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JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2015

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features 28 | The Bachelorette’s New Reality

It’s been several years since Newnan native DeAnna Pappas made a name for herself while looking for love on ABC’s “The Bachelorette.” She’s now married, has a child, and enjoys life outside the limelight.

38 32 | Launching Pads It’s not just your average open mic night. Thanks to

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32 in every issue 38 | Avengers Assembled High school teacher Scott Zachry has been collecting comic books for more than 30 years. His vast collection includes every comic related to “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.”

43 | Gems at Making Jewelry Artisans Emily Wilson, Dayna Miles and Allison Ziegler have their own distinctive style when it comes to making jewelry. Inside the pages of NCM, each describes what it takes to turn a hobby into something more substantive.

52 | Retrieving Greatness Little did Moreland’s Brian Szczech know that a weekend

hunting trip so long ago eventually would lead him on a career path training dogs to retrieve as owner of Gold-Plated Gundogs.

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60 | Datebook From the Editor 62 | 64 | Roll Call 66 | Style 66 | Hobby Q&A

Duel Pages Pen & Ink Blacktop Index of Advertisers What’s Next

on the cover Brian Szczech is a world-class dog trainer who says his best tool on the job is a simple dog biscuit.

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FROM THE EDITOR ◗

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In Praise of Photographers

When it comes to photography, I can manage the occasional selfie or a plate of food. You know, “Still Life with Spaghetti” and such.

But when it comes to taking photos that really matter, I’m useless. No two ways about it. Sure, I went through my “I want to be a photographer” phase (doesn’t everybody?), but what I considered my best artsy pictures in actuality were often too fuzzy and made viewers wonder if they were suffering from double vision. “No, look closely,“ I’d say. “It’s a ladybug on a leaf. Cute, right?” Come to think of it, my foray into photography may have been a precursor to those psychedelic pictures sold at the mall back in the day. You know the ones. If you stared at them without really focusing, you could see a kangaroo, or a lion eating ice cream, or Lady and the Tramp sharing an Italian dinner. Action photos? Forget about it. I’m better off deciphering ink blots or throwing finger paint against the wall. And while so many of us have flooded the mainstream with selfies purporting to capture a moment, in many ways they have limited our ability to truly live in the moment. We’re so busy obscuring landmarks by snapping ourselves in the foreground to share via social media that we often fail to give said landmarks (objects, historical sites – you name it) the attention they deserve. True photographers, like the ones who contribute to NCM, are curators of a complex art form. For them, it’s all about honoring the subject; their skill manifests in their ability to make moments come to life. 14 | www.newnancowetamag.com

In a very real way, they make time stand still. That is an art worth recognizing. A great story can be made that much greater by a photographer’s polished lens. Waxing poetics aside, here’s a shoutout to the photographers I’ve had the pleasure of working with, including Jeffrey Leo, a gifted veteran cameraman who for this issue waded into cold water without wet gear in order to take one-of-a-kind action shots of retrievers diving toward him; Aaron Heidman, whose elegant, highly-detailed closeups are breathtaking; Drew MacCallum, a workaholic who sees just the right electric light and eclectic detail in a dark setting; Shauna Veasey, a NCM newcomer with an eye for the sublime and a style all her own; Mark Fritz, a banker by trade and a photographer by nature who's saved the day more than once with his portraits; Staci Addison, another relative newcomer whose skill and can-do attitude are evident with each click of the button; Chris Helton, whose finest works look like posters for sale; and the late T.J. Powell, who made music with his camera for a guitar feature last year. Certainly, I must include all the local photographers who have contributed to “Blacktop: All Roads Lead to Coweta,” our recurring feature located in the back of each issue that highlights picturesque moments here in Coweta County. Many of these submissions serve as reminders that maybe, just maybe, there's still hope for me and my untrained eye. Maybe I'll break out the old Canon and hunt down some more ladybugs. Thanks for reading,

Will Blair, Editor will@newnan.com


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Launching Pads, page 32

New Reality, page 28

Carolyn Crist is a

freelance writer based in Athens, Ga. While studying journalism at the University of Georgia as an undergraduate, Crist interned at The Newnan Times-Herald. In her free time, she often steps away from the keyboard and experiments with creating her own style of jewelry.

Gems at Making Jewelry, page 43

Chris Goltermann, Newnan Times-Herald Sports Editor, is a converted Falcons fan after swapping between the New York Jets and Giants during his childhood on Long Island. Every Super Bowl since 1981 remains special, though, thanks to an annual $5 betting tradition with his late grandfather. Duel Pages, page 61

When she’s not writing for NCM or covering education for The Newnan Times-Herald, Celia Shortt spends much of her free time reading, channeling her inner Wonder Woman and spending time in Newnan with her husband and their lab mix. Though a DC Comics fan by nature, she couldn’t pass up the opportunity to interview a Marvel man about his expansive collection of comic books. Avengers Assembled, page 38

Carolyn Barnard is

a freelance writer and stylist who spends 90 percent of her day in the minivan she swore she never would drive. She lives in Newnan with her husband, two children and three dogs. Style, page 18

ROLL CALL

When she’s not busy with family and work, Elizabeth Melville can be found stalking online celebrity gossip sites and even seeking out the occasional local celebrity for an autograph. The Bachelorette’s

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Lindsay Gladu is a freelance writer living in Newnan with her husband. Her work has appeared in the Jackson Hole News & Guide, Images West, the Georgia Bulletin and the Washington Examiner. She loves fly fishing, live music and creme brûlée.

Martha A. Woodham, a former columnist for Little known fact: Wes Mayer, a crime reporter with The Newnan Times-Herald, applied to the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism for a major in advertising, but administration accidentally placed him in journalism … so he just “rolled with it.“ Duel Pages, page 60

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the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, moved to Coweta County to be closer to her horse. Since then, she has been amazed at the number of horse people who, like her, make Coweta home because it’s one of the few metro Atlanta counties that’s still horse-friendly. She has a rescue dog, Buster. Although he chases deer out of his yard, he definitely is not a hunting dog.

Retrieving Greatness, page 52

After babysitting for many years, Rebecca Leftwich decided to pursue a BA in mass communications. She has homeschooled her three children since 2002, graduating the eldest in 2014. “The Daredevil Club“ is a rare foray into fiction for the longtime journalist and editor. The Daredevil Club,

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Moms, let’s keep it real for a moment. Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and if you are anything like me, your last date looked something like this: Exercise clothes, enough makeup so as to not frighten anyone, a baseball hat, a sub-par chain restaurant (because obviously you can’t wear workout gear to any decent establishment), running errands without the kids and home by 9:45. Where has the romance gone and when did the kids become the only cute ones in the family and why are their clothes so much better than mine? I call for a Valentine’s Day Revolution.

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Where has the romance gone and when did the kids become the only cute ones in the family and why are their clothes so much better than mine? Instead of constantly putting ourselves at the bottom of our endless to-do-lists, let’s take a moment for us. Let’s trade the stress and guilt of sitting in a salon for three hours for a brilliant new look. Think of it as a gift to yourself (and your man because, let’s be honest, he knows when you fixed your hair last and that you don’t work out enough to warrant the ever-present yoga pants). 18 | www.newnancowetamag.com

In an effort to showcase what just one of Coweta’s many salons has to offer those wishing to update their look, I took my precious friend Janna Campbell to A&D Hair Salon in downtown Newnan for the star treatment. Janna is one of my oldest friends and currently stays at home with her four girls… all under the age of 6. To say that she needed a morning to herself would be


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Bertin adds traditional hightlights along with subtle ombre (adding a lighter color to the ends of the hair) to create a natural, fresh look. Campbell's face is given a classic glow as well, as in-house makeup artist Katie Cantor adds a bit of sparkle to Campbell's lashline.

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is perfect for her. If you have an angular face like mine (read: sharp, borderline-mannish features) you will look like Jesus or one of the disciples, so I would steer clear of this length. I learned that lesson the hard way. Following Christy’s cut and color, Janna headed to A&D’s in-house makeup expert, Katie Cantor. We told Katie to give Janna a look she could easily duplicate herself and would make her look “enhanced,” not “different.” She gave us exactly that and, like any good artist, explained what she was doing so Janna could go home and try it herself. What I

loved most about Katie’s makeup application was that if you didn’t know Janna had had her makeup done, you wouldn’t have known she had her makeup done. It was natural and classic. You want your makeup to help you, not hide you. Again, communication with the stylist is key. Sadly, I learned this lesson the hard way as well, before prom one year. Suffice it to say, I ended up with peacock feathers attached to my eyelashes and in my hair. If you are looking for something a little more low-key and you don’t have the time in your schedule to sit

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Remember, nothing is more attractive than confidence (and glossy hair). when I’m done, having someone else work it out for me is the best $25 I’ll spend that day. Go in with mom hair, come out like Gisele. It’s not a bad way to spend an hour while the kids are at preschool. Lastly, if you want something just a bit more fancy or detailed, instead of asking for an “up-do,” which makes one think of a horrific ’90s prom style with twist curls around the face (read: flattering on no one), ask what styling options are available at your choice salon so it’s not quite so obvious you paid to have it done.

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Christy at A&D did a fancy, Pinterest-worthy braid in my hair for a wedding recently; it only took 30 minutes and cost $30. Professional and affordable. This year, treat yourself to looking and feeling your best on a night out with your Valentine that doesn’t require a baseball cap. Remember, nothing is more attractive than confidence (and glossy hair). NCM DETAILS Salon: A&D Hair Salon Makeup application prices from $35-$70


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Q: What exactly is your hobby? Is it just the pigs? A: I paint just about anything. I’ve always loved all kinds of arts and crafts. Q: How did you get into painting piggy banks? A: It was about three years ago. I was taking local art classes, and one of the girls who would frequent the same classes was making pigs for the Cattle Baron’s Ball in Fayetteville. The pigs are auctioned off to raise money for the American Cancer Society. She knew that I was an artist and she knew they needed more painters. So she called me to see if I would help. The first year, I probably did two dozen for the Cattle Baron’s Ball. They had some they called celebrity Photographed by aaron heidman

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The Elvis pig is among Somerville's favorites, and it's one she has made several times. She studied pictures of Elvis' actual jumpsuit in order to recreate the eagle.

pigs. The first year, I actually made one for Paula Deen, and she signed it. Last year, I did “Drop Dead Diva” and “The Walking Dead.” Norman Reedus signed “The Walking Dead” one and they went for hundreds of dollars.

Q: From there you branched out and started painting your own? A: I found out where they got their

pigs, and now I order my own. I have been doing them on commission. I don’t do them and display them anywhere. People just find out about them – friends, family, coworkers. They see them on Facebook or just know I am doing it, and they ask me to make one. I wish I had time to do this all the time. I love my other job [as an esthetician], but I try to do this in between working

and babysitting my grandson. I’ve recently gone part-time so that I will have more time to work on pigs.

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making their Halloween costumes or painting fabric paint onto shirts.

Q: What do you like about art in general and the pigs in particular? A: I love painting pigs because they take on their own personalities. The reason I do art is because I get lost in it. I don’t think about anything else, no matter what when I’m painting. Whether it’s a pig or repainting a piece of furniture, I love to do it. When I sit down, sometimes I’ll forget to eat or forget to sleep. My husband will slide a plate of food under my nose to get me to take a break, or tap my shoulder and say, “It’s midnight.” It can be a stressful world these days, and that’s my escape. I don’t have to think about anything but which pen to choose or what color to make this pig. Q: Do you have a favorite pig? A: Oh yeah, the zombie one. The zombie and Elvis are my favorites.

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Q: Where do you do most of your work? A: When it was more of a hobby, the kitchen table was fine. Now, we are redoing our garage into a craft space

and office. My husband will have a little corner of it. He’ll have a desk, but it is going to be a craft space.

Q: Do you have a particular vision when you first start a project? A: When you’re crafting something and you do a little bit of everything ... when I see something, I look at what it can become. I have stacks of wood. If it’s in the trash, or I can refurbish it and make it a piece of art, I’ll grab it. I’ll even go to Lowe’s and Home Depot and go through their trash. Q: What are some of your other favorite arts and crafts? A: I like anything that involves paint. It reminds me of a commercial where this woman opens her bedroom door, sits down and says, “I want to paint something.” That’s how I am. I want to paint something. I like to rescue furniture. If I need something, rather than go to a furniture store and buy it, I’ll find something that looks like it’s ready to be thrown out and fix it. My coffee table was a tool box. My son is in the Navy and when he was able to move off base and into an apartment, I said, “Don’t buy any


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WEST COAST FAMILY

Pappas is now happily married to Stephen Stagliano, a high school teacher. The two welcomed a daughter, Addison Marie, in February 2014, and their family resides in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles. (Paul Joyner Photography)

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The Bachelorette’s New Reality Former TV sweetheart now has a husband, a child and a new outlook on life

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DeAnna Pappas auditioned for "The Bachelor," a reality TV dating game show, in 2007.

If you were addicted to reality TV and were glued to your LCD flatscreen in 2008, you’re bound to recall the distinctive Greek name that dominated reality television – especially if you lived in Coweta County at the time. DeAnna Pappas – a former Newnan resident – reigned on “The Bachelorette” following a previous heartbreak on Brad Womack’s season of “The Bachelor.” Pappas was a top two contender on “The Bachelor” when, in a shocking turn of events, Womack rejected both women by withholding a proposal. It was during a television appearance with Ellen Degeneres that the famed comedienne broke news to Pappas that she was going to be the next Bachelorette after stealing the nation’s heart. During Pappas’ season of “The Bachelorette,” eligible bachelors spent time with the brown-eyed southern beauty and fell in love. She was the girl next door with the electric smile. She was charming, fun-loving, real and she fiercely valued her large, Greek family. Fans cheered her for many reasons, including her personal resilience after losing her mother to cancer when she was 12. Pappas’ season ended with an engagement to professional snowboarder Jesse Csincsak. However, like so many reality TV couples, their relationship ended a few short months later. But Pappas’ time on television earned her an award from Fox Reality Channel for being the most memorable reality performer of the year. Fast forward to the present and Pappas is happily married to Stephen Stagliano, a high school teacher. The two welcomed a daughter, Addison Marie, in February 2014, and their family resides in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles. Written by Elizabeth Melville

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Despite being a West Coaster now, she still possesses southern charm – and she still visits Newnan several times a year. When asked if she still gets recognized, she said with a selfdeprecating laugh, “I think I’m just a washed-up reality star now – it was so long ago.” But that’s certainly not true. In addition to reality TV, Stagliano co-hosted a daily Lifetime television show, “Get Married.” She had television appearances on “EXTRA,” “Jimmy Kimmel,” “Good Morning America,” “Hollywood 411,” the TV Guide Channel and many more. She has more than 48 thousand followers on Instagram. A single intimate photo of her life easily can draw more than 1,100 “likes.” On Twitter, she has more than 67,000 followers. While she is no longer stalked by throngs of paparazzi during her day-to-day activities, often she is recognized in public, and most of her fans still acknowledge her through social media. Settling Down

SOUTHERN ROOTS

Especially since welcoming Addison, Stagliano makes it a point to come home four to five times a year.

“We got married in the true, elegant South and we loved every second of it. It was our perfect day.”

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“I am very protective of the baby,” Stagliano said. “This – the decision to go on television – was something I signed up for, not something my husband or daughter or family signed up for. It is really nice that I’m normally not approached, but it’s also flattering to be recognized.” Stagliano says she feels no shame over her time in the limelight. “I am very proud of myself and who I was on the show,” Stagliano said. “I was a good representation of myself and how my family raised me to be.” Her dad, who now lives in Canton, Ga., still gushes about how his daughter was a bachelorette, according to Stagliano. “That said, I don’t know if I’d do it again if I could go back,” she said. “It’s so hard to say. In a weird way, I did meet my husband through the show and I’m thankful for the path it has led me on.” DeAnna was introduced to Stephen through his twin brother, Michael, who was on Season 5 of “The Bachelorette.” DeAnna and Stephen were married on Oct. 22, 2011, in Serenbe. “We got married in the true, elegant South and we loved every second of it,” Stagliano said. “It was our perfect day.” She shared her love story and countless pictures from her wedding in Us Weekly magazine. The two spent their early marriage traveling and enjoying life. One thing was understood when they joined a Greek family with an Italian family – they definitely wanted kids. They tried for nearly a year before conceiving. They welcomed Addison Marie (her middle name paying tribute to DeAnna’s late mother) on Feb. 6, 2014. Stagliano blogs about her mommy adventures for People.com. When asked how motherhood has changed her, she replied simply, “How has it not?” “Life is totally different,” Stagliano said. “Any bit of selfishness I had before having a child is gone. Everything I do is for Addison. How we spend our money is for her, how we spend our time is for her, the food we eat is for her – everything revolves around her.”


The Staglianos are enjoying getting to know their daughter and watching her personality blossom. “She’s a very happy baby. She’s done nothing but bring joy to our lives. She’s so precious and happy – we’re so in love.” Especially since welcoming Addison, Stagliano makes it a point to visit the South four to five times a year to see her family and friends – some of whom still live in the Newnan area.

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MUSIC

SETTING THE STAGE

Jerry Jailor Schutjer performs amid a smoky backdrop during a Free Rock show at the Alamo.

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The stages are set. Hot lights beam around the songwriters who croon lyrics and strum their instruments with only 15 minutes allotted to woo the crowd.

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Open mic nights are a single step toward building a music career for most troubadours. It’s an intimate space usually, one where stories and melodies are shared. Familiar to music lovers, listening rooms and open mic shows are often where the hidden talent lies. To find Coweta’s diamonds, one only needs to venture into downtown Newnan once a month for Newnan Unplugged and Free Rock. Newnan Unplugged is a quiet, family friendly event held each month at Ten East Washington, a casual fine dining restaurant. The space is low-lit and cozy with white tablecloths draped over tables strategically placed to face the makeshift stage at one end of the room. A rotating crew of singer/songwriters belt out their best songs and recall the life experiences that influenced them to take the pen to the page. Young musicians, college students and some high-schoolers who are still cutting their teeth routinely play shows at Newnan Unplugged. Music veterans grace the stage alongside the new kids. The all-acoustic shows ebb and flow with a folksy and bluesy vibe. Just across the square is the Alamo, one of Newnan’s few music venues, where once a month the bar is packed with bands and solo artists and their fans, family and friends. One by one, they take the stage in a show aptly dubbed Free Rock. Rock ’n’ roll, bluegrass, country and pop acts fill out the schedule from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

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At both Newnan Unplugged and Free Rock, you’ll see some of the cream of the crop in local talent as well as enjoy some great touring bands from around Georgia. Each show caters to a different aspect of the music world: Newnan Unplugged is more laid back and Free Rock is more high energy. Who you don’t often see front and center are the hardworking individuals behind the events: Kris Youmans, Erok Patterson and Daniel Freeman.

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Youmans, who runs Newnan Unplugged, remembers when she was gigging up and down the riverfront in Savannah as a 20-something with big dreams of playing her music on stages everywhere. She’s still playing music as the lead in her band, The Kris Youmans Band, but she remembers the sense of community that those listening rooms provided. She decided to recreate that experience in Newnan. With three grown children, Youmans says that Newnan Unplugged and the young artists she mentors now have become her “babies.” “It’s the young people that get me,” Youmans said “I like watching the kids do well. It’s inspiring for me, too. It

makes you want to go home and get the guitar out.” Newnan Unplugged provides an opportunity for singer/songwriters to be heard and improve their craft, but also to network with other musicians. More than a few collaborations have sprung from Youmans’ listening room. Free Rock was born from a similar idea. Deejay and musician Patterson and musician Freeman wanted to pay it forward in honor of all the wiser, more experienced musicians who helped them along the way. Patterson, who hosted previous open mic shows, was disappointed that the house held all the cards in most cases. Musicians wouldn’t sign up or would walk away from shows feeling deflated because of the lack of promotion and perks. “I didn’t like the fact that the singers weren’t getting anything out of it,” Patterson said. “I wanted Free Rock to stand out from just being an open mic night.” So Patterson and Freeman saved some money to purchase recording equipment, professional lighting and a video camera to provide videos, photos and recordings for Free Rock’s monthly featured artist or band. “All the money we bring in [from the Free Rock shows] is reinvested into sound equipment and made available to those guys to keep the local talent out there,” Freeman said of the services Free Rock provides to its featured acts. To become a featured act, musicians must play at least twice at Free Rock and then be chosen by Patterson or Freeman. Featured acts are picked based on the act’s talent and dedication to original songwriting. To earn a spot in the Free Rock recording studio, featured acts must have five original songs. The best part about being a featured act with Free Rock is that all the videos, photos and recordings are free. Patterson sets them up with free mixing and production for videos and recordings, too.


Members of the band Blood on the Harp entertain the crowd during a Free Rock show at The Alamo.

“I toured for 15 years, and I’ve had so many people help us out and point us in the right direction,” Patterson said of his time with his former band Groovestain. “We wanted to come up with something to give back.” Members of the southern rock band Sweet Grass Sally stepped up to the stage in November as Free Rock’s featured band. Guitar-driven and with plenty of attitude, the band had the house’s undivided attention for its entire 45 minute set. Lead singer Tim Shepard couldn’t be more pleased with the addition of Free Rock to the band’s schedule. Shepard is a Newnan Unplugged soloist to boot. “The reality is, there’s a great local music scene here on the southside,” Shepard said. “They’re giving

everybody an opportunity to play.” Sweet Grass Sally drummer Phillip Neill agreed, saying Free Rock is the “best thing with live music going on in Coweta County.”

Getting Their Feet Wet For musicians who participate in Newnan Unplugged, the experience has been invaluable, too. Coweta residents Lance Mapp, 18, and Tyler Lawless, 16, have found themselves on the Unplugged stage a few times. Mapp, who is attending LaGrange College to pursue music, says he returns to Newnan Unplugged because not only does it push him as a songwriter, but he loves the supportive environment. Developing his comfort level with his audience is good training

for the bigger stages that Mapp hopes to be on one day. “It allows you to perform better,” Mapp said. “I’ve written songs the day before and played them at Newnan Unplugged.” Lawless began playing at Newnan Unplugged a few months ago, but already it’s been an encouraging boost for him. He’s learned more about publicity and strengthened his songwriting skills. “The deadlines drive you to write more,” Lawless said. “It also inspires you to be yourself.” Lawless and Mapp say they appreciate the mentoring Newnan Unplugged founder Youmans has provided them. Her industry experience is a wellspring of knowledge for the two young men january / february 2015

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MIXING MUSIC

At top, Johnson Brothers' Music Revue changes the tempo during its time on stage while Free Rock's Erok Patterson, at left, ensures the sound is just right for the evening's lineup of acts.

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her path. She even sets an example indirectly for Lawless, who said he has learned from Youmans by watching her interact with others. “It doesn’t hurt to put yourself first, but sometimes putting others before yourself will help you too because people watch when you help other people out. She taught me not to be selfish,” Lawless said. “I think Kris is awesome,” Mapp said. “She really cares about the local music. She wants to see it become bigger.” An open door to songwriters, Free Rock and

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By day, Scott Zachry is a mildmannered family man who teaches history at Northgate High School; by night, he is a super-esque comic book aficionado who owns every issue of “The Avengers.” A team of superheroes created by Marvel, the Avengers have been featured in the pages of comic books for more than 50 years. Labeled “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes,” the Avengers count Iron Man, AntMan, Wasp, Thor and the Hulk among hundreds of their evil-fighting team members over the years, teaming up to battle “foes no single superhero can withstand.” Some of the most recognizable Avengers leapt off the pages of comic books and landed on the silver screen, making the Avengers film the highestgrossing comic book movie of all time. Decades before moviegoers enjoyed Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America and Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Zachry was already well-acquainted with the team’s rallying cry: “Avengers Assemble!” Zachry’s secret persona took shape at summer church camp when he was 10, after his mom gave him “West Coast Avengers” No. 1, “Star Trek” No. 7, and “Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars” No. 5. “Mom gave me those to keep me occupied at camp because I was not excited about going,” said Zachry, who was immediately hooked and says he has consistently bought comic books every week since that memorable summer. In addition to collecting subsequent issues of the comics his mom initially bought, he also branched out with titles like “Iron Man” and “Captain America.” “West Coast Avengers” was a spinoff of the original “Avengers,” and Zachry continued to collect that series until it ended in the 1990s. Afterward, he began collecting the original “Avengers,” and by 2001 he had 1,500 comic books in his collection.

Zachry was buying two or three new comic books every month, but he was just getting started.

“After 9/11, I really got into eBay and buying comic books,” he said. “I went nuts and decided I’m going to get the complete run of ‘Iron Man’ and ‘Avengers.’ ” To date, Zachry’s collection boasts almost 9,000 comic books, including every issue of “The Avengers,” as well as every crossover issue in which an Avenger makes an individual appearance – like when Black Widow appears in an issue of “The Amazing Spider Man” and helps Spidey fight evil-doers. Zachry also has full runs of “Marvel Team-Up” with Spiderman, “Hawkeye,” “G.I. Joe,” “Iron Man,” “Marvel Team Up,” “Marvel Two-inOne” and “Star Trek.” A near-complete run of “Tales of

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1. “Marvel Team-Up” with Spiderman 2. Every “Avengers” book and crossovers 3. “G.I. Joe” 4. “Iron Man” 5. “Marvel Team-Up” 6. “Marvel Two-in-One”

Suspense” covers the comic in which Iron Man first appeared. These days, Zachry picks up at least 20 comic books each month. He’s working on completing the “Captain America” series and has collected every issue of “The Fantastic Four” since the early ’70s. “It’s not just a hobby,” he said. “It’s sort of an obsession.” An obsession this expensive might negatively affect a marriage, especially when it starts taking over parts of a couple’s home. Although Zachry says his wife, Kelli, won’t be devastated to see his ever-growing comic book collection completed, she is “pretty cool” with it for now. “She tells me when there is a relaunching [of a series] that it would be a great time to stop,” he said. “But she also knows that I have some great friends that I have met at the shop.”

“The shop” is Heroes Comics, Cards & Games in Newnan, and Zachry buys the majority of his comics there. He and four or five friends meet at the shop on Wednesdays, when new issues are released. One of those good buddies is Ross Haralson, whose DC Comics collection dates back 20 of his 30 years and rivals Zachry’s Marvel collection. Haralson and Zachry met at Heroes, but they really bonded when they discovered their wives are co-workers after unexpectedly running into each other at an office Christmas party. “Ross Haralson is my good buddy,” Zachry said. “He keeps me up to date on modern comics. I keep him updated on the old stuff.” On Wednesdays, the pair is joined by other collectors and friends, including Mac Green, Pete Czech, Rich Horton and Pat Todd, grabbing new releases

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and gabbing about all things related to comic books. One common topic is movie adaptations. Despite being a DC man, Haralson is a fan of Marvel’s “Captain America” and “Avengers” movies. “Marvel is winning out in the movies,” Haralson said. “They’re doing an incredible job. I’m impressed with their aggressive schedule.” Haralson has about 7,500 comics, including the entire run of “The Walking Dead,” which he’s been collecting since it came out in 2003. Green, Czech, and Horton also own extensive comic book collections; some are even larger than Zachry’s. Green has been collecting since around 1985 and estimates he has about 10,000 comics. “I like a little bit of everything,” he said. “I have so many, I had to build a comic book room off my living room.” Todd said he has been collecting since comics cost 10 cents and owns around 11,000 comics. Czech has about 7,500 comics, and Horton has approximately 3,000.

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What are you doing the next 10 Saturdays? Among his friends, Zachry’s almost 9,000 comic book collection stands out even though it’s not the largest. “Scott has the most exhaustive collection I have seen,” Haralson said. Away from Heroes, Zachry buys some comics on eBay, and he has uncovered classics in unexpected places as well. On one trip to a Newnan antique store, for instance, he found a small stack of books in a corner. “I pulled them out not thinking I would find anything, but lo and behold I found a ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ that is going on eBay for 45 bucks right now.” Zachry said. “I was able to get it for the cover price [$3].” “When you find a hard-to-find book and you get it for a good price, that is where the fun is,” he added. “The hunt for the book is the most fun.” About 10 years ago, Zachry said he decided it was time to do more than

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just collect comic books. He wanted to read all of them, too. His daily regime now includes reading a classic comic in the morning and a newer issue at night. So far, he’s read between 75 and 80 percent of his collection, avoiding damage to his older issues by utilizing digital versions. “I love the older stuff,” Zachry said. “Comics is a dying art. Everything is encapsulated into a six-issue story now. I miss the old story styles with the classic panels. I think, back in the day, they were more creative, too.” That doesn’t mean he dislikes contemporary comics. “‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ is the best modern stuff I’ve read,” he said. The movie of the same name was “awesome,” Zachry said, but some of the movies’ influence on comic books is less than desirable. “Iron Man is a jerk in the comics now, and I hate that,” he said.

Still, “‘The Avengers’ movie kicked it out of the park.” And he remains a solid Marvel man. Despite his attempts to branch out into DC Comics, Zachry said he simply doesn’t connect with any of DC’s characters. “I think it goes back to those comics from camp – two were Marvel,” he said. “One of them had all the characters from the Marvel universe in it (‘Secret Wars’). I have read a few DC titles – and I liked the ‘Super Friends’ [cartoon] while growing up – but I have no real consistent run of DC books.” His comic book collecting career spans 30 years, and Zachry has no immediate intentions of giving up his passion. “As long as they are printing ‘Avengers,’ I think I will be buying them,” he said. After all, he is all about Marvel, Avengers and Iron Man. NCM

If you were a superhero, which one would you be? “I guess Iron Man. He is just a regular guy in a suit.” If you could have a super power, which one would you want? “I would love to fly.” If you were banished to the Negative Zone, which comic issue would you take with you? “My ‘Secret Wars’ No. 5, my first comic from camp.”

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The craft itch always creeps up this time each year, when you’re cooped up, ready to break free from cold days at home and thinking about new beginnings. Go find the yarn, beads and acrylics. Pull up the art projects you saved online a few months ago. Think about color, texture and shapes. It’s time to create. Homemade goods are seeing a resurgence in popularity, especially now that it’s easier than ever to put your pieces online to sell. The jewelry-making craft, in particular, exploded in recent years as teens, college women and moms started creating websites and attending local festivals to pitch their indie crafts. Nowadays, it seems, the jewelry craze is heading into a new phase of refinement. Crafters are finding their niches, often focusing on a specific skill or aesthetic as they make new earrings, bracelets and necklaces. The craftsmanship touches Newnan as well, with plenty of “makers” spreading their

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goods by word of mouth, through local craft fairs and in window fronts. Look closely around town and you’ll spot women wearing unique pieces from this area, no matter what age. NCM invites you to read about three local jewelry-makers who represent different styles, inspirations and years of experience. Then try your hand with some beads and wire. Yours might be the next on the market.

Emily Wilson, Mudd Honey Hill, Senoia Emily Wilson and childhood friend Allie Farlowe talked about selling their jewelry pieces for years. In college, Emily majored in costume design and Allie majored in

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“I need to be able to throw on a piece of jewelry that pulls me all together. It makes my day go smoother.” — Emily Wilson art, but the two didn’t pair their skills until they started a business together in March 2014. Mudd Honey Hill specializes in necklaces and earrings that combine fabric and wiring with an antique or vintage vibe. Two lines in particular – cluster necklaces and antique oval earrings – anchor the company’s collection with colorful and playful statement pieces. They also feature handmade sterling silver baby spoons and layered brooches. Their store appeals to busy moms who need adaptable jewelry. “As a mom, I live in tank tops, jeans and long skirts, and I need to be

versatile,” Wilson said. “I need to be able to throw on a piece of jewelry that pulls me all together. It makes my day go smoother.” Wilson has worked with fabrics for years, doing interior design and window treatments for friends or model homes built by her husband, Tom. She works on pieces at her home studio in Senoia while Farlowe works from home in Belmont, North Carolina. Mudd Honey Hill pieces are found at Blue Moon in Newnan and Kelly & Company Antiques in Fayetteville. The two have worked booths at the Cotton Pickin’ Fair and

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“If you treat it like a hobby, it’ll be a hobby. If you want a business, treat it like a business.” — Dayna Miles

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Dayna Miles' bohemian style incorporates a lot of vintage pieces, embroidered beadwork and Southwestern influences.

especially ones with sentimental value. She's made several necklaces for women in Senoia, Fayetteville, Newnan and Carrollton out of a grandfather's overalls, a mother’s handkerchiefs, a deceased son’s work clothes, and a husband’s old neckties. “The only problem is not being able to make them fast enough,” Wilson said. “That’s when we knew we were onto something. It’s been a lot of fun to see it grow.” The two are excited about transforming their brand this year with a new casting machine, which will allow them to cast items such as baby teeth or acorns in silver and gold. They’re also creating mini versions of their necklaces for a “tween” line. “So many moms are buying our pieces, and they wanted similar ones for their daughters,” Wilson said. “We’re having a lot of fun with these different ideas.” Wilson’s inspiration often stems from yard sales and antique stores. When she first dated Tom, she talked about being a rummager and someday owning an antique store. He laughed and told her about Collectors' Corner in Sharpsburg, which his parents ran for years. Wilson did floor design for Tom’s parents until the couple’s first child was born, and then she returned to the idea of making jewelry with an earthy,

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outdoorsy feeling. They key was getting started. Wilson says she’s glad she and Farlowe finally committed to making a few pieces, putting them up online and approaching business owners about featuring them in stores. When she walks into a store to pitch an idea, she says that the worst that can happen is getting a “no.” “Hush that [negative] voice in your head,” she advises new jewelry makers. “Go for it. There’s a market out there for it.” Most of all, Wilson says she loves the feeling of getting into a flow and losing track of time while she’s working in her studio. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that her sons are learning about what it takes to own a business. “My 8-year-old or 5-year-old will see somebody out with my jewelry on and point it out to me,” she said. “It makes me proud and lets them know they can go for their dreams. Do what you love.”

Dayna Miles, Dayna Miles Designs, Newnan For Dayna Miles, making jewelry has been a lifelong journey. She learned to embroider from her grandmother when she was a child in the 1960s and then embroidered her jeans


and purses as a teen in the 1970s. She made her own Barbie clothes and always enjoyed working with colors and textures. As she moved into an older home in downtown Newnan with husband, Roger, Miles expanded her aesthetic as she filled her home with antique items and decorated others’ homes. Then she focused on Victorian quilts when her daughter, Rachel, was born in 1993 and transitioned to jewelry in the early 1990s. When she found a book about bead weaving that combined her loved of jewelry and embroidery, she found her niche. Her embroidered beadwork takes on a distinct Southwestern influence, using the peyote stitch that mimics Native American weaving and designs from Arizona and California. Mixed with vintage fabrics and laces, the pieces emit fantasy and bohemian looks with tones of the Mediterranean and the Czech Republic. She hasn’t traveled to those places, but her beads have – many of her centerpieces come from a couple in Bulgaria who create large focal beads with an older European vibe. “When I begin a new project, I pull out a focal piece and let it speak to me,” she said. “It’s like an artist putting colors on a palette. I’m painting with beads.” Miles keeps her supplies in a corner of the laundry room but doesn’t have a dedicated work space. She loves that she can put the beads on a tray and take them anywhere – the den, the breakfast room, outside. People often ask her how she has the patience to work with beads, but she says that it grounds her. “It’s a therapy like knitting for me,” she said. “I like to sit here in the mornings with my supplies and escape.” As one of the early participants in the jewelry-making craze, Miles has watched an explosion of skills, supplies and online shops – some great, some awful. But she says the recession

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artist spotlight worked like a “weeding-out process” for hobbyists to fall away and refined artisans with an eye for design, texture and balance to emerge. “You’re seeing more art rather than just beads and wire,” she said. “There’s a really refined artisan market now.” That’s part of the reason Miles charges $60-$160 for her pieces. Though “price” can be a scary word, artists shouldn’t shy away from asking their worth, she says. Consider the cost of materials, complex design and hours put into the item and set your range. There’s a market for every price level. “Be competitive, but don’t give away your work,” she said. “People know that they get what they pay for, and those who have money to spend will buy it.” Of course, that requires knowing your market. Over the years, Miles has learned that her pieces were geared toward crowds in Roswell and Buckhead and tailored her shows. She’s also decided to take a step back from festivals and focus more on custom work and galleries this year. Don’t be afraid to evolve as your style changes or as you get older, she says. “If you treat it like a hobby, it’ll be a hobby. If you want a business, treat it like a business,” she said. “Know where you want it to go and take pride in it.”

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Allison Ziegler's favorite jewelry – earrings and necklaces – often feature large flowers, acorns and wire wrapping.

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Allison Ziegler, Allie Elle Designs, Raymond

Allison Ziegler has always been an artist. She’s a painter and a musician and has a degree in performing arts from Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, North Carolina. You’ll find her in the Keller Williams office during the week but on stage during the weekends, last performing for Newnan Community Theatre Company as Lady of the Lake in “Spamalot.” She’s the gal in Atlanta southern rock band Buzz Bait, which plays obscure songs from well-known groups such as the Rolling Stones. She’s also obsessed with


accessories, and you’ll often find Ziegler picking the right jewelry, scarves and hats to match her outfit. You could say she has a touch of the creative in her. Ziegler first picked up jewelry making after college, when she started looking at beginner’s books with her mom. She found beads she liked online and set up a shop on Etsy. Once she started dabbling, she was hooked. She began collecting beads and now waits for the perfect moment to use them in the right project. Her main pieces – earrings and necklaces – feature large flowers, acorns and wire wrapping. Inspired by nature, hiking and camping, Ziegler often picks a focal piece and builds on it. “I’m attracted to bold colors and shapes and go from there,” she said. “I love the idea that flower earrings make it look like you’re wearing a flower in your hair.” Ziegler created a website in 2010 and

initially put her items at Corner Arts Gallery in Newnan and Peters Path in Atlanta. Later, she built up her own Etsy shop and began to reach a broader group of people. She also creates custom pieces, often for brides and bridesmaids. In fact, when she married Kurt in May 2014, she made her own earrings and bracelet and altered a Charming Charlie necklace to match. With her own experience in mind, Ziegler enjoys getting to know brides and understanding their style. “For one girl who was more conservative and traditional, I created pearl jewelry,” she said. “Another friend was more whimsical and wanted rhinestones. It’s all about listening.” As she develops more pieces, Ziegler learns about customers’ wants and needs. Her aesthetic is more “wild” or “indie,” she says, but she creates conservative pieces

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As much as she enjoys making her own jewelry to sell or gift to friends, Allison Ziegler frequently encourages others to try their hands and discover their own particular techniques.

for people who request them. She also thinks about price when making pieces, often buying bronze wiring, brass and glass gemstone beads to create items between $10-$30. “I really wanted to focus on price,” she said. “I can’t go out and buy a $70 piece, so I wanted to keep costs low for others.” Ziegler houses all of her supplies in a shelf unit she found while working in a home with a fellow real estate agent. She doesn't throw out items that can be used in a project, including glass jars, small boxes or cute bags, and Kurt has learned how handy it is. “We’ll realize it’s someone’s birthday tomorrow, and I’ll go make something,” she said. “I love going into the room and looking at all my supplies.” 50 | www.newnancowetamag.com

Ziegler has watched friends pick up the jewelrymaking craft in recent years as well. Though it creates competition, she’s thrilled to see the different designs and skills. “Everyone I talk to is some kind of artist, which is very cool,” she said. “Now that people know how easy it is to put it online, they’re able to bring out that creative side. I think it gives them confidence.” If you have an idea, try it. That’s how Ziegler learned wire wrapping and created her own style. Find a book or an online tutorial and copy the technique. “It won’t be perfect the first time, but you’ll learn,” she said. “If you see something you want but can’t afford it, try to make it.” NCM


Tips for the Guys With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, jewelry makes a perfect gift. What’s better than a creative piece to showcase her style, fellas? “I don’t know too many women who don’t like jewelry,” says Emily Wilson, who creates necklaces and earrings for Mudd Honey Hill. Keep these tips in mind when shopping for the perfect piece.

1. Think about how long you’ve known her. If you’ve only known the lady for a short period of time, opt for elegant but simple jewelry. Large, ornate pieces look great on the shelf, but they may fall flat when she opens the box. Unless you know her personality well, avoid chunky bracelets, large rhinestones and too much bling. Instead, look for her favorite colors or nature-inspired pieces. “I think earrings are the perfect gift,” says Dayna Miles of Dayna Miles Designs. “I don’t want to discourage people from buying unique custom pieces, but you should stick with jewelry that’s not too specific to taste if you don’t know her well.” 2. Think about her style. Does she always don accessories like hats, scarves and gloves? Does she dig more “out there” styles such as leather, animal print or bright colors? Keep this in mind when you cruise the jewelry counters. Find a good balance between creativity and comfort, says Allison Ziegler of Allie Elle Designs. “Think about how she’ll wear it,” she says. “When women have on scarves, they don’t want big earrings to get tangled.” 3. Think about the special occasion. You may have Valentine’s Day in mind now, but remember, different times of the year call for different styles. Valentine’s Day carries a romantic quality that encourages diamonds, pearls and signs of commitment such as hearts and circles. Summer events, including birthdays, shine with brighter, sunnier colors and more playful designs and textures. The holidays, around Christmas, evoke images of festivity, often with the colors red, green, silver and gold. “I always think warm and fuzzy for the holidays,” Miles says. “I made a holiday piece called ‘Fire and Ice’ that had a gorgeous white stone with red flames, like a fire behind the snow. Big, beautiful stones are often great gifts for holidays or parties.”

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Before Brian Szczech could become a dog trainer, he had to be a two-legged retriever. Today, he is known internationally for his ability to turn young dogs into champions and for handling winning dogs, but about 30 years ago, Szczech (pronounced “check”) was the butt of the joke that eventually turned him into a dog trainer.

He was duck hunting in Canada for the first time with some friends. When the hunt was over, he realized there was no retriever. Szczech asked, “How do we fetch the ducks?” “Oh, that’s the new guy’s job” was the reply. Cue gales of laughter. So into the bitter cold water Szczech went, vowing to get a retriever before he set foot in a duck blind again. Szczech’s first retriever was a black Labrador he named Remington and trained with the help of a DVD. The talented Remington became the foundation of Szczech’s business, Gold-Plated Gundogs, based in Moreland. “With the money from her sale, I was able to buy more puppies to train, and I never looked back,” said Szczech, who had beagles STERLING CAREER Brian Szczech, owner of Gold-Plated named Cleo and Caesar Gundogs in Moreland, has trained when he was a child. “Dogs several championship dogs in are a huge part of people’s his career. lives, and I love being a part of that.” It was another dog who cinched Szczech’s success – the legendary Grand Hunting Retriever Champion Super Shooter, who won national championships five times, making him one of the most elite titled gun dogs in North

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TRAINING DAY

Brian Szczech spends plenty of time with his retrievers in training, including, clockwise from top, Rusty, DD, DD and Winner, Hanna and Lucy.

America in the 1990s. Szczech purchased Super Shooter as a 7-week-old puppy from Candlewood Kennel in Wisconsin in 1989 and trained him to greatness. “He was the dog of a lifetime for me,” said Szczech, a former U.S. Coast Guard captain who ran a fishing charter boat on the Great Lakes before he began training dogs. “His training was fulltime for the first few years of his life. It was fun and exciting to watch him excel as one of America’s premier hunt test retrievers. He had a fan club throughout North America. Everyone in the gun dog world knew of Super Shooter and came to watch him compete.” Now deceased, the black lab is the third all-time historical sire and the United Kennel Club Hunting Retriever Program’s second all-time sire. Established in 1898, the United Kennel Club is the largest all-breed performance dog registry in the world, registering dogs from all 50 states and 25 foreign countries. Szczech bred and trained one of Super Shooter’s puppies, SuperShoot’n Chelsea Master Hunter, who also reached the heights of grand championship. In addition to the 19 UKC champions he’s produced for his clients, Szczech’s other major success story is Grand Hunting Retriever Champion Fly Away Red Zoey Master Hunter, one of the highest-titled Chesapeake Bay Retriever females in the gun dog world today. “It’s rare for a Chessie to win, and I realized I was good at training Chesapeakes,” Szczech said, adding that Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are slow to mature. “Dogs live for the minute of life they’re in. All you have to do is change that minute of thought they’re in.” 54 | www.newnancowetamag.com


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“Dogs live for the minute of life they’re in. All you have to do is change that minute of thought they’re in.” Secret to Success Recognizing a dog’s maturity level is crucial to Szczech’s training program, which is divided into three levels to determine a dog’s abilities and what he needs to learn next: • Grade School training teaches proper ground manners that lay the foundation for retrieving fundamentals. “Placing the pup in a daily program guarantees these principles will be ingrained, making learning fun without any stress in later levels,” he said. • High School training incorporates everything dogs might encounter in the field such as boats, blinds,

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decoys, duck calls, shots overhead and flushing birds. High School training includes developing advanced retrieving in the field and marsh and training for the dog’s specific hunting discipline. • College puts the final touches on a dog, giving them “gold-plated status” so they are capable of blind retrieves and multiple retrieves. “This level of trained bird dog can hunt anywhere in the world,” Szczech said. Some trainers can be hard-handed when it comes to training dogs, using tough training methods that can take the spirit out of a dog. “You can see that in the dog’s

reactions and their demeanor … their personality has changed,” Szczech said. “The dogs that I train keep their spirits with tails wagging high. Nothing has changed except they are now obedient and responsive to commands. I give back to the owner the same wonderfully spirited dog they gave me for training.” Throughout his training process, Szczech emphasizes that owner/dog relationship. Part of a dog’s training program, which can last from three to six months, includes sessions to train the dog’s owner. “The first thing I ask an owner is, ‘What do you want to do with your dog?’” Szczech said. “Your dog is an


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Rusty the retriever still has some energy in him following an afternoon of training.

active part of your life, so the dog has to live with you and mind your rules. You don’t live with him in his world.” Szczech’s daily routine means working with 15 to 20 dogs at his state-of-the-art kennels on the 40-acre farm he shares with his wife, Bernadette Walker, four horses and nine “personal” dogs (two labs, a German shorthaired pointer, two Boykin spaniels, a retired foxhound and three Jack Russells). Walker, who frequently assists Szczech when he gives demonstrations, is an air traffic controller who also trains horses to fox hunt. The two met in 2001 when they were both members of a fox hunting club near Rome, Ga. They moved to Coweta County to be closer to Bear Creek Farm, where they are both members of the hunt club, Bear Creek Hounds. Most of Szczech’s clients find him by word of mouth, and it’s not unusual for dogs to come back to him. “When people go on vacation, they often send their dogs to me for a refresher course instead of boarding them,” he said.

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from Brian Szczech • Start training your dog to “be a good citizen” early. Teach your puppy basic obedience –to come when called, to sit and stay, to stay in a crate (kennel) and to not bark or jump on you. • Be consistent in your training, and remember the dog’s maturity level as you work with him. • Use the buddy system. If you have an experienced hunting dog, let him help you train your puppy by showing her how to retrieve and follow other commands. • Avoid surprises on opening day by getting your young dog acclimated to the elements of hunting. Spend time in the field or marsh using real birds, decoys, gun fire, boats and duck calls. Bring other dogs that will be his hunting buddies. They will be a stabilizing influence in a new situation.

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“Hunter is a good role model for the younger dog.” For Szczech, watching a retriever work in the field is one of the biggest joys of hunting. “It may even be the best part of hunting,” he said. “A well-trained retriever doing his job flushing and retrieving birds is the best land

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There’s More Scoring in Super Bowl Commercials

“ Try muting the ads during a raucous Super Bowl party and see what happens.”

wes mayer likes to be entertained. A staff writer for The Newnan Times-Herald, Mayer prefers his Super Bowl experience to be filled with unforgettable, million-dollar ads – even if those moments between plays cause him to overlook the million dollar players.

The Super Bowl is a national holiday, there is no denying it. But, seriously, why do people even watch the Super Bowl? The game? Well, there are 32 NFL teams, and obviously only two of those teams are in the championship game. So let’s do some math. Thirty teams not in the Super Bowl divided by 32 teams overall equals … (clicking buttons on a calculator) … 93.75 percent. In other words, 93.75 percent of football fans – fans who have invested their hearts, souls and sanity into one of the other 30 NFL teams – do not give a flying football who wins or loses the Super Bowl. It’s not their team. Of course, there are still those 100,000 people with gambling problems, but that’s a whole other ballgame. Otherwise, most Super Bowl Sunday viewers get bored with the game. They are just watching for the laughs, and where are they finding those laughs? In the ads. (Or Peyton Manning’s forehead, but really the ads.) Oh, the famous Super Bowl ads. From cars to adult beverages, each second of an ad during the Super Bowl is worth around $1 billion, so you know – or at least hope – each second is going to count. You typically can expect to see a sixpack of Bud Light ads, a few amateur ads for Doritos, maybe some babies talking about insurance or personal finances, chimpanzees wearing suits and knocking stuff over, the classic Budweiser Clydesdales, something with a hot babe flaunting what she’s got, and probably something about a new luxury, electric, hybrid, flying, submersible car that no one watching can afford. But even if these ads don’t immediately make you drop everything you’re doing and go grab a beer, some chips or a talking baby, they certainly make you consider it … if but for a moment. The Mad Men are doing their job. And even if the ad isn’t good, or even if it’s just downright awful, you and all your friends and family get to revel in a synchronized, condescending “wow, they spent $50 billion on that piece

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of garbage? What a bunch of idiots.” Good or bad, we still talk about it. That’s just part of the fun. After the Super Bowl, you might see a headline or two about who won the game and what the score was, but what do you really see all over the Internet the next day? A ton of reviews, rankings, lists and scientific studies about which commercial was the best. And what are people talking about on Monday? Their favorite play? No. I contend 93.75 percent of Americans could care less. It’s always, “Hey, what was your favorite commercial?” That’s how conversations are started at the water cooler. The Super Bowl actually is one of the precious few times of the year TV viewers actually enjoy advertisements. Most of the time, everyone watching TV is either flipping, swapping or scrolling between channels so they don’t have to watch any ads, fast-forwarding, or just giving up and muting their Panasonic. Try muting the ads during a raucous Super Bowl party and see what happens. Honestly, though, it all comes down to when you need to go to the bathroom. Sure, the halftime show is the universal time for bathroom breaks, but what if you really have to go during the third quarter? Maybe that combination of 20 hot wings, seven bottles of beer and a half-bucket of cheese puffs isn’t quite sitting well with you. Would you rather miss out on some team you probably resent made it to the Super Bowl anyway making a few unsuccessful running plays and disgracefully punting the ball away, or would you rather miss out on Scarlett Johannson and Kate Upton on the beach, in bikinis, tossing a football back in forth in slow motion in an ad for … who cares? I submit that 93.75 percent of you are going to choose the former. NCM


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It’s All in the (Super Bowl) Game A game-winning kick. It’s been done. Twice. A game-ending field goal going wide right. Buffalo Bills fans would rather forget Scott Norwood’s famous shank. A game-winning drive in the final minute. Who was cooler than Joe Montana hitting John Taylor? (Hey, isn’t that John Candy in the stands? Seriously, Google that one.) A singer’s anthem that moved the country to tears. The late Whitney Houston’s voice certainly resonated with us all. An exposed bosom during a halftime show. Miss Jackson was truly nas-tay on live TV while equally giving birth to the term “wardrobe malfunction.” These moments happened in front of 60 million viewers, and each one lingers in our memory and in the record books much longer than a clip for a 2-liter bottle of Crystal Pepsi. The game continues to surprise us in ways commercials never will. Simulate a Super Bowl 1,000 times with top-of-theline computer software and you still will need a DeLorean with a flux capacitor to prognosticate the lights are going to go dark in the Superdome. The Super Bowl includes plenty of drama, too. Wondering if poor Mr. Norwood would become the hero or the goat at the end of Super Bowl XXV provided just as much theater as when the Colts’ Jim O’Brien and Adam Vinatieri of the Patriots won Super Bowl V and XXXVIII more than 30 years apart. What lies outside the boundaries of the field simply is forgettable titillation for the eyes. Arguably, the best Super Bowl commercial of all time predates the hype and cost of today’s commercials. You know the one. “Thanks, Mean Joe.” And why does that particular one continue to resonate decades after it aired in 1980? Oh, that’s right. Joe Greene was a Super Bowl champion. NCM

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This is not a chicken-or-the-egg quandary. It’s not even much of a debate, even for a guy who admits the image of a Clydesdale and a puppy frolicking together as best friends like Bambi and Thumper is doggone tear-jerking. But Super Bowl moments aren’t manufactured, processed or packaged. They aren’t pre-written to temporarily draw you to laughter or tears. They’re completely unscripted. And they produce memories that resonate with viewers longer than any high-priced, 30-second pitch. For several million dollars, high profile companies like Budweiser go through a months-long process to figure out the best way to catch viewers’ attention, throwing everything at us that consumer science has to offer. The result typically has little to do with beer or snack chips or … what exactly does Danica Patrick in a bikini have to do with obtaining a website domain name anyway? In 60 minutes of action or less, the Super Bowl produces moments that are far more heartfelt, including memorable images of teammates near tears realizing they are finally – finally – champions of the world. And it all comes without a single focus group. Football provides moments that mark history, and legends are born in Super Bowls. Montana and Namath would have been just average Joes today and not Hall-of-Famers without their legendary performances during the big game. We’re not all sports fans, though, and that’s understandable. Many might not remember the teams, where the Super Bowl was played or even who said they are “going to Disney World” that year. However, for the most part, the Super Bowl brings us together, not apart. It’s America’s sports holiday, when the country seemingly shuts down and focuses on that one game. At what other time do you find yourself screaming “GO, GO, GO!” at the screen with your mother-in-law or high-fiving that cousin you haven’t seen since the last Super Bowl?

“Super Bowl moments aren’t manufactured, processed or packaged.”

chris goltermann, Newnan Times-Herald sports editor, has been watching and covering local sports for more than a decade. It’s no surprise that Goltermann would rather watch the game than the ads, but is he missing out on memorable moments by skipping those commercials?

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A collection of original works by Coweta poets and writers The Daredevil Club By Rebecca Leftwich

Mina first brought it up from the bottom of her Long Island iced tea glass. Giggly from their first legal drinks, the women were a mere month away from the start of their junior year at State. Mina was the most serious of the three, and the most mature. She had turned 21 two whole weeks before Shannon and Logan’s shared birthday, which they were in the process of celebrating when their conversation turned to the subject at hand. “Look, we’re all planning to teach, right?” Mina reasoned, tapping her chewed-to-the-quick fingernails on the cheap pub table as she ticked off the advantages. “The Millers will be in France for three weeks and they need someone to cover their au pair’s days off. We each could take one day and it pays really well. We have to have childcare experience for class credit anyway – it says so in the syllabus.” “Says-so-in-the-syllabus,” sang Logan in a nasally whine, twirling an oversized straw in the dregs of her slushy drink and trying to remember if it had been a pina colada or a daiquiri. She looked up, suddenly turning serious. “I dunno. I don’t really like children.” Her friends stared at her, dumbfounded, then burst into laughter. “You do know you’re majoring in early childhood education, right?” Shannon managed after a minute or two, wiping her eyes 62 | www.newnancowetamag.com

and smearing mascara across her cheek in a single motion. She had been debating a third Sex on the Beach (the naughtiest-sounding drink on the Lenny’s Bar menu), but the room seemed a little too whirly already. Logan made an impatient hissing noise that ended in an abrupt thwap as her ever-present wad of gum shot out of her mouth, splashing into her glass. Unfazed, she fished it out and popped it back into her mouth. She chewed twice, suddenly announcing “pina colada!” to no one in particular. When the latest round of guffawing subsided, she said, “All I meant was that I’ve never really been around little kids much. You guys at least did some babysitting in high school. My after-school job was shelving books at the library.” “Aren’t those Miller kids supposed to be a handful?” asked Shannon, by now equally alarmed and fascinated by the increasing whirliness of the room. “Not that it really matters, because I’m in. I need the money.” Mina’s voice took on a slightly wheedling tone as she focused her full effort on Logan. “You know, our on-campus jobs don’t start until the 24th,” she said. “Bo-ring.” “And we won’t get paid for two weeks.” Pause. “Oh, all right.” Their enthusiasm increasing as their celebration wound down, the women had begun calling themselves “The Daredevil Club” as they fearlessly prepared to teach the Miller brood a thing or two. Each was to create a learning

project to implement with 11-yearold Tyson, 8-year-old Abigail and 6-year-old Parker, also getting a head start on the upcoming semester’s classwork in the process. None would discuss their experiences until all three completed their projects, they agreed. Instead, they would reveal the full scope of their triumphs in three weeks, at their regular table. The three women lurched out of the bar full of liquor and confidence. The mood was less triumphant and more pensive when Daredevil Club members gathered at Lenny’s to share their results three weeks later. Mina went first. “I wanted to concentrate on learning a simple game strictly by its original instructions,” she explained. “The purpose was to test its appeal in a range of ages and applications. I chose jacks, and I’ve transcribed a recording of my attempt with descriptions included." Mina: Okay, who wants to learn to play jacks? Miller children: Me! Me! Me! Mina: All right, gather around. The first thing you do is (consults three-page direction sheet from jacks set) um, hold on a sec … Tyson: Hey, look how high this ball bounces! Parker: Let me do it! Let’s try it on the kitchen floor. (Chases the ball around the room and down the stairs.) Mina: No! Quit bouncing it. First, you scatter the jacks. Not over the railing! (Collects jacks from stairwell.) Just scatter them on the


floor right here. Abigail: These jacks are poky. I bet they would make holes in paper. (Starts away.) Mina: Abigail, please come back or you won’t know how to play. Now listen … stop bouncing the ball. So first you scatter the jacks, and then you (consults the directions) um, bounce the … not like that! Tyson and Parker: Ooh. It floats. Mina: (Fishes the ball out of the downstairs toilet.) Sit down! Wait – where’s Abigail? Parker: She’s poking holes in paper. Tyson: I wonder how high it would bounce in the driveway? Parker: All the way up to the sky! I wonder if it would float in the bathtub? “In conclusion, I learned that many games may work across multiple platforms and levels,” Mina said. “But sometimes the best use of game pieces is to spark imagination and experimentation.” Logan was next. “My goal was to interact with the Miller children in everyday situations, utilizing any opportunities to facilitate learning,” she said. “First up was Tyson’s orthodontist appointment. “Watching the doctor at work would undoubtedly have been educational,” Logan read from her notes. “But the four assistants struggling to keep Tyson in his chair blocked our view. Impressive vocabulary, though: Tyson says orthodontist ‘lacks finesse.’ “Stopped by the park to let children roll down favorite steep hill. Forced to abandon physics lesson for basic first aid when Abigail offended a spider by rolling over it and got bitten on her arm. “Back at the Miller home, I helped Parker, a budding reader, find a book about a dog race. Main character’s dog died. Parker burst into tears and now swears he’ll ‘never ever read another

stupid book again.’ “In conclusion, I learned that while teachable moments can be useful in learning, they mean nothing to a heartbroken child,” Logan said. Shannon’s report was last. “I never even got out my lesson plans,” she said sheepishly. “I walked in the door of the Miller house and smack into the middle of a dramatic death scene." She began to read from her journal: “As Parker lay on the floor, I asked what they were playing. Abigail answered for him. ‘He’s Hamlet. Laertes scratched him with a poisoned fencing sword and he died.’ “Parker popped up, offended, and said, ‘Abby, you’re an imbecile. It wasn’t a fencing sword – it was a real sword! He played a trick to make sure Hamlet died, remember?’ “Parker tried to open a discussion about Hamlet’s motives with me. “‘I mean, Hamlet didn’t know it was Polonius hiding behind the curtain, right? So if he definitely meant to kill Claudius and not Polonius, why didn’t he just open the curtain and see who was back there first?’ “At that point, I was forced to confess that I was lost. “‘Why? Don’t they teach Hamlet at YOUR school?’ he asked me, astonished. “After much soul-searching, I’ve reached the conclusion that I am not teacher material,” Shannon said. “I’m thinking of studying literature instead.” The three women fell silent. Slowly, one by one, they raised their glasses to the Miller children and to themselves, thus ending the first and only official meeting of The Daredevil Club. Each member went on to earn a degree and enjoy a successful career, but not one entered the teaching profession. All three eventually had children as well. Rumor has it they were a handful.

From the Canon (on Valentine’s Day) Anonymous

If I were Cummings, I'd write of your thighs our flesh, my desire. Of penetration. If I were Donne, I'd write of your spirit our kingdom, my rapture. Of hue. If I were Poe, I'd write of your darkness our thunder, my insanity. Of phantoms. If I were Wilde, I'd write of your masks our complexity, my hypocrisy. Of borderlands. If I were Miller, I'd write of your sex our sex, my sex. Of sex. If I were Whitman, I'd write of your hope, our immortality, my fall. Of liberation. If I were Kerouac, I'd write on and on and on. Of libations. But it's only me, so I don't know what to write.

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