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While Cassie, a 3-month-old calico female, is very modest, she can’t help but agree with the description of “sheer perfection.” Her foster mom is besotted with her and rightly so.

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For eight years Kimber lived a comfortable and happy life as an inside cat. When her family moved to a new home, they decided to turn her into an outside cat. Major problem: she had not been spayed! She had one litter in December, out of which only one kitten survived. The owners kept that k…

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Lit Lunch will meet July 1, noon, at the Village Station, above the Package Porch, to discuss two short stories by Katherine Anne Porter: “Flowering Judas” and “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall.”

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On June 6, 911 received a call for emergency medical assistance and minutes later Big Canoe Public Safety, and BCVFD volunteers received the call and deployed to the location. Due to the nature of the injury and difficulty transporting the patient it was determined a Medical Helicopter was r…

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A beautiful cat with a mysterious past, Cocoa is a 3-year-old, blue-eyed beauty who now craves love and attention. We know she was spayed early on but, at some later point, she was abandoned. One of our volunteers learned of her through Big Canoe supporters of BCAR. When Cocoa came to a fost…

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Summer produce is coming in at the Jasper Farmers Market. The onions are glorious and squash is abundant. Eating seasonally is so much fun as I never really know what I am going to make until I go to the market. Since we have been watching the Julia Child series, naturally her French onion s…

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Yes, you read that right—this Big Canoe Chapel Women’s Fellowship fundraiser will have you singing “Jingle Bells” in the middle of summer! Come to the chapel, July 22-23, 9 a.m. to 3p.m., for some of the best-priced holiday items you will ever find.

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Gary Pichon, Army veteran, business executive and former Dawson County Commissioner, spoke at the Big Canoe Chapel Memorial Day Program sponsored by the North Georgia Veterans organization. The program included an audio/video presentation, music by the NGV Chorus accompanied by Janet Larson …

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Everyone in Big Canoe knows it’s bear season. Ah, the wonders of nature enchant as Mama bears and their babies arise from slumbrous winter while current and future Papa bears yawn and blink, all to dance anew the ballet of being and begetting. They’re fun to watch but always at a distance, a…

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Every weekend the Jasper Farmers Market is different—what remains the same is great produce, great people, great bread and fantastic sorbet. This past Saturday had several surprises and delicious treats. A new farmer showed up with a load of sugar snap peas and collard greens. Louise Jones s…

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Smoke Signals will make the 2022 Big Canoe Directories available at no charge effective immediately.  We made this decision to provide the directories after determining that the POA had met their budget goals for sales and in consideration of the rising impact of inflation on everyone’s life. 

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BCAR recently received a plea from a family that had discovered three tiny kittens without a mother—all very hungry! After calling several humane societies only to find the counties were all full, the family contacted BCAR. Maggie’s House agreed to take them and the rest, as they say, is history.

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The Saturday’s Jasper Farmers Market was close to perfect this past week. The weather was great, vendors galore and customers were out shopping. The Master Gardeners of Pickens County sold plants for a song and so did several other vendors. If you still need tomato, pepper, basil and other h…

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Charming, captivating, cuddly, cheerful—these adjectives are perfect descriptors for the young and handsome feline known in Maggie’s House as Cosmo. He is the last of the trio of cats found in Big Canoe on Ridgeview Drive. Pedro, Priscilla and Cosmo were frightened, shy strays who came aroun…