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As the story goes, Ernest Hemingway, a passionate cat lover, was gifted with a special cat by a ship’s captain in 1933. Snowball was a unique feline in that he possessed extra toes - he was a polydactyl cat. Polydactyl cats are born with an abnormal, dominant genetic mutation called polydactylism. The gene is somewhat common and even though it is passed on it does not always produce kittens with extra toes. Snowball, however, went on to produce many litters of polydactyl kittens. As many as 50 of his descendants are living the life of luxury today, spoiled and pampered by the staff at …

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The May 26 meeting featuring Celebrity Cruises’ new ship Apex with trips to the Greek Islands will be a double session, with the first meeting at 4 p.m. and the second at 6:15 p.m. in the Mountains View room at The Clubhouse at Lake Sconti. Seating is limited, so please call Dream Vacations,…

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Friends, families and curious onlookers gathered at War Hill Park, Dawsonville to experience the annual U.S. Army training exercise on May 5. The event was delayed due to weather issues according to Lt. Col. Christopher Green, commander 5th Ranger Training Battalion. “We had to wait until ab…

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Very little is known about what happened to Flying Tiger Line Flight 739, a military mission plane that went missing on March 16, 1962, with 93 U.S. Army Soldiers on board and 11 crew members. Due to the complexities surrounding the mission, the names of all those who have been lost have not…

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  Join Fernbank on an expedition to the land Down Under in “Sea Lions: Life by a Whisker,” now showing in the museum’s four-story Giant Screen Theater. Dive into the world of a rare Australian Sea Lion pup named Otto—and meet the man devoted to saving her species. 

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Big Canoe Car Club members drove 38 cars to the club’s event at the crossroads parking lot in Tate on a beautiful Saturday morning May 1. Passersby, noticing the big collection of vintage and new cars of all types, joined the event with their unique cars making it a showcase of beautiful car…

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Spring kitten season has arrived at Maggie’s House, BCAR’s community cat shelter. Once again, as in years past, we have several young mother cats and litters of small kittens in our care. We also receive daily calls about other cats needing shelter.  Here are some of the ways you can help:

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Like most organizations, the Big Canoe Chapel Women’s Fellowship has a membership. But what is meant by “membership”? The definition of “membership” can vary greatly.  In the world of mathematics, for example, membership is the relation between an element of a set and the set itself.  In com…

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This year’s hike in Nature Valley will have something for everyone. Everyone is welcome to join us. We will meet at the Wellness  Center at 9 a.m. and hike via the Wildflower Trail (easy) to the Lake Trail (moderate) to the Jeep Trail parking lot on Wilderness. Total approximately 1.1 miles.…