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project transition into
ophia Rodriguez's 4-H
or think certain ways."
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Rodriguez
was close to home for
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pillowcases. She
County high school senior.
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student Sophia
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reminder that we're always
encourages children of
a support serve as a
create
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kids and have hope."
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a youth program in Liberty
so that other military
Rodriguez is also a member
members' par- shops
it.
where most of the 4-H
country can benefit from
performing arts group
Army Base. across the
about my Georgia 4-H's
ents serve at Fort Stewart
a military am"While getting to share
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Clovers and Company,
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part
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kids," sador. She also
School Age Centers,
the lesson with military
judging and poultry
on the impor- teach
it is judging, forestry
to attend
teach children lessons
"I know exactly what
judging. Rodriguez plans
and creativity. she says.
kids; some days it can
tance of feelings, color
of Georgia in Athens
kids sim- like for these
proj- the University
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high school
really hard. I hope my
after she graduates from
easily answer, just be
exciting but that it also
ple questions they can
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fun
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or
whether
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r to always be positive
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do and why," she says.

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Inspired to serve the community
It is such an incredible honor to
be featured in your magazine! [See
"Liberty County 4-H student uses outreach project to help military children," Georgia News, February 2018,
page 9; bit.ly/4hsophia.]
I hope other young people will
read about my story and be inspired
to give back to their communities
through some form of service. Thank
you for highlighting my project and
for supporting positive youth development.
I'm so grateful to 4-H for giving
me the platform to reach out to the
next generation and to you all for celebrating the efforts of those who are
striving to make the world a better
place. I'm excited to continue to
spread awareness of mental health
and share my project. Thank you so
much.
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says Chef Linton
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each day. Over time I have acquired
other cast-iron cookware, but nothing beats my old skillet!
I look forward to GEORGIA Magazine and read each issue from cover
to cover. Keep up your good work!
-Jeanette Gordon, Talbotton

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Former Gov. Sonny Perdue was
sworn in as the 31st U.S. secretary
of agriculture on April 25, 2017-a
red-letter date for our state, as Perdue is the first Georgia native to hold
that office. "Secretary Sonny," as he
is known on Twitter, oversees one
of the nation's largest federal departments, charged with administering
farm policy and food safety programs
and funding food stamps, other
nutrition programs and the U.S.
Forest Service.
Perdue amassed his agricultural
knowledge the old-fashioned way. He
grew up on a farm in Bonaire, and
during his professional life as a farmer, agribusinessman and veterinarian,
he has experienced the industry from
every possible perspective. Turn to
page 16 to learn how he'll bring this
experience to bear on his new role
and about his plans to foster a culture
of approachability in the USDA.
April is also noteworthy for another reason-it's National Donate
Life Month, which makes it fitting
that we feature a story on LifeLink of
Georgia, a nonprofit organ-recovery
service that works to find donors and
deliver organ donations.
See "A legacy of life" on page 28
to discover how LifeLink helps give
transplant patients a second chance,
thanks to the generosity of organ and
tissue donors. Through this organization's work, we are learning that
death need not always have the last
word.
Finally, on a more lighthearted
note, we take a look at the entertainment-driven world of minor league
baseball. See "Major fun in the minor
(and wood-bat) leagues" on page 22
to find out how teams like the Savannah Bananas and the Macon Bacon
are ramping up the fun with antics
like break dancers, "Star Wars" nights
and sumo wrestlers. Any way you
look at it, it's a whole new ballgame.

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cast-iron pan
cookware?
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hot spots.
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, it stays that way. But
ing gets a crispy, nothNothing beats
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foods like cast
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iron.
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all of these, start
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by
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An interesting read
Thanks for the magazine. I always find something interesting to
read and good recipes, too.
-Betty Royal Ricks, Savannah

Georgia's film industry
is booming
Peggy Gardner
@atlnative * 26 Aug 2017
Love this new city slogan
Y'allywood instead of Hot 'Lanta!
We're such an entertainment mecca
now. Kudos to @georgiamagazine

My cast-iron skillet
still going strong
I wanted to let you know how
much I enjoyed the story "Diary of a
cast-iron skillet." [See Georgia Cooks,
February 2018, page 38; bit.ly/gmc
iron.] I, too, received a cast-iron skillet (already seasoned) as a bridal gift
57 years ago. I have cooked just
about anything you can think of in it
over the years. Mine also sits on the
top of the stove, ready to be used

[See the September 2017 issue for
several stories about Georgia's film
industry; bit.ly/gm917.]

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