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More new restaurants: I recently had the pleasure of being treated to dinner at a new Italian Restaurant in Richmond Hill called Gianni’s. I have to tell you the pasta was to die for. My friends ordered deep fried calamari and steamed mussels for appetizers. I could have made a meal off that alone. Gianni’s is in the little strip mall on Highway 17 north, just before the viaduct on the right. Another new restaurant across the street is Molly McPherson’s. I haven’t been there yet, but I hear the food is great. Now, if Mayor Emmons in Midway can just get us a Cracker Barrel, we’ll all be happy campers. That huge piece of property on Highway 84 and Charlie Butler Road would be a perfect location.

More recalls: Since last week, there have been more recalls. I would like to appeal to our local volunteer fire departments, the Hinesville Fire Department, the sheriff’s office and the Hinesville Police Department to hold “check-our-toys” days for the remaining days in this month. Not only do we need to check our children’s toys, but also we need to check our dogs’ chew toys. A limit of 10 items per person could be announced and these “check” locations announced in the Coastal Courier. Time is of the essence. Let’s do this for our citizens.

Kudos: Thanks to my friends Jim and Paula Wolfe of Lake George, I now have two truckloads of pine straw in my back yard, covered with a tarp, to re-do my plant beds with in the spring. I will need lots more between now and then. I also got a call from my friend Trish Warner and will be contacting her soon.  

Conserving our water supply: As most of you know, I have lined my flowerbeds with newspaper to cut down on watering. Here is a list of Georgia’s top 10 ways to conserve water:
• Wash only full loads of dishes and laundry
• Take a shower instead of a tub bath. Shorten your shower to five minutes.
• Install a water-saving showerhead that uses only 2.5 gallons a minute.
• Flush less often and save between two and seven gallons of water each time you skip a flush
• Fix leaky faucets and toilets to save the water normally wasted through leaks.
• Help your plants use less water. Cut back annuals and perennials during dry spells.
• Put a rain barrel under your downspouts to collect water for your plants.
• Prioritize plants. When water is scarce, give it to your irreplaceable trees and shrubs first.
• Don’t stress your plants. Don’t fertilize when you can’t water it in.
• Use mulch around all your trees and plants.

Try some of these: Drinking two glasses of Gatorade can relieve headache pain almost immediately, without the unpleasant side effects caused by traditional “pain relievers.” Have a sore throat? Mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1/4 cut of honey and take one tablespoon six times a day. The vinegar kills the bacteria. Try saturating a cloth with Coca-Cola to remove rust. The phosphoric acid in the Coke is what does the job. Maybe that’s why I don’t drink Cokes. Got a splinter? Put a drop of Elmer’s Glue over the splinter and let dry. Then peel the dried glue off the skin. The splinter will stick to the dried glue. Try using a dryer sheet to rub your dog down with, when he or she starts to emit an odor.  

Reminder: Remember, if you plan to vote in the presidential preference primary/special election on Feb. 5, the deadline for registering is Jan. 7.

Shady Oaks Townhomes: My mom and I had the pleasure of attending the grand opening of the new Shady Oaks Townhomes on Martin Drive in Midway this past week. What a “diamond” in this small town of mostly old homes and trailers. The townhomes are reasonable and are just beautiful, each one with an enclosed garage. The hosts gave out hotdogs, hamburgers, pizza and free drinks. Later, a drawing was held for free prizes and mom was lucky enough to win four tickets to Wild Adventures in Valdosta. The tickets are valued at $45 a piece. I had no idea it cost that much to go there. After going on line, I found the entire park is all decorated for Christmas. Should be a fun trip.
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