Beautiful course + great cause = no brainer

Runners at the 2016 Russell Forest Run 10K & 5K

By Robert Gunn, Race Director
I had a chance this past weekend to get out and walk most of the Russell Forest Run 10K course. It had been a couple of years since I had actually taken the time to walk through a part of God’s country, admire the gorgeous scenery—yes, even in winter it is a wonderful place to walk or run—listen to the birds chirp, and hear the small creeks as they murmured nearby. So, what does this have to do with the Russell Forest Run?

If we’re freezing, how are the critters warm?

If you’re like many of us, you might be tired of winter’s chill and bundle up to keep it out. Somehow, the critters in the Russell Forest seem unaffected, yet they wear the same “clothes” year round. How in the heck do they stay warm? Well, this month you can find out as Naturalist Marianne Hudson explores exactly that.

2017 boat show season is here!

Russell Marine at the Birmingham Boat Show

If you haven’t attended a boat show recently, you will want to mark your calendar and make plans to attend one in 2017! The shows are bigger and better than ever, and Russell Marine will be showing off the hottest new boat models in Huntsville and Birmingham. Then, we will be gearing up for the largest inland in-water boat show in the southeast located at our very own Ridge Marina on Lake Martin. Whether you are a first-time boater, looking to upgrade to a new boat, or shopping for new gear, we are sure to have something for everyone.

It’s time to run through the Russell Forest!

Russell Forest Run 10K & 5K

The 10K run, through the scenic Russell Forest, is one of the most unique running events in the Southeast. Participants rave about the course, the views and, oh yes, the after party at The Stables. From the beginning, the race was designed to be a very special experience, in a beautiful place and to benefit the local schools through the Alexander City Schools Education Foundation (ACSEF). This is so much cooler than those mundane, knee pounding, old-school road races.

Holiday business hours

In this joyous season of giving, and as we prepare to ring in a New Year, we want our employees to enjoy those same blessings with their families and friends. As such, our businesses will be closing, here and there, to accommodate them. From all of us, we offer you warm wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Real Estate Report

Real Estate Market Report, Lake Martin, AL

When someone starts off with the good-news-bad-news routine, I like to get the bad news first. This report is a good-news and really-good-news report, so let’s start off with just the “good news.” If you follow this column, you should recall that we noted in last month’s report that the overall sales volume for waterfront residential property was lower in the 12 months ending in August 2016 versus the same period last year.