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ASHLEY LYNN MINER is a pet-loving, horseback-riding, herb-gardening writer, administrative assistant, and barista. Her family moved to Sharpsburg when she was a young girl, and she’s never lived far from the Coweta area. After moving into a home of her own with her husband and their cats and dogs, Ashley began experimenting with flowers and herbs in hopes of one day having a garden to rival the ones her mother always had and continues to keep today. ➤ Gardening for Birds and Butterflies, page 14



WINSTON SKINNER got bitten with the genealogy bug when he was a teenager, which means he has been searching for roots and branches for more than 40 years. He first came to work at The Newnan Times-Herald as a college student intern in 1978 and began working at the newspaper full time in 1982. “Gail Lumet Buckley's book about her mother, Lena Horne, and their Newnan ancestry fascinated me when it first came out,” he said. “Their family was part of the untold story of the Greenville-LaGrange neighborhood.” Skinner and his wife, Lynn, have lived in another historic downtown residential district, College-Temple, for more than 20 years. “History,” he said, “is not something in a dusty book. History happened, and is happening, where we are right now.” ➤ Lena Horne, page 56

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Gardening for Birds and Butterflies Few things improve the beauty and serenity of a thriving garden like the occasional wild visitor. Georgia calls itself home to various birds and butterflies, many of which pass through our state on their way to seasonal destinations. As they make their migratory journeys, what are the best plants for encouraging them to visit and rest a while?

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Birds, butterflies and bees are all signs of a flourishing garden.


ccording to Craig Tufts and Peter Loewer (1995), authors of Gardening for Wildlife: How to Create a Beautiful Backyard Habitat for Birds, Butterflies and Other Wildlife, “birds prefer a choice of levels for eating and building their nests. Having a slightly open spot with feeding trays close to the ground will satisfy the eating habits of birds that don’t like hanging feeders […].” Although checking the feeders and replacing them after rain is necessary, this is a great way to encourage the visitation of species not previously seen. In addition to presenting buffets for the feathery friends, a bird bath will also entice them to stop in for a drink and use a place to preen. When hanging feeders for hummingbirds, whether it is homemade or store-bought, be mindful about placing them near a porch or deck—the


sweet liquid often attracts bees as well. Several beautiful flowers attract vibrant hummingbirds. Dr. Noble Proctor (1986), author of Garden Birds: How to Attract Birds to Your Garden, states, “[a]ny tubular types of flowers will do. The trumpet creeper is just such a plant, and the large orange trumpets are a favored feeding flower. Honeysuckles, (of the 10 or so common garden species) are ideal.” Although trumpet creeper and honeysuckle produce beautiful, fragrant flowers, they can become invasive if not pruned. Flowers, shrubs, and trees that produce berries and seeds provide wildlife with ample snacks; good examples would be sunflowers and black-eyed Susans. Shrubs that produce berries are excellent for edging a yard or creating visual interest in mulched areas. If you don’t mind sharing, blueberry bushes make excellent rest stops. The dogwood’s


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Music Scene Written by MAGGIE BOWERS Photographed by ALAN BLACK

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It all began, fatefully, with a job ad pinned to a corkboard near the music department at Georgia State University.

Doug Kees, a music student at the Atlanta college, saw the flyer and imagined himself giving guitar lessons as an easy summer gig. “It was one of those tearsheets, a flyer with the phone number printed on it several times so you could tear the number off and take it with you,”

explained Kees. “I thought, ‘I can do this...’ Then, I realized I was the first person to take a number… so I decided I’d up my chances of getting the gig by just taking the whole sheet.” Kees later called the Georgia State instructor who was seeking students to give guitar lessons — and, being the only

applicant, was awarded the position. “I really thought it would just be a summer job,” Kees admitted. “I really never considered teaching to be a possible career choice.” The seed, however, was planted, and though he continued to play lead guitar in rock bands, touring, recording, july/august 2017 | 19

Local musician Doug Kees is known for the classic rock and jazz-influenced music style he performs at venues locally and across the state.

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and performing professionally, Kees also pursued a degree focused on music and continued offering lessons. In 1989, after earning a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Performance, Kees founded his own professional music-instruction business, Doug Kees Music Services. “In those days it was all about chasing a record deal,” Kees explained. “I played all through college, performing at local bars and fraternities with two or three different bands.” Along with performances at the 1999 99X Deck the Hall Ball and the 2000 Music Midtown Festival, Kees performed professionally at nightclubs, concert halls and schools in Georgia and all across the Southeast. Several of his former bandmates did, eventually, get the record deals most were in search of, and Kees managed several recording credits along the way as well. His performances on “Could You Please and Thank You,” by Peter Searcy was recorded by Epic Records and was later featured on the popular television drama Dawson’s Creek, the FOX network and MTV’s The Real World. Pursuing a Master’s degree in music was an option for Kees, one that might have allowed him to continue playing with Atlanta-based bands and travelling for music gigs, but the idea of influencing a new generation of musicians compelled the guitarist to reconsider. “There was money in teaching — a career,” he admitted. “I realized I had to stop touring in order to pursue it. So in 1993, I stopped playing and started teaching.” If attempting to run his music business full time seemed risky to his friends, fans and supporters, Kees’ choice of location was likely equally as dicey. The small town of Newnan, at the time, wasn’t exactly “the place to be” in terms of music.

“There was no music scene,” he said with a laugh. “The entire downtown literally closed at 9 p.m.” Coweta County was gradually becoming an extension of the Atlanta metropolitan area, however, and by 1999 local restaurants began to welcome musicians. “It has been interesting to see downtown Newnan develop in that way,” Kees said. “In the beginning I played for a local restaurant, a woman whose husband had seen me play. Then, before I knew it, former band members began playing here, and more and more venues opened.” Kees noted that it is the local community that drew him in initially, and it is the same community that has made Newnan what it is today by welcoming new business, people and music. “People like Amy Murphy, Tim Shephard, and Kris Youmans who encourage local talent and a variety of music — they are the reason Newnan has the music scene it has now,” he added. These days, Kees is known not only for the classic rock and jazz-influenced music style he performs at venues across the state, but also for the up-and-coming musicians who boast that they got their start locally, at a Newnan-based music school known as Musicology. For the first few years, Kees served on the faculty of  The Heritage School in the Music Department, while renting space to teach guitar in a building shared by other businesses, including a popular music store. As the surrounding city grew and changed, Kees developed a Band Department at Heritage, where he remains on staff, and slowly added other instructors at Doug Kees Music Services. By 2006, he was well-known in the community as a music instructor both in the local school and in his personal business. With several talented professionals signed on, Musicology was opened in a new location in downtown Newnan. The school offers lessons in guitar, bass, piano, drums, banjo, woodwinds, stringed instruments and voice, all in a variety of styles catered to the pursuit of each potential musician. Musicology also offers music camps in which participants complete the program by playing live at the same venues within the community that inspired the local music scene. Other local musicians believe part of Kees’ success in both music and in instruction is due to his ability to see potential where others may not — in his students, and the community. “He chose his career and has made it successful because of his knowledge and appreciation of music,” explained local musician and community advocate Kris Youmans. “He connects with the community, and even though he is an amazing musician himself, he is down to earth and shows respect to musicians of all levels.” Youmans added that nearly everyone in the area that she has met while participating in the local music scene, has either learned from Kees, played music with, or has simply attended his shows and enjoyed his talent. “He is exceptional,” she said. Kees says anyone with a passion for music can learn to play.

“I really thought it would just be a

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It was the idea of influencing a new generation of musicians that compelled local instructor Doug Kees to forgo the pursuit of a record deal in exchange for opening his music school, Musicology, in 2006. The school offers lessons in guitar, bass, piano, drums, banjo, woodwinds, stringed instruments, and voice.

“We have this opportunity as instructors to recognize and acknowledge the value in every student,” he said. “It is a real responsibility to see that.” Not every student continues to pursue music throughout life, but for many, the experience of being introduced to music and of learning to play an instrument, remains with them. Several pupils, according to Kees, have left a lasting impression on him as well. James Tiernan and Lance Mapp are local musicians and members of the band SWEETBAY. “James was a star pupil, and Lance was a student all through high school,” Kees recalled. “I remember when James first began lessons and got up to play for a group of older students. He just destroyed it. He really showed what he could do.” Along with several other former students, Tiernan has a mutual respect for Kees and credits his influence in his current pursuit of a musical career. “I would be nowhere as a musician without [Kees],” Tiernan explained. “From an early age he was always placing me in live-performance situations and pushing me to aspire to levels I didn’t know I was capable of.” Tiernan noted that though it may seem insignificant to most, his early music instructor served as an important part of his personal story as a musician. “And, I’m only one of countless musicians Mr. Kees has molded over the years,” he said.

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Every wall A typical day for Kees begins early, with two or three classes at the nearby Central Education Center where he teaches music to high school students dual-enrolled in college level courses. From there, he may give a lesson during the lunch hour before heading over to The Heritage School for afternoon classes. He then runs back to Musicology where he offers lessons after school hours. This year, Kees noted, has been busier than usual, but he plans to continue moving forward in all areas. “I’m thrilled. How lucky am I to be exhausted doing what I love?” Kees said. “I am not ready to slow down yet. In fact, I feel like I want another big push. I want to push Musicology to be bigger, and I want to continue to play and pursue all avenues of music.” There is still room to expand within the building Musicology is located, according to Kees, and he dreams of adding even more students, more instructors, and even a satellite school. “There are 10 instructors now, and I am still amazed to have them and to know that the school is supporting 10 families,” Kees explained. “I’d be thrilled if their children grew up to have music careers. Imagine if that happened and it was all because I pulled that ad off the board on a whim in college.” Whatever Kees decides to do, he won’t be alone. The local musician recently became engaged to local veterinarian Nicole Andrews. “She is insanely supportive,” Kees said. “I was playing a show one night and she was watching with a good friend of mine, and his wife who leaned to her and said, ‘See what he is doing? That is him, that is not going away,’ and she said ‘I know.’ She gets that this is who I am.” The couple plans to wed this summer in Scotland, and when the two return from the week-long combined wedding and honeymoon, there will be a reception held locally. “We will return just in time to see one of my guys perform sort of a pre-reception gig. Then, we will have an evening of music to celebrate,” Kees said. NCM

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Left to right, Centre staff members Keith Dearing, Brittney Henderson, Cathe Nixon, John Moletierre and Tim Murray


ome buildings are about the brick and mortar, but the ones you truly like to visit are more about the experience you have inside those walls. The Donald W. Nixon Centre for Performing and Visual Arts in Newnan is such a place. Step inside and you are surrounded by beautiful art in a space that is bright and

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hand what “art” is all about. Cathe Nixon, current director, explained, “My late husband, Don, took the Centre from a blueprint to an experience for everyone.” The land and building belong to the Coweta County School System to provide one convenient place for the schools to use. However, the legacy of the building belongs to everyone who sets foot inside its doors, from traditional students to lifelong students well into the autumn of their lives. The staff considers it a tool for both first contact with, and continuing education in, the arts. The Centre is the brainstorm of the Coweta County School System, headed by then-Superintendent Richard C. Brooks, who had the dream to construct one central location with an auditorium and gallery space for all the schools to use. Once the system hired Don Nixon to oversee the completion of the building and be the Centre’s director, that dream

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expanded and materialized into a vibrant space. Brooks remarked, “Before the Centre, the schools really had no place to showcase art and artists, so many on the board thought we would have to build auditoriums in each school. My vision was to build one modern, beautiful space that all the schools, as well as the community, could use and enjoy. This place has brought our community together, has brought families together through the arts, and has awakened the sleeping artist in many students.”

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Amy Dees, a successful novelist of young people’s books and a member of the Coweta County School Board for eight years, could not say enough good things about The Nixon Centre. “It showcases the talent of many of our students, and gives them additional learning opportunities from the people they admire – musicians, actors, and fine artists like themselves,” she enthused. “We are the

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offer this kind of facility and the kind of performances and fine art we offer here, it adds a completely new dimension to your community. For people and businesses coming in, deciding if they want to make Newnan their home, this unusual facility we have can sway people in our favor. We even have people from around the country coming to look at our model.” Recently, the Nixon Centre hosted a reception for professional oil painter, Sue Christman. Sue’s family, Jim and

Sarah Weinstein commented, “This venue is great. It is a lot bigger and more impressive than I ever imagined.” Shirley Hines, county commissioner from Meriwether County, also came to the Christman reception. “I heard that Ms. Christman had a painting of my good friend’s barn, so I came to see it. Then I found out that the artist is from Meriwether County also, and that was a happy surprise. Our counties are neighbors, after all,” she said, “and

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taff and volunteers of the non-profit organization Bridging The Gap Community Outreach Inc. have been working to meet the needs of families and individuals in Coweta County since 2009.

“Our mission is to partner with our community to meet short-term needs and to promote long-term sustainability,” said the organization’s executive director, Alison Wallace. This philosophy is why groups of volunteers of all ages gather at the BTG warehouse in downtown Newnan to begin preparations of parcels filled with food, toiletries, and household items each week. It is through the established relationships with other organizations, residents, churches, ministries, and community groups, that BTG is able to receive and supply resources. Every Saturday is service day. That’s when volunteers and staff distribute food, toiletries, and household items to more than 1,000 people per month. It’s also when members of the community are able to come together over a freshly prepared, hot meal, with no questions asked and no circumstances july/august 2017 | 33


In addition to food, Bridging the Gap helps with clothing and other essentials.

While summer means vacations at the beach and poolside barbecues for many people, for some Coweta families it starts a struggle to figure how their children will have their next meal without the free lunch and breakfast provided in school each day. revealed, to enjoy fellowship and camaraderie, share stories and journeys while fortifying both their bodies and spirits. “The Bible clearly states we must feed our sheep,” Wallace said. “Seeing our community come together to bring change is the most gratifying part of my journey each day.” That feeling is not unique to her. Volunteer Terri Terrell also acknowledges drawing personal benefit while serving 34 |

others. “I have been so blessed to grow as a person and become more useful to God and his kingdom by being challenged in ways that were, before, unfamiliar to me,” she said. “It’s not just about sorting clothes or donations. It’s about honoring God through the relationships I build while doing so. Coweta County has some amazing people, and I have had the privilege of meeting and getting to know a whole new bunch of them. Thank you BTG and Alison Wallace for allowing me

the honor of serving my lord by serving this community.” While BTG provides meals and supplies week in and week out, it also conducts other programs throughout the year. Wallace, the staff and volunteers create a “Christmas in Coweta” where donated gifts from our community are given to Coweta County children and families. In 2016 alone it provided gifts for over 1,400 local children. For Coweta’s home-bound and hospice residents, BTG

provides a delivery service of fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy, meats and other household items that are difficult to obtain without transportation. The Glow Run is a 5k walk/run event held in December. Community members come out at night, wearing glow-in-thedark bands and braving the elements to raise funds for Coweta County residents. Following one event, The Newnan Junior Service League stated, “What a blessing it was to serve at Bridging the Gap today. The weather did not stop this great group of ladies who provided service with a smile! Thank you Alison Wallace for allowing us to be a part of giving back to this great community.”


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The organization’s work takes on an added task during the summer. While summer means vacations at the beach, and poolside barbecues for many people, for some Coweta families, it starts a struggle to figure how their children will have their next meal without the free Dr. Lilibird Pichardo lunch and breakfast provided in school each In addition, specialized day. BTG has a plan to is available in have We comprise a healthcare team which care understands that women alleviate worries. areas such high are specialthese healthcare needs throughout their lives. Ouras specialists BTG in volunteers take trained the field of women’s medicine risk which includes obstetrical and pregnancy gynecological services family planning needs a day or two out of the such as pregnancy andcare, gynecological/ Gynecology Obstetrics Treatment and counseling, annual examinations and minor offi ce surgical procedures. urogynecological surgery. summer sun to package • Annual Exams • Normal and High Risk • Menstrual Prob In addition, specialized care is available in areas such as high risk sack lunches, all made T. Cook • Colposcopies • Obstetrical Care Dr. William • PMS pregnancy and gynecological/urogynecological surgery. Gynecology with donations for • LEEP Procedures • 3D/4D Ultrasounds • Menopausal Pro We• comprise healthcare team which understands that women have AnnualaExams these children in need. • Essure • Normal and High Risk • Urinary Incontin special healthcare needs throughout their lives. Our specialists are • Colposcopies • Thermablation • Biophysical profiwhich les includes • Infertility In the weeks before trained in the field of women’s medicine obstetrical and • LEEP Procedures • Urodynamic Studies • Twins/Multiples gynecological services such as pregnancy care, family planning • Pelvic Painneed schools let out for the and counseling, • Essureannual•examinations Pregnancy and minor office• surgical Fibroidsprocedur summer months, flyers In addition, specialized care is available in areas•such as high risk Sterilization • Thermablation pregnancy and gynecological/urogynecological surgery. are widely distributed • Urodynamic Studies at the local schools 770-632-9900 • Dr. Marlo Carter announcing the Obstetrics 1267 Hwy 54 West Suite 3200 Fayetteville, GA 30214 Alison Wallace summer lunch program • Normal and High Risk and identifying the • Obstetrical Care dates and locations for families to gather and pick up a sack lunch • 3D/4D Ultrasounds • Biophysical profiles for their child. • Twins/Multiples Over a span of nine weeks throughout the hot and hazy days • Pregnancy of a typical Newnan summer, churches and small groups set up Treatment shop in neighborhood parks, recreationGynecology facilities and more localObstetrics Treatment • Annual Exams • Normal and High Risk • Menstrual Problems Dr. Matthew Ralsten, III spots. Children’s books are also handed out and volunteers are on • Colposcopies • Obstetrical Care • Menstrual • PMS Problems hand for impromptu storybook reading and interactive sessions. • LEEP Procedures • 3D/4D Ultrasounds• PMS • Menopausal Problems In the 2016 summer months, over 6,000• Essure brown bags were • Normal and High Risk • Menopausal Problems • UrinaryObstetrics Incontinence Gynecology Treatment distributed. NCM • Thermablation • Biophysical profi les • Infertility • Annual Exams • Normal and High Risk • Menstrual Problem • Urinary Incontinence • Colposcopies • Obstetrical Care • PMS • Urodynamic Studies • Twins/Multiples • Pelvic Pain • Infertility • LEEP Procedures • 3D/4D Ultrasounds • Menopausal Proble • Pregnancy • Fibroids • Pelvic Pain ➤ For more information on all the programs and resources • Essure • Normal and High Risk • Urinary Incontinenc • Sterilization • Fibroids Bridging The Gap offers or to become a volunteer, please • Thermablation • Biophysical profiles Dr. Nicole • Infertility Quinn • Sterilization • Urodynamic Studies • Twins/Multiples • Pelvic Pain visit their website at, call them 770-632-9900 • • Pregnancy • Fibroids at 770-683-9110 or stop by their location at 19 First Ave. in • Sterilization 1267 Hwy 54 West Suite 3200 Fayetteville, GA 30214 Scan for Web Page downtown Newnan (check website for hours). 770-632-9900 • july/august 2017 |GA3530214 1267 Hwy 54 West Suite 3200 Fayetteville,


Ryan Spicer-Gordon finishes out a day of wake boarding at Lake Hartwell to a spectacular sunset.


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At right, William Shelnutt tries out the controls of his family’s vintage Mastercraft sky boat. Below, William, sisters Hallie and Emily, and cousins Taylor Long and Abbie Key, enjoy some boat time.

When the weather gets warm, Coweta families head to the lake – and get behind a boat. Some of them, almost every weekend. For others, the trips are fewer and far between, but longer. Whether it’s skiing, wakeboarding, wakesurfing or just tubing, it puts them in their happy place. “We love being on the water because it’s relaxing to us,” said Sandie Davidson. “The lake gives us a reset before hitting the week hard again. It’s the best family time we have with each other.” The boating life is more than just speeding around the lake. For many, it’s an experience families can share like few others. When they are at the lake – which is every weekend that they don’t have other commitments – the Davidsons put away their electronics. And her two teenage daughters are OK with it. “They love it that much,” Davidson said. “It brings us all together. We cut off electronics and just communicate with each other. The lake creates memories,” she said. Watersports are something the whole family can enjoy – though as the parents get older, they spend more time in the boat and less behind it. “My days of wakeboarding are done,” said Kim Shelnutt, who has been skiing since she was a child. Nowadays, when she falls, it hurts. Falling is a part of the sport. The Shelnutt’s daughters Emily and Hallie were asked how often they crash. “A million times,” Emily said. “Usually only when I jump and don’t land right,” Hallie said. So these days, Kim and her husband Scott enjoy watching their daughters ski, board, and wake surf. And this summer William, 2 1/2, will likely start on the kneeboard. That’s how old Emily and Hallie were when they started. That’s not unusual. In the American South, 12 percent of children below age 12 have been boating over the course of a year, just over half of them on powerboats, according to research by U.S. Coast Guard Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety. “They were so little they could sit on the kneeboard. They would float on the kneeboard by themselves. We would take off

and drive really slow, and they would just ride on the kneeboard,” Kim said. Kim and Scott started young, too. A love for skiing runs in the family. Scott was born at a hospital in LaGrange because his mother went into labor while she was at West Point Lake. Kim was at the lake when she was three weeks old. “We’ve grown up doing this,” she said. When they were teenagers and other guys had posters of rock bands and muscle cars, “he had a signed poster of Sammy Duvall, who is a slalom champion,” Kim said of her husband. Now, he’s Facebook friends with the female skiers he had crushes on in high school. Hallie, 11, now enjoys slalom skiing, which uses just one ski. It’s rare to see anyone on skis – either one or two – these days, because everybody wakeboards. For one thing, it’s much easier.

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Donna Spicer-Gordon prefers the kneeboard these days, top photo. But she still wakeboards, here watched by friend Sandie Davidson, at least once a summer to prove she still can.

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“If you have an adult who has never skied and they want to do something, it’s always better to put them on a wakeboard,” Kim said. “When we were young, it was trick skiing, and barefooting and slalom. That’s all changed,” said Scott. He will barefoot ski every now and then. You have to do it when no one else is on the water and there’s no debris. And the boat has to go very, very fast. When you barefoot, only your heels are on the water. “If one toe hits the water, you start flipping and falling.” Hallie wants to try it. Emily likes to do tricks on the kneeboard. The Shelnutts have a kneeboard that they can hook a ski rope onto, so that riders don’t have to hold on to it. Lest you think the Shelnutts are unusual in putting toddlers on a kneeboard, the Davidson’s children started at that age, and so did Donna Spicer-Gordon’s daughter Ryan. “She was so tiny on that tube,” said Spicer-Gordon. She was only about ten feet behind the boat. And, of course, was wearing a life jacket. Spicer-Gordon was about 12 when she first skied. “I’ve just always known people with boats,” she said. These days, the kneeboard is her favorite. “It’s fun, and when you fall, you’re closer to the water,” she said. She likes to wakeboard, too, but as the years go by, it’s begun to hurt her knees. “But I do it every year just to prove to myself that I can still do it,” she said. The newest thing in water sports is wakesurfing. You start on a board similar to a surfboard, and your feet are not booted in. You start with a tow rope, but once you get going, drop the rope and surf the wake. You can’t wake surf behind any boat, though. It takes a newer wakeboarding boat, that is heavily ballasted, to create a big enough wake to surf. It must have an inboard motor. Wakesurfing behind an inboard/outboard motor is dangerous. The best way to get started if you’ve never skied or wakeboarded before is to find a friend with a boat. “Most people get into it because their parents are into it or they are friends with someone they go to the lake with,” Scott said. He does have some coworkers who decided to get into it – and buy a very expensive boat – just from hearing his tales of how much fun it is. Though Kim and Scott Shelnutt spend most of their time these days on the boat, and not behind it, they find it’s even more fun to watch their children learn and experience the sport they love so much. And with all of their years of experience, they’re very good teachers. “I love to ski, but I would get aggravated. Like when you’re a golfer and you don’t get it right, you’re

Ryan Spicer-Gordon catches some air on a wakeboard.

frustrated,” Scott said. “With them, it’s much more pleasurable. I find more joy in watching them when they get it right than I did when I got it right.” “When Hallie is trying something new, and Emily would get a little braver … he gets teary eyed,” Kim said. “Every year they amaze me and it progresses,” Scott said. “Each time we go they push it and push it a little bit more. “When someone does something to perfection and something you did when you were their age – the whole family stands up and high fives each other.” NCM

There were approximately 247,800 new power boats sold in 2016 across the country as sales increased nationally and in Georgia. Last year, Peach State sales hit $551 million, up eleven percent from 2015, according to the National Marine Marketing Association. Sales of new ski and wakeboard boats, used for watersports such as wakesurfing and wakeboarding, saw a double-digit increase. “Economic factors, including an improving housing market, higher employment, strong consumer confidence, and growing disposable income, are creating a golden age for the country’s recreational boating industry,” notes Thom Dammrich, president of NMMA. “Summer is a busy selling season for our industry, and we expect steady growth to continue across most boat categories through 2017—and into 2018—to keep up with the acceleration in demand for new boats.”



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It has long been said that, “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.” There is no more truthful saying than that when it comes to the art of yard sale-ing. And whether hosting your own yard sale or planning your day scoping out sales near you, the process is truly methodical. Written by KELLEY PITTMAN


It’s 6 a.m. and off goes the alarm…but it’s a Saturday! That can only mean one thing… It’s time to go yard sale-ing. You’re up with coffee in hand and ready to hit the streets. However, you are a skilled yard sale goer because you checked out the yard sales in advance. You can review publications such as The Newnan-Times Herald in the days before and check the yard sale listings in the classified section. That section lists where people are hosting a sale and what time it is being held, and by doing this preparation, you can map out your yard sale strategy based on proximity – starting with the farthest away and circling back closer to home. Of course, you can also simply check out where you see yard sale signs near you which are usually put out the day before and make notes of where you want to go. Many neighborhoods in the Coweta area host a neighborhood-wide yard sale a couple of times a year during which households host a sale within walking distance to the next sale. At those events you may be able park once and set out on foot to take in several sales. Of course, should you choose to purchase a large item, you can always go back with your car to load up. Many people like to simply do a “drive-by” preview of the sales first and then return to the ones they find most

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attractive. Most people have an idea of what types of things they are searching for. In the classified listings sellers will usually list the items they will be featuring so you can decide in advance if you are interested. However, a quick glance as you drive past can also do the trick. While you are rummaging through a sale, be sure to examine items for authenticity, brands, materials, condition, cleanliness and desirability. Never hesitate to ask questions of the host about a particular item. A host will welcome your interest and will be happy to field any questions you may have. Next, negotiate price. Always remember the yard sale hosts are selling these items because they need to free up space in their home and are motivated to part with their wares. Therefore, typically reasonable offers will be accepted by the seller and you will leave one happy buyer. You never know what you might find from a signed book copy by a famous author to a designer dress or a sterling silver bracelet – you can really get some steals if you just ask.


It’s 6 a.m. and off goes the alarm…but it’s a Saturday. That can only mean one thing… It’s time to get dressed, pour your coffee, and set up your treasures outside your house. It’s just about time for the early birds to start driving up to your home to hunt for their new favorite finds. It’s exciting when that first customer stops and you greet them with a smile. It’s time to sell. It is always recommended to ask if they are looking for anything in particular and steer them to



what you have that just might fit the bill. Before this morning, you’ve already been busy for days getting ready. First up is placing an ad with the Times-Herald. A sixline listing runs three editions and online for three days for just $29.85, or $9.95 per day. So, your deadline is the Monday before. While running errands Tuesday or Wednesday, pick up stickers for price labels, materials for signs and the sticks to put them on, and plenty of small dollar bills for making change. Leading up to the day of the sale will be spent, cleaning, polishing and pricing each of your items. Thursday night is a good time to either buy signs or make your own to be posted the next evening along roads leading to your home. Be sure to put them on private property and get permission from the owners, of course. Experienced yard-sale host and personal organizer, Cindy Bradley Price, owner of Imagine Yourself Organized, reminds sellers, “You, as the seller, have spent countless hours sorting through your home to identify the things you do not need or want any longer in order to declutter your living space. Now it is time to make someone else happy with these same items. It is very gratifying to know that something that made you happy can now find a place in someone else’s life.” Based on experience and conversations with Price and other yard-sale host gurus, here are a few tips for the yard sale host:

1. Organize your items. Place your featured pieces out

in front, in full view of the passersby. If you have furniture, place it closest to the street, and if you have mainly children’s items, do the same. This gives the potential buyer a good idea of the types of goods you are primarily selling.

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2. If you are selling clothing, arrange it hanging on racks and not on tables. People prefer to glance at the

hanging items and can “survey the scene” better this way rather than sifting through tables of piled-up clothes. Place all similar items in a similar space (example: all kitchen items together).

3. Arrange children’s clothing in the same manner but arrange by size. This facilitates the buyer’s viewing and selection process.

4. If electronics are your thing, have all electronic items prepared to plug in for inspection by buyers. Buyers want to test each item before purchase to be certain of use. Also include all cords necessary for connection purposes. Buyers do not want to purchase an electronic item only to find they have to search for a specific cord that was not included.

5. Cleanliness. Nothing is more distracting from a good sale than

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something that appears to be soiled or very worn. Make certain any items you are selling are freshly clean and do not show extreme use. This will exponentially increase the attractiveness of your piece to the buyer (examples: clothes, bedding, rugs, dishes).

“It is very gratifying to know that something that made you happy can now find a place in someone else’s life.”

6. Be prepared with lots of change, a positive attitude and ready to make deals.

In summary, yard sale-ing is truly an art and can really be an entertaining and cost saving way to purchase your treasures and to make some extra cash selling your wares. Most of all, have fun and enjoy the hunt. NCM

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Boys of Summer A Trip to Minor League Ball Game is Like a Step Back in Time


ummer is upon us, and baseball is the most American of summer traditions. With the Braves’ move to Cobb County, it’s a little more difficult to take in a major league game, but that doesn’t mean you should forego professional baseball. Minor league games harken back to a simpler time in America’s summer pastime, and Cowetans have lots of options within a short drive.

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The seating is intimate, and you can hear the slap of the ball in the catcher’s mitt and the thwack off the bat from every hit.

A $5 general admission ticket gets you a fun evening of baseball. No extra charge for the spectacular sunsets. Above, a game at State Mutual Stadium in Rome.

The Rome Braves are probably the most accessible minor league club for us. This Class-A South Atlantic League team is an affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. The easy 90-minute drive up Highway 27 to State Mutual Stadium makes it feasible to take in a 7 p.m. game during the week or make a day of it in and around Rome on the weekend. Parking is easy with a $5 charge. Tickets range from $5 for general admission up to $12 for premium seats.

A recent Thursday night walk-up purchase scored seats one row back from the Braves dugout for $12 per person. The crowd was sparse though, so it was easy to check out the view of the game from a variety of locations in the park. The seating is intimate, and you can hear the slap of the ball in the catcher’s mitt and the thwack off the bat from every hit. Some of the regulars in the crowd shout comments to the players, and it feels a bit like july/august 2017 | 45

“A hot dog at the game beats roast beef at the Ritz.” —Humphrey Bogart

you’ve stepped onto the set of the classic baseball film “Bull Durham.” While the eats aren’t cheap, there is a variety of offerings beyond the usual hot dog and peanuts. BBQ , a bucket of shrimp, fastball flatbreads – name your poison and get a plate. Grab a Coke or a bucket of five beers for $18 and take it back to your seat or find a picnic table beside the right field line and enjoy your meal. There’s a grassy knoll just outside the right field fence that is a kid magnet with groups playing catch, cheering or running around with abandon. This park is made for families. The highlight is relaxing into your seat and being immersed in the traditions of the sport. The musical raspberry when an opposing-team batter strikes out, frequent appearances from the mascots and entertainment between nearly every inning combine for pleasant diversion no matter how the game is unfolding. Summer evenings are made for baseball, and enjoying the game without the hassle of rush hour traffic and the expense of big city baseball adds to the pleasure of taking your family to the ball game. NCM

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Roxie and Romey, the Rome Braves mascots, interact with fans throughout the game.

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hen nurse Ruth McCommon learned that people in the community were choosing to put their health needs on hold because they had no insurance or not enough of it, she knew that she wanted to take steps to minister to their troubled Ben Smith, a volunteer nurse at the clinic, lives. She sought out believers whose checks a patient's blood pressure before hearts were in the same place as hers, and she sees the doctor. secured a pastor, a nurse, an administrator, a pharmacist, a lawyer, an accountant and a church, and opened the doors of the Healing Bridge Clinic on Sept. 24, 2009. Since then, the Healing Bridge Clinic stands as a volunteer-led clinic that provides 100 percent free non-emergency primary care for Fulton, Coweta and Fayette county residents who are underinsured or have no insurance and are within 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. Written by ANNIE SINGH-QUERN | Photographed by LEH PHOTOGRAPHY

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Residents who are 200 percent within the federal poverty guidelines are provided free, non-emergency health care services at the Healing Bridge Clinic.

By five o’clock on a Thursday afternoon, the 2,500-square-foot building on the horseshoe curve of Willowbend Road in Peachtree City becomes a testament of compassion, care and healing. Committed hearts from a pool of at least 60 volunteers schedule time during their week to help prepare for clinic night. Within a brief span of time, a small congregation’s church hall is transformed into a patient waiting area with a desk manned by volunteers ready to check

anxious patients entering the front door. Individuals with diagnoses of hypertension, Type 2 diabetes and other health issues are then tended to by the doctors on duty in makeshift examination areas that were conference rooms mere hours ago. A few years ago, the Healing Bridge clinic would open its doors only one or two Thursdays a month. Over time, the community came to know more of the “little clinic that could,” and an increased number of

nurses and doctors offered to give their hearts and hands to the cause. The clinic now operates almost every Thursday evening and serves an average of 30 patients a night. Three internal-medicine doctors, two orthopedic specialists, two nurse practitioners, a family counselor and two chiropractors leave their regular full-time jobs to spend extra time at the clinic to tend to the medical needs of individuals who would have few other places to turn to for their healthcare.

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Dr. Melinda Oluwakemi "Kemi" Amosu, the first doctor to volunteer at the clinic since its inception in 2008, tends to a patient's medical needs.

Even now, the Healing Bridge Clinic is still growing. At the beginning of this year, the board of directors of the nonprofit decided to extend the clinic hours by offering a much-needed wellness program to women. On Wednesdays, an average of six women seek care at the clinic for their annual checkups which entail regular pap smears and mammograms. This program has been

made possible from the community partnerships with a nearby hospital and an off-site women’s specialty group. Marilyn Walker, clinic manager of the Healing Bridge Clinic –  who usually schedules patients via the telephone with the appropriate health care provider – said, “We are so thankful for all the doctors, nurses and other health care providers who are willing to give their expertise

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and time to provide free primary care to those in need. Every person we take care of on a physical and spiritual basis is grateful for another day because their healthcare needs have been taken care of at the Healing Bridge Clinic.” Though doctors, nurses and chiropractors appear during the regular clinic hours to tend to patients, other services such as physical therapy and dental care are sought off site in specialists’ offices. The ideal scenario for the convenience of the patients would be to one day have all the necessary services available at one stop. This, however, would require continued collaboration and commitment from the community. Mike Conaway, chairman for the

Patients place names for prayer requests for themselves, family members, or anyone else they know who may be suffering, on the Prayer Tree in the lobby of the clinic.

➤ The Healing Bridge Clinic operates Thursdays  5 p.m. – 8  p.m. Wednesdays  noon – 2  p.m. For more information, visit the, or email board of directors of the Healing Bridge Clinic, explains, “We have seen our clinic grow exponentially over the years. We need a larger facility in order to continue serving those in our community with quality primary medical care. We are looking for community partners who are willing to co-labor with us as we seek to relocate and serve more patients in need.” In the meantime, the Healing Bridge Clinic will chug along as “the little clinic that will.” Thanks to the healing hands and helpful hearts of the volunteers of the Healing Bridge Clinic, economically underprivileged residents of Coweta County have a place to turn to for peace of mind when their lives are seemingly upside down. NCM

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Back to school. Those three words can inspire excitement, fear, joy, or terror. And that’s just for the parents!

Just think how the students must feel about this annual ritual of returning to a familiar school or starting a new one. The stress (whether experienced as excitement or fear by the student) of reconnecting with old friends, making new ones, of adjusting to a new teacher, unfamiliar classmates, and difficult class material will take a toll on every student one way or another. So, what can parents do to make this transition easier and less stressful Written by SUSAN MAYER DAVIS

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for their children? No matter the grade or the school, most teachers have some common thoughts along these lines. Our Coweta County teachers are no exception. Susan Barber, Northgate High School, Coweta’s Teacher of the Year, English Department chair, Senior Class sponsor The best way to prepare for a new school year is to have a productive – yet enjoyable – summer. Students can keep academic skills up during the summer months by reading books that Susan Barber interest them, journaling while on vacation, exploring the nooks and crannies of any city they visit, and playing cards or board games. These activities keep the mind working but give students a break from traditional

textbook learning. Students can also stay in touch with extended family with various technologies, such as blogging, Skyping, or creating a video or website about their summer on a new platform, since summer allows more time to learn new tech tools. A well-rested student who stays mentally active during the summer will be ready to go in August. Tim Crosby, Evans Middle School, 8th grade math, Team 8-P leader In order to prepare for a successful school year, each family could set some goals for the upcoming year. If your child has struggled with math in recent years, make it a goal to improve his understanding and grades in math, and then think of some ways to reach that goal. Every student should challenge themselves to meet higher expectations, but as long as each child can honestly say that they have tried their best and not given up, they have succeeded

To improve overall academic success, come up with a plan that allows time each day for studying, homework, reading, and maintaining Tim Crosby positive health. It is important to eat a nourishing breakfast, lunch, and dinner and get plenty of rest each night. This is something that families can implement weeks before coming back to school to help their children adjust. Whitney Self, Evans Middle School, 6th grade English as a second language I encourage students to come to school ready to ask questions, take ownership in their learning experience, and get involved as much as they can. I would encourage parents to immediately register for Parent Portal to stay up-to-date on

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all of their child’s grades (including any missing or incomplete assignments). I’d suggest signing up for Remind also, if the teacher utilizes it. Putting these habits in place from the very beginning will lay the groundwork for having a successful school year. Bette Schumann, Central Christian School, 6th grade Preparing for the school year begins the first day of summer vacation, if you want to start the next year right. I send home a letter at the end of the school year suggesting that students visit Khan Academy online and spend 10-15 minutes each day during the summer reviewing the 6th grade math curriculum, so they will be familiar with it. If their typing skills need work, they could find a typing-tutor program on the computer to help them speed up. (They will appreciate it when it comes time to type reports.) And of course, read, read, read. I send home a suggested reading list, but let your child read what interests him or her, and then ask them to branch out to books that challenge their reading skills. Monty Potts, Atkinson Elementary, 5th grade mathematics I strongly suggest parents and students visit the school during the orientation period. It is great to meet face to face before school starts. It sets the foundation for a partnership in the student’s learning between the parent, teacher and student.  Monty Potts Parents are the experts on their child. Teachers want to know how to best help their students, so starting the relationship early is best. I would strongly suggest parents stay informed. Use Parent Portal to monitor their child’s performance. All schools have websites that are updated regularly with events and important information.  Most also have Remind101 texting communication. All of these resources are available before school begins in the fall. As for students, my advice is simple. Read and practice math facts over the summer to exercise your brain. Come prepared to set goals, work hard and see results. Cynthia Bowles, Atkinson Elementary, 3rd grade  The most helpful thing parents can do for their children over the summer, or during the school year, is to create a time for daily reading where everyone in the family Cynthia Bowles participates. It can be a comic book, the newspaper, your Kindle, or a library book. Kids need to see that reading is important in their daily lives. Building a love for reading helps create successful students across the board in all subjects. 54 |

How to be the Teacher’s Favorite Parent If you want your child’s teacher to appreciate you — and your child — you might want to follow these suggestions from Susan Barber, Coweta’s Teacher of the Year, 2017: ➤ Allow your kid to make mistakes and accept the consequences of his or her decisions. Don’t run to their rescue or make excuses. Your job is to teach your child to take responsibility. Learning to deal with mistakes is part of growing up. ➤ As much as I love your kids, I don’t want to have a parent-teacher conference in the middle of Publix; I just want to buy my salted-caramel ice cream and leave. That’s right, even teachers deserve some off time. Be respectful of this. ➤ Teach your children how to advocate for themselves. Practice having an appropriate conversation with a teacher if they have a problem or question. ➤ Treat teachers as a partner in your child’s life. They are not the enemy, even if your child wants to blame his poor performance on his teacher. ➤ Show appreciation. This is a no-brainer. Let the teacher know that you acknowledge and appreciate all their hard work and long hours. (Think note, email, etc.) ➤ Please, stop making things too easy for your kids. Parents want the best for their kids, and seeing their child struggle is difficult. But growth comes out of conflict resolution and finding their own answers to problems. Give them the gift of trusting them. It will build confidence. — Loosely Adapted from Susan Barber’s Blog: Teach with Class

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In 1850, there were approximately 5,400 slaves in Coweta County, and among those enslaved persons were a mother and daughter, Sinai Reynolds and Nellie Calhoun. The two had dramatic life stories which ended in freedom – one before the Civil War and one at its close. Both would have been well-connected Cowetans of African descent in their day. Their story has become well known in recent years because Nellie Calhoun’s great-great-granddaughter was Lena Horne, the singer and actress whose talent and beauty brought her fame in Hollywood despite the restrictions of Jim Crow. Sinai Reynolds was born in Maryland in 1777. She and her husband, Henry, were slaves in Newnan in the early days of the county’s history. One child was sold to a slaveholder in Mississippi and another was sent to colonize Liberia. Eventually, Sinai and a son were sold to William Nimmons, one of the first settlers of Newnan. According to family legend – recounted by Gail Lumet Buckley, Lena Horne’s daughter, in her 1986 book, “The Hornes: An American Family” – Sinai Reynolds sold ginger cakes and persimmon beer on the streets of Newnan. Eventually, she saved enough money to buy freedom for herself, her husband and their sons. The Reynolds moved to Chicago in 1859, where they created a new life. Sinai Reynolds’ daughter, Nellie Calhoun, remained behind in Newnan. She was the 56 |

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biggest studio of the time, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, but the films generally were edited to excise appearances by black talent when they were shown in the South. Disenchanted with the way the movie industry treated black performers, Horne increasingly turned to the concert world. She also was active in the Civil Rights movement. During World War II, she traveled with the USO and refused to perform for segregated audiences. She took part in the March on Washington and attended a Mississippi Civil Rights rally with Medgar Evers shortly before his death. In 1983, Horne received the Spingarn Medal, which is given annually by the NAACP for achievement by an African American. The renowned entertainer died in 2010, but her family’s legacy of achievement continues with her writer daughter as well as Horne’s granddaughter, screenwriter Jenny Lumet, and great-grandson, actor Jake Cannavale. In addition to chronicling her family’s story, Gail Lumet Buckley has made a name for herself as a journalist. She also co-authored “American Patriots: The Story of Blacks in the Military from the Revolution to Desert Storm” and “Fighting for Freedom.” Jenny Lumet was known primarily as an actress until she wrote the screenplay for the 2008 Anne Hathaway-Debra Winger film, “Rachel Getting Married.” Cannavale, Jenny Lumet’s son, has appeared in several productions including “Nurse Jackie” and “Send.” NCM

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Movie Mondays at The Avenue The Avenue, Peachtree City | 8:50 p.m. Free admission July 10 movie is Moana. Games and activities begin 2 hours prior to show time and include a bounce house, face painting, crafts, popcorn, and giveaways. Donations benefit Christian City’s Children’s Village.

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September Market Day Courthouse Square, Newnan | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Market Day is hosted by Main Street Newnan. The market showcases a variety of handmade, homemade, and homegrown products created by local artisans, artists, and farmers. It features 50 unique booths with new vendors and one-of-a-kind items each month.


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