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Friday News

This week's photo is by: Bruce Parker

Administrative Updates:


Recommended send by dates:

Greeting Cards: Need to be sent by December 16th for out of town and December 18th for Jasper/Canton area. 

Holiday Packages: 

USPS Ground Advantage & First Class by Dec 16th

USPS Priority Mail Service by Dec 18th

USPS Priority Mail Express by Dec 20th

Mail Center will be closed with no mail delivery for the following days:

Nov 23rd

December 25th

Jan 1st

If you need Christmas stamps, you may ask Cindi. The prices are as follows:

single - .66

ten - $6.60

twenty - $13.20

one hundred - $66.00

Board of Directors Updates:

Board Adopts BTCI Budget for 2024 

The Bent Tree Board of Directors this week adopted a $7.3 million operating budget for the 2024 calendar year. The budget raises assessments by 5.6 percent, which includes 3.6 percent to cover the cost of living index for the greater Atlanta region, plus 2 percent that our governing documents allow.  

Under the proposed spending plan assessments for improved lots (homes) will rise to $3,313 (up from $3,144 this year) and assessments for unimproved lots will go up to $978. The Annual General User Fee (AGUF) will increase $100 to $750 for improved lots and to $70 for unimproved lots. AGUF is used to subsidize the cost of our amenities. 

Most of the focus at the meeting was on the subsidy for the privately-run stables operation. The board initially cut about $40,000 from the approximate $60,000 subsidy which drew numerous protests. The Stables Committee responded by preparing a detailed business plan outlining alternative ways to trim the subsidy, and the board responded by adding $20,000 to the stables subsidy. 

The board also elected new officers for 2024: Buddy Creef was elected president, Michael Kahn was named vice president, Ralph Morse will be treasurer and Arty Allen was elected secretary. Their terms begin Jan. 1. The meeting was the last for Directors Tom Robinson and Glen Harris. 

In other matters, the board approved 2024 officers for the Lake and Wildlife Committee: Co-chairs  Brian Vasser and Rick Patterson; Treasurer Denise McCabe, Secretary Carolyn LaHatte, Habitat Conservation Chair Dara Sinclair, Wildlife Chair Eldon Bonnette, Lake and Streams Chair Calvert Huffines, Special Projects Chair Kevin O’Brien, Keep Bent Tree Beautiful Chair Andy Kidd, Trail Chair Mason Holland,  and Fundraising Co-chairs Mary Ada Kidd and Deb White. 

Find a recording of the meeting here.

Public Safety Updates:

Holiday Guest Entry – Please Read

Public Safety is committed to ensuring the security of our community by properly clearing guests. Holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas bring an influx of guests to the gate, potentially resulting in major backups affecting both entrance lanes. Public Safety needs residents’ help to prevent these backups from occurring. It is very important that residents planning on having holiday guests read the information contained in the following link to preserve efficient gate operations and prevent extended delays. HOLIDAY GUEST ENTRY


Cooking Safety and Fire Prevention

The holidays are right around the corner, which for many families means there will be more home cooking taking place. While the holidays are a source of joy for many, unsafe cooking and related house fires have the potential to ruin the season. According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), Thanksgiving was the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve in 2019. Cooking was also the leading cause of reported home fires and home fire injuries between 2015-2019. To ensure you are using safe cooking practices, please follow the link below to our website for cooking safety tips and a short video with great information. COOKING SAFETY & FIRE PREVENTION


Pickens County Public Safety Awards

The 3rd Annual Public Safety Appreciation Dinner, organized by the Rotary Club of Jasper and Georgia Mountains Hospice, was held on Tuesday evening at Chattahoochee Technical College. Public safety employees throughout Pickens County were recognized for their sacrifice and service to others. During this event, departments throughout the county chose an Employee of the Year from their department to be recognized and receive an award. At the end, the event organizers chose one of the Employees of the Year to be awarded the Medal of Valor.

I am extremely pleased to announce that Sergeant Ray Peters was named the Employee of the Year for Bent Tree Public Safety and was awarded the Medal of Valor! Sergent Peters has responded to many major emergency situations throughout 2023, including structure fires, and his performance has been outstanding. Sergeant Peters received his fire and medical certifications this year through training provided by or partnered with our department.

I am very proud of the entire Public Safety team we have assembled over the past two years. They all care a tremendous amount for this community and have chosen a field that requires personal sacrifices, sometimes quite considerable, for the sake of others. Please follow the link to see pictures from the Appreciation Dinner. PUBLIC SAFETY AWARDS

Happy Thanksgiving from the Courts at Bent Tree. Thank you for all the support shown to the staff here. Please consider joining us for tennis, pickleball or both in the near future. I can’t think of a more fun way to burn off some of the holiday calories we’re all about to put on. I would consider it an honor to help you pursue both. Hope to see you soon.

Sincerely, Bob Coleman

The PGA Jr League wrapped up its final event at Towne Lake Hills in Woodstock on Saturday November 11th. The Team of Owen Mumaw, Steven Warner, Samuel Warner, Kayla Hedden, Liam Higgins, Hazel-Grace Higgins, Finn Goldi, Tate Ingram and Branson Tatum played against Towne Lake Hills and Bridgemill AC. Bent Tree finished on top winning 4 games overall.

For Thanksgiving week:

The Golf Shop will be closed on Thanksgiving day. We will be doing a Black Friday Sale in the Shop on November 24th combined with a golf tournament. Please sign up in the golf shop or see flyer for more information!

Don't forget to join us this Sunday for a Thanksgiving Buffet! Call The Tavern to reserve your spot now. Spots are filling up quick! 

Friday 11/17
Lunch - Fish and chips $14

A Friday favorite, beer battered haddock is fried crisp and served with french fries.
 Dinner - Shepherds pie $20
Lamb and vegetables are slow cooked in a rich Guinness gravy, topped with mashed potatoes and cheddar and broiled to perfection.
 Saturday 11/18
Lunch - Ragu w/ pasta $17

Slow braised pork in a traditional hearty tomato sauce. Served over Italian pasta.
 Dinner - Ribeye with potato gratin and garlicky green beans $28
Our favorite steak, grilled to your liking and served over a cheesy and cream potato au gratin alongside green beans sauteed in garlic.

News From Bent Tree Realty

This Week's Featured Listing:

Discover Your Mountain Oasis! 

Escape to the tranquility of a mountain setting enveloped by nature and enjoy unparalleled privacy! Welcome to your dream retreat – a beautiful 1.05-acre cul-de-sac homesite that beckons you with serenity and seclusion.

Prime Location: Nestled amidst majestic mountains, this homesite is a hidden gem. Picture yourself surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of nature, where every sunrise and sunset becomes a spectacle to behold.

Exclusive Greenspace Backdrop: What sets this property apart? Imagine your backyard seamlessly merging with Bent Tree greenspace, ensuring that no one will ever build behind you. Your personal sanctuary awaits, where the sounds of nature are your only neighbors.

Build Your Vision: This blank canvas invites you to design and build the mountain home you've always envisioned. Whether it's a cozy cabin retreat or a luxurious mountain escape, the possibilities are as boundless as the views. 

Key Features:

  • 1.05-acre cul-de-sac homesite
  • Backs up to Bent Tree greenspace
  • Unmatched privacy and seclusion
  • Perfect canvas for your dream mountain home

Contact us today to explore this exclusive homesite! 770-893-2629 ex. 103

News From the Activities Committee

Stay up to date with all things BTAC on the Bent Tree website! Just click the button for our committee page. 

Click Here

Everyone Welcome! 

No talent necessary - a little or a lot - we would love your help!

Reservations now open. Selling out fast!

 If you feel led to serve our seniors and are interested in helping at Movie Night, Bingo, Art & Crafts or Senior Excursions, please consider joining this subcommittee.          

If you are a senior and have ideas for this new program, we would love to hear from you.  

Please reach out to Patrick McMorrow if you would like to help out or have suggestions.  
 or 770-710-1133.  

BTAC Save The Dates

"The Bent Tree Strings" Sunday, Dec. 10 at 2:00pm Fireside Lounge - Club Tamarack a free, casual and informative concert Favorite Christmas and Appalachian Melodies 

"Bent Tree Jazz/Pop Combo"

Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 7:00pmClub Tamarack Downstairs- Rec Room

Free Goodwill Concert for the Community

A donation of dry dog/cat food or kitty litter will be accepted for the Bent Tree Animal Shelter at the door

News from the Animal Shelter

We are Thankful for you!
Thank you to all who have donated to the Animal Shelter with food, supplies and $. Without you we would not be here.

Did you know?
   - our Bent Tree Shelter is NOT funded by your dues. Our shelter is all volunteer run and operated by donations!!
  - our shelter has rescued, saved and gotten homes for 100’s of dogs and cats since it was built in 2012.  This year already over 20 cats and dogs have been adopted.
  - 20 plus volunteers spend hours feeding, cleaning and loving on the cats and kittens every week. A dedicated volunteer or 2 go every morning and every evening for the cats and when we have a dog, we go at least 5 times a day for walking the dog.
   - please go to the Bent Tree website and visit our page to see the 17 cats and kittens we have now that are looking for their forever homes.
  - our shelter volunteers help an average of 4 lost Bent Tree or nearby dogs a month get back to their homes.
 - if you are wanting a dog, please let us know - we are familiar with dogs at other shelters and rehoming groups.
Call or text LuAnn 678-414-1047 if you have any questions.

Just hanging out😻

News from Lake & Wildlife

News from The Stables

Just a reminder that the stable is open all next week. There are still a few spaces left to make a trail ride reservation for your family and your guests. Please call our reservation number at 706-692-6322.

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