January 2024


Thursday, January 18th
7:00 – 8:00 PM
Beach House
Thanks for being part of PLAIN. If you have a suggestion please contact us or come to our next meeting, the third Thursday of each month at the Beach House. All are welcome, we hope to see you there!
Upcoming Dates


Sunday, January 28th
4:00 – 6:00 PM
Beach House
Join us for PLAIN’s annual chili cook off! Bring your best recipe for entry and a chance at fabulous prizes. FREE for those submitting an entry, $5 if you’re just bringing your appetite!

Prizes awarded in four categories:
  1. Meat Chili
  2. Veg Chili
  3. Soup
  4. Bread/cornbread
Pro tip: cupcake tins make excellent tasting bowls, allowing for side by side judging/slurping.

Questions? Contact Megan Pulsts, meganpulsts@gmail.com.


Because of your generous support in 2023, PLAIN was able to do the following:
  1. Provide 7 community breakfasts 
  2. Provide 2 cosponsored brunch events in conjunction with Pine Lake Lounge
  3. Sponsor annual PLAIN Mardi Gras Parade in conjunction with a breakfast event 
  4. Sponsor Easter Egg Hunt in conjunction with a breakfast event
  5. Provide July 4th Picnic in partnership with the City
  6. Sponsor the inaugural Sunset Soirée on the porch of the Beach House to engage new and younger residents with PLAIN
  7. Sponsor annual PLAIN Cookie Exchange in conjunction with the City’s Lighting of the Lake
  8. Support students, teachers and staff at Rockbridge Elementary School with school supplies, lunches for teachers and staff, and food assistance
  9. Provide both monetary and volunteer support to both LakeFest and PrideLake festivals 
  10. Sponsor a successful Candidate Forum for Municipal Elections in October
  11. Begin a pilot recycling program for styrofoam waste at Christmas, in collaboration with CHARM, we hope to expand this program in 2024
  12. Assist residents in need of help through PLAIN’s Neighbor 2 Neighbor program, providing food assistance through the Food Pantry and grocery store gift cards, and monetary assistance (limited) to meet emergency needs 
We wish everyone a very happy and healthy 2024!
An image of the stocked PLAIN Little Free Pantry


Volunteers are needed for open slots throughout 2024. When you sign-up, you are commiting to 1 week of “looking after” the pantry and are expected to stop by 3 times that week at your convenience to re-stock the pantry with food from our storage and to ensure the pantry is clean. If you have any questions, please call/text Rachel Gates at 404-295-4480 or email rachelmgates@gmail.com.
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Each month we’d like to appreciate a notable Hero Neighbor, someone who goes above and beyond for our community. 

This month the Hero Neighbor award goes to Becky Ferguson. On behalf of PLAIN, we want to extend our sincere gratitude for your exceptional efforts in working with our Little Free Pantry each month.

Becky has been a long-time volunteer for the Pine Lake Food Pantry. Before the kiosk was built, she worked to keep food organized and safe in our storage area. She has been diligent in sorting food and taking out expired food. St Vincent de Paul takes expired items (up to 18 months), and Becky gathers and delivers these. During Covid she helped clean food packaging according to the protocols in place at that time. Since the installation of the kiosk, she is still our main “sorter” to keep our items current, with deliveries of expired stuff to SVDP. She helps keep an updated list of food to be bought with our PLAIN allowance. In addition, she volunteers as a “Kiosk Keeper” once a month. All this is done while working full time! Thank you, Becky, for all that you do!

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Our pilot recycling program in partnership with PLAIN and CHARM last December was a big hit! We were thrilled to collect 9 cubic yards of styrofoam to take to CHARM instead of the landfills. We want to give a heartfealt thanks to volunteers Bob Brennan, Pat Hamilton, Deborah Tawill, Kathy deNobriga, Mary Shuman, Jeff Goldberg, Valerie Gilbert, and Kate Nevins for their hard work organizing, assisting neighbors loading, unloading, and taking to CHARM. Thank you, thank you, thank you!


Each month we’d like to highlight a local artist; first up is Bobby Michaud!

“I’m a printmaker and painter who’s been in Georgia for the last decade. I graduated from Winthrop University in South Carolina with intentions of being an art teacher, but instead, the wind blew me into chemical-laden print shops through the southeast. I still spend most of my time screen printing, but now it’s only things I want to print. 

I’m now in Pine Lake, Georgia with my partner and our daughter, which has inspired a renewed recognition of the beauty of the South and a newfound appreciation for neighborhood. That, along with the blossoming of my own small family, motivated me to start painting more and to build our own Paradise Garden. Though most of the space is filled with my rapidly-deteriorating pieces, I’m looking forward to my Frannie adding to the landscape.

My work is open-ended and invites people to sublimate their own meaning on both esoteric symbols and familiar religious imagery, but at the end of the day, there isn’t a strict theme or message. I like to paint things that I (and hopefully others) like to look at. Art can be a powerful vehicle for all kinds of messaging, but for me, it’s just as noble a pursuit to make something beautiful for the sake of making something beautiful.”

Bobby’s Instagram
Bobby’s Etsy Shop


The second and last Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM in the Courthouse Council Chambers at 459 Pine Drive. 

On January 9, a significant moment unfolded as Brandy Hall was officially sworn in as the esteemed mayor of Pine Lake. Accompanying her in this auspicious ceremony were Thomas Torrent and Jeff Goldberg, who were sworn in as council members. This dynamic trio brings a wealth of experience, dedication, and a shared commitment to the betterment of our city. As they enter their respective roles, we eagerly anticipate a future of progress, unity, and positive transformation under their leadership. Congratulations to Mayor Brandy Hall, Councilman Thomas Torrent, and Councilman Jeff Goldberg as they embark on this journey to serve and uplift our community.
There will be a special election on March 12, 2024 to fill the vacancy in the office of City of Pine Lake City Council in the unexpired term of Brandy Hall set to expire December 31, 2025.

PLAIN is planning to hold a candidate forum for the 2 candidates who have qualified for office:
  • Tom Ramsey
  • Tommie Storms
Stay tuned for more details. 
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We can’t wait to see you around the Lake!
~Your friends @ PLAIN~
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