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Mature Times September 2011

Mature Times September 2011

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Community 
Aiken Alzheimers Walk.
 Page 8
inside
FinanCial
Advice from Jay Brooks.
 Page 5
Feature
Camillia Daze.
 Page 9
By: Midge Rothrock 
The “Goodwill Ambassador of Kalmia Landing” is full of delightful stories, and he isilling to share them, withivid recall. Fred Ashursthas really … been there….done that…. over his 95-year life span. Did you know, for example, that Kalmia is namedfor a mountain laurel? He islike a walking game of TrivialPursuit, with the anecdotes heoyfully shares.This Aiken native, born in1915, lived across the streetfrom Dr. Ravenel, the botanist,in a comfortable home down-town. Fred made a living asa tennis player, a teaching proand a head pro at some exoticlocales and resorts, as well asright here in Aiken. In fact,Fred believes he is the oldestliving tennis pro in the US atthis time. He worked with in-teresting students, well knownamong movers and shakersin their times, especially inpolitics and business circles.In between, he attended theCitadel, served in World War II, married, help raise a family,enjoyed gardening, and is apatriot of the utmost degree.It is refreshing to hear ac-counts of his life, dotted withnames like Arthur Ashe, JohnFoster Dulles, and his brother,an international spy, MarionSmoak, Oliver North, Winter Colony folks, and Dr. CharlesMoran.
His rst chance at having a
tennis racquet in his hands be-gan when he was just 5 yearsold, willingly tagging alongwith his father, a gifted player of the game. Fred took hintsand lessons from anyone whowas tolerant enough to spendtime with this young, giftedathlete. He learned from EllenTerry, among others (she livedin Aiken, and was NationalWomen’s Tennis Champion in1893). By the time he was inhis early teens, he had devel-oped quite a following of stu-dents he tutored on the courts.When asked about his ownvictories, he readily admits hewas “just pretty good, and gotlucky, winning sometimes.”But, oh…this man couldteach! And, he obviously wassought-after company by therich and famous; includingcoaching many of the “Who’sWho” from Aiken’s famedWinter Colony.Dr. Moran was Fred’slong-term employer and hero,taking him into some headycircles, when Dr. Moranworked with Bernard Baruch,Francis I. DuPont, and as
nancial advisor for President
Truman. These names popup in Fred’s delightful tales,well told, as if rubbing el- bows with captains and kings,spies and sports pros was notunique! Fred is not boastingor namedropping particularly.However, in earlier times,the worlds of tennis and golf were not always so availableto everyone. David Meharg,Aiken Prep tennis pro, openeddoors for Fred. Turning pro,in 1938, he began working for 
a summer at Faireld Country
Club. He went on to spendsummers at the AmericanYacht Club, and a stint at theworld-famous Forest Hills. Infact, Arthur Ashe announcedthe Davis Cup from Fred’stennis shop. That, and manyyears at his beloved VirginIslands Pro Shop. Not a particularly tall man,Fred tells of playing tenniswith Lucy Rutherford’s tallstepson, John, 6’9”, who hemet as an Army man in their 7thRegiment days. JohnRutherford actually used ac-cess to his “Uncle Franklin”to transfer to the Navy, by adirective phone call from hisuncle to General Marshall.In World War II, Fredserved proudly in the 207th – the old 7th Regiment, inher-ited from the 7th Regimentof England. He is active inveterans’ affairs to this day.In 2008, he traveled to Wash-ington, DC, with Margaret andother area vets to pay their respects at the World War IIVeterans’ Memorial. This trek was featured in an area news-
Serving with love in Kalmia
Fred Ashurst 
See Ashurst, page 12 
 
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
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SeniorNet is thriving in Aiken!
Did you come to the Fall Open House on Sept 12th at the McGrath SeniorNetearning Center? If so then you found that because of the publication of theall Session courses in this newspaper in mid-August, people began immedi-ately to register by mail. Thus some of the most popular courses were already
lled by the time of the Open House. In the Learning Center Classroom there
are ten computers for student use per class – this means that once the schedules published, mail-in registrations are accepted. So if you wait to register at theinter Session Open House, you may be disappointed because the course isclosed. How is this problem solved? Further down in this article you will gethe answer to this question! So read on.The Fall Session began this past Monday, September 26th. However thereare still openings in two of the four-week Picasa courses being offered. Ones being taught on Mondays from 9 to 11 a.m. beginning on October 24th andending on November 14th. The other is being taught on Thursdays from 12:30o 2:30 p.m. beginning October 27th and ending on November 17th. The courseee is $45, and includes a manual as well as the student being able to use the pen Lab any Wednesday afternoon from 3 to 5 for additional practice. If 
nterested in either of these courses, call the USCA Continuing Education Ofce
641-3563) to see if there are still openings. Registration must be in person at
he USCA Continuing Education ofce in the Business & Education Building
or by mail. You can view the entire schedule as well as print out a registrationorm for mailing by going to our website www.aikenseniornet.com.The 8-week Fall session courses have already started. So you will have toait for the Winter Session course schedule that will be published later this Fallo see what courses will be offered. It should be available in early December.n the October issue of Mature Times the date that the Winter Session courseschedule will be printed in the Aiken Standard will be announced. Once it is
ublished, registration is open. It is good to note that registration is on a rstcome-rst served basis, and must be done by mail or in person – there is no
hone registration.Some of the Fall session workshops do have space available. Most work-shops are offered on Friday mornings from 9 to 11 a.m. However, there are twoevening workshops, and their dates and times are noted below. The fee for eachorkshop is only $20. It’s a great way to see what our teaching and courses areike. The workshops with openings and the date of each are as follows:The Fall workshops teaching Mousing Skills, Making Address Labels, Com- puter Maintenance and iTunes are all closed.All of our class and workshop students have access to the Open Lab periodeach week. The Learning Center classroom is open each Wednesday afternoonfrom 3 to 5 p.m. while classes are in session. We invite any interested senior who has never been to our Learning Center and would like to see our opera-tion, to come for a visit during the Open Lab time on Wednesday afternoons. Avolunteer will be there to answer your questions about our program. Come see
us...nd out what is going to be offered during the Winter Session...and see just
how much fun learning to use your computer can be!The Creative Side of Word 2007 ......................................Friday, October 7thRemote Control of Your Home Computer ......................Friday, October 14thComputer Security ..........................................................Friday, October 28thThe New World of Windows 7......................................Friday, November 4th
The two evening workshops are:
Exploring Skype.............................Thursday, October 20th from 6 to 8 p.m.Power Point Presentations........Wednesday, November 2nd from 6 to 8 p.m.
The description of each workshop can beread on our website www.aikenseniornet.com.
The McGrath SeniorNetLearning Center
Next to the tennis courts at USCA 
 You are more than welcome to come to any of the Wednesday afternoon Open Lab sessionsfrom 3 to 5 p.m.
See the classroom Talk with volunteersObserve students working on class materials
For more information, visit our websitewww.aikenseniornet.com
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