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a FONSI (Finding of No Significant Impact) certificate for the land in and around the new airport site off Jackscon Road from the Environmental Protection Agency, it is officially ready to move forward with land acquisition. Though the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will fund 90 percent of the purchase of the land, it is a reimbursement program requiring local entities to first purchase the land. Local banks have agreed to loan the Airport Author-
ity the estimated $12-14 million it will take to purchase the land at a two percent interest rate, but require the city and county governments to agree to back the loan. The Authority presented facts and figures regarding the loan and the projected revenue of the new airport to a joint city and county commission meeting on Monday, June 17. City and county governments would be responsible for roughly $240,000 in interest per year ($120,000 each if split evenly), for the six-year span of the loan, according to Airport Authority Chairman and City Commissioner Dick Mor-
There are several options that could offset the 10 percent local match and the interest of the loan, according to Griffin Mayor and Airport Authority Secretary Joanne Todd. As soon as the city and county commit to the new airport by purchasing land, the FAA will begin 90 percent reimbursement of the approximately $800,000 already spent on site selection and environmental studies. In addition to that credit, if the FAA agrees to designate the walking track and the Kiwanis grounds nonessential to aviation (releasing it from the grant assurances
and rent regulations), the county can save money on renting the airport park, and the Kiwanis rental or purchase payments would go directly into the Airport Authority Fund. In addition to these revenues during the construction of the new airport, once completed and operations are transferred from the old to the new airport, “We can then sell or lease buildings and land as business dictates and use the money to reimburse city and county and/or handle expenses in opening new facility,” said Morrow, who reports that the estimated value of the current airport is somewhere between $8
and $10 million. The estimated total cost of the new airport is $60 million, of which $54 million will be reimbursed by the FAA. These reimbursed funds, Airport Director Robert Mohl pointed out during the presentation, come from an FAA account earmarked for airport development and funded from airport transportation fees. If land acquisition begins this year, the transfer of operations is estimated to happen in 2019 or 2020. The Airport Authority presented the outcomes of the four options regarding the airport: stay at current
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he Griffin Police Dehas implemented a new aspect to its Uniform Patrol Division in the form of a Bicycle Patrol. Comprised of eight officers, including two from each of the four shifts, the unit will initially patrol the downtown district, also known as Zone 5. According to Patrolman Larry Wright, who heads up the new unit, much training was undertaken prior to the first street patrol last week. “They have a very active Bicycle Unit at the Columbus Police Department and they agreed to come down and train our officers,” he said. The training, which was facilitated by Instructor Felix
Remigio, consisted of both classroom instruction and practical application skills. The eight GPD Bicycle Patrol personnel, including Officers Wright, Fletcher, Earls, Jordan, Cardell, Dorsey, Buchanan and Storm, underwent intensive field training. “As for field training, we did several obstacle courses. We learned power sliding and quick or fast braking. We also had to learn the proper technique for falling,” Wright said, explaining that this will minimize the risk of severe injury in the event an officer is forced to lay down their bike. “The cone courses that we went through were designed to teach us to maneuver in tight spaces, such as parking lots, alleys and sidewalks. We also had to
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Brett Boyer, son of Gloria and Chris Boyer of Brooks, completed his Eagle Scout project by erecting a flag pole at Brightmoor Hospice. The pole was dedicated in a ceremony on Flag Day, Friday, June 14, 2013. Representative John Yates participated in the ceremony by donating a Georgia State Flag. Brett is a member of Troop 118, sponsored by Brooks United Methodist Church. He dedicated the flag pole to all Brightmoor Hospice patients who have died and were veterans.
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s our elderly population grows, approximately one in eight Americans over 65 have been or will be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks. However, research indicates that early intervention helps to slow decline in memory. This disease poses real challenges for not only the person diagnosed but also to those who assume caregiving responsibilities. Reflections, an Alzheimer/Dementia Day Program in Griffin, offers a respite for caregivers while offering interventions for members. Since 1995, Refelctions has offered a structured program that improves a person’s mental, physical and social activity. The program directors, Martha Dennis and Bunny Steinka, work with around eight members daily, offering a one to four ratio. The women are certified by the Alzheimer’s Association and truly have a heart for what
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The statement of interest that Moore refers to is a statement of interest application to become a potential member of a sevenmember volunteer citizen body that would make up an Environmental Council, whose duties will include “advising the Board of Commissioners on policies and procedures that the city may pursue to protect and preserve Griffin’s natural resources for future generations,” according to the application. It sounds a little complicated, but it’s actually easier than it appears and will be an important part of Griffin development, according to Moore. “We are setting up a sevenmember citizen advisory body that will advise the city council on any issues related to environmental stability, such as energy policies, community gardening – anything that relates to making Griffin an environmentally stable community,” Moore said. The idea for an Environmental Council came out of a combination of the existing duties and goals of the City of Griffin Tree Board and the Watershed Advisory Council. While both groups favor environmental changes and local legislation aimed at improving the appearance and environment of the city, creating an Environmental Council will
f 4-H member Ashley ever had any doubts about wanting to become a criminal prosecutor after she graduates high school in five years, a recent trip to the Spalding County Courthouse put her doubts to rest. Hodo and at least 14 other 4-H youth spent a full week visiting different businesses, city and county officials and locations around Griffin and Spalding County, including the Spalding County Courthouse, where the 4-Hers participated in a mock judicial trial inside one of the courtrooms. “Going to the courthouse I got a feeling of the environment I might be in. It was kind of cool, seeing how they work and the processes that they have to follow,” Hodo said. That’s exactly the idea behind the Youth in Governance program, which put them inside the courthouse and the other locations. The program, coordinated out of The University of Georgia’s Spalding County Extension Office, has been taking place each year for at least seven years, according
to Cherry Hovatter with the Spalding County Extension Office. “It’s a leadership program where we take some aspects of the Citizens Government Academy and the Griffin-Spalding Leadership Program,” Hovatter explained. “The purpose is to learn about the county government and show the different aspects of the community and how it all works together. These are things that they can and will be able to do as citizens.” Locations visited during the week by the group included businesses such as Safe House Coffee and Bandag; government offices and institutions such as the Spalding County Courthouse, the Spalding County Correctional Institution, the Griffin Fire Station and the Griffin Police Department
and supporting businesses and institutions such as Spalding Regional Hospital and The University of Georgia, Griffin Campus. “We started out at the County Commissioners and the County Manager to get an overview of what is in government,” Hovatter said. “The group contains 4-H members from all over the county ranging in ages from 13 – 16.” Thirteen-year-old Isabella Rutledge left the Griffin Fire Station with a better understanding and stronger impression of what it takes to do the job of a fire fighter in Griffin and Spalding County each day. “We learned about respect, because when you go to the fire station, you learn that it is a tough job. They dedicate their lives to protect the lives of others,”
provide a more direct line to the City Council and County Commissioners, according to Moore. “What we are hoping with the council is that once we get them off the ground, we are going to try and step back and let them have their own priorities. We don’t want this to be an advisory group where they all sit around and maybe some staff come in and show a PowerPoint presentation. We are really looking at a body who can really give real input into what direction we are going for our natural resources,” Moore stated. The City of Griffin has looked at the City of Decatur as a potential model for Griffin’s Environmental Council and has even had Lena Stevens, with The City of Decatur’s Environmental Sustainability Advisory Board, visit with local officials and city staff members to provide advice on how to set up an Environmental Council that would work equally with city and county officials and local citizens. The City of Griffin has set a deadline of July 1 for application submission for the Environmental Council. After all applications are received, they will be reviewed and seven individuals will be chosen for the Council, which could see its first meeting as early as August, according to Moore. Ω
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airport with no improvements; improve the existing airport; build a new airport; or shut down the airport all together. Closing the current airport without building a new one would require the city and county to pay back the FAA for 20 years worth of grants and 90-95 percent of the current market value, effectively costing $20-25 million. Of these options, staying at the current airport with no improvements is the cheapest, costing $5.5 million in local funds, while building a new airport will cost $6 million in local funds ($7.4 million including the interest of the land acquisition loan). According to the Mohl, the current airport will incur $5 million in deficits over the next 20 years, and will require $500,000 in local funds ($5 million total with FAA 90 percent match) to be spent over the next five years
in infrastructure repairs, “which will not be geared toward any future revenue development,” Mohl said. Projections made by the Michael Baker Corporation (formerly LPA Group) based on six years of current airport budgets and expenditures and FAA reports of aviation industry growth show that a new GriffinSpalding County Airport would turn a profit after 12 years, and make almost $2.4 million in profits in year 20. Also built into the new airport’s profit and loss projections is a line item called “negative balance rollover,” accounting for each year’s operating deficit. The deficits grow slightly each year, peaking in year 10 at $387,157. Each year’s number is placed into the budget as an expenditure for the next year, because the Airport Authority plans to pay the city and county back. For example, the opening year's deficit is projected to be $107,231, which the authority will pay back to the city and county the next year. As the presentation on June 17 came to
a close, several commissioners asked questions or commented upon the airport, including Bart Miller, who asked why the airport couldn’t be placed on the 2014 ballot. “I believe people elected me to study the issue and make an informed decision. The average person out there who hasn’t seen all this… hasn’t had the ability to make this decision. I feel I’ve done the homework and the decision is my responsibility,“ Morrow replied. Before calling for an adjournment, County Commission Chairperson Gwen FlowersTaylor said, “I’m married to this project. I may not be around to see the first airplane fly, but it’s something I hope I’m going to do for the future. I think that we are trying to do our homework and we are a group of people that have a vision for what can help us move forward... None of my constituents have called me about this, but I think they expect me to do what I think is the right thing, and usually the right thing costs money.”
In a later interview with The Grip, Mohl commented, “It is a hard thing to do…. All of this – trying to convince people to build a new airport and why, and the numbers behind it is a hard thing to do. But I can promise one thing. If you don’t do it, you will continue to spend money, and not get a return on that money,” Mohl said. No vote was taken at the joint meeting, though Morrow said after the meeting, “We have a consensus on the concept, which gives us the impetus to now engage the lawyers.” The next step, he said, is to legally structure the loan to create the definitive paperwork needed; repayment schedules, city and county agreements, and the Airport Authority’s role will be defined so that the complete package can be voted upon. “The devil is always in the details, and I want commissioners to have all the details and required paperwork when they are asked to vote,” Morrow said. Ω
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At the Griffin Senior Center, the Spalding County Parks and Recreation Department offers ceramics classes for all ages. The shelves inside one of the rooms of the center are filled with rows of bisque ware.
Easels and paint brushes are common at 'stache studio, a “public arts studio” that fosters creativity and new ideas from persons who normally wouldn’t think of themselves as artists, according to Jessica Gregory, ‘stache studio founder (and Grip publisher). “We like to say we’re a ‘no-experiencerequired’ art studio because our business model is to foster creativity within people who would never consider themselves ‘artists’, Gregory said. “Of course, artists are welcome here as well, but our goal is to get people who think ‘I can’t paint’ to leave with a painting
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“What we do here is artistic, but you don’t have to be artistic to do this program,” Diana Clark, Ceramics Supervisor with the Parks and Recreation Department stated. “We can teach you the techniques you need. It’s therapy. It’s very relaxing. You’re not just making the piece; you’re making a memory.” Ceramics classes are Tuesdays from 5 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 11a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Classes are so popular that there is a waiting list for potential participants, according to Clark. “People come in all the time and most say ‘Oh, my aunt had one of those on the shelf when I was growing up,” Clark said. “Not everybody is 50 and older. We are not restricted by age limit. We allow anyone to participate. We have children who come in with their parents or sister. I think it’s a good thing, because they are exposed to this at such an early age. Children do not have as much to hold them back. They’re game for anything.” For more information, visit www. spaldingparksandrec.com or call 770467-4750.
The Rock Ranch will celebrate the Fourth of July on Saturday, June 29. Celebrate America is an annual patriotic event, 14 years running. This event features arguably the brightest fireworks show in the state, as there is little to no light pollution on the ranch. Gates open at 5 p.m. and cost will be $25 per family vehicle, with an admission price including attractions and entertainment. Attractions will close at 8:30 p.m. to begin a concert and prepare for the fireworks display.
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they are proud to have accomplished.” At ‘stache studio, birthdays are celebrated, painting parties take place and children and parents have been known to spend a day together painting a project or coming up with ideas for brush and canvas. “We provide everything you need to paint - canvas, brushes, paints, aprons, easels - and an instructor is painting along with you, showing and coaching you through the painting," Gregory said. “When I originally pitched this business idea to my husband, he was convinced that people would paint once or twice and not come back because they had already had the experience. We have actually found that the opposite is true for the most part - we have many ‘regulars’ that had never painted before and are now hooked because they found their inner creativity.” With organizations such as the Griffin Area Arts Alliance, ‘stache studio, courses at the Senior Center and multiple other artistic opportunities, it is clear that the Griffin-Spalding County area can easily be classified as a local artistic hub. “I think that Griffin is more culturerich than most citizens believe it to be," Gregory said. "We have the Camelot Theater and Main Street Players, the Griffin Area Concert Association, and the Griffin Choral Arts, and local businesses presenting events such as the Doc Holliday Beer Festival and Summer Concert Series, which I think add to our community’s cultural development,” Gregory said. For more information regarding 'stache studio, visit www. stachestudio.net or call 770-229-6599. Ω
Griffin's First Assembly of God will celebrate Independence Day on July 3, with family festivities starting at 5 p.m. and a concert featuring the Katinas at 7 p.m. Fireworks will follow the concert, all held on the First Assembly grounds.
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Encouraging creativity and artistic ideas is also part of the classes behind the First United Methodist Church Christian Enrichment Center, which offers artistic classes such as culinary courses and sewing camps. “We do usually run art classes throughout the year, but we are not offering any this summer,” Jennifer Vining, Director of the FUMC Christian Enrichment Center,” said. “We offer other courses, too. We have coming up on July 8 on how to prepare a healthy dinner, while one night you will prepare a dish from China and another night you can make a dish from France. We are also running camps this summer for kids.” “The camps are geared to kids, and the culinary courses are geared toward 15 and older,” Vining stated. “The classes help to enhance knowledge of the skills that are offered within the camps. You see results immediately. They are very popular. As of right now, the camps in July have openings varying from five spots to seven spots in each camp. “ For more information about the Chris-
The Griffin/Spalding Chamber of Commerce, working with The City of Griffin and the Military Affairs Committee, will hold its traditional Fourth of July Parade on Thursday, July 4th, at 10 a.m. The route will begin around the Chick-fil-A area on Taylor Street and continue to the 5th Street area. The parade will have multiple representations from within the city, including churches, civic organizations and law enforcement officials, according to Bonnie Pfrogner with the Chamber of Commerce. The Griffin Bicycle Coalition invites all children and adults to decorate their bikes in front of Destiny Fitness at 9 a.m. and then ride with the organization in the parade. All children age 10 and under will receive a silver dollar.
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The City also plans a fireworks display at the Kiwanis Fairgrounds at dusk. This year the fireworks will be presented by Woodstock-based company Pyrotecnico. The Griffin Fire Department will be overseeing the fireworks display as both city representatives and safety inspectors, according to City of Griffin Fire Inspector James Clinkscales. Ω
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LIFESTYLES The Paleo Diet: Just another craze or can it work?
he Paleo diet (aka PaDiet, Caveman Diet, Stone Age diet, and Warrior Diet) experts say all we need to do is eat like our “Stone Age ancestors” to be healthy. The plan centers around eating plants and wild animals similar to what cavemen are presumed to have eaten around 10,000 years ago. Basically, if the cavemen didn’t eat the food then you shouldn’t be eating it. Caveman only hunted, fished, or gathered: therefore their foods were in the meat, fish, shellfish, poultry, eggs, vegetable, root, fruit and berry category. There were no grains, no dairy, no legumes (beans or peas), no sugar, no salt. The premise of the Paleo Diet is that our bodies are genetically programmed to eat like our Paleolithic ancestors. Supporters of the diet claim it “biologically appropriate” for humans to eat this way, with the proper balance of nutrients to promote health and reduce the incidence of chronic diseases. According to Loren Cordain, PhD, Colorado State University professor and author of The Paleo Diet, it is a very healthy diet. “Clinical trials have shown that the Paleo Diet is the optimum diet that can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, blood pressure,
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Cordain says our “genetic makeup (DNA) has not really adapted to these foods, which can cause inflammation at the cellular level and promote disease.” On one hand, when following this way of eating, supporters are stating it encourages more fruits and vegetables and cutting out added sugar and sodium, which aligns with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The combination of plant foods and a diet rich in lean protein can help control blood sugar, regulate blood pressure, contribute to weight loss and prevent Type 2 diabetes. Some other added benefits from the diet can be rich in soluble fiber, antioxidant vitamins, phytochemicals, omega-3 fatty acids, monounsaturated fat, and low in carbohydrates. Unfortunately, a typical Paleo Diet also exceeds the Dietary Guidelines for daily fat, saturated fat, and protein intake and falls short on carbohydrate recommendations, according to a review from U.S. News & World Report. With the elimination of whole grains, legumes and dairy, supplementation is necessary. These foods are nutrientrich and contain important vitamins and minerals such as calcium, and vitamin D. Starting this diet can possibly result in an elevated
cholesterol, increased risk for heart disease and certain types of cancer if not choosing the right choices for meats. Finally, a true Paleolithic diet can be impossible to imitate because wild game is not readily available. Most modern food is cultivated rather than wild, and meats are domesticated, therefore, supporters suggest eating organic plant foods, wild-caught fish, and grass-fed meats because they’re closer to the nutritional quality of the foods of our ancestors, which can lead to more expensive shopping costs. My Professional Opinion: Do we have to eliminate entire food groups such as grains and dairy to cure diseases like diabetes and Crohn’s? Most likely not. The problem with Americans diet is excess and too large of portions. Should people be eating a huge plate of pasta and nothing else? Obviously not. I want to see a reasonable portion of pasta with some lean meat and vegetables that is not a potato or corn source. We live in a society where we first have to think about the price. Grains, dairy and beans are a great inexpensive nutritional source and when portioned correct you can manage proper health and nutrition. Ω
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his week, we celIndependence Day with fireworks, sparklers, picnics and parades. Amidst the hoopla, though, it’s always important to reflect on the many freedoms we enjoy in this country. And as an individual, you may want to use the occasion to think of another type of independence you’d like to enjoy — financial independence. In some ways, we are living in a time when attaining financial freedom is more difficult than it has been for quite a while. We’re still recovering from the bursting of the housing bubble and the lingering effects of the Great Recession. Furthermore, wage stagnation is a real problem. In fact, median income for workingage households — those headed by someone under
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age 65 — actually slid 12.4 percent from 2000 to 2011. Taken together, these factors certainly impose challenges on anyone seeking to become financially independent and eventually enjoy a comfortable retirement. Still, you need to do everything you can to put yourself on the path to financial independence. For starters, make full use of whatever resources are available to you. If you have a 401(k) or similar retirement plan at work, try to contribute as much as you can possibly afford — and every time you get a raise in salary, increase your contributions. At the very least, put in enough to earn your employer’s matching contribution, if one is offered. Also, within your 401(k) or similar plan, choose an in-
vestment mix that offers you the chance to achieve the growth you will need to make progress toward the type of retirement lifestyle you’ve envisioned. In addition to contributing to your 401(k), you can also take advantage of another retirement account: a traditional or Roth IRA. Like a 401(k), a traditional IRA grows tax deferred, while a
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Roth IRA can grow tax free, provided you meet certain conditions. Plus, you can fund your IRA with virtually any type of investment, including stocks, bonds, certificates of deposit and Treasury securities. What else can you do to help yourself move toward financial independence? For one thing, don’t become dependent on “hot tips” or other questionable financial advice about The Next Big Thing in the investment world from socalled experts who often have poor prognostication records. Even more importantly, though, their advice may simply be inappropriate for your needs and risk tolerance. Finally, consider these two suggestions: Maintain adequate liquidity and keep your debt levels as low as possible. By having enough cash reserves to cover unexpected costs, such as a major car repair or a new air-conditioning unit, you won’t have to dip into your long-term investments. And by keeping your debt payments down, you’ll have a stronger cash flow, which means you’ll have more money available to save and invest for your future. Each one of these suggestions will require a commitment on your part, along with a clear focus on your goal of financial independence — there just aren’t any “short cuts.” But with a consistent effort, you can keep moving along on your journey toward your own Financial Independence Day. Ω
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Monitoring your blood pressure Keep your eyes on the fruit get the sensor in the right Question: I have a blood pressure
problem that I want to monitor carefully. I take two medications that sometimes make me feel sluggish, and I worry about drug interactions. What do you suggest for watching my pressure at home? irst, congratulations on spot-- on the thumb side of the wrist for the wrist type. Usually there will be an arrow pointing to where the sensor is to help you align it properly. You should also take your pressure at roughly the same time each day just as you take your medication at the same time every day. Rest your forearm on a dining table to place it at about mid-chest level. Relax as it gets the reading. Write down the pressure and heart rate with the date and time of day to keep a good record. You may want to take three readings 3 to 5 minutes apart and average them. Even after all the Lynyrd Skynyrd, Van Halen, Yes, and Jethro Tull I have heard over the years, I trust my ears better than any electronic device. I recommend getting a live person to help you periodically with a manual sphygmomanometer to be sure you are getting good, consistent readings from your electronic device. If you have a relative who can take your pressure for you, that is ideal. I am always happy to check your pressure for you at no charge any time I am in the office. Just call Karen or drop by. I can also help you choose a good monitoring device. There is wide variability in quality and reliability of these devices, so the choice is not always about price. Ω
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own health! Regular blood pressure checks are a good idea, especially when you are under treatment. It is a big help to your doctor or nurse practitioner who is caring for you. Indirect blood pressure monitoring is done with a tourniquet cuff that is inflated tight enough to stop blood flow into an extremity so that the pressure can be measured as the cuff is released and normal blood flow is restored. This can be done with a stethoscope and a sphygmomanometer (the inflatable cuff ). It is very awkward for you to do this by yourself at home, however, as the majority of people only have two hands at most. Placing the cuff properly onto yourself is hard enough, but then you have to inflate the cuff with one hand while holding the stethoscope over the right spot. After a few attempts and some verbal expressions of frustration, and perhaps some elevation of the pressure you want to assess, you might want to move to the next option. This brings me to the electronic blood pressure cuffs. They are much less fun than having a nurse to it because they do not make conversa-
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tion with you like a nurse might, but they can be used at your convenience, and that means a lot to you. And, they are less expensive than a nurse. Two models of these are available. One uses a cuff that goes around the arm above the elbow. The other wraps around the wrist. The two types get readings from different arteries, but each is calibrated to get accurate readings when properly used. The wrist model of sphygmomanometer is much easier to use when you are applying it yourself. It can be done with one hand quickly with practice, and it is easier to get the sensor in the right place consistently . Ease of use is important for you because if it is complicated or difficult to use, you are less likely to use it at all or get accurate readings when you do use it. There are some important things to remember to get the most accurate readings with this kind of instrument. You must be very careful to
bout a year ago, my husband and I the decision to purchase the home he grew up in on a farm in Pike County. That plan finally came to fruition two months ago. It’s been a long year of preparation. A long two months of renovation, and the longest two weeks of moving and getting settled in. We have both been exhausted. There have been some awesome moments along the way paired with glitches as well. We’ve had to prepare both mentally for the transition and physically for the labor the farm requires. But, we haven’t quit. We’ve kept our eyes on the reward, not the labor. When David was told that if he would slay a giant, his reward would be a beautiful wife and his family would never have to pay taxes for the rest of their lives, his response was, “Heck yeah!” (Translated loosely, of course.) In order to obtain the reward, he had to keep his eye on that reward. Had he focused on the battle, he would have surely felt weak, intimidated, and defeated. He probably would have even given up. But, he didn’t. In Deuteronomy, Moses sent spies in to see if the land promised to them was as wonderful as he had been told. They picked some of its fruit and brought it back to us. And they reported, ‘The land the Lord our God has given us in indeed a good land.’ (Deuteronomy 1:25) However, there were also giants in the land to conquer. Even still, they kept their eyes on the fruit.
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Kris and I keep telling ourselves the farm wasn’t built in a day. We keep reminding ourselves how to eat an elephant: one bite at a time. We keep refusing to dread the labor and the battle. Dreading makes everything worse. My grandfather used to always say, “It’s worse to dread something you have to do when just doing it is bad enough.” In other words, nothing is going to change that commitment. That thing. Those obligations. That battle. Not if you want the reward. And, dreading makes the doing them that much harder. So, we take one bite at a time. Whatever battle you are fighting, keep your eyes on the fruit. Don’t stop. Don’t quit. And, take one bite, one moment, at a time. Ω For more columns by Dusty, visit www.dustytakle.com.
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vorite songs or other music exercises such as “Name That Tune.” The last hour of the day may include table games, cooking or a party for a birthday or other occasion. Segments of movies or music tapes may be used for the last few minutes to relieve anxiety that may occur as members of the group start to leave. The program also offers a support group for caregivers every third Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Senior Center. “Caregivers are often able to attend sessions because their loved one is at the Reflections Center during that time,” states Steinka. One of the most important principles of the program is to offer the members respect. “I really felt that Alzheimer’s patients were not getting the respect they deserved. So often, they are viewed as children, but we must realize that they are adults with a wealth of experiences of knowledge and should be treated with the respect they deserve,” states Dennis. The members form relationships with one another, which are truly necessary. “They communicate spirit to spirit, even when they can’t communicate mind to mind. It is imperative that we minister to them at a spiritual level, and focus on
Sylvia Hollums is parade Grand Marshall
aniel Ham, Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce’s Military Affairs Committee (MAC) announced today that Mrs. Sylvia Hollums has been selected to be the Grand Marshall for Griffin’s annual Fourth of July parade. Ham said about the selection, “It was an overwhelming response to the nomination with one hundred percent of the members present giving her their full endorsement. American Legion Commander Jim King said that he would wager that ”Sylvia has sung for more patriotic activities and programs alone that any other person or groups in the area”. “She has sung patriotic songs solo, duets, trios, quartets and in concert”, whenever and wherever she is needed ”, he added. The Chamber CEO, Bonnie Pfrogner, reminded everyone that she has given up other activities with family and friends for the privilege of performing at our patriotic events. “To her, it is an honor and a joy to sing about America”, she said.
”And, patriotism is one of her highest priorities”, she noted. Allan Imes agreed. ”I have never seen her turn down an invitation to participate in our Veterans Day and Memorial Day programs, even when it was difficult to be there. I have been to other patriotic functions and there is Sylvia, dressed in her red, white and blue, belting out God Bless America or the National Anthem and more likely both, and more”, he said. “if you want to see her get mad, say something bad about America, her ‘Native Land’, as she calls it. In group discussion it was pointed out that Sylvia Wages had grown up around patriotic folks, then married Gary Hollums, a career Air Force Officer, which gave her an extended dose of opportunities to enjoy and display her love of country. It has been a life long endeavor for her. What did her selection as Grand Marshall of the Independence Day parade mean to Sylvia? “When I informed her, she cried!”, Imes said. Ω
their abilities, not their disabilities,” adds Dennis. We hope to spread this message about our members: “Our value lies in who we are and what we have been, not in our ability to recite the recent past,” states Steinka. To enroll a loved one in the program, caregivers should contact the Southern Crescent Gateway at 866-8545652. They can also tour the center by contacting the Reflections center directly. Member prices are set up on a sliding scale, and are open to anyone in the community. Right now, Relections has a dire need for volunteers to pick up member’s lunches at the hospital cafeteria at 11:45 and deliver them to the center on South Hill Street, minutes away, Monday through Friday. “This service may take 20 minutes out of a person’s day, but would benefit the center and its member in a profound way,” states Steinka. The center is also in need of monetary donations, organizations willing to have fundraisers for the program and dominos and big checker sets. “Our state funds have been cut in half, yet we serve twice as many members now,” adds Dennis. To volunteer, offer donations or any other service, please contact either Martha Dennis or Bunny Steinka at 770233-6179. Ω
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Please describe your overall stance regarding the new airport, and perhaps speak to what has delayed the city and county commissions giving their approvals to acquire land. don’t know what it’s goRAYMOND RAY ing to cost. The people are Spalding County District 2 I support going to have to pay on it the new for ten to 12 years, so why airport be- shouldn’t they be allowed to vote on it? Even though cause: 1. The a lot of it will come from the potential FAA – 90 percent – ten perjobs and cent of it is going to have c o m m e r - to come from the public. cial/retail Spalding County has more sales re- to worry about right now sulting in more sales tax than an airport. We have revenues during the con- just about the highest propstruction phase and poten- erty tax in the state, and tial ad valorem taxes, lease we rank 140-something in and other revenues pos- education – near the botsibly resulting in lower tax- tom – so why would people want to come to Spalding payer property taxes. 2. The costly options our County? Those are things community would endure we really need to do someconcerning our current air- thing about. I’ve had a lot port’s past/present/future of calls about the airport and I’ve had one family that upgrades requirements. 3. The potential (not guar- called me and was in favor anteed) revenues that the of the airport and probably new airport may generate 75 from people who wantversus business as usual ed me to vote against it. Am with our current airport I going to vote for somethat has the potential to thing that the people who be self-sufficient, but never elected me don’t want? anything more. There are numerous factors and risks involved in RYAN MCLEMORE: this decision. Information City of Griffin, District 3 My overboth positive and negaall stance tive in the eyes of some of is in favor the citizenry have become of the new blurred due to the lack of airport. I a Comprehensive Business know it is Plan for the new Airport. a some Due to the length of this what dividebate, it is now imperative sive issue, the Airport Authority, City and County governments but after evaluating a great complete a third party com- deal of information, it boils down to one simple idea prehensive business plan. A comprehensive business - that we have to try. We know what might happen plan will: 1. Be Required for any pri- if we don't; we continue down the same path of vate or public financing. 2. Identify all pertinent slow growth that we, as a facts/figures of this project county, have been on for based on third party analy- years. If we do not pursue it, the issue would pass on sis. 3. Provide the citizenry a and fade into the backcomplete road map of all ground, but we (the two planning, construction and Boards) would still be guilty future operations for the of not trying everything we could to spur the industry airport as public record. A comprehensive business and jobs that we say we all plan has to be completed want to bring. With the fedwhich identifies: total air- eral and state government port construction/ equip- reimbursing 90% of the ment costs; all construction cost of a new airport, the financing (Both private & local cost of pursuing a new federal financing); project airport is going to be about financial plan; projected the same cost as maintainrevenues and expenditures ing and updating the curfor construction, start-up rent airport. The risk of tryand first five years of opera- ing is low. Spalding County deserves something first tions. class, and I believe this will be first class. BART MILLER Spalding County District 4 The first thing I’m JOANNE TODD going to City of Griffin District 4 My oversay is that all stance I’m not was really against positioned the airin the port if it OPED arwill help ticle I gave Spalding you MonCounty’s unemployment. I day Afterbelieve it should be voted on by the public. Why do noon at the airport presenpeople think that the vot- tation. I support relocating ers elected them to spend the airport in proximity to millions on an airport? The the Industrial Park. first time I addressed this All projects take time - the issue at a Board of Commis- first phase was the joint sioner’s meeting, it started resolution to hire the LPA out at $50 million, but be- Group to find the area fore I left that night, it was then environmental studies up to $70 million, and now had to be conducted. Then it’s at $60 million. They public hearings required by law and then FAA approval and blessings As I mentioned in my OPED piece - if the T-SPLOST had passed we would be well on our way. It didn’t so that has delayed us. With the establishment of the Airport Authority, that has given us another venue to pursue the building of the new airport. While there have been lots of personal political statements; it is the process that has delayed even buying the land. The Authority had to find financial backing and this has been secured with a local financial institution PTOVIDED (sic) that both city and county boards back a bond pursuit. Hopefully this will happen in the next few months and we should be on our way to securing the land and beginning the relocation. While there is a modicum of political opposition the silent majority of our residents seem to support moving our community into a favorable development environment. As I constantly say - “We have to learn to take the first step in helping ourselves bring jobs and development to Spalding County.” We can do this - and the time has never been more critical.
City of Griffin, At Large I have supported maintaining the existing airport as the “Best Little Airport in G e o rg i a ,” as well as worked towards accomplishing the Board of City Commissioner’s longterm goal of building a new airport in Griffin and Spalding County. The elected officials of the City of Griffin and Spalding County have been able to work together through the first 2 phases of the planning process to identify the future home of the airport and create an airport authority. The authority was challenged to create a business plan that was presented on June 17, 2013 for debate and consideration. I am hopeful that an intergovernmental agreement will be approved in July 2013 supporting the funding of the loan interest expense and permission granting the authority to begin land acquisition, resulting in the completion of construction by 2019.
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all city and county commissioners on City of Griffin District 5 I have sup- Tuesday, June 18 asking for response ported a by Friday, June 21. The responses new busi- printed here are the only ones reprior to press time. Should ness jet ceived Commissioners Shaheer Beyha, Cynf r i e n d l y thia Reid-Ward, Cora Flowers, Rita airport for Johnson, Gwen Flowers-Taylor, or our com- Chipper Gardner respond, we post m u n i t y their responses to our website at from my www.the-grip.net. first day in public office. The reason is simple and factual: The present landlocked G-S airMobile apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry & Windows Phone 7 port runway is only 3701’ long and cannot attract and support business jets learn to do several defen- the profitable segment. sive riding tactics such as Therefore it is perennially riding down stairs, hills and doomed to an operating high curbs.” Capt. Dwayne Jones said deficit and in need of local the newly created unit was tax money subsidy. Why utilizing existing continuously subsidize a formed budgeted funds. losing business model? “It came from the existBusiness jets are where the ing budget of the Police money is! Why not build a Department,” Jones said. new airport with a longer “We’re just relocating some runway and create a profit- of our officers, so there’s no able business? Having the additional staff required for ability to attract business the unit, either.” * jets grows fuel sales, high Another benefit of the dollar hangars, mainte- Bicycle Patrol was the se*with any new install and mention of this ad nance and repair services, lection of a local business – enlarges the tax base and Blue Moon Bicycles – for the www.getbeacon.com | 770-227-3803 creates jobs. Other locally necessary equipment. Jones said PD officials owned and operated Georgia business jet friendly worked closely with Blue airports show substantial Moon owner Lee Russell, profits and feed money into who ensured high-quality local government tax cof- and proper equipment was fers - not drain the coffers! purchased, including not the bikes, but also safeIt’s way past time to change only ty equipment such as helfrom losing money to mak- mets and protective gloves ing money. and eyewear. The slow progress is due Wright said the purpose of mainly to the work needed the unit, which will involve in assembling the data, cre- two officers spending apating a business pro-forma proximately five hours each The Only Portable, Onsite Generator of and financial forecasts, patrolling the downtown Single-Stream Electrolyzed Water. arranging financing, and area, is to not only reduce For decades, repeatedly purchasing costly, toxic chemicals is how we've cleaned and sanitized verifying the overall proj- crime, but enhance commuthe places we live, work and play. ect plan. The federal avia- nity relations, as well. And while greener “The ultimate goal of the tion trust fund and GDOT chemicals, cheaper Bicycle Patrol is to help build finance 90% of the cost, but dispensers, and colored liquids have helped, they locally we must fund 10%. a bridge between the comhave not eliminated the cost, Educating all commission- munity and the Police Derisk, and impracticality of ers on the plan details and partment,” he said, adding chemical systems. that initial reactions have building the consensus to Creating your own cleaner, been positive. “We’ve been when and where you need it, vote for this serious finana good response. is the smart solution. cial commitment must be getting A lot of people have been thorough and complete. waving and smiling to show LET US SHOW YOU HOW GREEN OUR CLEAN IS! This takes time! their support and appreciation.” Ω
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