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Beaufort Olive Garden Contract Signed

November 18, 2010

The Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants will be located in Beaufort Town Center, a private sector redevelopment along the Boundary Street area that began in 2000 and thus far has attracted $40 million in investments to Beaufort.

Talk of an Olive Garden coming to Beaufort moved closer to reality today as 303 Associates confirmed that a contract has been signed with Darden Restaurants, inc., owners of the popular Olive Garden, Red Lobster and Longhorn Steakhouse restaurant operations.  The Italian themed Olive Garden, along with a Red Lobster, would be located in the Town Center complex on Boundary Street.  Across the road from the County Government Center and in front of the new Hilton Garden Inn, the restaurants could be open as soon as late spring.

Word of the possibilities of both Olive Garden and Red Lobster coming to Beaufort have been fueled by visits of officials from Darden to Beaufort for meetings with the City of Beaufort and Lowcountry Economic Network.

The jobs impact of the investment in Beaufort would be, “significant,” according to media spokesman for 303 Associates, Glen McCaskey.  “The community will be looking at more than 60 new full time jobs with benefits,” said McCaskey, “plus another 30 or so equivalent jobs, all within easy walking or commuting distance from the City’s core.”

Economic Impact

The larger picture for Beaufort is very positive as well.  The construction cost of the two restaurants is estimated to be around $4.6 million.  Darden’s general contractor expects to employ numerous local subcontractors.

“More important than the substantial construction costs,” commented McCaskey, “is the ongoing impact of this investment for City of Beaufort taxpayers.  We expect

the two restaurants to spin off annual sales and hospitality taxes, plus other taxes and fees in the neighborhood of $450,000 annually.”  McCaskey also pointed out that this would be commencing in a year when city revenues are predicted to suffer a major decline as a result of the scheduled reassessment of real estate in an environment of declining valuation.  “City revenues generated from this project will help pay for the new City Municipal Complex,” observed McCaskey.

The next step for Olive Garden and Red Lobster is to go before the Beaufort – Port Royal Metropolitan Planning Commission in December to formalize a minor site variation request, other details having been worked out previously between Darden and city representatives.  Subsequently, City Council will be asked to approve the project.

Darden Restaurants, inc. is the world’s largest full-service restaurant company, owning 1,800 restaurants spread between six brands, the most popular of which is Olive Garden.    Courtney Worrell, of 303 Associates, reports, “The most common inquiries we receive for new facilities have involved Olive Garden.  So we are particularly happy to be working with Darden Restaurants to bring them to Beaufort.”

Beaufort Town Center

Beaufort Town Center began development in 2000 across from the County Government Center on Boundary Street.  A largely blighted area of the city at the time, its decline has been reversed by an entirely private sector redevelopment. 303 Associates has spearheaded the initiative and sought no government subsidies or incentives in the process

In the past ten years, more than $40 million of private funds have been invested in the Beaufort Town Center area.  It was through this initiative that Outback and Moe’s restaurants were attracted to Beaufort, as was the Hilton Garden Inn, and that the Beaufort Town Center Shopping Plaza was significantly upgraded and two new parks created.  The redevelopment has built two office complexes, including the county’s first mixed use LEED Gold certified building, annexed numerous isolated “donut hole” lots into the city, cleaned up the adjacent marsh by replacing septic fields with public sewer, funding and building a master storm water system, installing underground utilities, building a parallel road network, constructing a seawall and removing more than 20-tons of trash from the marsh along the Beaufort River.

When asked to comment, Dick Stewart, principle of 303 Associates, said, “We have always had a good relationship with the City and our neighbors.  We’re delighted to play a part in bringing family friendly, high quality restaurants and jobs to Beaufort.”

The Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants are the latest parts of this major 2,000-acre redevelopment program, which still is only 25% complete.

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Beaufort County Firefighters Share Safety Message

“Don’t let a burned turkey be the least of your holiday worries!”

November 18, 2010

Beaufort County firefighters are urging caution to resident who will be frying turkeys this Thanksgiving.

Deep frying a turkey, a longtime southern delicacy, not only produces a great Thanksgiving feast, but may also harbor danger if not done safely.

County Fire Chiefs are concerned with the fires every year caused by deep frying turkeys. Firefighters are offering some safety tips to keep your holiday not only delicious, but safe as well:

  • Check all hoses and connections from fuel tanks for proper fitting and for rotting and cracks
  • Oil and water do not mix! Never lower a frozen or partially thawed turkey into a fryer as this may cause the hot oil to over flow. The National Turkey Federation recommends refrigerator thawing and to allow approximately 24 hours for every five pounds of bird thawed in the refrigerator. Use paper towels to dry your turkey off as much as possible and lower your turkey in slowly.
  • Always cook outdoors! Place your fryer at least 15 feet from your home and on stable ground.
  • Create a 3 foot safety zone around your fryer for children and pets. Be sure to use heavy duty mitts when cooking and wear a long sleeve shirt.
  • Never leave the fryer unattended as overflowing oils only take seconds to ignite. Ensure you have an ABC rated fire extinguisher available and ready to use. NEVER USE A WATER HOSE ON A FIRE WHICH INVOLVES COOKING OILS!!

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Seeing Triple

November 18, 2010

From left (Rear): Charlotte, (Front) Camden and Caroline Tufts enjoy a day at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park. The happy parents of the triplets are Max and Jeanne-Marie Tufts.

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Recycling Retail Space a new trend in Beaufort

November 18, 2010

Joy O’Kelley (left) and Amanda Posey sit in front of the clothes from the W collection in the old Bay Street Trading Company building.

During the recent downturn of the economy, Beaufort has sadly seen a few businesses downtown close their doors.  One is Bay Street Trading Company on Bay Street.

Joy O’Kelley saw the empty space one day and thought of a temporary solution for the popular Bay Street location. She occasionally hosts a women’s clothing trunk show for W from the Worth Collection. Instead of housing the clothes in her home, O’Kelley asked lisa Estes, the owner of the building, if she could use the space for her two-week show.

It’s a win-win for everyone. No one wants to see retail space sitting empty, especially on Bay Street and especially during the Holiday season.  Kudos to O’Kelley and Estes for thinking outside of the box.

About W from the Worth Collection

W from the Worth Collection, one of the country’s top-selling fashion houses with thousands of customers nationwide, offers the aesthetic of the company’s signature line with bold strokes of fun and irreverence. “This season, we are bowing to the feminine—to its softness and strength,” says Diane Manley, director of design at W from the Worth Collection. “We just adore pretty right now. Flirty, sweet and enchanting are things we can all use a bit more of right now.” For more information about W or to place an order, call Joy O’Kelley at (843) 812-1820.  Her Spring show will be February 18th-February 24th. Shopping the latest trends couldn’t be easier!

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Building us a Better Bridge-On Track, On Budget

By Rick Butler, LIBPA Transportation Representative

November 18, 2010

So how is work on our new bridge coming along?   What are all those huge cranes doing? And will we get another marginal product like the Broad River Bridge?  There’s all this big equipment, but when I cross the existing McTeer Bridge I can’t see much—what’s going on down there?

Great questions!   Since this is one of the largest bridge contracts, at the moment, in South Carolina our County Councilman Paul Sommerville recently asked for a tour of the project and was good enough to invite me along.  We were shown over the job by the two top Dennis Corporation managers in charge of delivering us our bridge to its designed standards, and inspecting every step of the actual contractor’s work.  Here’s what we learned.

First off, the bridge is right on schedule for completion by September 2011.  You won’t be driving on it next September, though, since only after the bridge work is complete, can the approach roads be paved and finished.  We are looking at late fall next year for your first ride across McTeer 2.

Secondly, this appears to be a bridge of exceptional strength.  “I’ve been working bridges for  over 20 years, and this is by far the strongest one I’ve seen, “  said Kyle Byrd, who leads a four man on-site  inspector team for Dennis Corporation, overall project managers. “Just look at how dense that rebar cage is on that vertical bent.  I’ve never seen so much rebar!” he noted, happily.

His boss, Frank Hribar, Dennis’ overall Construction Manager, noted “You are getting a top quality bridge here that will last and last.  The County is going to be really pleased with this bridge.”  Hriber pointed out that samples are taken from every load of rebar, every truckload of Low Country Concrete mix, and every pour, sent off to independent laboratories and certified to meet stringent standards.

“This bridge will use 1.8 million cubic yards of various concrete mixes at about $130 a cubic yard,” Hribar pointed out.  This is all supplied by Low Country Concrete here in Beaufort, and they are delivering an excellent product.  We are also getting lots of supplies and great help from Grayco right here on Lady’s Island.”

During our hardhat tour out to the tip of the roadway deck, under the new span, and out on the river to inspect the massive supports for the three longest spans, we heard that there are 89 workers on the bridge most days, and about 70 percent of them are local hires.

There’s more to building a big bridge than just cobbling up forms and pouring concrete.  The concrete heats up when it is poured in large quantity, as in the large caps tying in the six vertical shafts down in the river bottom, and supporting the tall vertical “ bents”  with their “hammerhead cap” tops on which the actual long girders rest.  To control the heating and thus the strength of the concrete, Hribar and Byrd showed us a sort of PVC piping “radiator” built into each cap, and cooled by circulating river water as the concrete cures. Then the radiator pipes are filled and cut flush, so you’d never know they’d been there.

What else you can’t see from your car crossing the existing bridge is how much actual progress has been made on the individual large supporting platforms and vertical bents, most of which are not high enough to be seen from the road.

The really big show for us sidewalk superintendents will probably come in February, when it is time to place girders across the three widest center spans.  “These are some of the biggest prestressed girders ever installed on a bridge in South Carolina,” the Dennis men said.  Five huge 170-foot girders will bridge each span over the ICW waterway; 15 girders in all for the three center spans.  These pre-stressed reinforced concrete girders stand eight feet tall, and will be delivered here by barges from their assembly plant in Savannah.  Since these are “critical lifts”, it requires specially certified crane operators working in a critical coordination at each end to lift every girder into its place to be bolted down 65 feet above high water.

So, why are there so many big cranes, some have wondered.  On the day we visited, one crane was working a rotary drill bit about 3 feet in diameter, boring holes for the support columns.  Another one was supporting the steel for the columns, a third was working the pouring of concrete on a cap structure. Another one was preparing for a deck pour.  I think a fifth was picking up and moving the big timber balks on which the crawlers are supported on a temporary walkway bridge next to the permanent structure.

As each new span section is bridged, the final deck pour for the roadway itself is made.  How it cures is critical, hence it is kept dampened and monitored for about a week.  It reaches 80 percent strength in about 4 days, and keeps curing over the next few weeks.  Then the crews use the new roadway to begin assembling the deck supports for the next span.

When complete, our new bridge will have a 5 foot wide pedestrian walkway, a 10 foot wide bicycle/breakdown lane, two 12 foot wide travel lanes, and a narrow inner breakdown lane.  All traffic on our new bridge will be from Port Royal onto Lady’s Island.  The existing bridge will become one way off of Lady’s Island, with lane painting adjustment to maximize the outer bike/breakdown lane.

All Sea Islanders can take satisfaction in the improved storm evacuation access this new bridge will bring us for generations to come.  Our widened SC 802 roadway, and the new bridge, will also make access to Port Royal and Bluffton shopping much more convenient.

This one-cent sales tax project earns a tip of the LIBPA hat to prime Contractors United Construction, and Meisner Marine, and particularly to our quality assurance team at Dennis Corporation.  This bridge is shaping up as a superior effort of long lasting value to Northern Beaufort County.

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YMCA of Beaufort County Receives $10,000 Grant to Engage Children and Families in Healthy Outdoor Activities

November 18, 2010

Educational grant distributed by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation to YMCA of the USA

Port Royal, SC – The YMCA of Beaufort County has received a $10,000 grant from YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) to provide low-income families with opportunities to participate in and receive the health benefits of boating and fishing.  The funding will also be used to raise awareness of the importance of protecting and conserving our aquatic resources. Y-USA is the resource office for the nation’s YMCAs.

The grant is one of 20 awarded to Ys across the country by Y-USA as part of a $250,000 grant from the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation to provide financial assistance to underserved communities to participate in outdoor recreation and conservation programs. According to Harvard University’s Health Diversity Project, children and families from low-income urban areas face inequalities in neighborhood and school environments that may keep them from access to environmental resources that could improve their health and well-being and overall development. By reaching out to children and families in these communities, this grant is intended to address these disparities.

Specifically, the grant will be used to:

  • Engage children and families in conservation education and outdoor recreational activities, such as fishing, kayaking, canoeing and sailing;
  • Provide training for teen counselors, staff and volunteers to teach and champion conservation, fishing and boating; and
  • Improve the health and well-being of participants by inspiring them to be active outdoors.

“We are thrilled to have this opportunity to work with the Y to introduce more youth and their families to the fun and excitement of boating and fishing as well as the importance and responsibility of preserving our national resources,” said RBFF President and CEO Frank Peterson . “We want to inspire youth to get active and develop leadership qualities to ultimately protect the legacy of the sport and the future of our nation’s waterways – and the Y has the scope and reach to help us make that happen.”

Each year, Ys nationwide engage more than 1.5 million children and families in outdoor recreation and education programming that provide participants with opportunities to explore nature, find new talents, try new activities, gain confidence, and make lasting memories. At the YMCA of Beaufort County, such programming includes Gone Fishin’ Camps that takes place in the summer. Expect to see fishing camps and kayaking camps in the summer of 2011 at the YMCA of Beaufort County. Registration for these camps will begin April 1st 2011.

“We are grateful for this opportunity to connect more people – especially those from underserved areas of our community – to the great outdoors,” said Michael Bostwick, Y CEO.  “At the Y, we are committed to ensuring that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportuniy to learn, grow and thrive –  and we know the benefits of outdoor recreation and activities can have positive, life-long impact.”

About RBFF

RBFF is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase participation in recreational angling and boating, thereby protecting and restoring the nation’s aquatic natural resources. RBFF helps people discover, share and protect the legacy of boating and fishing through national outreach programs including the Take Me Fishing™ campaign and Anglers’ Legacy™.

About the Y

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,687 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. http://www.ymcabeaufortcounty,com

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY LADY’S ISLAND BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION

November 18, 2010

During the decade of the 70’s Lady’s Island experienced a 55% jump in population.  Faced with predictions of even more intense future growth, a small group of far sighted Lady’s Island residents and business men and women met November 4, 1981 at Wilkop’s White Hall Inn (located at the former site of the Whitehall/Bateaux Restaurant). The purpose of the meeting was to discuss how the community could best cope with the growth which had occurred in the last decade and guide the future growth that was predicted to follow.

It was decided at this first meeting that an organization should be formed to provide a voice for the businesses and residents of Lady’s Island. After a great deal of discussion the name “Lady’s Island Business and Professional Association” was adopted.  The mission of the organization was, and still is today, to promote the planned, orderly development and growth of Lady’s Island.  By Christmas of 1981 the organization had grown to 23 members and 2 associate members.  The only criteria for membership was then and still is today to be concerned about the future of Lady’s Island.

Since the small group of citizens first met in 1981 to establish the Lady’s Island Business and Professional Association the island has gained over 100 new businesses, 4,000 additional houses and 11,000 new residents.  For the 29 years of its existence LIBPA has attempted to ensure that Lady’s Island has a voice and a place at the table when decisions on such subjects as new roads, bridges, annexations and zoning are made regarding our community.  Today, with a membership of approximately 200 residents and business men and women, the Lady’s Island Business and Professional Association is organized to keep its members and the community informed of the activities of the many committees, subcommittees, commissions and councils whose actions affect Lady’s Island.  To accomplish this LIBPA publishes a Lady’s Island business pamphlet, a monthly newsletter, maintains a community web site (www.libpa.org), and hosts a monthly meeting with guest speakers.  During election years LIBPA conducts political forums but it must be remembered that LIBPA is nonpolitical and does not support or oppose any candidate or political party.

The history of LIBPA would appear to offer one lesson; Lady’s Island, for almost three decades, has been blessed with residents and business men and women, who together are willing to give of their time and effort to keep the island a great place to live, raise a family and do business.  If you are a member of LIBPA thank you for your support of our community.  If you are not a member, please consider joining to help insure Lady’s Island remains a very special place for all of us. Information regarding membership can be found in the monthly newsletter, at the LIBPA website www.libpa.org or by calling the membership chairperson Ken Bush (476-1547) or Jim Hicks (522-3988).

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ISLAND NOTES

By Jim Hicks

Restaurant change of ownership. For years the restaurant located adjacent to the marina on Sea Island Parkway on Lady’s Island operated as Ollie’s Restaurant and hosted the monthly LIBPA meeting. After Ollie’s closing Mr. Caesar Moona purchased the building and did a marvelous job of renovation after which he opened it as Grouper‘s Restaurant.  It was recently announced that Mr. Tommy Wilburn, owner of Emily’s Restaurant & Tapas Bar in downtown Beaufort has purchased the restaurant and will open it as the Factory Creek Fish Company featuring seafood dishes.  We welcome Mr. Wilburn to Lady’s Island and extend a note of appreciation to Mr. Moona for taking the initiative to renovate and reestablish the facility as a restaurant.

Relocation. Just a reminder that Naomi Wall has reestablished her Stott Pilates Studio at 2 Robin Drive (formally the home of Water’s Dry Cleaners).  Her studio was previously located in the building adjacent to the former Grayco Hardware store.  At the present time she is offering both group and private instruction.  For additional information regarding Pilates instruction please contact Naomi at 522-0770 or by e-mail (naomi.theworks@gmail.com).

For a good cause. The Beaufort Lions Club is sponsoring a Fish Fry on Saturday November 20 from 11 AM to 4 PM at the Lowcountry Store located at 736 Sea Island Parkway on St. Helena.  Tickets are $10 per meal (carry out) with all proceeds going to “For Love of Therapeutic Riding” (formerly called Heroes on Horseback) which is a local program designed to allow children and young adults that are physically and mentally challenged to experience the fun and freedom of riding a horse. Advanced tickets are available from Pat Harvey Palmer (575-4711) or Jim Palmer (597-3432).

Common sense should rule. How many gas pumps should a filling station be allowed to have at one site?  That is the question currently being asked of the elected representatives of the City of Beaufort. Their current zoning regulations set the limit at 8 pumps. The City of Beaufort staff and Beaufort Port Royal Planning Commission recommended lifting the cap on the number of pumps thus allowing an unlimited number of pumps for Robert Smalls Parkway and Boundary Street west of Ribaut Road. As long as the mega-gas stations are restricted to those areas Lady’s Island residents should not be concerned.

It should be noted that Lady’s Island zoning regulations does not set a limit on the number of gas pumps in the Village Center along Sea Island Parkway.  However, along Lady’s Island Drive gas pumps are allowed only if they are co-located with a full service automobile repair facility.  This restriction was not an accident. The rational for the restriction of gas pumps on Lady’s Island Drive was to expedite the smooth flow of traffic between Ribault Road and Sea Island Parkway.  The undeveloped property along Lady’s Island Drive on the right side as you approach the Sea Island Parkway intersection is in the City of Beaufort.  Hopefully the new leniency by the City of Beaufort regarding the number of gas pumps will not result in a mega-gas station being located at this key intersection which Beaufort County tax payers are paying a great deal of money to improve.  It would defy common sense.

Moving in the right direction. In school year 2008/2009 Coosa Elementary School was forced to use 10 mobile classrooms to support the 660 students which were enrolled.  Of these 10 it was necessary to use 8 for homeroom classes.  In school year 2009/2010, in an effort to reduce the overcrowding, the 5th grade was moved to Lady’s Island Middle School and the student population dropped to 535 students.  As a result of the reduction in student population, use of the mobile classrooms dropped to 9 facilities and of these only 4 were required as homeroom classrooms.  This school year, with a student population of 495 only 2 are required as homeroom classrooms. The mobile facilities being used over and above those necessary as classrooms are designated for support functions such as literacy (reading) classes and a science laboratory.  So from 8 classes of students using mobile classrooms as their primary homeroom in 2008 to only 2 such classes this year is real progress and serves as validation of the decision to move the 5th grade to Lady’s Island Middle School.  Principal Carmen Dillard indicates the excess mobile classrooms are available for use throughout the district but until they are needed at another location she will utilize them in ways that provides benefit to her school.

The silver lining. We have all heard the old time saying “Every cloud has a silver lining.” indicating that in most situations there usually is some good.  To find a silver lining in the recent downturn in the economy and the local real estate market has posed a challenge. On Lady’s Island the average purchase price of a home in 2006 was over $300,000.  The elementary and middle school population ceased to grow because young families could not afford to live on the island.  Today, as a result of the downturn of the real estate market the menu of homes available on Lady’s Island includes many within the affordable range of most young families.  As a result, our island avoids becoming another form of Sun City.  That Lady’s Island can continue to be a community composed of a blend of race, age and economic status is a silver lining in some very dark clouds.

Thank you to all of the candidates! At a time when serving as an elected official means being faced with a lot of very difficult and often unpopular decisions  as a result of the downturn in the economy there are fewer and fewer individuals willing to run for office.  An example of this is the fact that in the recent election of the 7 incumbent members of County Council running for reelection, none had opposition and 5 of the 7 candidates for school board ran unopposed as did our state representative.  An exception to this trend was the race for Lady’s Island (District 7) School Board representative which at one point had 4 candidates.  To all of the candidates for public office please accept our sincere appreciation for your willingness to serve or to continue serving our county and our community.

A changing picture. In January of this year of the 5,521 homes on Lady’s Island there were 22 involved in foreclosures.  Today there are 25 homes involved in foreclosures but also an additional 16 pieces of land and 2 commercial buildings.  In January there were 22 homes on the island involved in bankruptcies and today there are 19 homes involved in bankruptcies.  The number of Lady’s Island homes involved in either foreclosure or bankruptcy proceedings has remained relatively stable. What appears to have changed is the addition of parcels of land. This data, regarding foreclosures and bankruptcies, is derived from foreclosure.com.

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Little Bits of Royal Chatter

By Peggy Chandler

November 18, 2010

Royal Readers met this week at the Sherard home to discuss the October book club selection.  This meeting, in addition to book discussion, was a birthday celebration for book club member, Carol Wenzel.  Marisa served wonderful lasagna, salad, along with a homemade birthday cheesecake.  The book discussed was “Abide with Me“ by Elizabeth Strout .   Marisa led the discussion with detailed questions – resulting in an extensive and spirited discussion.  With the exception of 1 or 2 members, the book was well received and club members would recommend it to friends.

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Style & Fashion

Q&A with FASHIONGRANNY: Big Purses!

Greetings Fashionistas!

Your questions are pouring in via email and I thank you all!

Let’s get right to my Question of the Week:

Q. Dear FASHIONGRANNY,

How long are these gigantic purses going to be in style? I feel foolish carrying such a big pocketbook, but I still buy them! What’s your thought?

A. OMG! I love this question! Wouldn’t you know it? This is a pet peeve of FASHIONGRANNY! Big and Pocketbook is an oxymoron.  Let’s go to school for a minute. The word pocketbook is defined as a “pocket-size folder used to hold money & papers,” and as defined for Women, add “small articles.”

I think this is one big perpetration on lady hood by no talent designers in their quest for Mo’ Money Diversification! Yes!, business is business, but it ain‘t our business!? Who’s benefiting? Have you ever seen a photo of yourself holding one of these signature bags? It’s like you are holding a small yurt on your arm! “Small articles” does not mean lunch or Sparky!

The look isn’t feminine, nor if you really think about it, practical.

Is there really a need for all of that “toting”?

This “fashion” has given us dolls a look of frantic multi-taskers!  The look of eager contestants on “Let’s Make A Deal,” able to pull a diaper pin or shoe out of our bag at Monty’s behest! This is one “look” I stay away from! I don‘t believe the hype and the “look” is truly fashion sabotage!

Don’t be a fashion slave! Instead, a suggestion. Buy purses in a size that is in proportion to your body size. Nobody loves a hip, expensive handbag more than FASHIONGRANNY, and I’ll admit I love a good label too! Remember, Purses, Handbags, Pocketbooks, whatever you call them are just accessories made to enhance the big picture, You!

Whether you’re downtown for dinner, the market or work, by any means necessary Accessorize! It’s just one of God’s gifts to Women kind!

Just make sure the focus is You, not your collection of receipts!

Please send your Questions to fashiongranny@hotmail.com or theislandnews@gmail.com

This year, I am again -Royal Pines’ volunteer liaison for Festival of Trees.  This annual event raises money for Friends of Caroline Hospice – a non profit United Way agency who provides home care for patients with a life threatening illness.   This event runs from December 6th through December 11th at the Charles “Lind” Brown Neighborhood Activity Centerformerly known as The Greene Street Gym.   The Gift and Gourmet Shop sells donated items at the event.  If you are able to donate: time to work a 2-3 hour shift at the Gift and Gourmet shop * baked goods (holiday wrapped) * handmade items valued less than $50.00 * new or gently used children’s books * jams or jellies * or a tax deductible monetary donation, please contact, me at buddysoma@embarqmail.com or 322-0472.  Royal Pines neighborhood donations are scheduled for drop off on Sunday December 5th between 12 noon – 5pm.  If you would like to participate in this Royal Pines Community activity, please drop off your donated items to me on Saturday December 4th between 12 noon and 5pm @ 4 John Calhoun Street or you may deliver them directly to the Greene Street Gym on Sunday December 5th noon-5pm.  Thank you in advance for your contributions to this worthy cause.

If you have news or social items you would like to contribute to the Royal Chatter, I can be contacted at:

buddysoma@embarqmail.com

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Beaufort Children’s Theatre presents Disney’s Mulan, Jr.

November 11, 2010

Beaufort Children’s Theatre is back on stage at the USCB Center for the Arts with Disney’sMulan, Jr. one weekend only: Nov. 13 at 7 PM and Nov. 14 at 3 PM.   Join 70 aspiring actors, ages 6 – 18, while you to travel back to the legendary, story-telling days of ancient China with this action-packed stage adaptation of Disney’s Mulan. The Huns have invaded, and it is up to the misfit Mulan and her mischievous sidekick Mushu to save the Emperor! Mulan, Jr. is a heartwarming celebration of culture, honor and a fighting spirit. The score includes favorites like “Reflection,” “Honor to Us All” and “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” as well as new songs that will get your audience up on its feet!

USCB proudly supports the creativity, educational experience, and community spirit involved in Beaufort Children’s Theatre productions. Ticket prices are: adults $12, children $8.  To reserve your tickets call the USCB box office at (843) 521-4145.

Mulan Jr. Cast Members include:  Shelby Morris – Mulan, Trissy Long – Mushu, Aghanee Daise – Matchmaker, Angela Chancey – Grandmother, Rebecca Johnson – FaLi, Michael Dan Hodges –  Fa Zhou,  Ellen Hodges -Chi Fu, Ivan Estrada – Ling, Ryan Arbuckle – Yao, Preston Coleman – Quian Po, Conor Gallagher – Chan Yu, Zachary Wells -Shang, Grace Stewart – Yun, Rosie Stewart – Hong, Courtney Shannon – Zhang, Natalie Alverez – Laozi, Racquelle Williams – Lin,  Zachary Van Curen – Emperor.  Supporting Cast : Mary Margaret Achurch, Kiara Aguilar, Brycen Ambrose, Pat Balmediano, Delores Bell, Yasmine Bolden, Lexie Cannon, Laila Cobb, Sara Correll, Caleb Cronbaugh, Gracie Cunningham, Jenna Dean, Sam Derrick, Erin Duffy, Amelia            Evans, Julianna Fiduccia, Sydney Fosnight, Allie Fraley, Maisie Gayken,  Morgan Gecy,  Ashton Giammona, Jefferson Gibson, Kevin Hagood, Hunter Hodges,  Jada Hudgins, Chandaa Johnson, Taylor Johnson, Jacquelyn Johnson,  Brinlee Johnson, Colette Kemmann,  Maggie Kinton, Mabrey Kolb, Grace Lubkin, Madison Maddox, Austin Major,  Becca Mandell, Mary Hampton McNeal, GiGI Morgan,  Savannah Mullen, Akasha Nelson, Lily Rose Parker, Caitly Parker, Abby Parker, Jessa Norton, Tara Norton, Isabella Page, Hannah Parr, Ansleigh Pingree, Megan Proce, Anthony Ranches, Keating Reichel, Katherine Ryan, Jacob Rye, Hailey Seekinger, Sydney Smith,  Kitty Strawn,  Avery Thomas, Stewart Trask, Ajanae Washington, Diamond Young.

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TCL to hold registration fair for new, returning students

November 11, 2010

The Technical College of the Lowcountry will hold an “On the Spot” Registration Fair from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday, November 19 at each of its three campuses:

• Beaufort Campus: Coleman Hall, Bldg. 2, 921 Ribaut Road, Beaufort, S.C., 843.525.8211

• Hampton Campus: H. Mungin Center, 54 Tech Circle, Varnville, S.C., 803.943.4262

• New River Campus: 100 Community College Dr., Bluffton, S.C., 843.470.6000

The event is geared to assist those looking to begin their college careers and to help returning TCL students complete the registration process for the spring semester, which begins January 10.

Experts from TCL’s admissions, financial aid and academic divisions will be available to walk students through the entire application process as well as answer questions that students may have about the college. Parents are also invited to attend.

TCL offers degree, diploma and certificate programs in industrial technologies, business technologies, arts and sciences, transfer programs and health sciences.

Federal and state financial aid options are available through the TCL financial aid office. Additionally, most South Carolina residents qualify for S.C. Lottery Tuition Assistance, which is not based on need or income and can pay more than half of TCL tuition.

“With the lottery tuition assistance, TCL’s full-time tuition is around $850 a semester,” said Cleo Martin, TCL director of enrollment management and financial aid services. “This makes going to college more affordable, which is so important during these tough economic times.”

Also, residents of Chatham and Effingham counties in Georgia qualify for in-state tuition at TCL.

Students can apply and register online anytime at www.tcl.edu/apply. Visit the web site or call 843.525.8211 for more information.

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FWDG’s 20th annual Coat Drive seeks 3,500 jackets to warm Beaufort County families this winter

November 11, 2010

Cooler weather ushers in thoughts of Thanksgiving and Christmas – but to hundreds of Lowcountry families, the chillier temperatures bring discomfort and danger. Your donation of a coat, jacket or heavy sweater can be an investment in helping fellow Beaufort County residents make it through another winter.

Over the past 19 years, FWDG Coat Drive founders Robyn and Larry Mark have helped collect and distribute more than 33,000 coats to Lowcountry families in need. Last year, despite the recession and a colder-than-normal winter, locals contributed 3,166 gently-used coats.

This year, the goal is 3.483 coats, jackets and thick sweaters, with drop-off locations across the County, including several public schools and BB&T bank offices.

“Our community continues to grow, and there are still a lot of families in need,” said Larry Mark, president of Furniture Warehouse Design Gallery, also known as FWDG. “Recycling jackets, coats and sweaters is good for our environment, but more importantly, it’s good for our community. The economy has put hundreds more families in a position where a used coat or jacket can make a big difference in them being comfortable this winter.”

The Coat Drive runs through Dec. 31. For the second year, Williams Group / PR is leading the public relations behind the drive. “It’s a privilege to be a part of such an important event that helps so many,” said John Williams, owner of the Lady’s Island agency.

The Marks like the timing of the Coat Drive, right before the Lowcountry’s cold weather usually hits.

“This is the season of Thanksgiving and the season of giving,” Larry Mark said. “It is our hope that less fortunate families can be thankful for warm coats, and others can ‘pay it forward’ by giving their outerwear to our Coat Drive.”

While the annual coat drive was founded by FWDG 20 years ago, it has grown to include many local organizations.  “This truly is a community event,” Mark said. “From the area businesses, schools, churches and civic clubs that are collecting coats on behalf of FWDG to the distribution outlets that ensure these coats and jackets go to those in need, it’s the very special people of the Lowcountry who make this a success,” he said.

Last year, the Coat Drive collected 3,166 coats and outerwear, putting them on the backs of families in need of warmth during the cool season. Since its inception in 1990, FWDG’s Coat Drive has collected and distributed more than 33,000 coats.

Distribution of coats and jackets is handled by Bluffton Self Help, the Deep Well Project and HELP of Beaufort, organizations already in the business of helping families.

Donations can be dropped off now through Dec. 31 at the following locations:

  • FWDG, Perimeter Walk, 745 Robert Smalls Parkway, (Hwy 170), Beaufort
  • Bluffton Self Help, 1264 May River Road (Hwy 46), Bluffton
  • BB&T branch offices in Beaufort County:

o   1008 William Hilton Parkway, Unit A, Hilton Head Island

o   200 Main Street, Suite 101, Hilton Head Island

o   2 Burnt Church Road, Bluffton

o   1 Kemmerlin Lane, Lady’s Island

o   905 Port Republic Street, Beaufort

  • Carolina Stamper, 203A Carteret Street, downtown Beaufort
  • Beaufort Police Department lobby at Boundary Street
  • Many local schools are participating in the Coat Drive; check with your local school to see if they are a collection point.

Business, civic clubs, churches and other organizations often hold one- or two-day Coat Drive blitzes within their organization. They can designate a central coat collection point at their business or organization. Interested? Call Larry Mark at 843-524-8695.

The Coat Drive was started 20 years ago by Larry and Robyn Mark, longtime Lowcountry residents and business owners. Located at 745 Robert Smalls Parkway in Beaufort, one mile east of the Broad River Bridge, FWDG at Perimeter Walk is the only one-stop-shop for home furniture and fixtures in Beaufort. FWDG features displays for top-quality furniture makers including Norwalk, Rowe, and Kincaid.

FWDG and its owners have received numerous awards recognizing the business and their involvement in the community.  Awards include: Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the YearSmall Business Person of the Year,Beaufort Gazette’s Reader’s Choice Award for best Furniture Store for 11 straight years, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award for Business.

For additional information about FWDG or the Coat Drive, please call Larry Mark at 843-524-8695.


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Calling All Artists!

Call for Art: the Celadon Fine Arts Festival

November 11, 2010

Artists are invited to apply to the three-day Celadon Fine Arts Festival, to compete for cash prizes totaling $3,000. The festival is produced by The Celadon Community Arts Trust Association and ARTworks, The Arts Council of Beaufort Port Royal & the Sea Islands. The goal of this May 20-22, 2011 juried show is to select and present the highest caliber of fine art and crafts to our knowledgeable and discriminating audience.

The deadline to apply is March 1, 2011, and the application fee is $25. Please visithttp://www.beaufortcountyarts.com/celadon.htm for show specifics, and for the online application. Contact ARTworks at 843-379-2787 for dialogue.

The festival venue is the beautiful Celadon Community on Lady’s Island in Beaufort, SC. Artists will be surrounded by oak trees, ponds, and the architecture that is Celadon. Visit www.CeladonFineArtsFestival.org for more information and to be involved.

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Beaufort County Announces November Closings for Convenience Centers

Thursday, November 11, 2010, Veterans’ Day

All Centers CLOSED

Centers will reopen Friday or their next scheduled day.

Thursday, November 25, 2010, Thanksgiving Day

All Centers CLOSED

Centers will reopen Friday or their next scheduled day

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District 7 School Board News- Volume 1

By Bill Evans

November 11, 2010

I hope this will be the first of many “conversations” we have about our schools and the happenings within the school district. Please keep in mind that these will be reflections or perspectives from a personal point of view and will not represent the official position of the School Board or District Administration.

First, let me thank all of you who went to the polls on November 2, 2010, the turnout was significant, almost 4200 votes, and speaking for both Bob White and myself I think we are both overwhelmed with the support and interest evidenced in the recent campaign. Bob was a wonderful opponent, very capable, and I greatly appreciated the fact that we could stick to the issues important to our students, parents and school staff; this was greatly facilitated by events such as the LIBPA Forum, the event co-sponsored by the Beaufort Chamber, Beaufort Gazette and again LIBPA and lastly the Dataw Island Republican Club Forum that was also open to the school board candidates as a result of the non-partisan nature of the school board elections.

As we look forward to upcoming activities, there is an initial opportunity for the new board members to listen and learn at the Board Work Session on November 12-13. Several issues involving school utilization, test performance, attendance zones, financing, etc. will all be part of this event. I will continue to take a major interest in the same issues that we focused on during the campaign: first, securing fair and consistent funding from the state (I hope that as this becomes reality we can begin to replace some of the teaching positions lost over the last two years of forced budget cutbacks); second, prioritize instruction primarily through an expansion of the time administrators and curriculum specialists spend in classrooms observing teachers, supporting them and improving instruction where it is needed; third, continue to press for the development of new instructional approaches that may include more online programs, magnet schools, charter programs and alternative schools that are staffed by professionals with deep experience in adolescent psychology and behavior modification; fourth, community outreach that improves the dialogue between home and school and increases parent/guardian involvement in school  activities; fifth, continue the focus on early childhood education, expand it where possible, and continue to support the district’s under-performing schools with additional resources; last (for now), establish the policies and practices necessary to attract the best professional and support staff possible to serve our children, this means looking at salaries (for teachers, administrators and classified staff) and maintaining a practice of national searches for the high quality personnel we need to staff our schools.

Again I want to thank you all for the privilege or representing you. I will continue the website we opened during the campaign as a way for you to contact me: BillEvansSchoolBoard@gmail.com.

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Pecans On Sale Now

November 11, 2010

Alzheimer’s Family Services of Greater Beaufort kicks off their annual Pecan Sales this week.  For almost 10 years AFSGB has been selling bags of fresh shelled mammoth pecan halves. These pecans are so fresh that their delivery date is based on the date they are picked. This year our pecans were picked the first week of November and will arrive at our office early this week.  Even though the wholesale cost has gone up since last year’s crop we will still sell our bags of pecans at the great price of only $10.00 a bag. Pecans will be available for purchase this year at Hometown Realty on Ladies Island (522-0066), at both the Ladies Island and Port Royal  locations of Low Country National Bank and at our office in the United Way building on Boundary Street in Beaufort. To reserve yours or for more information please call 521-9190 or visit our website at www.afsgb.org

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New Image Salon Welcomes New Addition

November 11, 2010

We would like you to help us in welcoming a new addition to our community and the New Image Salon. Alisha Craven has been a stylist for over thirteen years and has trained with a world renowned color specialist while living in California.

She has also been blessed with the opportunity to keep herself educated with all the latest styles and trends. She believes that every ones beautiful transformation can be achieved through the perfect cut and color.

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Homes for the Holidays in November

November 11, 2010

Homes for the Holidays Co-chairs Elizabeth Dardes and Mary Cunningham
Mary Jane Bucci and Maggie Engstrom

Homes for the Holidays Co-chairs Elizabeth Dardes and Mary Cunningham play with decorating ideas for the upcoming Tour of Homes in Ashdale on Lady’s Island, November 20 and 21.  Seven private homes with be trimmed for Christmas by local design professionals.  Sister-team designers Mary Jane Bucci and Maggie Engstrom, owners of Sweet Bay on Bay Street in Beaufort are one of the tour’s feature designers.  New to the area, both are excited and delighted to be putting their signature touches on the event this year.  Tickets can be purchased at Sweet Bay, The Chocolate Tree, and The Butterfly Shop downtown.

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Operation F-35Beaufort rallies final push for new jets coming to Beaufort Air Station

November 11, 2010

With public comment closing later this month on the Department of the Navy’s final decision on the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter coming to Marine Corps Air Station-Beaufort, supporters offer an easy way to register comments at two local restaurants on Veteran’s Day.

The Beaufort County Military Enhancement Committee, working with the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce, will have Internet access laptop computers available from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11at two locations.

Participating restaurants are The Office at 2121 Boundary Street in Beaufort Town Center and the Old Coffee Haus, 614 Paris Avenue in Port Royal.

The Department of the Navy’s preferred alternative stated in the Environmental Impact Statement is to base three operational F-35B squadrons at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort with two F-35B training squadrons and simulation centers.

Bringing five squadrons of F-35B Joint Strike Fighters to Beaufort County will add $300+ million in new base construction, more than 1,200 construction jobs, and potentially bring 200 high-paying civilian jobs to the area to help with the training centers, said Carlotta Ungaro, president of the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce.

As part of the promotion, both restaurants will be offering discounts to patrons who participate in the online rally. The timing is designed to celebrate Veterans’ Day, the Marine Corps’ 235th birthday, and the highly anticipated announcement next month about the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter assignment.

“Posting comments online is the easiest and most efficient way for people to share their thoughts and support for this critical component of Beaufort County’s economy and culture,” said LtGen. Garry Parks, chairman of the Military Enhancement Committee.

“People certainly can comment online from their homes or businesses, or write a letter for the U.S. Mail, but there’s also a sense of community in joining others who feel these new jets are such an important part of our future,” Parks said. “That’s what this one-day rally is about.”

The Defense Department EIS and comment sections are available until Nov. 22 athttp://www.usmcjsfeast.com/Comments.aspx. Background information about the new stealth strike fighters and their impact on Beaufort can be found at www.f35beaufort.com.

The Navy’s preferred scenario divides the East Coast F-35B squadrons between Beaufort and Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, NC. The “B” model is capable of short takeoffs and vertical landings. Military officials estimate that 80 percent of local take-offs will be traditional rolling takeoffs. Local leaders also are promoting the idea of an auxiliary landing field away from Beaufort where most practice landings could take place.

Congress and Defense Department leaders continue to talk about scaling back the purchase plan for the Joint Strike Fighter. Given that likelihood, the Navy’s preferred basing solution – Alternate 1 – brings great advantages for Beaufort County, said retired Marine Lt. Gen. Garry Parks, chairman of the Beaufort County Military Enhancement Committee.

In that scenario, Beaufort would receive the first batch of Joint Strike Fighters, probably within 48 months, with new Air Station construction contracts going out in a few months. If the Navy were to instead go with what’s called Alternative 3, sending eight operational squadrons to Beaufort but no training centers, those squadrons likely would arrive no sooner than 2020.

That delay, Parks said, could be devastating should military budgets be cut, F-35B purchases be curtailed, or the Beaufort Air Station be considered unnecessary.

On June 22, an estimated 750 area residents shared their support and their questions about the Joint Strike Fighter at the Beaufort Holiday Inn.

In addition to the Beaufort Air Station’s exceptional training areas offshore and the Townsend Bombing Range in Georgia, the region has a highly qualified workforce made up of former military personnel, said Kim Statler, executive director of the Lowcountry Economic Network & Alliance. With the Boeing project in Charleston and Gulfstream in Savannah, the Lowcountry is well positioned for aeronautics business, she said.

The arrival of the F35-B Joint Strike Fighter will help with attracting new industry to our region while bolstering existing businesses that focus on technology, aeronautics and defense, Statler said. The jets are expected to arrive in 2014, replacing the F/A-18 Hornets.

For more information about the Joint Strike Fighter coming to Beaufort visit www.f35beaufort.com or on Facebook, find Operation F35Beaufort.

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Burton Firefighters Recognized for Accomplishments and Saving Child’s Life

November 11, 2010

On October 28th at the Golden Corral in Beaufort, in front of family, friends, and coworkers, Burton Fire District Firefighters Johnny Winn and Chris Alewine were named Beaufort Exchange Club Firefighters of the year for 2010.

The Beaufort Exchange Club’s Firefighter of the Year is an annual award that seeks to enhance the public’s level of respect, admiration, and appreciation for the sacrifices which firefighters make. Both firefighters Winn and Alewine were selected for this award for not only their daily contributions to the citizens of Burton,  but also their professional and skillful actions as First Responders during an extremely emotional emergency scene that lead to saving the life of a small child.

On July 18th 2010 just before 4:30pm, the Burton Fire District was summoned to an emergency situation most firefighters hope they will never experience during their career – a child was dying. Burton Engine Company 824, crewed by Firefighters Johnny Wynn and Chris Alewine, responded promptly to the scene arriving in just two minutes. Upon arrival they found a two year old boy that had been removed from a nearby pool and was lying unconscious and near lifeless. After assessing the child they confirmed that the infant was in-fact not breathing.

Knowing irreversible brain death is imminent within 4-6 minutes of oxygen deprivation, and thus any chance of a full recovery for this young child, and that by the time they arrived at the child’s side that time was near expired, Firefighters Wynn and Alewine prepared to apply their lifesaving skills under the most challenging of circumstances.

While putting the naturally strong, and sometimes crippling, emotions of dealing with a severely injured child and that of their parents aside to focus on the task at hand, Firefighters Wynn and Alewine worked to open and control the child’s airway while providing rescuing breathing to give the boy’s starving brain the oxygen it needed to sustain life. Within minutes the young child began to show those signs of life; however, this continued to challenge Wynn and Alewine as they struggled to keep that airway open and clear as the child’s natural instinct to breathe began to come alive and expel the excess water that had entered his lungs.

Within 30 minutes of the incident occurring, the child who was within minutes of death, was now well on the road to recovery, and just days later was able to visit Engine Company 824 and his guardian angels Firefighters Johnny Wynn and Chris Alewine. This was surely a highlight in Beaufort County’s tragic season of drowning.

When sixteen year veteran Firefighter Johnny Wynn is not responding to emergencies he is in charge of special projects for the department and utilizes his personal carpentry skills to make repairs and improvements to any one of the Burton Fire District’s five fire stations; thereby not only improving quality of life for the firefighters, but saving thousands in tax payer dollars by taking care of expensive repairs himself. Most notably when the daughter of a Burton Fire District member was severely injured in an automobile wreck leaving her paralyzed from the neck down and confined to a wheel chair, Firefighter Wynn led the upgrades to her home to make it more accessible and comfortable for her and her family .

Firefighter Chris Alewine has taken his interest in public safety to a higher level by taking intense- specialized rescue classes on his own and voluntarily joining South Carolina’s Urban Search & Rescue Team. By being a member of this team Chris stands ready to deploy to any disaster – anywhere – at any time and place himself in highly unstable and dangerous/rudimentary environments to rescue those in need, regardless if the disaster occurs in South Carolina or another country.
“We were impressed by the level of commitment and professional focus that these two firefighters showed in an extremely stressful situation. They saved the life of a small child — what greater achievement is there?” Exchange Club of Beaufort President Leigh Copeland said. “In addition, it was clear that both of these men are truly devoted to their jobs. This award is just a small way to show how grateful we are for their commitment at keeping our communities safe.

For more information contact Daniel Byrne (843) 694-1139.

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Beaufort Memorial Spirit of Women program now on Facebook, Twitter

November 11, 2010

Facebook.  Twitter. YouTube. Beaufort Memorial Hospital’s Spirit of Women program is now using these popular online communities to offer health tips and other valuable information which can help women take charge of their health and their family’s health.

“More and more hospitals are realizing the value of sharing important health facts directly with women through these extremely popular online communities,” said Beaufort Memorial spokesman Courtney McDermott.  “More than 500 million people worldwide are now communicating through Facebook.  In addition, over the last three months, Twitter has experienced a surge of an additional 30 million user sign-ups. Through our social media outreach, we’re hoping to go beyond simply sharing information. Our ultimate goal is to build ongoing relationships with the women we serve.”

Over the coming weeks, women can learn more about dealing with menopause, treatments for leg vein problems, advice for those newly diagnosed with breast cancer, and how new technology can help Beaufort Memorial Hospital doctors perform hysterectomies with less pain and a faster recovery.

“Much of the information will come directly from physicians on the medical staff at Beaufort Memorial Hospital,” said McDermott.  “This will allow followers or fans, as they are known in the social media universe, to get to know our physicians and their expertise. We also encourage women to ask questions or post their personal comments on our sites.”

The Beaufort Memorial Hospital Spirit of Women Facebook can be found at http://www.facebook/BeaufortMemorial; Twitter is at http://www.twitter/BeaufortMem and the YouTube channel with helpful videos can be found at http://www.YouTube/BeaufortMemorial.

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Church to Host 31st Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

November 11, 2010

The Parish Church of St. Helena will host the 31st Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner and Community Service on Thanksgiving Day at 507 Newcastle Street, Beaufort SC. The Community Thanksgiving Service will be held in the historic Parish Church at 11 a.m. with the dinner following across the street in the Parish House. Dinner will be served from 12 Noon to 2 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Take away meals are available from 10 a.m. to 12 noon for the elderly or home-bound. The dinner is a gift to the community with admission being a smile and a thankful heart, all deliveries are the gift of community drivers.

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Sorority Hosts State Meeting

November 11, 2010

The Beaufort Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc hosted the Annual Fall State Meeting at the Marriott Hotel on Hilton Head Island on October 28 and 29.  The guest speaker for the Saturday luncheon was the Past National President, Gwendolyn Boyd.  More than 600 Deltas from throughout South Carolina participated in this meeting, which included workshops, a luncheon, and the presentation of a Public Service Project.

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Steppin’ Up and Steppin’ Out

November 11, 2010

Please step up and step out to join the Lowcountry Chorale on Saturday, November 20th at 6:30pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church, located on Highway 802 on Lady’s Island. For the first time in the sixteen-year history of the group, Lowcountry Chorale is offering a dessert concert. With the cost of a ten-dollar donation, the audience can step up and step out with music that will take you back into your romantic past. Tunes such as “Embraceable You,” “Stardust,” “I Only Have Eyes For You,” and “S’Wonderful” will entertain you in a relaxed setting around tables that will allow for comfortable viewing and eating, This year will also feature an ensemble of talented singers who will put a new spin on such wonderful tunes as “Unforgettable” and “Singin’ in the Rain.”

Director Cliff Kosier has chosen the title of the program to be, “A Night of S’Wonderful.”  Cliff brings years of musical talent and a fresh look to the group. He has a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Tennessee and was also selected and awarded a scholarship to perform and participate in the Robert Shaw Chorale organization in New York City with performances at Carnegie Hall.

The accompianist, Gloria Bockelman, has a degree from the University of Toledo in Electronic Engineering Technology. She has played the piano for over 30 years, and has been with St. John’s Lutheran Church since 1990.

For ticket information, please call (843) 521-1017.

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The Conversation

Hosted by Carrie freeman, founder of TheWellnessSchool.com

November 11, 2010

“What is really important when it comes to eating organically?”

Reader Question:

I read a lot about the health benefits of eating organic but I just can’t always afford to do that and the food goes bad very quickly. What is really important when it comes to eating organically?

Answer:

This is a great question. People are becoming more and more health conscious (which is great!) but still need to figure out a way to do it without breaking the bank.

Let’s start by defining exactly what organic means.

Back in the day the organic motto was “know your farmer, know your food” That’s not the case anymore. Even big companies like Dole and Heinz are maximizing the adjective “organic”. The word organic has become quite the marketing tool.

So what are the guidelines in order to qualify as organic, according to the OFPA (organic food production act)?

You can count on foods labeled organic to meet the following guidelines:

“100% organic”-single ingredient such as a fruit, vegetable, meat, milk and cheese.

“organic”- multiple ingredient foods which are 95-100% organic.

“Made with organic ingredients”- 70% of the ingredients are organic.

“Contains organic ingredients”-contains less than 70% organic ingredients.

In December of 1997 the USDA published its first proposed standards for using the word organic in labeling of food products. To earn certification, producers follow very strict guidelines-among other things, they cannot use genetic engineering, fertilize with sewage sludge, or treat their animals with growth hormones or antibiotics. While organic foods cannot be treated with synthetic pesticides, they can be treated with an array of natural chemicals to kill pests. There is some debate about whether theses natural chemicals are any safer than the synthetic ones. Bottom line, your health is an investment and eating organic fruits, vegetables, and meats definitely trumps its non-organic competitor… but you can still prioritize your shopping list.

For this, I recommend the information that comes from the Environmental Working Group’s Pesticides in Produce report. They feature a list of the “Dirty Dozen” (12 fruits/vegetables with the most pesticide residues) and the “Clean Fifteen” (15 fruits and vegetables that contain the least amount of pesticide residues).

For the sake of the wallet, it’s best to prioritize based on the Dirty Dozen as you have less to worry about with the Clean Fifteen. Here are the two lists:

Dirty Dozen: (these should be organic)

  1. Celery
  2. Peaches
  3. Strawberries
  4. Apples
  5. Blueberries
  6. Nectarines
  7. Bell peppers
  8. Spinach
  9. Kale

10.  Cherries

11.  Potatoes

12.  Grapes (imported)

Clean Fifteen: (not as important to be organic)

  1. Onion
  2. Avocado
  3. Sweet corn
  4. Pineapple
  5. Mango
  6. Sweet peas
  7. Asparagus
  8. Kiwifruit
  9. Cabbage

10.  Eggplant

11.  Cantaloupe

12.  Watermelon

13.  Grapefruit

14.  Sweet potato

15.  Honeydew melon

When shopping for organic foods it’s important to only buy what you plan to eat within a few days. Another great way to save is to join a local co-op and purchase only fruits and vegetables that are in season. Be sure to avoid the marketing trap by remembering that “natural” and “organic” are not the same. Local farmers markets are a great place to pick up your produce and avoid the middle man. However, not all produce from local farmers is organic so be sure to ask!

For this week’s recipe and more great articles, videos, and podcasts on various wellness subjects please join us atwww.thewellnessschool.com Create an online profile at “The Conversation” to ask or answer a question and receive an email alert when your question has been answered.

Have a question for our weekly column? Email us at (newspaper address) and maybe your question will be chosen for an upcoming article!

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The Langehans, Poster Family for the FIT FUND

By Wendy Pollitzer

November 4, 2010

From left: Tucker, Mills, Briley, Woods and Beth at Get Fit on Lady’s Island. Not pictured: Michael Langehans.

The Langehans family of six is dedicated to their health and practices the 7 fundamentals and acronym of the FIT FUND (Fitness, Integrity, Tolerance,Focus, Unity, Nutrition and Determination) each and every week of the year.

The FIT FUND, created by Jered Kraszewski, president of Get Fit, was established to raise awareness of childhood obesity and create a scholarship for area youth currently attending the Boys and Girls Club of the Lowcountry.

And if there is one family in Beaufort that could be the poster family for the FIT FUND, it has to be the Langehans family. Beth and Michael Langehans and their children, Mills (8), Woods (10), Tucker (13) and Briley (15) work out at Get Fit on Lady’s Island. Mills and Woods participate in the popular KidsFit program on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays while Tucker, Briley. Beth and Michael  keep in shape with personal trainers several times per week.

All homeschooled, the children are dedicated to fitness as part of their daily curriculum. Beth Langehans explains, “We live in a society that sits all the time. I think it’s important to establish personal fitness as priority at an early age to maintain good physical and emotional health.”

“At the beginning of the summer, I had a child who could not pull himself onto the boat from the water. Now he can. And he’s developed such confidence!”

The Langehans family believes that every child should have the opportunity to live a healthy, productive and happy life. That’s why they represent the objective of the FIT FUND so well.  And that’s why Beth Langehans, Chairperson for Shindig at the Shack, is determined to make this an annual event to raise money for area youth scholarships.

The Shindig at the Shack, coming this Saturday, November 6th will benefit the FIT FUND and the Boys and Girls Club of the Lowcountry.  Entertainment will be provided by Souls Harbor, and Saltus River Grill will cater this one-of-a-kind event, especially designed by Katie Huebel of WED from 7pm-11pm at the Coosaw Point Crab Shack.

“All proceeds will support the implementation of the FIT FUND in cooperation with the Boys and Girls Club of the Lowcountry. Their funding has been drastically cut nationwide; and recently, their program on Lady’s Island closed,” says Kraszewski.

Tickets for Shindig at the Shack are $40 per person, which includes entertainment, food, wine and beer. Tickets may be purchased at Get Fit, 37C Sams Point Road or by calling 843-524-2348. You may also email Get Fit atgetfitladysisland@gmail.com for more information.

See you all at the Shack!

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Cute Costume!

November 4, 2010

Amelia Mitchell is dressed up as Amelia Earhart for Halloween 2010.

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Beaufort Memorial Nurse honored with prestigious Daisy Award

Kim Merritt recognized for going “above and beyond” in treatment of ailing veteran

Registered Nurse Kim Merritt helped World War II Veteran Joe Pelligrino attend his grandson’s graduation from Parris Island.

A Beaufort Memorial Hospital nurse has been honored with the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses, a national tribute reserved for RNs who go above and beyond the call of duty.

Progressive Care Unit Registered Nurse Kim Merritt received the award for helping fulfill the wish of a hospitalized World War II veteran determined to attend his grandson’s graduation from Parris Island.

Even though he was battling stage IV colon cancer, Joe Pellegrino traveled with his family from Michigan last summer to see his grandson Nick become a Marine. But on the night before the ceremony, the 85-year-old became ill and had to be taken to Beaufort Memorial Hospital.

“When he came in, he was so full of fluid he couldn’t take a breath,” Merritt recalled. “But he told us if he had to crawl on his hands and knees, he was going to see his grandson graduate.”

Moved by his story but recognizing that Pellegrino was too weak to walk across a field, let alone climb bleachers, Merritt knew the only option was to get him VIP seating. She called her husband, Lieutenant Colonel Paul Merritt, then commander of the Headquarters and Service Battalion at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot. He arranged to have Merritt seated in the VIP reviewing area.

“Not only was Mr. Pellegrino a World War II veteran, he was the recipient of a Purple Heart and Bronze Star,” Merritt said. “All he wanted to do was see his grandson graduate. I was going to do everything I could to make that happen. Once I knew I could get him in the VIP section, we went into overdrive.”

Pellegrino would need a pass to be released from the hospital for a few hours. After checking his condition, supervising physician Dr. Stacey Johnston agreed to the temporary furlough so long as Merritt, a critical care nurse, would accompany the ailing patient.

With the help of fellow nurses, Merritt prepared Pellegrino for the outing. They dressed him in scrubs, secured his foley catheter under his hospital gown and taped down the IV access in his arm.

Pat Cooke, the charge nurse on duty, helped get Pellegrino from his wheelchair into Merritt’s car. Merritt had just 15 minutes to make it to Parris Island in time for the start of the ceremony.

“I drove through the front gate, straight to the parade deck and made a big U-turn on Parris Island Avenue,” Merritt said. “It was like a scene from out of a movie.”

Her husband, who was waiting for them, helped him get out of the car and into a wheelchair.

“Dad was a Private First Class during World War II, so he saluted,” daughter-in-law Maggie Pellegrino said. “But Lt. Col. Merritt told him, ‘No sir, I should be saluting you’.”

After putting on his World War II Army hat and the American Legion jacket bearing his medals, Pellegrino was wheeled to the front row of the reviewing area where Parris Island’s top- ranking officers and dignitaries were seated. Merritt stood behind him holding an umbrella to shade him from the sun.

“The drill instructors came up after the ceremony to salute him and thank him for his service,” Merritt said. “Tears were rolling down his face.”

Pellegrino spoke with his grandson for a few minutes, posed for pictures and then was taken back to the hospital where he remained for two more days. Seven weeks after returning home, he passed away.

Hospital administrators surprised Merritt with the Daisy Award last week while she was on duty. Titled “A Healer’s Touch,” the trophy is a sculpture hand carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

“The Daisy Award is the crème de la crème,” Merritt said. “I feel guilty that I was given the award because it was really a group effort that got Mr. Pellegrino to the graduation.”

Merritt noted several other staff members, including fellow nurses Pat Cooke and Charlotte Johnson, as well as Critical Care Director Diane Razo and Nursing Assistant Cora Thompson, were among those who pitched in on Pellegrino’s behalf.

But in the end, it was Merritt who made it happen.

“You expect a nurse to be kind and compassionate, but what Kim did for my father-in-law was amazing,” Maggie Pellegrino said. “All he talked about after coming home was how he was treated like a king at Beaufort Memorial Hospital. He was so happy.”

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AN EVENING OF LOWCOUNTRY ART

November 4, 2010

LowCountry Habitat for Humanity ReStore proudly presents “An Evening ofLowcountry Art” featuring local artist Diane Britton Dunham on Friday November 5 from 5:30 to 7:30pm at the ReStore, located at 612 Parris Island Gateway (Hwy 280) in Beaufort.

The public is cordially invited to meet the artist whose award winning works celebrate the inspiring landscapes, common traditions and cultural heritage of the historic South Carolina LowCountry and coastal Louisiana parishes.

Born and educated in Ohio, Ms. Dunham spent many childhood years in coastal Louisiana and later moved to the LowCountry, where she has resided over half of her life.  She currently lives in Burton with her husband Phillip Griffin, a noted musician will perform at the event.

Among the works on display will be  “The Gullah Matriarch” (see attached)which will be auctioned with proceeds benefit LowCountry Habitat for Humanity and their local building program for families in need.

For further details, contact the ReStore at 525-0055 or Ms. Dunham’s website: www.dianesart.com.

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2011 Beaufort County Calendar On Sale Now

November 4, 2010

The 2011 Beaufort County Calendar, which promotes the County’s Rural and Critical Land Preservation Program, is available for sale at several local retail outlets, online and at some County offices.

The calendar features photos taken at twelve of the sixty sites acquired by the County for conservation and for use as public parks. During the County’s annual photo contest last summer, photographers were challenged with taking pictures at two of the twelve selected sites. Some sites were open to the public and others were not, but all offered many opportunities for outdoor beauty shots.

The calendar sells for $15 and is available at the Beaufort Book Store, Hilton Head Island and Beaufort Chambers of Commerce Visitor’s Centers, Coastal Discovery Museum,  Fordham’s Market,  221 Bay Street Antiques & Coffee, Spirit of Old Beaufort Gift Shop, Maye River Gallery in Bluffton, and soon at Barnes & Noble on Hilton Head Island.

The calendar may be purchased online at the Beaufort County website, www.bcgov.net – look for the button on the home page. It is also for sale at the County administration building, 100 Ribaut Road, at the first floor information window and at the County Treasurer’s Offices in Bluffton and on Hilton Head Island.

Profits from the $15 calendar will be used for furthering land preservation.

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Beaufort Jasper Higher Education Commission Purchases Beaufort Chamber Building for University

November 4, 2010

Tim Pearce, Chair of the Beaufort Jasper Higher Education Commission announced today that the Commission has purchased the Beaufort Chamber of Commerce headquarters on Bellamy Curve for the use of the University of South Carolina Beaufort.

The building will be used by the University for classroom space, offices and community meetings.  The classroom space will be used for university courses and for non-credit programs such as those offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. The purchase will give the University additional space to add individual art studio spaces for students—as it continues to develop the art programs on the Beaufort campus.

Jane Upshaw, USCB Chancellor, thanked the Commission for “pursuing the purchase of a highly visible property which will enhance the entire Historic Beaufort campus.  Their strategic vision for how the University can develop in conjunction with the local community is exceptional.”

Carlotta Ungaro, Beaufort Chamber President, was “very pleased that one of the Chamber’s best partners will occupy this highly visible property that welcomes visitors as they enter the downtown. The continued commitment of the University of South Carolina Beaufort to the development of downtown Beaufort is significant and encouraging.”

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Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony

November 4, 2010

The office of Beaufort County Veterans Affairs has scheduled the 2010 Veterans Day Ceremony for Thursday, November 11 at 11 a.m. at the Beaufort National Cemetery, 1601 Boundary Street.

The keynote speaker for this year’s ceremony will be Brigadier General Frederick M. Padilla, USMC, Commanding General, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island.

The ceremony will follow the Veterans Day Parade, which is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Robert Waldrop, Veteran, U. S. Army Air Corps, World War II POW and Purple Heart recipient was selected Parade Grand Marshall.

The parade will follow the traditional downtown parade route that begins on Rodgers Street parallel to the cemetery and goes down US 21 toward the Woods Memorial Bridge with a right turn onto Bay Street, another right at the Federal Courthouse and back toward the cemetery up Bladen Street. All marching units and other participants are asked to line up on Rodgers Street by 9 a.m.

The Parris Island Marine Corps Band will perform in the parade and during the ceremony.

A reception is scheduled immediately following the ceremony at the AMVETS Post #70, 1831 Ribaut Road, Port Royal.

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SCV Installs New Member

November 4, 2010

Jim Thomas, 1st Lt Commander gives oath to Andy Beall.
Secretary Michael Keyserling, Andy Beall, President Wayne Cousar, of the Gov. Paul Hamilton Chapter South Carolina Society SAR. (Photo by Gladys Cousar)

On Monday September 13th, Beaufort’s Gen. Richard H. Anderson Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans installed new member Andrew “Andy” Jonathan Beall.  Beall, pronounced Bell, and his wife Laura moved to the Beaufort area earlier this year after he retired as an executive for a Texas headquartered global industrial equipment manufacturer.  A native of North Carolina with maternal roots in Hampton, South Carolina, he is a descendant of Sgt. Andrew Jackson Beall of Co. B, 3rd Bn Georgia Infantry and 37th Regt. Georgia Infantry, Confederate States of America.  On Friday September 17th, following a quarterly luncheon meeting of the Gov. Paul Hamilton Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and presentation on Gen. Thomas Sumter by Compatriot member Bill Nettles, Beall was installed as the newest member of the local chapter and South Carolina Society SAR.  He is a descendant of Revolutionary War Patriot Capt. John Turner of South Carolina.

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Gavigan Homes to Hold Grand Opening for the Village at Battery Creek

November 4, 2010

The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce Visitor & Convention Bureau is

assisting Gavigan Homes with a Grand Opening /Ribbon Cutting on Saturday, November 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  in celebration of the Village at Battery Creek.

In conjunction with the Technical College of the Lowcountry, Gavigan Homes is partnering to build 40 Townhomes that are LEED certified.  Port Royal Mayor Samuel Murray and LEED for Homes provider Nancy St. Hilaire will be speaking at 2:00 p.m., followed by the ribbon cutting celebration.

The day will be filled with entertainment: Adventure Radio will be onsite in the morning and live bands in the afternoon, food and beverages will be provided, Battery Creek Boat Tours by Webster’s Marine will be available and kid’s activities, including a bounce house and miniature horses, will be onsite.

Gavigan Homes will also be offering purchase incentives and 90% financing at the event.  They will be giving away $1,000 per home sold to several local charities including the Independence Fund, Historic Beaufort Foundation, Heroes on Horseback and STEP. Visit the Gavigan Homes website at www.villiageofbatterycreek.com or call 843-524-7253 to make an appointment.

The Village at Battery Creek, a gated waterfront community, is located at 274 Battery Lane Dr, at the base of the Parris Island Bridge.

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The First Presbyterian Church of Beaufort to Celebrate its Scottish Heritage

Fifth Annual Kirkin’ O’ the Tartans Service to be held on November 7th

November 4, 2010

A Tartan is a cloth that is woven in a pattern and colors that denotes a Clan or family as in the Highlands of Scotland.  Clan meant far more than family or a tribe. The clan was the basic societal unit in the Highlands of Scotland, providing a governmental, social, religious, and economic system.  The harsh and hostile nature of the land itself contributed much to the creation and development of the clan.  Being a part of a clan could be the difference between survival and extinction.  Sometimes belonging to a clan was not so much kinship as geographic location.  If a family lived within the region of a clan, it would be of great benefit to establish a relationship.  Thus, some members of a clan had no direct blood line and lived within protection of the Chief.  These “septs,” or branches, represented surnames connected with the clan by marriage or appropriation, while others represented those families that formed military or economic alliances hundreds of years ago.  In the various clashes of clan with clan, the custom of carrying a banner or standard began as the identifying symbol, as each clan had a distinctive plaid.

The term “Kirkin’ O’ the Tartans” brings together a number of Scottish terms.  Kirk is the word for church and Tartan the name of the distinctive wool plaids of the Scottish clans.  This service is a churching, or blessing of the church family in the church.  There was a time when wearing of tartans was illegal when the English government was trying to break up strong ties within the clans.  In 1746, following the defeat of the Scots by the English at the Battle of Culloden, the Scots were forbidden to wear kilts or tartans representing Scottish heritage, bear firearms, or play a bagpipe, as bagpipes were considered by the English to be instruments of war.  Legend has it that a Scot would carry to church a piece of concealed tartan to be blessed.  The prohibition against tartans lasted for nearly fifty years.  When at last repealed, the Church of Scotland celebrated with a Service of Family Covenant, at which time the tartan of each family was offered a covenant for the Lord’s blessing.

Dr. Jim Simpson, a Scottish Minister, will lead the service, and music will be provided by the Chancel Choir and the Charleston Police Pipes and Drums.  Following the 11 AM service a parade of Tartans will leave the First Presbyterian Church and proceed down Craven Street and on to the corner of Charles Street and Bay Street then turning on Church Street and back to First Presbyterian Church.   The public is invited to wear Tartans, Kilts and other appropriate attire and join in the parade and gathering afterward.

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Sorority Hosts State Meeting

November 4, 2010

The Beaufort Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc hosted the Annual Fall State Meeting at the Marriott Hotel on Hilton Head Island on October 28 and 29.  The guest speaker for the Saturday luncheon was the Past National President, Gwendolyn Boyd.  More than 600 Deltas from throughout South Carolina participated in this meeting, which included workshops, a luncheon, and the presentation of a Public Service Project.

The State Meeting inspires Deltas to work hard in their chapters and emphasizes the importance of making a positive impact on society.  The recipient of the Public Service Project will be CODA.   Deltas throughout the state will be donating toiletries as well as money to the organization, which is dedicated to caring for victims of domestic abuse.

Delta Sigma Theta is a National Public Service Organization of women committed to Education and Economic Development.  The Sorority was founded in 1913 at Howard University in Washington, DC.  It is the second oldest Black Sorority in the United States.  Delta’s Public Service Program centers around its Five Point Programmatic Thrusts in the areas of Educational Development, Economic Development, Community and International Development, Housing and Urban Development, and Mental Health.  The Public Service Program provides an opportunity for women of diverse backgrounds to share common experiences and to work together effectively to meet community needs.

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Little Bits of Royal Chatter

by Peggy Chandler

November 4, 2010

The Garden Quilt, on the median at Royal Pines Blvd., looks wonderful. The mums and other fall plants are in full bloom- adding just the right color to the quilt.  The quilt garden is cared for by a few members of the Royal Pines Garden Club; these ladies deadhead, weed, and watered throughout the summer.  All of their hard work is appreciated by the community.  So if you have some time while walking the neighborhood be sure to take a moment to enjoy their efforts.  A sign will be added shortly- which will read “Dedicated To Our Founding Members of the Royal Pines Garden Club Est. 1990” The members of the club enjoy many projects; a few of their most recent ones have been to design flower arrangements in two of the historic homes on the FALL FESTIVAL OF HOUSES AND GARDENS and on September 27th a program for the Boys and Girls Club was led by Penny Russell who along with club members, helped the children design leaf prints.  The next garden club meeting will be held on November 11th with a program on Holiday Centerpieces by Maria Reber of Great Gardens Nursery.  The Royal Pines Garden Club recently added two new members to the club; they are Susan Hums and Debbie Mitchell. (Thank you to Nancy Steeves for providing the RPGC news)

The Royal Pines Bunco Babes played this week and finally Maryanne Bender won!  This has been an uphill struggle for Maryanne.  She has played for a few years and is now at last, a winner!

The Friends of Caroline Hospice Royal Pines Mailing Brigade completed their recent task and enjoyed every minute.  Volunteers were Frank and Carol Nocilla, Marianne Hamilton, Maryanne Bender, Pat Davidyock, Maura Baglione, Marisa and Bob Sherard, Ernie and Peggy Chandler, Sherrie Suback, Mary Cieplowski, Dick Steeves, Maritza Schmidt.  Nancy Steeves and Amy Stoeffler organized a fabulous pot luck lunch; but the biggest surprise was that Cathy Wilson arrived on time and…….in the morning!

If you have news to share, please contact me at buddysoma@embarqmail.com

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Rotary Club of the Lowcountry 14th Annual Oyster Roast

At 6:00 pm on 11/6/10, The Rotary Club of the Lowcountry will host the 14th annual oyster roast in the Port Royal Live Oaks Park behind Port Royal Elementary School. This year’s oyster roast will include local oysters, chili, hot dogs, beer, wine, live music and good company. The oyster roast will also include fun games, door prizes, and a variety of silent and live auction items such as an over-under shotgun, golf packages, vacation rentals, a scooter and art among a variety of other valuable auction items. Tickets for the event provide an exceptional value at $20 per person in advance ($25 at the gate) and children 10 and under are admitted for free.

In years past, as many as 500 people have attended the event as this oyster roast has a reputation of being one of the most enjoyable oyster roasts in the county. The Rotary Club of the Lowcountry will donate all proceeds for the event to local charities as well as other Rotary International projects such as the eradication of polio, literacy and clean drinking water. The Rotary Club of the Lowcountry president, Bill Evans, was quoted in saying, “The Rotary Club of the Lowcountry is very proud to be running the 14th Annual Family Oyster Roast. Each year this has grown with more and more participation from the community and greater support from our sponsors. This event is our biggest single fundraiser and its gives us the ability each year to support groups like CAPA, Hope haven, Boys and Girls Club, Friends of Caroline Hospice, CODA and many more. Additionally, we use funds from this event to recognize our New Teachers annually and this year we will be honoring both members of the military and some community heroes from Fire and Rescue and EMS. We hope to have our biggest crowd ever and raise even more money to support special activities in our community. Please come out on November 6th and have a great evening of oysters at a fabulous community event.”

The Rotary Club of the Lowcountry would like to thank the following sponsors:

Pearl Sponsor: Hargray, Oyster Cooker Sponsors: Kinghorn Insurance Agency of Beaufort, Amazing Rentals & Anonymous and Bushel Sponsors: In Memory of Melissa Perryman, Dupriest Construction, Low Coast Construction, REA Contractors, Corriveau State Farm, Ford & Crowley, CPA, Rick Chapman Concealed Weapons, The Beaufort Tribune, Jatin J. Patel, CPA, Mitchell Bros. Inc., Complete Air, LLC

Grab the family, oyster knives and come hungry as we celebrate the 14th Annual Rotary Club of the Lowcountry Oyster Roast to support our community. See you there!

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There’s No Such Thing As Natural Beauty

Steel Magnolias @ ARTworks

November 4, 2010

“There’s no such thing as natural beauty” is the slogan of Truvy’s homebased beauty parlor, but playwright Robert Harling most assuredly meant the opposite, with his cast of characters so admirable that they went from stage to blockbuster to the hearts of countless fans.

“There may be some risk, but that’s true for anyone…”

The story of Steel Magnolias hinges on the eternal question of when and how to have children, and the sad dilemna of when health and happiness are at odds: “I’d rather have thirty minutes of wonderful, than a lifetime of nothing special…”

“The cohesiveness and chemistry of the cast is so good, we’ve all teared up almost every night since auditions,” said Erika Pyle, stage manager. “The story portrays relationships and generations, and it shows how important friendship is through good and bad. I love that about this story, it’s true and simple and speaks to your gut. I know all the lines from the movie, and these actors are doing a really good job.”

“If you don’t have anything nice to say…”

“I’ve been dreaming about having a role in this play since I saw it off-Broadway a  few years before the movie came out,” said castmember Maggy Norden. “And now, I got all the good lines, in the role of Clairee— I was born to play this part, I’ve been quoting her for twenty years.” Maggy brought a tray of pecan tassies to share during rehearsal, “Clairee likes to cook,” she explained.

“There’s so much static electricity in here that I can pick up anything but…”

Keeping with the theme of beauty, Hope Cribb and Brittany Melvin from Bangs Salon provide hair consultancy, assisted by Debbie Anderson. “One of my clients was talking about the production,” said Hope. “They needed some help, and I thought it would be neat and fun and different. I love the movie, and Julia Roberts. The castmembers are going to come over to the salon, and we’re going to play with some styles. There will be some big hair, lots of curls and teasing and hairspray.”

The lucky castmembers are: Simone Griffeth as Truvy; Shawn Sploatt as Annelle; Gail Westerfield is motherly M’Lynn; Christine Smith is Shelby; and Anne Errington is Ouiser. Jason Lake designed a cunning set, and  JW Rone directs.

One of the beauties of this production by Palmetto Theater Experiment is that tickets on Thursdays, November 11 & 18 are “pay what you can.” All other nights and matinees are an agreeable $15 per person, and $10 each for students and for groups of ten or more. November 11 – 13th at 8pm; November 14th at 3pm; November 18 – 20th at 8pm; November 21st at 3pm.

Tickets are on sale now at ArtWorksInBeaufort.org and 379-2787, and at ARTworks, where the black box theater was renovated just in time for Truvy and friends. ARTworks is the home of the Arts Council of Beaufort, Port Royal and the Sea Islands, which applies the many creative tools of The Arts to strengthen artists and to enrich audiences, collectors, and visitors through high quality arts experiences and arts education programs 365 days a year.

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Barbara McGuire brings her talents to Carolina Stamper.

November 4, 2010

Barbara McGuire is an author, designer and artist whose diverse talents reflect a strong influence of traditional design incorporating innovative materials. She has written ten books on art instruction, developed canes, templates, stamps, and molds. Barbara is best known for her fabulous work with polymer clay. Barbara has appeared over 25 times on the popular Carol Duvall show. Barbara lives in Buford, Georgia and teaches throughout the country at shows, stores and in her home studio. Barbara will be at the Carolina Stamper, 203 Carteret St., Beaufort, SC on Nov. 5th & 6th. For information on Barbara’s upcoming visit please call the Carolina Stamper at (843) 522-9966.

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DOORS OF HISTORICAL ASHDALE HAIL OPEN FOR HOLIDAY TOUR

By Elizabeth Dardes

November 4, 2010

Signature designers add panache to Beaufort’s historically-laced Ashdale

along the Morgan River on Lady’s Island. Seven feature homes will be

open for public view during Beaufort’s 9th Annual Homes for the Holiday’s Gala and

Tour, Friday, November 19 through Sunday, November 21. The Gala and walking

tour benefit St. Peter Catholic School Educational Endowment Fund, which grants

scholarship assistance to families who desire a faith-based education for their

children, but need support to do so. Scholarships were granted in 2005, and have

continued since then. The tour weekend is an exuberant collaboration of community

volunteers, generous and talented designers, and the most gracious of homeowners,

all contributing to quality, faith-based education.

An elegant Gala and auction party ignites the event Friday evening with the ever

popular “Headliners” in St. Peter Walsh Palmetto Room. Dancing, silent auction,

butler-passed hors d’oeuvres, open bar and lounge highlight the night. Tickets for

Friday’s Gala are $75 per person, with doors opening at 7 pm.

Local interior designers, florists, and garden design experts will lend

seasonal punch to select homes in this gracious, time-honored neighborhood.

The former McKee Plantation and birthplace of Lydia Smalls, mother to

Robert Smalls, Ashdale holds a prominent place in Beaufort’s past. Robert Smalls is

perhaps the most influential black man in South Carolina history. Serving as

Legislator and Congressman, he was instrumental in finalizing the state’s

legislation.  As Lydia’s only child, Smalls spent his youth in downtown Beaufort and

in Ashdale.  Developed in the 1970’s as a riverfront community, homes along the

river cater to views that only a boater could imagine.  Ashdale continues to

maintain its traditional, family-centered way of life, despite growth and a number of

homes being new or newly-renovated.   “The overall effect here is one of warmth and

tranquility,” states Elizabeth Dardes, co-chairperson for the tour with Ashdale

homeowner Mary Cunningham.  “It’s a quiet, mid-century era neighborhood with

spacious homesites shadowed by age-old oaks and crowned by a bank of the Morgan

River.”

For the past eight years, the doors of homeowners in distinguished

settings throughout Beaufort have opened and the area’s top designers have

displayed the most up-to-date techniques in interior and garden design.

Designers sit at the helm of the tour this year, with natural materials, big-city

looks, and the latest in “green” trends all present.  Although their talents and

innovative ideas are poignant for each  tour, designers this year are encouraged by

the Homes for the Holidays committee to use their unique and often art-infused

merchandise for on-site purchasing.  The tour taps into the many chic and

upscale shops, artists, and lively points of interest that amass this little spot of the

Lowcounty.   A few designers are incorporating the historical aspect of the tour in

their designated home, but most are just bestowing their talents. An added treat will

be live entertainment and homemade sweets functioning as a nice reprieve along the

tour.

Plan for a sparkling night of live music and dancing by “The Headliners,“ dinner,

auction, and fun and a weekend of seasonal design finds in Beaufort’s historically-

laced Ashdale.

Tour days are Saturday, November 20 from 11am to 3pm and Sunday,

November 21 from noon to 3pm.  Tickets for the tour are $25 if purchased in

advance and $30 the day of the tour.  Tickets for the gala and auction are $75 per

person.  Tickets may be purchased by mail by calling (843) 522-6510 from October

15 – November 12.  Visa and MasterCard are accepted.  Tickets may be purchased in

Beaufort at Bay Street Trading Company, The Chocolate Tree, and Tideland Realty.

For the week of November 13 – 18 tickets will be sold at the Vineyard Store on the

St. Peter campus.  On Saturday and Sunday of the tour, tickets may be purchased at

the tour’s parking site, which is Beaufort Academy on Sam’s Point Road.

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Beaufort Youth Orchestra and LowCountry Children’s Chorus Concert on Fripp Island

November 4, 2010

Fripp Island Friends of Music presents the talent of up and coming musicians in a fall concert at 5 pm at the Fripp Island Community Center. On Sunday, November 11. Adults are $20 per person, and students are $10use with photo. All attendees receive an entry pass at the Fripp Gate and are invited to join the artists at a catered reception following the performance. For more information, call 843-838-6655.

For more information, contact Amy Kaylor at 843-525-8524 oramy@beaufortsc.org.

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Awesome New App: Beaufort SC 365

By Lisa Anne Rentz

October 28, 2010

History, diversity, nature, and beauty— Beaufort SC has a lot of assets, and the new Beaufort SC 365 app brings them all together, into one little handheld device, for visitors and residents alike. This new app is a complete travel guide for iPhones, iPods, and iPads. It’s available in ITunes for $1.99, which equals great convenience for relocating military families, transplanting seniors, and for potential tourists around the world daydreaming about their next vacation. The Beaufort SC 365 app helps people better navigate the back roads, festivals, and historic sites of this wonderful destination.

The app emphasizes the year-round quality of life, from Yemassee to Port Royal to downtown Beaufort to Fripp Island. The ‘Good to Know’ section gives context to the tidal rivers, the Gullah people, Spanish Moss, oysters, and other Lowcountry intricacies. The 60 entries mapped in the downtown historic district amount to a great day or two or three of relishing this small but not sleepy town. The arts entries are comprehensive and cross-referenced, and the 870 photos are dramatic and fun: shrimp burgers hot out of the fryer, views from the light house and the tower at the Sands, the black box theater at ARTworks, Amber von Harten holding a fresh catch, and the cover bears an expressive crow painted by Benton Lutz in Beaufort’s fine outsider tradition.

In the current version of the app, these 126 entries and 870 photos are organized by map and category: African-American; Eat & Rest; Festivals & Active Fun; Good to Know; History; Military; Nature/Photo Ops; Neighborhood Walks; Performances & the Arts; Shopping & Collecting. Links in each entry connect the user to more.

“This app is really a guide to the characters around here, the authentic, laid-back, positive characters that make walking down Bay Street, or going to a gallery opening, so much fun,” explained Lisa Rentz, the creator of the app. She partnered with Sutro Media in San Francisco to make it all happen. “I’m already working on the update, so I look forward to hearing what visitors and the Beaufort community think, and suggestions about who and what should be added.” People can see how the app works on two websites: http://sutromedia.com/apps/Beaufort_SC_365 for a catalog-style listing, and there’s a slideshow of screen shots here: http://bit.ly/BeaufortSC365screenshots

Special emphasis was placed on local businesses and local people: artwork by Natalie Daise conveys the scope of St. Helena Island, the Beaufort Photography Club’s guide is highlighted in the Arsenal/Visitor Center entry, Moon Longo gave a tour of his amazing and immaculate cottage in the North West Quadrant for a photo essay. “I created this app because Beaufort has to get better connected, tech-wise,” said Rentz. “I spent two months compiling and photographing all this info, which was actually great fun. As I talked with innkeepers and artists and tour guides and chefs, I was really impressed with how much they have to share with visitors and residents, and by how hard they work. These people, in their shops and cafes and galleries and B&Bs, really motivated me– the app’s slogan is ‘historic, eco-magical, and victorious’ for them.”

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The Conversation

Hosted by Carrie Freeman; founder of thewellnessschool.com

October 28, 2010

Ever wonder why people pass out candy at Halloween? Lets go back about 2,000 years….

The Celtic people and even the Eygptians and Chinese all practiced the celebration of summer’s end.  It was very common for even young children to work in the fields and as a reward they were given sweet bread and other treats during this time.

Later, around 1840, when the Irish came to America, they brought some Halloween  traditions with them. The idea that “All Hallows Eve” be celebrated in the new country was an Irish tradition and the treats and costumes continued as a practice in the United States.

Legend has it that the poor would go “souling” or visiting homes to pray for the dead and in return they would be given food. Another tale spins that residents would leave their best food on their doorsteps to settle any “wandering spirits” in hopes that the spirits would leave the resident alone.

Early on tricks began being played by  Halloween participants. Its believed that the pranksters were probably quite a bit older than the spiderman or princess you may see coming to your door this Halloween. Yet another legend state that grand meals and delicious treats were left outside of the home to bribe or encourage the prankster to take the treat and forget the trick.

In the late 1970’s and 1980’s, it was the parents who got the scare when tainted candy began showing up. Because of education and awareness the celebration has taken on a much safer and even healthier face than in its earlier years.

Now little munchkins all over the United States sport their favorite characters once a year in hopes of bringing home a bag full of candy. Most parents accompany their children to neighborhoods they know, local churches offer “Trunk or Treat” and some people opt out of the trick or treat business all together and stick with fall festivals.

However you celebrate the end of summer and beginning of fall, here are a few tips to remember:

  1. Watch out for nut allergies. A lot of candy contains nuts or peanutbutter. If you have a very young child you may not even be aware of the allergy. If your child has a severe nut allergy you will want to make sure that other children are not eating nut containing candy around him or her.
  2. Keep pets away from halloween candy. Chocolate is toxic to dogs. Most children are not aware of this and may think its really cute or funny to give Fido a bite of Hershey bar. Make sure the dog is put away when everyone is sorting out their stash.
  3. Watch for choking hazards. Avoid giving the popular “dum dum” sucker to children under three years old. The sucker sticks gets soft, realeasing the marble shaped sucker allowing for the perfect choking opportunity. The same things goes for the sour balls and any other hard candy.
  4. Check expiration date on chocolate. If chocolate has a powdery look, called “bloom” or is very crumbly when it shouldn’t be, it is probably expired and needs to be thrown out. Expired chocolate can carry microbes that may make you sick.
  5. To  keep your child from getting a sugar rush (hyperactivity) that is almost always followed by a low (irritability or sluggishness) limit to a few pieces of candy a day. And give it to them after they have eaten something healthy as opposed to on an empty stomach. Try allowing the candy with a healthy snack instead of “as the snack”.  Apples slices with a small candybar or a few gummies is better than the candy alone.

What to do with all that leftover candy???

There are a few fun things you can do with Halloween candy!

Consider making treatbags for the holiday and let your child put some of the candy in each bag. Your child may also want to put one piece of candy on each holiday gift they wrap this year. Another great idea is to let your child paint a glass container, fill it with candy, and give it as a gift to teachers or grandparents.

Last but not least, have fun and be safe! Enjoy your night with your little one, carry a flashlight or glowstick, and use common sense with candy and other treats.

Parent Tip: This is a perfect time to buy a new character type toothbrush for your child!

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Lowes Hosts the Kobalt Rig Event

October 28, 2010

Joe Whalen, employee of Lowes and motorcycle enthusiast, enjoys the beauty of the Kobalt sponsored chopper at the Kobalt Mobile Rig Event at Lowes in Beaufort.

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Prospective students, community members invited to tour “Hospital TCL” during open house

October 28, 2010

TCL health sciences students adjust the oxygen administration on “Sim-Man.” This life-like manikin, housed in TCL’s on-campus laboratory, simulates medical conditions ranging from allergic reactions to heart attacks, helping nursing students learn through real-life scenarios. [High-resolution photo available upon request.

The Technical College of the Lowcountry Health Sciences Division will hold an open house from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., Saturday, October 30 in building 4 of the TCL Beaufort Campus, 921 Ribaut Road.

 

Prospective students as well as community members are invited to tour TCL’s health education labs and see current students in action as they demonstrate the latest health care techniques using TCL’s onsite, state-of-the-art simulation equipment.

“The ‘Hospital TCL’ demonstration provides a unique opportunity for an inside look at how our students are learning and allows prospective students to explore various health care fields first hand,” said Marge Sapp, dean of TCL’s health sciences programs.

TCL faculty and staff will be available to answer questions about enrolling in TCL’s health sciences programs that include massage therapy, nursing, physical therapist assistant, radiologic technology and surgical technology. TCL is currently accepting applications through April 1, 2011, for fall 2011 entry into its health sciences programs.

Federal and state financial aid options are available through the TCL financial aid office. Additionally, most South Carolina residents automatically qualify for S.C. Lottery Tuition Assistance, which is not based on need or income and can pay more than half of TCL tuition. In-state tuition is offered to residents of Chatham and Effingham Counties in Georgia as well as to military members and their spouses who are stationed in Beaufort.

Call 843.525.8267 for more information, or visit www.tcl.edu/health to learn more.

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School Bus Driver Aims for Gospel Music Stardom

By Theresa White

October 28, 2010

For most of the past 20 years, St. Helena Island native Alvina “Sue” Cleveland Gadson has gotten up with the chickens to begin her school bus routes delivering students to Beaufort County schools.

But during her days off, Gadson, the mother of six and the Immediate Past President of the PTO at St. Helena Elementary School, is pursuing a much loftier goal: Winning a chance to become America’s next Gospel music recording sensation.

“It’s all for the glory of God. This is the gift that God gave to me. And I want to use it to give back to my community,” says Gadson, who’ll be among the numerous contestants competing in the next round of Crazy Praise Live on Saturday, Oct. 23 in Savannah.

NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT

Crazy Praise Live is a highly-publicized, talent showcase competition similar to the popular weekly Black Entertainment Network broadcast known as Sunday Best. It was founded by World Gospel, Inc. of Orlando, Florida, which is headed by David Michaels Entertainment. Co-sponsors include Chick-fil-A; Sign-A-Rama; David’s Pools, Inc.; and Flambeaux Seafood and Steaks.

And the national talent search, which has held competitions from Portland and Houston to Buffalo and nearby Savannah, has been featured in prestigious national gospel music media outlets including the Yolanda Adams Morning Show; The Spirit Magazine; Gospel Now Magazine; and on GospelTodayonline.com, America’s leading Gospel lifestyle network. More than a dozen audition tapes can be viewed on YouTube and Facebook.

Crazy Praise Live audition competitions are open to singers and choirs rappers, poets, bands, musicians, dancers, and comedians. Contestants will be judged on their performances, crowd participation, and stage presence, according to the talent show’s website, CrazyPraiseLive.com. And audience participation weighs heavily upon the final decision made by the panel of judges.

“I’m so excited,” commented Gadson, 43, whose enchanting soprano/alto voice captured her a slot for the next round of Crazy Praise Live competition during auditions held at the Savannah Civic Center on Sept. 18. “I’m just rehearsing, getting ready . . . and praying while I’m trying to stay focused.”

MOVING UP THE LADDER

The winner of the upcoming Savannah Crazy Praise Live competition, which will be held at Savannah State University’s King Frazier Student Union Building at 3 p.m., will advance to the Grand Prize competition at the 2011 PowerFest Orlando. Gadson plans to give it her best shot–while continuing to work for Durham School Services.

In addition to taking home $10,000, the Grand Prize winner will earn an all expense paid ticket to perform on BET’s Bobby Jones Gospel Show; film a pilot of an upcoming reality show being created by David Michaels Entertainment; and the opportunity to perform as the opening act for a major recording artist, which is to be announced by Tyscot Records.

COMMUNITY SUPPORT NEEDED

Gadson is selling $20 tickets to Crazy Praise Live to boost the number of her enthusiastic supporters in the audience.

“I need the support of my community to help me out,” observed Gadson, who grew up singing in the choir at St. Helena Island’s Adams Street Baptist Church and graduated from Beaufort High School in 1985. “This is a stepping stone. I’m very actively seeking a recording contract.”

Providing the music for Gadson’s performance at SSU will be the band from the Family Worship Center, where Pastor Jeannette Harley is the spiritual leader.

Chief among the cheerleaders that Gadson can definitely depend upon is her tight-knit family. She’s the youngest of 14 children.

Gadson’s older sister, well-known community activist and businesswoman Pam Cleveland Coaxum, managed Gadson and their sister Georgetta Middleton, when they performed together as The Cleveland Sisters for about 15 years.

“We’re planning to take a 15-16 passenger van to Savannah,” says Coaxum, a Citizens Police Academy graduate best known for child advocacy and mentorship through organizations such as Concerned Citizens for Justice.

The Cleveland Sisters have performed at Adams Street Baptist Church; historic Penn Center’s Heritage Days; the Lands End Woodland River Festival; the Atlanta Gospel Showcase in 2003; and before the S.C. House of Representatives in 2005 at the invitation of former House District 124 Rep. Catherine Ceips.

And in 2002, the Cleveland Sisters recorded their first CD in Memphis, which included the songs “Sweet Jesus,” “I Want to Go Back With Jesus” and “Hold On”, according to Gadson, who’s also a former Financial Analyst. They counted among their many fans Ceips, author Harry Turner, and former original Drifters songbird Billy Pinckney.

The Cleveland family holds a special place in St. Helena Island history: Their ancestors were among the 47 Gullah men who banded together in 1920 to buy the 328-acres of land that laid the foundation for the Lands End Woodland, Inc.,  which holds a beloved, annual Labor Day weekend River Festival featuring relaxation at one of the few beaches still owned from African-Americans. That organization is now the oldest registered landowners association owned by Blacks in South Carolina.

TICKET INFO

For ticket information contact Alvina Cleveland Gadson at 843-252-4770, or alvinagadson@yahoo.com.

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Despite recession, Beaufort shows strong financial strength with reorganizations

October 28, 2010

Facing less money to do more work, Beaufort’s government responded with innovative ways to improve and increase services while decreasing operating costs by $750,000.

Due to its out of the box approaches, the City was also able to pay down substantial debt, complete a major storm water project without taking on new debt, and end the fiscal year in better financial shape than at the beginning of the year.

In his summary of the 2009-2010 Beaufort finances prepared for the Beaufort City Council, Mack Cook, the city’s finance director, saluted City Council and staff efforts to bring better service to residents with little extra funding.

“The City’s financial position continues to improve, which is nothing short of amazing considering the national recession,” Cook said.

“The City reduced its debt by $2.2 million, including retiring several years early $675,000 in outstanding loans, which saves taxpayers a lot of debt service payments in future years,” he said. “We are doing more with less, and we continue to work toward our goal of exceptional service.”

Among the encouraging signs: Building permits are up in 2010 compared to 2009, due in large part to better enforcement of permits for renovation work. Business license fees are stable – which is better than seeing them decrease, City Manager Scott Dadson noted.

Total “governmental and business-type expenses” decreased $973,664, according to Cook’s report. Government expenses decreased $502,561 due to decreased personnel costs.

Expenses associated with business-type activities (Solid Waste) decreased $438,488 after the privatization of the City Solid Waste and Recycling operations, Cook said.

Much of what the City has been able to accomplish this past year started with the outsourcing of the residential solid waste and recycling to Waste Pro, he said. For Fiscal Year 2010, which ended June 30, the City’s Solid Waste operation netted $103,000 in positive cash flow.

That improvement comes even after the Solid Waste Fund repaid $178,000 in outstanding equipment loans and $55,000 in advances from the General fund.   This compares to a loss in FY 2009 from Solid Waste operations of $77,000, Cook said.

“Improving the Solid Waste fund position let the City redirect money to enhance the appearance of our neighborhood, sidewalks, curbs and streets while building a reserve for the replacement of the roll carts and recycling bins,” Cook said.

Expanded services – made possible partly by outsourcing work to the private sector — include those increased efforts to clean up the city and to maintain parks and open space. Also, the City brought in outside experts to review police and fire department practices.

Over the past year, City staff, residents and volunteers collected more than 350 tons of debris from across the City, creating a more attractive community while also improving fire safety by removing all that flammable material, Dadson said.

The clean-up was possible through the dedication of several Neighborhood Associations, residents and volunteers, City staff and the efforts of Waste Pro, the company that provides garbage, trash and recycling collection.

Pro-active, prevention-based efforts by the Beaufort Fire Department and Beaufort Police Department earned “best practice” kudos from a recent comprehensive study conducted in 2009-2010 by the International City/County Management Association for Beaufort.

Earlier this month, Beaufort Fire Chief Sammy Negron and Dadson shared plans to add to the fleet smaller, more versatile, maneuverable and efficient vehicles. The smaller trucks will bring firefighting capabilities but also will better serve the 66 percent of fire calls that actually involve medical emergencies and not fires, Dadson said.

Comprehensive, prevention-based efforts by the Beaufort police and fire departments help save lives and reduce loss of property, ICMA experts said. The reports addressed strengths of both departments as well as areas where improvement is needed.

“We brought ICMA and their experts in to take a close look at the services we provide in public safety, and to help us identify how we can make an already good thing better,” Dadson said. “The reports indicate we’ve made good progress but still have room to improve, and we now have a new roadmap for that improvement.”

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Fripp For A Cure A Success

October 28, 2010

The FRIPP FOR A CURE Fundraiser recently presented the Keyserling Cancer Center with a check for $48,000.

Bev Fineis and Chris Assaf (FFAC Co Chairs) present the check to Alice Moss (BMH FOUNDATION) & Rick Toomey (President, BMH).

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Lowcountry Store to host the 3rd Annual Lowcountry Art Festival at Frogmore

October 28, 2010

Lowcountry Store, located at 736 Sea Island Parkway in St. Helena Island, S.C., is hosting the 3rd Annual Lowcountry Arts Festival at the Lowcountry Store from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturday, November 6th 2010.

Many of the Lowcountry’s finest Artisans will be on site with their Art, Photography, Woodwork, Sculptures, Fine Crafts, Quilting, Pottery, Basket Weaving, Stained Glass, Jewelry, Local Foods and other Fine Arts.  The 2009 Festival featured 27 of the Lowcountry’s finest artisans and this year’s program will feature many returnees and some talented newcomers.

Our past Festivals have been exceptionally well attended.  It is a unique opportunity to meet and talk to the artists, craftsmen, growers and producers and view demonstrations as well as discuss and purchase unique works of art from the Artisan personally.  Many artists our able to customize pieces and we have found that those attending get a first-hand look at the remarkable abilities of these artists from the Lowcountry and an interesting perspective of the features of the Lowcountry of South Carolina.

For more information, contact Ed Jerue at 843-838-4646 or email ed@lowcountrystore.com.

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Beaufort VCB Awarded Grant from South Carolina PRT

October 28, 2010

The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce Visitor & Convention Bureau (VCB) was awarded an $110,640 Tourism Partnership Fund (TPF) grant from the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism.  The TPF program is a competitive, matching-grant program that

requires a 1-to-1 funding match by the VCB, which means the VCB will be implementing a $220,000 marketing plan – all of which must be spent solely on promotion and advertising for the Beaufort, Port Royal and Sea Islands region.  Grants were awarded to a select 22 organizations throughout South Carolina which scored a 92 or better and the grant award for the VCB represents 10% of the total $1.1 million funded throughout the entire state by SCPRT.  The matching funds come from revenue generating marketing programs and funding the VCB receives as the Designated Marketing Organization (DMO) for Northern Beaufort County.

VCB Executive Director Bob Moquin stated, “We are thrilled to have received this award from our partner, SCPRT and will utilize the funds to leverage our marketing campaign in October and will also be planning a campaign for the spring of 2011.”

“We would like to thank SCPRT for the opportunity to partner with them to promote and market tourism which is South Carolina’s number one industry.  SCPRT deserves credit for recognizing that even in these difficult economic times, it is vital that tourism promotion and advertising receive the proper funding, which contributes over $9 billion in travel spending to the state and $1 billion to Beaufort County,” stated VCB Chairman Director Randall Burch, “Without these funds, our state and local accommodations and hospitality tax collections paid by visitors would decrease, which would

ultimately result in increased property taxes for residents.”  He added, “Bob Moquin’s 13-year experience in working with SCPRT will help us to strategically align the Beaufort area as a must-see destination within the state.”

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Luau a Success

October 28, 2010

On September 25, 2010…The Xi Gamma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., in conjunction with Celadon hosted a Farewell to Summer Luau.  The funds raised went to support the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.  There was dancing, food and fun to be had by all who attended.  There are already plans being made for next year’s event to make it bigger and better than this year.  The event was catered by Big Joe’s BarBQue.

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BAA’s Beaufort Memorial Hospital Show Benefits Community

October 28, 2010

Chris Kirk – Are You Looking at Me

The 20th Annual Beaufort Art Association – Beaufort Memorial Hospital Foundation Benefit and Sale is now underway. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend. Art is displayed in the Beaufort Memorial Hospital hallways adjacent to the registration lobby, around the corner from the main entrance reception desk. The exhibit will run through Sunday, December 12, 2010.

The BMH Foundation has been the fundraising arm of the hospital for the past 21 years and has been successful in raising vital funds needed for quality healthcare for the community. The BAA’s collaboration with the BMH Foundation raises funds for one of the Foundation’s continuing projects, the Betty Mazarin Pharmaceutical Assistance Fund. The Beaufort Art Association receives no revenue from the exhibit. Participating artists agree to donate a minimum of 40 to 100 percent of each sale. The proceeds help to provide prescription medications to patients who are unable to pay for their medications when they are released from the hospital.

The Beaufort Art Association is a local, non-profit organization fostering local art talent and art education. In existence over 30 years, the BAA members display in their local gallery at the Elliot House on the corner of Bay and Charles Streets, and at office and business locations throughout Northern Beaufort County. New Gallery shows highlighting local featured artists open every six weeks.  Workshops, classes, and demonstrations are also offered throughout the year.

This BAA-BMH Foundation show features over 60 artists and over 110 pieces of original paintings and photographs from the Beaufort Art Association members. As each original work of art is sold, the artists will replace them with new works until the show ends. Through the years the BAA artists have contributed more than $27,000 to the fund.

The exhibit may be viewed daily during the hospital’s regular visiting hours. For further information or to contribute to the Betty Mazarin Pharmaceutical Assistance Fund, call 522-5774 or visit bmhsc.org. The Beaufort Art Association can be reached by calling 379-2222 or visiting beaufortartassociation.com.

Gay Torrey – Symbol #2
Mac Rogers – Northbound Sailboat
Mary Howe – Sea Oats
Mary Jane Martin – Night on the Marsh
Pat Kelly – Along the Garden Path

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Relay For Life Kick-Off GALA to be held

October 28, 2010

The American Cancer Society’s 2011 Relay For Life of Beaufort Kick-off Celebration will be held on Saturday, October 30, 2010 from 1-5 pm at the Club House at Coosaw Point on Lady’s Island. The entire community is invited to come out and celebrate the start of our 2011 Relay season.

Relay For Life is a unique fundraising event that allows participants from all walks of life — including patients, medical support staff, corporations, civic organizations, churches and community volunteers — to join together to fight cancer. Relay For Life reminds us that progress has been made in the fight against cancer and that everyone who participates is making a difference. Relay For Life also offers a unique way to celebrate and honor cancer survivors and caregivers.

The 2011 event, which is being led by Joe and Linda Arp, will be held on Friday, April 29, 2011 at Beaufort Middle School. If you would like to help by serving on the committee, forming a fundraising team or being a corporate sponsor, please give Joe Arp, 2011 Event Co-chairman, a call at (843) 476-7400. You may also register as a team by logging on to our event website at http://www.relayforlife.org/beaufortsc.

Please join us for music, food, fun and door prizes and help us get our Relay For Life campaign underway. To RSVP for the kick-off, send an email to lowcountry4life@gmail.com or call 476-7400.

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy and service. For cancer information, call 1-800-ACS 2345 or visit http://www.cancer.org.

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Beaufort Singers Perform at Jazz Festival Honoring “Dizzy”

October 28, 2010

“Hello, my name is Dizzy Gillespie, and I’m from Cheraw, South Carolina.” These words became the opening line of jazz great Dizzy Gillespie as he traveled around the world entertaining audiences with his innovative music.  The town of Cheraw has now for 5 years produced a jazz festival in Dizzy’s honor, called the South Carolina Jazz Festival.  Known for their accomplished choral achievements, from classical to jazz, The Beaufort High School Voices performed 3 times at this year’s festival last weekend.

Dizzy Gillespie was one of the creators of a whole genre of jazz, called BeBop.  This music emerged in the 1940’s, out of the swing tunes of the time.  “Dizzy’s music has been a challenge for our singers to learn, but they have been up to the task,” says Voices Director Vic Varner.  “With fast tempos and intricate melodies, this music can seem racing, nervous, and even fragmented.  But it is exciting and beautiful, as well as an important phase in the evolution of the art of jazz.”

The Gillespie compositions Varner has arranged for his singers to perform at the festival include “Salt Peanuts,” “A Night in Tunisia,” and “He Beeped When He Should Have Bopped.”

An ensemble from the Voices performed this past February at the New York Jazz Festival at Lincoln Center.

The Voices Winter Concert will be performed December 1 and 2 at The Arts Center at Beaufort High School.  For information contact BHSVoices@ gmail.com or call 322-2173.

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Dave Roever – To Hell and Back

October 28, 2010

It’s been said, “War is hell.” If so, Dave Roever has been to hell and back.

Roever grew up in a loving, committed family in South Texas. The last thing on his mind was going to war. At the height of the Vietnam War, he received his draft notice. Having no desire to serve in the infantry, he joined the Navy and served as a river boat gunner in the elite Brown Water Black Beret in Vietnam.

Eight months into his tour of duty in Vietnam, Dave was burned beyond recognition when a phosphorous grenade he was poised to throw exploded in his hand. The ordeal left him hospitalized for fourteen months, where he underwent numerous major surgeries. His survival and life are miraculous.

Today, with his humorous style, Dave Roever is enthusiastically received both nationally and internationally as a public speaker. He is a gifted communicator and speaks in a variety of settings including public schools, military installations, business, men’ s and youth conventions, etc. Dave is a frequent guest on national television talk shows. He established compassionate, ongoing missions work in Vietnam and is involved in other nations.

In every setting, Dave’s message is one of hope. Using his life as an example, he addresses issues relevant to his audience and presents concrete solutions to life’ s problems. Often drawing upon his war experiences of loneliness, peer pressure, disfigurement and pain, as well as life’ s triumphs, Dave weaves a message of courage, commitment and survival that touches and transforms those who hear him. The foundation of his hope is his faith, supported by the wholesome relationships with his parents, wife, children and grandchildren.

Thirty-four years after his injuries, the Department of the Navy corrected its oversight by awarding Dave his Purple Heart, along with several other service medals. Because of his war-time experience of service, injury and recovery, he is uniquely qualified to speak to the needs of military personnel. He is called upon regularly to address troops on domestic military bases as well as those deployed in Iraq and other locations around the globe.

In May 2005, Dave was awarded an honorary doctor degree in recognition of his remarkable life and service.

Dave Roever is founder, chairman, and president of two non-profit corporations: Roever and Associates, and Roever Educational Assistance Programs (REAP) based in Fort Worth, Texas. Dave and his wife Brenda are co-founders of Eagles Summit Ranch (ESR) near Westcliffe, Colorado, where the couple will train wounded warriors, others from the U. S. military and talented young leaders in areas of specific focus such as public speaking, and marital and emotional recovery after devastating injury, helping them to fulfill their destinies.

Recently, Dave gave the closing message and prayer in Washington DC at the Restoring Honor Rally with hosts Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin.

Dave and Brenda are the parents of two adult children, Matt Roever and Kim Chapin, and grandparents of four grandchildren.

Friday, October 29 at 6:30 p.m. Dave Roever will be the featured speaker at Community Bible Church of Beaufort’s annual Men’s Wildlife Supper.  The evening features venison, wild pig, turkey and shrimp along with side dishes and dessert.

The event is open to men who are seeking a deeper relationship with God.  Pre-registration is requested and is available online at cbcofbeaufort.org or by calling (843) 525-0089.


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Ashley Cooper visits with Beaufort area volunteers

October 21, 2010

Ashley Cooper and Sister Mary Trzasko on her birthday

Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor Ashley Cooper was the special guest for a volunteer appreciation event at the Beaufort County Democratic Party headquarters on Boundary Street last week. The Charleston native – and the only Lowcountry resident currently a candidate for statewide office – spent some time discussing the race and thanking volunteers like Beaufort resident Don Hodsdon, pictured here with Cooper. The event coincided with BCDP Canvass/Voter Registration Manager Sr. Mary Trzasko’s birthday so Cooper had the opportunity to join in that celebration.

“We currently have more over 130 volunteers in northern Beaufort County and another 90 in southern Beaufort County, knocking on doors and making over 1000 calls a day,” said Beth Young, Democratic Party regional field organizer for Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton County (pictured here with Cooper). “We’re energized and ready to get out the vote for outstanding candidates like Ashley Cooper.”

A graduate of Clemson University and the University of South Carolina School of Law, Cooper served as Legislative Director and Counsel to former Sen. Fritz Hollings and is an attorney specializing in energy issues. Cooper been endorsed by the Conservation Voters of South Carolina and the SC Education Association and will face Republican Florence County Councilman Ken Ard in the Nov. 2 general election.

For more information on Cooper, go to www.cooperforsc.com. To volunteer, call Young at 843.379.3547 or stop by the BCDP office at 1812 Boundary Street.

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Coastal Conservation Association hosting banquet October 23rd

October 21, 2010

The Beaufort chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association hosts its annual banquet October 23 at Beaufort Academy’s Gym starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are $75 per couple or $50 individual, and sponsorships are still available.

The CCA helps determine when a species is being overfished and then lobbies to initiate regulations to protect that species. The non-profit group is also heavily involved in the oyster reef restoration programs along the coast.

For the October 23 banquet, Charleston Bay Gourmet will be catering the event. Lots of terrific items such as coolers, fishing equipment and trips will be auctioned off.

In addition to the banquet, CCA will have a tagged redfish tournament for the month of November. Five specially tagged redfish will be released in waters around Beaufort. Participants in this tournament have the chance to win a 2011 Key West 1720 with a Yamaha 90 horsepower, four stroke engine valued at $20,000 from Butler Marine and Key West. Second tagged fish caught wins a $10,000 gift certificate from Bass Pro Shops. You can’t win if you don’t enter.

The CCA is a non-profit organization of strong state chapters comprised of saltwater anglers who have banded together to address marine conservation issues nationally and within our respective states.

CCA had its beginnings in Texas in 1977 and has spread across the gulf and up the east coast to Maine. They have been instrumental in the protection of game fish and habitat.

For more information about the Beaufort banquet tournament please call Billy Plair at 986-7807, Danny Rourk at 263-3863 or Michael Mark at 812-6023.

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New trends in Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry

By Dr. Aaron Sarathy

October 21, 2010

The maintenance of oral health has been at the forefront of the health care stage in recent years.  Investigations into associations and interactions between oral disease and coronary heart disease, stroke, adverse pregnancy outcomes, diabetes and bacterial pneumonia has revealed some interesting results.   Findings like these have been highlighted in a variety of studies, including the U.S. surgeon general’s report in 2001.  At the heart of treating disease processes of the oral cavity are: #1. Prevention of disease and its progression, and #2: The restoration of the patient’s function.   The focus of recent advances in dental medicine has been on just that.  The replacement of lost dentition is key in any treatment plan, and sets the stage for restoring function and maintaining health.  There are a number of options available to you from your General Dentist to fulfill this end, and all of them can provide great long-term results.  In recent years, dental implants have become one of the leading restorative choices to provide the highest quality restoration to replace missing teeth and reconstruct the oral cavity.

What exactly are dental implants?  The implants used in dentistry today are made from titanium-based biomaterials with a variety of textured surfaces designed to duplicate the root portion of the natural tooth.  Today’s dental implants are extremely safe and bio-compatible.  Implants have the added advantage of becoming “a natural part” of the patient’s jaw through a process we call osseointegration, which is an advantage over the “mini-implant” systems available today.  That means that the bone actually “bonds” to surface of the implant once it is integrated.  They require minimally- invasive placement by a qualified implant surgeon and can be placed under sedation to increase patient comfort.  Dental implants require minimal recovery and downtime on the patient’s part.   Once the implant has been placed and given an adequate healing period, your dentist can complete the process by marrying the final restoration to the implant.

So what can dental implants “fix”?  Some of the routine applications for dental implants include replacing a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth, helping to provide retention for a denture (especially the lower ones), or providing the foundation for large oral reconstruction cases that require bridges.  Dental implants are often utilized in the final reconstruction of both post-cancer surgery patients and post-trauma cases to restore form and function. Finally, in select cases, they are an excellent emergent treatment for a tooth lost due to an accident or injury immediately following the injury

Dental implants provide the modern solution to restoring the dentition and maintaining optimum oral health.  They allow your doctor to save healthy teeth (teeth without fillings or crowns) by not having to include them in conventional restorative options like bridges.  They help to preserve facial structure, preserving that youthful appearance.  Finally, implants help the patient to regain function allowing them to eat what they want and not what they are limited to because of ill-fitting dentures, missing teeth, etc.

Dental implants are a great option for patients to enhance their look and boost self-confidence and self-image while maintaining their oral health and improving their quality of life.  The implant process is a team effort and requires good communication between the surgeon and the dentist.   As with any procedure, it is of the utmost importance that a thorough evaluation is performed by your doctor and a qualified implant surgeon.  This enables the doctor and surgeon to completely address the patient’s expectations and questions concerning the procedure, as well as to match the patient with the most ideal procedure for a life-long solution.

So, if you’re thinking about dental implants, talk with your dentist.  They can get you started and discuss the process in detail during the consult appointment.  Implants are great way to improve your smile and maintain optimal oral health and just might be the perfect choice for you!

For further questions call your dentist to schedule a consult.  For questions, call Port Royal Oral and Facial Surgery at 843-770-0700 or check out our website @WWW.portroyaloralsurgery.com

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Breast Health 2010

By Dr. Carol Moore

October 21, 2010

Breast cancer affects one in every eight women today.  Diagnosis is a very dark day in the women’s lives who receive this news.   We often forget that we request screening tests to detect problems.  We simply don’t believe we will get “the call” indicating that it’s our turn to march through the maze that is living with breast cancer.  I, myself, wonder, “When will it be my turn?”

LIVING WITH THE DISEASE, however, appears to be somewhat doable once the notion of being a breast cancer patient begins to sink in.  I say that cautiously because women living with the side effects of therapy might heartily disagree that it is doable.  Side effects are many but may include fatigue, nausea, depression, hair loss, pain from surgery, discomfort from infections and their treatments, chronic arm swelling, vaginal dryness, hot flashes, night sweats and even infertility if ovarian removal is recommended for premenopausal women.  Distortion of one’s body image often occurs following treatment.   Sexual health and libido are often woefully underappreciated side effects of breast cancer treatment at a time of life when these issues are of particular importance to women and their partners.

Women with breast cancer develop a positive, meet it head on approach. Perhaps, women innately possess this quality under unique stress.  I observe that a diagnosis of breast cancer forces these characteristcs to the forefront of a woman’s countenance.  There is apparently a combination of these factors at work which make these women heroes.

So, how do we grapple with our concerns about breast health, health care reform, task force findings, politics and economic hardships today?  How do we obtain peace of mind while sticking to a budget?  How do we decide what set of national recommendations to follow for breast cancer screening?  What do we do in our society of 24 hour news reels, high anxiety and fear?

Recent findings suggest that mammograms and even self breast exams do not improve survival for breast cancer.  I strongly hold the belief that the public is misled by these conclusions. DETECTION is improved by these techniques.  Your SURVIVAL is most heavily influenced by the stage at which the disease is detected, the type of cancer you have and the method of treatment chosen.

The National Cancer Institute recommends mammography every 1-2 years for women over the age of 40.  Most breast cancers occur in women over 60 but the numbers begin to increase over the age of 50.  Most of the false positive mammograms occur in the under 50 age group.  This only makes sense since younger breasts are hormonally active which is evident on x-ray.  Regardless of what your insurance carrier recommends, get your mammogram regularly.  Discuss your mammogram frequency with your doctor.  The history of a mother, daughter or sister and the age at their diagnosis may strongly influence your risk and screening frequency.  The radiation exposure from a mammogram is very low and the risks are far outweighed by the benefits.

PERFORM YOUR SELF BREAST EXAM.  If you are familiar with what your breasts feel like on a day to day or month to month basis, you will recognize when a change occurs.  Breasts tend to change prior to menstruation so examination is recommended following your menstrual cycle or monthly for non-menstruating females.  It’s not much different from applying facial cleanser or make up to your face.  If you have an emerging blemish, you find it early.   Skin coloration or texture changes are often as important as nodules you may feel.  Most of us perform this portion of our exam getting out of the shower without even realizing what we are doing.

LIVE A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE.  Eat right, exercise, maintain a healthy weight, drink alcohol only in moderation, learn stress reduction techniques and do not smoke.  Live with confidence for we all know that despite our best efforts, one in eight of us will get the news.  Walk this walk with friends, family and physicians that are sensitive and attentive to your concerns.  Budget for your yearly exams by your physician and any screening tests recommended.  We have much to learn from our sisters struggling with this reality.

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Islands of Beaufort Hosts Fall Open House

October 21, 2010

The Home Owners Association of the Islands of Beaufort is hosting a Fall Open House on Friday, October 22 and Saturday, October 23 from 11:00am to 5:00pm.  A private and gated community, Islands of Beaufort has more than two miles of water and marsh frontage.  There are 196 home sites in a variety of settings: deep water, tidal marshes, and woodlands.  The community is located within the Beaufort city limits and enjoys the benefits of all of the city’s services.

Home sites and houses are available for viewing during the two days of the event, and volunteer community residents will be available to assist visitors with directions.  Refreshments will be served at the Belle Grove clubhouse, and partners such as Allen Patterson Residential, Powell Brothers Construction, BB&T and South Carolina Mortgage Associates.

The Islands of Beaufort Home Owners Association is well managed by the member elected Board of Directors and is fiscally sound.  As a result the association fees are some of the most reasonable association fees in the region.

For more information please call Joan Byrnes 379-3331.

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Might as Well Smile

By Cherimie Crane

October 21, 2010

Have you ever tried to explain something to a puppy? Or maybe have an intellectual conversation with a tree stump? Or possibly, you have found yourself offering a raft to a sinking ship only to have the ill-fated cruisers look away? There comes a point when the puppy resumes chewing your shoes, the stump politely refuses communication, the &^%#$ boat sinks. It happens.

It never ceases to amaze me at the sheer determination of others to find excuses, not reasons, for the success of the successful. It is obviously because of the successful person’s connections, gender, hair style or maybe even the way they freaking eat their breakfast; it can’t possibly be a credit to their hard work, determination, persistence or intelligence. Exactly how much energy or effort does it require to conjure up this creative casserole of comfort???

I have been telling anyone who would listen about the cornucopia that is the human spirit. It is official, I have heard every single reason why success (professional or otherwise) is out of reach. I admit it. I have a Pollyanna complex. It is both a gift and a curse; usually at the exact same time. I see good in bad, light in dark, and occasionally little pink flowers, but that is rare and possibly credited to a few hard falls in college.

I am from Mississippi. I talk slow, even slower when accompanied by a good Merlot; but I am not stupid. Nor do I live in a happy little bubble, although I am perfectly fine should someone have a perfect bubble to offer; as long as there is cake.

Yes, life can be hard. Jobs are a pain in the rump (that is why they aren’t called hobbies), everyone has an annoying coworker, friend, mail person, and/or parent. Everyone has problems, some self inflicted, some not so much. I am pretty sure that was one of the motivators for the invention of wine.

Just this morning that my complex was pushed to the edge. All I wanted was a cup of coffee. Really.  My strong southern roots required that I make small talk. Hate those roots, hate that requirement even more. All I did was say, “Things are getting better.”

Who knew that was a cardinal sin? A painful 15 minutes later, and without coffee, I had been taught every possible reason why things will, in fact, never get better.

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where everything your grandmother ever told you was flying through your head like superman on crack??? Well, I have. Most of it was about watching my mouth, sitting like a lady, and not chewing gum; however, there were lovely little nuggets of “You can’t argue with a crazy person.” Thanks Mamaw.

Bad days happen, bad months, bad years, bad hair. So do good days, even without good hair.  There is light in dark, good in bad, and with the right wine, you too just may see little pink flowers. Either way, might as well smile.

(Mamaw if you are reading this, I am sorry for saying ^%$#% and freaking).

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Silent Auction featured Nov. 6 at St. Helena bazaar

October 21, 2010

The myriad church bazaars that sprout throughout the Beaufort area each autumn offer many of the same wonderful attractions: home baking and handmade gifts, gently used household items and books, Christmas decorations and crafts.

The Women of the Parish at St. Helena’s downtown take special pride in their Silent Auction, a highlight of the Bazaar that will be held on Saturday, Nov. 6, this year, to benefit charities in Beaufort and around the world.

An element that makes St. Helena’s silent auction different is its “Christian” way of doing business, says Jerry Stocks, who has chaired the auction the past six years.  Bidders make their best offer, placing a slip of paper in the box next to the item, then return at the 1 p.m. closing time to see if they’ve won.  “It avoids last-minute altercations, and I think we actually make more money this way – if you really want something, you need to make a solid offer,” Stocks said.

The auction is limited to 300 items, and they range from excursions and restaurant dinners to fine art and furs, sailboats and furniture.  “One year we had two beautiful bamboo bicycles,” Stocks recalled. “We might have something you’ve never seen before.”

Meanwhile, the crew working on St. Helena’s famous handmade “church mice” reports that a large group of mice will be available for purchase when the doors open at 9 a.m. on Saturday.  However, mouse manufacturers warn that these popular rodents often sell out early.

This year’s Fall Bazaar at St. Helena’s will be open on Saturday, Nov. 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Parish House at 507 Newcastle St. in downtown Beaufort.  A Bazaar Preview will be held Friday, Nov. 5, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Nothing is sold on Friday (although Silent Auction bids are accepted).  The Preview is for fellowship and an early look at bazaar offerings.

In addition to the Silent Auction and the church mice, Bazaar shoppers will find baked goods, candy, frozen foods, books, crafts and gifts, jewelry, plants, Christmas decorations, a pet boutique, silent auction and Bargain Box.

Contact the church office at 843-522-1712 or Bazaar Chairman Annie Pollak at 843-538-6497 for more information. Or visitwww.sthelenas1712.org.

Note: If you would like more info or photo ops on the Silent Auction, Jerry Stocks can be reached at 524-6997.

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The Habersham Harvest Festival – A Celebration of Lowcountry Flavors

October 21, 2010

Join the celebration of the fall season and harvest at the second annual Habersham Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 23, 2010.  The fun kicks off at 12 p.m. in the Habersham Marketplace, the heart and soul of the “Best Neighborhood Design in America” award winning town of Habersham.  This one day celebration of food, fun, art, music and entertainment welcomes the young and the “young at heart”.

Whimsical, imaginative décor, festive food and drink, a regional farmers market, crafts fair, storytelling, hay rides, sports, children’s activities, and a few creative characters are sure to enlighten and entertain. With free admission, activities and fun for all ages, The Habersham Harvest Festival is becoming the annual fall street party for Beaufort County and beyond.

The Marketplace, thoughtfully designed with community in mind, and alive with a harmonious blend of carefully selected iconic restaurants, retail shops,  and services reflects  the “best of the best” local owners who are planning tricks, treats and surprises around every corner.

Save the date for this one-of-a-kind event and plan to be whisked away and delighted by the sights, sounds and activities of The Habersham Harvest Festival in “The Lowcountry’s New Destination.”

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Committees Begin Work For 2011 Valentine Ball

October 14, 2010

Members of Committees Responsible For 2011 Valentine Ball

The committees responsible for planning and staging Beaufort Memorial Hospital Foundation’s 2011 Valentine Ball gathered in September to raise a glass of cheer in celebration of work now underway.  Over 30 volunteers attended a party, hosted by   this year’s co-chairs, Lisa and Paul Mazzeo and Anne and DeWitt Helm, at which the theme for the Ball and recipient of its proceeds for 2011 were announced.

Love In Any Language is the theme unveiled for the 2011 Valentine Ball.  These simple words work together to stimulate visions of unselfish love without barriers or reservations.  Lisa Mazzeo and Anne Helm are confident the theme will help create interesting dinner parties throughout the Beaufort area on the night of Saturday, February 12th.  In 2011, proceeds from the Ball again are earmarked for much needed improvements to the George N. Pratt and Sarah Meyer Pratt Emergency Center at BMH.  Dr. Paul Mazzeo, Chief of Staff at BMH, and Rick Toomey, President and CEO, used the occasion to emphasize the importance of expanding and updating the emergency center used by over 40,000 patients last year.

Ball committees have started work.  Letters of invitation to host dinner parties have been mailed; decorations are being developed; and exciting auction items already are being donated.  This year, an important new committee has been organized. It’s called “Introduce The Ball.” This Committee will host parties at four different locations in the Beaufort area to introduce new members of the community to the Hospital, to the Foundation and especially to the Ball.  Participating in the Ball provides “win-win” opportunities: To make new friends at dinner parties hosted in private homes and “to give back” to the community all of us proudly call our home.

In 2011, the Valentine Ball will be 22 years young.  Committee members are multi generational in age – all are young in spirit!  This year, there are both new volunteers and veteran volunteers doing new jobs.  It’s an engaging time that will culminate with committed citizens gathering at an elegant Ball at the Lyceum on Paris Island to celebrate working together for a purpose and cause that serves our entire community.  Is this not demonstration of “love in any language?”

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Pat Whitehead Presents Encounters, Paintings from 2006-2010

October 16 – November 10, 2010

University of South Carolina Beaufort, Center for the Arts

October 14, 2010

“Encounters,” an exhibit of paintings by Pat Whitehead, will be held at University of South Carolina Beaufort Center for the Arts October 16 through November 10.  A reception for the artist will be held Friday, October 22 from 5:30 pm until 7 pm at the USCB gallery on Carteret Street and is open to the public.  The gallery will be open for the length of the show Monday through Friday from 9 am – 5 pm.  It will also be open Saturday, October 23 from 4 – 8 PM for the Beaufort Gallery Walk.

The exhibition focuses on the direction Pat Whitehead’s art took once she had moved to Beaufort, SC from the Caribbean Island of St. John.  When the artist first relocated to Beaufort with her husband in 2006, she decided to spend her initial time in the low country continuing to explore the connection to her natural environment. The “Wave” series was begun in earnest about 5 years ago, often recalling seas of the Caribbean as well as Europe and the United States.  Slowly, the same progression of visual connection between private viewer and nature overlapped in to the “Branches” series.  Being surrounded by decades old live oaks and magnolias may have been the trigger, but however it began it continued for another season, and stretched to vistas of Maine, England and beyond.

“My memories and emotions mirror my recalled encounters with new surroundings when I am making a picture.  I often travel looking for a motif that will transport me to a fresh visual field and make an impact,” the artist explains.

In the latest paintings done in the past year, Whitehead has begun to entangle people in her scenes. The soulful stories involving the natural world have taken on a new dimension with the addition of “players”.

“It is important to me to guide the viewer in to these scenes and allow them to create their own world built on my experiences.  The connection will be personal for each individual based on his or her history and mood, whether the scene is a park in Bath, England, a beach in South Florida or a private garden in Beaufort, SC. The balance of desire to be alone with our environment or share it with others, and how our surroundings influence these encounters, is intriguing for me as an artist.”

Pat Whitehead’s work can be viewed on her website at www.patwhitehead.com. Her work is in many private collections both in the United States and abroad.

ABOUT USCB:

The University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) is a senior institution of the University of South Carolina system serving the southeast coast of Georgia and South Carolina. The university’s two campuses, located on the waterfront in historic Beaufort, S.C. and at the gateway to Hilton Head Island in Bluffton, S.C., serve a diverse student body of 1,700.  USCB offers students an exceptional place to learn and live in an environment focused on growth, preservation and opportunity. For more information about the University of South Carolina Beaufort and its arts programs, please visit www.uscb.edu or call the Office of Advancement at 843-208-8240.

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REAL ESTATE INVENTORY AND SALES BY PRICE RANGE.

By Everett Ballenger, Owner/B.I.C. Ballenger Realty. Former President of Beaufort County Association of Realtors.

Courtesy of LIBPA Newsletter

October 14, 2010

This month we take a close look at the price ranges of homes in northern Beaufort County which are selling and the pace at which they are being sold.  To do this we provide the following comparison of homes listed to those which sold in the first eight and a half months of this year. The good news is the overall inventory is down 4.3% and only three price brackets saw an increase in inventory. The big increase in the number of homes available in the $0-$99,999 range is a little surprising as is the sales figures in the $100,000 to $199,999 price range. In the past, one often heard the lament that affordable housing did not exist in the Beaufort area. With 36 homes offered at a price under $100,000 affordable housing definitely exists.  However, the next level up ($100k-$200K range) would appear to be the most popular price range and certainly seems to be the sweet spot at this time.

Price Range Inventory Inventory Sales 2010 Monthly Sales Rate
Sept 14/09 Sept 14/10 Jan 1st – Sept 14th
$0 to $99,999 12 36 42 4.9
$100,000 to $199,999 210 210 126 14.8
$200,000 to $299,999 194 158 68 8
$300,000 to $399,999 79 95 33 3.9
$400,000 to $499,999 67 70 17 2
$500,000 to $599,999 55 45 9 1
$600,000 to $699,999 28 24 7 0.8
$700,000 to $799,999 21 14 2 0.2
$800,000 to $899,999 12 14 3 0.3
$900,000 to $999,999 18 15 1 0.11
$1,000,000 and up. 44 34 0 0
Totals 748 716 308 36.23

As set forth in the above chart, as of September 14, 2010, there were 716 active residential listings on the market.  With a monthly absorption (sales) rate of 36.23, it would take 19.8 months to sell all the listings.  Although, it must be remembered that the 36.23 monthly sales rate is based on data from across the whole sales spectrum and to some degree provides a misleading picture. For example, since there have been no residential sales over a million so far in the areas we cover, it certainly would take longer to sell all 34 million dollar + homes. At the other end of the scale, homes under $100k have a 7.3 months worth of inventory. In a “normal” market, six months inventory is what we would like to see. The 19.76 months required to sell the present inventory is down from 25.36 months at the same time last year, which is a more than welcome improvement. New construction is significantly down over the last three years and this obviously will affect the availability of newer homes in our area for some time to come. Despite all the negative reports we hear in the media, the real estate market in our area does seem to be slowly improving – all be it at a snails pace!

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MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY

October 14, 2010

Each year Thumbs Up students participate in “Make a Difference Day” by decorating and filling shoe boxes with items that are needed by children at the Open Arms Shelter, a shelter for abused children.  This project is administered through the Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA).

When children arrive at the shelter, they often have little to call their own.  Receiving a “Welcome Box” makes them feel that someone cares about them and that they have something personal and needed for their comfort.  Thumbs Up children provide a community service, and the project teaches the children in the Thumbs Up program the value of caring for those less fortunate than they are.

This year the shelter needs items for teen boys and girls.  Please help by collecting and bringing colored pencils and markers, small calculators, nail clippers and polish, belts, socks, underwear, hair bushes and combs, tooth brushes, toothpaste, dental floss, costume jewelry, necklaces, bracelets, deodorant, cologne and lip gloss.  Small or travel size items are preferred.  You can also bring store, restaurant or movie gift cards, playing cards, small games, paperback novels or any appropriate gift a teenage boy or girl might like.

Please bring your donations by Thumbs Up, Hamar at Greene St. across from the Greene St. Gym by Wednesday November 3rd.  The children in the after school program will pack and wrap the boxes.

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Little Bits of Royal Chatter

by Peggy Chandler

October 14, 2010

Nancy Steeves enjoys her birthday

Congratulations to the Rauenhorst family of Wade Hampton.  Dad, Robert was recently promoted to Colonel, U.S.M.C.  Our best wishes go to their entire family, wife Annette and daughters Whitney, Megan, and Sarah.

Royal Pines friends celebrated the birthday of a former Royal Pines Garden Club president, Nancy Steeves.  Nancy’s friends gathered at Panini’s where a leisurely lunch was enjoyed, and conversations flowed.  The next day, Nancy along with her husband Dick, drove to Orlando where they were joined by their children and grandchildren to celebrate Nancy’s birthday, Disney style.  Nancy’s family enjoyed Wild Kingdom where grandmommy had a chance to taste wild boar.  They rested and relaxed at Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa– when they weren’t enjoying the three excited grandchildren.  Luckily, for Nancy and her family, they plan to be together again at Christmas.

Well, the Royal Pines fishermen in the tub are at it again.  They have gained some confidence since they were successful on their trip with Captain Wally.  The men decided that since this is shrimp season- they should try their hand/nets at that.  They have been practicing casting, making bait balls, high tide, low tide etc.  After much of this practice and planning, the men went out in search of dinner for their wives.  While they were out, the wives formulated plan” B “just in case the shrimping didn’t go as planned.   Well surprise, surprise they did net some shrimp…….NINE!  The men still have plans to continue on this quest and the wives look forward to the best shrimp cocktail imaginable.  Thank God for plan “B”

The Royal Readers plan to meet at Carol Nocilla’s home for discussion on “The Prodigal Summer” by Barbara Kingsolver.The book selection for November is “Abide with Me”.

A group of approx 20 Royal Pines residents volunteer quarterly to do mass mailing for Friends of Caroline Hospice.  If you have time, and would like to help with FOCH, volunteers are always welcome in a variety of ways.  The Festival of Treesplanning is gearing up at this time and in need of helpers. To volunteer call: 525-6257

If you have information to share with your community, please contact me at: buddysoma@embarqmail.com

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LADY’S ISLAND NOTES

By Jim Hicks

October 14, 2010

Mrs. Verna Pringle-Holmes drops out of School Board race. With regret we note the announcement by Mrs. Pringle-Holmes to terminate her campaign for District 7 School Board representative due to medical reasons.  We extend our appreciation for her willingness to serve our community and best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Lady’s Island architect earns LEED certification. Donald J. Altman, AIA recently earned the credential of LEED Accredited Professional, with Specialty in Building Design and Construction. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED-certified buildings can save substantial amounts of energy and costs while having a minimal impact on the environment and use of natural resources.

Welcome Lowcountry Urgent Care. Located in the newly renovated building adjacent to the former site of Grayco Hardware is Lowcountry Urgent Care which offers a streamlined concept of medical care.  Open daily from 7 AM to 7 PM (Sundays 9AM-5 PM) nurse practitioners Karen Fawcett, FNP and Amy Taylor, FNP are able to treat patients either with or without an appointment. Appointments, if desired, can be made online at their website (www.lowcountryurgentcare.com) via the Zip Pass or by calling (843) 522-1933.  The supervising physician for this practice is Dr. Vincent Rhodes of Lowcounty Medical Group. Medicare and most types of insurance are accepted.   A special welcome is extended to Lowcountry Urgent Care along with our appreciation for locating your practice in our community.

Lady’s Island vehicle decals available. The Lady’s Island Business and Professional Association has purchased 1000 decals with the letters LI and a palm tree in an effort to let folks know there are a good number of residents on our island.  There is no charge for the decals which will be available at our monthly meetings. Business members are invited to distribute the decals at their individual businesses.  Quantities of the decals can be obtained at Home Town Realty (522-0066).

Is it time for a light industrial park on Lady’s Island? When the zoning for Lady’s Island was being drafted the property near the airport was zoned for light industrial use as well as that across from the fire station on Sea Island Parkway.  That was the extent of property zoned for light industrial use on Lady’s Island. The most frequent request received, over the past few years, has been for an area on the island that allows light industrial use and has water, sewer and electricity.  The majority of these requests have been from small businesses desiring a secure place for heavy equipment, general storage or operations that cannot be accomplished in a normal commercial area.  Hopefully, with the slowdown in the economy we can pause and discuss where such a site could be located and find a sponsor for such a project.

How things change with time! In 2004 the Dejong Educational Planning firm completed a study of the Beaufort County School District which included projections of student growth through the year 2014.  For the 2004/5 school year, when the study was published, the public school student population in Beaufort County was 18,749 students.   It was predicted, based on past growth, that by this year (school year 2010/11) there would be an increase of 3,856 students. The simple fact is that with the crash of the housing market came a significant slowdown in population growth along with fewer students.  As a result, instead of the predicted increase of almost 4,000 students we have seen an actual increase, since 2004, of 1,165 to our present countywide level of 19,914 students.  This points out the challenge of attempting to predict future growth.  As we discuss how best to deal with an excess of classroom space in some schools, let us agree on one point.  Growth in Beaufort County is only pausing it is not stopping and now is the time to prepare our infrastructure for the next wave of new students and their parents.

Junior Achievement Program at Beaufort High School. Junior Achievement is a worldwide program dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. Dr. Durbin, Principal of Beaufort High School has agreed for the program to be a part of the business classes in Ms. Margaret Thomas’ Freshmen Academy.

Recycling at its best! LIBPA member Martha O’Regan is conducting another of her “yard sales” filled with free items contributed by members of the community.  The event is scheduled for October 16 from 8 to 10 AM at Therapeutic Solutions on Sams Point Road.  To obtain additional information, please call Carolyn Roos at 524-2554.   Contributions can be dropped off Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays 8:30 -5:00 and Wednesday from 8:30 – 3:30.

Lady’s Island Drive paving schedule update. The latest information received from Mr. Tom Stokes, Vice-President of Sanders Brothers Construction Company, Inc., which is widening Lady’s Island Drive, indicates that the final paving and striping for the portion of the road from Sea Island Parkway to the vicinity of the intersection with Meridian Road will be completed prior to Thanksgiving.  The remainder of the highway from Meridian Road to Ribaut Road will be completed in December 2011.

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Center to Combine Preschool and Therapy

October 14, 2010

The Lowcountry Autism Foundation is raising money for a comprehensive therapy center where young children (ages 2-6 developmentally) on the autism spectrum will receive an early childhood education with occupational, speech and applied behavior analysis embedded in the curriculum.

The foundation’s director, Tripp Ritchie, and co-founder, Tami Lawrence, have been scouting sites for the proposed center between Hilton Head Island and Beaufort. They hope to start offering the preschool program in January 2011.

” Right now, the typical child on the autism spectrum sees different therapists at different sites, and none of them see each other. So there’s no continuity of where the child is, it’s a very disjointed way of helping a child progress,” said Ritchie.

The new center would include two three-hour sessions, plus the possibility of an after-school session for older kids who need speech therapy, ABA or tutoring.

To get the center off the ground, LAF will need $93,000 for the first quarter and about $360,000 for the whole year.

“What we need for this model to work are 20 children. That might seem like a lot, but the model has us netting about $100,000 a year, and that money will go back into doing more assessments, eventually establishing a building fund, and helping with the other programs LAF provides to children on the spectrum,” Ritchie said.

So, what does this translate to for parents of children with autism? Ritchie said most families have their child’s therapies covered by insurance. LAF is looking to waive the out-of-pocket fees for families. Technically, families won’e pay for the therapies, but they will pay for the school itself — just like they would if their child attended any preschool program. The classroom fee will be based on a family’s income and insurance will be billed accordingly.

To donate money to LAF, call Ritchie at (843) 524-5234 or mail a check or money order to Lowcountry Autism Foundation, PO BOX 3, Port Royal, SC 29935.

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Cheeseburgers in Paradise

October 14, 2010

Port Royal Landing Marina and The Back Porch Grill are pleased to present Cheeseburgers in Paradise, a Jimmy Buffet themed party to benefit FRIENDS of Caroline Hospice on Saturday, October 23rd from 6-9pm at the Port Royal Landing Marina. Additional sponsors include The Office Sports Bar & Grille, Palmetto Brewery and Pearlstine Distributors.

Enjoy a beautiful evening at the Port Royal Landing Marina featuring Beaufort’s Best Burgers right off the grill with all the fixings courtesy of The Back Porch Grill, margaritas a plenty, plus beer and wine while listening to LIVE music from Ban Jovi.

Admission is only $25 per person and includes burgers and drinks!  Purchase tickets by October 20th at the Port Royal Landing Marina or FRIENDS of Caroline Hospice office.

Friends of Caroline Hospice is a non-profit, United Way organization, which has been serving Beaufort residents for over thirty years.  FRIENDS was the first and only hospice in Beaufort.  It was founded by Beaufortonians wishing to help a dying friend.  FRIENDS is a non-profit hospice and does not accept money from our patients, their families, insurance companies or Medicare and Medicaid.  We rely solely on support from the community to operate. For more information, please contact the FRIENDS office at 843-525-6257 or visit our website at www.friendsofcarolinehospice.org.

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USCB Festival Series Opens November 7

October 14, 2010

The University of South Carolina Beaufort Festival Series will open its 32nd season on November 7 at 5:00 in the Performing Arts Center.  The evening’s performance offers a great variety of composers, with exquisitely crafted classical period masterworks by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven anchoring the program.  Colorful and fascinating works from the twentieth century by Bartok , Villa-Lobos, and Giya Kanchelli will complete the evening’s performance.

Internationally acclaimed artists who come to the PAC from major concert halls around the world will play.  A great favorite with the Lowcountry audience, violinist Jesse Mills, and newcomers to the Series, flutist Marya Martin and violinist and violist Theodore Arm, will join Artistic Director and cellist Edward Arron.

Grammy-nominated violinist Jesse Mills enjoys performing music of many genres, from classic to contemporary, as well as composing and improvising music of his own invention.  He has been a soloist with major orchestras throughout the USA and has joined with a great variety of chamber musicians for performances at prestigious venues in Europe such as the Barbican Centre in London, La Cite de la Musique in Paris and Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels.  Beginning his violin studies at age three, he studied with Dorothy DeLay, Robert Mann and Itzhak Perlman and is a graduate of the Juilliard School.

World-renown flutist and artistic director of the well-known Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival Marya Martin studied the flute with Pierre Rampal and James Galway and has appeared as soloist and as chamber musician in major concert halls and at music festivals throughout the world. She is presently on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music.  She has recorded for Orion Master Recordings, Arabesque and the Musical Heritage Society.

Veteran chamber musician Theodore Arm, playing both violin and viola, has been a member of the highly acclaimed chamber group TASHI since 1976 and has toured with Lukas Foss, Chick Corea and Gary Burton throughout Europe and Asia.  He recently performed in Poland and Russia at the invitation of the Moscow Conservatory.  Mr. Arm holds a Doctorate in Performance from the Juilliard School where he studied with Christine Dethier and Joseph Fuchs.  He has recorded for RCA, Delos, Ko Musical Heritage Society and ECM.

The USCB Performing Arts Center on Carteret Street is remarkable for its superb acoustics and Steinway concert grand piano.  Concert dates are November 7th, December 12th, February 20th, March 27th and May 1.  Complete program information is available at www.uscb.e/festivalseries.  Subscriptions and individual tickets can be ordered through Staci Breton at 843-208-8246/sjbreton@uscb.edu.

The USC Beaufort Chamber Music Series is not a profit-making venture.  Ticket-sales cover only part of the expenses.  Through the years it has depended upon the kindness and generosity of its friends: the University, local corporate advertisers, and individual donors, who become Friends of the Festival with their donations.

This year the Friends of the Festival will be holding three receptions with the artists for 2010-11 Friends at various levels of giving.  Following the November concert, all Friends of the Festival are invited to a reception with the artists at the home of Lila Meeks, directly behind the PAC. On the eve of the February concert, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Pollak will host a gala at their home, the historic Elizabeth Barnwell Gough House on Washington Street.  Edward Arron, Danielle Farina, Catherine Cho and Kyung Sun Lee will perform in the ballroom during the evening’s festivities.  For information about the Friends and the artist receptions, please call Lila Meeks at 843-522-0779.

From its founding in 1979 by USCB Professor Mary Whisonant, the Festival Series has presented internationally renowned artists such as pianists Jean Yves Thibaudet and Richard Goode, violinist Joshua Bell, flutist Paula Robison, cellist Carter Bray and the Emerson, Tokyo and St. Lawrence String Quartets.  For several of the early years, performances were held at area banks and churches. In 1983 with the growth of membership and the opening of the USCB Performing Arts Center, the venue was moved to the Center.   After Professor Whisonant’s retirement, Beaufortonian Harriet Keyserling prevailed upon Mr. Wadsworth to assume directorship and bring to Beaufort the chamber music riches he had unearthed for New York’s Lincoln Center and Charleston’s Spoleto.   The quality of the music and the talents of the artists have surprised and delighted audiences throughout the Whisonant and Wadsworth tenures and have continued to do so since Mr. Wadsworth’s retirement under the leadership of  Edward Arron, who directed and hosted the 2009-2010 Series.

As one of the nation’s significant young chamber musicians himself and as the Artistic Director for the Metropolitan Museum’s Artists in Concert Series for the past seven seasons, he is uniquely qualified to attract new talents to the mix and to ensure the continued high standard of the Festival Series.  His first season as Artistic Director was a grand success, and his second promises nothing less.

This year’s Chamber Music Festival Series will offer works from Haydn’s classical compositions  to Giya Kanchelli’s contemporary ones, prize-winning and internationally acclaimed artists including violinist Jesse Mills and flutist Marya Martin and donor receptions with the artists highlighted by a soiree at one of Beaufort’s finest eighteenth-century homes.

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CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT

Daniel Adni on piano and Fred Devyatkin on violin

October 14, 2010

Daniel Adni
Fred Devyatkin

On Monday, October 18 at 8:00pm, Daniel Adni, a world-renowned concert pianist, and Fred Devyatkin, violinist and conductor of the Beaufort Symphony Orchestra, will present an evening of Chamber Music at Sea Island Presbyterian Church, 81 Lady’s Island Drive, Beaufort.  This program is co-sponsored by the Beaufort Orchestra and the Church.

Daniel Adni is a resident of London, England.  He is a celebrated performer with orchestra and chamber music groups throughout Europe.  He will also perform with the Beaufort Symphony Orchestra on October 14 and 17.

Fred Devyatkin is conductor of the Beaufort Symphony Orchestra.  He studied violin at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.

This recital will include works by Beethoven, Handel, Debussy, Schubert, Liszt, and Chopin.  The public is invited to attend.  A freewill offering will be accepted.  For further information, contact Charles Frost, Minister of Music at the church, at 843-525-0696 or cfrost@sipcnet.org.

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CASHING IN ON BIKEWAYS, NORTHERN BEAUFORT COUNTY’S BLIND SPOT?

By Rick Butler, LIBPA Transportation Representative

Courtesy of the LIBPA Newsletter

October 14, 2010

The ongoing debate over dividing a recent $3 million transportation grant won by the County is highlighting a slowly growing awareness that bicycles can generate Big Bucks for local businesses.  In the past, the idea of actually spending money so that a few “lycra-clad healthnuts” could have a place to pedal would have been unthinkable hereabouts.   Now, leaders in Northern Beaufort County are getting serious about joining a national trend toward catering to and cashing in on the renewed growth of cycling and hiking.

Recently my wife Carol and I incorporated bike rides on “rail trails”, or by their politically correct name, “linear pathways”, in four states along our way to Maine on vacation.  What we learned about the economic impact of these former railroad bed pathways might open some eyes among local business people.

In Maryland we rode part of the now nationally famous “C&O Canal Trail” which runs 184 miles from downtown Washington DC along a former canal towpath to Cumberland in Western Maryland.  Two years ago the new Great Allegheny Passage Trail extended this biking and hiking trailway all the way to Pittsburgh, 330 miles total.  This National Park is only a hundred feet wide in most places, and has more than 200,000 annual users.  Near Washington’s Georgetown area, there are restaurants and coffee shops catering to bikers and hikers.  The same is true in other communities along the way. A biking website for this trail lists 34 lodgings along the way welcoming cyclists.

Not as busy or as long, the former Western Maryland Railroad road bed is paved for about 23 miles on either side of Hancock, Maryland.  Is it worthwhile?  If you go the to Hancock Chamber of Commerce website and click on “Attractions”, the very top entry will be this increasingly popular rail trail, which locals are crediting in large part for a resurgence of visitors to Hancock.   Bike and roller blade rentals, hiking equipment, restaurants and lodgings are all seeing increased visiting bicycle-based business like we brought to their town.   The Maryland Governor recently announced a planned four mile extension to this trail.

We rode two rail trails in Pennsylvania, which has converted more than 80 railroad right of way segments into rail trails totaling over 1,100 miles.  Do they bring in tourists?  We stopped and talked to a Ranger patrolling the Pine Creek Trail near Ansonia.

“About how many people do you think come here to ride this trail?  I asked.  The answer blew me away.  “Oh, I’d say about a hundred thousand now, grows some each year, too.”  Google this trail and get over 100 entries for associated businesses.  Common phrases in their ads read “steps to the Rail Trail” or “serving the Rail Trail”.  It is clearly big business.

We also rode the Lehigh Gorge Rail Trail out of Jim Thorpe, PA., where at least five businesses downtown compete to take bikers and their bikes to the upriver end of the trail so they can peddle mostly downhill back to Jim Thorpe.  Since it costs $18 each for this service, I was surprised again at the driver’s answer to my question of about how many paying riders he carries each year.  “Well, we’ve got a lot of competitors here in town, as you can see,  but I’d guess our company carries about 10,000 bike riders a year.  And we rent bikes to most of them, too.”

In Virginia, we went out of our way to ride a trail in the Blue Ridge foothills, buying dinner, a night in a B&B and trail snacks in a nearby small town.  Imagine how that would add up if several thousand bicyclists came to greater Beaufort to ride our trails.

All of these states publish rail trail maps and guides and maintain statewide bicycling websites. Fine gravel surfaces are cheaper, but limit usefulness for high-end riders and prevent rollerblading.  Paved trails cost more initially but draw a wider enthusiastic mix of baby strollers, rollerbladers and cyclists.

Of course, the economic power of bicycling as a tourist draw is not lost in Southern Beaufort County. Pick up a Hilton Head brochure or visit their websites.  Yup, pictures touting their 20 miles of nice biking trail.  All paved.  Bluffton?  More trails.

Beaufort?  Well, we now have the right of way, thanks to Dean Moss of BJWSA.  And finally, perhaps, a slice of County grant money with which to get started.

Lady’s Island?  Some weedy sidewalks, bike symbols painted on busy roadways, some lines on future master plans.  Not a single yard of real bike trail.  Imagine the business we might draw with a dedicated loop trail from our center out to Brickyard Point and past our new Springfield Park to Sam’s Point and back….  Someday we’ll need more right of way for that frequently discussed Northern Bypass.  Wouldn’t it be great if the County and City would start acquiring that right of way now as properties change hands, and use it in the meantime for a tourist magnet trailway?

Wouldn’t it be great if kids in Telfair, say, could safely bike off the roads to the new Springfield Park?      Just a dream, probably……

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Nikki Haley Tours AMIkids Beaufort

By Wendy Pollitzer

October 7, 2010

Mike Ingram, Board Chairman of AMIkids Beaufort walks with Nikki Haley and two students who led the tour of the facility.
Nikki Haley shakes hands with AMIkids Beaufort students.

Nikki Haley, a candidate in the South Carolina Gubernatorial race, was at AMIkids Beaufort, formerly the Beaufort Marine Institute on Tuesday touring the residential facility that serves as an alternative to prison for juvenile defenders ages 14-17. AMIkids Beaufort provides a second chance for young men who would otherwise be sent to jail for their non-violent offenses.

Speaking to a group of young adults in the classroom, Haley made encouraging comments to motivate them for life beyond AMIkids. “What I will ask of you when you get home is to pass it forward. We’ve all made mistakes. It’s what you do with those mistakes that matter,” explains Haley. “I am proud you are here, but I need you to be successful when you get out. I need you to be part of South Carolina’s workforce.”

At the end of her tour, Haley spoke to a crowd and generated supportive nods when she said, “If we don’t take care of these kids now, we’ll have to take care of them later. We need more of these facilities, but we need to know what we’re spending and how to spend it better. These kids deserve a second chance. They want to get a job and be productive.”

For more quotes and photos on the Haley visit to Beaufort, please visit http://www.YourIslandNews.com.

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Democratic Candidate for Lt. Governor Visits Beaufort

October 7, 2010

Democratic Candidate for Lt. Governor Ashley Cooper came to Beaufort last Thursday for a fundraiser at the home of Laura and John Trask.

Cooper was born and raised in the Lowcountry. A graduate of Clemson University and the University of South Carolina School of Law, he served as Legislative Director and Counsel to former Sen. Fritz Hollings. A Charleston resident, Cooper has been endorsed by the Conservation Voters of South Carolina and the South Carolina Education Association,

In South Carolina, the Office on Aging, which administers federal funds received through the Older Americans Act, reports to the Lt. Governor’s office and programs directed toward seniors are the responsibility of that office. Cooper will face Florence County councilman Ken Ard in the general election on Nov. 2. For more information about Cooper, go to www.cooperforsc.com.

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B3C & Partners Host Two Events on October 10th

October 7, 2010

Photo by Susan DeLoach
Photo by Paul Nurnberg

Beaufort Three-Century Project (B3C) and its partners will host two events during a special Sunday afternoon in downtown Beaufort.  The Exhibition Opening of EXPO 2011—The Future Form of Historic Beaufort will be from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 10, 2010 at the Verdier House, 801 Bay Street.  The Opening Reception for Lipsitz Department Store:   Treasures in the Attic, Photography by Susan DeLoach and Paul Nurnberg will be from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Lipsitz Shoes, 828 Bay Street.  Both are free and open to the public.  Downtown parking is also free on Sundays.

EXPO 2011—The Future Form of Beaufort is a collaborative design competition sponsored by Beaufort County, the City of Beaufort, Historic Beaufort Foundation and the Beaufort Three-Century Project.  A call for entries went out mid-summer for architecture and design professionals to register to participate and fifteen exhibits will be shown.  EXPO creator and coordinator, Teri Norris of the Beaufort County Planning staff, said, “As Beaufort enters its fourth century, we seek to retain and enhance its historic essence while addressing new requirements for sustainability.  Add to this a third new concept.  Countywide, governments are working to institute a new development ordinance.  Known as Form-Based Code, it is designed to effectively preserve and enhance the desired built forms as it encourages mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly communities. “

This competition challenges designers, architects, and planners to explore Beaufort’s historic form and interpret what a future form might look like on the one of three designated sites in the historic district.  Three $1,000 awards will be presented—two determined by a jury for Best Single Structure in Show and Best Community Plan in Show.  The third award is “People’s Choice” and ballots will be available at the exhibition for voting.

After the opening on Sunday, EXPO 2011 will be on display 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday-Saturday through October 31st.   It is free and open to the public.  The final awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, October 31st at 3:00 p.m.

Later in the afternoon at the other end of the 800 block of Bay Street will be the opening reception for a photography exhibition sponsored by the Beaufort Three-Century Project—Lipsitz Department Store:   Treasures in the Attic, Photography by Susan DeLoach and Paul Nurnberg. Award winning photographers DeLoach and Nurnberg spent  two days in the attic of Lipsitz’s store before items were auctioned off after the store closed, capturing a rare look at the amazing array of merchandise and memorabilia found there.  The images evoke memories and nostalgia in the viewers, even those who may never have had the opportunity to shop there.  An icon in Beaufort’s downtown landscape for more than 100 years, Lipsitz Department Store was regularly sought out by locals and celebrities alike.  The attic was indeed a place of mystery and treasure.  Many stories have been told of seeking an unusual type of clothing or article from the past and Mr. or Mrs. Lipsitz descending the stairs with the exact item in hand.

“Early in 2009 my friend Susan DeLoach asked me if I would like to go with her to photograph the upstairs at Lipsitz Store, a place where she had shopped since she was a little girl. I jumped at the chance because I had heard it was pretty interesting up there and that not many people had been upstairs in recent years.

These images in the show are a selection from the result of hours of photographing during two days, using the small bare light bulbs and a couple of small flashlights to illuminate our subjects,” said Paul Nurnberg.

“As a Beaufortonian, I remember a time when all our shopping was done on Bay Street, most of which happened at Lipsitz Department Store.  Although I don’t remember my first meeting with Mrs. Lucille and Mr. Joe or my first shopping trip there, I know, I have ALWAYS known Lipsitz.  In photographing Treasures in the Attic it is my pleasure to share some fond memories from the dusty corners of my mind.  It is my hope that an era past will live on through my art,” said Susan DeLoach.

“When B3C adopted this project, we thought it would be appropriate to have the photographs shown downtown and with the Lipsitz family’s support, decided to open the exhibition in the Lipsitz shoe store across the street from the shuttered department store,” said B3C project coordinator Deborah Johnson.    “The photographs are stunning and it promises to be an interesting afternoon as people travel between the two exhibitions.”

The photography exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.  The show will move to Shoofly Kitchen at 1209 Boundary Street on Monday, October 11th.

For additional information contact Deborah Johnson, 843-522-1147, djohnson@islc.net.

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Co-Chairs Named For 2011 Valentine Ball

October 7, 2010

The 2011 Valentine Ball is scheduled for Saturday evening, February 12th.  The Ball will include elegant dinner parties in hosts’ homes, followed by an exciting silent auction, live music and desserts in the Lyceum at Paris Island.  This year, the Beaufort Memorial Hospital Foundation again is designating all funds raised by the Ball toward expansion and enhancement of the George N. Pratt MD and Sarah Meyer Pratt Emergency Center at the Hospital.

This year, four outstanding citizens are leading the 2011 Valentine Ball.  Anne and DeWitt Helm are teaming with Lisa and Paul Mazzeo as co-chairs of this worthy and much needed fundraiser to help provide a first-rate facility at BMH from which all the members of our community can benefit.

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Beaufort County Firefighters Share Safety Message

October 7, 2010

Parents often underestimate the speed and ferociousness of fire and mistakenly think that should a fire occur, that they can dash to their children’s room in time to get them out. This Fire Prevention Week, Beaufort County Fire Chiefs want parents to use the term that they use to keep their firefighters safe in a fire: “two in-two out;” know two ways out of every room in the house, and two ways to get children who maybe still inside the house.The term “two in-two out” has been a term firefighters nationwide associate with a procedure for their safety when operating at a fire, and this Fire Prevention Week (October 3rd – 9th), Beaufort County firefighters want parents use that same term should a fire strike their home, and to know not only two ways out of every room in their home but also two ways to reach their children who may still be inside.

“In all my years teaching safety in Beaufort County I have found that most adults completely underestimate the speed, heat, and toxicity of a fire, so many parents mistakenly think they can just dash to their child’s room,” stated Burton Fire District Firefighter Daniel Byrne. “Most parents never give thought to what they would do if the fire is in-between them and their children.” Byrne states that the NFPA statistic showing children under five, those who cannot escape on their own, as being twice as likely to die in a home fire as evidence to this fact.

Beaufort County firefighters are using this time of national focus on fire prevention to urge parents to look at their home and family dynamics and remember the term “two in-two out.” “Fire will kill more Americans this year than the war on terrorism and all natural disasters combined, and large percent of those deaths will be children, “stated Byrne “so we hope parents will take this term as serious as firefighters do.”

Lee Levesque of the Lady’s Island Fire District encourages parents to remember that not only are windows exits to, but they can also be used to reach children. “Most adults who do not survive fire are found in bed or within 3 to 5 feet of the front door because of that underestimation of fire,” Levesque states, “or they’re found in main hallways as they went back through a main door to go inside to get the children, so windows are a very important part of the “two in-two out.”

Bluffton Fire District Public Educator Kirk O’Leary states even children too young to understand and execute fire escape skills such as staying low and feeling doors for heat can associate the sound of a smoke detector with going to a window where they can be reached. “Call it the Firefighter’s Chair,” says O’Leary, “but give them somewhere to go where you can get to them. Without having something to do, children will then panic, and that’s why most children are found in closets.”

“The big challenge is for families living in two story homes with bedrooms upstairs,” stated Beaufort Fire Captain John Robinson. “Those plans might have to be elaborate and include ladders but it is very important there is a plan before fire erupts at 2am.” Captain Robinson suggests those who live in two story homes, and that have more of a risk if the bedrooms are on the second floor, purchase rescue ladders which can be found at most department stores and on-line.

County firefighters state any plan requires training, especially when children are involved, because that will develop the cognitive skills and the confidence they will need to survive should a fire strike. “We make children do fire drills at least once a month at school, but they are more at risk at home where 79% of all fire deaths occur and usually between 10pm and 6am,” states Byrne.

Families who have questions concerning their home and a fire escape plan, or would like assistance are encouraged to call their local fire department.

For more information call:

Daniel Byrne 694-1139, Lee Levesque 252-3431, Capt. John Robinson 812-0340, Kirk O’Leary 247-6796

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The American Red Cross needs you

October 7, 2010

—to donate blood at the Carteret Street United Methodist Church on October 7th. The blood drive will be from 12 noon until 6PM in the Fellowship Hall—parking lot off of Carteret or North Street.

ARC blood is distributed throughout the world—wherever needed—and is the primary source for blood used by the US military services.

To be eligible to donate you must be 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds; each donor will have a thorough medical screening to ensure safety of the donor and the blood supply.

To make an appointment please call 1-866-611-7137 or log onto www.givelife.org (it’s very simple). For the 1-866 number, after you get an answer press 2 (Option 2) for a Savannah-based operator to make your appointment. For the web site, you must register the first time and then for subsequent appointments, you just log on with your user name and PIN and make an appointment. The site is very easy to follow. PLEASE MAKE AND KEEP YOUR APPOINTMENT

For questions, please call Merle Hoagland (522-2073) or e-mail merle13@embarqmail.com.

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Wound Care Center at Beaufort Memorial

October 7, 2010

Florence Mitchell
Nick Myers

Innovative medical facility specializes in healing complex and chronic wounds

 

By Marie McAden

Nick Myers was less than enthusiastic when his doctor suggested he spend two hours a day, five days a week for nearly five months encased in a plastic tube.

But given the choice of losing his leg or undergoing an extended regimen of therapy in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, the Burton resident opted for the cutting-edge treatment offered at Beaufort Memorial Hospital’s Wound Care Center.

Myers received the therapy after a skin graft on his foot failed to heal.

“Not only did my wound heal,” said Myers, a diabetic who suffers from poor circulation in his legs, “the hyperbaric therapy helped with some of my other medical problems.”

The only medical facility in the area specializing in complex and chronic wounds, the Wound Care Center offers the most advanced therapies and comprehensive treatment for problem lesions. Among the state-of-the-art technology are two clear hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers, each equipped with its own flat screen TV and DVD player.

“We’re not a bandage station,” said Clinical Coordinator Lauretta Bland, RN. “We aggressively treat wounds with the newest and best types of treatment often unavailable in primary care offices. Wound care is all we do. It’s a specialty like any other medical specialty.”

A sore or cut is considered chronic if it does not respond to normal medical care within 30 days. Any number of problems can cause non-healing wounds, including burns, spider bites, bone necrosis, bed sores, vascular disease, radiation therapy and trauma. Diabetics are especially prone to the problem.

About 85 percent of the patients treated at the Wound Care Center are referred by primary care physicians, nursing home staff, home health care providers or physical therapists.

Florence Mitchell visited the center after falling down some steps and cutting her right leg above the ankle. Her podiatrist noticed the ulcer and referred her to vascular surgeon Dr. Chad Tober, one of several physicians who work at the Wound Care Center.

“He was very thorough,” the Lady’s Island resident said. “After I was finished with the treatment, he insisted I wear elastic stockings for the neuropathy in my feet. I’ve had no problems since.”

Opened two years ago in the Beaufort Medical Plaza adjacent to the hospital, the Wound Care Center treated 240 patients in its first year. In the last 12 months, the number of new patients seen at the facility has increased by nearly 25 percent.

This spring, Diversified Clinical Services—the world’s largest wound care management company—named the outpatient facility a “Center of Distinction” in recognition of its high patient satisfaction rates, exceptional healing results and clinical outcomes.

“We take a whole-body approach to wound care,” said Program Director Terrence Mabry. “We develop a plan of care for each patient that may include a nutrition assessment, diabetic counseling and specialized treatments. That’s what separates us from standard medical care. We don’t just heal the wound, we determine why the wound is not healing.”

Some seven million people in the United States suffer from chronic wounds. At least 15 percent of diabetics will have a chronic, non-healing wound during their lifetimes. The clinic also sees a large number of patients with pressure ulcers or bedsores, as well as venous leg ulcers, sores that develop after veins in the legs have been damaged. A debilitating issue for the elderly, they can easily become infected and may become malignant along the edges.

“We act like detectives to uncover the underlying reason for the chronic wound,” said Dr. Gordon Krueger, a general surgeon who serves as medical director of the center. “You’ve got to order the right tests and ask the right questions. And you need to stay aware of what is going on in the patient’s life.”

After the initial evaluation, patients are typically seen once a week for eight weeks. Each patient’s wound is measured and photographed weekly from the beginning of treatment to completion to allow physicians to precisely monitor the healing progress. Treatment can include debridement or removal of dead skin tissue, skin replacement with bio-engineered graphs, specialized dressings and topical and/or oral pain medication.

About 20 percent of wound care patients also receive hyperbaric oxygen therapy, a system that delivers high concentrations of oxygen to the bloodstream, accelerating the healing process and stimulating the growth of new blood vessels, which improves circulation.

For more information on Beaufort Memorial’s Wound Care Center, call (843) 522-5300 or visit www.bmhsc.org.

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Daniel Adni Returns to Open Beaufort Symphony’s 25th Season

October 7, 2010

Contributed by Christine A. Raskind

World-renowned pianist Daniel Adni will join with the Beaufort Symphony Orchestra in their opening concerts on Thursday, October 14thand Sunday, October 17th. The concerts will feature ‘A Beethoven Bash’ including Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in c minor and Symphony No. 7 for orchestra.

Keyboard artist Daniel Adni is a resident of London, England and a celebrated performer with orchestra and chamber groups throughout Europe.  His amazing performance last October was greeted with rousing cheers, and he is thrilled to return to the Lowcountry and the BSO stage.  He will again appear with the generous support of local music patron, Martha Hoke.

While preparing for last season’s concerts, Maestro Fred Devyatkin and Adni quickly formed both a personal friendship and a professional partnership. “Daniel brings exceptional artistry and technical facility to his performances, and balances his passion for playing with a sense of grace and good humor,” said Devyatkin.

The BSO was founded 25 years ago by a group of willing volunteers who gathered for the love of making music together. Maestro Frederick Devyatkin took the baton in 1992.  Under his exceptional leadership it has grown into a mature symphonic organization, hailed as one of the best small town orchestras in the United States!

Devyatkin is at home directing the most demanding classical scores, but he can also swing with the best orchestral jazz.  Trained as a violinist at The Manhattan School of Music in New York City, the maestro particularly enjoys an opportunity to step off the podium and play chamber music. In the recent past he has teamed with his wife, Katy Devyatkin, also a violinist, as well as Callawassie resident and pianist,

Arthur Tollefson.  The December Concert will feature his string virtuosity when Elizabeth Tomorsky in the Bach Concerto for Violin and Oboe.

A huge fan of Ludwig van Beethoven, Devyatkin loves to program the compositions of the renowned composer.  The new season’s opening concert will offer two towering works by Beethoven – Piano Concerto # 3 with Mr. Adni at the keyboard, and Symphony, # 7 for orchestra.  These works of Beethoven offer melodies that will be very familiar to concert-going audiences.

In addition to the Orchestra concerts, Daniel Adni, piano and Fred Devyaktin, violin will present a Chamber Recital on Monday evening, October 18th at Sea Island Presbyterian Church, 81 Lady’s Island Parkway at 8:00 P.M.  The program will include music of Beethoven and Handel. The public is invited to attend.  A free will offering will be taken.

The Beaufort Youth Orchestra’s new season in now in full swing. If you would like more information about this energetic group of young musicians, also directed by Maestro Devyatkin, please contact Greta and Ron Maddox at 843-838-8001.

The Beaufort Symphony Board of Directors joins president Ed Like in thanking all those who have helped us to ‘Keep The Music Live’. We welcome new and returning subscribers to the BSO family and look forward to seeing you at the wonderful concerts the maestro and our orchestra members have in store for you. Both season subscriptions and single tickets are available at this time. All concerts are held at USCB’s Performing Arts Auditorium.

The Beaufort Symphony Orchestra

2010-2011 Season

Frederick Devyatkin, Musical Director

A Beethoven Bash!

Thursday Evening, October 14th, 2010 – 8:00 P.M.

Sunday Matinee, October 17th, 2010 – 3:00 P.M.

Beethoven – Concerto #3 in c minor

Featuring world-renowned pianist, Daniel Adni

Beethoven – Symphony #7 for Orchestsra

Winter Soiree!

Thursday Evening, December 16th, 2010 – 8:00 P.M.

Sunday Matinee, December 19th, 2010 – 3:00 P.M.

Bach – Concerto for Violin and Oboe in C minor

Elizabeth Tomorsky, Oboe & Fred Devyatkin, Violin

Handel – Concerto Grosso in B Major

Music of the Season

Starring The Orchestra!

Thursday Evening, March 3rd, 2011 – 8:00 P.M.

Sunday Matinee, March 6th, 2011 – 3:00 P.M.

Haydn – Symphony #100,  “Military”

Dvorak – Symphony #8

American Salute!

From Gould to Gershwin

Thursday Evening, May 5th, 2011 – 8:00 P.M.

Sunday Matinee, May 8th, 2011 – 3:00 P.M.

USCB Performing Arts Center

801 Carteret Street, Beaufort

Adults $35, Youth through High School $5

Season Subscriptions on our website or

843-524-3593; 843-838-9309

Individual tickets at the Beaufort Orchestra’s website

www.beaufortorchestra.org or

Call Ticket Fusion (toll free) 1-877-548-3237

Remaining tickets at the door, if available

This organization is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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JAZZ In The LowCountry

October 7, 2010

Here’s a real treat for music lovers, straight from the New York jazz scene: renowned guitarist Bill Wurtzel and Beaufort native Willie Harvey will play Sunday October 24th.

Bill Wurtzel has had a long career as a guitarist on the New York jazz scene. He was a member of the Count Basie alumni band “The Countsmen” for 15 years, guitarist with Bill “Mr. Honky Tonk Doggett” for 7 years, the Haywood Henry Quartet for 5 years, and now is a member of the Harlem Jazz & Blues All Star band.  He has appeared in concert at Lincoln Center, Town Hall and the Apollo Theater as well as overseas in Italy, Switzerland, Costa Rica, India and Russia.  Bill has played at countless notable jazz venues: Blue Note, Birdland, Trumpets, Ellington’s and Smoke.  Bill has been a board member of the Jazz Foundation of America since its formation in 1989.

Bassist Willie Harvey grew up in Beaufort, South Carolina. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in music from the College of Charleston and recently completed an MA in Jazz Performance at the Aaron Copland School of Music in Queens, NY. Willie has made a name in the Manhattan jazz community performing in such notable venues as The Blue Note, The Iridium, the Highline Ballroom, Lincoln Center, Tavern on the Green, and The Metropolitan Room. He has performed with the likes of Nellie McKay, Darius Rucker, Carla Cook, David “FatHead” Newman, Vincent Herring, Donald Harrison, Nicole Henry, Simone, Fred Wesley, and of course the fabulous Bill Wurtzel.  By the end of this year Willie will have performed in New Orleans, Brazil, Monterey, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Santa Cruz CA…..and let’s add Beaufort!

Open to the public, Fripp Island Friends of Music will present this great concert October 24th at 5pm at the Fripp Island Community Center.  Concertgoers will receive an entry pass at the Fripp Gate.  Tickets will be sold at the door: $20 per adult and $10 for students.  Audience will meet the artists at a Harold’s Catering reception immediately following the performance.  Information: 838-6655.

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Hope Have Receives Grant for Outreach Specialist

October 7, 2010

Hope Haven of the Lowcountry, the regional non-profit children’s advocacy and rape crisis center, has received funding from the Violence Against Women Act program for a Sexual Assault Outreach Specialist.  The new staff member of the agency will be responsible for providing education and outreach to law enforcement agencies, hospital personnel and the public in the 14thJudicial Circuit about a change in the South Carolina law regarding adults reporting sexual assault and rape.

The 2005 Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women’s Act (VAWA) and South Carolina Act 59 allows rape victims time to decide whether or not to pursue their case.  Before the legislature passed Act 59 in June of 2009, the South Carolina Office of Victim’s Assistance (SOVA) would reimburse hospitals for conducting a sexual assault forensic exam as long as the victim reported the crime to the police.  Now, that same exam can be done at any South Carolina hospital and the victim can decide later about whether or not they want to report it to law enforcement.

“Sometimes rape victims do not seek medical attention when they should because of the sensitive nature of the crime,” said Shauw Chin Capps, Executive Director for Hope Haven.  “This new law allows victims to seek the care they may need, access STD and pregnancy prevention, and also have the evidence collection kit performed without having to talk to the police.  Hope Haven is very excited to be able to spread the word about this new law because of this award.”

There is a small window of opportunity for collecting evidence in cases of rape and sexual assault.  The decision about whether or not to prosecute the offender can be made later, thanks to Act 59.  Following the exam, the evidence will be stored, and the rape victim can take up to one year to decide whether or not they want to make a report to law enforcement.

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USCB Center for the Arts Announces the Metropolitan Opera Season

Live in High Definition in Beaufort

October 7, 2010

The University of South Carolina Beaufort announces a new music series The Met: Live in HD at the Center for  the Arts  on the Historic  Beaufort campus .  The 2010-11 season will feature 12 live transmissions of the New York Metropolitan Opera via high definition streaming.  The season begins beginning on October 9 with Das Rheingold and continuing with Boris Godunov (October 23), Don Pasquale (November 13), Don Carlo (December 11), La Fanciulla del West (January 8), Nixon in China (February 12), Iphigénie en Tauride (February 26), Lucia di Lammermoor (March 19), Le Comte Ory (April 9), Capriccio (April 23), Il Trovatore (April 30), and Die Walküre (May 14).

The season opener will be Wagner’s Das Reingold  (new production) on Saturday, October 9 at 1 PM . Two unparalleled artists join forces to create a groundbreaking new Ring for the Met: Maestro James Levine and director Robert Lepage. The cycle launches with Das Rheingold, the prologue to Wagner’s epic drama. “The Ring is not just a story or a series of operas, it’s a cosmos,” says Lepage, who brings cutting-edge technology and his own visionary imagination to the world’s greatest theatrical journey. Bryn Terfel sings the leading role of Wotan for the first time with the company, heading an extraordinary cast. The Met: Live in HD series is made possible by a generous grant from its founding sponsor,

Global corporate sponsorship of The Met: Live in HD is provided by the Neubauer Family Foundation. The HD Broadcasts are supported by Toll Brothers, America’s Luxury Home Building.

Tickets are available at the door on the day of the broadcast, in advance online at uscb.edu/cfa or the Center for the Arts box office (843) 521-4154.  Ticket prices are: Adult/Seniors $20, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Members $16, USCB students/and youth under 18 $10.

For additional information contact USCB Center for the Arts director Bonnie Hargrove at 843-521-3145 or bhargrov@uscb.edu.   .

ABOUT USCB:

The University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) is a senior institution of the University of South Carolina system serving the southeast coast of Georgia and South Carolina. The university’s two campuses, located on the waterfront in historic Beaufort, S.C. and at the gateway to Hilton Head Island in Bluffton, S.C., serve a diverse student body of 1,700.  USCB offers students an exceptional place to learn and live in an environment focused on growth, preservation and opportunity. For more information about the University of South Carolina Beaufort and its arts programs, please visit www.uscb.edu or call the Office of Advancement at 843-208-8240.

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Safety Event at Lowes

October 7, 2010

Lowes of Beaufort parking lot was turned into a Safety Event for the Community on Saturday, September 25, 2010.  Organizations showing support were SCDNR (Phil Amsler, representative) who featured a fishing simulator; the Red Cross (John Elbert, Donnie Ann Beer and Bill Nicol, representatives) brought their Emergency Response Vehicle and handed out information dealing with bad weather situations; Beaufort City Fire Department (Captain John Robinson, representative) gave demonstrations for putting out fires and gave out free safety instruction books to the kids, assisting Captain Robinson were Volunteer FF Derrick Washington, Engineer Rick Reely and FF2 Andrew Harvey; and not to be overlooked is Captain Debora Lewis who brought the Burton Fire Engine.  Thank you to all supporters and attendees for making the 2nd Annual Safety Saturday a huge success and we look forward to seeing you all next year.

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Treasurer Joy Logan launches re-election website

October 7, 2010

Republican Joy Logan this week unveils a campaign website for her re-election as Beaufort County Treasurer, a post she’s held since 1991.

The website, www.electjoylogan.com, features background information on the longtime Beaufort County resident, her career and her achievements as Treasurer.

Logan recently earned the S.C. Lieutenant Governor’s Palmetto Patriot Award, largely due to her work helping heirs keep their family property through the annual tax sales, and also for offering one of South Carolina’s first installment payment plans for property taxes.

Logan is the only treasurer in South Carolina who allows heirs to bid on their own property at tax sale so they can keep it. This process is done with the support of many individuals and organizations, led by Penn Center on St. Helena Island.

With the installment plan, participating taxpayers spread their tax payments over five equal payments during the year, with the final payment Jan. 15 of the next tax year – which makes it easier for many families to afford their payments and keep their land and homes.

“Under her direction, the Beaufort County online system earned statewide recognition,” Bauer said in the award. “The Beaufort County Treasurer’s Office was the first county to allow heirs to bid on their property as a way to allow them the opportunity to retain it … It is with great honor that I recognize Joy Logan-Smith as a true Palmetto Patriot.” She received the award Aug. 26.

The website includes information on how to join Logan’s campaign. The Beaufort-based Williams Group PR / LLC (www.williamsgroup-pr.com) created the website.

 

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Merrill Lynch Financial Advisor Katie Cuppia Phifer Earns Distinguished Certified Financial Planner™ Designation

Merrill Lynch today announced that Katie Cuppia Phifer of Merrill Lynch’s Beaufort office has earned the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM certification awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board), and is allowed to use the CFP® certification mark as educational credential. The CFP designation is awarded to individuals who meet rigorous education, examination, experience and ethics requirements set by the CFP Board.

“The CFP® designation continues to be one of the most distinguished certifications a financial advisor can earn. Our financial advisors are dedicated to continuing education so they can improve upon their skills and knowledge to better serve the complex and ever-changing financial needs of their clients,” said Anthony Bland, complex director. “We are proud to announce that Katie has earned this notable advanced designation.”

Phifer is a native of Beaufort, S.C. and has been a part of Merrill Lynch’s Beaufort office for three years. She graduated from the University of South Carolina. Phifer is a member of the Junior Service League of Beaufort, United Way of the Lowcountry’s Emerging Leader program, and Sea Island Presbyterian Church.

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Jack Cunningham Named Director of the Merrill Lynch Beaufort Branch

Merrill Lynch today announced that Jack Cunningham has been appointed director of Merrill Lynch’s Beaufort branch.

Cunningham will lead the Beaufort team of five dedicated Merrill Lynch Financial Advisors. Merrill Lynch has served the Beaufort community’s comprehensive wealth management needs for more than 15 years.

“Cunningham’s extensive experience in financial services, outstanding reputation and his proven leadership and management skills make him the perfect candidate to lead our Beaufort branch,” said Anthony Bland, complex director. “Jack’s professional insights and direction will be invaluable as we look to expand our presence in the Beaufort region.”

A native of Liberty Hill, Cunningham joined Merrill Lynch as Financial Advisor in 1995. Since then, Cunningham has obtained his Certified Financial Manager designation and been promoted to vice president with Merrill Lynch.

“I look forward to my new role as director of Merrill Lynch’s Beaufort branch. In my 30 years of working in the financial services industry, I have learned it is important to maintain a strong connection with the community that we serve. In keeping with Merrill Lynch’s tradition of excellence, my team and I will work to hire the best talent available and demonstrate responsible citizenship by maintaining a consistent presence in local philanthropic, cultural and educational activities. We are committed to being Beaufort’s essential partner.”

Cunningham graduated from The Citadel, and is a member of Sea Island Rotary, The Beaufort Citadel Club, and St. Peter’s Catholic Church.

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Nu Delta Omega Chapter of AKA Sorority Helps with Litter on Ribaut Road

July 22, 2010

Members pictured are left to right: Barbara Washington, Connie Gardner, Alvesta Robertson, Deborah Moore, Darlene Wilborn, Gwen Jones and Veronica Miller. Not pictured: Irene Rhodan

Members of Nu Delta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. participated in the Great American Clean-Up by picking up several bags of litter from Ribaut Road. The small group divided up and pulled trash from bushes, curbsides and steep ditch areas. The members are involved in several service projects around the county to include mentoring with the Thumbs Up Program.

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ISLAND NOTES

By Jim Hicks

Relocation. Carol Waters, LIBPA member and owner of Carol Waters’ Interiors which is located at 12 Celadon on Sams Point Road has made the decision to relocate to a site which would allow expansion of her business.  Ms. Waters, as owner of her present facility, intends to either sell or lease the two story commercial space in which her business is presently located.  For additional information please call 524-2329.

Sign of the times. A small yellow sign with a red X on it has recently been posted on a few pieces of property on Lady’s Island.  These signs are used to announce the owner of the property, on which the sign is posted, has failed to pay their annual county property taxes, a lien has been placed on the property and it will be sold at auction at a specified date in October unless the delinquent taxes are paid in full.

A business that is doing well! Custom Carolina Carts manager Dan Felisig reports that the response to their new store, located in the Lighthouse Center next to Smokey Chef Restaurant, has surpassed anything they could have hoped for.  The Lady’s Island store offers custom golf carts for sale with service of the carts being offered by a mobile team.  In addition, they offer Motofino scooters which are legal on our local roads, gets amazing gas mileage (40 -60 miles to the gallon of gas) and have an original purchase price of under $2000 for most models. In a time when we are struggling to determine better and more economical types of transportation Custom Carolina Carts appears to offer one solution.

New Member of Lady’s Island Community Preservation Committee. Mr. Richard Gray Jr. of Grayco Inc. has accepted appointment as a member of the Lady’s Island Community Preservation Committee.  This committee was responsible for crafting the present zoning on Lady’s Island and works with the Planning Departments of Beaufort County and the City of Beaufort to ensure zoning is responsive to the needs of the community.  The committee meets the first Monday of each month at 10 AM at the Lady’s Island Airport conference room on an “as required” basis.  Request for a subject to be placed on the committee’s agenda should be directed to Mr. Brian Herrmann, Beaufort County Community Preservation Planner (255-2145). Congratulations on your appointment Mr. Gray and thank you for your willingness to serve the community as a member of the committee.

Just a reminder! The Low Country School of Performing Arts is conducting registration for their fall dance classes at this time.  For an appointment to enroll your child in these classes please contact Deanna Kraszewski at 441-2755 or e-mail (deanna@lowcountrysopa.com).

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Real Support

By Steve Danyluk

July 2, 2010

Politicians love to cloak themselves in Patriotism. One of their favorite ways of doing so post 9/11 is to show how much they “Support the Troops.” This years race for S. Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District is no different, with both candidates (and their supporters) trying to one-up each other with just how big a patriot they truly are.

No one is doubting the Patriotism of either candidate. Both men are veterans. Rob Miller is a combat veteran from Iraq, and Joe Wilson has four children who are currently serving in the military.  Both candidates sacrifices are significant and worthy of respect.

However, rather than be bombarded with “Support the Troops” rhetoric from each  camp until election day, I’d like to offer both campaigns with the opportunity to do something meaningful and provide some of the most severly wounded troops from Iraq and Afghanisan with Real Support right here in the 2nd District.

This October, The Independence Fund is bringing in well known entertainer Gary Sinise and his Lt Dan Band to Beaufort to perform a free concert in honor of the military at this years Shrimp Festival. This will be Mr. Sinise’s (who has become this generation of warriors Bob Hope) first return to Beaufort since filming his memorable role of Lt Dan in the film Forrest Gump. The cost of flying in the Lt Dan Band is significant for our non-profit, but one our Board felt was well worth the expense.

In addition to Mr. Sinise and the Lt Dan Band, we have one-hundred severely wounded veterans and caregivers who wish to attend the four day event. Their cost is significant as well. We are currently doing everything we can to raise the necessary funding for this goal.

Some of you have may have seen the Parris Island Young Marines selling t-shirts and wrist bands at the 4th of July celebration. More recently, Congressman Wilson highlighted the efforts of Jack Carter, a 6yr. old resident of Beaufort County, on his campaign blog. Jack Carter raised $1500 for bringing in the troops for the event with a lemonade stand. But we still have a long way to go to meet the total goal.

With this in mind we have created a fun way in which the supporters of each 2nd District candidate can provide meaningful support for the troops and show how patriotic their political camp is in the process.  Simply visit the event website, (www.ltdanweekend.com) where you can make a donation in your candidates name. We have no paid staff, our Board is comprised entirely of combat veterans, and 100% the donations will be used to cover he travel, meals and lodging expenses of the wounded veterans and caregivers attending the Lt Dan Weekend.

Now that’s real support we hope both candidates will gladly embrace.

The Writer is a Marine Corps veteran with two combat action ribbons and founder of the Independence Fund.

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Tools for the Journey: The 11th Hour, a Conference on End of Life Issues to be Offered

July 22, 2010

On July 30th at the Technical College of the Lowcountry from 8:30am-4:30pm, FRIENDS of Caroline Hospice in partnership with Beaufort Memorial Hospital, Keyserling Cancer Center and Lowcountry AHEC are offering a course entitled, Tools for the Journey:  The 11th Hour.  This conference will offer participants the opportunity to expand their knowledge base on end of life issues including the psychological aspects of aging, a glimpse at the Alzheimer’s process, pharmacological and non-pharmacological pain management , changes in the adaptation aspects of intimacy and sexuality during the journey  as well as tools for the journey leading up to the eleventh hour.   Cost to attend is $75 per person, includes lunch and entitles participants to Continuing Education Credits.  Additional information and registration is available online at www.lcahec.com.

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Foreclosure and Bankruptcy Report

July 22, 2010

A comparison of the number of foreclosures and bankruptcies in northern Beaufort County in December 2009 and in June 2010 shows an increase of 21% over the 6 month period.  Worthy of note is that during this period the total number of bankruptcies dropped by 27% whiles the number of foreclosures increased by 51%.  Three areas contributed significantly to the increase in the area of foreclosures – City of Beaufort, Lady’s Island and Burton. The Town of Port Royal and St. Helena saw a decrease in the number of homes experiencing either bankruptcies or foreclosures.   The following chart with data derived from foreclosure.com sets forth a comparison of foreclosure and bankruptcy for December 2009 and January 2010 by specific areas.  As can be seen, we are not out of the woods in regard to foreclosures, bankruptcies and our housing market.

Northern Beaufort County Foreclosure and Bankruptcy

(Comparison December 2009 and June 2010)

Foreclosure                Bankruptcy              Total

Location                          Dec 09  June 10        Dec 09   June 10     Dec 09  June 10

City of Beaufort               33          42                  12        10               45         52

Town of Port Royal           9            7                    7           3              16          10

Lady’s Island                   15          30                  22         17              37          47

St Helena                          20          21                 13           8               33         29

Seabrook                             2           8                    4           4                 6         12

Sheldon                               1           0                    0           0                 1           0

Burton                               15         36                  32          24              37         60

Total N of Broad River      95       144 (+ 51%)    90        66 (-27%)  174     210 (+21%)

It should be noted that the above chart provides a look at foreclosures and bankruptcies but does not address the number of “short sales”.  According to Wikipedia “A short sale is a sale of real estate in which the sale proceeds fall short of the balance owed on the property’s loan.  It often occurs when a borrower cannot pay the mortgage loan on their property, but the lenderdecides that selling the property at a moderate loss is better than pressing the borrower. Both parties consent to the short sale process, because it allows them to avoid foreclosure, which involves hefty fees for the bank and poorer credit report outcomes for the borrowers. This agreement, however, does not necessarily release the borrower from the obligation to pay the remaining balance of the loan, known as the deficiency.” Since a “short sale is negotiated between the borrower and the lender it is almost impossible to determine the number of such sales occurring in northern Beaufort County.

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More Books, Please

July 22, 2010

Every year The Friends of the Beaufort County Library budgets approximately $40,000 to support library services. In addition, this year the Friends made a leadership gift of $20,000 to help purchase shelving for the new Beaufort District Collection room.

The only way we can maintain this level of financial support is through raising funds at our book sales. Donations are down this year and we’re putting out a special plea for your used books, CDs, DVDs, and even VHSs.

Donations can be dropped off at the library on Scott Street. They can be left in the donation book-drop right inside the library foyer or at the circulation desk .We’ll even come and get them! It is never too late to bring in donations. If we don’t use them for one sale, there is always the next sale. Your donations always count and are always appreciated.

Please call Geni Flowers-Buquet at 522-8605 if you have any questions or would like to take advantage of our free you-call-we-haul service. Hope to see you all September.

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Framing your Portrait with the Right Cut

Courtesy of Salon 10 Market

July 22, 2010

Six billion uniquely distinct individuals of all shapes and sizes inhabit the Earth today, leaving no two people alike.  Even with such a large population, each of us falls into only one of the five major classifications of face shapes: oval, oblong, round,square, and heart-shaped.   Our faces are the picture, and our hair is the frame.  Here are a few tips to find the perfect outline for your individual portrait.

**Oval –   Just about any hairstyle will work with this shape, whether curly or straight.  Layers around the chin or cheekbone are always flattering to an oval face.  Try to avoid styles or accessories that accentuate length, especially near the crown.

**Oblong (or long)-  Mid-length shapes work  best.  For balance, you can add the illusion of width by keeping hair fuller at the sides of your face as well as a longer fringe (bang). Try to avoid super long lengths and extremely short cuts; both extremes will detract from width and add the illusion of length.

**Round (or circle)-  Most shapes work well with rounder faces, but just as a long face needs the illusion of width, a circular face may need to appear longer.  Most short cuts are not the best choice, but rather cut below the chin, layered with diagonal lines to add length to your facial structure.

**Square- this shape consists of a more angular jaw.  The trick to detract from this is by avoiding horizontal lines and maintaining the length of your locks below your jaw, or even longer.  Height in your crown area can create an illusion of length.

**Heart-Shaped –   This beautiful shape generally has a more pointed chin that draws attention away from the eyes. A side-swept or brow length fringe will bring focus back to your eyes, as will a longer style with layers hitting right around your cheekbone.

24th-26th at the Waterfront Park.  Thank you!

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Beaufort Makes Most of Limited Budgets

July 22, 2010

Through strong financial management and City Council leadership, Beaufort found creative ways to provide exceptional services in 2009-2010 without extra money.

The Beaufort City Council recently approved its FY2011 budget and, in a look back at FY2010, City Manager Scott Dadson and his team showcased a detailed look at the City’s strong financial standing despite a national recession.

“Looking back, it was a pretty good year for us in the City, considering the economy being the worst it’s been in 80 years. We saw our general fund grow by approximately $850,000 while doing amazing things to make Beaufort a better place to live,” Dadson said.

Among the encouraging signs: Building permits are up in 2010 compared to 2009, due in large part to better enforcement of permits for renovation work. Business license fees are stable – which is better than seeing them decrease, Dadson noted.

“The City’s financial position, which was solid at the start of the year, is even stronger at year end,” said Mack Cook, Beaufort’s finance director.  “The City’s reduced its debt by $2.2 million, including retiring several years early $675,000 in outstanding loans, which saves taxpayers a lot of debt service payments in future years.

“Without adding new debt, the City spent $524,000 for major stormwater improvements and added three police patrol cars for $78,000.  The City’s ending operating cash balance remains virtually unchanged from the beginning of the year at $7.6 million,” Cook said.

“Between now and December, the City will expend $3 million more than it takes in and starting the fiscal year with this cash position allows the City to maintain services without resorting to short-term borrowing, while keeping sufficient cash on hand should it be necessary to recover from a  major storm.

Much of what the City has been able to accomplish this past year started with the outsourcing of the residential solid waste and recycling, Cook said. For FY 2010 the City’s Solid Waste operation netted $103,000 in positive cash flow – even after the Solid Waste Fund repaid $178,000 in outstanding equipment loans and $55,000 in advances from the General fund.   This compares to a loss in FY 2009 from Solid Waste operations of $77,000, Cook said.

“This reversal of fortunes allowed the City to redirect funding to enhancing the appearance of our neighborhood, sidewalks, curbs and streets while building a reserve for the replacement of the roll carts and recycling bins,” Cook said.

“The City wasn’t going to sit passively by as our citizens’ property values declined in this national recession.  The City took action in improving how neighborhoods look, and in doing so hopefully helped maintain property values,” Cook said.

Expanded services – made possible partly by outsourcing work to the private sector — include those increased efforts to clean up the city and to maintain parks and open space. Also, the City brought in outside experts to review police and fire department practices.

Over the past year, City staff, residents and volunteers collected more than 312 tons of debris from across the City, creating a more attractive community while also improving fire safety by removing all that flammable material, Dadson said.

The clean-up was possible through the dedication of several Neighborhood Associations, residents and volunteers, City staff and the efforts of Waste Pro, the company that provides garbage, trash and recycling collection.

In the past 10 months, Beaufort residents, City crews and volunteers removed 312 tons of “stuff” from residential properties in Beaufort, eliminating fuel for fires and cleaning up the City. To put that in perspective, 312 tons is equivalent to about 42 elephants, or two blue whales, or eight fully-loaded tractor trailer rigs, or 24 fully-loaded dump trucks, or 312 VW Beetles.

The totals from nine neighborhood clean-ups include:

  • 197 tons of trash including white goods, bulky waste, lumber, and metals
  • 104 tons of trees limbs, shrubs, branches and yard debris
  • 11 tons of paint, tires, combustible liquids and items never indentified
  • 23 vacant lots have been cleared of overgrown vegetation, improving public safety and reducing fire risk.

Under the City’s solid waste removal contract with Waste Pro, in effect since August 2009, the City has focused on four key areas to improve life for residents, to improve the looks of the City, and to improve fire safety issues: garbage, recycling, yard debris and bulk goods.

Pro-active, prevention-based efforts by the Beaufort Fire Department and Beaufort Police Department earned “best practice” kudos from a recent comprehensive study conducted in 2009-2010 by the International City/County Management Association for Beaufort.

Those effort help save lives and reduce loss of property, ICMA experts said. The reports addressed strengths of both departments as well as areas where improvement is needed.

“We brought ICMA and their experts in to take a close look at the services we provide in public safety, and to help us identify how we can make an already good thing better,” Dadson said. “The reports indicate we’ve made good progress but still have room to improve, and we now have a new roadmap for that improvement.”

A majority of law enforcement calls in Beaufort originated with police officers, according to the ICMA study.

“We have 76 percent of our call volume being officer initiated,” Dadson said earlier this year. “That’s a big part of our pro-active community policing effort. Our officers are on the street, they’re on the roads, they’re keeping an eye out for suspicious people and behavior, and that helps make Beaufort a safer place.”

Police Chief Matt Clancy earned a “best practice” commendation from ICMA for using “community resource teams” to shift police teams to focus on particular geographic areas when problems arise.

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Custom Home Builders, Quality Homes Win State Awards

July 15, 2010

Steven Mungo, President of Homebuilders Association of SC and Allen Patterson

The Home Builders Association of South Carolina recently awarded the prestigious Pinnacle Awards to home builders, remodelers, and other home building industry professionals across the state during the Eighth Annual Celebration of Excellence awards banquet held on Hilton Head Island last week. More than 19 awards were awarded to new homes and remodel project entries that exhibited outstanding craftsmanship in the construction of quality homes. Price points for these entries ranged from $200,000 to more than $5 million. Sales and Marketing awards were also given to those entries that exhibited exceptional design and delivery of the message.

While a Pinnacle Award was given to the entry that achieved the highest score in each category, finalist awards were also given to entries that were exceptional in the judges’ eyes.

Local builder, Allen Patterson won in the following categories:

New Construction Categories

$500,000 to $749,999

The Pinnacle Award went to Reclamation by Design, Ltd. of the Hilton Head Area HBA for The Michner Residence. A Finalist Award was given to Allen Patterson Residential, LLC of the HBA of the Lowcountry for the Caratto Residence and to Caldwell Design and Construction, Inc. of the HBA of Aiken County for the McComas Residence.

$750,000 to $999,999

The Pinnacle Award went to Allen Patterson Residential, LLC of the HBA of the Lowcountry for the Patterson Residence. A Finalist Award was given to Tilton Group Signature Homes of the Hilton Head Area HBA for the Genovese Residence.

Entries must have been completed after October 1, 2008, and the builder of record must be an HBA member. The participants supplied the judges with floor plans, exterior elevations, color photographs and a commentary on each entry. In addition, a list of all sub-contractors and their membership status in the HBA was required.

About the Pinnacle Awards

The Pinnacle Awards were created to honor those in the home building industry who have achieved the highest standard of quality craftsmanship, innovative problem solving and customer satisfaction. This competition is a privilege of membership, as well as a means of challenging our members to greater levels of achievement.

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Beaufort Memorial Celebrates First Anniversary of Robotic Surgeries

July 15, 2010

One year ago, doctors at Beaufort Memorial revolutionized surgery when they performed the first completely robotic hysterectomy in this region. Beaufort Memorial is one of the only hospitals in the area to use the daVinci Surgical System, a robotic, computer-assisted instrument, and is the only one currently performing hysterectomies with it.

Rather than cutting a large, six- to eight-inch opening in the patient’s abdomen, surgeons are now able to perform operations using four to five dime-sized incisions, reducing pain, blood loss and risk of infection. Instead of a four-day hospital stay and six weeks of recovery, patients generally spend just one night in the hospital and are usually back to work in a week or two.

Robot-assisted surgery also enables the physician to achieve maximum accuracy and delicate movement. Sitting at a console approximately five feet from the patient, the surgeon can see a 3-D image of the field of operation magnified by 10. The movement of the robot’s EndoWrists are controlled by the surgeon’s thumbs and forefingers inserted in Velcro grips.

“The daVinci instruments are wristed so they can move in every direction,” said Dr. Glenn Werner, OB/GYN, who participated in the first daVinci surgery at BMH along with his partner, Dr. Randall Royal. “The mobility is so much better than with conventional laparoscopic instruments. There’s not much you couldn’t handle with da Vinci.”

A number of Beaufort Memorial physicians have been trained to use the innovative system, and over 100 operations have been performed successfully over the past year. In addition to Werner and Royal, Dr. Allahna Coggins, Dr. Ardra Davis-Tolbert, Dr. Patricia Thompson, and Dr. Claude Tolbert are performing gynecological procedures at BMH with the daVinci robot.

To learn more about Beaufort Memorial Hospital’s da Vinci Surgical System, visit http://www.bmhsc.org.

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St. Helena Library Closed While School District Strips Floors July 22 – July 31

July 15, 2010

The St. Helena branch of the Beaufort County Library will be closed July 22 through 31 while workers refurbish the floors.

The library is housed inside St. Helena Elementary School until a new facility is completed at Penn Center. The school district has contracted to strip and refinish the floors at the school and this causes potent fumes that can make people sick.

St. Helena Library staff will be re-assigned temporarily to other library branches until the stripping has been completed.

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Sea Island Quilters Donate to Friends of Caroline

July 15, 2010

Janie Lackman of Friends of Caroline Hospice stands in front of a quilt made and donated by members of the Sea Island Quilters. Holding the quilt are SIQ members Carol Jaynes and Judy Cain.  Picture submitted by Corinne Hagood

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Preserved Sites Selected as Locations for 2011 County Calendar Photo Contest

July 15, 2010

Twelve undeveloped properties acquired for conservation by Beaufort County were selected as locations for the 2011 Beaufort County Calendar photo contest and they offer shots of hardwoods, wildlife, waterways, marshlands and history.

County Administrator Gary Kubic said the sites were chosen from about 60 properties slated for preservation through the County’s Rural and Critical Land Preservation Program. “Some of the 13 locations are preserved with trails, parking and restrooms. Others are not yet ready for the public and remain closed. But, they are remarkably beautiful in their natural state and I wanted to open them up for this special, brief opportunity. Featuring them in the calendar will help citizens become more familiar with these valuable properties and with our conservation program.”

Kubic said each participant must submit photos from two different sites. Photographers may use people or animals in their pictures if they wish as long as photos are taken on selected properties.  He warned that safety precautions should be taken against snakes, bugs and poison ivy, which are common this time of year. There may also be a risk of falling over tree stumps, rocks or holes.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, August 13. A maximum of 2 photos from each of the two chosen locations may be submitted. Pictures may be in color or black and white and must be roughly 8 x 10 vertical or horizontal. Each entry must include a print and a digital copy of at least 300 dpi. The digital copy may be sent pio@bcgov.net or mailed with the print to Public Information Officer/PO Drawer 1228/Beaufort, SC 29901-1228.

Entry forms and any subject-release forms may be submitted with the print. The forms, maps, contest rules and instructions are posted on the home page of the County website: www.bcgov.net.

A legal waiver releasing the County and its land-buying partners from liability must be completed and submitted to the County public information office before photographers enter the contest. Email or mail to the addresses above or fax to (843) 470-2812.

Properties chosen for the contest include:

  • The Adams tract (northern Beaufort County (near MCAS)
  • The Barringer site, St. Helena Island
  • Penn Center Tree Farm, St. Helena Island
  • Jones Landing at Station Creek, Northern Beaufort County
  • Fort Fremont (St. Helena Island)
  • Widgeon Point (Lemon Island)
  • Altamaha Town Heritage Preserve (Okatie)
  • Okatie Preserve (West and South parcels)
  • Pinckney Colony (Colony West)
  • Bluffton Oyster Company
  • Stoney Preserve (Aranda site on Jarvis Creek, Hilton Head)
  • Green’s Shell Park/ Davis Tract (Hilton Head)

Some of the selected sites are gated and have “no trespassing” signs. Gates will be unlocked during the day while the contest is underway. Photographers who have completed and submitted the required liability waiver will not be charged with trespassing.

The Penn Center Tree Farm will be open to photographers for two weekends only: Friday, Saturday and Sunday July 16, 17 & 18 and 23, 24, 25.

For more information, call the Beaufort County Public Information Office at (843) 255-2035.

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Happy 4th of July Beaufort!

July 8, 2010

Brycen Ambrose and Kate Luckey celebrated the Fourth of July with a parade in the Newpoint subdivision. The pair were adorned with red, white and blue attire as they wished America a Happy Birthday.

A C-17 Air Force transport performed a low-level flyover along the South Carolina coast Sunday. The Charleston Air Force Base says the “Salute from the Shore” event began at 2 p.m. in honor of Independence Day. The C-17 flew over seven coastal cities within 45 minutes. This photo was taken at Bull Point in Trenchards Inlet.

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Beaufort Unveils Logo for Historic City’s 300th Birthday

July 8, 2010

Bold colors, a clean typeface and the creative use of crescent moons in the “300” that mirrors the South Carolina flag brought Beaufort a logo for its 300th birthday celebration and brought Bluffton graphic artist Kelly Logan Graham a check for $1,000.

Graham’s logo was selected from among 27 entries from across the United States to represent Beaufort, SC, during its Tricentennial celebration throughout 2011.

City leaders unveiled the logo Tuesday at a ceremony in the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park.

“For a community that celebrates our unique history and culture on an almost daily basis, 300 years is a huge benchmark” Beaufort Mayor Billy Keyserling said. “Over the past two and a half years, the Beaufort Three Century Project has been exploring our past so that we could better craft our future.  It’s really important to set the stage for the 2011 celebration. Presenting the logo is step one to an inspiring and enriching Tricentennial Year.”

Logo judges included Curtis Zimmerman, principal of the Zimmerman PR agency in Tallahassee, FL; Frank Stoner, graphic designer and illustrator in Asheville, NC; and Ken May, acting director of the SC Arts Commission.

“We certainly want to thank all the artists and graphic designers who took the time to share their talent and creations with us,” said Mike McFee, Beaufort City Councilman and chairman of the Tricentennial Committee.  “There were a number of wonderful logos to choose from, and I’m sure the judges had a difficult time.”

The Tricentennial Committee is finalizing community-wide events throughout 2011 to celebrate Beaufort’s 300th birthday and its entry to its fourth century. Beaufort was founded in 1711 by the English, although its beginnings date back to Spanish explorers in 1514. Beaufort was named for Englishman Henry Somerset, Duke of Beaufort (1684-1714), one of the Lords Proprietors of Carolina.

The logo will be used from now through the 2011 celebrations of Beaufort’s 1711 charter as South Carolina’s second city. It may be reproduced on items as small as key chains and lapel pins or as large as banners and billboards. On Tuesday, City leaders unfurled a four-by-six foot flag of the design.

Beaufort City leaders and artist Kelly Logan Graham unveil Beaufort, SC’s logo for its 2011 Tricentennial Celebrations. L-R, Ed Gillies, chairman of Beaufort’s Tricentennial Art Committee, Beaufort City Councilman Mike McFee (chairman of the Tricentennial Committee), Beaufort Chief Financial Officer Shirley Hughes, Bluffton artist Kelly Graham and Beaufort Mayor Billy Keyserling.

“My logo for the Beaufort Tricentennial is designed to create a colorful impression of celebration and festivity,” Graham said. “The type I used is a font called Trajan, based on letters chiseled into Trajan’s column in ancient Rome, which has an air of tradition and history.

“The color graphic obviously uses the number 300, expressed using symbols that echo the crescent moon shape on the SC flag.  The three colors represent the full spectrum of light, as well as the red bloodline of local founders, the golden Carolina sunshine and the blue waters that define Beaufort’s boundaries,” he said.

Graham and his wife, Ann, own Graham and Graham, a Bluffton-based advertising firm.

The Tricentennial Committee has been working since January to plan events commemorating Beaufort’s 300th birthday, with much of the initial work related to the logo. The year-long commemoration will kick off with a “Tricentennial First Night” on Dec. 31, 2010, around dusk in Beaufort’s Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park. The evening likely will include the Parris Island Band, historical reenactments and fireworks.

The city’s actual birthday, Jan. 17, 2011, will be celebrated that early evening with a birthday cake cutting and other events at Beaufort City Hall.

Throughout 2011, the Tricentennial recognitions will be woven through traditional city events such as the Gullah Festival, Water Festival, home tours and the Shrimp Festival.

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Local SAR Chapter Installs New Member

July 8, 2010

L-R: President Wayne Cousar, Bill Sammons and Secretary Michael Keyserling. (Photo by Jody Henson)
Carroll Crowther (Photo by Wayne Cousar)

On June 18th, the Gov. Paul Hamilton Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution held their quarterly luncheon meeting at the Albergotti Grill in the Holiday Inn.  Over fifty members and quests were present to hear Carroll Crowther, past president of the chapter, discuss the continued battles against the British and Loyalists for independence in South Carolina after the surrender of Gen. Cornwallis at Yorktown in Oct 1781, considered by historians as the last real battle and end of the war.

Crowther went on to tell of South Carolina Tory Bloody Bill Cunningham slaughtering thirty patriots at Clouds Creek, SC in November and another patriot force of fifteen at Hayes Station, SC two days later.   General Francis Marion and his men fought throughout the Wambaw Creek and Tydiman’s Plantation areas in early 1782 and in August Marion’s last engagement at Fairlawn Plantation was against the South Carolina Royal Dragoons.  John Laurens, son of Henry Laurens and previously aid-de-camp to George Washington, was ambushed at the Battle of the Combahee River in late August just prior to the British evacuation of Charlestowne.  Reportedly more patriots lost their lives after Yorktown than prior to that famous battle.

Following the presentation and luncheon, President Wayne Cousar swore in Dr. William C. “Bill” Sammons as a member of the South Carolina and National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.  Dr. Sammons, a retired veterinarian and wife Kathey live in Seabrook.  His Patriot Ancestor was Rowland Salmon of the western Virginia area.

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Northern By-Pass Moves Forward

July 8, 2010

Plans for a northern by-pass route from Lady’s Island to the mainland have advanced with notification of a selected pathway.

Beaufort County mailed maps of the alignment along with letters to property owners whose parcels could be impacted by the route. The bypass originates at the intersection of Brickyard Point Road South and Sams Point Road and follows Brickyard to Johnson Landing Road, crosses the Coosaw River to US 21 near the Marine Corps Air Station and ends at Bruce K. Smalls Drive and US 21.

The letter, signed by County Engineer Robert Klink and Doyle D. Kelley, Jr., of Thomas & Hutton Engineering Co., explains that an alignment had been selected through several meetings with stakeholders, environmental screenings and a cost/benefit analysis. Public meetings were also held to review alternatives and obtain input from citizens.

The letter states, “…an alignment was selected to continue with the environmental review process to determine in more detail potential impacts to the area.”

Members of the design team will be in affected neighborhoods during the next few months surveying property and collecting data. The findings will be reviewed by engineers, surveyors, geologists, scientists and other experts.

The northern bypass is one of Beaufort County’s road improvement sales tax projects approved by voters in 2006. For more information visit www.bcgov.net and select the option for “HWY Projects.”

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Leadership Beaufort Announces Class of 2011

July 8, 2010

The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the 26th Leadership Beaufort Class.  Leadership Beaufort connects participants with prominent civic, business and government leaders.  The following participants will take part in the 10-month program that will finish in May 2011:

Jim Amrhein – Self Employed, Financial Consultant

Eleanore Bednarsh – Retired Educator

Bob Bundy, Property Manager, Bundy Appraisal & Management

Michael Burgess – PILAU Program Manager, Technical College of the Lowcountry

Karen Carroll – VP Pt Care Services/Chief Nursing office, Beaufort Memorial Hospital

B.J. Cozart – Dir of Property Mgmt, Atlantic Marine Corp Communities

George Dewhirst – Retired, US Navy

Alexis Garrobo – Admin Asst, Beaufort County Council

Katherine Graham-Ferguson – Attorney, Tupper, Grimsley & Dean, PA

Gene Green – Co-Owner, The Chocolate Tree

Ali Heavener – Sales Mgr/Broker in Charge, D.R. Horton

Beth Huston – MCCS Coordinator, Marine Corps Community Services

Joel Iacopelli – Financial Services Professional, Capstone Financial Partners

Agustin Martinez – Self Employed, Business Consultant

Donna McLean – Executive Director, Beaufort Women’s Center

Martha O’Regan – Owner, Practitioner, Therapeutic Solutions

Ed Ricks – VP of Information Services, Beaufort Memorial Hospital

David Roos – Owner, Genisystems

Charles Sexton – Dir. Of Engineers, BJWSA

Gloria Singleton – Global Career Development Facilitator, Beaufort County School Dist

James Still – Training Officer, Burton Fire District

Chrystie Turner – Dir of Resource Services, United Way of the Lowcountry

Jesse Washington – Dir for School & Community Services, Bft Cty School District

Carlotta Ungaro, President, Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce

Established in 1985, Leadership Beaufort has become one of the most prestigious organizations in Beaufort. Each year, a select group of Beaufortonians learn not only what is going on but how to make a difference in the community. The program builds community trustee leadership through an in-depth view of cultural, economic, historic, social, educational, environmental and government resources. The result is that hundreds of alumni have made countless contributions to the community and its quality of life.

Questions about the program should be addressed to Connie Hipp at 843.812.6822.

The anticipated graduation date for members of the Class of 2011 is May 2011.

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Beaufort Firefighters Ready for Summer

July 8, 2010

After an unusually busy month of May, Beaufort firefighters are prepared for the expected increase in fire calls that come with summer.

When it comes to fire calls, according to Beaufort fire officials, Beaufort is an anomaly. According to National Fire Protection Association reports, nationally fires begin to increase when the weather turns colder in September and peak between December and February; even in South Carolina, according to State Fire Marshal reports, fire deaths follow that same pattern. However in Beaufort, fire calls pick up in June, when the weather gets warmer.

“There is no rhyme or reason to it,” stated Beaufort Fire Marshal Lieutenant Daniel Byrne. “It is theorized that fires increase elsewhere during cooler months because people stay home and cook more, as well as use unsafe heating methods. But here I have not been able to detect any common denominator to explain it.”

In 2009 Beaufort fire crews responded to seven building fires between May and August, as compared to just six throughout the remaining eight months of ‘09’. So far in 2010 between May and early July Beaufort firefighters have already responded to over twelve fire calls, five of which occurred over a single weekend, although none cause any serious damages or injuries.

Beaufort fire crews have also responded to two fires in commercial restaurants, the most serious of which occurred at the Mizu restaurant on Ribaut Rd in Port Royal which caused considerable damage to the restaurant’s attic area.

“The one trend I have seen this year is complete carelessness and disregard for basic fire safety,” Byrne stated. According to Byrne two fires were caused by children playing with lighters and another two were caused by open flames on apartment balconies.

“There is no such thing as an accidental fire, something preventable occurred to cause it, and people need to be very cautious when dealing with anything that produces heat; whether it involves candles, matches/lighters, heaters or your stove.” Byrne states the golden rule is “If it has heat than 3 feet,” when referring to heat generating appliances and the location of combustibles being a minimum of three feet away.

Another concern Byrne has during the summer is that children are now home alone and idol. Beaufort fire official’s stress the importance of keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children and having fire extinguishers handy. “We encourage all parents to bring their children by our station for a fire safety lesson, especially for those who may be cooking or tempted to cook, we will provide free fire extinguisher training,” stated Byrne. Above all, Byrne states parents need to talk to their children about basic safety around the house and what to do and not to do and fire extinguishers handy.

Citizens who live in the city of Beaufort or town of Port Royal may qualify for a free smoke detector, fire extinguisher, or rescue ladder; citizens interested in those items, or who would like to schedule a fire safety program for their child or children may do so by calling 525-7055 Mon-Fri or E-Mailing Byrne at dbyrne@beaufortfiredept.com.

For more information contact Beaufort Firefighter Daniel Byrne at 263-0650

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Worried about bad breath?

By Dr. Jennifer Wallace

July 8, 2010

Have you ever walked into a meeting or a cocktail party and without warning thought, “Do I have bad breath?” Suddenly, you find yourself breathing into your cupped hand trying to get a whiff; still unsure, you search frantically for a mint to mask the smell you fear is there.

On the list of social offences, bad breath ranks right up there with flatulence and body odor. While store shelves are well stocked with remedies ranging from chewing gum and mouthwash to breath strips and drops, researchers are just starting to understand the science of bad breath. Their research ran the gamut from studies on the most effective natural flavors for treating bad breath – cinnamon is a good choice. In dental research, bad breath is neglected because it is not a disease that will kill people. But it’s a huge quite embarrassing problem. Everybody suffers from bad breath at one point in their lifetime.

Dry mouth, tooth decay, certain prescription drugs, sinus problems, or even diseases like diabetes can cause bad breath. Most bad breath originates in the mouth, and about 90 percent of the smell comes from the tongue. It’s a warm, moist incubator of bacteria. The prime breeding ground of halitosis is believed to be the tongue, especially the base of the tongue and the grooves and fissures at the top of the tongue. Both areas are a haven for bacteria, which feed on protein matter in the mouth producing a sulfur byproduct that causes the smell. Sweets, protein-rich foods, acidic foods and alcohol all contribute to a bacteria-friendly environment. Certain medications and tobacco can also have a drying effect in the mouth which also fuel bacteria growth.

Good oral care is the best weapon for routine bad breath. Regular brushing, flossing, a tongue scraper to remove bacteria from the back of the tongue, and a final rinse with antibacterial mouthwash will certainly help with the problem. If you’re concerned that you may be a victim of halitosis, talk with your dentist or hygienist. They can design a breath treatment regimen that will help to neutralize and eliminate the offending odor.

Jennifer Wallace, DMD practices at Palmetto Smiles of Beaufort on Lady’s Island. She can be contacted at 843-524-7645 or thru her website http://www.palmettosmilesofbeaufort.com.

New Beaufort Electronic Parking System and New Rates Take Effect Today

July 1, 2010

Dozens of downtown Beaufort coin-operated parking meters perched atop metal posts will be replaced in coming days by solar-powered computerized parking kiosks that accept cash, credit and debit cards and use English, Spanish and French.

The changeover is scheduled to start June 27 when City crews remove the parking meter posts along Bay Street, followed by a similar process in the Downtown Marina parking lot.

Effective July 1, downtown visitors will use the new electronic parking system, similar to using an ATM machine.

“We are taking the next two weeks to inform the community that we’re getting ready to start the new parking system that we’ve been talking about for six months,” said Scott Dadson, Beaufort City Manager. “It’s a change to not have a parking meter sticking up out of the sidewalk, but it’s a change we need to improve the beauty of downtown and to make parking more efficient.”

Also starting July 1, it will cost $1 per hour to park at any metered space, up from the current 50 cents per hour. Parking fines for violators also go up July 1: Tickets will be $10 if paid within seven days, increasing to $20 if not paid during that weeklong period.

Parking rules are enforced downtown from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Parking is free on Sundays and City holidays such as July 4.

Here’s how the new parking system will work:

  1. Upon parking on Bay Street or in the marina lot, drivers must note their parking space number, painted in large letters on the pavement.
  2. You’ll go to the nearest kiosk – one will be located in the center of each of downtown Bay Street’s three blocks, on each side of the street – and follow instructions on the panel.
  3. The computerized parking machine will ask what language to use, then share information with the user to buy parking time. The user can buy only as much time as allowed for a certain parking space – you can’t buy three hours of time in a two-hour parking spot, for instance.
  4. Users can pay with cash, credit or debit cards.
  5. Your receipt will indicate your parking space number, how much was paid, and when your purchased time will expire.
  6. If you are parked in a two-hour spot but buy only 30 minutes’ worth of time, you can add more time to your debit or credit card, but only up to the maximum time allowed in that particular parking space.
  7. The Bay Street parking spaces are all two-hour limits; in the Downtown Marina, there are four-hour and eight-hour parking slots.

The city’s parking system is managed by Lanier Parking Solutions, which also handles enforcement. Parking revenues are split with 85 percent going to the Beaufort Redevelopment Commission and 15 percent going to Main Street Beaufort USA. None of the money goes into Beaufort’s general fund.

“Our historic downtown is going to look much cleaner without all these parking meter poles sticking up out of the sidewalk,” Dadson said. “The new system will be easier for our visitors to use, easier to monitor, and easier on the eyes.”

During the transition from June 27 through June 30, parking spaces without meters on Bay Street or the marina lot are considered free parking.

Lanier’s “Parking Ambassadors” who monitor parking and write tickets for violators, will be providing reminder fliers to downtown visitors as part of the information campaign leading up to the July 1 change in parking systems.

New informational signs, designed with input from merchants and Main Street Beaufort USA, will be erected in conjunction with the parking change and the kiosks will also have operating instructions. More information will be posted at the Beaufort City website, www.cityofbeaufort.org.

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Fripp for a Cure to Benefit Keyserling Cancer Center

By Chris Assaf & Bev Fineis

July 1,2010

We have a good friend whom we deeply admire.  She has been a full time resident of Fripp for almost two decades and during that time has given freely of her time and talents for our community.  But the real reason we look up to her is her incredible spirit.  Her positive attitude inspires us!

Several years ago, she was diagnosed with cancer.  She required daily radiation treatments, which involved a two-hour drive to Savannah.  She told us how she left her home each morning for six weeks, drove two hours for a short treatment, then turned around and drove back to Fripp.  A daily four-hour commute is way too much when you’re not feeling well!

Today her husband is battling the same disease.  However, his treatments are a half hour away in Port Royal.  Fortunately for him and so many others on Fripp, Keyserling Cancer Center is now right here in our community.

Keyserling is a not for profit division of Beaufort Memorial Hospital and is also affiliated with Duke University.  They have provided Fripp residents with a much more convenient location for radiation and chemotherapy.  And just as important, we constantly hear rave reviews about the wonderful, caring staff at Keyserling.  Many Fripp Island residents have shared that Keyserling made their battle much easier.

Keyserling Cancer Center has benefitted so many on Fripp Island that we felt it was time to come together for them.  As a result,FRIPP FOR A CURE will take place this fall with all proceeds going to Keyserling Cancer Center.  Six different events will be held on our island:

Cruise for A Cure                        September 25th Afternoon Cruise on the Fripper

Race for a Cure                        October 9th 5K Run/Walk

Volley for A Cure                        October 10th Tennis Tournament

Bid for A Cure                        October 11th Bridge Tournament

Fore for A Cure                        October 19th Golf Tournament

Light Up the Night                        October 20th Grand Finale Party and Charity Auction

We hope you will save these dates and participate in as many activities as possible.  Registration information for each of these events will be sent by e-mail in September.

Finally, as with any event of this magnitude, volunteer help and financial sponsors are essential.  If you are able to assist in any way, please contact us as soon as possible.

Over the past few years, we’ve had many special friends who faced the diagnosis we all dread and fought for their lives with the help of Keyserling Cancer Center.  These individuals have inspired us to Co-Chair FRIPP FOR A CURE.  However, we’re most excited to see what happens when this incredible island community comes together in the fall.  We truly believe we’ll ALL be inspired by the outstanding results!

Please contact Chris Assaf at 843-838-2620            or chrisassaf@earthlink.net or Bev Fineis at 843-838-7143 orbfineis@islc.net

Following radiation treatment for Breast Cancer, Page Miller feels the staff

at the Keyserling Center are the most professional and thoughtful

medical people she’s ever dealt with.  It was also most reassuring

to Page that doctors at Duke studied the design for her treatment and gave it

their seal of approval.  Page is now cancer free.

Diagnosed in June 2009 with Stage 1

Stomach cancer, Harry Merrill underwent

Radiation and chemotherapy at Keyserling.

Now cancer free, Harry & his wife Rita rave

about the wonderful staff, state of the art

radiation equipment and instant resolutions

to side effects that arose during his treatments.

Two time cancer survivor, Barbara Fuerst commuted four hours each day for radiation treatments in Savannah.

Her husband, Fred, is currently in treatment at Keyserling for lung cancer.

Both are thrilled with the medical staff and outstanding care provided by Keyserling

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Fripp Audubon Club Annual Summary

September 2009 to June 2010

July 1, 2010

The Fripp Audubon Club has had a very productive and successful season, which has included new programs, workshops and field trips. Our goals for the Audubon club have been to expand our membership, increase participation and improve communications. This past year we were able to involve a large number of our members in our programs and field trips. Here are highlights of our activities:

Programs- A diverse list of speakers presented five programs and two bird identification work shops. We were pleased to have over 500 participants join us for these events

Field Trips- Five trips conducted by Ken Scott had 83 participants visiting a diverse range of birding habitats.

Christmas Bird Count- A major new activity, which had a very successful first year and had 71 participants. This is an important annual event that we expect will grow each year.

Important Bird Area- The Beaufort Barrier Islands IBA, a major initiative of the Fripp Audubon Club was officially inaugurated an IBA by the S.C.

Audubon and will be an important legacy issue for future generations.

Field Studies-  Fripp Audubon has been involved with a number of field studies:

Piping Plover                                                 SCDNR

Mid Winter Eagle Study                         SCDNR

Wilson Plover                                                 SCDNR

Osprey Monitoring                                     LowCountry Institute

School Outreach –Fripp Audubon combined forces with the Birds of Prey Center and visited five schools, and introduced these unique birds to over 1,000 youngsters. It was a great success.

Looking back at the year, the Fripp Audubon Club has been able to share birding and nature programs with over 1600 people including young students, and our members throughout the community. Thank you for your support and involvement.

http://www.islc.net/audubon/

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County Convenience Centers, Administrative Offices Observe Holiday

July 1, 2010

Beaufort County Solid Waste and Recycling Convenience Centers will be closed Sunday, July 4 in recognition of American Independence Day.

They will resume normal operating hours Monday, July 5.

County administrative offices will be closed Monday, July 5 in observance of the national holiday and will resume normal hours of operation Tuesday, July 6.

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Friends of Hunting Island Joins in Litter Prevention Campaign at Hunting Island Park

July 1, 2010

Friends of Hunting Island (FOHI) today announced that the organization is joining with Keep Beaufort County Beautiful (KBCB) in taking part this year in a national program to reduce the impact of cigarette butt litter. In their first year with the program, FOHI and KBCB will target cigarette butt litter in designated areas at Hunting Island State Park.

The Keep America Beautiful® Cigarette Litter Prevention Program is locally being called, “Keep Your Butts off the Beach—The Park is not an Ashtray”.

Cigarette butts are the most-littered item in America, representing nearly 30 percent of all items documented in nationwide clean-up initiatives. Friends and Keep Beaufort County Beautiful launched the current effort on June 1 at the Lighthouse area of the park, and it will run through the end of July.

Under leadership from Vicki Anne Nestor, FOHI Board Member in charge of litter control, the initiative recruited eight volunteers from the Friends organization to conduct a Cigarette Litter Scan, which counts cigarette butt litter in small sections of a designated program area. In the case of the Hunting Island State Park program, the scan will occur in and around pedestrian access points, picnic areas, and near concessions. Ranger Carl Berube is the Park liaison for the program.

A Cigarette Litter Prevention Program (CLPP), such as the one on-going at the park, uses four proven strategies to reduce cigarette butt litter:

  • Review local litter laws, including cigarette butt litter, and support enforcement
  • Educate the public using public services messages and advertising
  • Place ash receptacles at “transition points,” places where smokers must stop smoking before proceeding
  • Distribute portable auto and pocket ashtrays to adult smokers

To support the program, Friends has placed “Keep Your Butts off the Beach—The Park is not an Ashtray” signs at kiosks in strategic locations in the park and four new ashtray receptacles were delivered to the park in late May. In other communities, the program has been highly successful: in 2008, nearly 200 communities reported an average 46% reduction in littered butts as a result of implementing the program.

Ms. Nestor commented on this new initiative at the park, “I don’t think many people realize what a problem cigarette butts are at Hunting Island, but the next time anyone visits I invite you to start counting the butts. You will be amazed and then disappointed at how cigarette trash is spoiling our beautiful beaches and many other areas in the park. We’ve partnered with Carol Murphy, who heads up recycling efforts for the county, and with Veronica Miller of Keep Beaufort County Beautiful, and we are committed to tackling this major problem at one of South Carolina’s most popular park destinations.”

Upon completion of the study, the sponsoring organizations will release results of the 2010 Cigarette Litter Scan and the future steps to be taken to capitalize on the efforts to date.

National nonprofit Keep America Beautiful has field-tested and expanded the Cigarette Litter Prevention Program for the last six years with support from Philip Morris USA, an Altria company. Information about starting and maintaining a Cigarette Litter Prevention program can be found in the online “Guide to Cigarette Litter Prevention.” The Guide can be accessed through Keep America Beautiful’s website www.kab.org or directly at www.preventcigarettelitter.org.

To learn more about this program, Friends of Hunting Island, and Keep Beaufort County Beautiful, contact:Vicki Anne Nestor, Friends of Hunting Island vanestor@hargray.com or

843-379-3389.

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TMJ Dysfunction and Treatment with Massage through Neuromuscular Therapy

By Megan Feight

July 1, 2010

Do you ever experience popping or clicking in your jaw when opening your mouth? Is the popping or clicking also accompanied by headaches or pain in your jaw or face?  Is it associated with pain in your back, neck, and shoulders?

TMJ dysfunction, or TMD, is a term that is often used to identify a multifaceted group of problems involving the temporomandibular joint (jaw), muscles of mastication (chewing), and the teeth, as well as the central nervous system.

The temporomandibular joints are the only two joints that function together as a single unit, unlike any other joint in the body. In order to function properly and without pain, they must coordinate by the coming together of the upper and lower teeth during opening and closing of the mouth.  If they are not coming together properly, we can experience several different symptoms including:

–       Facial pain

–       Jaw pain

–       Back and neck pain

–       Ear pain

–       Headaches

–       Pain behind the eyes

–       Limited opening of the mouth

–       Poor posture and postural compensations

–       Dizziness or vertigo

–       Clenching or bruxing/grinding

–       Teeth sensitivity to cold

–       Ringing in the ears and/or feelings of ear congestion

–       Tingling in the fingers and hands

–       Insomnia or difficulty sleeping

While there are multiple causes of temporal mandibular joint dysfunction, like a traumatic injury or inflammatory disorders, one cause of TMD to consider is the sufferer’s posture.

Some questions a neuromuscular therapist would ask herself upon evaluating the jaw pain sufferer’s posture are: Do I see any compensations in the body? Such as one leg appearing to be longer or shorter than the other? Is the pelvis even or tilted? Or is one side of the pelvis higher or lower? Are the shoulders even or is one shoulder higher than the other? Are the eyes on an even plane or do they seem to be off?  If the therapist can answer yes to any of these questions, then we can maybe conclude that poor or compromised posture could be having an effect on the relationship of the lower jaw to the cranium (the base of the skull) and can result in a malocclusion (improper bite).

The body is like a book.  After evaluating and reading a person’s posture, the neuromuscular therapist can actually see what muscles are pulling on the skeletal system, causing poor posture and pain. From briefly studying the posture, the therapist knows which muscles need to be released in order to restore healthy posture.  At this point, the therapist will   in providing strong yet gentle and effective pressure to specific muscles groups that are pulling on the bones of the body. Common areas of pain for TMD sufferer’s include the low back, neck, and shoulders.

The goal of neuromuscular therapy is to palpate trigger points within the muscle. Once located, pressure and friction are applied to release the trigger point layer by layer. Much like unpeeling an onion layer by layer rather than painfully punching a hole straight in to the center. The amount of pressure the therapist will use should be strong but not go beyond the client’s pain threshold, producing a “good hurt” but not pain.

The over all goal of neuromuscular therapy is to release contracted and “tightened” muscles that are pulling the skeletal system out of place.  Once the muscles are released, better posture and relief from pain naturally follow. Typical results can yield weekly, monthly, or permanent freedom from pain.  Neuromuscular therapy is a noninvasive and comparably inexpensive alternative treatment for people suffering from TMD.

Megan Feight with Beaufort Massage and Structural Bodywork, is a licensed massage therapist and can be contacted at 843-271-3509 or at beaufortmassage@hotmail.com

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The Proof is in the pH

Courtesy of Salon 10

July 1, 2010

Has anyone ever wondered why professional hair and skin products are generally more expensive than an “over-the-counter” supermarket brand?  After all, shampoos for example, are meant to cleanse and conditioners are generally designed to moisturize, detangle, and reconstruct.  Face and body lotions are applied to soften skin, fight aging, and replenish oils that we wash off in the shower.  Especially in this economy, why on earth would we pay for a product from a salon or spa that is twice the price of a store-bought brand?  Don’t they all claim to achieve the same goal?

The true foundation to answer this question boils down to the pH (potential hydrogen) level in water based products used on our bodies.  Our hair and skin are acidic and have a pH range between 4.5 and 5.5. Hair and skin are lower than pure water, which is a neutral 7.  Basically, the pH scale ranges from 0-14, as 7 being the dividing number between acid and alkaline substances.  Ideally, the healthiest products to apply on ourselves should match that of our natural pH!  Litmus strips are used to test and determine pH levels and have proven that most over-the-counter products have a pH range of 6- 8.5!  This slight difference is all it takes to dry out our hair and skin, strip hair color we invest in at a salon, and counteract moisturizing components necessary for our bodies.  Not only is the pH of a lot of these less-expensive products too high for us, they are also diluted with water, reducing their beneficial effect.  Professional products contain much larger amounts of high quality ingredients.

Seeing that products purchased from a professional are more concentrated, you should find yourself using less product and, in turn, buying them less frequently. In this particular case, the good old fashioned statement “you get what you pay for” absolutely applies!  Why invest in professional hair color, facial treatments, and other beauty services just to undo the benefits at home?

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Little bits of …………Royal Chatter

By Peggy Chandler

July 1, 2010

By Peggy Chandler

No doubt as a child you heard the nursery rhyme-Rub a Dub Dub 3 men in a tub…..The tale I am about to tell is an updated version of that rhyme.  A few weeks back, three Royal Pines fishing buddies went out for a day on the water.  I say a day “on the water” rather than “out fishing” because “fishing” requires catching fish. The three men (who prefer to have only their first names used) are Bob, Don and Ernie and the tub belongs to Ernie.  This day they caught the usual sand shark but not much else so they decided to find a new “lucky spot.”  When this decision was made, they lifted the anchor, or should I say tried to lift the anchor, but were unsuccessful.  Since the anchor had never been used before, was costly and brand new, they continued to attempt to pull it up…..without success.  Trying to be careful that they didn’t yank the underwater cable which supplies electricity to Fripp Island they decided to cut the anchor loose and move on.

The 3 men in the tub having depleted their rations, sans anchor, decided to return home.  The captain of the tub generally calls his wife to let her know he is back on terra firma.  Well, he did call.  He was on land- but not at the marina.  They were stuck on a sand bar.   (I’m told this is rather common occurrence).  A few attempts were made to remove the boat from the bar but all were unsuccessful and a decision was made to “wait it out.” During that wait, a CBS news boat came along asking the men if they needed any water.  They assured the reporter that they were ok and he assured them that he would not film them for the 6 o’clock news.

Think back to the Giligans Island theme song… “a three hour tour”.   Well, for the men in the tub …it was “a four hour wait”!  Finally, the tide swung and the men in the tub cruised home…  The wives of the men in the tub shared their concern for their spouses while they were at a jewelry party when the men returned from their adventurous day.

As a Fathers Day gift, the 3 men in the tub and 2 of their faithful buddies Richard and John, (I’m sure they will prefer first name only) were given a Charter Fishing trip with Capt. Wally.  Let’s hope this trip is without misadventures or ….we may have to revise the nursery rhyme to rub a dub dub….6 men in a tub! I’ll keep you posted.

If you have a funny story, club news that you would like to share with your friends and neighbors… I can be reached atbuddysoma@embarqmail.com

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Tumlin and Levin Recognized for Superior Service

June 24, 2010

Arthur Levin
Charles Tumlin

Wells Fargo Advisors is pleased to announce that Branch Manager, Charles Tumlin and Financial Advisor, Arthur Levin have been recognized for their superior service and commitment to client relationships.

Charles Tumlin has been named as a 2009 Branch Manager Awards Honoree in On Wall Street magazine. The annual program honors excellence and achievement in Branch Management amongst all firms throughout the country. Honorees exhibit a commitment to quality, an ability to identify, recruit, and develop talented advisors, and most of all, a dedication to the goal of providing superior client service.

Arthur Levin has recently earned the distinction of becoming a Premier Advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors’ Private Client Group. Only the top 15% of the firm’s Financial Advisors qualify for this level, and it is a distinction that reflects his achievement of professional success through a consistent commitment to client service, his ability to understand his clients’ aspirations, and his ability to develop investment plans and strategies to help achieve those objectives

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Sons of Confederate Veterans Present Awards

June 24, 2010

Chaplain Rev. Jim Thomas, Walter Gay, Jr. and Walter Gay, Sr.
Commander Paul Griffin (left) and Cadet Kent Robinson

During the June 8th meeting of the Gen. Richard H. Anderson Camp of Beaufort’s Sons of Confederate Veterans, Commander Paul Griffin presented Jasper County native and Beaufort resident member Col. Ollie Langford, USA Ret., with the SCV’s War Service Medal.  The award, one of the SCV’s highest, was presented to Langford for 26 years of military service to our country, which included two tours of Vietnam.

That same evening 1st Lt. Commander Rev. Jim Thomas gave the oath to new members Walter Gay, Sr. and Walter Gay, Jr.  Both native Beaufortonians, the senior Gay is owner of Sea Island Carriage Company while the junior Gay is a rising Junior and ROTC member at Clemson University, having left for summer training at Fort Sill Oklahoma after this meeting.  Commander Griffin also presented Kent Barry Robinson with his SCV Cadet membership pin.  Robinson was visiting his grand parents Jody and Anita Henson.

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Friends of Hunting Island Receives Award from SCDHEC

June 24, 2010

Russell Berry, SCDHEC Regional Director gives Bonnie, Wright, President of the Friends of Hunting Island a beautifully framed Environmental Awareness Certificate of Recognition, which will be displayed at the Hunting Island State Park Visitor’s Center right next to the SCDHEC Earth Day Award for all to see. The Friends of Hunting Island were recognized specifically for the Adopt-A-Beach program, the Loggerhead Sea Turtle Conservation Program, S.C.O.R.E.-Water Quality Monitoring, Yearly Earth Day Beach Sweeps, ADA Trail Improvements and volunteer work at the Nature Center.

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Friendly Firefighter Program a Success

June 24, 2010

Port Royal children from the Royal Palms neighborhood pose with the fire truck after participating in the Beaufort Fire Department’s “Friendly Firefighter” program. Firefighters showed off equipment, taught some fire safety, cooled the children off with some water, and had a cook out dinner with the neighbors. Jerry Ashmore of The Greenery coordinated the event. If you live in Beaufort or Port Royal and would like firefighters to visit your home or neighborhood, E-Mail dbyrne@beaufortfiredept.com

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When ‘Going Green’ is Never a Good Idea

Courtesy of Salon 10 Market

June 24, 2010

Just about everyone who has some shade of blonde has experienced a slight hint of green, sticky, tangled hair, especially in the summertime!  In a nutshell, chlorine softens and penetrates each hair strand to create a mineral build-up consisting mainly of copper. Usually the build-up occurs after several dips in the pool to create this sticky predicament. But how do we prevent ourselves and our kids from ‘going green?’

Even if you don’t have blonde hair, these 3 simple steps will help alleviate a lot of aggravation. These guidelines will not only keep your kids happy, but make you a more relaxed, less embarrassed parent as well!

  1. Soak hair in the shower before swimming.
  2. Wash as soon as possible after swimming with a professional *clarifying shampoo.
  3. Condition with a professional *product.

As an extra conditioning treatment:

Before going to the beach, apply a professional* conditioner in you or your child’s hair, comb through, and leave in for the day. Let the sun and heat help to deep condition the hair while you play!

Have a safe and wonderful summer!

* Recommended and sold by a salon professional

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Call for Entries: 2011 Beaufort International Film Festival

The Beaufort Film Society today announced that it is now accepting entries for the 5th annual Beaufort International Film Festival (BIFF). Categories for competition are:  Features, Documentaries, Short Films, Student Films, Animation, and Screenplays.

The festival will be held February 16-20, 2011. In 2010, the BIFF received a record 202 entries from 24 countries. The Early Bird deadline for submissions is July 31, 2010, with the final deadline November 15, 2010.   For more information or to submit a film or screenplay please visit www.beaufortfilmfestival.com.

For additional information contact Executive Director Ron Tucker at 843-522-3196 or email sandbar@hargray.com For press inquiries: Bruce Doneff, 201.966.6583 and doneff@verizon.net

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Beaufort Memorial Launches Breast Cancer Trials with Duke

June 24, 2010

Connie Duke, RN, director of BMH Oncologoy Services, Madj Chahin, MD, principal investigator for Beaufort Memorial’s Clinical Trials Program and Ruth Finch, BMH Clinical Trials research nurse, meet to discuss breast cancer trials with Renee Muellenbach, RN, MSN, director, Duke Oncology Network. Photo by Paul Nurnberg.

Beaufort Memorial Hospital can now offer breast cancer patients access to a cutting-edge clinical trial designed to use the unique molecular traits of their own cancer cells to help predict which chemotherapy will work best for them.

Developed by researchers at Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center—a pioneer in genomics research—the innovative approach is being touted as the future of cancer care.

“This is what we’ve been building up to—personalized cancer treatment,” said Dr. Majd Chahin, a medical oncologist and principal investigator for Beaufort Memorial’s Clinical Trials Program. “We’re very excited we can bring it to our patients through this study today, not five years from now.”

Beaufort Memorial is one of a select few community hospitals in the country to be chosen by Duke to participate in its groundbreaking genomic clinical trials. To qualify, Keyserling Cancer Center’s research team had to show it had the expertise and experience to implement the required protocols.

Last month, Dr. Kelly Marcom, the Duke medical oncologist leading the breast cancer trial, met with BMH staff for a final review of the study’s methodology and procedures. Unlike today’s standard practice where surgery is performed before chemotherapy, the new approach reverses the order of treatment.

To start, a small sample of the tumor is removed at Beaufort Memorial Hospital and sent to Duke for testing. Using a special tool called a gene chip, Duke scientists will develop a genomic profile of the cancer. The information will be fed into models that will show the tumor’s sensitivity to the two most commonly used chemotherapy treatments.

“The idea is that rather than going in blindly, we’ll know in advance which drugs will be most effective,” Chahin said. “This approach seeks to offer patients their best chance up front and spare them the toxic side effects of chemo that isn’t going to work on their cancer.”

Once the tests are completed, the patient will receive four rounds of the selected therapy at the Keyserling Cancer Center. Oncologists will then monitor the patient to determine how the cancer is responding to the drugs. Surgery will be performed approximately three months later.

When the cancer is removed prior to chemo, there is no way of knowing if the drug therapy worked. It could be years before the recurring tumor is discovered.

“Administering chemotherapy before surgery can be very beneficial for another reason,” said BMH surgeon Dr. Perry Burrus. “If the cancer shrinks, the patient may not require a mastectomy.”

To qualify for the study, the tumor must be in stages T1c to T3 and be at least 1.5 centimeters. An estimated 30 to 40 percent of early-stage breast cancer patients meet those requirements. Additionally, candidates must be at least 18 years of age, in otherwise good health and have had no prior chemotherapy treatments.

“These kinds of studies are usually conducted in major academic hospitals,” Marcom said. “But if the treatment we are developing is going to make a difference, it needs to be available in community hospitals like Beaufort Memorial.”

As a Duke-affiliated healthcare provider in oncology, BMH was afforded the opportunity to apply for membership to the Cancer and Leukemia Group B, one of the 10 major associations conducting studies sponsored by the National Cancer Institute. The hospital was certified in July 2007 and is currently participating in five national clinical trials and four Duke studies, including a genomic trial for early-stage and advanced lung cancer.

To join the genomic breast cancer trial, BMH also needed the approval of the Department of Defense, which is funding the Duke study. The DOD’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) was originally established by Congress to promote innovative breast cancer research. It currently funds 17 different programs with a budget of $400 million.

Duke’s genomic breast cancer study will involve a total of 270 patients and take approximately two more years to complete. To date, Duke has enrolled 38 patients in the trial.

“There’s a lot of variation in tumors and how they react to different drugs,” Marcom said. “Genomics is the best way of sorting all that out. It allows us to tailor chemotherapy to the patient. We’re refining the prognosis in a much more precise way.”

For more information on the genomic trials, contact Beaufort Memorial Clinical Trials Research Nurse Ruth Finch at (843) 522-7819.

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BEAUFORT MEMORIAL TO HOST CANCER SURVIVORS DAY CELEBRATION JUNE 27

Cancer survivors and their guests are invited to celebrate the spirit, hope, and joy of cancer survivorship by attending Beaufort Memorial Keyserling Cancer Center’s inaugural Cancer Survivors Day Celebration on Sunday, June 27, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Keyserling Cancer Center.

“Cancer Survivors Day – and every day – should be a time to celebrate the gift of life after a cancer diagnosis,” says Connie Duke, RN, director of BMH Oncology Services and the Keyserling Cancer Center. “We’re excited for this opportunity to honor the survivors in our community, and we’re thrilled to be able to celebrate their lives with a fun, uplifting party!”

The free celebration is open to any cancer survivor and his/her guest, and will feature live music, refreshments, a brief program, door prizes and more. Survivors are considered those living with a history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis throughout the remainder of life.

Program speakers, including BMH oncologists, nurses and cancer survivors, will also share information about the five qualities of people who survive cancer during a brief presentation, “Thrive with the Top Five.” The top five qualities of people who survive cancer are:

  • They stay educated and follow instructions provided by their doctors.
  • They eat a balanced diet.
  • They exercise regularly.
  • They drink plenty of water.
  • They stay engaged in their lives.

Medical experts from the hospital will be on hand during the event to answer questions and provide literature about these qualities to survivors and their guests.

“Treatments are meant to cure cancer, help you live longer, or relieve symptoms,” says Majd Chahin, MD, Medical Director of Beaufort Memorial’s oncology program. “Following up with your doctor and complying with your treatment protocol will help to improve your quality of life.  And the best coping mechanisms for dealing with a diagnosis of cancer are positive thinking, an active lifestyle, and a fighting spirit.”

Registration is requested for this free event. Call (843) 522-5570 to register or for more information.

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Beaufort Expands Free Pickup Through Waste Pro Solid Waste Contract

June 24, 2010

Helping Beaufort residents clear yard debris or remove bulky items such as washing machines or abandoned sofas is more than good customer service – it’s a good safety practice, said Beaufort City Manager Scott Dadson.

When leaves and branches pile up on a property, or when unused and tattered furniture and other bulky goods are left in carports, they provide ready fuel for fires. Should a house start burning, firefighters must battle the original fire plus fight back the flames from the newly fueled areas.

Under the City’s solid waste removal contract with Waste Pro, in effect since August 2009, the City has focused on four key areas to improve life for residents, to improve the looks of the City, and to improve fire safety issues:

  • Garbage
  • Recycling
  • Yard debris
  • Bulk goods.

“Our goal is to make it easy, convenient and affordable for City residents to do the right thing, whether that’s get their household garbage removed or recycling their bottles and paper, or helping take away grass trimmings or branches or broken washing machines that otherwise are eyesores and safety hazards,” said Mack Cook, comptroller for the City of Beaufort.

“It’s all about customer service and helping make this a better community, starting with individual residents and their homes,” he said.

Garbage

City residents are issued a 95-gallon rolling cart for household garbage, and pick-up is once weekly Monday through Friday except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Waste Pro dumps the garbage at Hickory Hill Landfill.

If a resident has a problem moving the container to the curb, he or she can be added to a “waiver list” or “handicapped list” by calling Waste Pro at 645-4100. Then, a Waste Pro worker will move the container to the truck, empty it and return it to the resident’s home, for free, Cook said.

“We recognize we have an older population and some people with medical or physical conditions that make it challenging to carry a 95-gallon cart filled with trash out to the curb,” Cook said. “We are here to help.”

Recycling

To clear up the confusion right away: The Waste Pro recycling truck is the same blue color as the garbage truck, and yes, the workers do toss all the recyclables together into the back of the truck. The key difference is that the materials are taken to Savannah Recycling where they are sorted and then recycled.

The city recycles glass bottles, aluminum cans, plastic bottles, newspaper and cardboard.

Under a previous recycling effort, workers separated the items at curbside, which took a lot of time. The new approach is more efficient, which means Waste Pro can serve more residents, Cook said. Participation on the City recycling effort has grown, he said, from about 30 percent to 40 percent in less than one year.

Yard debris

Ten bags or less of yard debris – typically grass clippings or bagged leaves – will be picked up on regular garbage days if the bags are heavyweight yard bags, twisted or tied closed, Cook said. There’s a better, “greener” option, though, he said.

When there’s more than 10 bags of yard debris, or branches that need removed, pick-up is done on Thursdays and Fridays using a special truck. A resident can ensure pick up of large quantities of bags or branches before the weekend by placing these items out before Thursday and calling Waste Pro at 645-4100 and requesting a pick up.

Yard debris is taken to a special soil reclamation center operated by Waste Pro where the leaves, grass and branches are burned, then mixed with soil to create compost – which in turn is used by The Greenery to improve landscaping on City property. To help facilitate efficiencies in collecting yard debris and limit fire hazards, citizens are still required to bag leaves and are discouraged from placing large piles of leaves along the streets.

“The City is trying not to put everything in the landfill,” Cook said. “We want more recycling, including turning yard debris to compost. To do this, we need the help of our community. It’s an easy system we have and we hope more people will take advantage of it.”

Bulk goods

With help from City staff, residents can have “white goods” such as washing machines and refrigerators removed from their property, along with unused furniture and other heavy, cumbersome items.

“We have cleared generations of trash out of Beaufort’s back yards, more than 200 tons of it, in just six months,” Cook said. “Not only does that make the place look better and improve property values, but it also makes these homes safer if a fire should ever start.”

Bulk good pick-up is done mostly on Saturdays, on an on-call basis. Residents needing the service should call Waste Pro at 645-4100 or visit the City website at www.cityofbeaufort.org for a link to request pick-up.

Under the previous bulk good pick-up system in Beaufort, residents had to physically visit City Hall, fill out paperwork and pay $25. Then, a large dumpster would be brought to the resident’s home – but the resident had to be able to load their items into the dumpster, Cook said.

The new service, run through Waste Pro, is free to City residents. If they need help moving heavy items to the curb for pick up, they should call the Beaufort Fire Department at 525-7055.

“Our firefighters are happy to help carry bulky items to the curb, because they would rather remove debris from a house during the day and when it’s not on fire, than go into that burning house at night when all the debris is on fire,” Beaufort Fire Chief Sammy Negron said.

At the same time the firefighters move items to the curb for the resident, they’ll also help the residents with fire planning, including checking smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and reviewing a fire exit plan.

Another big help in clearing lots and removing bulky items from back yards has been the Neighborhood Associations, Cook said.

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Beaufort County Firefighters Bring Home Statewide Accolades

June 24, 2010

Last week firefighters from all over the state and nation converged on Myrtle Beach for the South Carolina State Firefighters Association Annual Conference and Firefighter Combat Challenge. Collectively, firefighters from Beaufort County defended past championships and brought home new titles as their long hours of hard work and training paid off.

Firefighters from the Lady’s Island St. Helena Fire District, Parris Island Fire Department, and the Bluffton Township Fire District brought home trophies in a combined total of 6 divisions including the coveted top overall spots in the male, female, and tandem divisions respectively.

Starting the day off for Beaufort County were the tandem teams consisting of firefighters Steve Arnold o Bluffton coupled with Nathan Callendar from Parris Island who brought home 3rd place in the male tandem division. Soon after, Firefighter Arnold ran the course a second time in the coed tandem partnering with Heidi Charest of Lady’s Island and the two brought home top honors with the fastest combined time.

Charest moved on after her first win and coupled with Holly Nourigat from St. Johns Fire Department, clinched the state title for the female tandem competition. But the day was still young for Charest as the tandem competitions gave way to the individual races where Charest stepped her game up and won first place in the female division retaining her state title and representing the Lady’s Island St. Helena Fire District extremely well.

Equally impressive, Nathan Callendar knocked off the multi-year reigning state champion from Horry County this year to bring home first place in the male individual division. Parris Island Chief Dwight Charleston offered that he was, “extremely proud of Nate for his dedication and effort in representing Parris Island so well!”

And rounding out the impressive showing by Beaufort County was Firefighter Steve Gates from Lady’s Island St. Helena Fire District who earned third place in the individual male over 40 competitions as his daughter rooted from the sidelines, “GO DADDY GO!”

In the end, firefighters from Beaufort County now hold the top titles in our state amongst their peers. Through personal sacrifice and a deep seated motivation to succeed, these firefighters showed that the low country has without a doubt, some of the best people in our state!

For more information on this story please contact Lee Levesque at (843) 252-3431

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Leatherback Nests on Hunting Island

June 17, 2010

The Hunting Island Sea Turtle patrol had a nice surprise on June 8th.  Tuesday’s team found the crawl of a Leatherback Sea Turtle in addition to three other Loggerhead nests. The Leatherback is the largest of all living Sea Turtles. It can be up to 6 feet long and weigh 550-1500 lbs. Leatherbacks are rare on the South Carolina Coast.  Congratulations to the Friends of Hunting Island for finding the crawl seen here. Its width was bigger than the length of an ATV. As of June 14th, there are 32 reported Sea Turtle nests at Hunting Island State Park. To keep up to date with turtle crawls and activity, please visit http://www.friends-of-hunting-island-sc.org

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The Beaufort Lion’s Clun Honors Dr. Bruce Pratt

June 17, 2010

At a recent dinner, Dr. Bruce Pratt was presented with a Melvin Jones Fellowship Award from the Beaufort Lions Club from Pat Harvey-Palmer.  A Melvin Jones Fellow is the highest form of recognition that can be given by the Lions International Foundation.  It embodies humanitarian ideas consistent with the nature and purpose of Lionism.  The recipient of this award becomes a model because of exemplary service to his community.

Dr. Pratt, a longtime eye patient of Storm Eye Institute, made a gift of $1.5 million to the Storm Eye Institute at MUSC in Charleston providing one of only two international ophthalmology chairs in the country.

Dr. Narendra Patel, a retina surgeon was named to the Bruce G. Pratt, DVM Endowed Chair.

In addition to this fabulous contribution Dr. Bruce Pratt also contributed $1.5 million last year to the Beaufort Memorial Foundation in honor of his parents, who were involved 65 years ago in the hospital’s early development.

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Beaufort Memorial program recognized by American Heart Association

By Marie McAden

June 17, 2010

BMH nurse quality care coordinator Betty Worrell, RN demonstrates the ZOE Fluid Status Monitor for Sherry Stacks. The BMH Foundation purchased 10 of the portable monitors, which can be used by home health care nurses to measure fluid congestion in a patient’s chest. The device can predict heart failure up to two weeks before the patient begins to show any of telltale symptoms, giving physicians time to adjust medications before hospitalization is required. Photo by Emily Harris.

An outside-the-box strategy for treating congestive heart failure has put Beaufort Memorial Hospital at the forefront of a nationwide initiative to reduce the repeated hospitalization of patients suffering from the life-threatening ailment.

The most common diagnosis in hospital patients ages 65 and older, congestive heart failure is a chronic condition caused by the inability of the heart to pump blood efficiently. More patients are readmitted to U.S. hospitals for congestive heart failure (CHF) than for any other reason, resulting in hospitalization costs that topped $18 billion in 2008.

Beaufort Memorial’s aggressive approach to treating the illness recently earned the community hospital the American Heart Association’s Gold Performance Achievement Award.

To qualify for the honor, BMH had to attain 85 percent compliance for at least 24 months with the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology guidelines for heart failure patients.

“The full implementation of national heart failure guideline recommended care is a critical step in preventing recurrent hospitalizations and prolonging the lives of heart failure patients,” said Dr. Gregg C. Fonarow, national chairman of the “Get with the Guidelines” steering committee. “The goal of the American Heart Association’s “Get with the Guidelines” program is to help hospitals like Beaufort Memorial implement appropriate evidence-based care and protocols that will reduce disability and the number of deaths in these patients.”

An estimated five million Americans have congestive heart failure with 400,000 new cases being reported each year. Half of the patients diagnosed with the illness will die within five years.

Faced with those sobering statistics, BMH developed a novel program to improve care and keep patients out of the emergency room. As soon as a patient is released from the hospital, a home health care provider is assigned to the case.

“We see the patient within 24 hours of discharge,” said Bea Gregory, RN, assistant vice president of marketing and business development for the THA Group, a local home health care provider who has partnered with BMH to provide necessary follow-up services to CHF patients once they leave the hospital. “We help them with their medication and check all of their vitals.”

BMH also purchased 10 Zoe Fluid Status Monitors visiting nurses can use to measure the fluid congestion in a patient’s chest. The devices, which were paid for with a grant from the Beaufort Memorial Hospital Foundation, can predict increasing fluid volume two weeks before the patient begins to show typical heart failure symptoms like shortness of breath, fatigue, swelling of the hands and feet, fullness around the belly and a dry cough at night. Based on the readings, the patient’s meds can be adjusted before hospitalization is required.

In addition, the home health care providers make sure patients are following the salt-restricted diets prescribed by their doctors.

In just three months, the new program reduced CHF readmissions at Beaufort Memorial Hospital by 56 percent.

“That’s huge,” said Maggie Bobo, director of quality improvement for the American Heart Association in South Carolina. “Providing patients with ongoing care is what has made it so successful. They’re not just getting a phone call; they’re getting a personal visit.”

Bobo was so impressed with the program, she asked BMH administrators to share their idea with hospital affiliates in the mid-Atlantic region as part of a webinar forum that took place in February. More than 100 hospitals participated in the conference. They made a second presentation in Columbia in March at an American Heart Association workshop on congestive heart failure.

Hospitals across the country began working on initiatives to reduce readmissions of CHF patients after learning Medicare and Medicaid will soon stop reimbursing hospitalization costs for patients who are readmitted within 30 days.

“The interest is there because everybody is in the same boat,” Bobo said. “It’s a nationwide issue everyone is working on.”

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Beaufort Chamber to Honor Area’s Finest at 9th Annual Civitas Awards

June 17, 2010

The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce Visitor & Convention Bureau is pleased to announce the finalists for its 9th Annual CIVITAS Awards for Business Excellence. The CIVITAS Awards recognize those in the region who exemplify the success of business and the spirit of the community. Individuals, businesses and organizations will be honored at the CIVITAS Awards dinner and ceremony on Thursday, June 24 at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, Beaufort. Winners will be announced that evening.

A cocktail reception begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by the awards dinner and annual meeting at 7:30 p.m. CIVITAS is open to the public. To make reservations, call 843.525.8524, or email Amy@beaufortsc.org.  Early registration prices are $45 for members and $55 for non-members and are available until June 15.  After June 15, prices are $55 members and $65 non-members.

The winners in each of the 12 CIVITAS categories are chosen by an independent team of volunteer judges. Applicants completed a brief questionnaire for the judging process.

The applicants by category are:

Community Stewardship: Hargray, Chick-Fil-A and Century Link

Excellence in Free Enterprise: Kazoobie Kazoos, Maggie’s Pub and Highway 21 Drive-In

Outstanding Non-Profit: Literacy Volunteers, Water Festival, CAPA and Open Land Trust

Outstanding Employee: Corina Altamirano and Heidi Otto

Outstanding Young Professional: Ian Leslie, Huntley Duryea, Lauren Pearson, Carl Twenge and  Ivey Liipfert

Regional Economic Impact: Beaufort Memorial Hospital, Marine Corps Community Services and Habersham

Lifetime of Leadership: Harriett Hilton and Henry Chambers

Leadership Beaufort Alumni: Connie Hipp, Bob Bible, Bill Bootle, Carolyn Davis, Donnie Beer, Kendall Erickson, Rob Bridgers, Bruce Doneff and Rebecca Bass

Tourism Leadership: Main Street Beaufort, Ron Tucker and Susan Sauer

Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year: Sergeant Charles E. Jackson II

Junior Enlisted Service Member of the Year: Hospitalman Holden J. Roberts

Military Citizen of the Year: Steve Illies, Jeff Barnes, Christopher Geier and Carlos Latorre

The 9th Annual CIVITAS Awards for Business Excellence is sponsored by The Beaufort Gazette.

The award sponsors for the 2010 CIVITAS Awards are Biopsy Diagnostics; Technical College of the Lowcountry; United Way; Parker Hannifin Racor Division; Lowcountry Young Professionals; Regions Bank; Malcom Goodridge; Alumni of Leadership Beaufort; City Loft Hotel, Cuthbert House Inn, Old Point Inn; MCAS Beaufort Federal Credit Union.

Contributing Sponsors include Lowcountry Real Estate, Palmetto State Bank and BB&T.

This event is also made possible by the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce Visitor & Convention Bureau’s business partners: Hargray, Beaufort Memorial Hospital, MCAS Beaufort Federal Credit Union, Parker Hannifin Racor Division, Century Link, First Citizens Bank, Regions Bank, SCE&G / SCANA, Wachovia Bank / Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.

The Chamber’s Media Partners include Island News, Beaufort Lifestyles, WHHI, and Adventure Radio.

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What Makes Massage More than Just an Indulgence?

By Megan Feight

June 10, 2010

28 Reasons to say YES to massage therapy at Beaufort Massage!

  1. Massage therapy can alleviate low-back pain.
  2. Improve range of motion.
  3. Improve posture.
  4. Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
  5. Ease medication dependence.
  6. Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow-the body’s natural defense system.
  7. Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
  8. Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
  9. Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ-the skin.
  10. Increase joint flexibility.
  11. Reduce depression and anxiety.
  12. Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks .
  13. Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
  14. Reduce postsurgery adhesions and swelling.
  15. Reduce spasms and cramping.
  16. Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
  17. Release endorphins – the body’s natural painkiller.
  18. Relieve migraine pain.
  19. Enhance sleep quality.
  20. Improve energy levels.
  21. Improve concentration.
  22. Increase circulation.
  23. Reduced fatigue.
  24. Arthritis sufferers note fewer aches and less stiffness and pain.
  25. Asthmatic children show better pulmonary function and increased peak air flow.
  26. Burn injury patients report reduced pain, itching, and anxiety.
  27. High blood pressure patients demonstrate lower diastolic blood pressure, anxiety, and stress hormones.
  28. Premenstrual syndrome sufferers have decreased water retention and cramping.

Megan Feight with Beaufort Massage and Structural Bodywork, is a licensed massage therapist and can be contacted at 843-271-3509 or at beaufortmassage@hotmail.com

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Overnight Flagging on McTeer Bridge Through June

June 10, 2010

United Contractors and Misener Marine will continue overnight flagging operations along the SC 802 McTeer Bridge through the month of June.

Flagging is scheduled from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Friday while crews pour concrete for the new twin bridge foundation.   Motorists may encounter delays during these times and are advised to look out for workers on foot.

The work is part of the SC 802 road widening and improvement project and is one of several approved by voters for sales tax funding. For a complete review of all County road improvement projects, visit the “HWY Project” tab on the home page of the County website, www.bcgov.net.

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LowCountry Habitat for Humanity to Begin Most Ambitious Project

June 10, 2010

This summer, LowCountry Habitat for Humanity will begin its most ambitious project with a groundbreaking ceremony at Penn Village on Ernest Drive in St. Helena, the site of four eventual houses.  For LowCountry Habitat, ambition is defined not just in what we seek to achieve, but in what they ultimately succeed in building.

They believe that the mission of providing affordable housing continues unabated, even in the midst of a downward turn in the economic cycle.  They are called by faith to be a steady provider of safe and affordable housing.  The land at Penn Village has been cleared and the utilities are being installed.  Dataw and Spring Island residents have generously contributed funds for the first two houses and we are currently seeking additional sponsorships and infrastructure funding.

LowCountry Habitat hopes that you will join them for a groundbreaking celebration on Thursday, June 17th at 5:30pm at the Penn Village site (205 Ernest Drive).  Following a short ceremony they will head to the cafeteria at historic Penn Center for refreshments and entertainment.

Space is limited for this event, so please RSVP via e-mail (info@lowcountryhabitat.org)

or by calling our office at 843-522-3500.

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Habitat for Humanity to Host Orientation

June 10, 2010

LowCountry Habitat for Humanity will hold an orientation meeting for individuals and families who wish to participate in our homeownership program on Thursday, June 10th at 6:00 pm at the Wesley United Methodist Church Education Center on Duke Street downtown.

The orientation is designed to further explain qualifications and expectations for being a Habitat homeowner. Attending this orientation is required as it is the first step in the family selection process. For joint applicants, both need to attend the orientation.

Qualified applicants are those who currently live in sub-standard housing and live or work in Northern Beaufort County. Habitat families are those who earn less than 60% of the median income for Beaufort County and demonstrate willingness and ability to repay a no-interest, no-profit mortgage loan.

Attendance is required for persons interested in becoming a Habitat homeowner. For more information please call the LowCountry Habitat office at (843) 522-3500.

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Beaufort County Open Land Trust Needs Your Votes

June 10, 2010

Nature’s Path is giving away $50,000 in cash, garden design, technical assistance and fund raising support to two deserving communities!  Please help the Beaufort County Open Land Trust win one of these grants by visiting www.openlandtrust.comand vote.  By voting you can help the Land Trust win this wonderful grant for our community!

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Adagio Creative Celebrates Two Years in Beaufort

June 10, 2010

Adagio Creative, a public relations, marketing and event management firm located in Beaufort, SC, celebrates its two year anniversary this month.

Adagio Creative was founded by Carper in June 2008. Since then, Carper has worked with a variety of
area businesses, organizations and artists to promote and manage events and craft individual voices through communication and public relations efforts.

“I have had the pleasure of learning so much about the people, places and things that make up Beaufort and the Lowcountry and am honored to have had a part in spreading their good news,” Carper said. “In the past
24 months I literally went from stepping out on faith to having a full service, organized firm that has serviced so many.”

Carper has a varied background in communication and event management, having held communications, community relations and public relations positions for organizations like the North Carolina Dance Theatre, Charlotte, NC, Queens University of Charlotte, Charlotte, NC, and the Beaufort Regional

Chamber of Commerce, Beaufort, SC, before forming Adagio Creative.

Adagio Creative provides long and short-term services. For more information, references or a list of clients,
visit www.adagiocreative.com or contact Carper at 843.812.9422 or via email at carrie@adagiocreative.com.

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A Letter from Doug Henderson, Petition Candidate for Beaufort County Treasurer

June 10, 2010

After much thought, and a lot of prodding from friends, I have decided to seek the office of Beaufort County Treasurer as a petition candidate. I could not, in good conscience, stand by and not give the citizens of this county a better alternative to Mrs. Joy Logan.

I seek the position after observing for several years the continual decline of the leadership and reputation of the County Treasurer’s office. I feel it is time for someone to step into the position that can restore credibility and confidence that the residents of Beaufort County want and deserve.

I have 35 years in banking, managing large numbers of people and money, and I worked for 7 years with the Beaufort County Assessor’s office. These experiences give me a unique ability and perspective to handle the position of County Treasurer.

I hope the citizens of Beaufort County will afford me the opportunity to provide the leadership necessary to give them a courteous, prompt and efficient Treasurer’s office. One in which every hard earned dollar paid to the Treasurer is used for the utmost benefit of all of its residents.

I will need a lot of help acquiring the necessary number of signatures in the time frame required. I would ask that anyone who wants to help please contact me at 812-6120 or 524-2436.

Douglas E. Henderson

15 Butterfield Lane

Beaufort, S.C. 29907

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A Comparison of High end Home Sales in Northern Beaufort County

By Everett Ballenger, Owner/BIC Ballenger Realty, 2008 President of the Beaufort County Association Realtors

June 10, 2010

We all know the real estate market has been in the doldrums for number of years and those homes in the higher price range have been especially affected. To obtain an idea of how significantly higher price homes have been affected, we will compare what homes in the $300,000 and above price range have done in the last 12 months as compared to a similar period the in the 2006/7 time frame.  As could be anticipated the following data presents a mixed message. As you would expect given the current market, prices and sales are down. But not in all areas. At first look you see that for Port Royal there is a healthy 33% increase in the median price. But on further review we see there were only 4 Port Royal high end sales in 2009/10, as compared to 12 in 2006/7.  This is another example, as we have noted in the past. when dealing with a small number of sales it only takes one high end sale to skew the numbers.

Residential Sales Over $300,000 For 2006/7 Vs 2009/10

Sales Volume                                                         May Inventory

Area                     (millions)          Units           Median Price          (over $300,000)

Beaufort

2006/7                     $15.5               26                  $462,500              Not Available

2009/10                    $5.4                  9                  $355,000              52

Change +/-             – 65%              -65%                 -23%

Mossy Oaks

2006/7                      $7,1               12                   $454,950              Not Available

2009/10                    $1.8                 4                   $430,774              13

Change +/-              -75%             -67%                – 5%

Port Royal

2006/7                       $6,6              17                  $361,600               Not Available

2009/10                     $2,1                4                  $539,500               21

Change +/-                -68%                                     +33%

Burton

2006/7                        $36.5            88               $447,000                  Not Available

2009/10                      $14,9            34               $392,500                  87

Change +/-                 -60%            -61%             -12%

Lady’s Island

2006/7                        $56.6           100              $464,890                  Not Available

2009/10                      $21,2             41              $399,900                  156

Change +/-                 -63%                                  -14%

Total Northern Beaufort County

2006/7                     $122.3           243             $21.9 mil

2009/10                     $45.4             92             $21.1 mil                   329

Change +/-              -33.0%           -62%            -4%

The above chart tells the story. We are selling significantly fewer homes in the $300,000 + range and those which are selling are bringing a lower price.  Simply stated, in the high end market, northern Beaufort County has not hit the bottom yet.

One of the factors to be considered in regard to the high end real estate market is that since 2006 the “magic number” for conforming mortgage loans has been stuck at $417,000. Any home priced above that – requiring a mortgage, would have to seek a “Jumbo” loan. After the financial collapse in 2008, jumbo loans were like hens teeth to find (very rare!).  Over the last six months or so, the jumbo market has eased some, and it is a little easier to find financing for larger loans. Still not easy…but a little better. These loan restrictions have obviously had a “cooling” effect on higher end property sales. There are potential buyers of higher end homes that would love to move to the Beaufort area.  However, in their existing home they may have a decent jumbo loan which they have had for a number of years and if they tried to buy a house today, they would not be able to match those excellent terms gained in the “good old days!”.

We are seeing some interest in the more expensive homes as people in other states find buyers for their more expensive houses.  One must remember that at the present rate of sales of high end homes (92/year) there is the equivalent of over 3 years of homes (329) in the present inventory. Obviously since the median price of sold single family homes in Northern Beaufort County over the last twelve months was around $200,000 …marketing a higher end home will take some real marketing expertise on behalf of the listing agent.  Though sales are down, there are still sales of $300,000+ in range. To have a realistic chance of selling in today’s market a house has to show well. Owners would do well to seriously consider advice offered by their Realtor or professional home stager as to ways to make their house more sellable.

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If You Don’t Like the First Answer, Ask the Question Again!

By Jim Hicks, Lady’s Island Planning Commission Representative

June 10, 2010

One of the projects approved as part of the 2006 1% sales tax referendum was to fund a study of the feasibility and desirability of a northern bypass to Lady’s Island from the end of Brickyard Point by the Marine Corps Air Station to Highway 21 in the vicinity of Grays Hill.  The referendum established $6 million as the estimated cost of such a study which could include an environmental assessment.

The engineering firm of Thomas and Hutton conducted the first phase of the study to determine if the benefit of such a bypass was worth the cost of building it.  They looked at three probable routes plus the possibility of building a new bridge from Lady’s Island to Bellamy Curve. The cost/benefit portion of the study was completed in October, 2009 with the words “In summary, none of the alternate northern bypass routes were deemed feasible by the cost/benefit analysis.” This supports previous studies on the subject which includes (1) the first Beaufort County Comprehensive Plan which identified a northern bypass as a possible future solution to traffic problems but indicated it could not be justified at that time, (2) the 2002 study by the engineering firm of Wilbur Smith which said building such a bypass would be very expensive ($190 million) and handle an estimated 9,300 trips per day, (3) the 2006 “Origin and Destination Study” which followed (with cameras) cars leaving Lady’s Island and determined that 70% of all vehicles leaving the island remained in the City of Beaufort or Town of Port Royal area leaving only 3,658 trips per day that might use a northern bypass, (4) the 2007 Northern Regional Plan transportation study which recommended that a study be made of the various “alternative routes” for a northern bypass.  The primary concern of the transportation planners who conducted the Northern Regional Plan transportation study was Highway 21 being overwhelmed by growth in the undeveloped portion of Port Royal Island to the point of needing to expand it to 6 lanes and (5) the recent Thomas and Hutton study.

The price for Thomas and Hutton to determine that “none of the alternative northern bypass routes were deemed feasible by the cost /benefit analysis” was $1.5 million.  The City of Beaufort has requested that the engineering firm determine a preferred alternative route for the northern bypass and conduct an environmental assessment of that route.     Thomas and Hutton has come up with a “preferred” route (Brickyard Point Road, down Middle Road, continue on Brickyard Point Road past Walling Grove turn on Johnson Landing Road and then cross over to the vicinity of the Air Station).  This is a combination of the original 3 routes and Thomas and Hutton is in the process of doing an environmental assessment of that route.

Since 1997 there have been 5 studies conducted to determine if building a northern bypass is feasible, practical or desirable.  The general consensus of the studies is that a northern bypass would be very expensive and the cost could not be justified based on the projected use.  There is nothing wrong with the City of Beaufort desiring to divert traffic from traveling through downtown Beaufort with a Northern Bypass or for residents of Lady’s Island to desire a shorter route to the Air Station or the Grays Hill. However, sometime, as a community (City of Beaufort and Lady’s Island) we are going to have to accept, based on the results of these studies, that a northern bypass cannot be justified with the data available at this time.  We simply cannot afford to keep asking the same question and hoping for a different answer.

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ISLAND NOTES

By Jim Hicks

jbhicks@hargray.com

June 10, 2010

A vision check on Sams Point Road. If you were driving up Sams Point Road at about 9 AM on Tuesday, May 5 as you passed the Video Warehouse you saw walking along the side walk with a very leisurely and confident pace either (a) a wild turkey or (b) a female pea fowl. It strolled up to the Walgreen parking lot where a good number of folks saw and reported the bird.  Its destination from there is unknown but we wish it a safe journey.  Lady’s Island really is a special place.

Exterior commercial displays. Throughout the unincorporated portion of Beaufort County the rule regarding exterior display of commercial products outside businesses adjacent (within 500 feet) to state roads is relatively simple.  If the product would normally be utilized outside (plants, bicycles, picnic tables) such display is authorized for exterior display. Items such as newspaper vending machines are accepted as common sense exceptions to this rule. In response to a business owner’s request to allow exterior display of furniture the Lady’s Island Community Preservation (CP) Committee met on May 4 to review the matter of exterior display of commercial products on Lady’s Island.  It was determined that Lady’s Island zoning of commercial areas has no special regulations regarding exterior display of commercial products and island businesses are therefore regulated by the county ordinance.  The City of Beaufort regulations for Lady’s Island property and the County regulations are almost identical. The Beaufort County Planning Department was requested to review the matter with the Beaufort County Corridor Review Board and the City of Beaufort Planning Department and make such recommendations on this subject as may be deemed appropriate.

Amazing system for electrical pole installation. The method by which the new poles being installed along Brickyard Point Road are placed in the ground is fascinating.  First, these poles come in 3 pieces and the portion that is placed in the ground is a hollow steel tube approximately 30 feet in length.  When they get ready to install it into the ground, a large metal plate is attached to the top of the tube and a machine literally vibrates the tube causing it to sink into the ground about 28 feet leaving 2 foot of the base section above the ground. The second section is then bolted to this base and the final section slides down over the second section.    These poles are being installed as part of the project to increase the electrical power available to Lady’s Island and to allow flexibility in rerouting electrical service in the event of power outages.

Signs of economic recovery? Mr. Harvey McCormick, who has his law firm at 95 Sams Point Road, is in the process of giving the building a face lift to include landscaping of the entrance to the building. That the renovated building is providing an improved image for the area is appreciated.  That by investing in structural improvements in his office he is demonstrating his faith in the future business environment of Lady’s Island is really appreciated.

Request for zoning change. The owners of the Oakwood Plaza on Sams Point Road have requested their property be rezoned from Professional Office District to Village Center.  If the request is approved the property would still be commercial in nature but allow increased flexibility in regard to the types of uses allowed.  A hearing on the matter by the Lady’s Island/St. Helena subcommittee of the Beaufort County Planning Commission will be held on June 16 at 5:30 PM in the conference room of the Lady’s Island Airport. The meeting is open to the public.

A Job Well Done! Lady’s Island was lucky that Sanders Brothers Construction Company was selected to widen Lady’s Island Drive and build the adjoining sidewalks.  As they near the end of the project the professional and courteous manner with which they accomplished the task is worthy of recognition.  While widening the road they were able to maintain a reasonable flow of traffic for over 20,000 vehicles each day. At the June meeting of the Lady’s Island Business and Professional Association a representative of Sanders Brothers Construction Company will be presented a certificate of appreciation as a small way of saying how very much the residents of Lady’s Island appreciate the manner in which they performed the task of widening our road.

End of another school year. To all of the teachers, administrators, and support personnel who work so hard to ensure all of the schools, public and private, on Lady’s Island continue to offer the highest quality of education possible – thank you so much.  Please know that we, in the Lady’s Island community, are very aware of the challenging and difficult job you face every day and the dedication it takes to continue fighting the good fight to ensure our children are academically ready for the future.  Best wishes for a great (and fun) summer and together we will start again next school year with a team effort to ensure Lady’s Island continues to offer the best public and private schools possible.

Rural Zoning Change? In a recent edition of the Beaufort Gazzette there was an advertisement announcing a public hearing of a zoning change to rural and rural residential zoning regulations to be conducted by the Beaufort County Planning Commission on June 7 and at a later date by County Council.  The announcement did not indicate the change would affect Lady’s Island.  It will not. The story behind this announcement is that in 2009 a change to rural zoning was proposed which would (1) do away with rural residential (5 acre lots) zoning, (2) decrease the number of houses allowed on those lots presently zoned rural residential and (3) increase the number of homes authorized on lots 6 acres or more. If approved the proposed change would have allowed 484 more homes to be built on the 4,684 acres of Lady’s Island rural area than could be built under present regulations. Lady’s Island County Councilman Paul Sommerville opposed the zoning change for Lady’s Island based on the rationale that our roads and bridges have a limited capacity, we have approximately 1000 undeveloped lots presently approved for houses and to continue to authorize additional development would be unwise.  He also opposed the changes to rural zoning for Coosaw Island and sponsored a successful movement to make the island a Community Preservation area.  Accordingly, thanks to his taking a stand on this matter Lady’s Island was exempted from the proposed zoning change and Coosaw Island is today a Community Preservation area.  The changes to rural and rural residential recently announced to be open for public hearing in June will have no effect on either Lady’s Island or Coosaw Island – thanks Councilman Sommerville.

Key Landscaped Median Available for Sponsor! The newly widened Lady’s Island Drive will have only one median and that will be a 1000 foot median located at the foot of the new bridge as you come on the island. It literally will be the first thing you see when arriving on the island and will be on display to the drivers and passengers of the 20,000 vehicles which presently use the McTeer Bridge.  The Lady’s Island Business and Professional Association provides and maintains the signs indicating the business which is sponsoring the landscaping of the median and will also accept organizational responsibility for the median.  If sponsorship of this key median would be of possible interest to your business please call either the President of LIBPA Jon Rembold (770-0040) or Jim Hicks (522-3988) for details.

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Four Local Firefighters Blaze Through Combat Fire Challenge

June 3, 2010

After working out for months with fitness trainers from Get FIT on Lady’s Island, four local firefighters doused the competition Saturday at the Combat Fire Challenge in Kissimmee, Florida.

Nathan Callendar, his wife Heather Callendar, and Stacy Strong of the Parris Island Fire Department and Heidi Charest of the Lady’s Island-St. Helena Fire Department all found success.

“It’s an amazing accomplishment,” Charest said. “We’re tired, we’re happy, we’re satisfied – and we’re looking forward to our next competition. Having Jered (Kraszewski) and his Get FIT trainers help us really made a difference by keeping us focused and motivated. They got us in the best shape of our lives for this competition.”

The Combat Fire Challenge is an annual contest of physical skills needed by firefighters. The competitions draw the best of the best, with local and regional winners continuing on to national and world championships.

“These young men and women risk their lives in order to save others. It was an honor for us to challenge them to take it to the next level,” said Get FIT owner and head trainer Jered Kraszewski. “We may have supplied some of their training, but the heart they possess truly eclipses me. I hope to work with all of Beaufort County’s fire and police departments some day. We have formed an elite team of trainers in preparation of this.”

Here’s what the weekend – and months of training — brought these four firefighters:

·         Nate Callendar ran an individual of 1:47 and placed 12 out of 64 competitors. He is the new holder of the State Champion title for the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge.

·         Heather Callendar finished fourth in the individual with a time of 4:12 which was her personal best.

·         Heidi Charest finished first in the individual with a personal best of 3:16

·         Team Hot Mess, a blend of firefighters from the Parris Island and Lady’s Island-St. Helena fire departments, fielded a female relay team of Charest, Heather Callendar and Stacy Strong and finished first with a time of 2:18.  This time qualifies their relay team for the World Challenge that will be held in November in Myrtle Beach

·         Nate Callendar ran a male tandem with Steve Arnold from Bluffton Fire Department. They finished with a time of 1:32 for second place.

·         Charest also ran a co-ed tandem with Brandon Cunningham from Ft. Gordon out of Augusta, GA.  They finished with a time of 1:31, just two seconds off the world record.

“The trainers at Get FIT started training with the PI crew a few months ago,” Charest said. “Roddy (Medders) comes out (to Parris Island) every Thursday to do a circuit with us.  Many of the exercises allow us to excel at parts of the Combat Challenge.

“The Get FIT trainers understand what we are getting ready for,” she said. “They come up with exercises that will help us perform better come race day.  They are eager to come out and train us and do so with much enthusiasm.  I look forward to working with the Get FIT crew to help us get ready for the World Competition in November!”

A short video of the firefighters training at Parris Island is available under Video at http://www.getfit-bft.com.

The Combat Fire Challenge is a series of contests held across the country. Teams qualify for further competition – and a trip to the World Championship, being held in November at Myrtle Beach. The contest attracts hundreds of U.S. and Canadian city fire departments at more than 25 locations throughout the year leading up to the World finals.

According to http://www.firefighterchallenge.com, “The Challenge seeks to encourage firefighter fitness and demonstrate the profession’s rigors to the public. Wearing full bunker gear and the SCOTT Air-Pak breathing apparatus, pairs of competitors race head-to-head as they simulate the physical demands of real-life firefighting by performing a linked series of five tasks including climbing the 5-story tower, hoisting, chopping, dragging hoses and rescuing a life-sized, 175 lb. (simulated) victim as they race against themselves, their opponent and the clock.”

The Parris Island firefighters trained the past six months at Get FIT, including special sessions at the Parris Island fire station taught by Get FIT trainer and functional fitness specialist Roddy Medders.

Get FIT offers discounted memberships to firefighters, law enforcement, teachers and the military.

For more information about the Combat Fire Challenge, visit http://www.firefighterchallenge.com and click Results. To learn more about Get FIT fitness training center and its sister operation at City FIT in the City Loft Hotel in downtown Beaufort, visit http://www.getfit-bft.com.

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Habersham Marketplace to Host “First Fridays” Event June 4

June 3, 2010

The Habersham Marketplace in Beaufort, SC, will host its second “First Fridays” event on Friday, June 4, beginning at 4 p.m. The event is part of a free and ongoing summer series open to the Beaufort community. “First Friday” events boast an expanded Farmer’s Market with local and regional growers, along with arts, crafts, specialty food vendors and live music from 4-9 p.m.

The schedule for the June 4 “First Fridays” is:

Expanded Farmer’s Market – 4-7 p.m.

Live Local Music – Musician Stephen Kneece, 4-6 p.m.; Joshua Fox Band, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Lady’s Island Elementary Seriously Fun-E Clown Troupe & Dancers – 4:30 – 5 p.m.

Food Vendors – Bistro Patois, Maggie’s Pub and Piace Pizza

The Habersham Marketplace is located at 13 Market St. in the Habersham Community, located off of Joe Frazier Road in Beaufort. For more information, event schedule and band listings, visit http://www.habershammarketplace.com

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Little Bits of Royal Chatter

By Peggy Chandler

June 3, 2010

Once upon a time a long, long, time ago, on the small island of Oahu, Hawaii, a young girl and a young boy were married.  As a matter of fact, the date was May 21st 1960 and the boy and girl were Mary Ann and Ski Cieplowski.  In honor of this auspicious occasion, a 50th Anniversary celebration was held at their home (Rivers Court) on May 22, 2010.  The occasion was planned and executed by the couple’s 3 children- Tammy, Tim, Terri, son-in law Richard and daughter -in -law Catherine, along with the Cieplowski’s 6 grandchildren-Christian, Timmy, Tyler, Enzo, Megan and Matthew.  Many neighbors, friends, family and extended family traveled from near and far to be with them for this wonderful event.  Mary Ann and Ski renewed their vows in a ceremony presided over by Reverend Father Timothy D. Tebalt of St. Peters Church.  The ceremony was followed by cocktails and a buffet dinner.

The family chose a Hawaiian theme for the party; as each guest arrived they were presented with a lei and the ladies were given a flower for their hair.  The couple’s home was transformed into a festive atmosphere where the patio was adorned beautifully with lighted trees, lanterns hung from the branches of a Palm tree along with candles floating in a nearby pond.   The dining tables scattered about the yard were decorated with shells, flowers and candles- all this under a gorgeous bright Carolina moon.

The boy and girl grew up and had a long and happy life together as was shown in pictures displayed throughout their home.  They both continue to be active members of St. Peter’s with Ski being a member of the Knights of Columbus where he is known for his culinary skills. Ski is also a member of Am Vets and VFW and Mary Ann is at his side through all these activities either giving him advice or sharing the load.   In the past, they have worked together to raise their family while Ski served 27 years in the USMC and Mary Ann had a career as a personnel manager.  They chose Beaufort ….to live happily ever after…….

Congratulations to them and to their lovely family.

If you have a story to share, event to announce or just chatter….I can be reached at buddysoma@embarqmail.com

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Local Dentist Completes LVI’s Coronoplasty and Case Finishing

June 3, 2010

LVI Global (LVI) proudly announces the completion of Coronoplasty and Case Finishing- Critical Steps for Neuromuscular Success by Dr. Stephen Durham. This three day, hands-on treatment program equips doctors with the skill, knowledge and technique for refining occlusion and natural dentition, occlusal appliances and prosthetic restorations through sound scientific and technological breakthroughs.

Dr. Stephen Durham completed the Coronoplasty and Case Finishing- Critical Steps for Neuromuscular Success program under the world-renowned Dr. Norman Thomas, PhD, DDS. While at LVI, Dr. Stephen Durham underwent intensive training on how to evaluate, diagnose, and manage aesthetic and complex occlusal cases so that they will not only make patients look good, but feel good as well.

Dr. Stephen Durham’s desire to provide the best possible care in his practice is evidenced by his commitment to continuing education in advanced dental studies.  For more information, call LVI at (888)584-3237 or Dr. Stephen Durham at (843)379-5400.

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LS3P Chosen to Conduct Northern Beaufort County Conference Center Charette

June 3, 2010

The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce Visitor & Convention Bureau (VCB) Conference Center Committee has chosen LS3P Associates, Ltd. to conduct a public charette to help determine feasibility and potential locations of a conference center in Northern Beaufort County.  LS3P Associates, Ltd. will be partnering with Ward Edwards and Hill Construction to guide and direct the charette process, develop programming and to recommend a preferred site for the location of a conference center.  The VCB will be soliciting site submissions via advertising and public notices and the charette will be conducted in mid-late July, 2010.

The Conference Center Committee, in conjunction with the Visitor & Convention Bureau evaluated five proposals to select a firm for developing and conducting the charette services, along with providing a list of potential conference center locations. The VCB Conference Center Committee members scored the proposals according to criteria as set forth in the RFP.  The group led by LS3P was the unanimous choice among the committee, chosen for their proven ability in conducting charettes for varied project types and clients, experience with the site selection and design of conference centers and knowledge of the Beaufort, Port Royal and Sea Islands area.

The purpose of the charette is to assist the Conference Center Committee in soliciting public input while managing the process to yield the best results.  The outcome of the charette is expected to produce the following results:

Establish guiding principles and criteria for the conference center – ex. location, physical attributes, LEED Certified Building, etc.

Prepare space needs program and appropriate size requirements for the facility.

Evaluate and Rank prospective locations for the conference center.

The estimated timeline is as follows:

Public announcement for site submissions and qualifications:  week of May 29

Public Charette and venue location:  mid-late July, 2010

Charette findings and report: September 2010

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Main Street Beaufort, USA to Host 25th Annual Meeting

June 3, 2010

Main Street Beaufort, USA, will host its 25th Annual Meeting Thursday, June 3, at 6 p.m. in the Dolphin Room of the Best Western Sea Island Inn, located at 1015 Bay St. Kennedy Smith, former director of National Main Street and Principal of The Clue Group in Arlington, Va., will serve as keynote speaker.  New Main Street Beaufort officers will be elected at the event, while several individuals and area businesses will be honored and awarded for their contributions to the downtown district.  Cocktails and hors d’ oeuvres will be available.

Awards will be given in the following categories:

  • Best Exterior Rehabilitation – Nominees are 700 Bay St., City Loft Hotel and The Garden at The Beaufort Inn
  • Best Interior Rehabilitation – Nominees are Breakwater Restaurant, City Loft Hotel and Plums Restaurant
  • Outstanding New Construction – Nominees are 700 Bay St and the City of Beaufort Police/Courts Building
  • Best New Sign/Awning – Sweet Grass Apparel, Breakwater Restaurant and Wren
  • Outstanding New Business – Lime Lite Salon, Bricks on Boundary and Southern Graces at The Beaufort Inn

Additionally, winners for Small Business Partner of the Year, Corporate Partner of the Year and Volunteer of the Year will be awarded.

Members and non-members may attend for $20 and are asked to RSVP to 843.525.6644 or    info@downtownbeaufort.com.

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Sixth Annual Carolina Wine Auction Set for June 13

June 3, 2010

The Sixth Annual Carolina Wine Auction will be held Saturday, June 13, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Callawassie Island Club, 22 Callawassie Club Dr. in Okatie, SC. Attendees will sample wine and food from Callawassie Island chefs and a silent auction featuring vineyard trips and rare large bottles will take place throughout the evening. A live auction featuring the evenings best selections will begin at 8:30 p.m. Proceeds will benefit Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse (CODA). Tickets may be purchased at (843) 770-1074 or http://www.carolinawineauction.com.

CODA provides comprehensive services for victims of domestic violence and their children in Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties. Programs include emergency safe shelter, individual and group counseling for victims, a children’s activity program, case management services and legal/court advocacy program. CODA is the only organization providing these services in this four-county area.

“This event means so much to the people in our community and surrounding areas,” said Maggie’s Pub Owner and Event Sponsor Richard Wilson. “I think we all look forward to an event that benefits an organization like CODA – which offers an incredible variety of  much needed programs and services to our community.”

Sponsors for the event include Bouchaine, Callawassie Island Club, Castello Banfi, Maggie’s Pub, Panini’s Café, Plums Inc., Saintsbury, Steele Wines, The Lowcountry Weekly and Wente Family Estates.

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Local Performers in Munchkinland for Low Country School of Performing Arts Show Saturday

June 3, 2010

From toddlers to their 20s, performers will take to the yellow brick road Saturday when the Low Country School of Performing Arts presents its spring show, The Wizard of Oz, at Beaufort High School.

The 400 tickets to the event sold out in less than one hour, said Deanna Kraszewski, founder and artistic director at the Low Country School of Performing Arts.

“We have 150 performers including dancers, vocalists, pianists and our teaching faculty, and the whole show is inspired by the Frank Baum story of The Wizard of Oz,” she said. “It’s going to be a wonderful celebration of the arts, and a lot of fun.”

The students have been rehearsing their show for 3months, and the performance will showcase the skills and talents enhanced by instructors at the Low Country School of Performing Arts. The center is located on Lady’s Island behind Video Warehouse on Sams Point Road.

Kraszewski choreographed the show with Erin Hancock and Megan Howe, with music direction by Kristen Hill. Kraszewski studied Drama and Dance at Hofstra University in New York. She has worked in the Connecticut, New York, North and South Carolina areas as a performer, choreographer and director.

The Wizard of Oz will be Saturday, June 5 at 1 p.m.

For more information about the Lowcountry School of Performing Arts, visit http://www.lowcountrysopa.com , email deanna@lowcountrysopa.com or call 843-441-2755.

The school offers a summer program starting June 14 and also is enrolling for its various fall dance and music programs.

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UUFB 2nd Annual Kayak River Clean-up on Sunday

June 3, 2010

Members of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Beaufort (UUFB) will board their kayaks to rid the Beaufort River–downtown marina area–of trash. This second annual event occurs Sunday afternoon, June 6, from 3:30 – 6 pm.

Kim Gundler and David Gorzynski of Beaufort Kayak Tours will supply 10 kayaks, expert guidance and support. Frank Hamilton, from the YMCA will provides safety/life guard training. UUFB members will enter the Beaufort River at the downtown marina, and work north and west to Bellamy Curve, and on to Pigeon Point collecting garbage as they go. Non-paddlers will provide additional cleanup work on the riverbank.

This volunteer clean-up effort gives UUs an opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to one of Unitarian Universalist guiding principles: “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.”            All living things benefit from keeping local waterways clean!

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BMH Wound Care Center Honored

June 3, 2010

Beaufort Memorial Hospital staff gathered to celebrate the Center of Distinction award recently presented to the hospital’s outpatient Wound Care Center. Front Row: Patty Pasceri, Executive Vice President of Operations, Diversified Clinical Services; Phylicia Allen, Administrative Assistant WCC; Leslie Pomponi, RN; Terrence Mabry, Wound Care Center Director; Lauretta Bland, Clinical Coordinator WCC; Monte Holm, Hyperbaric Technician/Safety Director; Second Row: Karen Reynolds, Area Vice President, Diversified Clinical Services; Rick Toomey, President/CEO BMH; Karen Carroll, Vice President Patient Care Services, BMH.

Beaufort Memorial Hospital’s outpatient Wound Care Center was recently recognized as a Center of Distinction in recognition of its high patient satisfaction rates, exceptional healing results, and outstanding clinical outcomes for the past twelve months. The prestigious award was presented by the Center’s partner, Diversified Clinical Services.

Diversified Clinical Services (DCS), located in Jacksonville, Florida, is the world’s largest wound care management company with over 300 hospital partners delivering excellent evidence-based care to patients with chronic wounds. DCS has been the leader in wound care for over 20 years, offering the most advanced treatments – including adjunctive hyperbaric oxygen therap

“Our partnership with Diversified brings our hospital’s Wound Care Center enormous resources and expertise, enabling us to meet the increasing need for specialized wound care,” said Karen Carroll, VP for Clinical Services. “We are thrilled to accept this award, and proud to offer this quality Center to our community.”

The Beaufort Memorial Wound Care Center has achieved success in treating and curing chronic or non-healing wounds and in providing outstanding care to over 400 patients since the Center’s opening in the fall of 2008. The hospital credits the Center’s excellent performance to the leadership of program director Terrence Mabry and medical director Dr. Gordon Krueger.

The Lowcountry is known for its high incidence of diabetes, which often causes suffering from chronic and non-healing wounds—a serious disorder that can lead to amputation of limbs and dramatically impaired quality of life.

Almost 24 million Americans—one in every 12—are diabetic, and the disease is causing widespread disability and death at an epidemic pace, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  People with uncontrolled diabetes often have symptoms of inadequate circulation, poorly functioning veins, and immobility.

Of those with diabetes, 6.5 million are estimated to suffer with chronic or non-healing wounds. Individuals without diabetes may also experience a non-healing wound for other reasons, such as radiation therapy, trauma, or due to other medical conditions.

The Wound Center’s comprehensive outpatient service offers advanced healing therapies often unavailable in primary care offices. These services use an interdisciplinary approach to treatment involving a variety of therapies and techniques, including debridement, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), dressing selection, special shoes, and patient education.

“It’s a privilege to be part of a great collaborative effort between the hospital and Diversified Clinical Services,” said program director Terrence Mabry.  “Together we are able to heal patients in our community, getting them get back to living more productive, healthy lives.”

Beaufort Memorial Wound Care Center is located in Suite 220 in the Beaufort Medical Plaza (next to the hospital). Patients can self-refer to the center or be referred by a physician. For more information about wound care at Beaufort Memorial, call (843) 522-5300.

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Kiwanis Club of Beaufort Presents Citizenship of the Year Award

May 27, 2010

Herbert Glaze

On Thursday June 3, 2010 The Kiwanis Club of Beaufort will present the 2010 Citizenship of the Year Award to Herbert Glaze, Assistant Principal at Beaufort High School, its Track and Field Coach, and for seventeen years a member of the Beaufort County Council.

The award is being presented to Mr. Glaze because of his long and exemplary service to the citizens of Beaufort County as an educator, coach and community leader.  Of particular importance is his service to the youth of Beaufort County, and his leadership in helping citizens find alternatives to violence in settling disputes.

He is the founder of CAVE (Citizens Against Violence Everywhere).  CAVE came into because of the violence in Beaufort County.  It resulted from a dream.  He explains: “I dreamed that I was in a cave filled with a sense of love and peace.  This was evidenced by drawings and carvings on the wall that showed people smiling, communicating, and sharing and caring for each other.  There was peace and harmony.  But when I left the cave there was evidence of violence.  I saw people dying horrible and tragic deaths.  I witnessed blunt objects cracking skulls, daggers and sharp object lodged in chest cavities.  I knew I had to something in response to this dream.  At that point CAVE was born.”

Herbert Glaze is married to Brenda.  They have two children, Rashard and Diarra Glaze. He has a daughter-in-law, Latonya, and three grandchildren Daejah, Aalyiah, and Delmar Jr.

He has been part of the Public School System for 37 years.  He is a graduate of Benedict College (B.S.) Pepperdine University (M.Ed.).

Mr. Glaze is a member of the Beaufort County Education Association, Burton Advisory Committee, Marine Science Association, National Education Association ,National Science Teachers Association, New Hope Christian Church (Elder), Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Sons of Beaufort Masonic Lodge #36, South Carolina Education Association, South Carolina High School League, and South Carolina Track and Field Association.

He has coached the Beaufort High School Girl’s Track Team for 35 years, and has won eighteen regional (conference) championships, 8 state championships, and 2 state runner’s up. He was awarded the South Carolina Track and Field 4-A Couch of the Year in 2002–the High School Coaches Association’s highest honor. Mr. Glaze was inducted to the Coaches Classic Hall of Fame in March 2006, South Carolina Coaches Association Hall of Fame in July 2006, and Beaufort High School’s Wall of Fame in October 2007.

He also served in many committee assignments: Chairman of Public Services, a Member of Community Services and Public Safety, and Grants and Minority Affairs. He is a member of the Lowcountry Council of Governments and Transportation Advisory Group. He has served on the Executive Board for the Boys and Girls Club.

During his career forty-two of his female student athletes continued their education on track scholarships, graduating from a University or College. Presently he has two more female athletes on track scholarships who will add to the list.

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Chamber to Host U.S. Senator Lindsay Graham

May 27, 2010

The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce Visitor & Convention Bureau will host United States Senator Lindsay Graham at a specially scheduled Business 4 Breakfast event.  The event will be held on Wednesday, June 2 at 8:00 a.m. (program starts at 8:30 a.m.) at the Beaufort Hilton Garden Inn (1500 Boundary St.) in Beaufort.  Senator Graham will be delivering his congressional update.

Business 4 Breakfast events are held once a quarter and feature timely topics of interest.  This event is available to Chamber members for $10 and all others for $20. Breakfast is included in the price.

This event is made possible by the support of the Beaufort Regional Chamber’s Business and Media Partners: Hargray, Beaufort Memorial Hospital, MCAS Beaufort Federal Credit Union, Parker Hannifin Racor Division, CenturyLink, First Citizens Bank, Regions Bank, SCE&G / SCANA, Wachovia Bank/Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Adventure Radio Group, The Island News, Beaufort Lifestyle and WHHI TV.

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Winners Announced at Beaufort County Tri-Club Photo Competition

May 27, 2010

MONTANA MORNING by Dick Golobic
Old Vineyard in Fog by Lamar Nix
MY TOWN by Bill Walker

On May 20th, the 3rd annual Tri-Club photo competition between the Photography Club of Beaufort, Camera club of Hilton Head and the Photography Club of Sun City was held.  The event was hosted at Pinckney Hall in Sun City with over 100 people in attendance.

Judges were Ben Ham, large format landscape photographer, Stephen Morton, photojournalist and Tom Coffer, photographer and owner of Worldwide Camera in Savannah.

Each of the photography groups meet monthly with programs, critiques, competitions and field trips.  Please see the individual clubs websites for more information: www.photoclubbeaufort.com,www.cchhi.org and www.pcschh.org

There were 99 entries and a total of 21 ribbons were awarded:

Novice:

1st Place – My Town by Bill Walker

2nd Place – Spring Morning Mist by Russ Dimke

3rd Place – Old Barn at Sunrise by Madeline Theissen

HM  – Storm over Assisi by Jack Beaucaire

HM – Freedom Rain Joey Anderson

Intermediate:

1st Place – Montana Morning by Dick Golobic

2nd Place – 53rd Street Canyon by Carol Alexander

3rd Place – Young Green Heron by Denny Baer

HM – Sahara Sunrise by Howard Ramey

Advanced:

1st Place – Old Vineyard in Fog by Lamar Nix

2nd Place – Dragon Fly by Floyd Rees

3rd Place – White Lace by Tom Korbutt

HM – Calla Lillies by Connie Fisher

Expert:

1st Place – Fairy or Angel by Nadine O’Quinn

2nd Place – The Zen of Primary Colors by Richard Darby

3rd Place – Your Roots are Showing by Hal Cherry

HM – Old Quebec City by Charlie Heyman

HM – Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Boxers by John Wollwerth

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Walling Grove Litter Volunteers Honored

May 27, 2010

Front row-L-R Ann Johnson and Barbara James Back row-L-R Patricia Fakunding, John Fakunding, Charlie Bray, Sue Knox, Donna Rhoten, Bill Rhoten, Chas Knox, Kathleen Bray and Randy James. Not pictured: Jim Grimsley, Steve and Kathleen Linn, Rod Kesting, Ann Blinkhorn, Bill and Anne Peters, Steve and Pam Morgan, Dennis and Morag Gibson, Maria Blair and Don Johnson.

Residents of Walling Grove Plantation on Lady’s Island pose in front of their welcome sign with awards received for being selected the Beaufort County Adopt-A-Highway Outstanding Group of the Year. At recent ceremonies in Columbia, the group was also named the SCDOT Outstanding District 6 Group of the year.

Volunteers picked up 390 pounds of trash from Middle Road on Lady’s Island in 2009 and more than 900 Beaufort County Adopt-A-Highway volunteers picked up approximately 144-thousand pounds of litter from county roads, parks and boat landings.

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Volunteering:  Everyone has Something to Give Back

By Janie Lackman

May 27, 2010

When I first moved to Beaufort, I knew that I wanted to volunteer with my basset hound, Elvis.  Volunteering has always been a part of my life so it was an obvious decision to search for the right fit in my new home.  I choose hospice because it was such a huge help to my family on several occasions.  My first experience with hospice was with my grandfather, “Big Daddy”, in Newark, Delaware.  Mom says that they never could have gotten through things without the assistance that was provided.  Then we used hospice in Charlotte, North Carolina with the deaths of my dad’s parents and my great aunt.

I remember calling my mom to share my decision to volunteer with Hospice.  I was shocked when she was opposed to the idea.  She told me that I was too sensitive and asked me why would I set myself up for such a loss.  In essence she was worried about me – like any mom would be.  But I didn’t listen and forged ahead with my plan to do pet therapy with hospice.   Mom was right and wrong.  Sometimes it was hard because I formed strong relationships with my patients and it did hurt when each one passed.  You might say a part of me died with each patient but oh what I got back in return.  It is hard to describe to someone that has never been a patient volunteer but the honor of being invited into someone’s home at such a critical time and the ability to share and learn from each other is overwhelming.  Everyone has something to share, maybe it is a story, a special artistic gift or simply a smile and just because someone is dealing with a life limiting illness does not diminish the relevance of what they have to share.  I always feel like I get back so much more than I put in as a volunteer for hospice.

Now as an employee of FRIENDS of Caroline Hospice, I know about all different kinds of volunteer opportunities with hospice.   Not all of our volunteers work directly with patients some assist in the office, while others help with our Child Bereavement program, some help with our Red Door Thrift Store and others assist in our special event and marketing projects such as Festival of Trees and our new Bands Brews & BBQ events.  As Development Director at FRIENDS, I am sometimes a little removed from our patients these days but I see the desire to give back from all the wonderful volunteers that I work with daily.  It reminds me of the path that led me to volunteer with FRIENDS.

I’ve learned more things by volunteering and working with hospice than I could ever fit into a newspaper column but I guess the biggest lesson was that if you open your heart good things will come to you and that can never be bad regardless of the consequences.

If you make the choice to give back to your community you may be amazed at just how much YOU get out of the endeavor.  Sometimes I feel guilty about how much better I feel after taking Elvis to visit patients at Beaufort Memorial Hospital or visiting at an adult dementia care day program such as Memory Matters.  Sharing my big goofy basset hound and the smiles she brings is a contagious feeling that I carry with me far after the actual visit.

The options for volunteering in the Lowcountry are limitless.  Whatever your talent, desire or interest there is an organization here that could use your help especially in these difficult financial times.  Please explore volunteering in the Lowcountry.  Our community needs your help.

If you would like to learn more about volunteering with FRIENDS of Caroline Hospice please join us for Coffee and Conversation on Monday, June 7th at 9:30am at our office located at 1110 13th Street, Port Royal, SC 29935.

RSVP to 843-525-6257.

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The Arts Council of Beaufort County Overcomes Potential Budget Shortfall

By Lisa Rentz

May 27, 2010

As economic recovery keeps pace with rising temperatures and happier outlooks, the staff and board of the Arts Council of Beaufort County is taking a moment from the hard work of promoting, nurturing and advocating the arts, to say Thank You to the community.

“We’ve received so much support in the past year of economic turmoil, from volunteers helping at ARTworks to a rise in average contributions, up from $35 to $50. The community is digging deeper, which helps us work harder,” said J.W. Rone, executive director of the Arts Council of Beaufort County. “As I reflect on the changes, which certainly include losses to the arts community, I am even more positive about the short and long term success of the greater Beaufort arts community. We are making every dollar, helping hand, and creative idea count.”

Recent achievements that exemplify the arts recovery:

– Arts council staffers provided services to 271 artists and 20 arts organizations, in the form of grants and guidance, that impacted 1,733 kids, and an audience of 7,218.

– 35 families are benefitting from scholarships for their children to attend ARTworks AFTERschool.

– the first annual Siete de Mayo celebration was a success, and marks the beginning of a collaboration with La Isla magazine in celebrating the diversity of the Lowcountry.

– In the affordable studios at ARTworks, resident glass-artist Kelly Collins Davidson has moved up to a larger space, Cassandra Gillens & Shaviance Mitchell are sharing a studio for their paintings, woodburnings, and henna tattoos, and Strings-n-Things has moved in, bringing a welcome audio dimension to daily operations in the 12,000 square foot ARTworks community center.

– the 6th season of the free Street Music on Paris Avenue series is underway, in a partnership with the Town of Port Royal.

– Fripp Island donated 135 chairs for the black box theater at ARTworks, and nine volunteers helped arts council staff move them all.

– Contributions from supporters are being matched by a challenge grant from the Donnelly Foundation, magnifying each dollar donated by new and lapsed arts council donors.

New plans are underway.

The arts council’s success in promoting Beaufort County as an Arts Destination has been recognized and rewarded by the county with A-Tax funds, and matched by additional funds from the community.

“The community sees the value of our message: Beaufort County is an authentic arts and culture experience all year round, for artists and art collectors, and for people who just want to see how an artist works and ask a few questions, or even get their hands into the materials,” said Rone. “Working with the wider community to get through this financial recovery makes our efforts, such as the fully-accessible transmedia portal we’re about to launch, so much more meaningful and enjoyable. People have made it clear, they believe the arts council can get it done.”

The Thanks don’t end here.

Scholarships are also available for kids 6-12 for Summer ARTblast @ ARTworks beginning in July; upcoming gallery shows will showcase innovation and new takes on traditional fine crats; the next grant deadline for Community Arts Grants is August 15.

The Arts Council of Beaufort County is a non-profit service organization dedicated to nurturing multi-cultural arts, and is not a function of the county government. The arts council offices are located in ARTworks in Beaufort Town Center, a multi-faceted community arts center that contains working artists’ studios, a black box theater, workshops, and much more: 2127 Boundary Street 29902, 843-379-2787, http://www.beaufortcountyarts.com. Map- http://schmap.me/xt7puq

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Lowcountry Explorer Launches New Tour Company

May 27, 2010

Laura Von Harten, a cultural anthropologist with roots in the fishing industry of the South Carolina Sea Islands, today announced the launch of a cultural tourism company, Lowcountry Explorer.

Lowcountry Explorer, based in Beaufort, S.C., provides historical, cultural and culinary excursions throughout the Lowcountry region. The company conducts small group tours that depart from Beaufort Town Center.

The initial tour offering is “Discover Lady’s Island,” a two-hour trip that includes a scenic island drive, hiking at a Native American shell ring site, stops at points of interest on the island, and an ice-cream tasting at Berry Island Cafe. The price is $49 per person.

The company will add more tour destinations in the coming months.

Advance tickets for Lowcountry Explorer excursions are available at

http://www.lowcountryexplorer.com. Remaining tickets may be purchased at the Beaufort Visitor Center at the Arsenal.

Lowcountry Explorer is a regional leader in using advance ticket sales, electronic ticketing and multilingual customer support. They use Brown Paper Tickets, a Seattle-based fair-trade ticketing company that competes directly with Ticketmaster.

“Brown Paper Tickets offers travelers a choice of e-tickets or actual paper tickets,” Von Harten said, “and they provide reliable customer service in three languages — English, Spanish and French.”

“Also, Brown Paper Tickets serves the audience we want to reach. They market to a geographically and culturally diverse range of people who are interested in the arts and humanities, the environment and sustainability, community-building and personal wellness,” said Von Harten, the company’s founder and a fifth-generation Beaufortonian.

“When they travel they like to learn new things. They look for unusual and authentic local experiences. And that’s our job. Lowcountry Explorer connects travelers with real people and real places,” Von Harten said.

Lowcountry Explorer also offers guide service and ground transportation.

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Beaufort Firefighters Looking for “Special Friends” This Summer

May 27, 2010

As part of Beaufort Fire Department’s “Special Friend’s” program, parents can request a fire truck come and visit their home to introduce their children to firefighters and help reduce any anxiety their child may have toward firefighters and their equipment.

Beaufort firefighters hope to spend this summer making “special friends” with local residents and children who live in the City of Beaufort or the Town of Port Royal.

Starting in June Beaufort firefighters want to spend this summer meeting local families who have small children that are in – or entering – daycare or pre-kindergarten, or children of any age who have special needs, that may have a fear of firefighters and their equipment.

“A solid fire prevention program encompasses all ages, and our prevention programs start at daycare and continue all the way up to older adults,” stated Lieutenant Daniel Byrne, Beaufort’s Fire Marshal who leads the department’s prevention programs. “So it is important to make that good first impression with children to develop a positive relationship as early as we can, that’s what makes this program so important. Plus this program also keeps us in personal contact with our citizens as constant reminders about safety; our citizens pay taxes all year long for a fire service and should not have to wait for a tragedy to receive them, prevention is major part of the service we provide for our community and we do it all year long.”

While parents are always welcome and encouraged to bring their children by their local fire station, the purpose of this program is to bring the firefighters to the place children feel the most comfortable and safe – their home. “That’s where they are most likely to encounter us and where we need them to be comfortable seeing us,” stated Byrne.

As part of the program parents or guardians can request a convenient time between 10am and 8pm for a fire truck to come to their home to introduce the firefighters to their children and help show them all the equipment. With the parent’s assistance, firefighters will also slowly “dress out” and allow the children to watch them transform from their daily work uniforms into all their firefighting gear so they become familiar with who is behind it all –a “Friendly Firefighter;” the purpose of this is to reduce any fear or anxiety children may have seeing firefighters wearing the equipment.

Byrne says the program is completely free to any family living in Beaufort or Port Royal who have daycare or prekindergarten age children, or children of any age with special needs; however, Byrne adds that parents need to ensure their smoke detectors are working, be prepared to discuss their family fire escape plan and answer fire prevention questions. Firefighters will also provide free smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and rescue ladders to families who are eligible and need them as long as supplies last.

Parents who live in the city of Beaufort or town of Port Royal who would like to schedule a fire truck to come visit their home to meet their children, or any other request for a prevention program, can call (843) 525-7055 Mon – Fri or E-Mail Lt. Byrne atdbyrne@beaufortfiredept.com.

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Cadets Honored at Ceremony

May 20, 2010

Cadet GySgt Jordan Huggins and Jody Henson of the SCV.
Cadet 2nd. Lt. Anthony Grant and Wayne Cousar of the SAR.

On May 14th, Beaufort’s Gov. Paul Hamilton Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) and Gen. Richard H. Anderson Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) honored two of Battery Creek High School’s top Marine JROTC Cadets for the 2009 – 2010 school year.

Wayne Cousar, President of the local SAR Chapter, presented Cadet 2nd. Lt. Anthony Grant with the SAR SSgt Esau Patterson, Jr. Bronze Medal in recognition of his exhibiting strong personal traits of leadership, military bearing and discipline during the past school year.   The award is presented to a rising senior and was named in honor of a former Ridgeland High School recipient of the award who was killed in Iraq in 2004.

Jody Henson, Chairman of Military Awards for the local SCV Camp, presented Cadet GySgt Jordan Huggins with the H. L. Hunley Medal.  Top Cadet Huggins was recognized for his demonstration of strong core values, honor, courage and in particular commitment to his unit during the school year.   These were the values exhibited by the last crew of the Confederate Submarine Hunley who courageously made the commitment to honorably risk, and ultimately give their lives in defense of their country and the city of Charleston, after two crews had already suffered tremendous loss in previous training exercises.

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Members of 82nd Airborne to March in Memorial Day Parade

May 20, 2010

The Ben Vandervoort Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association will again march in the Beaufort Memorial Day Parade on Monday May 31st 2010.  We will form up at AMVETS parking lot in Port Royal at 8:30 AM and convoy to the assembly area at Rogers Rd. and Boundary St.  We will march behind a color guard of active paratroopers sent by the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg.  All Chapter members and any other paratroopers, active or inactive are welcome to march with us.  At the conclusion of the parade we will have a remembrances ceremony at the grave sites of Ben Vandervoort and Ruben Tucker. For further information call Dennis Conlon, 912 897 3098.

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Sons of Confederate Veterans Install New Member

May 20, 2010

Jesse Yopp being sworn in by Camp Chaplain the Rev. Andrew Pearson, with Commander Paul Griffin in background. Photo by Tom Burnett.
In May, the General Richard H. Anderson Camp #47 of Beaufort’s Sons of Confederate Veterans installed new member Jesse L. Yopp.  Originally from Paducah, Kentucky, Yopp has been known as the owner of “For the Birds & Garden” shops in Beaufort and Bluffton over the years and is currently in the Fordham Market.  He and wife Suzanne reside in Coosaw Point.  He is a descendant of Sgt Jesse W. Bean, Co. B, 36th Virginia Infantry.

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Downtown Beaufort Parking Spaces Painted for New Payment System

May 20, 2010

Paving the way for a new kiosk-based parking system in downtown Beaufort, Bay Street parking spaces are numbered for easy identification.

When the new payment kiosks open in June, patrons will park, make note of their parking space number, then enter that number into any of the electronic payment panels located downtown. Payment can be made with cash, debit or credit cards. Should more parking time be needed while the customer shops or dines, it can be added remotely via cell phone.

The 12-inch parking space numbers are in easy to read black on a standard Sherwin-Williams Traffic Marking white paint rectangle. The white background makes for easier viewing, especially at dusk and evening, said Scott Dadson, Beaufort City manager.

Smaller numbers posed a safety hazard because parking customers might have to bend over or lean down in the roadway to identify their parking space, Dadson noted. There are 476 parking spaces in the core downtown district; 132 of them will continue to use the coin-operated meters.

“Lanier’s opinion is for the numbering to be large enough and bold enough so that all parking patrons, regardless of their age, are able to easily recognize their individual parking space without confusion,” said Rick Graham, chief operations officer for Lanier Parking, the private firm that manages and enforces parking in Beaufort.

Lanier manages over 400 parking facilities worldwide. Graham said he believes the larger the painted number, the greater chance the patron remembers their specific spot.

“In all current, and future, ‘park by space’ lots company-wide, we will always recommend large numbering for visibility to aid the customer. Painting numbers on the curbs leads to excessive confusion by the patron, which results in an increase of citations due to a lack of recognition of the numbering,” he said.

“Lastly, and most importantly,” he said, “the large numbering minimizes the risk of endangering the patrons who are exiting their vehicle. Essentially, the quicker they read and identify their space, the quicker they are out of harm’s way with traffic.”

Once the new parking payment kiosks are in place and tested, most of the existing coin-operated parking meters in downtown Beaufort will be removed to reduce streetscape clutter.

“There were a number of alternatives considered, but this method of identifying parking spaces provides the most appropriate and safest solution,” Dadson said. “We have worked closely with Main Street Beaufort to find ways to help the downtown merchants, including their work on this parking plan.  Having adequate parking spaces for our shops and restaurants is a big part of their success.”

Parking revenues, including fines, are split with 85 percent funding the Beaufort Redevelopment Commission and 15 percent funding Main Street Beaufort, USA, a downtown revitalization group that includes merchants. None of the parking revenue goes into the City general fund.

The comprehensive parking plan aims to maintain a steady turnover of spaces on Bay Street that encourages consumers to patronize shops and restaurants while providing affordable and safe off-street parking alternatives to those who work in the area.

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Little Bits of Royal Chatter

By Peggy Chandler

May 20, 2010

Royal Pines Garden Club

The Royal Pines Garden Club met on May 13th at Groupers on Sea Island Parkway.  At the luncheon, the installation of officers for 2010-2011 was finalized.   The new officers are: Marie Spencer, President, Marge Eddy, Vice President, Trish Vanderspiegel, Secretary, and Joey Patrucco, Treasurer.  The Royal Pines Garden Club expressed their thanks to outgoing President- Nancy Steeves and Vice President Joey Patrucco for their hard work and dedication this past year.  The Garden Club continues to keep the Garden Quilt located on the median of Royal Pines Blvd. looking fresh and bright for all residents to enjoy and for that we thank them.

The Royal Readers met at the Waterfront Park on May 13th to discuss Noah’s Compass by Anne Tyler.  We spent a delightful few hours enjoying the sun and the breeze and sharing our thoughts on the book.  Pat Davidyock acted as hostess providing refreshments and a wonderful dessert.  The general consensus was that the book was good- but not great. The selection for June is Picking Cotton by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino, Ronald Cotton with Erin Tornedo.  This is a non- fiction book about Jennifer Thompson-Cannino falsely accusing Ronald Cotton of rape and how that accusation changed their lives eventually leading to a friendship and the corroboration on this book.

I am happy to report that Frankie Wilson has been adopted by Marie and Julie Colucci; he seems to have settled nicely into his new surroundings.  All is well on the stray cat front.

The Bunco groups in Royal Pines continue with their monthly game playing, chatting and spending time with neighbors and friends.  Marie Colucci hosted the most recent group on a perfect evening, which we spent outdoors in the screen room.  Delightful.

Many of our residents have been traveling the past few weeks and some have had the pleasure of visits from their families.  As the summer months move in and the children complete the school year, I look forward to the grandchildren and the enjoyment they bring.

If you have comments, club news or something to share with neighbors and friends, I can be contacted atbuddysoma@embarqmail.com

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Impact of Tourism in Beaufort County Featured on News Micro Site

May 20, 2010

The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce Visitor & Convention Bureau has launched a new micro site (www.TourismWorksForBeaufort.com) which underscores the importance of the tourism industry to Beaufort County.

The micro site was launched in recognition of National Travel & Tourism Week, May 8th – 16th, 2011 and includes statistics related to tourism economic impact at local, state and national levels and recognizes individuals and organizations that support tourism in Beaufort County.  Public service announcements were secured to promote National Travel & Tourism week and tourism in Beaufort County.

“One of the core objectives set by the VCB Board of Directors is to educate and inform our community of the benefits and importance of tourism to our local economy. TourismWorksForBeaufort.com serves as a resource for sharing statistics, research and results of our tourism marketing programs with the greater community,” stated Randall Burch, VCB Board Chairman.

Travel and tourism is more than a $1 billion industry for Beaufort County, providing more than 12,000 jobs and providing an average of $700 in tax relief for residents of South Carolina. Travel is a broad and diverse industry employing a vast workforce, from hotel and restaurant employees to attraction, retail and real estate.  Workers employed by tourism salaries also purchase goods and services that generate business for the local economy.

“Travel and tourism not only brings significant dollars to our community, the return-on-investment makes perfect business sense,” said Bob Moquin, Executive Director of the VCB. “In these times more than ever, it is vital that public and private funding be made a priority for the area’s largest industry because tourism produces revenue, jobs, and a healthy economy.”

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TCL Announces 2010 Commencement Speaker

May 13, 2010

The Technical College of the Lowcountry is pleased to announce that Dr. W. Joye Hardiman, inspirational educator and cultural expert, will deliver the 2010 commencement address.

“Dr. Hardiman possesses the unique talent to teach others through practical illustrations based on her scholarly involvement, plus she emphasizes the importance of persistence throughout one’s life to set lofty goals and never forget that humility is a virtue,” TCL President Tom Leitzel said. “Also, she is a perfect match for TCL given our cultural footprint from the days of the Mather School.”

Commencement will be held at 6 p.m., Friday, May 14 at the All Weather Training Facility on Parris Island. TCL will honor 352 graduates receiving degrees, diplomas and certificates in arts and sciences, business technologies, health sciences and industrial technologies.

About Dr. Hardiman:

Dr. W. Joye Hardiman is a global scholar, an inspirational educator and gifted storyteller. She has over 30 years of experience as an engaged Human Capacity Builder, Learning Community Practitioner and Cultural Heritage Preservationist. She began her academic career by attending the Undergraduate Writer’s Workshop at the University of Iowa. She later earned a B.A. in Literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1968, a Ph.D. in Ancient Kemetic (Egyptian) Literary Studies and Urban Education from the Union Institute in 1986, and a certificate of completion from Harvard University’s Management Development Program.

Dr. Hardiman is a founding member and an International Board Member of the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations (ASCAC). She was a Fulbright Scholar and has done extensive research on African history, culture and spirituality in Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Senegal, Ivory Coast, South Africa, India, the Yucatan, Trinidad, Brazil, Panama and Cuba.

Dr. Hardiman served as the Executive Director of The Evergreen State College – Tacoma Campus from 1989 to 2007. She has been an active participant in many state and national higher education curriculum reform efforts. In early 2008, she accepted the position of Executive Officer for the September 2008 voyage of The Scholar Ship, a globally recognized academic program aboard a dedicated passenger ship that hosts undergraduate and postgraduate students from 34 countries on semester-long voyages around the world.

Dr. Hardiman’s commitment to the intergenerational transfer of knowledge resulted in her mentoring more than 100 young scholars and artists. Dr. Hardiman is the subject of a PBS documentary “A Soul Comes Home” and the producer of the award-winning documentaries “The Yard People – an Intergenerational Love Story” and “Colors of Community,” the story of collaboration between the community of Tacoma, Wash., and the Ndebele people of South Africa.

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New route, New Bridge Proposed for Northern Bypass Around Beaufort

May 13, 2010

Seeking to maximize traffic improvements while minimizing costs for a Northern Bypass loop around downtown Beaufort, the city’s engineering firm proposes a composite route that would link northern Lady’s Island with US 21 north of the Marine Corps Air Station.

The recommendation takes the best parts of four other plans that all ended up costing more than they would be worth, said Beaufort City Manager Scott Dadson.

Thomas & Hutton Engineering Co. created the new route and shared it May 4 with Beaufort City Council during an afternoon work session. The route would:

  • Begin at Brickyard Point Road South and Middle Road at the intersection        with Holly Hall Road on SC 802
  • Wind northward on Lady’s Island  along Johnson Landing Road
  • Cross the Beaufort River at the extreme northern tip of Lady’s Island and touch down north of Perry Clear Drive at the far tip of the Air Station’s main runway
  • Skirt the outer reaches of the Air Station property and connect with US 21 at Bruce K. Smalls Drive near Clarendon Road.

“The proposed new route is an attempt to take the best of all the other bridge routes, to cause the fewest problems with land acquisition, to design the shortest and least expensive bridge, and to create a plan that solves the most traffic problems with the fewest dollars and headaches,” Dadson said.

The other options studied by Thomas & Hutton included a crossing a Perry Clear Drive, Brickyard Point, Central Drive and Bellamy Curve — the latter in downtown Beaufort where Carteret Street turns into Boundary Street.

The Bellamy Curve option originally found the most public support and was the least expensive of the four options studied. However, the Bellamy Curve design’s benefits only covered 78 percent of its anticipated costs, the engineers said. It also creates potential conflicts with the National Landmark Historic District and could increase traffic counts on Boundary Street.

Goals of the Northern Bypass include reducing daily traffic on US 21 from Clarendon Road in Grays Hill to SC 802 at the Publix intersection on Lady’s Island, and reducing traffic delays on the existing two bridges to Lady’s Island and beyond.

During public comment sessions last year, the preferred location for a Northern Bypass and bridge was “not in my backyard,” the engineers said.

Traffic studies and projections show a likely gridlock scenario by 2025 on sections of US 21 without a Northern Bypass being built. Compounding the challenge is the Woods Memorial swing bridge between downtown Beaufort and Lady’s Island. In 2007 the swing bridge opened for river traffic 1,597 times. Each opening lasted an average of eight minutes, for a combined daily closure of about 35 minutes, according to an October 2009 study by Thomas & Hutton.

“We are trying to solve a lot of challenges with this Northern Bypass project, and we’re not the first ones to tackle it,” Dadson said. The project has been discussed for more than 20 years.

“We talk a lot about it, and we study it over and over, and every year there are more cars and trucks on US Highway 21. Traffic backs up more and more. Even with the new McTeer Bridge, we’re still going to have traffic problems related to moving people off Lady’s Island and through downtown Beaufort. The Northern Bypass is an attempt to ease that problem,” he said.

The Thomas & Hutton feasibility study is funded by the County’s 1 percent sales tax from 2007. While construction is many years away, tentative estimates for the Northern Bypass projects range from $55 million to more than $190 million.

The options created by Thomas & Hutton all utilized existing roads and tried to minimize potential environmental impacts.

Next steps include submitting the new bypass route to state and federal officials for input on the environmental aspects of the project and begin baseline environmental studies.

For comprehensive background on the Northern Bypass project, visithttp://www.bcgov.net/transportation_Projects/Northern_Bft_Bypass/feasibilityStudy/ for the October 2009 study.

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Friends of the Beaufort County Library Recognize Volunteers

May 13, 2010

Friends of the Beaufort County Library Boardmember Wilna Lovette presents the Mabel Runnette volunteer award to Barbara Banus for the efforts of she and her sisters during the annual fall book sale.
Newly elected President of the Friends of the Beaufort County Library Bernie Kole.

For their efforts in the annual fall book sale fundraiser, Barbara Banus of Lady’s Island and her two sisters were recognized by the Friends of the Beaufort County Library at the annual meeting April 24.

Banus and her sisters, Betty Steinhilder of St. Simons and Peg Reider of Mt. Pleasant, were honored by the Friends organization with the Mabel Runnette Award which is given to individuals or groups whom the board feels has volunteered “above and beyond.”

Past recipients of the award have been Elizabeth Caldwell, who manages the in-library book sale table; Fred Wilson and Dave Peterson; Boy Scout Troop One of Carteret Street Methodist Church and the late Hank Cuthbert.

Local businessman Bernie Kole was elected to serve as president of the board, replacing outgoing president Deena Culp.

Also elected to the board were Elene Mosaklowski to serve as Second Vice President and Belinda Jones to serve as St. Helena Branch Library liaison.

Library Director Wlodek Zaryczny gave an update on library projects including plans for the new St. Helena Branch library to be built at Penn Center.

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Dinner Trains or Linear Pathways?

By Rick Butler, LIBPA Transportation Representative

May 13, 2010

A small but fervent group of supporters recently made their pitch for a “Dinner Train” operation on the defunct Port Royal railroad tracks.  At the same time, bicycling and walking activists have their sights on the same right of way for a “linear park”.  The Northern Regional Plan reflects a linear park as a County transportation goal.

During May the Natural Resources Committee of County Council is scheduled to look at the question of the feasibility and desirability of a dinner train as a use for the railbed. Some internet research raises serious questions as to a Dinner Train really being a feasible option.  At present, there are no dinner trains operating in South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, or Virginia.   Why not?  And why are there only limited dinner train runs available in Tennessee and North Carolina? The answer seems simply that a significant scenic attraction for these trains is essential for their survival, and even then many have not succeeded.

In North Carolina, the most successful tourist railroad in the South is the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad out of Bryson City, North Carolina with over 53 miles of track through the beautiful Nantahala River Gorge, over 25 bridges and two tunnels.  This railroad operates only nine annual dinner trains.  These three hour runs, with a mystery/dinner theme, cost $104 per person.

In Tennessee, railroad museum volunteers put on a dinner train ride among the picturesque hills and valleys near Oak Ridge six times a year, with reservations needed a week in advance, at $65 a person.  In Florida, drawing on the scenic Lake County and metro Orlando markets, Rail Entertainment USA operates a variety of weekend dinner trains using a 1948 dining car on up to 12 miles of track. Fares including dinner are $65 and up, plus tax, for all riders.  A Sunday afternoon dinner train is $59 plus tax, and $39 for children.  Tracks wind around several small scenic lakes in the Mt. Dora area.  Another weekend-only dinner train operates out of Ft Meyers, starting at $59.

On the other side of the ledger have been a number of failures of these operations in the East.  A dinner train in Nashville became bankrupt in 1999, and another tourist railroad along scenic Lake Champlain in Vermont also ceased operation recently.   As an example of costs, when the Nashville dinner train failed, their eight car train was offered for sale for $400,000.

So dinner trains seem to require very scenic settings, often only operate a few days a week by advance reservations, and generally cost more than most restaurant competitors.  Many do not encourage families through their pricing and reservation structures.  Some have been in business a good while, others have gone bankrupt.

As a venue for long term success after the novelty wears off, the Port Royal railroad’s straight track largely through the piney woods would not seem to offer the necessary draw.  Railroad shops and maintenance facilities, as well as a storage track would have to be built somewhere along the line, and the swing bridge over the Whale Branch looks to require complete replacement.  Whether the tourists drawn here by Marine Corps Recruit Depot graduations would find the $65 or more tickets customary for dinner trains acceptable is an open question.

On the other side of the tug of war over future use of the right of way now owned by Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority are numerous county bicycling groups and other outdoor activists.  Their dream is of a “rail trail” paved from Port Royal at least to the Whale Branch.  Many such former railroad rights of way have become economic tourist draws around the country.  A recent visit to the Pinellas Trail between St. Petersburg and Tarpon Springs on the Florida West Coast showed a former rail line carrying several hundred cyclists a day and supporting restaurants, snack bars, outdoor and cycling shops along its right of way.  Business owners in Dunedin, about half-way along this popular trail, said it was a central factor in the growth of its business core.  Their Chamber of Commerce is housed in the former station, and next door is a thriving bike rental shop housed in former box cars.

We need look no further that Hilton Head Island’s 50 miles of paved public walking and biking paths, bike rental shops, biking maps, and related businesses to see this potential turned into reality.  The island’s pathways are prominently featured in local tourist advertising.

BJWSA has offered the surface use of its railed property to the County for recreational use, but creation and funding of a linear park or rail trail are up to the County and municipalities.  Decisions are still up in the air, and no commitments have been made.  Now would seem a good time for Low Country and island residents and businesses to make their preferences known to County, City of Beaufort and Port Royal elected officials.

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Beaufort Memorial Starts New Badge System for Overnight Visitors

May 13, 2010

Beginning Monday, May 10th, Beaufort Memorial Hospital started a new “after hours” visitor management system to help Security keep track of overnight visitors.  The system will be put into action every night from 9 pm to 6 am when the hospital’s main doors are locked.  During those hours, the only entry into the hospital will be through the Emergency department.

Using a new computer technology called FastPass, Beaufort Memorial Security officers posted in the ER will verify a visitor’s ID, take their picture, and give them a badge identifying who they are and where they are going, according to Security Director Doug Rhodin.  The system works in real time and provides a photo pass in seconds.  The badges are disposable, so visitors can throw them away when leaving the hospital.

“Patient safety is our main goal with this system,” says Rhodin.  “We want to make sure visitors who are here after visiting hours are authorized to be here.  And, by getting permission from the patient and showing a visitor’s destination, we can feel more comfortable about who is here after hours.”

The FastPass program will only be used after visiting hours.  Everyone in the hospital after visiting hours will be a patient or have either an employee badge or a visitor’s badge.  It will keep a database of visitors allowing Security to identify visitors who have caused problems in the past, and can download pictures from the Beaufort County Sheriff’s office website of wanted criminals, so Security can watch for them.

“The FastPass system was recommended to us by the South Carolina Hospital Association and the state Department of Health & Environmental Control (DHEC),” says Rhodin.  “It was paid for through a grant from DHEC.”

Beaufort Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit, community hospital serving patients from Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton, and Colleton counties.  It has been in continuous operation since opening its doors on May 1, 1944.

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Island Notes

By Jim Hicks

(jbhicks@hargray.com)

May 13, 2010

Quiet heroes in our community. It has recently been announced that Mr. Terry Bennett, Principal of Lady’s Island Intermediate and Middle School will be promoted to the position of Director of Grants Management on the District staff. Mr. Bennett was the driving force in the successful transition of Lady’s Island Elementary School into a school of choice with an art infused curriculum. Following his successful tenure as Principal of Lady’s Island Elementary School, he assumed the job of Principal of Lady’s Island Middle School in 2007.  He has shown dynamic leadership in his role as principal of Lady’s Island Middle School as it transitioned into an intermediate (added the 5th grade) and middle school while introducing a curriculum with emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math.  In 2009 Beaufort County schools were tested with a new test called the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) test.  The 2009 test results for Lady’s Island Intermediate and Middle School are the best evaluations the school has ever received.  Congratulations Mr. Bennett on your promotion to your new assignment and please know how very much we in the Lady’s Island community appreciate your contribution to our schools.  Thank you for doing so much for so many for so long and best wishes in your new assignment.

A great idea! To reduce the volume of usable items being placed in the trash Beaufort County has become a sponsor of a “2good2waste” web site.  The concept of developing a web site which facilitated the exchange of usable items for the purpose of reducing the waste stream was developed by a Canadian family and is today a national business. You can visit the Beaufort County site at www.2good2waste.com.  This site allows you, without charge, to post an item with a value of less than $99 for sale or “give away”.  Prohibited from being posted on the site are live animals, hazardous materials or sexually explicit materials.  What a great idea – reduce the waste stream and provide a service to the community.

Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) and Lady’s  Island. A transfer of development rights program is relatively simple in concept and very complicated in reality.  The concept is that if you are authorized to build a house on your property and a developer wants to build more houses on his property than is authorized; you can sell him your right to build a house and he can increase the number of houses which he can build on his property.  A consultant has been hired to develop a TDR program on Port Royal Island which would allow the owners of the property surrounding the Marine Corps Air Station, where development is not desired, to sell their development rights to someone for use at other locations on the island.  Lady’s Island is not designated to participate in this program either by selling development rights or increasing authorized density by purchasing development rights.

Cost of recycling. If you live on Lady’s Island and choose to have your household waste picked up at curbside and also desire to participate in a recycling program you would appear to have two choices.  You may take your recycle material to the county convenience center on St. Helena or pay extra for the privilege of recycling.  For example, Waste Management will provide Lady’s Island residents, who are using their service, a recycle container and curbside pick up of recyclable household material for an additional $10 per month.   Hopefully, in the future we can find a suitable location on the island for a new convenience center and until then perhaps establish a recycle collection site.  It is difficult enough to promote recycling without asking folks to pay to do it.

Development to receive extension. Approval for development of the planned unit development The Village which consists of 35 undeveloped acres located between Sunset Bluff and Sams Point Road was scheduled to expire January 1, 2010.  The owner of the property requested approval for an extension of the development approval.  County Council is in the process of granting an extension of the PUD until January 1, 2011 for the purpose of allowing the property owner adequate time to redesign the development in such a manner as to reduce the density which as presently planned allows 6 units per acre.

New restaurants coming to Beaufort. At the April LIBPA meeting Mr. Dick Stewart, Chief Executive Officer of 303 Associates shared with the members that the owners of Red Lobster and Olive Garden have signed a “Letter of Intent” to locate restaurants in Beaufort.  The new restaurants will be located in the Beaufort Town Center near the Hilton Garden Inn (across from the Beaufort County Administration Building). Mr. Stewart indicated the restaurants are projected to generate over $100,000 annually in hospitality taxes to the city plus additional jobs, building permit fees and sales taxes. He indicated the planned opening dates are in 2011.

Berry Island Cafe is open for dinner. Charlie Nolette, LIBPA member and owner of Berry Island Cafe at New Point on Sams Point Road reports that so many of his customers have requested he offer dinner in addition to breakfast and lunch that he is remaining open until 9 PM on Thursday through Saturday offering evening meals.

A true professional. Chief Bruce Kline, who leads the Lady’s Island – St. Helena Fire Department recently noted that in the event of a vehicle accident on the new bridge (after it is built), because of the direction of traffic Port Royal Fire Department could be on the scene quicker than his units. On the other hand his units could arrive first on the present bridge.  He is working with the Port Royal Fire Department to establish this as standard procedure.  What a pleasure to see this type of professionalism, vision and cooperation between fire departments.

New Business on the Island. The former site of Grayco Hardware (next to Steamer’s Oyster and Steak House) is presently under going a renovation which when completed will serve as the home for a new Dollar General Store.  Thanks to Mr. Richard Gray Jr. for sharing this information and for his efforts in attracting new businesses to the island.

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Taste of Beaufort a Huge Success

May 6, 2010

The 11th Annual Taste of Beaufort was held on Saturday, and many Beaufortonians and tourists alike enjoyed the beautiful weather and delicious food provided by area restaurants.

Olivia Dinkins, Emma Grace Dinkins, Claire Tumlin and Tency Lynn enjoy the afternoon at Henry Chambers Waterfront Park
SC Representative Shannon Erickson and US Representative Joe Wilson take a break from campaigning during the 11th Annual Taste of Beaufort

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The 34th Annual Beaufort Charities Invitational to be Held on Fripp Island

May 6, 2010

The Beaufort Charities Invitational is back and better than ever! The annual Golf Tournament, originally called the Heart Fund, will be held the weekend of May 13-15 at Fripp Island Resort. The event, in its 34th year, has raised over $700,000 for local charities. The tournament is one of the largest and most sought after invitations in golf in the Beaufort County area.

Some of the local charities that have received donations in the past are Alzheimer’s Support Group, Beaufort Marine Institute, United Community Child Development, CODA, Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry, Northern Beaufort County Public Education, USCB, Reynolds Robinson Scholarship, TCL, Senior Services of Beaufort, Friends of Caroline Hospice, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, CAPA, Habitat for Humanity, Sea Island Rotary, YMCA Building Fund, United Way of Beaufort and the Beaufort Boys and Girls Club.

The weekend will start with registration and a cocktail reception at the Ocean Point Pool at 6pm on Thursday, May 13. A shotgun start will begin at 7:30am and 1pm on Friday followed by a special late afternoon charity event. Tee times will be posted on Saturday based on Friday’s net scores. And, the Awards Ceremony and entertainment at the Cabana Club Pool will follow.

The Beaufort Charities Invitational Board consists of past committee members (who plan each year’s tournament) and are responsible for distributing the money raised in the tournament to local charities. This year’s committee members are Mark Stokes, Chairman, Harry Patterson, Brandy Gray, Andrea Koverman, Marjory Mitchell, Christian Sherbert, John Davis, Eddie Thames, Benji Hill, Scott Jennings, Casey O’Connell and Chad Langford.

In addition to the Board and Committee members, the Invitational could not be possible without the help of Sponsors, Fripp Island Resort and the ever popular Par 3 Girls that assist with the tournament all weekend.

If you are interested in playing in the Beaufort Charities Invitational, please contact Mark Stokes at 524-4165 or Benji Hill at 521-4000. You may also visit www.BeaufortCharities.com and learn more about the event.

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LIBPA Announces Guest Speaker for May: Dan Durbin, PhD

May 6, 2010

Dr. Durbin is completing his seventh year as Principal of Beaufort County High School and during that time has guided Beaufort High School to being nationally recognized for excellence in education.  Prior to coming to Beaufort, he was the head of the English Department at Oakland City University in Indiana. His prior experience also includes being principal of an arts- infused magnet high school, director of alternative education and director of the Signature Learning Center in Indiana. As a consultant, he has worked with schools throughout the United States and South America in areas of curriculum development, instructional methodology, alternative scheduling and school restructuring.  He has earned numerous distinctions and awards including Indiana State Teacher of the Year, runner up for the National Teacher of the Year, the National Forensic Educator Award and the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award.  He earned his undergraduate degree in communications from Indiana State University, his Masters Degree in Administration from Oakland City University and his Doctorate degree from Oakland City University – focusing on alternative education models.  Dr. Durbin has been requested to include the following items in his discussion with our member.

– Possible solutions to the “drop out” problem.

– The “next step” in the evolution of Beaufort High School.

– Steps necessary to prepare graduates for today’s work force.

– The impact of recent attendance redistricting for Beaufort High School.

– Thoughts on changes being proposed to public education at a national level.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 11 at 8 AM at the Sea Island Conference Center.  Invite your friends and neighbors!  The meeting is open to the public.

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Mayors Billy Keyserling and Samuel Murray Welcome Veterans

May 6, 2010

On Friday Beaufort Mayor Billy Keyserling and Port Royal Mayor Samuel Murray welcomed visiting US military veterans who support Senator Lindsey Graham’s leadership on energy security.

The visit capped a seven-city tour of the state that included stops in Greenville, Columbia, Florence, Sumter, North Charleston, Charleston, and Beaufort.

As Mayor Keyserling explained, Beaufort’s strong ties to the surrounding military community are helping to create jobs and promote energy alternatives in the Lowcountry.  The Parris Island Marine Installation and Marine Corps Air Station have become national leaders among military bases in promoting energy efficiency and alternative energy technologies.

Explained Keyserling, “With support from the Pentagon and Senator Graham, we could capitalize on creating clean energy businesses.”

For their part, visiting veterans emphasized their experiences in Iraq, where vulnerable fuel supply lines put them and their comrades at risk.  Army veteran Robin Eckstein drove oil tankers supplying Forward Operating Bases (FOBs) in Iraq, while Marine sniper Matt Victoriano was assigned to protecting those convoys.

The visit of the veterans come as pressure mounts in Washington to pass comprehensive energy legislation that lowers America’s dependence on foreign oil and reduces pollution.  The recent massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has highlighted that clean energy alternatives are vital to America’s economic and national security future.

Army veteran Robin Eckstein said, “Big oil, big gas and big coal are putting their special interests above our national security.  Being dependent on one fuel sources puts our country at risk.”

Yesterday, 33 senior retired military leaders, including South Carolina Brigadier Generals George Patrick and Philip Leventis, issued an open letter to federal leaders in Washington calling for comprehensive energy legislation.

According to the letter, “Taking control of our energy future means preventing future conflicts around the world and protecting Americas here at home. We call on Congress and the administration to enact strong, comprehensive climate and energy legislation to reduce carbon pollution and lead the world in clean energy technology.”

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Beaufort Fire Department’s Target Hazard Program Key to Low Costs

May 6, 2010

Hotel managers and staff receive training on how to properly respond to a fire in the early stages and how to use a fire extinguisher.

The City of Beaufort Fire Department is determined to provide modern and efficient services to its citizens, and fire officials state their successful Target Hazard program is the key to that service delivery.

As part of its yearly strategic planning, the Beaufort Fire Department takes a hard look at its community to ensure it continues to provide the level of services needed on a daily basis; however, fire officials must also consider “worst case scenarios” to ensure they are properly prepared for them as well. The balance between providing daily services and handling the “doomsday” event is where the Target Hazard program fits in.

A target hazard is defined as a location or plausible scenario in which first arriving fire trucks would become quickly overwhelmed and a need for additional resources would be required. The Bay Street fire and the Blue Angels crash are examples of such scenarios.

“We cannot expect our citizens to pay for staffing and equipment on a daily basis for something that may never occur or may only occur every five to ten years,” stated Beaufort Fire Marshal Daniel Byrne. “Through regional coordination we can get the resources we need to mitigate the emergency whatever it may be just as we did during the Bay Street fire, but that will take time. So as part of our plan we need to consider what we have to do in-between the first arriving fire truck and arrival of outside resources to save lives and confine the problem, that’s where this programs comes in.”

The program entails looking at buildings, businesses, and processes in the city that poses such a challenge, ensuring annual prevention inspections of them are completed, and then providing the employees and staff with education and training to either prevent the emergency from occurring, or to limit the emergency from spreading, or save lives until firefighters arrive; and then once firefighters do arrive, to be able to assist them. Byrne refers to them as “auxiliary firefighters.”

“Other countries such as Japan already use this approach,” stated Byrne. “They train whole communities to prevent and respond to emergencies so that once the firefighters arrive the event has either been eliminated or contained, and that makes it more manageable.” When you prevent incidents from occurring, and then train people to properly respond when they do, it reduces the overall community impact and keeps costs down across the board. “That’s what makes a community healthy,” said Byrne.

As part of the program, on April 23rd, over 35 hotel managers and staff completed the department’s Target Hazard training program where they learned how to prevent fires, how to properly respond to them, and safely evacuate themselves and others should a fire get out of control. The next step for Beaufort fire officials is to work with managers of large department stores before the holiday shopping season, and then local restaurants.

While this program does focus on large businesses and buildings, Byrne states it is available to any business in the city of Beaufort or town of Port Royal. “From large chain stores to the ‘mom & pop’ businesses, we want everyone to be safe and contribute to the community’s health – it takes everyone.”

For more information on public education and training programs provided by the Beaufort Fire Department, visit the city website at www.cityofbeaufort.org – “departments” “fire,” or call 525-7055.

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Teen to Compete for Boys and Girls Clubs of America State Youth of the Year

May 6, 2010

Roy Devin Goyochea

Roy Devin Goyochea is a true example of an extraordinary young man. At age 17, he has just been selected to compete against other Boys & Girls Club members for the South Carolina Youth of the Year title and a $1,000 scholarship from the Reader’s Digest Foundation. As the Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Club of the Lowcountry, Goyochea is among hundreds of local youth across the country recognized by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) for his sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community.

Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. The title recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as personal challenges and obstacles overcome. This program was founded over 60 years ago through the generosity of the Reader’s Digest Foundation.

Roy’s background is truly amazing for his determination and goal orientation.  At a young age, he was exposed to the elements of the street, specifically gangs and drugs, but he had the understanding of what it takes to be successful in a career as well as in life.  With that understanding, he chose to separate himself from such a life and to dedicate himself to his personal goals and to providing for his family and his peers at school and at his Boys & Girls Club.  This dedication included tutoring, coaching, mentoring and generally providing a role model for all he comes in contact with.  Making all this even more uplifting is the fact that while doing all of these good works; he maintains a 3.5 grade point average while working a full schedule in the food and beverage industry.

Having the goal of one day owning a hotel and/or restaurant, he has already been accepted to every college to which he applied, including Johnson & Wales University, where he will major in hospitality management.  He is quick to note that he is the first of his family to attend college and he is duly proud of that fact.

“Just listening to Roy’s story makes me feel very good about the future of our youth and to know that the Boys & Girls Club is an integral part of that future.  I have no doubt that Roy will be a success in his chosen path as I see the determination to overcome still strong in him. We are truly blessed to have Roy as an important part of our Club and are delighted to nominate him for Youth of the Year for South Carolina,” said Doug Barry, Executive Director for the Boys & Girls Club of the Lowcountry.

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If Goyochea wins at the state competition, he will compete for the title of Southeast Region Youth of the Year and an additional $10,000 scholarship. The five regional winners will advance to Washington, D.C., in September 2010, to compete for the title of BGCA’s National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year receives an additional $15,000 college scholarship and is installed by the President in an Oval Office ceremony.

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Scotch Tasting a Success

May 6, 2010

Nancy Dennis hoists her glass to sample a fine scotch. Photo by Karen Harvey.

Beaufort area Rotary Clubs joined forces the evening of April 20th at Berry Island Café for a Scotch Tasting, which was held to benefit, jointly, the Beaufort, Sea Island and Lady’s Island Rotary International Clubs.    Forty participants, either attendees or donors, raised $1,200, which will be split between the three clubs.

A selection of fine scotches was provided by Roxanne Burkette of Ambassador Diageo Portfolio, with Berry Island owner Charlie Nolette providing hors d’oeuvres and traditional Shepherd’s Pie.  Master of Ceremonies Larry Bernard intelligently and passionately educated attendees on the nuances and regions of fine scotches.

A special side-light of the evening included a live auction which raised $2,100 to support the work of Honor Flight (www.honorflight.org), whose goal is ‘ to transport America’s veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices.”  The auction included items donated by:  Bill Fournier, Owen and Patsy Hand, Larry and May Bernard, Karen Harvey of K.Leigh Images, Bill’s Liquor and Fine Wines, Hyatt of Savannah, Kiawah Island Resort and the Diageo Portfolio.

Bill Fournier, event chair, said the evening was filled with “history, education and friendship.  We hope to make this an annual affair.”

Donations may still be made to Honor Flight Beaufort/Savannah by contacting Owen Hand at 524-6310 or Fletch Maffett at 379-7605.

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Beaufort Sail and Power Squadron Seeks Boating Photographs

The Beaufort Sail and Power Squadron is asking for your help in finding boating photographs, commercial and recreational boats, from 1911 to the present day. The squadron is producing a Power Point/ Time Line presentation for the July 15th Beaufort Three-Century Project Forum on Recreation, being held at TCL.

The Power Point will feature an overview of boating and its role in the Beaufort community. We will scan the photographs and return them to the owner. You will be acknowledged

for your contribution to this project, which is titled BOATING HISTORY, THE HEART AND SOUL OF BEAUFORT.

For details contact Katherine Ham at 843 379-1940.

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SAR Installs Five New Chapter Members

Apr. 29, 2010

On March 19th, Beaufort’s Gov. Paul Hamilton Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) held their quarterly luncheon meeting with 55 members and guests in attendance.  Guest speaker, Hugh M. McLaurin, III who recently achieved his 30th anniversary with the SAR, spoke on Gen. Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox.  Following lunch Chapter President Wayne Cousar installed five new chapter members into the South Carolina Society of the SAR.

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Beaufort Memorial Hospital Gives Scholarships

By Marie McAden

Apr. 29, 2010

Former Marine Travis Moore III is using the scholarship he received last year to help fund his studies in radiologic technology at TCL

Cash-strapped students seeking degrees in the healthcare field could earn as much as $15,000 towards their college tuition thanks to a scholarship program being offered by Beaufort Memorial Hospital.

“Every year, we look at where we have shortages and offer scholarships to students pursuing degrees in those areas,” said Beaufort Memorial Human Resources Manager Chris Watson. “We hope those students will return to our community to work after they graduate.”

The Baccalaureate Scholarship is available to students pursuing degrees in nursing, medical technology, physical therapy and occupational therapy. The winner receives $5,000 the first year, $4,000 the second, $3,500 the third and $2,500 the fourth year of their studies.

Bluffton resident Emily Tennant, who graduated from Hilton Head High School and is studying physical therapy at the Medical University of South Carolina, was awarded last year’s scholarship.

BMH also is offering an Associates Degree Scholarship for students studying to become a nurse, radiologic technician, physical therapy assistant or medical laboratory technician. The winner of this scholarship is awarded $2,000 the first year and $1,000 the second.

Travis Moore, a 35-year-old father of three, won the $3,000 scholarship in 2009. The former Marine is pursuing a degree in radiologic technology at the Technical College of the Lowcountry.

To qualify for either of the two scholarships, applicants must be residents of Beaufort County, have been accepted into an accredited program and have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in high school or college. They also are required to write a 500-word essay on why they have chosen their career in health care. A committee made up of Beaufort Memorial Foundation staff and hospital senior management interviews the top candidates and makes the final selection.

“The recession has really affected scholarship dollars,” said Susan Williams, chair of the Department of Nursing at the University of South Carolina-Beaufort. “So many private organizations have cut their funding for education. These kinds of scholarships can make a huge difference.”

Students interested in applying for the BMH scholarships should e-mail Chris Watson at cwatson@bmhsc.org. The deadline to submit an application is May 1.

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Proposals for Conference Center Charette to be Reviewed

Apr. 29, 2010

The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce Visitor & Convention Bureau has received bids in response to a request for proposal to conduct a charette for a conference center in Northern Beaufort County from the following firms: Allison Ramsey Architects, Brown Design Studio, Coast Architects, LS3P Associates, LTD, and Montgomery Architecture & Planning, Inc.

The Conference Center Committee, in conjunction with the Visitor & Convention Bureau Board of Directors is evaluating the proposals to select a firm for developing and conducting the charrette services, along with providing a list of potential conference center locations. The purpose of the charette is to specifically address two items:

1) Evaluate and Rank prospective locations for the conference center

2) Estimate the appropriate size of the facility based upon a preliminary program to be provided by the Committee.

The committee members have received copies of the proposals and will be reviewing and scoring them according to criteria as set forth in the RFP.  The Committee will reconvene on April 30th to discuss proposals and compile scores to determine which firm will be awarded the contract for the charette.

The selection criteria for the proposals include the following components:

1) Demonstrate a proven ability to manage a charette process

2) Previous experience with site selection

3) Knowledge of Beaufort, Port Royal and Sea Islands area

4) Previous experience with the sitting and design of conference centers

5) Fee proposal

The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce Visitor and Convention Bureau is the Designated Marketing Organization (DMO) for the city of Beaufort, the town of Port Royal and the Sea Island regions of northern Beaufort County.  The VCB partners with a wide variety of private and public organizations, businesses and government to market the lodging and hospitality industries to increase the area’s economic development and improve the quality of life for its residents.

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Friends of Hunting Island State Park Receives Earth Day Award

Apr. 29, 2010

The South Carolina Dept. of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) has awarded its 2010 DHEC Earth Day Award to the Friends of Hunting Island State Park, Inc. (FOHI) for its Anti Litter events and companion environmental education and stewardship programs during 2009.

The awards were presented by Commissioner C. Earl Hunter at the April 14th awards presentation ceremony at SCDHEC’s headquarters in Columbia to FOHI representatives,  former litter control Board member, Karen Whitehead who was instrumental in implementing the multi anti litter programs; present litter control Board member, Vicki Anne Nestor; FOHI President, Bonnie Wright; and HISP ranger, Ben Holmes.

Each year for the past 15 years FOHI has conducted two major clean-ups, in the spring and fall, of Hunting Island State Park.  During 2009, a record number of 373 volunteers for the two events collected over 1,000 pounds of trash from the beach, lagoon and trails, and an additional 4,000 pounds of cabin debris.  This unusual cabin debris was the result of the collapse of several beachfront cabins due to erosion.

Lending major support to FOHI members are several youth groups who return each year to help.  These groups include Wade-Hampton High School, Junior Navy ROTC students, the Interact community service group of high school students, and several Boy Scout troops and Cub Scout packs.  Also returning each year are members of The Rotary Club of the LowCountry who grill hamburgers and hotdogs for all the hard working volunteers..

Other FOHI environmental stewardship programs which were recognized by the Earth Day Awards Committee included the monofilament recycle program, “dogi pot” dispenser bags for park visitors with pets, and the educational outreach of environmental awareness through the FOHI booth at annual community Earth Day celebrations.

The judges also evaluated applicants on how they embodied the spirit of Earth Day.  On a day-to-day basis, the Friends’ nearly 800 member families, all-volunteer organization walks the walk and talks the talk of environmental stewardship either directly, through our activities at the park or indirectly through our community outreach programs and our in-kind and direct monetary contributions to the park’s projects. During 2009 FOHI hit a new record of 12,130 hours dedicated to helping park management and staff enrich the park experience of over 1.2 million visitors annually.

To read more about our award-winning projects or to find out more about FOHI go to our website at www.friends-of-hunting-island-sc.org .

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Pathways Connect Bike Ride This Weekend

Apr. 29, 2010

Pathways Connect is organizing and sponsoring 2010 Bike Rides to be held on Lady’s Island and St. Helena Island on Saturday, May 1.  Pathways Connect is a citizen based organization, which for over a decade has provided leadership in the battle to improve both the quantity and quality of walking and riding paths/ trails in northern Beaufort County; and, this event supports it’s advocacy.

Riders desiring to participate can register at Lowcountry Bicycles, or on line at: www.active.com. A cost of $30 includes socks, SAG support and lunch, for the 30, 60 and 100 mile rides. The 15 mile “fun ride” is $15 and does not include lunch.  You may register before the event or on that day starting at 7:00 AM.

Those planning on 60 or 100 mile rides will start at 8 AM from the parking lot adjacent to the former Lady’s Island movie theater.  Those desiring a shorter ride (15 or 30 miles) will meet in the same parking lot at 9:30.  Support and gear (SAG) vehicles will be available, rest stops every 15 or 20 minutes and lunch to be provided from 1 PM to 3 PM.

More information is available by calling Jane and Michael Frederick, co-chairs of the event at 522-8422.

LIBPA is a strong supporter of Pathways Connect and their efforts to improve walking and riding facilities, especially on Lady’s Island.  To all of the members of Pathways Connect – thank you.

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County Council Invites Citizens to Seek Terms on Boards

Apr. 29, 2010

Beaufort County Council is reaching out to citizens in hope of finding qualified people to fill seats on various boards, commissions, agencies and authorities that advise County leaders.

Council Chairman Weston Newton said there are several vacancies on the advisory bodies that county council relies upon for input. “We seek interested residents who wish to make a civic commitment to serve the people of Beaufort County. We urge them to apply for an existing or future opening on one of these important boards. To quote Abraham Lincoln, this is ‘government of the people, by the people, for the people.’ We need the positive involvement of our citizens in County policy-making.

There are 30 different boards that help govern such services as the County library system, Beaufort Memorial Hospital, the Disabilities and Special Needs Board, Alcohol and Drug Abuse, the County Planning Commission and Parks and Leisure Services.

Applications for appointments are available at the County website, www.bcgov.net. Visit the County Council page under the “Departments” tab at the top of the home page, then select the option for “Citizen Volunteer Opportunities.”

For more information, call Sue Rainey, Beaufort County Clerk to Council, (843) 255-2180.

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What Everyone Needs to Know about Hospice

By Janie Lackman

Apr.29, 2010

What is hospice?

Hospice is a concept of care for those suffering with a life limiting illness that focuses on the patient’s well being rather than curative measures.  The philosophy of hospice relies on the premise that everyone has the right to die without pain and with dignity and that our loved ones will receive the necessary support to allow this to happen.

How did Hospice start/ what is the history?

The history of Hospice goes back to the medieval times when the term hospice referred to a place of rest for weary or ill travelers on a journey.  Dame Cicely Saunders developed the modern philosophy of Hospice.  She also started the first contemporary hospice, St. Christopher’s Hospice in London in 1967.  Inspired by the work of St. Christopher’s Hospice and Dame Cicely, the Connecticut Hospice was founded in 1974 as the first hospice in the United States.  The first Hospice in Beaufort County, FRIENDS of Caroline Hospice was founded in 1980 to help a dying friend, Caroline Sue Quann.

When should you call Hospice?

Although end of life care issues may be difficult to discuss, the best time to learn about Hospice is NOW when you are not involved with a health crisis and you may be more able to fully understand what assistance is available.  It is imperative for loved ones to share their wishes long before it becomes a concern.  Having this knowledge can greatly reduce stress for the family when the time for hospice becomes apparent.  Having these discussions early can allow the family to make educated decisions about care that include input from your loved one.  The earlier the contact with Hospice is made, the more we can help by providing care and support for both the patient and the family.

Doesn’t calling Hospice mean you are giving up?

One of the many myths surrounding hospice is that once Hospice enters the picture all hope is lost.  The truth is quite to the contrary, Hospice brings hope by offering a unique philosophy of care that allows the patient and family to approach this difficult path with renewed feelings of hope, comfort and peace.  Dame Cicely put it best, “You matter because you are you, and you matter to the end of your life.  We will do all we can, not only to help you die peacefully, but also to live until you die.”  The focus of Hospice care is on the quality of life and the ability to live each day in the manor that you choose to the fullest extent possible until your final days.  Living this way, enables the family and the patient to deal more proficiently with the difficulties of daily living by focusing on the moments and the quality of life.  Once curative measures are no longer an option Hospice provides transference of hope for a cure to hope for a life well lived with dignity.

Hospice is not a word that should cause feelings of fear or doom; instead it brings peace and hope to those who suffer and offers an option in care that is individualized and focuses on affirming life.

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County Business License Renewals Due May 31

Apr. 29, 2010

Businesses that operate within the unincorporated boundaries of Beaufort County must renew their County business licenses by May 31.

Untimely payment or failure to operate with a license may subject businesses to additional penalty payments including 5-percent of the unpaid fee for each month or portion of the month past the due date.

The County mailed renewal applications to businesses in January. Those who did not receive one may contact the Beaufort County Business License Department at (843) 255-2570.

For more information, call the County Business License Department at (843) 255-2570.

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Tough Votes Require Balancing Political Convictions

By Tom Davis

Apr. 29, 2010

Responsible legislating is, most times, a straightforward process. You start by doing the homework – reading the bill, listening to public testimony, considering if the proposed legislation has been implemented elsewhere and, if it has, assessing the results.  And then take what you’ve learned and act in a manner consistent with your political convictions.

I have convictions that serve me quite well: limit government to certain well-defined core functions; ensure that a single individual is accountable for the execution of the function; whenever possible, push the government decision-making down to the most local level; and protect and promote personal liberty, the free market and capitalism.

But things become more difficult when competing political convictions come into play, and when the arguments for and against a bill seem equally strong.  And that was the case for me last week when I voted to override Gov. Mark Sanford’s veto of S. 191, and it will be once again in a couple weeks when the Senate takes up S. 1057.

S. 191 is a bill which provides law enforcement with the authority to subject convicted criminals who have been released early to warrantless searches. The governor vetoed that bill, noting that “the greatest of all aims in the American system is toward freedom and liberty and this is the right we should most jealously guard.”

As the governor’s former chief of staff, I share much of his political philosophy, particularly the weight he rightly gives to individual liberty.  But I voted to override his veto of S. 191 because I think the liberty of a criminal who is released early can and should be subjected to reasonable conditions when such keep our citizens safer.

In other words, with S. 191, I was forced to balance two of my core political convictions – protecting individual liberty and enhancing public safety – and came down on the side of the latter, whereas the governor sided with the former.

Another bill coming up in the Senate will require the same balancing act. S. 1057 is a bill that would prohibit the installation of sprinkler systems in new homes from becoming mandatory.  The International Residential Code is our state’s building code standard and it was recently amended to mandate the installation of sprinkler systems in all new homes effective January 1, 2011.   If S.1057 isn’t passed this year, then SC homebuilders will be forced to install fire sprinklers in all new homes they build.

Our state’s firefighters, for whom I have the utmost respect, argue passionately against passing S. 1057.  They contend that requiring sprinklers in all new residences will save lives, reduce property damage, better protect firefighters and minimize the financial and emotional costs of fire damage.

But sprinklers are expensive, costing as much as $10,000 for a typical three-bedroom family residence.  And against this new cost is the fact that hard-wired smoke detectors have been required in new homes since 2000 and provided proven protection (99.45% survival rate in homes with working smoke detectors).  This cost-benefit analysis suggests that mandating sprinklers doesn’t make sense.

Housing affordability would certainly be hurt by this new mandate, and the new mandate would take choice out of the consumer’s hands.  Currently less than one percent of our state’s new homeowners chose to install sprinkler systems, in part because hard-wired smoke detectors have been doing the job.

And so when I vote on S. 1057, I will balance two of my core political convictions – protecting the free market and enhancing public safety – and come down on the side of the former, that is, against mandated fire sprinklers in new homes.

It is a privilege for me to represent you in the South Carolina Senate, and while it is not possible for me to vote in a way that all my constituents happy, you deserve a clear explanation from me as to why I voted the way I did.  I try hard to represent your interests to the best of my ability, and I would appreciate your feedback.

Tom Davis is the State Senator for Beaufort County.  He can be reached at tom@senatortomdavis.com.

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Lowcountry Children’s Chorus Going to New York City

Apr. 22, 2010

LowCountry Children’s Chorus is making their second jaunt to New York City, April 22-26, 2010, in order to participate in the National Children’s Choir Festival at Carnegie Hall.  The singers will be joining 300 other young singers working under clinician, Henry Leck, as they prepare to perfect choral literature from the baroque to the contemporary, featuring music from Central and South America and Savannah’s own Johnny Mercer.  Twenty-five singers from LCCC will be travelling together with twenty-two chaperones and observers as they make our way to the Big Apple.  Aside from rehearsing the singers will also be attending Broadway shows and prominent tourist sites in the city.  The Carnegie Hall Homecoming Concert will take place at The Baptist Church of Beaufort on Sunday evening, May 2, at 7 pm.   LCCC will not only perform the literature prepared in New York City, but also feature vocal and instrumental solo works from several young singers. There is no admission, but donations are encouraged for this event. LCCC will also be concertizing at Bluffton United Methodist Church on Sunday, May 16, at 4:00 PM.

LowCountry Children’s Chorus is an auditioned, community chorus for young  treble singers in the surrounding Beaufort area in grades 4 and upwards.  Auditions for Fall Semester 2010, will take place in mid-May.  Please contact Dr. Melanie Williams at (843)252-4104 or melaniewilliams@yahoo.com for more information.  Website:  www.bcob.org/lccc

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Jonathan Green to Deliver USCB’s Commencement Address

Apr. 22, 2010

The University of South Carolina Beaufort is pleased to announce that internationally acclaimed and Lowcountry born artist, Mr. Jonathan Green, will deliver this year’s Golden Jubilee Commencement address.

Commencement will be held at 6:00pm on Friday, April 30 in the Brantley and Helen Harvey Plaza on USCB’s Hilton Head Gateway campus in Bluffton.

About Mr. Green:

Jonathan Green was born in Gardens Corner, South Carolina and graduated with a bachelors in fine arts from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1982. He is a member of the Board of Visitors of the College of Arts and Sciences at Howard University and the African American Research Library and Cultural Center National Advisory Council. Mr. Green received an honorary doctorate of fine arts degree from the University of South Carolina in 1996.

Among other numerous awards the artist has received are the Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award from the city of Beaufort, South Carolina, in 1993, the Clemente C. Pinckney Award from the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1997, a History Makers Award in the Fine Arts in 2002 and the prestigious Order of the Palmetto Award that same year. Florida First Lady, Columba Bush, named Mr. Green honorary International Ambassador of the Arts for the State of Florida in 2005. In 2007 he was initiated into the Beaufort High School Hall of Fame and also named artist of the year by Penn Center.

Mr. Green’s paintings are immediately recognizable for their vibrant colors and particular feeling. The artist’s style emanates from a desire rooted in his childhood full of oral traditions and his self-professed yearning for knowledge regarding the West African Gullah culture in which he was reared, Sea Island crafts and the religion of his community.

Museum collections containing Mr. Green’s work can be found around the world in locations reaching across the globe from Sierra Leone to West Palm Beach and from Germany to New York. Critics held in high esteem within the art world have remarked that Jonathan Green is unquestionably one of America’s most important Southern painters.  In addition to creating his own works reflective of his immediate personal heritage and culture, Mr. Green works to uncover, introduce and inspire other artists representing cross-cultural art so they too may be introduced and exposed in mainstream art venues. Mr. Green should is valued as a cultural conservationist for the Gullah tradition in that the images he creates on canvas increase awareness of a waning culture and serve to impede its erosion.

Since 1985, Mr. Green has presided as artist and president at Jonathan Green Studios, Incorporated. His work has served as catalyst for the arts in the Lowcountry and throughout the South and been used in the arenas of not only the arts, but health-care, civic, education and reading programs everywhere. Mr. Green and his iconic canvases continue to inspire people throughout the world.

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Foreclosure and Bankruptcy Report

Courtesy LIBPA Newsletter

Apr. 22, 2010

A comparison of the foreclosure and bankruptcy picture for the area of Beaufort County North of the Broad River from the end of 2009 to the end of March 2010 indicates the number of homes involved in bankruptcies showed a slight reduction but the number of foreclosures continues to increase.  Overall the number of northern Beaufort County homes in some form of distress has increased 19% in the first quarter of 2010. The question of concern in regard to foreclosures is whether we are seeing home owners who have stopped making payments on their homes due to an inability to make the mortgage payments or are they simply walking away from a home that is no longer worth the price they paid for it.  If the problem is an inability to make the monthly payments an improved economy and job picture will eventually solve this type of problem.  On the other hand, if home owners start walking away from mortgages simply because the present value of the home is less than the existing mortgage we may have entered a new era of foreclosures. The following chart compares the number of homes in northern Beaufort County involved in either foreclosure or bankruptcy proceedings in the month of December 2009 as compared to March 2010.

Foreclosure            Bankruptcy                 Total

Location                                       Dec 09   Mar 10      Dec 09   Mar 10     Dec 09   Mar 10

City of Beaufort                              33         50                12        11              45        61

Town of Port Royal                          9           4                 7           7              16        11

Lady’s Island                                  15         31                22        22              37        53

St. Helena                                        20         21                13        12              33        33

Seabrook                                           2           2                  4          4                6          6

Sheldon                                             1           0                  0          0                1          0

Burton                                             15         31                 32       25              47        56

Total North of Broad River            95       139                 90        81            185      220

The statistics utilized in this article are derived from http://www.foreclosure.com.

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Little Bits of Royal Chatter

By Peggy Chandler

Apr. 22, 2010

Spring has arrived azaleas are in bloom making Royal Pines look brilliant wrapped in shades of pink.  A walk along Wade Hampton from end to end is a 3 mile walk.  It’s quiet and peaceful any time of the day with the spring blooms an added bonus.

Dr. Richard and Maryanne Bender, James Byrne are getting ready for the arrival of their children and grandchildren who will be visiting them next month.  Their daughter Holly and her husband Pete along with their daughters Ava and Nina will be arriving from California.  The Bender’s son Michael with his fiancé Agnes traveling from Florida plan to spend a few days enjoying their family and all that Beaufort has to offer.

Abby Wilson daughter of Cathy and Bob Wilson, Wade Hampton spent a few days with her family.   Abby learned to play Bunco while she was here and had the chance to sub too.  It was nice to have a “young face” in the group.

The Royal Readers met at the home of Marianne Hamilton to enjoy a tasty lunch and to discuss “The Story of Edgar Sawtelle”.   This selection was enjoyed by the entire group some more than others and is a reading recommendation.  The book club selection for April is Noah’s Compass by Anne Tyler.  Noah’s Compass takes place in Maryland and is the story of a 61 year old school teacher, Liam Pennywell.  Liam finds himself trying to recover memories –he discovers something unexpected instead.

There are a number or Royal Pines dinner clubs who “meet and eat” at various restaurants on Lady’s Island and in Beaufort.  One group meets monthly at each other’s homes taking turns to host the evening.  It’s a good way to enjoy the company of neighbors and friends and to stay in touch with happenings in the community.

If you have club news, items to share with your neighbors, I can be contacted at buddysoma@embarqmail.com

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HBF Executive Director to Move to Prestigious Preservation Position in Charleston

Apr. 22, 2010

Historic Beaufort Foundation has announced that Evan Thompson, executive director since 2004, will leave May 4th to take the position of executive director of the Preservation Society of Charleston. The Charleston group is the country’s oldest community-based historic preservation organization, having been founded in 1920.

Under Thompson’s leadership, the Foundation made significant preservation gains in the National Historic Landmark District and other sites in Beaufort County. Perhaps most notably, Thompson was responsible for managing a Save America’s Treasures grant project with funding from the National Park Service, the City of Beaufort and Beaufort County to address serious structural issues at the city-owned Arsenal. The more-than $600,000 project, which was completed in 2009, took five years from inception and left the Arsenal in the best structural condition it’s ever been in.

Most recently, Thompson authored 100 recommendations from the Northwest Quadrant Study Group for rehabilitation of the neighborhood that were accepted as goals by Beaufort’s city council. Among them was the recommendation for clean-up days in the neighborhood that the city, HBF and the neighborhood association enacted.

A researcher, Thompson’s contributions to the architectural history of Beaufort have been noteworthy. Known for his investigative skills, Thompson is credited with the discovery of Beaufort’s only-known surviving antebellum office, the Edmund Rhett Law Office owned by one of the fathers of the Secession Movement. Through his documentary and architectural inquiry, the office was revealed to have been raised to sit nearly unchanged atop an early 20th century building. When the structurally deficient ground floor was to be torn down, the office was moved intact by its owner.

Thompson has brought graduate students in historic preservation from the College of William & Mary and Savannah College of Art & Design for the past five years to conduct measured drawings of Beaufort County’s antebellum structures, its historic storefronts, farm buildings, African-American churches and other sites. This documentation is critical for rebuilding the structures if they are lost and for the historical record.

Other preservation accomplishments achieved by HBF under Thompson include:

Historic paint analysis conducted on the Verdier House with fundraising to paint its exterior, reproduce its wooden shutters, and soon to replace the wood shake roof, all to the appearance of its Civil War lifespan.

Stabilization of the ca. 1852 McGrath-Scheper House, an architecturally distinctive small house that had been neglected by its owners and was in danger of collapse.

Restoration of a ca. 1880s freedman cottage in the Northwest Quadrant that was sold as affordable housing.

Restoration of the Smalls-Nash Cottage, most recently home to Robert Smalls great-great granddaughter.

Fundraising and oversight of the restoration of the ca. 1890 Sons of Beaufort Lodge, Beaufort’s only fraternal lodge still in active use

The preservation of the Beaufort Volunteer Artillery flag, securing a future stream of funds for preservation through negotiations with the trustees of Orange Grove Place in Walterboro and his role at the Historic District Review Board representing the Foundation.

Thompson came to the Lowcountry as an intern with Historic Charleston Foundation in 2003 after receiving his law degree from The University of Texas School of Law. He will begin work at the Preservation Society on June 1st.

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County Helps Residents Reuse, Recycle, Sell Unwanted Items

Apr. 22, 2010

The old saying one man’s trash is another man’s treasure has new meaning thanks to an online materials exchange system unveiled at the regular meeting of Beaufort County Council on Monday, April 12.

The internet marketplace, www.2good2waste.org offers residents the opportunity to buy, sell, give away, or trade items that may no longer be needed or otherwise headed to a landfill.

All trades through the site are made strictly between buyer and seller. Residents and nonprofit thrift shops are able to register quickly and post their products. Pricing – up to $99 – and delivery are left up to buyer and seller to work out.

Added features include a directory for reuse businesses, local nonprofit thrift shops and a recyclopedia, which offers a listing of items and how people can recycle or safely dispose of them. Events, such as yard sales and important news about solid waste & recycling are also posted.

The project was developed by the County’s Department of Solid Waste and Recycling, which offers programs and initiatives to promote recycling, reducing and reusing.

Beth Lewis, the County’s Information Coordinator/Data Analyst for the Solid Waste and Recycling Division, said the idea is used with great success in other communities, but Beaufort County is the first county in South Carolina to implement this service. “The exchange is accessible, interactive and searchable. We are hopeful that its use will further encourage our residents to reuse unwanted items.”

Jim Minor, Beaufort County’s Solid Waste Manager, said it is a good example of local government finding ways to provide a valuable service. “We had requests from citizens for such a project and I hope people will enjoy using it. It is free to users and a great way to keep waste and reusable items out of the landfill.”

The new site will be monitored and maintained by County staff. For more information about www.2good2waste.org call (843) 470-6429 or email blewis@bcgov.net.

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Leadership Beaufort Recruits Class of 2011

Apr. 22, 2010

The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce Visitor and Convention Bureau is accepting applications for the 2011 Leadership Beaufort Class.  Applications are due by 5 p.m. on May 28, 2010.

The Leadership Beaufort Program is looking for a diverse group to represent the Class of 2011 in hopes of reflecting the population of the Beaufort area. Participants will be educated on a variety of topics including environment, economy, public service, law, education, history and government.

The Class of 2011 will meet the first Friday of every month between October 2010 and April 2011, usually from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at various locations throughout the community. The program begins and ends with a weekend retreat.

Applications are available by contacting Jayson Gardner at the Beaufort Regional Chamber at 843.525.8526 or via email atjayson@beaufortsc.org. They may also be downloaded at www.beaufortchamber.org under “Community Initiatives”.  Questions about the program should be addressed to Connie Hipp at 843.812.6822.

The anticipated graduation date for members of the Class of 2011 is May 2011.

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Time to Thank Our True Heroes

By Daniel Byrne, Lieutenant / EMT-P 
Beaufort/Port Royal Fire Department

Apr. 22, 2010

Like emergency responders teachers are people who have a desire to serve and make a difference. Even if it only happens once in their career, they hope that that will make an impact in some way that will improve our communities and our futures. They have the honor and ability to change and influence the life of a child and through that child the world! Their needs come second to service– service to you, to me, to our families, to our future.  Their needs come second to the needs of our precious children.

But as emergency responders we hear “thank you” quite a bit. People do not hesitate to tell us how much we are appreciated and how much they value our profession. There is no doubt these accolades come from knowing that we save lives and protect families. Hearing these almost daily praises and knowing that your community values what you do is what keeps us returning to a profession that takes us away from our own family and into harm’s way.  The power of a “thank you” is truly amazing.

The week of May 3rd is Teacher Appreciation Week, and while all the positive reinforcement we as responders receive is greatly appreciated, I would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to look beyond those you see and appreciate sitting in their emergency vehicles, and think about what got them there and helped them develop the abilities to learn those life saving skills.

Behind that responder sitting in their fire truck, ambulance, or police car are a group of teachers who helped shape and influence them and enabled them to do what it is they now do – save lives. Teachers – it’s where it all starts.

If emergency responders save lives, then would not the teachers who taught us and started us on our road to learning also be responsible for each life we save? It was teachers who gave that paramedic the learning skills that now allow them to apply life saving procedures in the rear of a rocking ambulance at 2am, who started to develop in those firefighters the self confidence they now use to go running into burning buildings, who gave that police officer the courage to confront that shadow climbing out of the window. So in essence, teachers are responsible for saving more homes and lives than all fire, EMS, and police departments combined.  So who are the real heroes?

Think about your daily lives and all the people who make it fulfilling and possible; from firefighters to astronauts, no matter what the profession, those who bring you your life started out in a classroom and in front of a teacher. Can you remember the teachers in your life that made a difference for you, that never gave up on you, maybe influenced or inspired you to follow the path you are on now?

The fact remains to all who are reading this that you can trace your life’s successes back to a teacher who made a difference in your life. Even your disappointments can probably be traced back to a teacher who may have failed you.

So look at those responders and know that those you see may very well be the ones who will answer your call for help. Do they give you a sense of peace and security? Are you grateful that they are there and willing to do what you may ask of them? Then this is the week to truly show your appreciation by thanking the teachers who helped put them there.

Yes the power of a “thank you” is truly amazing and results in men and woman choosing to continue in a profession that requires extreme sacrifice for the greater good because they know what they do is valued. But do our teacher’s hear it? Do they realize how much they are needed and valued? What happens if they choose not to return? Where would we be without teachers? Who would answer your call then?

The week of May 3rd is your chance to thank the true heroes in our community so find a teacher and say “thank you,” because through them you will be saving a life down the road – maybe your own.

Thank you to Mrs. Dewire, Mr. Hendricks, Mr. Carter, Mr. Haaland, Mr. Druin, Coach Almedia. For my wonderful daughter, thank you to Mrs. Ward, Mrs. Rembold, Mrs. “G” and St. Peters.

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Saltus River Grill and Bay Street Trading Sell Out Third Author Luncheon

Apr. 15, 2010

Saltus Manager Tony Otero, Chef Charlotte Jenkins, Saltus Chef de Cuisine Brian Waters, Bay Street Trading Co. Owner Lisa Estes
Chef Jenkins participates in book signing

Saltus River Grill hosted the third in Bay Street Trading Company’s new Author Luncheon Series Wednesday, April 7, featuring Chef Charlotte Jenkins, author of “Gullah Cuisine: By Land and By Sea,” and Publisher John Burbage with Evening Post Business Ventures. Reservations included a meal from the cookbook prepared by Saltus’ Chef de Cuisine Brian Waters, a 10 percent off certificate good toward the new book release and the opportunity to participate in a question and answer session with Jenkins. A book signing took place immediately after the luncheon.

Guests dined on a main course of ‘Charlotte’s Sunday Meal,’ which consisted of fried chicken, Gullah style, collard greens with ham hocks, baked macaroni and cheese and bread pudding with hard sauce for dessert.

“We were thrilled with the turnout for this luncheon and appreciate the support of Bay Street Trading,” stated Bay Street Trading Company Owner Lisa Estes. “Chef Jenkins was a delight to have. We look forward to future events like this and more fantastic food prepared by Saltus River Grill!”

The next luncheon will feature Karen White, author of “On Folly Beach,” on Tuesday, May 18. The menu for this event will be created by Saltus’ Waters. For more information or tickets, call (843) 524-2000.

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ISLAND NOTES

By Jim Hicks  (jbhick@hargray.com)

Apr. 15, 2010

Lady’s Island business relocations! The Curves business previously located in the Oakwood Plaza commercial complex on Sams Point Road has relocated to the Food Lion Shopping Center.  The Jeweler’s Bench, previously located in the commercial building next to the former site of Grayco Hardware, has moved to 603 Carteret Street 2 doors down from the Chocolate Tree and can be reached at 522-0003.

Welcome to the Attic Door! Lady’s Island resident Paula Bacco has opened a consignment shop, The Attic Door, in the Oakwood Plaza commercial complex on Sams Point Road.  The shop offers furniture, glassware, flatware, antiques, rugs and other household articles for sale or consignment. Pick up and delivery service is available for large items. Business hours are 10 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday.  For additional information please call 522-0011 or even better drop by and visit.

A New Restaurant! Caesar and Donnie Moona are renovating the building (former location of Ollie’s Restaurant) near the Lady’s Island Marina which in the past served as the host of LIBPA’s monthly meetings.  The new restaurant is to be called Groupers and will offer seafood and steaks.  Donnie will be the general manager.  The combination of the renovation and the breath taking view across the water makes this a “must visit” on your list of new restaurants to try.  The target date for the opening of Groupers is the first part of April.

Why is the new McTeer Bridge higher than the old one? A quick check with Frank Hribar, the Construction Manager for Dennis Corporation, who is overseeing the bridge project, finds that even though the approaches to the new bridge will be a bit higher than the present McTeer Bridge the center or peak of the two bridges will be almost identical in height. The reason the approaches to the new  bridge are being built higher than the old one, according to Mr. Hribar, is “Due to new Federal regulated guidelines for bridge design, there are certain parameters that must be met for site distance and vertical curves which must be implemented with the new McTeer Bridge design.  Furthermore, to comply with EPA, DHEC, OCRM and the Army Corps of Engineer’s requirements for permitting the bridge, it had to be higher than the old one to allow more sunlight to the vegetation and critical marsh areas below the new structure.”  Put all of this together and the simple answer is that to meet all of today’s requirements the approaches to the new bridge must be higher than the old one.

Stop lights and Lady’s Island Drive. Will there be any stoplights on the newly widened Lady’s Island Drive?  It must be remembered that Lady’s Island Drive is a South Carolina Department of Transportation road and as such any new stop lights must be justified by either the volume of traffic or a proven safety situation.  There was a study conducted at the intersections of Lady’s Island Drive and Meridian Road and a similar study for the intersection with Cat Island Drive.  Both studies showed insufficient justification for a stop light(s).  Accordingly, there will be no stop lights on the newly widened Lady’s Island Drive except for the existing one at the Publix intersection.

Planted medians on the newly widened Lady’s Island Drive. Once the widening portion of Lady’s Island Drive project is completed there will be a 1500 foot grass median on the Lady’s Island side of the McTeer Bridge and a 200 foot grass median on the Town of Port Royal side. Hopefully, with the help of business sponsors, we can transition from grass to planted medians similar to ones on Sams Point Road.

What a great example! As our community evolves through these challenging economic times, through their actions the Richard Gray family is demonstrating their faith in the long term sustainability of the local economy. They purchased and modernized the former Winn Dixie shopping center.  As owners of the former site of SCB&T Bank, as soon as it became vacant they initiated a major renovation and modernization of the building.  A similar upgrade of their commercial complex next to the renovated bank building is presently underway and renovation of the former site of the Grayco Hardware Store is in the planning stage.  A special thanks to the Gray family for reminding us of the true meaning of “investing in your community for the future”.

A different kind of fund raiser. Lowcountry Rotary is sponsoring a Whiskey Tasting beginning at 6 PM on April 20that the Berry Island Café on Sams Point Road. Tickets are available at Berry Island Cafe.  The price is $35.00 with light refreshments served during the event. Two LIBPA business members Owen Hand of Hand and Tanner Financial Group and Charlie Nolette of Berry Island Cafe are helping the local Rotary’s to put on this event. All proceeds will be for local charities’ and there will be a “special” auction for the veterans of the WW II Honor Flight. Berry Island will provide meals at a discounted price on that night for ticket holders.

New property management company. Tom Mobley, LIBPA member and past Lady’s Island representative on the Beaufort County Parks and Leisure Board, has recently received his South Carolina license for Property Manager-In-Charge. His company, Mobley Properties, Inc which owns and manages the commercial properties across from New Point now offers full service property management for commercial and residential property owners. For additional information please visit his website at www.mobleyproperties.com or call (843) 812-6457.

New electrical poles on Brickyard Point Road. As part of a major project to improve the electrical infrastructure on Lady’s Island the electrical substation on Sams Point Road will be connected to the power line recently laid under the Beaufort River from Pigeon Point to Colony Gardens Road near the Waterford apartment complex.  To accomplish this connection requires an upgrade of the lines and replacing the wooden transmission structures with taller galvanized steel structures.  Coastal Power has been awarded the contract for this project and has placed the poles along the road and will install the new poles and lines during April. The project is anticipated to be completed by the end of April.

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Sons of Confederate Veterans Install New Members

Apr. 15, 2010

From left to right:1st Lt Commander the Rev. Jim Thomas swears in new members Lamar Nix and Ollie Langford. Photo by Tom Burnett

On April 5th, the General Richard H. Anderson Camp #47 of Beaufort’s Sons of Confederate Veterans installed two new members, Ollie Langford and Lamar Nix.  Langford was born in Jasper County and graduated from West Point prior to thirty years of service with the US Army retiring as a full Colonel.  He served two tours in Vietnam and he and wife Diane reside in Beaufort.  He is a descendant of 2nd Lt. George Hastings Smith of the 5th Regt., South Carolina Cavalry.  Nix, originally from Atlanta, spent twenty seven years working in computer hardware with IBM Research and Development and as VP of Engineering with Quantum.  He and his wife Alice live in Bull Point in Seabrook.  He is a descendant of Pvt. Michael McDuffy Wilson, Co. E, 34th Regt., Georgia Volunteer Infantry.

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Beaufort Memorial Cycling Classic Set for April 27th

Apr. 15, 2010

Racing at top speeds of up to 40 miles an hour, 120 professional male and 75 professional female cyclists will compete in downtown Beaufort during the fourth annual Beaufort Memorial Cycling Classic, a celebration of active, healthy living in the Lowcountry, on Tuesday, April 27, at 5 p.m. It’s all free and open to the public.

The format will offer spectators the opportunity to watch the best of the best in American criterium racing up close as they ride at top speeds for up to two hours on the .6-mile course. Cyclists representing all 15 national professional cycling teams will participate in the race, all vying for a slice of the $15,000 purse.

The evening will kick off with a kids’ race at 5 p.m. on Bay Street and will be followed by the women’s, then men’s races. The professional races will follow a .6-mile course that begins and ends at the clock tower on Bay Street.

“As the community’s primary healthcare provider, we are delighted to once again be a part of Beaufort’s pro cycling event,” said Beaufort Memorial Hospital’s President & CEO Rick Toomey. “The Beaufort Memorial Cycling Classic truly celebrates active, healthy living, and we always look forward to this event.”

The Beaufort Memorial Cycling Classic is a part of the USA Crits Southeast series that kicks off in Athens, Ga., on April 24 with the “Athens Twilight,” and continues with a total of seven races in nine days – each in a different Southeastern city.

America has a rich history of criterium racing, a unique form of cycling that stresses high-speed racing contested amidst an urban atmosphere. Criterium racing’s ability to combine the most exciting elements of popular sports with the large-scale appeal of downtown festivals has made it the most enduring form of cycling in North America with an ever-growing following of fans.

Because professional criteriums are run on short lap courses through city streets, they offer spectators the opportunity to watch the competitors up-close as they ride at top speed for up to two hours. This has made the criterium format the most spectator-friendly form of cycling.

The event is managed by Lowcountry Velo, with corporate support from Beaufort Memorial Hospital and additional support from local sponsors, dozens of volunteers and cycling clubs. For more details about the Beaufort Memorial Cycling Classic please visit www.lowcountrycyclist.com. You can also find the Beaufort Memorial Cycling Classic on Facebook.

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Habersham Marketplace Welcomes Piace Pizza

Apr. 15, 2010

Habersham’s Marketplace continues to grow with the recent opening of Piace Pizza at 5B Market.  Chef and owner, Brian Ferry, opened his doors mid-February and they opened with a bang!  Piace’s first day just happened to coincide with the Beaufort Twilight Run and Oyster Roast – an annual fundraiser that brought well over 1,500 people to the Habersham Marketplace.  He managed to prepare and serve over 95 pizzas that day and he and his staff have never looked back.

Chef Brian Ferry comes from a long line of restaurateurs – first in Philadelphia where they owned an Italian restaurant and comedy club and for the last eighteen years, right here in Beaufort County.  When Brian decided that the time was right to expand, choosing Beaufort and Habersham was an easy choice.  “Meeting Ryan Bloom [the original Director of Targeted Leasing and Casting in Habersham] and hearing his vision for a neighborhood pizzeria, made me realize that this is exactly where I needed to be,” says Chef Brian.

Piace, which means “enjoy” in Italian, serves traditional pizzas, salads, and sandwiches (both hot and cold); all of which are incredibly fresh and made to order.  Chef Brian and his team make their pizza dough from scratch every single day – and no, he will not share his recipe!  Starting the week of April 12, a weekly (every Sunday) baked, stuffed pasta special will be added to the menu.

Piace Pizza is open seven days a week (starting on April 12).  Their hours are Monday-Thursday & Sunday, 11:30 am to 9:00 pm and Friday-Saturday, 11:30 am to 10:00 pm.  You can dine inside or outside on the covered loggia, get your pizza to go, or they will be happy to deliver.  The phone number is 379-EATS (3287) and the website is www.piacepizza.com.

The Habersham Marketplace is the commercial main street entrance to the award-winning, coastal town of Habersham, South Carolina. The Marketplace is a collection of neighborhood services, eateries and activity-based retail and gift shops set in a safe, friendly and walkable environment. There is convenient access to parking and the area’s major travel routes including Highways 21, 170 and I-95. Vibrant, active patios, gardens and outdoor plazas create a true village setting that hosts a dynamic weekly and seasonal program of local and regional events and festivities that will appeal to children, young adults, families, and empty nesters. The new heart and soul of the Beaufort County region features beautiful parks and open spaces that offer residents and visitors opportunities for recreation and fun.

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B3C Forum on the Environment Scheduled for Earth Day

Apr. 15, 2010

Beaufort Three-Century Project’s (B3C) April community forum, the third in a year-long series— Ancestors to Future Generations:  Look Back, Look Forward Beaufort, will focus on the Environment.  The forum will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 22, 2010 in the MacLean Hall auditorium (Building 12) at the Technical College of the Lowcountry, 921 Ribaut Road, Beaufort.  It is free and open to the public.

“It is fitting that this forum will be conducted on Earth Day,” said B3C project coordinator Deborah Johnson. “It was originally scheduled the week before and we moved it back a week to take advantage of the April topic – the environment—coinciding with Earth Day and to provide continuity with a second B3C event in April, the tree symposium on April 29th – the following Thursday,” she said.

The Environment forum will take a land, water, and air approach.  Like the two previous forums in this series, the first half will provide information about Beaufort’s past and future related to the topic and the second half will involve audience participation through a dialogue around setting a vision for the future.

A panel of local experts will help frame the discussion and includes:

Amanda Flake, Natural Resources Planner, Beaufort County

Dean Moss, General Manager, Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority

Russell Berry, Regional Director, SC-DHEC Region 8 Environmental Quality Control (EQC) Office

Jeff Kidd, editor of the Beaufort Gazette and Island Packet, will serve as moderator.

Participants will help answer questions such as:  What is important from our past to remember, preserve, and honor?  What do we value as Beaufortonians?  What do we want Beaufort to be in the future?  How do we overcome the challenges to reaching our vision?

Throughout the Beaufort Three-Century Project’s community documentation process, the area’s diverse environment plays out as a reoccurring theme in oral history interviews and other projects.  “The environment plays a critical role in how people relate to the ‘sense of place’ that is Beaufort,” said Johnson.   “We look forward to a rich discussion through this forum process,” she said.

This project is sponsored in part by The Humanities Council SC, a program of the National Endowment of the Humanities.

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A Lot of Traffic

Courtesy LIBPA Newsletter

Apr. 15, 2010

The average daily traffic on some of the key roads on Lady’s Island is as follows:

Lady’s Island Drive/McTeer Bridge – 20,100 trips per day

Woods Memorial Bridge  – 18,000 trips per day

Highway 21/Sea Island Parkway to St. Helena -17,900 trips per day

Sams Point Road at the Publix intersection – 18,000 trips per day

Brickyard Point Road (at intersection with Sams Point Road) – 9,200 trips per day

Middle Road – 3,400 trips per day

Sunset Bluff (at intersection with Sea Island Parkway) – 2,900 trips per day

Meridian Road – 2,700 trips per day

Holly Hall Road -1,550 trips per day

Thank goodness for the roads we have widened (Sams Point Road and Sea Island Parkway), the road we are widening (Lady’s Island Drive) and the new bridge being built).

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Visitor Center Now Open

Apr. 8, 2010

The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce Visitor & Convention Bureau is pleased to announce that the new Visitor Center, located in the Historic Arsenal Building in Downtown Beaufort, is now open.  Signs and brochures with directions to direct visitors to the Arsenal are posted at the previous Boundary Street location and at the Chamber offices on Carteret Street.

Rack cards with directions and information for Arsenal Visitor Center will be available and distributed to local businesses next week.  The Chamber asks that you please “pardon the progress” as they get settled in and work to make use of this historic space to create an unique experience for visitors and residents alike!

Physical Address:

713 Craven Street

Beaufort, SC 29902

843-525-8500

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Saturday 9am – 5pm

Sunday – Noon – 5pm

Parking:

Meter parking is available immediately in front of the Arsenal on Craven Street, on surrounding streets and in surface lots.

Bus Loading/Unloading:

There are two spaces marked for bus loading/unloading on Carteret Street at the Craven Street stoplight.

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Horsepower Returns to Historic St. Helena

By Erika Marshall

Apr. 8, 2010

Twenty Porsche Roadsters from the CERPCA (Coastal Empire Regional Porsche Club of America) traveled in convoy along the Land’s End Road, as they made their way to historic Fort Fremont for their March “Drive and Dine” meeting.  The group was invited to tour the fort  as well as the home of members Carl and Cecile Dorr.

The Master Naturalist Group, as well as the Friends of Fort Fremont, headed by Pete Richards, Mr.and Mrs. Ray Rollings, and Wendy Wilson offered information on their volunteer activities at the fort.  Ray Rollings, a historian, gave a detailed history of the fortifications in the area, built as early as the 1500’s by the Spanish and later the French.  Fort Fremont (c.1890) in an effort to defend the area during the Spanish American War was built on this site.  Luckily, no attacks came to the area. He stated that Port Royal Sound is the deepest natural harbor between Tampa, FL and New York.  Mr. Rollings then took the group for a walking tour around the fort and down to the pristine beachfront.

After the tour of Fort Fremont, the CERPCA members drove to the Post Hospital, c. 1898.

A highlight for the younger generation of future Porsche enthusiasts was a test ride in several of the very gracious member’s lovely machines.

The Group revved up the engines of these beautiful cars again to head down Land’s End Road for dinner at Boondock’s Restaurant, where they found spacious front row parking and seating for the entire group of fourty.

The Coastal Empire Regional Porsche Club of America (CERPCA) is an organization of over 200 members. The club covers the Savannah, Hilton Head, Bluffton, and Beaufort area.  The club enjoys a full range of activities like Driver’s Education with racetrack time, technical sessions, car events, and social events. For more information, contact Buddy Brown, president, at 843 441-2933.

If you are interested in more information on the newly formed Friends of Fort Fremont, please contact: Friends of Fort Fremont, PO Box 982, St. Helena SC 29920.

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Verdier House Lecture to Feature the Sweetgrass Basket Community: The People & the Landscape

Apr. 8, 2010

The April “Dinner & a Lecture” series at the Verdier House sponsored by Historic Beaufort Foundation will focus on “The Sweetgrass Basket Community: The Baskets, the People, the Landscape.” Scheduled April 26th the program will be presented by Clemson University professor Dr. Cari Goetcheus who, along with two College of Charleston professors, examined the sweetgrass culture outside the Charleston city limits.

The project identified existing historic structures, including the traditional basket stands and the basket makers’ homes, that would be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. The locations of the stands and the habitats and conditions that encourage sweetgrass to grow were also documented.

Goetcheus’ illustrated presentation will focus on sweetgrass basket making as a vital historical and cultural tradition unique in this country to the Lowcountry. Imported to South Carolina by enslaved Africans, the industry is perceived as threatened by development, loss of natural resources and community character. Currently a professor in Clemson/College of Charleston’s joint graduate program in historic preservation, Goetcheus teaches a course in African American cultural landscapes. The study suggests ways the communities and traditions can be maintained.

Held as fundraisers for HBF’s preservation activities, the lecture series continues through June and will include:

Lafayette scholar and College of Charleston history professor Dr. Robert Crout talking about his studies related to the Marquis de Lafayette who visited Beaufort in 1825 and reportedly greeted Beaufortonians from the steps of the Verdier House. Crout, the only American to have accessed the Lafayette family archives, contributed to the 2009 PBS special on Lafayette. The program is May 24.

Dr. Carl Lounsbury, leading architectural historian at Colonial Williamburg Foundation and professor at the College of William & Mary, presenting his research based on his study of colonial houses of worship, Laying the Cornerstone of New Zion: The Early Churches & Meeting Houses of America. Beaufort’s Parish Church of St. Helena, the Sheldon Church and the Chapel of Ease ruins are included in his research. The program is June 21.

The programs are held in the second floor drawing room of the Verdier House. Admission is $15 per member, $25 per member couple and $20 per non-member, $30 per non-member couple, for each of the programs. Scheduled 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., the programs are preceded by wine and refreshments. For those who are interested, a three-course dinner at Saltus River Grill at $19 per person will be served following each lecture upon presentation of the lecture program.

For more information or to reserve a seat, call Historic Beaufort Foundation at 379-3331. Seating is limited.

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Beaufort Memorial Hospital to Participate in Lung Cancer Trials

By Marie McAden

Apr. 8, 2010

BMH Pulmonologist Peter Manos, MD, and Medical Oncologist and Principal Investigator for the hospital’s clinical trials program Majd Chahin, MD consult about a potential lung trial candidate.

Beaufort Memorial Hospital received approval this week to participate in a groundbreaking national study that could help oncologists treat lung cancer patients with unprecedented accuracy based on the genetic makeup of their individual tumors.

The genomic clinical trials—open to patients with early stage or advanced lung cancer—will test a methodology developed by Duke University scientists that uses the unique molecular traits of a patient’s cancerous tumor to determine which chemotherapy regimen will most aggressively attack the cancer.

In both the early stage and advanced lung cancer clinical trials, researchers will be comparing two approved chemotherapy treatments for those particular types of cancer.

“Under today’s best standard of care, we rely on general criteria to determine which chemotherapy to use,” said Dr. Majd Chahin, principal investigator for Beaufort Memorial’s clinical trials program. “Genomic profiling promises significantly more precise treatment for the patient.”

Knowing at the onset which drug regimen has the greatest chance of killing the tumor reduces the patient’s exposure to the toxic side effects of ineffective chemotherapy.

“The first type of chemotherapy used has the best chance of positive results,” Chahin said. “By the time we get to the second or third options of chemotherapy, the disease has progressed and the toxicity of the chemicals may have made the patient too weak to tolerate additional treatments.”

The early stage lung cancer trial will involve about 117 patients with a subtype of lung cancer called non-squamous, non small cell in stages 1b, 2 or 3a. For the advanced lung cancer trial, researchers are looking for 80 patients with non-small cell lung cancer in stages 3b or 4.

In both of the lung cancer trials, a small sample will be removed from the tumor to be analyzed by Duke scientists. Using a special tool called a gene chip, they are able to record the expression of up to 30,000 genes from the tissue sample.

“We feed this information into models to predict the response the tumor will have to different chemotherapies,” said Dr. Neal Ready of the Duke University Comprehensive Cancer Center. “The chemotherapy treatments we are testing are the ones most often used today to treat these types of cancers.”

In early stage lung cancer patients, the tumor is removed before chemotherapy is started. Patients participating in the study will go to Duke for the surgery since it is not available at Beaufort Memorial Hospital. Tissue taken from the tumor will be used for the genomic testing.

With advanced lung cancer patients, surgery is not an option. A biopsy of the tumor will be taken at Beaufort Memorial Hospital and shipped to Duke for testing. In both cases, the patients will receive the chemotherapy treatments at BMH.

“It’s a tremendous opportunity for our local patients to receive one of the most promising new approaches to lung cancer treatment,” said Dr. Peter Manos, a BMH lung specialist. “We expect that personalizing treatment will significantly improve the percentage of response and outcome from chemotherapy.”

Beaufort Memorial is one of only a half dozen hospitals in the country invited to participate in Duke’s genomic lung cancer clinical trials. Most of those are only offering the early stage cancer study.

As an affiliate of the prestigious North Carolina medical center—ranked among the top 10 cancer treatment sites in the nation—BMH has qualified to join a number of national clinical trials, most of them in breast and colon cancer care.

“Everything we know today about cancer treatment came from clinical trials,” Chahin said. “They benefit everyone.”

For more information on the genomic lung cancer clinical trials or Beaufort Memorial Hospital’s Keyserling Cancer Center, contact BMH Clinical Trials Research Nurse Ruth Finch at (843) 522-7819.

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“BID for PAL” – A PAWSITIVELY GREAT IDEA!

Apr. 8, 2010

Get your PAWS on the KEYBOARD and start bidding in Palmetto Animal League’s ONLINE AUCTION to help raise funds to renovate and operate PAL’s new Adoption Center in Riverwalk!  “BID for PAL” goes live at www.pal.dojiggy.com on Thursday April 8 at 8 am and runs through April 11 at 9 pm.  You can browse without registering right now and start picking out the items you really want to win!

Offering over three hundred items from Hilton Head Island, downtown Bluffton to Okatie, and Ridgeland, some of thehighlights of the auction include; golf for 6 accompanied by Walker Cup winners Drew Weaver & Brian Harman at Sea Island, Ga; rounds of golf at Harbour Town, Colleton River, Belfair, Berkeley Hall; look for a Lowcountry painting by local artist Nancy Mitchell, a pet commission by well-known Kaytee Esser, and photography packages for the family; find over 40 dining certificates to such favorites as Charlie’s L’Etoile, Michael Anthony’s, Frankie Bones, Red Fish and many others; bid on an interior design consult to help resolve that problem area in your home; find a beautiful handbag from Palmettoes & another from Porcupine; terrific health, spa and beauty packages abound, and include everything from dental services & whitening processes, lipolaser procedures, injectible fillers, massage, personal training, yoga, and so much more- all by local specialists.  A variety of lessons are available as well, and these include bridge at the Bridge Center, horseback riding, tennis, and golf lessons- not to mention lessons for your favorite puppy at pet training locations both on and off island.  Of course there are many pet services and specialty items for your kitty princess and fido, so go ahead and spoil them!  If travel is your interest, there is an oceanfront beach house in Atlantic Beach, a stay at the Old Edwards Inn with golf included, a mountain cottage in Brevard, NC, and vacation opportunities to NYC, Disney World and Sonoma, California among others.  NASCAR aficionados will enjoy an opportunity to experience the NASCAR track as probably few of their friends have been able to do.  Want to rent a motorcycle or 3-wheeler for a day?  That’s available too!

This is a fun and easy way to win fabulous items for yourself, or gifts for your family & friends while helping the animals of the Lowcountry. If you see something you like but don’t want to buy it for yourself, email the website to your friends and family-www.pal.dojiggy.com – and let them buy it for you as a gift for a special occasion, or for their upcoming visit to the Hilton Head area!  A PAWSITIVELY PURRFECT idea!

Riverwalk Business Park will soon be home to Palmetto Animal League’s (PAL) new Adoption Center, where the community will have the opportunity to visit and adopt furry family members. PAL’s plans to open the Adoption Center this summer. Since 2002, the organization has been successful in helping thousands of animals using a network of foster families. Having a permanent facility that can house approximately 120 dogs and cats will allow PAL to help even more animals. The Adoption Center will serve as headquarters for the League’s operations, including rescue, adoption, community outreach, low-cost vaccine clinics and counseling.  If you’d like more information about the auction or Palmetto Animal League, contact Amy Campanini at 843-227-2691 or email her at director@palmettoanimalleague.org.  To help PAL raise the funds needed to open the Adoption Center, get your PAWS on the KEYBOARD and “BID for PAL” starting at 8:00am on Thursday, April 8 and concluding at 9:00pm on Sunday, April 11.

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Claudette Humphrey Honored as Part of Women’s History Month

Apr. 8, 2010

Claudette Humphrey (center, in the black hat and big smile) embraces her fellow artists and arts supporters at ARTworks in Beaufort Town Center.

Claudette Humphrey, a resident of Cat Island and vice president of the board of the Arts Council of Beaufort County was honored on Sunday, March 28th for her leadership in the arts. Her honor was bestowed by the Hestelle Woodbury Women’s Missionary Society of the Grace Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, on Charles Street in downtown Beaufort, along with four other women for their achievements in Business, Community, Education and Social Services. This recognition of Women’s power and influence is a part of Women’s History Month, celebrating the national theme of “Writing Women Back Into History.”

Claudette’s enthusiasm for the arts goes way back to the 1970s when teaching first graders in New Rochelle, New York, where she joined other arts-minded teachers in yearlong workshops at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in Manhattan and Julliard School. She immersed herself in New York arts culture inviting all the arts– from dance to drama and from painting to poetry– daily into her classroom and into her life. Her years of living in California, Hawaii, New York, and now Beaufort are credited for the colors, themes and the vistas that are reflected in her paintings.

In addition to her support for the arts council, Claudette exhibits her work at the Red Piano Too Gallery, and is an exhibiting member of the Beaufort Art Association, and the Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce. She is past president of Chums Inc., past president of the American Association of University Women, chairwoman of Board of Directors of Access Network Inc., and president of the Friends Affiliate of Head Start. Claudette also volunteers in the public schools, mentoring young girls and teaching them her love & appreciation of the arts. She has worked on different fundraising projects at Penn Center, the arts council, and Access Network Inc. a HIV/Aids organization. She recently launched her own website, ArtbyClaudette.com, after graduating from the business development program at the Technical College of the Lowcountry and the Small Business Hub the FastTrac New Venture program.

Claudette’s achievements are vivid proof that the arts are integral to strong creative leadership and vital to healthy community progress.

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YMCA Healthy Kids Day® is APRIL 3

Apr. 1, 2010

As part of a nationwide effort to encourage kids to get moving, the Wardle Family YMCA will host YMCA Healthy Kids Day, the nation’s largest health day for kids and families. YMCA Healthy Kids Day is filled with fun, engaging and creative activities that foster healthy living, and is a part of the YMCA’s larger efforts to help more kids and families become physically active. All activities are free and open to the public.

YMCA Healthy Kids Day will provide resources to help educate grown-ups about making healthy choices for their families every day. There will be activities such as an Easter Egg Hunt, bounce houses, carnival games, and much more!

“Keeping kids healthy is at the core of what the Wardle Family YMCA stands for,” said Mike Bostwick, CEO, Beaufort County YMCA. “The word ‘exercise’ doesn’t sound very enjoyable to many people, especially kids, but getting them to move more through play that requires physical activity is the key to building healthy habits that last a lifetime. On YMCA Healthy Kids Day, both kids and grown-ups will have the opportunity to get moving, to play and to have fun.”

Experts recommend that kids engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity, including active play, each day. Studies show that kids who consistently engage in play are happier and healthier, and develop and enhance a variety of skills including motor skills, social skills, problem solving, and creativity. Kids who get 60 minutes of physical play also tend to have higher self-esteem and perform better academically.

To make more time for physical activity, the Wardle Family YMCA offers simple ways to put more play in kids’ day, and to get the family moving more, too!

  1. Make physical activity a regular part of family playtime – the more active kids are the more likely they are to continue being physically active later in life.
  2. Allow kids to have unstructured playtime. All play is not created equal – kids need different types of play, including indoor and outdoor, active and inactive.
  3. Reintroduce your child to the basics of active play: play hopscotch or basketball, jump rope, or enjoy games such as Red Light, Green Light and Simon Says.
  4. Limit screen time and use of electronic media to allow more time for play.

“The goal of encouraging kids to play more is to build a lifetime of love for physical activity,” said Mike Bostwick, CEO, Beaufort County YMCA.   “Play should not seem like a chore – it is an activity that is fun and brings joy, and allows a kid to just be a kid.”

YMCA Healthy Kids Day is supported and made possible by Wardle Family YMCA’s partnership with The Link Church. In addition, YMCA is proud to host representatives from Beaufort Jasper Comprehensive Health, Beaufort County School District, Beaufort City Police Department, Absolute Total Care and Dr. Michael McKElvey’s Chiropractor Office and South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

YMCA Healthy Kids Day is also supported nationally by Northwestern Mutual Foundation and Tropicana.

More than 700,000 kids and families are expected to participate in YMCA Healthy Kids Day events at nearly 1,500 YMCAs nationwide. For more information about YMCA Healthy Kids Day, call 843-522-9622 or visit http://www.ymcabeaufortcounty.com.

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Member of House of Lords to visit Beaufort

Apr. 1, 2010

Lowcountry residents will have an opportunity to hear the first non-white diocesan bishop in the Church of England discuss challenges to Western culture at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 8 at the University of South Carolina Performing Arts Center.

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Michael Nazir-Ali, the retired 106th Bishop of Rochester, England, is a member of the British Parliament, the House of Lords. He will be a guest of the Parish Church of St. Helena (Episcopal) from April 5 – 13.

Bishop Nazir-Ali was second of two candidates presented to the queen for selection as Archbishop of Canterbury.
Bishop Nazir-Ali has a Christian and Muslim family background. He holds both British and Pakistani citizenship. As a member of the House of Lords, he is active in a number of areas of national and international concern. He served in the Diocese of Rochester from 1994 to 2009. Before that he was the General Secretary of Church Missionary Society from 1989-1994 and also was bishop of Southwark. The archbishop appointed him bishop of Rochester in 1994, and in 1999 he entered the House of Lords as one of the “Lords Spiritual” because of his seniority in the episcopal office, the first religious leader from Asia to serve in this capacity.

The Rt. Rev. Alden Hathaway, bishop in residence at St. Helena and a retired bishop of Pittsburgh, said that “Michael Nazir-Ali is the most resourceful leader broadly based in Anglicanism in the world today.” Hathaway’s dream is that “Michael Nazir-Ali will articulate a vision for this diocese that will start a new movement that will gain the attention of the nation.”

“We want the wider community to become aware of what is happening with the issues of militant Islam, secularism and multiculturalism, and Bishop Michael will articulate the challenge that will face our children and grandchildren in the decades ahead and the ability to renew our values and vision for society in the future,” Bishop Hathaway said. “We hope the community will come out to hear this world-class churchman who can address any number of issues.” He is a recognized authority on Islam, biotechnology, and global Christian mission.

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Little Bits of Royal Chatter

By Peggy Chandler

Apr. 1, 2010

I must talk about my friends and your neighbors The Wilsons-Bob and Cathy Wilson of Wade Hampton aka “The Babes’.   Nearly 3 years ago, the Wilsons found a stray cat on their porch, and for the last 3 years “Puddy Pie” has lived the life of  king cat. He is Cathy’s live- in child/grandchild (watch out for your inheritance Abby!).  They sign their Christmas, Birthday, and note cards from Cathy, Bob and Puddy.  Ok – now fast forward……..about a month ago I saw a blanket/box on their porch ….and another stray cat who they call Mr. P.  had come to live not amongst and not with them (because Puddy wouldn’t allow that) but on their porch where Bob has been keeping Mr. P  fed and warm.  Well guess what, now they have another stray cat that has come to live on their porch.  He has been named “Frankie” (old blue eyes”) He is white with tan and grey markings and a grey ring around the tail and he has bright blue eyes.   So, before the cats really outnumber the humans more than 3-2 at the Wilson home …if you have lost a cat please check with them 379-7478.  The Wilsons have posted flyers throughout Royal Pines in an effort to locate the cat’s owners.   If you should find a pair of eyeglasses around Royal Pines or anywhere else in Beaufort ..…check with Cathy at 379-7478 -they’re probably hers.

The Royal Readers discussed “The Shack” at their last gathering.  The reviews were mixed.  A few members loved it finding it insightful and inspirational while others absolutely hated it and would not recommend it.  It did however provide us with a good discussion.  The book selection for April is “The Story of Edgar Sawtelle” by David Wroblewski.

A few neighbors got together last Friday evening to have dinner at The Marine Air Station. Afterward, we were treated to the unveiling of the new kitchen at the Schmidt home on Rivers Court.  It was a painful process for Maritza but well worth it.  It looks fabulous.

As the Friends of Caroline Hospice contact person for Royal Pines, I would like to let you know of two upcoming events.  On April 14th at St. Peters Catholic Church a Memorial Service will be held for those who have lost a loved one within the past year.  The FOCH Annual Fashion will be held at The Beaufort Inn on April 21st.  For tickets and information for both events please call 525-6257

If you have any club news, social event, that you would like

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Fighting for taxpayers…

By Representative Shannon Erickson

Apr. 1, 2010

The House of Representatives approved our state’s budget last week after a marathon 23-hour session Wednesday night into Thursday.

No budget is perfect but this one is as closely in line with our conservative principles as possible.  We stood firm, cutting the size of government, not raising taxes to plug revenue shortfalls, and made tough choices about how to spend your tax dollars.

Unfortunately, not all of my colleagues were as conservative. Back in January, the Democrat House leader told the media: “We can’t raise taxes.” And went on to say the House would “have to figure out how to provide the absolute necessity of services” with that restriction.

Sadly, what I witnessed was far from that mantra.  Instead, we fiscally conservative members spent most of Wednesday night knocking down more than three dozen attempts by Democrat members to raise taxes – attempts that totaled more than $7 billion.  To put that in perspective, the entire General Fund budget totaled $5.1 billion.  It was an intense week, with two very diverse points of view:  tax increases versus cutting government spending.

Nobody’s wallet was safe from proposals like new state-wide property taxes on homes and a cigarette tax increase that topped 1,300 percent. There was even an attempt to repeal the property tax relief on primary residences that was a central part of the 2006 Act 388.

Hugely alarming was a pitch to re-institute the sales tax on milk, bread, and other groceries while saying, “people at the grocery store don’t know we repealed it.”

I am proud to say that we conservatives stood together strongly and struck down these proposals.

Raising taxes to plug the budget hole is absolutely irresponsible and unnecessary. The budget we approved this past week prioritized spending and targeted cuts. Despite the more than $500 million budget hole, we did everything in our power to fund education so students would see a few changes. We held funding at this year’s levels for our neighbors with disabilities and special needs – the most vulnerable among us.

As a point of full disclosure, the budget does contain a 30 cent increase in the cigarette tax, bringing our tax in line with North Carolina and Georgia. No money from the increase is spent in this year’s budget – instead it goes into a trust fund to help off-set potential cuts to health care in future years. (Incidentally, there is a stand-alone bill that the House passed last year which raises the cigarette tax to 50 cents per pack.  That bill is currently sitting in the Senate.)

Writing and approving the state budget is the most solemn and serious task that you trust your representatives with each year. This is not a perfect budget, but it’s the best product possible given the diversity of the 124 House members and the time constraints that go with the legislative process.  I truly believe that it stands firmly with our conservative principles.  The Senate will now pick up their portion of the budget debate, then both bodies will work to reconcile their versions.  I will keep you updated as that process moves along.

As always, thank you for the privilege of serving you in Columbia.  If I can ever be of assistance to you, or if you have ideas on issues you want me to share with the rest of the General Assembly, please don’t hesitate to contact me at shannonerickson@schouse.gov or 843-263-1867.

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Dancing Dogs Yoga Launches Yoga Mat Drive

Apr. 1, 2010

Dancing Dogs Yoga announced today that it is launching a yoga mat drive for pediatric cancer patients at Camp Happy Days in Charleston, SC. Owner Shelley Lowther will offer a 20 percent discount off of a new mat to those trading in old mats for the cause.  She will also be selling Jade Yoga children’s mats specifically for the children at Camp Happy Days at her studio, located at 1600 Burnside St., Suite 106 in Beaufort Town Center. The goal is to receive 50 donated, new or used, mats by May 31. Mats may be dropped off during class times, available at http://www.dancingdogsyoga.com or specific times may be made by calling (843) 263-5864.

Camp Happy Days has offered a comprehensive, year-round support system for children diagnosed with cancer and their families for over 28 years.  During this time the organization has grown from serving a handful of local children with a single program to serving more than 200 children throughout South Carolina with programs like Camp, Family Camp and an annual Disney Trip – offered at no cost to families. For more information, visit http://www.CampHappyDays.com.

Dancing Dogs Yoga was founded in January 2010 with the goal of being accessible to all of Beaufort County, offering programs to children and adults of all ages and levels as well as community classes held by donation only. The studio pledges not to turn anyone away for inability to pay. For more information and class schedules, visit http://www.dancingdogsyoga.com.

Located in South Carolina’s only mixed-use LEEDs certified building, Dancing Dogs Yoga touts ecologically responsible products such as Jade Yoga mats, and Manduka eKo Mats and props. The studio will also participate in Jade Yoga’s Yoga Mat Recycling Program.

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Beaufort names Negron new Fire Chief

Apr. 1, 2010

After a year reorganizing the Beaufort Fire Department and working through an extensive evaluation by outside consultants, Interim Fire Chief Sammy Negron today drops the “interim” from his title.

Beaufort City Manager Scott Dadson announced Negron as the new Fire Chief for the city’s award-winning fire department.

“Chief Negron has demonstrated exceptional leadership during a difficult time as we worked to reorganize the fire department to improve service and efficiency,” Dadson said. “He is well qualified, well respected and well deserving of this promotion.”

For the past year, the International City/County Management Association has examined Beaufort’s police and fire departments to help guide restructuring of those departments. Their findings for the Fire Department included commendations for exceptional fire prevention and training efforts that limited fire loss, injuries and deaths.

According to Beaufort data, in February 2010:

66 percent of calls responded to by Beaufort firefighters are EMS (cardiac symptoms, injury, respiratory distress and medical other)

34 percent of calls by call type response are fire (structure, outside fire, alarm and hazard/service)

Of Beaufort firefighters’ time:

53 percent of time is spent on Fire Prevention, Public Education and Firefighter Training

23 percent of time is spent on Emergency Response

24 percent of time is spent on Fire Suppression.

“We are in the business of preventing fires,” Negron said earlier this month. “We’re not in the business of requesting more firefighters or more equipment so we can fight more fires. It’s all about preventing fires and property loss from fires.”

Beaufort Mayor Billy Keyserling pointed to Negron’s leadership, experience and stabilizing influence during a time of change as key reasons for his appointment.  “As Interim Chief, Sammy demonstrated that he brings very strong leadership and management capabilities to our Fire Department service.  We are pleased to have his exceptional experience, expertise and knowledge of the City in this critical position.”

Negron has been with the Beaufort Fire Department for 11 years. Prior to being named Interim Fire Chief by Dadson and then-Fire Chief Wendell Wilburn, Negron was Senior Fire Inspector and Fire Investigator for the City.

He previously served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 12 years, retiring as a sergeant specializing in civil engineering and utilities.

In 1998, Negron was named Volunteer Firefighter of the Year for Beaufort, and he repeated that honor in 2006 as the Career Firefighter of the Year. In 2003 he earned the Firehouse Magazine Medal for Valor and Courage and the U.S. Congressional Fire Service Institute Award for Dedication and Valor.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Science and is accredited by numerous firefighting agencies, including the National Fire Protection Association, the International Code Council and the International Fire Service Accrediting Council.

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Beaufort Memorial Hospital Implements MEDHOST

By Marie McAden

Apr. 1, 2010

Angela Clark using MedHost at BMH

Patients needing emergency medical services at Beaufort Memorial Hospital could spend less time in the ER waiting to be treated thanks to new technology designed to expedite care.

MEDHOST, a state-of-the-art touch screen information system implemented in December, allows BMH physicians and nurses to quickly document patients’ clinical information, process orders and track down test results.

“We are so much more efficient now,” said ER Medical Director Dr. Saeed Rehman. “It saves us a lot of phone calls and a lot of time running around.”

Using hand-held tablets located at the patient’s bedside, in the nurses’ station and physicians’ office, doctors can order blood work, x-rays or an EKG with just one click of the screen. The system immediately sends a page to the technician with the patient’s name, room number and the test that is required.

The automatic paging feature also advises nurses when a physician orders a prescription for a patient. Rather than looking for the nurse to verify the meds have been administered, the doctor can confirm it on the computer. They can also use MEDHOST to check the status of lab work and diagnostic testing.

Equally important, MEDHOST features a number of built-in safeguards that include alerting doctors to possible drug interactions and potentially serious medical conditions. It also warns nurses if a patient’s lab results come back at a critical level.

With MEDHOST, doctors can enter their notes, patient assessments and treatment directly into the computer instead of dictating it over the phone for someone else to type in at a later time as had been done in the past.

“Documenting patient information was a very time consuming and segmented process,” said BMH Emergency Department Director Kevin Kremer. “This new technology is so simple and easy to use, it allows doctors and nurses to spend less time on paperwork and more time talking with their patients.”

MEDHOST is part of a comprehensive plan to improve Beaufort Memorial’s 18-bed, Level-3 ER, which serves more than 39,000 patients a year. Architectural drawings are being developed to add up to nine more beds and contamination facilities to handle patients exposed to hazardous materials. The estimated $7.5-million renovation project also will expand and improve the nurses’ station, physicians’ work area and public waiting room.

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Beaufort Earns Award for Clarity and Disclosure of City Finances

Apr. 1, 2010

For the third consecutive year, the City of Beaufort earned the highest award for its comprehensive financial report, an even greater challenge given the difficult economic times, City Manager Scott Dadson said Friday.

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to City of Beaufort by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report.

The City’s annual financial report was judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the detailed budget document.

Beaufort’s comprehensive annual financial report, also called a CAFR, is available online under the Finance Department at http://www.cityofbeaufort.org.

“It’s the third consecutive year the City has earned this award, but the second reporting cycle in very tough economic times,” Dadson said. “This award shows that, because of really good fiscal policy, fiscal management and fiscal austerity, all city departments have done an excellent job keeping the City fiscally sound and sharing that information with the public. City Council is to be commended for its leadership in these difficult financial times.”

The City of Beaufort website also features a “Digital City Hall” where a variety of documents and forms are available electronically, including the city’s finance audit and current budget.

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management, the organization said.

The Government Finance Officers Association is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals with offices in Chicago and Washington, D.C.

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2010 Relay For Life of Beaufort Takes Center Stage

Apr. 1, 2010

On April 9th, The American Cancer Society 2010 Relay For Life of Beaufort presented by Beaufort Memorial Keyserling Cancer Center will transform the track at Beaufort Middle School in to a huge movie set.  Tent sites will be decorated in movie themes and teams of walkers will be dressed as memorable movie characters as they walk to “make a ‘reel’ difference” in the fight against cancer.

Relay will begin at 7:00 pm with a Survivors’ Lap. This emotional lap honors the courage of all cancer survivors. Each survivor (anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer) is introduced, and then, all walk the opening lap- unified in victory and in hope. If you are a cancer survivor and would like to take part in the Relay For Life, please arrive at the Relay at 6:30 pm. All Survivors receive a free Relay For Life t-shirt.

Cancer survivor and educator, Lee Shaffer is the 2010 Relay For Life of Beaufort Honorary Chairperson. Mrs. Shaffer is a 13 year breast cancer survivor and a long time Relay For Life participant. She was instrumental in helping to start the Paula Williams Memorial Breast Cancer Support Group, which meets monthly at Beaufort Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Shaffer is the wife of Dr. Scott Shaffer and the mother of Laura and Jane Shaffer.

Relay For Life also features a Luminaria Ceremony around 9:30 pm, which recognizes those touched by cancer. Individuals or companies can make contributions in memory of those who have lost their fight to cancer and in honor of those who have survived. Each will be recognized by a lighted luminaria displayed round the walking track.

The committee and teams have been working really hard to make this year’s event a huge success. There will be food, music, dancing and great entertainment and activities throughout the evening for the entire family.  Everyone is invited to attend. Bring your lawn chair and come out for a wonderful night of hope.

Relay For Life is about a community taking up the fight against cancer and Beaufort has been a champion in this fight for many years. The funds raised by volunteers and donated by area businesses enable the American Cancer Society to continue the fight against cancer through educational programs, research and services to patients and their families. Some of the local services that the American Cancer Society provide are Look Good Feel Better, a program that addresses the appearance-related effects of cancer treatment and Reach to Recovery, a peer to peer support program for breast cancer survivors.

For more information, please call your American Cancer Society at (843) 441-4277 or 1-800 ACS(227)-2345.

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service.

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2010 Beaufort Rabies Clinics Announced

Apr. 1, 2010

The following is a list of Rabies Clinics Sponsored by South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and administered by Beaufort County Environmental Health and Local Veterinarians.

Vaccination Fee:  $3.00 per animal

Note:  Dogs must be on a leash and cats in a box or carrier.

Prior to getting in line, please notify a vet assistant if you have an aggressive pet.

Please take precaution to ensure that aggressive pets are closely monitored or muzzled.

Date Time Location Veterinarian

April 3                  8:00 am -10:30 am              Mossy Oaks Fire Station                             Dr. Lauricella

9:00 am – Noon              Beaufort County Animal Shelter                Dr. Murphy

10:45 am -11:45 am            Bargain Builder Parking Lot              Dr. Lauricella

Noon – 1:15 pm              Grays Hill Fire Station                          Dr. Lauricella

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm              Aimant Animal Hospital                     Dr. Murphy

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm              Lobeco Fire Station                                      Dr. Lauricella

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm       Sheldon Fire Station                                     Dr. Lauricella

April 10                8:00 am -10:30 am              Mossy Oaks Fire Station                             Dr. Lauricella

9:00 am – 11:30 am            Port Royal Live Oak Park                 Dr. Henry

9:00 am – Noon            Beaufort County Animal Shelter               Dr. Murphy

10:45 am -11:45 am              Bargain Builder Parking Lot                 Dr. Lauricella

Noon – 1:15 pm              Burton Hill Fire Station                              Dr. Lauricella

Noon – 3 pm                      Animal Hospital of Beaufort                        Dr. Henry

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm              Aimant Animal Hospital                     Dr. Murphy

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm              Laurel Bay Flea Market                                 Dr. Lauricella

April 17                 9:00 am – Noon              Beaufort County Animal Shelter                  Dr. Murphy

9:00 am – 2:30 pm              Animal Hospital of Beaufort                  Dr. Henry

1:30 pm – 4:00 pm              Lady’s Is. Headquarters Fire Station  Dr. Murphy

2:45 pm – 4:00 pm              Pigeon Point Park                                Dr. Henry

April 24                 9:00 am -11:30 am              Port Royal Live Oak Park                    Dr. Henry

9:00 am – Noon           Beaufort County Animal Shelter                   Dr. Murphy

Noon – 2:30 pm              Animal Hospital of Beaufort                   Dr. Henry

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm      St. Helena Fire Station 22                   Dr. Murphy

2:45 pm – 4:00 pm              Green St. Gym (Lind Brown Center) Dr. Henry

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm      Lands End Fire Station 23                  Dr. Murphy

The South Carolina Rabies Control Act requires that all dogs and cats have a current rabies vaccination.

For the majority of vaccines, the minimum age to vaccinate puppies and kittens is three (3) months of age.

Upon vaccination, the pet should wear the serially numbered rabies tag provided by the veterinarian, around its neck.

The licensed veterinarian will also provide a certificate of vaccination.

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Heritage Society of Beaufort holds Luncheon

Mar. 25, 2010

(L-R) Officers: President Carroll Crowther, Secretary Debbi Covington; Vice President Penny Tarrance, Treasurer Elaine Sutcliffe. Photo by Jody Henson

On March 11th, the Heritage Society of Beaufort held its 20th Annual Luncheon at the Dataw Island Club, bringing together over eighty members, spouses and guests of the six heritage groups that meet in Beaufort. The festivities commenced with Battery Creek High School’s JROTC Color Guard making an entry presentation.  The guard consisted of Cadets Lt. Col. Ziaire O’Brien, Maj. Ronald Wayne, Maj. Stephanie Hudson and Capt. Kira Brown.  President Bill Culp welcomed all attendees and presented a $1000.00 check to Anita Henson, President of Beaufort’s Stephen Elliott Chapter United Daughters of the Confederacy, to be used toward their Educational Scholarship Program for local students.  Culp also presented a South Carolina State certificate award to President Shirley Dillon of Beaufort’s Colonial Dames XVII Century Henry Woodward Chapter for hosting “The Outstanding Program in Colonial American History” meeting on Dataw late last year.   Following that award Culp presented a special award to Mrs. Ruth Spieler for having contributed to the formation of this local Society twenty years ago.

Beaufort’s General Richard. H. Anderson Camp Sons of Confederate Veterans Chaplin the Rev. Andrew Pearson, Assistant Rector Parish Church of St. Helena, was this years speaker.  His subject “The Impact of Religion on the War Between the States” was well received.   This years meeting included the swearing in of officers for 2010 – 2012 Carroll Crowther, President; Penny Tarrance, Vice President; Debbi Covington, Secretary; and Elaine Sutcliffe, Treasurer.

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CAPA to Celebrate 25th Birthday

Mar. 25, 2010

The Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA) of Beaufort County will celebrate the 25th birthday of its children’s shelter on Sunday, March 28. Since opening its doors in 1985, CAPA’s Open Arms Shelter for Abused and Neglected Children has sheltered over 2,000 young people ranging from infants to twenty-one years of age. The emergency shelter is open and fully staffed 24 hours per day, seven days per week and serves children from Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton, Colleton and Allendale counties.

The Open Arms Shelter is a 4,600 square foot, 16 bed facility that provides protective shelter for children and youth who have been taken into protective care because of sexual abuse, physical abuse and/or neglect. On average, there are six to seven children in residence each night. The average stay in the shelter is 60 to 90 days.

“The Open Arms Shelter has a philosophy of hospitality. We welcome child victims with open arms and open hearts with our first priority being basic physiological needs and safety. We provide each child with a sense of belonging and love by developing relationships as soon as they walk through the door,” said Fleetwood O’Farrell, the shelter’s director for over eight years.

While residing in the shelter, the children receive critical intervention and protection while the Department of Social Services and Family Court judge seek solutions for the family. The children receive love and nurturing care including USDA approved meals served family style, critical medical and counseling services including dental and vision care, help with homework, and group social activities. The residents are taught life skills and expected to put them into practice through positive interaction with other residents, volunteers and staff. They complete daily chores and develop a personal safety plan.  The shelter provides transportation to school, medical appointments and recreational activities for each resident. The goal of the shelter is to provide the best, most organized and most caring “home” for these children.

Former shelter resident Tariel Williams remembers the shelter staff, “They care. The shelter staff spent time with you, talked to you, even if you didn’t want to listen sometime. The shelter was a nice place, a real nice place. When I drive by today, I have fond memories…I kind of miss it.”

The shelter is licensed by the state of South Carolina and its program is nationally accredited. Highly trained and skilled staff work around the clock to provide best-practice, outcome-based services and care. The children who reside in the shelter come from all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Abuse does not discriminate – every race, social class, gender and age is at risk.

We invite you to tour the shelter and find out how you can help our community’s most vulnerable citizens. To learn more about CAPA or to make a donation, please call CAPA at 843.524.4350 or visit www.capabeaufort.org.

About the Child Abuse Prevention Association:

CAPA, a United Way agency, is a local, non-profit organization chartered in 1981 for the purpose of providing prevention and intervention programs targeted at breaking the cycle of child abuse and aiding its victims.  CAPA provides school-based safety and character development education programs for children, several teen pregnancy prevention programs, and a variety of parent education and support programs. CAPA offers professional training for adults who are mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect, offers a family support/mentoring program and operates a shelter for abused children.

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Annual Historic Preservation Awards Given by HBF

Mar. 25, 2010

Four awards recognizing excellence in historic preservation and dedication to Historic Beaufort Foundation’s mission were presented at the Foundation’s 44th Annual Meeting March 16th at USCB’s Performing Arts Center. The recipients were:

Rita and J.D. Igleheart: The Danner Award for Lifetime Achievement in Historic Preservation.

Mike Adams: The Pringle Award for Outstanding Service to Historic Beaufort Foundation

Dataw Garden Club: Historic Landscape Stewardship Award

Palmetto Bluff, LLC: The Major George Osterhout Archaeological Stewardship Award.

Additionally, three HBF volunteers were recognized by outgoing chairman Malcolm Goodridge with a new award to recognize volunteer projects in the prior year. David Cook, Cheryl Neison and Chilton Simmons were awarded The Chairman’s Award.

The Iglehearts were recognized for their lifelong contributions to preservation causes in South Carolina and elsewhere. They restored a historic farm in Connecticut, have assembled a collection of historic buildings as their home on Wimbee Creek in Beaufort County and have been vocal advocates for Beaufort’s National Historic Landmark District. The Danner Award is named for the late Howard E. Danner, an HBF founder and motivating force behind the rescue of the Verdier House from demolition in the 1940s.

Mr. Adams received the Pringle Award for outstanding service to the Foundation through his volunteer capacities as a trustee, as chairman of the board, as chairman of various HBF committees and a hands-on volunteer during the past 12 years. The award is named for the late Wyatt B.Pringle, Sr., a long-time trustee who served the Foundation for over thirty years.

The owners of Palmetto Bluff were recognized for the preservation of eleven archaeological sites on its 20,000 development tract in Bluffton. The sites are protected forever by conservation easement or restrictive covenants (and there are plans to place archaeological easements on them in the future). Palmetto Bluff also has taken the unusual step of hiring a full-time archaeologist to oversee the excavation and research conducted at each site.  The award is named for Maj. George Osterhout, who undertook intial archaeological explorations on Parris Island in the 1920s.

The Dataw Garden Club received the Historic Landscape Stewardship Award for its care for the Verdier House Garden at 208 Scott Street for over 20 years. This award recognizes and encourages the preservation, restoration, rehabilitation, and stewardship of historically significant landscapes.

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NEW NAME, SAME CHALLENGES

By Robert McFee, PE, Division Director, Engineering and Infrastructure

Mar. 25, 2010

The former Public Services and Land Management Department transitioned into the Public Facilities and Infrastructure Department and today is called the Engineering and Infrastructure Division of Beaufort County Government.  The changes that went along with the new titles were part of an effort to improve the way in which Beaufort County supports its residents. For the last decade Beaufort County has been the fastest growing county in South Carolina and to manage public services and infrastructure in such a way as to keep up with this growth is no small task.   A comedian on television has made the term “Get It Done” popular and that is exactly what we in the Engineering and Infrastructure Division are attempting to do.  Following is an overview of how we are organized and a quick look at some of the projects we will be pursuing in 2010.

Traffic Engineering – This department, led by Colin Kinton, is constantly working to determine not only where our traffic problems are today, but where they are most likely to occur in the future. Once a roadway is identified as a potential traffic problem the search for possible solutions is initiated.  A little known fact is that this department manages and maintains all the traffic signals for Beaufort County. A good example of how this translates into improvement for our local traffic is the current project to network and upgrade the traffic signals along Ribault Road and Boundary Street. Once completed this co-operative effort with the South Carolina Department of Transportation and the City of Beaufort will increase the efficiency of these signals and reduce the stress on this critical roadway network.

Public Works – Eddie Bellamy leads this department, which includes the Storm Water Utility as well as Solid Waste. In regard to solid waste, we are well aware that the decision to recommend elimination of the Lady’s Island Convenience Center, while we search for an alternate site closer to the center of the island, was unpopular.  We all understand these are tough financial times requiring difficult decisions – the closing of the Lady’s Island Convenience Center was one of those decisions.  As an internal matter 2010 will see this department initiate a computerized work order system which will aid in scheduling work requests, provide cost tracking, measure productivity and equipment usage. This data will allow us to maximize efficiency and effectiveness of the County work force engaged in all aspects of Public Works and Facilities Maintenance.

The Beaufort County Stormwater Utility, administered by Dan Ahern, is looking forward to an exciting and challenging year. With the recent passage of an ordinance providing for the on-site use of rain water in new developments, our utility has taken the lead nationally on stormwater. In the next year the stormwater Management Manual will be updated with the latest tools and guidance for engineers to use on development in Beaufort County and we will continue to work on updated stormwater guidelines for developments that have been approved but are not yet built. In addition, Beaufort County is developing a pilot demonstration project for the County complex to retrofit the centers stormwater system to show how modern stormwater practices can be integrated into existing sites.  The simple truth is that none of us has all of the answers as to how to best protect our waters in Beaufort County but please know that no one is trying harder to find those answers.

Engineering – One of the busiest departments in the division, led by Bob Klink, is our Engineering team. In addition to their regular duties 2010 will see this section designing the county’s 42nd dirt road paving contract and overseeing the construction of the new Disabilities and Special Needs building at the corner of Castle Rock and Grober Hill Road. This section will continue construction oversight of the SC 802 bridge and roadway projects as well as the design oversight for the remaining 1% sales tax projects, including the Boundary Street improvements.

A good example of the professional manner in which this department operates is the speed with which they oversaw the design and contracting for the new bridge and widening of Lady’s Island Drive. Also, the study of the desirability and feasibility of a northern bypass for Lady’s Island has already been completed and is moving into the environmental evaluation phase.

Airports – Beaufort County has 2 airports, one general aviation facility on Lady’s Island and a commercial airport on Hilton Head both which operate under Airports’ Director Paul Andres. Last year over 70,000 take-offs and landings were made at these facilities as well as almost 100 stand-by and medi-vac operations. The tree removal projects are underway at both airports and this year will also see the completion of the FAA required Master Plans for both facilities.

Our Division fully understands that as a result of the downturn in the economy we have a break in the pressure on our infrastructure. We also are aware that this pause is temporary.  So during this time we are focusing on what we need to accomplish to be better prepared when the economy turns around. Hopefully, together, as a county, we will be ready for the next round of growth.

Editor’s Note:  Mr. McFee is a resident of Lady’s Island and former member of the LIBPA Board of Directors.  Prior to assuming his present position as Director of the Beaufort County Engineering and Infrastructure Division he was the SCDOT Residence Maintenance Engineer for Beaufort County.

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‘Round-up’ Purchases to Support YMCA of Beaufort County

Mar. 25, 2010

From March 24 through April 6, shoppers at the JCPenney at Cross Creek Mall are invited to “round-up” their purchases to the nearest whole dollar and donate the difference to YMCA of Beaufort County to support quality afterschool programs in their community. JCPenney has partnered with YMCA of Beaufort County to provide children with access to life-enriching afterschool programs that foster their academic, physical and social development.

“The availability of quality, affordable afterschool programs continues to be an important community objective in order to meet the needs of working families,” said Kaylin Caron, YMCA Childcare Director. “The support of JCPenney customers will make it possible for more local youth to participate in the YMCA’s afterschool programming, which includes homework assistance and focuses most importantly on reducing the childhood obesity rate within the county by providing children with healthy snacks, the knowledge children need in living healthy lives and providing children with daily physical fitness activities including swimming, rock-wall climbing, aerobics classes and gym games.

According to America After 3PM, a 2009 Afterschool Alliance report commissioned by JCPenney Afterschool, more than a quarter of America’s school children are on their own between the hours of 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. each day. More parents seek the resources to enroll their children in a beneficial afterschool program that helps kids develop social skills, engage in physical activity and achieve academic success – all within a safe and nurturing environment. JCPenney’s continuing support and commitment to the afterschool cause has made it possible for more children to participate in such positive afterschool environments nationwide.

The YMCA of Beaufort County is part of a 156 year old worldwide organization that enables the citizens in Beaufort County to develop values and behaviors that are consistent with our mission: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

The Wardle Family Branch of the YMCA of Beaufort County was charted in 1990 and opened its doors in June of 1996. The YMCA is a locally autonomous organization made up of voluntary membership that is open to individuals of all ages, race, religion, incomes and abilities. Programs and services incorporate the values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility and the YMCA encourages and challenges its staff, members, volunteers and program participants to accept and demonstrate these values. The YMCA of Beaufort County currently serves approximately 8,000 individuals through the programs and services provided.  Programs offered at Wardle Family YMCA include youth sports such as T-ball, soccer, basketball, Tae Kwon Do and flag football, child care before and after school as well as summer camp and swim instruction for all age levels.

As the leading corporate advocate for the afterschool issue, JCPenney works to increase opportunities offered by afterschool programs in order to empower our nation’s children with the tools they need to succeed in life. Through its legacy of supporting youth and charitable organizations such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, YMCA of the USA, National 4-H, United Way and FIRST, JCPenney formalized its commitment to the afterschool issue by making it the Company’s signature cause in 1999. Since its inception, more than $80 million has been distributed to afterschool programs in every JCPenney community thereby making it possible for more kids to participate in life-enriching programs that inspire them to be smart, strong and socially responsible. For more information, visit www.jcpenneyafterschool.org.

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TCL Educators Honored at State Conference

Mar. 18, 2010

Pictured from left to right are Libby Deloach, Pat Irwin, Latesha McComas and Rodney Adams.

The Technical College of the Lowcountry recently named three of its faculty and staff members as its 2010 South Carolina Technical Education Association (SCTEA) Educators of the Year. Winners were chosen by fellow employees at the College.

Libby R. DeLoach, cosmetology instructor, was named faculty member of the year; Pat Irwin, director of grant administration, was named administrator of the year; and Latesha McComas, personnel assistant, was named support staff member of the year.

The award winners were recognized at the annual SCTEA conference in Myrtle Beach in February.

TCL’s Director of Student Support Services Rodney Adams was honored at the same conference as a nominee for the A. Wade Martin “Innovator of the Year” award.  The award is named for Martin, the first executive director of the technical and industrial training program in South Carolina. The award was established to recognize individuals in the technical college system who employ innovative approaches to meet the ever-changing needs in the technical education arena and whose achievements assist in statewide economic development and the education of students.

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Consigning 101

by Melissa Kinard of Designer Consigner

Mar. 18, 2010

I watched a new series on TV the other day and was hit with the reality of what happens when a person can’t part with anything. Their possessions begin to pile up, spilling out of closets and taking over their lives. Apparently they are unfamiliar with their friendly local consignment shop! If you fear that you too may someday be featured on “Oprah” “Dr. Phil” or “Hoarders” here is a crash course on how to avoid it.

1. Start with your bedroom. Is the closet crammed with things you never wear? Items “NWT” or “new with tags” bring a premium in resale. If you haven’t worn it in a year or just know you will never wear it again due to a change in weight or style preference, put it in the resale pile. Missing buttons, broken zippers, and stains are a big “no no” however. Repair it, donate it, trash it.

2. Consider your shoe wardrobe. Most women own more than one pair of shoes than they ever can or will wear. Those red pumps you wore once on New Years Eve? Let someone else wear them once or twice. New and very gently worn shoes are another great seller.

3. Do you carry the same purse day after day? Yes? Well then, those other 15 in your closet are begging to be recycled. Check all pockets and zippers to make sure you don’t take them out with anything valuable left inside. (like that Ben Franklin you were hiding for a rainy day!)

4. Now make your kids give you all the clothes under their bed and stuffed into the bottom of the closet. Wash them and bring in what you know they have now outgrown.

5. Now take it all in to a great consignment shop and let the friendly staff help you make some extra dough!

Doesn’t that feel better now? You have decluttered, helped the environment by keeping stuff out of the landfill, made a little money, and given your clothes a second chance to be worn by a thrifty customer. Now that your closet is bare, you even have an excuse to go shopping!

Melissa & Danny Kinard are owners of Designer Consigner in Burton Hill Center. Each month their unsold clothing is returned to the owners or given to charity. They are currently planning to send a large load to Haiti and another load next month. Their phone number is 379-5757. They also own Choice Buildings in the same location and would be happy to sell you a shed should you choose to hold onto more possessions than your house will hold!

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New Poll Worker Training Schedule Announced

Mar. 18, 2010

If you are interested in becoming a poll worker for the Beaufort County Board of Elections and Registration, you must attend one of three scheduled training workshops. They are Tuesday, April 20, 2010 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
at the Beaufort County Library – Bluffton Branch,
120 Palmetto Way
Bluffton, South Carolina 29910; Wednesday, April 21, 2010 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
at the Board of Elections & Registration Office,
15 John Galt Road
(Beaufort Industrial Village)
Beaufort, SC  29906; or  Thursday, April 22, 2010 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
at the Beaufort County Library – Hilton Head Branch,
11 Beach City Road
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926.

The training sessions will last approximately 4 hours.  This training is recommended for new Poll Workers only. Opening and Closing Training (operating the voting machine) will be a part of this training. 
Also, bring a snack to eat during a short break.

All interested participants must register in advance.  To register for the training, please call: 843-470-3759 or send an email to include the preferred date of the training you wish to attend and a phone number where you can be reached during the day to:voter@bcgov.net.  Deadline for registration is April 9, 2010.  Thank you for your interest in serving the citizens of Beaufort County.

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SCORE needs Volunteers

Mar. 18, 2010

The Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) is a national organization that provides free and confidential counseling to small business that needs help, persons considering entering business, and to non-profit organizations.

The Lowcountry chapter of SCORE with offices in Beaufort, Hilton Head, and Bluffton has forty counselors available with many specialties to assist existing or startups companies.  SCORE is a partner of the Small Business Administration and the Chambers of Commerce.  Any person desiring counseling need only call 470-0800, leave a message, and someone will call back to schedule an appointment.

The Beaufort office is in need of at least two additional councilors at this time.   This is a worthwhile activity to keep your mind active as you help others.  Most councilors will have four or five sessions a month of an hour or two.

Any retired entrepreneur, executive or professional person would certainly be welcome to the group.  To explore such a possibility, just contact Paul Fuetterer on 524-7866 or leave a message at 470-0800.

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SC Election Calendar

Courtesy LIBPA Newsletter

Mar. 18, 2010

This year the residents of Lady’s Island will have an opportunity to vote for their representatives to the Beaufort County School Board, County Council (District 7), State Representative (District 124), Congressional Representative and Senator.  Following is a list of key dates.

March 16 -30             Filing open for party and convention candidates.

April 9                       Political parties certify candidates.

May 8                        Last day to register to vote in primary election.

June 8                        Primary Election Day

June 22                      Primary run-off (if required)

July 15                       Last day for submission of petitions in support of petition candidates.

August 16                  Last day to file for nonpartisan offices.

October 2                   Last day to register to vote in General Election.

November 2               General Election Day

The Lady’s Island Business and Professional Association will invite candidates to share their opinions regarding the issues through articles in our newsletter and participation in LIBPA sponsored forums.

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Local Dentist completes Studies at LVI

Mar. 18, 2010

Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies proudly announces the completion of Comprehensive Aesthetic Occlusal Reconstruction – Rehabilitation Begins by Dr. Stephen Durham. This six day, live-patient treatment program focuses on teaching dentists to provide advanced dental care to their patients through the implementation of occlusal training and application of their restorative skills.

Dr. Stephen Durham completed the Comprehensive Aesthetic Occlusal Reconstruction program under the world-renowned Dr. William Dickerson, Founder and CEO of LVI Global.  While at LVI, Dr. Stephen Durham underwent intensive training on how to evaluate, diagnose and treat restorative cases so that they will not only make patients look good, but feel good as well.

Dr. Stephen Durham’s desire to provide the best possible care in his practice is evidenced by his commitment to continuing education in advanced dental studies.  For more information, call LVI at (888)584-3237 or Dr. Stephen Durham at (843)379-5400.

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Guiding Children of Promise

Mar. 18, 2010

A Program for At-Risk Youth On any given day, there are over 2,200,000 people in prison in this country, of which approximately 1,340,000 have children under the age of 18. This equates to over 2,300,000 minors with at least one parent in prison. In South Carolina alone, there are over 25,000 inmates in 32 State prisons and 7, 321 inmates in Federal prisons. On average, 64% of these inmates have left children behind which amounts to over 20,000 children with at least one parent in prison. This number still does not account for children of inmates serving time in County Detention Centers. One of the unintended consequences of sending a parent to prison is the damage and injustice done to these children; when a parent is sentenced, these children suffer. They often experience psychological effects very similar to traumatic stress syndrome, social stigma, economic deprivation, low self-esteem, and feelings of hopelessness and apathy. Yet, these children have done nothing wrong – they have committed no crime! These children are the silent victims of crime. They typically have higher truancy rates and less success in school. An even more staggering statistic is that somewhere between 60 and 70 percent of these children will follow their parents into the prison system unless someone intervenes in their lives. Statistically, 1/15 African American, 1/42 Hispanic, and 1/111 white children have an incarcerated parent. In Beaufort County, that translates into 589 school-age children with an incarcerated parent or 353 potential new inmates. Prison Ministries, an outreach of Catholic Charities, has developed a program entitled Guiding Children of Promise to address the social injustice imparted to children with an incarcerated parent(s). The purpose of the program is to strengthen families by helping these children develop and maintain healthy, nurturing relationships and to improve their educational, physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. The program motto is Children of Promise Led by Men and Women of Christ. The pilot program is being implemented at St Peter’s in Beaufort. Initially, the program will be limited to children 9 -14 years of age in order to catch the most vulnerable segment of youth with the most to lose, and the most to gain (i.e. before they enter the Juvenile Justice System). As the program grows, other ages will be added. Program Basics The Guiding Children of Promise program is comprised of five principal parts: group meetings, mentoring, spiritual formation, special events, and scouting/camping. Group meetings – are nominally conducted two – four days per week, after school. Routine group sessions will include tutoring, homework assistance, and group activities. Mentoring – Each youth in the program will have their own mentoring team comprised of trained adults. Mentors will meet with their mentee one to two times per week and make routine contact by phone. The initial match period for mentors is typically one year. Spiritual Formation – Every phase of this program will be used for spiritual awakening and growth; it may be the lesson learned in a group activity or the gentle counsel of a mentor in a moment of crisis that claims a soul for Christ. Special Events – like hiking, fishing, movies, operas, symphonies, plays, shopping, bowling, eating out, museums, service projects, retreats, camping, hiking, and service projects will be conducted throughout the year. Scouting/Camping – An essential component of this program will be the support and encouragement of each child in the program to become involved in a local Scout troop. In addition, an annual summer camping activity will be planned for all youth in program to provide an opportunity for everyone to experience a week of intensive personal and spiritual growth. This program seeks to fill a void for the most at-risk of at-risk youth in our county, not to duplicate the efforts of others. As we get this program started in the next few months, we continue to look for opportunities to collaborate with other agencies to secure referrals, solicit support, and identify avenues for funding. For additional information on the program, please contact the undersigned. For additional information on the program, please contact the program coordinator, Terry Buquet, (Tues – Fri 8:30 am – 3:00 pm) at 843-982-6238 or E-mail: tbuquet@catholic-doc.org.

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Beaufort Staple Plums Restaurant Re-Opens

Mar. 18,2010

Plums Restaurant, an eclectic lunch and dinner bistro overlooking the Beaufort River and downtown Waterfront Park, has reopened after eight weeks of renovation and expansion. The new space, which took over the former Shipman Gallery, has nearly doubled in size from the original and spans from Bay Street through to The Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park.

“When the opportunity to expand came about, I had to jump on it,” Plums Inc. Owner Lantz Price stated. “It’s an opportunity we’ve been hoping for for a long time. It’s allowed us more breathing room to create amazing dishes while entertaining more guests.”

The new restaurant boasts larger kitchen and dining room space, brand new bathrooms and an oyster bar. Old favorites and several new dishes have been added to the dinner menu, something that wasn’t possible with Plums’ smaller kitchen.

Plums Restaurant is known for an ever-changing menu that combines seasonal, fresh local ingredients in Global dishes. In addition to outstanding lunch and dinner menus, Plums hosts various events like bi-monthly wine dinners to offer an alternative dining experience and to showcase the many talents of its staff.

Visit Plums Restaurant and browse its menus anytime at http://www.plumsrestaurant.com.

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Outside experts evaluate Beaufort Police and Fire Departments

Mar. 18, 2010

Pro-active, prevention-based efforts by the Beaufort Fire Department and Beaufort Police

Department earned “best practice” kudos from a recent comprehensive study conducted

by the International City/County Management Association for Beaufort.

Those effort help save lives and reduce loss of property, ICMA experts said Thursday as

they presented their findings to the Beaufort City Council during an afternoon work

session.

The reports addressed strengths of both departments as well as areas where improvement

is needed, said Scott Dadson, Beaufort’s city manager.

“We brought ICMA and their experts in to take a close look at the services we provide in

public safety, and to help us identify how we can make an already good thing better,”

Dadson said. “The reports indicate we’ve made good progress but still have room to

improve, and we now have a new roadmap for that improvement.”

Chief among the recommendations is to work with the Beaufort County Emergency

Management Division to upgrade the dispatch system and related software that tracks call

response time and time on call for both police and fire.

The report on Beaufort’s fire department showed that only 1.1 percent of all calls

involved actually fighting fires, but 66 percent of all calls were for medical emergencies

that firefighters acted on as first responders.

Put another way, in February 2010:

85% of City firefighters’ time was spent on medical calls

1% of their time was spent on fire suppression

6% of their time was dedicated to fire prevention and public education about fire safety

And the remaining approximate 8% went toward firefighting training, according to   updated operational data from the City.

“We are in the business of preventing fires,” said Sammy Negron, interim fire chief for

Beaufort. “We’re not in the business of requesting more firefighters or more equipment

so we can fight more fires. If we are responding to 1.1 percent calls of actual fires, we

want to reduce that to 0.5 percent or less. It’s all about preventing fires and property loss

from fires.”

The consultants recommended an improved method of dispatching, called Priority

Medical Dispatching, the better routes emergency calls to the right responding agency.

Using such a system could reduce the amount of time firefighters spend answering EMS

calls – time that could be better spent working to prevent fires and fire losses, Dadson

said.

All 911 dispatching is handled by the County’s Emergency Management Division.

“Anytime there is a fire, there is a loss of some sort,” Negron said. “That could be a loss

of property or just the loss of time and money in sending a crew and pumper (truck) to a

debris fire. The more we can work to prevent those fires in the first place, the more we

can reduce those losses.”

Similarly, a majority of law enforcement calls in Beaufort originated with police officers,

according to the ICMA study.

“We have 76 percent of our call volume being officer initiated,” Dadson said. “That’s a

big part of our pro-active community policing effort. Our officers are on the street,

they’re on the roads, they’re keeping an eye out for suspicious people and behavior, and

that helps make Beaufort a safer place.”

Police Chief Matt Clancy earned a “best practice” commendation from ICMA for using

“community resource teams” to shift police teams to focus on particular geographic areas

when problems arise.

“It’s really a force multiplier by constantly shifting our resources to where they are

needed most, whether that’s focusing on burglaries or purse snatchings or dealing with

loud motorcycles downtown,” Clancy said.

Over the past three years, crime has dropped in Beaufort, largely through an increase in

officer-initiated calls and the emphasis on pro-active, preventive law enforcement.

When crimes do occur, though, the City police outperform the national average for

closing cases, ICMA said. The FBI reports the national average for clearing cases of

burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft is 19.9 percent; the Beaufort Police Department

cleared 35.4 percent (260 cases investigated, 92 cleared).

Both the police and fire studies acknowledged the Lowcountry’s geographic challenges

in providing emergency services.

The International City/County Management Association works to create excellence in

local governance. The organization provides an information clearinghouse, technical

assistance, training and professional development to more than 9,000 city, town and

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LADY’S ISLAND –ST. HELENA FIRE DISTRICT 2009 REPORT

by Chief Bruce Kline & Captain Will Vaigneur

Mar. 11, 2010

During 2009 the fire fighters of Lady’s Island-St. Helena Fire District responded to 1,869 calls for service or an average of 5 calls each day.  We are happy to report that this represents a decrease of 27 calls from 2008. The average time elapsed from the time the call for service was received until a fire truck arrived at the address in question was 5 minutes and 9 seconds. The response breakdown for 2009 was 410 fire related responses, 1033 medical emergency, 165 motor vehicle accidents, and 261 miscellaneous responses. Property values involved in fire, total value exposed $3,444,480 with a loss to fire of $548,800 and the value saved was $2,895,680.

2009 was a year of stability for the District in that our staff was stable and there were no changes to our apparatus fleet.  A sign of the high morale within our Fire District is the fact that we have not added any new firefighters to our staff since 2005. We are very aware that these are challenging financial times and we continue to work very hard at maintaining the highest level of service to you at a reasonable cost. This current fiscal year the cost of fire protection for a home on Lady’s Island, with a value of $200,000, was $255.12. This is one of the lowest costs for fire protection in Beaufort County.  When you compare the cost of other types of services, amenities, and utilities – $255.12 per year for fire protection is a bargain.

Members of the Lady’s Island – St. Helena Fire District have attempted to make an impact on the local level as well as the state level of the fire service in 2009.  For example, we have instructors that have developed programs requested throughout the state.  In this past year, Fire Marshal Scott Baldwin, because of his success in the classroom, was requested to teach fire codes in Saudi Arabia.  Our department is now making an impact on an international level.

Our primary goal is to make a difference in our community.  We make every effort to do this on each and every call to which we respond.  We have also found other ways to be a positive influence in our community.  In 2009, our department continued to improve our community outreach.  We have a very progressive and innovative public education program designed to teach the members of our community the importance of fire safety.  Our department also began an extremely successful mentoring program for high school age athletes.  This has allowed us to provide leadership to the future leaders of our community.

We believe the Lady’s Island – St. Helena Fire District has some of best firefighters in the county, state, or nation protecting your businesses, homes, and families.  We hope you agree.  Please know that we are committed to providing you the highest level of service possible. If we can help you in any way do not hesitate to give us a call (525-7692).

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Island Notes

Courtesy LIBPA Newsletter

Mar. 11, 2010

Congratulations to Representative Shannon Erickson on her assignment to the legislative Small Business Task Force which is targeting issues that will promote growth of small businesses (50 or less employees), either new or existing ones.

The rest of the story. Recently there was an announcement that AT&T had installed a new cell site on Lady’s Island to enhance coverage along Highway 21 and SC 802.  This is not a new tower only additional equipment on the Lady’s Island water tower which serves as a platform for cellular transmission equipment.

Don’t shoot the messenger! Recently negative public comments were made regarding representatives of the Codes Enforcement Section of Beaufort County.  We all know they are only delivering the unpleasant news that an individual or business is in violation of county ordinances.  They don’t write or interpret the ordinances nor do they establish the fine for non-compliance.  They do enforce the ordinances.  LIBPA works hard to ensure the ordinances which affect our island are fair and in the best interest of the community.

Codes Enforcement only ensures everyone plays by the same rules.  We appreciate the professional and courteous manner in which they perform a very tough job.

Just a reminder! Therapeutic Solutions located at 1 Oakwood Drive on Sams Point Road operates the Lending Room, which is a community service that provides rehabilitation equipment such as walkers, canes, crutches, shower or bathtub stools, bedside commodes and wheelchairs at no charge to those who need it.  This service is possible because of contributions of these items to the program.  If you have any of these items and would like to contribute them in support of the program please drop them off at Therapeutic Solutions on Sams Point Road or call 524-2554 to arrange for them to be picked up.  A special thanks to LIBPA member Martha O’Reagan of Therapeutic Solutions for assuming a leadership role and allowing use of her office in support of this very worthwhile program.

SCE&G to upgrade transmission lines on Lady’s Island.  A good number of years ago it became obvious that growth in the Beaufort, Port Royal and Lady’s Island area was going to exceed the existing SCE&G electrical infrastructure.  To avoid a future crisis, a long range plan was developed to increase the maximum capacity of the existing transmission lines from 46,000 volts to 115,000 volts installed in a loop circling the communities.   In the spring SCE&G will start another phase of this project with an upgrade of the transmission lines from the substation off of Ribaut Road in the City of Beaufort to the substation on Sams Point Road.  Included in this project is an upgrade of the lines from the vicinity of Colony Gardens up Brickyard Point Road to the substation on Sams Point Road.  The upgrade includes replacing the wooden transmission structures with taller galvanized steel structures.  When completed (6 to 9 months) the project will provide additional electricity to Port Royal and Lady’s Island, increase the reliability of service and provide a backup power source to the existing facilities that serve Lady’s Island.

The way it should be done! Once the 1% sales tax referendum was passed the Beaufort County Engineering Department wasted no time in hiring the Dennis Corporation to oversee the design and construction of the designated projects.  Some of the first projects to reach the “shovel ready” status were the widening of Lady’s Island Drive and construction of another bridge parallel to the McTeer Bridge. The companies contracted to do the actual work on these projects (United Contractors for the bridge and Sanders Brothers for the road widening) have demonstrated the true meaning of professionals.  The widening of Lady’s Island Drive is expected to be completed (except for a tie-in to the new bridge) by the beginning of this summer and the brid

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Less Traveled SC Swing Bridge Replaced

by Rick Butler, LIBPA Transportation Representative

Mar. 11, 2010

One of the more unique bridge replacement projects over the Intra-Coastal Waterway has just been completed in Charleston County.  This is the Ben Sawyer Bridge, which connects Mt. Pleasant and Sullivan’s Island and was made notorious by being lifted off its pedestal and tilted into the ICW by Hurricane Hugo in 1989. This 65-year-old bridge, a near twin forerunner of our Lady’s Island Swing Bridge, has just been completely replaced –with almost an exact brand new copy of the old bridge, and it was all funded by Federal Highway Administration money –not a penny of local taxpayer money.

Why would you recreate a slow swing bridge instead of a faster modern one, or a high fixed span?   Well, certainly for one reason, and perhaps for two.  The certain reason is that the residents of Sullivan’s Island, fought to retain their “quaint” swing bridge, and won.  The other “just perhaps” reason was provided by the powerful state Transportation Secretary, H.B. (Buck) Limehouse, who said “This project is of particular interest to me since I worked ….during my summer vacations while a cadet at the Citadel. One of my jobs was to serve as a relief bridge operator.”

The just completed $32.5 million Ben Sawyer  replacement involved a complete new swing span nearly identical to the old one, rebuilt approaches, new wiring, slightly wider road lanes and a 5-foot wide bike and pedestrian walkway.

Since the Ben Sawyer Bridge was built to the same design as our own swing bridge, but 12 years earlier, it is instructive to consider why it needed urgent replacement after 65 years of service.  According to a SCDOT survey two years ago “Inspection uncovered significant deterioration of stringers and floor beams.”   Can we expect the same verdict on our bridge in 10 years, requiring some kind of replacement in 12 years?

Of perhaps greater local interest is the question of whether we might just replace our swing bridge with a new copy.  That question cannot be answered without considering one stark reality.  Sullivan’s Island has a stable total summer population of merely 2,000 residents, fewer in winter.  They also have a new high fixed bridge, the Isle of Palms Connector, just 3 miles distant.

We also have a new high fixed bridge about the same distance away, but our bridges must serve over 10 times the population of Sullivan’s Island and a growing population at that.   When their bridge opens, perhaps a dozen or two cars get backed up….when ours opens, nearly a mile of traffic on both sides gets jammed up.

A final intriguing question revolves around funding.  Why do we have to buy our new bridges with our own penny sales tax money, when at the exact same time the residents of Sullivan’s Island can get a brand new bridge completely paid for by federal money, not a cent of their own?

One answer is STIP.  The Statewide Transportation Improvement Program is a “six year program for all projects or programs receiving federal funding, including bridge replacement…”  It is a priority list, and is updated every three years.  And no, the Lady’s Island Swing Bridge (Woods Memorial Bridge locally) does not appear anywhere on it.

Another answer to the challenge of obtaining a “fair share” of federal funding might be that our Congressional representative, along with our state and local political leaders, needs to learn how to get more effective at this game of divvying up federal highway project money.  In just the past 15 years, Charleston County has had FOUR new bridges over the ICW built, and another nearby high bridge over the Stono River, all at the same time the most expensive bridge in state history was being built over their harbor. This is not to imply that our elected representatives are not trying to obtain federal dollars. They are trying and in some cases have been successful. Just not as successful as those in Charleston County.

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B3C Forum Explores Religion and Spiritual Life

Mar. 11, 2010

“Religion and Spiritual Life” is the topic of Beaufort Three-Century Project’s (B3C) March community forum, the second in a year-long series—Ancestors to Future Generations:  Look Back, Look Forward Beaufort.  The forum will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 18, 2010 in the MacLean Hall auditorium (Building 12) at the Technical College of the Lowcountry, 921 Ribaut Road, Beaufort.  It is free and open to the public.

The March forum will highlight Beaufort’s rich spiritual history through a documentary film about the Lowcountry’s sacred places and practices, supplemented with a presentation by historian/archivist Bob Barrett that will include important timelines, facts and stories related to places of worship and events not covered in the film.  Three musical pieces representing different traditions, including a Hebrew chant, Latin chant, and Call-and-Response song, will also be part of the program.  The content of the forum presentations was created through a lively collaborative planning effort by more than 15 advisors and contributors from Beaufort’s different faith communities.

The second half of the forum will include a facilitated discussion among the audience members moderated by Susan Shaffer, Adjunct Professor of Religion at the University of South Carolina Beaufort.  This component in each forum is designed for community involvement in identifying key issues, endeavors and directions for the future related to the various monthly topics.  Participants will help answer questions such as:  What is important from our past to remember, preserve, and honor?  What do we value as Beaufortonians?  What do we want Beaufort to be in the future?

“Some places might find it difficult to come together for a community-wide conversation about religious commonalities and differences, but Beaufort seems to be just the right kind of place for this discussion, especially in context of our upcoming 300thanniversary,” said B3C Project Coordinator Deborah Johnson.  “Spiritual practices are very personal and it might seem prudent to dance around this topic.  However, the group of leaders who helped us frame this particular forum made it clear that we have much to learn from each other, and what better way to do that than through a “look back, look forward” approach?” said Johnson.

This project is sponsored in part by The Humanities Council SC, a program of the National Endowment of the Humanities.

For more information about the Beaufort Three-Century Project call 489-1711; e-mail djohnson@islc.net; or visitwww.beaufortthreecentury.org.

Mission: In recognition of the 300th anniversary of the City of Beaufort’s charter, the Beaufort Three-Century Project taps our community’s cultural memory through a three-year process of exploration, studies, and special events that honor the past to better chart the future, culminating with the tricentennial celebration on January 17, 2011.

Future forums are tentatively scheduled on the third Thursday of each month throughout 2010:

April 15, 2010:                Environment

May 20, 2010:                 Arts

June 17, 2010:                 Health & Safety

July 15, 2010:                  Recreation

August 19, 2010:             Education

September 16, 2010:       Communications

October 21, 2010:            Neighbors & Neighborhoods

November 18, 2010:       Government & Military

December 16, 2010:        Wrap-Up Session

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Marsh Tacky’s race on Hilton Head

by Erika Marshall

Mar. 11, 2010

The Marsh Tacky’s were in their barrier island element on Sunday February 28, as Hilton Head Island residents welcomed about 18 of the Lowcountry’s own, fastest and finest rare breeds.  The races, originally scheduled to run on Mitchelville Beach, were moved up front and center to Coligny Beach.  Hundreds, thousands of islanders and horse lovers came out to enjoy one of this winter’s sunniest Sundays.  Parking was excellent and the Gullah food offered for sale by the Chaplains, Miss Pearl, and the Mitchel family, was  “da bess eatin’ on da island” Hot steamed oysters, dinners with fried shrimps, crabs or BBQ and fixins like sweet potato pies were delicious

The race course allowed spectators to stand on all four sides of the straight line race track – slightly smaller than a polo field – the track was perfectly groomed by the tide, requiring minimal maintenance, as it would have been in the old days.

Fourteen races were run, beginning with separate heats of stallions, mares, and geldings.  The winner of these two horse heats would advance and meet another in their category.  The last few races were the best of the best and would put stallions, mares and geldings against each other in  an effort to win as the overall champion as well as for the Marsh Tacky Cup.- age was  not a factor in any heat.  The style of schooling each of these horses received was quite different.  Although all riders used a western saddle and split reins for racing, it was clear that some of the horses were disciplined in arenas other that just flat racing.  Some riders found that halting, backing, and introducing their mounts to the crowd and dimensions of the track would benefit them in the course of the racing.

.  It was clear that the 20-year old mare “Molly” was not only well schooled, but also loved her job.  “Molly” ridden by Brittany Stevens was first in every race except the last, where she placed second to the most winning gelding, Blue Duck, ridden by Bill Green, and placing ahead of stallion Sabbado, ridden by Marion Gohagan.  Each of these horses was the winner in their individual category.

The Marsh Tacky Association has a web page www.marshtacky.org and a facebook fan page.  There are many Marsh Tacky lovers, as well as horse lovers in the state who want to have Senate bill (s. 1030) as well as House Bill (H 3044) supported so that the Marsh Tacky can become our State horse.

The unique history of the Marsh Tacky   includes Spanish decent as early as the 1500’s.  The departure of humans, and the horse’s ability to survive on the barrier islands, leaving the herbivores to fend for themselves and to find suitable food on which to graze, shows how hard life was only a few centuries ago.   The Tacky’s would eat Spartina Grass and Duckweed, which was found in the salt marsh and brackish waters providing another grazing plant, that also gave nutrients to improve the hoof, making them extremely surefooted.

They are a most enjoyable creature to watch, with similar coloring and conformation. It would seem an easy process to pick one out.  However, a very stringent method of DNA testing has been installed to insure that any horse who is registered as a Marsh Tacky, has  similar DNA to the original Spanish born horses.

Another fun event is coming up. – The Marsh Tacky History Day at Hobcaw Barony – March 20, 2010 – (843)546-4623.  Additionally, the resident s at Land’s End on St Helena, would like to sponsor a  “LAND’S END LIGHT” beach run from Fort Fremont to Bermuda Bluff on the beach.  Please contact Erika Marshall for horse registry.  The Marsh Tacky must be currently registered with the society.

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BMH Emergency Center Officially Named

Mar. 4, 2010

From left to right: Rick Toomey, BMH CEO/President, and Alice Moss, BMH Foundation Executive Director, unveil the emergency facility’s new name and share gifts of gratitude with Dr. Bruce Pratt.

Effective immediately the Emergency Room at Beaufort Memorial Hospital is officially named the “George N. Pratt MD and Sarah Meyer Pratt Emergency Center.” The name was chosen by retired veterinarian, Dr. Bruce Pratt, who contributed $1.5 million last year to the BMH Foundation to honor the legacy of his parents.

George and Sarah Pratt played an integral role in the early development of Beaufort Memorial Hospital 65 years ago, and now their legacy lives on through the name of a soon-to-be-renovated emergency facility for the Beaufort community. Architects have begun planning and designing the Emergency Center and hospital CEO Rick Toomey says construction should begin by January 2011.

As the new name was unveiled at a gathering of Pratt family and hospital representatives, Toomey noted how vital Dr. Pratt’s gift is to two important aspects of Beaufort Memorial Hospital.   “Not only does this act of goodwill allow us to move forward with our need to expand the physical space for our emergency facilities, but it also serves as a venue to preserve the history of Beaufort Memorial’s earliest leaders,” says Toomey.

Dr. Pratt recognized his family for their support of his contribution, noting how fortunate he is to have the ability to make a difference in Beaufort’s healthcare needs.

“The expansion and renovation of Beaufort Memorial’s emergency facilities is a huge undertaking,” notes BMH Foundation Chairman Scott Stowe.  “Dr. Pratt’s generous gift helped the hospital see that this project was feasible.  The George N. Pratt MD and Sarah Meyer Pratt Emergency Center will be a visible reminder that Beaufort people care deeply for their neighbors and are willing to invest what they can in such important community assets.  We celebrate the new name and extend our heartfelt thanks to Dr. Bruce Pratt.”

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Overheard at the Arts Summit

by Lisa Rentz

Mar. 4, 2010

During the summit, the vocal crowd formed discussion groups by artform + administrators. Here musicians discuss their ideas, from left to right: Donna Starkey, Chris Raskind, Greta Maddox, and Laura von Harten.

An emergency arts summit was called by JW Rone, the executive director of the Arts Council of Beaufort County, in February, and over seventy people attended. Each person had their own artform and reason to attend this meeting in the black box theater at ARTworks, and everybody spoke up in strong support of the arts and the creative class and high standards for quality of life in Beaufort County.

Culture scholar Laura Von Harten, who also happens to be on county council, encouraged the crowd: “There’s an amazing wealth of resources in this area and I want to see it have a big fat footprint!” Carlotta Ungaro, of the chamber of commerce, agreed: “One of the reasons people visit here is because of our authenticity, and the arts play a huge role in that.” Artist Faye Smit explained that “one of the reasons we came to Beaufort is because of the arts.” Susan Palmer, the Bead Lady, said, “I care terribly and want to see how we can make it better.” Photographer Benoit Lavigne agreed, “I’m here to see what I can do.” (And he does have specific plans, find him on facebook.) Pat Keown added, “What can I do? I’m here to be a part of whatever it is we can do collectively.” (Which is, and will be, a lot!)

Musician-artist Tina B. Fripp said, “I’m here because I am an artist. There’s a calling here and I feel it. I’m here to listen.” Dick Stewart, of 303 Associates, chimed in: “I’m glad you’re doing this.” SC Craft Fellow Kim Keats, who also teaches in the schools and all ages at ARTworks, described that “the arts council has been very supportive of me, and I want to return that support.” Gina Reilly commented, “I’m a librarian by day, and artist by night. I believe very strongly in collaboration, I’m here to see whats going on.” Michael Pearson, the president of the Beaufort Art Association, said “I’d like to see what our members, the whole association, and I personally can do to forward the arts. We’re all stronger together.” Artist-instructor Linda Sheppard agreed: “I teach here at ARTworks, and I really want to see all different types of arts connected as a web in Beaufort County. Not us and you, but We.” Mr. Sheppard backed her up: “I’m John Sheppard, and I’m married to an artist.” Artist-educator Melba Cooper announced, “I’ve had numerous grants from the arts council for which I am grateful, my primary interest is connecting education with health and wellness.” Greta Maddox also made a connection: “My children play the violin, and my big concern is to keep music in the community and in the shcools, making sure that is an opportunity for our children.

“This was a very much a needed meeting,” opined Joanne Kingsley, who coordinates the popular Lunch with Authors USCB series. Lynn McGee, also of USCB agreed. “I’m here to find out where the interestes are and how we can raise the visibility. I believe one of the strengths of this community is the arts.” Andrew Roeder, who’s definitely one of the arts muscles here, said “I’m a graphic design, painter, tattoo artist, and I’m here tonight because I’m interested in the arts in this area.” Stacy van Vulpen was succinct: “I’m an artist trying to raise two artists,” and Stephanie Edwards, who leads writing workshops, advised everyone to “Look at the arts council. Cooperation is at the root of all of this. Look at what the arts council does already and figure out how to work together.”

Thanks Stephanie! What the Arts Council of Beaufort County does is connect and support artists, arts organizations, audiences, art collectors and art appreciators. The arts council doesn’t make the art, it makes the art better. Please join in when and how you can:

Friday, March 5, 6-8pm: Opening reception for Youth Art Month at ARTworks, bright with student artwork of all subjects, many media, and a few dimensions, from all over the county, plus the Beaufort Youth Orchestra String Quartet. Free and open to the public.

Friday, March 12th, 7:30pm: Walt Michael In Concert @ ARTworks: the hammered dulcimerist of uncommon power will perform Old-time Southern Appalachian, Celtic music, and breath-taking original compositions. Michael has appeared at the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center and toured extensively throughout the US, Canada, Europe and the UK, appearing on ABC-TV, NBC’s Tonight Show, Broadway, BBC, TNN, CBC, OLN and PBS, and has performed collaboratively with both the Pilobolus Dance Theater and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. waltmichael.com, $10 at the door.

Tuesday, March 16th is the next arts summit meeting, 7pm at ARTworks in Beaufort Town Center. Please confirm atbeaufortcountyarts.com.

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Walter Edgar featured at USCB Community Celebration

Mar. 4, 2010

University of South Carolina History professor, best-selling author and ETV Radio host, Dr. Walter Edgar, will be the highlight of USCB’s Golden Jubilee Community Celebration on Friday, March 5, 2010 at 11:00am. Edgar will be on hand to speak to the community on the theme of education in South Carolina and particularly the Lowcountry. The event will be held on USCB’s Hilton Head Gateway campus in Bluffton in the Helen and Brantley Harvey Plaza. It is free and open to the public.

Regarding his address, Dr. Edgar notes, “One of the major themes of my remarks will be the importance of higher education to the Beaufort community over time—from the founding of Beaufort College through the establishment of a small USC branch — to today’s four-year campus. This importance is underscored by the support the community has given (to USCB).”

During an academic career spanning more than three decades, Dr. Edgar has written or edited more than a dozen books on the American South and South Carolina, according to his website. Additionally, he has contributed numerous essays and reviews to professional and popular publications, presented professional papers in this country and in Europe; and delivered hundreds of talks to school, civic, and community groups.

Since 2000, Edgar has been the jovial host of two popular weekly programs heard statewide on South Carolina ETV-Radio: “Walter Edgar’s Journal,” a look at contemporary events in context and “Southern Read,” his reading of some of the best of contemporary Southern fiction.

USCB’s Community Celebration with Walter Edgar is part of a year-long calendar of events planned in recognition of the school’s fifty years of service providing higher education in the Lowcountry. Although the Historic Beaufort campus has an illustrious history reaching all the way back to 1795, it was in 1959 that the campus became a regional branch of the USC system.

In addition to planning free events for the public, like the Community Celebration with Walter Edgar, USCB hopes residents of Beaufort and the surrounding areas with ties to the school will log on to the University’s Golden Jubilee website and share old pictures and memories they may have of days gone by around campus. If you have a memory or photo to share, head tohttp://www.uscb.edu/50/ and click “Share Your Memories”.

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Lowcountry Real Estate awards top sales associates for 2008 and 2009

Mar. 4, 2010

Pat Dudley
Kirsten Brodie

Lowcountry Real Estate held a sales breakfast at The Beaufort Inn on Wednesday honoring the firm’s outstanding sales associates for 2008 and 2009. The sales associates who received the top awards sold the highest volume and represent an extraordinary commitment to excellence in real estate sales.

The recipient for Lowcountry Real Estate Top Sales Associate in 2008 was Pat Dudley. “As a highly experienced and disciplined real estate Broker, Pat is consistently one of the top producers in our market, she is highly professional and works very well both with clients and other agents” stated Lowcountry Real Estate partner, Edward Dukes.

The 2009 recipient was Kirsten Brodie. “Kirsten is a very well disciplined agent. Joan Fordham, the firm’s Broker-In-Charge, stated that “Kirsten is insightful and understands her clients needs. She is very hard working.” Dukes further remarked that “Kirsten and Pat represent what being a great agent is all about and we are proud to call them part of our team.”

Lowcountry Real Estate congratulates these two agents, as well as the entire Lowcountry Real Estate team for their extraordinary devotion to their customers, clients and profession.

Lowcountry Real Estate is the Beaufort areas highest volume real estate brokerage firm. Offices are located at 820 Bay Street in downtown Beaufort and Lowcountry Real Estate’s web site is www.LowcountryRealEstate.com. Please direct phone calls to 843-521-4200.

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Democrats to hold County Convention March 13

All four Democrats running for Governor will attend

Mar. 4, 2010

Democrats residing in Beaufort County, as well as anyone interested in meeting the four Democratic gubernatorial candidates or learning more about the local Democratic Party, are invited to attend the Beaufort County Democratic Party Convention on Saturday, March 13 at Battery Creek High School, 1 Blue Dolphin Drive, Beaufort. Registration begins at noon and the Convention will run from 1 to 3 PM.

All four Democratic gubernatorial candidates, Dwight Drake, Robert Ford, Jim Rex and Vincent Sheheen, will be participating in a panel discussion at the convention.

“We’re pleased to have all of our gubernatorial candidates attending the Convention,” said Beaufort County Party Chairman Beverly Dore. “Democrats are looking forward to the 2010 election this session will offer area residents a unique opportunity to meet the candidates and hear their ideas for the change they plan to bring to our state.”

Dore said that although the Democratic candidates share the same goal they have very diverse backgrounds and experience.  Rex serves as the state’s Superintendent of Education, while Sheheen and Ford both serve in the South Carolina Senate. Drake is a lawyer with a long history in Democratic Party politics.

The County Convention will provide an opportunity to observe or participate in the Democratic process. In addition, there will be elections for a number of local party leadership positions.

Northern Beaufort County residents interested in participating in the convention should contact Alison Davidow at 522-9948 or pelicans1@embarqmail.com.  A number of precincts currently have slots open for  delegates, however, you do not have to serve as a delegate to attend.

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Colonel John R. Snider, Commanding Officer at MCAS to speak at LIPBA meeting

Mar. 4, 2010

Colonel Snider assumed command of the Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort in July 2008. Prior to his present assignment, his service included participation in combat operations in Bosnia Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo and Iraq.  As a pilot he has completed more than 4,400 tactical flight hours while serving in flying assignments in the A6 Intruder, TA-4 Skyhawk and the F/A- 18 Hornet.

Other assignments include commanding Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 312 and duty as Deputy Director/Chief of Staff of the Joint Integrated Air and Missile Defense Organization.

Colonel Snider is a graduate of Washington State University and holds a Masters of Science degree in national security strategy from the National War College and a second Masters degree in military studies from the Marine Corps Command and Staff College. His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with Bronze numeral 6, and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two gold stars and combat distinguishing device.

He has been requested to include the following points of interest in his discussion with our members.

– The role and mission of MCAS as part of the Marine Corps.

– The role of MCAS as part of the Beaufort Community.

– The status of the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter programs.

– Impact of the F-35B on MCAS Beaufort.

– Impact of the F-35B on the surrounding community.

– Thoughts on MCAS Beaufort and the next round of base closures.

Meeting: Tuesday, March 9, 8 AM

Sea Island Conference Center

Invite your friends and neighbors!

Open to the public.

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Little Bits of Royal Chatter

by Peggy Chandler

Feb. 25, 2010

Mackensey McNeal Wilson has arrived!  Mackensey is the first daughter of John and Erin Wilson and granddaughter of Cathy and Bob Wilson of Wade Hampton.  She was born at noon on 2-10-2010 weighing 6 lbs, 15oz and 19 inches in length.  We are not sure what Mackensey’s nickname will be perhaps another “Princess” in the Wilson family- bumping Cathy up to the “Queen Grand-Mother”?

On February 14th, the Preceptor Omega Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi announced Nancy Steeves (James Byrne) their 2010-2011 Valentine Queen.   This international women’s group encourages community service including the Beaufort Water Festival Talent Show, Backpack Buddies, Pillows for Patriots and in addition, they keep the Pink Room at CODA supplied. Nancy was honored at a luncheon where she received her crown and a bouquet of roses.  She also enjoyed sharing a red velvet cake with white frosting with her sorority sisters as well as sharing their sisterhood.

In addition to Nancy Steeves being honored on Valentines Day, Marisa and Bob Sherard of Gator Lane held a “Sweet Heart Soiree” for their Royal Pines Friends and neighbors.  It was a dress up event, which featured a large array of sweets and desserts, dancing, and game playing.  A game of Name that Tune was played along with “guess the number of sweets in the jar”-Pat Davidyock of Wade Hampton was the winning guesser. There was no definitive winner for Name that Tune becauseErnie Chandler, John Clark (the former Royal Pines D.J.’s) along with Joe Davidyock were able to call to mind many of the songs played and the artist who sang them- before the first 5 notes were played!

The Royal Readers met to discuss THE HELP by Katherine Stockett.  We all agreed that this was a very enjoyable read and inspired an interesting and lengthy discussion.  The group’s reading choice for March is THE SHACK by William P. Young.

The Royal Pines Bunco Babes celebrated their 3rd Anniversary.  The group consists of 6 original players and 6 of the original subs.

As a reminder:  If you see/hear any dubious activity in Royal Pines, please call Beaufort County Sherriff’s Office @ 525-7256

To contribute items, stories, or news of our Community please contact me at buddysoma@embarqmail.com

Lulu Holmes awarded Certificate

Feb. 25, 2010

Veronica C. Miller, coordinator of Keep Beaufort County Beautiful presents Lula Holmes a certificate of appreciation for being a trailblazer in working to beautify the county. Mrs. Holmes was one of the founders of TLC for Beaufort County when the

program started in 1986. Her daughter Geri Sims stated that she would be still be picking up litter if not for injuries received in an auto accident.

Garden News

by Jim Coleman

Feb. 25, 2010

“When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it.  If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant.”  Author unknown.

Thank you to Island News for inviting me to write about one of my favorite topics.  Spring is finally approaching and I can not wait.  I’ve already seen some loropetalum blooming…and buds forming on azaleas, Indian hawthorn, and redbuds.

Here are some tips which answer frequently asked questions:

Pruning Crape Myrtle:  Do not chop the top of the tree as has too often been done in past.  Light pruning is all that is required.  Remove crossing or rubbing branches and shoots growing into center of the plant.  Tip prune branches back to “pinky” size to promote vigorous blooming.  Pruning of crapes should be completed mid-March.

Turf:  Now is time to apply a pre-emergent herbicide.  Make certain to read label instructions prior to applying any pesticide.

Mulch:  Mulch has many practical benefits in the garden.  It prevents evaporation, it reduces weed growth, slows erosion, prevents splashing, helps with compaction, and it has many other practical uses.  Mulch also beautifies the garden by adding rich color and texture.  Spring is a great time to replenish mulch.

Fertilize Shrubs:  Wait until after final frost to fertilize shrubs.  When you do, use a complete fertilizer such as a slow release 10-10-10 or 12-4-8.  Apply at the label rate when roots are actively growing (around mid-April).

Fertilize turf:  Wait until full green up (around May 1st) when there is no chance for a late frost. Use slow release 16-4-8 or 15-0-15.  Read the label for application rates and other important information if applying yourself.

Annuals: Winter annuals should last into Spring.  Plan on switching out winter annuals for Summer plantings around the 1stof May.

Watering:  The most efficient way to water is to irrigate when plants/grass begin to show signs of stress from lack of water.  Watering in the morning is the most efficient and beneficial time.  Generally speaking, less water is better than too much.

If you have any questions that are not answered here, please feel free to email to the address below.  Bring on the Spring.  Happy Gardening.

Jim is the owner/operator of Lawn Solutions, LLC, a full service landscape design/build/maintain firm in Beaufort.  He can be reached at lsolutions101@embarqmail.com or through www.lawnsolutions.us.

Sea Island Quilters announce winners

Feb. 25, 2010

Pictured from left to right are winners of the Sea Island Quilters Challenge Quilt 2010.

Games People Play was the theme. 1st place Ginger Smith,  2nd Barbara Rader, 3rd Virginia Keast, Honorable Mention Joey Patrucco and Dixie Tice.

Island Notes

Courtesy of LIPBA Newsletter

Feb. 25, 2010

Is Wal-Mart still interested in having a store on Lady’s Island? In 2008 Wal-Mart applied to build a 194,784 square foot super center store with 588 parking spaces on the 25 acres at the intersection of Sea Island Parkway and Airport Circle.  The City of Beaufort denied the request; Wal-Mart appealed the denial to the City Zoning Board of Appeals which also denied it.  At that point Wal-Mart dropped it. The owner of the property appealed the decision to the 14th Circuit Court which in December 2009 ruled against the City and Zoning Board of Appeal position of denying the request based on the development agreement between the City and the land owner not allowing such a large building on the property.  The City of Beaufort is appealing the Circuit Court ruling to the State Supreme Court. If the Supreme Court rules against the City of Beaufort will Wal-Mart or a similar chain store give it another try at the same location?  Possibly, but if they do there is still the question of getting approval from the Corps of Engineers to put 3,200 cubic yards of fill material in the .32 acres of critical wetlands, the 2.7 million cubic feet of fill dirt (10,000 truck loads) estimated to be required for the project.  If resubmitted by Wal-Mart the project would be reviewed by the City Design Review Board and the question of impact on the roads and bridges would be considered. The Circuit Court ruling did not say the City of Beaufort must approve such a request only that that it cannot be denied based on the size of building.

Congratulations to the Bailey Vision Clinic for its selection by the Power Practice consulting group as the “Practice of the Year.  The Clinic was chosen from the top 1000 optometric practices in the United States. The Bailey Vision Clinic, owned by Dr. Jason Bailey, is a multi-specialty eye care facility located at 33 Kemmerlin Land (behind BB&T Bank) on Lady’s Island Drive.

The new Sherwin Williams paint store at the intersection of Sea Island Parkway and Lady’s Island Drive is open for business.  It offers the full range of services in regard to paint and wall coverings.  The new manager of the store, which is corporate, owned, is Mr. Bobby Dees.  The renovation of the building (inside and outside) is a significant improvement.

Professional Improvement. Congratulations to LIBPA member and owner of KFI Mechanical of Beaufort Frank Check who recently passed the North American Technician Excellence (NATE) test for the areas of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration. The NATE certification test is focused on identifying those technicians who can demonstrate a through knowledge of current technology and mastery of the highest professional standards.

The property owner of the Planned Unit Development (PUD) “The Village” has requested the permit authorizing development of the project be extended. The PUD is located on 35 undeveloped acres between Sunset Bluff and Sams Point Road.  The original PUD was approved in 1996 and authorized 81 single family homes, 119 multi-family units and 12 commercial lots resulting in a gross density of approximately 6 dwelling units per acre. County approval for the development expired January 1, 2010. The Beaufort County Planning Department has recommended the request for extension of the PUD be disapproved and the property rezoned to the same zoning as the surrounding property (Community Preservation which allows 2 houses per acre).  The request is scheduled to be reviewed by the Beaufort County Planning Commission in February and then forwarded to County Council for consideration.

Rezoning from Professional Office District to Village Center zoning of the lot on the corner of Mayfair Court and Sams Point Road next to Video Warehouse has received approval.  It is a logical action since the adjacent lot is zoned Village Center.  The new zoning allows the property additional flexibility in the types of businesses authorized at the site and requires construction nearer the road similar to that of Video Warehouse.

Local business changes ownership. Mr. John Haynie recently became the new owner of Beaufort Air Conditioning and Heating, LLC.  John is a mechanical engineer with a professional background that includes commercial and residential air conditioning service and commercial mechanical contracting.  Beaufort Air Conditioning is a well know and well established business being in operation in the Beaufort area since 1980 and moving to Lady’s Island in 1990.  Mr. Haynie’s first impression of his new company and the local heating and air conditioning market is that “Lady’s Island and the entire Beaufort community can really benefit from the careful and thorough attention we give to customer service.  It would appear that often times too many area companies seem to be in a big hurry to get in and out and don’t pay attention to what the individual client really needs.”  Beaufort Air Conditioning offers preventive maintenance agreements, full commercial and residential service, and expert installations.  For further information please call (843) 524-0996 or visit their web site atwww.beaufortairconditioning.com.  We welcome Mr. Haynie and look forward to working with him as a new member of LIBPA.

New business! Welcome to Mr. Kenneth Joy and Mr. Troy Davenport managing partners of a branch of Liberty Tax Service (843-521-1040) who recently opened an office in the Food Lion shopping center.   Thanks for pointing out the inequity in the City and County zoning regulations regarding advertisement and we are sorry it was not caught earlier.

The Tidal Creek Fellowship Church has started preparing the site for their new church building on Brickyard Point Road.  Their plans call for a 13,000 square foot church with 115 parking spaces on the 20 acre piece of property.

Thanks for a great Performing Arts Center. The new Beaufort High School Performing Arts Center which was completed within the budget an on time is a great addition to our public school system and our community. The manner in which it was built is a compliment to the Beaufort County School District. From the referendum which authorized funds for the 650 seat arts center there was also funding for the purchase of property for the future construction of a third elementary school.  This property has already been purchased and is located on Springfield Road.

Common sense prevailed. Lady’s Island and the City of Beaufort have worked very hard to standardize our zoning regulations.  The recent positive response to the question regarding the legality of individuals in costume as a form of advertisement was handled with a touch of common sense.  Since the City of Beaufort does authorize such advertisement, the businesses in the County portion of the Island should be allowed the same privilege.  Then, together the City of Beaufort, Beaufort County and Lady’s Island need to review their ordinances and insure we agree on the type of advertisement to be allowed on Lady’s Island in the future.

Are You an Olympic Investor?

by Jeff Baumhoer

Financial Advisor, Edward Jones

Feb. 25, 2010

This month, skiers, skaters, hockey players and other athletes are in Vancouver for the Winter Olympic Games. As spectators, most of us can only dream of duplicating the feats of these world-class athletes — but as investors, we can learn quite a bit from the traits that distinguish these Olympians.Here are a few of these winning characteristics: 

Discipline — To reach the top of their sports, Olympians train diligently for years. Along the way, they also train themselves to ignore distractions and avoid negative behaviors that could detract from their performance. As an investor, you too, need the discipline to avoid those emotional decisions — such as taking a “time out” from investing when the market is down or chasing after today’s “hot stocks” —  to help you reach your goals.

Long-term focus — Many years ago, skaters, skiers, bobsledders and other athletes started training, while keeping their eyes on the prize — the 2012 Olympic Games. As an investor, you may also want to focus on a distant goal — such as a comfortable retirement — to guide your daily, monthly and yearly investment decisions.

Ability to overcome obstacles —  Most Olympic athletes had to overcome obstacles at one time or another. But whether it was a series of bad performances or a career-threatening injury, they persevered . When you invest for decades, you will also encounter obstacles along the way, such as market downturns, recessions and investments that just don’t pan out. But if you’re resilient enough to bounce back from these setbacks, you can keep progressing toward your financial objectives.

Willingness to take reasonable risks — When you watch ski jumpers at the Olympics, you might think that they are taking incredible risks with their lives and limbs. Yet, because they have practiced so many times, have studied the angle of the jump, have mastered the position of their bodies in the air and taken all other factors into account, they have substantially reduced the risk associated with their jumps.  And, of course, if they were to eliminate all risk, they’d have no sport. As an investor, you also need to incur some risks. But like the ski jumpers, you can help control risks. How? By familiarizing yourself with all aspects of your investment choices and by building a portfolio mix that reflects your individual risk tolerance, time horizon and long-term goals.

Confidence — Above all else, Olympians must have self-confidence; they must believe that they can succeed. And when you invest, you need confidence in yourself and in your decision-making.  While you can’t control the movements of the financial markets, you can control your response to them. You can avoid panic when prices are down and you can avoid complacency when things are going well. You can structure your investment portfolio to meet your needs and you can make changes when necessary. By believing in your ability to succeed, you will free yourself to act in your best interests.

You may never stand on the victor’s platform at the Olympic Games. But emulating the best qualities of the Olympic athletes can help you reach your investment goals.

This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

Franciscans Valentines Brunch

Feb. 18, 2010

Sister Sheila Byrne
Dave and Sandy Monnin, Co-chairs of the event

Sisters Sheila Bryne and Stella Breen greeted 300 guests on February 13th as they arrived at the Dataw Island Club for the 15th annual Valentine’s Brunch.  All funds generated from this sold-out event support the many Franciscan Center programs that assist families in our area.

A special thank you goes out to all who attended the brunch and to those who volunteered their time and talents in planning and coordinating the day’s activities.

Much of the success of this event is attributed to overwhelming ticket sales for the Super Raffle and the Dollar Raffle.

Super Raffle prizes were donated by Modern Jewelers, Grayco, What’s In Store, Lowes, Builder’s First Source, The Rhett House Inn, Rugs N’ More, Michael’s Salon, Publix, Holiday Inn, Omni Health and Fitness Center, Uptown Grill, Hilton Garden Inn, The Artist is In, Gay Torrey, Jean Wetzel, Carrie Catlin, Carol McArthur, Audrey Novicki, and Dorothy Fetters.

The Dollar Raffle prizes of merchandise and certificates were donated by Saltus River Grill, Friendly’s, Sassy South, The Chocolate Tree, Lil’ Peace of Heaven, Boondocks Restaurant, Ruby Tuesday, Beaufort Bookstore, Nippy’s, The Craftseller, Guys and Dolls Salon, The Best of Everything, British Open Pub, Carolina Jasmine Florist, Steamers, Fuji’s, San Jose Mexican Restaurant, Alvin Ord’s Sandwich Shop, Organika Salon, Deals, Southern Sweets, Grace and Glory, and Outback Steakhouse.

The support from all of these establishments is deeply appreciated and enables the Franciscan Center to continue to be active in assisting those in our community who are in need.

Sister Stella and Sister Sheila express their gratitude to everyone, and we thank this wonderful community for their generous support.

Business and Industry Topic Kicks Off B3C Forum Series

Feb. 18, 2010

The Beaufort Three-Century Project (B3C), throughout 2010, will sponsor monthly events on topics that give a historical perspective of “looking back” while creating a community dialogue about the future. B3C will host the first of 11 topic-based community forums from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 18, 2010 in the MacLean Hall auditorium (Building 12) at the Technical College of the Lowcountry, 921 Ribaut Road, Beaufort.  The February forum, part of the year-long Ancestors to Future Generations:  Look Back, Look Forward Beaufort project, will focus on “Commerce:  Business and Industry” and is free and open to the public.

Each forum may take a different approach to the topic including panels, films, and other media to spur thinking and creativity from the audience about key questions such as:  What is important from our past to remember, preserve, and honor?  What do we value as Beaufortonians?  What do we want Beaufort to be in the future?

The first forum on business and industry will start with a panel presentation/discussion followed by audience participation in identifying key issues and directions for the future.  Panelists include:

LaNelle Fabian, Executive Director, Main Street Beaufort USA; York Glover, Agriculture Agent, Beaufort County Cooperative Extension Service, Clemson University; Larry Holman, President, Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce; Allen Patterson, President, Homebuilders Association of the Lowcountry; Col. John R. Snider, USMC, Commanding Officer of Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Beaufort; Carlotta Ungaro, President and CEO of the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce; Amber Von Harten, Marine Fisheries Specialist, South Carolina Sea Grant Extension Program; and Jeff Kidd, editor of the Beaufort Gazette and Island Packet, will serve as moderator.

“The forums are a good way for people who are new to the community to learn about different aspects of Beaufort and put things in perspective in their new home.  They are also an important vehicle for long-time residents to contribute historical context and bring the ‘Beaufort’ way into the conversation,” said B3C project coordinator Deborah Johnson.   “From the very beginning of the Beaufort Three-Century Project, we knew this last year must also focus on the future. The forum concept was deemed to be an appropriate mechanism for engaging people in a dialogue on topics that will result in an end-of-the-year wrap up session and values-based vision which B3C will hand off to the City of Beaufort on January 17, 2011 as part of its tricentennial celebration,” she said.

“There could not be a more fitting time to take what we’ve learned about our history and apply it to a concept of what we hope future generations will look back on as a worthy beginning of the city’s fourth century,” said Johnson.

Future forums are tentatively scheduled on the third Thursday of each month throughout 2010, with the exception of July, which is the fourth Thursday, and will include:

March 18, 2010:                            Religion & Spiritual Life

April 15, 2010:                                Environment

May 20, 2010:                                Arts

June 17, 2010:                                Health & Safety

July 22, 2010:                                  Recreation

August 19, 2010:                           Education

September 16, 2010:                  Communications

October 21, 2010:                         Neighbors & Neighborhoods

November 18, 2010:                   Government & Military

December 16, 2010:                    Wrap-Up Session

This project is sponsored in part by The Humanities Council SC, a program of the National Endowment of the Humanities.

For more information about the Beaufort Three-Century Project call 489-1711; e-mail djohnson@islc.net;  or visitwww.beaufortthreecentury.org.

Mission: In recognition of the 300th anniversary of the City of Beaufort’s charter, the Beaufort Three-Century Project taps our community’s cultural memory through a three-year process of exploration, studies, and special events that honor the past to better chart the future, culminating with the tricentennial celebration on January 17, 2011.

Local Scouts build Derby cars

Feb. 18, 2010

On Saturday Feb. 6th from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm Lowes of Beaufort put on a demonstration on how to build a pine wood derby car and how a Dremel tool would help. It was a great turn out with many local Cub Packs showing up. The Dept. Manager of Tool World (nicknamed Builder Bob, an old scout leader himself).  Bob Beine gave a hands-on demonstration. Cub leaders and scouts got to design their pine wood derby cars and learn how to build them. Each boy got a free patch, DVD and cars as supplies lasted.

The next event will be on Feb. 20th 2010 from 11:00-1:00. All Cub Scouts and anyone else that is interested are invited to come . The event is Free. Patches, DVD etc. will be given out as supplies last.

Good Neighbor Medical Clinic seeks volunteers and donations

Feb. 18, 2010

Good Neighbor Medical Clinic is actively seeking volunteers and donations to support the growing need for its services.  In 2009, volunteers provided care at more than 700 physician appointments and nearly 1000 prescription assistance visits.  An average of 50 new patients per month registers for services at the clinic.  This month our capacity for patient visits increased when Dr. Mike Waggoner joined Drs. Gray, Goettle, Cross and Reese in seeing patients and our appointment schedule increased to 4 days per week.

Donations are gratefully appreciated and volunteers are always needed for Reception, Intake/Screening, Prescription assistance program, Medical Records and direct patient care.

Good Neighbor Medical Clinic is a 501(c) 3 organization providing healthcare at no charge to uninsured adult residents of Beaufort County with limited annual income.  Our mission is to provide compassionate, skilled medical care to those in need in the name of Jesus Christ.  If you would like to help or learn more, please contact the clinic at 843-470-9088 orgnmc1402@embarqmail.com.

South Coast Native Plant Society Elects 2010 Officers

Feb. 18, 2010

At its February 6 meeting, the South Coast Chapter of the South Carolina Native Plant Society (SCNPS) elected the following officers for 2010:

President – Laura Lee Rose

Vice President – Joe Allard

Secretary – Bette Warfield

Treasurer – Marian Rollings

The South Coast Native Plant Society’s mission is to preserve and protect native plant communities through plant rescues, educational programs and field trips. The chapter is also partnering with the Friends of Fort Fremont, Lowcountry Master Naturalists and Gardeners, and area garden clubs to create a native plant garden at Fort Fremont.   For more information or to join the South Coast Chapter of the SCNPS, contact Laura Lee Rose at the Clemson Extension Office (phone: 470-3655 ext 117) or lrose@clemson.edu.

USCB announces continuation of community performing arts programs in Beaufort

Feb. 18, 2010

The University of South Carolina Beaufort recognizes the community impact that the recent cancellation of the Performance Series has caused. USCB will explore the feasibility of performances as a part of its financial plan for the future.

The University announces its intent to help facilitate the continuation of performing arts programs in Beaufort County and the region at its Performing Arts Center on Carteret Street on the school’s Historic Beaufort campus. USCB has a long-standing tradition of endorsing and supporting the arts and recognizes the importance of that role particularly as it pertains to family and community programming such as Beaufort Children’s Theater, the Beaufort Theatre Company, PJ and Play, the Beaufort Orchestra and other similar programs. USCB strongly believes these performances, and the arts generally, inspire learning as well as create a more enjoyable quality of life. By supporting the performing arts, the University is connecting the campus to the greater community of Beaufort, benefitting all who partake of these events.

Under the leadership of USCB Chancellor, Dr. Jane T. Upshaw, the University endeavors to continue these and other community-based performing arts programs.  Chancellor Upshaw states USCB’s goals related to the arts in Beaufort: “The University aspires to have a full-service arts campus in Beaufort. Our vision for the future for the Historic Beaufort campus fits appropriately with our mission of community outreach.”

The University will work closely with Beaufort Children’s Theater, community leaders and groups dedicated to growing the arts in Beaufort County in order to fulfill its vision for a full-service arts college, not only for students enrolled at USCB, but the community at large.

Comprehensive Beaufort parking plan proposed

Feb. 18, 2010

In a sweeping plan to improve parking opportunities to boost the downtown Beaufort economy, a comprehensive parking program is underway that includes new meters, new meter enforcement, private lots and expanded police patrols of late-night parking areas.

Parking revenues, including fines, are split with 85 percent funding the Beaufort Redevelopment Commission and 15 percent funding Main Street Beaufort, USA. None of the parking revenue goes into the City general fund, according to City Manager Scott Dadson.

“What we’ve done is work very comprehensively with our planners and the public-private partnerships to piece together what used to be a broken-up puzzle called downtown parking,” Dadson said. “This is the whole picture and will benefit the downtown merchants, the Main Street program and the Redevelopment Commission, whose job it is to encourage economic development.”

The Redevelopment Commission’s parking recommendations require review and approval by the Beaufort City Council – possibly later this month. Lanier Parking Solutions, a private company, manages and enforces the City’s parking program. There are 476 parking spaces in the core downtown district.

Highlights of the parking proposal include:

  • ·Install new parking pay stations that accept credit and debit cards
  • ·Maintain 132 coin-operated meters
  • ·Change the hours of parking enforcement to 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., supporting    both day and night time businesses, vs the current 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. enforcement. Sunday parking still would be free
  • ·Hourly parking rates for meters would increase from 50 cents per hour to $1
  • ·Fines for parking tickets would rise from $3 to $15
  • ·Expanded opportunities for monthly parking rates at City and private lots downtown
  • ·Expanded nighttime police patrols in the downtown business district when restaurant workers leave their jobs and walk to their parked cars

The parking plan aims to maintain a steady turnover of spaces on Bay Street that encourages consumers to patronize shops and restaurants while providing affordable and safe off-street parking alternatives to those who work in the area.

The plan also provides for residential parking plans for people living in the New Commons and Historic Point neighborhoods should they see a need for help, Dadson said.

“We continue to work closely with Main Street Beaufort to find ways to help the downtown merchants,” Dadson said. “Having adequate parking spaces for our retailers and restaurants is essential to their success, and that’s the goal of this plan. If we reach the point where homeowners in our downtown need help with parking access, we stand ready to assist.”

Sea Island Family Dentistry has new owner

Feb. 18, 2010

On January 1, 2010 Dr. Kyle J. Farnsworth, D.M.D. took ownership of Sea Island Family Dentistry from Dr. Earl Bostic, Sr..   Already known in Beaufort as “Dr. Kyle,” he received his D.M.D. from the Medical University of South Carolina in the year 2000.  Following MUSC, Dr. Kyle completed a post-doctoral graduate residency at the University of Utah.  However, he is most proud of the fact that he is a 1995 graduate of Clemson University.

Dr. Kyle considers himself lucky to be a resident of Beaufort County for the past three years while he worked alongside Dr. Gary Ayers, D.D.S.  Dr. Kyle’s clinical experience also includes six years of dedication to Smiles for a Lifetime; state and privately supported school based dental program that provides dental needs to children in low- income counties throughout our state. He also served as Federal Director for Horry County for two years.

In addition to being well-trained in all phases of dentistry, Dr. Kyle has a strong support staff; Ms. Katrina Long, with more than ten years of business management experience,  is able to handle your questions about billing practices.  Ms. Cassandra Prater, RDH, also known as “Sandy”, has  nearly twenty years of expertise.  One of her strongest assets is her ability to comfort and erase any fears as she cleans.  Dr. Kyle and his wife Lisa have been married for eleven years and are the proud parents of a beagle, Simon, and a rescued cocker-spaniel named Ginger.  Dr. Kyle is an avid outdoorsmen and Lisa is a budding artist.

Sea Island Dentistry, P.C. will expand its dental services to encompass the entire family and treatment options to better serve the community.  Any questions, we can be contacted at (843) 986-0157.

Beaufort Memorial Hospital rewarded for workplace safety

Feb. 18, 2010

Making the workplace safe for employees paid off handsomely for Beaufort Memorial Hospital today when it received a check for $236,821 from Palmetto Hospital Trust, the workers’ compensation self-insurance pool in which it participates.

Beaufort Memorial Hospital was recognized and rewarded for success in preventing workplace injuries over the past three years.  “Beaufort Memorial Hospital has taken vigorous steps to establish a culture of safety for the people who work there,” said Larry W. Gray, AIC, executive vice president, claims & risk management at PHT Services, Ltd. (PHTS) in Columbia.  PHTS administers the workers’ compensation program for Beaufort Memorial Hospital and the other South Carolina hospitals and health systems participating in Palmetto Hospital Trust (PHT).

A few years ago, Beaufort Memorial made the decision to invest in specialized equipment and training for staff to use when lifting and moving patients.  The outcome was a safer work environment for both patients and employees.

“This is the result of a great group of people working together to ensure the safety of patients and staff at our hospital,” explains Beaufort Memorial Hospital Vice President of Human Resources David Homyk. “Safety is one of our core values and this is just another example of our staff living our core values on a daily basis.”

PHT and its members are known for their emphasis on preventing lifting injuries, trips and falls, injuries from sharp objects, and for helping injured workers return to work as soon as their condition permits.  All of these loss-prevention techniques have been instrumental in helping PHT members earn refunds for their contribution to the group self-insurance program’s success.

Palmetto Hospital Trust (PHT) was founded in 1977 by South Carolina healthcare executives as a group workers’ compensation self-insurance pool.  The Trust members include hospitals, continuing care retirement centers, organizations dealing with special needs individuals, and other healthcare organizations.  PHT is a leading provider of workers’ compensation coverage to the state’s healthcare industry. Workers’ compensation services are provided to PHT members under a contract with PHT Services, Ltd., and through business alliances with other best practices companies.

2010 Beaufort International Film Festival is Ready for Their Close-up

Feb. 11, 2010

With entries from 22 countries, in the categories of Feature Films, Shorts, Animation, Student Films, Screenplays and Documentaries, the 4th annual Beaufort International Film Festival is ready for action. With more than 20 filmmakers coming from around the world about to make their way to the historic city of Beaufort, the focus is on the newest generation of filmmakers and storytellers as they share their passion projects with a film loving public. “This promises to be our best festival yet. We’ve never had this many filmmakers attend and we are over-the-top with excitement, “stated Ron Tucker, Festival Director.  John Schwab, from London, is making his second trip to the festival. His Short Film, The Applicant, was a winner in that category just a year ago. This year he is presenting his feature film, The Hide.  Another previous winner, Gary Weeks, has two films screening at this year’s festival. A winner in the Feature Film category in 2007 with his buddy movie, 29 Reasons to Run , he will present the sci-fi action thriller Deadland and his short film Clones Gone Wild. Both films are South Carolina debuts. Also making a South Carolina premiere is the documentaryPerfect Valor, the story of the house-to-house street fighting for the control of Fallujah during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Filmmaker David Taylor, director of the film and Richard Lowery, noted military historian and consultant will be attending. Film makers who are present will answer questions after each screening for the audience.

In addition to the impressive attendance by the filmmakers, also appearing at the Awards Gala will be Academy Award Nominee Michael O’Keefe who will present actress Blythe Danner with the Jean Ribaut Award for Acting Excellence. Blythe will then present the Award for Inspiring Written Work for Film to her friend, nationally acclaimed best-selling author Pat Conroy. The three first worked together more than 30 years ago during the filming of The Great Santini, which was based on the book with the same title written by Pat Conroy and was filmed in Beaufort.  The presentations and awards to film makers will occur on Saturday Night Feb. 20th at the University of South Carolina Performing Arts Auditorium on Carteret St. in downtown Beaufort.  Membership in The Beaufort Film Society gives priority seating at this 7 p.m. event.

The Beaufort International Film Festival will be held at Seaside Vineyard Fellowship (formerly Lady’s Island Cinema) located at 100 Sea Island Parkway, Beaufort starting Friday Feb 19th at 8 a.m. and Saturday the 20th starting at 8:30a.m. and continue all day. Tickets will be available at the door each day of the event, or can be bought online or ahead of time at the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center at the Quality Inn on Boundary or downtown at the Spirit of Old Beaufort at 1001 Bay St. (corner of Charles). Tickets are $5 for individual screenings, or $30 for an unlimited film pass.    Says Ron Tucker, Festival Director ” I urge everyone to join us for as much of the festival as they can and to get tickets of your favorite films early because many screenings do usually sell out”.  A synopsis of each film that will be shown is available online at  www.beaufortfilmfestival.com

Walking tours will be taking place of the many locations in Beaufort where famous films like The Prince of Tides and many others have been shot at 10:30 and 2 on Friday and Saturday conducted by Spirit of Old Beaufort. Tour tickets are $10. ph 525-0459 for more information.

For more information about the 2010 Beaufort International Film Festival, including film descriptions, screening times, and more, please visit  HYPERLINK “http://www.beaufortfilmfestival.com” www.beaufortfilmfestival.com.

The Lunch Bunch goes to Restaurant Fuji

by Wendy Pollitzer

Feb. 11, 2010

The girls at The Island News are taking you to Lunch! Each week, the staff will visit local eateries and tell you about our entrees and the experience. Our group is called, “The Lunch Bunch.” We are April Ackerman, Heather Bruner, Christina Byrne, Kim Harding Gallant, Elizabeth Harding and myself.

This week, the girls went to Restaurant Fuji, located at 81 Sea Island Parkway on Lady’s Island. Wouldn’t you know, I couldn’t go, and Fuji is one of my all-time favorites in town! Had I gone, I would’ve had the infamous Shrimp Bowl, always consistent and packed with flavor. It’ll also fill you up pretty quickly, so don’t expect to workout afterwards!

Christina had the Veggie Bowl with extra mushrooms. “The bowl of veggies, steamed rice and shrimp sauce always hits the spot. And it costs less than $4. What a deal!”

Kim is honest and straightforward. “Since I had left over country-fried steak for breakfast, I had to order light for lunch,” she admits. So, she had the Tuna Takaki appetizer. “The tuna was fabulously fresh and lightly seared. It was covered in a delicious spicy sauce (unknown to the server).” She says, “It’s a very good choice, but don’t order it on date night. It was covered in raw onions!”

Elizabeth enjoyed the Miso soup and Sushi! “The Miso soup was just what I needed to warm me up on a cold day! The crunchy green onions added a great, yummy texture! The sushi was also delicious!  The Spicy Tuna roll is always top on my list, and it did not let me down,” exclaimed Elizabeth.

April had the chicken bowl and, “it was really good and filling,” she explains. She also had a small house salad with the ginger dressing. And she’s not really a fan of the ginger dressing, but said it was great!

We hope you like our little column. Where will we go next week? You’ll find out in the next issue. If you ever see the Lunch Bunch dining, please stop to say hello. You could be part of the column!

‘FIT for Charity’ to help small businesses get healthy while helping local charities

Feb. 11, 2010

Get fit, stay healthy, find total body wellness and help local Beaufort County charities in the process: That’s the goal of the Get FIT fitness training center’s “Fit for Charity” competition that runs March 1 – May 15.

The contest is targeted for area small businesses and a byproduct of participating is expected to be a stronger sense of team, said Jered Kraszewski, owner and lead trainer at Get FIT on Lady’s Island.

“This is a positive approach to helping small businesses and their employees find a healthier lifestyle, better fitness and total body wellness,” Kraszewski said. “It’s not based on weight loss and there’s no weigh-in involved. That’s a very negative approach to wellness.

“Yes, we can certainly help you lose weight if that’s your goal, but this isn’t a competition to see who can lose the most pounds,” he said. “The sad truth is, after those kinds of contests, most people put the weight back on. We’re all about taking a positive approach.”

The business team with the most points logged in will win the competition and the charitable donation will be made to one of 15 local charities as chosen by the winning team. The list includes organizations such as:

  • ACCESS Network
  • American Red Cross / Carolina Lowcountry Chapter
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry
  • CODA and CAPA
  • Friends of Caroline Hospice
  • Goodwill
  • Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry
  • LowCountry Habitat for Humanity
  • LowCountry Legal Aid
  • Penn Center
  • Rotary Club of Beaufort
  • Second Helpings
  • S.C. Volunteer Guardian Ad Litem program
  • United Way of the Lowcountry.

“Beaufort has seen its share of hard times, so we thought we’d find a way to help these organizations while at the same time helping to encourage people at small businesses to find the fun in working out,” Kraszewski said.

The competition is open to teams of up to five members. Registration fees are $75 per three-member team, $100 to register four team members and $125 to register five team members — $25 per team member for access to all exercise classes and to the gym facility during evening hours. The Get FIT training center is located on Sams Point Road behind Video Warehouse.

A minimum of two team members must attend a group exercise class to earn points; each group class attended is worth five points. Individual team members may work out in the gym during the hours of 5:30-7 p.m. Monday through Friday throughout the contest, and one point is awarded the team per member exercising on his or her own.

After sign-up, a health specialist will contact the business team to set up a free health consultation. The competition starts March 1, just in time to help people get ready for springtime and the beach, pools, river and golf courses!

To view the exercise class schedule, visit www.getfit-bft.com and go to Classes / Schedule. For more information about FIT for Charity or other programs, call Get FIT at 843-524-2348.

Letter of Intent signed for Port property

Feb. 11, 2010

The South Carolina State Ports Authority’s chairman Bill Stern signed a letter of intent on February 5, 2010 to sell the 51 acres that made up the former Port Royal Terminal Properties to a prospective buyer.

The terms of the potential sale and other matters, including the buyer’s name, are being held in confidence pending the conclusion of the sale.  Such documents are exempt from disclosure under the state’s Freedom of Information Act.

Essentially, the move takes the property off the market while the potential buyer and the SCSPA finalize a purchase agreement, or contract.  Terms of this agreement will include multiple due diligence periods before the sale is closed.

Although the sale is not yet complete, the Ports Authority thanks the Town of Port Royal, Sen. Tom Davis and Rep. Shannon Erickson for their tremendous cooperative spirit and support in advancing the sale.

While it could be another nine months or so before the sale closes, this is a significant step toward the eventual sale of the land.  The buyer has spent months evaluating the property and is now formally invested in the site.

The effort to sell the Port Royal Terminal Properties started in 2004 as legislation was passed requiring the sale of the land.  A previous contract to sell the land was terminated in March 2008.

In November, the SCSPA sold the Port Royal railroad right-of-way to the Beaufort-Jasper Sewer & Water Authority for $3 million.  The line stretches from Ribaut Road to Yemassee.

County PALS Indoor Pools to Close for Three Days

Feb. 4, 2010

Beaufort County PALS will close its three indoor pools for three days each while new depth markers are installed in order to comply with a recent DHEC requirement.

The closures are as follows: Bluffton Pool, M.C. Riley Elementary School will close Jan 28, 29 and Feb. 3. Battery Creek Pool, Battery Creek High Scool will close Feb 4, 5 and 6. Beaufort Pool, Beaufort High School will close Feb 11, 12 and 13.

Property Preservation, Inc. of Bluffton was contracted to do the job for a total of $21,853 for all three pools.

For more information call PALS at (843) 470-6200.

Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce Calls for Board Nominations

Feb. 4, 2010

The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for the 2010-2011 board.  Members in good standing interested in nominating someone, please send, via e-mail, the name of the person for consideration, the name of the person’s business or employer and a paragraph on the reason her or she should be considered.  Self-nominations are welcome.  Please send e-mail nominations to Carlotta@beaufortsc.org by February 15.

Nominations will be approved at the April Board of Directors meeting and the new board year will begin on July.

Beaufort Fun Park reopens as Paradise Park

Feb. 4, 2010

Paradise Park, located at 591Robert Smalls Parkway, is now open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for customers to play! Scott & Michelle Rabon have renamed and reopened the park after 18 months of having been closed.

“We still feel our community needs a place in Beaufort for people to get out and have a good time day or night. We have had so many people ask us why we had closed; when gas prices went up our sales went down –we felt it best to close and get our feet back under us to weather the impending economic storm. Well, we’ve weathered what we hope is the worst of it and realize that people need a place to just chill and unwind, especially now – IT’S TOUGH OUT THERE. We’ve even added our own Dollar Menu so we hope people will come out and support Beaufort’s place to play.”

Paradise Park has opened the Arcade, our 18-hole, par 3 Miniature Golf Course, and Concessions featuring great pizza, wings, nachos and more. We offer Birthday Parties and Company Outings for any group size. We have added a pool table to our game room and we have applied for our beer & wine license so that we may offer that as well.

Paintball will re-open within a couple of weeks and the first event, in a series of paintball tournaments, is scheduled for February 13, 2010. Paradise Park Paintball is a member of the Carolina Field Owner’s Association (CFOA) and this will be a nationally recognized paintball tournament for beginner level, 3-man teams. This is a great way for all players to start building a national ranking in the American Paintball Players Association (APPA).

Paradise Park will host live bands monthly from a wide variety of very talented local artists (from jazz to country to rock.) We will also be looking to the community for great ideas for FUN events for all ages.

To contact Paradise Park call (843) 524-2267, email paradisepark@charter.net. You can also check us out on the web at paradiseparksc.com and on Facebook at “Paradise Park Bft”.  For more information about Paradise Park, please contact Scott Rabon at (843) 321-2066.

Beaufort Fire Starts New Education Program

Feb. 4, 2010

Building upon its success with public fire safety education, the city of Beaufort Fire Department is starting a new educational program to further ensure the safety of its citizens and community according to Beaufort’s Interim Fire Chief Sammy Negron.

In 2003 the City of Beaufort Fire Department refocused its approach on fire prevention by starting a comprehensive public education program to reach all audiences and has averaged over 300 programs a year. Since that time the numbers of fires in Beaufort have dropped from a high of 27 to a low of 10 in 2008, and 13 in 2009. Of those fires, the number of fires caused by human error are even less. The Beaufort Fire Department has simply proven that fire safety education works.

To expand upon that success Beaufort firefighters will be on the streets visiting all local businesses to talk with owners and employees on fire safety issues and offering free fire safety training. The new program, the Engine Company Survey program, is set to kick off on February 1st and will be supervised by our Fire Marshal stated Chief Negron.

While the fire department currently has three state and nationally certified fire inspectors who can legally enforce fire codes, city Fire Marshal Lieutenant Daniel Byrne, who will manage the program, is quick to point out that this is not a codes enforcement program, it is educational and advisory only. “We have proven that education works and that’s our primary goal and focus,” stated Byrne. Byrne says the city’s recent realignment of services, for example contracting out lawn maintenance that used to be done by the firefighters, now frees them up to do more prevention activities such as this. “This is exactly what we should be doing and what our citizens deserve, a safe community both at home as well as in the local businesses,” said Byrne.

Once in the business firefighters will complete a Fire & Life Safety Survey form to leave with the owner or manager to educate them on any issues that were found, and a copy will be placed in the business’s file at the fire department. Byrne will track and review the forms as they come in to see if significant hazards are found at a particular location, and if a certified fire inspector should be assigned to that business to help ensure compliance and safety. “But that is a last resort,” added Byrne, for now it is up to that business owner to make the corrections on their own, the liability is on them.

Chief Negron boasts that this is efficiency at its best, allowing the fire department to maximize services to its citizens at no additional cost, such as the costs involved with certifying new inspectors, and directly saving money by reducing the number of fires and any resource expenditures associated with fighting them. “People pay for quality fire protection, and today that includes a strong prevention program. When our citizens see their firefighters walking through local businesses, they are literally seeing those tax dollars at work,” stated Chief Negron.

For more information on the Beaufort Fire Department, log on to their web site at http://www.beaufortfiredepartment.com.

AT&T STRENGTHENS MOBILE COVERAGE IN BEAUFORT COUNTY

Feb. 4, 2010

As part of its continuing network investment to support growing demand for mobile devices and services, AT&T* today announced the activation of a new cell site on Lady’s Island that will provide enhanced wireless coverage for area residents and businesses along U.S. Highway 21, U.S. Highway 802 and the surrounding area.

2010 Beaufort International Film Festival Call for Volunteers

Feb. 4, 2010

The 2010 Beaufort International Film Festival is scheduled for February 18-20.  Volunteers are needed in several areas, including the Opening Reception, Awards Gala and at the theater.  If interested in helping make the 2010 BIFF a success, please contact Rebecca Berry at berryr@embarqmail.com for additional details.

This request for volunteers is part of the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce’s festival support program for participating festivals and events.

Lowcountry Chorale starts its 13th season

Jan. 28, 2010

Singing beautiful music is the bond that brings male and female voices together as they prepare for their annual Spring concert.  The Chorale is looking for people who love to sing.

The group is directed by Cliff Kosier, who also leads the Harbormasters and Beaufort Belles. He sings with the quartet Eu4ia and is the Pastor of Music at Grace Community Church, Hilton Head. Cliff has been a minister of music for over 20 years with various community choirs and groups throughout the south.

Gloria Bockelman accompanies the chorale on both piano and organ.  She has played the piano for over 30 years and has been the piano accompanist with St. John’s Lutheran Church since moving to Beaufort in 1990.  .

Rehearsals will begin Tuesday, February 16 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 157 Lady’s Island Drive.  Please arrive at 6:30pm to pick up your music and sign in.  There is a $30.00 fee.  Student’s fees are waived. An interview will take place with the director after attending two rehearsals. Twelve weeks of rehearsals culminate with the May 15 concert. Call Marge Boyle 843.252.6207 with any questions.

Not ready to decide?   Come to St. John’s Tuesday night at 6:30, February 16 and sit in on a rehearsal.  We hope you will decide to stay.

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Change of Command

Lieutenant Col. Robert L. Rauenhorst (right), the outgoing commanding officer

of Marine Fighter Squadron, known as the Checkerboards passes the VMFA-312

battle colors and relinquishes command to Lt. Col Frank Latt (left) the

incoming command officer at the squadron’s Change of Command ceremony.

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Sons of Confederate Veterans celebrate birthdays of Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson

L-R:  Vince Covington (Colour Sergeant); Bill Chapman (Quartermaster); Tom Burnett (Historian); Jim Thomas (1st Lt Commander); Bill Sammons (2nd Lt Commander); Paul Griffin (Commander); Al Hancock (Adjutant); GySgt USMC Jeff Holliday (Webmaster); Jody Henson (PR) by Debbi Covington.

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TCL announces national accreditation of its early care and education associate degree program

The Technical College of the Lowcountry recently earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation.

“This is a great accomplishment for the college,” said Karen Vido, Program Coordinator for TCL’s Early Care and Education program. “Accreditation not only establishes professional preparation standards to raise the quality of teacher education, but consequently raises the quality of early childhood education programs serving young children.”

Another benefit of NAEYC Accreditation is that it will allow credits from TCL’s early childhood development classes to transfer to four-year institutions, Vido said.

NAEYC accreditation recognizes associate degree programs in colleges and universities that demonstrate evidence of meeting NAEYC’s professional preparation standards. Currently, 166 associate degree programs are enrolled in the accreditation system, from 36 different states. The accreditation system opened to public application in April 2006, according to the NAEYC web site.

The accreditation process usually takes at least two years from application for an eligibility review, to submission of the program self-study report, to the peer review site visit, and the Commission decision.

Early childhood education is among the fastest-growing occupations in the nation,” TCL Dean of Arts and Sciences Jenni Campbell said. “TCL is at the forefront of training and preparing those who teach our youngest of children. TCL is truly a leader in early childhood professional teacher preparation.”

For more information about TCL’s early care and education program, please contact Karen Vido at 843.525.8329 orkvido@tcl.edu.

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Ede Ayiti (Help Haiti) Fundraiser & Fashion Show

Jan. 28, 2010

JnA Clothing Co., LLC, Jewelry Affair, and Tate Enterprise, LLC (Bookkeeping & Administrative Services), all owned and operated by Haitian natives will present Ede Ayiti (Help Haiti) Fashion Show and Fundraiser, featuring designs sold by the owner of JnA Clothing Co., Jenny Sylvain of Lascahobas, Haiti.

This event will take place on Sunday, January 31, 2010 at 4:00pm at the Hot Music Hall located at 129 Burton Hill Road, Beaufort, South Carolina.

Tickets can be purchased at JnA Clothing Co., 95 Sea Island Parkway, Suite 104, Hamilton Village, Lady’s Island (843.379.8001), Jewelry Affair, Suite 2B Broad River Blvd., Beaufort, South Carolina (843.271.1751), and Tate Enterprise, LLC, 134 Lady’s Island Drive Suite C, Lady’s Island (843.524.8283).

Your support is needed in helping the people of Haiti put their lives back together after such devastation caused by the earthquake.  Don’t miss out, get your tickets early, space is limited! Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

Additionally, JnA Clothing Co., Jewelry Affair, and Tate Enterprise, LLC will be collecting clothing, non-perishable foods, baby items, bottled water and personal hygiene products, etc… now through February 15, 2010.  Items may be dropped off at the three locations mentioned above. Thank you in advance for your support.

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Toastmasters International Speech Contest

Jan. 28, 2010

The Leadership and Public Speaking Toastmasters Club of Beaufort is holding its Annual International Speech Contest on Monday, February 1, 2010 at the Lowcountry Medical Center, 3OO Midtown Drive, Beaufort, SC at 5:15 p.m.

The winner of the contest will advance to compete at the Area level against Hilton Head and Bluffton, on February 2Oth.  The winners will keep progressing to higher levels till the international level, where one person will be voted the World Champion of Public Speaking.

Light snacks and refreshments will be served.  All guests are welcome – every guest will receive a tip-sheet entitled “Ten Steps to Delivering More Powerful Presentations.”

Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. The organization currently has 250,000 members in 12,000 clubs in 106 countries. Since its founding 85 years ago in October 1924, the organization has helped more than four million men and women give presentations with poise and confidence. For information about local Toastmasters clubs, please visit www.toastmasters.org.

Beaufort #2515 Toastmasters Club meets at the Lowcountry Medical Center on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month. Membership is an investment that can pay off in career advancement.

For more info, please contact Sylvia C. Williams V.P. Public Relations at 843.263.7721 or by email at Sylvia@alignedu.com.  RSVP by January 28th to Sylvia@alignedu.com or call 843.263.7721

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Beaufort barrier islands get designated Important Bird Areas

Jan. 28, 2010

South Carolina Audubon will officially designate the Beaufort Barrier Islands as an Important Bird Area

(IBA).  Ann Shahid, Coordinator for the SC Audubon Statewide IBA Program, will host a press event on

Thursday, January at the Fripp Island Property Owners Association, 225 Tarpon Boulevard to highlight the

importance of the IBA and the impact the natural environment has on the birding populations

that exist in these unique habitats.

The Beaufort Barrier Islands are a chain of 6 coastal Islands that span sixteen miles from Harbor Island

on St. Helena Sound on the north to Capers Island at the entrance to the Port Royal Sound on the south.

These islands represent 10,000 acres of extensive beaches, Maritime forests, expansive and pristine salt

marshes, tidal creeks, rivers and numerous small hammock islands.

This unique barrier island ecosystem provides a rich diversity of habitat which attracts over 182 bird

species including many which are endangered or otherwise of concern. These are permanent residents,

winter and summer visitors, or migrating along the Atlantic flyway.

There are 40 designated IBA sites in South Carolina and 2,000 IBAs across the country.

For more information, please contact Ann Shahid, SC Audubon (843) 697-2366; Fran Nolan, Harbor Island

(843) 838-4878; Pete Richards, Fripp Island (843) 441-2153; John Albert, Harbor Island (843) 838-2598;

or Bob Freeman, Fripp Island (843) 838-6655

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Verdier House sets evening lectures as fundraisers for preservation

Jan. 28, 2010

A new evening lecture series sponsored by Historic Beaufort Foundation will be held on the fourth Monday of each month, January through June, in the second floor drawing room of the Verdier House. A fundraiser for HBF’s preservation activities, the series admission is $15 per member, $25 per member couple, and $20 per person, $30 per couple, for non-members.

Scheduled for 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., the programs will be preceded by wine and refreshments. For those who are interested, a three-course dinner at Saltus River Grill at $19 per person will be served following each lecture upon presentation of the lecture program.

Other lectures scheduled include:

  • St. Helena Island resident Heyward Inabinett talking about his book, Triangular Pegs. Inabinett’s book recounts his experiences as a Black man with a white complexion growing up in the segregated South. He spent six years in the U.S. Army, three years as a white person and three years as a Black.
  • Mayor Billy Keyserling providing his photographic memoir of life at Daufuskie Island School during author Pat Conroy’s tenure as teacher. Keyserling’s photos were part of his work toward an undergraduate degree at Brandeis University and later illustrated Conroy’s book, The Water is Wide, about his life teaching on the island, and were featured in a Life Magazine article, “Conrack, You’re Crazy.”
  • Lafayette scholar and College of Charleston history professor, Robert Crout, talking about his studies related to the Marquis de Lafayette who reportedly visited the Verdier House in 1825. Crout’s research contributed to the 2009 PBS special on Lafayette.
  • Other lectures to be announced.

For more information or to reserve a seat, call Historic Beaufort Foundation at 379-3331.

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AWARD WINNERS TO BE HONORED AT 3rd ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF JUSTICE

Jan. 28, 2010

LowCountry Legal Aid, Inc. (“LCLA”) would like to announce the winners of its annual service awards.  LCLA is proud to announce that W. Brantley Harvey, Jr., Esquire has won the Clifford R. Oviatt Legal Award for the Advancement of Social Justice, which honors a lawyer who supports social justice issues through legal representation, volunteer community service, financial support and the promotion of social justice ideas in daily life.  Mr. Harvey, a Beaufort County lawyer, former S.C. House Representative, and former S.C. Lieutenant Governor, among his other roles, has lived to serve his family, friends, fellow citizens, and community and is a role model for others.

Mr. Jerold H. Rosenblum has posthumously won the Marilyn Stein Bellet Award for the Advancement of Social Justice, which honors a person who supports social justice through volunteer community service, financial support and the promotion of social justice ideas in daily life.  Mr. Rosenblum, a former Chief Counsel for CIGNA’s International Life Insurance Division, was a Hilton Head resident and a tremendous help to several philanthropic organizations and LCLA.

Mr. Edward “Ted” Noakes has won the William T. Althoff Award for Outstanding Volunteer of the Year.  Mr. Noakes has volunteered with LCLA for some time with enthusiasm and hard work, and has furthered the LCLA goal of providing free advice, education and legal representation to low-income families in Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton Counties.

The LCLA’s 3rd Annual Celebration of Justice will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2010 at Sea Pines Country Club on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The evening will include international food stations, live music by The Jazz Corner Quartet featuring Bob Masteller and Martin Leach, a fundraising silent auction and an awards presentation to honor the above individuals.  Tickets are still available by contacting the LCLA office.

For more information, please contact us at our office at 167-A Bluffton Road in Bluffton, SC, or by calling 843-815-1570, or emailing lcla@hargray.com. More information can be obtained about our organization by going to http://www.lowcountrylegalaid.org.

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American Red Cross Blood Drive set for Feb. 4th

Jan. 28, 2010

The American Red Cross has responded in many ways to the humanitarian crises in Haiti to include the shipment of blood to help save lives during this tragedy. ARC blood is distributed throughout the world—wherever needed—and is the primary source for blood used by the US military.

The blood that you give on Feb 4th at our semi-monthly ARC-CSUMC blood drive may go directly to Haiti or replenish the supplies already shipped to Haiti. The blood drive will be from noon until 6PM in the Fellowship Hall, 408 Carteret Street (parking lot is located behind the main church building and can be entered either from Carteret Street or North Street).

Making an appointment is preferred, but you may also walk in if your schedule is flexible. Make an appointment by calling 1-866-611-7137 or log onto www.givelife.org (it’s very simple). For the 1-866 number, after you get an answer press 2 (Option 2) for a Savannah-based operator to make your appointment. For the web site, you must register the first time and then for subsequent appointments, you just log on with your user name and PIN and make an appointment. The site is very easy to follow.

During our December 2009 blood drive, we had a high rate of deferrals late in the day due to low “iron.” So please make sure that you eat (something–iron rich) at least two hours before donating and reduce intake of tea and colas at least one day before donating so that you can pass the “iron” test; drinking lots of water is also suggested.

Thanks for considering giving the gift of life to others.

For questions, please call Merle Hoagland (522-2073) or e-mail merle13@embarqmail.com.

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Island Notes

by Jim Hicks

Jan 14, 2010

With sadness we note the recent death of two of our members Dr. Marilyn “Mickey” Fuller, PhD, and Brigadier General James “Jimmie” Leach.  Our sympathy is extended to their friends and families.

Good News! Thanks to the efforts of Mr. William Winn, Director of the Emergency Management Department for Beaufort County, the Coast Guard has approved a modification of the schedule for opening the Woods Memorial Bridge in 2010 in an effort to ease the traffic congestion resulting from construction on Lady’s Island Drive and the new bridge.

The new schedule, effective January 11 for one year, will be “The draw need only open at the top of the hour from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with the exception of between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. when the bridge need not open. This will be in effect Monday through Friday except for federal holidays.  Tugs with tows, vessels in distress and public vessels of the United States shall be passed at any time.”  It is not a total solution to the traffic problem but it is a very real help.

Another look at a Convenience Center on Lady’s Island. The closing of the Convenience Center on Lady’s Island is going to happen.  Once closed, the residents of the island can either drive to the St. Helena Center, which is a very nice facility, or contract for commercial curbside pickup.  The problem with commercial pickup is that  48% (6,864 acres) of the island is zoned rural, primarily the northern part, where 1,121 existing homes are located producing a density of only 1 house for ever 6 acres.

Commercial contractors are not going to be enthusiastic about signing up to provide curbside pickup for only 1 house every 6 acres.  The future will see additional houses built in the rural area of Lady’s Island but probably not enough to economically justify commercial curbside pickup of household waste.

As can be seen from these numbers the primary justification for locating a convenience center near the center of Lady’s Island is not only providing a service to its rural residents but just as important is the shifting of the convenience center traffic load off of Sams Point Road and Sea Island Parkway.   We have spent millions widening roads and building bridges.  Surely the cost of a modern convenience center centrally located on Lady’s Island is a good investment.

Congratulations to Lady’s Island Elementary School Principal Terry Dingle who has been selected to serve as the Director of Support Services for the Beaufort County School District.  Assistant Principal Ms. Molly Kingma will guide the day to day operations of the school for the remainder of the school year.

Approval for Two Planned Unit Developments on Lady’s Island Expires. In the past an ordinance was established that indicated those planned unit developments approved before 1999 in the unincorporated portion of the county but not developed by January 1, 2010 would expire and revert back to “base” zoning.   Base zoning on Lady’s Island is Community Preservation which allows construction of 2 houses to an acre.

There are 2 planned unit developments on Lady’s Island which are affected by this “sunset” type of ordinance.  The owner of the 98-acre planned unit development Greenheath, located adjacent to Coosa Elementary School, has officially requested and is presently in negotiations with the county to extend approval of the development.

The Village PUD consisting of 35 acres located on property between Sams Point Road and Sunset Bluff and originally approved for 200 residential units expired on January 1, 2010. In the case of the expired Village PUD, the owner of the property can reapply for a new PUD. However, any new PUD would have to be evaluated considering circumstances as they exist today on Lady’s Island.

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Future improvements for Lady’s Island Airport

Courtesy LIBPA Newsletter

Jan 14, 2010

Capital improvement plans for major public facilities, such as airports, are usually developed in 5 and 10 year increments.  The Beaufort County Airport Board recently submitted to County Council a 5 year (2010-2015) capital improvement plan for the Lady’s Island Airport.

The plan calls for the extension of the runway to 4,400 feet in length, making runway safety area improvements, building a partial parallel taxiway and apron expansion, relocating the parking lot and building a heliport.  The total cost for all of these projects is $11.6 million of which 95% must be provided by the federal government ($11 million), 2.5% will come from the state ($290,875) and 2.5% from the county ($290,875).

Following are the key projects from the recommended plan, their recommended schedule and an estimated cost for each project.

Fiscal year 2010.  (1) Complete an environmental assessment for construction of a runway safety area improvements and extension of the runway to 4,400 feet. ($180,000)  (2) Complete the design work to include releasing for bid relocation of the parking lot and utility connection to the terminal. ($100,000)

Fiscal year 2011. (1) Complete the design work and release for bid the runway safety area improvements and extension of the runway project. ($475,000) (2) Construction phase of parking lot relocation and utility connection to the terminal. ($1,080,000)

Fiscal year 2012. ( 1)  Construction phase of extension of runway and safety area improvements. ($6,970,000)

Fiscal year 2013 (1) Design work for construction of a partial parallel taxiway and apron expansion to include release of project for bid. ($60,000) (2) Design work for construction of heliport to include release of project for bid.($90,000)

Fiscal year 2014 (1) Construction of partial parallel taxiway and apron expansion ($1,950,000)

Fiscal year 2015 (1) Construction of a heliport ($1,010,000)

As a matter of interest, it should be noted that when the City of Beaufort annexed the property next to the airport, it also annexed the Lady’s Island Airport, the Lady’s Island Fire Station on Sea Island Parkway and the Lady’s Island Middle School.  So technically, the Airport, Fire Station and Middle School are in the City of Beaufort but operated and funded by the County or in the case of the Middle School, the School District.

These are challenging economic times and having a well thought out capital improvements plan is the only way to do business.  Will the federal money be available for these projects?  Only time will tell.

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Free tax help offered to low to middle income citizens through USCB

Jan 14, 2010

Student volunteers at the University of South Carolina Beaufort are teaming up with the IRS’s VITA program this year to help low to moderate income families prepare their tax returns and take advantage of tax breaks they may not know about.

The VITA program is the IRS’s largest anti-poverty initiative with offices throughout the United States. The program aims to assist families earning $49,000 or less per year. Clients processing their taxes through the VITA program generally receive their refunds in seven to ten days and the audit rate associated with the program is traditionally low.

Read more about VITA at: http://www.irs.gov/individuals/article/0,,id=107626,00.html

Beginning January 15, free tax preparation and counseling will be available for citizens wishing to take advantage of the free tax preparation service.

Appointments will be available on Saturdays through April 15, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the multi-purpose room in the Campus Center on USCB’s Hilton Head Gateway campus in Bluffton

Dates and times for appointments on the Historic Beaufort campus are being set.

Benefits to USCB students volunteering to help with the VITA program include the opportunity to become certified as a tax preparer by the IRS as well as potentially earn academic credits.

For more information or to make an appointment, please call USCB volunteer, Emilio Anchorena at 843-422-4683 or VITA@uscb.edu.

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Junior Service League helps Little Red Dog Foundation with 5K run/walk

by John C. Williams

Jan 14, 2010

With the help of community organizations such as the Junior Service League of Beaufort, the Little Red Dog Foundation buys expensive three-wheeled cycles for children and adults with disabilities.

This Saturday, the Junior Service League hosts its third annual JSLB 5K Fun Run and walk through the Habersham Community. The race starts and ends at Habersham Town Center; to see the detailed race route, visit www.jslbeaufort.org.

The event will be held rain or shine, organizers said. Race day registration is at 8:15 a.m. and the race starts at 9 a.m. An awards ceremony and presentation of the trykes is set for 10 a.m.

“It really means so much to us to have this kind of support,” said Anne Guthrie, founder of the Little Red Dog Foundation. “These trykes are expensive to start with, so every time a group helps organize a fund raiser, it lets us help a few more people rediscover their independence.”

The Junior Service League of Beaufort is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism to help improve their community.

For more information, visit www.thelittlereddogfoundation.com or http://www.jslbeaufort.org.

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Beaufort County’s 2009 annual financial report online

Jan 14, 2010

Beaufort County has posted its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2009 at the County website for the benefit of all interested citizens, spokeswoman Suzanne Larson said.

The CAFR is a detailed financial statement showing how the county performed its fiscal functions during FY 2009. It contains revenues and expenditures for specific funds, including operations.

Interested citizens may view the CAFR in its entirety by visiting http://www.bcgov.net, selecting the tab for “Departments” at the top of the home page, then selecting the option for “Finance” and the option on the right of the Finance page for Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports.

The document is linked in segments to allow quick access to various functions listed in the table of contents.

Gary Kubic, Beaufort County administrator, said residents have easy access to the complete and detailed report.

“It has been our goal to publish this report in its entirety as quickly as possible following the end of the fiscal year and I am proud of this accomplishment. This is the first time since fiscal year 2002 that we have issued the CAFR within the same calendar year. The document is also readable and well designed for public viewing,” Kubic said.

“It is especially important during this time of fiscal uncertainty that our citizens review the CAFR and understand the sound fiscal principals the County has employed in order to maneuver through a decline in revenue while, at the same time, maintaining an acceptable level of service,” he said.

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MONEY SENSE

Strategies for a volatile market

by Ashok Rajan of Merrill Lynch

Jan 14, 2010

The unparalleled volatility in today’s market has affected all of us in myriad ways.  From planning for retirement to putting kids through college, market uncertainty has impacted how we think about our savings and investments.  At Merrill Lynch, we hold firm to the idea that now, more than ever, proper diversification and long-term strategy is critical.  Simply put, we believe there is a three-pronged approach to building long-term wealth, which has been proven over time and should be considered the cornerstone of any investing strategy:

1.    Take a long-term view

2.   Compound dividend income

3.   Maintain a well diversified portfolio

Even in today’s volatile markets, there are likely opportunities that can help position your portfolio for future growth. Over the last 50 years, every period of financial market volatility has provided a signal that leadership and growth stories within the financial markets are changing. Based on the insights from our firm’s research analysts and strategists, they indicate that investors should not expect the credit-driven stories of the past 5 to 10 years, like emerging economies, to resume their leadership. They believe the new leaders are likely to come from defensive, cash-flow stable sectors such as consumer staples and health care, as well as developed markets.

Above all, there are a few key points we recommend you remember during this volatile time:

  • Stay the course and do not panic.  A long term, well diversified investment plan can help achieve goals in times like these.  Total diversification helps limit downside market capture. Stock diversification should consider market capitalization (large, mid and small), style (growth and value) and geography (domestic and international). Similarly bond diversification should consider duration (short, intermediate and long), credit quality and taxable-tax free. Look at the big picture and don’t let short-term events or emotions guide your investment strategy. We encourage our clients to be disciplined and level-headed to assure them that historically, long-term investment strategies have been the safest way to weather the storm.
  • Rebalance your portfolios at least annually[1], or as significant market volatility dictates. Rebalancing is a discipline of selling stronger performance assets and reinvesting in assets whose prices have been weak, but may be attractively priced and poised for a rebound. This is a discipline that guides our clients to sell winners and reinvest opportunistically.
  • Investment strategies should match your tolerance for risk, your personal time horizons and your preferences for liquidity/illiquidity to achieve your goals. In addition, investment strategies should align with overall asset allocation1, and should reflect how investors balance risk and return.
  • Focus on overall results – not just segments of portfolios. While certain segments may be up or down substantially, it’s important to look at performance of the portfolio overall. We believe that as long as you’re on the right path that matches your objectives, you should stay the course.

Finally, speak with your financial advisor about your long-term strategy. He or she can help you identify any areas of weakness in your portfolio and discuss what steps you can take to help secure your overall objectives.

Ashok Rajan is Director of GWM Investment Management & Guidance for Merrill Lynch. For more information, contact Merrill Lynch Financial Advisor Jack R. Cunningham of the Beaufort office at 843-524-4115 or http://www.fa.ml.com/jack_cunningham


[1] Diversification, rebalancing and asset allocation do not ensure a profit or protect against a loss in declining markets.

 

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Sagittarius Sporting Goods recalls gas grills sold at Lowe’s stores due to fire hazards

Jan 14, 2010

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following products. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Master Forge Five-Burner Gas Grills

Hazard: The flexible rubber hose on the LP gas tank can come into contact with burner

box, causing the hose to melt and rupture when the grill is lit. This poses a fire and burn

hazard to consumers.

Description: This recall involves Master Forge five-burner, stainless steel gas grills. The

name “Master Forge” is on the grill hood. The model number L3218 is located on a label

inside the left front door of the grill.

Sold exclusively at: Lowe’s stores nationwide from September 2009 through November

2009 for about $500.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled grills and contact

Sagittarius to obtain a free repair kit.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Sagittarius at (800) 444-6742

between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on

Friday.

To see this recall on CPSC’s web site, including a picture of the recalled product, please

go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10099.html

For more information on the Beaufort Fire Department, log on to their web site at

http://www.beaufortfiredepartment.com.

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Pleasant Point property owners buy golf course, amenities

– and plan to add a swimming pool in coming months

Jan 7, 2010

The Pleasant Point Property Owners Association bought the community’s golf course and other amenities in a deal that closed Dec. 29, Pleasant Point leaders said.

The purchase gives the Property Owners Association control of the 18-hole golf course, a, 8,500 square foot clubhouse, tennis courts and a maintenance facility – and the POA plans to add a community swimming pool this spring, said Lisa O’Brien, president of the Pleasant Point Property Owners Association.

The golf course and clubhouse have been closed since May of 2006 and the previous owners neglected the property allowing it to become overgrown with six to 10-foot tall weeds and undergrowth.

In December 2008 the Pleasant Point community voted to purchase the property and that was accomplished on Dec. 29.  The first order of business will be to clean up and repair the clubhouse and cut the golf course grass, O’Brien said.

A community swimming pool will be installed and is planned to be open by this spring, she added. The clubhouse, tennis facility and swimming pool will be available for the enjoyment of all Pleasant Point residents.

The community will seek a professional partner to improve, maintain and operate the golf course.

“With the Pleasant Point ownership of the facilities, outside interests can never again damage the community.  Pleasant Point finally has become the first class community that it was meant to be,” O’Brien said.

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Renowned historians return for Tricentennial Lecture Series:  Take Two

Jan 7, 2010

Three nationally-renowned historians will come together again in January and February to repeat the Tricentennial Lecture Series as Beaufort begins the final year countdown to the 300th anniversary of the City’s founding.

The University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) and the Beaufort Three-Century Project (B3C) are co-presenting four nights of lectures that will span Beaufort County’s history from the early European explorers through the 20th Century.  Dr. John McCardell Jr., Dr. Lawrence S. Rowland, and Dr. Stephen R. Wise will present the seminar-style series from 7-9 p.m. on Friday nights, January 15, January 22, January 29, and February 5, 2010 at the USCB Performing Arts Center, 801 Carteret Street, Beaufort, S.C.

This series was first presented in February 2009 to a sold out house and several hundred people had to be turned away at the door the night of the first lecture.

“We are delighted that these noted historians are willing to repeat this series for those who missed out last year and that USCB and B3C are able to partner again in 2010 to bring this back,” said Deborah Johnson, project coordinator for the Beaufort Three-Century Project. The program is also sponsored in part by a grant from The Humanities Council SC, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The 2010 Tricentennial Lecture Series: Take Two will help kick off the final year of the Beaufort Three-Century Project and coincides with the University of South Carolina Beaufort’s Golden Jubilee Celebration. “As people have been reflecting on the past as we approach this significant landmark commemorative date of our city’s founding, there has been a remarkable increase in the community’s interest in learning about our long and storied history,” Johnson said.

“It is fortuitous to have these historians with their range of scholarship and knowledge in Beaufort, and that they each have the extraordinary ability of conveying this knowledge in a manner that all can enjoy and appreciate.  It is a rare opportunity to have three scholars of this magnitude as part of one cohesive telling of history,” she said.

The Beaufort Three-Century Project began in 2008 and is conducting public events and projects to engage the community in understanding and learning about our history.   Jan. 17, 2011, will mark the 300th anniversary of Beaufort’s charter.

This lecture series will inform those who have an interest in researching projects and others by providing the overall context of Beaufort’s history.  The first lecture precedes the annual January 17th event in 2010 which will highlight some of the projects completed to date and commence a year-long series of public presentations.

The Beaufort Three-Century Project is an effort to tap the community’s cultural memory through exploration, studies and special events that honor the past to better chart the future. It will culminate with a tricentennial celebration on Jan. 17, 2011.

The lecture topics will include:

Friday, Jan. 15 – “Spanish, French and English Colonial Era … Revolutionary War”

Friday, Jan. 22 – “Sea Island Cotton Kingdom and The Idea of a Southern Nation”

Friday, Jan. 29 – “The Civil War in the Sea Islands and the Port Royal Experiment”

Friday, Feb. 5 – “Reconstruction and 20th Century Beaufort.”

Admission to each lecture is $10 with ticket sales handled by the Beaufort Performing Arts Box Office, PH:  521-4145 or http://www.beaufortscperformingarts.com

Advanced ticket purchases are recommended, though tickets will be available at the door if still available on the evening of each lecture.

The panelists hold doctoral degrees in history and have been published in their respective areas of expertise.

Dr. John M. McCardell Jr. retired as the 15th president of Middlebury College, VT. A graduate of Washington and Lee University, he did his graduate work at Johns Hopkins and Harvard University where he received a Ph.D. in history.  In 1976, McCardell joined Middlebury as a history professor and has worked in academic development and planning, dean of the faculty, provost and vice president for academic affairs, and acting president.

McCardell’s  doctorate dissertation was published by Norton & Co. under the title The Idea of a Southern Nation, a book that after 18 years continues to be one of the most cogent discussions of the rise of Southern nationalists and Southern nationalism in the mid-nineteenth century.

Dr. Lawrence S. Rowland is distinguished professor emeritus at the University of South Carolina Beaufort where he was professor of history for 26 years.  He completed a doctoral degree at the University of South Carolina with a dissertation on Eighteenth Century Beaufort: A Study of South Carolina’s Southern Parishes to 1800.

Rowland is the author of The History of Beaufort County, South Carolina, Volume I, 1514-1861, with Alexander Moore and George C. Rogers Jr., and Window on the Atlantic:  The Rise and Fall of Santa Elena, South Carolina Spanish City.  Currently, he is working on The History of Beaufort County, South Carolina, Volume II, 1861-1990, with Dr. Steven R. Wise and Gerhard Spieler.

Dr. Stephen R. Wise is director of the museum and cultural resource manager for the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island. Wise earned doctoral degree from the University of South Carolina studying under noted Civil War historian Thomas L. Connelly.

Wise’s first book, Lifeline of the Confederacy: Blockade Running During the Civil War, was acclaimed as a comprehensive account of the Confederate effort to deliver supplies through the Northern blockade.  A second book entitled Gate of Hell:  The Campaign for Charleston Harbor 1863 received an award from the S.C. Historical Society for the best book written in 1994 on state history.   A PBS documentary based on Gate of Hell was presented in the summer of 2006.

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Riverview Charter School’s principal is out, search starts for new director

by John C. Williams     Jan 7, 2010

In a surprising move announced before dawn on the first day back from winter vacation, Riverview Charter School’s first director is gone from the school and an interim director is expected to take charge while the school seeks a new principal.

In an emailed letter to Riverview parents sent at 5:30 a.m. Monday, Alison Thomas, chair of the Riverview board of directors, said Eleanore Bednarsh’s departure came “after carefully considering all available facts and information.” She said employee confidentiality rules kept her from being more specific.

“… The Board agreed – unanimously and with support from its incoming members – that this step was necessary for the short-term and long-term success of the school,” Thomas said.

Bednarsh came late to the Riverview project, which was organized by a grassroots effort led largely by parents from the Habersham community. Bednarsh earned her Bachelor’s degree in cinema from Hunter College, City University of New York, and her Master’s degree in teaching and curriculum from Teachers College at Columbia University.

Before taking the job at Beaufort County’s first – and only – charter school last summer, Bednarsh had been a lifelong New Yorker.

A charter school in South Carolina is an independent school with its own governance and board of directors that operates with greater freedom than traditional public schools. Charter schools are paid for with public money and must still meet most state and federal regulations, such as the federal desegregation agreement that covers all public schools in Beaufort County.

Here is the complete text of Thomas’s letter to Riverview Charter School parents:

Dear Parents-

We are writing to inform you that Riverview’s director will not be returning to school for the remainder of the year. As with any personnel matter we are precluded from going into great detail about the reasons for this action, but after carefully considering all available facts and information the Board agreed – unanimously and with support from its incoming members – that this step was necessary for the short-term and long-term success of the school.

We are working very diligently to make this transition as seamless as possible, and we are very excited about all that Riverview has on its horizon.  We will be naming an interim director shortly who will serve through the transition period, and we look forward to introducing him/her to each and every one of you.

At the same time a search committee will be convened with the obvious aim of finding an administrator to continue the progress we’ve made. It’s critical for us to continue to move forward with the fulfillment of our school’s mission and that our students continue to accomplish and achieve all that we know they can.

As always, we appreciate your unwavering support and understanding during this time of transition.

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When the impact fee bucket ran dry

Courtesy LIBPA Newsletter  Dec 7, 2010

In 2006 the residents of Beaufort County voted to authorize, through use of a 1% sales tax, the collection of $152 million for the purpose of funding 12 transportation projects.  The projected cost of these projects was actually $206 million.  The difference ($54 million) was to be generated from transportation impact fees (fees paid on new homes or commercial buildings to offset the impact on public roads).

These impact fees were divided into two categories (1) those derived from construction occurring south of the Broad River which could only be used for projects south of the Broad River and (2) funds derived from construction north of the Broad River which could only be used on projects north of the Broad River.

In 2006, it was projected that in the next 6 years transportation impact fees would generate $43 million south of the Broad River and $11.5 million north of the Broad River.  What was not anticipated was the crash in the housing market and the downturn in the overall economy. The severity of the slowdown in construction of single family homes can be seen by the fact that in 2005 Beaufort County issued almost 4,000 building permits and this year will probably issue less than 1000 permits.

If new homes aren’t being built, transportation impact fees are not being paid.  For example, in 2007 there was $3.4 million generated from transportation impact fees in southern Beaufort County and the next year there was less than $60,000 generated.  In northern Beaufort County transportation impact fees generated $408,000 in 2008.

In southern Beaufort County 4 of their 7 projects were scheduled to be partially funded with $43 million in impact fees.  In northern Beaufort County the 1% sales tax projects which were scheduled to be partially funded with transportation impact fees were as follows:

Sales Tax           Impact           Projected

Project                                                            Funds (mil)       Funds (mil)    Cost (mil)

US 17 Widening                                             $5.0                    $2.0               $7.0

US 21 (Boundary Street) Improvements        $9.5                    $3.75            $13.25

Boundary Street Parallel Road                        $4.2                    $4.55             $4.75

SC 802 (Ribaut Road) Improvements             $0.6                    $1.22             $1.82

Total          $19.3                  $11.52           $30.82

Northern Beaufort County 1% sales tax projects which were scheduled using only funds from the sales tax were as follows:

Sales Tax       Impact            Projected

Project                                                        Funds (mil)    Funds (mil)     Cost (mil)

2nd McTeer Bridge and

Widening of Lady’s Island Drive)                 $35.5          None             $35.5

Northern Beaufort Bypass Study                     $6.0          None               $6.0

S. C. 802 (Savannah Highway) Widening       $7.2          None               $7.2

Total          $48.7          None             $48.7

As can be seen, the contract for building the second McTeer Bridge and widening of Lady’s Island Drive does not involve the use of impact fees and these projects will be completed.

The Northern Bypass Study, which was budgeted for $6 million, was executed in phases.  The first phase (feasibility/cost benefit study), which cost $488,591, indicated the cost of a northern bypass could not be justified by the benefit which would be derived from it and recommended no further action be taken on the project.

Although this will probably not be the last heard from those that support a northern bypass, it is the last action that will be taken as part of the 1% sales tax referendum.

The handwriting on the wall is very clear – construction of new homes and commercial buildings in Beaufort County is not going to generate $54 million worth of impact fees in the next few years.  County Council has been advised it can legally do whatever is necessary to ensure that funds which do not exist and are not anticipated to exist in the future are not obligated.

For those projects scheduled to be funded totally by proceeds from the 1% sales tax – the money will be there.  For those projects scheduled to be partially funded by impact fees – the impact fee money is not going to be there.

Something has to give and none of the choices are pleasant.  Over the next few months some very tough decisions will be required. One thing is for sure, whether it is county, city or state government, this is not the last time plans are going to have to be adapted to how much money is really available.

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Taking the new 2009 Homebuyer’s Credit for first-time and repeat homebuyers

by Mary McClaskey  Dec 7, 2010

The First-Time Homebuyer’s Credit has helped make buying a home more affordable for many buyers.  The $8,000 credit doesn’t need to be repaid with specific stipulations.  For purchases after November 7, 2009, a $6,500 credit is also available to qualifying repeat buyers.

Buy a first home and earn a tax credit of up to $8,000. This provision of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the “stimulus” bill, can put $8,000 in your pocket to help pay for your new digs. Better yet, under legislation signed into law in November 2009, the credit has been expanded and made easier to qualify for.

The rules as they were: For 2009 buyers, the credit really is a credit that doesn’t have to be repaid. (One exception: You have to pay back the credit if you sell the house within three years of buying it.)

There are income limits for qualifying buyers. The right to use the credit was gradually phased out as Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) rises from $75,000 to $95,000 on a single return, or $150,000 to $170,000 on a joint return. (AGI is basically taxable income before subtracting your personal and dependent exemptions, and your standard or itemized deductions.) If you report $160,000 of AGI on a 2009 tax return, you’d be halfway through the phase-out zone, so you’d qualify for just $4,000 of credit which is half of the $8,000 maximum amount.

New rules now apply: As amended in November 2009, the First-Time Homebuyer’s Credit has been extended to purchases in contract by April 30, 2010 and closed by June 30, 2010. For members of the armed forces serving at least 90 days outside the United States, the credit can be used until June 30, 2011.

For purchases made after November 7, 2009, the income limits for eligibility have also been expanded. The credit does not start to phase out until Modified Adjusted Gross Income exceeds $125,000 for single taxpayers and $225,000 for married couples filing jointly.

In addition, for purchases made after November 7, 2009, the credit can be claimed by homeowners purchasing a new principal residence so long as they have lived in their current home for at least five out of the last eight years. For repeat purchasers, the credit is capped at $6,500.

If you want to amend your tax return to claim the credit: Under both the old and the new versions of the law, you can treat the purchase as having taken place on December 31 of the prior year if you want to claim the credit against that year’s taxes. You are also permitted to file an amended return for the prior year, if you’ve already filed, so that you can receive the credit immediately rather than waiting to file your 2009 tax return in 2010. Congress has also provided that taxpayers won’t have to repay 2009 credits they took on their 2008 tax returns.

Your money. Most qualifying taxpayers will claim the credit of $8,000 for purchases through May 1, 2010 on their tax returns (Form 5405).

This should put money in your pocket within weeks of the time you file your tax return. If you owe more tax with your return than your credit amount, it will instantly reduce your tax bill dollar-for-dollar. If you owe less than your first-time homebuyer’s credit, you’ll get the balance as a tax refund.

Getting your money even faster with government help: Most people who use the First-Time Homebuyer Credit will not receive it until after they buy their homes and claim the credit on their tax returns.

However, some buyers can get all or part of their credit up front, to pay for closing costs and all or part of their down payments, thanks to federal and state housing programs.  For more information, visit http://www.hud.gov.

McClaskey is a broker/Realtor with RE/MAX Sea Island Realty.  For more real estate trends information, visit http://www.BeaufortRealEstateInfo.com

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Grinding of the Greens Jan. 9             (Dec 30, 2009)

Please bring Christmas trees for grinding to Jan 9 to any of these locations:

Beaufort Plaza at Plaza Theaters

Naval Heritage Park, Port Royal (near the Naval Hospital, Ribaut Road)

Family Christmas Tree Farm, (Lady’s Island), Pleasant Point Road

Sea Island Parkway (Lady’s Island) next to Huddle House where the Frosty was.

The actual grinding will be on Saturday, Jan 9, from 9 – 11 a.m. Free mulch will be available. Please bring a container to carry it off.

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Lady’s Island trash and recycling center closes Jan. 8.   (Dec 30, 2009)

The Lady’s Island Solid Waste and Recycling Convenience Center – also known as the “dump,” — will close at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 8 for the last time.

The closest alternative to the Lady’s Island facility is the St. Helena Island convenience center at 639 Sea Island Parkway, approximately 2.4 miles from the Lady’s Island Center.  Maps with mileage and directions to the other centers may be found at http://www.bcgov.net/SolidWaste&Recycle/Calendar  or by calling 470-6405.

Jim Minor, Beaufort County Solid Waste Manager, said the closure of the Lady’s Island center is a vital first step in cost containment and realignment of the County’s Solid Waste Management System. “Our goal is to continue to provide the necessary level of service while minimizing the cost to our citizens.”

People who have questions may call Minor at 470-6408.

Residents of Beaufort and Port Royal may find using the new Shanklin Road center more convenient than the St. Helena center, said Suzanne Larson, Beaufort County spokeswoman.

The Shanklin center opens Monday, Jan. 11 at 10 a.m. It features a modern flat design and utilizes compactors to increase container capacity, which reduces transportation costs.  It is the first of this type to be built in Beaufort County and is designed to be user-friendly.  It is located at 80 Shanklin Road, just past the Marine Corps Air Station off US 21.

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What local businesses mean to your pocketbook  Dec 30, 2009

by Carlotta Ungaro

The economy has been miserable, we all know it but how have we fared here in the Lowcountry?  While it hasn’t been easy, we still have a solid business base and two economic engines that smooth out the recession’s impact and bring revenue to the community.

First, what is the average business like?  A recent study from Demographics Now finds that about 2,600 businesses fall within a 30-mile radius of downtown Beaufort.  These businesses collectively employ about 24,000 people.  The average number of employees in a business is nine.  More than 90 percent employ less than 100 people.

The study further outlined the types of businesses here.  Service-sector industries, which include hospitals and hotels, employ about 8,500 people.  Retail, which includes restaurants, is the next largest category employing about 6,300.  We have no corporate giants, we aren’t a “company” town and our small businesses are dependent on the economic engines of the military and tourism.  Without them, many of our businesses would not exist.  Through the efforts of the Lowcountry Economic Network the region seeks economic diversity but for now, we depend on military and tourism as our two primary economic engines while the third, real estate development, sputters.

In general, a healthy, diverse business community benefits all taxpayers.  Businesses bear a larger portion of the property tax burden than primary residential taxpayers and typically demand fewer services from local governments – which mean lower taxes and better services for residential taxpayer!

Additionally, businesses pay business license fees and collect business taxes such as accommodations, hospitality and ticket taxes which go into the local and state governments’ revenue streams.  This further reduces the citizen’s tax bill.  For example, in the City of Beaufort, business license fees make up 30 percent of the City’s revenues.  If the businesses weren’t paying this, the general taxpayer would have to pick up the tab.

Back to our two economic drivers:  first the military.  From tourism revenue from the visiting families at Parris Island to the $808 million payroll (including 1,400 civilians) at the three installations to the annual infrastructure investment from the Department of Defense, the military buffers Beaufort County’s economy.   The new F-35B planes slated to come here in 2014 will further enhance the economic impact.  We all know the saying here, the noise you hear is the sound of freedom; well it is also the sound of the cash register.

The second primary economic driver is tourism.  In 2007, the estimated number of tourists to Northern Beaufort County was 550,000 with a total economic impact of about $538 million.  For the last fiscal year, 2008-2009, hotel tax collections in the City of Beaufort were the same as last year.  Restaurant tax collections were actually slightly up from the previous year.  Anecdotally, shopkeepers tell us visitors are not spending as much, but the county, which tracks all sales tax including the municipalities, reports that sales tax collections are up from last year.

I addressed, earlier, how general business reduces the costs for citizens and tourism contributes an even higher amount of taxes that help pay for the quality of life in Beaufort County.  Did you know that tourists pay about 30 percent of that sales tax collected in Beaufort County? Moreover, national statistics show that tourism generates revenues in a local community that lowers property tax per household by about $800 a year.

Another way of saying that, according to South Carolina Parks Recreation and Tourism, is that for every dollar in public funds spent on tourism, an additional $2.46 is raised in tax revenues. A tourism report completed right before the recession reported that for every 100 tourism jobs in Beaufort County, an additional 26 jobs are created.

So in this holiday season, pause just a minute to thank a Marine or sailor for their contribution to our nation and tell them and their family how very happy we are to have them as our neighbor. Thank a tourist for choosing our area.  But most of all thank a local business by spending money locally.  A recent study states that for every $100 spent at a locally owned store, $68 stays in the community. That is big!  For every $100 spent at a chain store locally, $43 stays in the community.

Please choose to shop local versus the internet or shopping trips out of the area.  It makes a difference to them; it makes a difference to you.

Carlotta Ungaro is president of the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce

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Island Notes- Dec 24, 2009

by Jim Hicks

A Smokey Chef Restaurant? Chris Mixon, owner of the catering business Smokey Chef located in the Lighthouse Center (next to the Lady’s Island Marina), has been so impressed with the great response to the meals he has been offering in his store (and on the porch) that he has decided to expand his operation into a full service restaurant. To provide additional seating he will expand into the portion of the building that was formerly occupied by Fuji Restaurant.

Welcome LPL Financial. LPL Financial has recently opened an office in the LowCountry Insurance Building at 80 Lady’s Island Drive, Suite F with Donald May as Registered Principal/Personal Financial Advisor. LPL is America’s largest independent brokerage firm and provides every aspect of financial planning and services. Don has been in the financial planning business since 1995. He and wife Sharon moved to Beaufort in 2000. For further information or to schedule a free consultation, please call 843-812-6968 or email  HYPERLINK “mailto:donald.may@LPL.com” donald.may@LPL.com.

Quick response! In his article last month, LIBPA Transportation Representative Rick Butler called attention to the need for increasing the time between each opening of the Woods Memorial Bridge due to ongoing construction on Lady’s Island Drive.  The Beaufort County Engineering Department and Traffic Management Department heard the suggestion and a request for modification of the bridge openings is being forwarded to the Department of Transportation and Coast Guard. The request may or may not be approved but we do so appreciate the quick response to our plea for help with the traffic problem.

Our sidewalks look better. A special thanks to Mr. Wendell Mulligan, SCDOT Regional Director of Maintenance for his annual scheduling of work on the Sams Point sidewalks to preclude the grass from taking over.  We fully appreciate the fact that there are many similar projects competing for his department’s attention.

A new business – Carolina Custom Carts. Jeff Harris is opening a new Custom Carolina Carts store in the Lighthouse Center next to what will shortly be the Smokey Chef Restaurant.  Jeff owns and operates two similar businesses in upstate South Carolina.  The Lady’s Island branch of his business will offer custom golf carts for sell with service of the carts being offered by a mobile team (they come to you if there is a problem).  In addition to the golf carts, he will carry Motofino scooters which are legal on our local roads, get amazing gas mileage and have an original purchase price of under $2,000 for most models.  He will also offer a full line of Meguiars automotive and marine products. We welcome Mr. Harris to Lady’s Island and appreciate his choosing Lady’s Island as home for his business.

Hope for the Publix intersection? With the widening of Lady’s Island Drive project will come an additional 500’ right turn lane at the Lady’s Island Drive and Sea Island Parkway intersection.  This will allow those headed for St. Helena to use a dedicated right turn lane, the two existing lanes to cross on to Sams Point Road and there will still be a left turn lane.  Many residents promoted this extra turn lane instead of a US 21/SC802 connector road (which we now cannot afford). There is no question it will help.

Low Country School of Performing Arts. The Low Country School of Performing Arts, a non-competitive technical school offering classes in dance, theater and music for all ages, is open and accepting new students.  Co-located with Low Country Health and Fitness (to the rear of Video Warehouse on Sams Point Road), the school has its own studio space and music room with a separate entrance.  Ms. Deanna Kraszewski is the founder and artistic director and Ms Kristen Hill, music director.  For additional information please call (843) 441-2755, email deanna@lowcountrysopa.com or visit their web site at  HYPERLINK “http://www.lowcountrysopa.com” http://www.lowcountrysopa.com.  What a great addition to the Lady’s Island community!

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Drug discount card offered by Beaufort County – Dec 24, 2009

Beaufort County today launched a discount card program to help consumers cope with the high price of prescription drugs.

The county is making free prescription drug discount cards available under a program sponsored by the National Association of Counties (NACo) that offers average savings of 22 percent off the retail price of commonly prescribed drugs.

The cards may be used by all county residents, regardless of age, income, or existing health coverage, and are accepted at most county pharmacies. A national network of more than 59,000 participating retail pharmacies also will honor the NACo prescription discount card.

“Beaufort County is proud to be one of the counties nationwide participating with NACo,” said County Administrator Gary Kubic.

“The NACo prescription discount card offers significant savings for the uninsured and

underinsured residents of our county and even those fortunate to have prescription coverage can use the card to save money on drugs that are not covered by their health plan. Residents do not have to be Medicare beneficiaries to be eligible for this program.”

Best of all, there is no cost to county taxpayers for NACo and Beaufort County to make these money saving cards available to our residents. Cards will be available at County offices, libraries, pharmacies and doctor’s offices. County residents can call toll free

1-877-321-2652 or visit http://www.caremark.com/naco for assistance with the program.

“Using the NACo prescription discount card is easy,” Kubic said . “Simply present it at a participating  pharmacy. There is no enrollment form, no membership fee and no restrictions or limits on frequency of use. Cardholders and their family members may use the card any time their prescriptions are not covered by insurance.”

The discount card program is administered by CVS Caremark, county officials said.

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Dead end for northern bypass?  Dec 24, 2009

by Rick Butler, LIBPA Transportation Representative

The results of the recent study to determine the feasibility of a Northern Bypass around Beaufort, to include another bridge to the northern part of Lady’s Island, produced both expected and (to some) unexpected results.  These results may have been a disappointment to some of those who promoted the study to be funded to the tune of $6 million as part of the 2006 transportation sales tax referendum.

Once the voters approved the 1% sales tax referendum, the Beaufort County Engineering Department wisely directed the study be conducted in phases and the first phase was to (1) identify realistic alternative routes to relieve the traffic problems projected by the Northern Regional Plan and (2) determine if these solutions (to include the “Northern Bypass”) could be justified by the benefits they would provide.

This phase of the study, conducted at a cost of $488,591, answered the question regarding a northern bypass as follows   “In summary, none of the alternate Northern Bypass routes were deemed feasible by the cost benefit analysis”.

Since qualifying for federal funding requires a positive cost benefit, this finding would appear to eliminate any federal financing and thus clearly dead ends any of the three studied alternative routes around the north end of the MCAS runways.  The study said cost benefits would not be favorable to support such a route even out to 2025 when the projections ended.  Moreover, the project would cost about $116 million to build.

The engineers conducting the study noted that the portion of Sea Island Parkway leading to the Woods Bridge is predicted to fail as the volume of traffic increases and pointed out that a “Bellamy Curve Bridge alternative was deemed feasible and meets a part of the needs of the community.”

It was noted that the economic benefits for a four lane crossing near Bellamy Curve to south of Marsh Harbor on Lady’s Island already outweigh the costs.  Federal funds for such a bridge can be justified today. A part of this justification is the fact that structural deficiencies in the aging Woods Memorial swing bridge presently merit federal funding for a replacement bridge of some type.  And this mid-island bridge replacement is projected to cost only a little over half of the northern alternatives.

There was no attempt on the part of the engineers to paint a Bellamy Curve Bridge as being a perfect solution.  It was noted that such a bridge would result in increased traffic congestion issues along the Boundary Street corridor and involved aesthetic concerns (a nice way of saying it would destroy a beautiful view). The study made passing mention that a visually lower opening bascule bridge might minimize those aesthetic issues.

Prior to the recent study of a Northern Bypass we had the 1997 Beaufort County Comprehensive Plan transportation study which said a bridge at the northern end of Lady’s Island could not be justified at that time, the 2002 Wilbur Smith study which pointed out the excessive cost of such a project, the 2006 Origin and Destination study which found that 7 out of every 10 people leaving Lady’s Island remain in the general Beaufort area and only 3 go as far as the Air Station, and the 2007 Northern Regional Plan transportation study which recommended that future “Third Crossing of the Beaufort River” studies include an “analysis of the mobility, economic and community/environmental impacts and benefits of various alignment options.”

This latest 1 cent sales tax requested study, at the behest of interests within the City of Beaufort, has essentially concluded, once more, that the question of a bridge beyond the runways, based solely on projected usage, is premature.  The indication seems to be that, given the projected light usage, this oft-discussed idea should not be raised again for several more years — at least, not before 2025.

We have a 52 year old, two-lane swinging bridge that has been identified as having structural deficiencies and is carrying traffic well over the volume for which it was designed.  It is probably already on borrowed time, and is inadequate to today’s traffic volume.

The study makes clear that no bridge beyond the runways will attract enough traffic to be a viable project within the next 15 years.  The Beaufort Gazette’s 19 November editorial denunciation of the “Bellamy Curve option (as) a waste of time, money” should signal the impasse Sea Islanders face in our need to improve our access to the City of Beaufort.

Perhaps, just perhaps, it is time that:                                                                                                  – City of Beaufort leaders accept the now proven lack of justification for any far Northern bridge route in the near future.

— Sea Islanders recognize that even though a justifiably viable project, no bridge near Bellamy Curve is ever likely to connect us to City of Beaufort businesses.

It may be the only lasting value in this most recent study is to point out to all sides that we have only one realistic near-term alternative. Replacing the Woods Bridge, on an urgent basis, with a modern fast acting double bascule (vertically opening) design would reduce, by half, the opening cycle time required by the present swinging bridge.

By coupling the replacement of the swinging bridge with a new bascule bridge and a more restrictive bridge opening cycle during daylight hours could push the need for any third span option well into the future.

If we do not act on it, we will be doomed to increasing traffic snarls for up to the next 20 years.  Certainly, replacing the Woods Bridge is the least cost, near term solution.  It would even streamline the aesthetic impacts so often cited in the close-in bridge debate, and would improve City business access to more than half its customer base.

That the next push, for replacing the venerable swing bridge, might gain support on both sides of the river, is reflected in a recent excellent letter to the editor in the Island News from former City Councilman George O’Kelly, voicing his conclusion in support of replacing the Woods Bridge.

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Lowcountry Economic Network looks at business license fees- Dec 24, 2009
Courtesy LIBPA Newsletter

The Beaufort County Finance Committee and the Northern Regional Plan Implementation Committee recently asked the Lowcountry Economic Network to look at how business license fees are being handled within Beaufort County and each of its municipalities to see if there is way to develop a more unified and business friendly system.

The initial results of the requested analysis produced one clear impression – there is very little consistency in the manner in which the business license programs are implemented by the various governments within Beaufort County. For example, both the City of Beaufort and the Town of Port Royal offer discounts on business license fees for new businesses. The City of Beaufort offers a special rate for firms in the technology industry. Port Royal offers a discount for early payment of fees and sets a cap on gross revenues over $1.32 million.

These are all great ideas and would appear to be worthy of consideration for adoption by each of the governments within Beaufort County. The following chart highlights the present variances in four key areas of business license programs within the governments of Beaufort County – type of classifications, types of industry codes utilized, minimum gross receipts and discounts.

To expand on these initial findings the Lowcountry Economic Network has recommended and Beaufort County Council approved, by resolution, the formation of a multijurisdictional committee comprised of representatives from each of the Beaufort County governments. The same resolution will be taken to each of the Beaufort County municipalities for consideration. As a starting point, the following seven items have been offered for consideration by the committee.

– Use the same business classification, either the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) or the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).
– Use the same number of business classifications, each containing the same business codes.
– Develop an on-line business license fee calculator. The following calculator was developed in-house at minimal expense by the City of Greenville.
– Offer the same discounts, especially for “start up” businesses.
– Develop a discounted rate for targeted businesses within a specific SIC or NAICS code.
– Consider the establishment of special rate for a) single-domicile businesses (those that do not cross multiple jurisdictions); or b) a multi-jurisdiction rate (for those that conduct business across multiple jurisdictions; and c) a special rate for contractors and sub-contractors.
– Consolidate all business license fee administration, enforcement, billing, assessment and audit functions under one ‘neutral’ or independent agency.

This study of business license fees in Beaufort County is a step in the right direction. It is not intended to tell governments how much they should charge for their business license fees. It is intended to simplify the process for the business owner, encourage the standardization of classification, codes and discounts and introduce the possibility of flexibility in certain fee rates to encourage new businesses.

Reaching consensus will not be easy but the business community of this county deserves a serious effort on the part of everyone.

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American Cancer Society Winter Gala coming Jan. 22

The American Cancer Society will hold its 10th Winter Gala event presented by Hilton Head Hospital on January 22, 2010 in the Champions Ballroom of the Harbor Town Club House at the Sea Pines Resort.

Join in for an evening with a tropical Palm Beach theme that will warm your heart. Enjoy dinner and dancing with the Headliners as well as silent and live auctions. For more information, to make a donation or to ensure early reservations, please call the American Cancer Society at 842-5188 or e-mail nwellard@cancer.org.

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Northern Regional Plan status update – Dec 16, 2009

by Jim Hicks

In April of 2006, a committee was formed to guide the development of a northern regional plan for Beaufort County. The previous year a plan for the southern part of the county had been developed with the help of a similar committee.  The southern regional plan had pointed out that due to the massive amount of growth, both approved and projected, the cost of adequate infrastructure (especially roads) was going to be much more than the amount of taxes generated from the growth.

The members of the steering committee for the northern plan included elected officials from the City of Beaufort, the Town of Port Royal, the Town of Yemassee, Beaufort County, the School Board and the planning commissions. Prior to the first meeting of this committee the relationship between the county and the municipal governments was confrontational and filled with the frequent use of lawsuits to settle disagreements.

The primary divisive issue between the governments was the manner in which the municipalities were expanding their borders – annexation.  If a Northern Regional Plan was to be of any benefit, the question of municipal annexation had to be resolved.

In an effort to find a solution to the annexation challenge and to determine “rules” which allowed municipal growth without bankrupting the tax base the committee met with consultants on a monthly basis for a over a year. Two key pieces of information quickly evolved in the process.

Our infrastructure, especially our roads and bridges could not support the projected growth and there would not be sufficient revenue generated by the growth to pay for the needed additional infrastructure. The result of this year of work was the 86 page Northern Regional Plan designed to control and guide growth in such a way as to avoid infrastructure and fiscal disaster.

The plan was approved by the Town of Port Royal, City of Beaufort and Beaufort County in 2007.  The Town of Yemassee, for a variety of reasons, withdrew from the process.

The basis of the plan consisted of the following 5 key points of agreement:

– The municipalities would limit their future expansion to remain within established “growth” boundaries. (Port Royal Island and Lady’s Island form the basis of the City of Beaufort and Town of Port Royal “growth boundary).

– The County would not increase the existing density of any property contiguous (touching) to a municipal boundary.

– Development of property within the “growth” boundary but not contiguous to a municipal boundary would be a matter of joint (municipal/county) planning.

– The rural area outside the growth boundary (north of the Whale Branch and St. Helena Island) would not be developed in excess of an “overall” gross density of 1 house per 3 acres.

– The County and the municipalities would work together to establish common development standards.

After official approval of the plan the next step was to develop the “rules of the road” for the day to day business of implementing the plan. It was to this task the committee directed its efforts throughout 2008 and into 2009.  The phrase the “devil is in the details” proved to be correct.  Finally, in the latter part of 2009 each of the participating governments adopted a “rule book” defining how the Northern Regional Plan would be implemented.

It is commendable that the elected county and municipal leaders of northern Beaufort County have met monthly for over 3 years to search for better ways to cope with growth.   That they have succeeded in regard to the development of a Northern Regional plan is a compliment to the patience and cooperative spirit of all who were involved.

It would be great if, at this point, success could be declared and the committee dissolved. However, while the plan was being developed the game changed in that the construction and real estate market collapsed, the national economy went into a nosedive and revenue sources needed for the operation of local governments significantly shrunk or in some cases simply disappeared.

The challenge of coping with excessive growth disappeared (at least temporarily) and was replaced with seeking ways to best survive in today’s economy.

With this threat to the overall economy of Beaufort County the Northern Regional Plan Committee has expanded its agenda to include a search for ways in which, the governments can operate in a more efficient and effective manner.

Examples of areas with which the committee is presently involved include:

– Identifying public services which can be provided more economically and efficiently through a joint effort.

– Determining the most appropriate future public use, in addition to serving as a BJWSA utility corridor, of the Port Royal to Yemassee rail bed.

– Establishment of a Transfer of Development Rights Program on Port Royal Island.

– A review (with the goal of improving) of business license procedures by each of the governments in Beaufort County.

– Establishment of a joint data base for use in grant applications.

– Establishment of a Joint Planning Commission to review development within the growth boundary.

– Development of a more uniform and less complicated set of zoning regulations for the municipalities and the county.

To these and other similar challenges there are no easy or simple answers. That the elected leaders in Northern Beaufort County have made amazing progress in their efforts to develop better ways to cope with future growth is worthy of everyone’s support and appreciation.  That they continue to work together to find solutions to other challenges facing our communities does provide hope.

Jim Hicks is the Lady’s Island Planning Commission representative.

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Christmas classic ‘The Nutcracker’ in Beaufort for one performance

The Columbia City Ballet from Columbia, SC will be bringing its first class production of ‘The Nutcracker’ to the Performing Arts Center at University of South Carolina Beaufort for one performance only on Monday, December 14 at 7 p.m.

With Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score, with its dreamy waltzes and spirited mazurkas, brings to life the magical tale of Clara and her nutcracker and all the wonderful and colorful characters that visit her dreams spring to life.

The Company, consisting of 35 professional dancers, will also utilize the talents of 36 local children, ages 3 to 16.

Filling the cast as angel, mice, cherubs, trumpeters, sugar plum fairy attendents and gingerbread girls are: Brittany Gates, Merritt Kerney, Nonie Yeager, Tammy Hudson, Megan Alverez, Kate Harper, Sarah Reynard, Emma Grace Dinkins, Walker Newman, Elizabeth Foster, Kristin Levesque, Katherine Ryan, Gracie Gecy, Kayla Johnson and Gracie Cunningham.

Also, Madeline McKnight, Madison Levesque, Janna Shissias, Ellie Ashmore, Abigial Davidson, Teri Ashmore, Hunter Kerney, Charlotte Freeman, Katherine Foster, Katie Ashmore, Ansleigh Pingree, Ruby Harrelson, Kennedy Lohmeyer, Celene Lampright, Makena Avichouser, Mia Tucker, Keating Reichel, May Harrelson, Naomi Salleme, Michaelynn Kopp and Kayla Astacio,

“I have to remember the children when I am working on this production—their innocent excitement of being a mouse or a party girl for the first time,” said Starrett.  “I try to use that energy to bring freshness when I work with the professionals.  It really brings me into the holiday spirit.”

Tickets are available by calling the box office at 521-4145.  Tickets are $40-35-30 and half price for children under 12 years of age. The box office is located at USCB, 801 Carteret St, Beaufort.

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