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Immortalizing the dying south
S
eabrooker Mary Whyte didn’t know
what she was getting into during
a recent visit to Greenville, South
Carolina. While working on the portrait
of a local bank president, she heard that
a nearby textile mill was shutting down.
The person who told her the news sadly
shrugged their shoulders and said, “It was
going to happen anyway. That profession
will be gone in ten years.” That one
comment caused the wheels in Mary’s
head to begin turning furiously and within
a short period of time, she was whisking
across the South, gathering the men and
women of America’s dying professions and
capturing them in watercolor.
Her portfolio for the series, aptly
entitled “Working South”, is haunting.
The full sized paintings are set to be on
display in the Greenville Museum in
2011, but the eight by eleven images of
her major works tell stories that no writer
could put in words.
There’s the bent old woman, her wiry
white hair knotted in a tight bun, holding
the corner of a king sized quilt hanging
from the wall behind her. Her hands
are starkly detailed, the blue and purple
veins crisscrossing the bones under a
paper thin layer of mottled skin. Her late
husband’s wedding ring was sown into
that blanket, said Mary, as she looked
at the portrait. Another shows a jovial
round woman with a colorful sweatshirt Seabrook Island resident and internationally acclaimed artist Mary Whyte sits in front of a watercolor from her recent series “Working South”.
standing behind the counter of one of the
last herring smokehouses in the country.
Mary pointed at the tip jar sitting slightly crumbling graveyard underneath the bent, The show actually follows Whyte as Mary Whyte is an artist, author and
askew on top of the freezer display case. “I moss-covered limbs of a giant Banyan tree. she works on the New Orleans funeral teacher. She is nationally recognized for her
loved the character of that jar,” she smiled, The painting, said Mary, is of one of the painting for the Working South series. figurative watercolor paintings of the rural
pointing at the tears and smudges on the last funeral bands in New Orleans. “They Other subjects portrayed in Whyte’s series people of South Carolina. Whyte’s paintings
“tips” label which she’d incorporated into marched two by two into the cemetery include cotton pickers, boat builders, have been exhibited in the nation’s most
the painting. A detailed dollar bill lay in playing gospel music,” she said. And in textile mill workers, crabbers, the shoe prestigious shows, and her work hangs in
solidarity in the bottom of the jar. order to capture the moment just right, shine man, and shrimpers. Traveling the numerous private and museum collections.
On this day, however, Mary Whyte she had them circle her time and again as South for three and a half years, Whyte Mary has been recently featured in the
was preparing to ship a painting to the she painted furiously on her canvas. has taken the unseen and given them a magazines International Artist, American
Greenville Museum for the “Working Mary Whyte, known for her mastery face we cannot easily forget. The specific Artist, and at the Portrait Society of
South” series. It’s a large piece, with a of the painting medium watercolor, is to date of the episode will be posted at www. American conference in Washington, DC.
faded quality reminiscent of heat and be the subject of CBS television’s “Sunday colemanfineart.com as soon as it is made This September she will be featured in the
late summer/early fall in the South. In Morning” in early September. “Sunday available. For more information, please premier European watercolor magazine Art
it, a troop of elderly African-American Morning” is a news magazine program, contact Coleman Fine Art 853-7000. de L’Aquarelle.
musicians are working their way through a airing from 9am–10:30am EST on Sunday
mornings on the local CBS affiliate.

I n s id e t h e I sl a nd Con nection. . .

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Seabrook Town Council – August 25, 2009
Financials Mayor, but it’s about what they expected. Department of Transportation gave well as satellite communications and
“There’s not an awful lot to talk about,” As for expenses, this year-to-date came to a presentation to the Johns Island generators of any size, when needed.
said Mayor McNulty as he read through $277,374.36, which is $47,930.01 better Council,” said the Mayor. The “We’re endorsed by Ready.gov and
this month’s financial report. Revenues than what was budgeted. “We still have presentation, which gave an overview FEMA,” said Gagnon. “We’ll have you
for this year-to-date are $587,470.46, several items that need to go through, of several trees which either need to be back up and running in 48 hours.”
which is $118,892.97, or 17%, less than like the audit bill and some legal bills, but removed or significantly trimmed along For more information, visit www.
this same time last year. However, it’s we’re on budget and doing better than the narrow Johns Island roads, was given agilityrecovery.com.
better by $54,509.38 than budgeted. last year,” the Mayor reported. Revenues by arborist and Charleston County Mayor McNulty thanked Gagnon,
“Business licenses, local option and over expenditures for this year-to-date Planning Commission representative noting that the Town is working with
investments are all down,” said the are $310,096.10 as opposed to last year’s Joel Evans, who was present at today’s Scott Cave at the moment, but stated that
$399,515.40. Council meeting to give a similar their services sounded like something

The Island presentation. Evans briefly walked the they should consider.
Recoding the Municipal Code Council through the criteria for tree
Faye Creel of the Municipal Code removal and trimming, noting that Fixin’ up the office
Connection Corporation (MCC) presented her
company’s process of recodification to the
the original number of trees which the
DOT recommended for removal was 33.
Under capital expenditures, Mayor
McNulty remarked that there were a
Council, explaining how their employees “After examining the trees,” said Evans, handful of items that needed to be taken
Lynn Pierotti
go through all of the Ordinances “we found that only five trees need to be care of around Town Hall, including
Publisher
passed by the Town and check them removed completely, and six need to be a replacement computer server, the
lynn@luckydognews.com
against the County and State laws for trimmed.” recodification of the Ordinances, the
inconsistencies, and then check them Councilman Holtz asked Evans about completion of the men’s room (“We
Kristin Hackler against other Town Ordinances for the the possibility of hiring an arborist to finished the ladies room first, so now we
Managing Editor same. A proof of the corrected Town come out and evaluate all of the trees need to take care of the men’s room,”
kristin@luckydognews.com Code would then be sent to the Council lining Johns Island’s major roads. “It’s the Mayor smiled), retiling the foyer,
before the final electronic code and something that has to be done and new carpet, and a new color copier.
Swan Richards hard copy were compiled. Creel pointed we can’t wait for the bureaucracy; no The total of the expenditures comes to
Graphic Designer out that the entire code would also be offense,” he said, apologizing to Evans. approximately $56,000.
swan@luckydognews.com made available on the MCC website, “I would support it 100%,” said Evans. “However, we just found out that
along with the codes of 3,500 other Mayor McNulty stated that he would our current generator provides enough
Ali Akhyari municipalities, for immediate online call Kiawah Island Mayor William Wert power to keep our lights going, but not
Assistant Editor referencing. The online service also comes and discuss the idea. “We’ll see if we can enough power to keep the computers
ali@luckydognews.com with a N.O.W. (New Ordinances on come up with a plan,” said McNulty. going,” said the Mayor. “We have an
the Web) service, wherein newly passed
Chelsea Langan Ordinances are posted under “electronic
Advertising updates” on the Town’s code website. The
chelsea@luckydognews.com online code is included the first year, but
would cost $400/ year after that.
Ashleigh McHenry
Advertising A tree grows in Johns Island
ashleigh@luckydognews.com “Last week, the South Carolina

Interns Correction:
Dylan Sharek In the August 21,
Paul Robinson 2009, edition, the
Trees up for removal on Johns Island.
Ben Gilbert Green Canitizer estimate for no more than $40,000 on
story listed an Disaster continuity a new generator, but that would bring
Contributors incorrect web address. Brian Gagnon of Agility Recovery the total on capital expenditures to
Jennifer Barbour The web page for Solutions was the final speaker at the $100,000.” After approving the loan
Chris Brooks Green Canitizer is: Council meeting, and his presentation to the Utility Commission (see next
Chamber Music Charleston www.greencanitizer.com. addressed disaster recovery solutions for section), the available general fund
Cindy Covert businesses and municipalities. “We’re like balance is approximately $876,300.
Paul Covert AAA for businesses,” he said. “We take After the expenditures, but with the
Dwight Ives Kiawah Island Town Hall care of power, space and connectivity.” inclusion of the emergency fund balance,
Sam Reed 21 Beachwalker Drive According to Gagnon, Agility is used the Mayor stated that there would
Kiawah Island, SC 29455 across the nation and is currently in still be approximately $1,101,300.00
Rosebank Farms
Phone: 768-9166 discussions with the American Red Cross available for the Town’s protection. The
James T. Sears, Ph.D Fax: 768-4764 and the federal government for the use Council approved $100,000 for capital
Email: cwilson@kiawahisland.org of their services. Agility provides either expenditures unanimously.
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agreed to pledge government securities Funding the General Fund
SI Council continued from page 2 for the remaining amount. Mayor McNulty applauded Town First reading of Ordinance 2009-05:
Loan to the Utility Commission Also, since the Town has historically Administrator Randy Pierce Jenkins Point property rezoning
Mayor McNulty reported that he had given $200,000 each year to the Utility for renegotiating the cost of the “This went through the Planning
met with a financial representative and Commission to distribute back to its Comprehensive Plan rewrite from Commission and has been posted for
stated that he is comfortable with placing customers, the Mayor felt that the Town $10,000 down to $4,530, and requested two months,” said Pierce. “The Planning
the $425,000 needed by the Utility needed to continue with that practice. approval for returning the remaining Commission recommends approval.” The
Commission to serve as temporary “We know we’re down from last year, $5,470 to the General Fund. The motion Ordinance is to rezone .25 acres that is
insurance for their bondholders in two but we’re on safe ground as to where was approved unanimously. In the same being subdivided from Parcel 149-00-
year CDs. He stated that he spoke with we’ll be at the end of the year,” said the vein, McNulty noted that the $20,500 00-059 (residual acreage of Jenkins Point
the Town attorney about the situation Mayor before suggesting the Town give in the Court Bank Account did not see Plantation) from Agricultural General to
and the attorney suggested that the $400,000 to the Utility Commission - much use except in paying judges and the Agricultural Single Family. A parcel will
Town loan that amount to the Utility $200,000 for last year, which the Town occasional class for Council and Town be then subdivided from 149-00-00-005
Commission with the expectation of missed, and $200,000 for this year. staff. The Mayor suggested moving all and combined with the .25 acres to create
having the loan amount plus interest “We’re still discussing how we’ll do this, but $5,000 in that account back into Lot #62 to make a 1.01 acre lot. Council
returned to the Town. “About seven but we’ll figure it out,” said McNulty. the General Fund. The motion was also approved the Ordinance unanimously.
things still need to be done, but it The motion to give $400,000 to the approved unanimously.
will be handled and insured,” said the Utility Commission to be given back to Charleston Visitors Bureau
Mayor. The $425,000 is protected up to its clients was approved unanimously. Approval of the Charleston Regional Katie Chapman of the Charleston
$250,000 by the FDIC, and the bank has Hazard Mitigation Plan Visitors Bureau was happy to report that
The Town has traditionally accepted the their press coverage book for Charleston

A roads rebuttal
Charleston Regional Hazard Mitigation is getting bigger and bigger each year. She
Plan every year and Town Administrator gave a copy of the book to the Council,
Peirce pointed out that not much had as well as a copy of their newly released
changed in this year’s plan. By accepting wedding book. Chapman also noted
By Sam Reed the Hazard Mitigation Plan, said Pierce, that they have received 22 mentions in

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t is not my nature to respond publicly to citizens who have taken positions the Town receives credit toward their national publications as a result of the
with which I disagree. However, in reading the August 21, 2009, issue of The flood insurance coverage. “My flood Travel Writers Association visit in June.
Island Connection, there were some writings which caught my attention. This insurance keeps going up, but I’m sure
is probably because I (along with many others) have expended so much time and you’re doing a good job,” Councilman The next Seabrook Island Town Council
effort in pointing out the dangers of the existing Bohicket and River Roads on Holtz joked. meeting will be held at 2:30pm in Council
Johns Island. Thousands of Charleston County drivers regularly traverse these To read the full document, visit www. Chambers on September 22, with a Public
charlestoncounty.org, The Council Hearing on Ordinance 2009-05 taking
roads, putting their lives and property in danger. Please check these out-dated
approved the acceptance of the Plan place at 2:20pm.
roads for yourself if you have not already done so. unanimously.
It is amazing that a writer characterized official statistics secured from the South
Carolina Department of Safety as provided by police officers on the scenes as “not
objectively based on available statistics”.
I agree that better driving habits would help, but human nature being what it
is, we need to ask our leaders to provide safe driving facilities when possible. It is Sip and stroll through a
southern afternoon
true that money is required, but prioritization of what is best for the most people
should help with funding.
The writer further charges “irresponsible confabulation” against statements

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attributing traffic deaths to “narrow lanes, sharp curves, lack of shoulders … and here is a peace about Middleton Place that is hard to match. Just after crossing
nearby live oaks”. It is my opinion that it is truly irresponsible to ignore these the border between Charleston and Summerville, the right side of old highway
deficiencies. 61 opens up to manicured pastures, massive live oaks and long lines of elegantly
In talking about “congestion”, it is argued that the conclusions reached are simple fencing. It doesn’t take much to encourage anyone who has been to Middleton
“disingenuous and specious”. All one needs to do is to drive these roads on a Place once to make the short trip back, but if you’ve never visited this partially working
regular basis at various times of day. plantation, the staff at Middleton Place is offering an excellent reason to drop by. Every
Wednesday from 5:30pm – 7pm from now until the end of November, Middleton Place
A properly designed greenway need not be exceedingly expensive, and certainly
is holding wine tastings under the oaks. For only $10, oenophiles, history buffs and
need not be disruptive to the beauty and natural environment of Johns Island. It
those that just enjoy catching sunsets across the marsh grasses and the glassy surface of
should enhance the ambiance and attractiveness of this wholesome area.
the Ashley River can enjoy a selection of eight to ten wines in the formal front lawn of
Those supporting this needed safety improvement do not plead guilty to Middleton Place. After sipping through the samples, attendees are invited to walk the
“obfuscation”, nor do we feel that we “look foolish” to realistic users of Johns Island gardens at no cost.
roads.
Most of the alternative proposals to deal with this well-documented safety issue Wine Stroll participants are urged to extend their evening with dinner at the Middleton
are likely to be more costly than a new greenway. Place Restaurant, which features a nice selection of entrees and appetizers prepared with
local produce, and a significant wine collection of their own. For more information about
Too much time, dedication, and efforts have been invested in this issue to let
Middleton’s wine strolls, visit www.middletonplace.org or call 556-6020. For dinner
counter-positions go unchallenged.
reservations, call 266-7477.

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Grape
Stomp ‘09
Irvin House vineyards, Wadmalaw Island
August 29, 2009

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Making a difference Mozart in the South
in difficult times Provided by Chamber Music Charleston

By Chris Brooks

T
he recession has produced many Hollywood. Their very old and dilapidated
difficult challenges for the Rural trailer home has not only been falling
Mission during 2009, but He apart; it was also making them sick .  This
continues to provide, and this gives us picture was taken on August 18, and it
faith. The low income rural families, the shows how far we have come.   Shirley
elderly, migrant families and the at-risk and her family have been there side by
children and youth we serve are suffering side each day with our volunteers.   These
greatly in hardships and poverty.  The memories and bonds of love, friendship
people with the least are bearing the and respect will stay with everyone for a
greatest burdens of this recession, but one lifetime.   Volunteers have returned home
family at a time, we are continuing to bring with the joy and blessings of giving and
them uplifting hope and assistance. with Shirley’s endearing smile and her
The Mission has been tremendously sincere expressions of gratitude.  She has
blessed and is thankful for the outpouring been ever present, with bottles of water
of volunteers seeking to give of themselves and Gatorade and popsicles to make these

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this past year.  They may not be able to hot days a little easier.
hamber Music Charleston Center, the Grand Hall of the Moscow
give financially,  but they have dedicated Help us to repeat this wonderful is pleased to announce their Conservatory and Warsaw’s National
themselves to discipleship. Many have story for the many still waiting to be inaugural music festival Mozart in Philharmonic.
renewed their relationship with the Rural helped.  The Rural Mission provides a the South, which will take place September While the evening and afternoon
Mission from past years and many have convenient and secure means to donate 10-13, 2009. performances will target classical music
come for the first time. All denominations to our outreach ministry online by going
“This festival celebrates classical enthusiasts, families will be encouraged to
are represented.   Not since the outpouring to www.ruralmission.org.  The donate
music in Charleston, [and it will be an explore the magic of music at the outdoor
of love in the aftermath of Hurricane now link is right on the homepage. 
opportunity] to share with both visitors “Little Mozart Circus” on Saturday,
Hugo have they come in such numbers Do this in memory or in honor of
and residents the musical opportunities September 12. This daylong celebration
to the rural Sea Islands.  Our volunteers someone special in your life!  Please
which exist in this cultural and historic will create a wonderful environment for
know that people are suffering and they help us to continue providing hope to
City, and the phenomenal talent of the all things related to music education –
want to help.  these desperate families.  Please support
professional musicians who call Charleston from performances by Chamber Music
One wonderful example of such our many volunteers who continue to
home,” says Sandra Nikolajevs, Director of Charleston ensembles and school groups
caring and commitment has been the come. Their growth through discipleship
Chamber Music Charleston and producer to interactive musical experiences led
large numbers of volunteers who have depends upon the contributions and gifts
of the festival. by professional musicians. Various
worked since the groundbreaking in June of many.  Donations can also be mailed
The four-day festival will consist of a arts organizations will be on hand with
on a new, safe and adequate home for to PO Box 235, Johns Island, SC  29457,
variety of performances and educational information and demonstrations.
Mrs. Shirley Smiley and her family near or by calling 768-1720.
events. Highlighting the festival will be The most intimate experience of
chamber music and orchestral concerts the festival will be Chamber Music
performed by musicians of the Charleston Charleston’s annual “Chamber Music
Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Music Soiree” on September 12 at the Calhoun
Charleston. Mansion, 16 Meeting Street. The
World renowned pianist Andrew evening begins with a delightful garden
Armstrong will join the orchestra for reception followed by a performance in
Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, the mansion’s music room, an exquisite
K. 288. Praised by critics for his passionate space boasting priceless artwork, elaborate
expression and dazzling technique, chandeliers and a 45 foot covered glass
Armstrong has delighted audiences around skylight. A post-concert champagne and
the world. He has performed solo recitals dessert reception brings the evening to a
and appeared with orchestras in Asia, festive conclusion.
Europe, Latin America and the United For more information, please visit www.
States, including performances at Alice MozartInTheSouth.org or call 763-4941.
Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy
The old beside the new – the blessing of hope!

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Allstate welcomes The cost of a good student
North Light
A
couple weeks before school their parents can’t pay,” said Parlor. “Some

A
.M. Best Co. has assigned a pricing and claims infrastructure that is went back into session, Hebron of these folks come to us with tears in their
financial strength rating of A used by Allstate Insurance Group. Zion Presbyterian Church was eyes, telling us that they’re working as
(Excellent) and an issuer credit overflowing with school supplies. Shirts, hard as they can, but it’s a scuffle.” So even
North Light offers personal lines
rating of “a” to North Light Specialty pants, socks, pens, pencils, notebooks, though it costs the church money, $125
property coverage on a non-admitted
Insurance Company. The outlook erasers, backpacks and everything a per child/per week in fact, they welcome
basis for unique, underserved customer
assigned to both ratings is stable. North student could need were carefully laid them with open arms.
segments or those residing in high risk
Light is a wholly owned subsidiary of out in the Fellowship Hall. The items Although Hebron Zion does what it
markets such as hurricane, wildfire or
Allstate Insurance Company, with both were collected throughout the year by can to keep up with the demand, they are
earthquake-prone regions. Therefore, the
companies having as their ultimate parent, church members, as well as through a in desperate need of funding. “It doesn’t
positive rating attributes are partially
the Allstate Corporation. All companies statewide program known as the “Hands have to be big; $20, $25 … every little bit
offset by North Light’s significant gross
are domiciled in Northbrook, IL, unless On Program”. As the students arrived, helps,” said Parlor. The school does what
catastrophe leverage and the execution
otherwise specified. volunteers from the church walked them it can as a non-profit, and works with the
risk associated with underwriting, pricing
through the room, helping the “shoppers” Social Service’s ABC program for partial
The ratings are based on North and handling claims on this highly
pick out school supplies and offering their funding, but as with any government
Light’s solid risk-adjusted capitalization catastrophe exposed business. However,
support in whatever way they could. “We agency, funds are always slow to arrive and
and operating support provided by the the gross catastrophe exposure is reduced
just love up on them,” said James Parlor, never make it before the bills are due.
affiliates of Allstate Insurance Group. to a nominal level on a net basis through
a senior vestry member and a member The school’s enrollment is increasing,
This operating support is demonstrated by quota share reinsurance currently provided
of the Hebron Zion John and Mattie and the volunteers and staff at Hebron
a 100% quota share reinsurance contract by Allstate Insurance Company.
Washington Preschool advisory board. Zion are excited about working with
with Allstate Insurance Company for
For Best’s Credit Ratings, an overview of “We just want them to know that there this year’s students, but they are looking
countrywide business (excluding Florida
the ratings process and rating methodologies, are people who love them and care about for whatever help anyone can offer. “We
and New Jersey). In the event North
please visit www.ambest.com/ratings. The them. It means more to them than you have our boots on,” said Parlor, “we’re just
Light commences writing business in
principal methodologies used in determining would think.” trying to get the straps up.”
Florida and/or New Jersey, a similar 100%
these ratings, including any additional It’s this philosophy that has made the
quota share reinsurance contract will be For more information, you can reach
methodologies and factors, which may have John and Mattie Washington Preschool
implemented with an Allstate subsidiary. Hebron Zion Presbyterian at 559-0865.
been considered, can be found at www. at Hebron Zion such a success with their
It is anticipated that the Florida business Their physical address is 2915 Bohicket Rd,
ambest.com/ratings/methodology. students. Although it’s a small program,
will be reinsured with Allstate Floridian Johns Island and their mailing address is
Founded in 1899, A.M. Best Company is a able to host a maximum of 35 children
Insurance Company and the New Jersey P.O. Box 1143, Johns Island, SC 29457.
global full-service credit rating organization under the age of four at any given time, the
business will be reinsured with Allstate Hebron Zion will be holding a food giveaway
dedicated to serving the financial and health preschool has made significant impacts in
New Jersey Insurance Company prior to for needy families this September. Check the
care service industries, including insurance the lives of both island children and their
North Light beginning to write business Island Connection calendar in upcoming
companies, banks, hospitals and health care parents.
in those states. Operating support is issues for the exact date.
system providers. For more information, “We’ll never turn a child away because
provided by the same underwriting,
visit www.ambest.com.

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Pocket markets for high end home sales
By James T. Sears, PhD

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here has been good news on existing home sales in recent weeks. Nationally, As shown in Table 1, there were more listings on the MLS during the first six months
sales of previously owned homes have improved and locally pending home of 2009 than in 2008 for Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island and Kiawah. Further, the latter
sales have increased as first time buyers take advantage of the federal tax credit. two recorded an increase in the median price of new listings. Sullivan’s Island—unlike
However, a Wall Street Journal article, after previously reporting other improvements the others—also recorded more residential properties sold between this year and last.
in the U.S. housing market, published a caveat: home sales are improving nationally at The greatest percentage of decrease in the number of homes sold was found on the Isle
the “low and moderately priced” range but on the “upper end” ($750k+), “Sales remain of Palms, which as one would expect also evidenced the greatest percentage increase of
mired in a deep slump and price declines are expected to accelerate.” days on the market (DOM) before a property was sold (from 76 to 258). In contrast,
Many of the home sales (especially single family homes) in island communities Sullivan’s Island saw DOM slashed by one-third (from 257 to 168).
within the Charleston area fall into the upper range. For some—notably Isle of Palms, There were also island differences in the median price for which a home sold from
Kiawah, and Sullivan’s Island—even the median listing price is well above the $750k 2008 to the same period this year. The sales price was up on Daniel Island, level on Folly
price point. And, as I have reported elsewhere (see www.searspartners.com), about a Beach and Sullivan’s Island, and down on Seabrook, Isle of Palms, and Kiawah. Further
third of Seabrook Island listings are in this high-end range (another 41% also require evidence of the relative strength of the housing market on Daniel Island is apparent
“jumbo” loans being at or above $471k). when comparing the difference between final list price and sales price. The average
Just as home sales vary across the country, so do they across various Lowcountry home sold on the MLS was 93% of the listed price. The LP/SP ratio also remained
communities and neighborhoods. Table 1 compares all houses (single family and attached constant (but lower, 91%) on Folly Beach. The greatest absolute drop between 2008
homes) listed and sold on the Charleston-Trident Multiple Listing Service (MLS) for and 2009 was on Seabrook (from 94% to 87%) and the greatest percentage decline was
the first half of 2009 compared to the same period a year ago. This allows comparison the Isle of Palms.
across island communities and across time. For purposes of this comparison, it should The relative changes in each community from the first half of 2008 to the same
be noted that only a minority of Kiawah homes are listed/sold through the MLS. period this year for each of these dimensions is shown in Table 2.
Although some generalized and common sense patterns were found (generally new Table 2: Percentage Change of All Homes Sold Thru MLS, Jan-Jun 08 vs. Jan-Jun
listings were down, median sales prices lower, days on the market higher), differences 09:
were found on every dimension among these communities.
Table 1: Comparison of All Home Sold through MLS, Jan-Jun 2008 vs. Jan-Jun
2009 for Selected Island Communities:

table 2

table 1 So, what do the data show regarding the upper-end of the real estate market? Comparing
the first half of 2008 to 2009 across these island communities, a small increase in share
in Sullivan’s Island and Daniel Island was found for residential sales at $750k or above.
The former increased 5 percentage points (from 86% to 91%) and the latter by 3 (16%
to 19%). All of the other communities found market sales at the higher-end shrinking
in comparison to those in the lower ranges. The most dramatic changes were on Folly
Beach with 2009 sales at 43% of the 2008 level and Seabrook at just at half of the
percentage sold in 2008.

From these data, the Wall Street Journal’s conclusion that the market for high-end
homes is “mired in a deep slump” is only partially true. Even within the limited
Charleston metro area, there are pockets of improving high-end sales. Further, one can
reasonably anticipate improvements in our regional real estate market to be differentiated
among the island communities even as national economic conditions improve.
James T. Sears, PhD, is a Realtor and Real Estate Analyst. As an Accredited Buyer
Representative, he specializes in residential real estate on the islands and investment properties
in Charleston. More data are available at www.searspartners.com and he can be reached at
property@searspartners.com

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Friday, September 4
Last day for Seabrook Island candidacy
Executive Airport on Johns Island on
Saturday and Sunday from 10am - 5pm. Island Connec
Flights are 45 minutes. For more info,
filing
Interested parties may obtain further
contact contact Scott Maher at (918) 340-
0243.
August 21 - S
information and the necessary forms from
the Municipal Clerk by phoning 768- The Tryal of Major Stede Bonnet alias the Sunday, September 6 Highway, Johns Island.  For more info,
5320 weekdays or by contacting one of the Gentleman Pirate contact Martha Harris at 559-6955.
members of the Election Commission and The performance takes place both inside Lowcountry Wine and Beer Festival
and outside of Charleston’s Historic Door prizes, wine and beer from around
arranging an appointment convenient to
the world, a live and silent auction, and
Thursday, September 10
both parties. Powder Magazine. The Powder Magazine,
79 Cumberland St. Starting at 4:30pm. jazz music performed by the Cobblestone Mozart in the South opening day
Admission is $8-$12. For more info, call Trio. Tickets are $25 (advance) or $30 at Opening day kicks off with a chamber
Saturday, September 5 the gate. Purchase locations: First Federal
534-6169, email Rodneyleerogers@gmail. music performances at 7pm at St.
Flights on the Liberty Belle com, and visit www.puretheatre.org. on Folly Road, the Barrier Islands Free Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 405 King
Flights on the most recently restored World Medical Clinic, Schoen Ace Hardware, Street.  The concert includes musicians of
War II Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “Liberty Rosebank Farms Café, Resort Quest, Indigo the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and
Belle” will be offered at the Charleston Books, Guest Services at Freshfields Village, Chamber Music Charleston performing
Seabrook Island Real Estate, the Town of Mozart’s Flute Quartet in A Major, K. 298,
Kiawah office, and Kiawah Island Real Haydn’s String Quartet in g minor, Op. 74
Ta k e a p a g e Estate. For more info, call Eugenia Beach at
266-9800.
No. 3 and Mozart’s Serenade No. 11 in E
flat, K. 375.  Tickets may be purchased
Johns Island Regional Library  at www.MozartInTheSouth.org or by
3531 Maybank Highway Saturday Movie: Bedtime Stories (all Monday, September 7 calling 763-4941. 
559-1945 ages) Saturday September 12 at 3pm
Hours: Rated; PG; 99 minutes. Learn more Labor Day
Friday, September 11
Monday – Thursday: 10 – 8 about the actors and check out books
Friday & Saturday: 10 – 6 to take home from our book display. Wednesday, September 9 Patriot’s Day
Sunday: 2 – 5 Sponsor: The UPS Store, 3575
Maybank Highway, John’s Island. St. Johns Rotary Club National Day of Caring
Wee Reads (under 24 months with The St Johns Rotary Club meets regularly
adult) Mondays, September 14, 21, and Sea Islands Book Club (adults) at 7:30am each Wednesday morning in the Mozart in the South
28 at 10:30am Tuesday, September 15 at 2pm multipurpose room at Berkeley Electric Starting at 7pm at the Cathedral of St.
We’ll be discussing Who Do You Cooperative located at 3351 Maybank Luke and St. Paul (126 Coming Street,
Time for Twos (2–3 years old with Think You Are?: a Memoir by Alyse

Attention:
adult) Tuesdays, September 8, 15, 22, Myers.
and 29 at 10:30am
TLT: Teen Lab Time (grades 6-12)
Preschool Storytime (3–6 years) Wednesdays, September 16 and 30
Wednesdays, September 9, 16, 23, and
30 at 10:30am
from 4 - 6pm

Big Trucks and More! (all ages)
Seabrook Island newcomers
D
Saturday Family Storytime (all ages) Saturday, September 19 at 2pm on’t miss the October cocktail mixer in the Osprey room of the new
Saturdays, September 5, 12, 19, and 26
SIPOA Lake House on October 23, 2009, from 5 to 7:30pm. If you have
at 11am Free Legal Clinic: Wills, Estates &
Probate (adults) purchased property in the past year or were unable to attend a previous
Excel Basics (adults/young adults) Thursday, September 24 at 6pm party, you are welcome to join us. This is a great opportunity to build new
Tuesday, September 8 from 10am – 12 Local attorney, Charles S. Goldberg, friendships, learn about the many special interest groups, volunteer opportunities,
Esq., will provide a 30-45 minute and meet first hand with key Seabrook Island leadership individuals.
Computer Basics (adults/young adults) lecture on wills, estates and probate Invitations will be mailed this month, so please RSVP. If you
Monday, September 14 from 6 – 8pm issues followed by an open question
and answer session. For more would like to join and have not received an invitation, please
Mail Merge Magic (adults/young information, call the SC Bar Pro Bono call Cindy Willis at 768-8301 or Jan McBride at
adults) Tuesday, September 15 from Program, 1-800-395-3425, ext. 158, or 768-3696. The Newcomers Committee of the
10am – 12 Noon log on to www.scbar.org/clinics. SIPOA and the Seabrook Island Club
is eager to welcome you and facilitate
Keyboard Basics (adults/young adults) MOJA Festival (all ages) a positive transition to our Seabrook
Monday, September 21 from 6 – 8pm Thursday, September 24 to Sunday, community.
October 4. Visit the Children’s Desk to
PowerPoint Basics (adults/young learn more about the MOJA Festival. 
adults) Tuesday, September 22 from We will also have a series of word
10am – 12 Noon search activities focused on African
American and Caribbean Arts.
Internet Basics (adults/young adults)
Monday, September 28 from 6 – 8pm Displays:
Manga Art
Othell Brown’s art focuses on manga
Publisher: Create a Calendar for the he created named Legion. His display
School Year (adults/young adults) will consist of twelve pieces with
Tuesday, September 29 from 10am – the main character Tiavia and an
12 Noon assortment of supporting characters.
His manga features people of African
*All computer classes are free. For more descent as main characters.
information please call 559-1945 and
ask for the Reference Department. Class Quilt Display
space is available for 8 participants per Local master quilter Nora Williams
session. will display her mud cloth quilt, “The
Family.” Her handcrafted quilt depicts
an African father, mother, and child.
Wired (grades 6-12)
Wednesdays, September 9 and 23 from Wall Hangings Display
3:30–4:30pm Nora Williams will exhibit several
unique, handmade African-inspired
Toddler Time (1 to 3 years) wall hangings of various sizes, themes,
Thursday, September 10, 17, and 24 at and patterns.
4pm.

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ction Calendar St. Johns Rotary Club
See Wednesday, September 9.
Jane Austen Society meeting
The S.C. Region of the Jane Austen
Society begins it’s 16th year today  with a
September 4 Saturday, September 19 roundtable discussion of the novels Jane
Austen (and her characters) read. Please join
us at 1:30 at the Berkeley Electric Bldg.,
Downtown Charleston), the Mozart in Sunday, September 13 38th Annual Scottish Highland Games 3351 Maybank Hwy., Johns Island. For
the South Festival Orchestra will perform From 9am to 5pm at Boone Hall
Grandparent’s Day more information, call 768-6453.
Schubert’s Symphony No. 5 in B flat Major, Plantation. Competitions include heavy
D. 485 and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. Scottish athletics, piping and drumming,
Mozart it the South closing performance Kiawah Beach and River Sweep
23 in A Major, K. 488.   Tickets may be Highland dancing, wrestling, Border
At 4pm at St. Matthew’s Lutheran The group will meet at 8:30am at Night
purchased at www.MozartInTheSouth.org Collie demonstrations, children’s games,
Church, 405 King Street. Musicians of Heron Park and will sweep the beach front
or by calling 763-4941.  Scottish merchandise, food and more. See
the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and and river side of Kiawah until 12 noon.
Chamber Music Charleston will perform charlestonscots.org for details and visit Gloves, bags and light refreshments will be
Saturday, September 12 Mozart’s Symphony no. 29 in A Major, www.boonehallplantation.com to purchase provided. To volunteer, email Brad Schmoll
K. 201 and Tschaikovsky’s Souvenir de tickets, or call 884-4371. at bradleyschmoll@aol.com or call the Heron
Seabrook Adopt-a-Highway
Meet at 9am in the SIPOA administrative Florence, Op. 70.  Tickets may be purchased Park Nature Center at 768-6001.
office parking lot on Landfall Way.  If you at www.MozartInTheSouth.org or by
are a Seabrooker and are available to help, calling 763-4941. 
please contact Linda Sivert at sivert.linda@
comcast.net. Tuesday, September 15
Chamber Music Soiree Seabrook Island Art Guild (SIAG)
At the Calhoun Mansion (16 Meeting meeting
Street) starting at 6pm. Tickets are $75 Joyce Hall Ahrens will hold a
and proceeds benefit Chamber Music demonstration using oil paints; refreshment
Charleston’s educational programs.  Limited will be served. The Seabrook Island Art
tickets are available and advance purchase Guild meets on the third Tuesday of every
is required.  Tickets may be purchased at month at the new Lake House at 7pm.
www.ChambeMusicCharleston.org or by The Guild also meets each Tuesday and
calling 763-4941.  Thursday at 1pm. If you would like to
join the Guild, membership dues are $20/
Open Farm Saturdays year. For more information, please contact
Legare Farms will be open one Saturday Robert McBride at 768-3696 or visit www.
each month to do fun activities (hayrides, seabrookislandartguild.com.
animal feeding, etc.) with children and
adults depending on the month. Lunch in Wednesday, September 16
the picnic area is included. From 9am to Shellfish season begins
12pm. Reservations required. The cost is
$20 for adults and $15 for children, which Seabrook Blood Drive
includes lunch. For more info or to make From 10:30am to 4pm at the Oyster
reservations, call 559-0763 or visit www. Catcher Community Center.
legarefarms.com.

Little Mozart Circus Third annual CATR Blue Ribbon Event
A one day event celebrating classical Starting at 12 noon at the Francis Marion
music and its role in the lives of children!  Hotel, 387 King Street, Downtown
Enjoy performances in the “Big Tent” Charleston. Featuring guest speaker Sally
by professional musicians and school Hughes Smith, the Blue Ribbon Event is an
ensembles, participate in a beginning annual fundraiser for the Charleston Area
instrumental class or join a Musik Garten Therapeutic Riding Center Scholarship
class. From 10am – 4pm in Marion Square, Fund. Tickets are are $60.  For more info,
downtown. For more info, visit www. please call 559-6040, email catradmin@
mozartinthesouth.org. wildblue.net or visit www.catrfarms.org.

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Action and adventure in The Nude
By Kristin Hackler

A
s much as we admonish others and remind nickname for Britain’s most affluent families. is determined to uncover the artist’s true identity at all
ourselves with the oft quoted saying, the majority McFalls’ novel opens in London, 1814. A desperate costs.
of us are still inclined to judge a book by its cover. artist applies the finely ground, sparkling dust of In the meantime, Nigel Purbeck, the sixth Marquess
I am ashamed to say that I did just that with a book sapphires and rubies to a painting he has struggled for of Edgeware, takes pity on Elsbeth and determines to
that was given to me for review. As a lover of political several sleepless days and nights to complete. With a final do what he can to return her good name. Generally
science, historical fiction and any book from which I stroke, the artist, known only as Dionysus, passes out, regarded as a wealthy recluse, Purbeck opens the doors
come away knowing more about the world than I did exhausted, at the base of his creation. of his country estate to the beau monde for a week-long
going in, I am the first to condemn romance novels. Full When the painting is finally revealed, however, its party and makes it a point that Elsbeth attends; a social
of over-embellished similes and metaphors and rife with subject has no idea that she has been imagined, prostrate invitation that would never been offered to a woman
situations that leave me blushing for several hours after and completely naked, on the artist’s canvas. The scandal of loose morals. The invitation, coupled with Purbeck’s
completing a chapter, most of the time I would rather rocks the town and Elsbeth Mercer, the hapless victim, constant attentions, is slowly bringing Elsbeth’s
read a detailed analysis of the use of the Navier-Stokes reputation out of the gutter when disaster strikes. A killer
equation in practical large scale drainage use than open is on the loose and Purbeck is their target.
a Harlequin novel. Although the story starts slowly, the twists and turns
So it was with heavy judgment and preconceived become rapid-fire once the guests arrive at the Purbeck
opinions that I opened the Regency romance novel The country estate. McFalls has certainly done her homework
Nude by Folly Beach author Dorothy McFalls: and I was as well, as many of the references to era paints, stonework,
pleasantly surprised to find myself completely and utterly architecture, customs, language and political activities
wrong. are accurately peppered throughout the novel’s 350+
Part of my prejudgment error was in assuming that pages.
a Regency romance novel is just another name for a Secret chambers, mysterious lockets, illegal smuggling,
Harlequin romance novel. In fact, if there were a hierarchy vicious killers and yes, even a midnight trist, are all
of romance novels, Regency would be considered the most excellent reasons to pick up a copy of McFalls’ novel,
elite and least sexual of them all. Typically written with The Nude. As if that wasn’t enough, you’ll probably even
a high degree of intelligent, fast paced dialog, Regency learn something by the end.
novels are set in the 19th century and are loosely based Dorothy McFalls is a Folly Beach native, living with
on the styles of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer. The her sculptor husband and two dogs. At 28 years old, this
name “Regency” comes from the British Regency era, is her sixth book and she looks forward to penning many
when the Prince of Wales (later George IV), ruled at more. For more information about McFalls or her books,
Prince Regent after his father, George III, was deemed visit www.dorothymcfalls.com.
unfit for rule. His rule, from approximately 1811 – 1837,
The Nude is available at amazon.com, Barnes &
was a time of great excess in terms of the arts and culture,
Noble, as well as your local book stores.
as well as flagrant hedonism for the era’s beau monde; the

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Ready to hit the books The ease of
An interview with Charleston Collegiate
sixth grader, Kyra Westerberg e-mentoring
T
he change in the length of days the school year. For Kyra Westerberg, of years. In the meantime, Kyra will be Provided by Frances Boyd
is slight, but noticeable. Driving the summer couldn’t end soon enough. working hard at school, absorbing all the

T
home in the evening, the bright Most school age children spend their information she can so she can pour it he e-mentoring pilot project which
orange glow of the setting sun is starting summers playing, either with friends or back into her writing, and occasionally was conducted last spring at Haut Gap
to hit a little earlier each day and maybe on the computer/game system, but for penning a poem or two to keep her Middle School was very successful and
it’s wishful thinking, but the ghost of a Kyra, the school-free hours meant more creative mind busy. will be expanded this year. The students from
cool breeze seems to seep into the dusk, time to work on her novel; and she’s the pilot will have the same mentors they had
prophesying to the Lowcountry the already up to chapter seven in a notebook Droplets during their eighth grade year, so this year,
arrival of autumn and the beginning of filled from front to back with text. “It’s By Kyra Westerberg sixteen more mentors will be needed for this
called Earmarks,” said Kyra, describing year’s seventh graders.  The program, sponsored
an elaborately detailed plotline that she’s I step outside by Communities in Schools of Charleston and
still ardently developing. the staff of Haut Gap Middle School, uses adult
before the breaking of dawn.
A student of Charleston Collegiate, mentors from Kiawah, Seabrook and John’s
I awoke because I heard a soft Island.  While face to face meetings are held
her passions revolve around creative pitter patter.
writing and the study of Greek occasionally, the main requirement of the mentor
It was rain. is to e-mail the mentee at least twice a week
mythology. She quickly recounted her I looked up at the clouds, 
reasons for liking her favorite Greek using a secure Internet based system known as
gray and heavy Gaggle.  This program is ideal for people who
goddess, Artemis, because, “She won’t
as the rain was falling out. may not live on the islands full time but want to
marry because it slows her down.” She
It looked as if it were crying, not volunteer with the community’s young people. 
likes Poseidon since he’s the god of water,
and recalled in detail the early myth of sad, Communities in Schools has a history of
thunder being related to the battle of the but happy, finding the volunteers here to be generous with
Greek giant gods, the Titans. as if it was relieved of all its both their time and money. The program at
troubles. Haut Gap is yet another way to be involved with
When asked what she was looking the children of Johns Island.  Providing middle
forward to most about the upcoming Then I looked up at the droplets
grade students with an ‘extra’ adult in their lives,
school year, she grinned and said like they were jewels falling who cares about their progress in school and
“Lockers! Awesomeness.” As for classes, down  extracurricular activities, can often encourage
though, she can’t wait to take history from heaven above or silver the young person to excel in school and beyond. 
and creative writing. droplings If you are interested in volunteering or finding
Although she’s only eleven and just melting into the palms of my out further information, contact Courtney
now entering the sixth grade, don’t be hands. Winders with Communities in Schools of
surprised if you see a new novel written I smiled because it was a new Charleston (810-6209) or Frances Boyd, a
by one of America’s youngest authors day and a new beginning. Kiawah resident coordinating the volunteers.
Kyra Westerberg
hitting the shelves in the next couple (boydfm1@comcast.net)

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Gators on the island Best-Ever Pear Cobbler
Provided by Rosebank Farms
(From the September 1982 Southern Living magazine)

Ingredients:
4 medium pears, peeled, cored, and sliced (about 4 cups)
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 c. sugar
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. ground nutmeg
Dash of salt
1 Tbsp. butter or margarine
Cheddar Cheese Pastry (see recipe below)
Directions:
Arrange pear slices evenly in a 10 x 6 x 2-inch baking dish;
sprinkle with lemon juice.  Combine flour, sugar, cinnamon,
nutmeg, and salt; stir well, and sprinkle over pears.  Dot with
butter.
photo by Cindy Covert
Roll pastry to ¼-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface; cut
You never know where you might spot a gator on the islands. Seabrook resident into 10 x ½-inch strips.  Arrange in lattice fashion and trim edges
Cindy Covert saw this gator hanging out in one of the storm drains at Live Oak as needed.  Bake at 350 degrees for one hour.  6-8 servings
Park. She and her husband, Paul, make it a point to remind people to watch their
children and dogs whenever they are walking around on the island, because you Cheddar Cheese Pastry
never know where you’ll spot one of these living fossils. Ingredients:
1 c. all-purpose flour
½ tsp. salt

Pale deer? 1/3 c. shortening
¼ c. (1 oz) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1 to 3 Tbsp. cold water
Directions:
Combine flour and salt; cut in shortening with a pastry blender
until mixture resembles coarse meal.  Stir in cheese.  Sprinkle
cold water evenly over surface, stirring with a fork until all dry
ingredients are moistened.  Shape dough into a ball.   Yield:  pastry
for one cobbler.

photo by Paul Covert

Seabrook resident Paul Covert caught this young piebald doe on camera a few
weeks ago. According to Kiawah Island Naturalist Jennifer Barbour, “piebald” is a
genetic condition which affects about 1% of the deer population, and a small portion
of that population currently lives on Seabrook Island. Indications of a piebald dear
include stunted leg growth, a curving spine, and a slight downward curve of the
nose accompanying the white coloration.

Storm over Seabrook

It’s that time of year when storms are constantly passing over our islands. It’s beautiful to watch,
but it’s also a good reminder to make sure that you’re prepared for hurricane season, as we are now
entering the busiest month for hurricanes in the south.
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Daily Discoveries: Belted Kingfishers
By Jennifer Barbour
“The keenness of their eyes gives them vision to spot the tiniest bit of food, and with alacrity and precision of motion they pick it up … Theirs is a world
of instant decisions and quick action.” - Gwen Frostic

T
he summer sun is beginning to give up vertebrates. They breed along streams, rivers,
its fight, giving way to the cooler days of lakes, and estuaries across most of Canada,
fall. Kids are going back to school, the Alaska, and the United States. The nest of the
marsh grass is beginning to bloom, and family Belted Kingfisher is a long tunnel, 1-8 feet long,
vacations at the beach are now sweet memories. excavated by both parents in a riverbank or sand
For Naturalists on the islands, a sure sign of the bank. A slight uphill slope provides an air pocket
coming fall is the arrival of a spunky bird with a of safety for the chicks in the event of rising waters.
loud call. The female lays 5-8 eggs and both adults incubate
The Belted Kingfisher (Ceryle alcyon) is a the eggs and feed the young. Belted Kingfisher
stocky mid-sized bird with a large head, thick pairs are territorial, especially during breeding
bill, and shaggy, Mohawk-like crest. They season. As waters freeze in their northern ranges,
measure between 11-14 inches in length, and have Belted Kingfishers will migrate to the southern
a wingspan between 19-23 inches. Both male and United States, Mexico, Central America, the West
female have a slate blue head, large white collar, Indies, and northern South America.
a blue band on the breast and white underneath. So while you’re out enjoying the Lowcountry’s
The back and wings are also slate blue with black beautiful fall weather, look up when you hear a
feather tips. Females have a rusty band across the long clattering sound overhead, or take a closer
upper belly, making it one of the few bird species look with you notice a distinct Mohawk-ed avian
in which the female is more brightly colored than silhouette perched on a cedar snag in the marsh.
the male. A distinctive, long clattering rattle You may have caught a glimpse of the Belted
usually precedes a sighting of this fish-eating bird Kingfisher during his autumn visit to the islands.
found on sheltered waters.
About the Author: Jennifer is a Naturalist with
Belted Kingfishers search for prey from a the Kiawah Island Nature Program. To contact
lookout perch on trees or wires and can be seen her with comments or personal stories, email
hovering over the water before plunge-diving her at Jennifer_Barbour@kiawahresort.com. *
headfirst to capture small fish. While fish make Information from Sibley’s & Peterson field guides &
up the majority of this bird’s diet, they will also Cornell’s Ornithology web site
consume aquatic invertebrates, insects, and small
PHOTOS BY Jamie Rood

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As IVes sees it
So long, old Island House Before the court, again
Final finish and punch list work continue in the new Island House, and it’s looking
great! Meanwhile, back at the old Island House, a few pictures tell the whole story.
(part two)
Adios (8/25)  by Dwight S. Ives MA, MA, LUTCF

A
s you may remember from last Then it was my turn. Both the officer
week’s article, I was issued a and the judge were floored when I
ticket for a cracked windshield – presented the bound argument of my
an issue which was dismissed by a city innocence. Over the years, I was trained
court judge in Charleston, only to have by teams of excellent supervisors to
it not processed properly by the Clerk of document, document, document! Grad
Court for the same judge. This mistake school reinforced this point.
eventually ended up costing me over The officer said, “We’ve never seen
$1200 in Christmas funds.   anything like this before! May we keep a
Now it was time to appear before the copy?”
court to prove, yet again, that I had solved “Sure!” I replied.  That was my purpose
this problem over six months prior. To in a nutshell.  I was found not guilty, and
do so, I gathered every shred of evidence: I got the slam dunk I wanted.
over 50 pages, including out-of-pocket With the court now virtually empty,
expenses. I provided a typed, bound I requested a refund of my money.  The
narrative explaining each document. The judge and the officer looked at each other
information was in a logical, linear time and replied, “That is not this court.”  This
sequence with three copies: one for Judge is when I faced the harsh reality that I
Sayonara (8/26) Koontz, one for Officer Christmas, and probably would not be getting my $1200
one for myself. back. I titled my case “Two Christmases
I arrived early on the designated court with no Thanksgiving”: a result of the
date. I wanted a good seat to be able to get time of arrest, the last name of the officer,
in and out quickly. As luck would have it, and the fact that I had to pay out so much
my case was one of the last to be heard.  money with no apologies from anyone.
But this would prove to be a learning Next time:  Cash in confinement (part
experience. three)
Case after case came before a most
tolerant and understanding Judge Koontz.  Dwight graduated from the National
Almost all were guilty.  She gave all of the College Republican Fieldman School to
defendants who were found guilty as many become a political instructor/consultant. 
alternatives as possible. Some of those Returning from Washington, DC, he earned
convicted felt threatened and became dual Masters in Business Administration
arrogant; lashing out against the court as and Management.  He has done PR work
though their error in judgment was the for Crystal Gayle, Frank Abagenal of the
Adieu (8/27) court’s fault.  One young man stormed movie “Catch Me If You Can”, and the
out of the courtroom, only to be quickly “Christmas Show” produced by Brad and
recovered and found in contempt. Jenifer Moranz.  Dwight works Security at
Kiawah Island for KICA.

Sell off your summer clutter
Legare Farms Education Foundation is offering free spaces for a Multi-Family
Yard Sale on Saturday October 3, 2009. The Yard Sale will correspond with the
opening day of Legare Farms’ Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze. The Yard Sale
will open at 8am and run to 12 noon. The pumpkin patch and corn maze will
PHOTOS BY: Warren Kimball

also open at 8am but hayrides will not start until 11am. Come out and sell your
extra stuff, make a few dollars and pick a pumpkin. Legare Farms is located on
Hanscombe Point Road off River Road on Johns Island. To reserve your space call
Legare Farms at 559-0788 or e-mail legarefarms@bellsouth.net.

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