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Summertime Doesn’t Mean Hungry Time in Anderson County
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Puppy Love with Healing Power
Honoring Those Who Honor Others
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Heroes...they are all around us As we were preparing the articles for this issue, my proofreader, the talented author Kathryn Smith, asked me if this was a hero-themed issue. I certainly had not planned it that way, but as I looked back over the stories we were featuring, I decided that was a clear theme running through the majority of stories. Take a look at our cover story. We’ve all heard stories of hero animals, especially dogs, who have saved lives, and we’re telling you the stories of some special dogs who may also help save lives – perhaps on an emotional level. Therapy dogs can assist individuals in a variety of ways including post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression and even with educational assistance. We love our furry friends that we welcome into our homes, and with proper training, they can share that love to help others in a special way. And while school is out for summer, it’s a perfect time to feature some of the heroes of the school system that are often overlooked: bus drivers. Up at the crack of dawn to transport precious cargo to and from school each day, these individuals must have the patience of Job. It’s not a job I think I could do. Personally, for my children, the ride to school is not their most joyful time of day; nor is their first taste of freedom after school on the way home their most calm and well-behaved. Imagine a bus full of kids all experiencing the same emotions! Read about some of these “unsung heroes” who have been driving school buses for decades and still enjoying it. Another unexpected hero story came from one of our readers. The Mounted Search and Rescue Team is a group of volunteer horseback riders who use their skills to assist Anderson County’s Sheriff ’s Office in missing person cases. These riders go through extensive training to ensure the rider and horse will be capable of enduring a variety of conditions they might experience during a search. From missing children to adults with dementia, this group of men and women have become an important extension of the law enforcement team.
A group of war heroes are becoming heroes yet again, right here at home, by offering their services to family members of those who have died. The Campbell Patriots Honor Guard is available to offer military honors at funerals to veterans in Anderson County who have earned that right. Although this is a volunteer organization, this group may attend up to eight funerals a week sometimes. Their motto is, “We Serve Those Who Serve,” and they are very dedicated to the service they provide. There are more hero stories in this issue. Those that provide summer meals to our kids while they are out of school…mentors that help young people envision a brighter future…resume writers that help us secure better jobs… Heroes are all around us in all shapes and sizes, just open your eyes to find one – or BE one to someone else! n
Summer Safety Tips & Urgent Care Trips Summer is here and it’s time to kick off our favorite warm weather traditions. From trips to the beach, boating at the lake, working in the garden and family cookouts, summer is the perfect season for making memories. During summer months, an increase in outdoor activities leads to an increase in seasonal injuries and illnesses. Dr. J. Mark Baker, a family medicine physician with AnMed Health CareConnect Urgent Care, shares a few of his top summer safety tips.
Poison Oak/Poison Ivy
Prevention is key with poisonous plants. Remember the saying – leaves of three, let them be. Dr. Baker recommends going online to make sure you can identify poisonous plants ahead of encountering them. If you will be outside in areas where poison oak or poison ivy are likely, wear long sleeves, pants and gloves. If you are accidently exposed to poison oak or ivy, be careful not to wipe your face. If the exposure area is small applying calamine lotion or hydrocortisone 1% topically. Taking Benadryl or Zyrtec over the counter medicines can also help control itching. When to seek expert help? While a few bumps can often improve on their own, if the skin is blistered, your face is involved, or a large area of skin is reacting, seek professional treatment. Expert Tip: Dr. Baker also warns against burning poisonous plants. Burning these plants can cause severe reactions to your face and eyes.
The use of sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and other protective layering are key to avoiding sunburn. Seek shade whenever possible. Dr. Baker recommends using a high-quality, name brand sunscreen. Look for one with SPF 50 and includes broad spectrum on the label. Make applying sunscreen a part of your daily routine by applying 15-30 minutes before going outside. Remember to reapply every hour or two by setting a reminder on your phone. If you get burned, the use of aloe vera lotion or gel can help cool the burn while ibuprofen can help with pain and swelling. When to seek expert help? If a large sunburned area is blistered or you are running a fever, seek expert treatment for relief. Expert Tip: Recent literature shows that high SPF sunscreens (those above 50) may not offer much additional protection. Stick with SPF 50 and reapply often. andersonmagazine.com
Drinking water in warm weather months is key to preventing dehydration. Try to avoid being outside between 1 – 4 p.m. which is typically the hottest part of the day. Educate yourself and others on the signs of heat stroke including: headache, fatigue and the feeling of being hot but not actually sweating or perspiring. When to seek an expert for help? Try to treat dehydration with fluids. Wet clothes with cold water, seek air conditioning and run a fan to help cool the body down. If ice is available, place in the thigh/groin area or armpit, these areas can cool individuals rapidly. If someone is non-responsive or has fainted, call 911 for emergency transport and treatment. Expert Tip: Typically, younger children and older adults are at a higher risk of developing heat stroke as they do not pay as much attention to the signs of being overheated, do not hydrate enough and do not cool off as rapidly. Be especially thoughtful in offering water to these groups and keeping individuals in shaded areas during outside activities. In addition to these tips, Dr. Baker also recommends bringing a small first aid kit along on summer adventures. If you don’t have a small first aid kit, you can easily make one. Include things like bandages, antibiotic cream, anti-itch cream, Benadryl and Imodium. A little preparation can keep summer fun going all season long.
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Heroes: Bus Drivers By Caroline Anneaux
Before the sun rises every day, a very special group of people make their way to the local schools. These men and women arrive with coffee cups in hand and smiles on their faces, and greet one another like family would. At 6 a.m., they are ready to get into their big, yellow school busses and begin a one-and-a-half to two-hour route to pick up children at bus stops all around town. A lot of you might still be asleep as they crank up the busses, turn the lights on and get the heat or air conditioning going. By the time the first student is picked up, the temperature is just right and ready for the trip around the county as the bus follows specific routes through neighborhoods and on the local highways, gathering children at every stop and taking them to their respective schools. In Iva, Tracy Smith-Richardson and Betty Paul have driven almost the same routes over and over since the late 1980s. Both of them love their jobs and cannot imagine doing anything else after all of these years. “I took this job 27 years ago when my children started school,” said Smith-Richardson, driver and third-party tester for bus drivers. “I loved the fact that I could stay at home with them when school was out for holidays, teacher work days and summer vacations. It just made sense. Now, my three children are grown, and I still drive children around every day.” Right now, Smith-Richardson drives routes for elementary, middle and high school in the mornings and elementary in the afternoons. This is pretty routine for most of the bus drivers in Anderson County schools. They also pick up extra routes on the activity busses for summer programs. As a third-party tester, she works to train, evaluate and test prospective and bus drivers. “Twenty-eight years ago, I was driving my four children to school, so the idea of driving a bus really appealed to me,” said Betty Paul, like Smith-Richardson a bus driver in Anderson School District Three. “I also
“I also enjoy driving the activity buses for field trips and sporting events. I love to participate in the activities along with the students and chaperones.”
enjoy driving the activity busses for field trips and sporting events. I love to participate in the activities along with the students and chaperones.” Times have definitely changed over the past 30 years. Now busses have heat and air-conditioning, GPS systems, special mirrors and lights and cameras. SmithRichardson and Paul remember when the busses were very basic. “We drove manual transmission busses,” said Paul. “I also remember laminated cards we carried in case we broke down. It had our bus number, the driver’s name and the phone number for the school. We would just send a child to the nearest house to ask the homeowner to make the call to the school for us. Can you imagine if we did that today?” she asked, laughing. “I remember freezing or sweating on the busses when I first started,” said Smith-Richardson. “Now, we have temperature-controlled busses which are so nice to drive.” Even 35 years ago, high school students were handed keys to a bus and given a route. After a few 6
Tracy Smith-Richardon and Betty Paul days around the route with a “trainer,” they were off on their own to pick up children and get them to and from school. “Not anymore,” said Cindy Watkins, director of transportation for Anderson School District Three. “Drivers have to be at least 18 now.” Watkins said potential drivers must train for a minimum of a month, including taking classes in a classroom setting and spending 10 hours behind the bus wheel. Then they must pass a S.C. Department of Transportation physical and four tests at the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles, including obtaining a commercial driver’s license. “It is important that we train these drivers well enough that they are able to keep children safe every day,” she said. For some drivers, what starts out as a way to make money for a few years while their own children are in school turns into decades of a satisfying job career. Judy Oates has driven busses in Anderson County, mostly in Anderson School District Four, for 34 years and will soon retire with much satisfaction for the service she has given to the children in the community. “I started out driving in Starr,” said Oates. “I drove there for six months, and then my family relocated to andersonmagazine.com
the Pendleton area. I had five children and felt like I might as well get paid for driving them to school while they were young. I planned to retire in 1995, when my husband retired, but I loved it too much to quit. Even though I am retiring this year, I will be back next year to visit and help out as needed.” Roger “Peewee” Thompson also drives routes for the Pendleton-based district. He drives all ages and special needs busses. Retired from the military and after 40 years at the Singer and Ryobi manufacturing plants in Anderson and Pickens, he only planned to drive for about a year. “I drove for Westside in District Five for about five and a half years before coming to Pendleton,” said Thompson. “I love the kids. I love my co-workers. I love my bosses. Upstanding people -- all of them. They are like family to me.” There is always a need for bus drivers and the school districts are seeking new applicants. If you have an interest in driving active children on their way to and from school safely every day, please contact the transportation director at the local school district office for more information. n 7
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e m ti r e m Sum Children who receive free and reduced-cost lunch programs sometimes face 10 weeks of hunger the day school gets out. But in Anderson County, school districts are coming together to provide free lunches to these kids. “It’s not something we like to talk about, but food insecurity is a fact of life for some kids,” said Quentin Cavanagh, program coordinator for Anderson School District Five’s culinary services. “Our biggest challenge is not producing the food, but finding enough sites.” Between June 11 and August 3, Anderson School District Five will serve about 3,000 breakfasts and 1,700 lunches per day to students in various locations across the district. From schools to apartment complexes to daycare centers, the district provides each location with breakfast and lunch plus morning and afternoon snacks. “We serve a hot lunch and a cold breakfast,” Cavanagh said. “It’s easier and more effective. And the kids like it better anyway.” Those serving the food at the various locations often pick up the food, so they are able to pick up a hot lunch for the day, and store breakfast for the next morning. Because this is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program, the andersonmagazine.com
doesn’t mean hungry time in Anderson County By Liz Carey
district operates the program at a zero budget, Cavanagh said. The district is reimbursed for the costs of the food it provides to the children. Meals are prepared in the Glenview Middle School and Westside High School cafeterias. Because some of the feeding locations, such as apartment complexes, don’t have suitable areas for serving, Café Express, the district’s food truck, is used to bring the meals to the children, Cavanagh said. “Kind of like an ice-cream truck, the children know to expect Café Express at a specific time. When we show up the kids come out to the window and we serve them a full standard school lunch,” he said. “The children can then sit at the picnic tables and eat.” The truck is filled with enough food to serve the kids anticipate being there, based on historical data. If it looks like food will run out, Cavanagh said, someone runs back to Glenview or Westside to get more food. But that’s something that rarely happens, he said. Similar summer food programs will take place all over the county. In Anderson School District One, Jeffrey Dopkins, director of Student Nutrition Services, said the district will provide free meals to students 18 and under at three different locations this summer. Starting on June 11, the 10
program will run Monday through Thursday at Wren Elementary School and Palmetto Elementary School, as well as Mineral Springs Park. At the elementary schools, students can come to the school between 10:30 and two o’clock for a choice between two different hot entrees, a hot vegetable, a side salad, fruit and a choice of milk. At Mineral Springs Park, between 11 and two o’clock, children can come to the park for bagged lunches that include sandwiches, a vegetable, fruit and a drink. This is the third year at the park, Dopkins said. For the past two years, he said, the district has averaged serving 100 kids a day. The program is for children only, Dopkins said, and all the meals – even the bagged lunches – must be consumed on site. Dopkins said the district’s budget for the program is $35,000, which covers food cost, labor cost, supplies, fuel and marketing materials. The goal, he said, is to break even after federal reimbursements. “Hunger doesn’t take a vacation,” Dopkins said. “Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does a child’s need for good nutrition. Schools and other non-profit organizations are encouraged to participate in federally-funded child nutrition programs to provide free nutritious meals to help children in lowincome areas get the nutrition they need to learn, play and grow throughout the summer months when they are out of school.” In Anderson School Districts Two and Three, summer feeding programs are organized through the Anderson County Board of Education. Julie Pellis at the board runs the program. The two districts will have similar meal times and days, but their differences reflect the needs of those communities, Pellis said. In Anderson School District Two, covering Belton and Honea Path, two locations will serve breakfast and lunch, Monday through Thursday, from June 11 through the month of July, excluding the week of the Fourth of July. Children 18 and under can come to Marshall Primary School or Honea Path Middle School for the free meals. Pellis said she anticipates that program will serve about 300 meals a day. In Anderson School District Three, free meals for children will be available at Iva Elementary School and Crescent High School. At those schools, meals will be available Monday through Friday starting on June 11 through the end of June, and for a few weeks in July, excluding the Fourth of July holiday. That program will serve about 500 meals a day. And there too, the program will serve hot lunches kids like to eat – like cheeseburgers, hot dogs and pizza-- while still providing fruits and vegetables to ensure proper nutrition. And they’ll use fresh produce whenever they can, which offers the opportunity for andersonmagazine.com
Deborah Meredith and Kerry Paci prepping meals for Anderson District 3.
“Hunger doesn’t take a vacation. Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does a child’s need for good nutrition.”
added benefits, she said. “We use a lot of fresh produce in the summer,” she said. “One summer we were able to buy fresh blueberries. I think, for some of those kids, that was the first time they had ever eaten fresh blueberries. So, we like to have things like that – fresh watermelon, fresh strawberries – so they have the opportunity to try new things.” Programs like these help students who administrators know may otherwise be going hungry. “Sometimes, I just wonder where they are getting their food from,” she said. “I don’t know where some of these children eat when they’re not at school. I worry about them.” n
“We like to have things like that – fresh watermelon, fresh strawberries – so they have the opportunity to try new things.”
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By April Cameron While some adults who invest in the stock market have less than stellar results, a few teenagers from BeltonHonea Path High School (BHP) showed their investment savvy this year taking first and third place honors at a competition hosted by the SC Economics Education Institution. The Stock Market Game is open to all public and private high schools in the state for students in grades 9-12. Students in John Ballenger’s 10th grade government/economics course at BHP participated in the competition. The class was divided up into teams of two to three students. “Each team is given the chance to invest a hypothetical $100,000 in an on-line portfolio,” said Ballenger. “They think they’re playing a game, but they’re also learning economic and financial concepts they’ll use for the rest of their lives.” Ballenger has been a teacher at BHP for two years and taught in Greenville for the previous nine years.
Haley Gravina, Cassidi Bradshaw, teacher John Ballenger and Caleb Adams.
Haley Gravina and Cassidi Bradshaw
“They use internet research and tools like Yahoo Finance to help them make decisions when investing,” said Ballenger. “I love it because it opens the kids’ eyes to investing…something most students, and many adults, for that matter, have no idea about.” Out of 600 teams competing in the Stock Market Game, BHP’s team of Cassidi Bradshaw and Haley Gravina won third place. Taking home first place was the BHP team of Caleb Adams, Haley Crawford and Mira Senchishen. The winning teams were honored at a luncheon in Columbia at Brookland Banquet and Conference Center in May. “I explained the game to them and gave them some tips, but I let my students buy and sell any stock they wanted,” said Ballenger. n
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Have you ever been out on Lake Hartwell admiring the beauty and wished you could just fly above the water and see things from a bird’s point of view? Wish no more. That possibility has been brought to Lake Hartwell by Lake Hartwell HydroSports. Take “flight” via hydroflight, one of the fastest growing water sports in the world. This process uses the power of water (hydro) to lift you into the air so you can “fly” above the water. The company, based in Hartwell, Georgia, uses a wave runner rigged with a dual-impeller, a special hose and the most advanced board design available on the market. After hearing all about it, I decided to head over and give it a try. Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to expect; think about it, you are literally floating above the water. First things first, be sure to leave anything loose-fitting (like rings or jewelry) in your car or at home, because as you go in and out of the water, it would be easy for those things to be knocked off. The “flights” start at $55, and Lake Hartwell HydroSports provides everything you need to fly in a safe environment: one-on-one training, a helmet, life-jacket, flight board and an experienced captain. The flight captains are CPR and Boater Safety Certified and Certified Flight Instructors, with three years of flight experience and over 2,000 flights. As you’re laced into the boots, owners/operators (who also happen to be wife and husband) Gigi Melancon and Omar Ramos go over the basics of “flying,” including how to stand and how certain movements you make will affect the other equipment involved in the flight. Most importantly, you really have to “zen out” or “zone out” when you start to fly. If you stress out and tense up, it makes it difficult to stay steady and go up. As I was hovering above the water and the board was rocking and unsteady, Ramos would yell, “Relax,” and as soon as I did, everything smoothed right out. Another thing the instructors tell you that really makes a difference is to look at the horizon, not down at your feet. This too will make a difference in your flight experience as it helps to steady you. So, for a unique experience at the lake this summer, visit Lake Hartwell HydroSports. Relax, find the horizon, and you’ll begin to enjoy an experience you won’t soon forget. It really is like nothing else you’ll try on the lake, as Lake Hartwell Hydrosports advertises, “if you can swim, you can fly over the water.” n
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Golden Years Jamboree Blooms into GYJ
By Kelly Jo Barnwell Golden Years Jamboree (1978 – 1993) – The Golden Years Jamboree began as a variety entertainment program, as a part of the seniors program in Anderson County. The Jamboree was created and established by its Seniors Program Director, the late Jo Brown.
History: In 1980 Butler Derrick, from Greenwood, was a Member of Congress. On October 16, 1980, Congressman Derrick attended the third Annual Golden Years Jamboree at the Anderson Recreation Center. The “variety entertainment program” was hosted by the Anderson/Oconee Council on Aging staff. The Master of Ceremonies were Mr. & Mrs. Paul Brown and the Reverend J.O. Rich gave the invocation. Mr. Bobby Watson, Music Director for Orrville Baptist Church sang America the Beautiful and the River Street Baptist Church choir performed. Mayor Darwin Wright and City Manager Dr. Richard Woodruff were in attendance. Concord Baptist Church’s puppet team, directed by Mrs. Janet Walker & Mrs. Jean Martin, brought laughter. Bluegrass was picked and grinned by Double L. Ranch Boys. McDonald’s restaurant provided refreshments and Gable Florist provided the decorations. Door prizes were in abundance. FAST FORWARD 38 YEARS. In 2016, the Anderson County Senior Citizens Director Kelly Jo Brown Barnwell (daughter of the previous director Jo Brown), re-launched the Golden Years Jamboree, now known as the GYJ. Coincidentally, the Golden Years Jamboree anniversary and the GYJ event will annually occur 38 years later. The 3rd Annual GYJ will be the biggest party our hometown can throw to celebrate our senior citizens and the industry that serves them. Genevieve Brown, a member of the local AARP chapter says, “AARP’s motto is ‘To Serve, not be Served’, which transitions me easily into the mode of the GYJ Planning Team. I have served on this team for three years and it is uplifting to me to see a diverse, socio-economical group of people focusing on seniors. The GYJ Planning Team is saying to our seniors: YOU are worth it and very special. The Golden Years Jamboree motivates me because I watch seniors socialize and entertain each other through laughter, music and dance. I watch the smiles and see the seniors’ display their culinary artistry by baking and designing cakes and desserts with sunflower themes. And, I love how this event supports our Cancer Association of Anderson.” The first two years the GYJ donated $15,168 to CAA on behalf of the senior citizen industry sponsors. Beth Cribbe, Sharon Lining, Dale Baughman, and T.A. Snipes join Genevieve in making up the GYJ Planning andersonmagazine.com
Team. Their assistance to Kelly Jo Barnwell is vital to the success of our hometown party. This year’s GYJ promises not to let its attendees down. Walk into the doors of the Civic Center of Anderson on Wednesday, July 18 at 9 a.m. to be greeted by the AARP welcome committee and stroll through Sunflower Lane which will feature the most amazing bakers standing behind their beautiful creations. Leave Sunflower Lane to visit the Sponsor’s Expo to find your seat in front of the stage. The Band Silver, from Iva, is this year’s featured entertainment. Richard Shirley returns as event emcee. FOUR line dances will be featured to the live music. The JBC Advisory Council will award the 22nd Annual Jo Brown Senior of the Year. Door prizes will be in abundance. And join Paulette Ellis who said after last year’s GYJ, “First time to attend. Wonderful programs for the seniors. Loved the sponsors. Great Services to the Anderson Community.” See you at GYJ #3 on July 18. n 18
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with healing power By Lisa Marie Carter
There’s something magical that seems to take place when a person sees and interacts with a therapy dog. They tend to forget the things that might be hurting or what has them scared or nervous. These seemingly typical household pets have an extraordinary ability to calm fears and ease pain. Along with emotional therapy, these dogs can also help with physical therapy. Many patients are reluctant to challenge the limits of their physical disabilities, but therapy dogs are natural cheerleaders. The patients often just want to play with the dog and tend to forget whether they are physically able to do the specific task at hand. The animals also provide help for those who may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Locally, therapy dogs were waiting at Townville Elementary School when students returned for their first day back after the school shooting that occurred in 2016. The animals are often used in situations like this across the U.S., including a recent shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida. andersonmagazine.com
Hospice of the Upstate uses a local organization, SC DOGS Therapy Group, to bring therapy dogs to their patients at least once a month. “They are so sweet and loving to our patients,” said Carrie Pannell, volunteer coordinator for Hospice of the Upstate. “They brighten the day of caregivers and patients alike. When we have had special requests for people who love animals, they always stop by for an extra visit. There is nothing like a cuddle from a sweet puppy!” Therapy dogs will sometimes just sit or lie quietly while being petted, listening to story after story about a nursing home resident’s former dog. Other times a therapy dog might visit an elementary school to help teach children about the humane care of animals or join in during story time to help relax the group. In addition to helping calm children or just be company, did you know that a therapy dog can help a child learn? Take, for instance, a child who has difficulty reading. The child may be inclined to snuggle up next to a therapy dog to read a book. According to Therapy Dogs 20
United, a non-profit therapeutic animal organization based in Northwestern Pennsylvania, children find the non-judgmental ears of a therapy dog the perfect choice to hone and improve their reading skills. Specially trained therapy dogs can also help people with a variety of mental health conditions as well. These conditions include dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, depression, PTSD, and autism. Therapy sessions typically include a therapist and the dog and its handler, and they often work together through a series of sessions. They work in a variety of settings, including nursing homes and psychiatric hospitals, private practice, and in group settings to help people deal with anxiety and stress. According to the American Psychiatric Association there are several mental health benefits associated with the use of therapy dogs, including decreased anxiety, increased sense of comfort and safety, reduced loneliness, enhanced self-esteem and confidence, increased prosocial behaviors and decreased behavioral problems. So how exactly does having a dog come sit or visit with someone influence their disposition or illness? Visiting with animals can help one feel less lonely and less depressed. People are more active and responsive both during and after visiting with therapy animals. Medical studies and clinical research show that a therapy dog can provide not only a sense of comfort, confidence and/or companionship – but can also have medical benefits such as relieving stress or lowering blood pressure. “I’m not sure who benefits more from the therapy dog visits, the staff or the patients,” said Sandra Mullinax, a registered physical therapist assistant with AnMed Health. “The dogs oftentimes turn a stressed employee or anxious patient into a completely different person, after just a few moments of licks and snuggles.” Dogs can create a safe point to start a conversation and their nonjudgmental, accepting nature makes them andersonmagazine.com
good for this therapy role. The presence of a dog can be calming, and animal therapy allows the benefits of touch in therapy. Trish Carter with SC DOGS Therapy Group said there are a few traits to look for in a good therapy dog. “A dog who wants to go out and about, who enjoys people and is unfazed by different situations and gets along with other dogs will make a good therapy dog,” she said. “A dog must have a calm and loving disposition. After that, it is obedience training and learning the job. “Believe me, they work! Not all dogs pass our test. Some are just too hyperactive, others don’t like other dogs nearby. And some are just plain scared silly by the whole idea. But most dogs can be trained to be a therapy dog eventually,” said Carter. Therapy dogs are typically allowed in places where all dogs are allowed and in places that specifically allow therapy dogs, like those hospitals, schools, libraries, etc. that have therapy dog programs. However, therapy dogs have no real “rights” that allow them to accompany their owners into a business establishment. This means hotels, motels and campgrounds, which are businesses, view therapy dogs as pets and they (and you) must follow each business’s specific pet policy. A well-mannered, well-behaved dog that enjoys meeting people can become a therapy dog and make a difference in the lives of those who need it. To learn more about therapy dogs, or the ways in which you can lend support, visit SCdogs.org, or contact them via phone at 864-287-1919 or email at email@example.com. n
Anderson Resident Corey Evans Receives Tri-County’s Highest Faculty Award
Dr. Ronnie L. Booth, president, presented the Presidential Medallion for Instructional Excellence to Corey Evans.
orey Evans, an instructor in Tri-County Technical College’s Humanities Department who also teaches Developmental English and College Skills classes for the Comprehensive Studies department, was honored May 7 with the highest award presented to the faculty. He received the Presidential Medallion for Instructional Excellence at the College’s spring commencement. Dr. Ronnie L. Booth, president, presented the medallion to the Anderson resident. The medallion is presented each year to the instructor who has contributed the most during the academic year to the profession of teaching, to the development of the College, and to the students. Corey began teaching Developmental English at Tri-County during the 2005-2006 academic year. Later, after joining the Arts and Sciences Division as a fulltime Spanish instructor in January 2010, he revived his interest in teaching Developmental English and added andersonmagazine.com
College Skills and Freshman Seminar courses for the Comprehensive Studies Department into his mix of classes. Corey is an instructor at both the Anderson and Pendleton Campuses. “Corey is passionate about helping students succeed, so he embraces the opportunity to reach as many students as possible in as many ways possible,” said Jennifer Hulehan, who leads the College’s Comprehensive Studies Department. Humanities Department Head Dr. Della Vanhuss echoed her admiration of his dedication to student success. “Corey is an excellent instructor/advisor at the Anderson Campus,” she said, adding, “I appreciate the diversity of his interests and his love for Tri-County Technical College.” Corey began college at Tri-County where he earned Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees. He went on to earn a B.A. (double major in Spanish and 22
English) from Clemson University and a master’s in Teaching Foreign Language from the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Vanhuss served as his advisor and department head when he was a student at Tri-County. “I can remember many long conversations about his plans and goals. Tri-County is best served when our faculty/staff believe in the mission of the College. Corey is one of our success stories. He now has the opportunity to show his students how to make their dreams come true.”
“Corey is passionate about helping students succeed, so he embraces the opportunity to reach as many students as possible in as many ways possible.” Jennifer Hulehan
Hulehan said he models personal and professional development through lifelong learning. “He takes every opportunity to learn and grow and is one of the most enthusiastic participants at the annual Teaching and Learning workshop. He volunteered to go through extensive training to teach classes (such as Freshman Seminar). Every time he teaches these classes it is a little different because he is continuously learning new things to improve the courses and his teaching methods,” she said. She continued: “Corey makes himself available to students by offering as many options for individual learning as possible. He engages them in meaningful conversations about their lives, making learning relevant to them, and helping them to see it in the context of their day-to-day lives.” Instructor Tonia Faulling said one of the many reasons Corey helps so many students is because he does not believe in ‘one size fits all’ instruction. “He treats students as individuals and is creative and flexible enough to adapt to any situation,” she said. Corey also serves as a Comprehensive Studies ambassador at the College’s Anderson Campus and ensures that colleagues stay up to date in the latest offerings and helps to advise students. He also encourages co-curricular learning in Spanish classes by encouraging students to participate in the Spanish Club (he is one of the faculty advisors) and the annual international festival. One student summed it up when he wrote, “He brought in great resources and people to let us know we do not have to struggle through college, much less struggle alone.” Corey taught adjunct Spanish classes before becoming a full-time instructor at Tri-County. Prior to that, he taught classes at Georgia State University and at Clemson University, where he was a full-time Spanish lecturer. He has studied abroad in Mexico, Chile, and Argentina.
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United Way Celebrates a Year of Success United Way of Anderson County recently celebrated non-profit excellence at its 2018 Annual Meeting. The event, held in the G. Ross Anderson, Jr. Student Center Banquet Hall on the campus of Anderson University, highlighted the donors, volunteers, and great successes of United Way during the year. The keynote speaker for the event was Jeff Maxey, Special Education teacher from Starr Elementary School and 2019 South Carolina Teacher of the Year. Maxey talked about the programs of United Way that benefit the students and families of the Starr-Iva community such as the Weekend Snackpack program, the Teen Pregnancy Prevention program, and the Born Learning Trails located in Elsie Evans Park. He stated that these programs help children in that part of the county receive much-needed food as well as provide valuable information for life and learning that will benefit their entire families. Maxey, who is a former minister, talked about his passion for helping and educating youth and how United Way is a catalyst in helping those who need help in the Anderson community. Also during the Annual Meeting, United Way celebrated exceeding its campaign goal by raising $1,903,987.03 during the 2017-18 campaign. Several campaign awards were presented to companies during the meeting. The 2017 Largest Campaign Award went to AnMed Health. The 2017 Living United Award was presented to Michelin North America, and the 2017 Outstanding Employee Engagement Award was presented to First Quality Tissue. Greg Shore, founder of Medshore Ambulance Service, was presented the D.K. Oglesby, Jr. Award of Excellence. The Spirit of Anderson Award was presented to Anderson University. Volunteers who have served United Way in various capacities including the Board of Directors, Women United, and the African American Leadership Society were also recognized for their service to the community. Mike Morris, of Greenville Federal Credit Union and the 2017-18 Chairman of the United Way Board of Directors, passed the gavel to Scott Robertson of Morgan Stanley to become the 2018-19 Chair. Tom Wilson, Anderson School District 5 Superintendent, passed the mantle to Mark Hourihan of Michelin to become the 2018-19 Campaign Chair. United Way of Anderson County fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person andersonmagazine.com
Greg Shore receives the D.K. Olgesby, Jr., Award of Excellence
Anderson University receives the Spirit of Anderson Award
Jeff Maxey, 2019 SC Teacher of the Year speaks at the United Way Annual Meeting in our community. We are more than fund-raisers. We are hand-raisers. We raise our hands not only to lead the fight, but to reach out to people who need help... and hope. We win when we Live United by forging unlikely partnerships, by finding new solutions to old problems, by mobilizing the best resources, and by inspiring individuals to join the fight against our community’s most daunting social crises. So who are the hand-raisers, the game-changers? They’re people who know that at the core of every human being is a desire to do good, who recognize the power that comes from a shared purpose and who understand they’re always stronger together than they are alone. 25
Evergreen Plantation “Let the little children Weddings & Events come to me…” By Liz Carey
A discussion about repairing chain link fencing led to a gift from the First Baptist Church of Anderson to not only its members, but to Anderson as a whole. According to Associate Pastor Josh Hunt, the park started in 2015 when church members were discussing replacing fencing. Someone suggested that the church look at the big picture. “One of the members of the committee said it would be a shame to replace the fence and then two or three years down the road tear down a relatively new fence in order to grow,” Hunt said. “So the decision was made to look at the property and really assess what we needed.” The result is a new children’s playground, some large open spaces that serve as a recreation place for not just the church, but the community. The church added handicap access and expanded sidewalks to the area, and hopes to dedicate it formally with a grand opening and ribbon cutting on September 30. Called Harrison Pruitt Park, the area was paid for with funds from the Harrison Pruitt Fund. The fund was created in honor of a deceased church member. During his life, Pruitt provided for the children of an Anderson family that was unable to care for them. After his death, those children, in turn, established a fund in Pruitt’s honor, provided that the money from the fund is used for children. A third of the money needed for the park, $400,000, came from the fund, while the church is working to raise the rest. “We’ll use it for the day care, and Sunday school and church gatherings,” Hunt said. “But we also want it to be available for the public.” And although the park is located near downtown, Hunt said the church isn’t worried about vandalism. “We’re aware that could happen,” he said. “We have a lot of facilities in place in an area where that could be a problem. But fear of vandalism can’t keep us from serving our community. “ n
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For all those lovers of doggos, puppers, woofers and pupperinos, there’s plenty of things to do in the doggo world in Anderson in July and August. On July 7, you’ll get your chance to be community minded and spend some time with your pupper during Clean Up Day at the Anderson Downtown tba Dog Park. From 10 to noon, come and help maintain this great doggo hang out. And you can bring your flooffer with you too! Another Clean Up Day is scheduled for Aug. 4, same pupper time, same pupper location. And if you love hanging out with your doggo, while raising money for Anderson County Paws, wag your tail on over to the Bow Wow Luau from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on July 14 at Green Pond Landing. It’ll be a fun-filled day of music, food, vendors, giveaways (including the chance to with a 2018 Honda Civic from HOT 98.1) and all the doggos and puppers you can handle! It’s definitely BYOD (bring your own doggo), but there will be some pupperinos there looking for their furrever home. For more info, contact PAWS at (864) 260-4151.
July & August Events The Local Pub & Eatery Paddle, Pose & Pour Wednesdays, July 11, Aug. 8 & Sept. 5 SUP yoga class will take place off the dock of The Local. Located at 1500 Providence Church Road. For more info, find The Local on Facebook. Art Gallery on Pendleton Square Friday, July 13, 6-8 p.m. Art Gallery on Pendleton Square will feature co-op member and clay artist Lou Peden. Lou has been making nature-based pottery for almost 40 years. Enjoy wine, soft drinks and light refreshments as Lou “swims a fish in” from a lump of clay until ready for first firing. She will show us some of her aquatic friends in various stages of the process from bisque to hand-painted glaze in layers. The gallery is located at 150 Exchange Street in Pendleton. For more information, visit artgalleryps.org or call 864-221-0129. The Market Theater - Cabaret July 13-July 29 In a Berlin nightclub, as the 1920’s draw to a close, a garish Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience and assures them they will forget all their troubles at the cabaret. With the Emcee’s bawdy songs as wry commentary, CABARET explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Berlin’s natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. Cliff, a young American writer newly arrived in Berlin, is immediately taken by English singer Sally Bowles. For more info, visit www.themarketanderson.org.
Milltown Players – Beehive July 20-Aug 12 Beehive is the ultimate celebration of 1960’s female empowerment. Featuring such timeless classics as “My Boyfriend’s Back”, “Be My Baby”, “Son of a Preacher Man”, and “Me and Bobby McGee”, Beehive nostalgically recalls the days of miniskirts, transistor radios and flower power. Told from the perspective of six young women who came of age in this enigmatic decade, these young ladies look back on a host of issues ranging from their first Beehive Dance to the challenges we faced as a nation – all accomplished by a vast array of the most celebrated and memorable songs of the era. Tickets and info at www.milltownplayers.org The Local Pub & Eatery Yoga & Wine Class Wednesdays, July 25, Aug. 22 & Sept. 19 Yoga class held on back lawn overlooking Lake Hartwell. Includes a glass of wine. Located at 1500 Providence Church Road. For more info, find The Local on Facebook. In case of in-climate weather classes will take place in their banquet room with a view of Lake Hartwell through floor to ceiling windows. Anderson Arts Center Wine Series Thursday, August 23, 7-9 p.m. Enjoy an evening of wine and tour a beautiful home with the Arts Center. After a tragic house fire that destroyed the owners’ previous home, The Lantern at Topaz Point was named as a symbol of hope and gratitude to those that lent
support and assistance. The Lantern became the primary architectural featue, utilizing a 7-foot diameter window facing the confluence of the three rivers that feed Hartwell Lake. Tickets $35 for Arts Center members; $40 for non-members. Visit www.andersonarts.org for more information. Art Gallery on Pendleton Square Friday, August 10, 2018, 6-8 p.m. Art Gallery on Pendleton Square will feature coop member Rob Seel, a mixed media artist who works primarily in photography and low-relief sculpture. Rob’s art emphasizes line, rhythm, geometric overlays, light and shadow, and the play between natural and man-made forms. Enjoy wine, soft drinks and light refreshments as Rob demonstrates his work’s driving theme of “Art as Re-Presentation.” The gallery is located at 150 Exchange Street in Pendleton. For more information, visit artgalleryps.org or call 864-221-0129. Tailgate with Attitude: A Fashion Affair August 30, 6-9:30 p.m. Join AIM Charity’s fun and fashionable fundraiser at the Anderson Civic Center. The doors will open at 6 p.m. for a pre-show shopping experience and the fashion show will begin at 7:30 p.m. If you would like additional information on this event, please contact Susan Anderson at 864-9659082 or Susan.Anderson@aimcharity.org. Send your events and happenings to April@andersonmagazine.com
Mentoring Makes A Difference in Anderson One By David Hearne
check, a mentor is paired with a student and commits to meet with that student at school for 30 minutes a week, each week, for one school year. Mentoring happens in the morning over breakfast, around the lunch table, or as the school day ends, and consists of anything from listening, talking, reading and playing games to encouraging, advising and simply being a friend. Many of the students come from challenging situations – poverty, homelessness, divorce, the death of a parent – and others are struggling with behavior issues or academic performance. But the one thing that rings true for each of them is the need for a trusted adult who will always show up and be there for them. “Once they realize their mentor is going to show up every week, a switch flips and we see dramatic changes in attitudes and behaviors,” Coffee said. The 30-minute commitment from a mentor changes the future, impacting a student for a lifetime. One student from Pickens County had signed paperwork to drop out in October of her senior year. She had no support system and no dreams for her future. At the last moment, she was paired with a mentor. Seven months later, Haley walked across the stage as a high school graduate, attributing her success to her mentor. There are countless other stories like those of Kaleb and Haley. The need is evident every day, in every school. There are waiting lists at every school of families who have filled out paperwork requesting a mentor for their student, but there are simply not enough trained mentors to meet the current need. “I have a waiting list for kids that need a mentor. Just someone to come in once a week,” Wren Elementary guidance counselor Tamela Ward said. “To be someone they know is dependable and is going to be there for them, you can definitely change a life.” For more information, to donate to the program, or to sign up to be a mentor in Anderson One or Pickens County, please visit www.theYMCA.us/mentor. n
Kaleb’s story isn’t that different from a lot of others. He was lacking a male role model in his life, was acting out, hitting others, and generally disinterested in school. His grandmother wasn’t sure what else to do, and the school was considering retaining him and having him tested for learning disabilities. But where Kaleb could have ended up as another statistic, someone stepped in to be his mentor and turned the story around. The school saw a transformation in Kaleb: he began to smile and laugh; he turned things around academically; he came out of his shell and was a little boy again. Where did this everyday superhero come from? He is one of many volunteers with the Y Mentor program through the YMCA of Easley, Pickens and Powdersville. When most people think of the Y, they likely think exercise, youth sports, and summers at the pool. And while all of that is true, the Powdersville YMCA is taking the lead in bringing impact and life change to students in Anderson School District One through Y Mentor. Y Mentor, which originally began as a partnership with the School District of Pickens County and is partially funded by the United Way of Anderson County, currently has more than 300 mentors paired with elementary, middle and high school students in 38 schools in Anderson One and Pickens County. “After seeing the early returns of the program in Pickens, Anderson School District One formed a partnership with the Y to serve its 14 schools,” Anderson One mentor director Christy Coffee said. “In one year we have been able to see more than 140 students from Williamston to Piedmont to Powdersville paired with a mentor.” While mentoring a student may initially seem like an overwhelming commitment, it’s actually pretty simple. After a short training, an application and a background andersonmagazine.com
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What Does Your
résumé Say About You
By Christina Curtiss Objective Statements Effective résumés no longer use an Objective Statement. Often these statements provide nothing of value for employers and in the end take up valuable real estate on the page. Instead, a Qualifications Summary or Profile Section is the best course of action. In this section, the candidate talks directly to the employer about why they are the ideal candidate and focuses on two or three key strengths. For instance, “Logically-minded and solutions-focused continuous improvement champion, successful in establishing Lean principles companywide by implementing systems and methodologies to drive transformational and sustainable change.”
The résumé plays an essential role in the job search process as nearly all job postings and hiring officials require a résumé as the first step to an interview. It is no exaggeration to say that the résumé is the employer’s first impression of a candidate. Therefore, it is important to convey not only the skills and experience of the candidate, but to grab the reader’s interest and compel them to read further. For decades the résumé has been thought of as a summary of a person’s work history. “Just the facts”: objective, company name, dates, title, bulleted job description, education – cookie cutter and one size fits all. Over the years however, the résumé has evolved from “just the facts” to a full-fledged marketing tool that allows the candidate to market themselves to the employer and set them apart from other candidates. Résumés are now targeted to a specific goal, accomplishment-focused instead of task-focused, and concentrate on how the candidate can add value for the future employer. Technology has also played a significant role in the transformation of the résumé. Most often when candidates are sought for a position, their résumés are uploaded to job boards or company websites through an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) where they are filtered by keywords. If the right keywords are not included in the résumé, it will not be selected for consideration. When the résumé does get reviewed, the HR manager takes a mere 10 to 15 seconds to look it over. Résumé writers know that modern résumés need to be designed not only for the hiring official, but also for the computer. So, it is important to understand what makes an effective résumé and what is outdated. The Before example shown is a résumé I received from a client with a Six Sigma Lean Professional certification and is one commonly encountered by HR managers. This format has many outdated characteristics, plus is missing items that would increase the likelihood of a review by hiring officials.
Street Address Technology has made putting the street address on a résumé obsolete, as employers contact candidates by email or phone, not by letter. Additionally, it has the potential to be detrimental to the candidate. Since résumés are uploaded to websites and computer systems, they can be seen by anyone and many candidates do not want their street address made public. And more recently, I have learned of cases where Google Earth was used to see what kind of neighborhood a candidate lives in, or how long of a commute the candidate may have, potentially influencing the decision-making. LinkedIn If you have a good LinkedIn profile, include the address in your contact section. Employers routinely check out LinkedIn profiles of the candidates they are interested in. Keyword Section Some examples of good keywords for a Lean Six Sigma professional include Project Management, Process Improvement, Strategy Development/Alignment, Productivity Gains, Change Management and Quality Assurance. This is also a good place to list the tools used by Lean professionals. Including this section increases the chance of your résumé being filtered through the ATS system, and when a human eye does look at your résumé it is a comprehensive list of the skills the employer is looking for, easily found in the résumé. 30
Bullet Fatigue Many résumés are put together using all bullets for the job descriptions, which makes the résumé less effective. If everything is bulleted it is harder to pick out important items or accomplishments. My recommendation is to summarize the job description in a short paragraph and save the bullet points for the enticing, accomplishmentdriven nuggets that compel employers to read more and demonstrate how the candidate will add value for the employer. This strategy helps the reader quickly see the high-impact items during the critical 10- to 15-second initial scan.
Color, Symbols, Graphics Professional résumé writers use color to draw the eye to key parts of the résumé and add symbols and graphics to draw interest. This helps the résumé stand out from other résumés and it can make a big impression on the reader. It is important not to go overboard, so think strategically.
Branding Statement When you look at the After résumé, you will see I included a branding statement following the candidate’s name. This is an opportunity to add impactful information on who this person is, their philosophy, and their approach to their career. Think of it like the “elevator-pitch.” What do you want to convey to the employer within a few seconds?
Accolades In recent years, professional résumé writers have included this section as an opportunity to provide testimonials about the candidate before there is even an interview. This is not to be overused. Just one or two sentences to give the employer a reallife testimonial on the candidate’s commitment and abilities.
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The résumé’s importance in the job search process has never been greater. Remember that you are vying for the attention of the ATS and the hiring official, so keywords are critical as is design expression and content choice. You are marketing yourself to your future employer, so you need to showcase your expertise and highlight the skills and accomplishments that are essential to the future role. n
Christina Curtiss, Certified Professional Résumé Writer and Owner of Career Advantage 31
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Current Members of the Campbell Patriots Honor Guard: Ken Klinsky, John Nixon, Emmett Tucker, Robert Price, Joe Rochester, Joe Holden, Tommy Dickson, Jim McElhannon, Frank Allison, Jeff Woods, Bill Jolin, Norman Garrett, Tommy Bradshaw, Jon Mooar, Irvin Jones, Harry Humphrey and Levi Leveritte
Those Who Honor Others By Caroline Anneaux
â€œIt is so important to us to be there to honor the life of a veteran who does not have anyone there except us saying a final goodbye.â€? andersonmagazine.com
ecently I had the pleasure and honor of sitting down to breakfast next to a Purple Heart recipient, Harry Humphrey (retired Marine and National Guard soldier), and several more members of the Campbell Patriots Honor Guard from Anderson. On this particular morning, branches of the Army, Marines and Navy were represented, but other volunteer members of this Honor Guard represent all branches of the military except the Coast Guard, and that is only because they have not found one yet! I could tell in the first few minutes that these men had friendships between them that would last a lifetime. Despite being in different branches of service and working for years in the private sector before retiring, they joked and laughed as if they had known each other for years. After hearing himself referred to as an exMarine, Humphrey was quick to clear that up. “There is no such thing as an ex-Marine,” said Humphrey, laughing during breakfast with Frank
Allison, commander of the Honor Guard. “We are all former Marines.” They told me stories about their experiences as honor guards and ribbed each other as most veterans do about their individual choices to enlist in the branches of service that they did. One thing remained very clear though: These men are dedicated to honor every single honorably discharged veteran in Anderson County who has earned the right to a funeral with final military honors. “We show up for funerals on an average of one to eight times in any given week,” said Allison, who spent his military career in the Army. “Most of our funerals are held for veterans who lived at the Richard M. Campbell Veterans Nursing Home, and they are interred at the M.J. “Dolly” Cooper Veterans Cemetery directly behind the nursing home.” The entire Honor Guard unit is made up of volunteers, yet a minimum of six honor guards sign
up and show up (with less than a 48-hour notice) for a veteran’s funeral. Each member wears a special uniform chosen and provided by the American Legion Post 184 in Anderson. Each member of the Honor Guard is also required to be a member of the Anderson post and follow the post’s guidelines for military funerals they help conduct. “From the first call we receive, either from the widow or the funeral home, until we hand over the flag to the widow or family, it is a free service,” said Allison. “We shoot rifles for the 3-volley or 21-gun salute, play ‘Taps’, fold and hand over the flag, sing and even have ordained ministers and clergy available to conduct the service.” Joe Holden, retired Navy, is one of a few members who is a chaplain, and it is his responsibility to share memories of the deceased during the funeral. Sometimes he knows the veteran or is able to talk to family members about them before he performs the service. Other times, he does not know anything about the veteran except what the funeral home employees tell him. “The Campbell Patriots Honor Guard was originally formed in 1998, for veterans who died and didn’t have any family or friends to bury them,” said Holden. “We show up for those veterans -- not too many today, thankfully -- and do the entire service with just us and the veteran in the casket. It is so important to us to be there to honor the life of a veteran who does not have anyone there except us saying a final goodbye.” Currently, the Campbell Patriots Honor Guard has 17 members and would love to add more volunteers to their list.
“We like to have full teams available at any given time,” said John Nixon, retired Army veteran and the man to contact if you are interested in joining. “We can do a funeral with six members, but we prefer to have at least eight. Sometimes we have funerals on the same day, so we need volunteers. Right now, we do not have any women on our Honor Guard, but we would welcome them to join us.” The only requirements for joining the Honor Guard are that you have honorable discharge papers, attend a monthly meeting on the first Tuesday of every month and be a member of the American Legion Post 184 in Anderson. Nixon may be reached at 864-940-9459. Anyone who would like the Campbell Patriots Honor Guard to conduct final military honors for a loved one should let the funeral home know. The veteran must be buried within 30 miles of Anderson and on any weekday, Monday through Friday. Saturday and Sunday funeral services are reserved for residents of the Richard M. Campbell Veterans Home. n
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Whether you are 20 or 60, it’s never too early or too late to figure out where you stand when it comes to your retirement. Jennifer Osgood with Wagner Wealth Management in Anderson said there are a few things you can do to make sure you’re ready when the time comes. The average person retires at age 66, according to a 2014 Gallup poll. And while many financial analysts say you should have six times your salary saved – that’s $360,000 if you make $60,000 a year – the average sixty-something has an estimated median of $172,000 in savings. Counting on Social Security to be there for your retirement is sketchy at best. Recent projections in the Motley Fool, a multimedia financial-services company that provides financial advice for investors through various stock, investing, and personal finance services, show that Social Security will only be able to pay 79 percent of its obligations by 2034. Finding ways to bridge that gap is something you can start doing now to avoid a crisis in the future, Osgood said.
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ow much do you need to save up for retirement? “That’s the H golden question, isn’t it?” Osgood said. “I tell people to target a certain percentage of their current income level and work from there.” With the average person living for more than 20 years after they stop working, you’ll need your savings to last a while. Osgood said to plan on needing 70 to 80 percent of your income to be available during retirement from all sources – meaning a combination of retirement plans, Social Security and other investments. hen should you start working on your retirement plan? Now, W said Osgood. Find a financial adviser and ask questions. Talk to them about what you want out of retirement, and let them help you get there. Be sure to include planning for the financial implications from medical emergencies or taking care of aging parents, she said. ake advantage of employer programs. Taking advantage of T your employer’s retirement plan and maximizing the employer match provision will automatically help you accumulate more retirement dollars for future income generation. It’s like an instant raise, you just don’t get to use any of it until you retire. Make sure you talk to a financial adviser about what investment options are available in your particular plan, how best to allocate the funds based on how long you have until retirement and what your risk tolerance is. I f you’re self-employed or don’t have a retirement plan where you work, check with your financial adviser to find out what other options are available to help you defer funds towards retirement and reduce your current taxable income. ake sure to factor in other considerations in the planning M process like selling a business or transferring it to family members. This may mean consulting with an attorney or a CPA on top of a financial advisor, she said.
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The Modern Homesteader:
Reconnecting us with our food, our roots, and each other By Haley Schvaneveldt Deedi Richardson, Easy Wind Farms Recently there has been a resurgence of people who want to keep the art of homesteading alive. Through gardening and the keeping of bees, poultry and livestock, these people have found themselves reconnecting with the source of their food, with their heritage and with one another. The Bart Garrison Agricultural Museum of South Carolina (BGAMSC) near Pendleton is part of this effort to connect people through farming. The state museum specializes in educating the public and garnering interest in agriculture. Visiting school groups, ranging from kindergarten to high school, have the chance to learn where their food comes from by holding a reallive chicken, by petting Petunia and Daisy the pigs and by milking Clarabelle, a cow simulator. “You’d be shocked at how many [visitors] don’t understand where a tomato comes from,” said Nikki Saylors, the museum’s director. “We’ve lost a connection to who we were.…We always have to move forward, but we’ve got to remember, we’ve got to know where our food comes from.” Reconnecting with the source of food is part of what motivated Donnelle Millwood and her family to raise goats, chickens and bees on Millwood Farm in Honea Path. For them, Millwood said, farming is about “getting andersonmagazine.com
back to nature, simplifying things and knowing where your food comes from.” The Millwood Farm emphasizes love and respect for farm animals, and the fact that some of those animals are destined to become dinner does not minimize this respect. Millwood jokes with her friends that the animals they eventually eat “had a really great life, but just one really bad day.” Homesteaders Daniel and Laura Hayes of The Farm on Brown Avenue in Belton also speak with great affection for their poultry and livestock. However, when the time comes, they realize, as Laura put it, “that they served their purpose, and we served our purpose to them.” For homesteader Deedi Richardson, farming has made her less wasteful because it caused her to “appreciate the hard work that goes on behind the scenes to get food to my table.” For some, homesteading can also be a way of staying connected to one’s roots. David Moore, the executive director of the Anderson branch of Habitat for Humanity, said it was his grandfather who inspired him to become a beekeeper in his spare time. Moore said his grandparents “always had honey on the table,” and by using the books and tools he inherited from his grandfather, he feels that he keeps his memory alive. 36
Farming helped Daniel and Laura Hayes to connect to each other as a married couple. “I always tell people who are newlyweds, ‘My advice is to get a goat,’” Laura said. Farmyard activities like milking a goat, she said, have proved to be engaging enough to keep them away from distractions like their phones, but monotonous enough to encourage what Laura describes as “some of the most peaceful, best conversations we’ve ever had.” The Hayes hope to raise their 11-month-old son, Barrett, or “Bear,” to experience this connectedness they have gained from farming. Laura said, “I just have this vision of Bear wandering around the yard. He’s got berry stains all over his little chubby face. He’s got dirt all over his shirt.” She laughs, remarking, “Other people dream of a clean child. I dream of a dirty one.” BGAMSC is not the only entity educating the community about farming. Deedi Richardson and her family welcome visitors to Easy Wind Farm in Anderson where they raise alpacas, sheep, goats, and poultry. The Richardsons help each visitor plant a vegetable that they can then take home. Richardson recounted
“We always have to move forward, but we’ve got to remember, we’ve got to know where our food comes from.”
running into a child in a store several months after he had visited her farm. “He said he was eating tomatoes from the plant he planted on his field trip. That made me so happy,” she said. Almost anyone can get involved in modern homesteading. The Richardsons’ farming journey started with “raising ducks in a plastic princess pool,” and Millwood described her family before they began farming as “city-slickers.” After a lot of research, hard work, and patience, both now manage homesteads of their own. Many Facebook groups exist where more experienced farmers share their knowledge with beginners. However, if farming is not for you, you can still participate in the homesteading community by buying local products. Local honey, meat, eggs, and produce are available at farmers’ markets, roadside stands, local stores, and even straight from the farms themselves. To learn more about agriculture in South Carolina, visit BGAMSC at http://bgamsc.org. n
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Anderson Magazine salutes those athletes who are an inspiration to their teammates by being a leader on and off the court, by maintaining a positive attitude when times are tough, by playing for the team and not for self and for setting an example for the younger children in our community. By Susan Martin
Taylor B. Robinson Westside High School Rising 12th Grade
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Taylor exemplifies the true spirit of being competitive, always giving 100 percent whether in singular events, team events, scholastic performances, or in the daily experiences of being a young adult. She leads by example, always pushing herself and teammates to do their best and striving to be better. Taylor possesses an air of spirituality, which enhances her sense of fairness, compassion, and respect for her God-given talents, that, through her personal goals and aspirations will empower her to be successful in future endeavors. Taylor understands the importance of practice and camaraderie within the team structure. Her character, which embodies school and competitive spirit, optimism, attitude, and all around focus, are ingredients that lead me to nominate and support Taylor as an outstanding and inspiring athlete. Taylor is an honor student and is enrolled in the AVID program. She has run for Westside High School and the Greenville Jets summer program. Taylor has represented Anderson in the AAU Junior Olympics where she received a Gold Medal for the 400 hurdles. She was awarded MVP from Westside High School this year as well as other distinguished accomplishments.Â Taylor loves competing and has many medals to show her outstanding ability. She is committed to achieving her goals and serves as a role model for her little sister, Karington, and her peers. She has a genuine sweet spirit and will be successful at any and all decisions for her life. n
Belton-Honea Path High School Rising 12th Grade Football, Track (Shot Put & Discus), Fishing Team Issac is compassionate, loving and funny. He is not selfish and exhibits a value for others. His attitude reflects kindness. While sports can sometimes reflect a negative attitude, you can watch Isaac as he walks the sidelines sizing up what is happening on the field. You can see a positive look on his face during the game as he decides what he needs to do and what actions he should take to produce the right results when returns to the field. Isaac is the son of Matt Poore and the late Tippi Thomas Poore. His brother is Kendal Poore. He attends Shady Grove Baptist Church in Belton and plays on their youth softball team. n andersonmagazine.com
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Ryleigh has always loved sports, beginning as a little girl in recreation athletics, playing tee-ball, basketball and soccer, with her dad as a coach who took the time to teach her the rules of the game and sportsmanship. By being a very encouraging and enthusiastic leader to her team no matter the sport, she also took the time to congratulate her opponents when they would win or lose a game. During the summer of her freshman year in high school, playing in a travel softball tournament, Ryleigh experienced a serious injury that tore the Ulnar Collateral Ligament in her elbow on a slide at home. After going through two surgeries, including Tommy John surgery, 9 months of strenuous rehabilitation, the agony of dressing for varsity sports and not being able to play while her arm healed, really showed the great attitude, patience and determination this young lady has. After this incident, that happened almost 3 years ago, Ryleigh now plays softball with an even more accurate throw from the outfield, consistently throwing runners out at 3rd and home-plate as they try to advance to additional bases. She helped lead the Crescent High School softball team the past two years to a State Championship runner-up in 2017 and the Upper State finals in 2018. In her best basketball game as a senior, she scored 31 points and set a school record with nine 3-pointers. In volleyball, she also helped lead the Lady Tigers to three consecutive Region titles. Ryleigh has signed to play softball at Erskine College. n
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Mounted Search and Rescue Team (MSaR) By Randy Creamer
A volunteer group in Anderson County is ready and willing to quite literally ride to the rescue of missing persons. The Anderson County Sheriff ’s Office Mounted Search and Rescue Team (MSaR) is a group of horse riders who volunteer under the Sheriff ’s Office to assist with searches for lost people, including children and adults with dementia. The MSaR Team was formed in 2012 to assist the Anderson County Technical Rescue Team in searching for lost people in wooded areas or large overgrown fields which would take much more time and human resources if done on foot. The team is also available to any area of the Upstate to help locate missing persons. It. MSaR was involved in a three-day search in Pendleton for missing child Leonna Wright in 2015. MSaR was given the task to search several fields, wooded areas, and on the side of several roads. Earlier this year, MSaR assisted the Sheriff ’s Office and Anderson Technical Rescue searching for the missing Clemson Athletics Director who was found deceased. MSaR also assisted with the missing toddler who wandered off from his home in Iva during a rain storm. This child was found safe. These are not just your weekend trail riders. In order to be on the MSaR Team, the rider and horse must go through extensive training under the watchful eye of the professional trainers at the Start em’ Right horse farm in Belton. Mike Kinsey, owner of Start em’ Right, is an internationally known horse trainer. Mike and his head foreman, Ila Hanks, volunteer their time and expertise to ensure the safety of the MSaR riders and their horses. andersonmagazine.com
In typical trail riding, riders follow a well-defined trail and each horse follows the horse in front. In a typical search, horses will be spaced out about 20 to 30 feet apart, following a compass heading, keeping in a straight line. The track can go through an open field with tall grass, or a heavy wooded area where briars, thorns, fallen trees, and hanging vines will be obstacles that must be negotiated. Before a volunteer can be a part of the MSaR unit, the rider and horse are put through a series of tests on an equine obstacle course. These obstacles include walking over black plastic, walking through trees with shiny things (such as old CDs) hanging from the limbs, weaving in and out of traffic cones, walking past two poles with plastic trash bags attached, a bridge crossing, stepping over obstacles, walking through streamers hanging close together from a tree limb and a water crossing. The obstacle course has challenges that include things horses typically do not like. Most of the course is set up to push the horse out of its comfort zone to test the horse and the rider in managing the horse. The rider must also be able to control the horse with a gunshot fired close by and when emergency lights and sirens are used. The horse and rider must be able to accomplish at least 80 percent of the obstacle course. However-and this is where the professional trainers come in-the main purpose of the obstacle course is to judge how the rider handles the horse while negotiating the obstacles. A horse that is out of control or a rider who fails to control the horse will not be able to be a part of the MSaR Team. 42
It is also important to have a good support group for the team. By falling under the Anderson County Sheriff ’s Office Community Emergency Response Team, the MSaR Team is part of a recognized professional organization and has the support it needs on the ground during a search. Before the search, each MSaR Team member gives their name to a CERT member who keeps an accountability check for the team. During a search, each rider is assigned a team member as a teammate to ride with. No rider can ever be alone at any time during a search. This ensures that no one is left behind. It would be a bit embarrassing to add to the missing person list with your own personnel while searching for a missing person! Ongoing training is a must for the MSaR team. Examples include mock searches in the woods, round pen training and mountain rides, all of which translate into a better rider in the actual search. The MSaR Team members also go through medical training. Members are encouraged to attend CERT training in which basic first aid is taught. Basic map reading and land navigation skills are also important training for the MSaR Team. The team has monthly meetings where first aid, horsemanship, and equine first aid are among the subjects discussed. By using professional trainers, local veterinarians and search and rescue specialists, the team stays up to date on the training they need for a successful search. Anyone wanting additional information on the MSaR Team can email the team leader, Randy Creamer, at email@example.com. n
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The Rotary Club of Greater Anderson presented a check to each organization that participated in the 2018 Dancing for our Heroes fundraising event. The Cancer Association of Anderson raised the most money for the event with a $15,406.The net total amount raised from the event, which includes money raised by each organization, a silent & live auction held at the event, ticket sales, and sponsorships was $116,308.
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Parenting Vacation By April Cameron
I recently saw a friend make a post on Facebook, and I think she was halfway kidding, but it was something to the tune of, “Is it ok to want a vacation from parenting?” I couldn’t type out, “YES” fast enough! But also with the explanation, “That is what helps to keep you being a good parent the rest of the time.” I am certainly not an expert on parenting, or anything for that matter, but I do know that not having a break from something that takes so much physical and emotional energy would be just a plain, awful idea. Think about it, we have full-time jobs that average about 80 hours a week. You get a vacation from that. Heck, you get weekends as a mini-vacation, and then, you typically get vacation time where you can take a trip or whatever your heart and pocketbook allows. If you’re training to run a race, like a marathon, for example, you put in gobs of time and energy working on your running. Hours of time during the week and on weekends. But, there is a pretty regimented schedule when you are supposed to take days off. You should let your body rest certain days. You get to “vacation” from your running. So, a vacation from parenting? I vehemently say, “YES!” Take time to recharge your batteries away from your children. It doesn’t mean you love them less or that they aren’t still the most important thing in the world. But, if you don’t give yourself a breather and let someone else carry that burden for just a little while, your shoulders may become so weary from everyday tasks, that a major parenting moment might send you reeling, when you normally would have handled it with grace. Not to mention, it is a great way to allow your children to develop some very special relationships with others family members or trusted adults and friends. We moved to Anderson with no family nearby. So anytime I needed a mini-break from parenting, I relied on babysitters to watch the kids. My children have developed great relationships with some of their babysitters. One sitter invited my daughter to her Cotillion presentation (she was about 5 at the time), another invited us to her Debutante Ball presentation, and another asked my son to be the ring bearer in her wedding. Those teenage babysitters have watched my kids grow up and we have watched them become young adults. It also teaches your children independence and a plethora of good things like how to handle stuff when mom and/or dad is away, but, I think something my kids have learned is how valuable friendships are. My kids have seen me make my friends a priority, putting dinners or weekend trips with them on my calendar, the same way I would something required for work. They have heard me say, “I have to go to Susie’s andersonmagazine.com
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house. She needs me to help her with [fill in the blank].” They also have seen me come back from girls’ trips with wonderful pictures, funny stories and anecdotes I can share with them. The time away “vacationing” from parenting personally makes me a better mom. So, don’t be afraid to take that much-needed break. If it’s a mini-break and just a dinner out or if you can swing a weekend of full-week trip, it’s ok to take that parent vacation to recharge and come back refreshed! n 50
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