Coronavirus in Augusta Georgia

A regularly updated aggregation of news related to Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Augusta, GA and the CSRA.

This page originally began on 12 March as a call to action to the Master's Tournament and Augusta University to take proactive steps ahead of what anyone that was paying attention could see coming.  On 13 March the leadership of the Masters Tournament took the right decisions and postponed the Master's Tournament. The management of AU acted on Friday the 13th only after Governor Kemp directed telework on the night of the 12th. All of that is 'archived' below.

This page receives a lot of traffic, based upon the URL and the timing of its creation I suspect. I have decided to regularly update the page with news and commentary as we all work our way through this.

Remember - many 'experts' were wrong. Local media and media personalities took their advice and downplayed precations and warnings. This is serious, don't panic, but don't ignore it. Take steps, reasonable and responsible steps now. Bureaucrats have been wrong - see below. Do not hope for them to manage us out of this - take care of you and yours. Don't panic - even if this gets as bad as the very worst scenarios, mankind has faced such before - bend a knee, connect with your creator, take care of your loved ones and carry on!

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Updates

27 March - The CSRA has 49 cases. Augusta University presented a pretty solid narrative during its 1500 town hall today. Of note was Katrina Keefer's acknowledgment that the number of local cases will increase greatly. This is a change from some of the narratives previously pushed (i.e. just stay calm and wash your hands). It also seems that AU medical center is fairly competent in executing operations. Establishing and operating two testing sites in addition to the hospital testing is not a small feat.

We see reports this week of a veteran going to the VA MEdical center to be tested, to receive negative results only to be called back three days later to be informed he was exposed. Subsequently, he tested positive. It seems best to stay away from the hospitals unless it is life or limb.

 

17 March - I was pretty convinced by mid-day that Coronavirus is beaten. There will be a large spike in cases by the first week of April (blame that on organizations acting so slowly last week to stop school and move to telework sooner rather than later - we lost a week of containment). No matter your political persuasion, and no matter your opinion of Trump, the administration has handled this solidly (there is nothing more that free Americans should want or demand from their Federal government). The governors of SC and GA have acted appropriately and the cities of Augusta and North Augusta are right on target.

However, this afternoon I walked the dogs through North Augusta. I saw innumerable acts of stupid. People sitting in restaurants, a party at the wine and art place, etc. This will not end until the stupid ends. It is on us, locally, not the government.

I am suspending daily reporting on this page until the first week of April when I assume we will begin to see the spike from the unfettered and uncontrolled contamination going on last week (and continues still because of individual choices.)

Stop doing stupid!

 

Chronological Commentary and Analysis

16 March - Augusta University Press Conference. AU COVID-19. Biggest takeaway was the announcement of AU Couronvirus hotline 706-721-1852

AU Press COVID-19 March 16 2020

#LIVE | AU holds press conference regarding two presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in the CSRA.https://www.wjbf.com/news/two-positive-cases-of-covid-19-have-shown-up-in-the-csra/

Posted by WJBF NewsChannel 6 on Monday, March 16, 2020
Dualling docs. You choose.

16 March - University Hospital in Augusta leading the way with an e-triage app. Confer with a medical professional from home if you have symptoms. @univ_hospital.

16 March - Sign-up to receive COVID-19 Emergency Alerts from the City of Augusta via email.

16 March - Evans DA candidate reports he tested positive at an "AU curbside testing" site. I have yet to find the instructions and procedures to find or use such a site and did not know it existed until this report. I am not alone in that ignorance. Someone from Augusta University send me a link to this information @onlyBarryLClark and I will post.

14 March - Augusta hospitals prepared for coronavirus outbreak but could need more nurses (Augusta Chronicle Article from 14 March). All three Augusta area hospitals assured the Chronicle they had enough capacity (beds and ICU) and only mentioned potential nursing shortages. Tom Corwin of the Chronicle failed to ask the hard questions about capacity - what is the current and historic utilization rate? How would local hospitals handle an Italy level requirement? What numbers and assumptions are the assurances that there is "enough" capacity based upon? None of that was answered in this light article. We shall see.

28 January - Coronavirus Not Likely to Become a Big Problem for U.S., Expert Says ( Government Tech article posted by Augusta Chronicle)

Dr. Jose Vazquez, of Augusta University, stated

  •  it is unlikely to spread as it did in China
  • It's possible that it is going to be transmissible or contagious while the patient is asymptomatic
  • I think here we're ready for it...everything is in place.
  • I don't think it will be that big of a deal here, I really don't.
  • I'd hate for people to start freaking out and changing trips here.
  • I don't foresee seeing a lot of cases in North America and in Europe.

General Purpose Coronavirus Information

Selected Chronological Twitter Updates

 

A Lesson our Local Organizations Might Learn

'Digging into the shorts' of a couple of organizations last week, combined with what I know from personally dealing with some local emergency management folks and organizations that ought to be messaging plans right now it is obvious to me that the real problem is a lack of operational acumen. Big organizations in the area have been slow to operationalize their efforts - by that I mean taking preexisting strategies, forming teams, sharing information internally, properly messaging internally and externally. Some serious deficiencies in seeing this as and conducting it as an operation are apparent to me.  When this is over, some organizations need to seriously address their deficiencies - you are organized wrong, have in some cases hired the wrong people and have failed to exercise leadership. Time will demonstrate this more, and I will highlight it here.

Why did the thousands of US troops stationed in Korea not succumb to COVID-19 when the Korean population around them did?  GEN Robert Abrams says:

“This is not an administrative task, this is not a medical task, and it’s not a routine event,” he said on Friday. “It’s an operation. We are conducting 24/7, round-the-clock operations, and have been since [January 27] ... We’ve approached it similarly to how we operate in combat.”

USFK reacted early, and decisively. They had a solid plan going in, created effective operations centers, synchronized planners, doers and the message and kept everyone on the team informed.  Right now, If you are sitting in small 'leadership cells' talking to other managers because you think you need to do this alone, you are wrong. Operationalize it and leverage the power of a team and the organization.

Some of our larger organizations could learn from this - perhaps they will. You are all mostly doing this wrong right now!

Old post and original text retained below for the archive

Update 16 March 10:05 am: Augusta University now reports two cases at AUMC, a female employee and her husband - presumptive positive.

Update 15 March: Richmond County schools closing as coronavirus precaution

Update: 12 March 3:00 pm. - AU has implemented telework (remote) for non-essential employees beginning Monday 16 March and tentatively continuing for two-weeks. It appears this decision was made as a result of Gov. Kemp issuing instructions to state employees, not based upon authority that was already resident in AU leadership. They will have many tough decisions in the weeks ahead with the hospital, let's not await the governor to tell us what right looks like next time.

Update: 12 March 2020 10: am - The Master's has taken appropriate steps, I congratulate the leadership.

Update: 5:50 am 13 March 2020 - Plant Vogtle employee being tested for coronavirus 15 March 2020 Plant Vogtle worker tests negative for coronavirus

Update: 12 March 4:20 pm - 45 minutes after publishing this post, AU announced they are suspending classes. This is a terrific first step. Now they need to ensure they socially distance their employees through telework.

_______(Original post 12 March)_____

It is not a matter of if the Coronavirus ( COVID19 ) will make its way to the Augusta, Georgia area, as of today, 12 March 2020, it most likely already has. Perhaps only in the form of someone that was exposed and did not contract it, maybe in there is someone that has not yet displayed symptoms - but it has at least passed through the area. There can be no serious question but that eventually, cases will pop up. How many occur at once, just how bad it really depends on several things. Two of these factors can be directly controlled by The Master's Tournament and Augusta University.

Augusta University is one of the area's largest employers. When it COVD19 comes, how AU has handled its large number of employees prior to detection will matter.

The Master's Tournament potentially brings in thousands of people from elsewhere. It is almost a statistical fact that some number of those visitors will bring with them the infection.

Augusta University

Augusta University, unlike colleges in South Carolina, has been slow and ponderous to act. Their 'resources' page simply says they "have a plan" it does not detail it. Their public information states they are following state, Federal, CDC and WHO guidance - but are they really? Are they following the intent or the course of least resistance and effort?

The CDC issued interim guidance to businesses and schools three weeks ago and suggested organizations find ways to allow employees to telework. There is already a policy in place at AU for telework, and hundreds of administrative and non-customer facing employees already have signed agreements. Most of those employees can perform their job just as well at home as at work. So why are hundreds of people still sitting in cubicles, breathing the same air and being in close contact with each other?

AU's president assures us there are no confirmed cases in Augusta, and this is true, none are confirmed. Shall we wait for Betty the secretary to test positive, after she has been at work and infectious for several days? Perhaps Betty took her lunch meals in the hospital cafeteria and attended some meetings at Summerville. One little lady could infect patients, students and other employees - who in turn could infect families at home, elderly folks at church, etc. Yes, President Brooks Keel, there are no confirmed cases in Augusta now, heaven help you when one of the first is Betty the secretary.

Augusta University's ponderous, slow, naive policy regarding social distancing, because of the size of its population and the implications that has for the larger community, endangers all of Augusta. Yes, COVID19 will come, but we do not necessarily have to have a major outbreak - not if decision-makers are wise and proactive. We are not seeing a lot of that from AU right now.

AU needs to send all administrative and non-customer facing employees home to work now. They need to figure out how to do virtual classes for their students. USC-Aiken has implemented this!

Update: 12 March 10pm -President Brooks Keel 'liked' my tweet congratulating AU for suspending classes while they try to figure out virtual instruction, so the leadership is hearing what I am saying.

The Master's

And then there is Augusta National and the Master's Tournament. The NBA just decided to forgo millions and cancel the season. Several other major entertainment and sports activities have done the same. The latest statement by the tournament says they plan to drive on. Completely irresponsible all things considered.

The folks in charge over there need to think and act a bit more socially responsible. Perhaps follow the NCAA example and play without a crowd.

Speak Up

Folks in Augusta need to speak up to both AU and the Master leadership as well as other large organizations. Yes, no Master's Tournament hurts us all. Avoidance of pain is no reason to be irresponsible. For AU, working from home confounds the backward minds of bureaucrats, but this is 2020, get over it already.

Decision-makers will be judged by how COVID19 plays out in Augusta. Now is the time to act, not after a few test positive and dozens are running around undetected.

Neither the Master's nor AU can ever say they were not advised - No matter what naysaying eggheads say that this is just the flu, the leadership has been advised at least once to use better sense.

(I also sent theses concerns to Russell Keen, CoS at Augusta University. If the leadership of these two organizations does not significantly change their current course and if people are harmed as a result - none of these folks can claim in court defending against lawsuits, to their boards in defense of their jobs nor to God himself that they ought not to have known better).

Update: 12 March 9:29 pm I reached out to Austin Rhodes, and he read this post. let's see if he turns his voice toward this issue.

Although in Austin's words: " The Austin Rhodes Show I was referring to the physical aspects of the illness...not the ridiculous public behavior that has taken over. When the American body count hits 61 thousand let me know. Until then...my point stands. " Apparently there is nothing to see here for Mr. Rhodes.

You are wrong on this one Austin - but we did not need you to weigh in to get the right things done. carry on man.

15 March: Perhaps the last Update to this post for a bit. I ran across an article posted on Government Tech, in their Emergency Management section. The article was written by the Augusta Chronicle but quoted an 'expert' on these matters from Augusta University.

Coronavirus Not Likely to Become a Big Problem for U.S., Expert Says (yep, he said that)

Now I am not an expert, but I watched the events in China via foreign news outlets, they covered it early and extensively unlike the US media which was focused on silly domestic politics. It was obvious to me that there was something to this disease. When a country cordons off a city of 60 million, it is something to pay attention to, it is not insignificant.

Here are a few things Dr. Jose Vazquez, the expert on these issues from Augusta University, said on January 28th.

  •  it is unlikely to spread as it did in China (wrong)
  • It's possible that it is going to be transmissible or contagious while the patient is asymptomatic (right)
  • I think here we're ready for it...everything is in place. ( does not appear so, based upon so little testing, we shall see)
  • I don't think it will be that big of a deal here, I really don't. (probably wrong, will be proven so in a few days - it is 15 March as I state that)
  • I'd hate for people to start freaking out and changing trips here. (like the guy that just tested positive back in Ohio, he took a cruise early march - sure no need to cancel trips)
  • I don't foresee seeing a lot of cases in North America and in Europe. (WRONG. Italy, Spain, and France all disagree. In the US over 1700 new cases were reported between 13 and 14 March - without robust testing! )

With spot-on expert advice like this, we might perhaps forgive the delays, and trepidations described above. That is if it were not to easy for even an ordinary guy like me to see the facts way back in late January without the help of an expert.

North Augusta, History, Fantasy and Reality in Context

The real story of the Hamburg Incident is that two groups of South Carolinians, each with much more in common than they possibly realized did violence to each other. They shared commonalities of misplaced hate, fear, insecurity and pride of principle. The events of 8 July 1876 shaped the future of South Carolina more significantly than any event to occur here before or since. The loss of life was tragic, but if a common narrative that binds us together as South Carolinians is to be found in this event is that of blood sacrifice on the eventual road to who we are today – it is our story. It should not be a story of this group versus that group, told from two sides. All involved were sons of our fair State.

As a one so recently introduced into the myriad of issues that seem to be inflaming passions related to monuments, interpretive plagues and the proper utilization of historic properties within the city I cannot say that I know all of the personal histories that may be fanning the current flames of emotional distress. I can say as a son of the State of South Carolina and a fellow that has been intently interested in the history of the state and her people coupled with the fact that I endeavor and pray for God’s wisdom in the application of critical thinking skills I do have a perspective to offer on this entire situation.

It is not my purpose here to discuss if the city council should have selected a different site for the new public safety headquarters. I suspect there are better properties from a logistical and access point of view but my intent here is to address the counter-arguments related to the Flythe house and the Hamburg Incident (or Massacre if you prefer). I submit that it is very important to discuss North Augusta’s history vis-a-vis Hamburg but that it is not helpful to conflate the discussion of the location of the public safety headquarters into that discussion. The bottom line is the city, could, if planned properly, construct a headquarters building that is architecturally true to the original Seven Gables design and accommodates some homage to Starkey Flythe onsite. If they are intent on building at that location, these points are for a separate discussion.

Something of a more weighty matter, that is lost in the conflation of political discussions and debate, is the narrative and history of this side of the river. I ask humbly that you bear with me through my argument, it may seem to offend sensibilities of all sides at one point or another but I believe there is an important common ground and story to be told. I contend that this is where discussions of monuments and historical interpretation should be aimed.

In terms of its greater impact what happened in Hamburg on July 8, 1876 was the most significant historic event to occur in North Augusta/Hamburg. That event set in motion a series of other events that fueled the eventual election of Wade Hampton and the end of the Federal Occupation of South Carolina and Reconstruction. We must be very careful to deconstruct what that meant and not merely jump to faulty conclusions. Ending the occupation of South Carolina was a positive good – independent of any and all of the other potentially negative impacts that followed. Those unfortunate reactionary measures should not be conflated with or tarnish the positive of being free of a foreign army of occupation. Arguments against Jim Crow and the disenfranchisement of Blacks in South Carolina are valid but it would be a faulty analogy to argue that because bad things followed the end of occupation reconstruction itself must have been a good thing for South Carolina. It was bad for all South Carolinians, black, white, rich and poor.

To provide some idea of how bad reconstruction really was for South Carolina one need only look at the fraud and scandal surrounding the state legislature and the treasury from 1867-1874.

For example:

“…in 1870–1871, the state’s financial board secured the authority to print and sell $1 million in state bonds; there were to be $1,000 bonds numbered 1 to 1,000. Members of the board printed two sets— both numbered 1 to 1,000—and sold both sets. They kept no records of their transactions and were caught only when a New York investment firm came into possession of two bonds with the same number on both. Partly as a result of such malfeasance, and partly because of legitimate increases in expenditures such as the creation of a public school system from scratch, state budgets skyrocketed during Reconstruction and the state slipped further and further into debt. ” SC Encyclopedia

For many from the North, with an eye toward profit, Reconstruction served as a perfect mechanism to extract from the South and South Carolina treasure for their own purposes. The South, and her people black and white, became easy prey to anyone with an entrepreneurial and unethical frame of mind. Infrastructure was ruined, the social security provided by the former slave system was gone. Sharecropping became the economic model – a system that provided no security at all for the laborers at the bottom of the system. Northern investors provided high-interest loans to plantation owners, and when the price of cotton plummeted in the late 1860’s these loans could not be repaid. The first people to suffer under this system were sharecroppers. The only people to profit were Northern investors supported by an occupation army.

It is perhaps even more nefarious. Northern Republicans were only too happy to use the majority black vote to secure state offices. Even being so “kind” as to admit several black legislators don’t you know. Of course, they never allowed or conceived of allowing the black population to actually control state politics or hold the highest offices. This was paternalism coupled with manipulation and not so subtle disdain. They used the black population to attain power.

Collage of many portraits of 1876 legislature in South Carolina. Depicts white and black legislative members following the 1867 Reconstruction acts.

Additionally, rather than quelling racial animosity in the State, the policies and actions of the occupying army and Northern opportunist served only to incite it. I shall explain.

People often focus on racism as the cause of so many ills. I suggest racism is just a version of hate -sim. Hate based upon race is just easier to spot, it is obviously in the pigment of skin, it is easy to identify a target of one’s hatred. But hate -ism is really no different anywhere it is found. It is almost always a result of misplaced angst. People come to view the source of their problems in another group and begin to hate them. In the former Yugoslavia, we observed the exact same thing. Families that lived alongside each other for a couple of centuries turned to hate – ism and identified the source of their problems in the identity of another group. I suggest the real root cause of why hate – ism manifested in the South was more fundamental than the mere color of a person’s skin. Karl Marx was wrong about most things but argued that history is the story of economics. I tend to agree that people fundamentally get most invigorated over economic issues, particularity those related to survival. The political and economic policies of the Reconstruction government fed hate and animosity as opposed to building tranquility and harmony. Let’s dispense then, at least for the moment, of racism talk and perhaps acknowledge that there was a lot of misplaced hate going around. People hated their circumstances and their rulers but were powerless to change things.

By misplaced hate, of course, I mean, both the black and white population of South Carolina had good cause to be upset with the occupation, with the running of the state government, with finances and with the economy in general. Many whites had been outright disenfranchised, blacks could now vote but still did not really run the affairs of the state and both groups shared the burden of a failed economy and a dismal future if the circumstance did not change.

If my assessment of the Union occupation and Republican rule of South Carolina seems too harsh perhaps I can allow that the US was essentially an amateur at nation-building and occupation in the late 1800s. Many of the mistakes I personally observed in Iraq were the same mistakes the Union Army made – disenfranchising an entire population and leaving them with no political voice, failure to address economic issues etc. Obviously, those failures throughout the decade of the 2000s resulted in the formation and expansion of ISIS so after 130 years the US has really gotten no better at the task. That being said, the problems created by reconstruction and the violent reactionary movement that resulted from it still must be laid clearly on those that created the problem and not simply chalked up to the mysterious boogeyman of racism -it is so much more complex than that.

So we arrive on the fateful day of July 4th, 1876. The militia in Hamburg was conducting a 4th of July Parade. Consider, the South simply did not celebrate the 4th until the Spanish American War and not wholly until the First World War. It simply did not happen, it was a Union holiday. However, the predominately black population of Hamburg was celebrating that day, replete with their militia on parade.

Consider how inflammatory this entire circumstance was, Governor Robert Scott, a “real estate speculator” and former Union officer from Pennsylvania had armed the Hamburg militia with state arms. Whites were precluded from serving in or forming militias. Captain Doc Adams, proud of his position and the patronage shown by the Republicans in charge of the state proudly paraded his company that day in Hamburg. One cannot really fault him for this, the real culprit that set up this situation is the marionette occupying the state capital.

Then we have of course the two white farmers from Edgefield that confronted Adams on the road that day. Did these two likely know about the 4th of July celebration? Probably? Is it reasonable to assume they were out to make a scene or cause trouble? – Perhaps.

The events of the next four days are fairly well documented, and unfortunately, occupy much of the narrative and disagreement over how the events of 8 July 1876 ought to be remembered. I argue again, that the tragic outcome of that day should not be the keystone of the story.

The real story of the Hamburg Incident is that two groups of South Carolinians, each with much more in common than they possibly realized did violence to each other. They shared commonalities of misplaced hate, fear, insecurity and pride of principle. The events of 8 July 1876 shaped the future of South Carolina more significantly than any event to occur here before or since. The loss of life was tragic, but if a common narrative that binds us together as South Carolinians is to be found in this event it is that of blood sacrifice on the eventual road to who we are today. It should not be a story of this group versus that group, told from two sides. All involved were sons of our fair State.

If the city wants to tackle this issue and create a narrative that tells history in context we should create one near the old armory site and depict that day as a tragic but perhaps necessary part of South Carolina learning and growing to be who we are. This ought not be mixed in with talk of a public safety building.

The Day I Became Involved in Local Politics

Tip O’Neil famously said, all politics are local. I have spent much of my life being interested in national and international politics and geopolitics but have never paid much attention to local events.

Very recently I realized that my little city of North Augusta, SC is in something of the order of 120 million dollars in debt. Apparently approximately 70 million of that on account of the construction of SRP Park.

My wife and I bought a home here in 2016, I was deployed, we actually purchased the home while I was on leave. We knew she had a good job at the University and this is where I should retire. I could not imagine living in the debacle that is Richmond County and Columbia County was too far. Besides, I was born and bred in South Carolina, I am a proud son of the State. North Augusta seemed perfect.

I recall in an off-hand conversation my wife and I discussing how the ballpark had been funded. I assumed that surely there must have been a referendum for such an expenditure. Surely, right? How could a small town council possibly spend so much of their neighbor’s money without asking them? I supposed my assumption was correct and moved on with life, happily ignorant.

In the last couple of years my wife has occasionally mentioned to me something like, “man, there is some drama going on at North Augusta 20 20”. I would generally mumble in acknowledgement and continue on with what I was doing. I long ago stopped paying much attention to Facebook. I have seen too many people with drama there. I never stopped to wonder if there was really fire associated with the smoke she was seeing.

Apparently, there has been a real fire raging beneath the smoke of Facebook drama. Contentiousness has been the norm in council chambers and outside for some time it seems. However, I do not know all the facts or personalities or details involved up to this point.

I know one thing for certain. My original assumption concerning the state of good governance in my little city were all wrong. Based upon one fact alone I am prepared to say something is amiss and things must change.

The council saddled the citizens of the city with enormous debt, almost $70 million, without a referendum. Nobody elects part-time city officials to make decisions of that magnitude – it is plain and simple irresponsible, unconscionable and immoral. It is theft of property no matter how you state it. In local government one just generally assumes that everyone knows that the right thing to do when such a large matter is in question is to allow the people to decide – after all it is their money.

image via Ken Powell

Based upon this one simple fact, this one simple callous immoral act of hubris I have become interested in and involved in local politics.

Last night I contacted the Constitution Party of North Augusta and asked them to place a sign in my front yard. I offered to help in any way possible and next week I will break bread with one of their officers to discuss what that means and figure out where I can help.

The list of absurdities could go on – perhaps the passage this past Monday of an ordinance allowing open air consumption of alcohol in Riverside Village (mind you there are what two bars there at present). That seems a rather silly thing to be worried about considering almost none of the magnificent storefronts, shops and entertainment that was promised in the artist depictions have actually materialized. When I recently visited the area I wondered where there might actually be space for any of the grand things we were promised. The hotel is not grand and the ball park is archetecturally out of place.

Then perhaps one could point to the utterly brilliant idea to install parking meters down there. You people build a field of dreams with our money, sold a bill of goods with wonderful pictures and delivered a much less grandiose reality with already frustrating and limited parking and now you want to discourage further patronage with parking meters. Simply brilliant. These folks must go.

Finally, we read our city administration is coordinating with Augusta and Georgia to construct a pedestrian/bike path on a future 13th Street bridge. I suppose all North Augusta needs is folks walking over from Broad Street in Augusta to ask me money when the wife and I go out to eat. This is a large reason I do not often go to Broad Street! Again – brilliant.

North Augusta is not Augusta – that place elects fools and those fools mismanage funds and the potential of the city and county. We do not need to be like Augusta. We should progress, but keep the culture and nature of our city intact. We also should expect elected officials that know the moral limits of the power vested in the positions they hold. Placing every resident of the city in debt without the common decency to ask – that is wrong. This is what got me interested and involved in local politics.

SNO-CAP, North Augusta

Ms. Rachel was the first North Augustan my wife and I encountered on the day we drove over to look at houses to decide if we wanted to make the city our home. She is a gracious and friendly lady, she almost alone convinced us.

The time comes in everyone’s life to move on and seek other endeavors, avocations and hobbies and in that I wish Kenny and Rachael Godspeed and much happiness.

The SNO-CAP is one of those little pieces of community that seem to disappear from the landscape daily, replaced by conglomerates, chains and sameness. I am told Fat Man’s is good. I sincerely hope that they bring what is good of that operation and intertwine it with the uniqueness of the legacy and community of the SNO-CAP.

I would also hope, as I hoped from the beginning, that the people that run the Green Jackets will wake up and include the SNO-CAP among their food choices. If one wants to truly be part of the community you have to embrace the community.

Good luck Kenny and Rachel – thank you for the hospitality, the food and the piece of the community that you had stewardship over.