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Sea turtle
returned
to wild
LOGGERHEAD
SUCCESSFULLY
TREATED
BY AQUARI UM
BY KATE DITLOFF
For The Island Connection
A
182-pound loggerhead sea turtle
treated by the South Carolina
Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue
Program for more than thirteen months
has fully recovered and was returned to
the deep blue sea, Tuesday, July 15, 2014
at the Isle of Palms County Park. A huge
crowd of adoring fans watched as Briar,
an adult female loggerhead, tentatively
returned to her ocean home.
Briar had been found stranded on the
beach in Myrtle Beach in May of last year.
She was emaciated and severely anemic
and her vital signs were dismal. Briar was
also covered in barnacles as a result of her
lethargic state while in the ocean. Once
admitted to the Aquarium’s Sea Turtle
Hospital, prognosis of her survival was
questionable and staf came to work each
morning with fngers crossed she was still
alive.
Over the next six months, Briar
responded well to medical treatments and
gained more than 50 pounds, putting
her back in a healthy weight range. But
soon after, staf and volunteers noticed
that Briar was having trouble fnding
food in her tank. Aquarium veterinarian
Dr. Shane Boylan examined Briar’s eyes
and discovered that she had developed
cataracts, which cause blindness. Mullet Hall hosted The Charleston Summer Classics, a AA-rated hunter/jumper horse show put on by the Classic Company, from July
8 through July 19. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the event was a 10-day long celebration of the equine form, as this powerful photo
illustrates. New this year were two Grand Prix in addition to hunter, jumper and equitation events.
PHOTO BY RALPH SECOY
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Loggerhead continues on page 8
Kiawah Town Council
Meeting, June 3, 2014
M
ayor Lipuma called the meeting
to order at 2 p.m. Te minutes
of the May 6 meeting were
approved unanimously.
Citizens’ Comments
Elisa Cooper, General Manager of
Freshfelds Village, requested Council
reconsider the decision by Ways and
Means to remove $75,000 from its 2015
budget. She requests that funding be
reinstated for this coming year to provide
a satellite Visitor’s Bureau and Sherrif’s
ofce in Freshfelds Village. Cooper said
CVB does not have enough funding to
pay rent on the property, but it will staf
the location along with the necessary
furnishings and electronics.
Kalista Woodbrigde, an annual
vacationer, spoke to her concerns regarding
the installation of new electricity meters
by Berkley Electric. She said Berkley
Electric Cooperative plans to make a
fundamental change to the electric system
that will have serious implications. Tey
will begin converting the mechanical-
analog system into a digital “Smart Grid”
system. She noted the digital meters will
send out pulsed signals of electrical data
usage along the power lines and back to
Berkeley Electric. She stated the digital
meters will be capable of gathering data
of activities within the home. She believes
that these meters are dangerous and
threaten property, privacy, security and
health. Te changes are scheduled to be
made in August and will afect Johns
Island District, which includes Kiawah,
Seabrook, Wadmalaw and Johns Island.
Wendy Kulick stated at a previous
meeting the developer notifed the Town
that it would be writing a letter to the
Supreme Court to ask them to issue
a third ruling on the development of
Captain Sam’s Spit and requested the
Town write a similar letter. She noted
that since no letter had been presented
that the Town did not comply with the
request. She also asked if the Town had
a copy of the developer’s letter or if it
had any knowledge if the letter was ever
written. Mayor Lipuma stated he had no
knowledge of any letter the developer sent
to the Supreme Court. He acknowledged
that there had been another issue with
erosion that had become a potential safety
issue, but as of this point the Town has
not sent or received any letter with respect
to the issue.
Kulick noted that the acquisition of
additional new land for a new Town
Hall had been on Council Executive
Session Agenda for the last six to nine
months. She questioned if the Town had
met or discussed with the Community
Association the possibility of the purchase
or lease of this building in the event of a
move. Mayor Lipuma answered “Yes” and
that was all he could say.
Old Business
Second Reading of Ordinance 2014-
07, to adopt Fiscal Year 2014-2015
Budget.
Mayor Lipuma said a public hearing
was held May 27, 2014 and no public
comments were received. He also stated
that at the May 27 Ways and Means
Committee Meeting a majority vote
approved the deletion of $75,000 for
the CVB Satellite ofce in Freshfelds.
Councilmember Richard Murphy said in
response to the comment made by Elisa
Cooper, that members should give further
consideration to the application for the
CVB ofce in light of the new information
that rent on a satellite ofce was not an
allowed expenditure of the visitors’ bureau
funding.
Te motion was approved 3-2, with
Council members Patch and Murphy
voting no.
New Business
St John’s Fire District
Mayor Lipuma said the Town had
requested that St John’s Fire District make
a presentation of its budget for FY 2015,
and that presentation was made at the May
27 Ways and Means Committee meeting.
Te presentation by Fire Commissioner
John Olson went through the budgetary
background, outlook and completion of
this year’s budget activities. He stated
that members requested information on
strategic planning as well as the budget
and that Fire Commissioner Craig Weaver
would make a presentation to Council.
Weaver said that recent conversations
with Mayor Lipuma and Council
member Labriola included diferent
Fire Department Levels. He said it was
agreed to move the discussion to a more
appropriate forum and engage all members
of Council in an open conversation.
Weaver presented to Council a
PowerPoint on what SJFD is doing to
address Kiawah’s concerns, to meet the
expectation of the residents of Kiawah,
and to earn the confdence of communities
it serves.
In his presentation, Weaver discussed
Kiawah Island’s concerns as being; was
the Fire District being managed well;
and did Kiawah have adequate infuence
on the SJFD commission; and whether
the District’s fre suppression capability
– adequacy and placement of resources,
standard of cover – was sufcient for
Kiawah Island.
Weaver stated that as a result of
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KIAWAH ISLAND TOWN HALL
21 Beachwalker Drive
Kiawah Island, SC 29455
Phone: 768-9166
Fax: 768-4764
SEABROOK ISLAND TOWN HALL
2001 Seabrook Island Road
Seabrook Island, SC 29455
Phone: 768-9121
Fax: 768-9830
Email:
lmanning@townofseabrookisland.org
JOHNS ISLAND COUNCIL
Meetings are held at the Berkeley Electric Co-op
located at 3351 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island.
Chairman Chris Cannon: 343-5113
CHARLESTON COUNTY COUNCIL
4045 Bridge View Dr, N. Charleston
958-4700t
CITY OF CHARLESTON
75 Calhoun St.
724-3745
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Kiawah TC continues on page 3
Mon, August 4
Municipal Court
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Kiawah Town Hall
Tue, August 5
Town Council
Meeting
2 – 4 p.m.
Kiawah Town Hall
Wed, August 6
Town Planning
Commission Work
Session
2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Seabrook Town Hall
Planning Commission
Meeting
3 – 5 p.m.
Kiawah Town Hall
Wed, August 13
Public Safety
Committee Meeting
2 – 4 p.m.
Kiawah Town Hall
Town Planning
Commission Meeting
2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Seabrook Town Hall
Mon, August 18
Board of Zoning and
Appeals
4 – 5 p.m.
Kiawah Town Hall
Tue, August 19
Livability Court
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Kiawah Town Hall
Municipal Court
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Kiawah Town Hall
Tue, August 26
Ways and Means
Committee Meeting
2 – 4 p.m.
Kiawah Town Hall
Town Council
Meeting
2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Seabrook Town Hall
Tue, September 2
Town Council
Meeting
2 – 4 p.m.
Kiawah Town Hall
civic
the Town’s efort, the Commission
expanded from seven to nine members,
increasing the number of commissioners
residing in Kiawah from one to three.
Te commissioners are recommended
by the Charleston County Council and
appointed by the Governor.
Weaver explained that the St John’s
Fire District is a special purpose district.
He stated that the district is governed by
the fre commission and the fre chief is
delegated responsibility for management
of SJFD’s operations and supervision of
staf.
Weaver then reviewed the SJFD budget
and the proposed taxation increase to
generate the revenue to provide for the
additional stafng the District requires.
He discussed the leadership, fnancial
and operational challenges that are faced
by the district, and the responses of the
District to those challenges.
Weaver discussed SJFD Strategy Study
and the involvement of the Kiawah Town
Council as an important stakeholder.
Councilmember Murphy thanked
Weaver for the presentation and indicated
it included data that gives an idea of where
the commission is going. Murphy stated
he believe transparency creates trust and
encourages working more closely together.
Murphy questioned discrepancy in the
budget fgures from the last presentation
and requested a breakdown of the
personnel increases. Weaver responded
that the variance was attributed to a grant
that was included in one fgure and that
all of the increases in personnel costs were
attributed to the additional stafng and
rising health care and workman’s comp
costs. Weaver said that answers to the
additional questions would be researched
and responses forwarded to Murphy.
Emergency Services RFP Selection
Mayor Lipuma stated Councilmembers
at the beginning of the year agreed that
Emergency Services needed to be reviewed.
He said that Council directed Murphy and
Administrator Rucker to prepare a RFP in
order to select a consultant to assist the
Town in evaluating the emergency and
police services provided to Kiawah.
Mayor Lipuma indicated that the Town
received 5 responses to the RFP with fees
ranging from $45,000 to over $110,000.
Te responses were reviewed by Ways and
Means to provide a recommendation to
Council.
A rating system was created to review
the proposals with focus on the following
areas:
1: Qualifcations
2: Experience
3: Deliverables
4: Understanding of RFP
5: Cost vs Value
Te resulting recommendation from
Ways and Means was that the bid be
awarded to PSSi. PSSi were the lowest
qualifed bidder and an amount of $50,000
had been budgeted for this expense.
Councilmember Patch motioned to
accept the Ways and Mans Committee’s
recommendation for the approval of the
proposal from PSSi in the amount of
$44,850 to perform the Town’s Emergency
Services review. Te motion was seconded
by Murphy.
Labriola said he felt the subject held
exceeding important and suggested that
there be a ‘kick of’ meeting held once
the contract is initiated. Te meeting
with the consultant should be attended
by Council along with representative of
the Fire District and the community at
large. He said he supported eth proposal
and encouraged the transparencies open
discussions would provide.
Te motion passed unanimously.
A SAFEBuilt Contract Amendment
to perform the Town’s building permitting
and inspections was unanimously
approved.
A Debris Monitoring Agreement with
Atkins to extend the terms of the debris
monition agreement for an additional year
was unanimously approved.
An Amendment to the Debris
Reduction Site Agreement Amendment
with Haulover Creek Development
Company to allow the burning of
vegetative debris on Kiawah Island Golf
Resort using prescribed burning methods
allowed by DHEC was unanimously
approved.
Committee Reports
Murphy stated a Public Safety
Committee meeting was to be held June
11 to focus on the clinical analysis done
by Dr. Scott Parker of the data of the 158
EMS calls that occurred on the Island in
2013.
Councilmember Johnson reported that
the Arts Council 2014-2015 season events
program has been set. Te program will
have fewer, but bigger events. Johnson
said many have read the reviews in the
Post and Courier that acknowledge the
huge success of Rene Marie at Spoleto.
Rene Marie is scheduled to appear on
Kiawah in February. Other events on the
schedule will be:
• A mix of jazz and chamber with
rockin’ Jason D. Williams
• A Jerry Lee Lewis kind of music
• Etienne Charles playing Caribbean
jazz
• Lowcountry Voices
• A Gospel and Gullah songs group
• Classical pianist Di Wu and more
• Pure Teatre returns
• Art flms and piano bars return
Te newly formed Cultural Events
program will include:
• Te ballet
• Te Charleston Symphony
Orchestra
• A “Shake, Rattle & Roll” Moranz
production
• Blues
• Jody Carmichael broadcast on
130+ radio stations
Johnson stated she attended the Board
of Governor’s meeting of the Charleston
Visitors’ Bureau. She reported the big topic
was tourism in Charleston, addressing
residents’ concerns with the quantity of
tourists as it afects their quality of life.
Johnson indicated that discussion was to
target advertising and events, matching
the attraction of tourists to the city and
community. She stated that also discussed
was that growth is beyond capacity
requiring the need to curb growth for
the sake of growth and targeting the
promotion of tourism that blends better
to the community.
Town Administrator’s Report
Rucker reported staf is preparing
a Sea Funds application in Charleston
County for FY2015 that is due June 11.
Tey are proposing the curbing project
for the Parkway or funding through
the County Transportation tax dollars.
Rucker reported the Town has submitted
reimbursements requests to the County
for previous projects that have been
completed.
Rucker reported that the Town was
continuing to work with the Beachwalker
Park staf as well as Charleston County
Deputies to manage beachgoer trafc
along Beachwalker Drive on weekends
and holidays. She noted that there will be
deputies stafed for the weekends during
the summer months.
Rucker acknowledged the Town’s
fnance staf for their successful
completion and submission of the
Comprehensive Annual Financial Report
and the Popular Annual Financial report.
She stated that both have been submitted
to the Government Finance Ofcers
Association for review and another year
being recognized with an award for the
highest level of fnancial reporting for
municipal governments.
Mayors Report
Mayor Lipuma added comments to the
previous discussion of curbing along the
Parkway by stating that there are areas
along the roadway, especially in the curves,
that continually have damaged grass and
vegetation. He stated that it has become a
perpetual problem to replace the sod even
with the addition of rocks mixed with the
soil. Mayor Lipuma stated that during the
initial design of the Parkway project it
had been the Town’s intent to have a curb
along the entire length. Unfortunately, it
was in the opinion of the Architectural
Review Board that the curbing would not
ft with aesthetics of the Island.
Mayor Lipuma also commented on the
beach trafc along Beachwalker Drive.
He stated that the felt Ms. Rucker, along
with the Town’s Code Enforcement
ofcers and the deputies, have done a
good job in getting a handle on managing
the trafc as not to be an annoyance.
He stated that the main issue is trafc
backing up on Beachwalker Drive when
the park parking lot is full. Mayor Lipuma
stated the trafc backup had prompted a
system of posting notices at the corner
of Beachwalker/Kiawah Island Parkway,
at the roundabout, and the possibility of
using an illuminated sign further inland
to warn when the parking lot is full.
Council went into Executive Session
during which no decisions were made
and no votes taken. Te meeting was
adjourned at 5 p.m.
Kiawah TC continues from page 2
August 01, 2014 3
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daily
St John’s FD gets new digs
BY JAMES GHI
For The Island Connection
T
he grand opening of St. John’s Fire
District Headquarters was a huge
success. Te event took place July
14, 2014 from 4 to 6 p.m. Te monthly
commissioners meeting took place after
the grand opening.
Te new headquarters building places
all administrative, training and fre
prevention personnel under one roof.
Since 1961 the administrative arm of the
St. John’s Fire District has operated out of
a 960 sq. ft. building. Te new building
is 10,000 sq. ft. providing plenty of room
for the fre district to grow.
St. John’s Fire Chief Colleen Walz cuts the ribbon to open the department’s brand new
headquarters building on Main Road.
arts & events
F I RE DEPART MENT MOVES
HEADQUART ERS F ROM
UNDER 1 , 0 0 0 TO OVER 1 0 , 0 0 0 SQ. F T
Last chance for
music on the green
F REE MUSI C F OR EVERY
GENERAT I ON F RI DAYS, 6 - 9 P. M.
BY KERRY WELCH
For The Island Connection
W
ant a great way to wrap up
your summer with the family?
August is the last month for
Music on the Green, which features live
music every Friday night from 6-9 p.m.
on Te Village Green. Dance, laugh and
have fun under the stars during these free,
family friendly concerts.
August schedule:
• August 1: GrooveTown knows
how to get the party started. You
won’t stop dancing once they start.
Te premier do-it-all play it all
band will have you up on your feet
playing your favorite current hits.
• August 8: Travis Allison Band is a
soulful three-part vocal harmony
with a blend of electric and acoustic
guitars creating a live Americana
rock’n’roll show like no other.
• August 15: Bradford Station was
founded by Charleston native Brad
Henty and has been recognized as
South Bay Blues Awards “Best New
Band.” Enjoy his blues songwriting
and guitar improvisation with
everything in between.
• August 22: CoastRunner
Band formed on the beaches of
Charleston, SC this fun upbeat
band will have you dancing the
night away playing a mix of Beach,
Funk, R&B and Soul.
• August 29: Palmetto Soul will
entertain you all night. From
their frst song to their last let
their soulful horns lift you to
new heights. Teir eclectic blend
of Pop, Jazz, R&B, Classic Rock,
Soul and Country is sure to keep
you entertained.
Guests are encouraged to bring a beach
chair or towel, and food and beverage will
be available for purchase. Music on the
Green is sponsored in part by the Town
of Kiawah, Barrier Island Marine and
Charleston Magazine.
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arts & events
Charleston
Culinary Tours
combine the best
of Charleston
history,
cocktails and
food with unique
tours that
highlight the
Lowcountry.
BY LORI DIXSON
For The Island Connection
C
harleston Culinary Tours presents
the second Fresh at the Farm
Dinner on August 3 at Geechie
Boy Farm, Edisto Island, SC. Chef
Stephen Tompson of Prohibition and
Chef Joe DiMiao of Stars Restaurant
will set the scene for a true farm-to-
table experience. Te dinner structure is
a cocktail hour and hors d’oeuvres from
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and then a family-style
dinner from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets
are $75/person and may be purchased
at www.charlestonculinarytours.com.
Te fnal dinner in
the 2014 series will be
held on November 2 at
Celestial Hills Farm in
Huger, SC.
With years of
hands-on experience
in a variety of
diferent kitchens and
atmospheres, Chef
Stephen Tompson has
been able to really let
his creativity shine at
Prohibition. For Chef
Tompson, the art of
preparing food is more
than just a job or even
a passion as it’s a way
of life. As classmates at the Art Institute
of Charleston, Tompson and Chef Joe
DiMaio and have always enjoyed a close
relationship and supported one another
as each worked up through Charleston’s
culinary ranks. Known for innovation in
the kitchen and a commitment to using
fresh, locally sourced ingredients, Chef
DiMaio jumped at the opportunity to
co-host one of the dinners in the series.
Geechie Boy Farm proprietors Greg
and Betsy Johnsman returned to the
Edisto Island family farm in 2003,
growing a variety of vegetables. In 2007,
they acquired a 1945 gristmill and after
some trial and error began producing
grits and cornmeal. Greg’s commitment
to traditional milling techniques has been
embraced by chefs across the Lowcountry.
Geechie Boy products are now served in
more than 40 restaurants around South
Carolina and are shipped nationwide.
Charleston Culinary Tours combine
the best of Charleston history, cocktails
and food with unique
tours that highlight
the Lowcountry. Each
Charleston Culinary
Tour visits several
diferent restaurants,
bars or the Farmer’s
Market to combine
elements of a historical
tour with a culinary
adventure. Te food
and drinks on the tours
are chosen by various
restaurant and bar
partners and feature an
array of eclectic dishes
and concoctions that
provide insight into
Charleston’s cuisine and cocktail scene.
On each tour, guests will not only have
an opportunity to sample some of the
Lowcountry’s fnest oferings, but also to
meet the owners, chefs and mixologists
behind Charleston’s impressive culinary
and bar innovations.
For additional information about the
Fresh at the Farm Dinner Series, please visit
www.charlestonculinarytours.com/fresh-at-
the-farm-dinner-series.
Prohibition and Stars
converge at
Geechie Boy Farm
CHARL ESTON CUL I NARY TOURS
F RESH AT T HE FARM DI NNER,
AUGUST 3
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Kiawah-Seabrook Exchange Club celebrates
completion of Florence Crittenton Garden
BY SUE HOLLOMAN
For The Island Connection
O
n a beautiful spring afternoon
many of those who helped in the
renovation of the backyard garden
at Florence Crittenton were gathered to
celebrate the hard work that went into this
major project. Te new patio was flled
with celebrants and the new deck was the
staging area for those who entered the
backyard garden. Te recently laid paths
allowed around plantings let the guests
stroll and admire all the aspects of this
totally redone back yard garden. Tis
formerly neglected space has become a
welcoming, shady venue for the women
who live at the Florence Crittenton home.
Te Kiawah-Seabrook Exchange Club
Child Abuse Prevention Committee
took the lead in planning and developing
this project. It turned out to be a huge
undertaking, but with an outpouring
of support from suppliers, the Isle of
Palms Exchange Club and the oversight
provided by John Sandy the Project
Coordinator, the work was completed by
the May 1 target date. Te master plan for
the garden was developed by Don Smith,
and Bob Mason, Chair of the Child Abuse
Prevention Committee, spearheaded
contacting businesses and contractors for
help.
We received at least $25,000 worth
of labor or supplies from the following:
All Season Landscape, Ansel Landscape
Gardeners, Balloon Smiles, Bannwart
Family, Beauty Unlimited, George C
Birlant Co., Buck Lumber, Church
Creek Nursery, Clemson Extension,
C of C Sociology of Peace Class, Cruz
Landscaping, East Coast Electrical
Services, Fieldstone Center, Green
Meadow Nursery, Heges Restaurant,
Hyams Garden Center, Marietti Fence Co,
Natures Calling, Rawson Tree Services
and Murray Tree Services, Regina Garcia
Designs, Sherwin-Williams, Strauchon
Painting, P.J. Stratton, Sunnyside Farms,
Van Smith Concrete Co. Don Day
and David Woodworth built a new deck
leading into the garden. What a wonderful
outpouring of help from our community.
Te Florence Crittenton Board of
Directors was there to welcome the
workers to the celebration. Te director,
Lisa VanBergen thanked those who had
contributed expertise, materials, or funds
to make this project so special. It was the
culmination of almost a year of hard work,
but the results were more than worth the
efort.
Te Kiawah-Seabrook Exchange Club
Child Abuse Prevention Committee has
supported the work at Florence Crittenton
fnancially for several years, but now they
have also given the facility a lasting gift,
one that will bring pleasure to all those
who use it for many years.
Robert Mason Committee Chair, Sue Holloman Committee member, Christine Sandy,
John Sandy Project Manager.
Confronted with such a rare medical issue,
Dr. Boylan consulted Dr. Anne Cook
with Animal Eye Care of the Lowcountry,
and in April 2014, Dr. Cook led a team
in the surgical removal of the damaged
lenses. Almost immediately after surgery,
rescue staf could see a diference in Briar’s
sight as she was able to track down and eat
her normal diet of cut fsh as well as live
blue crabs, meaning she was fnally ready
to go home.
To track the progress of current patients
in recovery, visit the Sea Turtle Rescue
Program blog at scaquarium.org. If you
fnd a sick or injured sea turtle contact the
SCDNR sea turtle hotline at 800.922.5431.
The crowd awaits.
PHOTO BY STEVE ROSAMILIA
PHOTOS BY BARB BERGWERF
Above, Dr. Anne Cook, center, helps see her patient back
to her salty home. Right, Briar takes one last look before
she heads out to sea.
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August 01, 2014 9
what’s hot
Avoid driving while wet
BY JAMES GHI
For The Island Connection
I
had a typical day in the Lowcountry
yesterday. I was driving to the grocery
store to pick up a few items for dinner
when the “average” thunderstorm opened
up above me. Te rain came quickly and
with the small bags blocking the street
drains on Bees Ferry Road the driving
conditions became hazardous very quickly.
Having over 35 years in the fre service
I have been involved in several rescues
where cars have stalled in deep water due
to fash fooding. Not wanting to be the
victim, I found a safe spot on a side street
to pull onto until the rain slowed and the
water was able to drain of. While waiting
I observed car-after-car drive through the
fooded street, some driving like it was
80°F with dry roads.
Driving is itself hazardous enough, and
extra caution should be used when the
weather is not optimal. It only takes about
12 inches of water to disable a vehicle. It
only takes about 2 inches of moving water
(swift water) to push a vehicle of a road.
Tink about it, if the conditions are bad for
you then they are bad for the emergency
responders. Te danger to responders
is compounded by the fact they need to
make a rescue in the bad conditions.
Here a few tips to help you stay safe
under these conditions:
• Don’t ignore barricades by driving
past them.
• Avoid driving through standing
water. Standing water may wash
out the road and the true depth
may not be readily observable.
• If you drive through water that is
up to the height of the wheel rims,
fnd a safe location to test your
braking capability.
• If you must drive through
high water, such as a severe
thunderstorm, drive slowly and
steady.
• Find a safe location to pull of the
main road, such as a side street,
until the conditions improve.
• If your car stalls, attempt to restart
it. If the car will not start exit the
vehicle if it can be done safely.
• Call 911 if you have to remain in
your vehicle during high water
conditions.
However the best advice is to avoid
poor weather conditions. Put of your trip
until the weather improves. It many cases
it is just a typical thunderstorm that may
pass quickly.
10 August 01, 2014
D
on’t miss the chance to enjoy a
free, family friendly movie at
Starlight Cinema at Freshfelds
Village before the series ends August 27.
Catch movies like the Lego Movie and
Planes on the Village Green Wednesdays
at 8:30 p.m. Guests are encouraged to
bring a beach chair or blanket.
August movie schedule:
• August 6 – Big Miracle (PG; 106
min; 2012) Set in Cold War-era
1988, Big Miracle tells the true
story of a small-town news reporter
and a Greenpeace volunteer who
enlist the help of rival superpowers
to save three majestic gray whales
trapped under the ice of the Arctic
Circle.
• August 13 - Lego Movie (PG; 101
min; 2014) A lowly Lego fgure
joins a group intent on battling an
evil force after a case of mistaken
identity in this computer-generated
comedy. Will Arnett, Elizabeth
Banks, Morgan Freeman, Will
Ferrell, Liam Neeson, and Alison
Brie head up the voice cast.
• August 20 - Planes (PG; 92 min;
2013) From above the world of
“Cars” comes “Disney’s Planes,” an
action-packed animated comedy
adventure featuring Dusty, a plane
with dreams of competing as a
high-fying air racer. But Dusty’s
not exactly built for racing—and
he happens to be afraid of heights.
So he turns to a seasoned naval
aviator who helps Dusty qualify
to take the defending champ of
the race circuit. Dusty’s courage is
put to the ultimate test as he aims
to reach heights he never dreamed
possible, giving a spellbound world
the inspiration to soar.
• August 27 - Remember the Titans
(PG; 114 min; 2000) A high
school football coach fnds himself
fghting for stakes much higher
than the State Championship in
this drama based on actual events.
In 1971, a court order forces
three high schools in Alexandria,
Virginia, to integrate their student
bodies and faculties for the frst
time. As a result, Coach Bill Yoast,
longtime head coach of the T.C.
Williams High School football
team, is asked to step down, and
Herman Boone is appointed to
replace him as the school’s frst
black faculty member. Te new
coach is hardly welcomed with
open arms, either by the school’s
staf or the students, and the newly
integrated team is full of players
who have little trust or respect
for one another. But Boone is
determined to put a winning team
on the feld -- it’s how he approaches
the game, and his future depends
on it. Against long odds, Boone
helps his team overcome distrust
and misunderstanding of their
coach (and each other) as they
become a gridiron force to be
reckoned with.
Final month of free,
outdoor movies
BY KERRY WELCH
For The Island Connection
ARTs & events Lucky Dog
Can you be Brutus’
forever family?
BY ANNA WILL
For The Island Connection
A
fter more than 470 days in Pet
Helpers’ care, the no-kill shelter is
calling on the community’s support
to help fnd a forever family for staf
favorite, long-term resident, Brutus.
Te no-kill shelter has housed and cared
for Brutus since March, 2013. To-date, this
6-year-old Terrier Mix has seen 2,334 of
his fellow Pet Helpers rescue animals enter
forever homes, and received thousands
of dollars in care. Tis gentle giant has
undergone months of specialized training
with K9 Good Manners, and requires a
home in which he will be the only pet. Staf
feel that Brutus would thrive in an active
home with older children and would be
happiest with access to a fenced-in yard.
“Brutus is a very special dog,” said CEO
Donna Casamento. “Pet Helpers believes
that he will make some family incredibly
lucky. For this reason, we are committed to
launching a thorough search for the forever
family he deserves.”
As a no-kill shelter, Pet Helpers often
encounters animals that are simply, and
unfortunately, overlooked by potential
adopters. Adding to this, some animals
require special care to ensure that they are
behaviorally and medically prepared for
adoptive families. For animals like Brutus,
this additional care has given him a second
chance at fnding a forever home; Pet
Helpers is asking the community to take
the next step with them and share Brutus’
story.
Pet Helpers invites community members
to learn about adopting Brutus, donating
to his fund, or contributing to his search by
visiting their website, www.pethelpers.org.
PHOTO BY FAITH PECORELLA PHOTOGRAPHY
August 01, 2014 11
wildlife
Lights out for loggerheads
HOW YOU CAN HEL P T HE BEL OVED
ENDANGERED SPECI ES
BY SCDNR
For The Island Connection
T
he S.C. Department of Natural
Resources asks coastal visitors
and residents to keep Lights Out
for Loggerheads. Loggerhead sea turtles
(Caretta caretta) are present on South
Carolina’s barrier islands from May
through October. From May through
August, loggerheads come ashore to
deposit approximately 120 eggs in a nest
cavity in the dry sand dune system. Sixty
days later, loggerhead hatchlings emerge
from the nest at night and head to the
ocean. Nests hatch from July through the
end of October.
Loggerhead hatchlings are vulnerable
to disorientation by artifcial lights. When
loggerhead hatchlings emerge from the
shell, they are attracted to the blue and
green wavelengths of celestial light that
are naturally refected of the ocean. Tey
use this natural light to navigate from the
nest toward the ocean.
“If artifcial light on the beach is
brighter than the natural ocean horizon,
the hatchlings will head toward this
artifcial source,” says Michelle Pate, Sea
Turtle Coordinator for DNR. Light from
streetlights, exterior lights on commercial
establishments and beachfront homes can
all disorient hatchlings. People on or near
the beach carrying fashlights or lanterns
and bonfres can also disorient loggerhead
hatchlings.
Disorientation of loggerhead sea turtle
hatchlings results in increased mortality.
Disorientation makes hatchlings more
vulnerable to nocturnal predators and
desiccation.
“While crawling the wrong way on
the beach, hatchlings exhaust valuable,
limited energy that is needed to swim
ofshore,” Pate advises.
Hatchlings need energy once they reach
the ocean to swim to dense foating rafts of
seaweed found as far as 60 miles ofshore.
Tey use the seaweed as camoufage to
protect them from predators. Te seaweed
is also home to small crustaceans that
loggerhead hatchlings eat to replenish
their energy.
Loggerheads are listed as threatened
under the Endangered Species Act and
are protected by federal and state laws.
If a sea turtle hatchling is disoriented
by artifcial light, the maximum federal
fne for harming a threatened species
is $25,000. County and local lighting
ordinances exist to protect sea turtles. To
see a list of lighting ordinances in South
Carolina, visit: www.dnr.sc.gov/seaturtle/
volres/ordinances.pdf. Violating local or
county lighting ordinances carry fnes up
to $500.
As coastal development continues to
increase, the number of disorientation
events may also rise. If sea turtle friendly
light fxtures and bulbs are used, this
trend can be reversed. To learn more
about available sea turtle friendly products
visit www.dnr.sc.gov/seaturtle/lights.
What You Can Do to Help Sea
Turtles in South Carolina
• Obey local and county lighting
ordinances.
• Observe from a distance. If you
encounter a nesting turtle, do not
shine lights on her or take fash
photography. Stay behind the turtle
so she cannot see you. Lights and
human presence can cause her to
abandon her nest efort.
• Do not touch or prod an animal
to move. Stay out of the way as she
crawls back to the water.
• Turn of exterior lights visible from
the beach, dusk to dawn, from May
through October.
• Close blinds and drapes on
windows where interior lights can
be seen from the beach or ocean.
• No fashlights, freworks or bonfres
on the beach.
• Fill in large holes dug on the beach
at the end of the day because adult
sea turtles and hatchlings can
become trapped in them.
• Remove beach chairs and other
items from the beach and dunes
at the end of the day that could
obstruct a sea turtle when nesting
or emerging hatchling.
• Adopt-a-Nest (www.seaturtle.org/
nestdb/adopt).
If you encounter sea turtle hatchlings on
the beach or an emerging nest:
• Do not approach any sea turtle
hatchlings, give them plenty of
space.
• Do not carry, guide or help sea
turtle hatchlings to the ocean.
• Do not shine any lights on or take
fash photography of the hatchlings.
Te DNR Marine Turtle Conservation
Program (www.dnr.sc.gov/seaturtle)
is responsible for managing and
protecting sea turtles in the state of
South Carolina. Tis program has
several all-encompassing components:
management, monitoring, research,
and education. More specifcally, this
program implements management
techniques to mitigate activities that
may impact sea turtles and provides
training and support to more than
1,100 volunteers across the coast who
protect nests and document sea turtles
that wash ashore (strandings). DNR
staf members also perform necropsies
on fresh dead strandings and respond to
live stranded animals in need of care.
To support the SCDNR Marine Turtle
Conservation Program:
• Donate (tax deductible) directly to
the program. Donations can be sent
to SCDNR Sea Turtle Program,
PO Box 12559 Charleston, SC
29422-2559
• Purchase an Endangered Species
License Plate: www.dnr.sc.gov/
admin/endangeredplate
• Check-of for Wildlife when
completing your tax returns. Help
SCDNR keep wildlife in your life
by checking of your contribution
to the Endangered Wildlife fund
during the tax season; www.dnr.
sc.gov/admin/taxbreak.
PHOTO BY BARB BERGWERF
10 August 01, 2014
Island Connection Calendar August 15
ONGOING EVENTS
Mondays
Farmers’ Market
Shop for Lowcountry produce, prepared
foods, crafts, specialty products and more at
the Farmer’s Market at Freshfelds Village
from 4 to 8 p.m. until August 25.
Monday Bridge Group
Te Monday Bridge Group needs new
players. 9 a.m. at the Lake House. For
more information, please contact Lori
Muenow at 843.768.2314 or Ilse Calcagno
at 843.768.0317.
Seabrook Stitchers
Te Lake House, every Monday from 11
a.m. - 1 p.m. For more information, contact
Denise Doyon at dendoyon@gmail.com.
Tuesdays
Kick it at Bohicket
Free family fun at Bohickett Marina, 6 to 9
p.m. featuring music, face painting, balloon
artists and a jump castle.
Wednesdays
Nickelodeon Character Wednesdays
Starting June 4 your favorite Nickelodeon
characters will be making special
appearances at the waterparks on
Wednesdays this summer. Catch them
during your visit to Splash Zone, Splash
Island, and Whirlin’ Waters Adventure
Waterpark. Characters will make
appearances during regular park hours (10
a.m. – 6 p.m.); exact times will be available
on site.
Freshfelds Village Outdoor Movie Series
8:30 p.m., May 28-August 27. Starlight
Cinema ofers free, outdoor movies on
Wednesdays. Bring a beach chair or blanket,
pack a picnic and head to the Village Green.
Tere will be new releases like Frozen and
classic family movies like Remember the
Titans playing this summer. Upcoming
movies include Te Smurfs 2, Hook,
Despicable Me 2, Honey I Shrunk the Kids,
and Te Nut Job. For more information
visit www.freshfeldsvillage.com.
thursday
Dive-in Movies at the Sanctuary pool and
Loggerhead Grill on Kiawah Island
Loggerhead Grill at Te Sanctuary makes a
splash with their rendition of ‘Te Drive-In
Movies’. Families of all ages are welcomed
to attend the weekly Dive-In Movie event
held throughout the summer. Instead of
sitting in your vehicle or lawn chair in a big
open feld, we’ve opened our pool and chairs
to all visiting guests and islanders to come
splash around or lounge as you watch.
Fridays
Preschool Zone
Fridays in April at 10:30 a.m., 351 Maybank
Highway, Johns Island Regional Library.
3-6 years old with adult. Call 843.559.1945
for more information.
Music on the Green
6-9 p.m., through August 29 at Freshfelds
Village. Kiawah Island will be rocking with
Freshfeld Village’s free weekly concerts
on the Village Green. Tese are family
friendly live performances. Tere will be
rock, blues, jazz, country, soul, disco and
every genre in between. Upcoming concerts
include Groove Train, Shelly Waters, Chris
Cosby Group, Coconut Groove Band, and
Rubberband. Visit www.freshfeldsvillage.
com for more information.
Saturdays
Irvin-House Vineyards on Wadmalaw
Island “Sippin’ Saturday”
Held each week during the summer from
12 to 4 p.m. Each Saturday, the winery
will showcase a diferent local food vendor
and musical group to entertain locals and
visitors. Te famous Irvin~House Vineyards
Wine-a-Ritas will be served on the patio.
Te winery/distillery will ofer tastings of
their wines as well as their FireFly vodkas.
Patrons will receive complimentary glasses
during both tastings. Lawn chairs and
blankets are welcomed. For complete
information call 843.559.6867.
Amy’s Place live entertainment
Te restaurant features live entertainment
with Steve Joy (Jazz) every Saturday from 6
– 8 p.m. Special guest appearances by Ann
Caldwell singing R&B, Joe Tedesko, John
Stockdale and Shrimp City Slim.
Homegrown
New Johns Island Farmers’ Market. Every
Saturday at 3546 Maybank Highway
Johns Island 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. www.
johnsislandfarmersmarket.com.
Charleston Farmers Market
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. rain or shine in Marion
Square, 329 Meeting Street. A variety of
local produce, plants, herbs and cut fowers
as well as breakfast and lunch vendors, live
entertainment and an assortment of juried
arts and crafts from local artisans for visitors
to experience.
Summer Concert Series
on the Sanctuary Grand Lawn
Shows begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday
evenings. Te Summer Concert Series
is Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s summer
live music lineup which will be held most
Saturdays at Te Sanctuary on the beautiful
Grand Lawn overlooking the Atlantic
Ocean. Each concert is packed with family
friendly entertainment and beachy, summer
music. Each concert will host a diferent
regional band for this complimentary event.
Sunday
Low Country Brunch
Amy’s Italian Steakhouse every Sunday
from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in August.
Ongoing
Let’s Talk About It - Fall Series
Read the classic novel, watch the
Masterpiece Teatre flm and enjoy a lively
lecture and discussion. Tis three month
series hosted by Johns Island Regional
Library includes Rebecca, Te Woman in
White, and Mansfeld Park. Copies of the
books may be obtained from the Reference
Desk. For more information, call 559.1945.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 1
Shark Week kicks of at the SC
Aquarium.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 2
Summer Concert Series at Kiawah Island
Golf Resort
5 p.m. Quiana Parlor & Te Shiny Disco
Ball Band: From Jazz and Pop, to R&B and
Rock & Roll. At the Kiawah Island Golf
Resort.
Live Jazz Night with the Joy Project
Amy’s Italian Steakhouse, 1001 Landfall
Way Seabrook Island
Children’s Movie: Te Nut Job (all ages)
2 p.m. An exiled squirrel fnds himself back
in the pack just in time to help them raid a
nut store that is also the base of operations
for a series of human bank robberies! Rated
PG; 85 min. Johns Island Regional Library.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 5

Spark a Reaction Teen Movie: Catching
Fire (ages 12-19)
2 – 4:30 p.m. Te second flm in the
Hunger Games trilogy, Katniss Everdeen
and Peeta Mellark become targets of the
Capitol after their victory in the 74th
Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the
Districts of Panem. Rated PG-13; 146 min.
Johns Island Regional Library.
Play: Kids in the Kitchen Summer Series
(all ages)
5:30 p.m. Kids will learn and help to
prepare fun and nutritious treats like fruit
smoothies and yogurt dips. Johns Island
Regional Library.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6
Wine Wednesday
1/2 Of Select Wines at Amy’s Italian
Steakhouse, 1001 Landfall Way Seabrook
Island.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 7
Yappy Hours
4 – 8 p.m. You and your dog can mingle
with friends old and new, while enjoying
a festival-like atmosphere at James Island
County Park. Both events are free with
general park admission ($1 per person or
free with Charleston County Parks’ Gold
Pass). Beverages and food are available
for an additional fee. Outside alcohol
and coolers are prohibited. Live Music By
Dreamland Band.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 8
Art Show
1 – 6 p.m. Wells Gallery hosts artists
Junko Ono Rothwell and Rick McClure
painting live at Wells Gallery is located at
1 Sanctuary Beach Dr., Kiawah Island, SC
29455. Call 843.576.1290, email Kiawah@
wellsgallery.com or visit www.wellsgallery.
com for more information. Also Saturday.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 9
Saturday Movie: Free Birds (all ages)
2 p.m. Join us Johns Island Regional library
for a fun day at the movies. Two turkeys
from opposite sides of the tracks must
put aside their diferences and team up to
travel back in time to change the course of
history- and get turkey of the holiday menu
for good. Rated PG; 91 min. Johns Island
Regional Library.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 10
Te Center for Birds of Prey Family
Program
1 p.m. a fun day of interesting activities
for all ages, learning about and enjoying
birds and nature together, including hands
on interaction with avian bio-artifacts and
arts and crafts to fight demonstrations and
behind-the-scenes tours of the restricted
Avian Medical Clinic. Our Bee Cause will
ofer an insider’s view of a working bee hive
plus a honey harvest and tasting. Wild Birds
Unlimited of Mt. Pleasant will provide
an exclusive ofer on a special back yard
birding starter package, and kid-friendly
refreshments will be available for purchase.
Space is limited and advance purchase is
recommended. Tickets can be purchased
online at www.thecenterforbirdsofprey.org.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 12
Play: Kids in the Kitchen Summer Series
(all ages)
5:30 p.m. Kids will learn and help to
prepare fun and nutritious treats like fruit
smoothies and yogurt dips. Johns Island
Regional Library.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 15
Live Music
Our own “Neil Young,” Joe Tedesco singing
in the bar at Amy’s Italian Steakhouse, 1001
Landfall Way Seabrook Island.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12
Seabrook Island Garden Club
Come see what we are all about and maybe
join the most popular club on our
Island. We are beginning our 27th year of
presenting interesting and diverse programs
from Orchid growing to holiday decorating.
Our gatherings are on the second Friday
of the month at our Lakehouse with cofee
and conversation starting at 9:30 a.m. No
reservations required and all are welcome!
August 1
14 August 01, 2014
computer corner volunteer spotlight
It’s time to go
back to basics
DESKTOP, L APTOP,
TABL ET OR SMART PHONE?
BY BOB HOOPER
For The Island Connection
S
ome of this may be old hat to those
who have read my column over the
years but for newer readers I want to
go over some basic information that can
help in determining the type of computer
you want or need, be it a Desktop, Laptop,
Tablet or even just a Smartphone. Each
type has pros and cons so without further
ado let’s explore each.
A desktop computer is your traditional
“computer” with a separate tower or box,
monitor (TV), keyboard and mouse. Te
tower is the guts of the computer and has
the hard drive, CPU (central processing
unit), DVD drive, connection to the
Internet (NIC card—network interface
card), video/audio connections and USB
connections. It can also have specialized
connections such as extra monitor or TV
tuner, removable hard drives, etc.
With a desktop computer, if your
monitor goes bad you can just replace
it, same with keyboard or mouse. If the
tower is damaged, again you can replace it
and continue to use the monitor and other
external devices. Tere is a hybrid desktop
that is sometimes called an “all-in-one”
in which the monitor includes the tower
portion. I would caution against one of
these as if the monitor portion goes bad
it is expensive to replace, it would be
cheaper to just buy another one. With
the standard desktop you would just be
replacing the monitor, which nowadays
would be around $125. Desktops come
in both Windows based and Apple (Mac).
You can still fnd Windows 7 desktops
online from companies like Dell.
Laptops are your more common type of
computers nowadays and are just as strong
and fast as their desktop counterparts,
except in the very high end products.
A laptop combines the tower, monitor,
keyboard and mouse into one compact
design. Te touchpad replaces the mouse,
the monitor is replaced by the LCD screen,
and the hard drive/CPU are included. Te
sizes vary from a “netbook” at about 11”
to huge 10-15lb, 19” monsters that rarely
leave a table. Once considered a bit low
on computing power and RAM (random
access memory) the modern laptop is a
brute, even on the low end of pricing. If
doing simple email reading, some light
Internet surfng, basic word processing one
of the light 11” types is great to slip into a
purse or small backpack. Some weigh less
than 5lbs and yet provide everything you
would need for travel AND have a real
keyboard/touchpad. Again both Windows
and Apple are ofered in an array of sizes
with the 15.4” size being a very common
size. Same as desktops, you can still fnd
Windows 7 online.
Tablets and hybrid phablets (large
phones) are all the rage today and have
a great place in your life. Many things
can be accomplished using the tablet,
just watch one of the many TV ads about
them! I’m not sure I can use one to create
a symphony or draw a masterpiece but
dealing with email, surfng the ‘net, etc. is
a no-brainer. Rarely do I suggest Android,
versus Windows, versus Apple products
but in the case of Tablets, for now, I still
suggest going with the granddaddy of
them all, the iPad. Yes it’s a bit expensive
but the service, use, and add-on products
just make it easier right out of the box.
I would suggest you buy directly from
Apple, either online or through the Apple
store downtown. Android makes some
great tablets and the pricing can be well
below iPad but usually you need some help
getting it set up, it can be a bit confusing.
In the very near future it may be that the
Android tablet overtakes iPads but for
now personally I would stay with the iPad.
Older versions of iPad, still new and sold
by Apple, can be had well below the $499
starting price for the latest version.
So we now come to smartphones. Wow
has the phone come a long way in a short
period. A smartphone can do about what
a tablet and in some cases a laptop can, in
a small product. In the smartphone world
both Apple and Android based phones are
about equal for me. Te Galaxy version
of Android phones and the Apple 5 series
have many similar features and in reality
costs are about the same give or take
$100. Can a smartphone take the place
of a laptop or a tablet? Tey may be able
to produce the same data, i.e. a word
document or even a spreadsheet, but the
size makes it rather hard to view an entire
document at one time. Diferent ways to
view the data, such as heads-up displays
are on the way but still the size limits the
way the data can be manipulated. I have
tried the Windows based phone and for
now it just does not excite me, although
the integration of the Ofce products is
seamless.
Can a person live with just a smartphone
and ditch all the other stuf? I guess it
can be done but I think writing a letter or
editing a spreadsheet could become rather
tiresome. Do you really need a desktop,
laptop, tablet and smartphone? I have all
but then again I am a geek for sure! I think
that in today’s world a desktop is needed
in a business environment where you want
the data staying in the same place, whereas
a laptop would do if you are constantly
on the go. A laptop does provide the real
keyboard and touchpad or the ability to
add an external mouse, most tablets ofer
the virtual keyboard and touch screen. A
tablet could sufce if all you are doing is
email/surfng the ‘net but again could be
tiresome if you fnd yourself needing to
write that letter or do a spreadsheet. Both
can be done, especially with an add-on
keyboard but a laptop would be easier.
For now I would suggest you stay with
at least one desktop/laptop in the family
along with the tablet and smartphones.
Businesses still need to have the desktops
or laptops that make commerce fow.
As always if you have questions or need
help call Rent A Bob at 843.822.7794 or
email rentabob@live.com.
Providing clothes
and hope
INTERVIEW BY ZACHARY HUEY
For The Island Connection
M
y name is Shirley McDowell
and I have been a volunteer with
Our Lady of Mercy Community
Outreach for four years. I originally am
from Atmore, Alabama, but decided to
move to Charleston after visiting here.
Volunteering has always been a big part
of my life. I enjoy volunteering because
to me it is an opportunity to get to know
other people and help lift people up who
are feeling low.
I came to Our Lady of Mercy
Community Outreach through the
advice of a friend. I had quite a bit of
free time so my friend suggested that
I volunteer there. I came and spoke
with the volunteer coordinator and she
assigned me to the clothing room. It has
become the perfect place for me because I
get to interact and laugh with the clients
selecting clothes, while also feeling like I
am making a diference.
It is important to me to bring a smile
and a positive encouraging attitude to the
clients. As a volunteer, you never know
what is going on in the lives of the people
we serve, which makes it extra important
to provide a positive atmosphere. My
favorite part of the day is helping a client
that you can tell life has gotten down.
Tey come in with a sad face, or maybe
they feel embarrassed for needing help.
I take that opportunity to comfort them
and let them know this is a blessed place
to receive help, and let them know they
do not need to be ashamed for leaning
on others when they need help. I like to
speak with them, tell some jokes, share
some stories, and share the blessing that
guides Our Lady of Mercy Community
Outreach. Most of the time I fnd through
sharing myself I am able to send the clients
on their way after receiving clothes with a
smile on their face and joy in their heart.
Helping out here is the way I help my
community. I know there were times in
my life when the love of others and grace
of God helped me, so when I volunteer
I try to share that with the people we
help here.
To someone who wants to volunteer I
would say this is a fun place. I enjoy my
time with the other volunteers, the staf,
and interacting with clients. On top of
having a good time, I know by putting
a smile on a person’s face, or maybe
providing that bright spot in an otherwise
tough time I am making a diference.
At Our Lady of Mercy Community
Outreach I help provide not only clothes
but also hope.
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Date High Tide Low Tide
Hurricanes, storms, etc., are NOT included in the predictions.
Tidal current direction changes and tide time predictions can be
very diferent. Tide predictions are PREDICTIONS; they can be
wrong so use common sense.
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fundraising tennis
Kiawah helps provide
uniforms, supplies
to hundreds of students
BY CAITLIN RAMSEY
For The Island Connection
H
undreds of volunteers will distribute free school uniforms and
supplies to thousands of students through the Hands of Christ’s
annual distribution events from July 26 through August 16 at 14
locations across the Lowcountry.
Volunteers will help pick out two free uniforms (one new and one gently
used) and a bag of grade-appropriate school supplies for children in need.
Eligible students must be in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade and
may only attend one of 20 distribution centers throughout the Lowcountry.
Children must be present and accompanied by a parent or guardian with a
photo ID in order to participate.
Jim Frye, the program’s local coordinator says, “Hands of Christ is made
possible because of our local partners who provide volunteers and donors.
We would not be able to make a diference in the lives of these children and
their families without partners like Kiawah Cares, First Scots Presbyterian,
Johns Island Presbyterian and Sunrise Presbyterian Churches.”
“We’re grateful to have the opportunity to work with Hands of Christ and
help Sea Islands children start the school year with excitement,” says Jimmy
Bailey, KICA’s chief operating ofcer. “If we can make an impact in these
families’ lives and bring a smile to their faces, then it’s well worth our time.”
Hebron Zion Presbyterian Church will host the Johns Island distribution
on Tursday, July 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. Kiawah Island Community Association’s
(KICA) support of the distribution day is part of the organization’s Kiawah
Cares program—an ongoing community outreach commitment to the local
Sea Islands community.
For more information on the diferent distribution locations and times, visit
hoc-sc.webs.com or call (843) 766-8311.
2014 Alan Fleming
Tennis Tournament
events schedule
BY DAVID KRUMWIEDE
For The Island Connection
F
or over 25 years, the Seabrook Island
community, with the support of fans
and businesses in the Lowcountry,
has held one of the most popular tennis
tournaments in the South. It attracts over
250 players in age groups starting at 35
years-old. Te tournament has brought in
some of the highest ranked amateurs in the
United States including Charleston’s own
Diane Barker (Fishburne), Susie Peifer
and Brenda Carter. Te event is known
throughout the South as a First Class Level
1 State Championship Event and will have
USTA National Championship status for
Mixed Doubles this year. Spectators are
welcome, no ticket required.
Our Mixed Doubles 40s, 50s and 60s
events will be played as a Category 1
National Championship Gold Ball Event
at the 1000 point level. We anticipate a
signifcant increase in participation and
interest in this Tournament because of this
National status. Also, “Te Fleming” was
recently named the “South Carolina Adult
Tournament of the Year” as a Level 1 State
Championship and 200 point tournament
event. We look for this year’s tournament
to surpass all expectations in interest,
participation and competitiveness.
Tennis Tournament Timeline
August 4
Tis year registration will begin on
August 4. Te extra time will allow all
potential participants to evaluate the
competition and get ready for a frst class
experience.
August 15
Who is the smartest person in the room?
Come to the Alan Fleming Trivia Night
on Friday, August 15 at the Island House
and prove your knowledge regarding all
things random. Gather friends to create a
table of 8 to 10 or be placed with others to
make new friends. Tis fun event will be
held from 5 to 7 p.m.. Appetizers will be
provided as well as a cash/club charge bar
with Happy Hour pricing.
September 14
Te “Coastal Kitchen Tour” of
Seabrook Island will be held from 12 to 4
p.m. rain or shine. Seven kitchens will be
featured consisting of a condo, remodels,
and brand new waterfront homes, each
with their unique décor. At each kitchen,
attendees will be treated to designer
produced table vignettes. Refreshments
will be ofered at one of the lovely homes.
As a special treat, Arlene Aestol owner of
“Bake My Day” will be ofering her unique
cookies and brownies to all attendees to
keep their energy levels up. Everyone will
have access to Seabrook Island’s seaside
restaurant, “Pelican’s Nest” for snacks,
lunch, or drinks.
September 15
Monday September 15 is an important
day in the Registration for major elements
of the Alan Fleming Tennis tournament.
Tennis players have until midnight to go
online at www.usta.com under tournament
ID# 700025814 and register individually
for the specifc event. Players can also fnd
further information on the tournament
by visiting www.discoverseabrook.com
and then going to the bottom of the site
and clicking on Tennis and then on the
Fleming Tournament.
September 18
On Tursday September 18, the
Seabrook Island Tennis Club will host a
Doubles Round Robin and Pro Doubles
Exhibition. Tere will be a “just for
fun” amateur exhibition featuring local
amateurs starting at 3 p.m. and continuing
until 4:30 p.m. Te amateur exhibition
is open to all skill levels. Following the
amateur exhibition, there will be a Pro
Doubles Exhibition on Center Court
starting at 4:30 p.m. Te “mixer” will be
more of a round robin format and involve
many courts at once hoping to serve as
a “tennis social” preceding the match.
Join us for a fun afternoon of doubles
at the Racquet Club followed by a Pro
Doubles exhibition on center court with
a courtside barbeque during the match.
Everyone’s invited to come out and watch
the exhibition and support the Bridges
organization of Charleston with a rafe to
take place during the match.
September 23
Tis is the last day to call the Seabrook
Island Pro Shop at 843.768.2529 and
secure your place in “Te Fleming” Golf
Tournament to be held on October 2 at 1
p.m.. All events, of course, are to beneft
Te Bridges organization of Charleston.
October 2
“Te Fleming” Golf Tournament starts
at 1 p.m. on Seabrook’s Crooked Oaks.
Tennis players, their guests, spectators
and all interested golfers are welcome to
sign up for Fleming Golf. Te event will
be conducted in the popular “4 Player
Captains Choice” format. Fleming Golf
is followed by a Cocktail Party in the
Atlantic Room at 6:30 p.m. Troughout
the day, there will be opportunities to
buy Rafe tickets and “Grab Bags” all
for a chance at spectacular prizes and
even a few surprises. Deadline for Entry:
Monday, September 23. To enter, please
call the golf pro shop.
October 1 to 5
Te Fleming Tournament starts on
Wednesday, October 1 with over 250
participants from around the country.
Te deadline for entering the Tennis
tournament is Monday, September 15. For
further information on the tournament,
visit www.discoverseabrook.com, near the
bottom click Tennis and then the Fleming
Tournament (ID#700025814). On site
during the tournament will be a “Wheel
of Fortune” ofering every attendee the
opportunity to win some great prizes all
to the beneft of Bridges.
So come and enjoy frst-rate tennis
from among over 400 diferent matches
and know that you are having fun, helping
others, and sharing the treasure we know
is Seabrook.
16 August 01, 2014
roadtrips charleston
Unleashed in Athens, Georgia
BY CAROL ANTMAN
For The Island Connection
“Y
ou’re nothing like your father.
Take of your clothes and jump
in the water.”
Tayer Sarrono’s teasing lyrics
accompanied our welcome toast as we began
our visit to Athens, Georgia. My husband
and I were ready for some adult fun. Te
University of Georgia is often ranked
among the country’s top party schools and
the town’s motto is “Life Unleashed” so we
were hopeful we’d fnd it here.
Te Foundry Inn and Spa got the
good times rolling right away. Tis is the
city that famously birthed some of the
country’s best bands: R.E.M., Widespread
Panic, the B-52’s and many others. Just a
few steps from our comfortable room at
the hotel was the Melting Point. Every
city should have a venue like this one with
a frst-class sound system, a big stage and
a room full of enthusiastic listeners of all
ages. Tere are outdoor seats for folks who
want to smoke or talk more loudly, a bar
with TVs away from the stage and plenty
of seats around the large dance foor as
well as a balcony perched above. As we
listened to Tayer’s folky set we munched
on fsh tacos from the menu that ranges
from snacks to hearty meals.
We really appreciated that the music
starts quite early. You can catch the
headliners and still be in bed before
midnight. It was so fun and easy that we
went every night. Te club hosts plenty of
stellar local talent as well as national acts
like Te Soul Rebels who rocked the house
a couple of nights later with their explosive
New Orleans brass sound. We never left
the dance foor and couldn’t believe our
luck in seeing this world-class band in
such an intimate venue as they stopped
in Athens on their world tour—next stop
France. And what a bargain! Admission
to the Melting Point was included in our
hotel charge and is otherwise only about
$10. We’d return to Athens just to go to
the Melting Point again.
At Mama’s Boy Café, you can get two
essentials: a creative breakfast and life
advice. My colorful plate of vegetable hash
with a poached egg and hollandaise sauce
made me reach for my camera before I
took a bite. Te menu invites diners to
be true Southerners and order a biscuit
sandwich with eggs or fried chicken or
channel their inner child and go for the
warm breakfast chocolate cake. With our
bellies full, we selected a thought for the
day from their fshbowl on our way out.
I’ve tried to take mine to heart: “Good
judgment comes from experience and
experience—well, that comes from poor
judgment.”
Hobnobbing with the friendly crowd
at the Athens Wine Weekend, many
people commented to us that Athens is
not your typical college town. “Te wide
range of ages, the cool and funky vibe
and the burgeoning creative industry have
contributed to a town of professionals
that are very creative. It makes you dream
to live beyond what you imagined when
you came out of college” said Meredith
Metcalf of the Classic Center which
hosted some of the weekend’s events.
Te Wine Weekend is a fundraiser
each January for the Cultural Foundation
which provides scholarships, buys art and
makes grants to cultural organizations. It
began with a classy Amuse Bouche where
we sampled several wines including the
Sea View Ridge Pinot Noir which was
described as “not your Tuesday night wine.
Tis is the we-just-got-engaged wine. Te
next afternoon almost 1,000 people came
to the wine tasting and a sold-out crowd
enjoyed the Gourmet Dinner that evening
where shrimp timbale was the frst of six
courses highlighting the city’s best chefs.
Meanwhile, we were exploring the
town’s other attractions. Since the Bulldogs
weren’t playing football that weekend,
nothing was very crowded. At certain
times of year, it’s all about those “Dawgs”.
We especially enjoyed the 313-acre State
Botanical Garden where we wandered the
hiking trails amid the frost-covered trees.
Te town’s North Oconee Greenway
drew my husband for a morning jog and
I wandered the pretty downtown where
16 neighborhoods are on the National
Register and history is around every turn.
Stately columned houses, many with
historic markers, abound. Te University
was the frst state college in the country
to be chartered in 1785 and the campus is
particularly charming. Scattered amid the
grand architecture are occasional funky
sculptures made from found objects,
many inspired by bulldogs of course. It’s
all part of Athen’s Dawg-as-muse attitude
to “loosen up your collar” and enjoy.
Thayer Sarrono on stage at the Melting Point.
The vegetable hash breakfast at Mama’s Boy.
Roadtrips Charleston! is a feature of Lucky Dog Publishing. Each month the column
presents adventurous, interesting destinations within a few hours drive of Charleston. Carol
Antman’s passion for outdoor and artistic experiences has led her to exotic and nearby
destinations far and wide. For suggestions, comments and to view more images please see
www.peaksandpotholes.blogspot.com
August 01, 2014 17
seasons of the south
Duck Quesadillas with Chipotle Mayonnaise
BY MARILYN MARKEL
For The Island Connection
Wine Pairing
Pair with Rundquist 1448 or Taliano Roero Riserva
For this recipe of duck and chipotle, we are aiming for a boldly favorful
wine with qualities that will resonate with the ingredients of the dish.
Te combination of rich smoked duck with chipotle is just begging
for a red with savory notes of bacon, berry cobbler, and – you guessed
it – smoke. Tese bold, rich favors can be found in Rundquist 1448,
a red blend that is a favorite of ours for its smoothness. Tis wine pairs
perfectly with any kind of BBQ, by the way. A second option, the
Taliano Roero Riserva, is a Nebbiolo wine from the Piemonte region of
Northwest Italy. A cousin of the famous Barolo and Barbaresco wines,
Roero produces wines of similar quality at a much friendlier price.
Look for earthy favors here - smoke, leather, licorice, and savory spices
at the fore, with frm tannins and surprisingly bright acidity. Grab a
couple of bottles for your cellar, too, as this wine will age beautifully.
Ingredients
½ cup mayonnaise
¼ cup yogurt
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1-2 teaspoons chipotle chile in adobo
sauce, minced
3 cups Cantal cheese, or other mild
melting cheese like cheddar
2 cups smoked duck breast, thinly sliced
2 piquillo peppers, thinly sliced
½ cup red onion, minced
8 (8-inch) four tortillas
olive oil
Directions
1. Combine mayonnaise, yogurt, lemon
juice and 1 teaspoon chipotle chile. Taste
and add more chile if desired. Set aside.
2. Combine cheese, duck, peppers and
onion in a medium bowl. Fill half tortilla
with flling, divided evenly. Press other
side of tortilla over and brush both sides
with oil.
3. Heat skillet over medium heat
or panini press over high heat. Cook
quesadillas on both sides until crispy
and golden. Serve with adobo-chipotle
mayonnaise.
Marilyn Markel, Culinary Director at Southern Season, developed a lifelong passion
for food while learning from her grandmother in the kitchen as a child. In 2013, she was
privileged to act as a judge for the James Beard Cookbook Awards and attended the James
Beard Book and Broadcast Awards Ceremony in New York City. Markel began developing
Southern Season’s Cooking School over a decade ago and has helped develop the store into a
food destination and nationally-recognized culinary center hosting over 300 classes a year
for seasoned and novice cooks.
S
moked duck is a delicacy to behold. Tis takes a quesadilla to a new level with
some delicious melting cheese. Tis will be a new favorite….
18 August 01, 2014
arts & events
Junko Ono Rothwell and Rick McClure
paint live at Wells Gallery
BY EMILY WAGNER
For The Island Connection
O
n August 8 and 9, from 1-6 p.m., Junko Ono Rothwell and Rick McClure will
be at Wells Gallery at Kiawah’s Te Sanctuary to visit with guests, discuss their
works, and paint live.
Junko Ono Rothwell received her art degree from Okayama University in Japan,
and soon after came to the United States and attended art classes at Cornell University.
Rothwell’s cultural heritage can be seen in her use of space and shape—which echoes
Eastern art, yet her color palette is strongly
infuenced by her American art experience.
She uses bold bright colors in contrast to
the more delicate tones often associated
with Asian art.
“When I was an art student in Japan, I
used darker colors. But after I moved to
the U.S., I often went to museums where
I learned to use brighter colors,” Rothwell
said. She uses color to bring out the mood,
movement, and energy of her works.
An award winning “Plein Air” painter
and teacher, Rick McClure has been
painting professionally for more than 25
years. Troughout his career he has enjoyed
success with a variety of media including
contemporary watercolor and large acrylic
fgurative works.
However, his true passion is found in
capturing both cityscape and landscape
en plein air. Many of his on location gems
stand on their own while others form the
basis for larger studio works, all of which
sparkle with spontaneity. He is a current
resident of Oklahoma, but travels widely
for his artistic inspirations. McClure is a member of the Oil Painters of America, a
signature member of the National Academy of Professional Plein Air Painters and the
American Impressionist Society.
Rothwell’s vibrant paintings of Kiawah will join McClure’s soft landscapes in this
two day show.
Wells Gallery is located at 1 Sanctuary Beach Dr., Kiawah Island, SC 29455. Call
843.576.1290, email Kiawah@wellsgallery.com or visit www.wellsgallery.com for more
information.
Rick McClure - ‘Big Sky/ Low Country’, 30x40, Oil on linen
Junko Ono Rothwell - ‘Birds at Kiawah’,
24x18, Oil on canvas
August 01, 2014
financial focus
Your legacy in your hands
BY DIMI MATOUCHEV
For The Island Connection
A
legacy isn’t simply a document or
a bunch of numbers—it’s what
you will be remembered for, and
what you have left behind that will be
remembered. It’s essentially your chance to
contribute positively to the future, whether
that means providing fnancial resources for
the next generation, helping those charitable
organizations whose work you support, or a
combination of both. To create your legacy,
you’ll need to do some planning. And you
can start by asking yourself a couple of key
questions:
What are your goals? When you think
about leaving a legacy, what comes to mind?
First and foremost, you may well want
to leave enough money to help your own
grown children meet their fnancial goals.
After that, you probably have other things
you’d like to accomplish. Perhaps you want
to provide resources for your grandchildren
to attend college? Or set up a scholarship at
your own alma mater? Give fnancial support
to a cultural, social, religious or scientifc
group? By thinking about your goals and
putting them on paper, even in an informal
sense, you’ll be taking the important frst
step in leaving the legacy you desire.
How can you turn your goals into
reality? If you don’t take some concrete
steps, your legacy just won’t materialize. And
the most important step you need to take is
to create a comprehensive estate plan. Your
estate plan can be quite involved, because
it may involve several legal documents,
such as a will, living trust, health care
power of attorney, and so on. In creating
these materials, you will need to work with
your legal and tax advisors because estate
planning is defnitely not a “do-it-yourself”
endeavor.
You probably shouldn’t wait until you are
deep into retirement to take action on your
estate plan because developing the necessary
documents and arrangements can take a fair
amount of time—and you’ll want to make
these preparations when you’re in good
mental and physical health. Also, the longer
you wait to set up your estate plan, the less
likely it will be that you’ve communicated
your wishes clearly to your family members,
who may end up unsure about what you
want and what their roles are in carrying
out your plans—and that’s an outcome you
certainly don’t want to see.
In fact, clear communications are
essential to developing a successful estate
plan. You should not only tell your family
members—and anyone else afected by
your estate plan—what you are thinking
of doing but also inform them about the
professionals with whom you are working
and the locations in which you are storing
any vital documents, such as your will.
By identifying your goals, working with
the appropriate professionals to create an
efective estate plan, and communicating
regularly with your family members and
other “key players” in your life, you can go
a long way toward leaving the legacy you
desire. So, do what it takes to launch that
legacy.
20 August 01, 2014
fundraising daily
Help for caregivers
on Johns Island
LOCAL RESOURCE SUPPORTS FAMI LI ES
AFFECTED BY DEMENTI A
BY JENNIFER HARTIG
For The Island Connection
D
o you or someone you know of care
for a loved one with Alzheimer’s
disease or another form of
dementia? If so, did you know that there’s
an organization right here on Johns Island
that’s dedicated to providing services and
support to families afected by dementia?
Respite Care Charleston ofers a social day
program and caregiver support group at
nearby Church of Our Saviour on Betsy
Kerrison Parkway.
Te social day program runs every
Tuesday and Tursday from 10 a.m. to
1:50 p.m. Participants enjoy memory-
stimulating socialization, exercise, music,
art and pet therapy, while caregivers
beneft from a much-needed break. Tis
short break in caregiving helps support
and strengthen families, allowing the
continuation of care in the home.
Caregivers may also beneft from our
support group, which is ofered on the
3rd Tursday of each month at 1 p.m.
at Church of Our Saviour. Our support
group is a safe place to share heartache,
grief, frustrations, moments of joy and
laughter, common experiences and
resources. By sharing your experiences,
you can make sure that your loved one
feels supported and is living a full life. You
can also ensure that you are taking steps
to preserve your own well being.
Seabrook Island residents Mary Beth
and Paul Dacey consider Respite Care
Charleston part of their comprehensive
treatment plan for Paul’s struggles with
Alzheimer’s Disease. Paul attends our
Tuesday-Tursday program. He started
several years ago as a volunteer with
some friends who knew this would be
important as the disease progressed. Mary
Beth attends one of the Respite Care
Support Groups and has this to say about
her experience.
“Tis group keeps me sane, helps me
laugh, cries with me and always has my
back. I do not know what I would do
without them,” Mary Beth said.
If you are interested in learning more
about either of these opportunities, please
call 843.408.5243 email jennifer@
respitecarecharleston.org or visit www.
respitecarecharleston.org.
Help support
The Islanders
GOL F TOURNAMENT F OR HI GH
SCHOOL AT HL ET I C PROGRAM SET
BY TIFFANY MAGWOOD
For The Island Connection
T
he St. John’s High School athletic
department, in conjunction with
the booster club, will host the
3 Annual Islander Golf Tournament
Saturday, September 20 at Oak Point Golf
Course near Kiawah Island. A shotgun
start blasts of at 1 p.m.
Te Islander Golf Tournament is a
major fundraiser for Islander Athletics
and they need your support. One hundred
percent of the net proceeds are directed to
SJHS Islander Athletics.
You can help to make this tournament
a success by contributing monetary
donations, rafe prizes, hole sponsorship,
and/or entering a team to compete in the
golf tournament.
Sponsorships are still available, contact
Tifany Magwood at 843.559.6226 to
discuss how to get involved. Corporate
sponsorship packages are $400 and
include a 4 person team and a hole sponsor
sign on course. A hole sponsor is $125.
Registration is $90 per golfer.
The annual golf fundraiser for St John’s
High School athletic program raised
$6,500 last year to help fund uniforms, fuel
for busses and general sports equipment.
The event takes place Sept. 20 this year.
PHOTO BY RALPH SECOY
August 01, 2014 21
daily
Taking mentorship to a new level
J OHNS I SL AND ARCHI T ECT S AND BUI L DERS
CHANGES HANDS, RETAI NS HEART
BY COLLEEN TROY
For The Island Connection
A
design-build company with
decades of experience in the
Lowcountry is changing hands in
a unique way.
Wally Seinsheimer founded Dolphin
Architects and Builders in 1990, ultimately
building a collection of fne homes valued
at over $200 million. At about the time the
beloved local philanthropist and executive
was ready to retire, a young business man
raised his hand to help.
Earlier this month, Christopher Ibsen
stepped in as owner and chief executive
of Dolphin. Armed with years of local
experience (including successful stints at
Piggly Wiggly Carolina Company and
Porter-Gaud School), an MBA from Duke
University and experience in construction
management, he’s ready to lead Dolphin
through the coming decades.
But he won’t do it alone; a key part of
the sale was Seinsheimer’s agreement to stay
on for three years in an advisory capacity.
A similar model was recently tested in a
Kansas community where a new generation
of business leaders are encouraged to buy
established businesses, and founders are
required to stay involved for at least a year.
“Wally has been a valued mentor of mine
for nearly 18 years,” said Ibsen. “I’ve always
admired him personally, and respected the
business and brand he built with Dolphin.
In exploring a new opportunity for my
career, this made perfect sense.”
“Christopher has terrifc business savvy
and drive,” said Seinsheimer. “He feels—
as I do—that this company is all about its
reputation, and it’s people. He deeply values
the existing team, and having him here to
guide Dolphin through future changes
gives me the confdence to start the next
chapter of my life.”
Located on Johns Island, Dolphin
employs eight full-time professionals and
numerous subcontractors. Homes designed
and built by Dolphin typically range in
value from $750,000 to $2.5 million,
and can be found throughout the greater
Charleston market.
“Tere is no signature ‘Dolphin’ style,”
Ibsen said. “Rather, the homes we build
refect their owners. We listen closely to
their wishes, and bring them to life. Wally
assembled a great design-build team to
make those dreams real; I’m thrilled to
carry on the tradition, with continued
guidance from the founder.”
Wally Seinsheimer and Christopher Ibsen of Dolphin Architects and Builders.
August 01, 2014 22
daily
Ladybugs, children and
snow cones, oh my!
STAFF REPORT
The Island Connection
H
undreds of children
scattered throughout
Magnolia Plantation and
Gardens Saturday, July 26, freeing
nearly 150,000 ladybugs in the
Lowcountry’s largest one-time release
of the benefcial beetle.
Chris Smith, Magnolia’s Nature
Center director, said ladybugs are
natural predators to harmful insects
such as aphids, scale insects and other
small insects.
Snow cones, popcorn, lizards and
fying beetles made for an excellent
morning for the youngsters, despite
the intense sun. Te garden was flled
with the delighted squeals of children
as they found the perfect spot to
release their bugs, and also came
across other interesting creatures,
including a hungry tortoise, a friendly
boa constrictor, numerous alligators
and far too many banana spiders.
Rose, 3, inspects a ladybug whose getting a little too friendly. Children release the benefcial bug in Magnolia Plantation.
Above, each participant was given a container of pre-cooled ladybugs to distribute
throughout the plantation’s grounds. Below, Dozer, the African Spurred Tortoise,
enjoyed a day out on the grounds while children got a chance to pet him.
August 01, 2014 23
A n s w e r : “ W a t e r - s p i d e r o r c h i d , ” H a b e n a r i a r e p e n s
mystery plant
A real crowd-pleaser
BY JOHN NELSON
For The Island Connection
PHOTO BY LINDA LEE
W
hich plants display the showiest,
most famboyant fowers? Some
will insist that they are the
various orchid species. Te orchid family
truly is a giant group, easily the largest
plant family in the world, in terms of
number of diferent species. Orchids as a
family cover the earth--almost. Tey are
indeed known from all but the coldest
parts of the planet. Many are epiphytic,
or growing on the branches of trees, but
quite a large number, too, are terrestrial,
at home on the ground. (Some are even
weeds.) Orchids typically have sheathing
leaves on the stems, which are alternating,
one at each node. Tere is a tremendous
variety of fower shapes, but they all
follow a basic theme. Two very interesting
things for some people to realize are that
orchid species aren’t all tropical, and that
there are plenty of these species that don’t
have big, showy corsage-quality blossoms.
In fact, some of these species have fowers
that are very tiny and inconspicuous.
Something else: all orchid species produce
a dry capsule as a fruit, and it will be
packed with lots of lots of extremely tiny
seeds: probably the smallest seeds of any
plant group.
Native, or wild, orchids are always a
crowd-pleaser. In the Southeastern USA,
there are plenty of diferent native orchid
species, and some of these have relatively
large, spectacular fowers. Among these
striking orchids are the lady-slippers,
grass-pinks, whorled pogonia, rosebud
orchid, bog-rose, and showy orchis. Other
orchids in our area have fowers that are
a bit more modest. Tis week’s Mystery
Plant is a species in the latter group.
It is a bit unusual in that it is aquatic,
mostly seen in very wet places, often
in ditches or ponds, sometimes as a
component of soggy, foating mats. (For
some reason it seems to like golf-course
ponds.) It occurs from southern Virginia
all the way to eastern Texas, and then
south into South America. In our area,
it is a fairly common wetland plant, but
it’s often overlooked. Te stems bear
many leaves, and these tightly sheath
the stem. Te sword-shaped leaves
themselves are bright green, or sometimes
yellowish. In fact, the fowers tend to be
greenish, sharing the color of the foliage,
and so the fowers tend to be somewhat
inconspicuous.
Tese fowers are typical of orchids,
though, in bearing three sepals and three
petals. Each of the two upper petals is
cleft into a pair of narrow segments. Te
third, lowest petal is also deeply divided,
but into three very narrow, wiggly, thread-
like portions. Te whole efect of all this is
that the fowers, which are crowded into
a spike, appear something like little green
spiders crawling around.
Te plants often develop slender, pale
runners, which can produce new fowering
stems. Tis water-lover is blooming now,
and will continue until frost. It can be
expected in just about all of the coastal
plain counties of Georgia and South
Carolina, and the more southern of those
in North Carolina.
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 ofers free plant
identifcations. For more information, visit
www.herbarium.org, call 803-777-8196,
or email nelson@sc.edu.

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