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INSIDE THIS ISSUE Shoresweep 2010 This year’s Shoresweep, the premier program of the Lake Lanier Association, netted nearly 30 tons of trash in the one-day cleanup at the end of September. Nearly 1,000 volunteers turned out. Page 2

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Sunset Cove’s first season The success of Sunset Cove at Lake Lanier Islands Resort was far greater than management had envisioned. From expanding the courtesy docks twice to changing menu items and adding servers, the resort management has been responsive to customer concerns. Page 25

Riding the Alaskan Railroad Unless you rent your own floatplane and bush pilot when planning a visit to Alaska, nothing can beat the opportunities offered by riding the nearly 500 miles of tracks of the Alaska Railroad. Page 62 Also inside: Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Break from the lake . . . . . . . .Page Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Captain’s Comments . . . . . . . .Page Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Cruising Wilsons . . . . . . . . . . .Page Fishing report . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Glenn Burns . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Lake Lanier Association news . .Page Lanier map . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Lake Lanier Olympic Venue . . .Page Lake levels . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Marinas information . . . . . . . .Page Marine crossword puzzle . . . . .Page Outdoor activity calendar . . . .Page Power squadron column . . . . . .Page Recreation guide . . . . . . . . . .Page Sailing Calendar . . . . . . . . . . .Page US Coast Guard Auxiliary . . . . .Page

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Dragons across the water: Hundreds of competitors pulled their paddles through Lanier’s waters earlier this month during the 15th annual Dragon Boat Fest at the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue. See story, page 16.


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Shoresweep nets 30 tons of trash and debris, breaks records 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 This year’s Shoresweep, the premier program of the Lake Lanier Association, netted nearly 30 tons of trash in the one-day clean-up at the end of September. Nearly 1,000 volunteers turned out. “We had great coverage at many locations this year and that really helped with our collections,” said Joanna Cloud, executive director of the association. “We had requested tips from the public and our members about areas that needed extra attention and that gave us a broader area to cover.” The operation this year had the cooperation of all the marinas on the lake. Additionally, three companies brought their vessels for collection of debris – Marine Specialties Inc., Boat Dock Works and Captain Rick Marton’s “Little Toot.”

“Habersham Marina and Gainesville Marina both received record amounts of trash,” Cloud said. “It also helped that we had advance drop-off places at Deer Island and at Lanier Harbor the week before.” The association is doing followup site visits to ensure that trash collected has been picked up and the group is still doing some cleanup operations. “We’re encouraging the public to let us know about areas that need to be cleaned up,” Cloud said. “They will be added to our lists.” The Lake Lanier Association PHOTO BY ALAN HOPE encourages public comment and Bob and Jan Zumwalt of Gainesville drop off their load of styfeedback about Shoresweep. rofoam at Gainesville Marina during Shoresweep 2010. This was the 13th year the Zumwalts participated in the event. „ MORE INFO/FEEDBACK: Email GOT CONSTRUCTION OR LANDSCAPING 770-503-7757 EQUIPMENT, MOTORCYCLES, RV'S,


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Buford Village eateries are located minutes from the lake By Pamela A. Keene meals in the restaurant in a whiteWhether it’s steaks, chicken or tablecloth setting. “We’re trying to Italian food, Buford Village is be- meet the needs of all occasions and coming a dining destination. times of day,” he said. Choose steaks from Firesalt TavThere’s a full-service bar in the ern, rotisserie chicken from Rick restaurant and the menu includes Tanner’s Grill and Bar, or Do- choices of steaks, shrimp and grits, minick’s Italian and dine in style and fresh seafood, including scalseveral nights of the week. lops and salmon. Chef specialties Firesalt Tavern took over the are offered each day. A private dinformer location of ing room provides Sean’s American party space for 25 Bistro and the adto 30 people. Live jacent bottle shop, entertainment on creating a fineThursday, Friday dining restaurant and Saturday in a casual atmosnights plus family phere and a cafénight on Wednesto-go with days adds to the breakfast and appeal of the lunch items. eatery. “It’s been a Firesalt Tavern dream of my wife is open Monday and me to have a through Sunday. restaurant and this Firesalt Tavern The café to go is was the perfect opportunity,” said open for breakfast and lunch; the Greg Duriez, who owns Firesalt tavern is open for lunch and dinner. Tavern. He and his wife formerly Be sure to check out Rick Tanworked in new home construction ner’s Grill and Bar while you’re and residential real estate. at Buford Village. “We’re in the roThey’ve created a formula to tisserie chicken and chicken finger reach a wide base of customers, business,” said Mike “CT” Charfrom those seeking gourmet cof- trand, co-owner with Rick Tanner, fee, to-go items and a full breakfast who made rotisserie chicken and to offering steaks and heartier healthy dining a byword in Atlanta

cuisine in the 1980s and 1990s. Tanner sold his original chain of restaurants about 15 years ago and has recently – within the past 18 months – begun opening Rick Tanner’s Grill and Bar locations across Northeast Atlanta. The Buford Village location opened last year; a new Rick Tanner’s store at Hamilton Mill opened in early August, joining the Cumming location to give the business partners three locations. “We plan to open another three restaurants within the next year,” Chartrand said. “We’re right on track.” Rick Tanner’s specializes in rotisserie chicken and chicken fingers. “About 20 percent of the plates that come out of the kitchen have chicken fingers,” he said. “I can tell you that we’ve served more than 152 million chicken fingers over the past 25 years.” Thirteen different side items draw diners seeking more than just fries or steamed vegetables.

The restaurant also serves pulled pork and brisket, plus Friday and Saturday nights feature prime rib. There are also grilled fish entrees and fish tacos, along with fresh roasted turkey breast used for Reuben’s and open-face sandwiches. Rick Tanner’s will also roast turkeys with all the trimmings for Thanksgiving meals. “We are already taking orders for Thanksgiving,” Chartrand said. “It’s a very popular thing to do for the holidays.” Rick Tanner’s is open at 11 a.m. Mondays through Sundays. Dominick’s Italian Restaurant features cuisine from the north of Italy, with veal, chicken and seafood dishes. Dominick’s

The white-tablecloth restaurant is well known for its chicken saltimbocca and its garlic bread appetizer. “Everything is made from fresh ingredients,” said Khoi Phan, owner of Dominick’s. “It’s important to us to serve ample portions of quality foods so all our menu items, sauces, breads and desserts are made in house.” Phan has an extensive background in restaurants. As a youngster he used to go to the bakery with his mother to make French breads and pastries. He’s been a sous chef for several restaurants in North Carolina and Atlanta. Dominque’s offers 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 for $9.95. The restaurant is open Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch and from 5 until 9:30 p.m. for dinner.



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Stretch fishing dollars for more fun on the lake I’m not a political genius, but it’s no secret that the economy is still sluggish and many people are holding back on spending. Hopefully this is not keeping you from enjoying the lake as often as you should. This month, I’ll pass on some tips to make fishing trips more affordable and keep more money in your pocket. One great way for saving money is by committing to fishing one creek system during the course of an outing. I’ve mentioned this quite a bit in the past for a variety of reasons. Most anglers hit their favorite sweet spots which are widely scattered on the lake resulting in a lot of riding time and fuel expense. We’re all probably oblivious to some super fishing holes because we’ve never really invested time in fully exploring an area. Some of the major tributaries could even take many trips to fully scout and understand. Give this a try and you could find a whole new set of productive places to do some catching. When you do move from one spot to another, avoid motoring at full throttle. When you get on plane, back off a bit and run at about two thirds of maximum

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speed. This will result in greater fuel efficiency. Another good tip is to keep the weight down in your boat. If you pull everything out of your boat and take a look, you might be surprised at the amount of equipment you’re carrying afloat. Trim down and take only things that are necessary. Preventive maintenance is not as exciting as catching fish but it will help you toward that goal. As the old adage goes “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Most of these things are very simple. Every month, remove battery caps and check water levels in the cells. You would be surprised at how many people never do this for a boat or tow vehicle until it’s too late to save a battery. Learn how to check fluid in the lower unit and change it once a year or bi-annually if you fish a lot. It

also pays to periodically check spark plugs for fouling and clean/replace as necessary. This can be especially important if you do a lot of low speed trolling. Also, take a look at your propeller. If it has nicks and dings on the blades, take it down to the local prop shop for a tune. You’ll get better performance plus it’s a factor in optimum engine longevity. Save with annual launch permit On the way to the lake, you’re probably going to make a stop at a local gas station and convenient store. Although it’s not as expensive as we have seen, right now gas sells for about $2.60 per gallon and we all know that could change for the worse quickly. One of the best ways to reduce the expense of boat gasoline is to fish with a partner who is willing to share costs. When doing so, make sure you are both on the same page up front about splitting expenses. While solitude can be relaxing, it’s usually more fun to have someone along. Anglers can often benefit by learning from each other’s experience while on the water. When preparing for a trip, pick up your sports beverages and

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snacks at the local grocery store instead of your favorite fuel stop. You’ll pay substantially less. When it comes to snacks, turn out a few sandwiches in your kitchen the night before. Don’t forget that when you get to the boat ramp, you’re going to have to fork over about $5 as a usage fee. This includes non-towing vehicles as well as those launching boats. If you fish more than a few times a year, it pays to buy an annual permit at the Corps of Engineers office. I have been a long time fan of launching a boat close to intended fishing areas. I prefer to do more fishing and less riding. This eliminates the need for long runs to and from the ramp. During winter or periods of inclement weather, it’s also a lot more comfortable. A quick study of your lake map will reveal the most logical places for putting in. Remember that if you fish out of a standard size fiberglass bass boat, your tow vehicle gets far better gas mileage. Instead of making a long haul up or down the lake, consider towing to a second launch location. This strategy alone could easily save $20 in fuel expense. This is also when

that annual launch permit comes in really handy. And, at day’s end, you avoid a long run back to the ramp. Cut line expense in half Having spent a number of years in the fishing tackle business I have noticed that by far the most common damage to fishing rods occurs to the tip guide. Typically some form of impact will cause the protective hardloy insert to fall out. These rods are often thrown away. Good fishing rods can easily cost upward of a hundred dollars these days. Anglers can save a lot of money by having the tip replaced at a local tackle shop for the cost of a few dollars. It’s actually best to take the rod with you and have the repair done on site. This ensures a proper match of tip size to the rod. If you opt for the do-ityourself approach, take the old tip with you to get a good match. To remove this, gently heat it with a lighter to melt the glue that holds it in place and pull it off with a set of needle nose pliers. To replace it, melt on a small amount of rod tip glue and slide the new tip in place wiping off any excess glue. It’s that easy. Replacing See Fishing, page 7


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Continued from Page 6 damaged rod guides other than the tip are easy home repairs as well. Wrap the replacement guide feet to the rod with a strong fly tying thread using a whip finish method. Coat the repair lightly with a twopart epoxy or even clear fingernail polish and you’re back in business. If you own any reels that are not performing up to par with uneven line spooling or gear issues, consider having them repaired rather than tossing them in the trash can. Often, repairs can be made at very reasonable cost. Once your reel is in hand, a good repair facility will give you a price estimate to consider before going forward with a job. Fishing line is a staple item that should be changed often. The price of line has steadily inched higher through the years. If you use premium lines, braids, or fluorocarbon the prices become higher yet. How would you like to cut your line expense in half? That’s easily done. Learn how to tie a blood knot or double uniknot. Instead of stripping all the line off your reels, go down to about the half way point and splice in the new line. You can do this all season with bass fishing outfits. If you fish for stripers this is still a good technique, but I do recommend a full spool replacement periodically. Cover your investment Maintaining your boat trailer is almost as much fun as mowing and raking the lawn. It typically resides near the bottom

of the “things to do” list if it gets any attention at all. Think about this next time you see a boat stranded beside the road with its owner off somewhere in the tow vehicle trying to get things right. Fortunately, I’ve never been in that situation and I’m sure that no one wants to. One of the most important things you can do is to grease the bearings two or three times per year. If you don’t take this simple maintenance step seriously, it will require the aforementioned “pound of cure” one day. Consider a spare trailer tire as an insurance policy. It’s not just to get you back on the road quickly when you have a flat. If you have to leave a boat alone while you search for a spare or repair at any time, all sorts of bad things could happen. Many people have found out the hard way that rod lockers and other locked compartments can be pried open. On that note, it’s a wise idea to invest in two high quality tamper proof hitch locks for your rig. Use one for towing and the other for storage, even if it’s in your driveway. Also on the preventive maintenance side of things, a high quality boat cover will save you money over the long haul if you cannot park in an enclosed garage. This will protect your investment and prevent damage from the elements. A cover is essential even under open See Fishing, page 10

Lake level: 1069 or about two feet below full pool Surface Temp: Approximately 80 degrees Clarity: Normal for this time of year. Main lake areas are clear and some areas in creeks are beginning to show slightly off color from turnover. Bass fishing has been slow lately. The deep water tactics that were producing well back in early to mid September are not putting many fish in the boat these days. Some anglers are still making decent catches, however. Those who changed targeting shallower areas are still enjoying action. In late September, it’s common to spot bass cruising the shallows and their numbers increase into October. Instead of fishing deep structures on the main lake and creek mouths, move up your favorite creek a bit with a focus on docks and visible cover. You’ll find fish in two feet to 10 feet of water. If these areas are getting some breeze a small double willow spinnerbait can be a fine lure choice. Choose a natural baitfish color and target every piece of wood, rock, and dock cover you can spot. A number five Shad Rap is another very productive lure pick in this situation. And, don’t forget the every day shakey head rig. Pair your favorite finesse or ring style worm with a 1/8th or 3/16th ounce lead head for a more deliberate presentation if spinnerbaits and crankbaits are not working. The shallow bite will probably be your best bet through the month. Striper fishing has been very good at press time and the lead core bite remains the best way to put linesides in the boat. A one ounce jig trolled behind eight to nine colors of line is still the way to go. The same types of areas are also still producing: main lake channels and creek mouths over deep water. Some anglers are also scoring well on live blue back herring near the creek mouths and main lake points or humps. Baits fished at 35 feet over bottom depths of 70 feet plus are getting bites. During this month, look for topwater action to really start firing up. Don’t hit the water without a rod rigged with a Super Spook, Redfin, or another favorite striper topwater plug. As the weather continues to moderate, be alert for any signs of surfacing fish. Get to the school quickly and make your final approach with the electric motor. When the surface action subsides, try free lines baited with herring. Fish these about a hundred feet behind the boat. Add a medium size split shot to one rig to search a deeper depth. Expect striper fishing to be good to excellent through the month.

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Life jackets are a must; this quiz could save your life The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is offering its last safe boating course of the year on October 9. See the announcement and procedure to follow for enrollment elsewhere in this newspaper. This month's column is about Life Jackets. BORING! Besides, you know everything there is to know about them, right? Let’s find out. Take this quiz, then we’ll talk. Simply circle T or F: 1. T or F. Most boating fatalities occur at sea. 2. T or F. Most boating fatalities happen to women, minorities, and children under 18. 3. T or F. Most boating fatalities occur in bad weather. 4. T or F. Most boating fatalities are from bodily injuries, due to a collision. 5. T or F. Most boating fatalities happen to inexperienced boaters. 6. T or F. The law only requires that you have one life jacket per person on board. 7. T or F. It is OK to put a child in an adult life jacket but not vice versa. 8. T or F. Most all boat-related drownings occur because there weren’t enough life jackets on board.

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best? The one that is designed for your conditions and is comfortable enough for you to wear while onboard! A life jacket on board doesn’t do you any good, when you are in the water. The law states that life jackets must be readily available (not in plastic or stowed under other gear) and throwable devices must be immediately available (not in a locker) when underway. Inflatable See USCGA, page 21

USCGA boating course offered Oct. 9 Flotilla 29 of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Lake Lanier, announces a one-day seven-lesson “About Boating Safely” course. The course is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010. This course also serves as a PWC certified course for children under the age of 16. The course will be given at the Coast Guard Auxiliary Operations Center, 6595 Lights Ferry Rd, Flowery Branch, on the left just before the entrance to Aqualand Marina. Classes run from 8:30 a.m.

until 4:30 p.m. and cost is $40. Discounts available for additional family members. Course contents include: • Know your boat • Before getting underway • Navigating the waterways • Operating your vessel safely • Boating’s legal requirements • Boating emergencies • Enjoying watersports • Georgia boating laws Successful completion of this course may result in a reduction in your boat’s insurance premium.

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Holiday Marina hosts golf tourney for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County By Pamela A. Keene Dust off your clubs and register for the 12th Annual Holiday Golf Classic to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County. Slated for Friday, October 15, the event is hosted by Holiday Marina and will be held at the Legacy Golf Club at Lake Lanier Islands. “This has become a fall tradition,” said Alex Laidlaw, vice

president of Westrec Marinas, which owns Holiday. “We anticipate a sold-out tournament with plenty of fun for all the participants who are playing golf for a great cause. We’re happy to be playing on the new Legacy course at Lake Lanier Islands.” The format this year is a fourman scramble, birdie/eagle. Registration is $100 per player, $400 per team. There will

also be a million dollar shootout raffle plus a $25,000 hole-in-one contest. The entry fee includes food, beverage, cart, green fees, gate fee, range balls, drink tickets, golf balls, wind shirt, door prizes and awards. MORE INFO: To Register, call 770-945-7201 or 770-532-8102.

Stimulus money goes to improve Corps parks Buford Dam Road to close for resurfacing for about five weeks By Pamela A. Keene Thanks to federal stimulus funding, upgrades and improvements at various Corps of Engineers campgrounds and parks around Lake Lanier are nearing completion. Work has been done at Bald Ridge, Van Pugh South, Bolding Mill, Duckett Mill and Old Federal, with projects ranging from replacing rotted railroad ties with concrete curbs and steps to installing new water spigots at campsites. Additionally, paving of all the parks along Buford Dam Road is taking place this month and, for a time, the road will be closed for its own resurfacing. “The road has way more traffic

than it was designed for so we’re repaving, and for safety reasons because the road is so narrow, we’re closing it while doing the repaving,” said Chris Lovelady, assistant project operations manager with the Corps. Funds have also been used on Powerhouse upgrades and invasive species removal in various parks and along the dam. The Lake Lanier Project Management Office and Visitor Center will remain open during this road closure with access through the Volunteer Village Complex. Appropriate signage will be in place to direct visitors to the office/visitor center. Recommended alternates dur-

ing the Buford Dam Road closure are GA Highway 369 which provides travel between Forsyth County and Hall County or GA Highway 20 connecting Forsyth County and Gwinnett County. The marked detour route via GA Highway 20 will send drivers from Buford Dam. The marked detour routes will send drivers from Buford Dam Road to Suwannee Dam Rd (Gwinnett) to Highway 20 to Samples Rd (Forsyth) to Buford Dam Road and the reverse. Drivers that choose the GA Highway 20 alternate are encouraged to use one of the many routes leading to GA Highway 20 prior to reaching the actual detour.

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October 2010

Luxury home has it all! FLAT walk to deep wtr, VIEWS


In-law cottage attached to home Flat walk to lake, close to water

Better than new, ~4300 sq. ft. Flat walk to water, yr-round views

Lake Lots - Foreclosure on one of the best cul-de-sac lots in Shores of Lyncliff next to its slip in the community marina, .84 acres, over 230 ft lake frontage, amazing views. $249K - Huge 2.21 acre G'ville lot w/ almost 250 ft lake frontage, gorgeous views, great n'hood, sgl slip dock permit. Priced to sell at $225K.

Magnificent builder's home w/ every feature you can imagine. You'll love the views, flat walk to the dock, & DEEP water. Dbl slip permit, sgl slp dock. Fantastic n'hood. $1.19mil.

4BR renovated lake home so close to the water! Flat walk to sgl slp dock, great yr-round views. Huge kitchen, open flr plan, hw floors, in-law cottage. Just $449K.

Showcase home! Imported Italian sea granite ctrs, ss appliances, open floor plan, full finished bsmt. Amazing views, very flat path to lake, 1.23 acres! SS dock. Way below appraisal @ $574K.

- Corner lot, .7 acres, lovely building site. Did get dock in lottery, waiting for approval from Corps. Just $139K.

4BR looks new inside, close to wtr 2 sides, 32' party dock, views

Buford renovation, deep water 180ยบ lake views, close to lake

Great Buford location, finished bsmt, like new, easy path

Newer lake home in Gainesville Easy walk to dock, fenced yard

Very close to water on 2 sides, 32' party dock on lovely cove. Amazing views. Two masters, finished bsmt. Open floor plan, fireplace. Cul-de-sac lot. Reduced to $499K.

Soaring lake views 2 sides, deep water, SS dock, very close to water, no-wake cove. Buford home renovated, open floor plan, magnificent screen porch & decks. $549K.

Lake home like new, priced to sell. Hardwood floors, granite ctrs, 2-story family room, nice views. Easy walk to SS party dock or take cart path. A deal at $450K.

Granite counters, hardwood floors, wall of windows for lake view, flat path to lake, fenced yard, SS party dock w/ lift & kayak launch. Priced to sell at $449K.

Foreclosure-priced luxury on s lake Fantastic outdoor spaces, views

May be most gorgeous views on lake, luxury home reduced

Buckhead styling on the lake Beautifully finished in Buford

Champagne home on beer budget Deep water, views, luxury style


CONTR R E D UN Awesome luxury home w/ fantastic upscale details. Most gorgeous outdoor living spaces on lake w/ breathtaking sunset views. 6BR, huge bsmt. Reduced $649K.

Completely rebuilt luxury home, just steps to SS party dock on deep wtr, amazing views, every feature top notch. Workout room, fnshd bsmt w/ custom bar, 3FPs. $899K.

Great south lake location, gorgeous craftsman style, almost new, open floor plan, nice lake view, EASY walk to dock, beautiful architecture. Reduced to $549K.

Luxury home on lovely deep-water cove. Fantastic architectural details & trim, every feature is high-end. Great views of lake & mountains. Reduced again to $799K.

You can afford this house! Views, close to wtr, renovated

Lake living without the cost Enjoy the views & n'hood ramp

Completely renovated, Cumming Flat walk to wtr, big back yard

Great cul-de-sac lot, upscale n'hood Cedar boat house, deep water always

This home is an incredible deal. 4BR, granite ctrs, hw floors, full finished bsmt w/ 2nd kitchen, easy walk to lake, year round views, nicely renovated. Just $275K!

Year-round lake view! 4BR, 2BA, new crpt & flrs. Fenced kennel for dogs & huge lot w/ land for your garden. N'hood has a boat ramp. Just @$225K. Might lease.

Close to Atl in Cumming - 3BR loft floor plan, flat lot, easy walk to dock, big yard, completely renovated in '04. HW floors, stainless appliances. $349K. Also for lease.

Upscale n'hood, perfect location, grandfathered-in cedar shake boathouse in deep water. Open floorplan, 3BR w/ partially fnshd bsmt, very well-built. Reduced to $499K.


October 2010

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Tasha W. Barnes, Buyer “From the moment I spoke to Beverly, she was the most courteous professional Realtor that I have ever met. As we discussed my first home preferences, Beverly continuously took into consideration the wants and needs of my disabled mother. Beverly always kept me on track and we were able to find my "perfect first home" within 2 weeks! Beverly Williams made the entire process from the first home the initial the closing A STRESS FREE EVENT. I would highly recommend Beverly Williams to anyone who in the home buying market. Thanks for everything, Beverly!”

Mary Ann Drury, Seller “I want to express our sincere appreciation for the extraordinary efforts and time that Beverly put into the sale of our home. She worked above and beyond the expectations of what most people think a realtor will do to assist us in the sale of our home. We knew when interviewing realtors that Beverly was the best of the best. Her honesty and forthrightness were outstanding qualities that caught our attention immediately. Beverly's dedication to follow-up and keep us informed throughout our extremely long and difficult sale show her high professional manner. It would not have happened if it had not been for Beverly!” Jeff & Alicia Knowles, Buyers “Being first time home buyers we were very pleased with the help that we received from Beverly. We really appreciate her patience and the time she put into finding us a home with our crazy work schedule. She accommodated us at our convenience. Beverly, you are really great at what you do!”

Alexis Chambers, Buyer “I was referred to Beverly Williams by a family member who is also a Realtor. He had the utmost confidence that she would be able to help me find what I was looking for within my price range. The house that I put the contract on happened to be a FORECLOSURE. My experience with Beverly was great but my experience in buying a foreclosure was a nightmare! Without Beverly's persistence in dealing with the bank's Realtor and the Attorney for the Bank I still may not be in my home. I really couldn't have gone through the process without a Realtor. Beverly went above and beyond to help me get this home. I actually closed 2 months after putting a contract on the foreclosed house which is almost unheard of in today's market. Buying a FORECLOSURE is a stressful process… and I could not imagine getting it done without Beverly's assistance.”

Bart & Claudia Hodges, Sellers “We would recommend Beverly Williams to anyone wanting to sell their home. Other agents we spoke with wanted us to list our home for lower than our selling price, but Beverly recognized the value of our home. She developed a beautiful brochure that showcased the assets or our home and looked great on her website. Her marketing efforts paid off in a quick sale in a slow market. Beverly and her excellent staff stayed in touch throughout the process and were great to work with.”

Bryan Morris, Seller “Beverly, I cannot even begin to adequately express my deep appreciation and gratitude for all that you did to help me through this grueling house-selling process. Your very high level of expertise, knowledge, and professionalism were why I wanted to work with you, but I was continually grateful for your warmth and heartfelt friendliness during those times when I got discouraged. I am firmly convinced that I got the best representation from initial listing to final closing because I was working with you. Thank you so very much for all of the extras including all of the marketing that you provided. Keep up the hard work, and best of luck in the future. Thanks again a hundredfold!”


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D OCK ! YEAR ROUND VIEW! Completely renovated ranch on finished terrace level. 3BR/4.5BAs, Master BR w/lake view offers jacuzzi, shower. Kitchen w/new SS appliances. Vaulted great room w/FP, hardwood floors, 3-car garage. Finished terrace level offers den w/2nd FP, rec room, large bedroom w/jacuzzi bath, office and half bath. Double slip covered dock in place. Easy, level walk to deep, DROUGHTPROOF water. MLS#2927479 $689,000

6141 Jim Crow Road






SOUTH SAILING WATER! Sold "as is”. Covered approved dock permit on record. 4 BR/3 full & 2 half BAs, Master on main w/Jacuzzi shower. Kitchen w/many upgrades. Vaulted GR w/lake view. Full finished terrace level, 3-car garage, boat door. Easy walk to water! MLS#2923836 Priced to sell quickly!!! $749,900

UNDER ! T C A R T N CO 6805 Misty Cove

NORTH HALL LAKE COMMUNITY • LEASE/PURCHASE AVAILABLE LAKE LANIER ACCESS. North Hall custom ranch w/upgrades. 4BR/4.5BA. Open, vaulted, flr plan. GR w/rock FP. Kitchen w/granite c'tops, custom cabs, hdwd flooring, S/S appliances. Formal DR seats 12+. Master suite on main w/ his & hers walk-ins, double trey ceiling, double vanities, tiled shower, jacuzzi tub. Terrace level w/ BA, BR, computer rm. Professional landscaping. Private backyard offers perfect pool site. Swim dock with purchase!!! MLS#2309456 PRICED REDUCED! $369,000

5209 Laurel Circle




GREAT BUILDING SITE LAKE LOT. 1.444 +/- acres. Corp of Engineers approved single slip covered dock permit. Survey, easement agreement. Great opportunity to purchase lot with dock permit on deep water channel! Build now or later. 1 mile to rowing venue. MLS#2826660 193 Clarks Bridge Rd. Tract 2 $350,000 $297,000






SOLD 2010!

CUMBERLAND ON LANIER S/D - 30% complete. 5BR/4.5BA. Massive vaulted floor plan, 4 side brick, 4-car garage. Full unfinish terra lvl. Tax records show home is approximately 6,726 SF. SS covered dock in place, Corps says 4134 Greyfield Bluff Dr. dock permit is current. Great opportunity to get dock in place and complete home. Buyer must pre-qualify with Suntrust lender. Hurry! Priced to sell quickly! MLS#2871197 $249,900 $174,900


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9605 Cove Point

FABULOUS 3BR/3.5BA RANCH on full finished terrace level. Master on main w/jacuzzi. 2BR/2BA in basement and huge rec rm for entertaining. Cart path to 2-slip party dock w/electricity. MLS#2848819 $450,000

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Jim French


GRI, CRS, CRB, Phoenix, Crystal & Silver Phoenix Awards


Vic Shirley GRI, ARC, CNRS

THIS HOUSE HAS EVERYTHING! 3BR/3 Full & 2 Half BA. Spacious master BR & BA. True gourmet kitchen w/top of the line appliances, island, bar & breakfast nook. Separate dining rm. Rec rm has full kitchen w/bar, fireplace & game ares. All of the finer details & extras. 2-slip party dock in deep water. A steal at $999,000. JIM FRENCH 404-401-6254, VIC SHIRLEY 770-656-7502

PRIVATE LAKE HOME. 4BR/3BA, Like new interior, open comfortable design. All new kitchen, breakfast area, separate dining room, open great room, rec room. Lots of storage, double garage. Deck, patio, covered dock, great view! $479,000. VIC SHIRLEY 770-656-7502, JIM FRENCH 404-401-6254

CHARMING CAPE COD - 4BR/3.5BA, Great rm. User friendly kitchen, breakfast rm, sperate dining rm. Nice master. Wrap-around porch, deck & patio. 2-car garage. Dock w/lift. Very private. $649,000. VIC SHIRLEY. 770-656-7502, JIM FRENCH 404-401-6254

IDEAL FOR WEEKENDS OR PERMANENT RESIDENCE - 3BR/2BA. Living room, spacious family room with exposed beams & floor to ceiling stone fireplace overlooking lake. Large screen porch. Detached workshop, crafts & storage building. Good water, Good view. Oversized covered boat dock with lift. Double lot. Only $399,000. JIM FRENCH 404-401-6254, VIC SHIRLEY 770-656-7502

DEEP WATER. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, master on main, large family room with fireplace. Wrap around deck. Large lot, easy walk to single slip boat house. $349,900. JIM FRENCH 404-401-6254, VIC SHIRLEY 770-656-7502


FORECLOSURE. 4BR/4BA + bonus rm. Spacious throughout, up-scale master, gourmet kitch, sep dining rm. Unfinished bsmt studded & stubbed, ready to finish. 2-car garage. Bargain at $294,900. JIM FRENCH 404-401-6254, VIC SHIRLEY 770-656-7502

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Big $200,000 Price Reduction on new quality built home on Lake Lanier. Unobstructed view and level walk to covered slip dock in place. Over an acre. Master suite on main. Full unfinished terrace level. 3-car Garage. Swimming pool in by closing. Ronnie Waller 770-861-8637

Magnificent home for gracious living. Spectacular home on the 18th green. Attention to every detail. Home features: 4 fireplaces, soaring marble entryway, office/library w/custom bookcases, over-sized kitchen open to keeping room. Level lot- must see! Renee Martin 678-982-9801

NEW LISTING! 3 acre horse farm. 3 stall barn and feed room. Pasture & riding ring. 3 BR/2 BA ranch sits back from road. Has 3+ more acres that can be bought for a total of $369,900. Located across from Little Mill School. Ronnie Waller 770-861-8637

Lake Forest. Beautiful home on wooded cul-de-sac. Master on main. 3 large upper level BR's & 2 BA, open loft w/desk for office. Kitch & breakfast open to fam rm. Kitch w/stained cabinets, center island, lrg. bkfst bar. Full daylight bsmnt. Private yard. Vicki Treadwell 678-947-7445

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$539,000 New on market. The perfect getaway with your covered dock just a few steps away. Great view. 3BD/2BA has been totally updated. Screen porch and deck all across the back. Level walk to water. Living rm and keeping rms have FP. 2-car attached carport. Ronnie Waller 770-886-8637

$229,000 Open floorplan and lots of room in this 3 bedroom/2.5 bath home. Features master on main, finished bonus up, full daylight walkout basement on 1.5 acre lot. Side entry garage! Tony Giacobe 770-425-6735




Beautiful ranch lake home with 5BR/3BA. Remodeled home with new windows throughout. Full finished basement, perfect kitchen, separate dining room, beautiful hardwoods, back deck with lake view. Easy walk to platform dock. Short sale. Shirley Horah 770-312-9837

CHESTATEE-. Live the resort life in a lake & golf community. Room for the crew in this custom built 4BR/4.5BA home. Spectacular kitchen/keeping room with huge stone fireplace, home theatre, screened porch, expansive stone terrace with fireplace, dock. Sally Willison 404-375-6945

BIG PRICE REDUCTION. 3+ acres w/deep water covered dock & party deck. Lighted, fenced tennis court. Outstanding 5BR/5.5BA home with huge master suite on main. Super entertainment room, the best of everything. 4-car garage. Very private. Ronnie Waller 678-947-7444

$550,000 FORECLOSURE. This is one of the best lake front lots on Lake Lanier. It has a single slip dock but can upgrade. Water on 3 sides of this point lot. Brick 3BR/2BA home could be remodeled but will be sold “as is”. Priced way below purchase. Ronnie Waller 770-536-8040



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Dragon Boat Fest combines corporate, Asian culture By Jane Harrison The competition was almost as hot as Chinese chili sauce as more than 70 teams from corporations, colleges and clubs strained toward the finish buoys Sept. 11 in the Hong Kong Atlanta Dragon Boat Festival. The 15th annual tribute to Asian culture, cuisine and athleticism attracted thousands of competitors and spectators for a hot day of racing at the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue. Event coordinator Gene Hanratty, director of the Atlanta Hong Kong Information Center, deemed the 2010 festival the biggest yet, with about a dozen more teams than have previously entered the races. Hanratty traditionally performs the festival ground work, registering teams and recruiting entertainers, while the Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club takes care of everything on the water. It’s a partnership that’s grown to become one of the biggest annual events

held on Lanier. Daniel Farmer, captain of the Georgia Tech dragon boat team, was thrilled to be on home waters with the top collegiate team. “I grew up in Gainesville and paddled with LCKC” starting in the sixth grade, Farmer said. He got his team in shape and in sync with weekly practices at the venue. “We got to be a close knit team from that,” he said. The 20 Tech paddlers stroked in rehearsed rhythm to dominate the collegiate division, winning two heats and the final in the 16-boat division. Leigha Fouts, captain of the Gainesville State College team, values the dragon boat experience for the bond it creates among cultures and teammates. “It’s a huge teambuilding sport,” said Fouts, who is also president of the GSC International Student Association. She witnessed her crew come together to claim eighth place after getting a shaky start in the first

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: Jim Pickens, Coach 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)

Lake Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club Contact: Office Administrator Brenda Miller, LCKC President Tim Watson 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) October weekend afternoons - Come Try It Oct. 1 - Moonlight Paddle Oct. 2 - Fall Richardson Racing League Fungatta Oct. 22 - Moonlight Paddle Oct. 30 - Halloween Howl 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.

heat. While the 39-foot boats, decorated with plastic dragon heads and tails glided across 250-, 500- and 2,000-meter races steeped in Asian lore, the Olympic Venue grandstands and plaza buzzed with American corporate culture. Team members from Atlanta area businesses networked, exchanged business cards, and doled out free goodie bags. The brown dragon boat t-shirts of UPS employees flooded the plaza as the first time festival sponsor worked the crowd. “We want to engage with the community. A lot of different communities come to the event. This is a chance for people to work together and have fun together,” said Juwano Bong, UPS Dragon Boat Coordinator. At the Home Depot tent, employees gave out orange aprons and mingled with prospective customers. Dragon Boat Team Captain Bob Malhi said his company appreciates being able to “build ties with the Asian community” at the festival.


Paddlers strain to gain an edge during action at this year's Dragon Boat Fest at the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue. At mid-day, action on the water took a break and networking in the stands slowed down as Asian dancers and martial arts students performed during the opening ceremony. Festival-goers chowed down on papaya salad, egg rolls, chicken on a stick, vegan burgers and other Asian-American fare. A

cheer arose when it was announced that servers at the Suno Desert booth had gotten more ice to make more Asian shaved ice cream, topped with kiwis and strawberries. LCKC members labored long on both ends of the course, getting See Dragon, page 17

LLRC to host collegiate, youth regattas By Jane Harrison The Lake Lanier Rowing Club recently won bids for three high profile regattas at the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue. The American Collegiate Rowing Association announced it will hold its national regatta at the venue May 28 and 29, 2011. The following month, the Southeast Junior Regional Championships are planned on Lake Lanier. In 2013, Clemson University will host the NCAA Women’s National Rowing Championships at the Olympic Venue. In his announcement about the Lake Lanier selection, ACRA President Gregg Hartsuff reminisced about his experience at the venue. “Having worked on the venue a month during the Atlanta Games and having brought my team there for a few other races and spring training, I am confident the course will provide fair racing and that as a whole the venue will make the regatta a great experience for our student athletes,” Hartsuff said. He also lauded the Gainesville area for convenient and affordable lodging, Atlanta airport access and “a local organizing committee who is excited to have the championship there.” In announcing the 2013 NCAA regatta, LLRC Executive Direc-

tor/Head Coach Jim Pickens likened the women’s competition to another popular collegiate sport. “Rowing is the football of women’s collegiate sports,” Pickens told on-lookers at the Night Sprint Regatta at the Olympic


venue Sept. 25. The national and regional regattas add to other LLRC-hosted events, including the regularly scheduled John Hunter Regatta, Lanier Sprints Regatta, and winter and spring collegiate training.

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LLRC’s Spenglers share double duties

entrants to the starting line, help- members were part of the Dragon ing racers disembark, and bailing Boat USA team that ranked third out boats. The club officiated the place in the International races and stationed rescue boats Canoe/Kayak Federation World along the course. As of late after- Championship in Hungary in Aunoon, no racers had taken an unin- gust. Jim O’Dell, Southeast Retended swim, though they may gional Director for Dragon Boat USA, Natalie Kean, Sheaffer Sorhave longed for a cooling dip. The Lanier event is rooted in a rells, and Rich Stewart raced for 2,000 year old Chinese legend that the bronze-medalist U.S. team. commemorates a much-loved poet who was banished from the main Results: land and later drowned. According • Breast Cancer Survivors – to the story, boaters attempted to Warriors on Water, Steal Magsave his body from preying fish by nolias, Dragon Boat at the beating paddles and throwing rice Beach. cakes into the water. According to • Collegiate – Georgia Tech, the Hong Kong Information Cen- Kennesaw State University, ter Web site, in Asian culture Georgia Gwinnett College. “dragons are viewed as strong, • Laotian – Wat Lao Sattha powerful and frequently a symbol Dhamma, Laotians of Atlanta, for the spring rains and growth. Asian Real Estate Association Dragons are also viewed as protec- of America. tive and benevolent, which is why • Open – LCKC A, Florida dragon boat racing is often thought Everblades (Gators), Florida of as a means of spreading good Everblades (Croks). Recreluck.” ational-Atlanta Canoe Club, Dragon boat festivals are ScORCH, Kimberly Clark. among Hong Kong’s most popular • 2,000-meter finals – LCKC A, events and have developed an in- Florida Everblades (Gators), ternational following through com- DBC Kaimana. petitions worldwide. Four LCKC See page 22 for more LLRC information.

By Jane Harrison Athletes of the Month: Kris and Bob Spengler Ages: Kris, 59, Bob, 60 Family: Two sons and daughters-in-law, three grandchildren ages 5, 3, and 3 months Residence: Flowery Branch Rowing background: Bob – “I started rowing as a coxswain in high school and progressed (to an oarsman) from high school to college.” He rowed on crews at Marietta College in Ohio and at George Washington University. “After a 30 year rest … life got in the way, developing a family and raising children … I got back to it in ’99. Kris realized that she wasn’t going to see me unless she started rowing.” Kris – “I started in a (LLRC) Learn to Row program” when seeking a new activity that was easy on knees” that had taken a pounding in other sports. “Rowing was just perfect … it’s low impact with no twisting and turning of the knees. I can do it without injury.” Current specialty: Mixed double with rowing partners Cecily and Henry Kannapell. Accomplishments: “We’ve won a lot of regattas,” Bob said. He deemed the “most noteworthy” accomplishment a team effort in winning the total point trophy for seven years at the Southeast Regional Regatta in Aiken, S.C. The couple’s mixed double combination with the Kannapells won gold at last year’s Head of the Hooch in Chattanooga. Goals: Kris – “To defend our gold at Head of the Hooch and row the marathon.” The Spenglers and Kannapells aim to win in Chattanooga and then go on to row a 26.2 mile race in Louisiana in Novem-

ber. Bob said they hope to complete the marathon in 3 hours, 15 minutes. Thoughts on rowing and an active life: Bob – “Rowing is a great team sport. Because it is a team sport you become committed to it. It is a life long sport. There are people rowing with the club who are 80 years old.” Kris – “Three generations of our family competes” in some kind of sport. Their youngest son recently completed an Ironman triathlon, a daughter-in-law does sprint triathlons, their oldest son plays tennis, and their oldest grandson just started playing soccer. “We have a long line of competition,” Kris said. Comments from Coach Jim Pickens: “Kris and Bob really helped as team captains (during the Richard Bunzl Night Sprints Regatta). They took over for me when I had other duties with the regatta,” he said. He described the Spenglers as long time LLRC members whose efforts have helped keep the club afloat and running strong. He also commended their endurance training for the upcoming marathon in Louisiana.


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Meet the Lake Lanier Association Board of Directors This month, Lakeside on Lanier begins a regular column featuring news and information about the Lake Lanier Association. Here are brief biographies of each of the association’s board members. Jackie Joseph, President – Jackie has lived in Buford since 1964 and on Lake Lanier since 1978. A lake advocate for many years, she has been a critical part of the development and ongoing operation of the LLA. Val Perry, Executive Vice President – Val is originally from Garden City, Long Island, and he and his wife Sharon have lived on Lanier for 22 years. Gordon Brand, Vice President – Gordon and his wife Jeanette have lived on Lanier in Dawson County since 1989. Gordon is a

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critical part of the Shore Sweep event in that county as well as other parts of the lake. Paul Flood, Vice President – Paul is an Atlanta native and a Georgia Tech Alumnus. Paul is committed to the association’s mission of preserving the lake and the economic development of North Georgia. Wilton Rooks, Vice President – Wilton is a graduate of Georgia

Tech. In addition to being on the board he serves as Secretary and Board member for the 1071 Coalition and is a member of the Executive Committee of the new ACF Stakeholders group. He is also Executive Director and Board member of Scenic Georgia Inc. Roger Bauer, Secretary – A resident of Cumming, Roger has lived on Lanier with his wife Peggy since 1984. Donna Baray, Director – Originally from Tennessee, Donna and her late husband Jaime moved to Lanier in 1991. Donna has been involved in planning both the association’s fishing and golf tournaments and has now increased her role to serving on the board. Ron Coleman, Director – Ron

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was born and raised in upstate New York in a small town near Syracuse. George Daniel, Director – George is from Georgia and has retired from a legal and real estate career. George volunteered for Lake Lanier Association events in 2008 before joining the board in 2009. Jim Hazelwood, Director – Jim is a graduate of Georgia State University and the Wharton School of Business. Jim serves on the Lake Lanier Watershed Governance Council, the Statewide Water Planning Commission, and the Metropolitan North Georgia Overlay Basin Committee, and also on the Lake Lanier Basin Advisory Council of the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District. John Heard, Director – John was elected to the Georgia General Assembly in 2002 as the State Representative from District 104. He served through 2008 and was Chairman of the House Appropriations Special Projects Committee. Patsy Kilmartin, Director – Patsy attended law school at Georgia State University and was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1991. Patsy, along with her husband and daughter, moved to the Gainesville

area in 2001. Tammy Levi, Director – Tammy has lived in Georgia most of her life and grew up boating and camping on Lanier. Bev Nicholls, Director – Bev and her husband, Denny, have lived in the area for more than 12 years. She enjoys collecting the data with the Adopt-A-Lake group and sharing it with Gainesville College, Georgia Lakes Society, and other interested groups. John Richardson, Director – John has a Management Consulting business. He has been a volunteer and member of the association for several years and has participated in the Shore Sweep activities and the Adopt-the-Lake program. Charlie Rittenhouse, Director – Charlie Rittenhouse has served on the LLA board since 2000. His work has been primarily in the areas of water quality and water pollution control in Lake Lanier. The Lake Lanier Association was founded in the early 1960s with a goal to protect and advocate for Lake Lanier. Membership is $50 for individuals and families. MORE INFO:


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Night Sprints spice up Taste of Gainesville By Jane Harrison Lake Lanier Rowing Club junior athletes made a quick run to grab pizza, burritos and smoothies from restaurateurs serving their specialties on the Lanier Olympic Venue plaza Sept. 25. The teenagers said they needed the “health food” before gliding out under the lights for racing in the first night regatta staged on the Olympic course. The night of dining and rowing brought out a crowd of hundreds, many of whom had made the annual Taste of Gainesville an early autumn tradition and many of whom had never seen rowers in action. For the first time, LLRC presented the Richard Bunzl Night Sprints in combination with the Taste of Gainesville. It was an idea brought into fruition by LLRC Executive Director/Head Coach Jim Pickens after he watched a night sprint at the popular Oklahoma City regatta venue. He said he envisioned the dinner regatta as a good way to “show the community what we do. The audience can enjoy the races when they are done eating.”

After diners had stuffed themselves with marinated chicken thighs, clam chowder and baked pasta, and were picking at samples of carrot cake and banana pudding, the sleek racing boats appeared under the lights in front of the grandstands. Folks catching their first glimpse of rowers’ unified strokes in long four- and eight-boats gasped and applauded as the boats slipped across the rippled black velvety water, studded with yellow buoys marking the lanes. Teams from as far away as Orlando, Fl. and Winston-Salem, N.C. raced the 500-meter course illumined by generator-run flood lights. The 11-club line-up included crews from Clemson University, Berry College, Darlington School, South Orlando Rowing Association, Wake Forest University, University of Georgia, College of Charleston, Georgia State University, North Rowing (in Atlanta), Riverside Military Academy and LLRC. Prior to her race in the Junior Women’s 4 competition, LLRC junior Sloane Rodgers nibbled on a burrito and talked about the ex-

citement of a race after sundown. “I’ve never rowed at night,” she said. The North Gwinnett High School senior and teammates Holly Shilling, from North Hall High School, and Olivia Varnson, from Mill Creek High School, wore flashing red lights on their caps and backs of their shirts so their fans in the grandstands could see them. Despite a couple of boats veering off-course at the start, the regatta seemed to run smoothly. Boaters rowing to the starting buoys paused briefly in front of the grandstands and then gave it their all for a few strokes in the spotlight to show off. Spectators and racers watched for the yellow light in the finish tower to turn green to signal the start of each race. Listeners could hear the coxswains yelling out encouragement to rowers pulling on the oars. An almost full moon rose over the channel as the finale neared. The dinner featured specialties from about 25 area restaurants. Darrell Hensley, co-owner of Yahoola Grill in Dahlonega, grilled chicken for a line of diners to sample. “This year’s (Taste of


Diners enjoyed an al fresco meal before the night sprints began at the Taste of Gainesville/Richard Bunzl Night Sprints Regatta. Gainesville) is our best,” said the three-time event veteran. At the Just Desserts booth, Heather Choquette stood behind rows of tiny cake circles with dollops of icing. “They invited us back to defend our best dessert title,” said Choquette, co-owner of the Jefferson bakery. Krystal Mullis, waiting in line at the El Maguey booth, said that although she lives nearby, she had never been to the annual culinary event. “I’ve always wanted to try it,” said Mullis, who brought a party of seven friends and family

members with her. As diners finished eating and pulled chairs to the edge of the grandstands to see the water, LLRC President Ed Hallman told about the namesake of the night sprint regatta. Richard Bunzl, who died a few months ago, was not a rower, Hallman said, but he invested to preserve the Olympic legacy on Lake Lanier by helping purchase a fleet of power boats necessary to hold high level regattas. “The night sprints are dedicated in his memory,” Hallman said.

Successful Pet Fest draws 4,000 to Laurel Park By Pamela A. Keene According to officials, the inaugural Lake Lanier Pet Fest was a howling success, bringing approximately 4,000 people to Laurel Park in Hall County on Saturday and Sunday, September 25-26. They watched and participated in dog diving competitions, pet con-

tests and games, and enjoyed live music. Additionally, in the Hall County Animal Shelter adoption tent, 14 pets found new homes. “That’s what Pet Fest is all about, finding homeless pets a family that will love and care for them,” said Marty Nix, Hall County public safety director. “All

proceeds from this festival will go to adoption programs at our shelter. We look forward to another great event next year.” The Pet Fest was the first major fundraiser for the Hall County Animal Shelter. It is also the first time Lanier has seen the sport of dock diving, where dogs jump off a dock

into a pool of water and are judged on speed, height and distance. “This was the best turnout we’ve ever had for a competition,” said Nancy Akin, Dixie Dock Dogs co-founder. “We had 225 dogs register to jump, and we usually have about 180. And the Dixie Dock Dogs signed up five new members as well. So we’re very, very excited about the enthusiasm people in the Lake Lanier area have shown for dock diving, and we hope to have more events like this in the future.” The Hall County Animal Shelter is a division of Hall County Government’s Public Safety Department. The shelter, located at

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October brings a refreshing ‘Ah!’ October is one of my favorite months of the year. We call it the “Goldilocks Month” because for the most part, temperatures are not too hot and not too cold. There are exceptions of course, but for the most part, we generally run on an even keel. October is also a fairly dry month. We average just over three inches on the north Georgia area. However, with La Nina really developing in the Pacific, drier than average weather can be expected. In fact, many counties in our area are experiencing mild to moderate drought conditions this month. This is great news for the farming community, as it makes it easy to harvest crops. However, with dry air in place, the underbrush is very susceptible to fire. We will likely see many high fire danger days this month, so camping enthusiasts need to use extra caution. The Climate Prediction Center has issued its October outlook and predicts we will continue to drier than average conditions with temperatures at, or above the monthly average. This pattern will likely continue all through the winter months as well. However, it seems the Old Farmer’s Almanac is disputing that! It is calling for a

wet and cold winter. We shall see whether technology outperforms Glenn folklore. My bet is on Burns the La Nina keeping us dry and warm. Lanier There is a silver linOutlook ing to the dry weather. Remember how dreary the fall color was last year? We had an immense amount of rain from late summer into the fall. That kind of weather makes the leaves dull. However, when we have dry weather, the fall color tends to be absolutely spectacular! The fall color begins to get really good later this month, into early November. There is nothing I enjoy more than hopping in the boat for a cruise on the lake with the trees ablaze in all their autumn glory. Wait for a day when high pressure builds over us, usually after a cool front. When the skies are clear and cobalt blue, it makes a breath-taking background for the oranges, reds, and yellows. I hope you enjoy one of the best weather months of the year and get a chance to savor our “Goldilocks Month.” I will be back next time to update you on the predictions for this winter. And do remember, we are still in hurricane season, and the prime area for tropical development this month is in the Gulf of Mexico. Glenn Burns is chief meteorologist for WSB-TV in Atlanta.


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1071.54 1071.37 1071.20 1071.27 1072.40 1072.57 1072.46 1072.34 1072.22 1072.05 1071.85 1071.67 1071.47 1071.27 1071.07 1070.86 1070.74 1070.63 1070.50 1070.64 1070.77 1070.73 1070.67 1070.54 1070.38 1070.25 1070.38 1070.48


1070.40 1070.50 1070.48 1070.42 1070.35 1070.37 1070.39 1070.42 1070.36 1070.76 1070.97 1071.21 1071.32 1071.27 1071.07 1070.91 1070.68 1070.44 1070.29 1070.38 1070.52 1070.49 1070.40 1070.30 1070.17 1070.13 1070.18 1070.29 1070.24 1070.18 1070.12 1071.23 1070.52 1072.57 1071.32 1070.25 1070.12

APR 1070.07 1070.04 1070.11 1070.19 1070.18 1070.20 1070.22 1070.38 1070.44 1070.51 1070.58 1070.61 1070.64 1070.69 1070.68 1070.69 1070.74 1070.80 1070.81 1070.84 1070.85 1070.87 1070.88 1071.28 1071.76 1071.88 1071.79 1071.81 1071.76 1071.70


1071.77 1071.83 1072.24 1072.24 1072.08 1071.89 1071.71 1071.59 1071.49 1071.44 1071.40 1071.35 1071.28 1071.24 1071.32 1071.42 1071.30 1071.18 1071.10 1071.05 1071.09 1071.13 1071.18 1071.17 1070.99 1070.85 1070.69 1070.62 1070.63 1070.67 1070.80 1070.80 1071.31 1071.88 1072.24 1070.04 1070.62

JUN 1070.78 1070.79 1070.78 1070.80 1070.86 1070.92 1070.92 1070.89 1070.86 1070.87 1070.89 1070.92 1070.93 1070.92 1070.99 1071.05 1071.03 1071.01 1071.02 1071.05 1071.00 1071.00 1070.91 1070.88 1070.86 1070.89 1070.88 1070.88 1070.85 1070.84


1070.81 1070.90 1070.92 1070.82 1070.90 1070.87 1070.78 1070.66 1070.54 1070.56 1070.56 1070.50 1070.49 1070.46 1070.41 1070.43 1070.48 1070.49 1079.47 1070.43 1070.38 1070.35 1070.34 1070.35 1070.32 1070.31 1070.30 1070.24 1070.21 1070.17 1070.16 1070.91 1070.50 1071.05 1070.92 1070.78 1070.16



1070.22 1070.18 1070.21 1070.18 1070.10 1070.11 1070.12 1070.11 1070.04 1069.97 1069.90 1069.85 1069.80 1069.81 1069.79 1069.72 1069.67 1069.58 1069.53 1069.54 1070.02 1070.15 1070.12 1070.06 1070.00 1069.98 1069.96 1069.93 1069.90 1069.84 1069.76 1069.94 1070.22 1069.53

1069.67 1069.58 1069.47 1069.43 1069.41 1069.34 1069.25 1069.20 1069.16 1069.12 1069.15 1069.14 1069.09 1069.05 1069.00 1068.95 1068.93 1068.92 1068.86 1068.81 1068.77 1068.72 1068.67 1068.59 1068.59 1068.74 1068.99 1069.07 1069.12 1069.38 1069.07 1069.67 1068.59


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Sunset Cove at Lake Lanier Islands Resort readies for 2011 season Officials busy making plans to respond to popularity of Lanier’s newest draw By Pamela A. Keene The success of Sunset Cove at Lake Lanier Islands Resort was far greater than management had envisioned. “Every week we have been making changes to accommodate the demand,” said Mike Williams with the Islands. “We continue to listen to our guests and are working to bring the level of service up to what we expect.” From expanding the courtesy docks twice to changing menu items and adding servers, the resort management has been responsive to customer concerns. “We’ve added new cooking equipment, expanded the cooking line and have added new bars away from the restaurant,” Williams said. Sunset Cove will roll out a new menu during October. “Our goal is to continue to change things up to offer a fresh and unique experience for our guests,” marketing director Hallie Currigan said. “We’ve brought in televisions for the college and NFL sports fans to be able to enjoy their games here.” Sunset Cove began as a beachside restaurant last spring, a gathering place for locals and guests of

the resort to enjoy a meal in a casual setting. The resort sold beach partnerships to locals to encourage loyalty and attendance; the memberships capped out but the guests continued to come, often several times a week because of the party atmosphere. Sunset Cove became the place to be and be seen, eclipsing the long-time popular Cocktail Cove. “Cocktail Cove shifted to our cove,” Currigan said. “With our entertainment schedule and concerts people just continue to return again and again.” The venue is the site of monthly full moon parties, plus concerts and special events. In addition, Singleton Marine Group hosted Wednesday night wakeboarding exhibitions June through August. The full moon parties will continue through the end of the year. “We also expect to have a New Year’s party at Sunset Cove,” Williams said. The resort will likely do some modifications to the open-air restaurant for the winter months, although Williams did not elaborate on what type of winter hours the restaurant would main-

tain. The mix of guests has been about 70 percent coming by boat and 30 percent coming by car, Currigan said. Since the summer, the numbers have shifted a bit, with 35 percent coming by car and 65 percent by boat. “It’s been a great summer and we’re already planning for the growth next year,” Williams said. “Our biggest challenge has been keeping up with the growth, but it just goes to show that there is a big demand for people to come by boat to eat on the lake.” A scene at Sunset Cove earlier this summer.


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Thousand Islands Region: That’s where I belong 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. My grandfather used to say to me, “you know we lost the War to those northern aggressors,” to which I would laugh to myself about the things which were forever etched in his mind. But for other like-minded individuals, we may have suffered another loss if the rumors circulating around New York are true. I recently returned from a world-wind tour of the Great Lake regions of New York and Canada – what a beautiful part of the country. While in the area I was able to spend a few days with our boating friends Jim and Kathy Fenn, who live on Wellesley Island, just a stone’s throw from the Canadian border. The Fenn’s live in an 1890s cabin overlooking the St.

Bob & Carolyn Wilson Cruising Wilsons

Lawrence River in an area that was previously being developed by the Methodists as a church camp. Much like the other island residents, they enjoy being on “the River,” far away from the hub-bub of Syracuse and Buffalo. The water is crystal clear, and deep. And yes, it freezes over so much in the winter that they can drive across the border into Canada if it weren’t for the Border Patrol agents routinely patrolling the area. The 1000 Islands Region takes its name from the more than one thousand islands along the shores of the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario. There’s an abundance of outdoor activities in which to partake, and with its proximity to major airports, the region has become an interna-

tional tourism destination. Prior to an influx of resorts, lodges and chain hotels, the earliest tourism accommodations were privately owned cabins and cottages. Today, there are cabins and cottages of all shapes and sizes on all but the tiniest of islands. Many of the historically significant private residences remain as a reminder of the opulent lifestyle of some of New York’s most notable families. One major attraction is the Boldt Castle, named for the hotel magnate George C. Boldt. Boldt was attributed with the introduction of Thousand Island salad dressing, based on a recipe given him by a Clayton, NY friend and hotelier. Jackson So what has all this got to do with country music you might ask? Rumors have it that Alan Jackson, known for his blend of honky-tonk and mainstream country music, is considering buying a home in the Thousand Islands Region. According to his fan club website,

Boldt Castle, scenic view of the Islands, friend Jim Fenn’s cabin (clockwise from left).

“For more than 20 years, Alan Jackson has worked to balance his wildly successful recording career and his home life with wife Denise and their three daughters.” Their teenage daughters will soon be leaving the home nest; he enjoys the outdoors and boating; and, he recently sold the family’s


19,000 square-foot estate for about $28 million, so it would not be out of the realm of possibility for this Newnan, GA native to want to escape to this peaceful part of the country. The St. Lawrence Seaway may be a long way from “way down See Wilsons, page 28

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This month: Covering winterizing to whales and more That time has arrived: time to winterize your boat. The better job you do today will make it easier on you in the spring. One thing everyone now advises is to add stabilizer to your fuel tank. Once you do that, run your engine long enough so it will be distributed through your fuel delivery system. Stabilizer manufacturers Star-Tron, Sta-Bil and ValvTech, recommend topping off your tank and adding their product to your fuel. Since your tanks are full it will take more of their product, which means more cost to you. Manufacturers Mercury, Yamaha, and Evinrude recommend not filling the tank full. Two reasons: one for expansion when the temperatures change, and two, if you have bad fuel next spring, you will have less to pump out when cleaning the tank. Another reason for a low fuel tank is when spring comes you can fill with fresh fuel. I would also recommend adding the advised amount of Marvel Mystery Oil. It will ensure a clean fuel system for the season. Here’s a list to help in winterizing: • Change oil and filter – impurities in old oil will cause rust and corrosion in engine. Do the same for your generator. • Service outdrives and grease all fittings. Check for water in outdrive foot. If you find water, replace seal before serious damage occurs. Check prop. If damaged or needs hub replacement, send it off for repair now so it will be ready come spring. • Head and holding tank – Empty holding tank and add proper treatment. Clean head and do same. Check hoses and

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clamps. • Water system – check hoses and clamps and add potable antifreeze. • Check and properly store all electronics. If you have a VHF radio, fathometer or other electronics that need servicing, send them off now so they will be ready for spring launch. If the Captain feels he needs some new equipment, he might want to drop a hint to Santa. • Inventory and check all required U.S.C.G. equipment onboard. Replace items in question and store properly. • Check batteries and store properly with charger. Clean away any corrosion and apply protectant. If batteries need replacing, wait until spring and you will have a longer warranty. • On outboards and outdrives, if you haven’t serviced the water pump in two years you need to now. Replace old impellers. This will eliminate down time next season. • Check bilge pumps make sure bilge is clean and dry. The less moisture you have will keep mildew and odors down. • Clean cabin and stow gear properly. Make sure you have no leaky hatches, ports, or windows. • Wash, clean and wax exterior. Invite some of those folks who enjoyed your boat last sum-

mer to help on this job. • If you keep your boat in the water and its due for hauling and bottom paint, schedule it for later in the fall. The yards are less busy and you might get a better deal. • If you trailer your boat don’t forget service for it, too. Check wheel bearings and tires. Tires don’t usually wear, but they do get weather cracks in the sidewalls. Each boat is different, and I’m sure I might have missed an item or two to check on, so check your owner’s manual and follow the instructions. West Marine has many products to help you winterize your boat, whether it’s on the interior or exterior. Remember, if you are a Boat U.S. member you will get a 10 percent discount. If you are not a Boat U.S. member you should be. It will be the best $24 you ever spent in boating. Whale vs sailboat Ralph Mothes and Paloma Werner were on a leisurely afternoon sail on their Barens Seatrader sloop name “Intrepid” off Capetown, South Africa when they noticed Southern Right Whales, which can weigh up to 40 tons, breaching and diving about 400 yards astern. Mothes noticed that they were coming closer with each dive, but figured they would go under his boat. Meanwhile a computer network administrator James Dagmore from Gaborone, Botswana was on a sightseeing cruise taking photos of the whales diving near the sailboat. His “Kodak Moment” was a photo of a whale breaching immediately astern of the sailboat. This naturally got their attention as they were able to move for-

fishing tournaments paying a bounty on each fish. This didn’t make a dent in the fish that can weigh up to 40 pounds or more. American ingenuity took over and some businessmen realized the fish would be excellent feed for zoos. That worked out well and now commercial river fishermen have an outlet for their catch. Meanwhile other businessmen realized this fish is a prize catch in China, and yes we are exporting them back to China by the ton. Restaurateurs stateside decided that since carp were a delicacy in China and other Asian countries maybe they should offer it on their menu. A new industry was started: gourmet carp. Recipes like Vietnamese carp cooked in coconut milk, breaded fried carp filets, carp soup with lemon and spinach, and of course the old favorite, smoked carp. Maybe you might want to serve carp at your next “soiree.” If you catch or buy them, keep fish 10 pounds or smaller. If you don’t want to fool with catching and cleaning them, contact these businesses and they will ship them to you: Valley Fish and Cheese, Prairie Du Chin, Wisconsin – 608-326-4719; Schafer Fisheries, Pepin, Wisconsin, 1800-291-3474. Who knows you might like it and you will be reducing the Asian carp population which has been a serious problem for the U.S. river systems. Practice safe boating. Be courteous and I’ll see you on the water or beach depending on the weather. Mike Rudderham is a veteran marine surveyor with more than 40 years experience in the marine industry.

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• Wilsons Continued from Page 27 yonder on the Chattahoochee,” but being on the water seems to play a big part in Jackson’s favorite past-times. Each year we pass by his yacht, Neon Rainbow, just north of Palm Beach and reportedly he has several other boats scattered about. After spending two weeks in the area it is not hard to understand why he would find the Thousand Islands appealing, but for those of us on Lake Lanier there are some drawbacks. The boating season is short, the winter temperatures can be depressing and from the Fenn’s cabin it

ward on the sailboat. It was just in time as a whale breached, and landed on the stern, dismasting and tearing up the rigging of the boat. The occupants were OK but shaken. They were able to motor back to Capetown Harbor. They were fortunate that it was a steel hulled sailboat. If it was wood or fiberglass it would have splintered or shattered. Dagmore was taking photos while all this happened, and they were sensational. Some so good he was accused of trick photos which were disproved and “The Today Show” did a feature on the incident. They certainly will have a sea tale to tell that tops most. Coast Guard report Boat fatalities rose in 2009, the Coast Guard’s Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety reports. They reported 736 fatalities and 3,358 injuries and approximately $36 million in property damage from 4730 recreational boating accidents in 2009. Seventy five percent drowned and 84 percent of those victims were not wearing a life jacket. For more information log on to: Gourmet carp Episodes of people encountering Asian Carp, which are growing rampant in our rivers, especially the Missouri, Mississippi, and Illinois and their tributaries, have appeared in this column many times. The fish prefer to invade the cruising zone of PWC drivers and many have been injured. These rapidly multiplying fish were a problem. They even thought about closing access to Lake Michigan so they wouldn’t upset the balance of fishing in the Great Lakes. Local clubs held

Dock Moving Specialist is a haul to the nearest WalMart or grocery store. The fishing is good, the neighbors are friendly, so I guess that was on Jackson’s mind when he penned That’s Where I Belong. It goes like this: Where the sky meets the water Where the wind is my song Where the sun is my brother That's where I belong We hope to get back up that way next summer after the snow melts and the water temperature is suitable for swimming. I want to sleep on one of

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Lakeside Calendar October 2010 „ Thru October – Dahlonega Artist Marketplace sponsored by the Dahlonega Arts Council, held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday in Hancock Park, corner of North Park and Warwick streets in Dahlonega. Info: „ Oct. 6 – Northeast Georgia Writers Conferences held in Gainesville at Peach State Bank, third floor, 325 Washington St. Workshops held 1-3 p.m. Speaker: Sandra Brim. Admission: Free, members; $25 preregistration required for nonmembers. No registration at the door. Info: 770-297-0680. „ Oct. 7-17 – Cumming Country Fair & Festival features concerts, Heritage Village, Indian Village, working exhibits, Cotton Gin, Sawmill, Sorghum Mill, Cider Press, Blacksmith, Grist Mill, Quilters, Schoolhouse, Churches, Doctor’s Office, Dentist’s Office, Barber Shop, Post Office, General Store, Printing Press, Midway rides, a petting zoo and local entertainment. Times: 4-10 p.m., Mon.-Thurs.; 4 p.m.-Midnight, Fri.; 10 a.m.Midnight, Sat.; 12:30-9 p.m., Sun. Admission: $7, adults; $3, students, 5-18 years old; free, 4 & under. Parking: $3. Info: 770-7813491; „ Oct. 8-10 – Mule Camp Market held in downtown Gainesville’s square features arts and crafts, music and food, face painting and a petting zoo. Info: 770-532-7714; „ Oct. 8, 21 – A “Photo” Walk in the Park features a walk with other photography enthusiasts to take pictures of some of Hall County’s beautiful parks. The Hall County Parks and Leisure organization will share the photos online. Registration is two days in advance. Park Meets: Oct. 8 – 7 a.m. at Laurel Park; Oct. 21 – 6 p.m. at Williams Mill. Info and registration: 770-535-8280. „ Oct. 9-10, 16-17 – Sorghum Festival, held at Meeks Park off Ga. 515 in downtown Blairsville. Annual tribute to sweet syrup is the key craft on display, with other activities, art exhibits, music and contests. Car show held on Oct. 16 at United Community Bank. Info: 706-745-4745; „ Oct. 14-17, 21-23 – “Don’t Cry for me Margaret Mitchell,” presented by Georgia Mountain Players, Georgia Mountains Center Theatre, 301 Main St., Gainesville. Info: „ Oct. 16 – Fall Movie at Riverforks Park features a movie about love and vampires which begins at twilight, but the fun begins at 7 p.m. with popcorn and drinks for purchase and tickets to win prizes. Admission: free. The movie is PG-13. Info: 770-5358280; „ Oct. 16-17 – Gold Rush Days held in downtown Dahlonega features more than 300 art and craft exhibitors, a fashion show, children’s activities, gold panning contest, wheelbarrow race, hog calling, buck dancing, gospel singing and other live entertainment. Info: 706-864-3513; „ Oct. 21-23, 28-30 – “Mousetrap,” presented by Fifth Row Center. Location TBA. Info: 678-357-7359; „ Oct. 23-24 – Moonshine Festival, held in downtown Dawsonville, features crafts food

music, dancing, storytellers, a moonshine still, children’s games and rides. Time: 8 a.m. daily. Admission: free. Saturday begins with a car show and a parade. Proceeds benefit Kare for Kids in Dawson County. Info: 706265-6278. „ Oct. 23-24 – Traditional Wooden Boat Building Class introduces students to traditional boat building techniques of the late 19th century and early 20th century while building one 12-14 ft. flat bottom skiff. Tools used will be of that time period plus the use of power tools for cutting. Only one boat will be built by the class. Registration by Oct. 15. Location: Chicopee Woods Agriculture Center. Fee: $235. Time: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Info: 770535-8280; „ Oct. 28 – Howl-O-Ween Doggie Costume Contest held at 6 p.m. at Laurel Park and hosted by Hall County Parks and Leisure. Prizes awarded to the dogs with funniest, cutest, scariest, most original and best overall costumes. Entry fee: $5/dog; $8 for two dogs. Info: 770-535-8280; „ Oct. 29-30, Nov. 5-6 – “The Rocky Horror Show,” presented by the Habersham Community Theatre in Clarkesville at the historic Habersham Theatre. Time: 9:30 p.m. Admission: $16. Audience participation pack will be available for purchase. Info: 706-8391315, or „ Thru October – Octoberfest 40th Anniversary in Helen held at Helen Festhalle at 1074 Edelweiss Strasse. Admission: $7/person; free on Sundays. Info: 706-878-1908. „ Nov. 9-14, 16-20 – “Singin’ in the Rain,” presented by the Gainesville Theatre Alliance at the Hosch Theatre, John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts, Brenau University, 429 Academy St., Gainesville. Info: 678-717-3624; „ Thru November – Downtown Flowery Branch will feature Guided Walking Ghost Tours every Friday, Saturday nights. Time: Flexible. Admission: $10, adults; $8 children and senior citizens. Reservations needed; six person minimum in group. Info: Brenau University „ Oct. 29-30 – Ghost Walk features a guided tour around Brenau’s campus at 6 p.m. nightly, each tour lasts 30 minutes, and tours end at 8 p.m. Tours begin at Northeast Georgia History Center, 322 Academy St. in Gainesville. Admission: TBA. Info: 770-297-5900; Cumming Playhouse „ Oct. 1-23 – MAME „ Oct. 29, 30, 31, Nov. 5 6, 7 – To Kill A Mockingbird Info: 770-781-9178;

Elachee Nature and Science Center „ Nov. 6, Dec. 4 – 1st Saturday Hikes held 10-11:30 a.m. Learn about local native plants and animals. Monthly hike is a great way to explore the Chicopee Woods with an experienced guide. Free for members. „ Oct. 30 – Elachee’s Family Fall Festival features a live animal program, play games, make crafts and face painting held 2-5 p.m. „ Dec. 11 – Winter in the Woods Holiday Celebration held 10 a.m.-1 p.m. featuring hiking, holiday crafting and music. „ Spring and Fall – Stars Over Elachee held Fridays, Saturdays and/or Sundays at dusk. Learn to use a telescope and star chart to view stars, planets and constellations in the night sky. Pre-registration is required. Fee: $10, adults; $5, children through age 12; free, members. Call for dates and times. „ Spring and Fall – Backyard Conservation Workshops, Compost and Rainwater Collection instruct in recycling natural resources. Call for dates and times. Info: 770-535-1976; Gainesville Symphony Orchestra 2010-2011 „ Oct. 16 – “A Night at the Movies” „ Dec. 14 – Holiday Pops Concert „ Feb. 26 – Carnival Ball held at 7 p.m. at the Chattahoochee Country Club in Gainesville featuring a “Mardi Gras” dinner, a show and a silent auction. Admission: $75. „ Mar. 18 – Youth Person’s Concert held at 9:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Tickets: $5. „ Apr. 30 – “Side by Side” Fusion Concert „ July 3 – Patriotic Pops Concert held at Brenau University Amphitheatre All ticket prices are $8-30 and performances are held at Pearce Auditorium at 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Info: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds „ Oct. 8-16 – Georgia Mountain Fall Festival features opening day flower show with Jim Wood and The Georgia Mountain Fair Band performing at 2 p.m. and the music show with performances by Janie Fricke, John Conlee and T.G. Sheppard at 3 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. Following festival days include: Oct. 9 - Jim Wood and Crystal Gayle; Oct. 10 - The Melody Boys Quartet, Isaacs and Mark Trammell Trio; Oct. 11 - Connie Smith and Trees Leave; Oct. 12 - Percy Sledge and Joe Wright; Oct. 13 – Marty Stuart & The Fabulous Superlatives and The Hoyles; Oct. 14 The Tams and Showtime International; Oct. 15 - Fiddlin’ Howard Cunningham and Appalachian Tunesmith with Quebe Sisters Band; Oct. 16 - Finalists Fiddler’s Competition. New attractions at the festival include Live Shark Encounter, Dragonfly Copters Tours, Ertl Toy Collectible Exhibit and daily crafts and demonstrations.

„ Oct. 23 – Don Williams, tickets available Sept. 10. Prices: $25, $35 plus $2 handling. Info: Interactive Neighborhood for Kids „ Oct. 4-8 – Random Acts of Kindness Craft Week, decorate “how to be kind to others” coupon books. „ Oct. 11-15 – Farm Craft Week, learn about life on the farm. „ Oct. 13-17 – Christmas Reindeer Craft Week, make Christmas reindeer „ Oct. 18-22 – Door Hanger Craft Week, decorate door hanger for room „ Oct. 25-29 – Halloween Craft Week, Make treat bags and other Halloween crafts „ Oct. 31 – Halloween, $2 off admission when dressed in Halloween costume „ Nov. 1-5 – X-Ray Craft Week, learn about bones and make cool x-ray crafts „ Nov. 8-12 – Traffic Sign Craft Week, learn about traffic lights and build one Info:; 770 536-1900. Lake Lanier Islands Resort „ Oct. 16 – Octoberfest at Sunset Cove features fun all day where patrons can come by boat or by car and experience sand volleyball, gather and watch UGA football on large screen TVs. „ Oct. 18 – Nordstrom Classic benefiting Challenged Child and Friends Legacy on Lanier. Info: Gail Schneider, 770-535-8372 ext. 309. „ Oct. 1-31 – Haunted Nights of Lights, from 7-11 p.m., features a three-mile driving tour through haunted lights displays including Dracula and the Flying Bats, Giant Serpent Beast and Beast Keeper, Virtual Tunnel with 100 Flying Ghosts, Frankenstein and his bride and Leaping Goblins. The tour ends at the Haunted Village for rides, games and goodies and a Family Fun House. Admission: $20 per carload, Mon.-Thurs.; $25, Fri.-Sun. „ Oct. 23 – Full Moon Party at Sunset Cove starts at dusk and features music, dancing, jugglers, fire eaters, stilt walkers and fireworks from 7 p.m.-11 p.m. „ Oct. 30 – Costume Party at Sunset Cove features entertainment by The Ruckus. Fun begins at sunsets, where patrons can don favorite costume and be ready to enjoy music, fun and prizes and good food. Info: 770 945-8787; North Atlanta Trade Center „ Nov. 6-7 – Eastman’s Gun Show „ Nov. 6-7 – Great Train Expo „ Nov. 13 – Atlanta Bullypalooza Info: 770-279-9899, Quinlan Visual Arts Center „ Thru Oct. 9 – 2010 Georgia Watercolor Society Members’ Exhibition of watercolor and photography displayed in “The World Around Me,” “Amalgam” and “Colors of the World” exhibits. „ Oct. 14-Dec. 4 – 63rd Annual Members Exhibition. Opening reception held Oct. 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Judging the exhibition this year is Bruce Bobick, professor and chairman emeritus, Department of Art, State University of West Georgia. Info: 770 536-2575,


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Fresh Paint! Fantastic location! Lots of wooded privacy on .8 acres on Lake Lanier. Gorgeous views! 1slip covered dock and party deck. In deep water. Sunroom, large master bedroom. Large bedrooms down. 4-car, 2-story garage.



Reduced to $450,000 PRICE REDUCED! Gated community ranch on a basement with stunning lake views from the family room. Master on main, executive home 3 sides brick, professional landscaped. Full finished basement with kitchen and pantry. Koi pond. In neighborhood with million dollar plus homes. Owner financing available.


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Features two bedrooms with two & one half baths-open floorplan all within walking distance to Lanier Harbor Marina-unit has nice kitchen with breakfast bar and upgraded appliances-oversized bedroom with trey ceilings-fully furnished.

PRICE REDUCED! Cozy 1 BR weekend condo complete with covered deep water slip at south end of Lake Lanier. Unit is on the ground floor with beautiful views of the lake. Swimming pool overlooks the lake and is just a few steps from this unit. New trim, paint and decor thru out.



Priced to Sell $164,500 Four sides brick on nearly 2 acres, near mall of ga & i-985. The main level and the finished terrace have two seperate 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

Close to Shoal Creek & Lake Lanier Islands. This vacant lot is next to commercial property & a busy 4 way. Will sell subject to zoning. Property had a house that has been removed. All utilities are in place.

Great ready-to-build lot in the downtown Buford along with the city school system. Owner has 6 lots and is ready to sell. Make an offer on one or all six. Lots have 4 sewer taps and water meters included.




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This is a great building in a great location near I-985 and I-85. It has very large showroom and 3 overhead doors. 4-sides brick. Owner will finance or lease purchase.

Retail plaza with a convenience store close to Lake Lanier on Buford Dam Road.

Priced reduced! Bring all offers! Nice lot on hight traffic South Lee Street in Buford. Between Hwy 20 and Buford Hwy. Commercial area near Mall of Georgia, Super Walmart & I-985. Has nice rental housecould be tear down.

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Oceans Paradise Seafood opens on McEver Road in the former Lakehouse Restaurant location By Pamela A. Keene Fresh steamed seafood is the specialty at Oceans Paradise Seafood on McEver Road at Jim Crow Road. It’s a family business built on 22 years of restaurant expertise. Co-owners Robin Kwan and Victoria Han moved from New Jersey and a successful business there to open Oceans Seafood in the former location of the Lakehouse Restaurant. “My mom (Han) had C&H Crabhouse Seafood restaurant in Newark and it was very successful,” said Shayna Cho, who manages Oceans Paradise. “We had friends here and looked at this location five years ago for a restaurant. My mother moved here last November and I came here in May. Our goal is to run a good restaurant here. We sold the New Jersey restaurant to my uncle when we left.” Oceans Paradise has a completely new menu specializing in steamed, fried and grilled seafood, plus meat, pasta and vegetarian meals. It also has a wide selection of side items, including shrimp fried rice, broccoli, mushrooms, fries and onion rings. The restaurant’s secret is its specially designed seafood steamer. “There’s nothing like it anywhere around here,” Cho said. “It keeps the juices in and the food tastes really good.” The family has also priced its menu items affordably. “We understand about the


Oceans Paradise has opened near the intersection of McEver and Jim Crow roads. economic times, so we’ve taken that into consideration with our pricing,” Cho said. For instance, a whole steamed lobster with a half-dozen steamed clams, one side and a choice of soup or salad is $19.99. Oceans Paradise Seafood opened in midSeptember. It will be celebrating its grand opening in early October. It is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. until midnight. It has a full-service bar, plus wine and beer.


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Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike worth the trip By Jane Harrison The bridge over Hurricane Falls gently swayed as the celestial celebrity peeked over darkened ridges. First, shyly shimmering behind early autumn leaves and then rising in bold glory, the Harvest Moon ascended in front of her audience of 50 hikers clustered on the suspension bridge 80 feet above Tallulah Gorge. “That’s as cool as heck,” one hiker softly exclaimed, as others whispered their observations in the full moon’s glow. The entourage had just completed a 500-stair descent in darkness for the Sept. 25 Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike at Tallulah Gorge State Park. Interpretive Ranger West Malenke led the expedition, a monthly event that usually attracts at least 40 participants for two hours of night hiking and moon viewing. Malenke, who has been leading the suspension bridge hike for three years, has ushered spectators to view the Worm Moon (March), Strawberry Moon (June), Wolf Moon (January) and all the other full moons the Native Americans bestowed with distinctive names. “Each one is spectacular,”

Malenke said. The natural effects in the gorge – the splashing of Hurricane Falls under the bridge and moon shadows of hikers on the forest behind them – create a unique setting for the nocturnal show. The position of the moon relative to the bridge each month sets a different stage. Malenke said one full moon in summer illumines a platform above the span and shines on the falls below. Before the September hike, participants gathered in the twilight in front of the park’s interpretive center as the season’s last katydids chirped an overture for the walk into the gorge. Just after Malenke announced he would wait five minutes for some late arrivals, a car pulled up and a passenger shouted, “We’re here!” The late comers had traveled more than six hours from Valdosta for a moonlit prelude to a North Georgia weekend. Elementary school aged children, senior citizens, and handholding couples followed Malenke on a forest trail and rubberized path to the metal grate stairs that lead into the gorge. Some carried flashlights or wore head lights. Others made their way with intu-

Outdoor Activity Calendar Aqua activities Lake Lanier Olympic Venue, Gainesville. See Olympic Venue pages for paddling and rowing activities. Swim to Remember, Hartwell. 1K, 5K open water swims. 8:30 a.m. Oct. 10, Big Oaks Park, Highway 29. $65 USA Triathlon members, $75 non-members., (404) 454-5892. Grounded pursuits ISI Cycling, Gainesville. Group bicycle rides 7 a.m. Saturdays & Sundays, Corinth Baptist Church, 3590 Thompson Bridge Rd.; 6 p.m. Thursdays, Dewberry Baptist Church, intersection of Clarks Bridge and Glade Farm roads., (678) 2310417. Hiking in Helen, Guided 3-mile hikes from Unicoi State Park Lodge to Helen, shuttle or hike back. 1-3 p.m. Saturdays in October. Register in advance. Unicoi State Park, 1788 Ga. Hwy. 356. $5 parking., (800) 573-9659, Ext. 305. Mule Camp Market Stocking Scurry, Gainesville. 5K walk/run, 9 a.m. Oct. 9, Historic Downtown Square, 311 Green St., SE. $20 by Sept. 25, $25 after.,, (706) 870-6403. Fall Celebration, Helen. Pioneer exhibits, hayrides, mountain music, cider. Noon-4 p.m. Oct. 9, Smithgall Woods Conservation Park, 61 Tsalaki Trl., $1, plus $5 parking., (706) 878-3087. Fit2Tri Triathlon Club, Gainesville. 7 p.m. Oct. 12, Fit2Tri, 1292 Thompson Bridge Rd., (770) 532-2453.

ition and careful steps. Not a single spectator had backed out after Malenke forewarned them about the 1,000 stairs they would negotiate that night. The plod of sturdy shoes down the steps to the bridge halted at intermittent platforms where participants rested briefly and stared down at barely visible froths of waterfalls rushing through the gorge. The entourage reached the suspension bridge at about 8:45 and trekked past it to a platform where Malenke gave out colored squares of construction paper. He asked each participant to guess the color of their paper, which was obscured by darkness. He said normally about half the crowd can guess correctly. A volunteer counted the guesses as she shone a flashlight on each square to see its color. Sure enough, half had seen the true color. After that diversion, the stage was nearly set for the main event. Malenke got the group back to the bridge just before nine. The night walkers, chatty in their pre-show parade, now quieted in near-reverence for the moon’s appearance. At 9:03, she rose into clear dark skies,

Run for Your Life 5K, Gainesville. 9 a.m. Oct. 16, Laurel Park, 3100 Old Cleveland Hwy., $20 adults, $15 younger than 18 by Oct. 7; $25/20 after; $25 families with children.,, (770) 535-0478. North Georgia Technical College 5K, Clarkesville. 8 a.m. Oct. 16, 1500 Hwy. 197, N. $15 by Oct. 6, $20 after., (706) 754-7714. Ride for Rally, Duluth. 30 and 50 mile bicycle rides. 8:30 a.m. Oct. 16, Allgood Pest Control, 2381 Satellite Blvd. $30 until noon, Oct, 15, $35 after.,, 404-847-1270. 404-847-1270 Fall Hoedown, Blairsville. Hayrides, cakewalk, chili, bonfire, storytelling. 2-9 p.m. Oct. 16, Vogel State Park, 405 Vogel State Park Rd. $5 parking., (706) 745-2628. 5K Run/Walk with the Bulldogs, Winder. 1 mile 1:30 p.m., 5K 2 p.m., Oct. 17, Winder Barrow High School, 327 N. Fifth Ave. $15 before Oct. 9, $20 after., (706) 680-7223. Doraville Road Race, 5K 8 a.m., 1-mile 8:45, tot trot 9 a.m. Oct. 16, Doraville City Hall, 3725 Park Ave. 5K $15 early, $20 day of race; tot trot, $10/$15., 678-795-0115. Rescue Runners 5K, Flowery Branch. 8 a.m. Oct. 23, Aqualand Marina, 6800 Lights Ferry Rd. $20 in advance, $25 race day., (770) 561-4039. Georgia Championship Trail Running, Lawrenceville. 8.5 mile trail race. 8:30 a.m. Oct. 23, Tribble Mill Park, 2125 Tribble Mill


Hike participants gather on the suspension bridge to await the full moon's appearance. bringing soft light to the woods and tumbling water below. A few cameras snapped. Couples whispered. A child, seemingly nebulous to the spotlight above, tiptoed across the bridge. After taking in their fill, hikers began their climb back to the parking lot. A few murmured their fatigue on the steep ascent up 500 stairs: “I hope there’s a defibrillator.” “My thighs are burning.” Malenke

Pkwy. $35 by Oct. 8, $40 Oct. 9-14, $45 race day., Ella’s 5K and Fun Run, Buford. Road and trail course; participants welcome to bring their dogs. 10 a.m. Oct. 23, Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center, 202 Clean Water Dr. $20.,, (678) 237-5434. Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike, Tallulah Falls. Ranger-led hike into the gorge, 68 p.m., Oct. 22, 7:45-9:45 p.m. Oct. 24, Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Dr. $5, plus $5 parking. Register in advance., (706) 7547981. Wails to Rails Haunted Hike, Tallulah Falls. Ranger led hike to see ghostly reminders of old Tallulah Falls Railroad’s colorful past. Hayride, refreshments. 7-9 p.m. Oct. 23, Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Dr. $3 adults, $2 children 12 and younger, plus $5 parking. Register in advance., (706) 7547981. Soque River Ramble 5K/1-Mile Run/Walk, Batesville. 1-mile, 8:30 a.m., 5K, 9 a.m. Oct. 23, Wilbanks Farm, 860 Old Chimney Mountain Rd. $20 by Oct. 15, $25 after., (678) 795-0115. 2010 Fast Pace 5K/10K, Buford. 8 a.m. Oct. 22, Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Rd. 5K $20, 10K $22.,, (404) 964-3251. Women for the Woods, Helen. Archery, fishing and gun skills for women. 8 a.m. Oct. 23-24. Register by Oct. 8. Smithgall Woods Conservation Park, 61 Tsalaki Trl., $50, plus

stopped at platforms, ensuring that slow movers could make it back. He will head back to the suspension bridge this month to escort visitors to see the Hunter’s Moon arise over the gorge. The October full moon hikes are set for the 22nd and 24th and may offer a chilly initiation into the fall holiday season in the Georgia mountains. On the 23rd, visitors can join Malenke for See Outdoors, page 51

$5 camping fee, $5 parking., (706) 878-3087. Spin for Kids, Winder. Mountain bike fun rides, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m., Oct. 23, Fort Yargo State Park, 210 Broad St. $45 adults, $15 younger than 12., (404) 231-9887. Tumbling Creek 6-hr. Mountain Bike Race, Oakwood. Solo and 2-3-member team races, costume contest. 10 a.m. Oct. 30, Gainesville State College Mountain Bike Trails, 3820 Mundy Mill Rd. Registration ranges from $25 with college ID to $130 for 3-member team., (678) 617-9114. 12th Annual 5K Boo Run, Flowery Branch. 9 a.m. Oct. 30, Old Train Depot, Main Street. $20 by Oct. 23, $25 after., (770)540-9470. Fall Classic Century Ride, Athens. Bicycle rides, metric century (62 miles), half-century, and 6 mile family fun ride. 10 a.m. Oct. 30, Terrapin Brewery, 265 Newton Bridge Rd., $30 by Oct. 10, $35 after, $10 family ride.,, (706) 208-1001. Currahee Adventure Duathlon, Toccoa. Off-road duathlon with mountain biking, trail running, obstacles, basic navigation. 10 a.m. Nov. 13, Currahee Mountain, Dicks Mill Pkwy. $70 individual, $145 teams before Nov. 1, $75, $155 after.,, (706) 282-7758. - Compiled by Jane Harrison MORE INFO: Additions/corrections, email:

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Lanier Striper Club’s virtual fishing tournament raises money for charities By Pamela A. Keene Funfest, sponsored by the Lake Lanier Striper Club, raised funds for five Lake Lanier charities in September. The event, which sold out several weeks early, featured 60 boats and 240 anglers who fished catch-and-release, recording the length of their catches on cell phone cameras and transmitting the results to the amphitheater at Lake Lanier Islands. “We had many sponsors actually come out and fish the tournament,” said Dan Saknini with the club. “The Top 15 teams walked away with trophies and prize money, plus we were able to donate to five charities on the lake.” Doug Youngblood and his team won the tournament with a

cumulative total of 70.5 inches. The benefactors of the event included the US Army Corps of Engineers Catfish Pond, Seed Outing by GON Magazine, the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Get Kids Fishing and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Fish Biologists in Gainesville. Presenting sponsors included AT&T, Samsung, ZTE and Pantech. Huawei was the hosting sponsor. Other sponsors were Nokia, LG, Motorola, Palm, Sony Ericsson, BlackBerry and HTC. “The event is catching momentum and we’re looking forward to next year,” Saknini said. “The money that we’re raising is going back to Lake Lanier and striper fishing on the lake.”


2nd annual Pirates poker run raises $10,000 for charities By Pamela A. Keene This year’s Pirates of Lanier Castaways Poker Run raised $10,000 for two local charities – Camp Sunshine and Children of Fallen Soldiers. Presented by Lanier Partners of North Georgia Inc., the event took place in midSeptember with 93 boats participating. “Despite the fact that we had less boats than expected, we were very pleased with the event and its success,” said Derek Dugan with Lanier Partners of Georgia, which hosted the event for the second year. “There were many activities going on that day, plus I know

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No slowdown in fun, education for ASPS What a glorious late summer we’re having on Lake Lanier! The weather has stayed warm and sunny through September giving us some of the best days yet on the water. ASPS activities and classes are in full swing, offering members many opportunities for fellowship and learning. The September raft-up at Wedding Island gave our members and guests the chance to enjoy each other’s company, great food, and the beauty of the lake. Our next raft-up is scheduled for October 16; keep an eye on our website at or friend us on Facebook for details about how you can come out and enjoy the day with us. Our September general membership meeting was held on September 16 at Gordon Biersch in Buckhead and featured Ed Gaito from Lake Lanier TowBoat as our speaker. Ed discussed his on the water experiences and the services offered by TowBoat. Our next meeting will be held October 21. Our speaker will be Mike Schneider, a member of our squadron who will offer a presentation on his most recent cruise to Alaska. Check out website for de-

Club to offer even more educational seminars on a variety of topics for sailors and power boaters alike. The September class covered using VHF and VHF/DSC marine radios. The next class, scheduled for Atlanta Sail & October 12 will cover using GPS Power Squadron and explain the principles of waypoint navigation and how to relate tails, and plan to come out to hear the GPS to charts. These classes are open only to members of the about the adventures Mike had ASPS and Barefoot Sailing Club. cruising his vessel northward to Visit for our largest state. more information on these semiOur fall education class sesnars and on how to join the ASPS sion is under way, with this sesto take full advantage of the benesion covering seamanship, fits of membership. advanced piloting, navigation, Yet another great benefit of and marine electronics. HistoriASPS membership are our offcally these in-depth classes have the-water social activities. Our been for member’s only, but beupcoming “Pirates Only Swashginning in the winter, the ASPS buckler Bash” will bring out the will be opening up these classes pirate in all of us as we meet up to the public! on land for a night of food, live Our classes offer a unique music and fun. boating educational opportunity While many local boaters rethat shouldn’t be missed. Class gard the fall as the end of another session announcements will be made soon, so watch our website season, ASPS members have for details on what topics will be more chances than ever to imavailable and the dates of our next prove their knowledge and share great times together. Be sure to session. visit to The ASPS is very pleased to see what we're up to, and to learn partner with Barefoot Sailing

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• Outdoors Continued from Page 48 a spooky walk on the old Tallulah encounter “ghosts” from the Falls Railroad bed where they will gorge’s colorful past. MORE INFO: Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike What: Two-hour night hike to and from the suspension bridge over Hurricane Falls Where: Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Dr., Tallulah Falls When: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 22, 7:45-9:45 p.m. Oct. 24. See for time/date of full moon hikes each month at Tallulah Gorge. Cost: $5, plus $5 parking. Registration: (706) 754-7981. Also at Tallulah Gorge State Park this month Wails to Rails Haunted Hike What: Spooky night hike on old Tallulah Falls Railroad to meet ghostly characters from Tallulah Gorge’s past. Hayride back to park. Refreshments provided. When: 7-9 p.m. Oct. 23 Cost: $3 adults, $2 children 12 and younger Registration required: (706) 754-7981

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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: Regular Price of fuel: (as of 9/26/10) $3.37 On-site eatery: Dockside Grill Cafe - Seasonal Take-out menu: Sandwiches Restaurant description: Casual Menu: Famous “Docker Burger,” tiki, 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 & houseboat launching ramp. AQUAMARINA LAZY DAYS Hours of operation: Office/Service/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: Valvtect 93 Octane Marine Gas and Valvtec diesel marine fuel Price of fuel: (as of 9/26/10) $3.69 premium; $3.15 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: Mid-grade gas; diesel Price of fuel: (as of 9/26/10) $3.59; $3.29 diesel (Dock open 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon.-Fri.; 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat./Sun.) 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 department, 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 cov. up to 25 feet, wet covered & uncovered to 80 feet. Types of fuel: Philip 66, mid grade Price of fuel: (as of 9/26/10) $3.59 (Dock open 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 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: Water service shop, land service shop, recreational room, bath house, pumpout station. Sales of new, used and brokerage boats. Bennington Pontoon Boats and Yamaha Outboards. HABERSHAM MARINA Hours of operation: Office/Store/Dock, 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: Mid-grade, 89 octane Price of fuel: (as of 9/26/10) $3.49 (Dock open 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 7 days a week) Security: Yes Additional amenities: Repair services, detailing and bottom cleaning. Also bathroom and shower facilities are available. HIDEAWAY BAY MARINA (Formerly Starboard Cove Marina) Hours of operation: Office: 8:30 a.m-5:30 p.m., 7 days Marina: 24/7 Phone: 770-967-5500 Web Site: Location: 6334 Mitchell St., Flowery Branch Types of slips available: Wet (472) Dry (150) Store/Gas Dock hours: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., 7 days a week Types of Fuel: Regular Price of fuel: (as of 9/26/10) $3.19 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 supplies. Types of fuel: Premium, unleaded & diesel Price of fuel: (as of 9/26/10): $3.89 premium; $3.59 unleaded; $3.29 diesel (5 percent discount with Westrec ad-

vantage membership) On-site eatery: Dockside Grill - Seasonal Menu: Burgers, handcut/aged steaks, sandwiches, salads & seafood Phone: 770-945-2208 Security: 24 hour Additional amenities: Boat rentals, repair service, pumpout station, boat sales, Sea Tow. 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 9/26/10) $3.59 regular, $3.69 premium, with 10 cents off a gallon, both regular 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 50-foot totaling 514 slips & dry stack storage (464) for up to 39 feet & 115 covered bay sheds to store boats on trailers Store: Yes Store/Dock hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun.-Thurs.; 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri./Sat. Types of fuel: 87 octane; no ethanol Price of fuel: (as of 9/26/10) $3.59 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: 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.; Cov-24-50 ft.; to include an exclusive 44 ft Sailboat Breakwater Dock. Total Wet Slips 688 and nine (9) Dry Storage Spaces (boats on trailer). Store: Ship Store Store/Dock hours: 9:00 a.m.-5 p.m., Wed.-Mon.; Closed Tues. Types of fuel: Regular with Valvtect Price of fuel: (as of 9/26/10) $3.57 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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Nearly 30 boats raced in the Special Olympics Regatta in mid-September. By Pamela A. Keene Nearly 30 boats competed in the 11th annual Special Olympics Open Sailing Regatta, Sail for Champions, in mid-September at Sunrise Cove Marina. “We are so close to our goal of $19,220, in fact just a few hundred dollars shy of this amount, that

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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. Dockside Grill - Holiday Marina. Serving the same Docker burger that’s offered at Dockside Grill Café at Aqualand Marina. Featuring handcut, aged steaks, full bar. Buford. B-3, 770 9452208. Dockside Grill Café - Offering full lake views of Lanier in a casual outdoor café setting. Featuring the famous Docker burger, sandwiches including grouper, tuna and mahi. Aqualand Marina, Flowery Branch. Seasonal. C-3, 770363-2318. Fish Tales Lakeside Grille - Casual lakeside dining featuring grouper fingers, signature salads and much more. Full service indoor and outdoor bar with live music. Open for lunch and dinner everyday during spring & summer, weekends fall & winter. Hideaway Bay Marina. C-3, 770-967-3775. Pier 29 - Located on Lake Lanier at lake marker 29 opposite Browns Bridge. Newly renovated restaurant which is family friendly with a separate bar. Open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week. Offering fresh fish, shrimp, steak, burgers, wings, and hand-spun milkshakes Nightly events and specials. Every Monday, buy 10 wings get 10 free. Live band every Friday and Saturday. Dockside delivery available restaurant's courtesy dock as well as delivery to Port Royal Marina. Visit for coupons 770-7812242. (Former Lantern Inn location.) Sandwich Market - Offers sandwiches, pita wraps, gyros & lahvosh. Baldridge Marina, Cumming. Seasonal. 770-889-2185. Skogies - Specializing in barbecue, seafood and American fare. Fri-Sat 11 am - 10 pm; Sun 11 am - 9 pm. Gainesville Marina, C-1, 678450-1310. Sunset Cove Beach Club - Sunset Cove is an open-air eatery on a quiet stretch of beach near Chattahoochee Rapids at Lake Lanier Islands Resort. Open for lunch and dinner, diners can take in views of the lake during the day or dine under the stars in the glow of firelight from the large stacked stone fireplace at center stage. Guests are welcome to arrive by car or by boat. Complimentary boat slips at the adjoining dock will be available for boaters wishing to drop anchor and enjoy a sampling from the menu. By water, the restaurant is located between buoy numbers 7SC and 5SC. For more information, visit Buford. B-3, 770-945-8787 The Sunset Tiki Bar and Grill at Lake Lanier Islands - Features ribs, sandwiches, burgers, calamari, island shrimp and more. 12-slip dock is available for boaters. B-3. Buford. 770-9327259. Windows Restaurant - Located at Legacy Lodge & Conference Center at Lake Lanier Islands Resort and overlooks Lake Lanier. Provides a full breakfast buffet, and menu options, daily and special dining events every Saturday night throughout the season. A Seafood Buffet

begins in May on the first Saturday of each month, Beer-N-BBQ the second Saturday of each month, Cruise, Dine & Dance the third Saturday of each month and a wine tasting, food paring the fourth Saturday of each month. Visit for details or reservations. 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, 770844-0902. 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, 678-4568932; Foster House - Lunch and dinner served family-style featuring casual dining at lunch and fine dining in evening. Lunch served 11-2:30, Mon.-Fri. Dinner served 5-8:30 p.m., Thurs.; 59:30 p.m., Fri./Sat. Cumming. A-3, 770-8879905. Norman’s Landing - Specializing in fresh seafood, hand-cut steaks, Canadian baby-back ribs with Kansas City barbecue sauce. Cumming. Casual. A-3, 770-886-0100. Oar House in Dahlonega - Specialties: handcut steaks, seafood dishes and homemade desserts, “everything homemade from the bread to the pickles.” Located Hwy 52E, 4 miles east of Dahlonega. Reservations suggested. 706-864-9983. Poor Richard’s - Specializing in Prime Rib, steaks, ribs and fresh seafood. Casual dining, dinner only. Full-service bar. G’ville. C-1, 770532-0499. Rick Tanner's Grill & Bar - A neighborhood favorite, the restaurant ofers a casual, friendly dining atmosphere. Rick Tanner's menu offers an array of selections including rotisserie chicken, chicken fingers, smoked pork, fall-offthe-bone ribs, homemade veggies and more. Flat screen TVs, outdoor patio, hand crafted beers. Located at the corner of Buford Hwy. and Hamilton Mill Rd in the Buford Village Shopping Center. 770-866-TOGO (8646), Buford. B-3. Third Coast Grille – On Friendship Road near Lake Lanier Islands, specializing in fresh fish, hand-cut steaks and ribs. Casual dining, full bar. Buford. B-3, 770-614-9508. Two Dog Café – Classic small town diner with an emphasis on fresh food and fast service for lunch and dinner. Located at 317 Spring St. Gainesville. C-2, 770-287-8384. Wild Wing Café – Offers casual dining, live music, special Monday Trivia Night and 2 Fer Tuesday nights (buy a dozen, get a dozen wings free). Located at 311 Jesse Jewell Pkwy., Gainesville. C-2, 770-536-9177. Yahoola Creek Grill – Features Southern-inspired, made-from-scratch cooking from our outdoor deck, cozy dining room and loft. Full beer and wine list. Open for lunch and dinner, Wed.-Sat. Open for brunch and supper on Sunday. Closed Mon./Tues. Located on S. Chestatee St., Dahlonega. 706-482-2200; Continental/Fine Dining 37 Main - a food/entertainment establishment inspired by Spanish tradition of tapas-small portions of appetizers-also featuring live music. Full bar. Open Tuesday-Saturday. B-3, 770614-7197. Aqua Terra - 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, 770271-3000. 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. Halfprice bottles of wine on Monday nights, halfprice appetizers from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and endless pasta and salad on Wednesdays. Dominick’s is open Monday thru Sunday from 11 a.m. 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. Live entertainment Thursday thru Saturday nights, family night on Wednesdays, Tavern is open Monday through Sunday. Café to go is open for breakfast and lunch; the tavern is open for lunch and dinner. Located at the corner of Buford Hwy. and Hamilton Mill Rd in the Buford Village Shopping Center. 770-9326284, Buford. B-3. Grapes and Hops - Casual dining, new menu items including authentic German dishes and lower prices. Full bar menu, with great selection of beers, wines and cocktails. Lunch 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Dinner 5-10 p.m., Brunch 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Bar open late. Live entertainment Wed.-Sat. Flowery Branch. C3 770-965-9145. Luna’s - Continental cuisine, romantic atmosphere. G’ville. C-2, 770-531-0848. 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. G’ville. Casual. D-1, 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. G'ville, 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. Tom's Pizza - Features pizza, Calzones, appetizers and salads. Rabbitown, Oakwood, Flowery Branch. Both Oakwood and Flowery Branch deliver to marinas on southeast side of lake. Rabbitown, 770-287-7444; Oakwood 770-531-0322; Flowery Branch 770-967-1074. Mexican La Cazuela - An Atlanta area landmark that’s expanded to two locations around Lanier. Features fajitas, selection of combination platters and more. Cumming, 678-947-0718, Buford, 770-614-6871. Oriental Little Tokyo - Japanese dining - hibachi grill, sushi. Dine in, take out. Open Tues. - Fri. 10:30 am - 10:30 pm; Sat-Sun 12 pm-10 pm; Closed Mon. Buford. B-4, 770-945-3350. Shogun - Japanese dining hibachi grill, $1 sushi everyday, open seven days week. Steak and sushi. Visit for specials and coupon. Flowery Branch, 770 967-4100; Buford, 678 5416000.


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Handsome Craftsman Style Lake Lanier home w/3 finished levels, great lake view & SS dock in very deep water. Spacious & open floor plan; hardwood floors; 3 FPs; oversized BRs; master on main; awesome price!

Below Recent Appraisal. Very large custom executive lake home in beautiful Habersham Landing. 4BR/3.5BA. Incredible master bath, new hardwood floors. Very open floor plan. Deep water dock with expansive big water views. This is a REAL DEAL under 600K. Three finished levels.



Escape the main stream & wind your way back to the perfect Lake Lanier hideaway. Nestled on the banks of Lanier, this home comes fully furnished. Meander down the trail to the private oversized S/S dock w/party deck.



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Point Lot. Views on 2 sides. Very close to waters edge, drought proof - never went dry. Oversized s/s dock w/party deck. Boat lift & jet ski lift. Very private & off the beaten path.

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Riding the tracks on the amazing Alaska Railroad Unless you rent your own floatplane and bush pilot when planning a visit to Alaska, nothing can beat the opportunities offered by riding the tracks of the Alaska Railroad. With nearly 500 miles of steel stretching from the ancient city of Seward in the south-central Kenai Peninsula to the gold rush outpost of Fairbanks, the views are spectacular and the side trips spine tingling! Riding the entire rail system takes visitors through diverse sections of Alaska that are both rugged and breathtakingly beautiful. Gorgeous rivers, waterfalls, and tiny tributaries are often seen from a distance or as sheer rock cliffs straight below the train tracks. Moose, black and grizzly bears, Dall sheep, mountain goats, eagles, and many other wildlife species can be viewed from the comfortable seat of your train car. The Denali Star operates daily between Anchorage and Fairbanks with stops at Talkeetna and Denali. Along the route, this train goes through the Chugach National Forest, Denali National Park, and Denali State Park. When the weather is clear, fantastic views of Mt. McKinley can be seen from Talkeetna to Denali, and you will pass over famous Hurricane Gulch with its 918-foot long bridge that is 296 feet above the Chulitna River. Soon after leaving Anchorage, the train follows the Knik Arm and through Sarah Palin’s hometown of Wasilla. This trip covers 350 miles and takes 12 hours, including the stops. Seward is a quaint little seaside


A glacier in Prince William Sound near Whittier (above). Landing a salmon (right).

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MORE INFO: 770-289-1543 village that is reached daily from Anchorage on the Coastal Classic train, which travels south along the picturesque Turnagain Arm before climbing into the mountains of the Kenai though Moose Pass. Snowcapped mountains, glaciers, raging rivers, and placid lowland lakes are passed during the 130 miles and four hours of the trip. For some Alaska cruise passengers and those going for a day cruise to see glaciers, the railroad offers a train between Anchorage and Whittier. This trip also follows the Turnagain Arm that boasts the highest tides in the world at more than 30 feet. One might spot beluga whales chasing salmon on the incoming tide or see Dall sheep on the steep mountainsides. Beyond the town of Girdwood, the track turns away from the mainline and goes through a tunnel that is two miles in length before reaching Whittier. For more information or reservations, call toll-free 800-5440552. To make the most out of your trip on the railroad through Alaska,

The Alaskan Railroad following a river.

places to stay are a must, and excellent side trips will reward you with memories of a lifetime. Below are some suggestions for exciting side trips and lodging: Anchorage Lodging When traveling between train adventures, stay at the Historic Anchorage Hotel, which is within walking distance of the railroad station and is the oldest hotel in the city. The service is fantastic, they will store your bags between trips, and a Continental breakfast is always ready very early. For more info or reservations, call toll-free: 800-544-0988. If you fly to or from Anchorage Airport, I would suggest a night on each end of your Alaskan stay at the immaculate and eclectic Judy’s Touch of Class B&B near the airport. Judy and Jim Powell always go the “extra mile” to make your stay easy and pleasant. Also, Jim takes people who stay at the B&B on flight seeing trips in his beautiful Cessna 182 for just the cost of gas, and he often picks you up and delivers you to the airport. For more info or reservations, call tollfree: 888-340-6390. Anchorage Side Trips You can’t come to Alaska without catching your fill of wild salmon, and this can be achieved by taking a quick flight out of Lake Hood in a floatplane from Rust’s Flying Service to Riversong Lodge on the Yentna River. Whether a day trip or a week, Randy and Robin Dewar will see that you catch plenty of fish, eat gourmet meals, and receive an education on outback Alaska living. For more info or reservations, call: 907-3502392.

Depending on weather, a day trip to Whittier by the Alaska Railroad to experience a Phillips 26 Glacier Cruise should be on your list. If Mother Nature is nice, this cruise into Prince William Sound covers 135 miles and allows an “up close and personal” view of 26 named glaciers of several types. During the trip, sea lions, whales, bear, sea otters, mountain goats, eagles, and other birds and wildlife may be seen. This trip also includes a scrumptious meal of either salmon or prime rib with all the trimmings. For more info, call toll-free 800-544-0529. Denali Side Trip with Lodging No trip to Alaska would be complete without taking a bus tour in the shadow of Mt. McKinley through Denali National Park to Wonder Lake and the old mining area of Kantishna to spend a couple of nights at the Denali Backcountry Lodge. This unique, picturesque property lies at the end of the 92-mile road that winds through a wilderness with surprises at every bend. Golden eagles soar overhead and one may see caribou, bears, wolves, moose, Dall sheep, and other wildlife. For more info or reservations, call 877233-6254 or 907-376-1992. Fairbanks Lodging Since it’s right beside the airport and shuttle transportation is provided to the train station or any other part of Fairbanks, the best place to stay is Pike’s Waterfront Lodge on the Chena River. For more info or reservations, call tollfree 877-774-2400. Fairbanks Side Trips For the adventure of a lifetime, Warbelow’s Air Ventures is the


only way to go! They offer mail flights into the bush country, wildlife viewing flights, native village fly ins, air trips into the Arctic National Park and Anaktuvuk Pass, and even an Arctic Coast Polar Bear Expedition. For more information call toll-free 800-478-0812. Seward Lodging The Hotel Seward is centrally located, unique, historic, clean, friendly, and owned and operated by an Alaskan family who make you feel at home. It is also the chosen hotel of the Alaska Railroad engineers and crews, and the walls are adorned with numerous pictures and paintings of the trains. For more information or reservations, call toll-free 800-440-2444. Seward Side Trips Right down the street from the Hotel Seward is the Alaska SeaLife Center, which is a world-class marine science facility. One can observe many native animals and birds in natural settings and listen to explanations of the research being done to protect and rehabilitate all Alaskan species. For more info or reservations, call toll-free 888-378-2525. Any trip to Seward has to include a wildlife cruise through Resurrection Bay and parts of the Kenai Fjords National Park with Major Marine Tours. The gorgeous vistas are breathtaking, and you will be astounded by whales, Dall porpoises, huge stellar sea lions, harbor seals, sea otters, eagles, and spectacular glaciers. If the weather is good, it could be the highlight of your Alaskan journey! For more information, call toll-free 800-7647300. Please see Travel, page 70

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ferent prices, availability and add consumer confusion. “Many boaters, having suffered through the last ethanol transition to E10, agree that we should learn from recent history and first completely understand what the new fuel will do before approving its use in boats,” added Podlich. “It may turn out to be harmless, but what if it's not? What happens if safety is affected or boaters are forced to pay for expensive repairs? Remember that most boat engine warranties are void when using ethanol beyond the 10 percent level.” Alex Laidlaw with Westrec Marinas, which owns Holiday and Sunrise Cove, agreed. “It’s bad for safety because ethanol burns hot and can damage plastic and rubber, it’s bad for boaters’ wallets because using it can result in costly repairs and it’s bad for the environment,” he said. “There’s clearly consumer confusion already as well. We’ve mitigated by using ValvTect additives in our fuel at our marinas.” BoatUS is urging boaters to visit and let the president know your concerns about ethanol and ask him to require the EPA to compete testing and get the science first. BoatUS is the nation’s leading advocate for recreational boaters providing more than half a million members with government representation, programs and money saving services.

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Atlanta Marine opens sales facility at Hideaway Bay Marina, offers in-the-water showroom By Pamela A. Keene Atlanta Marine has expanded to the recently renovated Hideaway Bay Marina. It’s the first time the dealer has had an indoor showroom. The 4,100-square-foot facility is augmented with in-the-water slips. “It’s fantastic and we’re looking forward to having this new facility,” said Kurt Backus, owner of Atlanta Marine. The company currently has two sales locations across from each other on Holiday Road. The company has sold Supra and Moomba wakeboard/water-ski boats since it began in 1995. The company also represents Everglades offshore fishing boats, which make great striper boats for Lanier. Monterey cruisers and sport boats from 18 to 40 feet are also available. “We’re displaying the 40-foot flagship

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















Day Use Parks The Corps operates 35 day use parks at Lake Lanier. Facilities range from parks with boat ramps to those with designated swimming areas, picnic tables, shelters and playgrounds. All day use parks close daily at 10 p.m. Boat launching is allowed at all hours unless otherwise posted. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in all parks. Picnic Shelters Picnic shelters are available at several Corps’ parks around the lake. They can be reserved for a fee. Call the Lake Lanier Management Office at 770-945-9531. Day Use Fees Day use fees are charged at some park areas which have boat ramps or beach areas. FEES (per day) Boat launching $3/$4 Vehicles $3/$4 Pedestrian/bicycle $1 Annual pass $30 Rules, Regulations and More Guidelines are not intended as restraints to the enjoyment of park visitors, but as aids for orderly operation, visitor safety and for the protection of the environment and public property. Complete rules and regulations are posted at the entrances to all campgrounds and copies are available at entry stations. To view annual opening and closing dates and rates for campgrounds and picnic shelters, visit http://lanier.sam.


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October 2010

Bugs and the daughters that are frightened by them It usually all starts with a series of blood curdling screams, followed by the sound of pounding feet desperately seeking escape, and ends up with a hysterical plea to be saved from an instantaneous and horrid death: “Dad, there’s a bug in my bedroom!” It always makes me feel sorry for the bug. Actually, it was kind of cute when my daughters were bugsized themselves. It allowed me to assume the role of Sir Lancelot, sans the geeky bowl haircut, stepping up to slay the offending insect. “There you go, the bug’s all gone. Let’s go to bed now, daddy has to finish watching an important football game.” “But, I’m afraid the bug will come back.” “Not a chance, the bug is all gone – smushed, obliterated, clobbered. I stepped on it and heard its back crack like Rice Crispies. It’s a dead bug.” “Really?” “Yes, and remember, there are only two minutes left in the game, the score is tied, there are no time outs left, and it’s history in the making and … ”

But I’m not getting any cooperation from the stupid bug naPhillip tion. Even worse, there is some Sartain kind of entropy at work here, because now, even the smallest of Break offending insects sends all three from the of my girls into a strange voodoo Lake zombie dance of madness with each newly discovered bug. “Listen, the game just got started. I’m not moving until it’s “Come with me and show me, over.” please.” “But it’s in the bathtub and I Since then, I’ve missed almost can’t take a shower.” And because the entirety of football “history in the mere presence of a bug anythe making” because of bugs. And where in the house is a threat to that’s because my now teenage all of my daughters, they form a daughters are still bugging me united front bent on the removal about bugs. of bugdom in general. Don’t get me wrong, if a spi“Use a different shower.” der the size of a baseball shows “That won’t help.” up in a closet, I want to know “Why not?” about it. But that’s only because I “Because I’ll still know that want enough notice to run over to the bug is there.” my neighbor’s house to hang out That’s when I go into interroand watch the game until it goes gation mode: “Was this bug staraway. ing at you?” But other than that, I feel like I “No.” have fulfilled my Tour of Duty in “Was it calling you ugly names Bugland, have been discharged, and taunting you?” and am now just another bug “No.” killing veteran trying to readjust “Does it have bad habits, like to civilian life and forget all about smoking and wearing pants that bugs. hang down to its knees?”


“No, it’s just laying there in the tub on its back.” “Is it taking a nap?” “I think it’s dead.” “You have a dead bug in the bathtub and so you are more or less paralyzed for the rest of your life and you’ll never grow up and move out of the house, and I’ll never be able to watch a ballgame again for the rest of my life? Is that what you’re trying to tell

me?” “Yes.” “Show me where the bug is.” I can hardly bear to think about what I’m in for if the bedbugs ever start to bite. Phillip Bond Sartain is a Gainesville, GA lawyer and freelance writer. MORE INFO: Email:

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