Month: February 2011

February – LETTER FROM OUR EDITOR

You will find even more fun and informative features, covering a broader range of subjects this year. Word puzzles and brain teasers will be in each new issue and we promise some other surprises as well. Pick up a copy of GTP and you never know what you might find going on inside!
Check out the new sections we’ve added to compliment our tried and true favorites.
Red Mountain Entertainment gave us the inside story on the much anticipated February event, Top of the Hops Beer Fest Biloxi. Read all about it here!
Republican Congressman Steven Palazzo, who represents the 4th congressional district of Mississippi, took time out of his incredibly hectic and busy schedule to talk with us about his new post in Washington DC and the very serious issues facing us all.
One of our new features kicks off this month, as Pets and Their People debuts with a heartwarming story of a Coast physician and his extraordinary dogs. Also, take a trip to the Smoky Mountains in our new Travel page!
All This…and so much More
Nancy Marchbanks
Executive Editor

Q&A with Congressman Steven Palazzo

The Republican party of South Mississippi has spoken, and has put their ultimate faith in you.  Your leadership and guidance is what matters most.  How do you plan to implement change within our government?
“I am proud to be part of a conservative majority committed to restoring the public’s trust in government by stopping the out of control spending and working towards a smaller government that is accountable to the American people.  Two weeks ago, we voted to reduce the Congressional budget by five percent across the board and will save U.S. taxpayers $35 million. While it is a small amount compared to the debt this Congress inherited from its predecessor, it’s a signal to the American people that we are serious about reducing the size of government and restoring their trust in their elected officials.” (more…)

Dr. Eugene McNally and His Dogs

Dr. Eugene McNally has been practicing medicine on the Coast for many years.  He has a unique distinction among South Mississippi physicians in that he has always brought his “ best friend” to the office with him.  This story begins with a beautiful male Golden Retriever named Finn. This gentle, loving animal remained at the good doctor’s side, until his death last year at the age of eleven. This is a celebration of Finn’s life, that will most certainly make you smile. (more…)

The Blowfly Inn

They are finally back home after years of toil and trouble brought on by Mother Nature. The name is legendary on the coast. Locals just call it “The Blowfly”. The food is hot, fresh and delicious although it is no longer the Blowfly you may remember from your grandparents’ days. The menu has changed quite a bit since Owner Scott Weinberg took over the restaurant in 1998. He says, “When folks come in and see the extensive menu and realize how different we are from all the other restaurants on the coast, they have a tendency to come back again and again.” (more…)

THE TOP OF THE HOPS BEER FEST COMES TO BILOXI

Red Mountain Entertainment of Birmingham, Alabama and Blue Deuce Entertainment, out of Mandeville, Louisiana are partners that primarily promote concerts. Early in 2010, they decided they wanted to delve into the Craft Beer Festival business. The very first Craft Beer festival was held in 1982 in Boulder, Colorado. The hallmark of Craft beer is innovation. The brewers develop new styles, using unique twists beyond the traditional, historically familiar beer selections. Craft beer is now exploding across America and South Mississippi’s own Lazy Magnolia Brewery is making it’s mark in a big way. (more…)

Drawing with Stitches A look at Textile Artist Suzanne Weidie

Art is the ability to express beauty in symbolic ways.  Whether it is a bronze sculpture, an oil painting, or an interesting piece of hand-made paper, the ways to express the beauty around is endless.  Everyone is an artist in some way, and everyone is a patron of the arts in some way.  Most likely, we began our appreciation of art the very first time we picked out our own clothes from the closet. (more…)

Living Independence For Everyone: LIFE of Mississippi

Our country is made up of 50 individual states. Our culture values individualism and personal sovereignty. Part of the American Dream is making it on your own, or “pulling yourself up by the bootstraps,” as some rugged Americans would say. And Americans with physical and mental limitations share in that dream of independence and success.
In 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became the avenue through which all people could have access to the American Dream. Government buildings were equipped with wheelchair ramps and elevators. Builders widened doorways and opened the floor plans of homes. Technologists designed phone systems for the hearing impaired. Today, even our computers can talk to us if we are visually impaired. In our state, we have an entire organization dedicated to helping people with disabilities to achieve the American Dream. (more…)

10 Valentine Spa Tips For Couples How to Best Enjoy the Gift of Spa with your Valentine

Today, an increasing number of couples are looking at spas as the new event for spending quality time together.The double treatment room has become a standard feature at spas around the world.  As the spa becomes an accepted and desired refuge for quality “us” time, resort spas are ramping up the romance in time for Valentine’s Day. (more…)

Annual & Perennial Flowers For Mississippi Gardens

Annuals and perennials spice the landscape with their colorful flowers and foliage. Beds of color provide brilliant accents against backgrounds of permanent plantings, soften man-made lines, and provide graceful transitions from one outdoor area to another. Flowers can be used to catch the eye, accent a view, frame a door, or just draw attention to their own blooms.
Annual plants are practical in that they are versatile, sturdy, and inexpensive. They quickly yield color for a long season.
Perennial plants return year after year. They fit into many landscapes and can be used in borders, as accents, or as strong focal points. The foliage of many perennials is attractive during nonflowering seasons as well. (more…)

Exercise and cold weather: Tips to stay safe outdoors

Dressing in layers, protecting your hands and feet, and paying attention to the forecast can help you stay safe and warm while exercising outdoors in cold weather.
Cold weather can discourage even the most motivated exercisers. And if you’re not so motivated, it’s all too easy to pack away your workout gear along with your warm-weather clothing.
You don’t have to let cold weather spell the end of your exercise.  You can stay fit, motivated and warm when the weather turns chilly. (more…)

Valuable Tips on Income Tax Preparation

First, before starting the preparation of the tax return, start by organizing all the needed papers and supplies. Designate a desk in the house as your tax desk, and assign a folder where all the pay stubs, W-4 slips and supporting documentation are kept and contained. It is also great idea to ensure that the tax folder can be sealed so that any important documents are safely secured. (more…)

February – This Month in History

By: Dr. Trevor Smith

In 1718 the first French settlers arrived at the mouth of the Mississippi River and began plantation farming. These settlers would be joined by French Haitians, known as Creoles, and the new colony grew and was named Orleans Nouveaux (New Orleans). Sugar cane became the dominant crop, which grew after new technology enabled sugar to be processed more efficiently. The city of New Orleans evolved to become this settlement’s primary port.

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