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Graphic Design Jennifer Walker Online Editor Lisa Marie Carter Contributing Writers Caroline Anneaux Lisa Marie Carter Salina Jivani Cecilia Lewis Angela Mason Lowe Deborah Tucker Jay Wright

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Honoring Anderson’s only Astronaut

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Letter from the Editor Well, there is no doubt that we are in the full throws of summer! I love, love, love summertime. But it is H.O.T. Now, as much as I complained about being cold this past winter, I swore I wouldn’t complain about the heat. So let me just say this: I am not complaining. I am just stating a very obvious fact with a lot of conviction. And I mean A LOT of conviction. Typically in my editor’s letters, I write about all of the great stories we have in the issue. Finding about the good things in our community and making sure everyone knows about them is my favorite part of publishing Anderson Magazine. However, this letter is going to be different. I have personally experienced a whole lot of good things going on around here, and I want to share them with you and encourage you to find the good right here at home. In June, The Market Theater presented a production of Shrek in downtown Anderson in Carolina Wren Park. What fun! I continue to be impressed by the shows The Market Theater produces, both in open air spaces as well as in their theater space. A couple of months ago, I went to see a production at their theater called The Barbecue. The storyline was so good to me that I left and “googled” the play to see if it had been a movie or something I could watch again somewhere else. If you haven’t been to a production of The Market Theater, go. You are missing out. I also am loving all of the wine bar options we have! I wondered if we had enough patrons interested in sipping wine to help the different locations be successful… apparently, the rest of Anderson County likes wine just as much as I do! I love the quaint, cozy locations in downtown Anderson as well as the larger spaces. I also love driving over to Pendleton to enjoy my favorite beverage on the square. I always feel a little like I’m on vacation even when I just venture to that neighboring town. Now, don’t think wine is all I drink. I also enjoy a cold beer (especially in this very hot heat which I am not complaining about). We have added some great options throughout the county for craft beer and breweries also. With the added fun of music, outdoor games, food trucks and more, a visit to a brewery is a destination in itself. Good job, brew masters and entrepreneurs. Y’all know how to make things fun! Good food and drinks are of no shortage in our county, but you know what else is in full supply? Good people. My fantastic Rotary Club, the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, is doing good things! I know many other civic organizations are also making an impact on our community, but I am speaking from my experience in my club. Did you know that through the Dancing for

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Our Heroes event held in April more than $300,000 was raised for local charities? Let me say, the charitable organizations that participate in this event do the heavy lifting when it comes to the fundraising. They can and should toot their horns on that. But I’m so proud that there is a platform for this fundraising opportunity and a signature event that brings the whole community together. My great club also awarded about 70 children with Most Improved Reader awards. Since I’m the publisher of the magazine, I included information about that in this issue. You should know that research shows that children not reading at grade level by the third grade are among the most likely to drop out. The saying goes, “Before third grade, you learn to read. After third grade, you read to learn.” I was lucky enough to visit a school to present these awards. How great to honor someone who has made an improvement! Sure, honor roll kids and those with high test scores typically get recognition. But, honoring a child who has made tremendous improvements is really special. I could probably go on and on about other great things in our community. I just watched a couple of my friends do outside, free yoga at the North Main Commons. (Yes, I said watch. Yoga is not my thing). I was able to volunteer with A Day of Action and work on a habitat house. I’ve seen the Anderson Arts Center reach more and more people with each exhibit. So, instead of a recap of the stories we are sharing this issue, I’m just doing a recap of some of things I really appreciate and love about Anderson County. Enjoy this issue and enjoy where you live!

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AnMed Health: where cancer receives uncompromised care By Salina Jivani As a radiology nurse at AnMed Health, Ann Cothran routinely supports women through breast biopsies. But when she went in for her own mammogram in March 2021, she did not expect to be on the receiving end of the help and support she often provides. The radiologist she often worked alongside delivered the news that she had cancer. And that’s how her journey began. The cancer was present in both breasts, which prompted Cothran to undergo bilateral mastectomies. Unfortunately, this wasn’t her first exposure to the procedure; decades ago, her mother had undergone the same surgery with dignity and grace. And Cothran was determined to do the same. A friend suggested she purchase a mastectomy pillow, and Cothran found one she liked online designed to wrap across the chest and go under the arms. It wasn’t until after surgery when she’d had her lymph nodes removed that she realized the tremendous comfort the pillow provided in keeping her arms off sore areas while keeping her chest buffered against the pressure of seatbelts. When she returned to work, Cothran suggested the pillow to a nurse at AnMed Health responsible for navigating patients through the cancer treatment process. “Where can they order them?” the nurse navigator asked. “You know what? I’ll make them myself,” said Cothran. In less than a year, Cothran has sewn more than one hundred pillows, one for every patient who’s had a mastectomy at AnMed Health, gaining accolades as well as several spontaneous donations over time. “Making pillows for every patient at AnMed Health who’s had a mastectomy has become my ministry,” says Cothran. “If I can lend comfort to people throughout this process, even if it’s just by a pillow, I want to be able to do that.” Cothran believes herself to be fortunate that her cancer was detected early, avoiding the agony of radiation and chemotherapy. “I ask people all the time ‘have you had a mammogram?’ because what if I had waited?” says Cothran. “It could have been a completely different outcome. Get your mammogram. Examine yourself every day, and if you feel anything odd, get it checked out.” AnMed Health’s Mobile Mammography Coach, a bright pink and blue RV that has been a common sight at facilities across the region since summer of 2017, makes it easy for women to heed Cothran’s advice. The coach travels to different facilities within a 50mile radius of AnMed Health’s North Campus, serving parts of South Carolina and Georgia. Already, it’s served over 10,000 patients.

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The purpose of the mobile coach is simple: to reach the underserved and bring mammograms to patients who may be unable to travel. “Most patients are done within 15 minutes,” says Kim Stevens, who manages the Mammography Department and the Mobile Mammography Coach. “Plus, they can benefit from the same technology on the mobile as in our breast imaging center.” Many insurance plans cover a mammogram each year. However, AnMed Health believes that cost should not be a barrier for women who need one. Patients who do not have insurance and cannot afford to pay may be eligible for support through the AnMed Health Foundation to cover the cost of the screening. “Our 3-D technology lets radiologists see breast tissue layer-by-layer, helping them examine finer details clearly,” says Stevens. “Multiple images are acquired at different angles, giving the radiologist mammogram views in a way never possible before 3-D was available.” For a complete list of mobile locations, visit AnMed Health’s website: https://anmedhealth.org/about/events.

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For more than 75 years, United Way of Anderson County has been cultivating change so that our community can flourish. We’re improving education, strengthening financial stability for individuals and families, and making our county healthier – without losing sight of the basic needs of our most vulnerable. But we don’t do it alone. We bring people and organizations together to do more than any of us can do on our own. Employers, nonprofits, government, faith organizations, educators, health providers, community leaders, youth, and many others partner with us. Together, we tackle some of Anderson County’s toughest issues. We’re after solutions that create real change. It’s not simple, or easy. But we’re making progress, and seeing results. Every donation is a seed planted. Every act of volunteerism enriches the soil. Every voice shines a light for those in need. With your help United Way is a place where hope grows.

“I’m honored and excited to be serving as the 2022-23 chair for the United Way Campaign. I have a deep affinity to connect and serve our Anderson community. I’m confident you will be amazed to hear the great impact we are making right here in our backyard.” -Luis Martinez II, United Way Campaign Chair

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READING

The Rotary Club of Greater Anderson awarded a Most Improved Reader award to 70 third-grade students across Anderson County for the 2021-2022 school year. A student from each third grade class in Districts 1-4 was selected by their teacher or school reading coaches as demonstrating significant improvement in their reading skills, putting them on a path to improved literacy and learning success. Rotary Club members presented students at 17 elementary schools across Anderson County with a plaque and tote bag filled with new books to recognize their achievements and encourage continued reading and learning success.

LaFrance Elementary School Recipients

Zanden Hatten Flat Rock Elementary

William Lollis & Moosa Syed Mt. Lebanon Elementary

Dylan Bowling Flat Rock Elementary

Justin Norris Flat Rock Elementary

Maggie Coleman Spearman Elementary

Aubrey Trotter Spearman Elementary

Elias Gonsoulin Spearman Elementary

Rivers Carter Spearman Elementary

Elsie Commons Spearman Elementary

Harley Callahan Spearman Elementary

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On June 11, citizens of Anderson County rolled up their sleeves, put on their work gloves and headed out into the community for United Way’s Day of Action. Day of Action is a world-wide United Way initiative. Locally, the United Way of Anderson County organized hands-on volunteer projects for several of the charitable organizations in our community and coordinated volunteers to tackle projects such as painting, construction, cleaning, sorting food, landscaping, organizing, and more. Through this concerted effort, approximately 50 volunteers worked 40 hours each making for a collective 200 hours of volunteer service all in one day. The benefiting charities were Habitat for Humanity, AIM, LOT Project, Safe Harbor, Community Gardens, and Rebuild Upstate.

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Doing So Much

“Moore”

By Caroline Anneaux

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Kathy Moore, Anderson School District Five Teacher of the Year for 2021-2022, is a visual arts teacher at T.L. Hanna High School. This is her 18th year teaching, and she says she loves the students and the staff. She has been at T. L. Hanna for her entire career, and all three of her children graduated there. “I could not ask for a better job,” said Moore. “Our principal, Walter Mayfield, is incredibly supportive of our arts program. We could not do anything we do without him. He backs us 100 percent.” Moore and her colleagues keep their students involved in the community as much as they can. They help local nonprofit organizations raise money –– and this allows the teachers and students to show off their individual talents. Through various fundraisers and art shows, the students have helped provide full week art scholarships at the Anderson Arts Center to students at Calhoun Academy of the Arts and North Pointe Elementary School. They have also helped raise money for the United Way of Anderson and the Jo Brown Senior Center. Moore’s students create beautiful pieces of wearable clothing made from recycled materials. The students wear their creations and model their designs during local charity events such as the United Way’s Power of the Purse and the senior center’s Golden Years Jamboree. “It’s a great way for our art program at Hanna to expose the kids to community service and nonprofits,” said Moore. “We hope this encourages a passion for helping others for the remainder of their lives.” andersonmagazine.com

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Moore was selected at T.L. Hanna as a Teacher of the Year nominee for the school. After winning at her school, she eventually won the overall title of Anderson School District Five Teacher of the Year. “Mrs. Moore is an outstanding teacher and admired by her peers,” said T.L. Hanna Principal Walter Mayfield. “She promotes the arts in our community and is just a great person and teacher. We are lucky to have her at Hanna.” Some of the prizes Moore received were a car to drive for a year (donated by Ralph Hayes Toyota), $500 in cash, attendance at a conference in Myrtle Beach with other award-winning teachers in the state and the opportunity to help finalize the school calendar for the upcoming school year. “My platform when applying for Teacher of the Year was encouraging teacher retention in our district,” said Moore. During the pandemic, teachers had to adapt to extra hours and new technology, learning to teach virtually and multi-tasking like never before. “With change comes progress,” said Moore. “Our administration helped us with plenty of encouragement, supply packets and bonuses to keep us going during a new and difficult time.” Teachers in her district are given opportunities for personal engagement to keep their morale up during the school year. They do fun activities

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“I loved being in Mrs. Moore’s class, because it allowed me to express my creativity with different styles. I was involved in the T.L. Hanna Wearable Art Show the National Arts Honor Society puts on each year, and I have created many dresses and walked the runway for the past three years. Mrs. Moore is an extremely passionate person when it comes to her students and the art show!”

together like teacher appreciation art night to laugh and build camaraderie among both the seasoned teachers and the new teachers. The relationships they build bolster each other during tough times. People will stay longer at jobs when they are happy and taken care of. Anderson School District Five knows this. “As a way to encourage teacher retention, district leaders are working on ways to recognize our teachers in the district,” said Moore. “They will go the extra mile to make sure teachers feel appreciated. This goes a long way in keeping our teachers motivated to stay the course during their careers in the classrooms.” Moore’s enthusiasm for her job, her peers and her students will serve T. L. Hanna High School well as she continues to teach. She hopes to be an inspiration for all of the teachers in their first years, encouraging seasoned classroom teachers and continuing to share her knowledge and love of the arts with her students. The 2022-2023 Teacher of the Year will be announced in late August.

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--Anna Hicks took Art 2 and Art 3 with Mrs. Moore and will attend Newberry College in the fall.

“My favorite project we did in class was print making. Mrs. Moore knows a lot about it and made working with new mediums easier to understand. She taught us the basics, and then assigned projects to challenge our new skills. Mrs. Moore has always been a teacher who is willing to work hard with her students.” --Belle Brechbiel, 2020-2021 president of the National Art Honor Society, will attend UNCAsheville this fall.

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COVID Relief Funds from

AIM Accept. Inspire. Minister. By Deborah Tucker

With over 700 volunteers, AIM reaches out to the Anderson County community in many different ways. AIM runs a Hunger Ministries Program which is designed to alleviate hunger by providing monthly food packages to low-income households. The program feeds an average of 35 households each day. Brock explained that sometimes challenges, like the COVID pandemic, lead to beneficial innovation. Because of COVID, AIM opened a drive-thru food distribution line. The AIM staff discovered that the drive-thru was more efficient at distributing food and the newly open space was converted into space for much-needed offices. Another program that Brock is proud of is the Women and Children Succeeding Program. This is an empowerment program for mothers pursuing postsecondary degrees. The program offers career and financial coaching, monetary aid, and fosters a sense of community through monthly life skills sessions. Eligible applicants are women who are enrolled in a two-year or four-year post-secondary school program, have young children living in the home, and can demonstrate financial need. AIM’s Pivotal Support Program offers struggling households rent and utility assistance, financial coaching, and referrals. In 2021, AIM teamed with Anderson County to distribute funds from the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program. AIM was able to deliver over $3.1 million county-wide for housing and utility assistance. According to Ala Chappelear, chair of the AIM Board of Directors, this amount was the highest distributed by a single county in South Carolina. AIM is currently distributing a second round of funds released by the federal government. During the COVID pandemic, you may have heard the term “long COVID.” The Centers for Disease

Life happens. Sometimes from out of nowhere disaster strikes. Brenda Williams of Anderson knows this can happen, and she knows where to turn. And she can’t say enough good things about Anderson Interfaith Ministries (AIM). “I was raising grandchildren and needed help with the water bill,” explained Williams. AIM took care of the water bill for Williams, and, more than that, showed genuine compassion in the process. “AIM brought a lot of love and concern,” said Williams. When the COVID pandemic hit, Williams once again found herself in need of help. With reduced hours at the Anderson County Library, where she worked, and being ineligible for unemployment, Williams had to move out of her house. She had nowhere to go. AIM came through again. AIM put her in a hotel for a month and then got her into her current home. “I really appreciate everything they’ve done for me,” exclaimed Williams. This is the story of a non-profit organization striving to make a real difference in Anderson County. “Our goal is to make the community a better place for all,” said Kristi King-Brock, executive director. Brock explained that 32 years ago, AIM was founded to better serve the community by consolidating faithbased services. AIM is truly interfaith. The staff is primarily Christian, but they also serve the Muslim and Jewish communities. AIM’s core values are listed in its Year End Review: • Loyalty to the mission of AIM • Honor and preservation of organizational history • Data-driven decision making • Community engagement • Respect for faith traditions andersonmagazine.com

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Control says some people who have been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 can experience longterm effects from their infection. These post-COVID conditions can include a wide range of health problems that can last weeks, months, or even years.

“Our goal is to make the community a better place for all,” Don Artman of Anderson is an upbeat salesman who contracted COVID in November of 2021. He spent almost 100 days in the hospital and is still battling long COVID. In his case, it’s critical care neuropathy. While Artman was in the hospital, his family heard about AIM. AIM was able to help with the basics – rent, water bills, power bills. Artman is grateful for the help he received as he continues to recover. “AIM helped us to maintain somewhat of a normal life during this difficult time and recovery,” he said. Finally, there is the AIM Housing Rehabilitation Program. This program coordinates wheelchair ramp construction, weatherization, and other necessary repairs that allow low-income homeowners to remain in their homes. In February of this year, Jerry Johnson of Anderson sent a thank you email to the AIM staff. It perfectly sums up what AIM is all about. “I wanted to send one final email to let you know our heat will be turned on today and to again. Thank You and AIM for all you do, not just for Jaxon and I but from many other families in our community you work tirelessly to help. Your work in some cases goes or seem unappreciated, but please never doubt especially with Jaxon and I your work is Life Changing. It has given us a second chance and me as a father hope and a way to keep that beautiful smiling face of a 5 year old to not have to experience the hardship and worries in a sometimes cruel and changing world he is growing up in that we older folks never had to deal with…Thank You again God Forever Bless You!!” andersonmagazine.com

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Honoring Anderson’s Only

ASTRONAUT

By Caroline Anneaux

Stephen Douglas Thorne, known to family and friends as Steve, has the honor of being the only astronaut from Anderson. He was born in Frankfurt, Germany to James Hilton Thorne, a career army man, and Eunice McCown Thorne, an Anderson County court stenographer and secretary at Anderson College (now Anderson University). Thorne came to his mother’s hometown of Anderson as a young boy, where he attended local schools and graduated from T.L. Hanna High School in 1971. Thorne spent his early years helping his grandparents on the family farm on Hwy. 187 close to Lake Hartwell, where he learned the importance of working hard and getting a job done. He loved playing with his cousins and friends and caring for his baby sister, Melanie. She recently published Head in the Clouds, Feet Firmly on the Ground, a loving tribute to the incredible life her brother led during his short time on this earth. She compiled almost 125 pages of letters, newspaper articles and pictures of the 33 years of his life as a son, brother, relative and friend. Melanie’s love for her brother shines through on every page and gives the reader an amazing insight into the man Steve Thorne was. Thorne set a goal as a young boy to become an astronaut one day. People will often dream of becoming something spectacular in life but not everyone goes the distance to make it come true. He followed through with the commitment he made to himself and others. “While at Steve’s house one day, we were sitting in a tree looking up at the sky when Steve announced that someday he would be going into space,” recalled Bruce R. Watson, a childhood friend, in Head in the Cloud, Feet Firmly on the Ground. “In addition to being best friends, we also became best competitors, constantly pushing one another in junior high school at McCants and through senior high school at T.L. Hanna High,” said George Holman, Steve’s best friend from high school and a former attorney in Anderson, in Head in the Cloud, Feet Firmly on the Ground. Thorne worked his way through T.L. Hanna High School competing in sports, participating in clubs, and winning multiple awards. Some of his achievements included varsity football, track and cross country, National Honor Society, ROTC, S.C. Boys’ State andersonmagazine.com

representative, Who’s Who Among American High School Students and voted Most Likely to Succeed by his classmates. That was just the tip of the iceberg. He was well-rounded and set himself up to apply at all three military academies. “When all was done, Steve was accepted at all the academies, but he chose the United States Naval Academy so he could fly Navy jets,” said Melanie Thorne. He loved every aspect of flying. He enjoyed the thrill of pushing planes to their limits, observing the breathtaking views from a cockpit at 40,000 feet above the earth and learning as much as he could about the mechanics of the planes he flew. During his time as a test pilot, he flew 30 different airplanes, helicopters, gliders, and jets and logged in many flight hours. Thorne graduated from the Naval Academy in aeronautical engineering in June 1976, where he was 14

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handed his diploma by Nelson D. Rockefeller, then vice president of the United States. He went on to spend several years at the Naval Air Test Center in Maryland, got married to Sue Graham Lutz, and continued working towards becoming an astronaut. Thorne was a member of Fighter Squadron 21, the Privateers, when NASA called to offer him one of 13 spots in the 1985 Astronaut Class. This was the call he had wanted from such a young age. His opportunity to become an astronaut had finally come to fruition. “Steve flew the iconic Phantom and the venerable Crusader, before coming to the Privateers, but confided to me that the Hornet was by far the best,” said Capt., Bob Stumpf, USN (retired) in Head in the Clouds, Feet Firmly on the Ground. “That is why, when NASA gave him the call, he struggled. He wrestled with God over the two forces pulling him apart: loyalty to his squadron mates, and the inexorable force calling him to do something extraordinary, something few have ever done.” Ultimately, he accepted the seat in the 1985 Astronaut Class and began training as a future pilot of space shuttle crews for NASA. During his training, he was in a shuttle simulator on January 28, 1986, during the Challenger mission. Seventy-three seconds into the flight, his screen went black. While he thought it was a systems failure, it was the tragic ending to the crew on the Challenger mission. Several days later, Thorne was one of the ushers during the memorial service for the fallen Challenger crew. Just a few months later, on May 24, 1986, Thorne was involved in a stunt plane crash causing his death at the young age of 33. He was less than six weeks away from completing astronaut training with the twelve other students in his graduating class. The uniform patch issued later that year has his name on it, but the background is black, indicating he passed before the ceremony in July 1986. Almost a year after his death and just days before his birthday, the city council of Anderson declared his birthday, February 11, 1987, Stephen Douglas Thorne Day. A scholarship was established that year for a senior student at T. L. Hanna “whose past performance and potential for future development exemplify the personal and professional qualities of Stephen Douglas Thorne.” The winner of this scholarship must also maintain a minimum high school GPA of 3.8 and score at least 1200 on the SAT or 27 on the ACT. Cooper Lee Farrar is the recipient of the 2022 scholarship in the amount of $2,000. Chapter Five in the book Shattered Dreams: The Lost and Cancelled Space Missions by Collin Burgess gives more information about the achievements and the untimely death of Steve Thorne. And, this year, there is an inspiring rotating exhibit at the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia celebrating 50 years of space exploration and the seven astronauts from South Carolina who are part of that history. andersonmagazine.com

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Teachers are the Ca by Angela Mason Lowe

Leigh Ann Buckner and Mary McAlister prove Anderson educators have a positive and inspiring impact on their students and each other’s lives. In a little over a year, Buckner’s dream to write a children’s book came true when she wrote a story about kindness featuring two very different cats. McAlister illustrated each page of Buttons and Zippers with delightful artwork. Buckner envisioned the scenes and inspired McAlister’s artistic creative talents. An Anderson native, Buckner is a graduate of Winthrop University, holds a master’s degree from Furman University and has taught for 22 years. She taught 20 years in elementary school and the last two in middle school. In the next school year 2022-2023, she will serve as an administrator. “I strongly believe one of the most important jobs as an elementary teacher is to help children develop a strong sense in mathematics and instill a love of books and reading,” Buckner said. Buckner’s favorite subject in college was children’s literature. One of her special activities in the classroom was to read picture books to her students. The students supported and encouraged her goal to write a children’s book. “They would laugh and remind me I would need andersonmagazine.com

to find someone else to draw the pictures because my drawings on the board weren’t the best,” she said. McAlister retired from teaching in 2004. She fondly remembers her students: “I loved their questions, challenges, and creativity. I cherish the time I was allowed to learn from them and be a part of their lives. I continue to maintain contact with many of them.” When asked how she went from teacher to artist, McAlister replied, “Fifty years ago, an art teacher friend strongly insisted I take art lessons. She offered to include me in one of her children’s art sessions.” McAlister thought the class would be a perfect way to show her friend that she had no talent so she would stop badgering her. She continued, “Did she ever prove me wrong! She taught me how to see — the necessary skill for an artist. She provided the foundation for my love of painting and my appreciation of the world about me.” Through three decades of teaching, McAlister’s own paintbrushes rested quietly until retirement provided more time to fill. “I rediscovered the art world. I found painting challenged and excited me. Taking classes, especially with Ruth Hopkins, and painting with other artists helped me develop my techniques and creativity.” 20

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at’s Meow She added, “Leigh Ann, one of my former AP English students, presented me with a new challenge: drawing animals.” During a casual conversation last summer, Buckner shared her idea of writing a children’s book about cats and she asked McAlister to illustrate it. McAlister responded, “What fun, but I’ve never drawn a cat!” That didn’t bother Buckner; she assured her friend she could do this. She had seen McAlister’s artwork in shows, and she recalled her own words to her students long ago, “Never say you ‘can’t’ because that word is not in my vocabulary.” “So, I learned to draw cats, dogs, geese, peacocks, and squirrels and place them in the appropriate position,” exclaimed McAlister. “I loved the story, so creating the critters came easy — for the most part. The hardest part was finding different positions when the two cats were having conversations. Creating these illustrations provided the most fun I’ve had in ages! I now have a new career.” The teamwork paid off. The hard-bound children’s book is filled with an inspiring story and beautiful pictures. Buckner is passionate about teaching children to be kind to one another. The theme throughout Buttons and Zippers is that kind words are critical to making and keeping friends. The book is about two cats that live on a farm. Zippers is selfish and has a hard time making friends with the other animals. He doesn’t understand why the other animals do not want to be his friend. Buttons teaches Zippers that to have friends, you must be kind and encouraging to others: a lesson for all. Buttons and Zippers is available at McDowell’s Emporium bookstore and Indigo Custom Framing and Artisan Market. Craig Johnson, who describes himself as a publisher and digital grunt, photographed and digitalized over 30 of the paintings for the book and created a camera-ready text and cover. His expertise enabled this dream to become a reality. Craig’s statement emphasizes his excitement for Buckner and McAlister: “My favorite thing in the world is watching people achieve their dreams and important milestones on their journey. I find great satisfaction when I can have something to do with making that happen.”

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A Promise for the Future By Cecilia Lewis

Anderson County’s children and teens come from many different backgrounds, but some have embraced their connections to the past. An example is quilting, which has long been a part of our country’s creative culture. Quilting came to America with its first settlers from Europe and over the centuries quilts have ranged from the fancy – made of silks and satins and heavily embroidered – to strictly utilitarian, made of discarded clothing and flour sacks. Interest in quilting has grown among adults in the past few decades and now young people are learning to sew and quilt. One such teen, Stephanie Landis, is 14 years old. A student at New Covenant School in Anderson, she was given quilts throughout her childhood by her grandmother, Jean Landis. Stephanie has older sisters and one of them taught her to begin sewing at the age of eleven when she received her first sewing machine. She’s made a pillow with a book pocket, log cabin quilt blocks and a fishing-themed quilt for her dad, Pete Landis. As her talent progressed, she took classes from Elsie Lamb, a family friend, and is working on a full-size bed quilt in a pinwheel pattern with half-size triangles. Her favorite color is yellow because, she said, it makes her happy. Stephanie has also made and donated items for Afghan refugees. She is a quiet, reflective girl and said, “Sewing makes me happy and I do it for God’s glory.” Another 14-year-old who enjoys sewing but has a very different lifestyle is Avery Clute. Avery attended Wren Middle School and will go to Wren High School next year. She has been a cheerleader since the age of four and is devoted to helping other girls as a mentor and sometimes coach. When Avery tore a ligament in her knee, she was grounded for awhile and sewing was a natural way to fill her leisure time. It was a skill she was familiar with; her grandmother, Sheryle Clute, began sewing with Avery when she was very young and had her help make Christmas stocking stuffers. Avery’s favorite possession is an Under the Sea quilt her grandma made. Avery has made baby quilts and fleece blankets for Project Linus, pillowcases for Annie’s Million Pillowcase Drive, and Christmas stockings for Foothills Alliance. Project Linus is a nationwide non-profit that collects and distributes new, handmade quilts, afghans and fleece blankets for children in places like hospitals, foster care, and abuse shelters. The Million Pillowcase Drive was organized by American Patchwork magazine with a goal to deliver 1 million handmade pillowcases andersonmagazine.com

Stephanie Landis and her mom. to organizations providing comfort in a time of need as well. In fact, Avery has given away all her creations except for the strips she practiced on to learn how to make Christmas stockings. She is involved in many different activities, loves singing in the Wren Middle School Chorus and sadly acknowledged she will miss Kristen Batson, her chorus teacher, when she moves on to high school. “She’s made a footprint in my life,” she said. Near the town of Due West, three sisters in the Mullet family began sewing at early ages. Their mom, Janae Mullet, mused, “People don’t sew much anymore, especially young people, so I wanted to pass that on to my girls.” Because they are home schooled, there is more time to sew and reach out to other people. The eldest, Alyssa, 15, started sewing when she was eleven. She now makes doll clothes, purses, her own dresses and the colorful block quilt on her bed. Alyssa says she sews “to help Mom.” Someday, she’d like to make a costume – like a Civil War-type dress. Alyssa is very artistic and enjoys playing the piano, reading, and riding horses. The second sister, Sherri, is 13. She also likes to ride horses. She prefers to knit and crochet and has made little animals for her smaller cousins and her brothers. 22

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She started sewing at age nine and now makes her dresses as well. The youngest girl, Emma, 10, spends time taking care of her brothers, ages five and three. She has made a small block quilt and someday will learn to make a dress – hopefully in pink, her favorite color. In all three families, there is a deep respect for family traditions. These five girls also have developed an understanding of their role in the community in which they live, as well as nurturing their commitment to help others. They are using the skills of the past as they find joy in creating and helping people in the present.

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TCTC Celebrates 60 Years of Service To the Community

Tri County Technical College - Pickens Hall - circa 1960 For 60 years Tri-County Technical College (TCTC) has been serving the citizens of Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens counties. Tri-County Technical Education Center opened the doors of Pickens Hall September 10, 1963, with fewer than 500 students in seven disciplines and later attracted 919 students during its first year of operation. The curricula included electronics technology, machine tool, welding, and other engineering technologies. Since that time, TCTC has grown from one technical education center to four community campuses and two learning centers offering technical and health education training, business and public services majors, university transfer offerings in the arts and sciences, college credit courses for high school students, and non-credit courses through its Corporate and Community Education Division. More and more citizens are making TCTC their college of choice. The annual student enrollment for 2020-2021 at all community campuses was 7,209. The associate degree has become more valuable than ever and often is the first, not alternate, choice for students seeking higher education. In addition to quality instructional programs taught by faculty with real-world backgrounds who can offer one-on-one instruction, the College is dedicated to student success with financial aid, counseling, career services, and advising from the time of admission until graduation. andersonmagazine.com

In the beginning, the College’s mission was to serve as a tool for economic development, as well as a comprehensive community college providing equal educational opportunities for all citizens. Today TCTC continues the mission of promoting lifelong learning. A new mission statement approved in 2022 reads, “Tri-County Technical College provides students an exceptional and affordable learning experience that improves their quality of life. The College advances economic development in the tri-county region by preparing a highly-skilled workforce.” “In everything we do, we believe that education has the power to improve the economic mobility of our students and results in stronger, more prosperous communities,” said Dr. Galen DeHay, the college’s fourth president who assumed. leadership on July 1, 2019. Dr. DeHay said the unparalleled support of community partners help TCTC to create solid pathways to student success and are a reason why the College continues to lead the S.C. Technical College System in student success, graduation and transfer rates. Outreach efforts offering pathways and opportunities are in place to help students reach their goals in life and in their careers. Tri-County offers a variety of seamless career pathways that integrate academic and skills training to build tomorrow’s workforce. One example of a successful partnership is the highly-successful Bridge to Clemson program. A first of its kind in South Carolina, it is an invitation-only program that blends the 24

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Ranked #1 in Student Success traditional academic experience at Tri-County with the social and cultural experiences of being a Clemson University student. Started in 2006, Bridge to Clemson is specifically designed for recent high school graduates who narrowly missed admission to Clemson because of limited space and high demand. Heading into its 17th year, the largest cohort to date –more than 1,000 freshmen – have been accepted to the Bridge to Clemson program in the fall of 2022. Tri-County is affordable as well as accessible with four community campuses in the three counties it serves. The College’s tuition is in the lowest quartile among the state’s 16 technical colleges and the lowest in the Upstate. A two-year degree at TCTC costs roughly less than one semester at a fouryear college or university. Right now, students can attend TCTC tuition-free through the next academic year thanks to a new initiative called Workforce Scholarships for the Future that significantly reduces the cost of attending TCTC and the state’s other 15 technical colleges and addresses critical workforce shortages in industries like manufacturing and health care. The College’s collaboration with industry leaders on curriculum changes and developing work-based learning opportunities, like scholars programs, co-ops, internships and apprenticeships, have been the key to producing work-ready graduates. The Youth Apprenticeship Program is designed to assist Upstate industries, including manufacturing, healthcare, information technology and others, with building a skilled workforce. Two new programs with Arthrex and BASF are examples of TCTC working with business and industry in a structured way to create education and workforce pathways. “We also have support services that help students balance school, work and family. We offer industry-recognized training programs and certificates, some of which can be completed in just 14 weeks. And we have academic programs and partnerships with businesses that lead to careers that pay family-sustaining wages,” said Dr. DeHay.

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Proclamation of Celebration The Anderson Arts Center was recognized by the City of Anderson and Anderson County by receiving a proclamation of celebration from each entity in honor of its 50th year. A special brunch welcomed long-time Arts Center supporters who have been involved since its early years of the 1970s as well as guests still engaged with the arts today. Past executive directors Diane Lee and Kimberly Spears guided the group down memory lane as they talked about the growth and changes of the Arts Center, and current executive director April Cameron presented on the many new programs, events and activities in place today. She also spoke about the future of the Arts Center, and some of the goals the current staff and board have for ongoing sustainability and success. Mayor Terence Roberts presented the proclamation from the City, and County Councilman John Wright, Jr., presented the proclamation from the County. The Arts Center was founded in 1972 and began with a small group meeting at what was then Anderson College. Today, it is housed in a 33,000 square-foot renovated warehouse and hosts approximately 11 different art exhibits each year, holds classes for both youth and adults, offers summer camp, private lessons and conducts outreach programming to underserved areas. In celebration of its 50th year, the Arts Center has a goal to raise $100,000. As a non-profit organization, the Arts Center receives its funding from donations, grants and other fundraising activities. This aggressive goal will not only honor the past 50 years, but will create a substantial beginning for the next 50 years. To donate, visit www.AndersonArts.org; call 864222-2787; or mail donations to 110 Federal Street, Anderson, SC 29625.

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Living Room Dos and Don’ts… After much thought, debate, and consideration, you’re finally making the decision to remodel your home’s living room. Gutting it to the bare bones and starting from scratch. You’ll soon discover there are about 100 choices you need to make…which means you have 100 chances for your plans to get tangled if you’re not careful. Harris Home can help! They’ll handle every step of the design process, so you can create the living room of your dreams. “There are so many details involved when you completely renovate a living room,” says Scott Junkins, president of Harris Home. “It’s a lot to manage, especially if you try to do on your own. We created Harris Home to provide you with a team of professionals who know how to balance all the essential elements, so you can avoid the stress of doing it yourself.” “With Harris Home, you’ll have a personal project manager to guide you through the entire process, from creating blueprints, to choosing design materials, to approving a 3-D computer rendering before the work begins,” says Junkins. Once you approve, we handle all the details.” Here’s a list of living room dos and don’ts that Harris Home can help you navigate as you begin your exciting renovation. Do start from the ground up. The flooring you choose should anchor all the other elements in the room, without competing with other designs or patterns. And it needs to be durable enough for your lifestyle. Don’t rush into a decision! Your flooring shouldn’t visually clash with wallpaper, fabrics, or paint colors, so it’s important to be careful here. Your Harris Home designer will guide you on the smartest choices for style and function, whether you decide on wood, vinyl, tile, or carpet. And as you’re planning your renovation, do consider your home’s original architecture when deciding on a style. If you try to put an ultra-modern room in a traditional colonial house, it probably won’t look very logical. Don’t stray too far from the design of the rest of the rooms in your house. Let your Harris Home expert ensure continuity from one room to the next. Do consider how traffic will flow through your living room each day. Which way will people usually travel as they enter or exit, or access other rooms or stairs? Don’t make your family or visitors navigate an obstacle course just to sit on the sofa. Also, do create inviting seating zones with your room’s sofa and chair layout. You might have a zone around a fireplace, or one around a television, or three separate zones within one sizable room. The goal is to have smaller areas that invite intimate conversations. Don’t make your family or

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Events around town July & August City of Anderson Movie Nights in Wren Park June 17th is going to be the first showing of the summer. At Wren Park, they will be playing the Original Space Jam and it starts at 8:50. These movies take place the second Friday of every month. Coolers are welcome but no glass bottles or alcohol. Admission is free and concessions will be open.

July 2, 8:00 AM – Sunflower Flow Sunrise Yoga in the Sunflowers at Denver Downs Farm. This unique yoga class will take place before the farm is open. Enjoy a relaxing yoga flow with Megan Schlobohm, amongst the sunflowers. $30/person. Pre-registration is required. Visit their Facebook page for all the details. July 16, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Pet Love at The Local Pub and Eatery - 1500 Providence Church Road. This annual event includes pet friendly vendors, adoptable dogs, raffle items some valued at over $1K, and more. The proceeds benefit local charity G.E.L.A Foundation. For all the up to date information and details, visit the events section on their Facebook page.

City of Anderson Concert Series in Downtown All events will be held at Dickmann Town Center Park and start at 7:30. July 16th Seth Cook, July 30th Magnolia Soul, August 13th My yellow Rickshaw, August 27th Living proof, September 10th Jai Baker, September 10th The Doo, October 10th Tou Factory.

July 21, 4:00 PM – July 23, 10:00 PM, 4th Annual Anderson Bluegrass Festival Anderson Sports & Entertainment Center. Bluegrass Festival at the beautiful Anderson Civic Center brought to you by EMS. Line up to be announced, visit their Facebook page for up to date information. Call (386) 3853500 to get seats for the event.

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August 6, 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM, North Main Commons Craft Beer Festival 516 North Main Street, Anderson. Local Craft Beer Festival benefiting The Foothills Alliance. The event will be held in The North Main Commons. Tickets are $45 for general admission (1pm entry) and will receive a take home sample glass. $75 for VIP. For information and to purchase tickets visit their Facebook page.

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With summertime upon us, many families are grabbing their supplies and hitting the pool on a regular basis. Make sure your bags are well stocked with all the essentials and hottest trends to make your day at the pool delightful. 1) Sunscreen- This is a must-have for summer. Every person at every age needs to protect their skin from too much sunshine. If you plan on spending all day in the sun you should use at least an SPF of 30 and reapply every 2 hours, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

Fresh Summer Salsa It’s time to kick off summer with a bang. With exciting summer events like baseball, sunbathing and barbecues filling social calendars, comes a whole new array of fresh, sunny day snacks just waiting to be devoured. If you’re in the mood for something sweet with a hint of spice, try this Citrus, Mango and Pineapple Salsa. It features fresh, fruity flavors from the pineapple, mango, lemon and lime plus a surprising bite of jalapeno. It’s the perfect balance of sweet and zesty. This light, warm weather appetizer is perfect for pool parties or dining al fresco. A fresh twist on traditional salsa, this recipe will have people lining up for a second scoop to help beat the heat. Enjoy it with tortilla chips or as a topping on your favorite tacos to add a little sweetness to a traditionally savory meal. For more summertime recipes, visit Culinary.net.

2) Sunglasses- Sunglasses can be trendy, cute, and complete your by-the-pool look, but they also help protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. It is especially recommended if you have light-colored eyes to wear sunglasses when you’re out at the pool. Check out a pair of DIFF sunglasses, locally available at Maren & Main in downtown Anderson. For each pair purchased, DIFF donates reading glasses, eye exams, medicine, or surgery to those who need them. 3) Towels There are so many cute towels to choose from, why settle for something boring when you can show off your personality at the same time? Our local Target store is a great place to find one that suits you. 4) Snacks- If you plan on spending all day at the pool you should bring a few snacks. A few good options are gummies, crackers, or granola bars. Northern Suga in Anderson has some great gourmet popcorn options that are delicious and can withstand the heat! If your pool allows you to bring coolers, you can also pack some fruits, popsicles, and water. A good tip is to freeze your bottled water the day before and it can also serve as ice in your cooler!

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Seeking homes and hearts! It is the peak of kitten season, and many mamas and babies are in peril. The Anderson County Humane Society (ACHS) is urgently seeking volunteer foster care from compassionate individuals and caring families. If you’ve never experienced the joy of rescuing a kitten or cat in need, now is the time! Experience is not necessary, all you need is a safe, quiet inside room - just a small bathroom, spare bedroom, or laundry room will do. We’ll show you how to provide comfort and nurture your foster to feel trust and love until we can secure a forever home. ACHS will also provide medical care and keep you supplied with all necessities such as food, formula, and cat litter. An unforgettable experience for the whole family, summertime cat and kitten fostering is a beautiful way to teach your own young ones the value of helping those who can’t help themselves. We promise it will be one of the most rewarding things you have ever done. By opening your home and your heart, you are literally saving a life.

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The Poet’s Nook By Jay Wright

Seven years before our guild officially formed in 1974, Mrs. Eunice Sullivan Pracht was one of four Pegasus Poets who met in their homes and restaurants to share and appreciate poetry. These four poets not only wrote their own book of poems, they led the way in promoting the art and craft of writing in schools and the arts community in the Upstate. Eunice’s timeless poetry is highly revered to this day by our members and Poets Laureate alike. Here’s a simple-but-powerful favorite from 1977:

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Growing the Team The business community continues to face unprecedented uncertainty. Beginning with the Covid-19 pandemic that descended upon America in 2020, businesses faced challenges that ranged from mandatory closings, loss of employees and reduced income. Now, macro- economic challenges have surfaced that include supply chain disruption, inflation and a need for more workers. It is more important than ever for businesses to have a banking partner they can trust and one upon which they can rely. The Peoples Bank has been that trusted financial partner in Anderson County for 71 years. They proved their dedication to the small business community by helping their commercial customers obtain approximately $35 million in the Small Business Association’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that was allocated for assistance during the pandemic. The Peoples Bank commercial banking team understands how businesses work, said Coleman Kirven, President of the bank. “Our bankers see the larger financial picture, understand a business’s cash flow, and know the challenges business owners face,” he said. “Our county is growing with more and more small businesses every day, so we are growing our commercial banking options to meet their needs.” Charlie Jackson, Wendy Stafford, John Summers, Kim Penninger, and Scott Dunn are the commercial bankers for The Peoples Bank. Together, this group of experienced bankers have more than 100 years in the industry. Jackson said watching businesses grow is one of his favorite things about being in the commercial banking industry. “I enjoy seeing a business prosper while they help their employees be able to provide for their families,” he said. When seeking a banking partner, Jackson advises businesses to look at the bigger picture. “Look for a long-term banking relationship,” he said, “not just one financial deal.” Building relationships is one of the ways that Wendy Stafford helps her customers. “I like to take the time to get

to know them and create solutions for their businesses to thrive,” she said. “We are building a stronger community through the businesses we serve.” By living, working and being involved in the community, Stafford said The Peoples Bank team is uniquely knowledgeable about the local market. John Summers has been with The Peoples Bank for more than 25 years. With a longevity like that, he has seen the business community grow right before his eyes, and he has worked with entrepreneurs from start up to expansion. “Many of my long-time customers aren’t just customers any more. Over the years, they have grown to be my friends,” said Summers. Kim Penninger’s hometown pride ensures she is seeking the best options and solutions for her commercial banking customers. “I’m a third generation Andersonian, and I believe Anderson is the best place to live, work and raise a family,” she said. “Helping customers grow their business and watching it prosper is so rewarding.” Scott Dunn believes listening really well to a customer is critical when helping them make banking decisions. “When talking with customers, we have to listen to any subtle hints the client is providing,” he said. “Through this, we can share similar experiences that other businesses may have encountered and provide possible solutions derived from past interactions.” With an office opening in the Easley/Powdersville area, Dunn is providing The Peoples Bank expertise to the northern tip of Anderson County and into the Upstate. “The Peoples Bank has a history of being business friendly,” said Kirven. “With continually improving technology, understanding challenges and adding expertise in our commercial banking team, we are continuing to show our commitment to create value for our business clients.”

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Here at The Legacy of Anderson, we have over 40 years combined experience in the senior industry. At any given time you will be able to find conversation, socialization, and friends. We have been in business for over 15 years and plan another 15 strong. Please stop by if you are in the Anderson area or give Dee Golden a call at 864.276.3501. You will be pleased to be able to enjoy retirement living at its best at The Legacy of Anderon. We look foward to seeing you.

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