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Moving Forward with Superintendent Paul Brooksher. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Bryan County schools have always been seen as a fantastic education system, but with the recent hire of Dr. Paul Brooksher and the energy, passion and dedication that he brings to his new position, things are going to get even better. Along with a wealth of fresh ideas and innovations, Dr. Brooksher brings a hands-on approach to leadership. His motivation is aimed at realizing his vision of making the Bryan County school system the best in the country.

Awaken the Body, Calm the Mind. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Lisa Ripa is vibrant, fresh and super fit. Her strength is channeled into her ability to help others through yoga. The exercise is touted to improve not only physical strength, but also mental, spiritual and ethical strengths and through this, a new community was born to Richmond Hill, a community that gathers in her Awakening Yoga studio to practice the art that is yoga.



Then Came 2012. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 A winning team creates a sense of pride, especially in small towns like ours. Richmond Hill High School had only one football team to ever make it to State Playoffs until Fall 2012, when the Wildcats climbed their way to the top again. The leadership of team members and coaches of both winning teams was similar. Their fresh outlook was an inspiration to the other players. The future of Wildcat Football looks bright!


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It’s a new year: Time to get “outside of the box” and try something new. Start fresh… experiment… approach your life from a different angle. That thought, getting out of the box, resonated deep within us as we worked on this issue and we decided to mold our theme around it. If it isn’t the norm for your life, then it’s fresh, right? Be it a new activity to implement into your daily routine or a way to better your life, if it’s something you’ve never tried before then it’s something out of the ordinary for you. We found stories about our friends and neighbors who are doing things we’ve never tried, and we hope they inspire you to have a fresh outlook for 2013 and try something new. So many of us have made and already broken our New Year's resolutions to start working out, eat healthier, etc. But maybe those goals are not lost; maybe you just need a fresh approach to achieving them. Austin and Lauren Behle of the Functional Training Center, Lisa Ripa of Awakening Yoga Studio and a group of Zumba-loving ladies showed us three different ways to get the results you are after — and trust us, there is nothing ordinary about any of them! Maybe the

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WHEN I WAS GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO INTERVIEW BRYAN COUNTY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT DR. PAUL BROOKSHER AND HIS WIFE KELLY AT A CASUAL DINNER PARTY IN JANUARY, I PREPARED AN EXHAUSTIVE LIST OF QUESTIONS. With three children in Richmond Hill schools, this was one interview I couldn’t wait to do! I wanted to know not only his goals for our school system, but also to find out about the man behind the title. Why is he the right man for Bryan County schools? What makes him different? Expecting to meet a reserved, cautious intellectual (after all, he has a doctorate in Educational Leadership), I was thrilled to discover that Paul did not meet my expectations. On the contrary, he was out-going, funny and very approachable. Over the course of the evening, not only did he candidly answer all of my questions, but I was able to see the energy, passion and dedication that he brings to his new position, along with a wealth of fresh ideas and innovations.

Before moving to Richmond Hill, Paul served as the Human Resources director of Staffing for the Gwinnett County Public School System, a job he held since 2008. Paul began his new job in Bryan County on July 1, 2012. He says, “My job in Gwinnett ended on Friday, I drove here with a trailer on Sunday and started on Monday.” And he hasn’t stopped since. Almost immediately, he faced one challenge after another, including determining new bus routes, an ongoing need for drivers and four principals retiring with no obvious successors. Unwilling to settle for just any replacement principal at Richmond Hill High School, Paul took on the job of interim principal at RHHS in addition to his superintendent duties. He was also faced with the opening of the new Richmond Hill Middle School facility and the issues that entailed — including an emergency situation of no water at the facility at 9 p.m. the evening before the first day of school! His recollections of that all-important first day of school provide insight into the type of hands-on leader that he is. [Read Paul’s recollections on page 19.] Paul has not just hit the ground running in his new position, he’s hit the ground at a full sprint! Despite one challenge after another, Paul remains focused on the long-term. He describes his role as superintendent as “making sure we’re still moving forward well, [even] with the challenges that are put in front of us.” To that end, he has already launched a number of new initiatives aimed at realizing his vision of making the Bryan County

school system the best in the country. These fresh initiatives include such things as forming a Citizens Advisory Council and a Teacher Advisory Council in order to get input and feedback from the community, businesses, parents and staff. Putting his human resources background to good use, Paul has also begun a leadership development program for the principals and assistant principals, meeting monthly with each group to provide professional development. “Everything rises and falls on leadership,” explains Paul. “When we started [this program], some of the [participants] said ‘I think I learned more in the first four hours than I learned all of last year!’ because they haven’t had any professional development.” Paul conducts this training himself because he believes school leaders “should be a role model for professional learning.” Paul also remarked on the lack of parent/teacher conference days and his hopes to remedy that, and he has plans for improvement in instruction, high expectations and accountability. “We see some great things [already], but there’s always room for growth,” says Paul, noting that while Bryan County already has a great school system, he plans to make it even better. Even while answering my questions about the initiatives he has launched so far and his long-term plans, Paul was always quick to comment on everything that is right with Bryan County schools. “We have quality [schools] now — the good thing is it’s not broken. That’s wonderful, to be a new superintendent in a place where it’s not bro-

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ken, because you can just come in and make tweaks to make a lot of gains,” he says. Paul praised the school board for their professionalism and the great staff that already exists in the system. “But the nicest thing, to be totally honest,” he says, almost incredulous, “is the quality of the kids. There are good kids in this school system. I mean good. They are [refreshingly innocent], and I have seen [the opposite] in some of my former experiences. The best thing is the quality of the child, because the quality of the child represents the quality of the parent. When you’re walking down the halls as the high school principal and you’re hearing “yes, sir” and “no, sir” and they’re opening the door for you, it’s impressive. When I used to see kids huddled in a group, I used to run toward the group, because grouping behavior was not a good thing! But at RHHS, they’re socializing and having conversations, and it’s healthy... they’re cordial to each other.” He recalled how, as a middle-school principal he averaged seven discipline referrals a day, and was amazed to discover that here such referrals are few and far between. Paul has been impressed not only as school superintendent, but also as the father of fourth grader Truett and a sixth grader Jameson who attend Richmond Hill schools. From a parent’s perspective, Paul and Kelly are very pleased with what they’ve found here. “These are good, healthy environments,” praises Paul. “Good things are going on.” “I think it speaks volumes that their [ Jameson’s and Truett’s] transitions [from Gwinnett to Richmond Hill schools] went so well,” adds Kelly. “They are two very different kids, but they’ve both done beautifully. As a parent, I couldn’t be happier.” As a parent himself, Paul highly values parent involvement and input, even into items such as the school calendar. In order to plan the calendar for the next two years, he hopes to post three variations of school calendars and solicit feedback from staff and parents to determine what best suits community needs. With a goal of building relationships between parents, the schools and the com-

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munity, Paul also hopes to open up additional avenues of communication and is looking into things such as creating Facebook pages for all of our schools. He also plans to create a PTSO and school council at RHHS to encourage more parent involvement. Paul encourages parents to get involved with their children’s education. “You should always be your child’s number one advocate,” he councils, “and I will work with you to the nth degree.” A forward-thinker, Paul has his eyes on the long-term and is making plans now to support future growth and school needs. With the board’s support, he has hired four new assistant principals and a new director of Human Resources to serve the staffing needs of a school system with 900 employees — a change he is eagerly anticipating. “The good thing is that this board is very proactive,” says Paul, referencing their support of the changes he is making in order to accommodate future growth. “I tell them, we’re going to be the best school system in the country, that’s our goal. We’re going to be a flagship school system, recognized [nationally].” There is conviction, determination and excitement in Paul’s voice as he states his vision for Bryan County schools. “But to get there, we have to think five years down the road. So I need to staff where we’re going to be in five years,” Paul continues at lightning speed. “Well, in five years, we’re going to have 1,000 more students. We need to add one to two new buildings every five years. So we’re getting ready to break ground on two new elementary schools. One’s a replacement elementary school in North Bryan, and one’s a K-5 elementary school for South Bryan.” The current plan is to open both new schools in August 2014. The new K-5 elementary school in Richmond Hill will be adjacent to the DeVaul Henderson Park. This new elementary school will require Richmond Hill to be divided into districts, something that has never been done here. “This will be the biggest challenge of my new career, and one of the most emotional topics out there,” says

Paul, seriously. “[But] as fast as we’re growing, we have to draw district lines.” The plan is to build a school that will house 1,000 students, and to open it with 600 students in order to leave room for future growth. Paul also envisions facilities and partnerships that will strengthen Bryan County’s fine arts and athletic programs. “We have a huge, very talented fine arts population, but we don’t have any auditoriums at our high schools to showcase that talent,” notes Paul. “Research shows that kids who participate in athletics and fine arts are more tied to the community, more tied to the schools. I’d like to see — if we do build or renovate high schools — that they include at a minimum a 500-seat auditorium. That’s what high schools of today have. Not only that, the community can use it — rent it for dance recitals, large churches can rent it... there’s just all of those opportunities there.” Paul also wants to partner with the Richmond Hill Recreation Department to improve our athletic programs. “When you’re growing as fast as Gwinnett County, you learn some hard lessons,” recalls Paul. “They have a very successful athletic program. The reason is because the pee-wee football team runs the high school plays. There should be vertical conversations and communication all the way up to [facilitate] this [here].” After hearing all of the initiatives that Paul has already begun and his extensive plans for the future, I change the subject and ask what he likes to do in his free time. With a laugh, Paul quips: “I forget!” His wife Kelly laughingly agrees and recounts a recent evening when she was able to pull him away from work to sit with her and watch a little TV. Paul laughs, “I woke up the next morning and she said ‘You made it 11 minutes’.” It is easily apparent that Paul is extremely dedicated to his job. “If you are an educator, are married to an educator or know someone that is an educator, you know that there are no nine to five days,” he states. “It’s a lifestyle and you are on 24/7. It’s tough thinking about what I

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Here I am… I left my former school system on Friday and began my new job on Monday, July 1, 2012. My wife Kelly was starting a new job as an instructor at Armstrong Atlantic State University and my kids [ Jameson age 11, and Truett age 9] were leaving their friends and enrolling in Bryan County Schools. It was safe to say, there were a few changes for the Brooksher household. After some “get to know you” meetings with staff on Monday, an enormous amount of reading and everyone wanting a meeting with me, I focused on what lies ahead. So here are some of the things that were going through my head: The students come back on August 3, 2012; we are opening a brand new 22-million dollar facility; we need to modify our bus routes; I need to meet with each one of my principals; each school needs to have the best open house possible; I am training all of my principals and assistant principals for eight hours on July 25th; I am facilitating new teacher orientation all day on the 26th and my first board meeting is that night; I must meet each teacher, so I attend [nine] faculty meetings and one open house that night; I have four open houses to attend Wednesday and Thursday evening and they are on both ends of the county, but I must make it to each one. It’s Thursday and the first day of school is tomorrow. I meet with my central office leadership team that morning and we discuss final preparations for tomorrow. I tell them our goal for tomorrow is that, “We will get all the students to school, we will get them all fed and will get all of them home in a safe and orderly fashion.” I have never lost a student and we weren’t going to lose one on Friday. It is about 9:00 p.m. on Thursday and I am still at Richmond Hill Middle School. Why? We don’t have water. Our water went out in an electrical storm and we must be ready for almost 1,500 students tomorrow. So I am talking with the leadership team, the director of school nutrition and the board chair, Mr. Warren. We will have school tomorrow, but we must be prepared for the worst. We begin unplugging brand new ice machines so the motors won’t burn up, we call our water distributor [to] have 4,000 water bottles [delivered] to the school in the morning, we call the porta-potties distributors and ask how fast they could have 50 porta-potties on campus, and we change the school’s menu for that day. I asked the principal to get in early and call me after he checks the water Friday morning. With this being the first day in a new building, I told him that I would be on site as well to help with any possible needs. This was also special to me because it was my daughter’s first day of middle school, and I was able to walk her to class. It’s Thursday night and I just got home from RHMS. I send out some last minute email reminders and try to go to sleep. I finally fall

asleep around midnight and am up at 4:00 a.m. I have so much going through my head and excitement about the day ahead it is hard to sleep. I sit down at the computer and get some work done and I get a wonderful phone call from the principal at RHMS around 6:00 a.m. “The water is on.” That is great news and it takes some pressure off for the day. A true sign of leadership is not how you lead in a time of normalcy, but how you respond to a difficult situation. Even though I think we had a great plan in place, I am very thankful that my leadership is not going to be tested this morning. My daughter and I head out to RHMS and get there very early. Her teachers were gracious enough to let her sit in their classrooms until school started while I walked around helping the principal. After working the bus lane, car rider lane and helping students get to class, I felt everything was going very well. Now it was time to go to every other school in the county and check on their first day. I will have to say that I was proud of every school I visited. After visiting every school, I headed back to the central office as we prepared for afternoon bus dismissal. Remember, we were not leaving until every single student got home safely. The afternoon was going very well and we were confident that it would be one of our best openings ever; then we got the call. A sister of an elementary-aged student called saying that her brother never came home. We immediately jump into action. The number one thing is that you don’t panic, you plan and strategize. I have a director talking to the sister, the assistant superintendent talking to mom, the bus driver [is] double checking her bus, the principal is [identifying] possible friends. We have the principal meet the sister [to] go door to door as they are hoping he is at a friend’s house. Mom shows up and we have the principal and mom on the line and we hear three of the most wonderful words you can hear in a situation like this: “There he is.” He was riding a scooter with friends in the neighborhood. With a sigh of relief, I thanked everyone for all of their hard work. We accomplished our one task of getting students to school, getting them fed and getting them ALL home. It might have taken us until about 6:30 p.m. to do it, but we weren’t leaving until we found him. So, as a new superintendent, was it a successful first day of school? I would have to say “yes,” it was a great day! As I left the office around 8 p.m. that Friday, all I could think about was Monday and the great work to be done one day at a time as we work to educate every student to the highest level. I am thankful to be part of such a wonderful school system and community. My overall experiences in Bryan County have exceeded all expectations for work and my family. q

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The historic Burnt Church Cemetery, about seven miles east of Richmond Hill on Highway 144, just past the junction with BelfastKeller Road, had its origin in the agricultural economy of lower Bryan County in the decades prior to the Civil War. The tide-flow production of rice on Bryan Neck — utilizing fresh water from upstream and the tidal influences of the Ogeechee River — made this area one of the most important segments of the so-called “Rice Kingdom” of the south Atlantic tidewater of South Carolina and Georgia. As a direct consequence of the thriving rice industry, a planter aristocracy evolved with substantial plantations and thousands of acres under cultivation, and was managed and worked by some of the heaviest concentrations of slaves on the coast. The peak of this activity was in 1860 when 1.6 million pounds of rice were shipped from several Bryan Neck planta2 4 R IC H M O N D H I L L R E F L E C T IO N S

tions along the river. Rice cultivation on the Ogeechee ended by 1900, due in part to the demise of slavery after the Civil War, along with a series of destructive hurricanes in the 1880s and 1890s. Prior to the early 1800s, there was no established, formalized religious organization on Bryan Neck. Planter families in the section were usually affiliated with churches in Savannah, or with the nearby Midway Congregational Church (largely Presbyterian) in neighboring Liberty County. With a growing need for an organized local congregation, the planter aristocracy of lower Bryan established the Bryan Neck Presbyterian Church, officially sanctioned by the Presbytery of Savannah and created with the assistance of the selectmen of the Midway church. The new Bryan Neck church was constructed in the early 1830s precisely on the site of the present cemetery.

As was the custom in many churches of the antebellum period, particularly among rural congregations, a burial ground was established for church members on the property of the church edifice. In the two decades prior to the outbreak of the Civil War and for a short time thereafter, some of the most prominent families of Bryan County had burial plots in the church cemetery. The surnames of some of those interred in the Burnt Church burial ground are among the most recognizable and influential families of antebellum coastal Georgia and the earliest members of the Bryan Neck Presbyterian Church, including such luminaries as the Clays, Maxwells, Rogers, Butlers and McAllisters. Members of the Clay family interred in Burnt Church cemetery are among the most prominent residents of Bryan Neck and coastal Georgia from the colonial era through the 19th century. Prominent among these are

Thomas Savage Clay (1801-1849) and his wife Matilda McAllister Clay (1818-1869). Clay and his sister, Eliza Caroline Clay (18051895), owned Richmond-on-the-Ogeechee, one of the most productive rice plantations on Bryan Neck. Their parents were Joseph Clay (1764-1811), well-known member of the Savannah clergy, and Mary Savage Clay (17701844), whose Savage family forebears owned Silk Hope Plantation just upriver from Richmond. Thomas S. Clay was a devout Presbyterian who led the movement on Bryan Neck for the “Religious Instruction� of the slaves of the local plantations. He was instrumental in enabling the Bryan Neck church to become a leader in this movement in coastal Georgia. Clay and his wife, Matilda, are both interred in Burnt Church Cemetery. Also buried in the cemetery is George Washington McAllister (1781-1850), another leading planter of Bryan County. In 1817, McAllister acquired Strathy Hall Plantation on the Ogeechee, where he grew rice and was one of the largest slave owners on the Neck. McAllister built his plantation house, Strathy Hall, in 1838, restored by Henry Ford a century later. McAllister and his neighbors, Thomas S. Clay and Richard James Arnold, organized the Bryan Neck Presbyterian Church in 1830. Although he is not interred in Burnt Church Cemetery, the importance of local rice and sugar planter Richard James Arnold cannot be over-emphasized in relation to both the church and the cemetery. It was Arnold who donated the land upon which the original Bryan Neck Church and its attendant cemetery were established. Arnold (1796-1873) acquired nearby White Hall Plantation through his marriage in 1823 to Louisa Gindrat. A Rhode Island native, Arnold invested heavily in White Hall for the cultivation of cotton and in his Cherry Hill and Mulberry tracts further up the Ogeechee, on which he became the most prosperous rice planter in the region. By 1860, Arnold was the largest landowner in Bryan County, with over 15,000 acres and 200 slaves. He was an innovative planter, regarded as beR IC H M O N D H I L L R E F L E C T IO N SM AG . C OM 2 5


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There’s nothing quite like real life experience for inspiration. Such is the story of Lori Gaylor, Catherine Grant and Dr. Robert Mazur of The Urgent Care Center of Richmond Hill (UCCRH). All three, along with their families, are residents of Richmond Hill. Through

proached Dr. Mazur about opening The Urgent Care Center of Richmond Hill. In June of 2009, the office opened its doors and began treating patients for a variety of medical needs, from cuts and sprains to colds and flu and beyond. To say the demand from patients was high is an understatement. In those first months of operation, The UCCRH saw, on average, 10 to 20 patients a day. Currently, over 50 patients are seen at the center daily, a clear sign that the need the three owners had experienced for themselves was felt throughout the community. “Our goal was always to give local residents access to the medical care they need, when they need it,” says Catherine. “The number of patients we now see clearly shows that we are achieving

personal experiences, each recognized a need and came together to fill that need for an entire community. It is their medical expertise and dedication that brought “professional medical care close to home” just over three short years ago, proving the adage to be true: Necessity really is the mother of invention. Lori B. Gaylor, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA, owner-partner of The UCCRH, raised her family in Richmond Hill. Both her son, Worth, and daughter, Rebecca, now college students, attended Richmond Hill schools while Lori and her husband, Tim, worked full-time jobs, often commuting between Richmond Hill and their places of employment. “I know what it’s like to be in Savannah and get that call that your child is sick at school in Richmond Hill. Making the drive to get them, then turning around and driving all the way back to Savannah for urgent medical care… It’s stressful enough having a sick child, much less having to add all that driving to the mix,” says Lori. Similarly, Robert A. Mazur, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, LTC (retired), medical director and partner with The UCCRH, also raised his family locally. As a practicing emergency room physician, he would often provide care to friends and neighbors who had no other choice but to make the drive to Savannah for an ER visit simply because there wasn’t an after-hours urgent care office available. “In most cases, ER attention wasn’t required,” states Dr. Mazur. “But when it’s 10 a.m. on a Saturday or 7 p.m. on a Monday and someone is sick or gets hurt, folks in Richmond Hill had no other choice.” Urgent Care owner-partner Catherine C. Grant, MSPAS, PA-C, had similar experiences. With two young children of her own, Grayson and Madison, and her husband, Scott, who grew up in Richmond Hill, it didn’t take long for Catherine to also see the need for an urgent care center in the community. “Like most, my children have a pediatrician, but when the unexpected pops up and it’s outside of normal office hours, the last thing I want to do is drive out of town,” says Catherine. Drawing from their collective experience, Lori and Catherine ap-

that goal, and we’re honored to be able to take care of our community.” Of course, with those patient numbers, expansion was a must. So in the summer of 2012, The Urgent Care Center of Richmond Hill added an additional 1,200 square feet of space to its current location on Exchange Street. The new space includes four new exam rooms, a new nursing/administrative area and a conference room. In addition to providing extra space for patient care, this new addition also allowed them to begin offering Richmond Hill residents the opportunity to see select specialists locally. Currently Mark Kamaleson, MD, an orthopedist, and Ryan Moody, MD, a pulmonologist, are seeing patients, by appointment, on select days at The Urgent Care Center. Don Gates, MD, who specializes in weight loss and Jeffery VanYperen, MD, a podiatrist, have also recently opened offices in the center. With added space came added staff, including two new physician assistants, Jennifer Henson, PA-C and Cheri Johnson, PA-C. In total, The Urgent Care Center of Richmond Hill has grown from eight employees at its opening to more than 20 today. “We really do credit our incredible staff for making The Urgent Care Center what it is today,” says Catherine. “They truly care about each and every patient from the minute they walk in the door through the follow-up calls we place, and it makes all the difference.” “Maybe you have a child with a sore throat but you want to have him seen before schools starts, or you have a cut from the weekend you thought would heal but just hasn’t, and you don’t want to be late for work — the earlier we open, the better for our patients,” says Lori about their new hours, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. “Being a consistent resource for medical attention is at the heart of everything the physicians and staff at The UCCRH do,” adds Dr. Mazur. Whether patients’ needs arise after 5 p.m., on weekends or around holidays, being available is what their mission is all about. So what’s next? Most importantly, The Urgent Care Center of R IC H M O N D H I L L R E F L E C T IO N SM AG . C OM 3 1

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Congratulations to The Urgent Care Center of Richmond Hill on being named the Richmond Hill/Bryan County Chamber of Commerce 2012 Business of the Year! q


Richmond Hill wants to remain a vital resource for urgent medical care in our city. Beyond that, the possibility of adding one or two new locations in nearby communities is not out of the question and, as Lori, Catherine and Dr. Mazur see it, will be another way to extend their quality of care to more patients. Living in Richmond Hill, they saw a need. Raising families here, they experienced a need. Now, looking toward its fourth year in op-



This speech was given at the Chamber’s Annual Dinner Meeting in January 2013. It was so moving, we wanted everyone — not just business owners and Chamber members — to have the opportunity to be encouraged by Michele’s words.


Last year around this time, John Reynolds asked the Chamber board to think about and share our vision for Richmond Hill. What did we want to see Richmond Hill “be” in 10, 15 and 20 years? I’ve never been too good at “vision” — I guess I have always been a little busy worrying about the present and what it was looking like! I didn’t share my “vision” because it wasn’t about infrastructure or planning or even

aesthetics. I guess it was more of a “wish” than a “vision.” But I want to share it with you now. My wish was that Richmond Hill would continue to be a place to which our children and our children’s children want to return. My wish was that Richmond Hill would still offer economic opportunity, excellent schools and a great quality of life. My wish was that our kids R IC H M O N D H I L L R E F L E C T IO N SM AG . C OM 3 3

aroundtown ✴ business of the year would make this their home because of the same reasons we decided to make this our home. The businesses represented here tonight are invested in this community. Our individual success is inextricably intertwined with the community’s success. If we help the community succeed, we’ll succeed. And I think we do that by doing the same things that we do (maybe unwittingly) as business people, parents and partners — maximize our strengths and minimize our weaknesses. Clearly our schools are a strength; Dr. Brooksher’s address was very timely this evening. We have a young population in South Bryan County. And most of those young families came here for our excellent schools. It sounds like Dr. Brooksher has plans and his own vision to help keep them that way. The business community needs to help make that happen. I’ve often said that by supporting local business, you in fact support our schools because we are the ones who write the checks for the band uniforms, the football camps, the Odyssey of the Mind trips, the batting cages... and the list goes on. But maybe we can do more. Maybe we can help by mentoring students, by shaping public support for the board’s initiatives and actually being business partners! Dr. Brooksher has opened the door for the first time in most of our memories and we’ve been invited in — let’s don’t let him have a party without us! And, no one disputes the strength in our quality of life — the beautiful surroundings, the water, great recreational facilities — all such tremendous assets. I never get on a boat on the Ogeechee River without thinking that this is the most beautiful place on God’s earth. We take it for granted, but believe me, people who aren’t “from” here don’t. But, there’s really something more here... a sense of community, a sense of belonging. It’s the reason we have so many churches, it’s the thing that made over 1,000 kids turn out for recreation baseball this spring, it’s the reason hundreds of us lined the roads and wept as the body of a fallen soldier, our own Matt Freeman, was returned home. It’s why we have Christmas parades, homecoming parades and fireworks. It’s what makes us have fundraisers to raise money for everything from planting trees to providing scholarships to rebuilding homes and paying for critical medical care. And those of us who live here, work here and play here know that best — and we do all these things and more, day in and day out. Our strengths are what make people want to move here, and face it: People wanting to move here is what it’s about! Look at our Business of the Year winners — none of them started a magazine, opened a hardware store, a real estate company, a salon or an urgent care center because they thought Richmond Hill would not continue to grow. Our sponsor [tonight], Georgia Living at Home, didn’t decide to open an assisted living facility because they thought people wouldn’t want to come live here anymore. No, they, like the rest of us, knew 3 4 R IC H M O N D H I L L R E F L E C T IO N S

that when we don’t grow, we die, and they, like all of us, bet on that and invested in the notion that people would continue to find this [community] one of the most desirable communities in which to live and work. It’s putting “me” before “we” — that is, being so consumed about what’s good for each of us individually that we miss what might be good for us all. It’s the pettiness, the jealousy and the backbiting. It’s our own pride that keeps us sometimes from working together for the common cause. Our elected officials, our community leaders and all of us might need a little less “me” and a little more “we.” “We” need to make supporting our businesses, and particularly our own Chamber members, a mantra that we repeat so much “we” get tired of saying it, but the message is driven home to everyone who lives here. “We” need to help each other succeed: Rejoice in it when they do and be saddened when they don’t. “We” need to insure that our elected and appointed officials “get it” and encourage them, as well, to think and say “we” instead of “me.” “We” need to market this community — really market it — not just the businesses and not just the Chamber, but really promote what makes us who WE are. We’ve been through a lot the past few years, and frankly, it’s hard to be optimistic sometimes. But we have a lot to be thankful for, and we have a lot to look forward to. The “g” word, “growth,” the “b” word, “business,” are sometimes spoken with disdain. Growth is good, and not just for business. What’s good for business is good for the community. Our job is to deliver that message. Let’s make this year the year we do just that... Now, if you’ll indulge “me,” I will say thank you. Thank you for who you are and what you do. And thank you for the opportunity to work together. q Speech by Michele Henderson, 2013 Chairman of the Richmond Hill/Bryan County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors


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By Jessica Mnieckowski

The Ogeechee River is one of Georgia’s natural gems. This beautiful blackwater river flows freely through eastern Georgia, draining a 5,540-square mile basin that encompasses wetlands, forests and farms. Its tea-stained water, intimate swamps and bottomland hardwoods retain a pristine quality and provide food, water and shelter for threatened plant and animal species. The Ogeechee is one of the few untamed major rivers in America. This river system, flowing through 22 counties, also includes all of the coastal streams flowing out to Ossabaw and St. Catherine’s Sound. These coastal river systems provide beautiful areas for recreation and fishing and are vital to our seafood industry. Ogeechee Riverkeeper (ORK) is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to clean water in the Ogeechee, Canoochee and coastal waters of Georgia. The organization serves 22 Georgia counties and has over 1,000 members throughout the watershed. In pursuit of its mission, Ogeechee Riverkeeper strives to amplify the voices of concerned citizens and strengthen their efforts to protect their rivers and communities. With the support and commitment of this dedicated citizens network, Ogeechee Riverkeeper is an advocate for the Ogeechee River basin and its people. 3 8 R IC H M O N D H I L L R E F L E C T IO N S

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The City of Richmond Hill lines the southern border of the mighty Ogeechee just 10 miles upstream of where it flows into the Atlantic Ocean. Unfortunately, there are growing threats to our pristine rivers. Pollution from aging industrial complexes, increased pressure from population growth and sewage all endanger their health. Fish in our rivers and estuaries are contaminated with mercury, a toxic heavy metal. This pollution combined with droughts, lack of freshwater flow and the loss of wetlands are sending our rivers into a downward spiral. The recent fish kill devastation of the Ogeechee River is making public support more needed than ever. ORK is making it known that they want to entrust local citizens who live, work and play along this beautiful river with protecting its legacy. The Ogeechee River is one of our playgrounds and is a vital part of the watershed where the river’s freshwater combines with the sea’s saltwater. This unique natural resource must be conserved for our children and future generations to come. Ogeechee Riverkeeper will be holding its Annual Awards Gala, “At Waters Edge!” at Ft. McAllister State Park on Saturday, February 23, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Journey back to the 1800s for a torch-lit evening featuring historic reenactments in the beautiful park

setting. Georgia Southern University will be on-site with a wildlife demonstration representing the species in the watershed. The fundraising event will also include live bluegrass music performed by Savannah’s City Hotel, and drinks will be provided by Moon River Brewery. Ogeechee Riverkeeper has been committed to protecting, preserving and improving the water quality of the Ogeechee and its coastal waters since 2005. q ✴✴✴✴✴ Editor’s Note: For more information about “At Waters Edge!” please visit www.ogeecheerivergala.eventbrite.com or click the link on our homepage.



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Lisa Ripa, owner of Awakening Yoga Studio in Richmond Hill, enters the Hill House Cafe. She is vibrant, fresh and fit. At first glance, she seems to be one of those people to whom life and physical health has always come easy: She loves life and life loves her back. But the more Lisa opens up during our interview, the more I realize I’ve pegged her all wrong. Lisa grew up in Newport, Rhode Island, where she met her husband John. “We were high school sweethearts,” recalls Lisa. “We’ve been married now for 22 years. He’s supportive of me and I’m supportive of him. We’re a team.” One year after marrying, Lisa’s husband joined the Army and the two began their journey as soldier and Army wife, moving from place to place, meeting new friends, saying goodbye to old friends and learning to navigate the constant upheaval and challenges of military life. In 2004, Lisa, John and their three children moved to Richmond Hill. Although the Ripa family has moved many times over the last 22 years and her husband remains on active duty, the family has settled in Richmond Hill and considers it home. In addition to establishing a home here, Lisa has also established her own unique and growing community in Richmond Hill — a community that wouldn’t exist if it hadn’t been for her hard work and her love of and belief in yoga. In 2011, Lisa’s husband returned home from his third deployment to his wife, his three children… and a yoga studio. Lisa tells me about her journey in becoming a yoga studio owner, “I’ve always dabbled

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in yoga, wherever we happened to be. I have a ballet background, so 16 years of ballet training made me want to move and stay in shape. [But] I don’t really like being in a gym… Exercising is enjoyable in the yoga setting. The more I practiced yoga, the more I saw strength and flexibility coming back. The atmosphere is soothing and calming… I just pursued it from there.” Lisa has been practicing yoga for four years consistently, five to six times a week. She received her 200-hour teacher training at Savannah Yoga Center. “Once I graduated, I opened the studio,” she says. Awakening Yoga Studio opened in 2011 in a 450-square foot space with a 12-person max capacity. As the Richmond Hill yoga community continued to grow, it quickly outgrew her tiny space. Lisa moved the studio in November of 2012 to a much larger space with a 35 to 40 student capacity. Lisa has not only encouraged many in Richmond Hill to establish a healthier, more balanced and centered lifestyle by practicing yoga, but she has also created a blossoming community. “My husband is deploying soon, 9 months this time. All of my children have grown up and moved on, and I am not used to being an empty nester. But it’s okay — I have Richmond Hill! I’ve met such awesome people here through the yoga community, from teachers to students to my instructors. We’ve made friendships… I’m not worried about it at all because I know I have support. “Yoga has helped my life in so many ways,” Lisa continues, with modest hesitation. “A few years ago, my father died. Following his death, I went through a difficult time. That period was really hard for me. I was depressed and gained weight.” She lost her passion for an active lifestyle until she found yoga, and this time it was more than just a fleeting class here and there; it became her way out, her way up. Through her journey upward, yoga quieted her mind, eased her anxieties and strengthened her body: “When I started practicing yoga regularly, I lost weight and felt my strength coming back.” In addition to yoga healing her mentally and physically after the loss of her father, Lisa experienced benefits in other areas of her life. Before practicing yoga regularly, Lisa describes herself as anxious and a “constant worrier.” She also suffered from migraine headaches since childhood and took medication

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“Yoga isn’t just about movement or physical exercise. It can also be very gentle and soothing… a mind-body connection.”

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for her ailment. Since yoga, Lisa is no longer filled with anxiety; she no longer takes medication for her migraines and rarely suffers from impairing headaches. “I’ve seen people come off of their blood pressure and diabetes medication from yoga alone,” says Lisa. “I’ve seen people who could barely make it into my studio due to medical issues [who are] able to come in now, roll out their mat, do the class and leave with no problem. It’s really incredible.” “Anyone can do yoga,” Lisa encourages. “I have worked with babies and children, all the way up through elderly clients. I have worked with people who are bed or wheelchair bound… people with disabilities, medical issues and prenatal women. Yoga isn’t just about movement or physical exercise. It can also be very gentle and soothing… a mind-body connection. Anything from meditation to breathing techniques is still yoga. So even if you aren’t able to get up from your hospital bed, you can still practice yoga. That’s what a lot of people don’t understand.” Lisa describes a class she taught previously in the day, consisting of a 70 year old, a prenatal woman and a young man suffering from a traumatic brain injury with limited mobility, all able to participate and gain strength and clarity from the class. Lisa’s eyes light up with gratitude as she explains how rewarding it was to see the disabled man sitting up, unassisted, for the first time since his accident, and his wife being there to witness such a feat. “It was truly amazing.” Lisa describes yoga as the art of “moving the body and calming the mind.” No other form of exercise can be described in this way. Yoga is unique in that it is touted to improve not only physical strength, but also mental, spiritual and ethical strengths. “It makes you so aware of all aspects of your life: morally, ethically, what you are eating, how you are treating others. Many people think it’s religious, but that’s not what yoga is about. It’s about being aware… aware of your body… aware of everything and everyone around you,” says Lisa’s husband John, an avid push-up, pull-up, sit-up kind of guy. He discovered yoga when he returned from deployment in 2011. “I was so tight and had back issues. I feel like a different person now. I am flexible and my back pain is gone. It has made my life so much better in all aspects. Yoga is honestly the best thing that has happened to our family!” The ethical awareness in yoga is derived from the Yoga Sutras, “an ancient textbook of ethical and moral principles for living,” that is often referenced during yoga classes to encourage inner reflection on ethical and behavioral aspects of life. Lisa and her husband agree that no matter what religion you are, if you practice yoga, “It will only deepen your spirituality, whatever that spirituality may be. And if you’re not spiritual,” Lisa says, “it may spark something inside of you.” These ethical reflections are minimal at Awakening, but they are im-

portant to Lisa and are one of the reasons why she believes yoga is so successful in uniting mental, physical and spiritual awareness. Quieting the mind and focusing inward is fundamental to yoga, yet it is a deterring factor for many high-energy or anxious individuals. “It is all about the practice. You must practice yoga regularly to find this ability,” says Lisa, a naturally energetic person herself. Lisa recommends practicing yoga three times a week, with a day of rest in between. For those who are just starting out, she recommends a beginner class or better yet, a one-on-one session, which will prepare individuals more readily for a full class. “When people begin yoga, it’s usually because of something — an injury, medical issue or inner ailment,” says Lisa. “In those one-on-one sessions we can really address the issue, whether it be a back problem, migraines, etc. This way, the person feels more prepared and ready when they enter into a full class.” The new studio is spacious, warm and soothing, and I had the privilege to attend a Saturday morning class where Lisa began with a meditation, encouraging us to reflect on a habit we’d like to change in our lives and to continue this reflection throughout our morning practice. The active meditation was brief, yet it sparked an introspection that wouldn’t have occurred during my regular gym workout. As the class came to a close, my entire body felt worked, stronger, more limber, while my mind felt more at ease. As I reflect on Lisa’s teaching style, three words come to mind: fun, challenging and accepting. I will be returning! Lisa Ripa is a strong woman, committed to helping and healing others through yoga. She attributes her strength, commitment and the woman she has become to her life as an Army wife and her everpresent support of her husband and three children: “My family is what drives me to reach my goals.” She also derives incredible strength and focus from yoga. Lisa’s life, like all of our lives, has been filled with mountains, valleys and rocky paths. Yet, she is able to manage life’s rough terrain through yoga. “I know that in my life, with yoga, I will only get better. It is only up from here.” q

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Wheels Autoworks is a full-service automotive 91 repair shop and used car dealership. Opened 2-756-4 0 0 6 by Pat Beswick and his wife, Ginny, in September 2009, it is establishing its mark on Longwood Drive. Wheels Autoworks can be seen from the right side of I-95 South, just before the Exit 90 ramp onto Highway 144. Many people don’t realize that Longwood Dr. is beside the Shell gas station off of that exit and hosts a string of businesses; it’s sort of a hidden treasure. Pat Beswick is a true “car guy.” He has taken his love of cars to another level. Pat and his dad owned and operated a mom and pop garage and used car dealership in Brandywine, MD. After moving to Richmond Hill, Pat thought that he might want to do something a little different, as he’d been working on cars for 26 years. He went to work for Plantation Lumber & Hardware and was responsible for maintaining their rental equipment and their fleet of trucks. In his spare time, he continued to work on cars at home. As news spread of his expertise, he began receiving so many requests for work

that he decided to set up business in a single-bay shop with a small office on Longwood Drive. Since that day, Wheels Autoworks has continued to grow. They’ve added two more bays and a sales office. In 2011, Wheels Autoworks also became a fully-licensed used car dealership! Now, you can buy a used car or have basic maintenance to major repairs done, all in one location. Pat and his technician have 70 years of combined ASE-Certified experience in the auto repair business. With three bays available, two are reserved for repairs, while the third is devoted to complete detailing. “Customers can have confidence that when discussing their automotive issues with us at Wheels Autoworks, we are not only the business owners – I am a certified technician who can diagnose and explain necessary repairs,” says Pat. “I uphold the integrity to only fix it if it’s broken, and not do additional, unnecessary repairs." Pat and Ginny Beswick are residents of Richmond Hill. They have four grown children and six grandchildren.

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people&places ✴ cancer strikes but doesn’t win


LI VE LIFE By Paige Glazer


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Everyone has cancer cells in their bodies. These cells do not typically show up until they multiply by several billion. If the immune system is strong enough, it will keep those cells from manifesting into tumors. But for some, the possibility of cancer will become a reality.

For Audrey Allen, breast cancer came as a surprise. Like most ladies over 40, Audrey went for her annual mammogram year after year. After some time, her one good mammogram per year would turn into a call for a second look, only to find that everything was indeed okay. This process continued for over four years before that second look turned into a third and fourth, finally resulting in the dreaded news. “A week after my biopsy, I was driving home from work on a Friday evening when my doctor called to share with me that the test came back positive and that I did have breast cancer,” she recalls. They told Audrey she had Invasive Ductal Carcinoma – Estrogen Progesterone Positive – HER2 Negative Cancer. She pulled over into a gas station to collect her wits before continuing her drive home to Richmond Hill. She remembers thinking, “I’ve always eaten right, I exercise, I played a lot of tennis, I’m too young to die, is all I 5 0 R IC H M O N D H I L L R E F L E C T IO N S

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could think. I wasn’t negative, like whoa is me, but I knew I had to get my life in order… because I had cancer and that meant I was going to die.” The first order of business was to have the tumor removed. “I just wanted to get it out of me!” she exclaims. Audrey did what most of us would do and asked for advice from friends who had dealt with cancer, or were in the medical field. She went with the most often recommended breast surgeon in Savannah to remove her tumor, Dr. Ray Rudolph. “I didn’t want to do anything too radical and I remember what my surgeon told me about my cancer, ‘A lumpectomy or a mastectomy will not have any different outcome.’ What he meant was it is all about the treatment afterwards. “I’ve always believed that with anything, whether it is your health, your finances or how to raise your children, you need to make responsible decisions,” says Audrey. “You should be able to make decisions for yourself and not have to be told what the best decision might be.” Audrey believes in research and she set out to become educated about chemotherapy and radiation, and she knew what she did and did not want. “I went for the appointment at the oncology office. It was jam5 1 R IC H M O N D H I L L R E F L E C T IO N S

packed, I was alone that day and it was scary — chemo packs, oxygen tanks, scarves on heads. This is what I am going to look like in the near future,” she thought to herself. Two hours later, Audrey was feeling like the plan for her care was just a standard protocol. “Cancer should be treated on the individual level and not the same protocol for each patient: cut, radiation, chemo… which seems to be the standard of care. I wasn’t worried about comfort and convenience, but what was going to be best for me. I knew I needed another avenue. I needed to do more research.” Audrey found the Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) one night while she lay awake watching 3 a.m. television. “There is something about cancer and not sleeping,” she jokes. “It was as if the commercial itself reconfirmed what I was looking for in a treatment — they talked about treating the whole person and being spiritually healthy to become physically healthy.” This was where she would go for her second opinion. “It amazes me at how everything fell into place from day one. CTCA gathered all of my records, biopsies, mammograms — anything they needed they gathered for me. All I had to do was go to the airport.” R IC H M O N D H I L L R E F L E C T IO N SM AG . C OM 5 1

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assist and educate people on building their own personal wealth. In addition to the Patient Advisory Council Committee Board at CTCA, she is also part of the Patient-to-Patient network. Her name and contact information are made available to those who want to know about the personal experiences of CTCA patients. Now cancer-free, Audrey is loving life, enjoying her grandchildren and delighting in the beautiful scenery surrounding her Richmond Hill home of 25 years. q ✴✴✴✴✴ Editor’s Note: CTCA has five campuses throughout the United States, recently adding a center in Newnan, Georgia, just outside of Atlanta. Audrey Allen can be reached for more information via email: aaalovesJesus@hotmail.com.



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people&places ✴ zumba fitness



THE By Sandra M. Elliott Photos by Patti Todd Photography

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Most people looking to set fitness goals may not, at first glance, think Zumba Fitness. However, there is something about the music that draws you in, and then before you know it, you are hooked. Not only hooked on the beat, the music and the moves, but also deeply attached to the people and to a workout like no other that takes you to fitness levels you could not have imagined. Meeting with a group of “Zumba ladies” at our local running store to chat with me about their passion was like bringing in rays of sunshine on what had started out as a cold and dreary morning. It was as if time had stopped, and these special ladies with their Zumba Fitness energy and zest filled a void with their undeniable enthusiasm and inspiration that lasted beyond the meeting. According to Zumba.com, more than “14 million people of all shapes, sizes and ages, are taking weekly Zumba classes in over 140,000 locations across more than 150 countries.”

This exhilarating, energy-producing workout, which can become an obsession for those willing to step

up, was born when Alberto “Beto” Perez, a Cali, Columbia native and aerobics instructor, forgot his traditional workout music for his class. His “accidental” use of the music he loved, salsa and merengue music that he carried in his backpack, gave rise to an electrifying workout that his class instantly loved. Thus, the Zumba Fitness Party was born in that mid-90s class. Since that fateful day, Zumba Fitness has grown into an international “storm” of fresh and energizing workouts. The workouts reach millions in gyms, fitness rooms and in people’s homes across the world. What you will discover, however, that for the special ladies I met, Zumba Fitness has provided for each of them more than your typical “workout” or gym routine. More than just a routine for many of them, Zumba Fitness has brought a deep and lasting friendship, as well as a pathway to a renewed sense of self and success in all areas of their lives. Some of the ladies admitted to having a life-saving transformation due to their connection with this special group of Zumba Fitness ladies. A deeply felt and emotional response from nearly all of them was initially surprising, but then became inspiring. Meredith Towne, a Zumba enthusiast, who recently took her passion to the next level by becoming a certified Zumba Fitness instructor, says, “People have a lot going on in their lives. Zumba has helped me to get through one of the hardest periods of my life.” Her fellow Zumba friend, Erika Findlay adds, “ I get lost in the music for 45 minutes. It is truly the highlight of my day.”

When the music starts, my soul does its own thing.

Above L to R: Zumba Ladies! Rebekah Thompson, Sirena Smart, Bobbi Garcia, Erika Findlay, and Meredith Towne.

There was indeed an undeniable “pulse” among this small group of five ladies, with Bobbi Garcia, the Zumba Fitness instructor, leading the way. “Once I found out how much fun Zumba was, I kept coming back. Over a three to four month period, I lost over 25 pounds. I have been able to recapture a part of my lost self through these classes,” says Sirena Smart with a glowing smile. Rebekkah Thompson, who has also lost weight doing Zumba, was looking for something that would allow her some time to herself. “I have lost 15-16 pounds since starting Zumba with these ladies, and

I consider it more like a ‘gym party’ since it really doesn’t feel like a workout.”

The “leading lady” of the group, Bobbi Garcia, has many followers. She has been teaching Zumba classes of all kinds and levels for over five years. She started in Pooler, but has since expanded her classes to other places in Bryan County. Bobbi admits to being a dancer all of her life, laughing when she says, “I love street salsa—more hips than shoulders!” She continues, “I have seen people’s lives transformed by Zumba, and I am happy I can be a part of people’s lives and a part of helping them to overcome many issues in their lives because of my classes.” Bobbi has some advice for those interested in checking out a Zumba classs. “Zumba is for everyone, all ages, shapes and sizes. Don’t give up after just one class; Zumba can be intimidating in the beginning.” Bobbi says she tells her classes not to worry so much about getting the steps right. “It is more allowing your body to move. After awhile, you will be able to build your confidence.” Sirena Smart, like some of the others, agrees, “Zumba allowed me to get ‘back in the game,’ and I tell others not to be embarrassed, and never, never give up.” These ladies were recently honored when they

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people&places ✴ zumba fitness

“I have seen people’s lives transformed by Zumba, and I am happy I can be a part of people’s lives and a part of helping them to overcome many issues in their lives because of my classes.” — Bobbi Garcia

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were chosen to entertain Atlanta Hawks fans during the pre-game with their Zumba Fitness moves and music. They travelled from Savannah to Atlanta together and had a great weekend, bonding both on and off the court. The group worked for hours perfecting their routine, but in the end, they all agreed it was worth it and they look forward to performing again next season. Bobbi is devoted to making a difference in the lives of others through her Zumba classes. “I love dancing and choreography, but the best part of teaching Zumba has been the messages and voicemails that I get after class.” She adds somewhat emotionally, “You never really know what is going on in people’s lives. It is amazing how you can touch someone’s life, and even more amazing at what Zumba classes can help you overcome.” Bobbi’s influence is deeply felt among the ladies of this particular group. But one gets the feeling that her inspirational ways have reached many people in a deep and meaningful way. “Each instructor brings their own flavor to their classes,” says Erika. “Bobbi has a gift. She brings out a different, crazy side in me. I thank God for her!” As Zumba Fitness continues to grow in popularity, Bobbi and her group will continue to grow their “circle of influence” in the area. Bobbi has seen many lives changed because of this fun and heart-pounding way to get fit. She believes she is “…in the right place at the right time.” Bobbi hopes that more people will brave the doors of the local YMCA and try out one of her classes. “I wouldn’t trade [what I am doing now] for a million dollars.” Bobbi adds mischievously, “You never really know who is going to be your next Zumba addict!” Who knows? You could be the next man, woman or teen to join the Zumba Fitness “team” in Richmond Hill! It could be a game changer for you in 2013. q

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Propagation Obsession By Bob Izzo Photos by Cobblestone Photography

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I have to admit… I am obsessed!

I knew that I had a serious problem last summer while visiting the United States Botanical Garden in Washington, D.C. There was this beautiful, blue, double-blooming Angels Trumpet (Brugmansia arborea) surrounded by a low fence about a foot high. The plant had dropped seed pods all over the ground, and I felt a burning need to just lean down and pick up a few. Strategically located all around the garden were warning signs not to pick the flowers or disturb the plants. I found myself looking around for security cameras with the intention of hopping over the low fence and grabbing a few seed pods. Fortunately, my wife told me that she would not bail me out of jail, and I lost my nerve. Over the last few years, my passion for propagating plants has become a little out of control. I’ve been spotted on the side of Highway 144 picking up the seed heads from the native pineland hibiscus, and on Belfast Siding gathering seeds from the swamp sunflowers and beautiful blue deer tongue, oh… and under the power lines on Highway 17 gathering the seeds from the native white indigo. I would not put it past myself to be driving through a neighborhood and see an old dried out chrysanthemum that one had set out for the trash, and the next thing you know, I’ve swiped it and now you will see it in my yard along with the dozen of divisions that were created! Sometimes over the summer or early fall, I will hop in the car and drive around the back roads of Bryan and Liberty counties looking for native plants and their seed pods.

After my wife spends the day in the yard doing the annual pruning on the shrubs and plants, she will throw the cuttings in the compost pile. A short while later I’m going through the cuttings, sticking them in a sandy mixture of potting soil… Why let them go to waste? This is my philosophy. My wife constantly asks me what I am going to do with all these plants and my response is always the same: Plant some and give away the rest. My interest goes well beyond needing any more plants; part of the fun is the challenge of seeing what I can successfully grow. At this point, I have propagated hundreds of azaleas, gardenia, camellia, hydrangea, lantana, native hibiscus. You name it, and I can propagate it. Part of my interest is the historical aspect. Many of the plants that I grow come from historical sites or have some historical significance. I have a LeConte pear that was grown from a cutting from the LeConte-Woodmanston Plantation, a camellia from Ossabaw (grown from a seed that a friend gave me), rose champion from Monticello, salvia from the Biltmore House, coral bean from Sapelo Island and a few others that are not so historically significant, but are mementos from places we’ve visited. By chance that I come to your house for a visit, it would be most unusual for me not to leave with a cutting or seeds from one of your favorite plants. Growing plants from seeds and cuttings is easy. Come join me, and perhaps you too will develop a passion for propagation. Visit the blog section on richmondhillreflectionsmag.com for a stepby-step guide to propagation. q

✴✴✴✴✴ Editor’s Note: Bob will be teaching classes on propagation at the Bamboo Farm: Master Gardener Class – Tuesday, February 19, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Open Classes – Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.

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By Jackie Spence

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It’s Saturday morning at 11 a.m. Gym owners and coaches Austin and Lauren Behle are prepping for class at The Functional Training Center (FTC). Situated in a very industrialized area of town on Edsel Drive, the open bay warehouse where the gym is located is unassuming and exactly what I expected. Class participants are entering the gym and begin grabbing the equipment they will need. Today’s gear: kettle bells, jump ropes, plyometric jump boxes and weights. Saturday is an open class day at the FTC, where newcomers are allowed to try a class for free. The workout of the day, respectfully referred to as “WOD,” is posted on the board. Today’s WOD consists of kettle bell squats, jumping rope, box jumps and deadlifts. Written directly above the WOD is “It’s not supposed to be easy.” Oh man, I think to myself. R IC H M O N D H I L L R E F L E C T IO N SM AG . C OM 7 1

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Austin and Lauren begin the class with a review of all the exercises for the day. Proper form is important to prevent injury, and their experience and CrossFit Level One certifications come into play during this phase of the WOD. “It is more important to use proper form and take longer to complete a workout than to hurry through it and get hurt,” says Austin, encouraging each “athlete” to take his or her time through the workout. (At FTC, you are not a “member,” but an “athlete.”) “Power and efficiency is what we are working for.” Like many young men, Austin Behle wanted to lift heavy things, rack up on the bench press and see bulging results in the shape of his biceps. “I was reading all the muscle and fitness magazines and taking all kinds of supplements to help me with my goals, but what I didn’t realize is [that] I was basically banging my head against a wall. My technique was wrong for achieving what I ultimately wanted — to be fit and strong. I was pushing through plateaus and getting injured, never truly educating myself,” he explains. Austin was a Ranger in the US Army until 2009 and was deployed in Iraq when he discovered CrossFit. “A bunch of my friends were really into CrossFit. I remember that point in my life really well. I was in the gym for hours at a time and having no fun. I asked myself, ‘What am I doing?’. I watched them high-fiving each other and encouraging each other. I swallowed my pride and asked them to show me. I instantly fell in love.” Just like Austin, his wife Lauren Behle thought she was in shape. “I was comfortable in my workouts, at the time doing things like kickboxing and yoga. I was fit, or so I thought, until I finally gave into a few of my girlfriends’ requests and joined them for a CrossFit workout. It’s been over three years since that first day and I still find it hard. I have thinned out, gained muscle tone and lost body fat that I didn’t realize I had.” The weightlifting was a major hesitation for Lauren, but as Austin puts it, “There are no isolations of certain muscle groups in our WODs.” Their goals are to use all parts of the body to accomplish a task, using your body with itself rather than against itself. Ultimately, “A balanced body is the reward,” adds Lauren. FTC class participants are both men and women of all fitness levels, the hardcore elite athlete to beginners looking for a new fitness routine. Granted, the WOD is not meant to be easy, but there was 7 2 R IC H M O N D H I L L R E F L E C T IO N S

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L to R: Billy Norwood ('96), Jeff Glazer ('96), David Katzman ('12), Dominique Allen ('12), Mike Ward ('96), Lance Warren ('96).


Many things have changed since 1996. Think about how much time has passed -- it’s been a long 16 years for the Richmond Hill High School football team. Seasons have come and gone without a lot of excitement and the team has changed leadership several times in hopes of building another legacy and a winning season. There is something about high school football that brings out the energy in a town, and it’s no secret that a winning team creates a sense of pride. Winning is fun and it is remembered for years to come. Many good players and solid teams have come through the last 16 years, but just two teams have made the state playoffs: the 1996 and 2012 teams. A Little Background: Individual schools in the state of Georgia are categorized based on their student population and assigned part of a region typically based on geographic location. In 1994, Georgia High School Association (GHSA), the governing body over high school athletics, had four classifications: A, AA, AAA and AAAA. Richmond R IC H M O N D H I L L R E F L E C T IO N SM AG . C OM 7 7

pursuits ✴ wildcat football Hill High School played in AA for the first time in 1994. Up until that year, the Wildcats held steady as a single A, very small school. Over the years, the state in general has added more schools as the population has increased, and those once small schools have often become big schools. Today, the largest classification in GHSA is AAAAAA. Richmond Hill is now a whopping AAAAA school, busting at the seams. Records show enrollment 16 years ago (1996-1997) at around 900 students. Sixteen years later (2012-2013), the student population at RHHS has nearly doubled with approximately 1,775 students enrolled.

cial teams as well. Known as the Black and Blue Region, the region games opponent list in 1996 included Bacon County, Jeff Davis, Pierce County, Screven County, Southeast Bulloch, Toombs County, Tattnall County and Vidalia. Five of those nine schools were still playing AA and three playing AAA in 2012. None has grown in such a way as RHHS. The two non-region games were just as tough against higher classified AAA Appling and Wayne counties, who finished 7-3 and 8-4 respectively. The first region win happened in week three against Southeast Bulloch, after coming off of two losses to non-region opponents,

'96 Wildcat Team

A Trip Down Memory Lane: As a Appling County and Wayne County. It was AA team in 1996, the RHHS Wildcats had only 43 players on the roster with five coaches. Not only did Head Coach Billy McGrath, current Richmond Hill Middle School principal, coach for seven seasons beginning in ’92, but he experienced the up in classification to AA, bringing about many changes for the Wildcat football team. Nine out of the 43 players on the team were seniors. Seven players started both on offense as well as defense. It was iron man football at its finest as the starters on offense and defense all played spe7 8 R IC H M O N D H I L L R E F L E C T IO N S

the beginning of the seven-game winning streak (a school record still today). RHHS finished the regular season with a region loss to Tattnall County. With the region title having been locked up by the ’Cats the week before, several key players were resting for the playoffs. RHHS hosted East Laurens High School for the first playoff game in the history of Richmond Hill football. At the time, the seating capacity of the stadium was not enough to meet the state requirement to host a play-

off game. Parents and Booster Club members drove to Bryan County High and loaded bleachers on flatbed trucks to fulfill the requirement. (The visitor’s side today was actually the home side until the 2004 season when the stadium was renovated.) Richmond Hill shut out East Laurens 17-0 and earned another home playoff game the following week against state powerhouse Thomasville. The Wildcats were not given much respect, according to a coach that was at East Laurens at the time. He said that Thomasville called East Laurens the week of the game wanting to switch tapes because they thought there was no way Richmond Hill would beat East Laurens. The following week, Richmond Hill was victorious against Thomasville 2814, setting up a showdown with Washington County. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, the magical season came to an end, losing 59-7 in the quarterfinals of the state playoffs. Washington County ended up winning the state championship that season, as well as the following season in 1997, creating a combined 30-game winning streak. The 1996 Wildcats finished the entire season 9-4 (9 wins in one season is still the school’s record). “It does seem like ages ago,” recalls Coach Billy McGrath, reflecting on that season. “It was all about leadership that season. This team never made excuses; they were hard workers. They never missed practice, because they knew that games were won on the practice field. They always challenged each other on the practice field and they played hard for each other on the playing field because they cared about each other. They were like a closeknit family. The biggest difference in the team from 1996 was the great leadership that the seniors bestowed onto the rest of the team. They led by example and always expected more from their younger teammates. This passion they had for winning and working hard started right after their junior season ended. They knew they were the leaders at that time and

'96 team celebrating Region Championship

2012 Quarterback Dominique Allen

Top L to R: Tommy Garrett, Lance Warren, Haley Slocumb Pinder, Jeff Glazer, Cody Reid, Tex Isbell, Kristen Smith McLendon, Mike Ward, Stephen Leonard. Bottom L to R: Russell Smith, Patti Harley Todd, Chris Bowers, Billy Norwood.

2012 Dominique Allen and David Katzman running the option.

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pursuits ✴ football fresh they started working very hard in the off-season, in the weight room and on the field. They acted as assistant coaches, and they demanded that all the younger players who wanted to participate in football the following year be at all workouts.” Coach McGrath summed that 1996 team up as “a hardworking bunch who believed in the coach’s philosophy, and would not accept mediocrity.” From the years 1997-2010, the Wildcats had a combined record of 25-115. Those consisted of three 0-10 seasons, three 1-9 seasons, three 2-8 seasons, four 3-win seasons and one 4-win season. In 2011, under current Coach Lyman Guy, the Wildcats had their first win-

Johnson, Beach and Savannah High 123 to 6 points. Arguably, one of the biggest wins in school history came in the fourth game of the season against Glynn Academy. The Wildcats scored late in the game to win 20-17 against Glynn Academy, who finished the season 8-4. Richmond Hill finished the regular season 8-2, breaking one and matching another school record! Eight wins is the most wins in a regular season in the history of Wildcat football. The 2012 ’Cats matched the 1996 team’s record of four shutouts as well! The two region losses were to Effingham County and Ware County by a combined five points! Ware County finished the season 13-2 and

2012 Wildcat Team

ning season since 1996, finishing with a 6-4 record, but only 1-4 in the region. The 2012 Wildcats team was in diapers, and half of them not born yet, the last time Richmond Hill made the playoffs! The 2012 3AAAAA Region consisted of: Bradwell Institute, Effingham County, Glynn Academy, Groves, Jenkins, Ware County and Windsor Forest. With 140 players and 12 coaches on the Wildcat team roster, the season started with a five-game winning streak that included outscoring non-region opponents 8 0 R IC H M O N D H I L L R E F L E C T IO N S

lost in the state championship game. The 2012 Wildcats season came to an end in the first round of the playoffs with a tough loss at Warner Robins 17-15. Fresh Outlook: Turning around a program is no easy task and leadership is key. Coach Guy puts God first and with His blessings, he believes “continuing the process of developing the student athlete takes time… We were not the most athletic, nor did we have the best coaching, but each day we tried to honor the Lord with our efforts and all

tried to outwork our opponent.” This year’s senior quarterback Dominique Allen, who will continue his football career at the Air Force Academy next season, credits “the leadership and team chemistry we had.” Allen says, “We all became one big family, from all the senior varsity players down to the little freshmen guys. We didn’t haze them, but built them up and encouraged them and tried to instill the values that we have into them so they can continue being successful.” Senior running back David Katzman seconded that by saying, “We actually came together more as a family instead of just a team. We put others before ourselves, which is something not all teams come across.” “Win the Day was our motto,” says Allen. It’s the same motto that the University of Oregon uses. “We wanted to win the battle every day whether it be in a classroom, weight room, at practice or a game.” With this mentality, Coach Guy and his staff along with key student leaders played a record setting season. Allen believes this season defines the future of football at Richmond Hill High School and from now on, he expects nothing less than a state playoff run from future teams. Be it a quarterfinals finish like in 1996, a losing season or a season like 2012 with eight wins and a first round playoff game, the memories and relationships made on a team will carry on throughout a person’s lifetime. Hard work, dedication and believing in each other and yourself are traits that are used every day in an individual’s life that make them successful in and after high school. The tradition of Wildcat football will continue to evolve. q ✴✴✴✴✴ Reference: Georgia High School Football Historians Association www.ghsfha.org

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Eat Whole. BE Whole. By Leslie-Ann Berg

Jenny pulled into the Kroger gas station on Ford Avenue. After scanning her card and selecting regular, she waited patiently while her car drank. When the tank was half full, Jenny replaced the nozzle on its base and grabbed five 2-liter Cokes from her backseat. Jenny poured the contents of each bottle into her tank, replaced the cap and drove away, satisfied with the full reading on her gas gauge.

Would you ever fill your gas tank with anything but wholesome, pure gasoline? Then why do we fill our bodies with anything other than wholesome, pure food? Ask

yourself this question as you walk the supermarket aisles, choose items from a restaurant menu and while picking ingredients for home-cooked meals. The gas and soda combination in the above example is equivalent to the nutrients and additives in processed foods. While processed foods contain portions of wholesome nutrients, they are heavily accompanied by chemicals, additives and preservatives, as well as lots of sugar, fat and salt. Just like a car fueled with a combination of gas and soda, our bodies when fueled with a combination of nutrients and additives are bound to run into problems down the road. Consuming whole food is the most important step to healthy eating, preventing disease and prolonging life.

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food&entertaining ✴ shop the perimeter Whole Food, Defined:

How to Become a Whole Food Consumer:

A whole food is a food that is processed as little as possible, is eaten in its natural state and is free of additives. A processed food, on the other hand, is a food that is altered from its natural state; it is consumed as individual fragments of whole foods, contains additives and is most often packaged. Fresh or frozen strawberries, rolled oats, spinach and brown rice are examples of whole foods. Strawberry jam, boxed cereals, canned creamed spinach and white rice are examples of processed foods.

Now that you can define a whole food, can identify a whole food in the supermarket and know the importance of whole foods in promoting health, use these tips to successfully increase your whole food consumption:

Identifying Whole Foods It can be incredibly challenging to identify whole foods at the supermarket. To whole food shop with ease, read the ingredients on every packaged item you plan to purchase, and ask yourself the following questions:


We lead busy lives that leave little time for cooking; therefore, whole food eating doesn’t just happen… it takes preparation! Carry out these three steps: 1) Create a whole food

meal plan 2) Create a whole food grocery list based on your meal plan and 3) Schedule weekly shopping trips, purchasing only those items on your list. Remember, the food you put in your

kitchen determines what you will eat on a daily basis; you can’t eat what you don’t buy!

r Is the ingredient list five ingredients or less? Shop the Perimeter. Most whole foods are located on the perimeter of the supermarket: fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, seafood, r Can I pronounce the ingredients and are raw nuts and seeds, minimally processed dairy products and frozen they familiar to me? fruits and vegetables. Shop the perimeter first for these items. Only r Would my great grandmother recognize venture into the center aisles for 100% whole grains, dried beans and the ingredients? r Can I find these ingredients in my kitchen? lentils, dried fruits and natural nut butters. If you answer YES to all of these questions, you most likely have a whole food in your hands. If you answer NO to ANY of these questions, the food is most likely processed.

the Benefits of Whole Foods As long as our recommended nutrient intakes are met, why does it matter if our nutrition needs are met with whole foods or with processed foods? A calorie is a calorie, right? Wrong! When whole foods are consumed and metabolized by the human body, the benefits they possess over processed foods are overwhelming.

Obesity. Since 1982, money spent on processed food has doubled and not without consequence: Adult obesity rates have also doubled, while childhood obesity rates have tripled.

Processed Food & Chronic Disease Risk. Processed food is also linked with disease risk. In a recent study, it was found that 62% of a typical North American diet is made up of processed foods. This type of diet exceeds upper limits for calorie, fat, saturated fat, added sugars and sodium intakes, and fails to meet fiber recommendations. These are all dietary characteristics that increase the risk for chronic disease (such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and stroke) and premature death. 8 6 R IC H M O N D H I L L R E F L E C T IO N S

Increase fruit and vegetable intake. Increasing fruit and vegetable intake is a great place to start in displacing processed food calories with nutrient dense, whole food calories. With each meal, fill half of your plate with whole fruits and veggies. Still hungry? Grab seconds of fruits and veggies only. Try shopping the seasons (find what’s in season here: http://snap.nal.usda.gov/ and buying frozen produce as money savers.)

Shop Fresh.

Not all whole foods are nutritionally equal. A sweet potato organically grown in your backyard has a much higher nutritional value than a genetically modified sweet potato conventionally grown in South America with high pesticide exposure, traveling thousands of miles to your local grocery store. To

optimize the nutritional value of your whole foods, practice these habits: Shop organic, shop farmer’s markets (check out Richmond Hill’s Farmer’s Market starting April 2) and grow your own vegetable garden. The best time to start a garden is in March and April. Get started now with this veggie garden how-to guide: www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/ starting-your-vegetable-garden.

Identifying Whole Foods Is the ingredient list five ingredients or less? Can I pronounce the ingredients and are they familiar to me? Would my great grandmother recognize the ingredients? Can I find these ingredients in my kitchen?

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Push Meat to the Side. To make whole food shopping more affordable, reduce your meat consumption. Animal protein not only costs five times more than vegetable protein, it is also less healthy for our bodies when consumed with every meal. Try replacing one meat dish per day (or per week) with a vegetarian dish to save money, optimize health and increase whole foods in your diet.

Remember, homemade meals don’t need to be elaborate or labor intensive, they just need to be whole. To

read more, visit www.richmondhillreflectionsmag.com and click “Be Whole” under blogs. q

Choose Whole Grains. Grains make up a large percentage of the American diet. Therefore, for the average American, switching from refined grains to whole grains can make a big difference in overall health and whole food consumption. Choose grain items

that make the following two claims:100% whole wheat or 100% whole grain. Avoid items that list the following refined ingredients: enriched, bleached, refined, potassium bromate, white flour, wheat flour, bromated flour, degerminated, bran and wheat germ. avoid added sugars: Approximately 75% of foods available in commercial supermarkets contain added sugars. How do we avoid such large quantities of added sugar? Choose foods that contain only natural sugars (such as raw sugar, brown sugar, maple syrup and honey). As a rule of thumb, avoid foods that list sugar (any type) in the top 3 ingredients. For an extensive list of other sugar names, go to: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/weight-management-calories/calories/added-sugars.html

try new foods: A wide variety of foods are important for optimal health. Experiment with new fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans and legumes to keep your pallet interested in whole foods. Purchase a new whole food item each time you go to the store!

Spend time in your kitchen! The protective effects of whole foods are increased when foods are subject to mild processing, like cooking or chopping. For example, Lycopene, a phytochemical found in tomatoes, reduces prostate cancer risk, yet cooking enhances these benefits by ten-fold. Take pride in what you put into your body and cook whole food meals. Identify the processed items you consume most often and replace them with homemade, whole food versions. Choose one item per month to make and perfect. These items may include: salad dressings, pasta sauces, breads, crackers, tortillas, cereal, granola, granola bars, soups, spice blends, dips, etc. Make your homemade versions in bulk, freeze and store for convenience.

Leslie-Ann Berg, MSPH, CPT, has a Masters of Science in Public Health in the area of Human Nutrition from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is currently a personal trainer, health writer and nutrition educator in Richmond Hill, GA. Contact her at: berg.leslieann@gmail.com

DISCLAIMER: This information is not the opinion of Richmond Hill Reflections magazine. Integrate into your diet at your own risk – not every diet is for everyone. Please consult a physician before making any drastic lifestyle changes.

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OUT of the BOX Recipes by Lesli-Ann Berg Photos by Cobblestone Photography

Ingredients: 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour 2 tablespoons walnut oil (any oil will do) ¾ teaspoons fine grain sea salt and some extra for sprinkling ¼ teaspoon smoked/sweet paprika 8 ounces low fat cheddar cheese (white & yellow) 3-4 tablespoons water

Method: Add flour, oil, salt and paprika to food processor. Combine into a coarse meal texture. Slowly add cheese in about 3 additions to mix. Combine well. Add 3 tablespoons of water. Continue to process until dough forms. Pinch dough to see that it sticks together well. Add another tablespoon of water if needed. Remove dough from food processor and flatten into 1 or 2 discs. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Place in fridge for at least a half hour, overnight is best. Preheat oven to 350 degrees with the rack in the center. Roll out dough to about 1/8" inch thick. Cut out your desired shapes, or for a quicker version, cut dough into 1-inch squares with a knife. Place on a non-stick baking sheet. Bake for 15-17 minutes. Crackers should be golden brown when finished. If you want them crispier, you can add on a few minutes of baking time.

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Homemade Pizza Ingredients: 1 cup wrist-temperature water 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 package (2 teaspoons) active dry yeast 3 cups whole wheat flour A pinch of sugar 1 teaspoon salt Toppings of your choice Cornmeal for baking tray

Method: Place water in medium-large bowl. Sprinkle in yeast and sugar; stir to dissolve. Let stand 5 minutes. Stir in 1 cup of flour, salt and olive oil. Beat for several minutes with wooden spoon. Add remaining flour ½ cup at a time, mixing after each addition. The dough will be soft but should not be sticky. (When using a food processor, combine 3 cups flour and salt in processor with steel blade. Add yeast mixture and oil. Long-pulse several times until dough comes together… proceed). Turn out onto floured surface, and knead for a few minutes. Place in an oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let dough rise until doubled in bulk (about 1 hour). Punch down dough, and return to floured surface. Divide into six equal parts (if freezing for later use, freeze now). Knead each piece, then let the balls of dough rest for about 10 minutes. Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Patiently stretch each ball of dough into a 6-inch circle or roll out using a marble rolling pin. Sprinkle two baking trays with cornmeal, and place two dough circles on each. Top each crust with pizza sauce (recipe below) and desired toppings. Bake one tray at a time in lower half of the oven for 10 to 12 minutes, or until edges are crispy and brown.

Ingredients: ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil 1 ½ teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes ½ teaspoon fine grain sea salt 3 medium cloves of garlic, finely chopped 1 28-ounce can crushed red tomatoes zest of one lemon (optional)

Method: Combine olive oil, red pepper flakes, sea salt and garlic in a cold saucepan. Stir while you heat the saucepan over medium-high heat. Sauté just 45 seconds or so until everything is fragrant. Stir in the tomatoes, and heat to a gentle simmer. Remove from heat and taste. If the sauce needs more salt, add it now. If using, stir in lemon zest and add on a few minutes of cooking time. R IC H M O N D H I L L R E F L E C T IO N SM AG . C OM 9 3

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Homemade Granola Cereal/Bars Ingredients: 3 ½ cups rolled oats 1 cup raw sliced almonds 1 cup raw cashew pieces (or walnuts or pecans) ½ cup raw sunflower seeds ½ cup raw pumpkin seeds 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 ½ teaspoons ground ginger ½ teaspoons grated/ground nutmeg 4 to 6 tablespoons unsalted butter ½ cup honey 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 cup unsweetened coconut (optional) Parchment paper

Cereal: Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Cover rectangular baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix dry oats, almonds, cashews, seeds and spices together in a large mixing bowl. Heat the butter and honey together in a small saucepan over low heat. Once butter melts, stir in the vanilla. Pour the hot liquids over the dry ingredients and stir together until evenly coated. Spread mixture onto prepared pan in one even layer. Bake for 75 minutes. The granola will become crisp as it cools at which point you can break into small chunks by pounding it in a zip bag. Store in airtight container.

Bars: 1 cup homemade granola (recipe above) ½ cup dates, pitted 1 tablespoon water

Method: Combine granola, dates and water in a food processor and puree until mixture starts to stick together. Add a little more water if necessary to help mixture come together. Pick up date mixture and using your hands work to squeeze it together into one big clump. Mash it down on a cutting board or sheet of wax paper to form into one even rectangle shape using the sides of your hands (or a knife) to make the edges straight. Slice into six even rectangles. For best results, store in the freezer or fridge.

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It takes a village to make anything worthwhile happen. This expression is never more apt than when describing the annual Rotary fundraiser, which seems to get bigger and better every year. On the evening of Saturday, February 2, 2013, at the Richmond Hill City Center, the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill outdid itself once again – entering the City Center was like stepping back in time into Liverpool’s famous Cavern Club, where the Fab Four first performed in the UK over five decades ago. Britishmania, who is recognized as one of the best and most authentic cover bands in the world, flew in from New Jersey to not only perform a stunning range of Beatles hits, but to help recreate the look and feel of the 1960s with authentic costumes, musical instruments and amplifiers from that era. Our community enthusiastically celebrated 50 years of the Beatles in the USA by dressing up in ’60s attire and participating in the silent and live auctions, which featured many authentic Beatles-themed items from Liverpool. Local businesses were very supportive, becom-

ing corporate sponsors and donating wonderful gifts for auctioning. Extra authenticity was brought to the experience as the evening’s events were introduced by a resident of Liverpool, England, Roy Barber, who flew from the UK at his own expense – proof that Rotary really is an international organization. Roy remembers seeing the Beatles perform in his hometown at the Cavern Club during his youth and added his unique British style and humor to the evening by acting as emcee and running the live auction. Rotary is over 100 years old with over 1.2 million members throughout the world – over 50 of these members belong to our city’s own Rotary club, which was established in 1995. Most people are aware that Rotary is a good way to meet people and that it supports educational initiatives and people in need in our society, as well as addressing important global issues such as the eradication of polio and research into Alzheimer’s disease. Most people do not stop to think how all this good work is funded. The Rotary Club of Richmond Hill R IC H M O N D H I L L R E F L E C T IO N SM AG . C OM 9 7

food&entertaining ✴ annual fundraiser raises money through member donations and dues, but the main annual fundraising effort is an event that takes place each February and encourages everyone in town to get involved and have some fun. Several individuals have spearheaded these annual fundraisers, becoming experts at creating the stunning and unique evenings which Richmond Hill residents have come to expect year in and year out. Larry Barker is the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill’s president elect and the inspiration behind the fundraiser. A talented songwriter and musician himself, Larry, of Barker & Associates, has the vision needed to make such musical extravaganzas a reality. He was the powerhouse behind the “Prom Night” of 2011 where the 1950s were

ive club,” says Michele. Betty Miner, who joined the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill in 1996, agrees, saying, “The fundraisers were smaller than they are now, but we did it the best way we knew how, starting from nothing. We had big screen TVs, fur coats and vacations, but had a reserved price for each item to make sure we raised enough to support our club’s giving throughout the next year. We raised a lot of money and it meant we could do a lot of great things for the community.” “I think we all want to put something back into society,” says Lesley Francis, the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill’s secretary and public relations and media liaison. She moved to Richmond Hill from London, England in 2009 and joined the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill later that year. Lesley works to promote the club’s work throughout the year, and raising the profile of the fundraisers is an important part

“Rotary is so much more than just going to lunch on a Thursday – and our fundraisers are a showcase for this.” recreated, and he ensured that “Elvis Lived” in 2012 with a tribute night to The King. He exceeded even his own high standards with the “British Invasion” of February 2013. “Rotary touches people’s lives and makes a difference. I remember our club being able to make a significant donation to Helen’s Haven because we had such a successful fundraiser a couple of years ago,” Larry says. Helen’s Haven is a center which meets the needs of sexually and physically abused children through prevention, intervention, therapy and collaboration. Larry’s wife, Linda Barker, of RE/MAX Savannah and Magnolia Coastal Properties, echoes his sentiment. She heads the live and silent auction committees, gathering items for the auctions that raise the money to support the many sponsored charities. “Rotary is so much more than just going to lunch on a Thursday – and our fundraisers are a showcase for this,” Linda affirms. Larry adds, “I want to make these events something people remember, like P.T. Barnum says, ‘… Make it bigger than life’.” Michele Henderson was the Richmond Hill club’s first president and has been heavily involved in raising sponsorship and organizing the auctions for the annual fundraisers. “It is important to build a connection with the community we live and work within – for me the educational grants and support that we give to young people are vital,” she says. A successful attorney at the helm of Henderson Law Firm,

of the year’s work. Lesley values the club and “being part of the international family of Rotary and working on important global initiatives, as well as helping the wonderful community that I have made my home.” The creative flair of each event comes from the work ethic and eye for a bargain of Donna Jones, a well-known businesswoman with Supreme Lending. “I love to have fun and connect with the community in such a positive way,” says Donna. She was asked to start decorating the Rotary’s events after decorating for the Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner a few years ago. With her team of helpers – Donna says Jimmie and Donna Norris and Whit Hollowell are her ever-dependable “rocks” – she not only themes the venues, but spends the day of the fundraisers setting up and, exhaustingly, breaking everything down when most people leave at 11 p.m. “Knowing that Rotary does so much for our local community – schools, senior citizens and people in need really do benefit from the work we do, and that means a lot.” A lot of hard work goes into the annual night of fun. Rotary is recognized as the world’s first volunteer service organization, and the group who made the 2013 Meet Britishmania event a success proved that volunteerism is the way to make something worthwhile happen. This becomes a virtuous circle as the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill

Michele remembers the early days when the club decided to have a fun event rather than just asking members to write checks to fund Rotary’s work. She recalls the Rotary Club placing a tent in the park, hosting evenings at the Mighty Eighth Museum and Fulton Love of Love’s Seafood Restaurant providing wonderful catered meals for the fundraisers. “The people in Rotary who make it happen are not used to failing. We like to have fun – we really are a fun and support-

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L i f e M oves D a n ce S tu d i o. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

S o u th C o a s t M ed i ca l : D r. H o ff man. . . . . . . . . . . . 28

A llure Laser Center. . . . . . . ........................... 22

L l oyd D M u r r ay, S r. , A tto r n ey a t L aw, PC. .41

S o u th ea s ter n B a n k . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .106

A n o th er Debut. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .......................... 100

L ow Cou ntr y E ye C a r e. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94

S t. A n n e Pr es ch o o l . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

ATA Mar ti al Ar ts. . . . . . . . . . . .......................... 83

M a r ker 107 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59

S ta te Fa r m : Jay K i g h t. . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108

Augies Pub & Gri l l . . . . . . . . ......................... 100

M cDona l d ' s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91

S ter l i n g L i n k s G o l f C o u r s e. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .108

Awa ken ing Yog a. . . . . . . . . . . ............................ 81

M emor i a l M ed i ca l C en t er. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

T h e Fo r d A ca d emy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

Ba dco ck Home Fur ni shi n gs...................... 22

M u ng o Ho m es. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74

T h e Fu n cti o n a l Tr a i n i n g C en ter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16

Ba lb o & Greg g, Attor neys a t L aw, PC...... 102

M y Gr a nd f a th er ' s Pl a ce. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21

T h e M a g n o l i a G r i l l . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

Ba rker & Associ ates. . . . . . ........................... 81

M yr tl e B ea ch Ta n . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62

T h e Pi n k C l o s et. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

Ba rks Gymboree. . . . . . . . . . . . ......................... 110

New Coven a n t Pr es byter i a n C h u r ch . . . . . . . . . . .55

T h e S a l o n o n Fo r d Avenu e. . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49

Bla n kenshi p Spor ti ng Go od s..................... 74

Notes Pi a n o S tu d i o. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

T h e S ava n n a h B a n k . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

Bo o st By Desi gn. . . . . . . . . . . .......................... 105

O g eechee M a r i n e. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

The Urgent Care Center of Richmond Hill.... back cover

Bro n z e Tanni ng S al on. . . . .......................... 61

Pa d g ett I n s u r a n ce A g en cy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69

Va u g h t O r th o d o n t i cs. . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

C a p ita l Car pet Cl eani ng. ........................... 18

Pa d g ett T il e a n d Wo o d . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40

Wa ter way s Town s h i p. . . . . . . . . . . . .. inside front cover

C a r p et S tore Pl us. . . . . . . . . . ........................... 52

Pa tti Tod d Ph o to g r a p hy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64

W h eel s Au towo r k s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

C h a th a m Or thopaedi cs. . ............................ 8

Paw pa r a z z i ‌ A D o g B o u ti q u e. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106

W i l l ow S a l o n . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

Christy Car roll Balbo, Attor ney at Law, PC.. 84

Per fect Po o l s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

Y M C A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61

C o a sta l Bath & Ki tchen. ........................... 11

Per s ona l To u ch C o l l i s i o n . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

C o a sta l Empi re Peri odonti cs..................... 52

Pl a n ta ti o n Lumb er & H a r dwa r e.................. 3

C o a sta l Endodonti cs. . . . . . ........................... 18

Pr es i d entia l Ren ova ti o n s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

C o a sta l Georgi a Vet Care......................... 90

Pr ovi d ent O B / G Y N. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40

C o b b les tone Photog raphy......................... 21

R E / M A X A ccen t. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

C o p en h aver Dental . . . . . . . . ...................... 5, 108

R E / M A X A ccen t: A l i ce S teya a r t. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

C o ur tn ey Camp-Hi ghsmith Denti s tr y........ 75

R E / M A X A ccen t: L yn n e B ayen s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54

D er m a tol og y & S k i n Cancer Center...... 12, 88

R E / M A X A ccen t: M a u r een B r ya n t. . . 55, 63, 96

Development Authority of Br yan County.. 102

R E / M A X A ccen t: Ter es a C owa r t. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54

Fish Ta l es. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ........................... 27

R E / M A X S ava n n a h : L i n d a B a r ker. . . 54, 55, 110

Fo r t McAl l i ster Mari na. . ........................... 27

Red B i r d D es i g n . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59

G & L Resi denti al Desi gn......................... 76

R i chmond H i l l / B r ya n C o u n ty C h a m b er. . . . . 32

G. Ben jami n Massey, DM D, PC................. 61

R i chmond H i l l A n i m a l H o s p i t a l . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

G a lb rea th & S ons Heati n g & A i r............... 84

R i chmond H i l l C i ty C en ter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

G eo Vis ta Credi t Uni on............................ 90

R i chmond H i l l Fa m i l y D en ta l . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

G A Ga me Chang ers. . . . . . ........................... 105

R i chmond H i l l Fu n er a l H o m e. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94

Gibson/Lovell HVAC.... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

R i chmond H i l l H i s to r i ca l S o ci e ty. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

H & L Ti re & Auto Re pa i r......................... 1

R i chmond H i l l M e d i ca l H o m e. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68

H a ir o n the Hi l l . . . . . . . . . . . . . .......................... 81

R i chmond H i l l M o n tes s o r i Pr es ch o o l . . . . . . . . . 9

H a r vey & Hendri x, Attor neys a t L aw, PC.. 76

R i chmond H i l l Ph a r m a cy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63

H en derson Law Fi r m. . . . ............................ 64

R i chmond H i l l Ro ta r y C l u b. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82

H o ltzm an I nsurance. . . . . . . ...........................76

R i chmond H i l l S en i o r C en ter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100

H o m es of I nteg ri ty. . . . . . . ............................ 37

R i chmond H i l l S wi m C l u b. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Ja co b s B ui l ders. . . . . . . . . . . . . ............................ 83

R i chmond H i l l ' s B es t C l e a n er s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

JC H C o astal Li festyl e Ho mes..................... 2

R PI Pr of es s i o n a l Ro o f i n g S o l u ti o n s. . . . . . . . . . 21

Jeff' s Beverag e. . . . . . . . . . . . . . ........................... 62

S ava nna h Q u a r ter s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49

Keller Enter pr i ses. . . . . . . . . ......... inside back cover

S ew M u ch B a g g a g e. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106

La N a p ol era. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ........................... 68

S hor el i ne L a n d s ca p e. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82

La urel Home Fur ni shi ngs.......................... 91

S na pol og y. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94

Lea hy Ar t Gal l er y. . . . . . . . . . ........................... 68

S ou thCoa s t M ed i ca l : D r. Fi s ch er. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

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