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This Week in Tifton, Georgia -- May 31, 2013

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Older Americans Month Ends in Tifton
with Lunch -- and an Impromptu Dance!

Older Americans Month has been celebrated during May, and on Thursday, May 30, Rep. Penny Houston, R-Nashville, was the guest speaker at the lunch finale in Tifton. And actor/singer Ricky Starr got the seniors on their feet and groovin' to some golden oldies!
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In an interesting aside,  Rep. Houston happened to be sitting at the lunch next to Louise Hetzel of Tifton, and they discovered that they both attended Stephens College in Columbia, Mo. 
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Fulwood Garden Center Unveils New Design
Rotary path
The Fulwood Garden Center's newly redesigned garden will be unveiled during a ribbon-cutting at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 6.
The historic gardens have been preserved with the aid of several community groups, among them the Rotary Club of Tifton, which provided a grant for the Rotary wedding garden. Rotarians are pictured at left constructing a brick path to the wedding garden.

The Fulwood Garden Center is located at 802 W. 12th St. in Tifton. The ribbon-cutting event is part of the local observance of National Garden Week.

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Dr. Joe Turner Elected to College of Physicians Mastership 

The American College of Physicians honored Dr. Joe Turner of Tifton with advancement to Mastership during its annual convocation ceremony recently in San Francisco.


Election to mastership recognizes outstanding and extraordinary career accomplishments. Masters must have made a notable contribution to medicine. This includes, but is not limited to: teaching, outstanding work in clinical medicine (research or practice), contributions to preventive medicine, improvements in the delivery of health care, and/or contributions to the medical literature.


According to ACP bylaws, Masters are elected "on account of personal character, positions of honor, contributions toward furthering the purposes of the ACP, eminence in practice or in medical research, or other attainments in science or in the art of medicine." Volunteer and community service is also taken into consideration. 


"This was indeed appreciated," said Turner. "In nearly 90 years, only 20 physicians from Georgia have been given this award, and only five of those were from outside Atlanta and Augusta where our two largest medical schools are located. A great deal of credit goes to the excellence of our hospital, Tift Regional Medical Center."


Turner began practicing medicine in Tifton in 1964. He founded Affinity Health Group.   

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Tifton Hosting Hundreds of Cyclists on Monday

The Bicycle Ride Across Georgia (BRAG) is rolling into Tifton again on Monday, June 3


The host committee from the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and the Tifton-Tift County Tourism Association are rolling out the red carpet for about 1,000 people, including cyclists, their families and friends.


"Tifton hosted BRAG in 1994 and 2000, and we're honored to have them back. This group of enthusiasts can help spread the word about Tifton around the nation and the world," said Tyron Spearman, Tifton-Tift County tourism coordinator.         


BRAG 2013 is June 2 through 8, beginning in Cordele and ending in St. Marys. BRAG officials said the daily distance traveled will average 59 miles, with a total distance of about 359 miles. There will be an optional Century Ride (100 miles) on Wednesday, with a free BRAG century bandanna to the first 125 finishers. Overnight stays are planned for Cordele, Tifton, Douglas, Waycross, Brunswick and St. Marys.


The Tifton-Tift County Tourism Association will operate free, continuous shuttles to area motels, restaurants, shops and Downtown Tifton to the BRAG group. 

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Design Project Under Way this Summer

The Wiregrass Quilters Guild and personnel from the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College will spend the summer developing a design for a new barn quilt project to be unveiled at the 2014 Folklife Festival and Annual Quilt Show.


Museum Gallery Coordinator Polly Huff said barn quilts are painted quilt squares usually made on boards and then mounted on a barn. The history of the American Barn Quilt can be traced back almost 300 years to the arrival of immigrants from Germany, Austria and the Netherlands.


"Around the 1840s, barn painting and decorating became an actual trade with specialized artisans," Huff said. "These artists combined many folk designs as well as specific geometric patterns from quilt squares. The craft flourished over the next several decades."


Once the Wiregrass Quilters Guild completes the design this summer using a pattern representative of the wiregrass area and the time period represented by the museum, it will be transferred to outdoor grade sheets of wood and painted by the Quilters Guild, local artists and volunteers during the winter.  


Next April, the GMA and Quilters Guild will host a "Quilter's Picnic" beside the Opry Shelter for the dedication and unveiling of the barn quilt  which will be hung for permanent display to coincide with the 2014 Annual Quilt Show at the museum during the Folklife Festival. 

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            At a Glance.... 
  • SATURDAY, June 1
  • Wiregrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m., Georgia Museum of Agriculture, Tifton.
  • Downtown Farmers Market, 9 a.m., Old Train Platform, Tifton.
  • Mudd Fever Run, 9 a.m., 184 Connell-Ray Road, Tifton.
  • Summer Reading Kick-Off Carnival, Noon, Tifton-Tift County Public Library, Tifton.

In Memoriam

May 25
Angela "Angie" Margaret Phillips Jones, 46, Tifton
May 26
Exie Mae Leverett Gay, 85, Tifton 
Ruby Christine Handley Pitts, 76, Tifton  
May 28
Erwin Carlos Watkins Sr., 88, Enigma
John A. Ray Jr., 70, Adel

May 30
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