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Winter Kale Salad with Apple and Parmesan

By Rob McDaniel 2 cups cleaned and stemmed kale 1 apple (rinsed, dried and sliced without seeds) 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese Salt and pepper 3 tablespoons cider vinaigrette: 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil ½ teaspoon minced shallot ½ teaspoon whole grain mustard 1/8 teaspoon fresh chopped thyme Dress […]

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Decorating with Distinction

Lake Martin decorator Melanie Wilkes blends natural elements with fine French antiques to create a festive, nostalgic setting for Christmas Story by Betsy Iler | Photo by Kenneth Boone Lake Martin homebuilder Derryl Thomas hauled in a truckload of fresh magnolia branches for Melanie Wilkes to sort through as she decorated for Christmas at Willow […]

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After 25 years Jim Ray says ‘Goodbye’

Story by Betsy Iler | Photo by Cliff Williams Long time CEO at Children’s Harbor Jim Ray next month will pass the leadership baton to Dr. Myrle Grate, though Ray will continue to support the Children’s Harbor programs at the Lake Martin camp for children and families and at the Family Center at the Benjamin […]

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SpringHouse Dumplings

By Rob McDaniel Chiffonade is a chopping technique in which herbs or leafy green vegetables, such as turnip greens and basil, are cut into long, thin strips. In this dish, the technique offers color and texture. 3 cups self-rising flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon shortening 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pepper […]

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Goal Setting

By Lee Williams Like a marriage, golf for most is a lifetime commitment. You will have many ups and downs, and it’s something that will always need improving. There is one thing that the most successful do in any sport, and I would venture to say in most aspects of life. I’m referring to setting […]

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An under-par day is the best kind to have on the golf course

By Betsy Iler From his first shot off the tee on the Willow Point Golf Course back nine, Brady Cliett played a great game during last month’s warm spell. “I just didn’t miss. I was real solid for the whole practice,” said the first-year golfer on the Central Alabama Community College (CACC) team. “I did […]

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Purple Martins

Story & Photo by Kenneth Boone If you want to start a long, passionate conversation in rural Alabama, try bringing up religion, politics or purple martins. To those who build and maintain purple martin houses on their property – and there are thousands in the Lake Martin area – purple martins are in the same […]

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Dreams do come true

Mississippi family revives Veasey’s Marina to open ice cream parlor on the lake Story by Mitch Sneed | Photo by Cliff Williams We’ve all done it. You are over 40 and finally manage to tear yourself away from the grind of your job and get away for a vacation. You sit back and relax, enjoy […]

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Russell Marine – 2nd in the nation

By Savannah Harrison Russell Marine continued its tradition of excellence this year, taking home the Best Events award and placing second in North America at the annual Top 100 Dealers gala held by Boating Industry magazine on Nov. 19 in Orlando, Florida. “We just got back from the marine dealer conference,” said Russell Marine President […]

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Lake Martin goes to Washington

Karen Kison and Tyler Hirn represent Children’s Harbor’s Burn Camp at firefighters event in the nation’s capitol By Savannah Harrison From Sept. 20 to 27, Lake Martin’s Karen Kison and Tyler Hirn explored the nation’s capitol, taking in a number of the historic sights Washington, D.C., offers visitors. Kison recalled the Smithsonian Institute and George […]

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Information – a gift you can use

By John Coley The spirit of the Christmas season is upon us here at Lake Martin! For this month’s column I thought I might try to give a real estate related gift to the readers. Obviously, I can’t bestow actual waterfront property. If I had that magical power, I would not be sitting here typing. […]

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Waiting for answers

By Dave Heinzen Members of the board of directors of the Lake Martin Home Owners and Boat Owners Association (HOBOs) continue to receive inquiries regarding the status of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) review of Alabama Power Company’s license application that, upon FERC’s approval, would lead to a new license to operate the federal […]

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Choices, Choices

Winter bait choices abound; try these top six By Greg Vinson When I think of fishing Lake Martin in the winter, there are a few different baits and patterns that come to mind. Each of these can lead to a successful day on the water. The first and most conventional winter pattern for cold, clear […]

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Giving the gift of good food

By Julie Hudson The search is over before it has even started! There is no need to fight the crowds or contemplate what to buy. The perfect present for almost anyone on your list is a homemade food gift. A homemade food gift makes sense for so many reasons. You can rest assured that eventually […]

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Tasting the year’s best wines

By Henry Foy As 2014 bolts for the exit, let’s take a quick look at a year of From the Cellar. All in all, we had a pretty good and informative year with little or no planning. Some might call that miraculous. We started the year on a positive note with the hope that recycling, […]

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Putt or Chip

By Lee Williams We are getting into winter, and with winter comes dormant, wet, tight lies around the greens. These are the toughest lies for chipping. Even professional golfers struggle with chipping from this type of grass. The first question you should always ask yourself while chipping – especially off these types lies – is, […]

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