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Join us for a tour of Big Canoe’s model train lines and the expert engineers who designed, developed and run them. With model railroad buff Cecil Schneider as our guide, Smoke Signals Weekly will visit seven model train enthusiasts, check out their layouts and find out what drives their pass…

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Rev. Len Walker, senior pastor at the Big Canoe Chapel, has one of several Lionel O-Scale train layouts in Big Canoe.  He started his layout in a room over his garage shortly after moving to Big Canoe in January 2012. This four-track layout was designed with a lower height than most layouts …

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Georgia ForestWatch, a Dahlonega-based organization dedicated to protect and enhance the health of Georgia’s 867,000 acres of National Forest, has announced the Clean Streams Campaign. Through the Clean Streams Campaign, Georgia ForestWatch members and partner organizations will work to prot…

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Monday, Jan. 4 the Big Canoe POA announced its proposed Capital Contribution Fee(CCF) was approved by property owners. “This vote for Big Canoe’s future will further empower us to upgrade our existing infrastructure,” General Manager Scott Auer commented in an email to Smoke Signals. “The ov…

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Daddy let Marilyn and Sandra get up but he told Karen and me to just go back to sleep. He may as well have said, “Just lay there with your eyes closed, and think about everything you’ve ever done in the seven years of your whole life.”

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On a brilliant October Sunday afternoon, sunshine paints a golden palette, streaming through flaming leaves, exploding photo lens flares, drawing slender shadows and auburn highlights through brittle, whispering grass. The natural world is a “masterpiece of art,” says Mark Warren. He and a f…

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“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back.”

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With a New Year arriving in two days I have been hearing a lot about New Year’s resolutions. Many human’s resolutions seem to focus on things like weight management, trips to the fitness center, ocean cruises to nowhere and back, and other activities of little interest to a 90-pound dog. 

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Storytelling has been a favorite tradition throughout our history. Over the years Smoke Signals has published family stories from readers about their families and memories of holiday celebrations. In the Thanksgiving issue of Smoke Signals Weekly, Melissa Lowrie shared her childhood memories…