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Project Linus:  In 1995, Karen Loucks of Denver, Colo, read in the paper about a little girl who was taking chemotherapy and how her “blanket” comforted her and helped her through the treatment. Karen enlisted the help of some friends and started making blankets to give to children in stressed situations such as this little girl and others who are in foster care or been victims of domestic violence. They named the organization “Project Linus” after the blanket toting “Linus” from the Peanuts cartoon. The local chapter has about 40 members. This is a nationwide organization. Contact Dr. Amanda Welch at or go on line at  
The national web site is

Melon Bluff: I was privileged to be among the first group to tour the new “Oaking Trail” at Melon Bluff on Saturday. Yes, it was cold but there was plenty of hot coffee available. The trail led directly to the new viewing tower overlooking the river. There were demonstrations depicting life in the colonial period and we learned a lot about the majestic live oak. We were shown how cedar, pine and a regular oak would float, but when a piece of live oak was dropped in a bucket it sunk immediately. The U.S.S. Constitution was nicknamed “Old Ironsides” because it was made out of live oak and when bombarded with cannon balls, they merely bounced off. There was a demonstration to show us how colonial tools were used to carve wood and how the colonists cooked over an open fire. The trail is 1.5 miles round trip and gives you a good look at many varieties of trees and shrubs nestled under these 200 to 300-year-old oaks. Visit Melon Bluff’s web site at

Practice frugality: Chatham County commissioners recently spent a one day retreat at Bamboo Farms on Highway 17. They didn’t have to pack clothes or a bag. They didn’t have to spend the night. Money saved for the taxpayers. Our commissioners on the other hand, drive all the way to St. Simons Island for a three-day retreat at one of the most expensive hotels in the entire state, the King and Prince. Thousands of taxpayers dollars being spent in another county, when we have huge hotels right here in Hinesville, where the money could stay in Liberty County. Why?

Roadside sale: Thanks to the generosity of Dock Supply Inc. of Isle of Wight, people are bringing their large items for the upcoming fundraiser for Sanctuary on the Sapelo, the oldest and largest wildlife rehabilitation service in Coastal Georgia. Items needed to make this sale a success are lawn mowers, tractors, air conditioners, cars/trucks, televisions, DVDs, building supplies, heaters, mobile phones, golf carts, trailers, pressure washers, yard tools, mechanic tools, boats, outboard motors, computers, home furnishings and kitchen appliances. You can call (912) 832-5571 or e-mail and drop off donations at Dock Supply on the Isle of Wight Road. Their number is 884-3443. The sale will be at the storage supply site at Dock Supply on Saturday, March 3.

Get the dirt out: There will be a training session for anyone interested, at the Richmond Hill Wetlands Education Center from 9 a.m. to noon March 15. They may schedule another session from 5:30-8:30 p.m. that same day for working people. Due to limited materials, each session will be limited to 20 people. Topics include assessing construction sites and ensure compliance with environmental regulations. Time is of the essence. Call Chandra Brown at (912) 764-2017.  

Won’t you help? Brian Watson, a Lake George resident, was seriously injured when the Army tank in which he was riding overturned. He is paralyzed from the waist down and his wife, Amy, has been missing a lot of work trying to care of their three children, Tallen, 2, Tyler 6, and Allie, 8. Brian is being transferred to the VA hospital in Augusta and Amy desperately needs someone to volunteer a few hours as many days as possible to keep Tallen during the day, while Tyler and Allie are in school. The Watsons live at Wye and Gum. Their phone number is 884-5830. Won’t you please help?

Mark Your Calendars
• Today: Wild Game Supper at Bamboo Farms at 6:30 p.m.
• March 10: Big yard sale at Savannah Morning News on Chatham Parkway 7-11
• March 15: “Get The Dirt Out” training session.  9 a.m. to noon at Wetlands Education Center in Richmond Hill.  Second session 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
• March 17: St. Patrick’s Day
• April 14: Sanctuary on the Sapelo’s 3rd Annual Wild Garden Party. Call me about details at 884-7555. More later.
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