October 22, 2008 - 1936 Maxim Fire Truck at Mike Kelly Realty in Blairsville, Georgia
If you have been on Cleveland Street in Blairsville, Georgia lately, you've probably spotted Mike Kelly's bright red fire truck. It is a classic 1936 Maxim that once was used by the West Palm Beach Fire Department to fight fires and perform other rescue operations.
The Maxim Motor Company was formed by Carlton Maxim in 1914. Carlton was a member of the Middleboro, Massachusetts Fire Department and in 1912 he decided to build a better fire truck. He did such a fine job that other departments began requesting their own Maxim fire trucks. In many small towns throughout the Northeast, Maxim fire trucks were often bought to replace horse-drawn wagons. Maxim also built custom and commercial fire fighting apparatus including pumpers, ladder trucks, tankers, and brush breakers. The small fire truck company expanded several times until larger manufacturers forced it to close its doors in 1989.
Mike Kelly bought the 1936 Maxim fire truck from Louie Williams, owner of Pappy's Marketplace in Union County. The fire truck was housed for 10 years in a museum before coming to Blairsville, Georgia.
Mike Kelly Realty uses the fire truck for parades and marketing purposes. Mike says, "It is a lot of fun. I leave it out front so people can take photos. People stop all the time to ask about it. The kids (and parents) love to get their picture taken while sitting in the driver's seat."
The 1936 Maxim fire truck will be parked at the Blairsville Chevron on October 31st during the Hometown Halloween on the Square festivities. Everyone is welcome to stop by to see the fire truck and get some Halloween candy!
August 22, 2007 - Mike Kelly Realty Honored as Business of the Month in Blairsville, Georgia
Mike Kelly Realty was recently chosen as the Blairsville Union County Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month for August 2007. Owners Mike and Ruth Kelly welcomed guests and Chamber Ambassadors to the informal presentation on August 6. Everyone enjoyed the informal get together.
The designation as Business of the Month is considered quite an honor in Union County. Recently implemented by the local Chamber of Commerce, the new program offers established businesses a chance to be recognized for their chamber involvement, their general reputation, their contributions to the community, and any special renovation or beautification projects underway or completed during the proceeding year.
Mike Kelly Realty was chosen as the Business of the Month for many reasons. Mike Kelly Realty has actively supported the Chamber of Commerce's various programs by participating in Business after Hours, Ribbon Cuttings, and other Chamber sponsored events.
Mike Kelly Realty has a reputation for adhering to a strict code of ethics. All of Mike Kelly's Realtors are licensed by the State of Georgia and promise to serve clients with utmost integrity and courtesy.
Mike Kelly Realtors are active in the local community. Mike Kelly is a member of Blairsville Rotary and is an officer of the Parish Council. Paige Thornton serves in the Women's Auxiliary at Union General Hospital . Hal Dayhuff is active in the Georgia Council of Boy Scouts and is a director of the Vietnam Veterans Businessman's Association. Betsy Fox is a member of the Union County Historical Society. Pam Gray and Heather Devereaux recently joined Mike Kelly Realty and plan to carry on the same commitment to community.
Mike Kelly Realty is dedicated to helping make Blairsville a better hometown. Mike Kelly purchased the former US Forest Service Building in 2006 and completely renovated the building, parking lot, and landscaping as part of the city's beautification efforts. The property, located at 216 Cleveland Street , now serves as the headquarters for Mike Kelly Realty, houses Wayne Engineering, and is home to Scott Carter Investments
Congratulations to Mike Kelly Realty for becoming the Business of the Month for August 2007. The Realtors and staff deserve this recognition.
If you would like to nominate a business for the next Business of the Month, forms are available at the Blairsville Union County Chamber of Commerce office located at 385 Blue Ridge Highway in Blairsville, Georgia. Anyone can nominate a business but the nominated business must be a Chamber member.
Mike Kelly Realty Celebrates with Open House in Blairsville, Georgia
Mike Kelly, GRI, recently opened a new commercial real estate agency in Blairsville, Georgia. The new firm, with licenses in North Carolina and Georgia , will service the needs of commercial property owners and investors while also handling land development and luxury residential properties.
Over a hundred people dropped in for the celebration and open house. Forget doughnuts and coffee - a beautiful presentation with ham, beef, chicken, all the trimmings, and a variety of desserts was available at the luncheon. Mike Kelly himself carved the ham. It was fun for everyone with good conversation and a Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting performed by Kelly and honorary guest, Judge Stone.
After spending 20 years in the commercial appraisal business and holding the position of Chief Operating Officer in the largest appraisal company in the industry, Kelly has spent the past five years as a Realtor and Broker in Union County . He says, "Because of my experience in the industrial valuation-consulting field, I have concentrated on selling commercial and high end properties."
Now the premier property and business owners in Union County have a commercial real estate specialist right here in Blairsville. Mike Kelly, GRI (Graduate of Real Estate Institute), is an active member of a wide array of professional realtor organizations including the Northeast Georgia Board of Realtors, the North Georgia Multiple Listing Service (850 Realtors), the 1 st MLS of Georgia (over 32,000 realtors), the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors (2,600 Commercial Realtors), and the Real Estate Cyber Society and Affiliates.
Mike's wife, Ruth, is a big help to the business. As Office Administrator, Ruth keeps everything running smoothly. Mike and Ruth have a big family with four daughters and eleven grandchildren. They attend St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Mike is also an active member of the Knights of Columbus here in Blairsville.
Joining with Mike Kelly Realty, Hal Dayhuff is an experienced realtor with over 30 years of experience including many years in South Georgia and Atlanta . Dayhuff has sold all types of agricultural businesses; developed, leased, and sold commercial properties; and developed land for subdivisions and amenities. He is a great addition to the firm.
Paige Thornton is also on board. With specialties in land development and residential properties, she brings enthusiasm and an excellent record as top sales associate and producer to the brokerage. Paige is currently taking advanced real estate studies which will lead to her attaining the prestigious Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI) designation. She is active within the community serving Union General Hospital through the Women's Auxiliary and has two daughters in college.
Located at 216 Cleveland Street, just south of Blairsville Town Square, the new office is located in an ideal location for easy access. Kelly purchased the former Forest Service building from Head Westgate earlier this year and has recently completed extensive renovations.
Kelly says, "Judge Stone's offices were located here for 29 years and many people have come through these doors." Kelly Realty plans on providing another type of professional service to the people of Union County and surrounding areas - Commercial and Residential Real Estate.