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Author: Ashlee Duren

Publisher Notes: January 2020

  Happy New Year! Time for a fresh start and to hit the reset button. If only it were that easy, right? I have never been particularly fond of resolutions, because quite frankly, I can’t keep them longer than a month! And trust me, I have tried. In my much older and wiser age, I realize my failures and embrace my shortcomings. I now choose to focus on my successes and await new challenges. I can honestly say that I am  a firm believer in change. Just ask my staff. I loathe predictability in the magazine. So in our continuing quest to make Augusta Magazine the best it can possibly be, we are going to be bringing some new sections and stories your way. Adventure is the name of the game in 2020. I’m not going to divulge exactly what the changes are at the moment, but we hope our readers will like them. I am officially ready to take on 2020…both personally and professionally. I hope you are too. -Ashlee   Appears in the January 2020 issue of Augusta Magazine. Subscribe to Augusta Magazine Have feedback or a story idea? Our publisher would love to hear from you! Name Email Address Message 7 + 10 =...

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Recipes For The Holidays

The holidays are all about spending time with loved ones around the dinner table. We wanted to share a few of our treasured holiday recipes with you, our readers. Happy Holidays from our Family to yours!   Ma Eva’s Pecan pie Ingredients 3 eggs 1 1/4 cup sugar 1/3 cup evaporated milk 1/3 cup Mrs. Butterworth’s syrup 1/4 cup melted butter 1 tsp. vanilla flavoring 1/8 tsp. salt 1 cup chopped nuts 1. Beat eggs well and add the next ingredients and blend. Fold in pecans and pour into two uncooked pie shells. Bake at 325 degrees for 30-40...

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Publisher Notes: November/December 2019

  Tis the season! It’s the most wonderfully hectic time of the year. Shopping, parties, decorating and baking are just a few of the items most of us will try to squeeze in. Every year I wonder how we got here so quickly! It seems like 2019 has just flown by, doesn’t it? As a child I remember how the year seemed endless, and that the holidays never came fast enough. The anticipation of waiting for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve was brutal. Bedtime was never welcomed in our household, except on Christmas Eve. My brother, sister and I would eagerly rush off to bed, only to awaken at some ridiculously early hour to see what Santa had brought. It was such a magical time. As an adult, I still await Christmas morning with the same sense of wonder – now as a parent, watching my daughter experience Christmas as I did. I hope this holiday season is a time of reflection and joy for you as well. Thank you for another year of support for our community and Augusta Magazine. We wish you and your family all the best during this holiday season and look forward to a new year! -Ashlee   Appears in the November/December 2019 issue of Augusta Magazine. Subscribe to Augusta Magazine Have feedback or a story idea? Our publisher would love to hear from...

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Publisher Notes: October 2019

  Outside of April (the Tournament Guide), October is our biggest issue of the year. The amount of time we put into showcasing the Best of Augusta is tremendous. We spend hours calculating ballots, notifying winners, taking photographs, writing copy and planning our annual celebration. It’s a labor of love that we look forward to. Year after year, I am amazed by the amount of readers that continue to vote. As for the winners, there are certain businesses that continually dominate, but we always have a few upsets. Which I think is a true testament to the validity of our contest. In recent years we have seen other media outlets launch their own brand of “bests.” Every one has their own criteria that must be met to be classified as ‘the best” in a respective category. At Augusta Magazine, we have held the original Best of Augusta Awards for more than 35 years. We hope you will make plans to join us again this year to celebrate some of our Best of Augusta winners. Our celebration will take place on Thursday, October 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cultural Center. We look forward to seeing you there…after all, it’s truly the BEST of Augusta! -Ashlee   Appears in the October 2019 issue of Augusta Magazine. Subscribe to Augusta Magazine Have feedback or a story idea? Our...

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2019 Best of Home

From building and renovation to landscaping and design, we bring you our ninth annual list of resources you’ll need to make your home your castle as voted by the readers of Augusta Magazine.     Best Appliance Store First Place Kelley Appliance Center 191 Baston Rd., Martinez (706) 863-7098 1551 Whiskey Road, Aiken (803) 226-0091 www.kelleyappliance.com For more than 50 years, Augusta area residents have turned to the fine folks at Kelley Appliance Center for home appliances. Known for customer satisfaction, and now with two locations to serve, it’s easy to see why Kelley tops Augustans’ list year after...

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