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Gus Whalen, a leader of innovation and education


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Funari Realty brings a personal touch to homebuying.Tony Funari sees an upturn in Braselton real estate.


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Gus Whalen

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On the Cover Keeping Hall County growing through community education is Gus Whalen’s legacy. His efforts with leaders and educators have come together to create the Warren Featherbone Communiversity here in Gainesville. Whalen, who lives in Hall with his wife of 46 years, Janelle, and a cat named Cleo, is inspired by what can be achieved by a little collaboration and determination. Photo by Billy Howard

Gus Whalen has spent most of his life in Hall County and wants to see it thrive as a community with a skilled workforce and job opportunities.

Tending your own bonsai tree can be relaxing and creative if you are willing to make the commitment to nurture nature.

Health & Fitness 20

April showers bring May flowers and plenty of allergies. Find out how to snuff the sniffles. Dive into summer without the aggravation of swimmer’s ear.

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34 Charity

Fashion 24

Strappy and snappy, the shoes of summer are sure to have you beating feet to the mall.


Taste of HOME 28

Find out why the Le Vigne restaurant at Monteluce Winery is both exquisite and experimental. Chef Austin Roconni talks about the growing demand for tableside cuisine.


Lifestyle 32

When is sleeping with the fishes a good thing? When it’s on a luxury houseboat. See the latest floor plans and decor for floating palaces.

Charity 34

Kelly Norman talks trash with a look at what it takes to Keep Hall Beautiful.

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Ride out the summer on the waves of Lake Lanier. Whether it’s fishing or sailing you want, there are plenty of options for all skill levels.

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From the Editor Finding a focus It’s said that home is where the heart is and the heart of North Georgia is right here in Hall County and Lake Lanier. As the new editor of HOME Magazine, I hope to focus on the places and people that keep the region’s heart beating. I’ve only been living in this part of the state for six years and I am constantly amazed at the history and character that fills the area. Growing up in onion country, I never thought I would find myself living anywhere near Atlanta. But as many love stories go, I followed my heart and my new husband, Sam. We settled in Hall County, and I soon discovered it was the perfect place to be. The beauty of North Georgia can’t be matched, yet it’s still a convenient distance from the hustle and bustle of Atlanta. You can literally hike a mountain trail in the morning and catch a Falcons game the same night. You can go from the Historic Gold Museum in Dahlonega to the Crawford Long Museum in Jefferson to the High Museum of Art in downtown Atlanta all in one day. And Hall County has countless attractions for just about any kind of enthusiast from rowing to sewing. The area is chock full of art, music, theater and lots of talented individuals. Being the chicken capital, you would expect to find great food in North Georgia. But there’s more to dining in this region than just chicken wings. There are numerous regional wineries and restaurants offering the farm-to-table experience with both a down-home feel or first-class appeal. Of course, you can’t rival the educational opportunities, either. The local colleges provide a steady stream of entertainment and enlightenment with guest speakers and annual events, some of which have become traditions. But none of this matters without the people of the region who make it possible, and those are you, our readers. I want to hear from you about what you think makes this a great place to live and visit. And I hope to bring you stories that entertain and educate.



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Funari Realty brings a personalized approach to buying a home Story by Savannah King After working in retail management for more than 30 years, Tony Funari made a “total life change” and began practicing real estate at the age of 55. He opened Funari Realty in Braselton in February 2008 and never looked back. “I wish I’d done it 30 years ago,” Funari said laughing. Even though the housing market has been “tough” since the company opened, Funari said he’s witnessing an obvious improvement in the Braselton market. Part of the reason for the improvement, he said, is that there is a lot of new infrastructure coming into the areas they serve by way of the Northeast Georgia Health Systems expansion in Braselton, and several new manufacturing facilities, like Kubota in Jefferson. It also doesn’t hurt that the area boasts beautiful country side, easy access to I-85 and surrounding cities and the winery and resort of Chateau Elan.


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“We’re definitely seeing an increase in our activity,” Cindy Keller, Realtor and real estate consultant, said. “With having the golf course and the winery right here, it’s a growing area. No doubt about it.” The company’s office is located across the street from Chateau Elan and serves the Braselton, Hoschton, Flowery Branch, Oakwood, Gainesville, Jefferson and Buford areas. Presently, Funari employs 14 real estate agents who specialize in their local communities and offer their clients highly personalized attention. “We’re a small company and a boutique,” Funari said. “We can give more personalized attention. We pride ourselves on it.” Funari said his background in retail has made him keenly aware of the importance of serving people in order to be successful, a trait his agents share. He said he enjoys getting to know people and helping them meet their needs while creating a “win-win situation” for both the buyer and seller. “It’s a process when you’re helping a purchaser or a seller and trying to come up with ways of matching the needs with the ingredients involved in a home,” Funari said. “It’s an interview process really. You learn by listening and by acquiring all the information you can. We spend a lot of time presenting properties for buyers of homes and we learn from every property we show them. We learn about their interests, their needs.” In an age where information is just a few clicks away, Funari said it’s extremely important that those looking to buy, sell or rent properties employ the services of a professional real estate company because of the personal attention and assistance in decision making local experts can provide. HOME Living

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home business Locally based agents are better able to help clients learn about the communities they’re moving into, which school districts they’re located in and about different areas within the community itself. Funari serves on the Braselton Town Council and is actively involved with several community organizations and many of his agents live within the areas they serve. “The savvy, educated buyer knows they need representation,” Keller said. “It costs nothing to have a buyer’s agent working with you. Commission is paid by the seller. A lot of people are realizing they can do the initial search online but to be able to explain the areas and just the whole demographics of an area, we have information about school systems, infrastructure. You really need a local expert to help you with that.” Brenda Branch, Funari Realty Commercial Services agent,

said that even businesses looking for property or office space benefit from the expertise of a local agent. She said people have come to expect a level of individual attention because agents help people make some of the most important decisions they’ll make for their lives and businesses. “Everybody is different and we

try to listen to what their issues and concerns are,” Branch said. “And it helps them along on doing what they need to do with their lives.” Funari Realty is located at 6323 Hickory Drive, Braselton. Listings can be found on the company’s website, www. or by calling 770967-9889.

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Braselton Prep is more than just a babysitter Story by Brandee Thomas If you are looking for a good babysitter, don’t bother going to Braselton Prep Early Education Learning Center. However, if you’re looking for a team of great educators that is committed to helping your child develop a life-long love of learning, then the red-brick school at 401 Lewis Braselton Road in west Jackson County should be added to the top of your priority list. “We’re educational. We’re not just here to watch kids and play. We’re here to help them grow,� says Jennifer Duckett, Braselton Prep administrative assistant. “We have a curriculum. The whole school is on the same theme, but it’s catered to each age level.� The school’s mission is to, “create a safe and secure, learn as you play� educational center that “inspires a life-long quest to discover the wonders of the world around us.� The Braselton Prep values are: family, education,

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Gus Whalen mixes education with innovation to re-invent community in Hall County Story by Michelle Boaen Jameson


hen most people see Gus Whalen coming up the sidewalk, they see a modest man of relatively small stature. But anyone who knows Gus knows that when it comes to leadership, Gus is a giant of a man. His impact can be seen across multiple generations of North Georgians through the accomplishments of the Warren Featherbone Communiversity in Gainesville. And at 68 years young, he’s just getting started. He’s authored several books, the latest of which documents the history of his family business. “Hooked at the Roots” tells the story of the Warren Featherbone Communiversity and what a little community involvement can achieve. Whalen, who lives in Hall County with his wife Janelle, has been in a part of this community since 1956 and is the great-grandson of E.K. Warren. Once a just a simple clerk in a dry goods store in Michigan, Warren made the discovery that turkey feathers routinely burned and disposed of could be repurposed for use in corsets to replace the use of whalebone. So in 1883, he formed the Warren Featherbone Company. And much like Gus Whalen today, Warren was just getting started. He went on to bring the small Michigan community of Three Oaks to life by forming several businesses to fill the needs of the people. It is that same love of community that was passed down through the generations to Whalen. And it his love for education and innovation that keeps him tirelessly working to expand the idea of a communiversity. The Warren Featherbone Company over the course of 100 or so years transformed and changed with the times and with the improvement of technology. It manufactured many different items and delved into


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Gus Whalen, left, talks with recent graduates of the Featherbone Communiveristy Academy. Photo courtesy

various types of businesses, eventually settling in Gainesville to make a line of children’s clothing. When that business was sold in 2005, the money was invested in something Whalen feels strongly about: education. The idea of the Warren Featherbone Communiversity was hatched, and through much effort by Whalen, several local colleges and businesses were able to pool resources to

create a place of “real-world learning.” With the manufacturing knowledge of Lanier Technical College, and the nursing background of Brenau University, the communiversity can bring together students in nontraditional settings to help them achieve the knowledge and experience needed to be successful in their communities. The Interactive Neighborhood for Kids was founded at the communiversity to provide a place for grade-school children to get a glimpse at the adult world; kids can grocery shop, go the bank and interact with businesses just as they would as adults in a sort of make believe fashion. Early education students, in turn, get to supervise and facilitate activities with the children, furthering their own educational needs. More than 70,000 children have visited INK in the past year. “Incubators” of manufacturing have been set up to help establish start-up businesses. Thus far, 17 businesses and 9 patents have come out of the incubation program — businesses that have mostly stayed in the North Georgia area, pumping money back into the region’s economy. And that is all part of the master plan. Communities, Whalen says, have become fractured and broken up into smaller separated communities. He sees the Featherbone model as a way to help restore the whole.


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home cover story “We live in an era where communities are facing financial challenges. ... Featherbone Communiversity brings together people of good spirit to leverage resources. It’s built on collaboration, not competition,” says Whalen. At the communiverstiy, Whalen says egos are checked at the door in order to work together to address problems through career-based education. Featherbone is a way to bridge the gap between the real world and the abstract world through mentorship and the incubators says Whalen. “Students can see the connection between what they are learning and a real-world application.” He feels that our busy society sometimes forgets to reach out to the older generation and it becomes “easy for a society to segregate itself into age groups.” And mentorship can go the other way, too, he says. The young can teach a lot to older people. “Everyone,” he says, “can teach something to someone if we slow down and start a dialogue.” Whalen also stresses the importance of giving back to one’s community. “We are all students learning from one another. Our community is really a communiversity and not just a place.” At the Featherbone academy, he challenges students at the start of the semester to come up with a business that will give them greater return on their investment of five dollars and then find a local charity in which to give the returns. And that, in essence,is the driving force behind Featherbone: to bring in business and train students for that business who will in turn give back to that community. As Whalen puts it, a “common win.” 14

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Above: Gus Whalen never stops learning. He wrote down inspirational quotes from several of the speakers during the recent ceremony honoring nine of the area’s top teachers. Left: The Masters in Teaching ceremony also saw the graduation of several students from the Featherbone Communiversity Academy, who helped distribute some of the awards to the Master Teachers. Photos by Michelle Boaen Jameson.

One of Whalen’s other success stories has been the Master Teacher program, a collaboration of several schools in Hall County. Now in its fifth year, the program honors nine teachers chosen for their achievements, influence and mastery of their profession. And the program has expanded to include Masters in Nursing and Master Craftsmen. “Students are so appreciative of the Masters program. It really opens their eyes to the community and helps them

feel better about their community as well,” says Whalen. The recent ceremony honoring those Master Teachers was attended by some very special guests. A group of educators from a community just outside of Los Angeles had flown in to see what Whalen has achieved at the communiversity. The group from Chaffee College had heard Whalen speak about the idea of communiversities and how the small county of Bonner in Idaho had started HOME Living

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home cover story Henry Shannon, president of Chaffee College, left, talks with Gus Whalen at the Masters in Teaching ceremony. Shannon hopes the communiversity model will help his community bring back lost manufacturing jobs and create a highly skilled workforce. Photo courtesy

its own communiversity based on the Featherbone model. The model is catching on fast. Also in attendance were several community leaders from Athens, Ga., who were wanting to learn more about the communiversity. “The communiversity exists in most communities, it just has yet to be organized,” says Whalen. Steve Hollis of Power Partners, Inc., was among the Athens group attending the Master Teachers ceremony. Hollis is impressed by what Whalen has been able to achieve with the communiversity. “I’ve been following Gus for decades,” Hollis said. “(Master Teachers) is just the latest evolution in his journey. We wanted to learn more about the collaboration and partnerships that go into this and just ‘live in the moment’ as Gus says. Hollis said there are few people that he can call one of his heros, and Gus is certainly a “hero in action.” “He’s the embodiment of never failing. Failure is not an option for Gus.” But Whalen doesn’t see himself as a hero. He just sees himself as a member of a much larger communiversity, the one he says we all live in. “I would love it that we should think of ourselves as a communiversity city — a phenomenon alive in both place and spirit,” says Whalen. It is possible he says to have a nonpolitical setting with no inhibitions built in. No agendas other than growing communities together. “Since we can do it, we begin to do it. The ideal becomes real.”

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they are, in fact, trees that can live 100 years or more. Many bonsai trees are prized for their age or in the appearance of looking old. The art of bonsai has roots in Asian cultures and has been around for more than a thousand years. Bonsai plants are ideal for those with limited

space in the landscape. They come in many varieties from junipers to cypress to ficus. They may have colorful foliage or bear bright red berries. But they all require a certain amount of care, love and patience.

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Steve Cratty of Plant City Bonsai in Clermont recommends finding the right plant for the situation. Not all bonsai trees do well indoors and some need more light than others. Cratty carries an array of plants cultivated in Florida and Asia. You can buy a plant prebonsai, which means it needs potting, pruning and wiring. All of which Cratty can help with. Once established, training and shaping of the tree can begin. Pruning is the first way to shape a tree and should be done in spring or summer depending on the species. Select branches are removed to keep the

The right tools, like rakes, Jin pliers and crescent or concave cutters are a good investment in the life of your bonsai tree.

tree as miniaturized as possible and to mimic the shapes of nature. Balance and proportion are key to selecting branches for removal. Another way to shape the plant is by wiring; wrapping anodized aluminum wire around certain branches can bend and style them.

Wiring can be done any time of year, but be sure to remove the wire before it causes scarring as the branches grow thicker. There are other techniques used by more experienced gardeners such as planting rock formations, defoliation and creating deadwood.

Opposite page top: A rock formation planted in just the right place can coax roots to take hold around the rock, a desirable effect. Opposite page bottom: A juniper makes a nice bonsai, but the type used in landscaping isn’t the same and tends to be too bushy. Right: Bonsai gardens can be adorned with small scapes for dramatic effect.

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home home & garden But with patience and guidance, these techniques can be achieved. After the bonsai tree is pruned and trained, regular maintenance is crucial. Watering at regular intervals and providing the proper amount of light for your species of bonsai will keep it alive. However, because bonsai requires small pots, plants may not get enough nutrients without a little help. Fertilizing during the growing season will not only keep your plant alive, but will keep it healthy. Cratty offers classes for first timers and advanced gardeners and will answer most any question about bonsai trees. The Atlanta Bonsai Society also has lots of helpful information and ideas for starting your own garden. The ABS even has a few events

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reaction causers among allergy sufferers, with elm, birch and cottonwood trees following close behind. But contrary to popular belief, the yellow pollen that coats the outside of cars and makes walking paths resemble the Yellow Brick Road is typically not to blame for allergic reactions. “Yellow pollen is pine (tree) pollen, and almost no one is allergic to that,” explains Beebe. “It’s the pollen you can’t see that causes trouble and can trigger allergies. Pine pollen is very prevalent, but it generally doesn’t cause the allergy.” But for those with seasonal allergies, fear not. Beebe recommends several practices to help limit your exposure to allergic triggers and keep your reactions at bay. In general, limit the amount of time you spend outdoors on days with a high pollen count. If you do go outside, try to plan it for a time after a substantial rain when the weather has lowered the air’s pollen count. After coming back inside, change your clothes and take a shower to get any excess pollen off your body. And as tempting as it may be to open your windows and doors to let in some fresh air, this simple pleasure could also be inviting some unwanted pollen to circulate throughout your home. Keep these outlets to the outdoors closed up to prevent more opportunities for allergic triggers.

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home health making it easier for bacteria to grow. The good news? There’s a simple solution, literally, to help prevent an infection from occurring. “For the prevention of swimmer’s ear, you can make homemade ear drops by mixing one part white vinegar and one part rubbing alcohol,” Daling explains. “The solution dries up the ear more quickly, and the acidity helps keep bacteria under control. A young and healthy person who just has some itching of the ear canal can safely treat the condition with the same home remedies as are used for prevention, but see their doctor if symptoms get worse.” For those not fond of creating their own concoction, over-the-counter ear drops are available. Parents and caregivers of children with ear tubes should talk to their doctor before giving them any over-the-counter or homemade drops. “These drops can only be used if

your eardrum is intact. Any person with ear tubes, or perforation of the eardrum, should not use any drops in the ear without consulting their doctor,” Daling says. But as long as you have ears,

preventative practices are key to stopping swimmer’s ear in the first place. “Using a Q-tip to get rid of water can also take out ear wax, so it’s not the best option. Better is to tilt your head sideways, pull and rub your earlobe, and use a towel to catch the water. You can even use a hair dryer, several inches away from the ear, and on the lowest setting and lowest heat while tilting your head to get the canal dry. If you are prone to swimmer’s ear, and you spend a lot of time in the water, you want to keep water from entering the ear canal altogether. You can use a tight-fitting bathing cap, and you can also use earplugs,” Daling says. Regardless of age, or ear type, these recommended ear-drying methods are a must-do after spending time in the pool, lake, ocean, and even shower this summer.


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Show me the shoes! Summer footwear that makes a splash Story by Brandee Thomas Photos by Michelle Boaen Jameson

When it comes to the hottest shoes of the summer season, what was old is now new again. “Overall, the silhouette of women’s shoes, especially dress shoes, is reminiscent of the 1950s and 1960s,” says Gregg Andrews, Nordstrom fashion creative director. “The pointed toe has returned – on high heels, kitten heels and even flats. You may even see a T-strap detail. “We’re also still seeing lots of

wedge (heels), but they tend to be more sculptured than they were in the past. They don’t have the bulky look to them as they once did. That makes them easier to dress up or down.” Even the “punk-rock” studs of the 1980s are enjoying a “lady-like” revival. “There’s this sort of melding of ultra feminine and ultra edgy. They make the statement that ‘I might be a lady, but don’t think that I’m delicate,’” Andrews says.

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“It’s a complete mixed metaphor. Women love to look feminine, but they don’t want to look fragile.” These summer sizzlers can be found at retailers like Belk department store in Gainesville’s Lakeshore Mall, Nordstrom at Mall of Georgia in Buford and boutiques in and around Hall County. Although some shopping seasons have been more famine than feast, that’s certainly not the case this summer. “The past couple of years have been great for hardcore shopping because we’re seeing the return of a lot of great items,” Andrews says. “They’ve been updated so they look fresh, but they’re also familiar, so you know how to wear them.” One of those items that is still holding its own in the fashion world is the gladiator sandal. “When you talk about a gladiator sandal, you’re talking about anything that has multiple horizontal straps,” Andrews says. “It can be wide bands that go from toe to ankle or dozens of fine straps that almost enclose the foot. Usually, there is a strap that runs up the center. “You’ll see gladiator (details) on flat, casual sandals or they can go into a high heel.” HOME Living

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home fashion Not surprisingly, summer shoe shoppers can expect to find color, color and more color. “We’re seeing every color from soft pastels to bright hues. We’re even seeing metallics,” Andrews says. “The newest metallics have an almost mirror finish to them. Very reflective. Almost futuristic looking. “We’re also seeing a lot of white again, but it’s not a prissy white shoe. It tends to have a more modern edge to it, more architectural details.” Although white isn’t considered a true color by some folks’ standards, Andrews says it looks best when incorporated into a look the same way you would any other accent color. With all of that color, some Southern belles may be hard pressed to find a purse that perfectly matches her summer footwear and according to Andrews, that’s not a problem. It’s actually ideal. “No longer do shoes and bag have to match. It’s really considered very chic for them to not match,” Andrews says. “When you get into contrasting an outfit, you really have to look at an ensemble from head to toe. You have to decide the points of interest in your outfits. “Say you’re wearing a simple black sheath dress and a yellow shoe, maybe you want to pair those with a neutral bag.” “Your shoe, bag and jewelry can’t all be your focal point. In most cases, you want it to be one or the other.” If you need assistance pulling your look together, some retailers like Nordstrom, offer personal styling services. Summer shoe shoppers can anticipate finding globally-influenced footwear on display at places like Aldo, Nine West Outlet and Saks Fifth Avenue Off Fifth at the North Georgia Premium Outlets in Dawsonville.

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“We’re seeing more multi-cultural inspiration,” Andrews says. “Think about the embroidery, beading and embellishments that remind you of different cultures. We’re seeing cultural references that are almost hybrids.” “Designers aren’t trying to replicate different cultures, they’re inspired by them.” When it comes to pulling together a polished and updated summer wardrobe, don’t be afraid of incorporating bold colors and patterns – like the ever popular floral print. “The idea of floral print shoes is

great because they almost become a neutral because they incorporate so many colors. Floral prints are a great addition to your vacation wardrobe because you can wear them with a variety of pieces,” Andrews says. “You shouldn’t be afraid to invest in a colored shoe because you take that color and pop it against other colors or neutrals. “Think of it the same way you think of jewelry: You wouldn’t put a red broach on a red dress. Think about footwear that contrasts and becomes an accessory statement.” May | June 2013


We believe the King James Bible is GOD’s word. We try to put HIM first in our lives, giving GOD honor and glory for all HE has given us.

The Olive Branch is the only State Licensed Personal Care Home located in Braselton, Georgia, Jackson County. We are here to protect the health, safety and the well being of our residents and to ensure that our home meets the Health and Safety standards required by the Georgia Department of Human Services and Jackson County. The Olive Branch is the result of the answered prayers of Rocky and Kathy Stone and their sons, Phillip and Derek, who see care of the elderly as a mission to which they have a special calling. The Dream of Providing a Safe, Happy and Loving home to those in need was achieved in 2007 when The Olive Branch opened. Rocky built The Olive Branch with the needs of its residents in mind and can accommodate six residents in six spacious bedrooms, each with its own connecting, oversized bathroom and climate control. Rooms are large enough to allow for your full size furniture, and the open floor plan enables easy walking. Round the clock, hands-on care from carefully screened caregivers, including Kathy herself, ensures the safety and -- just as important -- the emotional well-being of our residents. Our residents enjoy having a daily beauty shop visit, weekly manicures given by the caregivers, a bi-monthly Podiatrist visit and Sunday Church outings (weather and health permitting). By having only six residents we are able to socialize outside for breakfast on the grill, an occasional movie, out to eat, play games, go for nature walks and enjoy our time together.

We want those who live here to be happy. Residents don’t just sit. They are involved, much as they would be at home. We are very BLESSED to have wonderful, dedicated volunteers from ole time gospel singers, massage therapist, crayola art, licensed nutritionist to the youth who fill bird feeders and help keep the yards beautiful.

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Our casual, relaxed environment, home-cooked meals, porch with nearby waterfall, flowerbeds, bird feeders, and woods all encourage peace of mind. The LORD has BLESSED us with this opportunity to serve individuals and families in need. Our doors are always open and tours are available at any time, by appointment. You will receive a warm welcome as you observe what makes us different.

We offer our residents a private and elegant home. Residents bedrooms are individually climate controlled and have oversized bathrooms connected.

We are located in Braselton, GA two miles from I-85. We hope you will visit to experience the warmth, dedication and personal touch the caregivers and owners bring to the home. Our goal is to provide comfort and peace of mind to our residents and their families. We opened on Feb. 10, 2007 in Braselton, Ga., and we will open our 2nd location in May 2013 at 4804 Flat Creek Road in Oakwood. The Oakwood location is licensed for five Residents and offers both private and semi-private bedrooms. It is a beautiful home with the same CHRISTian standards as our Braselton Residence. If you are considering alternative care for yourself or a loved one, The Olive Branch is a sensible solution to assist adults who: • are in need of assistance with daily activities • are in need of assistance with medications • are having difficulty with their personal needs • are in need of supervision

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Le Vigne World-class dining close to home Story and photos by D. Kelley Hudgins Picture an Italian styled winery in an idyllic setting. Add a restaurant with a view of the north Georgia mountains, and a chef skilled in the use of both traditional and modernist culinary processes. Put it all together and you have the Le Vigne restaurant at the Montaluce Winery in Dahlonega. Austin Rocconi, the executive chef, uses time honed and innovative techniques, fresh ingredients, and out of the ordinary presentations to surprise and engage his guests. Lest it all get too intense, he also offers a playful take on farm-totable with a chocolate lover’s dessert, featuring flash frozen chocolate mousse, tasty edible soil, deconstructed raspberries and cocoa bubbles. Lighthearted dessert aside, chef Rocconi and souschef Madeline Medon, are very serious about offering an extraordinary dining experience at Le Vigne. The menu selections reflect an ongoing commitment to use the freshest

local and regional produce and to secure meats from purveyors known for their exacting standards. The naturally raised and processed, Cervena venison used in the Osso Bucco dish is from New Zealand. Mountain Valley Farms, the restaurant’s resource for free range pork and grass fed beef, is much closer, and located only a few miles away in Ellijay. The amount of produce harvested from the winery’s own acreage is also set to increase this season. With an acre and a half planted in a variety of traditional and nontraditional produce, including the unique Romanesco broccoli; this should be an outstanding year for the vegetable garden. Innovator and gardener, Graig Medon, came on board last July to oversee and manage the garden.

Hand rolled, table smoked Chef Rocconi offers the details of a house cured salmon that is smoked tableside. The recipe originally consisted of a simple bowl with a few ingredients. However, it has evolved over the last few years into the beautiful and complex combination of flavors now offered on Le Vigne's Small Plate menu. Preparation for the dish begins with a simple sugar and salt cure of Atlantic salmon. The fish is then thinly sliced, rolled into tubes 28

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home taste He has already designed a unique system that supplies the restaurant with eight different kinds of fresh microgreens year round. The leaves are only cut from the live plant within minutes of being served. Now, many of the plates include a fresh garnish of microgreens. The dish Chef Rocconi has chosen to share, the smoked salmon, also features an assortment of the tiny tender greens. The dish is one of ten currently being offered on the Small Plate menu. It features Atlantic salmon and several colorful and flavorful accompaniments. As a twist on the usual presentation, the salmon is smoked tableside. Chef Rocconi comments on the resurgence of this personalized form of service. “Tableside service is coming back in a very modern way. Instead of Bananas Foster and Cherries Jubilee, now chefs are doing a lot more.” Some of those techniques include using smoke guns to infuse char flavor, nitrous oxide chargers for foams, and liquid nitrogen for dramatic dessert effects that surrounds the dish in a frosty mist. Chef Rocconi says one of the things he especially likes about the smoked salmon plate, is the combination of flavors. “The smoked blueberries with the salmon, the whipped goat cheese and creme fraiche, that all works very well together, especially when you add the acidity from the blueberries.” Above: Chef Austin Rocconi filets a salmon. Far left: He rolls the salmon into “tubes” which are smoked tableside (far right).

and placed on the plate. An oval of whipped goat cheese and a dollop of house made creme fraiche are added. Diagonally sliced, house made pickled okra and spoonfuls of smoked blueberries are artfully arranged to balance the plate. Golden hued steelhead trout roe adds yet another dimension of flavor and color. A glass dome covers the salmon and an assortment of delicate, fresh microgreens completes the colorful palette. Finally, smoke is added under the dome tableside, using the aptly named, Smoking Gun. In a few minutes the salmon is infused with the woodsy aroma of charred hickory and it's ready to serve

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order dessert first. raspberry centurio puree. The frozen chocolate mousse is served with pistachio cake, and is garnished with chocolate "dirt," cocoa bubbles and raspberry pulp which are rendered when the berry is flash frozen and the drupelets are burst apart. The dessert menu also includes a fresh take on a classic. A root beer float featuring Le Vigne's house made root beer and malted milk ice cream, topped with whipped cream, preserved cherries and chocolate.

Far left: Chef Austin Rocconi’s Lemon Tart with vanilla lemon pastry creme, lemon curd, toasted Yuzu marshmallow and raspberry centurio puree. Left: Root Beer Float with Le Vigne’s housemade root beer. Right: Frozen Chocolate Mousse with pistachio cake and flash-frozen raspberries.

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heaven Story by Brandee Thomas Photos by Sarina Roth

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Take a look around your home. What’s your favorite feature? Is it the stainless steel appliances in your kitchen? What about the plush sofa in your family room or the hot tub on your deck where you like to unwind after a long, stressful day? Whatever your favorite thing, chances are you can enjoy it while floating in the middle of Lake Lanier. “As far as design choices, you can have any lamp, any rug, and any piece of furniture you want. You can clutter it, you can make it simplistic. It’s all about creating a reflection of you,” says JR Schwan, general manager of Holiday Boat Sales and Brokerage in Buford. “Anything you can do in your home, you can do it here – just on a smaller scale.” “Smaller” doesn’t mean tiny and inconvenient. Today’s houseboats can fit fullsized appliances, traditional-sized beds and even free-standing living room furniture.

Modern houseboats typically have at least 2 bedrooms, with some models incorporating a ½ bath on a rear deck. “People want all of the newest features that you would find in a home,” Schwan says. “They want flat-screen televisions. They want stylish and contemporary interiors. They want granite counter-tops. They want hardwood floors.” And they can have them. “One of the best things about a house boat is that it’s like having a lake house that happens to float,” Schwan says. If you think you’re too young or too unestablished in your career to purchase a houseboat, think again. “Houseboats come in all different sizes and price points. One of the biggest misconceptions out there is when people think of houseboats, they think of grandma and grandpa sitting around knitting,” Schwan says. “The house-boating lifestyle provides a HOME Living

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home lifestyle place for people to entertain and spend time together on whatever level of entertainment they want. You can party like it’s spring break, or go be by yourself and have that rejuvenation time, or anything in between. “You can get into house-boating for as little as $30,000 or $40,000, but you can also spend almost $1 million for something that’s newer and modern.” To prepare for your purchase, Schwan says it helps to do your homework and a little reflection. “Think about your budget and your needs. Where are you going to take it? How are you going to use it,” are things to consider, Schwan says. “Set those parameters for yourself before you get into it. A great way to find out what you can get for the money you want to spend is to go online and do the research. Take a virtual tour.” According to Schwan, the most popular price-point for a houseboat is between $150,000 to $200,000. Boats in that range are generally around 80 or 90 feet long, with 3 or 4 bedrooms. “The newer they are – meaning less than 10 to 12 years old – the better they typically are.”

Left: You don’t have to skimp on style and you don’t have to go nautical with your decor just because it’s a houseboat. Bottom: Roomy kitchens keep meals centered on family.

If you want the best of the very best, you can get it for around $500,000. That’s how much one of Holiday’s 2013 Sumerset houseboats recently sold for. It’s pure luxury from bow to stern of the 85-foot long boat. There’s a built-in wine-rack, a wedding-party-sized upper deck, waterslide off the rear and even chandeliers. “It has the latest and greatest in houseboating,” Schwan says. “It has hardwood floors, Travertine in the bathrooms, granite countertops and flat-screen TVs throughout. “There’s dual vanities and a king-sized

bed in the master bedroom and queen-sized beds in the other (three) bedrooms.” No matter what your budget may be, there’s one universal rule for everyone to keep in mind. “Whatever makes you happy at home,” Schwan says, “bring it here.” Although individuality can be found in the details, would-be houseboat owners should consider sticking with the general population when picking the foundation items like counter-tops and paint colors. ‘“We encourage people to design the boat of their dreams, but we also encourage them to stay within the mainstream too so that when they go to re-sell, it has a good look,” Schwan says. Just like Realtors suggest with homes inland, Schwan says they also encourage buyers to stick to neutral color palettes with classic design features for their homes on the water. “If you think of those things when you go into it, when you leave it, you’ll always be in a safe place,” Schwan says. “If you like peach and teal from 1989 then go for it, but most people are looking for neutral colors. Those sorts of things add value.”

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Keep Hall Beautiful Story by Shannan Finke Photos by The Times

While terms like “renewable,” “sustainability” and “recycle” may only sound like the latest buzzwords among the environmentally conscious, one organization in North Georgia has been putting this green jargon into practice locally for decades. In fact, several of the most well-recognized and beloved Hall County community events and traditions are sponsored by the organization’s group of conservational leaders. Keep Hall Beautiful has long-standing roots beginning in the early 1980s, when the non-profit started as the Clean Community Council with only two members. After becoming a certified Keep America Beautiful community, Hall County appointed volunteer


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members to a newly-named Hall Clean Council, although the decision was made to not fund a position of employment within the organization. As the organization grew, members of the Hall Clean Council took on the hard work it required to obtain recertification as the local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Georgia Beautiful. The new goal came with a promise: earn recertification and there would be money to fund a director position for Hall Clean Council. For Kelly Norman (above), who now fills that position and serves as executive director for today’s Keep Hall Beautiful, carrying on the organization’s aspirations to collaborate with others for a cleaner, greener and healthier

community is all in a day’s work. “The mission of Keep Hall Beautiful is important to the community because it touches all lives in and around the greater Hall County area,” Norman explains. “We work to bring a better quality of life to everyone in the area now and in the future. We want residents to be proud of their community and have all of the resources which make a great community.” Her passion on educating the next generation, along with anyone who calls planet Earth home, has been a driving factor in Norman’s activism with environmental awareness. She believes that being a good steward of resources is key to maintaining a healthy environment, along with other vital efforts. “We strive to inspire everyone to become good stewards of our abundant resources and look to see what changes, big and small, we can all make to ensure we preserve and even enhance the beauty and integrity of Hall County,” Norman says. In the upcoming months, Keep Hall Beautiful has nothing less than a full schedule. April boasts two of the most well-known, environmentally-centered holidays on the calendar, Earth Day and HOME Living

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home charity Arbor Day, of which the organization plans to take full advantage. April’s activities focused heavily on cleanup programs, according to Keep Hall Beautiful’s President Rick Foote, including the Keep America Beautiful initiative the Great American Cleanup on April 13. The cities of Oakwood, Flowery Branch and Lula hosted various activities, including community cleanups and a non-traditional recycling opportunity in Oakwood, complete with paper shredding services and an opportunity to recycle electronics. But perhaps Keep Hall Beautiful’s biggest salute to the season is the annual Spring Chicken Festival, complete with a chicken cook-off and parade, held on April 27 in downtown Gainesville. This year, Keep Hall Beautiful teamed up with Mainstreet Gainesville to create an even bigger and better ode to the chicken. “There (were) a lot of things happening in one day, including the Spring Chicken Festival 5K whose route started and finished on the (Gainesville) Square, and used the pedestrian bridge for the first time and also (went) through the Midtown Greenway,” Foote explains. This year’s festival also included a “Rehatched” Art Market with vendors who create their goods and repurpose items using recycled materials, something that has come to be known as upcycling. But the fun doesn’t stop after spring’s flurry of fun activities and delicious chicken offerings. Keep Hall Beautiful has other initiatives in the works. The organization is hosting the new Hall County Green Pages, a comprehensive directory with information on local organizations who provide products, services and opportunities centered on environmental health and stewardship. Litter cleanup programs around Lake Lanier are another area of interest, and the organization is always looking for groups interested in making the lake beautiful. “One of our primary questions is how we can get litter off the shoreline then keep it from happening again in the future,” Norman explains. “We want to get together with other organizations that focus on this and all our resources, and we’re working with the city and county to identify all these areas.” The work Keep Hall Beautiful has continued to carry out since its humble beginnings has made for a healthier Hall County, complete with clean roadways and a bustling chicken festival. But as Norman acknowledges, without the support of North Georgia communities, Keep Hall Beautiful’s efforts would not be nearly as successful as they are. “There are many motivators and reasons people volunteer with Keep Hall Beautiful,” Norman says. “But most join for the common goal of creating a more beautiful and healthy environment locally, which in turn creates a more beautiful and healthy environment globally.”

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sailing Story by Michelle Boaen Jameson Photos by Sarina Roth

Spring rains have given Lake Lanier a healthy boost and the water level is full pool. No time is better to take advantage of Mother Nature’s good graces. Before the searing heat of August turns the water’s surface into a giant tanning booth, get out on the lake and experience some of the best recreational activities in North Georgia (no offense to you hikers and bikers). The lake offers a variety of activities for nearly all levels of fitness. Of course, no matter what kind of fun you’re looking for, you have to play it safe. Know how to swim if you plan to be on the water, and wear a life jacket. Employ the buddy system and

know on what part of the lake you plan to be. Take a first aid kit, sunscreen and plenty of fresh drinking water. There are dozens of places to rent various kinds of boats from pontoons to bass boats to sail boats. Just make sure you have your boating and fishing licenses! Guides can take you to the best places to catch a few fish, or the best places to just float along in solitude.

home recreation There’s plenty of room to sail away the afternoon on Lake Lanier. Don’t know how to tie a knot? Which side is leeward? What’s the difference between a jib and gaff ? Don’t worry, you can take lessons from a few different places that offer beginner to advanced classes. Or you can just enjoy the ride and let someone else do all the work by chartering a day cruise. Bring a picnic and a bottle of wine and watch the sunset over the water. If boating isn’t your thing, you can rent a couple of jet skis and take a jaunt to one of the many islands on Lanier. For the more athletic and brave, there are water skiing and tubing opportunities. There are even places to wake board for the skilled and the stunt junkies.

Sailing: Lake Lanier Sailing Academy, Windsong Sailing Academy, www.windsongsail. com Rentals: Aqualand Marina, Gainesville Marina, Boating safety: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, watersafety.usace.

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home business There are cuddles for the infants and free playtime for the older kids. Students get multiple opportunities throughout the day to have fun in the gym, student lounges and playgrounds. The school also arranges for special activities, like: visits from the ice cream truck, after-school outings and themed days, like a celebration for Dr. Seuss’ birthday. The center is open from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., so before- and after-care is available. Braselton Prep also offer flex-scheduling, full-day and half-day schedules. “Usually, everyone is here between 7:30 and 8 (a.m.) because breakfast is served from 8 to 8:20 (a.m.),” Puckett says. “And in the evenings, usually everyone is gone around 6.” Right now, the school has a few dozen students, but there is more

than enough room to grow within the campus, which includes a 16,000 square-foot gym and six multi-age playgrounds. “Unfortunately, by the time that we opened in August, most families had already made their decisions about where they would be sending their children,” Puckett said. “We’re looking forward to adding more students. We have the rooms all set up. “We’re ready for what’s to come.” The center is working to add a Georgia-funded pre-K, which would allow them to offer free education to enrolled preschoolers. “We’re going to have a private pre-K, but we’re hoping to have Georgia state-funded pre-K,” Puckett says. “We’ve filled out all of the paperwork, so we’re just waiting for word. We’ve asked for two, hopefully

we’ll get them. “All of our parents want to be in that program.” Between having “prep” in its name and there being a tuition, some people may get the idea that the school would be outside their family’s financial means, but Puckett says that isn’t the case. “We’re very affordable,” Puckett says. “We’re right in line, if not under, the going rate.” At Braselton Prep, the focus is building a “strong and balanced foundation of physical, emotional, social, language, literacy and cognitive developmental skills for each child.” Families can learn more about Braselton Prep by visiting its website, “People just need to stop by and take a tour,” Puckett says, “and see what we’re all about.”

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May 1 “Imaginary Worlds: Plants Larger Than Life” exhibit Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. $18.95 adults, $12.95 children 3-12, free to children 3 and younger and to Garden members. 404-876-5859, May 1-5 “Much Ado About Shakespeare in the Park” 7:30 p.m. Piedmont Park, 400 Park Drive NE, Atlanta. $10-$30. 404-5041473, May 2 “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” off-Broadway musical. 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays through May 19. The Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St., Cumming, 770-781-9178, www. Tickets $25. May 2 Spout Springs Library Farmers Market Through Oct. 31. The market will be

open each Thursday from 4-7 p.m. The market is located in the library parking lot at 6488 Spout Springs Road Flowery Branch. Vendors can email May 2 National Day of Prayer Noon, Main Street Square, Gainesville. Intentional prayer focusing on government, church, military, family, education, media and business. Sponsored by the National Day of Prayer Task Force. www.Commit2Pray. com May 3 Jackson Derby A virtual horse race with all the excitement of derby day! Complete with on-screen horse racing, big beautiful hats, summer jackets, mint juleps, live music and great food. At Bouchard Farms, Commerce, 6:30-9 p.m. Tickets $100. Hosted by the Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce. www., 706-387-0300 May 3-4 Relay for Life Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Road, Cumming, Contact Suzanne Hendricks, 770-2971176

May 3 March of Dimes 5 p.m. Pitts Park, 221 Sam Pitts Circle, Clarkesville. May 4 Habersham Winery Winefest Wine, food, music. 706-878-9463 May 4 Twelve Rivers Art Festival Sautee Nacoochee Center, 706-8783300 May 4 Mule Day 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shields-Ethridge Heritage Farm, 2355 Ethridge Road, Jefferson. $15 adults, $10 children. May 4 Bike Safety 6 p.m., . Hosted by the Hall County Library System. Presenter, Adventure Cycles of Flowery Branch. Free. Downtown Gainesville library branch, main meeting room. 127 Main St. N.W., Gainesville. To register, 770-532-3311 ext. 114. May 4-5 Peach State Chevelle Car Show. 6 a.m.-8 p.m. University of North Georgia, Gainesville campus. www. May 4-6 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals Atlanta Dragway, 500 E. Ridgeway Road, Commerce, 706-335-2301, www.

May 4 Rubber Duck Derby Festival begins 10 a.m.; duck derby, 3 p.m. 16,000 adopted rubber ducks will be released to benefit Boys & Girls Club of Hall County. Clarks Bridge Park on Lake Lanier, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville. For more information, click on the listing “Rubber Duck Derby” at www.


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May 25 Brenau Barbecue Championship Brenau University Campus, 500 Washington St. SE, Gainesville. $5, kids are free. 770-534-6160, or www.

May 5 850th anniversary of Notre Dame Cathedral Organ Concert Piedmont College Chapel., Demorest. Free. May 10-11 4th annual Butterfly Benefit Bluegrass Festival 8 p.m., Union County’s Saddle Club Arena, 73 Saddle Club Drive, Blairsville. Music, craft and food vendors. Admission $5; proceeds benefit Glenda Gooch House. 706-745-3420, www. May 10-12 Sterling on the Lake Tennis 3-day Tournament Benefit for Hemophilia of Georgia. Sterling on the Lake tennis complex,

7004 Lake Sterling Blvd., Flowery Branch. Information or to sponsor: May 11 PetFest and Ride Like the Animals Annual motorcycle ride and outdoor, bring-your-pet fundraiser for the Humane Society of Jackson County., 706-367-1111 May 11 Braselton Beach Bash A family fun festival where all children’s attractions are free. At Braselton Park., dgaustin@braselton. net May 11 Quinlan Visual Arts Center Family Day 1-4 p.m. Explore the galleries for a selfguided art scavenger hunt, draw a live model, ceramics demonstrations and pottery-making, balloon art. 514 Green St., N.E. Gainesville. 770-536-2575. www., May 11 Botanical Watercolor Illustration 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitor Center, Gardenside Room, The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, 2450 S. Milledge Ave., Athens. $75. 706-542-6156. May 11-12 Mother’s Day Arts & Craft Show 10 a.m., Brasstown Valley Resort, 6321 Ga. 76, Young Harris. 706-379-4606, May 15 Challenged Child and Friends “Bowling with Coach Mike Smith & the Falcons” Oasis Bowling Center, 1601 Horizon Parkway, Buford. 770-535-8372. May 16 President’s Summer Art Series Exhibit Simmons Visual Arts Center, Presidents

May 18 Joe Gransden & Friends At the Smithgall Arts Center, 8 p.m. Tickets are $30. Joe Gransden has performed worldwide and released 10 CDs under his own name. Renowned first for the hard bop approach of his trumpet, Gransden’s singing voice has been compared to that of Chet Baker and Frank Sinatra. With Kenny Banks on piano.


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Gallery, 500 Washington St. SE, Gainesville. Opening reception 5:307:30 p.m. May 16. Featuring Patricia Burd, Jane Hemmer, Jean Westmacott and Mary Hart Wilheit. Free. 770-5346263. May 17 Braselton Downtown Business Breakfast & Networking Meeting Community Room, Braselton Police & Municipal Court building, 7:30-8:30 a..m. May 18 Arts in the Park 11 a.m. Town Center Park, 330 Town Center Ave., Suwanee. www. May 18 Big Green Eggfest At the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, Hiawassee. Starts at 9 a.m., cost is $20. May 18 Second annual Sautee Shootout

9 a.m. Innsbruck Resort and Golf Club, Bahn Innsbruck Road, Helen. www. May 18 Swinging in the Vines Music Series 2-5 p.m., Sautee Nacoochee Vineyards. Complimentary wine tastings. 706878-1056, www.sauteenacoochee May 18 “Rock In The Spring” 6 p.m. Brenau University’s Amphitheatre, 102 Prior St., Gainesville. Featuring Mid-Life Crisis, benefiting Challenged Child and Friends. Tickets $20, tables $300 and up. 770-535-8372, lmiller@ May 18-19 Mountain Flower Art Festival Dahlonega Public Square. Parking free around square, $5 at University of North Georgia garage. www.

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678-207-2345 w w w. h o l b r o o k l i f e . c o m 3319 Thompson Bridge Rd. • Gainesville, GA 30506 May 22: “Ask Granny” genealogical gift-making Crawford W. Long Museum, 28 College St., Jefferson, 706-367-5307, info@ May 23 “Dreamwork” Gallery Exhibit Opening reception, 5-7 p.m., Helen Arts & Heritage Center. 706-878-3933, May 25 Bavarianfest 6-11 p.m., Festhalle, Helen. Music, dancing, beer and wines, soft drinks, food. Helen Chamber of Commerce, 706878-1908, May 25 24th annual Pig Out Barbecue Noon- 5p.m., Sautee Nacoochee Center, fundraiser for volunteer firefighters. Capt. Roger Williams, 706-878-9349


northeast GeorGia physicians Group heritaGe oB/Gyn it is tradition to celebrate exciting new additions in our lives. that’s why it only seems fitting that northeast Georgia physicians Group (nGpG) invites you to join us as we welcome heritage obstetrics and Gynecology to the group. With the addition of oB/Gyn services, nGpG can ensure a future of exceptional care, every step of the way.

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Services include: • comprehensive gynecological care • routine and high risk obstetric care • in-office permanent sterilization • 3D/4D ultrasound • in-office ablation for heavy menses • advanced laparoscopy and treatment for pelvic relaxation and urinary incontinence • robotic gynecological surgery • nurse midwives: Tiffany Tucker, CNM; Lauren Wood, CNM Offering services at two locations: Gainesville, 770-531-1515 Braselton, 770-965-4170

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home calendar May 25 Mountain Wine Country Spring Festival Crane Creek Vineyards, 916 Crane Creek Road, Young Harris. 706-3791236, May 27 “The Spirit of American Heroes” Presented by Northwinds Symphonic Band for Memorial Day. Ronald J. Evans, conductor; Mercer E. Crook, associate conductor; and guest artists and speakers. First Baptist Church, Gainesville. 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. May 30-June 1 40th annual Helen to the Atlantic Hot Air Balloon Race Helendorf Inn, Helen. 706-878-2271

June June 1 12th annual Georgia Wine Country Festival Every Weekend in June at Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery in Lumpkin County. Free general admission. A wine garden will be presented for a fee inside the festival. Food will also be available to purchase. 706-8659463 June 6 2013 Master of Interior Design Portfolio Exhibition 4-6 p.m. The High Museum, Stent Family Wing, Robinson Atrium, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. Free. 770534-6284, June 7 Chamber Classic Golf Tournament Annual event hosted by the Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce. At Traditions of Braselton Golf Club; 8 a.m. registration followed by 9 a.m. shotgun start. www.jacksoncountyga. org, 706-387-0300 June 7 “The 39 Steps” 7:30 p.m. evenings, 2 p.m. matinees, 44

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May 31 Relay For Life Hall County 2013 The Hall County relay will be from 6 p.m. to midnight May 31 at Road Atlanta, 5300 Winder Highway, Braselton. Register as a survivor on the website and attend the Survivor Dinner on May 13 at First United Methodist Church on Thompson Bridge Road. Visit or call 770-297-1176 for more information. June 7-9, 13-16. Habersham Community Theater, 1370 Washington St., Clarkesville. www.habershamtheater. org, 706-839-1315. June 8 Redo A gala dinner and fundraiser for the Hoschton Heritage Arts Center. Wear something old or made from old items. Visit the photo booth and bid on great items repainted or remade by local artists in the silent and live auctions. Tickets are $35 each or $195 for a table of six., 770-540-1099 June 15 Hoschton Heritage Arts Fest Featuring local artists and artisans, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Location TBA. Entertainment throughout the day. Jackson County Shoot Out (photography), Quick Draw Competition details and Quilt Show. Booth space available.

www.hoschtonheritageartscouncil, 770-540-1099 June 15 Sern Invitational Sprint Regatta Lake Lanier Olympic Venue, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville. Registration deadline noon June 13. $25. June 15 Summer Concert Series On the Veranda at the Hoschton Heritage Arts Center featuring Doug Thompson as Elvis. At 8 p.m., 74 White St, Hoschton. www.hoschtonheritageartscouncil, 770-540-1099 June 27 “The Good Wife” art exhibit Opening reception 5:30-7 p.m. Simmons Visual Arts Center, Presidents Gallery, 500 Washington St. SE, Gainesville. Free. 770-534-6263.

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NORThEasT GEORGIa PhYsICIaNs GROuP LaKEsIDE OB/GYN It is tradition to celebrate exciting new additions in our lives. That’s why it only seems fitting that Northeast Georgia Physicians Group (NGPG) invites you to join us as we welcome Lakeside OB/GYN to the group. With the addition of OB/GYN services, NGPG can ensure a future of exceptional care, every step of the way. Services include:

• Comprehensive care for women of all ages • Routine and high risk obstetric care • Comprehensive surgery for pelvic prolapse and incontinence • Evaluation and treatment of pelvic pain disorders and endometriosis pictured (l to r): Jacquelyn Stone, MD; Jason Bailey, MD; Greg Martin, MD, FACOG; and Jameela Harper, MD

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Speaker: Brent A. Sharpe, MD Northeast Georgia Urology Associates Northeast Georgia Urological Associates is prod to provide the highest quality, innovative medical treatment available to the community we serve. The field of medicine and urology specifically, has experienced many breakthroughs and advancements. Urologic procedures for the Men’s Health condition of Erectile Dysfunction have become less invasive and transformed by technology. Today, there are many new treatments for erectile dysfunction, and sexual intimacy can be returned to 98% of men. Some offer a temporary solution; others, including a minimally-invasive procedure, provide a more permanent way to resolve the problem. In an effort to increase awareness of these innovations, please join us on Thursday, May 2nd for a presentation highlighting advances in the treatment of Erectile Dysfunction. A special guest will also be present to discuss how he permanently cured his Erectile Dysfunction. The seminar is free for you and your partner. Once again, we invite those interested to find out more about this Men’s Heath issue and call (770) 535-0000 extension 180 to reserve a space at this upcoming event. Spouses and significant others are encouraged to attend


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Gladys Wyant, Executive Director Arts Council Inc., Georgia Council for the Arts Advisory board and her brother, Gala 2013 artist Al Pannell. Special guest of honor, Gainesville artist Jay Kemp.

Bob Prechter, President Elliot Wave International and his wife Robin .

The 35th Annual Quinlan Visual Arts Center Gala was presented by Willis Investment Counsel in Gainesville. The Gala is North Georgia’s premier fine art auction benefitting the 65-year-old arts center located in the Historic Green Street District in downtown Gainesville. Gala 2013 was a sold-out event honoring special guest artist Jay Kemp, the featured painter at this year’s Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston, SC. The black-tie event featured a signature cocktail, the classic and elegant Mint Julep, recipe provided by Dr. Bill and Jill Clark from Waycross. It was served in a sterling cup, inspiring the original oil painting by Flowery Branch artist Bert Beirne, depicting both the cocktail and the décor of the evening. More than 200 attendees purchased art in both a live and a silent auction. Photos courtesy of the Quinlan.

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Jackson CASA fundraiser March 23, 2013 Barry Cronic and Barbara Wilson peruse through the art while eating chocolate goodies at the first CASA HeArt for Chocolate, Heart for Children event.

Lisa Weinwurm checks out some of the items up for auction at the Jefferson Civic Center. The money raised by HeART for Chocolate, Heart for Children will go directly to CASA, and help provide funds to train additional CASA volunteers.

12th annual auction for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Jackson County April 2, 2013 Verlin Reece, owner of Quality Foods, makes a bid on an auction item at the auction held at Commerce Civic Center. A South of the Border theme completed with margaritas and Mexican food.


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Claire Calderbank and Sheri Cortesi enjoy some of the many desserts provided by several local bakeries for the event. Photos courtesy The Paper of Hoschton. Tom Murphy walked items from the live auction, including a giant stuffed pony from Wells Fargo, through the crowd so they could get a better look.

For more information on the club or to donate online, visit www., email or call 706-3678553. Tax deductible donations to the capital campaign can be sent to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Jackson County, 412 Gordon St., Jefferson, GA 30549. Photos courtesy The Paper of Hoschton.

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Jennifer and John Allen Dees enjoyed the Fur Ball festivities. Photos courtesy The Paper of Hoschton.

Leigh and Don Carroll were among the guests at Fur Ball. He was the winner of the airline flight which was among the items given away at the fundraiser for the Humane Society of Jackson County.

Buddy and Nancy Jordan and Cecil Cox, who accompanied Fur Ball committee member Tracy Jordan to the Fur Ball, were all smiles, and Buddy and Nancy took some spins on the dance floor. Tracy also danced with her cowboy hat-wearing father.

Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce’s annual Chamber Chase 5K April 18, 2013 The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Chamber Chase, Get Fit Stay Fit Corporate Challenge run, a 5-kilometer race for fitness, on Thursday. Runners lined up at the starting line at Riverside Military Academy at 6 p.m. Immediately following the run was a 2-mile wellness walk, held for nonrunners. Photos by The Times staff.

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The Arts Council’s inaugural Red Carpet Casino Night fundraiser February 23, 2013

The Arts Council held its first Red Carpet Casino Night Gala at The Smithgall Arts Center with Las Vegas-style casino games, live dealers, cabaret performances, gourmet food and drinks, live and silent auctions, a raffle and prizes. Live performances featured Katie Deal, daughter of Gov. Nathan Deal, who offered a sneak peak at her latest show on national tour, “Today, Tomorrow & Forever: A Tribute to Patsy Cline.” Other performers included Jim Noe, a singer known for his portrayal of Rat Pack members and Elvis Presley, and magician and master of ceremonies Bill Clary. Photos courtesy Distinguished Photo Photography. Above: Sorority sisters from Alpha Chi Omega, Tau Chapter, at Brenau University strike a pose on the Red Carpet. Right: David and Susan Abee.

Gov. Nathan Deal and First Lady Sandra Deal pose with Abe Lincoln (Homer Sewell) during The Arts Council’s Red Carpet Casino Night Gala.

Ms. Senior Georgia Cameo Club at The Oaks of Braselton April 13, 2013 The Ms. Senior Georgia Cameo Club visited The Oaks of Braselton, delighting residents with a variety of music, to which one resident said, “The only thing you didn’t do was stay long enough.” Photos courtesy The Paper of Hoschton.

Above: Joanne Brehm sand a variety of songs including the “Tennessee Waltz.” Left: Former Ms. Senior Georgia Jenny Hensley performed “The Great Pretender” by the Platters and “Crazy” by Patsy Cline along with Joanne Brehm, the Ms. Senior Georgia state pageant director, reigning Ms. Senior Georgia Tomi Watkins and Nancy Usry 50

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MAGNIFICENT HOME Two lots combined for additional privacy. Beautiful pool environment and complete out door cooking area, sink, bar, appliances, fire place and pizza oven. 4 BR 3 ½ bath, Master on the main. 3 car garage. Professional landscaping. $695,000 Tony Funari 404-271-3710

GREAT SPACE FOR A LARGE OR EXTENDED FAMILY! One of the largest homes in the neighborhood located on a quiet culdesac. Awesome kitchen w/ new bosch appliances installed december of 2012. Master on main as well as 2 additional bedrooms. Beautiful stone patio & fireplace in private backyard. 3 car side entry garage & drive under great for boat or car storage. Finished terrace level with 2nd kitchen, game room, family/tv room, 2 bedrooms, full & 1/2 bath. Huge bonus rm w/bedroom, bath, sitting area & additional space! must see to appreciate the size of this home. $435,000 Cindy Keller 404-663-4303

FABULOUS MOVE-IN READY HOME with bedroom or study on main level. Large teen or in-law suite w/private bath & sitting room upstairs as well as 2 add l bedrooms, Jack-n-Jill bath with separate vanities & spacious Master Suite w/sitting area. Coffered ceilings in Dining room & Living room. Gourmet kitchen with double ovens, island, pantry & large breakfast bar opens to breakfast area & fireside keeping room. Bedroom, full bath, game room, family room, workshop & storage area in Terrace level. Upper deck, lower covered patio, fenced yard. A true must see! $449,500 Cindy Keller 404-663-4303

GREAT LOCATION convenient to popular Jefferson City Schools, shopping center with grocery, restaurants and drugstore! Just off I-85 North in quickly growing Jackson County! From the time you enter the front door, you will be at home in this fabulous home! Spacious kitchen with island, granite countertops, double stainless steel sinks and walk in pantry, overlooks the large family room with fireplace. Master on the main level has lovely bath with dual sinks, whirlpool tub, separate shower AND his/her closets! Second bedroom on the main level with private bath. Three bedrooms upstairs are spacious and the built in cabinetry in this home is amazing! $399,000 Abbye Love 770-540-5165

IT DOESN’T GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS! New interior and exterior paint, upgraded fixtures, new carpet and hardwoods just refinished. Awesome kitchen has maple cabinets, granite counter tops, slate back splash and Stainless refrigerator remains. Master on main as well as a guest bedroom with full bath. Separate dining room with wainscoting, Great room with brick fireplace. Three additional bedrooms upstairs, one of which is over sized and has a private bath. Truly move in ready. $249,900 Cindy Keller 404-663-4303



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