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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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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.…

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The residents of Big Canoe probably don’t know just how fortunate they are to have the physical facilities that they’ve grown accustom to in Big Canoe. Take Lake Petit for example. If the dam and the lake had to be constructed today, it would run into the millions. Did you know that when it …

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As we shared with readers in April, the Big Canoe Chapel Benevolence Committee’s mission is to provide support to individuals as well as charitable and faith-based organizations in need, focusing on Pickens and Dawson counties.  Our assistance is primarily in the form of financial support, b…

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Members of the Big Canoe/North Georgia Friendship Force have not been traveling this past year due to the pandemic but we have been connecting with other clubs and each other via Zoom calls. Our last gathering was in person at Gibbs Gardens March 23. It was a lovely day, seeing many of our m…

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The charity concert at The Terraces on Sunday, April 11 was a huge success from every angle: perfect weather, money raised to help ACES and Ruth House, incredible music and 250 very happy ticket holders.  Sponsored by the Big Canoe Black Bear Society with support from the Big Canoe Chapel th…

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Who doesn’t love a kitten!  They are so adorable and get into so much mischief.  They are always entertaining us and melting our hearts.  There is a good reason spring is known as “kitten season” as a  lot of litters are born around this time.  BCAR has taken in several litters recently and …