Anderson Magazine may/june 2016

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Anderson May/June 2016

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6 Local TV Getting a Programming Boost! 8 Belton Reaping Rewards from Duke Energy 34 District 3 Schools Focus on STEM Education 28

40 Finding Freedom From Pain Without Medication 50 How a Furry Friend is Helping in Court 55 It’s Summer Time! Let’s Have Some Fun 62 Don’t Forget Gifts for Mother & Father’s Day!


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May/June 2016

Letter from the Editor

My favorite time of the year! Here comes my favorite time of year! School is almost out for summer! I sure do love the teachers that my children have, and we have had great experiences at our schools, but I sure do like it when I don’t have to pack any more lunches! If you’re looking forward to more leisurely days like I am, check out our summer fun guide in this issue. We’ve got some local options to keep you and the kiddos entertained right here in the neighborhood, and most of the options are free! If you’re one of the lucky ones in the area to have a boat, we’ve got a list of must-do summer activities for boaters, too. There are a couple of great restaurants for you to travel to by boat, and we have a few events you don’t want to miss like the Hartwell Lake Poker Run or the Lake Hartwell Music Festival. One story I think you’ll really enjoy is our Bartender’s Best of Summer cocktail guide. My beverage of choice come happy hour is typically a big glass of red wine, but these local bartenders and their cocktail creations definitely have me ready to try something new. Fresh ingredients, pretty garnishes and service with a smile make me ready to check each location (and beverage) off my to-do list. Our main feature this issue is on the industry of residential real estate. The realtors we spoke with agree that the industry is having a very good year compared to recent ones, and that makes a big impact on the economy in many different ways. It reminds me of the references in The Bible when there are lists of genealogies and someone “begat” someone else. That’s how I think of the real estate industry. It’s not just a Realtor, but there’s a realtor, a banker, an inspector, a lawyer, a mover…and the list could go on and on. We look at the impact this industry has on the local economy and some of the heavy hitters in the field. We are also taking a moment to salute the local men and women who make the safety of our community a priority. In our Hometown Heroes feature we recognize law enforcement, firefighters, emergency services and emergency medical services for their dedication to Anderson County.


Saying a loving goodbye to my first happy hour love, a large barrel of red wine, as I venture out to try some signature summer cocktails featured in this issue! And one of my favorites this issue is about an employee of the solicitor’s office that wears a fur coat to work every day...even in this heat! That’s right, Roma, a facility dog, works in the solicitor’s office to help calm people down that have to testify in court. Read more about the assistance she provides at the Child Advocacy Center of Foothills Alliance in the feature story. This issue is full of good stories that should keep you busy reading for a while. And once you finish reading, there are quite a few “to-do” ideas to help you pass some time as well, until we can officially yell, “School’s Out for Summer!”


P.S. Extra points to anyone who read that in your mind to the tune of the Alice Cooper song.

May/June 2016

United Way

United Ways in the Upstate Partner with Local Subways to Promote Early Learning By Carol Burdette, United Way of Anderson County

I am very proud to be a part of our Regional Born Learning Upstate SC initiative. This is a partnership among seven United Ways serving the 10 counties in the Upstate that focuses on early learning and the success of our youngest citizens. Born Learning Upstate SC aims to help parents, caregivers and communities provide young children with quality learning opportunities. The effort is built around research that shows children are “born learning,” with the first three years of a child’s life proven to be an especially critical time. In early April, the excitement of this initiative grew as we launched a unique partnership with Upstate SUBWAY® Sandwich Shops. The partnership with SUBWAY® is a significant addition to the Born Learning Upstate SC effort. One key component of Born Learning has been the installation of Born Learning Trails across the Upstate. These trails include fun, engaging activities designed to boost language and literacy skills, and encourage children and their families to be active physically and mentally. When we started this regional partnership in 2013, we launched with 15 trails across the region. We now have 40 trails throughout our communities in the Upstate of South Carolina. In celebrating the 40 Born Learning Trails, participating SUBWAY® locations will be offering Fresh Fit for Kids meal coupons to users of the trail. There will be a SUBWAY® sign with a QR code somewhere along each of the 40 trails. When trail users find the sign, they can simply scan the QR code, answer a very brief survey and receive a SUBWAY® coupon. This effort not only helps promote early learning and trail usage, it will also help local United Ways track the number of trail users. This will be used in planning for future trails. As a community of United Ways, we realize that the most important assets we have are our children. If our children thrive, then our region will thrive. Even though county lines still exist, we are seeing those county lines blending more closely together in so many ways. As individual United Ways, we recognize that there is great value in working together and with our local businesses where our lines cross and our goals are the same: helping children grow up healthy, ready for school, and prepared for a lifetime of success. Trails in Anderson County are located at Watson Park, Mineral Springs Park (Williamston), South Main Chapel and Mercy Center, and Anderson Civic Center at Kid Venture. For more information or to find trail locations go to n

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May/June 2016

Anderson County

It’s Easier than Ever to

TUNE IN to Local Information Even though we have access to news at our fingertips with our computers, tablets and phones, it is still pretty standard for most of the population to tune in to television for current information. Anderson County is making it easier for you to have access to important county news and information through a revamped county television channel that is operated by the county’s ACTV team. ACTV 193 is currently available to all subscribers of Charter Spectrum. County and/or city television channels are not new ideas. Local cable franchising authorities have the option to require cable operators to set aside designated channels— also known as PEG channels—for public access, educational access or governmental access. Anderson County has had a government PEG (Public Education and Government) since cable television arrived in our area. In 1993, Charter became the primary cable provider for the Anderson. It was used primarily for announcements and for broadcasting county council meetings, but the content and programming is being ramped up to offer more benefits to the community and those wanting to learn about the community. “The discussion to move the cable channel to the next level has progressively intensified over the past three to five years,” said Teresa Bannister, Interim Public Information

Officer for Anderson County. “Charter recorded the council meetings as a public service, a service that would soon be dropped as a part of their program restructuring. We knew it was important to continue broadcasting the meetings for those who could not physically attend while providing transparency in government operations. We began working on the real possibilities of maintaining a County channel that is informative and showcases our communities.” Tommy Dunn, Anderson County Council Chairman, had some familiarity with how other counties were using their cable access channels. Dunn began to make inquiries on operating a public service channel, which he envisioned as a way to connect our community. Not only were they broadcasting county news and information, but also offering safety and emergency preparedness information in severe weather or threatening situations. According to Dunn, in addition to offering promotional information about the county itself, some counties are using the channel as a marketing tool and providing local, interesting and informative programming that the community and visitors would find worthwhile. With these ideas serving as the basis for the potential channel, a team was formed to move the television channel development to the next phase. Bannister and Kelly Turpin, Media Specialist for An6

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Anderson County derson County, arrange and assist with the production of programming. “Together with our community partners, ACTV provides a diverse format that reaches all corners of Anderson County,” Bannister said. Taylor Jones, Deputy Chief of Emergency Services for Anderson County, and Steve Combs, the Media Specialist for Emergency Services, were two natural choices to join the ACTV Team. The cable channel could be used as another method of communication in any type of county-wide emergency and as a media outlet that would offer preparedness and safety tips on a variety of topics. “We want to be a partner with entities who may have an emergency situation to help tell their stories and address their safety issues,” said Jones. “From schools to the 9-1-1 centers to the hospitals…this channel can be a great tool for them.” The Emergency Services division was also very important because it already had much of the equipment needed for filming and editing. This division has made training videos for a variety of topics, so the resources for filming and editing were already in place. In addition to the staff members assisting with the cable channel, the county has formed several fortuitous partnerships to make the channel a success. Students from local school district career centers are developing and providing video filming for the channel. “This is a great way for these students to get real-world experience and for us to also get the content we need,” said Jones. Additionally, students

from Anderson University are assisting with content, research and production. The county has also teamed up with Anderson Magazine for programming for the channel. “We have so many good stories to tell about the county,” said April Cameron, editor and publisher of Anderson Magazine. “I’m excited for our stories to come to life off the pages of the magazine and reach even more people.” The current cable subscribership is around 40,000 homes, but that does not factor in local hospitals, businesses and colleges, and according to Bannister, that number can grow exponentially. “The county is also considering additional technologies that encompass multiple media outlets, so the reach could potentially be unlimited in the next few years,” she said. So what can you expect to see when you tune in? Governmental Transparency—A top goal for the county is to offer governmental transparency by broadcasting events like County Council meetings, Planning Commission meetings, and regional meetings—in fact, any meeting held in the Historic Courthouse’s Council Chambers has the potential of being broadcast on the channel. Economic Development Information—Expect to see information about new businesses starting in Anderson County or businesses that are growing and expanding. You may see stories about construction updates, road improvements and more. Lifestyle Segments—Health topics are important to a broad audience. Experts will offer information about different issues such as heart disease, skin cancer and more. With summer approaching, water safety will be addressed. You’ll hear about things that matter to you. Non-profit Spotlight—Anderson County is full of local charities trying to make improvements for the less fortunate as well as organizations that strive to improve the community in general. These individual organizations will be featured, so you will learn about what each one does within the county, the services they provide and how you might get involved. Clemson Extension Services—From cooking to horticulture, the Clemson Extension Services offer a plethora of services to our community, and the cable channel will bring their services right to you. And more… “Anderson County has a great story to tell,” said County Administrator Rusty Burns, “and this channel will spotlight all that is exceptional about our community. Tune into ACTV 193.” n

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May/June 2016

Duke Energy About a 15 minute drive from downtown Anderson, the W.S. Lee Natural Gas Combined Cycle Facility (formerly known as the W.S. Lee Steam Station) sits on the bank of the Saluda River in Belton. Built in 1951, by engineers with the foresight to know that change would most likely occur in the future, the plant ran on coal until 2014, when Duke Energy Carolinas easily switched one of the units to burn natural gas instead and used a Transco natural gas pipeline that was already set in place and easy to tap into. Duke Energy Carolinas was able to keep the costs to customers down by recycling the old coal unit. The units were originally built to run on either coal or gas, so the conversion was quick and saved customers $75 million by repurposing instead of building a new unit. Currently, the plant is buzzing with activity as hundreds of workers build a new 750 megawatt natural gasfired combined-cycle plant in a newly cleared area on the property. The new construction should be complete and ready to run in 2017, and will provide energy to approximately 750,000 homes across the Carolinas. A major reason why Duke Energy Carolinas converted to natural gas in 2014, was to stop burning coal and significantly reduce emissions into the environment. The company is committed to safely storing and/or removing the ash from the active basins while minimizing the impact on the community. Truckloads of coal ash are moved every day to a lined landfill in Homer, Georgia, and one riverside coal ash basin on site is currently being excavated and relocated to a fully lined landfill at the current location. Despite EPA rulings that coal ash is a non-hazardous waste, Duke Energy Carolinas is still doing everything within their power to keep the land and the community as safe as possible during the removal of the coal ash to prevent any damage to the environment in the process. Routine monitoring of the landfill, trucks, and excavation process are closely monitored. Gas plants are very efficient and have what the industry calls “quick start” units. No matter what the weather is like (extreme cold or hot temperatures) or how many customers need power during peak hours, the gas plants fire up quickly and provide energy almost immediately. The new gas plant will be the most cost effective plant that Duke Energy Carolinas operates. Natural gas prices are lower and more stable than other sources of energy, and having access to the Transco pipeline is one of the key factors for keeping the plant in Belton. “Duke Energy Carolinas has pretty big plans for the future here in Belton,” said Ryan Mosier, of Duke Energy corporate communications department. “We aren’t going anywhere. We have lots of roots in Anderson County. Many generations have lived and worked here since 1951. It is exciting for us to be able to continue this investment for many years to come.” At least 500 new construction jobs will be created throughout the building process, and up to 40 full time positions will be available once the new facility is up and running at the end of 2017. It is worth mentioning that all these workers coming in and out of town to work every day is a boost to the economy as well.


May/June 2016

Investing in Belton By Caroline Anneaux

Rendering of the finished steam plant


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Business & Industry “The City of Belton and other small towns and cities nearby have seen an increase in restaurant traffic since so many of the construction workers need a place to eat lunch,” said Brian Naumuk, on-site station manager. “More people working in town means extra money put right back into the local economy and small town business owners pockets.”

“Our employees volunteer in all areas of the Anderson community.

benefitted from funding from Duke Energy Carolinas (formerly Duke Power) for years, and we just gave them $35K to help with their Snap to Work program in Anderson.” Duke Energy Carolinas pays $9.5 million in taxes, which stays in the county and helps support the local economy. Mayor Mack Durham in Williamston has been credited for partnering with Duke Energy and enthusiastically connecting the community through The Artory/PACAC (Palmetto Area Cultural Arts Center). Tax money, donations via grants and charity events and employees willing to dedicate their free time to helping in the community are all ways Duke Energy Carolinas remains committed to the community. n

A large company in the middle of a small, rural area can be a huge asset to the community as well. “The Duke Energy Foundation is a major contributor to the area,” said Emily DeRoberts, district manager, SC government and community relations team for Duke Energy Carolinas. “Our employees volunteer in all areas of the Anderson community. An annual golf tournament supports local charities, including United Way. We recently donated 3.5 pallets of food for a food drive in Williamston and gave $100K in grants to STEM for science, technology, engineering and math students. AIM has

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Business & Industry

Downtown Bash Kicks Off Young Professionals Group in Anderson A kick-off bash, aimed at jumpstarting a stronger young professional network in the Anderson area, proved to be just what rising leaders are seeking. The event, held at the City of Anderson’s e-Merge facility in Downtown Anderson, gave young professionals ranging from ages 21 to 40-ish an opportunity to gather in a casual and fun environment. With a focus on relationship building and making connections, this event served as introduction to Young Professionals of Anderson County, a newly formed networking group organized by the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce. Craft beer and wine samples were provided by Kitchen Emporium, the winner of the 2015 Small Business of the Year Award. Live entertainment was provided by Mellogroove, a Charlotte-area band with local ties. Heavy hors d’oeuvres were provided by Sunday’s Restaurant of Anderson. As supporters in the growth, development and advancement of young professionals, the evening was sponsored by both Tri-County Technical College and Habitat for Humanity of Anderson.

“The YP is extremely important not just to develop a network of local young business leaders but to inspire and cultivate the leaders of tomorrow.” – Grayson Kelly, Director, Tri County Technical College Foundation

Within the Young Professionals of Anderson County group you’ll find concerned business professionals that are interested in moving all of our towns and the County forward. The strength of any community is the vibrancy of the future, and indeed, Anderson County’s future is bright. As a Young Professional of Anderson County, you will find access to business peers through the largest business organization in Anderson County. Through your involvement, you will help shape our future, and will enjoy the benefits of hearing engaging speakers and participating in an array of informative programs. Through the Young Professionals of Anderson County program, the Chamber will help you to connect with businesses and organizations and help further your leadership in our community. n If you would like to gain more information, offer input, or be a part of this group, contact Michael B. Mance, IOM at the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce at (864)226-3454 or

“We want the YP to carry that business torch for the Anderson community to the next generation.” – Scott Smith, owner, CleverTechs


May/June 2016

Education & Community

Co-op’ing your way to success

By Liz Carey

According to Forbes Magazine, cooperative education programs are not only excellent ways for students to pay for college, but also a way for students to get the competitive edge they need in getting jobs after college. At Tri-County Technical College, partnerships with several organizations provide students with the opportunity to work while learning, helping them to gain the experience they will need in order to land a job after they have graduated. In a traditional cooperative education program, or co-op, at a four-year college, students work for a company for one semester, and then take classes the Cody Powell and Rikayla Johnson were Michelin Scholars and now next. are maintenance employees at the Sandy Springs Plant. But at Tri-County, students work part-time while going to school full-time. skilled technicians to fill jobs in manufacturing,” Booth said. Cheryl Garrison, with Tri-County’s career services “Cooperative education is a way for industry to hire readydepartment, says the program helps students gain made technicians who will feel engaged right from the experience they wouldn’t be able to gain anywhere else. beginning, and therefore have a personal and professional “Our work-based learning programs help them to investment in the company.” see that the technical world is much bigger than they’ll In other programs, like with Bosch and Michelin, ever learn in a lab,” Garrison said. “We’re giving them students become “scholars” where they not only work for the vocabulary of their career field. This gives them 21st the company, but the company also helps the students with Century work skills that employers are so desperately books and tuition. looking for. As part of the Bosch Scholars program at Tri-County, They learn that they’re not an island; that they have to qualified evening students are hired to work full-time communicate by listening, not just talking. When they go during the day at Bosch while they continue their studies in in to get a piece of equipment, there are 100 of them, not the evening. They receive more than 300 hours of mentor one. It’s just a way for them to see what their career field is training and 200 hours of classroom/lab training. When really like.” the students graduate, they do so with a degree and move President Ronnie L. Booth, Ph.D. said the programs are directly into a technical position at Bosch. a great way for students to put their education to use while The Bosch Scholar program provides the company with a it’s still fresh in their head. field of already trained, qualified candidates who are ready And, it helps students to pay the bills. Garrison said to hit the ground running when it comes to their job. most of the students she places in work-based learning “Bosch wants professional-level technicians, who are programs make more than minimum wage. high performers and can move to the next level,” said Doug “I have a few who are making minimum wage, but most Wilson, a 20+-year Bosch employee who implemented the are making closer to $12 an hour,” she said. “When they program in 2012, now retired and working for Tri-County. leave, they’ll be starting in jobs that pay $17 or $18 an “Usually, it takes five to six weeks to fill a technician job at hour on the low end; $25 to $26 an hour on the high end. Bosch. This co-op program will decrease the time it takes for The average is about $22 an hour once they graduate.” us to hire because it creates a pipeline of qualified persons In any given year, about 150 students are placed in coalready pursuing a degree at Tri-County. This also ensures op positions, she said. that we have multi-skilled candidates for the technician But the program helps the company too, said Triopenings.” County President Booth. For more information on co-op programs or work-based “Cooperative education and other types of worklearning programs at Tri-County Technical College, contact based learning programs, such as apprenticeships and Cheryl Garrison at (864) 646-1573. n internships, create a much-needed pipeline of


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May/June 2016

Bartender’s Best of Summer

The warming weather beckons us Southerners out onto a porch for an afternoon cocktail with friends. The rising temperatures beg us to put away some of our old favorites, like heavy red wines, to sample some lighter, refreshing concoctions that reflect the relaxed attitude of summer.

You’ll want to make time to stop by each of these local establishments and visit with their leading bartender. They’ve each shared a summer drink with us that will make you wish every restaurant in town came with a wrap-around porch made just for summer sipping.

There isn’t a thing about running a wine bar that Shayna Hollander doesn’t like. The owner/operator of Viva! il Vino in Anderson and in Pendleton said she enjoys everything from trying out the wines to talking to her customers. “If someone comes in and they’ve had a bad day, usually they leave here happy,” Hollander said. “It makes me happy to be a part of that.” “Ever since we opened, we have had cocktails on the menu,” she said. “The Viva Marchello and the Viva Correli were named after our sons.” Somewhat new to the menu is the Bellini. A combination of cava, apricot nectar and grenadine, the Bellini is a crisp, fresh, bubbly joy of a drink with just enough fruit to tame the dryness of the sparkling wine. .


Shayna Hollander

Viva! Il Vino

110 E. Church St., Anderson

168 Exchange St., Pendleton

Joe Trull, who owns Grits & Groceries outside Belton with his wife Heidi, makes a Bloody Mary mix using fresh and locally sourced ingredients. Made with tomato juice, sake, horseradish, celery salt, pepper, garlic, fresh lime and lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce, it is a perfect savory drink. Topped with a fresh grape tomato from a local farm and some pickled okra, it’s got that perfect South Carolina twist. That’s the key to Grits and Groceries’ success, Trull said, using locally sourced ingredients to make great food. Using sake as a replacement for vodka allows the restaurant to serve cocktails under their wine and beer-only alcohol license. Sake, a rice wine, has the high alcohol content to mimic vodka and is highly mixable as well.

Bloody Mary

Joe Trull

Grits & Groceries

2440 Due West Highway, Belton


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Todd Orlick loves making fresh drinks. The bartender for Earle Street Kitchen and Bar, Orlick makes some drinks with herbs pulled straight from his home garden. Take one of the new drinks on Earle Street’s summer drink menu, the Roseberry Julep. Made with muddled strawberries, fresh rosemary, bitters, basil and bourbon, the drink goes down smooth like a summer sunset. And the rosemary comes straight from Orlick’s home. “We have a few plants outside here that we can get fresh herbs from, but I like to bring mine in from home,” he said.

Roseberry Julep Earle Street Kitchen & Bar

Todd Orlick

134 West Earle St. Anderson

Barrett Cox said one of the favorites from Sullivan’s Spring/Summer cocktail menu is the new Whiskey Raspberry Lemonade. Made with whiskey, Chambord, fresh lemon juice, cranberry juice and a dash of sour mix, the drink is the perfect thing for one of Anderson’s hot summer days – or cool summer nights. “We do a lot of weddings here, and sometimes the bride and groom will want a signature drink – one for the bride and groom,” he said. “We were playing around trying to come up with something and came up with that.” His customers, he said, are moving away from martinis and toward fresh ingredients and other retro cocktails – like Old Fashioneds and Manhattans.

Whiskey y Raspberr Lemonade

Barrett Cox


208 S. Main St. Anderson


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While an Irish Pub is known for great beer, McGee’s Irish Pub in Anderson has become synonymous with great wines and classic cocktails over its 19 years in business. Their summer cocktail is the Irish Rosemary & Apple Gin Fizz. This cocktail combines gin, apple pucker schnapps, simple syrup, lemon juice, soda water and fresh lemon and rosemary over ice. It’s an aromatic and delicious combination that’s perfectly refreshing for warmer weather. “We’ve seen many different trends over the years, but lately it has been to fresh ingredients and artistic recipes with beer and cocktails,” said McGee’s owner John Benca. “My aim is to find out someone’s tastes and find a drink that matches. This time of year has people looking for lighter, sweeter concoctions that take the edge off a long, hot day. The Irish Rosemary Gin Fizz is a perfect spring or summer libation.”

y r a m e s o R h s Iri & Apple Gin Fizz

John Benca

McGee’s Irish Pub 116 W. Orr St. Anderson

At the bar at Tucker’s, Jill Broome said she pours a lot of cocktails. Among the most popular are her pineapple and orange infused vodka Cosmopolitan. Broome makes the Cosmopolitans with the infused vodka, pineapple juice and some grenadine. Garnished with a vodka soaked orange, the drink is a wonderful sweet and smooth drink for a hectic day. Although there have been attempts to change the recipe or shake things up a bit, customers won’t let her change things too much, she said. But that’s okay with her, especially since it’s her customers who make her jobs special. “Over the years, I’ve gotten to know people. I see them in the parking lot, and I’ll have their drinks ready by the time they sit down,” she said. “I may not know their last names, but I know what they eat and drink, and I have it ready for them.”

e l p p a e n i P & Orange osmo C Tucker’s

Jill Broome

3501 Clemson Blvd. Anderson


May/June 2016

House & Home

Mary, Mary Quite Contrary, How Does Your Garden Grow?

By Caroline Anneaux

Spend just an hour in the local office of the Clemson Cooperative Extension office, and you will see a steady stream of Anderson residents walking in to find out answers to questions such as “Are these aphids on my gardenias?” or “I just bought an acre of land and want to know which kind of grass will grow best for the goats I am going to get?” The incredibly friendly and knowledgeable staff working in the beautiful old county agriculture building on 313 S. Towers Street downtown are more than willing to answer the questions they get all day long - at work, via email or texts, phone calls or even while at church on Sunday. “People know I have been in this field for over 25 years, and they don’t hesitate to ask me about their grass, gardens, pesticide choices and more,” said Marty Watt, Senior Extension Agent. “I answer questions all day at work and on my personal time as well. We aren’t like Google, people still like to talk to a real person when they have problems they want to solve.”

Solving problems and educating community members on the economic impact of improving water, land, wildlife and other natural resources are all part of what Clemson Extension agents do every day. “We take care of homeowners, landscapers and other professionals and businesses in the community,” said Mark Arena, horticulture and agriculture specialist. “We pride ourselves on giving scientifically proven, unbiased, research-based answers to your questions. One of the best parts about my job is that I get to go out in the community, meet people and offer them hands-on help with issues they have.” Have a question about what will grow best on the shady side of your yard or why your tomatoes are blooming late? Want to collect and store your rainwater for your garden? Need to get the bats out of your attic? Maybe you have a child interested in horses or a 4-H club. You can find all that and more at the local Clemson Cooperative Extension Office. n

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or most people, the words “real estate industry” mean maybe a real estate agent and a banker. But in reality, the real estate industry in Anderson and elsewhere is a much bigger endeavor encompassing builders, bankers, brokers and many more professionals and the services they provide. Let’s start with residential Realtors. National statistics indicate that in 2015 there were more than 210,000 residential real estate brokerage or management companies handling more than $21 billion dollars in property. Each of those real estate agents works in concert with loan officers, insurance agents, appraisers, builders and others to help consumers find the property that suits their needs. “I would say there is a minimum of four referrals to other businesses in a real estate transaction,” said Lara Fransen, a Realtor with Carola Dauchert Real Estate. “Besides a Realtor, the other basic businesses would be a mortgage lender, real estate attorney and a pest control company for a wood infestation report,” she said. For banks, mortgage lending is a large part of their business. At Peoples Bank, real estate, both commercial and residential, is approximately 90 percent of their lending portfolio, said Michael Robinson, executive vice president and chief financial officer for Peoples Bank. The lending is split approximately half-and-half between residential and commercial, he said.

And often times, it is common practice for the lender to recommend an attorney to be used for the closing, according to Emily Hanis, an attorney with Glenn, Haigler, Stathakis & Hanis. “This tends to result after years of successful transactions between the parties,” she said. “Banks, in particular, prefer to use lawyers they’ve worked with in the past to minimize banking-related risk.” Those transactions and loans have a big impact on the Anderson economy, said Peggy Hill, executive director of the Western Upstate Association of Realtors, a trade association for Realtors in the area. “The real estate industry has a tremendous impact on the Anderson economy,” Hill said. “People used to look at industries like the auto industry and its impact on an economy, but the real estate economy has a bigger impact on a county’s financial health than ever before.” If the real estate industry is not bringing people into a community, the businesses in that community would be negatively affected, she said. Places like AnMed Health System would have fewer patients to treat and professionals working there; schools would have fewer tax dollars coming in and fewer students to educate; manufacturers would have fewer residents to employ. Here in Anderson, the real estate industry is healthy, though, Hill said. “By far, 2015 has been the best year for real estate since 2008,” she said, referring to the year the last major recession began. “And we’re expecting 2016 to be better.”


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Data from Western Upstate Association of Realtors shows that new home listings are up nearly 18 percent over last year, and that closed sales are up 12 percent. The number of days a house is on the market has decreased by 18 percent, from 112 days to only 92 days.

state and the county maintain roads and infrastructure that helps to support the population of the area, provide law enforcement and safety services and offer a higher quality of life. The trickle-down effect of the real estate industry is rather tremendous when considering all the moving parts. In addition to home inspections, trade industries such as plumbing and HVAC contractors, pest control, attorneys and lenders, just to name a few pertinent industries, real estate transactions also often involve businesses like interior decorators, furniture companies, flooring/carpet installations, home improvement stores and movers. As Realtor Carola Dauchert said, “Real estate is the canary of the economy.” In other words, when the economy is booming, the canary is singing. But when things slow down, the real estate industry is the first to show signs of trouble. n

A Daniel Builders Project

Those indications mean a healthy real estate market. But that also means a healthy real estate industry. And a healthy real estate industry means jobs. Don Cleveland, a Realtor with Buy Hartwell Lake, said new houses are going up on Hartwell Lake, and those houses are custom built. That means builders employing general contractors and construction workers. Even remodeling a home has an impact on the job market. Daniel Jachens of Daniel Builders said he gets referrals from real estate agents on a pretty regular basis for remodeling jobs. “Many times a buyer is very interested in a home, but it’s not their ‘dream home,’ for whatever reason. Something doesn’t meet their needs - whether the kitchen needs to be updated or the master bath needs remodeling,” said Jachens. “We go in and estimate what it would take to make it their dream home so the agent can give them some perspective.” From these referrals come remodeling jobs where Daniel Builders hires trade contractors employing additional people. According to the National Association of Home Builders, for every $100,000 spent on remodeling a home, nearly one job was created and $29,779 in taxes were generated. About a third of those taxes are state and local taxes that go back into the community. Those taxes help the

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For real estate agent Wes Jones, there’s no better part of his job than selling a couple their first home. “When you’re working with a couple and they’re not sure they’re doing the right thing or they’re worried they can’t buy a house, there’s nothing like the feeling you get when you hand them the keys,” Jones said. “Just seeing the smiles on their faces is the best part of this job.” Jones has been a real estate agent for the past 10 years. Prior to entering the real estate market, Jones worked in the food service industry at Dockmasters – the former restaurant on the spot where Sake Zen is now located. An Anderson native, Jones left the restaurant and entered the real estate market when business was booming in 2006. “I remember thinking, ‘Why doesn’t everybody do this?’” he said. “That was back when I could be golfing and sell a house over a phone call. Before long, everyone was getting into real estate. You could sell a lake house without ever even listing it. Then the bottom fell out.” During the recession from 2008 to 2011, times were hard, he said. “It was hard to make ends meet for a while,” he said. “Back then there were a lot more realtors in the market. By 2010, things had dropped way off. But in 2011, things started picking back up again.” Since then, things have been getting progressively better. Anderson is once again selling and people are actively looking for a house. “I get 10 calls a month from people who tell me they’re looking for a lake house,” he said. Jones said real estate is still about customer service. Helping people make the purchases that change their lives is the best part of his job, he said. “I was fortunate enough to get into the market when some of my friends were buying their first home,” he said. “Now, they are buying their second home, or the home they will retire in. I love being able to help people.” n


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For the past 20 years, Patty Cleveland has been selling houses, but the ones she sells on the lake, she said, are her favorites. “We work from our homes, because there’s no need for us to have an office. We should be out there meeting with our clients,” she said. “So, when I’m out at Lake Hartwell, selling houses, and I get to spend all day outside looking at the lake, it’s a great day. People are so happy when they buy a house on the lake.” Cleveland said she thinks this is a boom time for Anderson County. “Anderson is just rocking right now,” she said. “We’re right off the Interstate. We’re central to everything – to the mountains, to the beaches, to the big cities. There’s just so much growth here it’s unbelievable.” Cleveland started her career in Georgia working in an office with her brother-in-law. When they parted ways, she worked in Georgia and South Carolina and finally decided to settle down in Anderson. For herself and her agents, she has one motto that hangs on the wall of her office – “If we don’t take care of our customers, someone else will.” It’s a motto she believes in. “Because of the Internet, buyers are so much more educated than they were before,” she said. “You really have to be on your game. You really have to know what you’re talking about.” And making her buyers happy is what her business is all about, she said. “It’s been an amazing experience meeting all these wonderful people. A lot of them have come back to us and had us help them buy their second home,” she said. “When you’re selling someone a lake home, you’re selling them something that is bringing them such joy. It’s a real pleasure to do.” n

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Their goal was 120 transactions and $22 million in sales. “I am a numbers person,” she said. “We set goals, and we knew what we had to do in order to achieve them. I knew exactly what we needed to do, down to how many phone calls it was going to take to get an appointment. A lot of entrepreneurs start out and then hope for the best. I set a very clear path. I track everything so I know what I need to do to succeed.” Originally from the Ukraine, Ala Chappelear came to Anderson as an exchange student. Once here, she fell in love with the country and how much opportunity there was for her. “Fortunately, I was placed in a very loving home,” she said. “I was one of 50 students from my city who were chosen to participate. In addition to getting us ready for the trip, we had to take a year of English before coming. I ended up staying here and being adopted by my host family.” After graduating college, she took a job with her adopted mom, Terri Anderson, in her real estate company. From there she learned as much as she could. “It was a challenge; first, because of my accent, the language barrier and my age,” she said. “I knew I had to address those challenges immediately. And I knew that the way to overcome those challenges was through education.” Taking every course she could, Chappelear learned

not only how to be a better agent, but also learned about everything in the real estate industry that she could. “My goal during those first years was that when the client walked away from the table, that they knew I did the best I possibly could to make the best deal for them,” she said. “Now, in my 17th year in business, I have clients that this is the third and fourth house that we’ve sold for them.” By 1999, she had her real estate license and her own company. Now part of the Keller Williams family of agents, she not only continues her training, but also now teaches some of the courses. Chappelear married her husband in 2001 and brought him into the business not long after. The company has been growing ever since. And in an industry where the goal is to have 80 percent of one’s business come from referrals, Chappelear said that 92 percent of her business comes from referrals or repeat business. Her focus on the customer is something she still prides herself on and something that she attributes to her success. “It’s a job that I love now,” she said. “Our days can be very stressful, and there are days that we want to tear our hair out. But it’s our customers who are the important thing. This is the most important decision of their lives outside of getting married. We truly love our job.” n

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In an office on McGee Road, an organization designed to protect the interests of homeowners and realtors works quietly to help the real estate industry. Western Upstate Association of Realtors is a trade association of the real estate industry. Peggy Hill, president and CEO of Western Upstate Association of Realtors, said the group works to ensure that Realtors are the best of the best of real estate agents. In South Carolina, in order to be a real estate agent, a person must take 60 hours of classes in the first year and pass an exam, then take 30 hours the next year in order to be a licensed real estate agent. In order to be a Realtor, your must take additional class hours, become a member of the Western Upstate Association of Realtors and adhere to a code of ethics. “There are 36,696 real estate agents in South Carolina,” Hill said. “But only 17,000 are Realtors. We only want the best of the best as Realtors.” The group also works with elected officials, locally, at the state level and in Washington, DC, to ensure legislation that benefits everyone affected by real estate transactions through the Realtors Political Action Committee (RPAC). Currently, Don Cleveland, a Realtor and lobbyist with RPAC, said the group is working with legislators to increase road spending on the state level and to stop the privatization of flood insurance at the national level. “We’ve had a home owner in Greenville who decided she wanted to sell her house and live off the money that she made,” Cleveland said. “Well, because of the way the flood insurance laws were written, she would have to pay $10,000 to get flood insurance on it, and buyers would have to pay an additional $10,000 every year for the house. No one’s going to buy a house knowing they have to pay an additional $10,000 a year.” Working with other Realtor groups across the state, the RPAC was able to postpone the bill from taking effect for five years. It will come up again next year, and they’ll be there to hopefully stall it again, he said. In South Carolina, the group will be working on licensing for real estate agents, business license

reform, an equalization of property taxes across the state and pushing for more spending on roads and infrastructure. “We’d like to see a gas tax implemented so that we can better take care of our roads,” Cleveland said. “One third of all the gas bought in this state is bought by people outside of this state. They come into our state and use our roads; why shouldn’t they be taxed to help pay for their upkeep?” The actions of the Association trickle down to homeowners, Hill said. The goal is to help make Realtors more aware of what is going on in their communities and educate them more, which, in turn, makes a real estate transaction better for home owners, said Dianna Brouthers, education director for the Association. “We educate our Realtors, so they in turn can educate their customers,” she said. n

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cross Iva-based Anderson School District 3, students are being provided with opportunities to learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics, also known as STEM. From Crescent High School down to the elementary school level, teachers, administrators and students are working together to embrace STEM as a way to prepare students for careers in the new economy. At Crescent, a program with the state of South Carolina allows students to enter into dual enrollment courses at Tri-County Technical College in certain fields so that when they graduate, they not only have a high school diploma, but also a certificate in that field. “The pathways program allows kids in welding and electronics to attend classes at Tri-County at the same time that they are going to school here,” said Hannah Arnold, assistant principal at Crescent. “It’s a statewide initiative, so tuition and books for the students are covered. There’s no cost to the school district, to parents or to the student. They even cover the cost of travel so that if we need to use a bus to transport students to Tri-County, that’s covered too.” Since Tri-County graduates before Crescent, students will literally have college certificates in their field of study prior to walking across the stage to get their diploma. Arnold said nine students are participating in the program this year. Last year, Kenneth Buchanan was able to graduate from Crescent with his certificate in mechatronics. “When I started the Mechatronics Technical Career Pathway Dual Enrollment Program I had absolutely no idea what to expect,” Buchanan said. “Part of me thought it would come easy…but part of me knew it wouldn’t be a walk in the park. I guess nothing, or no one, could have prepared me for the shift in workload, study time, and personal investment that was about to occur.” Buchanan said the classes helped him not only to define his career path and his work ethic, but also to secure a job at TTI after graduation. “We want to expose our students to

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the chance to both make a little money and gain valuable hands-on work experience,” he said. “While many of my friends and peers were kicking back enjoying their last summer before college or going to work, I was working hard for TTI and learning everything I could. My work experience was invaluable to me, and there is no way I could have learned all that I learned on the floor of the shop in a classroom; to really grasp some skills you just have to get in there, get your hands dirty (literally) and pick up from doing.” At Starr-Iva Middle School, work is being done to expand their STEM focus classes. This year, for the first year, the school offers design and mathematics to students. Next year, it will expand the class offerings to include robotics, currently only offered as an after school activity. Both of the classes are part of a Gateway to Technology program. The goal, said Laura Smith, instructional coach at the school, is to give kids the tools they need to make good choices about career paths while they are in high school. “We want to expose our students to everything that we can here so they are ready for the next step in their Individual Graduation Plan,” Smith said. “This is a way to help them get involved with problem solving and focusing on real world projects. It helps them be prepared to continue their studies when they reach high school.” The school is also integrating STEM education into agriculture education by teaching how mathematics relates to agricultural science as well as in other ways. “We’re trying to focus on career skills,” Smith said. “We want students to be equipped to succeed in their high


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Education & Community school career, but also in their career after high school.” At Starr Elementary, students are working with STEM training to learn to think outside of the box and problem solve as well. Teacher Tonya Fowler works with fourth and fifth graders to help them look at the world a little differently. Through her Trash Trek program, students not only had to learn how our world deals with trash, but also had to build a project using that trash that had an impact on our world. Some of the students built cars or made art. But the end result, Fowler said, is not the important part. “What they learn is that there are no cheats in a program like this,” she said. “It’s very frustrating for them, but they need to learn that they need to get in there and solve problems.” From elementary school to high school, District 3 is finding that the focus on STEM education is benefiting the students of all ages. n Teacher Tonya Fowler (left) and the Starr Elementary Robotics team focused on how trash affects the world.

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er car tag reads: “Driven by the Arts.” As she pulls into the parking lot of Honea Path Elementary School, she is thinking about ways she will involve 600 K-5th grade students in her own passion – art. Before the day is over, she will be doing the same thing with a class of students at Anderson University. A Belton resident for more than 30 years, Barbara Ervin has taught art extensively at all levels, from elementary to college to adult. But her contributions to the arts are far more than as an educator. She is also an accomplished artist and author. Her own artwork has received numerous awards, has been displayed in exhibitions throughout the

Southeast and is a part of many public and private collections across the United States. She has pieces displayed at numerous locations in Anderson County, such as AnMed, Gallery 313, Belton Center for the Arts, Anderson County Art Center, Anderson County Civic Center, etc. A Greenville native, Barbara’s journey of accomplishment began after discovering a passion for printmaking in high school. She then sold her first printed piece of artwork at a show for $10. Her drive to learn and master her interest took her to the University of South Carolina, where she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Although primarily a printmaker, she also uses a variety


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of other art techniques, including pencil, watercolor, handmade paper and marbleized paper to create a variety of art pieces. Her work draws strongly on nature and mirrors its beauty, harmony and rhythms. Much of her inspiration is from her own photography as well as from colors we see all around us. Barbara describes her artwork as abstract images, usually taking a landscape form and requiring the viewer to decide where or what the pictures contain. The printmaking process is both mechanical and spontaneous at the same time. Pictures are never planned and tend to change throughout the process. She uses a variety of materials like handmade paper, talcum powder, plastic wrap, and sandpaper (to name a few) to create textures in the ink that are unique in the final product. These creations can take from a few hours to fifty or more. Barbara’s in-home studio has shelves filled with books, art supplies and framing materials. She has an inspirational board of images and photographs for ideas about color, lines and shapes in nature. Because she believes art is an unplanned process, she is prepared to launch into a creative mode at any time. She hangs onto unfinished art and sometimes returns to it months or years later. In 1998 Barbara wrote Making Connections: Interdisciplinary Art Activities, a guide for teachers to incorporate the arts into subjects such as English, math, language arts, social studies, science and music. This important resource book provides guidance on assessment strategies and teaching objectives as well as a chart showing interdisciplinary connections. It also includes valuable suggestions for teaching students with special needs. Barbara plans to retire at the end of this school year. “Barbara Ervin’s greatest strength is that she is willing to take a risk that another teacher might not in order to bring out a student’s best. Because of that gift, many of our students have produced amazing artwork,” said Honea Path Elementary Principal, Jeremy Sauceman. “Students, parents and faculty have fully appreciated her and will be sad to see her leave.” “The best part of my career in Anderson District 2 has been to expose a whole generation of students to the beauty,

wonder, and excitement of art and the artistic process,” said Ervin. “Somewhere in that time, I have shared with every student, no matter what age, a moment of unexpected discovery, pride and joy. Students get excited when they make something tangible from new or different materials, when they find they can draw something that looks incredibly complex or relate an art project to a subject being studied in their regular classes! They get excited, and that fuels my desire to come up with projects to fuel their excitement.” Teaching has fueled much of Barbara’s drive, but those who know her best realize she is only retiring as a teacher, not as an artist. She will have more time on her hands and another full tank. n


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Finding Freedom From PAIN

By Monica Rockwell

Shortly after adopting her brother’s two-year old son Michael in 2015 following her brother’s untimely death, Amy Reese, 25, began experiencing crippling back pain. A busy professional, she was potty-training Michael, an activity that involves a lot of bending, when she ran into trouble. The pain became so severe that she couldn’t get into bed or pick up her son and had to be assisted up several flights of stairs each day. That pain brought Reese to Palmetto Physical Medicine in Anderson where she was diagnosed with a bulging disk in her lower back and a reverse curve in her neck. Following a medical exam and medical tests tailored to her symptomology, Reese began a three-month treatment plan at Palmetto. “When I first started coming to Palmetto Physical Medicine, my pain was an eight on a scale of one to 10,” said Reese. She began a routine of therapy three times a week. After only two weeks, the pain level was down to a four, and after six weeks, Reese said she was totally painfree. At Palmetto Physical Medicine, the medical team holds a round-table discussion about the medical history and exam findings of each patient. Specific treatment options are then determined and recommended on an individual basis. For Reese, that included different specialists, including a chiropractor, massage therapist and spinal rehab specialist, whom she continues to visit today. Dr. Alex Hanner is a chiropractor at Palmetto Physical Medicine who worked with Reese when her pain was nearly unbearable and continues to perform regular adjustments on Reese to help properly align her spine. Hayes Barnett is a spinal rehab specialist who taught Reese exercises to perform at home and on the job to help maintain the proper physical structure of her body and keep her out of pain. She continues to work on these exercises with Barnett at Palmetto. Additionally, deep tissue massages continue to be an ongoing part of Reese’s treatment, helping to keep her pain-free. Her demanding job at Southern Wesleyan University keeps her at a desk the majority of the day – just like 86 percent of American workers. But since starting therapy at Palmetto, Reese now takes a break every half hour to do a back stretching exercise that Barnett taught her. She also uses a rolled up towel behind her lower back while sitting to help maintain the natural curvature of her spine.

“If you’re in any kind of pain and want to be well, this is the place to be.” Dr. Hanner and Dr. Nicholas Winkler opened Palmetto Physical Medicine in 2014. The practice uses a functional medicine approach which focuses on the underlying causes of disease and the ability to heal ourselves. “Functional medicine considers the relationship of the structure of the body to the whole body (a holistic or system-wide approach) rather than focusing on individual symptoms,” says Alex Pena, Director of Case Management. According to Pena, the typical treatment plan ranges from two weeks to three months working with the team of professionals and with therapies specifically designed for each patient. The initial treatment schedule can be intense but lessens over the treatment phase. Reese is nearing the end of her treatment plan, but says her relationship with Palmetto Physical Medicine won’t come to an end. “I plan to come back for periodic chiropractic adjustments as needed, massages and help with my exercise habits to stay pain-free,” she said. Aside from the physical benefits of her treatment, Reese said she loves the environment of care at Palmetto Physical 40

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Health & Happiness Medicine where wait time for services is minimized (the goal is five minutes or less), and each patient is given an upfront outline of all costs associated with their recommended treatment options. Reese said her experience was one in which the patient is the priority; the staff takes a genuine interest in your life and the care is very personal and caring with lots of respect and dignity. She looks forward to her visits with caring, committed staff. “If you’re in any kind of pain and want to be well, this is the place to be,” she said. n

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Who do you think is an Inspiring Athlete? Some one that plays hard no matter the score…that encourages their teammates…keeps an optimistic attitude…plays for the team, not for self… The July/August of Anderson Magazine is focusing on high school athletics and we want to know who you think is an inspiring high school athlete! Send us your nominations for consideration in the next issue of Anderson Magazine.

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AnMed Health

AnMed Health first in the Upstate to offer implant device as alternative to warfarin

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AnMed Health is among the first hospitals in the region to implant a device in the heart that could take the place of warfarin – a drug that many patients with A-fib can’t or don’t take as prescribed. Dr. Matt Sellers, of AnMed Health Arrhythmia Specialists, on March 17 became the first physician in the Upstate to implant the WATCHMAN device in a patient. AnMed Health Arrhythmia Specialists remains the only place in the region to offer the device. Non-valvular atrial fibrillation, also called AF or A-fib, is a heart condition where the upper chambers of the heart (atrium) beat too fast and with irregular rhythm (fibrillation). AF is the most common cardiac arrhythmia, currently affecting more than 5 million Americans. The WATCHMAN implant closes off an area of the heart called the left atrial appendage to keep harmful blood clots from entering the blood stream and potentially causing a stroke. By closing off that part of the heart, the risk of stroke may be reduced and, over time, patients may be able to stop taking warfarin. According to Dr. Rick Henderson of AnMed Health Arrhythmia Specialists, the left atrial appendage is an unused part of the heart, much in the way that the appendix is not necessary. Although warfarin is effective when patients take it as prescribed, the drug thins blood throughout the body, not just in the areas where clots may form. “The new WATCHMAN LAAC implant provides physicians with a breakthrough stroke risk reduction option for patients with non-valvular AF,” said Henderson, who is also medical director of the AnMed Health Electrophysiology Department. “For patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation who are seeking an alternative to warfarin, the WATCHMAN implant offers

WATCHMAN LAAC implant a potentially life-changing stroke risk treatment option which could free them from the challenges of long-term warfarin therapy.” Warfarin sometimes doesn’t work for patients who otherwise are suited for the drug, according to Henderson, because some people suffer side effects and some simply do not take the medication as prescribed. Despite its proven efficacy, long-term warfarin medication is not welltolerated by some patients and carries a significant risk for bleeding complications. Nearly half of AF patients eligible for warfarin are currently untreated due to tolerance and adherence issues. Twenty percent of all strokes occur in patients with AF, and AF-related strokes are more frequently fatal and disabling. Implanting the WATCHMAN device, which was recently approved by the FDA, is a one-time procedure that usually lasts about an hour. Following the procedure, patients typically stay in the hospital for 24 hours. AnMed Health Arrhythmia Specialists can be reached at 864.512.4530. n 43

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Don’t Always Wear Capes Contributors Lisa Marie Carter and April Cameron When most of us think of super heroes, we think of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. But the real heroes in our lives are the women and men who rush in when everyone is rushing out, the ones who are responsible for saving lives. Law enforcement officers, firefighters, paramedics, emergency medical technicians—what we call “first responders”—are some of the most amazing heroes in our community.

Law Enforcement

George Ducworth, Coordinator of Recruitment & Career Development for the School of Criminal Justice at Anderson University, helps people become police officers. “For an individual to become a certified police officer, he or she has to attend a 12-week course at the South Carolina Police Academy,” he said. This course includes a myriad of classes such as driving, shooting, physical fitness and academic courses. “Some police departments require a new employee to have a four-year degree, some require two years of college, some require none. Some require previous experience,” said Ducworth. The various criminal justice majors at Anderson University require between 123 and 128 hours of course work. Once someone has graduated from the academy, the adventure begins. “In a work week on duty, you never know what is going to occur,” said Anderson County Sheriff ’s K9 Officer Dalen Creamer. “It is very common to be dispatched to a minor larceny report only to be sent to a multi-casualty shooting or fight within minutes. “Every day that we work, we put on a bullet-resistant vest and many other items of ‘duty gear,’ not knowing if we will make it home from our shift. It is the most thought-of fear that members of the law enforcement profession deal with on a daily basis,” he said. And while that is in the back of the mind of many officers, the rewards far outweigh the fears, according to Creamer. “The most rewarding things about being in law enforcement are to see the comfort in someone’s eyes when you have been able to help them through an incident. We have a goal to help anyone and are doing our part to make our community safer for our children,” he said.

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Emergency Services

A good representative of this group of local heroes is a division of the Anderson County Sheriff ’s Office led by Deputy Chief Taylor Jones. The full-time employees, part-time employees and volunteer professionals of the Emergency Services Division are charged with coordinating disaster and emergency preparedness and planning and emergency communications and related activities. Recently, this group led an “active assailant response” training program for schools, churches and other public groups. They taught individuals how to respond to— and escape from—an active assailant, such as someone opening gunfire on unarmed people in a public place. “Disasters, emergencies and crime know no boundaries,” said Matthew Littleton, Captain of Technical Services for the Emergency Services Division. “Think about it. A tornado, severe thunderstorm, or winter storm has no concern for the county line, and with respect to planning and preparedness, neither do we. We believe that an effective emergency services organization is one that not only works hard preparing for an event, but works equally hard to build relationships with partner agencies from across the region. “

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Anderson County is well protected from fires with the combined efforts of the Anderson City and County Fire Departments. The Anderson County Fire Department consists of 27 volunteer fire departments with approximately 870 firefighters responsible for a 757-square-miles area. Members spend about 200 hours of class time before volunteering to risk their lives for their community neighbors. “Most of our volunteers train at night and on weekends because they have jobs they have to work as well,” said Mike Benoir, Anderson County Fire Department Training Coordinator. “Being a volunteer requires a lot of time and dedication to balance work, family and the fire service. They give up countless hours away from family at events and holidays to help serve and protect our communities.” The Anderson City Fire Department has three stations that protect approximately 25,000 citizens living in a 15-square-mile area. In addition to any rescue services needed from firefighters, the city fire department is dedicated to reducing the frequency and severity of fires. It was one of only ten departments in South Carolina recently awarded a Smoke Alarm Blitz grant from the State Fire Marshall to work in conjunction with the American Red Cross to offer free, installed smoke detectors in local homes. The city fire department also provides services as a first responder, in high-priority medical emergencies such as cardiac arrest, multi-trauma situations and more. The department also has a technical rescue team that employs tools or skills that exceed those normally used in standard firefighting. Examples can include rescues in water and in collapsed buildings.

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E.M.S. The MedShore Explorer Program encourages youth to become involved in Emergency Medical Services.


When critical timing matters in a life or death situation, the paramedics or emergency medical technicians (EMT) in Anderson County are there. Medshore Ambulance Service works with Anderson County and a number of rescue squads within the county as pre-hospital providers for emergencies. Oftentimes as the first responders on a tragic scene, these local heroes must be prepared with nerves of steel. That can sometimes be intimidating for a new recruit. “We have a good mix of veteran staff and younger personalities on staff,” said Josh Shore, operations manager of the Anderson division of Medshore. “This works well for us as the seasoned employees teach the younger staff members street smarts and the newer employees apply what they’ve learned fresh from class.” The paramedics and EMTs are not only saving lives and stabilizing individuals going on to further care, but also put themselves in harm’s way from time to time. Consider an ambulance being called to the home of a gunshot victim, or to a wreck when there are icy road conditions. “We definitely remind them to have ‘situational awareness,’” said Shore. “They should be looking around for abnormal events, anything that might threaten their safety.” Medshore also fields a disaster response team when there is a need. This is a group of EMTs and paramedics who respond in short notice to assist the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) in natural disasters such as hurricanes. Medshore provides the ambulances and employees to go in to affected areas while other teams and employees stay behind and continue normal Medshore operations. n

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In the Disney movie, Sky High, students go to high school to be super heroes. At the Anderson Districts I & II Career and Technology Center, they go to Luke Riddle to become hometown heroes. Riddle, a volunteer firefighter in Belton and a National Guard reservist, is an instructor at the career center teaching students to become certified firefighters. Hollie Harrell, director of the career center, nominated Riddle because of the compassion he shows his students and how he inspires them “to be our future heroes,” she said. His students are already proving that they are finding inspiration from their teacher. Stephen Eller, one of Riddle’s first students in the program, was recognized in 2011 for his efforts in helping to save the life of Belton Honea Path football coach Russell Blackston who suffered heart trouble. Eller is now a firefighter. “He (Riddle) guided me to become what I am today,” said Eller. “He not only accepts a challenge and completes it, but along the way, he teaches others how to complete the task too. He’s a great leader.” Another one of Riddle’s students was also recognized for his heroic work this past March. Cory Bagwell assisted a pregnant mother and her family when their car overturned on an icy road. This is how Riddle’s impact as a hero has a ripple effect - training one hero after another. Riddle and his wife Melissa have four children all under the age of 7, including a set of twins. “Others see Luke as a hero for his courage and outstanding achievements,” said Melissa. “To us, as his family, he is a hero because he always puts us first no matter the cost or sacrifice. He is an amazing provider, role model, teacher, friend, and leader. Most of all he is a remarkable husband and daddy because of his constant love and support.” n

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We received this moving letter from our first Hometown Hero nominee’s wife, and her letter clearly tells you why he is not only her hero but one of our Hometown Heroes as well. Here is just a part of what Tabatha told us about her hero. “My husband is a local paramedic in Greenville County, and we reside in Anderson County. He is my hero in too many ways to list; however, I will do my best. We have been married for almost ten years and have four children. One of our children has Autism which has been very life changing for all of us; however, by the glory of God and my husband as his vessel, our needs are always met. My husband works five to six days a week. He has been recognized by his department for some of his achievements. More so than his gift as a paramedic, he is our hero. In addition to his local paramedic position, he also volunteers his time as a medic to the Special Olympics. He sees anything from wounds to deaths. It is a very mentally and physically demanding job. Combine that with the demands and expectations of home life, and it can really weigh one down. He works night shifts and tries to sleep during the day, waking up on time to spend time with his children before he is off for another shift. Carlisle and his family. Even with the everyday hustle he comes home and tries to leave all the day’s troubles behind to be the father and husband that he yearns to be. If I can simply salute him for all he does than that would mean the world to me and our children. From his wife Tabatha and children Mason, Mattox, Shelby and Sage. Also to all the local hometown heroes and their families, God bless all that you do, and may God continue to protect you as you serve.” n

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When he’s “on the clock,” Daniel Garrett is a railroad engineer with Pickens Railroad. For most little boys, Garrett holds the job they have dreamed of doing one day. But, how he spends his free time is what makes him a hero among his friends, family and community. Garrett is the Chief of Zion Volunteer Fire Department. Together, he and his fellow firemen respond to calls within the Zion district, but also assist other fire stations and agencies as needed. They do this without pay for the good of the community. He also works together with his team to mentor and train new firefighters to become certified. So, after Garrett works his full-time job on the railroad and then spends time with his part-time job in lawn care, he also makes time for his volunteer job at the fire department to assist the younger generation of firefighters and serve his community. The volunteer firefighters form a strong bond working together and watching out for each other on the job, but their friendships carry over into their downtime as well. From raising money to provide for better equipment to community events, the volunteer fire departments are a family within themselves. In the eyes of his two daughters, ages 6 and 3, Garrett is certainly their number one hero. Besides reading to them, playing outside with them and saying their prayers with them every night, the girls think their dad is a hero because “he helps people by putting out house fires and helps people when they have wrecks.” According to his Garrett and his family. family, who nominated him for a Hometown Hero, Garrett wouldn’t view himself this way. But what he would agree upon is that he could never do all the things he does without God, his wife Kayla, his daughters, his family, his fellow officers in the station and all the firefighters that work year round to help make things possible. n

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A dog’s day in court By Liz Carey

You could say that Roma, the 10th Circuit Solicitor’s newest employee, spends a lot of her time asleep on the job. During a regular appearance in court on March 17, Roma walked into the courtroom with Assistant Solicitor Chelsey Moore and took her spot near the jury box. After just a few moments, she was sound asleep. When members of the court, attorneys and others came over to meet her, she barely lifted her head off the floor in greeting. But then, that’s what she’s supposed to do -- stay calm, relax those around her and help others as they deal with what can be a very frightening experience -– their day in a court of law. Roma is a facility dog working in the solicitor’s offices in both Anderson and Oconee counties. As long as she is wearing her work vest, Roma’s job is to not get excited; to not get anxious and to not get upset by the things around her. Since coming to Anderson in November, Roma has worked inside the Solicitor’s Office, inside the Anderson and Oconee County courthouses, and in the Child Advocacy Center at Foothill’s Alliance, a child friendly, non-residential facility serving sexually abused children of Anderson and Oconee counties. She works with Moore in Drug Court and there are plans to use her in Family Court during juvenile cases, said Chrissy Adams, 10th Circuit Solicitor.

By Caroline Anneaux “Roma has offered her support to a victim and her family during a recent trial simply by being present while they waited to be called for testimony against another family member,” Adams said. “She will soon be working with a child witness in Oconee to provide emotional support before the child testifies in court. Roma’s work at the Child Advocacy Center has also been incredible. She has spent lots of time in the lobby hanging out with kids before and after interviews, offering the gentle comfort of a friend. Roma’s strength is in her silent acceptance of everyone she meets and the quiet way she gently puts you at ease.” Moore said Roma’s ability to calm people down comes from her two years of training, coupled with thousands of years of human interaction with dogs. “People have had dogs for thousands of years,” Moore said. “It’s in our nature to allow them to influence us. If they are scared or nervous, we tend to tense up as well. So when people are around Roma, and they see that she isn’t tense or nervous or excited, they calm down.” Her calming effect works well with children, Moore said. Roma visits the Child Advocacy Center and sits in

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the waiting area while Moore works with clients. “Sometimes, these children have to talk about awful things,” said Shirley McNabb, director of children’s services at Foothills Alliance. “Before they go into the interview room, they can play with Roma and it helps them relax for a while. She is such a great dog. She lets them crawl all over her and play with her. She really has an impact on them.” There will even be a time, if needed, when Roma will sit in the witness stand, Moore said. If she is needed, she will accompany the witness to the stand and lay down at their feet while they give their testimony. Her presence in the stand will require a hearing prior to the trial, but her being there is something needed, said Richard Shirley, Clerk of Court. “When I first heard about Roma, I immediately thought about a little eight-year-old girl who had to testify in here,” Shirley said. “That’s why we need her – to help witnesses like that. She would have been such a help then.” Getting Roma required Shirley, and others, to sign off on her presence in court and in situations like the Child Advocacy Center. It also required Moore to go through a year-long application process culminating in two weeks of training with Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), the group that trained Roma. Even though Roma is owned by CCI, Moore cares for her, including vet visits, continual training, grooming and a strict diet. She will do this for the rest of her working career – approximately eight to 10 years. When Roma retires, Moore will be given the first chance to adopt Roma as her pet. When Roma isn’t working – meaning anytime she’s not wearing her vest – she’s a normal, gangly, two-year-old golden retriever/Labrador retriever mix, Moore said. “She’ll run and play, but she’s pretty lazy, so it’s only for about fifteen minutes at a time,” Moore said. “I tried to get her to run with me, but she wasn’t having any of that. So we walk everyday and we get exercise. When she has her vest on though, she’s all business.” There’s no one more suited for the job than Roma, Solicitor Adams said, and no one better suited to take on the responsibility of caring for Roma than Moore. “Roma has been a huge asset to our office. It took us over a year to get Roma,” Adams said. “Chelsey has worked extremely hard during that time. She has been through interviews, filled out lengthy applications, and devoted a great deal of her time to Roma. Roma is a huge responsibility and Chelsey is the right person to care for her. I am very proud of her for taking on such a demanding task.” n

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Row, Row, Row Your Boat summer fun on the lake

By Lisa Marie Carter

By boat (or by car) you can visit some of these great places and hit these fun events on the shores of Hartwell Lake. Hop on in the boat and head on over to Harbor Light Marina on the South Carolina/Georgia border and check out Catfish Johnny’s. Enjoy the deck and views of the lake while you grab a bite and when you need a break from the heat head on inside for some cool refreshments. They often feature live music so check out their Facebook page to see who is playing or visit Another option is Sake Zen Sushi. Some know it as the old Charlie T’s or the old Bull Feathers. By car, it’s on Clemson Boulevard near Exit 19. The restaurant has recently added back on a boat dock so you can travel by boat and grab some great sushi and sake. They don’t have a website, but you can check them out on Facebook. If you are in the Clemson area, swing by The Grill at Clemson Marina, open Friday, Saturday and Sundays. The Grill at Clemson Marina offers a fun, outdoor dining atmosphere for the summer and even extends it into the fall for a unique tailgating experience for college football season. This new way of tailgating is also known as “boatgating.” Visit for hours and information. Besides boat rides to restaurants, there are several events happening on the lake or on the shoreline that make it a great stay-cation this summer. On to the great events that are happening on and around Lake Hartwell. Listed below by date are just samplings of the events that take place on our lake this year and just a bit of information about them. The Hartwell Dam Run is May 7. The 5K starts in South Carolina and runs back into Georgia. The 10K starts in Georgia, runs into South Carolina and then back across the Dam into Georgia. Go to for more information The Fourth Annual Lake Hartwell Music Festival is Saturday, May 28 at the Long Point Recreation area in Hartwell. It’s a fundraiser for the Hart Youth Development Resource Association and is a day-long, family friendly


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event. Bring some chairs, a cooler and enjoy a day full of music. Visit for more information. The Ram Truck Open Fishing Series starts June 11 at Green Pond Landing. It is a Boater/Co-Angler series that pairs boaters and co-anglers together to fish from the same boat. However, boaters are not competing with their co-angler partners. Boaters compete against boaters and co-anglers compete against the other co-anglers in the tournament. Boaters and Co-Anglers pay different entry fees and the boaters are competing for the prize money created for the boaters and co-anglers for the prize money created for the co-anglers. Visit for more information. The Hartwell Lake Boat Poker Run benefiting Meals on Wheels will be June 16, 17 & 18 at Portman Marina this year. This event is celebrating its 11th year on the lake and raised more than $60,000 for Meals on Wheels in 2015. Local boaters, as well as guests from across the country, including Texas, Kentucky, Alabama and more, join the fun at this well-known event. This year, the weekend begins with a new Welcome Party on Thursday night at The Galley. Friday morning kicks off with a boat fun run and then a street party on Friday night, which is open to the public. Saturday morning begins the Poker Run itself where more than 200 boats will visit five different scenic locations on the lake to collect poker cards. At the end of the day, boaters gather back at the arena to see who has the best hand. A cash prize of $1,500 will be awarded to the best hand, with second and third place hands winning prizes of $750 and $500. After the poker run, guests and the general public are invited back for an after-event party. Online registration to participate in the poker run is open at and the fee is $75. Access to the street parties is free, but you’ll want to bring some cash for food and drinks.

On August 13 and 14, enjoy the Pro Watercross Tour. This is the leading personal watercraft racing series in the United States of America and consists of an elite group of both professional and amateur athletes competing. You can see the action at Long Point Recreational Area in Hartwell. Go to for more information on this event. n


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Pet Safety on the lake you if they are too hot so be sure to keep an eye on them if they are spending a lot of time in the sun to protect them from heat stroke. 4. A floating leash attached to your pet’s life jacket is a great idea so you will have something to grab if your pet should fall in the water. 5. Keep your pet secured if you are afraid he may jump or fall into the water. Many pets become excited while in a boat, especially as the boat approaches the shore, and a dog may try to jump off before the boat is docked. Also keep toys secure because if they fly off the boat your dog may try to jump in after it thinking you are playing fetch! 6. Keep plenty of fresh bottled water available for your pet so they aren’t tempted to drink water from the lake as this may not sit well with them. If you feel guilty about leaving your pet at home, see our advice on page 57 about pet sitters. n

You may think your puppy will love a boat ride, just like you do, but you might be surprised! There’s certainly no reason not to take him out and see what he thinks, but keep some safety tips in mind when you’re boating with a furry friend. For the first few trips be sure to keep a close eye on your pet. If they are visibly shaking or anxious, they may have a fear of the boat and or water. Pets with this fear may be best left at home or with a friend–for their well-being as well as your enjoyment. 1. Develop a safe entrance and exit procedure that your pet feels comfortable with. Look into pet friendly ladders. 2. Outfit your pet with a life jacket at all times - even if they know how to swim. A bright color makes them easy to spot in the water. As with human life jackets you should be sure the fit is proper and check the adjustments on the jacket so it’s comfortable enough to allow your pet to breathe easily. 3. Remember to keep them protected from the sun. Pets can get heat stroke and sunburn too! They can’t tell

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Imagine Anderson

Saluda River Rally

By Glenn Brill, Director, Anderson County Parks, Recreation & Tourism Division Anderson County is blessed with an abundance of water. While Lake Hartwell and Broadway Lake get a lot of attention, the Saluda River on our county’s eastern border has been a focus of the Anderson County Parks Department since 2010. On June 4-5, 2016, Parks will host its seventh annual Saluda River Rally. On Saturday, June 4, people will be able to experience the Saluda on kayaks, canoes and inner tubes during 2 to 5 mile floats from sites in Pickens County to Dolly Cooper Park in Powdersville. Saluda River Rafting is supplying the tubes. Free shuttles will deliver people to their put-in site. When you’re off the water, enjoy bluegrass music, food and drink. Free camping is available at Dolly Cooper on Friday and Saturday nights. On Sunday, June 5, canoes and kayaks will float a nine mile section of the river from Dolly Cooper to Piedmont. A free shuttle will take you back from Piedmont to Dolly.

The day ends with the Rally Wrap-Up at Saluda River Grill with free BBQ. Donations will be accepted to benefit Special Olympics Area 14. This summer, Parks will open its second, floating ADA-compliant canoe/kayak launch on the Saluda at the Timmerman Jr. Boat Ramp in Pelzer. In 2012, it built the first floating launch in South Carolina history at Dolly Cooper. Since 2010, Anderson County has been leading a multi-county effort to create a 48-mile Blueway on the river from the Saluda Lake Dam to Ware Shoals. The county recently wrapped up two years of technical assistance from the National Park Service for the project. In December, 2014, the American Society of Landscape Architects held a day-long Design Charrette to discuss options for Blueway facilities on the Saluda. n


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r e m Sumun F There are so many activities to choose from in and around our area, so here’s a short must-do list for local fun. By Pauline Medford

The Anderson County Library

It’s a great way to keep the kids entertained when school is out and our amazing library system, with nine locations, is not limited to just books…from Lego classes to story time for elementary students, X-box and PlayStation groups for middle and high schoolers, and movie nights for all ages. There are also yoga classes, dance classes, and knitting classes for everyone, and it is all free and fabulous. Check out

The Botanical Gardens at Clemson University

With just a short drive, you can make a short trip or a full day of a visit to the Botanical Gardens. Go for a quick hike and picnic or an all-day adventure. Walk your way around trails, streams and sculptures. Additionally, there are classes, concerts, plant sales and more all summer long at the botanical gardens. For more information, visit public/scbg

Callaham Orchards

(559 Crawford Road, Belton) Callaham Orchards offers u-pick blueberries and blackberries, both in early to mid-June through July. They also sell peaches that are grown and harvested at Callaham Orchards, as well as fresh vegetables. Find them on Facebook.

Piedmont Natural Gas Block Party at Anderson’s Carolina Wren Park

Thursdays are still full of music and dancing at Carolina Wren Park. Music starts at 6 p.m. and the bands play until 9 p.m. every Thursday now until the end of August. Find them on Facebook.

(940 Sadlers Creek Road, Anderson) There are 37 lake-front camp sites, each one located near a bath house. There are several playgrounds to choose from, bike trails for all levels of riders and countless picnic areas. Go for the day to hike and bike or stay overnight and camp. Visit sadlerscreek for more info.

The Market Theatre, Downtown Anderson

The Market Theatre Company at the Anderson Arts Center. The Market offers a full season of plays and musicals, in addition to classes, workshops, karaoke and open mic nights, improv comedy nights, concerts, and more. Look for the Maker’s Market craft show May 21 and the stage version of “9 to 5” July 7-24. Check out

Sadlers Creek State Park

24 Hour Musical Inc.

The 24 Hour Musical Inc. will present “Much Ado About Nothing” June 2427 and all performances are free. On August 6, the 24-Hour Musical will take the stage at Anderson University’s Daniel Recital Hall. The title of the musical will be announced just 24 hours before the show, and local artists will work through the night to bring the show to life. Learn more at


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if you are boarding • When planning to board your pet for more than a week, you might want to do a test run ahead of time by leaving your pup at the facility for a weekend. • In addition to leaving your information, make sure to leave contact information for a trusted friend that will be in town and can get to your pet if it needs to be picked up immediately for any reason. •A great extra is webcams.

the pet sitter option

Vacation for your pet too By Lisa Marie Carter You are planning your summer vacation, but Fido is sitting this one out. Leaving the furry family members behind can be stressful. You want to be sure your pets are safe and sound AND happy so you can actually relax. There are a couple of options available – boarding with your vet, boarding with a specialty facility or an in-home pet sitter.

Perhaps your pooch (or feline friend) is a homebody. Consider hiring a pet sitter. Some may do daily visits, while others will spend the night in your home. A bonus with some pet sitters is they may offer additional services, such as taking in mail and watering plants. • Have the prospective pet sitter come to meet your pet before actually hiring them. Watch how they interact with your pet. Try hiring the pet sitter to care for your pet for a weekend excursion. This way, you can both work out any problems. • Are they visiting your animals or staying in your home? If visiting, how many hours per day? Will they provide walks? How many? What time will the visits be? • Do they have a backup plan, additional sitters, in case of car trouble or family emergency? • Leave a key with a trustworthy neighbor as a backup, and give them and your pet sitter each other’s phone numbers. Be sure those extra keys work. • Remember to show them your home’s features such as the circuit breaker and security system and any quirky things like doors that don’t shut properly. • Can they provide written proof that he/she has commercial liability insurance and is bonded? • Ask for references that you can confirm.

Local Boarding Facilities

Local Pet Sitters

It’s A Dog’s Life

Rhonda Sims • 864-934-8495 email

Animal Hospital at Liberty Highway

Barbara Scott • 864-314-0309 email


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can exercise w By Vicki Dixon

hen the weather warms up, it’s common to see more people walking and running the east-west connector, around the Civic Center sports complex or on the AnMed Health north campus track. If you’re out in the Pendleton area on any given Saturday or Sunday, you’re also likely to encounter groups of cyclists in aerodynamic helmets, Spandex pants and logoed jerseys. (And then there are those die-hards you see exercising outdoors no matter the weather!) Many of these people have been bitten by a bug. That’s right – a bug. Almost like an epidemic. At one time, their exercise life was fairly normal, modest and manageable. But somewhere along the way, the need for faster, farther or fitter bit them hard and deep, and they crossed over into becoming what is considered an “endurance” athlete. I use the term somewhat loosely, but refer to runners, cyclists and swimmers who are going distances beyond what many people consider “normal.” Or certainly, necessary. I was one of those people who once thought riding a bike 26 miles was an enormous feat! I played senior tennis regularly, but that was my main source of exercise. Then a tennis friend took me and my Wal-Mart bike out on the connector and rode slowly alongside me on her Trek. I loved it! Those first months, we pedaled roads together to reach my milestones of 12, 18, 26, then 30 miles. I wanted

Electric City Endurance group bike ride. to find other women to ride with – first-time cyclists, like me – and encourage them to reach their own milestones. I was referred to a local group of fitness enthusiasts and athletes, ECE (also known as Electric City Endurance/Everyone Can Exercise). ECE leaders Vance Rowland and Mike Madden encouraged me to start my group through ECE. They wanted to attract and accommodate athletes of all levels too. I originally was not on board; the word “endurance” intimidated the heck out of me. I wasn’t anywhere near endurance; part of me just wanted some ladies to ride bikes with me to Bruster’s, as my husband did, to enjoy some ice cream. I agreed to join in with ECE with the understanding that my group must be the S.O.F.A. division – SLOWER, OLDER, FATTER but ACTIVE – cyclists. My husband and I began doing ECE’s 18-mile Saturday ride, led by Madden, who welcomed us warmly. I tried to attract people to participate. I am still trying. Many ECE members, including Debra Sanders and Jennifer McClain, have motivated me and helped pull me along into endurance sports. I met Sanders, a grandmother, in a local cycling class. Most of her life she was fitness-oriented, ran and strength-trained in a gym. At age 49, she decided to do a sprint triathlon after seeing one in

Group of high school friends with JenniferMcClain (middle) after her first 5K.


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Hilton Head. (In sprint triathlons, you swim, bike and run short distances and can compete in your age group, which appeals to older athletes.) After completing her first triathlon in 2007, Sanders was hooked. She finished a half-Ironman of 70.3 miles in 2010, and the crème de la crème of the triathlon world, an Ironman of 140.6 miles, in Maryland in 2014. “I never dreamed I could complete an Ironman,” she says. “Through triathlon I have accomplished more than I ever thought I could.” McClain’s story is different from Sanders’s and began as a couch-to-5K run. Before she started running in 2013, she describes her fitness level as dismal. She was overweight and inactive. But some high school friends challenged her to sign-up for a “back to the 80s” 5K in Spartanburg, which she did and completed in 38-plus minutes. She wasn’t enamored with running and didn’t plan to continue it until the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013 shook her perspective on the sport. The outpouring of support from the running community to Boston’s victims made her feel like part of something bigger, something important. “So I went for a run to mourn the loss of life, defy the individuals who inflicted terror, and celebrate my ability to run,” McClain says. Since then, she’s run several 5Ks and 10Ks and recently completed her fifth half-marathon. Her 5K time has dropped from nearly 40 minutes to a hair under 26. (Not bad for a 40-something mom of two who works a demanding fulltime job.) McClain has also become more serious about her nutrition, including the popular intermittent fasting protocol. Intermittent fasting is a growing dietary concept which alternates intervals of not eating (fasting) with times where you are allowed to eat. In less than a year she lost almost 50 pounds and has kept off the weight. She’s currently training for her first half-Ironman, Mountains to Main Street on May 22 in Greenville. A typical training week involves three runs, three swims, three cycling sessions and one strength training work-out, if possible. Fortunately, she gets tremendous support from the ECE community and her family, including husband Mike, president of ECE. According to triathlete coach Jamie Church of Tri Your Best (TYB), “Anderson has a vibrant community of endurance athletes, with new people starting to run, cycle and swim all the time.” Many of these people take indoor cycling classes at the TYB studio and master’s swim classes led by Church at the YMCA. After being around ECE members, I caught the triathlon bug last year and, at age 59, gave myself a crazy 60th birthday present: my first sprint triathlon. It was an all-women event called “You Go Girl,” offered each July through the Greenville Health System. The swim was 250 yards, the cycling 10 miles, and the run 2.5 miles. When I finished the event, I was as excited as if I’d done a marathon or Ironman. I did my second sprint triathlon the next month and nearly didn’t finish the 400m swim; but with some divine intervention and by backward-dog-paddling lap seven, I made it through. I plan to do more sprint triathlons this year, and ECE members are encouraging me to keep going and going and going. ECE’s calendar includes weekly bike rides, runs and swims, plus seminars throughout the year. The organization contributes financially to other fitness groups and events, such as First Flight Alliance and the Safe Harbor cycling tour. And while the triathlon events are very popular, group members also participate in individual running or cycling events as well. To learn more about ECE, go to, or check out ECE’s Facebook page. Individual memberships cost $25 and include a tee-shirt, online forums, seminars and social events. n


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Dining & Entertainment

By Lisa Marie Carter

You might pass right by Barnwood Grill and not even realize you missed a great breakfast and lunch spot. This unassuming grill houses itself in the side building attached to Whitehall Produce and Farm Market on Whitehall Road in Anderson. Owned by Tricia Yokeum, the folks at Barnwood are proud of the fact they use mainly fresh local products in their cooking, and that makes them truly a local gem. With just a few tables inside the “barn area,” they added the “chicken coop,” an outdoor seating area, to handle the abundant crowd. The chicken coop has sides which can be closed up for colder months and during the nicer weather the owner opens it up for outdoor dining. If you want a belly-busting, start-your-day-off-right type of breakfast, you certainly need to stop here. Barnwood’s hot, made-from-scratch cat head biscuits are pretty much exactly that – the size of a cat head. Add an egg or two and a local sausage patty, and you have yourself quite the breakfast sandwich. Or, skip the hand-held breakfast and go with a Trash Bowl. With grits, two eggs, home fries, biscuits choice of meat, cheese and options like gravy, it’s a meal to satisfy even the hungriest of hungry men.

Breakfast choices are plentiful, including unique breakfast wraps with fried chicken or pork tenderloin, omelet options and more. If you plan to go on a Saturday, you might want to go early to beat the crowd. They get very busy; but, no matter how long the wait, it’s certainly worth it. If you can’t make it for breakfast, though, don’t worry! Barnwood Grill is also known for their burgers. Barnwood’s burgers are made with local grass fed beef and served on a Ciabatta roll instead of the standard burger bun. Popular choices include the burger with blue cheese and sautéed mushrooms or their signature Barnwood Burger with lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, mustard, onion, pickle, cheese and a fried egg. Really, any of the burgers are great given the fact they all start off with Barnwood’s fresh patties and are paired with their hot, crisp fries, sprinkled with a touch of seasoning. There are several other side options, such as slaw, homemade chips and Carolina Caviar (black eyed pea salad), but my personal side of choice is always their fries. Another popular lunch item is the Philly Cheese steak, made fresh to order as you like. It’s a little sample of a northern delicacy without leaving the south. There are also numerous wrap and sandwich options to choose from as well as several fresh-made salads and plate options. During the colder days Barnwood Grill offers homemade soups of the day which will warm your bones and fill your belly. In addition to the standard menu they offer several specials each day, so be sure to check out their Facebook page or give them a call to see what culinary specialty they developed for that day. Though Barnwood’s drink options are all non-alcoholic, they do offer to-go orders so if you’re planning to “Wine and Dine” just call it in to go, head on home and pour yourself a cold one and enjoy your favorite Barnwood Grill culinary creation in the comfort of your home. Till next time – Cheers! n

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for 2 people with a stay of 2 nights or more, Thursday-Monday.

and The Listening Room on Main If you haven’t signed up for summer camps, it’s not too late! There are many local summer camps where your children can have lots of fun right here in the Anderson area!

We look forward to seeing you soon. 3509 Clemson Blvd Anderson, SC


Please note that this rate cannot be offered to anyone who books their room through a 3rd party such as Priceline, Expedia, Hotwire, etc, as payment is made to them and not to us. When rooms are booked through a 3rd party, they are pre-paid, and even if the guest has to cancel they do not get their money back. There is nothing we can do in regards to rate changes, cancellations, etc, when booked through a 3rd party. All reservations should be made directly at our property. If they book directly with us they can cancel up until 24 hours prior and not be charged.

Check out these websites for dates, times and locations for a variety of options!


Belton Center for the Arts will be offering weekly half-day summer camps for seven weeks in painting, sculpture, drawing, movie-making, Beauty & the Beast Theater Camp. Classes start June 7 and end August 2, 2016. Prices starting as low as $25.00 per session.

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By Amanda Nelson

gift ideas

My dad is amazing! He’s never met a stranger, can make me laugh even on my worst days and always has a story to tell. However, he’s also one of the hardest people to shop for. Usually, if he wants something, he works hard and gets it, or he figures out a way to be content without it. This has led me to start giving my dad gift certificates for his favorite experiences and cards to his favorite stores. Gift cards have gotten the reputation as the “lazy person’s” gift, so in addition to a gift card, these creative packages will add a smile to your dad’s face.

For the Outdoorsman

A gift card to Grady’s is sure to bring a smile to dad’s face. Simply attach it to a small item like a bug repellent bracelet or a pocket knife. Or, if you have a young child, consider making a card with a handprint deer: 1. Paint a layer of brown paint on your child’s hand using a paintbrush. 2. Have your child spread his/her fingers apart and make a handprint onto white art paper. (I made a couple just in case one didn’t turn out.) 3. Remove the child’s hand from the paper and let the handprint dry completely. 4. Invite your child to add deer details to the handprint using markers. 5. Cut out the finished deer. Write your child’s name and the date on the paper. 6. Mount it onto a card and write a sweet message like, “Dad’s hunting buddy.”

For the Car Enthusiast

If your dad is a car enthusiast, consider taking him to the Main Street Car Show in downtown Anderson. This annual car show typically occurs the Saturday before Father’s Day. Together you and your dad can view over 150 vintage automobiles and vote for your favorite. Why not make a day of it? While you’re there, stroll through a couple of the downtown shops and treat dad to lunch at a restaurant. Maybe your dad has a car he’d like to keep in tiptop shape. Consider giving him a gift card to Snappy Anderson’s Premium Express Car Wash. The staff is courteous, motivated, and offers outstanding customer service. Gift cards can be purchased on-site or online at Then attach a card that says, “Dad, you auto know how much we love you!”

For the Golfer

If your dad is one of the many men who enjoy hitting the links, you’re in luck. South Carolina has many award-winning courses. Popular courses in Anderson include Brookstone Meadows, Boscobel, Cobbs Glen, the Anderson Country Club, Stone Creek Cove, and Pine Lake Golf Club. A gift certificate to one of these courses would probably be appreciated by the golf enthusiast. Consider adding a touch of creativity to this gift by nestling the certificate in a clear jar filled with golf tees. A cute message for this card would be “Dad, you’re tee-rrific” or “Dad, you’re a par above the rest.” 62

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Family Pictures

By Amanda Nelson

It is often said the days are long, but the years are short. Although many moms try to treasure the days they spend with their children, these moments sometimes get lost in the daily drudgery of driving kids to soccer practice, washing dishes, and running errands. There are a number of amateur, semi-professional and professional photographers in the Upstate that offer Mother’s Day packages. One of these is Berry Photography in Williamston. Margaret O’Driscoll Berry has over 15 years of experience and specializes in capturing the uniqueness of families and the joy of childhood. Her packages start at $65, which includes a 30-minute session and the rights to your pictures. For more information about Berry Photography, visit mberryphotography/ or call Margaret at 864-616-2289. After you’ve had your family picture made, consider using to make a professional-grade hardcover or softcover photo book for mom to enjoy. This may be the easiest photograph resource available. In addition to being very user-friendly, this company offers a Just Right Guarantee. In other words, if the book you’ve made mom doesn’t turn out just right, the owners of promise to make it right.

gift ideas

My mom is a special kind of woman who deserves to be celebrated on Mother’s Day. She has been a teacher for more than 30 years, both in her professional and personal life. In an effort to honor mom this Mother’s Day, I’m skipping the drugstore greeting card in lieu of something more meaningful. Fortunately, the Upstate is beautiful in the spring and offers a variety of gift options.

For the Foodie Mom

If you wish to give your mom a taste of nostalgia, you might want to visit Split Creek Farm this Mother’s Day. This little goat farm and Grade A Dairy nestled in the scenic foothills has won awards in national competitions for their superior products. It offers delicious cheeses, fudges, lotions and soaps, as well as unusual folk art. If you’re unable to stop by Split Creek Farm for Mother’s Day, you may still want to purchase a gift from the farm. Samples of gift baskets can be found on the Split Creek website, or you can customize a special gift to your mom’s unique preferences. The farm shop is open Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and on Sunday from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. You can also order by phone at (864) 287-3921 or at

Bath Bombs Mom

This is the perfect gift for the busy mom who should go to a spa, but you know will never be able to fit the spa experience into her tight schedule. The Soapie Shoppe, a Belton-based family-owned business, offers a number of spa products that create an affordable luxurious bathing experience, and the bath bomb is one of the most popular. Soapie Shoppe bath bombs range in size from 5-9 ounces and are crafted from fine ingredients including sea salt and essential oils. You can purchase bath bombs individually or as a gift set. The most popular is a 10-piece bath bomb gift set for $45. There is a large selection of bath bomb scents, including Champagne and Pomegranate, Raspberry Rush, and Roses. You can purchase these bath bombs from Amazon, Etsy, or directly from the website,


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o matter the size of your party or length of your stay, Wild Dunes Resort at Isle of Palms is a beautiful option. If it’s just two people and just a night or two you can always stay at their hotel, the Boardwalk Inn, and enjoy the many amenities available to you. If you want something slightly roomier, try the suites at Village at Wild Dunes where you can go as cozy as a studio or as roomy as a three bedroom, or go for the gusto and get the penthouse! For something a little more private, but still not quite the size of a full house, consider the cottage and condo selection. We were in need of a full house, and because we rented through Wild Dunes, their entire staff was on site to take care of your needs. Once you are in Wild Dunes, you really don’t need to leave the resort. They have several restaurants. The Lettered Olive has a nice offering of appetizers and wines. Huey’s Southern Eats offers southern based dishes, a full bar and a great view of their golf course. The Dunes Deli is great for a quick bite to eat and Hudson’s Express offers breakfast, daily specials and sandwiches and is located inside Hudson’s Market. The market carries basic staples you may need for your stay, souvenirs and more. They also have several seasonal bars that are open during just the warmer months. If you decide to visit one of their bars, be sure to take advantage of their free shuttle service and leave the driving to them. In case you don’t want to leave your rental, they also have dinner delivery service available. In addition to your dining choices the resort has two nicely equipped gyms. If the gym isn’t your style, swing a racquet at their tennis club, bring your irons to check out their golf course or rent a bike and view the entire resort. They also have several pools, indoor and outside, which also open depending on the season. Last but not least, for some pampering, try their onsite spa, Sand and Sea Salon and Spa.

If you decide to venture off the resort, check out the Striped Pig Distillery. This great find is located on Old School Road in Charleston, about a 20 minute drive from the resort. Striped Pig Distillery is housed in an industrial park setting in a warehouse and is Charleston’s first distillery since Prohibition. Their small craft distillery brings premium, handcrafted spirits to you such as Striped Spiced Rum, Striped Vodka, Striped Whiskey and more. Fill up your tank and head out on your own getaway soon! n

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May & June


May – June Every Thursday

Piedmont Natural Gas Block Party Every Thursday at 6 p.m., join your community at Carolina Wren Park in downtown Anderson for great music at fun. Visit the Facebook page to see the band for each week.

May-June Anderson County Farmer’s Market

at 402 N. Murray Ave. in Anderson. Open Saturdays only in May, 10 a.m.-2 p.m and Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays in June, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

May-June Anderson Area Farm & Food Association

at 402 N. Murray Ave. in Anderson Every Tuesday May 29-Aug 4, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Every week features live music, workshops, a professional chefs’ competition, and a great selection of farm, food, and craft vendors. Find them on Facebook for more information.

May 7 World Labyrinth Day

May 14 10th Annual Teddy Bear Clinic

AnMed Health is hosting the 10th annual Teddy Bear Clinic from 9 a.m.-noon outside the AnMed Health Women’s and Children’s Hospital. The Teddy Bear Clinic familiarizes children with hospital procedures and medical equipment by treating stuffed animals for injuries and ailments. The Teddy Bear Clinic is a free event designed for children. 2000 E. Greenville Street, Anderson. For more info, visit

May 24 Anderson County Museum

Creating Our Shared Histories: How Mobile Photography & Social Media Help Us Remember our Past Brian Gaines, graduate teacher at Clemson University, will present a program on local Anderson photographs of old and abandoned places taken on his cell phone. The program focuses on the proliferation of cameras on mobile devices, along with social media networks that have been instrumental in writing the historical narrative. All ages are welcome. 5:30-6:30 p.m.

North Anderson Community Church Presbyterian invites you to celebrate the eighth annual World Labyrinth Day (WLD) and “Walk as One” at 1 in the afternoon, joining others around the globe to create a wave of peaceful energy washing across the time zones. 4200 Liberty Highway, Anderson. Go to the end of the lower parking lot at the church, and follow the path into the woods. For more information,

May 28 Kids Day at the Ag Museum

May 12 Movers & Shakers

This mentoring camp will hold its open house at 6 p.m. at the Pendleton Community Center. The camp is open to only 30 participants and accepts rising 6th, 7th and 8th grade boys. Camp will be held June 20 – July 2. If interested in the camp, parents/guardians and students should plan to attend the open house. For more information, Contact Don Peppers at 864209-5632 or email

The Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce business networking event at The Bleckley Inn in downtown Anderson. Event is free for Chamber members, and $5 for non-members. Coffee and/or breakfast are optional and may be purchased at the door. 7:30-9 a.m. for more information.

May 12 Anderson County Museum Preschool Hour

This is an hour devoted to ages 2-4 with a caregiver. The children will learn about a piece of history in Anderson County or about a special event coming up. This is on the 2nd and 4th Thursday each month. 10:30-11:30 a.m.

May 13 Meals on Wheels Golf Tournament

Enjoy a day of golf at Pine Lake Golf Course with the Dirty Old Men’s Club. They have been putting on a golf tournament to benefit Meals on Wheels for 34 years. Lunch and registration at 11:30 a.m. To sign up, call Vic Vickery at 864-202-1563 or Dave Schonauer at 864-231-9317.

May 13 Art Gallery on Pendleton Square

View works by watercolorist and co-op member Myrl Garment at 102-A East Main Street in Pendleton. Garmet will demonstrate the many varieties of watercolor, and pen and ink painting techniques she uses to create her artwork. Free event. 6-8 p.m. For more information, visit or call 221-0129.

Bring your kids to experience math and science in a whole new way at the Agricultural Museum in Pendleton. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $5 per child. 864-646-7271 or Pre-registration required.

May 28 Camp Proverbs Open House Event

June 4 Pendleton Farmer’s Market

Get your fresh, local produce at the Village Green in downtown Pendleton every Saturday morning from now until September. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

June 4 Agricultural Heritage Day

Bring the entire family to visit the Chrismer Century Farm in Easley on this educational day. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 1035 Anderson Highway, Easley. $10-$15 per person. 864-646-7271 or nsaylors86@ Pre-registration required.

June 10 Art Gallery on Pendleton Square

View works by sculptor and co-op member Lou Koppel at 102-A East Main Street in Pendleton. Koppel uses modern materials such as carbon fiber and anodized aluminum to create modern abstract sculpture of evocative design. Free event. 6-8 p.m. For more information, visit or call 221-0129.

June 16, 17 & 18 Hartwell Lake Boat Poker Run

The Hartwell Lake Poker Run is a fundraiser for Meals on Wheels and nearly 200 boats participate in a day of sun and fun on the water. New this year is a Thursday night Welcome Party at The Galley restaurant. A boat fun run is held Friday morning, and the Poker Run itself takes place Saturday. Friday and Saturday evening both host street parties open to the community. For more information or to register for the poker run, visit or call 864-225-6800.

June 18 Kids Day at the Ag Museum

Enjoy a special Father’s Day program at the Agricultural Museum in Pendleton. Saturday, June 18. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $5 per child. 864-6467271 or Pre-registration required.


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June 9 Movers & Shakers

The Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce business networking event at The Bleckley Inn in downtown Anderson. Event is free for Chamber members, and $5 for non-members. Coffee and/or breakfast are optional and may be purchased at the door. 7:30-9 a.m. for more information.

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When You Have Hit Your Talent Limits We all have our own special talents. I tell my friends that all the time. You know how you go into someone’s house and it is so cute and so perfect and you wonder why their fireplace mantle looks like a scene out of House Beautiful and yours looks like a clip for Hoarders? No? Oh, that’s just me? Ok, well nevermind. The point is, we all have different things we are good at, and it’s not all the same stuff. And that’s a good thing. And contrary to popular belief, the amount of money someone gets paid for being good at something is not always equal to the worth of that talent or skill. A very important lesson we should learn in regards to our talents is when we have hit our limits – when we have maxed out on what we can do well. This one is a little more difficult for me as I tend to be on the strong self-confident side. Not the “I’m all that” kind of self-confidence, but more of the “how hard can it be, I’ll give it a whirl” kind of self-confidence. Let’s just say I’ve had my self-confidence handed right back to me a time or two teaching me the lesson of when I have maxed out on my talent limit. I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I started getting gray hair when I was in my 20s. I don’t know why. I have never even asked my mom if she was prematurely gray. But I have been having my hair professionally colored for a long time. So, to save some money and to save some time, I admit that I will color it myself in between visits to my professional, well-trained, educated stylist. Know what my hair color education consists of? Reading the back of the color box. So, for quite some time, I have taken my “how hard can it be” self-confident attitude and tried to handle something I thought I could myself. Well, after a recent visit to the salon for a touch up (which I do when I realize the box stuff isn’t cutting it anymore), I was reminded that I had hit my talent limit. “I definitely need to cover this gray and I think I want some highlights,” I told the stylist. “Yeah, it’s really dark on this side,” she said. This side. Just dark on “this side.” As in not the other side. Wake up call, April. You’ve hit your talent limit. Let the professionals handle that from here. I bet you think you can go buy shoes on your own, too, don’t you? Well, guess again, people. There is something to be said about the convenience of some of shoe stores where you basically peruse and then find a size from the boxes already on display, but convenience is not what you should be looking for when shoe shopping. I had been doing it this way for so long I had forgotten what real shoe shopping was like. I went to the local Belk store recently and asked the lovely sales lady to bring a couple of selections to me in the size of my choice. As I was trying them on, she stayed with me to help me make a decision. “Oh, I don’t think those are the right size for you,” she said. “I think you need to go down a size.”


Artwork by Jeanie Campbell

By April Cameron

I was shocked! I always buy this size! Anything smaller would be too tight on my toes I told her. I reminded her of what Dolly Parton’s character in Steel Magnolias said - I wear a 6, but a 7 feels so good I buy an 8. “You just put a little rubbing alcohol on it, and they will stretch right out,” she said. “See that gap at your heel? You don’t want that. The smaller size will look so much better. Just try it and if the alcohol doesn’t work, just bring them back.” Know what? She was right. The smaller size looked 100 times better. It was just a small difference, but it was a difference that mattered. And she took the time and had the knowledge and experience to know what a difference it would make. She was a professional, with training. Imagine that. Don’t belittle your own talents. They may not be the same as your neighbor’s, but I bet you have something special they don’t. And, for the love of Pete, recognize your talent limits. There are skilled people just waiting to help you if you can take that ego down a notch. (Note to self…) n

May/June 2016

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