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People who love Georgia for its wonderfully varied environment may relate to (or envy?) Sharon Collins of Georgia Public Broadcasting's "Georgia Outdoors." As host of the Emmy-winning original series, Collins' love for all things outdoors is evident in each episode's adventure, whether she's wading Georgia's backwaters, watching baby turtles seek the sea or holding pythons (which she will be doing in an April 18 episode).

Collins has covered all types of stories in her reporting career, but mostly in the out of doors. She says her mission is to "make you fall in love with your state again." April is a great time to do just that! Read more on page 18.

April is also the month that focuses on a mission much more dire. In "The gift of self," a story about organ donation, read about the vibrant life given to Megan Madden, of Dalton, by a caring donor's family. After battling life-threatening illnesses, almost from birth, Megan underwent a heart transplant in 2009, and today is a happy 12-year-old. Unfortunately, an average of 18 people die per day in this country, waiting on transplants. See page 22 for the story to learn more about organ donation.

For a magical outing that's become a community effort, visit Calhoun's two-acre kingdom of miniature castles, cathedrals and villages known as the Folk Art Project. Hundreds of local folks have helped artist Dewitt Boyd' s fairy-tale project -- constructed from pebbles, beads and seashells -- come to life. See "A wee, whimsical place," page 28, to set your imagination rolling.

Enjoy!

Ann Orowski
Editor


Be sure to check out April's BONUS Web exclusive content, including:


ON THE COVER THIS MONTH:

Sharon Collins, executive producer, writer and host of Georgia Public Broadcasting Television's "Georgia Outdoors," shares her stories and her career-long love for reporting on the outdoors. (Photo by Gregg Willett.)

 

 
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