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Spirit of Giving Back

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51 A Career on the Coast

Family traditions range from holidays to vacations, from football games to silly little pranks. One Richmond Hill family has a tradition of working together, as well as river water in their veins. They have passed down a good work ethic and perform a nautical job that requires a lot but carries great rewards.

71 Giving Back

Doing good deeds, paying it forward… however you say it, there are many people in Richmond Hill who are grateful for their good fortunes or just want to make life a little better for everyone. It’s part of the foundation our community is built on. We’d like to shed some light on those around us who are saying thanks and giving back.

85 Satisfying the Southern Palate

Special occasions tend to revolve around the food; it’s what we think about leading up to the gathering and all the way through the next year. Food combined with togetherness creates memories, and with these recipes, your meals are sure to be remembered fondly.

93 Small-Town Butcher

If it’s your turn to wield the carving knife this year, you can breathe a sigh of relief – master butcher Rodger Walker shows us how to carve a turkey and look like a professional doing it, so you can plate the perfect bird.

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From the Girls Legacies & Lore

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From the Girls


inally, a cool snap! The love-to-be-outside weather has arrived, our favorite college football teams are preparing for the bowl season, our windows can be open all day to allow a fresh breeze indoors. The year is winding down to its end, while the anticipation for a new year is just beginning. It’s time for resolutions and for a new president to take office. If you haven’t already built a fire or turned on the heater, that time is coming, too. Every year it seems like it takes longer and longer for the stifling heat to subside and the cool air to make its presence felt. Thankfully, the chill in the air only warms the desire in the hearts of our friends and neighbors to give generously to help others in need. In this issue, we share the stories of several locals who dedicate their time and energy all year long to making this community all that it is. Listen to those who help, as there is a common phrase you will hear most of them say: “It’s just what you do.” It’s precisely this selfless giving that makes our community’s heart beat. There is something about this time of year that seems to release more endorphins. Joy is contagious – anticipation for great food and special times with special people – and new traditions are being made every day. The experience of shopping for a gift that you know will make someone happy is fulfilling all by itself (unless you wait until the last minute). This season, enjoy yourself, the time with your family and all of the experiences that will come. We wish you a happy and safe holiday season…

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ill Hurst grew up in Americus, Georgia. As a boy, he enjoyed playing high school football and being an Eagle Scout. He earned a four-year scholarship to the University of Georgia. During his years at Georgia, he enrolled in R.O.T.C., majored in physical education and played football for the Dawgs. After college, he played major-league baseball with the old Chicago Cardinals for a couple of years before returning to Georgia to work with what was then the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad. Years later, this became CSX Railroad. Not long after being hired at the railroad, Bill was called for active duty with the Georgia National Guard during the Korean War. Most of his active duty was spent in the infantry as a second lieutenant in Korea where he experienced war firsthand. Upon returning home from Korea, Bill continued his career with the railroad. When he retired in 1988, he had 40 years of seniority. During his career, Bill became chairman of Brothers of Local Engineers, a local union that consisted of 160 members. Bill and his family moved to Richmond Hill in 1954, renting a Henry Ford cottage in the Bottom. After renting for two years, he bought a home in the same neighborhood. Bill lived in the Bottom until 1979, when he moved to Strathy Hall, where he still lives today.




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During his time living in Richmond Hill Village (the Bottom), Bill served on the City Council for many years and was Mayor Pro Tem for four years. Bill ran for Mayor of Richmond Hill, and as he put it, “I was beat by a good man, Bud Casey.� Bill’s City Council career was during the very beginning of the incorporation of Richmond Hill. One of his greatest achievements was the part he played in getting a total of $2.5 million in government grants to build Richmond Hill’s water and sewer system. Back in the early ’70s, Bill became active in Richmond Hill’s Booster Club, which formed to promote organized recreational sports for the children. The Booster Club later merged with the County Recreation Association. Along the way, Bill became a Master Mason, was an early member of the Richmond Hill Lions’ Club and the Richmond Hill Exchange Club. He is active in these clubs still today! The first time I ever met Bill Hurst was in 1984. I was at Mitchell’s Store purchasing live shrimp. Betty, the store owner, had sent her son Buddy out to get my shrimp from the bait

pool beside the store. Bill was sitting by the candy rack reading the morning paper. He looked up from his paper and asked me where I was going fishing. I was not about to tell him my secret fishing spots in the Ogeechee, and I off-handedly told him I was fishing in Rock Fish Creek. The truth was, I was heading behind Ford Island in the Ogeechee; fishing for trout. Bill then began to tell me about fishing in the Ogeechee, as he had lived in Richmond Hill since 1954 and enjoyed fishing for striped bass in the rice fields between the Ogeechee and Rock Fish Creek. Bill and I talked for a long time and it wasn’t long before I realized that he knew what he was talking about and was a very interesting person with a great deal of knowledge. I hated to leave, but I was afraid my shrimp would die before I could get them home. In our first conversation, Bill provided much more information to me than I to him. To this day when we talk, it is the same as that first morning—he’s still teaching me something new. The next time I saw Bill he was cooking barbeque for the Richmond Hill Methodist Church. Back in the ’70s, Billy Speir and Harold Chance decided to turn the annual barbeque into a major fundraiser for the church. They asked Bill to head up the cooking so that they could spend more time on marketing the hams and dinners. Bill contributed a great deal to the Richmond Hill Methodist Church Barbeque such a success, along with a lot of other church and community volunteers. Of the three shrimp boats Bill built over the years, the one he is most proud of – and one that took two years to complete – is the Two Bills, a 1971 Trawler. 21

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Two Bills worked local waters for six years and is still fishing somewhere down in the Bahamas today. During Bill’s career as a shrimper, he was a charter member of the Bryan County Fishermen’s Co-Op, serving as the first chairman and working hard to give the local shrimpers an avenue to sell their products. Years ago, when my son first wanted to go hunting, Bill offered to lend him a single-barrel 410 shotgun. John hunted with this gun for a couple of years. The other day when I asked Bill about the gun, he said he had given it to his grand-nephew. Several children in Richmond Hill shot their first deer with this gun. Today, at 80 years old, Bill may not be as active in the community as he once was, but he is still very energetic and still fishing. One of the things that makes Richmond Hill such a great place to live is folks like Bill Hurst, who believe in giving something back to the community. We all get a lot out of Richmond Hill, so it is right to give time and energy back. It makes us what we are. Thank you, Bill!


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By Shirley Hiers


hat do you call a brotherhood of men dedicated to fun and fellowship with a serious purpose? Shriners! Although the fraternity of over 400,000 men may be best known for its colorful parades, circuses and clowns, they are very serious about helping children. “Having Fun Helping Kids” is the slogan Shriners live by. Local Probate Judge and Shriner Sam Davis takes enormous pride in the organization’s accomplishments, saying, “We exist to help children – that’s our goal.” Last year over $300,000 was raised locally and sent to the Shriners Hospital in Tampa, Florida. Take a look at a Shriners’ fundraising poster or bucket; you will never see the Shriner’s face… only a child’s. Richmond Hill residents Ken and Cindy Reynolds will forever feel a debt of gratitude to the Shriners. Cindy says it best in her own words. “In 1996, my 10-year-old son, Chris, was diagnosed with a brain tumor.” Surgery was performed at a local hospital, but only 80 percent of the malignant tumor was removed. “The Shriners were contacted and they arranged for us to go to the Shriners Hospital in Atlanta to see if there was anything else that could be done.” Three different doctors saw Chris but, unfortunately, there was nothing they could do. The remaining 20 percent of the malignant tumor was determined to be too deeply imbedded to safely remove. He returned for his annual check-up over the next two years, but the tumor remained the same. When the doctors 26

Local Shriner Sam Davis and wife Dahlia

examined him during his third year check-up, they were astonished. The tumor had unexplainably disappeared! Chris’s medical file became a case study at St. Joseph’s Hospital. When Chris reached 18 years of age, the case study was closed, with this as the reason: “Tumor disappeared, unknown reasoning, no scientific explanation.” Cindy has her own explanation, “I’ll never doubt the power of prayer… the Good Lord took care of this.” “For any family to go through this experience is heartbreaking,” said Cindy. “If the Shriners were not there helping us, it would have been much worse. My husband recently became one of

these caring people. Just to be able to give back something that really fills your heart with hope and care is in itself a true blessing. I just hope we can be there to give a family the kind of love and concern the Shriners gave us.” Val Sivyakov, a senior at the Savannah College of Art and Design and a designer at Pocket Media in Richmond Hill, has great admiration and respect for the Shriners. Val knows firsthand, and has personally benefited from, the goodness of the Shriners. He came to the United States from Russia on a medical visa to undergo surgery at the Shriners Hospital in Springfield, Massachusetts. Over a three-year period, he

Val Sivyakov, Jeff Lazenby, Luke Hamilton

and many ancestors. The American artists were visiting with Val’s parents and grandmother in their home when the young doctor’s wife was introduced to Val. She took an interest in the 12year-old boy’s physical condition and wanted to help him – immediately she thought about the Shriners. She called her good friends Bev and Henry Marx in Stanford, Connecticut, who got in touch with the Shriners. Ultimately, Henry sponsored Val, bought airline tickets for him and his parents and opened his home to them for as long as necessary so that Val could undergo the intense medical treatment he needed. Val had already undergone 10 surgeries in Russia and had been told he needed another or he would

not be able to walk past the age of 21. The Shriners came to the rescue of this young Russian boy, thereby ensuring that he would literally walk into adulthood. The good works and wonders of the Shriners are known worldwide. Although Val has only been in the United States for 13 years, he speaks English flawlessly. This is a major accomplishment considering he had only begun studying English in Russia, and basically only knew the alphabet when he arrived here. Listening to Val talk about Richmond Hill, one can immediately tell he’s happy here. Flashing a bright smile, he says, “I like the freedom of the open space in Richmond Hill. In Russia, I grew up with lots of open space.” He is enjoying life as an accomplished designer and photographer working with Jeff Lazenby. Jeff, a graduate of Mercer University with a degree in marketing, enjoys working with the young adults at Pocket Media, believing they help keep him young. Val shares his thoughts, “The young are wising up by being here, in a fun way. We play around but we learn valuable lessons.” Jeff is quick to point out, “Everybody at Pocket Media is a vital cog in the wheel.” An outstanding role model and mentor for his associates, Jeff generously gives of his time in assisting with their transition from an academic environment to a career (business) environment. He makes an effort every day to instill in them the lessons he’s learned through his career progression. The extraordinary work that is accomplished at Pocket Media is indicative, indeed, that Jeff ’s efforts

are not going unheeded. Local Shriner Robert Cowart approached Jeff about a Chevrolet Monte Carlo race car he owns and wanted “wrapped” in the Shriners’ colors and logos. Jeff and his team at Pocket Media undertook this project and the results are amazing. The beautiful car is used in parades and other events to entice people to have an interest in the Shriners. No one was more excited about working on the car than Val. Interestingly enough, at this point, Jeff was not aware of the Shriners’ involvement in Val’s life. The serious expression on Val’s face is explained as he says, “I’m actually glad I could work on the Shriners car. It gave me an opportunity to give something back to the people who have done so much for me. The Shriners helped to get me to this point in my life. They have great doctors… without these surgeries, I would be stuck in a wheelchair. In life, sometimes you never have the chance to give back in some respectful way. Saying, ‘Thank you’ is just not enough sometimes.” Shriners, we salute you! Note: If you know a child Shriners Hospitals may be able to help, please call 800.237.5055. Sam Davis guarantees a Shriner will contact you. The child must be under the age of 18, and there must be a reasonable possibility the child’s condition can be improved by specialized services available at Shriners Hospitals for Children. VAL!SIVYAKOV

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Around Town Homecoming Traditions

Back in Black and Gold H By Laura Black Photos by Laura Black and Vinette Travityakin

omecoming in Richmond Hill is a timeless tradition, a week that evokes school spirit, promotes camaraderie between peers and is an event sure to be fun for everyone, all in pursuit of the revered spirit stick. Students of each class band together to compete against other classes on each day’s events. “Wildcats to the Rescue” was this year’s theme, developed by Senior Class President Stephen Hundley and Vice President Tim Sheehan. Each day had its own mini-theme: create your own superhero day, homecoming t-shirt day (created by Nat Rhody, President of the Art Club), color day (on which each class was represented by a certain color), superhero/supervillain day and Black and Gold day. The week held many exciting events: Josh Davis found himself in a sticky situation as he won the waffle-eating contest sponsored by Waffle House. “Miss Wildcat” was crowned this year, only the Miss was a Mister! Team rivalry really broke loose at tug-of-war when the juniors won against the seniors, but then lost against the teachers! After the seniors’ defeat at tug-of-war, they were fired up and won in the relay. A new tradition was begun this year as the young Wildcats of the Recreation Department tagged along with the high school in the annual Homecoming Parade. Because of the time constraints during halftime at the football game, the boys’ homecoming court was announced and John Phifer was crowned King at the pep rally on Thursday afternoon before the parade – good thing, since the King had to play in the game against Long County. The girls were left in anticipation until the football game, where Shakeena Durham was crowned this year’s Queen. Many memories are made and the essence of creativity is brought to life each year as the classes battle for the spirit stick. The senior class won this year’s competition for the symbol of the long-standing legacy of Homecoming spirit. The tradition will now be left to future Richmond Hill High Schoolers… let’s see what they do with it.

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Around Town Homecoming Traditions Andrew Frazier (L) and John Phifer (R), Homecoming King

JOHN!PHIFER "##$!HOMECOMING!KING It’s no wonder John Phifer was voted King by the student body, as his portfolio swells with a multitude of accomplishments and ambitions. Along with playing football and baseball for the Wildcats, John was the first regional wrestling champion, taking the wrestling team to State in 2007. He understands the importance of making good grades and always gives 110% in everything he does. John plans to attend Mercer University to pursue a degree in law; he hopes to play sports at the college level, but understands the first priority must be his education. He spends much of his time volunteering in projects such as Relay for Life and the Seafood Festival, always trying to be involved as much as possible.


Homecoming Queen Shakeena Durham (R) and First Runner-up Rashelle Postell (L)

Talent prevails: The cheerleaders are 4-year varsity champions!

SHAKEENA!DURHAM "##$!HOMECOMING!QUEEN Shakeena Durham moved to Richmond Hill from Germany in 2006. In just a few short years at RHHS, she has obviously made many friends! Interacting with people is one of her many gifts, as she is a very sweet and easygoing girl, and she also excels at basketball. She has enjoyed playing since she was young, and brought her talent with her to Richmond Hill where she has played for the Wildcats for the last three years. Shakeena intends to pursue a nursing degree at Georgia Southern University next year. Her favorite pastimes are shopping and listening to music.


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Josh Davis and Tyler Mitchell – Homecoming Court

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Shakeena Durham, Homecoming Queen


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Dr. Amy Pearson has expanded her practice to the Crossroads Center on Highway 17 in Richmond Hill. Dr. Pearson treats all types of chronic pain, including headaches and neck, back, abdominal, pelvic, muscle or joint pain with a comprehensive array of non-surgical treatments. Her background as a board-certified anesthesiologist allows her to provide sedation as needed for the comfort of her patients. Please call 912.756.3004 or visit for more information.



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In 1991, a sailboat, a trawler and a runabout decked their hulls (and everything else) with Christmas lights and slowly cruised up “the mighty Ogeechee River, braving harsh elements on a voyage of goodwill to bring Christmas tidings and cheer to the good people of Richmond Hill,” or so their certificates said. It was the beginning of what is now a local tradition – the Christmas on the Ogeechee lighted boat parade. Each year, the spectacle of lights grows. Today, hundreds line the docks, bluffs and banks around Fort McAllister Marina to enjoy the illuminated procession that ushers in the holiday season. Christmas on the Ogeechee takes place December 6 at 6:30pm. Procession from Fort McAllister Pier to The Pointe at Cape Hardwicke. All sizes and types of boats welcomed. Awards for various categories. For more information, contact John Seckinger at 912.547.0149 or the Fort McAllister Marina at 912.727.2632.

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Lou Gambill, Vice President of the Home Run Club for Richmond Hill High School J.V. and Varsity baseball teams, along with the members of the club, is hosting a fundraiser on December 6 to purchase new turf for the ba#ing cages. An adult Christmas dance will be held at Fort McAllister State Park’s Family Shelter from 8-11pm. The catered event will feature a DJ and bucket auction; dress is casual. Only 150 tickets are available at $35 each. To purchase tickets, call Lou at 912.756.7959 or stop by My Grandfather’s Place.

The 4th Annual Christmas Xtravaganza at the Xchange on December 6 will immediately follow the Christmas Parade (noon-4pm). A winter wonderland with real snow, Christmas music, local performing artists, a petting zoo, photos with Santa, ornament and holiday craft-making stations, cookie-decorating station, complimentary candy canes and hot cocoa is what you will find. The event and all children’s activities are free to the public. Refreshment stands onsite; local artists and talents will display and sell their work. For additional information on The Station Xchange, please contact Brandy Williams at 912.756.2969.


Richmond Hill Pharmacy, located at 2409 Highway 17 in Richmond Hill, is offering $25 flu shots through flu season by appointment only. “The overall health of our community is extremely important to us,” said Al Dixon, owner of Richmond Hill Pharmacy. “The goal of our annual health fair is to increase health awareness and motivate participants to make positive health behavior changes by providing health screenings, activities, demonstrations and other helpful information.” Call 912-756-3331 for more information or to make your appointment.


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edicated to imitating Captain Jack Sparrow from Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean series, Dave Gramazio pours his heart and soul into a weekend-long event to collect booty for a charity near and dear to this community’s heart: SMA Angels, Inc. I had to ask Dave what the driving force is behind what he does; he responded without hesitation, “Ricky Meguiar [Skylar and Cassie Swanson’s grandfather] built my house. I’ve been to the ball every year since moving to Richmond Hill, I have always enjoyed Halloween, Pirates of the Caribbean is my fa-

vorite movie and I honestly feel that the character [Captain Jack Sparrow] is one of the best movie characters ever created. And hey… what a great way to gather lots of people together and raise money. The event definitely costs me a little bit of money, but that’s my contribution to the charity! I mean, do you know anyone who spends $160 on fog juice? Most spend $9.99 and it will last them for two years! It’s simple – to do the production, know that it’s for a good cause and to see the look on the kids’ faces when they see real pirates. That’s why.” 43

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This year was the second annual “Pirates Invade Buckhead” event. In case you didn’t make it to see the show, here is what you would have seen: If you came from Richmond Hill towards Buckhead, signs started marking your path at mile marker 17. As you made your way from the parking lot at the swimming pool along the sidewalk near the park, you saw the long lines of people waiting to get into the show. This is where Joe Vertullo, “who is known to sing a pirate song or two,” had visitors empty their pockets and add to the cause’s growing booty. Upon being led into the 23-25 minute show by a silent zombie, you passed through a castle façade built by Ricky Meguiar that truly set the tone. The sidewalks were blacked out and legal fireworks, pyrotechnics, smoke, fog and loud music provided great atmosphere. Narration set this year apart – guiding you through a makebelieve Tortuga and Port Royal with belly dancers, hung skeletons, drunken pirates and wenches. There were different skits performed with the one and only Captain Jack Sparrow, Tia Dalma, Will Turner, Hector Barbossa, Davy Jones, Elizabeth Swann and, new this year, Captain Teague, played by Andy Laviola. Andy, owner of the Halloween Spirit Store in Savannah, is Dave’s right-hand man. He not only lent his acting talents but also donated and contributed props to the cause. Now for the best part: a 28-foot version of the Flying Dutchman where Jack, Davy Jones and Elizabeth Swann reappeared to perform the main skit, which encompassed scenes and ideas from all three movies! Beth Pray, from

the Silhouette Shop in Richmond Hill, and her dad worked very long, hard hours to make the Flying Dutchman. The costumes (all handmade) and the scenery were true works of art, with inspiration from the movies and the book Bring Me That Horizon: The Making of Pirates of the Caribbean by Michael Singer. Behind the scenes, 50-60 people all dressed for the part worked hard for about three weeks prior to the show. Dave’s neighbors and all of the children involved brought a lot to the table, whether it was Dave’s wife, Karen, trying to keep things organized in the house prior to show time or Amy Harkness (Dave’s across-the-street neighbor) pulling Captain Jack inside to touch up his makeup 30 minutes before show time, as he was still outside tampering with some 20 gas lanterns. Ashley Harkness, who played Tia Dalma, told me that her big sister Callie hand-made all the costumes and Ashley had to go shopping with her, which was, in her words, “Exhausting!” Dave flew his in-laws in from Boston to witness Captain Jack Sparrow in action. They spent most of their time over at the Rum Pot Island of Tortuga, and I am sure if you were there, you know why. Ashley Harkness told me that Skylar Swanson is in her class – Skylar does not physically attend school, but her teacher, Mrs. Fina, takes pictures and letters from the class to her each week and that doing this production makes her feel like she is doing something that Skylar will like a lot. For all of this, we give thanks to Richmond Hill’s finest Jack Sparrow impersonator, Dave Gramazio!

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or many, the holiday season is a wonderful time of year, full of excitement and anticipation of visiting loved ones and opening gifts. However, nothing puts a damper on your holiday spirit like being the victim of a crime. No one can predict if and when this may happen, but with the helpful knowledge and safety tips for shopping and traveling this holiday season from Corporal Susan Willis of the Richmond Hill Police Department, you can do your best to help prevent an occurrence on your person, home or vehicle. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, statistically there are more burglaries, thefts and domestic disputes during the holiday season nationwide. The Richmond Hill Police Department would like to encourage our citizens to be mindful of their surroundings and use these tips to get through this time of year safely. Corporal Susan Willis

Do not leave your personal property, such as electronics or handbags, visible inside your vehicle. Generally, if a woman leaves her vehicle without her handbag or purse (even if it’s just for a moment) it is likely that someone watching you will assume your purse has been left in the car and will enter your vehicle to find it. Thefts of automobile contents (entering auto) are very common and are not limited to evening hours. In fact, a growing number are committed during the day when the owner of the vehicle is in close proximity. Always lock your vehicle. Try to remove department store shopping bags from your vehicle or make sure they are not visible. Park in well-lit areas. Make sure that you are not walking to and from businesses distracted and fumbling through your purse. Have your keys in hand prior to leaving the store. A person who is distracted makes a more appealing target to criminals. You should think about how you are going to get back to your car at the end of your work day or after shopping at the mall. Whenever possible, leave in groups – criminals do not appreciate witnesses and are more likely to focus on individuals who are alone. Most malls have security, so if you feel uneasy, don’t be shy about requesting an escort to your vehicle. If you plan to leave for the holiday, let a trusted neighbor know your schedule and leave your emergency contact information with that person. Leave select lights on in your residence, preferably on timers. Notify the mail carrier to hold your mail and do the same with your newspaper. The Richmond Hill Police Department has a program that allows you to fill out a form, which includes your emergency contact information and the dates you will be gone. For the time frame that you list, officers will check your residence periodically to insure there is police presence in your neighborhood. Be cautious when giving out personal information. Computer/Internet and telephone scams are becoming increasingly more common. Even with all of the information warning against the scams, complaints are still filed. The best rule to follow is, “if it seems too good to be true, it’s likely a scam.” If you have any questions or would like your home added to the House Check Program, please call the Richmond Hill Police Department at 912.756.5645 or go to 47

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iving on the coast proves time and time again that it is the most desired way to live. People move here from all over the country for many reasons, wanting this intriguing postcard lifestyle. Maybe it’s the adventures of the sea or the relaxation only a nap on the beach can bring that draws so many. Whatever it is, a few of us are blessed to have it in our own backyard and some are fortunate enough to go to work every day and take in all the beauty the coast has to offer. Derek Dragon, a.k.a. “Little D,” is one of these fortunate people. He is not stuck in an office cubicle or behind a store counter. He is a tugboat captain for Crescent Towing of Savannah (a division of Cooper T. Smith) and on the coast is where he makes his living. Derek was brought into the tugboat business by his grandfather Joseph Dragon, father “Big Derek” and uncle Audie, who all began their careers with Crescent Towing in New Orleans more than 35 years ago. Derek’s cousin Ben joined the team in 2003 and he, too, is proud to be in this line of work. The Dragon family followed the company from the Gulf coast to the East coast in 1987, finding their home in Richmond Hill. Standing onboard the company’s rubber-laced boat, Georgia, Derek explains that he didn’t always know he wanted

to work the tugboats. After graduating high school, he left for Snow College in Utah, and then transferred to Valdosta State, which brought him back closer to home. He soon realized that work on the water was the life for him. Derek says, “I probably wouldn’t have ended up in this line of work had it not been for my grandfather passing it down to my father and uncle and them passing it down to me.” He began on the relief list as a call-out deck hand at 21 years of age, always comfortable with the fact that if he had a question, there was plenty of experience there to help him get the answer. While most people his age were barely spreading their wings and attending college, he was already adjusting to a new career and time away from family and friends and focusing on the many important responsibilities assigned to him. The time away from home was the necessary price to 51


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pay for this kind of opportunity, not only to work for a great company, but to start a life-long career so young – one which many apply for. Being onboard at all times (this includes sleeping, showering and eating for seven-day stretches) is necessary, because even though there are a lot of normal, run-of-the-mill days, the crews have to be ready to spring into action and rescue ships in distress in the sometimes unpredictable ocean. “If we had to wait on our crew to come from home, our response time to possible troubled situations would not be sufficient,” explains Derek. Following the unfortunate events at Savannah’s Imperial Sugar Refinery earlier this year, Crescent Towing received a package of thanks from Commander D.W. Murk of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Unit in Savannah for their heroic actions. The letter said, “The quick deployment of your three tugs and the prompt actions of the tug captains provided critical firefighting water to the responding fire departments when shore-side water sources were unable to keep up with the considerable water demand. The ability of Crescent Towing personnel and tugs to quickly integrate into the multi-agency response and remain on scene throughout the critical phases of the operation helped contain the devastating fire and ensured the safety of hundreds of emergency responders.”



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Although usually not a necessity, the water-producing capability of their tugs, which is more than that of an entire community’s ground fleet of fire trucks, enabled the company to give back and help in a heroic attempt to put out the blaze. Derek’s tug was there as a backup, ready to act if the fire began to spread towards the port. It is a unique job and Derek is very passionate about it. “I cannot see myself doing anything else. I would go crazy being inside an office or building for eight hours a day, five days a week!” Spending half of the year on the boat is one of the sacrifices Derek and the others make in their line of work. They spend a great deal of time together, and as he puts it, “The people you work with become like a second family.” While waiting on a ship to come in with their professional families,


the guys take their minds off what they are missing back home by watching football and playing cards in the boat’s kitchen. Recently, we had the opportunity to accompany “Little D” and the guys at Crescent Towing on a job assisting a 965-foot ship to port. All members sat tight until it was time to throw the heaving line up to the ship. This line is attached to a working line, which is pulled up and placed on a bit. This action can be very dangerous for the deck hands as these stronger-thansteel ropes can and do sometimes snap. This particular job required two tugs because they had to turn the ship around before pushing it to the dock. All this was done only after the docking pilot (sometimes Derek’s father or uncle) climbed onboard the giant ship from one of the tugs. He took control of driving the ship upriver and once onboard, the team of men worked their magic. The tugs are extremely powerful – ranging between 4,000 and 6,000 horsepower, the same as that of a locomotive! It took all that power to move the ship, though while in motion it felt like we were barely moving. A normal day on the job for a tugboat captain entails meeting several large ships, sometimes at the mouth of the Savannah River and sometimes a few miles out into the ocean, and escorting, occasionally turning, the very large ships around to their appropriate dock at the ports. If everything falls into place correctly, there is minimal stress and the atmosphere on board is pretty laid back – though very time-consuming, as the boats do not typically travel above 10 knots. One cannot underestimate the importance of every move the crew makes. A simple “uh-oh” can cost a lot of money or even someone’s life. Each of the six Crescent tugs, the Savannah, Bulldog, Georgia, Florida, General Oglethorpe and Angus Cooper carry a four - or five-man crew onboard at all times: a docking pilot, a captain, an engineer and a deckhand; the potential fifth person is usually a trainee for any given position. It is an honor to be able to work on the tugboats for these men, from opportunities to assist like that tragic night of the Sugar Refinery blaze to being an integral part of the goods that each of us consumes being safely delivered to our area. They respect their position. It is a job that requires a great deal of training, intense certifications and hard work to move up in rank. In addition, each crew member must also be certified in other areas such as firefighting, basic safety, radio license (much communication is required during each job), etc. Moving up the ranks in this business is based on experience and availability. Even though ”Little D’s” uncle and father are docking pilots, a position he himself desires, favoritism is not shown within their family. He is extremely proud to work for the company that has supported his family for three generations.


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ho we are today as people who live in Richmond Hill, as a nation or even as inhabitants of this world has a lot to do with the hundreds of migratory movements that have happened throughout history. As we all know, this nation was built by many immigrants from different parts of the world, and Richmond Hill is no different. My wife Isabel and I were part of a migratory movement away from our home country of Ecuador. It fit our lives because it gave us the opportunity to be educated abroad. In 1999, Ecuador was undergoing the worst economic crisis in its history, and I was one of thousands who left our home country. Isabel, my then-fiancé, met me a few years later in 2004, when I had finished my graduate studies and was somewhat financially stable (as if one could ever get there completely). We got married one month after she arrived, and decided to try for the American dream we had read and heard about. We chose Richmond Hill, Georgia to start this dream.

Although we missed our home country very much, especially our family and friends, Richmond Hill became our new home. We met great people, perhaps many of you reading this article, who we now call true friends. As most immigrants do, we worked hard. We tried to contribute every little bit of our knowledge to the development of Richmond Hill. We worked side by side with people who love this town and want nothing but the best for it, people with a great vision. We would like to believe that we achieved our American dream, a dream that people think happens only in movies, and hopefully gave back to Richmond Hill as much as it gave to us. Like Isabel and myself, there are hundreds of immigrants living in Richmond Hill now – from other countries or elsewhere in the U.S. – who are trying to reach their dreams the American way. They all bring with them an array of knowledge and culture that helps shape this city. We all bring something that we can share. 57

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This fall, Isabel and I returned to Ecuador with a great deal of knowledge and a wonderful education. Our time in the States definitely showed us that anything is possible. We are in the beginning stages of building our own company and will be selling personal hygiene products like mouthwash, hand sanitizers and breath sprays at a nationwide level to companies similar to Wal-Mart®! We are very excited about this opportunity and very thankful to all the people from Richmond Hill who helped us get where we are. Ecuador – hope to see you here Ecuador is located in South America, on the Equator – which means it should be very warm, but due to the influence of the Andes Mountains crossing the country, Ecuador is privileged with a unique climate. There are no seasons, and temperatures range between 65-85 degrees all year long; no wonder the weather is called “eternal spring!” 58

Four different worlds live together in Ecuador: the green Pacific Coast, the mountainous Sierra Region, the jungles of the Amazon Base and perhaps the most widely known world of all – the Galapagos Islands, a hidden paradise full of flora and fauna, world of the giant Galapagos Turtles.

Ecuador has more biodiversity (flora and fauna per square mile) than any other country in the world; visit and and see the video “Ecuador, Life at Its Purest” to see how it earns that description. Quito, the country’s capital, was the first city to be called a cultural heritage of humankind by UNICEF. Quito has one of the largest colonial downtowns in the world, with billions of dollars in architectural treasures that sit at 8,900 feet above sea level. This city is a metropolis with about 2.5 million people. Guayaquil, a major port in the South Pacific with about 3.5 million inhabitants, is the financial capital of the country. Ecuador has a lot to offer to a tourist, retiree or even an investor – having the seventh largest economy in Latin America. There are so many reasons to visit. I would highly recommend the Galapagos Islands, which are out of this

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Pursuits Finding Your Niche


By Leslie Murphy


t’s time to reflect on the blessings and good fortune in our lives; our families, good health, the freedom to choose where we want to live and work and how to enjoy the fruits of our labor. The list of attributes that make Richmond Hill a great place to live is quite long, most being prefaced with the word “our” – as in our homes, our neighborhoods, our rivers and marshes. Most who move here are quick to

adopt the feeling of belonging, that Richmond Hill is their home. The community that is Richmond Hill is “ours,” and it’s our responsibility and duty to protect and nurture it and make a great place to live even better. Good communities don’t just occur; the people who live in them and enjoy them must take ownership and work together to make all of those good things happen.

Richmond Hill is fortunate to have many people who feel the need to give something back. Some are involved in local government, some in church-based outreach programs, civic organizations and clubs and some just have a passion for a cause. Most receive very little or no monetary compensation for their efforts, but there is a common element in their motivation to “give back.” Listen for it.


Joanne Bickley, a single working mother of two almost-grown sons, grew up in Richmond Hill. As a young girl, she was active in the 4-H Club, an organization known for programs encouraging community involvement of its young people. She remembers delivering brooms with her father for the Lions Club and collecting money for the American Heart Association with her mother. When asked why they were all involved in community service, she said, “These were things you just did.” Being active in the community was just part of everyday life. Joanne currently serves as a member of Richmond Hill’s City Council, which is a board of four elected officials who assist the mayor and city manager in overseeing city business. In explaining her reasons for serving in this position, she mentioned her admiration for community leaders like Mayor Davis and Frances Meeks, both of whom she has known most of her life. Like Joanne’s parents, these two people influenced her by example with their life-long commitments to supporting their community through service in local government as well as involvement in numerous civic organizations and clubs. Watching others as they “gave back” influenced Joanne to want to make her own contribution to the hometown that she has always loved. “We are the stewards of our community,” she said. “Our children need a place to grow and be all they can be. We need to keep it nice for them.” 71

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Today, the program delivers as many as 214 meals every week. There’s plenty of work to be done, from gathering donated food to cooking and packaging it (Bible verses and message of God’s love are attached) to driving the delivery routes. The Soup Kitchen really acts as a huge outreach program that puts its volunteers and supporters in touch with the needs of many less fortunate people. Not only do they serve meals, they often find themselves providing food for pets, locating things like clothing, appliances, and bicycles and just giving general assistance to those in need. Donations come from individuals and businesses 72

alike, such as Kroger, Harvey’s, Baldinos and Publix, to name just a few. At the hub of the wheel is Diana South, who quietly yet very efficiently coordinates all of the work that it takes to keep the program running. When asked why she got involved, she said, “When you go on these routes and see the faces and the need there; they really need to hear of God’s love for them.” Visiting the Soup Kitchen was like hitting the jackpot for finding community-minded citizens. Gathered around the kitchen were people like Mary and Ron Burns and Shirley and Fred Giebrech, two retired couples who can hardly claim to be retirees, based on their busy schedules around town. Mary and Ron give much of their time to the Richmond Hill Garden

Dena Lopez

The March of Dimes was phenomenal in its support for Dena when her baby was born at 24 weeks. The workshops and support groups provided critical information on what to expect and how to care for her fragile newborn. Very sincerely grateful for this help, Dena hopes to establish a program through her new business, The Pink Closet, which “gives back” a portion of her proceeds to the March of Dimes. Dena Lopez and son Nathaniel

Club, overseeing community garden projects at public places, and are active members of the Richmond Hill Historical Society. Shirley and Fred are active in many of the same organizations as Mary and Ron. Their picture was taken at the Bryan County Rehabilitation Center, where they meet once a month with a singing group to entertain the residents there. Shirley is on the Historical Society Board of Directors, and Fred is serving his fourth year on the Planning and Zoning Board for the City. It’s a position he held in his former hometown of Waterville, Ohio. Fred expressed satisfaction from being able to share knowledge gained from past experiences, which allows him to make positive contributions to the place he now calls home. They all share the pleasure of accomplishing tasks through group effort to improve and benefit their hometown. MARCH!OF!DIMES

Thursday afternoon is always busy in the kitchen of the Richmond Hill United Methodist Church. A group of volunteers from the church along with others from St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Corinth Baptist Church and Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church gather in the Methodist Church kitchen to prepare and package a hot meal for those in need around the Richmond Hill area. Called the “Soup Kitchen,” the project was begun about five years ago as just that: a program offering hot meals to the needy in the church dining hall. The name stuck, but the method of operation quickly changed to more of a meals-onwheels delivery program as volunteers found that those most in need could not manage to come in to dine.


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Friends Inez and Dolores, who take a daily walk in the Cove subdivision, decided one day to pick up the trash they found along the way. Now seven days a week, unless it’s raining, these ladies take it upon themselves to improve the looks of their neighborhood. A grateful neighborhood recently thanked these ladies publicly on the marquee at the entrance of the neighborhood. The funny thing is… they seem to be encountering less trash than when they first started. Their small gesture of goodwill has definitely made a bigger impact than they ever anticipated.

Meeting Sue Brown for the first time is like meeting an old friend. She is soft-spoken but very warm and vibrant, and disarming in the most wonderful kind of way. Sue claims that her life mission has been to make a difference in kids’ lives. A former high school English teacher, she was drawn to work in inner-city schools early in her career because the challenge of teaching included not only reading skills, but the life skills of survival in a world that deflates and belittles the soul with its hardships. Sue has taught in several states on the high school and college level, even choosing a school in Charleston because its students were labeled “unteachable and unreachable.” Sue’s gift that she shares so willingly is her zest for life and an ability to encourage and empower those she reaches with her message to choose to move past obstacles and limitations and work towards positive outcomes in the face of adversity. Her enthusiasm is real and it is contagious. Sue has been involved in other careers and an organization designed to improve the lives of others, and has recently published a book, Spirit Unbroken, about overcoming the aftermath of child abuse.


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Giving back… There are so many more stories of people around Richmond Hill who have found a way to give something back to this community. At the base of it all is that sense of ownership and belonging. This is “our” home – to protect, to improve and to make better. There are so many opportunities for everyone, young and old, to take part in making a contribution. Youth groups give leadership opportunities for young people to learn and take part in community enhancement, like 4-H, Boy and Girl Scouts, Honor Society, etc. We should encourage our young people to look around and identify a need and seek ways to address it. We should do it ourselves. Richmond Hill is your home. Go over this list of organizations and see if any offer you inspiration, or tackle a cause of your own. During this season of thanks, take time to express gratitude to those who give willingly of their time to serve the community and consider where your niche might be. Make Richmond Hill yours – give back!

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Gini Nichols is a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch. With a demanding career and a family, Gini still finds time to donate her skills and expertise to further some worthy causes that have moved her to action – like the Bryan County Drug-Free Coalition, formed to educate parents and children about the dangers of substance abuse. The new organization has just obtained a Federal Grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to establish a program and locally facilitate awareness of the problem. The organization will be selling 2009 calendars to raise funds at the Station Xchange Christmas Extravaganza after the Hometown Holiday Parade December 6.

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lose your eyes for a moment and envision a little blonde-haired, blue-eyed girl living in a small country town in South Georgia. The smell of sunshine and fresh air gently wafts from her handme-down gingham dress. Her tanned bare feet gleefully skip through the warm, sandy hopscotch squares without stepping on the lines. Her name is Ellie and she was born to a hard-working family in Richmond Hill a long time ago. Ellie grew up happily surrounded by a close connection to her town’s people and its coastal environment. Ellie was happy; life was simple and predictable. Her deep-rooted family traditions gave her a sense of being safe and loved. As much as Ellie loved the summers, she could hardly wait for Christmas to come. When summer came to a lazy end sometime in early October, Ellie knew the cooler weather meant Christmas was not too far off. She began writing her letter to Santa Claus almost as soon as Thanksgiving dinner was over, thinking very carefully about each thing she wished for. Her list was not very long because her Mom always reminded her that Santa had to bring toys to a lot of children. Ellie wrote her letter in her very best handwriting, making sure Santa would be able to read every word. After she finished writing her letter, she walked to the end of the dirt road and mailed it to Santa at the North Pole. When Ellie was a little girl, there were no televisions in Richmond Hill, but her Mom had a radio they kept in the kitchen. Every day, Santa would come on the radio and read the letters he had received, and Ellie would sit quietly on the kitchen floor and listen. One day she heard him say he had a letter from Ellie in Richmond Hill, and he began to read it. Wow! Santa was real… he was on the radio… and he was reading her letter! He actually said he was going to bring her the beautiful bride doll that she had seen upstairs in Kress’s on Broughton Street in downtown Savannah. Two weeks before Christmas, Ellie’s Mom would go to the hall closet and pull out the big box that held all their treasured Christmas decorations. To Ellie, there was something reassuring about pulling the top off the old cardboard box: year after year the special box brought back memories of all the Christmases before. The oblong glass “bubbling” lights were her favorite. She would stand very still beside the tree until the lights warmed up enough for the water inside to start bubbling. They were so beautiful – they made the tree come to life! At school, Ellie made a star from construction paper, which she carefully smeared with


Tradition paste and then sprinkled with red and green glitter. It was so important to her to find just the right branch to hang it on when she got home. In Ellie’s family, there was no right or wrong way to decorate the Christmas tree. She and her sisters were allowed to decorate as the yuletide spirit inspired them. Decorating the Christmas tree together was a family tradition – it was always done after supper. As soon as the tree was decorated, Ellie would lie on the floor in front of the fireplace, with its big crackling fire, and watch the twinkling red, green, blue and yellow lights and dream about Christmas morning. Each year Ellie thought the tree was the most beautiful one she had ever seen, even though it was decorated with the same lights and ornaments that had been in the family since she was born. When Christmas Eve finally arrived, Ellie and her sisters carefully laid their stockings – their Dad’s large work socks were perfect – in front of the fireplace. The last thing they did before they went to bed was put out cookies and milk for Santa. He would be getting hungry after his long sleigh ride all the way from the North Pole. Ellie went to bed early; after all, Santa would come only after she was asleep. Sure enough, when she awoke the next morning, several hours before daylight, Santa had come! She could hardly believe her eyes! She had proof that he had been there: the cookies and milk were gone! There, under the twinkling Christmas tree, was the beautiful bride doll she had wanted for so long! He had left a ballerina doll for one of Ellie’s sisters. It had long legs and a lacy net ballerina costume. Her younger sister had been wishing for a monkey, and there it was, all soft, black and cuddly. They squealed with delight! In each of their stockings were sparklers, coloring books, crayons and a small wind-up doll that crawled, as well as candy, fruits and nuts. Finally, after a whole long year, it was Christmas morning! As Ellie grew older, she still loved to get out the box of Christmas ornaments. Although some of the fragile ornaments had a

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few chips and dents, they were kept because they mattered; they were a part of her special childhood memories. In today’s world, where nearly everything is disposable, traditions remind us that some things were meant to last. Family traditions ensure that the warmth and closeness of family ties grow year after year. Social scientists now agree that effective family traditions promote a sense of identity and a feeling of closeness, a sense of security and assurance in the modern fast-paced and ever-changing world. It’s not too late to begin a lasting family Christmas tradition. Now that Ellie is all grown up, she has her own special box of Christmas lights and ornaments; many were made at school by her grandchildren. She, like her mother before her, lets them hang those ornaments wherever the yuletide spirit inspires them. And each year she thinks the tree is the most beautiful one she has ever seen!


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SAVE!THE!DATE December 4 Richmond Hill Historical Society Annual Christmas party will be held at the Ford Mansion, Ford Plantation. $25 for non-members of Richmond Hill Historical Society and $20 for members. Dress: semiformal. For more information, email Sarah Volker at or call 912.756.3697. December 5 Chili Cook-off 6-9pm 7th Annual Chili Cook-off and Cra#s Fair. Booths will be filled with chili chefs and cra# vendors. Cash will be awarded to the chef of the best-tasting chili in town. Live entertainment provided by Arts on the Coast and local musicians. Enjoy a variety of food, a magician, face painting, a balloon artist, a caricature artist, inflatable rides and lots more fun. Santa, Mrs. Claus and a local photographer will be available to capture the moment. For more information, visit December 6 Christmas Parade 10am The 13th Annual Hometown Christmas Parade makes its way through the streets of downtown Richmond Hill. Theme: “Home for the Holidays” to highlight the return of local military troops. Local businesses and residents are encouraged to participate or come out and celebrate the holidays. For more information, visit December 6 Christmas Xtravaganza Noon The 4th Annual Christmas Xtravaganza immediately follows the Christmas parade. The Station Xchange has planned an Xtravaganza that will include a winter wonderland with real snow, Christmas music, local performing artists, a pe$ing zoo, photos with Santa, ornament making stations, a cookie decorating station, complimentary candy canes and hot cocoa. The event is FREE! Refreshment stands will be on-site; funds raised will be donated to the Bryan County DrugFree Coalition. For more information, call 912.756.2969.

December 6 Christmas on the Ogeechee 6:30pm Boat lovers will be thrilled by this spectacular lighted boat parade. The boat parade begins at Fort McAllister State Park pier and ends at the last house on the point. Judges will be located at the Fort McAllister Marina. Awards presented to best in show. A$ractions will include live music, food and beverages a#er the parade. For more information, contact John Seckinger 912.547.0149. December 7 Santa’s Gi" Shop 1-5pm For one day only, the Richmond Hill Dance Theater will host this one-of-akind shopping opportunity for children. Youngsters will be able to select gi#s for their families, with many selections available for $1 - $5. Members of the dance company will be on hand to assist the children with wrapping and gi# tags. For more information, call 912.756.8482 and make plans to join in the fun at 10747 Ford Avenue, Sawmill Plaza. December 19 Movie Night in the Park 8:30-10:30pm For more information, contact the Station Xchange at 912.756.2969. January 8 Richmond Hill Historical Society 7pm General meeting to be held at the Museum. For more information, email Sarah Volker at or call 912.756.3697. Month of January Recycle Your Christmas Tree Bring one for the chipper -J. F. Gregory Park. Contact City Hall for more details, 912.756.3345. February 5 Richmond Hill Historical Society 7pm General meeting to be held at the Museum. For more information, email Sarah Volker at or call 912.756.3697.


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By Bruce Ford hanksgiving and Christmas‌times for families to gather, unite and share common bonds. Often, these special occasions revolve around the dinner table. Grandmothers, mothers and daughters perfect recipes and hand them down from generation to generation. New family members and friends share their secrets and create new culinary traditions. Holiday dinners are the largest celebration of food that Americans enjoy; from the family dinner table to charitable shelters to military outposts worldwide, food and the memories born from these celebrations shape our society. With this in mind, I am happy to share some holiday recipes with you. And before I find my napping place on the couch, complete with the football game blaring in the background, and doze off into a blissful sleep with a full stomach, I would like to wish everyone a wonderful and prosperous holiday season and look forward to the promise of the New Year.



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Preheat oven to 275°. Wash prime rib and pat dry with a paper towel. Rub with salt, pepper, garlic and rosemary and place on a drip rack (broiler pan) with pan below to catch drippings. The rule of thumb for medium rare is to cook in a convection oven for two hours. In a conventional oven, add about 30 minutes. Use a thermometer to determine doneness: 160° for well done, 150° for medium well, 140° for medium, 130° for medium rare, 125° and under for rare. Allow roast to “rest” for 30 minutes to promote easier carving.

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This simple Yorkshire pudding is a wonderful accompaniment to roast prime rib. Begin preparing the pudding 30 minutes before prime rib is done. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Mix with a hand beater or whip just until smooth. Remove prime rib from oven and spoon drippings into each cup of a muffin cup (approximately ½ cup of drippings total). Increase oven temperature to 425° and return roast to oven. Pour pudding batter into muffin pan with drippings and bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Remove roast from oven; continue baking pudding for another 20 minutes. Let cool, and serve immediately with roast. Makes 6 muffin-size puddings.

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Herbed Pesto Lamb 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 4 cloves fresh garlic, minced 1 shallot, minced 2 Tbsp whole grain mustard 2 Tbsp fresh rosemary, minced 1 Tbsp fresh thyme, minced 1 Tbsp Balsamic vinegar 1 Tbsp honey Kosher salt, to taste Freshly ground black pepper, to taste Boneless leg of lamb rolled and tied

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Orange Fig Chutney

2 c dry figs, chopped 1⁄2 c fresh orange juice 3 Tbsp pomegranate juice 3 Tbsp roasted garlic onion jam 2 tsp balsamic vinegar 11⁄2 tsp sugar 1⁄4 tsp cinnamon 1⁄2 c onion, diced Combine figs, orange juice, pomegranate juice, jam, vinegar, sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside. In a small pot, sauté onions until clear and add fig mixture. Bring to a boil and thicken with a cornstarch and orange juice mixture. Allow to cool. Delicious with Herbed Pesto Lamb.

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5 lbs red potatoes 2 Tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped 1 Tbsp garlic, chopped Salt & pepper to taste 4 oz olive oil Wash and quarter the potatoes, then place in boiling water for approximately 10 minutes. Remove from water and

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toss with two ounces oil. Spread on a baking sheet and cook in a 400° oven for approximately 15 minutes until golden brown. Toss in a bowl with garlic, remaining two ounces oil and rosemary. Salt and pepper to taste.

Autumn Wild Rice with Mushrooms and Apricots

2 Tbsp butter 1 medium onion, chopped 1⁄2 c celery, thinly sliced 1 tsp garlic, finely minced 1⁄2 c mushrooms, thinly sliced 4 c cooked wild rice 1 c dried apricots, chopped 1 c chicken broth 1 tsp salt 1⁄2 t freshly ground black pepper 1⁄4 t poultry seasoning 1⁄3 c toasted pecans, chopped In a large skillet or Dutch oven, melt butter over medium-high heat. Sauté onion, celery, garlic and mushrooms until onions are clear (about 10 minutes). Add rice, apricots, broth, salt, pepper and poultry seasoning. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and cook uncovered until liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes. For a richer rice course, fold in a little cream cheese. Transfer to a serving dish and sprinkle with toasted pecans. This delightful side dish can be served with the “Big Bird” and makes 8-10 servings.

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1 tsp butter 1⁄4 c onions, diced 1 c seasoned dry herb stuffing mix 1⁄2 c chicken broth 1 tsp fresh sage, chopped 1⁄4 c dried cranberries 1⁄2 c cut spinach 1⁄2 c pecans, chopped Salt and pepper to taste Preheat oven to 375°. Cut each squash in half lengthwise and remove seeds and stringy material. Place squash cut side up in a 9x13 baking dish. Drizzle ½ tablespoon of butter and ½ tablespoon syrup over each cut half, then sprinkle each with ½ tablespoon of brown sugar and ⅛ teaspoon salt. Bake for 30 minutes. To begin the stuffing, sauté onion in butter and oil over medium heat in a medium skillet until translucent. Stir in stuffing mix, chicken broth, sage, cranberries, spinach and 3 tablespoons of chopped pecans. Taste stuffing and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper if desired. Remove from heat. After squash has baked for 30 minutes, remove dish from oven. Spoon out the pulp into a 9x9 ovenproof dish. Layer the stuffing mix-

ture on top of the squash. Drizzle ½ tablespoon of remaining syrup over squash and stuffing mixture and divide and sprinkle remaining chopped pecans. Return to the oven and bake an additional 10-15 minutes or until squash is fork tender and stuffing is heated through. Makes 8 servings.

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2 lbs mild breakfast sausage 1 lb chicken giblets, cooked and finely chopped 2 large onions, diced 5 stalks celery, thinly sliced 4 carrots, minced 6 eggs 6 c chicken stock 1 lb butter 2 16-oz cans evaporated milk 1 Tbsp ground black pepper 11⁄2 tsp salt 2 Tbsp poultry seasoning 2 tsp thyme 3⁄4 c granulated sugar 3 lbs cornbread, crumbled This traditional Southern cornbread dressing recipe has worked for many generations. Brown sausage, then add onions, celery and carrots. Continue cooking, adding butter and evaporated milk, then simmer on low until vegetables are tender, yet still firm. Remove from heat to cool slightly. In a large bowl, add seasonings to cornbread, including sugar. Add cooked ingredients and stir with hands. When mixed, add eggs all at once and continue stirring. Add 1 cup stock at a time, until desired consistency is reached. Stuff poultry, or spoon into a casserole dish and cook 1 hour. Makes 10 servings.

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Small-Town Butcher By Shirley Hiers Photos by Cobblestone Photography


olidays are treasured times for families, made memorable by traditions passed down generation after generation. Thanksgiving Day is one of those occasions steeped in many deep-rooted traditions, from stuffing the turkey to watching a football game. However, in the Deep South, some folks do things just a little bit differently; Southerners take a lot of pride in the traditional dishes they enjoy every Thanksgiving. Some of the dishes you might find on a Southern Thanksgiving table are sweet potatoes several ways, ambrosia salad, deviled eggs, creamed corn, lima beans, cornbread dressing (not stuffing – separate from the turkey), giblet gravy, squash casserole, fried okra, banana pudding, lots of pecan pies and the oh-so-traditional turkey. Of course, no Southern dinner is complete without sweetened ice tea. According to the National Turkey Federation, 95 percent of Americans eat turkey at Thanksgiving. Naturally, as the big day rapidly approaches, we begin to think about selecting the right bird. Recently, we at Reflections were talking about the upcoming holidays, Thanksgiving in particular, and how to carve the turkey perfectly. I immediately thought about Rodger Walker. Rodger is a well-known and respected butcher, with 33 years of meat-cutting experience. His early training in Richmond Hill’s small meat markets serves him well.


Food & Entertaining No More Excuses When you first meet Rodger Walker, you are immediately captivated by his genuineness. His unhurried manner, polite Southern charm and soft-spoken professional demeanor epitomize what everyone in customer service positions would do well to emulate. Rodger was born and reared in Richmond Hill and he has never left. He grew up one block behind Wilson Brothers grocery store, which was in the old Commissary building. He and his twin sisters, Jan and Jean, were no strangers to anyone in town, especially Emmett and Jerry Wilson, owners of the store. They would run up and down Cherry Street all day long to the store to buy penny candy. When he was 11 years old, Rodger began working for the C&R grocery store (also in the Commissary building), owned by Bob Massey and managed by John L. Lewis. His older brother, Ricky, was already working for C&R in the meat department, but Ricky chose another field for his career. Rodger will never forget Mr. Lewis and the valuable lessons he learned from him. At that early age, Rodger earned the reputation of being dependable and hard-working as he went about his duties of stocking shelves, bagging and carrying out groceries and keeping the store clean. Neither can he forget the kindness and attention lavished on him by Inez Kelly and Sarah Scott, the cashiers at C&R. As Rodger thought back to those days when he worked with them, more than three decades ago, he became quietly pensive. “I was so young… they were like second Mamas to me.” Inez and Sarah still live in the Bottom and they’re still as sweet and kind as ever. At 14 years of age, unaware that he was beginning his journey toward becoming a professional butcher, Rodger started working in the meat department. The young man gained valuable knowledge and confidence day after day as he learned how to split fryers, wrap and price meats and take meat orders from the customers. The more experienced he became, the more he pleased his employers and the penny-conscious hard workers of Richmond Hill. After graduating from high school in 1983, he was offered the job of Meat Market Manager. Although he was barely voting age, he had earned his promotion! The young butcher supervised four employees, teaching them how to cut beef, pork and chickens. At that time, everything in the meat department had to be cut up. The meats would arrive whole, quartered or in hind pieces. (Today, the meat is already cut at the packing houses out west before it reaches the meat markets.) Rodger is quick to give credit to Roy Oglesby, Bill Seebeck and Bob Massey for teaching him the art of carving meat. He’s also proud and grateful that the only injury he’s encountered as a butcher is a small cut on his thumb, which he got while operating a slicer. 94

Although Rodger currently is the Meat Market Manager for Piggly Wiggly in Savannah at Victory Drive and Skidaway, he still resides in Richmond Hill with his wife Pam and sons Ethan and Zack. He’s been employed by Piggly Wiggly for 14 years. When Rodger volunteered to demonstrate how to carve a Thanksgiving turkey perfectly, we breathed a sigh of relief and now share his instructions with you. Happy Thanksgiving!

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How To Carve The Perfect Turkey 1. Begin carving vertically at the breast. (fig. 1) 2. Follow breast plate all the way down, guiding knife outwards. (fig. 2)

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3. Carve the entire breast out as a whole – from both sides of breast bone. 4. Slice the breast horizontally – against the grain. (fig. 3)

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5. Remove drumsticks by pulling away from the thigh at the joint – leave whole. (fig. 4) 6. Remove wings by pulling off at the joint – leave whole. (fig. 5) 7. Pull the thigh away from the turkey back. (fig. 6)

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8. Use what’s left (the back) to make a nice broth by adding water, onions and seasonings. It’s Rodger’s opinion that an 8-10 lb turkey will easily feed 20 people.

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Food & Entertaining Sinfully Delicious

Red Velvet Cake By Shirley Hiers Recipe by Mrs. T of Mrs. T’s Baked Goods Photos by Cobblestone Photography


f you could describe the “touch” of Christmas in two words, it would be red velvet – there is simply no other material that speaks to Christmas as beautifully. Likewise, there’s no dessert that says “Merry Christmas” as decadently as a red velvet cake. It is sinfully delicious! “The Girls” of Reflections can attest to that. Recently, we were guests of Mrs. T, of Mrs. T’s Baked Goods, and were shown by the master chef herself how to create the beautiful cake. Mrs. T is no novice to the cooking arena, and neither is she rivaled in baking and decorating the traditional Christmas red velvet cake. In college, she majored in Home Economics, taught Home Economics at the University of Delaware Extension and is an accomplished seamstress. Mrs. T comes from a long line of outstanding chefs – everyone in her family cooks. She credits her aunt with her unique style in the kitchen – at a young age, she began teaching her valuable cooking secrets. When these secrets were intermingled with Mrs. T’s professional education, her culinary acumen became unequaled. Although Mrs. T will not share all the secrets she learned at her aunt’s hand, she will share her special recipe for the Christmas red velvet cake she taught us how to make.

2 eggs 21⁄2 c all-purpose flour, sifted 11⁄2 tsp baking soda 1 tsp white vinegar

Red Velvet Cake

In a saucepan, combine the milk and f lour. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens. Set aside to cool completely. Cream together butter, sugar and vanilla until light and f luffy, then stir in the cooled milk and f lour mixture, beating until icing reaches spreading consistency.

2 oz red food coloring 1⁄2 c cocoa 1 c buttermilk 1 tsp salt 1 tsp vanilla extract 1⁄2 c shortening 11⁄2 c white sugar

Grease two 9-inch round pans. Preheat oven to 350°. Make a paste of cocoa and food coloring (set aside.) Combine the buttermilk, salt and vanilla. Set aside. In a large bowl, cream together the shortening and 1½ cups sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Beat in the buttermilk mixture, alternating with the flour, mixing just until incorporated. Add in colored cocoa paste. Stir together baking soda and vinegar, then gently fold into the cake batter. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before frosting. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


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