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ATLANTA BOAT SHOW DETAILS INSIDE Look for complete coverage of the 2012 Atlanta Boat Show inside this issue. Pages 30-31

Rangers always ready Whether it’s a call about a bear roaming Gainesville neighborhoods or a plea for help locating a missing hiker, the 56-member team of the the Wildlife Resources Division of Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources is always ready for duty. Page 56

Daytona Beach reborn Following the hurricane devastation, the new owners along with the Daytona Beach area government agencies immediately began drafting long range plans for the rebirth of this vital coastal territory. Page 54 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 UCR column . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Lake Lanier Olympic Venue . . .Page Lake levels . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Lanier map . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Marinas information . . . . . . . .Page Outdoor activity calendar . . . .Page Power Squadron column . . . . . .Page Sailing calendar . . . . . . . . . . .Page Shore lines . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Steve Johnson . . . . . . . . . . . .Page US Coast Guard Auxiliary . . . . .Page

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The drought uncovers surreal beauty on exposed shores of Lake Lanier. The waters of time appear etched in stone laid bare at Holly Park. See more photos, page 50.

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Lanier headed for increased water levels in the new year 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 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 Pamela A. Keene Good rainfall in mid-to late December means that water levels of Lake Lanier should be coming up headed into the new year. But that’s only part of the reason. “We expect the lake to be at 1060 just after the first of the year,” said E. Patrick Robbins, chief of Legislative and Public

Affairs for the Mobile District of the US Army Corps of Engineers. “This is also the time that we begin storing water again.” The lake, at the top of the Apalachicola-ChattahoocheeFlint basin, hit its most recent low of 1057.91 on November 14. Since that time, it has hovered in the 1058 range, gradually increas-

Corps to conduct prescribed burns By Pamela A. Keene The old adage “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire,” may be true, but there’s no cause for alarm. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is doing prescribed burning of various public lands along the shoreline of Lake Lanier in January and February. “Prescribed burns are a good environmental practice,” said Jeff Emmert with the Corps’ Buford Project Office. “By burning forest litter, wildlife and certain plant species can benefit and it will lessen the chance of a wildfire.” Emmert explained that forest litter may consist of pine needles, leaves and dead trees, limbs or sticks. The Corps will conduct the

prescribed burns throughout January and February, depending on the availability of manpower and weather conditions. The first locations will most likely be Buford Dam Park, Little Ridge Park or Duckett Mill Campground. Members of the Corps’ staff have undergone special training to properly conduct the prescribed burns, particularly by the Forsyth County Fire Department and its Wildland/Urban Interface Division, and by the Georgia Forestry Commission. Emmert said that the Corps will alert the public in advance of the burns. „ MORE INFO: 770-945-9531

ing to 1059.02 on December 23. Last spring the lake peaked at 1072.13 on April 17, holding in the 1070s until mid-May, when summer and then fall drought conditions necessitated additional releases from Buford Dam. “The Flint River is a key player in the ACF system,” Robbins said. “Both the Flint and the Chattahoochee flow into the Apalachicola, but there’s no storage capacity on the Flint, so if the

flow is reduced in the Flint, we don’t have much choice to release in the Chattahoochee system.” Currently, releases are being made based on Zone 3 conditions to meet downstream water supplies and water quality as well as to keep the basin flows in balance. Since April 2011, rainfall amounts have averaged less than one inch per month in the Lanier watershed.


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January 2012

Tips to help save money and fish more We all hate to pay at the pump. Currently, gasoline prices are about $3.19 per gallon and we have become conditioned to this as a normal state of affairs. Many of today’s bass rigs are powered by engines of 200 horsepower or more. While, they do provide plenty of muscle, they do use a lot of fuel. If you need to fill up your boat and tow vehicle, you can easily incur an expense that is well over $100 (with nothing left for Vienna sausages and crackers as an added insult). While I’m not against spending a little money on something I really enjoy, I’ve been known to save a buck or two. Figuring out methods to save on fishing excursions means you can afford to go more often. Everyone likes that. One of the simplest ways to save big bucks is to fish with a partner. While most anglers understand that sharing expenses is proper etiquette, ensure you communicate properly up front to make sure everyone is on the same page. Aside from being economical and enjoyable, this is a great way to expand your angling skills or take a lesser experienced friend to a higher level. Our fine boat ramps and facilities come at a

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cost. You know the drill … shelling out a few greenbacks just before backing down the ramp each time you go. To avoid yet another draw of the billfold, consider investing in an annual launch pass. In no time at all you’ll have “paid off” the sticker fee and reap the benefits once you pass the break-even point. While on the subject of easing the boat into the lake, remember that launching near the area you plan on fishing makes all kinds of sense. Study a topographic map to find potential hot spots convenient to your launch site. If you decide to make a big move from one end of the lake to the other, it pays to tow and launch at the second destination. Your pickup truck gets much better mileage. It’s also a lot nicer when conditions are cold, rainy, windy, or all of the above.

Maintenance saves money Save even more money by selecting one creek or tributary to fish during the course of the day. This is tough but it can yield all sorts of rewards. Most anglers hit their favorite areas spending brief time there before making yet another (sometimes lengthy) run. Sometimes it’s hard to see the forest because of all the trees. A slower and methodical approach will usually turn up productive spots that you never knew existed. Put the right amount of effort into this and you’ll probably have a lot more way points saved in the GPS or marked on your map. Even when you’re running up the creek, avoid cruising at full throttle every time. After getting on plane, back off the throttle enough to maintain this posture at a moderate cruising speed. Your wallet will thank you next time you pull up to the pump. Avoid hauling lots of unnecessary gear along to keep weight down. Every little bit helps. Most anglers hit the lake with way more than they really need. The accumulation of gear over time can be surprising. Keep your rig well maintained. If you prefer not to take care of the basics yourself,

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do take your boat to a good shop. This is money well spent as we all know that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If your batteries are not sealed system, be sure to check the water levels on a regular basis. Nearly everyone puts this one off and it’s an easy way to maximize battery life. Don’t forget the propeller. If your prop has its fair share of nicks, you should have it tuned. Your boat will be more efficient and the engine won’t have to work as hard. Invest in a spare Trailer maintenance is often another task that’s put on the bottom of the “things to do” list. This is about as “un-fun” as it gets. The last thing you want on a trip is a panicky survey of the roadside for an emergency pull over with a malfunctioning trailer. Wheel bearings are commonly forgotten in the maintenance scenario. When bearings go dry, someone is down for a roadside repair. It only took once for me to learn my lesson. Tire blow outs are the typical roadside malady. I’m surprised by the number of boat owners who don’t invest in a spare. Leaving your rig unattended beside the highway opens

the door to all sorts of bad possibilities. By the way, I also recommend a good tamper proof hitch lock. This is cheap insurance. Any boat represents a substantial investment that should be protected to preserve value and avoid damage. One should always keep a boat covered if not garage kept. I recommend covers for boats kept under roof at storage facilities as well. Aside from keeping rain water out, they prevent leaf and limb debris from accumulating and decomposing in the boat. We’ve all walked out to a boat after a period of rain and looked at sagging covers supporting heavy pools of water. This lends to short cover life as well as leakage. Proper cover technique will greatly reduce this malady. I’ve used some creative solutions but the best method is to use supports made for the purpose. Reduce leakage and you’ll also reduce a lot of mold and mildew potential. Lots of storage space is a great boat feature. With the introduction of moisture, these become perfect places for the bad stuff to colonize. Collateral damage can extend to anything stored in a compartment. One good practice See Fishing, page 7


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Continued from Page 6 is to leave lids and hatches slightly opened so that air can flow freely. Every now and then, remove the cover on a nice day and allow everything to get some fresh air. Stock up on staples in spring That’s enough maintenance for one episode. Now let’s move on to the fun stuff. As with gasoline, the prices of quality fishing line have gone up over time. Fluorocarbon products and braids have always been pricey compared to standard monofilament. Who wants their line at half price? My hand is raised. As line is replaced, only remove half of the old line. Splice in the new product with a blood or double uni-knot. Fill the spool and you’ll be good to go. Store your outfits inside and away from high temperatures to add longevity to fishing line. It’s important to remember that braided line products slip at approximately half of their breaking strength. Secure these knots with a tiny bit of super glue or fishing line glue to prevent this. It’s a fact that most fishing rods get broken before the end of their service life. Broken guides and tips are the most common damages. Tip repairs are easy and so cheap that it’s not even a do it yourself. A good tackle shop will select a replacement tip and install it at no charge. This should set you back three to four dollars at most. After the repair, avoid the temptation to twist on the tip checking for movement. Allow the glue to set for a

while. In fact, it’s best just to leave it alone. Don’t touch it unless something is very obviously wrong. Replacing guides is a bit more involved but I’ve done my share of this repair. I used to detail how to do this but in the present age an internet search will probably yield several methods that will serve you well. Anglers can save significantly by paying attention to spring sales at local tackle stores. While you can save big on that new rod or reel, you can also stock up on staples. I’m talking about the everyday and “go to” baits that you reach for time and time again. Over the long run, you’ll save the most money by taking advantage of sale prices on consumables. These are things you replace over and over again. Examples would be your favorite plastic baits, fishing line, and sinkers. In closing, as the prices of nearly everything continue to rise, there are many things you can do to offset costs. Combine these tips for even greater leverage. The money you save today will get you back on the lake tomorrow. Until next month, be safe and enjoy the lake! Tommy Wilkinson is a veteran of the fishing industry and resides in Jefferson, GA. „ MORE INFO:


Elevation: Approximately 1060 or 11 feet below full pool. Surface Temp: Mid-50s at press time, unusually warm for this time of year. Clarity: Main lake areas are clear. Expect some color in upper tributaries following rain events. Bass fishing has been good. Normally it’s a deep water game this time of year. While some fine catches have been made at depths of 30 feet and deeper, the shallower end of the water column continues to be very productive. This has been especially true after periods of mild and sunny days. Medium running crankbaits, and jerkbaits have all been accounting for some really good fish. Pick your favorites in baitfish colors and toss these off points in creeks as well as the pockets. Stick with standard baitfish colors. The best creeks will have shad stacked up somewhere nearby so pay close attention to your electronics as you scout. If you’re looking for productive hard baits be sure to try the Pointer DD and Stay See series by Lucky Craft. When it comes to crankbaits, Norman’s Deep Little N and Middle N are fine choices. The Strike King Pro Series is another fine pick. As mentioned, solid catches are being made in submerged timber as well as the shallows. Rely on spoons and jigs here. Use your electronics to locate stands of topped off trees near creek points. Focus on the 30-foot depth for starters. By the way, don’t forget casting plastic worms or jigs to boat docks. They have been producing pretty consistently. If you’re striking out with other patterns, this is a classic “go to” and will usually provide action. If consistent cold weather sets in expect the shallow bite to wane as the deep bite strengthens. If we continue to enjoy unusually mild winter weather, play out the shallow bite as long as you can. Striper fishing has also been good lately. Fish are roaming in creeks and pockets all over the lake searching for concentrations of baitfish. Find the bait stacked up and you’ll find the linesides somewhere close by. Medium size live trout, herring, or shad fished on flat lines have been accounting for a lot of fish early in the day. Look for signs of visible surface feeding and don’t forget to have a fluke type bait rigged on a lead head for blind casting and firing toward any surface swirls you might see. Later in the day, drop down lines 25 to 30 feet deep off points and submerged humps. Umbrella rigs have been hooking up with a lot of fish as well. Medium running set ups have been producing the best. On those days when you’re having trouble locating fish, U-rigs are great. You can often locate schools by trolling these and then settle down with live bait to maximize the bite. If you can get out ahead of a weather system moving through, by all means try to do so. These are periods of peak activity.

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Think about signing up for February safe boating classes As you read this article, the Atlanta Boat Show will be under way or on the verge of opening. The Coast Guard Auxiliary will again have a booth in Hall “C” of the Georgia World Congress Center. We invite you to stop by and talk with our members about membership or almost any phase of recreational boating, including arranging for a free Vessel Safety Check. In addition, you can pick up a safe boating course schedule for 2012 being offered by Flotilla 22 Lake Allatoona and Flotilla 29 Lake Lanier. On a personal note, I knew absolutely nothing about the Coast Guard Auxiliary, even though I had been a boater for a number of years. After taking their course, I learned who they were and what they did, including their relationship with the U.S. Coast Guard. That was 19 years ago, and I never regretted my decision to join. The courses vary some, but cover topics such as, but not limited to, “Know Your Boat, Before Getting Underway, Navigating the Waterways, Operating Your Vessel Safely, Boating’s Legal Requirements, Boating Emergencies, Enjoying Water Sports and

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Great Southern Fishing Show set for Jan. 21-22 By Bill Vanderford With the fishing season on the horizon, it’s time to forget about bowl games, put the guns away for a while, and come down to the North Atlanta Trade Center to see what’s new and to learn from the experts! This year’s Great Southern Fishing Show on January 21-22 is loaded with personalities from all over the globe! One of the featured speakers is Andy Mill, who is a former downhill skiing champion and was married to tennis star Chris Evert for 18 years. Since I first met him and Chris in the Florida Keys some 10 years ago at a function for President Bush the elder, Andy has won 11 tarpon tournaments overall, including five Gold Cup events. He’s considered one of the best tarpon fly anglers in the world, and will be at the show to answer questions, give demonstrations, and sign copies of his book, “A Passion for Tarpon.” In the past, the show has been geared mostly to just the fly fishing industry. This year, however, it will cover all forms of shallow water/light tackle fishing for all species of fresh and saltwater fishes, and that’s where I come

in! I’ll be passing on some secrets for spin tackle anglers of all ages on The Proper Use of Spinning Tackle and Lures for Both Rivers and Lakes. I’ll also have an excellent selection of my “Bill Vanderford’s Swirleybirds” on hand. Hopefully my good friend and famous innovator, Doug Hannon (“The Bass Professor”) will be in my booth to explain his unique WaveSpin System. Local favorite Outdoors TV star O’Neill Williams will be on hand for seminars on Springtime Fishing for Bass and Stripers. He will also be giving away merchandise and signing autographs as well. Listening to Henry Cowen about catching striped bass on fly fishing gear is always interesting. He will be sharing his knowledge with show goers during several show seminars in a Yankee accent!

Probably the most prolific writer about trout fishing throughout the South is my close friend and sometimes traveling partner, Jimmy Jacobs. He is the longtime editor of Georgia Sportsman Magazine, and is author of the four most sold fishing guidebooks in the southern states. In addition to all of these anglers, local guides and promoters like Ryan Coleman, Andy and Deb Bowen, John Rice, Ken Sturdivant, Jimmy Harris, Randy Ratliff, Jimbo Mathley, and David Edens will be present to share their fishing knowledge and skills. Combine this with a cross section of fishing boats from saltwater to kayaks, tackle and lures of every kind, special angling outerwear, and every fishing and boating accessory imaginable and you can see why coming to the show should be an important event on any outdoor person’s list.

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Triathrow to combine indoor row, swim, run By Jane Harrison A new multisport event will debut at Riverside Military Academy Feb. 4 with the North Georgia Erg Sprint and Triathrow. The indoor competition organized by the North Georgia Rowing Academy combines rowing on stationary rowing machines with running and swimming. “We’re pretty stoked about this,” said NGRA Coach Jim Pickens. He expects the triathrow will draw a diverse crowd of athletes with little or no rowing experience. NGRA rowers are recruiting area runners, swimmers and other


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LAKE LANIER OLYMPIC VENUE Vinson, Finlayson chosen LCKC athletes of 2011 By Jane Harrison Emily Vinson and Robert Finlayson were honored as Paddlers of the Year by the Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club at its annual banquet Dec. 4. It was the third consecutive year for Vinson to receive the award. The Gainesville native was among USA Canoe/Kayak athletes who attempted to achieve 2012 Olympic berths during qualifying regattas last spring and summer. She has been recognized as one of the most promising team boat Vinson kayakers on the USACK squad for more than five years. Finlayson, a canoeist, also represented the U.S. in competition for Olympic slots. His versatility paddling 200, 500 and 1,000 meters in a single canoe and on team boats kept him on the water in multiple events Findlayson during national and international regattas. The club’s accomplishments last year included its 10th USACK national championship won in August at the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue. More than 70 LCKC athletes competed in the national regatta, winning gold medals in 37 events. LCKC athletes competed on USACK teams in international competition in France, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Canada, Singapore and Mexico. The club’s events at the Olympic Venue last year included the 15th Annual Atlanta Dragon Boat Festival, a Junior Olympic program for middle school children, dragon boat training series, day camps,

come try it sessions, Lula Bridge Race, and the Polar Bear Swim. Other awards presented for 2011 included: • Sr. Male Paddler – Morgan House • Sr. Female Paddler – Cannie Ash • Jr. Male Paddler – Stanton Collins • Jr. Female Paddler – Kasi Paul • Juvenile Male Paddler – Chance Bloomer • Juvenile Female Paddler – Karenna Paul • Bantam Male Paddler – Riley Brunner • Bantam Female Paddler – Farran Smith • Masters Male Paddler – Lee ColeMasters • Female Paddler – Tammy Woodard • Most Deserving Female Crew – Macy Dwyer & Morgan Smith • Most Deserving Male Crew – Lee Cole, Dave Haack, Jim O’Dell, Jim Chaffin • Most Improved Male – Baxter Geyer • Most Improved Female – Anastasia Haack • Developmental Rookie Girl – Lydia Skolrood • Developmental Rookie Boy – Cole Burchardt • Aspire Awards – Graycn Potter, Ashlyn Balch, Max Roberts, Saylor Sniatecki • Service Award – Terri Olson and Sheldon Foote • Myra Satterfield Award for Sportsmanship – Sheaffer Sorrells • Julia Johnson Award for Contribution to Adult Paddling – Nancy Canupp • Community Sponsor Award – The Longstreet Clinic. P.C. • Corporate Sponsor Award – Barron & Brothers International (BBI) • Gary Gaines Award for Outstanding Contribution to the paddling program – Mike Braff Lifetime Members for 2011– Richard and Connie Hagler, Eddie and Geri Foust, Chuck and Marcy Lana.

LLRC BRIEFS Mark Williams Ergatta commemorates LLRC charter member The Lake Lanier Rowing Club plans a local ergatta Jan. 28 in honor of charter member Mark Williams, who passed away Dec. 1. The ergatta is set for 8:30 a.m. at the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue boathouse and is open to clubs and individuals interested in competing in virtual races on stationary rowing machines known as ergometers. The event will be a small, predominately local event, according to LLRC Vice President John Ferriss. Entry fees will go toward the Mark Williams fund set up for charities chosen by the Williams family. Williams, an LLRC Athlete of the Month in April 2010, was one of the club’s charter members who worked to bring 1996 Olympic rowing competition to Lake Lanier. He told Lakeside News he considered his volunteer work during the Olympics to be one of his pivotal accomplishments. He died at age 66 after a three year battle with leukemia. University of Va. men’s crew practicing this month The Cavaliers from the University of Virginia will head south this month for winter crew training on Lake Lanier. The Charlottesville-based men’s crew is the first collegiate team coming to the traditionally warmer waters of North Georgia for preseason practice. During their Jan. 6-15 session, Virginia athletes are expected to utilize the Lake Lanier Rowing Club’s indoor training equipment and set oars on Lanier. The Cavalier men are returning to the lake where they celebrated a record breaking season last year after beating the University of

Michigan in the final race of the American Collegiate Rowing Association championship in May. They will be preparing for their first 2012 meeting with Michigan at a scrimmage in March. The crew from Ann Arbor will leave their icy waters for spring break practice on Lanier at the end of February. Last year more than 1,000 athletes from about 20 schools held spring break practices on Lanier in February and March. As of December, about a dozen had reservations to train between January and March. The crews contract with LLRC to use their facilities at Clarks Bridge Park and reserve rooms at area hotels. Many are expected to compete in the March 24 John Hunter Regatta, hosted on Lake Lanier by the St. Andrew Rowing Club and Georgia Tech. Some are expected to compete again the next day in the Lanier Sprints, organized by LLRC. Many will cap off their season with a return to Lanier for the ACRA championship May 26-27. LLRC invites prospective rowers to open practices Individuals interested in rowing are invited to indoor open practices at the Lake Lanier Rowing Club facility this winter. The LLRC training room at the Olympic Venue boathouse will be open at 6:15 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays for training on stationary rowing machines and other exercise equipment, according to LLRC Vice President John Ferriss. LLRC Juniors gearing up The Lake Lanier Rowing Club expects to make See LLRC briefs, page 20

LAKE LANIER OLYMPIC VENUE INFO Here's a profile and calendar for the two clubs operating at the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue:

Lake Lanier Rowing Club Contact: John Martiniere 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: (complete list on website) Jan. 28 - Mark Williams Ergatta Jan. 6-15 - University of Va. Men's Crew Winter Training Feb.-March - Collegiate Crew Spring Training March 24 - John Hunter Regatta March 25 - Lanier Sprints Regatta May 26-27 - ACRA National Championship

Lake Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club Contact: Office Administrator Brenda Miller, LCKC President Doug Smith 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: (complete list on website) March 17 - Lula Bridge 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.


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134 plunge on balmy New Year’s Eve By Jane Harrison Ed Myers and sons bade farewell to the old year with a timely plunge into Lake Lanier New Year’s Eve in the 15th Annual Polar Bear Plunge, organized by the Lake Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club. The trio was among the last of 134 jumpers lined up on the docks at the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue on a bright, mild finale to 2011. Myers, clad in a brown robe, white beard and 2011 sash, took the celebratory dip with 11-yearold Reese, diapered as Baby New Year 2012, and 9-year-old Grey, festooned as Party Man with a fringed lampshade on his head. The Gainesville guys shared the afternoon with warm-hearted celebrants whose smiles and giggles on the dock turned briefly into grimaces and groans when they emerged from the water. Many took the plunge with family members and friends who dared to end the year with an exhilarating leap. “I told them it would take their breath away,” said Reese Myers, who returned to the plank after a cold immersion last year. Al-

though the sun warmed the outside air into the upper 50s, king size jumper Joe Wolfe, from Flowery Branch, brought word from the deep: “It’s cold at 20 feet under!” Thirteen-year jumper George Wangemann, who had hoped for a warm reception, reported the water felt like a chilly 45 degrees. The Gainesville city councilman, who holds the record for the most jumps, led the throng after appearing first in a white chicken costume. Captain America, a 14member banner-wielding family, and the Myers boys were among those competing for the best costume prize. When all the shivering was over, the Myers’ get up won it. “We just got this together last night,” said Ed Myers, who nearly lost his beard in the water. The Galbraith clan of 14 held hands and splashed down together after posing with banners declaring “Happy New Year 2012.” “This is a three year tradition … it just gets bigger and bigger,” said Shannon Galbraith, whose twin brother Shane started it off with two other family members.


The Galbraith clan held hands and splashed down together after posing with banners declaring “Happy New Year 2012.”

“It’s a fun thing to do with your family.” Captain America, also known as Thomas Christie from Atlanta, made a huge entry with his striped and star-spangled swim

trunks underneath a shield painted on his belly. He declared a booming welcome to spectators in the grandstand and launched a triple tiered cannonball ker-plunk that won the biggest splash prize.

Jumpers warmed up in two donated hot tubs and downed hot chili, desserts, and drinks at the LCKC boathouse across the street. LCKC reported it was the largest turn-out in five years.


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redneck fishing tournament. Since these fish jump when agitated the fishermen use nets and baseball bats. The first tournament was in 2005. Five boats took 200 fish that year. As word spread the tournament got bigger. This year 5,000 people showed up with more than 200 boats. Don’t know how many fish they took, but I’ll bet it was a good dent in their population. For more information go to: Canoe dancing I remember canoe jousting at Boy Scout Camp, where we had an eight-foot pole with boxing gloves on either end. You stood on the bow and your paddler positioned you to knock your opponent in the water. It was rough, but fun. In canoe dancing, the canoeist sits in the middle of the canoe and tries to get the canoe to move to the beat of the music. Maybe this could be one of the competitions for Lanier’s Olympic venue. For more information, contact: Personally I used to use a canoe’s stealth to sneak up on fish with a fly rod using a popper for bait. It got bass every time. Cruising alternatives Many people have asked me where I would suggest they go boating if the water level in Lanier doesn’t rise by next season. If you have a trailerable boat you can head south to Florida, and cruise the ICW or put your boat in at Jacksonville and cruise down the St. John River to Sanford, Fl. The ICW also is on the west coast of Florida with excellent cruising and no shortage of things to see and places to eat or stay overnight. The fishing is

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an announcement about who will take the helm of its junior program this month. LLRC Vice President John Ferriss said the club’s junior division will start up in January and February. He and

club members have held informational meetings at the club boathouse and area schools to promote the sport to middle and high school students. At least a dozen have expressed an interest

in rowing with LLRC, Ferriss said. The club has been without a junior coach since Jim Pickens departed his LLRC position last March.

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January forecast is all over the map December proved to be a very warm month with several days of record or near record high temperatures. We ended the year, despite the robust rainfall just before Christmas, with a rainfall deficit of more than 12 inches! With La Nina still going strong in the eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean, the new outlook from the Climate Prediction Center is for the above average temperatures to continue. The rainfall outlook is a bit more ambiguous. North Georgia is in an equal chance category. To our north, through much of Tennessee and North Carolina, above average rainfall is forecast. From Macon southward, below average rainfall is anticipated. What has happened due to La Nina is that we have split flow in the jet stream. The cold polar branch continues to meander up the the Canadian border. Last winter the polar jet was stuck deep in the South, giving us that brutally cold winter and snow. The southern branch of the jet steam, normally located near the tropics this time of year, continues to move across the southern United States. It basically runs from the desert southwest across the southeast. Many times in December we were actually south of the so-called sub tropical branch of the jet stream. That resulted in the 70 degree days in December.

This can be a dangerous scenario during the month of January. The Glenn jet stream adds an imBurns mense amount of energy and wind shear to storm Lanier systems. I am a lot more Outlook concerned for the potential of strong and severe storms this month than I am of any potential snow event. In fact, if the La Nina continues as strong as it is, snow in January may not be in the cards this year. So with the possibility of storm and severe storms is month, I would think the main threats would be hail, high winds, and tornadoes. Yes tornadoes. They can and do occur at any time of year here. I can’t tell you how many times I have tracked and covered January tornado outbreaks. They are not as fierce as in the spring time but they can get up to the EF2 range and cause considerable damage. So while snow may not be a good possibility this month, strong and severe storms are. If you got an iPad, iPhone or other smart phone for Christmas, there are many good severe weather apps and a few with full weather radio capabilities. Be safe and we’ll keep you posted with the latest forecasts and severe storm warnings. Glenn Burns is chief meteorologist for WSB-TV in Atlanta.


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Mother Nature, Father Time dictate cruising plans 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. Things started out the same way for us back in 2001. The provisioning was done and every system on the boat had been checked and double-checked. It was to be our first sailing experience to the Bahamas, and we could not have been more excited. Being novices we opted to follow the ICW route along the coast of Georgia. Gypsy Common, our 38-foot Island Packet, handled magnificently and from outward appearances she was the epitome of the finest ocean going vessel. We had spent three years and a lot of money equipping her with the most technologically advanced systems which would ensure a safe and uneventful crossing. We soon learned that there was more to cruising than a boat and its

arrived. We anchored in Lake Worth for the duration of our stay that first year, and although we Bob & are now comfortably situated in a Carolyn marina, we find ourselves once Wilson again delayed by intensifying northerly and easterly winds, and Cruising six to eight foot seas, unable to go Wilsons anywhere. Sixty or so boats are anchored close-by in Lake Worth, some equipment as Mother Nature heading to the Keys, but most, stepped in to teach us who was like us, trying to cross over to the really in control. By design, sailboats are better Bahamas. Our plight has become an unexpected surge of business than our trawler at handling unsettled wind and wave conditions. for the local Publix and West MaAnd while Gypsy Common could rine stores, as most everyone has continuously whittled away at the safely plow through the waves lauder or has a boat project to better than most, her inexpericomplete while passing the time. enced crew grew to appreciate We have been here for a month more settled sea conditions. We and, as of this writing, it does not never wanted to travel when we saw “the elephants dancing on the appear that the seas are going to settle down for at least another horizon,” and now with Sea Isweek. land Girl, we continue to opt for If you have ever visited Palm lower winds and calmer seas. Beach you understand that shopThat first year we arrived in ping is an ever present activity. Palm Beach mid-October and it was January 18th before the blus- Holiday shopping has created mayhem. The highways, parking tery winds subsided enough to lots and stores are laden with an even consider setting off on an abundance of transplanted northocean crossing. This year, it was not until mid-November when we erners trying to weave their way

through the holiday madness. To add to the madness, Donald Trump held an autograph signing party to promote his new book at the local Costco store. What a mess that was. We have managed to get around when needed, thanks to one or two local yacht club members, but for the most part, we’re sticking close by in hopes the weather will change. Our cruising kitty has been ticking away like the New Year clock at Times Square. The plan is to have the boat hauled in Green Turtle Cay to have the bottom painted, however an additional, and unexpected, short list of maintenance projects has popped up, so our holiday gift giving thus far has been, “I’ll give you a bilge pump for Christmas, and you can buy me a new air horn,” or “honey, I’ve decided to hire a crew to wax the boat for your birthday!” All has not been doom and gloom since we moved aboard. We have enjoyed trick or treating in Brunswick, a delicious Thanks-

giving feast at the home of close friends in Palm Beach, and spent an evening watching the annual Christmas Boat Parade wind its way along the ICW. Hopefully the weather delays will not continue and we will make it to Marsh Harbour by Christmas Eve to greet our daughter Jessica when she arrives for a week stay. So there you have it. We have successfully managed to hold true to three tenets of cruising – be prepared to bring out another thousand, let the wind be your guide and look upon each day as a new adventure. The New Year and Mother Nature are certain to bring us good fortune before long, and while we have the time, we would like to wish each and every one of you the best of health, peace and enjoyment throughout the coming year. - Until next time, Bob & Carolyn Wilson Update: We crossed over to the Bahamas on Dec 22 and arrived in Marsh Harbour just in time to meet our daughter Jessica!






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50th annual Atlanta Boat Show Nation’s largest indoor wake park will feature top national riders For the first time, the 2012 Progressive Insurance Atlanta Boat Show will debut the nation’s largest indoor wake park with stunts from the country’s most accomplished riders, performing daily at the Georgia World Congress Center Jan. 12-15. Presented by Mountain Wake and Singleton Marine Group, the 200,000gallon wake park will feature wall rides, spine kickers, quarter pipes and pipe rails from top wakeboarders – a can’tmiss event for on-the-water enthusiasts and thrill-seekers. Atlanta is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Georgia’s largest boat show with one its biggest entertainment features yet with pros from Mountain Wake, Singleton Marine Group, Liquid

Force and other top riders from across the country showcasing their award-winning tricks in a state-of-the-art, customdesigned indoor wake park. The attraction is brought together by a twotower continuous cable system that allows riders to perform multiple rotations around the park’s obstacles. The pros will compete against one another for bragging rights, hold themed performances, such as Friday the 13th Monster Jam. Wake Park scheduled events will be held 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday; and noon, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday. Complete details are available at

Show Features Family Day – Thursday, Jan. 12 Presented by the Marine Trade Association of Metro Atlanta, Family Day show attendees will receive discounts to local restaurants including Ted’s Montana Grill, and will have the chance to win great prizes including free boat rental certificates from Park Marine, a behind the scenes family tour of the Georgia Aquarium and a Family Fun Getaway Package to Lake Lanier Islands.

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The 2012 Atlanta Boat Show Dates & Location: January 12-15 Georgia World Congress Center Hall C, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd, NW, Atlanta, GA 30313 Hours: Thurs-Fri 11am-9pm, Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 10am-6pm Admission: Adults - $10, (16 & up) Children 15 and under free when accompanied by an adult. Valid for entry any one day. Details: For more information call 770-951-2500 or visit

No race boat has ever earned a coveted spot in the American Power Boat Association’s legendary Hall of Champions — but that may change when this record-setting offshore catamaran finally hits the dry docks. The 40-foot, turbine-powered Miss GEICO took the offshore racing scene by storm in the spring of 2006 and proceeded to demolish record after record and awe those unfortunate enough to race against her. "I don't think the other big boats on the circuit knew what to expect," said driver Marc Granet. "Nobody had ever seen anything like it." Miss GEICO will be on display at this year’s Atlanta Boat Show.

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Priced below appraised value! Builder's personal deep water lakefront home. Double slip dock in no wake cove. Trey, vaulted & coffered ceilings everywhere. Gourmet kitchen, marble & hardwoods thru out. Terrace level entertainment game room & 12 seat theater room. Pack your bags and wake up in Paradise every day!


Priced to Sell $164,500 $125,000

Priced at $675,000 Beautiful, deep water lake home with a very gentle walk to your covered boathouse, with vinyl decking. Home features all the upgrades, including high-end trim, wet bar, trey ceilings, granite countertops with subzero, big sunroom and screened porch, with hot tub and views to the lake. Nicely-landscaped. Great south-end location, close to the Mall of GA and I-985.

Four sides brick on nearly 2 acres, near Mall of Ga & I-985. The main level & finished terrace have two separate entrances from the exterior. The main level and the terrace cannot access each other from the inside. Upper level has 3bed/2ba. Lower level has 2beds/1ba. Gunite pool has been out of service.

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January 2012

Athlete of the Month

Lakeside Calendar January 2012

Rewis aims for Division 1 rowing By Jane Harrison Amber Rewis first took to water in a kayak. Now the 16-year-old Mill Creek High School sophomore is eyeing Division 1 schools for a potential rowing scholarship. She recently hit a new time standard in winter training with the North Georgia Rowing Academy and was chosen by Coach Jim Pickens as Lakeside’s January Athlete of the Month. Background: Rewis, daughter of Crystal and Chad Arden of Buford, was paddling with the Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club three years ago when she first observed rowers out on the lake. “I saw them rowing and it looked like fun, so I tried it and have stuck with it,” she said. On the differences between kayaking and rowing: “Rowing is a lot more technical,” she said. “And it’s more of a team sport.” She explained that the graceful, uniform movement of eight or four rowers sharing a boat requires a high degree of technique and concentration. She added the sport offers a total body workout by utilizing the torso and legs in each push to propel the boat. Why she rows: Rewis indicated the mental discipline of rowing transcends into other aspects of her life. “It’s really nice. It’s a mind thing … it prepares you to go through things, to work together. It’s really a mental thing to push through the pain,” she said. Her specialty: “I really like 5 (kilometer) head races,” Rewis said. She enjoys the challenge of rowing steady state with three other teammates in a boat. Rewis usually occupies the first seat of a 4+ boat. Training: This winter, Rewis and teammates are working out five days a week in two-hour sessions of land training at Riverside Military Academy. “It’s a mix-

ture of weights, running and ergs,” she said. Her crew expects to be out on the water at the American Legion lake access on Riverside Drive in mid-February. Accomplishments: “I broke eight minutes (in Rewis early December) in the 2000 meters on the erg machine,” Rewis said. She also achieved first place in a double in an Aiken, S.C. regatta. In addition, she was among four NGRA athletes invited to the Sparks Winter Rowing and Coxswain Camp in San Diego last month. There, she expected to meet college coaches. Goals: I want to row in college … I want to go for a Division 1 college,” she said. Next competition: She will be competing in the Feb. 4 North Georgia ERG Sprints and Triathrow, a 5K erg, 5K run, and 500 yard swim at Riverside Military Academy. She and teammates will be racing in spring sprints, including the John Hunter Regatta March 24 on Lake Lanier. Comments from Coach Jim Pickens: The NGRA head coach describes Rewis as fitting the mold for collegiate rowing. “She’s exceptional. She’s the tall, strong athlete every college is looking for,” Pickens said. Her December accomplishment on the ergometer set a pace that her teammates are trying to catch, he said. “She did it twice in two days … she got over the mental block and it happened,” he said. “She’s in her third year of rowing and is still a very young lady,” he added, which bodes well toward her college ambitions.”

Jan. 6-8 – Southeast Championship Bullriding held at the Georgia Mountains Center at 8 p.m., Fri./Sat.; 3 p.m., Sun. Tickets: Advance—$20 adults; $10 children (12 and under); $22 adults on day of show. Info: 770534-8420. Jan. 31 – State Tour of GTA’s “The Grapes of Wrath,” at the Hosch Theatre at Brenau University. Free. Info: 678-717-3624; Feb. 14-19, 21-25 – “The Grapes of Wrath,” presented by Gainesville Theater Alliance at Hosch Theater at Brenau University in Gainesville. Admission: $16-18, adults; $14-16, seniors; $10-12, students. Info: Mar. 23-25 – “Alice in Wonderland,” performed by the Gainesville Ballet Co. at Pearce Auditorium at Brenau University. Info: Thru June 1 – “Abstracts” by Ferdinand Rosa displayed at Adam’s Restaurant and Piano Bar, 15. E. Main St., Buford. Info: 678-7450379; Cumming Playhouse Jan. 8 – On A Spiritual High Jan. 14 – Firecracker Jazz Band, 8 p.m. Jan. 20 – Cumming/Forsyth Artist Showcase, 8 p.m. Jan. 21 – Jake-Leg Stompers, 8 p.m. Feb. 2-26 – The Dixie Swim Club presented by Gypsy Theatre Co. Feb. 10 – The Dixie Swim Club Author’s Night Info: 770-781-9178; Interactive Neighborhood for Kids Jan. 1 – INK open 1-5 p.m., celebrate the New Year. Jan. 2-6 – New Year’s Craft Week, create fun New Year’s Crafts. Jan. 9-13 – Bird Craft Week, create bird crafts with feathers. Jan. 10 – Target $2 Tuesday, with Target’s help, museum admission from 2-7 p.m. $2

Jan. 16-20 – Martin Luther King Craft Week, learn about King and create crafts to celebrate the civil rights leader. Jan. 23-27 – Music Craft Week, make some musical instruments and create own songs. Feb. 1-3 – Snow Craft Week, enjoy arts & crafts about snow. Feb. 6-10 – Valentine’s Day Craft Week, make valentines. Info: Free, with admission unless otherwise noted;; 770 536-1900 North Atlanta Trade Center Jan. 14 – Golden Spike Train Show Jan. 21-22 – Great Southern Fishing Show Jan. 21-22 – Eastman’s Gun Show Jan. 27-29 – Great American Motorcycle Show Feb. 18-19 – Atlanta’s Exotic Bird Fair Info: 770-279-9899, Quinlan Visual Arts Center Thru Feb. 19 – “A Taste,” Tannery Row Artist Colony; “Winter Juried Show,” the Georgia Art League; “Threads of Time,” Tommye Scanlin; and “Moments of Color,” Linda Dragonette. Info: 770 536-2575,

Sailing Club Events 2012 SAILING EVENTS ON LAKE LANIER Club





Poker Run/Mad Hatter Sun 01/01 Winter #1 - LLSC Hosts Sat 01/07 Laser Frostbite #1 Sun 01/08 Ice Breaker #1 Sun 01/08 Winter #2 - UYC Hosts (UYC Spring 1) Sat 01/14 LLSC Laser Frostbite #2 Sun 01/15 SSC Ice Breaker #2 Sun 01/15 LARC Winter #3 - AISC Hosts Sat 01/21 LLSC Laser Frostbite #3 Sun 01/22 SSC Ice Breaker #3 Sat 01/28 LLSC Laser Frostbite #4 Sun 01/29 FEBRUARY 2012 LLSC UYC LLSC

1064 UYC Spring #2 Laser Frostbite #5

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Event Ice Breaker #4 Hot Ruddered Bum Laser Frostbite #6 Winter #4 - SSC Hosts Ice Breaker #5 Laser Frostbite #7 UYC Spring 3 Winter #5 - BF Hosts Laser Frostbite #8







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Around Alone Winter Gale #2 Commodore's Cup Nippert #3 Nippert #4 Dogwood Regatta Dogwood Regatta

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Nippert #1 Laser Southerns Regatta Laser Southerns Regatta Winter Gale #1 Atlanta Cup J24/J22 Atlanta Cup J24/J22 Nippert #2 UYC Spring 4

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January 2012

Pull Watersports selling family fun on the lake By Jane Harrison Jenny and Perry Serwitz opened Pull Watersports last spring as a family venture. After a disappointing and costly online shopping excursion for a wake board for their son failed to produce what they wanted, they began thinking about starting their own store. “We had trouble finding what we wanted, when we needed it, so we decided to do our own thing,” Jenny Serwitz said. The result is a family-oriented shop on Keith’s Bridge Road stocked full of just about every kind of lake toy to hit the water. From stand-up paddle boards to towable tubes and wake boards to water skateboards, Pull Watersports has the goods for fun on the lake. “We look toward getting the recreation-oriented family out on the lake,” Perry Serwitz said. “We’re conscious of a family budget and also of quality,” Jenny added. Shoppers include accomplished skiers looking for high end trick skis to teenagers eyeing affordable wake boards. Although towable tubes and wake boards have been their

biggest sellers since opening day, several “growth areas” seem to be emerging, Jenny said. Stand up paddle boarding “is a sport that has really taken off. It’s a great way to get out on the lake without a boat. It’s amazingly stable.” SUP, for short, resembles surfing with a broad board and paddle, which the boarder uses to propel and maneuver the craft on flatwater or on waves. The motion works the body’s core without exhausting the legs or arms. Pull Watersports sells and rents SUPs and has contracted with a fitness instructor who uses the craft in boot camp workouts. Wake surf boards are also gaining popularity, Jenny said. “You surf the wave in the back of the boat” after letting go of the tow rope. “It’s real easy on the body” and is done close to the back of the boat, where those on board can actually talk with the boarder. If a trip to Pull Watersports has one hankering to get out on the lake before it warms up, the shop has a new product to get in some cool moves before spring. Using a Trampboard, a wake board enthusiast can get in some training on a


Jenny and Perry Serwitz offer all kinds of water sport equipment at Pull Watersports on Keith Bridge Road in Cumming.

trampoline. Jenny shared a photo of their 10-year-old son pivoting a trampboard on the family trampoline. The Serwitzs also offer water sport accessories (gloves, ropes, handles, wet suits) and have been known to do quick repairs on

water sport equipment brought in folks driving by their shop en route to the lake. In addition, they stock men’s and women’s attire “for active people to wear in their boats on the water and then wear out to Sunset Cove for dinner and

drinks,” Perry said. “The main thing is to get people out on the water having fun,” he said. Pull Watersports aims to do that at their current location and at a second site set to open soon in Atlanta Marine on Holiday Road in Buford.

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Stunning quality built, 4-sided brick, 5 BR, 3.5 BA lake home, elegantly appointed with expansive hardwood floors. Spacious formal living room & dining room & fireside family room, granite counters in gourmet kitchen, delightful screened porch, 2 decks and large patio designed to enjoy lake views. Dreamy master suite on main level. Finished terrace level features huge fireside recreation room inlaw suite and 2nd kitchen. Sited at water’s edge in prestigious gated Pointe West, a swim/tennis neighborhood. Easy walk to private 2-slip party deck boat dock with ultra deep water.


Reduced $396K to $799,000! Custom built in 2007, this 5 bedroom, 4 bath awesome Lake Lanier chalet features soaring ceilings and windows to enjoy views of the lake. The cathedral pine ceilings, huge stone fireplace, gourmet granite kitchen, banquet sized dining area, expansive decks, screened porch, recreation room with wet bar for entertaining offer the best of lake living. There is a spacious detached apartment above the 3-car garage. The 2-slip party deck boat dock on always deep water. Enjoy the quiet wooded seclusion with approximately 120 feet of lake frontage. Convenient to GA 400, only 3 minutes to North Georgia Premium Outlet Mall.


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terrace level for expansion. Formal living room, formal dining

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counters and sunny breakfast area on main level. Finished ter-

sive deck for entertaining. A paved road to deep water boat dock

race level has recreation room and full bath. 4-car garage park-

to enjoy lake living at its best. Well maintained, move-in condition

ing. 2-slip boat dock permit to enjoy lake. Prime location near

near Lake Lanier Islands, GA 400 and Mall of Georgia.

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Lake Lanier Marinas Info AQUALAND MARINA Hours of operation: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for tenants, 8 a.m. to sunset for visitors Phone: 770-967-6811 Location: 6800 Lights Ferry Road, 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: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 7 days a week Types of fuel: Non-ethanol, 90 octane Price of fuel: (as of 12/22/11) $4.79 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 hours a day, 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, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 7 days a week Phone: 770-945-1991 Location: 6700 Holiday Rd, Buford Types of slips available: Wet docks for 75-150 foot covered & 100-foot open slips; 554 dry stack; New 125' x 24' & 150 x 26' HB slips now available. Types of fuel: 90 Non-ethonol and ValvTect diesel marine fuel Price of fuel: (as of 12/22/11)) $4.69 premium; $4.39 diesel Security: Holiday Marina security patrols marina Additional amenities: Repair services. Free pump/portipotti station for members. Wet slips: private gated access, golf cart valet service, free dockside pumpout. New gas dock, easy access for houseboats. New courtesy docks for dry stack customers. The Houseboat Store has taken over the service dept & boat sales for Chris Craft, Formula, Startdust and Fantasy. BALD RIDGE MARINA Hours of operation: Office, Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., marina has 24-hour access. Phone: 770-887-5309; Location: 1850 Bald Ridge Marina Road, 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 12/22/11) $4.69; $4.09 diesel (Dock open 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon./Thurs./ Fri..; 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat./Sun. Closed Tue./Wed.) On-site eatery: Sandwich Market - Seasonal Menu: Grilled & cold sandwiches, pita wrap. Restaurant description: Casual Phone: 770-889-2185 Security: 24-hour security, gated Additional amenities: Full-service department, parts de-

partment, boat body work, yacht repair & Marine Max Stovall sales dock GAINESVILLE MARINA Hours of operation: Office, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 7 days a week Phone: 770-536-2171 Location: 2145 Dawsonville Hwy, Gainesville Types of slips available: 600 slips, dry stack covered. up to 25 feet, wet covered & uncovered to 80 feet. Types of fuel: 90 recreational, non-ethanol Price of fuel: (as of 12/22/11) N/A (Dock open 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 7 days a week; Pay-at-the-Pump, 9 a.m.- ‘til dark, 7 days a week) On-site eatery: Skogies (Seasonal Wed. thru Sun.) 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 Location: 2200 Habersham Marina Rd, Cumming Types of slips available: 650 slips for dry storage up to 27 foot Store: Yes Types of fuel: 90 Recreational fuel, non-ethanol Price of fuel: (as of 12/22/11) N/A(Dock open 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Mon.-Sat./Closed on Sun.) Security: Yes Additional amenities: Repair services, detailing and bottom cleaning. Also bathroom and shower facilities are available. HIDEAWAY BAY MARINA (Formerly Starboard Cove Marina) Hours of operation: Office: 8:30 a.m5:30 p.m., 7 days Marina: 24/7 Phone: 770-967-5500 Web Site: 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 12/22/11) $4.34 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 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 sup-

plies. Types of fuel: Premium, unleaded & diesel, non-ethanol Price of fuel: (as of 12/22/11): $4.99 premium; $4.89 unleaded; $4.49 diesel (5 percent discount with Westrec advantage membership) On-site eatery: Castaways Seafood Bar & Grill Menu: Seafood, burgers, sandwiches & salads Phone: 678-765-8300 Security: 24 hour Additional amenities: Boat rentals, repair service, pumpout station, boat sales, TowBoat US LANIER HARBOR MARINA Hours of operation: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 7 days; Gas dock: 24 hours. Phone: 770-945-2884 Location: 2066 Pinetree Dr, Buford Types of slips available: 40’x16’ & 50’x18’, with power, water, satellite hook-up Store: Yes Store hours: 24 hour gas dock & store Types of fuel: 89 octane, 93 octane Price of fuel: (as of 12/22/11) $4.59 mid-grade, $4.69 premium, with 10 cents off a gallon, both mid-grade and premium, for Boat US members. Security: 24 hours Additional amenities: 24/hr Towing Service PORT ROYALE MARINA Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., 7 days a week Phone: 770-887-5715 Location: 9200 Lan Mar Rd, Gainesville Types of slips available: Uncovered, 20-foot to 80-foot; covered, 24-foot to 80-foot totaling 514 slips & dry stack storage (464) for up to 39 feet & 115 covered bay sheds to store boats on trailers Store: Service Store & Ship Store Store/Dock hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., 7 days a week Types of fuel: 90-octane Price of fuel: (as of 12/22/11) $4.54 regular On-site eatery: Pelican Pete's Bar and Grill Security: Night security Additional amenities: Climate controlled bath house with showers, 24 hour 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: 9:00 a.m.5 p.m., Wed.-Mon., closed Tues. Phone: 770-536-8599 Location: 5725 Flat Creek Rd, Gainesville Types of slips available: Uncov-20-70 ft.; covered-2450 ft.; to include an exclusive 44 ft Sailboat Breakwater Dock. Total Wet Slips 688 and nine (9) Dry Storage Spaces (boats on trailer). Store: Yes Store/Dock hours: 9:00 a.m.-5 p.m., Wed.-Mon., closed Tues. Types of fuel: 90 recreational, non-ethanol Price of fuel: (as of 12/22/11) $4.79 with 5 percent off with Westrec Advantage Membership Additional amenities: Club House, bath house, laundry facility and pump-out open 24 hours a day.

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January 2012


Drought uncovers surreal beauty on exposed shores

The eroded stump of a massive tree covered by Lake Lanier at Wahoo Park appears like a huge tarantula clinging to the shore. A cluster of mussel shells, gathered by hand, beak or claw, rests on a rock at Thompson Bridge Park, where the wide shore is littered by thousands of shells emptied by predators.


t first glance, the red, rocky exposed shores of a shrunken Lake Lanier appear as an ugly image from a dry spell. But, a walk along some of the wide, barren shores at year-round parks on the drought-ridden lake can reveal an unexpected surreal beauty. In the eye of the observant beholder, the desolate rim once covered by water serves as a reminder of loveliness in the ebb and flow of nature. PHOTOS AND TEXT BY JANE HARRISON

A widened shoreline makes for a bigger playground for a man and his dog at Holly Park. Bicycle tracks in the sand reveal a rider has discovered a new route.

A red leaf of the perennial heuchera, or coral bells, hangs over a low, mossy cliff where waters once lapped at the edge of Wahoo Park.

Tracks of a great blue heron or turkey appear on a sandy patch of exposed shore at Wahoo Park.

A shore fisherman sets multiple lines for striper on the rocky red point at Holly Park.

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Marinas offer insights, improvement updates for 2012 Lake Lanier’s marinas are looking forward to a good boating season and increased lake levels in 2012. Lakeside’s Senior Writer Pamela A. Keene talked with marina managers and compiled this report: Aqualand Marina – features 1,751 wet slips and 418 dry storage slips, offering five member launch ramps and one public ramp. What’s your outlook for the 2012 boating season? Looking for a good season and hopefully the lake level will be back to full pool. What makes your marina “special?” Aqualand is one of the world’s largest fresh-water inland marinas and is located on 144 acres in a natural park-like setting. We offer many amenities, including a fuel and pump-out dock, ship’s store, Lake Lanier’s only self-service repair yard, several bath houses and a laundry room. Dockside Grill Café waterfront café located in the store parking lot is a casual outdoor restaurant known for its famous hand-pattied “Docker” burgers. The food has an AmericanCaribbean flair and is open for lunch and dinner during the season. Types of food also include varieties of salads, sandwiches, grilled chicken, seafood, wings, and a kids’ menu. Community involvement: We support many of the marina and community events with cash donations, plus children’s wildlife programs with Elachee Nature Center on its glass-bottom boat “Chota Princess,” which is docked at Aqualand Marina. Advice to boaters for 2012:

We always urge safe boating, but especially with the water level down watch for any underwater hazards. What major changes, improvements are on the horizon for your marina? We’re continually upgrading throughout the entire marina. We’ll be releasing our 2012 marina rates at the Atlanta Boat Show – No increases in rates for 2012, and some rated have been reduced. Aquamarina Lazy Days: features 75 wet slips and 565 covered dry stack racks for boats up to 36 feet. What’s your outlook for the 2012 boating season? We’re looking forward to a great 2012 boating season. What makes your marina “special?” Our marina is known for its excellent customer service and for offering new and seasoned boaters the best boating experience available. All of our docks are ‘premium’ concrete docks and every wet slip customer receives free in-slip pumpout service, valet golf-cart service and assigned parking. Our dry stack customers enjoy the convenience of having a full-service fuel dock, on-site service department, and Ship’s Store. One-hour call ahead to launch for dry-stack boaters; we’ll even fuel your boat before you get here. Also offer cleaning/detailing services all boats, a wash rack area located on property for self-service light maintenance and cleaning. Trailer storage is available. Community involvement: Lake Lanier Association Shore Sweep, Marine Trade Association of Metro Atlanta, Association of

Outdoor Activity Calendar January 2012 See Lake Lanier Olympic Venue Calendar for canoe/kayak and rowing activities Aqua Activities „ Brenau Masters Swim Team, Gainesville. Practice and competitive program for masters swimmers of all levels, high school age and older. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays 6-7 a.m., Brenau University Natatorium, Washington/Prior St. $60 month. (770) 5326279,, Grounded pursuits „ Lanier Running Club, Gainesville. Club meeting, 7 p.m. Jan. 2, Johnny’s Pizza, 204 Carrington Park Dr. „ ISI Cycling, Gainesville. Group bicycle rides all speeds and levels, 7:30 a.m. Saturdays; fast pace ride 7:30 a.m. Sundays, Corinth Baptist Church, Thompson Bridge/Mt. Vernon Rd;

Marine Industries. Advice to boaters for 2012: Dry stack is a great option for boaters who wish to protect their investments. Additional comments: Want to meet us in person? We’ll be at the 2012 Atlanta Boat Show in Booth #209. Bald Ridge Marina: features 605 wet slips. What’s your outlook for the 2012 boating season? Great! What makes your marina “special?” We’re the first marina that has totally replaced all of the Styrofoam with encapsulated flotation for our docks. It’s environmentally better for the lake. The Sandwich Market has a new owner for the upcoming season. Community involvement: Local schools, Dream House for Medically Fragile Children. Advice to boaters for 2012: Enjoy, have fun and be safe. What major changes, improvements are on the horizon for your marina? We always are looking for ways to improve the marina. This year we sealed the parking lots, replaced Styrofoam on the docks and upgraded the restrooms by the office. Gainesville Marina: features 420 west slips and 226 dry stack. What’s your outlook for the 2012 boating season? We are looking forward to a great 2012 boating season! We have planned a super fun event calendar full of family fun activities and a new VIP tenant program. What makes your marina “special?” Friendly atmosphere, locally owned and operated, under same management for the past 27 years, planned family ac-

30-60 mile rides all speeds and levels, 1 p.m. Kroger shopping center, 3630 Thompson Bridge Rd. Free. „ Triathlon Club, Gainesville. Call or email for information about group bike rides, swim clinics, runs. (770) 532-2453,, „ 8-50 mile bike rides, Gainesville. Easy to strenuous rides with Chicken City Cyclists, 10 a.m. Jan. 7 & 14, Dewberry Church, Clarks Bridge Rd. (770) 534-7075. „ Keep Your Resolution 5K Run, Dawsonville. 8 a.m. Jan. 7, Veterans Memorial Park, Hwy. 9 N. $20., (678) 3133658. „ Chicken City Cyclists, Gainesville. Club meeting, 6 p.m. Jan. 12, Pasquales Italian Restaurant, 1011 Riverside Dr., (770) 534-7075 „ Run Road Atlanta, Braselton. 10K 8 a.m., 5K 9:30 a.m., 1K elementary fun run 10:30 a.m. Jan. 21 on Road Atlanta course, Road Atlanta, 5300 Winder Hwy. 5K/10K $25 by Jan. 20, $30 race day; fun run $10., „ Lakeview Academy New Year’s Resolution 5K/1 Mile Run, Gainesville. 3 p.m. Jan. 22,

tivities. Come to the north end and escape the “traffic” of the south end of the lake. Skogies Lakefront Restaurant, everything from a simple burger to their “famous” Blackened Grouper, fish tacos, Po’ Boys and wraps. Breakfast Sat and Sun. Open all year. Wed through Sun 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (winter hours). Community involvement: Hall County Partners in Education, United Way of Hall County, local school sports teams sponsorship, Honduras Outreach, Boy Scouts of America, various church outreach programs. Advice to boaters for 2012: Education is one of the most important aspects of safe boating and responsibly. Knowing the ins and outs of your boat, how to navigate waterways and how to read a nautical chart are just a few important things to learn before going out on the lake. We want everyone to enjoy the lake and always come back safe with happy stories to tell. What major changes, improvements are on the horizon for your marina? We have an all new VIP program for our full-time tenants, which will include discounts on gas, pump-outs, tickets to local

events and parks, and much more. We will have boat, water skis, wakeboard and towable tube rentals, coming this spring. We are also working on plans for a new service shop and administration building. Additional comments: Thank you to all of our tenants and boating customers for a wonderful 2011 boating season. We look forward to seeing you soon. For those boaters who are not yet part of our Gainesville Marina Family, we invite you to come join us and see why Gainesville Marina is “The Best Location on Lake Lanier!” Habersham Marina: features 600 drystack, 100 courtesy dock slips. What’s your outlook for the 2012 boating season? Compared to last year’s boating season we are looking for this next season to meet or exceed last summer’s under normal conditions. We experienced a high volume of customer traffic and are looking for the same in 2012. What makes your marina “special?” We are the only all exclusive drystack marina on Lake Lanier. In addition we are the Please see Marinas, page 59

Lake Lanier Marina contact info: Aqualand Marina:, 770-967-6811 Aquamarina Lazy Days:, 770-945-1991 Bald Ridge Marina:, 770-887-5309 Gainesville Marina:, 770-536-2171 Habersham Marina:, 770-887-5432 Hideaway Bay Marina:, 770-967-5500 Holiday on Lake Lanier: 770-945-7201 Lanier Harbor Marina:, 770-945-2884 Port Royale Marina:, 770-887-5715 Sunrise Cove Marina:, 770-536-8599

Lakeview Academy, 796 Lakeview Dr. $20., (678) 943-3960. „ Beginning Bee Keeping, Helen. Instructions on bee behavior, bee keeping and hive making, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 21, Smithgall Woods State Park, 61 Tsalaki Trl. $10, plus $5 parking., (706) 878-3087. „ Reaching Argentina Through Compassionate Evangelism 5K, Gainesville. 1 0:30 a.m. Jan. 21, Riverside Military Academy, 2001 Riverside Dr. $20. (678) 6176951. „ Dulcimer Making, Helen. Assemble, sand and finish Appalachian dulcimer, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 28, Smithgall Woods State Park, 61 Tsalaki Trl. $95, plus $10 parking. Register by Jan. 20., (706) 878-3087. „ Chili Dawg 5K Run/Walk, Athens. 9 a.m. Jan. 28, Sandy Creek Park, 400 Bob Holman Rd. $20 by Jan. 20; $25 after., (706) 542-3386. „ Lace Up & Live Strong 5K, Suwanee. 5K 8

a.m.and fun run, 9:30 a.m. Feb. 4, North Gwinnett Church, 4369 West Price Rd. 5K $25 by Jan. 28, $28 after; fun run $12., (678) 985-3921. „ Spartan 5K/1-mile Sprint, Athens. 5K 9 a.m, sprint 10 a.m. Feb. 11, Athens Academy, 1281 Spartan Ln. $15 by Jan. 31, $20 after., (706) 549-9225. „ Annual Fireside Art & Craft Show, Helen. Indoor juried showcase of Southeastern crafts, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 18-19, Unicoi State Park, 1788 Hwy 356. $5 parking., (800) 573-9659, Ext. 305. „ Southern Cross, Dahlonega. 50-mile cyclocross or mountain bike endurance race, 10 a.m., tandem 8 a.m., Feb. 25, Montaluce Winery, 501 Hightower Church Rd. $80, tandem $160., (404) 432-5841. „ Xterra Thrills in the Hills Trail Run, Winder. 21K, 42K trail runs, 8:30 a.m. Feb. 25, Fort Yargo State Park, Entrance B, 210 South Broad St. 21K $35 by Feb. 12, $40 after; 42K $45/$50; add $10 race day registration., - Compiled by Jane Harrison

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Marine navigation charting basics for boaters Group’s testing indicates Press the “on” button and althis could be a crucial time when most instantly the screen continuproficiency and a thorough underexcess of nutrients in lake ously displays your exact position Steve standing in “The Basics” make all

Starting this month, Lakeside on Lanier will feature a quarterly column provided by the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. It will appear the first month of each quarter. Recent testing of the waters of Lake Lanier by the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (UCR) has indicated an excess of nutrients, a pre-cursor to possible algae blooms and reduced oxygen levels. From spring to fall, UCR collects monthly nutrient samples at 10 locations on Lanier. In accordance with a SQAP (sampling and quality assurance plan) approved by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD), UCR measures chlorophyll-a levels, which are used to determine the amount of possible algae growth in the lake. Lakes tend to collect and hold nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus that may flow from sources in the watershed, including agricultural production, sewage treatment plants, septic tanks and lawn fertilizers. If too many nutrients collect in the lake, algae may bloom and deplete oxygen levels, impacting fish and other aquatic life, recreational areas and water supplies. The monthly monitoring program is part of UCR’s Lake Lanier Clean Water Campaign, which works to monitor and uphold the state’s water quality standards. UCR’s 2011 monitoring showed elevated numbers beyond the water quality standard for chlorophyll-a in three locations: Brown’s Bridge, mid-lake near the confluence with Flowery Branch, and near Buford Dam. In 2010, UCR documented similar high levels at the Brown’s Bridge and mid-lake stations. These results indicate that excessive nutrients are entering the lake and confirm the need for an expedited clean-up plan. UCR is working with the Upper Chattahoochee Basin Group (UCBG), a group of municipal and utility representa-

Jason Ulseth Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeepers

tives and other stakeholders in the Lanier watershed, to ensure that proper action is taken to restore the lake’s water quality. In 2008, monitoring reports resulted in adding Lanier to the EPD’s list of “impaired” or polluted waters across the state. Clean-up plans for waterways on the list are developed with the ultimate goal removing them from the list. That same year, a state-sponsored modeling project was undertaken to understand how nutrients enter the lake and affect algae growth. The UCBG participated in the state’s modeling work by contributing data and reviewing model results. Using the data collected by EPD, UCR and others, along with data generated by the model, the objective is to reduce the amount of nutrients entering the lake by employing a strategic management model that tightens limits in wastewater permits, such as those for the Cornelia and Baldwin water pollution control plants. The UCR will advocate that this same model be used at Lanier. Other strategies to reduce the amount of nutrients in the lake will target runoff from agricultural and residential land uses; a preliminary calculation of the “total maximum daily load” of nutrients in the watershed shows that substantial reductions must be made to keep Lanier clean now and in the future. UCR will continue its lake monitoring program and advocacy for a cleaner lake through implementation of the state’s clean-up plan. „ MORE INFO/TO JOIN: 404-352-9828 Search: Lakeside on Lanier

graphically presented on a bright, multicolored electronic chart. Marine navigation technology has made enormous advancements in recent years. Not long ago were the days when a reliable GPS fix was double checked because of possible satellite errors, Loran C lines were crowding the navigation chart and the compass rose on the Mercator projection was stating the variation, the difference between magnetic and true North. With these remarkable innovations many mariners have become experts of the GPS systems, sometimes becoming over reliant on them and not employing other forms of the precise science called navigation. To help prevail over this widespread condition you should be familiar with “The Basics.” The premise for professional Captain’s license training is to mentor and instruct a student to satisfactorily demonstrate knowledge of these basic skill sets by passing a series of examinations that include Charting, Rules of the Road, Deck General, and Navigation General. The real test comes after, when you are in charge of your vessel’s operations, underway and in port. This month’s column is focused on the USCG license requirement for charts. Because the lake is not a navigable waterway


the positive difference to your passengers, crew and vessel. It Boating also produces improved, more reSafety liable navigation and safety to have the paper chart or booklet to compare and evaluate. Practice does produce great reby commercial traffic, the charts sults and progress in this enlook different than those prodeavor. Learn how to interpret the duced by NOAA. If you are unchart by using Chart Number 1 derway off the coast, open sea, http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.go river, harbor, or the inter-coastal v/mcd/chartno1.htm and follow waterway, then you should carry good plotting methods to affix accurate navigation charts speyour position accurately and concific to those areas where you are sistently. For those who are interoperating. The most recent and ested in learning more it will take corrected chart portfolios for about 15 – 20 hours of practical these waters can be found by exercise with navigation chart looking at http://www.nautiproblems to hone your basic skill and understanding, increasing artViewer.html. One complexity your ability and ultimately your for mariners using paper charts is confidence. With many resources the necessity for protective storon the market you can find expert age and also the constant atteninstruction from attending boat tion of the navigator to make sure training events, marine license they represent precise informaschools, and on-line courses and tion, essential for safe passage. tutorial. “The Basics” are not Advanced technology, including only the requirement for a Capelectronic charts makes caretaktain’s license but proven the all ing and space saving storage around best foundation for safety much more efficient and the inand resource of a successful, safe formation easier to obtain … but boating experience. at what cost? Steve Johnson, US Coast One scenario you should be Guard (ret). is with CPO Johnaware of, and prepare for, is the son, Inc. loss of power and especially what „ MORE INFO: that means to operational and gineering systems. Without GPS

Start the year right with safety on your mind The US Army Corps of Engineers is always concerned for your boating safety. Over the past several years, we’ve seen the number of drownings and boating accidents on Lake Lanier fluctuate. Our goal is to keep reducing the number of incidents that cause injury, damage to property or loss of life. This year we have had a high rate of fatalities and accidents and hope to have even fewer in 2012. You as a responsible boater can help, and now is perhaps the best time to think about ways that you can contribute to a safe boating season for 2012. The Atlanta Boat Show is filled with the latest in equipment for you, your family and your boat. Take a minute to check out the newest in life jackets, tow ropes, swim ladders and more. Do you have a fully charged fire extinguisher? Are your life jackets in good condition? Do they properly fit all members of your family?

tures on your trailer. Your boat manufacturer will also provide Nicholas detailed information about the Baggett safest ways to trailer and transport your boat. US Army Take a class Corps of Whether you’re a new boater Engineers or a seasoned pro, most of us could use a refresher boating safety course. Fire up your comDo you have a good two-way puter and take an online course radio? Now may be the time to with other members of your faminvest in technology to make your ily. It’s always a good idea to boating experience even more have at least two people on your fun. boat who know the right-of-way Trailer for fun rules, general water safety inforIf you’re storing your boat on a mation and the way to operate trailer, this time of year is great to your boat according to the best practice maneuvering the trailer. safety practices. In the busy season, the added Some courses are free; others stress of other people watching charge a small fee for taking a can turn a simple process into a certification test. Even if you show. During the winter the don’t choose to become certified, ramps aren’t so busy; you can you can still learn a great deal by spend all the time you want pertaking the course. For more inforfecting your trailer-backing techSee COE, page 63 niques. Be sure to read your owner’s „ MORE INFO: 770-945-9531 manual about all the safety fea-


January 2012

A road trip to Daytona Beach is still a blast!

Over the years, much of the old Daytona Beach area had become deteriorated, and the hurricanes of 2004 and 2005 finished off many places that were barely hanging to life. Therefore, the people of the old city had choices to rebuild, abandon, or sell cheap to real estate developers with deep pockets and visions of a new and better city. Because of the costs to rebuild and the less than adequate insurance adjustments many decided to sell. Following the hurricane devastation, the new owners along with the Daytona Beach area government agencies immediately began drafting long range plans for the rebirth of this vital coastal territory. Many historical properties were refurbished, other old places were torn down and replaced with new businesses, and still more are in the process of being rebuilt or developed. One of the nicest places to be restored in 2007 is the Best Western Castillo Del Sol Hotel which is just over the city line in Ormond Beach. This comfortable hotel has some of the best beach and sunrise views in the Daytona area and is very close to the Daytona International Speedway. It is less than one mile away from the Casements, the Rockefeller Summer Home Museum, the Ormond Memorial Garden, and the Daytona Lagoon water park. The hotel amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, business center, underground parking, and meeting facilities. For more information or reservations, call 386672-6711. Restaurants vary from the fun


The Petty Experience at Daytona International Speedway, above. The Ocean Deck at Daytona Beach, right.

Bill Vanderford Travel Editor

MORE INFO: 770-289-1543 and tasty Bubba Gump Seafood Company just off the beach to a taste of “Old Daytona,” the Ocean Deck with all of its tradition of being right on the beach near the famous Daytona Beach pier. At least one night should be spent tasting the excellent cuisine mixed with live music at Angell and Phelps Café in the historic downtown area of Daytona Beach across from Riverfront Park. The music may be jazz, blues, or classical, but the atmosphere is electric! So, bring your dancing shoes, your favorite partner, and plan to ‘cut a rug.’ Though the waves may not be as big as Hawaii, Ormond Beach has become an excellent place to learn surfing at the Surfari Surf School. They teach children and adults of all ages the art and sport of surfing using proven techniques. Surfari instructors have backgrounds as ocean lifeguards, schoolteachers, and experienced surfers. Contact them at: 386299-3609. A great day trip is to paddle Spruce Creek, a natural black water stream and one of only a


Ponce Inlet Lighthouse, above. Paddling in Spruce Creek, above right.

few that has been left undisturbed in Florida. This can be accomplished by renting a canoe or kayak from Cracker Creek Canoeing, or by taking a guided pontoon ride. Cracker Creek is located on the original 20 acre homestead of Roland “Rollie” F. Johnson, caretaker for the James Gamble Estate (Proctor and Gamble). Educational tours of the grounds and buildings built by Gamble and his family are offered by the Daytona Beach Museum of Arts and Sciences. More information and reservations can be obtained by calling 386-304-0778. Another historic site that must be experienced when visiting Daytona Beach is the Ponce de Leon Lighthouse and Museum. Completed in 1887, the Ponce de Leon Inlet Light Station was built when the area was known as Mosquito Inlet. After decades of restoration by the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse Preservation Association, it stands today as one of the best preserved, most complete Light Stations in the nation. The Ponce de Leon Inlet Light Station was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1998. Visitors who climb the 175-foot-tall lighthouse tower are treated to a magnificent view of the Florida coastline and Halifax River from Daytona Beach to New Smyrna Beach. For more information or directions, call 386-761-1821 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily. No visitor should come to Daytona Beach without seeing the Daytona International Speedway, which is the home of “The

People and birds along the beach.

Great American Race” – the Daytona 500. Though this seasonopening, NASCAR Cup event garners most of the attention, the enormous 480-acre motorsports complex boasts the most diverse schedule of racing on the globe. In addition to eight major weekends of racing activity, rarely a week goes by that the Speedway grounds are not used for events that include civic and social gatherings, car shows, photo “shoots,” production vehicle testing, and police motorcycle training. Tickets and detailed information are available by calling 386-2542700. The best thrill at the Speedway, however, is found at the Richard Petty Driving Experience. Depending on the time or money one has to spend, it is possible to either drive or ride at more than 160 mph on the legendary high banks of the speed-

way in a 600 horsepower, racing stock car. Professional drivers guide or drive you through the process and all safety equipment is provided. For more information or reservations, call toll-free at: 800-BEPETTY. It’s true that Daytona Beach is changing almost as fast as the race cars that are synonymous with the name, and time spent there seems to zoom away quickly. Nevertheless, being in Daytona Beach these days is an absolute blast! (Information is also available from the Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau toll-free at: 800 544-0415 or 386 255-0415.) 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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January 2012

Wildlife Resources Division protects North Georgia’s playgrounds 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 wild hen turkey strutted in the damp woods on the edge of a parking lot off Dawsonville Highway two mornings after Christmas. Inside the adjacent brick, one-story office building Sgt. Mike Burgamy fielded a call to duty. The 18-year state ranger with the Wildlife Resources Division of Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources never knows what his next call might bring. Nor do his co-workers at the Region II office in Gainesville, where a small staff sheriffs north Georgia’s wild lands and waters from its northeastern mountains to the trout streams at the Alabama line. Whether it’s a call about a bear roaming Gainesville neighborhoods or a plea for help locating a missing hiker, the 56-member team headquartered at the office up a hill east of the Jerry D. Jackson Bridge (near Gainesville Marina) stands ready for duty. In the warm months, Lake Lanier demands their lake rangers’ utmost on the water; when the weather cools, their focus shifts to the woods. On a particular December morning, Burgamy’s caller, an acquaintance who reached him on his personal cell phone, reported an injured deer near a pawn shop on Atlanta Highway. “I’ll be there soon,” he said. Moments later he asked a visitor who signed a release form to accompany him in his DNR truck if she could stomach the potential outcome of the dispatch – a mercy killing of a severely injured animal. Burgamy boarded his truck,


logged in on his computer assisted dispatch system, and set out to check on the deer. He found it, legs bent under it, resting in thick weeds in a ditch beside a chain link fence just off the roadside. Burgamy disembarked to inspect it. It held its head erect, its large brown eyes focused on the uniformed officer wielding a scoped rifle. When Burgamy turned to move his truck to a safer position, the deer roused and scampered into the brush. The ranger’s attempt to find it was unsuccessful. “This is very common after a deer has been injured by a vehicle … I would rather it have a fighting chance if it can make it,” Burgamy said. Satisfied that the deer would not cause a traffic hazard and or suffer to death, Burgamy departed. He would not be hauling venison for a needy family or a homeless shelter that day. Passersby who saw Burgamy on the roadside may have pondered why the ranger who checked their life jackets on Lanier last summer was trouncing through the brush this winter. Burgamy, the DNR supervisor for Lanier, wears many hats, as do his co-workers. They are the boots in the woods and eyes on the water of North Georgia’s vast outdoor playground, where each change of season brings a new job description. And, most say they love their work, despite laboring on holidays and weekends and occasionally pulling 14-hour shifts. Covering lots of territory The Region II office houses


WRD Fisheries Technician Chris Looney places fish attractors into a TVA reservoir in north GA.

three sections: law enforcement, game management, and fisheries. Each covers a different set of North Georgia counties, with the largest section, fisheries, flowing clear to Alabama on Georgia lakes and trout streams. DNR officers hold the same enforcement authorities as other law enforcement officials and may be called to stop boaters buzzing docks on the lake, arrest methamphetamine makers in the woods, or investigate crime scenes outside their region. Region II Supervisor Captain Mark Padgett describes duties performed by multi-tasked staffers dispatched wherever Georgia needs them. “We’ve been to it all,” said the 26-year DNR employee. Officers from Region II assisted in the investigation at a Canton apartment complex where a young girl was murdered last month. They made the gruesome discovery of Meredith Emerson’s body and severed head in Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area after the hiker was abducted and killed in 2008. They assisted PHOTO COURTESY OF THE STATE OF GEORGIA Georgians ravaged by tornadoes WRD trout hatchery staff stocks Amicalola Creek on December 7 with volunteer help from the Dahlonega chapter of Trout Unlimited and from last spring and displaced by the North Georgia Trout Online members. 1994 floods in Albany. They helped fight fires in the Okeefenokee Swamp and patrolled Centennial Olympic Park for “venison,” anThe following stories were told during the 1996 Olympics. other who attempted to Lakeside’s Jane Harrison, who “We have all the toys … boats, to carry one away paraphrases them here. four-wheelers, aircraft” to aid in under his arm, and From Ken Riddleberger: natural disasters or to counter terothers who were • A woman called to report a rorism, Padgett said. “We’re the surprised by elecpterodactyl (prehisfirst in and last out,” he said of tronic-fitted models toric flying reptile) Georgia’s oldest statewide law that make sounds and move. near Lake Lanier. From Mike Burgamy: She said she knew it enforcement organization. • On a more seriwas a pterodactyl Since its inception 100 years ous note, Burgamy because its call ago as the Department of Game stopped to investisounded just like the and Fish, the Georgia DNR gate a suspected one she heard on the internet. Wildlife Resources Division has poacher in the • A homeowner reported fruit functioned primarily to regulate woods near bats (large bats native to tropical hunting, fishing and boating. As Gainesville State areas) in her rose bushes. A ranger the state’s first wildlife agency, it College. What he found was a coufound the “bats” were dead poke also focuses on protecting Georple armed with a gun and butcher weeds draped over the briars. knife cooking methamphetamine. From Johnny Johnson: gia’s non-game and endangered They refused to obey orders. He • The field serwildlife and conserving natural drew his gun and walked them to geant purchased a resources. the edge of the woods, where he white feathered Ken Riddleberger has worked got support from other law enforceturkey, painted its for the Georgia DNR for 23 years ment officials. feathers black and and serves as the Region Supervi• Burgamy also reported the dislured a poacher. sor for Game Management. He covery of an old meth lab in a diTurns out, the said his section’s duties include lapidated houseboat on Lake poacher was the same fellow from catching poachers, snaring nuiLanier. In addition, he has brought whom he purchased the turkey. many intoxicated boaters to walk From Mark Padgett: sance wildlife, and weighing the line and exhale into a breatha• The captain described folks’ bagged deer, turkeys and bears to comical antics around deer decoys, lyzer at his station at Aqualand Macollect data on the health of Georincluding a driver who ran over one rina. gia wildlife. The Region II staff manages about 30 hunts a year at wildlife management areas and Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division on islands on Lanier. Address: 2150 Dawsonville Hwy, Gainesville As deer hunting season wound Information:, (770) 535-5499 See Shore Lines, page 58

Rangers share stories from the wild

January 2012


Lakeside’s Dining Guide Lakeview Dining Big Creek Tavern - Lunch, dinner and breakfast at 10 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. Buford. B-3, 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, 770-945-8787. Castaways - Holiday Marina. Offering raw and steamed seafood, salads, sandwiches, baskets and entrees, such as seared tuna sashimi, Gulf Coast oysters and Cajun blackened Mahi Mahi. Seasonal seafood: crawfish, stone crabs and soft-shell crabs. Full bar service. Mon-Sat 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun 11a.m. to 9 p.m. C-3 678-765-8300. Dockside Grill - Offering full lake views of Lanier in a casual outdoor setting. New this year: covered deck and furniture. Featuring the famous Docker burger, sandwiches including grouper, tuna and mahi and expanded seafood and salad offerings. Aqualand Marina, Flowery Branch. C-3, 770-363-2318. Fish Tales Lakeside Grille - Casual lakeside dining featuring grouper fingers, signature salads and much more. Full service indoor and outdoor bar with live music. Expanded patio and new TVs. Open for lunch and dinner everyday during spring & summer, weekends fall & winter. Hideaway Bay Marina. C-3, 770-967-3775. 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. Sun-Thu 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. B2, 770 887-5715 ext. 5. Pier 29 - Located on Lake Lanier at lake marker 29 opposite Browns Bridge. Newly renovated family friendly restaurant with a separate bar and dining patio with live music. Open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week. Offering fish, shrimp, steak, burgers, wings, and hand-spun milkshakes. Every Monday, buy 10 wings get 10 free. Dockside delivery available at restaurant’s courtesy dock as well as delivery to Port Royal Marina., 770-781-2242. (Former Lantern Inn location.) Sandwich Market - Offers sandwiches, pita wraps, gyros & lahvosh. Baldridge Marina, Cumming. Seasonal. 770-889-2185. Skogies - Specializing in seafood and American fare. Open 7 days a week. Gainesville Marina, C-1, 678-450-1310. Sunset Cove Beach Club - An open-air eatery on a quiet stretch of beach near Chattahoochee Rapids 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 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 waterpark side, Gianni’s

Italian Bistro serves pizza, subs and pasta. 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. Provides 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 Austin’s Steak and Seafood - Specialties include seafood, premium aged steaks and chops, baby-back ribs, chicken and pasta. Open daily, lunch and dinner. Full bar. Cumming. A-3, 770-844-0902. Collegiate - Old-fashioned hamburgers, hot dogs and milk shakes served in 1940s setting. Gainesville. C-2, 678-989-2280. CooCoos Nest - Open for lunch, dinner and Sunday Brunch offering wings, salads complimented by fresh meats hand cut daily from Fergusons Meat Market. Also featuring steaks, chops and seafood. House favorites include beer battered fries, hooch beans (a battered and fried green bean), Cuban sandwich and the Quesadilla Burger. Live entertainment weekly. Located at GA 400, Exit 16, Pilgrim Mill Rd. at Freedom Pkwy. Cumming. A-3, 678-456-8932; www.coocoo Foster House - Lunch and dinner served family-style featuring casual dining at lunch and fine dining in evening. Lunch served 112:30, 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 babyback ribs with Kansas City barbecue sauce. Cumming. Casual. A-3, 770-886-0100. 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 Southerninspired, made-from-scratch cooking from our outdoor deck, cozy dining room and loft. Full beer and wine list. Lunch and dinner, Wed.-Sat. Open for brunch and supper on Sunday. Closed Mon./Tues. Located on S. Chestatee St., Dahlonega. 706-482-2200; Continental/Fine Dining Adam’s - Offering 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. 15 East Main St., Buford, B-3. 678 7540379. 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 400. Dawsonville. 706-265-2153. 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. 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. Half-price bottles of wine on Monday nights, half-price 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. to 2 p.m. for lunch and dinner from 5 until 9:30 p.m. Located at the corner of Buford Hwy. and Hamilton Mill Rd in the Buford Village Shopping Center. 770-614-0019, Buford. B-3. Firesalt Tavern - Fine-dining restaurant in a casual atmosphere and a café-to-go. Café features gourmet coffee, to-go items and full breakfast and lunch. Restaurant features fine steaks, shrimp and grits, fresh seafood including scallops and salmon. Open Mon-Sun. Café to go is open for breakfast and lunch; tavern is open for lunch and dinner. Corner of Buford Hwy. and Hamilton Mill Rd in the Buford Village Shopping Center. 770-9326284, Buford. B-3. Luna’s - Continental cuisine, romantic atmosphere. Gainesville. C-2, 770-531-0848. Oar House in Dahlonega - Specialties: handcut steaks, seafood dishes and homemade desserts. Located Hwy 52E, 4 miles east of Dahlonega. Reservations suggested. 706864-9983.

Poor Richard’s - Specializing in Prime Rib, steaks, ribs and fresh seafood. Casual dining, dinner only. Full-service bar. Gainesville. C1, 770-532-0499. Scott’s on the Square - Upscale casual ambience with specialty sandwiches for lunch and gourmet entrees for dinner. Gainesville square. C-2. 770-536-1111. Barbecue/Country/Home Cooking Johnny’s BBQ - Real Pit BBQ pork, chicken & ribs. Brunswick stew. Minutes from Clark’s Bridge rowing venue. Gainesville. Casual. D1, 770-536-2100 Old McDonald’s BBQ - Real Pit BBQ, Brunswick stew, ribs. Minutes from Lake Lanier. Casual. Buford. B-3, 770-945-3431. 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 BiBa's Italian Restaurant - Featuring pasta, pizzas, salads, chicken, veal and seafood specialties. Open 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday. Gainesville, C-2. 678-450-1661. Piazza - Features traditional Italian dishes, homemade raviolis, pizza, chicken, veal and seafood specialities. Open seven 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. 706-867-9881. Mexican La Cazuela - An Atlanta area landmark that’s expanded to two locations around Lanier. Features fajitas, selection of combination platters and more. Cumming, 678947-0718, Buford, 770-614-6871. Oriental Little Tokyo - Japanese dining - hibachi grill, sushi. Dine in, take out. Open Tues. - Fri. 10:30 am - 10:30 pm; Sat-Sun 12 pm-10 pm; Closed Mon. Buford. B-4, 770-945-3350.


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• Shore Lines Continued from Page 56 down last month, Riddleberger’s staff rested up after an autumn without a weekend off and got ready for a change of scenery with waterfowl hunts around the lake. In March, they’ll hit the woods again when the turkeys start calling. The staff responds when wildlife comes calling where it’s feared or not wanted. “A lot of people call and report things,” Riddleberger said. His section sought a wandering bear on Gainesville’s Green Street last year and advised Riverside Drive residents about handing the urban deer population in their neighborhood. Fish by the millions Twenty-six year DNR employee Jeff Durniak, Regional Fisheries Supervisor, said his section samples, stocks, improves fish habitat and provides information related to streams and lakes in Durniak 38 counties across North Georgia. His staff releases about a million trout a year from four hatcheries so anglers wading in mountain streams or casting into the Chattahoochee River in Atlanta might feel a tug on their lines. One morning last month, his team loaded up about 12,000 channel catfish from a DNR South Georgia hatchery to stock in 17 small North Georgia lakes so children can get the thrill of their first catch in fishing events next spring.

Fisheries rangers gauge fish abundance and size using electric shock units on boats or backpacks to stun fish to be measured and weighed. Durniak explained regular sampling enables his office to keep an “index of abundance and watch trends and get a good feel for what’s going on” with fish population. Durniak said his goals, like that of others in the division, are for people to “go out and have a good time” and to “get involved conserving clean water and woods for the next generation.” The line of duty takes wildlife resources officers into Georgia’s remote areas, places that field sergeant Johnny Johnson has entered with bravery and occasional artistry. In his 24 years with DNR, the division’s canine trainer has tracked fugitives and trespassers, found controlled substances in public forests, rescued a woman and her horse from Winding Stair Gap, and lured a poacher with a white feathered turkey he painted black. “The criminal element seeks what they believe are remote areas … that’s where we work,” Johnson said. Region Supervisor Padgett said he sees each day at the Gainesville office as an adventure. “It’s a great career; I love to come to work every day. It’s the best office in the world,” he said, and it operates 365 days a year to protect and conserve Georgia’s wild and beautiful playground.

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• Marinas Continued from page 51

closest Lake Lanier marina to Atlanta. Community involvement: Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce, Marine Trade Association of Metro Atlanta, Lake Lanier Association Advice to boaters for 2012: Schedule boat maintenance such as lengthy service, canvas, interior work, etc. in the off season, so when spring arrives and boats are being dewinterized, your boat will be ready for spring. Attend the boat show if you’re thinking of upgrading to see different style boats and take advantage of the good deals. What major changes, improvements are on the horizon for your marina? Remodeling the Ship’s Store. Additional comments: Here at Habersham Marina we believe that boating is still the best all around family activity, creating memories that last forever. We are looking forward to another great year and to see what Lake Lanier has to offer to all of us 2012. Hideaway Bay Marina: features 520 wet slips, 150 dry-storage, 150 trailer storage. What’s your outlook for the 2012 boating season? Great! Our

slips are already filling up and now our boat dealer, Atlanta Marine, is carrying Chaparral! What makes your marina “special?” Our wake-free protected bay is one-of-a kind on Lake Lanier; you simply do not get boat damage from wakes or storms. Fish Tales Lakeside Grill, seafood and American cuisine. Community involvement: US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Sea Scouts and Lake Lanier Association’s Shore Sweep. Advice to boaters for 2012: Life is better with a boat! What major changes, improvements are on the horizon for your marina? We finished our new Premier Cruiser dock this year, and we are currently completing our dredge project for better water depth. Holiday on Lake Lanier: One of the largest marinas on Lake Lanier with 1,240 wet slips. What’s your outlook for the 2012 boating season? We are looking forward to a great 2012 boating season. What makes your marina “special?” Holiday is one of the largest inland floating marinas in the world. We have been in business for more than 50 years. We

are home to the Westrec Advantage Program that gives our slip holders discounts at the marina as well as other local businesses. Castaways Seafood Bar & Grill – seafood, burgers, sandwiches and salads. Community involvement: We are a proud sponsor of Lanier Partners of North Georgia. We host the captain’s party for their “Castaways Poker Run” on Lanier and sponsor the annual Holiday Golf Classic to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hall County. Advice to boaters for 2012: Come out and enjoy the lake, and remember every day is a holiday at Holiday on Lake Lanier. Lanier Harbor Marina: 19 wet slips. What’s your outlook for the 2012 boating season? Bright. What makes your marina “special?” Room to grow when the economy recovers. Community involvement: Boys and Girls Clubs of Hall County. What major changes, improvements are on the horizon for your marina? 64 additional wet slips and first-class amenities Port Royale Marina: 500 wet slips and 500 dry stack.

What’s your outlook for the 2012 boating season? Slowly improving in all aspects except the houseboat business is still very slow. What makes your marina “special?” Friendliest, most helpful and customer-service oriented staff. Largest and most convenient gas island with non-ethanol fuel on the lake with more than 20 fueling points and pay-at-the-pump, largest service and repair, largest boat rentals with PWCs, runabouts, deck boats, pontoons, party boats and houseboats, largest ship store on Lake Lanier, on-water boat sales demonstration dock, central location on lake with deep water at all slips. Pelican Pete’s Floating Bar & Grille – sandwiches, burgers, full bar w/frozen concoctions, live entertainment every weekend. Community involvement: Support annual Lake Lanier Association Shore Sweep, provide loaner vessels and free slips for local law enforcement and fire/rescue, member of Forsyth Chamber of Commerce. Advice to boaters for 2012: Make sure to consider water depth when choosing a slip for your boat! Come see the trans-

formation at Port Royale; visit our new covered docks. What major changes, improvements are on the horizon for your marina? In-house mobile pumpout boat for 2012 operating yearround, new entrance off Brown’s Bridge Road, gated pass-card security system, continued dock improvements, including both new and remodeled covered slips, new bath-house with workout room, more and better parking, fully enclosed dry shed storage. Additional comments: We’re continuing to invest in the Port Royale property each year to improve our amenities and upgrade our docks and slips to be the finest on Lake Lanier. Sunrise Cove Marina: features 671 slips. What makes your marina “special?” Family-oriented, primary sailboat community, only sailboat breakwater dock on Lake Lanier, bath house, club house, ship’s store, 24-hour security, private launch ramp, fuel dock, pump-out, public day-use park, member of the Westrec Marina group. Community involvement: Special Olympics of Georgia Sailing Regatta.

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Genius at work - getting freebies at the grocery store and gas station Enjoy a “Best of Break from the Lake” while Phillip Sartain takes a break this month. Great ideas never come about because you want them to. Instead, they happen because you will them to happen in a crisis. At least, that’s how it happened to me. And now I’m a genius. My great idea had a humble beginning – my wife sent me on an errand to the grocery store. At the time, I was comfortably fused to the couch randomly flipping channels between 12 different college football games. My wife calls it mindless laziness. I call it an art form. “I need a couple of things from the grocery store to make dinner tonight,” she announced. Because she was in the kitchen and couldn’t actually see me over the counter, I tried the Zen thing, meaning I froze in time and space and focused hard on being invisible. I held my pose just long enough for her to walk over to the couch and shove the list in my face. “Here, Buddha-boy, you’re

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Icy chill for a good cause: take a plunge for Special Olympics By Pamela A. Keene The theme is “Freezin’ for a Reason,” and there’s no doubt that the men and women in blue will have chattering teeth on Saturday, February 18, for the Special Olympics Polar Bear Plunge at Lake Lanier. They’ll be part of a national movement to support Special Olympics, augmenting the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run pro-

gram. The event will be held at Sunset Cove at LanierWorld. Registration begins at 11 a.m. and is open to the public. Participants raise money through pledges, committing to take a cool swim in Lanier. People are encouraged to compete in the 1 p.m. costume contest before the big plunge at 2 p.m. With water temperatures pro-

• COE Continued from Page 53 mation about boating safety courses, visit and click on boating. A word about cold weather The lake is colder than you think in the winter. In fact, the water temperature is currently hovering in the low 50s. While an air temperature of 50 degrees seems chilly, when water is this cold, it can literally take your breath away. Statistically, an average swimmer has only a 50/50 chance of swimming 50 yards in 50-degree water. Hypothermia can be deadly and it can quickly affect your judgment and ability to survive. Always wear your life jacket when boating in the winter. If you’re coming to the lake, let

someone know exactly where you’re going, how long you’ll be there and when to expect you to return home. Additionally, keep your cell phone or a two-way radio with you to use in case of an emergency. Remember to take phone numbers of the local boat towing services or friends who can help bring you back to shore if your boat’s motor quits working. Use the winter to prepare for your fun when the weather warms up. By getting ready now, armed with safety supplies, equipment, trailering experience and a head full of knowledge, you’ll have much more fun when warmer temperatures and cabin fever call you out to the lake.

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Lake Lanier Association remodels office By Jane Harrison The Lake Lanier Association has refurbished its headquarters in Gainesville, upgrading a storage facility into a professional office space. Using private donations and volunteer labor, the organization that advocates for a clean and full lake transformed its small, rented space on Oak Street into a more conducive venue for meetings with public officials, tourism representatives and other entities with lake interests. “It gives us a better position to conduct business,” said LLA Executive Director Joanna Cloud. The non-profit organization which started in 1966 in a founding member’s home has leased the space in the North Georgia Community Foundation building since 2002, Cloud said. The recent renovation replaced a sagging bookshelf and makeshift furnishings with tables, lamps, chairs, maps of Lanier and a unique retro wall hanging that captures the allure of boating. Cloud said the she was especially pleased with the low budget remake, which included chairs bought for $4 at a thrift shop and reupholstered for a modern look. Fresh paint and curtains brighten the office where Cloud


LLA Executive Director Joanna Cloud poses inside the the organization’s renovated office in the North Georgia Community Foundation building on Oak Street in Gainesville.

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Deep water, South lake. Call Patsy. 3 $1,799,500

Call Patsy. 3 REDUCED TO $399,900

Great Views on DEEP water!

Deep Water, Grassed to Water

8 Acres on Duncan Lake

Call Patsy. 3 $420,000

South Lake - Right on Water!

Beautiful view, has water now! Call Patsy. 3 REDUCED TO $799,000

Call Patsy. 3 $1,400,000

.71 AC, 200’ on Corps, VIEW, Deep Water Lake Lot

Call Patsy. 3 $299,000

Maxine ‘Mac’ Little

Call Patsy. 3 $1,795,995

! D L O S Call Patsy. 3 $449,000

Best Lot on Lake Lanier! Views from Every Room!

Multi-Million Dollar Producer Circle of Excellence “HERE TO SERVE YOU!” E-mail: 770 352-4600 cell 770 271-0905 hm


Call Patsy. 3 $980,000

D! E C U D RE 227 ft on the water w/wide open views of Lake Lanier Islands Beach, two kitchens, great in-law or teen suite, steam shower, Jacuzzi, dumb waiter, day kitchen in master suite, decks, patios galore, bar, pool room, AND the sale includes two boats and a pool table. Near Lake Lanier Islands, golf courses, restaurants, shopping, GA-400 and I-85. Homescenes ID number 4098809 3 REDUCED TO $1,499,000

Darling Rustic Cottage!

Call Patsy. 3 REDUCED TO $399,900

1335’ on Walnut River - 13.22 Acres

Call Patsy. 3 REDUCED TO $699,000

Perfect Getaway

Amazing Panoramic View

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1.57 Acre Point Lot w/ 675’ of Shoreline!

Summercrest at Four Seasons

Call Patsy. 3 REDUCED TO $768,900

Call Patsy. 3 $749,000

770 536-1250

Pointe West Jewel

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Magnificent Estate


3 REDUCED FROM $1,350,000 to $999,000 - PRICED $950,000 BELOW '07 APPRAISAL!

3 $2,700,000

Private Gated 9.85 Acres w/House & Guesthouse on Shadow Lake!!!



If you want privacy, this is it! 1500 ft. on Shadow Lake in Lilburn. Main house has 3 BR, 2 full & 1 half BA. Sunroom w/indoor heated pool. Beautiful cedar ceiling & giant fireplace in great room. Deck all around back of house w/fishing dock. 2-car garage. Guesthouse has 2 BR, 1 full BA and 3-car garage. Both houses overlooking the lake. Great compound opportunity for large family. Good lots to build other homes. Near I-85, I-285, Atlanta, shopping, restaurants. Homescenes Property Tour ID: 4090912. 3 REDUCED TO $1,279,900

New Listing at Friendship Corners - $169,900 - Call Mac for details.