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Page 20, December 17, 2018, The Islander
Happy New Year
Well, it’s that time of year again -
time for our last issue of 2018...
People have asked why I so often
talk about Monday’s being our ‘print
day’ and ask about it’s significance.
Monday is the day the United States
Post Office considers our ‘publication
day 5 in regards to our 2nd Class Mail
ing Permit. And well, we all know how
government agencies love their rules
and regulations regarding permits.
We are held to a strict permit al
lowance of 51 issues a year. One year
I asked if we could print an extra issue
and was told it would cost about $80 to
modify our permit and another to mod
ify it back to 51 issues the following
year.... didn’t seem worth the trouble.
This year is one of those odd years
when December 1st fell on a Saturday,
which means, because December is
a 31 day month, there are five Satur
days, five Sundays and five Mondays
That’s also 53 Mondays this year
and we only print 51 papers so this is
our last paper until the January 7th,
We’ve got a lot of news to cover this
week and I mean an unusual amount
of meetings... I’ve got a Glynn Comity
work session on Tuesday, a regular
County Commission meeting Thurs
day and a called County Finance Com
mittee meeting on Friday.
Pam has called City Commission
meeting on Monday, an Urban Rede
velopment Agency (URA) meeting on
Tuesday, a regular City Commission
meeting on Wednesday and a Joint
Water and Sewer Commission meet
ing on Thursday. Note: the URA is
normally my beat, but it collides with
the county work session this time, so...
Pam is taking it this time around.
This will give us a lot to report in our
January 7 edition, but we will have a lot
of it on our iHeart® Radio WGIG news
with Scott Ryfun during ‘Straight Talk’
and of course we’ll post main items on
our Facebook® page and website theis-
But from Saturday, December 22 to
Wednesday, January 2 we will be off
for our annual vacation. Yay.
Before we go... Pam and I would
both like to say a very heart felt Thank
You to all our subscribers, readers and
advertisers - seriously, without you we
are out of business. So, again, thank
you, we appreciate your business and
all you do for us.
I wanted to mention this next item
in last week’s Back Talk, but we were
overrun with news and I had to give up
this space for article run-over.
But it’s important, so I’ll say it now...
we went to the Grand Opening of the
Coastal Georgia Historical Society’s
Publisher The Islander EDITORIAL
World War II Home Front Museum on
Saturday, December 8.
This is a project that has been sever
al years in the making, with an agree
ment with Glynn Comity, who owns
the property, and a year long fund
raising campaign that raised about $4
Well, it was time and money very
well spent... the Coastal Georgia His
torical Society did an outstanding job
bringing this project to fruition. Not
only is the museum itself a first class
facility, the grounds are also beauti
This is truly an asset to our history
and community and matches up nicely
with our National Monument at Fort
For a brief moment, there were
those who suggested on social media
that a World War II museum in the
former Coast Guard Station was not
such a good idea. They suggested some
kind of oceanographic museum would
But to them I say, go visit the Muse
um and see what the Historical Society
has accomplished - you might change
The building is, after all, a former
military facility that was active during
World War II. In addition, there is an
abundance of World War II history as
sociated with Brunswick, St. Simons
and Glynn Comity.
That makes this building 110% ap
propriate for this museum.
I know I’m leaving a lot of people out
here but major kudos to Coastal Geor
gia Historical Society Executive Direc
tor Sherri Jones, Curator Mimi Rog
ers, Fundraising Campaign Chairman
Duane Harris and every one else who
had a hand in this wonderful museum
Looking forward to next year... I
think the city commission’s downtown
convention / conference / community
center is going to continue to be a big
story, especially as long as opposition
to the project continues to grow.
I think the main problem the oppo
sition has with the Oglethrope center
is the city commission’s plan to borrow
as much as an additional $5 million to
pay for it.
On the good news side... the Marsh
es of Glynn Libraries renovation of the
Brunswick Public Library is on time
and under budget and expected to be
complete this spring - sometime in
All that said - Pam and I wish every
one a Merry Christmas and a Happy
New Year.... be safe!!!
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