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December 20, 2013 Goat Island • Dewees Island

Living with coyotes

SULLIVAN’S RESIDENTS REPORT INCREASED SIGHTINGS OF THE WILD CANINE

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ISLAND EYE NEWS EDITOR

BY JENNIFER TUOHY

esidents of Sullivan’s Island appear to have some new neighbors. Coyotes, a species of canine that historically populates the western half of the United States, have found their way to our little slice of island paradise. “We don’t know how long have they been here,” Andy Benke, Sullivan’s Island city administrator, said. “But they have become more prominent this year.” Benke who grew up on the island, saw his first coyote over Thanksgiving weekend. “It was night and my first thought was somebody’s German Shepherd is running around, but as I got closer it took off.” Benke says it’s difficult to know how long the creatures have really been here, as people may have seen them over the last few years but

Christmas, Island style
ISLAND EYE NEWS EDITOR PHOTOS BY STEVEN ROSAMILIA

BY JENNIFER TUOHY

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he islands welcomed the holiday season last week with two festive celebrations. On Friday, Dec. 6 the Sullivan’s Island Christmas tree lighting ceremony featured bagpipes and the Wando High School choir. Over on the Isle of Palms the next day, the ceremony kicked off with songs by the Sullivan’s Island choir. Attendees enjoyed rock climbing, carnival rides, jump castles and various holiday activities before the heavens opened. The rain didn’t entirely dampen the festivities however, the bands played on while kids roasted hot dogs and s’mores over an open fire and parents enjoyed delicious seafood tacos.

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Message from the Mayor
M I K E P E R K I S , S U L L I VA N ’ S I S L A N D

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fter an unwanted absence, I have restarted my monthly column. There is so much going on within our community and I hope this column provides useful information for our residents. TOWN HALL/POLICE STATION AND PARK ENHANCEMENT PROJECT After over two years of study, the site has been selected for our new town hall building. At the November community workshop it was clear that the site adjacent to our fire station was the overwhelming community choice. We will have the police and town hall all in one building and the building will only be slightly larger than the old town hall. The building will NOT intrude at all into Stith Park, and, in fact, will enhance the park. In a short time the architect will team up with the contractor to get into the specific designs for the building. The approved site is on the town website so please review these

SCHOOL YEAR The contractor has kept the town constantly informed of the progress of the construction and they are working diligently within a very tight construction timeline to keep any construction noise to a minimum. At the public facilities committee meeting the architect presented the family of colors, all in neutral colors for the trim and two main buildings. These were approved and in the future the there will be a mock up built prior to the start of painting so that the public can see the actual colors on the materials.
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system. This project will focus on larger areas where the greatest infiltration is occurring. Several options are being evaluated that will provide maximum long-term protection while also extending the useful life of the pipes. We are hoping funding can be secured so work can begin the first quarter of 2014. COYOTES It is evident we have coyotes living within our community. While they are a part of a healthy eco-system, we are monitoring their activities to make sure they don’t become a nuisance or a potential danger. If you see a coyote, please report the sighting to animal control (743-7200) as they are tracking numbers, movements, etc. Also there is an excellent pamphlet available at the police station that I recommend everyone read.

drawings and get involved as we all work towards the final design for what will be our community’s civic identity for many years to come. THE REBUILDING OF SIES IS ON SCHEDULE TO BE READY FOR THE AUGUST, 2014

WASTE WATER SYSTEM IMPROVEMENT PROJECT Council has approved for the water/sewer committee to apply for substantial funding from the South Carolina State Revolving Fund to improve the condition of the Town’s wastewater collection system. Over the past few years we have internally funded efforts to reduce the infiltration of surface water into the collection

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Breathing a Sigh of Relief Sullivan’s Island residents breathed a huge sigh of relief in November when SI Town Council voted against multi-family rezoning. Many, many thanks to the islanders who got a petition together and alerted other islanders that multi-family rezoning was on the table. Opposition to multi-family rezoning is truly island-wide. A group of islanders in the historic neighborhood directly affected started a petition opposing the zoning change, eventually garnering 392 signatures from neighborhoods all across the island. Many islanders also wrote letters and attended Town Council and Planning Commission meetings for months, voicing opposition to multi-family rezoning. At the October 9 Planning Commission meeting, a number of islanders spoke eloquently and passionately about the importance of maintaining the single-family residential nature of Sullivan’s Island. The message to Town Council is loud and clear: SI residents want the island to remain the single family, low-density community it has been for two centuries. That is the vision affirmed in the 1998 Comprehensive Plan and in every Comprehensive Plan since then, including the 2013 Comprehensive Plan. Not one council member ran on changing that vision. And as the controversy over multifamily rezoning demonstrates, there is simply no support among residents for increasing density on the island. Again, many thanks to all who worked so hard to preserve and protect our unique island community.

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This dune walkover at Station 21 is being built with a grant from SCDOT. Two others are being constructed at Stations 18 1/2 and 22.
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Using a grant from SCDOT the Town will build dune walkovers on Stations 18 ½, 21, and 22. The beach access path on Station 21 will then be handicap accessible from the street to the beach. The Town will work with SCDOT to create additional handicap parking areas near this path.

CAUSEWAY ENHANCEMENT Funding from a CHATS transportation grant along with funding from the County, Mt. Pleasant and Sullivan’s Island will allow for the creation of a multiuse path project along SC703 to start late Winter/ Barbara Spell Early Spring 2014. Existing paths will be improved Sullivan’s Island from Simons Pt. in Mt. Pleasant to the existing sidewalk on SI. This path is scheduled to have a width All letters submitted to the Island Eye News of from 5-8 feet with a 4 foot vegetated strip between must bear a full name, address and phone number for verification. Only the author’s name and city the causeway. will be printed. Submissions are accepted via On a very personal note, I wanted to thank everyone email to jennifer@luckydognews.com or mail to for their cards, emails, phone calls and prayers PO. Box 837, Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482. regarding my health. I never realized how much a Letters may be edited for length and kind word could mean. I am truly humbled. This is readability. The Island Eye News reserves the a difficult time for us and please keep Linda and I in right to reject letters that are libelous, unseemly, not individually addresses to the Island Eye your thoughts and prayers. News or that have been previously published Have a safe and peaceful holiday season. elsewhere. The Island Eye News will not publish letters enorsing political candidates.

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Holiday Hours City Offices CLOSED Isle of Palms December 24-25 January 1
Sullivan's Island December 23, noon closing December 24-26 January 1 Recycling for the islands will be Thursday, December 26

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Isle of Palms Police Meet the library’s new Department ‘Island Girl’
CRIME REPORT FOR NOVEMBER 19 – DECEMBER 8, 2013 EDGAR ALLAN POE LIBRARY GOES LOCAL
FOR THE ISLAND EYE NEWS PHOTOS BY STEVEN ROSAMILIA

December 20, 2013

BY ANNE HARRIS

November 19: Tuesday Theft from Vehicle: Waterway Boulevard. The victim reported that unknown suspect(s) entered his unsecured vehicle and stole his wallet and watch. November 21: Thursday Petit Larceny: Palm Boulevard. The victim reported that unknown suspect(s) entered into a box kept in the bedroom closet and stole $1,700.00. Harassment: Fairway Oaks. The victim reported that she received a threatening phone call from a known suspect who threatened to physically assault the victim to the point of drawing blood. November 24: Sunday Theft from Vehicle: Ocean Boulevard. The victim reported that unknown suspect(s) stole the SC registration tag from the rear of his vehicle. November 26: Tuesday Promoting Prostitution: 14th Avenue. During a traffic stop, the Officer determined that one of the occupants of the vehicle had participated in the criminal act of prostitution. Petit Larceny: Fairway Dunes. The victim stated that on his return to his rental house, he found a sliding glass door open and all of the TVs missing from the residence. November 30: Saturday Theft from Vehicle: Ocean Boulevard. The victim reported that unknown suspect(s) entered her unsecured vehicle and stole a Garmin GPS and a garment bag containing three dresses. Theft from Vehicle: Carolina Boulevard. The victim reported that unknown suspect(s) entered his unsecured vehicle and stole a Garmin GPS. December 01: Sunday Credit Card Fraud: Lauder Lane. The victim reported that unknown suspect(s) used her credit card number to make online purchases from Apple Inc. December 02: Monday Petit Larceny: Sea Shell Lane.

The victim reported that during an inspection of his rental house, he found the Isle of Palms City garbage can missing and a store-bought roll can in its place. December 03: Tuesday Burglary: Palm Boulevard. The victim reported that during inspection of his rental house, he found the dryer missing from the enclosed garage area of the residence. The dryer was entered into NCIC as a stolen article. Simple Assault: Ocean Boulevard. The victim reported that a verbal argument escalated to a physical altercation when the known suspect slapped his face, bit his fingers, and twisted his hand. Burglary: 41st Avenue. The victim advised Officers that when she returned to her boat from vacation, she found the hatch open and an unknown suspect(s) personal items in the cabin area. She also reported founding several items missing (food and flare gun). December 04: Wednesday Grand Larceny: Dune Ridge Lane. The victim reported that a possible known suspect stole several pieces of jewelry while working at her residence. December 06: Friday Grand Larceny: Marsh Point. The victim advised Officers that approximately four months prior to this report date, she found several pieces of jewelry missing, but was uncertain if the jewelry had been stolen or lost. The victim later learned of an arrest of a suspect with the Mt. Pleasant Police Department with possible leads to identifying and recovering stolen jewelry, with her jewelry being some of the recovered items. December 07: Saturday Theft from Vehicle: Carolina Boulevard. The victim reported that unknown suspect(s) stole the S. C. license plate from his vehicle and entered into his unsecured vehicle where money and a pocket knife were stolen.

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here has always been a University of South Carolina. For lot of pride associated the next eight years Schweitzer with the word “local” in worked as a librarian in Marietta, the Lowcountry, and you can’t GA, until making her return to get more local than Delores the Lowcountry as the school Schweitzer, new branch manager librarian at Laing Middle School. of the Edgar Allan Poe Library. In 2012, Schweitzer took a Born in Charleston and raised on year off to travel and spend time Sullivan’s Island, Schweitzer is a with her family. Schweitzer and true “Island girl.” her mother visited 21 states and After her graduation from put over 11,000 miles on the Wando High School, Schweitzer “INVOLVED CITIZENS, THE LIGHTHOUSE, OYSTER briefly left ROASTS AND FISH FRIES, CHURCH PARTICIPATION, the area PEOPLE CARING ABOUT THEIR NEIGHBORS, A BEACH to attend Oglethorpe THAT HAS NOT BEEN COMMERCIALLY DEVELOPED, University BEAUTIFUL HISTORIC HOMES, A REALLY NICE NATIONAL in Atlanta, PARK, AND, OF COURSE, AN INCREDIBLY COOL where she LIBRARY.” ~ Delores Schweitzer obtained a major in English Literature. family RV, she visited Las Vegas After college, she worked and Europe with her sister, and various jobs before making the attended a good friend’s wedding decision to return to school and in Hawaii. get her Master’s in Library and Local continues on page 5 Information Sciences from the

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December 20, 2013 is a unique blend of form and function that shows how old structures can be repurposed to preserve historic character on the outside while being dynamic spaces for inquiry and enjoyment on the inside,” Schweitzer says. “It is a rare combination of a museum and a community center, where visitors and islanders alike come to enjoy our programs, use our resources, and experience Island history in a tangible way.” Having been “an enthusiastic card-carrier” since the age of five, Schweitzer is excited to get started with upcoming plans and events at the Poe Library. She is looking forward to sharing some of CCPL’s new programs, like February’s “Tech Tuedays” (an introduction to library apps for tablets and computers) with customers of all ages. Upcoming events include the celebration of Edgar Allan Poe’s 205th birthday. The library will hold a special screening of George Maribal’s The Case of Magnolia Drew, a southern retelling of Poe’s The Cask of Amontillado, on January 18. The Beach Lovers Book Club will start the month of January with a discussion of Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler, before moving on to The Great Gatsby in February. But Schweitzer’s plans reach beyond the immediate future. “Believe it or not,” she says, “We are already starting to plan for Summer Reading. We have a science theme this year with lots of great programming possibilities.” If anybody knows what the readers of Sullivan’s Island are looking for, it’s Schweitzer. Her memory of the island goes as far back as the “Big Snow” of 1979. “My sister and I had never seen snow

5 before, and there was probably less than two inches on the ground, but they called off school and that was reason enough to be excited,” she says with a laugh. “We built the most pathetic snowman you have ever seen. He sported quite a goth appearance since we had a bumper crop of sandspurs under the snow, and we picked up a lot of them as we rolled.” Schweitzer admits that, while she doesn’t dwell on them, plenty of things have changed on the island over the years - mainly bigger, more expensive homes and more rules as to what you can and cannot do on the island. However, her list of what has not changed since she was a kid is much longer. “Involved citizens, the lighthouse, oyster roasts and fish fries, church participation, people caring about their neighbors, a beach that has not been commercially developed, beautiful historic homes, a really nice National Park, and, of course, an incredibly cool library.” Schweitzer says what excites her most about her new position is the privilege of serving a community that she loves. “To know that I can be part of a legacy of encouragement and enlightenment that I have found in the staff and resources at Poe since I started going here in 1977? Well, that’s just an amazing gift.” And finally, the parting words from the newest addition to the Poe library and longtime Island girl? “I look forward to seeing everyone at the Poe Library soon. Y’all come!” Learn more about the Edgar Allan Poe Library on the CCPL website at www.ccpl.org.

Local continues from page 4 “It was a great year,” Schweitzer says, “and when I finally got serious about my job search, I could not believe my good fortune when the Poe Branch Manager job was open.” Schweitzer started training with the Charleston County Public Library (CCPL) on November 15 and her first day as branch manager at the Poe Library was November 30. “Because of its location in a SpanishAmerican War-era battery, the Poe Library

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In the footsteps of Len Foote

ROADTRIPS CHARLESTON
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December 20, 2013

BY CAROL ANTMAN

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ere’s a plan for future fun: put a trip in your pocket. Even if you think you have no time to travel, once it’s on your calendar months away, your life will mysteriously clear a path. Some of the Southeast’s most popular adventures require advance planning anyway. I booked our trip to Len Foote’s Hike Inn Dawsonville, GA six months ahead to coincide with the fall colors. The moderately easy five mile trail to reach one of our country’s few hike-to inns passes through a forest of hickory, pine and oak trees and across some pretty little streams. It’s Georgia’s most popular hike and one of the 36 best hikes in the country according to Backpacker Magazine. After about three hours of walking, my husband and I caught sight of our destination peeking through the fall leaves like the candy house from Hansel and Gretel. The Hike Inn provides food, bedding, towels, heat and hot showers so you don’t have to carry in much. Its beautiful architecture includes roomy

Sunrise over the Blue Ridge Mountains.

If you go...

Hike Inn: hike-inn. com  Reservation are available up to 11 months in advance. Smith House: smithhouse.com The Lodge at Amicalola Falls: amicalolafallslodge.com

porches with rockers, a sunny “Sunrise Room” with games and a large dining room with long tables. We’d struck up a conversation with a hiker coming down as we went up who aptly described the bedrooms as “closets.” They’re just large enough for a bunk bed, stool and shelf, hence the opinion of one hiker who described her stay as “one of the most unusual anniversary trips ever.” Romance is not the idea here. “Just look around,” said Robert Smith the general manager “We’re here for a reason. We want to educate and recreate.” Robert shares the passion of Len Foote himself, a conservationist in the 1950’s who inspired the cartoon Mark Trail. Foote built his own solar heater

in the 1970’s which makes his namesake lodge a fitting legacy since they pride themselves on conservation and stewardship. The showers are solar powered, the toilets are compostable (and odorless) and the leftover food is fed to red worms in a vermiculture program that creates compost.

The tight-knit staff accommodates 9,000 overnight visitors a year. Like the others, Terrance the cook, was attracted to Len Foote’s vision of stewardship. “I quit the computer world, hiked here one day … asked if they had an opening and took the job.” He’s up early and working late to cook big batches of stews, baked goods, soups, roasts and other hearty food. To discourage waste all the uneaten food from plates is combined after each meal, weighed and posted on a big sign. Rachel, the staff naturalist has a degree in biology and ecology. She delighted in showing us a rattle from a dead rattlesnake she’d found. When asked about snakes in the vicinity she said, “We caught a fair amount, copperheads mostly,” which they removed to another location. Sunrise is the big event. The Adirondack chairs with the best view filled first as everyone got up early to watch the spectacle of Roadtrip continues on page 8

The Sunrise Room at the Hike Inn.
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December 20, 2013 Roadtrip continues from page 6 the sun rising over the Blue Ridge Mountains and especially to view it through the “Star Base.” This huge granite construction was built by Atlanta’s Fernbank Science Center to commemorate the two yearly equinoxes. During those events, the rays of the sun are channeled to a cave wall through a cylinder in the sculpture. But every morning you can peer through the sculpture’s rock window as it artfully frames the rising sun. Most folks stay overnight at the picturesque Lodge at Amicalola Falls right at the trailhead before or after their hike but we wanted to explore nearby Dahlonega. In the 1830’s this little town was swarmed by 15,000 newcomers who’d heard that the streets were paved with gold. They weren’t entirely wrong. The streets glistened from the trailings of the area’s numerous gold mines which were mixed into the pavement. For almost 100 years the area mined gold commercially. Today the town’s draw is recreation. A huge bicycling race was going on, dozens of waterfalls beckoned, wineries dot the area and optimistic folks still pan for gold. We rewarded ourselves with a stay at the historic Smith House. The roomy villa guestroom was a welcome contrast to the bunkroom we’d shared the previous night. One of the Historic Hotels of America, Smith House began life as a private home but was converted into a quaint guest house in the 1920’s. Each comfortable room has a unique character. The original owner, Corporal Frank Hall, struck a rich gold bearing vein several feet wide while excavating the site in 1899. Local restrictions prevented mining the shaft but it remains as a glass-enclosed

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Welcome to the Smith House in Dahlonega, Georgia.

curiosity under what is now the hotel’s popular restaurant. Just off the town’s pretty little square, Smith House provided a great location for strolling around the small town. People often exhaustively plan all kinds of things but balk at planning fun. The Southeast is full of adventures. Put a trip in your pocket.

The naturalist at the Hike Inn showed us a rattle from a snake.

Roadtrips Charleston! is a feature of Lucky Dog Publishing. Each month the column presents interesting destinations within a few hours drive of Charleston. Carol Antman’s passion for outdoor and artistic experiences has led her to exotic and nearby destinations far and wide. For recipes, suggestions, comments and to view more images please see www.peaksandpotholes. blogspot.com

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The IOP Holiday Carnival featured lots of fun and music, before and after the downpour. (top) Two stages hosted various musical acts throughout the afternoon. (middle) Henry DuRant and his sister Maggie enjoyed the carnival rides. (bottom) Sullivan's Island Elementary School choir entertained an adoring crowd to kick off festivities.
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December 20, 2013

J U V E N I L E M A L E D I S C O V E R E D O N S U L L I VA N S , W I L L B E T E S T E D F O R M O R B I L L I V I R U S
ISLAND EYE NEWS EDITOR

Dolphin die off increases
BY JENNIFER TUOHY STEER CLEAR OF SICK DOLPHINS
Since dolphins infected with morbillivirus can have secondary infections that can be passed to people, do not approach or touch the animal. Keep your pets away from the animal as well. Remember these are wild animals, so for both your safety and theirs please keep a safe distance. Only trained marine mammal responders should handle the animal. If you think the animal may be in trouble, contact the Marine Mammal Stranding Network at 1.800.922.5431. another call was received about a deceased dolphin on Daufuskie Island, bringing the count to 99 for South Carolina in 2013. The deaths join hundreds in the region to contribute to the worst year on record for the entire East Coast, along which nearly 1,000 dolphins have been found dead, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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n the morning of Saturday, Dec. 10 local volunteers from the Marine Mammal Stranding group responded to a call to Sullivan’s Island town hall regarding a dolphin stranding. “We responded to a stranding at 907 Middle St. on Sullivan’s Island this morning,” said volunteer Barbara Bergwerf. “This was the 99th stranding in SC this year. NOAA responded and took the animal back to Ft. Johnson for a necropsy.” According to reports from the scene, the dolphin was a juvenile male bottlenose that had been floating for some time. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration technician Jessica Conway responded and loaded it in her truck with the help of Marine Mammal Stranding volunteers, Mary Pringle, Bev Ballow and Bergwerf. It was taken back to the Hollings Marine Lab at Fort Johnson on James Island. NOAA is still receiving as many as two calls a day regarding dead dolphins in the state, some of which have been found to have had the disease known as morbillivirus, related to measles in people and canine distemper in canines, said Pringle. Shortly after this one was reported,

NOAA tech Jessica Conway and volunteers remove a deceased dolphin found on Sullivan’s Island last week. PHOTO BY BARBARA BERGWERF

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December 20, 2013 from the town’s website www. frequently, is a fascinating sullivansisland-sc.com. insight into the lives of these One island resident has found nocturnal creatures. They walk a way of getting up close and past his property almost daily, personal with the creatures mostly at dusk or dawn, making without disturbing nature’s him surmise that their den is delicate balance. Stanford nearby. Kirshtein lives in Mount Pleasant, “My neighbor and I think the but his family has had a home on Sullivan’s since the 1970s that “THESE KINDS OF CREATURE WERE NEVER he visits on a regular HERE BEFORE.” basis. After his neighbor ~ Stanford Kirshtein posted on her Facebook page about seeing coyotes near her house, Kirshtein became concerned about the safety of den is between the two houses,” his dog, but also interested to Kirshtein said. “This seems to find out more about these new be their first stop in the evening neighbors. He installed a fence right after it gets dark, so they on the property, which is close to probably haven’t travelled far the station 26 1/2 beach access, from their den yet.” The wildlife camera Kirshtein and bought a wildlife camera. The Eyecon Trail Camera is installed has also caught some both motion and heat activated great footage of deer and other infrared camera and, since he nocturnal animals. The beauty installed it in late October, it of watching these videos it that has been busy almost nightly you are looking at the animals in capturing fascinating video of the their natural state, unaffected by five or six coyotes living close to human interaction because they don’t know we can see them. Kirshtein’s house. “The first video I got the coyote View Kirshtein’s videos at www. was out there watching me,” youtube.com/user/stanfordjoel. Kirshtein’s house is right on Kirshtein said. “I didn’t realize this until the next morning when the beach, near the forest that I looked at the time stamp, but it has sprouted adjacent to station was looking straight though the 26 1/2 since Hurricane Hugo fence at me for about 3 minutes. swept through the island 25 They’re very interested in what’s years ago. “It’s really grown up in to a going on in my yard. I guess because they used to be able to wildlife refuge,” he said of the forest. “These kinds of creatures go in and out at will.” Watching Kirshtein’s collection were never here before. It’s a of videos, which he adds to very habitable place for a lot of BE CAREFUL OF COYOTES If you see a coyote near your home don’t ignore it. This may cause it to lose its natural fear of people, which can eventually lead to aggressive behavior. To discourage a coyote immediately: • Make loud noises • Shout and bang pots or pans or rattle empty soda cans with rocks in it • Wave your hands or objects like sticks or brooms • Throw small stones or cans • Spray the coyote with a hose • Use a commercial repellant spray on bold animals that refuse to leave • You can discourage coyotes from hanging around your home by scaring them off your property and by removing attractants such as: • Accessible garbage or compost • Outdoor pet food and water (stored or fed) • Intentionally feeding animals in the coyote food chain such as birds or squirrels • Fruit that has fallen from trees or shrubs • Rodent habitat such as neglected yards, garages or sheds • Any of the above in your neighbor’s yard or neighborhood To report coyote/human interaction or for additional information contact Sullivan’s Island Police, Animal Control 743.7200. Additional information is also available at: www.dnr. sc.gov/wildlife/coyote/coyoteinfo.pdf Information courtesy www.sullivansisland-sc.com

One of Sullivan’s Island's coyotes stands on a path near Station 26 1/2 last month.
PHOTO BY STANFORD KIRSHTEIN

Coyote continues from cover not realized what they were. “We’ve only received reports this past year, starting in the summertime.” Of course coyotes aren’t the only large mammal to call the islands home. “We’ve seen pictures of the red foxes that are here, and there’s a pretty significant group of deer on the island,” Benke said. “I’ve seen some very large deer on the island with huge

racks, and one in our yard that was having a nice breakfast on my wife’s ornamental flowers.” Populations of coyote, now found throughout North America, were first established in South Carolina in Pickens and Oconee counties in the late 1970’s by houndsmen and, coupled with natural immigration, have since expanded to include all counties in the state. Contrary to popular belief, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources did not stock coyotes in South Carolina to control the white-tailed deer population, or for any other reason. A typical coyote weighs 30 to 45 pounds, although coyotes over 60 pounds have been recorded in other states. As with all wild animals they are naturally afraid of humans, however, they can pose a threat to small pets and, as they are very territorial, may view large dogs as a threat. The town of Sullivan’s Island has released a leaflet providing information to citizens concerned about coyotes, some of the information is summarized in the sidebar (see above) or you can get a copy

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December 20, 2013 animals, a whole ecosystem. There are possums, snakes, rats, feral cats, rabbits, squirrels, hawks and red fox.” Kirshtein has become something of a local expert on the coyotes, reading up on them and communicating with state experts, and he knows that it’s likely this relatively recent abundance of their food source that has drawn them to the island. “They exist in family units,” he said. “You have an alpha male and alpha female. They have their pups in the spring, a couple stay with them, then the rest go off and fend for themselves. So, with teenagers from the last litter there probably 6 or 10 within their territory and then there’ll be

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“THEY DON’T HAVE ANY NATURAL PREDATORS HERE, BESIDES HUMANS OR A FAST MOVING CHEVROLET.” ~ Andy Benke

another family in another area nearby.” The Town is monitoring the situation closely, but as of yet there have been no reports of the coyotes being a pest or nuisance to anyone. “They appear to be very skittish or afraid of humans,” Benke said. “They don’t have any natural predators here, besides humans or a fast moving Chevrolet. We’ll just have to plan an action if it becomes an issue. Unfortunately however, in the state of South Carolina you cannot relocate them they have to be destroyed.”

Stanford Kirshtein shows off his infra-red motion and heat sensing wildlife camera. He set it up to capture footage of the nearby coyotes that have been visiting his family’s home on Sullivan’s Island.
PHOTO BY STEVE ROSAMILIA

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December 20
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20
The 24th Annual Holiday Festival of Lights Santa is at the festival nightly through Dec. 23, the festival runs through Dec. 31, James Island County Park. Open through Dec. 31, James Island County Park hosts one of the Lowcountry’s most beloved holiday traditions – the Annual Holiday Festival of Lights. Journey down a three-mile driving tour jam-packed with holiday light displays, then stretch your legs and enjoy the attractions within Winter Wonderland and Santa’s Village. For festival hours and fees, call 795.4386 or visit www. holidayfestivaloflights.com. suit, or order from the breakfast menu. And once the whole family is rubbing their bellies, make sure to get a picture and a special surprise gift from Santa. Saturdays, December 14 and 21 from 9 a.m.10:30 am. Cost is $12 for the kid’s buffet, regular menu pricing for adults. Reservations are required. Call 886.2200. Sullivan's Island Baptist Church Carols on the Beach 4 - 5:30 p.m., Station 18, Sullivan's Island Make Oyster Shell Ornaments Poe/Sullivan’s Island Library hosts a holiday ornament workshop at 10:30 a.m., call 883.3914 for details.

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THURsDAY, DECEMBER 26
Fowler’s Mustache CD Release Party From 9 p.m., $10 at The Windjammer. Enjoy a mix of fusion of mainly rock, blues, folk, jazz and funk sounds combined with inspired and imaginative lyrics from these five Charleston natives. have a social security number to attend. More info: www.dnr.sc.gov.

January 3
Must make reservations 24 hours in advance at 886.2113.

TUEsDAY, DECEMBER 31
New Year’s Eve with Spazmatics 9 p.m., The Windjammer, 1008 Ocean Blvd, IOP, hosts an evening of 80s music and comedy to see in 2014. $15 at the door, $10 in advance. www.the-windjammer. com. Gaslight Street play Home Team BBQ 9 p.m., $10, 2209 Middles, St., Sullivan’s Island, hometeambbq. com Fireworks at the Holiday Festival of Lights Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the festival with fireworks complimenting over two million gleaming lights. Open through Dec. 31, James Island County Park hosts one of the Lowcountry’s most beloved holiday traditions – the Annual Holiday Festival of Lights. Journey down a three-mile driving tour jam-packed with holiday light displays, then stretch your legs

and enjoy the attractions within Winter Wonderland and Santa’s Village. For festival hours and fees, call 795.4386 or visit www. holidayfestivaloflights.com.

THURsDAY, JANUARY 2
Pennies From Heaven a musical revue Fundraiser for Crabpot Players Theatre Co., featuring a silent auction, live jazz, oysters & BBQ, cash bar. Call 888.303.0763 or visit www.crabpotplayers/com, 6 p.m. at The Windjammer, 1008 Ocean Blvd, IOP. School’s Out Activities at IOP Rec Basketball drills, relays, hot shot, knock out and team relays.  Show the Recreation staff your skills. 1 – 3 p.m., 7-14 years. Free.

WEDNEsDAY, JANUARY 1
Sullivan’s Island Polar Bear Plunge The Polar Bear Plunge is a unique opportunity for brave people to support Special Olympics SC athletes by leaping into the chilly Atlantic Ocean. It begins with a march to the beach from Dunleavy's Pub, 2213 Middle Street, SI, at 1:30 p.m. Call to enter the water at 2 p.m. Resolution Tennis 2014 Make a resolution this year to start playing tennis or to improve your game with a Resolution Tennis Clinic on New Year's Day from 9-11 a.m. at Wild Dunes Tennis Center. Lessons will include a voucher for a complimentary Bloody Mary next door at Dunes Deli and 14 percent savings in the Tennis Pro Shop to get outfitted for your new love of tennis. $59 for adults 21 and older.

First United Methodist Church 21st Ave at Palm Blvd, Isle of Palms Christmas Eve: 4pm Praise Service with Communion. 6pm Candlelight Service with Communion. 9pm Candlelight Service with Communion. Nursery provided 4 & 6pm services. Elevator Accessible The Church of the Holy Cross Episcopal 2520 Middle Street, Sullivan’s Island Christmas Eve: 4 p.m. Children’s/Family Service, Traditional Church. 5 p.m. Rite II Contemporary (Communion), The Great Hall. 7 p.m. Rite 1 Traditional (Communion) with Symphony Strings, Traditional Church. 11 p.m. Rite 1 Traditional (Communion) Historic Church. Christmas Morning: 10 a.m. Rite 1 Traditional (Communion), Historic Church Stella Maris Roman Catholic Church 1204 Middle Street, Sullivan’s Island Christmas Eve: 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., Midnight Mass in Latin Christmas Morning: 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. (Children’s Mass) Sunrise Presbyterian Church 3222 Middle Street, Sullivan’s Island Christmas Eve: 4 p.m. Family Service, 7 p.m. Candlelight Service Sullivan’s Island Baptist 1753 Central Avenue, Sullivan’s Island Christmas Eve: 5 p.m. First United Methodist 12 Twenty-First Avenue, Isle of Palms Christmas Eve: 4 p.m., Praise Service. 6 p.m. & 9 p.m. St. Marks Lutheran 300 Palm Boulevard, Isle of Palms Christmas Eve: 5:30 p.m. Christmas Morning: 8:30 a.m.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27
Piedmont Boys play Windjammer Enjoy bluegrass from this Greenville band, 8 p.m. at The Windjammer, 1008 Ocean Blvd. Details 886.8596.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 30
Dodgeball/Snowball Fight IOP Rec Center, 1-3 p.m., ages 7-14 years. Come and play dodgeball at the Rec for free. If weather cooperates, maybe even a snowball fight! Hunter Education 9 - 5 p.m., IOP Rec center. Participants must register with SC Dept. of Natural Resources and

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21
Beach Lovers Book Club (Adults) Poe/Sullivan’s Island Library book club meets at 10:30 a.m. to discuss A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens. Breakfast with Santa at The Sea Island Grill Head to The Sea Island Grill at Wild Dunes Resort to enjoy a delicious breakfast with Santa. Juniors can’t resist the combination of Rudolph’s pancake buffet with its loads of sweet-tooth toppings and chocolate milk. Adults can follow

WEDNEsDAY, DECEMBER 25
Merry Christmas! See sidebar for Christmas Church Services. Christmas Morning Brunch at The Sea Island Grill On Christmas morning, come to The Sea Island Grill at Wild Dunes Resort for a delicious plated Lowcountry brunch. Bloody Mary bar available for purchase. For reservations, please call 886.2200.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 3
Stories and Fairy Tales with Mozart, Rossini and Barber Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chamber Orchestra Series, 7:30 pm, Dock Street Theatre. Tickets at www.CharlestonSymphony.org or 843.723.7528 ext. 110.

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Artists celebrate Christmas
FOR THE ISLAND EYE NEWS

December 20, 2013

BY JEANNE JUHOS

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he Mount Pleasant Artists Guild held their annual Christmas party on Monday, Dec. 2 at the Isle of Palms Exchange Club.  A Santa Shop and Auction was held with all proceeds going into the MPAG Scholarship Fund.   The next regular meeting is Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 at the Mount Pleasant Town Hall Council Chambers, 100 Ann Edwards Lane.  There is a social beginning at 6:30 p.m. followed by the meeting at 7 p.m.  The guest speaker for the evening will be Colleen Wiessman, an abstract artist whose work may be seen at 151 Studio Gallery on Church Street.  Anyone with an interest in art is welcome to join.  For more information visit www.mtpleasantartistsguild.com or call 843.388.5425.

Front Row: Judith Chamberlin, Marie-Louise Moreto and Michel Cotsonas. Second Row: Ann Maire McKay, Susanne Frenzel and Cathy Peterson Fuller.

Left to right:  MPAG members Susan Everitt, Kat Sullivan Eckel, Ginny Paternite and Diane Musgrove.

Left to Right: Barbara A. Reddy, Susanne Frenzel and Faye Sullivan.

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Gaslight to rock Sullivan's New Year's Eve

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aslight Street, a rock, blues, soul band based in Charleston, will perform at Home Team BBQ on Sullivan's Island New Year's Eve, Dec 31 at 9 p.m.. Lead singer and songwriter Campbell Brown hails from Chattanooga, TN and is joined in Gaslight by bassist Ben Kinser, the New Orleans-bred half of a rhythm section rounded out by Stratton Moore on drums. Another new addition in 2011 is organist Whitt Algar. Rounding out the quintet is singer Noelle Pietras. The band has been touring the Southeast for 5 years, releasing its debut album in 2009 and a follow up, Idle Speed in 2011. The third album, Heavy Wind,

has just debuted. Gaslight Street is quickly making strides and continue to enjoy local airplay on Charleston’s 105.5 The Bridge. Campbell Brown and Whitt Algar were both nominated in the 2011 Charleston Music Award’s for “Best Male Singer” and “Best Keyboardist" respectively. Gaslight Street perform at Home Team BBQ Dec. 31 at 9 p.m., $10, 2209 Middle St., Sullivan's Island, SC 29482.

island eats
Acme Lowcountry Kitchen: Enjoy a great beach atmosphere, casual Americana dining, and fresh-catch seafood for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. $$ 886-0024 www.acmecantina.com 31 J.C. Long Boulevard Isle of Palms, SC 29451 Ben & Jerry’s: Enjoy an array of ice cream flavors, from Chocolate Therapy to Peach Cobbler on Isle of Palms’ Ocean Boulevard $ 886-6314 www.benandjerrys.com 1009 Ocean Boulevard, Isle of Palms, SC 29451 Café Medley: Start your day or end it with a well rounded café, serving breakfast, lunch, and a glass of wine in the evening. $$ 793-4055 www.cafemedley.com 2213 Middle Street   Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482 The CO-OP: Sullivan’s Island’s own Gourmet Grocery and Deli. Enjoy madeto-order sandwiches and salads that are perfect for everything from quick lunches to a long day on the beach! Patio dining available. $ 882-8088 www.thecoopsullivans.com 2019 Middle Street, Sullivan's Island, SC 29482 High Thyme Cuisine: A small island bistro with a wide range of dishes from seafood, tapas on Tuesdays, and a brunch on Sunday mornings. $$$ 883-3536 www.highthymecuisine.com 2213 Middle Street Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482 Home Team BBQ: Not limited to barbeque, this casual eatery also serves salads, wraps, tacos, and quesadillas, as well as Sunday brunch. $$ 883-3131 www.hometeambbq.com 2209 Middle Street Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482 Long Island Cafe: Come in for lunch, dinner, or Sunday brunch and enjoy all your favorite seafood plus so much more at this island favorite. $$ 886-8809 www.longislandcafesc.com 1515-A Palm Boulevard Isle of Palms, SC 29451 Luke 'n Ollie's: Come and enjoy made-to-order pizzas made from the finest ingredients. $$ 242-8121 www.lukenollies.com 1101-C Ocean Boulevard Isle of Palms, SC 29451 Morgan Creek Grill: Relax with a front row seat on the Intracoastal waterway while enjoying fresh seafood and southern hospitality. $$$ 886-8980 www.morgancreekgrill.com 80 41st Avenue Isle of Palms, SC 29451 Poe’s Tavern: Famous for their gourmet burgers and chicken sandwiches, this Poe-inspired eatery also features great deals on fresh fish tacos. $$ 883-0083 www.poestavern.com 2210 Middle Street Sullivan’s Island, SC SALT at Station 22: Enjoy a fun atmosphere with fresh seafood and southern favorites, and a fresh, local raw bar. $$$ 883-3355 www.saltstation22.com 2205 Middle Street  Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482 Sullivan’s: Grab a casual dinner of fried flounder or crab cakes in a cozy atmosphere, as well as lunch on the weekends. $$ 883-3222 2019 Middle Street Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482 Taco Mamacita: Enjoy made-from-scratch “Tex Mex” soups, salads, tacos, and enchiladas, and quench your thirst with one of several specialty margaritas. $$ 789-4107 www.tacomamacita.com 2213-B Middle Street Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482 The Windjammer: Isle of Palms’ home to live music, this fun beach club features unbeatable prices on sandwiches, burgers, and seafood. $$ 886-8596 www.the-windjammer.com 1008 Ocean Boulevard Isle of Palms, SC 29451

December 20, 2013 East Cooper Meals on Wheels is a community based 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization. They deliver daily nutrition free of charge to residents of Mount Pleasant, Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms, Wando, Cainhoy and Daniel Island who are homebound or unable to provide their own meals. They will provide more than 126,000 meals this year. East Cooper Medical Center has been working with East Cooper Meals on Wheels since

17 2003. The donations made today will be distributed next week before the holidays. “I’m extremely proud of our associates today,” Jason Alexander, CEO of East Cooper Medical Center, said. “They are committed to this community and helping those in need whether it’s in this hospital or through programs such as this one with East Cooper Meals on Wheels.”

ECMC donates to Meals on Wheels

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t’s the season of giving and a time to remember those in our community who are less fortunate. Last week, the associates of East Cooper Medical Center did just that by donating 87 gifts to East Cooper Meals on Wheels. An angel tree was set up in the hospital’s main lobby in November and

gifts have been collected over the last several weeks. “The contribution from East Cooper Medical Center is simply fantastic. We’re thrilled to be standing in a room full of presents for our recipients,” Adrian Wieland, Program and Volunteer Manager for East Cooper Meals on Wheels, said.

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December 20, 2013

Crafting Christmas Cookies

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he Isle of Palms Recreation Department hosted a Santa’s cookie decorating workshop last Wednesday at the Rec Center. Sprinkles and smiles were liberally applied as children and parents prepared for the big guy's arrival next week.

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You say tomato, I say tomato

MYSTERY PLANT
FOR THE ISLAND EYE NEWS

December 20, 2013

BY JOHN NELSON

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t's a member of the tomato family, and it doesn't matter which way you pronounce it. The tomato family is also quite properly referred to as the potato family, as well, and again, don't worry about pronunciation. The take-home here is that the family's botanical name is Solanaceae, and it is a big family at that, including nearly 4,000 species around the

world. The Solanaceae contains some extremely important food plants, the most well-known surely

being Irish potato - not to be confused with the "sweet" potato which is quite different. Tomatoes, too, along with their cousins, the various peppers, are also important economic crops. Finally, many cultivated species are members of this family, bringing us popular garden plants, such as the old stand-by, petunia. Be aware that a number of members of this family are quite poisonous. Jimson weed and cultivated daturas are very dangerous if consumed. A wide variety of chemical constituents, many of which are technically alkaloids, result in this toxicity. Besides their general toxicity, some of these compounds have important physiological effects on humans. For example,

the European herb known as "bella donna" produces berries containing a juice, which when dripped into the eyes, causes marked dilation of the pupils. Wide-open pupils are attractive, and thus ladies of the Italian Renaissance would use this as a beauty technique. That's where the name "bella donna" comes from. Our Mystery Plant is actually a relative of the European bella donna, but is native to America. It is common now just about all over the lower 48 states, although it is probably native only to the eastern half of the country. It is a perennial herb, producing a tough, prickly stem, and irregularly-lobed leaves. The plants like to show up in waste places, including roadsides and vacant lots. (And in your garden, if you give it a chance.) It blooms in the summer, producing attractive, star-shaped flowers, each with five white or lilac petals. Five stamens are in each flower,

and interestingly, the pollencontaining anther of each stamen is fused to its neighbor along its sides, forming a sort of bright yellow tunnel through which the style emerges. These anthers are a bit unusually in that, instead of splitting open to release pollen, a small pore develops at the tip through which the pollen exits. Pollination results in marblesized green, striped berries, which are strikingly similar in appearance to a cherry tomato. By late fall, the berries will have turned yellow, and they hang on, commonly, well until after the first frosts. If you tear into one of these cherry tomato look-alikes, you'll find plenty of little yellow seeds. Although the blossoms and berries are pretty, you won't hear too many kind things said about this little plant. It's basically a pest. By the way, there is a related species, commonly grown as a Mystery continues on page 21

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December 20, 2013

T R E AT C AT S A N D D O G S T H E S A M E W H E N I T C O M E S T O V E T E R I N A R Y C A R E
BY DR. KATHERINE SAENGER

Be careful with your cat
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PETS

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oet Jean Burden once said that a cat “is still only a whisker away from the wilds” and for many cat owners, this is the exact reason they love their selfsufficient felines. But for all of our professed

affection for these animals, our cats aren’t seen by veterinarians nearly as often as our dogs. Is it because we value dogs more highly or are there other reasons for this inequity? With more than 80 million cats in US households, they are now North America’s favorite pet. But if there are more pet cats than pet dogs, why aren’t our feline friends treated to the same health care that we provide our canine friends? Many people believe that a cat’s independent nature and their self-sufficiency mean that they are pretty low

Mystery continues from page 20 potted plant, which you might be seeing at the mall these days, or for sale at your local supermarket. This one has bright red or orange fruits, and is sometimes called “Christmas cherry.” John Nelson is the curator of the A. C. Moore Herbarium at the University of South Carolina, in the Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia SC 29208. As a public service, the Herbarium offers free plant identifications. For more information, visit www.herbarium.org or call 803.777.8196, or email nelson@ sc.edu.
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maintenance. This may be true when it comes to walking and feeding schedules, but medical needs for cats are actually very similar to medical needs for dogs. What people don’t realize is that, as small predators, cats instinctively hide their illnesses to avoid becoming dinner for a bigger predator. Cats may only display very subtle signs that they aren’t feeling well and these are often overlooked by well-meaning owners. Financial constraints and the stress of a visit by or to a veterinarian also contribute to the poor health care received by cats. The unfortunate result of all of this is that when veterinarians

do see cats, we are often faced with advanced problems that are more costly and difficult to treat. Chronic kidney disease, uncontrolled diabetes, hypertension and thyroid problems are good examples of this. But even simpler problems like parasite and flea infestations that could have been prevented or treated before severe disease set in are commonplace in a veterinary hospital. It is these preventable problems that encourage me to get the word out to cat owners. A pound of prevention really is worth an ounce of cure. Pets continues on page 23

Breac h Inlet Tide Char t
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Dec 20 Dec 21 Dec 22 Dec 23 Dec 24 Dec 25 Dec 26 Dec 27 Dec 28 Dec 29 Dec 30 Dec 31 Jan 1 Jan 2

Hurricanes, storms etc., are NOT included in the predictions. Tidal current direction changes and tide time predictions can be very different. Tide predictions are PREDICTIONS; they can be wrong so use common sense.

[Answer: “Horse nettle," Solanum carolinense]

High Tide
9:21am/9:46pm 9:55am/10:24pm 10:31am/11:03pm 11:10am/11:47pm 11:54am 12:38am/12:45pm 1:35am/1:42pm 2:35am/2:43pm 3:37am/3:45pm 4:37am/4:45pm 5:35am/5:44pm 6:32am/6:41pm 7:27am/7:38pm 8:20am/8:32pm

Low Tide
2:58am/3:35pm 3:36am/4:10pm 4:16am/4:46pm 4:59am/5:25pm 5:48am/6:10pm 6:44am/7:01pm 7:46am/7:58pm 8:51am/8:57pm 9:54am/9:58pm 10:53am/10:56pm 11:50am/11:53pm 12:43pm 12:49am/1:36pm 1:43am/2:27pm

Source: www.saltwatertides.com
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Merry Christmas and protect those emails

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FOR THE ISLAND EYE NEWS

BY BOB HOOPER

any of you check your emails online at Yahoo, Gmail or some other site that urges you to use them. It's very simple to set up and easy to check, so easy that many get "hacked" daily. It happens constantly and is the source of all those emails you get that just have a link in them with no message. It might have some sort of subject like "Check this out" or "From a friend" but in reality it's from a hacker through a hacked account. When your email account starts sending those emails that contain just a "link," some friends either call or email to let you know something is wrong, or someone clicks on the link and their computer is infected. You then get a rather nasty message asking “How could you?” It happens to all of us, yes me included, sooner or later. The good news is it can be mitigated by some simple steps. One of the first things is never click on a link in an email that has no message. Delete it without even worrying about it, if by some strange chance it actually came from a friend I'm sure they will send it again. Never click on a link from un-invited emails, such as from a "bank" or store that you have never dealt with. Do not respond to or click on anything that is supposedly from a friend but just seems out of place, like that person would never write that way or the subject is just too strange. If you are not sure call the friend and make sure they sent it, most likely you will find that they did not. As a side note never click on a link from your bank that wants to reset/ change/renew your password/ username/etc., your bank would never send out such a request unless you started it first, i.e. you had to change your password and the bank sent the email at your request. Set a reminder to change your email password at least every six months and preferably every three months. Don't use the same password everywhere, use random uppercase letters, numbers and special characters. The easiest way for a hacker to "hack" an account is to first have

the username and some info about that user. One very important step to take that will help avoid email viruses is to consider using an email program like Outlook or one of the free versions like Windows Live Mail, Thunderbird (part of the Mozilla group which has Firefox) or for Apple products, Mail. These programs download

your emails to your computer and delete them from the email server. What does that mean you ask? Well when you open your Internet Browser such as Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari and then "view" your emails online at Gmail, Yahoo or others the email never actually enters your computer and is still on some email server somewhere in the "cloud." When you use Outlook/ Mail the program connects to the email server and "downloads" the data/emails directly to your computer. You can elect to have them permanently deleted from the server once download or let them stay. The best part of doing this is that if the account is hacked they hacker may decide to delete every email you have. So you log on and that 10 years worth of business emails are GONE! Yikes and then you have to get someone involved that wants lots of money to try and retrieve all those lost emails. With the New Year fast approaching consider your emails, how you protect yourself and your contact list. Look at how you read them and make sure it's best for your situation. Bob would love to hear from you and answer your questions. If you need assistance call him at 843.822.7794 or email rentabob@ live.com.

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Thankfully, organizations like the CATalyst Council (www. catalystcouncil.org) and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP, www. catvets.com) are stepping up to help educate owners about their feline friends’ medical needs. By “CATS HAVE BEEN DESCRIBED AS ALOOF OR EVEN stressing the NARCISSISTIC, BUT THERE REALLY IS A LOT TO importance ADMIRE ABOUT THESE WONDERFUL ANIMALS. and value of ~ Katherine Saenger preventive medicine, these groups Cats have been described as are working hard to insure that aloof or even narcissistic, but cats aren’t forgotten when it there really is a lot to admire about comes to veterinary care. A visit to the veterinarian these wonderful animals. They should be more than just a are athletic, graceful, curious and couple of shots. A full physical loving members of our families, so examination done annually by this time of year, let’s be thankful the veterinarian is the first and for your feline friends and don’t probably most important thing a forget about their special health pet owner can do for their beloved care needs. feline. This exam can often spot Doctors Lanford and Saenger early issues before they turn started Bees Ferry Veterinary into big, expensive problems. Hospital in 1993 after having Additionally cat owners should worked together at another have open conversations with veterinary hospital for two years.  their veterinarian about which Together they built a small vaccinations their pet actually shopping-center x practice into needs and which ones can be one of Veterinary Economic's avoided. Standardized vaccination Practices of Excellence.   Dr. protocols that annually vaccinate Saenger, a certified veterinary every cat for every disease could journalist (ASVJ), started a vet result in adverse reactions, spay-neuter clinic while living in so be sure your veterinarian Mbabne, Swaziland and has also lived in Cairo, Egypt and Maribor, is customizing a vaccination Slovenia.  As a member of the protocol for your cat’s lifestyle. American Association of Feline To reduce stress for your cat Practitioners, she strives to keep when they visit the veterinarian, Bees Ferry on the cutting edge of look for hospitals that are feline veterinary medicine.

certified by the AAFP as “cat friendly.” These hospitals have separated cat waiting areas or cat-only hours, special exam rooms for cats and appropriately sized equipment for these smaller creatures. After all, no cat wants to sit down next to a big scary dog.

Call Chuck & Edy Mimms 843-224-9507

2205 Middle Street Suite 203 Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina 29482