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Think about it: I received this suggestion and thought it was worth sharing. Those of you who have automatic key-ring device that locks, unlocks and sets the alarm on your car, here’s a useful tip. Keep your keys with the auto-lock next to your bed. During the night, if you hear someone breaking into your house, activate the button that sets off your car alarm. Watch the burglar run! Keep your thumb on that same button when you leave a store. If you suspect someone is coming up behind you, possibly to rob you, hit the button. Your car alarm will scare them off and draw the attention of security personnel.  

Caring people: For some time now, the dock at Rec 1 in Lake George has been in need of repair and upgrading. Styrofoam floats are now illegal and our floating dock needed to be upgraded. But because more than half of the people living in Lake George do not pay their maintenance fee — a mere $60 a year — there was no money for this kind of project. Thankfully,  14 men took it upon themselves to replace our outdated dock. Within three days, we had a new dock with upgraded materials. Thank you Jim Alford, Royce Ashcraft, David Brown, Buck Floyd, Malcolm Johnson, Joe Martin, John Miles, Randy Miles, Gary Patrick, Cabelle Robles, Danny Robles, Chris Terrell, David Teston and Richard White. The new dock looks great and I know, without your free labor, the POA would never have been able to afford to hire this done. Good job!

What’s blooming? I don’t know about your yard, but I have lots of day lilies, gerbera daisies, gladiolas, trumpet vine, October rose, oleander, Russian sage, lantana, butterfly weed and zinnias blooming. In my garden, I am picking cucumbers, okra and tomatoes daily. I hope you are taking my advice about planting things in your yard that produce fruit. My kumquat trees are loaded with blooms right now and my pink grapefruit tree has about 40 young fruit on it. My fig trees are also full of fruit and my fry and cowart grape scuppernongs should yield a heavy bounty. I’ve been pulling sweet carrots for weeks now and my sweet 100 tomatoes have put out a hefty lot. I’ve been riding around Lake George at our recreation areas and picking and freezing lots of wild black cherries. I’m going to combine them with my elderberries when they are ready. The juice is very similar. It should make some delicious jelly. A neighbor recently gave me five seeds from a fern that has been in his family for more than 100 years. I planted them and, out of the five, three have produced beautiful plants. How lacy and pretty they are. I have a whole plant tier devoted to nothing but native plants — beautyberry, black cherry, oak leaf hydrangea, devil’s walking stick, wax myrtle, maple, oxalis, passion fruit, tulip oak and sparkleberry. I will have these exhibited at Coast Fest in Brunswick this fall.  

Reflections on BRAG: Little did I know that 28 years after I had this brainstorm to start a bike ride across Georgia, it would still be going. This year, for the second time, they came through Hinesville. As I walked around incognito, I couldn’t help but notice the drastic changes in attire. When we set out in 1980, we wore tank tops, Bermuda shorts, socks and tennis shoes. Now I saw lycra biking shorts, nylon biking tops, “clip shoes” and biking gloves. They would probably make fun of our 3-, 10- and 12-speed bikes today. I saw 15 -and 27-speed bikes, as well as the sophisticated recumbents, costing thousands of dollars compared to our $200 speeds. I gave my welcome speech at Grayson Stadium on June 16 to a roaring applause and flashing cameras. I wasn’t used to that. The highlight of my day was a 9-year-old-boy from Fort Worth, Texas, coming up to me with his family and showing me a book he wrote about BRAG and about me, someone he had never met. He promised me a copy of it. My satisfaction was knowing this ride brings in hundreds of thousands of dollars in tourist money every year and that those who come from other states get to see one of the most beautiful places in the world, Georgia!  

Recycle: I know we haven’t had much rain this season, but here’s something you need to do. Put out all the buckets you have. When it does rain, use the rainwater to water your plants. This conserves water and the rainwater is much better than city water for your plants. Put Miracle Gro in the buckets, so mosquitoes won’t breed in them. Your plants will flourish.

Mark your calendars:
July 7: Yard sale at PoJo’s in Midway, next to Ida Mae & Joe’s.
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