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House Tour

East Alabama Living Showcase Home Friday, May 21-Sunday, May 30

Photo courtesy of East Alabama Living Magazine.

Where: 302 Bentley Court, Auburn (White Oaks Subdivision) When: Friday, May 21- Sunday, May 30. Friday, Saturday

and Sunday from 10 a.m. - 4p.m. and weekdays

10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Tickets:$5. Available at the Auburn-Opelika Tourism

Bureau and Auburn Chamber of Commerce, Opelika Chamber of Commerce, The Back Porch, Vignettes on Magnolia and at the home during tour hours.

Why: Proceedes benefiting the Community Market of the East Alabama Food Bank. Home tour hosted by

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 21, 2010 CONTACT: Jan Dempsey, (334) 821- 1712

Home tour to ‘nail’ hunger problems Auburn, AL—April 21, 2010— Tour the East Alabama Living Showcase Home at 302 Bentley Court in the White Oaks subdivision in Auburn from Friday, May 21- Sunday, May 30. The home is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ticket sales will benefit the Community Market of the Food Bank of East Alabama. This is the first “Showcase Home” sponsored by East Alabama Living Magazine. The home, built by Dilworth Development, features the very latest in home construction ideas. Linda Ayers designed the custom interiors to coordinate with the design and architecture of the home. The architect of the “Showcase Home” is Scott Fry of Fry Design Group. Ayers’ associates at Vignettes on Magnolia are assisting with the interior décor for the tour. Patty Diskin of Vignettes is creating a relaxed yet regal study area showcasing select 18th and 19th English and French antiques. The dining room design is by Cheryl Daniel of Vignettes and features beautiful French antiques from the shops inventory. Come see the work of Dilworth Developments Inc., and interior design choices by Linda Ayers and her associates. Tickets for the tour are $5, and all proceeds will benefit the Community Market of the Food Bank of East Alabama. Every $5 will provide 36 pounds of food to the hungry and food insecure of Lee County. Ticket distributions will be at the Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau and the Auburn Chamber of Commerce, the Opelika Chamber of Commerce, The Back Porch and Vignettes on Magnolia. Tickets may also be purchased at the home during tour hours. For ticket questions or more information please contact the Auburn Chamber of Commerce at (334) 887- 7011 or e-mail To learn more about the Community Market (Food Bank) of East Alabama visit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 11, 2010 CONTACT: Marcia Arnold (256) 797-5640

State antique trail attracts antique-aholics online Production is now complete on the Web site, brochure and map for Alabama’s Antique Trail. Endorsed by the Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau, information on the trail will be available at all state welcome centers, locations along the trail and online at Visit to see maps, photos, addresses, phone numbers, hours of operation, text descriptions, calendar of events and “On the Trail Again” suggestions for trips. The Alabama Antique Trail, now including 70 different stops, is home to antique galleries, privately owned shops and multivendor malls with a mixture of both antiques and vintage collectibles. Alabama Antique Trail offers glassware, pottery, signs, silver, porcelain, military items, books, art, historical paper and American, French, Japanese, Chinese and English furnishings from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The antique shops are uniquely housed. One shop is made of recycled wood and tin while several other shops are in period homes such as cottages, bungalows, farmhouses, antebellum homes and an authentic Alabama log cabin. -more-

Each shop contains different items. “Each dealer is guided by his or her own interests and personalities which spark his or her imagination and desire for the unusual,� said one antique shop owner. Antique-aholics can visit the trail often because the merchandise changes frequently. Items range from original pieces from antebellum homes to pieces from Alabama family estates. European and Oriental imports, sometimes selected by local antique dealers while traveling abroad, are also found in the state. Marcia Arnold, founder of the Alabama Antique Trail, solved problems by compiling the location, hours and content of antique stores on the Internet with For more information about, visit the Web site, e-mail or call (256) 797- 5640. ###

Auburn Preservation League Areas


Finance-The finance committee, in concert with the president and the Board of Directors, shall develop a budget for approval at the board’s first meeting of each year. Projects- This committee shall identify APL projects and make appropriate recommendations to the board annually. Social- This committee shall recommend social events, with an emphasis on inclusive, broad based networking with the community, garnering support wherever it may be found.

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Membership Invitation We would like to extend an invitation to you to become a member of this organization. We invite you to join us in preserving Auburn’s past while promoting its aesthetic future. The APL focus is to promote a constructive effort by private citizens toward preserving Auburn’s remaining historic structures and sites. APL also seeks to support the integration of Auburn’s future structures with its historic legacy. It is our goal to have positive dialogue with public officials and others in an effort to have city wide endorsements/involvement of the League’s goals.

Membership- This committee shall create specific membership goals, as well as the directives to implement those goals, and present them to the board. Public Relations- This committee shall create and sustain positive relationships with area media outlets, thereby promoting APL’s mission, projects and opportunities.

Research Development-Develop a log of at-risk houses, buildings and historic sites by name of owner, location, physical location and/or other pertinent information that will be needed at the next level of implementing this objective. Networking- Develop a list of associations, organizations and commissions who have similar missions. Brainstorm ideas as to how APL can provide a forum for cooperative efforts of the above resources, including business, industry and government for initiatives of working together to promote the historic preservation and beauty of Auburn.

Meet the Board

Draft Policies- Work with appropriate entities and government officials for the development of policies and procedures to ensure the integration of new buildings with existing historic buildings, structures and sites. Young Adults- The focus of this committee is for the development and implementation of ideas for the university student(s) and young adult members of APL.

Mission Statement

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The purpose of the Auburn Preservation League is to foster historic preservation and to promote cooperation in combining the resources of local government, organizations, associations, businesses and citizens in order to enhance the quality and beauty of the Auburn community.

Left to right standing: Russell Spratlin, Bill Dyas, Dr. Bobby B. Dees, E.L. (Spence) Spencer III, Bob Sanders, Beverly Webster and Les Letlow Left to right seated: Jason W. St. Clair, Anne M. May and Joanne Schrantz. Not pictured: King Braswell, Auzzie Comer, David Housel, Bobby Poole and Dr. Peter Weiss.

This information proudly presented by the Auburn Preservation League www.

Detach and mail to: Auburn Preservation League P.O. Box 2945 Auburn, Alabama 36831-2945

( ) Student..........................................................$5 ( ) Individual.........................................................$25 ( ) Family..............................................................$35 ( ) Organization/Association..............................$50 ( ) Business/Corporation....................................$150 ( ) Individual Life-Time..........................................$500 ( ) Donation..........................................................______

Auburn Preservation League P.O. Box 2945 Auburn, AL 36831-2945

Auburn Preservation League Join our team today!

“Annual Preservation League Categories” ( ) Preservation Bronze.......................................$500 ( ) Preservation Silver.........................................$1,000 ( ) Preservation Gold...........................................$2,000 ( ) Platinum.........................................................$5,000 Name Mailing Address E-mail Phone ( )Enclosed is my membership fee ( )I cannot join at this time, but would like to make a tax free donation of ( )I would like to become invoved in APL and would like to be contacted about various committees and projects.

By working together we all can make a difference!

“Preserving Our Past; Promoting Our Future”

Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau 714 East Glenn Ave Auburn, AL 36830 For Immediate Release February 25, 2010 Contact: John C. Wild, CHA 334.887.8747

Graylin Karabasz Makes “Every Drop Count” in T-shirt design AUBURN, Ala.– Graylin Karabasz of Ogletree Elementary School creates the winning design in a t-shirt contest among fourth graders. Her design is the feature for the t-shirts given to attendees of the Lee County Water Festival 2010 themed “Make Every Drop Count.” Natural Resources Conservation Service Opelika Field Office, along with the Lee County Water Festival Leadership Committee and Community Partners are proud to announce the contest winner of 2010. Karabasz was awarded a $100 U.S. Savings Bond for her winning design that reflected this year’s festival theme. Karabasz’s teacher, Sandy Williams, was also recognized with a $100 gift certificate to be used for classroom supplies. Second place winner in the contest, Marissa Lockhart, from Smith Station Elementary School received a $75 U.S. Savings Bond. Lockhart’s teacher, Sharon Owens, received a $75 gift certificate for class room supplies.

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Water Festival p.2 Third place winner, Madison Buckhannon, from Northside Elementary School received a $50 U.S. Savings Bond. Her teacher Kristen Massey received a $50 gift certificate for classroom supplies. The Lee County Water Festival 2010 provides an interactive educational experience for Lee County fourth-grade students. Participating in hands-on activities encourages students to learn the role of surface and groundwater in the water cycle and helps them understand the importance of water to all living creatures. Lee County Water Festival seeks to instill a sense of environmental awareness and stewardship ethic in young students and their families. Lee County Soil and Water Conservation District believes resolving local water quality problems begins with public education. Once younger generations are educated on the importance of environmental responsibility through public events like the Lee County Water Festival, the general public will have a comprehensive understanding of environmental awareness over time. Last year, over 1,800 fourth-grade students, teachers, parents and volunteers attended the event. The Lee County Water Festival will be held this year on May 13- 14. For additional information and/or to volunteer please contact Anne Miller, LCSWCD District Administrative Coordinator at or (334) 745-2511. ###

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Sample Menu Items •Chicken Marsala over Egg Noodles •Thai Peanut Chicken Over Basmati Rice •Chicken and Dumplins •Cheese Stuffed Shells with a Sun Dried Tomato Basil Cream Sauce

Savory Solutions

•Savory Pot Roast with Onions, Carrots and New Potatoes

About the Chef -2002 Graduate of the United States Personal Chef Institute, Atlanta, GA -Serve Safe Certified -Featured in East Alabama Living Magazine 2004 -Featured in Personal Chef Magazine Summer 2005 -Williams-Sonoma Cooking Class Instructor -Presenter at United States Personal Chef Association’s

•Southwestern Turkey Empanadas with a Homemade Tomato Jalapeno Salsa •Pork Tenderloin in a Hoisin Bourbon Sauce •Classic Chicken Parmesan •Slow Braised Beef Sandwiches with a Texas BBQ Sauce

National Conference in Atlanta 2005 -Cooking Class Instructor at United States Personal Chef

•Vegetarian Calypso Burritos

Association’s National Conference in Tucson 2008 -Television Appearances on WTVM Consumer Report segment -Served on the Planning Committee for the United States Personal Chef Association’s -National Conference in New Orleans 2009

Get dinner off your mind and onto your plate!

•Creamy Tomato Balsamic Soup •Miso Glazed Salmon Over Sesame Soy Spinach

Carol Duncan, Chef Owner Savory Solutions Personal Chef Service www.savory 334.444.2636

Let Chef Carol create a customized menu just for you!

Pricing - 5 entrees/2 servings of each $275.00 - 5 entrees/4 servings of each $350.00 - 5 entrees/6 portions $375.00

• Heart Healthy • Low Calorie • Vegetarian • Vegan

• Low Sodium • Low Carb • Diabetic • Family Friendly

If you long for a home cooked meal, If you’re bored with fast food, If you want to dine in for a change and reconnect with your family over a leisurely meal at your own dinner table then you are in the right place! Savory Solutions provides the following services:

- Weekend Getaway Meal Preparation - Let’s Cook Dinner Together - In Home Interactive Cooking Class

- Beginning at $80.00 per person for 2 people while dinners for 10 start at $50.00 per person.

Cooking Classes - Prices begin at $50.00 per person with an 8 person minimum. - Private classes begin at $100.00 per day plus the cost of groceries.

- Cocktail Buffets

- Phantom Dinner Parties

Seated Dinners

(10-50 people) - Prices begin at $20 per person depending upon the menu selected, items to be rented and service staff required.

- Romantic Dinners for two

- Menu Planning

- Special Diets add $30.00 to each cook date

Buffet Meals

- Multiple in Home Meal Preparation for families, college students, elderly, singles, couples

- Crock Pot Wednesday

- 6 entrees with no sides are priced the same as the above services

“The dinner table is the center for the teaching and practicing not just of table manners but of conversation, consideration, tolerance, family feeling and just about all of the other accomplishments of polite society except the minuet.

-Judith Martin,“Miss Manners”

Wine and Food Pairing - Prices begin at $35.00 per person with a 10 person minimum.

Hire a Chef Service - Chef Carol for a day of cooking in your home for $250.00 per day PLUS the cost of your groceries. -An additional charge may be included for requests outside the Auburn/ Opelika area. -Pricing is subject to change depending on menu items


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