PLAIN Changes

changes ahead

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Starting this year, PLAIN will be shifting its focus outwards, toward serving the community around it, it as well as Pine Lake.  We hope to use the positive energy within Pine Lake to create a positive impact for the broader community.

This means that we will be putting much less focus on our Pine Lake social events., with the exceptions of mardi gras brunch and breakfast with santa celebrations.  The following events will no longer be managed by PLAIN and need coordinators in order to be held:

Easter egg hunt
Memorial day picnic
July 4th picnic
Halloween/Day of the Dead celebration.

Some events have already found volunteer coordinators, but will need more volunteers to pull off:

chili and soup cook-off (feb) coordinated by Megan Pulst
labor day picnic (sept) coordinated by Lakefest
lighting of the lake (dec) coordinated by Greg Creech
Christmas cookie exchange (dec) coordinated by Tracey Johnson.

Of course, we all enjoy these events, so we hope that one of our neighbors will step forward and organize each of these events.  PLAIN can provide help to finance these events, help find interested volunteers, and make the beach house available, if needed. I you are interested in coordinating any of these events, please let us know and we can help you. Contact us at

PLAIN will continue to run the Pine Lake breakfasts, ten times a year, including mardi gras brunch and breakfast with santa.  At some of these events, we hope to engage with all of you in working with us to help others in our community by donating items such as school supplies, winter coats and canned goods.

Coming at the PLAIN breakfast on September 1, 9:30-11:30 am is PLAIN’s Rockbridge Elementary school coat, book bag,  and underwear drive. Bring a new or like new coat (grades k-5), book bag (grades k-5), and/or underwear (for kindergarten ages). This effort is in conjunction with the principal, teachers, and staff at Rockbridge Elementary.

If you have any questions or concerns please come to the september 20th 7:00 PLAIN meeting at the beach house (3rd thursday of most] months) and let us know what you think.


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PLAIN Back to School Pancake Breakfast

This Saturday August 4, 2018, 9:30-11:30am (NEW HOURS) PLAIN is having its monthly pancake breakfast. This month we are asking for your help. Please come to the breakfast and donate school supplies for our neighbor school, Rockbridge Elementary School.  Bring #2 pencils, box of crayons, spiral notebooks, underwear for pre-K students, or make a donation for this specific purpose. Parents who struggle to put food on the table may often be challenged to provide their children with the necessary school supplies.  With the firm belief that every child deserves the tools they need for academic achievement we want to provide support.  Rockbridge has recently been renovated and is a beautiful campus and a portion of the student population is in need. We have reached out and met with the school’s administration about student needs and volunteer opportunities.  We will be posting the volunteer information after school has begun and the dust of the new year has settled. Please come by for a delicious breakfast, community spirit, and donate what you can. Thanks for your help.

Easy way to support PLAIN

Did you know that Amazon will donate 0.5% of most purchases to the Charitable Organization of your choice?  All you need to do is sign up for the AmazonSmile program and select PLAIN as the organization that you want to support.

Simply go to   On your first visit to AmazonSmile you will be prompted to select a charitable organization from the list of eligible organizations. If you have already signed up for Amazon Smile you can change your selection at this time.  The best way to find PLAIN in the list of organizations is to go to the box that says “Pick your own charitable Organization” and enter “Pine Lake”. Select “Pine Lake Association of Involved Neighbors” from the search results.  Once you have signed up, whenever you go to Amazon it will ask you if you would rather go to Amazon Smile or you can just go directly to  Everything on the Smile site is exactly the same as the regular Amazon site only your purchase will support PLAIN.

This is a great way to support PLAIN that costs you nothing but a few minutes of setup.  Please consider signing up today.

Also if you would like to join, renew, or donate to PLAIN click on one of the links at the top of this page. Thanks.

PLAIN Monthly Meeting

Hi Everyone,

PLAIN will be holding its monthly meeting, Thursday, July 19, 7-8pm, at the Beach House. Hope everyone can make it.



  • Approval of June 2018 Minutes
  • Treasurer report
  • member update
  • August Breakfast
  • go over List of CF grantees – discussion of Service, ie, caring/sharing, backpacks for kids
  • notify Danita of reservation of dates of Beach House for rest of 2018/2019 and change times to 9:30-11:30-also Notify anyone that plain co-sponsored event that we aren’t sponsoring
  • chairs/planters/trash grabbers

What PLAIN is up to now

As voted on in May, PLAIN ​is shifting to less events and more service oriented programs. We will still have our signature monthly pancake breakfasts but will focus on service. What kind of service? A couple of things we have talked about doing or expanding are: more neighborhood caring and sharing; collecting food, clothing and backpacks for school kids at the monthly breakfasts; adopt a planter; trash pick up, etc.  We welcome your suggestions for other activities.  Also let us know if you can help carry out any of these activities.
At the bottom of this post is a list of activities that other neighborhoods received grants for from the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta. This is the group from whom we received a grant for the beach chairs and planters and we plan to ask them for another, larger grant in future. Please take a look at this list, let us know any other suggestions you may have for our future grant request and also let us know if there is something you would like to lend a hand to.
Also if you haven’t joined PLAIN or renewed your membership we invite you to do so. See the links below.
Thanks for your support and we look forward to seeing you soon.
Calvin Burgamy, PLAIN President
Tracey Johnson, PLAIN Vice President
Gayle Austin, PLAIN  Treasurer
Mike Seymour, PLAIN Secretary & Breakfast Co-ordinator

Ashview Heights Community Association Corporation

To increase resident participation through branding, beautification, and activities such as a 5K and music festival.

Campbellton Road West Corridor Community Development

To host a series of meetings at the William Walker Recreation Center to support revitalization of Campbellton Road.

Cascade Heights Business Consortium

To host three health and wellness events in 2018.

Hands, Feet, & Mouth Inc.

To expand a neighborhood after-school program and cover costs for program staff and activities.

Sustainable Norcross Inc.

To recruit vendors and conduct research on behalf of the Norcross Community Market.

Telecom Professionals for Social Responsibility

To support Camp Integrity, a character-building camp with an anti-bullying focus.

We Thrive in Riverside Renters Association

To host a National Night Out Against Crime in collaboration with local public safety departments.

Columbia Alliance Sustainable Neighborhood Initiative

To provide a welcome entrance sign to the Green Forrest Community in south DeKalb County.

Northwoods Area Neighborhood Association

To install sign-toppers on street signs to strengthen neighborhood identity.

Pine Lake Association of Involved Neighbors

To support a beach beautification project, including cleanup costs and the purchase of outdoor furniture.


4th of July Picnic at the Lake

Everyone is earnestly and energetically  invited this Wednesday, 12 noon,  to our annual 4th of July picnic at the Lake/Beach House.  Please bring a side dish and drinks. Burgers, dogs,(vegetarian options available) and water  will be provided.  We could use your help setting up and breaking down. Please show up at the Beach House at 10:45 to help setup.
Thanks to Tom Ramsey and Greg Creech for getting this party started. And Gracias! in advance to Chefs Chris Clark and Phil Howland for their grooviness, gregariousness, and grilling greatness.

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Letter from John Adams to his daughter Abigail.

My dear Daughter

Philadelphia, July 5th, 1777
Yesterday, being the anniversary of American Independence, was celebrated here with a festivity and ceremony becoming the occasion.
I am too old to delight in pretty descriptions, if I had a talent for them, otherwise a picture might be drawn, which would please the fancy of a Whig, at least.
The thought of taking any notice of this day, was not conceived, until the second of this month, and it was not mentioned until the third. It was too late to have a sermon, as every one wished, so this must be deferred another year.
Congress determined to adjourn over that day, and to dine together. The general officers and others in town were invited, after the President and Council, and Board of War of this State

In the morning the Delaware frigate, several large gallies, and other continental armed vessels, the Pennsylvania ship and row gallies and guard boats, were all hawled off in the river, and several of them beautifully dressed in the colours of all nations, displayed about upon the masts, yards, and rigging.
At one o’clock the ships were all manned, that is, the men were all ordered aloft, and arranged upon the tops, yards, and shrowds, making a striking appearance-of companies of men drawn up in order, in the air.
Then I went on board the Delaware, with the President and several gentlemen of the Marine Committee, soon after which we were saluted with a discharge of thirteen guns, which was followed by thirteen others, from each other armed vessel in the river; then the gallies followed the fire, and after them the guard boats. Then the President and company returned in the barge to the shore, and were saluted with three cheers, from every ship, galley, and boat in the river. The wharves and shores, were lined with a vast concourse of people, all shouting and huzzaing, in a manner which gave great joy to every friend to this country, and the utmost terror and dismay to every lurking tory.
At three we went to dinner, and were very agreeably entertained with excellent company, good cheer, fine music from the band of Hessians taken at Trenton, and continual vollies between every toast, from a company of soldiers drawn up in Second-street before the city tavern, where we dined. The toasts were in honour of our country, and the heroes who have fallen in their pious efforts to defend her. After this, two troops of light-horse, raised in Maryland, accidentally here in their way to camp, were paraded through Second-street, after them a train of artillery, and then about a thousand infantry, now in this city on their march to camp, from North Carolina. All these marched into the common, where they went through their firings and manoeuvres; but I did not follow them. In the evening, I was walking about the streets for a little fresh air and exercise, and was surprised to find the whole city lighting up their candles at the windows. I walked most of the evening, and I think it was the most splendid illumination I ever saw; a few surly houses were dark; but the lights were very universal. Considering the lateness of the design and the suddenness of the execution, I was amazed at the universal joy and alacrity that was discovered, and at the brilliancy and splendour of every part of this joyful exhibition. I had forgot the ringing of bells all day and evening, and the bonfires in the streets, and the fireworks played off.
Had General Howe been here in disguise, or his master, this show would have given them the heart-ache.

I am your affectionate father,
John Adams
JULY 5, 1777