Beaufort News

City discusses future transportation

 SCDOT Commission hears, sees historic Beaufort planning

April 28, 2011

State Highway Commissioners meeting in Beaufort last week learned how city leaders are preparing for Beaufort’s fourth century — including transportation options beyond roads and cars.

“We’re going back to the original city planners,” Beaufort Mayor Pro Tem Donnie Beer told the South Carolina Department of Transportation Board of Commissioners, meeting in Beaufort City Hall. “Our plans are to redevelop and infill our city … rather than building out, we are going to build in.”

Beaufort City Council and the Beaufort Redevelopment Commission are working with residents, property owners, developers and businesses to turn the city’s updated comprehensive plan into reality.

“The relationship between transportation and roads is key to the success of the residential and commercial realms,” Beaufort City Manager Scott Dadson said in his welcoming remarks to the Highway Commission.

Demetri Baches, who heads up the City’s Office of Civic Investment,  helped lead a recent three-month public review of downtown Beaufort’s challenges and opportunities.

“Beaufort is already a walkable area, so we have a lot of opportunities with improved sidewalks, pedestrian crossings, bike routes and walking trails  to encourage residents to walk  as an alternative to driving,” Baches said.

With the Heritage golf tournament underway on Hilton Head Island, Baches pitched the idea of a water taxi between Beaufort and Hilton Head to reduce road congestion; provide faster transport and unique, relaxing travel; and to create an economic opportunity for day trippers in both locations.

“We are not trying to become the next Charleston or Savannah — we have plenty of wonderful and unique aspects right here to make downtown Beaufort a destination for travelers, for residents and for commercial development,” he said after the meeting.

During the recent charrette for downtown Beaufort, ideas surfaced — and, in some cases, resurfaced — on ways to improve Beaufort.  Ideas included:

• Developing the Downtown Marina parking lot as an extension of the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park;

• Making Port Republic Street two-way to stimulate retail shopping;

• Building a parking garage in the core commercial area near Bay Street;

• Finding innovative ways to blend an expanding USC Beaufort campus into the retail and residential life downtown;

• And the possibility of creating on-street diagonal parking on Boundary Street between Charles Street and Ribaut Road by reducing Boundary to two lanes of traffic.

“All of these initiatives are micro matters in relation to the macro issues you deal with,” Baches told the Highway Commission. “Locally, we’re trying to make sure we are ready to receive all those people you are going to bring to us” with improvements to the state’s roads and highways.

With roughly 2,000 people living in the downtown area studied this spring, about 500 participated in the public meetings and presentations, Baches said.

The S.C. DOT Commission usually meets in Columbia but occasionally takes its meetings to locations around the state. Craig Forrest, of Bluffton, represents the Congressional Second District which includes Beaufort County.

City discusses future transportation

SCDOT Commission hears, sees historic Beaufort planning

State Highway Commissioners meeting in Beaufort last week learned how city leaders are preparing for Beaufort’s fourth century — including transportation options beyond roads and cars.

“We’re going back to the original city planners,” Beaufort Mayor Pro Tem Donnie Beer told the South Carolina Department of Transportation Board of Commissioners, meeting in Beaufort City Hall. “Our plans are to redevelop and infill our city … rather than building out, we are going to build in.”

Beaufort City Council and the Beaufort Redevelopment Commission are working with residents, property owners, developers and businesses to turn the city’s updated comprehensive plan into reality.

“The relationship between transportation and roads is key to the success of the residential and commercial realms,” Beaufort City Manager Scott Dadson said in his welcoming remarks to the Highway Commission.

Demetri Baches, who heads up the City’s Office of Civic Investment,  helped lead a recent three-month public review of downtown Beaufort’s challenges and opportunities.

“Beaufort is already a walkable area, so we have a lot of opportunities with improved sidewalks, pedestrian crossings, bike routes and walking trails  to encourage residents to walk  as an alternative to driving,” Baches said.

With the Heritage golf tournament underway on Hilton Head Island, Baches pitched the idea of a water taxi between Beaufort and Hilton Head to reduce road congestion; provide faster transport and unique, relaxing travel; and to create an economic opportunity for day trippers in both locations.

“We are not trying to become the next Charleston or Savannah — we have plenty of wonderful and unique aspects right here to make downtown Beaufort a destination for travelers, for residents and for commercial development,” he said after the meeting.

During the recent charrette for downtown Beaufort, ideas surfaced — and, in some cases, resurfaced — on ways to improve Beaufort.  Ideas included:

• Developing the Downtown Marina parking lot as an extension of the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park;

• Making Port Republic Street two-way to stimulate retail shopping;

• Building a parking garage in the core commercial area near Bay Street;

• Finding innovative ways to blend an expanding USC Beaufort campus into the retail and residential life downtown;

• And the possibility of creating on-street diagonal parking on Boundary Street between Charles Street and Ribaut Road by reducing Boundary to two lanes of traffic.

“All of these initiatives are micro matters in relation to the macro issues you deal with,” Baches told the Highway Commission. “Locally, we’re trying to make sure we are ready to receive all those people you are going to bring to us” with improvements to the state’s roads and highways.

With roughly 2,000 people living in the downtown area studied this spring, about 500 participated in the public meetings and presentations, Baches said.

The S.C. DOT Commission usually meets in Columbia but occasionally takes its meetings to locations around the state. Craig Forrest, of Bluffton, represents the Congressional Second District which includes Beaufort County.


County Saves Farmland in Northern Beaufort County

April 28, 2011

Development rights and conservation easements on two pieces of land near the Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort, have been purchased in a partnership between the US Department of Defense and Beaufort County government.

The two rural sites include a ten-acre parcel in the middle of the McLeod Farm and a .33 acre site at the intersection of Hwy 21 and Detour Road adjacent to McLeod Farm and the site of a planned public park. The total cost of both parcels is $50,000 with the County and the DOD each paying half. They are owned by Halbrook Sanders.

The County and the Marine Corps have previously worked together to acquire several properties totaling nearly 800 acres in an effort to prevent development from encroaching on air station activities.

Beaufort County Council Chairman Weston Newton said the partnership benefits both our national defense and the local economy.


Take me out to the Ballgame

March 17, 2011

David Rhodes recently went to Tampa, Florida to watch the New York Yankees train at Steinbrenner field. The Yankess played the Boston Red Sox and Washington Nationals and lost both games. But that didn’t stop David from having a ball!


Clean Teeth are Healthy Teeth

March 17, 2011

Hygienists from Palmetto Smiles of Beaufort/Dr. Jennifer Wallace, Crystal Sprouse, RDH and Megan Gartlan, RDH visited Shell Point Elem on Feb. 25th for Dental Health Month. They instructed about 80 Kindergarten and Pre-K children on good oral hygiene habits and how to make good diet choices for a healthy mouth.



By Jim Hicks

Coosa Elementary School recognized for academic excellence. Each year the state recognizes individual schools which have achieved general academic excellence and those which have managed to reduce the academic gap for minority students.  For school year 2009/10 Coosa Elementary received the Palmetto State Gold Award for academic achievement in both areas.  To all of the teachers, staff and parents at Coosa Elementary – congratulations.

The other “Sound of Freedom”. Most of us who live in northern Beaufort County are familiar with the use of the term the “Sound of Freedom” in reference to Marine Corps’ aircraft flying overhead.  On Lady’s Island early in the morning, on most weekdays, the sound of young Marine recruits on Parris Island learning to fire their weapons can be heard as it drifts across the marshes and streams.  Perhaps it is not as loud as the aircraft but it is a very real “Sound of Freedom”.  Both sounds serve to remind us all of how lucky we are to have young men and women who volunteer to serve and protect our country.

Planned Unit Development recommended for reversion to Community Preservation zoning.  The 35 undeveloped acres of property located between Sams Point and Sunset Bluff was authorized Planned Unit Development (PUD) status in 1996 and called The Village.  As a PUD it was authorized 81 single family homes, 119 multi-family units and 12 commercial lots resulting in a gross density of 6 dwelling units per acre.  Beaufort County passed an ordinance in 2004 stating that Planned Unit Developments such as this must either be developed or in the process of developing by January 1, 2010 or revert to zoning  similar to the remainder of the community in which it exist. The 100 acre Greenheath PUD located adjacent to Coosa Elementary School and approved in 1994 was in a similar situation and requested an extension of the PUD which was approved with the addition of fees for its impact on schools. In January 2010 the owner of the Sunset Bluff PUD requested a similar extension for which approval was not recommended due to concern regarding what was perceived to be too high a density but was granted a 12 month extension of the PUD to allow modification of the PUD to a lower density.  This extension has expired and reversion of the property to Community Preservation (2 units per acre) and Expanded Home Business (modified commercial authorized 500 feet from the centerline of Sams Point Road) is being recommended to County Council.  Approval of this recommendation in accordance with the existing ordinance would allow approximately 70 single family homes to be built with those along Sams Point Road authorized for modified commercial uses. Similar rezoning is being proposed for two other Planned Unit Developments (Burlington near the Habersham community on Port Royal Island and a small PUD on St. Helena Island).

The rest of the story.  Last month Martha O’Regan of Therapeutic Solutions advised of their pending relocation and now has confirmed their new home will be at 73 Sams Point Road which is located between Broad River Construction and Beaufort Air Conditioning.  There is a U-shaped driveway in the front for drop offs but otherwise there is ample parking in the back.  Naturally, The Lending Room (which is a community service operated by Therapeutic Services which collects and distributes free of charge medical rehabilitation equipment) will also be operated from their new location.

Nice landscaping job.  Martin & Lindsay Landscape did a great job of spring landscaping on the Sams Point Road median which they sponsor.  We appreciate all of the commercial sponsors (Beaufort Professional Group, Ballenger Realty, Lady’s Island Dental, Southern Tree Service, Martin & Lindsay Landscape) for landscaping of the medians on Sams Point Road.

Congratulations Dr. Truesdale! It is always nice when those outside our community recognize professional excellence on the part of an individual struggling to improve our county.  Such is the case of Beaufort County School District Superintendent Dr. Valerie Truesdale who was recently awarded the first Women in School Leadership Award by the American Association of School Administrators. As we struggle with really difficult challenges in our attempts to ensure our public schools are the highest quality possible it is reassuring to be reminded that our school superintendent is recognized nationally by her peers as “one of the best”.

DryClean USA closes doors. With regret we note the closing of the Lady’s Island branch of DryClean USA which also closed stores in Hilton Head, Bluffton and Beaufort. Many of their customers were not able to retrieve their clothes prior to the closing.  Efforts are underway to open a new dry cleaning enterprise on Lady’s Island and return the clothes that were in the Lady’s Island Dry Clean USA branch at the time of its closing.

Springfield Park update. Jami Pizzo-Rankin, Operations Director for JoCo Construction who is designing and building the new Lady’s Island Park on Springfield Road reports the initial tree removal has been completed. Basic site preparation continues and the storm water pipe installation is completed.  The next scheduled step is to lay the base for the ball fields.  They are continuing to refine a design for the pavilion and hopefully can incorporate a bathroom facility.


Phone Directory Distributed

March 17, 2011

Distribution of the 2011-2012 Lowcountry Phone Directory began last week throughout Beaufort, Hampton and Jasper Counties. Over 94,000 copies will be distributed via the U.S. Postal Service and area distribution locations according to

publisher Brent Cooper.

The directory, now in its 17th year, is published by Communication Publishing Co.

For extra copies of the new directory you can call 986-0872.


Eagle Scout rank earned

March 10, 2011

Matthew Fisher of Boy Scout Troop 1, Beaufort, was recently awarded the rank of Eagle Scout. Matthew started scouting as a Tiger Scout with Pack 283 in Laurel Bay and completed his scouting career with Troop 1 at Carteret St. United Methodist Church. Matthew is the son of Forrest and Charlotte Fisher of Lady’s Island. Matthew is shown here accepting a gift from his grandfather, Rev. G. Thomas Fisher.


Packing for Our Troops

March 10, 2011

Project Manager Jennifer Iddins and Gilligan's Manager Eric Horlback

Ceci Banner and Lottie Miles pack boxes

The Democratic Women of Beaufort recently helped pack and send boxes to our troops at Gilligan’s Seafood Restaurant in Beaufort. Gilligan’s sponsors the project, which has sent over 2,000 boxes in the last 4 years, according to Gilligan’s General Manager Eric Horlback. Project Manager, Jennifer Iddins  started the service to help new recruits who didn’t have family come to their graduation ceremonies. Each week her Project SAM Bag still presents those Marines with a bag of goodies and thank you letters from students. The project quickly grew as donations came from families and area individuals. She was soon able to include mailings to troops overseas. Jennifer, who has been in Beaufort for 5 years, is married to Parris Island drill instructor, SSGT Phillip Iddins. To donate items or help, call 843-597-2623.


Landscape Company Volunteers to Maintain Public Corridor

March 10, 2011

Employees of The Greenery, Inc. are ready to tackle the beautification of a roadway corridor as volunteers for Keep Beaufort County Beautiful.

The Greenery, Inc., a landscape design, construction and maintenance company, has volunteered for the challenge of beautifying and maintaining a section of one of Beaufort County’s major roadway corridors.

The company has “adopted” the southwest corner of Trask Highway and Parris Island Gateway in the Burton/Shell Point area which thousands of visitors pass each year on their way to the Parris Island Marine Corps Recruit Depot and other tourist destinations such as Penn Center,  Hunting, Harbor and Fripp Islands. .

Horticulturalist and supervisor, Jerry Ashmore, said the project is a good way for the company to give back to the community and to help keep Beaufort County clean and beautiful. The task required several hours of collecting trash and debris, mowing, pruning, trimming hedges and other necessary maintenance.


Finding Fort Freemont

March 10, 2011

Two news signs were recently installed to indicate direction to Fort Freemont Park at Lands End on Highway 21 on St. Helena Island thanks to the help of Friends of Fort Freemont.


South Carolina Sheriff’s Association 2011 New Member Aquisition

March 10, 2011

In response to the increasing number of people wanting to assist law enforcement officials in building a stronger partnership in the fight against crime, Sheriff PJ Tanner announced last week that Beaufort County citizens are being invited to become Honorary Members of the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association.

Membership appeals will be going out by mail shortly. Individuals choosing to join the voluntary program can do so for as little as $20, while businesses can show their support for a $50 contribution. The funding provides critically important technical resources, training and legislative support on key criminal justice issues. Contributions are tax deductible.

“With government funding becoming increasingly difficult to secure, the membership drive has taken on greater importance than ever before,” said Sheriff Tanner. “The funding is vital to helping us carry out our mission of making our communities safer places to live, work and play.”

Individuals that do not receive a membership appeal and would like more information can contact the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association at: 112 Westpark Blvd, Columbia, SC 29210. Information is also available online at: It is a valuable investment in the future.


City Council alters meeting schedule to improve efficiency, further enhance public involvement

March 10, 2011

A new meeting schedule will enable the Beaufort City Council to more effectively and efficiently conduct the public’s business, council members said this week.

The difference in the new schedule is that it combines previously separate work sessions and formal regular meetings. The Council had been meeting every Tuesday afternoon. The new Council Schedule is as follows, with all meetings held at City Hall, 1911 Boundary Street in Beaufort:

  • Second Tuesday of each month – Work session at 5 p.m. followed by regular meeting at 7 p.m.
  • *  Third Tuesday – Work session at 5 p.m.
  • * Fourth Tuesday – Work session at 5 p.m. followed by regular meeting at 7  p.m.

The work sessions are more casual meetings where the Council members and interested members of the public literally sit around a conference table to discuss city issues. No votes are taken at work sessions. All the meetings are open to the public and the public is encouraged to attend and weigh in on agenda issues of concern.

“We’ve found the work sessions to be incredibly productive, because people on all sides of the table are much more inclined to share their ideas outside of the formality of a regular City Council meeting,” Beaufort Mayor Billy Keyserling said. “We get a lot done and consequently are better prepared for the formal meetings in the Council Chamber.”

Under the new system, nothing discussed in a work session will be voted on at the City Council regular meeting that same night, Keyserling said.

“We will wait a week, thereby giving the public adequate notice and council members more time to reflect on the discussion and listen to constituent concerns before they vote,” he said. “This removes the notion of railroading issues through on one night without adequate time for public notice and input.

“This council has been one of the most informed, deliberate and transparent councils in recent years and will continue to seek additional ways to enhance opportunities for public input, thorough consideration of issues and time to for the public to be heard,” Keyserling said.

The new schedule is in place through May. If Council members like the schedule, they may vote this summer to make it permanent, Beaufort City Manager Scott Dadson said.


Harriet Keyserling Celebration of Life

March 3, 2011

On Saturday, March 5, at 5 p.m., friends, former colleagues and family will gather at the USCB Center for the Arts on Carteret Street for a Celebration of the Life of Harriet Keyserling. The public is invited, but space is limited.



March 3, 2011

Beaufort across the river by Susan Moose.

Hunting Island Light by Richard Furman.

The Loft @ City Hall presents BEAUFORT IN FOCUS, an exhibition of favorite sights of Beaufort and the Lowcountry presented by the Photography Club of Beaufort from March 3 through April 8th.  “The Loft @ City Hall”“ is still in its infancy.  This is the second exhibition in this exciting location.

The curators of the exhibit chose photographs submitted by members, that best depict our local area and showed a broad range of characteristics, from landmarks to Marines, from shrimping to buggy rides.   Large size art work will be featured  with sizes up to 48” .   This was an opportunity for the 5 year old organization to show Beaufort the high caliber of art it can produce.  This is also an excellent opportunity for the community to see familiar places photographed from a fresh perspective.   All artwork is for sale, with a percentage returning to the Photography Club.    The exhibit is open during the City Hall’s normal business hours:  9 am – 5pm, Monday through Friday.  There is no admission charge.   An opening reception   will be held on Thursday, March 3rd from 5pm – 7pm. The public is invited to attend.

For more information or Jane Hearn



March 3, 2011

The Sandlapper Singers will present a concert on March 4 at 8 p.m. at the Sea Island Presbyterian Church, 81 Lady’s Island Drive. This auditioned ensemble from Columbia consists of 30 singers who perform concerts of American Music in an entertaining and uniquely engaging style. This program,“Hard Times: Melodies from the Civil War,” will appeal to audiences of all ages.

Director Dr. Lillian Quackenbush, who recently retired as chair of the Music Department at Columbia College, has served as Director of Music at the Shandon Presbyterian Church in Columbia for 18 years.

Admission is free. Donations will be accepted. For more information, contact Charles Frost, Minister of Music at the Sea Island Church, at 843-525-0696 or


School has vision for art campus in Beaufort

USCB has a vision for growing and branding the Beaufort campus as the Beaufort College of the Arts.

March 3, 2011

During these challenging financial times, state appropriations for South Carolina’s colleges and universities have decreased to unprecedented lows. The University of South Carolina Beaufort receives about 6 cents of each operating dollar from the state — the lowest state support of any publicly funded college or university. It is critical that members of the Beaufort community step to the plate with financial support to not only save the Beaufort campus but to make it prosper.

USCB has a vision for growing and branding the Beaufort campus as the Beaufort College of the Arts and is actively moving forward with providing studio art classes. Approximately 15 students are taking classes at present and by fall of 2011 the plan is to have enough art students to support general education classes on the Beaufort campus as well. In other words, the art students would be able to take all of their classwork on the Beaufort campus if they so desired.

Since the opening of the new Hilton Head Gateway Campus in southern Beaufort County, the university has had little success recruiting students to attend classes in Beaufort. Both local and out-of-region students have preferred the new full-service campus in Bluffton. With fewer and fewer students at the Beaufort campus, the number of courses offered here is at an all-time low. Evening classes supported by the military and those with day jobs have historically had sufficient attendance. Classes held in Beaufort during the day have not had sufficient traditional student support to make it financially viable.

The current administration is dedicated to growing the Beaufort Campus into USCB’s“Beaufort College.” The vision includes a specialized college that will offer degrees unique to this campus with studio art being the first and perhaps environmental science in the future. The first goal is to recruit a student population of up to 400 art students as soon as possible with required housing and services for residential students. There is a brief window of opportunity to get this up and running in a financially responsible manner.

Within the past 12 months, USCB has invested over $1 million in the Beaufort campus. They created a graphic design lab equipped with high-end Apple computers, a ceramics studio, converted conventional classrooms to art studios, produced a food service facility and plan on renovating the library in December 2010 to offer additional expanded technology access and technology infrastructure for each traditional classroom. The university is also developing an incremental student housing plan with the goal to accommodate at least 16 students for the 2011-2012 school year. To make this investment work, the university must recruit at least 50 full-time students who will attend the majority of their classes on the Beaufort campus.

Accordingly, the best way to support the continued growth and development of the Beaufort campus is to demonstrate a serious community commitment of financial support. We have formed a group to lead this effort. Listed below is the identified mission of this group along with the short-term initiatives required to support the university’s vision.


To support the growth and development of USCB’s vision for the Beaufort Campus into Beaufort College of the Arts (and eventually to include Environment) utilizing two vital community initiatives.


The first initiative is to solicit the funding to support at least 25 scholarships to be used as a recruitment tool. These scholarships will be awarded exclusively to full- time Beaufort campus art students. The cost of a single scholarship is a $4,000 pledge for each student scholarship at the rate of $1,000 per year for four years. Each scholarship will be administered by the USCB scholarship committee exclusively for a Beaufort campus art student.

Each student will be selected by criteria established by faculty members of the USCB Art Department in conjunction with the USCB Director of Development and the Director of Admissions. The purpose of the scholarships is to grow the number of qualified students coming to USCB to earn a BA in Studio Art at the Beaufort campus. Although preference will be given to local students, the scholarships will be awarded to those students who meet the established criteria and plan to earn a Studio Art baccalaureate degree at the Beaufort Campus at USCB regardless of his or her home location.


Engage local governments, businesses and neighborhoods to support this vision and garner additional enthusiastic community support within each organization’s sphere of influence for this important endeavor to breath life into the historic Beaufort campus.

A Letter from the Mayor:

Mayor Billy Keyserling

Something very exciting is happening in our hometown and I want you to be part of making it succeed. Let me explain.

USCB Chancellor Jane Upshaw and her staff have revitalized the Beaufort campus as a Fine Arts College, with thoughts of adding environmental science once the arts initiative is underway. They have invested over $1 million on a state of the art computer graphics lab, converted classrooms into studio space, renovated the library and opened a student cafeteria.

Also, they purchased the Chamber of Commerce Building on Bellamy Curve and are negotiating to purchase a house that will accommodate sixteen residential students next fall. They also have their sights on another property that will make it possible to accommodate up to about forty students the following year.  And, they are working on a conceptual master plan for campus expansion when the time is right.

I believe a vibrant College is fundamental to the kind of growth our community needs.  To support this exciting initiative, I assembled a small group (by no means exclusive if you would like to be an active participant) focused on generating local support for USCB and demonstrating to the staff and students that we want and will support a full time program in Beaufort.

The immediate mission is to ensure there are no less than 25 full-time students making it possible for all courses necessary to graduate are offered in Beaufort at least on a rotational basis.  Once this critical mass is met, a boarder selection of courses will be available for full and part time students

Our immediate goal is to establish twenty five full-time scholarships for students at the Beaufort campus. The cost of the four year scholarship is $4,000 and can be given, as a charitable donation, in a lump sum or in increments of $1,000 per year over four years. The funds will be isolated from other University funds and will be used for no other purpose than scholarships for fulltime students in Beaufort.

I am attaching a background paper with further details and hope that, after you have read it, you will join me and contribute to strengthening the Beaufort College Campus and bringing better educational opportunities to the residents of our community.

I urge you to consider, personally or through your business, being one of the 25 people who provide scholarships that will get the Beaufort College a stronger footing. I will call you next week to follow-up. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to be in touch if you have any questions.

Best Wishes,

Billy Keyserling


Thumbs Up gets donation from the Bargain Box

The children, volunteers, Board of Directors and friends of Thumbs Up are grateful for the generous donation given by the Board of Directors of THE BARGAIN BOX, Inc. of Hilton Head Island which is dedicated to “sharing and caring in Beaufort County, since 1965”.

These funds will be used to support Thumbs Up Summer Enrichment Program.  This program provides field trips, swimming lessons at the YMCA, two meals a day and structured activities to promote character development and personal responsibility.  The program teaches community service to children by filling “Welcome Boxes” for the CAPA Open Arms Shelter, adopting the “The Sands” in Port Royal and doing beach sweeps to pick up litter and trash.

Thumbs Up is a year round program that focuses on academic achievement and character development. Tutors work one on one with students that are capable of doing well in school but do not have the help with homework and reading at home.  Students come from families where little or no help is available with daily homework assignments. Thumbs Up works with the entire family to help its students develop character and learn responsibility.


Cleaning for a Reason

February 24, 2011

Bob Cumminham, President Merry Maids of Beaufort. Bob, and his wife Melina, also own Merry Maids of Mountain View in the Silicon Valley of California, where Cleaning for a Reason has been successful for two years.

Merry Maids of Beaufort is excited to announce their partnership with Cleaning For A Reason, the nation’s first non-profit organization dedicated to providing free professional house cleaning services for women undergoing the treatment of cancer.

Fighting cancer is difficult, and this foundation is making a difference one home at a time.  That’s one reason Bob & Melina Cunningham, the owners of the local Merry Maids office, decided to partner with this 501c3 non-profit organization that has nearly 800 partners across the United States and Canada.  So far, over 4,000 women have been helped, and maid services partnering with Cleaning For A Reason have surpassed the one million dollar mark in donated cleanings.

Now, Merry Maids wants to give back to the community by providing their services to women who live in Beaufort County and are undergoing cancer treatment.  “I’ve had several loved ones suffer from cancer, and I know what it would have meant to them to get this kind of help. That’s one reason I am so happy to be able to help women right in our area who need to focus on their health, not their housework,” said Cunningham. “We are looking forward to donating our first cleaning in association with Cleaning For  A Reason.”

Requests for cleaning services are made through the Cleaning For A Reason web site, Once cancer patients have been verified through their physician, they are matched with local Cleaning For A Reason partners who will do the actual housecleaning. The parameters of each cleaning are set by each individual cleaning company partner. Typically, they provide four free monthly cleanings while the woman is undergoing treatment.  For more information, call 1-877-337-3348.


Microbrew and Oyster Festival Coming Soon

February 24, 2011

The St. Peter Catholic School’s Annual Oyster Roast and Microbrew Festival will be held Saturday, March 5 at the Live Oaks Park in Port Royal from 1pm – Until.  Tickets are $25 per person and includes all-you-can-eat oysters, beer, live music from the “Steppin’ Stones,” a silent auction, raffles and games, microbrew tasting and a Live auction.

There will be a supervised, secure area for the kids with face painting, inflatable rides, games and entertainment. There will also be a food court featuring delicacies from local chefs and a Special Kids’ Menu, courtesy Bella Luna Café.

Sponsorships are still available and are tax-deductible. Tickets are on sale at the St. Peter School office and at Bill’s Liquors on Lady’s Island and Bluffton. For more information, please call (843) 522-9555.


Don’t Let Tax Season Get You Down, Get Organized!

By Jill Weaver, Professional Organizer

February 24, 2011

It is tax season again and with it comes an onslaught of paperwork and organizing.  Don’t pay late fees this year; take these five steps to get your tax paperwork ready for your accountant, tax service or tax filing system.

1.    Create a home for your tax documents and receipts.  If you haven’t already designated a folder, a box or container for your 2010 documents, find something that can corral your papers.  January 31st was the deadline for tax documents to be mailed so they will continue to come in from the past tax season.

2.    Gathering all the papers from the last year can be overwhelming.  Start working on one category at a time.  First find or print your bank statements, then credit card statements and continue on through all of your needed paperwork.  Next go through and highlight any purchases that qualify as a deduction for the past year and sort your receipts by category if they aren’t already.  Take each day to tackle one tax related task.

3.    If you have many medical deductions this year, there is usually a lot of paperwork that comes along with it.  Match up your receipts and Explanation of Benefits (EOB) so you have a clear picture of your expenditures and deductions.  Sometimes it helps to create a worksheet of your expenses to get a clear picture of the costs incurred.

4.    If you are using a computerized money manager like QuickBooks, take the time to enter in all of your receipts and expenses so that it is up-to-date through December 2010.  You don’t want to miss any deductions this year.

5.    Give yourself a leg up on 2011 taxes now by designating a spot that will hold all of your tax documents for next year.  Try labeling folders using the general categories: medical, donations and Taxes 2011 to capture everything else for the year.  You can add any other categories that pertain to your tax picture.  This initial sort will save you a lot of time next year.

Don’t let tax season hold you hostage this spring.  Start now by getting organized for the current year and get set-up for success for next year.  You will find that the tax season doesn’t have to be daunting and you will be less likely to miss any deductions that you are owed.

Jill Weaver is a Professional Organizer and Time Management Coach.  For more information see her website at or send questions to


Final Books Sandwiched In

February 28, 2011

W. Brantley Harvey Jr.: Strom: The Complicated Personal & Political Life of Strom Thurmond by Jack Bass and Marilyn Thompson

Overview of: Strom: The Complicated Personal & Political Life of Strom Thurmond

Strom is a remarkable look at the life of a complicated and pivotal figure in the nation’s politics – particularly when it came to issues of race. Thurmond was the Dixiecrat presidential candidate in 1948, originator of the 1956 “Southern Manifesto” against the Brown vs. Board of Education ruling, holder of the record for a Senate filibuster for his opposition to the 1957 Civil Rights Bill. Yet as a young man he had secretly fathered a daughter with the family’s black maid, and he quietly supported her through her enrollment at college and beyond.

Bass and Thompson both covered Thurmond for years and broke the big stories. In Strom, they tell us a great deal about power and politics in our nation and race’s twisted roots in the 20th century South.


Historic Pinckney Retreat in Beaufort finds new life with national developer

February 24, 2011

With its lush marshfront vistas and sprawling live oaks blanketed in moss, historic Pinckney Retreat in Beaufort is finding rebirth in a nationally-recognized developer with Lowcountry connections.

East West Communities, an award-winning and financially stable developer based in Richmond, Virginia, originally was part of the Sea Pines Company that created Hilton Head’s famed resorts. Established in 1972, East West Communities has developed 35 communities across seven states, encompassing more than 15,000 homes.

With the purchase of the 44 wooded lots at Pinckney Retreat just minutes from 300-year-old Beaufort and Hilton Head Island, East West Communities returns to its roots.

“This opportunity is one that our team has desired since we became independent of Sea Pines many years ago. The natural beauty and majesty of the Lowcountry coastal region is breathtaking and cannot be replicated anywhere in the world,” said Gary Fenchuk, CEO of East West Communities.

“With its live oaks and marshfront setting, Pinckney Retreat is already one of the most beautiful communities we have had the opportunity to be involved with,” he said. “Our goal is to enhance that setting, protect and preserve the land and its resources, and build quality neighborhood homes.”

East West Communities is establishing a ‘Preferred Builders Program’ offering Lowcountry homes starting from the mid-$300,000s. Having pre-screened preferred builders assures quality and customer service, Fenchuk said. The Preferred Builders will be starting construction of a selection of homes for purchase.

East West Communities’ purchase includes 25 interior lots and 19 marshfront lots, but only 20 homesites are currently available for sale. The Pinckney Retreat community has 77 lots in total. Originally named Retreat Plantation, the property rises on the banks of the Battery Creek salt marsh where herons, egrets and ospreys dine on shrimp and fish.

Pinckney Retreat features a historic marshfront tabby house built in 1736 by a young French Huguenot, Jean de la Gaye, for his young bridge Catherine Gautier. Known for being the oldest tabby house in Beaufort County, the structure remains in splendid condition with its 22-inch thick tabby walls, original fireplaces, and rich hardwood planked floors.

The property is graced with live oaks and majestic magnolias, and features a private pier and community dock, an outdoor pool with a covered patio, outdoor grilling area and fireplace, an indoor kitchen, community trails and gardens.

The gated community on Battery Creek off SC 280 is minutes from historic downtown Beaufort, 30 minutes from the beach, 30 minutes from Bluffton, and 45 minutes from Savannah and the Savannah airport.

Already, East West Communities is working with area home builders to create a Lowcountry streetscape of homes for Pinckney Retreat. These preferred builders will offer a selection of plans from their portfolios as well as work with homebuyers to custom design homes. East West will also allow purchases of the homesites now to be built on later.

Twenty of the 44 homesites are now available for sale, with interior lots starting in the mid-$50,000s and marshfront homesites starting at $115,000, said Rob Marek, Broker for Marek and Polk Realty Group/ERA Evergreen. The agency handles home and homesite sales at Pinckney Retreat.

“With the guidance, commitment, experience and stability of East West Communities, Pinckney Retreat will have the right-priced inventory, in a superior community setting, ready for the spring and early summer.  I couldn’t be more pleased with their involvement in our community and look for great things to come,” Marek said.

East West’s first community was Brandermill, located in the western suburbs of Richmond, VA.  Brandermill is a 2,700-acre community located on a 1,700-arce freshwater lake that serves as the county’s water supply. Brandermill was named the “Best Planned Community in America” by Better Homes & Gardens Magazine and the National Association of Home Builders.

East West has 10 actively-selling communities in Virginia, Florida, and now, South Carolina. These include:

  • Pinckney Retreat, Beaufort, SC
  • Patriot’s Landing, Richmond, VA
  • The Riverfront, Suffolk, VA
  • Founders Pointe, Isle of Wight County, VA
  • Eagle Harbor, Isle of Wight County, VA
  • Liberty Ridge, Williamsburg, VA
  • Riverwatch, Gloucester, VA
  • Eagle Landing, Jacksonville, FL
  • Rolling Hills, Jacksonville, FL
  • Windsong, Orlando, FL

For more information on Pinckney Retreat, contact Marek Polk Realty Group 1-800-207-1910 toll free, or 843-597-7770, or visit For details on East West Communities, visit


Help Beaufort County Firefighters Help You

February 24, 2011

Beaufort County fire chiefs are asking residents to check their homes and make sure their address can be easily seen from the street.

The Beaufort County Fire Chiefs agree that they have life saving systems, equipment, technology, and personnel ready to help their citizens at a moment’s notice, but need the help of their citizens to make it all come together.  The increasing difficulty of finding the door step of the person in need has become an unnecessary obstacle to service delivery.

Fire trucks have on board computers and maps that help direct firefighters to the 911 caller, however the electronic map cannot properly display the unique topography of every particular street or house with 100% accuracy. Firefighters must rely on their knowledge of their response area, their personalized paper maps and the information provided by the caller to supplement the computer systems.

“When we are responding, we are talking on the radio, getting equipment ready, and trying to safely steer a fire truck; so having to having to stop and search a particular location for an address number really slows us down and makes a tense situation more dangerous,” stated President of the Beaufort County Fire Chief’s Association, Fripp Island Fire Chief Josh Horton

Some tips to follow when checking your home are:

Address numbers should be a minimum of 4” tall.

Address numbers should contrast the background on which they are mounted.

Address numbers should be on both the mailbox and house.

Address numbers should be visible from all directions of travel.

“In an emergency seconds count, so please direct us to your doorstep so we can quickly provide you with the service you need and deserve – a life may depend on it” stated Chief Horton.


The Firth Amendment

February 24, 2011

I have a confession to make:

“Forgive me, Father of Manliness, for I have sinned.  I have discovered that like Colin Firth.”


“That will be ten Hail Darcys and four watchings of The English Patient.  Carry on…”

Yup, I have confessed.  It’s all his fault, really.  I first learned of this Colin Firth actor perhaps ten years ago, when I asked a former girlfriend who her favorite actor was.  “Oh gosh, it’s definitely Colin Firth!”  Who?  “Colin Firth!” she exclaimed again.  “Helloooo?  Mr. Darcy?”

As I came out of my literary hibernation, I discovered that Mr. Darcy was the chief villain in an evil book written by She Who Shall Not Be Named, for the pleasure of girls and the misery of men.  Better yet, this Firth guy played this uppity, egregious, snobbish character not for one 90 minute film, but rather a six-part miniseries put together by the BBC.  All I needed to do was glance at the cover of the video collection and see the look on his face to place an immediate typecast on him.  British, arrogant, and scowling.  Yup, a real charmer.

As the years went by, I was introduced to more of his performances that I’m sure are very familiar with men who were in the doghouse for various reasons.  Titles such as Bridget Jones’s Diary, Love Actually, and What A Girl Wants should perhaps ring a bell, or perhaps trigger a nightmare.

About a year ago, I came across one of my favorite “made for TV” films on HBO; Conspiracy.  The film was about the conference that drafted the “Final Solution to the Jewish Question” As I watched it, a curious realization came to me.

Waitaminute… that’s Colin Firth!

Truth be told, there he was, playing one Wilhelm Stuckart, the architect of the anti-Semitic Nuremburg Laws.  It was a masterful performance.  An aberration in his career, I mumbled to myself.  Perhaps the only way I could tolerate him is if he only played truly despicable characters from Nazi Germany.

A few months ago, I heard a radio interview in which I missed the introduction as to who was talking.  The guest was talking about the acting challenges for an upcoming film in which he was selected to play a stammering King George VI.

This ought to be interesting, I thought.

The segment ended, with the interviewer thanking Colin Firth for his time.  Oh jeez.

Well, I had to see the film now.  I was captivated by the characterization that Firth described.  I went home to search for the preview on YouTube.  It looked like a compelling film.

This past weekend, I went with my current girlfriend to see The King’s Speech (She of course saw the film as soon as it came out).  It was a spectacular film; one of the best I’d seen in a while.  Geoffrey Rush was his usual outstanding self, but Firth was impressive; from his quirky mannerisms and arduous hesitations to his compelling interactions with the other characters, it was a gripping portrayal.

Until last weekend, I had been unable to get around the Darcy typecast in order to appreciate his full body of work.  This Firth guy is actually quite talented.

A good actor can portray a character and can be forever remembered for one role, so much that when we hear a name, we think of the actor.  George C. Scott’s Patton, Peter O’Toole’s Lawrence of Arabia, and Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky are all examples.  Despite the considerable résumés of those actors, they are generally remembered primarily for those roles.

A great actor can portray a multitude of characters and never be singularly remembered for one performance.  He can have his whole filmography speak for his talents.  Firth belongs in that category; an upper echelon of actors who have that unique ability to make you forget who they are and appreciate the role that they are portraying on screen.

Mr. Darcy will never be near or dear to my heart, but King George VI will always be on my mind when I think of Colin Firth again.   I look forward to his next performance – so long as Jane Austen’s not writing the story.


We’ve been waiting for spring to dock her boat

By Cherimie Crane

February 24, 2011

Like God himself kicked an anthill, Beaufortonians fled the incarcerating caves of winter. Running in every direction but inside, our sun deprived souls flocked to the warmth of an old familiar friend. Flip flops could be spotted at just about every turn, our furry friends hung out car windows and perched proudly in truck beds as to announce Spring is here. By golly, Spring is here!

As any Southerner well knows, it is but a teaser, an appetizer to the entrée called Summer. It is those first few days when birds beat alarm clocks, sunshine streams through window treatments with the fury of force not to be forgotten, and women face a brutal reality that bikini season is eminent. It’s not quite summer, but thank the Lord it is warm enough. Warm enough to thaw the frozen smiles, loosen the layers, and remember why we live here in the first place.

Yes, we are spoiled. Yes, we absolutely lose our minds at even a warning of true winter weather. No, we don’t know how to drive in freezing rain. No, we don’t own coats in every color. What we do have is an almost instinctual sense of summer.

Crawling out of our caves, stretching towards the light, and immediately scheduling the rest of the year around the tides and Water Festival. Our pasty existence evolves into a sweet southern style envied and emulated by those regionally less fortunate. More accurate than our weather predicting friend the groundhog, is most definitely our friend the boat owner. It is his shadow we watch so closely.

As we ditch the sweater for the sundress, hot cocoa for hot dogs, symphony for sandbar, we enter a time when even bridge traffic becomes a bit more tolerable. It is our heritage, our genetics, our deep southern roots that cause our unmistakable seasonal adjustment. We will never be famous for snow boarding, our schools will always close at first flurry, and we will never quite know the correct way to wrap a scarf; however, we can go from boat to boat with Olympian agility and soar through summer heat with a smile.

Dust off the koozies, grab the sunscreen, wipe the sleep from your eyes; Spring is about to dock her boat and it is our time to shine!


Laura’s Fashion File

by Laura Trask

February 24, 2011

Fashion week in New York has just concluded. What  great timing and inspiration to start a fashion column!

I was lucky enough to have a former roommate who clicked her stilettos to the top in the fashion world….and once upon a time she got me into the shows….wow the energy and enormity of it all was overwhelming! The most magical was Oscar de la Renta, truly a king in the fashion world. I sat up there in my little corner seat taking it all in…the celebrity and celebutantes (as my NY friends like to call them) were a sight to see!  Well that was then and this is now…my friend is no longer in the business (too much stress), and as we all know there is no money in the bank for Oscar (never was)!

Fashion always runs a season ahead; so, the current shows are not what is on our minds (fall/winter clothes-we’re done with that). We are thinking spring and summer, which we know in the low country requires very little thread count!  But how do we keep our wardrobe current and in forward motion when we are stopped short in the finance department? And to add insult to injury, I am on the ‘no shopping list.’ As anyone afflicted with this disease knows, the best defense is abstinence. But, I have a hard time turning away from the magazines, websites and emails, which I should have blocked! I just love it all too much!

The sad part of being on a short leash is  giving up something you love doing with friends! So let’s not do it. Instead fellow fashionistas, let’s shop smarter together and find the chic on the cheap!

I will show you the latest trends for the season and help you find the best deals on line and in stores. Since it is the start of the Spring Season we WON’T be finding any sales, which I have to say is my favorite part! I like waiting till the bitter end when getting something for 50-70% off feels like making money….although I have been told that is not the case (probably, like you, by my husband).

Here are a few of the trends out there this spring…….Florals are here which seems like an obvious choice for spring; but here’s the twist- the floral prints and materials are often mixed. In other words, the bodice may be one botanical, the waist another and the skirt even another. Some of it seemed a bit much for this typically solid wearing girl; but then, others were truly divine!  So, there will be some weeding involved!!

Another key staple for spring (which so works for us here) is the statement shorts. They go from super casual right on up to cocktail attire. I saw some metallic lace short shorts! Tan legs are a good idea….real or spray on, it doesn’t matter!

Another exciting trend on the runway, and now in stores, is the1970’s inspired boho chic! But this ain’t your momma’s hippie Woodstock version (if your momma was that cool). This is a cleaned up version– super sexy.

For example the pants are wide and loose on the leg, but the waist is fitted and the look is clean.  This is a total departure from all the super skinny pants of the last few seasons.  Another new 70’s look is the disco dress–typically long and flowy in great cool colors.  Hope you look good in coral. There is a lot out there. Don’t worry, the peasant blouse and the calf length skirt are still around for those more casual flower child moments.

So girls get your boho on!!!

XO Laura



February 24, 2011

Our 2010 Annual Meeting was a great success yesterday.  The event was catered by Berry Island Café and was absolutely delicious. More than 50 YMCA members, employees, Board and Committee members were present and 2010 year-end results were presented.

The YMCA also welcomed five new individuals to the YMCA Board of Directors. Joining the Board are Kelly Collins, David Homyk, Mike Green, Cheryl Comes and Rebecca Bass.  They accompany Chairman- Mary Jane Martin, Vice Chairman- Fred Kuhn, Secretary- Jack Ryan, Treasurer- Bill Davidson, Former Chairman- Chuck Dalvini, Dean Hewitt, Henry Robinson, Blakely Williams, Walter Mack, Ernie Schlichtemeier and Stacey Canaday.  They are all very talented individuals and we are lucky to have them aboard.

Wardle Family YMCA is an inclusive association of people committed to a common effort to help individuals and families reach their fullest potential in terms of spirit, mind, and body. The YMCA is committed to significantly expanding a fiscally sound, service delivery organization which delivers high quality, market driven services to a growing Beaufort County.

For more information, call 843-522-9622


Is texting the future of college prep?

February 24, 2011

Lynne Anderson was driving her teenage daughter home to Hilton Head Island from North Carolina when inspiration struck.

After prodding and pleading with her two eldest children to use expensive, time-consuming programs to prepare for the college admissions tests, Anderson looked over and saw her daughter incessantly text messaging.

“Why can’t I send them study materials that way?” Anderson said she remembers asking herself as she pulled over to jot down the idea. “That is how a teen communicates.” Since that moment about a year and a half ago, the 49-year-old mother of four has put aside her work as head of new business development at Hilton Head’s Anderson Communications Group to develop a new venture of her own: eTextPrep.

That business, which launched in November, uses text messaging to teach children about the terms and strategies that can help them succeed in school and attract the attention of college admissions representatives.

According to users can subscribe to a steady stream of text messages that prepare students for ACT, SAT or Advanced Placement exams in a variety of subjects.

After signing up and confirming, a student will receive text messages about key terms and phrases each weekday, a test-taking tip each Friday and a wrap-up e-mail that reviews each week’s curriculum. That e-mail also can be sent to parents.

Each message consists of no more than 160 simple characters, so students need not have an Internet-equipped smart phone to subscribe, said Anderson, who is president and CEO of eTextPrep and also owns a pilates studio.

The cost, $7.99 per month for each program, is automatically added to a user’s cell phone bill.

Groups such as school districts or after-school clubs also can sign up their students en masse and request customized content.

The business also has a program for middle-schoolers, and a Latin American subsidiary is working on a similar system to educate people about financial awareness.

Before launching the business, Anderson researched teens’ affinity for text messaging. She found piles of studies on the topic and some examples of teachers using text messages in a similar fashion. But she hasn’t found a business like hers.

She then surveyed local students to gauge their interest and tapped local educators to develop the program materials.

She worked with a third party to gain the approval of cell phone carriers. That proved to be a lengthy and at times frustrating process, she said.

It took months to show each program’s “message flow” to each major carrier. The carriers take a percentage of eTextPrep’s revenue and regularly check to ensure its services comply with their rules, she said.

Anderson said carriers found her service more complicated than those that sell ring tones or wallpaper for phones, for example.

“I know more about the mobile messaging industry than I ever would’ve thought possible,” she said.

Tina Webb-Browning, chairwoman of the science department at Hilton Head Preparatory School and mother of two Prep graduates, said Anderson’s service should unobtrusively help students better learn the material in their several-hundred-page textbooks that teachers can only cover briefly, if at all, in the classroom. Webb-Browning advised Anderson early in the business’ development and later wrote the AP chemistry content.


Beaufort Selected for Limited Distribution of One-of-a-Kind Designer Products

Bespoke Painting and Golden Glow Candle Works Announce Southern Debut

February 24, 2011

Fordham Market on Bay Street, home to many unique artists and artisan products, will soon welcome two major additions to Beaufort’s upscale shopping experience.

Bespoke Painting is the life passion of designer Nicki Piercy Coddington. A well-accomplished painter, Coddington applies her unique design and style to home décor items that are truly one-of-a-kind. The Bespoke line includes hand-painted wall mirrors, serving trays, blanket boxes and coat racks, as well as, a playful line of children’s items including wooden hangers, young person-sized rocking chairs and toy chests.

When asked ‘Why Beaufort,’ Coddington explains, “I choose distribution of my Bespoke Painting products very carefully. Bay Street provides discerning shoppers with distinctive products and gifts that aren’t found anywhere else. Beaufort is the perfect place for my unique offering.”

Raised in England, Coddington now calls New York City home. She is excited to meet the folks of Beaufort at the launch of Bespoke Painting and Golden Glow Candle Works on February 26.

Sharing a boutique space in Fordham Market with Bespoke Painting is Golden Glow Candle Works. Golden Glow offers a unique line of products made from a rare golden color of onyx known as Golden Onyx.

This extraordinary semi-precious stone is translucent and provides a soothing golden glow when illuminated by light. The Golden Glow line of products features candle holders that are as individual as a fingerprint. Crafted in nature – in the mountains of the western United States – and hand-cut at the quarry, no two are alike. Additionally compelling are the physical and emotional healing properties golden onyx is known to possess.

Owner of Fordham Market, Duncan Fordham, shares “I’ve never seen anything like these Golden Glow candle holders. They are a welcome addition to our Market where we strive to offer beautiful and original products. We are all excited for Bespoke Painting and Golden Glow Candle Works to join the Fordham Market family.”

For additional information about Bespoke Painting and Nicki Piercy Coddington, visit To learn more about the Golden Glow line of gifts, find their website at:


Exit Realty of Beaufort Hosts Training with Top Realtor

February 24, 2011

EXIT Realty of Beaufort Hosts Success Without Stress featuring Johnny Loewy at the Coosaw Point Club House on January 31st. Johnny Loewy presented to a standing room only audience of Beaufort area realtors. Johnny has been ranked by the Wall Street Journal as one of the TOP 50 Realtors in the United States. Johnny taught techniques to realtors on how to succeed in any market. Local sponsors of the event were Regions Bank/Mortgage, Eversole Law Firm, Gilbert Law Firm, Lawn Solutions, Greenbug, Hawkeye Home Inspections, KFI Air Conditioning, Old Republic and 2-10 Home Warranty. Michael Washburn, the Regional owner of EXIT of the Carolinas has arranged the Success Without Stress seminar in 12 venues throughout North and South Carolina.


New Plays Festival Seeks Submissions – Expands Opportunities for Writers

February 24, 2011

The New Plays Festival of the Lowcountry seeks submissions for the first annual New Plays Festival, to be held in the late spring of 2011 in Beaufort and guidelines for writers have been  expanded.

In order to open the festival up to more writers, the board of directors has broadened the criteria for submissions to include original works of up to ninety (90) minutes in length. Writers are urged to submit their original plays of all genres, as well as monologues, poems and stories for consideration. Selected works will be presented as staged readings at the festival.  Material should be no longer than ninety (90) minutes total.

Writers should send three copies of their manuscript along with the non-refundable $25.00 submission fee to:

New Plays Festival of the Lowcountry

P.O. Box 1256

Beaufort, South Carolina 29901

Writers will be notified by May 15, 2011. Those selected will receive a DVD of the staged reading. Manuscripts will not be returned.

The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2011.

For more information, visit:

Contact the New Plays Festival of the Lowcountry at


The Manifold Inspirations and Paramount Eloquence of Frederick Douglass

February 24, 2011

Whitfield Sims grew up in Darlington, South Carolina, and eventually attended Yale, approximately when George W. Bush did, for a post-grad apprenticeship in modern theater for a year and a half. His peers in SC had told him he’d never make it; he also spent a year studying classical theater at the Stratford Theater in England. This year, February 25, 26 & 27, he’s bringing the esteemed human rights hero Frederick Douglass to the stage at ARTworks in Beaufort Town Center.

“i have always been inspired by Frederick Douglass. When I was in college, I did my masters in journalism, and one of the things that inspired me to do so was that I had studied The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.  When he came out with his paper, the North Star, other papers patterned after his model, his writing style. When I read his speeches, it was his eloquence that inspired the character I developed for the theater,” explained Sims.

As a director, Sims sees Douglass as a vehicle for education as well, and will also perform his one-man show at Lady’s Island Elementary. Sims is the creative director for Creative Arts Development in Charleston, and the former director of the youth company of Black Spectrum Theatre in New York. Combined with the drama of Douglass’ drive for abolition and fiery skills as an orator, you will find an artist who takes pride in possessing the soul of character and achieving outward believability— not only in the historical figure of Douglass, but of the equality for which he fought. Douglass, by the way, embraced women’s rights as well.

What’s the point of attending, other than an enjoyable evening in the black box theater at ARTworks? One point is— history tries, and does sometimes, repeat itself. In 1857, Douglass spoke on the Dred Scott decision, which was a low point in the history of the Supreme Court: “This is one view. It is, thank God, only one view; there is another, and a brighter view. David, you know, looked small and insignificant when going to meet Goliath, but looked larger when he had slain his foe. The Malakoff was, to the eye of the world, impregnable, till the hour it fell before the shot and shell of the allied army. Thus hath it ever been. Oppression, organized as ours is, will appear invincible up to the very hour of its fall. Sir, let us look at the other side, and see if there are not some things to cheer our heart and nerve us up anew in the good work of emancipation.”

From American-born slaves in the 1800s to alleged “anchor babies” in the 2010s, some people still seek to create second class citizens; but cheer up, Whitfield Sims is here to speak true words with a voice for all to hear.

“Frederick Douglass” the one-man show with Whitfield Sims, Jr. is February 25-26, 2011, 8pm; February 27, 3pm, in the black box theater at ARTworks in Beaufort Town Center. $15 per person, $10 for students (13+), $5 for children (12 & under) $10 for groups of 10 or more. 843-379-2787 and online at

Note: Friday night from 6 to 8pm is also the closing reception with artist James Denmark!



February 24, 2011

Charles D. Frost, organist, will present a recital on Sunday, February 27 at 7:00 pm at the Sea Island Presbyterian Church, 81 Lady’s Island Drive, Beaufort.  He will be joined by Frances Hsieh and Mayumi Nakamura-Smith, violins, Benn Weiss, viola, Timothy O’Malley, cello, and Michael Smith, trumpet.  The program will include works by Handel, Bach, Mozart, Callahan, Gershwin and others.  Featured will be  Handel’s “Organ Concerto in F Major” and Callahan’s “Divertimento.”  Both works are for organ and strings.  In addition, Sonatas for organ, trumpet, and strings will be performed.

Frost is Minister of Music at the Sea Island Church where he serves as organist and choir director.  The music program consists of singing choirs for ages 4-adult as well as handbell choirs.  In addition, he oversees several volunteer directors and a strong series of concerts and music programs.

He is a native of Red Bank, New Jersey and has lived in Beaufort since 2002.  He attended Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey, where he received both the Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees in Church Music.  His organ studies were with Dr. Joan Lippincott, former Head of the Organ Department and world-renowed recitalist and recording artist.  His Choral studies were with Dr. Joseph Flummerfelt, retired Head of Choral Studies and Director of the famed Westminster Choir.

Mr. Frost has served churches in New Jersey, New York, California, Washington, and Michigan.  In addition to his work at the church, he is on the Executive Committee of the American Guild of Organists(AGO) of the Lowcountry Chapter, Board of Directors of the Beaufort Orchestra, as well as keyboardist for the orchestra, and is a member of several professional organizations.  He is also on the Hymnal Committee of the Presbyterian Church which is developing a new hymnal for the denomination.

The other musicians on the program are Charleston based.  They have played together a number of times including Chamber Music Charleston, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, and the Hilton Head Orchestra.

The recital is open to the public.  Donations will be accepted.  For more information, contact Frost at the church, 843-525-0696 or


Dvorak and Haydn With the Beaufort Symphony  – And Lunch at The Outback!

Contributed by Christine A. Raskind

February 24, 2011

For its Thursday, March 3rd and Sunday, March 6th concerts, The Beaufort Symphony will shine the spotlight on the entire orchestra!  Maestro Fred Devyatkin will lead the talented musicians in Dvorak’s 8th Symphony and the Haydn #100, also known as the ‘Military’ Symphony. Both concerts will be held in the auditorium at the USCB Performing Arts Center.

Contrary to the majority of composers whose lives were filled with insecurity and anguish, Antonin Dvorak and Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) stand apart – they were well-adjusted people!  Haydn was blessed with a cheerful and happy temperament. When conflict overtook him, he turned to his strong Catholic faith for solace!  Young musicians today still call him “Papa Haydn” as they practice the melody of the so-called ‘Surprise’ Symphony.  He is aptly known as the father of the symphony and the string quartet for his forward-looking ideas of instrumentation and musical structure.

He and Mozart share the pinnacle of the Classical period of music. The two were good friends who respected and admired each other’s music.  Haydn’s position of Kappellmeister (Music Director) for the wealthy House of Esterhazy in Austria-Hungary kept him from any financial concerns. Although he lived with the family on their remote estate for 30 years, he was well known a teacher and composer. Among his students was Ludvig Van Beethoven!  He was much celebrated during his lifetime, composing an astonishing number of symphonies – 104, as well as a great number of string quartets.  His later life was spent in Vienna where he wrote masses and oratorios, large religious compositions for chorus and orchestra, which are staples of choral performance today.  In short his music has more than stood the test of time!

Haydn’s  ‘Military’ Symphony’, #100 was written in 1793, about sixteen years before his death. It derives its name from the unusual instrumentation found in the second of the four movements.  A surprising volley on the timpani occurs near the middle of the movement. He next introduces the triangle, cymbals and bass drum, (considered “Turkish” instruments) and heretofore not used by composers of the Classical period. The final measures of the movement feature a military bugle call.  One early critic was not kind when Symphony # 100 was premiered.  He described the sounds in the second movement as “the hellish roar of war increasing to a climax of horrid sublimity”. Today’s audiences will likely remain undisturbed by these 18th century innovations!

Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony #8 was once known as #4, the confusion being caused by the discovery of earlier works, which were then placed in chronological order.

He was born in Bohemia (now a part of the Czech Republic) in 1841 nearly one hundred years after Mozart and well into the Romantic period. While playing in the Prague National Opera he first came in contact with its conductor, Bedrich Smetana, who was also known for his nationalistic musical compositions. Dvorak, too, used Bohemian and Slavonic folk songs in his music to urge national pride and urge the rejection of Austrian rule.

It was with the help and support of Johannes Brahms in his thirties that he began to gain an international reputation.  Folk music and original melodies, which evoke the folk tradition, would remain a lifelong interest as he began to explore longer symphonic works.

When tragedy or sadness overtook him, as in the death of three of his infant daughters, he turned his pathos and emotion into heart stoppingly beautiful compositions. He was a devoted family man -he and his wife welcomed six more children. Because of his temperament and celebrated status, his life was generally happy and successful.  In 1893 he came to Spillville, Iowa to spend the summer, where he composed part of Symphony No. 9, “From The New World”.  His sojourn in the Midwest and in New York City had a profound affect on the music of successive American composers – among them George Gershwin.  However loneliness for his native land took him back to Bohemia, where he spent the remaining years of his life in Prague.   His 8th Symphony is filled with magical melodies that delight audiences; music that is both expressive and poignant.

Lunch at the Outback Restaurant Benefits Scholarships

The BSO will also be sponsoring a Lunch At The Outback Restaurant on Sunday, March 6, from 12:00 – 2:00. Tickets for the Lunch are $20 for adults, $10 for kids 6-13 and under 6, free. They must be purchased in advance, by calling Margo Freund 843-838-9309 or Ed Like at 843-838-1237. This is our annual fundraiser for the Beaufort Youth Orchestra. The Outback will donate all proceeds to our students’ scholarship fund.  Money raised provides opportunities for the young musicians to take private lessons, attend summer music camps and supports several of our talented high school grads who are studying music at the college level. Contributions from those who cannot attend the Lunch are also very welcome.

The Beaufort Symphony Orchestra


Starring The Orchestra!

Frederick Devyatkin, Musical Director

Dvorak – Symphony #8

Haydn – Symphony #100  – “Military”

USCB Performing Arts Auditorium

801 Carteret Street, Beaufort

Thursday Evening, March 3rd, 2011 – 8:00 P.M. – $35

Sunday Matinee – March 6th, 2011 – 3:00 P.M. – $35

Youth Through High School – $5

Tickets may be purchased on the Beaufort Orchestra’s website or

by calling Call Ticket Fusion’s toll free number 1-877-548-3237

Pro-rated Season Subscriptions by calling 843-524-3593

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.


Upcoming events at ARTworks

February 24, 2011

“My Expressions” an Evening of Song with Sumitra & Friends: the singer-songwriter performs at ARTworks. Sumitra Red has toured with the Hallelujah Singers for twenty years, including seven European tours, plus solo appearances at Columbia Station in Washington DC, the Savannah Blues & Jazz Bistro in Okatie SC, as well as being a featured artist in poetry slam performances in Beaufort.  On Saturday, March 5, 8pm, Sumitra will take the stage @ ARTworks, backed by her friends and joined by Lavon Stevens at the piano. This evening of song will be in the black box theater at ARTworks in Beaufort Town Center. $15 per person, $10 for students (13+), $5 for children (12 & under) $10 for groups of 10 or more. 843-379-2787 and online at


February 17, 2011

2011 Beaufort International Film Festival Welcomes Oscar Nominee Tom Berenger and Eugene Gearty

Active and retired service members invited to Lt. Dan Band movie screening as Festival guests

Oscar Nominee Tom Berenger

Film Festival organizers confirmed today that Tom Berenger, Academy Award nominee for his role as Sgt. Barnes in the movie Platoon, will present the inaugural Santini Patriot Spirit Award to filmmaker Jonathan Flora for his documentary Lt. Dan Band: For the Common Good.

Oscar Nominee Eugene Gearty, Mark Shaffer and Ron Tucker at a recent BIFF event at Saltus River Grill

Eugene Gearty, also an Oscar nominee for his Sound Design on the Martin Scorsese film Gangs of New York, will present the award for Best Feature Film. Other 2011 presenters include celebrated cinematographer and director Michael Givens; newspaper publisher and videographer Jeff Evans; award-winning screenwriter Candace Brasseur; and 2010 BIFF Short Film Finalists and costume designers for the hit television series Army Wives, Karen and Keva Keyes.

In addition to all the excitement at the Awards Ceremony on Saturday, 19 February at the USCB Performing Arts Center, Film Festival organizers announced that all active and retired military service members are invited to be special guests at the SC Premiere screening for Lt. Dan Band: For the Common Good. The movie will be shown on Saturday, February 19th at 1:30 pm. Active and retired service members need only present their ID card as their ticket for entry at the former Lady’s Island Cinema (near Beaufort HS and now called the Seaside Vineyard Church).

One week from opening night, Film Festival Executive Director, Ron Tucker, caught his breath to comment on how things are looking, This is shaping up to be our best festival yet. It appears that in Year Five we are hitting our stride. Not only do we have the most diverse selection of films ever, we have more filmmakers attending than ever before. In all, we have 40 film, television, and radio industry professionals coming to Beaufort to see what we have to offer the film world. We cannot say enough about our film-loving community, they have embraced this festival and our attending filmmakers every year. Filmmaker Gary Weeks said it best last year, ‘You folks have something very special here. It’s unlike any festival I’ve ever been to.’”

About the Beaufort International Film Festival

The Beaufort International Film Festival is a celebration of student and Independent cinema from all over the United States and abroad. With its richly deserved reputation as the beautiful Lowcountry setting for many major motion pictures, Beaufort seeks to honor up and coming filmmakers and attract new film production to its shores. In 2011, over 200 submissions were received from 24 countries. Tickets can be purchased at the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center, located in the historic Arsenal Building or visit, where you will also find event and screening schedules.


Thursday, February 17

• Film Screenings 8am-5pm • Screenwriters Table Read 7:30 p.m. (Wine and Cheese Reception) Seaside Vineyard Fellowship (formerly Lady’s Island Cinema)

Single Ticket $15 (included in All Events Pass) Friday, February 18 • Film Screenings from 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

Saturday, February 19

• Film Screenings from 8 a.m. -1:30 p.m. • Awards Gala Cocktail Hour 7 p.m.

• Awards Presentations 8 p.m. at University of South Carolina, Beaufort, Center for the Arts Single Ticket $35 (included in All Events Pass) Sunday, February 20 • Filmmaker Farewell Brunch, Blackstones Deli-Café, 205 Scott St., from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

All Screenings for The Beaufort International Film Festival will be held at Seaside Vineyard Fellowship (Formerly Lady’s Island Cinema), 100 Sea Island Parkway, Beaufort, SC 29907


Individual films: $5 each. For all 33 films: purchase the Unlimited Film Pass, $75. Daily Film Pass: $30 each day. All Events Pass: $125 (BFS Members $100). Purchase online at, or pay at the door or at the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center, 715 Craven St., at the Arsenal.

ALL ABOUT A Marine Story

Last week, The Island News printed show times and synopses of movies to be presented at the Beaufort International Film Festival. The show time for “A Marine Story” was omitted. It will be showing Friday, Feb. 18, at 9 p.m.

Ned Farr

Ned Farr directs “A Marine Story,” starring Dreya Weber, Paris P. Pickard and Christine Mourad. The feature-length film is about a decorated Marine officer who unexpectedly returns home from the war and is quickly recruited to help a troubled teen prepare for boot camp. When the true reasons for her return become known, it threatens the future for both of them. This film deals with an issue that now has tremendous relevance as American troops are stretched

to the breaking point.


Vote for Beaufort

February 17, 2011

Vote for Beaufort in AmericanStyle’s ranking of Top Small City Art Destinations. Beaufort has ranked in the top 25 for the past few years. It’s an important designation to maintain.

Simply follow the following link to vote or go to

Voting is quick and effective (and explaining your choice is optional!) Check out AmericanStyle magazine at

Our Slowcountry arts scene is nationally recognized— please click to keep it that way.

Voting ends March 5. Thanks in advance for speaking up.


Tidal Creek breaks ground for new church

February 17, 2011

Tidal Creek Fellowship recently broke ground at its new site located at 690 Brickyard Point Rd South.

“We had a wonderful ground-breaking celebration! We worshipped together at Coosa Elementary, and then 400 folks got in their cars to caravan over to our new property,” says Tidal Creek’s Pastor David Holland.

Tidal Creek began in August 2001 with 7 families who had a vision to create a unique welcoming environment that would “meet people where they were and help them into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.” This group met together informally for over a year before launching officially at Coosa Elementary.

Holland explains, “Our worship theme was “Breaking New Ground,” and I challenged our people to consider that God was wanting to break new ground in their lives. We (the church) feel incredibly humbled that God has made it possible for us to move ahead with construction in these very difficult economic times. It has been quite a journey for our folks who have been setting up and breaking down for almost 9 years.”

Tidal Creek’s goal is to be worshipping in their new church home by Thanksgiving 2011.

The building will be just under 14,000 sq ft and will cost approximately 1.8 to 1.9 million to build. The new worship center will hold 400 comfortably.

Tidal Creek’s community partners are: Coastal Contractors (Builder), BB&T (Financing), Court Atkins (Architects), and Rafael “Stoney” Londono (Engineering).


“Remnants of Rice Fields in South Carolina”:

A Photography Exhibition at Penn Center

February 17, 2011

The York W. Bailey Museum at the Penn Center National Historic Landmark will host a debut exhibition by Charleston photographer David Soliday, entitled “Remnants of Rice Fields in South Carolina”, featuring images of rice fields from Georgetown to Beaufort, South Carolina.   The gallery opening will be held on February l9, 2011 from 5:00-7:00 p.m., featuring an artist’s talk and a taste of Gullah rice sampling.  The admission to the event is $6 for adults.

“Remnants of Rice Fields” is a collection of photographs of aerial and ground landscapes documenting today’s status of the physical landscapes of the once magnificently sculptured “Carolina Gold” rice fields along the tidal swampland extending from northern Florida to southern North Carolina.  Photographer David Soliday has captured on canvas what remains of these century-old marvels into framed art for the discerning collector.  “I would like to think that my photographs made the fields into an art form, and in so doing I was also documenting an ending physical history of America’s beginnings that are soon to be lost,” said Soliday.   His complete collection includes hundreds of photographs of abandoned rice fields, often considered one of the largest civil engineering feats of mankind, facing possible destruction along the coastal Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor.  Soliday is hoping to bring national attention to these ancient ruins of a disappearing rice empire and a cultural heritage that is quickly being reclaimed by nature and displaced by economic development.

David Soliday is a free-lance photographer whose editorial credits include the National Geographic, National Wildlife and The Smithsonian.  His inspiration for this photography project was fostered when he lived for twenty-five years in a remote cabin built on the foundation of a former slave cabin located near thousands of acres of abandoned rice fields in South Carolina.  In his soon-to-be-published book, Pride from Bondage—The Story of African Americans Building a Rice Empire, Soliday writes:  “The one hundred and twenty-five years of neglect, currents and storms have exposed the underpinnings of once daunting man-made structures—massive yards of spliced cypress logs, upright pilings, partially submerged flat boats—long sunk and forgotten.  Being aware that all this craftsmanship was before the age of machinery, I paused to give thought to the human toil and to the eight generations of enslaved souls that created them.”

The Penn Center believes that Soliday’s collection represents one of the most tangible examples of the contributions made by eight generations of enslaved African Americans to American society.  The physical monuments of these rice fields are like the Egyptian pyramids, which symbolize the physical heritage of a nation’s history, and are a testament to the survivability of an enslaved people.  Soliday’s exhibit is only part one of his ultimate quest.  The International African American Museum will serve as the fiscal agency for his project on “A Comparative Study of American and West African Rice Fields.”  Several years ago while studying satellite images of rice fields in West Africa, Soliday found overwhelming evidence that visually illustrated that African technology was the source of colonial rice fields in America.  A curator of The Smithsonian called his work “monumental and groundbreaking” research.   Soliday is hoping to fund his travels to West Africa to begin an aerial photography study of identifying and mapping rice fields and landforms in Africa similar to those in the Southern United States.

The “Remnants of Rice Fields” exhibit and art sale will run from February l9-March 31, 2011.  For reservations, please contact the York W. Bailey Museum at Penn Center; (843) 838-2474.  Museum hours are 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday-Saturday.  Penn Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.


JAZZ NOTES – A Jazz Concert featuring Marlena Smalls

February 26 and 27 at USCB Center for the Arts

February 17, 2011

Marlena Smalls

Vic Varner

Legendary vocalist Marlena Smalls and the Lavon Stephen’s Band will be performing at USCB Center for the Arts on February 26 at 8 PM and February 27 at 5 PM.  Ms. Small’s voice will take you on a musical journey celebrating Jazz and blues greatest performers such as:  Sarah Vaugh, Etta James, and Big Mama Thorton.    Another Lowcountry favorite, Vic Varner and Friends, will be opening the show.  They will feature a Bossa Nova set with some early swing thrown in.

Marlena Smalls founded The Hallelujah Singers in 1990 to preserve the Gullah culture of the South Carolina Sea Islands. She is a sacred music vocalist, also singing gospel, contemporary, jazz and blues. Her programs for schools, reunion and meeting groups incorporate lecture, music and Gullah storytelling. Inducted into the South Carolina Black Hall of Fame in 2004, Marlena has performed for the Queen of England and many U. S. and international dignitaries. She has worked with film producer Joel Silver and Academy Award winners Tom Hanks, Demi Moore and Glenn Close. In addition to many productions for PBS, SCETV and GPTC, she is known to international audiences as Bubba’s mom in the Academy Award winning motion picture Forrest Gump. Recently, Marlena Smalls and the Hallelujah Singers recently performed at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington, DC. Their CD Juba is now sold in the Smithsonian gift shop.

When he is not directing the award winning BHS Voices, or the USCB’s University Chorus, Vic Varner performs solo, duo and with his quartet as a singer and guitarist.  Varner’s style has been described as one of “calm elegance” as he crafts jazz and blues with his acoustic guitar and resonant baritone.  His warm timbre and inventive phrasing transports the audience through diverse repertoire including A.C. Jobim, Nat Cole, the Mills Brothers, etc.   

“Jazz Notes” is part of a series of performances to raise funding to bring national, regional and international performing artists to the Center for the Arts.  Performances such as:  the Columbia City Ballet’s Nutcracker, Golden Dragon Acrobats, Beatle Mania- tribute band, and much more.

Tickets are on sale now!  Call the USCB Center for the Arts Box office at 0843) 521-4145 to reserve your today.

Adults $22, Seniors/ Military $18 and Students $15. All Seats $25 the day of the show. Special Reserved Seats, Wine and Desserts with the Artists -Saturday Evening only $30!


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 or call the Office of Advancement at 843-208-8240.


Home Tour a Success

February 17, 2011

St. Peter Catholic Church Homes for the Holidays co-chairpersons Elizabeth Dardes and Mary Cunningham, right, present a check to Father Timothy Tebalt and Principal Chris Trott in the amount of $44,800 for the Saint Peter Catholic Church Endowment Fund. The tour was held in Ashdale. The 2011 tour will be held in Habersham November 19-20.


Church cleans park

February 17, 2011

Members of Grace and Truth Gospel Chapel and Pastor Benjamin B. Glover (far right) display more than 60 bags of pine straw and other debris at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park on St. Helena Island. On a recent cold Saturday morning, church members raked, pruned trees and bushes,mowed, clipped, bagged and hauled off the debris.



The Beaufort Irish Festival is pleased to announce that the legendary, Sean O’ Se’ will entertain and inform Beaufort and Lowcountry audiences on Saturday, February 19th starting at 7:30.  He is a renowned lecturer and performer.  He plays numerous Irish instruments during his presentation and talks about the origins of Irish music.

This is a great family event and suited for children 12 and older.  Tickets are on sale at DEALS on Bay Street or at the door of St John’s Lutheran Church on Lady’s Island Parkway. Cost is $5 person or $15 per family.

All proceeds from the Beaufort Irish Festival support the Hope Haven of the Low Country Rape Crisis Program.

For more information contact:

Noel Tillman

Beaufort Irish Festival Publicity


Or connect with our BIF web pages at:


Upcoming events at ARTworks

February 17, 2011

Sumitra Red, in concert @ ARTworks, March 5.

“My Expressions” an Evening of Song with Sumitra & Friends: the singer-songwriter performs at ARTworks. Sumitra Red has toured with the Hallelujah Singers for twenty years, including seven European tours, plus solo appearances at Columbia Station in Washington DC, the Savannah Blues & Jazz Bistro in Okatie SC, as well as being a featured artist in poetry slam performances in Beaufort.  On Saturday, March 5, 8pm, Sumitra will take the stage @ ARTworks, backed by her friends and joined by Lavon Stevens at the piano. This evening of song will be in the black box theater at ARTworks in Beaufort Town Center. $15 per person, $10 for students (13+), $5 for children (12 & under) $10 for groups of 10 or more. 843-379-2787 and online at

River of Words: March is Youth Art Month @ ARTworks

River of Words art from Lady's Island Elementary School @ ARTworks

In celebration of national Youth Art Month, ARTworks in Beaufort Town Center is channeling the River of Words, a county-wide project of students turning science experiments into art. The public is invited to the reception on Friday, March 11th, 5-7pm; the gallery walls will be filled with student art and poetry, and the student publication will be unveiled! You will be awed by this collection of exceptional student work, all of which reflects children’s understanding of our local watershed. Peruse the community arts center, and the River of Words, through April 9, Tuesday-Saturday, at 2127 Boundary Street, Beaufort SC 29902.

Ronstadt Generations Concert @ ARTworks

Ronstadt Generations represents the multi-cultural roots America was founded upon. Dating back five generations in North America, Michael J. Ronstadt, younger brother of Linda Ronstadt, continues the family tradition with his two sons, Michael G. and Petie, along with veteran Josh Hisle. These four voices — all multi-instrumentalists and solo artists in their own right — bring to life a repertoire that reaches back to the end of the 19th century while continually looking ahead into the 21st, with a rich innovation of original material alongside traditional Southwestern and Mexican songs. March 12, 8pm, in the black box theater at ARTworks in Beaufort Town Center. $15 per person, $10 for students (13+), $5 for children (12 & under) $10 for groups of 10 or more. 843-379-2787 and online at




February 17, 2011

The Fripp Island Friends of Music present The Merling Trio, recognized as one of today’s premier ensembles. The Merling Trio has been hailed as a brilliantly distinguished group endowed with remarkable gifts of communication, magnificent precision, and an impeccable blend of sound.  Their most recent recording, “postcards in e’, features works of Shostakovich and Dvorak, and was issued on the MSR Classics label in 2009 to rave reviews.

In residence at the School of Music at Western Michigan University, members of the trio have also been faculty members at the Schlern International Music Festival and the ENCORE School for Strings. Renowned educators, their students hold positions in major orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout the world. Festival appearances include the Banff  Centre for the Arts, the Pensacola Summer Music Festival, the Skaneateles Festival, the Saugatuck Chamber Music Festival, and the Fontana Festival of Art and Music. Recent educational outreach activities include performances and master classes for the California Music Teachers Association, the Music Teachers National Association, the Hawaii International Arts and Humanities Conference, and the American String Teachers Association National Conference.

Concertgoers will enjoy artistry, masterful technique and a performance that has been described as captivating-in short, don’t miss  this one!



FRIPP PASS AT GATE * 843-838-6655 for info


Ballet Masters

February 17, 2011

Lowcountry School of Performing Arts recently hosted a Ballet master class with Valery Lantratov. Pictured here are Level I Ballet Students Kaya Gyening, Isabella Page, Walker Newman, Hannah Lienhop, Sarah McMahon and owner Deanna Kraszewski. Contemporary master class with Taylor Moore will be held Tuesday, February 22. For details, email


This Day and Age

By Cherimie Crane

February 17, 2011

There are few creatures I didn’t drag home as a child. My pockets seemed to be the logical transportation for any critter in need. At the time, it was obvious that the poor little crickets, doodle bugs, grasshoppers, and even the occasional baby possum needed the love and care only I could give them. Although my closet of critter clothes was void of possum pants, it never took long for me to raid my sisters Barbie box to find suitable attire.

Few architects could devise a better floor plan than those I would masterfully create from shoeboxes, coffee cans, and my sister’s impressive collection of purses. My new friends always had a warm place to stay, plenty of attention, and even a brand new outfit. Occasionally Momma and I would have a passionate debate about my unorthodox orphanage, but only when my friends ventured from my room to hers. Bless her heart.

Not much changed over the years. My college dorm room, at times, could rival any petting zoo. I was fined, warned, and informed of the carelessness of my actions. However much I appreciated their efforts to reform my behavior; it did absolutely no good whatsoever. If it needed my help and could fit in my car, it did.

Recently, I was driving down Ribaut on one of our less than stellar weather days and noticed an older woman walking with a limp. It was cold, it was raining, and I had three extra seats. There are more than a hundred reasons I shouldn’t have, but none of them would have effected me more than if I hadn’t stopped. I offered her a ride.

She was gracious, proud, and explained to me that her children had simply become too busy to pick her up and that it wasn’t their fault. Lord help me, if I ever become too busy to pick up my Momma. We made small talk and she offered to pay for gas. Within just a few moments we arrived at her apartment. I resisted the urge to get her children’s name and number. Goodness knows I had quite a lot to say to them. I asked her to please call me if her children weren’t able to transport her for her weekly errands. I know she won’t.

It didn’t take long for the barrage of lectures to stream my way. How could I possibly pick up anyone in this day and age? What idiot would pick up a complete stranger? Do I not know how crazy people are these days?

It is in this day and age that we don’t know our neighbors, women are harmed by those they know, and fear is more readily available than water. We allow complete strangers to view our entire lives through the mask of Facebook just because we want friends. We support every cause known to man through online petitions, yet remain tucked in our cave when the cause is two doors down. So yes, I do know how crazy people are these days.

I have taken hundreds of stray animals off the road; many of them to a shelter, the Vet, whatever they needed. How on earth could I have driven passed someone’s mother?


BMH staff dances for heart health

By Marie McAden

February 17, 2011

It started in the imaging department and spread to the lab, cafeteria, labor and delivery and the Cochrane Heart Center. Before long, every unit in Beaufort Memorial Hospital from the OR to the ER had come down with the fever. Dance fever.

Doctors, nurses and clinical specialists were shakin’ their groove thing during American Heart Month to raise awareness of the importance of exercising for a healthy heart. They even made a music video of it which they have posted on Facebook for all the world to see. (Become a BMH Facebook fan and check it out at

The BMH dance party was a primer for the inaugural Spirit of Women Day of Dance, a free community wellness event being held Saturday, Feb. 26 at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Bluffton’s new Seaquins Ballroom.

During each of two sessions—from 10 a.m. to noon and noon to 2 p.m.—Fred Astaire dance instructors will be teaching mini Latin, ballroom, hip hop and Zumba classes, and presenting Dancing with the Stars—style demos. BMH physicians and clinical specialists also will be on hand offering a variety of screenings and assessments focusing on cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, bone and pelvic health.

Beaufort Memorial is one of 76 hospitals in the Spirit of Women network hosting Day of Dance events across the United States as part of a national initiative to encourage women to take action to improve their health. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health, a woman suffers a heart attack every minute in the United States. In fact, more women than men die of heart disease each year.

So get shakin’, ladies and register for the Day of Dance event at or call 522.-5952.


Julia Bondy wins Valentines Day Contest

February 17, 2011

Dr. Aaron Sarathy, DMD, Julia Bondy and Dr. Jennifer Wallace, DMD

Julia Bondy was chosen by Drs. Jennifer Wallace, DMD of Palmetto Smiles and Aaron Sarathy, DMD of Port Royal Oral and Facial Surgery as the winner of the professional couple’s recent Facebook Valentine challenge.

Julia joined both Palmetto Smiles and Port Royal Oral Surgery’s Facebook Fan page, wrote a few paragraphs about her “sweetie” and why her husband, Scott is her special Valentine.

Drs. Wallace and Sarathy loved her entry (see below) and surprised Julia with flowers last week. Julia received both the Zoom! In office teeth whitening and the JUVÉDERM® XC Treatment on Friday, February 11, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Julia Bondy’s Valentine, her husband Scott

Your already nervous about your first day of First Grade and of course, it never occurred to my little 7 year old mind that the goofy kid sitting behind me would be waking up to my face some 40 years later!

Even though it took many years and many miles for our paths to cross again, they did several times.  I think we were always meant to be together. We are soul-mates, as corny as that sounds!  He balances my weaknesses with his strengths and I do the same for him.

We are opposite and yet so perfectly suited for each other.

Our “for richer for poorer, for better for worse” promise holds true and that’s just one of many reasons that make him special to me.  As I look forward to our 14th wedding anniversary this month, as well as Valentine’s Day, I truly love my hubby and know that it’s still that goofy kid with the goofy hair that makes me smile every day.  I hope he still sees the nerdy girl from grade school when he looks at me too!


U.S. 17 county widening project complete

February 17, 2011

Gardens Corner

From left: State Sen. Clementa Pinckney, Rep. Kenneth Hodges, Beaufort County Councilman Gerald Dawson, former Transportation Secretary Buck Limehouse, Emily Stewart of Advocates for Change on US 17 and Beaufort County Council Chairman Weston Newton.

On Thursday, February 10, Beaufort County Council members, state lawmakers and representatives from the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) cut a red ribbon to celebrate eight miles of widening improvements for U.S. 17/ACE Basin Parkway between Gardens Corner and Lightsey Plantation.

Before the widening, U.S. 17/ACE Basin Parkway was a two-lane ditch section with narrow to no outside shoulders and miles of marshland on both sides. Continuing into Jacksonboro, this two-lane portion of U.S. 17 was known as the most dangerous road in the state and the nation.

Since construction began, there has not been a single fatality on U.S. 17 within the project’s construction zone.

The completed roadway, primarily in Beaufort County, is now four lanes with two

northbound lanes, two southbound lanes, safer shoulders, high visibility street signage, new bridges and a new traffic circle.


Chef Will McLenagan Is the New Face at Lady’s Island Country Club

February 17, 2011

Chef Will McLenagan

Will McLenagan is the new chef at Lady’s Island Country Club. McLenagan started his career as a dishwasher at Brokenwood Country Club in Coral Springs, FL. He joined the Marine Corps and moved to Annapolis, Md., where he began working at Pirate Cove Restaurant. While working, he attended the International Culinary Institute of Baltimore.

Upon graduating, Will became the Executive Chef of the Commonwealth Suite Parks Hotel and also the famed Henry Clay Inn in Ashland, Va. After moving to Beaufort in 1995, he was the Executive Chef of Plums Restaurant . He then went TCL to assist with the launch of their culinary program and subsequently returned to Plums for another 5 years.

Lady’s Island Country Club is very excited that Chef Will is a part of their team.


Beaufort Weddings and Events names Director of Sales and Marketing.

February 17, 2011

Amy Erwin Faulkner

Amy Faulkner has been named Director of Sales and Marketing for Beaufort Weddings and Events.  Based at The Beaufort Inn, Amy will be responsible for marketing destination weddings, elopements, reunions, corporate meetings and social events at a number of venues in Beaufort’s Landmark Historic District and nearby.  A Beaufort native, Amy and her family are delighted to call Beaufort home once again.  “We have so much to offer brides and event planners.  I am thrilled to announce we have confirmed reservations for more than ten weddings in my first two weeks!” Amy said.

Beaufort Inn owner Dick Stewart said, “Amy brings home to Beaufort her professional experience gained in larger markets plus her personal knowledge of Beaufort.  Amy takes personal pride in being sure that each event including weddings, family reunions, military celebrations and festivals have the personal touch and warmth that makes Beaufort Wedding and Events a unique company to use for your next occasion.  “We are delighted to have Amy on our team and we know you will enjoy having Amy as part of your team when you have an event.”

Beaufort Weddings and Events markets venues including The Beaufort Inn, plus a number of outdoor and indoor venues offering historic, garden, rooftop and sweeping marsh views.      “We have wonderful venues that can be very small and intimate or large enough to host five hundred guests.  The combination of luxury accommodations, venues with different character and amenities is sure to offer something for anyone planning a wedding and event in Beaufort,”  Amy said.  “The interest and response has been overwhelming due to the amount of options that we can provide our customers.   I look forward to serving long term friends and making new ones. ”

For more information, visit or call 843-379-3470.  Watch for our new website,, coming soon.


ERA Evergreen adds salesperson

February 17, 2011

Sonya Reiselt

ERA Evergreen Real Estate Company recently announced the addition of Sonya Reiselt to their team of real estate sales professionals serving buyers/sellers in the Beaufort and surrounding area.

“We’re delighted to have Sonya join our professional winning team,” said Laura Blencoe, Broker in Charge of ERA Evergreen Real Estate Company. She brings tremendous energy and sales experience that will certainly benefit our company and our customers.”

As part of ERA Evergreen Real Estate Company, Sonya will be able to offer homebuyers and sellers a wide variety of valuable products and services including online listings, virtual tours, social networking, the ERA Sellers Security Plan and more.


Phone Power

By Harry Roemisch

Harry Roemisch

If you own or manage a business, you already know how quiet the average office has become over the years.  Not too long ago office phones never stopped ringing and it seemed you could hear hundreds of voices chatting about your services or products.  With the advent of email, sms, text and others, a hush has fallen over today’s office.  Most of  today’s business is being done in the quiet of the Internet.  I’ll attempt to cover that form of communication much later. Lurking not too far from the computer is that strange looking object we used to call a telephone.  However when utilized correctly, the warm sound of a human voice that seems to care is still a powerful sales tool.  The trick is knowing how to use it to its fullest potential.

Here are some helpful telephone techniques that just may bring that telephone back to life and add dollars to your kitty.

First, don’t scramble.  Scrambling to find a pen or scrap of paper while on the phone is a major distraction and makes you seem disorganized to the caller.  Worse yet, you might miss important information or give a rude impression.  Set up your work center so that it is equipped with paper and pen at hand, standing ready and professionally to get that caller’s information.

Repetitive information.  If you find yourself answering the same questions all the time  (about your product or service, or while taking orders), write up a fact and talking point sheet and keep it posted near the phone.  That way you won’t forget important details.  It’s also a handy way to make sure the proper info is given out if someone else answers the phone for you.

Voice tone.  Never underestimate the effect your tone of voice can have on your communications.  Studies show that in telephone conversations 84% of the impact of your message is carried by the tone of your voice, while only 16% comes from the actual words you say.  Remember the maxim about putting a smile in your voice? Smiles carry over the wires.  A salesperson I once knew had a mirror attached to his cube wall to remind him to smile when talking on the phone.

Speed.  Be aware of the speed at which you are speaking. You want to sound busy, but not rushed.  Please do not accept calls from another line when talking to a potential or existing client. Each client must feel she is the most important one…even the only one.

Outbound calls.  Even if you cannot connect with your intended party, strive to get something positive out of every call.  Names of assistants or details on when you should call back increase your chances of success on the next call.  Take something away from every call.

If you find yourself on the telephone more than two hours a day, invest in a headset.  Today’s sets are technically advanced and will take a lot of the stress away from too much teletalking.

Without the telephone most entrepreneurs would be out of touch…and out of business in short order.  Mastering phone techniques can transform your business, polish your businesses image and turn you into a phone booth superhero.

Harry Roemisch is the owner of Roemisch & Company a marketing, advertising and public relations company with offices in the Trillium Arts Centre in Travelers Rest, SC and Brevard, NC. He can be reached at or 864-660-9544

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Treating glaucoma depends on many factors

By Dr. Mark Siegel

February 17, 2011

How your glaucoma is treated will depend on your specific type of glaucoma, the severity of your disease and how it responds to treatment.

Glaucoma medication

Medicated eyedrops are the most common way to treat glaucoma. These medications lower your eye pressure in one of two ways — either by slowing the production of aqueous humor or by improving the flow through the drainage angle. These eyedrops must be taken every day. Just like any other medication, it is important to take your eyedrops regularly as prescribed by your ophthalmologist. Never change or stop taking your medications without talking with your doctor. If you are about to run out of your medication, ask your doctor if you should have it refilled. If you have glaucoma, it is important to tell your ophthalmologist about your other medical conditions and all other medications you currently take. Bring a list of your medications with you to your eye appointment. Also tell your primary care doctor and any other doctors caring for you what glaucoma medication you take.

Glaucoma surgery

In some patients with glaucoma, surgery is recommended. Glaucoma surgery improves the flow of fluid out of the eye, resulting in lower eye pressure.

Laser trabeculoplasty
A surgery called laser trabeculoplasty is often used to treat open-angle glaucoma. There are two types of trabeculoplasty surgery: argon laser trabeculoplasty (ALT) and selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT). During ALT surgery, a laser makes tiny, evenly spaced burns in the trabecular meshwork. The laser does not create new drainage holes, but rather stimulates the drain to function more efficiently. With SLT, a laser is used at different frequencies, allowing it to work at very low levels. SLT treats specific cells and leaves the mesh-like drainage canals surrounding the iris intact. SLT may be an alternative for those who have been treated unsuccessfully with traditional laser surgery or with pressure-lowering drops. Even if laser trabeculoplasty is successful, most patients continue taking glaucoma medications after surgery. For many, this surgery is not a permanent solution. Nearly half who receive this surgery develop increased eye pressure again within five years. Many people who have had a successful laser trabeculoplasty have a repeat treatment. Laser trabeculoplasty can also be used as a first line of treatment for patients who are unwilling or unable to use glaucoma eyedrops.

Laser iridotomy
Laser iridotomy is recommended for treating people with closed-angle glaucoma and those with very narrow drainage angles. A laser creates a small hole about the size of a pinhead through the top part of the iris to improve the flow of aqueous fluid to the drainage angle. This hole is hidden from view by the upper eyelid.

Peripheral iridectomy
When laser iridotomy is unable to stop an acute closed-angle glaucoma attack, or is not possible for other reasons, a peripheral iridectomy may be performed. Performed in an operating room, a small piece of the iris is removed, giving the aqueous fluid access to the drainage angle again. Because most cases of closed-angle glaucoma can be treated with glaucoma medications and laser iridotomy, peripheral iridectomy is rarely necessary. In trabeculectomy, a small flap is made in the sclera (the outer white coating of your eye). A filtration bleb, or reservoir, is created under the conjunctiva — the thin, filmy membrane that covers the white part of your eye. Once created, the bleb looks like a bump or blister on the white part of the eye above the iris, but the upper eyelid usually covers it. The aqueous humor can now drain through the flap made in the sclera and collect in the bleb, where the fluid will be absorbed into blood vessels around the eye. Eye pressure is effectively controlled in three out of four people who have trabeculectomy. Although regular follow-up visits with your doctor are still necessary, many patients no longer need to use eyedrops. If the new drainage channel closes or too much fluid begins to drain from the eye, additional surgery may be needed.

Aqueous shunt surgery
If trabeculectomy cannot be performed, aqueous shunt surgery is usually successful in lowering eye pressure. An aqueous shunt is a small plastic tube or valve connected on one end to a reservoir (a roundish or oval plate). The shunt is an artificial drainage device and is implanted in the eye through a tiny incision. The shunt redirects aqueous humor to an area beneath the conjunctiva (the thin membrane that covers the inside of your eyelids and the white part of your eye). The fluid is then absorbed into the blood vessels. When healed, the reservoir is not easily seen unless you look downward and lift your eyelid.

Important things to remember about glaucoma:
There are a number of ways to treat glaucoma. While some people may experience side effects from glaucoma medications or glaucoma surgery, the risks of side effects should always be balanced with the greater risk of leaving glaucoma untreated and losing vision. If you have glaucoma, preserving your vision requires strong teamwork between you and your doctor. Your doctor can prescribe treatment, but it’s important to do your part by following your treatment plan closely. Be sure to take your medications as prescribed and see your ophthalmologist as recommended.


City of Beaufort reorganizes planning services into the ‘Office of Civic Investment’

February 10, 2011

Blending expertise from nationally-known planners and community development officials with local know-how needed to help boost Beaufort into its fourth century, Beaufort city leaders are creating the ‘Office of Civic Investment.’

First on the list of projects: A four-month series of community workshops to seek input and share information about The Point, The Commons, Downtown, The Bluff, the Northwest Quadrant, Dixon Village, Pigeon Point, Uptown Beaufort, Whitehall and Higgonsonville.

Without adding another layer to City government, the Office of Civic Investment will assist the Beaufort Redevelopment Commission by providing hands-on redevelopment expertise to jump- start the critical process of transforming existing, adopted plans into action and to create a sustainable and resilient Beaufort, said Beaufort City Manager Scott Dadson.

The Office of Civic Investment, which includes the Beaufort Planning and Development Department , codes and zoning enforcement, is one of four major departments in the city organization, along with Public Services, Public Safety and Administration..

The reorganization will help implement the City’s 2009 Comprehensive Plan by supporting the long-term work plan of the Beaufort Redevelopment Commission. The staff will be housed in City Hall to manage a transparent and aggressive work program that coordinates the activities of other staff members, boards, and related partner organizations in achieving the goals of the Comprehensive Plan.

“We participate in the larger northern regional planning process through the Metropolitan Planning Commission and the Lowcountry Economic Network,” Dadson said. “The Office of Civic Investment provides the staffing expertise to support the City Council, the City administration and the Redevelopment Commission. Their work plan ties directly to the ‘Vision Beaufort’ Comprehensive Plan.”

The Office of Civic Investment team is co-Directed by Craig Lewis of The Lawrence Group and Demetri Baches of Metrocology who, as highly visible part-time staff members, will provide administrative oversight, vision and leadership to the Office.

Accompanying Lewis and Baches will be Josh Martin as a full-time staff member who will provide management of projects as well as assistance to other city employees with planning, urban design, and city building expertise. Prior to joining the Office of Civic Investment, Martin served as the Town of Bluffton Community Development Director and Town Manager, City of Charleston Director of Planning, Preservation, and Economic Innovation, and Director of Land Use and Communities at the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League.

They will be supported by Lauren Kelly, Naomi Leeman and Scott Curry who will provide part- time, professional assistance to the Office of Civic Investment.

In addition to the day-to-day matters and work plan of the Redevelopment Commission, over the next 24 months the Office of Civic Investment will complete the Beaufort Civic Master Plan, which will encompass a number of key work products from the Comprehensive Plan including:

␣ Small area plans for neighborhoods and districts; ␣ An inventory of needs for the improvement of existing neighborhood parks; ␣ A collector street plan for the Urban Growth Boundary; ␣ Specific plans/recommendations for Strategic Community Corridors; ␣ A master plan for bikeways, greenways, sidewalks, and trails; and ␣ A Comprehensive Open Space/Green Infrastructure Plan.

The Civic Master Plan will set out a statement of principles and standards affecting City and neighborhood planning across the entire jurisdiction, both current and planned, to the parcel level. It will graphically present these with illustrations for architectural and engineering projects to treat specific areas and problems in Beaufort and its planned growth boundary and to facilitate investment and reinvestment.

To effectively complete the Civic Master Plan, the Office of Civic Investment will conduct a series of detailed planning and design charrettes that will focus on the development of detailed sector plans. The Office of Civic Investment has divided the City into five manageable sectors through which the Office of Civic Investment will organize and lead charrettes to create the detailed master plans necessary for Beaufort’s long term sustainability and resilience.

Each Sector Plan will be comprised of the following elements:

␣ Physical development/redevelopment plan to the parcel level illustrating the preferred lot arrangements, building typologies and frontages;

␣ Physical infrastructure plan illustrating preferred street sections for all streets and required improvements;

␣ Natural systems plan illustrating preferred stormwater management techniques, open space protection/preservation, water access, watercourse buffers, and other natural areas;

␣ Civic infrastructure plan that identifies opportunities to improve, expand, and/or inject new community facilities/amenities into each sector in a manner that creates a coherent and distinctive armature for the entire community;

␣ Designation of specific sending and receiving areas to implement a regional Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) program (using work created by others and locally calibrated);

␣ Civic investment strategy that identifies capital and operating needs for the sector and prioritizes improvements and investments;

␣ Calibration of form-based code to the block-level; and ␣ Extensive illustrations providing a visual palette from which to market various

development/redevelopment opportunities at a parcel level.

The Civic Master Plan will establish principles and standards that all public and private development will follow. The Office of Civic Investment will identify and promote investment and reinvestment opportunities, block by block, in each neighborhood throughout the entire city, not just one or two neighborhoods.

“Each neighborhood has its history, unique character and physical attributes upon which we will respect, build upon and not destroy,” Martin said. The Civic Master Plan will be visual and will give residents and businesses a clear picture of what is intended and will serve as a tool to use to stimulate various development and/or redevelopment opportunities throughout Beaufort.

During the next four months, the first Sector Plan will be completed, including The Point, The Commons, Downtown, The Bluff, The Northwest Quadrant, Dixon Village, Pigeon Point, Uptown Beaufort, Whitehall, and Higgonsonville.

A detailed physical survey of these neighborhoods is currently underway, conducted by graduates from the University of Miami School of Architecture. The schedule for the first Sector Plan includes:

February 3: Redevelopment Commission Meeting (5:00 PM) Location: First Floor Conference Room, City Hall, 1911 Boundary Street, Beaufort, SC.

February 10: The Application of Form-Based Codes Educational Workshop (5:00 PM) Location: First Floor Conference Room, City Hall, 1911 Boundary Street, Beaufort, SC.

February 16: James Howard Kuntsler Lecture (6:00 PM) Location: Technical College of the Lowcountry (TCL) Auditorium, 912 Ribaut Road, Beaufort, SC.

February 17: Opening Public Workshop with Neighborhood Associations (5:00 PM) Location: First Floor Conference Room, City Hall, 1911 Boundary Street, Beaufort, SC.

February 24: Public Workshop with Development Community (5:00PM) Location: First Floor Conference Room, City Hall, 1911 Boundary Street, Beaufort, SC.

February 26: Neighborhood Walking Tour with Citizens (9:00 AM—12 noon)

Location: To be determined.

March 3: Public Workshop with Redevelopment Commission (5:00PM) Location: First Floor Conference Room, City Hall, 1911 Boundary Street, Beaufort, SC.

Workshop March 8: Public Workshop with Main Street Beaufort & Historic Beaufort Foundation, featuring Seth Harry, Seth Harry & Associates (5:00PM) Location: Verdier House Drawing Room, 801 Bay Street, Beaufort, SC.

March 22-29: Sector Plan Charrette Location: To be determined

April 7: Redevelopment Commission Meeting at City Hall (5:00PM) Location: First Floor Conference Room, City Hall, 1911 Boundary Street, Beaufort, SC.

The Lawrence Group facilitated and wrote the city’s recent comprehensive plan. The firm is a nationally recognized planning, design, development and project-delivery firm headquartered in St. Louis with their regional offices led by Craig Lewis in Davidson, N.C. and Beaufort, S.C.

Metrocology is a Beaufort-based strategic planning and consulting firm led by Demetri Baches. Formerly a director with the internationally acclaimed planning and design firm Duany Plater- Zyberk & Company (DPZ) based in Miami, Baches currently heads up DPZ’s work in Asia and Australia as a partner of DPZ Pacific.

Both Lewis and Baches are certified by the American Planning Association and by the Congress for the New Urbanism, an organization that promotes walkable, mixed-use neighborhood development, sustainable communities and healthier living conditions. In addition, Lewis is a LEED-accredited professional, meaning he helps buildings, developments and communities ensure a more sustainable future.

For more information on the Office of Civic Investment, contact Josh Martin at 843-379-2233 or by emailing



By Jim Hicks

Status of Northern Bypass Study. The final phase of the Northern Bypass Study, an environmental assessment, is mid-way to completion by the firm of Thomas and Hutton. Studies as to the impact of a northern bypass which are complete include air quality, noise evaluation, hazardous/underground storage tank evaluation and the relocation (what must be moved/removed). Presently under study are history and archeology reports. When these are complete they will be sent to the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) for evaluation and then incorporated into the draft environmental assessment. At that point the complete environmental assessment will be forwarded to SCDOT and following their evaluation, a presentation on the complete study will be presented to the community in the form of a public hearing/open house. It is anticipated this will occur in the latter part of 2011. It should be remembered the study has already determined that at this time and in the near team future (until 2020) the cost of a northern bypass would far outweigh the benefit. A special thank you is extended to Mr. Donnie Williams of Thomas and Hutton for sharing information as to the status of the study.

Business closes its doors. With regret we note the closing of Medicap Pharmacy in the Food Lion Shopping Center.  We extend our best wishes for the future endeavors of long time LIBPA members Darrel and Jennie Bowers who owned and operated Medicap Pharmacy for the last few years.

Change of ownership for local business. The Bailey Vision Clinic located at 33 Kimmerlin Lane in the Palmetto Business Park behind BB&T on Lady’s Island Drive has changed ownership.  Dr. Jason S. Bailey OD has sold the practice to Dr. Kenneth Farr, MD.  The new name of the practice is Palmetto Eye Specialists, P.A.  In addition to the Lady’s Island office Dr. Farr has offices in Ridgeland, Sun City (Okatie Center) and Hilton Head.  Dr. Farr is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.  Dr. Farr completed his ophthalmology residency and is a clinical instructor at the Storm Eye Institute, MUSC.  Dr. Farr and his team will provide medical and surgical eye care as well as routine eye exams with glasses and contact lenses.  We welcome Dr. Farr and his team and appreciate his investing in our community and in doing so offering a convenient health service to the community

Therapeutic Solutions relocating. Martha O’Regan of Therapeutic Solutions on Sams Point Road wants to reassure her clients and friends that the sign in front of their present location advertising the building for rent is a result of her decision to relocate to another facility.  Although still in the final phase of negotiating the lease for their next office (which precludes announcing the location) she wants to assure everyone she is not leaving Lady’s Island.

Church relocates to Lady’s Island. The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship purchased the Sea Island Conference Center on Sams Point Road in the latter part of 2010 and is in the process of renovating the facilities to serve their congregation.  At the present time they meet each Sunday at the Wardle YMCA and hope to begin holding services in their new location on Lady’s Island in February.

Tidal Creek Fellowship to build new church. Tidal Creek Fellowship, which has conducted their weekly services at Coosa Elementary School each Sunday for the last few years, is beginning site preparation for construction of a new church facility on their 20 acre property across from the Partridge Woods community on Brickyard Point Road. The original plan calls for a 13,000 square foot church building with parking for 115 vehicles. They hope to complete construction in 2011.

Lady’s Island Community Park Status Report. The contract for the construction of the first phase of the Lady’s Island Community Park to be built on Springfield Road was awarded to a Lady’s Island company, JoCo Construction. This is a design-build type of project in which the contractor both designs and builds the park after approval of the county.  The first phase of the project got underway in January with the initial site preparation of the 25 acre property to allow construction of a driveway, parking lot, multi-purpose ball field, a playground, a pavilion with picnic tables and fencing. The target time for completion of the project, weather permitting, is late spring.  Although the community is very appreciative of the fact that in these tough financial times we are getting a park it would be nice to include a bathroom (instead of renting portables) in the first phase of development. A special thanks to Ms. Jami Pizzo-Rankin, Director of Operations for JoCo Construction for offering to help us keep the community informed of the status of this very popular project.

Welcome to Lady’s Island Bakers Counseling Services. Ms. Catreace Brown-Baker, MA, LPC and Mr. Gabriel Baker, BA has opened a counseling practice in Suite 3B of the Sams Point Office Park (across from New Point). Counseling is available for a variety of general mental health challenges and appointments can be made via her web site

(www. where a full explanation of services can be found. For additional information or appointments please call (843) 379-1003.

Wyndmark Interiors closes. Wyndmark Interiors in the Village Center closed its doors on January 1 after many years of serving the Lady’s Community. We extend our appreciation to Ms. Delores Taylor, owner and operator of the business, for her contribution to the community and wish her a great and well deserved retirement.

Plans for relocation.  The popular health food store Its Only Natural which has been operating near the Lady’s Island Marina is in the process of relocating to the facility in the rear of the former Wyndmark Interiors. Owner Joyce Tallmadge reports that at this time they are renovating the new location and hope to open their doors for business there in the near future


Year End Review of the 2010 Real Estate Market.

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

February 10, 2011

This month to gain a more complete picture of the 2010 local real estate market we will look at all sales to include both land and commercial property – not just residential and the activity in ALL of Northern Beaufort County, not just the five key areas we normally address.

It was with eager anticipation of good news that I and most local Realtors awaited the publication of the 2010 MLS data. My Realtor colleagues and I were hoping (and it felt like) 2010 was going to be a better year than 2009. We were pleased to see the end of what was to say the least – a difficult year. There is, as is typical with most statistical data, a bit of both good and bad news. However, I must admit, I am disappointed to see the overall results are down for last year.

2009/2010 Total (Property & Residential) Real Estate Sales (Northern Beaufort County)

Category 2009 2010 Percentage Change
Units Sold 794 713 -10%
Total (Combined) Asking Price $207 Million $178 Million -14%
Total (Combined) Selling Price $194 Million $163 Million -16%
Median Price $185,500 $186,000 +0.2%
Average Price $244,305 $228,113 -7%

As can be seen from the above data, overall sales volume for the year was down 10%. No getting away from it, a disappointing year. But the median price held up very well, with no change to speak of, so that is encouraging. Especially with some foreclosures and short sales in the mix

2009/2010 Residential Sales (Northern Beaufort County)

Category 2009 2010 Percentage Change
Units Sold 677 583 -14%
Total (Combined) Asking Price $190 Million $155  Million -18.5%
Total (Combined) Selling Price $177 Million $143 Million -20%
Median Price $198,000 $195,000 -1.5%
Average Price $262,918 $246,479 -6%

A 14% drop in the overall residential sales market when we were hoping for an upturn for year on year numbers, is a little disappointing. .

There are green shoots of new construction showing through the rather barren real estate landscape. Little and not so little pockets of new construction throughout the county are occurring. Obviously buyers still have a wide choice to choose from, but if a contractor can build the right house for the right price, there are buyers willing and able to move forward with a home purchase.


Night time flagging 7-days a week on McTeer Bridge

New Speed Limit on SC 802 Road Project, Burton

February 10, 2011

Crews will flag motorists on the McTeer Bridge overnight, seven-days-a-week through the month

of February while workers pour concrete for the foundation of a new bridge span.

Flagging is scheduled from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Delays are expected and drivers should watch for

workers on foot.

The speed limit has been reduced to 35 mph along SC 802 in the Burton area between SC 170 and

SC 280 as paving continues on the 802 road improvement project. Traffic patterns will also be changing

in the area. Temporary delays may occur, but lane closures are not expected. The fine for speeding in a

construction zone is $445 or higher.

For a complete review of this and other County road improvement projects, visit the County website, and look under the “How Do I” section on the home page.


PALS Offers Youth Programs for Baseball, Softball, Soccer

February 10, 2011

Registration has begun for Beaufort County Parks and Leisure Services spring sports for young people.

Baseball players age four to 17 and softball players age six to 15 have until March 1 to sign-up at

Burton Wells.  Soccer players age four to 17 can sign-up any time before March 8 at Burton Wells or the

Buckwalter Center.

Players must provide a completed application which can be obtained online at the County website, Select the blue “Government” tab on the home page, then “Departments,” then “PALS.”

Or, visit Birth certificates are also required. Applications and copies of birth certificates

can be mailed, faxed or delivered in person. Addresses and fax numbers are listed on the application materials.

The registration fee for all spring sports is $55. Cash, Check, or credit cards in the form of Master Card,

Visa or Discover Card are accepted. A fee of 3% will be applied to all credit card transactions. There will also

be a $3.95 fee for Visa Debit Cards.

Late registration will end one week after the deadline and will require a $25.00 late fee. For more

information, visit the PALS web page shown above or call the Burton Wells Center at (843) 255-6680 or the

Buckwalter Center at (843) 255-6710.


Doctors hold special contest

February 3, 2011

One Beaufort couple has joined their professional talents to offer a Valentine Facebook Give Away for one winner.

Jennifer Wallace, DMD, at Palmetto Smiles of Beaufort will be providing for free her favorite way to help her patients receive a bright white smile: Zoom! In-Office teeth whitening. Zoom! is a bleaching process that lightens discoloration of enamel and dentin in about an hour. You may have seen the Zoom! process used by ABC’s Extreme Makeover. A bright, sparkling smile can make a big difference for everyone. The Zoom! Chairside Whitening System makes it easier and faster than ever before. The regular price value of the process is $649.

Aaron Sarathy, DMD, at Port Royal Oral and Facial Surgery will be providing for free a JUVÉDERM® XC Treatment. JUVÉDERM® XC is the smooth gel filler that Dr. Sarathy uses to instantly smooth away wrinkles around his patient’s mouth and nose (smile lines/parentheses, vertical lip lines and  marionette lines). With just one treatment, you’ll get smooth and natural-looking results that last up to a year. Everyone’s skin ages differently and JUVÉDERM® XC may be used to rejuvenate multiple problem areas. A reg. price value of $900 for both nose and mouth areas.

Rules: · Join BOTH Palmetto Smiles of Beaufort Facebook Fan Page and Port Royal Oral Surgery’s Facebook page;

· Write some paragraphs about your sweetie and what makes him/her your Special Valentine;

· Email the note and a face picture of yourself to;

· Read Palmetto Smiles of Beaufort Facebook Discussion Tabs for possible medical/dental conditions that may occur to prevent from being a candidate for either the Zoom! or JUVÉDERM®  procedures;

· Contest runs through Mon., Feb. 7;

· Winner to be picked and notified by both doctors;

· Plan on performing services on Friday, Feb. 11 at Palmetto Smiles of Beaufort Office on Lady’s Island. (That way you’ll look great in time for Valentine’s Day!)


Lowcountry Hunt

February 3, 2011

Many fox hunters make reservations a year in advance for the Lowcountry Hunt’s annual January Hunt Weekend. The hunt territory ranges from Charleston, through the Ace Basin and into Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton counties.

This year, women, men, and junior riders saddled their horses and ponies for an action-packed four day weekend that began with an informal trail ride on Thursday, Jan. 20. On Friday, Jan. 21, 108 hunters rode at Hayne Hall Plantation, home of Revolutionary War patriot Isaac Hayne. Eighty-eight riders set out on Saturday morning and were met with a 26 degree “wake-up” at Poplar Grove Plantation, a new residential/equestrian development near Charleston.  Another cold and frosty morning greeted the hunters at Airy Hall Plantation on Sunday.

The meets usually begin at 9 a.m. and the riders can count on at least a three hour ride — with plenty of galloping and jumping about in the woods and swamps in the Lowcountry.

Caption: Huntsmen Tot Goodwin of Green Creek Hounds and Anthony Gibbs of Lowcountry Hunt. Photo by Eric Olsen.


Bay Street Jewelers Give Back

February 3, 2011

In 2010, Bay Street Jewelers extended its services to purchasing precious metals from its clientele. Our relationship to the community since 1941 and our accredited membership to the American Gem Society make us a perfect candidate to represent our clients’ interests. With only 15 active certified gemologists in South Carolina, and three staff members holding professional gem diplomas, we study jewelry trends and economics to best purchase and sell at very fair prices. Its with this integrity that we give back to the community. Every few weeks during the year, Bay Street Jewelers will donate proceeds from buying gold and silver to need-based organizations. We are very pleased to make our first donation to CAPA, represented by Susan Cato.

In your spring cleaning, rummage through hidden treasure drawers and boxes and bring out broken or unwanted sterling trays, flatware, candlesticks, dental gold, earrings, chains, etc. We will test those items and allocate a check for you. In turn, we will give a portion of our settlement to the need-based organizations that we choose.

Caption: Terri and Mark Stokes, owners of Bay Street Jewelers present Susan Cato, Executive Director of CAPA, a check for $500.


Mama’s furniture supports community

February 3, 2011

Mama’s Furniture of Beaufort and Savannah have been proudly supporting area churches and the military USO for many years.

When a purchase is made at either one of their stores, a donation is made in the customer’s name to their church or to the military USO. Their goal was to hit $50,000 by the end of 2010. Not only did Mama’s Furniture meet that goal, the company surpassed it with total contributions exceeding $52,000.

Mama’s Furniture and her employees are proud of their donations to the churches and the USO and look forward to future donations in 2011.



February 3, 2011

The Bargain Box graciously donated a grant to the Wardle Family YMCA in Port Royal.

Grant funds received went towards the YMCA’s Annual Creating Opportunities Scholarship Campaign. The goal of the YMCA is to not turn anyone down due to lack of funds; the scholarship campaign provides financial assistance and program scholarships to individuals and families who cannot afford the programs and services offered. Programs and services at the YMCA include youth sports and aquatics programs, before and after school care, day camps and summer camp.

In 2010, the Y gave more than $160,000 in scholarships to families in need. These funds were raised through the generosity of individual donors and grants.


Top-notch sales team key to success

By Harry Roemisch

February 3, 2011

Through the trees in my backyard, I can watch numerous airplanes passing overhead en route to somewhere. Not only does this remind me of when I used to live in airports, but makes me think, there goes another load of salespeople doing what the telephone and Internet can’t. Press flesh, look someone in the eye and ask for the order. The people in the plane know it’s important and so do their companies. Those left on the ground may need to reboot some marketing priorities.

As a method of promotion, personal selling of your product or service should have major consideration. Unlike advertising, public relations or Internet communications, personal selling involves face-to-face communication and that rarest of commodities, personal feedback. That back and forth builds relationships. I can’t stress enough how much of an edge this can give your business. As a business owner, if you are ever able to stay in your office and do what owners are supposed do, you’ll need to hire one or more salespeople to meet and greet.  Not an easy task.

Your sales force can do a poor, mediocre, or terrific job in selling for you.  It all depends on you and your ability to develop and train. Here are three important keys to success:

Selection. You’ve got to find the best quality salespeople. Don’t settle. This is a challenge, but if you succeed, it will make a major contribution to the overall sales ability of your organization.

Training. Once you have superior people, your superior people must be given the correct training to enable them to maximize their abilities. Make sure they all speak with the same message.

Compensation. Compensation plans depend on many factors. They are critical in sales because compensation is what motivates your salespeople and makes them perform. Performance cannot be measured simply in terms of sales volume. Other factors may include super service, responsiveness, providing  a consistent, ongoing stream of information to customers.

To begin the selection process, take a moment and write a job description. You need to spell out the duties and responsibilities required for this selling job.  The job description should describe what type of sales position this is. Will they be selling a product? Service? Is it necessary that they posses a technical background? Artistic? Or an aptitude for absorbing tons of new information? Nail this down now, not after they are hired.

Things you’ll want to look for:

Reliability. You are putting a lot of trust into this person. They need to be where they are supposed to be and when they are expected.  No excuses.

Willingness To Travel If Necessary. They need to be comfortable out of their homes without wife, husband, kids and dog.  Clients will sense whether a person is disoriented during a presentation.

Willingness To Take Punishment. Trying to get appointments from rough, rude, hard-to-see prospects can take a toll. They need to know what they are up against before accepting the job.

The Ability To Be Emotionally Balanced. Remaining cheerful and unworried during frequent discouragements at times when work and family problems are looming, is a gift.


What is Floppy Iris Syndrome?

By Dr. Mark Siegel, MD, FAAO

February 3, 2011

Television watching has become a national pass time in the United States, and along with it commercial exposure. We often hear, and see new products and drug manufacturers now use this medium to advertise their pharmaceuticals. The problem that often arises is that the viewer does not know what the new drug is used for, or what the drug’s side affects are. The commercials, by law, must include disclaimers about potential problems with the drug, but the layperson doesn’t understand what they mean.

One such drug is Flomax (Tamulosin) which always instructs the viewer to inform his/her eye doctor about the use prior to cataract surgery. What would a prostate drug have to do with a cataract? The answer is Floppy Iris Syndrome.

Flomax, and drugs like it such as Uroxatrol, Hytrin, Cardura, Proscar and even Saw Palmetto (which is over the counter) all will cause varying degrees of Floppy Iris Syndrome. They all work by blocking Alpha-1A receptors in patients with enlarged prostates. The drugs minimize contraction of the muscle fibers in the prostate which helps improve urination. The issue that arises is that these drugs also block these same receptors in the dilating muscles in the iris. This pharmacological reaction prevents the eye from dilating, and results in very poor muscle tone in the iris. Since the constrictor muscles are still functioning well the pupil remains small with a billowing iris body.

This affected iris then demonstrates a triad of findings. The first is a fluttering iris that billows back and forth in response to the normal aqueous humor flow. It looks like a sail on a boat blowing in the wind. The second is the progressive pupillary constriction during surgery. This may require the use of special iris retractors during surgery. This may also permanently damage the iris and pupil. Special care must be employed during this procedure. The final part of the triad is the most serious. Due to the lack of muscle tone in the iris, when surgery is performed it may get sucked out of the surgical incision. This is called iris prolapse. When it occurs, it substantially complicates the procedure. Since the cataract (cloudy human lens) is behind the iris (pupil) it simply makes cataract surgery more difficult as it makes the operative area even smaller.

While making the surgeon aware of this drug use is very important, discontinuing its’ use prior to surgery does not always eliminate but may reduce the complication. Once the Flomax has been used, the affect on the iris dilating muscle may be permanent. When the drug has been used, special care and preparations must be made prior to cataract surgery. It may also bring with it an increased rate of surgical complications such as vitreous loss, and parts of the natural lens remaining in the eye post-surgically.

In short, any drug that one is taking must always be told to the surgeon during the initial consultation. It can, and often does affect preparation and performance of cataract surgery.


Lowcountry dancers attend convention

January 27, 2011

Pictured with Dena Rizzo, a national choreographer, director and producer and Internationally known as the “Queen of Hip Hop” are (left to right) Gracie Cunningham, Kayla Johnson, Ella Danyluk and Abbie Pollitzer.

Participants were treated to a kid-friendly disco party at Broadway on the Beach. They are Keating Reichel, Caroline Lampright, Chloe Nickels, Mary Margaret Achurch, Celene Lampright and Lili Walker.

Students from Lowcountry School of Performing Arts recently attended the Showstopper Dance Convention in Myrtle Beach, SC. Twenty four girls from Beaufort traveled up the coast to learn new moves and perfect traditional steps in ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap and more. They were Deanna F Kraszewski, Megan Howe, Nonie Yeager, Lili Walker, Celene Lampright, Madison Mullen, MaryMargaret Achurch, Erin Filler, Olivia Givens, Briley Langehans, Brie Trezevant, Abbie Pollitzer, Ella Danyluk, Kayla Johnson, Abigail Freeman, Gracie Cunningham, Keating Reichel, Amelia Huebel, Caroline Ann Lampright, Chloe Nickles, Peyton Polk, Gina Dukes and Jennings Tumlin.

Students also participated in Beyond the Dream, a lecture with Broadway Producer and casting Director, Peter Sklar. The lecture included tips on how to make it and stay in the business and keys to success while staying healthy and happy.

Congratulations to the seven local students who were chosen by Sklar to participate in a weeklong intensive workshop in either London or New York, where they will take classes in theatre, dance and music; tour the areas theaters; take in shows; and perform. They are Macy Mullen, Madison Mullen, Olivia Givens, Briley Langehans, Lili Walker, Tammy Suire and Morgan Waters.


God Bless Carolina, Shrimp and Our Wedding

By Cherimie Crane

January 27, 2011

It is our individual strengths that give us identity, our weaknesses which give us character, and our ability to decipher the two that give us hope. It only took 243 self help books for me to be able to proudly say, “I have strengths.” Only two glasses of Merlot and my weaknesses shine like the North star. As I mature (aka get older), my weaknesses become more comic relief than a road block to perfection. Having spent the majority of my life tucking my tail underneath the prettiest ruffles, holding my tongue to appease the norm, and applying every gosh darn lotion, tonic, and serum to cover my freckles, it is quite possible I am too tired to care. There is a certain comfort in total imperfection.

Just one slight problem, the road to a southern wedding lends no pit stops for the socially awkward, no directional signs for the lavishly lost, and the only exit is covered in bubbles, rice, or some previously caged bird. One month into planning and there is absolutely no doubt that my smart girl façade is in eminent danger. My usual defense mechanism of blending in will be most difficult in this particular situation. It seems that being the bride is somewhat of a leading role.

My survival skills have peaked as I sit, as well behaved as can be expected, in meeting after meeting where I am absolutely certain everyone is speaking a completely different language. It is similar to English yet always ends with the words “perfect, formal, tradition, and/or cash”. I manage to speak when deemed necessary, yet mostly just stare in utter confusion. My typical take charge personality is morphing quickly into a take cover stance. Advice, suggestions, recommendations, and warnings are coming at me at the speed of light. If it weren’t for the support of my consistently calm fiancé, I would most likely be found underneath an extremely formal table with a lovely bottle of the house red. He is to be commended for keeping a strong hand on my shoulder at all times, what appears to most to be a sign of loving affection is more of a precautionary measure. Very smart man.

As if there weren’t enough variables to attend to, Carolina will be playing Auburn, and downtown Beaufort will be covered in shrimp. What woman in her right mind would ever dare to compete with both food and football on her wedding day? Exactly, my point. October 1 shall be a most interesting day.


Beaufort still needs to plan with dignity

By Chris Damgen

January 27, 2011

Beaufort is a memorable place. It is not Anytown, USA.

Our community is renowned for its built environment and sense of place. What has helped foster and preserve our sense of place is a commitment to taking unattractive locations and turning them into places of dignity. What were once abandoned docks became a nationally renowned Waterfront Park. What was once an unsightly motel is now the top-ranked boutique hotel in the state. What was once an abandoned furniture store is now a four-star restaurant.

Simply put — we are a community that demands dignity in our appearance and in our urban design. This is among several reasons why we develop plans for the future: to protect what’s beautiful and to enhance what isn’t.

In 2006, the city of Beaufort took a bold and unprecedented move by adopting a master plan for Boundary Street. The vision was a bold, yet clear one: “The plan envisions that Boundary

Street can be more than just improved; it can be one of the most memorable streets in America.”

Also in the plan, two relative points were made with regard to essential characteristics for commercial development:

1. Redevelopment must be visionary: The redevelopment approach must change the corridor into an area that will be an invigorating commercial environment.

2. Character must be a key component: The Boundary Street corridor has little in the way of unique character: it differs little from a commercial corridor that might be found anywhere. With redevelopment, the Boundary Street corridor must be infused with character that is authentic and rooted in the unique environment, history, and design of Beaufort

The city has made strides in adopting a zoning overlay and a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district to help encourage “character development,” with some successes. We are now faced with

Compromising to the extent that it undermines the spirit and intentions of plans is not the right answer.

the first real challenge to this plan: a restaurant building that conforms more with suburban-style blueprints than with innovative urban corridors.

The planning staff and the Metropolitan Planning Commission, which are tasked to defend the spirit of the plans, rightfully recommended denial. Remember, their concern revolves around planning function, not job creation.

Public outrage has generally been critical of “ bureaucratic meddling” and “not respecting the public.” The unfortunate target of this criticism has been the planning staff and the Metropolitan Planning Commission. However, this criticism is misguided. These entities are defending plans that took hundreds of citizens’ input and

thousands of tax dollars to put together. If that does not fall under “respecting the public,” then I am not sure what does.

If the applicants are as interested in investing in the community as they claim, wouldn’t they at least show a measure of respect for the community vision for Boundary Street? Shoud we just throw this vision away? If the answer is yes, then why are we even planning?

Compromise is a fine objective and is imperative in community planning. However, compromising to the extent that it undermines the spirit and intentions of plans is not the right answer. This sort of compromise signals that the city is, in fact, not serious about transforming Boundary Street into one of the most memorable streets in America.

The ultimate question is this: Is Beaufort still a community that demands dignity, or will we compromise and become Anytown, USA?

Chris Damgen is a professional planner in the region and resides in the Pigeon Point community in Beaufort.


2H011 Beaufort Film Festival

ere is a schedule for the Call 843-525-0459 to reserve space. Beaufort Film Festival. More about the festival Sat., Feb. 19: Screenings and


Representatives of Dataw Island Club today announced that the club’s Cotton Dike and Morgan River golf courses have retained designation as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program. Dataw Island Club is one of 25 clubs in South Carolina and one of 816 clubs in the world to receive the honor. Dataw island Club first received the Audubon designation in 2008.

The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program and Audubon International are not endorsed or supported by the National Audubon Society.

To become certified, Dataw’s Cotton Dike and Morgan River courses had to complete six program components including: environmental planning; wildlife and habitat management; chemical use reduction and safety; water conservation; water quality management; and outreach and education.

“Dataw Island has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program,” said Jim Sluiter, staff ecologist for the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program. “They are to be commended for their efforts to provide a sanctuary for wildlife on their golf course property.”

807 Bay St. Downtown Beaufort

55TH ANNUAL Beaufort Film Festival

January 27, 2011

FEBRUARY 16-20, 2011

will be featured in coming weeks.

wed., Feb. 16: Opening night reception 6- 8 p.m. (Invitation Only: Join the Beaufort Film Society to ensure an invitation to this event) at The Arsenal, or purchase an All Events Ticket by Feb. 14. The ceremony will be held outside in the courtyard so dress warmly.

Thur. Feb. 17- Fri., Feb. 18:

Screenings and Workshops, 8-11 p.m. at (Seaside Vineyard Cinema).

Thurs., Feb. 17-Fri., Feb. 18:

Walking/Van Tours of Movie Sites.

Tours start at the Spirit of Old Beaufort in downtown Beaufort. Two tours: 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Workshops 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Seaside Vineyard Cinema).

Sat., Feb. 19: Awards Gala. 7 p.m., Cocktail hour; 8-10 p.m., Awards Ceremony, informal attire Location: University of South Carolina Beaufort Performing Center for the Arts, Carteret Street.

Sun., Feb. 20: Filmmaker Farewell Brunch, 11 a.m. -1 p.m. Location: Blackstones Deli & Café, 205 Scott’s St., Beaufort.

Find out more about the festival at



January 27, 2011

Representatives of Dataw Island Club today announced that the club’s Cotton Dike and Morgan River golf courses have retained designation as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program. Dataw Island Club is one of 25 clubs in South Carolina and one of 816 clubs in the world to receive the honor. Dataw island Club first received the Audubon designation in 2008.

The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program and Audubon International are not endorsed or supported by the National Audubon Society.

To become certified, Dataw’s Cotton Dike and Morgan River courses had to complete six program components including: environmental planning; wildlife and habitat management; chemical use reduction and safety; water conservation; water quality management; and outreach and education.

“Dataw Island has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program,” said Jim Sluiter, staff ecologist for the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program. “They are to be commended for their efforts to provide a sanctuary for wildlife on their golf course property.”


ARTworks presents songwriter in concert

January 27, 2011

Craig Bickhardt, a folk/Americana singer-songwriter with major Nashville songwriting credits, a poet’s voice, a virtuoso guitar style and a veteran’s experience, will perform at ARTworks, 2127 Boundary St. in Beaufort Town Center, on Sunday, February 13 at 3 p.m. For tickets, call 843-379-2787 or order them online at www. Native Pennsylvanian Craig Bickhardt’s first big break came in 1982, when he wrote and sang two songs for Robert Duvall’s Academy Award- winning film “Tender Mercies.” Bickhardt’s songs found their way onto platinum and Grammy-winning recordings by legends such as Johnny Cash, Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Pam Tillis, Tony Rice, The Judds, Kathy Mattea and Alison Krauss.


Dice it, Splice it, But Make Sure You Mix It

By Harry Roemisch

January 27, 2011

“Sure, that’s easy for you to say. Let’s see YOU try to buy two or more advertising media on this skinny budget!”

A campaign is what people in the business call a “media mix”…the use of more than one medium, from the complete media spectrum of TV, radio, Internet, print, outdoor, social media and more.  There are a number of reasons why mixing media can deliver better results than using a single one. Among them are:

●      You reach people not reached utilizing just one. Example:  You can’t reach people driving their cars with a newspaper (although I’ve seen drivers reading them. Tsk. Tsk.) For commuters, you are better off with radio or billboards.

●      You’ll be able to take advantage of the intrinsic values of each medium to extend creativity.  Television is audio/visual (you see and hear bacon sizzling), radio is sound (you can hear it and imagine what it looks and smells like.. the theater of the mind is a powerful tool. Newspaper is strictly visual (you can only see it; however, if designed well, there can be graphic theater here).

●      You’ll experience the chemistry of the mix. Kind of like cooking.  The effect produced when the sum of the parts is greater than that delivered by any single medium.  For example, if you are advertising in the newspaper and are reaching 50% of the customers you need to reach, then perhaps the Internet or television or direct mail will reach that missing percentage, or at least most of them.  This is when your message takes on a new life.  See it, hear it…imagine it.  Mixing two mediums doesn’t just double response it may triple or even quadruple it.

Talking about mixing, one of the most successful auto dealers I know advertises strictly using a radio/newspaper mix only.  Unbelievably, customers constantly tell the salespeople that they saw the billboards, and remember the TV ads.  It’s a perfect example of how different mediums can reinforce each other and at the same time, effect the same prospect in a total way.  So, how can you afford a campaign you ask?  By dividing up your ad dollars into more than one ad medium. Where possible, try cutting at least 30% from the exclusive medium you are presently using (like newspaper, or radio, or television. Take that 30% and utilize a second medium like cable, Internet, outdoor etc., Take the one big message (The Million Dollar Sale…for example) you used in your primary medium and repeat it as the big message in your new one (or two).  Always wear the same face everywhere you go. Step back and watch what happens.

If the chemistry is right, your advertising might just start smokin’.

Harry Roemisch is the owner of Roemisch & Company a marketing, advertising and public relations company with offices in the Trillium Arts Centre in Travelers Rest, SC and Brevard, NC. He can be reached at or 864-660-9544

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Lunch is served!

January 27, 2011

Peg Schlichtemeier and Carol Tully

The newly-formed Democratic Women of Beaufort turned out to sponsor a lunch in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King on Wednesday, January 19. The event hosted 65 people who came to the Second Helpings distribution site at the Franciscan Center on St. Helena Island. Second Helpings is a nonprofit charitable food distribution project committed to eliminating hunger. Volunteers collect and distribute food from area supermarkets. Democratic Women of Beaufort is a group of women from the Beaufort area who live the Democratic Party’s ideals through philanthropic and educational activities. Call 441-3809 for more details about Democratic Women. Call 263-6934 for information about Second Helpings.


Little Bits of Royal Chatter

by Peggy Chandler

January 27, 2011

Mrs. Penny Russell hosted the Royal Pines Garden Club on January 13, 2011. The speaker was Alice Massey, who gave an informative talk on summer/fall flowering bulbs.  On February 10, 2011 the Royal Pines Garden Club will meet at Moondoggies. The speaker will be Nancy Vista who plans to present a program entitled  Hanging Tea Lights. A buffet lunch will follow.

The Beaufort Council of Garden Clubs annual meeting will be held at Traditions on Parris Island February 1, 2011, hosted by Palmetto Garden Club.  The guest speaker will be Dr. Stephen Wise, PhD, Director of Parris Island Museum.

The Royal Readers met to discuss The Good Earth. by Pearl Buck.   “Everyone enjoyed the book especially the themes that Pearl Buck presented”.  Book club selections for the upcoming year are; Brooklyn by Colm Toibin, Change of Altitude (Anita Shreve), Kindred by Octavia Butler and Crooked Letter Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin.

Marisa Sherard, Carol Nocilla and Nancy Steeves were VIP Guests of ABC during the recent filming of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.  The ladies toured the home before the big reveal and had a front row spot to watch and cheer “MOVE THAT BUS”. They met the show’s producer, Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine, and Ty Pennington.

Many of us have grandchildren who “say the darndest things”.  I received this beaut from my daughter –in-law, Kristen – about our 4 year old grandson, Aaron.   Just want to share the laugh.

“We were going through one of his old photo books and he ran across the photo of me very pregnant with a shirt on that was fitting pretty snug. He thought it was the coolest thing that he could finally see a picture of when he was in my belly. So after talking about him being in my belly for a good 3-4 minutes, he pointed to my chest and asked, “Are those my two eyes?” “

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Thank you to Maura Baglione and Nancy Steeves for their contributions to this article.


Residential Real Estate Specialist Wanda Parks Joins

Cora Bett Thomas Realty & Associates as a Sales Associate

January 27, 2011

Real estate professional Wanda Parks recently joined Cora Bett Thomas Realty & Associates as a Sales Associate and brings with her a unique experience in renovation, building and hospitality which should compliment her knowledge of real estate. In her position, Parks represents clients in buying and selling distinctive property throughout the Lowcountry area.

“We warmly welcome Wanda to our team of accomplished sales professionals,” said Cora Bett Thomas, founder and CEO of Cora Bett Thomas Realty & Associates. “Her knowledge of real estate, life experience and warm, welcoming personality will serve as valuable assets for her clients.”

“I pride myself in my ability to welcome others to the Lowcountry,” said Parks. “Some of the most spectacular properties can be found in coastal South Carolina, and through my partnership with Cora Bett Thomas Realty, I will assist my customers in finding their dream home.”

Parks, originally from Fayetteville, NC, attended Appalachian State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Parks grew up working in the hospitality industry, and although she was technically a stay at home mom she has renovated personal homes in Greensboro, NC and assisted with building two new homes in Beaufort, SC.  As a family venture, Parks along with her husband, Ricky, and son, Bucky, recently opened Boone’s Bar and Grill in Charleston, SC. When not working, Parks can be found taking time for personal reflection in the large swing on their terrace that overlooks Lucy Creek, spending time with her husband of 31 years, their 2 children and cavalier King Charles Spaniel; as well as taking an occasional family vacation in Holden Beach NC.


With listings for the area’s finest residential and commercial properties, Cora Bett Thomas Realty & Associates, is an exclusive affiliate of Christie’s Great Estates (Savannah, GA and Bluffton and Hilton Head Island, SC) and Mayfair International Realty (London Office of Cora Bett Thomas Realty) and a  longtime member of Luxury Portfolio, and Leading Real Estate Companies of the World (formerly RELO). The firm dominates the luxury real estate market along the Georgia and South Carolina coast, with offices based in Savannah, GA and Bluffton and Beaufort, SC Under the leadership of founder and CEO Cora Bett Thomas, the company features an expert team of agents who specialize in historic homes, luxury condominiums, commercial real estate, investment property, land and waterfront property. For additional information, please visit online or call 912.233.6000.


Paying Tribute to a diligent “Viewer in Beaufort”

By Holly Bounds Jackson

January 27, 2011

William Matthew “Billy” Palmer was the former chief videographer for “The Local News at 6” at WJWJ TV. He died Tuesday, Jan. 18, at age 62 at Beaufort Memorial Hospital.

“In an exclusive report tonight.”   When the news anchors said those words, there was a viewer in Beaufort who turned up the volume.  If the pictures matched the story he first heard across one of his three noisy scanners that dangled from his hip or sat by his ear at night, this would go down as a good day. Our viewer in Beaufort had a duty, he thought, to find out what was happening and send it to the people who could get the word out.

Let’s get this straight: there was nothing normal about our viewer in Beaufort.  He prided himself by the number of HAZMAT events, structure fires and bomb scares in which he responded in some fashion.  There was that time, years ago, he carried a hose for the Beaufort Fire Department.  He liked telling that story.  He could give you the name of every officer from Colleton to Beaufort Counties who died in the line of duty over the past 25 years.  Not just that.  He knew the intersection it happened.  And it’s quite possible he had footage of the scene. He just couldn’t part with it on throw-away day at his former job, WJWJ-TV.  He knew exactly where I was in Yemassee when I referenced a “really big curve,” and if on Hilton Head he reminded me how long it would take to get from point A to point B, his favorite restaurant, One Hot Mama’s.

Our viewer in Beaufort was really a teacher.   Three-and-a-half years of Journalism school didn’t give me the need-to-knows our viewer in Beaufort did.  There they don’t tell you how breaking news can do a wonder on your adrenaline and give you a heavy foot.  That was covered on day one by our viewer.  “Keep an eye on your speedometer,” he’d say.  “You’re going to get the same story if you go the speed limit.”  Let’s face it; that may not be exactly true.  But our viewer wanted me to stay safe, above all.

Though probably tough for the radio enthusiast to admit, our viewer realized the best news stories don’t come from a press release or even…a scanner!  Day two of our viewer’s J-school was on listening more than talking.  He didn’t drink, but suggested hanging out at bars.  “Just sit there and listen.  You’ll get a story.”

You’re probably tired of reading “our viewer” by now, and I thought after five years he would have been, too.  But our viewer in Beaufort, known as “Scanner Billy” in the WSAV newsroom, didn’t need to hear his name.  He’d give the news tip, talk me to the scene, send a “good work” email after it aired. And on several occasions, he covered the story.  He took the pictures, captured the video, handed over the footage.  It was always attributed to, “a viewer in Beaufort.”

But now, Billy Palmer, as I mourn your loss, I get to break the story I’ve held in so long.  It was you who taught me how to slow down, how to listen and how to tell the people what happened.  Those were your top stories.  It’s time our viewer in Beaufort get the credit.

Holly Bounds Jackson is the SC Lowcountry Reporter and Anchor for My Lowcountry 3 at WSAV News 3.



January 27, 2011

Did you make a resolution to increase your service in 2011? A good way to start — donate at the next Carteret Street United Methodist Church-sponsored American Red Cross Blood Drive ON Thursday, February 3 in the Fellowship Hall from noon until 6 p.m.

American Red Cross blood is distributed throughout the world. 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.

You can help alleviate delays in the donation process by making an appointment in advance.

To make an appointment, please call 1-866-611-7137 or log onto www. (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.

For questions, please call Merle Hoagland at 843-522-2073 or e-mail


The Kresge Foundation Awards $750,000 Grant to
Beaufort Jasper Hampton Comprehensive Health Services, Inc.

January 27, 2011

Chelsea, South Carolina, December 10, 2010 – The Kresge Foundation announced the award of $750,000 to Beaufort Jasper Hampton Comprehensive Health Services, Incorporated (BJHCHS) for a Sheldon Township Health and Fitness program. The grant begins January 1, 2011 with funding provided through 2013. The award supports a three year program that was developed and proposed by the residents of Sheldon Township and a consortium that includes BJHCHS, Beaufort County School District, and South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control Region 8, (DHEC Region 8).  Beaufort Jasper Hampton Comprehensive Health Services, Inc. has been providing primary health care service in the family practice model for residents of Beaufort County since 1970.

The residents of Sheldon Township and the consortium entered a national competition for a planning grant and the right to submit a program proposal.  They won one of the twelve $75,000 planning grants last January. Of the twelve planning grant finalists, seven proposals were selected for a three year $750,000 program grant.

“The residents of Sheldon Township, the three consortium partners, along with other community partners including, Beaufort Memorial Hospital, Beaufort County Alliance for Human Services, and Eat Smart Move More Low Country met throughout the nine months of the planning grant to develop a proposal to address the community’s health and well being,” said Roland J. Gardner, CEO, BJHCHS. “The unique aspect of this proposal is that the programs proposed to The Kresge Foundation not only reflect the wishes of the community, but calls for the residents to engage in the management of the programs over the next three years.”

Like many residents in South Carolina, Sheldon Township has a high rate of chronic hypertension, higher than normal blood pressure. The resulting impact of high blood pressure can lead to stroke, heart disease, and complications in diabetes management. The program proposed to the foundation focuses on the prevention and care of hypertension.

“The residents and consortium members realized that access to care would be an essential element necessary to enable residents to address their health,” said LaFrance Ferguson, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of BJHCHS.  “An expanded care model School Based Healthcare Program (SBHP) is proposed for the new Whale Branch Early College High School.  In addition to medical, dental, and behavioral health services, the plan calls for extended hours convenient for Sheldon Township residents, and special programs focused on nutrition, exercise, mentoring, and men’s health. The existing SBHP programs in the other schools that serve Sheldon Township including, Whale Branch Elementary and Middle Schools as well as Davis Early Childhood Learning Center will continue.”

Sebastian S. Kresge founder of SS Kresge, a merchandising chain that became the Kmart Corporation, established The Kresge Foundation in 1924 “For the Promotion of Human Progress.”  In 2008 the foundation established Healthcare as a new programmatic focus. The four values defined for awards made for Healthcare include: creating opportunity; working in underserved geography; promoting diversity; and strengthening community impact. The Sheldon Township Health and Fitness proposal met those criteria.



January 27, 2011

The Habersham Marketplace in Beaufort will host its fourth Annual Chili Cook-Off Saturday, February 5, from 1-4 p.m. Contestants are invited to compete in the amateur category for $20, restaurant chefs/professional category for $40, and service personnel are invited to participate free of charge. Entries must be received by January 31. Entry forms are available online at http://www.habershammarketplace. com/chiliregistration.pdf or by emailing events@

Tickets to the event are $10 (under 12 admitted free) and will be available for purchase on site February 5 beginning at 12:30 p.m. Attendees will be able to listen to live music, sample chili from competitors throughout the day and vote for their favorite. Beverages will be available for purchase from Maggie’s Pub and Piace Pizza. Children’s activities will also be available.

“This is a favorite event of The Marketplace,” said Marketplace Merchant Council President Leslie Pickel. “We love seeing folks from the community visit Habersham and watch our competitors pull out all the stops to entice the public for their vote. It’s an enjoyable time for kids of all ages!”

Ticket sales and voting will be held under the Marketplace Plaza Tent. Winners will be announced from the main stage between 3:30 – 4 p.m. and will receive a cash prize and a signature chili-champion trophy.

The Habersham Marketplace is located at 13 Market St. in the Habersham Community, located off of Joe Frazier Road in Beaufort. For more information, visit www.


2011 Beaufort Irish Festival Information

January 27, 2011

The 4th annual Beaufort Irish Festival is kicking off!  The festival was founded by a small group of interested citizens and local sponsors who wanted to bring the Beaufort community an awareness of Irish culture, music, art, history and traditions.  The event has grown to more than 10 unique activities this year.  All benefits and proceeds are donated to Hope Haven of the Lowcountry, the children’s advocacy and rape crisis center.  Last year Beaufort Irish Festival donated $1300 from the festival proceeds to Hope Haven. .

Sponsors and financial backers for this year’s program include:

  • DIAGEO- one of the largest adult beverage distributors on the east coast
  • Guinness- The renowned Irish brew
  • Luther’s Rare and Well Done restaurant on Bay Street
  • DEALS-  selling ladies clothing and fine Irish imports on Bay Street
  • D and S Heating and Air Conditioning, Pat Dennis of Lost Island
  • Lee Distributor- adult beverage distributor serving the lowcountry
  • Signature Cleaning and Home Management, LLC, Brenda Hill
  • Sand Science,  Gerry and Diane Kenny
  • Nancy Rhodes Pratt
  • Grant, Bill and Betsey Robinson
  • and more coming

A Ceili Irish Dance group, the Sun City Irish Dancers led participants of all ages in learning various Irish dances on January 8. Over 30 participants showed up to kick up their heels and learn the dance steps.  Cost: $2/person or $5/ family.  The Sun City Irish dance group is returning!

Tuesday, 8 Feb, a second Ceili Irish Dance will be held from 6:30-8:00 at the Quality Inn Hotel at the Beaufort Towne Center located on Boundary near the new City Offices.

Saturday, 19 Feb, Legendary Irish Musician, Sean O’ Se’ performs.

We are honored and pleased to welcome the distinguished Irishman, Sean O’Se’, to Beaufort. His name is synonymous with Irish music. Join Sean for a lecture and musical performance on Irish History and Celtic Musicians.

(See special *insert information on Irish legendary performer- Sean O’ Se’ -pronounced O’ Shea at the institute for Irish studies:

The event will be hosted at St John’s Lutheran Church on Lady’s Island near Barbara Jeans and across from St Peter’s.  Ticket costs for the musical evening are $15/ family/ $10 person/ $5 for students 10 or older.  This is a great night’s entertainment for ages 10 and up and anyone who has a love of Irish music and an interest in history.  The program runs from 7:30-8:30.  More information at web site:   

The main body of the festival starts 25 February and runs thru the 27th.

What can you expect?

Friday, 25 Feb  Gala (kick off) Celebration 6:00-9:00,

at the Best Western- Sea Island Inn on Bay St in downtown Beaufort.

Be prepared for an evening filled with live Irish music, story telling, raffles, an Irish buffet meal, and 3 drinks to include beer, wine and Bailey’s Irish coffee.  Tickets are on sale at Deals on Bay Street and other venues to be announced (see festival web site).  Cost is $35 per person and proceeds benefit  Hope Haven of the Lowcountry– the children’s advocacy and rape crisis center.  Dress is everything from formal Clan kilts to country club casual and of course a “bit o’ the green” is encouraged!

Saturday, 26 February, we call it the Main Festival, from noon to 4ish at Quality Inn on Boundary. (The opening ceremony will begin promptly at 12:00 and that “ish” is code for let’s see how much fun we are havin’ before closing the place down!)

Would you be up to 4 hours of family fun on a Saturday afternoon?

Music, humor, dancing, Irish soda bread contest are all planned. Children’s events, crafts, and story time and local Irish history are all on the agenda. See **below for details on performers.  Refreshments will be sold and tickets are on sale at Deals on Bay Street and at other venues to be announced before the program or at the door, the day of the event (see festival web site).  Cost is $10 for ages12 and up.

We’ll give you a few hours off before bringing you back for a lot of Pub Night fun at Luther’s Rare and Well Done on Bay Street from 8 – till the wee hours.

And for those looking for one more opportunity to celebrate we have…

Open microphone- Irish Musical Jam Session on Sunday, 27 February at The Office in the K-Mart/ Bi Low Mall area off Boundary starting at 1:00 PM

Oh, did we forget to mention…St Patrick’s Day is 17 March, but with all the celebrating going on here in Beaufort, why be envious,  and besides who would want to drive to the cities north and south of us if you got your Irish fix right here in Beaufort?

Special Notes:

*19 Feb

Sean O’Se’

**26 Feb

Gabriel Donohue–   Irish Musician, the main act performing at the Main Festival, Pub Night, and at Jam Session on 27 Jan.

Glor Na Daire– local dance troupe, performing Saturday at the Main Festival

Harry O’Donoghue– Local Irish musician, story teller, MC for the day’s events

The Sun City Irish Dancers– try and keep up with them on Saturday at Main Festival

Carrol Brown– gifted guitarist, local singer and songwriter will be performing all weekend

Mike Falvey-sharing his love of Irish music

Tricia McLaren– a local talent will share a song on the tin whistle

Collete Wright, “The Story Lady” entertaining children with Irish crafts, stories and games

Tuscarora Jack– One of the original founders of Beaufort will hopefully be making an appearance as well.


Jan 20,2011


Those who attended the Beaufort Christmas Parade last month may have noticed Beaufort County’s newest recycling mascot.

“Rerun” – a costumed character designed to educate young and old about the importance of recycling – was accompanied by his two friends, “Bottle Guy” and “Can Guy” from the S.C. DHEC.

The original design for the character was inspired by the County’s recycling logo and evolved further with collaboration from DHEC’s Office of Solid Waste and Recycling.  Through an educational grant provided by Waste Management, Inc., Beaufort County was able to purchase a costume so that “Rerun” could participate in community and educational events.

Waste Management spokesman Russ Hightower said the company is dedicated to providing education and awareness about the importance of recycling. “We are proud to support ‘Rerun’ and Beaufort County’s recycling efforts and we look forward to continuing our work together in the future.”

County Solid Waste Manager, James S. Minor, Jr. said “Rerun” is the result of a successful partnership between County government, state agencies and the private sector. “Thanks to the support of Waste Management and the hard work of our County staff, we have a visible entity in our community to spread the three R’s: reduce, reuse and recycle.  Beaufort County is taking positive steps toward building a sustainable future for all of our citizens.”


Monday Jan 17 is a big day in Beaufort

10:00 am     Martin Luther King Day Parade

11:30 am       Books Sandwiched In, USCB Arts Center

2:00 pm Beaufort Ministerial Alliance Martin Luther King Celebration, USCB

4:30 pm    Tricentennial Birthday Party, Waterfront  Park


Brrrrrrrrrave Souls participate in 3rd Annual Pelican Plunge

January 6, 2011

Several hundred people came out to Hunting Island State Park on New Year’s Day to jump in the Atlantic at the 3rd Annual Pelican Plunge. Many came dressed in costumes, while others came out for the reggae music, a Kazoo rendition of God Bless America and a fun came of Simon Says before their brief dip in the ocean at the Lighthouse Beach. The Pelican Plunge raises money for the Discover Carolina Program at Hunting Island State Park for Beaufort County children. The Friends of Hunting Island raised $3,200 that day, and Boondocks Restaurant won First Prize for raising the most money.


Kids Make a Difference on Christmas Eve

January 6, 2011

Lady’s Island resident Karen Eller noticed too much trash on Sams Point Road recently and gathered some neighborhood kids for a Christmas Eve community clean up. They picked up 8 bags of trash and loose debris. They are Walker Floyd, Herbert Gray, David Rhodes, Kirsten Floyd, Hope Gray, and Leith Gray.


Sons of the American Revolution Install 2011 Officers and Staff

January 6, 2011

From left: Capt. Dean Cullison and SCSSAR President Rev. Ted Morton.

From left: Pete Dickerson, Andy Beall, Sam Chesnutt, Dr. Bill Sammons, Michael Keyserling, Jody Henson, Wayne Cousar, Carroll Crowther, Tom Mikell and Capt. Dean Cullison.

On December 15th, the Gov. Paul Hamilton Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) held their annual formal Christmas dinner and meeting at the Dataw Island Club.  This year’s speaker was the Rev. Ted Morton, President of the South Carolina Society SAR.  He and wife Henrietta were the guests of past chapter president Carroll Crowther and wife Nancy, local DAR Regent, of Ladies Island.  During the meeting Morton presented Capt. Dean Cullison, past State President and Registrar of the Chapter, with the Meritorious Service Medal for his many years of service and the Liberty Medal (4th Award) for outstanding service in the recruitment of members.  Morton also swore in the 2011 officers and staff of Beaufort’s Gov. Paul Hamilton SAR Chapter.  Those individuals are Wayne Cousar, President; Jody Henson, Vice President; Michael Keyserling, Secretary; Carroll Crowther, Registrar; Sam Chesnutt, Chaplain; Capt. Dean Cullison, Genealogist; Pete Dickerson, Historian; Tom Mikell, Color Sergeant; Dr. Bill Sammons, JROTC Awards; Andy Beall, Eagle Scout Scholarship.


Books Sandwiched In

January 6, 2011

BOOKS SANDWICHED IN, sponsored by Friends of the Beaufort County Library, returns for the 25th year on January 10, 2011, and continues every Monday through February 28, 2011.  The 8-week program will be held in a different place – USCB Performing Arts Center, 801 Carteret Street, Beaufort, and at a different time – noon to 1 p.m.    Local personalities will review books that focus on Beaufort and South Carolina in recognition of the 300th anniversary of Beaufort.

The program is free and open to everyone.  Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch or, as an alternative, purchase it from the Outtakes Café take-out table in the Performing Arts Center.  Doors open at 11:30 a.m.

Here are the dates for the program along with the name of the reviewer and an overview of the book for each date.  Friends of Beaufort County Library look forward to seeing you each Monday beginning January 10, 2011, through February 28, 2011.  For more information, call 255-6458.

January 10, 2011

Mayor Billy KeyserlingDoctor K: A Personal Memoir by Herbert Keyserling

Overview of Doctor K: A Personal Memoir:  Dr. Herbert Keyserling writes about his family’s history and his own autobiography describing life as a country doctor in Beaufort, SC.

January 17, 2011

Kathryn WallCanaan’s Gate by Kathryn Wall

Overview of Canaan’s Gate:

A possible embezzlement case occupies inquiry agent Bay Tanner in Wall’s suspenseful 10th puzzler set in South Carolina’s Lowcountry (after 2009’s Covenant Hall). Cecelia Dobbs, a low-level employee at First Coast Bank of the Carolinas, consults Bay because she suspects caregiver Kendra Blaine has swindled elderly Thomas and Rebecca Castlemain of Canaan’s Gate, a wealthy Hilton Head island community, out of $1 million with the connivance of another First Coast employee. The plot thickens alarmingly after Cecelia goes missing.

January 24, 2011

Scott GraberYeomanry: Life on St. Helena Island by Thomas Jackson Woofter

Over view of Yeomanry: Life on St. Helena Island; The land and people of St. Helena Island are the same which lend charm to the work of Julia Peterkin, author of “Black April”, and DuBose Heyward, author of “Porgy”.  The plot is the life and development of the St. Helena Community, rather than the life of individuals.  Its life at a stage somewhat more advanced than that of the previously mentioned novels because the people of St. Helena have had more advantages, and its description is more unified than the fragmentary studies of folk culture of the older type.

January 31, 2011

Linda Tarr-Whelan: Against the Tide: One Woman’s Political Struggle by Harriet Keyserling

Overview of Against the Tide One Woman’s Political Struggle:

Against the Tide tells the intensely personal story of Harriet Keyserling, an unconventional politician struggling to gain self confidence, beat the odds, and make a lasting difference. Tracing Keyserling’s journey into the world of “good ol’ boy” Southern politics and her labors to reform the political system in South Carolina, it is the story of a woman who arrived a Yankee liberal and became an effective eight-term legislator in the South Carolina House of Representatives. At a time when the political tide was turning, Keyserling proved that one person can effect change in spite of overwhelming obstacles. In the new preface to this paperback edition, Keyserling brings her story up to the present and discusses its relevance to a radically different political scene.

February 7, 2011

Mary Inabinett MackTriangular Pegs by Heyward Inabinett

Overview of Triangular Pegs:

The author walks the line between two races. His graying hair is smooth and straight, his eyes are green, his skin is white, he is black. The author has lived his 70 years as a black man and a white man. Living as either color brought constants struggles, especially in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. Both races rejected him. Harassment, belittlement and fear were a part of his life. Depression and suicidal thoughts brought him to put his story on paper.

February 14, 2011

Fran Heyward Marscher: Remembering the Way it was at Beaufort, Sheldon and the Sea Islands by Fran Heyward Marscher

Overview of Remembering the Way it Was at Beaufort, Sheldon and the Sea Islands

Remembering the Way it Was at Beaufort, Sheldon and the Sea Islands is a collection of these priceless oral histories, which offer a glimpse of simpler times and unspoiled landscapes that cannot be found anywhere else. In their own words, the residents of old Beaufort County reveal a time when turnips and scrawny chickens substituted for legal fees among some of the clients of Grace White, the county’s first female attorney; when Henry Chambers’ “Aunt Henrietta”–rumored locally to be the richest woman in the world, and an Italian princess to boot–stunned everyone when she brought her magnificent yacht right up the Beaufort River.

February 21, 2011

Fred S. Washington Jr.: The Water is Wide: A Memoir by Pat Conroy

Overview of The Water is Wide: A Memoir : The island is nearly deserted, haunting, and beautiful. Across a slip of ocean lies South Carolina. But for the handful of families on Yamacraw Island, America is a world away. For years the people here lived proudly from the sea, but now its waters are not safe. Waste from industry threatens their very existence–unless, somehow, they can learn a new life. But they will learn nothing without someone to teach them, and their school has no teacher.  Here is Pat Conroy’s extraordinary drama based on his own experience–the true story of a man who gave a year of his life to an island and the new life its people gave him.

February 28, 2011

W. Brantley Harvey Jr.: Strom: The Complicated Personal & Political Life of Strom Thurmond by Jack Bass and Marilyn Thompson

Overview of: Strom: The Complicated Personal & Political Life of Strom Thurmond

Strom is a remarkable look at the life of a complicated and pivotal figure in the nation’s politics – particularly when it came to issues of race. Thurmond was the Dixiecrat presidential candidate in 1948, originator of the 1956 “Southern Manifesto” against the Brown vs. Board of Education ruling, holder of the record for a Senate filibuster for his opposition to the 1957 Civil Rights Bill. Yet as a young man he had secretly fathered a daughter with the family’s black maid, and he quietly supported her through her enrollment at college and beyond.

Bass and Thompson both covered Thurmond for years and broke the big stories. In Strom, they tell us a great deal about power and politics in our nation and race’s twisted roots in the 20th century South.


Give Yourself a Great Big High Five

By Cherimie Crane

January 6, 2011

We did it. Each and every one of us, did it. Some of us did it better, with more panache, more patience, and more persistence. Some of us managed to skid in on two wheels, grasping the wheel and praying to the powers that be to let this ride end. It ended, we really did it.

2011 rises as the ball of 2010 drops. Whether surrounded by friends, strangers, or the comforts of solitude, for a few moments every single soul whispers a sigh of relief combined with a childlike whimsy of the possibilities ahead.

Like freshly washed sheets, the first river day of summer, or for some of us, that irresistible puddle after a good rain; we can’t wait to jump in!

The real estate industry delivered with out fail, another year full of surprises and new challenges. Sellers loosened their grasp on prices of past, buyers saw value rather than venue, and Realtors realized there is no room for mediocrity. Professionals sought education, direction, while relearning everything we thought we knew. What you knew became far greater than who you knew.

2010 was the Great Get Back To Basics. The quick fix, cash over creativity, do it now or don’t do it, way of life went out the window. Our piece of the pie was sliced thickly from humble rather than cherry as reality became local. Lavish bordered on silly and smart the new rich. We went back to work, even on the pretty days.

I have a tremendous sense of accomplishment as I mark 2010 off of my to do list. Goals were reached, obstacles overcome, priorities realized. As many other real estate professionals, I had many days, some weeks where I questioned my very existence. There were times I looked up fully expecting to see a black cloud permanently attached to my pony tail. At least once a week, I wanted to quit. I could easily name 14032 careers I would rather have on any given Monday. Instead of throwing in the tattered and torn towel, I did what we all did, I went to work.

It is comical when you realize the career best suited for you is the one you can’t afford to quit. Motivation comes in all forms.

No matter how you got here, how tired and disheveled upon arrival, you arrived. Congratulate yourself, your neighbor, your dog. We are stronger, better, more equipped than ever. We live in one of the most beautiful places on earth (fact), we come from a strong fiber of history, charm, and defiance (fact, ask any local), and we now have a shiny badge of accomplishment sewn tightly to our armor (or duct taped, whichever works).

Enjoy this moment, relish in each success, give yourself a great big high five(preferably while no one is looking), and if the mood strikes let out a prideful Whooooohooooo!!!, then do what needs to be done. Get back to work.


Hunting Island Sunrise

On November 21st, Sixteen-year-old, Lauren Zentner of Lady’s Island, caught this ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS  Sunday morning sunrise on Hunting Island while her family was having a fireside breakfast at oceanfront campsite.



January 6, 2011

January brings an exciting concert to Fripp…world-class pianists, each famous in their own right, will play solo and will sit together at the keyboard to play four-handed. This year’s Friends of Music selection committee was excited to book such incomparable talent.  Concertgoers will enjoy their artistry, masterful technique and a performance that has been described as mesmerizing—in short…don’t miss this one!

The Lomazov & Rackers piano duo drew attention in 2005 as the Second Prize Winners of the Sixth Biennial Ellis Duo Piano Competition, the only national competition for piano duo in the United States at that time.  Since then, they have performed as recitalists and in concert with orchestras throughout the United States and Europe.

In 2009, they were named to the International Roster of Steinway Artists. Recent and upcoming engagements include performances with the Chernigov Symphony Orchestra (Ukraine), Lukas Theatre in Savannah, Georgia, performances and Masterclasses at Arizona State University, University of Colorado, the Music at Penn Alps Concert series in Maryland, the Augusta Symphony Orchestra Columbia County Concert Series in Georgia, the Central Oregon Symphony Concert Series, and performances as soloists with the University of South Carolina Symphony Orchestra, among many others.

Well now they can add Fripp Island to that list!




FRIPP PASS AT GATE * 843-838-6655


BMH Welcomes New Cardiologist

January 6, 2011

Beaufort Memorial Hospital is pleased to welcome invasive cardiologist, Dr. Shannon Shook, MD to the medical staff.  He is affiliated with Lowcountry Medical Group, and is Board certified in Cardiology and Internal Medicine.  As an invasive cardiologist, Dr. Shook is trained to diagnose and manage the care of patients with cardiac issues including, but not limited to, coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, and arrhythmias.  Among other things, he will be performing diagnostic cardiac catheterizations, stress tests, and echocardiograms.

Dr. Shook obtained his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1998.  He did his Internal Medicine residency at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center program in Bronx, NY.   Dr. Shook then spent five years in the Navy from 2001-2006, including four years in Beaufort.  He served as a flight surgeon with VMFA-115 at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort and deployed aboard the carrier USS Harry S Truman.  He was an internist at Beaufort Naval Hospital during his last two years in the Navy.  He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Following his naval service, Dr. Shook completed a general cardiology fellowship at the University of Tennessee in Memphis.  Upon completion of his cardiology fellowship, he worked in a private practice in Florida.  Dr. Shook, his wife, Seda, and two children live in Beaufort.  He will begin seeing patients in January.  For appointments, call (843) 770-0404.


Hanky Panky

By Harry Roemisch

January 6, 2011

A friend called the other day really singing the blues.  You see, she has been in retail for quite some time and all of a sudden business had dropped off so sharply she thought someone had pulled the plug on her cash register.  Things just weren’t the same anymore.  I guess she needed an ear…and some of that free advice I’ve been known to hand out from time to time to the poor and suffering.  After listening to her for a spell it was obvious her business was suffering from “sale-i-tis”.  (Here take my handkerchief). Too many sales leading to too few of the right types of customers.

It all started very innocently. An end-of-summer sale to get rid of slow moving stock and speed up a little cash flow.  How could it hurt? Yes, the sale was a success. And people asked, “ when is the next sale? We certainly want to be here for that.”  So with visions of gold bullion dancing in her head, she has another…and another and another.  But as the sales days increased, her normal retail days decreased.  Now it seems as though the only time she does any business at all is during her “sale days”.

She has created for herself the unspeakable in business.  She has conditioned her customers to wait for reduced price merchandise…a trap worse than death. (How many sheets have you ever bought that weren’t found at a white sale? How many GM cars?)

Here, then are some tips that can nurse a suffering business back to health.

#1.  Stop the Sales.  Just the way you would stop smoking…cold turkey.

#2.  Rebuild Your Image.  Start doing some generic type advertising and promotion to once again give value to your merchandise.  This is especially true in a rapidly growing, or tourist oriented area where there are new faces in town everyday and lots of looky-loos just passing through.  For example, there is a retail store in a neighboring county which has consistently advertised fifty percent off the entire store for the last several years and I can’t even remember the name of it. Couldn’t get there on a bet.  Name and place just was never promoted.  Maybe their business is none of my business. Seems that way.

#3.  Anyway, after successfully rebuilding the image, sales should be limited to no more than four per year and never on merchandise which sells well without hype.  Where people buy is as important to them as what they buy.

Another friend of mine has been tempted to go head-to-head with a Big Box (The one that starts with a W) store on like items.  I considered dialling 911 for I feared he would put himself in harm’s way. The only way you can compete against the big W or similar stores is to offer impeccable service and integrate similar products with merchandise that is upscale and not offered by them.  Retail customers still greatly desire free wrapping, pleasant conversation, returned phone calls and an attitude that’s gracious and helpful.  Something larger department stores will never duplicate.

Putting the customer first can’t be just another wooden plaque on the wall but an active company policy, once broken, punishable by death.  May I have my handkerchief back please?

Here’s to your success.

Harry Roemisch is the owner of Roemisch & Company a marketing, advertising and public relations company with offices in the Trillium Arts Centre in Travelers Rest, SC and Brevard, NC. He can be reached at or 864-660-9544

Need help with marketing? Call or email.


Still Searching For A 2011 New Year’s Resolution…MAKE IT A DENTAL ONE!

By Dr. Jennifer Wallace

If you haven’t decided on a New Year’s Resolution for 2011, consider one of these from

The Smiling Ladies at Palmetto Smiles of Beaufort:

  1. Resolve to have a disease-free mouth this year. Gingivitis/periodontal disease are the number one infectious disease in the world. Proper home care and routine biyearly dental check-ups will maintain a healthy mouth. Poor oral hygiene has been linked with the most common health problems: diabetes, high blood pressure, and even problems with pregnancy such as low birth weight and/or birth defects. (From Crystal B. Sprouse, RDH)
  1. For those of you out there who have dental insurance, USE your dental insurance! Most insurance companies will cover up to two teeth cleanings per year with very minimal, if any, co pay.  Think of the benefits: you can have brighter, whiter, healthier teeth just by having them cleaned! And for those of you without dental insurance, make your resolution the same. You might have to pay out of pocket for your cleaning, but just think of it this way; you could actually be saving yourself money. If you come in every 6 months for your checkup, your one cavity could potentially turn into an expensive root canal and crown if you hadn’t come in for your 6 month appointment!! (From Jenn P. Schmucker, Office Manager)
  2. How about getting straight teeth through adult Invisalign- the clear orthodontic solution? Straight teeth need a lower degree of energy in keeping them clean. Keeping crooked and crowded teeth clean can be a very tedious venture, considering that it necessitates a certain level of perseverance to brush and floss irregular teeth. The alignment issues can also lead to likely tooth decay and periodontal problems as we age. In addition to improving your ability to clean your teeth effectively, properly aligned teeth can also improve your breathing, your speech, reduce excess strain on the supporting musculoskeletal structure, as well as improve chewing resulting in less stress on the digestive system. Without a doubt straight teeth can influence not only one’s physical beauty but also one’s appreciation of their existence.(From Patty T. Miller, CDA)
  1. If you are not 100% happy with your smile, then make the choice to just do something for yourself.  A smile is a great first impression!  A smile says it all!  Be proud of your smile!! (From Dr. Jennifer K. Wallace, DMD)

Come visit us at Palmetto Smiles of Beaufort on Lady’s Island soon so we can help you with your new dental resolutions.


Friends of Hunting Island and Hunting Island State Park Present 3rd Annual Pelican Plunge

New Year’s Day event raises money for Friends’ education outreach programs

December 30, 2010

2010 Pelican Plungers

Friends of Hunting Island State Park (FOHI) and the Hunting Island State Park will present the Low Country version of the ever-popular Polar Bear Plunges with the 3rd Annual Pelican Plunge at Hunting Island State Park Lighthouse (North) Beach on January 1st, 2011 at 1:00 pm.

The scene for the 2nd plunge was wet and wild: “Ready?  Set. Goooooo!” shouted Hunting Island State Park Manager Jeff Atkins.  And with that, hundreds of Pelican Plungers raced for the cold Atlantic on the first day of 2010. As a fabulous steel band played, upwards to 400 people dove into the roaring surf or cheered the brave souls on.

Not only did the Plunge draw so many plungers and spectators to the park for the “celebration”, but just as important the event raised over $3,000 for the Friends’ efforts to bring Beaufort County students to the park as part of the Discover Carolina program, in which students participate in hands-on educational field trips designed specifically to fulfill South Carolina-accredited science standards.

This third annual Pelican Plunge will see bathers of all ages jumping into the surf to greet the New Year. Plunger donations will again be raised on behalf of the “Discover Carolina” school program, administered by the Friends and the Park. Individuals and teams are encouraged to sign up sponsors to pay them to plunge. This year the person or team that raises the most money will win a fantastic grand prize. Commemorative Pelican Plunge t-shirts are already available for just $16.00 at the Park Store and will also be available on the day of the Plunge.

Hunting Island State Park is one of South Carolina’s most popular parks with more than 1.2 million visitors a year. “This is all about fun,” said Park Manager Jeff Atkins, “and we hope to introduce even more people to our beautiful park and all it has to offer while participating in such a worthy cause.  Not only was our second Plunge event great, it was a blast for everyone who came out. We are really looking forward to doing this a third time and for many years to come.”

“The Friends are involved in so many activities and improvements at the park, so that when Jeff and his staff came to us with this idea back in 2008, we signed up immediately,” said Friends president, Bonnie Wright. “Hunting Island is a treasure right in our backyard and here is another exciting reason to enjoy it all year round.”

Bathers and their cheering sections will gather for registration at the picnic area near the lighthouse beginning at 12:00 noon.  Schools, government offices, fire and police, Rotary Clubs and other organizations are invited to get friends and family to donate so as to entice as many as possible to take the Plunge!  When the clock strikes 1:00 pm it will be time for the first swim of 2011—however brief that may be!

For more information about the Pelican Plunge and registration/donation forms visit:



December 30, 2010

The Island News would like to correct mistakes made in last week’s “Secession Golf Club Hosts Service Day” article. The course is an 18-hole course with fourteen holes routed along the scenic marsh surrounding Gibbes Island.  Also, the photo in last week’s issue misidentified staff members at Secession. Pictured from left to right are Kim Tully (Head of Locker Room), Greg Crum (Caddiemaster), Mike Harmon (Director of Golf) and David Rogers (Assistant Pro).


Friday brings Founders’ Night kickoff to Beaufort’s 300th birthday

Marlena Smalls to lead ‘musical tour through Beaufort’s history’

December 30, 2010

What:             Tricentennial Founders’ Night

When:             Friday, Dec. 31, 4:30-6 p.m.

Where:           Henry Chambers Waterfront Park

Admission is FREE

Marlena Smalls

Internationally-known performer Marlena Smalls will lead Beaufort’s Tricentennial Founders’ Night kickoff Friday with “a musical tour through the history of Beaufort” in the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park.

The free event runs from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and culminates with fireworks to set the stage for a yearlong celebration of Beaufort’s 300th birthday. 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.

“We are featuring historically-significant periods in Beaufort’s history through the spoken word and music, and we’ll end the event with a huge fireworks show,” said Erin Dean, chairwoman of the Beaufort Tricentennial Committee. “It’s going to be an exciting way to start the 300th birthday party for Beaufort.”

Founders’ Night is a family-friendly event timed to encourage people to come to the Waterfront Park in the afternoon of New Year’s Eve, with the fireworks ending by 6 p.m., giving people enough time to grab dinner before ushering in 2011.

“We have been working for over a year to find different ways to bring together this huge historical moment in Beaufort’s history. Founders’ Night is going to be a fun way to get it started with a bang,” Beaufort Mayor Billy Keyserling said.

At Founders’ Night, event producer Marlena Smalls will share her inspiring vocals with the help of the Hallelujah Singers. They’ll be joined by the musician Charlie Frost from Sea Island Presbyterian, the Carteret Street United Methodist Church choir, Tabernacle Baptist choir, the five-piece band Simply Grand, vocalists and local actors Margaret and Jeff Evans.

“We have a wonderful program planned that will include spirituals, we’ll do Old Man River to show off the beauty of the Beaufort River and we’re going to do a piece of the opera Porgy and Bess,” Smalls said. “We are going to cover 300 years of Beaufort history, to include the wars, Emancipation, development of the Waterfront Park, all of it.”

Fireworks will cap the night and usher in the yearlong recognition of Beaufort’s formal charter. A “birthday party” will be held Jan. 17 starting at 4:30 p.m. in the Waterfront Park, featuring the Parris Island Marine Corps Band.

Other events are planned throughout the year. Regularly-occurring festivals such as the Gullah Festival, Water Festival and Shrimp Festival also will involve Tricentennial themes. For more information, join Beaufort Tricentennial on Facebook or visit

Beaufort 300 continues to seek contributors. For a $300 investment in Beaufort’s future, donors’ names will be featured on a permanent historical monument in the Waterfront Park. Corporate sponsorships also are available. For more information, visit Money raised by the venture will underwrite the historical monument of Beaufort’s Tricentennial; corporate donations are needed to help cover costs of various Tricentennial celebrations during 2011, Dean said.


Not Sure Who to Call First, Martha Stewart or the National Guard

By Cherimie Crane

December 30, 2010

There is a common thread in the quilt of southern women, so much so that there are stories written, movies made, and even corporations formed around this well known truth. Of course, we are revered for our accents, our gift of gridiron gab, our devil be damned approach to life, but there is no denying that Southern women (most of them, that is) have their wedding day planned to perfection before preschool.

Somehow during the stitching of the proverbial quilt of Southern women, my patch slid to the floor, ended up on the bottom of someone’s work boot and headed out to the barn to join the mud, the animals, the male mentality. While all the other patches were learning to twirl in tulle, sashay in satin, pick perfect petunias, and orchestrate a ceremonial symphony, I was somewhere in a tree, betting someone else I could go one limb higher than anything over 15lbs should!

Somewhere along the way, I managed to wander away from the heralded herd anytime there was imperative instruction on all that is female fabulous, other than great shoes, and I couldn’t have missed that if I tried.

My dreams weren’t filled with vision of Prince Charming nor did they depict images of flower girls, ribbon laden pews, or carefully calibrated cakes; however, I was the awkward little lass in the corner with Lego blocks, all the books I could store, and never without some poor unwitting animal tucked underneath my arm. Prince Charming clearly represented some dude that I would no doubt, challenge to a race, a tree climb, or the reason in which I was sent to time out (at least once every half hour) because little prince charming couldn’t resist pulling my pig tails. So dear sweet Prince Charming wasn’t really my idea of a good time.

Although my momma tried, good lord in heaven she tried, my father never seemed to mind my propensity towards mud over make up, pigs over pageants, and football over flirting. He seemed to be just fine with it all.

Momma spent endless hours with meticulous effort dressing me in the prettiest little dresses ever seen, only to have them shimmy up a tree in less than 10 seconds. Thank goodness, for her, I have a sister.

This dichotomy has been my strength as well as my weakness. I still find myself looking for a tree when attending some fabulously female function.

I have, however, managed to resist the urge to play in the mud, on most occasions. Momma’s efforts weren’t a total loss, as I have mastered many social graces, just all in very short increments. I can be polite, mannerly, charming, and even suppress the desire to challenge the closest Prince Charming to a duel.

Obvioulsy each takes tremendous amounts of energy and goes against the very fiber of my being, yet can be summoned when necessary.

It seems as though I am in for a very interesting year. The one Prince Charming who never backs down from my duels, lets me bait my own hook, understands my duality in a dress, opens every door yet closes none, has taken on the biggest challenge of his life. Bless his heart.

The Lego collecting, mud pie making, build a house instead of play house girl is getting married to the one man on earth who can handle her.

The next few months will, without a doubt, exacerbate my short comings in the “All girls know how” category. My insecurities will be magnified and my oddities will come to surface as I attempt to navigate the process known as wedding planning.

In all honesty, I am not sure who to call first, Martha Stewart, or the National Guard.


Gazing Into My Marketing Crystal Ball for 2011.

By Harry Roemisch

December 30, 2010

Excuse me, but may I borrow your Windex and a rag? This ball is awfully grey and fuzzy.  Perhaps a bit of a cleaning. Perhaps if I shake it.  Ahh. Yes. Things are becoming a bit clearer now.  I feel like a gypsy fortune teller. How much do you want to hear? All? Just the good stuff? May I throw in some of the bad? Here we go.

I see banks still hoarding money.  I see small businesses needing to expand but they can’t get any.  And since they can’t get any…they can’t hire.  Which means the unemployment rate will remain high for the near future until they (banks) decide to participate in the trickle down theory.  My spreadsheet analysis goes something like this;  Demand = loans = expansion = hiring = paychecks = spending = demand = competition = marketing = demand = into infinity.

But look. Around June we see the purse strings loosening up a bit.  Some trickling is happening and now, after a couple of years of not doing so, you are having to market your business. So do you spend your marketing dollars the same way you did before the recession?  I’d look around a little. Whether it’s manufacturing, retail, or professional, major changes in communications happened in 2010 that will only accelerate in 2011,…faster than you can say social networking.    Here’s just one example.

Smart phones.  The GPS in my new one lets me and others (and I don’t even know who they are) know exactly where I am within a couple of yards.  I get to read user reviews (from people I trust) of the insurance office I’m about to enter, and the sandwich I’m about to devour for lunch, or the upscale wine shop next door in preparation for the dinner party tonight.  The days of treating your customers like animals are over. The days of being financially rewarded for exemplary behavior are just beginning.

One thing I like about living in a small town is that if you need something, you can ask a neighbor where to buy it.  Imagine this on a national basis. I can be just as informed in Atlanta as I am in the upstate or the low country.

Beginning in 2011, the advertising/marketing/pr campaign will now include you, your business and your employees being rated by the multitudes.  Some of you will pass muster and prosper. Some won’t.

Here’s an example: Speaking of animals, my latest smartphone local search for a dog groomer landed me at a nearby pooch parlor/pet store that was rated one star by four different  customers.  One of the reviews stated, and I quote here, “The place was cold and dirty. The help was indifferent and there were lizards crawling around on the floor.”  I will keep searching.

For 2011, my crystal ball doesn’t show names and events. Just rating stars.

In 2011, here’s to your success!

Harry Roemisch is the owner of Roemisch & Company a marketing, advertising and public relations company with offices in the Trillium Arts Centre in Travelers Rest, SC and Brevard, NC. He can be reached at or 864-660-9544

Need help with marketing? Call or email.


Glaucoma – Are You at Risk?

By Dr. Mark Siegel

December 30, 2010

There are approximately 2.2 million Americans age 40 and older who have glaucoma, and half of those are at risk for going blind because they do not know they have the disease. You could be one of them.

Glaucoma is a condition in which the optic nerve, responsible for transmitting visual information from the eye to the brain, is damaged. Although the nerve damage is usually associated with elevated pressure inside the eye, other factors can be involved. It may begin with the loss of peripheral vision and then advance to a reduction in central vision. Glaucoma can potentially lead to vision loss or blindness.

Most people who have glaucoma don’t notice symptoms until they begin to lose some vision. But vision loss from glaucoma can be prevented if it’s detected and treated in time. As part of Glaucoma Awareness Month in January, I urge you to get a complete eye exam if you’re at risk for developing glaucoma.

So, who’s at risk? High risk populations include African-Americans over age 40, Hispanics, people with a family history of glaucoma, individuals over age 60, people with other health conditions, such as diabetes and those who have experienced a serious eye injury are considered at risk. Anyone who falls into one or more of these categories should talk with an Ophthalmologist about how often an eye examination should be conducted to ensure good vision.

Although glaucoma cannot be cured, early detection and treatment can usually preserve vision. Know your risk factors and have your eyes examined at the intervals recommended by your Ophthalmologist.



December 23, 2010

First Place: Ashley Volpe "Summer of September"

The Photography Club of Beaufort is pleased to announce  winners of the 2010 Dale Westcott High School Nature Photography Award.  This annual award is given in memory of Dale Westcott, a Habersham resident who died suddenly in 2005.  Dale was a retired teacher and administrator and avid nature photographer.  Barbara Westcott will award the checks and ribbons at the club meeting on January 10, 2011 at 7pm.  The students, guests and general public are invited to attend and celebrate the accomplishments of these talented students.

Students from all the local high schools participated and this year Battery Creek High School swept all 4 awards.

2nd Place: Amy Logan "Secret Garden"

3rd Place: Alexis Miller "Ketchup and Relish"

Honorable Mention: Caitlynn Young "Sunset"


Secession Golf Club Hosts Service Day

December 23, 2010

Secession Staff Members-Staff Sergeant Kim Tully, Head of Locker Room; Greg Crum, Caddiemaster; Mike Harmon, Director of Golf and David Rogers Assistant Pro

Dave Kirkwood, Colonel Jack Snyder (Commanding Officer at MCAS), Jimmy Boozer and Todd Taylor

Secession Golf Club on Lady’s Island hosted its 6th Annual Service Day on Tuesday, December 22 to honor and thank Emergency Responders, Fire, Police and Ambulatory personnel as well as active duty Military. The Club invited the service personnel to play on the beautiful 18-hole golf course routed along the scenic marsh surrounding Gibbes Island.

Jay Lovell, Staff Sergeant Jeff Lemon, Sergeant Matt Noack and EM2 Bryan Noack

With temperatures in the upper 50’s and sunny, more than 80 golfers enjoyed the pristine course noted for its superb caddie program and mandatory walking policy.

John Marsh, the Club’s General Manager, explained, “This is one way we can give back to the community in which we live. We want to take care of those who take care of us every day.”

In addition to Service Day, members of the Club manage a scholarship fund. The LeVeen-Roach Scholarship Fund was named for two members who lost their lives in the World Trade Center during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The scholarship fund was created to remember their love for golf and commitment to Secession by funding the higher education ambitions of students who display academic potential, share a connection to the game of golf and to the Beaufort, SC, area, and demonstrate financial need.


River Quest and Higher ground give back to Hunting Island

December 23, 2010

Pictured from left is Higher Ground owner, Tim Lovett; Hunting Island Program Manager, Mitch Helms; River Quest organizer, Dinah Brock; River Quest organizer, Tom Murphy and Friends of Hunting Island Board Member, Jonathan Greene.

Tim Lovett, owner of Higher Ground presents a check for almost $1200 to the Friends of Hunting Island from River Quest to help fund the Discover Carolina Program at the Nature Center on Hunting Island. This money will fund up to 750 children to participate in the popular program for 3rd, 5th and 7th graders in Beaufort County. Discover Carolina covers SC state science standards for the appropriate grade level in a Loggerhead Lane, Marine Ecology and Barrier Island Ecology group programs.


LCSOPA Holds Holiday Showcase

December 23, 2010

Lowcountry School of Performing Arts recently held a Holiday Showcase at ARTworks and also participated in the Beaufort Christmas parade. The school enrolls approximately 150 students and offers classes in tap, jazz, ballet, creative movement, hip hop, lyrical and acting.


YMCA Rockin’ Lock-IN


December 23, 2010

The YMCA of Beaufort County is hosting a lock-in for children ages 6-13. The lock-in will be New Year’s Eve on Friday, December 31st from 5PM-8AM.

This event will be 15 hours packed full of fun activities for your child including, Wii, Karaoke, 5-on-5 sports tournaments, swimming, crafts, a midnight talent show and much more!

Parents can expect a fun and safe environment in a fully monitored facility and an experienced staff including our childcare and aquatics directors!

Kids are asked to bring a positive attitude along with their swim gear, a sleeping bag and pillow! They are sure to have a great time ringing in 2011 with their Y friends!

Stop by the Wardle Family YMCA on 1801 Richmond Ave. in Port Royal to register for this event.  The cost is $25 per child ages 6-13.

New Y members are always welcome. If you would like a tour of the facility or for more information, stop by 7 days a week or call 843-522-9622 to speak with one of our friendly staff.


Light Up the Night Boat Parade Thank You

December 23, 2010

The Beaufort Light Up the Night Boat Parade was a great success with numerous boats and hundreds of spectators. Whether you were on a decorated boat in the ‘on the water’ parade, boat identification crew, judges’ helpers, set up and tear down committee, sound system crew, photographers, after-party participants, contributors or organizers or a spectator, you ALL made the Beaufort Light Up the Night Boat Parade a magical event. Special thanks to our announcer, Edmund Johnson, who put so much personality into the parade, and the judges Representative Shannon Erickson, Port Royal Mayor Sam Murray and County Councilmen Paul Summerville for their time and efforts. Strings & Things Music provided the sound system for the night and the Beaufort Water Search and Rescue team kept the decorated boats safe along the parade route.

Because of the generous financial contribution of our Commander’s Event Sponsors, members of the Beaufort Sail & Power Squadron and Port Royal Landing Marina, the Officer Flag Award Sponsors, Hand & Tanner, Sweetgrass Restaurant, Sea Island Best Western Inn, we were able to give monetary prizes to the first, second and third placed boats in the Under 25’ Power Boat Division and in the Over 25’ Power Boat Division. We made a liberal donation to the Beaufort Water Search and Rescue who provide an invaluable service to the boating community. The Beaufort Sail & Power Squadron will use their net proceeds to further the education of the community by conducting Public Safe Boating Classes and water safety demonstrations in the schools and other groups. It is only through education can we make our local waters safer for everyone.

The winners of the best decorated boats in the Power Boats under 25’ category were: Christmas Boat Capt. Wallace, Picture Perfect White Christmas, Capt. O’Quinn, Let it Snow, Capt. Geier. Winners in the Power Boats Over 25’ category were: The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, Capt Volsbury, Frosty the Snowman, Capt Clark, Wrapped & Ready to Go, Capt. McKeown.

Thank you to Capt Gallagher for his participation in the Sail Boat division.

If you were unable to attend this year, we will do it again next year and we hope it will be even bigger and better.

Again, thank you ALL for your participation and support.

Yours for safe and fun boating,

Beaufort Sail & Power Squadron

Kay P. Summers, Past Commander

Kay P. Summers

157 Dataw Drive

St. Helena Island, SC 29920



Kiwanis Club, Bi-Lo team up to feed Community

December 23, 2010

Members of Beaufort Kiwanis Club sold hot dogs in front of the two Bi-Lo stores, which raised money for Bi-Lo Charities. Proceeds were used to purchase Thanksgiving dinners for needy families. Beaufort Kiwanis distributed approximately 75 dinners this year and about 110 last year. Proceeds will also be used for college scholarships awarded in the spring.


New Play Festival Seeks Submissions

December 23, 2010

Beaufort’s New Play Festival calls for submissions for the first annual New Play

Festival to be held in the spring of 2011 in Beaufort, South Carolina.

Writers are urged to submit their original one-act plays (of all genres), monologues

and stories for consideration. Selected works will be presented as staged readings at the

festival.  Material should be no longer than thirty minutes total.

Writers should send three copies of their manuscript along with the non-refundable

$25.00 submission fee to:

New Play Festival

P.O. Box 1256

Beaufort, South Carolina 29901

Writers will be notified by early spring of 2011. Those selected will receive a DVD of the

staged reading. Manuscripts will not be returned.

The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2011.

Call Louise Trask at 843-986-8580 for more information


Burton Fire District Firefighters Recognized for Accomplishments

December 23, 2010

Burton Fire District Capt. Matt Maichel

Burton Fire District Firefighter Bobby Davidson

The Burton Fire District recognized two of their own during their annual Christmas awards banquet held on December 11th in a ceremony attended by fellow firefighters, families, and distinguished guests.

Burton Firefighter Bobby Davidson was nominated by his peers and selected as Burton Fire District’s Firefighter of the Year and Captain Matthew Maichel was also nominated and selected as Burton Fire District’s Fire Officer of the Year.

Firefighter Bobby Davidson, an Air Force veteran, started his career off in high gear graduating from the South Carolina Fire Academy in 2004 and earning the Order of the Maltese Cross award, an award voted on by fellow fire academy students and instructors, and awarded to someone who exemplifies exceptional leadership. Bobby Davidson has been a member of the Burton Fire District since 2008.

When Firefighter Davidson is not performing his routine duties around the fire station, or responding to one of the Burton Fire District’s over 2000 emergency calls a year, he volunteers his personal knowledge and skills in technology to assist in maintaining the department’s computers and networking systems. Bobby has also demonstrated his commitment and dedication to serving his citizens by volunteering as a member of Beaufort County Fire Scene Investigation Team, and taking that knowledge on how fires start and then helping to prevent them by also volunteering off duty to conduct public education events.

Bobby and his wife Kelly have recently returned from a church mission to Africa.

Captain Matthew Maichel started in the fire service as a volunteer in 1998, and chose to make it a career by becoming a paid firefighter a just year later. Captain Maichel is currently the Shift Commander of Shift III and responsible for the daily operations, safety, and deployment of the 13 firefighters in his command throughout the district’s five fire stations; as well as, the overall command of all emergency incidents that occur throughout the district and the responsibility to bring them to successful and life saving conclusions.

Among his many duties and responsibilities, Captain Maichel volunteered his time to be a member of the Beaufort County Fire Scene Investigation Team, and also a Fire Inspector and Instructor. With cardiovascular disease being the number one killer of firefighters nationwide, Captain Maichel’s concern for the wellbeing of his firefighters also lead him to become peer fitness trainer.

Captain Maichel was nominated for Officer of the Year by not only the members on his shift, but also the firefighters throughout the department, for his exemplary leadership, dedication and commitment to his firefighters and the citizens they protect, and his professional commitment to the Burton Fire District and firefighters throughout the state.

Firefighters are known and respected for their selflessness and willingness to sacrifice for the greater good of the communities they serve, as well as their willingness to accept tremendous risks for others. Captain Maichel and Firefighter Davidson are not only made of that same great character that firefighters are known and respected for, but also hold the admiration and respect of their fellow firefighters for going above and beyond in a profession that already demands so much.


Beaufort Teen Center Returns to the Boys & Girls Club of Beaufort

With Move, All Teen Centers in Lowcountry will be Located Within Existing Clubs

December 23, 2010

The Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Beaufort Area decided to relocate the Beaufort Teen Center, currently located at 1211 Harrington Street in Beaufort, to available space in the Boys & Girls Club of Beaufort, located two blocks away at 1100 Boundary Street.  This move returns the Teen Center to the Boys & Girls Club of Beaufort after five years of having a separate building and aligns itself with other clubs in the Lowcountry of having teens and younger members under the same roof.

“In the 25-year history of the Boys & Girls Club of Beaufort, it was a luxury to have a separate building for Beaufort teens for the past five years.  However, to remain economically vigilant, it makes perfect sense to put our Beaufort services under one roof,” Doug Barry, executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry, said.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Jasper County, Bluffton and Hilton Head Island all house their Teen Centers within their Clubs.

“It’s economically and socially smart,” Barry said.  “The Teen Center will have separate and designated spaces for their activities.  This is important because teens have programs that address their special issues, challenges and stage of life.  However, having the teens in the same building offers mentoring opportunities for them as well as cost-saving opportunities for staff.”

Barry said the Boys & Girls Club of Beaufort is working with an architect to redesign the Club so The Teen Center will be separated from the activities for the younger children.  In addition, the Board plans to upgrade the Club’s technology and possibly, have a designated area for a sound studio.

The Harrington Street location will be closed as of January 17th.  Barry said the Beaufort Teen Center is scheduled to re-open at the Boundary Street location in mid-March or as soon as the structural changes are complete at the Boys & Girls Club of Beaufort.

Joe Mix, a current board member and 25-year supporter of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Beaufort Area, said, “Unfortunately, as  a social service, we can’t just raise taxes, the people who are concerned about Beaufort children, must always raise the funds and use them in the most financially responsible way possible.  Relocating the Beaufort Teen Center into available space of the Boys & Girls Club of Beaufort honors our donors and our mission as we use their contributions in the wisest way possible.”

Mix, known as the “founding father” of the local Boys & Girls Club movement, started rallying community support for the Boys & Girls Club in Beaufort, in 1985.  From his efforts, the organization was born in the Lowcountry.  Mix said, “In each decision we make, the Board evaluates our financial due diligence with our mission of giving as many local children meaning and purpose in life.”

Approximately 50 members per day attend the Beaufort Teen Center. The Teen Center provides a spectrum of programs.   Some of the most popular programs include partnering with LOUD (Living Out UR Dreams), a non-profit organization which gives teens a forum to write, produce and perform songs and poems.  The Teen Center also sponsors regular trips to visit colleges in the region and has tutors available for assist with the club members’ academic progress.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry manages (6) area clubs in Beaufort and Jasper Counties including Beaufort, Beaufort Teen Center, Bluffton, Hilton Head Island, Jasper County and Sheldon.  The Board of Directors of the Beaufort Area Clubs, an advisory board to the Lowcountry Board of Directors, specifically manages the clubs in Beaufort, the Beaufort Teen Center and Sheldon.


Getting Free Press

Harry Roemisch

By Harry Roemisch

December 23, 2010

“What am I doing wrong?”

Many of us begin the business day by sipping a cup of steamy coffee and glancing through the morning paper or its website.  I’ve seen you do it. And I have heard you say this, just as you spill your coffee: “Why is my competition always written up in the news, and I’m not?”

The answer could be quite simple.  Your competition produced a news release (it used to be called a press release when most people received their news via print).

The public relations profession has become extremely detailed and complicated.  Large corporations hire teams of writers and spin doctors to help polish their image and prepare the way for their sales executives.  They learned years ago that to be seen in the right places on a regular basis is valuable.  A friend of mine in our nation’s capital does nothing but make sure that new people entering that city are invited to the proper cocktail parties. Yes, that too is public relations at work.

“But I have nothing new to say. Nobody is interested in my business.”

Nonsense! Wherever you live and work, there is a local paper, a local radio station, a news webjockey… perhaps even a local magazine.  If your customers read or listen to local media then they want, need, and often times crave news of local interest.

What does this cost you? Nothing.

If you have adequate marketing capital and are short on time or talent, then by all means hire someone for a few hours each month to assist you.  But if you are just starting out or your marketing budget is too small, then you must execute this yourself.  So here a few pointers to help you get out your first news release. And make sure it gets picked up.

First, pull together any ideas that are newsworthy. A grand opening. A 25-year celebration.  A noteworthy customer. An unusual product or service you sell.  An Interesting employee. A milestone of some kind. Stick to the facts, but if you want to brag, put quotation marks around your boast.  Put your words in the mouth of an objective speaker.

Second, type up no more than three short paragraphs, beginning with the most important items first (editors usually edit from the bottom up).  Attach a photograph (black & white photos reproduce better than color in a black & white publication) color for color websites and better color publications.

Third, write a one-paragraph letter to the news editor thanking him or her for reviewing your release and provide a phone number or email address in case the editor needs any more information or has questions.

Fourth. Follow your mailing with a phone call three or four days later to make sure it was received and to see if there are any questions. Editors actually really love this stuff. Remember, their job is to seek out news of local interest. You are making their job easier. Then Presto! You just may see your name in lights.

But a word of caution here. You will trade the editorial control you get with paid advertising for the fairly random, free publicity of a news release.  But there is also a gain. Statistics say that there is more credibility and impact to a piece of PR as compared to a paid ad.

So, when budgets are tight, as they can be today, and competition is increasing, take the risk.  Go ahead. Make your competition spill coffee on their own morning paper.

Have a wonderful Christmas. And here’s to your success!

Coming next week:  From the advertising department. Two words that will put you in control now!

Harry Roemisch is the owner of Roemisch & Company a marketing, advertising and public relations company with offices in the Trillium Arts Centre in Travelers Rest, SC and Brevard, NC. He can be reached at or 864-660-9544

Need help with marketing? Call or email.


Beaufort Air Show Design Contest Announces Winners

December 9, 2010

Ivey Liipfert and Brad Drawdy

Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort and Marine Corps Community Services are pleased to announce Jim Keane of Woodbury, N.J. as the Grand Prize Winner of the 2011 MCAS Beaufort Air Show Design Contest.  Jim will receive a $500 cash prize, 10 tickets to the Air Show Flightline Chalet and recognition in the Official Air Show Program. His winning artwork will be printed on a commemorative t-shirt to publicize the 2011 Beaufort Air Show and used on the official programs, posters, direct mail, and memorabilia.

The first runner-up is Brad Drawdy of Ridgeland, S.C., and Kirk Taylor of Bluffton, S.C. has been chosen as the second runner-up.

“We were thrilled to receive so many high quality entries for the design contest. The decision was not easy, but ultimately, the elements of Mr. Keane’s winning design best epitomized the excitement and tradition of aviation and the MCAS Beaufort Air Show,” said Ivey Liipfert, Air Show Coordinator.

The top 10 entries were unveiled at 10 a.m. on December 1 at the former Lipsitz Department Store in downtown Beaufort. The Lipsitz family has generously donated the use of their display windows to support the 2011 Air Show and the entries will remain on display through Jan. 15, 2011. The design contest called for artwork that captured the excitement and drama of the air show’s sights and sounds and over 40 entries were received by MCCS.  In addition to the winning entries, the seven honorable mentions were submitted by:

  • Emmitt Bufkin III, Port Royal, S.C.
  • Jessica Frazier, Beaufort, S.C.
  • Earnestine Norman, St. Helena Island, S.C.
  • Tom Robinette, Bluffton, S.C.
  • Sarah Stanley, Bluffton, S.C.
  • Jeremy Stricklin, Beaufort, S.C.
  • Charles Woods, Beaufort, S.C.

General Admission to the 2011 MCAS Beaufort Air Show on April 30th and May 1st is free. Tickets for premium seating go on sale December 6 at

Marine Corps Community Services provides Quality of Life Programs for Marines, Sailors and families stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort and the Recruit Depot at Parris Island. These programs and activities are designed to support basic life needs and promote the physical, financial, mental and emotional well being of all active duty and retired Marines, Sailors and their families. More than one hundred programs are provided through five MCCS Divisions.


Some kids have an Elf on a Shelf, I had Uncle in an Attic

By Cherimie Crane

December 9, 2010

Recently it occurred to me that if something is told to you over and over again, regardless of its relevance and/or truth, soon is makes it’s way into your belief system. That is absolutely terrifying when I think about the repetitive statements that ambush our world daily.

In the world of social media, internet, texting, and the rest of the arsenal of constant communication not only am I exposed to some of the most ridiculous statements ever uttered, I am reminded of them every 13 seconds.

This phenenom is not reserved for the credit of technology; technology just makes it easier to spread than the common cold. With incredible detail I remember proudly explaining to my 5th grade sociology class that Ichabod Crane (the headless horseman from Sleepy Hollow) was most definitely my great uncle who, although never seen, rested comfortably in my attic. I spoke with fierce conviction, clarity, and am quite certain this may have effected the turn out of my future slumber parties. It was true. I knew it to be true because my Daddy always told me about Uncle Ichabod every time I felt the need to wonder into the great unknown of our attic. I do recall wondering how my mysterious and unusually quiet uncle (with no head) managed to get to the bathroom, eat dinner, and brush his teeth; however, none of that really mattered. Daddy said it, so it was true.

Mrs. Diamond, my 5th grade teacher, never quite looked at me the same after my family tree project, but that was just because she was afraid of Uncle Ichabod. Daddy said he got a bad rap. Apparently having no head at the age of 150 is frowned upon.

Some kids have an Elf on a Shelf, I had Uncle in an Attic. Completely normal.

My willingness to believe something based solely on the person speaking (texting, tweeting, video chatting, reporting, etc) has slightly changed over the years. I am afraid that I am in the minority. I can’t remember the last time I walked into a coffee shop and saw someone reading an actual book. I doubt most kids even know what “look it up in the encyclopedia” even means. Google has taken the place of dictionaries, libraries, and it the most extreme situations, conversation.

Facebook “experts” are everywhere, speaking on every subject, pontificating for attention with no accountability. Twitter is the new flash card, and texting the new gossip. There is no Mrs. Diamond fact checking or looking over her purple reading glasses reminding you that honesty is the best policy. It is an all out free for all.

So next time you are online and see a status update, a tweet, a supposed “news” headline, maybe you should call your 5th grade teacher. Guard your belief system and filter the fluff, even with your dad. After all it only took me 14 years to realize that I could explore my attic if for no other reason that there is no way a headless man will be able to tell on me.


Dancers with LCSOPA Go to Orlando

December 9, 2010

Lili Walker, Deanna Kraszewski, & Nonie Yeager of Lowcountry School of Performing Arts attended the Tremain Dance Convention in Orlando, Florida in November.  LCSOPA will be performing a Winter Showcase December 18 at ARTworks in Beaufort Town Center.


Beaufort County and MCAS Partner to Protect Land in the ACE Basin

December 9, 2010

The Ihly Farm conservation easement, purchased jointly through the County’s Rural and Critical Land Program and the Marine Corps Air Station Protection Program, covers a 63 acre parcel located on McCauley Creek north of MCAS Beaufort, east of US Highway 21 and south of Whale Branch Creek in Beaufort County.  MCAS Beaufort partnered with the County’s Rural and Critical Land Program to acquire this property to conserve wilderness, wildlife habitat and rural open land.

Protection of this property is important.  Ihly Farms falls within the air station’s AICUZ Noise Zones, area around MCAS Beaufort with an increased probability of noise complaints.  The easement will ensure the land is used in a manner that is compatible with existing and future military flight operations.

The acquisition of Ihly Farms by Beaufort County will not only provide access to deep water and recreation for those living nearby, but will also further preserve open land and prevent incompatible development near MCAS Beaufort. The Department of Defense and Headquarters Marine Corps provided matching dollars through the Readiness and Environmental Protection Initiative program for this acquisition bringing to date the total number of acres preserved in northern Beaufort County with matching dollars to 1,623 acres, said Alice Howard of the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort.

The Ihly Farms property also adds inherent value to the biodiversity of northern Beaufort County.   The ecological benefits of the Ihly Farm property provide a variety of habitat and water quality values to the region.  Dominated by live oaks and many southern pine species, the parcel harbors a myriad of species. The project is located at the southern extent of the ACE Basin – a public-private partnership that represents the largest undeveloped coastal area on the Atlantic Coast.  The mission of the ACE Basin Project is to maintain the natural character of the basin by promoting prudent resource management on private lands while protecting strategic tracts through conservation agencies.


Three Tips for an Organized and Joyful Holiday Season

By Jill Weaver

December 9, 2010

The holiday season is here again, a time for celebration, joy and giving.  Although amongst the joy, it is easy to get overwhelmed by the hectic pace, onslaught of events and a long to-do list.  However, with a little organization we can reclaim good cheer of the season by implementing these three tips.

Organize your Gift Purchasing – Putting a little organization into your gift purchasing will help you keep track of what you bought and how much you spent as you pick up items here and there throughout the shopping season.  First make a list of all of your gift recipients and ideas of what you would like to purchase for them. As you buy items, write down what you purchased, who the gift is for and how much you spent on the item.  If you are working within a budget, this will help you keep track of your overall spending.   As you purchase gifts, store them in one location so you can find them when the holiday rolls around and gifts aren’t forgotten or left behind.

Declutter Before the Gifts – Take some time before the gifts arrive to declutter your spaces.  Concentrate on those areas that you know will receive an influx of items like children’s rooms, closets, workshops and the like.  Decluttering beforehand allows you to enjoy receiving gifts without getting overwhelmed by the mass of belongings after the holiday.

Celebrate on your Time! Holiday parties and events become a big part of the holiday season.  Don’t feel as though you have to attend them all.  Only go to the events that you truly enjoy and that celebrate the holidays.  If you feel as though you should throw a party of your own, consider changing the date to a less hectic time of year.  Everyone is inundated with parties in the winter.  Be original and have a bash in the spring or summer when the attendance will be better and party-goers are more relaxed.

The holidays should be a time to celebrate with family and friends.  By utilizing these organizing and time management techniques, you will reclaim the joy of the holidays once again!

Jill Weaver is a Professional Organizer and Time Management Coach in Beaufort.  For more information see her website at or send questions to


Gastroenterologist joins Beaufort Memorial staff

December 9, 2010

Beaufort Memorial Hospital has announced that Kevin Kearney, M.D., FACG, a specialist in gastroenterology, has joined its medical staff.  He has opened Beaufort Memorial Center for Digestive Diseases at Port Royal Center, 1716 Ribaut Road Port Royal, SC and will also be seeing patients at Beaufort Memorial Bluffton Medical Services.  For appointments call (843) 522-7890.

Dr. Kearney will treat patients with conditions that affect the esophagus, stomach, intestines, liver, colon, pancreas and gallbladder. Employed by Beaufort Memorial Physician Partners, he can combine his skills with the sophisticated technology and state of the art equipment available at the hospital, to perform colonoscopies and endoscopic procedures.

“We are fortunate to have Dr. Kearney join our staff,” says BMH President & CEO Rick Toomey.  “He is a skilled specialist, and will certainly meet a need in the Beaufort and Bluffton communities.”

Dr. Kearney is Board Certified in Gastroenterology, and has been in private practice in Wayne, New Jersey since completing his Gastroenterology Fellowship at New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY in 1992.  Prior to that, he completed his Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at New York Medical College at Metropolitan Medical Center in New York City.  He received his MD from Autonomous University of Guadalajara in Mexico in 1986.  He and his wife Linda and two children, reside in Bluffton.

“In my short time here at Beaufort Memorial Hospital, I am highly impressed with the hospital, medical staff, and the equipment that the hospital has for me to use,” said Dr. Kearney.  “My family and I are excited for this opportunity and looking forward to being a part of the community.”


MarketShare: A Marketing Column for Entrepreneurs, Small Business Owners, and In-House Marketing Directors

By Harry Roemisch

December 9, 2010

Title: Is There a Salesperson in the House?

Brochures, newsletters, outdoor, websites, exotic packaging…they all have a place in your selling mix. That’s fine. And in today’s electronic communications age, i.e. e-mail, fax, blogs, social media etc., it’s extremely easy for both small and medium sized companies to start relying on non-traditional forms of selling.

But make sure someone in your organization has been appointed to sell.

You’ve heard of the designated driver. Here’s one better.  The designated salesperson. Even a hot gene-splicing laboratory needs a salesperson.  And all the employees need to know who that person is.  You can have a sizzling company, an exciting product or service, but without  that designated, in the flesh salesperson to answer the phone and communicate the appropriate information, persuading your customers to act, your business will eventually wither and die.  Here is a classic death-rattle scenario:

Jackie, the owner of Jackie’s Gym has a business degree from Smallville Community College.  She is a capable business business person.  She can analyze a profit and loss statement like no one else. Her numbers are small but they’re in check.  Her bookkeeper, Lois, does a great job meeting payroll, paying the taxes and making sure all birthday parties go off without a hitch.  We all would like to have a Lois.

Jackie’s husband Peter, now retired, runs errands, dumps the trash and is the in-house Mr.  Fixit.  Jackie’s daughter is teaching Zumba classes along with four other people.  The phone rings. It’s a prospective customer who wants rates and information for the morning classes .  He is immediately put on hold. A voice calls out, “Hey! It’s somebody wanting prices. Could someone please get it?”  Over two minutes have passed.  The customer is still on hold.  Blink, blink, blink. Everyone in the office is busy doing his or her own thing.  Everyone involved thinks someone else has fielded the call.  Actually, no one has.  The hold light goes out. A signal that the business, too, could be going out. No designated salesperson.

If you are a manager or owner of a business, it is absolutely essential for you to designate an individual within your organization whose function it is to take all incoming sales calls.  That individual must have a working knowledge of the features and benefits of your business, the answers to possible customer objections and know how to close a sale.

Without first spending any money on advertising, public relations, websites, brochures, or networking, a designated salesperson can turn a fledgling business around quicker than you can say, “How may I help you?”

Next week:  To Market, To Market.  If you do retail, or have an service sector business, you can learn lots from the little miracles of marketing found inside your local supermarket.

Harry Roemisch is the owner of Roemisch & Company a marketing, advertising and public relations company with offices in the Trillium Arts Centre in Travelers Rest, SC and Brevard, NC. He can be reached at or 864-660-9544


Beaufort Youth Orchestra Opens 2010 /2011 Season/Sets January Auditions

December 9, 2010

The Beaufort Youth Orchestra, under the direction of founder and conductor, Fred Devyatkin, recently opened its 2010-2011 season with two concerts north of the Broad River.  The 44-student group was warmly received by Fripp Friends of Music on Sunday, November 14.

Lowcountry Children’s Chorus, a select group of treble voices also performed at the concert. They are trained and directed by Melanie Williams, Minister of Music at the Baptist Church of Beaufort.

Fripp Friends of Music has been a tireless supporter of music for young people in our area.  Each year they have generously provided money to the BYO’s student scholarship fund.

The Beaufort Youth Orchestra was back on stage at St. Peter’s Catholic Church on Tuesday, November 16th. The BYO is a full symphonic group attracting skilled young string, brass, woodwind, and percussion players from throughout the Beaufort, Bluffton, and Savannah areas.

The program showcased their talents in a wide range of classical and popular music, including the final movement of the Mendelssohn ‘Reformation’ Symphony, selections from the Broadway musical, ‘Fame’ and a ‘Tribute To Michael Jackson’.

Making its debut this season is the newly formed First Orchestra under the direction of Beaufort Symphony violist, Ami Rabinowitz.  This group is open to all beginning string players. For more information about becoming involved, please call 843-476-1310.

Maestro Devyatkin thanked the large and enthusiastic audiences for their support of all the young musicians.  He noted that being a successful student requires considerable family effort to get the young folks to rehearsal, schedule private lessons, and to provide positive encouragement in their progress!

The Beaufort Youth Orchestra will hold auditions for new members on Thursday, January 6th.  All public, private, and home schooled youth in middle or high school or invited to try out.  Please contact parent liaisons, Ron and Greta Maddox at 843-476-1310 for information.  They note that Maestro Devyatkin is a gifted and passionate teacher, who brings out the best in each young player!  Rehearsals for BYO are held weekly at the Beaufort High School band room from 6:30 – 9:00 P.M.



By Jim Hicks

December 9, 2010

Martin Landscape, LLC. Is growing! Shannon Lindsay has recently joined the ranks of Martin Landscape as a partner. Wade Martin, President and founder of Martin Landscape, LLC stated that “Shannon is a long-time Beaufort resident and South Carolina native who brings a vast knowledge of the landscape industry to our company.  Prior to joining us his 30-year professional career has allowed him the opportunity to manage landscape construction projects ranging from the development of large, luxury resorts to homes, schools, and businesses.  His knowledge of irrigation and installation combined with his passion for the industry has already proven this transition will be of significant benefit to both our clients and our staff.”  Shannon and his wife, Anne have two boys and live on Lady’s Island.

JOCO Construction to build Lady’s Island Park. JOCO Construction Company, with its headquarters on Lady’s Island, was recently awarded a $514,800 contract by Beaufort County to design and build the first phase of a Lady’s Island Park on Springfield Road. Eight firms submitted bids on the project with proposed cost ranging from a high of $829,018 to the winning bid by JOCO. The first phase will include construction of a multi-purpose ball field, signs, fencing, security gates, a pavilion with picnic tables, a grill, playground equipment installation, irrigation system and associated electrical work. The project is anticipated to be completed in the first part of 2011.

Lady’s Island, Annexation and LIBPA. The first threat of annexation of property on Lady’s Island by the City of Beaufort occurred in 1985 when the owner of the property near the Lady’s Island marina sought to sell his property to a developer who wanted to build a 5 story hotel on the site.  LIBPA opposed the annexation and the developer threatened LIBPA with a lawsuit.  LIBPA conducted a community fund drive, hired a lawyer and fought the annexation in court.  After a great deal of legal maneuvering as to whether LIBPA, as an organization, had legal standing in such cases, the judge ruled that the annexation was legal.   As a result of this ruling in 1987 the first annexation of property on Lady’s Island by the City of Beaufort occurred.  During the subsequent   years the City of Beaufort would annex additional property on Lady’s Island and LIBPA would work with the City to develop similar zoning regulations in an attempt to reduce the temptation for “zoning shopping”.

A special thanks to the Gray family. The newly renovated commercial shopping area adjacent to Steamers on Sea Island Parkway adds to the overall appearance of the Village Center. In addition to simply making the area look better the renovation project demonstrates the faith of the Richard Gray family in the commercial viability of Lady’s Island. The recently renovated 10,000 square foot building in which Grayco Hardware was formerly located is now the new home for a Dollar General Store.

Thanks Mr. Bequette. Congratulations to Mr. Bill Evans on his election as Lady’s Island (District 7) new representative on the Beaufort County School Board.  We also extend our appreciation to Mr. Robert White for keeping the race about the issues.  We especially want to thank Mr. Jim Bequette for his service on the school board over the past 4 years.  These have been 4 very challenging years which included making tough decisions on controversial subjects such as the hiring of a new school superintendent, conducting and winning a referendum to finance the construction of new schools to relieve overcrowding, the construction of those school, establishing a standard school year, requiring uniforms for students, redistricting the attendance zones, establishing Lady’s Island Intermediate and Middle School to relieve the crowding of elementary schools on the island and always demanding accountability for every penny of tax payer’s money spent by the school district.  Today, student achievement in Beaufort County is improving and please know how very much we on Lady’s Island appreciate your contribution to that improvement.  Please accept our best wishes for “life after the school board” and thank you for caring for the children of Beaufort County and especially those of Lady’s Island which you represented.

Beaufort Air Conditioning & Heating relocates. Over the past few years those of us who travel Sams Point Road have noticed the small pink building near the Miller Road intersection.  It is not that we don’t like the color pink but the recently painted building with its green color does blend a bit better with the rest of the area.  The change of color came with a change of ownership when Mr. John Haynie, LIBPA member and owner of Beaufort Air Conditioning & Heating, recently purchased the property and moved his business from its previous location on Rue Du Bois Drive into the newly renovated building.

Clearing of power line right away on Brickyard Point. Thanks to Mr. Tommy Bennett of SCE&G we, on Lady’s Island, have been kept up to date on the project to build a connecting loop of power lines that circle the City of Beaufort and comes on to Lady’s Island at two points – beside the McTeer Bridge and at the Waterford Cove Apartments on Colony Garden Road.  This electrical loop will significantly increase the amount of electricity (46,000 volts to 115,000 volts) available to Lady’s Island and allow power to be rerouted in the event of a disaster. The lines which bring this increase in electrical capacity require taller poles and more intense clearing of the right of way. It should be noted that over the past few months SCE&G purchased the existing right of way for this project. Presently under construction  is the portion of this high voltage line which comes under the Beaufort River arriving near the Waterford Cove Apartments and then up Brickyard Point Road to the power station on Sams Point Road where it is distributed to various parts of the island. As to the necessity of clear cutting the right of way, we will accept the assurance of SCE&G that it is necessary and extend our appreciation for the increased electrical capacity for our island. It is anticipated that this is the last major upgrade of the power lines that will be necessary for many years to come. Just as a matter of information when Sams Point Road was being widened the cost to bury lines of this type was estimated to fall in the range of $1 million per mile.

Meet the new President of LIBPA. Jennifer Bihl was recently elected to serve as the 2011 President of the Lady’s Island Business and Professional Association.  Ms. Bihl is a graduate of Clemson University with a Bachelors of Science and Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering and is a registered engineer in South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi.  She is a project engineer specializing in traffic engineering and transportation planning with the local branch of Kimley – Horn & Associates, Inc.  She and her husband reside in the Coosaw Point community on Lady’s Island.  Congratulations Ms. Bihl!

Lady’s Island voter turnout in the recent election. In the recent general election of the 7,764 registered voters on Lady’s Island 3,516 turned out to cast their ballots for a voting rate of 45.2%.  The overall Beaufort County percentage of registered voters actually casting a ballot was 53.7%.  In the 2006 general election 57% of Lady’s Island registered voters cast a ballot.  Following is the 2010 General Election Lady’s Island voter participation rate by precinct:

Registered                              Voting

Precinct                       Voters           Ballots        Percentage

LI 1A                             1164             467                40.1%

LI 1B                             1244             599                48.1%

LI 2A                             1301             573                44.0%

LI 2B                             1195             679                45.4%

LI 3A                             1668             746                44.7%

LI 3B                               892             452                50.6%

Total                              7764           3516                45.2%

The good news would appear to be that in the last 4 years Lady’s Island has gained an additional 1,553 registered voters.  The less than good news would appear to be a slight decrease in the number of registered voters who showed up at the polls.

Welcome Dollar General.  The new Dollar General Store located next to Steamer’s Restaurant is a positive addition to our community.  Offering a wide variety of reasonable priced products the new store increases the number and types of items which Lady’s Island residents can obtain without leaving the island.



Courtesy of the LIBPA Newsletter

December 9, 2010

For Lady’s Island the decade of the 90’s can best be summarized by one word – growth. From 1990 to 2000 Lady’s Island saw an 85% increase in its population making it the second fastest growing area in Beaufort County (Bluffton was #1). This growth (over 4000 residents) was the equivalent of Lady’s Island gaining a new resident every single day for 10 years.

To cope with the growth and provide the necessary infrastructure required tripling the electrical capacity, building  2 new schools, widening roads, adding fire and emergency medical stations and developing zoning regulations designed specifically for the island. The 90’s saw the adoption of the Beaufort County Comprehensive Plan, a supporting Zoning and Developments Standards ordinance and establishment of Lady‘s Island as a Community Preservation area.

In addition to the challenges of obtaining adequate infrastructure and development of appropriate zoning was the problem of annexation by the City of Beaufort.  In the 80’s LIBPA led the fight to prevent annexation.  In the 90’s the challenge was to find ways to minimize the negative effects of annexation in general and specifically the impact of a practice called “zoning shopping”.  Zoning shopping consisted of a developer being denied approval by the county to build a project and offering to annex into the city if his requested project would be approved. Another form of zoning shopping occurred when owners of undeveloped property would request annexation if the value of their property could be increased by granting additional flexibility in how their land could be used.  During the 90’s annexation by the City of Beaufort was the subject of many lawsuits, disputes, hard feelings and serious consideration as to the merits of Lady’s Island becoming an incorporated town. The final solution, as simple as it may sound, was for the county and the city to work together for the benefit of all the residents. The result of this cooperation is the Northern Regional Plan which is a form of “rule book” as to how local governments will work together to guide growth north of the Broad River. LIBPA was a key player in this process which has occurred over a period of 3 years.

Throughout the 90’s LIBPA worked to ensure that Lady’s Island had a voice at the many meetings, hearings and similar proceedings at which decisions were made that affected our island. Examples of such decisions ranged from where to put the new high school to the design for a 4 lane Sams Point Road. During the past decade the membership of LIBPA and the population of Lady’s Island increased. The next decade will see a continued increase in the population of Lady’s Island and also an increase in the number of problems being faced by our community.  Over the years the Lady’s Island Business and Professional Association has played a key role in the development of our community and will play a similar role in the future.  If you are a member of LIBPA thank you for your support, if not please consider becoming a member. The joining fee ($45) will cover all membership fees for this year and all of next year. You can join via the LIBPA web site ( or by filling out the membership forms on each monthly newsletter.


JCPenney Customers Invited to ‘Round Up’ Holiday Purchases to Benefit Afterschool Programs at YMCA of Beaufort County

December 9, 2010

From Dec. 1-14, shoppers at the JCPenney at Cross Creek Mall are invited to round up their holiday purchases to the nearest whole dollar and donate the difference to YMCA of Beaufort County to support quality afterschool programs in their community.

The Y has partnered with the local JCPenney to provide children in need with access to life-enriching afterschool programs that foster social skills, provide opportunities to be physically active and achieve academic success in school.

“The availability of affordable afterschool programs continues to be a vital need for many parents and caregivers in our community,” said Kaylin Caron, Childcare Director. “Support for JCPenney’s ‘Round-up’ campaign will help us enhance our efforts to impact the lives of  as many children as possible after school with meaningful, quality programs.”

The Y believes that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve.  Recent studies show that one out of every four children in the U.S. is unsupervised after school.* Afterschool programming at the Y provides children and teens with a safe and nurturing environment around caring adult role models. Combining play with academics, the Y’s afterschool program promotes creativity, a love for learning, social and emotional development, and character building. It also fills gaps in schools and in communities by offering enrichment through arts, music, physical education, sports and nutrition.

The YMCA of Beaufort County Afterschool Program provides students in Pre-K through Middle School with a variety of activities. Homework assistance, tutoring, swimming, kid-fit aerobics classes, and rock-wall climbing, are just a few of the daily activities students participate in. Students also participate in Y Clubs which includes cooking club, crafty critters, sports of all sorts, and reading buddies once a week. Volunteers come one a weekly bases to add even more aspects to the program which includes Tail Waggin’ Tutors and St. Helena Episcopal Bible Club. For more information on the YMCA Afterschool Program and to register your child today check out our website

JCPenney’s December Round-Up campaign is the final afterschool fundraising event of the year.

Since 1999, JCPenney’s continuing support and commitment to the afterschool cause has made it possible for more children to participate in positive afterschool environments nationwide.




December 9, 2010

Manorhouse Builders of South Carolina, a family owned business that was founded in Hagerstown, MD, recently purchased the 123 acre property which in the past formed the Coosaw River Estates subdivision and has announced their intention to begin development of the community.  The original plan for Coosaw River Estates authorized the construction of 190 homes which under the new plan will see 96 homes in phase one and 94 homes in the second phase. This development, which is located in the Marsh Hawk community off of Springfield Road on Lady’s Island, will now be called Somerset Point after Henry Somerset, the second Duke of Beaufort, one of the Lords of Proprietor of Carolina and for whom the City of Beaufort was named.  Other communities which Manorhouse Builders have developed include Cross Creek in Hagerstown MD, Fieldview, and Ashley Park in South Carolina; Carriage Hill in Maryland and Amberfield and Nestle Woods in West Virginia. Manorhouse has been building in the Charleston area since 2004.
With a new name and a new approach for the development (offering high quality homes in an affordable price range) Manorhouse Builders will do what they do best – build houses. The new homes will offer prospective residents 8 choices in styles of homes, more square footage, larger lot sizes, and interior appointments not normally offered in the $199,000-$260,000 price range. The first two homes are presently under construction.  A strong emphasis is being placed on retaining the natural beauty of the area while offering clients quality, choice and value.  For additional details please visit their website at or call Ms. Cherimie Crane at (843) 812-2090.

The development of this property, especially the offering of homes in an affordable range for young families, is in keeping with the long range plans for the Lady’s Island community.  For example, land on Springfield Road has been purchased and land banked in preparation for future construction of the next public elementary school on Lady’s Island and construction is scheduled in the near future for a community park on Springfield Road. The Lady’s Island Business and Professional Association wishes Manorhouse Builders of South Carolina every success in the development of Sommerset Point.


“If it has heat – then 3 feet”

Firefighters using wreaths to remind citizens of winter-holiday safety

December 9, 2010

Beaufort County Fire Chief’s are using Christmas wreaths to remind citizens to think of safety during this winter-holiday season, and would like to offer some simple tips to follow.

“The holiday season is joyous but also a hectic time of the year, and the focus is often on everything but safety, so there is some danger out there,” stated county Fire Officials.

Firefighters offer these simple safety tips to keep your family safe this holiday season:

–       “If it has heat – then 3 feet!” Ensure heaters, candles, and other heat generating devices are 3’ from combustibles

–       Utilize electric candles instead of open flame

–       Limit light strings to no more than 3 strands of lights

–       Use power strip with circuit breakers instead of extension cords

–       Ensure all decorations are made of fire resistive material

–       Ensure live trees are watered and treated with a fire resistive spray

–       Check all smoke detectors in your home, and it’s a good idea to have a smoke detector in the same room as your Christmas tree.

–       Make sure your holiday decorations do not block exits and your family has practiced your home escape plan, and that there are two ways to escape each room in your home and two ways to get to children.

To remind citizens of the fire dangers and the need for vigilance during this season, a green wreath will be placed at various fire stations throughout the county, and fire chiefs want citizens to help keep those wreaths green. When a fire department responds to a fire, a green light on the wreath will be replaced with a red light.

“A fire is devastating anytime of the year, but particularity more so during the holiday season,” stated county fire officials. “Fires start for a reason, they are not accidents, and almost always could have been easily prevented.”


Water Festival first to join corporate sponsors of ‘Beaufort 300’ for City’s 300th birthday

December 2, 2010

Beaufort City Councilman Mike McFee, Beaufort Tricentennial Chair Erin Dean, Beaufort 300 Chair Kevin Cuppia, 2011 Water Festival Commodore Bob Bible and his wife Colleen Bible gather at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park Tuesday to announce the Water Festival's contribution to the Beaufort 300 fundraiser for the city's 300th birthday.

Standing at the Waterfront Park that each summer hosts thousands of Water Festival fans, 2011 Commodore Bob Bible recently showed another way the Water Festival gives back to the community – the Water Festival Committee contributed $500 as a corporate non-profit sponsor in the ‘Beaufort 300’ fundraiser for the City’s 300th birthday.

‘Beaufort 300’ is a unique opportunity to invest in Beaufort’s future by recognizing its past – the contributions will help pay for a permanent memorial monument to the City’s first 300 hundred years.

“It is with great pride and pleasure that the Water Festival Committee presents this investment in the Beaufort 300 fund,” Bible said. “We are planning some special ways to recognize the City’s birthday during our Water Festival next July, and we certainly are happy to be the first non-profit group to contribute to the permanent historical marker for the Tricentennial.”

While the City’s actual anniversary of its founding charter is Jan. 17, 2011, the Tricentennial will be celebrated throughout 2011. The festivities kick off with Founders’ Night on Dec. 31 from 4:30 – 6 p.m. in the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park. Activities will include musical performances and fireworks, ending early enough so people can still participate in New Year’s Eve festivities.

Kevin Cuppia, a longtime downtown merchant and civic leader, is chairman of the Beaufort 300 effort.

The goal is for 300 people to contribute $300 toward Beaufort’s 300th birthday. Corporate sponsorships also are available at $500, $1,000 and greater. All funds will be used for the Tricentennial monument and festivities related to the yearlong celebration.

“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. “The Beaufort 300 campaign will create a lasting monument to donors and an important addition to our historical markers downtown.”

Important figures in the City’s history include Jean Ribaut, Marquis de Lafayette, Robert Smalls, Laura Towne and Col. John “Tuscarora Jack” Barnwell – and as Keyserling pointed out, locals can add their names to that list by participating in the ‘Beaufort 300’ fundraiser.

Commodore Bible and his wife, Colleen Bible, also joined Beaufort 300 personally, “because it’s important to us as local residents to be a part of this historical event. We are blessed to be a part of Beaufort and a part of the Water Festival during this 300th birthday of our great city.”

Joining the Bibles with their contributions were former Water Festival Commodores Sammy Gray, Skeet Von Harten and Bill Robinson. Past Commodores Erin Dean and Kevin Cuppia, members of the Tricentennial Committee, already wrote their checks.

The Tricentennial monument will be an updated series of historical markers in the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park showcasing Beaufort’s three centuries. Investors’ names will be included on the monument for posterity.

“It’s a very special way to commemorate Beaufort’s three hundred years of formal history, and a way to put your family’s name on the monument that we expect will stand for at least the next hundred years,” Erin Dean, chairwoman of the Tricentennial Committee and past commodore of the Beaufort Water Festival, said at the Beaufort 300 kickoff earlier this month.

Beaufort was founded Jan. 17, 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.

For more information on Beaufort and the Tricentennial, visit


Brittany Melvin and Hope Cribb Open Bangs Salon

December 2, 2010

Brittany Melvin, Amy Duncan and Hope Cribb

Bangs Salon, owned by 22 year-old Brittany Melvin and 25 year-old Hope Cribb, opened at 1600 Burnside Suite 103 in Beaufort Town Center on August 17. Friends forever, Melvin and Cribb might possibly be the youngest business owners in Beaufort.

Cribb explains, “We wanted a welcoming atmosphere, like you’re at a friend’s house.” And Melvin adds, “It’s nice to work for yourself. We’re definitely excited to put our talent to work.”

Bangs Salon offers haircuts, color and eyebrow waxing and carries Bumble and Bumble products. Melvin’s mother, Amy Duncan, also works for the salon.

The two agree, “We’re definitely thankful for all of clients and their loyalty. They are going to make Bangs Salon successful!”


Tour of Homes a Success

December 2, 2010

St. Peter Catholic School’s Annual Tour of Homes took place in the Ashdale subdivision on Lady’s Island the weekend of November 20 and 21. Maleia Everidge, owner of ME Decorating trimmed the home of Louise and Dan Hodges with help from local designer, Liz O’Herron.

The Hodges’ home, already beautifully decorated with numerous period pieces, got a touch of the Holiday spirit with interior accents from Grayco and original creations from Lowcountry Originals.  Everidge also received help from Ginny Parker, who owns Hostess in a Hurry.

The event was a success, and as depicted in these photos, homes in Ashdale are ready to greet the Christmas season.


Annual Christmas Concert December 11

December 2, 2010

The Fellowship Concert Choir (FCC) of Beaufort, SC will present its Annual Christmas Concert in Celebration of the Birth of Jesus Christ. The concert will be held at the Second Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, 236 Joe Frazier Road in Burton, SC on Saturday December 11 at 6pm.

FCC will render familiar Christmas Spirituals with a new twist and some other surprises. This is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Bro. Scott A. Gibbs at (843) 524-7230.


Re-Organization, New Hours at 3 PALS Centers

December 2, 2010

Beaufort County has restructured the leadership of its Parks & Leisure Services (PALS) Division and adjusted the hours of some of its recreation centers to better serve the public.

Beaufort County Administrator Gary Kubic said the changes will add efficiency and target the recreational needs of residents. “We constantly evaluate the most efficient processes possible in order to provide the best service.”

Under this new arrangement Cristina Roberson will oversee Community Centers, Special Events, and After School & Summer Camp Programs. Joe Penale will oversee the Athletics and Aquatics programs. Amy Matthews will oversee Administration and Marketing and all three supervisors will report to Morris Campbell, Executive Director of Community Services.

The following PALS Recreation Centers have new public operating hours:

o   Burton Wells Recreation Center

Monday -Thursday 8 a.m.- 8 p.m., Fri. 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Sat 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

o   Charles “Lind” Brown Activity Center

Monday -Thursday 8 a.m.-7 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

o   Bluffton Recreation Center

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 2:30 – 8 p.m.,

Wednesday and Friday 2:30 -6 p.m..

For more information on the PALS schedules and activities, visit


County Magistrate Court Seeks to Distribute Unclaimed Refunds

December 2, 2010

The Beaufort County Magistrate Court has $31,181.50 in unclaimed refunds and has posted a list of names at the County website of people who are owed the money. Those who are due a refund in connection with traffic and criminal cases, may go to and select “About” on the home page. They should then select “Legal and Courts,” “Magistrate” and “Unclaimed Funds” to review the list of those owed the money. Legal identification will be required in order to collect the refund.  For more information, call the court at (843) 255-5634.


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