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On Feb. 8, the Big Canoe Hiking Club will return to the Woody Gap trailhead near Suches. From here, we will offer two options: a return to Preachers’ Rock, a popular, 2-mile hike to a scenic overlook that the club did in fall 2022 or an out-and-back hike to Gooch Gap, a moderate, 7-mile roun…

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There’s great news for all Big Canoe travel devotees, which seems to be most of us! With the ebbing of multiple COVID travel restrictions and concerns, the Big Canoe Travel Club is gearing up for an exciting 2023 year of trips, cruises and excursions to suit every desire and taste, from inti…

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The February Lit Lunch will meet at noon, Friday, Feb. 3, at the Village Station to discuss "The Gioconda Smile" by Aldous Huxley.

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The Photography Club is one of Big Canoe’s most active clubs. The club’s direction will be led by Mary Jo Cox and Randy Lewis this year, who will serve as co-presidents. They have big plans for the club in 2023 and updating the pictures at the postal facility is one already accomplished. Tak…

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Sanderlin, Disharoon and McElroy are the familiar names of scenic streets weaving through the Big Canoe community. They are also names of some of the majestic mountains that surround us. On Feb. 14, Big Canoe resident and local historian Jan Murphy will introduce us (or re-introduce us) to t…

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It is somewhat reassuring to know all health professionals must take continuing education courses (in-person or online) in order to keep their licenses active. For pharmacists, the requirement is 30 hours every two years. I try to pick a topic that is interesting and practical. So many cours…

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Would it surprise you to know that, on average, presidents had five siblings? Yes, our presidents tend to come from big families. None of our 46 presidents was an only child, and only three presidents had only one sibling: Calvin Coolidge, Franklin Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan. For our purpos…

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You’ve paid—or may still be paying—a lot of money for your iPhone, so it makes sense to get the most out of it. Thankfully, there’s a lot of great, helpful features in your iPhone and the ever-expanding iOS. The internet offers a seemingly endless list of tips, hacks and hidden iPhone featur…

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This month’s article features three wines drawn from Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast's top 100 list for 2022, which were showcased in my January article. All three were available locally and matched expectations. Additionally, considering the growing market for box and canned wines, our w…

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January never stood a chance. Its older siblings encouraged excess—naughty November’s Thanksgiving with its large meals and plenty of drink snowballed into decadent December’s Christmas, Hanukah and Kwanzaa gatherings, leaving January rife with contradiction.

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Many people don’t know the Big Canoe Travel Club did not exist until 2013. It was launched when Mike Ziegenbalg, owner of a Cruise-One Dream Vacations franchise since 2005, suggested the Homeowners Association (HOA) consider establishing a free travel club for Big Canoe residents. Ziegenbalg…

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They say laughter is the best medicine and it just might be the best Christmas present as well. Nationally renowned comedian Karen Mills was the featured guest at the December Ha-Ha Holiday celebration of Ridgerunners, Dec. 13, at Chattahoochee Technical College’s Appalachian Campus conferen…

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Quilts are different from comforters. Generally, the primary distinction is the middle layer. Comforters are thick and fluffy; compared to a comforter, the batting in a quilt is thinner. But, a quilt is a comforter, the type that brings comfort. It is like a fabric hug. When it is handmade, …

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The January meeting of the Big Canoe Photography Club features John Mariana. He is expected to lecture on the basics of composition, one of the most critical factors of making art in any medium.

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The cup was filled to the brim with wine, ale, or mead, on the top of which would float a piece of toasted bread. After putting his lips thereto, the host would pass the cup to the guest of honour on his right, and he after drinking would pass it on to the neighbour on his right hand. In thi…

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