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... the loving efforts of a group who tried ... but could not save
Radium Casino ... so the City of Albany destroyed a treasure ... but
never will they ever be able to strip our memories ... at least not
until our generation is gone ... like our beloved Radium.
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of Radium Springs!!
Join the Snail Mail Campaign
WRITE YOUR LEGISLATORS TODAY
The Radium Springs Casino
Preservation Group met June 13, 2003 and determined that we need
your help quickly. We need letters Ö LOTS of letters delivered
immediately to our senators and congressman via the U.S. Post
Office!!! We feel the next step in our attempt to save Radium
Springs Casino is to let our legislators know how strongly we feel
about saving the Casino, and to encourage them to move as rapidly as
possible to complete the legislation already begun in the office of
Congressman Sanford Bishop. Once that bill is completed and
submitted to The House, Senators Chambliss and Miller will submit
one to The Senate. We donít have much time Ö
the demolition is slated to begin this
September, according to a published time-line, and
completed by December 31, 2003.
If you want to see the Casino
remain as a permanent part of the Radium Springs area,
TO YOUR SENATORS AND MEMBERS OF CONGRESS!
You will find the following
information helpful in formulating a letter in your own words. It
would serve our purpose better if our letters do not appear to be
form letters. Therefore the info serves only as a guideline to
assist you in writing your own original letter. Please read
carefully, and be as succinct as possible as you tell them:
would like to see the casino remain as a permanent part of Radium
Legislation is being prepared by Representative Sanford Bishop,
which will allow the Casino to remain.
If you are writing to Rep Bishop:
That you truly appreciate the effort he is making to save this
significant and beautiful building.
If you are writing to Senators Miller
or Chambliss: That
you appreciate the prior efforts they have made to save the
building. It would be good to note that we need them now more than
ever in expediting the passage of appropriate legislation to save
the building and that time is running out on us and that if
necessary they might need to ask the FEMA and GEMA for another
extension of the demolition mandate.
If you are writing to any other senator
That you are asking that they support the legislation. That time is
of the essence of your request because the Casino will be destroyed
beyond any hope of salvation if the legislation is not passed and
signed by the end of October.
your request for support for the legislation and thank them for
If you have a personal or
business letterhead, please use it. If you donít have a letterhead, just
create one in business letterform. Handwritten letters from individuals
have more impact. But if you prefer to use a computer or a typewriter,
thatís OK. It is important that these be paper-generated letters and
not e-mail. Can you imagine the impact that a staff member walking
into the congressman's office with a 6 inch think stack of letters on
the same subject? Our own on Miracle on Radium Springs Road!!!!
Sign the letter in your own personal handwriting, put a stamp on the
envelope, and let the U.S. Post Office deliver our voices!
For Dougherty County folks and for
AHS students, create separate letters
to all three of the following:
2429 Rayburn House
Senator Zell Miller
257 Dirksen Senate Office
Washington, D.C. 20510-1006
Senator Saxby Chambliss
416 Russell Senate Office
Washington, D.C. 20510
Regardless of where you live,
we welcome your support. We encourage you to write your own congressman
or senators, and you can get those addresses from the following link:
Be sure to clearly specify what
the Radium Springs Casino is and why it is important, if you are not
writing to one of the three Georgia legislators. Also, feel free to
forward this to friends who have been touched by the beauty of Radium.
We need your support if the Casino is to remain for this generation and
generations to come!
Thanks for your help.
Casino Preservation Group
Formed April 12,
A small group interested in the
preservation of the Radium Springs Casino met in Albany at Double Gate
Country Club on Saturday, April 12, 2003, as guests of Morgan Murphy.
It was another step into the future, a future we hope will include this
historical building, loved by so many, for so long.
In the interest of Radium, two Albany High School alumni, Morgan Murphy
and Lamar Clifton, not only created the book, Skywater,
featuring history and photos of Radium, but have worked tirelessly for
many years, investing their time, money, and hearts in saving Radium.
Several of us who hold the same desire stepped forward to additionally
offer our time, our energy and our hearts, and the Radium Springs Casino
Preservation Group was formed on April 12, 2003.
In addition to Morgan and Lamar, those in attendance were Marion Hay,
Buster Wasden, Joe Rossman, Lynne Garrison Johnson, Bonnie Dorough,
Richard Harper, Sharon Smith Spies, Paul Murray, Bill Mills and Beverly
Smith Zacharias. The group was advised that it would take an act of
congress to save Radium. Marion Hay and Joe Ed Rossman will generate
letters to Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Sen. Zell Miller and Congressman
Sanford Bishop asking that they introduce appropriate legislation in the
United States Congress which will allow the Casino to be saved. This
letter will be signed by the newly formed committee, the Radium Springs
Casino Preservation Group, and submitted personally within the next week
or 10 days. We will seek legal help, if we find it necessary. Joe Ed,
as an attorney, has offered his services as a gift - however, he has
suggested that we need legal counsel in the area of property, FEMA,
etc. Hopefully, help will come from Albany. This is a WORKING
committee, chaired by Morgan Murphy, and we welcome anyone interested in
giving their time and support to saving the Casino ... people who find
it personally repugnant that the magic of Radium could be destroyed by
the very city that created it.
Morgan Murphy (chair), Richard Harper, Sharon Smith Spies
Marion Hay, Bill Mills, Paul Murray
Zacharias, Buster Wasden, Joe Rossman, Lynne Garrison Johnson
New members of the Radium Springs
Casino Preservation Group discuss the game plan.
Harper, Don Kea, Sharon Smith Spies, Mary Dale Vansant Kea and
Joe Ed Rossman
Zacharias, Don Kea, Sharon Smith Spies, Mary Dale Vansant Kea
and Joe Ed Rossman
After the meeting several of the
members visited Don and Mary Dale Vansant Kea.
Springs - water above island!
||The jaws of
death ... waiting ...
upper patio ...
||More views ...
bridge under water
||She is sadly
in need of us ...
Radium Springs and
Casino, April 12, 2003
Harper, Beverly Smith Zacharias, Sharon Smith Spies, and Joe Ed
Richard Harper(54), Sharon Smith Spies (58), Joe Ed Rossman (55)
and Keith Wright (80) who asked if we were part of the destroy
Radium Committee - we answered ... NO! We are a part of the
SAVE RADIUM COMMITTEE! Nice to meet a new comrade!!!
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