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Oconee County Farmers Market and Watkinsville Barberitos

Nothing revolutionary or revelation-ary to report about either, but this is how I spent my Saturday. Bought a coconut pie for $8 behind Eagle Tavern after getting a 12 pack of eggs from chickens from Bostwick fir $2.75 that even came with a green eggs. I bought some lemonade as well. The Farmers Market has moved to the back of Eagle Tavern and that gives it more of a market feel and less of a jumble sale feeling. It will also give the new sod in the front more of a chance to grow and thrive.

Later that day we walked up to Town Center and had dinner at Barberiteos. The big screen HDTV was good, The service adequate. The audience sparse, The food was pedestrian, but what would you expect? I hope the restaurant continues to succeed. I need to eat more at Maison Bleu.

Congratulations to Sarajane Love

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Great job Dr. Love

Woven brightly, Daniel J. Matthews, Jr.




Subject: [oconee] Congratulations to Sarajane Love




From the May 2009 OCAF (Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation) newsletter:"On Saturday, May 16, OCAF Board Member and longtime volunteer Sarajane N. Love, Verner F. Chaffin Distinguished Professor in Fiduciary Law at the University of Georgia, will be presented with an Honorary Doctors of Laws degree from LaGrange College during the Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2009."Sarajane is also a very active member of the Oconee County Democratic Committee in many ways, but especially in chairing our quarterly road cleanup of the Oconee Connector/Mars Hill Road.Congratulations on this well-deserved honor, Sarajane!!!
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City Council reads new beer and wine package sales ordinance for the third time

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And the budget process was opened for next fiscal year found some opposition to an $8,000.00 metal faux flower finding the opposition in councilman Mike Link and an unidentified person in the back row. I would well imagine Link and Brian Brodrick will vote again against beer and wine, this time in the stores. However the only no vote of the evening I stuck around for was when Council member Samantha Purcell voted against the demolition of a historic property on Main Street. A new baby store and another insurance company were the businesses approved. Stanley M. Mann received unanimous approval for Cotton States Insurance in the far northern property of the Thornton development otherwise known as Town Center. Frederic and Rebecca Amy and baby Kaydeen were given approval for The Natural Baby on 17 North Main. Mary Mills was given a demolition permit which Purcell did not vote for. Two cop cars were purchased and revenues are down. Wi-Fi is now in the Community Center.

My biggest surprise …

Wayne writes a good story about a place where I worked

The bookstore at Gainesville State College's Oconee County campus expanded long after I toiled thirteen hour days there during the first couple days of each semester back in the heady days of the start of Facebook when you still needed a .edu email address to get on the social networking site in say 2006.

Wayne Ford of the Athens Banner-Herald wrote his typical comprehensive yet not boring history of the area and captured the flavor of the farm field without sitting in a cow pie. Most Oconee County residents have never laid eyes on the actual campus as it is just beyond the point of view off the Oconee Connector/Experiment Station Road down Bishop Farms Parkway.

I am glad the Board of Regents has worked with Dr. Penny Mills of GSC~Oconee and the Oconee County Planning Commission to expand that campus. The larger long range and short range expansion plans of that campus need to center on possible back entrance or possibly exit only right on to the 441 Bypass or at least the sound …

Wayne writes a good story about a place where I worked

The bookstore at Gainesville State College's Oconee County campus expanded long after I toiled thirteen hour days there during the first couple days of each semester back in the heady days of the start of Facebook when you still needed a .edu email address to get on the social networking site in say 2006.

Wayne Ford of the Athens Banner-Herald wrote his typical comprehensive yet not boring history of the area and captured the flavor of the farm field without sitting in a cow pie. Most Oconee County residents have never laid eyes on the actual campus as it is just beyond the point of view off the Oconee Connector/Experiment Station Road down Bishop Farms Parkway.

I am glad the Board of Regents has worked with Dr. Penny Mills of GSC~Oconee and the Oconee County Planning Commission to expand that campus. The larger long range and short range expansion plans of that campus need to center on possible back entrance or possibly exit only right on to the 441 Bypass or at least the sound …

So now only kids who do not drive or play sports can get away with doing drugs and alcohol

The Oconee County Board of Education taught their high school students today it does not pay as far as driving to school or taking part in after school athletics as far as doing drugs and alcohol is concerned. I can't imagine it has changed all that much since I went to school, but kids are getting blitzed on booze and buds every day. Some will get caught, others will be merely inconvenienced. All of them have suffered irreparable harm to their civil liberties.

Much deserved honor

Not exactly sure where Grandpa Donnan lives (whether Clarke or Oconee or what difference does it make), but he restored ordered to the Georgia Bulldogs and his grandson T goes to school with my son, and I think he is an outstanding coach and person. Congratulations to Coach Donnan for his long overdue induction to the Hall of Fame.

Can you help with costs of signs for Historical Society?

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This just came in from Peg Sommer and the folks at the Oconee County Historical Society attempting to purchase some tasteful signs showing what we have here in Oconee County to display to students of historical structures. I applaud their efforts as always and urge you to consider a sizeable or small financial donation.

--- On Tue, 5/12/09, psommer <psommer@bellsouth.net> wrote:
From: psommer <psommer@bellsouth.net>
Subject: can you help?

Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2009, 11:10 AM

Hi,            At our meeting last night we voted to raise money to buy a couple signs for Central Schoolhouse and the cabin .  The signs will be made of a PVC type material with wooden post. The cost of the signs are as quoted by Athens Sign; The cost of a 24" x 48" double sided routed and painted PVC sign will be $541.00.The cost of a 24" x 48" single sided routed and painted PVC sign will be $413.00.The above prices do not include tax or installation   $954.00 $200 was pledged at the…

Rose of Athens Needs Volunteers for Pooh

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Vicky Moody (706-769-7966) needs you help being an usher at the best venue in Athens at the Seney-Stovall Theater next to the Varsity.

Woven brightly, Daniel J. Matthews, Jr.


Subject: [oconee] Rose of Athens Needs Volunteers for Pooh



Rose of Athens Theatre Company is seeking volunteers to usher for our performances of Winnie the Pooh at the Seney-Stovall Chapel.

School Performances:
Wednesday - May 13th at 9:00am and 11:00am
Thursday - May 14th at 9:00am and 11:00am
Friday - May 15th at 10:00am

General Public Performances:
Friday - May 15th at 7pm
Saturday - May 16th at 7pm

To volunteer for one or more performances. please e-mail or call me.


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Obamas vs. Reagans in Watkinsville clean-up May 30

Mayor Jim Luken of Watkinsville is a former Marine who had remained largely nonpartisan is an incredibly partisan position. To his credit, he has remained above the fray even when those around him might be supporting one candidate or the other. In general, he has done what is best for the county seat of Watkinsville whether it might favor Republicans, Democratic people or neither or both.

Luken came up with the briiliant idea, and has approached the youngest county chair in the State in the G.O.P's Jay Hanley as well as his crusty old counterpart Jonathan Veit on the Democratic side, to have an hour long competition to see which political party can gather the most garbage on the streets of Watkinsville. This will take place 9 to 10 am Saturday, May 30th with the Oconee Democratic participants starting on Simonton Bridge and the Republicans starting on some abandoned development near the jail (just joking there - but I have not known too many Republicans to pick up garbage, so this…

Terry professor feared for life after map to her house found in Zinkhan's Jeep - News

Terry professor feared for life after map to her house found in Zinkhan's Jeep - News Another obscure link to an Oconee County resident in the remnants of a man whose body hopefully finished with the finding of his body in the Clarke county part of Bogart this weekend in a grave of his own making.

Reasons I love living in Watkinsville

1. People are friendly and generally mind their own business.
2. Everyone seems accepting of everyone else.
3. Art is not only accepted, it is encouraged.
4. Music is tolerated before 11 pm.
5. Change is not a foreign concept.
6. Divergent political philosophies are generally tolerated.
7. You can walk to restaurants and get a hair cut.
8. Side walks.
9. Garbarge pick up.
10. Parades.
11. relatively light traffic.
12. Ashford Manor Bed and Breakfast.
13. Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation.
14. Rocket Field.
15. Harris Shoals Park.
16. Sweet ReTreat
17. Mirko Pasta
18. bicycling is somewhat safe and allowed on sidewalks.
19. Horses are seen sometimes on the streets.
20. Joggers, skateboarders and dog walkers are common.
21. People care about each other.
22. Eagle Tavern
23. Oconee County Courthouse
24. Two weekly newspapers
25. Krimson Kafe
26. Jittery Joe's
27. Girasoles
28. Uncle Floyd's
29. Maison Blue
30. Aunt Gail's

But what did Mike Thornton just put out in front of his house on Main Street? It kind …

Tribute to my Mom on Mother's Day

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Norma Lee Sexton Matthews was born in Marshalltown, Iowa December 17, 1930 to Helen and Charles Sexton. She was the second of four children, but would not settle for second to anyone the rest of her life. Among other things, she was the State of Iowa spelling bee champion and the female editor of the Daily Iowan newspaper while attending the University of Iowa. She edited the newspaper in Cooperstown, New York but returned to her native Iowa to marry the Georgia Peach of Meredith Publishing in Dan J. Matthews, Sr. and started on a long road of political exploration and innovation. She started a business called Campaigns, Incorporated which took many of the principals she learned the hard way in her own failed races for the Board of Education and House of Representatives. Along the way Caucuses were held in our house at 518 44th street on the legendary Snake Drive just north of Grand, Presidential candidates came knocking on our door and many hands were grasped and acquaintances made…