Grants in Action

Watch this page for information on our grant recipients and their projects as well as scholarship and community service merit award recipients. Learn the stories behind the names and projects and celebrate the results of Landlovers’ Philanthropy as we “Enrich the Community We Love“!

Turtle Project

The “turtle project” began with the initiative of one person.  From the back deck of Carolyn McInerney’s home, she looked toward the marsh and spotted a turtle making a mad dash for a nearby sand bunker.   She followed and saw that the turtle had laid eggs, but when Carolyn returned the next morning, she found nothing but broken shells scattered about.

Grant Money Turtle Looking Toward MarshCarolyn didn’t know a thing about turtles, so naturally she googled to get information.  She discovered that these turtles are called “Diamondbacks” because of the distinctive pattern on their shells and that each turtle has a unique diamond pattern in the same way that humans’ have unique fingerprints.   The female turtles return to the location of their birth, often laying eggs in the same spot in which they were born.

The Skidaway Audubon Diamondback Terrapin Rescue project involves retrieving the eggs from sand bunkers and relocating them to predator protected nesting boxes.    In 60-70 days, the eggs hatch and the newborn hatchlings are released into the high marsh where they will live for about three years before making their way out to the brackish tidal creeks, rivers, and the intracoastal waterway.  If left to Mother Nature, approximately 1% of the turtles would be expected to survive.  Due to this project, the hope is that approximately 20% will live to return another season.

A Landlovers grant will fund the creation of an interpretive sign providing information about the diamondbacks.  It will be located on Plantation golf course between #10 green and the tee boxes of #11.

Boy Scout Troop 57

Boy Scout Troop 57 here on Skidaway Island combines outdoor experiences for the scouts with the development of positive personal qualities.  The scouts participate in weekly meetings at Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church and go on periodic regional camping trips, sometimes traveling as far away as Minnesota and Maine for canoeing/portaging trips.  This summer, they had the opportunity to go to Philmont, a 140,000 acre ranch in mountainous northern New Mexico dedicated to Boy Scouts for backpacking, camping and exploration of the out of doors.

GRANT MONEY IN ACTION Boy ScoutsThe Troop fosters 1) leadership skills, as older scouts have the responsibility to lead the troop and train the younger scouts; 2) communication skills, as scouts must appear before an adult board to explain their progress and their projects for advancement in the scouting ranks; and 3) a community consciousness as the scouts regularly take on local service projects.  One of their annual projects is to assist with clean-up following the Landlovers Flea Market.  Troop 57 is eager to hear from community groups about additional projects they might undertake.

Troop 57 consists of about thirty scouts, aged 11 – 17.  Most live on Skidaway, but some are from nearby off-island locations, and a very small number come from downtown or as far away as Pooler. This active scout group has produced 60 Eagle Scouts since its beginning in 1989.   For more information, please see the troop’s website: www.troop57savannah.com.

Over the past few years, Landlovers has provided Troop 57 grant money to purchase a trailer and camping equipment.  This year the scouts received a grant for a barbeque smoker/cooker & accessories which will be used to cook a larger quantity of Boston Butts as part of their yearly fundraising activities.  The additional smoker/cooker will double their fundraising capabilities, which in turn will generate more money to help the scouts grow in personal qualities, community consciousness, and outdoor proficiency.  While each scout pays $200 per year, additional funds help pay transportation costs, fuel, equipment for expeditions, and grants for those scouts who may not be able to afford to pay the annual fee.  Boy Scout Troup 57 is extremely appreciative of the ongoing support received from the Landlovers.

U of GA Marine Extension

Located at the north end of Skidaway Island, the University of Georgia Marine Extension (UGA MAREX), a unit of Public Service and Outreach, identifies and addresses problems related to coastal Georgia and disseminates information through its educational programs.   In a single year, MAREX touches approximately 60,000 people through programs like Saturday Grants in Action MarexExploration at the Aquarium, Skidaway Marine Science Day and other educational programs.  (For detailed information about these and other programs, see marex.uga.edu.) This year, a Landlovers grant will fund a new program called Debris Detectives which will provide hands on educational experiences for teachers, students and the general public with the goal of increasing awareness of marine debris issues in general and microplastics issues in particular.   By definition, microplastics are plastic particles 5 mm in size or smaller and result from the gradual breakdown of plastic debris like water bottles or soda straws or from the accidental loss of microplastic “beads” which are shipped worldwide for the manufacture of plastic products.   The microplastics which reach the water can be ingested by organisms like fish or oysters, and in turn, may affect human consumers. The Debris Detectives program will provide opportunities for learning about this important issue by taking participants aboard MAREX’s research vessel, Sea Dawg, to sample water quality, to trawl for estuarine organisms, to identify and count the organisms, to learn about the potential harmful effects of microplastics, and collect samples to be analyzed for the presence and abundance of microplastic particles.   Many of the students and teachers in the program have come to MAREX for past programs, layering this new knowledge upon that of the previous year.   Could be the making of some future marine biologists…..

Skidaway Island State Park

Many children face barriers to engaging with Nature through outdoor play and exploration, but according to the National Recreation & Park Association, children within under-resourced urban communities are especially impacted.  Skidaway Island State Park was granted Landlovers funding to provide scholarships so that some urban youth, aged 6 – 11, could participate Grants in Action State Parkin a week long Junior Ranger Camp. A week at camp consists of nature talks on subjects like bats and eco-location, prescribed fires and how they reinvigorate an ecosystem, human and animal nutrition, a 30 minute hike daily, and a one day trip to Wormsloe to learn about Georgia history.  In addition, every day includes an hour and a half of “Explore Time” which is unstructured interaction with a different particular environment, such as a marsh eco-system or a frog pond.  The only rule during Explore Time is that the child be able to see a ranger at all times.   Explore Time grew from a recognition of the “over-organized fun” phenomenon which is experienced by many children. The rangers view this multi-week program a great success and they hope to repeat it next year.  Assistant Park Manager Kate Charron reported that at least one child per week begins the camp experience saying how much he/she hates the outdoors and doesn’t want to participate — but by Tuesday, that same child is approaching a ranger to show a recently captured frog or a colorful butterfly just observed.

Dave Scott Bluebird Program

The Dave Scott Bluebird Program, which is a Skidaway Audubon project, maintains over 190 birdhouses located almost exclusively on the Landings golf courses.  It serves more than just bluebirds:  it includes nuthatches, tufted titmice, and chickadees as well.   The three latter birds nest only once a year, early in the year.  The birdhouses are equipped with small portals Grants in Action Bluebirdswhich allow their entry – but not the entry of typical predators.   After those birds have vacated their homes, a larger portal is substituted for the smaller one and the nest is cleaned to accommodate the bluebirds, which nest later in the year, typically building up to three nests annually.  Volunteers tally the eggs, chicks, and fledges during the nesting season in addition to changing the portals and cleaning out the nesting boxes. This year a Landlovers grant will assist the program with “building” and “maintenance” costs.  The Bluebird Program benefits the birds which would typically nest in tree hollows had extensive development not occurred on the island – but it also benefits the residents.  Bluebirds eat bugs!

Skidaway Island Cemetery Signage

Colonial settlement of Skidaway Island began just a year after James Oglethorpe founded Savannah.  Among our island’s historic sites are two cemeteries which will now have appropriate signage, thanks to a Landlovers’ grant .  One gravesite is located on Oakridge #15 and is believed to contain the burial places of Alice GRANT MONEY archeology“Elcy” Waters who died in 1808 and her 14 month old son, Thomas, who died in 1804.  The other gravesite, located at Palmetto #13, is believed to have been the original burial place of Phillip Delegal, who died in 1781. Wording for the signage will be adapted from the archeological report prepared by Dr. Laura Seifert of Armstrong State University.  Dr. Seifert’s ASU students worked alongside local residents for several days at both cemetery sites, where they uncovered salt glazed stoneware, a white clay pipe stem, a shotgun shell, colorless and amber bottle glass and some Native American artifacts. The cemetery initiative, along with the Historical & Natural Sites Map which Landlovers’ helped to fund in 2015, are raising awareness of the island’s history.

Special Pops

Perhaps the most unusual grant funding awarded by the Landlovers organization this year was the one for Special Pops.   Special Pops is a program which serves persons with intellectual challenges using tennis as a vehicle for both exercise and socialization with peers. Special Pops has been awarded Landlovers grants for several successive years.  This year they requested $1.00.  Yes, one dollar.  The request explained that while funding from their sponsors provide for current expenses, it was important to maintain an ongoing relationship with Landlovers, an organization which supported Special Pops since the early days of their program. With this formal connection, Special Pops would like to promote the value and service that Landlovers provides to the community.  Talk about the impact of cooperative interaction between community groups!  This one speaks for itself.

Skidaway Audubon

An illustrated map that will identify Skidaway Island’s historic and natural sites is in development, a project initiated by the Community Sustainability Steering Committee. The sites on the map will include: nature trails, shell middens (a midden is an ancient dump for domestic waste), rookeries, Civil War mounds, tabby cemeteries, Prohibition Era alcohol stills, and the location where the fossil remains of giant sloths were found in the Skidaway Narrows. The border of the map will chronicle the history of the island from prehistoric times to the present. On the reverse side of the map, Skidaway Island will be shown in the context of its surroundings, including nearby historical environs: Bethesda, Wormsloe, and Pinpoint. The map will provide island residents a broader, more enriched sense of place, founded upon a richer contextual understanding of island places. Working alongside volunteers, a powerhouse team of professionals is donating both time and enthusiasm to the project: Catherine Adler, an expert in historical and archeological research; Holly Holdsworth, Manager of the Skidaway Island State Park; and Anne Lindsay, a marine educator who currently serves as Associate Director for Marine Education, UGA Extension Service. In addition, an award-winning cartographer has been engaged to provide the map design. This is the specific aspect of the project which was supported by the Landlovers grant. The development of this map is just one project under the overarching umbrella of the Community Sustainability Initiative, a project of Skidaway Audubon, supported by The Landings Association and The Landings Club.  Shown below: A replica of a Giant Sloth, 12’ long and 8’ high, can be seen at the Skidaway Island State Park Interpretive Center.

Skidaway Wildlife Rescue

Skidaway Wildlife Rescue is a voluntary effort conducted almost singlehandedly by Robin Gold of The Landings, a licensed wildlife rehabilitator with 25 years of experience.  Robin takes orphaned or injured animals, rehabilitates them at her home, and then releases them into the wild.  She has rehabilitated a wide range of animals to include eagle, red fox, opossum, bunnies, and a baby bobcat.  She specializes in work with raptors or birds of prey.   Robin works informally with vets all around the area and with organizations such as the Center for Birds of Prey in Charleston. As a wildlife rehabilitator, Robin’s mission is clear.   She does not attempt to control the balance of nature, intervening only when human actions have intruded negatively into the natural order–for example, when an animal has been hit by a car or when a natural habitat has been destroyed.    Wildlife rehabilitators do not deal with nuisance animals (“I’ve got a snake in my garage!”) or naturally occurring situations (“There’s a fox in my backyard!”).  Landings residents who see an animal in distress might be advised to call Robin (912-598-5370) before taking any action, so as not to inadvertently impact the situation negatively.  Robin’s Landlovers grant assisted her in continuing her work in our area.  Shown below:  baby bobcat and owl.

Bethesda BarnBuilders

Bethesda BarnBuilders are a group of 15 – 20 men, almost all Landings residents, who use their building skills to benefit various community organizations.  Founded about 15 years ago by Jack Fisher, the Bethesda BarnBuilders have always been closely associated with Bethesda Academy and most of their work is done there.  Their projects have included everything from bulletin boards to cattle troughs to study carrels.  Their work is not limited to Bethesda Academy, however.  The group has also built benches as part of a fund raising effort to benefit Skidaway Farms; bridges and walkways for the Landings Nature Trail; and benches at both the Landings marinas.  The Bethesda BarnBuilders have also completed projects at Benedictine Academy, various churches, and a school downtown.   In addition, several BarnBuilders are assigned to permanently service the UGA Marine Institute in a relationship similar to that with Bethesda. Currently led by Bo Wolf, the Bethesda BarnBuilders keep their tools at Bethesda in an old shed which they share with Bethesda employees.  Unfortunately, rain coming through the leaky, rusty roof was ruining their tools so they approached Landlovers for financial assistance.  The idea to replace the roof grew to include enclosing a breezeway for extra space, so additional funds were obtained to supplement the LL funds.

SLICC, Southside Fire and TLA

Sometimes well-functioning organizations need specialized equipment to enhance their community services. Landlovers’ funds often fill that need. Such was the case for three of last year’s grant recipients: Saving Lives in Chatham County (SLICC), the Southside Fire Department, and the Landings Association.   SLICC purchased Automated External Defibrillator (AED) trainers. Owning this equipment means the difference between learning second hand by watching a video versus learning by doing. With no training whatsoever, I was able to properly use an AED in a simulated emergency situation. Over half of the Landings residents and over 10,000 Chatham County residents have received at least one SLICC training session. We at the Landings are especially fortunate as there are 16 AEDs in public locations on our property. Since 2/3 of all cardiac arrests occur at home, we all have the chance to save someone we love! The Southside Fire Department here on the island used their funding to purchase new pagers and LED battery operated lights. Free of cumbersome cables, the battery operated lighting makes their work at a fire scene far more efficient. The most impressive of the equipment purchases, however, is an extremely high powered saw, capable of cutting quickly through a roof or garage door to create a large ventilation hole or entry into a house. Work at the fire station is accomplished by paid firemen, complimented by the work of a large crew of volunteer firemen. We thank these brave individuals who run toward fires while the rest of us run the other direction!   Finally, The Landings Association used their grant funds to purchase four LED display exit signs.  Who of us at the Landings hasn’t gained more information about community events by reading these signs on our way out the gates? The signs are more efficient in terms of manpower and more technologically sophisticated than the previous signs.

Skidaway Farms

Skidaway Farms is yet another amenity available on our island.  The farm provides garden plots (some of which are organic) for rent by island residents and provides education programs for both the farmers and for children.  Its bee hives pollenate the vegetables and provide local honey.  In addition, the farm has partnered with Second Harvest so excess produce volunteered by farmers feeds the hungry of Savannah. The farm is open to any resident of Skidaway Island.  Landlovers grant money helped to build the farm’s pavilion, which provides shade, an open air meeting space, and social area.   Even non-farmers enjoy the farm:  many come out in the evenings with a glass of wine to enjoy the farm’s pastoral setting. The farm is located on the Landings Club’s former sod farm.  The Landings Club leases the land to Skidaway Audubon, parent organization of Skidaway Farms, for $1 a year.  The Landings Association is the farm’s biggest supporter.  Hopefully the whole island is eating better as a result of Skidaway Farms!

Skidaway Island State Park and David Scott Bluebird Program

Living as we do in a world of abundant natural beauty, I suppose it’s not surprising that Landlovers’ grants would benefit some organizations focusing on Nature.   The State Park here on the island and the David Scott Bluebird Program are two such organizations. Annually, 200,000 visitors come to the state park to hike and to camp. The park offers new cabins, bike rentals, an interpretive center, and picnic shelters with grills and electricity. Guided hikes on wilderness survival, reptiles, and birding are available, as are other educational programs on historic points of interest within the park (Civil War earthworks, Native American shell middens, and the remnants of liquor stills from the Prohibition era).  With the Landlovers grant funds, the park was able to replace four signs along its longest walking trail. In the pictures below, note the improvement the new signs make! The David Scott Bluebird Program maintains over 180 birdhouses located on the Landings golf courses ….and the program serves more than just bluebirds.   With their Landlovers grant, the program purchased metal portals which can be affixed to birdhouses to protect baby birds by preventing the entry of larger predators.   Two different sized portals were purchased.   The smaller portals are used for protecting the young of nuthatches, tufted titmice, and chickadees which nest earlier than bluebirds do. Later, the smaller size portal is replaced with the larger one to protect the young bluebirds from predators such as flying squirrels and catbirds.   Additionally, the grant funds were used to provide commercially available training materials for the program’s volunteers who check the birdhouses, keep records and clean the houses.

Landings Military Relief Fund

There are approximately 60,000 military personnel and their dependents living in the Savannah area…and sometimes these soldiers face unexpected financial strains.  The Landings Military Relief Fund provides grants (not loans) to active duty personnel whose financial need is triggered by unexpected personal emergencies.   Written command approval is required to complete an application for assistance.  All commanders, to include the commanding general, are knowledgeable about the fund, its restrictions, and its procedures so that irresponsible fiscal behavior is not enabled.  The fund is administered by the American Red Cross and money is usually provided within 24 hours.  The typical client is in his/her mid-twenties and married with two children. The fund, founded by Jack Munroe in 2007, is currently headed by Lou Molella (pictured), who will be stepping down as the group’s leader after four years of leadership.  He will be replaced by Tom Osborn, a retired surgeon whose son is deployed to Afghanistan.   The Fund has a board of twelve Landings residents who provide oversight to ensure the financial integrity of the fund and its tight accountability process.   Among the board members is a Division Command Sergeant Major and the CEO of the Southeastern Chapter of the American Red Cross.  Every dollar raised for the fund comes from within the Landings community.   In the words of Lt. General Rick Lynch, “So many folks say “we support the troops” – but do nothing.  You all not only say the words, you do the deeds.  Inspirational!” 

The Village Library

The Village Library houses approximately 24,300 books, CDs and DVDs, has children’s programs, and displays donated art.   It has 3300 memberships, though a single membership might include several family members. While the library has a President and a Board of Directors to provide leadership, it has no employees. Over one hundred volunteers keep the library running smoothly.  The library operates on a modest budget. Money is raised by the sale of used books, memberships, the purchase of engraved bricks embedded in the front walkway, and the rental of books, CDs, and DVDs.   The library also has an arrangement with Amazon.com whereby those wishing to purchase on Amazon need only go to the Village Library site, make one keystroke, and then proceed with their Amazon purchase.   There is no additional cost to the purchased Amazon item.

With the grant provided by Landlovers, the library replaced four computers, each of which were ten years old and being maintained by the purchase of used parts. Two are now being used at the front desk to check books in and out, one is used by library patrons as a catalog computer (the old “card catalog” of our elementary school days), and the fourth is used by office staff to train new volunteers and to serve as a master database of all library holdings. Accustomed to frugality, the Village Library reused three of their old monitors so they only had to purchase four computers and one new monitor. As a result, they were able to return $400 to Landlovers!

Skidaway Island Preschool

On island at the Presbyterian Church, we have a preschool which educates 48 children.  With their grant, Skidaway Island Preschool purchased a children’s microscope and four iPads.  The microscope, which looks like a flashlight and is easy to grasp, is used to examine everyday items in a child’s world:  plants, their own skin, water, sugar – and even the classroom carpeting.  These microscopic investigations are always conducted within a context:  for example, at Halloween, the children participated in the carving of a pumpkin, examined the seeds with their microscope, and then watched the process of pumpkin decay. The iPads are being used in multiple ways.  In conjunction with learning home addresses, the children used Google Earth to pull up their homes, tell stories about their homes, and then take online trips to one another’s houses.  To enhance imaginative play, the children took pictures, recorded their voices telling a story about their pictures, and eventually created a five minute movie in which they served as the actors in their own stories.

Special Pops

Special Pops is a program which serves persons with intellectual challenges using tennis as a vehicle for both exercise and socialization with peers. Savannah’s Special Pops athletes practice on Saturdays in the Fall and the Spring with tennis playing volunteers. The program began only a few years ago with just five athletes: it has now grown to nearly 40 athletes and 35 Landings residents who serve as volunteers. The athletes are able to participate in two tournaments a year. For most, this provides a rare opportunity to travel, sleep in a hotel room, and eat out for a weekend. The athletes have also participated in exhibition matches during national and regional tournaments held here at the Landings. What a source of pride for the athletes to hear the spectators’ applause! Approximately 90% of Special Pop’s funding comes from Landlovers. Without it, the program could not pay tournament registration fees or hotel bills and thus could not provide wider experiences for the athletes – experiences most of us take for granted. Landlovers’ funding is also important because Special Pops serves a targeted age group, the middle years, which frequently lacks sufficient opportunities for interacting with peers.  Special Pops is profoundly appreciative of Landlovers’ assistance.

UGA Marine Extension Service

Located here on Skidaway Island, the mission of the UGA Marine Extension Service is to teach about coastal Georgia’s environment and encourage good stewardship. It serves thousands of people each year, many of whom are children. Their services include teacher education programs, Saturday Exploration at the Aquarium (SEA), and hosting Skidaway Marine Science Day (which will is free, open to the public, and will occur on October 26, 2013. The educational philosophy of all programs is “hands-on, feet-in” immersion intended to “engage, educate, and excite.” In addition to the aquarium, the Extension Service has classrooms, a cafeteria, and a dormitory to house visiting student groups. Special efforts are made to include underserved children. Many children who have grown up in Savannah have never seen a horseshoe crab, never walked along the ocean, or been on a boat. This year’s grant monies are being focused on a marine debris program: helping students learn what it is, the types that exist, how it moves through the marine system, and what people can do to eliminate it. The program involves much more than beach clean-up. After collecting trash within certain pre-determined coordinates at specified sites such as Wassau Island, debris is then categorized and tallied, the plastic debris is weighed, and all the categorized data is entered into a national database for use by marine researchers worldwide. Marine debris recently collected on Wassau Island included a dog chew toy, a microwave, one flip flop, and numerous beer and soda cans.

Kids Fishing Derby

Landlovers has funded the Coastal Conservation Association’s Kids Fishing Derby for 14 of the last 15 years. This year broke all kinds of records! One hundred nineteen kids participated – the highest number ever. In addition, 97% of the kids who attended caught at least one fish – the highest percentage of children ever to do so. Finally, the kids caught 615 fish, the highest total ever caught at a single derby. The CCA’s program for kids provides instruction and fun for the children, structured opportunities for accomplishment, and positive adult role models. To quote Chuck Smith, a long time CCA volunteer, “Landlovers’ support has been the financial backbone of the Kids Fishing Derby since 1998.” In the course of a year, it takes approximately 50 volunteers to plan, coordinate, and carry off the CCA fishery management activities which includes maintenance of the Kids Fishing Lagoon year round and culminates in the derby.

First Responders

No matter where you moved from, First Responders had to be your biggest surprise and greatest blessing.  We have volunteers who drop whatever they’re doing and come to the aid of our residents within minutes. In 2010 First Responders requested just under $10,000, through Landlovers’ annual grant process, for equipment to outfit three new volunteers as well as a Medtronic Chest Compression system.  No discussion was needed before approving such a request.  What price can we put on possibly saving a resident’s life?  Right now, First Responders has 20 volunteers – the largest number they have ever had on their roster.  The three new volunteers Landlovers was able to equip include a retired nurse, a former medic in the Army and a former firefighter.  There is never an hour in the day at The Landings when a First Responder cannot get to someone in need.  But now that they number 20, a pair of First Responders only has to be on call for the overnight shift (10PM – 7AM) one week out of every 7 or 8 weeks. The “Lucas” chest compression system has already been used a number of times and has saved a couple of lives.  Landlovers also granted First Responders enough to outfit each Club’s golf shop with a defibrillator in case there’s an emergency need on one of the courses (our Club’s restaurants already have defibrillators).  Landlovers joins all residents in thanking First Responders for their quick action and selfless mission here at The Landings.

Coastal Conservation Association: Kids Fishing Derby

Landlovers has awarded grant dollars to the Coastal Conservation Association of Georgia since 1998. Those awards have made the annual Kids Fishing Derby possible (every May at The Kids Fishing Lagoon #56 in Oakridge) – a free event to the participants.  Along with the Derby, the funds have helped stock that lagoon and beginning with last year, they have also helped to build picnic tables, benches, and kiosk signs at the lagoon. According to longtime CCA member and past President, Chuck Smith, “Everybody there benefits from the derby.” He points out that “volunteers say they have as much fun as the kids and adults.” It’s been wonderful for our Landings community at large, as well, “as evidenced by post-Derby publicity run in The Landings Journal, TWATL, The Skinnie, The Club Line, Savannah Morning News, and a new Skidaway Island website, ‘Skidaway Today’ posting photos online.” Kids trying their hand at catching a fish and the excited faces that come with the experience – a good news story for sure. Landlovers’ commitment to the women, men, teenagers, and children of this community as well as the beautification of their environment is a great story. That it continues to be the motivation behind its members and their fundraising three decades later is a great success story.

Project Lifesaver System

The Southside Fire/EMS Skidaway Division has just certified several of its members with the Project Lifesaver System. Landlovers is proud to have made the purchase of this system and the necessary training possible. A client with Alzheimer’s, Down Syndrome, or Autism is equipped with a battery-operated disc transmitter on their wrist or ankle. Should they go wandering off, their caregiver would notify the Sheriff’s office and through a VHF digital receiver and antenna – Electronic Search Specialists (this is where the training and certification comes in) can locate the client by tracking the unique tone and frequency that comes with each bracelet. They follow the signal both on the ground and in the air (using a Chatham County helicopter). Up until now, Project Lifesaver was only available through the Chatham County Sheriff’s Department. Waiting for them to arrive could mean precious minutes lost in a search. Now our Project Lifesaver Electronic Search Specialists on Skidaway Island will work hand-in-hand with the Sheriff’s Department – so finding a client in need should be swift and most likely, with a happy outcome.

Landings Recycling

It was a shock to many of us when we moved here from other parts of the country that our little community was behind the recycling-times. Landlovers’ 2005/06 President, Ann Tremaine, and her Board approached The Landings Association and suggested a partnership: Landlovers would supply the seed money for a recycling center and the Association would work towards its reality. The Association’s Sean Burgess and others looked at the land use map to determine the best location. Since a road and electrical were already in place next to the Southside Fire Station on McWhorter Road, they proceeded to apply for permits from the Department of Natural Resources (a state dept.) to be sure wetlands were not involved and from the Metropolitan Planning Commission (city) to change the land status from wooded to recycling use. Once permits were secured, construction began. The 2005/06 Landlovers’ Board and membership provided $14,500 towards this goal and the 2006/07 Board and membership under Paula Tracey’s leadership, gave an additional $5,500. These amounts covered engineering specifications, tree removal, grading, crushed stone, fencing, signage, lighting and initial funds to lease the recycling containers. This was a grant of significant size but worthy of membership approval. In 2008, we collected 24 tons in cardboard and plastics. Mixed media (newspaper/paper) collected 22 tons. But in 2009 we collected 132 tons of cardboard and plastics and 365 tons of mixed media. Based on 1stand 2ndquarter totals – the 2010 estimate of cardboard and plastics could be 143 tons and mixed media – 428 tons. The goal was for this to be a cost neutral project and we are on our way to that reality; but it takes thousands of dollars to bale, haul and dump our recycled items. As more and more of us take advantage of this savvy practice that Landlovers and The Landings Association made possible – our success will be measured both environmentally and financially.