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February 14, 2014 Goat Island • Dewees Island

n the night of Tuesday, Jan. 28 at about 8 p.m., snow and ice began to fall on Sullivan’s and Isle of Palms. Despite the many difficulties that came with this weather event, not the least power outages and bridge closures, such a rare occurrence brought out the “snow” seekers and artists of the island. The Island Eye News received lots of great images from islanders. Here is a selection that captures the beauty of winter at the beach and the fun of frolicking in the snow.
(top) Sullivan’s Island covered in snow. (above) The Perry family made the trek from Station 30 to go sledding by the lighthouse.


Enjoying the rare beauty of winter on the beach


See more photos on page 20

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IOP approves tasers, elects Mayor Pro Tem


February 14, 2014



he Isle of Palms January city council meeting was held Thursday, Jan. 30, having been rescheduled from its regular Tuesday meeting day due to the winter storm. At the meeting Councilmember Bettelli was elected Mayor Pro Tem on a vote of five to three, with Councilmembers Buckhannon, Carroll and Ward casting votes for Councilmember Carroll. Other items discussed and acted upon included: Water and Sewer Rate Increase The Water and Sewer Commission has advertised for an approximately 10 percent sewer rate increase to go into effect with the February billing. Water billings and impact fees are not increasing. General Manager George Gross explained that the Forest Trails treatment plant, which was installed in the 1970s, requires $100,000 a year to maintain the steel basins. He said the increase will pay for all costs associated with operating

a safe, reliable and economical wastewater system. Other factors influencing the rate increase are the cumulative effect of inflation over the past six years, escalating environmental requirements on both the state and federal level, increasing labor costs, increasing power and chemical costs and the higher costs associated with funding the Commission’s capital program. In addition, revenues for the Commission are down six percent from 2007. $16,000 approved for tasers A motion to purchase 17 tasers for the police department was approved. The city decided to equip the department with tasers after evidence from other local governments showed tasers reduce the incidence of officer injuries. Chief Buckhannon said that officers are receiving greater resistance from people in arrests. He said there have been instances where officers have to put their hands on people to make arrests,

rather than putting handcuffs on them. Seahorse Court Sinkhole Charleston County has investigated the problem and a work order for the repairs has been issued. Parking Commercial Vehicles The first reading of an ordinance limiting parking of commercial vehicles in residential and commercial districts was approved with one dissenting vote from Councilmember

Buckhannon, who stated that, as written, this ordinance would not allow him to drive home any of his work vehicles and to park them in his driveway. Executive Session Council went into executive session to receive legal advice concerning a potential claim related to the Isle of Palms Water and Sewer Commission. No action and no votes were taken in the Executive Session.

Council Committee Appointments Ways and Means Committee: Chair Mayor Cronin, Vice Chair Councilmember Ward Public Safety Committee: Chair Councilmember Bettelli, Vice Chair Bergwerf Public Works Committee: Chair Councilmember Ward, Vice Chair Councilmember Ferencz Recreation Committee: Chair Councilmember Carroll, Vice Chair Councilmember Buckhannon Personnel Committee: Chair Councilmember Ferencz, Vice Chair Councilmember Bettelli Real Property Committee: Chair Councilmember Loftus, Vice Chair Councilmember Buckhannon


February 14, 2014


Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina host cleanup

Publisher of the Island Eye News and the Island Connection




he first boater cleanup of 2014, scheduled by Wounded Nature - Working Veterans, will be hosted by the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina. Wounded Nature has targeted Drum Island as its first Charleston area boater cleanup for 2014. Drum Island is located under the Ravenel Bridge. “Many visitors to Charleston walk the Ravenel Bridge and look down as they admire the bridge's panoramic view,” Rudy Socha, CEO of Wounded Nature, said. “Unfortunately, during low tide, they see an island with a

coastline littered with trash. In April there will be close to the 50,000 pedestrians participating in the Cooper River Bridge Run, and this cleanup will provide any runners during that event with a pristine view of the island.” Additional volunteer boaters and donations are needed for this event. The cleanup will take place on Saturday, March 15, and boaters are asked to gather together at the Charleston Harbor Marina at 11 a.m. for a sign in and briefing. After the cleanup, there will be a cleanup party that will include prizes awarded for most unique items found, and

SIES Topping Off ceremony scheduled

all volunteers will be entered for some great door prizes. Several prominent companies, including Boeing, Cummings, and Barefoot Wine, have committed to providing volunteers to aid in this much needed cleanup. “The Charleston area is a historic coastal destination, and as such we need to be stewards of the land. The cleanliness of the coast is a very important part of this status, both to me as a resident and the business we are operating,” Oliver Rooskens, General Manager of the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina, said. “We are very happy to have an opportunity to give back to the community and do our part in cleaning a portion of the coast that is our back yard.” Details of the cleanup are available online at: www. Wounded Nature - Working Veterans is a national non-profit, using volunteer boats and manpower to clean up debris and trash left behind by boaters on outer islands and rural beaches. They also clean up coastal disaster debris.

Lynn Pierotti publisher Jennifer Tuohy managing editor Swan Richards graphic designer Lori McGee 614.0901 Catherine Lambert 452.9903 advertising executives Christian LeBlanc social media Steve Rosamilia photographer Bradford Hincher copy editor • Contributors: Connie Darling Bill Martin Mary Gair Jennie Flinn Jerry Spencer Lauren Adams Lianne Wiker Arielie Alpino Sarah Diaz Dimi Matouchev Bob Hooper • Published by: Lucky Dog Publishing of South Carolina, LLC P.O. Box 837 Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482 843-886-NEWS Submit your letters to the editor to: Future deadline: February 19 for our February 28 issue The Island Eye News, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lucky Dog Publishing of SC LLC, is a free, independent newspaper published every two weeks and is for and about the Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, Goat Island and Dewees Island. Copies are mailed free of charge to every active mailbox in our coverage area and are also available at area businesses. Contributions of information, pictures and articles are welcomed and are used according to space limitations and news value and cannot be returned except by special request. Op-ed articles and letters to the editor do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Lucky Dog News, or its writers. All advertising rates are listed at: WWW.ISLANDEYENEWS.COM under “advertising”.




he community is invited to gather at 2015 I’On Ave on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 10 a.m. to witness as the Sullivan’s Island Elementary School is topped off with its final structural beam. A ceremony will take place at the construction site, followed by a celebration at Battery Gadsden. This celebration will feature a performance by the Sullivan’s Island Elementary School Chorus, children’s activities and refreshments. Parking will be available at Battery Gadsden.

CORRECTION Due to a production error, the first paragraph of a story in the Jan. 31 edition of the Island Eye News titled “Crowds come out for Council’s tussle with coyotes” was misprinted. The paragraph should have read: “If there were any coyotes hanging around outside Sullivan’s Island town hall on the

night of Tuesday, Jan. 21, they were more than likely scared away by the noise. With more than 100 people crammed into the temporary town hall, the cheers, claps and murmurs of agreement/ disagreement filled the very cold night air.” To read the story in full visit www.islandeyenews. com/?p=12561

Isle of Palms 886.6428

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Tuesday, February 25 City Council Meeting 7 p.m. 1207 Palm Boulevard
Sullivan's Island 883.3198

Civic Calendar

Tuesday, February 18 City Council Special Meeting 5 p.m. 1207 Palm Boulevard
Ways and Means Committee 5:45 p.m. 1207 Palm Boulevard

Stop by for a chat about SI with Police Chief Howard at Cafe Medley. 8:30 a.m. 2213 Middle Street DRB Meeting 6 p.m. 2050 Middle Street

Wednesday, February 19 Municipal Court 9 a.m. 1207 Palm Boulevard

Tuesday, February 18 Regular Council Meeting 6 p.m. 2050 Middle Street Wednesday, February 19 Coffee with the Chief!

Wednesday, February 26 Coffee with the Chief! See Wednesday, February 19. 8:30 a.m. 2213 Middle Street


IOP January Police Report
packages had been opened and some of the items stolen. Petit Larceny: 23rd Avenue. The victim advised that several packages were stolen from her porch after being delivered. Swindle: Ocean Boulevard. The victim advised that he paid for a rental residence from his home in Galion OH; he later received notification that the contract had been terminated. He then learned that the monies he transferred went to an account where the bearer of the account was not the same as on the website. He rechecked the website and the rental ad had been removed. January 21: Tuesday Vandalism: 28th Avenue. The complainant reported that an unknown suspect(s) spray painted letters on the side of the building. Burglary: Palmetto Drive. The victim reported that an unknown subject entered into the business after hours and stole sunglasses and tickets to various businesses in the Charleston area. January 23: Thursday Petit Larceny: Cameron Boulevard. The victim reported that a known suspect stole a tool from his construction site. Burglary: 32nd Avenue. The victim reported that a known suspect stole a wall clock from her rental unit. The residence is a rental unit with Wyndham Vacation Rentals. January 28: Tuesday Harassing Telephone Calls: Palm Boulevard. An employee of a local business reported that an unknown female subject has called the business numerous times over the course of several days creating a nuisance and interrupting business. The caller alleges that one of the female employees of the business has been having an affair with her husband and keeps calling to obtain information on the female employees, to include what time they leave the business after closing. January 29: Wednesday Petit Larceny: Grand Pavilion

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January 02: Thursday Vandalism: 27 Avenue. The victim reported that a possible known suspect(s) damaged a nativity scene in his front yard. January 04: Saturday Simple Assault: Palm Boulevard. The victim reported that a known suspect assaulted him by pushing him in the face, causing him to fall to the ground. January 10: Friday Vandalism: 34th Avenue. The victim reported that a possible known suspect damaged his vehicle by marking the inside of the car with permanent marker. January 13: Monday Burglary: Seagrove Lane. The complainant advised that unknown suspect(s) entered into the residence without force and stole a TV. Residence is a rental property through Wyndham Vacation Rentals. Petit Larceny: Waterway Boulevard. The victim advised that she had located several UPS packages that had been stolen from her porch, in a wooded area near her residence. The

Boulevard. The victim reported that unknown person(s) stole a necklace from her room while staying at the hotel. She stated that she last saw the jewelry when she was packing on the evening of 01/26/14 and noticed it missing at approximately 7:30 a.m. on 01/29/14.

Affordable Care Dear Editor,


For those readers who need health insurance which they are unable to afford, I want to tell you about the role I have in assisting them. I have become a certified Navigator for the Affordable Care Act, and in this role, at no charge to consumers, I am able to help them enroll and choose plans that might give them a substantial reduction in their health care premiums and other costs involved with healthcare. Navigators confidentially help those, regardless of their political affiliation, apply online to complete the application and enrollment process for the ACA, and give assistance in describing the health plans that are available through the marketplace. The vast majority of Charleston certified navigators are volunteers, and we see amazing success stories every day. Open enrollment extends until March 31st. For more information call 843.475.2859. Barbara Lasher Mount Pleasant

All letters submitted to the Island Eye News must bear a full name, address and phone number for verification. Only the author’s name and city will be printed. Submissions are accepted via email to or mail to PO. Box 837, Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482. Letters may be edited for length and readability. The Island Eye News reserves the right to reject letters that are libelous, unseemly, not individually addressed to the Island Eye News or that have been previously published elsewhere. The Island Eye News will not publish letters endorsing political candidates.


Breaking ground on Ben Sawyer bike path

February 14, 2014


ictured from left, Charleston Moves Executive Director Tom Bradford, Charleston County Councilman Herb Sass, Senator Larry Grooms, Sullivan’s Island Mayor Mike Perkis, Mount Pleasant Mayor Linda Page, Charleston County Chairman Teddie Pryor, Sr., Mount Pleasant Council Member Paul Gawrych, Isle of Palms Mayor Dick Cronin and Mount Pleasant Council Members Elton Carrier and Gary Santos break ground on the Ben Sawyer Causeway Multi-use Path Improvement Project. The ceremony took place Jan. 31 at 10 a.m. on Gold Bug Island. The project will add approximately a mile and a half of wider pathway for bicyclist and walkers. The new path will start on the Mount Pleasant side at Simmons Point Road, crossing the Ben Sawyer Bridge, and end at the existing concrete sidewalk on Sullivan’s Island. It is expected to be completed by May, 2014.

Grocery store to open early summer


Happy V-Day!

he Harris Teeter grocery store at Island Center on Isle of Palms is scheduled to open this summer, according to Harris Teeter spokesperson Danna Jones. “I do not have any major details about the store outside of the square footage and an approximate open date,” Jones said in an email to the Island Eye News. “The square footage of the IOP store will be approximately 25,600, and it is expected to open

early summer 2014.” The Beach Company, which owns the Island Center, reports that the smaller store fronts have all been leased. Isle of Palms residents have been without a grocery store for a year, following the closing of the Red and White in January, 2013. On-island options for groceries currently include the Marina store, Simmons Seafood, the Kangaroo, and Hudson's Market in Wild Dunes.


February 14, 2014



The history of the Hunley



oin us at Fort Moultrie for free programs Feb. 15–17, 2014 in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the Confederate submarine H. L. Hunley sinking the USS Housatonic off Sullivan’s Island on Feb. 17, 1864. Because this event coincides with President’s Day Weekend, the normal entrance fee is waived. Confederate and Union re-enactors camping at Fort Moultrie will present living history programs, including musket firing

demonstrations and artillery drills. Union re-enactors will portray the crew of the USS Housatonic. Musket firings are scheduled for 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 15 and Sunday, Feb. 16. Children’s musket Fort Moultrie 2014 fee-free days drills will be at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. February 15-17 – Presidents’ Day Weekend Park Historian Rick Hatcher will present a April 19-20 – First Weekend of National Park program on the history of the H. L. Hunley on Week Saturday, Sunday, and Monday at 2 p.m. in August 25 – National Park Service Birthday the Fort Moultrie Visitor Center auditorium. September 27 – National Public Lands Day The National Park Service interprets 171 November 11 – Veterans Day years of US costal defense history at Fort

Moultrie, from the site of the first major victory in the American Revolution on June 28, 1776 through the end of World War II. Fort Moultrie is located at 1214 Middle Street on Sullivan’s Island. The site is open daily from 9–5 p.m. except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Days. An entrance fee of $3 for adults, $1 for seniors or $5 for families is normally charged. For more information, please call 843.883.3123 or visit



Mt Pleasant Artists Guild Announces Scholarship

February 14, 2014




he Mount Pleasant Artists Guild has announced a scholarship of up to $1500, to be granted to a qualified high school senior who lives East of the Cooper. Applicants will be seeking an undergraduate degree

split the award in case of a tie. The application is posted online at www.mtpleasantartistsguild. com. For more information contact Mary Gair, Scholarship Chair, at 843.606.2029. The postmark deadline for the award is March 21, 2014.

in an art related field beginning in the 2014-2015 school year. Applications are available at East Cooper high schools, on the Guild website, or by contacting the Guild Scholarship Chair. The Guild reserves the right to

February 14, 2014



Ft Moultrie Free Days
ort Moultrie has announced several fee-free days in 2014. The normal entrance fee will be waived on the following days:

Charleston County Council announces vacancies
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• February 15-17 – Presidents’ Day Weekend • April 19-20 – First Weekend of National Park Week • August 25 – National Park Service Birthday • September 27 – National Public Lands Day • November 11 – Veterans Day


The free days do not apply to Fort Sumter, as no entrance fee is charged there. Visitors to Fort Sumter pay a concessionoperated ferry service for transportation. However, the fee-free days do apply to all National Park Sites that charge an entrance fee. Fort Moultrie is located at 1214 Middle Street on Sullivan’s Island. The site is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Days. An entrance fee of $3 for adults, $1 for seniors or $5 for families is normally charged. For more information, please call 843.883.3123 or go online at www.nps. gov/fosu.


harleston County Council announces the following vacancies on boards and commissions:

Construction Board of Adjustment and Appeals 1 vacancy for a civil engineer 1 vacancy for a licensed electrical contractor 1 vacancy for a licensed general contractor 1 vacancy for an architect 1 vacancy for a resident state fire marshal Accommodation Tax Advisory Committee 3 vacancies. Applicants must reside in unincorporated Charleston County, and preference will be given to those residing in unincorporated West Ashley and Johns Island Firemen’s Insurance and Inspection Fund 1 vacancy for Saint John’s Fire District 4 vacancies for St. Andrews Public Service District 4 vacancies for Awendaw Consolidated Fire District Community Development Advisory Board 1 vacancy for a construction sector representative 1 vacancy for a community-based representative Charleston Center Advisory Board 3 vacancies. At least one appointee must be a representative from the treatment community, with a medicine, psychology, social work or addictions counseling background. Awendaw Fire District Advisory Board 1 vacancy for a citizen whose home is serviced by the Awendaw Consolidated Fire District Charleston Development Corporation 2 vacancies

Charleston County Council encourages citizens of Charleston County who are willing to volunteer to serve on one of these important boards to submit an application for appointment. The application deadline is Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. To find Charleston County Council’s application for appointment visit Applications will be considered by a committee of Charleston County Council at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 6, 2014. The committee will make recommendations to fill these vacancies to full Council, and County Council will vote on those recommendations at a meeting to be held on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. For questions or more specific information regarding each board, call Kristen Salisbury, Deputy Clerk of Council, at (843) 958-4031 or visit



The next Ansel Adams is from Charleston

February 14, 2014



very 10 years, the National Parks Service hires a photographer to re-shoot the same scenes Ansel Adams shot. Over one thousand artists applied for the job, and Frank Lee Ruggles, a former Charlestonian, was hired as the most recent Eminent Photographer. Ruggles is the only living National Parks Service Eminent Photographer and the only Eminent Photographer who used digital cameras. His tour as an Eminent Photographer was recently completed, and he has begun to show his work in special exhibits. A special showing and sale of his works is at Spencer Galleries, 55 Broad Street, Charleston, Feb. 14 through 21. The artist will be present Feb. 14 and 15 for the opening. Ruggles’ position with the National Parks Service has afforded him endless opportunities to explore and photograph vistas rarely seen or visited in remote areas of the USA. His skills as a professional photographer have allowed him to capture scenes that may never be seen again. Like Adams, all

of Ruggles’ photographs are limited to editions of 25, except his unique photograph of the ages old Angel Oak, which will be limited to an edition of 100. He has photographed 160 National Parks and Forests across the United States to create a data base of over 40,000 images for the National Parks Service, and currently lives in Alexandria, VA. A professional photographer since 1992, Ruggles has performed just about every type of photography a commercial shooter can do. He was a photo services provider for several Federal Agencies in Washington D.C., including the State Department, where he was the exclusive photographic printer for Secretary of State Colin Powell. He worked for the Treasury, FBI, Commerce and Energy Departments, and did the custom hand printing for the Smithsonian. As a US Army Paratrooper, federal contractor, and government employee, Ruggles has worked for the last five Presidential administrations. He will soon host a major TV network series called The Warrior Artist.

Vernal Falls, Yosemite National Park, by Frank Lee Ruggles.

Beehive Lake by Frank Lee Ruggles.

February 14, 2014


Roasting oysters and raising money



espite the big freeze descending on the Lowcountry, the Isle of Palms Exchange Club’s 16th annual oyster roast was blessed with balmy 50 degree temperatures on Saturday, Jan. 25. Over 350 oyster shuckers came out to enjoy fabulous views, great company and awesome oysters, plus copious amounts of chili and hundreds of hotdogs. The largest Exchange Club Oyster Roast to date, many local business made generous donations to the silent auction, helping raise

over $8,000 for the Club’s scholarship program. Scholarships are awarded to local high school seniors and current college students. These students and their parents will be recognized at the Student Scholarship dinner on April 24, 2014. Last year, the Club awarded over $10,000 worth of student scholarships. The next hotly anticipated Exchange Club event is the "Second Annual Chili Cook Off," scheduled for Thursday, March 27, during the monthly dinner meeting.

Brad Haynes and David Barr digging in.

Michael Loftus and Jimmy Carroll hoist some oysters.

The sun sets over Hamlin Creek, offering gorgeous views for the Roast attendees.


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Storytime Time for Two’s Tuesdays in February at 10:30 a.m. Poe’s Library, 1921 I’on Avenue, 883.3914. Gymnastics at IOP Rec (3+ years) Tuesdays 3:30 to 4:15 p.m., Feb. 18 – March 25, $70 residents/$75 non-residents. Instructor: Tricha Tapio. Register Call 843.886.8294 for more information and to register. Little Lotus Yoga (3-5 Yrs) Wednesdays, 12:30 – 1:15 p.m., February 19 through March 26. $60 residents/$65 non-residents. Register at Call 843.886.8294 for more information and to register. Mah Jongg Nights (adults) Poe’s Library hosts Mah Jongg Thursdays at 6 p.m. Learn to play American Mah Jongg. No experience necessary. 1921 I’on Avenue, 883.3914. Canvases for Conservation, the South Carolina Aquarium Through July 2014. Canvases for Conservation will feature several pieces from world-renowned marine artist and conservationist Guy Harvey on the Aquarium’s second floor gallery wall. The installation will spotlight Guy Harvey’s interpretations of magnificent wildlife in South Carolina, such as a bald eagle, loggerhead sea turtle and sharks. Each piece is available for purchase, with a percentage of proceeds directly supporting the programs at the South Carolina Aquarium. Celebrate Gullah Heritage with Free Saturday Programs 2 p.m., 1254 Long Point Road. Celebrate Gullah heritage! The National Park Service, in partnership with the Town of Mount Pleasant, is sponsoring a series of free cultural programs at Charles Pinckney National Historic site every Saturday during March. For more information, call 843.881.5516 or visit www.nps. gov/chpi. Poe/Sullivan’s Island Branch Library, 1921 I’on Avenue, 883.3914. Beach Lover’s Book Club (adults) 10:30 a.m., The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, at Poe/Sullivan’s Island Branch Library, 1921 I’on Avenue, 883.3914. Draft-A-Celebrity Fundraising golf tournament at the Kiawah Island Ocean Golf Course. Visit to bid on your favorite celebrity by Feb. 1. The tournament raises money for Charleston’s inner-city youth. The Louie D Project Live. 7 - 10 p.m., 1004 Ocean Boulevard, Isle of Palms. Ladies Auxiliary is proud to host The Louie D Project Live. Don’t miss one of the best funk, jazz, and R&B bands in Charleston. The first 100 people to donate $10 or more will receive a free print by a local artist. FREE. Sullivan’s Island Fire & Rescue Annual Oyster Roast 5-8 p.m., The Big Tin Fort Moultrie, Sullivan's Island. Highlights: "All you can eat" singles (bring own knife), hot dog and fish stew, live band, t-shirts and jump castle. For more information call 843.883.3198, $25 advance; $30 day of event.   Trial By Fire: A Tribute To Journey at The Windjammer 9 p.m., Front Beach, IOP. Tickets $15 at the door.

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The Men of Christ Church Annual Oyster Roast  1-4 p.m., Oakland Plantation, 1164 Porchers Bluff Road. There will be Chili, Hot Dogs, & Drinks, great live entertainment, and, of course, delicious oysters. Adults $20 & $10 Adult Beverage Bands. Child $6 (6-12) Age 5 & Under: Free. No pets or coolers. Call 884.9090 for more information.

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ending on Sullivan's Island (finish line at Fish Fry Shack), to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Pass through many of Charleston’s iconic scenery including the Battery, Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park and the Citadel. To register or to get more information, visit www. or call 1-800 FIGHT MS. African American Heritage Festival 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Wannamaker County Park. $8 per person. The Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission and educators throughout the Low country will be hosting this event in honor of Black History month. Elementary and middle school students are invited to immerse themselves in rich African American history and culture. For more information call 843.795.4386.

The Charleston Music Club presents Ashley Fabian 7:30 p.m., 1885 Rifle Range Rd. Ashley Fabian will be performing in the chapel at Franke at Seaside followed by refreshments. Call 843.442.4835 for additional information.

Next book discussion features The Great Gatsby 

Happy President’s Day! Hunley Memorial Ceremony, 150th Anniversary See page 7 for details.

CSO Chamber Orchestra Series, Time Machine 7:30 p.m., Dock Street Theatre. Tchaikovsky's Dreams and Journeys, Alexander Boissonnaul, and Violin. For more information go to or call 843.723.7529, ext. 110.




Wellness Workshop 2-3 p.m., IOP Recreation Center. Topic: Flexibility & Pilates, $10 resident/non-resident. Register Call 843.886.8294 for more information and to register.

Five Way Friday at The Windjammer 9 p.m. Front Beach, IOP. Tickets $10 at the door. The band formed in 1997, playing gigs across the Southeast and releasing a fulllength album and two EPs.

Healthy Cooking Class 6-7 p.m., SC Blue in Mount Pleasant, 1795 N Hwy 17. Learn how to make an easy, quick, and healthy meal at our healthy cooking demonstration. This three part series will demonstrate breakfast, lunch and dinner options. Brought to you by South Carolina BlueCross BlueShield. Event is free. Register on Event Bright.

“Canicross” Middleton Place, Equestrian Trails. Cross-country run with hounds. Canicross is a combination of "canine" and "cross-country", as in cross country running. The dog is in a harness with a flexible line attached to the human at the waist. Featuring music, food trucks, a beer garden and a full scale pet expo in Bailey’s field. Early registration prices are $20 - $30 and include a t-shirt. To register visit or go to Island Gras 12 – 4 p.m., Front Beach, IOP. Get your beads ready, because Mardi Gras is coming to Isle of Palms, and there will be live music. Featuring Elizabeth Covington, Weird Science, local restaurants, photo booth, climbing wall, crafts vendors, billon artist and jump castles. Free.

PLAY: Sweetgrass Basket Weaving 11 a.m., Poe/Sullivan’s Island Branch Library, 1921 I’on Avenue. Celebrate African American History Month, and try your hand at making this beautiful Low country craft at. Call for details 843.883.3914. Sullivan’s Island Elementary School Topping Off Ceremony See page 3 for details.

PLAY: Paper Bag Puppets 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Make paper bag puppets, and put on a show, at

dgar Allan Poe/Sullivan’s Island Library holds its next book club meeting to discuss The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15. Refreshments will be provided, and the public is welcome to attend. In 1922, F. Scott Fitzgerald announced his decision to write "Something new— something extraordinary and beautiful and simple and intricately patterned." That novel became The Great Gatsby, arguably Fitzgerald's finest work and certainly the book for which he is best known. A portrait of the Jazz Age in all of its decadence and excess, Gatsby captured the spirit of the author's generation and earned a permanent place in American mythology.  Stop by the library to check out the book prior to the discussion. The

Edgar Allan Poe/Sullivan’s Island Library, located at 1921 I’On Avenue, Sullivan’s Island, is a branch of Charleston County Public Library. For more information, call 843.883.3914.

Seven Handle Circus 9 p.m. Windjammer. Bluegrass/ rock act out of Atlanta performs. Tickets $7 at the door. SIES Wig & Stash Bash 7 p.m. At Cinebarre, Silent and live auction, fabulous food and full open, entertainment and more to benefit SIES. Buy now $45 per ticket. $60 after Feb. 7. www. Challenge MS: Charleston Challenge 2014 Walk the 50-mile trek from Charleston through Mt. Pleasant,

Exchange Club of Charleston’s 4th Annual Oyster Roast 2 to 5 p.m., Rifle Club at 2221 Heriot Street, Charleston. Tickets are $25 per person for oysters, chili, hot dogs with all the fixins, iced tea and great music, including Karaoke. BYOB beer and wine may be consumed outside, full cash bar inside. For information & tickets call 703.549.4900.

2014 South Atlantic Bank Oyster Roast & Chili Cook-Off 2-5 p.m. at Goldbug Island, Mt. Pleasant. All-you-can-eat oysters provided by Sticky Fingers, hot dogs, a delicious chili cook-off, gourmet cake pops, wine, craft beer and live music by Smoky Weiner and The Hot Links. For tickets



Jackson crowned Best in Show

February 14, 2014


Winner of Best In Show and Best Costume, Jackson.

he Isle of Palm’s 8th Annual Doggie Day took place at the Isle of Palms’ Recreation Department on Saturday, Feb. 1. The highlight of the event was the Dog Show. Here are the results: Best In Show: Jackson, owner Emily Farrow Cutest Puppy: Bell, owner Victoria Kasberg

Most Attractive: Buddy, owner Victoria Kasberg Best Rescue ~ Female: Katie, owner Cassandra Kuster Best Rescue ~ Male: Bayou, owner Eric Lavender Mystery Mutt ~ Small Breeds: Riley, owner Marty Brown Mystery Mutt ~ Large Breeds: Daisy, owner Meg Elam Most Ear-Resistible Ears: Doc, owner Eunice Logan Best Smile: Kiki Best Eyes: Hannah, owner Jenny Ryan Most Unusual Breed: Moki, owner Mary Stone Best Costume: Jackson, owner Emily Farrow Best Trick: Bandit, owner Michael Kraus The following organizations participated in the event: Hairy Winston, Dolittles, Camp Bow Wow, Island Pet Sitting, Island Vet Care, Pet Helpers, Charleston Animal Society, Your Dogs Day Out, Dawg Tired and Cat Naps, In the Dog House, Puppy Crack, Charleston Photo Booth and Star Therapy.



February 14, 2014


SCBT Mount Pleasant branch collects donations for Meals on Wheels




or many of us, Super Bowl Sunday is about watching great football while eating delicious, crowd-pleasing foods. What many might not know is that same day, someone in our community might have been worrying about where his or her next meal was going to come from. They might have been thinking about how hard it is to stand at the stove or about not being able to drive to the grocery store anymore. Using the energy of the Super Bowl to mobilize people to fight hunger, the Souper Bowl of Caring is a national effort that encourages communities to support their local charities that work hard to make sure people don't have to know what hunger feels like. This year, South Carolina Bank and Trust, Mount Pleasant Branch teamed up with East Cooper Meals on Wheels for the Souper Bowl of Caring. The SCBT branch, located at 1032 Johnnie Dodds Boulevard, promoted the Souper Bowl of Caring during the month of January and collected 106 pounds of non-perishable food and raised over $300 in cash, which translates into 216 meals for the recipients of East Cooper Meals on Wheels.
From left, SCBT staff members Kate Burroughs, Molly Bundy, Jessica Bowers and Tiffany Herr with some of the collected food items and cash contributions for the Souper Bowl of Caring.


Catch The Great Divorce in Charleston

island eats
Acme Lowcountry Kitchen: Enjoy a great beach atmosphere, casual Americana dining, and fresh-catch seafood for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. $$ 886-0024 31 J.C. Long Boulevard Isle of Palms, SC 29451 Ben & Jerry’s: Enjoy an array of ice cream flavors, from Chocolate Therapy to Peach Cobbler on Isle of Palms’ Ocean Boulevard $ 886-6314 1009 Ocean Boulevard, Isle of Palms, SC 29451 Café Medley: Start your day or end it with a well rounded café, serving breakfast, lunch, and a glass of wine in the evening. $$ 793-4055 2213 Middle Street   Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482 The CO-OP: Sullivan’s Island’s own Gourmet Grocery and Deli. Enjoy madeto-order sandwiches and salads that are perfect for everything from quick lunches to a long day on the beach! Patio dining available. $ 882-8088 2019 Middle Street, Sullivan's Island, SC 29482 High Thyme Cuisine: A small island bistro with a wide range of dishes from seafood, tapas on Tuesdays, and a brunch on Sunday mornings. $$$ 883-3536 2213 Middle Street Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482 Home Team BBQ: Not limited to barbeque, this casual eatery also serves salads, wraps, tacos, and quesadillas, as well as Sunday brunch. $$ 883-3131 2209 Middle Street Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482 Long Island Cafe: Come in for lunch, dinner, or Sunday brunch and enjoy all your favorite seafood plus so much more at this island favorite. $$ 886-8809 1515-A Palm Boulevard Isle of Palms, SC 29451 Luke 'n Ollie's: Come and enjoy made-to-order pizzas made from the finest ingredients. $$ 242-8121 1101-C Ocean Boulevard Isle of Palms, SC 29451 Morgan Creek Grill: Relax with a front row seat on the Intracoastal waterway while enjoying fresh seafood and southern hospitality. $$$ 886-8980 80 41st Avenue Isle of Palms, SC 29451 Poe’s Tavern: Famous for their gourmet burgers and chicken sandwiches, this Poe-inspired eatery also features great deals on fresh fish tacos. $$ 883-0083 2210 Middle Street Sullivan’s Island, SC SALT at Station 22: Enjoy a fun atmosphere with fresh seafood and southern favorites, and a fresh, local raw bar. $$$ 883-3355 2205 Middle Street  Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482 Sullivan’s: Grab a casual dinner of fried flounder or crab cakes in a cozy atmosphere, as well as lunch on the weekends. $$ 883-3222 2019 Middle Street Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482 Taco Mamacita: Enjoy made-from-scratch “Tex Mex” soups, salads, tacos, and enchiladas, and quench your thirst with one of several specialty margaritas. $$ 789-4107 2213-B Middle Street Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482 The Windjammer: Isle of Palms’ home to live music, this fun beach club features unbeatable prices on sandwiches, burgers, and seafood. $$ 886-8596 1008 Ocean Boulevard Isle of Palms, SC 29451




highly anticipated production of C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce will be stopping at Charleston’s Sottile Theatre for three performances on Feb. 28 and March 1. The production is from the Fellowship for the Performing Arts and its artistic director, Max Mclean, who brought the nationally acclaimed hit The Screwtape Letters to the stage. The Great Divorce is centered on a bus ride from Hell to Paradise. During the play, three actors transform into over a dozen different personality types for this morality tale of good and evil. On the bus is a man who is going to demand his ‘rights;’ a woman who can’t stop grumbling; a gentleman who ‘likes’ Heaven but staying there means giving up his precious pet lizard; a world traveler who believes Heaven and Hell are just a propaganda stunt run by the same people. Each ghost is welcomed by a celestial spirit

and presented with the choice of staying in Hell or going back Heaven, which brings clarity to the “great divorce” between the two. “There are only two kinds of people in the end,” Lewis writes in The Great Divorce. “Those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, in the end, ‘Thy will be done.’” The Great Divorce is considered one of Lewis’ most influential pieces and rightly earns its place amongst the ranks of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, The Screwtape Letters, and Mere Christianity. This production stars Tom Beckett, Joel Rainwater and Christa Scott-Reed. and is directed by Bill Castellino. Sottile Theater is located at 44 George Street. Performances are Friday, Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. and March 1 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $29 to $59, students $25. Visit or call 800-514-3849.


Sewee Center reduces hours for foreseeable future
Refuge visit, please call the Refuge office at 843.928.3264 (MondayFriday, 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.) or visit the Refuge website at www. to print a downloadable Refuge map and details on permitted visitor uses and Refuge hours of access. The new hours of operation are expected to continue for the foreseeable future. However, the Refuge continues to seek volunteers who can help keep the Visitor Center open during the week. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the Refuge office. The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit the service website at

ffective Feb. 1, 2014, the Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center at Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge in Awendaw, will be operating under new reduced hours. The Visitor Center’s hours of operation will change from Tuesday through Saturday to Wednesday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. This closure of facilities is due to staffing reductions in Visitor Services personnel. The new hours of operation only pertain to the Visitor Center. The remainder of the Refuge will continue to be open every day for public access from daylight to dusk. Visitors can obtain maps and brochures from our Refuge Headquarters located at 5801 Hwy 17 North, just south of the visitor center or at the kiosks located at Garris Landing. If you need assistance in planning your


February 14, 2014

Young American star Sloane Stephens commits to Family Circle Cup



loane Stephens, World No. 12, has committed to the 2014 Family Circle Cup, March 29 – April 6 in Charleston. Twenty-year-old Stephens is currently the youngest player in the top 20 WTA rankings. The 2014 Family Circle Cup will mark her fourth appearance in Charleston. She joins former Cup champions Serena Williams and Jelena Jankovic in the player field. The young American hopeful began her rise to the top of women's tennis with a breakthrough 2013 season, which saw her go 15-4 in Grand Slam play, reaching her first Grand Slam semifinal at the Australian Open. Stephens’ biggest victory of the season came from the same tournament, where she defeated 17-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, marking Serena's first career loss

to a younger American. Stephens made the 4th round or better at all Grand Slams in 2013, appearing in the 4th round at Roland Garros, quarterfinal at Wimbledon and the 4th round at the U.S. Open. “Sloane performed so well this season, and really proved what she is capable of doing on the court,” said Eleanor Adams, Tournament Manager. “She is a star in the making, and our fans will have the chance to see that firsthand. The Family Circle Cup is known for introducing new champions, and this could be Sloane’s year.” Beginning the season at World No. 38 in Brisbane, Stephens set a career-high ranking in October at World No. 11. Her determination led to the WTA Championships in Istanbul, where she served as an alternate alongside former World

to returning to the Family Circle Cup in 2014, and playing in Charleston once again. I love the city and its fans, so it will be great to be back for a fourth year.” A limited number of VIP holiday packages are also available. Gift the ultimate experience at the 2014 Family Circle Cup. The package includes VIP treatment in one of our air-conditioned sky suites located 100 ft above center court. Have the opportunity to interact with a player during a guest appearance and autograph session. To purchase, call 843-849-3154 or email travel@familycirclecup. com. Ticket packages, travel packages and individual session tickets are on-sale now at www. or by calling the box office at (800) 677-2293.

No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki. “This past season showcased all of the hard work I put in,” said Stephens. “I’m looking forward


February 14, 2014



The Killdeer



he Killdeer is a species of plover which can be found in South Carolina year-round. Killdeer are shorebirds, but are rarely seen on beaches. They are usually found in open areas such as fields, large back yards, golf courses, and even parking lots. Killdeer are usually solitary or in pairs, and they are only seen in flocks during migration. Breeding pairs often remain together year-round and defend their territories. Breeding behavior begins in Feb., and a clutch of four eggs is laid around March. A pair of Killdeer will construct a simple nest that is merely a scrape in the ground, sometimes with added pebbles. The chicks hatch out, covered in down and capable of walking. They leave the nest and follow their parents shortly after their down dries—about three hours after hatching. Adults do not feed their young, but they do show them where food sources are and protect them from predators. Males and females will use various methods to protect their young from predators. The broken wing display is the best known. Other tactics include building dummy nests, fluffing feathers to appear threatening, and charging at potential predators. Nesting on the ground is a risky business: Snakes, hawks, dogs, cats, raccoons, foxes, and lawnmowers are all potential predators!
February is breeding time for the Killdeer.


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February 14, 2014

On Valentine’s Day, financial gifts can be sweet





gift. However, a “meaningful” gift doesn’t gain its meaning from its size, but rather its impact. What types of financial gifts can have the greatest effect on the life of your loved one? Here are a few possibilities: • Charitable gifts. Your valentine may well support the work of a variety of charitable organizations. Why not give to one of them, in the name of your loved one? Not only will you be helping a group that does good work, but you may also be able to receive a tax deduction for your contribution, assuming the organization qualifies for tax-exempt status. And if you give financial assets, such as appreciated stocks, you may also be able to avoid paying capital gains taxes on the donated shares. • IRA contributions. Many people don’t contribute the maximum annual amount to their IRA (which, in 2014, is $5,500, or $6,500 if you’re 50 or older). While you can’t directly contribute to your valentine’s IRA, you can certainly write him or her a check for that purpose. • Gifts of stock. Like everyone else, your sweetheart uses a variety of products. and he or she might enjoy being an “owner” of the companies that produce these goods. You can help make that happen through gifts of stock in these businesses. A financial advisor can help you through the straightforward process of buying stock and transferring it to another person. • Debt payment. Consider volunteering to pay your valentine’s car payment, or credit card payment, for a month, and then encouraging him or her to put the savings to work in an investment. The fewer debts we have, the more we have to invest for our future. • Life and disability insurance. Quite frankly, life insurance and disability insurance do not sound like the most romantic of Valentine’s Day presents. And yet, if your valentine is also your spouse, your purchase of life and disability insurance may actually be one of the most thoughtful gifts you can give. Of course, your employer may offer some life and disability insurance as employee benefits, but this coverage may be insufficient for your needs. After all, if something were to happen to you, your insurance may need to provide enough income to pay off your mortgage, send your children to college

alentine’s Day is almost here. This year, instead of sticking with flowers or chocolates for your valentine, why not give a gift with a future? Specifically, consider making a meaningful financial

and perhaps even help pay for your spouse’s retirement. As for disability insurance, many employers’ plans are quite limited in what they provide, so you may need to supplement this coverage with a separate policy. And the possibility of incurring a disability, even for a short time, may be greater than you think. In fact, a 20-year-old worker has a three-in-10 chance of becoming disabled before reaching retirement age, according to the Social Security Administration. As you can see, you can choose from a range of financial gifts to brighten Valentine’s Day for your loved one. So, consider the ones that make the most sense for your valentine and start “wrapping them up,” so to speak. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

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Hurricanes, storms etc., are NOT included in the predictions. Tidal current direction changes and tide time predictions can be very different. Tide predictions are PREDICTIONS; they can be wrong so use common sense.



Do NOT click on that!


February 14, 2014



hen you get an email that is from Amazon or maybe Lowes, even the local grocery store, and it has just a link or an attachment that is zipped, do not click on the link or open the file! Many new "scams" out there are targeted at specific groups of people, including the terribly morbid “death notice.” When you receive an email from a funeral home with just a link in it, most likely it's a virus waiting to install on your computer. If you get a notice from Amazon that your

invoice is enclosed and it's a "zipped" file, it’s a baddie waiting to mess up your day. So let's stop it before it gets started, Don’t click on it! Whether it’s from a friend (really not) or from a bank or business, if it has just a link in the body of the message and no text, it's a virus-laden link and will make your computer sick, sick, sick. Always take the view that email is bad and be careful with what you open. If you are not sure, call the person it came from prior to opening. Most likely they will say

they never sent it. I get at least one should be receiving the email, call, sometimes multiple, every unless you have first gone to week about just this problem, that site, it is most likely a fake. and it is preventable. Banks will not ever ask for your Another scam that seems to password or account number go in cycles is people calling “NO ONE CAN "SEE" INTO YOUR COMPUTER WITHOUT and asking you if your YOU ALLOWING THEM, AND ANYTHING THEY SHOW computer is YOU IS A SCAM." ~ Bob Hooper on. If you say "Yes" then the next statement is a bold faced lie: "I can see you have viruses through an email (or by phone). entering your computer right Credit card companies will not now," the caller will say. They send you an email inquiring cannot see that and are trying to about your account info unless get you to let them remotely enter to report that your password has your computer via the internet been changed. If you receive to fix it. In reality, they want to one stating your email has been damage your stuff and create so changed and you did not do it, do many problems that you will pay not respond to the email. Instead them hundreds and sometimes log onto your account and check thousands of dollars to fix the it, or call the credit card company. problems they created. No one The link in the email may go to a can "see" into your computer fake website, and again you are without you allowing them, and giving your info to a scammer and anything they show you is a being infected at the same time. scam. If you are not sure call me It's a scary world on the net, or another professional locally and I want you to be safe. and ask. We will all tell you to As always if you have questions hang up immediately, as it is a or need help you can call me, Rent scam. A Bob, at 843.822.7794 or email Finally, when it comes to me at emails, even if it seems like you

February 14, 2014

Winter twigs hold many a mystery





Re-evaluating your property management company




ith Charleston being the number one tourist destination in the world, most vacation property owners enjoyed high occupancy in 2013. As an owner, your goals are to maximize income and maintain your asset. Does your current management company help you meet these goals? These cold, quiet winter months are a great time to re-evaluate your current representation. Some questions to ask are: • Does your Property Manager respond to your calls or emails within 24 hours? • Is the company website easy to navigate for you and your guests? • Does its website showcase your property, not just include it in a long list of properties? • Does the website offer suggestions for other rental properties on your page? • Do you have professional photographs that highlight your property’s best features? • Do you have to give comp nights for guest issues? • Has the reservation staff toured your property? • Are you charged for every service, no matter how small? • Do you have recurring maintenance issues? • Are pre-arrival and semi-annual inspections completed? • Are you given suggestions for updating your property to increase income? • Is your management company committed to the satisfaction of your rental guests? You are the best judge of which Property Management Company should be taking care of your investment. Don’t let another season go by without considering your choices. Debbie Thomas is the property manager of Sweetgrass Properties’ Isle of Palms division. Contact her at 843.768.1500 or visit www. WWW.ISLANDEYENEWS.COM

[Answer: "Black walnut," Juglans nigra]

t's still winter, although I have paper-whites opening up in the yard, and red maples are already showing their bright flowers. Fragrant Daphnes and a few withering wintersweets are scattered around the neighborhood, and this afternoon we had a brilliant yellow crocus near the bird-bath. Here and there, the swelling bud of a daffodil. This is about the time I start getting serious cabin-fever, and longing for the spring, which is still a good 6 weeks off, so says the groundhog (one of them, anyway). Meanwhile, there's plenty of interesting botany. For instance, our taxonomy class is still studying winter twigs. You might not think that twigs are interesting, until you settle down and start examining them closely. This is the twig of an eastern North American deciduous tree. It occurs naturally from southern Ontario, west to Iowa, and is then broadly distributed all the way to northern Florida, preferring rich woods and floodplains. The buds of the twig are a bit odd, in being "naked," or without prominent scales. The buds themselves are somewhat velvety and gray, equipped with lots of soft hairs.

Leaf scars, indicating where last year's leaf was attached to the twig, are three-lobed. Perhaps the most significant thing about this twig is that its inner pith, right in the middle and revealed with a sharp knife (be careful!), is what we call "chambered," with a series of disklike, spongy segments, separated by discrete air chambers. (Not many twigs have this feature; the pith of most twigs is termed "continuous," that is, not divided into little chambers.) Otherwise, this is an easily identified tree. It has roughly checkered, dark bark. The trees are highly prized for their beautifully-grained wood, which is a somewhat "classic" source of fine veneer, cabinetry, and gunstocks, and which darkens somewhat as it ages. The wood is so highly prized that there have been instances of illicit harvest,


or "tree rustling," for it. The tree's foliage is strongly and pleasantly aromatic, and each leaf is compound, with 12-20 or so tearshaped leaflets along the central, elongated midrib. Male flowers occur in elongated, scaly catkins in the spring, while the tiny female flowers occur in small clusters. Each developing fruit swells into a lemon-sized, nut-like structure, surrounded by a thick husk. By the middle of the summer, the fruit may be up to 3" in diameter, with a hard, lime-green skin. (By

the way, the genus name of this species, and its various relatives, refers to this massive nut-like structure, translating into the name "Jove's nut.") The skin of the developing fruit is fragrant, yielding a marvelous lemonyspicy fragrance when scratched. By late autumn, the fruits will turn dark, nearly black, and then fall. Go ahead and gather a basketful. There is a delicious kernel inside, but it is available only after getting through the husk. Put your gloves on to do this, as the husk is capable of dark stains. The kernel resides within a hard shell, but that can be cracked open, and then the sweet, nutritious meat can be picked out. John Nelson is the curator of the A. C. Moore Herbarium at the University of South Carolina, in the Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia SC 29208. As a public service, the Herbarium offers free plant identifications. For more information, visit www., call 803-777-8196, or email

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