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Sweet Summer Memories SUMMER IS THE TIME FOR MAKING MEMORIES. Everything looks and feels brighter, doesn’t it? Blue skies, cool pools, sunny beaches and tasty cook-outs. Put the ragtop down and feel the warm wind in your hair as you cruise through the streets of your hometown. Some of my favorite memories happened in the summertime. Great family vacations

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when everyone piled into our 1974 Ford LTD. Playing Kick the Can and 4-Square until the fireflies woke up. I remember walking to the community pool with my best friend, Joanne, every day from the end of school in early June ‘til it started up again 3 months later. We were tanned and full of love and life! The playgrounds around us never stood a chance as we swung and spun ourselves silly. The 4th of July fireworks in my hometown of Palatine, IL, were epic. . . and still are! We would stake out our spot with blankets and lawn chairs in the early morning and when darkness fell we were there, waiting with great anticipation for the light show we were about to experience. We could get so close that burning chunks of firework shrapnel would fall on us, sometimes singeing our skin. But we didn’t care. That was part of the excitement. “Who is going to get burned this year?”, we would jokingly ask. And someone almost always did. It was like a badge of honor. What memories do you plan to create this summer? We have highlighted some great people and places in our July issue and I hope you can take advantage of some

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INSIDE THE ISSUE JULY 2020

FEATURES 12 The Case for Cooler Waters Retreat to the cooler waters of Blue Ridge, GA

16 Local Summer Camps Summer Camps that enrich our children’s lives

22 Paying Freedom’s Legacy Forward Local organizations honor patriots and foster patriotism

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34 Hot Dog Days of Summer The hot dog gets an upgrade from picnic food to posh delight

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DEPARTMENTS 4

Lifestyle Letter

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Around Town

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Road Trip

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Giving Back

22 Local Limelight 26 Renovate & Refine 28 Locally Owned 30 Page Turners 34 Culinary Creations


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MAHAFFEY MATCHES DONATIONS TO REAL LIFE CENTER FOOD DRIVE Dr. Michael Mahaffey started a food drive for Real Life Center, which benefits struggling families. “These are tough times,” said Dr. Mahaffey. “Our community can support each other.” The Real Life Center (reallifecenter.org) collection barrel will be out through July. Dr. Mahaffey is matching every food item given with $1, up to $500. To donate, visit Mahaffey Orthodontics at 268 S. Peachtree Parkway, Peachtree City, GA, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday or 8 a.m. -1:30 p.m. Friday. For more information on Mahaffey Orthodontics visit peachtreecitybraces.com.

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ROAD TRIP

THE CASE FOR COOLER WATERS

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RETREAT TO THE COOLER WATERS OF BLUE RIDGE, GA

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WHEN TEMPERATURES TEETER AT THE TRIPLE

refreshing ciders. From dry to semi-sweet to crisp. The

DIGITS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SUMMER, IT’S A

menu even includes a dessert wine made from straw-

CLEAR CUE TO DITCH THE CITY AND MAKE A RUN

berries and apples. To tantalize your taste buds further,

FOR THE BORDER. But not just any border. The awe-in-

try Bearclaw Vineyards, a local vineyard that spe-

spiring oasis of mountains, forest and water famously

cializes in growing and bottling its own white wines.

known as Blue Ridge. With the GPS pointed north, three

The wine selection includes the signature Treehouse

hours later your adventure to cool off begins. Would you

Chardonnay. After an afternoon of wine tasting, choose

choose to lounge on the deck of a lake-front cabin, hike

to stay overnight in their authentic treehouse overlook-

along a babbling brook, float down the river rapids on

ing a working vineyard and a creek that runs through

a raft or wind your way along bluffs and pastures dot-

the land.

ted with native animals? The choices for coolness are indeed many.

Georgia’s tallest waterfall is the 729-foot cascading Amicalola Falls that lies in the heart of the

The North Georgia mountains create a palette of blues

Chattahoochee National Forest. It is one of the dozen

and grays for those visiting the cool and charming town

falls in the surrounding area, including Long Creek

of Blue Ridge. In 1886, the railroad was built as a means

Falls. Though there are many trails leading up to the

to transport gold, copper and timber from the mountains

Amicalola Falls, the Amicalola Falls Trail covers just over

down to a central site, soon to be founded as the town

two miles. Along the way, mist and spray will cool you

of Blue Ridge. The historic Blue Ridge Depot, rebuilt in

off through the many twists and turns of your journey.

1906 after a fire, is now the home of the Blue Ridge Scenic

At the top, you’ll be able to catch the most scenic views

Railroad. It offers a pleasant ride along the banks of the

of the mossy, boulder-filled forest. You can then make

beautiful Toccoa River to McCaysville, before returning to

your way down a series of winding steps that flank the

its historical depot to pick up more passengers.

tumbling waterfall.

The town of Blue Ridge is the perfect place for

The Toccoa River is a water lover’s haven that flows

shopping, dining or just people-watching. You can find

through Fannin County above Lake Blue Ridge. Because

shops specializing in sporting goods and souvenirs, to

of its location, depth and span, the water is perfect for

quaint restaurants and bars. For a cool treat, savor an

a refreshing ride either kayaking, canoeing, and tub-

ice cream cone and people watch on a park bench. Up

ing. Though some areas are privately owned, the ones

for a frothy beverage? Say no more! Enter the Grumpy

that belong to the National Forest System are open for

Old Men Brewing micro-brewery in town. The IPAs,

camping, hiking, fishing and picnicking.

including a wheat-based beer of white chocolate, have

If you desire a more intense adventure, then brave the

quenched the thirst of many mouths. If you’re seeking

Ocoee River, known as "the Toccoa’s wild sibling", for

the coolness of the indoors, try a performance at The

its intense water experiences. White water rafting and

Community Theater. This 10,000 square foot house

kayaking are famous activities on the Ocoee River. In

premieres about 100 shows a year, performed by local

1996, the river’s world-class rapids became the hot

artists and musicians.

spot for the summer Olympics. Had enough of the wild

A few miles outside of town, the quest for cool

rides? The lower part of the Ocoee offers a more easy-

adventure continues. Visit Mercier Orchards, a fam-

going activity for canoers. The Blue Hole up the Ocoee

ily-owned and operated apple orchard whose home-

River from the White Water Center is also a sweet spot

grown berries and peaches are turned into delicious

to swim. Don’t want to get wet? Then opt for a cool

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Grumpy Old Men

“THE AWE-INSPIRING OASIS OF MOUNTAINS, FOREST AND WATER FAMOUSLY KNOWN AS BLUE RIDGE.”

Ocoee River Whitewater Rafting

drive along the Ocoee River Gorge Scenic

the border. You just need a red-hot itch for a

Byway that offers magnificent views of

cool adventure.

rock bluffs and mountain peaks including

Fun Fact: The Blue Ridge Mountains’ blu-

historic sites related to the Civil War and

ish color is due to the isoprene released from

Cherokee Indian culture.

the surrounding trees into the atmosphere,

Lake

Blue

Ridge

is

part

of

The

Chattahoochee National Forest and was

thereby giving the mountains their characteristic haze and distinctive color.

created from the waters of the Toccoa River by the construction of the Blue Ridge Dam

10 WAYS TO COOL OFF IN BLUE RIDGE

near the edge of the town of Blue Ridge in

1. Waterfall hike

1930. The lake is an aquatic haven for those

2. Craft brews

desiring boating, jet skiing, kayaking, swim-

3. Wine tasting

ming and fishing. Along the shores of Lake

4. Fishing

Blue Ridge, rental cabins are available for

5. White-water rafting

visitors who choose to extend their stay.

6. Kayaking

The options to enjoy the awe-inspiring

7. Scenic train ride

beauty of Blue Ridge are as deep as its riv-

8. Mountain cabin stay

ers and as tall as its mountains. You don’t

9. Ice cream treat

need the city heat as a reason to escape to

10. A show in town

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GIVING BACK SUMMER CAN BE A TIME OF CONTINUED LEARNING . . . . AND FUN! ARTICLE JACKIE BOEHEIM | PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED

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SUMMER CAMP! SUMMER CAMPS ARE MORE THAN JUST POPSICLES AND

about the future and themselves,” Smith states. You can also enjoy

GAMES, THEY ENRICH OUR CHILDREN’S LIVES. The lull of sum-

the live summer theatre series, Legacy on the Lawn, which includes

mer can oftentimes be broken up with camps that educate while

outdoor performances of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” and

keeping the day’s fun. It’s a pretty clever model to disguise learning

“Smoke on the Mountain.” Smith and her team have been working

under a canopy or summertime thrill. Children leave camp with the

hard to build an outdoor space for the shows. “You’re a Good Man,

knowledge of certain disciplines that were previously unknown. It’s

Charlie Brown” opens on June 5th. “We are very excited to bring a

a great time for socialization and friendship building. There are many

safe and connected experience to the community,” Smith shares.

options to suit the different interests of our kids, from sports camps

Summer Camps are $190 for half-day camps and $350 for full-day

to creative and educational camps. There truly is something out

camps. For more information, visit www.thelegacytheatre.org.

there for every niche, passion and inquiring mind. Let’s give them a chance to unplug and reconnect with these four summer camps.

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square foot, air-conditioned gymnastics facility. Gym Sports offers

Located in Fayetteville is Gym Sports Academy, a brand new 10,000 The Legacy Theatre inspires and educates aspiring theatre art-

year-round classes and summer camps for boys and girls from ages 2

ists through year-round classes and summer camps. Students can

through 18. Gymnastics and tumbling improve coordination, flexibility and

choose from various areas of performing arts and find which route

determination. Gymnasts will develop mental dexterity and muscle

speaks to their creative fire. Bethany Smith, Owner & Executive

strength through the many different exercises and techniques. Gym

Producer is excited to provide theatre in a compassionate and

Sports yearns to develop healthy, happy and confident children through

non-discriminating atmosphere. Performing Arts camp will be held

their many classes and teaching structures. Owners Igor Nechay and

this summer, with a few changes due to COVID-19. In addition to

Marina Romanova have coached all levels of gymnasts, from begin-

outdoor classes, campers can enjoy weekly online workshops with

ners to the elite and international level since 1980. They have coached

Broadway stars. According to Smith, class sizes will be smaller and all

all over the world and now get to bring their love of gymnastics to the

CDC guidelines will be followed, creating a safe and fun atmosphere

parents and children in our community. This summer, your kids can get

for young actors and actresses. “We always work to provide a safe,

a taste of the gymnastics world through one of Gym Sports Academy’s

creative environment for our students and a place for the community

camps. Camps include gymnastics skills, games and crafts. There

to engage in the shared experience of live theatre.” During camp,

are two camps to choose from: Preschool Camps for ages 3 to 5 from

students will partake in drama games, music lessons and dance par-

9:00 am to 12:00 pm; July 13th – July 17th and July 27th – July 31st.

ties. “We hope our campers walk away feeling inspired and hopeful

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Camps for ages 5 and Up from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm; Cost: $220 for all week or $50 per day. Katie Teribury, Office Manager, looks forward to seeing new and familiar faces at camp this summer. “When the children leave the camps, we hope they will start to build good habits for a healthy lifestyle and gymnastics is a part of that.” For more information visit www.gymsportsacademy.com.

Blue Cicada Creative Studios

THE MUSIC GARDEN, 2860 GA-54, PEACHTREE CITY. Allowing our children to explore their musical abilities is a creative gift that we can give them. Peachtree City-based music school, The Music Garden, is just the place for kids to tap into those skills. Luanne Harms, owner and educator, has a lifetime of music experience. Her bachelor’s degree in music has been used to educate children from preschool to adults in many different settings. The Music Garden allows her to house her expertise and passion under one roof. This summer, Harms will host on-going early childhood group classes for ages 6 months to 3 years, and 3 to 4-year-olds. She will also host five-day camps for ages 5 - 17 in beginner guitar, ukulele and music around the world. “All activities in our classes bridge the natural connection between music and movement and provide musical aptitude in a warm and fun environment. We emphasize total musicianship through playing, singing and listening,” Harms says. Each camp will hold a max of eight students. Their days will be filled with playing instruments, singing, exploring sounds and rhythms, and crafts. According to Harms, The Music Garden is where musicians bloom. “A student of the studio is not only learning the skills to play an instrument or develop a voice, but also the foundations and fundamentals 18

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The Music Garden


The Music Garden

of music, music history, sounds and the amazing ways in which it can be applied to other aspects of learning and growing for all ages.” In addition to group classes and summer camps, The Music Garden is offering three-week demos as a preview for Fall classes. For more information, visit www.themusicgardenptc.com. BLUE CICADA CREATIVE STUDIOS, 401 DIVIDEND DRIVE, PEACHTREE CITY. Summer camps can also be colorful and innovative, which is why we love the local art studio, Blue Cicada Creative Studios. The studio offers year-round classes and events as well as multiple summer camps with changing themes. A few camp themes students will enjoy include monster mash, mad hatter tea party and around the world. Owner Emily Lawler is heavily involved with planning, teaching and helping students flourish. “We engender creativity and explore imagination through the process of creating beautiful works of art,” Lawler states. Camp days are filled with fun as students learn different techniques for painting, sculpting and various creative projects and craft. The studio offers creative writing camps where students write and illustrate a picture book. Campers tap into their creativity as they are guided through the process of creating a book. They develop characters, settings and storylines while also illustrating their own stories. Books are then published by a local printer and become a keepsake for families to enjoy. Inside the walls of Blue Cicada Creative Studios is splattered paint, joyful teachers and creative students. “It is always our hope that campers leave camp proud and confident with their work. We hope they have been challenged to think outside the box, try new things and develop an appreciation for the process of creating. It's one thing to have a finished piece of art, but it's often the journey of creGym Sports Academy

ating that is most rewarding,” Lawler says. For more information, visit www.bluecicadastudios.com.

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SAR member Bo Hill honors the grave of Revolutionary War Patriot James Waldrop

P a y i n g F r e e d o m’s L e g a c y Fo r w a r d LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS HONOR PATRIOTS AND FOSTER PATRIOTISM.

ARTICLE SUSAN WALWORTH PHOTOGRAPHY DEBBIE MCFARLAND

TODAY, JULY 4TH IS FOR PARADES AND PICNICS. But 244 years ago, it was a call for independence. Two men who would eventually make Fayette County home, heard that call. Outside Fayetteville on Hewell Road, two ancient cedars in the Bottoms Family Cemetery guard the grave of one of those men. At 25 years old, before the Declaration of Independence was signed, Virginian, James Waldrop, enlisted on March 12, 1776, as a private in the 6th Virginia Regiment of the Continental Army and served two years. The 1821 Georgia land lottery lured Waldrop here and by 1827 he had settled in Fayette County. At 72, he began drawing his $8 monthly war pension. Waldrop died in 1846. 22

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Down a gravel path off Dividend Drive in Peachtree City, another

grandmother,” she said. “After retiring from a 38-year career in tech-

of Fayette county’s known Revolutionary War veterans, Benjamin

nology, I wanted to get involved in giving back to our community and

Brown, rests in the Brown Family Cemetery. At 24, Brown enlisted

the DAR provides that opportunity.”

on September 17, 1782, to serve as a private in the North Carolina

Descended from patriot Enoch Jewett, who served at the

Militia for 18 months before eventually settling in Fayette County. At

Siege of Boston in 1775 and participated in the Battle of Bunker

73, his yearly war pension was $61.66. Brown died in 1853.

Hill, Charlotta recognizes that it’s difficult for people to think of

Three local organizations, the James Waldrop Chapter Daughters of

patriots as living people. “It is definitely hard to grasp how diffi-

the American Revolution, the Fayette-Starr’s Mill Chapter Daughters

cult life was in the 1700s and the hardships they lived through,”

of the American Revolution and the Marquis de Lafayette Chapter

she said. “Studying and understanding the history of loss, cour-

Sons of the American Revolution, preserve the memory of these men

age, triumph and achievement our ancestors went through to

and all patriots and pay their legacy of freedom forward. Open to lineal

build our country is essential in understanding how we have

descendants of American Revolution patriots, these organizations fos-

become the country we are today.” For more information, visit

ter patriotism by supporting veterans, active military and first respond-

www.fayettestarrsmill.georgiastatedar.org.

ers, historic preservation, and programs for local schools.

DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION Fayette-Starr’s Mill Chapter The Fayette-Starr’s Mill Chapter, organized in 2003, has participated in Revolutionary War patriot grave markings across Georgia and one of its members helps maintain the Brown Family Cemetery where Benjamin Brown is buried.

James Waldrop Chapter Formed in 2007, the James Waldrop Chapter DAR honors Waldrop by learning about his life and service and caring for the Bottoms Family Cemetery. Jo Springer, Chapter Regent, said that on July 4th “we should honor this great nation and remember all of the patriots who fought

Charlotta Dunkin, Chapter Regent, followed in the footsteps of

to bring about our liberties We need to keep our history alive for our

her grandmother and great-grandmother who were DAR mem-

younger generations and never forget the hard-fought struggle that

bers. “I inherited an immense amount of family history from my

took place to win our freedoms.”

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Fayette-Starrs Mill DAR members honor a veteran at Ashley Glen

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James Waldrop DAR members volunteering at Midwest Food Bank

A retired teacher, Jo encourages parents to read about historical events and visit museums and historical sites with their children and discuss their significance. “Researching their own family history is a great place to start,” she said. It’s something she’s already done for her granddaughters. “It is important to me to provide the groundwork and research that shows our family pathway back to the Revolutionary War, and I hope they will want to keep that proud tradition.” For more information, visit www.jameswaldrop.georgiastatedar.org. SONS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION Marquis de Lafayette Chapter Named for Fayette County’s namesake, the famous Frenchman who joined the fight for American independence, the Marquis de Lafayette SAR Chapter was founded in 2002. The chapter’s 90 members are residents of Fayette and surrounding counties. Dressed in period costumes, members often participate in parades, color guards and patriotic observances such as the “Let Freedom Ring” July 4th ceremony at the Fayette County Courthouse. Other SAR objectives are to recognize the significance of Revolutionary War battles including the 159 battles and skirmishes that occurred in Georgia and to locate and honor every patriot buried in the area. Walter Reed, Chapter President, said joining the SAR was a great way to honor his patriot ancestors, John Davis and Charles Whitwood, and all Revolutionary War patriots. But he wouldn’t trade places with them. “In some ways I think it would have been a very interesting time as the country was developing, but I think it’s nicer to have all of our modern conveniences.” For more information, visit Grave of Revolutionary War Patriot Benjamin Brown 24

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RENOVATE & REFINE DECORATED PORCHES CONVEY A SENSE OF WELCOME AND PROVIDE A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE HOLIDAY CELEBRATION.

THE GRAND OLD F L AG I S T H E S TA R O F PAT R I O T I C PORCHES DAY AND BY STAGE WE MEAN THE FRONT PORCH. While picnics, barbecues and fireworks are the order of the day, the celebration continues with porches that have been decorated specifically to commemorate our country's independence. There's much to be seen and said about the curb appeal a beautifully decorated porch adds to a home. From her porch bed swing, Heather Bergholt enjoys a sense of community as she takes in the sights and sounds of her neighborhood. She especially enjoys chatting with the occasional passerby and inviting friends to join her on her porch for an espresso. Heather's front porch is decorated for the July 4th holiday and every heart beats true under red white and blue as neighbors express their appreciation for the star-spangled patriotic décor. Heather is an artist. "Color to me conveys happy and patriotic says celebrate." Decorated porches provide an opportunity to participate in the celebration and to include others - especially those who share in the love and pride for our country. Heather's color choices, flowers and LED lights, create ambiance and invite you in to reflect both personally and historically on the 244 years since the Declaration of Independence of the United States on July 4, 1776. Patriotism and southern charm are the inspiration for Heather's patriotic porch.

ARTICLE PAM REID | PHOTOGRAPHY DEBBIE MCFARLAND

HOMEOWNERS TAKE PRIDE IN SETTING THE STAGE FOR INDEPENDENCE

She was born a northern gal but has spent much of her life in the south. "True southern charm is cozy, welcoming and friendly." Heather adds, "I've always wanted my front porch to be friendly. I believe that your porch is a way to represent you and what you want to celebrate." The front porch is an extension of the home's interior. There's a high degree of versatility when it comes to changing the themed decorations for the seasons, holidays and special occasions. Heather stresses that she and her family use her front porch everyday because its a space they all love to be in. 26

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ABOUT THE HOMEOWNER Heather Bergholt’s favorite place for prayer, solitude, family and friends is her porch bed swing hand made with love by her husband.


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LOCALLY OWNED DAVID HARRIS OF LEGACY CANNON HAS A SUREFIRE WAY TO START A NEW JULY 4TH TRADITION

small cannons

big bang IF DIAMONDS ARE A GIRL’S BEST FRIEND, THEN I WOULD HAVE TO ARGUE THAT BLACK POWDER CANNONS ARE DEFINITELY A MAN’S BEST FRIEND. Especially for the man that has it all. My husband, David Harris, was born on a military base in California but moved to Fayette County when he was just a couple of months old. This Georgia Boy built his

by hand, David’s cannons boast true craftsmanship.

first black powder cannon in high school when he was only 18

Combine this with a 105 lb nickel-plated, sleeved-cast

years old. As a typical competitive man, he had to build one

iron barrel, it’s safe to say each cannon is a true work of

to be bigger and better than the one his Father built 40 years

art. Each design is truly his own, yet inspired by histor-

before. The same one he grew up shooting with his brothers

ical naval cannons. With the proper acreage in his very

every 4th of July!

own back yard, David literally blew in the New Year for

With every piece of the exotic African Padauk wooden carriage cut with his band saw, the axles and wheels meticulously turned on his lathe and the metal and pins all worked

many years. This of course earned his family the title of “Neighbors from hell”. In 2015, David helped me with my first Antique Show. We created and showed uniquely up-cycled pieces

of furniture including a double sink vanity made from an old metal bar cart, a coffee table made from an antique window decorated with book bind trimmings and corbels for legs, and even a side table from an 1800’s suitcase with cast iron wheels and glass top. After three days with little success, we both were so eager to get the 4th day over with. While leaving the house that morning, I caught the glimmer off David’s beautiful cannon. It sat in the center peek corner of the living room where

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the sun would hit it through the sliding glass doors making it shine like a bright penny and it sparked an idea in me. “Hey, babe! Why don’t you take the cannon today? See if anyone would be interested in it? Maybe someone will want you to build them one too?” Little did David and I know that that one suggestion would be the start of Legacy Cannon. As he rolled his cannon to the front of the booth, all the men came running to see who did this and how did this beauty come into existence. The big question always being “But does it shoot?”, which David would all too proudly reply, “Oh yes, it shoots, and it’s NOT a toy, now!” Legacy Cannon’s mission is to create a timeless, one of a kind handcrafted heirloom that celebrates an exciting bonding tradition for families to enjoy together and hand down for many generations. Five years in the making, Legacy Cannon has two main product lines, which is the big 1 5/8th inch bore, golf ball-sized, 105 lb barrel cannon and the .50 caliber desk-sized cannon that comes with its retrofitted U.S. Military Ammo can as a carrying case. David is also currently working on a mid-sized range cannon which will be his first civil war inspired design. David and Lieze Harris also own Creative Home Store in Brooks, GA. You can see his beauties there in person, or read more about them online at www.legacycannon.com.

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READING HAS BEEN A TREASURED PASTIME FOR CENTURIES BUT NOW, IN A FAST-PACED WORLD WHERE TECHNOLOGY THRIVES, READING IS SLOWLY BECOMING A THING OF THE PAST. Reading is rapidly replaced by emails, texts and emojis which attempt to convey the same expression as words. Ironically, this makes reading even more important than ever. So why read? + It’s good for your brain. Each time you read, your brain forms new connections. Reading has been shown to help reduce memory loss. + Reading reduces stress and helps your physical body relax. + It can improve conversational skills. + It makes you a better writer. When you read, you gather good writing techniques such as spelling, grammar and vocabulary. + It increases your knowledge base. Reading can teach you about the world around you. + It can broaden your perspective. Gathering different points of view on a subject helps make you a more wellrounded individual.

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+ Reading deepens your imagination. As you read, your imagination takes you into another world that engages your emotions. + It inspires you to think deeper about your values and to live a better life. + It can be a good companion. All you need is a book and a place to read. + By reading you support the awe-inspiring world of writers and poets. Knowing that reading has a physical, emotional, mental and intellectual impact on your lives, here are a few tips to consider: + Set a goal to read one book a month. + Make reading a daily routine. + Find a reading buddy. + Join or create a book club.

SECRETS OF THE GALAPAGOS Peachtree City author, Sharon Marchisello, cleverly weaves a plot of mystery and adventure on the exotic islands of the Galapagos. A seven-day vacation with her grandmother turns

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in our nation. Brown powerfully links provoking images and

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phrases to lift the mind to enter deep layers of discernment. The Tradition deserves a rightful place on the nightstand for reflection of our past, present, and what the future may bring.

THE MAGNETIC GIRL In her debut, award-winning historical fiction novel, Georgia author, Jessica Handler, recreates the hauntingly beautiful coming-of-age story of Lulu Hurst, a teenager who grew up in

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INGREDIENTS Turkey hot dog topped with:

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