Boys become Eagle Scouts
Four members of Boy Scout Troop 16 obtained the rank of Eagle Scout on July 17: Jack Hortenstine, son of Jay and Sharon Hortenstine; Robert Harste son of Richard and Margaret Harste; Jeremy L. Van Alstine son of Jeffery J. and Theresa S. Van Alstine; and Brad Coker, son of Rick and Brenda Coker. Troop 16's Scoutmaster is Robert Bruner.
For his eagle project, Hortenstine built a deck for a cabin for the Radical Action Disciples located in Gainesville.
Harste's eagle project consisted of building two picnic tables, landscaping and installing three fence panels for the Good News Clinic in Gainesville.
The eagle project Van Alstine chose was mulching a path, installing a slit rail fence, planting Junipers and spreading mulch to minimize erosion, dredging and reworking rocks in a drainage area and sanding and painting iron handrails leading to a barbecue area for the First United Methodist Church in Gainesville.
Coker installed a concrete staircase at the nature trail trailhead, placed water bars along hills by the trail, made a drainage ditch, replaced signage, built a bench and cleared brush along the trail at Mount Vernon Elementary School in Gainesville.
White County gets grant
White County and the Sautee Nacoochee Community Association have been jointly awarded a $5,435 Tourism Product Development Grant from the Georgia Department of Economic Development. The grant, which requires a portion of matching funds from SNCA, will support the development of a new SNCA Heritage Center.
The Heritage Center will interpret the history of the area from the prehistoric mound builders to modern day.
SNCA will cover $2,500 of the required matching funds from its operating budget. The rest will be raised through a raffle.
Each ticket is $20, and the prize is $1,000. The winner will be drawn October 21, 2008. Call the Sautee Nacoochee Center at 706-878-3300 to buy raffle tickets.
Artists selected for show
Three local artists have been selected to show their works in a show sponsored by the American Society of Marine Artists. Debra Nadelhoffer of Dawsonville and Bill Davidson and Anne Brodie Hill of Gainesville produced paintings of marine scenes that were accepted into the exhibition out of 700 total applicants.
The show is traveling through Maryland, New Jersey, South Carolina and Maine, culminating in September 2009. For more information on the show, visit www.americansociety
"Brilliant" by Anne Brodie Hill also appears in the June 2008 Issue of Fine Art Connoisseur as well as the current issue of Boat US.