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Mountain Conservation Trust Gains National Recognition

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008
At ceremonies in Pittsburgh earlier this fall, the Land Trust Alliance recognized our own Mountain Conservation Trust of Georgia as an “Accredited” trust.   This is a signal honor for our local land trust and another indication of the growing conservation efforts here in North Georgia.
Many, if not most, of the residents of North Georgia who moved here came in part because of the stunning beauty of the North Georgia Mountains and I have had more than one long time resident tell me that they are still here for the same reason.  So it doesn’t really matter whether you live in one of the gated communities like Bent Tree or Big Canoe or any of the other areas in Pickens, Dawson or neighboring counties, we are all unbelievably fortunate to live in an area where even the view from the local grocery or home improvement store is breath taking. 
Part of Why We Live in North Georgia
Part of Why We Live in North Georgia

One of the local organizations dedicated to helping this entire area of North Georgia maintain the natural resources that brought us here is the Mountain Conservation Trust of GeorgiaContinue reading »

Bent Tree Community to Support Our Active Duty Troops at Christmas

Friday, November 14th, 2008

The Bent Tree Community has just announced a program to help provide Christmas Dinner for our military personnel passing through Hartsfield Jackson International Airport this Christmas.  It is great to see our community actively involved in supporting both our retired veterans as they did earlier this week and those currently protecting our freedoms as this program does.  Full details are on my Bent Tree Blog 

See you ’round the mountains,


Veterans Day 2008

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month passed quietly in Jasper. 

Photo Couresy Mari Livsey - Know

Photo Courtesy Mari Livsey - Know

There was a parade of vintage military vehicles, motorcycles, the Pickens County High School Band, local Boy Scouts and quite a few “vintage” veterans.  A much larger crowd of veterans, spouses, friends and supportive citizens waited patiently for the parade to wind its way to a conclusion in front of the Court House.  It was a friendly, but reserved and quiet crowd that milled around the Veteran’s Monument on the front courtyard of the court house.  The monument carries the names of all the residents of Pickens County who gave their lives for our freedoms during wars from World War I to just last year in Iraq.



The original holiday, Armistice Day, marked the official end of hostilities on the Eastern Front in World War 1 on the 11th Hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.  Continue reading »

Carving Pumpkins

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

The vandals got my carved pumpkins last week; but I guess I should have seen it coming.  I grew up in the city and I should have known better.  If you carve a pumpkin, light it and leave it all alone out by the road some ne’er-do-well is almost certain to come along and smash it – it is almost like a law of nature.

Pumpkin Carving in Bent Tree

Pumpkin Carving in Bent Tree

 But I guess I was just legitimately distracted.  Regina’s nieces were up from Mississippi for a short fall Continue reading »

North Georgia Real Estate – Pickens County Home Sales

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

Pickens County Home Sales Through October 31, 2008

Sales continued to plod along at a less than spectacular rate; never-the-less they are plodding along and homes are still selling, banks are still financing and, despite what you read in the newspaper and hear on the television every day, homes in this market are still selling, on average, at over 90% of their current listing price.  Continue reading »