Archive for the ‘Better Hometown’ Category

Better Hometown Initiates Aluminum Recycling Program

December 29, 2011 in Better Hometown,City of Wrightsville,Events,Johnson County,Local News | Comments (0)

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Now city and county residents have the opportunity to drop off their aluminum cans into a recycling bin downtown. Better Hometown of Wrightsville has placed a  drop-off trailer on the corner of East College and South Marcus Streets (next to Jet #3).  Many thanks go to Georgia Power Company, who enthusiastically supported the project with a grant, to Joe Norris for the loan of a trailer, to Ace Hardware for paint donation, to Harold Gaston for rust proof supplies and to the Johnson County 4-Hers, for painting the trailer green. All proceeds from the collection of recycled goods will be earmarked for future downtown projects. Thank you for supporting this effort!


Nathalie Dupree Comes to Wrightsville!

November 23, 2011 in Better Hometown,City of Wrightsville,Events,Johnson County,Local News | Comments (0)

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Better Hometown of Wrightsville hosted a very special occasion November 10th: Nathalie Dupree, well-known chef, cookbook author and personality, visited Wrightsville that day to take part in a fundraiser to honor the memory of her friend, Louise Dodd. A luncheon was held at the 1st United Methodist Church Reception Hall in Wrightsville together with a silent auction, remarks by Nathalie Dupree, door prizes and book signings. The menu consistded of recipes from Nathalie’s Shrimp and Grits Cookbook with the dessert recipe being one of Louise Dodd’s….all prepared by Teresa’s Catering of Wrightsville. Many thanks to all who supported this fund raiser including Sponsors, Teresa’s Catering and The Herald Publishing. TV 35, Dublin’s hometown station, filmed Nathalie’s speech and remarks by sponsors and attendees. It may be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dh3U6jgm9jw&feature=youtu.be


Chef Nathalie Dupree Visits Wrightsville

October 27, 2011 in Better Hometown,City of Wrightsville,Events,Johnson County | Comments (0)

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(This article appeared in the Macon Telegraph as a prelude to the Better Hometown sponsored Nathalie Dupree/ Louise Dodd Luncheon November 10th.)

 

Even the memories are delicious

by Ed Grisamore, TheMacon Telegraph

WRIGHTSVILLE
— Louise Dodd must have been born with a spatula in one hand and a mixing  bowl in the other.

Recipes calling for allspice were part of her DNA. When she arrived in the world in 1929, the umbilical cord could have been an apron string.

No, he never strayed far from the kitchen. She got that from her mother, Kathleen “Kitty” Futrelle. She passed it on to her daughter, Carol Dodd Porter.

Kitty hailed from the tiny town of Guyton, in Effingham County. She was still baking pies in her  golden years, and she lived to the ripe old age of 102.

“She would tell everybody she was baking for the ‘old’ people,’’ Carol said, laughing. “And they were 20 years younger than she was!”

Louise was a chip off the old cookie. She wrote more than 1,800 food columns over a 31-year period for The Courier-Herald newspaper in Dublin. She also served as food editor of Macon Magazine.

She published a cookbook of her calorie-filled travels, “Eating from the White House to the Jailhouse,’’ now in its second printing. She could always put her finger on recipes for cheese straws or lemon chess pie. After all, she had collected more than 700 cookbooks.

Clara Eschmann, the longtime food editor of The Telegraph, was one of Louise’s culinary running mates. Those gals really got around in cooking circles, nibbling their way across the globe in search of perfect recipes for everything from corn pudding to spoon bread. Over the years, Clara and Louise brushed forks with a number of celebrity chefs. Among them was Nathalie Dupree, the  author of 11 cookbooks and a household name in home cooking. Dupree has hosted more than 300 shows on PBS, The Learning Channel and The Food Network.

She became the first food maven since the legendary Julia Childs to host more than 100 cooking shows on public television.

Louise and Clara became such good friends with Dupree they were invited to her Jamaican beach wedding, with Clara serving as the matron of honor. (That must have been a hoot.)

Four years ago, with help from Betty Ragland and Barbara Cowan, Louise was instrumental in getting Dupree to Macon for a luncheon and cookbook signing at Riverside United Methodist Church.

Louise had lived in Macon since 1985, the city where she had graduated from her beloved Wesleyan  College and where she was crowned Mrs. Macon in 1967. She was married to Billy Dodd, a well-known physician and noted jazz musician.

They lived in Wrightsville for 35 years. Louise taught school, and Billy was a country doctor. (In 1962, he delivered the town’s most famous native son — football star Herschel Walker.)

Mary Ann Norris was a neighbor from across the street when the Dodds resided in Wrightsville. She said that Louise was not only one of the best cooks ever to ever heat up an oven, but she was a “longtime, upbeat mem-ber of the community, a tireless volunteer and champion of Wrightsville events.’’

A few months ago, Mary Ann connected on Facebook with an old high school friend living in Chattanooga, Tenn. Mary Ann noticed on her friend’s “friend list” was Nathalie Dupree, so she sent her a message.

“She (Nathalie) must have been on the Internet at the time, and we chatted back and forth,’’ said Mary Ann. “She didn’t realize Louise had passed away the previous November and was completely devastated. I mentioned that Louise had planned to do a cooking class to benefit Wrightsville’s Better Hometown Program, but it never came to be because of her illness. A few days later, Nathalie messaged me that she would dearly love to do the ‘class’ honoring Louise’s memory and to benefit our community nonprofit.’’

So Dupree is headed to Wrightsville on Thursday, Nov. 10, for a luncheon in the social hall at the First United Methodist  Church. It will start at 11 a.m. with a silent auction, followed by lunch at noon.

The meal will feature several dishes from the cookbooks of Dupree and Louise. (Tickets are $25. For more information, call (478) 864-0048.)

Like her mother and grandmother, Carol became a devoted cook. One of her recipes, called “Dootsie’s Divinity,’’ was included in Louise’s cookbook. Carol also writes cooking columns and is now working with WDIG, a community television station inDublin.

“My mother was friends with everybody she met,’’ Carol said. “She was the best letter writer in the world, and she lived by that mailbox. Not only did she love to cook, but she loved to entertain and go places. We used to tease her she would go to the grand opening of a Piggly Wiggly.’’

Carol said she was “overwhelmed” at Dupree’s gesture to honor her mama. “I know she is looking down with pride,’’ she said. “And it would mean a lot to her that it is benefiting the hometown she loved so much.’’

Clara died in the spring of 2002. We lost Louise last year, just three days before Thanksgiving, the holiest day of the year for cooks. I’m sure the aroma from heaven’s kitchen is quite heavenly these days.

(Louise’s death also came just three weeks after Carol lost the election as the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor against Republican incumbent Casey Cagle)

Reach Gris at 744-4275 or gris@macon.com.


Johnson County Receives Camera Ready Designation

September 20, 2011 in Better Hometown,Johnson County,Local News | Comments (0)

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During the September 14th Governor’s Conference on Tourism, Governor Nathan Deal and the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office designated 23 Georgia additional counties as Camera Ready Communities. The program now includes 112 counties across the state. Shown receiving the designation for Johnson County from Craig Dominy is Debbie Gaston, Mary Ann Norris and Rebecca Lovett, Johnson County’s Camera Ready Liaison.

Georgia is the only state that has developed a program like this.


Looking for a Johnson County “spooky house”

August 18, 2011 in Better Hometown,City of Wrightsville,Events,Johnson County,Local News | Comments (0)

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Johnson County is a certified Georgia Camera Ready county. An official ceremony will take place in the fall to welcome us into the Camera Ready Program. We are receiving requests for locations being sought by the GA film locations board. One of those just came in. Does Johnson County have a house that looks haunted that would fill the following description: spooky-looking, aged/run down (but habitable) and preferably be out in the country or have lots of land around it.

If you know of such a house (similar to the one pictured), please photograph it and reply to this web site  along with your contact information and the location of the property.

Thank you very much,
Rebecca Lovett
Camera Ready Committee of Johnson County


Camera Ready Photo Contest

August 16, 2011 in Better Hometown,City of Wrightsville,Local News | Comments (0)

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The Scenes of Johnson County Photo Contest sponsored by Better Hometown of Wrightsville, announces the winning photographs. Sammy Hall’s
two photos of buildings in downtown Wrightsville were chosen as 1st and 2nd place winners over other entries. The contest was held in an
effort to obtain photos for the Georgia Camera Ready Program, which allows production companies to view scenes of Georgia’s authentic landscapes and
downtowns for possible film and TV productions. Most of Sammy’s entries focused on Wrightsville’s historic downtown buildings. Congratulations Sammy!

Rebecca Lovett, Johnson County’s Camera Ready liaison,is shown presenting Sammy Hall with a check for taking first and second places in the Better Hometown sponsored Scenes of Johnson County Photo Contest.


Better Hometown’s Gas Giveaway Winner

July 7, 2011 in Better Hometown,City of Wrightsville,Events,Johnson County | Comments (0)

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Little Stella Claire Boone drew the winning ticket for Better Hometown’s gas giveaway over the festival weekend, with Sharon Ivey being the lucky winner of $100 in gift certificates for gas or merchandise from Jet Food Stores. Thanks to all those who supported the project, which benefits Better Hometown’s ongoing downtown revitalization efforts and thanks to Jet Food Stores of Georgia, who partnered with Better Hometown to make the project possible!


Mother’s Day Vintage Apron Display

March 31, 2011 in Better Hometown,City of Wrightsville,Events,Johnson County | Comments (0)

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Most of us have memories of a mother or grandmother in her old fashioned apron. This year  for  Mother’s Day, Better Hometown is proudly sponsoring an old fashioned apron display in downtown store windows.  You will find the apron displays on Elm Street across from the Square at Nana’s Kitchen, Kreative Kreations, Unique Designs and Sheppard’s Florist (shown at right).


Streetscape Sponsorships

February 28, 2011 in Better Hometown,Local News | Comments (0)

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Better Hometown continues to sponsor historic-styled lampposts ($1000), trees ($250) and engraved pavers ($30) for the just completed streetscape project. All sponsorship donations are tax de-deductible under the law. Applications are available at the BHT Office, City Hall and on this site as well as photos of Lamppost plaques. This is a great way to keep alive the names of family members or a business!


Local Students Shine in Denver 4-H Competition

February 16, 2011 in Better Hometown,Chamber of Commerce,City of Wrightsville,City/County Contact Information,Events,Local News | Comments (0)

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Four exceptional students from Johnson County: Emilie Harvey, Kathy Carpenter, Megan Powell and 2010 graduate, Deon Wallace, won national honors after traveling to Denver in January to participate in the Western National Roundup Livestock Consumer Judging Contest. They Placed 1st as a Team and individually they placed 1st (Megan) 2nd (Kathy) and 3rd (Deon) in highest Individual scores! They could not have scored any better! Congratulations to all four…and to our extension agents Brent Allen and Sondra Fortner.