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White Visits Charleston
hristmas may be over but the spirit of giving remains alive and
strong in the Charleston community. Last week, Charleston
County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC) received an
87-acre donation on the north side of the Stono River, and half a mile west
of the ending point of the West Ashley Greenway. Te property, known
as Limehouse Point, was made possible thanks to Jenny and Mike Messner,
alongside Paul and Betsy Shiverick, in a generous efort to keep Charleston
beautiful and green.
Te Messners came to know the property through their foundation
Red Fields to Green Fields, which supports initiatives around the country
aimed at conservation.
he Turmond name is no stranger to South
Carolina politics, but newly elected District 41
representative Paul Turmond is determined to
make his own mark in the state legislator after defeating
Democratic challenger Paul Tinkler in November 2012.
With a new year comes new challenges, and Turmond
is excited to take on a number of important issues in the
Palmetto State. In a special interview with the Island
Connection, the new representative discusses his plans,
challenges, and hopes for 2013. Turmond announced
earlier this week that he would not enter the race for
the US District 1 House seat vacated by Tim Scott, but
would instead focus his attentions on District 41 and his
What are the biggest challenges facing the state of
South Carolina in 2013?
Unemployment, education, and ethics. We are
near the bottom in the nation with one of the highest
unemployment rates. We are near the bottom in education
and we are failing in ethics. Tese three areas are going
to be the most challenging for our state.
What will be your frst order of business in the New Year?
Te frst order of business is going to be election reform
to ensure that the election issues of 2012, which resulted
in the disenfranchisement of thousands of voters, never
happen again.
How do you hope to fll the shoes of former District
41 Senator Glenn McConnell?
His shoes are impossible to fll. Lieutenant Governor
McConnell served our District with dedication and
honor. I consider him a true statesman. I hope to emulate
his work ethic and his knowledge of the rules so that I
can be efective for our district.
As the son of Strom Turmond, how will you make
your own mark in South Carolina politics?
I hope that I can look back on this opportunity with
Making A Name for Himself
Continues on page 14
Turmond continues on page 5
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Kiawah Island, SC 29455
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Seabrook Island, SC 29455
Phone: 768-9121
Fax: 768-9830
Meetings are held at the Berkeley Electric Co-op located at
3351 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island.
Chairman Chris Cannon: 343-5113
4045 Bridge View Dr, N. Charleston
75 Calhoun St.
Te frst Kiawah Island Council
meeting of the new year kicked of with
several new faces. Newly elected Mayor
Charles Lipuma called the meeting to
order, and all appear excited to begin their
roles as councilmember.
Citizens Presentations
John Wilson addressed Council on
behalf of the Kiawah Island Motoring
Retreat. Last year, the motoring retreat
ran a successful car show using ATAX
funds, with over 800 people in attendance.
Te Town granted the motoring retreat
$55,000 to run another show in 2013.
Wilson informed Council that it is the
hope of the retreat to upgrade the event by
moving venues to a more upscale location at
the River Course Club House. An original
event date was scheduled for April 2013, but
because of a confict with the club, the date
had to be moved to November 16, 2013.
Wilson informed Council that the $55,000
grant fund awarded by the Town expires on
June 30, leaving the money incapable for
use by the November date. We have frozen
all funding because with the grant expiring,
we are uncertain whether or not we will get
the rest of the grant to produce the show,
Wilson said. He requested Council that
by June 30, any remaining funds from the
$55,000 grant be placed in the Kiawah
Island Motor Retreat bank account so the
funds dont expire. Wilson stated that the
retreat would provide receipts and other
pertinent information to Council to justify
expenses after the grant expires.
Mayor Lipuma commented that the
other alternative is to bring the item in as
a part of the next fscal year budget. We
will take it under advisement and get back
to you via letter, Lipuma said.
Dr. Ken Oberheu spoke regarding
Ordinance 2012 2 concerning dune
walkovers. Oberheu commented that he
believes the ordinance needs to undergo
more revision, because property owners
were not given a chance to express
concerns or receive legal advice. Im not
quite satisfed with Councils discussion,
Oberheu said, believing that the language
was misleading and that the state does
not require dune walkovers. Oberheu
encouraged Town Attorney Rhoads to
take a look at the issue in depth.
Supporting I 526
Te frst order of business for the new
Council was to pass a resolution stating
support for the completion of I-526. It is
important for the new Town Council to
have a position, and show its position with
regards to the roads, Mayor Lipuma said.
All voted in favor of the resolution.
Supporting the Greenway
Council passed another resolution in
support of the proposed Greenway. All
Councilmembers voted in favor of the
Glass on the Beach
Mayor Lipuma reported that there is
an ordinance in place, which prohibits the
use of glass containers on the beach. We
have received requests that we should have
some exceptions to this, Lipuma said.
Council decided to hand the issue to the
Environmental Committee for review,
background, and current experience, and
then have the Environmental Committee
come forward to Council with a
Island Beach Services Renewal
Town Council approved a one-year
extension of the franchise agreement with
Island Beach Services. Te three-year
contract must be renewed every year, and
the Town is currently in the second year of
the agreement.
Te Greenery Contract Renewal
Town Administrator Rucker reported
that the Greenery Contract Renewal has
been updated to refect all current areas
of service, such as the municipal center,
Beachwalker Drive, and the fagpole.
Council unanimously approved a one-year
extension of the contract.
Arts Council Service Awards
Mayor Lipuma awarded Mary Johnson,
John Labriola, and Linda Morgenstern
awards for their service with the Arts
Council. I cant thank them enough for
their service, Lipuma said.
2013 Meeting Schedule and
Holiday Schedule
Te Town of Kiawah Island will observe
the following holidays:
Tuesday, January 1 New Years Day
Monday, January 21 Martin Luther
Monday, February 18 Presidents Day
Monday, May 27 Memorial Day
Tursday, July 4 Independence Day
Monday, September 2 Labor Day
Monday, November 11 Veterans Day
Tursday, November 28 Tanksgiving
Wednesday, December 25 Christmas
A full list of Town meetings is available
on the Town website, or in each issue of the
Island Connection.
Election of Mayor Pro Tempore
Mayor Lipuma stated that he spoke
with each Councilmember individually
regarding nominations for Mayor Pro
Tempore. I suggested that we nominate
John Labriola, because he received the
greatest number of votes among the Council
Kiawah Town Council January 8, 2013
Kiawah Council continues on page 3
An Apology
We at the Island Connection apologize for an error that occurred on
the timeline of our January 11 issue. On April 14, the Kiawah Island
event Celebrate Kiawah! was held for island property owners at the
Sandcastle, not Reds Icehouse. Te Island Connection apologizes for
any confusion.
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January 28
Kiawah Ways and Means
2 p.m.
Kiawah Town Hall
February 4
Kiawah Environmental
3 p.m.
Kiawah Town Hall
February 5
Kiawah Town Council
2 p.m.
Kiawah Town Hall
February 6
Seabrook Planning
Commission Work Session
2:30 p.m.
Seabrook Town Hall
Kiawah Communications
10 a.m.
Kiawah Town Hall
Kiawah Planning Commission
3 p.m.
Kiawah Town Hall
Kiawah Public Safety
1:30 p.m.
Kiawah Town Hall
in the election. Council unanimously
voted in favor of John Labriola as Mayor
Pro Tempore.
Committee Chair Appointments
Te following Councilmembers were
appointed as Chairperson of respective
Dick Murphy Public Safety
Lauren Patch Planning Commission
and Board of Zoning Appeals
John Labriola Ways and Means
Mary Johnson Arts Council
2013 Committee Appointments
Council discussed new appointments to
Arts Council New member Jodi Rush
was appointed for a one-year term.
Board of Zoning Appeals Ron Hacker
and Tomas Burke were reappointed for a
three-year term.
Communications Mary Johson was
appointed as chair. Member Frances Boyd
was reappointed for a one-year term. New
members Linda Dove and Jack Kotz were
appointed for a one-year term.
Environmental John Labriola was
appointed as chair. New members John
Wright, William Stewart, and Marilyn
Olson were appointed for a one-year term.
New membership was adjusted from a
maximum of ten members to a maximum
of ffteen.
Planning Commission Member Jack
Koach was reappointed for a term until
2016, flling in a seat that was vacated.
Andrew Capelli and Ronald Tedesco were
renewed appointed until 2017.
Public Safety New members John
Olson and Hal Fallon were appointed for
one-year terms.
Ways and Means Committee includes
all members of Town Council. John
Labriola will serve as chair.
Appointment of Town Attorney
Attorney Firm Rhoad & Rhoad was
appointed as the Town Attorney for the
next year.
Appointment of Municipal Court Judge
Lipuma reported that current judge
Greg Brown has decided that it is time for
him to step down. He will be moving to
San Francisco to be closer to family. Te
Town will advertise for candidates for the
non-paying position of municipal court
judge, and then the Town Council will
select. Brown will stay on until a new judge
is in place.
Appointment of Town Clerk
Petra Reynolds was appointed as Town
Appointment of Town Treasurer
Kenneth Grunnels was appointed as
Town Treasurer.
Committee Reports
Councilman Murphy reported that the
Public Safety Committee would hold its
frst meeting on February 6. We are still
waiting approval from the governor for our
two new fre commissioners, he said.
Councilman Labriola reported that
the Environmental Committee met and
welcomed new members. Te committee
discussed Joel Gramlings invasive species
Councilwoman Johnson reported that
the Communications Committee will be
focusing on ways to reduce dependency
on paper mailing and updates to the Town
website. I hope as a councilmember to
expand providing information from the
Council to the community, she said.
Councilman Patch reported that the
Planning Commission has not met for lack
of an agenda.
Town Administrators Report
Town Administrator Rucker reported
that the Town has been very busy wrapping
up the year in closeout procedures and
getting the new Council underway. Te
Town has hired a new code enforcement
ofcer, Richard Collins, who comes from
California with over 20 years of experience.
She also reported that she met with
a consultant and engineering frm for
assistance with remedying the bridge
joint along the parkway where asphalt is
deteriorating. A proposal will be presented
to Ways & Means at the end of the month.
Mayors Report
Mayor Lipuma thanked the Town for
electing him to serve as Mayor. I trust I
can live up to your expectations, he said.
He also thanked former Councilmembers
Greg VanDerwerker and Fran Wermuth
for their service on Council, along with
former Mayor Steve Orban. I personally
cant thank him enough for his leadership
and contribution, he said.
Lipuma also reported that the new
Council would hold a retreat at the
Marriott hotel in Charleston to kick-
start the new year and their hopes, plans,
and expectations for the Town. Lipuma
commented that he hoped everyone read
Brian Hicks column in the Post & Courier,
acknowledging the service of Kiawah and
Seabrook residents. We appreciate having
that kind of publicity and commentary,
because so often it is on the negative side,
he said.
Citizens Comments
Wendy Kulick wished Council good
luck for the next two years. With a new
Council, there is a lot to be done and it
sounds like everyone is on their way, she
said. She also appreciated the Brian Hicks
column, saying, Its about time we got
some positive PR. She urged Council to
remember the column if Kiawah decides
to pull out of the St. Johns Fire District.
Tere will be lots of publicity and it wont
be nearly as good.
Tom Kulick reported that the St. Johns
Fire Commission would meet that evening
and go over requirements for a new fre
chief. Hopefully we will come up with the
best person possible for the job, he said,
and encouraged people to attend.
Te next council meeting will be Tuesday,
Februrary 5 at 2 p.m.
Kiawah Council continues from page 2
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Te following is a synopsis of some of
the activities of the Charleston County
Sherifs Department during the month of
December 2012 and early January 2013.
December 1 Wadmalaw Island
A woman stated that while driving, her
car was attacked by three Pit Bulls. She
stated that the dogs caused a fair amount
of damage to the car, and deputies
observed bite marks and scratches along
the front side. Te dogs were still on scene
when police arrived and tried to attack
the patrol car as well. Te owner of the
dogs was giventhree citations for Animal
at Large.
December 20 Kiawah Island
A woman met with a police ofcer and
stated that she believed her home cleaning
service employees stole an antique sterling
silver candlestick from her home, valued
around $2,500. Te candlestick was in the
freplace room and after the cleaners left,
she noticed it was missing. Te cleaning
service was notifed.
December 21 Kiawah Island
An ofcer was dispatched to an alarm
activation at a stand-alone building,
possibly used for storage. Te doorknob
was broken, along with the wooden frame
of the door. Nothing appeared to be
missing, and Kiawah security attempted
to contact a key holder to the building but
could not reach anyone.
December 30 Johns Island
An ofcer observed a truck traveling
in excess of 60 mph out of the trafc
circle at Freshfelds, where the speed
limit is 35 mph, increasing to 50 mph on
Betsy Kerrison. Te ofcer followed the
truck and noticed that he made a rapid
lane change to pass a van and failed to
maintain his lane by veering into the other
lane several times. Te ofcer conducted
a trafc stop and smelled alcohol coming
from the drivers breath. Te ofcer also
noticed an open container of beer in the
cup holder. Te driver was arrested for
reckless driving and open container.
December 31 Kiawah Island
Ofcers responded to a residential
burglar alarm call. Te alarm company
stated that the upstairs veranda door
was unlocked and open. After searching,
ofcers found another unlocked door with
a bent coat hanger in the foor, but there
were no signs of forced entry and nothing
appeared to be missing.
December 31 Kiawah Island
An ofcer met with a man who, upon
arriving at the bank, realized his drivers
license was missing. He didnt think the
license was stolen, as all of his credit cards
were still in his wallet. Te man was
provided with a case number.
December 31 Seabrook Island
An ofcer was dispatched in reference
to a verbal dispute. Te couple is dating
and admitted to the ofcer that they
were in a loud argument but no physical
contact was made. Tey agreed to separate
and end the loud arguing.
January 9 Johns Island
A woman was walking
with her son-in-law when a Pitt
Bull appeared and started chasing her.
Te dog grabbed her sweatpants and
didnt let go. Te woman hit the dog with
a stick until he ran away. Te owner of the
dog is unknown.
Police Reports
ur Lady of Mercy Community
Outreach will host its 16

Annual Auction on Sunday,
January 27, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the
Charleston Marriott Hotel located at 170
N. Lockwood Blvd. Tickets are $75 and
include a silent auction during a cocktail
hour with light hors devours and wine
followed by a live auction and formal
Sunday dinner. Proceeds from the event
will go directly to educational outreach
services including early childhood
education, English
as a Second
Language (ESL),
GED preparation,
budgeting classes,
womens health
education, craft
classes, and more.
Te Annual
Auction has been
our most successful
fundraising event
for many years, says
Jill Jackson Ledford,
executive director
of Our Lady of Mercy Community
Outreach. We are pleased to announce
that proceeds from this years Sweet
16-themed event will directly go toward
our educational services for people of all
ages and stages of need.
Several hundred items ranging from
$8 to $750 will be up for bidding during
the silent auction including artwork,
home decor items, jewelry, food and wine
baskets, golf clubs, tickets for musical
and sporting events, and gift certifcates
for local restaurants and retail shops. A
full Sunday dinner will be served at 2:30
p.m. followed by the live auction hosted
by Doug Warner of Carolina One Real
Estate. A few of the live auction items
include a Scotland getaway to the Glen
House, a Napa Valley Wine Country tour,
a Bloomingdales shopping spree trip, and
a game table and chairs from Southeastern
To purchase tickets for the event, call
Local Nonproft Hosts Fundraiser for Sea Islands
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annual Chefs Feast gala,
presented by the Embassy Suites
Charleston Area Convention
Center, will be held March 10 from
6 - 9:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom
of the Embassy Suites Charleston Area
Convention Center. More than 1,000
community partners and friends of the
hungry will fock to the event to indulge
in fare from the areas most acclaimed
chefs and restaurants.
Chefs Feast is a collaboration between
the Lowcountry Food Bank and more
than 30 of the areas most celebrated
chefs who will ofer up delectable bites
both savory and sweet for guests to
enjoy. Beyond the decadent array of food
oferings, guests can indulge in a hosted
bar, enjoy the Big Band sounds of the Ray
Michaels Band, and meet the lowcountrys
own celebrity chefs as they serve up their
signature dishes.
Proceeds from Chefs Feast beneft
two of the Lowcountry Food Banks
childhood hunger programs Kids Cafe
and BackPack Buddies which alleviate
after-school and weekend hunger for
Lowcountry children. While Charleston
lures food lovers from around the world
to her doorstep, it is unfortunate that in
the midst of the fourishing food scene,
one out of four lowcountry children
experiences hunger.
It is heartbreaking that so many
children in our own backyards go to bed
hungry every night, says Lowcountry
Food Bank President and CEO Pat
Walker. If there is ever a reason to over-
indulge, Chefs Feast would be it. Your
support of Chefs Feast enables us to
provide meals year-round, to children in
our community that need our help.
Led by Chef Robert Carter of
Carters Kitchen and Rutledge Cab Co.,
the lineup of chefs include some of the
Lowcountrys most recognized names,
including event veterans Marc Collins of
Circa 1886, Jeremiah Bacon of Oak and
Te Macintosh, and Nate Whiting of
Tristan. Chef Carter founded Chefs Feast
in 1999, and over the years it has become
one of Charlestons largest charitable
events. Tat year, I invited nine chefs
nine friends, ratherto come together
for something I called Chefs Feast. We
cooked for 300 guests. Tis year, well
welcome 30 chefs and over one thousand
guests to the event.
chefs-feast to purchase tickets, tables, and
sponsorships. Tickets include entrance
as well as food and drink. Chefs Feast is
black tie optional. For more information,
please call the Lowcountry Food Bank at
747-8146 ext. 105.
About the Lowcountry Food Bank:
Te Lowcountry Food Bank serves the 10
coastal counties of South Carolina and
distributes more than 19 million pounds of
food a year. Te Lowcountry Food Bank is
a clearinghouse for donated food products
that are distributed to a network of more
than 300 member agencies including soup
kitchens, homeless shelters and emergency
food pantries. Te Lowcountry Food Bank
is a member of Feeding America and is
committed to educating the public about the
problems of and solutions to domestic hunger
as well as advocating on the behalf of the
hungry in our community.
Finger Lickin Good
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6 January 25, 2013
harleston area residents are asked
to participate in a historic study
that may change the face of cancer.
Men and women between the ages of 30
and 65 who have never been diagnosed
with cancer are needed to enroll in
the American Cancer Societys Cancer
Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). CPS-3
will help researchers better understand
the lifestyle, environmental and genetic
factors that cause or prevent cancer.
Te local American Cancer Society
ofce is hoping to recruit 800 residents
from the greater Charleston area.
Individuals can enroll at cps3charleston.
org for one of the following dates and
Roper Berkeley Day Hospital:
Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 7-10: 30
Trident Medical Center: Tuesday,
January 29, 2013, 7-10: 30 a.m.
Bon Secours Saint Francis Hospital:
Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 3-6:30
Medical University of South Carolina:
Tursday, January 31, 2013, 7-10: 30
a.m. & 3:30-7 p.m.
Te Jewish Community Center:
Tursday, January 31, 2013, 7-10: 30
East Cooper Medical Center (Mount
Pleasant): Friday, February 1, 2013,
8-11:30 a.m.
Weve had really great interest so
far, but we need to get the word out to
everyone in the community, said Fronde
Merchant, mission delivery manager for
the American Cancer Society. If your
family has been touched by cancer and
you want to help prevent this for others
in the future, please set up a time to enroll
in CPS-3.
To enroll in the study, individuals will
be asked to read and sign an informed
consent form; complete a comprehensive
survey packet that asks for information
on lifestyle, behavior and other factors
related to health; have waist circumference
measured; and give a small blood sample.
Most participants spend 45 minutes
completing the survey and 30 minutes
at the appointment. Upon completion of
this process, the Society will send periodic
follow-up surveys for participants to
update their information as well as annual
newsletters with study updates and results.
Many individuals diagnosed with
cancer struggle to answer the question,
What caused my cancer? In many cases,
we dont know the answer, said Alpa
V. Patel, Ph.D., principal investigator
of CPS-3. CPS-3 will help us better
understand what factors cause cancer,
and once we know that, we can be better
equipped to prevent cancer. Dr. Patel
added, Our previous cancer prevention
studies have been instrumental in helping
us identify some of the major factors that
can afect cancer risk. CPS-3 holds the
best hope of identifying new and emerging
cancer risks, and we can only do this if
members of the community are willing to
become involved.
Previous Cancer Prevention Studies
(CPS-I, and CPS-II) confrmed the link
between cigarette smoking and lung
cancer, demonstrated the link between
larger waist size and increased death rates
from cancer and other causes, and showed
the considerable impact of air pollution on
heart and lung conditions.
For more information and to schedule
an enrollment appointment, call toll-free
1-888-604-5888 or visit cps3charleston.

The Battle Against the

C Word
January 25, 2013
s we move through the colder months we look at diferent ways of staying warm
but keeping our heating expenses low. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind
when using supplemental heat:
1. Make sure that combustibles are kept clear from the opening of the freplace
2. Always keep the screen in place
3. Do not store frewood against the house
4. Always have the chimney inspected and cleaned prior to the frst use each season
5. Never use fammable liquids to start the fre
6. Never burn trash or debris in a freplace
7. Never leave a fre unsupervised
Electric Space Heaters:
1. Always plug the heater directly into a permanent outlet, never use an extension
cord or surge protector
2. Always keep three feet of clearance to combustibles
3. Always unplug the heater when not in use or unsupervised
4. When purchasing a heater select a heater with an automatic shut of when tipped
Kerosene Heaters:
1. Never fuel the heater inside
2. Store fuel outside
3. Always use the proper fuel
4. Never overfll the heater
5. Always keep three feet of clearance to combustibles
6. Never leave the heater unsupervised
Remember all of these methods are supplemental heat and not intended to replace
your regular heating system. If using a kerosene heater or freplace it is recommended
that you have a carbon monoxide detector installed in your home. Also, you need to
ensure that you have working smoke detectors at any time. If you do not have working
smoke detectors please contact St. Johns Fire and Rescue and we will install smoke
detectors for you at no charge. If you have any questions on supplemental heat feel free
to contact St. Johns Fire and Rescue Fire Prevention Division.
St. Johns Fire Department is located at 3327 Maybank Highway, Johns Island. For more
information, call 864-4384.
Stay Warm, Stay Safe
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.
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he East Coast is experiencing
a massive cold-stun event with
hundreds of hypothermic sea
turtles washing up from Maine to North
Carolina. Rescue facilities all along
the East Coast are stepping up to help.
Over the past week, the South Carolina
Aquariums Sea Turtle Rescue Program
has taken in eight stranded sea turtles,
raising the number of patients at the
hospital to 25.Kelly Torvalson, Manager
of the Sea Turtle Rescue Program, picked
up three small loggerheads at the North
Carolina/South Carolina border last
Private pilot Michael Taylor few
an additional fve sea turtles down to
Charleston from the New England
Aquarium in Boston. Mr. Taylor
volunteered his time and his plane for
transportation, stopping in Charleston
on a way to a business meeting in Dallas.
Te fight went smoothly, with the
only challenge being the largest turtle
passenger, a loggerhead. Te loggerheads
bin did not ft into the passenger section
of the plane, so the turtle had to be
relegated to a cardboard box that was a bit
the worse for wear by the time the fight
ended. Taylor had to unload the turtle
without the box, and handed him of to
Torvalson, as pictured below.
With turtles continuing to come
into the hospital, now is the time for
you to get involved. Go online to www. and make a donation
to help the hospital continue to care for
these endangered turtles. Kemps Ridleys,
greens, and the South Carolina state
reptile, the loggerhead, are all receiving
care at the Sea Turtle Hospital. Caring
for these patients is not cheap; the average
cost for treatment for each patient is $36
per day, with most turtles averaging a
nine-month stay, so take time to donate
to help the Sea Turtle Hospital volunteers
continue their work. You can also help by
taking a tour of the Sea Turtle Hospital
while visiting the aquarium.
According to the South Carolina
Department of Natural Resources, the
number of sea turtle strandings on our
beaches in the last ten years totals 130. Of
these 130 strandings, ten percent are alive
and successfully transported to the Sea
Turtle Hospital. To date, the SC Aquarium
has successfully rehabilitated and released
100 sea turtles, and is currently treating
25 patients.
For more information on the South
Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Hospital,
visit www.
default.aspx. Te South Carolina Aquarium
is located at 100 Aquarium Wharf in
downtown Charleston.
Shell Shocked
January 25, 2013 9
Sundevil Basketball Feel the Heat
he Charleston Collegiate Sundevils
(AA) Varsity Boys Basketball
Team had a proud showing at
both thePorter-Gaud Holiday Classic and
the Piggly Wiggly Invitational Round Ball
Classic over the school break, winning
all but two games in both tournaments
Standout performances by CCS
junior Ty Solomon, named to both the
P-G Classics All-Tournament Team and
the Roundball Classics All-Tournament
Team, as well as junior JeQuan Perry,
and seniors Matthew McClain and
Khalil Davis, who had fans jumping out
of their seats to cheer on the Sundevils,
displayed true sportsmanship on and of
the court.
In the frst round of the P-G Classic,
the Sundevils put up a valiant efort
against the North Cross Raiders of
Roanoke, VA, but lost to a three-point
shot in the last seconds of overtime for a
fnal score of 67-64.In the second round,
the Sundevils beat Heathwood Hall
(AAA) 46-39, and again captured victory
in the fnal round where the Sundevils
faced local rival Bishop England (AAA)
and won 67-56, led by junior JeQuan
Perry with 32 points,to capture 5
in the tournament.
Anticipation for the Round Ball
Classic reached fever pitch December
26 when CCS faced of
against Northwood
Temple of Fayetteville,
NC in the frst
round. Although
the Sundevils
lost 62-51,
o u t s t a n d i n g
p e r f o r ma n c e s
were displayed
by senior Khalil
Davis who led with
20 points, junior
Ty Solomon with
exceptional ball handling,
and junior JeQuan Perry whose
solid shooting and defense anchored the
team. In the second round, Charleston
Collegiate beat Pinewood Prep (AAA)
65 to 47, led by junior Ty Solomon with
24 points, senior Khalil Davis with 15
points, senior Matthew McClain with 14
points and junior JeQuan Perry with 10
But the upset of the tournament
occurred in the fnal round as Charleston
Collegiate defeated local powerhouse
West Ashley High School (AAA)
54-45, capturing 5
place in
the tournament overall
and winning the
consolation bracket.
JeQuan Perry led
the Sundevils to
victory with 25
points and 10
rebounds, followed
by Ty Solomon with
12 points and Khalil
Davis with 11 points.
Winning two
games in this nationally
ranked tournament is a huge
accomplishment, says Head Coach Jay
Godbolt, especially when we defeated
one of SCISAs top AAA programs,
Pinewood Prep, and SCHSL AAAA
powerhouse, West Ashley High School,
which has more than 1,800 students,
nearly ten times that of CCS.
Tere is a pretty amazing David
versus Goliath story going on here, says
Hacker Burr, Head of School. Tis team
has generated a lot of excitement. And
the most exciting part for me lies in the
fact that the skill level of our players is
surpassed only by the level of character
they display on and of the court. Tese
are great athletes, but more importantly
these are great kidsand the best role
models we could ask for.
Last year, the Sundevils had an
overall record of 24-6, including victories
over Pinewood Prep (AAA), Porter-
Gaud (AAA), and First Baptist (AAA),
and advanced to the state semi-fnals.
Since 2006, the Sundevils have won four
SCISA 2A Conference Championships,
advanced to the state tournament each
season and played in the state fnals
two times. Coach Jay Godbolt has been
named Coach of the Year four times in
the last six years. With a current career
record of 290 wins and 153 losses, Coach
Godbolt hopes to get to 300 wins this
10 January 25, 2013
Island Connection Calendar
February 8
Art Film: Russian Ark
A 19
century French aristocrat, notorious
for his scathing memoirs about life in
Russia, travels through the Russian State
Hermitage Museum and encounters
historical fgures from the last 200+ years.
Complimentary Tickets available at Kiawah
Island Town Hall. 3 p.m. at the Sandcastle.
For more info call 768-9166.
Beachwalker Bird Walks
Te southwestern end of Kiawah Island
is an excellent place to spot seabirds and
shorebirds. Well hike nearly two miles
of pristine beach looking for a variety of
birds, including raptors and songbirds.
A registered chaperone is required for
participants ages 15 and under. Pre-
registration is required. Ages 12 and up.
8:30 11 a.m. 1 Beachwalker Drive,
Kiawah Island.
Rockville Presbyterian Oyster Roast
Rockville Presbyterian Church, at the end
of Wadmalaw Island, is having an Oyster
Roast to support our annual mission trip to
Costa Rica and our soon to open Johns
Island Mission Camp. Hot dogs will also be
provided. All are welcome and admission
is free with donations to help support the
mission teams being warmly appreciated.
Location: Cherry Point Seafood on
Wadmalaw Island, 2789 Sate Road,
Wadmalaw. 5 8 p.m.
Annual Membership Oyster Roast at
Fenwick Hall
Local oysters, chilli with all the fxings,
and hot dogs catered by Charleston Bay
Gourmet. Beer and wine provided by
Daniel Island Grill. Tour historic Fenwick
Hall. Live music by the V-Tones. $35/adult,
$10/children 6 12, under 5 free. Includes
a one-year membership to those new to
Preservation Society Charleston. Tickets
available at
or by calling 722-4630. Fenwick Hall on
Johns Island. 2 5 p.m.
Annual Bohicket Marina Merchants
Association Oyster Roast
Tis annual event raises money for the
association that sponsors free family fun
events at the marina during the summer. Be
sure to bring your glove and shucking knife
if you have one. Includes all you can eat
oysters and beer. $25/person (cash or check).
4 p.m. Rain date: January 27. 1880 Andell
Bluf Blvd, Johns Island.
Seashore Exploration
Winter is a great time to explore the
beach, gather a few keepsakes, and
learn to identify diferent types of shells
and the organisms that create them.
A registered and paid chaperone is
required for participants ages 15 and
under. Pre-registration is required.
1 2:30 p.m. Ages 9 and up. $9/$7
CCR Discount. 1 Beachwalker Drive,
Kiawah Island.
Our Lady of Mercy Community
Outreach Annual Auction
Te local nonproft will hosts its 16
auction featuring a cocktail hour, light
hors devours, wine, and a formal dinner.
Proceeds go directly towards educational
outreach on the Sea Islands. Tickets
$75. Charleston Marriott Hotel, 170 N.
Lockwood Blvd. 1 4 p.m. For tickets, call
Manhattan Piano Trio
Te Manhattan Piano Trio, an ensemble of
Milana Strezeva, pianist; Dimitry Kouzov,
cellist; and Wayne Lee, violinist embody
in the deepest sense, the borough that
provides its namesake: these three musicians
represent starkly diferent backgrounds, and
yet connect on a fundamental level to enjoy
making music together. Complimentary
Tickets available at Kiawah Island Town
Hall. 4 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour.
4416 Betsy Kerrison Pkwy, Johns Island.
For more info call 768-9166.
30th Annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival
Te Lowcountry Oyster Festival is the
worlds largest oyster festival and has
been named one of the top 20 events in
the southeast by Southeastern Tourism
Society. Highlights include the legendary
Oyster Shucking and Oyster Eating
Contests, live music on the main stage,
wine, a selection of domestic and imported
beers, a Childrens Area complete with
pony rides and jump castles and a Food
Court showcasing a variety of local favorite
restaurants to satisfy everyones taste. 10:30
a.m. 5 p.m. Boone Hall Plantation.
1235 Long Point Road, Mount Pleasant.
Admission $12. For more info, call 577-
Opera Lite Featuring Pagliacci by
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. Kiawah Town Hall.
Gibbes Museum of Art Presents a
Lunchtime Lecture
Impressionism and Charleston lecture
featuring Angela Mack, Gibbes Executive
Director and Chief Curator. 135 Meeting
Street. 12 p.m. Admission $20 members /
$30 non-members. Price includes lunch. For
more info or for tickets, call 722-2706 ext.
Rubber Stamping Class
Beginners welcome! We will be making
two cards and a purse favor. $10. Register
by January 23. 1 p.m. at the Seabrook Lake
House. For more info or to register, call
April at 797-2639.
Photography Class: Post Processing with
Post Processing of a photographic image in
the computer presented by Don Seymour.
Te post processing session will be an
introduction to the fundamentals of editing
digital images. Te session is intended for
those inexperienced with photo editing
software programs. Demonstrations with
actual photos will be used to illustrate the
topics covered. Te Lightroom 4 editing
software will be used for demonstrations,
although the principles discussed are
generally transferable to other software
packages (Picasa, Elements, Photoshop,
etc.). 2:30 4:30 p.m. in the Osprey II
room in the Lake House.
East Coast Party Band
Te East Coast Party Band has become one
of the most popular dance bands in the
Southeast. It is best described as an old-
fashioned soul band covering classics by
the likes of Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder,
and Te Temptations. Sponsored by the
Town of Kiawah Island Arts Council.
Complimentary Tickets are available at
the Visitors Center at Kiawah Island Town
Hall.For more information call 768-9166.
East Beach Conference Center. 7:30 p.m.
Charleston CPR Class
Charleston CPR is ofering two classes.
Healthcare Provider Basic Life Support
Class from 8:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. and
Heart Saver/ CPR/ AED First Aid Class
from 1 p.m. 5:30 p.m. Cost is $35 for Sea
Island Chamber of Commerce Members
and $45 for non-members. Register at www. Members should register
by calling 422-7960.
Coastal Island Horse Show
A new series of open and hunter horse shows
in the Charleston area. Open to all breeds
of horses. Mullet Hall Equestrian Center.
2662 Mullet Hall Road, Johns Island. 8
a.m. 5 p.m.
Opera Lite Featuring Mason by
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. Kiawah Town Hall, 21
Beachwalker Drive.
Kiawah Public Hearing
Te Town of Kiawah Island will hold a
hearing to receive public comment and
input on a proposed amendment to the
Town Land Use Planning Regulations. 1:30
p.m. at Kiawah Town Hall, 21 Beachwalker
Our World Educational Series Featuring
Sean Heuston of Te Citadel
Misdirections and Roads Not Taken:
Robert Frost as a Misleading Poet.
Our World is a complimentary lecture
series that provides island residents with
presentations by local experts on a wide
variety of subjects. Light refreshments will
be served.RSVP by February 4 to the
Sandcastle at 768-3875 or
3 p.m. Sandcastle Community Center
Oyster Roast and Open Trail Ride
Bring your horse, camping gear, and
supplies for a weekend of camping and trail
riding on 20 miles of beautiful, wooded
trails. Trail ride includes a stall, one bag of
shavings, and weekend camping. Enjoy a
Saturday evening oyster roast and Sunday
morning breakfast for an additional fee. 12
p.m. 2662 Mullet Hall Road, Johns Island.
$50/$40 MHEC pass holders. For more


Johns Island Regional Library
3531 Maybank Highway
Passive Program: How well do you
know Martin Luther King Jr.? (ages 5-11)
January 1-31
Spin the wheel, and test your knowledge
about the man of peace. One prize per
student, per day.
Painting Display
January 2-31
Tobias McGregor displays artwork
depicting local birds, including marsh
and ocean scenes. Calling his work Tree
Dimensional Realism, McGregor won
a second place painting award from the
Roper Foundation.
Art All Day
Friday, January 25, all day
Enjoy an array of art activities each Friday
in January.
Club Anime (ages 12-19)
Saturday, January 26 from 3-4:30 p.m.
Ichigo and company fght against evil in
Bleach: Hell Verse. Te frst to answer the
Bleach trivia question correctly wins a
graphic novel.
PLAY: Chinese Zodiac (all ages)
Wednesday, January 30 at 6:30 p.m.
Are you a rat, dog or tiger? Learn about
the Chinese New Year, and sample
sweet treats from China and other Asian
Time for Twos (ages 24 36 months)
Tuesday, January 29, 10:30 a.m.
Preschool Storytime (ages 3 6 with
Wednesday, January 30, 10:30 a.m.
Babygarten (0 18 months with adult)
Registration required.
Monday, January 28, 10:30 a.m.
January 25
12 January 25, 2013
eabrook-Kiawahs 2012
was the third warmest in
the last 142 years. Te
top ten warmest years are now
ranked as follows: 1998; 1990;
2012; 2001; 1991; 1932; 1933;
1949; 1890; and 1921. Te mean
temperature for 2012 was 67.1
F, which was warm but still way
behind 1998s record of 69.3 F.
Mean temperature data, their
trendline and their associated 21
year moving average are refected
in the chart. Mean temperatures
are the average daily temperatures
averaged across the whole year.
Te temperature trendline now
shows an increase of 0.7F per
100 years.
Of the monthly components of
2012s annual mean temperature,
March 2012 was particularly
high in the weather station
history rankings. It was the
ffth warmest March on record.
Our mild December of 55.1
F (17
warmest) was notable
because it was warmer than our
chilly November of 54.1 F (16

For the contiguous 48 US
states, 2012 was the warmest year
on record (the last 132 years) and
March 2012 was also the warmest
March on record.
Te global temperature context
comes from six diferent global
data sets with histories ranging
from the last 34 years to the last
163 years. Te preliminary data
indicate that 2012 was somewhere
between the ninth and eleventh
warmest year on record. Global
temperature has been trending
down to some degree over the last
8 to 16 years depending on which
data set is analyzed. Likewise,
global warming has not been
statistically signifcant over the
last 17 to 23 years depending on
which data set is analyzed.
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
Charlestons 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.
On the Sunny Side of Life
January 25, 2013
(CAPTION) New Executive
Director Jill Ledford
f all this talk about the fscal clif and
higher taxes has you worried about
how you are going to be able to aford
to keep your pets healthy in 2013, then
this article is for you. Tere are many
diferent approaches to keeping health-
care costs down while still keeping your
best friend ft and healthy but perhaps the
best way is to look at the problem the other
way around; keeping your pet healthy will
actually keep your health-care costs down.
Dont skimp on routine check-ups
Because pets age faster than people,
the yearly check-up is crucial to detecting
health issues that could cause expensive
problems in the long run. As pets get
older, it pays to increase those
check-ups to twice a year. Finding
and treating disease early will decrease
costs of treatment in the long run, and
more importantly will also prevent or
delay onset of discomfort and pain for
your pet.
Prevent common problems
Ear infections are one of the top
reasons pet owners seek veterinary care.
Asking your veterinarian about a regular
ear-cleaning regimen that you can do
at home might prevent this problem.
Dental care is very expensive for pets.
Start brushing your pets teeth on a daily
basis to minimize dental care costs in
the future. Keep your cats environment
stimulating and stress free to reduce the
risk of urinary tract diseases.
Dont smoke around your pets.
Secondhand smoke can exacerbate
respiratory diseases and lead to nasal and
lung cancers. As cats groom, they ingest
the toxins from the smoke, which can lead
to oral cancers. Quit now and youll save
money on your veterinary bills.
Overweight pets have expensive
orthopedic problems and higher risk
of ailments such as diabetes and heart
disease. Give the body what it needs, but
not too much, and it can do amazing
things to heal itself.
Spay or neuter your pet
Te costs of owning an intact pet are
higher due to several factors that include
an increased propensity to fght or escape,
higher rates of ovarian, uterine, testicular
or prostatic disease and the high
cost of having and raising a
litter of puppies or kittens.
Most veterinarians spay
and neuter pets at
competitive rates, but
if cost is still keeping
you from having
your pet spayed or
neutered, contact
Pet Helpers or Te
Charleston Animal
Society. Tanks
to local donors
and grants, these
organizations can
spay or neuter
your pet with
minimum cost
to you.
Keep parasites
at bay
Fleas and ticks are not
only nasty, but they carry diseases
that can afect you and your pet.
Use a veterinary approved fea, and if
needed, tick, prevention year around on
all dogs and cats to prevent costly diseases.
If just one fea gets into your house, you
will need to undergo an expensive regimen
to get rid of all the progeny that little fea
left behind. Heartworm disease is very
expensive to treat in a dog and we cannot
even treat cats if they become infected.
So, keep all pets on a monthly heartworm
prevention too.
Dont over vaccinate your pet
Only have your pet vaccinated for
the diseases to which he or she is likely
to be exposed. Tis varies widely from
pet to pet and must be discussed with
your veterinarian every year. Avoid
veterinarians who appear to ofer low
cost vaccinations but then vaccinate
for everything under the sun.
It may be true that one
clinics vaccinations are
cheaper than anothers, but
if your pet doesnt even
need some of those
vaccinations, then
you have not saved
a dime by going
the cheaper
Save money
on medications
In todays
world there are
infnite suppliers of
just about anything
you need, and
this includes pet
me di c at i ons .
Tere are
many reasons
to consider
buying your
medications from
your veterinarian: products
have been stored correctly,
experienced veterinary staf are
familiar with doses and dosing,
you are supporting a local business and
prices are often competitive with online
sites. Tat said, your veterinarian wont
always be the cheapest place to get your
pets medications. As more pharmacies,
both onsite and online, begin to carry
pet-specifc drugs, you can ask your
veterinarian about getting a written
prescription for medications so that
you can shop around. Tis is especially
important to consider if your pet is going
to be on a medication for a long time.
Prepare for future expenses
Sometimes there is just no way around
an expensive treatment or surgery for
your pet. In these cases it is best to have
prepared ahead of time. You can do this by
establishing a little Health-Care Savings
Account for your pet or by purchasing
health insurance. Just setting aside $50
every month into your pets savings
account is probably more economical,
as the money earns a little bit if interest
if you dont use it. However, most of us
dont have the discipline to put in money
every month and then stay away from
it. Insurance companies can help if you
are one of these people. Te catastrophic
plans that only cover for major illness or
injury are very afordable. If a more broad
plan encourages you to provide more
preventive care for your pet, then this may
prove to save more money in the long run.
Be persistent, proactive and honest
Prevention truly is the best medicine,
and it is the cheapest too.
If the economy is causing a drain on
you, tell your veterinarian up front. If
you are a good client and a friend of your
veterinary hospital, your vet may give you
a discount on some services. But, most
importantly, veterinarians are experts at
prioritizing medical care. Tey can help
you pick and choose the best tests and
treatments for your pet and your budget.
Katherine Saenger co-founded Bees Ferry
Veterinary Hospital in 1993. Dr. Saenger
started a vet spay-neuter clinic while living
in Mbabne, Swaziland and has also lived
in Cairo, Egypt and Maribor, Slovenia.
As a member of the American Association
of Feline Practitioners, she strives to keep
Bees Ferry on the cutting edge of veterinary
medicine and is one of the ultrasonographers
at Bees Ferry. For more information, visit or call 769-6784.
Saving Dollars for Your Doggie
14 January 25, 2013
Te foundation provides research
opportunities to students at Georgia Tech
to fnd fnancially distressed properties
that could potentially be converted to
greenspace. Often, the spaces have been
subject to the real estate crisis and came
under fnancially trying situations that
left them in debt. Tree to four months
ago we got a call about a property that
might ft what we were looking for in the
Charleston area, Messner explains. Te
future donation land accumulated debt
from being tied up with a failed bank
and ended up in the hands of the Federal
Deposit Insurance Cooperation. Once
the Messners and Shivericks became
aware of the property, they worked with
consulting groups in Atlanta to purchase
the land and donate to it to CCPRC.
Messner is excited about the asset
this new space will be to the greater
Charleston community. Before we did
the transaction, I biked down the West
Ashley Greenway a couple of times, he
explains. I thought, it would be great
to get the rest of this greenway groomed
properly. Messner hopes that with the
donation, the surrounding land will be
cleaned up but stay natural, encouraging
people to use the entire length of the
greenway. Ten youre only about four
or fve blocks from the new park, he says.
Julie Hensley, Director of Planning at
CCPRC sees the beneft of the donation
from the eyes of the County. Charleston
County citizens are the benefciaries of
this donation, she comments. Tis new
property will provide a future park site
with passive recreation opportunities.
Te future of the recently donated
park space remains uncertain, but several
ideas are being tossed around as to how
best use the land before any formalized
plans develop. Messner mentions turning
the space into an outdoor hub for
hikers, bikers, and kayakers. You could
load everyone up into one car, throw your
bikes and kayaks on the top, and do as you
please, he says, enthusiastically. Hensley
notes that plans for the park cannot be
developed until after receiving public
input. But, we are very excited about
the opportunities for trail connections
ofered by this site. It has the potential
to serve as both a trailhead for the West
Ashley Greenway and a stopover point
along our proposed Water Trail.
Both Messner and CCPRC hope that
this donation will provide an example for
other areas around the state to conserve
land as greenspace that was a part of the
real estate crisis. It makes the best out of
a bad situation, Messner says. Hensley
agrees, commenting, Tis future park
site protects about 50 acres of marsh, a
12-acre marsh island and 25 wooded
highland acres, protecting a variety of
important habitat areas for wildlife.
For more information on the Limehouse
Point donation, call CCPRC at 795-4386.
Park Walk continues from cover
January 25, 2013
elcome to a New Year and all that goes with it, including looking at your
online passwords. If you use AT&T, Bellsouth, or Yahoo for your email,
a look at your password is needed. Tere has been a big increase in online
hacking of Yahoo email accounts. Im sure you have received an email from a friend
that seemed strange, had a link to website in it and nothing else. If you ever receive one
of these delete it immediately and contact the person who supposedly sent it. Most likely
the person online email account has been hacked and its a good bet it was a Yahoo
I am not sure why Yahoo is being targeted, regardless of the reason the hackers
have been able to crack accounts regularly and send out emails to unsuspecting people
on the hacked accounts contact list. Again if you ever receive an email from someone
you think you know but it looks a bit strange, has misspelled words or just a link in the
body of the email, do not open, and discard it. If you have not changed that password
for some time I suggest you do so now. Make sure you use a strong password which
would include at least one capital letter, a number and a special character such as @ or
#. A great way to do this is to replace an a with the @ so you can remember it easier.
For example the word password could be changed to P@ssword22 and be a much
stronger (and harder to crack) password. Oh, and please do not use password, 123456,
or something like it. they are the most common passwords in English speaking
So make a resolution to change passwords this New Year, regularly check your online
email accounts. Consider using Window Live Mail, Outlook, Tunderbird (Firefox)
or with Apple products Mail to download your email to your computer and not leave
online. If you have numerous passwords and have a fle with them on your desktop you
need to protect the fle by encrypting it. Lets defeat those hackers at their own game!
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
Change that Yahoo
Password Now
16 January 25, 2013
ets talk about cellulose! I know you
want to!
Cellulose is one of the most
important organic compounds on earth,
and it is made only by plants. Its what we
call a polysaccharide, in that it consists of
chains of zillions of molecules of glucose, a
really simple sugar, all strung together in
a line. Te individual molecules of glucose
are linked together in a very important
way, resulting in a strand of cellulose.
(Pay attention, now!) Tere is a slightly
diferent way in which these glucose
molecules can be linked togetherand
that would give us starch. Starch is easily
broken down and used as an energy source
by practically any critter you can think of,
but cellulose? NO WAY. Cellulose is one
of the most durable molecules in nature,
and it is vitally important to plants as a
structural component of their cell walls.
(Tere are a variety of microorganisms
that can digest cellulose, of course. People
like to think that termites enjoy eating
woodbut it is actually some very special
microbes inside their guts that do the
actual digestion.)
Depending on where a cell is in a plant,
its walls may be quite thin and fimsy,
or very, very thick, and quite strong, all
dependent upon the amount of cellulose
(and maybe a few other things) deposited
within the wall during the development
of that cell. Some of the very thickest cell
walls may be found on the outside of a
seed, as what we call the seed coat. Which
brings us to our Mystery Plant:
Its a tropical vine, related to mimosa,
and it forms huge growths in rain forests
of Central America and northern South
America. (Te vines can be so extensive
that they are sometimes called monkeys
ladder. Clever!) Te vines produce bean
pods that are the largest in the entire bean
familysometimes 5-6 feet long. Each
pod contains a number of seeds. Now
here is the part about the cellulose: the
wall of each seed is extremely thick, and
watertight. When the pods break apart,
the seeds end up on the ground, sometimes
falling into nearby creeks. Tey remain
viable for years. Now during food events
or heavy rains, the seeds foat around over
the forest foor, stopping when the waters
recede, where they will eventually sprout.
But some of them foat down the creek,
into a river, and ultimately into a large
body of watersay, the Atlantic Ocean.
Te seeds are thus picked up by various
currentssay, the Gulf Stream, and
they can foat tremendous distances, far
from where they originated. (Te photo
shows a seed that washed up on a beach
in Scotland). Of course, seeds such as this
have no chance of sprouting or growing,
which is sort of sad. But just think what
the Europeans must have thought when
they found these things on their beaches
long ago, knowing that these seeds must
have foated there from a far distant shore,
perhaps bolstering the notion of a New
World out there.
John Nelson is the curator of the
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 or call 803-777-8196.
Cellulose Conundrum
A n s w e r : S e a h e a r t , S e a b e a n , E n t a d a g i g a s
January 25, 2013 17
o you know a special pooch who loves the
county dog parks and possesses true star
quality? Te Charleston County Park and
Recreation Commission (CCPRC) is searching for its
next Top Dog mascot. Tis lucky canine will be the
ofcial mascot of CCPRC dog parks and pet events for
2013. If you know a dog that has what it takes to be the
leader of our pack, we encourage you to enter the Top
Dog contest, beginning February 1.
Te ofcial Top Dog ambassador will serve one year
as the spokesdog for CCPRC, representing CCPRC in
promotional opportunities at select county park events,
photo opportunities and more. Entries will be accepted
online February 1 - 15, 2013 at
To be eligible for consideration, a dog must:
Be a regular visitor to the CCPRC dog parks
Possess good manners in public, be sociable,
patient and have a friendly personality
Be photogenic
Be available to represent CCPRC as a promotional
spokesdog for a year beginning April 2013
Show record of current and up-to-date

Voting for the 2013 Top Dog will be open to the

public from February 16 - 27. Voting will close at 5 p.m.
on Feb. 27. Visit in February for details
on how to vote. Finalists will be interviewed in March
at Dolittles pet store, and a winner and runner-up will
be selected from those fnalists.
Te winning Top Dog and Vice Top Dog will be
announced at CCPRCs Pet Fest at Palmetto Islands
County Park on April 13, 2013. Handing over the
crown will be loyal 2012 CCPRC Top Dog Jax, the
winner of last years CCPRCs Top Dog contest, and
2012 Vice Top Dog Winston.
Te winning dogs owner will receive a free Gold
Pass for 2013. Te Top Dog will receive an ofcial
mascot collar, leash and t-shirt. Te selected pooch will
also have his or her photo grace the cover of CCPRCs
Quarterly Parks and Program Guide, a feature article
and photo in CCPRCs Leisure Line e-newsletter and a
feature photo and story on
Want to enter your best canine friend in the search?
Nominate your dog online at
beginning February 1. Entries must be received by
February 15, 2013. Interested in helping us select our
fnalists? Be sure to vote on our website starting on
February 16. Te Top Dog Mascot Contest is brought to
you by Dolittles pet stores and the Charleston County
Park and Recreation Commission. Good luck, and may
your best friend win.
Contest Timeline:
February 1, 2013: Contest opens for online submittals
February 15, 2013: Contest closes for online
February 16 - 27, 2013: Finalists will be determined
by online voting
March 1 15, 2013: Finalists Interviews and Top
Dog and Vice Top Dog selection
April 13- 14, 2013: Ofcial Top Dog and Vice Top
Dog announcement at Pet Fest
The Search for the Perfect Pooch
18 January 25, 2013
no regrets, knowing that I did it honestly
and gave it my all and improved the State
of South Carolina.
What do you hope to accomplish for
South Carolina and District 41 in 2013?
Ill start with election reform. Ill
try to re-kindle trust in public servants
by passing ethics reform. Ill make our
area more attractive to businesses and
individuals by revamping the tax code.
Ill work to make that sure we limit the
size of government and its growth. Ill
work to pass education reform focusing
on more choices for parents and rewards
for educators that are doing good work.
Finally, I hope to fnd a resolution to the
states infrastructure needs. All of these
issues will take a team efort within the
legislature. I hope to build relationships
that will help increase the likelihood that
we achieve these goals.
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January 25, 2013 19
isit any of the following restaurants
during regular business hours on
Tursday, February 7 through
Saturday, February 9 to help spread
awareness of the benefts of spay/neuter
and raise funds for Pet Helpers! Each
restaurants chef has created a Spay-ghetti
or Neuteroni special entre, of which a
percentage the proceeds will beneft Pet
February is International Spay/
Neuter Awareness Month. Its the time
to shine a spotlight on spay/neuter as
a proven means of saving the lives of
companion animals and feral cats who
might otherwise be euthanized. Spay/
Neuter Awareness Month provides an
opportunity for everyone who cares
about animals to join together toward a
common goal-a comprehensive global,
united efort to end the euthanasia and
sufering of animals. One un-spayed
female cat and her ofspring can amount
to over 420,000 kittens born over a period
of 6 years. In 6 years one unspayed female
dog and her ofspring, can reproduce
67,000 dogs. Many of these animals will
end up homeless and in area shelters. We
cannot adopt our way out of this problem.
In an efort to decrease the number of
unwanted litters, Pet Helpers Greer
Spay/Neuter Clinic performs thousands
of spay/neuter surgeries each year. Te
state-of-the-art Clinic adjoins the Pet
Helpers Adoption Center at 1447 Folly
Road and is open to the public 4 days a
week. Spay/neuter surgeries are performed
by the husband-wife Veterinarian team
of Dr. Jack Love and Dr. Janet McKim,
who have over 60 years of combined
experience. Surgeries fees are low and
special programs exist that allow for even
further reduced fee or free surgeries.
Bacco Italian Restaurant
976 Houston Northcutt.
Mt. Pleasant
Bluerose Caf
652 St. Andrews Blvd.
West Ashley
Caf Fork
2408 Ashley River Rd.
West Ashley
Cesca Ristorante Trattoria
5 Faber St.
863 Houston Northcutt.
Mt. Pleasant
J. Paulz James Island
1739 Maybank Blvd
James Island
J. Paulz Mt. Pleasant
1405 Ben Sawyer Blvd
Mt. Pleasant
La Fontana W. Ashley
1759 Savannah Hwy
La Fontana N. Charleston
7648 Northwoods Blvd
Mondos Italian Restaurant
915 Folly Rd.
Parson Jacks Cafe
3417 G Shelby Ray Ct.
Tree Little Birds Caf
95 Windermere Blvd.
Spay-Ghetti and Neuteroni
The Fairest of Them All
irror, mirror on the wall, whos
the fairest of them all? Snow
White, of course! Its hard to
believe, but Disneys animated Snow White
and the Seven Dwarves is turning 75 years
old. Tats quite a long time for a cartoon
to hold up so well. In order to celebrate
this momentous occasion, the professional
dancers of the Charleston Ballet Teatre
and selected students of CBT Center
for Dance Education and Lowcountry
continue their familiar Children Series
with revival of Snow White and the Seven
Dwarfs. Te performances are Saturday,
February 9, at 2 and 5 p.m. and Sunday,
February 10, at 2 p.m. at the Sottile
Teatre on the campus of the College of
Charleston. Tickets are available at www. or by calling the CBT
box ofce at 723-7334.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
follows in the footprints of past Childrens
Series Productions such as Steadfast Tin
Soldier, Cinderella and Te Grinch Who
Stole Christmas. Te fairest of them
all, Snow White (danced by Company
Member Tabitha Alessi), befriends her
new cottage-mates the Seven Dwarfs,
including Sleepy and Doc, encounters her
jealous and cleverly disguised stepmother
the Evil Queen (danced by Melissa Weber)
and fnds true love in this enchanting and
colorful take on the classic fable. Meet
all the animals in the forest, and see how
the Evil Queen creates the Bad Apple
(danced by Crystal Wellman).
With choreography by Resident
Choreographer Jill Eathorne Bahr, Snow
White utilizes the music of Eric Satie
and Herbert Bauman. Costumes by John
Goodwin and Don Cantwell, set design by
Don Cantwell with Technical and Light
Design by Dany Kapp. Te production
is geared for children ages 3 -10 years old.
It is one hour of dance in length plus one
intermission. Dress your child in costume
to have a photo opportunity with the
professional dancers in the production.
Te production gives 40 students from
the Charleston area the opportunity to
work alongside the professional dancers
of Charleston Ballet Teatre. A core
component of the Charleston Ballet
Teatre mission is making the language
of dance accessible to all people. With
the continuation of the CBT Childrens
Series, CBT hopes to inspire and educate
the youth of Charleston through its unique
and exciting ballets specifcally created
for children and their families. Te CBT
Childrens Series continues to ensure
that children of all ages, households and
socio-economic backgrounds have the
opportunity to be exposed to a variety of
artistic and cultural programs that enrich
their lives.
After providing professional ballet
to the Lowcountry for 25 years, the
Ballets leadership is excited
and looking forward to
expanding across the state
regionally. Charleston
Ballet Teatre (CBT),
under the artistic direction
of Don and Patricia Cantwell
and resident choreographer Jill
Eathorne-Bahr, celebrating its
26th season as Charlestons only
professional dance company,
has a long tradition of ofering
professional ballet and dance
works of the highest quality to
local, regional, and national

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