Richmond Hill Georgia Baseball, Circa 1949

Richmond Hill Georgia Baseball

Big thanks to Angus

These gentlemen, according to what I know, were a local baseball team here in Richmond Hill, circa 1949. It is said that this particular picture was taken in The Bottoms.

We think we know who a few of them are. We would like you to help us indentify them all and tell their stories…

Quality Inn Buffet, Richmond Hill, GA

Quality Inn Richmond HillQuality Inn in Richmond Hill has one of the the best buffets in town. I should know – since I joined Rotary of Richmond Hill two years ago, this has been my standing lunch appointment.

Located on Hwy 17 right off of I-95, you can grab a lunch and a drink for right around $13.

The buffet typically includes two or three entree choices, vegetables, starches and bread. For those desiring a lighter fare, the salad bar is always well stocked. There is dessert to please everybody.

There are a few things that I consider top notch.

  • Country Fried Steak (amazing gravy)
  • Fried Corn
  • Peach Cobbler
  • okra and tomatoes
  • boiled cabbage
  • corn muffin

Lunch is served daily and if you visit on Thursday, you may wanna catch a Rotary function. The speakers are great and the company wonderful.

Quality Inn Richmond Hill
4300 Coastal Highway
Richmond Hill, GA 31324
(912) 756-3351

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Jamborama/Cuborama Update, Boy Scouts, Richmond Hill, Georgia

The following was submitted to Blogging Richmond Hill by a third party. The information presented as fact should be verified and opinions contained are for your own consideration. We welcome continued discussion from all involved on the following topic

The next 100th Anniversary event is less than 1 ½ weeks away and promises to be one of the best events this year. We would like to encourage every Pack, Troop, and Venture Crew/Explorer Post to attend this unique event. There are several new opportunities to be aware of.

The Pembroke Police Department has promised to bring their Impact Program for scouts 14 years old and up. These scouts will be operating golf carts while wearing beer goggles simulating the difficulty of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. (This promises to be a great preventative learning experience)

The Statesboro Police Department has also promised to do a one time SWAT intrusion demonstration. The Team will demonstrate blowing a door off its hinges with small amounts of plastic explosives for an awesome eye opening experience beginning at 10:00AM.

The activities and games are almost ready for operation but require 2 to 3 more adult volunteers to help with the program areas.

Your Community Service Pushmobile should be well on the way to completion. So get your race teams together and geared up for this spectacular event.

The US Army 3rd ID has come forth and volunteered to setup and operate a static area with military vehicle demons and displays.

Red Cross Blood Drive – We are still encouraging adults from our scouting units and family and friends to help support this opportunity to help other by donating blood. Please contact Beth at the Scout office for more information and to include names on our ongoing list of donors.

Please remember the Community Service Award is our highest goal for the Jamborama and Cuborama events. We are encouraging all Cub Scouts, Scouts and Scouters to scout for food, clothing and aluminum cans starting at home, with family, with friends and neighbors. Remember, they can also contribute greatly to your efforts.

It is our wish that all units participate and enjoy this 100th Anniversary event. Any and all comments, concerns can be directed to Mr. Frank Patterson at (912) 772-5362 or fmpatterson@planters.net

Thank You in Scouting,
Mr. Frank Patterson

Roy Hubbard Speaks Out Against Gov. Perdue’s EPA Director

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The residents of the coast of Georgia have been poorly served by the Governor’s office. The crowning blow, as he prepares to leave office, was Perdue’s appointment of F. Allen Barnes as Director of the Environmental Protection Division (EPD). F. Allen Barnes is not a scientist like the person he replaced. He is an attorney and, as I understand it, a very successful one in litigating, not for the protection of our environment, but against it by defending major polluters in the world.

During this past legislative session there was a flurry of bills originating in both houses aimed at weakening the ability of the public to challenge to what might be considered to be bad decisions made by the EPD. Coincidence? Certainly none of the bills had Mr. Barnes or the Governor’s name attached.

It is my opinion that the most outrageous actions and decisions by the EPD involve the proposed waste water treatment plant in Liberty County.
As I understand, over a year ago the construction was stopped after a seven million dollar expenditure of tax dollars on a project that had not been approved by the State. The developer had provided an environmental impact study which the EPD had accepted and was prepared to issue the permit. One can assume that to spend seven million dollars without a permit meant that they were quite sure one was coming before the so-called impact study was ever done. The Environmental Impact Document (EID) was publically disclosed as totally inadequate.

Mr. Wayne Murphy is the project manager for the design engineering firm CH2MHill building the plant. In an attempt to prove the feasibility of the plant to community leadership in Bryan County, Mr. Murphy did a power point presentation before the Richmond Hill Rotary Club which, true to form, appeared to be a jumble of questionable data and diagrams taken from irrelevant files. I. E. fecal coli form bacteria count taken from Kay Creek which is ten miles across land from the proposed discharge point in the Medway River.

I believe that what Mr. Murphy did prove that day was his unquestionable ignorance of the eco-system into which he was prepared to discharge treated effluent. I have to say in Mr. Murphy’s defense that he is an engineer, not a scientist but for that very reason he should not have been involved in that aspect of the project at all. Unfortunately, to the best of my knowledge, CH2MHill did not see the need to even have a marine scientist on staff and involved with this project.

Dr. Carol Couch, an experienced marine scientist was director of the EPD at that time. Dr. Couch left the service of the EPD and returned to academia. That would be a place where true science is practiced not political manipulation with the end justifying the means. She was replaced by an attorney who was appointed by the Governor.

When public outcry smothered the efforts to proceed with the plant construction and its potential danger to the salt marsh system, Mr. Jeff Larson, EPD public relations, was sent in to clear the path and quiet the public voice. “Stakeholder” meetings of very questionable value were held. They were questionable because they were designed to dull public interest and provide a platform to proceed with a politically pre-determined outcome.

Scientists from the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography ( SkIO) volunteered their time to sit with the personnel from EPD and discuss the proper procedures to evaluate the proposed discharge area. The question posed by CEPA was simply, “would the tidal areas proposed as receptacles for a 3.2 million gallon a day discharge from the plant be able to disperse that discharge without potential for serious damage”?

The Coastal Estuary {Protection Association (CEPA) asked repeatedly for qualified personnel to do a proper study as is required by the State. We strongly suggested that SkIO scientists be invited to help plan and initiate the study.

Unfortunately the advice of the SkIO group was systemically ignored. The project manager for EPD attended the meeting from a swimming pool in Florida via cell phone. I spoke with her after that and by her own admission she was not even sure who was at the meeting. Were I a PhD from SkIO I would consider that a professional insult.

When I observed the indifference that EPD personnel were projecting and the public relations maneuvering being done by Jeff Larson, spokesman for the Governor’s office, I assured everyone who wanted to listen that the EPD was on a course to quiet the public, kill a little time, pretend to do a new survey and announce, on schedule, the granting of the permit from their findings. Actually they gave us a date. They said February of 2010. They missed by a couple of weeks but there we are. They knew before they even started how long the “study” would take and you can darn well believe that they knew what the answer was going to be also.

Two basic rules for the scientific study were considered a must by scientists from SkIO who have personally spent many years, some even lifetimes, doing the very research being discussed. Federal EPA scientists agree…

  • First and foremost, the period of time allocated for the study was of paramount importance because of the complexities and the ever changing dynamics of tidal waters, particularly those along the Georgia coast. It was commonly accepted by marine scientists who are considered experts in the field by their peers, that at least a year and possibly more time on site would be needed to collect sufficient data with which to make reasonable decisions or projections. May I remind you that it was over a year and a half ago that this advice was given?
  • Secondly, the collected data must be processed with what is known as a three dimensional model. It has been suggested that such complicated modeling should be done by professionals who specialize in modeling and not by the research scientists themselves. Certainly one benefit of this would be an unbiased product.

EPD, in particular Dr. Elizabeth Booth, project manager, proceeded to ignore all advice. Whether this was a collective decision among the EPD staff in Atlanta, or she chose this path on her own, or was instructed to do so, I cannot say. However, in my opinion I think Dr. Booth knows better.

The data collection period was literally a matter of a few hours out of a few days on the water. Not even a few full days, not a few months, not even close to the recommended year. The data collected and subsequently presented as sufficient is a charade of science.

To add insult to injury where good science is involved, a single dimensional model was used to process the data. The model I am referring to was provided to the EPD by the Federal EPA and described as a model that an”inexperienced” person could use. Its application was to be inland fresh water rivers that flow in one direction. We ended up with inexperienced personnel applying an improper model to insufficient data to arrive at a pre-determined conclusion.

Needless to say, a couple of weeks ago Jeff Larson held another of his “stakeholder” meetings and announced that, in the words of Dr Booth, “an intense study” had been completed. The result of that study concluded that there would be no problem dumping 3.2 million gallons of treated sewage into the salt marsh. The permit has been approved. The clever maneuvering orchestrated by Mr. Larson effectively eliminated any public participation in the process past their bogus first ‘stakeholder’ meeting.

The government does what it pleases and to hell with the people. Want to complain about it? You don’t need to go to Washington. Atlanta is right in our backyard. Go Fish.

Governor Perdue is coming to Richmond Hill to go turkey hunting. He has already been turkey hunting and WE coastal residents are the turkeys.

Roy Hubbard

Laurel View River Sewage Plant Permit Update, Richmond Hill, GA

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Laurel View River Sewage Plant Permit Update

Issue: The Liberty County Industrial Authority (“LCIA”) seeks a permit from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (“EPD”) to dump 1 billion gallons of wastewater annually into the Laurel View River and St. Catherines Sound.

EPD Study: The EPD conducted a study  for 4 days last August and last September to evaluate the impact dumping this wastewater may have on the Laurel View River and St. Catherines Sound and determined that it would not have an impact. The Skidaway Institute of Oceanography previously determined that the EPD study plan was insufficient and flawed.

CEPA Action Plan: CEPA opposes the EPD granting the LCIA a permit to dump pollution into the Laurel View River and St. Catherines Sound. It is important that the LCIA know where the public stands on this issue. As clear evidence to support CEPA’s position in opposing the issuance of this permit, the City of Hinesville’s treatment plant malfunctioned over the past two weeks leading to what the EPD called a “major spill” resulting in massive amounts of raw sewage being dumped into Peacock Creek.

The LCIA cannot afford taking on $30 million in debt to build this plant. We cannot afford to let the LCIA use St. Catherines Sound as a dumping ground for pollution.

If this permit is issued by the EPD, it will destroy St. Catherines Sound. We must take action now to prevent this from happening.

Please contact the LCIA and let them know that dumping pollution into the saltwater marshes of the Georgia Coast is not acceptable:

Ron Tolley, CEO, Liberty County Industrial Authority
Office: 912-368-3356
Cell: 912-977-4147
Fax: 912-368-5585
Email: ron.tolley@lcda.com

Allen Brown, Chairman, Liberty County Industrial Authority
Office: 912-368-2100
Cell: 912-312-1121
Fax: 912-876-4491
Email: c21actreal@aol.com

John McIver, Vice Chairman, Liberty County Industrial Authority
Office: 912-876-2164 
Cell: 912-980-2232

606 East Cafe, Richmond Hill, Georgia

606 East Cafe Richmond Hill GA

As promised, I have set out to eat in every place possible in Richmond Hill. The first installment, 606 East Cafe.

One of my favorite places to eat, 606 boasts an eclectic environment and jam up food. The staff is wonderful (hugs, Heather) and Sandy is probably one of the most creative people in the world.

Friday, I was joined by Chris Sheppard, Executive Director of CVB Richmond Hill , and Lisa Cree, Senior Manager, Send Out Cards . While I almost ALWAYS order the onion rings, I passed due to the overwhelming desire of my friends to order the tater tots. They were wondrous, however, they were naked. 606 has a yummy chili cheese tater tots that can be a meal all by itself.

Lisa ordered the fish and chips which was on special. Chris had the meatloaf sandwich (one of my favorite things on the menu). Jenny informed us that 606 had been voted “Best Hamburger” by Bryan County Now . Give you one guess what I ordered.

The meals with cokes hovered around $10. Lisa’s was a little less being the special. Chris’ was a little more as she picked up the tater tots.

For more information:
10060 Ford Avenue
Richmond Hill, GA 31324
(912) 459-0606

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Places to Eat in Richmond Hill

I have asked quite a few people the same question – How many places do you think there are to eat in Richmond Hill? The answer typically ranges between 10 and 20.  I get the same look of shock every time I correct them.

Evidently, there are some where around 60 places to eat here and around town. Crazy, I know.

So, there are three things that are true:

  1. I live in Richmond Hill
  2. I love local business owners
  3. I love to eat

I can see the light bulbs clicking. That’s right, welcome to the introductory post of “Places to Eat in Richmond Hill.” This is the place where you can join me on my mission to eat at every single restaurant in the 31324.

Tomorrow is a very special day. Chris Sheppard, Executive Director of Richmond Hill Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Andrea Powers of the Richmond Hill City Center will be joining me at 606 East Cafe for a noon lunch. Feel free to join us! Chris is already talking about the tater tots and I can’t wait for the onion rings.

See ya with a menu 🙂

Spring is coming?

I’ve been seeing honey bees for about a week now and friends inform me the Pecan trees are putting off shoots.  My day-lilies have popped up as have other perennials and the Forsythia is in full bloom.  Some people swear Spring is here when Robins show themselves.  Europeans believe the cuckoo call is their first sign.  I’ve seen a Robin or two already.

Every year around this time I get fooled into thinking Spring is actually here only to encounter a couple more cold days at the end of March. I have no reason to believe this year will be any different although within me lies this little streak of optimism which says this year will be different and we have seen the last of the cold.

Early warm weather?  Late Spring?  Rainy Spring?  I am extremely interested in hearing from long time coastal residents of the signs you look for each year at this time.

Trade ya a Sandwich for a Laptop

Alrighty – I need a new laptop and I don’t want to break to bank. Qualifications are:

  • I am a PC (I am not a Mac)
  • My screen is at least 15″
  • I have decent specs but I do not need to be a super computer
  • I would like to have great video capabilites, but I am not willing to pay big for it
  • Windows 7, please

The rest is negotiable. Please let me know where I can find a great deal on something like this. In return, if I buy based on your suggestion, I will give you a gift certificate for a breakfast sandwich and a cup of coffee. from Uptown Deli & Bakery courtesy of Padgett Insurance.

If you aren’t from around the Richmond Hill area, please help me anyway (beg, beg). I’ll regift the certificate and link love you in the process.

Henry Ford (The saga continues)

The Bryan County News has apparently jumped into the breech in support of Col Kent and his quest to remove “A Henry Ford City” from Richmond Hill signage.

I have written on this subject before; as a matter of fact, it was exactly one year ago.  Instead of reprinting what I said then, readers can find the story at “A Henry Ford City” dated February 15, 209.
My focus this time is the editorials and news content of the Bryan County Times covering this story.  It is obvious they are fully in support of Col Kent.  This is reflected in their editorials and the slant of various stories covering Henry Ford, and in particular – his antisemitism as well as various reactions around town.

Ms Potter wrote an editorial, “Here we go again” in which she made it quite clear, through her selection of words and phrases to reflect Henry Ford in the worse possible light, she would like nothing better than to see this “offending” phrase removed.  This is acceptable as she was writing an editorial, not a news item.  What is not acceptable are blatant falsehoods.  She states, “He even traveled to Germany to personally accept an award from Hitler...”.  She goes on in the next paragraph and states, “..there are pictures that prove that meeting took place.“.

I would be delighted to know the source of Ms Potters information.  All of my research indicates the award ceremony took place in his (Henry Fords) own office.  The award was presented by the Consul stationed in Cleveland.  And the award ceremony took place in March of 1938. The date is important as it was a full 18 months before Germany invaded Poland. The award was given due to the work the Ford Motor Company German factories had done in making cars and trucks for Germany.  And the photos of the award ceremony (the real one) can easily be found by Googling it.

A prudent and reasonable person reading the two different sentences would easily draw different and opposing conclusions.   A short survey of friends and neighbors reveal seven of ten queried believe Mr Ford made that trip having heard the story before (three hadn’t heard anything of the sort).  This belief, although lamentable regarding the shortcomings of a knowledge of history are not surprising as far as it goes.  But; a newspaper editor (and part owner) of the towns local newspaper who is reporting on a local issue has a very real responsibility to “get it right”, not print Internet rumors.  A few minutes spent fact checking would have revealed the facts.

It is very easy and convenient to judge past historical figures and events based on our moral and ethical standards of 2010. If we are to strip any favorable recognition from historical figures because of some character or moral flaws found within that person, we will find ourselves shortlisted indeed.  Ideally, we can learn from their character flaws as well as their scientific, military, political, or artistic abilities.

As an additional note, if the “offending” phrase were removed from the towns signage, would that be the end of it?  According to Col Kent?  Sure, although his new supporters may not be so amiable to the solution.  Call me a skeptic , but I find it highly doubtful this would be the end of this matter, as these matters rarely come to an easy close.  We have a statue of Henry Ford in City Hall, a street named for him,  a plaza named for him, and a housing development named for Henry Ford.  They would be targeted very quickly I am sure.

Some late corrections:

Although I started this blog to make a correction, it turns out I had to make three corrections of my own when Jeff Whitten of Bryan County News responded to an E-mail.

1.  The paper is the Bryan County News; not the Bryan County Times.

2.  The medal was awarded in July of 1938 not March.  Now my sources all said July.  My notes said July.  I have absolutely no idea why I typed March.  But, I thank Mr Whitten for catching my error.

3.  Ms Potter is the “editorial director and part owner” not the “editor and part owner” as I stated.

It should also be clarified at this time, the slant I referred to as found in the news stories is actually the slant found in the columns which are found on the editorial page, but are not editorials.  There is a distinction between the two that I did not fully appreciate.

I appreciate Mr Whitten taking the time and patience to point out these errors.