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Page 4C September 4, 2019 /t orter * Continued from Page 1C nursery was opened (and is owned) by Barbara and Dale Woodward in March of 2016. Barbara said she has always loved plants and actually Mossy Corner Nursery came into be- ing on a sort of 'whim'. She and her mother, who is also a plant lover, learned of a greenhouse that was for sale and wanted one for her yard. After meeting the lady sell- ing that green house, she ended up buying many of her unusual plants, too. She said all of a sud- den she experienced a light bulb moment and knew a nursery would be just the thing. After working the kinks out with family members, she set the location on family land and things began falling into place. Barbara and Dale both work full-time jobs, and she needed someone to help her on a day- to-day basis. She was told a nursery in Culloden was selling some items she needed and met Bo Shrigley. Bo owned and operated (with his aunt) Elm Oak nursery in Culloden for over 45 years. He was retiring and selling off his business but knew he would not be content to )tist sit around. So seemingly it was God's plan in bringing Barbara and Bo to- gether. Barbara said she needed the help, and Bo was the man for the job. He agreed to help her open up and has been with her ever since. Bo was born in Lake Wales, Fla. but spent his sum- mers on his grandparents farm in Culloden. He said this is where he learned his love and knowledge of plants. After college and a few years in the army, Bo moved to the farm and has made Culloden his permanent residence. Barbara said she is elated to have Bo and said he is very supportive and encouraging to her. Wesley has been with the nurs- ery for several months and helps not only with the retail side of the business but is all around very handy - especially with the technical side of the nursery. Barbara laughs and calls them the brain and the braun. Barbara said they have plans to expand and will soon of- fer programs such as children's classes, native lectures, have special guest speakers, etc. She said groups are welcome to come out and have Bo host a tour and lend his knowledge as needed. The nursery offers all variet- ies of plants from ornamentals, trees, succulents, cactus, etc. If they do not have what you need, Barbara said they could find it as they do business with nurser- ies all over the southeast. They also offer discounted prices to area landscapers. Bo will come to your home (no extra charge) and give his expert advice as to the type of plants that would work best. He is currently help- ing me with a project in my own yard. He is very enjoyable to work with, and I can't wait to see the finished project. If you have plant questions you can email Barbara at: Barbara@ You can also 'like' Mossy Corner Nursery on Facebook and Instagram. The nursery is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Vicki Smith covers Bolingbroke for the Reporter. She and her husband, Bobby Lee, own 6. op- erate Properties Plus Realty, and she is president of Bolingbroke Community Club which gives us the beloved Bolingbroke Christ- mas parade. By' Alvin Plexico, Navy Office of Com- munity Outremb Ensign Stephen Wheeler, a 2013 Mary Per- sons graduate and native of Forsyth, is one of those responsible for providing timely, compre- hensive and tactically relevant information for ships, submarines, aircraft and other com- mands operating throughout the globe. As a Navy meteorology and oceanography of ricer, Wheeler is responsible for leading a group of sailors who perform hydrographic surveys. Wheeler credits success in the Navy to many of the lessons learned growing up in Forsyth. "I applied my experiences from playing sports to help mold my leadership style in the Navy;' said Wheeler. A key element of the Navy the nation needs is tied to the fact that America is a maritime nation, according to Navy officials, and that the nation's prosperity is tied to the ability to operate freely on the world's oceans. More than 70 percent of the Earth's surface is covered by water; 80 percent of the word's population lives dose to a coast; and 90 percent of all global trade by volume travels by sea. "Naval Oceanography defines and applies the physical environment for the entire Navy fleet from the bottom of the ocean to the stars" said Rear Adm. John Okon, Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command. "There isn't a plane that flies, a ship or a subma- rine that gets underway wit.horn the sailors and civilians of Naval Oceanography:' Wheeler is playing an important part in America's focus on rebuilding military readi- ness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strateg "Our priorities center on people, capabili- ties and processes, and will be achieved by our focus on speed, value, results and partnerships;' said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. "Readiness, lethality and modernization are the requirements driving these priorities:' Though there are many ways to earn distinc- tion in a command, community and career, Ensign Stephen Wheeler (Photo/SPC Heidi Cheek) Wheeler is most proud of leading his division. "Leadership is a big part of my job, and it's an honor to work with these sailors" said Wheeler. Serving in the Navy is a continuing tradi- tion of military service for Wheeler, who has military ties with family members who have previously served, wheeler is honored to carry on that family tradition. "My father was in the Navy, and my grandfa- ther was in the Army" said Wheeler. "My father told me a number of sea stories that made me want to experience them for myself." As a member of one of the U.S. Navy's most relied upon assets, Wheeler and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes providing the Navy the nation needs. "The Navy represents an opportunity for me to serve my country" added Wheeler. "My favorite part of serving is the men and women that I get to work with." day, Sept. 18. To volunteer to help unload the truck and/or assemble and distribute food, show up at 10 a.m. at Christ UMC, 417 North Front- age Road, Forsyth (next to the Farm Bureau). For information on being a recipient of this once-a-month food distribution, contact Circle of Care at (478)-994-4939. Continued from Page 1 C on Monday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Sept. 9 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Conley Building (stone depot) on East Mary Persons Cafeteria. All proceeds Adams Street in Forsyth. In September benefit the Mary Persons Volleyball performers are Aztec Dancers, flute the Society meets a week after its regu- team. There wilt be salad and pizza players, drummers & flintknappers, lar meeting time because of the Labor from Jonah's on Johnston, homemade watch the demonstration of Me- Day holiday. Dr. Pascoe is a member of desserts by parents, a silent auction Sept. 19 soamerican culture through dance the history faculty at Georgia College for local Forsyth business items and and music. Also this year Dr. Gary & State University in Milledgeville. He themed baskets and three rounds of IlJbbon Cutting forlt'0urlfome Mclntosh, great grandson of Chief is the conceptual design creator for trivia facilitated by Trey Bernard. Tick- Senior C~I~ William Mclntosh, will be a special "Barbecue Nation," an exhibit currently ets are $10 per adult ($35 for a team Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of guest. Grand Entry will be Saturday at the Atlanta History Center. Visitors are of 4) and $6 per student ($20 for a Commerce will host a Ribbon Cutting at 12 noon and Sunday at 1 p.m. welcome, team of 4). Visit buyticketsat/mphsvol- for YourHome Senior Care LLC, 105 Native American vendors will bring leyballteam/290102. No tickets at the Martin Luther King Jr. Dr Forsyth on arts, crafts and demonstrations. The beautiful Indian Springs Hotel/Mu- Monroe (0un~ Board of door. Thursday, Sept. 19 at 10 a.m seum, built by Chief William Mclntosh Health I blicMealing Sept. 13 Sept. 21-22 in 1823, will be open for tours, includ- The Monroe County Board of Health ing its Elizabeth Harris Garden. The will hold its quarterly public meeting Ifespit l Auxiliary holds Purses Annual 0anulgee Indian festival is sponsored by Butts County on Monday, Sept. 9 at b p.m. at the lAccess0ries Fundraiser Celebration Historical Society (770-775-3313). Monroe County Health Deportment, Monroe County Hospital Auxiliary will Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical There is a donation of $5 for adults 106 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, hold a fundraiser on Friday, Sept. 13 Park will host the 28th Annual C)cmul- and $3 for youth 5,17; 4 & younger Forsyth. North Central Health District from 8 a.m.-b p.m. This will be a "gen- gee Indian Celebration Sept. 21-22. are free. For more information, contact is a nationally accredited public health fly used purses & accessories sale" at This cultural experience provides an Trina Mansfield at (770) b55-5905 or provider dedicated to preventing the Smith-Grant Office building next opportunity to interact with people from trJnamansfield 11 disease, promoting health and protecting to the hospital main entrance, all of the Southeastern Native cultures, Central Georgia communities against plus representatives of other tribes from Sept. 9 health threats through education, service, Sept. 18 throughout the nation. Over 200 Native Monroe County Historical advocacy and collaboration. FOOd Bank Distribution People, artists, dancers, storytellers, musi- Christ United Methodist Church, cians, and historic lifestyle demonstrators, S :ietlr W hear about Mary Persons Volleyball Tm'b along with other local churches and will share their culture with the visiting Barbecue "Barbecue" will be the subiect of Dr. Night in conjunction with Circle of Care, will public. The Celebration is open from Craig S. Pascoe's presentation to the The fifth annual Mary Persons Volley- distribute food packages provided by 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. The cost is Monroe County Historical Society ball Trivia Night will be on Monday, the Macon Food Bank on Wednes- $6 for adults and $3 for both children 6-12 and military; children under 6 are free. There will be some off-site parking for handicap visitors and regular visitors at the Macon-Bibb Health Dept 171 Emery Hwy, Macon. No ATMs available on site. Many American Indian vendors do not take credit cards. Many popular artists, dancers, and storytellers are returning from past years. Indian taco~4,o fry bread and roasted corn will be ' ~ available. Sept. 26 Forsyth-Monroe County Chambor of Commerce Membor App on Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce, 10 West Chambers St Forsyth will hold a Member Apprecia- tion Event on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 5:30 p.m. RSVP to Karl at 478-994-9239 or Sept. 28 Teen Driving Roadee Kiwanis Club of Macon and a team of community organizers will present Teen Driving Roadeo: an interactive learning hands-on experience on Sat- urday, Sept. 28 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Martin-Whitley Educational Com- plex. The event is free, but registra- tion is required. All teens with driver's hcense/permit may register at www. For more information, call 478-719-1195 Georgia Legislator Dale Washburn joined 27 freshmen lawmakers from across the state for the Georgia Legislative Lead- ership Institute (GLLI) in August. The most recently elected members of the Georgia House of Rep- resentatives and Senate attended sessions at the USA Center for Continu- ing Education and Hotel on topics such as public values and policy develop- ment, leadership chal- lenges, building trust, the American Republic and addressing fairness. GLLI is an extension of the Biennial Institute for Georgia Legislators and forms the core of a phased leadership development program for members of the Georgia General As- sembly. It is designed to strengtaen the leadership skills of individual legisla- tors while also reinforcing the legislative institution. The multi-day program allows lawmakers to ex- plore the leadership chal- lenges of representative government with faculty from UGA Carl Vinson Institute of Government as well as legislative lead- ers and colleagues. This year, new lawmak- ers learned leadership lessons from Lt. Gay. Geoff Duncan and House Speaker David Ralston and took part in a discus- sion panel with veteran legislative members Senate Democratic Leader Steve Henson; Representative Bob Trammell, Minority Leader; Representative Mandi Ballinger, Chair- man of the Juvenile Justice Committee and Senator Dean Burke, Chairman of the Health Appropriations Dale Washburn, Georgia District 141 House Representative, lawmakers in his Georgia Legislative Leadership class. Subcommittee for Com- munity Health. program, sup- ported by the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, is designed to help legisla- 2nd row 2nd from left, is pictured tars address key dements of personal, ethical, and political leadership as they ! 4 with the other freshmen carry out their roles and responsibilities as elected representatives.