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The unofcial results for some o our local runners include…
Name From Chip Time Clock Time
Laura Locklair Johns Island 4:19:03 4:21:54
Linda Clarkson Johns Island 4:24:45 4:26:30
Butch Malia Johns Island 4:31:18 4:32:47
Patrick Sullivan Johns Island 4:33:50 4:36:07
Timothy Gilbreath Johns Island 5:19:44 5:22:01
Joe Klunk Kiawah Island 5:32:04 5:34:20
Meg Davidson Seabrook 6:23:07 6:27:06
Nate Gainey Johns Island 6:37:25 6:41:28
Alison Bowers Seabrook 7:05:07 7:09:11
Name From Chip Time Clock Time
Justin Bullard Johns Island 1:34:29 1:34:42
Mimi Sturgell Kiawah Island 1:38:22 1:38:36
Lynne Hodge Kiawah Island 1:39:47 1:40:15
Stephen Youngner Johns Island 1:43:56 1:44:34
Patty Fernandes Johns Island 1:46:28 1:47:01
Kimberly Knox Kiawah Island 1:47:36 1:47:54
James Tomas III Johns Island 1:49:38 1:52:15
Charles Caswell Johns Island 1:53:49 1:57:56
Candice Puchir Johns Island 1:57:14 1:58:16
Jennifer Hartig Johns Island 1:58:30 1:59:07
Hannah Kuehnert Johns Island 1:56:30 2:00:38
(PHOTO BY) Jamie Rood (PIC
4 CAPTION) Angela Sharp
and Jonathan Ault from
Denver, CO spend there “pre-
wedding” day running the
Kiawah Marathon together. On
Sunday, they wed on Seabrook
very year, thousands of runners take part in the Kiawah Island
Golf Resort Marathon and Half Marathon. Tis year’s race, held
on  December 8,  included runners from 43 states and  six diferent
countries. But, along with the mix of out of town  marathoners comes
our local runners. Many of them run the Kiawah Marathon year after year,
so check out how they did! If you know any of them, make sure you give
them a nice pat on the back for their accomplishment.
Runners Results continued on page 8
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Seabrook Council continues on page 5
Mayor Holtz stated that the $440,000
loan from the water company is back in
the Town’s general fund. Te Council
discussed what to do with the money,
and Mayor Holtz suggested transferring
it into the emergency reserved fund. “It
is my objective to move our emergency
funds up to $1 million from the present
$500,000,” Holtz said. Councilman
Ahearn suggested that the fund should
be continually increasing every year,
especially in comparison with Kiawah’s
$16 million emergency fund. Council
decided to continue discussion of building
up the emergency fund at the upcoming
Ways and Means Committee.
In other fnancial news, year to
date revenues are $864,331.58 versus
a budgeted $807,410.77. Year to date
expenditures are $524,485.78 against
a budget of $559,417.28. “We are in a
comfortable position,” Holtz said. “I don’t
have any major headaches on fnances.”
Government Relations
Councilman Reed commented on the
status of I-526. “As you all know, County
Council is scheduled to vote this Tursday
on whether or not to move completion of
I-526 from the County to the City,” he
said. Reed added that there is a group of
Johns Islanders meeting to discuss ways to
keep Johns Island rural and undeveloped
while simultaneously improving trafc
safety. “Tis initiative would enable Johns
Island and neighboring stakeholders to
formalize around four primary points:
conservation, agriculture, culture, and
transportation,” Reed explained. Te
group hopes to combat eforts to complete
526 while creating a team to work together
in interest of both sides. Big names on the
Nix-526 team like Tomas Legare and
Rich Tomas are working on behalf of
this new group to see if there is a “win-
win” solution for both opponents and
proponents of the road.
Reed reported that he attended a
Rotary meeting at the request of Jimmy
Bailey. Joe Qualey was in attendance,
commenting on the status of I-526, “We
need to make a decision, one way or
another.” Additionally, Reed attended a
Fire Commissioners meeting, which he
described as, “most interesting.” Reed
reported that Kiawah has requested John
Olson and Craig Weaver serve as the
additional commissioners from Kiawah.
Tere was also discussion about the hiring
process for a new chief since current Chief
Ristow has announced his resignation.
Te commission voted and approved
funds to hire a consultant group to help
fnd a new chief. During discussion of the
hiring process, a member of the audience
asked whether or not Ristow had ofcially
resigned, or when his resignation would
take efect. Ristow commented that he
would stay on as chief until a new chief
was hired. One of the commissioners
made a motion that Chief Ristow be
terminated as chief as of 8:05 p.m. the
day of the meeting. “You can’t imagine
the discussion and the debate,” Reed said.
“Eric Britton asked that the motion be
withdrawn, saying that it was despicable
and unbearable.” Despite the uproar, Sam
Brownlee and Albert Tompson voted to
terminate Chief Ristow as chief beginning
at 8:05. Te motion was defeated 2 – 5.
Councilman Ahearn added on the
subject of roads that former SC House
candidate Carol Tempel is against the
completion of I-526, adding that the
Town is lucky Peter McCoy got elected.
“I don’t have high hopes of the road going
ahead, but I hope it does,” added Mayor
Ahearn continued to add that the ATAX
committee met for the second time this
year. Two committee members indicated
their resignation and the committee
began searching for appropriate and
qualifed members with backgrounds in
real estate or civic connections to join the
committee. “We did that and we identifed
Jonathan Spence and Sue Ingram,”
Ahearn said. Tey also discussed
ways to spend ATAX money in
2013, commenting
on the efectiveness
of the Southern Living
advertisement as
well as potentially
highlighting Seabrook on the daytime
show Live with Kelly and Michael. Mayor
Holtz suggested the committee bring it up
as a budget item.
Councilman Cummin reported that
he attended a communications meeting
as an observer. Te committee discussed
wi-f for the whole island along with the
expiration date of franchise agreements.
Town Clerk Faye Allbritton checked with
Kiawah regarding all-island wi-f, who
reported that they had not pursued the
option because of all of the trees, which
would create the need for towers, as well
as the overall cost.
Te Charleston Visitors Bureau is
currently putting out a daily advent
calendar ofering up discounts for items
and events throughout the Charleston
area. To access the calendar, visit www.
christmasincharleston.com. Te Bureau is
also running a promotion for the March
issue of Southern Living. Te issue will
contain a Charleston editorial feature
with six spaces available on a frst come,
frst serve basis. “It’s a chance for members
of the hospitality community to sell the
Charleston area,” he said.
So far, twenty individuals are interested
in taking the two-day HAM radio class,
thanks to the Disaster Recovery Council
meeting, Cummin said. Interested parties
come from the Club, Camp, Utility
Commission, and Bohicket Marina.
Cummin is currently in the process of
exploring options for an instructor.
Disaster Recovery
Councilman Ciancio reported that
the Disaster Recovery Committee met on
December 7 and was well attended with
representatives from the Town, POA,
Seabrook Town Council – December 11, 2012
December 21, 2012 3
Total Votes Percentage
Mayor (1 Seat)
Charles Lipuma 516 97.73
Write-ins 12 2.27
Council (4 Seats)
Mary Johnson 424 19.48
John Labriola 478 21.96
Dick Murphy 434 19.94
Lauren Patch 446 20.49
Greg VanDerwerker 212 09.74
Fran Wermuth 158 07.26
Kiawah’s New Council
he votes are ofcially confrmed and Kiawah Island will be looking at a Council
full of new faces this January. Total voter turnout for the election was 38.57
percent. Ofcial votes are as follows:
Elections take place every two years as residents select members of the island to
serve as the voice of the community, the County, and South Carolina as a whole. After
the four new Councilmembers and new Mayor were sworn in, the new representatives
mingled with friends and family while enjoying light refreshments in the Town Hall.
Best of luck to the new Council in 2013.
December 21, 2012 4
Mayor Pro-Tem Lipuma called the
meeting to order and notifed those in
attendance that Mayor Orban is home and
recovering from surgery. Doctors expect a
recovery period of six to eight weeks. “We
are pleased that the surgery was successful.
Pray for a quick recovery,” Lipuma said.
Fires on Kiawah
St Johns Fire Chief Karl Ristow
addressed Council regarding two recent
fres on the island. Both fres occurred in
the early morning hours and seemed to
break out from outdoor fre pits. In the case
of the frst fre, the caller heard crackling
and smelled smoke prompting him to call
911. Units were notifed and on the scene
in less than four minutes. “Initial reports
for the fre look as though the freplace may
have been installed incorrectly,” Ristow
explained. Te caller gave responders the
wrong address, but because it was dark
outside, it was easy to see the location. “In
fre department terms, this was a grand
success,” Ristow added. Because of interior
damage, however, the house will be torn
down and rebuilt.
Te second call came in about an hour
and 15 minutes later and probably resulted
from an outdoor fre pit as well. Units were
flling the empty station while responders
were out with the frst fre, so they were
able to answer the call. Firefghters arrived
in less than seven minutes. In this case,
15 – 16 people were renting the house and
again gave responders the wrong address.
Fortunately, it was still dark so the blaze
was in sight. “We need to make sure
everyone knows there address and we need
to get that out to the public better,” Ristow
said. Te blaze was extinguished and all
three stories were left standing, but the
house will probably be torn down. “Both
freplaces have had tons of fres,” Ristow
added. “Tey have been lucky.”
For public information, Ristow
commented on the importance of knowing
your address as well as installing smoke
detectors, especially in rental units.
Invasive Plant Study
Joel Gramling, PhD, presented his
fndings from the Vegetation Survey of
Kiawah Island that he has been conducting
for the last year and a half. Te study began
in the summer of 2011 with a broad study
of the fora and fauna on Kiawah Island,
as well as the specifc invasive species. Prior
surveys have been completed in 1975 and
Gramling reported that there has been a
30 percent increase in the observed plants
since the last study, and no signifcant rare
What invasive species threaten Kiawah?
Gramling sited four major invasive
species on the island: the Chinese Tallow
Tree, bamboo, Japanese Privet, and the
Periwinkle vine. Te Tallow tree is the
most common invasive on Kiawah, and
is particularly dense on the middle and
eastern end of the island. Gramling
commented that the occurrence of other
invasives “pale in comparison to the Tallow
Why is the Tallow tree a threat?
First, the tree has no predators or native
diseases. It has a prolifc seed production,
producing on average 100,000 seeds per
year that are spread by birds and water.
Te tree grows and matures quickly, within
three years. It has the ability to alter natural
wetlands, changing the local ecology by
sequestering water from other wetlands,
depositing extra debris, and outcompeting
native species.
What can be done?
Gramling said that frst, the Town
should prioritize the problem species.
“Tere is the Tallow tree frst, and then
everything else,” he said. Te three other
invasive species should be dealt with, but
they are not a major priority at this point.
He suggested invasive plant management,
by removing mature trees to stop spreading
and treating seedlings and saplings. Dewees
Island also had a problem with Tallow trees
in 2009. 52 out of 150 lots were treated. In
2011, an additional 88 lots were treated.
By 2012, the number of Tallow trees was
reduced from 1,025 to 58. 94 percent of
mature trees were successfully killed, and
most were only treated one time. Before
treatment, Dewees had an average of 37.4
trees per acre, which was reduced to 2.1
after the treatment. Along with invasive
plant management, Gramling talked
about the importance of education. “Tis
requires everyone to work together,” he
explained. “We need to be communicating
what the payof is and making it very clear
up front what the goals are.” He also added
the importance of having a long-term
perspective. “We need to let everyone know
why this is important, and what happens
if we don’t address it. Tallow tree removal
can be done, but it is not going to be done
in one season,” he said.
Is there an alternative?
If no treatment is done, the Tallow tree
invasion will result in altered ecosystems,
loss of nesting and roosting habitats, loss of
watering holes for mammals, and a loss of
amphibian species. “If we ignore it, it will
get worse,” Gramling added. On Kiawah,
the current Tallow tree count per acre
is 26.9 mature trees. In two years, if left
untreated, this will rise to 34.1.
Cost of treatment?
Gramling was unsure of the exact cost
to run a treatment program. Dewees Island
treatment ran around $20,000. “In some
ways I can see it being more, and in some
I can see it being less,” he said. Estimates
run anywhere from $115 per acre to $700
per acre, and those numbers will be pinned
down once specialists are on the ground.
Gramling’s full report and presentation
is available online at the Town website.
Old Business
Council unanimously approved a second
reading of Ordinance 2012-7 regarding the
state mandated amendments to business
Parking Agreement
Council unanimously approved to
renew the Overfow Parking Lot Lease
Agreement with Kiawah Development
Partners at $1 a year.
Candidates for New St. Johns Fire
Since the approval of two additional fre
commissioners from Kiawah, the County
requested applicants for the position
be received by December 3. Te Town
recommend two residents, John Olson and
Craig Weaver, be placed on the commission.
Te two recommendations will frst need
to be approved by the County and then the
Governor before joining the commission.
Committee Reports
Councilman Vanderwerker commented
that the Environmental Committee met
and received a letter from the Department of
Health approving the Beach Management
Plan that was submitted. Te plan is now
efective and will need reviewing again
in fve years. “I would like to thank the
Environmental Committee for all of their
hard work,” he said.
Mayor Pro Tem Lipuma reported
on behalf of the Arts Council that jazz
performer Clay Ross played at the Seabrook
Island House and on December 2, the
Charleston Symphony Orchestra strings,
brass, and woodwinds performed at Holy
Spirit Catholic Church with over 800
people in attendance. “It was wonderful,”
he said. Several Arts Council events are
coming up in January: Classical Pianist
Tomas Pandolf on the 6, David Holt and
the Lightening Bolts on the 11, the Tommy
Grill Jazz Trio on the 17, along with two
flms on Friday afternoons (18 and 25). For
more information, visit www.kiawahisland.
Councilman Burnaford reported that
Charleston County would be meeting to
hear a presentation by Mayor Riley on why
the City should take control of I-526. Tere
would be no vote at the meeting. Burnaford
also commented that the Fire Committee
is still in the process of looking at a stand-
alone district for Kiawah. Several members
are unavailable to meet in December due to
travels or injuries, so the process has been
stretched out a little longer. Te committee
hopes to make a viable recommendation to
Council soon.
Town Administrator’s Report
Administrator Rucker reported that
the Town is completing the application
for Municipal Associations Achievement
Award. Te Town also participated in
“Families Helping Families” outreach
efort during the holidays for families in
need. Kiawah supported a family of four
and their mother. “It’s a great gesture on
behalf of the Town,” she said. Lastly, she
thanked and congratulated Juan Martin
and Ken Gunnells for fve years of service
with the Town.
Mayor’s Report
Lipuma informed those in attendance
that this would be Burnaford’s last meeting
of Town Council. “Al has served on Council
for eight years and I can understand why he
might be looking to retire,” Lipuma said.
Before Council, Burnaford served on the
planning commission. “I can comment
personally that participating and spending
time and energy on a Council requires a
special dedication. Al has clearly devoted
time and energy and has done a super job.”
Council Comments
Councilman Burnaford humorously
thanked everyone for “putting up with him
for eight years.” He commented that serving
on committees and Council is something
that more people should do. “Tis is a
beautiful place and a real paradise,” he
said. “As we get bigger, we need more and
more volunteers. It is very important that
we manage this island ourselves.”
Councilman Vanderwerker thanked
Burnaford for his service and echoed his
call for assistance. “Tere is a lot to be
done,” he said. He also wished everyone a
happy holiday.
Kiawah Town Council – December 4, 2012
December 21, 2012 5
Club, Camp, Berkley Electric, Utility
Commission, and CERT. Scott Cave
facilitated the meeting and covered two
general areas: lessons learned from Sandy
and internal/external communications
during an emergency. “Te feedback that
I got was very positive,” Ciancio said. “It
was a good, short meeting. Te summer
meeting will be more extensive.”
Ciancio also attended a COVAR
meeting and discussed the Debris
Removal Ordinance. He explained that
Council adopted the ordinance in 2009
in lieu of Katrina in 2009. “I explained
that we discussed the defciencies of the
ordinance and that they needed to be
amended,” he said.
Mayor Holtz suggested looking at the
Town completing a Sandy simulation
in June. “We have manuals, procedures,
radios…but to get a Sandy, you have a
unique problem,” he said. Ciancio said
that the Mayor raised a good point and it
would be something worth looking into.
Water Commission
Te Water Commission reported
that the $440,000 loan was back at the
Town’s request. Te
construction project
is going forward and
is almost complete,
with an expected
completion date of the
end of December.
Appointment of
Town Attorney –
Stephen Brown.
Appointment of
Zoning Administrator
– Randy Pierce.
Appointment of
Town Clerk – Faye
Appointment on
Planning Commission
– Roberta Boatti to
replace Richard Clarke
for a term to expire
December 31, 2014.
Appointment on
Planning Commission
– Cathy Patterson
to replace Allen
Tompson for a term
to expire December 31, 2014.
Re-appointment of
Accommodations Tax Advisory
Committee – Diane Holtz, Joan Hylander,
Charlene Kreusch, Tom Peck, and Stuart
Spisak for a term to expire December 31,
Appointment of Accommodations Tax
Advisory Committee – Jonathan Spence
to replace Kathleen Rogers for a term to
expire on December 31, 2014.
Appointment of Accommodations Tax
Advisory Committee – Sue Ingram to
replace Eric Nielson for a term to expire
on December 31, 2014.
Appointment of Board of Zoning
Appeals – David Osborne to replace Ike
Smith (resigned) for a term to expire on
December 31, 2015.
Re-appointment of Board of Zoning
Appeals – Robert Quagliato for a term to
expire on December 31, 2017.
Zoning Map for 2012
Town Administrator Pierce informed
Council that every year, the Town has
to update the zoning map located on the
wall in Town Hall. Council approved the
additions to update the new map.
Seabrook Council continues from page 2
6 December 21, 2012
lan Burnaford and his wife Ellie frst
moved to Kiawah twelve years ago.
Not wasting any time, Burnaford
jumped right in to public service after only
two years on the island. “Before coming
here, my wife and I lived overseas for 19
years,” he explains. “You can’t get involved
in anything over there. When we came
back, we decided it was a lovely place and
time to give back.” Burnaford frst served
on the Town Planning Commission for two
years before becoming a member of Town
Council. After an additional eight years
on the Council, Burnaford has decided to
With moving on comes the chance to
look back. Years of dedicated service bring
back memories of both trials and successes.
Burnaford considers the biggest success
of his time on Kiawah the collaboration
between the resort, the Kiawah developers,
and the community association. “I think
bringing everyone together and making it
a single, directive force was probably the
most successful accomplishment during
my time on Council,” Burnaford explains.
“We basically all want the same thing.
If you don’t have everyone going in the
same direction, then you are fghting each
other and won’t achieve anything. Tis is a
special little island and we want to keep it
that way.” Tough the entities on Kiawah
operate separately, over the last ten years
Burnaford feels they have all joined together
to better the island as a whole – a success
that he deems the focal point of his time on
With successes also come failures and
disappointments. For Burnaford, nothing
stands out as more of a disappointment
than the current status of the roads on
Johns Island. “We have 11,000 people
that work on Seabrook, Bohicket Marina,
Freshfelds, and Kiawah, and they have
to ride those lousy roads,” he says. For
Burnaford, the completion of I-526 is
necessary as an act of public safety and has
little to do with development and expansion
issues. “Roads don’t bring development.
It’s an infrastructure issue. Zoning brings
development,” he says. After spending time
on Town Council and his involvement in
the greater Charleston area, Burnaford can
confdently say that the majority of the
people want the road built. “Every ballot
has shown 60 – 40 or better in favor of 526
and the Greenway. Johns Island is going
to continue to grow. People are going to
get here and we have to have the roads to
support it.” Tough Mayor Riley’s request
to take control of the status of I-526 was
denied, Charleston County Council voted 5
– 4 on December 13 to complete the project.
Apart from challenges that the island will
face with respect to the roads, Burnaford
hopes that Kiawah will continue to make
progress when working with various groups
on Johns Island. “We spend $100,000 a
year on charities on Johns Island,” he says.
“We have hundreds of people that volunteer
to make the islands better and to make
relationships better, but we do it quietly.
Most of the volunteers don’t want to be
put in the paper that they do this or they
do that. We don’t get credit for it normally
but it is just one of those things that we can
do and we will continue to do.” Burnaford
hopes that as Kiawah moves forward,
relationships between those on Kiawah and
those on Johns Island will grow in a positive
direction. Te new Council will play a big
role in this continued progress. “Te new
Council is a younger group and I think that
is good for the island,” Burnaford says. “Tey
are people from a wide range of activities in
the private sector, from hospital CEO’s to
insurance CEO’s to retail. Te Town spoke
very loudly, in fact, probably as loud as any
election that I have been involved in. Te
Town came out and decided it is time for a
new Council.” As the new year approaches,
it will be up to the Council to continue
mending relationships on Johns Island and
representing Kiawah when it comes to the
status of I-526.
After ten dedicated years, Burnaford can
now enjoy his free time volunteering and
traveling to see his family in California.
With three grandkids, ages six, four, and
two, he certainly has enough to keep his
hands full in his retired life.
Looking Back on a Decade of Service
December 21, 2012
Nearly every typical Charleston postcard
and cofee table book showcases one of
the cities most defning characteristics –
trees. Large, magnifcent live oaks older
than the city herself are found sprawling
throughout the lowcountry, cloaked in
canopies dripping with Spanish moss and
roots winding and twisting through the
sandy soil. As the greater Charleston area
has continued to grow and develop, the
appearance of these beauties is becoming
less and less. Properties were developed
without landscaping regulations as the
city expanded, leaving nothing to look
at but asphalt and parking lots. It is this
unsightly phenomenon that pushed
Mayor Joe Riley to launch “10,000 Trees
for Charleston” – a program designed to
bring back the beauty of trees in areas
where greenery is most needed.
Mayor Riley frst mentioned the idea in
his State of the City address on January 24
earlier this year. To help make the dream
become a reality, Riley named Jimmy
Bailey chairman of the 10,000 trees
commission, tasked with the nitty gritty
details that go along with such a project:
fling for permits, raising money and
awareness, as well as planting the trees
themselves. Since January, the commission
has met with professional landscape
architects, horticulture specialists, and
key members in the community to “get all
of our ducks in a row,” as Bailey says. Te
goal is to plant trees along Charleston’s
seven major corridors: Glen McConnell,
Savannah Highway, Sam Rittenberg,
St. Andrews Boulevard, Old Towne
Road, Folly Road, and upper Meeting
Street. With the majority of legwork and
planning completed, the planting kick-of
took place on Arbor Day, December 7.
For Bailey, the 10,000 trees initiative
has deeper roots in his personal life. A
native Charlestonian, Bailey holds the
beauty of the lowcountry near and dear to
his heart. He and his family own a piece
of property in Rockville, on Wadmalaw
Island. A grandfather to three, ages 6,
4, and 20 months, Bailey loves nothing
more than riding around Rockville on the
golf cart with his grandchildren, who he
describes as his very best friends. “One
of the frst words they learned was tree,”
Bailey explains. “I would put their fnger
on the tree and teach them to say, ‘tree.’”
When Mayor Riley frst approached
Bailey with the 10,000 trees idea, he knew
right then that he wanted to plant three
trees in honor of his grandchildren. “It’s a
gift that will last forever,” he says.
Bailey tells the story of the day Mayor
Riley asked him to chair the project. “I
was going to pick up my grandson and he
was being very quite that day. Just wasn’t
talking,” he explains. “To get him talking,
I asked what his favorite tree was. He said
Oak. Well, that’s my favorite too. When
I took him home, I asked his sister what
her favorite tree was. Without hesitation,
she said Christmas tree! Isn’t that great?
When I decided to plant a tree in honor of
them, I knew hers had to be a Christmas
tree, so we planted a Red Cedar tree on
Old Towne Road, near the Church of the
Good Shepherd.” Drive by the church
today, and you’ll notice a beautiful
Red Cedar tree with a small snowfake
ornament on it. Tat’s Betsy’s tree, and
it will be hers forever as a gift from her
beloved grandfather. Bailey hopes that
families across the lowcountry will
consider doing the same thing for loved
ones in their family. “We can all do our
part,” he says. “It’s such a personal gift.”
With a project of this scale, certain
challenges present themselves. Overhead
wires and underground utilities present
huge problems when trying to fnd areas
where a tree can grow and fourish.
Further, private property lines create
difculties when trying to fnd appropriate
locations to plant. “Te biggest challenge
isn’t going to be raising the money,” Bailey
says. “It is going to be dealing with all the
other obstacles. But my committee is up to
the challenge.” So far, basic administrative
tasks and planning blueprints are done;
now, the committee will focus on raising
money, calling on volunteers, and getting
trees in the ground.
Tough the task of planting 10,000
trees seems daunting, Bailey and his team
are confdent that by next Arbor Day, the
community will have a tremendous success
story as a result of the project. “When I
started putting my grandchildren’s fngers
on trees and getting them to say ‘tree’ I
had no idea that this project was going
to happen,” Bailey explains. “We should
always be teaching, and what would be
better to teach young people than the
beauty of a tree?”
For more information on 10,000 Trees
for Charleston, visit www.charlestoncity.
info/dept/content.aspx?nid=2492 or call
Jennifer Scales at 579-7501. Sponsor a tree
in an area near you for a donation of $300,
which includes the cost of planting and
manufacturing. Donations of all sizes are
Seeds of Tomorrow
December has been a dream for
pathologist (study of diseases), mycologist
(study of fungi), and outdoor geeks like
me. Even though we covered many
diseases and fungus growths at Purdue,
it is always exciting to see growths and
outbreaks from time to time. Below are
two we have had the pleasure witnessing
recently with this warm December
Te frst one I saw a few weeks back
while on a morning walk with my dog
Graham. I was just beside myself so much
that I had to go back inside to get the
camera. Keep in mind, if my two year old
sees me that is it and I lose my chance to
get a picture. But it was well worth the
Te weather conditions must be just
right to get a four-inch grey/black hair
like seeding structure to grow out of
fecal matter. Yes, I said fecal matter. Te
natural way to break down fecal matter
is with the growth of fungal spores. Te
spores use the left over nutrients as a food
source. After looking up the particular
type of fungi, I found it to be a type of
If you happen to fnd this in your yard
please do not worry. Nature is doing its
thing to keep clean. Tere is no reported
harm to humans.
Te other more recent disease we
have seen is on Zoysia turfgrass. Zoysia
typically does not have too many problems
with diseases, but when the conditions are
just right we can see Rhizoctonia large
patch of Zoysia. Which is also commonly
called Zoysia patch. Tis is the same type
of disease that causes so much damage in
St. Augustine. Zoysia patch can be seen
by the irregular shaped circles in the yard.
While this disease can be very harmful,
this time of year it normally is just an
eyesore. Te turf is not fully active so the
signs are more visible. Te best way to
prevent the disease is to watch when and
how much nitrogen is applied late into the
Keep an eye out and if you fnd
something you do not know what it is
please ask me. I love to see new things or
old friends. Happy hunting disease and
fungi during these warm days and nights.
Tank you to all who have made this
year great at Sunburst Landscaping. We
appreciate your business and look forward to
serving you next year.
December Warmth
Ti de Char t
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.
Dec 21
Dec 22
Dec 23
Dec 24
Dec 25
Dec 26
Dec 27
Dec 28
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Source: saltwatertides.com
arlos is an 11
grader at Charleston Collegiate.
Carlos is a quiet kid. He sits in the back of my
Entrepreneurship class. Although he doesn’t
say very much during class, I can tell he is
engaged…that he is really listening
and working to understand all that
I am presenting to the students.
Most of the other students
like to constantly fre of
their ideas. Tey have
that ‘one day I’m going
to take over the world’
kind of mentality that
is not easily restrained
in a class where the
discussions range
from fnding a niche
market to managing
employees. But Carlos
is diferent. Carlos seems
to be more interested
in taking it all in. Every
now and then, he’ll ask a
very specifc question about
start-up costs or how to evaluate
the market. To these questions, I
usually provide a precise answer and
keep on teaching. Occasionally, Carlos
will stop by my ofce and ask specifc questions
about his business. Often caught up in the frenzy of
running the school, I will answer his questions and go back
to the task I was completing, without even thinking about
the fact that we have not yet covered those certain aspects
of entrepreneurship that he wants to discuss. 
Ten, during the typical chaos of a Lower School
dismissal last week, I noticed Carlos’ mom making her way
down the hallway engaging everyone she passed.  She was
handing out business cards to the parents picking up their
children. As I approached her, I was contemplating how I
could say “no solicitation” as politely as possible. But,
before I could say anything, she turned to me,
smiling, and handed me one of her cards.
She speaks limited English, but has a
contagious smile and is constantly
thanking the faculty and me for
all we are doing for Carlos. After
smiling back at Mrs. Corona, I
thanked her for the card, shook
her hand, and continued
down the hall without giving
the short interaction too
much thought.
Later that day, I put it
all together. Te following
Monday morning, I caught
up with Carlos while he
was changing classes and
asked him to speak with
me.  I took out his mother’s
business card and asked him
if he had anything to do with
her starting her own business.
Confdently and without hesitation,
he replied, “Of course.  Every day after
I get home from football practice, I sit down
with her and tell her what we did in class that day. I
teach her what you taught me.”
I was shocked. Once I caught my breath, I thanked
Carlos and told him how impressed I was. Ten I sent
him back to class.
As an educator, this is the moment you are constantly
working toward: that moment when you know a
student truly understands what you are teaching him…
skills, strategies, and information he will use for the
rest of his life. Te Entrepreneurship program provides an
opportunity for students to apply knowledge learned from
other courses such as Public Speaking, Statistics, Applied
Technology, Economics and more to develop a vision for
their future.
Te Entrepreneurship program is a vehicle that we
can use to impact and improve our entire community.
During the 2013-2014 academic year we will be expanding
our Entrepreneurship program in partnership with
YEScarolina to afternoon classes for students from the
greater community and evening classes for unemployed
or underemployed adults. We want to enable people
throughout the Lowcountry with the same skills that
Carlos used to enable his mom. Carlos is a perfect example
of the ‘teaching up’ strategy on which the program is rooted. 
Charleston Collegiate and YEScarolina have the space, the
instructors, and the materials for this course. All we need is
a classroom full of people willing and ready to learn.
The Gift of Learning
Brian Ditullio Johns Island 1:56:33 2:01:14
Mark Kral Kiawah Island 1:59:58 2:02:42
Bill Walthall Seabrook 2:02:27 2:04:42
Robert Meister Kiawah Island 2:01:13 2:05:15
Casey Figueroa Johns Island 2:05:37 2:08:30
Jane Lurie Kiawah Island 2:09:27 2:11:19
Stacy Howard Johns Island 2:08:43 2:11:24
Kenneth Decko Kiawah Island 2:13:18 2:13:57
Neil Heath Seabrook 2:14:16 2:17:16
Heather Heath Seabrook 2:14:16 2:17:17
Cecile Shaw Johns Island 2:17:13 2:18:34
Jason Puchir Johns Island 2:18:17 2:19:18
Caroline Black Johns Island 2:15:12 2:19:19
Brandon Lytle Johns Island 2:18:15 2:21:56
Allison Ditullio Johns Island 2:17:55 2:22:35
Jennifer McCool Johns Island 2:19:46 2:22:49
Virginia Larence Kiawah Island 2:22:03 2:23:53
Dorothy Anderson Kiawah Island 2:21:17 2:24:00
Tomas Limehouse Johns Island 2:22:00 2:26:53
Gordon Ferguson Kiawah Island 2:24:42 2:28:23
Robert Minkhorst Kiawah Island 2:26:11 2:30:31
Allison Delaney Johns Island 2:33:10 2:37:14
Edward Nelson Kiawah Island 2:40:02 2:45:22
Constance Nelson Kiawah Island 2:40:02 2:45:22
Ed Dittmeier Kiawah Island 2:42:54 2:47:02
Mary Herndon Kiawah Island 2:42:56 2:47:28
Gerrie Martin Johns Island 2:50:48 2:53:52
Nicholas Reynolds Johns Island 2:55:19 3:00:52
Craig Bufe Kiawah Island 3:22:14 3:26:17
Sandy Bufe Kiawah Island 3:22:18 3:26:20
Ann Ferguson Kiawah Island 3:56:52 4:02:29
Adele Reynolds Johns Island 3:57:36 4:03:07
8 December 21, 2012
Runners Results continues from cover
long with the Charleston
County School District,
the Charleston County
Park and Recreation Commission
hosted the grand opening of
the Haut Gap Middle School
Rural Recreation Complex on
Tursday, November 15, from
2-3 p.m.
Tis new, innovative
recreation facility on Johns
Island includes a full-size
outdoor basketball court,
multi-use football/soccer feld,
a softball/baseball feld, tennis
courts, volleyball court, a disc
golf course, a walking trail, a picnic shelter and children’s
playground. Te Rural Recreation Complex at Haut Gap
Middle School (HGMS) is a project of the Charleston
County Community Education program, a partnership
between Charleston County School District (CCSD)
and the Charleston County Park and Recreation
Commission (CCPRC) administering a county-wide
network of community education centers within public
schools. Trough community education, school facilities
stay open at night, on weekends, and throughout the
summer. Community education programs serve as a hub
of activity for local citizens, ofering classes, seminars,
meeting space, and a host of activities.
Haut Gap Middle School staf has full access to
the recreation facilities during the school day, and the
community education program utilizes them for youth
and adult athletic activities, as well as after-school and
summer camp programming. Te school provides ofce
resources and storage space. In return, CCPRC provides
full maintenance and upkeep for these outdoor facilities.
As a result of this partnership, this facility is able to ofer a
full range of recreation programs that beneft the school,
the local athletic leagues, community education classes,
and the community at large.
At the grand opening ceremony were presentations
by the HGMS cheerleaders and the HGMS steel drum
band, as well as skills demonstrations by football and
tennis players. Staf from CCPRC, CCSD, as well as
Haut Gap Middle School Principal Travis Benintendo
spoke at the ceremony.
Haut Gap Middle School is a 5-8 grade partial
magnet middle school located at 1861 Bohicket Road
on Johns Island. Te school started as a high school in
1951, and became Haut Gap Middle School in the late
1960s. In 2009, Haut Gap Middle gained partial magnet
status and started the Academic Magnet Program. In
February 2010, the middle school was moved to a more
modern building, and that fall, a 5th grade Pre-Magnet
component was added.
For more information on the grand opening ceremony,
call Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission at
795-4386 or 762-2172. Haut Gap Middle School is located
at 1861 Bohicket Road, Johns Island.
Recess is Back in Session
December 21, 2012 9
10 December 21, 2012
Island Connection Calendar
January 11
Te Sound of Charleston:
Holiday Edition
Holiday concert at the Circular
Church downtown. Historic Circular
Congregational Church will be festively
decorated for Christmas to provide a
beautiful backdrop for this enchanting
evening. Join the cast for hot wassail and
cookies after the performance. $28 adults,
$25 seniors, students, and military, $16
youth. For more information, visit www.
soundofcharleston.com. 150 Meeting Street.
7 – 8:15 p.m.
Winter Holiday Revival at WICC
You are invited to hear Reverend Luther
Barnes for a night of worship and
fellowship, along with local artists including
Minister Devone Gary, saxophonist, the
Pentecostal Singers of Little Bethel Church,
the Edisto Presbyterian Church Male Choir.
Wadmalaw Island Community Center.
5605 Katy Hill Road, Wadmalaw Island. 7
Procrastinators Paradise Shopping
at Freshfelds
Haven’t started your shopping yet? Still have
one more gift to pick out? Join the retailers
of Freshfelds Village from10:00 a.m. to
8:00 p.m. for special ofers and promotions.
Beginning at 4 p.m., stores will serve beverages
and snacks during holiday happy hour.
Chamber Music Charleston Presents Te
Night Before Christmas
Chamber Music Charleston will continue
the Classical Kids Series with a special
holiday concert featuring the well-loved
children’s classic “Te Night Before
Christmas.” 1 p.m. Sottile Teatre, 44
George Street. Tickets free for children
3 and under, $5 for ages 4-16, $10 for
adults. Purchase at door or online at www.
Smores at the Sanctuary Hotel
Get in the holiday spirit by roasting
marshmallows and making smores. 7
– 8 p.m. $15 adults, $5 kids. For more
information, call 768-6330.

Christmas in Wales
Actors› Teatre of South Carolina and
Chamber Music Charleston are bringing
back to Charleston the highly acclaimed
and engaging Christmas memoir of famous
Welsh poet, Dylan Tomas. «Dylan
Tomas’ Christmas In Wales” is a dramatic
performance of Tomas’ 1955 beloved radio
story “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.” Dock
Street Teatre, 135 Church Street. Shows
at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets $17 in
advance and $20 at door. Senior, student,
group rates available. For more info, visit
Merry Christmas
Everyone at the Island Connection News
wishes all of our readers a very Merry
Christmas and a blessed New Year.
Te Sound of Charleston: Holiday
Holiday concert at the Circular
Church downtown. Historic Circular
Congregational Church will be festively
decorated for Christmas to provide a
beautiful backdrop for this enchanting
evening. Join the cast for hot wassail and
cookies after the performance. $28 adults,
$25 seniors, students, and military, $16
youth. For more information, visit www.
soundofcharleston.com. 150 Meeting Street.
7 – 8:15 p.m.
Seabrook Island Club Masked Ball
Wear your best mask to ring in the new
year. Don’t have one? No problem, one will
be provided. Dress: black tie optional. Prizes
given away at midnight. Seating in Atlantic
room only and space is limitied. Tables
will be seated in parties of ten, so get your
friends together. Event will sell out! 7:30 –
8:30 cocktail hour, 8:30 – 10 dinner, 10 live
music. Reservations: 768-7849.
Holiday Festival of Lights Winter Carnival
Fun for kids of all ages! Come out and
enjoy amusement rides, an old-fashioned
carousel, portable climbing wall, infatables,
and more. Special New Year’s Eve Firework
show at 9 p.m. Purchase a $10 wristband for
unlimited rides on attractions. Single tickets
$1. 871 Riverland Drive.
New Years Eve Dinner at ‘Cesca
Celebrate the New Year downtown at
‘Cesca Ristorante. A fve course meal will
be paired with a specially selected wine.
Dinner at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., which will
include a countdown to 2013. 5 Faber
Street, Charleston. 718-2580. For more
information, visit www.cescacharleston.

Tomas Pandolf, Classical Pianist
Tis young American pianist Tomas
Pandolf is an exciting virtuoso who,
with each passing season, is becoming
more and more sought after by audiences
worldwide and showered with superlatives
by critics for his passionate artistry and
amazing technique. Orchestral appearances
feature: Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov,
Paderewski, and Rubenstein. Don’t miss
this opportunity to experience this brilliant
pianist. Sponsored by the Town of Kiawah
Island Arts Council. Complimentary
Tickets are available at the Visitors Center at
Kiawah Island Town Hall. 4 p.m. at Church
of Our Savior. For more information call
Opera Lite
Opera Lite, presented by Dr. John Benzel,
features an opera in video with subtitles
and top-notch performers.  Audio, literary
and historical sources supplement these
educational and entertaining programs. 
Previous opera knowledge is not
important. Reservations are not required,
and all are welcome. 3 p.m. Sandcastle
Community Center.
David Holt and the Lightning Bolts
Te Town of Kiawah Island Arts Council
is proud to present David Holt, a four
time Grammy Award winner and exciting
performer on stage, radio, and television.
David is recognized as one of the nation’s
foremost folk musicians, storytellers and
historians. David Holt will ofer tales,
ballads and tunes told, sung, and often
played on the banjo, slide guitar, harmonica,
bones, spoons, jaw harp, violin, and base.
Tickets at Visitors Center and Kiawah Town
Hall. 7:30 p.m. at Turtle Point Clubhouse.


Johns Island Regional Library
3531 Maybank Highway
Monday – Tursday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Family Fun and Games (all ages)
Saturdays, December 22 and 29 from 11
a.m. – 1 p.m.
Bring the family to the library to play
various board-style games.
Art All Day (all ages)
Friday, December 21, all day
Enjoy an array of art activities all day
on select Fridays during the month of
Short Film Fridays (all ages)
Friday, December 28 from 4 – 6 p.m.
Looking for ways to expand your
imagination and practice those problem-
solving skills? Enjoy a variety of quality
short-flms for children, followed by
thought-provoking discussion at the
Club Anime (ages 12 – 19)
Saturday, December 29 from3 – 4:30 p.m.
Tis meeting will be a special viewer’s
choice in celebration of the last meeting of
2012. Pocky will be served.
Wee Reads (under 24 months with adult)
Mondays, January 7 and 14 at 10:30 a.m.
Babygarten (under 24 months with adult)
Monday, January 28 at 10:30 a.m.
Registration required for Babygarten. Please
call the Children’s Department at 559 1945.
Time for Twos (2 – 3 years old with adult)
Tuesdays, January 8, 15, 22, and 29 at
10:30 a.m.
Preschool Storytime (3 – 6 years with adult)
Wednesdays, January 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30
at 10:30 a.m.
Excel 2007 Basics (adults/young adults)
Tuesday, January 15 from 10 a.m. – 12
p.m. Registration starts 12/25
An introduction to spreadsheets using
Microsoft Excel. Tis session provides
a basic overview and common uses for
spreadsheets. Learn basic Excel functions
and build a simple budget spreadsheet.
Prerequisite: Word Basics or some
experience using MS Word will be helpful.
Passive Program: How well do you
know Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
(ages 5-11)
All month
Spin the wheel and test your
knowledge about the man of peace.
One prize per
student per day.
PLAY:  Snap, Crackle and Pop! (all ages)
Wednesday, January 2 at 6:30 p.m.
Learn to be a Foley artist; that’s the person
who makes sounds efects for movies,
television, and radio.
Art All Day (all ages)
Fridays, January 4 and 18, all day
Enjoy an array of art activities all day on
Fridays during the month of January!
Family Fun and Games (all ages)
Saturdays, January 5, 12, and 26 from 11
a.m. – 1 p.m.
Bring the family to the library to play
various board-style games!
Flower Pot Display
December 1 – 31
Jessica Farmer will display her one of a
kind acrylic painted fower pots.
Photography Exhibit
December 1 – 31
David Mandel, a resident of John’s Island,
will display his photographs of wildlife,
portraits, lifestyles (weddings/families),
theatre, and commercials. David’s
photographs have been featured in the
Charleston City Paper, Te Post & Courier,
Charleston Scene and American Teater
December 21
December 21, 2012
December 21, 2012
Gifts for the Techie
is the Season and shopping
abounds for all those wonderful
electronic goodies. I thought
we could go through a few to help with
decisions this holiday. Tablets and smart
phones have really come of age this year
and fnding a good one without breaking
the bank can be daunting.
If going the iPad route, consider the
“mini” as an alternate to the full size. Te
mini has the same functionality as the full
size but with a base price of $329 up to
$659 for the 64GB with cellular service.
Te full iPad is a base price of $499 up to
$829 for the 64GB with cellular service.
Remember, when buying and iPad or
any other tablet that they are not really
upgradeable so if you need to jump from
16GB to 32 or 64 you would need to buy
a new iPad. Some tablet models allow you
to “add” memory in the form of a SD card
but the speed of the added memory is
much slower than the “installed” memory.
Alternatives to the iPad can run from
$69 to over $500 depending on size of
memory and whether they are cellular
ready. Te main thing to look for in
these tablets is the version of the android
operating software. If you see a tablet
that is in the low range and it has a 2.2
version of the OS it will be fne for reading
a book or doing some basic email/surfng.
Anything else will be severely limited due
to the OS and the memory. Some of these
have 4GB or less and will not be able to
directly access the Android app store
called Google Play. Google, the makers of
the Android OS have come out with their
own tablet, which runs in the $250 range
for the 7-inch that is similar in size to the
iPad mini. You also have the Windows
8 OS tablets one of which is the Surface
made by Microsoft. It is a pricier tablet –
in the $600 range – but has some great
As with all tablets, Apple,
Android(Google) or Windows 8 you
need to determine if it is going to be used
primarily for work or play. If it’s work you
might consider the good old laptop as
your choice for all the extra storage with a
hard drive plus the added work software.
In choosing the tablet for play and some
work it can ft into your hectic work/
lifestyle but be aware of the costs and
drawbacks. Some fnd the iPad, whether
it’s the mini or full to do all they ever need
while others fnd the Android to fll the
need. I like the Apple products but fnd
the price just a bit much, whereas the
Android oferings, if you know what you
want upfront can do it all for a lesser price.
As for smartphones, again it’s the Apple
iPhone or Android OS that
drives the feld. Microsoft
does have a Windows 8
phone ofering but its share
of the market is quite small.
I recently purchased the
Samsung s3 and am a bit partial
to it but again it’s what you
want to do with it that
should drive the choice.
If I can be of help with
decisions, set up, etc. you can
always contact me.
One other note for anyone involved in
non-profts: A new non-proft tech school is
starting this January and I am proud to be
one of the starting members and a teacher
for the school called SC Tech Academy.
We will be ofering a 4-week class that will
be every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
We will be studying Security and how to
secure your data including employee and
donor data, how to secure your computers,
network security and online protection, so
if you know of someone who either works
for a non-proft or if you do consider
attending the classes. Tere is a nominal
fee for the class and you
can get more info
at: sctechacademy.
org. Te frst class
is January 22 and
will continue for
the next 4 weeks
and the class is
limited to 10
students. More
classes will be
forthcoming on a
variety of subjects.
Look forward to some good questions
and helping you out. If you need immediate
assistance you can always call Rent A Bob at
822-7794 or email at rentabob@live.com.
December 21, 2012 14
he combination of September,
October, and November (SON) is
considered to be the fall season by
weather observers. Like the spring, the fall
tends to have a low profle in the public
consciousness because its temperatures
don’t have headline grabbing summer
highs or winter lows. Nevertheless, we
have had an interesting autumn in 2012.
Here on Seabrook-Kiawah, hot on
the heels of the eight warmest winter,
the second warmest spring, and the 55

coolest summer, we had the 71
fall of the 142 years we have on record (for
the average of mean daily temperatures).
Tat means it was a VERY average fall.
However, looking at the component
months of fall, we had the 31
September, the 36
warmest October
and the 16
coolest November. In fact,
November averaged some 3.3ºF below
its long-term average. Te range of fall
temperatures in our record goes from 62.3
ºF (1917) to 71.3ºF (1998). 2012 came
in at 66.4ºF. When a linear trend line is
applied to the record, the data exhibit a
rate of increase in fall temperature of 1.3
ºF per 100 years.
Te rainfall record available to us
specifc to Seabrook-Kiawah starts
towards the end of the year 2000. Te
12-year (2001-2012) average rainfall has
been 9.7” for the autumn. Tis year was
very dry and we had only 2.9”. Within that
seasonal total, the month of September,
which has averaged 3.7”, was particularly
dry at a meager 0.1” for 2012.
Our 2012 hurricane season ended
November 30. Quite apart from the
damage it inficted centered on the New
York and New Jersey coastlines, late season
Hurricane Sandy had quite an impact on
our beaches here (albeit from long range).
Many long term analyses of hurricanes
will be updated with the 2012 data over
the next few months. However, by way
of immediate context, there is one
update already available. Te graph
is courtesy of Chris Landsea of the
US National Hurricane Center
and it comes to us via the blog of
Roger Pielke, Jr. at the University of
Colorado at Boulder.
Te graph shows the annual
intensity of US landfalling
hurricanes from 1900 to 2012. Te
Power Dissipation Index (PDI) is
a measure of storm intensity based
on wind speeds. In the graph, the
red bars show the annual data. Te
grey straight line is the linear trend
(no trend) and the black line shows
the 5-year average. Te most recent
5 years have the lowest landfalling
hurricane intensity of any fve year
period back to 1900. By contrast,
2004 and 2005 saw the most intense
seasons of landfalling storms.
Te data on which the graph is
based include both hurricanes and
post-tropical cyclones which made
landfall at hurricane strength (i.e.,
storms like Sandy). In addition
to Sandy, there have been 3 other such
storms to make landfall, in 1904, 1924,
and 1925. Te inclusion of these storms
does not make a signifcant impact on the
Note: to establish the Seabrook-Kiawah
temperature history, we use the data
from four active weather stations on the
islands of Seabrook and Kiawah. Tose
data go back no further than the year
2000. However, the various temperature
relationships for each season and each
month between Seabrook-Kiawah and
Charleston’s downtown have proven to be
consistent over the last 12 years. We apply
those relationships to the Charleston City
weather station data to impute a history
for Seabrook/Kiawah temperatures
before the year 2000. Tis allows us to
take advantage of the Charleston City
temperature data, some of which go back
as far as 1871.
Autumn Weather Round-Up
16 December 21, 2012
Te HGTV Dream Home 2013… you have to see it
to believe it. And starting on December 4, viewers can
take a virtual tour of the custom-built, 3000-square-
foot home on Kiawah Island by visiting HGTV.com/
dreamhome. Te HGTV Dream Home 2013 Giveaway
opens for entries on Friday, December 28, 2012 at 9 a.m.
Eastern time and runs through February 15, 2013 at 5
p.m. Eastern.
Te fabulous HGTV Dream Home 2013 will make
dreams come true for one winner, who will ll claim a
grand prize package that includes the home, a 2013

Acadia Denali and $500,000.
During the giveaway period, viewers can enter
twice online per day: once at HGTV.com and once at
FrontDoor.com. HGTV Facebook and Twitter fans can
elect to receive ongoing updates and new details.
Te HGTV Dream Home 2013, designed to exist
in harmony with its environment while maintaining
a contemporary fair, lies alongside tranquil tidal
marshland and near pristine beaches in Indigo Park,
Kiawah Island’s frst sustainable neighborhood. Certifed
LEED Platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council, the
HGTV Dream Home 2013 incorporates the latest green
building design and technology to reach the highest level
of energy and water efciency, indoor environmental
quality and sustainability.
Refecting a “Low-Country Zen” design by architect
Christopher Rose, the two-story home features a double-
height great room, large gourmet kitchen, and multi-
purpose loft space overlooking the main level. Unique
architectural elements include solid beam trusses, heavy
timber exterior supports with exposed custom steel
connections, a spacious rear deck with a plunge pool
and carefully placed windows for panoramic views of the
serene tidal marsh grasses and waterways that lead to the
Atlantic Ocean.
“Tis year’s HGTV Dream Home epitomizes
coastal living at its best,” said Jack Tomasson, HGTV
professional home planner. “Our developer partners are
meticulous stewards of the environment and recognize
that building a spectacular HGTV Dream Home can
co-exist with preserving the beauty and unique attributes
of Kiawah Island.”
Te fully furnished HGTV Dream Home 2013
features products provided by national advertising
partners including GMC, Lumber Liquidators, Inc.,
Bounty Paper Towels, Te Sherwin-Williams
Company, BISSELL

Homecare, Inc., Delta Faucet,
Kraft Foods NA, Progressive Insurance, Vitamix
Ethan Allen Global Inc, Johns Manville, and
PetSmart, Inc.
About Indigo Park
A collection of 16 green-conscious homes, Indigo
Park aims to become the frst community with all
LEED certifed homes within a residential resort.
Located just beyond the second gate, Indigo Park
is the vision of Dyal Compass, LLC DyalCompass.
com. Along with Christopher Rose Architects and
Royal Indigo Construction, Dyal Compass has
developed a community that ofers “building with
a conscience” without sacrifcing luxury, quality,
or value. For more information on Indigo Park,
visit IndigoParkHomes.com or Kiawahisland.com/
About HGTV
America’s leading home and lifestyle brand, HGTV
features a top-rated cable network that is distributed to
more than 99 million U.S. households and the HGTV
website, HGTV.com, the nation’s leading online home-
and-garden destination that attracts an average of four
million unique visitors per month. Te brand also
includes the HGTV HOME consumer products line
which showcases exclusive collections of paint, fooring,
soft goods and other home-oriented products, as well as
HGTV Magazine, a new home and lifestyle publication
published in partnership with Hearst Magazines.
Life Could be a Dream
December 21, 2012 17
ooking for the perfect, family-
friendly activity to ring in the New
Year? What better way than to bring
the group to enjoy the Holiday Festival
of Lights Winter Carnival on Monday,
December 31 at James Island County
Park. Plus, this is your last chance to enjoy
the 2012 Holiday Festival of Lights.
For this one special night, kids will
have the chance to enjoy children’s
amusement rides as well as infatable jump
castles, beginning at 5:30 p.m.  And, be
sure to experience the nightly attractions
at the festival, including the old-fashioned
carousel, the portable climbing wall,
children’s activities and much more.  Stay
with us as we welcome 2013 with a BANG
during the freworks show at 9 p.m.
Wristbands providing unlimited rides
on the attractions will be available for just
$10 (does not include rides on the festival
train). Individual tickets will also be sold
for $1 each. Attractions will range from
1-3 tickets per ride.
Slap on a wristband and play to your
heart’s content, then experience the rest
of the Holiday Festival of Lights and all
its many attractions!  Marvel at over 700
light displays and 2 million lights, stroll
down the enchanted walking trail, see the
50-ton sand sculpture and hop aboard
the festival train. Roast marshmallows
and visit the concessions stands for a
hearty snack or Santa’s Sweet Shoppe for a
holiday treat. It’s a great way for the whole
family to celebrate the New Year!
Come out to the Holiday Festival of
Lights, open now through December 31,
2012. Nightly Festival Hours are: Fridays
and Saturdays: 5:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.; and
Sundays – Tursdays:  5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. 
Fees are $12 per vehicle Sunday-Tursday or
$15 per vehicle Friday and Saturday for 1-15
guests, $40 per vehicle for 16-30 guests, and
$100 per vehicle for 31 or more guests. On
Sundays through Tursdays, bring a canned
food item for donation at the festival for a $2
discount on regular Holiday Festival of Lights
admission.  For more information about the
Holiday Festival of Lights or the festival’s
Winter Carnival, please call 795-4386 or
visit www.holidayfestivalofights.com.
Lighting Up the New Year
18 December 21, 2012
hat started as a small
promotion in November
has transformed into one
of the largest food drives in the history
of Magnolia Plantation. Executive
Director Tom Johnson spearheaded the
drive beginning in November, ofering
$5 of general admission with the
donation of a nonperishable food item
for the Lowcountry Food Bank. Since
the initiation, the plantation has been
overwhelmed with the generosity of the
community, and has decided to continue
the drive through December in hopes of
collecting one ton of food.
“We originally thought we would run
it through Tanksgiving,” explains Herb
Fraser, Marketing Director. “But we’ve
seen such a great response from people
and the community that Tom decided we
should continue it through the Christmas
season, as another period of giving.” So
far, over 1,400 pounds of food has been
collected, making the one-ton goal a
clear possibility. “It’s already been such a
success,” explains Johnson. “But I would
love it if we could reach our one-ton goal.
With help from our visitors, I really think
it’s going to happen.”
Te plantation will continue collecting
food through December 31. To encourage
guests to come out and support the drive,
Johnson has raised the $5 of promotion to
50 percent of general admission for those
donating food. Lowcountry Food Bank
encourages donors to bring in the healthy
food items, such as: peanut butter, canned
chicken, salmon and tuna in water, dried
lentils, beans, bread, four, whole grain
cereal, canned fruit and vegetables, and
snacks such as dried fruit and sugar free
With such large quantities of food
coming in, Johnson is glad to have the
assistance of Venturing Crew 1676 to
come in on Saturdays and help deliver food
to the food bank. A Venturing Crew is a
branch of Boy Scouts of America, targeted
at both young men and women ages 13
– 20. “I’ve been involved in Scouts since
I was a young boy,” Johnson says. Crew
1676 sprung up just two months ago,
and already has fve young men and three
women members. “I decided on Crew
1676 because that’s the founding date of
Magnolia,” Johnson adds. “We specialize
in history, and historic education and
preservation.” Fortunately, the crew has a
good attitude about all the heavy lifting
they’ve been doing in order to make the
drive possible.
With the Christmas season and the
spirit of giving now in full swing, Fraser
and Johnson are confdent that the
one-ton goal can be reached as members
of the community continue to give back.
“We want to use our network of friends
and visitors as a way to help those who
are less fortunate,” Fraser says. “Tat’s our
primary goal. It was our goal when we
started. It’s the season of giving and we
want people to give as much as they can.”
Taking a Bite Out of Hunger
Left to right: Logan Johnson, Bo Jennings, Andrew Seay
December 21, 2012 19
20 December 21, 2012
hose that celebrate Christmas have
had their tree up for a few weeks.
Some of us, including myself, opt
for an artifcial tree, where others prefer
a natural tree. More than 33 million
American homes decorate with a natural
tree as part of the holiday decorations
each year. Christmas trees account for
approximately 240 fres annually, resulting
in 13 deaths and more than $16 million
in property damage. Typically, shorts in
electrical lights and open fames from
candles, lighters, or matches start tree
fres. Well-watered trees are not usually a
problem, but dry and neglected ones can
Even trees that have been well-
watered and cared for will eventually stop
absorbing water and start to dry out. A
good rule of thumb is to never keep a live
Christmas tree for more than a month.
When the needles start falling of in large
numbers, it is a good sign that it is time
to get it out of the house. Dry trees are a
fre hazard and should not be left in the
home, garage, or placed outside against
the home.
Do not dispose of Christmas trees
by burning them in a freplace or wood
stove. Te trees have a lot of sap, which
can lead to explosive burning once heated.
Pine needles also burn hot and fast, and
fames can quickly fare out of control
and send sparks fying across a room or
ignite creosote deposits in the chimney
and cause a chimney fre. Many areas will
take old trees for recycling. Check the
Charleston County Web site or contact
you local government to see if they have a
Christmas tree recycling program.
Tere is a saying that “A picture is worth
a thousand words.” What about a video?
To help demonstrate why the maintenance
of a Christmas tree is important go to
YouTube and type in “Christmas tree fre”
or go to fre.nist.gov/tree_fre.htm.
Also, make sure your smoke alarms
are working and they have fresh batteries.
Don’t take the batteries out to power toys
on Christmas day.
St. Johns Fire Department is located at
3327 Maybank Highway, Johns Island. For
more information, call 559-9194.
Don’t Set the House Ablaze

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