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Sightings:  There is a huge piece of property being cleared on Martin Road in Midway. Wish they had called me to check the plants and trees first. And the property on Butler Avenue across from Dollar General looks great! It has been cleared, but at least they saved all the pretty trees. I also noticed that the trailer that had been pushed in the woods on Highway 17 is now being dismantled. The 90 days has expired, so let's hope the owner hauls off what is left, including the trailer frame. Hats off to all of you who received letters citing your property as "eyesores" who and have cleaned up everything.

Great American Cleanup: Hats off to Woodland Lakes and their new Beautification Chairman Phyllis Griffin for all the hard work she and her "posse" did on the 12th. New beds of flowers were created, beds weeded, everything cut and weeded at the clubhouse, pine straw put down and everything watered real good. Much thanks goes out to Charlene and Dave Schmidt, Bruce and Cathy Wilds, Eugene and Shirley Taylor, Dave and Joann Whatley, Alyce Knaflich, John Griffin and Shirley Tapley for making the day a success. It was a good turnout and everyone got lunch and a nice T-shirt. Please call Phyllis if you have anything you can donate to the committee. You can reach her at the clubhouse at 884-3401. Plans are in the works for a big yard sale in the fall.  

Falling on deaf ears: Jimmy Darsey hit the nail on the head with his comment, "Liberty County is suffering from a vacuum of leadership." My friend Otis Amison has tried to help our commissioners time and time again, either by securing grants that they never took advantage of or making suggestions for a new place for people to put their boats in and have a fishing pier on a piece of property they already own at Jones Creek Park and each time they either exclude him from their plans, going behind closed doors or just plain ignoring him. If they had taken his suggestion about Jones Creek, it would have saved the county taxpayers $1.5 million. I've said it before and I'll say it again and again.

Midway Art Festival: Don't forget the 3rd annual Art Festival in Midway on the grounds of the old Midway Church. It's tomorrow from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Admission and parking are free. You won't want to miss this one folks!

Help yourself when it comes to property taxes: Ask a local real estate agent for recent sales prices of similar homes in your neighborhood to compare to your assessment. Prices may be far lower than what your county thinks your house is worth. Visit the assessor's office to see your property tax card, checking to make sure all information is correct, and comparing it to those of similar homes in your neighborhood. Bring addresses you want to compare yours with. If you're paying more than your neighbors, this will help with an appeal. As a last resort, hire an appraiser and match his figure with your tax bill.

Recycle, Recycle, Recycle: Support manufacturers who do "take-back" programs, like Dell and Hewlett-Packard that re-purpose old products. Go to sites like MyBoneYard.com, GreenPhone.com and eBay's trade-in site, eBay.EZ.tradein.com which will pay you or give you reward points to put towards your new purchases when you turn in your old computer, cell phone or PDA in working condition. Schools and non-profits often use "retired" gadgets. ReCellular.com helps consumers donate old cell phones. Freecycle.org connects donors with recipients to reduce landfill waste and strengthen communities. If it's broken and you can't reuse it, donate it or freecycle it, then head to Earth911.com. They'll give you drop-off locations to recycle your e-waste. It's not easy being green.

Sunday supper in strawberry patch:  I hope you called Bamboo Farm and got your tickets to a great supper at the Pavilion at the Bamboo Farms with a delicious strawberry sundae as dessert. The fun begins at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 27.

Tim to take action: Well, I received a disturbing e-mail from our county code enforcer stating that all of the junk across the street from me, being hauled here from Savannah for the past four years is quite legal. Since when is piling up junk, rotten wood, trailers full of junk, a huge metal container, ceiling fans, windows, doors, you-name-it, legal? Our commissioner says it's OK. But he also allowed five pigs into our community two years ago as a "school project." I would invite anyone to come and look at it and tell me if you'd like to look at it 24/7. Well, it's time for us to take action. Our property values are deteriorating because our commissioners live in their own little world and could care less about Lake George. Speak up and let them know how you feel. I will be circulating a petition soon and this lot with all of its junk will get cleaned up, one way or another. Why don't we all join together, haul it all to Pat Bowen's yard, and dump it. If it's OK with him, then he shouldn't mind all of it in his front yard. I've supported our Pat for years and patted him on the back for all that he has done for us, only to be stabbed in the back now. Believe me, folks, the people of Lake George are not happy right now with our leadership.

Huge yard sale:
The public is invited to come browse through treasures from around the world at the Club Stewart parking lot on Fort Stewart Army Base tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Maps will be given out directing patrons to the yard sale sites. Don't miss this one folks.
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