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

Vol. 17 Issue 10

INSIDE THIS ISSUE Lanier Partners Poker Run No one can really say for certain when, but it began because of a little girl named Sara who survived brain cancer. But whenever it happened, there’s no doubt that the strong yet soft-hearted men behind Lanier Partners are leaving their mark in a big way. Page 48

Dragon Boat Festival City and county officials were among the throng of long boaters and spectators wearing Chinese straw hats and eating Suno desserts at the 16th Annual Hong Kong Atlanta Dragon Boat Festival Sept. 10. Page 16

Cruising Alaska Simply cruising the Inside Passage to Alaska had always appeared a bit boring to me until Holland American Lines introduced me to a new way of seeing our last frontier with a different twist! Page 50 Also inside: Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Break from the lake . . . . . . . .Page Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Captain’s comments . . . . . . . .Page Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page COE column . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Cruising Wilsons . . . . . . . . . . .Page Dining guide . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Fishing column . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Glenn Burns . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Lake Lanier Association news . .Page Lake Lanier Olympic Venue . . .Page Lake levels . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Lanier map . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Marinas information . . . . . . . .Page Outdoor activity calendar . . . .Page Power Squadron column . . . . . .Page Sailing calendar . . . . . . . . . . .Page Shore lines . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Steve Johnson . . . . . . . . . . . .Page US Coast Guard Auxiliary . . . . .Page

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Shore Sweep divides and conquers Lanier shoreline 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

By Pamela A. Keene With a few changes, including advanced scouting and decentralizing operations, this year’s Shore Sweep seems to have netted a huge haul of trash, debris and Styrofoam. Nearly 1,000 volunteers took part in Shore Sweep at the end of September. Advanced scouting around the lake yielded good returns. The Lake Lanier Association divided the entire shoreline area of the

lake into 13 zones. Advance scouts marked maps with locations of Styrofoam and other debris that needed to be picked up. Then, on the actual day of Shore Sweep, the location captains were able to dispatch volunteers to places that had already been noted as needing attention. “This was a very effective way to maximize the use of our volunteers time in terms of going out and picking up trash instead of

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spending time looking for trash and then picking it up,” said Joanna Cloud, executive director of the association. “The total weight of the trash brought in at Shore Sweep was not available in time for publication, but by several estimates, it seems we had a banner year in terms of trash removal. With the lake being down, more trash was visible. Also, we


The Boat Dock Works barge, top, hauled in tons of trash during the 23rd annual Shore Sweep. John and Susan Lentz of Gainesville bring in their “haul” of Styrofoam by canoe to Gainesville Marina. 334 Dahlonega St. • Cumming



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October 2011

Versatile anglers change tactics with the weather Well, it’s been another hot one here in Georgia folks. In fact, listening to radio news recently, I heard that our August was the second hottest on record. Heat like that makes it difficult to enjoy fishing past 10 in the morning. September brought us some moderation. Good news is that the doldrums are over and fall is here. Cooler weather and shorter days are drawing heat from the lake. The early stage of water turnover is in affect as the surface becomes denser than lower layers. If you want to learn more about this annual phenomenon try an internet search of “water turnover” plus your favorite lake and you’ll find a wealth of information. In short, there’s a lot going on out there right now. Bass fishing can be frustrating at times because the fish tend to scatter. However, the fishing can be very good for versatile anglers. Striper fishing typically gets very strong in October and serious surface schooling action is often taking place by the middle of the month. This month also marks the time of year when linesides prowl the extreme shallows at night. Large minnow plugs

spook fish. For me, it’s an interesting way to spend time learning new techniques to run off bass. Tommy Instead, I recommend targeting Wilkinson cover with solid presentations starting well beyond the object. Casting Tie on a Shad Rap Lanier Some breeze across the water’s surface can really enhance a shallow water bite. Plus, you don’t cast in likely areas can provide a have to worry about spotting fish lot of after hours excitement. and the subsequent temptation of While good catches of bass can sight fishing. A spinnerbait is a be made in deep water this time fine tool for working skinny of year, shallow water opportuni- water. It allows you to cover ties offer a refreshing change of water quickly and maximize your pace. Significant numbers of bass potential when fish are aggrescan be spotted cruising the shalsive. Choose a lighter model lows during the fall. Ease around weighing in at about a quarter the coves with your electric motor ounce. You’ll have plenty of caston the lowest power setting while ing weight along with a lighter wearing polarized sunglasses to splash down into the water. To cut the water’s surface glare and minimize this even more master you may be surprised at what’s the low side arm cast with a roll down there. Also remember that of the wrist. This keeps the lure for every fish you spot, there are trajectory close to the surface and more that you didn’t see. Many makes for a more subtle entry into are singles but it’s not unusual to the water. Baitcasting rod and reel see small pods of bass cruising combinations excel at this but together. These fish are quite skill with a spinning combo can catchable but I caution against pull this off as well. Blade combigetting hung up on sight fishing nations vary, but double willow unless you are skilled at this craft. spinnerbaits provide maximum I have never been good at it when flash which is what you’re after. targeting bass and invariably To mimic baitfish so be sure to

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choose white, pearl, or other natural colors. A bit of chartreuse in the skirt is always a good idea. Surprisingly, chartreuse is a natural color. If you ever have the chance to closely examine a threadfin shad, you’ll note this shade on the edges of fins. Spinnerbaits are not the only choice. Shallow to medium running crankbaits are great bass catchers. Once again, choose natural baitfish colors. One might debate between flat side and wide bodied plugs. The former are more subtle while the latter create more disturbance in the water. I’ve had good success on both. My theory is that it all boils down to what you are most confident using. While a hundred baits will probably work, the original Shad Rap by Rapala is always a great choice to start with. The number five and seven sizes in the natural shad pattern are gold standards. You will probably cast the smaller number five much better on spinning tackle with eight or even six pound test line. The Bandit 200 series and Bomber crankbaits are also fine producers in wider body styles. I write this often, but remember that deflection off objects can be a huge catalyst in

triggering strikes. Cast well beyond targets with the intent of hitting them on retrieve. Spinnerbaits usually careen right off and crankbaits can be surprisingly snag free as well. It’s worth noting that wider body square bill models tend to deflect better and snag less. Look for Stripers on top Striper fishing is often excellent this month. The real excitement normally begins toward the middle of October. At this time, if the weather is seasonable and if we get a couple of calm and overcast days, plan to be on the water. It’s a perfect time to catch the adrenaline rush of watching your surface plug disappear in a washtub size swirl as fish crash the surface all around. Look for action near the mouths of major creeks. The south end of the lake seems to be best when looking for this activity. Spend about 15 or 20 minutes scouting spots. If you’re not seeing any telltale signs of life, move on. When you’re confident in your chosen areas, rotate between them. While you’re scouting, it’s always a best practice to blind cast topwater plugs while flat lining live herring about See Fishing, page 7


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Continued from Page 6 100 feet behind the boat. In order to hit two different depth zones, pinch a medium size split shot about six feet above one bait. Be sure to keep moving, albeit slowly, with the electric motor to prevent the deeper line from snagging in submerged brush or timber. While choices of surface plugs seem as endless as most other bait categories, you’ll not go wrong with the Original Zara Spook or Super Spook. They cast a long distance and get bit. What else could you ask for? As always, baitfish color patterns are the order of the day. If you’re not having any success locating fish and have the right gear, trolling can save the day. Medium running umbrella rigs targeting the 15- to 20-foot depth are sound choices. Pay attention to your electronics while trolling. If you’re spotting concentrations of baitfish in an area, it could pay to check for surface activity throughout the day. During sunny conditions, prime topwater hours tend to be early and late. The days leading up to an autumn cold front can be great while the post-front bite is typically suppressed for a couple of days. If a school is up and the fish are ignoring your topwater offering, go subsurface. A slim bodied original Fluke rigged on a 3/8th ounce lead head can be a fine choice. If this is not getting any action, fight dirty and pick up spinning rod rigged with a live baitfish and no

weight. When you spot a swirl, gently lob your bait to the spot and wait. This wait is typically not long. The wind is your friend Night fishing for stripers is an exciting and unique experience. As water temperatures cool, linesides begin to roam the shallows at evening twilight through darkness in the fall. This can begin as early as late September but typically, the middle of October is a good time to look for this bite to get strong. The nights are pleasantly crisp but not cold. Your senses quickly become attuned to operating in a different environment. Between casts, a cup of coffee, cocoa, or soup is just right. Although a variety of lures will work, die hard night anglers pick the tried and true Long A by Bomber hands down. A number of sizes are on the market but you’ll want the number 16 X which weighs in at 7/8th ounce and sports three sets of freshwater treble hooks. It’s about seven inches long. Top color picks include pink with silver flash, blue with silver flash, and rainbow trout. Some breeze ... well, wind helps this bite. Points, reefs, and islands on the main lake are prime targets. Up to a point of boat handling and safety, it seems that more wind is better. Cast to the shallows and bring your lure in with a steady stop and go retrieve. This is run and gun style fishing. Don’t spend much time on target, esSee Fishing, page 14



Elevation: Approximately 1062.5 or eight and a half feet below full pool. Surface Temp: About 80 degrees. Clarity: Clear in main lake areas with light color in upper tributaries and areas affected by turnover. Bass fishing has been pretty solid lately. A bit of everything has been working. Fish are being caught shallow, deep, and schooling on the surface so its anybody’s game. Early and late in the day, target shallow cover in pockets with smaller buzzbaits and shallow running crankbaits. Keep a shakey head rig handy for any deeper blow-downs you encounter. Your favorite shade of green in a finesse style worm will work fine for this. If you’re not scoring on the shallow cover, move progressively deeper. Pick up the shakey head rig and focus your efforts on rocky points. Be sure to check for brush piles with your electronics and target these as well. The Fish Head Spin has been fooling a lot of bass lately. Rig a 3/8th ounce model with a pearl or albino Super Fluke Junior. Slow roll this back off points, over deep brush, and beside deep brush. Be alert for schooling fish throughout the day. Look for surface feeding near creek mouths and major points in larger creeks. Always keep a rod ready with a your favorite topwater plug or a 3/8th ounce white Rooster Tail. Striper fishing has also been good lately. Surface schooling activity has kicked off and anglers are taking advantage of this. As with the spotted bass surface action, you’ll find this taking place near the creek mouths and major points in larger creeks. Super Spooks, Redfins, and flukes just to name a few will draw strikes from linesides on top. Flat lines baited with blue back herring are producing fish as well so be sure to have a couple of these out while you’re searching. Nearly any creek mouth below Brown’s Bridge is worth checking out. Keep an eye on your electronics as you scout. A strong presence of baitfish is always a good sign. There has been no news of the Long A night bite so far. Remember that when you begin to hear about it, this bite has already been hot for two weeks. It pays to check on this before word hits the street.

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Check out membership in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary With our boating season winding down, coupled with the dropping water levels in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lakes, now would be an ideal time to give some thought to becoming a member of a very exciting organization that provides a “force multiplier” for the Coast Guard. Whether you are a boat owner, have an interest in radios, would like to take part as an instructor in our public education courses or make calls on our marine dealers around our lakes, we would love to talk with you and provide any information you might like to have concerning membership. Since its creation by Congress in 1939, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary has served as the civilian, non-military component of the U.S. Coast Guard. Today, over 30,000 volunteer men and women of the Auxiliary are active on the waterways and classrooms in over 2,000 cities and towns across the nation. In a Congressional Act of September 30, 1944, the Coast Guard Auxiliary mission was further defined as follows: “The primary purpose of the establishment of the Coast Guard Auxiliary was to indoctrinate all

work on member training, public education, operations, marine dealer visits, youth programs, maRoy rine environmental protection, reCrittenden cruiting members, and other activities. USCG Each year, Auxiliarists save alAuxiliary most 500 lives, assist some 15,000 boaters in distress, conduct more than 150,000 courtesy owners and operators of small safety examinations of recrecraft in safety requirements in the ational vessels, and teach over operation and navigation of small 500,000 students in boating and craft. A secondary purpose of the water safety courses. The result of institution of the Coast Guard the civilian volunteer Auxiliarist Auxiliary was to utilize the Auxil- efforts saves taxpayers hundreds iary craft and personnel, after of millions of dollars every year. suitable training and indoctrinaThe Auxiliary has four quality tion in carrying out certain duties cornerstones. These cornerstones of the Coast Guard with particular include: inference to those concerned with • Recreational Boating Safety the safety of navigation.” • Operations and Marine Safety The main element of the Coast • Personnel and Member Services Guard Auxiliary is the “flotilla.” • Socials and Fellowship There are many flotillas located Recreational Boating Safety is along the entire coast line of the the number one priority of the United States, Puerto Rico and Auxiliary and many Auxiliarists the Virgin Islands and many inteach boating safety classes for land lakes and rivers. The flotilla the public like the popular onemembers generally meet once a day “About Boating Safety” month, and besides the Vessel course. Safety Check program, members Visiting marine dealers or fish MORE INFO: 770-393-4382 • Flotilla 29 Lake Lanier •

and game shops are also a focus of this initiative. Here Recreational Boating Safety Program Visitors (RBS PV) place safe boating literature and flyers on the free vessel safety checks and safe boating courses. Additionally, many Auxiliary units advertise the information on the vessel safety program and boating courses in most local newspapers and on area radio stations. The Coast Guard Auxiliary is

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Safe boating course set for Oct. 15 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, October 15, 2011. This course also serves as a PWC certified course for children under the age of 16. This course will be given at the Coast Guard Auxiliary Operations Center, 6595 Lights Ferry Rd., Flowery Branch, Ga., on the left just before the entrance to Aqualand Marina. Classes run from 8:30 a.m.

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Dock permits on hold, some boat ramps closed as lake levels sink By Pamela A. Keene The lack of rainfall and the hot summer have brought lake levels registering below 1063. That’s a foot lower than what is considered winter pool, and it’s low enough that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has halted the issuance of dock permits on Lake Lanier. “This is in accordance with the Lake Lanier Low Water Action Plan and is an action we have had to take several times in the past under similar drought conditions,” said Lisa Coghlan, deputy public affairs officer with the Corps’ Mobile District Office. “We regret any inconvenience this may cause, but it is important to be able to properly address requests with adequate water to make informed decisions. The

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and each flotilla is filled with friendly people who volunteer their time and resources to the promotion of recreational boating safety, and they would welcome a call by you and answer any questions you may have about Auxiliary membership. No doubt, you will be invited to their next monthly flotilla meeting. Roy Crittenden is the Public Affairs Officer for Flotilla 29.

with the lake and any hazards such as reefs or shallow humps. And, it goes without saying to ensure that running lights are in good order and life jackets are worn at all times. If you’ve not tried night fishing, this year could be the time. In closing, fall is a time of change. Whether you opt to enjoy a pleasant day of bass fishing

while enjoying the autumn colors or choose a crisp night of striper fishing under the stars, this is a great time to be on the lake. Take care and be safe! Tommy Wilkinson is a veteran of the fishing industry and resides in Jefferson, GA.

• USCGA Continued from Page 10 standards as active duty Coast Guard. While performing safety or regatta patrols, we are under Coast Guard orders and the Coast Guard reimburses us for fuel used, a big help these days. We wear the same basic uniforms as the Coast Guard. When attending Auxiliary meetings or public events such as boat shows, we wear the Tropical Blue uniform which is a light blue shirt

• Fishing Continued from Page 7 pecially if you’re not getting strikes. A few accessories are very helpful when night fishing. A lip gripper type landing tool is worth its weight in gold and makes landing a large fish wearing several treble hooks a much safer task. A spotlight can be handy to scan for reef markers. Use this sparingly and only when needed as it degrades night vision once your eyes have adjusted to the darkness. An inexpensive headlamp is very handy when retying lures, landing fish, and taking care of all sorts of business. If you’ve never done this before I recommend that you partner with someone who has for your first couple of trips or hire a guide. The big advantage of the latter is what you’ll learn from one trip alone. It’s always wise to have a fishing partner for these outings. Another no-brainer is to ensure that you are extremely familiar


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LAKE LANIER OLYMPIC VENUE Dragon Boat Festival showcases diversity By Jane Harrison City and county officials were among the throng of long boaters and spectators wearing Chinese straw hats and eating Suno desserts at the 16th Annual Hong Kong Atlanta Dragon Boat Festival Sept. 10. The event, dubbed the metro area’s largest showcase for cultural diversity, drew more than 6,000 to the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue. Hall County Commissioner Scott Gibbs, in whose district LLOV is located, expressed gratefulness to event organizers, the Atlanta Hong Kong Information Center and the Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club, for bringing the festival to Lanier. “I love it … it’s great to see all these people here using this venue,” said Gibbs of his first visit to the annual Asian-themed boat races. Gainesville City Councilman George Wangemann issued a joint proclamation with the county recognizing the event’s growth from “a handful of competitors and spectators to one of the biggest hallmarks of diversity in the metropolitan Atlanta area.” Local government officials have seldom made public appearances at LLOV activities. Both officials later said the city and county plan a joint effort to improve facilities at the Olympic venue. LCKC President Doug Smith said it was the first time he had seen a county commissioner at an Olympic venue event. He said the officials’ attendance may indicate they are “trying to work together to bring money to Gainesville and Hall County” by promoting the lakeside plaza and flatwater water sport venue. Both officials commented about how the festival brought visitors to local hotels, restaurants, gas stations and shops. “It has a large economic impact … these people are spending money in our county,” Gibbs said. “Hall County should be proud … this event brings a lot of people from out of state,” said Gene Hanratty, Dragon Boat Atlanta Director. “We can

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grow (the festival). This facility remains the premiere facility for what we’re doing,” he said. “I have run out of superlatives to describe the conduct of the races and crowd turn out,” he added. Anita Chan, master of ceremonies and director of the Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office in New York, told the crowd she was “struck by the beauty” of the venue. The festival brought more than 70 teams from area corporations, clubs, schools and breast cancer survival groups to race in 39-foot long boats. Teams of 20 paddled eight sleek, new fiberglass boats, fitted with dragon shaped heads and tails, purchased by the New York-based Hong Kong economic office. A couple of the early racing teams found boat number 7 a little tipsy and overturned it after completing their 200 meter race. Smith said the boaters, mostly amateurs in their first race, were rescued by volunteers on two Lake Lanier Rowing Club skiffs. More than 146 volunteers, predominately LCKC members and their families, worked the festival, doing everything from selling concessions, setting up vendors, marshalling the course, and helping teams get in and out of the boats. The Home Depot brought around 200 “Orange Dragon, page 17

Contact: John Martiniere Phone: 770-287-0077 Email: Address: Lake Lanier Olympic Venue 3105 Clarks Bridge Rd., Gainesville, GA 30506 Website: Club offerings: Recreational and competitive rowing for ages 13 to 80+. Beginner to elite offered through regularly scheduled practices, classes, and camps hosting of local, regional, national and international rowing regattas. Calendar of events: (complete list on website) Oct. 8 - Head of Lanier Race

Lake Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club Contact: Office Administrator Brenda Miller, LCKC President Doug Smith Phone: 770-287-7888 Fax: 770-287-3444 Email: Website: Address: Lake Lanier Olympic Venue 3105 Clarks Bridge Rd., Gainesville, GA 30506 Club offerings: Recreational and competitive canoe and kayaking for ages 12 and up. Beginner to masters programs offered through regularly scheduled practices, classes, and summer camps. Also hosts local, regional, national and international competitions. Calendar of events: (complete list on website) Oct. 1 - Fall Youth Racing League Fungatta Oct. 7 - Moonlight Paddle Oct. 29 - 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.

Taste of Gainesville tempts area palates By Jane Harrison The crowd may have been smaller this year, but the quality of cuisine was up at the Taste of Gainesville at the Lanier Olympic Venue. About 450 diners sampled specialities like fall vegetable lasagna and Greek style quiche at the 14th annual fundraiser put on by the Lake Lanier Rowing Club. Attendees dished up food from 20 restaurants,

both familiar and new, on the lakeside plaza on the first weekend of fall. Melissa Grambling, attending her first Taste of Gainesville, said she enjoyed tasting foods from restaurants she’d never visited before. “Every year I’ve wanted to come out and try new restaurants and see what’s available. I’ve learned a lot,” she said. Gainesville resident Chuck Lysaker said he will be at the table at Biba’s and Yahoola Creek Grill after trying their fare on the plaza. He also savored the company of friends and al fresco dining experience. “It’s a nice venue and a good chance to meet people and support a worthy cause,” he said. LLRC finances equipment upgrades through monies raised at the event. Event director Ann Marie Hynds said that attendance was down from the usual turnout of 600 to 700. “We didn’t advertise enough,” said Hynds. Other club officials noted that concurrent events in downtown Gainesville and Lake Lanier Islands Resort may have drawn potential diners. Hynds said the club, still recovering from big May regattas, would put more energy into getting the word out next year. PHOTO BY JANE HARRISON There may have been fewer folks eating at the The Taste of Gainesville attracted 450 diners to the candle lit tables, but LLRC President Cliff Ward annual event at the Lanier Olympic Venue plaza. See Taste, page 17


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• Taste Continued from Page 16 said the “food was much better” than previous years. “Quality wise, it’s a better year” with a more diverse offering of vendors, he said. Chef Paul Anthony served up creamy shrimp and grits and salsa verde with black beans from downtown Gainesville’s partner restaurants, Re-Cess and Sidebar. He said many of his regular customers and some newcomers held out plates for the restaurants’ second serving at Taste of Gainesville.

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Continued from Page 16 Dragons,” including a crew of paddlers and volunteers who helped children build sailboats from kits. “We do this to be a part of our community,” said team captain Bob Malhi. “(The Home Depot dragon boat team) is all sizes, shapes, and colors … we are a very diverse team working together,” he said. Sue Pommachack, from Dacula, was among the near 150member SunTrust bank squad. She, like many in attendance, dined on Asian fare offered by


Three athletes get final Olympic chance By Jane Harrison Three Lanier Canoe & Kayak Jessica Butzer, catering direc- business,” she said. She hoped to Club athletes will get a final tor at Brenau University, showed attract business for the Frenchchance to qualify for the London style catering and home-delivery 2012 Olympics at the Pan Amerioff the department’s bacon business. wrapped breadsticks, caramel can Games this month in The dinner featured classical apple bread pudding, and barbeGuadalajara, Mexico. Morgan and easy rock tunes performed by House, Robert Finlayson and Tim cue chicken slider sandwiches. local musicians and an art exhibit Hornsby must win their respec“This is our first time at Taste of Gainesville. I think it is getting us by North Hall High School stutive events in the Oct. 26-29 redents. Volleyball team members out there ... I hope it brings peogatta to qualify for the Olympics. from Chestatee High School ple to Brenau,” she said. House will be racing K1 1000 served iced tea and lemonade. New caterer Myriam Shuler meters, an event he trained for The club raffled off about a dozen during the run up to the 2008 passed out mini-quiches of prints of the Olympic Venue tomato, olives, and feta from the Olympics. He said his goal is to painted by local artist Anne Royal Rose Bakery. “This is our finish in faster than 3 minutes, 35 Brodie Hill. first year. We’ve just started the seconds. “It’s going to be tough. I’ve got to be on my game that day,” he said. He has been training on his own on Lanier after his K4 1000 team boat failed to qualvendors who sold homemade dances by a duo in a green dragon ify for the Olympics in the Ausesame balls, rice cakes, egg rolls, costume, performances by chilgust World Championships. and stuffed sugar cane. Pomdren’s dance companies, and a Training for the solo event “is machack said the Laotian cuisine, choreographed martial arts something I’ve done my whole such as khao nomb coke (grilled demonstration. career,” said the 24-year-old. The nuggets of rice, coconut and The racing on the water traces pressure of having to win to qualsugar) were often available to her back to a 2,000 year old Chinese ify for the Olympics “is a little bit Gwinnett community “at temple.” legend about villagers’ attempts scary,” he said. When told such delicacies were to save the body of a beloved poet Finlayson, 23, is slated to seldom seen on Lanier, she who was banished from the main compete in the C1 500 and C1 replied, “maybe we ought to open land and later drowned. 200. He said his best chance to a restaurant.” win is in the 500 meters. “My The festival showcased other goal is to break 4 minutes,” he „ RACE RESULTS: aspects of Asian culture in the said. LCKC Coach Claudiu Ciur noon opening ceremony with said Finlayson must trim five sec-

onds from his previous times to make it. “He can do it easily,” Ciur said. Finlayson believes his chances to qualify in the 200 meter race “is a little more slim.” He would have to finish under 40 seconds, a second faster than his typical time, which is a wide margin in a short sprint. He said his selection to the 10-member USACK Pan American Games sprint team and potential 2012 Olympic berth was unexpected. If he makes it to the Olympics, he said he would “see all my effort come to fruition over the years.” Hornsby, 25, was selected to race K2 200 meters with teammate Ryan Dolan, from Hawaii. The pair finished in 34.25 in the August World Championships, 1.17 behind the winner, Brazil. Both he and House had attempted to qualify for the 2008 Bejing Olympics and missed by slight margins. Athletes that qualify for the Olympics at the Pan Am regatta are not necessarily the ones who will compete for the U.S. in London. “The 2012 Olympic Team will be determined by performances at the 2012 National Team Trials and the first stop on the 2012 World Cup Circuit,” according to USACK.


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Islands offers a shot at $1 million at Legacy on Lanier golf course By Pamela A. Keene For the first four weeks of autumn, Legacy on Lanier golf course is offering a lucky golfer the chance to become a millionaire. In a contest that began in late September and is continuing through Sunday, October 23, golfers will have a chance to qualify for the $1 Million Challenge on Hole No. 10. “We selected Hole No. 10 as the staging area for The Challenge because the shape of the hole has already lent itself to several Holes-In-One since our opening in 2009,” said Lake Lanier Islands Resort Golf Pro Brian Conley. “It’s a beautiful 168-yard Par 3 over a small ravine with dramatic undulations to the left of the green. To top it off, the green complex rests on the side of a small hill - providing a natural stadium seating area for spectators to watch as our qualifiers take their shots at trying to win the grand prize.” To qualify, players must pre-register in the Golf Shop when checking in for their round and tee-off before 2 p.m. each day. Official Rules can be viewed at or at the Legacy on Lanier Golf Shop. The cost to participate in the qualifier is covered in the standard golf fees, and no additional fees are required to participate in the $1 Million Challenge. Golfers who

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It’s time to read up on those winterizing tips The temperatures are getting cooler, September’s harvest moon has waned. That signals winter will soon be here. It also signals time to winterize your boat. I hope everyone had a great boating season with many memories that will be remembered through the winter months. Now to winterizing your boat: First thing to do would be to treat your fuel tank and check your fuel separators/filters to make sure they are clean. I like to pour the separator/filter contents into a wide mouth jar. This shows me what is in my fuel tank so I know how to treat it. With ethanol in most fuels now it is essential to use a product like Sta-Bil, ValveTech, or Starbright. These products state that their fuel treatment keeps fuel fresh for up to a year. All manufacturers recommend adding fuel treatment, and topping off fuel tanks so there will be a minimum of expansion which can lead to water in the fuel. Also check fuel line and fittings and repair where needed. Change your oil and filter in the engine. Old oil over the winter can cause corrosion and damage to internal engine parts. Next, check the batteries and remove any corrosion on terminals and connections. Check and lube grease fittings in steering and tilt. If you are not going to use your boat during the winter put your batteries on a charger in storage mode. If your batteries are past their warranty, watch for sales and replace them next spring. If you have an outboard or outdrive you need to service it as well. Drain the oil from the foot and check for water. If water is found then a seal will need to be replaced. If the oil is OK then refill with new oil. Also, if the water pump impeller is over two years old it needs to be replaced. Be sure to remove and inspect the propeller and shaft. Many times you will find monofilament line wrapped on the shaft. The line is what will eat up shaft seals. If the prop needs repair, send it off so it will be ready for spring. If you have a boat that stays in the water year round, remember to schedule it for a haul out so you can check the running gear, zincs and have the bottom cleaned and painted. While you are checking out all the items I’ve mentioned look for

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other items that might need repair before next season. If you trailer your boat, don’t forget to check wheel bearings, tires, winch and trailer beds. Service or repair them as needed. There’s nothing worse than a trailer break down on the way to a fun day on the lake. Check your maintenance log for the last time you did a tune-up and if you need one do it in the spring. Don’t forget the head and water tanks. Add potable antifreeze to protect your water tank. If you will not use your boat during the winter make sure to drain engine blocks and generator block if you don’t use an approved engine room heater. Don’t forget to clean and wax the boat. It makes things much easier come spring. I recommend a clean-up party and invite those folks who enjoyed those summer cruises and have them help with the job. Don’t forget to log what you have done so you will know when you re-commission in spring. If you have a diesel powered boat, check your engine manual for the recommended winterizing procedure, make sure you follow it or you could end up with fouled injectors next season. While winterizing notice items that might need replacing: electronics, PFDs, lines, fenders, rode, or maybe items for the galley. Let it be known to the proper sources and maybe Santa will have it under the Christmas tree. If you get stuck or confused on a wintering problem consult your dealer or service department. You will be glad you did it right come next spring when you get ready for a new season. More on ethanol Many articles by knowledgeable people and magazine editors are now stating that the “greenest” thing about ethanol may be the green backs made by its proponents. Have you ever wondered, as I have, why oil companies are making so much money in these hard times? Well

this is why: Oil companies get a 45 cent tax credit per gallon for blending ethanol with gasoline. That’s over $5 billion annually in subsidies. The real cost to boaters isn’t reduced range and economy, it has water-attracting qualities that put your engine at risk and require you to take extra steps in the care and maintenance of engines and fuel systems. Don’t kid yourself; ethanol is responsible for corroded fuel tanks, clogged filters, destroyed engines, and fuel tanks with a load of phase-separated fuel. The use of ethanol has started a new industry of additives especially designed to combat the effects of using fuel blended with ethanol. What other mass produced product do you know that is subsidized by the government that you have to buy an additive to offset its effect? I wonder when the government will wise up and start drilling for oil that is ours, not oil we have to buy from other foreign countries. For more information visit: www.boatingmag. com/lowdown-ethanol. Personally I have nothing against corn, but I think its good popped, roasted or boiled. It’s also great for making moonshine. It’s time we used it for our consumption and out of our fuel tanks. Rough seas Hurricane Irene brought back some memories of when I was in the U. S. Coast Guard. This was in the late 1950s and I was assigned to the 311’ weather cutter “Unimack,” a training ship. We went to Savannah for an Admiral’s Inspection, and then headed to the North Atlantic. There was a tropical disturbance off Cape Hatteras, N. C. We thought our course would be far enough east to miss the worst of it, but it was as if our stern had a magnet. Our ship was slower than the bad weather, and soon we were in the middle of it. We’d change course and so would the weather system and it stayed with us. We were heading to a location south of Greenland in the North Atlantic called ocean station “Bravo.” The going was rough. We had green water on the wing of the bridge. The waves were at least 60 to 70 feet high and breaking. Needless to say with 75 seamen on their first experience at sea there was a lot of seasick sailors, including my strikers who were supposed to relieve me when my watch on the bridge ended. They

did not show up because of seasickness. We did four hours on and eight hours off for watches. I spent 12 hours on and would get relieved by officers who the rough weather didn’t bother. Finally the North Atlantic calmed and things got back to normal. After our time on station was over we headed to Groton, Conn. where we would off load the new seaman to launches to go ashore. The captain went on the intercom and stated when the ship passes a captain’s inspection they will go ashore. I’ve never seen a ship cleaned up so fast. I think some of the seaman kissed the beach when they got there. We proceeded to New York harbor

past Lady Liberty and on to Ellis Island where a fuel barge waited for refueling. After fueling the “Bravo” flag came down, we headed for the Port of Philadelphia where the ship would undergo repairs to the mess deck which buckled during the storm. I’ll never forget the ship’s sounds during that storm; it was similar to a switch engine in a railroad yard hitting box cars too hard, especially when the prop came out of the water. I will also not forget after it all calmed down and I looked above the bridge and there was seaweed hanging from the antennas. It was an experience I won’t forget and it gave me great respect for See Rudderham, page 31

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Prediction: Fall colors will be brilliant but brief It’s officially fall now and October is without a doubt, one of my favorite months of the year. We generally begin warm with average highs in the upper 70s, cooling to the upper 60s by the end of the month. October is also one of the driest months of the year where we average just over 3 inches of rain. The fall color is beginning to show itself and I predict the color this year will be spectacular, although short-lived. Our drought conditions can be blamed for that. The best time for viewing the fall color is late October through early November. Pick a nice, sunny day. Blue skies present an amazing backdrop to the oranges, yellows, and reds of autumn. OK, I know with the coming of cooler temperatures we begin to remember last winter. The brutal cold and frequent ice and snow storms caused some major headaches, not to mention the astronomical heating bills. From the data I have seen we have several things happening with a great many variables. First, we have a La Nina. That is much colder than average sea surface temperatures in the eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean. This diverts typical upper air wind patterns in such a way that is usually gives

us a warmer than normal winter with below normal rainfall. HowGlenn ever, like last year, there Burns could be some mitigating circumstances. Lanier There are certain blockOutlook ing patterns in the atmosphere called the North Atlantic Oscillation and the Arctic Oscillation. They are somewhat technical to describe and if you are so inclined, you can Google both to get a better understanding on how each tends to bring us colder than normal winter weather. The bottom line is a negative North Atlantic Oscillation and Arctic Oscillation is what brought the bitter cold to the Southeast from the far reaches of northern Canada and the Arctic. It won’t be long when we see a pattern begin to emerge. If this does happen, cold weather will begin early and stay with us for the duration. There is nothing etched in granite just yet, but some of the early warning signs are definitely there. I will keep you up to date but between you and me, I think it’s going to be another cold one! Enjoy the fall color and the early warmth of October and we’ll see what happens in the next 30 days. Glenn Burns is chief meteorologist for WSB-TV in Atlanta.


LAKE LANIER WATER LEVELS FEB 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 AVG MAX MIN

1069.43 1069.65 1069.71 1069.99 1070.18 1070.29 1070.29 1070.31 1070.31 1070.31 1070.28 1070.32 1070.35 1070.31 1070.31 1070.29 1070.27 1070.25 1070.27 1070.29 1070.23 1070.16 1070.15 1070.14 1070.20 1070.22 1070.24 1070.32


1070.37 1070.33 1070.24 1070.17 1070.30 1070.82 1070.82 1070.62 1071.49 1071.79 1071.74 1071.61 1071.47 1071.32 1071.34 1071.18 1070.96 1070.82 1070.92 1070.97 1070.88 1070.79 1070.78 1070.60 1070.50 1070.76 1070.99 1071.18 1071.23 1071.45 1071.41 1070.18 1070.96 1070.35 1071.79 1069.43 1070.17

APR 1071.31 1071.31 1071.30 1071.49 1071.63 1071.59 1071.49 1071.58 1071.66 1071.66 1071.63 1071.53 1071.51 1071.42 1071.70 1072.01 1072.13 1072.01 1071.88 1071.75 1071.61 1071.45 1071.44 1071.44 1071.37 1071.28 1071.30 1071.39 1071.17 1071.15


1071.07 1070.86 1070.81 1070.68 1070.40 1070.32 1070.36 1070.41 1070.34 1070.24 1070.06 1069.87 1069.75 1069.74 1069.72 1069.62 1069.52 1069.40 1069.29 1069.17 1069.14 1069.17 1069.11 1069.08 1069.04 1069.15 1069.24 1069.28 1069.30 1069.29 1069.26 1071.54 1069.76 1072.13 1071.07 1071.15 1069.04

JUN 1069.22 1069.17 1069.13 1069.12 1069.13 1069.01 1068.87 1068.76 1068.62 1068.54 1068.57 1068.56 1068.49 1068.39 1068.32 1068.24 1068.13 1068.17 1068.14 1068.01 1067.90 1067.88 1067.95 1067.92 1067.91 1067.93 1067.92 1067.88 1067.82 1067.74


1067.69 1067.67 1067.66 1067.63 1067.57 1067.51 1067.46 1067.40 1067.43 1067.41 1067.32 1067.16 1067.17 1067.09 1067.11 1067.11 1067.08 1067.01 1066.99 1066.95 1066.91 1066.91 1066.90 1066.82 1066.80 1066.76 1066.71 1066.66 1066.61 1066.60 1066.61 1068.38 1067.12 1069.22 1067.69 1067.74 1066.60



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Another summer has come and gone 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. We are winding down from our summer in Atlanta, with plans to return to the Bahamas for another winter cruising season. Carolyn will be returning to Every Child Counts where she has volunteered as a teacher the past six years, and once again, I will be busy editing the Bahamas edition of the Waterway Guide for next year. The Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club will be hosting a Hippie costume party in February and it’s been fun visiting all the Goodwill stores in the area these past few months looking for the perfect outfit. Tie dye t-shirts are apparently no longer the rage, so you seldom find anything suitable in any store. Carolyn managed to go through her closet and come up with something appropriate,

Bob & Carolyn Wilson Cruising Wilsons

but when I couldn’t find my old pair of flared hip-huggers I gave up, went online and found an original Woodstock t-shirt and a pair of John Lennon baby-blue tinted glasses. I’m still looking for a peace sign to hang around my neck. A retired Navy acquaintance of ours, Dan McCormick has us involved in a little research project this winter, with our new three-year old Coco who will be joining us onboard for the first time as the subject. Dan has created an inflatable PFD for dogs called the Critter Inflatable (, and though he used his experience as the technical director for the Coast Guard’s life-jacket specifications, he sent us one to try out on Coco. This should be a lot of fun, although we have no experi-

ence with our newly acquired critter in the water. We’ll take pictures and update our Lakeside readers with the results. We had some major boat projects this summer, and before we get away I need to send out a big thank you to our good friend Neil Ingram (a long-time Lakeside reader). He was a tremendous help when it came time to replace our battery bank. Each of the five AGM batteries weighed in over a hundred pounds, and my tired body would not allow me to bench press that much. Think about it, five old batteries out, five new ones in. It was a two-day project which would have cost me a fortune for labor. Another lesson I learned from Neil this summer was the importance of having the proper tools. Now I have about two of most everything but I often find myself scrounging around the dock trying to borrow something I don’t have. When I needed to service the turbo-charger’s cooling system there were only six bolts to remove. I had some rather expensive ratchets and metric sockets, but despite my Herculean efforts I

could not loosen the bolts. Seeing me dripping with perspiration and frustrated as he sauntered by the boat, Neil explained, “You’re not using the right tool.” He returned from his boat with a piece of galvanized pipe and told me to slip the pipe over the end of the ratchet. I did, and wouldn’t you know, the bolts loosened with ease. “Now that’s the right tool.” Since then I’ve picked up a piece of pipe to add to my tool box. The weather has been particularly quirky this summer. Fortunately for us, Brunswick, where we keep Sea Island Girl during the summer months, escaped the wrath of Hurricane Irene. The marina has been spared from any real damage for over a hundred years, except for an occasional lightning storm that wreaks havoc with the sailboats, and it remains a great hurricane hole. Irene created lots of problems for many other areas, and the aftermath continues to plague a lot of our boating friends from Canada, New York and the Great

Lakes area. Very little has been reported locally about the flooding in and around Lake Champlain and the Erie Canal but the flooding there has destroyed numerous dams and lock systems making it impossible for boaters to traverse the area on their way south for the winter. Managed by an authority with a recently reduced operational budget, the canals in many areas will be closed to boat traffic well into next year. We wish them well. So there you have it. For some it has been a bad summer, but somehow we continue to move ahead with our plans for another cruising season in the Bahamas. We are so fortunate and thankful to have enjoyed so many years cruising, and despite everything that is going on, we are looking forward to many more enjoyable experiences, and “If the Lord be willing, and the creek don’t rise,” we’ll arrive back home safe and sound in the spring. - Until next time, Bob & Carolyn Wilson





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Squadron enjoys three-day trip to Lake Chatuge As the weather starts to cool down and we say farewell to summer, we in the Atlanta Sail and Power Squadron look forward to viewing autumn leaves and enjoying the brisk fall air. The ASPS took a weekend trip up the road to Lake Chatuge in North Georgia during September. As much as we love our Lake Lanier, we enjoyed the chance for a three-day getaway with new scenery. Participants enjoyed exploring this quiet lake by PWC, pontoon, and canoe. We also enjoyed a homemade low country boil, and had a wonderful time together. One great way to get to know the ASPS better is to attend a gen-

Lisa Beers Atlanta Sail & Power Squadron eral membership meeting. Each month we have speakers who present interesting and educational topics related to boating and our love of the water. Our next meeting will be on October 13, please visit our website for details, and to contact us about joining us at an upcoming meet-

ing. Our next BoatSmart boating basics class is scheduled for November 19, please check our website and next month’s article here in Lakeside on Lanier for more details and how to sign up. Although summer has officially come to an end, there is still lots of great mild weather ahead for enjoying our lake. Make sure that you take advantage of our free Vessel Safety Checks if you haven’t already this year. Vessel Safety Checks need to be performed yearly, so if you don’t have your current VSC sticker make sure you contact us today. This courtesy examination

• Rudderham

Continued from Page 20 Mother Nature. Laura Decker update Our 16-year-old solo circumnavigator landed in Darwin Australia safely. As usual she got to know the locals and entered a sailboat race sponsored by the local yacht club. The sailboats were the laser class. The boat she sailed leaked and she went

over many times before finally crossing the finish line. Her father flew in to help her get “Guppy” shipshape for the rest of her voyage. They also celebrated her belated 16th birthday party. She now is sailing to the Atlantic, but in her blog she states she won’t tell her route as pirates also use the internet.

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UYC Maritime Foundation hosts 10th annual AADD Day at the Lake By Pamela A. Keene For the 10th straight year, the members of the University Yacht Club Maritime Foundation hosted “A Day at the Lake” for guests from the All About Developmental Disabilities organization, based in Atlanta. For many, it was their first time on a boat. This year’s event was held on a

Sunday in mid-September. Nearly 150 disabled people and their caregivers attended the event, held at University Yacht Club in Flowery Branch. Guests were assisted by more than 50 volunteers from UYC membership and staff. The afternoon included boat rides, golf car rides and short cruises on Lake Lanier. Club

members Doug Eddy and Don Dukes prepared popcorn and cotton candy for the event. DJ Mike Foran and karaoke master Bill Brunetti led the group in dance and song. The afternoon ended with an early evening picnic of hamburgers and hotdogs served in the Club Pavilion. Atlanta's preeminent resource

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Dancing on the deck overlooking Lake Lanier: part of the fun for the 10th annual AADD Day at UYC.

By Pamela A. Keene Drag out the Christmas lights, two-by-fours and garland. It’s not too early to get ready for the Lanier Boat Parade of Lights, which is set for Saturday, December 3. Details are still being finalized, but the UYC Maritime

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Lakeside Calendar October 2011 „ Oct. 5 – Jack McDevitt, national best-selling author presents “How to Get Your Work Rejected,” 1-3 p.m. at Peachstate Bank, 325 Washington St., Gainesville. Fee: $25, pre-registration required. Info: 770-519-7279; „ Thru Oct. 7 – “James and the Giant Peach” presented by Wonderquest, Gainesville Theatre Alliance’s children’s theatre. Info: 678717-3624. „ Thru Oct. 8 – North Georgia’s mountain music pickers and singers are preparing to flock to the Dahlonega Gold Museum State Historic Site for the 2011 Dahlonega Appalachian Jam where acoustic bluegrass and old time string music are performed on the Public Square. Times: 2-5 p.m., every Saturday. Info: 706-8646133. „ Oct. 7-9 – “Arsenic & Old Lace,” presented by South Hall Community Theater and Fifth Row Center at The Springs Church, 6553 Spout Springs Rd., Flowery Branch. Admission: $10. Info: 678-357-7359; „ Oct. 8 – Inspired By Nature, Safari Benefit Dinner & Auction, 6:30-10 p.m., at Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Dr., Gainesville. Event includes cocktails, dinner, jazz and silent and live auctions. Reservations required. $75 per person. Info: 770-535-1976; „ Oct. 13-22 – “The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge” presented by the Georgia Mountain Players. Info: www.georgiamountainplayers. org. „ Oct. 14, 15 – Georgia Literary Festival held at Sautee Nacoochee Center, 283 Ga. 255 N., Sautee Nacoochee. Poets perform live at 8 p.m., Friday in the Center theatre. Admission: $16. Info: 706-878-3300. „ Oct. 14-16 – Lakewood 400 Antiques Market, 1321 Atlanta Highway, Cumming. Admission: $3 per person for full weekend, children free. Info: 770-889-3400; „ Oct. 21-22 – “All I Ever Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten,” presented by Jefferson Community Theatre, Jefferson Civic Center, 65 Kissam St., Jefferson. Times: 7:30 p.m. Info: „ Thru Oct. 31 – Scarecrow Trail features dozens of scarecrows on display at North Geor-

gia Zoo in Cleveland. Info: 706-348-7279; „ Nov. 5 – Wine Release, 1-4 p.m., Tiger Mountain Vineyards, 2592 Old U.S. 441, includes wine, food, music. Admission: $10 per person.Info: 706-782-4777; Cumming Playhouse „ Oct. 14-Nov. 6 – “42nd Street” „ Nov. 25-Dec. 18 – “It’s A Wonderful Life” Times: 8 p.m. Thurs./Fri./Sat.; 3 p.m. Sun., unless otherwise noted. Info: 770-781-9178; Elachee Nature and Science Center „ Thru Dec. 6 – “Elachee Explorers” program for 4- to 5-year-olds, held every Tuesday, 9:30-11 a.m. Children will hike, sing, make crafts and explore the wonders of Chicopee Woods. „ 1st Saturday Hikes – Monthly except January and August, the first Saturday of the month, held 10-11:30 a.m. Learn about local native plants and animals. This monthly hike is a great way to explore the Chicopee Woods with an experienced guide. The program fee also includes admission to the museum exhibitions. „ 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 State College „ Oct. 17 – 2011 Fall Music Concert I features GSC Symphonic Band, Brass Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble and String Ensemble performing in the Ed Cabell Theatre. Admission: Free. Times: 7:30-9 p.m. „ Oct. 18 – 2011 Fall Music Concert II featuring GSC Jazz Band and Chorale performing in the Ed Cabell Theatre. Admission: Free. Times: 7:30-9 p.m. Info: 678-717-3639; Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds „ Oct. 7-15 – Fall Festival „ Oct. 22 – Bad Company featuring Brian Howe & Molly Hatchet, 7 p.m. Ticket prices: $30 plus $2 handling. Info: 706-896-4191; Tickets: $35 + $2 Handling; $25 + $2 Handling (unless otherwise noted) Interactive Neighborhood for Kids „ Oct.3-7 – Pumpkin Craft Week, make lots of fun pumpkin crafts „ Oct. 4, 18, Nov. 1 – Humane Society Visits, 11-11:30 a.m. „ Oct. 10-14 – Firefighter Craft Week, learn about firefighters, make own fire truck. „ Oct. 17-21 – Police Officer Craft Week, make own police hat, become police officer. „ Oct. 24-28 – Halloween Craft Week, make some fun treat bags and other crafts. „ Oct. 31 – Happy Halloween, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., wear Halloween costume to INK. „ Nov. 1-4 – Sandwich Craft Week, celebrate sandwich creation and make one. „ Nov. 7 – Basketball Craft Week, make fun basketball crafts. Info: Free, with admission unless otherwise noted;; 770 536-1900 Lake Lanier Islands Resort „ Oct. 14 – Full Moon Party featuring The Glow Band at Sunset Cove Beach Café. „ Oct. 15 – Harvest Moon Wine Cruise on 85-foot Island Princess embarking from The Venetian Pier at Lanier. The two-hour lake cruise benefits Make-A-Wish Foundation featuring hors d’oeuvres, wines and live acoustic music by Willie J. Skipper. Time: 6 p.m. check

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Atlanta Saltwater Fishing Club: Who says you need an ocean nearby? By Pamela A. Keene OK, so you won’t see sailfish, mahi mahi or amberjack in Lake Lanier, but that doesn’t stop the folks who belong to the Atlanta Saltwater Sportsman’s Fishing Club from enjoying the water. “Many of our members keep their boats at the marinas on the lake when they’re not offshore,” said Dawn Brady, tournament director with the club that meets regularly in Gwinnett County. “And we often hold our social events in and around Lanier.” The club – and many of the members of the 65 or so families who belong – often journey with the club to the Gulf of Mexico,

Catch of the day: a big mahi.

West Palm or other destinations to enjoy the thrill of hooking a big game fish. In fact, about 26 members traveled to Orange Beach, Ala., the first weekend in October on six or seven boats for an extended weekend of fishing. They also go on their own to such exotic places as Costa Rica, Mexico, Australia, the British Virgin Islands, and many others in the US and around the world. Founded in 1987 by Leon Brown, who had bought a seagoing boat several years before, nearly 80 Atlantans attended the first meeting to help people who loved saltwater fishing to network, learn from each other about the sport and socialize around their common interest. The basic groundwork laid at that meeting still guides the ASWSC today. It was decided that the best way to promote and learn about fishing is to fish. For this reason, the format of putting on “just for fun” tournaments was adopted. This accomplished the goal of getting people out on the water in the relative safety of a group environment. The first tournament (Destin, Fla.) was scheduled for a weekend in July of 1987. Brown, who had been elected president, thought that maybe 10 boats and 40 people would show up. Instead, 17 boats and 78 people attended. Later that same year, another

tournament was held at West Palm Beach, Fla. The following year, six tournaments were scheduled, including one at Walker’s Cay in the Bahamas. Twelve boats made the Gulf Stream crossing to the small Abaco island in July of 1988. At this tournament, the first blue marlin and yellow fin tuna were caught in a club event. Today, the ASWSC is the largest inland saltwater fishing club in the U.S.A. The group continues to hold multiple tournament events – “not for money, but for the fun and camaraderie,” Brady said – throughout the year. The group’s website is filled with photos of recent trips, fish stories provable because there’s photographic evidence, and scenes of genuine friendship. “You know we all share a passion for saltwater sports fishing,” she said. “And no matter how much we fish, there’s always more to learn about fishing from our members and the speakers we bring in to club meetings.” Brady grew up on Lanier. Some of her earliest memories involve angling on the jetties at Lan-Mar Marina with a Snoopy rod and reel, catching rock bass. “Then as I reached preschool, I started catching carp from the docks,” she said. “Some of them were so big that they almost dragged me into the water, and this ignited my passion for catch-

Catch of the day: a big wahoo.

ing and fighting big fish.” She continued to fish, broadening her interests to saltwater fishing, but she said it took a while to learn about the Atlanta Saltwater Sportsman’s Fishing Club. “I was serving jury duty and that’s where I learned about the club.” The club’s current president, Frank Nicoletti, lives in Gainesville, but members come from all over the state; there are even members from Florida. The ASWSC has promoted and sponsored many ‘salt-free’ events over the years. Every December there is an ASWSC Christmas Party – an event which is eagerly anticipated by members as well as guests. Additionally, the club sometimes sponsors picnics, swap meets, striper tournaments (freshwater), camping trips, and cruises. The ASWSC

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Lake Lanier Marinas Info AQUALAND MARINA Hours of operation: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for tenants, 8 a.m. to sunset for visitors Phone: 770-967-6811 Location: 6800 Lights Ferry Road, Flowery Branch Types of slips available: Houseboats, covered cruisers, & all types of open slips plus covered & open dry slips, totaling 1,725 wet docks and 460 dry docks Store: Yes Store/Dock hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 7 days a week Types of fuel: Non-ethanol, 90 octane Price of fuel: (as of 9/24/11) $4.79 On-site eatery: Dockside Grill Take-out menu: Sandwiches Restaurant description: Casual Menu: Famous “Docker Burger,” sandwiches, salads & seafood grilled & fried. Phone: 770-363-2318 Security: 24 hours a day, gated Additional amenities: Self service work yard with deep draft well & marine travel lift, houseboat launching ramp, pump-out station, bathhouses with showers, laundry facilities, wet slips with private gated parking. Sales of new boats by Coast to Coast Yacht Sales, brokerage services by Marine Max, rental boats & cabins by Lanier Aqua Rentals. AQUAMARINA LAZY DAYS Hours of operation: Office/Dock, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 7 days a week Phone: 770-945-1991 Location: 6700 Holiday Rd, Buford Types of slips available: Wet docks for 75-150 foot covered & 100-foot open slips; 554 dry stack; New 125' x 24' & 150 x 26' HB slips now available. Types of fuel: Valvtect 93 non-ethanol Marine Gas and Valvtec diesel marine fuel Price of fuel: (as of 9/24/11)) $4.69 premium; $4.39 diesel Security: Holiday Marina security patrols marina Additional amenities: Repair services. Free pump/portipotti station for members. Wet slips: private gated access, golf cart valet service, free dockside pumpout. New gas dock, easy access for houseboats. New courtesy docks for dry stack customers. The Houseboat Store has taken over the service dept & boat sales for Chris Craft, Formula, Startdust and Fantasy. BALD RIDGE MARINA Hours of operation: Office, Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., marina has 24-hour access. Phone: 770-887-5309; Location: 1850 Bald Ridge Marina Road, Cumming Types of slips available: Covered & uncovered. Store: Sandwich shop; some boating supplies Store hours: Seasonal Types of fuel: Non-ethanol; diesel Price of fuel: (as of 9/24/11) $4.69; $4.09 diesel (Dock open 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon./Thurs./ Fri..; 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat./Sun. Closed Tue./Wed.) On-site eatery: Sandwich Market - Seasonal Menu: Grilled & cold sandwiches, pita wrap. Restaurant description: Casual Phone: 770-889-2185 Security: 24-hour security, gated Additional amenities: Full-service department, parts de-

partment, boat body work, yacht repair & Marine Max Stovall sales dock GAINESVILLE MARINA Hours of operation: Office, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 7 days a week Phone: 770-536-2171 Location: 2145 Dawsonville Hwy, Gainesville Types of slips available: 600 slips, dry stack covered. up to 25 feet, wet covered & uncovered to 80 feet. Types of fuel: 90 recreational, non-ethanol Price of fuel: (as of 9/24/11) $4.69 (Dock open 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 7 days a week; Pay-at-the-Pump, 9 a.m.- ‘til dark, 7 days a week) On-site eatery: Skogies (Seasonal Wed. thru Sun.) Menu: Barbecue, seafood and American fare. Phone: 678-450-1310 Security: 7 days a week Additional amenities: Parts department, land service shop, recreational room, bath house, pumpout station. Sales of new, used and brokerage boats. Bennington Pontoon Boats, Four Winns Deck/Sport Boats and Yamaha Outboards. HABERSHAM MARINA Hours of operation: Office/Store, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 7 days a week Phone: 770-887-5432 Location: 2200 Habersham Marina Rd, Cumming Types of slips available: 650 slips for dry storage up to 27 foot Store: Yes Types of fuel: 90 Recreational fuel, non-ethanol Price of fuel: (as of 9/24/11) $4.49 (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.m5:30 p.m., 7 days Marina: 24/7 Phone: 770-967-5500 Web Site: Location: 6334 Mitchell St., Flowery Branch Types of slips available: Wet (510) Dry (150) Showroom: Atlanta Marine Store/Gas Dock hours: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., 7 days a week) Types of Fuel: 90 octane, non-ethanol Price of fuel: (as of 9/24/11) $4.54 On-site eatery: Fish Tales Security: 24/7 manned security Additional amenities: Restaurant-Seasonal, complete boat/motor repair, new bathhouse w/ locked showers and AC, laundry, pump out, trailer storage. HOLIDAY MARINA Hours of operation: Office/Store/Dock, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., 7 days a week Phone: 770-945-7201 Location: 6900 Holiday Rd, Buford Types of slips available: 22-100' Uncovered including 80, 90, and 100' Breakwater Slips; 26-85' Covered Slips totalling 1238 Slips Store: Yes; Convenience items and basic boating sup-

plies. Types of fuel: Premium, unleaded & diesel, non-ethanol Price of fuel: (as of 9/24/11): $4.99 premium; $4.89 unleaded; $4.49 diesel (5 percent discount with Westrec advantage membership) On-site eatery: Castaways Seafood Bar & Grill Menu: Seafood, burgers, sandwiches & salads Phone: 678-765-8300 Security: 24 hour Additional amenities: Boat rentals, repair service, pumpout station, boat sales, TowBoat US LANIER HARBOR MARINA Hours of operation: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 7 days; Gas dock: 24 hours. Phone: 770-945-2884 Location: 2066 Pinetree Dr, Buford Types of slips available: 40’x16’ & 50’x18’, with power, water, satellite hook-up Store: Yes Store hours: 24 hour gas dock & store Types of fuel: 89 octane, 93 octane Price of fuel: (as of 9/24/11) $4.59 mid-grade, $4.69 premium, with 10 cents off a gallon, both mid-grade and premium, for Boat US members. Security: 24 hours Additional amenities: 24/hr Towing Service PORT ROYALE MARINA Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., 7 days a week Phone: 770-887-5715 Location: 9200 Lan Mar Rd, Gainesville Types of slips available: Uncovered, 20-foot to 80-foot; covered, 24-foot to 50-foot totaling 514 slips & dry stack storage (464) for up to 39 feet & 115 covered bay sheds to store boats on trailers Store: Service Store & Ship Store Store/Dock hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Mon.-Fri.; 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat./Sun. Types of fuel: Non-ethanol Price of fuel: (as of 9/24/11) $4.79 regular On-site eatery: Pelican Pete's Bar and Grill Security: Night security Additional amenities: Climate controlled bath house with showers, 24 hour self-service pump out, rental boats, Courtesy dock for dry stack, two ship stores, full service center, largest floating gas dock in Ga, 16 gas pumps. SUNRISE COVE MARINA Hours of operation: Office: 9:00 a.m.5 p.m., Wed.-Mon., closed Tues. Phone: 770-536-8599 Location: 5725 Flat Creek Rd, Gainesville Types of slips available: Uncov-20-70 ft.; covered-2450 ft.; to include an exclusive 44 ft Sailboat Breakwater Dock. Total Wet Slips 688 and nine (9) Dry Storage Spaces (boats on trailer). Store: Yes Store/Dock hours: 9:00 a.m.-5 p.m., Wed.-Mon., closed Tues. Types of fuel: 90 recreational, non-ethanol Price of fuel: (as of 9/24/11) $4.79 with 5 percent off with Westrec Advantage Membership Additional amenities: Club House, bath house, laundry facility and pump-out open 24 hours a day.

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New rowing club focuses on juniors By Jane Harrison A new Lake Lanier-based rowing club of about 50 juniors plans to race in its first regatta this month. The North Georgia Rowing Academy, Inc. formed in June and is composed of many youths who trained with former Lake Lanier Rowing Club coach Jim Pickens. The juniors will race in the Tail of the Tiger Regatta, hosted by Clemson University at Lake Hartwell Oct. 15. They will compete under the direction of the coach who introduced them to rowing with Lanier’s premiere rowing club. “The kids wanted to continue,” said North Georgia Rowing Academy president Patrick Dunn, whose daughter Catalina Dunn rowed in the LLRC juniors program coached by Pickens. Pickens resigned duties with the club in March and his former LLRC coaching position remains unfilled. Pickens is serving as the new club’s head coach and is assisted by Riverside Military Academy coach Bill Morgan, who worked with Pickens in the LLRC junior

program. The new club “focuses totally on juniors,” Dunn said. It will give high school age youths an opportunity to try the sport, compete in regattas and vie for college scholarships, he said. As of late September, the majority of its participants were Riverside Military Academy cadets. It includes about 16 others from area high schools: Flowery Branch, North Hall, Gainesville, Mill Creek, and North Gwinnett. “It is primarily for high school students, but we will accept eighth graders,” Dunn said. “We welcome kids year round from all schools,” he said. “Our membership is interested in competitive rowing. Our focus is to help kids get scholarships. No prior rowing experience is necessary,” Dunn said. “They can train, learn the technique and get in physical shape” to compete, he said. Two former LLRC juniors coached by Pickens have previously qualified for scholarships. The club has just reached agreement with American Legion Post #7 on Riverside Drive to host rowing practices.

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Dry land workouts, such as ergometer training and running, are held at the Riverside Military Academy. Dunn said the junior rowing club’s mission preempts it from competition for membership with LLRC. “We don’t see ourselves in competition. We have a different mission statement,” he said. LLRC President Cliff Ward said the LLRC is searching for another coach for its junior program. Only a handful of juniors participated prior to Pickens, who grew it to its greatest number, 34, before last March. As of late September, LLRC had not redeveloped a junior program. The North Georgia Rowing Academy offers year round membership for $1,500. Short term seasonal fees are $750. Dunn said the club has purchased four boats, two eights and two fours, and is sharing other boats with Riverside Military Academy.

By Pamela A. Keene In a true late-summer tradition, dozens of sailors turned out to support the Special Olympics Regatta in mid-September. Between the fundraising by skippers, sponsor donations and a silent auction, the event raised $21,000 to benefit Special Olympics Georgia. Steve Sudderth and his crew won the spinnaker fleet race. Jim Chambers and Team SnowFox raised the most money by a single boat. Southern Sailing Club, hosts of the annual event, was recognized as the sailing club raising the most donations. Bad House Tears donated the Saturday evening entertainment. Purdue Chicken provided chicken, prepared by Texas Roadhouse. Hometown Spirits

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Corn mazes, pumpkin patches invite family fun this fall By Jane Harrison Corn mazes and pumpkin patches are popping up all over North Georgia as family farms open their fields for family fun. The mazes, patterned paths cut by GPS-guided tractors among eightto 10-foot stalks, challenge walkers to use maps and clues to find checkpoints in the corn. People started getting lost in the corn about 10 years ago when they ventured into the area’s first maze at Uncle Shucks in Dawsonville. Since then, several other fields have opened as the maze business has ballooned to include hayrides, corn cob cannons, corn kernel “sand” boxes, 3-D clues, haunted treks and even outdoor movies. Not to be outdone by its tall, skinny fall counterpart, the squat, orange pumpkin has grown its own following in North Georgia. Pumpkin farms now sell pumpkins of all sizes, shapes and colors, plus gourds and hay bales for seasonal decorations. Add some pumpkin pie, apple cider, a petting zoo, picnic and hayride and a family can get a real good taste of North Georgia country. Here’s a sample: • Uncle Shucks Corn Maze/Pumpkin Patch, Daw-

sonville. Mike Pinzel, owner, says he’s not Uncle Shucks, but he may as well be to the thousands who made their first corny journey at Pinzel’s 12-acre operation. “We change one or two things a year to keep it fresh and exciting,” Pinzel said, “but what we don’t change is that it is a family, church and scout friendly activity. The same groups come back year after year to make it a tradition.” He advised maze-goers to plan a two-hour visit to enjoy the full experience of maze walking, pumpkin shopping, hay riding, and shooting the corn cannon. Oct. hours 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun.Thurs; 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; haunted maze Fri.-Sat. only, with additional haunt night Sun. Oct. 9. Nov. hours Fridays 4-10 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.-10 p.m. 4520 Hwy. 53 E. Admission ranges from $10 for maze only to $16 for maze, haunted maze, hayride. Special group pricing., 770 772-6223. • Buck’s Corn Maze, Dawsonville. The corn maze is named after the late W.E. “Buck” Samples who farmed in Dawsonville for 50 years, said June Samples, his daughter-in-law. The family opened the corn maze and started

running the hayride five years ago. June Samples said corn wanderers generally take 30 to 45 minutes to find five checkpoints in the 12-acre maze, cut to resemble a cat sitting on a pumpkin. The 20-minute tractor-drawn hayride rolls by Cochran Creek and through the corn field. “It’s a real pretty hayride,” Samples said. “We’re more out in the country than some of the other (mazes). There’s a real pretty mountain view.” Oct. hours 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat. (Maze is haunted after dark). Nov. hours 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. Other days in Nov. by appointment for groups. 1923 New Hope Rd. Prices range from $5 for hayride only, $7-$8 maze, $12 maze & hayride. www.buckscornmaze. com, 706 344-8834. • North Georgia Corn Maze, Cleveland. There’s much to amaze at this multiplex on a 300acre family-owned cattle farm where crop circles cut into the corn field conjure thoughts of alien checkpoints. For the past eight years, owner Health Biggers has plowed new ground, adding outdoor movies, a haunted barn,

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Outdoor Activity Calendar October 2011 See Lake Lanier Olympic Venue Calendar for canoe/kayak and rowing activities Aq ua Activities (Note: Triathlons fill up quickly. Early registration is recommended.) „ Brenau Masters Swim Team, Gainesville. Practice and competitive program for masters swimmers of all levels, high school age and older. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays 6-7 a.m., Brenau University Natatorium, Washington/Prior St. $60 month. 770 5326279,, Grounded pursuits „ ISI Cycling, Gainesville. Group bicycle rides all speeds and levels, 7:30 a.m. Saturdays; high intensity pace line, 7:30 a.m. Sundays, Corinth Baptist Church, Thompson Bridge/Mt. Vernon Rd; Tuesdays, 6 p.m. Hopewell Church Road; Thursdays 6 p.m. Dewberry Baptist Church, Clarks Bridge Rd. Free. „ Chicken City Cyclists, Gainesville. Group rides, 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Frances Meadows Aquatic Center, Jesse Jewell/Community Way. Club meeting 6 p.m., Sept. 8, Pasquales, 1011 Riverside Dr. „ Fall Celebration, Helen. Pioneer craft exhibits, hayrides, traditional crafts, hand-cranked apple cider, noon-4 p.m. Oct. 8, Smithgall Woods State Park, 61 Tsalaki Trl. $6 parking., 706 878-3087. „ Frogtown Trail Challenge, Cumming. 4mile, 10-mile trail runs include ditch jumping,

log jumping, creek crossing and more, 8 a.m. Oct. 8, 8727 Nicholson Rd. $50.,, 770 314-9085. „ Hills of Habersham Ride, Clarkesville, 66-, 44-, 23-mile bike rides, 9 a.m. Oct. 8, Ruby Fulbright Aquatic Center, 120 Paul Franklin Rd. $40.,, 706 778-4654. „ Spokes for Speech, Gainesville. 20-, 40-, 60- mile bike rides, 8 a.m. Oct. 8, North Hall High School, 4885 Mt. Vernon Rd. $35., 770 534-5141 „ Forsyth Pump & Run, Cumming. Bench press/5K run or 5K only, 8 a.m. Oct. 8, Anytime Fitness, 2635 Freedom Parkway. $30 pump/run; $22 5K., 770 6335511. „ Lily’s Run, Cumming. 5K, 1-mile fun run, noon Oct. 9, Vickery Village, 5772 North Vickery St. 5K $20 adults, $15 students; fun run $,, 678 777-7747. „ Gold Rush 5K, Dahlonega. 8 a.m. Oct. 15, North Georgia College & State University Gym. $20., 706 531-6201. „ Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike, Tallulah Falls. Ranger-led moonlit hike into Tallulah Gorge, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 10, 7-10 p.m. Oct. 11, Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Dr. $5, plus $5 parking. Register in advance., 706 754-7981. „ Triathlon Club, Gainesville. Club Baxter’s meeting, 7 p.m. Oct. 11, Baxter’s Multisport, 2480 Limestone Pkwy. Group bike rides, open water swims, runs. 770 532-2453, „ Lt. Governor’s Century, Flowery Branch. 29-. 50-. 66-. 100-mile bike rides, 8 a.m., 3 mile loops 9-11 a.m. Oct. 15, Chestnut Mountain Church, 4903 Chestnut Mountain Circle.

$30, loops $10, lunch included., 770 967-3197. „ Run for Your Life 5K/10K, Gainesville. 5K 9 a.m., 10K 10 a.m. Oct. 15, Longwood Park, Pearl Nix Parkway. 5K/10K age 18 and younger $15/$20; ages older than 18 $20/$25; add $5 after Oct. 1.,, 770 534-7354. „ Whispering Hope 5K, Fun Run, Cumming. 5K 5 p.m., 1-mile 6 p.m., tot trot 6:15 p.m. Oct. 15, First Redeemer Church, 2100 Peachtree Pkwy. $25 by Oct. 7, $30 after., 678 795-0115. „ Jittery Joe’s Fall Classic Century, Athens. 100-mile and shorter course bike rides, 10 a.m. Oct. 15, 165 Sylvia Circle. $30., 706 208-1001. „ Fall Hoedown, Blairsville. Hayride, bonfire, square dancing, trick or treats for kids, storytelling, noon-8 p.m. Oct. 15, Vogel State Park, 405 Vogel State Park Rd. $5 parking., 706 745-2628. „ Eliminate Shots 5K, Oakwood. 5K, fun run 9:30 a.m. Oct. 22, Gainesville State College, 3820 Mundy Mill Rd. 5K $20, fun run $10., 770 540-5733. „ Fast Pace 5K/10K, Cumming. 8 a.m. Oct. 22, Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Rd. $29.,, 404 590-FAST. „ Spin for Kids, Winder. Mountain bike rides, Oct. 22, road bike rides, Oct. 23, various distances, Fort Yargo State Park, 210 S. Broad St. $45 adults, $17 children 17 and younger.

„ Wails to Trails, Tallulah Falls. Walk .75 mile along old Tallulah Falls railroad bed, meet colorful characters of railroad's past; hayride, refreshments afterward. 7-9 p.m. Oct. 22, Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Dr. Reservations required. $2-$3., 706 754-7981. „ 5K Boo Run, Flowery Branch. 9 a.m. Oct. 29, Old Train Depot, Main St. $20 by Oct. 23, $25 after.,, 770 540-9470. „ Family Fall Festival, Gainesville. Live animal program, crafts, hikes, costumes, facepainting, games 2-5 p.m. Oct. 29, Elachee Science Nature Center, 2125 Elachee Dr. Adults $5, 2-12 $3, younger than 2 and Elachee members free., 770 5351976. „ 6-Hour Tumbling Creek Mountain Bike Race, Oakwood. Check-in/registration 8 a.m., kids’ race 9 a.m., 6-hour race 10 a.m. Oct. 29, Gainesville State College, 3820 Mundy Mill Rd. Adults $50 solo, $90 2-person team, $130 3-person team; juniors $40/$70/ $100; college students $10 refund with valid ID. Add $10 race day registration. Kids ages 6-12 race free.,, „ Gainesville Care 5K, Fun Run. Fun run 11:30 a.m., 5K noon Oct. 29, Lakeview Academy, 795 Lakeview Dr. $20 by Oct. 22, $25 after.,, 770 535-1413. „ Harvest Happenings, Lavonia. Hayride, campfire, storytelling, 7-9 p.m. Oct. 29, Tugaloo State Park, 1763 Tugaloo State Park Rd. $5 parking. 706 356-4362 - Compiled by Jane Harrison

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• Fall fun Continued from Page 44 tractor-drawn hayride through apple and peach orchards, berry and pumpkin patches, drivers tell passengers about the family farm. A farm slide, apple sling shot, and hand pump duck races round out the fun on the farm. Maze through Nov. 6, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 1 -6 p.m. Sun. 5340 Cornelia Hwy, Ga. 365. Maze only $9-$10; maze, hayride, additional activi-

ties $12. Special group pricing., 770 8693999, 770 869-0999. • Kinsey Family Farm, Gainesville. The Kinsey family of North Forsyth County designed the farm around holiday traditions, beginning in 2002 with Christmas trees. It added fall crops and activities to get families out to the farm “where they can

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act like families again,” said Andy Kinsey. Instead of walking a maze, visitors can get traditional jack-o-lantern pumpkins, albino pumpkins and pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. Plus, they can ride in a hay-filled wagon and feed fish, goats, cows and a pony. Kinsey suggests families bring a camera and a picnic lunch and plan to stay at least two hours. The farm also sells apples, corn stalks, Indian corn, straw bales and other fall decorations. Fall hours through Oct. 31: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; $2 hayrides 1-6 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun.; fish feeding weekends 9 a.m.-noon. 7170 Jot Em Down Rd,, 770 8876028. • Burt’s Farm, Dawsonville. The Burts began selling pumpkins from their barn near Amicalola Falls 22 years ago, said Kasey Sanders, daughter of the Burts who have farmed the land since 1972. The pumpkin farm, where you might find pumpkins ranging from fist size one-pounders to 200-pound giants, is a long time field trip destination for school groups. Sanders said the 25-

Corn mazes have popped up all over North Georgia. The design at North Georgia Corn Maze, above, was cut to resemble alien crop circles. Below, a parent and child journey through Uncle Shuck's Corn Maze. Hayrides are popular fall activities. Above, a tractor pulls a wagon of visitors at Burt's Pumpkin Farm.

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Tide turns in tri-state water wars By Clyde Morris, Lake Lanier Association Attorney man? By now, virtuLake Lanier Association Federal law ally everyone in mandates that Georgia, Florida, News & Information we not harm and Alabama threatened and knows that the endangered legal tide has species, several turned in favor of of which reside Lake Lanier as a in the source of water Apalachicola supply for the AtRiver. But the Endangered lanta area. While a lingering Species Act does not dedicate question is whether the legal the ACF system to preserving current might turn yet again in them. However, that’s how Phase 1 courtesy of the U.S. Florida views the Corps’ ACF Supreme Court, there remains another major hurdle in resolv- operations. Rather than conceding that ing the tri-state conflict – Phase the Corps’ ACF operations bene2, involving the Endangered Species Act, now awaiting brief- fit the species by augmenting nature’s flows in times of ing before the 11th Circuit. drought, Florida portrays the As I write this, Lanier is at Corps as violating the law by 1062.5, eight and a half feet holding back water behind Bubelow full pool. Since those ford Dam. That argument is heady days of April when the lake was actually more than two wrong, and until the 11th Circuit feet above full, we have lost 10 resolves the issue we will continue to be exposed to changing feet of water. People who boat on Lanier must now be vigilant tides in the water wars. So, while we have made subabout obstacles that are no stantial progress in the first longer submerged. People who phase of the litigation, it is cruadminister the region’s water supply are blowing the dust off cial that we hold the line in Phase 2 against our neighboring their conservation plans. Meanwhile, the oystermen in states’ ongoing fight for the Apalachicola are proceeding as ACF’s limited water. Once usual, their fresh water flowing again, Florida and Alabama are from the Apalachicola River far arguing an aspect of federal law that was never intended by Conhigher than it would be if the gress. This is the same thing Corps of Engineers were not supplementing what Mother Na- they did in Phase 1 regarding water supply – an effort the 11th ture is sending their way right Circuit resoundingly rejected. now. We need to re-focus our atIt all seems so familiar. Year tention on surmounting the secafter year, we experience the same basic phenomenon, and it ond major legal hurdle in seems that nothing is changing. securing our water future. While Yet, a great deal has changed. the tide has definitely changed in Phase 1, we can’t afford to let While it is easy to criticize the legal system for its slow move- it change in Phase 2 and drain the water out of Lake Lanier ment toward resolution of this situation, the decision rendered into the Gulf of Mexico. Founded in 1966, the LLAis by the 11th Circuit in Phase 1 the oldest volunteer group workresolved the most fundamental issue in the controversy. It is un- ing to protect the high water quality as well as water levels likely the Supreme Court will and to preserve its valuable change that, and the resolution legacy for future generations. It of that issue moves us forward significantly toward a new plan is a 501(C)3 non-profit organifor administering what water we zation. do have. „ MORE INFO: But a crucial question re770-503-7757 mains: how do we allocate that water between mussels and Search: Lakeside on Lanier

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Corps announces hunting opportunities; permit deadline nears With the arrival of fall, many lake users are trading in their boating and swimming equipment for hunting gear. Hunting opportunities on Lake Lanier are limited but still provide excellent recreation. The two types of hunting allowed are waterfowl (geese, teal, and ducks) and deer hunting. Waterfowl hunting has been allowed on Lanier on-and-off since 1956 based on wildlife populations. Currently, waterfowl hunting is divided into two seasons; an early season for Teal and Canada Geese and a late season for ducks and Canada Geese. The Corps of Engineers allows hunters to use some of the closed park areas as access for waterfowl hunting. The regulations on hunting hours, limits, locations and required licenses can be found at nier/hunting.htm and Deer hunting on Corps property around the lake started in 2007 with the introduction of the Islands quota, archery hunt. The success and popularity of this hunt led to the addition of the Buford Dam quota, archery hunt in January 2010. In addition to the

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A bit of ‘give-back’ brings a lot of youngsters hope Lake-based group – Lanier Partners – brings back poker run for charity Shore Lines From the fascinating to the remarkable, Lake Lanier harbors many personalities and places along its shores. Lakeside presents “Shore Lines” – stories about people who live, work and play around the lake and the places that make the area special. By Pamela A. Keene o one can really say for certain when, but it began because of a little girl named Sara who survived brain cancer, and other children in need who faced difficult health issues. But whenever it happened, there’s no doubt that the strong yet soft-hearted men behind Lanier Partners are leaving their mark in a big way. A little over two years ago, a group of guy boaters were sitting around at a local eatery after work in the middle of the week and came up with an idea to revive the Lake Lanier Poker Run to raise money for charity. Several of them had an involvement in a local children’s charity, Camp Sunshine, a camp for children suffering from cancer. The Children of Fallen Soldiers relief fund was also selected by those who served in the nation’s military and because members of the group support the military’s work to keep America strong and free. Robert Campbell, Steve Damus and a handful of other guys – we’ll get to them in a minute – decided to do what seemed the impossible: host a charity Poker Run on Lake Lanier just 59 days later. They came from all walks of life – an auto mechanic, a local printer, a marina executive, a graphic designer, a couple of engineers, an insurance investigator, the owners of a security company, and a manager for a food and personal care products company.


They had three things in common: they love Lake Lanier, they all have boats and they all humbly believe in giving back to children who need love, hope and financial assistance. “Yeah, we just got right down to it and pulled off our first Pirates of Lanier-Castaways Poker Run in just 59 days,” Damus said. “There were so many people willing to help us, even that first year, including Barkley Geib, who ran the world’s largest poker run for 10 years here at Lanier. His advice was invaluable. It was amazing how it all came together.” The 2010 event took place on September 11 and raised $22,000 with many participants and sponsors coming on board. The format included a pre-poker-run Captains’ Party on Friday night, followed by the one-day Poker Run on Saturday and an afternoon awards ceremony. Participants dressed like pirates and competed in costume contests. “We learned a lot from the first event and built on our success,” said Rea Williams, who serves as the group’s president. “People just started stepping up and volunteering their time and their resources.” 2011’s Pirates of Lanier-Castaways Poker Run was even more successful. “It blew us all away,” said Lanier Partners Board Member Dan Schneider of Flowery Branch. “At this year’s event people were already telling us that they can’t wait until next year.” “It took a lot of work to plan

Lanier Partners (l-r) Robert Campbell, Rob Davidson and Phil Powell (above). Lanier Partners Alex Laidlaw, left, and Dan Schneider.

Steve Damus introduces Sara Roberson to the Poker Run Captain's Party crowd at Holiday Marina (right). Lanier Partners (l-r) Dan Schneider, Tom Petska (not on the board) Robert Campbell, and Rea Williams.

the Poker Run and we probably had about 100 volunteers involved behind the scenes this year,” Williams said. “And the number of incredible sponsors and donors helped us make this year’s Poker Run the most successful yet.” The board took a short break after the 2011 event the end of August that drew 200 boats, 500 people at the Captains’ Party at Holiday Marina and raised nearly $60,000, but now they’re back at it, already planning for 2012. Some of the board members are speculating that they’ll double the number of boats for 2012, double the amount donated to the two charities and host the biggest Captains’ Party ever. The date has not yet been selected, but first word will come on the group’s website at www.lanierpartners. org. Who are these guys? When you meet them individually, they’re all just regular folks who love to boat and mostly live in Flowery Branch or Buford. Several of them live nearby in Lilburn, Dacula and Atlanta. “You know, you could say that we all met at the gas docks at Holiday,” said Gary Lewis of Buford. “But from this group, we’ve all become great friends.” There’s another thing you can say about each of the members of this non-profit board: they’re all about giving back to other people. The 10 current board members are Robert Campbell, Steve Damus, Rob Davidson, Dan Gor-

don, Alex Laidlaw, Gary Lewis, Steve Ruderman, Dan Schneider, Rea Williams and John Woodruff. Here’s what some of these board members say about why they’re involved in Lanier Partners and the community: “At age 3, my son Ronnie was diagnosed with leukemia and had seven years of treatment and chemotherapy at Egleston (now Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta),” said Dan Gordon. “Camp Sunshine eased our pain through this time and Ronnie continues at age 25 to be a counselor and return to the camp every year. After this experience, I give back – especially to children – by being a Shrine Clown and serving as a board member of Lanier Partners. It’s a small thing to be able to give back.” “Lanier Partners gave me another opportunity to give back to the community,” said Alex Laidlaw with Westrec, which owns Holiday Marina, site of the Friday night Captains’ party. “For 13 years, we’ve put on the golf tournament for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hall County, and we were looking for another opportunity. Lanier Partners is the perfect fit.” “My brother Matt is a threetime kidney transplant patient and has been a counselor at Camp Twin Lakes, where Camp Sunshine takes place, for the past 15 years,” said Dan Schneider. “His fundraising for the camp and his amazing attitude inspired me to get involved and do whatever I

can to help.” “When I needed friends and support while my mother had health issues, these guys rallied ‘round and where there for me,” said Steve Damus. “It was an incredible and humbling experience the way they supported me and then continued to take on the cause for children.” At the Captains’ Party the night before the Poker Run, Steve Damus stood up to recognize members among the 500 attendees, including two special soldiers – Todd Evans and Doug Scott. Sara was there too and even made a few remarks after she was presented with the ceremonial American flag. “There wasn’t a dry eye in the house,” Williams said. “You know, Sara is a hero, a warrior, a fighter,” Damus said. “What makes our country great is the people – men and women, boys and girls. There is no ‘I’ in ‘we.’ We – us – together we are strong. If someone is in trouble or in need, take a moment, listen and try to help if you can. Remember that a little encouragement goes a long way. We all have struggles, health family and financial issues – God Bless – and also hopes, dreams. The kids need us; that’s why we’re here. And it all started with a little girl named Sara. Sara has taught us that she is tough. She’s an inspiration to each and every one of us.” „ MORE INFO:

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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. Castaways - Holiday Marina. Offering raw and steamed seafood, salads, sandwiches, baskets and entrees, such as seared tuna sashimi, Gulf Coast oysters and Cajun blackened Mahi Mahi. Seasonal seafood: crawfish, stone crabs and soft-shell crabs. Full bar service. Mon-Sat 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun 11a.m. to 9 p.m. C-3 678-765-8300. Dockside Grill - Offering full lake views of Lanier in a casual outdoor setting. New this year: covered deck and furniture. Featuring the famous Docker burger, sandwiches including grouper, tuna and mahi and expanded seafood and salad offerings. Aqualand Marina, Flowery Branch. C-3, 770-363-2318. Fish Tales Lakeside Grille - Casual lakeside dining featuring grouper fingers, signature salads and much more. Full service indoor and outdoor bar with live music. Expanded patio and new TVs. Open for lunch and dinner everyday during spring & summer, weekends fall & winter. Hideaway Bay Marina. C-3, 770-967-3775. Pelican Pete’s - Picturesque dining right on the water at Port Royale in an open-air thatched-roof building. Selection of sandwiches, burgers, fish and more. Sun-Thu 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. B2, 770 887-5715 ext. 5. Pier 29 - Located on Lake Lanier at lake marker 29 opposite Browns Bridge. Newly renovated family friendly restaurant with a separate bar and dining patio with live music. Open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week. Offering fish, shrimp, steak, burgers, wings, and hand-spun milkshakes. Every Monday, buy 10 wings get 10 free. Dockside delivery available at restaurant’s courtesy dock as well as delivery to Port Royal Marina., 770-781-2242. (Former Lantern Inn location.) Sandwich Market - Offers sandwiches, pita wraps, gyros & lahvosh. Baldridge Marina, Cumming. Seasonal. 770-889-2185. Skogies - Specializing in seafood and American fare. Open 7 days a week. Gainesville Marina, C-1, 678-450-1310. Sunset Cove Beach Club - An open-air eatery on a quiet stretch of beach near Chattahoochee Rapids at Lake Lanier Islands Resort. Open for lunch and dinner. Views of the lake during the day or dine under the stars in the glow of firelight from the fireplace. Come by car or boat. Also at Sunset Cove, Dog and Draft features 12 beers on draft, plus hot dogs, brats and sausage in pretzel buns. Fire and Ice kiosk offers smoked barbecue and burgers. On the waterpark side, Gianni’s

Italian Bistro serves pizza, subs and pasta. By water, Sunset Cove is between buoys 7SC and 5SC. Buford. B-3, 770-945-8787. Windows Restaurant - Located at Legacy Lodge & Conference Center at Lake Lanier Islands Resort and overlooks Lake Lanier. Provides breakfast buffet, and menu options daily and special dining events every Saturday night throughout the season. Guests may arrive by boat or car. Buford. B-3, 770-945-8787. American Austin’s Steak and Seafood - Specialties include seafood, premium aged steaks and chops, baby-back ribs, chicken and pasta. Open daily, lunch and dinner. Full bar. Cumming. A-3, 770-844-0902. Collegiate - Old-fashioned hamburgers, hot dogs and milk shakes served in 1940s setting. Gainesville. C-2, 678-989-2280. CooCoos Nest - Open for lunch, dinner and Sunday Brunch offering wings, salads complimented by fresh meats hand cut daily from Fergusons Meat Market. Also featuring steaks, chops and seafood. House favorites include beer battered fries, hooch beans (a battered and fried green bean), Cuban sandwich and the Quesadilla Burger. Live entertainment weekly. Located at GA 400, Exit 16, Pilgrim Mill Rd. at Freedom Pkwy. Cumming. A-3, 678-456-8932; www.coocoo Foster House - Lunch and dinner served family-style featuring casual dining at lunch and fine dining in evening. Lunch served 112:30, Mon.-Fri. Dinner served 5-8:30 p.m., Thurs.; 5-9:30 p.m. Fri./Sat. Cumming. A-3, 770-887-9905. Norman’s Landing - Specializing in fresh seafood, hand-cut steaks, Canadian babyback ribs with Kansas City barbecue sauce. Cumming. Casual. A-3, 770-886-0100. Two Dog Café – Classic small town diner with an emphasis on fresh food and fast service for lunch and dinner. Located at 317 Spring St. Gainesville. C-2, 770-287-8384. Wild Wing Café – Offers casual dining, live music, special Monday Trivia Night and 2 Fer Tuesday nights (buy a dozen, get a dozen wings free). Located at 311 Jesse Jewell Pkwy., Gainesville. C-2, 770-536-9177. Yahoola Creek Grill – Features Southerninspired, made-from-scratch cooking from our outdoor deck, cozy dining room and loft. Full beer and wine list. Lunch and dinner, Wed.-Sat. Open for brunch and supper on Sunday. Closed Mon./Tues. Located on S. Chestatee St., Dahlonega. 706-482-2200; Continental/Fine Dining Adam’s - Offering American Mediterranean cuisine including Rack of Lamb, Calf’s Liver Anglaise, Mediterranean Chicken Penne, Oysters Rockefeller, and Seafood Pastilla Rolls. Full bar. Dinner Mon.-Sat. 5-10:30 p.m. 15 East Main St., Buford, B-3. 678 7540379. Aqua Terra Bistro - European fusion cuisine served daily. Open for lunch, 11:30 a.m.2:30 p.m., Mon.-Fri.; noon-2:30 p.m., Sat.; dinner hours are 5-10 p.m., Mon.-Sun. Located on Buford’s historic Main Street. No

reservations. B-3, 770-271-3000. Blue Bicycle – a bistro touting “great food in a place not to feel rushed.” Open for lunch Thurs./Fri.; open for dinner Tues.-Sat. Reservations are suggested. Located at 671 Lumpkin Campground Road, behind the Outlet Mall on 400. Dawsonville. 706-265-2153. Corkscrew Café - Fine dining featuring varied menu choices, open lunch and dinner. Hours: 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Tues.-Thurs.; 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri./Sat.; noon-9 p.m., Sun. Reservations suggested. Located on 51 West Main St., Dahlonega. 706-867-8551. Dominick’s Italian Restaurant - Features cuisine from the north of Italy, with veal, chicken and seafood dishes. Favorites include chicken saltimbocca and garlic bread appetizer. Half-price bottles of wine on Monday nights, half-price appetizers from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and endless pasta and salad on Wednesdays. Dominick’s is open Monday thru Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch and dinner from 5 until 9:30 p.m. Located at the corner of Buford Hwy. and Hamilton Mill Rd in the Buford Village Shopping Center. 770-614-0019, Buford. B-3. Firesalt Tavern - Fine-dining restaurant in a casual atmosphere and a café-to-go. Café features gourmet coffee, to-go items and full breakfast and lunch. Restaurant features fine steaks, shrimp and grits, fresh seafood including scallops and salmon. Open Mon-Sun. Café to go is open for breakfast and lunch; tavern is open for lunch and dinner. Corner of Buford Hwy. and Hamilton Mill Rd in the Buford Village Shopping Center. 770-9326284, Buford. B-3. Luna’s - Continental cuisine, romantic atmosphere. Gainesville. C-2, 770-531-0848. Oar House in Dahlonega - Specialties: handcut steaks, seafood dishes and homemade desserts. Located Hwy 52E, 4 miles east of Dahlonega. Reservations suggested. 706864-9983. Poor Richard’s - Specializing in Prime Rib, steaks, ribs and fresh seafood. Casual dining, dinner only. Full-service bar. Gainesville. C1, 770-532-0499.

Scott’s on the Square - Upscale casual ambience with specialty sandwiches for lunch and gourmet entrees for dinner. Gainesville square. C-2. 770-536-1111. Toasted n Tapped - Microbrewery with restaurant featuring dishes from Shrimp and Grits to Beer Braised Pot Roast. Brewery features brands with names like Endangered Sea Bear to Rip Van Dunkel to Captain Eddy’s. Downtown Flowery Branch in the old Major McGill’s restaurant. Casual. B-3. 770 9678803. Barbecue/Country/Home Cooking Johnny’s BBQ - Real Pit BBQ pork, chicken & ribs. Brunswick stew. Minutes from Clark’s Bridge rowing venue. Gainesville. Casual. D1, 770-536-2100 Old McDonald’s BBQ - Real Pit BBQ, Brunswick stew, ribs. Minutes from Lake Lanier. Casual. Buford. B-3, 770-945-3431. Deli Common Grounds Coffee Shoppe - Light breakfast, lunch and dinner and desserts followed by fresh roasted coffee. Flowery Branch. C-3, 770-967-4080. Italian BiBa's Italian Restaurant - Featuring pasta, pizzas, salads, chicken, veal and seafood specialties. Open 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday. Gainesville, C-2. 678-450-1661. Piazza - Features traditional Italian dishes, homemade raviolis, pizza, chicken, veal and seafood specialities. Open seven days a week: 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun.-Thurs.; 11 a.m.10 p.m., Fri./Sat. Located on 24 East Main St., Dahlonega. 706-867-9881. Mexican La Cazuela - An Atlanta area landmark that’s expanded to two locations around Lanier. Features fajitas, selection of combination platters and more. Cumming, 678947-0718, Buford, 770-614-6871. Oriental Little Tokyo - Japanese dining - hibachi grill, sushi. Dine in, take out. Open Tues. - Fri. 10:30 am - 10:30 pm; Sat-Sun 12 pm-10 pm; Closed Mon. Buford. B-4, 770-945-3350.


October 2011

The best cruise option to see more of Alaska Traveling Alaska: Third in a three-part series covering the places and people of the largest state in the U.S. Simply cruising the Inside Passage to Alaska had always appeared a bit boring to me until Holland American Lines introduced me to a new way of seeing our last frontier with a different twist! Instead of beginning my trip on a huge luxurious ship all the way from Vancouver or Seattle, I flew directly into Anchorage for a couple of days of jet lag adjusting and nearby sightseeing. Though I arrived late in the evening, the Holland America folks were there to both greet me and give me a first class ride to the immaculate downtown Westmark Anchorage Hotel. The check-in was quick and painless, and I was soon sleeping like a baby in a huge, comfortable kingsized bed. After a filling breakfast in the hotel restaurant on one of my meal vouchers, a comfortable van had us headed south from Anchorage along the picturesque Turnagain Arm toward Girdwood and the fabulous Hotel Alyeska. This magnificent property is probably the top year-round destination in Alaska because of its location and the spectacular surroundings. Though well known as a premier ski resort in winter, it is encircled by snow capped mountains and gorgeous glaciers during summer, and the

Horseshoe Lake near Denali

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MORE INFO: 770-289-1543 cable car ride to the top offers breathtaking vistas. Following a mouth watering lunch, we hopped back in the van for a short ride to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center at Portage. This is the one place in Alaska where you can see many of the animals that roam this huge state in a zoo type atmosphere, and moreover learn much about their habitat and range. Early next morning, we were transferred a short distance to the Alaskan Railroad station and boarded the spacious McKinley Explorer train for the ride north to Denali through a constantly changing landscape. Exciting conversations were filled with anticipation for the coming day in Denali National Park. This was my third time to take the Tundra Wilderness Tour into the park, but my excitement was as high as the first time. It was a perfect, warm day with plenty of


The Volendam in Skagway.

sunshine, and the animals were out in numbers. We sighted 22 grizzly bears, caribou, moose, too many Dall sheep to count, numerous smaller animals, both golden and bald eagles, and experienced some unforgettable views of Mt. McKinley. The next morning, I was fly fishing for Arctic grayling with a couple of family groups in a tiny stream that flowed through the tundra. Though none of us had any gear, the good folks at Denali Fly Fishing Guides provided all we needed along with the expertise, and we all caught a number of these rare fish. Before we boarded the train to continue north to Fairbanks, I had to hike one last time down into Horseshoe Lake, which is near the Denali train station. This unbelievable oxbow lake is one of those places in the world that never leaves your memory because of the purity of its scenery. It’s quite a hike with all the camera gear, but certainly worth the time and effort. It’s a long train ride from Denali to Fairbanks, and after the first 50 miles, much of the view is quite flat and boring. Nevertheless, it was good to be back in Fairbanks again ... especially since we had the opportunity to visit the historic Gold Dredge No. 8 and the Eldorado Mine to do some successful panning for gold. On the way out of Fairbanks, we stopped at the always Christmas town of North Pole, Alaska to get in the mood for the rest of our bus trip to the Yukon. However, we made an unexpected stop to photograph a female moose standing in a roadside lake.


Riding in a bus is normally not very thrilling, but the constant search for wildlife and the fact that this was one part of Alaska I had never seen made it interesting for me. As we headed out into more wilderness, the surroundings were changing and I could tell that we were climbing slightly from 400 feet at Fairbanks to the eventual 1,600 feet at Tok. This long trek was made easier by a stop at Rika’s Roadhouse which was built in 1910 on the banks of the Tanana River. It is a living homestead museum complete with a barn, live animals, garden, antique farming tools, and a sodroofed museum. To Alaskans, Tok is better known as the “Sled Dog Capital of Alaska” and was named after a husky pup that was the mascot of a construction crew during WW II. It is located about 200 miles southeast of Fairbanks at the junction of Glenn Highway and the Alaska Highway, and is the main overland entry city from Canada. Just before crossing the border

into the Yukon Territory of Canada on our trip from Tok to Dawson City, we stopped for about an hour at Chicken, Alaska. This wide spot in the Top of the World Highway was intended to be named after the Alaskan State Bird (the Willow Ptarmigan), but none of the locals could spell it, so an old miner said, “Just name it Chicken ... they’re about the same!” Since I didn’t crack any jokes with the very straight faced Canadian Customs officials, our entry into the Yukon was painless, and soon we were aboard the local ferryboat crossing the Yukon River into Dawson City. We immediately boarded the Yukon Queen for lunch and a familiarization ride up the river to see salmon traps, a small village, and a steamboat graveyard. Walking the dirt streets and boardwalks of Dawson City with its high store fronts, bawdy saloons, and frontier atmosphere gives all visitors a feel of the gold rush days in the 1890s. That pePlease see Travel, page 51


The cabin of Gold Rush poet Robert Service.

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• Travel Continued from Page 50 riod was glorified in stories and poetry by Jack London and Robert Service whose houses still stand as monuments of that time. Walking the old streets, visiting the ancient riverboats and houses, and sampling the food and nightlife was most interesting. I also had the opportunity to play the Top of the World Golf Course, which overlooks the Yukon River and is the most northern golf course with grass greens. The long trip aboard the bus from Dawson City to the Yukon Capitol of Whitehorse on the Klondike Highway is broken up by some spectacular scenery beginning with the Tintina Trench. This geological marvel is a visible horizontal fault line that creates a huge valley running from Watson Lake in the Yukon all the way to Alaska. Whitehorse is on the west bank of the Yukon River and has been the Capitol of the Yukon since 1953. It is a bustling city with walking and bike trails that offer splendid views of the river and surrounding areas. The morning air was perme-

ated with excitement as we boarded the bus on the last leg to Skagway. We soon passed through Miles Canyon and made a photo stop at Emerald Lake, but were only a short distance from Carcross where we would continue via the famous White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad ( This relic from the past was built in just 26 months during the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush and is considered one of the greatest engineering accomplishments in history. Connecting the port of Skagway to Carcross in the Yukon it traverses 67.5 miles climbing 3,000 feet in only 20 miles and has grades of 3.9 percent, frightening turns of 16 degrees with sheer dropoffs, two tunnels and narrow bridges. Views are spectacular, but don’t look down. About halfway into the train ride, we crossed into British Columbia and stopped for some famous Gold Miner’s Stew at Bennett, BC, Canada. Yukon locals warned us that because of the difference in prices due to taxes and fees, BC means “Bring Cash!” However, we were only in

BC for a short distance before we again crossed into Alaska at White Pass and down into Skagway. The Tlingit Indians had called this place Skagua (Place of the Wind), but gold miners quickly changed it to Skagway and said it was the “Home of the North Wind.” Once a lawless town that was built on dreams of miners seeking their fortunes, it is now a tourist attraction and port to many cruise ships. One of those is the luxurious, 780-foot Volendam owned and operated by Holland America Line that would be my home for the next five days. Prior to departure, I was fortunate enough to catch a boat over to Haines for the Eagle Preserve Float Adventure. We were whisked swiftly down a flat but extremely fast river passing an Indian village and observing many bald eagles along the way. It was a quick trip with great photography that ended with chocolate chip cookies and hot chocolate to warm us from the cool and windy environment. The next day found us touring the gorgeous fjords, glaciers, and

ice fields of Glacier Bay in the Volendam. Though this area was still solid ice only 250 years ago it is now liquid. The raw beauty is impossible to describe with mere words. Visiting Ketchikan, Alaska always brings back a host of wonderful memories from my many trips to this unique place. Though known as “The Salmon Capitol of the World” during better times, this tiny Tlingit fishing village has been reborn and continues to survive due to the cruise ships. Adventures that once revolved around fishing are now more about experiencing the wildlife and beauty of the area. Therefore, myself and some friends hopped aboard a DeHaviland Beaver float plane and flew to Prince of Wales

Island to see black bears feeding on salmon. It was a great trip, but the dark skies and rain didn’t allow perfect photos. The rest of the voyage into Vancouver, BC, Canada was a perfect time to lay back and enjoy the ambience, great food, and fabulous service aboard the immaculate Volendam of Holland America Lines. This time allowed a winding down period complete with wonderful conversations among newfound friends about our unforgettable experiences on a trip of a lifetime! Bill Vanderford has won numerous awards for his writing and photography, and has been inducted into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame as a Legendary Guide.

Alaskan trip information: • Holland American Lines – • Westmark Anchorage Hotel – • Hotel Alyeska – • Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center – • Tundra Wilderness Tour – • Denali Fly Fishing Guides – • Gold Dredge No. 8 –


Alaska’s abundant wildlife! Clockwise from top middle: Our van along Turnagain Arm; Grizzly bear in the grass; female moose along the highway; eagle in a tree; elk at the Wildlife Conservation Center; coyote alongside a road; caribou drinking water; and an Alaskan magpie.


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October 2011

A hair raising development; the weirdness continues You can always feel these things coming on. It’s like a change in the weather, or a creepy sensation that wakes you up in the middle of the night. That’s right, it’s time for another unpleasant column topic – unwanted body hair. Not surprisingly, some this has been covered, or uncovered, in this column before. But with every passing day, there are new developments. And they have to be blow-dried and fluffed up in the public domain on a regular basis. In the past, I have willingly chronicled my encounters with icky body hair. And just to be clear here, we’re not talking about the hair on my head, my beard, or even the hair in certain unnamed places that we’re not going to discuss. Most of us are pretty accepting of certain predictable thatches of hair found in predictable places and more or less evenly distributed among the populous. The real issue here concerns the spontaneous appearance of rogue follicles that erupt like a time bomb in the “middle years.” It’s like my body is playing a prank on me. It never occurred to me that my genes were harboring

spear just up and disappeared. Like the joke had gone stale. But Phillip in its place I discovered tufts of Sartain fine blond hair blossoming off of the tops of my ears. When it got Break really thick, I looked like an old from the worn out fairy. So now I have to Lake shave my ears on a regular basis to keep from going airborne on a windy day. Thankfully, I’ve never been time delayed eruptions of unwelencumbered with so much hair come hair in unsightly venues. that I could shave the number of My first encounter occurred sevmy favorite NASCAR driver on eral years ago. I called it the my back. But I do have more than “Hair Horn.” a few ersatz hairs on my shoulIt was a single stiff jet black whisker-like protrusion located in ders. Make no mistake about it, it’s not supposed to be there. the exact middle of the netherAnd I finally figured that out lands between my eyebrows. It was like someone threw a switch after asking my wife to brush them off a half a dozen times. She and “boing,” there it was. Talk about paranoid delusions of aliens delicately explained that they performing surgery on you in the were not there as a result of shedding, but that it appeared to be a dead of night if you like ... this failed attempt to start a hair garthing was just too weird. den without the use of fertilizer. It wasn’t just weird, it was But none of those encounters threatening. It was like a tiny compares to my most recent horblack arrow sticking out of my ror story. I was trimming my forehead. In spite of same, over moustache the other day when I time I came to terms with it and tried to use it to my advantage, as stumbled on to an unusual in, “Stand back, I’ll use this thing whisker that seemed be bent backward into my nose. But on if I have to!” Fortunately, after some prede- closer inspection, I realized that, instead, it was a nose hair that had termined number of years, the

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