Georgia Magazine - October 2012 - (Page 8)

COMPILED BY JENNIFER J. HEWETT Georgia glimpses • Educational consolidation. Augusta State University and Georgia Health Sciences University are consolidating under the new name of Georgia Regents University. Including nine colleges and nearly 10,000 students, the university’s inaugural class will enroll in fall 2013. For details, see www. • Voter registration. The last day to register to vote in the Nov. 6 general election is Oct. 9. Contact your county’s voter registration office, or visit, for registration requirements. • Railroad revival. Duluth’s Southern Railway Museum is the kick-off point for this year’s Railroad Revival Tour, beginning Oct. 20 and featuring Willie Nelson, Band of Horses, Jamey Johnson and John Reilly. These musicians will travel through Louisiana, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona and California in 16 vintage 1940s railcars, stopping along the way for concerts in unique railroad settings. For information, visit www. • Historic waffles. Begun in 1955, the original site of the first Waffle House in Avondale Estates recently received a historic marker, commemorating the iconic restaurant’s impact on the American economy. With more than 1,600 locations nationwide, Waffle House serves up its famous waffles and other specialties 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Operation Sandbox helps military Since its start in November 2004, Georgiabased Operation Sandbox’s efforts have touched more than 86,000 military members serving overseas. The goal of the nonprofit organization is to support America’s military by sending care packages, which cofounder Virginia Pearson, of Covington, says is important for boosting morale. “Our care packages are sent to lift the spirits of men Care packages sent by Operation Sandbox volunteers and women defending our arrive overseas for military personnel to share. freedom,” Pearson says. She adds that the boxes let service mem- is holding its fifth annual Ride for the bers know they are appreciated; it Troops at Stone Mountain Harleyhelps them stay focused and return Davidson. It’s a police-escorted ride with food, vendors, live music, raffles home safely. This organization is not Georgia- and a special patriotic program. specific. Material and monetary dona- Those who attend will also have the tions have been received from across chance to see the U.S. Army Orange the country and allow Operation County Chopper. All proceeds go to Sandbox to continue its efforts. Seven paying postage costs and filling care to 10 volunteers meet weekly in Cov- packages. For a list of donations needed ington to pack the boxes. Every box shipped contains food, snacks, mov- and how to get involved, visit www. ies, hygiene items, and letters and or call (770) 784-9155. notes of encouragement. —Bobbi Otis On Oct. 20, Operation Sandbox COURTESY OF OPERATION SANDBOX ‘Leaf peepers,’ get ready! The Georgia Department of Natural Resources recently named the top 10 state parks in Georgia for viewing the changing foliage display this fall. The top state parks are: 1. Amicalola Falls State Park & Lodge, Dawsonville 2. Black Rock Mountain State Park, Clayton 3. Cloudland Canyon State Park, Trenton 4. Fort Mountain State Park, Chatsworth 5. Moccasin Creek State Park, Clarkesville 6. James “Sloppy” Floyd State Park, Summerville More online at COURTESY OF WAFFLE HOUSE 7. Smithgall Woods State Park, Helen 8. Tallulah Gorge State Park, Tallulah Falls 9. Unicoi State Park & Lodge, Helen 10. Vogel State Park, Blairsville To track the progress of autumn’s colors, visit www.gastate from October to mid-November. GEORGIA MAGAZINE 8

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia Magazine - October 2012

Georgia Magazine - October 2012
Liberty Notes
Picture This?
Georgia News
Calendar of Events
Picture-perfect pets!
Adventures across the border
Around Georgia
My Georgia
Georgia Cooks

Georgia Magazine - October 2012