mound stands at the junction of Highways 17 and 75, just south of Helen near the Chattahoochee River. It is a familiar landmark to many travelers, but a mystery to newcomers. According to the legend, Indian lovers from opposing tribes are buried in this sacred place known as the Nacoochee Mound. The story relates that Sautee, a brave of the Chickasaw Tribe, and Nacoochee, daughter of a Cherokee Chief, fell immediately and hopelessly in love when a Chickasaw band stopped in Cherokee territory at a designated resting place. The two lovers met in the night and ran away to nearby Yonah Mountain to spend a few days together. When they later confronted Nacoochee's father with the idea of creating peace between the two nations, Chief Wahoo ordered Sautee thrown from the high cliffs of Yonah Mountain while Nacoochee was forced to watch. Immediately, Nacoochee broke away from her father’s restraining hands and leaped from the cliff to join her lover. At the foot of the cliff the lovers drew their broken bodies together and locked in a final embrace. The Chief, overcome with remorse, realized the greatness of love and buried the lovers, still locked together in death, near the banks of the Chattahoochee River in a burial mound. Though it is a very poignant narrative, the Nacoochee Mound is actually an old burial site that was probably placed there long before the Cherokee Tribe inhabited the area. An excavation that began in 1915 unearthed 75 burials in the mound. These graves

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MORE INFO: 770-289-1543 were discovered at varying levels, showing that the burials took place over a number of years. Differences in artifacts found indicate a slight change in the culture, due possibly to the influence of civilization. Within the mound, none of the remains were preserved well enough to enable exact measurements of the bodies. Since the Cherokee Tribe later used the mound as a site for their townhouse and ceremonial rites, they were obviously ignorant of the original purpose of the artificial hill. They also erected an estimated 300 dwellings in a village on the surrounding flatland near the river. Of the 75 skeletons unearthed, 56 were of adults, seven of adolescents, four of children and eight were unidentifiable as to age. The dead were interred with the head directed in varying compass directions. One was buried in a sitting position, two were buried in a face down position, but the direction of burial bears no special significance as to age. Of the determinable burials, 47 were flexed in varying degrees. Six were flexed backward, and four were buried extended full length. Artifacts were found with only 27 of the burials, the others had no accompaniments of any description.


Nora Mills along the Chattahoochee River.


The Alpine village of Helen in the north Georgia mountains.

The Nacoochee Mound is located in White County, two miles south of Helen on property that once belonged to the L.G. Hardman Estate. Dr. Hardman was a former governor of Georgia. Today, the mound, the Chattahoochee River, part of the Nacoochee Valley and the Hardman Estate are all part of Smithgall Woods, which is owned by the State of Georgia. During the summer of 1980 Nacoochee Valley, in which the mound is located, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district. It is a beautiful place to see from the road during any season of the year, but is especially beautiful during the spring! Not more than 300 yards from the Indian mound is Nora Mill Granary established in 1876 as an operational gristmill alongside the Chattahoochee River. Nora Mill still utilizes the original 1,500 pound French Burr Stones to grind and produce all kinds of corn and wheat based products such as grits, corn meal, pancake and waffle mixes, flours, biscuit and bread mixes, pioneer’s porridge and more. They have an old-fashioned country store and gift shop that’s called “Nora Mill Next Door.” The country store is stocked with thousands of new items and even has a large kitchen built just for cooking and serving samples of the mill. An outside deck and walkway is also free to see the dam and the Chattahoochee River ... but you must pay for food to feed the huge trout in the water below. Though my first memories of

Helen were of fishing the Chattahoochee River in an almost abandoned village with one run-down motel, its miraculous rebirth into a scene from “The Sound of Music” has been astounding. Helen’s transformation began without much fanfare or any federal or state handouts. Quite simply, the Alpine Village idea began when several local businessmen gathered at a riverside restaurant, looked out a window, and saw their bleak hometown with its dull, dreary row of block structures. During that fateful meal, it was decided that something should be done to attract the tourists on their way to the lakes and national forest recreation areas in the Northeast Georgia Mountains. Clarkesville artist, John Kollock, already had an idea from his days in the Army in Bavaria. He had made many sketches of Alpine villages and was fascinated with the similarity of the landscape to the North Georgia Mountains. Kollock photographed the whole business section of Helen and within a week presented a series of water color sketches of what the face of

Helen would look like in Alpine style. The businessmen eagerly accepted the sketches and a week later the townsmen and local carpenters began turning ideas into reality. Helen became a new town with a new industry for the community. The businesses of Helen employ more people than most mills in a tiny Alpine village with a public park, flowers everywhere, fountains, quaint street lights and freshly painted store fronts. It’s also a rarity to find a village where one can easily park a car in the business section and go trout fishing or simply float on a tube in a gorgeous river meandering through a picturesque village that appears to have been transplanted from another time and place. For more information, contact the Helen Chamber of Commerce (706-878-1619) or Helen Welcome Center at (800-858-8027). Bill Vanderford has won numerous awards for his writing and photography, and has been inducted into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame as a Legendary Guide.

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Corps campgrounds and day-use parks open for 2014 season The camping season is almost here and the Corps of Engineers is busy preparing to open its campgrounds at Lake Lanier. The Corps operates seven camping areas at the lake. Facilities range from fully developed sites with water and electric hookups to primitive tent sites. Camping fees range from $12 per night for primitive sites to $32 per night for sites with water and 50-amp electric hookups. Bald Ridge and Old Federal campgrounds open April 10 and will be taking reservations throughout the week. Bolding Mill, Van Pugh South, Duckett Mill, and Sawnee campgrounds open April 10 and will only be open on Thursdays at noon with check-out Sundays at 3 p.m., except for extended holiday weekends on Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day. For more information about

mitted. • Campsite occupancy is limited Christie to a maximum of eight people Pinson and three vehicles. • Pets are welcome but must be US Army kept on a leash. Corps of • Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. Engineers until 6 a.m. • Check-out time is 3 p.m. The Corps of Engineers will „ MORE INFO: 770-945-9531 also be operating 32 day-use parks for the 2014 recreation seaMissions/CivilWorks/Recreation/ son. Annual passes are available LakeSidneyLanier.aspx at the Lanier Project Management reservations visit Office near Buford Dam for $30. or call 1-877-444-6777. Reserva- The passes are honored at all tions may be made from two to Corps of Engineers-operated day180 days in advance and include use parks nationwide. Locally this holidays. No additional fees are includes Lake Lanier, Allatoona charged to make reservations; Lake, Carters Lake, West Point however, there is a $10 cancellaLake, Lake Hartwell, Richard B. tion charge. Reservations may be Russell Lake and Thurmond made by Visa, MasterCard, Amer- Lake. ican Express and Discover cards. Visitors are reminded to make Campers are reminded that: safety a No. 1 priority while tak• No alcoholic beverages are per- ing advantage of the various

The clear picture – provided by radar Advanced electronic navigation systems provide quick access of information and graphics to support actions and decisions for safe navigation As far as sensors such as radar, radio, and sonar, they are mostly created from the same science, each manufacturer developing their own interpretation of gathering and presenting data for the operator’s use. Technology has propelled us into many options: infrared, radar, sonar, radio, satellite communications, and even google earth type 3D mapping, replacing the conventional cartography found on paper charts or booklets. In this issue I’m introducing a new series of articles about advanced electronics systems and how they can greatly enhance and benefit your under way experience. I hope to deliver knowledge and a general introduction about these innovations in marine electronics, maximizing their effectiveness to serve the boater. Beginning with radar, followed by other technologies such as sonar, GPS charting, cloud based mapping, radio, satellite weather, infrared optics, and other systems expertly crafted by professional engineers to deliver immediate, reliable, and valuable information. Radar first appeared in the 1940s as a detection system for Britain and America during WWII. The name “Radar” was coined during that period of time by the U.S. Navy and is an

close ranges (up to a few meters). Some commercial functions Steve include counter-piracy and dockJohnson ing of large ships, giving the pilot a very clear image and accurate Boating proximity for initial landing of Safety the vessel alongside a pier. Collision avoidance becomes less of a challenging task with the broadband radar’s clear view though sea clutter and rain, both very „ MORE INFO: much a negative factor and ference to conventional magnetron pulse radars. acronym for Radio Detection and Other important applications Ranging. such as man overboard and search It is undoubtedly considered and rescue benefit from this senone of the most important of sen- sitive and accurate instrument. sors for commercial and military The bottom line when it comes to vessels and is titled specifically in radar … is the ability to clearly the navigation Rules of the Road see close proximity to your vessel as a device to assess Risk of Col- in any adverse weather and visilision. The technology has transbility condition, exactly the area formed through very dynamic where collision danger and risk improvements over the years, not reside. only for military and commercial My recommendation is to emapplications, it provides safety for brace and learn the operation of pleasure boaters, especially in this technology, benefit from its collision avoidance. great advantages, thereby improvThe newest form of radar on ing the overall boating experithe market is a system called ence. Navigating in low visibility Broadband Radar. It currently is always a demanding skill and comes in two versions: 3G and radar provides the needed infor4G. Without a magnetron to gen- mation for these aspects of safe erate the pulse in the radar, it underway operations. Learning greatly reduces radiation hazard and practicing to use radar in making it much safer for persons clear visibility and daytime hours being in close proximity to the will prepare you for when the sitantennae, comparable to the uation changes, and you need it power output of a cell phone. most. With maximum visibility of over Steve Johnson, US Coast 30 miles, its critical advantage is Guard (ret). is with CPO Johnthe ability to see clearly at very son, Inc.

recreational opportunities that can be found at Lanier. Always wear your life jacket. It’s an idea everyone can live with. To purchase annual passes at the Lanier Project Management Office, visit 1050 Buford Dam Road, Buford, seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Passes are also sold at six park gatehouses (West Bank, Buford Dam Park, Little Hall, Van Pugh North, Old Federal Day Use, and Lanier Park) Friday through Sunday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

You may also order an annual pass by mail. Write a check to USACE F&A OFFICER for $30 and mail it to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Attention: Annual Pass, P.O. Box 567, Buford, GA 30515. Or call 770-945-9531 and pay by credit card. Once your payment is received, you should receive your annual pass within seven to 10 business days by return mail. For more information about recreation at Lake Lanier call 770-945-9531.

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Continued from Page 20 counts. I have always found it useful and informative and you will too. Visit or call 800-2333359. New material The composite industry is constantly investigating ways to find new and better material. The latest is volcanic rock or Basalt. We know it as lava that accumulates after a volcanic eruption. They super heat it and extract fiber and then use a multi-axis positioning machine that produces unidirectional fabrics. You end up with a product that is lighter, stronger, fireproof and recyclable. The Russians are al-

ready using this in their arms industry and car manufacturers are using it in engine compartments and shock absorbers. A 16’ test boat is now sailing across the Atlantic and is expected to reach St. Augustine the last of March. Plans are to build a 60 footer in the near future. For more information go to: Let’s hope it’s as good as or better than Kevlar. Be safe and courteous and I will see you on the water. Mike Rudderham is a veteran marine surveyor with more than 40 years experience in the marine industry.


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Provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers The Corps of Engineers welcomes you to beautiful Lake Sidney Lanier. Located just 35 miles northeast of Atlanta, the lake offers some of the finest camping opportunities in the South. The Corps operates 7 campgrounds at Lake Lanier. Camping enthusiasts may enjoy the luxuries of fully developed areas with water and electrical hookups or “rough it” at designated primitive areas. Most campgrounds have park attendants on duty to assist our visitors. Camping in undesignated areas such as on the lake’s shoreline and islands is prohibited. 99





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Day Use Parks The Corps operates 35 day use parks at Lake Lanier. Facilities range from parks with boat ramps to those with designated swimming areas, picnic tables, shelters and playgrounds. All day use parks close daily at 10 p.m. Boat launching is allowed at all hours unless otherwise posted. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in all parks. Picnic Shelters Picnic shelters are available at several Corps’ parks around the lake. They can be reserved for a fee. Call the Lake Lanier Management Office at 770-9459531. Day Use Fees Day use fees are charged at some park areas which have boat ramps or beach areas. Fees (per day): Boat launching $3/$4 Vehicles $3/$4 Pedestrian/bicycle $1 Annual pass $30 Rules, Regulations and More Guidelines are not intended as restraints to the enjoyment of park visitors, but as aids for orderly operation, visitor safety and for the protection of the environment and public property. Complete rules and regulations are posted at the entrances to all campgrounds and copies are available at entry stations. To view annual opening and closing dates and rates for campgrounds and picnic shelters, visit ilWorks/Recreation/LakeSidneyLanier/ recreation/Schedules


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View...View...and More View! Situated so close to water’s edge, this 3BR/2BA cozy “turn key” cottage offers, up close, awesome water views; deep water access; cov dock w/party deck, boat lift & electricity; detached 2 car garage; wrap around deck; vaulted great room w/skylight and home furnishings. Start enjoying a genuine “lake themed’ cottage w/all the simple luxuries, needed necessities & many conveniences of a “priceless” Lake Lanier property. In Forsyth County close to GA. 400. FMLS#5208091

All Brick, 4BR,3.5BA, Classic Georgia Lake Lanier Home w/soft shaded views of lake & private cov dock in deep 'drought proof' south sailing waters! Open, spacious and bright interior features big windows, extensive wood trim, hrdwd flrs, trey ceilings, crown moldings, designer lighting, gourmet kitchen and finished terrace level that offers an optional in-law suite or studio. Dine or relax on the screened porch overlooking the lake. FMLS#5167892





One of a kind executive custom lake home designed by a renown Atlanta architect. Home features lodge-style heavy timber construction. 26 ft high exposed-truss great room features 48” round log columns and a full height stone fireplace. Truly a masterpiece! 5BR/3Full, 2 Half BA. All this on 1.5 acres with 380 ft of lake frontage, single slip covered party dock with hydraulic boat lift, power and water.


$299,9 Incredible 'buy' on Lake Lanier! Salt water pool, covered dock w/hoist & party deck on 1.9 acres. 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms (includes 2 master suites); 2 FP’s w/gas logs; granite counters in kitchen; formal dining room; den/office; wood decking overlooking pool and soft shaded trail to private dock in deep water. FMLS#5219484

GREAT LAKE VALUE FOR UNDER $300K. Master retreat with fireplace. Full Apartment down with bath, kitchen, breakfast & living area. Shaded summer lake views but dock in drought proof deep water. A great lake experience!

Absolutely breathtaking gated custom European lake estate. Unparalleled setting offers stunning lake views & an easy stroll to the dbl slp cov boat dock w/party deck. This 6BR/5.5BA offers a luxurious main floor master suite w/2 FPs and a formal sitting room. The grand two story great rm boasts a wall of windows w/stunning lake views. Outdoor lakeside gazebo completes this palatial lake estate.


April 2014

Purchasing ‘prescription’ dog food a perilous journey Phillip is taking a ‘spring break’ this month. While he rests, enjoy one of his “Best of” columns. Forget about healthcare reform, the fractured economy, and the trade imbalance. This country went to the dogs a long time ago. And we never even knew it. Thanks to the pet that I fondly refer to as “The Stupidest Dog in the World,” I realize that we’re pretty much done for. As it turns out, my dog’s bladder stones left me panting. Once I got over the notion that dogs could get stones in the first place, I was flattened by the cost of the surgery to tease them out of her bladder. But the final blow was levied when the vet instructed me to feed her a special kind of dog food. As it turned out, our dog required a “prescription” dog food to avoid future problems. As a cynic, it sounded like a cute marketing ploy to get a bunch of gullible dog owners to roll over and play dead. Nonetheless, I went to a site on the internet, and clicked on a bag of 24-CG (standing for, ap-

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