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Welcome to February's issue!

This month we head to the Gathering Place in Southeast Georgia to visit with sisters Lucy Brown and Mattie Collins. Food, family and fellowship inspire these women, who both own farms and run their own businesses in Metter and Cobbtown, respectively. Turn to “From Metter with love” on page 30 to learn more about these sisters and try some of their favorite recipes.

Next, we catch up with Rutha Mae Harris, a member of the original Freedom Singers, who used her voice—and music—to inspire change and spread the message of nonviolence. 

After taking part in the March on Washington and many other pivotal events during the civil rights era, she returned to her Albany roots to help make a difference in the lives of students during her 30-year teaching career and in her community through activism and song. 

Today Harris leads a new Freedom Singers group and still uses her voice for good. Turn to page 16 to learn more.

February’s issue has many more great stories, including one about a critter (Georgia’s weather-forecasting groundhog); a look at creative places where squirrels can perch (along the Bushy Tail Art Trail); one about “Jam Man” Mike Massey’s generosity to his neighbors (in Hometown Heroes); and news of how Georgia’s electric cooperatives are having an impact on their communities (in Currents). I hope you’ll find several stories that you enjoy.    

Let us know: Who or what has inspired you so far this year? Share your thoughts with us at We’d love to hear from you!

Happy reading!

Jennifer J. Hewett

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