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Thu
22
Jun

Summertime, the most intoxicating season

 

There are more than a few topics of discussion where I find myself in the minority opinion. I like raisins in oatmeal cookies. I find Stella Artois to be a very overrated beer. I think the 2014 film “Prometheus” was actually pretty okay. And I think summer is the perfect season. And yes, I mean the Georgia summer, in all its gaspingly humid loveliness, just as much as I mean the summer anywhere. Spring’s vagaries are too much for me, the evenings too cool and the pollen too much of an assault on my senses and dignity. Fall is when my birthday is, and that stopped being something to look forward to once I survived my 27th year. Winter needs no discussion.

 

Thu
22
Jun

Music In Lake Country

 

Rain may have been inescapable for the past few days around Lake Country, but the two events filled Madison and Greensboro with music last weekened..

Thu
22
Jun

LOA teacher quarterfinalist for Music Educator Award

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Amy Reber has taught at Lake Oconee Academy since its opening. This year, she is a quarterfinalist for the Music Educator Award, presented by the Grammy Committee.

 

 

WIL PETTY
Wil@msgr.com

Amy Reber did not always want to teach music, but while in college the profession called to her.

Now a teacher at Lake Oconee Academy, her work has garnered the attention of many. This year, Reber is a quarterfinalist for the Grammy’s Music Educator Award, presented by the Recording Academy.

“This is very exciting,” Reber said. “It took my breath away.”

Fri
16
Jun

Infinite Warrior studio opens in Madison

(L-r) David Nunn, Shey Daniel, Bob Bell, Bob Mason, Shawn Stephens, Shani Allen, Anne Stamps, Keith Davis and Bob Hughes join in for the ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of the Infinite Warrior Yoga Studion on Eatonton Road.

 

The Infinite Warrior Yoga Studio held a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 1 at the new location on Eatonton Road.

The new studio is the only one in Lake Country that features infrared heating which is a superior method, according to studio owner Shawn Stephens.

“It warms you without making you overheated,” Stephens said. “And they are better for you. They help you detox quickly.”

Stephens said athletes love the infrared heat because it helps loosen up tight muscles.

“I taught a baseball player at the high school who couldn’t touch his toes,” Stephens said. “By the end of our training he could touch the floor.”

Thu
08
Jun

Madison hosts ASO Brass Quintet

 

The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center hosted yet another concert last Friday, this one at Town Park.

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Brass Quintet performed and once again the weather threatened but finally cooperated.

The ASO Brass Quintet began 46 years ago as the “ceremonial troupe” of the orchestra and continues that tradition today. They have performed for numerous dignitaries including Prince Charles. The Atlanta Symphony Orchesta Brass includes Mike Tiscione and Mike Myers on trumpets Ernesto Tovar on the horn, Nate Zgonc on trombone and artistic director Michael Moore on tuba.

-T. Michael Stone

 

 

Thu
08
Jun

Walk to Wellness program helps participants improve health

Several participants in Walk to Wellness get ready to walk at Greene County High School, including front (l-r) Valencia Reid, Cora Goss, Videtta Rhodes; back: Linda McGhee, Hazel Brown, Barbara Brown and Robyn Mapp.

Several participants in Walk to Wellness get ready to walk at Greene County High School, including front (l-r) Valencia Reid, Cora Goss, Videtta Rhodes; back: Linda McGhee, Hazel Brown, Barbara Brown and Robyn Mapp.

 

Walk to Wellness program helps participants improve health

 

 

Walk to Wellness, a six-week partnership of St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital and TenderCare Clinic in Greensboro, helped 20 people make real, measurable improvements in their health.

 

"We are very pleased that our partnership with TenderCare helped these wonderful women and men take a big step on the track to a healthier lifestyle," said Beth Patrick, Good Samaritan Hospital Director of Community Outreach and Administrative Services.

 

Thu
01
Jun

Lake Oconee Elks hold a Memorial Day program

Elks and scouts present a Memorial Day program, back row (l-r): Elk Johnny Hunt, from Boy Scout Troop 30, Assistant Scout Master Jamie Grill, Ethan Hankirson, Clinton Paine, Michael Salemi, Andrew Hankirson, Scout Master Jim Prendergast and Major Dukes (Troop 316; front two (l-r) Graham Grill, Jake Prendergast, Ryan McClendon and Mason Honea.

 

On Memorial Day, the Lake Oconee Elks Lodge presented a Memorial Day program in front of the Lake Oconee Elks Lodge assisted by Boy Scout Troop 30 and Eagle Scout Major Dukes from Troop 316.

Elk Johnny Hunt, an Eagle Scout himself, started off the program. Scott Deering sang the National Anthem and Dan Jones played taps while a nice crowd that had gathered looked on. The old flag was lowered and folded by the scouts and then the scouts unfolded the new flag and carried it to the flag pole to be raised up and then lowered to half staff in honor of those who have died in military service.

Thu
25
May

Ally Tax/Qwik Pack and Ship hosts business after hours

Robyn Holland and William “Cos” Davis

Robyn Holland and Kanesha Smith

 

 

Ally Tax/Qwik Pack and Ship hosted the Madison-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours last week.

Representatives from local businesses and a few government officials dropped in for food and fellowship with Ally Tax owners Robyn Holland and William “Cos” Davis and office manager Kanesha Smith.

Ally Tax has been operating since 2001 and became a family business in 2011 when Val Holland took over its operation.

Robyn Holland Davis decided to expand the business in 2014 buy opening the Qwik Pack and Ship next door in a space formerly occupied by an eye doctor.

Ally Tax/Qwik Pack and Ship are two of the businesses that have nearly filled up the now thriving strip mall on Eatonton Road that was almost empty just a few years ago.

Thu
11
May

OCONEE BREWERY OPENING SATURDAY MAY 6

CK’s Smokehouse served up great barbecue and more at the opening of the Oconee Brewery Saturday.

Tim Costyn with his beautiful dogs Moose and Niska.

Amy Wade with son Will shares a table with Crossroads owner Jennifer and David Brown.

Inside the Oconee Brewery Company.

 

The Oconee Brewery Co. officially opened Saturday with more than 500 people in attendance from noon until 8pm that evening. To go along with a great selection of beers on tap, food was available by Copperwood Pizza and CK’s Smokehouse. Local band, Pullin’ Strings made this celebration an event to remember.

 

For pictures from the Oconee Brewing Co.'s grand opening celebration, check out our photo gallery.

Thu
11
May

Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation Presents 19 Statewide Preservation Awards at Ceremony in Gainesville

Morgan County Cultural Center executive director Kim Brown, staff and supporters were recognized with an Execellence in Sustainable Rehabilitation Award.

 

 

The Madison Morgan Cultural Center was among those receiving awards from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation recently. The Trust presented 19 awards recognizing the best of preservation in Georgia during its 40th annual Preservation Awards ceremony.

The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center in Madison was recognized with an Excellence in Sustainable Rehabilitation Award.
 

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