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Author: Danielle Moores

Short Takes: June/July 2015

Julie Boone Petersburg Boat Operator JULIE BOONE is both a teacher and a storyteller—and what a classroom she has. The education and programs coordinator for the Augusta Canal, Boone and her fellow guides lead tours of the historic waterway from the helm of a replica Petersburg boat, originally used to ferry cotton and tobacco to markets along the Savannah River. With a bit of whimsy and an abundance of enthusiasm, Boone brings Augusta’s history to life as the broad, shallow boat drifts up and down the mirror-like waters of the canal, reflecting sites such as the Confederate Powder Works, historic textile mills, the Butt Memorial Bridge and its ties to theTitanic, the home of Declaration of Independence signer George Walton and more. The stories are home for the Augusta native, who still remembers the swooping feeling in her stomach when as a girl she’d ride over the Butt Bridge in a car or hear the sound of the water rushing at the 13th Street gate. The waterway is also known for its turtles, great blue herons, hawks and other wildlife, including those a little more ferocious. My background is: communication arts…and I took a lot of theater classes. I try to: have an element of performance in my tour…another tour guide dances like James Brown. My favorite tour stop is: Lake Olmstead…My namesake Uncle Julie used to play [the...

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Short Takes: April 2015

$$ For Kids Kam Kyzer As a teenager, Kam Kyzer tutored kids one-on-one at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the CSRA. “Volunteering and participating and supporting the community—it was something that was like brushing your teeth [in my family],” she says.  Fast forward about 20 years and Kyzer is still giving back—but on a much larger scale. The Augustan, who held the executive director position in the local club for nearly nine years, is now in the role of national vice president of foundation relations for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. In that position she’s responsible for raising $10 million in new dollars and managing $8 million in existing funds for 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs, both nationally and internationally.  That’s 4 million children in local communities—including her own—who she has the potential of helping. It’s a big job and a challenging one—but also one she absolutely loves. “I have a job that’s incredibly fulfilling and rewarding,” she says. “It’s all about exposing [these kids] and helping them see the world is so much bigger than what they see outside their doorstep, and that they are so much bigger and more capable than what they see outside their doorstep.” It’s a job she also does every day as a parent to three children. She and her husband Brian have made a point of taking their children on trips to...

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Short Takes: February/March 2015

Faces LightsAction Johnny Moretz Lighting designer Johnny Moretz still remembers his first job after college graduation: painting the old Bon Air Hotel. During that hot summer, he spent a full month up in a crane with a brush and rollers, swiping paint back and forth over the old beauty.  It was also the summer when he got his first work phone number—listing him not as painter, but artist. “It might have been a premonition of some sort,” he says with a laugh. Moretz soon began picking up odd jobs as a stagehand for arts groups such as the Augusta Opera and the Augusta Ballet, building sets and learning firsthand the fine art of lighting. He saw the closing of the Bell Auditorium in the late ‘70s, then helped open and rebuild the Miller Theater before becoming a founding partner—in other words, a jack-of-all-trades—at the Imperial Theatre. He might have stayed on in the exciting but low-paying world of show business had not a call changed his life. His wife was at a doctor’s appointment—“She called up and said instead of one heartbeat, there’s two.” So Moretz knew he needed work that would support his growing family. He moved into freelance lighting and staging, real estate, furniture refinishing—anything Lefty or righty: Left. One word that describes me: Driven. My philosophy: Just stay busy. I always say: Act as though it...

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