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From its beginnings, generally dated as 776 B.C., the Olympic games have evolved from a simple athletic competition into a mammoth entertainment spectacle. The games enjoy worldwide popularity fueled by nationalism and the suspense of competition.

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Q: Dr. Habermann, our dog was recently diagnosed with an injured cruciate ligament and it was recommended that it be surgically repaired. What are your recommendations on this?

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In September, the Big Canoe Hiking Club plans to hike the Emery Creek Falls Trail near Eton/Chatsworth, Georgia. This is a 5.9-mile, out-and-back hike with waterfalls, creek crossings, some downed trees and is rated as moderate. The toughest part, reportedly, is the first approach. The eleva…

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In the July 2021 edition of Smoke Signals, I introduced Brody, the very handsome, 1-year-old male brindle Plott hound mix weighing 40 pounds. He was found at the Exxon Station at the end of Yellow Creek Road at Highway 53. X-rays showed Brody had fractured his pelvis four or five months earl…

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An interesting phenomenon of the pandemic was the adoption of rescue dogs by homebound Americans, resulting in shelters running out of dogs available for adoption.

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In 2019, artist John Feight, founder of the Foundation for Hospital Art, and his “BC Touch-Up Gang” initiated an art project at the Wellness Center natatorium. I called the beautiful series of undersea life murals that now embellish the back wall of the indoor pool the “Aquarama” in a Septem…

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For some reason we still can’t understand, the little gray tabby didn't just catch my attention, she arrested it. There was no earthly reason for this. She looked like every other gray tabby in the world. She was bashful to the point of withdrawal. She glanced up from her kennel, but quickly…

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What is your first vision when the gardening conversation moves to hydrangea? If you remember only your grandmother's blue mop head, I'd like to expand your horizons. There is a hydrangea for every spot and season in your garden. The sheer number of species, hybrids and cultivars can be over…

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            Couples golf in Big Canoe was, at one time, a big deal. With over 220 names on the email list, the couples golf program was, by far, the largest group of Big Canoe golfers. We even had our own representative seat on the Golf Committee.

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            With less than two months left in the WGA season, WGA golfers have a full September schedule.

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            Big Canoe will host the Georgia State Golf Association Women’s Team Tournament, Sept. 20-21. The tournament, held yearly, is a two-team, two-day competition for Georgia golfers, 18 and over.

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            July 22 was the first afternoon “in forever” without rain, and the answer to a prayer for the WGA 9-Hole Charity Golf Tournament Committee, comprised of Lyn Cates, Linda Fuller and Susan Rolader.

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Sometimes you are fortunate enough to encounter a special animal. This is the way I felt about Tigger, a truly exceptional cat.

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The June 2021 Smoke Signals’ article, “BCAR’s new puppies,” presented the six puppies born to BCAR resident Molly on March 14, three days before St. Patrick’s Day. Since then, we have found Molly a new home. We have also found Clover, the only white puppy in Molly’s litter, a new abode. The …

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 I am a golfer who plays once or twice a week, weather permitting. I shoot in the 90s with an occasional round in the mid-to-high 80s.

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As they were completing the construction of their new home on Black Bear Point, Joe Tipton and Stacy Johnson shared their extensive gardening experiences with me, adding they planned to be quite minimalist in plantings in Big Canoe. Recently, however, I discovered they had made an about-face…

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Yes, they’re cute and adorable and we all love Beatrix Potter’s “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” stories, but rabbits can quickly become a gardener’s nightmare after the tireless work put into making your backyard paradise. You can certainly use rabbit repellent (most work for a short time and hav…

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