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Page 6 Rolling
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Volume 6 Issue 26 April 19, 2013 FREE
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Books and Beyond
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Time for Turtles
E
very Easter Sunday, Night Heron Park
is bursting with pastel colors, whether
it’s from the thousands of Easter Eggs
scattered on every inch of grass, or the colorful
outfts that families don for the spring holiday.
Tis Easter was no diferent; the Easter Bunny
arrived with the normal gifts and eggs, except
he had one very special gift.
Mitch Felts had been planning this surprise
for a while, but he needed a little help, so he
turned to the Kiawah Island Recreation staf…when we
found out his surprise was to ask his girlfriend Melanie to
marry him…
…And she said YES!
Luckily the Easter Bunny saved the one egg that
would bring so much joy and emotion to not only the
Felts and Lovingood family, but to every person standing
around the Night Heron stage at that very moment. On
such a special day as it is, to be a part of something of this
nature was truly amazing.
PHOTOSBYRALPHSECOY
She Said Yes!
Easter Excitement for Everyone Involved
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KIAWAH ISLAND TOWN HALL
21 Beachwalker Drive
Kiawah Island, SC 29455
Phone: 768-9166
Fax: 768-4764
SEABROOK ISLAND TOWN HALL
2001 Seabrook Island Road
Seabrook Island, SC 29455
Phone: 768-9121
Fax: 768-9830
Email:
lmanning@townofseabrookisland.org
JOHNS ISLAND COUNCIL
Meetings are held at the Berkeley Electric Co-op located at
3351 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island.
Chairman Chris Cannon: 343-5113
CHARLESTON COUNTY COUNCIL
4045 Bridge View Dr, N. Charleston
958-4700t
CITY OF CHARLESTON
75 Calhoun St.
724-3745
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Kiawah Council continues on page 3
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April 23
Seabrook Town Council
2:30 p.m.
Seabrook Town Hall
Kiawah Ways and Means
Committee
2 p.m.
Kiawah Town Hall
May 1
Seabrook Planning
Commission Work Session
2:30 p.m.
Seabrook Town Hall
May 2
Kiawah Arts Council
3 p.m,
Kiawah Town Hall
May 6
Kiawah Environmental
Committee
3 p.m.
Kiawah Town Hall
May 7
Kiawah Town Council
2 p.m.
Kiawah Town Hall
Mayor Lipuma called the meeting to
order and Council approved the minutes
from March 5 and the Council retreat
after a few minor wording adjustments
were made.
Citizens’ Comments
Resident Charles Larson addressed
Council regarding an incident on Palm
Sunday, March 24. Larson called the front
gate around 7:45 a.m. because a tree was
down on Terrapin Island, blocking trafc.
After missing the early service at church
because of the tree, Larson discovered that
the blockage was still there three hours
later. Because of miscommunication issues
between the gate and central dispatch,
the dispatchers were unable to locate the
tree and returned to their station before
solving the problem. “My reason for being
here is to highlight a potential safety
problem,” he said. “Is it a processing issue
with North Charleston or is an issue with
the fre department? I raise this issue and
hope that in the future, they are able to
fnd Terrapin Island.” Larson thanked
Councilman Murphy for his diligence in
working to solve the problem.
Chief Anthony Carter was present at
the meeting and said that even though
911 calls are used for emergencies only,
a blocked tree could potentially be an
emergency situation, and help could
come out without the lights and sirens.
Carter said that several things produced
a miscommunication, largely because
the district has only been consolidated
with St. Johns for two years. “We are all
learning. Tis will help us get better,” he
said.
Marilyn Olson respectfully requested
Council to table the frst reading of a
new ordinance regarding beach walkovers
to prevent KICA and the Town from
incurring additional expenses that would
ensue from passing the ordinance. She
added that there are still many unresolved
issues regarding the ordinance. Wendy
Kulick seconded Olson’s comments, as
she commented that the issue has not
been resolved. “I would urge Council not
to take action today,” she said, because the
decision would afect all property owners
on the island. She also added that she
attended the Environmental Committee
meeting, and there was not a unanimity
of voices.
Second Reading of Ordinance 2013 – 2
Council approved a frst reading of the
ordinance, regarding changes to the Town
budget, at the March 5 Council meeting.
All approved the second reading and it
passed unanimously.
Hats Of to Steve Orban!
Mayor Lipuma presented former
Mayor Steve Orban with a service plaque
to honor and commemorate his extensive
service to the Town of Kiawah Island, on
Council and as Mayor. “He has done an
awful lot on behalf of the Town and the
citizens,” Lipuma said. Orban thanked
Council and the citizens of Kiawah,
adding that he truly enjoyed his time
serving and encouraged others to do so.
Declaration for the Diamondbacks
Mayor Lipuma declared 2013 to be the
“Year of the Diamondback Terrapin” on
Kiawah Island, in honor of the beloved
turtle that has been in serious decline
on the Kiawah River. Marilyn Blizard,
spokesperson for the Diamondback
Terrapin Working Group, accepted the
award and thanked the Town and the
Environmental Committee. “It means a
great deal for the turtles who can’t come
up here and speak for themselves,” she
said.
Planning Commission Appointment
Council unanimously approved
appointed Daniel Prickett to serve on
the Planning Commission, in light of
an opening due to the appointment of
a new judge who previously served on
the commission. Councilman Patch
commented that
Prickett has a degree
in architecture,
which would be very
benefcial to the committee.
Change of Date for Communications
Committee
Due to scheduling conficts, the
Communications Committee Meeting
will now meet on the second Tuesday of
each month, at 3 p.m.
Environmental Committee Concerns
Mayor Lipuma informed those in
attendance that for the last three months,
the Environmental Committee has been
working on a series of ordinances regarding
glass on the beach, pets on the beach, and
dunes walkover. Tough the Town is not
required to have public hearing before
passing any ordinances, two meetings
will be held on Tuesday, April 30 at 10
a.m. and Wednesday, May 1 at 2:30 p.m.
in order to address the public with any
questions or concerns.
Glass on the Beach
Environmental Committee Chair
John Labriola said that the Committee
recommended an amendment to the glass
on the beach ordinance, which would
allow glass on the beach for organized
events by permit only. Te Town would
require pre-inspection, and such glass can
only be used for beverages. Te permit
fee would be nonrefundable. All were in
favor.
Control of Pets on the Beach
Tose in attendance and the Council
were provided with a map that shows
various locations on the beach, and the
requirements regarding leashes for each
area. Te Environmental Committee
recommended amending the current dog
leash law to extend into the areas on the
beach labeled as “critical habitat.” Tis
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would prevent dogs from entering onto
critical habitat or critical bird habitats on
both ends of the beach. All were in favor.
Dunes Walkovers
Te proposed amendment to the
dunes walkover ordinance has garnered
much concern and debate among
Council, Environmental Committee
members, and the general public. Te
intent of the amended ordinance,
which was recommended for approval
by the Environmental Committee, is
to modify the current ordinance so
the Town will follow DHEC OCRM
enforcement guidelines, which would
diferentiate between community and
private walkovers. Tis would mean that
current beach walkovers that are short of
the dunes would be “grandfathered in,”
allowing beachgoers to walk through
dunes seaward of the walkover, prior
to the establishment of vegetation. Te
amendment would also require future
walkovers to be in compliance at the
time of construction, and to remain in
compliance unless they extend more than
15 feet onto the beach. Furthermore, the
amendment would require walkovers
designed for public access to extend over
the dunes, and make them subject to
additional regulation and inspection every
fve years.
Labriola stressed that even with the
approval of the frst reading, it does not
lock the amendments into place. “It’s
important that the Council understand
we [the Environmental Committee] were
not unanimous with this ordinance…”
Council approved the frst reading of
the ordinance, and encouraged the public
to get involved on the issue and attend the
public hearing.
Te Trouble with the Tallow Tree
Te Town invested $29,000 to
complete the Invasive Plant study. Te
study identifed tallow trees as a signifcant
problem on the island, which needs
to be eradicated. Te Environmental
Committee recommended a phased
program whereby the frst phase would
treat 130 acres where tallow trees are
located. Te cost of the frst phase will be
around $28,000. Te Town will supply
60 percent of the expenses and work
with other Island entities, such as KICA,
the Resort, the Conservancy, and the
Development Partners, to come up with
the remaining 40 percent. All were in
favor. Treatment will begin in the fall.
Ways and Means
Councilman Labriola commented that
the Town continues to react positively to
the budget.
Environmental Committee
Te Environmental Committee has
two approaching meetings in April and
May. Labriola suggested an expert come
in and report on the issue of dunes, with
respect to the walkover ordinance.
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Be Red Cross
Ready For
Disaster
Te Red Cross has partnered with KICA
to help prepare members for disasters
such as tornadoes, foods and hurricanes.
Please join us for this complimentary
30-minute presentation on Monday, April
29, that will include: Food and Water
in an Emergency, Evacuation Planning,
Sheltering in Place and Preparedness for
People with Disabilities. Tis class will
be taught by island residents and Red
Cross volunteers, Bruce Newton and Judy
Sperling-Newton.
At this class you will also be provided
with information concerning the KICA’s
partnership in the Red Cross Volunteer
Partnership Program, Ready When the
Time Comes. Trough this partnership,
the Red Cross has trained over 30 KICA
staf and members to assist the Red Cross
in the event of a large-scale disaster.
If you are interested in learning more
about this valuable program to help our
neighbors when disaster strikes, please
attend the presentation. Open to residents
of Kiawah, Seabrook, and Johns Island.
Presentations began at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Please register by contacting member
services at sandcastle@kica.us or 768-3875.
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Arts Council
Councilwoman Johnson reported that the Arts Council
will host a Piccolo Spoleto preview event on May 5. Te
season is wrapping up, and the Committee is preparing for
the 2013-2014 season.
Communications
Councilwoman Johnson also stated that the
Communications Committee is reviewing website designs
for the new site.
Administrator’s Report
Administrator Rucker commented that Comcast has
found a suitable solution for bringing services to the Preserve
and hope to begin instillation in June with no cost to the
residents other than typical instillation fees.
Two bidding projects are out for the Town, regarding the
replacement of the roof and gutter.
Rucker added that the staf has been working diligently
on the 2014 annual budget. Department requests are coming
in and the budget is being amended and fne-tuned.
Rucker stated that the Town completed a “Code Red” test
call to the CERT team with an 81 percent success rate.
Te Town is working on planning spring events, such as a
volunteer and employee appreciation luncheon, and Disaster
Awareness Day. Disaster Awareness Day will be at the River
Course on June 13.
Te Town of Kiawah Island won the 2013 Municipal
Achievement Award in the category of Public Works and
will receive a winner’s trophy and plaque on behalf of the
Municipal Association of South Carolina. “I am quite
pleased to bring home this award,” Rucker said.
Mayor’s Report
Mayor Lipuma commented that Kiawah’s beach is “alive
and healthy.” He said that there has been concern in recent
weeks regarding the impact of Folly Beach on Kiawah
Island. “No impact is expected,” he said.
Correspondences
Te Town received a letter from the Charleston Symphony
Orchestra requesting a donation of $50,000. Mayor Lipuma
said the item will be discussed at the next Ways & Means
committee meeting.
Te Town also received numerous letters compliment the
events and programs sponsored by the Arts Council.
Citizens’ Comments
Former Mayor Steve Orban was in attendance at the
meeting, and commented on behalf of the glass on the
beach ordinance. Orban expressed concern regarding those
individuals who wanted to enjoy a bottle of wine on the
beach. “I think you should look at this before you come to
fnalization,” he said. Orban also commented on fres on
Kiawah. Last fall, two fres occurred on the island – one on
Salt Cedar and one on Eugenia, each of which took town the
residence. Orban wanted the fre department and Council
to follow up with the forensic work that was gathered from
the fres. Lastly, Orban suggested that the Town implement
a permit process for people or individuals working on the
parkway.
Te next Kiawah Council meeting will be on Tuesday, May
7, at 2 p.m. in the Kiawah Town Hall.
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T
he St. John’s Fire District Commission has narrowed
the search and selection to four fnalists who will be
in the St. John’s area today to continue in the process.
Te Commission has been working on an executive search
with Emergency Services Consulting International sine the
resignation of former Chief Karl Ristow In December 2012.
Ristow, who served as chief for 15 years, relocated to the
Maryland area. Deputy Chief Jackie Stanley has been serving
as the Interim Chief.
Te initial recruitment attracted 51 applicants.
Te four fnalists participated in a Meet and Greet that was
open to the public from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., on Tursday April 18
at the Hilton Garden Inn
Today, the candidates will participate in interviews with
the nine member St. John’s Fire Commission.
Te four fnalists are:
Bruce Faust - Deputy Chief/Fire Marshal, Washington,
DC. Deputy Chief Faust is a 25 year veteran of the Washington
DC Fire and EMS department. He holds Associates and
Bachelor’s degrees in Fire Science Administration.
Philip Myer – Former chief at Fauquier County (VA) fre
Rescue and Emergency Management; currently is consulting
in the Homeland Security area. Myer holds a Bachelor’s
degree in Fire Science.
Mark Schrade – Chief of St. Andrews Fire and Rescue
District. Prior to St. Andrews, Schrade has chief experience
in Ohio. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business
Administration.
Colleen Walz – Deputy Chief, Pittsburg, PA Fire
Department. She has been with Pittsburg for over 25 years.
Walz holds a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in
Leadership and Disater Preparedness.
Te successful candidate will also have to successfully
complete a background inquiry and physical/medical
examination.
For more information, contact the St. John’s Fire District
Headquarters at 559-9194.
St John’s Fire District Names Four
Finalist for Chief’s Position
DI S T R I C T C ONT I NUE S
S E AR C H F OR NE W C HI E F
BY BATALLIAN CHIEF J AMES GHI
T
he Charleston Transportation
Committee made a power-point
preliminary and cursory presentation
about the proposed new intersection design
at Main Road and Highway 17 on April 9.
Molli LeMin of the County staf explained the
rationale, pointing out that the $3.5 million
cost would be shared $2 million from the State
(Federal Highway Safety Program) and $1.5
million from Charleston County.
She cited as reasons and advantages: (1)Cost
savings (2)Increased capacity (3)Safety and (4)
Reduction of delays.
A public hearing is scheduled for May 14
(probably around 6 p.m. – they say a notice with
more detail will soon be published) at the C. E.
Williams Elementary School of of Highway 17
east of the Main Road intersection. Concerned
citizens should plan to attend this hearing.
Upcoming
Meeting
Tackles
Superstreet
Concerns
BY SAM REED
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Roadtrips Charleston!
O
ur son and his girlfriend are the most active
people I know. When they surf mountain-
sized waves or catapult through the air behind
weight boards, I settle for living vicariously, but recently
they introduced me to one of the lowcountry’s best
new adrenaline pumping adventures: the new bike trail
near Wannamaker Park in Goose Creek. Opened in
May 2012, the trail is one the area’s best destination for
of-road bicycling.
It’s a little hard to fnd since it is not in Wannamaker
Park at all but a mile away of of Westview Boulevard on
the Berkeley County line. Once you fnd the trail though
it is pretty well marked. Brad Phillips who designed
and helped build the trail described it as being suitable
for beginners but built for experienced riders. It seems
to me that the beginners would have to be reckless ten
year olds (with lots of parent-supplied safety equipment)
or cautious adults. It’s really a trail for seasoned riders
who relish squeezing between trees and bucking along
the bumpy contours.
On my frst visit it took awhile to relax and gain
momentum. You need to move fast enough to ride over
the many berms and avoid the tree limbs on the narrow
trail. Branches seemed to be reaching out to snag my
handlebars. But once I overcame my trepidation and
started going a little faster, I developed a rhythm. I kept
visualizing playing Bach on the piano as I rode, trying
to keep a steady pace, concentrating every second and
using my best coordination. Riding over the inclines, it’s
important to have your feet parallel to the ground at the
crest of the little hills so the pedals don’t catch the ground
and topple the bike. Being the lowcountry, the trail is
otherwise fat but winds in loopy curves. Tere are still a
lot of roots to transverse since this is a new trail and I was
glad to have my trusty Schwinn with shock absorbers.
Along the eight miles there are frequent opportunities to
exit early and then there is “Te Ridge.”
Naïve and unaware since this was my frst trip there,
I gamely rode up the embankment to check it out but
soon realized it was beyond me. Riders have said it’s
like “riding on a dragon’s back” with a series of extreme
rises and potholes. Its trickiest feature is nicknamed
“Te Toilet Bowl” for its steep sudden inclines and
descents that require riding fast to overcome. Te half-
mile “Ridge” is the result of dirt left behind during the
excavation of the canal that sits beside it… ready for me
to fall into, I imagined. Reluctantly, I walked my bike
along. Of course, my son and his girlfriend thought the
ridge was the best part!
On my second visit Wayne Miller was fnishing his
ride as I arrived. “It’s awfully muddy in there today,” he
warned. “Lots of deer though.” Wayne prefers biking in
Marrington Plantation where you can build up quite
a lot of speed and not be as vigilant about obstacles. I
encountered the mud right away. Big swampy potholes
pock marked the trail and sucked on my shoes as I
walked my bike past each one. Flooded expanses covered
acres of the forest but the trail was mostly passable. I tried
to capture the elusive “fow” that experienced riders talk
about this trail possessing: a rhythmical pace as each
move leads to the next over the rises and dips. But the
purple wisteria blossoms that had foated down to dot
the trail distracted me, their sinuous vines that snaked
towards the blue sky and the springtime bird calls in the
otherwise silent forest.
Before it gets too hot and buggy, go check out this new
close-by thrill ride. Or put
this article in your “Future
Adventures File.” You
have a “Future Adventures
File” don’t you? We
have all got to give huge
credit to the volunteers
from Low Country Fat
Tire Freaks who spent
thousands of hours
working in cooperation
with Charleston County
Parks and Recreation
Commission to build
this trail from scratch
and create the berms and
twists that make the ride
exciting. Tey’ve created
quite a joyride for us.
If You Go:
Directions and a short video: www.ccprc.com/index.
aspx?nid=1532 be aware that the directions include a turn
at St. James Ave. where the sign says Hwy 176 instead.
Roadtrips Charleston! is a feature of Lucky Dog
Publishing. Each month the column presents adventurous,
interesting destinations within a few hours drive of
Charleston. Carol Antman’s passion for outdoor and artistic
experiences has led her to exotic and nearby destinations far
and wide. For more photos and links or to make comments or
suggestions, please see www.peaksandpotholes.blogspot.com
Fat Tire Freak-Out
BY CAROL ANTMAN
April 5, 2013
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What’s Hot
Sarah’s Birds
T
he Brown-headed Nuthatch is a
small bird (about 4.5 inches long)
that is found in the Southeastern
US year-round. Tis nuthatch species
is almost exclusively found in pine-
dominated forests, but is sometimes seen
in suburban areas where small pine stands
are present. Te distinctive call of this
species sounds much like a dog’s squeaky
toy! Te Brown-headed nuthatch forages
in pine trees for insects and spiders and
also plucks pine seeds from cones. Some
individuals have been documented using
tools – they remove small pieces of pine
bark and use those pieces to pry of
larger pieces of bark in their search for
arthropod prey. Tey will also hide seed
caches by covering them up with pieces of
bark. Tis species is unusual
not only in its foraging
habits but also in its breeding
habits. Most breeding pairs
recruit one or more helpers, a
system known as cooperative
breeding. Te helpers assist
in building the nest, feeding
the incubating female, and
feeding the young before and
after fedging. Brown-headed
Nuthatches nest in pine
snags and usually excavate
their own nesting cavity.
Due to their nesting habits
and habitat requirements,
they are threatened by
habitat loss and degradation
and their numbers have
declined signifcantly in the
last century. Luckily, eforts
to help the endangered
Red-cockaded Woodpecker
have apparently been
benefcial the Brown-headed
Nuthatch.
Brown-headed Nuthatch
BY SARAH HARPER DÍAZ
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Tidal current direction changes and tide time predictions can be
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S
prinkler systems for fre suppression
have been around since the early
1800s. Sprinkler systems come from
early experimentation of fre suppression in
England. One such system consisted of a
perforated pipe that did not contain water.
Strings attached to weights controlled
the water fow. When the strings in the
structure burned a series of weights would
fall and turn on a water valve.
Te sprinkler head we are all familiar
with was invented in 1874. Tis invention
was brought from England to the United
States in 1881. Mr.Ginnell improved
upon the English invention, making the
sprinkler head more sensitive.
In reading the history of the evolution
of sprinkler systems the same “struggles”
on the performance and efectiveness
of sprinkler systems that happened in
the mid to late 1800s, when there was a
push to have them installed in factories,
are some of the same “struggles” that are
being encountered today with requiring
sprinkler systems in all residential
structures, including single-family homes.
Even though sprinkler systems have
been around since the 1800s, it took the
1980 MGM Grand hotel fre, which killed
85 people, to force ordinances be put in
place that all hotels be retroftted with
automatic sprinkler systems.
Automatic sprinkler systems are
considered the “silent sentinel”. You never
hear them, they are always ready, and they
can react in an instant to ensure a fre does
not spread out of control. In the past week
there were three fres in the Charleston
Area that were controlled by automatic
sprinklers. Two occurred in residential
apartment buildings, and one occurred
at the Sanctuary Hotel. Te fre at the
Sanctuary Hotel was contained to a large
plastic bin. Te biggest issue was removing
the smoke from the basement area. In all
three cases the fres were controlled with
the activation of one sprinkler head. Tese
automatic sprinkler activations saved
property and possibly lives. We have all
seen the devastating apartment building
fres that have occurred in the area over
the past few months. Tese fres have left
many families homeless and they have lost
all that they owned.
Tere have been incidents where a
building equipped with an automatic
sprinkler system has sufered severe
damage. In most cases this is due to
improper maintenance of the system. In
other cases a fre starts after an explosion,
which can disable a system, or a fre
can start in an un-sprinkled area of a
building and gain enough headway it
can overwhelm a sprinkler system. But
a sprinkler system can also overcome a
large fre. In 1991 a fre erupted at One
Meridian Plaza in Philadelphia. Te fre
started on the 22
nd
foor. It engulfed each
foor until reaching the 30
th
foor where 10
sprinkler heads activated and controlled
the fre. When the
building was built in
1972 only the upper
foors required
an automatic
s p r i n k l e r
system.
Te best
way to avoid
being in any
type of fre
situation is
to practice
pr e ve nt i on.
Never leave
c o o k i n g
u n a t t e n d e d
( Un a t t e n d e d
cooking was the
cause of one of the
apartment fres that
was contained by a
sprinkler head), do not
store items around your
water heater, and using
candles properly are just a few
things you can do. You should also ensure
that your smoke alarms are working
properly by testing them monthly and
changing the battery twice a year.
Tere are times
when equipment will
malfunction, an
electrical current
will arc, or
someone could
be careless
and a fre will
happen. It is
good to know
that a properly
o p e r a t i n g
smoke alarm
can provide an
early warning,
and if they
are present, a
sprinkler system
is capable of
controlling and
even suppressing a
fre.
For more information,
contact Captain Chad
A. Kelly, Fire Prevention
Specialist, at 864-4384. St. Johns Fire
Department is located at 3327 Maybank
Highway, Johns Island.
What’s So Special About Sprinkler Systems?
BY BATTALION CHIEF CHAD KELLY
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Daily
Arts
Sun, Shores,
and Strength
For the month of May, the best ftness instructors at
MUSC Wellness Center will pair up with the prettiest
landscapes in Charleston County parks to entice you to
get moving in the great outdoors. Te Adventure Out
program features more than 25 oferings, including
aqua, Zumba dance, yoga and martial arts to help you
turn over a new leaf and discover the benefts of green
exercise.
Adventure Out Family Fitness Day:
Te kickof event will be May 4, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at
James Island County Park (Wappoo Pavilion and Stage)
with food trucks, jump castles, Zumba, family fun
ftness games and more.
When: Te whole month of May! You’ll have
more than 25 free ftness activities to pick from with the
purchase of an Adventure Out T-shirt ($10). Classes
include sunrise yoga, beach sculpting, family games, Tae
Bo, interval conditioning classes, trail running lessons
and more. Te T-shirt also gives you free park admission
when attending a class.
Where: Ofered in Charleston County
parks (James Island, Palmetto Island, Wannamaker,
Folly Beach Pier, IOP Beach Park)
How: Purchase t-shirts at multiple locations
and events before May or at the May 4 launch at James
Island County Park.
Visit www.musc.edu/adventureout or email johnsusa@
musc.edu for locations.
J
oin the Kiawah Conservancy for a Beach Ball. Te
Kiawah Conservancy is again hosting the annual
Bobcat Ball but this year’s event will be located at
the beautiful oceanfront Kiawah Island Beach Club. Te
event will have many new features including fve Mini
Duck Races and one Grand “Golden” Duck Race in the
pool. No, you will not be asked to don your bathing suit,
but you will have the chance to win some fabulous prizes.
Prizes for the Mini Duck Races include:
• Charleston Harbor sailboat cruise for two with a
picnic supper
• Bottles of assorted wines ofered by our Trustees
• Spoleto Festival jazz tickets and dinner for two
• Island Breeze evening cruise for 50
Entrants in the Grand “Golden” Duck Race have the
opportunity to win a Tuscany vacation.
In addition to the FUNdraising Duck Races, the
Kiawah Conservancy will host a traditional silent
auction including:
• Dinner for eight at Jack Brantley’s Aberdeen
Catery in Camden, SC
• Cocktail Bufet for 12 at Edna and Al Roberd’s
Charleston home
• Beach Party for 20 at Vickey and Ed Wile’s
Kiawah home
• Bond Street Wine Dinner for 10 at the Chairman’s
home
• Kiawah Island Triathlon Entry
• Oyster Roast with chili for 40
• Ladies’ Bunco Evening for 12
• Men’s Night Out for eight
• Adopt-a-Bobcat
Te Bobcat Beach Ball will take place on May 9 at
6 p.m. Tickets are $100 in advance and include dinner,
cocktails and dancing. Ducks for the races may be
purchased in advance of the event and winners need not
be present to win. Mini Duck Race ducks are $100 each
and Grand “Golden” Duck Race ducks are $200 each.
Come Have a Ball with the Kiawah Conservancy
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F
rom May 3 – September 15, 2013, the
Gibbes Museum of Art presents People’s
Choice: A Community Curated Exhibition.
Tis exhibition seeks to engage members of
the community, inviting all to stake a personal
claim in Charleston’s
signature museum by
voting for favorite works
of art on the People’s
Choice website: www.
gi bbes peopl es choi ce.
org In an efort to gather
a variety of voices and
diverse opinions, we
invited notable people
from Charleston and
beyond including Mayor
Joseph P. Riley, Jr.,
renowned chef Nathalie
Dupree, and event
designer extraordinaire,
Tara Guérard to share
thoughts, opinions and
feelings about art. We
asked questions such
as: Why is art important in your life? What is
your frst memory of art? and, why are museums
important to you? Te answers have been inspiring
and refreshing. “Tis exhibition is unlike anything
we’ve done before,” says Executive Director Angela
Mack. “While many Charlestonians are familiar
with the Gibbes, there are people who are unaware
of the depth and scope of our permanent collection.
Our hope is that People’s Choice will engage
members of the community to peruse the works
of art and vote on their favorites. Trough this
process, we expect to learn more about the type of
art that matters to our community.” Voting began
on March 1, 2013, and continued through the end
of month. Participants were able to select from a
virtual gallery featuring 140 works of art from the
museum’s permanent collection including a diverse
group of paintings, sculpture, works on paper, fne
art photographs, and even video art. Te selection
was intended to represent a broad spectrum of
styles, subjects, time periods, and mediums,
ranging in time period
from the seventeenth to
the twenty-frst century,
and in subject matter from
landscapes and portraits to
still life and abstracts. Some
of the works are mainstays
in our permanent gallery
spaces—others are on view
less frequently.
On March 31 the votes
were tallied and top picks
will be curated into the
People’s Choice exhibition.
On May 3, participants
will be able to view the
community’s top picks on
the walls of the Gibbes
museum.
 Gibbes Museum of Art
Established as the Carolina Art Association in
1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors
to the public in 1905. Located in Charleston’s
historic district, the Gibbes houses a premier
collection of over 10,000 works, principally
American with a Charleston or Southern
connection, and presents special exhibitions
throughout the year. In addition, the museum ofers
an extensive complement of public programming
and educational outreach initiatives that serve the
community by stimulating creative expression and
improving the region’s superb quality of life. Visit
highlights of the Gibbes collection on Google Art
Project at www.googleartproject.com.
A Community Curated
Exhibition
PROVIDED BY GIBBES MUSEUM OF ART
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Island Connection Calendar May 4
SATURDAY, APRIL 20
Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s
Center Fashion Show
Freshfelds Village presents Te Dee Norton
Lowcountry Children’s Center Fashion
Show. A cocktail hour, hors d’oeuvres, and
a silent auction precede a runway show of
fashion’s biggest stars—beneath the stars on
the Freshfelds Village Green. All proceeds
beneft the Dee Norton Lowcountry
Children’s Center. 5 – 7 p.m. Tickets $15/
advance, $20/door. Includes light appetizers.
Cash bar on site.
Community Yard Sale
Share community spirit while fnding a
good home for former treasures! Come one,
come all. Open to the public. Sandcastle
Community Center Pool Parking Lot. 9
a.m. – 1 p.m.

Plant Sale and Swap
Magnolia Garden Club hosts this fun event.
Bring plants to swap or come to shop!
Featuring plants and garden items. 10 a.m.
– 1 p.m. Berkley Electric. 3351 Maybank
Hwy, Johns Island.
9
th
Annual Fam Jam Festival
Te Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry,
WCBD News 2, and Y102.5 invite children
and families from across Charleston to
participate in the free 2013 Fam Jam. With
a theme of homegrown family fun with
no-sugar added, this festival celebrates the
power of play. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Marion
Square, downtown Charleston. Free
admission.
Sippin Saturdays Kicks Of at Irvin
House Vineyards
Join us every Saturday until November 2 for
Sippin’ Saturday. Each Saturday, the winery
will serve up a diferent local food vendor
and musical group to entertain locals and
visitors. Te famous Irvin House Vineyards
Wine-a-Ritas will be served on the patio
and Irvin House. Tastings in the Firefy
Vodka distillery and Irvin House Vineyard
winery are only $6 to taste 6 of 15 favors
of Firefy Vodka and Sea Island Rums and
$4 to taste 5 wines. Patrons will receive
complimentary glasses during both tastings.
Bring lawn chairs & blankets. 1 – 5 p.m.
Earth Day Across Trends
Celebrate Earth Day! Special event will
feature a one-hour panel discussion on
environmental trends for 2013. Test drive
a Tesla Model S, tour homes, and enjoy
refreshments. For more info, visit www.
dyalcompass.com. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Indigo
Park.
Dirt Roadtrip – Lowcountry Farms
Tis one-day farm tour event features
a variety of farms on both Johns and
Wadmalaw Islands. Tour goers will be
able to pile into their cars with friends
and family and pick their must-see
farms to visit. Includes farm tours,
meeting farmers, learning about the
farms, and indulging in farm fare.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tickets $30 for
Lowcountry Local First Members,
$35 for nonmembers. Price per car.
Participating farms: Abrose, Burden
Creek Dairy, Dirt Works Incubator,
Joseph Fields, Legare, Lowland. For
more info, visit www.lowcountrylocalfrst.
com. 10 a.m. – 5p .m.
SUNDAY, APRIL 21
Andrew Tielen Big Band Sunday
Te great Andrew Tielen Big Band is back
by popular demand, bringing you some
of the fnest musicians and vocalists from
the southeastern states. Tey will entertain
you with special renditions of the most
memorable popular songs from the swing
and pop eras with the sounds of Glenn
Miller, Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra
and the great Count Basie. Sponsored by
the Town of Kiawah Island Arts Council.
Complimentary Tickets available at the
Visitors Center at Kiawah Island Town
Hall. For more info call 768-9166. 7:30
p.m. East Beach Conference Center.
Open House at CATR
Fifth annual open house at Charleston Area
Terapeutic Riding Farms. Join us for food,
live music, and live and silent auctions. $25/
advance, $30/gate. Children $10. 4:30 –
7:30 p.m. 2669 Hamilton Rd, Johns Island.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24
Te Lee Brothers at Indigo Books
Come out to Indigo Books for a book
signing with local brothers and chefs, Ted
and Matt Lee. Te brothers will be signing
copies of their new book, Te Lee Bros.
Charleston Kitchen. 1 – 3 p.m. For more
info, call Indigo Books at 768-2255.

THURSDAY, APRIL 25
“A Refreshing Look at Our World”
For the fnal “Our World” program of the
season, several members of the Kiawah
Photography Club will each present a short,
very personal slide show drawn from their
travels to faraway places. Come travel with
them and feel the warm recognition of
places you’ve been, or whet your appetite
for places you would like to go! 3 p.m.
Sandcastle Community Center. Please
RSVP by April 22 for this complimentary
program by calling 768-3875 or email
Member Services at sandcastle@kica.us.
Our Lady of Mercy Community
Outreach Presents “Great Expectations”
Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach
will sponsor an evening of decorative
table settings, fne art, and thoughtful
conversation inspired by Great Books. Te
event will feature wine, champagne, and
generous hors d’oeuvres by Crave catering.
Held at the Charleston Library Society. 164
King Street, Charleston. 6 – 9 p.m.
Eileen Fisher Shop Local Event
Stop in Te Resort Shop at Freshfelds
Village, buy some of the latest spring
fashions by Eileen Fisher, and 10 percent
of all proceeds will be donated to a local
nonproft in the greater Charleston area to
suppor leadership for women and young
girls. Event continues through the weekend.
For more info, call Te Resort Shop at 768-
4466.
Moulin Rouge Charity Auction
Enjoy an evening full of world-class
performances and acclaimed educational
program while raising funds to support the
Charleston Concert Associations. Events
include silent auction, live entertainment,
open bar, and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Te
Mills House Hotel, 115 Meeting Street,
downtown. For tickets and more info visit
www.charlestonconcerts.org. 6:30 – 9 p.m.
SATURDAY, APRIL 27
Project Mud at Charleston Tea Plantation
Tis 5K will have 18 signature obstacles
that challenge participants of all athletic
abilities. Don’t miss this chance to get
down and dirty with some good friends
and good fun. After party will include live
music, food vendors, and beer. Funds go to
Make a Wish SC. 9:30 a.m. 6617 Maybank
Hwy, Wadmalaw Island. To register: www.
projectmud.com/events/charleston-sc
Bohicket Marina 5k/10k
Join us for the 3
rd
annual Bohicket Marina
5K/10K Run at Seabrook Island! Te race
begins at Bohicket Marina and winds
through the beautiful streets of Seabrook
Island, and fnishes back at Bohicket
Marina. All Charleston Running Club
members will receive a $5 discount on
registration prices. Online Registration and
more run details can be found at www.
Active.com. Race begins at 8 a.m. 1880
Andell Bluf Blvd. 5K Run: $30 until 4/26,
$35 on Race Day, 10K Run: $35 until 4/26,
$40 on Race Day
Sippin Saturdays Kicks Of at Irvin
House Vineyards
Join us every Saturday until November 2 for
Sippin’ Saturday. Each Saturday, the winery
will serve up a diferent local food vendor
and musical group to entertain locals and
visitors. Te famous Irvin House Vineyards
Wine-a-Ritas will be served on the patio
and Irvin House. Tastings in the Firefy
Vodka distillery and Irvin House Vineyard
winery are only $6 to taste 6 of 15 favors
of Firefy Vodka and Sea Island Rums and
$4 to taste 5 wines. Patrons will receive
complimentary glasses during both tastings.
Bring lawn chairs & blankets. 1 – 5 p.m.
Johns Island Market
Te Johns Island Market will host the
Wadmalaw Island Community Center
vendor and craft fair. Join us for food,
handbags, unique jewelry, quilts made
by seniors at the center, sweetgrass
baskets and more. All proceeds will
support the center. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
For more info, call Bertha Middleton
at 557-8408. 3153 Maybank Highway,
Johns Island.
JailBreak 2013
Te ffth installment of this local
arts festival will feature painters,
musicians, dancers, comedians,
sculptors and fashion designers
performing and showcasing their
art. Te jailhouse will be lined with
masterpieces by new and veteran artists,
comedians and a variety of dance
performances. In the courtyard, the
Charleston Dance Alliance delivers
spellbinding performances while
artisans demonstrate their work in
the redefned Artisans’ Market. Enjoy
local food trucks and craft beer.
21 Magazine Street in Downtown
Charleston. Tickets are available now at
JailBreakCharleston.com. 4 – 11 p.m.
8
th
Anniversary Celebration
Join Coastal Palms Island Apparel,
Coastal Footwear, Palmetto Island,
and SeaCoast Sports and Outftters to
celebrate their eight year anniversary with
a party and customer appreciation day!
Featuring storewide sales, food, drinks,
music, and more in all four stores, all day.
10 a.m. – 9 p.m. For more information, call
768-8486
MONDAY, APRIL 29
Red Cross Readiness Training
See article on page 4. 2 and 3 p.m.
Sandcastle Community Center.
SATURDAY, MAY 4
Adopt-A-Highway Litter Clean Up
Troughout the county, volunteers will be
picking up trash on our roadsides during
the cleanup event. Volunteers can pick
up supplies on Wednesday, May 1 from
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at S.C. Department of
Transportation’s Charleston Maintenance
facility located at 2401 Maintenance Way
in North Charleston. For more information
on the May 4 Adopt-A-Highway litter
cleanup, contact Angela Crouch by phone
at 722-5940 extension 112 or by e-mail
at acrouch@clemson.edu. In case of bad
weather, the cleanup will be held on
Saturday, May 11.
Sippin Saturdays Kicks Of at Irvin
House Vineyards
Join us every Saturday until November 2 for
Sippin’ Saturday. Each Saturday, the winery
will serve up a diferent local food vendor
and musical group to entertain locals and
visitors. Te famous Irvin House Vineyards
Wine-a-Ritas will be served on the patio
and Irvin House. Tastings in the Firefy
Vodka distillery and Irvin House Vineyard
winery are only $6 to taste 6 of 15 favors
of Firefy Vodka and Sea Island Rums and
$4 to taste 5 wines. Patrons will receive
complimentary glasses during both tastings.
Bring lawn chairs & blankets. 1 – 5 p.m.
Smarty Party
Support Creative Learning school and raise
money for scholarships to send Ugandan
children to school. Enjoy appitizers, dinner,
drinks, jump catstles, face painting and
more. $14/adults, $5/children. 4 p.m. For
more info see article on page 18.
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Babygarten (birth to 18
months with adult)
Mondays, April 22, and 29 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)
Tuesday, April 23 at 10:30 a.m.
Preschool Storytime (3-6 years
with adult)
Wednesday, April 24 at 10:30 a.m.
Preschool Zone (3-6 years with an adult)
Fridays, April 19, and 26 at 10:30
Email Basics (adults/young adults)
Tuesday, April 30 from 10 a.m.-12:30
p.m.
Registration starts 4/16
Te library does not provide individual
email accounts. However, there are many
Internet sites that provide free email. Tis
class presents the basics of registering for a
free email account, composing messages,
sending and opening email. Prerequisite:
Some experience using a mouse and the
Internet will be helpful. Please note longer
class time.
Internet Basics (adults/young adults)
Tuesday, April 23 from10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Registration starts 4/9
An introduction to the Internet, focusing
on the World Wide Web, using Internet
Explorer. Provides an overview of how
the Internet is structured and introduces
searching on the World Wide Web.
Prerequisite: Some experience using a
mouse will be helpful.
Publisher 2007: Create a Flyer (adults/
young adults)
Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m.-
12 p.m.
Registration starts 4/13
Learn the basics of this desktop publishing
program. MS Publisher is designed for
creating greeting cards, fyers, signs,
brochures, calendars, and much more.
Prerequisite: Word Basics or some
experience using MS Word will be helpful.
All computer classes are free. For more
information please call 559-1945 and ask
for the Reference Department. Class space is
available for 8 participants per session.
Passive Program: Poe-Tree: Te
Road to Adventure (ages 5-11)
April 1-30
Come make poetry of all diferent
sorts during the month of April. You
may write haikus, word block poems,
concrete poems, and many more!
Get caught creating and be part of
our Poe-Tree Display!
Zumba (adults)
Mondays, April 22 and 29 from6-7 p.m.
Wednesday, April 24 from 6-7 p.m.
Join us for a fun and energetic Zumba
aerobics class.
Knitting and Crocheting Group (adults)
Tursday, April 25 from 6-7 p.m.
Enjoy the company of other crafters
and meet to exchange ideas. Bring your
projects and knit or crochet with friends.
Please join us, beginners welcome. 
Family Fun and Games (all ages)
Saturday, April 27 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Bring the family to the library to play Wii
games and more!
Club Anime! (ages 12-19)
Saturday, April 20 from 12:30-5:30 p.m.
It is time for another fve hour marathon
of your favorite Anime. Tis will be the
frst of two Anime-A-Tons scheduled this
year. Te library closes at 6:00, so please
plan your ride accordingly.
Teen Movie Time: Te First Time
(grades 6-12)
Tuesday, April 23 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Dave (Dylan O’Brien) is an incurable
romantic in love with the hottest
girl in school, Jane (Victoria Justice).
Unfortunately, she only thinks of him as
a friend. Trough a chance encounter,
Dave meets Aubrey (Britt Robertson),
an alluring girl from a nearby school,
which sparks a fame that soon becomes a
romance flled with all the angst, missteps
& awkwardness of a frst time love. Rated
PG-13; 98 minutes
April 20
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S
trut your stuf at Freshfelds Village
during the Dee Norton Lowcountry
Children’s Center Fashion Show
on Saturday, April 20 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Perfect for couture critics and vogue
virtuosos, this event will feature a fashion
show with more than 50 complete, stylish
looks from clothing retailers located
within Freshfelds Village. All proceeds
will beneft the Dee Norton Lowcountry
Children’s Center, which provides hope
and healing to abused children and
families.
Preceding the runway show, attendees
will be able to enjoy cocktails, hors
d’oeuvres and a silent auction on the
Village Green. After the show, guests
can hit participating stores for an
extended hour of shopping. Boutiques
featured in the show include: Coastal
Palms Island Apparel, J. McLaughlin
Men, J. McLaughlin Women, Palmetto
Island featuring Tommy Bahama, Pink
Boulevard, SeaCoast Sports and Outftters
and Te Resort Shop
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20
at the door. Tickets can be purchased at
Freshfelds Village Guest Services,  on
the Dee Norton website or by calling
723-3600. Tickets include bites from
Newton Farms Catering, and a cash bar
with champagne, beer and wine will be
available.
Te Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s
Center is a non-proft organization
dedicated to serving victims of child
abuse and neglect in Charleston and
Berkeley counties. By bringing together
child protective services, law enforcement,
medical, legal, educational and mental
health professionals, DNLCC provides a
coordinated approach to helping children
and their families at no cost. Since the
opening in 1991, DNLCC has helped over
19,000 children and their families.
Freshfelds Village is at the crossroads
of Kiawah, Seabrook and John’s islands.
With more than 55 locally owned shops,
galleries, restaurants, services and businesses,
Freshfelds is an upscale lifestyle destination
that also hosts cultural events, art exhibits and
seasonal festivals throughout the year. Visit
FreshfeldsVillage.com or www.facebook.
com/FreshfeldsVillage information on new
stores, events and other announcements.
Models from the show last year sport cute
new spring trends all for a great cause.
Culture and Caring Cross Paths
on Freshfelds Village Catwalk
TOMOR R OW’ S F AS HI ON S HOW TO BE NE F I T
DE E NOR TON L OWC OUNT R Y C HI L DR E N’ S C E NT E R
PROVIDED BY FRESHFIELDS VILLAGE
Pets
April 5, 2013
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(CAPTION) New Executive
Director Jill Ledford
www.islandconnectionnews.com
H
appy was happily lounging in our
clinic ofce the other day, until
an unexpected storm rolled in.
I was in the ofce with her at 5:00 and
all was fne. I checked back in on her one
hour later, as the storm still raged, and she
had destroyed the boxes of fles that were
waiting to go to the shredder. Te good
news is that I can cancel the shredding
truck, but the bad news is that Happy
must have been scared out of her wits for
the one hour that the storm lasted.
Tunderstorm anxiety primarily occurs
in dogs, although I have heard of some
cats who hide or urinate inappropriately
during thunder activity. Afected dogs
quiver all over and then begin to seek
human attention or a safe place. Tey
pace and pant relentlessly. Some even lose
bladder or bowel control.
During a thunderstorm, when we aren’t
home, Happy pries open the closet door
and climbs in on top of shoes and sports
equipment. When we are home, she paces,
pants, shakes, and stays close to our feet.
She begins this behavior long before we
can actually hear the thunder. Other dogs
have much more extreme reactions and
cause severe damage to their home. Phobic
dogs left outdoors may dive through glass
and screens get indoors.
Untreated thunderstorm anxiety gets
worse with age and can be exaggerated by
a particularly violent storm. Many dogs
with other anxieties develop thunderstorm
anxiety later in life. Sometimes a move or
the loss of a loved one (human or animal)
can trigger the phobia. Most of these dogs
are also afraid of freworks and gunshots,
but this isn’t always true. Some dogs that
freak out every Fourth of July are not
afected by storms at all.
Te most important thing for people to
understand is that coddling the pet during
this behavior is the worst thing you can do.
Coddling does two things to exaggerate
this behavior. First, it actually rewards the
behavior and causes dogs to enhance the
behavior to get more attention. Second,
it may make the dog think that there
really is something wrong that they need
to be protected from. Tey sense your
anxiety too, and even though you may be
more anxious about the dog than about
the storm itself, the dog associates your
anxiety with the storm.
So, what do you do? It is unbelievably
hard not to console your pet when he or
she is upset, so here are some other things
to try.
Buy or make a recording of
thunderstorms. Tese are readily available
with and without music. Play it loudly to
make sure it elicits the fear response. If
it does, then use this recording to slowly
modify your pet’s behavior. During the
frst training sessions, play the recording
below your level of hearing and work
with your dog on fun tricks, play his
favorite game or work with a simple sit
and stay routine using treats as rewards.
During each session, increase the volume
by one notch. If the dog shows any signs
of fear, back down to the previous level,
continuing to keep your dog’s attention
with games and tricks rather than
coddling. Eventually, you will be able to
increase the volume to a real level with the
dog, demonstrating confdence, and think
of all the new tricks he’ll know! Practice
this for 10 minutes once or twice a day.
If a real thunderstorm does catch you
by surprise, try to project confdence, not
concern. Practice the above tricks and
obedience training during the storm.
Use the storm as feeding time to provide
positive reinforcement.
If your pet is not responding well to
the recordings, you may want to consider
getting some behavior-modifying drugs.
Your veterinarian can help you choose
the one that will work best for your pet.
Sedatives are often useful if given half an
hour before thunderstorm activity. Tese
drugs are less efective if they are given
after the fear has already begun. Anti-
anxiety
drugs that are
given daily may
be more useful during
our thunderstorm and
hurricane season since
storms come so regularly.
Tese drugs don’t have
immediate efect, but
after two weeks of use,
they greatly increase the
threshold trigger for anxiety.
Daily anti-anxieties are a
particularly good choice if your
dog also has other anxieties.
I have had good luck
with the Storm Cape
(www.stormdefender.
com), which modifes
the static electricity
that the dogs are
picking up in the air.
Happy responds really w e l l
to the Tunder Shirt (www.thundershirt.
com) Tese shirts apply soothing pressure
around the chest that calms the dog in all
situations.
Te bach fower Rescue Remedy is an
herbal drop which works very quickly to
calm a dog. Two, four, or six drops on the
tongue for small, medium and large dogs
respectively, can work for mildly afected
dogs.
Y o u
c a n
use Rescue
Remedy with
other drugs if they
need even more
relaxation.
No pill or shirt is
going to cure your dog
of this problem, but using
all of the above treatments
will help alleviate some
of the signs of anxiety.
Relapse to severe anxiety
is common, so continue
to project the confdence
that your pet needs in its leader.
Projecting this image for young dogs
can actually help prevent this scary and
dangerous phobia.
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 www.beesferry.com or call
769-6784.
Taking the Pups by Storm
HE L P Y OUR DOG S UR VI VE T HUNDE R S TOR M ANXI E T Y
BY KATHERINE SAENGER
14 April 5, 2013
Daily
W
ow! College of Charleston Fraternity Sigma
Chi came through in a big way for Youth
Entrepreneurship South Carolina last week
when they announced they had raised $25,000 for the
nonproft through their 2013 Derby Days philanthropy
efort. Some of the Fraternity brothers heard YEScarolina
founder, Jimmy Bailey, speak several times about giving
back in Tommy Baker’s Entrepreneurship class at the
College and felt empowered to give to YEScarolina.
Sigma Chi’s annual fundraiser took place over a fve
day period at the end of March, where each Sorority at
CofC competed through daily events and fundraising
activities to earn the right to be crowned champion.
One special event that was well attended was a youth
entrepreneur from the South side of Chicago, Rodney
Walker, speaking to a packed house at the C of C
School of Business about where he came from and how
entrepreneurship has taken him to places beyond his
wildest dreams. Te fundraising efort took advantage
of a unique online platform, Crowdrise.com, where they
encouraged community members, family, & friends to
give. Big thanks are in order to Chiquita Brands Intl.,
Joseph Auto Group, Jane Clothing and Chemed Corp
for their strong donations. To cap of the exciting week,
Sigma Chi hosted a duo of internationally-known DJ’s
at the Music Farm, made possible by Adam Young Law
Firm.
“We are proud to announce that Derby Days was a
huge success. Te contributions from the brothers of
Sigma Chi, Sorority women, and our supporting sponsors
allowed us to exceed our fnancial goals. We are excited
about our new partnership with YEScarolina and look
forward to continue giving back to the Charleston
community for years to come. Tank you again to all of
the people who helped make Derby Days possible” said
graduating senior, Brandon Rolfes.
Te Fraternity brothers presented the check to an
admiring crowd over a donor appreciation lunch at Hall’s
Chophouse. “When I heard that the Sigma Chi’s were
designating YEScarolina as it’s recipient for 2013, I was
both humbled and proud. Humbled because they heard
my sincere request to give back to
young people in some way and
proud because it’s one of the largest
donations ever made to us and
unbeknownst to them I am also
a Sigma Chi.”$25,000 goes a long
way for an organization the size
of YEScarolina. Tey will use the
money to fund their 2013 summer
teacher training program, their new
mentorship program called Start
Up Summer, and establish a Sigmi
Chi Scholarship. YEScarolina is
made possible by private donations
and they fundraise in order to
host a teacher training program
once a year where they bring an
instructor from NYC to train 15-20 teachers how to teach
entrepreneurship. Young entrepreneurs giving to a Youth
Entrepreneurship organization....It doesn’t get much
better than that!
About YEScarolina: YEScarolina is the leading
organization in the state of South Carolina dedicated to
teaching youth the principles of entrepreneurship and free
enterprise. YEScarolina has trained and certifed over 650
South Carolina teachers on the subject of entrepreneurship,
who have in turn, touched the lives of thousands of youth with
its wonderful and innovative entrepreneurship curriculum.
Fraternity Fascinates Nonproft at Derby Days
C OF C S I GMI C HI R AI S E S $25, 000 F OR L OC AL
Y OUT H E NT R E P R E NE UR S HI P OR GANI ZAT I ON
SPECIAL TO THE ISLAND CONNECTION
April 5, 2013
15
Arts Computer Corner
T
he City of Charleston Ofce of
Cultural Afairs and the Town
of Kiawah Island Arts Council
present a sampling of some favorite
musical elements as harbingers of the 2013
Piccolo Spoleto Festival on Sunday, May 5
at 4 p.m. Te concert will be at the Holy
Spirit Catholic Church on Besty Kerrison.
Tis year the program includes  rising
star Seth Gilliard, a recent graduate of
Furman University who majored in violin
performance, and will present a program
ranging from Baroque to contemporary
music.  Selections will include Bach’s
Concerto for Two Violins and Continuo,
featuring Gilliard and his former violin
teacher, Rex Conner.  From there, Seth
will move on to more contemporary
musical styles, ending with some favorite
hip-hop tunes.
Jennifer Luyken, acclaimed mezzo
soprano, will sing arias that will be
included in Piccolo Spoleto’s Sunset
Serenade concert with the Charleston
Symphony Orchestra.  Jennifer will be
accompanied at our Prelude to Piccolo
by piano, and her selections will include
music from “Carmen” and “Sampson and
Delilah.”
We are also pleased to present a
lively performance of Irish Jigs, Reels
and Airs presented by members of the
Taylor Festival Choir and accompanying
instrumentalists. Te Festival Choir has
garnered a reputation of excellence among
critics and is led and directed by Rob and
Mary Taylor.
Te concert is admission-free and open to
the public.  For complimentary tickets, call
768-9166
Prelude to Piccolo
K I AWAH AR T S C OUNC I L
P R E S E NT S UNI QUE P R E VI E W
I N P R E P F OR S P OL E TO
SPECIAL TO THE ISLAND CONNECTION
I
t’s springtime and you need a new
computer! So what should you do?First
of, stop and think about why you
need a new computer. Are you going to
the mountains for a couple of months
and want a laptop to take rather than
drag the desktop and monitor with you,
or are you just tired of the old thing and
want something new? Tere are all sorts
of reasons for a new device, including age,
accidents, water damage, etc. One that is
a bit more involved is the, “I want the new
thing” syndrome. All can be valid reasons
(you really don’t need a “valid” reason)
and the best advice I can
give you is to consider
a bit prior to going to
the store and buying
something.
If considering
Windows based laptops
(or desktops) there are a
variety of styles and shapes
with large screens as big
as 19 inches (measured
diagonally) and as little as
11 inches. Te weight can be as
little as 3 pounds and upwards of
10 pounds. A great option is to go to a place
like Best Buy and look at all of them, but
make up your mind prior to going in that
you are only looking! It’s hard to do, but
it will possibly save you a trip back with
the impulse purchase being not what you
really wanted. Te other consideration is
the Operating System ofered now which
is Windows 8. Remember the OS is what
makes the computer work and there are
lots of reviews of the latest Windows
OS that are unfattering at best. I would
consider checking out what kind of
laptop you would like and then consider
looking online for a similar one that
has Windows 7 OS. Both Dell and HP
websites at this time still ofer Windows 7
OS laptops (and desktops). With desktops
the considerations are a bit less. You can
choose a slim box or full-size, along with
the amount of ram and hard drive size.
Prices vary but a basic laptop can be
as little as $300 – 350 and can go over
$2,000 for special top of the line products.
If looking at Apple products, you again
have diferent sizes, shapes, and weight
but it is all available at either the Apple
store downtown or online. In some cases
you might fnd a slight savings at other
websites, but not much. Again look, but
don’t buy right away. Give it a day or so
to sink in. Apple has great products; they
work well but the price can be a bit of a
turn-of. Te least priced new laptop starts
right at $999 and goes up very quickly.
Some can run above $3,000.
Finally, when considering what to
buy you might fnd yourself looking at a
tablet. A good use of this would be the
example I gave. You are going somewhere
from home for a couple
of months, and you want
to be able to access email
and the internet but really
don’t want to set up an
internet account with all
the hardware at the place
you are staying. You just
want to be able to use it for
a short while and also be
able to access email while
traveling. In this case a tablet
may ft the bill. A good example
would be the iPad because it is
easy to use, can access the 3g/4g services
from cell phone companies and is very
portable. Make sure if buying it for this
purpose that you get the model that can
access cell phone service. Again check
out the Apple store, either downtown or
online. After deciding what you want then
check out some stores locally because in
the case of iPad’s you can sometimes fnd
deals that are 5 to 10 percent of. Another
option are Android based tablets that can
be about half the cost of an iPad. I use one
myself but they are a bit harder to set up.
If you are not a big “tech” person I would
suggest biting the bullet, and paying the
$499 and getting an iPad. Oh, and there
are Windows based tablets… not my
choice but they are available.
I hope this helps, and as always if you
need professional help I am available,
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.
Time for a
New Computer?
BY BOB HOOPER AKA RENT A BOB
16 April 5, 2013
www.islandconnectionnews.com
Photos Provided by KICA
Daily
O
n April 5 and 6, the Kiawah
Island Community Association
(KICA) hosted its Spring Artist
Showcase. Quickly becoming a seasonal
tradition, the showcase attracted over 200
art lovers to the Sandcastle Community
Center, KICA’s seaside recreation facility.
Te showcase featured displays of art by
local artists ranging from traditional art to
photography, handmade items including
pottery, jewelry, children’s clothing, and
hand-painted furniture and glassware.  A
majority of the artists featured in the
showcase are residents from around the
Sea Islands, including Kiawah, Seabrook
and Johns islands. 
Te showcase takes place twice a year,
once in the spring and again in the fall,
with the next showcase scheduled for
November of this year. Showcases are
open to the public. For more information,
visit kica.us/events. 
Te Kiawah Island Community
Association is a not-for-proft organization
providing services to the Kiawah community.
For more information on KICA, visit kica.
us or call 768-9194. 
Showcase Brings Artists and Art Lovers to Kiawah
PROVIDED BY KIAWAH ISLAND COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
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April 5, 2013 17
Daily
W
hen I was a little girl, my
mother would read to me
every night. My favorite
book was Love You Forever by Robert
Munsch. It was a short, sweet little book
about a mother who loved her son, and
every night she would sing to him, all the
way into his adulthood. Te refrain was
catchy and warm. “I’ll love you forever, I’ll
like you for always, as long as I’m living,
my baby you’ll be.” As the pages turned,
my voice would join my mother’s. Night
after night, year after year, the book never
grew old.
My younger sister loved Blueberries
for Sal. My older one cherished Where
the Wild Things Are.... she still goes back
and reads it from time to time. We each
had our favorite, and the collection of
beloved favorites continued to grow, and
grow, and grow. Today we still hang on to
a few as relics of our storybook childhood.
In wonderfully beautiful and afuent
communities like Charleston, Kiawah,
Seabrook, and Mount Pleasant, full of
concertos and art exhibits and late night
dinner parties, it’s often hard to imagine
that children right outside our doors don’t
have access to something so simple, and
yet so vitally important, as a storybook.
Fortunately, local islanders with a
passion for reading and bettering the
lives of children in the community are
stepping up to open a new chapter in the
Charleston area. In August of 2010, Patty
Bennett-Ufelman and Janet Segal decided
to start “Begin with Books,” a nonproft
organization and the Charleston County
chapter of Dolly Parton’s Imagination
Library, a group devoted to making books
accessible to children. “We realized there
wasn’t anything in our area like this,”
Ufelman says. “And we took advantage
of the opportunity to help these kids get
access to books.”
Te way the program works is quite
simple. As the County chapter of the
national Imagination Library, books are
chosen and mailed out directly to the child’s
home from the Dollywood Foundation.
Parents in eligible communities register
their children through a simple form,
and Begin with Books volunteers then
see that the children are enrolled in the
ofcial form online, which leads into
the mail out service. Two months after
registering, the child receives his or her
frst book. It’s like a mini-Christmas each
month... no returns, no exchanges. Te
book is a gift. It is the child’s very own.
Te program begins at birth and books
continue to arrive every month until the
child graduates the program on his or her
ffth birthday.
Ufelman, Segal, and their team of
dedicated volunteers began implementing
the service in the most rural areas of the
County – Adams Run, Hollywood, and
Ravenel. “We knew we wanted to begin
in areas with the greatest need,” Ufelman
says. After successfully establishing the
program in those three zip codes, Begin
with Books spread to Edisto, Awendaw,
and McClellanville. Latest additions
to the world of reading include Johns
Island, Wadmalaw, and the biggest
implementation to date – the Charleston
Peninsula.
Currently 1,500 children in the
lowcountry are enrolled with Begin with
Books, and 450 youngsters have already
graduated the program. Tat’s nearly
2,000 children that have received the
priceless gift of reading through this area
nonproft in less than three years, and the
numbers continue to grow. A whopping
21,000+ books have been mailed out
through the program.
One of the advantages of Begin with
Books is the cost efectiveness of the
program. For only $33 a year, one child
in the lowcountry can receive a book
each month through the program. With
a background in business, Ufelman
makes sure all fnances are in order before
taking on additional zip codes. “We are
all volunteers, and we all work from
home. We don’t have a staf or an ofce,”
she explains. “And I think in order for a
nonproft to succeed, you really have to
treat it like a business.”
Unpredictable costs, such as changes
in the postal service delivery system and
pricing, make fnancing a bit of a juggling
act.
So to keep the business of books
expanding in the lowcountry, Begin with
Books is hosting a yard sale on May 4 to
raise money for continued operations of
the program. From 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Faith
Lutheran Church on Maybank Highway.
Donna Reyburn, chair of the yard sale,
couldn’t be more excited about the
program, and the upcoming fundraiser.
“I frst found out about the organization
through my church. Immediately, I was
sold,” she says. “It allows parents to set
a great example for their kids, it helps
teachers in the school system, it helps
children develop listening skills and use
their imagination…it’s just a really, really
great program.”
If you fnd yourself doing a little
spring-cleaning over the next few days,
Begin with Books will be accepting
donations for the May 4 yard sale through
May 3. Collected items include: children’s
clothing, toys, and books, household
goods, and outdoor/sports equipment.
Drop of your items at: the Island School
at 3141 Maybank Highway, Safe Storage
at 3289 Maybank Highway, or Frierson
Elementary at 6133 Maybank Highway
during regular hours.
Tough we have reached the end of this
short newspaper tale, Begin with Books is
only just beginning. Begin with Books
continues to write brand new chapters for
the lives of children in the lowcountry… a
gift they will carry with them for the rest
of their lives.
The Begin with Books Yard Sale will
be on Saturday, May 4, at Faith Lutheran
Church located at 3374 Maybank
Highway. Sale takes place from 8 a.m.
– 1 p.m. For more information, or to
donate goods directly to yardsSale
chair, contact Donna Reyburn at
768-2620 or donnadives@bellsouth.net.
For more information on Begin with
Books, visit www.beginwithbooks.org.
Giving the Gift of Reading
NONP R OF I T BE GI N WI T H BOOK S HOS T S
YAR D S AL E TO R AI S E F UNDS
BY HANNAH DOCKERY
PATTYANDDONNAGETREADYFORTHEUPCOMINGYARDSALE.
www.islandconnectionnews.com
18 April 5, 2013
Daily
S
even years ago Sarah Hocutt had an idea for a
preschool where her then one-year-old son, could
have a great education and be taught a sense of
creativity, compassion, and community. Now, Creative
Beginnings in Johns Island
does just that. Tis preschool
is emanating with charm to say
the least.
Walking in the door one is
immediately inside a classroom
where numerous adventures
take place: yoga, exercise,
music time, and story time.
Along with many other highly
entertaining classrooms, like
the napping room for infants,
the art room, and a playground
area where they also keep their
bunny and guinea pigs, this
place is preschooler heaven.
Last week, the preschool
even celebrated “Dirt Week”
and all the children had
dirt themed activities like
building homes for worms
outside and learning to draw
an “S” in brown paint they
called “mud.” Te children are
separated in groups, or classes,
by academic ability to ft their
learning needs. Hocutt found
that this method is a more constructive and welcoming
way to separate the children than dividing them by age.
Tey also teach the children using a smart board to better
prepare them for classrooms in Kindergarten.
Several outside programs
come in and work with the
Creative Beginnings children
throughout the week.
Dance Moves instructor,
Jessie Maynard, comes in
twice a week to teach the
children dance routines.
Other programs include
JumpBunch, a ftness program
for preschoolers, St. Johns
Library, and Mr. Walt Miller
from St. Johns Parish comes
in once a week to have chapel
with the children.
Since forming a sense of
community in the children
was one of Hocutt’s main
goals when she established
Creative Beginnings, the
children and staf take part in
a lot of outreach community
projects. Tey have done work
with Mufn Ministry, where
they made mufns for all the
families waiting for loved
ones in ICU, and they’ve made Valentine’s Day cards
for the children at MUSC’s children’s hospital. Creative
Beginnings also works with Saint Johns Episcopal
Church to send shoeboxes and care packages to orphans
in Uganda and Panama.
While Creative Beginnings has held “FUN”draisers
for the last fve years, Hocutt decided last year to use the
money raised at the event to send children to school in
Uganda. Tis event is cleverly named the Smarty Party.
Te children enrolled in Creative Beginnings help with
all the decorations, invitations and spread of excitement
about the event through the community. Te older
children were there last year to present their check, which
sent enough money for seven Uganda children to go to
school for an entire year! Te time for this year’s Smarty
Party has arrived.
Te Smarty Party will be held at St. Johns Woods Pool
and Playground on Saturday, May 4, from 4-7 p.m. Tere
will be dinner and a plethora of fun and exciting activities
for children, like the jump castle, face painting, and live
reptiles, while the parents can enjoy adult beverages and
live music. A rafe will also be held at the Smarty Party
where a number of groovy prizes are available, including
spa certifcates, jewelry, gym memberships, and more.
Tickets for this event are $14 for adults and $5 for kids and
can be found on their website, at creativebeginningssc.
com, or can be purchased at the school.
Creative Beginnings is located at 1811 Paulette
Avenue on Johns Island. For more information, visit
creativebeginningssc.com or call 559-4349.
Smarty Party with the Preschoolers
C R E AT I VE BE GI NNI NGS K I C K S OF F T HE I R ANNUAL “F UN”DR AI S E R
TO BE NE F I T C HI L DR E N I N UGANDA
BY KAITLYN BURRELL
April 5, 2013 19
Books
L
ife on Kiawah and Seabrook is calm, relaxing.
A paradise. Te only rough waters are in the
ocean during a brewing storm. Peaceful.
Simple.
But if you fnd yourself in need of a little action
and adventure to combat these lazy spring and
summer days, Seabrook resident Bill Boudreau
might have just what you are looking for.
When Olive Leaves Beckon tells the story of
Mario, a handsome, composed Italian struggling
with a double life. When not in the rolling hills of
Tuscany tending to his olive groves, Mario leads
a much darker life… that of a mercenary. As his
tangled life begins to unfold, Mario begins to
question whether or not he should give up his life
of adventure, settle down, and marry Marianne, a
Belgian schoolteacher and his one true love. “He
enjoys the adventure. Tat’s who he is. But he
wonders if he should change… settle down… he
starts getting tired of the mercenary lifestyle,” the
author explains. But a change in lifestyle would
mean a change in identity for the young hero. Te
plot is perfect for a page-turner.
Tough When Olive Leaves Beckon is a work
of fction, Boudreau certainly has the experiences
to back up this exciting new read. Before retiring to
Seabrook, Boudreau spent extensive time in Africa
as a diplomat and international consultant. From
Capitol Hill to the Congo, Boudreau has had his
share of adventures. “Te inspiration for the novel
came from my experiences,” he says. During his time
in Africa, Boudreau befriended several mercenaries,
and encountered frst-hand the complicated lifestyle
they lead, but Boudreau insists the characters in the
book are all fctional. “My wife says there is some of
Mario in me,” the author says, laughing. “But any
resemblance is coincidental.”
Boudreau’s previous publication, A Teetering
Balance, is a memoir detailing his time in
Madagascar and the Congo when the US and Soviet
were at the height of the Cold War. He charted new
territory delving into novel writing. “I did lots of
rewrites,” he says. “But I’m pleased with the fnal
product.”
Trough moments of action, violence, humor,
and a little romance, Boudreau has one point that
serves as the heart of the novel. “Mercenaries are not
beasts,” he says. “If you meet a mercenary in real
life, you really wouldn’t know what he does…they
blend in. Even though they are brutal on a mission,
when they come back, they fold into society. Tey
are human.”
When Olive Leaves Beckon is published by
AuthorHouse. To order a copy, visit www.
authorhouse.com or call 1-888-280-7715. The
book is also available on Amazon and the Barnes
and Noble website. Boudreau and his wife Dailyn
currently reside on the beautiful Seabrook Island
From the Congo to
the Islands
L OC AL S E ABR OOK E R
P UBL I S HE S NE W BOOK
BY HANNAH DOCKERY
C
ounty Councilman Joe Qualey, a resident of James
Island, but who also represents Kiawah and Seabrook
Islands, spoke to the Kiawah-Seabrook Exchange Club
on April 3.
His message sparked many comments and questions from
the audience. One attendee appeared to be disgusted when he
used Donald Trump’s well-known statement – “You’re fred!”
Another expressed dismay at Mr. Qualey’s repeated comments
that he was frustrated with many of Council’s actions. Tis
audience member stated, “We want results – not a recitation of
your frustrations.”
It was a lively meeting, to say the least. Te Councilman
acknowledged that Kiawah and Seabrook pay a disproportionately
high share of property taxes – and receive less than normal
county services. But he went on to say that they really didn’t need
much in the way of services, “since you are pretty self-sufcient.”
Councilman Qualey pointed out that he also represents James
Island, Folly Beach, and a small part of Johns Island, as well as
Kiawah and Seabrook – making his constituency very diverse,
with many difering needs and positions.
As you might imagine, the bulk of the questions and answers
dealt with the need for safer roads in our area. Mr. Qualey
voted against the completion of I-526, and stated that the
County Council had washed it hands of the issue of a proposed
Greenway, turning it over to the Council of Governments for
further consideration.
After the meeting, some members were overheard suggesting
that a search committee be formed to seek out a good candidate
for County Council who would be more willing to consider and
act on the desires of Kiawah and Seabrook.
If you were not at this meeting, you missed a lively and
controversy-laden discussion.
Exchange Speaker
Ignites Crowd
PROVIDED BY THE EXCHANGE CLUB
Daily
20 April 5, 2013
T
he South Carolina Silver Haired Legislature, which is a
group of concerned and interested citizens of the state,
elected it ofcers for the next two years. Te group
consists of some 186 representatives from throughout the state
to identify issues, concerns, and possible solutions for problems
facing our state’s aging population. It meets periodically, and
puts together resolutions, which are then submitted to the
Governor and General Assembly. It is a non-partisan model
legislature and works with various departments and agencies
on aging.
Te state is broken down into 10 caucuses – the local one
being the Trident Caucus, representing Berkeley, Charleston,
and Dorchester Counties. Tis caucus has 19 members – 5
from Berkeley County, 10 from Charleston County, and 4
from Dorchester County. Tey are selected on the basis of
one member for every 5,000 persons of the population of each
county of age 60 or over, with a limit of 10 per county.
Sam Reed, of Seabrook Island, was elected as chair of the
local caucus. John Dietz of Daniel Island was elected as vice-
chair; Jan Palkow of Summerville was elected as secretary;
and Gloria Day of Charleston was elected as treasurer. Beverly
Craven, long-time clerk of the Charleston County Council,
serves as a member of the caucus.
Te local caucus will meet in late May to identify the
resolutions it will present to the entire statewide Silver Haired
Legislature this year. In mid-September the state-wide
legislative group will meet in the House Chambers in Columbia
to identify the fnal dozen or so resolutions to be submitted and
considered by the South Carolina legislature.
Seabrook
Councilman
Elected Chair
SPECIAL TO THE ISLAND CONNECTION
T
he Kiawah River Terrapin Working Group
(KRTWG) took great pride in the action of
Mayor Charles Lipuma in behalf of some rare
& rather charming turtles by his proclaiming 2013 as
the Year of the Kiawah Terrapins.
Tis ofcial proclamation is a wonderful gift of
recognition to our diamondback terrapins (Malaclemys
terrapin). In searching the records of the Town Hall
this is believed to be the only wild creature to be
recognized by Mayoral Proclamation as one deserving
thoughtful protection. Presented at the April Town
Council meeting to Marilyn Blizard, spokesperson
for the KRTWG, the terrapin once harvested by
the barrel-loads from this estuary are now down in
numbers to near extirpation. (Tat’s the term for a lost
population of a species).
In conjunction with this special event, the Kiawah
Conservancy held a day for all comers to meet and
greet “Moustachio,” the resident terrapin of the Heron
Park Nature Center. Held at Town Hall with Kiawah
Community Association input, a unique hour-long
presentation by Bob Palmatier author & illustrator of
the Endangered North American Turtle Series was shared
with a very respective crowd. His colorfully illustrated
book dedicated to the diamondback terrapins is called
the Tiny Turtle of the Marsh and can be purchased at
the Heron Park Nature Center.
Later that very day, folks were invited by the
Conservancy to leave by kayak from Mingo Point
in search of the elusive diamondbacks with maps in
hand of ‘hot spots’ where these turtles were identifed
to ‘hang out’ in the year 2012 by a focused team of
Incidental Terrapin Sighting Citizen Scientists. Te
terrapins that are believed to have been resident turtles
since millions of years ago are known to be much like
humans as they have their favorite spots to sun &
swim.
In keeping with Mayor Lipuma’s Proclamation, the
next project of the KRTWG will be on Earth Day to
provide free Bycatch Reduction Devices to all who
have a crab trap yet to be ftted with one. Tese BRDs
are easily installed with no tools needed but serve
the vital task of helping to prevent a mother terrapin
from drowning in a trap. Te Proclamation urges all
residents & visitors to not only install the BRDs but
check their traps frequently for releasing any smaller
terrapins that might have slipped through the opening.
Removing the trap from the water when not in use is
also very important.
Studies have shown that these BRDs can actually
improve your crab catch.
KRTWG has these devices at 5 convenient nearby
locations: Ace Hardware, True Value Hardware,
Cordray’s Store, Fraser’s Bait & Tackle & the Heron
Park Nature Center. Folks are welcome to come at their
convenience to pick up a BRD kit with instructions
included.
Of course one nifty way to have a good time is to
catch a creek crab on a line with a chicken neck. Catch
and release is easy and kind to the environment.
Blizard, as is her nature, invites any turtle fan to
get in touch with her at 768-3303 to join in on fun
activities of this special year even as simple as being
receptive to a terrapin newsletter as 100 others have
done. Tis turtle has friends!
Fun Times for Terrapins and
Folks Who Visit Kiawah Marsh
SPECIAL TO THE ISLAND CONNECTION
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