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ADay for Reinhardt receives $3,000 from Georgia Power

The Georgia Power Foundation, Inc. has been a strong supporter of ADay for Reinhardt for more than 20 years, and the organization recently made its annual gift.

Vice President for Advancement & Marketing Tim Norton, Director of Development & External Affairs Dale Morrissey are pictured with Georgia Power Area Manager Joe Brownlee.
Vice President for Advancement & Marketing Tim Norton, Director of Development & External Affairs Dale Morrissey are pictured with Georgia Power Area Manager Joe Brownlee. Photo by Huitt Rabel.

ADay for Reinhardt is a successful scholarship program that has provided more than $4.8 million to students in Cherokee and Pickens County. Georgia Power Area Manager Joe Brownlee presented a $3,000 check to the University.

ADay is important because it keeps the local community involved and engaged with the University,” said Brownlee. “It provides the community with a way to support local students who, in all likelihood, want to live in this community after graduating. ADay provides the Georgia Power Foundation with the ability to partner with the University to support the hopes and dreams of Cherokee students. The hope is for a better way of life that comes with a quality education.”

These scholarships rely on support from community businesses, organizations and individuals to provide scholarships for Cherokee and Pickens County residents attending Reinhardt University.

“Georgia Power’s support for local students has made a significant impact on Reinhardt and the surrounding community,” said Dale Morrissey, director of development and external relations for Reinhardt University. “We are grateful for all they have done to improve our students’ educational experiences.”

To learn more or to support ADay for Reinhardt, visit

Keeping Bears Out Of Neighborhoods and Yards

Historically, reports of black bear sightings increase each year after the start of spring when hungry bears emerge from their winter den sites. However, this year, offices already are reporting calls, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.

Black Bear Crossing Street

If left alone, bears typically will return to established bear range – the north Georgia mountains, the Ocmulgee River drainage system in central Georgia or the Okefenokee Swamp in the southeastern part of the state.  However, as wild land and urban areas increasingly overlap, bear range likely will continue to shift and expand – meaning even more sightings are possible – as evidenced in recent years in the Metro Atlanta area.

Where do these bears come from?

In the spring, most bears encountered outside of established range are young male bears looking for their own territory as they are no longer under the protection of a sow (i.e. the “mother” bear).   However, in some cases it may be sows with cubs or other mature bears venturing into new territory in search of a home and a steady source of food.


While there is no way to prevent a bear from wandering into a neighborhood, there are ways to discourage it from staying:

  • Never feed a bear. Keep items such as grills, pet food and bird feeders off-limits to bears. Clean and store grills when not in use. Keep pet food indoors and take down bird feeders (April-November) when bears are active in your area.
  • Use “bear-proof” garbage containers, or store garbage in the garage or other enclosed area until the morning of pick-up day.

Properly securing food and garbage prevents bears from accessing these non-natural, human-provided food sources, and helps avoid the unhealthy process of habituation that occurs when bears obtain food from people and begin associating humans with food.

If a bear is sighted in your neighborhood, here are some tips on how to respond:

  • Leave all bears alone. Usually they are only passing through an area.
  • Stay a safe distance away.  Do not try to approach a bear.
  • Never, under any circumstances, intentionally feed a bear.
  • Never attempt to ‘tree’ or corner a bear as it compromises the safety and welfare of both the public and the bear.

“Unless there is evidence of aggressive behavior or habituation to people, there is no cause for alarm,” said Adam Hammond, state bear biologist with the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division. “More and more, we are seeing bears show up and frequent areas outside of what we typically think of as ‘traditional bear range.’ Bears sighted during the winter months are most likely bears that have overwintered in the immediate area and have established their home range nearby. Bears are extremely adaptable wild animals and readily adjust their diet and habits to take advantage of non-natural, human-provided foods. Our directive to people is simple-make similar minor adjustments to your habits and lifestyle to live responsibly with bears.”

The black bear is a symbol of Georgia’s natural diversity, the only bear found in the state and a high-priority species in the state’s Wildlife Action Plan, a comprehensive conservation strategy. Though now considered the most common bear in North America, the species was nearly eradicated from Georgia in the 1930s due to unregulated market hunting, poaching and large-scale habitat loss. Sound wildlife management practices have restored Georgia’s black bears to a thriving population estimated at 5,100 bears statewide.

Black bears may legally be hunted during the season, which occurs each fall in Georgia in certain areas (  However, the taking of bears during any other time of the year or the taking of bears illegally during the hunting season is called poaching.  Prevent poaching of bears by reporting any illegal activity.  Information can be reported by email, phone or in person.  Visit for details.

For more information on how to live responsibly with bears, visit A video titled “Black Bears in Georgia: Sightings and Tips” is available at

What You Can Do Today Can Reduce Nuisance Canada Geese Issues This Summer

The Canada goose is an adaptable bird that can live in a variety of locations, from open farmland and rural reservoirs to suburban neighborhood ponds, office complexes, parks and other developed areas.  According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division, any increase in the goose population, especially in urban areas, typically brings an increase in nuisance complaints.

Canadian Goose by Linda May GDNR

“Geese that have adapted to people, either because they are being fed or because they are so close to humans on a daily basis, can become aggressive,” says Greg Balkcom, State Waterfowl Biologist for the Wildlife Resources Division.  “When you have resident geese nesting near developed areas like office complexes or apartment buildings, the geese will defend their nest against all intruders, and that may include chasing or charging people.”


  • Harassment: Landowners who don’t want geese on their property should first try a variety of harassment techniques, including chemical repellents, mylar balloons, wire/string barriers, and noise makers.  These methods are proven to help reduce goose problems.  However, they do require consistency from the property owner and are not always 100% effective.  Now is the best time to act because geese are just beginning to select their nesting sites.  Scaring the geese away now will reduce problems in the future.
  • Reduce Goose Reproduction: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued regulations that allow for additional control measures, apart from harassment techniques and traditional hunting, to help address nuisance goose problems.  One of those regulations is a permit for reducing goose reproduction through nest and egg destruction OR egg addling or oiling which prevent the eggs from hatching.

“A permit can be useful in certain situations – such as a homeowner that may have geese nesting close to home” says Balkcom.  “Additionally, it is a way to keep a minimum number of adult geese on the property without the population growing too large through years of unchecked reproduction.”

The permits are available at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s website at .  The website also contains useful information on the methods for addling or oiling the eggs or destroying the nests and when each method may be appropriate.

The nesting season for geese is just getting underway, and landowners and land managers who have problems with geese (homeowners, golf course managers, city/county managers, etc.) – especially during the summer molting season – may be able to act now and reduce their nuisance problems later this year.

It is important to remember that Canada geese are a protected species under state and federal law. It is illegal to hunt, kill, sell, purchase or possess Canada geese except according to Georgia’s migratory bird regulations or other federal permits.

For more information, visit the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service website at .  For a brochure on a variety of methods of dealing with nuisance geese, visit (Select “Hunting”, “Game Management” and “Nuisance Canada Geese”).   Also visit and search that page for “nuisance” for a Wildlife Resources Division produced video.