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Sticking Her Neck Out
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A Sad Truth
Having a Blast on
Independence Day
iving on Kiawah and Seabrook makes it easy to celebrate the beauty of
America every single day, but it’s always nice to add some red, white, and
blue, and of course, freworks into the mix each Independence Day. On July
4, residents and victors on Kiawah Island enjoyed a day stocked-full of activities,
from a morning bicycle parade to a watermelon seed competition.
Seabrook celebrated with their annual parade as well, along with BBQ cookouts
and a special Fourth of July 5k.
Remember that we celebrate the home of the free because of the brave.
haron Cooper-
Murray, better
known as
the Gullah Lady,
demonstrates the
distinctive art of
the Gullah culture
at Freshfelds Village.
Every Wednesday
between 5 and 8:30 p.m., the
Gullah Lady is on site telling
stories and tales, singing songs,
and demonstrating the art of the
Gullah culture.
She explains two diferent Gullah
crafts, the creation of the rag quilt and the
importance of the rag doll. Creating rag quilts
is a disappearing art form that was developed
by Gullah women in the antebellum period.
It only takes a large nail and a pair of scissors
to complete these elaborate quilts. Te
scissors are used to cut the fabric into strips
while the nail pushes the fabric into burlap.
Ten, the individual strips of fabric are tied
into knots. Tis process is repeated until
the quilt is fnished.
Te quilts take a long time to make,
and many of the Gullah women would
work on these quilts together. Quilting
was not only a practice to make an
important product, but also a way to
maintain a sense of community.
After the craft demonstration, the Gullah
Lady begins telling her stories, tales and songs.
Traditional Gullah tales are well known children
tales and animal trickster stories like “Brer Rabbit,”
“Brer Fox and Brer Bear,” and “Brer Wolf.”
Te Gullah people, sometimes called Geechee,
are decedents of slaves who live in the lowcountry.
From as early as the 1500s to the mid-1800s,
the Charleston port was one of the largest, most
proftable and important ports in North America
for the transatlantic slave trade. Slaves, typically
from western Africa, came through the Charleston
port by way of Brazil. Tese slaves preserved much
of their African language and cultural heritage,
and today this culture, also infuenced by the
Creole culture, makes up the Gullah culture.
In recent years, the Gullah people have
struggled to preserve their unique culture, but
with eforts by people like Cooper-Murray, the
tradition continues to thrive.
Additionally, in 2006, the Gullah/Geechee
Cultural Heritage Corridor Act went into efect.
Tis act provides $10 million over 10 years to
preserve and protect the historic Gullah sites and
Gullah culture. Tis act does not just focus on
the Charleston area, but extends from Florida,
through Georgia, and along the South Carolina
and North Carolina coasts.
For more information, visit the Gullah Lady’s
website at thegullahlady.wix.com/thegullahlady
or her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/
Te-Gullah-Lady. Te Gullah Lady will be in
Freshfelds Village every Wednesday through the
summer from 5:30 – 8 p.m.
L i vi ng Hi story
Capturing tHe essenCe of guLLaH
By Betsey poore
The Island
Lynn Pierotti
Hannah Dockery
managing editor

Swan Richards
senior graphic designer
Lori McGee
sales manager
Jerry Plumb
graphic designer
Ralph Secoy
Resident Photographer
Betsey Poore
Dwight Ives
Wendy Kulick
Sarah Diaz
Jason Mengel
Linda Holsapple
Bob Hooper
Chad Kelly
Alan Green
Mark Stoner
Patty Bennett-Uffeman
Janet Segal

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2 July 12, 2013
Kiawah Council continues on page 3
Mayor Pro Tem John Labriola called
the meeting to order, as Mayor Lipuma
was out of town. Te minutes from
last month’s meeting and the Council
workshop were both approved.
Second Reading of Ordinance 2013 – 5
Regarding Beach Walkovers
Labriola stated that two changes
occurred between the frst reading of the
ordinance regarding dunes walkovers,
and the proposed second reading. Firstly,
attorney Rhodes recommended that the
ordinance language be consistent with the
Department of Health and Environmental
Control (DHEC) requirement of 10
foot boardwalk extension onto an active
beach. Te second chance regarded a
consequence if a private owner was in
violation of the ordinance. Council
unanimously approved the second reading
of the beach walkover ordinance. “I would
like to thank the citizens and community
that took the time and efort and energy
to bear with us for six months,” Labriola
said. “I think we have an ordinance now
that will…stand the test of time.”
Second Reading of Ordinance 2013 –
10 Regarding Trafc on Beaches and
Labriola explained that this ordinance
is the companion piece to the previously
approved beach walkover ordinance. Te
provision proposed allows for golfers to
approach dunes to retrieve misplaced golf
balls. Council unanimously approved.
SafeBuilt Contract
Town Administrator Rucker explained
that ordinance 2013 – 8 mirrors what the
County is enforcing in regards to building
codes. Rucker has been working with
County staf that handles permitting and
building inspections, and this ordinance
will streamline the permitting process
with SafeBuilt as the Town’s contractor.
Parking Adjustments
Council approved Ordinance 2013 – 9,
which will make parking at Town Hall
more explicit and easier to identify when
visitors and guests come to the building.
“We can give thanks to our judge for
taking the time to look at the map and the
policy,” Labriola said.
Planning Commission Appointment
A spot opened on the Planning
Commission after one of the previous
committee members sold his house and
plans to leave the island. Councilman
Lauren Patch and the rest of the committee
recommended Bill Dowdy to take the
empty space on the commission. Dowdy
has been a resident on Kiawah since
2008 and has a background in hospital
administration and sales/marketing.
Council unanimously approved.
Atlantic Beach Continuity Proposal
Labriola explained that this proposal
was reviewed and approved at the Ways
and Means Committee meeting, and
allows for the engagement of Atlantic
Beach Services to work with Town and
other island stakeholders to develop the
Comprehensive Emergency Management
Plan, for a cost of $19,500. “I think it’s very
important for everyone in the community
to be actively engaged,” Labriola said.
Council unanimously approved.
Carolina Waste Beach Garbage
Collection Contract Amendment
Labriola explained to the audience
that the contract amendment renews
two contracts with the same vendor
for services on the beach and the
community. Councilman Murphy added
that the Town received a notice from
the contractor in terms of biodegradable
pickups. In the past, Carolina Waste has
picked up loose waste that did not make it
into a brown back. Efective immediately,
the contractor will no longer pick up waste
that is not in an appropriate bag. Murphy
added that the Town is going to sit down
and discuss ways to mitigate the problems
that might arise from this.
VC3 Contract Renewal
Rucker explained that VC3 is the
Town’s information technology contractor,
which mandates the Town computer,
server, and website. At the expiration of
their existing contract, VC3 provided a
contract renewal for fve years, with no
rate increase through fscal year 2014.
Council unanimously
Insurance Policy
Councilman Patch
recommended that the Council renew
insurance coverage with AIG, which
will include bond coverage. Council
unanimously approved.
Charleston County Deputies Contract
Labriola stated that this is a
continuation of a contract that is already
in place. Councilman Murphy and the
Public Safety Committee provided a
report last meeting that deals with the
amount of coverage per shift for various
Public Service Agencies, discovering that
the later shifts have the least amount of
coverage. Te Ways and Means Committee
recommended renewing the contract
with Charleston County Deputies, and
continuing to improve coverage on later
shifts. All approved.
Town Hall Appraisal
Labriola reported that last month,
Council approved conducting an
appraisal on Town Hall and the adjacent
properties. Te Town Hall building has
been appraised around $3.2 million.
Public Safety
Councilman Murphy expressed
deepest sympathies to the frefghters
who lost their lives in the tragic Arizona
forest fres. “Tey are in our thoughts and
prayers,” he said.
Councilwoman Johnson said that
Rucker and the staf have been working
on the new website, which went live with
a soft opening last week. Rucker added
that a notice of the new site came out in
the June Town Notes, but the committee
wanted a soft opening as opposed to a big
announcement to make sure there was
time to make any necessary changes, and
get a better feel for the site. Rucker added
that she is “very pleased” with the new
Councilman Johnson also stated that
the Arts Council has exciting events lined
Kiawah Town Council Meeting – July 2, 2013
July 15
Kiawah BZA
4 p.m.
Kiawah Town Hall
July 23
Seabrook Town Council
2:30 p.m.
Kiawah Ways and Means
2 p.m.
Kiawah Town Hall
August 1
Kiawah Arts Council
3 p.m,
Kiawah Town Hall
August 5
Kiawah Environmental
3 p.m.
Kiawah Town Hall
August 6
Kiawah Town Council
2 p.m.
Kiawah Town Hall
Kiawah Council continues from page 2
up for the upcoming season.
Flood Insurance
Patch reported that there would be
an upcoming change to the community
food insurance rating system. In July
2012, Congress passed a reform act for
the National Flood Insurance Program.
Patch explained that prior to that, Towns
were given a community rating, which
allowed for certain discounts in food
insurance premiums but the act now
requires assessing based on individual
exposure. Going forward, homeowners
that have a higher risk of fooding will
pay substantially larger premiums. “We
are going to see a huge diferential in
premium development overtime,” Path
said. “It wouldn’t surprise me a bit to see
diferent deductibles going forward. Be
aware that this is coming.”
BCD Council of Governments
Patch handed out a fnancial statement
from BCD COGS that outlines funds
which will be allocated for rural
transportation from now until 2019. For
the year 2019, $5 million has not been
allocated yet. Ofcials at COGS said that
if municipalities or areas have issues that
are deemed a priority, COGS should be
made aware to take into consideration.
Patch said that the Town “should not
be silent,” and suggested writing a letter
stating interest in funds to cover the
proposed Greenway.
Administrator’s Report
Rucker reported that the Beachwalker
Drive project is pending permits, and
construction should begin soon.
Te transition from Charleston County
as the Town’s building service provider
to SafeBuild is 95 percent complete
according to Rucker. 600 letters have been
sent out to contractors notifying them of
the change.
Rucker has been meeting with various
contractors since Hurricane Season is
underway. “It is very important to have an
open dialogue,” she said. She added that
an amendment to the Phillips and Jordan
contract would be brought forward soon
to allow for the addition of manmade
disasters, as well as natural ones.
Te Request for Proposal for the Tallow
Tree project has been advertised and is due
at the end of the month.
Mayor’s Report
Mayor Pro Tem Labriola reported
that the Council has spent a lot of time
learning about the process of annexation,
specifcally in relation to properties next
to Freshfelds. Te Town has expressed
interest to the landowners of the properties,
and hopes to engage in a discussion. “Te
important thing about annexation, that
we understand, is that the process begins
with the owner. It doesn’t begin with
the Town,” Labriola said. If annexation
occurs, the property owner will have to
deliver a petition to the Town in terms of
annexation interest. “Until either of the
owners initiate petition, there is nothing
to be done.”
Te next Kiawah Council meeting will
be August 6 at 2 p.m.
July 12, 2013 3
Seabrook Town Council – June 26, 2013
Seabrook Council continues on page 15
Mayor Holtz called the meeting to
order, and Council approved the minutes
from May’s meeting.
Mayor Holtz commented that the
Town was running ahead of budget,
year to date, by $31,177.81. Year to date
expenditures are $242,997.15, which is
under budget, and year to date revenue
over expenditure is $78,469.66 “Te
budget is healthy,” Mayor Holtz said.
“Nothing negative to say on our fnances.
We are exceeding budget, and doing fne.”
Councilman Ciancio noticed that the
Emergency Fund had fallen below $1
million, so Council unanimously approved
moving $20,000 from the General Fund
into the Emergency Fund to maintain at
least $1 million in that account.
Government Relations
Councilman Reed reported that things
are “pretty quiet” concerning roads. He
also added that he was happy to see the
Fire Chief in attendance, and stated that
things at the St. Johns Fire Department
are under control.
Johns Island Coalition
Councilman Ahearn reported that
Scott Wallinger has formed a new
coalition on Johns Island, but was unsure
of their purpose or plan. Glenda Miller, a
member in the audience and member of
the new coalition, informed Council that
the group is “brand new” and just recently
decided on a vision statement. Made up
of four smaller groups (Comprehensive
Plan, Agriculture, Conservation and
Preservation, Communication), the new
coalition hopes to hold a larger meeting
in the coming months and provide an
overview of goals and plans.
Community Relations
Councilman Ahearn reported that
the Branding Committee came up with
an advertising campaign and tagline for
the Town, which will be released in the
coming days. Mayor Holtz added that
before anything is approved, he would
want to run it through Council frst. “It
is a very difcult assignment to come
up with a tagline,” Ahearn said. “Not
everyone is going to like it. Tat is a fact.
But we are hopeful,” he said.
Te Town hosted a familiarization trip
for writers from Family Circle, Atlanta
Magazine, and Charlotte Magazine. Te
writers spent a weekend on Seabrook and
will write about their experience on the
island in their specifc publication. Te
total cost of the trip was around $6,000,
which was about $2,000 under budget.
Councilman Cummin stated that the
Town held its monthly CERT Radio call
on June 16. Eight people participated
and results were positive. “We are very
interested in this as a Town, because
there are certain circumstances where [the
radios] could be a great help to us, just like
un Superstorm Sandy,” Cummin said.
Fish & Wildlife
Councilman Cummin reported that
the Town’s letter concerning the US Fish
& Wildlife Proposal to label over 700
miles of coastline as “Critical Habitat”
for the Loggerhead Turtle was entered
into the federal register and to date, over
15,000 comments have been added to the
memorandum. Several comments call the
proposal “unnecessary” and “impractical.”
Cummin added that many who were in
favor of the Critical Habitat Designation
were unaware of the strict repercussions it
would have on afected areas. So far, six
US Senators and 16 members of the House
have signed a letter indicated unhappiness
with the proposal. Stan Barnett from
Smith, Bundy, Bybee & Barnett Law
frm has been working with the Town
on how to best handle this big issue; the
original fee allotted for the law frm was
$7,000. Tat amount has been raised due
to the amount of work and efort put into
the project, totaling just over $10,000.
Councilman Cummin maid a motion to
approve the additional funds needed to
pay the law frm. “Tey did an outstanding
job on a tight deadline,” Cummin said.
Te motion passed unanimously.
Cummin continued to say that if the
Town is going to keep pursuing this issue,
the lawfrm should look over the Town’s
shoulder. Cummin proposed a budget of
$10,000 as the Town moves forward to
get advice from the law frm. “I think we
ought to be setting ourselves in a position
where we can pick up the phone and call
them if we need,” he said. Councilman
Ciancio brought up the point that the
public comment session has already
closed. “Fish and Wildlife can legitimately
ignore anything we submit to them at this
point…in my view, the most efective
thing we can do is…encourage our elected
representatives to express our concerns to
the agency. I don’t know how much beneft
we can get from Smith Bundy in that
regard,” Ciancio said. Cummin agreed
that the law frm might not be needed,
but felt as though it would be important
to have funds available incase the frm
was needed in an hurry. Holtz agreed
suggested putting $10,000 in a support
fund for the purpose of hiring consultants
to look at the Fish and Wildlife issue.
Council unanimously approved.
Status of RFP
Councilman Ciancio stated that the
Town’s Request for Proposals on the
standby debris removal and monitoring
6 July 12, 2013
Dear Editor,
St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center on Seabrook Island has just been blessed to be able to
celebrate the milestone achievement of reaching 75 years of ministry and service. Tis celebration was
marked with a three-day event that was widely supported by past and present supporters of St. Christopher
from throughout the lowcountry and beyond. As a ministry of the Diocese of South Carolina, “Camp St.
Christopher” began as a summer camp program for underprivileged children. Trough the years it added a
year round full service conference center in 1971 and its heralded Barrier Island Environmental Education
program in 1981.
Troughout the three-day celebration we were privileged to welcome any and all visitors to an Open
House to explore St. Christopher’s property, visit a history exhibit, and participate in special activities and
events. Te events began Saturday morning, June 22 with a 5K Run/Hike that covered the whole of St.
Christopher’s property. Over 150 runners, including great participation for local running clubs and Seabrook
Island residents participated in this inaugural 5K, which we hope to continue on an annual basis. Tis was
followed by the closing ceremonies of the Senior High session of our ongoing summer camp program in
which all were invited to participate. On Sunday, June 23, a worship service was held in the historic Chapel
of the Palms with an overfowing standing room only crowd of worshippers from throughout the Seabrook
Island community and the Diocese. A BBQ picnic and the Annual Summer Staf Regatta followed. Te
Regatta utilized St. Christopher’s feet of Sunfsh sailboats with all participants having qualifed by having
served at some time as Summer Camp staf. Mrs. Sally Renters Young, summer staf of 1976-78, was this
year’s winner. Sunday evening was marked by an invitation only appreciation dinner for contributors,
donors, sponsors and diocesan ofcials. Ann Caldwell and members of the Society for the Preservation of
Spirituals provided storied entertainment with a purpose to the gathered group of 120 under a tent on the
lawn of the Rectory.
Following another full day of Open House activities, the weekend was capped on Monday evening, June
24 with a Pelican Gala. Tis themed 1938 garden party held under a large tent on the grassy knoll by the
ponds was well attended with over 300 participants. Made possible only by the generous contributions of
sponsors and donors, it was an unqualifed success that will continue to bless St. Christopher for many years
to come. While there are simply too many people, businesses, churches and organizations to mention here,
all can know that their love, support and interests in the ministries of St. Christopher Camp and Conference
Center leave it poised to continue its ministry of service in bearing Christ Jesus for many years yet to come.
The Rev. Robert S. Lawrence
Executive Director
Letter to the Editor

“Tey’re here…” as the saying goes. Over the centuries,
Charleston and the barrier islands have been invaded by the
Spanish, the French, and the English followed by invaders much
smaller in size including fre ants, coyotes, armadillos, and now,
feral hogs.
Over the past few months while traveling down Highway 61
on my way to work on Kiawah, I passed the carcasses of several
feral hogs both great and small. Te largest were fve to six feet in
length and weighing at least three hundred pounds.
As it began with the coyotes and armadillos, the dead hogs
are littering the road sides with increasing frequency brought
about in part by the heavy rains that fll the low lands and force
them out.
Make no mistake! Tese are not of the cute cuddly type as
portrayed by “Arnold” (the pig) Zife of Green Acres fame.
Upon close inspection, they slightly more resemble the warthog
portrayed in Te Lion King, but not as friendly. At night,
especially on Highway 61, these monsters are virtually invisible
due to their dark brown to almost black skin and hair.
Several years ago I had an unexpected close encounter of the
pork kind. I was walking down a well-marked trail deep in the
woods of the Francis Marion Forest. As I rounded a blind corner
and entered a clearing, I came across a huge sow at least six feet
long and weighing well over four hundred pounds. Tat was
bad enough. I had only gone a few feet parallel to her when I
realized that she had six piglets by her side. I prayed that I had
not crossed between her and any one of her ofspring. Much to
my surprise, none of them seemed to acknowledge my presence.
Tey were too busy searching for the over abundance of acorns.
I was able to make a quick escape unnoticed.
Beware of the roads at night. Not only do you have to watch
out for the bad drivers but the wildlife as well.
Going Hog Wild
By Dwight S. Ives
July 12, 2013
• CopyPaper
• Printercartridges
• Pencils
• Schooluniforms(shirtsandpants)
• Crayons
• ConstructionPaperandartsupplies
• Black&WhiteCompositionBooks
• GlueSticks
• Two-pronged,three-holefolders
• PencilSharpeners
• Scissors,bothblunt-andpointed-tipped
ontrary to what you might think, this is not a
list of supplies the Charleston County School
District (CCSD) provides to its teachers. Tese
are just some of the items purchased over the last few
years for students and teachers at Mt. Zion Elementary
School through the generosity of property owners on
2010-11 will be the third year CCSD’s budget has
For the upcoming school year we are asking your
above or (2) monetary donations. We will use funds to
purchase supplies and uniforms as needed throughout
the school year; and hope to raise enough to be able to
receive as many donations as possible before the State’s
Please make your checks payable to “Support Mt.
Kiawah Island, SC 29455, or drop them on the front
and address with supplies if no one is home when you
supplies with Sue Holloman at 2445 Cat Tail Pond. If
Please provide your donations as soon as you can. If
Another way we can help the students at Mt. Zion
is through shopping at various stores, whether in the
Charleston area or your home town, for those who you
will receive 5% of any purchases you make – whether
or not they are school supplies. Te school ID# for Mt.
Zion is 70090775, and
this program is in efect
all year long. Staples has
a rewards program for
In addition to the school supplies we donate to Mt.
Zion students, Kiawah, Seabrook and Johns Islanders
have provided more than 1,000 hours each year by
experience, only a willingness to help the students in
our local schools. Tis assistance may be for an hour a
will be appreciated by the Mt. Zion students and their
an experience it is! If you are interested in helping out
or reading to classes, please contact Sue Holloman, the
at holl97@bellsouth.net and she’ll be delighted to hear
assistant, and you can reach her at donna.moulton@
Now More Than Ever is the Time to Help
Mt. Z i on El EMEntary School BEgi nS Supply Dri vE
By WEnDy KulicK
Ti de Char t
Date High Tide Low Tide
Hurricanes, storms, etc., are NOT included in the predictions.
July 12
July 13
July 17
July 20
July 21
July 22
July 23
Source: saltwatertides.com
Nature & Wildlife
rdis Dee Hoven, M.D., an internal
medicine and infectious disease
specialist in Lexington, Kentucky,
and part-time resident of Kiawah Island,
has been sworn in as the 168th President
of the American Medical Association
(AMA), the nation’s largest physician
organization. During her presidency
Dr. Hoven will focus on the AMA’s
three strategic areas: improving health
outcomes, accelerating change in medical
education and enhancing physician
satisfaction and practice sustainability.
“I am extremely honored to have been
chosen by my colleagues from every state
and medical specialty to lead the AMA
during this important time,” said AMA
President Ardis D. Hoven, M.D. “I am
dedicated to being a strong voice for
America’s physicians and the patients we
Dr. Hoven has spent her career caring
for patients with infectious diseases
including HIV and AIDS, from the
discovery of the diseases in the early 1980s
through today's signifcantly improved
prognoses and strong hope for a cure.
Her experiences with HIV/AIDS patients
motivated her to become involved in
organized medicine at the local, state and
national level.
“Te one constant in the feld of
medicine is change,” said Dr. Hoven.
“Some is positive: My medical school class
had only fve women out of approximately
75 graduates, and now nearly ffty percent
of medical school students are women.
Other changes present greater challenges.
My message to physicians is that by
joining together we have the power to not
just be witnesses to change but to shape
the future of our health care system.”
Dr. Hoven was frst elected to the
AMA Board of Trustees (BOT) in 2005.
She served as secretary from 2008-2009
and as chair from 2010-2011. Dr. Hoven
was president of the Kentucky Medical
Association (KMA) from 1993-1994
and served as a delegate to the AMA
from Kentucky prior to her election to
the AMA BOT. She has been a member
of the AMA’s Group Practice Advisory
Committee and currently serves on the
Physician Consortium for Performance
Improvement, the National Advisory
Council for Healthcare Research and
Quality and the National Quality Forum.
Dr. Hoven is the recipient of many
awards, including the University
of Kentucky College of Medicine
Distinguished Alumnus Award and the
KMA Distinguished Service Award.
Born in Cincinnati, Dr. Hoven
received her undergraduate degree in
microbiology and her medical degree from
the University of Kentucky, Lexington.
She completed her internal medicine
and infectious disease training at the
University of North Carolina, Chapel
Hill. Dr. Hoven is board-certifed in
internal medicine and infectious disease
and is a fellow of the American College
of Physicians and the Infectious Disease
Society of America.
Congratulations Dr. Hoven! Way to
represent the lowcountry.
Kiawah Resident Represents
American Medical Association
Ardi s dee Hoven nAmed 1 6 8 t H Presi dent of AmA
sPeciAl to tHe Island ConneCtIon
he Gray Catbird is a medium-sized songbird
with a slate-gray body and a black cap and
tail. Tis species spends summers throughout
most of the US and winters along the Gulf Coast
south to Panama. It can actually be found year-
round along the East Coast. Te Gray Catbird is in
the same family as Brown Trashers and Northern
Mockingbirds, all of which are known for their
ability to mimic the calls of other birds. Te Gray
Catbird’s song repertoire consists of a string of short
phrases—some of which are mimicked and some
apparently of its own invention. It is called a catbird
because of its unique mewing call, which sounds
somewhat like a cat. Both sides of a catbird’s syrinx
act independently, so the bird can actually make two
sounds simultaneously. You will likely hear Gray
Catbirds before you see them, since they are highly
secretive and spend most of their time in thick brush.
Gray Catbirds may be one of the few species that
actually beneft from human development, since they
prefer edge habitat and secondary brushy growth.
Females construct their nests in dense shrubs with
some help from males. Tey lay 3 or 4 eggs per clutch.
Brown cowbirds often lay their eggs in catbird nests,
but the catbirds almost always recognize the foreign
eggs and throw them out or bury them in the nest.
A pair of catbirds can have two or three broods per
season. Tis is necessary because nestlings have a
fairly high mortality rate, due to nest predators such
as snakes, hawks, squirrels, and domestic cats.
Gray Catbird
By sArAH HArPer diAz
8 July 12, 2013
Island Kids
ver the Rose Art Studio and
Gallery at Bohicket Marina is
giving art lessons to children
every Wednesday morning from 9 a.m.
– 10 a.m. and again from 10 – 11 a.m.
throughout the summer. Each week,
there will be a new project for 4-12
year old children to complete during
a one-hour session. Cost is $12, which
includes all materials. Sign up online,
or the night before during Kick it at
Bohicket, the Family Fun event at
Bochicket Marina held each Tuesday
through August.
For more information, visit www.
overtherose.com or call 343-4170.
Kids Get Crafty
Over t he rOse Art st udi O Of f ers
PAi nt i ng L essOns f Or Chi L dren
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Island Connection Calendar July 30
Friday, July 12
Music on the Green: Plane Jane
Join us in 2013 all summer long for our
Music on the Green Concert Series! Every
Friday evening from 6 – 9 p.m., we will host
a variety of bands from across the Southeast
during a free outdoor concert. Sponsored by
Te Town of Kiawah. Food and beverage
will be available for purchase. Don’t forget
your beach chair or blanket! Freshfelds
Saturday, July 13
An Evening with Brendan James
Enjoy piano pop sensation, with special
guest Stephen Fiore at the Charleston Music
Hall. $15/advance, $18/door. 7 p.m. 37 John
Street, downtown Charleston.
Summer at St. John’s: Te St.
John Chorale
Te 16-voice St. John Chorale performs
sacred choral anthems from across the
centuries, including classics by Bach and
Schutz and 21st century selections by
Rutter, Hayes, and others. Directed by
Todd Monsell and accompanied by Jessica
Minahan White. 6 p.m. Free concert.
For more info, call 723-2426. St. Johns
Lutheran Church, 5 Cliford St.
Sunday, July 14
Free Admission at the Gibbes
Enjoy free admission to the Gibbes Museum
of art during Second Sunday on King.
Open to the public. 1 – 5 p.m. 135 Meeting
Street, downtown Charleston.
Extraordinary God
Bring your blankets and chairs to enjoy the
Kiawah Island sunset, live music, and the
incredible, inspiration story of Matt. While
addicted to drugs, Matt attempted suicide
by entering the ocean at Folly Beach. After
18 hours in the water, God rescued him and
brought him to the shore at the Sanctuary
Hotel. 6 p.m. Te Sanctuary Hotel,
beachfront, Kiawah Island. Free entry.
Gate access by saying you are attending
“Extraordinary God.” For more info, visit
tueSday, July 16
Sea Islands Book Club
Discuss Te Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht.
Natalia is a young doctor living in a Balkan
country recovering from war. Compelled
to unravel the mysterious circumstances
surrounding her beloved grandfather’s
recent death, she searches for clues within
his worn copy of Te Jungle Book and his
stories of encounters over the years with
the “deathless man.” 2 p.m. Johns Island
Regional Library.
WedneSday, July 17
Kids Fishing Tournament at
Bohicket Marina
Kids, do you have what it takes to become
the best fsherman around? Come out and
test your skills in this family fun event.
Sponsored by Te Bohicket Merchants
Association. Two sessions: 9 – 10 a.m. and
10 – 11 a.m. $5 includes pole and bait.
Bohicket Marina and Market.
Starlight Cinema: Dolphin Tale
Join us every Wednesday this summer
for a movie under the stars during our
Starlight Cinema Series. Freshfelds
Village Green. Showtime is at 8:30
p.m., so bring a chair or blanket and
enjoy the free show!
thurSday, July 18
Immigration Law at Johns
Island Library
Attorney Stephanie Nodine will
discuss and answer questions about
Immigration Law. Please note: this
presentation will be in Spanish. We will
have art activities for the children. Free
and open to the public. No registration
required. 6:30 p.m. Johns Island
Regional Library.
Dive in Movie at Loggerhead Grill
Families are welcome to foat around
Te Sanctuary Pool while watching a
family favorite movie. Whether you
swim or lounge, you won’t be able to
miss the show on the infatable movie
screen. Te Loggerhead Bar will
extend their hours through the end
of the event. Complimentary. Movie: Te
Little Rascals.
Friday, July 19
Music on the Green: CoastRunner Band
Join us in 2013 all summer long for our
Music on the Green Concert Series! Every
Friday evening from 6 – 9 p.m., we will host
a variety of bands from across the Southeast
during a free outdoor concert. Sponsored by
Te Town of Kiawah. Food and beverage
will be available for purchase. Don’t forget
your beach chair or blanket! Freshfelds
Sunday, July 21
Home Works of America Repairs on
Johns and Wadmalaw
Home Works of America revitalizes
communities through repairing and
restoring defcient homes in the local
community. In July, the Home Works Johns
Island Build Week will repair nearby homes
and teach community members the skills
to continue this revitalization process. You
can help! To sign up, email kiawahcares@
Bowl for Hospice of
Charleston Foundation
Attention Seabrookers! Come out of the
heat and join the fun as we strike out for
the Hospice of Charleston Foundation.
Tis is one of the events leading up to the
Alan Fleming Tournament that replaces
the silent and live auctions. $30/person,
covers beverages, shoes, balls, and donation.
Spread the word and get your team of 4
together. 2 – 4 p.m. AMF Bowling Lanes,
Savannah Highway. For more info, contact
Patricia DeGregorio.
WedneSday, July 24
Kids Fishing Tournament at
Bohicket Marina
Kids, do you have what it takes to become
the best fsherman around? Come out and
test your skills in this family fun event.
Sponsored by Te Bohicket Merchants
Association. Two sessions: 9 – 10 a.m. and
10 – 11 a.m. $5 includes pole and bait.
Bohicket Marina and Market.
Starlight Cinema: Brave
Join us every Wednesday this summer for a
movie under the stars during our Starlight
Cinema Series. Freshfelds Village Green.
Showtime is at 8:30 p.m., so bring a chair or
blanket and enjoy the free show!
thurSday, July 25
Dive in Movie at Loggerhead Grill
Families are welcome to foat around
Te Sanctuary Pool while watching a
family favorite movie. Whether you
swim or lounge, you won’t be able to
miss the show on the infatable movie
screen. Te Loggerhead Bar will extend
their hours through the end of the event.
Complimentary. Movie: Wreck it Ralph.
Friday, July 26
Johns Island Library Book Sale
Come fnd hidden treasures. DVDs, CDs,
and plenty of books will be on sale, starting
at $1 for paperback and $3 for hardback.
9 a.m. – 6 p.m. 3531 Maybank Highway,
Johns Island. For more info, call 805-6882
SC Aquarium Rovers: A
Hands-on Experience
Kiawah Conservancy Presents Conservation
Matters: a FREE series of monthly
educational programs. Te SC Aquarium
Rovers Program will immerse you in
hands-on activities while broadening your
knowledge of wildlife. Guests will enjoy
an informative presentation and up-close
encounters with some of the native and not
so native outreach creatures from the SC
Aquarium including alligators, birds and
marine invertebrates. 2 p.m. Sandcastle.
Music on the Green:
Coconut Groove Band
Join us in 2013 all summer long for our
Music on the Green Concert Series! Every
Friday evening from 6 – 9 p.m., we will host
a variety of bands from across the Southeast
during a free outdoor concert. Sponsored by
Te Town of Kiawah. Food and beverage
will be available for purchase. Don’t forget
your beach chair or blanket! Freshfelds
Saturday, July 27
Johns Island Library Book Sale
Come fnd hidden treasures. DVDs, CDs,
and plenty of books will be on sale, starting
at $1 for paperback and $3 for hardback.
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 3531 Maybank Highway,
Johns Island. For more info, call 805-6882
Sunday, July 28
Summer Girls Book Signing
Lowcountry Artists Gallery will host a
book signing for Mary Alice Monroe’s
latest novel Te Summer Girls. Light
“lowcountry” refreshments will be
served during the 3-hour reception,
and the book-signing event is free
and open to all. Meet and greet the
author. 2 – 5 p.m. 148 East Bay Street,
Charleston. For more info, visit www.
lowcountryartists.com or call 577-9295
to reserve your book.
tueSday, July 30
Author Talk and Signing with
Jennifer Vido
Jennifer Vido is known for her nationally
syndicated Jen’s Jewels column that features
interviews with diferent authors. A savvy
blogger for the web site MomTrends.com,
Vido talks about her journey to getting
published and answers questions on the
latest trends in book publishing. A national
spokesperson for the Arthritis Foundation,
she has been featured by Te NY Times,
Te Baltimore Sun and Arthritis Today.
Tis event includes a book signing with
copies of her new book, Country Clubbed,
available for purchase. 6 p.m. Johns Island
Regional Library.


Johns Island Regional Library
3531 Maybank Highway, Johns Island
Babygarten (under 24 months with adult)
Mondays, July 22 and 29 at 10:30
Wee Reads (18 – 24 months with adult)
Mondays, July 15 at 10:30 a.m.
Time for Twos (24 – 36 months with
Tuesdays, July 16, 23, 30 at 10:30 a.m.
Preschool Storytime (3 – 6 years)
Wednesdays, July 17, 24, 31 at 10:30 a.m.
Computer Classes
Computer Basics (adults/young adults)
Saturday, July 13 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Tis class provides a basic introduction to
the personal computer and its parts. Learn
how to use the mouse and navigate the
computer screen. Tere is time for hands-
on practice. No computer experience is
Excel 2007 Basics (adults/young adults)
Tuesday, July 23 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
An introduction to spreadsheets using
Microsoft Excel. Tis session provides
a basic overview and common uses for
spreadsheets. Learn basic Excel functions
and build a simple budget spreadsheet.
Prerequisite: Word Basics or some
experience using MS Word will be helpful.

Excel: Beyond the Basics (adults/young
Tuesday, July 30 from 10 a.m. – 12
A follow-up session to Excel Basics. Learn
some additional features of the program,
such as sorting and fltering. Learn how
to use additional types of formulas.
Prerequisite: Excel Basics or some
experience using MS Excel will be helpful.
Keyboard Basics (adults/young adults)
Saturday, July 27 from 10 a.m. – 12
Basic orientation to using the computer
keyboard. Learn to be a more efcient
keyboarder. General instruction
and hands-on practice. No computer
experience is necessary.
Word: Beyond the Basics (adults/young
Tuesday, July 16 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
In this follow-up to Word Basics learn
how to set tabs, create columns, paste text
from the Internet, insert page numbers,
add ClipArt and photographs, and format
text as you design a simple newsletter.
Prerequisite: Word Basics or some
experience with MS Word will be helpful.
Teen Trivia (ages 12-18)
July 1 – July 31
Stop by the Reference desk to answer the
daily question for a chance to win a sweet
Zumba (adults)
Mondays, July 15 and 22 from 6 – 7 p.m.
Wednesdays, July 17, and 31 from 6 – 7
Join us for a fun and energetic Zumba
aerobics class.
Young Adult Wii Time (ages 12-18)
Tuesday, July 16 from 2 – 4 p.m.
Get your gaming on! Join us for in the
Auditorium to play the Wii.
Art All Day (all ages)
Fridays, July 12, 19, 26 from 10 a.m. – 3
Enjoy an array of art activities.
Family Fun and Games (all ages)
Saturdays, July 13, 20, 27 from 11 a.m. –
1 p.m.
Bring the whole family for gaming fun,
including board and Wii games.
Knitting and Crocheting Group (adults)
Tursdays, July 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.
Saturday Movie: Oz: Te Great and
Powerful (all ages)
Saturday, July 13 at 2:00 p.m.
Disney’s fantastical adventure Oz: the
Great and Powerful, follows Oscar Diggs
(James Franco), a small-time circus
magician with dubious ethics. When
Diggs is hurled away to the vibrant Land
of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot
until he meets three witches who aren’t
convinced he’s the great wizard everyone’s
expecting. Rated PG; 130 minutes.
Sponsor: Te UPS Store, 3575 Maybank
Hwy, John’s Island.
Archaeology Dig (all ages)
Monday, July 15 at 2 p.m.
Ever wanted to explore Egypt, be a miner
or pan for gold? Join us and fnd great
treasures at the library.
July 12
Calling All
By Alice Vantrease
A call for entries has been
issued to all writers for
inclusion in the 2013 issue
of A Savannah Anthology. The
writing contest is open to
residents of Georgia and South
“We have a wealth of writing talent available to us,” says Christopher Scott,
contest director, “and we feel the time has come for Savannah to highlight these
local and regional individuals through publication of their works.” Fiction and
non-fction entries up to 5,000 words in length will be considered.
Deadline for the contest is midnight August 15, 2013. Entries must be
submitted via the Savannah Authors web site using the template and bio sheet
available there. Tere is an entry fee of $10 per entry.
Entries should be unpublished fction or non-fction. Winners will receive:
First Place - $100; Second Place - $50; Tird Place - $25. Certifcates of Merit
will be given to those receiving honorable mention.
Te contest is a project of Savannah Authors, a Savannah-based writing
group. More information about the contest may be found at
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Nature & WildLife
arket pundits are predicting the
bursting of a “bond bubble”
ignited by the Fed ending
Quantitative Easing. While we do agree
that bonds could sufer substantial losses,
we do not think that the impact will
be as bad as the media portrays. While
risks do exist in fxed income, we do see
opportunities in high yield, short duration
bonds for a diversifed portfolio.
Te Bond Bubble
Te last major interest rate shock in
the U.S. occurred back in 1994, when the
Fed increased rates by 2.5% and caught
many market participants of guard. Te
huge increase in interest rates in such a
short time period was not telegraphed
and destabilized many investments. Fast-
forward to June 2013, a time where nearly
every major media outlet is talking about
the end of Quantitative Easing (QE) and
what a rise in interest rates will do to
our economy. Given the meteoric rise in
bond prices, and the subsequent drop in
yields, several market commentators are
even calling for a potential repeat of 1994
when the Fed fnally changes course and
increases interest rates.
While we certainly agree that bonds do
carry risk here, we do not believe that the
unwinding of QE will be as bad as many
in the media portray for two key reasons:
1. Bernanke is not Greenspan:
Bernanke has historically been more
careful in his language vs. Alan Greenspan
when he was at the Fed back in 1994. We
feel that Bernanke knows that he is in a
delicate situation, and he is well aware of
the consequences of ending QE too soon
or abruptly.
2. Technology: Te technology
today is vastly superior and information
travels instantaneously. Several investors
were caught “fat footed” back then
because by the time that the news on the
rate hike made it around to everyone, the
selling was already well underway. Today,
markets adjust much faster to information.
Despite our belief that the outcome
will not be as bad as some believe, make
no mistake that we do see risk in owning
certain bonds and bond funds going
forward and proper positioning within
fxed income is critical.
Business as Usual… For Now
Te Fed reported that they will
be leaving short term interest rates
unchanged, they have not changed their
guidance on future rate adjustments,
and the asset purchases (QE) will be left
untouched at $85 billion per month. In
summary, it’s business as usual at the Fed.
While many investors appear to trade on
every word, voice infection, and use of
punctuation from Bernanke and his team,
we feel that a more prudent investment
strategy is to think long term. Te Fed’s
zero interest rate policy (ZIRP) appears to
be going nowhere anytime soon.
However, the reaction in the markets
after the Fed’s meeting does show just how
sensitive bonds and other fxed income
security prices are to the mere notion that
QE may be ending. As a result, we want to
prepare ourselves for the day that QE goes
away and we are left with a rising interest
rate environment.
So What Do We Do?
We do not believe that it’s wise to make
investment decisions predicated on timing
the Fed, or any government agency for
that matter. As a result, we tend to view
investment decisions from a diferent
perspective – one that involves calculating
upside and downside outcomes.
For example, if we calculate 50% upside
to a stock price if our thesis is correct and
10% downside if we are wrong, then we
consider the risk-reward to be attractive.
Conversely, if we calculate 10% upside
and 50% downside on an investment, we
would conclude that the risk-reward is
So let’s use this framework and apply
it to fxed income assets right now. Te
Fed has artifcially raised these asset
prices to levels so high that we calculate
very little upside, if any is left. However,
we see substantial downside, albeit years
away, when interest rates rise and thus we
conclude that owning certain bonds is
unattractive on a risk-return basis.
Despite our views on fxed income,
a balanced portfolio warrants exposure
to bonds and we feel that there is
still opportunity in select subsectors.
Specifcally, we are holding high yielding,
shorter dated maturities for the following
• Higher Yields: Te higher the
coupon rate of a bond, the more
money the investor receives each
pay period that can then be
reinvested at higher rates. Hence,
higher coupon bonds are less
impacted by rising interest rates.
• Shorter Maturities: In rising
interest rate environments, the
faster investors can get their money
back to reinvest at higher rates,
the better. Hence, short maturity
bonds are also less impacted by
rising interest rates.
• Minimal Default Risk: Default
risk is a primary concern for frms
that pay higher yields, however we
do not believe that the Fed will raise
interest rates until the economy
is stronger. Any improvement in
the overall economy should only
improve company fundamentals
and reduce default risk even
Tis commentary is not intended
as investment advice or an investment
recommendation. It is solely the opinion of
our investment team at the time of writing.
Fusion Capital is a Registered Investment
Advisor frm. If you have comments or
questions, please contact Jason Mengel
at jmengel@fusioncapital.net or call
Are Bonds Safe?
By Jason M. Mengel
n the recent Sense of Place survey on Seabrook Island,
property owners afrmed that the factor uniting
them is their appreciation of nature. For the most
part, Seabrookers live in harmony with the wildlife that
abounds on our island, from the bellowing all-American
alligators to the 7 mm, chirping Little Grass Frogs that
live on our lake’s banks. It is this rare, prized window
into the sights and sounds of what was original to our
island that is cherished.
Te Lake House freshwater lake is also an ideal
environment for the thriving yellow- bellied slider turtles
that can be spotted by the characteristic telescoped head
gliding smoothly across the lake. It is ideal, except for
the human hazards. Probably the biggest hazard to these
turtles is the real danger of being snagged by a fshing
hook. Te myth that you can cut the line and the turtle
will survive…is just that. Te South Carolina Aquarium
shed light on that subject last week as I considered where
to safely release a rehabilitated slider.
Te Aquarium recommends not cutting the line but
calling the Aquarium’s turtle hospital to remove the
hook from a snagged turtle. Cutting the line will lead
to eventual death as the line and hook blocks the turtle’s
intestinal track. Te South Carolina Aquarium will
arrange a pick-up for the turtle and quick turn around
for release.
Knowing this fshing hazard at Lake House lake gave
me pause about releasing the recovered 4-inch diameter
slider I had rescued from certain death on Main Road
the month before. I imagine I was trading the trafc
hazard for the fshing hazard. I knew there were plenty
of friends for a mature, wandering male turtle in the Lake
but still I worried.
After I contacted the South Carolina Aquarium and
arranged a meeting and transfer of the wounded turtle,
I could rest assured that the male slider was in the best
of care. Te chip out of the collar of his shell and the
white nick on his back were still apparent at his release
but much healed. Te South Carolina Aquarium website
allows one to follow the progress of the many turtles in
the hospital’s care. Tey recommend calling them even if
you believe a rescued turtle may be dead so that the eggs
can possibly be harvested.
Tis spring brought an opportunity to learn just why
the turtle crosses the road. In fact, it is to get to the other
side where presumably the ponds are always greener. Male
sliders who are characterized by longer pointed tails cross
in search of a mate. Females cross to travel from feeding
grounds to breeding grounds. Roads, even a road as old
as Main Road, were not yet built when the frst turtle
in its lineage crept that direction looking for survival.
Turtles have been on earth 100 million years. Turtles’
sense of hearing is primeval but turtles’ instinctual ability
to follow previous navigational tracks is legendary. If you
discover a turtle pinned by trafc, always help it cross in
the direction it was heading. It does have a path in mind.
I have often lent assistance to crossing turtles but never
four in three weeks as I did this May. Turtles were on
the move on Main Road. All were similar male sliders
except the last, a determined “snapping” male turtle with
the characteristic jagged rear shell, who was crossing in
the pouring rain. A local resident, spotting me on the
road -side, came out to lend a hand while warning me to
be careful of the snapping. No problem, if you grip on
both sides. Tis hissing turtle eventually retreated into
the mud in the ravine.
I returned to the Lake House lake the day after I had
released the recovered male slider. I did fnd him near
to where I had released him sitting on a log with a larger
female. He is easy to spot when out of the water due to
the white mark on his shell. I’d like to think he is happy
and safe. He did recognize me. How do I know this?
Te female turtle jumped to safety in the lake and the
male resurfaced on the log several times as I sat on a near
-by bench. He had been accustomed to being in the
company of humans during his month long treatment
and had not yet retreated to a safer, wilder state. No
doubt by now he has. I would hope so for his sake. Now
that he is far from the trafc danger, I can only hope if
he is hooked, that someone will seek help from the South
Carolina Aquarium, who knows him by name.
Te South Carolina Aquarium is located at 100
Aquarium Warf. For more information, call 720-1990, or
go to www.scaquarium.org, then click on Conservation and
Research, Sea Turtle Rescue.
The Dangerous Life of a Lake House Turtle
By linda Holsapple
July 12, 2013
(CAPTION) New Executive
Director Jill Ledford
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Art & Culture
Celebrating 50th Anniversary of Wilderness Act
SPECÌAL TO THE Island ConneCtIon
he “Wilderness Forever” public photography
competition is accepting entries of images
illustrating the sheer majesty, diversity, and value
of our nation’s wilderness areas. Tis professionally-juried
contest is conducted by the 50th Anniversary National
Wilderness Planning Team (Wilderness50), Nature’s
Best Photography, and the Smithsonian Institution, and
will run through September 3, 2013. Approximately 50
winning contest entries will be chosen for display as large
format prints in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of
Natural History as part of a 2014 exhibition celebrating
the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.
“Photography delivers immediate and long-lasting
impact. What better way to celebrate the beauty and
diversity of nature than through the eyes of the public
and their shared experiences in our wilderness areas,”
says Steve Freligh, Nature’s Best Photography Editor-in-
Chief, and “Wilderness Forever” contest judge.
“We’re excited to share the public’s own visions of
America’s beautiful wilderness lands
and to educate visitors about the importance of
preserving our natural heritage through this remarkable
photography exhibition,” says Charles Chen of the
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.
Millions of visitors to the National Museum of Natural
History will experience this exhibition representing a
centerpiece of nationwide celebrations commemorating
the establishment of the wilderness system, and bringing
together the voices of Americans depicting the beauty
and importance of these special places.
Professional, amateur and student photographers are
encouraged to submit their photographs accompanied by
personal stories and memories about the scenes depicted.
Contest guidelines and entry instructions are found
online at www.naturesbestphotography.com/wilderness.
Entry Categories are as follows:
• ScenicLandscape:Dramaticscenesandunusual
perspectives of protected wilderness land, providing
expansive views, including plant life: fowers, trees, and
other fora in natural habitat. Close-ups, wide-open
spaces, storms, sunsets, and other natural views.
• Wildlife: Wild animals (mammals, reptiles,
amphibians, birds, insects, etc.) photographed within
the boundaries of wilderness areas. Animal portraits,
behavior, predation, adults with young. Note: No captive
animals allowed in this category.
• PeopleinWilderness:Peopleenjoyingwilderness
lands: Adventurers, backpackers, hikers, canoers and
other activities; groups, families, and individuals in
natural settings. Action, artistic perspectives and artistic
compositions (silhouettes, motion shots, creative lighting,
portrayals of solitude and primitive recreation etc.)
• Most inspirational moment: Images of
wilderness locations that have a very special story and
personal meaning to entrants.
Please join Wilderness50, Nature’s Best Photography,
and the Smithsonian Institution in celebrating “50
Years of American Wilderness” by participating in the
“Wilderness Forever” photography contest to enter your
chance to win a spot in the 2014 exhibition.
Wilderness50 is a coalition of more than 25 non-proft
organizations, academic institutions, and government
agencies that is planning and implementing local,
regional, and national events and projects. Tis coalition
is charged with raising public awareness of wilderness
and engaging youth during 2014, the 50th anniversary
year. Our nation’s wilderness system, now encompassing
over 109 million acres, was established in 1964 for the
use and enjoyment of the American people and provides
many direct and in-direct benefts, such as those relating
to ecological, geological, scientifc, educational, scenic,
spiritual, economic, recreational, historical, and cultural
uses and activities. Te 757 wilderness areas that exist
today are managed by all four federal land managing
agencies, the Bureau of Land Management, Fish and
Wildlife Service, Forest Service, and National Park
Editor’s note: Attention islanders! Some of the most
talented photographers are located on Kiawah and Seabrook.
I continue to be amazed at your ability to capture nature
through the lens of a camera. So get those cameras out and
start snapping pictures. What better way to represent our
beautiful home?
July 12, 2013
Computer Corner What’s Hot
Things Are Heatin’ Up
By Chad Kelly
arlier this month was the 17th Annual Camp “Can” Do sponsored by MUSC
and SC Firefghters at Camp St. Christopher on Seabrook Island with 30 campers
attending. Tis camp is held annually for any child in the State of South Carolina
who has sufered a serious burn injury in their life. St. John’s assisted the camp with
staf members and by collecting donations. Our community donated numerous games,
activities, materials, sheets, shoes, clothing and other items to this worthwhile cause.
Tis camp reminds us of the importance of burn prevention at home, work, and play.
Some ways to prevent burns are as follows:
• Periodically check electrical plugs and cords for dirt or fraying.
• When working with a hot liquid, keep your child at least three feet away.
• If you have a toddler or small child at home, avoid using a tablecloth. Te child
may pull on the corner of the tablecloth, causing potentially hot objects to fall
on them.
• Teach your child what to do in case of a house fre. Practice your exit plan
• When cooking, keep children at least 3 feet away and keep pot handles turned
inward on the stove top and away from the edge of the stove.
• If you use a microwave to heat your child's food, test the temperature before
giving it to your child.
• Heating formula or milk in a microwave can be dangerous, as the liquid does not
heat uniformly. Some portions may be hotter than others. Use a bottle warmer
as a safer means to warm infant formula and milk.
• Do not hold your child if you are cooking on the stove or in the microwave.
• Teach your child to stay away from lighters and matches. Keep these items out
of a child's reach.
• Before placing a child or infant in a bathtub, check the water temperature with
your hand.
• Train your children to identify exits in public places, theaters, concert halls, and
• Turn down your water heater to 120° F.
• Check alternative heating devices for safe operation (electric space heaters or
kerosene heaters).
• Check smoke detector batteries monthly and clean your smoke detector often.
• Smoke alarm batteries should be changed every 6 months.
• Before using barbecues or grills, clean them of grease buildup and use lighter
fuid sparingly.
• Make sure your child uses a sun block whenever he/she is in the sun.
• Supervise children near freworks.
• Encourage children to wear shoes in the summer and avoid walking on hot
asphalt or hot sand.
• Store harmful chemicals and cleaners in an area where children will not be able
to access them.
• Before using a chimney or freplace during the winter months, have them
cleaned and inspected.
• Always discard smoking materials in a deep or wet receptacle.
• Do not overload electrical outlets.
• During a power outage, use fashlights instead of candles.
• During Halloween, assure that your child is wearing a fame-retardant costume.
• Use the following tips for Christmas tree safety:
• Check tree lights and decorations.
• Keep trees well-watered.
• Unplug all lights when leaving home for any length of time.
• Do not block an exit with Christmas decorations.
As always if you have any questions, would like a fre and life safety program or need
a smoke alarm installed feel free to contact the St. John’s Fire/Rescue, Fire Prevention
For more information, contact Captain Chad Kelly, Fire Prevention Specialist, at
The Truth About
By BoB hooper, aKa Computer BoB
o, you think you are downloading
an update to something and all of
the sudden you have a “toolbar”
in Internet Explorer that is supposed to
help you so much. Te following week,
another toolbar shows up to “help” you
fnd better deals, or
print coupons, or
the like. None of
them are good for
your computer! Even
the “good” ones have
links that send data
in the background
to servers and slow
down your internet
experience. And
those are the good
ones… the bad ones
not only send data but
also can use your computer as
a center for transferring data.
Be very careful about what you agree to
when downloading something. A site like
Adobe will download it’s upgrades but if
you are not careful it will also download
Google chrome and set it as your default
browser along with the “Ask” toolbar.
Te Ask toolbar will then download
extras every week or so and will clog up
your internet connection, trying to fgure
out your buying habits. It is very hard
to delete the Ask toolbar and hidden
programs so be very aware of this.
Finally, as I said in earlier columns,
Windows is coming out with a new update
to the operating system 8 and now it’s
called Windows 8.1.
It is in what is called
beta testing and
will be out shortly.
It will make the
default screen the old
“desktop” and allow
access to the current
screen. It will try to
make the experience
more to what users
are accustomed to
in hopes to increase
sales of this operating system.
I would urge looking for
Windows 7 OS in your
computer purchases until the “bugs” are
With all the above I suggest using a
professional to set-up or fx problems from
outside sources.
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.
contracts were published last month and only received one inquiry. Te company
expressed interest for the contingent debris removal contract but no interest has been
expressed for the monitoring contract. Ciancio added that the Town would discuss with
their attorney whether or not they could negotiate one-on-one with contractors of their
choice, given the paucity of interest. At this point, nothing was ready for review.
Status of Property Owners Association Memorandum of Understanding
Ciancio also reported that the Town’s Comprehensive Emergency Plan anticipates
a memorandum of understanding between the Town and the other island entities,
detailing the role of each organization in the event of a disaster. Town Attorney Scott
Cave has been facilitating meetings between the Town and Property Owners Association
to go over entity roles in the event of a disaster. Ciancio reported that major areas that
need addressing are communications, security, safety, and debris removal. Both entities
will continue to hold more substantive meetings in the future to go over all details.
Ciancio stated that any actions that occur in the meetings are up for approval, and the
present Council could not bind future Councils.
Utility Commission
Operations at the utility commission are normal. Te Commission received a clean
audit last month, and water delivery continue to be lower this year because of all the
A New Visitor’s Center?
Council discussed a rumor that has been circulating on the island regarding a new
visitor’s center. Mayor Holtz commented that a study is going on regarding the cost and
advantages of having a Visitor’s Center placed before the gated entrance, but nothing
substantial is in the works. “We are studying the problem,” he said. Ahearn added that
there is a rumor that the Town has plans to build a $2 million Visitor’s Center, which
he stated was untrue. “Nothing has been decided,” he said. Members in the audience
reported that the POA blog mentioned that a Visitor’s Center would be built, but the
Council said that apart from a study, the Town is not involved at this point. “Until you
put money in it, it’s just a meeting,” Holtz said, adding that the problem frst needed to
be studied to see if a Visitor’s Center is needed.
There will be no Seabrook Council meeting in July. Meetings will resume
in August.
Seabrook Council continues from page 4
July 12, 2013 17
Put Your
Thinking Caps On!
Attention readers! The
Johns Island Regional
Library is soliciting ideas
for future library events,
presentations, and group
activities geared towards
adults. Have an idea that you
think would work well at the
library? Is there a certain
topic you have been dying
to see addressed? Contact
Michel Hammes at 559-1945 or
via email at hammesm@ccpl.
org and make your ideas
known. Let’s help the library
offer as much as possible
for our area.
18 July 12, 2013
s a practicing veterinarian for more than 30 years,
one of the most heart-wrenching and important
responsibilities we have is to advise pet owners
when it is time to say goodbye to a beloved family member.
Tis month, we lost our Dachshund Vinny, and I was
reminded just how deep and profound this relationship
is. He was a family member for 13 years, and the sense
of loss was and still is at times, overwhelming. I am also
reminded how important it is for every pet parent to truly
understand the medical issues, and be comfortable with
this ultimate decision.
A rare neuromuscular disease known as Myasthenia
Gravis struck Vinny. Within a two- and-a-half week
period he went from a confdent, happy, and handsome
dog who loved to kiss the girls, to the equivalent of a
person with Lou Gehrig’s disease. He lost all control
of skeletal muscle, and smooth muscle including his
esophagus. He could no longer swallow and had to be
fed sitting up. He could no longer walk, so his needs were
going to require 24/7 care.
Ironically, one of the motivations in opening Charleston
Veterinary Referral Center was to create a hospital that
had the elements of excellence, with a Cleveland Clinic
or Mayo Clinic dedication to competence and client
service. Te vision was truly to have a hospital that would
treat your pets as if they are our pets. Tat means the
same focus, love, expertise, sense of integrity, and sense of
compassion that all of us want. I am pleased to say that
although we did not have a happy ending, my wife and
I were at peace with our decision and in the end, I was
grateful and proud of the care we received from a skillful,
dedicated, and loving staf.
Tere are lessons that I want to pass on to you from our
own experience. Most of all, knowledge, understanding,
and compassion are powerful in moments like these.
When your pets are ill, you are in an age when answers
are attainable. You should understand your options. You
should have all of your questions answered. If a diagnosis
is elusive, or if the doctor is indiferent, or if euthanasia
is the frst option you are presented with, please question
this. Please seek the most qualifed doctors you can fnd.
Vinny had an aggressive and rare disease. As the
“client,” I was presented with a rapid diagnosis, and
because the outcome could have
been diferent, we gave him time
to respond to medication or not.
Unfortunately, the outcome
became clear, but we gave him
the time needed to come to a
decision without any second-
I’ve written about this before,
but I urge all pet owners to
protect themselves with pet
health insurance. I am not
talking about routine care,
but a serious problem that
needs intensive care, 24 hour
monitoring, possible surgery,
can understandably become
a very expensive proposition.
You can take fnances out of
the decision-making process in
most cases if you are protected.
I have the privilege of being on
the advisory board of Trupanion
Pet Health insurance (www.
Trupanion.com ). Tis company
is leading the industry as they
will cover 90% of most non
routine claims. Allow yourselves
the opportunity to not have fnances dictate such a
profound decision by protecting yourselves appropriately.
Tis will allow for the best treatment while you explore
your options and sort through things toward the best
decision for you, your pet and your family.
Finally, I want to share with you a portion of an
entry from my journal the day Vinny passed. We share
a common bond as pet owners, and I want to dedicate
these words to Vinny.
“I think love transcends species. Love does not discern.
Love does not have eyes. Love doesn’t
care if you’re human. Love is an energy
and it is the purest of energy. It flls you
up and it can drain you dry. It can give
you wings, or it can pierce your gut. It is
a creator of depth. It plows through the
superfcial and gets to what’s real. When
love is pure there is no second-guessing.
When love is pure, it is powerful. Who
is to judge love? No human being can
judge it when you’ve been touched. It is
a force that transcends judgment, and
in the end, is the purest and deepest
expression of good. Our Vinny is no
longer here. What is left behind are a
million memories, visions, thoughts,
photos, feelings and yes, tears. Grateful
to have known you Vin. Our Vinny
Boom Bots, Vinny “the nose” Vinny
the hunter, and Vinny the lover. You
will last forever in our hearts, and you
have reminded all of us that nothing is
more precious than love.”
I wish all of you and your pets good
health and happiness. If you are ever in
need of advice please feel free to email
me at agreen@CharlestonVRC.com
Charleston Veterinary Referral Center
is a specialty referral and 24-hour, 7-day-a-week emergency
and critical care veterinary hospital. Dr. Green is the
Chief of Staf. More information may be found at www.
CharlestonVRC.com or on Facebook at Facebook.com/
CharlestonVRC or 614-VETS (8387).
Pet Loss: When It’s Time to Say Goodbye
By AlAn Green
July 12, 2013 19
An Unwelcome
How to Know i f Ani mAl s
Are i n Your CHi mneY
BY mArK stoner
f your freplace and chimney system are not working the way that they should, there
is a very good chance that there are animals in your chimney. Te challenge many
homeowners face, however, is that they do not know whether the problem is due to
an animal or if it has another source. Here are a few telltale signs that may indicate an
animal inhabitation.
One of the frst things that people notice when there is an animal in their chimney
is an unpleasant smell. Rotting material from the animal’s housing can cause this or
it could be from the animal’s waste. If there is an unpleasant smell coming from the
chimney, it is a good idea to have your chimney system professionally inspected for signs
of animal inhabitation.
Another indication that animals have set up camp in the chimney is excessive noise.
Old houses often make noises for a number of reasons, but animal sounds will be a bit
diferent. Te sound of scratching or of something scurrying around is a sure sign that
there are animals living above the freplace. Animals within the chimney system pose a
health and a fre threat, and must be addressed immediately.
A good look inside of the chimney can also give clues as to whether or not you have
animal residents, even if the animals themselves cannot be seen. One thing to look for
is any type of nest or outdoor material. It is often also possible to see animal debris, such
as waste or fur, accumulating inside of the chimney.
Having animals in the chimney system can be dangerous for both the animal and
the homeowner. Many young animals have a hard time fnding their way out of the
chimney, and can end up dying. Animals and their nests can also cause chimney fres
and inefcient heating systems.
If you think you may have an animal living in your chimney, contact a professional
sweep immediately. Failure to do so can lead to even bigger problems down the road.
For more info, contact Ashbusters Chimney Service at ashbusterscharleston.com.
t Begin with Books, we are
always looking ahead – to the
next child enrolled, to the next
outreach event, to the next month of
books, to the next expansion. Tat’s
why we have established the Begin with
Books Early Literacy Fund at Coastal
Community Foundation. We hope this
signals our determination to keep BWB
going for years to come. Te endowment
will grow with each additional gift and
with each passing year and will help to
make BWB fnancially secure.
In the two months since our last
update, our volunteers have ofered
enrollment at 15 more outreach events,
like the Green Heart Harvest Dinner at
Mitchell Elementary. With their help,
we’ve enrolled 199 more children; 54
children graduated when they turned 5,
for a net gain of 145 children, bringing
our enrollment to 1,654 children.
Tese 1,654 babies and toddlers are
the children who will enter our local
elementary schools in the next few years.
Most of these BWB participants will
go to one of the elementary schools in
our service zip codes: Angel Oak, C.C.
Blaney, E.B. Ellington, Frierson, James
Simons, Jane Edwards, Memminger,
Minnie Hughes, Mitchell, Mt. Zion, or
St. James-Santee. We believe, and we
think you do, too, that the books these
children will receive through Begin
With Books (24,317 books to date) will
make a signifcant diference in their
ability to thrive when they
arrive at school. Tank you for
helping us send these children
to school excited about reading
and ready to learn. We hope
you will continue to help
us reach all the children in
Charleston County.
One way you can help us
reach more children is to let us
know of events where we can
ofer enrollment to families
with small children. If you
know of a family event in
one of our service areas – health fair,
Vacation Bible School, town fair, back-
to-school function, parade – email
beginwithbooks@gmail.com with
details, and we’ll do our best to have a
volunteer team there to enroll children.
A special thanks goes out to our donors
and to our sponsors-of-the-month for
our latest book deliveries, Kiawah Cares
and Te L.C. and Margaret Walker
Endowment of Coastal Community
Foundation of SC.
Your gifts to fund our current book
deliveries are always welcome online at
Palmetto Project/BWB or by mail to:
Charleston SC 29402.
On behalf of the 1,654 Charleston
County children who will receive an
Imagination Library book this month…
and next month...and next, thank you!
Begin with Books Opens Doors
for Kids Over Charleston County
L ocaL NoNprof i t provi des over 1 , 6 0 0 Ki ds wi t h L i t erat ure
By patty BeNNett-uffLemaN aNd JaNet segaL

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