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September/October 2012


On the Cover Vince and Barbara Dooley stand under one of Vince’s beloved weepers in the “Weepers Corner” area of his sprawling garden at their home in Athens. Photo by Sarina Roth | Design by Mitch Clarke


A Dynamic Duo Together, Vince and Barbara Dooley have successful careers, devote a good bit of time to charity, have traveled the world and are both published authors.Yet, they are still just your neighbors next door.

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The Oaks chooses Hall County to open its fourth location


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Water gardens add a very special character and a harmonious space with the sound of gentle waters, buzzing insects, fluttering birds and bullfrogs.


“The Doors of Gainesville Georgia” is a poster featuring vintage and unique doors that will inspire and delight you.



Habitat for Humanity works to eliminate substandard housing and homelessness.

Lifestyle 28

Fall festivals and events

Back to school

New businesses continue to open in North Georgia

Community Impact

Turtle Trek

Happenings in our communities

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From the Editor 6

Turtle Trek


Late October to early November is generally the best time to see fall foliage in Georgia. That can come earlier for North Georgia leaf watchers. Vintage appeal and owls are all the rage with fall jewlery.

Health & Fitness 34

Breast Cancer Awareness month: North Georgia is home to some of the best cancer facilities in the country.


Zumba brings the party to the workout and can burn 1,000 calories an hour. HOME Living In North Georgia

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Chef JosĂŠ Zavala is the magic behind the cuisine at the Chattahoochee Country Club in Gainesville, which is available to members and nonmembers alike for weddings, holiday parties and more.

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September/October Events Save the Date upcoming events

Around Town 46

Where We’ve Been

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From the Editor Back Home

It was a bit of a summer vacation for HOME: Living in North Georgia. She took some time off this summer and then, similar to a cat or dog being re-homed, she changed caregivers’ hands. HOME is now a publication of Morris Multimedia and is being led by the team at The Times and The Paper. HOME: Living in North Georgia began publishing earlier this year, brought to the area by its successful counterpart in Florida. It was purchased by Morris in early July. As Group Publisher Dennis Stockton said, “…HOME created a lot of buzz and filled a niche that was unfulfilled.” With its unique large format, upscale paper stock and an editorial approach that encompasses the individuals, businesses and nonprofits – the things that make us proud to call our communities HOME – the magazine will complement the company’s publishing efforts in Hall and Jackson counties and the surrounding areas. You should find your HOME pretty much as you left it. As the saying goes, “If it ain’t broke…,” there wasn’t anything for us to fix. However, we have tweaked it a bit. Much stayed the same, such as the cover story that continues the trend of inspiring and very public leaders who are kind, humble and, well, just plain ol’ people. We were honored and delighted when Vince and Barbara Dooley welcomed us into their home for the cover story interview and photoshoot. Likewise, Home & Garden continues to cover outdoor pleasures, and you’ll find culinary delights, as well. The tweaks we will leave up to our readers to discover. For HOME to achieve its full potential, we need you. Please share with us your thoughts on what you like and what you don’t like, as well as story ideas. We welcome reader letters or you can e-mail us, and be sure to like us on Facebook. There, you can be a part of the magazine as the stories are developing! For a recap of where we’ve been and what’s been going on in our communities, see Around Town. Food, fashion and fun – business, balls and building – community, charity and the best calendar of events around – you can find all of this and more within the pages of HOME. For me, I am back home as well! I, too, took a bit of a vacation during the past year after a five-year stint with Living Jackson. Most of my professional life has been spent in the magazine business, and when I wasn’t working for or running magazines, I worked closely with them in media and marketing. It is awesome to be back home! Enjoy,


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The Tree House & Turtle Trek Story & Photos by LeAnne Akin


Turtle Trek, a fundraiser for children’s advocacy center The Tree House, is in its seventh year. The height of the day is when they turn the plastic turtles loose in the water. 8

ay Beaupre of Winder was the winner of the $2,000 firstplace cash prize at Turbo Turtle Trek, a fundraiser for The Tree House held in early August. The Tree House is the children’s advocacy center serving Jackson, Barrow and Banks counties. Turtle Trek, held for the seventh year at Crow’s Lake in Jefferson, proved to be a day filled with fun for children enjoying the kids’ festival in conjunction with the trekking of tiny green rubber turtles across the lake. Beaupre had “adopted” the first turtle that made it into the chute, so he received the top prize. Bobbie Metheny of Jefferson won an iPad 2 when the turtle she adopted was the second turtle into the chute. Clyde Rayland of Winder came in second and won the Stone Mountain family getaway for four, while third-place winners Karen and Daniel Peck of Jefferson won the iPod Touch. Linda Pinholser of Athens received Johnny’s New York Style Pizza once a month for a year; Nicole Patterson of Winder won four oil changes for two cars; Winder’s Kerrigan Ellington won the NOOK Color; and Brad Smith of Winder got the Lake Lanier Islands water park passes for two adults and two children. Other winners were James Dusenberry of Jefferson, who won the $100 gas card, and Jane Layfield of Hoschton got the $75 shopping spree at Giftworks at The Joy Shoppe in Commerce. The kids’ festival attracted a crowd of youngsters to take part in games, activities including a coloring contest and even a dance contest. Turtle cut-outs were crafted by Candice Crook, who lined up the entertainment and served as emcee with Jonathan Jackson, who works in law enforcement in Hall County and who also performed. Jefferson High School student Amy Bullock was the first performer of the day. Also fun for the children were the many animal groups that participated. The 4-H Love of Llamas shared information about caring for and showing llamas. No-R-Birds again participated in Turtle Trek with Thor, a turtle now weighing 37 pounds after being hatched in 2001, who was an attraction to adults and children alike. Colorful birds also captivated the attention of event-goers. Youngsters were invited to select a feather from a bag. HOME Living In North Georgia

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Fall Festivals & Events

For the Staton family, Turtle Trek provided a time to add a new member to the family as Charlie, one of the pets available for adoption from the Humane Society of Jackson County, captured the hearts of Emma, who is almost 4, and her little sister, Rylee, who will soon turn 2. Parents Shawn and Donna found Charlie, who has been fostered by Janis Robins, would make a wonderful companion animal for their family. Another foster mom, Hope Reed, was also on hand with her four 12-week-old feline charges looking for a good home. At the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) booth, children enjoyed painting watercolor artwork as Tonya Delozier and other volunteers shared information about the need for host families. The largest and longest-running sponsor of exchange programs in the country is currently looking for host families in Jackson, Barrow and Walton counties. The organization will be seeking additional host families in Gwinnett in January. For information, contact Tonya Delozier at 404-556-6767 or Sgt. Kevin Thompson of the Georgia Department of Public Safety Aviation flew in the Georgia State Patrol helicopter that had all eyes looking skyward. Although clouds were forming to provide some relief from the heat of past years’ Turtle Trek events, Thompson brought the helicopter in with precision for families to look inside and have their photos made. The sponsors who make Turtle Trek possible, including the Crow family, were recognized. Some sponsors have been with The Tree House’s fundraiser from the start seven years ago while others, including Roll Off Systems, were involved for the first time. Roll Off Systems provided the truck which dumped the turtles into Crow’s Lake for their trek across the lake. Becky Lee, director of The Tree House, thanked the sponsors for their participation. She also recognized the staff of The Tree House and event chairman Sandra Holliday and the team of Turtle Trek volunteers who come together for the planning and implementation of the kids’ festival and turtle race. Without Holliday, Turtle Trek would not have taken place, said Lee.

North Georgia is home to some of the best fall festivals and events around. From the tip of Gwinnett to the northern state line, festival-goers have more than enough to choose from. Many of the activities are free. The first day of September kicks off the festival season with Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze, which is open on weekends through Nov. 18. Located in Dawsonville, the Maze also has hayrides and a pumpkin patch. Cost is $10-$16, with the hayride $5. For more information, call 770-772-6223 or visit Another corn maze opens Sept. 12 at Jaemor Farms in Alto. Running through Nov. 4, the cost is $10 for adults, $9 ages 3-9, under 3 free; a $12 pass includes the maze, hayride and three attractions. For more information, visit By the middle of the month festival season is in full swing. On Sept. 15-16, festival enthusiasts will be busy if they want to make it to Art In The Square, which will be held in Gainesville’s Historic Downtown Square, and Art in the Park, at Hurricane Shoals Park in Maysville. Both events run Saturday and Sunday and are free. The following weekend, Sept. 21-23, sees more local activity with the Hoschton Fall Festival, which features a “Cowboy Up!” theme this year. Home to the famous scarecrow competition, this promises to be filled with theme-oriented activities.The annual Bark for Life fundraiser, held in conjunction with the festival, is 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, which also includes a scarecrow contest, car show, children’s activities and more.The festival opens at 9 a.m. on Saturday, with a parade at 10 a.m. and a concert Saturday night followed by fireworks. It opens again on Sunday at 8 a.m. with a 5K race, a community church service and car show. For information, visit In October, travel to Rabun County Oct. 6 for the Foxfire Mountaineer Festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Rabun County Civic Center/Clayton City Hall Complex.This festival will feature food, crafts, music, exhibits and demonstrations. Cost is $5 per person ($3 for those dressed in 1800’s period costumes), free to ages 5 and under, with a maximum of $20 per immediate family. For more information, visit or www. or call 706-746-5828. The Georgia Mountain Fall Festival runs Oct. 12-21 at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee. Arts and crafts, demonstrations, concerts, a flower show, a fiddler’s convention and more will entertain attendees. It runs 10 a.m. -8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. on Fridays, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sundays. Cost is $5 admission, music shows are $10 and under 10 are free. Parking is $2. For more information, visit On Oct. 29-31, Gold Rush Days are held on the square in Dahlonega and feature a parade, children’s activities, fashion show, gold panning contest, wheelbarrow race, King and Queen Coronation, hog calling, buck dancing contest, gospel singing, live entertainment, wrist wrestling and, of course, food. For more information, visit While October sees the winding down of festivals, Halloween activities and events are gearing up. And with Thanksgiving approaching, a whole host of holiday festivities and Christmas events are lined up all over North Georgia. For more events, see the Calendar on pages 42-45. 9

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Annual Brevet Charity Event Story by Latrice Williams

Event organizer Robert Wilhite was motivated to start the Brevet because of his wife, Kelly, being diagnosed with the illness – aplastic anemia.


or motorists traveling in or through Jackson County on June 16, barely a mile would pass before encountering bicyclists or groups of bicyclists or perhaps, even a roller blader. That was the day that more than 1,000 bike riders took part in the Annual Jackson County Brevet charity event, setting a new record. The annual fundraiser is held in an effort to raise awareness and money for those who suffer from aplastic anemia. The National Blood, Lung and Heart Institute defines aplastic anemia as a blood

disorder in which the body’s bone marrow doesn’t make enough new blood cells. Robert Wilhite’s wife, Kelly, has been suffering from the disease for more than 25 years. “This whole event was birthed from learning that the treatment for Aplastic Anemia (AA) had not changed since 1986. Sitting beside my new bride, who was diagnosed back in the same year, I knew I couldn’t just sit and wait for something to happen,” Wilhite said. “I felt an incredible sense that I needed to, so I looked at her and told her, ‘I can’t change the world, but I do know cycling.’ That was how this whole thing got started. Obviously, with my bride who suffers from this disease, she is my incredible motivation. Now that this event is bringing others with AA together, that just fuels my passion to make a difference.” In all, the cyclists pedaled nearly 85,000 miles through areas of Jackson County in support of those suffering aplastic anemia. Wilhite is very happy with the support from the community. “In 2010, we had 600 riders. 2011, we had 1,000. This year we had 1,200. We are very blessed to have that type of growth in just a short period of time. Very humbling, I can assure you,” he said. As of right now, the community has raised $69,000 and Cycling Coach Wilhite says they will have a final figure in two months.

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Back To School

In Jackson County, the Chamber supports back-toschool efforts with its school supply drive. Citizens can bring school supply items to a Chamber breakfast, or drop them off at Hometown Community Bank, Braselton and Hoschton; Jackson County Farm Bureau, Jefferson and Gwinnett Federal Bank. Suggested items include copy paper, pencils, hand sanitizer, Kleenex, book bags, notebook paper, glue sticks, construction paper, colored pencils, dry erase markers, masking tape, scotch tape, staples, staplers, crayons, file folders, red pens, highlighters, erasers, jump/flash drives, Band-Aids, notebooks and scissors.

Haunted Laser Tag

Funopolis Family Fun Center in Commerce has planned a huge Halloween month in October. Back by popular demand is the “Haunted Laser Tag.” This year, Funopolis is adding a hay ride, haunted house, pumpkin inflatable and more. For more information, visit

Plein Air

The Hoschton Heritage Arts Council and the Braselton Visitors Bureau Authority are presenting a Plein Air Event, which offers artists the opportunity to receive recognition and become the premier winner of the competition. The towns are rich with beautiful historic homes, churches, buildings and sites. Plein Air participants who enter should capture the unique features of Braselton and/or Hoschton. Artists must register by Oct. 1. Submissions are $25 for the first canvas and $10 for each additional canvas. Artists must have their canvas stamped Oct. 19-20 at The Hoschton Heritage Arts Center. Participating artists are invited to a complimentary dinner, drinks, fun and camaraderie at the Hoschton Heritage Arts Center Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m. Artists are also invited to stay for a free concert at the Art Center from 8-10 p.m. The Grand Prize winner will receive $200 and a one- night stay at Chateau Élan in Braselton. Second place will receive $100 and a bottle of Chateau Élan wine. Third place will receive $50 and a bottle of Chateau Élan wine. Completed works will be displayed with ribbons, and available for sale, at the Braselton Antique & Holiday Festival Oct. 27 -28. For information call 706-654-2693, e-mail jdees@braselton. net or or visit www.

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The Oaks at Braselton Story & Photos by Roxane Rose

The Salabarria family and many dignitaries from Hall and Jackson counties were in attendance at the ribbon cutting for the family’s fourth assisted living facility.


sland music and the scents of Caribbean-style food welcomed residents and attendees to the June 19 ribbon cutting that officially marked the opening of The Oaks at Braselton, a senior living facility on Thompson Mill Road that opened earlier this year. The Oaks offers assisted living as well as memory care and can accommodate up to 86 residents. Living areas include two-bedroom, one-bedroom and studio apartments, and in memory care, called “Horizons,” the rooms are specially designed for Alzheimer’s patients.

The mission for The Oaks is to “…provide a home that our residents can feel and call their own. To achieve the mission, we strive to create an environment that promotes physical, social, and spiritual well-being in a Christian setting. This quality of life commitment promotes independence, dignified living and lasting friendships with warm, family and home-like surroundings.” This commitment stems from personal need. In the 1990s, The Oaks Founder Nelson Salabarria Sr. discovered the lack of upscale,

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dignified home-like assisted living when his mother had need for such a facility. In 1998, the family opened the doors to The Oaks at Woodstock. In 2000, they opened the first memory care “Horizons” wing there. In 2004, The Oaks at Riverstone in Canton opened and in 2008, The Oaks at Post Grove opened in Cumming. The Oaks at Braselton is the most recent facility in the family of The Oaks Senior Living Services communities. During the ribboncutting ceremony, the drummer, who is also a staff member at The Oaks, and keyboard player entertained attendees and residents while Michelle Wiley of the Greater Hall County Island music entertained the guests and the residents. The drum player is one of the Chamber of Commerce employees at the Oaks. welcomed everyone. each other,” Davis noted. Just before the Also adjacent to the community area is the ribbon was cut, Salabarria Sr., spoke, saying, The Oaks Salon – a beauty/barber shop that “God is the center of this family business.” gives residents a place right on site to get hair The numerous amenities and many cuts and other services done. The room and tiny details are all indicative of the love and chairs are also used by dentists, podiatrists and dedication that went into The Oaks. physicians. The theater provides a wonderful venue Right across the hall from the salon is for movie nights and sporting events, and the rehabilitation room, staffed by Sundance will hold 24 people seated. It is also used Rehabilitation and offering physical, for Zumba classes, noted staff member Jan occupational and speech therapy. Davis, who guided tours. The chapel offers Other amenities at The Oaks are a laundry nondenominational Christian services, and room for residents who can do their own is home to Bible study and prayer group laundry and loads of welcoming porches. held every Monday morning. They hold “Sometimes residents hold their book communion there every so often, as well. club meetings outdoors,” Davis said. The large, magnificent community room The Oaks at Braselton has two dedicated is home to lots of events and offers a homeactivities directors, one each for assisted living and style environment in a rustic style. It features Horizons, and soon two nurses will be on site. birds and a baby grand piano. Part of the whole “It is unusual to have this level of care for great room is the dining area, which includes this size and type of facility,” Davis said. a private dining room when families want to That is the trademark of the new Braselton reserve it. facility as well as its predecessors in Woodstock, Branching off from the community Canton and Cumming – an extra level of care and dining rooms is the arts and crafts room, and compassion, to give our elderly a place to call where classes are offered such as painting and home and peace of mind for their family. ceramics. “It’s a great way for people to get to know

Upcoming Business Events Annual Real Estate Expo

Free lunch, free admission and great prizes at the I-85 North Board of Realtors Annual Real Estate Expo, scheduled for Sept. 27, 10 a.m. -2 p.m. It’s a great networking opportunity, so bring lots of business cards, which also will give you a chance at door prizes. Bring friends, co-workers, and potential new members! The Expo will be held at Jackson EMC in Jefferson. For those interested in reserving a booth, contact Ron Hawley at 770-670-6417.

HealthSmart Expo

The 6th Annual HealthSmart Expo, one of VISION 2030’s most successful initiatives, will be held Oct. 10 in Gainesville. The HealthSmart Expo provides free screenings such as blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, body mass index (BMI) and more with an estimated 70 booth exhibits providing interactive wellness services. The event focuses on community health and wellness. Dozens of services will be provided at the Expo including free health screenings. HealthSmart Expo is free and open to the public.

Annual Farm City Breakfast

The Greater Hall County Chamber will hold this regular breakfast on Wednesday, Nov. 14.

Calling All Golfers

The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its annual golf tournament for Nov. 2 at Traditions of Braselton Golf Club in Braselton. Visit or call 706-387-0300 for more information.

Legislative Forum

Hall County Chamber’s Annual Eggs & Issues Legislative Forum will be held on Thursday, Dec. 13.


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1... 2... 3.... Cut! That phrase is heard over and over again in North Georgia as ribbon cuttings are held by new businesses that continue to open their doors. Clockwise, from top left: Aug. 2: Canvas Mixers, a painting party studio in Braselton. July 19: BabyCakes Mini Cupcake Bakery & Floral has opened at 3575 McEver Rd. in Gainesville. Aug. 23: The Little Clinic, inside of Kroger in Jefferson. Aug. 2: Express Employment Professionals opened at 6072 Hwy. 53, Suite J in Braselton.

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Clockwise, from left: Homestar Financial/Shan Ryder held a ribbon cutting at the 377 Shallowford Rd. location in Gainesville this summer. June 15: Kid’s Dentistry of North Georgia, located in Suite 102 at 7316 Spout Springs Rd. in Flowery Branch. April 30: Sheila Sanchez Insurance Agency, 3030 McEver Rd., Suite 110, Gainesville June 29: Sport Clips opened at 890C Dawsonville Hwy. in Gainesville.

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Habitat for Humanity works to eliminate substandard housing and homelessness


all and Jackson counties, and the surrounding area, have been less affected by the economy that other areas of Georgia. This area has also seen the biggest rise in job creation in the state in the past year. Nonetheless, many citizens are living in conditions comparable to third world countries, making their homes in substandard housing, in overcrowded conditions with family or in the streets. Decent housing for all is a significant social problem. Thousands of low-income families have been given hope through affordable housing, thanks to Habitat for Humanity, which has built more than 500,000 houses that shelter 2.5 million people worldwide. While former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn are frequently associated with starting Habitat, the organization was founded by Millard and Linda Fuller in 1976. The Carters’ involvement came in 1984, when they took their first work trip, the Jimmy Carter Work Project, to New York City. Their


Story & Photos by Roxane Rose involvement in the ministry did, however, bring the organization national visibility and grew interest across the nation, resulting in a dramatic increase in the number of new affiliates around the country. There are now more than 1,300 affiliates in the United States. Among those affiliates are those in Hall, Jackson, Athens-Clarke, and Barrow counties, and Habitat North Central Georgia in Forsyth County. Here is a look at the positive community impact the affiliates in Hall and Jackson counties have made.

How It Works

The biggest misconception about Habitat is that the houses are free, noted all of the people

we interviewed for this story. “So many people think it is a hand out, instead of a hand up,” said Mark Bradley, president of the Jackson County affiliate. The loan is interest free, but it must be paid by the homeowner and 300 hours of “sweat equity” is required. In Hall County, the homeowner families can put that in by helping build a house or volunteering at ReStore. In Jackson, they help build the home. Through volunteer labor and tax-deductible donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner (partner) families. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit, financed with affordable, no-interest loans. The homeowners’ monthly

Habitat Mission Statement Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. HOME Living In North Georgia

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mortgage payments are recycled into a revolving Fund for Humanity that is used to build more houses. People who are living in substandard housing – no indoor plumbing, poor or no heat, roof leaks, three or more in a bedroom, or unsafe or unsanitary conditions – can apply for a house. They must go through a screening process.


Twenty-five years ago, Habitat launched ReStores. There are now more than 800 ReStores in the U.S. and Canada. The profits from the stores help the local affiliate build houses. While there are guidelines for the stores, each one is operated by the local affiliate so each one is unique. Most of them focus on building supplies and home improvement goods like furniture, accessories and appliances, but some also offer clothing and shoes, knick-knacks, gardening supplies and other items. Hall County opened its ReStore in 2008. Margaret Hart, who has been ReStore manager for two years, started as a volunteer with the organization four years ago. “We are so blessed here. I love how the store impacts the community while impacting the ability to build houses,” Hart said. Hart embraces the green aspect

of ReStore, using the slogan, “ReUse, ReCycle, ReStore.” She loves that items can be used to make money for Habitat homes, provide options for lower-income people and bargain hunters and not be dumped into the local landfill. At the Hall ReStore, Hart has developed a gardening area that carries supplies from hummingbird feeders to gloves and utensils and more. It is a fun and creative area at the front of the store. Nails and screws are sold by the pound; a recent donation from the Jackson County ReStore brought in a large amount of wallpaper and wall borders. (Hart had given shopping carts to that store.) She recently received a lot of pet supplies that are available at a great price. Sinks, counters, trim and doors, doors, doors are available – Hart said not a day goes by that she doesn’t sell a door. And then, there is the furniture. It truly is a fun shopping experience for people from all walks of life. But there is more to it than the fundraising for building homes, Hart said. The community outreach and community impact is huge. Right there at the store, items are made available to people who otherwise couldn’t purchase them, such as a couch or building supplies for repairs. They also have a community garden in front of the store, which has helped feed some families.

Along with a key to their home, new Habitat homeowners are presented with a hammer, a Bible and housewarming presents to help them on their way with their new opportunity.

Hall County The Habitat for Humanity of Hall County, established in 1991,

has built more than 25 homes. “We are about to start on another ‘Habitat High’ house,” said Robert Akin, president of the Habitat board of directors. He explained that the program was the “brainchild” of the Hall Homebuilders Association and the Habitat board. ReStore Manager Hart also had great enthusiasm as she spoke about Habitat High, a program unique to the Hall County Habitat. Upper level construction high school students who maintain an A-B average can apply for the program. They go through an interview process and, if accepted, spend three class periods helping build homes. “A lot of them end up going to work for the contractors they meet on the Habitat home sites,” Hart said, noting the students learn leadership skills and gain valuable on-the-job experience. The Habitat High program, which started three years ago, has resulted in seven of the homes that have been built. The goal is two houses per year. This program also built the playground in front of ReStore. Hall Habitat also has a “Women Build” program. Women Build has proven to be one of Habitat Hall County’s most successful and anticipated build projects. Women Build is not about excluding men; it’s about including women. The Women Build program empowers women to build Habitat for Humanity homes, enabling them to positively impact the lives of children by making homeownership a reality for families. By planning projects where the majority of volunteers are women, Women Build involves more women in Habitat’s construction efforts, thereby increasing the number of houses Habitat can build. The program is Top: Margaret Hart, Restore ma nager, and beneficial to the female Alannah Smith, office manager. Abo volunteers, as well. In the ve: Sammy, Hart’s 12-year-old maltipoo, is the official comfortable environment greeter at ReStore in Hall, which is pet friendly of a Women Build including treats for four-legged sho ppers. site, they quickly learn construction skills. “The women and students do all of our building,” noted Akin. Areas such as plumbing and HVAC are done by licensed trade workers. 17

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Habitat introduced ReStores 25 years ago. While they provide a source of funds so that more houses can be built, ReStores also offer valuable community outreach. Pictured is the Hall County ReStore. Inset, some items at the Jackson County ReStore.

“Another way we partner is with other ministries,” she added, listing off a number of area ministries and nonprofits with which they partner that help teens, the homeless and those battling addiction. In neighboring Jackson County, ReStore Manager Vince Mercardante Sr., shares the love of the ministry associated with ReStore. “We pray for people, we pray with people. We know people by name, and their families,” Mercardante said. “It really is a bit of a ministry. And while we are a Christian-based organization, we love them all – different faith or no faith, Muslims, Jehovah’s Witnesses – we are an extension of God’s love.” It is also important to Mercardante that it gives “average” people a hand up in life because they are able to buy things at a reasonable price. In addition to his passion for the ministry side of things, Mercardante has nine years experience managing thrift stores, including The Potters House and Peace Place, both in Jefferson. He also travels anywhere, from Hiawassee all the way to California, to consult with people on thrift stores. “I’m not an expert, but I am happy to share what I know,” he said. He is currently making some “subtle” changes and working on increasing donations. “My goal is for this store to generate one house per year, which is about $60,000-$70,000,” he said, “so we continually need an influx of good donations.” They will take just about anything that is in good condition and resellable. While the large majority of goods encompasses clothes,

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coats, children’s items, books, knick-knacks and building supplies, they also have the occasional high-end item. A brand new legal book ended up in their hands, which brought them $145. They have even had a boat and an automobile donated to them, both of which sold. They also have a lot of good furniture, as well as gently loved furniture, Mercardante noted. Both the Hall and Jackson ReStores would like to see more volunteers and more donations. “We use as much volunteer labor as possible, so we are always eager to meet new volunteers!” Hart said. “We are so grateful for what we have.” Mercardante is looking for specific areas to be covered. For example, someone who will “take ownership” of an area, such as clothing, and spend 8-10 hours a week keeping that area organized and managing the donations that come in for that area. “We’re always willing to try different things,” he noted. He also would like to have someone to do minor repairs on a regular basis, using a sleigh bed as an example. “When it came in, the rails were broken. A volunteer spent 20 minutes on it, and we were able to sell

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P.O. Box 2514 Gainesville, GA 30503 Phone: 678-450-5998 it for $200. A recliner that wouldn’t recline – repaired, it sold for $100.” As for donations, Mercardante would like to see more building supplies and appliances. “That would really boost sales – and the number of homes we can build.” The Hall County Habitat sells primarily building supplies and furniture, although, while it does not sell clothing, it is accepted on behalf of Teen Challenge, one of the local nonprofits

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with which they partner. Hart noted that shoppers like ReStore so much, “...sometimes our customers are waiting on us when we drive up!” Hart, who also sits on the homeowner selection committee, said, “I have a strong heart for our families. They become very precious to us.” She noted a lot of them are single moms, which is “a very lonely struggle,” she said, having experienced it herself.

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“There are so many statistics about the benefits of a stable environment. By having the roots and the safety and security of a place to call home, children really thrive,” she said.

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The Jackson County Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1997, and broke ground on its first house in 1998. It has built nine houses since, and seven tracts of land have been donated. The most recent dedication was for Gesila Bahena and her three children. The board of directors has been busy in the past couple of years. First, they started the ReStore. “Like most nonprofits, we needed to find a revenue generator,” noted Mark Bradley, president of the board. “The basic plan is laid out by Habitat, so we didn’t have to reinvent the wheel. It has exceeded our expectations. The key was finding the right person.” Bradley also noted that having a ReStore helps spread the word about Habitat. Next, the board brought on an executive director. Paul Brown, who started earlier this year, brings 17 years of Habitat experience from his volunteer time with Barrow County Habitat and before that, Gwinnett Habitat. Brown’s five-year goal is to be building two to three houses a year; to establish community partnerships, including government, private and other nonprofits; to expand ReStore; and to get the community more involved. It is a labor of love for Brown. “I am not used to getting paid to do things I enjoy,” he said, noting that he learned he enjoyed pounding nails from his father, who was a subcontractor. His mother taught him to love thy neighbor. He and his wife Sally, and even their boys, have worked together for Habitat. The Jackson County Habitat is readying itself for the future. “It is important for people to understand the journey we go through, as we evolve from a board-operated organization to staff that is ready to take that next step to reach our long-term goals,” Bradley related. “I’d like to see more involvement from the community. There are all types of opportunities – committees, building, ReStore. People think when we build, that people show up in droves. Not true. They also think that everything is donated. Not true. We need volunteers, and even board members. We have 14, but would embrace more.” Brown looks forward to leading the growth that will enable Habitat to build more houses. “Everyone should have the opportunity to live in a safe, comfortable house,” ul he said. In addition to his new position Top: Executive Director Pa Board the of ent esid Pr d an n ow in Jackson County, he tries to remain Br n kso Jac th wi , ley ad Br ark involved with the Barrow County Habitat. M Vince : ove Ab at. bit Ha ty un “It’s all one Habitat,” he said. Co manager. re Sto Re , Sr. te an ard erc M 20

Gesila Bahena and her three children took ownership of their new home on June 28 during a dedication ceremony. Housewarming gifts were presented to Bahena by Jackson County board member Anna Gesila Bahena, left, is presented with housewarming Chambers, who said, as she gifts when she receives the key to her Habitat home. presented each item, “Bread, so your pantry will always be full; sugar, so your life in this home will be sweet; and a penny, so you will be blessed with prosperity.” Other board members were part of the ceremony as well, presenting the new homeowner with a Bible and a hammer. The key to the home was presented by Teresa Vaughan Smith. With tears of joy rolling down her face, Bahena said, “I appreciate this opportunity … you have no idea how much I appreciate the volunteers who made this home possible. You dream of it, you work toward it…and I got it. Thank you for this organization. I plan to give back. On behalf of my family, thank you, all of you, and God bless each and every one of you.”

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How HABITAT was built The concept that grew into Habitat for Humanity International was born at Koinonia Farm, a small, interracial, Christian community outside of Americus, Georgia. Koinonia Farm was founded in 1942 by farmer and biblical scholar Clarence Jordan. Founders Millard and Linda Fuller first visited Koinonia in 1965. They had recently left a successful business and an affluent lifestyle in Montgomery, Alabama to begin a new life of Christian service. At Koinonia, Jordan and Fuller developed the concept of “partnership housing.” The concept centered on those in need of adequate shelter working side by side with volunteers to build simple, decent houses. The houses would be built at no profit and interest would not be charged on

the loans. Building costs would be financed by a revolving fund called “The Fund for Humanity.” The fund’s money would come from the new homeowners’ house payments, no-interest loans provided by supporters and money earned by fund-raising activities. The monies in the Fund for Humanity would be used to build more houses. In 1968, Koinonia laid out 42 halfacre house sites with four acres reserved as a community park and recreational area. Capital was donated from around the country to start the work. Homes were built and sold to families in need at no profit and no interest. The basic model of Habitat for Humanity was begun. In 1973, the Fullers decided to apply the

Photo courtesy of Jackson County Habitat Fund for Humanity concept in developing countries. The Fuller family moved to Mbandaka, Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo.) The Fullers’ goal was to offer affordable yet adequate shelter to 2,000 people. After three years of hard work to launch a successful house building program, the Fullers returned to the United States. In September 1976, Millard and Linda called together a group of supporters to discuss the future of their dream. Habitat for Humanity International as an organization was born at this meeting. The eight years that followed, vividly described in Millard Fuller’s book, “Love in the Mortar Joints,” proved that the vision of a housing ministry was workable. Faith, hard work and direction set HFHI on its successful course. 21

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DYNAMIC DUO Vince & Barbara Dooley Story by Roxane Rose | Photos by Sarina Roth

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olks may think Vince is the powerhouse and leading public figure in the Vince and Barbara Dooley marriage, but you need spend only a few minutes with them to learn that in fact they are a dynamic duo. When the Dooleys welcomed us into their home for this story, the expectation was for a larger-than-life figure who, as the Bulldogs’ coach and UGA Athletic Director for 40 years, posted 201 victories, won six Southeastern Conference titles, won the national title in 1980, was named NCAA Coach of the Year twice and SEC Coach of the Year seven times, produced a Heisman Award winner and won the national title in 1980. And that’s just his football accomplishments, some of them. Barbara is imposing in her own right. She remains a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty in Athens, where she handles properties throughout the Southeast, but also participates in extensive volunteer work and is a popular keynote speaker. Both are published authors. Yet, they still are just your neighbors next door.

The Garden

The renowned garden at the Dooleys’ home is spectacular yet comfortable, sporting more than 100 species of plants. Benches nestled in quiet corners and small streams, ponds and waterfalls offer an invitation to sit and read a book. St. Francis statues abound. His garden is a late hobby, Vince said. “I’ve always said the great thing about living in a university town is that there is always an expert on something,” he noted. “When I retired from football, I thought I’d take ‘a’ course about plants that would satisfy my curiosity.” That one class turned into a 20-year hobby with a garden spanning more than two acres at their home in Athens. Always thirsting for knowledge, Vince took classes on perennials, shrubs, trees and propagation from Michael Dir and Allan Armitage, UGA horticulture professors. Through them, he developed his passion for plants and his garden. As we strolled through the garden, we would go only a few steps before stopping to learn about yet another variety or species. Vince had a story about each one. “Check out that Japanese maple – it is a real weeper,” he said, then pointing out the Sequoia, which he said is “the fastest-growing tree I have ever seen.”

This is a “Twist and Shout,” a reblooming lacecap hydrangea. Vince then said, “Check out that Purple Pixie,” going into explanation about the mini Loropetalum that is a beautiful dwarf plant with a weeping habit. It has pale purplish-blue flowers in clusters on top of short stems. Next we encountered the purple “Twist and Shout,” a reblooming lacecap hydrangea. Something of a surprise was the variegated kudzu, located at the perimeter of the pool. A perennial in the vines and climbers family, it has pretty trifoliate light green leaves edged in white and puts out violet/purple/lavender blooms in the later fall or early winter. While kudzu is scorned by many, for a variegated plant enthusiast, it is an obvious inclusion in the garden. Other variegated plants and trees in the garden include the Red Japanese Variegated Pine and the weeping variegated redbud. Weeping plants are a passion inside of the passion, and there is an entire “Weeper’s Corner” in the front yard along the creek that includes rare trees, shrubs and plants such as the weeping redbud, a weeping bald cypress and the weeping katsura tree, called “Amazing Grace,” among others. Next we were treated to the Japanese garden, which features rocks from Mount Fugi and a miniature Japanese hut, which is actually camouflage for the well. To manage a garden of this magnitude, we wondered if he took classes in landscape design

as well, and does he have help? “I became experienced in landscaping by experience,” Vince noted, adding he occasionally has help with the basics of the grass cutting, etc. It is no surprise that plants have been named after Vince. One is the “Dooley Hydrangea,” an extra-hardy plant. It was discovered in March 1996, when a late freeze killed almost all of the flower buds on hydrangeas in the Atlanta area. Vince was the only gardener with blooms. So, it was propagated and now is available at many garden stores. Vince’s gardening bug even led to a unique anniversary present. “It was our 39th anniversary – what do you get your spouse for that number?” he noted. “Then it hit me – a Japanese maple.” Vince holds a special place in his heart for the some 50 Japanese maples in his garden, including the infamous “anniversary tree.” Vince managed to bring in a full-grown tree and have it planted without Barbara knowing, and it even “looked like it had been there forever,” he said. He led her to the spot with her eyes closed. “That was the first time and only one since I saw her speechless,” he recalled. But the “great” idea didn’t go over as planned, once Barbara ran to the tree and started looking for diamonds or jewelry that wasn’t there. With the wonderful humor and banter, it is obvious that Barbara holds an affection for his passion. What an amazing, yet comfortable, garden it is. Much like the man. But to Vince, it is just

“Gardening is good for the mind, good for the body and good for the soul.” his hobby. “They’re my buddies,” Vince said of his many plants, trees and shrubs. To read more about the garden, the book “Vince Dooley’s Garden – The Horticultural Journey of a Football Coach,” published in 2010 by Vince and artist Steve Penley, chronicles Vince’s passion for gardening. “Gardening is good for the mind, good for the body and good for the soul,” Vince said of his beloved hobby.


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Barbara Dooley is an inspiring southern lady: She is a Realtor with properties all over the Southeast, does numerous motivational speaking engagements, has a radio show and has re-released her book “Put Me In, Coach: Confessions of a Football Wife,” which was originally published in 1991.

The Survivor

Barbara has always been an outgoing, inspiring woman, yet this was put to the test in December 2005 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She has turned her experience into help for other women. You can still feel her shock at the diagnosis as she recalls learning about it. It was at Christmas, and family was coming with some already there. From day one, she stepped up and hit it head on. “I didn’t want to tell my children right there at Christmas, but how could I not?” she said. Over her treatment, which lasted about a year with two years recovery, there were many dark nights, literally and figuratively. Many of which she spent in Vince’s garden. “I never knew how dark it is outside at three-o-clock in the morning,” she said.

But day-to-day, she relied on her faith and a positive attitude. And she strongly believes this approach – how you deal with a challenge and your attitude – is key to recovery. Although already an accomplished and sought-after speaker, when Barbara was first contacted to speak about her battle with breast cancer she just didn’t think she could do it. But, as with other challenges in her life, she did. Approaching this new speaking subject with the same positive attitude she did her diagnosis and treatment, she now speaks often and is particularly busy in October for Breast Cancer Awareness month. “I’ve taken the personal out of it,” she explained. “Sometimes when I think about it, I think, no that could not have happened to me!” Today, Barbara is still cancer free. While she had a tough two-year battle, she didn’t let it get her

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down for long. She continued her job as a Realtor, her speaking engagements, her radio show, and then she added re-releasing her book “Put Me In, Coach: Confessions of a Football Wife,” which was originally published in 1991. What’s next? “I’ve never thought about the future or my life. It just rolls along,” she said. “I go where the Lord takes me.”

The House

Like the garden, the house is impressive and elegant, yet welcoming. Built 45 years ago, it has undergone 10 major additions, including the most recent and most major of them all – a 13-month renovation that was completed in November 2010. The original part of the house was razed, and the two wings were gutted. “I told her to do whatever she wanted to do with the renovation, just don’t touch my gardens. I think that was a mistake,” Vince said with humor. The couple lived in their one-room poolhouse during the renovation, although Barbara had access to her bathroom and closet in the main house. The result is beautiful. HOME Living In North Georgia

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During the most recent renovation the Dooleys made to their Athens home, the front porch was extended and stately columns were added, completely changing the look of the home.

As we strolled through the garden, we would go only a few steps before stopping to learn about yet another variety or species. Vince had a story about each one. St. Francis and other whimsical statues abound.

Although still about 6,000 square feet, the ceilings went from 8 feet to 10 feet high and much of the house was totally rearranged. Barbara’s key issues with the house were addressed – the kitchen was too small, the ceilings too low and the kitchen was shut off from the rest of the house. Vince wanted to be able to see through the house to the garden, so the staircase was moved from the front to the back. On the outside, the front porch was extended and stately columns were added, completely changing the look of the home. The “Bulldog Room” which includes 275 bulldogs and features American, Japanese and Chinese antiques – Barbara’s passion – remained intact. Barbara’s favorite room is the sun porch, which was Vince’s vision. “I wanted a room that brings the garden into the house,” he said of the cozy, bright room that is nestled in the garden and has the sound of the waterfall just outside the floorto-ceiling windows. “It’s where I plop down on Sunday mornings with my coffee and my crossword puzzle,” Barbara shared. It was an appropriate setting for the beginning of the interview, where we got to know “the real” Vince and Barbara Dooley.

The Couple

Vince and Barbara are parents to four children, Deanna, Daniel, Denise, and Derek, plus 11 grandchildren and one granddog. The whole family tries to get together twice a year and their children are their “major accomplishment,” they said. Barbara, who speaks on overcoming obstacles, says jokingly that she’s been living for more than 50 years with “the biggest obstacle of all – Vincent.” The camaraderie and frequent humor and affectionate ribbing was constant and entertaining. Vince and Barbara joke about their differences, but their 52 years of marriage has seemingly made them best friends. Around the house, Vince is the “sweaty, dirty one” Barbara said. “I’m in charge of foreign affairs. She is in charge of domestic affairs,” Vince joked. “When we travel, he is happy riding on a school bus and staying in a Motel 6. Me, I want to stay in a 5-star hotel,” Barbara said with a laugh. Their travels have taken them all over the world and have accommodated their different interests. From the Wyoming hiking trip they took about 10 years ago, where they hiked, backpacked and walked up to 17 miles a day to camp and slept in tents, to their 50th 25

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“The wonderful thing about him is his humility. There’s no pretense.”

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anniversary trip to Dubai which included a cruise ship trip around the Persian Islands, their trips have been diverse. Vince, who also has a passion for history and especially the Civil War, feeds this hunger for information through his travels. He had just gotten back from a trip to Albany, N.Y., where he saw the Battle of Saratoga sites, and then continued on to Quebec for more historic battle sites. “I love to study the history of places,” Vince said. The couple has also been to the Panama Canal, to Ecuador on a studies abroad program, traveled with students from UGA on a Global L.E.A.D trip, South Africa twice and the Guadalupe Islands in Mexico, which was one of the things on Vince’s “bucket list.” “We’ve had some great trips,” Barbara recalled with a smile. “We travel together a lot – I especially like that, because I have him all to myself.” Of course, their travel slows down in the fall for football season. But you won’t find the Dooleys in Athens much. Instead,

they will be in Knoxville, where son Derek is in his second year as Head Coach for the University of Tennessee. Rivalry? Absolutely not. “He’s my son – there’s no rivalry!” Barbara exclaimed. “I wear orange and yell ‘Go Vols!’” “I try to keep her from wearing orange until we cross the border,” Vince said with his deadpan humor. Barbara attends all the games, “…alone, I might add!” she said, as Vince stays in to watch them on television. While a prominent public figure in her own right, the question “what is it like to be married to legendary coach Vince Dooley?” begs to be asked. “The wonderful thing about him is his humility. There’s no pretense,” she said. “I think of my daughter’s story years ago, when someone asked her, ‘What is it like to be Vince Dooley’s daughter?’ and she said ‘Mom, I told them he’s just my dad.’ Well, Vince is just my man. He’s just Vincent. He’s what I fell in love with,” Barbara said.

Barbara’s favorite room is the sun porch, which was Vince’s vision: “I wanted a room that brings the garden into the house.”

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The Splendor of Fall Foliage Story by Roxane Rose | Photos by Sarina Roth

E North Georgia is a great place to see Mother Nature’s palette – and this year promises to be a good one.

arly to mid-November are typically the best times to see fall foliage in Georgia, and about a week earlier for the north Georgia mountains. Mother Nature gives us this free show each year due to the food-making process of the trees. Leaves have green and yellow to orange pigments and get their green in the spring and summer from chlorophyll, a chemical that absorbs sunlight to make the green. The yellow and orange pigments are masked by the large amounts of green coloring for most of the year. In the fall, chlorophyll breaks down and the green goes away due to changes in the amount of daylight and lower temperatures. This allows the yellow to orange colors to show. There are other chemical changes that can occur, resulting in the rainbow of colors. The dominant colors in North Georgia are gold and orange, such as the vivid color that comes from the sugar maple, but a whole rainbow of colors might be seen. A number of trees give us the brilliant yellows, such as black cherry, sweet birch, yellow poplar and white ash, among others. A yellow-gold hue comes from black walnuts, hickories, white basswood and American beech. Red colors are produced by black gum, red maple, persimmon and scarlet and white oak trees. The scarlet oak also produces a reddish-purple color, which also can be seen in dogwoods, sweetgum and sumac. Sassafras produces red-orange leaves, while the southern red oak gives us a reddish-brown color. Bronze hues come from the chestnut and black oak trees and the American elm. The amount of color and how long it lasts is determined by the weather – temperature, how many sunny days and how many rainy days. Temperatures that stay above freezing help produce brilliant colors, while early frosts can decrease the intensity. Cloudy and rainy days can intensify color. This year should be a very good year for foliage watching, said Connie Head, consulting urban forester with Technical Forestry Services in Commerce. The early dry period, followed

now by wetter, cooler weather, is just the combination to make spectacular colors. The last weekend in October should be good for the very northeast tip of Georgia. A week or two after that will see the peak in the North Georgia mountains. “We actually have a couple of peaks here in North Georgia, due to our species mix, and some trees don’t turn well into November,” Head added. There are many ways to view the vibrant rainbow of colors fall brings to North Georgia. Enjoy them from your automobile, see them up close by hiking or take a ride on a vintage railcar. The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway (www. has a four-hour, 26-mile round trip and you can choose the vintage climatecontrolled cars or open air rail cars. The relaxing ride starts at the historic depot, built in 1905 in downtown Blue Ridge, winds along the Toccoa River, stops for a layover in the quaint sister towns of McCaysville, Ga., and Copperhill, Tenn., before starting the one-hour return trip. Great day trips abound with Georgia’s state parks. Amicalola Falls and Unicoi state parks in the heart of North Georgia are a great place for hiking. Amicalola has hardy trails as well as ones ideal for families with small children and strollers. Blackrock Mountain State Park, in the northeast corner of the state, offers challenging trails and breathtaking views. If you choose Blackrock, go sooner rather than later, since it is one of Georgia’s highest peaks. Those who prefer the ease of roadside scenery should check out park overlooks such as Cowee, Nantahala and Blue Ridge, which provide seemingly endless vistas across the Southern Appalachians –just a few yards from the car door. If you want to stay overnight, North Georgia’s multitude of towns offer great resorts and weekend get-away packages. Be sure to bring your camera, good sturdy shoes and a sweater or a light coat. For travel ideas, visit

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A Flight of Fashion

Story by Roxane Rose | Photos by Sarina Roth

s the ladies trade their strappy sandals for fabulous boots, hot new fall fashions are here to warm you in the coming chilly months. Old-style glamour has made a fabulous return in the form of vintage and vintage-inspired jewelry. In again are vintage anniversary rings, and some are even opting to go vintage with their wedding rings. Also giving a stylish appeal are vintage pendants and brooches that really make a statement. Not to be forgotten are chandelier earrings, cascading necklaces and other whimsical, chunky pieces.

You can purchase marvelous vintage jewelry from a variety of places – from a traditional jewelry store, where they can tell you about the piece, the history of its kind and more, to antique and consignment stores. Look for vintage-inspired pieces at boutiques, jewelry stores and consignment stores. Bargain hunters and thrift store junkies, you may find the best find and best deal all in one place. Also seeing a resurgence are owls. From home décor to fashion, these quirky little creatures are cropping up everywhere. In ladies’ fashions, they can be worn on your finger, around your neck, pinned to your clothing or even be the theme of your handbag. Young girls, teens and women alike are finding a place for owls on their bodies and in their hearts.

Pocket watches are the inspiration for some vintage-look jewelry, such as these necklaces carried by Sassy Rabbit in Commerce.

With today’s green movement, gold-leaf jewelry is making a comeback. A hallmark of the Victorian era, this natural jewelry is the perfect gift or accessory for the woman who has a love for nature and luxury alike.

HOME discovered a great selection of vintage jewelry at Countryside Antiques and Braselton Antique Mall in Braselton.

Chic Sister (top) in Tanger Outlets and Sassy Rabbit (bottom two photos) in The Shops at Banks Crossing both carry a variety of owl-themed accessories. 29 29

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Water Gardens Story and Photos by Sarina Roth

Background: The fragrant water lily is a jewel in the crown of a water feature. The submerged portions of the aquatic plants provide habitats for many micro and macro invertebrates, which are used as food by fish and other wildlife species.


With North Georgia’s mild climates, we are blessed to be able to enjoy the beauty of ponds in our residential backyards, public parks and even business landscapes. Ponds add a very special character to an environment, promoting a soothing , relaxing state-of-mind. The sound of gentle waters, buzzing insects, fluttering birds and bullfrogs make it appealing to our senses. Butterflies often grace the areas feeding off the sweet nectar from water plants, while the fish nibble at the thriving root systems. The overall ecological system is a harmonious space for flourishing organic biological therapy. HOME Living In North Georgia

When pond life is vibrant and flourishing, you never know who may move in! Water Lettuce is one of the perennial favorites among pond keepers. Its ability to filter water and its unusual appearance make it a beautiful part of any medium to large pond setting.

Some call the Water Hyacinth the most exotic pond flower of all. To keep it over the winter in our area, you need a heated greenhouse. With a long hot summer, it can double its size in a matter of weeks,.

Water gardens just don’t seem to be complete without beautiful, colorful fish swimming in them. They are not only enjoyable for their shimmering colors and movement, but also help with mosquito control.

The Pickerelweed is a perennial water plant that can grow up to 3 1/2 feet tall. It is a gorgeous accent to ponds with its purple 34-inch tubular flowers, but each bloom only lasts a day.

Tropical Lilies are annuals in our climate, and therefore must be replaced each year. They do not usually survive our cold winters.


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There are many varieties of the carnivorous Pitcher plant, ranging from bright reds, pinks and yellows to vibrant greens. However, they all feature the same tactic for prey … giving off a sweet-smelling nectar to lure in an insect, and leading them inside to an inescapable storehouse of digestive fluids. Decorative water features come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Consider using fountains in your landscape to add fresh moving water for animals to enjoy while creating a relaxing oasis for yourself. A waterfall adds a lively focal point to any landscape, especially in a garden or near a patio. The soothing sound of falling water is a peaceful delight and calming therapy.



Background: This beautiful bog plant is a Canna “Erebus” and can grow up to 5 or 6 feet tall. Its bright flowers bloom through the summer, with each stem producing as many as 15 or 20 flowers. 32 32

Award-winning photographer SARINA ROTH has had a passion for nature since she was a child. For information about Sarina and her work, visit www.never and her facebook page, Never the Rock Photography. HOME Living HOME Living InIn North North Georgia Georgia

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selected structures in the Gainesville area. The artistic project was the idea of Don Griffin at Frames You-Nique in Gainesville. Framed copies of the 18"x24" poster can be purchased at Frames You-Nique.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Early Detection Is Key Story by Roxane Rose

Women in North Georgia have close access to some of the best cancer care facilities in the nation.


he chance of the average American woman having breast cancer is about one in eight. Breast cancer is a common cancer in women, second only to lung cancer as the leading cause of cancer death in women. Fortunately, in the last few decades, early detection and new treatment options have dramatically improved women’s chances of beating breast cancer and returning to a productive life. Northeast Georgia Medical Center provides state-of-the-art imaging and biopsy services to help your physician effectively diagnose and treat breast cancer. If your doctor finds anything suspicious in a physical or screening mammogram, he or she may order one or more of the following procedures: digital mammography, ultrasound, breast MRI or advanced breast and lymph node biopsy procedures.

NGMC – A Survivor’s Story Different people take different approaches to handling the discovery of cancer. It affects their attitudes and outlooks on life. For one of NGHS’s patients, she was especially adamant about keeping a positive attitude so her family would stay hopeful. “People often asked me if I was scared. Of course I’m scared, I thought, but I’ve got to keep with my normal routine. You can’t curl into a ball. You can’t let it defeat you. One of the most important things is you have to keep a positive attitude. Live day to day and enjoy time and being with friends and family.” She did just that. She and her son were even able to find levity in her breast cancer diagnosis. “He calls my chemo port an alien probe,” she laughed. “We’ve had to be lighthearted about it because cancer is scary.” A 31-year-old nurse who had surgery and treatment in 2011, she says, “I would definitely recommend NGMC to anyone battling cancer. We The women’s imaging suite at Northeast Georgia Medical Center have the knowledge and what is is a space dedicated solely to women’s needs and offers separate needed here in town. I was very waiting areas, warmed robes, lighted scenery panels for diagnostic impressed with the nursing staff patients having mammograms and gourmet refreshments.. as well. They all remembered my


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name and my story. They were very supportive to my mom, which was very important to me because, being the patient, I wasn’t worried about myself, but more so my family and if they were okay and how they were dealing with it. Family support was huge. The nurses took over what needed to be done with my family members so that I could stay calm and keep peace of mind.” For many cancer patients, NGMC’s patient navigation program is a helpful resource. The program offers cancer patients guidance during their difficult journey. The survivor remembers her certified breast health navigator telling her, “Call or e-mail me with any questions.” And she did. “One night it hit me at two in the morning – I had cancer,” she related. “I e-mailed her just to let her know that it finally hit me and I needed help and resources. She e-mailed me right away and told me this was normal. She told me I was not the nurse anymore. I should be the patient because this was what I needed at this time.” The Longstreet Clinic The Longstreet Clinic in Gainesville opened its Breast Center in 2009, providing patients in Northeast Georgia a convenient way to have their concerns addressed in a womenfocused environment. “The idea behind The Breast Center is to make it easy and convenient for women with breast concerns to get things checked out,” said Dr. Priscilla Strom, a surgeon at The Longstreet Clinic and medical director of The Breast Center. In many cases, same-day appointments are available. Technology such as state-of the-art digital mammography and stereotactic and ultrasound-guided biopsy allows The Breast Center staff to detect and diagnose any abnormalities in a timely way. “If something is found, the patient can see a surgeon for a consultation that same day, if necessary,” Dr. Strom said. Two certified MammaCare Specialists are with Longstreet Cancer Center: Chastity Nix, BSN, RN, OCN; and Helen Rabon, RN, MSN, FNP-C, A.O.C.N. Athens Regional Medical Center ARMC’s Mobile Mammography Unit typically spends 8-10 days a month serving women in 17 counties, but during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it is almost every day, said Connie Phelps, manager of the Breast Health Center. The mobile unit is not only a convenience, it has likely facilitated women having mammograms who otherwise would not. Phelps, who has worked in the Center

since 2002, was touched personally by the disease a few years ago. Her best friend from grade school came in with her mom, and the doctor noticed something right away. Her friend’s mom was taken straight to radiology, where it was decided a biopsy was needed, and with same-day services it was done that day. “I was really fortunate I was able to go on that journey with them. She’s doing great now,” Phelps related, adding that the year after the diagnosis, she began walking in the In Their Shoes Walk, a 13.1 mile, one-day walk recognizing and honoring those who have experienced cancer. All proceeds from the walk remain local, benefiting the programs and services for all cancer patients at the Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support at ARMC. Screening Recommendations The American Cancer Society offers these recommendations for early detection of breast cancer: • Women should start performing consistent self breast exams in their 20s. • Women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam (CBE)preferably every three years. • Starting at age 40, women should have a CBE every year. CBE is done along with mammograms and gives women a chance to discuss with their doctor or nurse changes in their breasts, early detection testing and factors that might make her more likely to have breast cancer. • Women age 40 and older should have a mammogram every year. • Women at high risk should have an MRI and a mammogram every year. Women at moderately increased risk should talk with their doctors about adding MRI screening to their yearly mammogram. Yearly MRI screening is not recommended for women whose risk of breast cancer is less than 15 percent.

Above: Surgeon Dr. Priscilla Strom is the medical director of The Breast Center, which The Longstreet Clinic in Gainesville opened in 2009. Below: Connie Phelps, manager of the Breast Health Center at Athens Regional Medical Center, said their Mobile Mammography Unit is in demand almost every day during Breast Cancer Awareness month.


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Zumba! Why all the craze about Zumba? Because it is fun, doesn’t require experience, can burn up to 1,000 calories in a onehour workout and brings the party to exercise!


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umba is “like a big party,” says certifed Zumba Fitness instructor Maria Gloria Cardarelli, who has been doing Zumba for eight years and teaching for four. Originally from Venezuela, Cardarelli brings all the passion of her background roots to Zumba. The blend of different cultures, including South American, Arabian and Italian, has been Cardarelli’s inspiration to learn different rhythms and through them, express with Zumba Fitness how music can be utilized to achieve your fitness goals. Zumba is a Latin-inspired fitness program that was started in 2001 by Alberto “Beto” Perez, a fitness instructor in his native Colombia, all because he didn’t bring his regular tapes to his aerobic class. He improvised with his own tapes of salsa and merengue music and his class loved it. Perez brought this workout to Miami,

met entreprenuers lberto Perlman and Alberto Aghion, who put a name and a vision to it, and Zumba was born. Today, Zumba and its related workouts and enterprises are branded and copyrighted. Like other words that are used generically but are in fact a coined and protected name, such as Kitty Litter and Kleenex, a host of legal requirements are in place about its usage and how it should and should not be used, such as correct grammatical use and abbreviations. As a company, Zumba supports Breast Cancer Awareness month, raising more than $1 million for Susan G. Komen for the Cure® in 2011 through its Zumbathon® classes-forcharity platform and with the help of thousands of its instructors, who hosted more than 1,300 Zumbathon charity events in 34 countries. “Now in its second year, Zumba’s ‘Party in Pink’ has done an incredible job of bringing people together in more than 30 countries

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across the globe to raise awareness and funds for important breast-cancer research and community programs,” said Katrina McGhee, CMO & executive vice president for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. “‘Party in Pink’ not only gets people moving and having a good time, but exercise is known to reduce breast-cancer risk, making this partnership a perfect match!” Cardarelli supports charity herself. She is a member of the board of directors for Project Safe, a non-profit organization focused on ending domestic violence. She was the winner of the Project Safe People’s Choice contest, has performed at the 2011 show “Dancing with the Athens Stars” and she organized this year’s “Groovy Nights,” a Project Safe fundaiser in Athens. The Zumba program currently offers eight types of Zumba classes: Zumba® Fitness, Zumba Gold® (modified for older participants), Zumba® Toning (a combination of body-sculpting and cardio, Aqua Zumba® (yes, Zumba in the pool), Zumbatomic® (for kids ages 4-12), Zumba® in the Circuit, Zumba® Gold-Toning (incorporates strength training) and Zumba Sentao™ (chair-based choreography to strengthen, balance and

stabilize your core. To become a Zumba instructor, the company offers training. Cardarelli has been trained and certified by the most renowned Zumba educator specialists around the world and she has participated in classes with Zumba creator Perez. “A big difference with Zumba is the old music for exercise was just background noise, but with this you utilize the music,” said Cardarelli. “And the beauty of it is there is no right or wrong.” That is a good point for those who say they can’t dance or have no rhthym. You just get out there and move, shake, dance and have a great time for 60 minutes without stopping. Zumba can burn up to 1,000 calories in that hour. Cardarelli teaches seven classes a week at the Anytime Fitness in Braselton and for private companies. She is also certified in Zumba Toning and Zumbatonic. More than 14 million people take Zumba classes in more than 140,000 locations across more than 150 countries. “Fourteen million followers can’t be wrong,” Cardarelli said. “To me it is food for the soul.”

Maria Gloria Cardarelli has been married to hubby Arnold for 29 years and they have a 27-year-old daughter named Maria. The Cardarellis live in Athens where she has been practicing real estate for the last 10 years, which is her “real job” she says. But Zumba is her love. “I turn around and I see these faces, my students, they make my day. I can’t imagine a day without Zumba.”

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he Chattahoochee Country Club is one of Hall County’s crown jewels, offering facilities designed to cater to every whim. On the dining front, regular venues include the dining Veranda overlooking a private cove on Lake Lanier, the Vue @ 3000, the Harbor Bar and Grille. For events, from corporate meetings to birthday parties to wedding receptions, the ballroom and Terrace Room are both wonderful options. Seasonal lunch and dinner menus can satisfy a variety of tastes, and healthy items are available and special diets are easily accommodated.


The magic behind the cuisine is José Zavala, an accomplished and talented chef who has 30-plus years of experience and has won national awards. This is not Chef José’s first time at CCC – he helped open the property in the 1980s. He moved on after five years, “…not because I was bored but because I wanted to grow and have the thrill of a larger property.” Since then, he has been executive chef at properties such as the Radisson Ponce de Leon Golf & Conference Resort in St. Augustine, Fla., and Brasstown Valley Resort in Young Harris. He was the sous chef for banquets at St. Ives Country Club in Duluth, HOME Living In North Georgia

among others. Several years ago, he was in the area and “just stopped by to see who was running it,” he related. “And they had an opening. It was meant to be.” He has been featured in Southern Living, and he used to participate in national competitions. He won bronze and silver medals in the 1992, 1993 and 1996 National Food Show in Atlanta, and has a total of seven medals. He can also carve a 300-pound ice sculpture with a chain saw in seven minutes. He is sensitive to special dietary needs and requests due to his daughter’s nut allergy. “It was a rude awakening,” he said of the incident when his daughter was just 8 years old and ended up in the emergency room. “When someone has a special request or need, whether it is an allergy to gluten or dairy or they are vegetarian, I stop what I am doing and attend to their needs,” he said. Chef José said CCC is introducing a new menu in September, and it will feature items exclusively for people with allergies. The love for cooking was fostered when he was growing up and spent time with his mom in the kitchen. “She was a very good cook. I used to go in the kitchen and help her. Before you knew it, it grew on me,” Chef José said. “It was fun creating things and then your family enjoys it.” Chef José grew up in Mexico with his parents and 12 siblings, seven brothers and five sisters. He attended The Culinary Institute of America. Chef José enjoys the kitchen at CCC, proudly showing us the wood burning pizza oven and wood burning grill, features that were added just a few months ago during the renovation. Those are not typically found in a country club setting. On the average day, 35-40 steaks are requested, and for the member in a hurry, the pizza oven can cook a steak in two to three minutes. The average day sees up to 160 members for dinner. Chef José also handles the catering for the many special events that are held at CCC, which are not limited to members, noted Whitney Wiggins, catering director at CCC. “We are happy to host holiday parties, family gatherings and weddings for nonmembers,” she said. “Ladies groups, such as book clubs and garden clubs, they may meet somewhere else throughout the year but want somewhere special during the holidays. We’ve had law

The Chattahoochee Country Club will host holiday parties, family gatherings and weddings for nonmembers. The facility has two small dining rooms for intimate dinners of 2-10 people, and weddings of 600-800 guests can be accommodated as well.

(L-R) Chef José Zavala and Sous Chef Kyle Poston. Turn the page for the recipes of the Buttermilk Pie and CCC Mud Pie they were preparing to serve. firms and neighborhood gatherings. We are happy to host these types of things for the community.” The facility has two small dining rooms for intimate dinners of 2-10 people, and weddings of 600-800 guests can be accommodated as well. Chef José makes these events happen. “He is very amenable and flexible,” Wiggins said. “Tex-Mex, low country boil or fine dining with filets, he can do it all. I’ve been in the country club business since college…we’re really lucky to have the team we have.” Sous chef Kyle Poston enjoys working with Chef José. “He’s been a great mentor. And we have a lot of fun,” said the Chicago native, adding that it was a bit of a culture shock to come to the South with the differences in food. “But I am used to it now. And I enjoy being at a country club – interaction is really cool, you get to know the members, what they like and what they don’t like. It’s not like that in other places.” Chef José says the secret to good food is using only the freshest ingredients and the highest quality available. This means buying locally grown whenever possible. For example, the blueberries come from Clermont. The only thing “not from around here” is the Chilean Sea Bass. They are also using more organics. A husband and wife were waiting for their lunch guests – a small birthday party – as we concluded the tour of the kitchen. They said, “We love this place. We don’t eat out a lot, but when we do, we eat here.” To contact the Chattahoochee Country Club, located 5 miles north of Gainesville, call 770-536-4461 or visit 39

home taste of home Both Chef José and Sous Chef Kyle enjoy sharing cooking tips and recipes, they said. And they don’t leave anything out, quipped Kyle, noting that sometimes chefs will, so that your concoction isn’t quite as good as the original. Here are two delightful desserts we had the fortune of sampling during the tour and photoshoot.

Buttermilk Pie Ingredients 4 eggs 2 cups sugar ¼ cup flour ¼ tsp salt

1 cup buttermilk 1 tsp vanilla 4 oz butter (melted)

Yield: 1 9-inch pie

Directions In mixer, whisk together sugar, flour and salt. Add eggs and whisk on high speed until highest whipped volume is reached. Reduce speed to medium low and stir in buttermilk, vanilla and butter. Increase speed until well mixed. Blind bake two pie shells until just showing color. Fill with pie mix and bake at 325 degrees on low fan until set, approximately one hour. * Can decorate with whipped topping and sprinkle with candied walnuts or pistachios

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CCC Mud Pie Ingredients

½ pound of butter, melted 6 cups crushed Oreo cookies 3 gallons coffee ice cream 2 cups coffee liqueur 3 10-inch spring form cake pans Yield: 3 10-inch cake size


To make the crust for the pie: Crush the cookies in the robo coup by pulsing (you don’t want the crust to be too fine). Add the melted butter and mix very well. Spray the cake pans with nonstick spray and line them with plastic big enough to overlap and cover the top of the pie before freezing. Measure two cups of the crushed Oreo cookies and press it down evenly. Freeze the crust for at least two hours. For the ice cream mixture: Place the coffee ice cream in a large mixing bowl feted with the pedal and start mixing. Add the coffee liqueur and continue mixing for another 30 seconds. Scoop the mixture into the prepared pie pans until full. Cover with the plastic and freeze overnight.


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Sept. 6-30 “Smoke on the Mountain” By the Cumming Playhouse - 8 p.m. plus 3 p.m. Sunday matinee, 770-781-9178 September 8 Concerts from the Veranda Free concert summer series sponsored by and at the Hoschton Heritage Arts Council, Hoschton, 8 p.m.-10 p.m. Featuring Lisa Martin. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets.

Sept. 8 NHRA King of the Track Race Atlanta Dragway, Commerce., 706-335-2301

Sept. 8 TNA Impact Wrestling World Tour Georgia Mountains Center, 7:30 p.m.,, 770-534-8420

Sept. 8 Ride Like the Animals Pet festival, motorcycle ride and concert to benefit the Humane Society of Jackson County. At Crow’s Lake in Jefferson., 706-367-1111

Sept. 8-9 Annual Holiday Festival Historic Courthouse lawn, Homer. Organized by the Banks County Chamber/CVB. 706-677-2108

Sept. 8 Harvest of Art A tent festival celebrating fine arts and fine crafts in downtown Auburn. On the lawn at the GPAC cottage, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Ride Like the Animals – Sept. 8 Pet festival, concert and motorcycle ride

The Humane Society of Jackson County’s Ride Like the Animals is a pet festival, concert and motorcycle ride and will be held at Crow’s Lake in Jefferson. The festival will feature all types of vendors and include pet demonstrations by Gail Mirabella and the Dynamo Dogs; a vaccination and microchip clinic by Shannon Vet Services from 1-5 p.m.; and a Pet Oasis by Doggie Stylers Professional Pet Grooming. Leashed pets are welcomed and encouraged. There will be entertainment for the whole family including inflatables fun provided by Funopolis and more than 250 goody bags.


Sept. 9 Family Day, Gold Rush:The North Georgia ‘29ers Northeast Georgia History Center, Gainesville, 1-4 p.m. Pan for gold, examine miners’ tools and camp, re-create miners’ items. Free., 770-297-5900 Sept. 10 Lenn Redman: A History of the Caricaturist Exhibit, Simmons Visual Arts Center, Presidents Gallery and John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts Castelli Gallery, Brenau University. Through Oct. 28. Free., 770-534-6263 Sept. 10 Duet Piano Keith and Priscilla Jefcoat, 7:30 p.m., John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts, Hosch Theatre, Brenau University. Free., 770-538-4764 Sept. 11 History Forum The Revolutionary War in Northeast Georgia, 7 p.m. Northeast Georgia History Center, Gainesville. $3, free for members., 770-297-5900

Registration for the ride starts at 1 p.m. and kick stands go up at 2 p.m. The motorcycle ride will include a few laps at Gresham Motorsports. Registration fees are $25 for a driver and $15 for a passenger.

Sept. 10-12 Auditions for “Narnia” The musical version of “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.” Singing auditions 7-9 p.m. Sept. 10, ages 6-86; acting auditions, 7-9 p.m. Sept. 11, ages 6-18; 7-9 p.m. Sept. 12, ages 18 to seniors. Fifth Row Centers studio, Flowery Branch.

The concert begins at 5 p.m. with Dustin Wilkes, Lexington Jam and the Ken Rhyne Band. There is no admission fee. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets.

Sept. 13 Lunch & Learn Dig up your family roots with Laura Carter of the Athens-Clarke County Heritage Room. Sponsored by the CWL Museum, at the Jefferson Library. RSVP by 9/11., 706-367-5307

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Sept. 14-16 Atlanta Historic Races Road Atlanta, Braselton. Tickets $15-$45., 770-967-6143 Sept. 15 Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Lake Lanier Islands Resort, 8 p.m., Buford., 770-945-8787 HOME Living In North Georgia

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Sept. 15 HSJC Adoption Day, Kroger, 706-367-1111 Sept. 16 Obsessionfest Car Show Atlanta Dragway, Commerce., 706-335-2301 Sept. 15 Art In The Square Juried art show at Historic Downtown Square in Gainesville. Saturday, 10 a.m- 5 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m- 5 p.m. Free., 770886-6126, 770-297-1141 Sept. 15 JEGS 100 CRA Super Late Model races, Gresham Motorsports Park, Jefferson. Sept. 15-16 Art in the Park At Hurricane Shoals Park in Maysville.10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 12:30-5 p.m. Sunday. Free. Sept. 20 Yappy Hour Bring your dog for dinner and cocktails. At Ploughman’s Pub in Jefferson., 706-367-1111 Sept. 22-23 Hoschton Fall Festival Crafts, food, entertainment. Sept. 23 Play at the Park Family Fun Festival Noon-5 p.m., Fowler Park in Cumming. Performances, inflatables, face painting, shopping, community expo, food. Free., 770-886-4088 Sept. 27 Realtors Expo I-85 North Board of Realtors Expo, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Jackson EMC. No admission fee, free lunch. www., 770-670-6410 Sept. 28 Movie in the Park The Adventures of RinTin-Tin, at Spencer Park in Commerce. Movie starts at dark. Free. Popcorn and water provided. 706-335-2954, Sept 28-30, Oct 5-7 “The Foreigner” Classic comedy by playwright Larry Shue. Fifth Row Center and Live Arts Theatre, Flowery Branch.,


Oct. 5, 6, 7 Maysville Autumn Leaf Festival Featuring arts and crafts, music, a parade and more., 706-708-6409 Oct. 11 Annual Chamber/CVB Picnic At Ragsdale Mill. For tickets, contact the Banks County Chamber/CVB office. 706-677-2108 Oct. 12 Boston Tee Off A benefit golf tournament for Boston Terrier Rescue, noon-5 p.m., Traditions of Braselton Golf Club. $80. Oct. 13 Mimosas For Mutts Champagne brunch and fashion show to benefit the Humane Society of Jackson County. At Red Hound Antiques in Jefferson., 706-367-1111 Oct. 13 JEGS Pro Late Model 50 and Local Division Spectacular Gresham Motorsports Park, Jefferson., 706-367-9461 Oct. 13-14, 20-21 Sorghum Festival Meeks Park, Blairsville, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Parade, contests, car show, crafts, demonstrations, food. Oct. 17-20 Petit Le Mans 1,000-mile or 10-hour road race. Road Atlanta. Tickets $60-$90.,770-967-6143 Oct. 18-20 Braselton-Hoschton Plein Air Event, 706-654-2693 Oct. 19, 20 “Clue” Jefferson Community Theatre Dinner Theatre at the Jefferson Civic Center., 706-367-5714 Oct. 20 Stars Over Elachee Chicopee Lake, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Elachee Nature Science Center, Gainesville. Reservations required., 770-535-1976 October 20 Car Show YearOne, Braselton, 4-8 p.m.

Oct. 22 Vocal Chamber Ensemble John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts, Burd Atrium, Brenau University, Gainesville, 7:30 p.m. Free. www. brenau. edu/music, 770-538-4764 Oct. 22-26 Halloween Week crafts 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, Gainesville. $1 with paid admission, members free., 770-536-1900 Oct. 25 OctoberFest at the Birdhouse From 4-8 p.m. BBQ, good beer, great music,and lots of gorgeous original art! Oct. 26-27 Ghost Walk Northeast Georgia History Center, Gainesville. Walking tour 6-8 p.m., departs from History Center every 20 minutes with stops at seven locations around Brenau University campus. Ages 10 and older. $10, $6 members., 770-297-5900 Oct. 27 Elachee’s Family Fall Festival 2-5 p.m., Elachee Nature Science Center, Gainesville. Live animals, games, crafts, hikes, costumed animal characters, face painting. $5 adults and ages 2-12, under 2 and members free., 770-535-1976 Oct. 27 Halloween Party Featuring music by Asphalt Eyes, 7-11 p.m., Sunset Cove, Lake Lanier Islands Resort. Free with gate admission., 770-945-8787 Oct. 27 - 28 Antique & Holiday Festival Paintings from the Braselton-Hoschton Plein Air Event will be on display and for sale. At Braselton Park., 706824-7204 Oct. 31 Happy Halloween at INK Half price admission for visitors with Halloween costume. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, Gainesville., 770-536-1900 Oct. 31 Halloween Walk Downtown Jefferson, 4-6 p.m., 706-367-5714


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Nov. 1 Crawford W. Long Birthday Cupcakes and a tour at the museum in downtown Jefferson., 706-367-5307 Nov. 2-4 Jefferson Holiday Market Jefferson Civic Center Nov. 3-4 HemlockFest Annual benefit music festival, Dahlonega. Live music, primitive camping, contests, canoeing, arts and crafts demonstrations, presentations and exhibits, kid-friendly activities, silent auction, food and drink vendors. Nov. 22 Christmas In Cornelia Holiday light spectacular, Cornelia City Park. Free. Dusk-11 p.m. nightly Thanksgiving until New Year’s Day.

Nov. 23-25 Holiday Arts & Craft Show Brasstown Valley Resort, Young Harris. Nov. 30 Downtown in December Jefferson, 5-9 p.m., photos with Santa. Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 6-9 “A Christmas Story” Habersham Community Theater, Clarkesville. 7:30 p.m. evenings, 2 p.m. matinees., 706-839-1315


Dec. 1 Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting, “Miracle on Main Street” Habersham County, 4-7 p.m., downtown Cornelia. Christmas tree lighting. Dec. 1-31 Old Fashioned Christmas Downtown Dahlonega.

‘The Nutcracker’

Gainesville Ballet Company From Nov. 30 to Dec. 2, the Gainesville Ballet Company will perform “The Nutcracker” at Brenau University’s Pearce Auditorium. Nov. 29-30, school matinees are offered at 10 a.m. and noon. Nov. 30-Dec. 2, times are Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. Cost is $11-30., 770-532-4241

Meet Our Newest Physician

Yo u S u n “ S u n n y ” N a m , M . D . The Longstreet Clinic, P.C., is pleased to welcome You Sun Nam, M.D., to the Department of Internal Medicine. Dr. Nam earned her medical degree at Yonsei University College of Medicine, and completed residency training in internal medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Nam joins The Longstreet Clinic after practicing as a hospitalist at Athens Regional Medical Center since 2010. Dr. Nam is welcoming new patients at our Gainesville office. Please call 770.535.0191 to make an appointment.

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Dec. 1 Deck the Halls At Unicoi State Park. Crafts, hayrides (weather permitting), a special meal in the park’s restaurant, music. 800-573-9659 Dec. 2 Annual Christmas Singing Banks County. Dec. 2 Christmas Tour of Homes Main Street Jefferson, 2-5 p.m. Dec. 7-8 Service of Lessons & Carols Piedmont Chorale, Brass, Sewell Organ and guest performers, 7:30 p.m. Piedmont College Chapel, Demorest. Free. Dec. 7-9, 14-16 Christmas in the Park Community House & Cornelia City Park. Ice skating ($10), crafts, visits with Santa, holiday market.

Dec. 8 Christmas in the Park In Maysville, includes a lighted night parade and visits with Santa afterward.

Christmas in Braselton Is going to the dogs!

The Town of Braselton kicks off Christmas on Nov. 10 with the lighting of the Braselton Tree at the Braselton Brothers Store and a free Movie Under the Stars in Braselton Park. On Nov. 13, the Braselton DDA is holding a wine tasting, dinner and auction at the Braselton-Stover House. Celebrate the Holidays festival and parade will be held on Nov. 17 at Braselton Park.


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New Georgia Mountain Food Bank Opens Aug. 17, 2012 Gov. Deal was among the speakers at the grand opening of the Georgia Mountain Food Bank. The 20,000-square-foot facility, located in south Hall, is five times bigger than the previous site. Photos from The Times

Memorial Day Celebration May 28, 2012 For the third straight year, the American Legion Albert Gordon Post 56 hosted a Memorial Day ceremony in downtown Jefferson to honor those who died to assure freedom. Some gave their tomorrows for our todays, it was noted at the special commemoration. Photos by LeAnne Akin

Jackson County Chamber BASH May 31, 2012 Jefferson Mayor Jim Joiner welcomed the attendees to the community for the special occasion


Christy Taylor sang the anthems of the branches of the armed forces in a military medley

The Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce’s bi-monthly Business And Social Hours was held at Key West Restaurant, Braselton. HOME Living In North Georgia

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Dr. Durrence, Clayton and Niki from one of the veterinarians’ offices.

Yappy Hour July 19, 2012

Evie feeds Sophia sweet potato fries

The Humane Society of Jackson County holds Yappy Hours to raise awareness for the Raise the Woof campaign. Pets are welcome. In July, it was held at Ploughman’s Pub in Jefferson. Photos by Roxane Rose Larry amd Bernie Mauzey, HSJC board member, and their dog.

5th Annual Chamber Chase 5K Run April 19, 2012

Lt. Casey Cagle served as Honorary Race Chairman at the Greater Hall County Chamber Chase 5K and 2 Mile Wellness Walk. A crowd of more than 2,000 participated in the community-wide wellness event, which was held at Riverside Military in Gainesville.


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Operation Christmas Child July 31, 2012 The staff at Medical Surgical Arts in Commerce celebrated Christmas in July by packaging up 50 boxes for needy children. The project is part of Samaritan’s Purse. Photos by Roxane Rose

Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce 104th Annual Meeting & Gala May 10, 2012 The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce 2011-2012 Business Awards were presented at the annual meeting & Gala. More than 450 Chamber members and guests attended the event, was held at the Chattahoochee Country Club in Gainesville.

Small Business of the Year, Highland Mountain Beverage Service

33rd Annual Hackers Holiday Golf Tournament April 27, 2012 Chattahoochee Bank of Georgia was the Title Sponsor and AT&T was the 19th Hole Sponsor for the tournament, which was held at Legacy on Lanier Golf Club.

Photos courtesy of GHCC

Photos courtesy of GHCC Denise, Robyn, Dixie, Elisabeth Family Business of the Year, J& J Foods

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Leadership Jackson July 26, 2012 The Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Leadership Jackson graduation is held in conjunction with the launch of the next year’s class. Held at the Georgia Center in Athens. Photos by Roxane Rose

Leadership Hall August 2012

The 2011-2012 Leadership Hall County class graduation. Photos courtesy of GHCC

Linda Griffiths, artist and owner of The Birdhouse Studio & Gallery

Christmas in July July 21, 2012 An unseasonable festive event with holiday cheer at the Birdhouse Studio & Gallery in Braselton. Original art and special gift items, plus a white elephant gift exchange that anyone could participate in. Photos by Sarina Roth

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Perfect Wedding Guide Luncheon Aug. 15, 2012 “BB Webb Unleashed!” was the humorous, candid, “no holds barred” topic from guest speaker BB Webb, owner of Carl House, where the event was held, in Carl. Photos courtesy of Sarah Eubanks Photography

Hoschton Heritage Arts Center Festival June 2, 2012 The board of directors of the HHAC said they were proud of the immense success that both the Gala and Festival had drawn in their first year.


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Holidays Are Going


November 10, 2012

Annual Lighting of the Tree in Downtown Braselton & Movie Under the Stars in the Braselton Park

November 17, 2012

Celebrate the Holidays in Braselton Festival & Parade

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