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Fannin County Chamber of Commerce  eNewsletter
November  21, 2017
News for Members
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Leading the way to economic vitality and quality of life in Blue Ridge, McCaysville, Morganton and all of beautiful Fannin County, Georgia.

Shop Small and share your support for the spots you call your own, whether it’s your barbershop or even your one-stop garden supply store. Places like these keep our community strong and  vibrant, potentially employing friends, family and neighbors.  On Saturday, November 25, invite your friends to Shop Small and show love for their favorite places. Because when small businesses succeed — we all do!
 
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We are now taking nominations for the
2018 Leadership Fannin Class!
Please email Jan Hackett at jahackett@tds.net to submit your candidate’s name and email address.

34th Annual Banquet
Saturday, January 27
at Brasstown Valley Resort
(Spoiler Alert:  We’ve got dueling pianos!!)

Thank you 2018 Business After Hours Cash Drawing Sponsors!!!
Angela Stewart Delorme
The Insurance Mart
Blue Ridge Law
Kevin Panter Insurance
Hayes, James & Associates
Automated Creations, Inc.
Blue Ridge Bird Seed Company
Appalachian Insurance & Financial Services
Brotherhood Oil Quick Lube and Tire Center
Blue Ridge Oil Change

November Community Events Calendar
November 18 – January 6 – Holiday Art Show and Sale, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
November 23 – December 30 – Mountain Country Christmas in Lights!, Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds
November 23 – Blue Ridge Turkey Trot – 5k, Downtown Blue Ridge
November 23 – Community Thanksgiving Open Table, Fannin County High School
November 24 – Blue Friday – Downtown Blue Ridge Shops
November 24 – Light up the Basin, McCaysville, GA and Copperhill, TN
November 24-26 – Santa Express Train Ride, Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
November 24 – December 10 – White Christmas, Blue Ridge Community Theater
November 24 – December 17 – Gingerbread Village Display, Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association
November 24-26 – Merry Mountain Market, 3 Monkeys Antiques
November 25 – Firefly Music Presents Collin Raye, Location tbd
November 25 – Christmas at The Art Center, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
November 25 – Blue Ridge Christmas Parade, Downtown Blue Ridge
November 25 – Light Up Blue Ridge, Downtown Blue Ridge
November 25 – Tuba Christmas, Downtown Blue Ridge City Park
December 2 – Kiwanis 58th Annual Christmas Parade, Downtown McCaysville/Copperhill
December 2 – Vocal and Choral Holiday Performance by UNG, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
December 2 – Christmas Bazaar, St. Luke’s Church
December 2-3 – Santa Express Train Ride, Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
December 2 – Visit Santa, Downtown Blue Ridge Gazebo
December 2 – Toys for Tots, Demolition Derby and Tough Truck Christmas Show, Blue Ridge Motorsports Park
Recurring Events
Tuesday
* Trivia Tuesdays, Fightingtown Tavern
Thursday 

 
Bingo, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
* Trivia Night! Fannin Brewing Company
* Brewery Tours & TastingsThursday through Saturday’s at  Fannin Brewing CompanyGrumpy Old Men and Mercier Orchards.
* Swan Drive-in –Now Playing
FOR THE FULL CALENDAR –Click Here

November 24 – Blue Friday,
Blue Ridge
5:30 p.m. – Town Wide Caroling

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November 24 – Light Up the Basin, 
Downtown Copperhill/McCaysville
6:00 p.m.
 
 
 
 
 
November 25th. – Light Up Blue Ridge
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.– Holiday Music playing
11:15 a.m. – Santa Arrives on the train
noon to 3:00 p.m. – Tuba Christmas – on the Train Deck
noon to 5:00 p.m. – FCHS Theater Group preforming at Sycamore Crossing
12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Santa in the Gazebo visiting with children. Feed Fannin will be taking the Santa pictures.
2:00 to 3:00 p.m. – Alex Higgins – on the stage in the park
2:00 to 4:00 p.m. – Quinn Leach – On Depot St.
3:00 to 4:00 p.m. – Brass Quartet – on the Train Deck
5:30 p.m. – Parade starts
6:45 p.m. – Winners of the Window Decorating Contest are announced
7:00 p.m. – Lighting of the Great Tree
7:05 p.m. – Colin Raye will be singing O’Holy Night

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#SHOPSMALL
Leadership Fannin Nominations
Save the Date for the Annual Banquet
Community Events Calendar
Light Up Blue Ridge Schedule

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Chamber Events
Calendar
November 21 – Ribbon Cutting for A2B Transit at the Fannin County Chamber
11:00 a.m.
November 23 – Thanksgiving Day, Welcome Centers Closed
November 28 – CANCELLED!!!Business After Hours with Cash Prize Drawing at Fannin Brewing Company
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Demolition Derby at Blue Ridge Motorsports Park

Animal activists speak at Board of Commissioners meeting

Citizens Speak, Community

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – Animal activists and concerned citizens had their voices heard at the Nov. 14 Board of Commissioners meeting.

After a viral post on Facebook concerning two at-large German Shepherds ended in the dogs being falsely claimed at Fannin County Animal Control (FCAC), concerns over FCAC policy and procedure became a topic of discussion in the community.

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German Shepherds found at the Blue Ridge Post Office.

Commissioners were met with several residents ready to voice their concerns over animal control and over allegations made that Commission Chairman Stan Helton showed indifference to the situation.

First to speak in the Public Commentary portion of the meeting was Ralph Garner of Blue Ridge. Garner began by giving a list of items that he felt Helton had positively handled but quickly shifted into the issue of animal control stating, “His oversight of the ongoing problems with animal control is just not acceptable.”

Garner went on to defend Tri State Pet Rescue’s Founder Jan Eaton over allegations that Helton had made an insulting comment to her during a phone call.  Garner said that Helton’s insult “to our area’s premier companion dog rescuer cannot be overlooked. It needs to be called out and exposed.”

Jan Eaton herself spoke out about the indifference she felt she faced when trying to discuss issues regarding animal control. Eaton had asked to be put on the agenda to have more time allotted but had been turned down.

Eaton stated, “I’m researching to see if anybody has ever been put on the agenda that’s not a county employee, because if so, that is a definite first amendment violation, in my humble opinion.”

FetchYourNews reached out to Helton regarding the public commentary. Helton stated, “I have respect for all of the citizens of Fannin County. I still stand behind our employees at animal control, but I do take the time to look into each concern individually.”

Eaton also addressed the mistakes made in following policy at FCAC when it comes to owner reclaims. She stated that the current policy only requires that proof of rabies be brought for dogs to be released.

Jangling a set of rabies tags, Eaton stated, “They come in waving rabies tags and saying that is my dog. That doesn’t mean jack squat unless you call those rabies tags in and see if they match those dogs.”

A resident of McCaysville also spoke of policy at FCAC. He proposed that animal control make it standard to take a photocopy of the driver’s license of the person claiming a dog. He stated that it would be a way, if need arose, to track down the person who picked up the animal.

Fannin County Animal Control Department Head John Drullinger has looked into ways to improve the department’s current policy. A few of his suggested changes include:

Ask the person attempting to reclaim the pet if they can provide photographic evidence of ownership.

In cases where the pet is going to be reclaimed after ownership has been verified and the rabies tag has been verified to be current:

1. Make a copy of the driver’s license of the owner.
2. Photograph the vehicle the owner is picking up the pet in, regardless if it is the pet owner’s car or not, be sure to include an angle showing the license plate or include a separate photo of the license plate.

These revisions to the policy are not finalized and are still under review.

Also stepping up to try to provide a solution is the Humane Society of Blue Ridge (HSBR). A letter was sent out on behalf of HSBR describing their concern for recent events involving FCAC and the ongoing issue of stray and lost dogs in Fannin County.

The letter offered help stating, “After discussing the situation, our board came up with the suggestion that the FCAC officers microchip the dogs that are either reclaimed from, or adopted out of, the animal control facility. This would be a good way to decrease the number of unidentifiable lost dogs in Fannin County and would assist FCAC officers in returning pets to their owners.”

The letter went on to say, “Should the county and FCAC decide to initiate such a program, the HSBR would like to work with FCAC to help support a microchipping program for dogs adopted from, and those reclaimed from, the animal control facility.”

 

 

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Fannin County Schools recognized for their farm-to-school program

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BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – The Fannin County School System was recognized for outstanding achievement in its farm-to-school program.

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The Board of Education receives Golden Radish Award on behalf of all schools in our district.

Over 40 percent of school districts in Georgia participate in this program. Combined, these districts served more than 97 million school meals with local food items during the 2016-17 school year.

Georgia Organics founded the state’s first farm-to-school program in 2007. “It’s astounding that over 40 percent of our school districts are actively involved in The Golden Radish Awards after only four years of establishing the program,” Georgia Organics Executive Director Alice Rolls stated.

The farm-to-school program gives students an opportunity to learn the basics of gardening and helps support local economies through local food purchases for school meals.

Fannin County School Nutrition Director Candice Sisson was present to present the Board of Education with the Golden Radish Award received for our district.

The Fannin County School System was recognized at the Gold Level for their accomplishments during the 2016-17 school year. Some of the areas for which Fannin County was recognized include:

– Students incubated, hatched, raised chickens and harvested their eggs. The eggs are just one of the many locally produced items featured in taste tests;

-Every school in Fannin County has a school garden and two elementary schools have greenhouses; and

-Twenty farm-to-school standard-based lessons were taught throughout the school year, including Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) lessons on plant growth in the school garden.

Discussion among board members began about this type of curriculum having not always been taught in schools, except in specific agricultural classes or clubs.

Fannin County School Superintendent Dr. Michael Gwatney pointed out, “It was something that the children came to school knowing this. The way we (society) has changed through the years, it’s wonderful that school can respond to that need, and school can now provide these experiences for them to in turn take back home.”

Board Member Terry Bramlett agreed and added, “Not only does it increase their knowledge and appreciation of where food comes from, but agriculture remains the number one industry in the state of Georgia.”

 

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Fannin County Chamber of Commerce Newsletter

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Fannin County Chamber of Commerce  eNewsletter
November  14, 2017
News for Members
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Leading the way to economic vitality and quality of life in Blue Ridge, McCaysville, Morganton and all of beautiful Fannin County, Georgia.

Shop Small and share your support for the spots you call your  
own, whether it’s your barbershop or even your one-stop garden supply store. Places like these keep our community
strong and  vibrant, potentially employing friends, family and neighbors.   On Saturday, November 25, invite your friends to Shop Small and show love for their favorite places. Because when small businesses succeed — we all do!
 
#SHOPSMALL – November 25

We are now taking nominations for the
2018 Leadership Fannin Class!
Please email Jan Hackett at jahackett@tds.net to submit your candidate’s name and email address.

34th Annual Banquet
Saturday, January 27
at Brasstown Valley Resort
(Spoiler Alert:  We’ve got dueling pianos!!)

WE NEED SPONSORS!!!
We are currently looking for ten sponsors for the 2018 year cash drawings. The cash drawings are held at three Business After Hours each year. The sponsorship cost is $75.00. This will get your business name placed on the advertisements for the business after hours events as well as mention at the event. Please contact Dianne Mallernee if you are interested in becoming a sponsor. Thank you!

Ribbon Cuttings
Ribbon Cutting for The Jewish Congregation of Blue Ridge
November 9 was the ribbon cutting for The Jewish Congregation of Blue Ridge. The Jewish Congregation of Blue Ridge is a new resource for Jews in and around Fannin County (North Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina). Their services are traditional, informal, and inclusive. For more information, call  828-644-3543 or 404-702-0878.
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November Community Events Calendar
October 28 – November 19 – Japanese Maples Colorfest, Gibbs Gardens
November 18 – Tri-State Model Railroaders Open House, Mineral Bluff Historic Depot
November 18 – January 6 – Holiday Art Show an Sale, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
November 18 – Live Music is Better – Kharisma Jazzmatic Funk, Blue Ridge Community Theater
November 18 – Who DunIt? Mystery Art Fundraiser, Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association
November 18 -19 – Mistletoe Market, North Georgia Technical College
November 19 – Firefly Music Presents Luke Bella, Location tbd
November 23 – December 30 – Mountain Country Christmas in Lights!,Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds
November 23 – Blue Ridge Turkey Trot – 5k, Downtown Blue Ridge
November 23 – Community Thanksgiving Open Table, Fannin County High School
November 24 – Blue Friday – Downtown Blue Ridge Shops
November 24 – Light up the Basin, McCaysville, GA and Copperhill, TN
November 24-26 – Santa Express Train Ride, Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
November 24 – December 10 – White Christmas, Blue Ridge Community Theater
November 24 – December 17 – Gingerbread Village Display, Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association
November 24-26 – Merry Mountain Market, 3 Monkeys Antiques
November 25 – Firefly Music Presents Collin Raye, Location tbd
November 25 – Christmas at The Art Center, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
November 25 – Blue Ridge Christmas Parade, Downtown Blue Ridge
November 25 – Light Up Blue Ridge, Downtown Blue Ridge
November 25 – Tuba Christmas, Downtown Blue Ridge City Park
December 2 – Kiwanis 58th Annual Christmas Parade, Downtown McCaysville/Copperhill
Recurring Events
Tuesday
* Trivia Tuesdays, Fightingtown Tavern
Thursday 

 
Bingo, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
* Trivia Night! Fannin Brewing Company
* Brewery Tours & TastingsThursday through Saturday’s at  Fannin Brewing CompanyGrumpy Old Men and Mercier Orchards.
* Swan Drive-in –Now Playing
FOR THE FULL CALENDAR –Click Here

November 24 – Blue Friday,
Blue Ridge
5:30 p.m. – Town Wide Caroling

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November 24 – Light Up the Basin, 
Downtown Copperhill/McCaysville
6:00 p.m.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
November 25th. – Light Up Blue Ridge
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.– Holiday Music playing
11:15 a.m. – Santa Arrives on the train
noon to 3:00 p.m. – Tuba Christmas – on the Train Deck
noon to 5:00 p.m. – FCHS Theater Group preforming at Sycamore Crossing
12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Santa in the Gazebo visiting with children. Feed Fannin will be taking the Santa pictures.
2:00 to 3:00 p.m. – Alex Higgins – on the stage in the park
2:00 to 4:00 p.m. – Quinn Leach – On Depot St.
3:00 to 4:00 p.m. – Brass Quartet – on the Train Deck
5:30 p.m. – Parade starts
6:45 p.m. – Winners of the Window Decorating Contest are announced
7:00 p.m. – Lighting of the Great Tree
7:05 p.m. – Colin Raye will be singing O’Holy Night
In This Issue
#SHOPSMALL
Leadership Fannin Nominations
Save the Date for the Annual Banquet
Sponsors Needed
Ribbon Cuttings
Community Events Calendar
Light Up Blue Ridge Schedule

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Chamber Events
Calendar
November 15 – Board of Directors Meeting, Fannin County Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room, Executive Board Meeting at 11:00 a.m., Board Meeting at 12:00 p.m.
November 16 – Ambassador Lunch, La Pizzeria
12:00 p.m.
November 16 – Golf Committee Meeting, Fannin County Chamber 12:00 p.m.
November 20 – Tourism Committee Meeting, Fannin County Chamber 12:00 p.m.
November 21 – Ribbon Cutting for A2B Transit at the Fannin County Chamber
11:00 a.m.
November 23 – Thanksgiving Day, Welcome Centers Closed
November 28 – CANCELLED!!!Business After Hours with Cash Prize Drawing at Fannin Brewing Company
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2017-2018 Art Center Classes

C’mon & Dance- Adult Fitness
Beginning & Intermediate
November 3, 10, 17, December 1, 2017
December 8, 15, 22, 29, 2017
10:30 am-12:45 pm
Instructor:   Mary Gucciardo & Venae Ellis
Class Fee:   $40.00 Non-members 
                     $36.00  BRMAA members             
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Come enjoy music and dancing while improving your general state of fitness.  If you always wanted to learn tap, this class is for you.  Expect an invigorating aerobic workout, while toning leg muscles, core and improving balance.  Steps are basic enough for everyone to enjoy. It is a great class to meet new friends and have a fun time.  The class requires tap shoes, exercise mat and water.  Optional dumbbell weights for toning 1-5 lbs. can be used.  This class runs from 10:30 am-11:10 am.  Stay for the next class of Cardio-Dance Fitness which features dance routines choreographed using a variety of music genres.  Celebrating music from all over the world and keep your body moving and grooving!  This class runs from 11:15 am-11:55 am.  Aerobic sneakers are suitable for the class.  The final class, Tone and Stretch, tones up your muscle and focuses on core strength.  It is a non-aerobics class that uses handheld dumbbells merging with a dance inspired workout by ballet, yoga and Pilates.  Expect exercises to tone the upper body, lower body and core. This class runs from 12:00 pm-12:45 pm.  The class requires an exercise mat and water.  Each class is designed to increase aerobic power, make you sweat and burn calories while having fun.
Class Fee pays for all three classes.
“Let it Snow” Stained Glass Workshop
Beginning
November 17, 2017 (Friday), 1 Session (CLASS IS FULL)-CLOSED
December 9, 2017 (Saturday), 1 Session (CLASS IS FULL)-CLOSED
11:00am-4:00pm
Instructor: Lenzy Bond
Class Fee:   $60.00 non-members + $25.00 Supply Fee
                    $54.00 BRMAA Members + $25.00 Supply Fee
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Bring back one of the most popular and fun classes.  In this Stained Glass class the student will create one of a kind glass snowflake. The Instructor will have several geometric shapes available as well as glass gems.  The finished snowflake can be one color or many colors and shapes.  The student will learn techniques including cutting, foiling, soldering, setting hangers, applying patina and glass polishing.  The Instructor will supply the stained glass, foil, tools, grinder, soldering iron, solder, patina polish.  The student’s supply list includes: safety glasses, pen or pencil, black sharpie, and please wear closed heel and toe shoes.  It is a really fun and unique class!
Painting Holiday Cards with Alcohol Ink
November 28, 2017 (Tuesday) 1 session
(Closed-Class is Full)
1:30 pm- 3:30 pm
December 6, 2017 (Wednesday) 1 session NEW
2:00 pm-4:00 pm
Instructor: Joyce Clair
Class Fee  $ 20.00 non-member + $10 Supply Fee
                   $ 20.00 *BRMAA Member* + $10 Supply Fee
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This is your holiday class to take with a friend or family!  Create personal hand-painted cards for family and special friends. Use them for holiday greetings, thank you cards for holiday gifts or other occasions.  No painting experience required.  The Instructor leads you step-by-step to paint 3 simple winter landscapes with alcohol ink on YUPO paper.  Your finished designs are sprayed to prevent fading and then inserted into a photo frame card.  All supplies provided to paint 3 cards with envelopes.  The Instructor also provides an information handout if you are inspired to continue this craft on your own.  Come be creative and learn something new!
Restorative Yoga
Beginning
December 3, 2017 Sunday, 1 Session
January 5, 2018 Friday, 1 Session
4:00 pm-6:00 pm
Instructor:  Sharon Coogle
Class Fee:   $12.00 non-member & BRMAA Members 
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Restorative yoga allows the practitioner to enter a state of deep physical and mental relaxation. Although some yoga experience is helpful, there is no prerequisite of knowledge or flexibility; extensive use of props and supports helps every body attain positions that encourage restoration.
Intro to Dichroic Fused Glass Jewelry
Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced
December 5, 2017-1 Session (CLASS IS FULL-CLOSED)
1:00 pm-4:00 pm
Instructor:   Rae Breed
Class Fee:   $25.00 Non-members + $20 Supply Fee
                     FREE –  BRMAA members + $20 Supply Fee             
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What a unique class to sign up for!  Each Student will take home a pair of Dichroic Fused Glass earrings.   In the beginning of the class, the Instructor will have a short introduction on how to cut glass.  The Instructor will demo different designs and give the student some options on creating one of kind pieces of art.   The students will design, cut, prepare inlay and fire a pair of earrings all in 3 hours.  Some of the techniques the students will learn are kiln wash vs fire paper and fusing in the kiln.  Students need to bring safety glasses for cutting glass.  Class space is limited.  Come join the fun!
Introduction to Leather Crafting
Beginning
December 5, 2017-1 Session
10:00 am-4:30 pm
Instructor:   Tom Salvicek
Class Fee:   $40.00 Non-members + $30 Supply Fee
                     $36.00  BRMAA members + $30 Supply Fee             
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Once learning the skills of cutting and stitching leather, you will create a beautiful hand crafted leather shoulder bag.  In this fun class the student will be using a wood burning tool that inscribes a design onto the front of your shoulder bag.  Students will also have the options of decoration their bag, which includes a strap, with tassels and “bling”.  You can design a one-of-a-kind shoulder bag for yourself or give as a present.  The Instructor supplies all the materials necessary for your creative leather bag.
Discover Pottery
Beginning & Intermediate 

     
 December 6, 2017 from 1:00 pm-5:00 pm & Dec. 13, 2017 from 
1:00 pm-3:00 pm

                              
                           
Instructor: Luce Van Asten
Class Fee for each class:
$40.00 non-members per class + $10 Supply Fee per class
$36.00 BRMAA Members-per class + $10 Supply Fee- per class
2018 Class Fees for each class:
$50.00 non-members per class + $10 Supply Fee per class
$45.00 BRMAA Members-per class + $10 Supply Fee-per class
 

  

  

 

     
  January 10, 2018 & Jan. 17, 2018
 February 7, 2018 & Feb. 13, 2018
 March 7, 2018 & March 14, 2018
 April 11, 2018 & April 18, 2018
 May 9, 2018 & May 16, 2018
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Mark this class on your calendar to come each month to “Discover Pottery”!  These classes are independent of each other; therefore, you can come to one or all the classes and learn the techniques of pottery.  In these clay classes the students will make a variety of creative clay pieces and apply glazes.  Each class will focus on different techniques and projects creating functional vessels and figurative sculptures.  Some of the projects include decorative tiles, cups, garden sculptures, birds, lidded boxes and pinch pots to name a few. Students will take home some great creative clay pieces.  Each class fee will be $40.00 plus a $10 Supply Fee for clay, glazes and kiln firing.  Come bring your friend or relative to class and create some great fun memories!
Beginning Jewelry Making
Beginning
December 9, 2017– Saturday-1 Session
10:30 pm-12:30 pm
Instructor:   Vickie Wagoner
Class Fee:   $20.00 Non-members + $15 Supply Fee
                     $20.00  BRMAA members + $15 Supply Fee             
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Craft your own design for a bracelet or necklace from a treasure trove of semi-precious stones, crystals, Czech glass, pearls, wooden beads, and more provided by jewelry artist, Vicki Wagoner. She will assist you to learn the basics of beading, from picking the perfect beads to working with the right tools to finish your own lovely one-of-a-kind creation that you will proudly wear home. Ages 7 and up welcome!
Painting Holiday Tiles with Alcohol Ink
Beginning & Intermediate
December 14, 2017– Thursday-1 Session
1:30 pm-3:30 pm
Instructor:   Joyce Clair
Class Fee:   $30.00 Non-members + $10 Supply Fee
                     $30.00  BRMAA members + $10 Supply Fee             
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These unique holiday coasters & trivet make nice gifts or use them on your holiday table.  No experience needed to paint holiday designs on ceramic tiles with alcohol ink. The Instructor demonstrates easy ways to apply colorful alcohol ink with Q-tip, felt, sponges and brushes to white glazed tiles.  Select your favorite colors and create a design free-hand or with a template.  When dry, tiles are sealed with layers of varnish to make them heat and water resistant.  All supplies provided to create 2 coasters and a trivet.  Instructor also provides an information handout if you are inspired to continue this craft on your own.  Have some fun and create a some great Christmas gift.
Potter’s Wheel, “Hands On” 2018
Beginning
January 12 & 19, 2018 (Fridays), 2 Sessions
January 12 from 10:30-1:30pm January 19 from 10:30am-12:30pm
Instructor: Julie Brown
Class Fee:   $70 non-members + $10 Supply Fee
                    $63 BRMAA Members + $10 Supply Fee 

                                    

Dr. Gwatney Shares His Views About School Tax Exemption

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BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – Fannin County School Superintendent Dr. Michael Gwatney presented his stance concerning school tax exemption for seniors in Fannin County.

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Dr. Gwatney presents his concerns about upcoming Town Hall discussion.

An upcoming Town Hall is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. This meeting will take place in the Jury Assembly Room of the Fannin County Courthouse.

State Representative David Ralston and State Senator Steve Gooch will be present to hear arguments from both sides.

If representatives decide to move forward, the possible Senior Homestead Exemption would have to be approved by the 2018 session of the Georgia General Assembly and then would be decided by Fannin County voters in the 2018 general election.

Dr. Gwatney addressed the board and residents present at the November 9 Board of Education meeting.

Gwatney cited statistics for Fannin County and for the Fannin County School System. According to these statistics, just under 30 percent of residents in Fannin County could benefit from this possible Homestead Exemption.

This large portion of the population, if passed, could account for schools in Fannin County losing up to $1.4 million annually.

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Board of Education members listen to Dr. Gwatney’s presentation.

Gwatney pointed out that, “The only generation that will benefit from the exemption is the one that will be exempt now; all other generations will pay more taxes.”

A similar exemption passed in Gilmer County. Dr. Gwatney showed that after the exemption was passed, it had a negative effect on the area. The millage rate increased to account for the loss, putting a heavier burden on those not exempt from the tax.

Gwatney also cited that Gilmer experienced furloughs and a closing of a school. He stated that the citizens of Gilmer County “paid more for less.”

According to the Georgia School Superintendents Association, the current average millage rate for schools in Georgia is 16.36. Fannin County’s school millage rate sits at 11.23.

Gwatney stated, “This board has shown consistent, conservative leadership in respect with people’s money.”

He showed that while Fannin County has a lower millage rate than the average for the state, Fannin County still is able to spend more per student than the average amount spent statewide.

Dr Gwatney concluded, “My opportunities here were possible due to the effort of the previous generation.”

He added that this is “my opportunity to stand up for our next generation of Fannin County.”

 

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11/05/2017-11/11/2017 Weekly EMA/EMS Report

Fannin County EMA/EMS
Fannin County EMA/EMS

Fannin County EMA/EMS
Director Robert Graham
181 Church St.
Blue Ridge, Ga. 30513
706-632-1958
Fax 706-632-8003

November 5, 2017 thru November 11, 2017

M1: 29
M3: 11
M4: 22
M5: 1
M11: 22

Total: 84

3 of these calls were transfers to other hospitals.

Blue Ridge Honors Veterans Day

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BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – “On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month when the guns fell silent, we will remember.”

Blue Ridge remembered on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, as the community honored our veterans. The week leading up to this day of recognition was marked with observances held throughout the county.

Fannin County School Systems hosted guest speakers at each of the schools to talk with students about the meaning behind this day of remembrance and appreciation.

Early Saturday morning, residents began to line East Main Street for the annual Veterans Day Parade. Shops displayed their American flags in support of our men and women who have served, and visitors to our downtown area dressed patriotically and waved their handheld versions of Old Glory.

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Fannin County Emergency vehicles were adorned with flags as they joined the parade.

The parade was a beautiful display. Antique cars carried many of our county’s veterans. These veterans ranged from World War II to present day conflicts in the Middle East.

The Fannin County High School Band marched proudly while playing “God Bless America.”

Fannin County Emergency vehicles adorned with flags representing all branches of our armed services followed along.

Members of the North East Georgia Combat Veteran Association rode their motorcycles behind the the emergency vehicles.

The parade began on East Main Street and followed a route that ended at the Fannin Veterans Memorial Park.

It was at this Memorial Service that the unspoken spirit of Veterans Day could be felt and experienced. As the parade made its way to this ending point, veterans and families gathered and filled the seats bordering the memorial.

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Keynote Speaker Chief Master Sergeant Scott Peters waits to address the crowd.

Veterans from different eras greeted each other and shook hands. Some of these veterans gave hugs, some shared their experiences, and others just silently nodded in recognition of an unspoken story.

This day has a deep meaning for those who have worn the uniform. It is a day where they can meet openly, where they can feel the bond of brotherhood again, and for many, a day where they are understood and where they can feel at ease.

Keynote Speaker Chief Master Sergeant Scott Peters showed this sentiment when he stated, “It’s a day to put veterans first. In peacetime or wartime all veterans have taken an oath indicating that they were willing to offer their lives.”

Peters addressed the struggles that many veterans face when returning to civilian life: “Twenty-two veterans a day take their own lives. This is a tragedy for Americans.”

Speaking to all Americans, Peters urged, “We must be willing to pick them up when they are down, help point out the way (to) a new life when they return home, and carry them when they are weary.”

As he said these words the veterans in the crowd were moved, some hanging their head in silent prayer. For the veterans, this is a part of their story. A story that can only be understood by having served.

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Flag-Folding Ceremony demonstrated at Fannin Veterans Memorial Park.

Representatives from the Missing in America Project were present to receive a check for monies raised by the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association (CVMA).

Representative of CVMA, Andy Owens, discussed the mission of the Missing in America Project. The organization locates the forgotten remains of veterans left at funeral homes or in medical examiner offices across America.

An example was cited of having recently located remains that had been stored at a funeral home in North Georgia for at least 25 years.

The Missing in America Project will provide a proper military burial in a National Cemetery for the unclaimed remains of their fellow brothers and sisters in arms.

Veterans Day is a day to honor those who serve and have served our country, but for veterans, it is a day to come together. It is a day where an unspoken truth is shared among these brave men and women. It is truth that only comes from experiencing the anticipation of receiving “the call,” and the bravery of answering that call.

This day is for previous generations to show support to the younger men and women currently serving, to let them know that others have been there before. It is a day for younger members of the military to thank the men and women who paved the way for future generations, and to realize that one day they will be that older generation showing support.

It is a day for everyone in America to take a moment and observe the sacrifices made by our military so that we may enjoy a country with freedoms.

FetchYourNews recognizes those who have served in our military both past and present, and we thank you for your service.

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