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Congratulations Stallings Island Middle School

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

A Dozen schools were honored as National Blue Ribbon Schools because of high academic achievement or success in closing the performance gap between different groups of students, the U.S. Department of Education announced Tuesday.

Blanchard & Calhoun Real Estate Congratulates Stallings Island Middle School in Martinez who were among 337 chosen for Blue Ribbon designation. See Columbia County’s Press Release

The eight public schools honored are: Big A Elementary in Eastanollee, Centralhatchee Elementary in Franklin, Elite Scholars Academy Charter in Morrow, Lake Oconee Academy in Greensboro, Medlock Bridge Elementary in Johns Creek, South Forsyth Middle in Cumming, Stallings Island Middle in Martinez and Wadsworth Magnet School for High Achievers in Decatur.

Nationally, 287 Blue Ribbon schools are public, and 50 are private. All will be recognized during a ceremony Nov. 10-11 in Washington, D.C.

“These great schools are fulfilling the promise of American education — that all students, no matter their name or zip code, can flourish when schools provide safe, creative, and challenging learning environments,” U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said. “National Blue Ribbon Schools are models of consistent excellence and a resource for other schools and districts. We celebrate them for their tireless effort and boundless creativity in reaching and teaching every student.”

Happy St Patrick’s Day

Monday, March 17th, 2014

The Legend of St. Patrick

So he set out for Ireland with the Pope’s blessings. There he converted the Gaelic Irish, who were then mostly Pagans, to Christianity. He was confident in the Lord, he journeyed far and wide, baptizing and confirming with untiring zeal. And, in a diplomatic fashion he brought gifts to a kinglet here and a lawgiver there, but accepted none from any. Indeed, Patrick was quite successful at winning converts. Through active preaching, he made important converts even among the royal families. And this fact upset the Celtic Druids. Patrick was arrested several times, but escaped each time. For 20 years he had traveled throughout Ireland, establishing monasteries across the country. He also set up schools and churches which would aid him in his conversion. He developed a native clergy, fostered the growth of monasticism, established dioceses, and held church councils. Patrick’s doctrine is considered orthodox and has been interpreted as anti-Pelagian. Although he is not particularly noted as a man of learning, a few of his writings remain extant: his Confession, a reply to his detractors, and several letters. The Lorica (“Breastplate”), a famous hymn attributed to Patrick, may date to a later period.

By the end of the 7th century Patrick had become a legendary figure, and the legends have continued to grow since then. There are many legends associated with St Patrick. It is said that he used the three-leaf shamrock to explain the concept of the Trinity; which refers to the combination of Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. Hence its strong association with his day and name. Legend also has that, Saint Patrick had put the curse of God on venomous snakes in Ireland. And he drove all the snakes into the sea where they drowned.

True, these are mostly legends. But, after some 1500 years, these legends have been inseparably combined with the facts. And together they have helped us know much about the Saint and the spirit behind celebration of the day.

Patrick’s mission in Ireland lasted for over 20 years. He died on March 17, AD 461. That day has been commemorated as St. Patrick’s Day ever since. The day’s spirit is to celebrate the universal baptization of Ireland. Though originally a Catholic holy day, St. Patrick’s Day has evolved into more of a secular holiday. Or, rather, ‘be an Irish Day.’ And the Irish has borne it as part of their national tradition in everywhere they populated and prospered.

The Catholic feast day for this most loved of Irish saints has become a holiday in celebration of the Irish and Irish culture. The leprechaun, a Celtic fairy, has become entrenched as a chief symbol for this holiday, as is the shamrock, an ancient symbol for the triple goddess Brigit. It is fitting that this holiday should fall at the time of the year when the return of spring begins to seem at hand.

Get to know Augusta Georgia

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Thanks and Giving

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Thanks and Giving – that’s what this season is all about.  We at Blanchard and Calhoun have so much to be thankful for – great agents, employees and outstanding clients over this last year.  We are thankful to be able to provide families with one of their proudest material possessions – their  homes – where traditions begin and memories are made.        Blanchard and Calhoun loves to use this season of thanksgiving to also GIVE back.  We hosted our 2nd annual Blanchard and Calhoun United Way bowling tournament with over 160 bowlers that raised over $6,000 for the United Way.  See how much fun we had doing it through the photos on our facebook page

In keeping with the theme of thanksgiving, we are also so thankful for two of our own, Howell Beman and Brennan Simkins, who was featured  on The Today Show.  He is a four time bone marrow transplant recipient survivor, Brennan has beaten the odds and medical standards at St. Jude’s Research Hospital.  Miracles do still happen everyday.  Brennan is the son of Turner and Tara Simkins and grandson of our very own Susan Rice.  Brennan’s non-profit, PressOn  raises money for research for Neuroblastoma Research.

 Howell has ITP (Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Pupura). Howell’s anti-bodies attack his platelets, kill them off rapidly, and this results in a very low platelet count. (causing extreme bruising and bleeds) ITP puts Howell at a high risk of bleeding internally. There is no cure for ITP and no one knows how ITP starts. Howell has been diagnosed a chronic ITP patient.

 Howell and his family are supporting the MCG Radiothon held December 6 2012  . The Radiothon is a HUGE fundraiser for The Children’s Medical Center! There are several local companies and media entities that sponsor the event. These companies and sponsors have agreed to match whatever money the Beman’s raise.  100% of the money raised is used to provide better care at our Children’s Medical Center here in Augusta. Howell has received amazing care there and we feel that the doctors and nurses are the finest in our area. Without the children’s hospital, The Beman’s would have to drive hours for Howells medical care and maintenance. Howell is the son of Davis & Elizabeth Beman and the grandson of Hal Beman

We hope that you will take a moment to check out our fundraising page and support us in this venture. We have learned the hard way that MCG Children’s Hospital is a true blessing to us, our community, and lots of precious sick children. Thank you for your thoughts, prayers and donations

So, this thanksgiving, make sure you are especially aware of what you have to be thankful for and make sure they know it.

Thank you Veterans

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Veterans Day is an official United States holiday honoring armed service veterans. It is a federal holiday that is observed on November 11th. It coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I.

Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day; Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving.

Blanchard & Calhoun Salute our Military for the freedom they give us. Fort Gordon has been part of the Augusta Community for years and we are a better Augusta with our military friends in our area.

Thank You