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As a homeowner, you know that your HVAC unit is one of the most important components in your house. It keeps you cool during hot summer days and warm on chilly winter nights. When it’s working properly, it’s easy to forget its important role in your everyday life. But when it malfunctions, you quickly remember how crucial heating and AC repair in Pine Harbor, GA, is for your family.

At Liberty Heating & Airworx AC, our mission is to ensure your cooling and heating systems remain effective throughout the year at the lowest prices available. Unlike some of our competitors, we prefer to put our customers first before anything else. We believe in doing right by the folks who choose our business. Cutting corners to save a few bucks? Annoying sales pitches to try and sell you new parts or equipment? That’s just not the way we do business.

When you choose Liberty Heating & Airworx AC, you can rest easy knowing you won’t have to pay outlandish fees for our services. As a licensed, bonded heating and air conditioning company, we know how important trust is when it comes to the nature of our business. We go above and beyond other HVAC companies and treat your home like it was our own. That way, you have peace of mind knowing you and your family are in capable, responsible hands.

We take pride in providing our customers with the highest quality service. Our highly trained technicians have experience handling all aspects of HVAC repair, from routine maintenance problems to advanced A/C unit installation projects in Pine Harbor, GA.

Through hard work, honesty, and integrity, we have built a loyal customer base that continues to grow each month. It would be our honor to call you our customer too. Whether you need a routine maintenance check or emergency heater repair in Pine Harbor, we are here for you every step of the way, 24-hours a day.

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Why Choose Liberty Heating & Airworx AC?

We get it – there are a lot of A/C companies out there to sift through. You want to be sure you choose the best company for your needs and budget.

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Here are just a few reasons why our customers choose Liberty Heating & Airworx AC over other HVAC companies in South Georgia:

Authorized Carrier and Goodman Dealer:

Authorized Carrier and Goodman Dealer:

We’re authorized to service and sell two of the most respected brands in the heating and A/C industry. No matter what size home you own, our technicians are fully equipped to handle any HVAC issue with your Goodman, Carrier, or other air conditioning units.

Insured, Bonded, and Licensed:

Insured, Bonded, and Licensed:

We go the extra mile to ensure that our customers feel safe and protected when they hire our team. We treat your home like it was our own, from the moment we step foot on your property to the time we pull out of your driveway.

Fair Pricing

Fair Pricing

We understand that money doesn’t just grow on trees. You work hard to make an honest living and need reasonable pricing on A/C repair and other HVAC services. At Liberty Heating & Airworx AC, you’ll never have to worry about us charging you outrageous prices.

Flexible Financing

Flexible Financing

Has your heater gone out in the middle of a freezing January night? A/C unit quit working in the middle of summer? Despite some common red flags that you can keep an eye out for, you can never really plan for an HVAC malfunction. That’s why we offer emergency HVAC services in Pine Harbor, 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

Year-Round Discounts

Year-Round Discounts

With Ft. Stewart just a few minutes away, Pine Harbor has one of Georgia’s largest active military populations. It is our honor to offer current and retired military members and their families discounted prices on their next service appointment. We also offer up to 10% off for Federal Law Enforcement Training Center Members. It’s our small way of giving back to those who have sacrificed so much for our liberty.

Free Estimates

Free Estimates

From new unit installations to air conditioning repair, it would be our pleasure to provide you with a free estimate on our services.

Emergency Service

Emergency Service

Has your heater gone out in the middle of a freezing January night? A/C unit quit working in the middle of summer? Despite some common red flags that you can keep an eye out for, you can never really plan for an HVAC malfunction. That’s why we offer emergency HVAC services in Pine Harbor, 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

Flexible Financing

Flexible Financing:

When your A/C unit or heater breaks suddenly, it can be hard to squeeze repairs into your budget. To make sure all of our customers are comfortable in their homes, we offer financing options to make your life easier.

Air Conditioning Repair in Pine Harbor, GA

Here in southern Georgia, our summers can be extremely hot and humid. Trying to live in a home without A/C a South Georgia summer isn’t just a bad idea; it can be downright deadly. Fortunately, Liberty Heating & Airworx AC is here to help with all of your A/C needs. There’s no A/C issue that our highly trained HVAC technicians haven’t seen before, and no job too small or large for us to tackle. Whether your A/C system needs a basic issue resolved, or you need a new AC unit installed at your house, our team will be at your door in no time.

We have the experience and training to service all major air conditioning systems, from ductless systems to central air setups. We’re authorized to service Goodman to Carrier brands, but the truth is it doesn’t matter what A/C unit brand you have – our team can fix it all. If your unit is beyond repair, we can walk you through the process of installing a new A/C system and suggest appropriate units that will work well for your home.

Here are just a few of the most common A/C repair services we offer in Pine Harbor and the surrounding area:

  • Electrical repair
  • Compressor Repair
  • Refrigerant Leaks
  • Refrigerant Recharges
  • Replace Blower Motor

Common Signs That
You Need AC Repair in
Pine Harbor, GA

Once springtime rolls around, it’s very important that you keep your eyes and ears open for any potential warning signs that your A/C unit needs to be repaired. The last thing you need is to be caught off guard when June, July, and August are in full swing. Knowledge is power, and at Liberty Heating & Airworx AC, committed to keeping our customers in the loop about potential A/C repair warning signs. That way, you can take preventative steps rather than reactive ones.

Loud-Unusual-Noises
Loud, Unusual Noises

Don’t be alarmed if your A/C unit makes low-level noises throughout the day and night – these sounds are completely normal. However, if you hear loud, unusually abrupt noises coming from your unit, it may be time to have it repaired. Buzzing or rattling noises can mean a part is loose, while grinding or whistling can signal a more serious problem. Because these types of issues won’t work themselves out on their own, a professional is needed to diagnose and correct the problem.

Strong-Odors
Strong Odors

If you notice strange, smelly odors permeating throughout your home, your first instinct may be to grab the air freshener. However, unpleasant odors can be a sign that your A/C unit needs attention. Our A/C repair techs will let you know what’s going on and how a potential issue can be remediated with a quick diagnostic test.

Refrigerant or Water Leaks
Refrigerant or Water Leaks

Your A/C unit needs refrigerant to keep your home cool and comfortable when it’s hot outside. It’s common for condensation to accumulate as your system cools your home. With that said, if you notice pooling water or an active leak coming from your A/C system, it’s time to call an A/C repair tech ASAP. Leaks can cause extensive damage to your home, and the problem needs to be addressed quickly.

Heater Repair in
Pine Harbor, GA

South Georgia isn’t known for its freezing temperatures, but one thing is for sure – wintertime in Pine Harbor can get very cold. When the temps begin to drop, your home’s furnace works properly. Modern homes have come a long way since the days of wood and coal. Your home’s heater is complicated, and when one component fails, the entire system can be affected. In situations like these, it’s important not to panic. Instead, give Liberty Heating & Airworx AC a call. Our trustworthy team of heating repair experts have the knowledge and training to repair your furnace fast, so you can get back to enjoying your home.

Here are just a few of the most common issues that we can help repair:

  • No Heat
  • Thermostat Malfunction
  • Heat Pump Replacement
  • Ignition and Pilot Problems
  • Noisy Heater
  • Emergency Services
  • Much More!

Common Signs That You Need Furnace Repair in Pine Harbor, GA

Common Signs That You Need Furnace Repair in Pine Harbor, GA

Today’s heating systems are complex. At Liberty Heating & Airworx AC, our heating repair technicians receive ongoing training in all aspects of heating technology. That way, their skills stay sharp, and their techniques remain up to date. However, you don’t need to be an expert to spot common signs that your heater may need to be repaired.

As colder months approach in Georgia, try to be aware of the following red flags:

Expensive Heating Bill

You’re probably used to a more expensive electricity bill when winter hits Pine Harbor. However, if you notice a huge price jump over last year’s bill, it could be a sign that something is wrong with your heating system. Utility companies are known for raising prices gradually, but a dramatic leap is a cause for concern.

Uneven Heating
Uneven-Heating

Does your heater seem to work perfectly in some areas of your house but not others? Are some rooms too hot while others are drafty and cold? If so, your heater may need repairing. This is a common issue in older homes and requires an expert to inspect your heater and ducts for airflow problems.

Unhealthy Air Quality
Unhealthy Air Quality

If the air in your house is hazy no matter how much you dust, your heater may be the problem. A furnace that circulates mildew, dust, and other harmful particles isn’t working correctly. This issue is particularly bad for people with asthma or respiratory illnesses. If you haven’t changed your home’s air filter recently, be sure to do so. If the problem persists, it’s time to call Liberty Heating & Airworx AC.

New AC Installation
in Pine Harbor, GA

You and your family depend on your home’s A/C system to keep you cool and comfortable during the hottest months of the year. Unfortunately, breakdowns happen at the worst possible times – like in the middle of July when temperatures are over 90 degrees. If you have had to repair your A/C system more and more often, investing in a new cooling system will save you time and money in the long run.

As an Authorized Carrier and Goodman dealer – two of the most recognized and respected brands in our industry – we have the highest quality units available. We handle every aspect of your new A/C installation from start to finish. That way, you can focus on living your life rather than worrying about the next time your A/C goes out.

Curious when it might be time for a new A/C system?

Keep an eye out for these warning signs:

Dusty Furniture

Dusty Furniture

If you have kept your unit well-maintained and changed your air filter regularly, you shouldn’t experience this problem. If you do, and your system is old, it can be more cost-effective to replace it and have your duct system analyzed to fix the root cause of your dust issue.

High Humidity

High Humidity

If it feels unusually sticky in your home, like you just spent a few hours outside in the summertime, there’s a good chance that something is seriously wrong with your air conditioning. Your air conditioner’s job is to pull moisture out of the air to keep your feeling cool inside. When that process fails, it can increase your risk of mold and mildew growth – and that’s just the start.

Frequent Repairs

Frequent Repairs

When your repair bills end up costing more than a down payment on a new A/C system, it might make more financial sense to invest in a more modern unit. Compare how much it costs to have our maintenance technicians perform regular service vs. the cost of a new air conditioning installation. The results may surprise you.

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Elsa regains hurricane status; threat of storm surge along west coast of Florida

USA TODAY NetworkTropical Storm Elsa strengthened Tuesday afternoon into a Category 1 hurricane again as it heads toward Tampa Bay.A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Egmont Key to the Steinhatchee River. Hurricane Elsa has maximum sustained winds of 75 mph, according to an advisory issued at 11 p.m. from the National Hurricane Center.WeatherTiger:...

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Tropical Storm Elsa strengthened Tuesday afternoon into a Category 1 hurricane again as it heads toward Tampa Bay.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Egmont Key to the Steinhatchee River. Hurricane Elsa has maximum sustained winds of 75 mph, according to an advisory issued at 11 p.m. from the National Hurricane Center.

WeatherTiger:Hurricane or not, significant impacts coming for Florida with Elsa

Florida in storm's path:Track Tropical Storm Elsa's path through charts and graphics.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 75 mph with higher gusts. Some additional slight strengthening will be possible overnight. Weakening will begin after Elsa moves inland by late Wednesday morning.

Elsa is moving toward the north near 10 mph, and a generally northward motion is expected to continue through tonight. A turn toward the north-northeast is expected on Wednesday, followed by a faster northeast motion by late Thursday.

On the forecast track, Elsa will move near or over portions of the west coast of Florida later today tonight and early Wednesday morning. Elsa is forecast to make landfall along the north Florida Gulf coast by late Wednesday morning and then move across the southeastern United States through Thursday.

There's just no covering up these memes:Tropical Storm Elsa inspires flurry of Disney's 'Frozen'-themed memes on social media

Watches and warnings issued in Florida for Tropical Storm Elsa

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A storm surge warning is in effect for:

A storm surge watch is in effect for:

A tropical storm warning is in effect for:

A tornado watch is in effect for parts of Florida until 8 a.m., according to the National Weather Service:

A storm surge warning means there is a danger of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, during the next 36 hours in the indicated locations.

A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area. A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous.

A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area.

A storm surge watch means there is a possibility of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, in the indicated locations during the next 48 hours.

A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area.

Impacts in Florida expected from Tropical Storm Elsa

Wind: Hurricane conditions are expected within the Hurricane Warning area on the Florida Gulf coast beginning this evening. Tropical storm conditions will continue over portions of the warning area in the Florida Keys through this evening. Tropical storm conditions are expected to spread northward into west-central Florida and the Florida Big Bend region in the Tropical Storm Warning area tonight and early Wednesday. Tropical storm conditions are possible in the watch area in Georgia and South Carolina Wednesday night and early Thursday.

Storm surge: The combination of a storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline.

The water could reach the following heights above ground somewhere in the indicated areas if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide:

Rainfall: Elsa is expected to produce the following rainfall amounts and impacts this week:

Tornadoes: A few tornadoes are possible today through tonight across the Florida Peninsula. The tornado threat will continue on Wednesday across North Florida.

Surf: Swells will spread northward across portions of the Florida Keys and the west coast of Florida through early Wednesday. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

Latest data on Elsa

Here is the latest data on Tropical Storm Elsa pulled from the National Hurricane Center's 11 p.m. advisory.

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Karen Burg named Vice President for Research at UGA

Karen J.L. Burg, a noted researcher in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine with an outstanding record of academic leadership, has been named vice president for research at the University of Georgia.Burg holds the Harbor Lights Chair in Small Animal Studies in the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine and previously served as vice president for research at Kansas State University. Her appointment as UGA’s vice president for research is effective July 1....

Karen J.L. Burg, a noted researcher in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine with an outstanding record of academic leadership, has been named vice president for research at the University of Georgia.

Burg holds the Harbor Lights Chair in Small Animal Studies in the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine and previously served as vice president for research at Kansas State University. Her appointment as UGA’s vice president for research is effective July 1.

“Continuing to grow our vibrant research enterprise is a top priority of the University of Georgia,” said President Jere W. Morehead. “Dr. Burg is an accomplished scientist, inventor and collaborator, and — as vice president — she will be poised to lead our institution to higher levels of research productivity, extramural funding and impact on our state, nation and world.”

Administrative leadership

Burg was recruited to UGA in 2016 as the Harbor Lights Chair in Small Animal Studies as part of Morehead’s Presidential Extraordinary Research Faculty Hiring Initiative, which brought several internationally recognized scholars to campus. At UGA, she leveraged her experiences as a member of the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps for Learning national teaching team to provide input toward UGA’s successful I-Corps site application. She has served as a member of the university’s Innovation District Task Force, the Innovation District Faculty Advisory Council, the 2025 Strategic Planning Committee and the Aspire Alliance IChange Team, which is working to enhance faculty diversity.

As vice president for research at Kansas State, a position she held from 2014 to 2016, Burg oversaw research policy and strategy for three campuses and five major extension sites. Under her leadership, Kansas State saw a 6% increase in research expenditures and laid the foundation for its designation as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. (UGA was one of 16 universities to receive the initial designation in 2013). She also led a university-community partnership that was cited by the University Economic Development Association and other organizations as a model for how universities can help faculty more effectively engage with industry.

Burg served in a number of leadership roles at Clemson University, including interim vice provost and dean of the graduate school, interim vice president for research and innovation, and founding director of the Institute for Biological Interfaces of Engineering.

“As a distinguished researcher and academic leader, Dr. Burg brings an exemplary record of leadership experience to the critical role of vice president for research,” said S. Jack Hu, UGA’s senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. “Whether working with students or leading multidisciplinary teams of researchers, she has consistently combined a commitment to the success of individuals with a broader vision for promoting discovery and innovation.”

National and international reputation

Burg’s research focuses on tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, with implications for diagnosing and treating diseases such as cancer. Her research has been supported by more than $20 million in grants from agencies such as the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense, as well as organizations such as the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She is the author of nearly 120 peer reviewed journal publications and the co-author of four books and nearly 40 book chapters. She holds nine U.S. patents, one of which forms the basis of a company that uses 3D cell culture technology to model and predict how tumors will respond to cancer drugs.

Burg’s work also has focused on enhancing science and engineering education, with emphases on mentoring, introducing underrepresented minority students to bioengineering research, and expanding participation in STEM innovation and entrepreneurship. She has served as the primary research advisor to more than 50 students at the master’s and doctoral level and has extended research opportunities in her labs to scores of undergraduate students.

Her national and international engagement includes serving on the editorial boards of several journals, serving on the board of directors of the National Academy of Inventors and serving as a steering committee member of the International College of Fellows of Biomaterials Science and Engineering.

“It is an exciting time to be at UGA as we grow research, creative works and innovation and as we extend our capabilities through community and business partnerships,” Burg said. “I look forward to collaborating with faculty, staff and students to further UGA’s impact.”

Burg’s honors include receipt of a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and designation as an American Association for the Advancement of Science-Lemelson Invention Ambassador. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Biomedical Engineering Society, the International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, the National Academy of Inventors and the American Council on Education.

Burg earned her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from North Carolina State University and her master’s degree and Ph.D. in bioengineering from Clemson University.

A 19-member committee chaired by Donald Leo, dean of the College of Engineering, helped identify finalists for the position. The committee was assisted by the executive search firm Isaacson, Miller and the UGA Search Group in Human Resources.

Accor welcomes 2022 with a diverse array of spectacular new properties

PARIS - Accor reveal some of its newest properties and upcoming destinations that guests and world travelers can look forward to visiting in 2022 and beyond. Many of the world's most exciting destinations – such as London, Doha, and Moscow – will welcome multiple new Accor hotels this year, while several Accor brands have sought out exotic, unexpected or new horizons to explore, such as Pangkalan Bun in Indonesia; Copenhagen, Denmark; and Casco Viejo in Panama City."Accor is a strong believer in t...

PARIS - Accor reveal some of its newest properties and upcoming destinations that guests and world travelers can look forward to visiting in 2022 and beyond. Many of the world's most exciting destinations – such as London, Doha, and Moscow – will welcome multiple new Accor hotels this year, while several Accor brands have sought out exotic, unexpected or new horizons to explore, such as Pangkalan Bun in Indonesia; Copenhagen, Denmark; and Casco Viejo in Panama City.

"Accor is a strong believer in the power of diversity - in our workforce, our client base and our brands," said Sébastien Bazin, Chairman & CEO, Accor. "We continuously introduce fresh concepts and exciting new places to discover. With more than 300 new hotels and resorts opening their doors in 2022, we are certain that each member of our vast community of loyal guests around the world will find somewhere unique to inspire their next journey."

One of the most anticipated openings of the year is Raffles London at The OWO. This architectural masterpiece, located at the historic Old War Office – the iconic Whitehall building inhabited by Britain's most famous statesmen and spies, from Winston Churchill to Ian Fleming – is in the final touches of a monumental transformation to create 120 rooms and suites, 85 unique branded residences and 11 destination restaurants and bars. Meanwhile, in northwest England, Novotel Liverpool Paddington Village will open as a beacon of hospitality in Liverpool. With more than 220 rooms among 16 stories, the new flagship hotel will stand out as the tallest and one of the most attractive gathering spots for tourists and locals in this vibrant city of music, culture and outstanding pubs.

The strength of Accor's network across Europe continues to be bolstered with recent and upcoming openings, such as Sofitel Barcelona Skipper, Mercure Amsterdam North, ibis Styles St. Margrethen Switzerland, Mercure Hotel President in Lecce, Italy and MGallery Cagliari Palazzo Tirso, Italy, just to name a few. Paris continues to be a market near and dear to Accor's heart, not only as the company's headquarters and for its sponsorship of the Paris Saint-Germain Football Club, but also through its support of the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. In 2022, Accor will welcome new additions to the city including MGallery Issy-les-Moulineaux Domaine de la Reine Margot and greet Paris Vincennes.

Across the pond, North America eagerly awaits the continent's first Raffles later this year. Raffles Boston Back Bay Hotel & Residences, located in the city's prestigious Back Bay neighborhood, is a 35-story building featuring 146 residences, 147 guestrooms, and six food and beverage venues, including a sky bar and speakeasy. The striking three-story sky lobby is set to be the first of its kind in Boston.

The Middle East is another exciting stronghold for Accor, particularly with the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Accor has been selected as the official provider of accommodation for visitors of the event, providing team members to manage and operate more than 60,000 rooms in apartments and villas across the Gulf Arab state. The Group will also broaden its Rixos portfolio in Qatar and in the region overall with the upcoming Rixos Doha Qetaifan, Rixos Obhur Jeddah in Saudi Arabia and Rixos Jewel of the Creek in Dubai, UAE. Accor will also introduce many stunning new properties throughout the region including the new Raffles Doha and sister hotel Fairmont Doha, Banyan Tree AlUla in the Asher Valley of Saudi Arabia, and Fairmont La Marina Rabat-Salé.

Another noteworthy market for Accor in 2022 is Russia. Domestic tourism continues to grow, particularly among Russian travelers who are accustomed to international services and high standards of vacation experiences. Accor is adding to its portfolio across the country with a diverse range of destinations, including Novotel Moscow ComCity, ibis Styles Kogalym Russia and Mövenpick Resort and Spa Anapa Miracleon.

Further, Accor is excited to open its first property in Denmark – ibis Styles Orestad Denmark, on the edge of Copenhagen; the hotel marks the first step for Accor in this beautiful Scandinavian country.

Finally, with lifestyle representing one of the fastest growing segments of the global hospitality industry, Accor, through its joint venture with Ennismore, will continue to grow leading lifestyle brands including Mondrian, SLS, The Hoxton, Morgans Originals and Mama Shelter. Standout openings across this category include the first Mondrian in China, Hong Kong Kowloon, a 324-room property with uninterrupted harbor views; the inaugural Maison Delano Paris in the ultra-chic 8th Arrondissement just steps away from the fabled Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré; TRIBE Phnom Penh Post Office Square which will bring bold design to Cambodia's hotel scene, and Mama Shelter Dubai a larger-than-life Mama that embodies the idea of a resort in the heart of the city with apartments, pools and an outdoor cinema.

"Accor's development pipeline is very robust and we are delighted to bring so many projects to life in 2022," said Agnès Roquefort, Global Chief Development Officer, Accor. "Our hoteliers all over the world are eager to welcome guests to their favorite destinations, as well as introduce them to new places, in a much bigger way than we've done over the past couple of years."

A wider list of Accor's most notable 2022 openings is attached.

Accor notable openings - 2022

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India, Middle East, Africa & Turkey

Southeast Asia

Pacific

Greater China

North & Central America

Ennismore Accor's unmatched position in lifestyle hospitality – one of the fastest growing categories in the industry – is led by Ennismore, a creative hospitality company with a global portfolio of entrepreneurial and founder-built brands with purpose at their heart. The following brands and properties are part of Ennismore.

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Southern Europe

India, Middle East, Africa & Turkey

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Gig Harbor’s Harvester restaurant gets a new tenant and a menu made for breakfast

The Harvester Restaurant was once Gig Harbor’s favorite place for breakfast. Soon, it might be again.The Gig Harbor investor whose group bought the closed restaurant last July confirmed Monday that he’s signed a lease with The Original Pancake House, a family-owned chain with seven other locations in Washington, including one in Tacoma,“It’s a perfect fit for Gig Harbor,” said Carl Swanes, a local attorney who put together Gig Harvest LLC to buy the Harvester when its former owner retired. “I...

The Harvester Restaurant was once Gig Harbor’s favorite place for breakfast. Soon, it might be again.

The Gig Harbor investor whose group bought the closed restaurant last July confirmed Monday that he’s signed a lease with The Original Pancake House, a family-owned chain with seven other locations in Washington, including one in Tacoma,

“It’s a perfect fit for Gig Harbor,” said Carl Swanes, a local attorney who put together Gig Harvest LLC to buy the Harvester when its former owner retired. “It’s a breakfast-only restaurant, but it’s still in the tradition of the Harvester, with a great menu and a lot of it made from scratch.”

The lease on the landmark building at 5601 Soundview Dr. was signed last week, Swanes said, and could run as long as 10 years.

“It’s a pretty firm commitment, and they’ve wanted to be in Gig Harbor for a while,” he told The Gateway. “The two owners I worked with are really eager to make a positive impact in the community.”

Opening will be “as soon as possible,” Swanes said, and crews are already working on the building. Supply chain and labor shortages make the actual opening date uncertain, he said.

“They have the keys, and they’re working on it right now,” he said.

The Original Pancake House was founded in Portland in 1953 and built its reputation on a menu that featured international specialties like French crepes, Belgian waffles, Swedish pancakes, German apple pancakes and the “Dutch Baby,” an puffed-up pancake souffle served with powdered sugar and lemon.

The chain is family-owned by successors to the founders, Les Highet and Erma Hueneke, and has about 100 franchises across the country, according to the company’s website. Franchised locations in Washington are Tacoma, Puyallup, Maple Valley, Redmond, Bothel, Kennewick and Richland.

The Gig Harbor location will be managed by BTE Managment Co., the listed principals of which are Blake Williams and Ryan Medford. The company also manages the Tacoma restaurant, at 601 S Pine St., just off Sixth Avenue, opened in 2015.

Neither owner was immediately available.

The Harvest restaurant closed June 30 after nearly four decades. Its longtime owner, Kirby Tweten, then 68, said he decided to close the restaurant after struggling through a year of the coronavirus pandemic. He wanted to retire, he said, and his two sons weren’t interested in the business.

According to state tax records, Swanes’ group, Gig Harvest LLC, bought the property for $1.35 million. Others in his family, some connected with the Northern Fish Co., are among the investors, but he is the principal shareholder, he said.

Swanes, 41, is an attorney who practices in Seattle but considers himself a “Gig Harbor guy,” he told The Gateway in July.

Buying the Harvester was “definitely a leap of faith,” Swanes said this week, especially during the pandemic. It was a cash deal, and the investors committed a lot of capital, he said.

“We were really betting on the strength of Gig Harbor,” he said. “And I think we were proven right.”

The Harvester has been a Gig Harbor landmark for 38 years, known for its American-style comfort food like country fried steak, beer-battered shrimp and six kinds of stacked hamburgers. Breakfasts were hearty — stuffed hash browns, eggs Benedict, corned beef hash, top sirloin, Tex-Mex omelets.

It had a crowd of regulars, including a group of fishermen who showed up for breakfast nearly every morning, said Tweten, who opened the restaurant in 1984. His parents owned the original Harvester in the Stadium District of Tacoma.

Swanes said he and his investor group wanted to continue with that kind of tradition.

“We had a lot of interest” in the property, he said. “But we also did a lot of reaching out. We wanted a nice, family breakfast house, and I knew about the Tacoma restaurant from a brother who attended the University of Puget Sound. It seemed the perfect fit.”

Harvester regulars will find some exotic new menu entries — among them, toasted coconut pancakes, Georgia pecan pancakes and Hawaiian pancakes — but some familiar menu items, too. The Original House of Pancakes menu includes standards like corned beef hash and eggs, pigs in a blanket, and sausage, Canadian bacon or minced ham and eggs.

The new operators were delighted with the building, Swanes said, because it will need very little upgrading.

“The Twetens really kept it in good shape,” he said. “It won’t need much more than a little paint.”

This story was originally published December 28, 2021 5:00 AM.

Boston Harbor Islands on list of most endangered historic places in U.S.

BOSTON — The Boston Harbor Islands have been listed as one of the top 11 endangered historic sites in the country due to the increasing risks they face from climate change, sea level rise and erosion.The National Trust for Historic Preservation unveiled its 2021 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places on Thursday. The annual designations are intended to capture the public imaginat...

BOSTON — The Boston Harbor Islands have been listed as one of the top 11 endangered historic sites in the country due to the increasing risks they face from climate change, sea level rise and erosion.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation unveiled its 2021 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places on Thursday. The annual designations are intended to capture the public imagination and spur action to save the properties.

“This list draws attention to historic places we must protect and honor—not only because they define our past, but also because the stories they tell offer important lessons for the way forward together,” Paul Edmondson, president of the organization, said in a press release.

The urgency of the designation was welcomed by Mary Frazier, of Braintree, whose grandparents lived on Rainsford Island in the 1920s and whose mother grew up there.

"I'm glad someone is taking an interest because those islands have a lot of history and they really are in danger of being flooded over," Frazier said.

Her grandfather, James Costello, was the caretaker on Rainsford Island for the city of Boston from 1919 to 1931. Frazier recalled hearing her mother's stories of the Native Americans who would come out to live and fish on Rainsford in the summer.

The Boston Harbor Islands, 34 islands and peninsulas, are both a national and state park, and a partnership of 13 members. They are very popular places to visit for both Massachusetts residents and tourists. They "provide a robust natural ecosystem for animals and plants," the report states.

In its designation, the National Trust says that the islands are home to a wealth of historic and cultural resources dating back 12,000 years and are sacred space to the Massachusett Tribe and others.

Storm surges, which are intensifying due to climate change and rising sea levels, have accelerated coastal erosion and the loss of nationally significant archeological sites and other historic resources. This includes the most intact Native American archaeological landscape remaining in Boston, historic landmark Fort Warren on Georges Island and Boston Light.

Suzanne Gall Marsh, of Roslindale, founder of the Friends of Boston Harbor Islands, has worked, lived and volunteered on the islands for 43 years.

"I can stand on the waterfront in Boston and look out and see the signs of erosion all the way to Great Brewster Island," she said.

Marsh lived and worked on Gallops Island in 1979 and knows "all the hills and humps on the landscape. On a boat closeup, you can see it is all getting smaller. You can see the erosion peeling back the islands, especially Rainsford and Great Brewster. ... Our heritage is blowing in the wind, peeling away," she said.

The seawalls on Rainsford, Gallops, Great Brewster and other islands have crumbled, she said.

The National Trust designation states that "the Harbor Islands are home to nationally significant archaeological and cultural sites. They are North America’s only glacially-derived drumlin island cluster and a habitat for multiple coastal nesting bird species. Moreover, the Islands are one of the region’s largest public spaces – open and accessible for all to visit, enjoy, and be rejuvenated by the beautiful setting."

The designation calls for protecting these sites before their stories are lost. This will require greater public attention, funding mitigation efforts and archeological studies, and strategies to document and protect historic and natural resources from climate-related storm surges, the group says.

“This designation is a call-to-action: we must double down on our efforts to protect the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park Area from climate threats, supporting ecological restoration and promoting public access to inspire future generations of park stewards,” Kathy Abbott, president and CEO of Boston Harbor Now, said in a statement.

The list of 11 most endangered sites also includes: Selma to Montgomery March Camp Sites in Selma, Ala,; the Summit Tunnels 6 & 7 and Summit Camp Site in Truckee, Calif.; Trujillo Adobe, Riverside, Calif.; Georgia B. Williams Nursing Home, Camilla, Ga.; Morningstar Tabernacle No.88 Order of Moses Cemetery and Hall, Cabin John, Md.; Sarah E. Ray House, Detroit, Mich.; The Riverside Hotel, Clarksdale, Miss.; Threatt Filling Station and Family Farm, Luther, Okla.; Oljato Trading Post, San Juan County, Utah; Pine Grove Elementary School, Cumberland, Va.

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