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Volume 7 Issue 21
January 17, 2014
Kiawah Island plunges into the New Year
PHOTOS BY RALpH SECOY
For The Island Connections
Kiawah Island Golf Resort hosted its first ever Polar Bear Plunge on New Year’s Day. The practice of hurtling yourself into the “icy” Atlantic Ocean on the first day of the year has been a tradition on nearby islands, such as Folly Beach and Sullivan’s Island, for many years now, but this was Kiawah’s first plunge. There was a big turnout on the beach in front of The Sanctuary Hotel, and many guests embraced the Santa Claus theme. Following the dip an After Plunge Party was held at the Loggerhead Bar & Grill.
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Financials Mayor Terry Ahearn kicked off the meeting with the regular financial report, stating that overall the Town is doing well and should hopefully end the year with $200,000 in excess. As of the December year-to-date, the Town’s revenues were $140,311.17 above budget due to an increase in Accommodations Taxes (ATAX) and business licenses. As for expenditures, the Town was $53,995.53 below budget, even though legal expenses were double what they were last year. This was balanced out, Mayor Ahearn noted, by the decrease in roadway maintenance costs, which was about $11,000 less than budgeted. In total, the Town’s revenues over expenditures for the year-to-date was $146,286 which is $194,306.70 over budget and “…a whopping $650 better than last year,” Mayor Ahearn noted with a smile.
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In order to get back on their feet financially, Lash stated that the paper is planning to drop the cost of advertising in order to remain competitive in the current market. The advertising, however, would be limited to no more than 30 percent of the paper—40 percent if necessary—so that the main focus is on content. As it stands, the paper is currently budgeting $90,000 for the year with approximately $53,000 coming from advertising as opposed to last year’s advertising income of $77,000. Because of this potential discrepancy and additional costs such as the increase in postage, the paper is asking the town for $23,000 in support. The Council asked several questions regarding how The Seabrooker could approach raising the funds needed for this year’s budget, including the possibility of subscriptions, asking the island residents for donations, seeking additional funding from the paper’s major advertising supporters, or looking for a volunteer to do the graphic design and layout for the paper, which is one of The Seabrooker’s current major costs. Morris and Lash stated that they would look into all of these possibilities. “I’m willing to try anything,” said Lash. The Council did not give their decision then as they needed to talk more about it, but they did tell Morris and Lash that they would give something. A resolution on the amount will hopefully be discussed during the January Council meeting. Government Relations Mayor Ahearn gave a report provided by Town Council proxy Sam Reed, who attended the December 16 BCDCOG meeting. Reed stated that the committee spoke with him as well as members of the Kiawah Town Council about launching a road steering committee, and later discussed the strong possibility of a raise in the South Carolina gas tax in order to keep up with road issues.
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Supporting The Seabrooker Terry Lash and Mike Morris of The Seabrooker gave a presentation to the Council regarding the financial status of the island’s monthly newspaper. While the paper has grown significantly in years past, the past few years have been difficult financially and even with a staff consisting almost entirely of volunteers, The Seabrooker is in need of additional support from the Town. “I promised my dad, may he rest in peace, that I would continue this paper as long as I could and I want to keep this legacy going,” said Lash. She reminded the Council that The Seabrooker began with seed money from the Town almost 15 years ago and that the Town has helped the paper in past years with significant donations. “I’m here asking for some more financial support from the Town to keep this community-wide paper, which everyone loves and everyone reads cover-to-cover; which we know because if we misspell a name, we hear about it immediately,” Lash said, smiling.
Community Relations Councilmember Don Romano reported that he succeeded in getting the Bohicket Marina to sign off on the Town Emergency Plan’s Memorandum of Understanding, but that he is still waiting to hear back from Camp St. Christopher. Additionally, he noted that the Marina is looking for ways to fill their second floor office space, as well as ways of attracting larger transient boats. “The problem is that when these one hundred, one-hundred-twenty-five foot yachts get here, there’s nothing for them to do. So the Marina is considering talking to the Club about the possibility of amenity cards so these yacht guys can play a round of golf, get dinner, enjoy the benefits,” said Romano. Councilmember John Gregg also reported on the progress of the Seabrook Island Club Long Range Planning Committee, which last met in November. The board expects to approve the current plan in January and begin working on strategy and development at that time. Communications and Environmental Committees Councilmember John Turner reported that both committees would be meeting again in January. In the meantime, he will be reviewing the process of testing for and receiving his ham radio license. Planning and Development Councilmember Ron Ciancio reported on a successful meeting with Obviouslee Marketing, the communications group in charge of maintaining the Town’s website. They reviewed what their company was responsible for, including the online marketing of Seabrook Island, and discussed ways in which they could update their processes to incorporate the efforts of the Town’s branding committee, as well as ways in which the Town Administration
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Monday, January 27
Kiawah Board of Zoning Appeals 4 p.m. Kiawah Town Hall
Tuesday, February 11
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Monday, February 10
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Monday, February 17
President’s Day Kiawah and Seabrook Islands Town Offices will be closed
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K i A w A H P U B L i C S A F E T Y S T r E S S E S imp O r T A n C E O F A ddi T i O n A L F ir E F ig H T E r S O n A n O dd L Y S H A p E d i S L A nd
hen looked at from the air, Kiawah Island resembles a somewhat lopsided hot dog, thinning out around the west end and bubbling outward on the east. It’s an excellent shape for providing a greater percentage of homeowners with beautiful ocean views, but it’s phenomenally poor for the quick and efficient movement of emergency vehicles. “The topographical configuration of Kiawah Island, which is slightly more than ten miles long and is only accessible through the main gate, creates a unique situation,” Richard Murphy, Kiawah Island Councilmember and Public Safety Committee chair, said. “The resources necessary to fight a working structure fire on Kiawah in a timely manner can only be successful [in most cases] if the resources are domiciled on the island.” Spurred to find a solution to more efficient and effective firefighting following two large house fires on the island this past October, Murphy found that, according to the National Fire Protection Agency, the island is currently quite understaffed both in regard to manpower as well as firefighting equipment. “The major issue is not the performance of the firefighters but the lack of sufficient resources to respond in a timely fashion,” he said. The problem is compounded the further that you travel down the Island and away from the main gate. In a report presented to the Public Safety Committee on Dec. 11, 2013 Murphy shared specific numbers regarding the discrepancies between the current
Stopping fires means upping numbers
BY KriSTin HACkLEr
firefighting capabilities on Kiawah Island and the optimal numbers as outlined by the NFPA. Basically, in order for the NFPA-required number of 15 firefighters (or 17 if an aerial truck is in use) to arrive within the Agency standard of 8 minutes at a fire on Kiawah Island, those firefighters would have to be located on the island. Because of the island’s shape, the low staffing at the current stations, and the proximity of the closest automatic aid stations, Murphy noted, there’s simply no way for the full complement of firefighters to arrive in time via any other means. To stress his point, Murphy showed a slide that detailed the response times from the island’s two current stations as well as that of neighboring departments. For the St. Johns Fire Department to receive the required amount of aid for a first full alarm, the closest full complement of firefighters would need to originate from: • Station 4 (Sora Rail Rd, Kiawah Island): 2 companies • Station 6 (Ocean Course Dr, Kiawah Island): 1 company • Station 2 (Captain Sam’s Spit, Seabrook Island): 1 company • Station 5 (River Rd, Johns Island): 1 company With the furthest company, Station 5, reaching the island in 15 minutes to the second gate and 18 minutes to Station 6, the final response time is well above the NFPA’s optimal 8 minutes.
For the two stations on Kiawah Island to reach the ideal NFPA standard staffing numbers, however, the following increases would have to be made: • Station 4: two additional firefighters • Station 6: four additional firefighters and one aerial truck This would increase the current combined staff level housed on the island from 10 to 16, much closer to the recommended NFPA standard for a first full alarm number of 17 when an aerial truck is in the response package. “Chief Walz spoke to the audience following my presentation and stated that she agreed that the lack of firefighters is a major issue and she informed the committee that she had applied for federal grants to aid in increasing staff levels. She also stated that she would like to see four firefighters on each apparatus,” Murphy said. “The bottom line is that the fire history on Kiawah is not driven by the tactics of the firefighters, but by the timing and availability of resources.” The Public Safety Committee intends to pursue this issue in upcoming meetings, and will continue to work towards building a stronger relationship with the St. Johns Fire Department. The next Public Safety meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 2 p.m. at Kiawah Town Hall. All Public Safety Committee meetings are open to the public. For more information, please call Town Hall at 843.768.9166 or visit www.kiawahisland. org.
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Kiawah Town Council – January 7, 2014
Due to someone turning the heater off over the weekend, Kiawah Town Hall was exceptionally chilly with little hopes of warming up since the room takes several hours to heat. Because of this, the meeting was out in a little less than an hour. Committee Chair Appointments The Committee Chairs remain unchanged for 2014: Arts Council & Communications: Mary Johnson Environmental & Ways and Means: John Labriola Public Safety: Richard Murphy Municipal Elections: John Wilson 2014 Committee Appointments The Council unanimously approved the following appointments to Town Committees: Arts Council: no change Board of Zoning Appeals: Charlie Larson for a new term as chairman and Jack Braden, who stepped in to complete Nancy Zisk’s term, for a new term. Communications: no change Environmental: no change Planning Commission: Larry Iwan for a new term as vice chairman. Public Safety: John Olson tendered his resignation due to conflict with his position as Town Fire Commissioner. Additionally, member Art Morganstern is stepping down. In their places, committee chair Richard Murphy recommended Whitlow Wyatt, Scott Parker and Barbara Howell. Election Commission: no change Mayor Lipuma noted that, in regard to the Communications Committee, they would be looking into ways to make the communications system more effective and efficient going forward. If any changes are recommended, he said, they will be brought to the Council for consideration. Lastly, Councilmember Murphy pointed out that there was no specific reference in the Public Safety Committee’s charter regarding a liaison with the St. Johns Fire District and EMS in the same way they have a liaison with the Sheriff’s Department. It seemed to be an oversight and Murphy asked that it be included in the charter. Mayor Lipuma advised Murphy to write up the appropriate language and submit it for the next Council meeting. Town Staff Appointments The following Town staff appointments were approved by the Council unanimously: Town Attorney: Dennis Rhoad Municipal Court Judge: John Strauch Town Clerk: Petra Reynolds Town Treasurer: Kenneth Gunnells Town Organizational Chart The Town Council unanimously approved an organizational chart for the Town staff, listing each councilmember, their responsibilities and who reports to whom within the Town staff. Municipal Center Modifications Due to an increasing lack of space in the municipal center, Councilmember Murphy along with Town staff consulted with an architectural firm to draw up plans for increasing storage and office space on the second floor. Bids for the construction process were received by three companies, with one being rejected as a company representative was not in attendance during a mandatory rebid on December 2. The winning bid went to Schroder’s Services, LLC, with a bid amount of $25,440. Council approved the expenditure unanimously. Town Strategic Planning Session Mayor Lipuma announced that the Town Council is planning to hold a full day strategic planning session off-site in the near future, hopefully at the Charleston Marriott downtown. Town staff is currently working to find a day that works for all of the Council members as well as a day when the Marriott is free. Lipuma stated that they would announce the date once it is set. East End Beach Restoration Recommendation “We’ve noticed, and I’m one of those who have noticed, that the east end of the island near the Ocean Course Clubhouse has significant scarping and a new channel head has formed that is flushing sand out,” said Mayor Lipuma. Fortunately, he said, Dr. Tim Kana of Coastal Science and Engineering recently completed a survey of the island and, while his report isn’t due to the Town until mid-February, they were able to entreat upon him for an early recommendation regarding the situation. As committee chair for the Environmental Committee, councilmember John Labriola elaborated on the situation, pointing out a series of images taken of the island’s east end since 2006. “Things are changing, but we don’t want to represent this as being in a crisis stage. We just want to have solid plans and financing for those plans in place as soon as possible,” said Labriola. From their discussion with Kana, it appears that there are three options for Kiawah’s east end: Do nothing and let nature take its course. Take an interim step that would be more efficient and less disruptive of the environment than the third option, a major replacement project. It was concluded that step two would be the best approach at this point, and since permitting can take up to 18 months, Labriola stated that they should begin speaking with the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) as soon as possible to get them onboard. After that, they would begin the process of applying for permits. According to a letter from Coastal Science and Engineering (CSE) dated December 17, 2013, to Mr. Jim Jordan of the Town of Kiawah Island, Alternative 2 would consist of a small-scale inlet realignment: “This alternative involves applying for a permit to relocate the channel in the near future with minimal equipment and material. The project would be similar to the 2006 project in nature; however, due to the remaining nourishment berm and overall health of the beach fronting the Ocean Course, the volume of material moved would be limited to that necessary to open a new channel and close the existing channel (eliminating the “restoration” component of the earlier project). This alternative would likely involve moving 25,000 to 50,000 cy of material (not all of which would be hauled – some would simply be pushed by bulldozers) and would require about 10 – 14 days to complete. A potential advantage of this alternative is that it minimizes the impacts to the beach and critical habitat by reducing the amount of equipment needed and sand moved. A potential disadvantage is that minimizing the amount of sand leaves the opportunity for a breach of the closure dike (or existing berm), which may place the channel closer to its current position than desired. The natural tendency of the channel is to migrate west, so there is potential for another project in the future. CSE anticipates that a project in line with Alternative 2 would last a minimum of 3 – 4 years. A rough cost estimate for permitting, construction, and construction administration of a project under Alternative 2 is approximately $150,000, plus or minus $50,000.” “There’s always a concern about delays from conservation groups who might be opposed, so we need to get the permitting process started soon. The project itself would only take about two weeks,” said Labriola. He added that they would continue to monitor the area closely and if it seems like an ongoing issue, they may consider taking the same interim step on a more frequent basis. Mayor Lipuma added that the permitting pursuit was simply a matter of being prudent. “The beach is one of our key resources and we want to take care of it,” he said.
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And while they would pursue getting the permit, this didn’t necessarily mean they would do the work. “It’s prudent to continue to observe and to put ourselves in the position to do work if things turn in a way that presents a problem. At the present time there’s no danger to the Ocean Course and minimal danger to the nesting grounds for several endangered bird species, which was created during the first east end repair,” said Lipuma. Councilmember Labriola stated that they would likely be back before the Council in a few months with a request to fund the permitting process. Public Safety Councilmember Murphy reminded the Council of their upcoming meeting next Wednesday, and reported on a guest presentation given at the last meeting concerning the available market for sprinkler systems and smoke detectors. The Public Safety committee also held their first strategic planning session with the St. Johns Fire District on Thursday, January 9, which Murphy described as a “...positive step toward a positive exchange between the Town and the fire district.” Environmental Committee and Ways & Means Councilmember Labriola reiterated briefly on the issues with Kiawah’s east end, stating that this was the main focus of the last Environmental Committee meeting. Ways and Means did not meet during the month of December. Arts Council Councilmember Mary Johnson ran through a list of upcoming Arts Council events, reminding residents and future attendees to get their tickets as soon as possible as they’ve been going quickly. Future Arts Council events for January include: Liquid Pleasure Plus the Liquid Pleasure Horns & Liquid Pleasure Female Vocalists: Friday, January 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the East Beach Conference Center Images from Around the World: Flute and Harp Concert: Sunday, January 19, at 4 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour Clay Ross 4tet, featuring Quentin Baxter, Charlton Singleton and Kevin Hamilton: Thursday, January 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the Turtle Point Clubhouse Art Film #1 These Amazing Shadows: Friday, January 24, at 3 p.m. at the Sandcastle Parker Quartet (performing on Kiawah just 3 days before a sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall): Tuesday, January 28, at 7:30 p.m. at the River Course Clubhouse Art Film #2 - Chops (featuring the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival, as hosted by Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center): Friday, January 31, at 3 p.m. at the Sandcastle Communications Committee Councilmember Johnson stated that the committee is currently waiting to review a proposal that may or may not become a project. In the meantime, they will continue to improve on communications throughout the island. Planning Commission – no meeting Board of Zoning Appeals Councilmember Lauren Patch stated that the BZA handled two issues recently, one concerning a development overstepping their setback lines and another where the BZA granted a variance, though they were not happy about it because the request was more of a request for forgiveness as the action had already been taken. Because of this, the BZA will be looking into the possibility of increasing the BZA’s fines structure. Finally, Patch stated that he attended the last BCDCOG meeting, where they discussed the issue of clearing a number of trees near the 170 mile marker on I-526. “They made it pretty clear at the meeting that they didn’t have a choice [about clearing the trees],” said Patch. The issue is that the grade coming off of the highway doesn’t comply with road grade criteria, but the only way to bring it up to standard is by clearing the trees. Town Administrator’s Report Town Administrator Tumiko Rucker summarized several of the Town staff’s activities over the past month, including: The Town is in the middle of business license renewals and contractor licensing, and requests for renewals have been mailed out. Notifications regarding the annexation of Freshfields by the Town have been sent out to state and county entities, as well as private organizations such as Berkeley Electric. Berkeley Electric has added Freshfields to the Town’s electrical franchise agreement. The Town staff and Council members are currently discussing what municipal projects to submit to the Municipal Association’s annual rewards program. Building permit numbers have been calculated for the year: 841 permits, 714 inspections, 50 completed plan reviews and $310,000 collected, $61,000 of which was retained by the town; a 50% increase from last year. Permits are also on track for this year, with an increase expected in commercial building permits due to the Freshfields annexation. The Town staff is currently talking with the County about building and permitting functions, as well as additional issues concerning the Freshfields annexation. Meetings will be scheduled over the next several weeks. The Town is currently working on phase 3 of the Emergency Comprehensive Plan Two improvements have been made using the last of the Town’s Greenbelt funding: a retaining wall has been added under the Kiawah River Bridge near the fishing spot and additional curbing has been added along the bikepath. Mayor’s Report Mayor Lipuma only had one item to discuss: a recent request he received to speak at a Baptist Church on Wadmalaw Island for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration services. “I talked at St. Stephens on Maybank last year. It was a great opportunity and I look forward to doing it again this year,” said Lipuma. Correspondence The Town received one letter from the Kiawah Island Utility giving their annual status report. Since there were no citizens’ comments or Councilmember comments, the Council moved into executive discussion to review two items: 1) the acquisition of the property adjacent to Town Hall and 2) to discuss a contractual matter related to the acquisition of the KIU and to receive legal advice on the same. The next Kiawah Town Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 2 p.m. at Kiawah Island Town Hall, located at 21 Beachwalker Drive. For more information, please call 843.768.9166 or visit www. kiawahisland.org.
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section of the website could be improved. Ciancio also met with the head of the Accommodations Tax (ATAX) committee and discussed their role and function so he would be up-to-date for their first meeting in January. Regarding the ongoing issue of flood insurance on the island, Ciancio briefly reviewed how the Town’s participation in the FEMA community rating system currently allows residents to be eligible for a 20 percent discount on flood insurance, and how he hopes to work with the County and others to increase the discount by improving on the Town’s current rating. To do this, he asked the Council to approve the formation of a Community Rating System Committee. The Council approved the committee formation unanimously and Councilmember Turner requested that he be included on the committee. Lastly, Ciancio noted that the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act was recently brought before the United States Senate with the hopes of delaying the implementation of Biggert-Waters until FEMA could complete an affordability study. Unfortunately, the Act was objected to by the senators of Idaho and Montana, so the procedural effort failed. The Act does have bipartisan support, however, and Ciancio stressed that it is by no means dead and that they would continue to support the legislation. Public Safety Councilmember John Gregg reported on the December 10 meeting of the Public Safety committee, stating that copies of the Town’s Comprehensive Emergency Plan were passed out so the new Council could familiarize themselves with the procedure. In terms of activity, the Seabrook Island Club has offered the use of pasture land within the equestrian center as a potential debris storage and reduction site in the event of a disaster, “…assuming the pastureland is not underwater,” Gregg added. Finally, Gregg noted that the committee has received inventories from the Property Owners Association, Club and Utility Commission listing items that might be useful in the event of an emergency. The last item the Public Safety Committee will be requesting from these entities is an exchange of contact information regarding chains of command so the correct people can be contacted in an emergency. Utility Commission Jeff Bostock, chair of the Utility Commission, reported that the November cash flow was better than has been seen in past months, mainly due to dry weather, and that a final budget for the commission for 2014 should be approved at their next meeting and presented to the Council in January. The main issue in the budget, he added, would likely be the elevated water tank, which needs to be stripped and repainted on the interior and exterior. One estimate, he warned, stands at $250,000 just for the recoating, not including the initial grit blasting. Councilmember Romano asked if this work would affect the Town’s water service and Bostock said no, the only thing affected would be the water pressure for fire hydrants for a couple days. Lastly, Bostock was pleased to report that they fully expected to get the fees for wastewater treatment from the new hotel in the coming week, which should come in at around $77,000. Appointments to Committees The following committee appointments were made and approved unanimously by the Town Council: Town Attorney: Stephen L. Brown Town Zoning Administrator: Randy Pierce Town Clerk/Town Treasurer: Faye Allbritton Accommodations Advisory Committee: Jim Eisenhauer to replace Joan Hylander for a term expiring on December 31, 2014 Planning Commission: Appointments are being sought to replace Fran Quagliato and John Scofield for terms to expire on December 31, 2015. Both members are leaving voluntarily. Ordinance 2013-07: Rezoning 3271 Privateer Creek Road (first reading) Council unanimously approved first reading of ordinance 2013-07, which rezones the land at 3271 Privateer Creek (TMS# 147-07-00-090) from residential to agricultural-conservation, with Councilmember Ciancio recusing himself from the vote. The next Seabrook Island Town Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 28, at 2:30 p.m. at Seabrook Island Town Hall, located at 2001 Seabrook Island Road. For more information, please call Town Hall at 843-768-9121 or visit www. townofseabrookisland.com.
L E g A r E F A rm S O F F E r S win T E r CSA F O r T H E F ir S T T im E
egare Farms is debuting a winter Community Supported Agriculture program this season. CSA is a way for the community to form a relationship with a local farm. By making a financial commitment to the farm, members pay for the season up-front, helping to pay for seeds, fertilizer, water, equipment maintenance, labor, etc. In return, the farm provides a healthy supply of seasonal fresh produce throughout the growing season. Members take a risk along with the farmer on the crop. Farming is a risky business. Becoming a member creates a responsible relationship between people and the food they eat, the land on which it is grown and those who grow it. The farm normally takes the winter months off, but this season some winter crops have been planted. The season will last six weeks starting Feb. 2 and running through March 20. “I have always been reluctant to do a winter season because most of what is available is greens. Greens get old really quick,” Helen Legare said. “But I think we can mix it up enough so you won’t get tired of greens.” The farm hopes to offer collards, kale, mustard, sweet potatoes, spinach, beets, turnips, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, butternut squash and acorn squash. The Legares are talking to a friend in Florida about getting some citrus to add to the mix. They are also going to try some tomatoes in the green house as well as yellow squash. “We can get green onions and lettuce ready if the weather cooperates,” said Legare, who is pouring through seed catalogs now to see if there’s something else they can plant and have ready in time.
Eat healthy and local this winter
January 17, 2014
Legare Farms, a ninth generation family farm on Johns Island, is preparing to offer a winter Community Supported Agriculture program this winter.
Legare Farms’ CSA is unique because it is not a dropand-go CSA. A member of the Legare family or staff is at the pick-up location to meet each member and share what is going on at the farm. A main function of a CSA is to
form a relationship between the farmers and the members and the only way to do this is to get to know each other better each week. Legare Farm’s staff will share tips for preparing vegetables, and members are encouraged to contribute tips as well as recipes. Legare Farms is a ninth generation family farm on Johns Island, which also raises free range eggs, hormone and antibiotic free beef, pork and poultry. Meat, eggs and canned goods will be available to purchase at each drop site. There are five locations for vegetable pickups: the farm, Trident Tech on Rivers Ave., West Ashley, James Island and Mount Pleasant. The cost for the winter season is $115 for a half share or $157 for a full share. The farm is also taking new members for the regular 2014 season, the seventh year it has offered a regular season CSA. The season lasts 15 weeks—9 weeks in the spring/summer, 6 weeks in the fall. The CSA provides a half bushel of produce for a total of 15 weeks, a half share is also available. There is an assortment of vegetables every week including tomatoes, green beans, sweet corn, okra, squash and radishes. Early spring and fall may include winter crops such as collards, turnips, beets, onions, arugula and lettuce. The cost for the regular CSA season is $355 for a full share, or $245 for a half share. Call 843.559.0788, email legarefarms@bellsouth. net or visit www.legarefarms.com for more information.
January 17, 2014
Former Vanderbilt coach brings celebrity golf tournament with a twist to Kiawah
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The Island Connection Editor
BY JEnniFEr TUOHY
Isle of Palms resident Bobby Johnson’s Draft A Celebrity golf tournament next month will raise money for Charleston’s at-risk youth.
n Dec. 3, 2011, retired Vanderbilt head football coach Bobby Johnson found himself playing flag football with a group of children from the Shaw Community Center on the beach on Sullivan’s Island. The former Clemson player and career football coach, who grew up in Columbia, had chosen to retire that year to the Isle of Palms with his wife, Catherine, a
Charleston native. Within a few weeks of his arrival some enterprising College of Charleston students had tracked him down and sought his advice on a semiprofessional football team they were trying to put together. Kekoa Lee and Steven Baller wanted the team, Charleston Man of War, to be a grassroots, community effort, and had brought a group of children from the downtown Charleston
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community center to the beach for a day “eligible” for the draft including: of flag football. • Steve Spurrier, Gamecocks Head Football Coach “They had a ball,” Johnson said. “The guys had talked some off-duty policeman • Chad Morris, Clemson Offensive into escorting them out there like they Coordinator were the Green Bay Packers. We had all • Brian Dawkins, former Clemson the equipment and everything out there Tiger and Philadelphia Eagle on the beach and the kids just had a • George Rogers, former Gamecocks fantastic day.” Heisman Trophy and Super Bowl Johnson was struck by the fact that for winner some of these boys, who had grown up in • Katherine Bell, actor, Army Wives, Charleston, this was their first time at the JAG beach. • Cam Gigandet, actor, Twilight, “Most of them came from the same The O.C. neighborhood and most of them could use • Eric Bass, bass guitarist for help,” he said. “This looked like a rarity for Shinedown them so I decided to see if we could help • Bill Murray, award-winning actor them some more.” and comedian Johnson put his head together with • Willy Robertson, Duck Dynasty Lee, Baller and local author Laura Fogerty star to come up with the idea of a charity golf Johnson also convinced his Isle tournament to raise funds for two youthrelated local charities: The Lowcountry of Palms neighbors and fellow football Food Bank Children’s Programs and The coaches Ralph Friedgen (University of Dee Norton’s Lowcountry Children’s Maryland) and Fisher DeBerry (Air Force Center, dedicated to preventing child Falcons) to put themselves up for auction. Would-be participants need to log on abuse and healing those affected. to www.draftacelebrity.com put in their Instead of the traditional fundraising bids. Then, when the golf tournament, first round closes on Johnson put his football Feb. 1, those in the top know-how to good use Whoever bids 25 will be given the and devised a unique the most money opportunity to up their fundraising formulae gets the first bid to secure a higher he calls “Draft-A‘pick’ of the draft pick. Celebrity.” J o h n s o n celebrities on “We have a website thinks this is the first people can go to, www. our list. golf tournament of its dra f tacelebrit y.com, kind and is excited at and bid money for the Bobby Johnson its potential to raise chance to choose the money for youth celebrity they want to play golf with at the tournament,” living in poverty in Charleston and the Johnson said. “Whoever bids the most Lowcountry. For more information, to bid to play with money gets the first ‘pick’ of the celebrities a celebrity, donate funds or volunteer to help on our list.” The tournament will be held Saturday, the organization visit www.draftacelebrity. Feb. 15 at the Kiawah Island Ocean Golf com. To watch a video of Bobby Johnson Course, one of the top 10 courses in the coaching the children that December day visit country. There are 22 celebrities currently www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JPuTYyIGc0.
How to Draft a Celebrity
Sunday, Dec. 15: Bidding open to the public at www.draftacelebrity.com Saturday, Feb. 1 at 5 p.m.: Bidding closes and the draft order will be set Monday, Feb. 3: draft begins, five selections will be made each day Friday, Feb. 7: Draft ends and teams will be finalized Saturday, Feb. 15, Draft-A-Celebrity Golf Championship at The Ocean Course For a full list of participating celebrities visit www.draftacelebrity.com/staff/
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. Source: saltwatertides.com
January 17, 2014
Freshfields Village merchants help out JICS students
BY MArAidE SULLiVAn
ames Island Christian School craft supplies were provided by Freshfields appreciates the support they received Village. The high school students greatly for their calendar sale by merchants at enjoyed serving the community this way and also sold some of the Freshfields Village. their calendars. Over a third of JICS students live on Johns Of special note was Island and Wadmalaw. Some customers the encouragement The 2014 Calendar Sale in Java Java went students received from provides much needed out of their way the business’ patrons. financial resources to Some customers in Java to give students Java went out of their benefit the school. pointers on way to give students Java Java made calendars available for effective sales pointers on effective sales practices. Some sale in November. J. practices. patrons of the Village McLaughlin showed Market gave donations their support by that surpassed the cost donating 15 percent of the calendars. of purchases on Nov. 30 to the JICS scholarship fund. The As a special thank you, students created Village Market (Harris Teeter) provided hand-made table top Christmas trees out space out front to sell calendars during of decorative paper that were delivered to Thanksgiving week. the merchants in December. JICS serves Also Freshfields Village management students K4-12 from all over Charleston provided a “win-win” opportunity for County. For more information about the JICS Upper School students at their James Island Christian School please visit Holiday Festival. The students helped www.jics.org. children make ornaments. The tents and
For The Island Connection
Bella, A JICS student from Wadmalaw Island, shows off the school’s 2014 fundraising calendar.
January 17, 2014
Irvin House Vineyards’ hosts Cork Shuckin’ Festival
For The Island Connection
BY RYAn NELSOn
xpect a shuckin’ good time at the third annual Cork Shuckin’ Festival at Irvin House Vineyards on Saturday, Feb. 8 from 1 - 5 p.m. at the vineyard. Admission is free but patrons are encouraged to bring their cash and credit for oysters, wine and Firefly spirits tastings and local food vendors. Oysters from Holy City Seafood will be available and other food vendors will be on site including Coastal Crust, Stono Cafe and Dulce Truck. Guests are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the music of the One Kool Blow. Tastings in the Firefly Vodka
distillery and Irvin House Vineyards winery are only $6 to taste six Firefly spirits and $5 to taste five wines. Patrons will receive complimentary glasses during both tastings. If guests are hesitant about driving to the vineyard due to a lack of a designated driver, the vineyard is proud to partner with the Lowcountry Loop Trolley. This trolley-style transportation will be offered for the Cork Shuckin’ Festival. Limited seats are available, guests are encouraged to reserve their spots by visiting www. lowcountrylooptrolley.com or by calling 843.654.5199. Guests will be picked up at three locations: • Mt. Pleasant Towne Centre at 12 p.m. • Mt. Pleasant Waterfront Park at 12:15 p.m. • Charleston Visitors Center at 12:30 p.m. Irvin House Vineyards, located at 6775 Bears Bluff Road on Wadmalaw Island in South Carolina, is owned by Jim and Ann Irvin. In March 2001, they planted 2,700 muscadine vines and converted farm barns into a winery with a tasting room, creating a unique business and a new
attraction for the Lowcountry, becoming Charleston’s only winery and vineyard. The Irvin’s have produced five varieties of wine. These wines range from a semi-dry to the regular sweet muscadine that is reminiscent of the old South. Muscadines are the only grapes that will grow in
the humid climate of the Lowcountry. Irvin House Vineyards works with four varieties of muscadine grapes. For more information, visit www.CharlestonWine. com. Regular hours at the vineyard are Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Mah Jongg Practice 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Tuesday of the month, The Lake House - Osprey 2, 1 - 4 p.m. Open to all new players, those returning to the game, and anyone else who wants a chance to practice with others who are learning the game. If you have never played and want to learn the game, or if you have not played in a while, please go to www. nationalmahjonggleague.org and order a National Mah Jongg League card. It is necessary to have a card in order to play. It is illegal to copy these cards and we do not, unfortunately, have extras. If you have a mah jongg set, please bring it with you. If you have any questions, please contact Helen Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 17, 2014
Yoga for Golfers Fridays, Jan. 10 – Feb. 21, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Join Natasha Stevens, Yoga Instructor at The Lake House for a Yoga class designed for golfers. Class size is limited, contact The Lake House front desk at 843.725.1580 to register. Homegrown New Johns Island Farmers’ Market. Every Saturday starting Jan. 11, at 3546 Maybank Highway Johns Island, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. www.johnsislandfarmersmarket.com. Canvases for Conservation, the South Carolina Aquarium January 17, 2014-July 2014 Canvases for Conservation will feature several pieces from world renowned marine artist and conservationist Guy Harvey on the Aquarium’s second floor gallery wall. The installation will spotlight Guy Harvey’s interpretations of magnificent wildlife in South Carolina, such as a bald eagle, loggerhead sea turtle and sharks. Each piece is available for purchase with a percentage of proceeds directly supporting the conservation and education programs at the South Carolina Aquarium. Artwork by the Seabrook Island Art Guild John’s Island Regional Library will be displaying work by the guild through February. Formed in 2007 by several Seabrook Island artists, including Mary White, Colleen Wiessmann, and Laura Todd, the Seabrook Island Art Guild is a non-profit organization providing programs, classes/training sessions, workshops and fellowship for residents of Seabrook, Kiawah and John’s Island, who have an interest in promoting art. 7:30 p.m., East Beach Conference Center. Ticket Release: Kiawah 12/30, public 1/3. Sponsored by the Town of Kiawah Island Arts Council. Complimentary Tickets are available at the Visitors Center at Kiawah Island Town Hall. For more information call 843-768-9166.
Monday Bridge Group The Monday Bridge Group needs new players! They meet Mondays at 9 a.m. at the Lake House, so stop by and join the fun. For more information, please contact Lori Muenow at 843.768.2314 or Ilse Calcagno at 843.768.0317. Seabrook Stitchers The Lake House, every Monday from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. For more information, please contact Denise Doyon at dendoyon@gmail. com.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 18
Coastal Island Horse Show Mullet Hall Equestrian Center, visit www. charlestoncountyparks.com for more information. Green Space Conservancy Informational Event Representatives of the Seabrook Island Green Space Conservancy will be available at the Lake House from 9 a.m. to noon to answer questions about the history SIGSC, its past accomplishments and future plans. Reservations for the 2014 Gala to be held on March 23 can be made and donations to SIGSC would also be gladly accepted. The mission of SIGSC is to preserve and enhance the natural environment on Seabrook Island through the acquisition of land and land easements, through education on environmental topics and through advocacy of conservation issues.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 19
Images from around the World: Flute and Harp Concert 4 p.m., Church of Our Saviour. Ticket Release: Kiawah 12/30 / Public 1/3. Sponsored by the Town of Kiawah Island Arts Council. Complimentary Tickets are available at the Visitors Center at Kiawah Island Town Hall. For more information call 843-768-9166.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 17
SINHG Soup Supper 5:30 p.m. at The Island House at The Club. Table reservations (for up to 10) will be offered in view of the success of this seating arrangement last year. SINHG members, sign up via the form emailed to you. Not a member? Contact Chuck Bosshart at email@example.com. Liquid Pleasure plus the Liquid Pleasure Horns & Female Vocalists
TUeSDAY, JANUARY 21
Writing Children’s Books The Lowcountry Writing Project (LWP) invites K-12 teachers to take its spring class, Writing Children’s Books. The class’s focus is on how to write and publish children’s or young adult literature, and will meet on The Citadel’s campus on Tuesdays, from 5 to 7:50 p.m., from Jan. 21 to April 22. The discounted cost, thanks to funding from the LWP, is $300 for each
participants, and books are provided in that cost. To enroll, go to: www3.citadel.edu/ writingproject/childrens_books.html. For more information, email LWP director Dr. Tom Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org or class instructor Dr. Kathryn Hansen at email@example.com. Seabrook Island Art Guild meeting 3 p.m., Bill Blizard, a Kiawah artist, is the featured artist who will discuss his own creative techniques in both painting and photography. For more information on Bill, his website is www.billblizard.com. KIPOA Financial Seminar First of four financial strategy speaking series hosted by KIPOA. Commonwealth Financial Group will speak on investment preservation and growth with an emphasis on retirement income generation strategies. The Sandcastle, 3-4:30 p.m. Sea Islands Book Club (adults) 2 p.m. January is readers’ choice! Bring a list of your favorite authors and books and let’s start the year off by sharing our favorites. You’ll leave the meeting with many new authors to try in 2014! Johns Island Regional Library. supplemented by historical and literary background presented by John Benzel. All performances are abbreviated to fit the 90 minute showing and will be subtitled in English. All are welcome and no previous knowledge of Opera is necessary. For more information, please contact John Benzel at 843.768.1174. Clay Ross 4tet 7:30 p.m., Turtle Point Clubhouse. Ticket Release: Kiawah 1/6 / Public 1/9. Sponsored by the Town of Kiawah Island Arts Council. Complimentary Tickets are available at the Visitors Center at Kiawah Island Town Hall. For more information call 843-768-9166. The Forty Mile Detour Band. Price includes beer and all the oysters you can eat. Bring your shucking knife and glove. Don’t have any? Fraser’s Bait & Tackle will have them for sale. Boeing’s Family Concert Classical Fusion Concert Introducing young people to classical music. Featuring Seth Gilliard (violin), Amy Goto (cello) and Satya Tranfield (dancer) 11 a.m., Sottile Theatre, 44 George Street, Charleston. For tickets, visit www.CharlestonSymphony.org or call 843723.7528 ext. 110. $20 adults, $10 students. Chinese New Year 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., join us in celebrating Chinese culture through stories, food, music and crafts. Johns Island Regional Library.
TUeSDAY, JANUARY 28
Parker Quartet - Grammy Award-Winning String Quartet 7:30 p.m., River Course Clubhouse. Ticket Release: Kiawah 1/9 / Public 1/14. Sponsored by the Town of Kiawah Island Arts Council. Complimentary Tickets are available at the Visitors Center at Kiawah Island Town Hall. For more information call 843-768-9166.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 30
American Veterans of the Sea Islands Movie Night 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. Showing Apollo 13 (rated PG; 140 minutes). Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding will be on-hand to share information about the Horses for Heroes program. Sponsored by Kiawah Cares. Johns Island Regional Library.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 24
These Amazing Shadows 3 p.m., Sandcastle. Ticket Release: Kiawah 1/6 / Public 1/9. These Amazing Shadows, an 88-minute documentary, tells the history and importance of the Registry, a roll call of American cinema treasures that reflects the diversity of film, and indeed the American experience itself. Sponsored by the Town of Kiawah Island Arts Council. Complimentary Tickets are available at the Visitors Center at Kiawah Island Town Hall. For more information call 843-7689166. Wicked Divas Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Charleston Symphony Orchestra presents Yuriy Bekker, conductor, and special guest vocalists in a concert of diva showstoppers from Broadway, opera and popular music, including selections from the Tony Awardwinning musical Wicked. Wicked Divas was created in conjunction with Steven Reineke, Music Director of The New York Pops. At the Sottile Theatre (44 George St.). Tickets can be purchased at CharlestonSymphony.org or by calling 843.723.7528 ext. 110.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 26
Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach Annual Auction Charleston Marriott, 170 Lockwood Blv., $100 per person. Visit www.olmoutreach. org for details.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 31
Chops 3 p.m., Sandcastle. Ticket Release: Kiawah 1/14 / Public 1/17. Each year, Jazz at Lincoln Center host the prestigious Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival. The film follows Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, a public high school in Jacksonville, FL, as they compete with elite bands from all over the country at the Festival in New York City. Inspired by the entire community of jazz musicians, the students humbly recognize the honor of carrying on the legacy of the masters. Sponsored by the Town of Kiawah Island Arts Council. Complimentary Tickets are available at the Visitors Center at Kiawah Island Town Hall. For more information call 843.768.9166.
WeDNeSDAY, JANUARY 22
Round Table Discussion with Councilwoman Johnson 12:30 p.m. Councilwoman Anna Johnson of Charleston County District 8 wants to discuss your concerns and issues. Each month a different speaker will be invited to address topics of interest expressed by you. Johns Island Regional Library.
MoNDAY, JANUARY 27
Youth Orchestra of the Lowcountry The Charleston Music Club presents the Youth Orchestra of the Lowcountry in a concert at 7:30 p.m. in the chapel at Franke at Seaside, 1885 Rifle Range Rd., followed by refreshments. Call 442.4835 for additional information.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 23
Seabrook Art Guild class Bob LeFevre hosts a free drawing class at the Lake House from 1 - 3:30 p.m. To sign up contact Walter Czander at ccczander@ bellsouth.net. To view Bob’s work visit the new Seabrook Island Artist Guild website at www.seabrookislandartistguild.com. Opera Lite XV Presents La Sonnambula 3:30 - 5 p.m. Enjoyment mixed with enlightenment as the Opera Lite Series is back at The Lake House. The works are
SATURDAY, JANUARY 25
Bohicket Marina Annual Oyster Roast 4 pm ‘till the oysters run out (rain date Jan. 26). $20/pp Advance ticket purchase at Doin’ the Charleston in Bohicket Marina. $25/pp day of event. Dance to the Music of
January 17, 2014
arts & culture
K i A w A H Ar T S C O U n C i L B ring S U . S . J A Z Z Am B A S S A d O r A nd G r A mm Y - A w A rd - winning S T ring Q U A r T E T T O T H E i S L A nd
BY STEpHAniE BrASwELL
Jive to Jazz and Strings on Kiawah
For The Island Connection
ver a decade ago, after graduating from the College of Charleston, guitarist Clay Ross set out to establish himself on the local music scene. Drawn to jazz improvisation he sought out the most accomplished young players in the Holy City and soon became an influential member of the local scene. In 2002, Ross left Charleston to expand his musical circle in New York City. Since then he has established himself as an in-demand sideman and innovative bandleader on the international music scene, winning multiple grants through the U.S. State Department and touring worldwide as a U.S. Jazz Ambassador. Now signed to the Motema Music label, he currently tours worldwide, leading his New York City-based band Matuto. Ross will reunite with Charleston jazz all-stars Quentin Baxter (drums), Charlton Singleton (trumpet) and Kevin Hamilton (bass) at the Turtle Point Clubhouse on Thursday, Jan 23, starting at 7:30 p.m. With their natural chemistry, contagious energy, and boundless skill, musical sparks are sure to fly! Parker Quartet - Grammy Award-Winning String Quartet Considered by critics and audiences alike as the preeminent string quartet of its generation, the Grammy
award-winning Parker Quartet will be appearing at Kiawah, Tuesday, January 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the River Course Clubhouse. This is just three days before performing at New York’s famous Carnegie Hall. This performance will be a sell-out. The Parker Quartet has been hailed by the New York Times as “something extraordinary” and by the Boston Globe for their “virtuosic, utterly assured…assiduously cultivated blend of sound.” The young ensemble began its professional touring career in 2002 and garnered international acclaim in 2005, winning the Concert Artists Guild Competition as well as the Grand Prix and Mozart Price at the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition in France. In 2009, Chamber Music America awarded the quartet the prestigious biennial Cleveland Quartet Award. Prepare yourself to be amazed by some of the best string quartet music you’ve ever heard. The Parker Quartet will enthrall. Sponsored by the Town of Kiawah Island Arts Council. Both performances are sponsored by the Town of Kiawah Island Arts Council. Complimentary tickets are available at the Visitors Center at Kiawah Island Town Hall. For more information call 843.768.9166.
January 17, 2014
Help reduce poverty and prevent homelessness
O U r L A d Y O F M E r C Y H O S T S F U ndr A i S E r T O in C r E A S E E d U C A T i O n S E r V i C E S T O S E A I S L A nd A nd d O wn T O wn C H A r L E S T O n r E S id E n T S
BY MAriA GUrOViCH
For The Island Connection
Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach is a sponsored ministry of The Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy. Founded in 1989, it provides educational, health and
direct outreach services to more than 11,000 people each year in the Lowcountry. For more information, visit www.olmoutreach.org.
(from left) Jennifer Meshanko: Special Events Coordinator, Nikki Grimball: Neighborhood House Director, Wendy Matrisciani: Youth Coordinator, and Alma Lopez: Volunteer.
ur Lady of Mercy Community Outreach will host its 17th Annual Auction on Sunday, January 26, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the Charleston Marriott Hotel, 170 N. Lockwood Blvd. Tickets are $100 and include a silent auction during a cocktail hour with light hors devours and wine followed by a live auction and formal Sunday dinner. Proceeds from the event will go to support the many services offered by the organization to reduce poverty, prevent homelessness and increase educational outreach services such as early childhood education, English as a Second Language, GED preparation, financial literacy, women’s health education, art classes and more. “The Annual Auction has been our largest fundraising event for many years,” Jill Jackson Ledford, executive director of Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach, said. “We are pleased to
announce that proceeds from this year’s event will directly go toward services for people of all ages and stages of need.” Several hundred items from $10 and up will be available for bidding during the silent auction, including artwork, home decor items, jewelry, food and wine baskets, golf clubs, tickets for local attractions and sporting events, and gift certificates for local restaurants and retail shops. A full Sunday dinner will be served at 2:30 p.m. followed by the live auction hosted by Doug Warner. A few of the live auction items include: The Americas Cup Yacht Sailing Experience in San Francisco, a four day trip to the Canadian Rockies with stays in Banff and Lake Louise, and an exclusive tour of the working waterfront aboard a Charleston Pilot Boat for four. To purchase tickets or to become a sponsor for the event, call Jennifer Meshanko 843. 559.4109.
January 17, 2014
That wasn’t so cold
an. 7, 2014 was forecast to be a memorably cold day for the City of Charleston and for the whole of the Southeast all the way down through Florida, and so it turned out to be. Out here on Seabrook-Kiawah, it was slightly colder than even downtown Charleston. How will this memorable day play itself into the weather history books? Well, it might have been the coldest day in living memory – depending on how long you’ve lived here and depending on whether you are talking about the mean (or average) temperature or the minimum temperature for that day. The mean temperature here was 25 ºF. It compares with the bone chilling 16 ºF that was experienced here on the Dec. 30, 1917. That was the coldest day in our record, which goes back to 1871. The third coldest was the following day (17 ºF). The fifth coldest was Dec. 23, 1989 (18 ºF). The ninth coldest was Jan. 9, 1970 (20.5 ºF). The 14th coldest was Dec. 25, 1983 as was Jan. 28, 1986 (both 22.5 ºF). And so on. It turns out that there have been some 30 days colder than the recent Jan. 7, which was nevertheless the coldest day here since Dec. 23, 1989. How many of us remember that chilly day and its accompanying snowfall, which was just a couple of months after Hurricane Hugo? The low temperature here was 18 ºF, which was slightly colder than downtown Charleston. This low compares with the record of 5 ºF experienced here on Feb. 14, 1899. The previous day saw 7 ºF, which was the second lowest temperature in our database. The third lowest was Jan. 20, 1985 (8 ºF). The eight lowest was Jan. 28, 1986 (12 ºF). It turns out that there have been some 50 days with low temperatures colder than the Jan. 7. However, it did
For The Island Connection
BY IAn MiLLAr
give us our lowest temperature here since the identical 18 ºF registered on Jan. 16, 1994. The mercury on SeabrookKiawah got down to 18 ºF and stayed below freezing point (32 ºF) for some 36 hours over Jan. 6 to 8. That seemed an eternity. However, to put it in some historical perspective, back in late December, 1917 it looks as if that freeze lasted some 84 hours and the temperature went as low as 10 ºF. The mid-February, 1899 freeze lasted some 60 hours with a low temperature of 7 ºF. More recently, in early January, 1970, the freeze also lasted 60 hours or so and the temperature went down to 12 ºF. Yes, the local folks were pretty tough Seabrook residents get creative covering up their plants for the big freeze on Jan. 7. Photo by Irene Haskins back then. temperatures before the year 2000. This allows us to take Note: to establish the Seabrook-Kiawah temperature history, we use the data advantage of the Charleston City temperature data, some from four personal active weather stations on the islands of which go back as far as 1871. As an aside, a fifth active of Seabrook and Kiawah. Those data go back no further personal weather station came on-line at the beginning of than the year 2000. However, the various temperature January. Live local weather data (and some history) can relationships for each season and each month between be accessed at www.wunderground.com/weatherstation/ Seabrook-Kiawah and Charleston’s downtown have WXDailyHistory.asp?ID=KSCJOHNS4. Navigate in proven to be consistent over the last 13 years. We apply the ‘Nearby Weather Stations’ map window to see the those relationships to the Charleston City weather other local weather stations. Click on a station and then station data to impute a history for Seabrook/Kiawah click on its name to access its data.
YES C A r O L in A A nn O U n C E S Spiri T S C H O L A r S H ip in F O U nd E r ’ S H O n O r
For The Island Connection
Elsner’s legacy lives on
BY HArriETT LEE
athy Elsner, founding YEScarolina board member and fearless ringleader of the annual gala fundraiser, passed away Dec. 8, 2013 at the age of 42. She did more in her life than most will ever do. The annual “Kathy Elsner Spirit Scholarship” will cement her legacy and forever remind us of Elsner’s selfless dedication and persistence in creating something that no one else
thought possible. “She was the strongest, kindest, most fun loving, and loyal friend a person could have,” Jimmy Bailey, YEScarolina President, said. This scholarship will be awarded annually to a YEScarolina student that demonstrates the persistent, focused, and enthusiastic spirit that Elsner so richly demonstrated in creating the YEScarolina
Gala and serving on the board. This annual scholarship will help a YEScarolina student attend college, gain a first class education, and pursue the life of their dreams. The first scholarship is for the academic year 2014/15. To qualify for the $2,500 scholarship you must be a female alumna of YEScarolina. Applications are due by March 31. Online applications are available. Elsner’s selfless sacrifice made all the difference. For generations ahead, students, teachers, and members of the community will come together every fall to celebrate youth entrepreneurship and raise money to keep our vital programs alive. Donations are being accepted for the Kathy Elsner Spirit Kathy Elsner, an Isle of Palms resident, helped found Scholarship Fund. Donate online YESCarolina to promote youth entrepreneurship in South or mail a contribution to PO Box Carolina. She passed away last month. 210 Charleston, SC 29402.
Share Kathy’s stories
The family is collecting stories about Kathy for her children, Silas and Tatum. They may be sent to 28 Bridgeside Blvd., Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464, attention Kathy Elsner Stories or e-mailed to: KathyElsnerStories@gmail.com. A memorial message may be sent to the family by visiting www.jhenrystuhr.com.
January 17, 2014
Aquarium hosts Guy Harvey art installation
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For The Island Connection
arts & culture
BY KATE DiTTLOFF
arine wildlife artist and conservationist Dr. Guy Harvey is partnering with the South Carolina Aquarium to display a complete range of his artwork in Canvases for Conservation, an art installation opening Jan. 17, 2014. The South Carolina Aquarium is honored to be the first aquarium to feature a large collection of Guy Harvey’s artwork. Canvases for Conservation will additionally feature one of Dr. Harvey’s loggerhead turtle originals. This original will be displayed alongside pieces featuring wildlife native to South Carolina, such as a bald eagle, rainbow trout, alligator, redfish, marlin and sharks. Canvases for Conservation will be a collection of framed art, including original canvases and giclee reproductions. Each piece will be available for purchase with proceeds directly supporting conservation and education programs at the South Carolina Aquarium and research by the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation. “These amazing works of art will
Foundation, said. “The opportunity to educate the Aquarium’s visitors and hopefully to sell some artwork that will benefit both the Aquarium and our Foundation makes this exhibition even more special.” After completing Guy Harvey’s artistic journey, guests are invited to browse through a selection of his merchandise in the Aquarium Gift Shop, such as his popular T-shirts and prints of his artwork. Canvases for Conservation will be open to the public from January 17, 2014 to July 2014 and is included with admission to the Aquarium.
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inspire our guests to see the natural world in a profound new way,” Kevin Mills, Aquarium president and CEO, said. “Together, the Aquarium, Guy Harvey, and the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation share the belief that we can protect the natural world through a concerted call to action.” “We are thrilled to be able to work with the South Carolina Aquarium to host this special Exhibit,” Steve Stock, president of Guy Harvey Inc. and the Ocean The South Carolina Aquarium is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission prices are: Toddlers (3 and under) free; Youth (4-12) $14.95; Adults (13+) $24.95. For more information call 843-720-1990 or visit scaquarium.org. Memberships are available by calling 843-577-FISH.
cHURCH OF OUR SAVIOUR
R E C . A g E n C i E S O F F E r AT H L E T i C C O mp E T i T i O n S F O r T H E O V E r 5 0 S
BY SArAH REYnOLdS
For The Island Connection
January 17, 2014
Let the Lowcountry Master Games begin
he Lowcountry Master Games will feature a along with the time, date, location and associated fees is different sport or event each month this year. available online at www.lowcountrymasters.com. The games, which include The website will provide direct basketball, softball, racquetball, golf, access for those interested in bocce, table tennis, track and field, learning more about the programs Powerful, along with several others, will be held and for registration information. at different locations throughout the Registration can also be completed active and greater Charleston area. in person at the recreation competitive or agency hosting the “As the fastest growing segment of 50-plussers are department event. Participating agencies include our population, the 50 plus market redefining age the City of Charleston Department deserves attention,” Allison Foster, as we know it… of Recreation, City of North Charleston County Parks and Recreation’s Fitness and Wellness The Lowcountry Charleston Recreation Department, Town of Mount Pleasant Recreation Program Manager, said. “Powerful, Master Games Department, Isle of Palms Recreation active and competitive 50-plussers capitalizes on Department, St. Andrews Parks and are redefining age as we know it. this trend. Recreation Department, CCPRC, They personify the adage ‘age is just and the Charleston Metro Sports a number.’ Most are living longer, Council. healthier, more productive lives Allison Foster with little thought of slowing down. The Lowcountry Master Games are The Lowcountry Master Games presented by BlueCross BlueShield of capitalizes on this trend.” South Carolina and supporting sponsor Glasspro. For The program begins Jan. 28 with bowling. The Town more information on the Lowcountry Master Games of Mount Pleasant’s Recreation Department is the or to register, visit www.lowcountrymasters.com or sponsoring agency, hosting the inaugural event in the contact one of the participating agencies. series. A complete schedule listing each sport or activity
The Lowcountry Master games schedule January – Bowling, hosted by the Town of Mount Pleasant Recreation Department (Jan. 28) February – Swimming, hosted by St. Andrews Family Fitness Plus (Feb. 22-23) March – Tennis, hosted by the City of Charleston Recreation Department (March 12-14) April – Disc Golf, hosted by the City of North Charleston Recreation Department (April 24-25) May – Racquetball, hosted by St. Andrews Family Fitness Plus (May 15-16) June – Golf, hosted by the City of Charleston Recreation Department (June 3) July – 3 on 3 Basketball, hosted by the Town of Mount Pleasant Recreation Department (July 26) August – Track & Field, hosted by the Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission (Aug. 23) September – Bocce, hosted by the Isle of Palms Recreation Department (Sept. 16) October – Softball, hosted by the City of North Charleston Recreation Department (Oct. 25) November – Table Tennis, hosted by the City of North Charleston Recreation Department (Nov. 13-14) December – 5K Trail Run, hosted by the Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission (Dec. 13)
January 17, 2014
Can Comet come home with you?
Comet is your classic Carolina dog and is the perfect size for any family. He is currently living with one of Charleston Animal Society’s foster families, who take in dogs that need temporary homes until they can be adopted. He gets along great with children and would make a wonderful new addition to your 2014. If you are interested in Comet, or another animal looking for a new home, please visit www.CharlestonAnimalSociety.org, or visit them at 2455 Remount Road in North Charleston.
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BY BriTTAnY MATHiS
January is National Mentoring Month
For The Island Connection
Charleston Animal Society led the way to making Charleston the first No Kill Community in the Southeast in 2013. It is South Carolina’s largest animal rescue organization, taking in 90 percent of Charleston’s homeless animals.
his January our country will celebrate the 13th annual National Mentoring Month, and Be a Mentor is thrilled to participate in this campaign that is aimed at expanding quality mentoring programs and connecting more of our community’s young people with caring adults. Research has shown that mentoring has a significant economic and social impact; reducing youth drug abuse and violence while greatly enhancing a young person’s prospects for graduating high school and leading a healthy, productive life. Despite these benefits, however, the gap between the number of mentors and the number of young people who need a mentor continues to grow. Today, 15 million young people need a caring adult mentor in their lives. Senator Tim Scott, a leading advocate of mentoring programs, is and has always been an exceptional supporter of Be a Mentor’s efforts to grow mentoring in the Lowcountry area. “We are so grateful for individuals like Tim Scott,” said founder Jerry Young. “There are so many at-risk kids right here in the Lowcountry that just need to know someone believes in them
and through our programs at Be a Mentor, we’re able to connect them with positive, caring adults who will help prepare them for a successful future.” During the month of January, Be a Mentor will work to recruit more community members as volunteer mentors by sharing a simple message: Be Someone Who Matters to Someone Who Matters. “I want to be there for my mentee,” said mentor Melissa Young. “I want her to feel safe to tell me anything she wants, or to feel like she can come to me for advice on anything at all. If I don’t know the answer, I will find out. I don’t want her to feel alone or helpless, as long as I am her friend.” To learn more about the role mentoring plays in our community and to find volunteer opportunities visit www. beamentornow.org. Founded in 2004, Be a Mentor is a nonprofit organization headquartered in North Charleston, SC. There are currently three signature programs being implemented in various schools throughout the Lowcountry.
BY BOB HOOpEr
January 17, 2014
New Year brings new beginnings in software
indows 8 (.1 and beyond) is here to stay it still connect the internet and run the seems. I’ve read rumors online that in 2015, applications you have installed. It will or maybe before, that Windows 8.2 or maybe just be more vulnerable to new threats Windows 9 will have three options, one of which will be of malware including viruses, Trojans, a “desktop” version that will be more like Windows 7. Logic bombs, etc. Start button back, no continuously running apps in the It’s time to consider that new background, pretty much look like good old “Windows.” beginning, and I would highly We will have to see, but many XP users recommend sooner will be hunting for a new computer than later as Windows after April and I expect to receive lots 7 computers are still Some estimates of complaints about 8. The problems available, are a great that will be heard by Microsoft may are that a third option right now well increase the demand for a desktop and with the help of the world’s version called anything they want. of an experienced PC’s still run If you have not heard, XP will no pro such as myself, XP. longer be updated as of April 8, 2014. the transition can If you are still running XP, as many be made easier, people are, this could put you at greater including transferring data and risk of getting a virus. If you have not programs from your old computer to installed Microsoft Security Essentials the new with a minimum of confusion prior to that date you will not be able to download it for XP and downtime. Remember, just getting the new computer and will need to use some other type of virus protection. is only half of it if you have lots of documents, pictures, This will affect millions; some estimates are that a third music and videos on the “old” computer. All third party of the world’s PC’s still run XP. If you are a premier level software (including Office) has to be re-installed on the customer of Microsoft you can still pay to have ongoing new computer or updated to the newest version, which updates but it’s going to cost around $200 per unit for the still has to be set up. If using Office Outlook all the service. The average customer does not have this choice, data including email, contacts, calendars, etc. has to be although I would not be surprised if some company transferred in a specific way to make it all work again. decides to offers support for a fee. The bottom line is still Android and Apple have new OS’s out with more a bit murky, in that the XP computer will still work, will “upgrades” coming along with new and better hardware.
For The Island Connection
Both seem to understand at least that changing the environment you see on the screen dramatically may not be the best option but tweaking it a good bit may do. I guess the “code guys” just have to do something and in the end may actually help us poor consumers, although I doubt altruism is really at the bottom of this, more like dollars. Regardless 2014 will see some major jumps in both hardware and software so hang on and enjoy the wild ride. As always if you have questions or need help you can call or email me, Rent A Bob at 843.822.7794 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 17, 2014
Polar Bear Plunge Photos continued from cover