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February 3, 2012

Wher e t h e Wi ld t h ings Were
Seabrook ISland 2011 Fo x, bo bcat, and c o y o t e S u m m a ry
by lynda Fox, d.V.m.


n Seabrook Island we watch the wildlife and the wildlife watches us! Our gray foxes, bobcats, and coyotes enjoy the same things we do: eating, playing, hanging out with friends, running around, caring for and protecting family members, observing things, and relaxing in favorite places.

Gray Foxes
In 2011 there were 87 reported gray fox sightings, of which 13 were kits. This is down a bit from 2010 (145

sightings of which 25 were kits) but definitely up from 2009 (31 sightings), which was the year after canine distemper killed almost all of the Seabrook gray foxes. Gray foxes are probably the only foxes on Seabrook now. The tenure of red foxes on Seabrook was short-lived. The reds arrived in mid 2009 when the population of grays was low. The reds were gone by mid 2010 when a scabies (sarcoptic mange) outbreak killed all the red foxes but spared the gray foxes. Gray foxes are often mistakenly identified as red foxes

because gray foxes also have a lot of red on them. The best distinguishing feature is that red foxes have a distinct white tip on their tails whereas gray foxes have a black tip. In 2011 a gray fox family opted to raise their four kits on lakeside property. They had three different den sites on the linked lakes. In June they lived on Heron Lake, moving to Mallard Lake in July, and on to Bass Lake in September. Bass Lake was also home to a fox family in 2008. Wld things continues on page 3

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page 4 Fundraiser

page 12 Movie review

page 16 Travel

The Island Connection
lynn Pierotti publisher bridget manzella managing editor Swan richards senior graphic designer lori dalton sales manager journalists alexandra Stott Jacqueline mccormick graphic designers melissa caloca Jerry Plumb


Notes From Seabrook Town Council
January 24, 2012
by keVIn o’HaIre
Seabrook Town Council Agrees to Hold 25th Anniversary Celebration At its regular meeting conducted this past Tuesday, the Town Council voted unanimously to move forward with the planning of an anniversary celebration marking 25 years since the town was officially incorporated in 1987. An ad hoc committee of a half dozen Seabrook residents has been formed and held (as of the issue date) its first organizational meeting on January 27. Councilman Ron Ciancio, the Celebration Committee Chairman, provided the historical background of the incorporation and addressed some of the committee’s preliminary ideas for the event. He explained that the incorporation documents were filed with the South Carolina Secretary of State in March of 1987. Owing to some unspecified litigation over the filing, there was apparently a delay in the formal issuance of the Certificate of Incorporation. The first Seabrook Town Council members were then sworn in in August of that year. He further stated that the Town held a 10th Anniversary celebration in 1997. That event, he said, consisted of a one day outdoor event held at the Bohicket Marina, and featured a variety of programs and entertainment. The Marina was mentioned as a possible site for this year’s celebration, as were the Lakehouse and Seabrook Island Club grounds. Mr. Ciancio stated that while no theme for the event had yet been decided, it may include the participation of local restaurants, the publication of a historical brochure with vintage pictures drawn from the Town’s archives detailing the history of the town, as well as a musical program. The Charleston Symphony was mentioned as one possible musical option. The brochure would likely seek local sponsorships in order to defray the cost of hosting the event. No dollar figure was discussed. He further added that he expected some 900 residents to attend the event and that a pre-registration formula would be utilized to facilitate logistics on the day. Councilman Jerry Cummin suggested that the Committee steer away from the month of August as a possible date given that nearby Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course will be hosting the P.G.A. Championship then. To do it earlier than August might not allow for enough time to properly prepare for the event, he said. Mr. Cummin said that a September – October timeframe would work best. No date for the celebration was decided. Mayor William Holtz concluded the discussion by stating the full Council is enthusiastically behind the event and awaits the report and recommendations from Councilman Ciancio’s planning committee. popular with local residents and would be held at the Seabrook Island Club facility rather than the beach. Mayor Holtz said that residents preferred the Club site last year as this allowed for easier parking. The date for the event is scheduled for July 2, with a backup date of July 3. Council Acts On A Resolution Pertaining To I-526 Extension. In other action, the Town Council unanimously approved a Resolution endorsing the South Carolina Department of Transportation taking over the muchdebated I-526 road extension. Mayor Holtz spoke to the regional importance of the project, stating that it was of a “critical” nature to the residents of Seabrook Island and nearby communities. He stressed that all Council members should personally sign the Resolution (2012-01) and that he would draft an accompanying letter to S.C. DOT indicating the Council’s enthusiastic support for the project. Councilman Terry Ahearn offered that a survey of Seabrook Island residents indicated that 83.5% supported completion of the extension. The Council approved the measure by a vote of 5-0.

contributors bob Hooper dimi matouchev lisa cermak kevin o’Haire carol antman Jacob Flannick John nelson Jacqueline mccormick James t. Ghi

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Civic Calendar
Monday, February 6
Kiawah Environmental Committee Meeting 3 - 5 p.m. Town Hall Council Chambers

Council Votes To Fund Fourth Of July Firework Display The Seabrook Town Council unanimously decided to once again underwrite the cost of a July 4 firework display. Mayor William Holtz said that approximately $12, 000 would be budgeted for the event commemorating the nation’s birthday. The K iawah island Town h all event, he said, is hugely 21 Beachwalker Drive Kiawah Island, SC 29455 Phone: 768-9166 Fax: 768-4764

Tuesday, February 7
Kiawah Town Council Meeting 2 - 4 p.m. Town Hall Council Chambers

seabrooK island Town h all 2001 Seabrook Island Road Seabrook Island, SC 29455 Phone: 768-9121 Kiawah Communications Fax: 768-9830 Committee Meeting Email: 10:30 - 12:30 p.m. Town Hall 1st Floor Conference Room Johns island CounCil Kiawah Planning Commission Meetings are held at the Berkeley Electric Co-op located at 3351 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island. Meeting Chairman Chris Cannon: 343-5113 3 - 5 p.m. Town Hall Council Chambers CharlesTon CounTy CounCil 4045 Bridge View Dr, N Charleston 958-4700 CiTy oF CharlesTon 75 Calhoun St. 724-3745

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February 3, 2012
Wild things are continues from cover In late April or early May, fox kits are born. Their parents are very protective of the babies. In these months there were several reports of foxes putting on a display of boldness, but definitely not being aggressive. Some foxes walked toward people, stood their ground, or barked at people. Their bark is very raspy sounding. By June the babies were frequently seen playing like puppies near the den. By July the moms were seen taking the kits off from time to time, possibly to teach them to hunt. In September the kits were becoming more adventuresome. They were reported to be less wary and less stealthy than their parents. Gray foxes are very adaptable to civilization. They were reported hanging out under docks, living under steps, resting in planter boxes, investigating birdbaths and feeders, relaxing under foundation shrubs, napping on decks, and even in one case lapping spilled root beer off the ground. But they also need uncultivated natural areas to feel protected. There were many reports of foxes and people watching each other. In 2011 gray foxes watched people work in their yards or garages (sometimes as close as 10 feet), posed for pictures, traded glances with people, drank from birdbaths and backyard ponds as owners looked on, and had regular routines of visiting certain properties at the same time several days in a row. The foxes looked good in 2011. They were mostly described as being healthy, large, and beautiful with nice bushy tails. Gray foxes are omnivorous, eating small mammals, snakes, insects, birds, and a wide variety of plants. Being able to climb trees helps them catch food and avoid being caught as food themselves!


Bobcat sightings were up in 2011. There were 76 reported sightings (of which five were kits). In 2010 there were only 36 sightings (of which eight were kits). June 2011, the month kits are born, had the highest number of sightings (17). Most of the cats were described as healthy looking and several were described as large or tall. As in previous years, bobcats were seemingly more curious than afraid of people. There are several reports of a bobcat walking up on a porch and casually looking at people inside the house. In one instance a bobcat looked calmly into a sliding glass door as a dog barked at it from inside. One bobcat approached within four feet of an open garage, watched the homeowner working inside, then continued on its way. One Seabrooker came out to walk her dog and saw a bobcat in the yard. The cat got up, crossed to the other side of the street, then sat and looked back to watch. Bobcats have also been seen beside the roads, watching as cars drive by. Bobcats need wild areas for shelter but have been observed using manmade structures as temporary shelter. They have been sighted lying under docks (once

for more than an hour), curled up on porches, and sitting under decks. For longer periods they prefer areas of thick cover, especially the scrub shrub in secondary dunes and at marsh edges. Bobcats are carnivores. Unless prey is very scarce, they do not eat carrion (dead animal carcasses). Squirrels are frequent prey. There are several reports of squirrels escaping by running erratically (bobcats can't change direction very fast) or by climbing a tree (although sometimes bobcats were seen climbing the tree in pursuit). One bobcat chased a squirrel off a porch where the squirrel had been eating tomatoes off a potted plant. One bobcat crouched totally focused then leaped about 10 feet behind a bush in an attempt to grab a squirrel. Another bobcat lunged at a squirrel, which was eating seeds under a birdfeeder. Although bobcats usually eat small prey immediately, one was seen carrying a squirrel in its mouth 10 minutes after catching it. Foxes, birds, and deer can also be prey for bobcats. One fox, which had been grabbed by a bobcat, screamed for its life and was saved, at least temporarily, when the homeowners came out and startled the bobcat. The cat momentarily loosened its grip and the fox ran off with the cat in pursuit. In May a bobcat chased a young deer, both moving at high speed. Another bobcat scared off a hawk which was eating a large bird. The bobcat then finished eating the hawk's meal and leisurely walked off. Several times crows have been observed heckling a hunting bobcat, driving it off and taking away the element of surprise. In 2011 bobcats were reported doing other interesting things. One was seen Wild things continues on page 4


The Fun of the Fundraiser
by brIdGet manzella
an employee of the Fat Hen. She explained that Legare Farms provides the Johns Island restaurant with their meat and dairy. “It’s not just the Legares that would be affected, it’s also local people and local restaurants who depend on them.” “You don’t buy a house on a farm and then complain about the farm,” said her husband, Bob Cook, “It speaks to the Lowcountry issue of people coming in and trying to change things. It strikes a chord with a lot of people.” Amy and Bob Cook are residents of James Island. If the Legares have learned anything from this experience, it is that farmers should have the means to defend themselves in case of a lawsuit. “There needs to be protection in place for people like the Ambroses and Legares,” agreed Randall Horres, a Johns Island resident. Both Thomas Legare and Helen Legare expressed the desire to start a non-profit organization aimed at providing threatened farms with “money in the bank and a long list of lawyers.” The Legares have given the organization a provisional name: The South Carolina Agriculture Legal Defense Fund. For more information, as well as a list of individuals and businesses who generously donated to the event, please visit

February 3, 2012


n January 21, Legare Farms held a fundraiser on the grounds of their Johns Island Farm. One hundred-fifty tickets were sold in advance of the event and by 4 p.m., approximately another hundred tickets were sold. “We’re tickled by the turnout,” said Thomas Legare “We’ve made a lot of friends on Johns Island. It has brought the community together.” BBQ and chicken, roasted oysters, and several side dishes were enjoyed by all while Lowcountry musicians The Bootknockers, Rustic Remedy, The Leftoriums, and Youngeblood performed from a trailer bed. Kids enjoyed themselves too, occupied by pony rides and jump castles. The fun of the fundraiser, however, was tempered by the motivation for having it at all. “If Legare Farms shut down, we would be affected by it,” said Amy Cook,

Guests enjoy oysters at the Legare Farms Fundraiser

Wild things continues from page 3 climbing down from a large oak tree shortly after dawn. Another was seen swimming across the Kiawah River at high tide, leaving the Kiawah spit and coming ashore in the Seabrook salt marsh. One hunkered down in heavy brush during nasty weather and one stopped several times to wag its tail as it sauntered along. In 2011 there was only one report that mentioned a collared bobcat. Kiawah's biologist, Jim Jordan, has a tracking collar program to help him understand and preserve bobcat habitat. Apparently most of the collared Kiawah bobcats decided not to come over to Seabrook in 2011.

In October 2011 there was a report of 3 nearly grown pups playing together in the marsh. One coyote was observed stalking a deer and another was observed rolling around on something dead on the beach. One seriously injured coyote was removed by security in October. Although coyotes can run fast and can swim, they can't climb trees like our gray foxes and bobcats can.

oTher CriTTers
Many people used the e-forms to report other interesting animals or animal situations. In February 2011 the sighting of a sick raccoon brought up fears that there might be another distemper outbreak like we saw in 2008. Fortunately that did not occur. Several times an albino raccoon was seen near Seabrook Island Road between the Haulover and The Lookout. Turkeys were also reported several times, including a tom and hen strolling together through the marsh. In June, a cougar was reported although many people, including most wildlife officials, believe it’s unlikely that there is a cougar in this area. In October, an eight-point buck guarded a small doe while four other bucks tried to approach. In November, two otters swam circles around each other in a marsh area flooded by a super high tide. This annual summary in based on information provided by residents, workers, and visitors on Seabrook Island. Please continue to make reports of foxes, bobcats, coyotes, and any wildlife issue of interest at Anyone can make a report; there is no need to log in. Under Resources, click Wildlife Resources, then Bobcat and Fox Sighting Form. Also, lots of wonderful photos were taken in 2011 thanks to smart phones and digital cameras, so keep snapping shots!

Coyotes are currently found in every county in South Carolina. Although they have been on Johns Island for some time, they only occasionally visited Seabrook prior to 2011. But by early 2011 there were several coyote reports each month. In July, coyotes were officially added to the fox and bobcat reporting e-forms. The numbers increased through October, a month with 22 sightings, then dropped off in November (two sightings) and December (11 sightings). In all there were 54 reported sightings in 2011 of which threewere pups. Most coyotes were seen singly, although there were a few reports of 2 or 3 together. Many people heard the prolonged melancholy howling of coyotes across the marsh at night. The howling was either a lone coyote, two calling back and forth, or several. The sightings (and "hearings") were primarily in Privateer Creek marsh, especially adjacent to the St. Christopher woods. Most reports indicate that the coyote neither approached nor retreated from a person, a vehicle, or a person with a dog. If the person or vehicle stayed put, the coyote eventually walked off. Coyote pups are born in late April or early May.

February 3, 2012


by Mosaic. Brides and grooms shopped through the aisles to witness the beautiful photography of Peter Miller Photography and Ella Agrest Photography. William and Kate may have ruled in 2011, but with the warmer weather bringing Wedding Season back to Charleston and the islands for another year of beautiful nuptials, we certainly have stunning spectacles of wedded bliss to look forward to in 2012!

Charleston Bridal Show
by JacquelIne mccormIck
the Charleston Marriott on Sunday, January 22. This event brought brides and planners into contact with more than 60 of the city’s best vendors. You can stroll through aisles of awardwinning photographers, DJs, musicians and even munch on cake samples from the top cake bakers. Of course, Mosaic will not complimentary champagne only provide your washes down some of the wedding guests with most delicious catered food unforgettable food, but in the Lowcountry, with will design a customseveral catering companies designed table setting perfect for your unique and prestigious chefs hosting hampagne. Flowers. style. booths. Cake. Invitations. Good timing. According to Vows. Rings. Music. ABC news, Hors d’oeuvres. Tuxedos. Of course, the 26% of proposals take perfect dress. Planning a wedding is a place in Novembe and special but stressful time. Selecting the December. That trend perfect vendors to help make your day has certainly held true unforgettable can easily drive many a in Hollywood. Drew blissful bride into a frazzled bridezilla. Barrymore, Anne But Charleston fiancés have one reason to take a deep breath of relief after Every bride wants to look her best on her wedding day. Bellezza Salon & Spa will travel to your wedding site or the Charleston Bridal accommodate parties up to 20 people in their salon. Show, which was held at


Hathaway, Britney Spears, and maybe even Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel have all become betrothed in recent weeks. With all those new sparklers out there, it’s no wonder that seasoned vendors know to schedule a major bridal show in January. Whether they were still looking for the perfect venue, or already have their date set and are on the hunt to say “yes” to the dress, Charleston Bridal The-wedding-isle blog features great vendor recommendations Show hosted several happy brides- for beautiful flowers, handto-be. designed invitations, planning With so many beautiful wedding packages and more! locations around, there are endless possibilities to design your own fairytale wedding. Fragrant floral arrangements from JW Weddings by the-wedding-isle, a blog for all things Charleston Island weddings, will draw you in and you’ll stay for the delicious samples of edamame hummus and champagne supplied


February 3, 2012

Shuckin’ at the Vineyards


rvin~House Vineyards invites the public to help them celebrate 2012, along with the unveiling of a new Irvin~House Vineyards product, at its inaugural Cork Shuckin’ Party. The vineyard was closed during the month of January and reopened on February 1. The staff wants to kick February off with a bang, “We’ve wanted to have an oyster roast for a long while, and now with our new product we will unveil, it’s the perfect time to do it. Oysters will be available for purchase by the bucket, along with delicious food by Farm on Fire. Guests are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the music of Kristi Starr and Gary Hewitt. Tastings in the Firefly Vodka distillery and Irvin~House Vineyards winery are only $6 to taste 6 of 12 flavors of Firefly Vodka and Sea Island Rums and $4 to taste 5 wines. Patrons will receive complimentary glasses during both tastings. “We always love a party at the vineyard,” said Fran Collins, manager of the wine and Firefly Vodka tasting rooms. The event will be held on Saturday, February 4th from 1 to 5 p.m. at the vineyard. Admission is free. Hours at the vineyard are now Tuesday Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Irvin~House Vineyard, on Wadmalaw Island. For more information, visit

Smarter and Greener!
H a b I tat F o r H u m a n I t y r e c e I V e S


S u S ta I n a b l e b u I l d I n G G r a n t

ea Island Habitat for Humanity will participate in a new sustainable building grant program sponsored by Nissan. The $380,000 grant program consists of cash and vehicle donations. Sea Island Habitat for Humanity is one of ten Habitat affiliates selected to participate in this new program that challenges affiliates to build smarter by minimizing their environmental impact. Participating Habitat affiliates will receive $15,000 and a Nissan Frontier truck. The cash grant will help build one new energy-efficient home that meets ENERGY STAR 3.0 standards and contains earth -friendly and recycled building products. “We are excited to accept the challenge to expand our building techniques that meet a nationally recognized green standard, and we’re grateful to Nissan for funding this project,” said Tamara Avery, Land Development Manager of Sea Island Habitat. “The cash donation and Nissan Frontier will help us serve more local families—and do so in a more environmentally responsible way.” The sustainable building grant program is part of a renewed $2.5 million partnership between Habitat for Humanity International, and Nissan’s vision is for all its stakeholders to participate in the partnership, using point-ofsale materials in dealerships and Nissan media communications to inform employees and customers of Habitat volunteer opportunities. “Both Nissan and Habitat are committed to sustainability, so it’s fitting that our dollars will also support sustainable construction practices with Habitat affiliates nationwide,” said Bill Krueger, vice chairman, Nissan Americas. “Nissan cares about the environment and about giving back to the communities where our customers, dealers and employees live and work. Collaborating with Habitat allows us to carry out these priorities in a tangible, meaningful way.” Nissan’s partnership with Habitat dates to 2005, when Nissan donated 50 Titan trucks to assist Habitat’s hurricane response efforts in the Gulf Coast, while mobilizing employees to assist in home building. To date, Nissan has donated more than $7.5 million in cash and in-kind gifts to Habitat for Humanity International, and its employees have built more than 50 Habitat homes, logging more than 56,000 volunteer hours with Habitat. For more information, visit

February 3, 2012

200 Days to PGA

Bicycle Ban
ProVIded by cHarleSton moVeS



n 200 days the world’s best golfers will descend upon Kiawah Island for the 2012 PGA Championship. The 94th PGA Championship begins August 6 at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. South Carolina’s anticipation for the Championship has been growing since 2005 when the PGA of America announced its plan for the 2012 PGA Championship to be held in the Palmetto State. Seven years later, the 94th PGA Championship is making history with its ticket and corporate hospitality sales. To date, the tournament has broken five single-day ticket records, with the largest grossing day nearly tripling the sales record on file. “In 200 days, the PGA Championship will finally arrive in South Carolina, and the state is going to experience a $193 million positive impact,” said Roger Warren, President of Kiawah Island Golf Resort and General Chairman of the Championship. “We’ll welcome an additional 50,000 visitors coming from 44 different states and 10 countries for this event in August, which previously has been a slower season for tourism in Charleston.” As this significant milestone is crossed, final plans are being put into place for transportation, parking and public safety. Thirty-five state, county and local officials are working together to make sure the Championship is a great experience for all tournament attendees. An official PGA Traffic Plan will be released once all traffic studies are finalized. “In the next 200 days, you’re going to see the continued effort to keep people informed about the Championship logistical details and what this event means to South Carolina, the region and the Charleston community,” said Warren. “We are going to produce an event that will be memorable for its quality and experience, which will leave people talking about it for a long time to come.” For more information on the 2012 PGA Championship, visit,

Tide C ha r t
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High Tide
4:18am/4:43pm 5:11am/5:35pm 6:01am/6:23pm 6:47am/7:09pm 7:30am/7:53pm 8:12am/8:36pm 8:54am/9:21pm 9:37am/10:07pm 10:22am/10:58pm 11:11am/11:53pm 12:05pm 12:55am/1:06pm 2:02am/2:12pm 3:12am/3:21pm

Low Tide
10:37am/10:37pm 11:28am/11:29pm 12:14pm 12:18am/12:58pm 1:05am/1:40pm 1:52am/2:22pm 2:39am/3:04pm 3:27am/3:48pm 4:17am/4:34pm 5:10am/5:23pm 6:07am/6:18pm 7:09am/7:19pm 8:15am/8:25pm 9:22am/9:33pm


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:

n Monday, January 23, an SCDOT placed signs banning bicyclists from the James Island Connector. We’ve known for a long time that state law prohibited bikes from freeways. But for over eighteen years, there were no signs, and officials in Charleston overlooked the law. Cyclists had reason to be happy. The ban is a dark day for Charleston’s bicycle-friendliness, but still not an occasion for hot-headed reactions. The city has made some important strides in bike-friendliness lately, but severing this connection is terrible news. We know that the city was not in favor of it. We also know that the city is committed to finding the money to convert a Route 17 bridge lane over the Ashley River for pedestrians and cyclists to use. We’ve discussed the placement of the signs with the Charleston Police Department. All indications are that tickets carrying fines will not be handed out in the near term. Instead, officers will be engaging in “education,” and issuing friendly warnings. Cyclists’ behavior will be one of the factors in determining how “friendly” those warnings are. Charleston Moves continues to work intensely behind the scenes to find a way around this. We and other organizations have been exploring possible remedies. Possibilities include working on an alternative route as well as possible legislative changes in Columbia. We will press for quick action to enable pedestrians and cyclists to use a lane over the Route 17 bridge. We are fully aware that the Wappoo Cut bridge is not an option, at least as it is currently configured. We understand that some people have limited transportation options and that use of bicycles is, in some cases, necessary. We believe that people on bikes and on foot have every right to use our streets and roads. Please help support us in this work by visiting


Sea ISlanderS WeIGH In

Revamp Maybank?
by Jacob FlannIck

February 3, 2012


peculation among Sea Islanders persists about county plans to soothe rush hour congestion at the four-way intersection of Maybank Highway and River Road. The county sent out in Dec. an official letter notifying the Towns of Kiawah and Seabrook about plans to move forward with the project - slated to begin in May of 2015 - that includes laying two new roadways connecting Maybank Highway with River Road. Kiawah town administrator Tumiko Rucker, whose household resides near the highway off Brownswood Road, says she avoids at all costs the River RoadMaybank intersection from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. during peak rush hour timeframes. “You want to make sure people get from point A to point B safely; right now, it’s not safe with the volume of traffic confined to a small space,” says Rucker, who oftentimes skirts the intersection by cutting in an out of alleyways and parking lots. “I think the [intersection imrpovements] are necessary because the volume of traffic is already here, and I think the net result is going to be a positive one.” She says introducing roadway expansions to the already-bustling area will reap minimal environmental

repercussions, if any. “You’re not looking at a pristine roadway with tree canopies, or anything else,” she says. “Certainly, these are important things; but, I’m not sure how pertinent of issues they are with Maybank.” The proposed design, drawn up by traffic engineer Rick Hall of Hall Planning and Engineering, Inc., entails a pitchfork-like roadway pattern, with a two-lane corridor branching off the Stono River Bridge to River Road, as well as an additional two-lane artery looping from the Maybank-Fenwick Hall Allee intersection to River Road. Right-hand turn lanes at the Maybank-River Road intersection and a left-turn median stretching to Bohicket Road, as well as loose plans for pedestrian and bike paths along the highway, are in the works, too. According to Molli LeMin, project manager for the county’s Transportation Development department, the project is funded by a 2006 referendum permitting the county to designate an additional $205 million in bonds from the previouslyenacted half-cent sales tax program toward transportation projects. The current design, she says, veers from original plans devised in 2007 by countyhired traffic engineers to widen Maybank to five lanes between River and Main Roads.

She says the county plans tentatively to hold in April the first of two public meetings on Johns Island, followed by a public hearing at a later date, in an effort to gauge residents’ opinions toward the project - requirements instituted by the National Environmental Policy Act, an eco-friendly law established in 1970 by president Richard Nixon that balances infrastructure growth with environmental concerns. Traffic studies conducted in the near future, says LeMin, will hone predictions on how the proposed road pattern will impact traffic flow island-wide. Gary Chisolm, a retired Wadmalaw resident who crosses the highway nearly everyday to Charleston, says diverting traffic from the Maybank-River Road intersection will merely displace the bumper-to-bumper choke point to another spot on the island. “I’m wondering if it’s not going to cause more of a mess than it’s going to fix,” he says. “When you loosen up the bottleneck in one area, you’re not going to create any more ease; you’re going to end up with a bottleneck somewhere else.” Addressing infrastructure issues islandwide, rather, will thin traffic flooding Johns Island’s narrow corridors, he says. “There’s going to need to be some kind of a relief system somewhere; otherwise, I

don’t see a solution,” says Chisolm, who believes expanding Maybank to four lanes will alleviate congestion at the intersection. “You’re just going to give a little of relief; but, then, all of a sudden you’re going to be in the same problem.” Johns Island Council chairman Chris Cannon, a self-employed tour guide, says city and county officials remain far behind in a long-standing, frantic game of catch-up to revamp the islands’ infrastructure, “We’re building roads only after we need them,” he says, noting an additional shopping center, Harris Teeter, is expected to take footing at the Maybank-River Road intersection. “They just think Johns Island is going to keep growing here - well, you’ve got to build the roads first.” Cannon, who grew up in West Ashley and has lived for 25 to 30 years on Johns Island, says residents pushing for different construction scenarios between the Stono Bridge and River Road - from placing down a landscape median to widening the highway to four lanes - reflect island-wide concerns to counter the gridlock along Johns Island’s main corridor. “There’s been so much disagreement about this, it’s ridiculous,” Cannon says. “If there’s one thing on Johns Island I don’t think everyone agrees on, it’s what the hell to do with Maybank.”

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February 3, 2012

Garden Club Welcomes Yard Service
by lISa cermak



he Seabrook Island Garden Club will host a representative from the new Seabrook Island Yard Service, Valley Crest, on Friday, February 10th at 10 a.m. at the Lake House. Coffee and conversation will begin at 9 a.m., followed by the business meeting at 9:30, which will be led by Presidents Rita Tyler and Karen Sewell. During the meeting, the winner of the challenge to design a table arrangement for the club’s Holiday Open House will be announced. The Garden Club has a long and distinguished record on the Island as described by Else Froberg in her history of the Seabrook Island Garden Club, the first official meeting was held in 1988. Beginning as an informal gathering of creative women who had a mutual interest in gardening as well as in preserving the intrinsic beauty of the Island, they were soon confronted with the damaging winds and rain of Hurricane Hugo and were instrumental in promoting ideas that helped restore the natural balance of Seabrook. With the initiative of member Betty Blandford, the Wildflower Field, which is now adjacent to the Lake House, began to take shape, and as membership increased, programs including educational lectures, workshops, trips, and social events blossomed. In 1993, under the leadership of Lee Hurd, the first All Island Holiday Open House sponsored by the Garden Club was held. The objective of the event was to encourage neighborliness and extend friendship to the entire community. Residents happily joined together to share good food and fellowship, a tradition that continues today. While the Garden Club has engaged in many other projects, it is the Annual Holiday Open House that is the most anticipated gathering each year, and for many, with family far away, it is the best Holiday celebration! This year’s Open House continued the tradition, with almost 300 residents and guests in attendance. Today, the Garden Club that began with just 14 members now boasts 120 active members, who meet the second Friday of each month to listen to gardening experts, share stories of their own “growing” experiences, plan philanthropic activities including an annual gift to a student pursuing an interest in the study of horticulture, and learn more about ways in which the Garden Club can continue to enhance our environment. Members volunteer their time and energy to encourage residents to take an active and participatory role in maintaining this beautiful landscape –welcoming even the deer, who, as Ann Kent stated many years ago, “…eat everything!” For more information, email Lisa Cermak, Garden Club Publicity Chair at

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Friday, February 3
Art Film: “The Rape of Europa” This film covers endlessly interesting material: the central role art played for the Nazis; the arriviste connoisseurship of Hitler and Goering; the Germans' different treatment of cities like Krakow (spared for its Germanic art) and Warsaw (almost obliterated for its Slavic art and sensibility). It also raises endlessly interesting questions: Should soldiers’ lives be risked to save historic sites and artwork? Can a culture survive if its art is wiped out? Be sure to experience this film, held at 3 p.m. at the Sandcastle. Ticket Release: Kiawah: 1/17 Public: 1/20. Complimentary Tickets are available at the Visitors Center at Kiawah Island Town Hall. For more information, call 768-9166. Blues on Broad: From Memphis to Mardi Gras Galleries will be filled with a mélange of roots music (Blues, Soul, Jazz and Rock & Roll) and artwork inspired by these genres. Held from 3 - 8 p.m. For more information, visit music of Kristi Starr and Gary Hewitt. There will also be tastings of vineyard products, including a brand new one that will be revealed at the event. Free. Held from 1-5 p.m. at Irvin-House Vineyards on Johns Island. For more information, visit A Celebration of France Guests are invited to enjoy the pre-concert Parisian bistro atmosphere inside the Memminger Auditorium, and the musicians will perform a program of music by leading French composers of the romantic period. $25, $35/bistro table, $5/students. Held at 6:30 p.m. at Memminger Auditorium in downtown Charleston. For more info, visit

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WedneSday, February 8
Tomasso Celebrates Three Years! Come celebrate our third anniversary on Kiawah Island! Tomasso at Turtle Point Clubhouse specializes in authentic cuisine from all regions. Dine in a warm and inviting atmosphere that evokes true family style Italian hospitality. Join us for a culinary celebration as we offer a 30% discount towards our dinner menu, paired with a complimentary dessert station! For more information, visit Glass Fusing Glass is an amazing medium in that it can be used over and over again and it never weakens. Come learn how to make a colorful and unique craft that will last a lifetime! This class includes one 3x3" tile or a pendant. Class is for ages 12 and up! Kiln crafts take approximately 4-7 days to complete. Wed and Sat from 9 - 10:30 a.m. For more info, visit Library Programs Branch: John’s Island Regional Library Month: February 2012 Babygarten (under 18 months with adult) Mondays, February 6, 13, 27 at 10:30 a.m. Registration required. Time for Twos (2 – 3 years old with adult) Tuesdays, February 7, 14, 21, 28 at 10:30 a.m. Preschool Storytime (3 – 6 years) Wednesdays, February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 at 10:30 a.m. Computer Basics (adults/young adults) Tuesday, February 7 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Registration starts 1/24 Digital Photos Basics (adults/young adults)Tuesday, February 28 from 10 a.m. -12 p.m. Registration starts 2/14

thurSday, February 9
Opera Lite XI Join us Thursday afternoons for enjoyment mixed with enlightenment as we bring back our Opera Lite Series. The works are supplemented by historical and literary background presented by John Benzel. All performances are abbreviated to fit the 90 min. showing and will be subtitled in English. All are welcome and no previous knowledge of Opera is necessary. This Thursday will be Puccini’s “Trovatore.” Held Thursdays from 3:30-5 p.m. at Live Oak Hall at the Lake House. Event is for Seabrook Residents and guests only. For more info, contact John Benzel at 768.1174.

Friday, February 10
Garden Club Meeting The Seabrook Island Garden Club will host a representative from the new Seabrook Island Yard Service, Valley Crest, at 10 a.m. PowerPoint Basics (adults/young adults) Saturday, February 18 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Registration starts 2/4 Word 2007 Basics (adults/young adults) Saturday, February 4 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Registration starts 1/21 *All computer classes are free. For more information please call 559-1945 and ask for the Reference Department. Class space is available for 8 participants per session. Holiday Trivia (grades 6-12) February 1 - 29. In celebration of the holidays, stop by the Reference Desk and answer a trivia question about the various February holidays for a candy prize! PLAY: All Aboard for Donald Crews (all ages) Wednesday, February 1 at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy hearing books by this award winning author. Enjoy a train craft. Preschool Book Explorers (ages 3 to 6 years) Friday, February 3 at 10:30 a.m. AARP Free Income Tax Preparation (adults) Saturdays, February 4, 11, 18, and 25 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

tueSday, February 7
Charleston County Bookmobile The Charleston County Bookmobile will be at Freshfields Village the first and third Tuesday of every month from 1011:30 a.m. The Bookmobile will be parked behind Hege's and Java Java. Sponsored by the Charleston County Public Library. For more info, visit Knitting Learn the basics. Already know and just want a refresher, we can help. Knitting for ages 8 and up! 9 - 10:30 a.m. For more info, visit

Cork Shuckin’ Party Oysters will be available for purchase by the bucket, along with food by Farm on Fire. Guests are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the




Saturday, February 4

Internet Basics (adults/young adults) Tuesday, February 21 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Registration starts 2/7 Keyboard Basics (adults/young adults) Tuesday, February 14, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Registration starts 1/31

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at the Lake House. Coffee and conversation will begin at 9 a.m., followed by the business meeting at 9:30 a.m., which will be led by Presidents Rita Tyler and Karen Sewell. During the meeting, the winner of the challenge to design a table arrangement for the club’s Holiday Open House will be announced. Event is for Seabrook Residents and guests only. For more info, contact Lisa Cermak at Oyster Roast Open Trail Ride Trail ride and camping at Mullet Hall Equestrian Center. Bring your horse, camping gear, and supplies for two nights of camping and trail riding on 20 miles of beautiful, wooded trails. Enjoy a Saturday evening oyster roast and a Sunday morning breakfast. Full restrooms and shower facilities available. A limited number of camping spots with water and electricity are available for $25 per night or you may camp in the primitive camping area free of charge. PLAY with Dad: Buffalo Soldiers (all ages) Saturday, February 4 at 2 p.m. Come and learn some interesting facts about the Buffalo Soldiers. Children’s Movie: The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz (all ages) Saturday, February 4 at 3 p.m. Rated TV PG; 100 minutes. Afternoon Café (grades 6-12) Tuesday, February 7 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. This month’s Café will feature a variety of board games. Popcorn and other refreshments will be provided. PLAY: Honey, I Love (all ages) Wednesday, February 8 at 6:30 p.m. Your child will LOVE these sweet stories. Make a Valentine to take home. Meet the Author and Book Signing: Colonel William (Bill) R. Saunders (all ages) Thursday, February 9 from 6 - 7 p.m. Preschool Adventure Zone (ages 3 to 6 years) Friday, February 10 at 10:30 a.m. Scientific adventures on a Preschool level! Children will explore science and math concepts through stories and hands-on adventures. Stalls available for horses. Pre-registration required. Held at 12 p.m. Call 795-4386 to register or for more information.

February 19
beer, wine, and a signature cocktail from mixologist Patrick Emerson. $25/before Jan. 29, $35/after Jan. 29. Held from 2-5 p.m. at Gold Bug Island in Mt. Pleasant. Fore more information, visit host local and regional artists and feature varieties of wines, as well as hors d’oeuvres. The Williams Duo will provide musical accompaniment for the evening. Held at 4 p.m. at Freshfields Village. For more information, visit Art Film: Note by Note From the factory floor in Queens to Steinway Hall in Manhattan, each piano’s journey is complex. Note by Note: The making of Steinway, is a loving celebration of not only craftsmanship, but also a dying breed of person who is deeply connected to working by hand. Ticket Release: Kiawah: 1/30; Public: 2/2. Sponsored by the Town of Kiawah Island Arts Council. Complimentary Tickets are available at the Visitors Center at Kiawah Island Town Hall. Held at 3 p.m. at the Sandcastle on Kiawah. For more info, call 768-9166. Weekend of Mystery The Ultimate Game of Clue - a weekend full of mystery and mayhem at Kiawah. While you enjoy The Sanctuary s array of luxurious amenities and exquisite dining, as well as a host of other activities, several crimes will take place around the resort. You will follow the twists and turns, unravel the clues, and narrow down the list of suspects with the help of the weekend host and detective or you may be on your own. Kiawah Island Golf Resort. All Day. Community Event. Held at 1 Sanctuary Beach Dr. For more information, call 768.2121 or visit

Saturday, February 11
A Midsummer Night's Dream The bard and ballet piece anchors an evening that will also include the revival of the very first ballet CBT Resident Choreographer Jill Eathorne Bahr created for the company and the Charleston debut of George Balanchine's Allegro Brillante. $20-$45. Held at 7:30 p.m. on February 11 and 7:30 p.m. on February 12 at the Sottile Theatre in downtown Charleston. For more information, visit

Monday, February 13
Big Band Sound of Darius Rucker Charleston-based country/rock vocalist Darius Rucker (of Hootie and the Blowfish) headlines the elegant benefit show. Tickets are on sale for between $50 and $250. Held at 8 p.m. at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center. For more information, visit and

Sunday, February 12

Florence Crittenton Oyster Roast and Chili Cookoff The prize for the best chili is $250, and votes will be $1 each. Tickets include oysters, chili, fixings, open bar with

tueSday, February 14
Valentine’s Day Join us at The Atlantic Room, Jasmine Porch or The Ocean Room for special menus inspired by the romance of food and wine. The Ocean Room and Atlantic Room will be offering their special prix fixe menu while Jasmine Porch has created a special themed tasting menu in addition to our regular dinner menu. Full details on concerning our restaurants and celebrations please visit our winter activity guide at

PLAY with Dad: Puppet Playtime (all ages) Saturday, February 11 at 2 p.m. Come to the children’s area and get your hands on some of our cool puppets! Saturday Movie: Dolphin Tale (all ages) Saturday, February 11 at 3 p.m. Rated: PG; 119 minutes. Sponsor: The UPS Store, 3575 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island. Teen Movie Time: Prom (grades 6-12) Tuesday, February 14 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Rated PG, 104 minutes. Tween Program: Anti-Valentine’s Day Party (ages 9-13) Wednesday, February 15 at 4:30 p.m. Valentine’s Day too sweet for you? Come party with us instead and celebrate with some wicked treats! Registration required. PLAY: We Are Family (all ages) Wednesday, February 15 at 6:30 p.m. These family tales will warm your heart. Make a paper bag puppet of a family member.

thurSday, February 16
Charleston Audubon Lecture Dr. Patrick Jodice, associate professor at Clemson University, will be the speaker at the February meeting. He will describe seabird ecology in the region, discuss data gaps and recent research findings in S.C., and also review results from recent studies on large-scale movement patterns and habitat use of Bahamian seabirds. Free. Held from 6-8 p.m. at the Main Library in downtown Charleston. For more information, visit The Brazilian and the Butterfly Laura Ball is a multi-instrumentalist and singer from Charleston, vocalist and pianist. Joining her will be Duda Lucena on guitar, along with percussionist, Gino Castillo. Together these three vibrant musicians will bring you a romantic, sensual evening of Latin and Brazilian music. Ticket Release: Kiawah: 1/30; Public: 2/2. Sponsored by the Town of Kiawah Island Arts Council. Complimentary Tickets are available at the Visitors Center at Kiawah Island Town Hall. Held at 7:30 p.m. at the Turtlepoint Clubhouse. For more info, call 768-9166.

Sunday, February 19
A Midsummer Night's Dream Continuing the celebration of CBT's 25th Anniversary season, Charleston Ballet Theatre will present three ballets, including two of the company's most celebrated performances over the past quarter century. Ticket Release: Kiawah: 1/30; Public: 2/2. Sponsored by the Town of Kiawah Island Arts Council. Complimentary Tickets are available at the Visitors Center at Kiawah Island Town Hall. Held at 4 pm at the East Beach Conference Center. For more information call 768-9166. Mardi-Gras Oyster Roast & Barbecue Holy Spirit Catholic Church on Johns Island will host their 4th annual MardiGras Oyster Roast & Barbecue at 2 p.m.. Tickets are $25/ adult and $10/child 6-12 yrs. All are welcome. For more information, and to reserve tickets, call the church office at 768-0357.

Friday, February 17
Art & Wine Walk Residents and visitors are invited to view works from visiting artists, listen to live jazz, and enjoy wine and cheese in participating stores. Stores will also


Sympathy for the Iron Lady
by brIdGet manzella
leaving her countryside home for London. She has just been elected to Parliament. Her children run alongside the car, begging her to not to leave. Margaret, in response to their pleas, grips the steering wheel hard and stares straight ahead. Then, in a meaningful gesture that symbolizes her role as mother to her children vs. the role of mother to her country, she sweeps the children’s toys from the front seat of the car into the glove box. The fact that someone who ran a country could regret her path in life tells us that the call to motherhood is a powerful imperative, so powerful as to inhibit Margaret’s ability to fully accept her role as a leader of the country. In the film, Margaret explains “how hard she tried to fit in” (to a man’s world), but despite everything she did, she could not. And it wasn’t even that they (the Parliament or the country, for that matter) couldn’t accept a woman in power, it was that she couldn’t accept herself as such. This, the movie suggests, led to her downfall. Playing Margaret Thatcher is the indomitable Meryl Streep, who’s every word and gesture as the Iron Lady are eerily convincing. I highly recommend watching original footage of Margaret Thatcher before watching this film. It will make your hair stand on end. Playing Margaret Thatcher as a young woman is Alexandra Roach. A newcomer to film, Roach has appeared mainly

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he Iron Lady is about a woman who devoted herself tirelessly and unflaggingly to her work, only to find herself in the twilight of her years, haunted by regrets. This surprisingly humanizing biopic of the great Margaret Thatcher, situates the film alongside The King’s Speech, another portrait of a misunderstood leader that garnered much critical acclaim last year. In this film, we are introduced to Margaret Thatcher, the first female Prime Minister of England, in a state of physical and mental deterioration. However, it is the regret more than the physical effects of old age that have transformed the woman whom everyone saw as tough and hard as iron, into a figure that is completely human and completely sympathetic. With her husband dead and her son estranged, an elderly Margaret spends most of her time harkening back to the early years before she was elected to Parliament. When she is not intentionally engrossed in her memories, she finds herself increasingly haunted by hallucinations. Her primary hallucination is of her late husband and sometimes of her children. Although Margaret still performs certain functions, such as signing books or the occasional dinner with dignitaries, much of her days (and nights) are spent alone. These vivid hallucinations she experiences appear to be the combined result of loneliness and powerful regret. Throughout the film, Margaret stubbornly insists that she is not going mad and that she is not suffering from dementia. We are left as viewers to decide. In one of these flashbacks, we see the young Margaret

on television until this role. Her acting, all things considered, was impressive. The Iron Lady is sure to appeal to any woman who has fought her way into and up through the ranks of a male dominated workplace. Not to say that this film is strictly for women. With a heavy dose of sexist banter on both sides of the equation, one side of the equation being the Iron Lady and the other being pretty much every other man, including Margaret’s husband, this film gets both sexes laughing aloud.

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Investors Can Learn Much From Super Bowl Teams


t’s Super Bowl time again. And whether you’re a sports fan or not, you can probably learn something from the Super Bowl teams that you can apply to other endeavors — such as investing. What might these lessons be? Take a look: • Pick players carefully. Super Bowl teams don’t usually get there out of luck; they’ve made it in part because they have carefully chosen their players. And to potentially achieve success as an investor, you, too, need carefully chosen “players” - investments that are chosen for your individual situation. • Choose a diversified mix of players. Not only do Super Bowl teams have good players, but they have good ones at many different positions, and these players tend to play well together. As an investor, you should own a variety of investments with different capabilities, such as stocks for growth and bonds for income, and your various investments should complement, rather than duplicate, one another. Strive to build a diversified portfolio containing investments appropriate for you situation, such as stocks, bonds, government securities, certificates of deposit (CDs) and other vehicles. Diversifying your holdings may help reduce the effects of market volatility. (Keep in mind, that diversification, by itself, can’t guarantee a profit or protect against loss.) • Follow a “game plan.” Super Bowl teams are skilled at creating game plans designed to maximize their own strengths and exploit their opponents’ weaknesses. When you invest, you also can benefit from a game plan — a strategy to help you work toward your goals. This strategy may incorporate several elements, such as taking full advantage of your Individual Retirement Account (IRA) and your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement plan, pursuing new investment

opportunities as they arise and reviewing your portfolio regularly to make sure it’s still appropriate for your needs. • Stay dedicated to your goals. Virtually all Super Bowl teams have had to overcome obstacles, such as injuries, bad weather and a tough schedule. But through persistence and a constant devotion to their ultimate goal, they persevere. As an investor, you’ll face some challenges, too, such as political and economic turmoil that can upset the financial markets. But if you own a diversified mix of quality investments and follow a long-term strategy that’s tailored to your objectives, time horizon and risk tolerance, you can keep moving forward, despite the “bumps in the road” that all investors face. • Get good coaching. Super Bowl teams typically are well-coached, with disciplined head coaches and innovative offensive and defensive coordinators. When you’re trying to achieve many financial goals such as: a comfortable retirement, control over your investment taxes and a legacy to leave to your family, you can benefit from strong “coaching.” As your “head coach,” you might choose a financial professional, someone who can help you identify your goals and recommend an appropriate investment strategy to help you work toward them. And your financial professional can coordinate activities with your other “coaches,” such as your tax and legal advisors. Unless you’re a professional football player, you won’t ever experience what it’s like to play in the Super Bowl. However, achieving your financial goals can be a fairly big event in your life - and to help work toward that point, you can take a few tips from the teams that have made it to the Big Game. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.


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Escape Plans and Smoke Alarms
by caPtaIn JameS t. GHI

Cloud, iCloud, Online Backup
bob HooPer, aka rent a bob


any U. S. families have a home fire escape plan, but the majority of them never practice it, says a recent survey by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). They recommend practicing a home fire drill twice annually, while it wouldn't be a bad idea to practice it more than that to improve reaction time in case of a fire emergency. Many adults feel their children will wake up when smoke alarms sound, but this is not always the case. Children tend to tune out white noise when they go to bed. They sleep through television shows, radios, talking and the hum of vacuum cleaners, washing machines and dishwashers. If your children don't wake up, then make sure a responsible adult is assigned to wake them up as part of the drill. Once awake, plan to get out of the house and go to a family meeting place, where everyone goes for a head count. Once there, you can call 911. Never re-enter a burning building, and meet first-arriving firefighters to let them know if everyone is accounted for. This is why it is important to practice the occasional fire drill at night. The objective is to practice, not to frighten, so telling children there will be a drill before they go to bed can be as effective as a surprise drill, as they don't know when it will happen that night. Smoke alarms are an important part of a fire escape plan, and properly working smoke alarms can cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half. Unfortunately, according to the NFPA, roughly two-thirds of home

fire deaths happen in homes with no working smoke alarms. About 20 percent of smoke alarm failures were because of dead or missing batteries. Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of the home, including the basement, outside of each sleeping area in the home and inside each bedroom. It is recommended that smoke alarms be interconnected, so that when one smoke alarm sounds, they all sound. If you hear your smoke alarm chirping, it usually means the battery is almost dead and needs to be changed. A standard 9-volt battery should last you the full year without any “chirping” to listen to. Most batteries will chirp for two weeks in a smoke alarm before totally dying. The exception is the smoke alarms equipped with 10-year batteries that do not need replacing. All smoke alarms, including alarms that use 10-year batteries and those that are hard-wired, should be replaced when they reach 10 years old. Seconds and minutes can mean the difference between life and death in a fire situation. Preparation is an important part of being able to deal with this fast-moving type of an emergency. Prepare your family by having an escape plan and practice it at least twice a year. If you have questions about your residential smoke alarm, contact the St. Johns Fire Department at 559-9194 for a free smoke alarm check.To contact Captain James T. Ghi, Fire Prevention Specialist, St. Johns Fire and Rescue, call 296-8392 or email


o, on your iPhone you can take a picture and it appears on your iPad magically. Wow! How does that happen? Well, it’s not that hard when you are saving the pic to the iCloud, which you have shared to your iPad or your MacBook (in fact any computer connected to the internet). If you have a Hotmail or Live email account you can create a file using Office Word in the cloud and you can see it, print it, edit it from home, or work across the world. What is going on here, how am I able to do all these wonderful things? Let's look under the hood and see what is going on. In previous years, computing was done by a central computer that was massive. It had all the programs and stored the information created (the documents, pictures, etc) in a central database. You used a dumb terminal that inputted the keystrokes, mouse clicks and had a screen that showed results. The terminal had no hard drive, was not able to do separate computing from the main frame. With cloudcomputing you are allowing the data to be stored somewhere other than your own hard drive, flash drive, etc. The programs that do the computing can be stored on the same cloud, and all data is worked on in the cloud: like where pictures are stored and edited, for example. It makes sharing data easy, allowing it to be on the iPhone and iPad at the same time, but the data is not completely

under your control. The same can be said for online backup, which is basically a cloud app. Somewhere on the Internet, be it a hard drive in your neighborhood, city, state or possibly in another country, resides your data. It can reside in many places, copied as is needed to preserve it, back it up and so on. The main thing I want you to take from this column is that using the cloud can be a great tool, but you are giving up a measure of personal and business safety. Have you ever heard the adage that, “once on the 'net data has its own life.” It's just a thought when using this new idea. I do use the cloud for work but watch carefully what I put on it and how I use it. If you need immediate assistance you can always call Rent A Bob at 822-7794 or email at

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Wines and Canines
by JacquelIne mccormIck


ocated halfway between Kiawah and downtown, Charleston Gas Light offers a one-of-a-kind wine tasting experience full of surprises. The shop already enjoys a popular venue on Meeting Street, but now Johns Island locals can stop in to the pet-friendly shop for wine tastings, unique art, and much more. Owner Mitch Michell and wife Debra McKinley chose the Johns Island location because of the great, “up and coming area” with Normandy Farms, Fat Hen, Wild Olive and other local watering holes nearby. They felt the “wine bar, wine shop and art gallery” formula would be a “neat combination in this upscale area appealing to a lot of folks who live out here” and hope to attract regulars as well as visiting tourists. Wine is the focus of Charleston Gas Light. Of course, the nice cocktail party atmosphere that takes over the shop every Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. features music and shopping. Even though Mitchell

and Thursday night parties feature this wine as well as appetizers, cheese platters and the new delicacy pickled quail’s eggs. While feasting on these tasty treats, you can even custom-create your own wine label featuring your pet’s likeness. Debra is the artist, and will create portraits of you or your furry friends for any occasion. The laid-back, “hang out and shop” atmosphere is sure to make this charming spot a hit in no time. If you’re looking for a fun night out on the Island, be sure to check out the new locale of Charleston Gas Light. To learn more about wine tastings and what else Charleston Gas Light has to offer, you can visit their new location on Maybank Highway, Johns Island, next to Fat Hen, or you can call 559-8877. even better for pet lovers, the shop is active with local pet rescues. Their private label “Lost Dog Wine” is extremely popular,

A view of the interior of the Charleston Gas Light

calls the gift shop environment a “chick place,” everyone is welcome, including your four-legged friends. To make things

Sax at Dusk, 24 x20 Oil on Canvas by Jim Darlington of Edward Dare Gallery


allery Row on Historic Broad Street is gearing up again this year to present “Blues on Broad” on February 3 from 5 -8 p.m., with music starting between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. During this First Friday on Broad Artwalk, join us on Gallery Row for a gumbo of live music & fine art. Galleries will be filled with a mélange of roots music (Blues, Soul, Jazz and Rock n Roll) and artwork inspired from all of these genres. The h amleT Fine a rT Gallery will feature South Carolina blues artist Shrimp City Slim (aka Gary Erwin) (piano/vocals). Erwin was originally from Chicago but has lived in Charleston since the 1980s. He is known as the originator of “Lowcountry blues & original songs”, has released seven CDs to date, and is the producer of the celebrated Lowcountry Blues Bash (festival), which will have its 22nd edition this February 8-21. His various locally-themed tunes such as “Gone Galleries ontinues on page 16



Volunteers are on the ball
be held at the Tennis Center from 1 - 3 p.m. every Saturday from February 25 to March 24. A final, mandatory training session will be held on Friday, March 30. All participants are needed at the Family Circle Cup from Saturday, March 30 to Thursday April 5. An All-Star Team will be selected based on ability, performance and attitude for the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals, from April 6 to April 8. To receive an application, or for more info, visit or call Ball Crew Shift Leader, Danny Hayes 850-9801303 or email

Moon Over Moncks Corner
by carol antman

February 3, 2012

he Family Circle Cup is now accepting applications for 200 adult and junior Ball Crew members. Marking the tournament’s 40th consecutive year, the Family Circle Cup is scheduled to take place from March 31 to April 8 at the Family Circle Tennis Center in the “Best Tennis Town in America.” “The Family Circle Cup is dependent on the help and dedication from its ball crew volunteers,” said Eleanor Adams, Family Circle Cup Tournament Manager. “Our biggest need is for ball crew volunteers during the first five days of the tournament because of the largest quantity of early round matches.” An informational parent meeting will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 18, at the Family Circle Stadium on Daniel Island. The first practice will immediately follow the parent’s informational meeting on center court. Weekly Ball Crew training sessions will Galleries continues from pg 15 With the Wind”, “Phosphate Woman”, “Lowcountry Mama”, “Charleston Strut”, and others have entered into Charleston music history. Expect lowdown blues, crisp coastal shuffles, and plenty of exuberance from this wellknown South Carolina blues artist. The edward dare Gallery will feature Blues inspired works in oil by Jim Darlington and photography by Ron Rocz while visitors are entertained by the guitar duo, Ace and the Sultan. Figures have long been one of the favorite subjects of Darlington, and his blues series continues to be a source of enjoyment for collectors of his work. Stop in to see the musical side of Darlington as he and Minimum Wage band member Brandt Saunders entertain us as the duo Ace and the Sultan, with their interpretation of blues favorites and other soul shaking, foot tapping musical renditions. This music is the perfect ambiance for Rocz’s Mississippi Delta Blues Collection. These sepia-toned photographs convey a sense of what life was like in the early days of the blues, surrounded by cotton plantation life and work. As he often tells his viewers, “if weren’t for the cotton, there would have been no blues.” His photographs include old share cropper cabins, cotton gins, rural churches, juke joints, get-a-way railways, and local blues players. Rocz’s blues photography collection has been well received at art shows in major cities across the nation. CoCo ViVo Fine a rT & inTerior desiGn will present musical guest Tim Church III as a pre-event to Charleston’s 22nd Annual Low Country Blues Bash. COCO VIVO will also host Charleston fashion clothes designer Alena Fede and her new spring collection, Spring Flowers by Alena Fede; the artwork of one of America’s finest designers of natural pearl and hammered silver jewelry, artist


Christine Peters Hamilton of Maine; and sculptor Kevin McLean introduces new bronze sculpture, blending classical processes and techniques with a raw and expressive style. The ellis-niCholson Gallery entertainment will be provided by the homegrown Charleston talent of young singer/songwriter Irene Rose. Her music is a soundtrack of the south as she wistfully sings about family, small towns, sweet tea, grits and God. “I like to sing the songs that make people smile and nod because they know exactly what I’m talking about.” Irene Rose and her sister Lydia went on a music tour to Nashville where she was invited to sing in multiple honky tonks on Broadway. She has celebrated two album releases, “Irene Rose” and “How it Ought to Be”. In January Irene Rose was chosen to be played over 30 radio stations in South Carolina in the Discover and Uncover New Artists Series sponsored by IheartRadio. The ella walTon r iChardson Gallery will feature their newest Dutch paintings. Contemporary artists highlighted include Simon Balyon, Johannes Eerdmans, Frits Goosen, Rene Jansen, Niek van der Plas, and Frans van der Wal. The variety of subjects include still life works, architectural scenes of Charleston, and Dutch landscapes. m ary m arTin Gallery will feature musical guest Don Olson who will perform Appalachian songs on Viola for the evening at their new beautiful location at 103 Broad Street. Spencer Fine ArtI, II and now III (!) will also have entertainment and a wonderful variety of soulful art for art lovers and collectors. For more information on the artists featured during Gallery Row’s Blues on Broad event, visit www. and click on your favorite gallery or call 722-1944.

ot an anniversary coming up? How are you going to celebrate? Another over-priced restaurant meal? How about a little romance in (don’t laugh) Moncks Corner! Rice Hope Plantation, one of South Carolina’s only bed and breakfast plantations, is just an hour from Charleston but centuries back in time. For history buffs, it’s a treasure trove. The original house was built in 1840. After some renovations, additions and a fire, the forty-room mansion sprawls across the hillside. Formal gardens bursting with camellias and towering oak trees draped with Spanish moss create a scene of serenity and affluence. The past oozes from every corner. Formal portraits, including the plantation’s founders and some “instant ancestors”, share wallpapered display space with fine china and art. Huge collections of books fill several walls. An entire room devoted to artifacts found on the grounds is a mesmerizing hodge-podge of taxidermy animals, hinges, shells, decoys, bones, nails, sharks teeth, documents and a model “trunk” which demonstrates the way the historic rice fields were flooded and drained for harvesting. There’s even a decaying dugout canoe that was salvaged

offshore. A recent guest commented: “one of the best accommodations that an archeologist can dream of enjoying”. Lou Edens, a local entrepreneur, is the charming proprietress. She knows a million stories about Rice Hope. Colorful stories. Bawdy stories and gossip. Stories of men who took slaves with them when they became soldiers; of visits by Clair Booth Luce; about hunting parties and wild nights drinking the plantation’s signature drink, shrub. “Shrub is made from orange juice, rum and brandy, ” Lou explains. “We made it for a party once and that’s the only time I saw the plantation’s ghost “Mistress Chicken.” “I didn’t know it was a ghost. I invited her to the party!” Lou’s quick, girlish laugh accompanies many of her anecdotes. There’s an extensive art collection with notable acrylics and prints by Elizabeth Porcher. As a member of the Charleston Renaissance, she became well known for her dignified paintings of African Americans in a time when Caucasian painters usually depicted African Americans as caricatures. A large rendition of the plantation painted by Charles Fraser shows the rice cultivation Travel continues on page 17

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Travel continues from page 15 that historically covered most of the 300 acres of land. “I tried to grow some rice myself”, Lou says pointing to an artful arrangement of dried rice stalks in a vase. “But I didn’t get enough for even a casserole.” The gardens are the highlight. Established in 1795 and enhanced in the 1930’s according to a design by noted landscape architect Loutrell Briggs, they boast an astounding array of camellias including, reputedly, the largest bush in the country which towers over twelve feet high. Many brides have made their entrances down the garden’s sweeping brick walkway. Their photos depict the authentic Southern charms that movies can only hope to imitate. But anniversary couples seem to enjoy their stays the most. Many return yearly and have written in the guest book: “The best stay in an inn to this day.” And “This is one of my favorite destinations in the whole world.” Breakfast is included in the room and is elegantly served overlooking the gardens. Previous guests have raved about the shrimp and grits. We enjoyed a scrumptious tomato and shrimp pie and other delicacies. For other meals, head to The Dock where a fresh seafood dinner overlooking the river will set you back a mere $20 for two. Barony House is an upscale choice. Or for a truly Southern experience, head to Sweatman’s BBQ near Eutawville on Friday or Saturday and get the real flavor of the South for $10 a plate. But I recommend doing as we did. Bring a little picnic to enjoy in the privacy of your room. If you rent the bridal suite, you’ll have a large private porch as well as a sitting room and huge bedroom with a rice bed. Sit and relax. Unwind. There’s bird watching, canoeing and games on site. “No-thinging” is highly recommended. Other activities include fishing from the plantation dock where 100-pound catfish have been caught. Mepkin Abbey is nearby. The peaceful monks graciously allow visitors to ramble or picnic. There’s plenty of hiking and biking in the area including the 12,000 acre Bonneau Ferry Preserve. For a romantic end to the day, drive to the Canal Recreation Area and walk up the few steps to the dike surrounding Lake Moultrie. Watch the sunset across the expansive, shimmering lake and try to imagine where you are. I bet you’ll never guess Moncks Corner! Roadtrips Charleston! is a feature of Lucky Dog Publishing. Each month the column presents adventurous, 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 suggestions or comments, email her at


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Mystery Plant
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Virginia into northern Florida, and west to Louisiana. This is a plant that really likes it damp, and is usually associated with floodplain forests of blackwater rivers, but can also be found along seepage bluffs. This species loves shade, and seems to enjoy a dense canopy overhead. (It has a very close relative that occurs along streams and creeks in the Appalachian mountains, but whose leaves are narrower more pointy, and with a slightly longer leaf-stalk. Otherwise, the two species are hard to distinguish.) One of the first things you'll notice about our plant is that it is indeed a very low shrub, scarcely (if ever) getting much higher than a coon dog's tail. Its stems are spreading and arching, commonly leaning over nearly to the ground. The handsome leaves alternate up the stem, each one teardrop shaped, and with margins equipped with plenty of small, sharp teeth. We botanists like to use the term "coriaceus" for these leaves, which means that they are tough and leathery. The upper leaf surface is dark green and glossy, while the lower leaf surface is much paler. At this time of year, you are likely to see its dried, brown capsules held in elongated clusters along the stem, in a leaf axil. (In the early summer, beautiful ivory-white flowers are present. These flowers are very sweetly fragrant, each one forming an urn-shaped corolla made up of 5 fused petals.) This plant has an interesting scientific name. Its genus name was first (and officially) used in 1834. The botanist who came up with this genus name was very interested in Greek mythology, and he used the name of a mythological princess, who ran into some problems in her social life, and because of her --ahem-- perceived transgressions, was transformed from a beautiful maiden into a shrub. Talk about a metamorphosis. On the other hand, the common name of this species is derived from observations

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s a gesture of their esteem for the Charleston Symphony, Dr. Winifred and Mr. John Constable of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania have donated the use of their family's 1686 Ex-Gillott Ex-Hart Ex-Nachez Stradivarius violin for use by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra's (CSO) Concertmaster Yuriy Bekker. Considered to be the best violinmaker in the world, Italian luthier Antonio Stradivari (1644-1737) made more than a thousand violins during his lifetime, around 650 of which are believed to exist today. Stradivarius instruments, particularly violins, have been admired for more than three hundred years for their craftsmanship, beauty, and tone. Stradivarius violins are often named after their famous past owners and players. The violin (known as the "1686 Ex-Nachez" Stradivarius) has three hundred twenty-six years of history. The violin was once played by such notable musicians as: F. Fradkin, Concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 19181920, and Victor Dardenne of the New York Metropolitan Orchestra in the late 1940s. In addition, the violin was owned by famous art and violin collectors Joseph Gillott and George Hart in the 1800s. The entire Constable Family are ardent lovers of classical music with an emphasis on stringed instruments. Mr. Constable has been inspired by the Orchestra's recent resurgence. After contacting CSO Executive Director Daniel Beckley, Mr. Constable arranged a meeting with Bekker in December 2011. Once he tried out the violin, Bekker says ,there was no doubt it was a great idea. Bekker commented, saying, "You can bring out so many colors with this instrument. Stradivari violins are truly works of art. It's an incredible feeling knowing the rich historic heritage and remarkable artistry behind this one." "I am so touched by the Constable family's gesture, and I am so honored to play this amazing Stradivarius violin. I am proud of the Charleston Symphony accomplishments and I believe that the future of our organization is bright." Constable noted that lending out the violin for performance is not a common occurrence. "We were particularly inspired by what Yuriy and the CSO have


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accomplished and what they are achieving in the community. In order to generate excitement and showcase the quality of this orchestra, we wanted to do something really special to help. In addition, we are excited to hear the premiere of Edward Hart's Under an Indigo Sky. It should be a great night for all Charlestonians," he said. The concert will be the South Carolina premiere for a local composer's new violin concerto. Charleston's Edward Hart composed Under an Indigo Sky specifically for Bekker. Described as "a love letter to my home state" by Dr. Hart, it is in three movements with each one dedicated to a region of the state: "Fast Flowing Rivers" for Columbia and the Midlands, "Warm Salt Air" for Charleston and the Coast, and "Misty Blue Horizon" for Greenville and the Upstate. Hart is an Associate Professor of Music at the College of Charleston. His music has been performed in the United States, Latin America, Africa, and Europe including performances in New York, Los Angeles, Kiev, Mexico City, Johannesburg, Boston, Austria, Argentina, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In addition to Edward Hart's piece, the concert will include Zoltán Kodály's Dances of Galánta, which was written for the 80th anniversary of the Budapest Philharmonic Society and first presented in 1933. Beethoven's Symphony No. 7, composed in 1811-12 and premiered in 1813, will encompass the second half of the concert. Mr. Bekker will perform on the rare violin Saturday, February 11. The Masterworks Series concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. at the Gaillard Auditorium, 77 Calhoun St., Charleston, SC. The program for the concert includes Zoltán Kodály's Dances of Galánta, Edward Hart's Under an Indigo Sky, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Opus 92. There will be a pre-concert talk from the stage led by Dr. William Gudger with Dr. Edward Hart at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the concert start at $20 for reserved seating. Student tickets are $10 with valid ID. Tickets may be purchased in advance online at, by calling the CSO at 723-7528, and at the Gaillard Auditorium Box Office or any Ticketmaster outlet.

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pefully over the recent winter holidays you found some time to take a few walks outside. (It’s a good habit, you know.) Perhaps you've even been able to involve yourself in what could affectionately be termed a "botany walk." There is certainly every reason to enjoy nature during the cold winter months down here in the South; although there may not be many flowers to look at, there are plenty of examples of fascinating natural features and interactions around us, many that continue when it has become colder. Besides, all those gaudy flowers can be something of a distraction, don't you think? Our Mystery Plant is a shrub without any flowers right now. It is an evergreen species, and you can see it in plenty of wetland habitats, mostly on the coastal plain. It occurs as a true endemic to the Southeast, known from southeastern

by hunters. It seems that deer are fond of leading pesky, pursuing hound-dogs straight into dense thickets of this plant. The crowded stems are very difficult to get through, and sometimes Ol' Blue gets stuck. John Nelson is the curator of the Herbarium at the University of South Carolina, in the Department of Biological Sciences. As a public service, the Herbarium offers free plant identifications. For more information, visit or call 803-777-8196.

February 3, 2012

Are Your Pets in Pain?




ebruary is National Dental Health Month. During the month of February, many veterinarians are offering discounts on dental care or dental products and these promotions are very popular, so appointments fill up fast. You may need to contact your veterinary office now to take advantage of February promotions. How do you know if you need to take advantage of dental care month promotions for your pet? The answer to that is pretty simple: you probably do. Eighty percent of all dogs and seventy percent of cats over three years of age have some form of dental disease. So why is this disease so ignored by pet owners? Mostly because you can't see it. A dog will often come to see me for a mild skin disease that is bothering the owner because it makes the dog scratch or because it is smelly. During the course of the exam I find severe dental disease that is causing pain for the dog. Yet, the owner doesn't want to deal with the disease in the mouth because they can't see it. Dogs and cats hide pain in their mouths by chewing on the opposite side of the mouth or by swallowing their food whole. You won't get symptoms of drooling, pawing at the mouth or loss of appetite until periodontal disease is extremely advanced. Please, for your pet's sake, don't wait this long. A veterinary dentist once

told me that pets continue to eat, because if they didn't, then they would have a toothache and be hungry. Might as well alleviate at least one of those discomforts. I remind people that if your pet had nasty, stinky infections on their toes, you'd treat it. So why not in his mouth? Our pets deserve better. Maybe some of these tips will help. Remember that dental disease doesn't affect just your pet's mouth. Periodontal disease is a silent killer that starts with a bacterial infection in the mouth. The bacteria then sneak through the blood stream to the heart, lungs or kidneys where they exacerbate existing disease or cause disease by themselves. The first sign of periodontal disease is bad breath, and it shouldn't be ignored. If plaque is present as a brownish staining of the teeth, your pet has stage I periodontal disease and it is time to initiate an aggressive brushing or dental chew program. Nothing beats brushing a pet's teeth daily with a pet-friendly enzymatic

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toothpaste, but if you didn't start doing this when your pet was a baby, he or she may not tolerate it. The second best thing that I have found are the raw-hide chews that have been infused with an enzymatic toothpaste. These work well for the back teeth where most of the chewing occurs, but it doesn't work well for the teeth toward the front of the mouth. Don't use human toothpaste. Pets hate the sweet flavors, it can make them throw up, and it doesn't have the enzymes in it that help to break up the plaque. Unlike human toothpastes, pet pastes are safe to be swallowed, so there is no rinsing necessary. If there is a black line where the teeth meet the gums, your pet has stage II periodontal disease and the bacteria has made its way under the gum line. You won't be able to get this off with brushing or chews, so you need to schedule a professional dental cleaning with your veterinarian. Your pet has stage III periodontal

disease when calculus had formed. When this happens, you have missed your opportunity for a simple cleaning. These teeth need to be x-rayed for disease under the gum, cleaned and if pockets of detached gum are forming around the teeth, then your veterinarian will need to perform some form of periodontal treatment and you will need to maintain an aggressive home-care regimen to save the affected teeth. Unfortunately, once calculus has formed, it is hard to tell how bad the periodontal disease is until the pet is anesthetized. Sometimes we find stage IV and V periodontal disease under the calculus. These pets will require tooth extractions or root canal therapy. So, when you bring your pet in to have that mouth cleaned up, be available for your veterinarian to call you in the middle of procedure if he or she finds periodontal disease beyond stage III. This can lead to increased costs to you, but treating these bad teeth immediately brings immediate comfort and relief to your pet. I have seen that once painful teeth are removed, older pets suddenly act like they did when they were younger. A decrease in activity that you are allotting to old age could very well be from an achy painful mouth. You won't know until you have that periodontal disease treated.