Cartecay Bike Team preparing for second season

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ELLIJAY, Ga. – Entering its second season as an official team, the Cartecay Youth Bike Team has already achieved greatness by producing a state champion in its inaugural season.

Even though the actual race season runs through September, October, and November, the team is already preparing for early training and meetings. Involving parents of the students on the team is part of the process through the next three months of April, May, and June as Coach Larry Alonso prepares for practice season and eventually the races.

Preparing the team in its first season, Alonso said he and his wife expected only a handful of members with their own children making at least half of the team. Today, Alonso celebrates 10 state finishers last season with Hannah Calabretta being a state champion in her first season of competition.

Alonso points to his Mountain Bike Team and the sports as more youth development focused than competitive. Separating the competition from other sports, Alonso said the constant focus on self alleviates much of the back biting and negativity of many other sports. Additionally, Alonso commented on how competitive mountain biking builds on active lifestyles and growth through training like many other sports. Competitors must be fully sufficient on the course for any repairs and on-the-spot fixes needed as accepting outside help carries a penalty in the competition.

Alonso said teaching these skills is so much more than just a sport. He teaches the mechanics of the bikes, skills for sufficiency, and the physical conditioning itself.

Moving into his second season now, Alonso is beginning to build on his successes as he hopes to increase the size of his team, but also to increase the team’s connection and involvement in the county. The team appeared at the Board of Commissioner’s March meeting for Alonso to speak to the commissioners about the county’s trails system.

Part of his presentation to the commissioners focused on the benefits his team and sport could provide for the county. Alonso has already begun work on an “Ellijay Invitational” event to bring teams all over Georgia to Gilmer County as the Mountain Biking Capital of Georgia. Alonso admitted he has already hit a wall in the event for parking and access for the major crowds seeking to attend and view the event with family.

Dreaming bigger, Coach Alonso noted ideas of partnerships for trails through or around local apple orchards and more adaptations for major competitions to point to Gilmer as the Mountain Biking Capital and hold events as such. These events, on average, see upwards of 800 racers and potentially 5,000 people attending the race. A major event like this also exposes people to the county for tourism in addition to the immediate economic in town.

The growth continues across the state, according to Alonso, who stated, “There’s no better place for the state championship race than at the mountain biking capital.” Gilmer provides everything needed for the events with varying difficulties across the county, but an event like this could show the mountain views across harder trails to make it a peak destination for the sport.

The races these students on Cartecay Youth Mountain Bike Team face changes across the minimum sixth-grade riders to do one lap around a five to six mile course and finish. Junior varsity riders do two or three laps to finish, and varsity hit four to five laps totaling around 20 miles before the race ends.

Cartecay continues building on its success and is inviting students and parents interested in the team to attend their team meeting on April 10. The event is one of six preseason events the team is allowed to hold before the end of June.

 

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Live Coverage: Gilmer Parks & Rec Basketball Tournament

Bobcat's Corner, Sports

Join us as TeamFYNSports, FYNTV, FetchYourNews proudly present the LIVE coverage of the entire Gilmer Parks & Recreation annual basketball tournament. Coverage begins Saturday morning at 9 AM and all games will be streamed LIVE on FYNTV.com and our YouTube Channel and we will be posting updates via our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram social media accounts.

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Club Kids of the Month

Boys and Girls Club, Community

Three Rivers Boys & Girls Club announce their new youths of the month Alex Miltiades and Emma Stover.

Alex is currently in fourth grade at Ellijay Elementary School while Emma is in Kindergarten at Ellijay Primary School.

An official release from Boys & Girls Club of Gilmer County Director Jan Day shares a short biopic of each students as follows:

Emma joined our Club in the summer of 2017, joining her big sister, Lannah, who has been with us since 2012. Emma has a smile that lights up a room and her love for friends and kindness to all led to the staff selecting her for this Optimist Club sponsored honor.

Emma likes coming to the Club because she likes to play with Legos in the game room (and she creates amazing structures!). She loves to play soccer in the gym, paint in the art room and read in the Power Hour Room. She also enjoys being a part of our “Mind and Music” program with Mr. Paul where she sings her heart out!

When she is not at the Club, she loves to play with her stuffed animals and toys at home. She plays softball and likes to play basketball. She enjoys going to the park and school.

Emma plans to become a teacher after High School, where words get bigger and she can learn. Ms. Molly is a role model for her!

Mom, Jennifer, says: “Emma learns new things every day. Emma has learned how to be respectful and wants to help people in our community. The Boys & Girls Club is a fun and safe environment which has helped her self-esteem and creativity. We are very grateful for all the hard work Ms. Jan and the staff members put into the Club.”

Alex and his sister, Alaina, joined our Club in the fall of 2015. Since joining our Club, his infectious grin and energetic drive have made him an easy selection by our Staff to be the Optimist Club sponsored Club Kid of the month.

Alex enjoys coming to the Club because he likes to have fun with his friends. He says he is “thankful for even going to Boys & Girls Club.”

Alex is quite the athlete, enjoying basketball, soccer and football. One place you can always find him is in the gym shooting hoops or playing “Lightnin”.

Graduation from High School will find him pursuing a career in basketball and “being a good citizen.” Alex already demonstrates those good citizen qualities by being fair and honest in all his activities at the Club.

Mom, Elizabeth, has this to say about having Alex as a Club Kid. “This program has given Alex the opportunity to be part of a safe and fun environment. It’s not just a place to go after school while Mom works; it’s a fun place. The staff and volunteers are all kind, fun loving and genuinely care about ALL the kids, not just my son. I am truly thankful for Ms. Jan and her hard work to see to the care of the children. She strives to raise great leaders of tomorrow which is started here. Thank you so much for providing for my own family in a time of need. This is a family and not just after school care. Safe for all who attend.”

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Check It Out @ Gilmer County Library

Community

This Week @ Gilmer County Library: November 15, 2017 – November 22, 2017
Heath Lee – Library Manager

GCL will close at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, November 22nd. GCL will also be closed on November 23rd and 24th for the Thanksgiving.


All Ages Programs
The 2017 Gilmer County Library Festival of Trees Celebration will be held on Monday, November 27 beginning at 6:00 PM

 

Youth Programs
Family Story Times
Wednesday, November 15 @ 10:30 AM & 4:00 PM
All ages welcome. Family Story Time is an excellent way to strengthen your children’s literacy skills, and all stories are always followed by a simple craft you can complete with your child


Adult Programs
Lunch & Learn Knitting
Wednesday, November 15 @ 12:00 PM
Got a pattern that is “Needling” you? Looking for something new to get “Hooked” on? Join us on Wednesdays from 12-2 and let us try to “Unravel” your problem! Or come and learn how to knit or crochet.

Wednesday, November 15 @ 9:30 AM
Nutrition Know-How
Learn how to eat heathy without spending a lot of money, the value of having a grocery list, what it means to eat healthy foods, and portion control to prevent weight gain. Presented by Jessie Moore, UGA Family and Consumer Services Agent.

Wednesday, November 15 @ 1:30 PM
Budgeting Basics
Learn how to stretch your food dollars, the importance of paying bills on time, and how to keep track of your spending. Presented by Jessie Moore, UGA Family and Consumer Services Agent.

Bow Making with Sarah Cole: A Make & Take Event
Wednesday, November 15 @ 6:00 PM
Welcome back local interior decorator Sarah Cole as she leads us in how to create beautiful bows for any use and occasion. All materials provided.

Morning Creatives: Paper Making
Friday, November 17 @ 9:00 AM
Join us for creativity and conversation. This month build your creative toolkit with making paper. Choose your style and color. All materials provided.

Master Gardeners: Make-n-Take
Saturday, November 17 @ 9:00 AM
Local beekeeper, Mary Lou Blohm, will present, “Beeswax, the foundation of the hive” discussing use of beeswax; in the Make-N-Take workshop, each pre-registered participant will decorate and go home with a wax globe. Workshop includes honey tasting and drawings for bottles of honey. $20 to attend with all materials provided. Pre-Registration Required – Pick up registration form at Ellijay Farmer’s Market, County Extension Office, or GCL. Registered class size limited to 15. Attendance is free for anyone wanting to attend.

TechBytes: Excel-ent
Monday, November 20 @ 2:30 PM
Excel is so useful. Plan to learn new ways to use the program. Make sure your library card is active before attending. Registration suggested. 706-635-4528

The Friends of the Library Bookshelf

Remember that the library welcomes donations of gently read books and magazines. Those that the library does not need come to the Bookshelf, with all the proceeds benefiting the library.  Do not forget to visit the “back room” of the Bookshelf for newly stocked non-fiction and magazines.  

Bookshelf hours are from 10:30-5:30 on weekdays and from 12:00-2:00 on Saturdays

Library Location & Contact Information
Address: 268 Calvin Jackson Drive, Ellijay, GA 30540.
Phone: 706-635-4528.  Fax: 706-635-3528.
http://www.sequoyahregionallibrary.org/gilmer
https://www.facebook.com/GilmerLibrary
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9AM-8PM, Friday and Saturday 9AM-6PM.

Check It Out @ Gilmer County Library

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This Week @ Gilmer County Library: November 8, 2017 – November 15, 2017
Heath Lee – Library Manager

GCL will be closed on November 10 for the SRLS Staff Development Day.

All Ages Programs
Collective Exhibition
Thursday, November 9 @ 4:00 PM
Showcase your recent academic, artistic, or craft work at Gilmer County Library! Share your hobby, craft, lessons, or current interests with a focus on academic achievement or fun. Everyone has something to share! All Ages Welcome! Call the library for more details.

Youth Programs
Family Story Times
Wednesday, November 8 @ 10:30 AM
Wednesday, November 8 @ 4:00 PM
All ages welcome. Family Story Time is an excellent way to strengthen your children’s literacy skills, and all stories are always followed by a simple craft you can complete with your child

Lego Crew
Saturday, November 11 @ 2:00 PM
The Lego Crew has a different theme each month. Children can work alone or in teams to make their special creation, which will be displayed in the library until next month’s meeting. All ages, under 9 years of age with an adult please.

Teen Programs
Dungeons & Dragons
Monday, November 13 @ 5:30 PM
Adventurers wanted! Whether you’ve been playing for years or would love to learn, join us for the popular tabletop role-playing game: Dungeons & Dragons! Come early if you want to create your character or play one of the available premade characters. All materials are provided, or you may bring your own. For ages 12 and older.

Adult Programs
Lunch & Learn Knitting
Wednesday, November 8 @ 12:00 PM
Got a pattern that is “Needling” you? Looking for something new to get “Hooked” on? Join us on Wednesdays from 12-2 and let us try to “Unravel” your problem! Or come and learn how to knit or crochet.

The Making of the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge
Thursday, November 9 @ 2:00 PM
Join us as we learn about a place of honor and remembrance, the Veterans Memorial Bridge and Gardens. Presented by Sandy Lyons, local historian and veteran. Refreshments served at 1:30

The Friends of the Library Bookshelf
Remember that the library welcomes donations of gently read books and magazines. Those that the library does not need come to the Bookshelf, with all the proceeds benefiting the library.  Do not forget to visit the “back room” of the Bookshelf for newly stocked non-fiction and magazines.  

Bookshelf hours are from 10:30-5:30 on weekdays and from 12:00-2:00 on Saturdays

Library Location & Contact Information
Address: 268 Calvin Jackson Drive, Ellijay, GA 30540.
Phone: 706-635-4528.  Fax: 706-635-3528.
http://www.sequoyahregionallibrary.org/gilmer
https://www.facebook.com/GilmerLibrary
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9AM-8PM, Friday and Saturday 9AM-6PM.

Rec Super Bowl Saturday Schedules Set

Parks and Recreation

The Mountain Football League playoffs have finally reached their final destination for 2017:  Super Bowl Saturday.  This weekend, several of North Georgia’s finest young athletes will meet on the gridiron at Fannin County High School, battling to take home the league’s top honor of Super Bowl Champions.

Here are the results from last weekend’s final round of the playoffs:

6U: Fannin defeated Gilmer 22-0. Will play East Hall in the Super Bowl. East Hall defeated Chestatee 34-0.

7U: Fannin defeated Dawson 32-0. Will play Gilmer in Super Bowl. Gilmer defeated Pickens 46-0.

8U: Union defeated Fannin 20-0. Will play Chestatee in Super Bowl. Chestatee defeated Gilmer 25-19.

9U: Chestatee defeated West Hall 34-8. Will play Pickens in Super Bowl. Pickens defeated Dawson 26-0.

10U: Fannin defeated Gilmer 29-0. Will play Dawson in Super Bowl. Dawson defeated Union 12-0.

11U: Chestatee defeated Fannin 20-7. Will play Gilmer in Super Bowl. Gilmer defeated Dawson 7-6.

Follow us on Twitter @teamfynsports next weekend (or on Facebook) as we will have complete Super Bowl coverage from the sidelines on Saturday.

Updated Game Times:

6u Super Bowl
East Hall vs Fannin 10Am

7U Super Bowl
Fannin vs Gilmer 1145Am

8U Super Bowl
Union vs Chestatee 1:30pm

9U Super Bowl
Chestatee vs Pickens 3:15Pm

10U Super Bowl
Dawson vs Fannin 5pm

11U Super Bowl
Gilmer vs Chestatee 6:45 Pm

 

 

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Check It Out @ Gilmer County Library

Community

This Week @ Gilmer County Library: November 1, 2017 – November 8, 2017
Heath Lee – Library Manager

All Ages Programs
Family Game Night
Thursday, November 2 @ 5:00 PM
Celebrate International Games Week and play some new and old games. All ages! Children 9 and under with adult supervision, please.

Youth Programs
Family Story Times
Wednesday, November 1 @ 10:30 AM
Wednesday, November 1 @ 4:00 PM
All ages welcome. Family Story Time is an excellent way to strengthen your children’s literacy skills, and all stories are always followed by a simple craft you can complete with your child

Teen Programs
TAB
Monday, November 6 @ 6:00 PM
The Teen Advisory Board helps plan and implement library programs for teens. All teens ages 12-18 are invited to attend this meeting. Applicants interested in joining the Teen Advisory Board can pick up a registration form at the library.

Adult Programs
Lunch & Learn Knitting
Wednesday, November 1 @ 12:00 PM
Got a pattern that is “Needling” you? Looking for something new to get “Hooked” on? Join us on Wednesdays from 12-2 and let us try to “Unravel” your problem! Or come and learn how to knit or crochet.

Author Talk: Michele Moore
Saturday, November 4 @ 1:00 PM
Join Michele Moore as she talks about her award-winning novel, The Cigar Factory: A Novel of Charleston. Refreshments provided.

The Friends of the Library Bookshelf

Remember that the library welcomes donations of gently read books and magazines. Those that the library does not need come to the Bookshelf, with all the proceeds benefiting the library.  Do not forget to visit the “back room” of the Bookshelf for newly stocked non-fiction and magazines.  

Bookshelf hours are from 10:30-5:30 on weekdays and from 12:00-2:00 on Saturdays

Location and Contact Information
Address: 268 Calvin Jackson Drive, Ellijay, GA 30540.
Phone: 706-635-4528.  Fax: 706-635-3528.
http://www.sequoyahregionallibrary.org/gilmer
https://www.facebook.com/GilmerLibrary
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9AM-8PM, Friday and Saturday 9AM-6PM.

Check It Out @ Gilmer County Library

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This Week @ Gilmer County Library: October 25, 2017 – November 1, 2017
Heath Lee – Library Manager

GCL will be on The Square for the huge Halloween Trick-r-Treat event on 10/31/17. Be sure to stop by our table!

Youth Programs
Family Story Times
Wednesday, October 25 @ 10:30 AM
Wednesday, October 25 @ 4:00 PM
All ages welcome. Family Story Time is an excellent way to strengthen your children’s literacy skills, and all stories are always followed by a simple craft you can complete with your child

Teen Programs
Teen Fandom Party & Game Night
Monday, October 30 @ 6:00 PM
We are celebrating Halloween and International Games Week at the same time! Join us for some Fandom fun with trivia and activities and play some new games. Come dressed as your favorite character and enter the costume contest. Grades 6-12.

Adult Programs
Lunch & Learn Knitting
Wednesday, October 25 @ 12:00 PM
Got a pattern that is “Needling” you? Looking for something new to get “Hooked” on? Join us on Wednesdays from 12-2 and let us try to “Unravel” your problem! Or come and learn how to knit or crochet.

Morning Creatives
Friday, October 27 @ 9:00 AM
Let’s Make Something Dreadful: Join us for creativity and conversation. This month build your creative toolkit with Bad Art. Choose your supplies and styles, mix as needed, and don’t hold back. All materials provided.

The Friends of the Library Bookshelf
Remember that the library welcomes donations of gently read books and magazines. Those that the library does not need come to the Bookshelf, with all the proceeds benefiting the library.  Do not forget to visit the “back room” of the Bookshelf for newly stocked non-fiction and magazines.  

Bookshelf hours are from 10:30-5:30 on weekdays and from 12:00-2:00 on Saturdays

Location and Contact Information
Address: 268 Calvin Jackson Drive, Ellijay, GA 30540.
Phone: 706-635-4528.  Fax: 706-635-3528.
http://www.sequoyahregionallibrary.org/gilmer
https://www.facebook.com/GilmerLibrary
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9AM-8PM, Friday and Saturday 9AM-6PM.

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