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Attic Treasures of Harlem

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Attic Treasures of HarlemNever underestimate the power and effectiveness of volunteers. Especially the 20-30 volunteers for Attic Treasures of Harlem, which sells donated items at its West Milledgeville Road location to raise funds for local charities. Through the years Attic Treasures, which is celebrating its ninth year this fall, has raised more than $257,000 for other organizations.

“It’s amazing to see what we can do and how we can help the community with the store,” says Loreen Reynolds, the treasurer of the nonprofit. “We have so much fun. Our volunteers have formed good friendships with each other and with a lot of our regular customers.”

Some of the charities that the store supports include Relay for Life; Fisher House at Fort Gordon and Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center; Lydia House; Good Samaritan House, a free health clinic in Dearing; Concerned Women in Grovetown and Wounded Warrior Project.

“When an organization like Attic Treasures is operated by all volunteers, you know it’s run from the heart,” says Phil Alexander, CallingPost founder. “We salute the Attic Treasures organization and its volunteers that share their time and energy to help others in need.” 

Attic Treasures also gives four scholarships of $1,000 each annually to a senior from Harlem, Grovetown and Thomson high schools as well as a home-schooled student to further their educations. At Christmastime, the organization purchases new toys and clothing for 100-150 children. It also supports individuals who have fallen on hard times, sports organizations, Harlem Arts Council and Columbia County Animal Shelter. 

“We give the shelter pillows and blankets that can’t be sold. We hold a free rabies clinic in the spring and a free microchipping clinic in the fall. Pet owners just need to bring a bag of brand-name dog or cat food to the clinics as payment, and we give the food to the shelter,” says Loreen. 

The store is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. For more information, visit attictreasuresofharlem.org.

Family Care, Inc.

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Family Care is the oldest locally owned home care company in the CSRA. We offer compassionate and understanding care for your loved ones so they can remain safe and independent in the comfort of their home or other place of residence. Our RNs and LPNs provide communication and support to their clientèle and staff. Whether it’s an hour a day, an eight-hour shift or complete live-in care, our aides are there to provide the exact service you need and maintain a 24-hour client assistance line.

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208 Church Street | Thomson, GA  30824
1-800-791-5156 | 706-597-1890

Please visit our website at www.FamilyHomeCare.com

ResCare HomeCare

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Welcome to ResCare HomeCare of Augusta, Georgia. We’re proud to serve our community with quality, compassionate home care for seniors. We offer a full range of nursing support and other senior care services delivered by trained and dedicated caregivers – so your loved one can live independently at home instead of moving somewhere else. With ResCare as your home care partner, we’ll help you create a truly customized and effective plan of care.

  • Skilled nursing – provided by a registered professional nurse in the home and may include pre- and post-operative care, infusion therapies, orthopedics, medication management and administration, wound care, diabetic care and other services as needed
  • Personal care – help with daily living activities such as meal planning and preparation, bathing, housekeeping, transportation, errands and companionship
  • Signature programs – a tailored suite of in-home healthcare services to ensure the health and well-being of seniors including concierge services, disease management, geriatric care management, life management, medication care management and safe discharge from the hospital or other medical facility
  • Rest Assured® Telecare – remote, wireless, around-the-clock monitoring to give you peace of mind while maintaining your loved one’s privacy, security and independence
  • Respite care – much-needed relief for the primary caregiver
  • Care for veterans

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1225 Augusta West Parkway
Augusta, GA 30909
(706) 381-8079

Please visit us at www.rescare.com

Pitch-Perfect

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Nick SandlinIn some ways, little has changed in two years for former Greenbrier High School baseball standout Nick Sandlin – and that’s a good thing. He led the Wolfpack to the Class 5A Georgia state baseball title in 2015, and now he is cutting a striking figure at the University of Southern Mississippi as well. 

The sophomore relief pitcher finished this past season with a 10-2 record and had eight saves in 11 opportunities. He had an earned run average of .238 and struck out 80 batters in 56⅔ innings. He allowed only one home run and limited the opposition to a .201 batting average.

Recently selected a second team All-American by Collegiate Baseball, Sandlin attributes his success to USM pitching coach Michael Federico and his teammates.

“I’ve been lucky to have him both years,” Sandlin says about Federico. “Freshman year, I was learning from the older guys on the team and what to expect at the D1 level. I’ve just been on good teams with a good defense behind me.”

Arriving as a freshman at 5-foot-11 and 148 pounds, Sandlin has bulked up to 170 pounds as a result of strength training and a healthy diet. In high school, his fastball peaked in the mid-80 mph range. Now, he’s throwing in the upper 80s and low 90s. 

He also has added a splitter or changeup to complement his fastball and slider. It’s another pitch to confuse batters.

In addition to his pitching prowess, Sandlin recently was named a third team Academic All-American by the College of Sports Information Directors of America. He has earned a 4.0 GPA over two years in construction engineering technology.

“We’ve got a good academic support staff,” Sandlin says. “You gotta learn how to balance them (baseball and academics) your first year in college. Once you figure it out a little bit, it’s not too bad. You stay busy. It’s just the daily routine.”

The Golden Eagles set a school record for wins this season, compiling a 50-16 record. Southern Mississippi lost to Mississippi State 8-6 in the Hattiesburg Regional Final on June 5 to end its season. However, Sandlin has continued to sharpen his skills this summer by pitching for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks in the Cape Cod League for collegiate players in Massachusetts.

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The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

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The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth HoganAnthony Peardew is the keeper of lost things. Forty years ago he carelessly lost a keepsake from his beloved fiancée. That very same day, she died unexpectedly. Brokenhearted, Anthony sought consolation in rescuing lost objects — the things others have dropped, misplaced or accidently left behind — and writing stories about them.

Now, in the twilight of his life, Anthony worries that he has not fully discharged his duty to reconcile all the lost things with their owners. As the end nears, he bequeaths his secret life’s mission to his unsuspecting assistant, Laura, leaving her his house and all of its lost treasures.

Recovering from a bad divorce, Laura, in some ways, is one of Anthony’s lost things. But when the lonely woman moves into his mansion, her life begins to change. She finds a new friend in the neighbor’s quirky daughter and a welcome distraction in the rugged gardener. As the dark cloud engulfing her lifts, Laura, accompanied by her new companions, sets out to realize Anthony’s last wish — reuniting his cherished lost objects with their owners.

With an unforgettable cast of characters, The Keeper of Lost Things is a heartwarming read about second chances, endless possibilities and joyful discoveries.

“Hogan’s novel reveals how even discarded items have significance and seemingly random objects, people and places are all interconnected,” says Booklist.

Mister Mellow — Washed Out

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Mister Mellow — Washed OutPerry, Georgia: “Where Georgia Comes Together” — This hot and sleepy South Georgia town is the birthplace of a pioneer in modern music’s most unique movement to date, appropriately labeled “chillwave.” 

To the layperson, the chillwave movement might be considered more of a background track to a hip new clothing store, but there is an expanded universe of infinite compositions that can be discovered. Mister Mellow, the latest release by Washed Out, is a perfect example.

Washed Out mastermind Ernest Greene sews a quilt of sweet, mushy beats, sultry dance rhythms with glitchy retro layers that slink around his lighter-than-air vocals to create the perfect atmosphere for any venue. A graduate of the University of Georgia with a Master of Library and Information Science, Greene opted out of being confined to the Dewy Decimal System and created a dewy-library of science where experiential inspiration and influence meets musical mastery and craft. 

The follow-up to the 2013 smash Paracosm, Mister Mellow reveals more of Washed Out’s immeasurable talent of crossfading the genres of jazz, soul, funk, house, disco-synth, VHS tracking slurs, hip hop and laptop folk, which he stirs to a slow simmer. All of the musical flavors naturally forge a sonic force field that makes the work day more productive, a long drive totally worth it and a flight more delightful. 

Mister Mellow is the perfect soundtrack to lure summer fun back to a refreshed reality. 

- Chris Rucker

Hardwood Floors & More

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Hardwood Floors & More is a family-owned and operated business with over 25 years of experience with window treatments, carpet, tile, lighting, wallpaper,  furniture, and hardwood flooring. Evans, GA clients can take advantage of our  superior service and affordable solutions for all interior design needs. We offer a  full catalog of interior products and designer accents from the best names in the  business, including Hunter Douglas blinds, Karastan carpets, and wallcoverings  from York, Schumacher, and others. However you want to improve your home, we have what you’re looking for. Additionally, if you need professional installation or refinishing services, we can assist you after a free consultation.

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4696 Washington Rd 
Evans, GA 30809

Tel: 706-868-7030

www.hardwoodfloorsandmoreinc.com

Augusta Remodeling and Construction, Inc.

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Augusta Remodeling and Construction has been in the professional design/build business for over 27 years. Licensed in Georgia and South Carolina, we can provide the following quality services:

  • Room Additions
  • Kitchen & Bath Remodeling
  • Sun Rooms
  • Window/Door Replacement
  • Interior/Exterior Painting
  • Roofing/Skylight Replacement
  • Decks/Porches
  • Structural & Foundation Repairs
  • Outdoor Kitchens/Patios
  • ADA Remodeling for Disabled

For remodeling excellence, call Augusta Remodeling & Construction today at (706) 863-9895 to schedule your initial consultation.

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Tiptoe Through the . . . Zucchini?

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Tiptoe Through the . . . Zucchini?Most of us will look at our calendars this month and simply call August 8 “Tuesday.” However, the well-meaning gardeners or practical jokers or do-gooders among us will take advantage of the true significance of the day.

Yes, August 8 is National Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day. Time to shake up an otherwise ordinary day with a little garden mischief.

By the time August rolls around, gardeners usually have been inundated with more zucchini than they can possibly use. When friends, neighbors and co-workers see desperate zucchini growers heading toward them with armloads of the green stuff, they start to turn the other way. 

Yet resolute gardeners can circumvent their friends’ reactions to their unwanted advances. To unload their zucchini surplus, sneaky gardeners can get up early or stay up late to do their deed under the cover of darkness without feeling a lick of guilt.

Truly magnanimous souls can first bake the zucchini into bread or muffins and put their handiwork in a cute little basket.

And what to do with all that zucchini the rest of the month? Well, you’re on your own.