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Children should not drive motorized vehicles
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Another fatal ATV accident: How many more children are going to be killed on these dangerous machines? What responsible parent would allow a child to drive something that is capable of going more than 100 miles per hour? You must be 16 years or older to drive any motorized vehicle, including golf carts, yet every day I see children driving on our streets with no helmets. The 13-year-old from Bloomingdale who was killed last Tuesday was not wearing a helmet.  Be responsible parents, don’t let children drive.

More family fun: On Oct. 25, the Bamboo Farm, Coastal Gardens will hold its 14th annual fall festival from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be plant vendors, arts and crafts, pony rides, a hayride, petting zoo, educational booths and locally grown Halloween pumpkins for sale.  There will be cane grinding and two snack bars, with smoked pork butts for $20 each. The festival is free, but there is a $2 parking fee.  Fall is family fun time.

Rivers Alive in Lake George: On Sunday, Oct. 26, I will put my kayak in the lake, and my trusty “reacher” and I will attempt to clean up litter along the banks. Our lake is 90 acres, so if anyone else would like to join me, give me a call at 884-7555. We can arrange a time to meet at Rec 5. October is Rivers Alive month and all over the country people pick weekends to clean up lakes, rivers, streams, ponds and creeks.

Midway Methodist Church event:
Don’t forget to get tomorrow’s lunch at the Methodist Church in Midway. They will serve up barbecue dinners and sell smoked pork butts.

Nannygoat Beach sweep: My friends, Wally and Kimberly Rouse picked me up at 7 a.m. and we headed to Meridian in McIntosh County to join five others for a beach sweep on Sapelo Island. We didn’t know how many other people would be on the island that day.  There were bird watchers from all around hoping to catch a glimpse of the now local capercaillie, which resembles our local peacock. We boarded the Katie Underwood, a catamaran named for a slave descendant who lived her entire life on Sapelo until she died in 1977.  Joining us was J.D. Daniels of Darien, Lorraine Snyder of Eagle Neck in Townsend, Martha and Dick Lang of Tolamata Island, and Sue Good and Anna Marie Dickinson of St. Simons. We arrived on the island at 9:30 a.m. and were driven to Nannygoat Beach by J.D., our leader for the day.  
Everyone unloaded gear and lunches at the pavilion and we set out to clean up the litter. The sun was shining and we had a good breeze, so there was no heat or bugs to contend with. We arrived back at the pavilion around 11 a.m. to eat lunch, then J.D. took us to Hog Hammock to meet Cornelius Bailey, the island’s “root lady.” Dick treated everyone to cold drinks and ice cream at Ms. Bailey’s famous Hog Trough store. We were then shuttled past the R.J. Reynolds mansion and back to the dock to leave for the mainland.
Once we reached the dock, we saw dozens of hunters in camouflaged outfits, carrying bows and arrows and camping equipment. They were given priority to board the boat, which took some time. They had been there for days, hunting for deer and wild hogs. The wind kicked up on the way back and Dick advised about which side of the boat to sit on when returning. He said a British friend told him this story. The word POSH is supposed to help you know what side of an open boat to sit on when departing and when returning. Port Out, Starboard Home.  That’s one I won’t forget. We brought back two horseshoe crab shells that Kimberly is going to paint blue, since they live on Blue Crab Lane, and some beautiful shells and a piece of driftwood. Wally found two “boogie boards” decorated in bright Hawaiian colors, which he plans to mount on the wall as conversation pieces. We also enjoyed playing with live ghost crabs as there was many holes on the beach that day, denoting mating season. The rain held off until late afternoon. That evening, we all relaxed and watched the rain come down while remembering our beautiful day and the wonderful new friends we made.

Lake George election: We received our notices on Oct. 4 about the upcoming POA election, which gave anyone who wants to run only six days to get their letters of intent mailed in. Mail-in ballots, which I haven’t received as of Oct. 14, have to be in by Oct. 19. My understanding is, that there are four board positions open. Our maintenance dues are only $60 a year and yet so many feel like they don’t need to pay them. I don’t understand how people think we can maintain five rec areas, a boat hoist, six docks, a swimming area, community center and playground without this money. It takes gas and manpower to accomplish this. Lake Jerico’s dues are $200 a year.  Woodland Lakes’ dues are $175 a year. Seems to me that $60 a year is very reasonable.
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