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Anderson Magazine • March/April 2016 Publisher/Editor April Cameron Advertising Sales Hannah McCullough Jeanie Campbell Graphic Design Jennifer Walker Contributing Writers Caroline Anneaux Liz Carey Lisa Marie Carter Vickie Dixon Pauline Medford Amanda Nelson Jay Wright Contributing Photographers Black Truffle Photography Lisa Marie Carter jcImages Life is a Tripp Photography Norma Hughes-Smith Anderson Magazine is published six times a year. Advertising Inquiries: 864-314-4125 Editorial Inquiries: 864-221-8445 Copyright: All contents of this issue ©2016, Anderson Magazine. All rights reserved. No portion of this issue may be reproduced in any manner without prior consent of the publisher. The publishers believe that the information contained in this publication is accurate. However, the information is not warranted, and Anderson Magazine does not assume any liability or responsibility for actual, consequential or incidental damages resulting from inaccurate erroneous information.


Spring Break Made Easy 8 Festival Fever is Here 12 Spotlight on Anderson School District 2 22 Camp Sunburst Offers Comfort

28 24 So God Made A Farmer

28 So Much Shopping…Unique Boutiques 34 Focus On Senior Living 46 Women: Doing it for Themselves 40 56 Blue Monday – Meet Ulas Broom


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Serve Up Fun with Tennis

Letter from the Editor Spring can be a tricky time of year. One day, it’s sunny and warm, and you think you’re home free from the cold temperatures. You wake up the next day, and there’s such a chill in the air, you turn the heat back on! The flowers are even confused. They don’t know whether to bloom or not. I remember planning a spring break trip with the kids. It seemed like a great idea to go to the beach! However, Mother Nature had a different idea, and it was so chilly that week we could not even go onto the beach because it was so cold. Thank goodness the hotel had an indoor pool! In this issue, we’ve got some great spring break ideas for you. There are some local adventures to keep you busy as well as day trips you might enjoy. We can’t make any guarantees on the weather, but we can assure you that we’ve done some of the research to take the guess work out of ways to stay busy over the break. Speaking of staying busy, when you hear how our senior citizens are spending their time, you’ll be exhausted just reading about it. Our feature story on senior living reveals that an active lifestyle is the key to happiness for many of them. We also learn that as they age and their health wavers, this community is blessed with excellent home care and health care options to help them live with dignity and grace. Grace…ahhh, there’s a word. I’ve always liked the term “grace under fire” and have hoped that I have handled myself in that regard - meaning you keep your cool in a tough situation. When you go into business for yourself, you better be ready for a few tough situations, because, believe me, they are coming! We’ve got a wonderful story featuring four business women who are tackling some of the tough business decisions, making great progress and building great careers! I know you’ll enjoy reading about these ladies who dreamed it…so they did it! Dreaming big is nothing new for those in the education world. Inspiring young minds to dream big about their futures is a daily task for educators of all levels. In this issue, we focus on the dreams and goals of Anderson District Two. The district puts a focused approach on getting students college- and career-ready after graduation, and our story will give you some insights on programs being implemented to ensure these goals are being met. With such beefy stories about business and education, we thought it would be nice to offer a little balance with some entertainment. When we do get that warm day, it’s the perfect time to have guests over for a cook-out and enjoy that back deck and sunshine. We’ve got a full menu of recipes I’ve actually made myself that have gotten real compliments – not just something random I pulled off of Pinterest – so you can rest assured your guests will enjoy them! Spring…she’s a moody little thing. You really don’t know what you might get from one day to the next. But, I guess that at least keeps things interesting…sorta like Anderson Magazine! Hope you enjoy this interesting issue!



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Warm weather or cold weather... you never know what you’ll get with Spring Break!

Imagine Anderson

Green Pond Landing & Event Center

December 19, 2015 marked the first birthday of Green Pond Landing & Event Center. During its inaugural year, Green Pond created $25 million in economic impact. Its second year will also generate millions of dollars for Anderson County’s economy. Lake Hartwell is becoming known as the lake “Where Champions Fish.” On March 17-20, 156 boats will launch from Green Pond during one of the six national stops for the Wal-Mart/ FLW Tour. “It’s the perfect tournament lake,” according to Anthony Gagliardi, Forrest Wood Cup Champion. This tournament also fished Hartwell in 2011 and 2012. The following month, 200 boats will compete for the prestigious American Bass Anglers (ABA) Ray Scott Championship, April 7-10. Its trade show will be held at the Civic Center of Anderson, along with the final days’ weigh-in. Last October, the ABA National Championship brought 207 boats to Green Pond, the most of any tournament to date. Up to 200 boats will compete for the Soldier’s Wish Big Bass Challenge on May 28. A different kind of fishing tournament will pack Green Pond on July 30. The Kayak Bass Series expects up to

By Glenn Brill, Director, Anderson County Parks, Recreation & Tourism Division

“It’s the perfect tournament lake.” 150 kayak-based anglers to compete. The tournament’s organizer was considering a different ramp on Hartwell, but an aerial photo of Green Pond convinced him to hold the tourney here. As impressive as Green Pond’s impact is, consider this, it’s only 35 percent complete. As money becomes available, three additional launch lanes, a permanent restroom building, a 500-seat amphitheater for weigh-ins and additional courtesy docks will be added. n

Casey Ashley won the BassMaster Classic, held at Green Pond Landing on Lake Hartwell in 2015.


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Anderson County

Anderson County Continues Upward Job Trend By Angela Stringer Map by Steve Newton, Anderson County Governmental Affairs/Special Projects Director Anderson County added 509 new jobs and more than $115.5 million in capital investments during 2015. This feat was made possible by many community partners working alongside Anderson County Council and the Office of Economic Development. Thriving communities are comprised of strong, healthy businesses with ample jobs that offer a stable livelihood for residents. The lifeblood of community, these businesses ensure sustainable economic health and prosperity, while also producing a ripple effect that can have a profound impact on every aspect of community life. Join Anderson County in congratulating the new and/or expanding industry for 2015:

Anderson County Economic Development Announcements January 2009 - December 2015 Palmetto Engineering

CEL Chemical (New 2012) 15 Jobs; $900,000

(New 2015) 25 jobs; $1.2 Million

Sekido (Expansion 2013) 6 Jobs; $3.7 Million Tetramer Technologies (New 2014) 26 Jobs; $1 Million Glen Raven (Expansion 2010) $3.3 Million (Expansion 2013) 54 Jobs; $5.1 Million (Sunbrella Expansion 2014) 10 Jobs; $13.5 Million

Henry Molded Products (New 2012) 18 Jobs; $5.4 Million

Mergon (Expansion 2013) 22 Jobs; $4.45 Million

Chomarat (Expansion 2014) 25 Jobs; $10 Million

Orian Rug (Expansion 2013) 125 Jobs; $13 Million

E & I Engineering (New 2014) 250 Jobs; $16.5 Million

Michelin NA Rubber Plant (Expansion 2012) 100 Jobs; $200 Million Michelin NA Earthmover Tire (New 2012) 400 Jobs; $500 Million First Quality Tissue (New 2010) 1,000 Jobs; $1 Billion (Expansion 2014) $50 Million

Legend Project Locations Highways Lakes Municipalities December 31, 2015

Allegro (New 2011) 45 Jobs; $1.65 Million Stanco (Expansion 2014) 9 Jobs; $6.7 Million

Duke Energy (Expansion 2014) 2 Jobs; $600 Million

ABB Baldor (Expansion 2013) 45 Jobs; $15 Million Timken (Expansion 2010) 50 Jobs; $2.5 Million

Cross Country (Expansion 2014) 160 Jobs

Lakeside Steel & Machine (Expansion 2015) 13 Jobs; $2.5 Million

SMF (New 2013) 146 Jobs; $5.8 Million

Watson Engineering (Expansion 2012) 85 Jobs; $6.3 Million

Fraenkische (Expansion 2013) 54 Jobs; $5.1 Million

General Machine (Expansion 2013) 20 Jobs; $800,000

Sargent Metal (Expansion 2013) 20 Jobs; $2.5 Million

Unitex (New 2010) 40 Jobs; $4 Million

EuWe Eugen Wexler (New 2015) 49 Jobs; $11 Million

Plastic Omnium (Expansion 2013) 75 Jobs; $11.6 Million McLaughlin (New 2013) 250 Jobs; $22.5 Million

Heritage Propane (New 2010) 24 Jobs; $1.5 Million

packIQ (Expansion 2013) 50 Jobs; $2.1 Million

Tactical Medical Solutions (Expansion 2014) 14 Jobs; $2.5 Million

Industrial Coaters (New 2013) 20 Jobs; $2.1 Million

Coca-Cola Bottling Company (New 2015) 147 Jobs; $13.5 Million

Oppermann Webbing (Expansion 2012) 20 Jobs; $2.1 Million

TTI (Expansion 2015) 216 Jobs; $85 Million

FoxFarm (New 2014) 27 Jobs; $6.9 Million

Duke Sandwich Products (New 2012) 45 Jobs; $5 Million

Mainstay Fuel Technologies (Expansion 2015) 10 jobs; $300K

Chomarat (Expansion 2009) 15 Jobs; $5 Million

Lollis Metals (Expansion 2011) 14 Jobs; $2.5 Million (Expansion 2012) 25 Jobs; $3 Million

Viva Recycling (New 2014) 14 Jobs; $6.9 Million

Carbon Resources Recovery (New 2014) 30 Jobs; $20 Million Electrolux (Expansion 2011) 14 Jobs; $65 Million (Expansion 2014) $30 Million

HomTex (New 2015) 49 Jobs; $2 Million

Medline (Expansion 2009) 3 Jobs; $3.15 Million

New Industries: $1.625 Billion; 2,560 Jobs Expanded Industries: $1.158 Billion; 1,305 Jobs TOTAL ANNOUNCED INVESTMENT $2.784 Billion TOTAL ANNOUNCED JOB CREATION 3,865


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PALMETTO ENGINEERING: $1.2 INVESTMENT & 25 JOBS Palmetto Engineering, a firm that specializes in telecommunications engineering, industrial electrical engineering and GIS telecommunications software, is investing $1.2 million and creating 25 new jobs over the next five years. In an effort to meet increased customer demand, Palmetto Engineering purchased an existing 20,000-squarefoot facility, located at 3017 Highway 153 in Piedmont, S.C. in order to expand its Upstate operations. The project is expected to be fully operational in the 4th quarter of 2016. MAINSTAY FUEL TECHNOLOGIES: $300K INVESTMENT & 10 JOBS Mainstay Fuel Technologies, Inc. has completed the consolidation of its operations into a 60,000 square foot facility located in Piedmont, SC, along the I-85 corridor between Atlanta and Charlotte. Conveniently sited halfway between Atlanta and Charlotte, the plant is within 1-2 hours of the OE’s primary heavy duty truck production facilities. As part of the consolidation, Mainstay also significantly expanded its capacity with the buildout of a new assembly line to produce back-ofcab and side-mounted CNG fuel systems.

Anderson County COCA-COLA CONSOLIDATED: $13.5 MILLLION INVESTMENT & 147 JOBS Coca-Cola Consolidated announced plans to invest $13.5 million in the construction of a new Regional Sales and Distribution Center in Anderson County. This announcement culminates two years of discussions and negotiations since company officials first connected with Economic Development staff. This state-of-the-art, 150,000 square foot Regional Sales and Distribution Center situated on the 36acre site enables Coca-Cola Consolidated to more efficiently and effectively serve retail customers and loyal consumers throughout the Upstate of South Carolina and parts of North Georgia. TECHTRONIC INDUSTRIES: $85 MILLION INVESTMENT & 216 JOBS Techtronic Industries (TTI), a global leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of quality consumer, professional and industrial products, is constructing a new 1.3 million-square-foot distribution, assembly and reconditioning center in Anderson County. The $85 million investment will create at least 216 new jobs in Anderson, S.C. over the next five years. Located near the I-85 / S.C. Hwy. 81 interchange, this expansion will significantly improve efficiency and productivity at the company’s Upstate operations, as well as increase the distribution of TTI’s outdoor products and power tools. The facility is expected to be in operation by the end of the second quarter of 2016. Founded in 1985, TTI has continuously expanded around the world through organic growth and strategic acquisitions. TTI now boasts among its portfolio some of the world’s most famous and iconic brands. The company’s brands include Milwaukee®, AEG®, Ryobi®, Homelite®, Hoover®, Oreck®, Vax® and Dirt Devil ®. As a global leader in the home improvement, construction and consumer product markets, the company employs more than 20,000 workers worldwide.

LAKESIDE STEEL & MACHINE: $2.5 MILLION INVESTMENT & 13 JOBS Lakeside Steel and Machine, Inc. is expanding its existing Anderson County operations. The company is investing $2.5 million in the project, creating 13 new jobs over the next five years. Established in 1985, Lakeside Steel and Machine is a family-owned firm, specializing in heavy steel fabrication, critical engineering and problem solving, CNC machining and general welding and machining. The company serves customers across the Southeastern United States. Located at 2807 Standridge Road in Anderson, Lakeside Steel and Machine’s existing metal fabrication center can accommodate metal products weighing up to five tons. In an effort to meet increased demand from its customers, the company is expanding its existing operations with machine as well as equipment upgrades. HOMTEX, INC.: $2 MILLION INVESTMENT & 49 JOBS On Monday, November 30, officials from Anderson County and the City of Belton hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to welcome HomTex, Inc. weaving division to their new 300,000-square-foot home, located at 500 Guthrie Road, Belton, South Carolina (formerly Loom Craft). Headquartered in Vinemont, Alabama, HomTex recently acquired textile manufacturer, Loom Craft, Inc. The company is investing $2 million and adding 49 new jobs while retaining the existing 45 Loom Craft employees. HomTex manufactures and distributes DreamFit, Dream Living, and other company-owned brands as well as private-branded products through the home textiles, hospitality, apparel and automotive industries. Products include bed pillows, mattress pads, top-of-bed collections, throws, blankets and towels. n

EUWE EUGEN WEXLER: $11.1 MILLION INVESTMENT & 49 JOBS EuWe Eugen Wexler US Plastics, Inc., a subsidiary of the Germany-based EuWe Group, is establishing manufacturing operations in Anderson County. The automotive supplier is investing $11.1 million to open its first U.S. facility in the Upstate of South Carolina. This investment is expected to create 49 new jobs in Anderson County. Established in 1968 as a supplier of only metal products, the EuWe Group has grown tremendously since its inception. Located off of I-85 at Alliance Industrial Park in Anderson, S.C., EuWe’s South Carolina operations will focus on the production of automotive plastic interior parts. EuWe’s Anderson County operations are expected to reach full-scale production by 2017, with hiring expected to begin in the second quarter of 2016.

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Spring Festival Fever is Here By Caroline Anneaux

Spring time is a great time to get out on the weekends and explore Anderson and the surrounding communities. Spring festivals give everyone a good excuse to pack your family and/or friends into the car and drive a short distance to one of the many fun community events planned for this year!

Honea Path

Storytelling and Egg Hunt

March 26 at 10 am Free Parking and Admission Easter comes early this year, and Honea Path is ready to celebrate with storytelling and an egg hunt at Dogwood Park. Bring the kids and grandkids out for a morning of fun and grab a bite to eat in town before you begin your afternoon plans.



Chili Cook Off

April 9, 10 am to 4 pm

Pig in the Park

Free Parking and Admission Ready for some chili while the weather is still a little cool? Drive to downtown Belton for the 7th annual South Carolina Chili Cook-off Championship. If you would like to taste some of the award winning chili before noon, $5 will get you 8 tickets to sample some of them. Bands will play in the afternoon, vendors are set up to sell food and crafts and inflatables will entertain the kids. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the day with your family and friends.

May 13-14, 6 pm-10 pm Friday & 10 am -3 pm Saturday Free Parking and Admission If you enjoy great BBQ and want to see some amazing and unique ways to cook it, spend a Friday evening and Saturday in Williamston this May. The cooks are serious about their BBQ and part of the entertainment is talking to them and watching what they do. Live bands will play Friday and Saturday, inflatables, rides and a miniature train for the kids will all be set up for your enjoyment. Wristbands will be sold to everyone who wants to sample the delicious BBQ.


Berry Acres Strawberry Festival & Tractor Safety Day

May 14, starts at noon Free Parking and Admission Come out for an afternoon of fun on the farm! Pick your strawberries (don’t forget to pay for what you eat in the field!), play all kinds of fun games in the adventure area, shop in the country store, participate in the Farm Bureau’s combine simulator to see what it is like to harvest large crops and enjoy the Miss Berry Acres Pageant at 3 p.m. Visit Facebook @Berry-Acres for more information.


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Photo Credit: Pendleton District Commission

Free Parking and Admission Since 1978, Pendleton has invited the community out for a special celebration of their amazing town. This year will be no exception. Join them for shopping on the square, live entertainment and 100 artisans selling their handmade items. Plan to eat lunch with one of the vendors and pick up delicious homemade baked goods to take home for later. The Bluegrass Under the Stars event at TCTC is part of this celebration too!

if you are up for an easy drive out of town:

April 2-3, all day each day

Other nearby spring festivals


Historic Pendleton Spring Jubilee


Bellfest at Devils Fork State Park March 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Blues Fest April 15-24, events almost every day/evening


French Heritage Festival April 15-17, events every day

Spring Festival

May 5 – 7, events every day


Railroad Festival April 23, 10 a.m. to 5 pm.

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The Rotary Club of Greater Anderson announces with pleasure

The 10th Annual Dancing for Our Heroes

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How Does Your Garden Grow By Amanda Nelson

Growing a garden can be both exciting and intimidating! After reading and seeing all the beautiful pictures of agriculture in the area you may feel inspired to start your own garden. However, a garden doesn’t necessarily have to be complicated. Consider planting a salsa garden in your backyard to ease into your green thumb! Check out these tips.

Step 3: Buy The Supplies There’s a perennial debate between seasoned gardeners about whether you should use seeds or starter plants. Purchasing seeds is certainly the most economical way to begin. However, since this is a salsa garden it is important to note that some plants, such as tomatoes, may take up to five months before they start producing. A small salsa garden consists of the following plants: one tomato plant, one basil plant, one poblano pepper plant, four onions, and one cilantro plant. It’s your garden, so you can decide what to plant. However, there are some vegetable varieties that work better in salsa. If you want your salsa to be less juicy you may want to choose Roma tomatoes. If you want a spicy salsa substitute the poblano peppers with jalapenos. Your onion plant will depend on your taste in onions. If you want to add some sweetness to your salsa, try adding sweet basil, an easy to grow herb. Get a soil test done before you plant. You can do this by submitting a soil sample to your local Clemson Extension office. Your soil will be sent to a lab for testing and a soil test report will be generated. The report will be sent to you (even by email if that’s your preference) and will indicate the level of nutrients in your soil. It will also provide amendment recommendations based on the types of plants you are trying to grow.

Step 1: Location The general rule of thumb is that a vegetable garden must be in a location that receives a minimum of six full hours of direct sunlight each day. However, the rule is adjustable. The Upstate is located in Plant Hardiness Zone 7. This is important to know because the sunlight is stronger in some parts of the country than in others. Make sure you read the planting information on your plant or seed packets. Step 2: Prepare Your Area There are two main ways to create a vegetable garden. The first way is double digging. This is more economical, but it involves a lot of upfront physical labor. The second way is creating a raised bed. This is less labor intensive, but costs more because you have to pay for the compost, dirt, and wooden barrier. Both methods have the same goal: create a garden bed that has loose, fertile soil that is free of weeds, rock, and other debris. In order to help you decide which method is best for you, consider that the salsa garden needs an area of 3-feetby-four-feet.

Step 4: Plant and Garden A vegetable garden thrives with ongoing care, which usually consists of adding water and removing weeds. Given our summer climate, it is best to water your garden with 3.5 inches per week. Early evenings or early mornings are the best time to water. You’ll also need to remove weeds from your vegetable garden so that they do not take water and nutrients that your vegetables need. Step 5: Enjoy The real reason to have a garden is to enjoy the fruits (and vegetables) of your labor. Here’s a recipe from that utilizes the fresh produce found in your garden. n


Ingredients 3 tomatoes, chopped 1/2 cup finely diced onion 2 poblano peppers, finely chopped 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro 1 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons lime juice


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In a medium bowl, stir together tomatoes, onion, chili peppers, cilantro, salt, and lime juice. Chill for one hour in the refrigerator before serving.


Spotlight on

Anderson School


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Education In Honea Path-based Anderson School District Two, it’s what happens after graduation that’s important. For the 2015-2016 year, District Two has focused on making sure its students are college- and career-ready after graduation, said Nicole Broka, college and career coordinator for the more than 3,800-student school district. To achieve this, the district has implemented several new programs to ensure student success: a mentoring program, a freshman academy at the high school, new software to help students chose careers, and one of the most successful national high school graduation programs in the country. The mentoring program is called Instagrad and stands for Inspiring and Navigating Students to Achieve GRADuation. The goal of the program, Broka said, is to ensure that students are on the right path for graduation by having them not only meet weekly with mentors, but also go on field trips to expose them to industries, corporations and colleges across South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. “This program will provide students with an experience of a lifetime. Many of these students would never have had the opportunity to visit a college without this program,” Broka said. “Our hope is this will be motivating and inspiring for students as they work towards graduation so our students will not just graduate with a diploma, but with a plan and purpose.” In order to ensure successful transition from middle school to high school, the district started a freshman academy at Belton-Honea Path High School, Broka said. Located in its own wing in BHP, the academy provides teachers with common planning periods for better collaboration, and has a freshman academy coordinator, Jody LeCroy, who provides support for at-risk students.

“Our hope is this will be motivating and inspiring for students as they work towards graduation...” Additionally, students who are struggling in academic courses have opportunities to attend after school tutoring, with the district providing transportation home after the session. And lastly, the academy holds quarterly parties for students to celebrate their academic accomplishments and increase student morale. Research shows that when students fail to thrive in a ninth grade setting, they are more likely to drop out of high school altogether. Ensuring student success in ninth grade helps to increase a school’s graduation rate, and the chance that a

District Two By Liz Carey


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“Now we have a visual, hands-on program to reinforce what we tell students.”

student will be able to graduate within four years. Students say they like the new academy. “We get to be in a class with all 9th graders instead of being in a class with upperclassman so we can focus on skills we need for high school our freshman year,” said Nolan McGonigle, a freshman at BHP. District Two has implemented a computer software program called Naviance to help students in grades six through 12 research and plan for their career after graduation. Starting in sixth grade, District Two students begin exploring their future careers by using Naviance to help students narrow down their career choices. Once students discover a career path, they can use Naviance to research colleges and other postsecondary plans. “Our students are very excited about Naviance. A number of them have told me that they have logged in at home to compare colleges and look up possible majors/careers,” said Laura Snead, Belton-Honea Path High School guidance counselor. “They love the fact that everything they want or need to know is accessible in one place. This program has made our job as counselors much more efficient. Now we have a visual, hands-on program to reinforce what we tell students. Naviance is an efficient college and career management tool that allows students to discover possibilities and make them happen!” Currently, BHP has a graduation rate of 89.5 percent – the second highest graduation rate in all five of Anderson County’s school districts, according to a report released by the State Department of Education in November 2015. The statewide graduation rate is 80.3 percent. In comparison, Anderson School District One’s graduation rate is 92 percent, while Greenville County’s graduation rate is 84.2 percent. And while District Two’s graduation rate is a successful one, said BHP Principal Lester McCall, it can always be better. McCall said that BHP will work through the Southern Regional Education Board’s High Schools that Work program to improve the learning experience and academic results for students. SREB is an organization with 16 member states working to improve education from kindergarten through the doctorate level. The organization’s High Schools that Work program is the country’s largest initiative to change the way middle and high school students learn. According to the SREB, High Schools that Work web site, the board “is based on the belief that most students can master complex academic and technical concepts if schools create an environment that encourages students to make the effort to succeed. Member schools implement key practices for changing what is expected of students, what they are taught and how they are taught.” McCall said both of the district’s middle schools, as well as BHP, will be training to adopt principals that are part of 14

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the Literacy Design Collaborative and the Mathematics Design Collaborative to assist in developing powerful teaching and learning tools for the classroom, McCall said. Both the Literacy Design Collaborative and the Mathematics Design Collaborative are stand-alone organizations created to not only ensure that students graduate with the necessary skills to succeed, but also provide teachers with the tools they need to successfully teach. According to the LDC and MDC websites, both of these models provide teachers with lesson plans, online tools and other resources to teach literacy and mathematics in ways that students will understand – and not just in the English and mathematics classrooms. The goal of the programs is to help students graduate ready for careers and/or college. n

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The Peoples Bank

For The People Six Locations to Serve You Iva

801 E Front S, Iva 348-6181

Homeland Park

3010 S Main St, Anderson 296-3480


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Greenville Street

1921 E Greenville St, Anderson 222-2601

Clemson Blvd

3901 Clemson Blvd, Anderson 261-3211

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3009 Whitehall Rd, Anderson 222-4038

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From the public’s perspective, the banking industry often seems unstable. Banks being bought, banks receiving new names, a bank closing offices and your friendly teller being displaced…how can you trust your finances are safe when you aren’t sure if your bank will even be there next month? Put your trust in The Peoples Bank. Since 1951, The Peoples Bank has held steadfast in the ever-changing world of financial institutions. In the late 1940s, a group of merchants in the small town of Iva had the foresight and vision to establish a local bank to meet their needs. By October of 1950, The Peoples Bank was chartered with Dr. C.D. Evans as president and Mr. J.P. Patterson as executive vice president. With a head cashier in place, the doors opened for operations in January of 1951. Until 1981, Iva was the sole location for The Peoples Bank, but today, there are six locations in the county. With a long history of local service, The Peoples Bank continues to put customers first. About half of the employees have been with the bank for more than 15 years, so the customers see familiar faces for every transaction. “We know our customers by name,” said Sheryl McCollum, Assistant Vice President at The Peoples Bank. “You can stop by a branch or call us, and you’ll have a real person to speak with regarding your banking needs and concerns.” But the team at The Peoples Bank knows that not everyone has the luxury of time to stop by the bank. That’s why they have kept up with banking technology and have online and mobile banking for the customers constantly on the go. Not only does The Peoples Bank prioritize individual consumers, but the officers of the bank seek to support and help continue to build up the community in which their customers live. The bank stretches its support into the community with various events, such as Relay for Life, the Anderson Area YMCA’s Midnight Flight and the Main Street Program’s Downtown Sounds events. It also strives to work with the business community to help it grow in the area. Small business loans and small business banking services are anything but small for The Peoples Bank. With an invested interest in the community, The Peoples Bank wants to see local businesses grow and succeed. The bank’s experienced loan officers are able to make approval decisions right here at the local level. Their first-hand knowledge of the community and the local business environment can help expedite the process of acquiring a small business loan. But beyond just a loan, The Peoples Bank offers great services for all the “business needs” of a business. From remote deposits to electronic statements and three different types of business credit cards, The Peoples Bank combines hometown comfort with high-tech solutions. When it’s time to make a decision about banking, make sure to talk with The Peoples Bank. Discover what it’s like to bank with a true hometown community bank. n


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Palmetto Boys State making tomorrow’s leaders today By Liz Carey

“Let one week begin your life.”

In June, nearly 1,000 rising senior boys from across South Carolina will arrive at Anderson University for an eye-opening experience. Palmetto Boys State, a leadership and government week started by the American Legion more than 75 years ago, will be held at Anderson University June 5 through 11. Its goal is to help boys from the Palmetto State learn about government, media, relationships and leadership. (A similar program, Palmetto Girls State, takes place during the same week on the campus of Presbyterian College in Clinton.) The boys, all rising seniors selected by their school guidance counselors and approved for attending by their local American Legion posts, will come together as

strangers, but will leave with lifelong friends. Many will also leave with a new understanding of their abilities and their gifts; a few will have their egos ticked down a few notches, Palmetto Boys State staffers say. But above all, they will leave with the knowledge of how to lead, how to succeed in challenging situations, and how our government works. Tom Merritt, owner of Greenville clothing manufacturer OOBE, attended Palmetto Boys State in 1983. The weeklong program had a profound impact on him, he said, so much so that 32 years later he’s still a staff member of Palmetto Boys State and still looks forward to the days when Boys State is in session. 18

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f or t fo st t fo f or rst t fo t fo st f st f f or t fo rst er fi er fir ever fi er fir s ver fi er fir s ver fi er fir s ver fir er fir s ver fir r fir s er fir s r fir s t er fir s r fir s t er fir s r fir s t r fir s t r fir s t r fir s t fir s t r fi v e r v e e v e e e v e e v o r f o r e t f o r f o r e v t f o r e o r ev f o r e o r ev f o r e o r e v f o r e rev fore r ev r e v e r ev r ev r e v e r e v r ev rev ore ore r s t er fir s fir s t er fir s fir s t f r fir s t fir s t f r fir s t fir s t f r fir s t fir s t fo r fir s t fir s t fo fir s t f r s t fo fir s t f r s t fo fir s t fo r s t fo r s t fo r s t fo r s t fo r s t for fi r fi e r r fi fi r e fi r v r fi e r r v fi r e o r e f o r e v e t f o r e f o r eve t f o r e v o r e ve f o r ev o r e v e f o r ev o r e v e f o r e v r eve f o r e v e r eve r o r e v e r e v e r o r eve r e v e r r eve r r e v e r r e v e r r e ve r r e v e r f f f t s f f o t o fo s fo t o fo t t st fo o fo fir s ver fir r fir s ver fir 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fi fir fir r fi fir er r fi fir r fi fir er r fi r fi fir fir r fi er fir s eve t forev oreve forev oreve forev reve forev rever foreve rever oreve rever oreve rever rever rever rever ever rever ever fi rever ever fi o r o t f o f r t o o f f r o f o t s f o f t o s o f f o t f s f t o r f t t s f o f r t t tf tf r fi r fir s ver fi r fir s er fir r fir s er fir r fir s t er fir s r fir s t r fir s fir s t r fir s fir s t r fir s fir s t r fir s t fir s t f fir s t fir s t f fir s t fir s er fir s e e r r v e r e e r v r e e r v e e r e e v r v e e e v v e e e v v e r v e e v r v e e v v e e r e v e v r v e e v v r o e r e v e forfowhen r thrown oa lot rthink v e e of the boys are prepared they’re into r r o v e e r e r o f r e e r r f e o r s“I r r o e o f r e o r o t f don’t r o r t o f o f r t o o f f r o f t o o f t o fo r s t f s t fo r s t f s t fo rs s t r fir s fir s t f r fir s t fir s t f fir s t r s t f fir s t fir s fir s t r s t fir s t f fir s t f fir s t fo fir s fir s ver 40 rst r fi erafi ‘city’ fi ver say ‘Let er fi vethey r r fir edon’t e know, ” vMerritt ve r r fir er fi er er fi r e er said. ver“Weeralways r ver with evguys veother er fi ver er er fi o r e r s t f o r t f o r e r s t f o r t f o r e s t f o r t f o r e v s t f o r e f o r e v t f o r e f o r e v t f o r e f o r ev t f o r e f o r ev t f o r e v f o r e v e f o r ev o r e v e f o r ev o r e v e f o r e v e o r ev s f t r f t s t s begin f r t t s s t fi r s t s t s r fi t r s s fi r r t s s t r fi r s one week your life’ and we mean that. ” s r s r fi r r s r r fi r s fi r r s fi r fi r e r fi fi r e r fi fi r fi e r fi r fi er r fi r fi fi fir r fi er eve t forev oreve forev oreve forev reve forev rever foreve rever oreve rever oreve rever rever rever rever ever fi rever ever fi rever o r t o f o f r t o o f f r orThe boys will arrive at the Anderson University campus on a Sunday night. o f t o s f o f t o s o f f o t f s f t o r f t t s f o f r t t s f t r f t s t s f r t t s s t r fi s t s t s fi r r t s s fi r r t s s er r fi ever ver fi ever r fir ever fi ver fir ever fi er fir ver fi er fir ver fi er fir s ver fir er fir s ver fir er fir s er fir r fir s er fir s r fir s t er e e v v r r v e They the r re fo fo re rivers r ev r e v r e ve for named oreare rev rev oCarolina, eve ore totimaginary foafter rev ore cities, rev tassigned ore rev for of South ore ore fir s fir s t f r fir s fir s t f r fir s t fir s t f r fir s t fir s t fo r fir s t fir s t fo fir s t f r s t fo fir s t f r s t fo fir s t f r s t fo fir s t fo r s t fo r s t fo r s t for r s t fo r s t f e r fi fi r fi e r fi r sucheras Catawba and Chattooga, and imaginary counties, named after famous fi e r r fi r e fi r v r fi e r r v e r e r e v r e e r v e e r e e v r v e e e v v e e e v v e o r e r s t f o r t f o r e r s t f o r t f o r e s t f o r t f o r e v s t f o r e f o r ev t f o r e f o r e v t f o r e f o r e v t f o r e f o r e v t f o r e v f o r eve f o r e v o r e ve f o r e v o r e v e f o r ev s Moultrie South Pickens. fi r sarefiralso r s fir s t to afir s r s er fisuchfiras t f fir s t st s t rassigned fir t f fir s t r sand fir r fir s t They s t r fir s fir s t r fi s fi s fi r r fi r r erCarolinians, r r fi rs r fi e r r e r fi ve f o r ev r e v e o r e v r eve o r e v r eve ve er er ve er eve er ver ver er fi eve ver ver er fi fNationalist. oreparty o political Federalist or t –s teither o r s t f o r t f o r e s t f o r t f o r e s t f o r e t f o r e v s t f o r e f o r ev t f o r e f o r ev t f o r e f o r e v t f o r ev f o r e v f o r t f s t fo f t f s s s r r t r er fi er fir ever fi er fir ver fi er fir s ver fi er fir s ver fir er fir s ver fir r fir s er fir r fir s t er fir s r fir s t er fir s r fir s t r fir s r fir s t r fir s t fi r v e e e v From there, the participants or v e e e candidates for political office vbecome v e o r e r s t f o r t f o r e r s t f o r t f o r e s t f o r t f o r e v s t f o r e f o r e v t f o r e f o r e v t f o r e f o r ev t f o r e f o r ev t f o r e v f o r e v e f o r ev o r e v e f o r ev o r e v e f s fi thefirmedia. fi They t f fir s t st s t r fir s giving fir r s campaign t f fir s t s t r fir s fir s t r fir s fir s t r sforeoffice fir r fior r s tcover fir scampaigns, r r s r r s r fi fi memberserof r r r r fi fi e fi r e r r fi e fi r v r e r r v e e r r e v r ev t f o r e f o r e v t f o r e f o r e v e t f o r e f o r e v e t f o r ev o r e v e f o r e v o r eve f o r e v o r eve f o r e v e r e v e r o r eve r e v e r o r eve r e v e r o r e v e r eve s f f rgathering fo t t speeches oand votes. fo rs t tf st fo tf rs fo tf st tf st rs er fi er fir ever fi er fir s ver fi er fir s ver fi er fir s ver fir er fir s ver fir r fir s t er fir s r fir s t er fir s r fir s t er fir s r fir s t r fir s t r fir s t r fir s v r re three re theevprogram ve ve re ev ve o rev v eve evelaw,rev Additionally, has for rev “schools” r ev ore eve eve revwithin ore r sthe t fo sprogram t fo fir s t f r s t fo fir s t f r s t fo fir s t fo r s t for fir s t fo s t for r s t fo s t for r s t fo s t fore r s t for s t fore r s t for t fore s t for t fore fi r r r s r r fi r s fi r r fi fi r fi r fi r fi e r r fi fi e r fi fi r fi e r fi r fi e r r fi r e fi r v r e r r v schools e r e media and lawrevenforcement. are r e These v designed to help boys if they r e e e r e v t f o r e f o r e v t f o r e f o r e ve t f o r e v f o r eve f o r e v o r e v e f o r ev o r e v e f o r ev o r e v e f o r e v e r eve r o r e v e r e ve r o r e v e r f or o f r s t r s t foas filawyers, fo r s t f s t fo r s t f rs t rs fo s t r s t f fir s t r s fir s t reporters s t judges, t f fir s t r s t fir s tor s t r fi r t r fi s decide to follow police officers, news s fi r fi s fi r r fi r fi r r er fi careers r r fi r fi ve er er r fi eve v e r er ve r ve r er fi er fi ver e v e ve r er fi ver er eve er fi o r e r s t f o r t f o r e r s t f o r t f o r e s t f o r t f o r ev s t f o r e f o r e v t f o r e f o r e v t f o r e f o r e v t f o r e f o r ev t f o r e v f o r eve f o r e v o r e v e f o r ev editors. s f t r f t s t s r t t s s t fi r s s t s fi r t r s s fi r r t s s r fi r s r s r fi r r s fi e ver ver fi rever ver fi rever ver fi ever ver fi ever fi ver fir ver fi er fir ver fi er fir ver fi er fir ver fir er fir s ver fbiggest But for Merritt, of the winning an elected v e v r v eweekfoisn’t oalways e v r ore forepart e e v e r o e e r r e e r e r o f r e r r o e orethe r r o f r o t o r f r t o f o fo fo rs fo tf tf fo rs tf tf st fo tf rst t fo st t fo st rst er fi er fir ever fi er fir s ver fi er fir s ver fi er fir s ver fir er fir s ver fir r fir s t er fir s r fir s t er fir s r fir s t er fir s r fir s t r fir s t r fir s office. v e e e v v e e v v e r v e e v r v e e v v e r v e e r v e e v r o e r e v e r o r e e r r o e f r r e o f r e o o fo t for s t fo t f ssomeone or s t fo t f or s t f o t f or s t for t f ore t for fo r s t f I lost fo to,r”s the s t r s to r s t rhad t fosupport s t f tofirlearn “I lost my election r s fir s r st f s r t fi r s rst s fi r rsaid. s er fi and er fi rever ever fi rever ver fi rever ver fi rever ver fi ever fi ver fir ever fi ver fir ver fi ver fir ver fi er fir ver fir er fi v e e e v r o e myfosupport r swallow e v e r o r e e r r o f e r r e f r e r r o f e r o o “I had to learn howoto my pride and throw all of behind r o t o r f o r o t f o f t o o f f fo f rs fo t t fo rs tf tf st fo tf rs tf st tf st rst er fi er fir ever fi er fir s ver fi er fir s ver fi er fir s ver fir er fir s ver fir r fir s t er fir s r fir s t er fir s r fir s t er fir s r fir s t r fir s t v e e e v v someone because I thought that was the best thing to do. It was a real learning e e v v e r v e e v r v e e v v e r v e e r v e e v r o e r e v e r o r e e r r o e f r r e o f r e r o r f e o r s t r s t fo fir s t r s t fo fir s t r s t fo fir s t f r s t fo fir s t f r s t fo r s t fo s t for r s t fo s t for r s t fo s t for r s t fo s t for s fi r experience, and a humbling ”ver er fi er fione. fi fir r fi er r fi r fi erafinew fir r fi er r fi er fi er fir eyour r fir ver v ver ebusiness verroof? e ver oreveneed v ve r o r e v e r e v ore foreve t fore foreve t forev oreve forev oreve forev orevDoes r e r f e r e o r o r t r o f f o f t f o today! f them. t s o f f o t f t about Merritt said boys finderout fir s more fir s and r s t a quote rst r s t those fir s around rst st f rst st f fir s rst rst st f r fir rthemselves r s tCall for fir s fir s e fi rever ever fi rever ver fi rever ver fi rever ver fi ever fi ver fir ever fi ver fir ver fi ver fir ver fi ver foreveout vhere e e e e r o r e e r “One of the things that is everyone’s potential, ” he said. r o e r e r o f r e r o r f ore comes r r s t r s t fo fir s t r s t fo fir s t r s t fo fir s t f r s t fo fir s t f r s t fo r s t fo s t fo r s t fo s t for r s t fo s t for r s t fo s t for r fi er finothing, fir r fi home er forr fi r fi er fi r r fir ver been r fir er fi er fi never “Some guys come here with and have ver from r fir er fi away er fi ve r f o r e v e e r r e v t f o r e f o r e v t f o r e f o r e v e t f o r ev f o r e v e f o r e v o r eve f o r e v o r eve f o r e v o r e v e f o r eve r e v e r o r eve o o t f s t s o f f t f s t r f t t s f r t t s f t r t s t s r t s s t fi r s s t s fi r t r s s fi r r s r s r a week. Others come full ofer confidence that they are on ar path fiof leadership. s fi r r s er fi rever ever fi rever ver fi rever ver fi rever ver fi ever fi ver fir ever fi ver fir ver fi ver fir ver fi er fir v rev tget re ore fo here re t fand r e o r ev f o r e o re t f or f ore t f or f ore fo everyone or is ore r s t fo ist fequal o o o t o f f f But what they learn when othey that that s f f s t r f t t s f r t s t t s t s r er fi er fir ever fi er fir s ver fi er fir s ver fi er fir s ver fir er fir s ver fir r fir s t er fir s r fir s t er fir s r fir s t er fir s r fir s v r born v the re best re orrebe sometimes, the people who may the rehigh ev family ev f o r e o r e v e f o r ev o r e v e f o r ev r eve f o r e v r e v e o r o rev to r o fobe o f r f ore not o f o t o t o f t f f t s f t t r rs rs tf st t fo s t r fir s fir s t r fir s fir s t f fir s t r s t f fir s t st t fo fir s avweek er fi er It’s er fi ethat fi ver r fir s ver fir er fir s er fir s r fi er fi lifts r fir etruly school quarterback, are still leaders. up, e people r firsome r e r e r v r v e v e e e v v e v e e v r v e r v e o r e r s t f o t f o r e r s t f o t f o r e s t f o r t f o r e s t f o r f o r e t f o r f o r e v t f o r e f o r ev t f o r e f o r e v t f o r e v f o r e v e f s t t and brings others down a notcheor r fi two. rst r fi rst fir s fi”r s rst r fir fir s fir s rst fir s r fir fir s fir s r fir fir s ver foreve rever oreve rever oreve rever reve ever fi rever ever fi rever ever fi rever ver fi ever ve e r r e e r o oget rsomething fo t for s t foCommercial All of the students attending oBoys fo her s tsaid, st f for • Vinyl s t f oft it, r s t State f or t fo Siding t fo f or t fo rout s t f Roofing t fo st f er fi er fir ever fi er fir s ver fi er fir s ver fi er fir s ver fir er fir s ver fir r fir s t er fir s r fir s t er fir s r fir s t er fir s v e e Residential Roofing • Gutters v v especially lasting friendships. e e v v e r v e v r v e v e r or r s t f o t f ore r s t fo t f ore s t f o t f ore s t f or f ore t f or f ore t f ore f orev t fore f orev t f ore f orev s t r t s r s t r s fir s t r s fir s t er fi er fir ever fi er fir s ver fi er fir s ver fi er fir s ver fir er fir s v231 fir s r fir • Anderson r fi er fiWest er fiStreet v er Market e v v e v r v e r v e v e r ver oreve rever reve r e e r e r o e r e r o r e r o e f r o f r o r f o r o o f o t f o o t f o f t o f f o f t s f o f t s o f t f s t r f t t s f r t t s t r s t s r t s s t fi r s s t s fi r r s fi r r s r fi r s r s r fi r e er fi rever ever fi rever ever fi rever ver fi rever ver fi ever fi ver fir ever fi ver fir ver fi ver fir ver v e re re e re t f or f ore t f or f ore f o t f ore s t f o or r s t f o t f or r s t f o t f or t f o s t f or r s t f o s t f s t fo rst t s r r s t a free fir s r fifor r fir s estimate! today r fi er fi er fir ever fi er fir s ver fi er fir s ver fi er fir s ver fir er fir sCall r fi r fi r e r e r e v v e e v v e e v v e ore r s t f or t f ore r s t for t f ore s t f or t f orev s t f ore f orev t f ore f orev t f ore f orev t fore f orev t f orev s t r s t s r er fi er fir ever fi er fir s ver fi er fir s ver fi er fir s ver fir er fir s ver fir r fir s t er fir s r fir s t er fir s r fir s v v v ve orev reve orev reve re 2016 re orev f ore eMarch/April or forev t fore 19 e e r o f r r o r f f o t o fo rs fo tf tf rs tf t fo st tf rst st f t fo st rst er fi er fir ever fi er fir s ver fi er fir s ver fi er fir s ver fir er fir s ver fir r fir s t er fir s r fir s t er fir s r fi v e e v v e re v re ve ev ev re or ev re ev re or re ev

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For the city of Anderson and Anderson University, the week means not only showcasing the area, but also seeing some of the leaders of tomorrow as they develop, said Barry Ray, director of marketing and communications for Anderson University. “The benefit to Anderson University is that we get to showcase our campus to some of the top high school students in the state, many of whom might not have visited us otherwise,” Ray said. “The same applies to the Anderson community. Though the boys stay on our campus most of the time, they have performed community service in Anderson and some of them return here as students who shop, dine and may even get jobs in the community upon graduation.” Ray said the opportunity to see the growth in the program and in the young men has made many memories on the university’s campus. “Last year, they had a record number that well exceeded 1,000, so it’s been growing while on our campus,” Ray said. “They sought to enter the Guinness Book of World Records for lining up a mile of donuts at our athletic campus. You could smell the donuts for a mile or more! Aside from that, the focus, energy, and bonding with what had been strangers is truly inspirational. The sessions are awe-inspiring and they have some of the top leaders in the country address them. One in particular that moved me was when Kyle Carpenter, the Medal of Honor recipient who dove on a grenade to save his comrades, spoke to the group three years ago. If you want to feel great about our youth, this is the best place I’ve found to get that feeling.” The change the boys feel is reflected in their daily news posts online and in print. As Coleman Hebib from imaginary “Cooper City” wrote on the last night at Boys State in 2015, “A special bond is made at Boys State, and none was stronger than that of the All-Marine City of Cooper. Lasting until 3 a.m., the brothers of Cooper City shared their life stories. We all learned to never judge a book by its cover. We thought we had each other figured out, but we were proved wrong. We all saw first-hand that Boys State does change lives. It gives boys hope and it turns them into men.” n

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ception at the library, 300 N. McDuffie St., at 7 p.m. on Friday, Apr. 15 and will include readings from his works. On Saturday morning at 10:30, the Chapman Room at the Thrift Library on the Anderson University campus will be the site of further readings by Allison and Burton, and by Betsy Guy Davenport Byars’ daughters, followed by book of Anderson signings and a “Conversation” with the inductees and members of the University faculty. Following lunch, there will be a bus tour of Anderson, highlighting the homes or homesites of those past inductees from Anderson, including Sue Monk Kidd. The Induction Dinner and Ceremony takes place Saturday night, April 16 at the library, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Friday reception and Saturday readings and tour are open to the public free of charge. Dinner costs are $35 per person and registration may be made through the Academy’s website, For more information, contact Marybeth Evans, ACLS Community Services Coord., at 260-4500, ext. 107. n

Thirty years ago, Anderson College faculty members, among who were Paul Talmadge and Frances Mims, established the Academy in efforts to identify and recognize the state’s distinguished writers and promote their works. Today it’s comprised of a 25-member Board of Governors from around the state which selects writers each year to be inducted into the Academy. To date, 73 authors and poets have been inducted. While the board now meets in Columbia, inductions are held throughout South Carolina. The April 2016 Induction Ceremony will be one of several events hosted by the Anderson County Library System and the Friends of the Library, along with Anderson University. The inductees will be Dorothy Allison (Bastard Out of Carolina), formerly of Greenville; Dr. Orville Vernon Burton (The Age of Lincoln), professor of history at Clemson University; children’s author Betsy Byars (The Summer of the Swans), of Seneca and winner of the Newbery Medal; and, posthumously, Guy Davenport (The Geography of Imagination) of Anderson, a Rhodes Scholar and recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship “genius” grant. A tribute to Davenport will take place at a dessert re-

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or over 20 years, a special group of children are invited every July to gather at Clemson University’s Outdoor Lab in Pendleton for Camp Sunburst. These children have all lost a loved one who was very important in their lives, and they welcome the chance to spend a weekend with peers who understand exactly how they feel. “It has been important for my child to spend time with other children who have experienced the death of a loved one. It has been helpful for her to relate and know there are other children who feel as she does. She doesn’t feel so alone anymore,” shares one parent. Hospice of the Upstate sponsors

this camp each summer in July to give 50 children a safe and loving environment to share their feelings with each other and specially trained counselors. Family members, friends, pastors, teachers or school counselors are all ways a child may be referred to the program. “I recommend this group to anyone who has a child who has lost a loved one. I have referred others and will continue to do so,” says a parent of a camper. The campers are in 1st – 6th grade, and they are broken up into age appropriate groups at camp. The counselors use games and different role playing activities to encourage 22

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A New Year, A New Interior PEOPLE the children to open up and talk about their feelings with each other. One very special activity each year is when the children honor the life of their loved one by releasing butterflies or balloons at the end of the weekend. At the end of camp the children receive a certificate, and they perform skits and camp songs for the parents. Of course tears are shed during the three-day weekend, but the counselors make sure the children have plenty of indoor and outdoor activities to keep them active and smiling as much as possible. They try to focus on the future instead of the past. At Camp Sunburst, the children are allowed to grieve, but they are also encouraged to make new friends, stay energetic and move forward. The goal is to help the children begin to build their “new normal” now that their loved one has passed. In recent years, Hospice of the Upstate created a special workshop for the parents of attendees. After the parents settle their children into camp, they gather in one of the meeting rooms for a discussion about ways to help their children cope with the loss of their loved ones. This short program lasts approximately one to two hours, and the adults learn valuable lessons during that time. “The meeting you have for parents, separate from the children, has helped me to understand how my child is grieving and how to better respond to her,” says another parent of a camper. If your loved one was helped by Hospice of the Upstate or you know a child who would benefit from a weekend at Camp Sunburst, please give Ashla Shingler, development and community marketing coordinator, a call at 224-3358 ext. 3123 to find out how to apply. n

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resh fruits, vegetables, meat, honey, eggs and cheese are just some of the items you will find throughout the year on local, family operated farms in Anderson County. Driving a few miles outside of town, meeting really friendly farmowners and buying eggs laid fresh that morning or picking berries ripe off a bush is more fulfilling than pulling up into the grocery store parking lot. Lucky for you, there are farmers in Anderson open and ready for your visit. Berry Acres is a popular u-pick farm located at 232 Strawberry Lane, off of Dobbins Bridge road and a short 8-10 minute drive from the middle of downtown Anderson. Owners Angi and Brett Edelen are young farmers who are very knowledgeable about making a living on a family farm. Brett grew up on a farm in Maryland where he raised thoroughbred horses, cattle, sheep and chickens with his family. A couple of years ago, he and his wife chose to move to Anderson and start their own farm. Currently, they grow strawberries, peaches, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, nectarines and muscadine grapes on their 70-acre farm. They are also looking at ways to import beef from Brett’s family farm in Maryland. “Angi and I love living on the farm and providing great, quality berries for the Anderson community to enjoy,” Brett said. “We work closely with Future Farmers of America groups in Anderson School District Five and the 4-H and ag programs in the area too. Our goal is to increase agricultural education and bring new farming technology to the area.” The Edelens’ favorite spring time event is the Strawberry Festival they host in May at the farm. A pageant for girls up to age six, games in the adventure area and plenty of strawberry picking goes on that weekend. A rustic, country store on the property offers jellies, eggs, honey, bread and pie mixes, goat cheese and more. All of these items are locally produced and available year round. Teachers, home schoolers, camp counselors and daycares are welcome to schedule tours of the farm any time throughout the year. The adventure area is full of fun, seasonal games to entertain the kids and adults. Corn cannon, tennis ball launcher, corn maze, pedal cars, pillow jump and even a hillside slide are just some of the fun things to entertain everyone.


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“I really enjoy taking the kids around the farm when they come out for tours during the year. We talk to them about how the berries grow, let them play in the adventure area and show them some of the other farm animals we have out here,” Angi said. “We also have a nice picnic shelter if they want to eat lunch before heading back to the city. Our daily tours and seasonal festivals are a great way to show the community how important family farms still are in America.” Mac McGee, owner of Carolina Grassfed Beef, a divison of Double M Farms, Inc., has been a farmer in Anderson for his entire life. He grew up on the land he currently uses to raise grass-fed beef and free-range eggs. His grandfather gave him the farm, located at 3456 Hwy 187 South, after he graduated from college and he has used it to feed his family and the community for over 40 years. “I have gone back to doing things just like my granddaddy used to do. We used to get a cow ready in seven to eight months, but now it takes about two years,” he said. “I raise 80 mama cows on 325 acres without using antibiotics, hormones, pesticides or herbicides. We do not feed our animals grain or grain by-products. Our 200 chickens follow a natural cycle and lay eggs when they are ready, not because we force them to by keeping them indoors and under lights.” Most of the beef from McGee’s farm is taken to a local processor where it is processed and ready for customers to pick up and take straight home to the table and freezer. Customers order a half or whole cow, and it is cut to order. McGee does have some cuts of beef for sale at the farm, and his regular customers know to call ahead before they run over to pick up what the need. Items on hand vary, but he tries to keep eggs, pork and beef on hand at the farm throughout the year. “My biggest problem is the weather. Growing grass year-round in the upstate is hard with the temperatures and seasons. I grow my own barley and wheat to feed the animals on my farm. Our lives and schedules depend on Mother Nature herself,” said McGee. Touring these farms, getting to know people who depend on their land and realizing the taste difference in home grown and raised food makes the additional cost worth it to a lot of people. Farmers in Anderson are dedicated to offering local consumers some of the best and healthiest food in town. Take a drive out to one of the farms one weekend to see and taste the difference. For more information about the farms mentioned in this article, please contact Brett and Angi Edelen at 864224-5441 and Mac McGee at 864-844-1621 or www. n


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Belton raw goat milk, goat cheese, feta cheese and eggs 864-423-4048

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Honea Path turkey, pork, eggs, poultry, lamb and beef 864-314-4019

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Belton vegetables, honey, berries and raw milk 864-380-2002

Split Creek Farm Anderson goat milk products 864-287-3921

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Farmers Markets are a great place to visit and purchase local products from farmers. Shoppers will find the freshest produce, eggs, milk, meat and other items every week during the warmer months of the year. Farmers depend on these sales to support their families. They are also very proud of their products and are happy to share their stories with you and answer any questions you have about the items they grow, raise and sell. Take a basket with you and have fun meeting some of the friendliest farmers in Anderson. More information about other farmers markets in the area:

Anderson May - Saturdays - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June through late November 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tues/Thur/Sat 402 North Murray Avenue Belton Mid-May Tues/Thur/Sat 6 a.m. until sold out N. Main Street & Blake Street Pendleton June 4 to September 24 Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Village Green Williamston April 30 kick off open May through September Thursdays from 3:30 – 7:00 p.m. at Mineral Spring Park

SC Agritourism Passport Program The SC Agritourism Passport Program is a new program for 2016 to help promote visitors to local farms in South Carolina. Forty-four farms are participating in the program this year, and you may pick up your passport book at any of them. As you travel to different farms throughout the year, make sure you get your passport stamped if you are interested in earning one of the great prizes they will give away: 10 stamps=a hat; 15 stamps= a t-shirt; 20 stamps= a tumbler and just visiting one farm will place your name in the drawing for $100 worth of products. All of the prizes are certified South Carolina products. For more information visit and look for the passport program. n


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The Goods: There’s a little bit of something for everyone at this boutique. The items in the store are unique, affordable and high quality. The products include everything from stylish shoes to casual and formal wear to jewelry.


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Unique Factor: In a hurried world full of stuff, Blake & Brady stands out by providing an atmosphere that is peaceful, relaxed and pleasant while offering the best customer service around. The knowledgeable staff offers services such as personal shopping, gift wrapping, and personal ordering.

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The Goods: This boutique offers a little bit of everything: clothes, scarves, boot socks, ornaments, Ambre fragrance, Lula ‘n’ Lee Jewelry, eNewton Jewelry, and much more.

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Unique Factor: There is so much to say about this cute boutique that just opened its doors. In short, the owner, Ashley Widener, really understands today’s Southern woman. Vintage charm. Savvy flair. Shop with the confidence that you will not show up at a party and see someone wearing your outfit. This store also offers holistic scents and candles that have been designed with fragrances indigenous to our area. In addition, this boutique supports small businesses by allowing them to have occasional displays in its storefront.



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Nellie Belle Designs

Hours & Location: Located in Iva, Brandi McAlister offers wholesale children’s and women’s fashion items through her Facebook page, Nellie Belle Designs. She also frequents craft fairs and trunk shows. The Goods: Nellie Belle Designs offers wholesale women’s and children’s clothing. It is also a Mudpie retailer. In addition to wholesale clothing, Nellie Belle Designs also offers custom made clothing and accessories for your little one. These items include tutus, bows, bowties, bibs, blankets, and more. Unique Factor: Why “Nellie Belle?” Nellie is the name of Brandi’s sweet granny and Belle just seemed to flow. Plus, she’s one of Brandi’s favorite Disney princesses. (Facebook group) 864.328.4865

Deb’s Kidz Boutique Swaggin’ Wagon

This mobile boutique is the first of its kind in the upstate. The owner’s concept was fairly straightforward: low-cost, quality clothing that is super trendy. Hours & Location: “Rollin’ somewhere in Anderson.” You can follow the Swaggin’ Wagon on Facebook or sign up for a newsletter at to keep up with the latest parking spots of this mobile boutique.


The Goods: Bohemian / Boho Chic clothing. It’s all under $50! Unique Factor: The names says it all. This is a mobile boutique. In addition to the parking spots advertised on Facebook and the website, you can book a party with the owner, Stephanie Moorhead Irby. Stephanie says she can park at your business, apartment complex, or home. Discounts are given for booking a party with the Swaggin’ Wagon.


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Hours & Location: Deb’s Kidz Boutique is an online children’s boutique based in Townville. You can check out her boutique items on her Facebook page at or on her website at The Goods: This is a family friendly group that strives to bring you the best prices on a variety of items including children’s clothing, jewelry, and women’s accessories. Unique Factor: Deb Gibbs is a busy mom and understands being tight on time, fashion, and money. In order to address these issues Deb founded Deb’s Kidz boutique in order to provide “bargain boutique” items.


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Colon Cancer Awareness By Pauline Medford

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arch is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, and this means it is a good time to read up on the facts surrounding colon cancer. According to the American Cancer Institute, over 137,000 people were diagnosed with colon cancer in the United States in 2015, and nearly 40,000 people have died from colon cancer in this same year. These are astronomical numbers. Colon cancer is the third most common cancer in America and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Despite these drastic and stark numbers, there are steps we can take in our daily lives to prevent and possibly avoid colon cancer. Dr. John E. Doster, with the Anderson Area Cancer Center, says that while there are risk factors that a person cannot control or avoid, such as a family history of colon cancer or inflammatory bowel diseases, there are some steps to take for better awareness and health. A screening colonoscopy is a very important tool to detect, treat and possibly cure colon cancer at its earliest stage. Dr. Doster recommends everyone should have a colonoscopy at 50, and how often you should have another is determined by your test results and/or risk factors. A screening colonoscopy should be performed earlier on patients that have a family history of colon cancer or on patients that are experiencing specific problems or symptoms, all of which should be discussed with your family physician. Treatment options after a diagnosis of colon cancer can include surgery alone or any combination of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments. There are several stages of cancer at the diagnosis, ranging from Stage I to Stage V and treatments will be determined between you and your doctor based, in part, on how advanced the cancer is at diagnosis. A colonoscopy will not prevent colon cancer, but having one performed soon enough may save your life. Penny Argo, RN, BSN at AnMed Health’s Oncology Research Department says, “Early detection is directly related to a more positive outcome when talking about colon cancer. Do not ignore worrisome symptoms, or delay any screening tests recommended by your physician.” n


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Seniors in Anderson make up about 17 percent of the population, and we don’t think anyone has told them that they are supposed to be sitting alone around their homes all day long like a lot of their parents did. Our seniors are staying active and healthy and enjoying all that the community offers them. Staying active is easy to do in Anderson. Volunteers are needed all over town and non-working seniors are a perfect fit for many of the available positions. Anderson University’s Lifelong Learning Institute is dedicated to helping seniors find ways to keep their minds active by participating in classes, lectures, theater outings and other campus activities. We cannot forget to mention how important physical activity is every day, seniors included! “My mother started the Jo Brown Senior Center with

a grant 31 years ago, because she recognized the need for seniors to stay active and involved in the community,” explained Kelly Jo Barnwell, director and program manager. “I took over as part-time director of the center in 2007, and to this day I continue to support and encourage my very active, and very alive, seniors to live their lives like they are supposed to. There is no excuse in the world for a healthy senior in Anderson County to say he or she is bored and sitting at home every day.” Seniors show up when the doors open at the Jo Brown Senior Center every weekday, ready to greet their friends and enjoy bridge, line dancing, bingo, variety shows and arts and crafts classes. Most of the seniors drive over to the center or catch a ride with friends. They begin their day at the center and then spread out into the community to volunteer, participate in various clubs and organizations and visit 34

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Health & Happiness The Legacy of Anderson is an independent living facility touted as a “cruise ship on land.” For 12 years, this resort-like community has housed married couples, singles, retirees and some who still work every day. Seniors age 55 and older will find the studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments comfortable places to live while they enjoy their independent lives. “The residents here are like family members. We love and care for them as much as they care for us. Our tag line is ‘like a cruise ship on land’ for a very good reason,” said Christy Tripp, sales counselor at The Legacy. “We offer three restaurant-style meals a day in the dining room, daily activities, fun outings in and out of town and a wonderful program where we spend time every week with the adorable 4K children at North Pointe Elementary next door.” Marchbanks Assisted Living and Memory Care is a wonderful place for seniors who require more care than independent living allows. Recently, for people who need to find a safe and loving environment for a family member with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, Marchbanks opened more memory-care suites in a secure location on the property where the seniors are supervised and looked after 24 hours a day. Outside of Anderson, in Abbeville County, there is

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The residents here are like family members. We love and care for them as much as they care for us. another senior retirement living home near Erskine College called The Renaissance. Seniors residing here enjoy life in the country while remaining close enough to nearby Anderson for many of their medical needs. Erskine College issues the residents staff ID cards, allowing them access to classes, activities, sporting events, the library, etc. “The Renaissance in Abbeville offers both independent and assisted living for our residents in the form of apartments and cottages,” said Paul Bell, sales manager. “We have residents who drive and others who are provided busses to get them to activities and their medical and personal appointments in Anderson and the community. Banana split day and taco day are some of the popular themed meals our residents enjoy.” Seniors who live in their own homes alone (or perhaps with a family member who works outside the home) and need some assistance also have many good options to help them stay as active as possible. There are numerous options for both home care or home health services; the differences between the two are mainly that home care businesses provide non-medical services which are not covered by Medicare or Medicaid, and home health provides services for those who need medical care at home. Generally, Medicare and Medicaid will cover the majority of medical need-based home health services, and clients who only require home care pay an out-of-pocket, hourly fee.

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Senior Helpers is a home care business in Anderson where they determine what their client needs and then customize a plan for the appropriate amount of time and type of care that is needed. “Staying in their own home is more economical and comforting for a lot of seniors. We match our caregivers to our clients so everyone is happy. We go the extra mile to make sure it all works out well for everyone,” said Sheryl Brown, office manager at Senior Helpers. Seniors who reside at home, but require medical home health care along with personal assistance, can call upon the services at AnMed Health Home Health Agency, which has a staff that includes registered and licensed practical nurses; physical, occupational and speech therapists; social workers; home health aides and others. AnMed Home Health offers clinical expertise in wound care, chronic disease management, medication management and physician-supervised services. “We bring expert care to our patients in the comfort of their own home,” said Jamie Davis, RN BSN at AnMed Home Health. “Our staff prides itself on its ability to work closely with families to provide care specific to the patient’s needs.” An all-in-one stop nonprofit organization, Senior Solutions covers everything a senior in Anderson may need. The agency provides seniors with a variety of programs and services, including adult day care, free lunches to seniors who qualify for the program, home care, an assisted living facility, exercise programs, help applying for government assistance and more. Another resource provided to seniors is the transportation to and from appointments. Choices of where to stay and play are plentiful for seniors in Anderson. Planning ahead for this stage of life is important. If you or a loved one is nearing this stage of life, take the time to begin researching all of the different caregiver services, living facilities and community activities available in our community. n

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Living Every Moment to the Fullest By Caroline Anneaux

en e r G n o s l e Mr. N “I have an excellent memory and can recall so many things that have happened in my 85 years,” says Green. “People always ask how I am able to remember so much, and I tell them it is because I only remember the good memories. I forget about the bad ones. So, my mind is only full of all the happy things I have done in my lifetime.”

Nelson R. Green has to be one of the most positive and energetic seniors you will ever meet. He walks into a room smiling and has the ability to lift everyone’s mood in a moment with his infectious laugh and his delightful demeanor. What an absolute treat for those lucky enough to know this fabulous 85-year-old gentleman! Growing up, Green lived with his parents and eight siblings in a six room house on Anderson’s south side. Other than the time he spent at South Carolina State College - it was not a University yet in Orangeburg or when he was drafted and served in the military, he spent 73 years living in the same house. Anderson is the place he always has, and always will, call home. He graduated from college in 1955, and schools were still segregated at the time. He took a teaching position at the original Westside Junior High, which was an all-black school at the time. Several years later, he moved to the original McCants Junior High on Fant Street. It was integrated at the time, but he was still only one of three black teachers in his early years there. Green eventually took a job at Tri County Technical College’s Pendleton campus, where he taught mathematics in the Division of Comprehensive Studies department until he retired in December 2000. In later years, he still lived in his family home alone where he cooked, cleaned and maintained the house by himself. At the suggestion of his nephew, Ted, he visited The Legacy of Anderson and immediately decided to move there after stopping in to take a look around one morning. “The day I took a tour of The Legacy was the day I made the decision to live there. They offered me three meals a day, weekly housekeeping and maintenance on my apartment,” explains Green. “I went home, packed up and I moved in on a Friday afternoon two weeks later. The date was October 1, 2004. I immediately felt the friendliness of the people and felt like it was my home. That was almost 12 years ago, and I still love living there.” Green is a very active senior in the community, and he still has his own car and driver’s license. He just handed the reigns of volunteer chaplain for the AARP over to another senior after serving in this capacity for the last two years, and he takes a weekly exercise class at the Jo Brown Senior Center. “Kelly Jo Barnwell teaches my OverEasy exercise class every Friday for an hour.” says Green. “Boy, I won’t miss that for anything! And, she is such a sweet lady, just a really sweet lady. She is always so happy to see us, and she gets us moving all around the room.” Green has also been a member of the Anderson Travel Club for over 8 years, and he really enjoys listening to others tell stories of the fantastic places they have been. He says future travel plans are a main reason he has stopped accepting new volunteer positions. He is ready to take some trips with his fellow travel club members. St. Paul’s Baptist Church on W. Reed Street is blessed to have Green as a member, Sunday School teacher and deacon. Every Sunday, he gets there early to organize the Sunday School classroom and welcome members to church. No doubt that they love seeing his smile first thing on a Sunday morning! n


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Every Woman Should Have a Purse of Her Own

-Susan B Anthony

…and with the Power of the Purse event on March 17, you, too, can have your very own designer purse as well! That may not be exactly what Susan meant, but this event is a great time to grab a darling handbag all the while raising money for a good cause. The Power of the Purse is a fun “girls night out” hosted by the United Way of Anderson County’s Women’s Leadership Council to raise funds to benefit the teen pregnancy prevention programs in the middle schools of Anderson School Districts Three and Four. A silent auction is held with beautiful designer purses displayed for guests’ perusal throughout the evening, and a live auction is also held with five special purse “packages.” Some of the name brands featured at the event include Kate Spade, Gucci, Michael Kors, Lanvin, Vera Bradley and Dooney & Bourke. In addition to the purses, other auction items include a weekend at Cashiers, a vacation to Turks & Caicos, and a set of tires from Michelin. Heavy hors d’oeuvres prepared by The Red Shutter will be available and Wagner Wealth Management is sponsoring a wine bar.

Wendy Gillespie, chair of the Women’s Leadership Council, making a silent auction bid.

Power of the Purse

Thursday, March 17, 2016 • 6:30 PM Anderson Arts Center Cost $35 Tickets can be purchased by calling (864) 226-3438.

Morningside of Anderson Assisted Living welcomes Hollins Martinez to the team as their new Sales Counselor. Roselyn “Lyn” McCormick and her family worked closely alongside Hollins to find a special place that she now calls home. Lyn is an active resident at Morningside of Anderson that enjoys Puzzles, playing Jingo and going on day trips with fellow residents. At Morningside of Anderson, we invite residents into our senior living community not just to live with us, but to thrive with us.

Call Hollins today to schedule an appointment or stop by during the

Senior Wellness Fair May 5 • 9am-12pm

P: 864.964.9088 | F: 864.964.9057 • 1304 McLees Road, Anderson, SC 29621


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United Way

Empowered Women Making a Difference


n 2001, an amazing thing began to happen at the United Way of Anderson County. A handful of determined and passionate women came together with the idea to make a difference and formed the Women’s Leadership Council (WLC). The group wanted to address an issue that affected our entire community, and after much discussion and research the council decided to address teen pregnancy. The WLC created a partnership to implement a comprehensive evidence-based pregnancy prevention program for middle schools in Anderson County. The program is not just about pregnancy prevention, but also incorporates ideas of developing a sense of self-worth and setting and planning for future aspirations. The program was offered to all five school districts and Anderson School District Three was selected for implementation of the program in 2004. From 2004 to 2014, District Three experienced an 82 percent decline in the teen pregnancy rate. In 2010, funds were made available from a private family foundation to implement the program in

District Four and after four years the district reported a 60 percent decrease in the teen pregnancy rate. Funds are needed each year to sustain the two programs. Fundraisers like the annual Power of the Purse event and the continued support of individual donors have allowed the programs to continue. In 2015, the S.C. Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy was awarded a $1.5 million grant from the Office of Adolescent Health (of the U.S. Federal Government). Anderson County was included in the grant because of the success in Districts Three and Four. Therefore, the programs will now be implemented in the remaining districts in Anderson County starting in the fall of 2016. The Women’s Leadership Council is proud that we have come “full circle,” and its goal has been reached to have the teen pregnancy prevention program in every middle school in all five Anderson County school districts. And just like the women who have been involved in the Women’s Leadership Council…that is simply amazing! n 41

March/April 2016

Spring Break?

already? by Jay Wright

It seems 2016 just got underway, and now here come flowers, greening lawns, budding trees, and Spring Break. Spring Break? Children with free time and nothing to do. Where to start? Before the panic and mayhem set in, here are some thoughts on how you can find more choices in less time and maybe save some money.

Start early. “The early bird gets the worm” is still true. Discounts may be available for buying tickets or signing up early. Libraries, museums, theatres, churches, parks, businesses, etc., all know it’s Spring Break Week and have prepared for it. Get online, keep an eye out for posters and bulletins, ask around. Check the budget. Have a good idea of what is possible and what is out of the question. Many events have group rates. It might be easier to justify and manage a trip in a caravan of groups than as a family vacation later. Check local. You’ll find free and low-cost activities close to home. For example, Anderson County Library kicks off Spring Break Week with a Teen Geek Fest from 1 – 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 26. Teens can geek out with a free movie (“Age of Ultron”); try open gaming with XBox One and PlayStation 4; do some circuitry making with electronic kits; and spend time in the teen room designing, building, sculpting, painting, crafting, and – yes – singing. Many of these activities plus activities for other age groups are available every day. They are free and include adult supervision. (It’s a good time to get familiar with the vast media choices available for everyone in the family.) Use technology. Get online and enter into your search engine. Here you will be led to the websites of popular activities and events in your destination city. That means maps, temperatures, pictures, descriptions, prices, parking options, restaurants, lodging, and rank-ordered attractions. Let’s try it out. Surf to Trip Advisor. In the left box near the top it asks, “Where are you going?” Enter “Anderson, South, Carolina” (I find it more efficient to enter the full state name the first time, rather than an abbreviation.) Okay, tap, tap . . . tap. A-ha! Then place the cursor in the box to the right: “What are you looking for?” From the immediate drop-down menu, select “What to do in Anderson.” You’re taken to a page showing links to the Anderson County Museum, Denver Downs Farm, Split Creek Farms, Sadlers Creek State Park, and others. Click on one of the names, and you’ll get more information on it and comments by those who’ve been there and done that. Helpful comments.


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How about a road trip? How about Charlotte, North Carolina? Repeat the above, and you’ll find information on Discovery Place, Freedom Park, the NASCAR Museum, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture, Carowinds theme park, and others. Watch for mentions of “hands-on” exhibits. They are guaranteed kid-pleasers. In the NASCAR Museum, exhibits for adults let you install and replace car parts.

How about a road trip to Atlanta? Go to Trip Advisor and read about the huge Georgia Aquarium with its 10 million gallons of water, exhibits, and home to more animals than any in the world. You’ll find that you only need to park once to visit there, and walk to the World of Coca-Cola, Center for Civil and Human Rights, Children’s Museum of Atlanta, College Football Hall of Fame, Skyview Atlanta Ferris Wheel, CNN Studios, and Centennial Olympic Park from the 1996 Summer Olympics. You can save by getting city passes and by purchasing different ticket passes. The Atlanta Zoo and Six Flags Over Georgia are fun too.

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Take a hike. What could be better? How about a hike and a picnic lunch on a spring day? And if you want the entire family to max out on the fun, get a copy of the book, “Waterfall Hikes of Upstate South Carolina” by local author Thomas E. King. I got my copy at the Anderson County Museum (another great place to spend an hour or two with the kids). It’s all about 125 hikes leading to waterfalls within a two-hour drive from Anderson. The falls range from the most famous to the most remote. And some, like Issaqueena Falls in Oconee County, have a picnic area. A keeper book because it provides driving and hiking directions, trail lengths, estimated hiking times, difficulty ratings, plus a photo and description of each one…and how to pack.

Meeting Schedule: 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th Thursdays 8 a.m. United Way of Anderson County 604 N. Murray Avenue Anderson, SC 29621 864-356-5197

It’s who you know!

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connect with on the connector


By Lisa Marie Carter

Drive down Anderson’s East-West Connector on any given day, and you are bound to see people of many ages walking or running or biking, basically getting out and taking advantage of this stretch of pathways that make it easy to get in their recommended daily exercise. If you happen to be near the connector on March 26, you may be surprised at just how many people you see enjoying the path. Kill the Hill, the 4th Annual Connector Run benefiting AIM, will start at 8 a.m. on Saturday March 26. Starting and ending at Grady’s Great Outdoors, the event will offer several choices for distance, accommodating most fitness levels. You’ll have your choice of the 1 Mile Fun Run, the 5K or the 10K, and there is even the option to do both the 1 Mile Fun Run and the 5K. Registration fees vary from $20 to $35, depending on which distance you choose and when you sign up. Last year’s race raised $15,000, and this year AIM hopes to raise $20,000 and have at least 300 runners for the Kill the Hill Run. Check out their website for more information on the run or go to to register for the run. n

AIM: Accept. Inspire. Minister is a non-profit that meets the needs of struggling individuals and families in Anderson County. By participating in the run you can help AIM with its many endeavors, including: Women and Children Succeeding A college support program for low-income parents with children. The goal is to transition the families they serve toward an independent, self-sufficient, and successful life. To eliminate the barriers of completing school, they provide: • Intensive case management • Supportive services • Financial assistance • Leadership development The Emergency Assistance Program A Hand Up: Help clients identify their core problem (depression, alcoholism, lack of budgeting skills, lack of education / training) so they are able to address that rather than simply treating the client’s problems (utilities, food, rent, etc.). The Hunger Ministries of AIM Lack of access to food can strain already tight household budgets. This program helps provide food in these sectors: • Ministry for Children • Foundation Ministry • Homebound Ministry • Mobile Ministry Employment Pathways/Snap 2 Work Helps cultivate individual strengths and remove barriers to employment. Emergency Repair Program This program addresses very low-income, single-family, owner-occupied homes that have safety hazards not covered by insurance that would cause further irreparable damage if not immediately addressed.


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AnMed Health

Diversity and Language Services improves medical care for patients and physicians For as long as he can remember, José Perez has accompanied his mother to doctor and hospital visits in order to translate every conversation between her and the medical staff. Now, thanks to the interpretation services provided at AnMed Health, Elvira Perez may speak to her doctor about any health issues without placing that burden on her son. Mr. Perez still drives his mother to appointments, but an interpreter makes sure she and her health care providers understand one another. This team of highly qualified and annually trained interpreters provided nearly 17,000 medical interpretation encounters in 12 languages at AnMed Heath campuses, clinics and offices last year. The Perez family moved here from Houston, Texas, where an English-speaking caregiver or friend always went along to appointments and emergency visits with Mrs. Perez. “After my initial visit to the AnMed Health Williamston Family Practice, I knew my mother would be fine without me there to interpret for her,” Mr. Perez said. “The interpreters are so caring. They make my mother very comfortable. I can relax knowing that the doctor will get and receive accurate information about my mother.” The department originated years ago when a small group of bilingual women decided the non-English speaking patients in the Anderson community needed someone to provide them with a sense of security during medical times of need. In 2001, AnMed Health took it a step further and formed a department. “The investment AnMed Health makes culturally and linguistically is far greater than simply providing a service mandated by federal law,” said Juana Slade, director of Diversity and Language Services. “Our clinicians deserve the protection and freedom a certified interpreter provides so they may do their job and do it well without the added stress of wondering if critical information is being lost in translation.” When a patient enters an AnMed Health facility speaking a language other than English, interpretation assistance is immediately provided whether in person, telephonically or by video remote, 24 hours a day, every day. Although the service is a federal mandate rooted locally in the concern of a group of women, it is also good business. Accurate interpretation helps keep down

Janine Ferra, manager of Diversity and Languages Services, and Sue Waldon, of AnMed Health Pendleton Family Medicine, assist patient Elvira Perez as she gets ready to meet with her doctor. the cost of health care by making sure patients seek out the right kind of service. Patients learn when to seek urgent care rather than emergency care, for example, and effective interpretation prevents return trips to the Emergency Department – or any doctor – when the patient and provider understand each other effectively the first time. Diversity and Language Services also helps patients understand medical billing. Janine Ferrá, Diversity and Language Services manager, says Spanish, Russian, American Sign Language, Vietnamese and five languages of India are currently the most requested. “We have seven certified interpreters in our department here at AnMed Health. Each has passed a rigorous test where fluency in a foreign language and medical terminology is essential to performing their function as an interpreter,” she said. “We also contract out to six other certified interpreters and have access to interpreters who speak over 250 languages combined.” Ferrá and Rolando Cardona currently hold the national Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CHI) credential along with only 1,500 others in the United States. With 4 percent of the local community speaking a language other than English at home, the need for their services is here to stay. n 45

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WOMEN: doing

9.1 million women-owned enterprises in the U.S.

ALISON YOUNGBLOOD owner of #RunThisTown


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it for themselves By Liz Carey

For many area women, working for someone else just doesn’t fit into their life plan anymore – they want to work for someone else. Themselves. Since 2006, the business world has seen not only a resurgence in the entrepreneurship area, but also of women in the role of entrepreneur and business owner. According to a report commissioned by American Express Open, as of 2014 there are nearly 9.1 million women-owned enterprises in the U.S., employing nearly 7.9 million workers and generating over $1.4 trillion in revenues yearly. It’s estimated that an estimated 1,288 women-owned businesses opened up daily between 2014 and 2015. Locally, several women have started their own businesses and are learning from the challenges and successes faced by women who have paved the way before them.


Jennifer Norman, formerly the executive director of the Anderson Visitors and Convention Bureau, left her job in May of 2015 to start her own firm, Brand New South, a tourism and marketing company she operates from her home in Anderson. “After a successful career working for other people, I decided it was time to do my own thing,” she said. “I have a huge network of tourism professionals from all across the Southeast, and when asked, they all encouraged me to go out on my own.” Norman said the move has been life changing. “I love tourism, I adore destination marketing and I felt like I had forgotten that. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy my work now! I look forward to helping my clients, meeting with the traveling public and assisting with research.” For her, the new job has its challenges and its rewards. “It’s hard balancing the work with your personal life,” she said. “I love to travel, and this year has included fiveplus trips to the South Carolina coast, a trip to Indianapolis, Minnesota, Florida, Savannah...all kinds of places. When you’re the breadwinner, you have to work even when you’re having fun.”


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Kim Ellison felt like she needed a change in her life. Late last year, she left her job as sales manager for a local hotel to start her own business selling Rodan + Fields skin care products. For her, it just felt like the right time to be out on her own. “I started to feel the entrepreneurial bug pulling at my heartstrings, and it became harder and harder to work my full-day job,” Ellison said of her decision. “I have big plans for my family and knew the fastest way to get there would be to follow my own dreams.” That move has allowed her to stretch herself, she said, and to enjoy more what she does. “Since I’m my own CEO now, my perspective of what is called work is completely different,” she said. “I’ve always heard that when you choose something that you enjoy, then you’ll never work another day in your life. I’m definitely following a passion now and it’s true!”

“When you choose something that you enjoy, then you’ll never work another day in your life.”


“My mission and passion is growth and helping people empower themselves.”

Starting your own business isn’t without its challenges, though. Last year, Alison Youngblood was one of the winners of the City of Anderson’s Accelerate Anderson Challenge, an entrepreneur startup challenge that awarded businesses with $12,000 towards their first year’s rent. One of the founders of First Flight, an organization that trains people to make their first 5K or 10K, as well as putting on various runs throughout Anderson, Youngblood has been working on starting #RunThisTown Electric City as a business to sell running shoes and apparel. The storefront is still a work in progress as Youngblood continues to work out details with a shoe distributor. Currently, #RunThisTown has been absorbed back into First Flight, and will continue its mission of bringing people downtown and getting people excited about running. For Youngblood, #RunThisTown is more than just a business model: it’s a passion. As a 29-year-old mother, Youngblood said, she found herself suffering from anxiety and fear. She knew something had to change. “I decided I just couldn’t live like that anymore,” she said. “So, I decided to start running. I joined the Y and started running one mile at a time. Running put my focus back on living instead of fear.”

Soon, the running became a passion to teach others how to run and how to build up their belief in themselves. And from that teaching and that passion came a business. Youngblood says that when it opens, #RunThisTown will be a boutique that carries apparel, shoes and other running equipment, but that the business will also benefit charities. In spite of setbacks, the end goal, she said, remains the same. “Inspire locally, but empower globally,” Youngblood said. “That’s what’s different about #RunThisTown. Running is my platform, but my mission and passion is growth and helping people empower themselves.” While the setbacks have put a hold on her plans, she sees this latest obstacle as part of the race. “I like to call this our Mile 18,” she said. “Mile 18 in running is where you feel like you’ve hit the wall, and you can’t go any further. But then, you get your second wind, and you’re able to finish the race. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I know someday, we’re going to cross the finish line.” 48

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“After time, when the dream becomes a reality, it’s inspiring to look back on your successes,” said Sylvia Mesaros, owner of The Alliances, an Anderson business providing outsourced bookkeeping, payroll and administrative services. Mesaros started her business in 2010. After retiring from a long-time business management career to care for her ailing mother, she decided that she needed something that would allow her the flexibility to take care of her personal life, as well as her professional life. “The more involved I got in the community, the more the business grew,” Mesaros said. “At first, there were a lot of ‘ifs’ about it – What if it wasn’t successful? What if I didn’t make any money? But over time, I found that there is a real need and demand from smaller businesses to have someone like me help them with their bookkeeping.” Mesaro’s business has grown. She recently purchased and renovated a small office on Fant Street, employs a staff of two part-time people and is looking to add to her team. “It has been a great ride; it’s been an adventure,” she said. “There’s always an option to fail. But you have to have a positive attitude and know that everything will be okay. And you have to work hard at it. I think the only thing that would’ve kept me from opening a business and succeeding at it, was me.” n

The Women behind Anderson Magazine When April Cameron and Jennifer Walker met nearly 10 years ago in the Junior League of Anderson County, they had no idea they would one day be working side-by-side publishing a magazine together! When Cameron “got the itch” to launch Anderson Magazine, she knew exactly who to go to for design help – her longtime friend. Walker had extensive graphic design experience with a background in publishing. The missing component was sales. Through a church connection, Walker was introduced to Hannah McCullough, who was ironically, a current member of the Junior League. The three met for lunch and the circle was complete. The founding team for Anderson Magazine was formed. Since its inception, the team has grown to include freelance writers and photographers, a bookkeeper-Sylvia Mesaros-and a recently added salesperson, Jeanie Campbell, who also serves as the magazine’s illustrator.




“I was definitely nervous about taking the leap to publish the first issue,” said Cameron. “But I ran across a saying that I couldn’t get out of my head. It said,

‘What if I fall? Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?’ So I decided to try and fly.”


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howMuddah, to Hello Hello Faddah

By Amanda Nelson

I get almost as excited as my kids do about summer – especially when it comes to summer camps. I still have fond memories of going to camp when I was a little girl. In addition to lifelong memories, summer camps encourage children to explore their interests and talents, connect with other kids, and unplug from the TV, computer, and video games. The camps listed below are just a sampling of the camps offered in the Upstate. Camps in the area fill up quickly, so make sure to register early!

Anderson YMCA Camp Venture This is the YMCA’s full-day camp located on Lake Hartwell. Campers will enjoy a wide range of activities including archery, canoeing, kayaking, miniature golf, nature hikes, arts and crafts, as well as daily devotions. Rising 1st graders through rising 6th graders are all accepted. Rising 7th and 8th graders may be accepted into the Counselor In Training (CIT) program, which is an application based, limited availability program. This full-day camp runs Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The camps cost $80/week for members and $90/week for nonmembers. There is also a one-time $50 materials fee. The first 150 registrants will receive a free t-shirt. For more information, visit www.andersonareaymca. org/child-development.

Christian Youth Theater Summer Camp CYT offers weeklong musical theater summer day camps in Anderson, Clemson, and Powdersville. Camps are offered to boys and girls ages 5-14. Whether your child has been in numerous theatrical productions or is just expressing interest in drama for the first time, this highenergy camp might be the perfect fit. This camp is filled with crafts, dance, music, daily themed devotionals, and, of course, drama! The week concludes with an impressive showcase for family and friends. Previous year camp themes have been “High School Musical,” “Peter Pan,” and “101 Dalmatians.” Do you have a little girl that dreams of being a princess? Then you’ll be excited to know that CYT offers a “princess camp” for ages 3-6. This is a half-day camp that offers music, crafts, drama, and an opportunity for your daring princess to meet her favorite princesses! For more information, visit the CYT upstate website at

High Power Soccer Camp This is a small camp with a big mission. This fun and exciting soccer camp is for beginning to experienced soccer players ages 5-13. High Power will be a great way to improve your game and have fun – all while being in a Christcentered atmosphere. The camp provides professional soccer instruction, music, snacks, 8 vs. 8 nightly games, and a nightly devotional. Each camper receives High Power soccer gear with registration. For more information, visit their Facebook page at www.


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Roper Mountain Summer Explorations Camps are available for science enthusiasts ages 5-14 and are subject-based. They run Monday through Friday, either half-day ($110-$150) or full-day ($260$300). Roper Mountain family members receive a 10 percent discount on camp registrations. This summer’s offerings include 133 sessions of 89 different camps! The week-long format means that children can enroll in a number of camps throughout the summer and explore a variety of topics. Where else can you pet a stingray, walk through a rainforest, program a robot, and see the stars all in one place? For more information, contact Lisa Phillips at or 864.355.8925.

Camp Chatuga This is a traditional summer camp for boys and girls ages 6 to 16. It is nestled in our own backyard in Mountain Rest, South Carolina. This camp has been owned and operated by the same family since 1956. Campers can choose from over 30 activities including horseback riding, water-skiing, BMX biking, arts and crafts, outdoor living skills, archery, animal care, sports, and so much more! If this is your child’s first time away from home, you might want to consider the 3-day minicamp which is $414. There are also options for one, two, three or even four weeks away with prices ranging from $828-$3720. For more information, visit

Climb Upstate Rock Climbing Summer Camp This Spartanburg camp is run by experienced staff who desire to boost confidence, introduce new skill sets, and prove to kids that they really can do anything. There are one-week camps being offered June 13-17 and July 18-22. Each camp begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. The camp is offered to beginner and experienced boys and girls ages 5-18 for $129 per week. In addition to having the opportunity to learn about and experience multiple types of indoor rock climbing, campers will also get to participate in fun and active games and activities. For more information or to sign up, visit, email, or call 864.699.9967.

Anderson Arts Center Summer Arts Camp For the 40th year the Anderson Arts Center is planning a fun-filled creative summer camp. This year’s theme is “Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Wizard of Artz!” Your budding artist has the opportunity to choose from one of eight weeklong summer day camps. Options include a half-day camp for ages 4-12 ($85 for members and $95 for nonmembers) and a full-day camp for ages 6-12 ($135 for members and $155 for nonmembers). In addition to the camps at the Arts Warehouse in Anderson there are also off-site camps in Pendleton, Powdersville, Iva, and Williamston. A t-shirt with the camp’s theme is given to each participant when they register. For more information, visit the Anderson Arts Center website at and click on the “art school” menu.

Anderson YMCA Kid Zone Camp

Greenville Zoo Camp Just a short drive over to Greenville will give the kids a mega dose of vitamin Z at Zoo Camp at the Greenville Zoo! A variety of incredible activities, including animal encounters and zookeeper talks are in store during these summer camps at the wildest place in town. This day camp is available for different age groups ranging from ages 3-14. The dates of the camps range from June 6-August 5 and the costs vary depending on the age. Online registration is open beginning March 1 at or call 864-467-4850. You can also call 864-467-4850 for more information.

Kid Zone Camp is located at the YMCA and is a half-day camp that operates Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The children at Kid Zone Camp will enjoy sports, arts and crafts, swimming, and devotions. The cost of this camp is $55/week for nonmembers and $45 for members. There is a one-time materials fee of $25. The first 50 registrants will receive a free t-shirt. For more information, check the website at child-development. 51

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The Junior League of Anderson County is hosting a trail run Saturday, March 19 at the Anderson Civic Center. A trail run is different than your typical road race. Trail running involves running off of a paved path and often on an off-road “trail” or through a wooded area. The trail run at the Civic Center is partially paved, but also winds through the park on grassy areas as well. The 5K course is certified, and there is a 1 mile fun run as well. Funds raised from this event benefit the Junior League’s Team KIDS. The Team KIDS project assists lower-income children in acquiring the proper equipment and attire to participate in physical activities such as sports teams, dance programs, camps, and swim lessons. Team KIDS also works to establish key personality traits: Kindness, Integrity, Discipline, and Sportsmanship. This year Junior League Team KIDS has partnered with Calvary Home for Children to provide the children an opportunity to engage in community sports, and to provide opportunities for members to serve and form lasting bonds with Calvary Home. Cross country teams are encouraged to participate, and the school with the highest percentage of participation (students, faculty, staff, friends and family members) will receive $500. Cost is $10 per student; $20 per adult. Register at n


Hit the Trail for A Good Cause




1 MILE | 8:30am | $10 student | $15 adult 5K | 9:00am | $20 student | $25 adult Registration & T-shirt pick up at 7:30am on Race Day Please like or share our race page! “Junior League 5k Trail Run 2015” Proceeds from the race will benefit Team Kids

w w w. J u n i o r L e a g u e o f A n d e r s o n . c o m • 864.256.0470

Founded in 1935 as the Anderson Junior Assembly and then later became the Junior League of Anderson County, the JLAC has effectively worked to help women and children in our community. JLAC has grown to more than 200 members, including teachers, full-time moms, business owners and everything in between. The Junior League of Anderson County is a member of the Association of Junior Leagues International, INC. (AJLI), comprised of more than 200,000 women worldwide all focused on one mission: Women Building Better Communities. We love having new members and having more people to serve the community! New members are enrolled anually. For more information, email or check out our website at


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The 24th Jubilee Joy Ride, a cycling event for the whole family, is Saturday, April 2, beginning with an 8 a.m. MASS START at the Bart Garrison Agricultural Museum of SC located directly across Hwy 76 from Tri-County Technical College. Presented by Orange and White, the ride includes three carefully planned routes-13 miles, 29 miles and 62.5 miles (Metric Century), with the 13-mile loop being a new route this year. These routes take cyclists onto some of the most scenic roads in Anderson County. Safety and gear (SAG) drivers monitor the routes, and rest stop volunteers provide snacks and drinks at rest stops located at Split Creek Farm, Walker Century Farms and downtown Pendleton. Stores at Split Creek and Walker Farms will be open for those who might want to do some shopping along the way. All purchases will be tagged and dropped off at the finish line.

This year’s event will benefit the Kids Backpack Meal programs where a portion of the proceeds will help “feed and fuel the minds of kids” in Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties on the weekends when they don’t have access to a school lunch. Jubilee Joy Ride coincides with the 39th Historic Pendleton Spring Jubilee (April 2-3) and is coordinated by Pendleton District Commission. For more information, call 864.646.3782. n

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St. Patrick’s Day celebrations return to the Electric City For the fourth year, the Electric City will be going green in March. The Electric City will see the return of a St. Patrick’s Day run and parade down Main Street, all in celebration of the area’s Scot/Irish Heritage, on March 12, the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day. Organized by Pints for the People and First Flight, St. Patrick’s Day in the Electric City will begin with events at various locations throughout the city, and end in the traditional early morning race and parade. Starting at 8 a.m., First Flight will hold the Race the Rainbow 1 mile, 5K and 10K. Instead of being a color run, as in years past, this year’s runs will benefit various charities, as identified by various colors of T-shirts and balloons. Prizes will be awarded in age groups, as well as in each race. Immediately following the race, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the Electric City will proceed up Tribble Street from the Farmers’ Market, down Main Street and end at River Street. The parade usually lasts about an hour. Organizer Liz Carey, the executive director for Pints for the People, said this year, more events meant more things to do leading up to the race and parade. “We’re working with the Anderson County Library and the Anderson County Museum to bring some Irish-themed programs to the area,” Carey said. “The library will feature a performance by the Celtic duo, Castlebay, on March 10 at 7 p.m. Additionally, the Anderson County Museum will have an exhibit of Celtic Crosses and a program on the history of St. Patrick on March 12. We have people contacting us daily about performing downtown, so some things are still up in the air. But we anticipate there being something for everyone the whole week of the race and parade.” Plans are still developing and will be posted on the group’s Facebook page – St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the Electric City. Proceeds from the parade will benefit Anderson Free Clinic. Since resurrecting the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 2012, Pints for the People has given more than $2,500 to the Free Clinic as proceeds from the parade. Pints for the People was created in 2012 as a way to create local events for local people that raised money for local charities. The group has given away more than $24,000 since its first event, the Electric City Zombie Pub Crawl, and continues to work with area non-profit organizations to create events that will raise money to benefit Anderson residents. n


March 12 • Downtown Anderson 8am - Race The Rainbow 1mile - 5K - 10K followed by the parade March/April 2016

Spring Cooking Marinated London Broil Marinated London Broil 1 (12 ounce) Coca Cola 1 (10 ounce) bottle teriyaki sauce 1 (2.5 – 3 lb) London broil

Hearty Appetizer

Jalapeno Chicken Wraps

• Combine Coke and teriyaki in a shallow dish or large resealable plastic bag; add London broil and chill for 24 hours, turning occasionally. • Remove from marinade and discard marinade. • Grill, covered, over medium heat (300 to 350 degrees) for 12 – 15 minutes on each side or to desired degree of doneness. (12-15 minutes on each side will present a medium steak) • Let stand 10 minutes. Cut diagonally into thin slices across the grain.

Side Dish

Main Course

When the weather gets warmer, we are ready to head outside and enjoy the sunshine with friends and family! It’s the perfect time to invite guests over for a cook-out and fire up the grill that’s been sitting in the cold for all these months. Here are some simple recipes that are entertaining friendly. They can be prepped ahead so there’s no kitchen time when guests arrive.

1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts 1 tablespoon garlic powder 1 tablespoon onion powder 1 tablespoon pepper 2 teaspoons seasoned salt 1 teaspoon paprika 1 small Vidalia onion, cut into strips 15 jalapeno peppers, halved and seeded 1 pound sliced bacon, halved widthwise Blue Cheese or Ranch salad dressing

My Favorite Broccoli Salad

• Cut chicken into 2 in x 1 inch strips. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, seasoned salt and paprika; add chicken and shake to coat. • Place a chicken strip and an onion strip in a jalapeno half. Wrap each with a piece of bacon and secure with a toothpick. • Grill, uncovered, over indirect medium heat for 18-20 minutes or until chicken juices run clear and bacon is crisp, turning once. Serve with dressing of choice.

12 ounces fresh broccoli florets (rinsed) ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese 3 tablespoons cooked bacon pieces 8 ounces light Vidalia onion dressing


• Cut broccoli into bite-size pieces. Add remaining ingredients; toss to coat; chill until ready to serve.

(When cutting and seeding peppers, you may want to use rubber gloves.)

Rolo Cake Mix Bars 1 (18.25 oz) yellow, vanilla or white cake mix (dry) 5 oz evaporated milk ¼ cup butter, melted 40 Rolo candies, unwrapped and cut in half • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray. With a mixer, beat cake mix, evaporated milk and butter until combined. Mixture will be thick and sticky. • Divide batter in half and press half of batter onto the bottom of the 9 x 13 pan. Bake until set, approximately 8-9 minutes. • Remove base from oven and place Rolo candies, caramel-side down, on top. Drop remaining batter on top of Rolos in teaspoon sized amounts. • Bake another 20-24 minutes longer until top begins to golden. • Cool completely before cutting into squares.


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Blue Monday By Jay Wright


o back a hundred years or more and you’ll find “Blue Monday” references in our culture, including poetry and song. It’s associated with having to show up for work on Monday after a weekend of partying. I first met Ulas Broom at 8 a.m. on a Blue Monday: January 18, 2016, at the place where he’s usually found most every day. He was reading morning devotions and a newspaper at Mama Penn’s Restaurant. During the two hours we visited, some 40 or so people stopped to say hello, shake hands, or just wave to him. He acknowledged all with a big, genuine smile. “Anderson is full of beautiful people,” he said. Ulas is hands-down the most interesting, positive person I’ve met in the last 25 years. His journey to Anderson from Champaign, Illinois, is a story in itself. He was born in that industrial city 130 miles south of Chicago just after the Great Depression. His father taught him to love baseball and how to play it well. He took young Ulas to many games, and they met many baseball greats. As a teen, Ulas joined a semi-pro Negro team in Illinois. His team did well and was invited to join the Wabash League, a league of seven all-white teams. They were known as “The Big 8.” He played until age 38.

“Anderson is full of beautiful people,”

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Ulas bought his first guitar at a pawn shop in 1953 and learned to play it while listening to “Honky Tonk” and other records. The ’50s was a time of great civil struggle, nationally, and he benefitted from gains available through sports and music. In 1971 he joined a band called Big Twist and the Mellow Fellows. They needed someone to play and sing blues; his guitar-playing and singing landed him the job. His first gig was an Elks Club, where he sang “Five Long Years,” “Sweet Little Angel,” and “Blue Monday.” For the next 13 years they toured the Midwest, playing ’70s and ’80s rock and blues in what Ulas describes as “greasy, smoky joints.” Nearby Danville, Illinois was also industrial, and the crossroads of major railroads. As such, it was the final performance stop for musicians heading into Chicago’s clubs and big stages. Danville drew Ulas like a magnet to its music scene. He frequently watched budding bluesmen such as B.B. King, Muddy Waters, and Albert King there. Ulas’ guitar hero was Stevie Ray Vaughn. His band opened for him at the Danville Civic Auditorium, where he hung out with Vaughn and the band in the dressing room then shared the stage. When his band finished, Ulas joined the audience to enjoy his hero up close. “No one’s ever played the blues like Stevie,” Ulas said. Travel took Ulas to West Memphis, Arkansas, where he met and married his first wife, the mother of his five children. She, their daughter, and two sons still live there. During our visit his daughter called to say hello and tell him she loves him. “She does that often and it’s always special,” he said. So, how did Ulas wind up in Anderson? During a visit with friends here in 1987, he fell in love with the spirit of Anderson, its people, and its weather. In 1989 he packed up and moved here. He got a job with Guy Ford on Main Street, then one at La France Industries. His last job was with the Anderson City Parks and Recreation Department, which lasted 16 years. In the meantime, he met and married Sundra Rice, an executive secretary with Anderson School District Five. Their daughter graduated from Anderson University and their son from Clemson University. Ulas still plays his guitars, but only at home now. Lately, he has been recording songs at Simes Digital Media Studio in Anderson: the songs he’s always loved, songs he’s performed, and songs he’s writing or arranging with local songwriters. And as a member of the Foothills Writers Guild, he is also working on an autobiography. Want to see Ulas smile? Just ask him about his family. Or about life on the road in a touring band. Or what it was like to share the stage with his hero, Stevie Ray Vaughn; to feast on a steady diet of performances by the great blues masters in their budding careers; or to see his young son bouncing on Tina Turner’s knee over breakfast at a Walgreen’s. Or you could just ask him how he likes living in Anderson. n


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and The Listening Room on Main


Can’t make it to Louisville for this year’s Derby? Join Belton Center for the Arts & The Listening room on Main on Saturday, May 7th, 2016 from 4:00pm – 8:00 pm, as we recreate the magic of Churchhill Downs at Derby Day 2016. Tickets will be available in March 15, 2016 at Belton Center for the Arts each ticket includes entry to the event, food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, silent and live auctions, drawings a chance to win money and live broadcast of the Kentucky Derby on big screen TVs. Tickets are limited and benefits the art center’s new roof.

Saturday, May 7, 2016 • 4:00 - 8:00 pm Listening Room on Main

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Dining & Entertainment

wine & dine

Sullivan’s Metropolitan Grill

There is no need to leave the Anderson County area if you are looking for an upscale dining experience. Probably the best known of our local eateries is Sullivan’s Metropolitan Grill, owned by Bill and Sabra Nickas and located on Main Street in the heart of downtown Anderson. The building was originally opened as a hardware store during the 1800s and takes its name from that store. Bill and Sabra met at Johnson and Wales University where they were both pursuing their passion in the culinary arts. Upon completion at Johnson and Wales they began an internship in Hilton Head then took their combined experience to Columbia, SC, where Bill served as Manager and Catering Director and Sabra refined her skills as a Pastry Chef. During this time their interest in the restaurant field truly flourished and they dreamed of owning their own establishment one day. Their dream came true in February 1999 when they opened the doors to Sullivan’s Metropolitan Grill. We are always looking for something “out of the norm” when dining out, and during a recent visit Sullivan’s was not short on choices. With appetizers like duck fries and black bean cakes to entrées such as bacon-wrapped quail

By Lisa Marie Carter

and black truffle ravioli, we had plenty of unique options. If you are starting off with a drink or a cocktail your choices of wine are quite vast as well. Depending on the food you are planning on ordering, and your palette, you may want to do as we did and ask your server for a suggestion that will compliment your food selections. The Petite Sirah that was suggested went perfectly with our meal. Starting our evening off right, we ordered our first course consisting of that evening’s appetizer special scallop dish and the lollipop lamb chops. Both were presented beautifully and tasted as wonderful as they looked. There was just enough of each dish to enjoy, really get a good taste and hold us over until our second course arrived. Both of our entrées came with a salad, and when you top it with Sullivan’s wasabi cucumber dressing, you’ll almost forget it’s just a salad. This is one of my favorite dressings. Don’t let the wasabi scare you as it’s cooled off by the cucumber and creaminess. When our main courses arrived they looked just as delectable as they sounded in the description. I chose the sea bass special - white, flaky buttery fish cooked perfectly and enhanced by the special lobster risotto served with it.

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Peppercorn Seared Tuna Jessica Faulkenberry - Event Coordinator • 864.437.3400

My husband went with the peppercorn seared tuna. Those of you who love good tuna will appreciate that when the server asks how you want the tuna prepared, this means it is most likely sushi grade – some of the best. A good tuna is like a good steak, you really don’t want to overcook it or you miss Lollipop Lambchops out on how delectable it really is. The tuna was complimented by lump crab sticky rice, and if you are like my husband, you’re sure to be happy with anything that has rice or crab in the name. Put them together, and it doesn’t get much better! Those of you familiar with Sullivan’s surely know it is celebrated for Sabra’s desserts. If you just don’t have room for another bite, be sure to order one to take home. You won’t regret it the next day. The options vary, so you’ll never be bored by the same choices. We chose the Milky Way cake-chocolate, caramel and more chocolate and more caramel. Of course our eyes were bigger than our bellies, so we had just a bite and asked the rest to be wrapped to go. Just a side note--that cake goes great with your morning coffee! Till next time – Cheers! n

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Rocky River Conservancy: Where Swamp Meets Park We envision a place where visitors will enjoy the experience of seeing a swamp up close and all of the animals and plants thriving in their natural environment.” by Caroline Anneaux


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he Rocky River Conservancy Park is 96.16 acres of incredibly beautiful wetlands and uplands commonly referred to as “The Swamp” by locals. Deeded to Anderson University about ten years ago, the park is home to a variety of animals such as birds, deer, and beavers as well as native plants, trees and wildflowers. The swamp is located within the city limits of Anderson and only about a mile from downtown, placing it in a unique location. Visitors are welcome and encouraged to visit any day of the week to wander the 1.5-mile walking trail on the property, and the view of the 50-60 foot bluff along the edge of the swamp is breathtaking. Dr. Juan Brown, a retired ear, nose and throat physician and passionate environmentalist, enthusiastically shares the history of the conservancy with anyone who desires to find out more about the on-going project to keep the park open and thriving. He is the founding chair of the Rocky River Conservancy. By Caroline Anneaux “Environmental issues have interested me for most of my adult life,” said Brown. “After retiring from my practice, I found myself invited to a meeting at the University of Georgia about nine years ago. I sat next to an environmental engineer from Augusta, Georgia, and he told me all about the 1,100-acre Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, which is the largest and most attended swamp/park in Augusta. It was during that meeting when he told me we had a swamp only one mile from downtown Anderson and located within the city limits.” Brown came back home determined to find out more about the swamp at the edge of the local fairgrounds, essentially in Anderson University’s backyard. After some research, he quickly established a board of ten people and formed a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. At the time, attorney John Pracht owned the largest portion of the property, 96.16 acres. Board members approached Dean Woods, vice president for Institutional Management at Anderson University, to talk to Pracht about donating his property to the university. Pracht said yes, and


thus began the legal journey to obtain the other 300 acres surrounding it as well. The board is still in the process of securing the other parcels of land, and hopes all 400 acres will eventually make up the Rocky River Conservancy Park. “These things take a long time and perseverance to complete. It is a work in progress. We know if the community will take an interest in this incredible piece of land, the completed project will be worth it in the end,” says Dana Leavitt, park coordinator and land conservationist. Currently, the Rocky River Conservancy Park belongs to Anderson University, and although the university does not financially support any maintenance, signage or structures on the property, they do send an employee over to open and close the park each day. Grants and tax-free donations keep the swamp open to the public at this time, and the board constantly searches for new ways to raise money to support what they envision doing in the future. “Recently, Duke Energy gave us a $40,000 grant for us to move water from the river to a wet area that tends to dry up during the hotter parts of the year. We will use this grant to put in a solar-powered pump to move river water to this area and keep it filled with water year round,” said Brown. The gates are opened at dawn and closed each evening at dusk by Anderson University security personnel, and the Anderson City Police Department patrols the grounds. There is a wonderful walking trail accessible to visitors, and there are plans to obtain a $100,000 grant to add a meandering boardwalk through the swamp at a future date. An abandoned railroad cuts through the property and, if followed, would take you nine miles to the city of Belton. “The board has a huge list of items and projects we would love to see completed. Some things on our wish list are new signs to direct visitors to the area, bathrooms, lights and equipment for maintaining the land,” said Brown. “We need donations from individuals and companies willing to help us develop the Rocky River Conservancy into an even better park. We envision a place where visitors will enjoy the experience of seeing a swamp up close and all of the animals and plants thriving in their natural environment.” For more information and directions to the Rocky River Conservancy Park, please visit the website: n

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How Can You Help? “One example of how donations and grants would help the Rocky River Conservancy Park is uncovering and restoring a one-acre area where we think farmers terraced the land in the late 1800s or early 1900s. Set in the shape of a horseshoe and overlooking a portion of the swamp, this natural amphitheater would be a gorgeous setting for ‘Shakespeare in the Park’ if we were able to install proper lighting and restrooms first,” said Juan Brown, founding chair of the Conservancy.

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Tennis Clubs

serve up friends, fun, health and competitive play By Vicki Dixon “Tennis saved my life. Literally.” That may sound like a melodramatic statement, but Carol Harter declares it’s true. “I was recovering from stage two breast cancer, and I needed to lose weight,” said Harter. “My husband wanted to get me involved in tennis. Between him and Sophie at Brookstone, I was caught in the cross hairs and couldn’t escape.” The Sophie she speaks of is Dr. Sophie Woorons, owner/director of Brookstone Tennis on River Club Drive, one of two clubs in Anderson currently fielding teams in the spring adult leagues of the United States Tennis Association. USTA issues player ratings and works to ensure that league play is fair and competitive at all levels. “I had no tennis shoes, no tennis outfits, and hadn’t done anything athletic since cheerleading when cheerleaders didn’t do what they do today,” Harter said. “But after a few short lessons with Sophie, I was a believer in tennis!” That was more than two years ago, when Harter was 68 years old. (You read that correctly.) Since then, she’s been on multiple state-championship teams and plays women’s doubles, mixed doubles with a male partner, and combo doubles with a female player of a different level. “I’ve met people and made friends and teammates for life,” she continued. “Tennis has added a dimension to my life that I never had before.”

Sophia Woorons, owner/director of Brookstone Tennis. The longest-established club in Anderson, Cardinal Racquet Club also offers quality instruction and team tennis at its 14-court facility (10 clay and four hard) on Reed Road. Like Harter, Cardinal member Val Hall says tennis helped her make new friends when she moved to Anderson from Atlanta in 2002 to open Bruster’s Ice Cream. “Tennis at Cardinal was the main way I met people and made friends in Anderson,” said Hall, who previously played with Atlanta League Tennis Association, an independent league in Georgia. She now plays on several of Cardinal’s 30-plus teams each year and considers her teammates and Cardinal’s director of tennis, Matt McKenzie, as two of the best things about tennis in Anderson. “Matt is so genuine and such an encourager!” said Hall. “He lives out his Christian faith in his leadership and really cares about Cardinal members.” 62

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Sports & Recreation Both Woorons and McKenzie preach tennis as being a sport of a lifetime – something that can be played by a young child to a senior adult. They emphasize the exercise benefits of tennis, the FUN, the social camaraderie and the fact that tennis can be a family affair. “Cardinal offers free family socials one Friday night a month from March through November,” said McKenzie, noting Cardinal’s friendly, family atmosphere as one of the club’s greatest strengths. “These socials are for members and non-members. Adults play in one area and children in another, and all levels of players – from beginner to advanced – are welcome!” For the person who’s never played tennis before, Woorons recommends starting slowly “in a private lesson setting, to make sure they’re comfortable. We can evaluate their skills and physical abilities, then introduce them to friends and get them on teams in order to get the most out of their tennis experience,” she said.

“We feel we can take care of a wide variety of people and players,” said Woorons, who considers the instructional team at Brookstone the club’s greatest strength. “We have four full-time coaches and one part-time. All are certified and bring something different to the table. We have coaches who are terrific with the little ones while others specialize in senior tennis. We have coaches who are serious and push the kids hard, while others understand that some people just want to have fun.” Cardinal’s teaching team of two full-time and two parttime pros “emphasize the fundamentals of technique, as well as strategy,” said McKenzie. The club offers beginner clinics year-round on Wednesday mornings and Tuesday nights, as well as clinics for players of different levels. “Non-members are welcome to play in our Saturday, intra-club matches, which we offer some months of the year,” he added. “These intra-club matches are a good way to see the club and meet people.”

“Brookstone’s club owner knows everybody’s name and tennis level, and gets them involved with the right groups,” echoed Colin Gallagher, a Brookstone member and math

Membership costs are comparable at both clubs ($190/ quarter for an individual, $245/quarter for a couple, and $265/quarter for a family at Cardinal; $65/month for an individual and $90/month for a family at Brookstone). Private lessons range from $45-$65 per hour at both Cardinal and Brookstone. Both clubs offer special events and tournaments throughout the year. Cardinal hosts its Red Cross Charity Tournament in March, the Cardinal Classic Adult Tournament in June, and World Team Tennis tournament in October. In conjunction with USTA, Brookstone piloted the state’s first one-day tournament in 2011 and provided guidelines to other clubs for hosting and promoting these events. “Since then, we’ve been concentrating on those events, which has been a great asset to our facility,” says Woorons. n

“Tennis has added a dimension to my life that I never had before.” professor at Clemson University. Gallagher plays on several spring men’s teams at Brookstone, which fields 75 teams year-round at its 12-court facility (eight clay and four hard). “People can have fun playing tennis at Brookstone, improve their game through league play and clinics, and stay in shape with cardio tennis.”


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TANK AWAY getaway TANK AWAY getaway

Marshall, North Carolina


By Lisa Marie Carter

s spring is getting ready to bloom in our area, we start getting outside more and more. We found the perfect way to spend an early spring day by horseback riding in the mountains. Just north of us in Marshall, North Carolina, you’ll find Sandy Bottom Trail Rides. Located on a secluded ranch minutes north of Asheville the property has been in the Ball family for four generations. The current owner is Jackie Ball. His granddaughter (who would be the 6th generation) also works at the property. The breath taking trails pass through the high country, scenic mountain meadows and wooded areas of Madison County. Never ridden a horse? No worries! Sandy Bottom has horses and trails geared toward any riding ability. With your choice of one- to four-hour tours, you can decide how long you’ll be riding high in the North Carolina Mountains. Sandy Bottom allows any age, has no weight limits, and is flexible to meet your needs. All riders are accompanied by an experienced trail guide. Also, if anyone in your family is disabled, pregnant, elderly or simply not into horseback riding, they can ride in the all terrain vehicle to enjoy the scenery as well. Your trail guide will help you saddle up and go over the basics of horseback riding with you…from how to steer your horse, to stopping, even to how to keep your horse from over indulging in the ever-so-tempting flowers and brush along route – which they will take advantage of if you don’t put a stop to it quick! As you ride along the mountain path you’ll have some amazing views to photograph. Depending on your choice

of tours, you may even get to venture into an old abandoned garnet mine. Since you stop here to give your horse a bit of a break, you can venture into the cave if you so choose. You are even able to keep all the gem-quality garnets you can find. (We weren’t able to find any during our adventure, but you never know!) Once back at the corral before you leave your horse for the day, be sure to thank your mount with a special treat by purchasing one of the apples for sale. Your guide will show you the correct way to approach and feed this little goodie to your horse. Our horses certainly appreciated that sweet treat after their two-hour journey with us. The stables are open year-round, so depending on your preference, you can view the spring flowers, fall foliage, winter snow or feel the warmth of the summer sun as you experience the ever-changing beauty of the mountains. Be sure to call ahead as certain weather conditions prohibit the horses from going out for their safety as well as yours. After a day of breathtaking views and fresh mountain air, you’ll most likely have quite an appetite. On your way back down toward the Upstate, swing by the Sierra Nevada Brewery for some refueling. Conveniently located just off I-26 near the Asheville Airport, but technically in Mills River, it’s easy on and off. If you happen to be there on a day when the weather is perfectly spring-like, you can enjoy patio seating that offers some relaxing and peaceful views as you peruse the menu. With a first glance at the menu, you’ll see this is more than a brewery -- it’s a gastro pub, too. With salad choices 64

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such as beets and goat cheese or smoked trout and kale caesar, it’s obvious this will be a culinary experience unlike a typical brewery. We enjoyed the tuna tartar served with house made chips, short rib barbacoa and the seasonal dessert (this was in October) of autumn spice cake. A moist cake with hints of clove and cinnamon was topped with ginger ice cream and a molasses crunch. With pickled apples on the side and swirled along with bacon caramel--really, how could you go wrong? A great way to sample some of the pub’s 23 brews, many produced on site, is to order the sample of four. Four small pours of your choice of the beers currently on tap provides just enough to taste and pick the one you most enjoy. You can even check out how some of those brews were made by scheduling a tour of the brewery. If you’re not a beer drinker, they do have wine as well. The menu tends to change according to what is fresh and in season, so what you have this visit may not be available next. You can go back often and never be bored by the “same ole thing.” Fill up your tank, and head on out for your getaway soon! To suggest a destination for our next Tank Away Getaway please email n

March & April

Travel & Leisure Celtic Music Performance March 10 7 p.m.; Free Start your St. Patrick’s Day celebration at the library! The Friends of the Anderson County Library will host the popular Celtic music duo, Castlebay, at the Anderson County Library, 300 N. McDuffie St. in downtown Anderson. For more information, call 260-4500, ext. 107. Roberts Presbyterian Church Pancake Breakfast March 12 8:30-11 a.m.; $7 per person Eat In or Take Out: Pancake Breakfast at Roberts Community Church. Located at 2715 Highway 187 South, Anderson. $7 a plate - as many pancakes as you care to eat. Children under 6 years of age FREE. Fundraiser for Community Dog Park. For more information, call 864-225-9950. Community Concert – Uniting Our Community Through Music March 13 6:30 p.m.; Free Loretta Holloway presents a free concert at South Main Mercy Center (2408 S. Main Street, Anderson). Please bring nonperishable food items for a donation to be used in the community. Special sponsorship by Foggie-Holloway Funeral Home of Anderson and Holloway’s Funeral Home of Belton. Kiwanis All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast March 19 7 a.m.-noon; $5 Come join the 56th annual Kiwanis all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. Dine in or take out. $5 per person. Pancakes, sausage, coffee, juice. Hosted at Meals on Wheels, 105 South Fant Street, Anderson. For more information, contact Kiwanian Harold Gilbert at Walk with the Docs March 19 10a.m. Civic Center of Anderson Call 226-1294, ext. 241 for more info.

Hospice of the Upstate Bass Fishing Tournament April 16 Safe light until 3 p.m.; $120 per boat First place cash prize of $1500 (with 30 registered boats). Standard BASS rules apply. Skin’s Hot Dogs served to all fishermen at weigh-in. Presented by the Michelin Employee Activity Association. For more information, or 864224-3358. Loretta Holloway at Greater Clemson Music Festival April 19 7-9 p.m.; $10 per ticket The Greater Clemson Music Festival presents Loretta Holloway, “South Carolina’s Official First Lady of Song,” in a musical tribute to jazz icon Billie Holiday. Performance at the Cox Hall in Pendleton. Beer and wine will be available for purchase and hors d’oeuvres provided. For more information, contact Vince Jackson (Chairman) at 864-650-0585 and visit Moms & Mimosas Thursday, May 5 11 a.m.; Tickets $25 per person Grab your mom or your best friend and join The Bleckley Inn for a Mother’s Day week brunch, fashion show & auction - all to benefit The Developmental Center for Exceptional Children (DCEC). DCEC is Anderson’s only day-center for children with special needs. For more information: 864-260-4546.


Mark you calendar and reserve your tickets. May 19 June 16 August 18 October 20 July 21 Ticket Prices: $ Season Pass: 125 member/$150 nonmember Individual Dates: $30 member/$35nonmember

Hospice of the Upstate Fashion Show April 9 10 a.m.; $30 per person; or $225 for Table of 8 Enjoy a spring fashion show and brunch. See styles from Blake & Brady, and Sugar Boutique. Hospice of the Upstate Sadler Center. 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson. Boutiques open 11 a.m.-noon. For more information, or 864-224-3358. 110 Federal Street • Anderson, SC

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March/April 2016

o G t o s e lP ac & Things To Do By April Cameron

ty on the weekend, want to watch my friend’s game this night, been invited to spend the night, sports tournament, church outing, and on and on and on. You other moms (and dads and grandparents and caretakers) know what I mean! I swear we have something going on every day. Just rip the Piedmont Honda sticker off the car and throw on the Taxi Cab sign because all I do is burn up the road getting these kiddos to the places they need to go. I’ve seen it progress as they’ve gotten older, obviously. The social calendar has skyrocketed since we arrived in middle school last year. But my 4th grader holds his own. I promise you, I was not that active at that age. (Of course, I lived out on a dirt road literally 10 miles out of town, so it was a haul just to even get to anyone’s house that I knew.) And the cell phones have just made it worse! Back in the day, I had to wait until I got home from school and could call my mom on the rotary dial telephone to ask her about doing something. Today, they can send a quick text no matter when the thought enters their head! Just put all the moms on a group message and handle it all at once! No waiting around until each person can get to the phone and return calls. Instant answers. Instant gratification. Instant social life! I used to love the weekends so I could maybe get a sitter and have a night out! Now, if we’re not traveling to a sports tournament, I’m planning a drop off and a pick up for one of my children to have a night out. Oh, how times have changed. I’m certainly thankful my kids have lots of friends and are invited to do fun things. I’m thankful they are both able to experience sports and all the good things that come with playing in a team environment. But my busy life is definitely driven by their busy lives! The good news is if this whole magazine thing doesn’t work out, I’m pretty sure I could run a logistics company. n

I remember when I had important places to go and important things to do. I had a meeting here and a lunch there. An evening out with the girls to celebrate someone’s birthday or engagement or pregnancy or new job. I was on the board for the Junior League. I was involved in some charity events. I was ON. THE. GO. I was. “I” was. Me. I was the one on the go. Now? Oh, I’m still on the go, but it’s not for my own events, activities and social outings. It’s for my darling, precious always thankful children. Basketball practice here, baseball practice there. Volleyball this day, horseback riding this day. Birthday par-

Artwork by Jeanie Campbell


March/April 2016

Who is YOUR Hometown Hero?

We’re saluting those involved in the many different facets of emergency services in the next issue of Anderson Magazine. Do you have a hometown hero involved in a division of emergency services? Send us an email and let us know who is a hero in your heart!

Tell us who your hero is and why! Email:* All information must be received before April 1

*Submissions will be reviewed by editorial committee and a limited number will be selected to feature in publication.



March/April 2016