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Volume 5 Issue 4 Sullivan’s Island •
FREE Isle of Palms •
June 26, 2009 Goat Island • Dewees Island
ullivan’s Islander Jeff Boehm can look out on his yard with the satisfaction of a job well done, though he hardly considers it a job. The wall of vegetation which surrounds his house, bursting with color and buzzing with life, is more of a hobby turned passion rather than work. Just inside his front gate, the path splits. Left leads to the flower garden, where bright Echinacea and Swamp Hibiscus, among other perennials, are blooming next to a beautiful Corkscrew Willow. To the right is his latest project, a vegetable garden which he plotted, dug and planted by hand. But before you see Boehm get his hands dirty, you’ll see him hit the books. He’s well aware of how unforgiving our southern island soil and climate can be, so a little research never hurts. “I wanted plant varieties that could withstand the humidity and the heat, and could still come back next year,” Boehm says. Not long ago, Boehm found a wealth of knowledge in what’s come to be his favorite gardening book, Tough Plants for Southern Gardens by Felder Rushing. The book’s methods are tailored specifically to problems which frequently crop up in southern soil, like poor water retention and growing in sand. But don’t think Boehm’s forgotten the value of experience. His own journal is full of notes and sketches, documenting what’s worked, what’s failed and what’s to come in his garden. Garden continued on page 6
The thinking man’s garden
by Chris MarChewka
Inside Island Eye
Painting Trash Barrels page 7
Mystery Plant page 10
Redtail Rescue page 17
The new Council Several Council members were officially sworn in during the meeting after winning their seats in the Municipal election earlier this year. Mayor Carl Smith and Council members Mike Perkis were sworn in, along with Madeleine McGee, who is replacing Council member Everett Presson. Council member Pat O’Neil, who was also re-elected, was absent from the meeting. However, he did suggest that Mike Perkis be considered to take his place as Mayor Pro Tem for the next term. Mary Jane Watson made the motion that Perkis be selected for the position and the vote was unanimous. Perkis jokingly accepted on the condition that the Mayor take good care of himself.
Sullivan’s Island Town Council – June 16, 2009
Charleston County in 2009. Furthermore, he stated that the number of riders using the public transportation system has increased, as well. Chapman concluded with an environmental seal by saying, “We’ve got to do better in this country with fuel efficiency and our dependency on foreign oil. CARTA is doing its part.” uses. However, the system was designed so that the increase will be very minimal for the average, 6,000 gallon/month residential customer. According to Council member Perkis, these customers should see an increase of about $1.50 per month (1.6% increase). Furthermore, there is a surcharge rate for those who use more than 4000 gallons per month during drought periods. During a drought, a person using 4000-8000 gallons will be charged a $10.14 rate versus the regular $6.76. Anything over that will result in a $15.05 rate versus the regular $10.04. The new rate structure will go into effect on July 1 and changes will be seen on August bills. Kaynard concedes Some may have been surprised to see first reading of an ordinance on the agenda that would increase the Planning Commission by two members. The ordinance belonged to Council member Jerry Kaynard and this was the third time it had been introduced after failing twice in the midst of much debate among the Council and residents. “I never thought it would create this much controversy,” Kaynard said as he explained why he decided to give up on the ordinance this third time. He restated his desire to increase public participation on the Town’s various boards and commissions by taking a broader look at all of them. As a matter of order, a motion was still made to vote on the ordinance, but died when no one seconded the motion. Accreted Comprehensive Commercial plans There are two large projects for which the Town has engaged consultants: the Accreted Land Management Plan and the Commercial District Master Plan. While the work has been in the preparatory stages for a while, the plans are now coming to fruition.
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Moving money The Council passed a resolution to move much of the Town’s financial business from Wachovia to First Federal Bank of Charleston. The recommendation came from Mike Perkis and the Town’s Comptroller, Jason Blanton. The Town would receive a “substantial financial benefit” from the move, Perkis said. “We need a bank that is willing to work with us.” He added that they did not experience the level of service an important customer should receive at Wachovia and was confident of First Federal of Charleston’s willingness to treat them well. The Town will be giving the bank approximately $2.9 million of its business. 2009/2010 Budget Since April, the Town’s financial strategy for the next year has been discussed and voted on in public during Town Council meetings. The Council ratified the budget for the upcoming fiscal year with no increase in millage or franchise fees. They are presenting a cash and investment total of $3,721,350 Mo’ water, mo’ problems While the Town can claim that there are no tax increases in the budget, they also passed a resolution to increase Water and Sewer fees in an effort to make their rates more reflective of their operating expenses. The Water and Sewer department will be using a more streamlined rate system, as well. Changes in bills will vary according to the amount of water a customer
Mayor Carl Smith (above) and council member Mike Perkis (below) are sworn into office.
A second draft document has been supplied for the Accreted Land plan and the Town has scheduled a public hearing for the plan on August 4. The meeting is expected to be held at 6pm at the Church of the Holy Cross. The Town was also planning on holding a public hearing for the Commercial District Master Plan on July 8. However, that date may be postponed to another time as the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is reluctant to allow reverse-angle parking, which is being called “crucial” to the overall plan. Administrator Andy Benke said Transportation Secretary Buck Limehouse suggested the Town would be better off taking the section of Middle Street, which is relevant to the business district, off the State system if they want reverse-angle parking. However, Council member Madeleine McGee encouraged the Council to develop a “Plan B”, suggesting that the reverse-angle parking issue does not necessarily have to prevent the Town from proceeding with plans and presenting ideas to the public. The Council also plans to begin deliberation of the Town’s Comprehensive Plan during their July 13 Committee meeting. Text warnings Police Chief Danny Howard stated that the new “NIXLE” program, which will allow registered residents to receive news and alerts from the town via text messages, is in the debugging stage. While a preliminary test run was successful, they also received a message regarding a traffic report from New Hampshire. Once the issues are resolved and the system is deemed functional, Howard says he will advertise the program to the public. Residents will then be able to supply their phone numbers to the Department if they wish to receive news and alerts.
CARTA gets approval The Town Council unanimously approved the 2010 budget for CARTA after Howard Chapman, CARTA Executive Director, gave a brief synopsis. Chapman proclaimed that CARTA finished the year with a surplus for the first time in its history, despite receiving $1.4 million less from
June 26, 2009
Madeleine McGee is sworn in by her father, Peter McGee, during the June 16 Sullivan’s Island Town Council meeting. In addition, Mayor Carl Smith and Mike Perkis were also sworn in after being reelected in the same election. Pat O’Neil, who was absent, will be sworn in at the next meeting. McGee was selected to serve on the Water and Sewer Committee and will chair the Streets and Maintenance Committee.
McGee takes oath
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What a wonderful Island Dear Mayor, I just returned home from a respite in your beautiful town and wanted to leave a written report of how I found it. Along with the beauty of spring in the mountains of north Georgia, this April /May brought the passing of my large family’s beloved mother and grandmother, a child who left too soon … others. Bitter/ sweet time. A friend and I headed to Charleston to check on family members. We arrived late. We wanted to see the ocean and drove out to Folly Beach [I remembered a carnival type place from the 70s when my husband and I taught in Charleston.] We found no place to stay … it was very late. I remembered our family crabbing and netting fish at Breach Inlet … drinking beer at Muggins … so we headed to the Isle thinking we might see the beach then head to Shem Creek or somewhere and get a room. The bridge … unbelievable! We drove straight up to The Seascape and The Palms hotels. Both were lovely. The Palms had a “beachview” [if you turn your head to the right] room. Steve, the night clerk, was a charming and witty young man ... even at that late hour. The rate, for what ever reason, was unbelievably reasonable. So, to make a long
story short, we stayed four days. During this time we did nothing but eat, sleep, drink beer and listen to music … and heal, and read bricks, and realize that the Isle must have been restored brick by brick ... palm by palm. I noticed that it still had that same family feeling of safety and of somebody’s brother-inlaw running the fire hall; retired teacher/coach/administrator [Shoup] running parking. Local watercolor artist and “village” resident, Susan, was day clerking the hotel. That small but warm feeling of home and safety was still preserved and maintained or restored even after 30+ years passing and devastating storms. How wonderful your residents must still be. On the last day, the family members that we had not seen came out and also got a room. It’s a tougher deal for them as they have two very intelligent but wheelchair bound children/ adults. We ate breakfast at the little yellow building in front of the fire hall. That was an incredible feat [the large wheelchairs alone]. The staff there was welcoming ... not afraid ... the service and food were wonderful, and it seemed like family worked together there, too. I later learned that my brother in law’s family [Elliott] took them to a place either on that spot, or near it, to eat as children. They fished the waters in their boat, and had a home there, he said, not so grand as 1207 Palm Boulevard
the homes are now, but then, as now, the Isle was for families. Safe ... few tourists ... beautiful. Thank you all for providing a couple of lovely places for visitors to rest in the safety and security of our own residential areas. Yours, Shelli Jones Summerville, GA Mayor’s response: Thanks for your kind note; we who live and work here know how lucky we are. All those who enjoy the Island are like family; please consider yourself part of our extended family. Don’t stay away so long next time. Dick Cronin
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July 3 City offices closed in observance of Independence Day. July 7 Public Works Committee 4pm 1303 Palm Boulevard
Public Safety Committee 5pm 1207 Palm Boulevard
Isle of Palms 886-6428 www.iop.net
Planning Commission 4:30pm 1301 Palm Boulevard
July 7 Municipal Court 10am 1610 Middle Street July 8 Planning Commission 6:30pm 1610 Middle Street
CC District Plan meeting 6pm 2520 Middle Street Contact Town Hall for confirmation.
July 9 Livability Court 5pm 1207 Palm Boulevard ------------------------------------------Sullivan's Island 883-3198 www.sullivansisland-sc.com July 6 Town Hall closed in observance of Independence Day.
July 8 Municipal Court 10am
July 9 Board of Zoning Appeals 7pm 1610 Middle Street
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June 26, 2009
Dottie Frank’s new novel returns to Sullivan’s Island
by krisTiN haCkLer
the day, Beth collects tales of loss and heartbreak over the slow but constant changes to South Carolina’s barrier islands, and returns home with more than enough content to write her story: that is, until she meets Max Mitchell, the developer of the new retail outlet being built on Bert’s grave. The web of Beth’s life becomes even more entangled as she picks up a weekend job working at Atlanticville for manager Drew Harris, who “looked like he should be in the movies breaking hearts on the big screen” instead of managing a small island restaurant. Here, she meets appearance in the novel, handling the underage population of the island in his stern, yet fatherly manner. The Allure Salon, called “Anna’s Cabana” in the novel, helps Beth out with a last minute hair crisis, and Mary Ellen Way shows up once again, opening the doors of her home to the Hayes family; a gesture which the author assures is perfectly typical of her real life good nature. Other islanders who make brief appearances, even if only for the mention of their name, include Chef Billy Condon, Robert Klotz, Alan Palmer, Jessie Jacobs, Bridget Welch, Mike Coker, Judge Steve Steinert, and Brigitte Miklaszewski. Though the topic of the book drifts from family issues, to young romance, to island history, it always seems to come back to what makes Sullivan’s Island so special to its residents: that constant interaction between the past and present – neither of which exists entirely on it’s own on the island. Beth spends a good deal of time dealing with the ghosts of her house; in particular, a haunted mirror which played a significant role in the original novel, as well as the sequel. The unconscious understanding that history repeats itself is woven throughout the salty, sea-laden language of the book until it unleashes like a summer thunderstorm in the final chapters. Definitely a summer read, Return to Sullivan’s Island will be available in bookstores starting June 30. Author Dorthea Benton Frank will be holding book signings throughout the Charleston area. For more information about the author and her novels, please visit www.dotfrank.com. Tuesday, June 30, 2009 12pm Signing College of Charleston Student Bookstore 160 Calhoun Street Charleston, SC 29401 953-5518 Wednesday, July 1, 2009 7pm Signing Barnes & Noble 7620 Rivers Avenue North Charleston, SC 29406 572-2322 Thursday, July 2, 2009 7pm Cocktail Reception Charleston Library Society 164 King Street Charleston, SC 29401 723-9912 Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Tickets are $75 per person, which includes the cost of the book, and can be purchased by calling the Charleston Library Society. Friday, July 3, 2009 6pm Cocktail Reception Waldenbooks Charleston Place Hotel 205 Meeting Street Charleston, SC 29401 Saturday, July 11, 2009 3pm Signing Barnes & Noble 1716 Towne Center Way Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 216-9756 Thursday, July 16, 2009 11:30am Discussion and Book Signing Harbour Club* 35 Prioleau Street Charleston, SC 29401 723-9680 *ticketed event
n a way, it was eerie. Beth Hayes noted every detail of her arrival on Sullivan’s Island as though she had shown up just this afternoon. Durst Family Medicine on the left, Dunleavy’s straight ahead and the small business district abuzz with vacationers and locals in almost equal numbers. The house to which she was headed could have been any number of old island homes along the oceanfront, and its name was immediately recognizable to fans of Dorthea Benton Frank’s original novel, Sullivan’s Island: the Island Gamble. In Dottie Frank’s sequel, Return to Sullivan’s Island, the author’s feelings about the inevitable changes to her beloved barrier island are apparent in her choices of new characters and plotline. Beth Hayes, the daughter of Susan from the original Sullivan’s Island novel, has returned from college to spend a year watching over the family home. As she tries to figure out what to do with her “year in purgatory” on the island, she finds herself watching the destruction of Bert’s Bar, which is slated to become a multi-outlet retail building, and feels the burning need to share her feelings of loss with the islanders. After receiving the thumbs up from fictional publisher Barbara Farlie, Beth begins her first investigative reporting story for The Island Eye News. Her journey takes her along the coast to Litchfield, just south of Pawley’s Island, where she meets the owner of Litchfield books, Vicki Crafton. Vicki regales her with her own stories of island development, and introduces her to several regulars. Throughout
new friends, learns the sorrow of a broken heart and takes on the challenges of the “grown up” world, only to learn, in the end, that family is all that truly matters. What was most endearing about Frank’s latest release is her embrace of well-known island characters. Police Chief Danny Howard makes an early
Ben Sawyer trestles completed on schedule
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hile the design/ build team for the rehabilitation of the Ben Sawyer Bridge has until May 2010 to complete the project, they would like to finish even sooner. Completion of project’s four temporary work trestles by June 16 is a step in the right direction. The eastern trestles will now be used to assist crews installing the new bridge fender system. A crane and barge combination will remove the existing pilings and install the new system under the bridge. The Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) Channel will not be closed during this effort, but the width
of the channel will be reduced. Contrary to the June 8, 2009, Vessels which need the full ICW Post and Courier story, the actual channel are asked to provide the dates and start time of the seven bridge operator with two hours day (168 hour) bridge closure have notice for passage. not been determined. Many more From the western (harbor side) construction milestones must trestles, crews continue placing be reached before even a narrow pilings between the trestles window of dates can be known. and the existing bridge. The While the contractor would replacement bridge approaches like to be ready for the closure will be built upon these temporary activities as early as possible, the pilings. During the seven day (168 scheduling of the closure could hour) road closure, the existing contractually occur any time bridge will move onto the eastern between October 1, 2009, and trestles and the replacement April 1, 2010, except for ten days approaches will be shifted from before and after Christmas. A these temporary pilings onto the tight range of dates during which bridge’s existing foundation. the closure could occur will be www.islandeyenews.com
released at least thirty days prior to the closure. As soon as it is confirmed, this closure range will be distributed to the public through www.bensawyerbridge. com and the local media. However, the actual start of the 168 hour time clock for the closure will not be known until the last minute when the rehabilitated bridge is ready to be put in place and weather conditions are the most favorable. For more information and photo updates, please visit www. bensawyerbridge.com.
6 Garden continued from front cover “It’s all about getting to know a plant’s personality,” says Boehm. That certainly entails more than just knowing how much water your plants need. Before planting his vegetable garden, Boehm studied the soil, noted shadow movements across the day and carefully erected a trellis on which to grow green beans. And his hard work is paying off. The garden is full of round little tomatoes which are getting bigger and redder each day. A foot away, light yellow flowers shade a bounty of okra fingers, and more green beans than any one person could eat hang blithely from the crowded trellis. Boehm made it a point to methodically select plants with staggered blooming months so he could enjoy the colors all summer and into fall. However, Boehm cannot claim all of the credit for his botanical accomplishments. He admits to receiving a little advice from his neighbor, Ms. Ruth Knopf, an award winning gardener and antique rose expert. Knopf was instrumental in designing the beautiful rose garden at Boone Hall Plantation which features a Charleston original, the Noisette Rose. Boehm has welcomed her mentoring presence in his garden and hopes to help aspiring gardeners in a similar fashion. He’s started a small project called Let It Grow, a landscaping consultation service for those of us who have a tough time finding our green thumb. With a little help from those in the know, beautiful gardens on Sullivan’s may not be a challenge for long.
June 26, 2009
June 26, 2009
The trash collecting turtles of Isle of Palms
ver several hot days in early June, the Isle of Palms City Council and Island Turtle Team members have been seen painting sea turtles on the familiar yellow drums that serve as trash barrels on the beach and at the street end of beach access paths. In past years, the Isle of Palms Garden Club has painted palm trees on them, but this year, since every Council member on the Public Works Committee is also on the Turtle Team, it seemed only natural that several of the cans should also have sea turtles on their sides. Council and Turtle Team members Barbara Bergwerf, Marty Bettelli and Brian Duffy,
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News from the neighborhood
along with Turtle Team members Mary Pringle, Bev Ballow and Joan Dougherty, completed close to 100 barrels which will be put in place by independent contractor Bill Schupp, whose wife, Elaine, is also on the Turtle Team. There are three different designs in several colors. A young boy, whose family was parking in the city lot where this work was taking place, got very excited and asked us if we had turtles in those cans! So please remember to put all of your trash in these barrels to help keep our beach and roads clean and keep plastic and other harmful substances out of the ocean.
by CaTheriNe MaLLOy
Councilmembers Brian Duffy and Barbara Bergwerf print turtles on the IOP trashcans.
he morning of our Pig Pickin’ day dawned with buckets of rain and more rain. The downpour was great for our lawns, but was a damper on our party plans. We were a little concerned about what the conditions would be like by 4pm; the time the Pig Pickin’ was to begin. Not to be deterred by a thing as simple as the fickleness of weather, our host Jim Mueller had already begun the process of preparing the pig at 11pm the night before and was up at 6am on “Pig Day”, preparing the feast. He applied his barbecue culinary skills to perfection and the aroma of barbecue pork permeated the neighborhood and drove out the weather demons. Rainy morning skies gave way to glorious sunshine and provided the perfect atmosphere for a neighborhood celebration of friends, new and old, coming together to talk and relax. The rest of the day was perfect. About 100 men, women and children from Breach Inlet to Dewees Island joined us for the day’s festivities. Everyone brought a dish and the food was just delightful. The kids played games and demonstrated what a good appetite really means. We would like to thank all who made the Pig Pickin’ party the success that is was. First and foremost, our heartiest appreciation goes to the hosts of the party, Jim and Rene Mueller, who not only provided the pig but also cooked it and opened their home and property to us for the event. We would like to thank the officers and the Board for their help in getting the event set up and for welcoming everyone
to the event. Also, special thanks go to Jason Stanley of Sailfish Vacation Supply who supported our Pig Pickin’ by supplying 20 wonderful lounge chairs and corn toss games. Our officers also posted a large sign displaying the names of the restaurants and businesses on the island that are supporting our new residents by offering discounts and coupons for the Welcome Bags. We thank them wholeheartedly for their support. We sold many IOPNA t-shirts at the Pig Pickin’, but still have some on hand. So if any of you who did not make the Pig Pickin’ would like a t-shirt, just let me know. They are $12, lovely blue, short-sleeved, and are our fundraising activity for the summer. During our announcements, we informed everyone that the IOPNA will be sponsoring a team at the Recreation Center to continue to expand our community involvement. We spoke with Norma Jean Page, Recreation Director, and she said that we will be able to sponsor a soccer team in the fall. Also, we are requesting that members come up with some additional community/ neighborhood engagement ideas. Mark your calendars for the IOPNA Oktoberfest at the Exchange Club: Saturday October 10, 2009.
Catherine Malloy is the President of the Isle of Palms Neighborhood Association and she can be reached at clmalloy@ comcast.net.
he 4th Annual Flip Flop perfect way to spend a balmy Ball to benefit WINGS for summer evening; having fun Kids is taking shape and and raising money for a great is set for Saturday, July 18 at cause. Gold Bug Island from 7 WINGS for Kids’ to 11pm. Charleston mission is to teach Bay Gourmet will kids growing up be cooking the in poverty, who pig, Two 3 often miss Ways will out on life be cranking lessons, the tunes how to and an behave open bar well, and beer kegs make good will top it off. decisions and Tickets are now build healthy available, and prices relationships. are $35 in advance and $40 WINGS weaves a at the door. Tickets will be comprehensive social and on sale at www.wingsforkids. emotional education into a com and at Poe’s on Sullivan’s fresh and fun after-school Island. This event is 21 and program. Kids get the life over; IDs will be checked at lessons they need to succeed the door. and be happy - and they get If you haven’t ever been a safe place to call home after to the Flip Flop Ball, you school. Follow WINGS on are in for a treat. No ties, No Twitter at wingsforkids. heels, no worries. This is the
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June 26, 2009
Black and White Warbler
by sarah harPer
White Warbler builds a nest on the ground, unlike most other passerines, and lays four to six eggs. The young are born altricial (helpless, featherless, and lessdeveloped) but are ready to fledge in as little as eight to 12 days! This species of warbler is one of the easiest to identify due to its bold, contrasting black and white “stripes”. The bird in my photograph, which I took PhOTO by: sarah harPer on Sullivan’s Island, is a male. Females have a white throat and have tints of pale beige on their bellies and faces.
he Black and White Warbler can be spotted in the Lowcountry from early spring into late summer. It winters in the south from Florida to Peru. It is about 4.5in long and weighs around 10g. This species is distinctive among warblers in its foraging behavior: it hops along tree trunks, sometimes clinging upside down, in search of insects and Black and White Warbler spiders. Nuthatches and creepers exhibit similar foraging behavior, although they are not warblers. The Black and
very year, Meredith Nelson, owner of PrimeTime Fitness on Sullivans Island, awards a total of $1500 (three scholarships of $500 each) to college students and/or high school seniors who demonstrate dedication to the health and fitness of themselves and/or others. The applicants are scored on several criteria, including their GPA, involvement in fitness activities, fitness goals, and an essay on the impact that fitness has made on their lives. Congratulations to this year’s scholarship recipients: Terry Chandler, Caroline Warren and Laura Jean (LJ) Varadi.
A fit scholar
(l to r) Meredith Nelson, Terry Chandler, Caroline Warren and Laura Jean (LJ) Varadi.
June 26, 2009
by CaPTaiN rOberT OLseN
hold quite a bit of trout. We have a migration of glass minnows heading to the ocean and the trout are following them. Breach, Folly, and Stono Inlets are a few places holding them right now. Live shrimp and mud minnow are my bait of choice. Artificials work too. My best artificial lures for trout are the D.O.A. shrimp. The redfish are holding on or near structures (docks, oyster rakes) and can be caught on live minnow, shrimp and cut mullet. Sheepshead are still biting strong around dock pilings using fiddlers and if you are patient, the flounder are here in good numbers. Use mud minnows on the bottom with a very slow retrieve until you feel a tap on the line. Wait a few seconds after the bite and set the hook. Make sure you bring a landing net for the flounder; they are hard to get out of the water without some help. Hope this helps you out on the water. Any time spent fishing is a good time. Tight lines. Captain Robert Olsen, Knot @ Work Fishing Charters. www. knotatworkfishing.com (843) 4427724.
ishing has been just as hot as the weather for the past few weeks. Getting out early in the day seems to be the best bet with the heat and the afternoon thunderstorms that have been passing through just about everyday. I have been taking quite a few families with children out shark fishing. The action has been off the chart with lots of rod bending fun. I even had a unique episode last week: while I was helping a young angler bring a shark to the boat, he got a little excited and actually took a bite of my arm during the battle. It was definitely a first for me to have the angler bite me rather than the fish! The creeks and rivers near the ocean are full of small Sharpnose and Bonnetthead sharks and they are cruising the shallows, looking for the next meal. My bait of choice has been live shrimp and live Menhaden fished on the bottom. Trout fishing has been getting better each week. It won’t be long before you can actually catch them in numbers on the beach. The smaller inlets, which all are accessible by foot, are starting to
The return of the chinch bugs
by NiCk sTrehLe
ust as soon as your St. Augustine turfgrass turns green, here comes an insect that will gladly turn the leaves yellow. Yes, it’s time to start treating for chinch bugs (also known as cinch bugs). Like any other problem in our landscapes, we should properly identify the problem and set a control measure that has the least amount of impact on the environment. Adult chinch bugs are about 1/5 of an inch long and dark gray to black. The wings are folded over the back forming a white or silver cross-shaped mark. The young nymphs are from 1/20 to 1/5 inch long and vary in color from reddish to pink with a white band across the back. Their color changes to gray or black as they become adults. During the summer, the chinch bugs will go through three to four generations, which means once you reduce the population, they can return. The chinch bugs cause their damage by inserting their beaks into the leaf blade and extracting the plant juices. When the populations are low and they are just beginning to feed, the turf will appear wilted, then yellow, and then brown. This progression allows for easier scouting over other turfgrass pests. Damage will be noticed first in sunny and dry areas. The best location to start looking for infestation is on the edge of wilted or yellowing turf. This green to yellow line is neither well defined nor regular in shape. A cut-off coffee tin can be pushed into the soil, filled with water and allowed to sit for five to seven minutes. The water will allow the chinch bugs to float to the top. If several chinch bugs are in the tin, it is time to reduce the population. The chinch bug population can be reduced by proper cultural practices and by pesticides. A
few cultural control practices to follow are: use only slow release nitrogen, water as infrequently as possible (each site is different), keep thatch layer smaller than one inch (the layer between the leaves and soil), and select cultivars that are more resistant to chinch bugs. These are good preventative measures, but once chinch bugs have arrived they will need to be controlled by pesticides. One of the best products on the market is a product called Talstar. The active ingredient is Bifenthrin and seems to have little impact on beneficial insects. Chinch bugs like to live on the lower parts of the leaf blade, so make sure to use a higher amount of water while applying the labeled rate of product. A second spray may be necessary two to three weeks later due to the insects developing at different stages. Even though the yellow turf seemed to appear out of nowhere, as soon as the insect are gone, the turf will replenish its color and keep thriving. Nick Strehle is a Purdue University Agronomy Major, certified irrigation contractor and EPA WaterSense Partner for Sunburst Landscaping Inc., leading Sunburst’s clients into the next generation of water management. For more information, contact Sunburst at 768-2434.
A walk through the garden
by JOhN NeLsON
June 26, 2009
John Nelson is the curator of the Herbarium in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of South Carolina. As a public service, the Herbarium offers free plant identifications. For more information, visit www. herbarium.org or call 803-7778196.
[Answer: “Walking iris,” “Apostle plant,” Neomarica gracilis]
alking in the morning garden; it’s a good thing to do while it’s quiet and still, and the air is cool. These last several days have brought strong afternoon and evening thunderstorms with pouring rains, and in the morning, the last of the storm seems to remain in the heavy, fog-laden air. There’s a hedge of privet in our neighbors’ yard which is in bloom, and that blends with our gardenia and sweet-bay tree’s blossoms to form a peppery sweet aroma in the morning. Drowsy thrashers will start to roust about in the morning and of course, Mr. and Mrs. Mockingbird both get up early to find breakfast for their little ones - their second brood for us this summer! - hidden away in a protective yaupon holly. Some of the garden flowers, too, seem to be waking up. Although most garden flowers remain open 24 hours a day, some will quietly close as it gets dark, ready to open when the sun comes up. (Of course, there are some garden plants whose flowers have a kind of night shift, opening in the darkness, and closing in the morning). Our Mystery Plant is a beautiful thing on a sunny morning. Its flamboyant flowers last only one day, so you can see the new ones for the day, lending a sort of tropical flavor to your backyard. It’s a plant with a dozen or so close relatives from Central America, where they like damp forests and considerable shade. All of the species have a tuft of bright green and sword -like leaves, much like an iris. The species featured here will show off a number of
slender leaf-like stalks, and this is where the flowers come from. At the tip of one of these leaf-like branches, a cluster of flowers will be produced. The individual flowers each last but a day and their combined weight will cause their supportive stems to arch and lean down to the ground. Where the stem contacts the soil, roots will ultimately form, eventually giving rise to a new plant. This is particularly useful for gardeners who are fond of propagating things: it’s easy to divide up one of these plants in this way, and thus sharing “starts” with friends. As you might expect, this plant’s architecture and tendency to sprawl makes it perfect for a hanging basket which can hang outside all summer long. Each of the flowers of this plant sports three big floppy sepals, each one bright white, sometimes with a patch of purple or red down at the bottom. The petals are showy, too: bright blue or purple, and striped with red on their central portions. There will be three whitish styles right in the middle, and underneath each one of them will be a single stamen. This plant is fairly common in much of the Deep South, but we at the Herbarium still get plenty of requests each summer as to its identity.
PhOTO by GeraLD brazeLL
June 26, 2009
June photo of the month
by eriC hOraN
On assignment in Palmetto Bluff, I was navigating a large, freshwater lagoon in search of interesting landscapes. Traveling by sea kayak, I came around a tight bend in the river and found myself face to face with this guy. My 17’ kayak suddenly seemed small and fragile; he was not moved by my intrusion. This provided me a little time to first catch my breath, then to take his picture. As I moved toward him, I did so slowly. He finally went down a few feet beyond my bow. After he was down, I paddled through quickly. Paddling around large reptiles should be done with extreme caution. I’ve seen alligators react so quickly to unannounced intruders that their disturbance in the water could capsize a kayaker. Even if I was capable of righting my boat, I had no intention of facing him underwater. The bigger they are, the bigger the prize they think they can handle. Since I believe I was pretty close to his size, I’m glad he was not in the mood for my kayak. I prefer thinking he was just waiting to have his portrait taken. South Carolina law protects the American Alligator. With the exception of a select few lottery winners, these magnificent reptiles cannot be hunted. They thrive in their native wetlands and swamps of the coastal southeast. Be alert to their home turf and give them a wide birth. They can move faster than we can for short distances.
IOP Council takes it to court
On June 11, the Isle of Palms City Council took members of the IOP Recreation, Fire and Public Works departments to court: the volleyball court, that is. To show their support for the Windjammer and to ease tensions over a recent issue with the bar’s volleyball posts on the beach, Council members and public servants alike threw down for a lively game of volleyball. The Rec/Fire/Public Works team took the first game, but was defeated by Council in the second round. However, the Rec/Fire/Public Works team took it home, beating Council in the final tie-breaker. <Photo tip: If you’re out photographing in your kayak, it’s best to keep a long lens on the camera while you’re paddling. This way you will be prepared for any wildlife encounter. I keep the camera between my legs in the bottom of the boat in a heavy-duty plastic bag or dry bag. Having the camera set on the correct exposure is imperative to capturing fleeting wildlife moments. You will also want a dry towel and a water bottle handy if you’re paddling in the salt water to clean the salt off your hands before handling your camera. There is always time to pull out the wider lens for inspiring landscapes; they don’t vanish as quickly as the birds, mammals or reptiles that you might be lucky enough to surprise.
Friday, June 26
Tomato Open Golf Tournament Have fun and save land at the Plantation Course at Edisto. Proceeds benefit Edisto Island Open Land Trust. An exciting tourney for golfers of all abilities. $25,000 hole-in-one prize! Putting contest, Mulligans, raffle, many other contests and prizes. Includes breakfast, refreshments, barbecue lunch. The Plantation Course: 869-1111. For more info, call 8699004.
12th Annual SCRPA Lifeguard Competition SC lifeguards come together to compete in a challenge to showcase, test and honor lifesaving skills. The competition begins at 8:30am in Mount Pleasant and will continue in the afternoon on Folly Beach. All participants must be certified through an accredited agency. Entry fees are $50 per team. Interested teams may register or request more information from MPRD Aquatics Coordinator Jeff Garrard at 884-2528.
Folly Beach Moonlight Mixer Dance the night away under the stars at the Folly Beach Fishing Pier with the return of the popular Moonlight Mixers. From 7pm – 11pm, local DJ Rob Duren will spin the hottest oldies and beach music around. Advance tickets are $10 and $8 for Charleston County residents. If available, tickets purchased on-site are $10. Call 7954FUN or visit www.ccprc.com.
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Sunday, June 28
Celebrate Carolina Day Commemorating America’s first military victory on June 28, 1776 by visiting Ft. Moultrie.
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Saturday, June 27
60th Annual Sullivan’s Island Fish Fry From 5 to 8pm at the Big Tin (located at Station 14 1/2). Tickets are $8 each and include a full plate of delicious island food. Enjoy live music and the jump castle. Commemorative t-shirts and hats will be available. For more info, call Chief Stith at 883-9944. Summer Pleasures gallery opening A solo show of new work by Susan Hecht. The opening reception will be held at the Sandpiper Gallery on Sullivan’s Island from 6-8pm. 883-0200, www.sandpipergallery. net. Poe Library Book Club meeting 10:30am at the Poe Library. We will be discussing The Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. National Trails Day, the Trails of Bulls Island Ferry boat passengers can join Coastal Expeditions at 9am for a naturalist guided trail walk on Bull Island in Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge. Plan to bring drinking water, bug spray, sunscreen, and comfortable walking shoes. This is great opportunity for families and all ages. Registration required! Call Coastal Expeditions at 884-7684 to register. www. coastalexpeditions.com
Tuesday, June 30
Mount Pleasant Farmers Market From 3pm until dusk at the new Moultrie Middle School on Coleman Blvd. Plan to spend a couple of hours exploring our treasure trove of fruits, vegetables, flowers, preserves, dips, breads, pies, and numerous other delectable treats. Savor a fresh meal by one of our irresistible food vendors while enjoying live music. Also available for your assistance are the Clemson Extension Master Gardeners. For more info, call 884-8517.
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Happy Fourth of July! See page 23 for a complete list of events. Isle of Palms 4th of July Fireworks Front Beach on the Isle of Palms. Fireworks start after dark. No alcoholic beverages allowed on the beach. Individual fireworks prohibited. Sullivan’s Island fireworks Fireworks will start at dusk in the Town Park next to the Fire Station at 2050 Middle Street.
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pockets. A registered and paid chaperone is required for participants ages 15 & under. Pre-registration required. Meet at Isle of Palms County Park at 9:30am. Walk will end at 11am. Fee: $9. Course #20581. To register or for more info, call 795-4386.
Tuesday, July 14
Bastille Day Mount Pleasant Farmers Market See Tuesday, June 30.
$5 before June 26 and $7 until the day of. T-shirts guaranteed to the first 200 that register (adults & children). Runners will use the newest chip technology for an official timed run. Packet Pick up will be held Friday, July 17 from 3pm – 6:30pm at the Windjammer. IOP Recreation Center: #24 28th Avenue, Isle of Palms. 886-8294. Free skin screenings at IOP County Park Dermatologists on the MUSC Mobile Health Unit – a fully equipped doctor’s office on wheels – will be at Isle of Palms County Park from 10am – 2pm. No appointment
13 necessary. First come, first serve. For more information about free skin cancer screenings, call MUSC Health Connection at 792-0878. 4th Annual Flip Flop Ball Benefitting WINGS for Kids, will be held at Gold Bug Island from 7 to 11pm. Charleston Bay Gourmet will be cooking the pig, Two 3 Ways will be cranking the tunes and an open bar and beer kegs will top it off. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door and are on sale at www.wingsforkids.org and at Poe’s on Sullivan’s Island. This event is 21 and over; ID’s will be checked at the door.
Friday, July 17
Fourth Annual Palette and Palate Stroll Fine art and food connoisseurs will stroll through the historic streets of downtown Charleston, sampling tastings from thirteen of the finest local restaurants in the beautiful setting of thirteen prestigious galleries. The Palette and Palate Stroll starts at 5:30pm and ends at 7:30pm. Tickets are $30 each and reservations are required. Tickets can be purchased by calling 8198006 or on-line at www.cfada.com. Battery Wagner reenactment at Morris Island On the 146th anniversary of the Assault on Battery Wagner, volunteer reenactors from Company I, 54th Massachusetts Reenactment Regiment will honor the men that participated in that historic battle on July 18, 1863. The event will occur on Morris Island and the boat will leave at 3pm, and return at 5pm. Reservations: Joseph McGill 408-7727. Cost: $25 each.
Saturday, July 11
Rhomboid Ripples Stroll with a naturalist to learn about causes of beach formations and mysterious sand patterns such as swash marks and blister
Saturday, July 18
IOP Beach Run Starting at 8am at the Windjammer. $12 registration before June 26: $15 registration beginning June 27. Fun Runs for ages 14 years and under begin at 9am. Registration for the Fun Runs is
June 26, 2009
It takes an island
by aLi akhyari
urfing has long been considered, by the more romantic among us, as a stateof-mind which has created an evolving, world-wide collective of people that are perpetually sharing the experience of riding waves. Souls are revived and awakened in this primordial element. For those who take up the board and strive to find the point where man, nature, and raw energy can coexist, surfing becomes a passion. M.T. Bourque can tell you all about that. Fifteen year-old Bourque, or “T” as she is called, has been surfing for several years now. “Surfing is really addictive,” she says with a smile. That’s evident when your favorite board came out of a trashcan. She found a JS whose fins had been ripped out and had been beaten up pretty badly. But with some guidance from Charleston Watersports, she fixed it up and got herself a very rideable $13 board (the cost of fiberglass and resin). But with her garbage board, T is getting her fix. She says she loves the adrenaline of surfing and the feeling of dropping in on one of the bigger sets which we occasionally get in the Lowcountry. However, her passion is beginning to take her to different breaks. The search is on. Recently, Bourque competed in the MidAtlantic Regionals and found herself surfing beautiful, chest-high waves in Puerto Rico. In 2008, she was invited to the Eastern Surfing Championships in Cape Hatteras,
North Carolina, one of the best sections of surf on the east coast, where she placed 10th among the best ESA surfers in her division; including Keenan Lineback. The experience was inspiring. She has since been making a name for herself in her group within the Southern South Carolina division of the ESA,
M.T. Bourque hits the surf.
consistently placing in the top three as she travels to compete in as many contests as she can. Her new goal is to master “Regionals”. But Bourque has found out that, sometimes, it takes a village to raise a child. Competitive surfing can get expensive and dreams are often put aside when money is a factor. However, local business owners have been instrumental in making sure she gets a shot at the next level. When Bourque began to approach local businesses to sponsor her, she wasn’t sure what to expect. But the response was overwhelming. “I walked in there as a scared little girl,” Bourque recalls when she approached Malcolm Burgess of the Windjammer. She wasn’t sure how it would go. It was the off-season for island business, meaning money was scarce. She explained the situation, her desire, and gave him a packet of information. Burgess
read it and offered her some money. As she continued to seek help, a community began to take shape around her. Just like the surf mentality that connects people from all over the world, local business persons were being brought together by a single girl’s desire. She was humbled by the selflessness that was being displayed. In the midst of an economic crisis and a town that floats through winter on summer money, people reached into their hearts. “I was thrilled that they would actually support me to help me with my dreams,” Bourque says. In addition to the Windjammer, Bill Ripley of Horizon Pacific joined the cause. His wife, knowing the expense of travel since Bill has opened a business in Costa Rica, was very understanding. Mark Elesai of Tasi placed Bourque among the female athletes which his business sponsors. Charleston Water Sports, Splash, Everett Presson, Demi Matouchev of Edward Jones, Rick Houston with the Atlantic Spine Clinic, Palmetto RV, Island Liquors, Allied Mortgage, and Peter Coleman are among those who have done something to support her dream. In fact, after displaying her dedication and surfing for 12 hours one day, Rick Houston happened to walk by on the beach and gave Bourque some much needed therapy on her back. In awe of all the support she has received, Bourque had a jacket made with logos of all of her sponsors on it. The jacket and printing were a gift from Peter Coleman. While the logos she proudly wears are not the typical Lost, Quicksilver, or Roxy emblems you might typically find on a surfboard, they are most certainly representative of something even more special: a spirit of community that uniquely exists on our East of the Cooper islands. As T paddles towards her dream, the desire in her heart coupled with the push of her community will provide the swell needed to catch the next wave. Thanks to those two pieces of momentum, T is surfing in at least nine contests this year. There’s no telling how far she’ll go after that. But when one looks out over the Atlantic Ocean where life has been shaped by the endless sea, the possibilities seem infinite. For more information and to support M.T. Bourque, visit www.mtbourque.org.
June 26, 2009
Millennials, Gen Xers and Baby Boomers should invest for growth
by DiMi MaTOuChev
s there a “generation gap” today? In some ways, it’s possible. While many Baby Boomers are happy just to understand the basics of Facebook, “Millennials” are busy texting and Twittering; and yet, when it comes to investing, Baby Boomers (born between 1946 and 1962), Generation Xers (1963 – 1981) and Millennials (1982 – 2001) may have a lot in common. Specifically, to achieve their long-term goals, these groups should structure their investment portfolios to provide some growth potential. However, due to their age differences, they may need to take different approaches in how they invest for growth. Let’s take a look at all three groups: • Millennials — One of your biggest objectives may be to save enough money for a down payment on a house. For this short-term goal, you may want an investment whose value won’t
fluctuate too much. At the same time, don’t ignore the need to save for retirement, even though it’s likely decades away. Contribute as much as you can afford to your 401(k) or other employersponsored plan, and if you still have money available, consider opening an IRA. And you may want to fund these accounts with an appropriate amount of growthoriented investments, such as stocks or stock-based vehicles. (Keep in mind, though, that the value of these investments will fluctuate over time, sometimes significantly, and there’s no guarantee you won’t lose any principal.) • Generation Xers — Retirement is becoming more of a reality — so if you have been underutilizing your 401(k) and IRA, now may be a good time to ratchet up your contributions. And although you have less time to make up for market drops than your Millennial
co-workers, you’re not out of time, either — so you still need to invest for growth potential. Nonetheless, you may want to include a higher percentage of bonds and other fixed-income vehicles in your portfolio, especially if you’re an older Gen Xer. • Baby Boomers — Retirement is coming at you pretty quickly; and it’s both a short-term and a long-term goal, because even though you may be leaving your career in just a few years, you could spend two or even three decades in retirement, starting a new career, going back to school or pursuing other interests you haven’t had time to pursue. So you’re faced with a paradox: On one hand, you don’t want to invest too heavily in high-growth vehicles, because these are the most risky — and a market downturn could cause the value of your portfolio to drop just when you need to start tapping into your investments. But you can’t
become too conservative and put all your money in fixed-income vehicles, because over time these investments may lose value to inflation — which means you’ll lose purchasing power. Consider investing in quality stocks, which have growth potential, along with a good mix of bonds, Treasury bills, certificates of deposit and other vehicles that may offer the potential for both current income and preservation of principal. Your need for investment growth never really disappears. But at different stages of your life, you’ll have to balance this need against competing interests — so review your financial situation regularly, and make the right moves at the right times. This article was written by Edward Jones, located at 1505 Palm Blvd., Isle of Palms, SC 29451. For more information, please call the Edward Jones offices at 886-9229 or visit their website at www.edwardjones. com.
The following is a synopsis of some of the activities of the Isle of Palms Police Department during the month of May 2009: Patrol May 2, 2009: A citizen reported a domestic dispute on Ocean Boulevard in the business district and advised that the female half of the altercation left the area in a vehicle heading toward the Connector. Officers investigated and made the determination that the dispute was verbal in nature, requiring no further action by police. May 2, 2009: Police responded to a Carolina Boulevard residence where a dispute had been reported. Officers separated the two parties involved and made arrangements for a guest in the residence to take a taxi to a Mount Pleasant hotel for the rest of the evening. May 2, 2009: An officer recognized a male subject at a local convenience store as a person he knew for which the police department had an outstanding Arrest Warrant. The officer made contact with the subject and confirmed that he had an active Arrest Warrant for Petit Larceny. He was taken into custody and also charged with two counts of NRVC for two unpaid traffic tickets. May 3, 2009: A boyfriend reported to the police that his girlfriend had sent him several alarming text messages from her cell phone giving indications that she wanted to end her life. Police
and fire personnel searched the beach area with negative results. Later in the day, the boyfriend made contact and brought her to the fire station on JC Long Boulevard. The girlfriend refused to be evaluated, but due to the serious content of the messages sent by her, a police officer took her into Emergency Protective Custody. She was transported by EMS for a psychiatric evaluation. May 4, 2009: An officer responded to a fire reported on the second floor at Port O’ Call in Wild Dunes. The officer assisted in evacuating two floors of occupants, then provided traffic and crowd control until the fire department departed the scene.
evaluation. May 7, 2009: A visitor form North Augusta, Georgia, reported numerous fraudulent credit card charges on her credit card, totaling almost $1,500. The victim stated that she believed a waitress at a front beach restaurant is responsible. The victim provided all necessary bank statements and an Investigator has been assigned the case. May 7, 2009: Officers responded to a residence on Palm Boulevard regarding a domestic dispute between a mother and her teenage daughter. The mother allegedly assaulted the daughter by pulling her hair, pushing her down and choking her for playing a computer game. The mother also had a swollen eye and some bruises. The daughter was brought to police headquarters where fire department and EMS personnel treated her. Due to the appearance of mutual combat, and for the safety of the daughter, she was taken into Emergency Protective Custody and later to the custody of the Department of Social Services. During the investigation, an Arrest Warrant for the mother was located from the state of Colorado, but extradition from South Carolina was refused. May 7, 2009: A Sullivan’s Island police officer requested that a Datamaster certified officer operate the Datamaster machine for a subject that he had in custody, suspected of DUI. The officer activated the equipment and after the twenty minute observation period, the subject refused to provide a sample. May 8, 2009: A Goose Creek Police Department Investigator requested that we go to a residence on the Isle of Palms where a person that was wanted by their agency was suspected of living. Once the Arrest Warrant was verified, officers went to the 25th Avenue residence, located the suspect and placed him under arrest. He was later turned over to the custody of the Goose Creek officer. May 9, 2009: Officers responded to a Forest Trail residence where a domestic dispute had been reported. The dispatcher reported hearing glass breaking in the background while speaking to the male complainant. Responding officers determined that an injury to the female subject was self-inflicted. She refused medical treatment from fire department and EMS personnel. The male subject was allowed to leave the residence to avoid further incident. May 11, 2009: Officers responded to a residence on 24th Avenue where a citizen reported a possible break-in in progress. The responding officers encountered www.islandeyenews.com
a female subject at the residence attempting to remove items from the home. It was determined that her estranged husband has sole control of the home, as indicated in a court order. The female subject was escorted from the property without further incident. May 11, 2009: A Sullivan’s Island police officer requested assistance with a combative female subject, who was attempting to kick out the windows of his patrol vehicle. The subject was treated for lacerations to her knee and arm. The suspect was then transported to the Detention Center. May 16, 2009: A resident of Sand Dollar Drive reported that someone had entered his garage area and stole almost $7,000 worth of personal items from his vehicle. The suspect apparently made several purchases with some of the victim’s credit cards in North Charleston, which resulted in the suspect being identified. Several other auto breakins were reported around the Isle of Palms and it is believed that the suspect identified is also responsible for those. An Investigator has been assigned the case and has already obtained six Arrest Warrants for the suspect. May 18, 2009: Officers met a female subject in a parking lot on 41st Avenue after she reported being assaulted by her husband in the vehicle while she was driving to work. The husband fled the scene prior to the arrival of officers and officers were unable to locate him. A Detective responded to the scene to obtain a written statement from the victim. The Investigator prepared an Arrest Warrant for Criminal Domestic Violence, which was immediately signed by a judge. May 19, 2009: The North Charleston Police Department notified this agency that they had a person stopped that had three outstanding Arrest Warrants from the Isle of Palms Police Department. An officer went to North Charleston to assume custody of the subject, who was arrested for an April 16, 2009, incident on Ocean Boulevard. The subject was charged with Lynching 2nd degree, Malicious Damage to Property, and Petit Larceny, and transported to the Detention Center. May 21, 2009: A contractor returning to his Hartnett Boulevard jobsite reported that his utility trailer containing all of his tools for the job was gone from the rear of the residence. He stated that the trailer was locked with a tongue lock the previous evening before leaving the site. The victim is in the process of providing the serial numbers of his tools in an attempt to identify Police Report continued on pg 22
May 5, 2009: Officers responded to a residence on 56th Avenue for a medical assistance call to the fire department. A male subject present had visible lacerations to his neck and forearm. Due to his bizarre explanation to the cause of his injuries, and actions exhibited in the presence of police, fire and EMS personnel, he was taken into Emergency Protective Custody, and transported to a local hospital for psychiatric evaluation. May 6, 2009: A couple walking on the beach between 23rd and 24th Avenue reported an unconscious female subject lying in the dunes with a pill bottle and alcoholic beverage next to her. Responding officers spoke to the subject and determined that she intended to end her life and placed her into Emergency Protective Custody. She was transported to MUSC for a psychiatric
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Redtailed Hawk rescue
by Mary PriNGLe
edtailed Hawks are very common on the Isle of Palms and on Sullivan’s Island. They help to keep the rodent population in check and can even be seen hovering over the shore, looking down into vegetated dunes, or perched on telephone poles or tall structures looking for field rats or mice. Many tall oak trees on our barrier islands contain their large nests, which are built 30-60 feet up and typically contain two to four eggs, which the hawks lay in April. A pair of these hawks, which have been seen perched on the cross above the Methodist Church on 21st Avenue, hatched their nest at the corner of Palm and 20th Avenue this year. Their two offspring were fledging the second week of June. Fledging, or leaving the nest and learning to fly, is a very dangerous stage in a young bird’s life because their flying skills and judgment are not yet developed. Barry Murphy, who lives on the corner of Palm and 20th, noticed a large young hawk down in his yard. The bird had been there all day. He called The Center for Birds of Prey, which is part of the Avian Conservation Center, because he was concerned about it. He knew that the nest was in the tall oak in his yard. I was dispatched to check on it, and after gently catching it with heavy gloves, I tried to put it into a smaller tree nearby. However, the fledgling refused to stay in the small tree and was soon seen on the ground in the middle of busy traffic on Palm Blvd.! His sibling nest mate was still
Jacob Killbride gets a lesson in hawk handling.
high in the tree, calling to the parent hawks for food. It seemed that the best solution was to get the youngster back up into the tree where it belonged. A call was made to the Isle of Palms Fire Department, and in a short time, firemen Jacob Kilbride and Chris Puckhaber arrived with a fire truck equipped with a long ladder. After a quick lesson in hawk handling, Jacob carried the hawk high up into the tree. In this stage of development called “branching”, young birds are out of the nest and climbing around the nest tree, exercising their muscles by flapping their wings in preparation for
flight, all while being fed and tended by the parents. This bird was not able to fly back up into the tree after fluttering down, but now, both birds are fledged and are leaving the tree on a regular basis. The young hawks are often seen on the ground and in the trees while exploring their habitat and learning the skills they need to survive. The Center for Birds of Prey is a great resource for the public to call when an injured bird of prey - hawk, owl, falcon, osprey, eagle, kite, or vulture - is found. There are volunteers who can quickly respond and transport the bird to the Center’s medical facility on Sewee Road near Awendaw. According to Jim Elliott, the Executive Director, 25-30 percent of the 350-400 birds treated annually are Redtail Hawks. The staff is able to rehabilitate many cases, which may include bone fractures from collisions with cars or windows, gunshot wounds, electric shock from power lines, emaciation cases, and orphaned nestlings. Although the medical facility is not open to the public, the Center welcomes the public Thursdays through Saturdays from 10am to 5pm for guided tours and flight demonstrations using non-releasable resident birds from all over the world. For admission information, tour times, and directions to the Center for Birds of Prey, visit the website at www.thecenterforbirdsofprey.org If you ever encounter an injured bird of prey, please call their phone number immediately: 971-7474.
PhOTOs by barbara berGwerf
CAPTIONS: 001 Louise Welch, Regional Executive Director of the Carolina Red
The golfer’s declaration
(fOuND iN a COLONiaL Desk – DaTeD JuLy 4, 1776)
by riCharD hriCik
the GOLFER shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness IN MAKING PUTTS. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that PUTTERS long established IN THE GOLFER’S BAG should not be changed for light and transient causes; But when a long train of abuses and usurpations BY THE PUTTER, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce THE MENTAL STATE OF THE GOLFER under absolute Despotism, it is THE GOLFER’S right, it is their duty, to throw off such PUTTER, and to provide new PUTTERS for THE GOLFER’S future security. Such has been the patient sufferance of this GOLFER; and such is now the necessity which constrains THE GOLFER to alter the former PUTTER BY PLACING IT IN TIMEOUT IN THE CLOSET AND REPLACING IT WITH A NEW ONE. The history of the present PUTTER is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over the MENTAL STATE OF THE GOLFER. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world. THE PUTTER has refused to Assent to HELPING THE GOLFER MAKE PUTTS, the most wholesome and necessary for the GOLFER’S good. THE PUTTER has called together THE GOLFER’S MIND AND BODY AND OCCUPYING IT WITH THOUGHTS unusual, uncomfortable, and distant, for the sole purpose of fatiguing THE GOLFER. THE PUTTER has made THE GOLFER dependent on THE PUTTER’S Will alone for the GOLFER’S SUCCESS, and the amount and payment of THE GOLFER’S BETS. THE PUTTER has kept among THE GOLFER, in times of peace, Standing Armies OF DOUBT without the GOLFER’S Consent. THE PUTTER has abdicated THE GOLFER, by declaring THE GOLFER out of his Protection and waging War against THE GOLFER THE PUTTER has plundered THE GOLFER’S seas OF CONFIDENCE, ravaged POCKETS WITH NASSAU LOSSES, burnt EGOS, and destroyed the lives OF THE GOLFER. At every stage of these Oppressions THE GOLFER Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: THE GOLFER’S repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the PUTTER of a GOLFER THE UNDERSIGNED GOLFER therefore, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of THE GOLFER’S intentions, do, solemnly publish and declare, That THE GOLFER IS, and of Right ought to be Free, that THE GOLFER IS Absolved from all Allegiance to THE PUTTER, and that all connection between them, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as A Free and Independent GOLFER HAS full Power to MAKE PUTTS, and to do all other Acts and Things which GOLFERS may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, THE GOLFER AND THE NEW PUTTER mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor. /s/ Thomas “Yips” Jefferson Until next time, play well. Richard is a golf enthusiast, local lawyer and part-time writer seeking publication of a novel about golf. Contact him at email@example.com. ©2009 Richard Hricik.
June 26, 2009
hen in the Course of SEVERAL ROUNDS OF GOLF it becomes necessary for one GOLFER to dissolve the bands which have connected THE GOLFER with their CURRENT PUTTER, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle THE GOLFER, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that THE GOLFER should declare the causes which impel THE GOLFER to the separation WITH THEIR CURRRENT PUTTER. THE GOLFER hold these truths to be self-evident, that all GOLFERS are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness BY BEING ABLE TO MAKE PUTTS FROM INSIDE OF THREE FEET — That to secure these rights, PUTTERS are instituted among GOLFERS, deriving their just powers from the consent of THE GOLFER — That whenever any Form of PUTTER becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the GOLFER to alter or to abolish it, and to institute IN THE GOLFER’S BAG, new PUTTERS, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to
t was another sweltering hot day for the Lowcountry on June 12, but that didn’t deter several groups of golfers from enjoying the first day of the return of the 18th hole at Wild Dune’s Links Course. After erosion took a large bite out of the famed oceanfront hole, it took close to twenty months to restore the course to its former grandeur. But the wait was entirely worth it. Framed by a 180 degree view
18th hole returns to Wild Dunes
of the wild Atlantic ocean, the redesigned portion of the Links Course includes both the 17th and 18th hole. Tom Fazio, the original designer of the course, took a personal interest in the project since the Links Course was the golf architect’s first solo design. To ensure that everything went to plan, Forrest Fezler, one of the original course designers and president of Fezler Golf, stayed close to the resort and monitored the course’s construction; along with Fazio design associate Bryan Bowers and senior design associate Andy Banfield. “The 17th and 18th holes of the Links Course are two of the most spectacular finishing holes in the southeast,” said Fazio. “Playing on the ocean and amongst the dunes is as premier a location as you can get. It was true when the course was designed more that two decades ago, and it’s still true today.” “It’s pretty unique,” said Jeff Minton, director of golf for Wild Dunes. “Every day there’s different wind, different conditions. It’s similar to the original hole in that it’s a dogleg to the right and someone who’s played it before will recognize the shape, but all the club members who’ve had a chance to play through agree that it’s even better than before.” The dunes along the course’s ocean facing side, as well as around the southern end of the green, have been built up to their maximum height to ensure the course’s protection against any future erosion, but the view remains unhindered. “There are great views of the ocean from all sides,” said Minton, “Even more than before.” In honor of the reopening of the 18th hole, Charleston residents are invited to be a “friend” of Wild Dunes for the summer and enjoy the Friends Program rate of $85
per round of the Links Course for the months of June and July. Tea times are available beginning at 11am, 48 hours in advance. For more information, visit www. wilddunes.com/golf or call 8862002.
June 26, 2009
giant monster looms over the intersection of Middle Street and Station 22 ½ on Sullivan’s Island, and its great arms reach out over the roof of a small pink and teal island home. For a while, most island residents thought it looked like a giant asparagus until it began to sprout limbs, then short branches full of dozens and dozens of tubular yellow and orange flowers. According to the owner of the property, Jerry Kaynard, the plant is a yucca plant, or century plant, also known as an Agave Americana. Although the name is misleading, it is a rare occurrence to see this plant bloom; especially in climates north of Mexico. In fact, the blooming of one century plant in 1933 at the Bronx Zoo in New York City was heavily advertised, encouraging people to come out and see this “once in a century” event. Unfortunately, the botanist in charge of the plant predicted the stalk would blossom four weeks before it actually occurred, prompting
Giant asparagus stalks island
a cartoon in the New Yorker which depicted a committee watching the first blooming of the plant in the park, checking their watches and declaring, “It’s been a hundred years and ten minutes, exactly.” The closer to the south the plant grows, however, the more often it will send up a stalk. In South Carolina, the plants tend to bloom every 25 – 28 years. In its natural climate, the century plant blooms every 15 years, after which the plant dies; but if the stalk is cut before blooming, the plant will survive for a second sprouting. This is important to the producers of Mexican mescal, as the sap produced at the base of a cut stalk is used to make pulque, the national Mexican drink, which is then fermented and distilled to make mescal. The flower stalk, if allowed to grow (and the stalks can reach anywhere from 15 – 40 feet high), can be used to make natural razor strops, rope fiber and insulating material.
PhOTOs by keLLy MixsON
June 26, 2009
That’s the way the cookie crumbles
he Summer Reading Program at the Edgar Allan Poe Library got off to a “sweet” start on Thursday, June 4. The theme for this year’s summer reading is “Be Creative at your Library” and over 50 children came to “Create their own Kooky Cookie”, decorating sugar cookies with icing and gum drops, marshmallows and M&M’s. The rain held off and everyone had a grand old time.
I'm lucky to have my dad because we have a lot in common, and he always enjoys spending time with me. We both have a great time reading magazines on Sunday nights at Barnes & Noble and relaxing on the dock by fishing - yes, even if it means we only catch some seaweed or a rock. Even if my dad and I didn't share any interests, I still love him because he is always willing to take me places and want to listen to my problems. He cares for everyone in my family, including our dog Molly, who he enjoys walking every night down our street. I love my dad, and I am really lucky to have him!
July, firework, sparkler, red, white, bkue, loud, American, fourth, independence, bright, colors
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Kids, send your guess for this week’s Eye Spy to info@ luckydognews.com or call 886-NEWS. Please include your mailing address with your submission. The winner will receive a coupon for a free ice cream at Café Medley on Sullivan's Island.
Happy Fourth of July!
No one guessed last issue's Eye Spy! It was the turtle in front of the Sullivan's Island fire department. Send your guess for this week's Eye Spy to firstname.lastname@example.org
IOP Recreation Center #24 28th Avenue Visit www.iop.net or call 8868294 for more information on all programs, events and activities. Fees may vary for individuals that do not live on Isle of Palms. Summer Camps Lacrosse Camp July 27 – 31 Ages 7 – 15 years 9am – 12 noon $125 registration fee Register now! Soccer Camp: ages 5 & 6 August 3 – 7 9am – 12 noon $125 registration fee Register now! Soccer Camp: ages 7 – 13 August 3 – 7 9am – 3pm $200 registration fee Campers should bring a bag lunch Register now! Theater Camp August 3 - 14, 2 weeks Ages 9-16 years $150 residents/$155 non-residents 9am-12 noon
Isle of Palms Rec Center
NO alcoholic beverages allowed on the beach Individual fireworks prohibited 3 on 3 Soccer Tournament Saturday, June 13 Ages 9-12 years, 13 and 14 years, 15 and 16 years and 17 years and older FREE if teams register by Wednesday, June 10. Check-in at 10am. Friday Night Hoops July 10, 6pm-8pm Ages 7-12 Years $10 per person IOP Beach Run Saturday, July 18, 8am $12 registration before June 26 $15 registration beginning June 27 Fun Runs: 14 years and under, 9am $5 registration before June 26 $7 registration beginning June 27 T-shirts guaranteed to the first 200 that register (adults & children). Awards given to top 3 male and female in each age category and overall winners. Children in the Fun Run will be given ribbons for participation. NEW THIS YEAR: Runners will use the newest chip technology for an official timed run. Packet Pick up will be held Friday, July 17, from 3pm – 6:30pm at the Windjammer. 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament July 25 – 26 Ages 16 years and older $35 per team (3 or 4 members) Captains meeting 12 noon Games begin at 12:30pm Register now: teams limited Adult Softball Tournament Monday, July 27–Saturday, August 1 Ages 16 years and older $150 per team (up to 12 players) Captains meeting 6pm Games begin at 6:30pm Register now: teams limited New Class Opportunities American Red Cross- Pet First Aid Saturday, June 27 9am – 12 noon or 1pm – 4pm $45 registration – includes materials Techniques taught for cats and dogs only! Register now, must have a minimum of six participants American Red Cross Babysitting Saturday, July 11, 9am- 4pm Ages 11-14 years $65 resident/$70 non-resident Bring pencil, paper & bag lunch w/drink Youth Tae Kwon Do Saturdays, 9am – 10am Ages 6 – 11 years $30 monthly registration fee Students allowed to register in June, September and January ONLY! Kinderpuppy (8 weeks-5 months) Learn basic commands June 29 - August 10 Mondays, 6:30pm-7:30pm 7 weeks $90 resident/$95 non-resident Companion Dog (6 months & older) Learn basic commands June 29 - August 10 Mondays, 7:30pm-8:30pm 7 weeks $90 resident/$95 non-resident Continuous programs/classes Total Body Challenge Tuesday – Fridays, 8am – 9am $ 7 walk-ins or sign up for six week sessions. Prices vary. Aerobic and exercise class that provides different challenges each day! Canasta Tuesdays, 11:30am – 2:30pm FREE. Come out and join in a
game! Registration is not required. Yoga Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:30 – 2pm $10 walk–ins $80 for six week session Line Dancing Fridays 1:30pm-2:30pm $2 per class Everyone welcome Extra help for beginners’ at 1:15pm Registration not required Sports Conditioning Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:15pm – 6:15pm $7 walk-ins $40 for six week session Evening Yoga Mondays & Wednesdays 5:30pm – 6:30pm $7 walk-ins $60 for six week session Saturday Yoga Saturdays 10am – 11am $7 walk-ins $30 for six week session Mat & Floor Wednesdays 1:45pm – 2:45pm Ages 50 years and older $10 per class Tae Kwon Do: 12 years and older Lower Belts Mondays: 6:30pm–7:30pm Wednesdays: 7pm- 7:45pm Brown & Black Belts Wednesdays: 7:45pm - 9:15pm Saturdays: 10am-12 noon $35 for monthly registration Opportunity for four year olds (must be four by September 1, 2009) Jump Start Monday – Friday, 9am-12 noon Holidays and teacher workdays follow Charleston County School calendar and City of IOP Holiday schedules. Parents have option of signing child up for two, three or five days a week. Prices based on number of days attending. SPACES STILL AVAILABLE – ACT NOW!
Special events 4th of July Fireworks Saturday, July 4 Front Beach on the Isle of Palms Fireworks start after dark
1921 Ion Ave Sullivan’s Island 883-3914 Hours: Mon & Fri: 2 - 6 Tues, Thur & Sat: 10 - 2 Edgar Allan Poe Library summer reading schedule Summer story times Tuesdays at 10:30am Story time with Ms. Nana Thursdays at 10:15am Story time with Ms. Patty
Poe Library events
with a box? Join us for stories, songs and games centering on what creative things can be done with just a simple box. Children will make their own box puppets.
Tuesday, July 28 at 12 noon Produce the Perfect Pet. Ever want your own pet but parents always said no because pets are too much work? Well here’s your chance to make your own pet (out of a rock!) Thursday, July 30 at noon “Say So Long” Celebration. Come join us for music, merriment and cool refreshments as we celebrate the end of another successful summer reading program.
Summer specials Thursday, July 2 at 12 noon Star Spangled Arts and Crafts Three cheers for the Red, White and Blue as you decorate your very own flag to wave for the 4th of July. Tuesday, July 7 at 12 noon Build a Book with Mr. Zack Enjoy the stories of Robert Munsch and create a book of your very own. Tuesday, July 14 at noon Totally Turtle Day. Mary Pringle of the Lowcountry Turtle Team will be on hand to share the story of ‘Cara the Turtle’ and to tell us all about sea turtles. You’ll be able to make your own turtle to take with you. Tuesday, July 21 at 11:30am Not a Box. What can you do
IOP Beach Run
Police continued from pg 16 them if they are recovered. May 22, 2009: Just before 5am, fire department and police personnel responded to a vehicle fire in front of a residence on Charleston Boulevard. Visitors to the island had the car packed for their return trip home in the morning. The vehicle, a 2007 Audi SUV, and its contents were a total loss. May 23, 2009: Officers responded to the area of Palm Boulevard and 20th Avenue, where an accident had been reported. Officers encountered an overturned SUV lying on its roof. Two female subjects, who had been in the vehicle, were located and evaluated for injuries. The driver stated that she hit a curb, then hydroplaned on the wet road, then overcorrected the steering wheel causing the vehicle to turn over. Since the driver had a strong odor of alcohol, she was administered several Field Sobriety Tests, then transported to headquarters for a Datamaster Test, where she registered a .12% level of alcohol. Due to the driver’s age, she was cited for Zero Tolerance and Reckless Driving, then released to the custody of her parents. May 24, 2009: Officers responded just before midnight to a Twin Oaks Lane residence, where a Burglary in progress had been reported. The suspect was immediately located and taken into custody. The occupant of the residence stated that after hearing noises under his house, he investigated and encountered a
shirtless male subject outside, who appeared to be a teenager. The owner of the residence ran inside to dial 911 and locked the door, since the suspect had come up onto his porch and was attempting to make entry to his rear door. The owner then observed the suspect enter his unlocked vehicle parked in his driveway and look around inside. The suspect appeared to be severely intoxicated and was transported to headquarters and provided a Non-Complied Consent Datamaster Test, and registered a .24% level of alcohol. Due to his alcohol level, the fifteen year old was transported to East Cooper Hospital and released to the custody of his mother. He was charged with Public Intoxication, and Malicious Damage to Real Property, which will be heard in Family Court.
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resulted in him moving into a spare bedroom. The victim stated that while he was sleeping, his girlfriend entered the room and again assaulted him and threatened to kill him with a knife. The suspect was located two blocks away and was taken into custody and charged with Criminal Domestic Violence. Personnel/Community Relations May 2, 2009: PFC Ambas and Thompson, along with TCO Voigt, held the Isle of Palms Recreation Department 5th Annual Bike Rodeo. May 5, 2009: PFC Baldrick and Ptl’s McElroy and Dawson received a Letter of Appreciation from a woman who recently had her car, with all of her vacation belongings, stolen from the front beach. She noted the officer’s professionalism and quick action in handling her situation and keeping her from feeling like a victim. May 8, 2009: Ptl. Wesley Funsch graduated from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy and was awarded the JP Strom Award for being first in his police academy class. Chief Buckhannon was the guest speaker for the graduation ceremony. On behalf of the entire police department and the City of Isle Palms, Chief Buckhannon awarded Ptl. Funsch an engraved watch for his accomplishment. May 11, 2009: Sgt. Usry received a letter of appreciation from a citizen she assisted whose truck was broken down on the Connector.
May 12, 2009: At the request of an officer of the Tri-County Fraternal Order of Police, Sgt. Ryan played the Great Highland Bagpipe at the Law Enforcement Memorial in North Charleston for Police Memorial Day. May 19, 2009: ACO John Keelan received a letter of appreciation for assisting a citizen who had purchased an engraved brick and was unable to locate it. ACO Keelan located it and provided the citizen with a mapped location of her brick. May 28, 2009: Detective Sgt. Dawn Caldwell and Detective Diane Tarr received joint Police Officer of the Year award presented by the Exchange Club at their annual awards dinner. They were recognized for their work in solving more than eighty residential burglaries. May 29, 2009: Ptl. Audra Seabrook graduated from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. Sgt. J. Ryan played the Great Highland Bagpipe for the graduation ceremony. May 31, 2009: For the month of May, officers discovered two businesses and five homes with open or unsecured doors. A total of forty-eight Victim of Crime Forms were issued to business or property owners for various violations noted, or to advise them that an officer checked their business during the night while on patrol.
May 25, 2009: A Beach Services Officer on foot observed a vehicle parked on Ocean Boulevard with a small dog locked inside. The windows were slightly ajar, but the dog appeared to be having trouble breathing and no water was available in the vehicle. The dog was retrieved from the vehicle by an officer and lodged in the kennel. Once the owner of the vehicle returned to her vehicle, she was advised and cited for Ill Treatment of an Animal and allowed to claim her dog from the kennel. May 30, 2009: Officers responded to a Hartnett Boulevard residence to check on the welfare of an alleged victim of domestic violence. The officers met with the victim, who stated that he had been continually assaulted throughout the entire day, which
Hannah Victoria Bedford slipped away from her family and friends on April 21, 2009, at the age of 30. Born November 8, 1978, at Fletcher Allen to J. Cornelius Bedford and Cynthia (Bedford) Carr, Hannah grew up in Waitsfield, Virginia, and attended Waitsfield Elementary and Harwood Union High School. She most recently resided in Middlesex, Virginia, and is survived by her father J. Cornelius Bedford and his wife Carol Bedford, her mother Cynthia B. Carr and her husband Alvan Carr, her brother Nathan C. Bedford and his wife Bethany Bedford, her brother Sam Bedford, her sister Megan Bedford Martell and her husband Daniel Martell, and numerous family relations in the clans of Whipple, Bedford, Carr and Martell. Hannah graduated from Johnson State College in 2005, earned a massage certification from Kripalu Institute in 2006, and recently obtained a Reiki master’s degree. She was an
Hannah Victoria Bedford
amazing athlete and loved riding, skiing, running, yoga, hiking and swimming. Hannah was an accomplished artist who had exhibited at the Warren Arts Festival; she was also an insightful writer, musician and dancer. She loved gardening and energetically pursued a holistic lifestyle. Most of all, Hannah was a beautiful soul with strength well beyond her years. She met her challenges with immense bravery and never failed to reach out to others with challenges of their own. There were many times Hannah needed someone to reach out to her as well, and her family will always be indebted to the many, many people who responded when she was in need. In lieu of flowers, Hannah’s family will be grateful for donations to “Hannah’s House,” c/o King & King, P.O. Box 879, Waitsfield, VT 05673. The mission of Hannah’s House will be to provide a safe haven for young people who have slipped and need a bridge back to their lives.
Fourth of July fireworks safety
Fireworks are prohibited on both Sullivan’s Island and the Isle of Palms, but just in case you make it out to rural Charleston County, here are a few tips on firework safety: • • • • • • • • • • • • • Always read directions. Always have an adult present. Use fireworks outdoors only. Never use near dry grass or other flammable materials. Light one at a time. Keep a safe distance. Never point or throw fireworks at another person. Never experiment with fireworks. Have a bucket of water and a hose handy. Never attempt to re-light or “fix” fireworks. Do not wear loose fitting clothing. Never carry fireworks in your pockets. Fireworks are not toys.
Island Fire Departments Isle of Palms: 886-4410 Sullivan’s Island: 883-9944
June 26, 2009
Grilled Salmon Steaks
4 salmon steaks 1-inch thick 1 teaspoon whole cumin seed 1 teaspoon whole coriander seed 1/2 teaspoon whole fennel seed 1 teaspoon peppercorns coarse salt olive oil wTurn gas grill to medium high, or bring charcoal temperature up to approx. 350 degrees farenheit. wRemove all bones by throughly checking both sides. Running a hand over the surface will help find any you might have missed visually. wTrim bones in the cavity, then trim the stomach flaps, removing two inces of skin on one side and one inch of meat on the other. Roll the skinless side into the open cavity, then gently tie in place. wCombine spices in a small pan and roast over the heat until fragrant. While heating, coat the steaks with olive oil. Once the spices are ready, grind them and rub into the steaks with salt. wGrill steaks to medium rare, about three minutes per side. Salmon cooking tip: Don’t overcook it. Salmon should be cooked just until the moment the meat changes color and becomes flaky through to the bone, or slightly before. A minute more, and some of the texture and flavor are lost.
Basil Caesar Salad
1 (10-inch) piece baguette, cut into 1-inch pieces 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided 1 garlic clove 1 large egg 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon anchovy paste 1 cup basil leaves, coarsely chopped 1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley, coarsely chopped 1 package romaine hearts (1 pound), leaves separated and washed well, then halved crosswise 1 cup coarsely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano •Preheat oven to 375°F with rack in middle. •Toss bread with 2 tablespoons oil and 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper in a large 4-sided sheet pan, then spread out in 1 layer. Toast in oven, stirring halfway through, until golden, 12 to 15 minutes. •Meanwhile, with motor running, drop garlic into a food processor and finely chop. Add egg, lemon juice, anchovy paste, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper and pulse until combined. With motor running, add remaining 6 tablespoons oil in a slow stream, blending until emulsified. Add herbs and blend until dressing turns green and herbs are finely chopped. •Toss romaine with dressing, croutons, and half of cheese in a large bowl. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. From Kristin at thekitchensink.com
Isle of Palms fireworks Front Beach on the Isle of Palms. Fireworks start after dark. NO alcoholic beverages allowed on the beach. Individual fireworks prohibited. Sullivan’s Island fireworks Fireworks will start at dusk in the Town Park next to the Fire Station at 2050 Middle Street.
Fourth of July on the islands
Patriots Point Fourth of July Blast The Patriots Point Fourth of July Blast is an action-packed festival featuring rockin’ live music, a terrific one-of-akind children’s play land, cold drinks and adult libations from the beverage garden, a tempting food village featuring some of the best restaurants in Charleston, and when the stars come out, a spectacular fireworks show! The festival begins at 4pm and continues through midnight on Saturday, July 4, 2009. In connection with the Fourth of July Blast, the Town
of Mount Pleasant is opening the Waterfront Memorial Park on Harry M. Hallman Jr. Boulevard. The celebration kicks off on the evening of Friday, July 3, with the memorial dedication on Sunday, July 5. Admission to the festival is FREE. However, this year, Patriots Point will start a new tradition of service to its community and give with a Red, White & Blue Food Drive. Festival goers are asked to bring a non-perishable food product with a red, white or blue label to the festival. All collected food products will be donated to a local charitable organization. Along with food products, attendees are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs or blankets, smiles and even their dancing shoes! The festival’s tasty food and beverage village prevents the dreaded “cooler toting”, so patrons are requested to leave their coolers (and pets) at home. For more information, visit www.patriotspoint.org.
4 lg. ripe peaches 2 eggs 1 lb. whole milk ricotta cheese 2 tbsp. cornstarch 1 tsp. vanilla 1/4 cup sugar 1 tsp. ground cinnamon 1/4 tsp. grated nutmeg 1 pie crust dough 1 tbsp. butter, melted 1/2 cup pignoli (pine nuts) •Use any good pie crust dough recipe and roll to at least ¼ inch thick. Brush the melted butter into a quiche pan. Place the pie crust into the quiche pan, making sure it fills all the fluted edges. Bake the pie shell, empty, for 12-15 at 375°F. •Fill a medium saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Drop the peaches into the water for about 10-15 seconds. Remove and rinse under cold water. The skins should slip right off. You can use the tip of a paring knife to get the skins started. Cut each peeled peach in 8 slices. Set aside. •Combine the ricotta, eggs, vanilla, cornstarch and the ¼ cup of sugar. Add the cinnamon, nutmeg, and pine nuts. Mix well to combine all ingredients. Gently fold in the peach slices. Pour the mixture into the browned pie crust and return to the oven for 1520 more minutes to complete the baking. •Serve warm, or refrigerate overnight and serve cold. From Djplam at Foodgeek.com