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                                     Cage Center female eagle observes traffic on US 27 from a deciduous tree near the highway


***Corps to accept trees for fish attractors - The U.S.  Army Corps of Engineers will begin accepting live Christmas trees to use as fish attractors beginning Friday December 26.  There will be six collection points at Lake Allatoona to include the Victoria Day Use area, Galt's Day Use area, Sweetwater Campground overflow parking area, Payne Boat Ramp, Blockhouse 1 fishing jetty and the Bethany Bridge fishing jetty.  Contact Jacob Albers for more details at 678-721-6700.

*** Flanigen to sign copies of new Berry eagle book " Majoestic" The Last Stop Gift Shop will host a public book signing on Monday, December 22 to feature local author and photographer Gena Flanigen as she signs her new book: “Majestic: The Bald Eagles of Berry College".The book offers 128 pages of beautiful photographs documenting the majestic lives of two bald eagles as they fly, hunt and nest each season in the canopies of Berry College.  Flanigen will sign copies of her book from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Copies will be available for purchase and light refreshments will be served. The Last Stop Gift Shop is located inside the Rome-Floyd Visitor Center at 402 Civic Center Drive. 

***First Day Hikes - The Georgia State Parks system will be offering a series of first day hikes to welcome in the New Year on January 1. The James H. Sloppy Floyd State Park in Summerville will offer an easy for all ages 1.5 mile hike around the lower lake.  The hike will begin at 1 p.m.  Call 706-857-0826 for additional information

***Cave Spring  Polar Plunge - Second Annuel event to raise funds for the historic Cherokee cabin in Cave Spring.  Participants will ante up $24 for the right (thrill - chill) to take a dip in the pool/pond at Rolater park in Cave Spring.  The plunge will take place at noon on January 1. If the idea of a New Years Day plunge into the pool.

+++Lights Up on the Lake .mJames H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park - Summerville, GA  - Enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake from 5-10 p.m.   Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the coming of the holiday season. If you would rather walk, park at the office and cross the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.

***ARC sues Corps over Allatoona water plan  - The Atlanta Regional Commission, the Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority and the State of Georgia have filed lawsuits against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The suits stem from the Army’s failure to act on water supply requests in the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa (ACT) River Basin that have been pending for more than 30 years. 

water a day from the Coosa River at Plant Hammond near Rome, used 

it cool the plant’s coal-fired power generators and then sent most of it 

back to the river as hot water. Now, more than 40 years after the passage 

of the Clean Water Act and more than a decade after state tests showed 

the Coosa was suffering from depleted oxygen—one consequence of the 

hot water discharge—Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division (EPD) 

has still not required the company to install a cooling system that would 

dramatically reduce water use at the plant and restore healthy oxygen 

levels in the river. A cleanup plan that was originally proposed in 2003 has 

never been implemented and EPD now says it will not be ready until 2016.

***Weiss added to Bass Trail - The Alabama Bass Trail is proud to announce two lakes have been added to the state’s popular fishing trail for 2015. 

Coming Events

January 1, 2015 - First Day Hike - Sloppy Floyd State Park - Summerville - 1 pmJanuary 1, 2015, Cave Spring Polar Plunge - Cave Spring Rolater Park - Noon

January 3, 2015 - Snake Creek Gap Mountain Bike Time Trials - Dalton  17 and 34 mile rides

February 7, 2015 - Snake Creek Gap Mountain Bike Time Trials - Dalton  17 and 34 mile rides

March 7, 2015 - Snake Creek Gap Mountain Bike Time Trials - Dalton  17 and 34 miles rides

Apeil 2, 2015 - CRBI Greenie Awards - Barnsley Gardens