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Where did 2007 go? It seems hard to believe this is my last column for the year 2007. I would like to wish each and every one of you a safe and prosperous New Year. Remember to go to the tax assessors office and check your property tax card to see if you are being taxed correctly.  Also, make sure if you are a property owner over age 62 that you are getting four exemptions.

Bike Ride Across Georgia: I’m not too thrilled about the route my committee has picked for 2008, as it really does not go “across” Georgia. Participants will start their trek June 7 at Oxford, which is south east of Atlanta. From there, they will veer south west to Griffin, then south to Macon and then spend two nights in Dublin. Then, they will continue on to Hazlehurst, then to Jesup and finally finish up at St. Simon’s Island. If you want to see this incredible sight of thousands of bicycles and tents, they will be at the Wayne County High School in Jesup on the June 13. The ride ends the following day at Neptune Park on St. Simon’s Island.

Get rid of that junk: I picked up a Savannah Pennysaver this past week and found these three ads. “$160 and up for full size junk cars. $130 for mid-size and $100 for small cars. Free pick up.” “I like to buy junk cars and trucks. $100 to $160 and up.  Must have proof of ownership.” “I would like to buy your junk cars. Pay $105 to $165.  Towing free.” So with those ads being made public, there is no reason to have a junk car or trunk in your front or back yard. Pick up this week’s Pennysaver and call one of these people and rid our neighborhood of these eyesores.  

Helpful hints: To keep your potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes. If you accidentally over salt a dish while it is still cooking, drop in a peeled potato and it will absorb the excess salt.  Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting it in the fridge and it will keep for weeks. I’ve heard (but I haven’t tried) that if you have a headache, cut a lime in half and rub it across your forehead and the throbbing will go away. I’ve also heard an Alka Seltzer will cure a urinary tract infection. Honey is supposed to be a natural healer for blemishes. The honey kills the bacteria, keeps the skin sterile and spreads healing. Got a splinter? Dab a drop of Elmer’s Glue over the splinter, let dry and then peel the glue off. The splinter should come right out. Try rubbing a Bounce softener sheet on your dog when he gets that “yucky” smell. Then give him a hug.

The reason for the season: I hope all of you had a great Christmas and were able to be with your families. I was with family four straight days. Now I must not eat for another week.  My thoughts go out to all the military families who were not together. Soon, maybe, they can all come home and we can concentrate on our own country for a while. Too often we get up, start our daily routine and forget to hug those who share our lives. Hugs are special, so don’t be stingy with them. Be thankful for the rain also and all the other blessings we tend to overlook.

Pity the poor animals: Every Thursday I try to buy a Tell-N-Sell magazine to peruse all the items they have for sale and the “wanted” page, but the one section that disturbs me is the pets section.  This past week’s edition had 32 cats and kittens, and 69 puppies and dogs “free to good home.” What happens to these animals when no one claims them? It would seem to me these people would contact the many animal caregivers we have in Chatham, Bryan, Liberty and McIntosh counties and get them adopted out the right way. Most, if not all of these animals, are not spayed or neutered.  What guarantee do the people giving them away have that the new owners will be responsible and take them to a vet?
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