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While the Saturday morning sun beat down on Savannah during one of its hottest weekends this summer, Maria Vaughan and her husband Michael Wedum chatted outside to Thunderbolt residents for hours about the benefits of recycling their food waste.The couple, co-founders of Savannah-based food waste composting program ...
While the Saturday morning sun beat down on Savannah during one of its hottest weekends this summer, Maria Vaughan and her husband Michael Wedum chatted outside to Thunderbolt residents for hours about the benefits of recycling their food waste.
The couple, co-founders of Savannah-based food waste composting program Code of Return (COR) Compost, kicked off a pilot program with Thunderbolt as part of the city's larger conservation effort in the works. After the weekend, Vaughan said they had eight resident sign-ups and at least three restaurants willing to participate in the 60-day composting pilot.
Not only is it an easy way to combat climate change, Vaughan explained, but it's also, ultimately, cost effective for the city.
Rising temperatures:Savannah goes from hot to hotter as climate warms
Edward Drohan, Thunderbolt council member, said he is in the early stages of formulating a conservation plan for the town of about 2,600 and cites slowly increasing water costs as one of the reasons for doing so.
"There's a dual purpose," said Drohan. "There's an overarching conservation goal, which has to do with being good to the earth. Whereas it relates to the water system, it is known that compostables that go down the drain are damaging to the system. Therefore, compostables that don't go down the drain actually help the system last longer and work better."
How does COR Compost work:Compost business looks to expand
"I never thought about composting because I only thought about it in the context of a garden," said Stephen Yost, a Thunderbolt resident. "Knowing that somebody is collecting stuff, it helped spark that idea that maybe we should be doing this."
Vaughan and Wedum laid out the process for households that want to participate: All it takes is throwing your food scraps into a different container instead of in the trash where it will be taken to methane-producing landfills or down the sink where it's bound to damage pipes.
COR Compost, which started its operations in 2019, has had over 600 resident sign-ups and 20 commercial accounts, most of which are downtown Savannah restaurants.
Residents who sign up receive a commercial food-grade bucket in which they can place their kitchen waste. They can either drop the contents off at the Forsyth Farmers' Market every Saturday at COR Compost's stand or at one of three self-serve stations across the city. Curbside pick-up is also available to residents for a fee.
How to sign up:Compost company wants your food waste
Those who use the newest self-serve station by Wesley Oak United Methodist Church in Thunderbolt can receive a free cup of coffee from Finches Sandwiches and Sundries, the restaurant across the street.
"We had a lot of residents from the islands interested, but logistically it didn't make sense," said Vaughan.
Now, with a closer drop-off station in Thunderbolt, Chatham County residents on the east side can participate much easier.
Town restaurants, Finches, Chiriya's Thai Cuisine and Tubby's Tank House will be taking part in a free two-month composting trial, which is about how long it takes for food waste to fully decompose on COR Compost's farm. The usual process takes four to five months, but COR's solar-powered aeration system cuts that time in half, said Vaughan.
At the end of the trial, restaurants will get to see their previous food waste in composted form — a dark, nutrient-rich soil.
Depending on the results from this trial period, COR Compost and Atlantic Waste, which handles waste management for the city, could potentially coordinate and work with businesses in a more formal arrangement.
"They're pioneering this right now for the restaurants," said Finches co-owner Rebecca Matthews. "There's been nobody else who's approached us and said, 'hey there's a better way.'"
Matthews, who composts at home already, said she's excited to start incorporating it into her business, as well.
"For our millennial toast that we do, which is an avocado toast, we go through like a hundred avocados every couple of days, so that's a lot of waste," said Matthews.
Chiriya Moore, who runs Chiriya's Thai Cuisine, said she does her own composting in her garden behind the restaurant, but is participating in the pilot program because she believes the city needs to do more with recycling and composting.
"I don't throw anything away," she said as she crushed a bag of egg shells beneath her feet and gestured towards the dirt, which, along with the egg shells, is speckled with scraps of vegetables and banana leaves.
"If you don't do it now [recycling, composting], it's going to become a big problem," said Moore. "I do what I can now."
According to the USDA, a person, on average, produces about a pound of food waste per day.
Using conservative estimates based on that statistic, the town of Thunderbolt produces about 91,000 pounds (or 45.5 tons) of food waste per year that goes down the drain, said Drohan.
Extrapolate that to the rest of the county, and that's a lot of food waste in the pipes.
A study from Georgia Southern University's Center for Business Analytics and Economic Research found that the city of Savannah produced about a total of 60,900 tons of compostable waste and, within that, 22,800 tons of food waste in 2016.
Right now, COR composts about 480 tons on their one acre farm.
"With the right support for this movement we could take away 10% of the city landfill's compostable material on just the first tier of becoming a commercially regulated facility," said Wedum.
Along with composting, the city is mapping out a plan to conserve water, a long-term effort that municipalities around Savannah are working on.
"For a water system, you've got to be thinking 50 years down the road," said Drohan, "you can't let it get to a point where, it doesn't matter how much money you have or how hard you work, you're going to have a crisis."
On a local level, Drohan said this will save Thunderbolt resident's tax dollars. Conserving water means drawing less from the City Savannah as well, which costs about 2.5 times as much as the city's main source of water.
"We're trying to avoid damage to the infrastructure, we're trying to stretch tax dollars and we're trying to do well for the earth," said Drohan.
Vaughan echoes that idea when it comes to composting. In addition to environmental benefits, it can be a fiscal advantage.
"There's actually a large revenue that we're missing out on by just throwing it in a landfill," said Vaughan. "We can literally take half of what our waste is and turn it into a product. This is the solution to reamend our soil and have something for the future."
COR Compost received a donation of 40 composting buckets. Those who would like to sign up for free can do so while supplies last by visiting corcompost.com/signup. To support the organization, go to corcompost.com/support.
Nancy Guan is the general assignment reporter covering Chatham County municipalities. Reach her at email@example.com or on Twitter @nancyguann.
SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - A Georgia church is battling in court for the right to sell its own property. Their opponent? Their own now-former larger church organization.Members of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Thunderbolt say they are devastated. The church, which has less than a dozen members, has been a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) for decades.But Reverend Steve Schulte tells WTOC as soon as the larger church organization found out they planned to sell their property and downsize, it kicked th...
SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - A Georgia church is battling in court for the right to sell its own property. Their opponent? Their own now-former larger church organization.
Members of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Thunderbolt say they are devastated. The church, which has less than a dozen members, has been a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) for decades.
But Reverend Steve Schulte tells WTOC as soon as the larger church organization found out they planned to sell their property and downsize, it kicked the congregation out of the denomination and sued them over the property, effectively blocking the sale.
Now, more than a year into this battle, Rev. Schulte says it’s become bigger than just their church.
“We are fighting for every small congregation that’s out there,” Schulte said. “A bishop can come in and close you, and take your property, and then you have nothing left.”
Schulte has led St. Luke’s for almost 30 years. Founded as a Lutheran church back in 1931, Schulte says the congregation joined the ELCA when it formed in 1988.
St. Luke’s had been a member of a different Lutheran organization, which merged to form the ELCA that year.
Like many other churches, St. Luke’s church body has shrunk over the years. They’re now down to just 8 members. The congregation has sold-off much of its former property over the year, including its old place of worship.
But now, Schulte says the congregation is too small for its current place of worship. So, when a neighbor offered to buy the property for $200,000, Schulte said they jumped at the opportunity.
“Out of courtesy we informed the bishop that we were going to sell the property. We have never had a bishop’s approval in the past, ever,” Schulte said.
The church owns the deed to its property, and its constitution states that it has the right to sell it. But Schulte says that wasn’t enough for Bishop Kevin Strickland, who oversees the ELCA’s Southeast region.
He says Strickland asked them to let the ELCA control the sale - and the money from it.
“And we said to him, no. We are not going to listen to you,” Schulte said. “And when he interfered with that transaction, the potential buyers backed out for fear of lawsuits.”
The suit, filed by the ELCA last June in Chatham County Superior Court, alleges that St. Luke’s has, “ceased to meaningfully exist.” It also says the ELCA is suing to, quote, “protect and preserve any undisposed assets in an orderly manner.”
Schulte thinks it’s all about the money.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if small churches closing is another way for big churches to make money.”
But not everyone sees it that way. Reverend Steven Martin, founder of The Lakelands Institute... a national consulting firm for churches... says he’s familiar with these kinds of disputes.
“I would question the narrative that the ELCA just kind of canceled and kicked out a church,” Martin said. “It’s always more complicated than that.”
Martin says he doesn’t think a major church like the ELCA would try to profit from church closures.
“It’s really a minefield for them. And selling church property, or redeveloping church property, is never ever a simple matter,” he added.
Schulte says, for his small church, it’s not about the money. It’s about staying true to their Christian principles.
“I have been a Lutheran my entire life,” Schulte said. “These people here have been Lutherans for a very long time. And for someone to come in and say, ‘you’re out of here!’ is just wrong.”
On Thursday, WTOC heard from the ELCA’s attorney, who represents Bishop Kevin Strickland.
Attorney Charles Bridgers said, quote... “I can confirm that a final written document has been executed by St. Luke’s and the Synod. St. Luke’s is no longer a congregation within the ELCA. Mr. Schulte is no longer on the of ELCA roster of pastors...”
WTOC pressed Bridgers, and he said that both sides have agreed not to share any more details about the agreement. We also reached out to St. Luke’s, but have not heard back.
This story is part of a trend of church property disputes. Just last month, the South Carolina Supreme Court returned 14 church properties to the Episcopal Church - but ruled that 15 other churches could keep their properties.
The state’s high court ruled that those 15 churches had not created a trust in favor of the national church... and therefore could keep their real estate.
The Lakelands Institute predicts as many as 100,000 churches could close across the U.S. over the next several years. They say the pandemic has accelerated that trend.
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Cliff Miller walked the timeworn halls of Thunderbolt Elementary School on Sunday afternoon and reminisced with the staff, students and alumni who gathered for a closing ceremony."I was in Mrs. McCracken's fifth-grade class right here," he said. "Mrs. McCracken used to let my dog come in and sit with me during the day. Everywhere I went, the dog went, except the lunch room. She wouldn't allow that."Sixty-one-year-old Thunderbolt School will close at the end of the 2016-2017 school year. Studen...
Cliff Miller walked the timeworn halls of Thunderbolt Elementary School on Sunday afternoon and reminisced with the staff, students and alumni who gathered for a closing ceremony.
"I was in Mrs. McCracken's fifth-grade class right here," he said. "Mrs. McCracken used to let my dog come in and sit with me during the day. Everywhere I went, the dog went, except the lunch room. She wouldn't allow that."
Sixty-one-year-old Thunderbolt School will close at the end of the 2016-2017 school year. Students from the old school in the small fishing village will attend the newly constructed Low Elementary school next year. Passage of an education sales tax extension in 2011 enabled the district to generate $30.6 million to rebuild the Low Elementary campus large enough to accommodate both the Low and Thunderbolt student populations.
The Thunderbolt community came out to say goodbye Sunday.
"This is the only school I've ever gone to and to me it is my family," said Aiden Mason Harvey, a Thunderbolt student.
Thunderbolt's first public school was a one-room school house. When it opened in 1890, there was one teacher with 68 students. Nancy Edinger Hiers remembers when the current school first opened in 1956.
"I was in third grade and Mrs. Carter was my teacher," Hiers said. "I remember coming over from the old school on Mechanics Avenue."
Her cousin Beth Feltovic Toomer lived just across from Thunderbolt School and went to school there from first through sixth grade.
"It was a lot different then," she said. "This gym wasn't here and the library was just an old classroom. I've got certificates for helping to put books away."
Current Principal Susan Ambrose organized Sunday's ceremony like a reunion. Former students were given alumni ribbons. Students decorated the halls with photos and school history details. Classrooms were opened so teachers could reminisce with their past students. Former faculty and staff returned to take one last look at the leaky, flood-prone school they had all grown to love.
Past principals Camille O'Neill, Shannon Floyd, Vicki Bryant and Kim Newman returned for the celebration and Jacob Wilson, III, who was hired earlier this year to serve as principal of the merged Low and Thunderbolt student bodies, attended the ceremony as well.
Thunderbolt parent Elizabeth Powell said she is sad that a school that created so many happy memories is closing, but she is happy the large new Low School will be able to provide even more children with love, care and a firm academic foundation.
Markayla Green ran up and hugged teacher Emily Morgan. She was in Morgan's third grade class when she first started teaching at Thunderbolt.
"Thunderbolt was just what I imagined when I changed careers and went back to school to get a master's degree in special education," Morgan said. "Thunderbolt was just what I imagined teaching should be. There will never be another school like it."
For Do SavannahCoach’s Corner on Thunderbolt Island has been hosting a steady run of of excellent tribute bands lately, but sometimes it’s nice to hear a group play original music, too.Atlanta rockers The Bitteroots may have started out as a cover band when they formed in 2008, but they have released six albums of original material in the intervening years, and are bringing their unique sound and catalogue of great songs to Coach’s Corner&rsquo...
For Do Savannah
Coach’s Corner on Thunderbolt Island has been hosting a steady run of of excellent tribute bands lately, but sometimes it’s nice to hear a group play original music, too.
Atlanta rockers The Bitteroots may have started out as a cover band when they formed in 2008, but they have released six albums of original material in the intervening years, and are bringing their unique sound and catalogue of great songs to Coach’s Corner’s Soundgarden Stage.
The Bitteroots have drawn comparison to the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Melissa Etheridge and Janis Joplin, and for good reason. Singer Laura Dee carries the tunes with powerful, classic-rock pipes.
“She’s actually the fourth singer we had, but the first three each only did three shows,” said Bill Taylor, bassist and co-founder of The Bitteroots, when talking about how the band lucked out in recruiting Dee.
Another addition to the band that solidified their sound was saxophonist Darren Nuhfer, who joined in 2014.
“He’s sort of our secret weapon,” explained Taylor. “Before Darren joined, we were a straight ahead guitar band. Darren approaches sax in a little bit unique way in that he plays sax with a full effects pedal. Sometimes he plays like a lead guitar, and other times he plays like what you would normally equate with a keyboard player. He adds all these textures and it’s a really interesting sound. In a lot of ways it’s become somewhat of the Bitterroots’ unique sound. Without Darren we’re a driving rock band, but he brings this element of additional textures that you wouldn’t expect just looking at a sax.”
With drummer and co-founder Mike Davis, and guitarist PJ Poellnitz, as well, the Bitteroots have evolved over the last fourteen years and thus wanted their latest album, “Try Me Again,” released last April, to be a reflection of their current iteration.
“It is actually re-recorded recordings of some of our favorite songs from previous albums,” said Taylor.
“Try Me Again” came about when The Bitteroots were stuck at home during the COVID pandemic. Taylor and his bandmates realized that the band had changed so much over the years that their early recordings didn’t sound like them anymore, nor did they have the production quality that the band had become accustomed to.
So, The Bitteroots picked thirteen of their favorite songs and revisited them.
“Actually, if you come see a Bitteroots show, those songs on the new album sound like the Bitteroots now. That was one of our biggest challenges is that people would come to our shows, then they’d listen to our music on Spotify or buy a CD and those records were recorded with different instrumentation, different personnel, and we just wanted something a little tighter, a little more modern and polished.”
The Bitteroots have become regulars on festival stages like Atlanta Dogwood Festival, the Sweetwater 420 Festival, the Summer Shade Festival, the Inman Park Festival, Stone Mountain Park’s Yellow Daisy Festival, and The Amplify Decatur Music Festival.
They have also shared the stage big artists like Kool & The Gang, Mavis Staples, Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), Everclear, Drivin’ N Cryin’, and the Freddy Jones Band. With years of touring and festival experience, the Bitterroots have honed themselves into a formidable live band.
“We do long shows,” promised Taylor. “Prior to COVID it was common for us to do three hour shows.”
“In all honesty, we’re a little out of practice for doing three hours,” Taylor added with a chuckle. “Maybe we’ll do 2 one and a half hour sets. We hope we have a huge crowd there, with people who want to have a good time, dance, and have some cocktails. We’re looking forward to seeing a few smiles.”
IF YOU GO
WHAT: The Bitteroots
WHEN: Friday, Aug. 20 at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Coach’s Corner, 3016 E. Victory Drive
THUNDERBOLT, Ga. —The Major League Baseball postseason will begin Tuesday with the Wildcard Playoff Round.And that means the return of a second-season tradition in Thunderbolt.It’s become a familiar site in the first few days of October, a teepee erected at Coach’s Corner in Thunderbolt.The structure has gone up every year that the Atlanta Braves have made the playoffs since 1991.TRENDING STORIESAnd they’re looking forward to another opportuni...
THUNDERBOLT, Ga. —
The Major League Baseball postseason will begin Tuesday with the Wildcard Playoff Round.
And that means the return of a second-season tradition in Thunderbolt.
It’s become a familiar site in the first few days of October, a teepee erected at Coach’s Corner in Thunderbolt.
The structure has gone up every year that the Atlanta Braves have made the playoffs since 1991.
And they’re looking forward to another opportunity to do it again.
“We’re really excited," said Lawrence Bennett, the organizer of Coach's Corner Teepee. "We only have a few more things to do on our punch list, and it’s going to be great. The playoffs are going to be awesome, the Braves are going to kick butt and we’re going to have a really good time up here.”
But it’s not just about cheering on the Braves, it’s also about helping out a worthy cause. You can pay for an opportunity to watch the game in the teepee, with proceeds going to benefit the nonprofit Help Save One of Our Own.
“Everything is tax deductible. Every dime goes to somebody in need in our community," said Bennett. "It all stays local, and we’re real proud of it.”
A year ago, because of the Braves' early exit from the playoffs, they didn’t raise nearly as much money as they had hoped for during that particular run. This year, though, they’re optimistic, thinking the Braves will have a run all the way to the World Series and in turn, that will mean more opportunities to raise more money for the charity.
“We do have a goal that we’re trying to raise money for Help Save One of Our Own," said Bennett. "It was cut a little short last year because the Braves exited early. We really want to hit our mark and raise as much money as we can.”
Now, even though the Braves' first playoff game is not until Saturday, Coach's Corner will be manning the teepee 24 hours a day starting Tuesday, the same day the MLB Wildcard Playoffs begin.