SouthView: Features, lifestyle, arts and entertainment for metro Albany and Southwest Georgia

The Albany Herald's SouthView includes coverage of arts, entertainment, lifestyle, health and faith stories in metro Albany and Southwest Georgia. Regular features include columnists such as Mandy Flynn, "The Dixie Diva" Ronda Rich, "the Old Rocker" Barry Levine, Looking Back history by Mary Braswell and Creede Hinshaw on Faith, along with our Health & Fitness group -- Michele Moulton, Kirsten Lupinski, Mary Ganzel and Perry Buchanan. Friday Jam, our weekly music page, is here, along with our Gardener of the Month and Yard of the Month series. You also can find our weekly Community and Coming Up calendars. Contact us at (229) 888-9344 with story ideas.

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MANDY FLYNN: Sick of squirrels

FEATURES COLUMN: SpongeBob is not the most reliable temperature consultant

You know you’re sick when you’re willing to ignore an annoyingly misplaced sock on the floor. And don’t get me started about those squirrels.

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MARY GANZEL: Obesity places burdens on health, finance

HEALTH AND FITNESS: Obesity-related diseases and health problems account for 61 percent of U.S. healthcare costs

If obesity rates keep growing, costs associated with obesity will become too large for federal healthcare systems to cover. A reduction in obesity rates across the country would save the government tens of billions of dollars that could be spent on other government programs.

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BARRY LEVINE: The times definitely were a-changing

THE OLD ROCKER: The changing morals of the nation reflected in changes to its music

Two of Bob Dylan’s early songs — “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are a-Changin’” — became anthems for the American civil rights and anti-Vietnam War movements.Dylan’s “The Times They Are a-Changin’” further expounded on this nation’s changing morals, especially as it pertained to early rock ‘n’ roll.

Albany Area Community Calendar -- Oct. 19-27, 2014

A weekly calendar of civic club and organization meetings, reunions, volunteering opportunities, classes and seminars, and other notices.

The Albany Area Community Calendar is published Sundays. To have your item included, email southview@albanyherald.com by 5 p.m. Wednesday before Sunday publication.

ALBANY BIRTHS: Oct. 3 - 13, 2014

Unless otherwise noted, the following births took place at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital from Oct. 3 through Oct. 13, 2014.

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BARRY LEVINE: 'Monster Mash' surfaces at Halloween

THE OLD ROCKER: Bobby Boris Pickett co-wrote the song in two hours

The song was a spoof on several of the era’s dance crazes including “The Twist” by Chubby Checker and “Mashed Potato Time” by Dee Dee Sharp. “Monster Mash” featured several of Pickett’s impersonations of renowned Hollywood horror stars including Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff, who he also had used in his nightclub act.

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Exchange Club Fair of Southwest Georgia right around the corner

The Exchange Club of Albany prepares for 68th annual Southwest Georgia Regional Fair

Few things signal that fall is in full swing like the smell of funnels cakes, the sing-song voice of a carnival barker and the flashing lights of the midway as residents enjoy another year of the Southwest Georgia Regional Fair held each year at Albany’s Exchange Club Fairgrounds.

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MANDY FLYNN: Lima beans out of the fridge

FEATURES COLUMN: Stealing from the stockpile in times of emergency

Apparently, over the last few months we have acquired an unusually large amount of frozen lima beans that have been hiding out in the back of the freezer. The freezer that no longer freezes.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back at superstitions | QUIK QUIZ

HISTORY: Good and bad luck come from many timeless superstitions and vary from country to country.

The Irish believe that a blacksmith can drive out evil spirits and disease.

ALBANY BIRTHS: Oct.13-21, 2014

Unless otherwise noted, the following births took place at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Oct. 13-21, 2014

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PERRY BUCHANAN: A diet break can be a good thing

HEALTH & FITNESS: The concept tends to be counterintuitive

Research has shown that people who are more flexible in their eating patterns are actually more successful in the long term, showing less of binge eating habits and weighing less.

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Albany Almanac - Oct. 25, 2014

Temperatures, rainfall, and sun and moon information for the Albany area

Temperatures, rainfall, and sun and moon information for the Albany area.

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Easter Seals planning fundraiser

Event scheduled Nov. 8 at Veterans Park Amphitheater

The event features a gourmet picnic-style dinner catered by Leon Holloway of Americus, a full bar from 6-7:30 p.m., and live music on the riverbank by Yacht Rock Schooner Band and The Jodi Mann Band.

TLC Cancels 'Honey Boo Boo'

Cancellation follows reports mother June Shannon was dating a man with a criminal history

TLC wouldn’t publicly cite a reason for the cancellation, but said in a statement that “supporting the health and welfare of these remarkable children is our only priority. TLC is faithfully committed to the childrens’ ongoing comfort and well-being.”

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HAL BRADY: Looking beneath the surface

FAITH: Real friends share important characteristics

We all meet others who take one look at us, make a snap judgment and file us into a category so they won't have to deal with us as persons. They treat us as something less than we are, and if we are in constant association with them, we become less.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Carve out some time for reading

FAITH: Reading can strengthen your spiritual life

Finding time to read may involve watching less TV, texting less frequently or playing fewer computer games that occupy our time without providing even a crumb of inspiration or spiritual nutrition or development.

Religion Bulletin Oct. 24, 2014

Churches planning fall festivals

Former President Jimmy Carter is not scheduled to teach Sunday School this Sunday at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains. Carter’s next scheduled appearance at the church is at 10 a.m. on Nov. 2.

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Ancient Harmony to play late-night set at Big Pine

Classic rockers will close out Big Pine’s Locos stage Saturday

As this weekend’s Big Pine Music Festival draws to an end, Albany music legends Ancient Harmony will help close out the event’s Locos stage late Saturday night.

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Midnight Star, Doug E. Fresh, E.U. to perform at ASU Homecoming concert

‘Old-school’ R&B, hip-hop stars to perform during ASU Homecoming celebration

A concert held in conjunction with Albany State University’s Homecoming will raise money for the university’s Scholarship Fund.

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"Sweepnation Dancers" liven Albany rapper's Freak Show tour

Da Streetsweepa extends tour in search of development contract

An Albany rapper is getting lots of attention with the addition of a dance team to his stage show.

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