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Lady Bird Johnson said, “Where flowers bloom, there is hope.” At this point, one thing I know for sure is that no matter what the pandemic looks like, no matter the political environment, no matter if we have suffered grief and sorrow, there will, with certainty, be a flower blooming in the near future. And with that, there will be hope. Oh, how I hope for warmer weather and sunshine. I hope for health and healing. I hope for community and teamwork. And the promise of those little buds waiting to bloom remind me there is hope for better times than we’ve had the past several months. In this issue of Anderson Magazine, we are looking toward the future with hope, and giving you some feelgood stories about things happening in our community. We know that no matter what the world throws at us, life just keeps on happening. We’ve seen quite a large “happening” with residential real estate in the past few months. We’ve got a great story on what’s going on in real estate right now and some tips on how to pick the right agent to meet your needs. If you’ve got the itch to have a new beginning of your own with this spring weather, make sure to read the article to get you “moving” in the right direction. Get it? “Moving” in the right direction? If a move isn’t what you’re looking for, but you could refresh with some updates, we’ve got some information on two local businesses who are a perfect fit for that. Harris Homes, formerly known as Harris Flooring, is now offering total design and remodeling services. Our friends at City Glass can help you with everything from custom-shaped windows to glass-front cabinets, glass handrails or custom-sized mirrors. Both of these businesses have a rich family history, and they can both help you update your current home so it seems a little more new-to-you. If you’re a senior citizen in our community, tune in. You’ll want to read our article senior living in Anderson County. And I’m not talking about just where to live, but “living your best life” as a senior. Whether you like to hit the gym or play a hand of cards, you can find something to enjoy in your golden years right in your own backyard. However, if you want to get out of your backyard, make sure to read the feature story on Happenings in Hartwell. Just a short jaunt down the road, you’ll find some delicious dining and fun shopping just on the other side of the lake. I’ll be going to Best Biskits by a Dam Site just because of the name! If you’re feeling a little more refined that a “biskit,” be sure to read about the Greater Anderson Musical Consortium (GAMAC). This non-profit organization oversees a choral group, orchestra, children’s chorus and more. You’ll meet the director of this program, Dana Gencarelli, and learn why she was a perfect fit for this organization. As always, there is so much to see and do in and around Anderson County. Take advantage of what surrounds you, and move into spring with hope and happiness. As Robin Williams said, “Spring is nature’s way of saying ‘Let’s Party’!” n



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Slowing down a racing heart By Cindy Landrum

Ron Brookshire Jr. had just left a patient’s room when his heart started racing. “If you’ve had a motor mount break in your car, and the motor just sort of shakes, that’s what it felt like,” said Brookshire, a former AnMed Health nurse who worked with cardiac and open-heart surgery patients. “My heart was just shaking in my chest.” He had a colleague check his heart rate. It was beating 140 to 160 times a minute. After a trip to the Emergency Department and an overnight stay in CCU (coronary care unit), his heart eventually converted back to a normal rhythm. But the episodes continued, including one where his heart rate was irregular and his blood pressure dropped while he was eating. “I had to lie down on the floor to get my blood pressure back up. When that happens, you wonder if you’re going to die on the floor,” he said. After that episode, he called his cardiologist. Doctors diagnosed him with atrial fibrillation (AFib) and atrial flutter. During AFib, the two upper chambers of the heart (the atria) beat irregularly and out of coordination with the two lower chambers (the ventricles). Episodes of AFib may come and go initially but typically become more frequent over time, leading to permanent changes in the heart. Dr. Brian Miller, a cardiac electrophysiologist with AnMed Health Arrhythmia Specialists, said there are new, state-of-the-art treatment options, such as ablation, for atrial fibrillation. “Treatment with ablation has been shown to be more effective than any antiarrhythmic medication at reducing the burden of AFib and improving quality of life,” said Dr. Miller, one of two cardiac electrophysiologists in Anderson County. “In many patients, especially those with heart failure, ablation has been shown to decrease hospitalization rates and prolong life.” At Brookshire’s follow-up visit, his cardiologist suggested he see AnMed Health’s cardiac electrophysiologists. After he conducted an electrophysiology (EP) study on Brookshire to understand the way electrical signals moved through his heart, Dr. Miller performed a cardiac ablation. Cardiac ablation uses heat or cold to make small scars in the heart tissue to prevent abnormal electrical signals from moving through the heart. Procedures are performed through the veins in the legs and most patients can return home the same day and resume almost all activities the next. Dr. Miller used an advanced, zero-fluoroscopic technique that does not expose the patient to any radiation. Immediately after the procedure, Brookshire said he knew something was different.

Ron Brookshire loads firewood following treatment for AFib.

“I had gotten used to this funny feeling in my chest, and now that feeling wasn’t there,” he said. “I’m thrilled with the way things turned out. It’s wonderful how effective it was.” Brookshire said he knows some people are hesitant to have a heart procedure, but he recommends talking to a cardiac electrophysiologist. Having the procedure has given him peace of mind. “I had five episodes, and they had been getting worse. I didn’t want to tempt fate any longer,” he said. If you have AFib, talk to your primary care provider and ask for a referral to an electrophysiologist. n Dr. Brian Miller AnMed Health Arrhythmia Specialists AnMed Health Cardiac and Orthopaedic Center 100 Healthy Way, Suite 1120 Anderson, SC 29621 864.512.4530 Clemson Office: 885 Tiger Blvd., Building A Clemson, SC 29631 864.653.3334 5

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Selling the South

Larissa Pino

By Lisa Marie Carter


oday’s residential real estate market is very interesting, to say the least. It might even be called “insane.” I spoke with two Realtors® in Anderson County who represent different market segments. The one thing they both agree on is that we’re in a hot market and that both buyers and sellers need to do their homework and be prepared before they dive in.

of lessons, and towards the end of our venture, we had a much better understanding of how to maximize our profit margin and/or return on investment.” Debrica Webster is a licensed Realtor with AgentOwned Realty Company on Clemson Boulevard in Anderson. It was the process of buying her first home that brought Webster into the real estate business. “The Realtor who helped my husband and me purchase our first home told me I would make a wonderful agent due to my organization and communication skills,” said Webster. “I enjoyed the process so much that I decided to put his words into action and obtained my license!” Webster works mostly with first-time home buyers looking to purchase single-family homes here in Anderson and the surrounding towns.

The Realtors Larissa Pino is a licensed Realtor and broker with, LLC in Anderson. She moved to Anderson from Miami, Florida and has never looked back. “I specialize in Lake Hartwell and Lake Keowee properties and approximately 80 percent of my sales are on and around the lake,” said Pino. “However, I have helped many clients purchase and sell homes in other areas, from Greer, South Carolina all the way to Ellijay, Georgia! I have been a licensed Realtor in South Carolina and Georgia for approximately six years and I recently obtained my broker’s license.” Pino grew up in Florida learning about property investment. “My father was a private investor for almost 30 years in Florida and heavily invested in properties during the financial crisis in 2008-2009,” Pino explained. “I worked with my father to locate and negotiate distressed properties, which we restored, updated, leased and ultimately sold. Throughout the years, we learned a lot

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“Now that I have been in the business for a while, I am able to reap the benefits of repeat business and referrals, which I love!” continued Webster. “I really enjoy educating buyers and sellers.” Assessing the Market Both Pino and Webster agree that researching your prospective real estate market is very important. And they both consider the Western Upstate Association of Realtors website at https://www.westernupstatemls. com/ a great place to begin. The reports, many available to the general public, provide a comprehensive overview of what is happening in the Anderson/Oconee real estate market. Western Upstate reported that December of 2020, normally one of the slowest months of the year, saw strong buyer demand across most segments of the market while listing inventory continued to remain low overall. The overall median sales price was up 15.5 percent to $210,000 for the year in the Anderson/ Oconee area. The property type with the largest price gain was the single-family homes segment, where prices increased 15.5 percent to $215,000. The price range that tended to sell the quickest was the $150,001 to $200,000 range, at 66 days after listing. The price range that tended to sell the slowest was the $300,001 and above range, at 99 days. From 2019 to 2020, the median sales price of a home rose 22 percent, from $170,000 to $207,450, while the inventory of homes dropped 28.5 percent from 424 to 303. In other words, it’s a hot market. Webster has seen a lot of activity in the single-family home market. “With inventory so low, it seems all properties in Anderson are ‘hot’ properties. Even though I chuckle while typing this, I am not joking,” she said. “Of course,

single-family homes, with three or more bedrooms, requiring little to no maintenance, will typically be ‘under contract’ in less than 24 hours. In the past, this was only the case if a property was priced under $200,000, but now it seems to be the case at higher price points up to $300,000.” “Hot” doesn’t even begin to describe what is going on with lake properties. “Right now, all properties, whether on or off the lake, are ‘hot’ in my opinion,” Pino said. “If your property is advertised aggressively and priced competitively, it should receive multiple offers at listing price or above within 24 hours,” she explained. “The low inventory has created a frenzy in our local market. Most new listings have non-stop showings as soon as they hit the market. Not only are buyers willing to pay above asking price, they are also taking higher risks to secure properties, such as waiving inspections and/or appraisals. Although I do not necessarily agree or advise my clients to waive these contingencies, I have noticed that more buyers are removing these contingencies in order to appeal to the sellers and improve their chances of ‘standing out’ and the sellers accepting their offer.” Getting Ready to Buy – Finding an Agent If you are interested in buying property, the first thing you need to do is find a licensed agent or Realtor who knows about the area you want to purchase in and who is up to speed in current market trends, said Pino. Why a licensed agent? Hiring a licensed real estate agent is essential for many reasons, said Pino. The first is pricing. Whether buying or selling, an experienced agent will know the market and help make sure that sellers are pricing their home correctly and buyers are not overpaying for a home.”

“The low inventory has created a frenzy in our local market. Most new listings have non-stop showings as soon as they hit the market.”


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Realtors will help buyers and sellers navigate the legal aspects of the transaction, she added. “Contracts today are pretty wordy and lengthy. A licensed real estate agent will make sure that the contracts add certain verbiage or contingencies to a contract to ensure that their client is protected,” she said. “A knowledgeable and experienced real estate agent can assist with negotiating repairs and appealing appraisals. In addition, the real estate agent should make sure that all professionals involved are staying on task to avoid any last-minute surprises prior to closing.” Trust and communication are also key factors when choosing a Realtor, both Pino and Webster said. “I think it’s very important that you find an agent that you can trust and that you know has your best interest at mind throughout the entire process,” said Pino. “You want an agent who will tell you the good, the bad, and the ugly in every situation.” Pino went on to emphasize the importance of communication.

the lack there of. Too much inventory creates a buyer’s market, which leads to deflated pricing, while too little inventory creates a seller’s market which could create inflated pricing.” “The Western Upstate Association of Realtors is an excellent source for statistics,” said Pino. “The Anderson County Public Records are a great source for compiling information pertaining to market value and statistics. I personally will primarily use both these sources to perform my initial assessment of market value, average price per square foot, and average day on the market.” Webster cautioned, “While this public information is helpful, it is not always the most up-to-date information and does not accurately report the current status of a property. Real time status is found by using the tools which are only accessible by real estate agents who are members of a multiple listing service.” Tips on Buying and Selling When it comes to buying property, Pino and Webster said there are a lot of factors buyers need to consider, both in terms of immediate needs and looking down the road.

“First and foremost, I tell all my buyers to make an offer only if they absolutely love the property,” advised Webster. She also wants buyers to consider their future needs, upsizing or downsizing, and resale potential down the road. She warned that today’s market is tough for buyers. “In this market, buyers unfortunately are not afforded a lot of time, or the ability to be as choosy,” she said. “I try to guide them the best way I know how and to give them the same advice I would give my family or close friends.” Pino emphasized the importance of buyers getting pre-qualified so they know exactly what they can afford. Also, research the area, and if there are children in the family, then visit the schools. Prior to making an offer, buyers should always ask their agent to provide them with recent comparable sales in the area. For sellers, it’s all about pricing and cleanliness. “First, price the property right the first time so as to not lose days on the market,” suggested Webster. And both Pina and Webster agree that there is no such thing as too much cleaning and decluttering. Bring out the paint (they recommend neutral tones), fix minor things that are broken, deep clean, and work on curb appeal.

“Communication is very essential, in my opinion,” she advised. “Your agent should keep you up to date throughout the entire process and you should feel at ease throughout your transaction knowing that your agent is handling all matters that may come up.” Webster wants buyers and sellers to be aware of the value of certified Realtors, as compared to simply licensed agents. “I encourage all buyers and sellers to obtain representation by choosing a Realtor who will have their best interest at heart,” she says. “All Realtors are agents, but not all agents are Realtors. Realtors pledge a special oath and are thus held to a higher standard, in which I take pride.” Getting Ready to Buy – Research, Research, Research Whether you are a buyer or a seller, thoroughly research the market, said Pino and Webster. “Two important statistics which can help a buyer and seller understand the market are the amount of inventory available and the number of days that inventory stays on the market, or in other words, how quickly a property goes ‘under contract’,” explained Webster. “The market is always driven by listings, or


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Webster also emphasized the importance of depersonalizing a home. “It is hard to see yourself in a new home when there are fifty pictures of the current homeowner’s family throughout the property,” recommended Webster. What not to do? Avoid strong smells, said Pino. “One of the biggest don’ts — strong smells like incense or lots of plug-ins,” advised Pino. “Buyers might not like the scent and be turned off or think you are hiding a bad smell. Remove pets and pet accessories from the home for showings.” Finding the Money Both Pino and Webster see today’s low interest rates as a major factor in today’s hot real estate market. “The low interest rates have had a huge effect on our current market,” said Pino. “According to Lawrence Yun, National Association of Realtors chief economist, due to the sizable shift in remote work due to Covid-19, current homeowners are looking for larger homes.

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He predicts that this will lead to a secondary level of demand even into 2021.” According to Webster, these incredibly low interest rates helped a lot of buyers get off the fence. However, she sees less of an impact in her single-family home market than in other property markets. “When a buyer is ready to purchase, it is going to happen regardless of the interest rate, as most would rather own than rent,” explained Webster. “I do not feel interest rates drive the market, but rather the combination of BOTH inventory and interest rates.” So how attractive are loans today? This is a good time to be shopping for a mortgage. Rates and limits change often and will vary based on the buyer’s finances. Today, the current FHA loan limit for single- family homes in Anderson County is $356,362, according to A typical 30-year interest rate in Anderson is running from 2.6% to 3.3%, according to Final Words of Wisdom “Go out and enjoy the many activities and the people here in the Anderson area,” says Pino. Good advice for everyone. n


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Chappelear and Associates Ala and Craig Chappelear are a real estate power house couple in Anderson, South Carolina. Every year they set higher and more challenging goals for themselves and manage not only to meet but exceed their own expectations. 2020 was a perfect example. Chappelear and Associates closed 175 transactions totaling $53.7 million in sales.” I have personally sold real estate in Anderson for over 22 years now,” said Ala Chappelear. “As a beginner agent, I was fortunate to have my mother, Terri Anderson, as a mentor. I learned from her that my reputation was all I had in this business. I didn’t start with much and have pushed myself over the years to successfully work my way through the ups and downs of a continuously changing real estate market.” The Chappelears and their team of six work hard for the people in Anderson. They understand that earning people’s trust is the key to a successful business. “We all have an important job in our company,” said Ala. “It takes each and every one of us to provide the services our clients deserve and respect. We take care of everyone, and there is no real estate transaction we would consider too large or too small. We will sell a $5,000 lot or a home worth a few million. It is the relationship that is important to us.” This team promises to take the time to get to know you as a client - whether you are buying or selling. They will talk to you about your needs and expectations and help make your real estate transaction as smooth as possible. Chappelear and Associates want every client to walk away from the closing wanting to return as a client in the future. With one of the highest referral rates in the business, they understand that their clients are the ones who keep them in business. “There are clients who have bought multiple homes over the years through us,” said Ala. “They come back time and time again, and they recommend us to their friends and family. The fact that they choose us to help them is an honor and a privilege. That is the ultimate compliment.”

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Ready for a Renovation Transformation? You may have noticed that a long-standing Anderson business recently changed its name. The company known for decades as Harris Flooring America has now become Harris Home. Yes, they still offer every kind of flooring you can imagine for homes and commercial buildings. This new name reflects a major addition of total design and remodeling services that open the door to amazing room transformations. “Think of us as a renovation concierge that handles every phase and detail of interior renewal,” says Scott Junkins, president of Harris Home. “It’s all about creating just the right look, the perfect feel, and dependable function—for every room in your home, or for any business setting.” And, most importantly, it’s an all-encompassing service that handles every detail, from start to finish. Lots of homeowners have at least one room in the house that needs updating, and a new coat of paint just isn’t enough. They can visualize how a complete makeover could really make it shine, but the mere thought of hiring all the different demolition, construction and decorating crews is just too much to handle. Some people have older homes that desperately need structural modifications and interior facelifts, but don’t have the time to coordinate such an undertaking. Harris Home removes the stress of daily renovation details from the homeowner’s shoulders. “Our clients tend to have rather full lives,” Scott Junkins says. “Many of them juggle careers, families, and community involvement. They want a beautiful home where memories are made, but they don’t want to personally

coordinate contractors, site workers or decorators. Harris Home does all of that for them.” He assembled a team of fully accredited interior designers, construction experts, and experienced project managers to oversee every step of the transformation experience. A dedicated customer specialist partners with the homeowner to hear visions and ideas, then manages the entire renovation project from start to finish, producing breathtaking results. The Harris Home transformation process begins with discovery, with the customer specialist learning the homeowner’s dreams and desires for a particular room. They take the time to learn about the customer’s style and story, to see how a renovation will fit their life. Whether it’s a kitchen, bedroom, living room or bath, they explore the possibilities for every square foot available. They discuss practical aspects, like removing or replacing walls and daily traffic flow. Once the functional ideas are established, they discuss aesthetics. What styles and colors would work best in the room? The Harris Home customer specialist consults closely with the homeowner in the design phase to determine the look and feel of the room. They discuss flooring, fabrics, textures, and paint shades. And they’ll explore choices for cabinets, lighting, fixtures, and other desired features that will make the room complete. When all the ideas and decisions are in place, Harris Home presents detailed blueprints and realistic computer models, so the client can see exactly how the finished room will look. The customer specialist finalizes all the homeowner’s sample choices and product 12

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specifications—plus those one-of-a-kind details that make a room truly special—and the transformation begins. The delivery phase is driven by a detailed timetable, established by the customer specialist. Construction, plumbing, and electrical contractors work their renovation magic, along with paint, sheetrock, cabinets, floors, and countless other specifics. And, of course, finer design touches bring your newly redesigned room to life, just as you imagined. Each crew is coordinated and supervised by the project manager. Communication is constant throughout the project, leaving the client time to live a normal life and make memories with their family. Harris Home handles everything. All you need to do is approve. The Harris Home legacy of delivering a transformational home experience comes naturally for Scott Junkins, a fifthgeneration member of a successful Anderson retail family. Harris Flooring got its start in the basement of the Bailes Department Store early in the 1900s. Through the years, they have helped thousands of families and businesses beautify homes and offices throughout the region. Today, they have a beautiful showroom on Civic Center Boulevard Extension in Anderson. “Our design and renovation team can help you imagine the possibilities, and turn your vision into reality,” says Junkins. “Let Harris Home design the right space for you, while you create more memories.” Open the door to more, with the transformational renovation experience from Harris Home. n


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Expert Tips for Welcoming a Kitten (Family Features) Fostering kittens and cats has risen in popularity during these unprecedented times, and many pet lovers are becoming fosters to help overcrowded animal shelters. Fostering a kitten can be a fun and exciting time, but it may also come with a learning curve. Among the 43% of respondents to a Royal Canin survey, who have fostered a pet, 6 in 10 have “foster failed” and permanently adopted the pet they were fostering. Most pet owners who responded also agree the first year of pet ownership is the most important, but 64% believe it is the most difficult, as well. Whether you’re fostering or adopting a kitten, learn how to give your kitten proper care during her first weeks and months with you with this advice from the experts at Royal Canin.

For example, Royal Canin Kitten formulas are tailormade with optimal vitamins and minerals to support healthy development. Ongoing Care Your kitten should see a veterinarian as soon as possible. In addition to a general health check, your vet can help you create a vaccination schedule and give advice on deworming, nutrition and more. Always use a carrier to transport your kitten safely while in the car and into the vet’s office. Gradually introducing your kitten to new experiences can help with socialization. New sounds can startle a kitten, so be ready to offer plenty of reassurance. You may also need to introduce new terrain like stairs or unfamiliar surfaces. Gentle play and careful handling can help your kitten become more comfortable with being touched. Learn more about proper cat nutrition and how to create a welcoming home at n

Arriving Home The new sights, sounds and smells in your home, and the separation from her mother, may make your kitten feel stressed. Keeping the environment calm and quiet can ease the transition. When you arrive home, put the cat carrier in the room you’ve prepared for the kitten with the kitten still inside, allowing her to get acclimated before opening the door. Then allow the kitten to explore a closed-off area. Resist the urge to cuddle your kitten right away. As your kitten gains confidence in its new surroundings, she will want to explore more. Make sure the environment is prepared with electrical wires and outlets covered; windows, balconies and stairs secured; and small or sharp objects put away so she can safely explore with your supervision. If there are possible hazards, a designated room with windows and plenty of social contact for the first few weeks may be better. Creating a Safe Place Kittens can tire easily. After a little exploration time, give your kitten access to a bed in a cozy, quiet place with access to water, food and a litter box. Turning out the light helps establish sleep patterns, but on the first night you might want to leave a night light on to help with the adjustment. Provide somewhere quiet to eat. This should be somewhere your kitten feels secure, away from where you and any other pets eat. Cats don’t like to eat too near their litter boxes and should always have fresh water available. As kittens grow rapidly, their digestive and immune systems develop slowly and they have specific nutritional needs that are different from adult cats. Any sudden changes in your kitten’s diet can cause digestive trouble, so for the first few days, keep the same feeding routine as the previous caretaker. You can slowly switch to a different routine, if you choose, and transition to kitten food suitable for the appropriate growth stage.


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Living Your Best

Senior Life

Ahhhh, the golden years. You’ve worked hard to get to this point in your life, so how do you want to spend your time? Maybe you envision complete relaxation in a cozy home with a thriving garden you tend to each day. Perhaps you want to travel everywhere you never had time to go before. Maybe you are learning new skills or honing in on a favorite hobby? Now is the time to live your BEST senior life!

also. These options, along with quite a few others, each provide unique benefits to meet your needs.

You’ve Got To Move It, Move It You know the old saying, “Once you stop moving, you stop moving.” Well, there’s no lack of reasons to move in Anderson. With a well-equipped YMCA and recreation department, you can walk, bike and swim your way to the golden years. The Anderson Area YMCA offers classes specifically geared toward seniors. The Senior TRX class is a suspension training that focuses on functional fitness and rehabilitation. There are low-impact aerobics classes as well as stretch classes, and yoga options. There is even a Pickleball league (think a cross between tennis, badminton and ping-pong) that keeps seniors moving. “The importance for seniors to stay active goes way beyond being able to move more at ease and perform day-to-day tasks with more confidence. It’s just as important for seniors to have a support system socially that will keep them engaged with others and mentally strong to keep them sharp,” said Chad Alewine, Anderson Area YMCA Wellness Director. But if hitting the gym isn’t your thing, you can still keep busy with activities at places like the Jo Brown Senior Center. “We have so many activities, you are sure to find something of interest. Line dancing, Quilts of Valor quilting and exercise classes are just a few things available,” said Kelly Jo Barnwell, the director

Home Sweet Home The choices for where you live your best life are wide open. Whether you are happy in a traditional neighborhood or maybe looking for some maintenancefee options, Anderson County has you covered. The Legacy of Anderson, an independent-living residential community for adults over 55, focuses on hospitality and a carefree lifestyle. You’ll have services and amenities like housekeeping, dining, social activities, transportation, and security. Plus, you’ll also have support with medical care if you need it in the future. According to Deborah Golden, the sales director at The Legacy of Anderson, “We offer safe and independent living in a friendly, family-oriented environment.” Perhaps you need a little more medical support in your living environment, or you have parents you are now caring for who need that. You don’t have to look far for options. Dominion Senior Living offers assisted living and memory care services, and Morningside of Anderson is a furnished assisted living community,


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of the Anderson County Senior Citizens Program and The Jo Brown Senior Center. Ann Cameron, a new senior to Anderson County said the activities at the Senior Center made a tremendous impact on her transition to the community. “The Jo Brown Center was really a lifesaver after moving to Anderson. I found a bridge game that I thoroughly enjoy, and it was the easiest way to meet people of my age with similar interests,” she said. There is a very active chapter of the American

“By giving a little of my time at Meals on Wheels every week I get that deep feeling that I’ve been a part of helping a lot of people in my community,” Association of Retired Persons (AARP) in Anderson which hosts meetings with speakers and engages in volunteer activities, and you can also find dance classes, piano lessons and art classes. Civic organizations, like the Kiwanis Club and the Rotary Club, provide great opportunities to meet new people, stay “in-the-know” about businesses and activities, as well as engage in service projects for the community.

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different charitable organizations. Ann spends an afternoon at the Anderson Arts Center each week helping with administrative tasks, answering phone calls and greeting visitors. Roger volunteers with AIM. AIM serves to meet the needs of struggling individuals and families in Anderson County. Assistance through a housing program, financial support and counseling, and a hunger ministry are just a few of the areas where AIM serves Anderson. Roger has volunteered in the AIM Food Pantry. “Roger is not as outgoing as I am,” said Ann, “so getting out and participating in volunteer activities has benefitted both of us probably more than the organizations we volunteer for. It has definitely helped us to feel more connected to our community in the short time we’ve been here.” Meals on Wheels is another local non-profit that continuously seeks volunteers. This group delivers hot, nutritious meals to elderly, home-bound individuals. “By giving a little of my time at Meals on Wheels every week I get that deep feeling that I’ve been a part of helping a lot of people in my community,” said Jane Reeves, Meals on Wheels volunteer. With more than 400 volunteers who work different times and different days, they are always in need of someone with a giving spirit.

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When you reach retirement age, you may find more free time on your hands. Well, an extra set of hands are needed all over this community in many of our nonprofit organizations. Now that you have more time, use it to give back to the community. In addition to activities at the Senior Center, Cameron, and her husband Roger, also volunteer with

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“Like a lot of young theatre lovers, I thought about becoming an actress at one point, but I really enjoyed behind the scenes work more.” Gencarelli attended Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C. and studied arts administration, which gave her more career opportunities in the fine arts that weren’t necessarily performance based. With the exception of working at a jewelry store in college, Gencarelli has worked in the fine arts her entire professional career, first in professional theatre, and then for 12 years at the Spartanburg Philharmonic, serving as operations director, general manager and finally executive director. Finally, in 2007, Gencarelli found a home here in Anderson as the Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium’s executive director. “I came to GAMAC because it gave me a chance to work with choral groups in addition to instrumental ensembles,” said Gencarelli. “Looking back over the past 14 years, though, I think I came because I craved the deep sense of community that I find among our performers, volunteers and patrons.” GAMAC is one of the cornerstones of the fine arts in the Electric City. Officially founded on April 6, 1991 by Carl Beard, Alex Spainhour and other community leaders, GAMAC is an umbrella organization for community music ensembles, which today includes the GAMAC Chorale, the GAMAC Chamber Orchestra, the Anderson Symphony Orchestra, the GAMAC Children’s Chorus and the Electric City Big Band. During Gencarelli’s tenure, GAMAC’s two

Dana Gencarelli was born into the fine arts. Her father worked in radio and did professional voiceover work while her mother taught English literature and creative writing and was a published poet and short story author. “I was an only child and spent a lot of time in radio stations, recording studios and poetry readings watching my parents’ creative processes as well as those of their colleagues and friends,” said Gencarelli. “As I got older, I found my own creative outlets and social life through band, theater and art history.” Gencarelli’s parents were extremely supportive and encouraged her love and participation in the arts, giving her opportunities to experience symphonies, art galleries and Broadway shows. One visit to New York and the Metropolitan Museum of Art sticks out clearly in her memory. Her mother had taken her to an Egyptian temple exhibit and said, “A curator had to decide exactly where all of these statues and artifacts should go. She probably got to hold all of that beautiful jewelry! Wouldn’t that be a fun job? To be surrounded by so much beauty and history!” Once she was in high school and able to travel more independently, Gencarelli would visit her aunt and cousins in Connecticut and attend chamber music concerts at Yale, see Broadway plays and museum exhibits in New York and go to summer-stock theaters all over New England. “By the time I was ready for college, it was just a given that I’d go into the arts in some way,” said Gencarelli.

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community ensembles, the GAMAC Chorale and the Anderson Symphony Orchestra, have seen growth and are operating with a high level of artistic excellence due to the efforts of Dr. Don Campbell (GAMAC Chorale) and Dr. Andrew Pettus (Anderson Symphony Orchestra). Additionally, a program with Anderson University has flourished, allowing course credit for students who participate in the Anderson Symphony Orchestra. Gencarelli has and is weathering storms over the last 14 years. The economic recession in 2008 caused a loss in funding and cutbacks on programs and staff. Most recently, GAMAC has been greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. “We were forced to cancel the three concerts remaining on that concert season scheduled for April and May along with our spring beer-tasting fundraiser,” said Gencarelli. GAMAC has been adjusting to life during COVID by working remotely, seeking grants and fundraising without holding the usual events, making temporary staff reductions, keeping tabs on infection levels with AnMed Health and the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control and keeping in contact with its constituents in order to gauge when it would be safe to hold events. “In July, we surveyed our ticket buyers, donors and ensemble members to determine if and when they might feel comfortable attending or participating in performances,” Gencarelli said. “Over 80 percent indicated that they would not feel comfortable attending or participating until there was a vaccine. This told us that trying to resume regular programming was unlikely to be successful. It also showed us that we have an obligation to support our local and regional healthcare systems by holding off on gatherings which could spread the virus further.” Like many organizations, GAMAC is finding creative solutions to continue to perform and be a part of the community during the pandemic. “During the holidays, we were able to team up with the City of Anderson and CocoBon Chocolatier to bring ‘GAMAC for Hire’ performances downtown,” said Gencarelli. “A string quintet from the Anderson Symphony Orchestra performed outside of Figs Farmacy, the Electric City Big Band performed for the ice skaters at Wren Park, a brass ensemble from the Anderson Symphony performed on Main Street, and a group of masked and socially distanced Christmas carolers performed at CocoBon.” GAMAC is currently exploring opportunities to hold outdoor events during the summer of 2021 and will be evaluating what the organization will look like on the other side of COVID, which, according to Gencarelli, will be like a “factory reset.” “It feels strange to say this, but I don’t think that the vision I had for GAMAC prior to the pandemic is relevant anymore,” said Gencarelli. “I think it would be really naive to assume that we can just pick up where

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Shawn Holland and Richard Ballenger When most people think about the materials necessary to build or renovate a home, a typical list comes to mind. There’s brick, siding, wood, wall board or even concrete. But not everyone includes glass in their initial thinking. City Glass in Anderson would like to make one very clear point to every homeowner: Glass is an essential element in every house, and it should be considered as carefully as any other construction or design material. First, consider some of the most obvious uses of glass in homes. Ordinary windows, of course, and standard sliding glass doors. But how about tall decorative windows flanking a front door, perhaps etched, or with a unique shape? And you can have a custom-shaped window within your door. Speaking of windows, you can consider one with a large, panoramic view, or something with non-standard shapes, like arches, ovals, or triangles. Floor-to-ceiling windows can work well in some rooms, too. Beyond windows, City Glass can guide you in decisions on other home features, like table tops or interior glass walls. Some people opt for glass kitchen cabinets, and glass showers are quite popular in

bathroom designs. There’s no end to glass shelving possibilities in nearly any room, whether stacked or curved or cut to your specifications. You can build trophy cases, or even have glass handrails. Think about mirrors of any size and shape to enhance or enlarge a room. Or think outside, and build your own custom greenhouse. There really is no limit to how you can incorporate glass elements throughout any home, and City Glass will be delighted to help you turn your ideas into crystal clear reality. One factor to consider in home renovation is the importance of safety glass. Houses built just a few decades ago probably don’t have it, so you may need an upgrade. It is essential in any window larger than 9 square feet, or when a window is within a certain distance of the floor or a walking area. City Glass will gladly work with you or your renovation contractor to make sure your home’s windows are safe for your family and up to code. The City Glass story began in 1949. Richard Smiley “Dick” Ballenger founded City Glass and Mirrors, which focused on windows for homes and offices, as well as display cases and decorative mirrors. Dick’s company 22

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mission was simple: combining skill and artistry to produce beautiful windows and mirrors for individuals and businesses in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. City Glass has always been a family-owned company. Dick started with a partner, who eventually decided to become a banker. He was soon running the business on his own, with his wife as his secretary. His son, Richard, got an introduction to the glass business during the summer at age 14. “My father asked me, ‘See that broom over there?’ I answered, yes, sir,” said Richard. “He told me, ‘Go get it. Notice there’s not a broom handle around that won’t fit your hands. Now, get to work.’” So that day, Richard began learning how the glass business operates. The quality of their work earned City Glass a strong reputation throughout the region. Their work was visible in homes, churches and businesses in cities and towns throughout three states. Richard eventually stepped in to run the company, and kept it growing for decades. His son-in-law, Shawn Holland, came on board in 2010, and bought the business in 2017. Richard still works as an estimator for City Glass (when he wants to), and serves as a trusted advisor to Shawn and the entire staff. City Glass has been a trusted community business for more than 70 years, thanks to the relationships formed with clients. Techniques and materials have evolved dramatically through the years, as has the complexity of some projects in their portfolio. They now produce large-scale architectural elements for a wide variety of clients. Commercial projects currently in progress include Tiger Carwash in Pendleton, First Presbyterian Church and Martin Holland Advertising in Anderson, and Patrick Square in Clemson. No matter how big the projects may be, for Shawn, City Glass is still all about community and family. And their values have endured: Be honest and fair, design and produce the highest quality glass products, and enhance the beauty and function of every project. At City Glass, they always believe in the power of quality work and personal relationships…and enhancing your home could be next on their list. n

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A Distinguished

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I am honored to have been chosen as the girl to show the nation part of South Carolina.

We have a Distinguished Young Woman in our community. Let us clarify, we have numerous distinguished young women in our county, but we are referring to a recognized Distinguished Young Woman (DYW) of South Carolina, Ella Grace Froedge of Pelzer. DYW (formerly known as Junior Miss) is a national scholarship program that inspires high school girls to develop their full, individual potential through a fun, transformative experience that culminates in a celebratory showcase of their accomplishments. Each DYW program evaluates participants in the following categories: Scholastics, Interview, Talent, Fitness, and Self-Expression. Froedge is the daughter of Mike and Tracy Froedge and according to her mother, is truly a unique young lady. Ella was, born seven-and-a-half weeks premature. “She started from birth beating the odds even when they were stacked against her,” said her mother, Tracy. After competing in other pageants Ella decided to take part in the DYW program last spring. She was named Anderson County DYW in April 2020 and represented the county at the state level. Her family attended the state program in Lexington in January 2021. Due to capacity restrictions, Ella’s brother, Chase, was not allowed in the venue to watch the program. However, he and a handful of friends watched it via live stream outside the complex and were nearby to surprise her after she won. “We were, and still are, so shocked but more honored than anything that she has been awarded the opportunity to represent not only South Carolina but the other participants as well,” said Tracy. “They were all very accomplished scholastically as well as talented performers.” In addition to her title of DYW of SC, Ella is an active senior at Palmetto High School. She is a varsity competitive cheerleader (three times State Champion), on the varsity soccer and varsity track and field team. Her other school achievements include Junior Leadership Anderson delegate, Girls State Delegate, Miss Palmetto 2019, student body vice president, and many other achievements too numerous to mention. Her future aspirations are as impressive as her current accomplishments. She plans to obtain a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering as well as a master’s specialized in degenerative neurological disease. She has chosen this path due to losing her grandfather to dementia\ Alzheimer’s. It comes as no surprise that she has been accepted to more than 20 colleges and universities. Though the University of South Carolina is her front runner, because of the combined undergraduate/master’s program on Bio-Med, she is also very interested in the new engineering school and pilot program that starts this fall at Anderson University. What does being named the DYW of SC mean to Ella? “To me, it meant not being named a winner out of a group of representatives but being named a representative out of a group of winners. I am honored to have been chosen as the girl to show the nation part of South Carolina,” she said. Ella will next represent South Carolina at the Distinguished Young Women National Finals in Mobile, AL at the end of June. n


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Anderson Arts Center to Host

46th Annual Juried Show

The Anderson Arts Center is gearing up for its 46th Annual Juried Show. This is one of the longestrunning juried shows in the state of South Carolina. The Annual Juried show welcomes submissions of artists in nearly any medium, including painting, pastel, drawing, sculpture, pottery, basketry, graphic, wood, etc. In recent years, the Anderson Arts Center has received more than 400 pieces of art for this event with artists from at least four different states. Submissions of artwork are being accepted at the Arts Center March 25-27. The distinguished juror for this show is Cecelia Lucas Stucker. Stucker is a native of South Carolina and has been part of the international art scene for 14 years. She founded the company, CC: Curating & Collections, in 2012 shaping five private collections in Europe and the United States, as well as curing socially minded exhibitions for galleries and An array of pottery made a dramatic display in the Anderson Arts Center’s museums in multiple countries. Annual Juried Show. Thanks to many generous donors and supporters, the Juried Show offers thousands of dollars in awards to artists selected for the show. The grand prize, The David Vandiver Best of Show, is a $2000 award. Through a partnership with the City of Anderson, the Arts Center also hosts SculpTOUR in conjunction with the Juried Show. Outdoor sculpture artists are invited to participate, and this portion of the competition allows for up to six outdoor sculptures to be juried into a year-long outdoor exhibition with cash prizes of $1,000 each. Award donors will have priority in viewing the artwork, and there will viewings by appointment before the show opens to the public. A reception and awards ceremony will be held on April 16. More information on the reception and opportunities for viewing can be found on the Arts Center’s website. Artists interested in submitting work should also visit the website at For Acrylic, oil, watercolor, mixed media and more are welcome at the 46th Annual Juried Show. more information, email or call 864.222.2787. The Anderson Arts Center is located at 110 Federal Street in Anderson. n

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Youth Apprenticeships: Building a Skilled Workforce

Bradie Reece A workforce development grant will support Tri-County Technical College’s goal of training 100 registered youth apprentices over the next four years. The grant will remove the financial barriers for students to attend college at little to no cost while getting valuable work experience with area companies, said Bryan Manuel, dean of Integrated Workforce Solutions at the College. In January Apprenticeship Carolina was one of only 14 organizations in the nation to be awarded a $4.5 million Youth Apprenticeship Readiness Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to expand youth apprenticeships. Tri-County, one of the primary colleges participating in this grant, received $271,096 to provide training to approximately 100 youth registered apprentices and 100 youth pre-apprentices by July 2024. This new youth apprenticeship program is designed to assist Upstate industries, including manufacturing, healthcare, information technology and others, with building a skilled workforce.

Recently representatives from the College, Arthrex, Anderson School District Five, Apprenticeship Carolina, Anderson County and the S.C. Technical College System celebrated the launch of the new TCTC program. At the event, 16-year-old Austin Shingleton signed on as the first official youth apprentice in the state under the new DOL grant. The T.L. Hanna High School junior participated in a signing day at Arthrex in Sandy Springs. Shingleton of Anderson attends classes at both T.L. Hanna High School and Tri-County Technical College while working part-time at Arthrex as a CNC machine operator youth apprentice. “Apprenticeship programs, like our partnership with Tri-County, provide a valuable opportunity to immerse talented students into our culture and workforce while educating them on how to succeed in the highly competitive medical device industry. Moreover, these programs are a way for us to streamline our hiring process and attract and develop the very best team members,” said Chris Johansen, director of operations 26

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for Arthrex Manufacturing – South Carolina. Tri-County President Dr. Galen DeHay said the program serves as a pathway for youth to enter the field of advanced manufacturing. “At Tri-County we have a goal – to promote economic diversity and to build strong communities. We measure our success by our students’ successes. Austin is an example of that,” said Dr. DeHay. “This is unique because it builds on the higher education pathway. Austin is taking dual enrollment classes, as well as college classes this year. When he receives his high school diploma, he also will earn a college certificate. “It’s a seamless Austin Shingleton transition into the workforce,” said Dr. DeHay. This initiative will begin with pairing the already successful Technical Career Pathways (TCP), a dual enrollment program for students enrolled in technical programs at Tri-County, with a workbased learning experience. The TCP program allows participants to graduate with a college certificate as high school seniors and transition directly into an associate degree program at the College or enter the workforce. Students in Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties are eligible to apply. Bradie Reece is another example of how apprenticeships work well. Last January, while still a senior at Pickens High School and enrolled in the Pickens County Career and Technology Center’s CNC program, she was selected to be Arthrex’s first registered youth apprentice, enabling her to gain valuable paid work experience while also taking classes at Tri-County. She transitioned from youth apprentice to adult apprentice at Arthrex this summer and currently works first shift as a machine operator at Arthrex and takes evening CNC classes at Tri-County. She will graduate from college next year at age 19.


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work in our community, He hasn’t left us, and He hasn’t left them. The uncertainty from the past year hasn’t been easy for the ministry as each family and staff member have been trying to navigate making the best decisions for their own families as well as the foster children on campus. The restrictions surrounding COVID have made making decisions and planning events even more complicated. This year, the leadership at Calvary Home have decided to host their spring fundraising event virtually, but it will not be like the typical virtual event. They will be sharing a series of videos through email and social media to highlight a different aspect of campus life as part of their Launch Hope Campaign. The goal of this weeklong “event” is to raise awareness for the needs of foster children from our community as well as the services provided by Calvary Home for Children. If you are interested in being added to their email list for this event, we encourage you to reach out to their Community Relations Director, Laura Lindsley, at You can also get more information about the non-profit on their website at


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botanical garden to walk through. You will need your own sporting equipment, so be sure to bring that along if you want to play! After some exercise at the park, hop into the car and drive into downtown Hartwell. Use the Hart County Chamber of Commerce address (10 S. Carolina Street) to get there. You will find plenty of street parking around the square and along several side streets. Everything is within walking distance from where you park. The Chamber of Commerce is open on weekdays, and you are encouraged to stop in to say hello. If you happen to visit on the weekend, the chamber leaves information in boxes attached to the front of the building. One fun thing to do is pick up a map and attempt to locate all the painted sailboats around town. “We currently have ten painted sailboats in the ground and more are in the works,” said Christine Blomberg, executive director for the Chamber of Commerce. “This project was started by the Leadership Hart Class of 2015 as a way for businesses, nonprofits and locals to commission local artists to showcase art to the public in a creative way.” As you walk around downtown looking for the painted sailboats, be sure to take the time to wander in and out of the shops. You will find home decor, local art, baked goods, craft materials and more. The Arts Center at 338 East Howell Street has a lovely display of local artwork in the form of paintings, pottery, and woodwork. You may even decide to purchase a piece of framed photography while there and take home a little piece of Hartwell. After all the walking and shopping it is definitely time to find a place to eat lunch, and there are plenty of options downtown.


Spring begins this month, and this is a perfect time to take a road trip to Hartwell, Georgia. It is an easy and beautiful 30-minute drive from Anderson to Hartwell on U.S. Highway 29 South. Pack a cooler with some cold drinks, put on some comfortable walking shoes and head out early one morning for a fun day. If the weather is warm enough, pack a swimsuit and beach towel for later in the afternoon! Your first stop should be the Hartwell Dam Overlook. This area is still in South Carolina and only 15 minutes into your excursion, but it is well worth the stop. Parking is free, and there is a half-mile paved walking trail along the lake. Make sure you have your camera to take some amazing pictures of the water, wildlife and the Hartwell Dam. Next stop: breakfast! If you have not had breakfast at the Best Biskits By a Dam Site, you definitely need to take a little detour to 4413 Elberton Highway and try it. Michelle Phillips, who inherited the business a couple of years ago from her mother, is open and ready to serve you from 5:30 to 11 a.m. six mornings a week. “I come into work at 3:00 a.m. every day to start making our homemade biscuits,” said Seth Gibson, who works alongside his mother, Ginger, in the kitchen. “Everything we make is delicious and homemade. We even serve our pancakes with a side of organic maple syrup straight from Vermont.” After you have eaten a hearty breakfast, it may be time for a little walk. Just a few miles up the road at 200 Clay Street, you will find the Hart County Recreation Department. This county park offers plenty of ways to burn off some of those calories. There is a huge playground for the children, a couple of basketball goals, tennis courts, a batting cage and a charming

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The Downtown Cafe on Depot Street offers freshly prepared Greek and Italian meals for lunch six days a week. If craft beers and a menu of burgers, sandwiches, wings and the like is what you are craving, then walk to the Southern Hart Brewing Company on East Howell Street and enjoy lunch there any day of the week. With a little searching, you can also find barbecue, pizza, Japanese food Stop by Common Grounds and other great meals for a great cup of coffee to satisfy your cravings while in town. Sometimes you just need a great cup of coffee or something sweet. If that’s the case, try Common Ground and Elizabeth Cakes by Design on S. Carolina Street. These side-by-side businesses, joined by an open passageway, offer coffee, tea, ice cream and the most delicious cupcakes in town. Indoor and outdoor seating is available. It’s perfect as a quick place to regroup before heading to the last stop of the day. Before you leave Hartwell, take a short drive out to Hartwell Lakeside RV Park. Previously owned by the Army Corps of Engineers, it is now privately owned and ready for visitors to come out and see all of the new additions and upgrades. The water views are stunning from the swimming areas, playgrounds and camping sites. Day visitors are welcome to use the park for hiking, biking, swimming and fishing. (Be sure to contact the Department of Natural Resources for a fishing permit.) On a warm, sunny day you can take a mid-afternoon swim and use one of several bathhouses to change back into clothes before driving home after your fun day in Hartwell, Georgia. n

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2 medium or large russet potatoes 1 egg 1 egg white 1/3 cup canola oil 3/4 cup milk 2 tablespoons green onion, minced 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus additional for dusting and kneading 1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt Heat oven to 375 F. Peel potatoes. Slice one potato and boil in saucepan 15 minutes, or until tender. Remove potato from saucepan into large bowl. Mash potato then set aside. Grate second potato onto cloth. Wring potato in cloth to remove excess water. Add grated potato to mashed potato in large bowl. Add egg, egg white, oil, milk, onion, caraway seeds, 3 1/4 cups flour, baking powder and salt. Stir with wooden spoon until mixture is soft and sticky. Turn dough onto floured surface. Adding flour as needed, knead dough to form 8-inch round shape with slight dome. Place dough onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cut large “X” on top of dough about 1/2 inch deep. Bake 55 minutes until golden brown. Cool on wire rack 1 hour before serving.

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March and April 2021 Friday, March 5 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm Save the Children Fundraising Gala at the Bleckley Station. Dinner, dancing, and a silent auction. All proceeds go to Foothills Alliance. For more information and tickets check out their website, Saturday - March 6 YCI 5K. Anderson Civic Center. Youth Commission Int. is a non-profit organization that launches and supports middle and high school Bible Clubs. All proceeds of the 5K and Fun Run will benefit YCI in Anderson and Greenville. For more information check out their website at Saturday, March 27 - 9:00am - 2:00pm 7th Annual BAMA Community-wide Rummage and Craft Sale at the Historic Belton Train Depot. It’s your chance to do some early spring cleaning. For a ten-dollar donation, a 10X10 space will be reserved. For more information check out their website, beltonmuseum. com

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Saturday and Sunday April 3, 10:00am - 6:00pm - April 4, 12:00pm - 5:00pm Historic Pendleton Spring Jubilee, the Village Square, Pendleton. A weekend of quality arts and crafts, antiques, a variety of musical entertainment, shops, and restaurants. For more information check out their Facebook page. Saturday, April 17 - 5:30pm - 11:00pm Riley Green in concert, Anderson Sports and Entertainment Center. For more information check out their website, Saturday, April 24 Chick-fil-A of Anderson Kidz Kamp Run, begins and ends at Grady’s on Clemson Blvd. All proceeds from this special event will benefit the mission of the WinShape Camps for Communities to help provide scholarships.


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5 ways to reduce safety risks for young children ( As parents, one of your top priorities is the safety and well-being of your children. With all the potential pitfalls of day-to-day life, however, navigating the risks can be difficult.

Water Safety • Set your hot water heater no higher than 120 F. • Test the temperature of bath water before setting your baby in the tub. • Never leave your baby unattended in the bathtub. • Keep toilet lids down and consider installing toilet lid locks.

These everyday safety tips can help you navigate everything from car seat safety to baby-proofing and safe sleep, keeping your child out of harm’s way as much as possible from birth through his or her toddler years.

Baby-Proofing • Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on every level of your home and in every sleeping area. • Secure cords on blinds and drapes out of reach. • Keep sharp objects, such as knives, scissors and tools, and other hazardous items, like coins, beads and pins, in a secure place out of baby’s reach. • Store cleaning products and medications in locked cabinets. Never store potentially toxic substances in containers that could be mistaken for food or drink. • Cover all electrical outlets. • Cushion hard edges and sharp corners of furniture and decor. • Secure cords to electrical items along baseboards using electrical tape. • Attach heavy or tall furniture to the wall and avoid placing items that could fall, like electronics or lamps, on top of dressers or shelves. • Install safety gates with straight, vertical slats securely in front of all stairwells.

Car Seat Safety • Always use a valid (typically less than 6 years old), federally approved car seat in motor vehicles. • Ensure the seat is properly installed. Refer to the instruction manual with any questions. • If you use an infant carrier, strap your child in on the floor, never a counter or tabletop. • For at least the first two years of your child’s life, the car seat should be rear-facing. • The safest location for a car seat is in the middle of the back seat. Choking Prevention • Avoid giving your child nuts, popcorn, hard candies, hot dogs and raw fruits and vegetables, such as grapes or carrots, that may present a choking hazard. • Never prop up a bottle and leave your baby unattended. • Inspect toys often to ensure they’re not broken and do not have small pieces that could easily become detached. • Be cautious of strings and buttons on clothing.

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The Poet’s Nook

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March brings Daylight Savings, Spring, and International Poetry Day. April brings showers, Easter, and National Poetry Month. Marion Harvey Carroll is a familiar face at the Bay 3 Artisan Gallery as well as Upstate juried art shows. She’s also an award-winning poet who is an active member of the Foothills Writers Guild and the South Carolina Writers Association. As a child, she followed her father, George Harvey, Jr., MD, as he made his hospital rounds. She captured that memory in a poem originally published in Horizons, the 1995 anthology of the South Carolina Writers Workshop.

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1. Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 10x15x1-inch cookie sheet (jelly roll pan) with baking spray. Set aside. 2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. 3. In a large saucepan, combine the butter, water, and peanut butter. Bring to a boil. When it begins to boil, immediately remove it from the heat and pour it over the flour mixture. Start to combine, then add the milk, vanilla, and eggs. Mix with a spatula or spoon until incorporated. 4. Pour the batter into the prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 24 minutes at 350 degrees F. Remove from the oven and allow to cool until just slightly warm. 5. For the frosting, add the butter, peanut butter, milk, and a pinch of salt to a sauce pan. When this mixture begins to boil, remove it from heat. Add the confectioners’ sugar and mix to combine. (If needed, add more milk, one teaspoon at a time, to achieve the desired consistency.) Pour the warm frosting over the cooled cake and spread evenly with a spatula. Allow the frosting to cool before serving. Garnish with peanut butter eggs, if desired.n

An oasis radiates from the nurses’ station. I sit like a high priestess on a wooden stool, shadows beneath me. I pencil faces on a green prescription pad as you snap closed metallic-covered charts with hushed thuds. Together we are drumming through time, doctor and daughter making rounds.

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