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2021 Wild Turkey Regatta

This past weekend the club hosted our annual Thistle regatta, dubbed the “Wild Turkey”. (Rumor has it, that was the prize back in the old days)   Despite the truly daunting forecast (i.e. “hot, humid, and no wind”), six boats made the trek down to Lake Sinclair and managed to put in 3 races on Saturday and 2 more on Sunday morning. Yes, the wind was light but it was enough for Thistles and it held a relatively steady direction.  Below are a few pictures for your enjoyment.

June Work day Report

Robert & Jack Dekle, Dave Shultz, Mike Wisdom, Jimmy Harrell, Billy Allen, Tanner Schultz, Mark Sullivan, Tom Poth, Jennifer Blackwell, Dick Mueller, Jim Weadick, Dave & Harriett Morris, Seth & Kate Van Huss, Wayne Stone, Jay Harrell, and member-candidate Michael Conners made for an attendance record-breaking (at least, in our tenure as B&G co-chairs) work day, Saturday.

The lawn areas were all mowed and all of the grounds were trimmed by numerous people; limbs, pine cones and other debris was picked up; the beach was raked, grass was pulled and shoveled up; the former swim dock lines were retrieved for cleanup and eventual replacement; the committee boat was given a maintenance run; the fence at the end of Yacht Club Rd. was straightened as much as possible; ‘E’ dock was patched creatively and cost effectively; the concrete areas below the clubhouse were pressure washed; the clubhouse was cleaned; and an enjoyable lunch was provided for the attendees.

It was an incredible beehive of activity all around the club. Barbara and I cannot thank folks enough for their energy and enthusiasm Saturday. The club continues to look better, and it’s the teamwork of our workday crew that makes the difference.

We will do it again, but owing to the July 4th weekend, the next work day will be one week later than usual: July 10th.  

Barbara and TimBuilding & Grounds co-chairs

Work Day Report, May 5

We had a wonderful work day on Saturday and a lot got done. New ceiling fans were installed in the covered area where the grill is located. Two benches got painted. The new swing is now up, swinging and tested by yours truly. Grass cut and raking done. A couple more dock boards replaced. Bathrooms cleaned and all floors swept and mopped. And I am sure there were other things done that I did not see. Unfortunately the wind did not show up until Sunday so we had no racing but you can always have it all. Thanks to all that showed up for the work day!

Jennifer

April 21 Racing and Shish Kebobs

We had a great day at our club this past Saturday. The wind was blowing and four boats went to Hauk’s reef. What a beautiful day to be on the water. It was the first time our grandson had been in a race and he loved it. Cary did a wonderful job decorating the club with an April Showers, May Flowers theme. Thanks to her for time and effort spent; she has such talent! Everyone gathered in the evening to assemble some outstanding Shish Kebobs and the grill looked phenomenal when loaded up. If you could not make this year’s Shish Kebob, you have to be sure and make next year’s! Continue reading April 21 Racing and Shish Kebobs

Spring Meeting/St. Patrick’s Day Report

If you missed our Spring Meeting you missed some good stuff. I had wonderful fun where decorations were concerned so there was that. Thanks go out to Lynnrenee, Mike Barr and Mike Wisdom for all their help in setting up things. Ken put his cooking skills to use yet again providing corn beef and cabbage which was excellent and his Sheppard’s Pie was phenomenal. If you ate it that night you would know. Many asked for his recipe but as those close to Ken know it is a skill that cannot be contained on a piece of paper. Never the same always delicious. It is an artist thing. Hope to see you all at our next event which will be April 21st and is wide open for anyone to host so get in touch with Lynnrenee or me. Remember you can do as much or as little as you like when hosting an event. We will have your back!  Continue reading Spring Meeting/St. Patrick’s Day Report

Chili Cookoff Report

We had a great turn out for the chili cook off this weekend with a total of 6 pots of chili. They were all very good and Susan Morris won the prize. Bill gets a mention since it was his recipe but he was too busy racing to cook. Good job Morrises! I believe we had around 26 people present. Everyone recited their recipes and it was very interesting to hear. Thanks to Lynnrenee for getting the ball rolling and for everyone else who pitched in to get things set up and cleaned up. Great fellowship. I have attached some photos. (click here)

We also had some awesome wind in which to race. We held two races with 5 boats. What a wonderful day at our club.

Hope to see you at the next event,

Jennifer

Christmas Party

The 2016 club Christmas party is scheduled for 5pm on December 10th.  Please RSVP using the email from Jennifer, or if you didn’t get an invite email, please contact her directly.

Georgia Power reschedules Plant Branch stack removal for October 15

Press release from Georgia Power:

ATLANTA – Oct. 13, 2016 – Georgia Power announced today that the 1,000 foot-tall stack at its retired Plant Branch will be removed by controlled demolition on Oct. 15, 2016. The company is working to conduct the demolition shortly after daybreak, but has secured a window of time between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., based on weather and safety conditions. The stack demolition was postponed from this past weekend, due to Hurricane Matthew.

Removing the stack is the next step in the dismantlement of the retired power plant, which served electric customers reliably from 1965 through 2015.

Georgia Power is working with a professional demolition contractor to safely remove the stack. The company is also coordinating efforts as needed with multiple agencies including the Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT); Baldwin and Putnam County sheriff’s offices and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Immediately prior to the demolition, local law enforcement and DNR will establish an Exclusion Zone (see attached Exclusion Zone map) to ensure a safe buffer around the site. These agencies, in cooperation with the DOT, will also temporarily stop vehicle traffic on U.S. Highway 441 while the demolition occurs. All boat traffic will be prohibited from entering the Exclusion Zone on Lake Sinclair at that time.

Safety is Georgia Power’s top priority during removal of the stack and the company reminds residents to be aware of the demolition and to not stop on public roads or attempt to access Georgia Power property to view the demolition. The company is taking all necessary steps to ensure safety while minimizing inconvenience for neighbors, including employing rigorous dust-suppression measures to limit the spread of dirt and concrete dust. The company will assess neighbors’ outside docks, walkways and furniture on request, to determine if surface dust removal is warranted. Residents may contact Regina Linch at (706) 484-7206 with any questions regarding dust.