A picture taken at noon July 15th shows the increasing problem of dirty, worn-out or broken items left at the Community Thrift Store. In June the store, which has provided millions in grants to local groups had 142 tons of unsellable items left at their site.
By Don Russell
Thrift Store founder
The Community Thrift Store started in January 2000 and has been very successful because of its business model of operating with only donated items, using only volunteers (no one is paid), selling or giving to some at great prices and returning all profits to the community in forms of grants to non-profits, the grants total $5.6 million.
This concept operates well with getting usable donations and having adequate volunteers to manage the store. The store needs about 200 volunteers to cover all the work.
It was just after twilight in a meadow where a bonfire and drum circle were swelling to life. A naked man with a didgeridoo appeared from nowhere. The slender 20-something asked my friend and I if we knew where his pants were (we did not), if we had noticed he was nude (we had), and if I was tripping (I was not). He proceeded to tell us about the Hindu goddess of death, Kali, who he said is taking over the world.
In any other setting this encounter would be (understatedly) unexpected, but at a Rainbow Gathering I quickly learned rules of the modern world don’t apply. The goal of the Rainbow Family is simple, one many might call idealistic – come to nature to celebrate oneness, peace and love through community, music, dance, and meditation. It’s a place where, according to the Rainbow Gathering “mini-manual” handed out to participants, anyone with a bellybutton, no matter their race, religion or background, is welcome as long as there is shared love and respect “without anyone getting hurt.”
After a discussion with my editor we decided I should head out to the gathering, just 40 minutes from Jasper, to see what it was all about.
Family to tell story on WSB’s Care-A-Thon
Lisa and Ryker Lowe and their three sons. Harlan, center, was diagnosed with leukemia in March. The Lowes will help raise money to look for a cure by sharing their story live on the annual WSB Care-a-Thon on Thursday, July 26 at 11:10 a.m.
Ryker Lowe said if his four-year-old son Harlan wasn’t bald and thin from chemotherapy treatments, people would never be able to tell he has leukemia.
“He’s tough as a sack of nails,” said Lowe, who along with his wife Lisa received the devastating diagnosis in March of this year.
“He never boo-hoos, and has handled things so well. He brings so much life to our family. He’s happy and smart, and an old soul. You can talk to him like an adult.”
Universal Alloy Corporation, seen here in an aerial depiction, opened a plant within the city limits of Ball Ground just last year. Between 50 and 100 employees work at UAC, which is an international company manufacturing aluminum extractions for aircraft wing and fuselage components. Boeing Corporation is one of their biggest clients.
By Larry Cavender
After years of a stagnant and sluggish economy, the United States is seeing an historic economic boom with GDP growth approaching four percent, unemployment levels at record lows, and manufacturing optimism at all-time highs. Many experts attribute the new economic growth to deregulation and tax cuts.
Nowhere is this economic optimism more evident than in Ball Ground. There are no less than 50 industrial and manufacturing companies located within a three-mile radius of the city's downtown, with more manufacturing steadily arriving. So why has Ball Ground become such a magnet for industry?
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