Campus Cats Booth at Farmer's market

for those interested...
Saturday December 18th will be the last Farmer's Market of 2010 at Bishop Park!
Time: 9 AM - 12 PM
Campus Cats will have our monthly booth, but with more items, including homemade dog biscuits, homemade catnip cat toys, tea cup and copper bird feeders, tea cup candles, our own cotton shopping bags and more.
It'll be a great way to do your Christmas shopping, and you can be sure to pick up something for the cats and dogs on your list!
Farmer's Market web site for more info and directions is:


Campus cats donation box

I know that some of you are not fans of TNR or even these groups, so if you're not, just ignore this post -- as with everything I post. ;-)

After an absence of several months while Earth Fare was undergoing remodelling, the donation box for Campus Cats is back!

Right now you can find it just inside the entrance, to the left, near the rack that holds community magazines and newspapers, like Critter Magazine.

We can always use donations of canned and dry cat food, paper towels, HE laundry detergent, cat toys, and cat litter. While it's fine to occasionally put in items purchased at other stores, Earth Fare allows our box to be there because they hope you will purchase the items from their store for donation. If you have large donations of cat litter, cat food, sheets, towels, old t-shirts, stacks of newspaper, bags of clean plastic shopping bags, cat carriers, etc. please contact Catzip http://catzip.org/czaaboutus.html Someone will even arrange pick it up from your house or place of work.


Teacher's Reuse store -- seeking arts & crafts, school supplies

A used school supply drive for the Athens-Clarke County Teacher Reuse "Store" will be up and running from December 3 – December 15. Donations will be accepted at Tate Student Center (location TBD), Jittery Joe's @ 5 points and Jimmy John's on Baxter Street.

Accepted items include: used binders, paper, pens, highlighters, pencils, etc. If you think there is a use for it by a classroom teacher, please consider donating to this worthy event.

The Teacher Reuse "Store" is a one-day event where teachers in Clarke, Oconee, Madison and Oglethorpe counties can "shop" for items needed in their classrooms – AT NO CHARGE. All items are donated to the event and given freely to the teachers.

Art supplies? Stencils? You name it, teachers will use it!

For additional information or questions about possible pickups of large amounts of material, please call the ACC Recycling Division at 706.613.3512.


Athens Burning: the Georgia Theatre Documentary fund raiser

Tragedy struck Athens and the national music community in the summer of 2009, with the burning of the historic Georgia Theatre. The Theater is known for the inception and featuring of notable artists including REM, Widespread Panic, The B-52's, Sound Tribe Sector Nine, and many more who performed there, as well as being the centerpiece of music in Athens and the region. Additionally the building has a thick and endearing history independent of its musical following. In response to this catastrophe, filmmakers Eric Krasle, Jacob Kinsman, and Andrew Haynes united for the production of the film "Athens Burning," a comprehensive High Production Value HD Video Documentary of approximately 80 minutes centered around the history of the historic venue; also thoroughly covering the history of Athens Music Scene from the 1970's until present, particularly with regard to links to the Georgia Theatre.

The film opens with the scene after the burning of the Theatre in Summer, 2009 and then moves chronologically from the 1970's through the rebuilding of the Georgia Theatre. The film features notable artists who performed at the venue over the years, the players in the music scene and at the Theater over the decades, the fire, the fundraising, such as benefit shows and community efforts, and the rebuilding. This non-traditional type documentary covers some bizarre subjects, like the search for a masonic treasure under the building, the nightmares of its horrified owner after the fire, and the quirky scene in Athens, Georgia, where many in the South spent their college years and look to for musical inspiration.

This project is the official documentary, endorsed and raising money for the rebuilding of the Georgia Theatre, and has been covered enthusiastically by CNN.com, and The Atlanta Journal Constitution, among other media.

We have funded the production of the entire film independently. We are down to our last leg of post-production. We are asking for your help now to fund our final step, which is the theatrical release. As a stipulation, the theater is requiring that we spend $3500 on marketing and promotion. With your help, we can get this film released in a legitimate first-run cinema. And with the money raised from this release, we plan on using it to print the DVDs.

Project location: Athens Clarke County, GA

Christmas Parade -- Dec. 2!

Athens Christmas Parade, Dec. 2.
Little bit of everything!



Downtown cops

OnlineAthens.com has an article about the police officers who work downtown. I was encouraged to read the quote from Lt. Melodi Bennett which says that "We screen the officers because we don't want hotheads down here." It has been a common perception in our community that the Athens-Clarke County Police Department has a number of courteous professionals on its force but also a number of power-trippers, and it has been understood that the unprofessional officers are usually found working downtown at night. I am glad that the administration of our police department is aware of the problem and addressing it. Now if someone can pass along news of any steps taken by the University of Georgia to improve the culture of its own police department, I would be glad to hear it.


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Author reading & book signing

UGA Alumnus and Macon resident Richard J. Hutto (AB, '74) will read from his latest novel A Peculiar Tribe of People: Murder and Madness in the Heart of Georgia Thurs., Nov. 11, at 4 p.m. in the UGA Main Library Reading Room.

Hutto will sign copies of his book, and refreshments will be served.



New art page (Facebook)

Hi all,
I just wanted to let you know about my new art page.
I will be sharing art news, exhibit info, as well new artwork there. I am consolidating all of my art stuff here and moving it away from other spots around the web. The page is public -- you do not need to "Friend" me to see it.
thanks and thanks for this moment of shameless self promotion.


Pumpkin destruction

I just don't understand why miscreants enjoy destroying pumpkins in the fall. This item reports that two men were arrested for smashing four pumpkins at Milledge Avenue Baptist Church early Sunday morning. There was a sign announcing that the pumpkins were being sold for charitable purposes, and the previous Sunday afternoon I watched over a dozen members of the congregation, young and old, taking the care to unload them from a trailer and arrange them on the lawn. Destroying a church's property is a pretty low thing to do, so I'm glad these guys were caught.


Who is college for? (Forum for Civic Life)


Friday Informal Community Forum:Who is College for?
October 22, 2010
3:30-5:00 p.m.
Russell Library Auditorium, West Entrance, Main Library, UGA campus
(directions below)

Free! Exercise for your Civic Muscle!

Russell Forum for Civic Life in Georgia (www.libs.uga.edu/russell/rfclg),
a civic engagement program of the Russell Library hosts community deliberative forums on a monthly basis to explore challenging public issues in a deliberative, civil way.

About this month’s forum on higher education…

Today there is a growing belief that everyone who wants access to college can have it. College enrollments have continued to grow for over half a century and now most American families dream of a college education for their children. Americans have great regard for colleges and universities, but recently, there is indication that our national commitment to higher education may be fading. As states struggle with budget crises, state support for public colleges is declining and tuition is rising. Some states do not have sufficient capacity to serve
the students who want to enroll. More and more students attend college part time, bear a greater share of the cost of education than ever before, and subsequently assume higher levels of debt.

Based upon current census data and enrollment trends, greater than 2.3 million more students will attend college by 2015. Our current system is not prepared to meet the growing demand. As it stands, colleges and universities will be forced to make difficult decisions about who should come to college. When spaces are limited, what are the most equitable ways to admit students?

Opportunity, fairness, and participation in "the American dream” are at the center of this issue. In an era when college is seen as an important path to economic success and civic leadership, yet access to college may be limited, we are forced to ask the question:
Who is college for?

A Different Kind of Talk…

In this community forum we will explore this complex issue by working together to understand the issue better. With help from trained neutral moderators we will look at several possible approaches to crafting a 21st century mission for public education and consider both the benefits and consequences of each approach, as well as possible trade-offs.
Finally, we will explore possible actions that might make a positive difference in our community. Throughout the forum we may find some areas of agreement among us, just as we will likely clarify areas where our beliefs and perspectives differ greatly.
This robust and civil threshing of the tough public issues that we face is the foundation for vibrant and resilient community.

About the issue guide…
This forum will use the deliberative issue guide developed by the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good.
If you are interested in reading more about the issue before the forum, you can download the issueguide in advance for free at

How to Find the Russell Library (Parking, Bus access, walking)
Russell Library (www.libs.uga.edu/russell)
is located in the University of Georgia Main Library Building just off South Jackson Street in Athens, GA. Parking is available in the North Campus Parking Deck also on South Jackson St.
Athens Transit and UGA Bus Service both serve the main library via the bus boarding zone on South Jackson Street.

The Russell Library maintains its own entrance on the West side of the Main Library building. Follow the path/steps down the right side of the main library building (the west facing side) and down the stairs to access our door. If you need handicapped access, please go to the main entrance of the Library and check in at the security desk.

More information:
For more information about this forum, please contact
Jill Severn at 706-542-5766 or jsevern@uga.edu.
For more information about Russell Forum for Civic Life in Georgia, visit

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Charles Bullock on changes in Southern politics

From the Athens-Clarke County Library, the following event is free and open to the public:
In the South, the political landscape is constantly evolving and provides a fascinating topic for study.

As part of its Let’s Talk About It “Picturing America: Land of Opportunity” discussion series, the Athens-Clarke County Library presents a lecture by University of Georgia Professor Charles Bullock called “Changes Taking Place in Southern Politics.”

The lecture will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 18, in the Library’s auditorium, as part of the activities surrounding the October selection for the discussion group, Robert Penn Warren’s “All the King’s Men,” the 1946 novel detailing the dramatic rise of a fictional Louisiana governor, Willie Stark.

Bullock holds the Richard B. Russell Chair in Political Science and is the Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor at UGA. The author, co-author or co-editor of 25 books and more than 150 articles and consultant to many attorneys general and state and local governments, Bullock is a recognized expert in his field of political science.


ACC Library receives grant

Athens-Clarke County Library
Athens, GA

The Athens-Clarke County Library will partner with the Lyndon House Arts Center in an innovative collaboration to develop new services and programs for the aging baby boomer population, born between 1946 and 1964. The partnership will include local baby boomers as advisers who will help guide the project to meet the needs of this target audience. The goals and objectives are to provide lifelong learning opportunities for and by older, active adults and expanding museum and library services beyond existing walls. The partners will generate new users through creative use of new technology, employing live webcasts and a video archive of these programs. The project will develop a best practices model to engage boomers in the work and mission of libraries and museums in their communities.


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Wild Rumpus parade Oct. 30

Athens, GA Parade - join in the fun @ http://www.wildrumpus.org/

Bicycles and skateboards are not allowed on sidewalks in downtown Athens but they may be ridden in the street as part of the parade.

FLOATS or MOTORIZED VEHICLES: This year the Wild Rumpus will be set up to allow FLOATS or other MOTORIZED VEHICLES. They must be REGISTERED with the parade in advance, or may not be allowed to participate. **********Email wildrumpus13@gmail.com to register your entry.******


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Dirty book sale

Dirty Book Sale

Thursday, Oct. 7 & Friday, Oct. 8

October 7: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Valid UGA I.D.-holders only)

1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Open to the public)

October 8: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (open to the public)

Tate Student Center Plaza, UGA Campus

Don't miss the opportunity to purchase slightly damaged books from the University of Georgia Press at obscenely low prices.

Subjects include fiction, poetry, African American studies, American and Georgia history, civil rights history, Civil War history, decorative arts,ecology, environmental history, field guides, folklore, natural history, and southern studies.

Thousands of books, most priced under $5.

Hourly paid parking at the Tate Student Center Deck and the Hull Street Parking Deck.


Did Saxby Chambliss aide leave threatening slur?

Republican homophobia strikes home near Bomber City - could this be a game changer in Isakson - Thurmond Senate race?
Did Saxby Chambliss aide leave threatening slur?

Forum on the 21st Century mission for public schools (free)


Friday Informal Forum:

What is the 21st Century Mission for Our Public Schools?

September 24, 2010

3-5:00 p.m.

Russell Library Auditorium, UGA


Russell Forum for Civic Life in Georgia, a civic engagement program of the Russell Library hosts community deliberative forums on a monthly basis to explore challenging public issues in a deliberative, civil way.

About this month’s forum on public education…

This month’s informal forum discussion asks us to consider what the 21st century mission of public schools should be. From the very start, Americans have held widely divergent views on issues related to public schools. Many of these have to do with the methods by which we achieve an educated society. Key questions related to this issue include:

  • How do we ensure that our schools are accessible to all children?
  • By what means do we hold students accountable for learning and schools accountable for teaching them?
  • What is the role of families in the education of their children?
  • What is the responsibility of schools in addressing social issues that affect their students?
  • What is the most efficient and fair way to fund public education?

Underlying all of these questions is a more basic one: what is the mission of our public schools?

A Different Kind of Talk…

In this community forum we will explore this complex issue by working together to understand the issue better. With help from trained neutral moderators we will look at several possible approaches to crafting a 21st century mission for public education and consider both the benefits and consequences of each approach, as well as possible trade-offs. Finally, we will explore possible actions that might make a positive difference in our community. Throughout the forum we may find some areas of agreement among us, just as we will likely clarify areas where our beliefs and perspectives differ greatly. This robust and civil threshing of the tough public issues that we face is the foundation for vibrant and resilient community.

About the issue guide…

This forum will use the deliberative issue guide developed by the Kettering Foundation. If you are interested in reading more about the issue, you can download the moderator’s guide fro free at http://store.nifi.org/guide/21st_century_mission_mg.pdf

How to Find the Russell Library (Parking, Bus access, walking)

The Russell Library is located in the University of Georgia Main Library Building just off South Jackson Street in Athens, GA. Parking is available in the North Campus Parking Deck also on South Jackson St. Athens Transit and UGA Bus Service both serve the main library via the bus boarding zone on South Jackson Street.

The Russell Library maintains its own entrance on the West side of the Main Library building. Follow the path/steps down the right side of the main library building (the west facing side) and down the stairs to access our door. If you need handicapped access, please go to the main entrance of the Library and check in at the security desk.

More information:

For more information about this forum, please contact Jill Severn at 706-542-5766 or jsevern@uga.edu. For more information about Russell Forum for Civic Life in Georgia, visit www.libs.uga.edu/russell/rfclg

Please forgive cross-postings and please share with colleagues, neighbors, and friends.


Historic dress exhibit

TXMI 5810/7810 Historic Collection Management have their first historic dress exhibit on display in Barrow Hall Gallery (2nd floor). It is "Inside the Box: Assorted Chocolate Fashion." Lots of wonderful garments and accessories from the 19th and 20th centuries - some children's garments as well.

It will be up until November 3, the gallery is open from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon. - Friday. When you go - don't forget to sign the book and give the students your comments about the exhibit. Directions here


Chez Bowmanis for rent. Chez Bo has 5 BR, 2 baths, and so much more. Please inquire within

Chez Bo is an 1858 antebellum mansion (approximately 5,000 sq feet) about 25 minutes outside of Athens, GA. in Bowman. The home sits on 1.98 acres with a pecan grove, two barns and a koi pond. It has hardwood floors, six fireplaces, pocket and French doors, a solarium, clawfooted tubs, wainscoting, 14 ft. high ceilings downstairs, rocking chair front porch, leaded and stained glass windows, 5 bedrooms, 2 baths, breakfast room, formal dining room, and absolute peace and quiet.

The floors are immaculate.

The hand painted detailing on the walls and trim in the downstairs formal dining room, entry, master bedroom and living room is priceless.

There are several state parks with golf courses, lakes, rivers, hiking and horseback riding trails just a stone's throw from the house. Swim in the Broad River just five minutes away. Walking distance to quaint downtown and Berryman's restaurant is right across the street, and so close to Athens, Savannah and Charleston. The Ty Cobb museum and Lake Hartwell are just down the road.



The large entryway is expansive and inviting. The front door is solid leaded glass, with iron detailing and boasts original hardware, crank doorbell and working skeleton key. It leads to four different rooms – to the left is a parlor or sitting room with pocket doors; to the far right is an expansive solarium with French doors as well as an entrance to the master bedroom’s private office or sitting room; straight ahead is a set of French doors leading to the grand staircase and hallway to the downstairs master bedroom and kitchen. The entryway also has a beautiful green tiled fireplace and original built-in cabinetry.


The parlor has two sets of pocket doors and a white tiled fireplace. Two large windows are detailed with leaded glass. All lighting fixtures are original.


The dining room is everyone’s favorite room. It has tiger oak “judge’s” paneling and wood detailing on ceiling. Chandelier is made of brass and it also has six brass wall sconces. Three large windows accent the wall to the left overlooking azaleas, hydrangeas, and many other types of lush foliage.


Just off the formal dining area is a casual breakfast room. It has wainscoting, built-in cabinetry, and new overhead light fixture and freshly painted with designer colors. The bead board ceiling, also featured in the kitchen, is stunning.


The kitchen, freshly painted to complement the breakfast room, has solid wood cabinetry with brass hardware; it has a brand new stainless steel Kenmore refrigerator and matching dishwasher. Overhead is a brand new ceiling fan.


The laundry room is adjacent to kitchen and is equipped with a brand new HE washer and dryer. It is also freshly painted. There is a back door/service porch adjacent to the laundry, kitchen and breakfast room. It also has a dog door and fenced in play area for small to medium-sized dogs.


The master bedroom has a fireplace, large windows, private office and large bathroom with a linen closet. All rooms have fresh paint and the office has been completely overhauled with wainscoting.

Just outside the master in the hallway that leads to front entry, formal dining and service porch is a beautiful, all original stained glass door. Overhead is another lovely brass chandelier.


The dramatic turning staircase is made from hand carved wood, and leads to the expansive upstairs hallway, four bedrooms, a bathroom, a veranda and another sun porch. Hallway is carpeted though all bedrooms have painted wood plank floors.


To the right is a large bedroom with a fireplace and mantle. It has two large closets and a door leading to a SECOND BEDROOM that could be use as an office, sitting room, nursery etc. It also has a fireplace and a mantle, all freshly painted with bright and clean colors.


The third bedroom is to the left and faces the front of the house. It is large and has views of the quaint downtown square, as well as a closet that leads to the 200 sq ft attic with dormer windows. This could be refinished for an office, kids play room/bedroom or used for storage.


The fourth bedroom is just to the left at the top of the stairs. It is the smallest of four bedrooms but boasts its own large private sun porch that could be made into a third bath, office or sitting room. It also has a large walk-in closet in addition to a normal sized closet.


The upstairs bath is small but boasts a six-foot claw footed tub that is just heavenly and so romantic – there’s room enough for two.


A few of the flowering plants blooming outside the house include: azaleas, a glorious snowball hydrangea, Camilla bushes, dogwood trees, trumpet vines, wisteria as well as a fig tree, at least 16 producing pecans, and a grapevine.

County: Elbert
Yearly property taxes: Approximately $1,800
Water: City and there is a well on the property
Utilities: Gas, water and sewage are supplied by the City of Bowman; electric by Georgia Power
Internet access and cable: Yes, AT&T
AC: No – not needed.
Heat: Gas and electric
Fireplaces that work: At least three
Roof: Very good condition
No cats have lived in the house in at least three years and it has been maintained as a non-smoking house with strict “no shoe” rules.

For more information on the area, see:

Victoria Bryant State Park

Watson Mill

Richard B Russell State Park



SLAVERY by Kite to the Moon

Roller Girls bout to benefit charity

On September 18th the Loco Mow Down will feature your home town Classic City Rollergirls as they take charge of the track against the Chattanooga Rollergirls from Tennessee. We’re asking all of our beloved derby fans to "get on board for the animals!"

Our outreach and charity focus for this bout will include local animal related services and organizations. You can help by bringing any of the supplies in the list below for the local pet food pantry. These items will go to shelters and rescue organizations to help care for animals in need.

Don't miss the chance to meet some of our “wildest” fans at the exotic animal exhibit and demonstrations provided by the professional and volunteer staff of Bear Hollow. Exhibits will be available before the bout, from 6-6:45, and during halftime. Volunteer trainers from Canine Companions for Independence will be joining us with one of their rising stars, "Joey." CCI volunteers will also be promoting the Athens Run for the Dogs which takes place Sept. 25 at Sandy Creek Park in Athens.

Donations you can bring to the Loco Mow Dow and "get on board for the animals!"

  • Pull-tab canned dog food & puppy food
  • Frontline spray
  • Capstar pills (to kill fleas)
  • Treats (Eukanuba, Beggin Strips, not too many milkbones or bland treats)
  • Dry puppy food
  • Pig ears
  • Munchy sticks
  • Knotted rawhides
  • Catnip, cat treats (Pounce)
  • First-aid kits (gauze, band-aids, coflex, etc.)
  • Dog earwash and eyewash
  • Esbilac milk replacer
  • Flannel sheets
  • Small wool blankets or thick fleece (less than 4x6 in size)
  • Direct cash donations to an organization are also accepted and greatly appreciated

Don't forget that LA Derby Doll's May Q. Holla (and bestselling author Pamela Ribon) will be conducting this ride and calling out all the plays with Athens' very own Sweet Willy T-Bag. The action begins at 7pm (doors open at 6pm) at Skate Around USA, 3030 Cherokee Road, in Athens. Roller Derby is family friendly so bring the kids! Admission at the door is $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-10, and children under 6 are free! Adult tickets can be purchased in advance for $8 through any rollergirl or through Brown Paper Tickets (https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/124418). Please also join the rollergirls for the after-party at Alibi.

SLAVERY by Kite to the Moon


Seeking computers & parts

Free IT Athens is in need of unused computers with a Pentium III or newer processor and PCI graphic cards.

Many of you know or have already worked with our non-profit. We refurbish older computers and uninstall the Linux Ubuntu OS on them and sell these sell the machine ($25) along with a monitor, keyboard, and mouse to individuals in the community who need a computer. These computers usually go to children or students.

There are several Free IT Athens volunteers who work or go to school on campus. We've agreed to pick up your computer here on campus if you are unable to make the drop during our open hours at the Action Building (594 Oconee Street): Sundays from 1-5pm and Wednesdays from 6-8pm.

If you have a donation, please email me. I will coordinate with a volunteer and we can meet for a "car swap" between 4pm and 5pm at various parking stations around campus and provide a receipt at that time. Please remember these must be personal items only and not owned by the university.

Hope to hear from you soon!

Rachel Rotz

P.S. Here is our wish list:

. Desktop and laptop computers with a Pentium III or newer processor
. LCD Monitors
. PS/2 or USB keyboards and Mice
. Memory (e.g., SD-RAM, DDR, DDR2, RD-RAM)
. Hard Drives 10GB or larger
. Grounded extension cords
. White printer paper (8.5x11 inch)
. Large bakers racks or similar shelving
. Hand-held vacuum (for removing dust from computers)
. Tools of all varieties (if it can open a computer, crimp a cable, test a part, etc. we probably want it)

. Uninterruptable power supplies
. Software CDs and manuals
. TVs, VCRs, etc.
. Other non-computer related appliances
. Boxes of miscellaneous junk


Zip Code 30677: Summary | OpenSecrets

Zip Code 30677: Summary | OpenSecrets

Paul Broun Jr: Campaign Finance/Money - Top Donors - Congressman 2010 | OpenSecrets

Paul Broun Jr: Campaign Finance/Money - Top Donors - Congressman 2010 | OpenSecrets

Overdue library book amnesty through September 6

Overdue materials checked out from the Athens Regional Library System can still be returned without late fines through September 6. This fine forgiveness program started August 22 in a special effort to get items returned for other patrons to enjoy. Getting late items back on the shelves is especially important due to this year's budget cuts that have reduced the number of new items that can be purchased. The forgiveness does not apply to other fees for things such as lost or damaged books.


Bulldogs nearing sellout of opener | UGA sports blog

Buy a ticket to the game and join me and my son in the 600 level
Bulldogs nearing sellout of opener | UGA sports blog

Mayoral candidate forum

I attended the mayoral candidate forum hosted by the Clarke County Republican Party last Saturday evening. I enjoyed conversation along with the barbecue that was provided. The event was held outdoors where the weather stayed pleasant, and the candidates were seated in rocking chairs near a backdrop painted with what looked like a Revolutionary War scene. Hearing the candidates speak only confirmed my observation that making a choice in the mayor's race is going to be difficult because we have a number of qualified and passionate candidates seeking the office. The floor is open for comments here.


Barnes blasts stem cell restriction || OnlineAthens.com

Barnes blasts stem cell restriction || OnlineAthens.com

Update on J&J Chemical Co. spill

From the Georgia Environmental Protection Division via Athens-Clarke County:

[August 26, 2010] Low levels of chemicals continue to be found in creek water downstream from the site of a burned chemical plant in Athens-Clarke County and as a result, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) will continue to test water quality in the area.

The J&J Chemical Co. plant caught fire July 28 and runoff from the firefighting carried the chemicals paradichlorobenzene and formaldehyde into nearby Trail Creek, which flows into the North Oconee and Oconee rivers. The runoff also contained a nontoxic blue dye, which the company used to produce a toilet bowl cleaner.

The latest test results show levels of formaldehyde at 350 parts per billion (ppb) and 240 ppb at Olympic Drive and Dudley Park, respectively. Those levels are higher than samples taken a week earlier and may be the result of rain washing chemicals from low lying areas along the creek. Paradichlorobenzene was measured at 170 ppb at Olympic Drive, but was not detected at Dudley Park. While chemical concentrations at those levels do not pose a threat to human health, EPD will continue to recommend people and pets stay out of the creek.

EPD also has completed another round of testing for the city of Greensboro drinking water system. The latest results, like the earlier samples, did not show the presence of chemicals. Greensboro's drinking water taps are closest to the plant site, although they are 23 miles downstream and across a portion of Lake Oconee.

EPD also has approved the company's site remediation plan, which explains the measures the company will take to properly clean up the soil contamination on the property and the sediment in the creek. The site remediation is expected to be completed no later than January 2011.


Highspeed internet choices

What are choices for highspeed internet in athens?
Let's hear 'em...

Just looking at options right now.


A Time for Choosing — Peach Pundit

A Time for Choosing — Peach Pundit

Go Green Summer Music Series

from Athens Land Trust...
The next show in the Hotel Indigo's Go Green Summer Music Series is coming up, and it's one you won't want to miss!

Art Rosenbaum will perform next Thursday, August 12 at the Rialto Room.
The show starts at 8; doors open at 7. For tickets or more information, see www.indigoathens.com/gogreen.html

Art Rosenbaum is a Grammy-winning collector and performer of traditional American folk music. He is equally renowned as a painter and muralist, and is emeritus professor of drawing and painting at the UGA Lamar Dodd School of Art. More information about Art and his work can be found at http://artrosenbaum.org/.

The Go Green Music Series features 14 concerts between June 2010 and June 2011 showcasing some amazing performers - with a portion of the proceeds from each show going to benefit ALT and the Oconee River Land

Thank you to our friends at Hotel Indigo, and we hope to see you at a concert soon!


Craiglist buyers stealing motorcycles

Notice from the Athens-Clarke County Police:
There have been four recent thefts of motorcycles where the suspect has contacted private sellers from Craigslist, arranged to meet at a certain location, asked to test drive the motorcycle, and never returns. In each instance, there has been two black male suspects and the meeting place is in close proximity to accessible dirt trails. The thefts occurred on June 26, July 18, July 20, and August 5. The potential buyers have been discrete about their identity and used multiple phone numbers in setting up the original meeting. Sellers should be aware of potential scams, discourage meeting in unfamiliar areas, and use caution in allowing unknown persons possession of personal property without first positively identifying potential buyers.
Anyone with information on or contact with such individuals or transactions is asked to contact Det. L. Glenn at 706-353-4218 ext. 138.


David Barbe to serve as interim director of UGA’s Music Business Certificate Program

David Barbe to serve as interim director of UGA’s Music Business Certificate Program

Deserted weekend

This past weekend was one of the more deserted weekends in the ATH due to the break between summer and spring semesters at the University of Georgia. There were noticeably fewer people milling about downtown and more available parking spaces. On Saturday night I actually found a free table at Trappeze. I suppose this was the calm before the storm, however, since people are counting down the days before college football season. And it appears that people are moving back into town already because I noticed that a local U-Haul location has parked a lot more trucks and trailers than usual. This is part of the cycle of activity and population in our town.


Pam Driesell named senior pastor at Trinity Presbyterian  | ajc.com

Sorry to see her leave Oconee County
Pam Driesell named senior pastor at Trinity Presbyterian | ajc.com

Movie event at SE park

Showtime! Outdoor movies make a return appearance at Southeast Clarke Park, located at 4440 Lexington Road, on Friday, July 30 with the summertime classic The Sandlot.
Bring blankets and lawn chairs. Fun begins at 7:00 p.m. including music and outdoor games. The movie will be presented at approximately 9:00 p.m.

This event is FREE and open to the public. The rain date is Saturday, July 31.

For more information about this special presentation, call (706) 613-3801 or visit www.accleisureservices.com/july.shtml


Borders partners with ACC Lib system

July 26, 2010 -- The Borders on Alps Road has launched a book drive as part of a chain wide effort to increase literacy and support the needs of the community. From now until August 30, store associates will encourage customers to donate new books, DVDs and CDs. The store has partnered with the Athens Regional Library System, which will receive and distribute the donated books to their associated libraries in and around Athens.

In response to continued budget challenges facing our public library system, Borders is proud to offer this opportunity for customers to directly support such a vital institution in our community. All donated items will remain in the Athens area, and help ensure that knowledge and entertainment remain accessible to everyone in our community.

This is the first book drive Borders has held in partnership with the Athens Regional Library System. During the book drive it held last March, the store collected approximately 1500 books and plush toys, and provided them to Athens Regional Medical Center and St. Mary’s Hospital. The company as a whole delivered more than 600,000 titles and 85,000 stuffed toys to kids in need nationwide.


Flyball event

Well, I certainly had never heard of this. ;-)
Double Dog Dare (the flyball team that is from here in Athens and the surrounding area) is holding its annual tournament July 10-11 at the Classic Center. If you haven't seen flyball you should definitely check it out! There will be several UGA students and employees with dogs running and they are super fast. Admission is $2 for adults. You can check out the club's website here


We are expecting 24 clubs running 53 teams for a total of 250 dogs! The best part is that it is all being held indoors with the A/C on!

If you do plan on coming please leave any spectator dogs at home. Thanks!


Baby Bears at Bear Hollow

You can read all about the sad tale here.
Their eyes were not open when they were found, which makes it more amazing that they survived (although there were 3 and one did not make it). ACC received the two remaining sisters, now named Yonah and Athena. Athena is larger with a white spot on her chest (hope I didn't get that backwards, but some of you zoo folks will correct me, I'm sure).

but aren't they just cute?


ACC Summer photo contest

Picture This... During the month of July, email your digital photo in the Summer Photo Contest. The chosen photograph will win a prize and have the photo displayed on www.accleisureservices.com.

Photos should be emailed to mylaneal@co.clarke.ga.us. The submission deadline is July 30. The winner will be announced July 31.

For more information, please call (706) 613-3580 or visit www.accleisureservices.com/july.shtml.



Athens Music Walking Tour

also a reminder, athfest is coming up!

Athens Music History Tours
Departing from City Hall / Welcome Center KIOSK
at the corner of Washington Street and College Avenue

    • Friday, June 25, 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, June 26, 11:00 a.m.
    • Sunday, June 27, 11:00 a.m.

$10 with AthFest Wristband; $15 without Wristband

Once again the Athens Music History Driving Tour will be led by local ‘scenester’ and former Side Effect, Paul Butchart on the Athens Welcome Center’s Classic City Tours bus. The tour will explore the sights and sounds that cultivated Athens’ rich musical heritage. Paul knows the scene well and has many great stories to prove it. Stops include the Murmur trestle, the “Sidewalk of the Stars,” and Ricky Wilson’s grave. Approximate running time is two hours. The tour will depart from the KIOSK on Washington Street in front of City Hall at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of AthFest. Tickets are on sale at the Athens Welcome Center or at the KIOSK.

Space is limited. Call 706-208-8687 for your reservation.


The owl that owns itself

There is an owl on Dearing Street. I heard it last Friday night, and a colleague of mine saw it tonight. I don't know anything about owl species, so I can't tell you what it is. But if you know anything about this owl, make some comments for us.


Dock Diving Dogs Coming to Oconee County

Dixie Dock Dogs to host regional dock diving competition at Oconee Veterans Park.

Some of the top ranked dogs in the sport of dock diving will compete July 2-4 at The Great American Dawg Jump in Watkinsville, Georgia. Dixie Dock Dogs, a non-profit organization benefitting various canine charities, is producing this thrilling event which features dogs jumping great lengths to splash down into a pool of water. Covering the entire state of Georgia, Dixie Dock Dogs is affiliated with the national organization DockDogs. The competition will be held at Oconee Veterans Park on Hog Mountain Road.

Bill Akin of Watkinsville, and president of Dixie Dock Dogs, is very excited about the club hosting the upcoming competition. "This is our first dock diving event here in Oconee County, said Akin. "We're sure it will be a fun time for everyone, people and dogs alike…something for the entire family."

According to Akin, a regulation 40' dock and 40' x 12' pool of water will be brought onto the park property. Dogs from all over the country will come to compete in the three sporting disciplines of DockDogs: Big Air, which measures the length of their jump, Extreme Vertical, which measures the height, and Speed Retrieve, which measures how fast they run, jump and swim.

"It's an awesome sport," said Nancy Akin, also of Dixie Dock Dogs. "Our own team of Labrador Retrievers, known as Team 4 Dawg Flite, has been to DockDogs competitions from Florida to Missouri to Ohio to Maryland, and all stops in-between. We are so excited now to share this sport with the Oconee County community."

The Akins report they are expecting over 100 dogs to compete in the 3-day event. Dock diving is a sport for any breed or any size dog, and everyone in this area is encouraged to bring your dog out to give it a try. Dixie Dock Dogs will have Practice Coaches available to show interested attendees dock diving strategies and give tips for getting started in the sport. If you would like to have your dog participate, you can register online at DockDogs.com. If you just want to attend the festivities without having your dog participate, registration is not necessary.

For more information about The Great American Dawg Jump, please visit DixieDockDogs.com. You can also contact Nancy Akin at 706-540-9395.


Athens Homeless Shelter news & volunteer info

Dear Friend,
The Athens Area Homeless Shelter is in full swing this summer! From enrolling our kids in camps to welcoming new participants to our JobTREC program, we are busy providing vital services to homeless individuals and families in Athens. http://tinyurl.com/382do3f Click here to read our latest newsletter. Inside, you'll find stories about how the Athens community is providing hope to the homeless through their service and support.

One of our favorite stories featured in the newsletter features a local homeless artist that received a gift of hope from a AAHS board member and a local business after he became a victim of a tragic theft. You can also read about our new staff members, including the new AAHS Volunteer Manager. If you are interested in volunteering, please email
volunteer@helpathenshomeless.org any time you are interested in serving.

Our latest newsletter also features a list of community partners and supporters that have made our work possible during the spring months. Check out our supporters! If you know someone that would like to hear about the work of AAHS, let us know! Forward this email to them and tell them why you care about the homeless in Athens and why you support AAHS.


Genealogy event

The East Georgia Genealogical Society is having a BOOK FAIR, featuring local authors
and historical societies, on Tuesday, June 8th, 7 - 9 PM, at their regular meeting place:

Peoples Financial Center
Betty Jo Maddox Room
76 Broad Street
Winder, Georgia

Come and see what good bargains you can find!!! Hope to see you there!

For more information contact Sharon Smith-Taylor at 770-867-9083, or
email: sharonsmithtaylor@yahoo.com


John Oxendine: Birther

Anonymous blessing

I thought I was alone as I was walking down steps and about to cross a parking lot. I sneezed twice, and from behind a line of trees and shrubbery I heard a woman's voice say, "Bless you!" Surprised, my only reaction was, "Ha, thanks!" I don't know where she was or what she was doing there, but it is certainly wacky to respond to a stranger's sneeze at such a distance through a vegetative buffer.

Anecdotes like these are why I started Athens World, right?


Athens Pirates Baseball opener

The Athens Pirates Baseball team will open their season on Sunday, June 6th at 4:00 at Cedar Shoals High School baseball field.

This is a double header against the Ty Cobb Reds. Admission is $5 and 12 & under are free. Come out and support the Pirates!


Library survey -- your opinion matters!

Athens-Clarke County Library is conducting an online library user survey and would really appreciate everyone's feedback. The survey web site is: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/M2JD393 or it can be reached from the A-CC Library main web page: http://www.clarke.public.lib.ga.us/

Thanks very much!


Summer music series

The Front Porch Bookstore will be hosting a summer music series throughout the summer. Bring your blankets, chairs, snacks, and your enthusiasm for good music. Relax on the front lawn of the Front Porch Book Store as popular local musicians perform for your listening pleasure. The artists are performing for free - tips or donations are encouraged. Artists may also have items for sale. Performances are every Saturday June 5th thru Aug. 28th at 6pm. No performances on June 26th or July 3rd.
Schedule for June:
June 5 - North Georgia Bluegrass Band - featuring Chris White on lead guitar and lead vocals; Larry 'Mule' Saye on rhythm guitar; Antoon Speters on mandolin, baritone and lead vocals; Rich Born on banjo and vocals; and Phyllis Walls on bass. Have a listen over here:


June 12 - Poncho Magic - featuring April McDowell, Dave Martin, Marla Getford, and AJ Griffin. They have wowed audiences with incorrigibly twangy, yet eclectic sets and big, Carter-esque vocal harmonies. With all members hailing from the South, Poncho Magic excels at rockabilly, honky tonk, pop country, and cow punk; however forays into pop, funk, dance, and good ol' hard rock are business as usual in this band's repertoire.www.myspace.com/ponchomagic

June 19 - Dodd Ferrelle - "Athens musician and songsmith Dodd Ferrelle charges up his dark Americana with a generous influx of rock and power-pop electricity on his new platter, Lonely Parades, the album stands as Ferrelle's strongest batch of songs to date." - Jeff Clark, Stomp & Stammer, April 2009


The Front Porch Bookstore is located at 102 Marigold Lane in Winterville.


Classic City Rollergirls Bout the Soul City Sirens June 5th

Athens, GA (May 24, 2010) - Classic City Rollergirls gear up for their second bout of the season Saturday, June 5th against Augusta’s Soul City Sirens at 7pm at Skate Around USA in Athens. This bout, themed “Soul City Smash,” will feature powerhouse skaters returning from their thrilling season opener ready for another win. Admission at the door is $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-10, and children under 6 are free. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $8 through any rollergirl or online. Doors open at 6pm and the action begins at 7pm at Skate Around USA, 3030 Cherokee Road, in Athens.

Classic City Rollergirls or CCRG is Athens’ all female flat track roller derby team. The team is comprised of local stars and college athletes who want more action than a simple gym can provide. For those unfamiliar with roller derby, a recent movie “Whip-it” with Drew Barrymore showcased this newly revived hard-hitting sport.

Although roller derby has countless rules much like baseball or football, the general objectives are simple. Two teams of skaters race around a track to get their point scoring skater, or jammer, past the opposing team. As jammers compete for points, skaters use strategic blocking, power moves and speed to outscore opponents creating a fast-paced, competitive, all-female contact sport on wheels.

To watch the Classic City Roller Girls live please come to Skate Around USA on June 5th at 7pm. For more information or to purchase advance tickets you can visit the website at www.classiccityrollergirls.com.

About CCRG
Classic City Rollergirls is comprised of a committed group of amateur female athletes from a diverse background. From firefighters to librarians, CCRG is for women dedicated to fun, fitness, and a smashing good time. In addition, the league includes a variety of local referees, team managers, and volunteers which make CCRG possible.

CONTACT: Amy Woodell, Media
(cell) 919-619-7591


Oconee Rivers Audubon Society picnic

Come join the Oconee Rivers Audubon Society on June 3rd for the annual spring picnic held at Memorial Park! Bring a dish of your favorite recipe and come to enjoy the outdoors with us! For those of you who missed last month's meeting, you can take an easy walk down to the area where the Weed Warriors removed over 3 acres of nonnative, invasive plants and see what native plants have sprung up.

We will also be holding officer elections for the upcoming year. Please show your support of past and present officers and vote. We would also like to welcome Robin Woodroof as our new conservation chair! She will be assisting with ORAS's new Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary Program. Following is the list of officer nominees:
Vanessa Lane, President
Edwige Damron, Vice President
Mary Case, Secretary
Eugenia Thompson, Treasurer

The meeting, which is open to the public, will begin at 6:00 p.m. at Picnic Shelter #1 at Memorial Park. For additional information, contact Vanessa Lane at president@oconeeriversaudubon.org


Interior Design Showcase

The Interior Design students at Athens Technical College have teamed up with Brad Stephens Homes to create the second annual Interior Design Student Designer Showhouse. Located just off South Lumpkin St. at 110 Old Princeton Road in Athens, the designer showhouse couples traditional styling with modern conveniences.

The showhouse will be open for free public tours on Saturday, May 22, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The showhouse will also be open on Sunday May 23, from noon until 5 p.m.

Call (706) 202-2702 for more information.


Athens Humane Society volunteer needs -- landscaping, pickups, recycling bins more

  • Volunteers to monthly pick up newspaper at Athens Banner Herald on Wednesday mornings at 8am for AAHS to use in our cages
  • Volunteers to monthly take cans to the recycling center to turn in for cash for AAHS
  • We still need a new aluminum recycling bin for the AAHS Center
  • A volunteer who is talented at landscaping to plan and design outdoor landscaping for the AAHS Center
Please email Denise if you or someone you know is able to help with any of these needs.

Host a college baseball player

I had no clue there was even such a thing as the Athens Pirates..
Host a College Baseball Player This Summer!

The Athens Pirates College Summer Baseball Club is actively seeking Volunteer Host Families for the 2010 Summer Season. There are approximately 20 out-of-state players seeking a family to live with for the summer (June, July 2010). These players are current college baseball players and major league prospects.

Special thanks go out to our prior Host Families for their support of our program. We’ll be glad to put you in touch with any of our host families who’ll attest to this wonderful opportunity to get to know a pre-professional baseball player.

Each player has his own transportation and a summer job.

Let your Little Leaguer, Junior Leaguer, Senior Leaguer or High School player spend the summer mentored by an All-Star College Baseball player. Each player comes to the Pirates highly recommended by his college
coach, high school coach, summer baseball coaches, and an area Major League Baseball Scout.

Take advantage of this unusual sports opportunity to help a player with professional potential improve his game, and at the same time help your child build on his baseball and people skills.

If you are interested in helping, please call Beth Giddens (706)
372-0015 or Shane Daniel (706) 255-7871 or email

The players will be arriving in Athens the week of May 24th.


Veggie plants to support animal rescue

Below is a list of available plants from the Colbert Animal Hospital ; proceeds go to the Colbert Vet Rescue. Directions, etc. located here.

Arkansas Traveler
Better Boy
Burgess Stuffing
Costoluto Genovese
Giant Belgium
Pink Ponderosa
Polish Linguisa
Solar Fire
Sun Sugar (very good cherry)

Sweet Peppers:
Blushing Beauty
Giant Aconcagua
Key West
King Arthur
Orange Bell
Super Red Pimento

Hot Peppers:
Bishop's Crown
Bulgarian Carrot
Garden Salsa
Pasillo Bajo
Thai Bangkok
Tunisian Baklouti
Bellingrath Gardens

Shop at Georgia Museum of Art

Show your support for the museum and take home some cool stuff! GMOA is having a shop sale this Thursday and Friday, May 20 & 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Visual Arts Building on Jackson Street. Browse a wide range of unique items, including jewelry, scarves, bags, books, children's gifts & toys, pottery, stationery, home decor and more from the Museum Shop's inventory. Everything will be discounted, with some items as much as 75% off. Email millera@uga.edu for more info.

Posted By Georgia Museum of Art to Curator's Corner at 5/18/2010 03:00:00 PM

Winterville Assisted Living Fundraiser -- Cakes, Pies, and a gallon of stew

Winterville Assisted Living is having a series of fundraisers to enhance recreation for its residents. So far, they've purchased a grill and a gazebo and now are aiming for more outdoor furniture and a vegetable garden. The upcoming third fundraiser includes:
- Smoked Boston butt ($25)
- Gallon of stew ($30)
- Cakes ($25)
- Pies ($12)
If you're interested, please drop your payment by to Winterville Assisted Living director Sheryee Huff (across from the Post Office on Avery Street off of Main St.) between now and this coming Friday, May 21st. Purchased items can be picked up on May 28th or May 29th.
If you have questions, please contact Sheryee Huff at 706-742-5106, shuff@ALCCO.COM This is a busy, nearly full assisted living facility, so it occasionally may take a second try at making contact.


Athens Homeless Shelter, Volunteers needed

As you all know, many students leave Athens in May, and as a result of student organizations being much less active, we have a greater need for dinner volunteers over the summer. This month we still need someone to serve dinner on May 19 and May 27.

For those who have not served before, here's how it works. We ask our dinner volunteers to serve the meal at 5:30. Many groups come about an hour early to start preparing the food. Some choose to prepare the food off-site and bring it here. Either way is fine, but we do have a full commercial kitchen if you would like to use our facilities. You'll be serving 20-25 people, so it's best to have at least 2-3 people serving. Bringing dinner is also a great way to interact with our residents and see how AAHS is helping change lives. To book a date or call and talk to McKenzy. 706-354-0423.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Jaron Kunkel
Faces of Homelessness
Athens Area Homeless Shelter

Campus cats needs help for 1 day

I realize Campus Cats always could use some help, but this Thursday 5/20 @ 12:30, they have the opportunity to pick up possibly 120 16-pound bags of Friskies Signature Blend dry cat food at the Purina plant in Fairburn, GA. This will feed a lot of local cats! It's a two hour trip each way and bags will need to loaded by hand. They have 1 mini-van and 1 small covered pick-up truck going, but really need another large van or truck (and driver!) to make everything fit.

This food can only be used for foster/rescue cats or to feed ferals (as some of you may have noticed, Purina has poured alot of money into advertising their foster/rescue/shelter efforts).

If you are interested in helping out, please contact Kelly, at


Chef Angela McKeller at The Rolling Pin

When: May 19, 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Where: The Rolling Pin, 196 Alps Road
Admission: Free

From Bethany Bangston of Atlanta's Finest Dining Magazine:

Chef Angela McKeller has been on The Food Network with Paula Deen, asked to be on several reality cooking shows and now, has published her cook book, Passion on a Plate: Affordable and EASY Gourmet. Join Chef McKeller for a book signing and demonstration with free snacks and drinks (prepared by the chef). And all you DAWGS fans - get your red, black and white Kick Back and Kook Couture apron before football season!

One lucky attendee with receive a package to include a $5 gift certificate to The Rolling Pin, a FREE "kookbook" and a FREE apron!

10% of all sales benefit The Hope and Light Foundation, funding a cure for the #1 genetic cause of death in children under the age of 2.

Invite your friends, plan on having a GREAT time with "The Kook" and get answers to all of your cooking dilemmas so you can start "kooking!

After almost 10 years of market research chef McKeller has put together a cookbook that simplifies cooking. As a young girl, chef McKeller was taught by her grandmother, who survived the great depression, how to save money, save time and save waste in the kitchen. Chef McKeller's secret is to stock your pantry full of the must-haves, only buy items at the grocery store you can reuse during the week and a little bit of forethought. It's cooking on a budget.

Discovering Monroe art exhibit

Discovering Monroe
hand-painted silk by textile artist René D. Shoemaker

Exhibition at the Monroe Art Guild, : May 4- May 27, 2010
Reception: Saturday, May 8, 2010 4-6pm

Come explore Monroe from an "outsider's" view. After walking through downtown Monroe, discovering the beauty, texture, and architectural history of the town, René then drew what she saw, and "painted" the designs on the silk - so that she could share it back with the citizens of Monroe.

By day, René is the librarian and gallery director at the College of Environment & Design at the University of Georgia. Her work with landscape architects, historic preservationists, and planners, informs her artistic view of the world. Her work represents experience, movement through space and an appreciation for historic architecture and architectural details. She holds a degree in fabric design from UGA, and an MLIS for University of South Carolina. Monroe Art Guild
205 South Broad St
Monroe Ga 30655


"Athens Burning" Trailer

Free IT / recycle old computers, monitors, printers, etc.

Do you have a personal computer that is gathering dust? Put it to good use for the community and donate it to Free IT Athens, a 501 (c)(3) (Under Common Ground Athens) non-profit computer support organization. Your tax-deductible computer donation will be refurbished and sold or donated to local individuals or organizations. If your computer cannot be refurbished it will be sold to a regional recycling firm that responsibly recycles e-waste.

We also accept printers and single monitors, mice, keyboards, ethenet cords and other computer parts whether they are working or not.

If you have a personal computer that you would like to donate you may drop it off at our workspace (Action, Inc. Building, 594 Oconee St., 2nd Floor) on Wednesdays from 6-8PM or on Sundays from 1-5PM. If you are an organization with a lot of hardware to donate, please contact us to arrange a pick-up or drop off. For more information, please visit our Web site at http://www.freeitathens.org/donate

Rachel Rotz


Compost Bin sale

Are you interested in taking waste reduction to the next level?

If so, come and purchase a compost bin and recycle - Mother Nature Style.

When: Wednesday, May 5th, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Old ACC Solid Waste Department, 1005 College Avenue
Open to: All
Cost: $45.00 each (cash or check), includes a kitchen pail

All proceeds benefit Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful.

Feel free to contact KACCB with any questions.

Susan L. Reese, Program Assistant
Solid Waste Dept.
706-613-3501 x 309 (office)
706-613-3504 (fax)


Mule Day

Celebrate over 200 years of farm history in Northeast Georgia on May 15, 2010 at the Shields-Ethridge Heritage Farm.

You can:
  • Tour a farm complex that's been cared for by the same family for over 200 years
  • Eat BBQ cooked on site and top it off with homemade ice cream
  • Listen to bluegrass and gospel.
  • Watch demonstrations by craftspeople including blacksmithing, quilting, basket making, and soap making
  • Visit the Georgia Old Time Plow Club mules and wagons
  • See plowing demonstrations with oxen
  • See cornmeal ground at the 1909 grist mill
Mule Day runs from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children. The farm is located near Arcade at 2355 Ethridge Road, Jefferson, Georgia. The complex is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

I'm not sure about gospel music, but I'd do almost anything for barbecue. This could be a cultural experience for me if I go since I'm a couple generations removed from the agrarian experience. It will probably look like more fun than my grandfather actually had working on a Jackson County farm, though.


Free plant swap & park weeding opportunity

Join the Oconee Rivers Audubon Society for the following event on Thursday at the Sandy Creek Nature Center:

The Memorial Park Weed Warriors, an all-volunteer project, are tackling the severe exotic pest plant invasion at Memorial Park, Athens' only forested urban park. Linda Chafin, Conservation Botanist at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, in cooperation with Sue Wilde and Dorothy O'Niell, leaders of the Memorial Park forest
restoration project, will talk about the success of the project, including recruiting hundreds of volunteers from throughout Northeast Georgia, eradicating English ivy, Chinese privet, and bush honeysuckle from 3.5 acres, and planting more than 40 native plants purchased with the ORAS conservation grant.

Come before the meeting to enjoy our annual FREE PLANT SWAP! Bring your favorite native garden plants and exchange them with plants other people bring. Don't have anything to bring yourself? That's alright, come and see what we have!

The meeting, which is open to the public, will begin at 7:00 p.m. on
Thursday May 6 in
the ENSAT Building at Sandy Creek Nature Center. For additional information, contact President Vanessa Lane at president@oconeeriversaudubon.org or visit us at


David Donovan lecture at the UGA Main Library

The UGA Libraries invite you to please join us tomorrow to hear author David Donovan, a triple graduate of UGA, speak about Murphy Station, his new memoir about the American South, at 4 p.m. on April 28 in the Reading Room of the Main Library. Donovan, the pen-name of scientist and professor emeritus Terry Turner, is also the author of Once a Warrior King: Memories of an Officer in Vietnam.


The audit (a play)

I realize this is not Athens, but nearby... ;-)

This weekend and next week, the Cold Sassy Players of Commerce GA will be featuring "The Audit". This is the next in the series of plays following the comedic misadventures of the Lumpkin Family. The showtimes are

Saturday (May 1st) - 2pm & 7pm
Monday (May 3rd) - 7pm
Tuesday (May 4th) - 7pm
Wednesday (May 5th) - Sorry, no performances on Cinco de Mayo
Thursday (May 6th) - 7pm
Friday (May 7th) - 7pm.

All performances will be held at the Commerce Cultural Center in downtown Commerce. You can purchase your tickets at the door prior to the performance.
btw, for more info: Commerce Cultural Center 706.335.2954

Shinholser suspends Mayoral campaign

"Today, I am announcing that I will be suspending my campaign for Mayor of Athens Clarke County. Though I am stepping aside as a candidate, I will continue my involvement with the citizens of Athens, and will do my best to make sure that the right candidate is selected in November." http://brandon2010.com/04-26-10.html


North campus squirrel with rat tail

After much trying, I was able to get a picture of the often sighted squirrel with the deformed tail. This was taken with my iPhone so I couldn't get a zoom on it. I'll bring my camera and try to get a better close up of it. The squirrel's tail isn't hairless like a rats, it just has a real thin coating of hair with a little tuft at the end. Not at all a bushy tail. I don't know if it's genetic or environmental. Check it out.


UGA's online directory

Does anyone understand what changes have been implemented for the University of Georgia's online directory of faculty, staff, and students? The appearance is obviously different, and the information that appears is different. And, apparently, the data is different. Out of curiosity I searched my last name -- and found myself appearing in a record that had dropped off years ago. Very curious.

Bird feeder sale

Campus Cats will have a booth at the Mustang Market at Colham Ferry Elementary School in Watkinsville this Saturday 4/24 from 8 AM until 2 PM. This will be a great time to shop for Mom's Day! We'll have our tea cup and copper bird feeders, tea cup candles, cat toys, dog biscuits and homemade jewelry for sale to raise money for Campus Cats.
Address is 191 Colham Ferry Road, Watkinsville, GA 30677


Famous Library Staff Assoc Book/DVDs Sale

Hear ye, hear ye!
Twice a year, the UGA Libraries Staff Association (LSA) conducts a one-day sale of books and media donated by UGA Libraries employees. In recent years, these sales have been joined by a LSA-sponsored Bake Sale, a sort of twofer, a Feed Your Mind/Feed Your Body construct. The proceeds are generally split between the LSA (funds to support our various LSA programs) and a local charitable concern. This time, our local partner is Nuci's Space, a worthy cause serving local body and mind.
WHAT: LSA Library Vernal Book Sale
WHEN: Thursday, April 22, 2010, from 9:30 AM until 3:30 PM (or so)
WHERE: Main Library Atrium, Beautiful North Campus
WHY: Because We Love to Read.....and Eat.....

The pricing structure for the sale will be as in ages past.
Mass Market Paperbacks are .50,
Trade Paperbacks are .75,
Hardbacks are $1.00,
Audio CDs are $3.00,
and VHS/DVD/Computer Games are $5.00.

There will also be a few ARC/signed copies of mystery novels available at a premium price. Come prepared to wheel and deal (and also to accept the fixed prices graciously if that's how it sorts out).

[btw, in case you were wondering about the "various LSA programs" -- LSA supports the UGA Library staff through social events, charity involvement, and other events (such as health forums). The UGA Libraries staff as a whole have done quite a bit of volunteer work over the years, much of it coordinated and/or sponsored by LSA including roadside trash pickup "adopt a highway", building a habitat house, sponsoring families at Christmas, and fundraising for various local charities, in addition to more social activities as hosting a library staff bowling team...]