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ON THE COVER: Brantley Reames of the March of Dimes with sons Thax, Mattox and Parker

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Letter from the Editor Happy holiday season! I can’t believe we are saying that already. But, time marches on, and so do the good things happening in Anderson County! This issue is full of stories to warm your heart, evoke pride in your community and share good news about the place we call home! How about those darling boys on the cover? And, their sweet mom, of course! I am so happy to share a little bit about the March of Dimes and stories of families who have been positively affected by this organization. November is Prematurity Awareness Month, and the March of Dimes continues to assist with research, advocacy and programs to improve the health of babies and their moms. My son, Cooper, was born six weeks early. There is an indescribable fear you experience when you know you are going into labor, and it’s just not time yet. However, there is nothing you can do to stop it. Thankfully, Cooper was born relatively healthy with only minor issues resulting from his early arrival. The stories you’ll read about from local families who have been touched by issues relating to premature births offer hope and inspiration. And as we are going into the cold, flu (and now Corona) season, we have a special article on how to keep your kids healthy! No, we can’t prevent them from catching a cold, but Dr. Rachel Reynolds Ford, a pediatrician at AnMed Health Pediatric Associates, provides information on some preventative measures for overall health. Along with cold and flu season, it’s also holiday shopping season! Take a stroll through our many downtowns across the county, and you’ll soon realize you can do all of your shopping right here at home! Most people are aware that the Saturday after Thanksgiving is Small Business Saturday. This day has become as important to small businesses as Black Friday is to many large retailers. Check out what’s happening throughout our local community on this special day. Why not make it a new tradition to shop small on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and use that Friday to just digest a little more turkey! Perhaps you can jumpstart that shopping by playing along in our Holiday Scavenger Hunt! We’ve partnered with some spirited businesses to join in the fun! You’ll find a list of clues in this issue directing you to 12 different location or items you must locate. These clues are tough, but if you follow along on our Facebook or Instagram page, you’ll continue to get more clues! Check out the clues and rules, and get to hunting! The winner receives a stuffed stocking valued at over $1000. While you’re shopping for loved ones, don’t forget those that aren’t as blessed. Several organizations in our community provide specific services during the holiday season to help with meals, shelter, clothing and much more. We have a short list of a few that are seeking special holiday assistance; however, ’tis the season of giving, so please look within yourself and find a way you can make a difference in the lives of others. May your days ahead be merry & bright! n



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AnMed Health reaches the 20th anniversary of open-heart surgery In June 2001, the first open-heart surgery took place at AnMed Health. Dr. Barry Davis performed the surgery on a patient who had a hole between the two upper chambers of the heart. Dr. Scott Kabas performed the second open-heart surgery. He did bypass surgery on a patient with blocked arteries due to coronary artery disease. Drs. Davis and Kabas ushered in a new era at AnMed Health. They had worked together as young surgeons in Greenville, South Carolina, for about six years before getting the offer to come to AnMed Health. “We were confident with getting the whole team assembled. We had good results in our early career, and we felt confident in bringing good surgery to Anderson,” Dr. Kabas said. Surgeons have performed 4,376 open-heart procedures at AnMed Health, but today’s trend has shifted to non-invasive techniques. Dr. Kabas said he supports what is best for the patient. “Despite the decreasing case volume, we have excellent quality and mortality data. Patients get good care here. We have a close knit, solid team,” Dr. Kabas said. Today, AnMed Health’s heart services operate as part of the Heart and Vascular Center, which offers a comprehensive array of medical, surgical and minimally invasive responses to cardiovascular conditions. The skillful hands of Drs. Davis and Kabas performed the innovative surgery that successfully laid the foundation for all the others. Both are board-certified, specializing in cardiovascular disease and thoracic surgery. Dr. Kabas graduated from the Duke University School of Medicine. He completed a residency and fellowship at the Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Davis graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina, also completing a residency and fellowship there. The team now includes Dr. Sachin Shah, a boardcertified specialist in cardiovascular disease and thoracic surgery. While Drs. Kabas and Davis were instrumental in launching the open-heart surgery program in June 2001, their colleagues have contributed in equally impressive ways over the last two decades. The cardiac surgery program offers coronary bypass grafting, heart valve replacement, thoracic procedures and, in 2017, began the transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) program, which is a less invasive treatment for severe aortic stenosis. AnMed Health cardiac surgeons and cardiologists have performed more than 163 TAVR cases.

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year. New cases of polio have not originated in the United States since 1979, but other countries still report minimal cases every year, so the vaccine is still administered to children in the states while eradication efforts continue world-wide. Once the organization had found a vaccine for polio, it turned its focus to helping prevent over 3,000 types of birth defects caused by genetic, environmental and prenatal situations. Over the years, the March of Dimes provided funding for developing Apgar scores – which evaluate the health of newborns increasing early maternity President Franklin D. Roosevelt presented a check for the first major fundraiser for the care, promoting smoking March of Dimes, the President’s Birthday Ball of 1934. cessation during pregnancy, touting benefits of folic acid before and during pregnancy, developing newborn intensive care unit programs at hospitals and more. “The March of Dimes organization pivots when it sees the need,” said Brantley Reames, senior director, donor development for the March of Dimes division based in Greenville. “As the times change, so does the focus of the organization. We constantly follow the By Caroline Anneaux statistics of premature births and adapt our teaching Did you know the March of Dimes’ primary focus is and funding to lower that number however we can.” to end premature births and birth defects by educating In 2020, over one in ten babies were born premature mothers on the importance of good prenatal care? in the United States. The March of Dimes wants to see When writing this article, I asked random people that number decrease. Sending medically equipped if they knew what the March of Dimes raised money and staffed busses out into very rural areas known for. While everyone had heard of the March of Dimes as “maternity deserts” helps provide prenatal care and had donated their time or money in some fashion, to mothers too far away and possibly too poor to see they could not tell me much about it. I was not sure doctors on a regular basis. A program called Centering myself, so I did a lot of research and interviewed people Pregnancy encourages moms to pair up with other who are familiar with the organization. I was amazed at expectant mothers to go to doctor visits together, everything I discovered along the way, and happy to be provide moral support during pregnancy and attend able to tell our readers more about what the March of support groups set up to educate them about good Dimes does with your donations. prenatal care. Giving moms the opportunity to receive President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the care during pregnancy has proven to lower preterm organization in the late 1930s as the National Foundation births. for Infantile Paralysis. A survivor of polio, yet The March of Dimes also provides outreach to permanently disabled, he started the charity to provide families who have premature babies. Because of the assistance to polio victims and fund research for a cure. unexpected nature of a preterm delivery, it is imperative Radio comedian Eddie Cantor had the idea of sending to have volunteers and community workers reach out to a “March of Dimes” to the White House and that fundthe parents as an important support system. raising campaign became the name of the organization. “We believe in helping all of our parents of preterm Before the polio vaccine was perfected in 1955, there babies,” said Reames. “We leave gifts at the bedside, offer were approximately 15,000 cases of polio paralysis each beads of courage to celebrate milestones no matter how year. By the 1970s, there were fewer than ten cases a big or small, provide books for siblings, connect them

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The Reames Family with support groups made up of other families in similar situations and more.” If you are interested in learning more about the March of Dimes and donating to this cause, a fun family-friendly event will be held on November 17 in downtown Anderson. The Anderson area chapter is working with local sponsors to raise awareness about the March of Dimes. There will be a scavenger hunt for purple pineapples hidden downtown in a minimum of 15 different places, saxophone players performing in Wren Park (lit up in all purple that evening), a book drive at up to ten locations, a painting (which will be auctioned off at a later date) created by child participants and a local artist, notes of hope covering a police car, dropping of diapers at the statue and more. Please contact Brantley Reames at 864.784.2536 or for more information on this exciting event!

“Faith means believing in advance what will only make sense in reverse.”

Brantley and Joe Don Reames have their own personal story to share, which ultimately led Brantley to her current job at the March of Dimes office in Greenville. Six months into their marriage, the Reames found out they were expecting a child. Then, she miscarried. “I never imagined struggling with infertility, yet after I miscarried our first child, it took almost two and a half years before Maddox came along,” said Brantley Reames. “He was born, and he is my ‘more’ baby. I am more compassionate and accepting of others’ struggles after everything we went through before having him.” Another miscarriage after Maddox meant more tears, but a successful in vitro fertilization procedure (IVF) brought news that they were going to have twins. “As I was struggling with infertility and having issues with the IVF process, I stopped by a church on my way home to pray,” said Brantley Reames. “I met another mom who shared almost the same story as I did, and she told me she had twins. I went home and called my mom to tell her who I met and that I knew I was going to be okay. Then, I found out we were expecting our

own twins!” The twins, Parker and Thax, were born at 33 weeks and came home on December 21 and 22. The Reames called them their “little Christmas gifts.” Thax was born with syndactyly toes and fingers. When he was old enough to have surgery, the webbing was removed between his fingers. He has had two surgeries to correct his fingers, but his parents have opted to leave his toes as they are. Brantley’s favorite quote is, “Faith means believing in advance what will only make sense in reverse.” She says she would not be the mom she is now without the acceptance she has learned about disabilities and loss. She understands that the infertility, miscarriages, preterm babies and Thax’s syndactyly were all part of her journey to where she is today. “I am blessed to be able to help other moms every single day,” she said. “I love being able to help educate and guide them, even if it is during some of their darkest hours. I have been there and am able to share my story and give them hope, love and encouragement when they need it the most.” n 7

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Jason and Julia Clardy live in Williamston with their boys, Lincoln, 4, and Lawson, 2. Their story with March of Dimes began when Julia was 23 weeks pregnant with Lawson. She was on bed rest with their first child, but she made it to 40 weeks with him. Lawson was a different story. “I was at home eating spaghetti for lunch, and I felt like I was in labor,” she said. “I drove myself to GHS [Greenville Hospital System] and was taken immediately into OB triage where they told me I was two centimeters dilated. The doctor could see the water sac. I called my husband and asked him to come immediately.” They put Julia into bed with her legs elevated in hopes of stopping her labor. The doctor came in and told them that there was no way she would make it through the night without giving birth, and a baby born that early only had a 12 percent survival rate. “I cannot explain it, but I just had a peace about everything,” she said. “God let me know that we were

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Cauiss and Phyllis Holmes have a very happy and energetic five-year-old boy named Jonathan who enjoys playing soccer, building with Legos and loves everything about firemen and police officers. Cauiss Holmes was involved with the March of Dimes for over 20 years, never expecting the organization to help him when his son was born. “After graduating from college and taking my first job with Milliken in Pendleton, I got involved donating, volunteering and participating in fundraisers for the March of Dimes because the company I worked for encouraged it,” said Holmes. “I really wasn’t sure what the March of Dimes did, but I was always happy to be a part of helping the program.” Jonathan arrived one week early on February 7, 2016, via an emergency C-section, and the family ended up in the NICU at Greenville Memorial Hospital for a couple of weeks. “We were not prepared for his early arrival, and we

going to get through this. I even had a nurse who was 23 weeks along into her pregnancy. She was so encouraging to me.” Three days later, Julia was fully dilated and about to give birth. Lawton turned and got into a breech position, so they had to rush her off for an emergency C-section. Family members arrived from Saluda just in time for Lawson’s birth. Julia heard a faint cry and they rushed him to the NICU [neonatal intensive care unit] without her even seeing him.

“He was 1 pound, 7 ounces and only 11.4 inches long,” she said. “He was called a ‘pencil baby’, because he was the length of one. I could not hold him for weeks, but I saw him every day. I kept a chart on a board to show every single accomplishment, and he was given a total of 910 ‘beads of courage’ during his 133 days in the hospital.” Lawson was born with a hole in his intestines and had surgery to place an ostomy bag outside his tiny body. He had over 13 blood transfusions, was on a ventilator and endured brain bleeds. By age four-and-a-half-months his ostomy bag was removed, and his intestines were reconnected. He was given a feeding tube that was just removed in March of this year. “Now he is running around and eating everything in sight,” said Julia Clardy. “We are still monitoring his hearing, and he is in speech therapy and learning sign language.” She said Rachel Balck, a coordinator for NICU family support programs for March of Dimes, has been a huge part of their journey. Balck invited and encouraged Clardy to attend luncheons, meetings and other events where she could get to know other families with similar journeys. Balck helped Clardy create “Lawson’s Library,” a bedside reading cart program providing donated books to over 1,000 GHS NICU families in just two years. Clardy is a teacher at Palmetto Elementary and led the school in raising over $5,000 for the March of Dimes last year. Her family served as the Anderson Ambassador Family for March for Babies in 2020 and was the Sponsor Family for the Signature Chefs Auction in Greenville for 2020 and 2021.


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didn’t have any family nearby to go to the hospital with us,” said Holmes. “When I walked into the NICU and saw a March of Dimes goodie bag in his room, I realized at that moment that all of my years of supporting the organization was to help families just like ours.” Holmes is now chairman for the Anderson County area March of Dimes chapter and attends monthly board meetings where they discuss community service projects and education for expectant parents. He is thrilled to be able to give back to the organization through a leadership role. He and his family have walked in the March for Babies every April since

“A couple of months later we were expecting again, but we found out I had an incompetent cervix and needed a cerclage [a medical procedure in which the cervix is sewed closed] at 14 weeks to try to prevent early labor,” said Vanessa Torr. She went onto very strict bed rest and made it to 27 weeks before preterm labor began and she had to check into Greenville Memorial Hospital. Mom and baby made it to 31 weeks. Ana was born weighing 3 pounds, 16 ounces on July 5, 2006, and was diagnosed with e.coli, meningitis and pneumonia. “I was so worried and scared for both of them,” said Kevin Torr. “I was told that Ana only had about a 5 percent chance of survival, and I didn’t want to tell Vanessa and have her worry any more than she already was. I just asked everyone we knew to pray.” When they stayed at the Ronald McDonald house for 64 days while Ana grew stronger in the NICU, they shared stories with other families going through similar trials. Kevin was driving back and forth to work while Vanessa remained at the hospital with Ana, and they spent the evenings together with other families in the house. That bonding time helped them feel less alone. In the spring of 2007, they heard about the March for Babies and wanted to participate. “There is no way we could ever repay the March of Dimes for everything they did for us,” said Vanessa Torr. “The volunteers were amazing and were there for

The Holmes Family The Torr Family

Jonathan was born to help raise money and awareness for an organization he holds dear to his heart. They are excited to announce they are expecting a little girl in January! Kevin and Vanessa Torr began their personal journey into parenthood in the spring of 2005, when they found out they were expecting a child. They went on vacation in September to the North Carolina coast and a hurricane churned in the ocean nearby. Vanessa was only 24 weeks along, but she went into active labor. They rushed to a nearby hospital without any family or familiar medical staff to support them. Joseph was born weighing 1 pound, 8 ounces and was just 12 inches long. He passed away shortly after birth. The Torrs were devastated and returned home to South Carolina.

us every time we needed them. They even helped us fill out forms when the $280,000 in medical bills came in after insurance paid, and we needed help financially.” In 2010, pregnant with Ethan, the Torrs were told at 14 weeks that Vanessa needed a cerclage again. This time, she made it to 40 weeks and 1 day. Healthy and fullterm Ethan was born on November 9, 2010, weighing 7 pounds, 14 ounces and was 20 inches long. The only medical condition he had was a touch of jaundice, and 9

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they could not have been more relieved. Fifteen years ago, the family got involved with the March for Babies in Oconee County and called themselves Team Joseph and Ana for several years. Since 2017, the entire family participates in the March for Babies in Anderson by setting up a water station as Team J.A.E. (in memory of Joseph and honoring Ana and Ethan), and this coming April will be their 15th year. Ana is 15, Ethan is 10 and Joseph would have been 16. This is the Torrs’ way to give back and help raise awareness for the March of Dimes.

for the program. “Emma Kaye’s life mattered,” said Teta Lewis. “We are able to help other families by raising money in Emma’s memory, and that means so much to us.” The Lewis family was chosen as the March of Dimes Ambassador Family for 2014. Harper was only six weeks old when the family led their first March for Babies in Anderson. Teta Lewis went to speaking engagements that year to share their story with others. Teta Lewis currently heads up a March of Dimes program at the school where she teaches, Midway Elementary. They sell “circles” to staff and students to put up on a wall at the school, sell “jean passes” on certain days of the year, hold coin drives and even do an “arrest the teacher” event where bond money is raised to let them out of “jail.” n

The Lewis Family Adam and Teta Lewis live in Anderson and are raising their two children, Edison, 10, and Harper, 7, there. The family lost Emma Kaye on January 25, 2013 at only seven days old. “We have always made Emma Kaye a part of our life,” said Teta Lewis. “Edison was only two when she passed, but he was able to meet her during the short time we had with her. We visit her grave together, celebrate her birthday and always consider ourselves a family of five.” Emma Kaye was born ten weeks early with a diagnosis of mirror syndrome, an extremely rare condition where the mother begins to show signs of edema, hypertension and proteinuria after the baby develops fetal hydrops (fluid in at least two body parts). Her life hung by a thread, and they had to say goodbye after only a week with her. “The March of Dimes volunteer at GHS reached out to us right away,” said Adam Lewis. “She made sure we knew that they were there to help us cope with our situation. As grieving parents, we were so appreciative of the support groups and love they showed us.” The family supported the March of Dimes immediately by asking for donations instead of flowers at Emma’s funeral, and they sold t-shirts to raise money


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'Tis the Season of Giving The holidays are the perfect time to spread love and joy in any way possible. That is why it is so important to consider the hardships of others during the colder months and the holiday season. If the Anderson community came together to help those in need, it would truly be the most wonderful time of the year. Here is a list of a few non-profits in the area that are asking for monetary donations, food donations, and more.

THE LOT PROJECT The LOT Project is a local non-profit ministry that serves the Anderson community in a variety of ways. One of the ways we are able to serve is by providing meals and basic needs items to those in need. On a weekly basis, we provide food/clothes to our homeless, transient, and low-income neighbors and invite them into a space where they can enjoy comfort, community, and receive encouragement and blessing. You can partner with us this winter season by donating your gently-used men’s and women’s clothing and shoes, as well as blankets, coats, socks, and sleeping bags. We mainly focus on practical / casual clothing (i.e. jeans, hoodies, jackets, tennis shoes, work boots, etc.). We also accept and distribute travel-size hygiene items like shampoo, soap, and deodorant. We receive donations on Mondays from 4pm-6pm and Wednesdays from 11am-1pm at our building at 302 West Market Street in Anderson. If you have a group or a large kitchen and the capacity to cook a large volume of food - we would also invite you to consider providing a meal. We typically feed an audience of about 80 people, twice a week. To schedule a meal or to get more information about supporting our ministry, email us at or by phone at 864-7603710.


Anderson Interfaith Ministries (AIM) is partnering with United Way for the 2nd Annual community wide Thanksgiving Distribution. This year, adding to the partnership, will also be Second Harvest food bank of Metrolina and Anderson County, who will be sharing information about the COVID Relief Funds available through AIM. Beginning at 9am Monday, November 22rd at the Anderson Civic Center, community members will have the opportunity to receive one package per household until 2pm. This distribution will run on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like to donate to the Thanksgiving program, the most needed items are canned gravy, canned cranberry sauce, boxed stuffing mix, and boxed desert mix. Complete list of needs can be found on


Kristy King Brock of AIM and Carol Burdette of United Way AIM’s social media: @aimcharity. To receive Thanksgiving Distribution, clients must come prepared with a valid ID and Proof of Residency. Accepted forms of Proof of Residency may be a utility bill, bank or credit card statement, social security statement, or an Anderson County Property tax bill. This list will be provided to clients prior to the distribution date. AIM also houses a Christmas Program each year. This year, instead of receiving applications, approved clients who have visited AIM’s food pantry in the months prior, will be contacted directly and offered Christmas assistance. If you wish to donate to the Christmas Program, please contact Sarah Ann Skelton at or call (864)965-9083. For more information about Thanksgiving Distribution and Christmas, please call 864-965-9083 or visit AIM’s website at


Haven of Rest, located on West Whitner Street in Anderson is a non-profit that helps men and women who are struggling with homelessness and addiction. For the holiday season, they are looking for meal donations for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Some of the items they need include whole turkeys, turkey gravy, shredded cheddar cheese, canned green beans, coffee, whole hams, candied yams, and Hawaiian-style dinner rolls. In addition to this, they are always accepting donations of over-the-counter medications, clothing items, grocery items, and bedding and bathroom items. Visit their website for more information on donating: n

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Countybank Holiday Ice at Carolina Wren Park Service and community are an important part of Countybank’s history, and each year Countybank partners with local nonprofits and charitable organizations to volunteer and give back to the community. Through partnerships like this, Countybank is able to live one of its core values to put people first and in turn have a positive impact on our communities. This upcoming holiday season, Countybank will once again partner with Holiday Ice in Anderson to support what has become a holiday tradition in Wren Park. Every winter the spray plaza at Carolina Wren Park in downtown Anderson converts to a synthetic ice rink for holiday fun. Countybank will host a booth at the ice-skating rink, and associates look forward to meeting Anderson residents and their families. Stop by our table for some fun giveaways and to discuss how we can serve your financial needs. We hope to see you there! n

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BMW Scholar Puts Career Plan in Place

Vivien Felarca When Vivien Felarca graduated from T.L. Hanna High School in 2013 she admits she wasn’t academically or emotionally ready for college. “I knew back then I wouldn’t have taken it seriously. I needed a structured environment so I enlisted in the Army National Guard, completed 36 weeks of basic and job training and relocated to Chicago to begin a parttime position as a behavioral health specialist,” she said. “Being on my own and in the Army matured me,” she said. When she relocated back to the Anderson area as a single parent of two daughters in 2015, she moved


in with her parents and began getting her life settled. “But I didn’t have a plan,” she admits. While weighing her options, she accepted a full-time job in the logistics department for MAU, which provides staffing solutions for the BMW manufacturing plant in Greer, and began to contemplate enrolling in college. Initially she didn’t know what she wanted to study but she was sure about one thing. “I wanted to be a model for my girls and show them if I can, they can. Enrolling at TCTC was scary, a big decision and very intimidating,” she said. November/December 2021

“Before, I was living life day by day. Now, I have a plan in place. That is one of the things I am most proud of. Now I am successful in all areas of my life -- as a parent, a student, an employee and a guardsman.”

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~Vivien Felarca While working at MAU, she noticed a group of BMW Scholars in the body shop. It was then that she set a career goal – she wanted to join them one day. “I always said to myself I would be proud to be a member of that team.” She learned more about the BMW Scholars program which allows selected students to attend class full-time while working part-time at BMW. The program gives students a chance to pursue their education, gain necessary hands-on experience, earn an hourly wage, and become viable candidates for positions at BMW. During this process, BMW assists with students’ tuition, books and supplies. Students must be full-time and maintain a minimum 2.8 GPA. She wanted to complete an application but needed help. “My National Guard family and folks at Tri-County really came through for me. My success coaches Brittany Talbert and Foster Sims talked me through the process and problems. I had doubts. I especially doubted myself. Brittany and Foster gave me interviewing and test-taking tips and general encouragement that helped to build my confidence. They didn’t doubt me,” she said. She filled out the application and waited. “It was nerve wracking. I finally received an e-mail that I had secured an interview and tour of the Greer plant.” She distinctly remembers the moment she learned she was accepted into the BMW Scholars program. “I was sitting in my car in the Dollar Tree parking lot and received an e-mail. I literally bawled when I read the acceptance letter. They were pure tears of joy. It was my happiest moment in a very long time. It was a true vote of confidence,” she said. At that moment, she knew that her life would change for the better. In August she entered her second year in TCTC’s mechatronics program along with working at the BMW plant. “This is a pathway to being a permanent employee while working on earning a college degree,” she said. One of the biggest bonuses is that it is at no cost. She says resources are making college affordable and accessible for her. With full VA benefits and the BMW Scholars book allotment, she is attending college free of charge and will graduate with no debt. “And a peace of mind,” she added. While preparing to enroll in classes, she also learned about another program that allows low-income student parents to receive child care/ aftercare for their children ages birth to 12 years. Child Care Access Means Parents In School (CCAMPIS) is a new initiative at TCTC and is funded by a four-year $378,680 grant received last year from the U.S. Department of Education. The College has partnered with 17 licensed childcare providers in the tri-county area to provide child care/after school care which makes college possible for Felarca, whose daughters are ages 4 and 6. “Before, I was living life day by day,” she said. “Now, I have a plan in place. That is one of the things I am most proud of. Now I am successful in all areas of my life -- as a parent, a student, an employee and a guardsman.” n


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“Shop Small Saturday” and “Small Business Saturday” are phrases that we start to hear quite often this time of year. They began as a campaign launched by American Express the Saturday after Thanksgiving in 2010 to help small businesses gain exposure and to inspire consumers to shop within their own communities during the holiday season. Shop Small Saturday became official in 2011 when governors, senators, and President Obama shared their support for Small Business Saturday. The movement has gained steam. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, 37% of Americans said they made more of an effort to support local businesses, according to a May 2020 survey commissioned by NerdWallet and conducted by The Harris Poll. When you support the local businesses within our county by purchasing their goods, following their social media, and being interactive with them, it not only keeps these local businesses thriving, but keeps our community thriving as well. Shopping local matters because it affects the entire community. When more money is spent at local stores, more money stays within the community. According to the Small Business Administration, $48 of every $100 spent at a small business stays local. However, when you spend the same $100 at a big-box store or national retailer, only $14 stays local. In addition to helping schools and other organizations through payment of taxes, small businesses are also often the organizations that support local sports teams, charities, and events. Plus, local retailers are more likely to hire locally. In addition to all the previously mentioned benefits


of shopping at our locally owned small businesses, another big benefit is to the environment. Because many small businesses offer locally sourced products, the carbon footprint for packaging and transportation is reduced. Local shops are celebrating in many ways. The Kitchen Emporium, located at 418 N. Main Street in downtown Anderson and owned by Gay McLeskey, will be celebrating by having live music, door prizes, specials, and samples of both wine and goodies. McLeskey is also considering having a “Make and Take” as well. “We are excited about Small Business Saturday as always,” McLeskey added, “but since COVID even more so!” To learn more about the events at the Kitchen Emporium, follow them on Facebook and Instagram. Another local shop planning big celebrations on Shop Small Saturday is Indigo Custom Framing, located at 305 N. Main Street in downtown Anderson. Owner Melissa Moore tells us she sees Shop Small Saturday as a Customer Appreciation Day. Moore noticed it has become like a new holiday tradition between families and friends where they get together and enjoy a nice leisurely stroll through downtown, a nice change from the craziness that tends to be the atmosphere on Black Friday, the day following Thanksgiving. At Indigo Custom Framing, she will be offering a Santa’s Workshop for making ornaments and other fun things.

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Moore said, “We’ve come to depend on that Saturday. It’s a great time to enjoy and invest in small shops and spaces around Anderson.” Follow Indigo’s Facebook page for all the festive holiday fun planned. It’s not just individual shops in our area that are celebrating Small Business Saturday; some entire towns in our county are working to drum up some buzz about small businesses. One of these is Pendleton. Amber L. Barnes, the assistant town administrator of Pendleton, said, “Every day is Small Business Saturday in Pendleton! We have placed banners downtown reminding people to shop local.” The mayor of Pendleton, Frank Crenshaw, is also a supporter of the small business movement. “Pendleton is made up of many small businesses that make our community a wonderful place to live, visit and play,” he said. “Remember always to shop local; these are the people who are a significant part of the success of our town.” Mayor Crenshaw added, “Pendleton has the best local businesses where you can find the perfect gift for any occasion.” In addition to shopping, dining, and staying at locally owned businesses, you can also help without spending anything by posting supportive messages on social media. A small business study found that 78 percent of small business owners say that positive feedback on social media is a significant driver of business and that endorsements on social media may be worth as much as an estimated $197 billion for the U.S. small business economy! The next time you plan on shopping, why not put one of our locally owned small businesses at the top of your list? American Express makes it easy with their Shop Small Map ( small-business/shop-small), showing the locally owned small businesses in our area. With options in addition to in-person shopping such as online shopping and delivery services, shopping local is as easy as picking up your phone! And remember to share your positive shopping local experience on social media. This holiday season, and year-round, let’s all pledge to shop small and support all the amazing local businesses in and around Anderson County. n

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HEALTHY By Deborah Tucker When I started school in the ‘50s in California, dinosaurs still roamed the earth. They were called Measles, Mumps, Diphtheria, Chicken Pox. And the most dreaded of all the dinosaurs was Polio. According to the American Institute for Economic Research, in 1949 a polio epidemic appeared and swept through selective population centers, leaving its most tragic sign: children with wheelchairs, crutches, leg braces, and deformed limbs. In the 1952 polio season, of the 57,628 cases reported, 3,145 died and a shocking 21,269 experienced paralysis. Growing up, adults and children in wheelchairs because of polio were not an uncommon sight. Then, in 1955, Dr. Jonas Salk perfected a polio vaccine. Vaccines for the other dinosaurs followed swiftly, and the dinosaurs were soon extinct. It was a revolutionary age of vaccines and antibiotics. Thankfully, those dinosaurs are gone. Today’s parents have new concerns. I spoke with Dr. Rachel Reynolds Ford, a pediatrician at AnMed Health Pediatric Associates, to get her advice on how parents can best protect their children today. Getting Immunizations. Immunizations remain important. Following an immunization schedule is not as simple as it used to be. Dr. Ford and other doctors at AnMed recommend that parents consult the latest recommended immunization schedules provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at


Dealing with Ear Infections. “Ear infections are a very common issue,” explained Dr. Ford. “An ear infection can happen at any age, but this is much more common in our children under two, just based on the anatomy of their ears.” Dr. Ford said the most important thing pediatricians use to decide if a specialist is needed is looking at the overall pattern and timing of the ear infections, especially if a child is having very frequent ear infections in a very short time frame. “The goal when we send a child to an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist is to discuss the possible need for surgery where they will place ear tubes in the eardrums themselves,” explained Dr. Ford. “This way, when there is an infection, you will have drainage from the ear tubes instead of the pressure and the buildup behind the ear drum that causes a lot of pain.” The overall plan for parents, according to Dr. Ford, is to monitor how often a child’s infections are happening and how frequently in a certain timeframe. Then your pediatrician can decide if you need the next step with the ENT doctor. Preparing for Emergencies. Dr. Ford reminds parents that they need to be prepared ahead of time for emergencies. Knowing what your options are in case an emergency happens is important, because in the moment it’s hard to plan and figure out what to do. Dr. Ford also wants parents to know that not every event requires an emergency room visit. “The reassuring thing is that there are a lot of things your pediatrician’s office can usually handle without needing a visit to the emergency room,” explained Dr. Ford. “It’s OK to start at the pediatrician’s office for regular things like ear pain, urinary symptoms, vomiting and diarrhea, cough, cold and flu symptoms, and rashes.” Dr. Ford also recognizes there can be a financial impact on families of using the emergency room for something that may have been handled through the pediatrician’s office. “That being said,” she continued, “there are several true emergencies and injuries that are best handled at an urgent setting. One option is to think of your urgent care offices. Urgent care offices are great for things that

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are not life threatening but where you need to be seen right away. That could include things like sprains, or concerns for a broken bone or injury that might need an x-ray. Urgent care offices are also good for small cuts or abrasions that may need stitches, or especially things like dehydration and the potential need for IV fluids.” For true emergencies, Dr. Ford wants you to go to the emergency room right away, or even to call 911 if you need to. She says this would include things like shortness of breath, trouble breathing, seizures, and anything that would be considered a severe trauma, like severe bleeding or severe burns. “We are especially concerned about any kind of spinal injury,” said Dr. Ford, “where there is weakness in the arms or legs or difficulty using the arms or legs.” The emergency room can also be a great place for possible allergic reactions, especially if there is swelling of the face or the lips or full body hives or anything that happens very quickly like that, said Dr. Ford. Another thing that parents need to consider is any kind of ingestion, like accidental ingestion of medicines or substances. From a pediatric perspective, any infant younger than two months of age that has a fever needs to be seen immediately, and usually that’s in the emergency room setting so they can get some additional lab work. “We have Kids Care here in Anderson that is a great resource that is kind of like the hybrid urgent care/ emergency room for children,” advised Dr. Ford. “They also provide care for minor illnesses and injuries and you don’t need to have an appointment.” Dr. Ford encourages parents to research the options in their area to identify any specific children’s hospitals or children’s emergency rooms. In a specific pediatric setting, they may have additional equipment, resources, and specialists that are focused specifically on children, and this can be beneficial. Dealing with COVID-19. Dr. Ford reports that she is seeing COVID-19 affecting children much more now than earlier in the pandemic. “We’re seeing younger ages with COVID,” said Dr. Ford. “I’ve had newborns who are positive at birth from Mom, and I’ve seen two- or three-week-olds that are positive after they are exposed to a family member.” She says COVID is hitting all ages now, which is pretty scary for a parent. And the hard part with dealing with the current version of COVID is that there are so many different symptoms to decipher. In the end, prevention is the best cure for COVID. “We understand that there are a lot of questions regarding the COVID vaccine, and we encourage parents to discuss these questions with their doctor, their child’s pediatrician, or another healthcare provider they trust,” said Dr. Ford. “We are here to help answer these questions to make the best decision for your family.” So parents, take a moment to appreciate how far we have come in the medical field – just ask your grandparents. And take the time now to plan for life’s inevitable emergencies with your pediatrician. n


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A Holiday Classic Comes to Anderson

We’re about to head into the most wonderful time of the year. For many that means decorating for the holidays, spending time with family and participating in various traditions. The Nutcracker is one of those traditions for millions of people around the world. In the past, in order to experience this classic, Andersonians would have to travel to a neighboring community. This year however, the opportunity will be right in their back yard. Amy Coleman from Steppin’ Out Dance Studio has always dreamed of bringing the classic ballet, The Nutcracker, to life on stage. Coleman knew it was finally the right time to realize this dream as soon as professional dancer Hannah Williams joined her staff over the summer. Knowing that in order to do so, it would take an enormous amount of work, dedication and talented performers. To accomplish this feat, she joined forces with fellow dance instructors, Anna Giles

for decades and are looking forward to seeing their vision come to life. Coleman, Giles and Yon believe in nurturing the love of dance in youth while teaching them to give back to the community. Knowing how dance improves both physical health while enhancing emotional development, both studios encourage creativity, self-discipline, time management skills and teamwork through their teachings. For over a quarter of a century these women have been enriching our community through the arts. The trio are excited to show Anderson the collective talent and dedication of their dancers from both competitive dance teams among others, in this timeless classic the entire family can enjoy. Williams, playing the beloved Sugar Plum Fairy, has performed professionally in multiple productions of The Nutcracker, and joined the Carolina Ballet Theatre as a Company Artist this season. Williams and her professional dance partner, Josiah Savage, will take on lead roles, playing the parts of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier, respectively, while young dancers from both studios bring to life this classic ballet December 11 and 12 at the Calhoun Academy of the Arts. Tickets go on sale November 1 for both matinee and evening performances. The community is invited By Lisa Marie Carter to join in with opportunities for sponsorship and advertising. Contact for more information. Sponsorships are available up until the day of the first performance, however full marketing benefits of sponsors submitted after November 1 cannot be guaranteed. n

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Hey Google! Anderson has a new skyline. And a new street view. So, you might want to get your drones in the air and your panoramic lens on the street to capture what’s new. That’s right. Anderson’s landscape is changing. Fast. Even a weekly drive down Main Street is not enough to keep up with the latest developments. “We are in the midst of our most significant growth pattern in more than 50 years, with no end in sight,” said City Manager David McCuen. “Developers are reaching out nearly every day.” What seems like rapid change is actually the result of a continuing focus by City leaders which began in the early 2000s. Understanding the value of downtown as an economic engine, they set the stage for an attractive business environment with infrastructure and streetscape improvements. “We began with a focus on public/private partnerships,” McCuen said. “Now, I would say that we have created an atmosphere where that has flipped, and private investment is more the driver.” In 2018, the City embarked on a site-specific master planning process called “Shock this Block.” More than 1,000 residents and business owners participated in the process, yielding a roadmap for the future of downtown. Since that time, many of the suggestions put forth in the plan have come to fruition. In addition to private sector development, improvements have included more public art installations, improved lighting, and a focus on beautification. “We believe that if you go to a place and it looks nice, you’ll want to go back to that place,” said Brett Broyles, City horticulturalist. “We are taking care of the trees in a sustainable way and making sure there is color in the beds. Our beautification team works hard to keep everything clean and neat.” All of these efforts have yielded tangible results. Since the beginning of 2020, 18 new businesses have opened downtown with 12 more openings scheduled by the end of 2021. It’s not just the number of businesses that is impressive, it’s the variety too. Breweries, fitness centers, specialty retailers, restaurants and even a major hotel chain have all bet on Anderson as a place to thrive. The recent opening of Home2 Suites by Hilton, flanked by a municipal parking garage, will stimulate commerce across the entire city. “The potential of a sustained number of overnight guests will add to our pedestrian traffic, which will be a


boost to our economy,” McCuen said. “The Bleckley Inn was a trailblazer in this regard, investing in Anderson more than a decade ago. Now with the addition of another hotel we can handle even more visitors, who stay longer, and that’s good for everyone.” A new gateway has emerged on North Main Street which includes a brewery, mixed use space and an outdoor plaza. “The blocks adjacent to this development already have strong retail anchors,” said Andrew Strickland, assistant City manager. “This will make the entire area more of a destination.” And here’s another note to Google…you might need new footage of our parks, too. Significant upgrades were made to Bea Thompson Park on Market Street including the addition of inclusive, state-of-the-art play equipment. Improvements to D.B. Walker Park and St. Francis Park are on the near horizon. The City recently began construction on an addition to its Murray Avenue Recreation Complex that will feature a 10,000 square-foot utility field, bleachers and a concession area. Anderson has also shepherded residential growth with more than 1600 new homes under construction in the coming months. City Manager McCuen is quick to point out that though some of Anderson’s most visible growth is centered in downtown, things are happening throughout the metropolitan area. “There are projects on the drawing board all across the city that will be catalysts to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods and spark various business districts,” Mr. McCuen said. And the City has aspirations for the coming decades. “Our stated goal is to become the most desirable city in the region,” Mayor Terence Roberts said. “We know that we have the amenities that people want along with a moderate climate, low cost of living and of course, Hartwell Lake.” Mayor Roberts also emphasizes that the cooperation of elected officials across the region is important. “Our City Council realizes the value of policymakers working together as we stand in a place of leadership to facilitate our shared success,” Roberts said. “It is critical that we work together on issues that affect all of us like mobility, the environment and the economy.” This spirit of cooperation is a hallmark of Anderson’s success and a point of pride as we look toward a bright future in The Electric City. So Google…send your cameras, we’re trending. n

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7. 1. Art in honor of the life and legacy of Anderson’s own Chadwick Boseman is installed in Wren Pavilion. 2. Anderson’s new skyline features Home2Suites by Hilton and a municipal parking garage with plans for a rooftop venue. 3. City Manager David McCuen visits one of Anderson’s newest retailers, Maren and Main. 4. Mayor Terence Roberts plants a tree for Earth Day in 25

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driver.” Some insurance companies use telematics to offer different premiums based on driver performance. The advantage to the telematics approach is that you are being rated on your individual driving habits which could result in a discount which you are personally responsible for achieving. However, your driving habits might also have a negative impact on rates. That’s why it’s a good idea to use a company like The Peoples Agency to help you determine if a new technology such is this is right for you. “Each of our clients has a dedicated staff member that knows their account inside and out,” said Kidd. With a designated account representative, The Peoples Agency works with you to make decisions on any policy changes. If you unfortunately are involved in a claim, you’ll have assistance from experts in their field. “We have great people working here. Each person has years of experience in the insurance industry and is extremely knowledgeable about their specific area,” said Kidd. However, it’s not just about years of experience. Kidd said, “Each staff member has dedicated their time to obtain a professional designation which gives them the knowledge and confidence to deal with just about any type of situation that can arise.” Beyond being well-trained in the different areas of insurance products, The Peoples Agency staff provide an all-encompassing level of service. With outstanding knowledge, respect for clients, an understanding of the market and an overall agency climate of care and professionalism, The Peoples Agency is ready to meet your insurance needs. n

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Holiday Scavenger Hunt The holiday season is a great time for some wholesome family fun. We’ve put together a holiday scavenger hunt to help you explore downtown Anderson while having the chance to win a stocking full of prizes! There are 12 different locations participating in the scavenger hunt. We will provide you with clues to help you determine the proper location and/or item you need to find. When you think you’ve got the right idea, head there, take a picture of you with the location or the item. You can have fun and be creative with your pictures! Post your photos of each location/item to your social media pages. You must tag Anderson Magazine and the business you think the clue is about. All posts must appear by December 12. If you are not on social media but would like to participate you can email the photos along with the guesses to - all emails must be received by December 12.

Clue 1 - The owner of this specific business is synonymous with the feel of Christmas. Clue 2 - Kids typically leave out milk and cookies

for Santa, but I bet he’d prefer if you swapped out the milk for something from this place.

Clue 3 - The Grinch could probably use this

business (before his heart grew 5 sizes). To help him out the trouble he was in because of all his mischievous deeds.

Clue 4 - One of the other terms used for Christmas may remind you of the first name of this business.

Clue 5 - Scrooge may have grabbed a burger

here on Tuesdays since their prices are cheaper on that day.

Clue 6 - Both Scrooge and The Grinch could

benefit from a visit to this business for their frown lines.


We will take all the correct guesses of those who followed all the steps properly and draw one name to win the stocking stuffed full of local prizes (valued at over $1000). Winner to be announced December 17. The first set of clues are printed in this issue of the magazine. You’ll need to keep tabs on Anderson Magazine’s Facebook and Instagram for additional clues to help you determine the right places! Thanks to our sponsors - Kitchen Emporium, Brews on Main, Kakalaki Kids, Bradley & Perkins, Anderson Axe/Destress the Community, The Local Uptown, Glam Beauty Bar and Spa, Botox Boutique, Anderson Arts Center, Jo Brown Senior Center, It’s A Dog’s Life, and JHA Sotheby’s Realty. Have fun and please remember to be respectful of all local ordinances, business hours and any COVID protocols in place. Please be respectful of the business’s time as well. n

Clue 7 - Most say that Christmas is for “.........”. This is also in the name of this business

Clue 8 - This place is an awesome piece of

real estate, and it gets lit every night during the holiday season. (this clue is sponsored by the local

realtor listed but the clue is not for their office)

Clue 9 - Since Mr. and Mrs. Claus must be over 55 (how old are they anyway?), and if they lived in Anderson, we’re sure they’d enjoy spending time here during the day. Clue 10 -Grinch’s unwilling partner Max would

much prefer to spend a day here rather than being part of the Grinch’s mischief.

Clue 11 -This is kind of like a local Santa’s

workshop in the sense that like Santa’s elves, a lot of people worked hard to personally make all the one of a kind items you’d see here.

Clue 12 -We think Mrs. Claus would love a day here after all the hustle and bustle of the Christmas holiday.

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Read the clues • Match to a business below Go & take a photo at that business • Be Creative • Have Fun Brews on Main 130 N Main St. Anderson, SC 1 864-367-0991

Botox Boutique

719 E Greenville St, Anderson, SC, 29621 +1 864-844-5397

Jo Brown Senior Center

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Anderson Axe

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Bradley & Perkins

Kakalaki Kids

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Kitchen Emporium

418 N Main St, Anderson, SC 1 864-225-2021

301 E. Greenville Street Anderson, SC Phone: 864-401-8770

The Local Uptown

301 N McDuffie St, Anderson, SC 29621 1 864-225-9552

It’s a Dog’s Life

106 Northwest Dr, Anderson, SC 1 864-226-5110

Anderson Arts Center

Federal St, Anderson, SC

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Live music returns The Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium (GAMAC) will bring live music back to Anderson this fall with Covid-19 safety protocols in place for the Anderson Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming performance on November 14, 2021. Dana Gencarelli, Executive Director of GAMAC, said that, “GAMAC is committed to keeping everyone safe and preventing further spread of the virus in the community. We are monitoring local conditions carefully and following recommended best practices from the medical community,” she said. According to the performing arts organization’s Covid Safety Plan linked on the website GAMAC. ORG homepage, masks will be required for audience and event staff members for the foreseeable future. Performances will be held in Henderson Auditorium in the Rainey Fine Arts Center at Anderson University. Though the venue seats over 1,000, seating for GAMAC events will be limited to 50% of building capacity. Seats and rows throughout the auditorium will be skipped to allow social distancing of 8ft or more among audience members. Additional precautions will include “contactless” ticket purchase options,

shorter performance times to limit potential exposure, enhanced cleaning measures, and use of the venue’s filtered ventilation system. “Vaccinations are not required to attend GAMAC performances at this time,“ said Gencarelli. “Masks and social distancing will be enforced, however. With everyone’s cooperation, we are confident that we can bring live music back safely” she said. GAMAC will present Tango Caliente featuring the Anderson Symphony Orchestra with saxophonist Jonathan Noffsinger on Sunday, November 14, 2021 at 3:00pm. For tickets and further information, please visit n

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Events Monday, November 1-30 Never Run Alone Virtual 5K and 1 Mile Doggie Dash This is replacing the Hyco Memorial 5K and takes place anywhere you want! All proceeds from this race will be benefiting GELA Foundation and the GELA Foundation will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Hyco K-9 Fund. Register at key word Never Run Alone. Contact Lisa Marie Carter for more information, or 864-3569857 or visit the website Friday, November 5, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM & Saturday, November 6, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM Seventeenth Annual Mistletoe Market at the Museum, Anderson County Museum 202 E. Greenville St., Anderson. The Mistletoe Market kicks off the Christmas shopping season in the Upstate and highlights some of the many talented artists and crafters this area has to offer. Learn more at

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Friday, November 19, 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Saturday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM & Sunday 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Holly Jolly Holiday Fair 2021 at Anderson Sports & Entertainment Center. The Holly Jolly Holiday Fair is the best way to get into the Holiday Spirit! They have unique artists, vendors and crafters that offer great gifting ideas and holiday décor. VIP Tickets are $12 in advance, General Admission Tickets are $6 in advance, for tickets and information go to their website -

welcome the crowd as all gather round the 25-foot-tall live decorated Christmas tree where the lighting of the Christmas tree will happen. For more information go to their Facebook page Christmas in Belton or Saturday, December 4, 8:00 AM and 9:00 AM Anderson Area YMCA Reindeer Run, 201 East Reed Road, Anderson. Join the fun of the annual 1 mile, 5k, or both. Registration includes a festive long sleeve Reindeer Run shirt. All registration, including Race Day Registration, will be conducted through RunSignUp. com. They will not be holding any in-person, face to face race day registration. For more information and to register go to and search the Anderson Area YMCA Reindeer Run.

Friday and Saturday, November 19-20, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Anderson County Woman’s Club Christmas Bazaar and Open House at The Marshall Orr House, 809 West Market Street, Anderson. Tour this historic home and see it all dressed up for the holidays. The bazaar will have gift baskets for all ages and all occasions. Seasonal refreshments will be served. For more information visit their Facebook page or call 864-226-7576. Friday and Saturday Evenings, November 26 - December 11, 4:30 PM - 8:30 PM Pendleton Christkindlmarkt, 105 Exchange Street, Pendleton. Celebrate the season with the quaint, European-style Christkindlmart, an evening Christmas Market on the Village Green. For more information go to www.

Thursday, November 25 – Saturday December 15, 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM Anderson Lights of Hope, 150 Rose Valley Blvd., Anderson. The 28th annual light show has been illuminating the Upstate during the holidays with its 2.5-mile-long drive through displays. Over 3.5 million lights cover 200+ displays, trees, bushes, buildings and line the roadway. You NEVER know WHO will drop-in at The Village. There are scheduled performances and some surprises for 2021! For more information and to purchase tickets go to

Saturday, December 4, 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM Christmas in Belton, 100 N. Main Street, Belton. You and your family are encouraged to line up along Main Street to view the annual Christmas Parade at 3:30. Applications for entries are available now and due by Nov. 22. At 5:00 PM, City of Belton representatives will

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Morningside of Anderson Assisted Living invites residents into our senior living community not just to live with us, but to thrive with us. We provide individualized care services based on the specific needs of our residents. You can taste the Five Star difference with a variety of entrée selections for every meal. Our Lifestyle360 program is a holistic approach to active community living that focuses on five dimensions of wellness: intellectual, social, physical, emotional, and spiritual. These five dimensions empower our residents to live a happier, healthier, well-rounded lifestyle.



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Brighter Christmas Brighter Christmas Fund helps provide Christmas for more than 500 foster and homeless children from Anderson County. Generous support from Anderson Toy Parade, Stone Creek Cove HOA & Golf Club, and individuals like you have kept Brighter Christmas Fund alive since 1975.

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Send donations to Foothills Community Foundation 907 N. Main Street | Anderson SC 29621 | 864-222-9096 or online at or drop-off donations at SunTrust Bank


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