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Anderson andersonmagazine.com November/December 2016

Anderson County Business: The Year in Review

Holiday Decorating on a budget

Holiday Event Resource Guide

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The Road Less Traveled

Women in Non-Traditional Careers

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A Few of Our Favorite Things Great Gifts for Everyone on Your List

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Home Safe Home

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Defy The Lie

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Spotlight on Anderson District 5

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St. John’s New Leading Lady

Keeping Your Home Safe While You’re Away Domestic Abuse Isn’t Just about Physical Violence Arts, Academics and Athletics Reverend Kitty Holtzclaw

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It’s a Family Tradition

Deer Hunting Season is in Full Swing

andersonmagazine.com Publisher/Editor April Cameron Advertising Sales Hannah McCullough Jeanie Campbell Graphic Design Jennifer Walker Contributing Writers Caroline Anneaux Liz Carey Lisa Marie Carter Christina Curtiss Sally Nichols Contributing Photographers Black Truffle Photography Life is a Tripp Photography JC Images Anderson Magazine is published six times a year. Advertising Inquiries: Hannah@andersonmagazine.com 864-314-4125 AndersonMagJeanie@gmail.com 864-634-9191 Editorial Inquiries: News@andersonmagazine.com 864-221-8445 Copyright: All contents of this issue ©2016, Anderson Magazine. All rights reserved. No portion of this issue may be reproduced in any manner without prior consent of the publisher. The publishers believe that the information contained in this publication is accurate. However, the information is not warranted, and Anderson Magazine does not assume any liability or responsibility for actual, consequential or incidental damages resulting from inaccurate erroneous information.

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Letter from the Editor Tis the season for flannel, boots and pumpkin spice everything…or so we wish! Fall is a difficult time in the South. It’s cold in the morning, hot in the afternoon and chilly again in the evening. I feel like I need a wardrobe change halfway through each day. But whether the cold weather comes in the morning, flees in the day or is here to stay, the holiday season is here, and this issue is full of holiday fun! If you want to be prepared with the perfect gift for that host or hostess that invites you to a holiday party, we’ve got you covered. We asked local wine and beer purveyors to give us their top picks for the perfect hostess gift, and you’ll find a collection of suggestions, where to purchase and what prices you can expect to pay. We’ve also got some easy and inexpensive decorating ideas to help make your home especially seasonal this time of year. And, we have a calendar full of holiday events to help get you in the spirit of the season. You’ll also get great gift suggestions from our holiday gift guide. The team here at Anderson Magazine pulled together some of our favorite things to give and receive! They’re all items you can find from local people! Remember, it’s important to shop small when you can to help keep more dollars circulating within our local economy! And you’ll certainly want to check out our cover model – the big man himself, Santa Claus! He’s making regular appearances at the Merry Christmas Tree Farm in Central where the Sneed family grows acres and acres of trees. You can visit the farm and pick out a tree for a day of family fun. In addition to all our holiday stories, we’re closing out the year with our last feature on the school districts. This issue covers Anderson District 5 and how the penny sales tax is already making a huge impact on the schools in the district. We’re also taking a look at the past year of business growth. Anderson County continues to add more businesses which adds more jobs. Large companies such as Coca-Cola, BMW and Mergon have expanded in Anderson, but small businesses are continuing to grow also. New restaurants, banks and retail businesses are opening up throughout the county as well. Make sure to read the feature story on women in non-traditional careers also. You’ll meet an airplane pilot, a firefighter and an asbestos removal contractor. These women chose career paths in fields typically dominated by men and have all found success. As this issue goes to print, we are still reeling from the events that happened at Townville Elementary School. Our community has experienced the unthinkable, and we have seen our county come together to support one another in a time that no one can really prepare for. We continue to pray for all of the students, teachers and administrators at Townville as well as all the families involved on that tragic day. Let’s continue to wrap our arms around one another this holiday season in the spirit of love, peace and community.

~April

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United Way of Anderson County

Checking Off That Holiday Giving List Made Easy

Black Friday. Cyber Monday.

’Tis the season for giving, and in today’s world of technological advances, gift giving has never been as quick and easy. We can shop from the comfort of our own homes, create our e-lists of who to give to, set reminders of when to do it and get pop ups with suggestions for gifts our friends or loved ones may enjoy. Before, there was only Black Friday shopping. Next was Cyber Monday. Now, there’s #GIVINGTUESDAY! Now is the time to not only think about that holiday gift list for your friends and family, but what about that holiday gift to your community? What about that gift that may feed the hungry, provide books to young children, provide warm coats or utility assistance to a struggling family? What about that gift that can help provide affordable housing to hard-working, but low-wage earning individuals? What about the gift that will help someone who is ill and suffering get needed medical assistance? Well, checking these gifts off your list can be made easy too. #GIVING TUESDAY provides a simple, stress-free platform for giving your gift to the community. #GIVING TUESDAY is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GIVING TUESDAY kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. This year, #GIVING TUESDAY is November 29. The United Way of Anderson County joins other nonprofit organizations on this national day of giving in providing that stress free platform for donating and helping others. By giving to the United Way on November 29, you can help feed the hunger, help children succeed, help families obtain the housing they need. By giving to the United Way on November 29, you can make a difference with your gift to the community! n

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Hostess Gifts

Shayna Hollander - Viva il Vino Recommends: Cavicchioli 1928 Prosecco

for A Jolly Good Time

This dry, straw-colored wine fills the glass with lovely, lively bubbles and an aroma of fruits and flowers. Delicious as an aperitif or with a meal, this is an ideal hostess gift especially if it is delivered cold. It can be purchased at the Anderson and Pendleton locations of Viv il Vino. The cost is $34 per bottle, and when two bottles are purchased, the second is 25 percent off.

It’s fun to watch the cocktail and dinner party invitations come in this time of year. The evites and texts that light up our phones fill up our calendars with a chance to eat, drink and be merry with friends, family and colleagues. To ensure that you make a good impression, and that you’ll be asked back again, be sure to thank your host or hostess with a gift. Depending on who is giving the party, a great gift can be a nice bottle of wine or a unique beer. We asked some of our local experts in this area for their top choices for a host or hostess gift.

Matt Herriott ABV Anderson Bine & Vine Recommends: King Don’s Pumpkin Ale Catawba Brewing Company

This pumpkin ale is brewed in North Carolina and uses five separate barley styles, an artistic touch of hops, spices normally used for baking and fresh pumpkin. The flavors meld into a wonderfully smooth, orange-hued beer that sports a luscious, creamy foam head. It’s available on tap or in the can. Pick up a six pack for your party host at ABV in downtown Anderson.

Gay McLeskey - Kitchen Emporium Recommends: Blindfold by The Prisoner Wine Co. - white wine 1448 by Jeff Runquist - red wine

Blindfold, from The Prisoner Wine Company, is a Chardonnay base but is blended with other fabulous white wines that cut through the heaviness of Chardonnay. It retails for under $25. For the red wine lover, consider these two options at two different price points. 1448 by Jeff Runquist is a popular blend of California fruit and a rich texture retailed at $18.95. Abstract by Orin Swift is a full-bodied blend also from California and retails for $37.95. The Kitchen Emporium also offers free gift wrapping.

Brad Thomas - Carolina Bauernhaus Ales Recommends: A current seasonal bottle release

It’s hard to pinpoint a specific flavor that would be the ultimate hostess gift from this locally produced brewery, as the choices of availability could change week by week. But, what you can count on is uniquely handcrafted ales that reflect the soil, water, and air of Upstate South Carolina through locally sourced fruits, yeasts, hops, and grains. Occasionally, Carolina Bauernhaus Ales has limited 750ml bottle releases from the taproom that do not go into distribution and represent the best of the best from the barrels. Prices range from $18-$20. Check in for flavors and availability.

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THESE ARE A FEW OF OUR

favorite things If you want to find a great gift for everyone on your list, check out our favorite things to give and receive!

Tailor Made Shenanigans

out of Pendleton offers custom monograms, clothing, home dĂŠcor and more. With so many options available, these cute t-shirts and sweatshirts can be customized for everyone from toddlers to teens to moms. Designs are available for both boys and girls, and it can truly be a one-of-a-kind gift.

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Franny & Dot

in the Liberty area creates custom-made pallet art signs and other home dĂŠcor options. These are great gifts for family and friends and can include your unique message or select from pre-made signs.

TO ORDER 864-376-4480 frannyanddot@gmail.com check us out facebook

Bulletproof Jewelry

out of Anderson designs hand-made necklaces, earrings and bracelets. Custom color combinations can be ordered, but the designer has a special eye for these statement pieces, so you are sure to find a pre-made item that is the perfect gift for someone on your list.

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JW Gifts

offers laser engraving on everything from cutting boards to Yeti cups to cork. Personalization of every item is what makes JW Gifts a great choice. From small things like ornaments for teacher gifts to larger items like monogrammed cutting boards for a pair of newlyweds in the family, JW Gifts will help you create something one-of-a-kind for your friends and family.

TO ORDER (864) 221-5535 jwalker4921@gmail.com check us out facebook & etsy

The Olive Shoe

is a small, primarily online, stationery and gift boutique specializing in custom invitations, announcements, holiday cards and personal stationery. You’ll also find items in person at her booth at Remnants Antiques & Gifts in downtown Anderson. Choose from stationery designs already created or customize something just for you and those on your shopping list!

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There’s no doubt that everyone wants to feel safe in their own homes, but between the daily news reports, the plot lines of television shows and our own imaginations, feeling safe anywhere – even at home – can be difficult. Home security is big business. There are gadgets and gizmos and systems galore that can help alert individuals and monitor homes for intruders and suspicious activity. There are a few different options available to meet the needs and budgets of home owners and renters. Home cameras that are self-monitored, security systems that are professionally monitored, devices that detect and alert for movement…the choices are varied and here are a few to consider. Clark Howard, a popular consumer expert and host of the nationally syndicated radio talk show, The Clark Howard Show, reviewed a few home cameras. A couple of his top picks for home cameras were the Nest Cam and Video Doorbell. Nest Cam is a high-definition camera that plugs in, so you don’t have to worry about batteries that might die. It provides live video steaming and offers video recording options with a subscription. It also offers a built-in speaker and microphone so you can offer threatening voice commands. The Video Doorbell connects to your smart phone and allows you to see anyone who rings your door bell no matter where you are. For a Do-It-Yourself security system, Techlicious.com recommends the Piper NV system. This is a single device with a camera, motion detector and sensors that detect light, sounds, temperature, humidity and an alarm. This andersonmagazine.com

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device simply plugs in, connects to your WI-FI and can be monitored through your smartphone. Some people may prefer to go with a professionally installed and monitored system. This ensures everything is set up correctly, is often the easiest route for those who are not technically inclined, and can offer additional peace of mind due to the 24/7 monitoring. Professionally monitored properties are often given more leverage by emergency personnel for immediate response as well. False alarms sometimes occur due to animals or even weather. Because the monitoring station can verify if the alarm is a legitimate concern by checking cameras and sensors, their alarm report is often given a higher priority over a non-monitored alarm. And while professionally installed and monitored alarms often have a higher up-front price tag, many home insurance companies offer a discount on your policy if you have a system in place. However, if the price is still cost prohibitive, or if you are a renter and can’t have something installed, there are still options. General alarms can be very effective in deterring intruders as well. The Step Off Portable Entry Alarm by Damsel in Defense will sound a 120 decibel alarm to wake you and scare off intruders. Only you can determine what level of security will make you feel safe in your own home. Whether it is a simple alarm or a monitored home security system, make sure to find the product that will make your house feel like home safe home. November/December 2016


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Holiday Decorating on a budget By Lisa Marie Carter

You’ve put away your Halloween-specific decorations but need something to hold you over until it’s socially acceptable to pull out the boxes of Christmas décor. Try a few of these quick and simple tricks. This won’t take much time or money, yet it will make your house feel fabulously fall like.

Fall Ideas

Try changing out throw pillows, throw rugs, hand towels and candles with some autumnal colors, patterns and fabrics. (Even curtains can be changed to a darker and heavier fabric.) Place a perfectly “thrown” throw blanket in some fall like colors on your sofa. Nothing says fall like a comfy throw to cuddle up in. Use pumpkins as candle holders (just cut hole in center large enough to hold your candle). Keep all the un-carved pumpkins and gourds, and you have the perfect mantle décor. You can also use any of the mini pumpkins as candle holder toppers for a change from the basic candle. Place mums on each side of the door – it seems simple but makes it feel like fall from the time you step up to your door. Using potted mums to replace your summer flowers in flower beds, on porches, near fireplace hearths, or in corners of rooms. This classic never goes out of style. To give added height within a group, place one potted mum on a miniature straw bale. If you don’t have a green thumb or just don’t want to be bothered watering and caring for live plants, take some concrete planters (or any large decorative, sturdy planters) and get pumpkins that are larger than the opening, place some leaves and branches around the top of the planter then place pumpkin on top. Cut long branches with colored leaves still on (whenever you bring branches in from outdoors, spray off with water and allow to dry in the garage or another dry space to avoid bugs.) Place in a tall vase or an umbrella stand. Be sure the branches are proportionate to the vase or stand. Try taking a scrap piece of burlap, stamp a fall like print or write something like “Thankful” or “Falling for Fall” and wrap it around a wine bottle and top with a simple fall colored fabric ribbon around the neck. Perfect decor to sit out on your counter or to give as a hostess gift.

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House & Home Hot glue pinecones to the ends of a thicker fabric ribbon, tie the other ends together in one bunch and hang on your front door – a nice switch from the standard wreath.

Christmas Ideas

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Here is a great decorating tip for recycling those pumpkins. Paint them white and stack like a snowman, decorate and design as you see fit!

If you wanted some new and unique ideas for your Christmas holiday decorating but don’t want to blow your shopping budget on décor, try these simple ideas. Take a tip from fall decorating and change out throw pillows, throw rugs, hand towels and candles with some Christmas/winter colors, patterns and fabrics. Stop by a dollar store, and grab some red and or green mugs - even coffee and tea will taste more Christmassy when drank from a holiday colored mug! Use those same wine bottles you had the burlap on (by now I’m sure they are empty), and paint them with holiday themes or colors to use for a decoration as-is or as a vase. Remember the planters for fall, using large pumpkins and leaves rather than live plants? Well, take those same planters and fill with greenery from the evergreens in your yard (or woods), or use the branches trimmed from your Christmas tree (most of the time you can get free branches that were cut off trees at any place that sells trees), add some holly branches, decorative ribbon, pine cones or red Christmas balls or even spray paint some twigs red and voila – you have a carefree decoration for your entrance! It doesn’t have to break the bank or take all your spare time to make your house feel like the perfect holiday home. Really all you need is a dash of holiday cheer and family gathered around to make any home feel special. n andersonmagazine.com

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#DefyTheLie

Domestic abuse isn’t just about physical violence; it is about power and control. It can be very complex and confusing for those living within its walls. When you are walking on eggshells in an abusive relationship, you naturally find ways to cope and survive. Domestic abuse is all around us right here in the city of Anderson. According to City of Anderson Municipal Court, there were 190 domestic violence arrests from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016. That is roughly 3.65 domestic violence arrests per week in the City of Anderson. This only accounts for those individuals who had the strength to call the police and report the problem. For this year’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Safe Harbor wanted to highlight the lies that victims of violence end up telling themselves and their friends and family. Lies like these help them rationalize their situation: * Yeah, he has a temper, but he would never hit me. * It’s not that he doesn’t want me to have friends. He’s just protecting me. * He says things that scare me, but I know I am hard to love at times.

If you go to Safe Harbor’s Facebook page or website you will find survivor stories, videos and images sharing real life “rational lies” like these:

“Honestly…I wish he had hit me. Maybe then it wouldn’t have taken me so long to recognize the abuse for what it really was.”

“But he never hit me…he didn’t have to. He could control me perfectly well by his looks, his words, his behavior, and plainout fear. I never knew how he would react – sometimes: explosive anger, sometimes cold silence, sometimes sad puppy-dog eyes meant to make me feel like I had hurt him.” “It has been over two years since he left. Most days I am living free from the distorted version of reality I had endured for more than two decades. Emotional/ psychological abuse is soul-rape. It is destructive. But there is support, hope, and healing.You can live again.”

In Safe Harbor’s #DefyTheLie blog series, survivors of domestic abuse share the “rational lies” they came to believe just to survive within their abusive relationships. These brave survivors also share how they ultimately gained the courage to #DefyTheLie, break the cycle of abuse in their relationships, and build new lives filled with safety and hope. “We are thrilled to try this creative new approach to public outreach. Through this campaign, we hope to deepen public understanding of domestic abuse,” said Julie Meredith, Safe Harbor’s director of programs and outreach. “We want to reach out to local victims in the Upstate who may be in the midst of the ‘rational lies’ of an abusive relationship and to help others to recognize the courage it takes for survivors of domestic violence to ultimately #defythelie.”

Safe Harbor wants women to know that there is hope and there is help for those who #DefyTheLie. If you are living within the walls of domestic abuse, we hope these stories will help you to understand that you are not alone. Safe Harbor’s services are confidential and completely free of charge. Please take that step and help you or someone #DefyTheLie by calling 1.800.291.2139. n

Bobby Rettew is the chief storyteller for Gray Digital Group, a digital communications agency with offices in San Antonio and Austin, Texas along with the South Carolina office here in Anderson. Bobby grew up in the upstate of South Carolina and currently lives with his wife Sarah and daughter Rose in Anderson. andersonmagazine.com

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Spotlight on

Anderson School District Five By Liz Carey

The focus of education used to be the three R’s – reading, ’riting, and ’rithmatic. With the funds coming in from the penny sales tax initiative passed in 2014, there is a new focus at the moment, and Anderson School District Five is starting at the beginning of the alphabet. As of August, the penny sales tax had generated more than $11.5 million in revenue for the district. And the district has put it into arts, academics and athletics, said Superintendent Tom Wilson. “Revenue from the penny sales tax is coming in higher than we projected,” Wilson said. “Twenty percent of that revenue goes directly to tax rollbacks to eliminate debt. We’ve seen $11.5 million in revenue. Of that, $9.2 million was spent on capital projects. The other $1.7 million goes to the bond pay-down. In 15 years, my hope is that the penny sales tax will be renewed; it’s our only hope to be fully debt free.” Wilson said the revenue has been spread across the district. One of the first things the district did with the andersonmagazine.com

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revenue, he said, was to initiate one-to-one computing: every child from grades five to 12 has a Chromebook to use for instruction. “Instead of text books, we have tech books,” said Kyle Newton, spokesman for the district. “That’s been a big academic piece over the past year.” The district is also using some of the money to fund a portion of what parents pay to have their students take dual enrollment classes at Tri-County Technical College. The cost will drop from $315 per class to $250 per class. Capital projects paid for by the penny sales tax include replacing the roofs on both T. L. Hanna and Westside High Schools, making improvements to the food services facilities throughout the district, replacing doors and ceiling tiles at Hanna and adding classrooms to Robert Anderson Middle School in anticipation of Lakeside Middle School transitioning to the Anderson Institute of Technology. The Institute will be the career campus shared by November/December 2016


Anderson School Districts Three, Four and Five. Students from the Iva-based District Three and the Pendleton-based District Four will be able to attend the career center along with students from District Five. Wilson estimated that the project will cost between $25 and $30 million. Because 70 percent of the students at the Institute will be from District Five, the district will pay 70 percent of the cost. The 12,000-square foot building, which is currently in the development phase, is scheduled to open in August of 2019. Wilson said the arts are benefiting from the sales tax revenue in noticeable ways. The district has spent some of the sales tax revenue on refurnishing and refurbishing the Project Challenge Playhouse. So far, the district has replaced furniture and lighting at the theater, as well as redoing the storage building and completing work on the façade and the parking lot in front of the playhouse. The district has also started work on a fine arts production facility at Southwood Academy of the Arts. The penny sales tax was also used to build two new band buildings to house equipment that has been stored in trailers at both high schools. Wilson said the next step will be to straighten up the practice fields for the bands. Finally, the district has focused some of the revenue on athletics. Two field houses have been built, one at each of the high schools, to provide locker rooms, training rooms and coaches’ rooms for each school. The additions not only provide the schools with state-of-the-art facilities, Wilson said, but also free up space at the high schools. The installation of collegiate level tracks at both high schools will benefit the district in several ways, Wilson said. First, the installation provides athletes with exceptional facilities on which to practice and compete. Second, Wilson said, it will bring in track meets. “When we can host track meets, it will bring more money in the area,” Wilson said. Finally, the district is looking into selling property bordering McCants Middle School. andersonmagazine.com

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Going Green While Saving Green Solar Power Saves Dollars and Makes Sense Everyone wishes there was a way to keep a few more dollars in our pockets instead of sending them out to pay another bill. It’s especially painful when those bills are for things we need like water or electricity. And these days, it seems things like electric bills just keep climbing and climbing. But, there is an option that can help free you from high electric bills, and you may even get cash back for it! Solar energy used to seem like a futuristic concept, but the future is now. Today, you can harness the sun’s energy helping you to greatly reduce, and even eliminate, in some cases, electric bills. Dawn Small is the local owner of Palmetto Solar Solutions. This company installs solar panels on commercial and residential properties helping you create your own energy thereby offsetting traditional electricity bills. “It’s a little technical, but it basically works when the sun’s energy is converted into electricity,” said Small. “The solar panels are typically installed on a roof. The panels turn the sun’s energy into DC electricity. An inverter box is installed on the property, and that converts the DC current into alternating current (AC) for electrical use in the home.” In essence, your home is creating the electricity it will use through the solar panels. But what about when it’s night time and the sun isn’t out, one might ask. Well, since this is a grid-tied system, any excess power that the system generates and isn’t used will be “credited” to your account and will be available to be used during the night or other times that solar production may be lower, like during a storm. Additionally, the access to traditional electricity is always available when needed. “You basically own your power,” said Small. In her personal experience, after installing solar panels, her monthly electric bill went from an average of $250 per month to $47 per month. “As we know, conventional electricity costs typically go up each year, and that’s at a rate of about 5 percent per year. Solar is the only home improvement that directly offsets a utility cost,” she said. Because there is an installation charge for the solar panels, Small said a solar panel investment is a good idea for anyone considering staying in their home for five or

more years. Palmetto Solar Solutions works with clients so that their monthly fees for the panel installation does not cost more than their monthly electricity bill had cost them, if at all possible. “Our goal is to keep their cost within their current budget,” said Small. Individuals can finance the installation with zero down through Palmetto Solar Solutions, and some clients have used home equity loans or even paid cash as opposed to financing. But in addition to the installation payment options, there are huge tax credits now being offered here in South Carolina for those making the choice to move to solar energy. The Federal Government is currently offering a 30 percent tax credit on the full cost of a system and the state of South Carolina is offering an additional 25 percent tax credit to home and business owners ready to go green. Additionally, Duke Energy is also being incentivized by the Federal Government to produce more clean energy, so they have received a grant to reward their own customers for going solar. Now is the time to have your solar panels installed to be able to take advantage of the tax credits on your 2016 taxes. Call Palmetto Solar Solutions for your free assessment.

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St. John’s New Leading Lady By Liz Carey

Two decades ago, when Kitty Holtzclaw asked God for her own “burning bush” sign, she had no idea it would lead her to public speaking, Pokemon and a position as lead pastor. “I was working at a Methodist church as a choir director, and I knew I needed something,” Holtzclaw said. “I was in prayer, and I said to God, ‘I know you’re trying to tell me something and I don’t know what it is.’ When He said ‘I want you to be a preacher,’ I wasn’t prepared for what I heard.” As a shy high school student, Holtzclaw would never have dreamed of standing in front of people preaching. “In my mind, I perceived preaching as yelling at people and telling them how bad they are,” she said. “Being in front of people was not something I ever thought I would do. But now, when I stand up at the alter, I’m not afraid. I’m excited and I can feel the adrenaline in me.” Holtzclaw recently took on the position of lead pastor for St. John’s Methodist Church in Anderson. In doing so, she became the church’s first female lead pastor. After andersonmagazine.com

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more than 20 years in the ministry, however, being a woman in the “lead” position at the church isn’t that big of a deal for her. “I don’t look for the surprise in people,” she said of being a woman in a man’s traditional role. “I can’t change who I am. So I always go in assuming the best. I’m sure there are people who might have some objection to a woman pastor, but very few people ever say anything about it. Some have even told me that they were hoping for a woman minister.” Dave Chamblee, a St. John’s member, said he felt that Holtzclaw was too busy to notice any reactions or any significance to her being a woman in the senior pastor position. “St. John’s is a wonderful church that supports the community in so many different ways,” Chamblee said. “On one hand, it is a meaningful point in the church’s long history in being led by our first female senior pastor. Maybe she will reflect on it one day, but for now, Reverend Holtzclaw seems focused on leading and serving and November/December 2016


the Clothes Closet, which she called the most organized and well-run clothes closet that she’s ever seen, to the rotating ministries the church works on throughout the year. The church will spend time over the rest of the year increasing its student ministry and music programs. Holtzclaw is married to George Holtzclaw, the strength football coach at Mauldin High School and a member of the SC High School Football Hall of Fame. The two have a son, in his 20s named Zachary. Both have been supportive of her career, she said. “I have the most supportive and flexible family. They have both of them always been there for me,” she said. “My husband’s ministry is his football. It’s a lot of hours. His ministry is with those boys on the field and helping them to achieve success and goals in their life.” Like her husband, she said, she will continue to give of herself for her church. “When God told me he wanted me to be a preacher, I looked up at the ceiling and said ‘Are you sure? Cause you’re going to have your hands full,’” Holtzclaw said. “But I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’ve given up my life for this, and I’m glad to have been able to do it.” n

making the church the best it can be.” Part of the “transition team,” Chamblee said Holtzclaw’s enthusiasm has been welcomed at the church. “Reverend Holtzclaw has brought a new energy to our church and to our worship service,” he said. “With her leadership, we coordinated 10 home gatherings where she listened to our experiences. She asked how each of us became involved with St. Johns and when each of us had felt most connected to the church. It was a great opportunity to meet our new pastor, get to know her, and get to know each other.”

Holtzclaw attended Erskine College for her master’s degree in divinity. After graduation, she held positions in a number of churches in the Upstate before coming to Anderson. Now that she’s here, she’s taking her message, and the message of the church into the community in innovative ways. So far, she’s turned St. John’s into a Pokestop to hand out water to Pokemon GO! Players. Later this year, during the holidays, the church will hold a train display to bring visitors into the church. “I don’t expect new members out of this, people don’t usually accept your first invitation to become a member of a church. There are multiple invitations before they join,” she said. “But this is another opportunity for us to build relationships with people in the community.”

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Holiday Mental Health

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“Last year you hoped and planned for the perfect family holiday gathering, but the same dang family showed up and ruined it again, didn’t they?!” And, thus, the season is upon us and the stress is too. Most of us experience holiday stress in some way or another. Quite a few of us grew up watching the TV families plan and enjoy stress-free holiday seasons and imagined our own would be that way someday, too. Then, fast forward to now, and things seem hectic and stressful as we rush through November and December, and we end up in January wondering why we pushed ourselves so hard again and are exhausted, upset with one or more family members and maybe paying off credit cards bills for items we barely remember buying. Throw in a significant loss of a loved one, a divorce or recent retirement and that can send even the most laid back person over the edge. Could this be you or someone you know? “Be sure to look for warning signs of a struggling friend or family member this season,” said Fowler. “Are they following the same habits? Do they cry more or seem angrier? Have you observed them withdrawing from normal activities?” If you notice these things, check in with them more often and offer to help them in some way. You may want to take care of a young mother’s child(ren) while she takes a much needed lunch with her friends. Or, take an elderly friend or relative shopping or to look at holiday lights around town. andersonmagazine.com

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“Sometimes it is really helpful to do something completely brand new during the holidays,” said Fowler. “If someone has lost someone special to them, encourage them to find a new way to honor them instead of dwelling on the loss. Suggest serving at the soup kitchen, reading books to children at the library, having a holiday meal with a close friend’s family or even taking a vacation somewhere he/she enjoyed going.” Even without a traumatic event to cause added stress, sometimes it is just too much to be around family members for several days at a time, shop for all of the people you have on your list or attend every holiday gathering you are invited to. “Come up with a plan in early November,” explained Fowler. “Set a budget, decide what holiday activities you enjoy and do not attend ones that do not make the list, take your walking shoes and ‘escape’ for a walk around the neighborhood on Thanksgiving day if you need to get away for a bit, find free and fun activities that make you happy and be sure to surround yourself with positive and supportive people.” n If you would like more information and would benefit from some additional help, contact Sharon Fowler, LPC, LPCS, CTS, at 225-3560. November/December 2016


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The Perfect Family Tree is Just Down the Road By Caroline Anneaux

Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and located in Central, South Carolina, is the family-owned and operated, Merry Christmas Tree Farm. Stephen and Sharon Steed, along with their 21 year old son, Sullivan, have owned, lived-on and run the farm since 2006. Open from Thanksgiving Day until December 23 each year, people come from South Carolina, Georgia and even Florida to search for that special Christmas tree to brighten up the holidays in their home. After serving 10 years in the Army, 18 years in private practice as an accountant and over five years as an employee at Clemson University, Stephen Steed, a South Carolina native and graduate of Clemson University (BS Forestry) was ready for a change. After a friend suggested that he and his family ride out and visit a Christmas tree andersonmagazine.com

farm for sale in Central, Steed immediately began a quest to persuade his wife and son to sell the beautiful, custombuilt home they had just completed and move to the tree farm. After some serious discussions and a family vote (where Sharon thinks someone may have voted more than once to ensure he got his way), they moved in July 2006 and sold their first Christmas trees that winter. “I never dreamed of owning a tree farm, but when I rode out and saw the land, trees, mountain views and met the former owners, Jerry and Bonnie Whitmire, I just felt like this is where my family was meant to be,” said Stephen. “We jumped right in and made it through our first tree season. It is hard to believe this will be the 11th time our family has opened our gates to sell Christmas trees.” 27

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Each of the family members can entertain you for hours if you have time to listen to some of the stories they have after living on a Christmas tree farm for so many years. “One year, a family drove up from Florida to purchase a tree,” said Sullivan. “We helped them cut, haul, shake and bag a 32-foot Leyland Cyprus, which they insisted on putting on top of their mini van for the entire trip home. Their engine blew out about a mile from their house, but they said they were so happy they managed to get that tree home and enjoy it for the holidays!” Some memories are just special moments on the farm. “I just love that we have a beautiful place for people to come and enjoy shopping for a tree,” said Sharon. “No one is rushed. They can bring a picnic out and spend quality time with each other out here. The kids love getting their hot cocoa and candy canes, and of course they love their visits with Santa Claus. Generations of families come out to find the perfect tree and take pictures together. It is a wonderful thing to be a part of every year.” The family also is involved in charitable giving through the tree farm. Sharon’s brother, John Preston Sullivan, III, was diagnosed with cancer at the same time the family purchased the farm and, regretfully, passed away the

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PEOPLE following year. Sullivan Steed and his classmates at Clemson Montessori decided to raise money for Relay for Life (a fundraising event of the American Cancer Association), and they made stars to hang on a tree so customers were able to purchase the stars to donate for the upcoming all-night relay walk. The kids (now young adults in college) continue to decorate the tree each year and have raised thousands of dollars in an effort to help fight cancer. The Steeds also donate money to Trees for Troops to help ensure that all military families who want a tree will have one in their homes for the Christmas holidays. The Steeds, and Stephen, in particular, maintain more than 26,000 trees in eight various species, including some trees developed by Clemson University - the Clemson Greenspire and Blue Ice. He shapes trees, cuts and grinds stumps, plants new trees, services machinery, protects the trees from insects and disease and cuts the grass around each and every tree from Spring until Fall. “We are family-owned, but we really count on the support of locals who have worked on the tree farm for years, even before we purchased the farm,” said Stephen. “One of our guys, Stephen Evans, and his son, Brandon help every single year.” Brandon began working on the farm when he was 13, and for over 30 years he has cut grass, sheared trees, planted and cut handles (little branches at the bottom of the tree) and helped during the Christmas season as well. “From age 13 until I graduated from Clemson University, I worked at the Merry Christmas Tree Farm year round,” said Evans. “After I graduated, I came back every Christmas to work through the season. For the last five years, my son has helped out as well. I cannot imagine not being a part of this. I love seeing the same families come out year after year and working alongside people who are like my second family.” If your family is looking for a hand-cut tree, handmade wreath or a beautiful, fresh cut Fraser Fir from North Carolina, plan a trip up to the Merry Christmas Tree Farm this year. Look for Scout, their precious 10 year old Labradoodle, who seems to love being a part of the tree farm as much as the family does. Don’t forget to bring the camera and capture the memories on film. n

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is coming to the tree farm Santa Claus made a special stop to the Merry Christmas Tree Farm this fall to have his picture taken and answer some questions about his experience at the every December. “Ho. Ho. Ho. I just love spending the Christmas season each year with the Steeds and all of their tree farm visitors,” said Santa. “I sure love seeing all of the happy children and their families spending time together picking out their trees, drinking hot cocoa, taking group photos and visiting me.” Children seem to be less intimidated by Santa when he is walking around the tree farm or sitting in a rocking chair on the front porch. Even the shyest child can usually be encouraged to sit a spell on his lap and talk to him about Christmas wishes while happy parents snap pictures of that special moment. “Last year, I had a mother thank me over and over because her child is in a wheelchair, and it is too much trouble to take him in and out while visiting me at the mall,” said Santa. “She did not feel rushed at the tree farm and could really enjoy watching her son experience the joy of being on my lap and getting those precious moments on film.” No one seems to leave the tree farm without at least stopping for a quick photo with Santa. “I have college students, pets, newborns and entire families who want to have their pictures taken with me. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come spend some time with me while visiting the tree farm. I truly enjoy every moment of my time at the farm and want to wish all of the girls and boys in the world to have a safe and Merry Christmas!” n

For more information about the Merry Christmas Tree Farm, please go to www.merrychristmastree.com or look for them on Facebook. Pictures with Santa are free - bring your own camera! The tree farm opens Thanksgiving Day and remains open 7 days a week - 9 a.m. to dark - until December 23. andersonmagazine.com

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Holiday Events

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Holliday Shopping – Saturday November 5th, 9AM – 1PM - Montessori School of Anderson. Look them up on Facebook for more info. Holiday Fair – Centerville Baptist Church, November 5th, 10AM – 2PM. Look them up on Facebook for more info. Holiday Dog (and family) Photos – November 9th, 3PM until 8PM - Robert’s Presbyterian Church, HWY 187. $10 for 1 subject; $12 for 2 subjects, $15 for 3 and more subjects. Proceeds benefit Hyco’s Run Dog Park being built at Robert’s Church Community Trail. Participants will receive a professionally edited digital copy of their photo courtesy of Through the Looking Glass Photography. An additional weekend day may be added check out their Facebook page or website for more information, www.facebook.com/ HycosRun or www.robertspresbyterian. org Furball – November 10th, 6-10 Bleckley Inn, $40 per person. All proceeds benefit Anderson Humane Society. www.achsonline.com. Holly Jolly Fair – November 11-13, Anderson Civic Center. Fri 5-9, Sat 10-6, Sun 1-5. www.hollyjollyholidayfair.com Festival of Trees – November 16 at 9:30, Brunch. November 16-19, Various events and public viewing. November 19 at 6PM Reindeer Games, Auction and Finale. Anderson Civic Center – Proceeds benefit Foothills Alliance. Check out their Facebook page or website for pricing and details. www.foothillsalliance.org Holiday Ice, Anderson - November 18th – January 20th, Carolina Wren Park, www.downtownandersonsc.com Mistle Toe Market – November 18th, 4PM till 8PM; 19th, 10-AM- 4PM – Anderson County Museum - www.facebook. com/MistletoeMarketACM

Kick-off for Christmas - Drive-In Movie “The Polar Express” - Friday, November 25, 6pm-9pm, Denver Downs Farm, 1515 Denver Road, Anderson. Load your car for some family fun during the holidays! $25 per car. Hot Chocolate and Smore’s available for purchase. Go to DenverDownsFarm.com for tickets and information or check out their Facebook page for updates Anderson Christmas Lights – November 24th – December 25th; 3215 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Anderson. Across from Civic Center. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be there nightly 5:45 pm until 15 minutes before park closes for the night. Santa will not be there on Nov. 24, Dec 24 and Dec 25. Anderson. Christmas Lights is Tour Bus Friendly! (Clearance of 14 feet.) The gate proceeds are donated to local area charities that will help make it possible for hundreds of children and adults in the Anderson community to receive life-changing services. Electric City Gobbler – November 24th, 8:30 AM Anderson Mall - Race proceeds benefit Anderson food banks, Operation Active Kids and the Salvation Army. Donations of money, blankets, good used coats and running shoes will also be accepted on race day! Christmas Tree Lighting – Iva – Downtown, December 1st, 6:30PM, www. townofiva.com Christmas Tree Lighting – Anderson, Courthouse Square, December 2nd, 6PM, www.downtownandersonsc.com Cookies With Santa - Arts Center, December 3rd, 9AM – 12PM. $10 sa child or $25 for 3 or more children in same family – spots go quickly so sign up soon. Santa will be there and you can take your own pictures, Christmas snacks and crafts,

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AnMed Health purchases mobile mammography unit After several years of raising funds, the AnMed Health Foundation has announced that mobile mammography will soon provide breast cancer screenings. Whether they have limited access to medical care because of transportation issues, scheduling challenges or a lack of insurance, too many women simply are not getting the mammograms that can detect breast cancer early. AnMed Health hopes to change this for many women through the purchase of the mobile diagnostic unit that will take mammography screenings on the road. The AnMed Health radiology department has placed the order for the $832,000 mobile mammography unit, with delivery scheduled for spring, 2017. The unit, which will be about the size of a large charter bus, was purchased with funds raised by The AnMed Health Foundation’s “Health Care Everywhere” campaign. The campaign began in 2013 with the goal of raising $1.2 million to cover the cost of purchasing, equipping and operating the screening unit, as well as providing low or no cost mammography screenings for women who otherwise would not have access to services. “For many reasons, such as transportation issues or lack of insurance, some women just don’t get screened for breast cancer,” said Judy Wilson, director of radiology at AnMed Health. “We hope many more of them will be screened if it is offered at their neighborhood, church or business through our mobile diagnostic unit. Our mission is to save lives by bringing mobile mammography to the patient.” AnMed Health has high expectations for its mobile diagnostic unit. The goal is to achieve approximately 10,000 new breast cancer screenings each year, to save or prolong an estimated 100 lives due to early detection and treatment of breast cancer, to educate more than 10,000 women on how to perform breast self-examinations between screenings, and to provide underserved patients access to cancer specialists in all of AnMed Health’s affiliate hospitals and clinics. “We are very excited about the opportunity to take our mobile unit out to the communities,” said Wilson, who will manage the mobile mammography program. “We plan to run the unit four to five days per week with about 20 screening per day. We will go to businesses, community centers, senior centers and other locations to reach the underserved in Anderson, Abbeville, Pickens and Oconee counties.” In addition to its central purpose of providing breast cancer screening and education, the mobile diagnostic unit also will serve as an entry point for health care, providing andersonmagazine.com

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opportunities to connect women to primary care. “Mobile mammography will enhance our ability to serve others, which is a cornerstone of AnMed Health’s mission,” said Tim Self, director of The AnMed Health Foundation. “The foundation will continue to raise funds to cover the $160 per mammogram cost so that anyone can receive breast cancer screenings, regardless of their ability to pay or lack of insurance.” In 2015, the AnMed Health Cancer Center saw 202 breast cancer patients, with 196 being women and six being men. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, according to the American Cancer Society. Approximately one in eight women will be diagnosed with the disease. Death rates from breast cancer have been dropping since about 2000, with larger decreases in women younger than 50, according to the American Cancer Society. These decreases are believed to be the result of finding breast cancer earlier through screening and increased awareness, as well as better treatments. The earlier breast cancer is found, the better the chances that treatment will work. Breast cancers that are found because they can be felt tend to be larger and are more likely to have already spread outside the breast, according to the American Cancer Society. But screening exams can often find breast cancers when they are small and still confined to the breast. The size of a breast cancer and how far it has spread are some of the most important factors in predicting the outlook of a woman with this disease. n

The mobile diagnostic unit is being purchased from a company that creates specialty vehicles for the medical industry. The bus pictured here stopped in Anderson so AnMed Health Foundation supporters could get a peek at the future. November/December 2016


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Dr. Jones with patient Ben Keese. Diabetes Awareness Month is observed every November, and this year the American Diabetes Association is asking 29 million diabetic Americans with this disease to help spread the word by sharing their stories with others on social media using #ThisIsDiabetes. Every 23 seconds another person is diagnosed and 86 million Americans are at risk. “I see diabetic patients all week long in my practice,” said Dr. Audrey Jones, a board certified family physician at AnMed Health Pendleton Family Medicine. “Watching for symptoms and taking action as soon as possible really helps a patient get the disease under control and live a relatively normal lifestyle while managing their sugar levels.” The onset of diabetes (type 1) in children is usually very quick. A child may gulp down drinks and urinate more often, eat excessive amounts of food, lose weight and sleep a lot more than usual. For adults showing signs of prediabetes or type 2, the symptoms are usually gradual and are caught during routine blood work at a yearly physical. Patients who

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ignore signs of diabetes or do not follow doctor’s orders once they are diagnosed will eventually deal with blood vessel issues which may cause heart attacks, poor circulation, loss of appendages and possibly blindness. “When children are diagnosed with diabetes, they must use insulin immediately to regulate the pancreas,” said Jones. “Their bodies do not produce any insulin at all when they have type 1 diabetes. My adult patients may be able to manage type 2 diabetes with proper exercise and eating the right foods while also adhering to portion control. Some adults may need insulin as well. I tailor a treatment to each patient’s needs.” A prime example of how important it is to work with your doctor and be the kind of patient doctors would like to see, is Pendleton resident, Ben Keese. “I was diagnosed with prediabetes after a routine physical in 2006 by Dr. Jones,” said Keese. “Additional blood work showed an elevated A1C level, and I was immediately referred to AnMed Health’s Diabetes Education Program where I attended classes teaching me a better way to eat, check my blood sugar and keep a daily diary. I cut out most of my carbs, all soft drinks except an occasional clear soft drink, sweet tea and sweets (except on special occasions like a holiday or birthday).” Sticking to a routine and preventing type 2 diabetes is a way to seriously lesson a person’s chances of blood vessel complications in the future. “For 10 years, with the help of my wife, Helen, I have managed to stick to a very healthy diet, keep off 15 pounds that I lost back in 2006 and walk 1.5 miles at least three times a week,” said Keese. “It is important to me to stay off of medications if possible. Dr. Jones is a very upbeat and professional doctor with an amazing bedside manner. She understands my need to remain healthy and medicationfree and encourages me to continue what I am doing to keep diabetes from taking over and causing vascular disease.” n

“I want to encourage everyone over the age of 40 to get screened for diabetes whether it runs in their family or not,” said Jane Mauldin, RN, CDE and Diabetes Education coordinator for AnMed Health Medical Center. “It is so important to realize that if you have been told that you have prediabetes, you can prevent further complications by changing your diet and exercise habits. If you have already been diagnosed with the disease, it is possible to prevent future problems by following your doctor’s orders, making better food choices and adding physical activity to your daily routine.” AnMed Health offers a diabetes support group for adults with diabetes. This group meets in the AnMed Life Choice facility across from the YMCA at 6.p.m. The sessions are free and open to the general public on the third Thursday of every month except December. Please call Mauldin for more information 864-512-1549 andersonmagazine.com

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All I want for Christmas... S ixty-nine years ago Mike Vandiver was only 5 years old, and he remembers asking Santa to bring him his first model train. He still has the picture taken in 1947. One might say that gift from Santa led to a greater gift that we all get to enjoy today - the annual train display at St. John’s United Methodist Church. As a minister living in homes provided by the churches, he often found it challenging to find space for his model train display. One year, when his wife went to visit family, she came back to quite the surprise. “When she got back, I had three layers of model trains hanging from the ceiling in our kitchen and dinette area. Since I had not finished building the suspended layout when she returned, I sometimes dropped sawdust into the pot of beans she would be cooking on the stove,” said Vandiver. Vandiver said he has also hung the trains from the ceiling in bedrooms, put them up in attics and put them up over the doorways in halls.  “I now have two trains suspended from each side of a second story walkway which runs between two bedrooms.” Vandiver also wanted to share the trains with a wider audience so he designed and built a layout that is more portable.  “Once, I built this layout that had five layers to it. I could not get it in my car so I gave my wife a 16-foot enclosed trailer for Christmas. Donna does not use it much, but I sure do,” he said.  andersonmagazine.com

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Travel & Leisure He has since added to his collection and will have at least 15 trains running this year at the display at St. John’s. In addition to the portable display for the trains, he has both Christmas and non-Christmas scenery for the layouts.  Vandiver is also collecting stories people share with him about their model train experiences. One such story came from a woman at a nursing home in Spartanburg. As she approached his trains, Vandiver could see she was shedding tears, and she told him why. Her husband was in the US Army during World War II. Her brother also served in that war and had been killed. When her husband got word of her brother’s death, he wrote and told his wife that he wanted her to sell whatever she needed to and buy tickets for her and her two sons to ride the train to California and meet him there because he wanted to see his family in case he did not make it home alive. She told Vandiver that one of the last things she sold to get the money for their train tickets was a model train her brother received from Santa as a young boy. Thankfully, her husband made it home alive, and the next Christmas, she and her husband gave their sons model trains for Christmas. She said her sons still put those trains up every year.

This is the fifth year for the display at St. John’s, and it will be shown November 26 through December 11 in The Fellowship Hall at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 515 S. McDuffie Street in Anderson. On Saturdays and Sundays, viewing will be from  3:30 to 8:30 pm.  Weekdays, the viewing will be from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. This year, all voluntary contributions given for viewing the display will go to the Anderson chapter of Mental Health America.  “I am thankful for this opportunity to share my train display and even more grateful for the generous contributions of those who come see them so we can benefit some very worthwhile ministries here in Anderson.” Individuals or groups wishing to view the model train display at times other than those listed above should call 864 760-2869. n

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Sports & Recreation

It’s a Family Tradition By April Cameron

As a little kid, I remember going deer hunting with my daddy. But that didn’t include getting dressed in camo and sitting quietly in a tree stand for hours early in the morning. We would just hop in the truck, go riding on our property and listen for the dogs. When we could hear the dogs well, we would pull over, Daddy would get out of the truck with his gun, and I would just sit and watch until we hopefully saw a big buck cross the path where the dogs were chasing him our way. There are still many deer hunters, but hunting with dogs isn’t as popular as it used to be. Today’s hunters seem to need more patience and better equipment, but the strong family traditions still exist. Hunting isn’t a sport you just pick up playing neighborhood ball or by signing up at the YMCA. You need one-on-one teaching, quality equipment and lots of land.

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“Most hunters learn their hunting skills from a family member,” said Owen Murry, an avid hunter in Anderson. “Many people come from families that have hunted for generations. Hunting is very much a family tradition and these skills are passed on to future generations.” Murry taught his own son hunting skills as early as age 5. He is now 15 years old and continues to hunt and loves to fish as well. It’s currently deer season Mason Rametta with a nice buck. in Anderson County and will be until January 1. According to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR), Anderson County was the top county in the piedmont for deer harvested in 2015. It estimates harvest rates in excess of 13 deer per square mile, which is considered “extraordinary.” Deer hunters can enjoy a long season of hunting which begins in September for those Patrick Murry who enjoy bow hunting. after his hunt. Beginning in mid-October, gun hunts are allowed, and a hunter’s equipment can be his best friend when searching for the perfect big buck. Just like everything else in today’s world, even hunting has gone somewhat high-tech. Trail cameras are very popular with those who have their own hunting property. Trail cameras are typically mounted where a hunter has placed a deer stand. The camera videos activity so the hunter can see if any deer typically walk in that area. The quality of trail cams vary to offer low flash, no flash (so to not spook any deer in the area), time stamps, Geotags (GPS coordinates) and more. Then, a hunter has to consider his actual hunting weapon – whether it be a bow and arrow, to crossbows to centerfire rifles and shotguns. November/December 2016


“The type of weapon used is just a matter of personal preference,” said Murry. But what if you didn’t grow up in a family of hunters or have local property on which to hunt? There are still options for getting involved in the sport of hunting. South Carolina has several Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) that allow public access to hunting. All hunters must have the proper hunting licenses and WMA permit. Full information on the various locations and obtaining the proper licenses can be location at the SCDNR website. “Talk to people and ask around,” said Murry. “It is not difficult around here to find somebody that hunts and ask about joining a hunting club. Hunting with a guide is nice if one can afford that.” Additionally, a new hunter will want to be properly trained on safety issues while hunting and on their weapon of choice. Again, the SCDNR offers a Hunter Education Course, and local gun clubs can offer instruction on proper gun handling. For more details on rules and regulations, visit www. SCDNR.com.n

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Glenview Volleyball Goes Undefeated Again

For the second straight year, the volleyball team at Glenview Middle School in Anderson District 5 has had an undefeated season. Under the leadership of Coach Katherine Dean, the 2016-2017 team did not even lose one set in a match. “The past two teams have had great experience, a strong love of the sport and a strong desire to improve,” said Dean, a former middle hitter for Appalachian State University. “Most of the girls on the past two teams started playing volleyball before they came to me in middle school,” she said. Elementary schools, club teams and recreational volleyball have helped to instill an interest which is helping young athletes before they get to the school team level, according to Dean. “The girls on the past two teams could not get to the practice courts fast enough after school. That kind of desire for the sport is amazing to see,” said Dean. “These girls, even though their skill level is top-notch, are always wanting to improve.” Coach Dean has been the head coach at Glenview for five years and served as an assistant coach her first year at the school. n

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It’s A Whopper of a Business

By April Cameron

The next time you hear someone has a job “flippin’ burgers,” you might want to keep your eye on them. It’s highly likely they’re well on their way to being a savvy business leader and a champion for the community. Such was the case for Tom Roose. Roose was born in Florida, lived in the Atlanta area for a while and spent his older teenage years in the midwest, moving according to his father’s career in the restaurant and hospitality industry. He was a self-proclaimed “busy child.” “I was the kind of kid who liked to take things apart and try to put them back together,” said Roose. So when he decided to go to school to become a diesel mechanic, it seemed to be a perfect fit for him. Roose enjoyed working with his hands and had a job at a diesel injection pump repair shop; he worked for Caterpillar; and he worked as a mechanic with Peach State Ford. Over the years, Roose’s father had always asked his son to consider going into business with him, but the mechanic business had been good to him and he enjoyed it. Until one day, he looked around and realized he was nearly 30 years younger than his co-workers and likely maxed out at the pay grade for his industry. At this time, his father owned two Burger Kings in the Myrtle Beach area and he was looking to expand. He selected Anderson as the new location. Roose’s father built the new Burger King, and the 20-something diesel mechanic started at the ground up… even flipping burgers. I started as a crew person making hamburgers, working the drive thru, and running the register,” said Roose. He followed the typical management route of an employee becoming an assistant manager and then manager of the location. When his dad retired in 1989, Roose took over the business. “But he didn’t just give the business to me,” said Roose. “He went to the bank, refinanced everything and handed me the bills.” Today, what started as three Burger Kings (North Main, Shockley Ferry Road, and one in Greenwood) has grown into Westwind, Inc., the company that operates 10 franchised Burger King restaurants in South Carolina and Northeast Georgia. And some of the employees have been andersonmagazine.com

Tom Roose a part of the business for as long as it has been around. Loretta Carrigan is the Human Resources Manager and has been with the company for 29 years. “I really enjoy what I do, and I’m treated very well here,” said Carrigan. Roose said that is one part of his business that he is very proud of – his long-term employees. The head of maintenance, David Pamphilon, has been with the company for 33 years. Sandra Dawson, started working at one of the Burger King franchises when she was just 15. She has now been with the company for 34 years. The Chief Operations Officer and Roose’s partner, Randy Keeler, has been with the company 20 years. In addition to helping build long-term careers, Westwind also helps to build educational opportunities through scholarship programs. This year, a Pendleton Burger King employee applied and was awarded a national scholarship through Burger King’s McLamore Foundation. Tyleek Hagood received a $5000 scholarship to further his education at the University of South Carolina. Pretty soon, there will be new opportunities for local students to apply for scholarships, individuals to get good jobs and another convenient place to grab a burger (or those interesting chicken fries). Westwind is opening a new Burger King near Darwin Wright Park on Liberty Highway and Manse Jolly Road in Anderson in early December. n

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The Road Less Traveled Women in Non-Traditional Careers

We’ve come a long way since the days of June Cleaver when a woman’s “place” was considered to be in the home. We’ve continued to advance our thinking that women were best suited for jobs only in teaching or nursing. The truth is, there are occupations in every career field that are considered “non-traditional” for both men and women. The US Department of Labor actually defines “non-traditional occupation” as occupations for which individuals from one gender comprise less than 25 percent of the individuals employed in that occupation. Anderson County is full of amazing women blazing their own paths in non-traditional careers. Meet three of them.

Caroline Miller - Pilot

Caroline Miller became interested in airplanes when she was in high school. She was involved in a club that held a fundraising event washing airplanes to raise money, and she went for her first airplane ride. As a student at Clemson University, she joined the Aero Club, an organization of students who wanted to learn to fly. By the time she was 20 years old, she had her private pilot’s license. “I was the only woman in the club at that time,” said Miller. “But my parents were very supportive and my instructor, Heyward Douglass, made a huge impact on me pursuing my pilot’s license, as well as my career in aviation.” After graduation, Miller moved to Charleston and worked for the Convention and Visitors Bureau there. After her mother’s death, she wanted to move back to her hometown of Clemson near her father, but needed to ensure a job and income. She decided to pursue her commercial pilot license so she could fly “for hire.” In 1989 she was hired by Clemson University to fly for the President’s Office and later the Athletic Department. During this time, she flew university officials to various meetings and sporting events including football recruiting trips, IPTAY meetings and even the NCAA tournament when Clemson was a contender. She also was hired by families or individual with private planes to fly them to various places – mostly vacation spots. “It was a lot of fun when a family would hire me to fly them to the Bahamas or somewhere like that,” said Miller. She now works for PSA Airlines, a regional carrier owned by American Airlines. “I enjoy this too, but it’s very different than being a corporate pilot,” said Miller. “We swap out crews and fly with new people, but I really enjoy meeting everyone new andersonmagazine.com

Caroline Miller with her flight crew at PSA Airlines.

and doing something different every day,” she said. Each opportunity has offered its unique benefits to Miller. “As a corporate pilot, I often flew to exotic places like Cancun or Las Vegas,” she said. “When I flew for Clemson, I had the opportunity to fly every football coach from Danny Ford to Dabo Swinney. Now, with the commercial airline, my family and I have free airline travel, and I am able to take my children all over the country. One has visited St. Martin with me, one has flown to New York, and I was able to fly my Citadel student from Charleston to Atlanta.” Miller is one of very few women pilots in the for-hire category. They represent only 5.15 percent of the pilots holding a for-hire certificate, and the US Department of Labor reports that only 4.3 percent of the population that reports making a living as a pilot is female.

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Lisa Rumsey

Asbestos Abatement Contractor

When people hear about asbestos removal, they may have images of people wearing some type of hazmat suits. They may think of dangerous illnesses that have been reported to occur from coming in contact with asbestos. They probably don’t think of a bubbly mother of an elementary school age child with a great big smile and twinkling blue eyes. But that’s Lisa Rumsey, owner and operator of The Rumsey Group, Inc., an asbestos abatement contractor. Rumsey got into the industry in 2004 where she worked with Bill Martin, her mentor in the industry. She began as a project manager, learned the vigorous regulations and then jumped into the field work as she began her own at the business in 2010. “I’ve scraped floors. I’ve removed popcorn ceilings. I’ve definitely gotten my hands dirty,” said Rumsey. Today, however, her company is one the few selected licensed contractors that are approved to use FoamShield™, a new technology in the asbestos industry. Using a three-dimensional foam, the innovative process keeps workers from being exposed to the harmful aspects of asbestos removal.

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Rumsey and her team have had asbestos abatement jobs on military bases, federal buildings, schools, hospitals and private residences. “I definitely get funny looks sometimes when they see me walk in for the job,” said Rumsey. Rumsey’s business is a certified WBE (Women’s Business Enterprise). This is a national certification that validates that a business is owned, controlled, operated and managed by a woman or women. Many corporate, retail and federal agencies require these types of certifications to bid for jobs. “This certification is very significant for me in my industry,” said Rumsey. “There are very few truly woman owned and operated WBE’s that are asbestos abatement contractors.” The Rumsey Group has contractor crews that they work with doing jobs, mostly in the Southeast region of the US. But, if she were ever short a crew member, Rumsey herself could step in – she carries a supervisor’s license as well. andersonmagazine.com

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Kathe Long - Firefighter

As any good mother would do, Kathe Long was helping her 10-year-old son realize one of his goals. He wanted to be a fireman. So, she took him to the local volunteer fire department, Williford Station 27, where they signed him up and even gave him a pager to receive calls in an emergency.

“I love what I do. It’s not even a job to me.” Needless to say, 10-year-old “Doc” couldn’t drive himself anywhere, so when a call came across the pager, Long headed out with her miniature fireman in tow. Doc was in charge of keeping the firetruck company and helping with clean up, when appropriate. The local volunteer captain noticed Long’s dedication, though, and said to her, “You’ve got to come anyway, why don’t you just sign up to be a volunteer, too?” And so, her career as a firefighter was born. She has been a volunteer firefighter for the past 26 years and an employee of the City of Anderson Fire Department for the past 16 years. In fact, she was the first woman firefighter hired by the City. “Women just didn’t do it back then,” said Long. But the truth is, not that many women do it today either. Including volunteer and career firefighters in the US, only about 7 percent are women, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Long said when she began her career with the City, she started at the bottom, like anyone would do. “I did a lot of ‘gophering’ as the new person,” she said. “But that’s what the new people do.” She has worked her way up from rookie firefighter to the position of engineer. That means she is in charge of the “fire apparatus,” also known as a fire truck, in layman’s terms. She drives the truck to the site, operates the water pump at a site and is also the officer in charge of monitoring the outside environment for safety as well. “I love what I do,” said Long. “It’s not even a job to me.” Long’s efforts at good parenting helped her to build a life-long career and be a “first” for women in a career in Anderson. It clearly made a lasting impression on her son as well. Today, Doc, whose real name is Phillip, is still a volunteer firefighter at Williford Station 27. He is now the captain there. n

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Officials Break Ground

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ri-County Technical College broke ground September 16 on a 75,000-square-foot Student Success Center, the first new building on the Pendleton Campus in two decades. “This is a milestone day in the history of our College,” said President Ronnie L. Booth to a crowd of county officials, legislators, community partners, faculty, staff, and students who crowded Fulp Plaza to witness this long-awaited day. The $42 million project will include a new building that houses a learning commons, library collections; meeting spaces; computer labs; study areas; supplemental instruction and tutoring spaces; Student Development Offices; Information Technology Services; College Store; Café; Printing Services; and shipping and receiving. The project also includes a complete renovation of Ruby Hicks Hall and the installation of a central chiller plant and chilled water loop. The Student Success Center is a key component of the College’s strategy to increase student success, reduce long-term maintenance costs, and address doubledigit enrollment growth. “Student support facilities were built 25 or more years ago and are designed to accommodate about 3,500 students. The College now serves around 5,000 students at the Pendleton Campus. Currently students sit in the halls to study and are cramped into nooks and crannies all over campus. Our current café is woefully inadequate to meet students’

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Officials broke ground September 16 on a 75,000-square-foot Student Success Center, the first new building on the Pendleton Campus in two decades. “This is a milestone day in the history of our College,” said Dr. Booth to a crowd of county officials, legislators, community partners, faculty, staff, and students, who crowded Fulp Plaza to witness this long-awaited day.

needs. There is very little place for them to work on team projects and study together. This Center will increase space allocated to students and their academic support. I am so pleased this day is here,” Dr. Booth said. “As we expect our students to develop 21st-century workplace skills, like teamwork, collaboration, communication, and social skills, we need to provide spaces where they can hone these skills outside the classroom,” said Dr. Booth. “The Student Success

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He says his biggest achievement was serving as Project Manager into achieve Center is important 1992 for the one-million-square-foot facility on Liberty Highway. our mission and From fundamental May 1992 – June 1994, he was immersed in the new project, calculatto delivering a transformative ing every item needed for the facility based on growth calculations. student experience and an “Tri-County’s hands-on approach gave me the foundation I needed investment in our students’ to tackle complicated problems. Through the mathsuccess. and work mea” surement, I had the building blocks to do calculations and be aLindsey part of Graham Senator group discussions,” he said. told the crowd of several hundred people that this In 2007 he was named Glen Raven’s Vice President of Operations. projectforis Glen a bigRaven commitment He is charged with directing the sustainability program with the biggest globally. He leads the corporate-wide sustainability initiative which benefactor being America, the students. “Triachieved Landfill-Free Status in all operations in North County is so relevant Anderson Countyand Council Chairman Tommy DunnRaven (at podium) France, China. In 2012 Glen received Duke Energy’s Power today said, “The Student Success Center will play an important role in that’s why you Partners Award for its efforts in energy efficiency,-sustainability, andare growing. preparing students for the challenges that lie ahead.” But we must find our niche in business growth. a changing economy.” He said “Glen Raven has given me wonderful opportunities, ” said50Blackin the next years, our future ston. “Years ago, I joined an amazing company, and I’m thankful I could competitors won’t be China use my education to work for the greatest company in the world, ” and India – thehecompetition said. will be between man and machine. “Your challenge is to He worked as an instructor for Tri-County, serving as an adjunct design from curricula for the Engineering and Industrial Technology Division 1995 around the human touch. – 2003. He also developed the first web-based quality classes for theNo machine will hold someone’s hand in College’s Quality Assurance program. hospice care. There will never “Teaching was a great source of relaxation. I taught real-world be a substitute for the human exercises by taking actual data and presenting it to the class. Students touch.” really appreciated this. Teaching made me a better manager. I would do Student Government it tomorrow if time allowed,” he said. Association President Briana Caleb Allen,Blackston a Starr resident a 2016 Mechatronics graduate serving on the Board alsoand is active in his community, White said she is excited now working part time in the President’s Office while taking addiDirectors for Imagine Anderson, Heart the Association, about Center that “will tional of courses in the Business Technology program, the right,American greets Rep.Carolina Brian White, who spoke Rehabilitation at the event. South Vocational Board, Ambassadors create a senseBoard of community for AnMed Health, the Board of Visitors at Anderson Universityfor andstudents.” and belonging the Industrial Engineering Advisory Board at Clemson University. Members of County Councils and Legislative Delegations also expressed their support for the Center. Anderson County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn said, “Our community’s future is in the hands of Tri-County. The Student Success Center will play an Meet Other Successful TCTC Alumni in Anderson County important role in preparing students for the challenges that lie ahead.” “Each one of you knows someone who will need this facility,” said Rep. Brian White. Site prep for the construction got underway this summer, which required the removal of the amphitheater and Clarke and McKissick halls. The Student Success Center is set to open January 2018. The Ruby Hicks renovation will begin in 2018 and will take about a year to complete. It will include a One Stop Center designed to improve efficiencies and customer service by allowing for co-location of admissions, advising, registration, financial aid, cashier, and other enrollment services. Wallace John The entireCobbs project, including theWoodson renovation of Hicks Carly Hall, Heventhal will take two and oneOn-Air Personality, Dixon halfAssistant years. Principal, Newarchitectural Prospect Classic Rockis101.1; Registered Nurse, The firm for the project LS3P Associates, LTD, Greenville, SC, and Elementary School Program Coordinator, Health GA. n the construction firm is Juneau Construction Company,AnMed LLC, Atlanta, Media Arts Production,Tri-County To view more photos from the event, visit Technical College

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Business & Industry

Anderson County Business: The Year in Review For the past few years, Anderson County has seen its unemployment rate decline while its businesses continue to grow. This year is no different. So far this year, Anderson County has made two big economic development announcements, and expects to make another four before the end of the year. In June, the Anderson County Economic Development office announced Engineered Plastic Components, Inc. (EPC) would bring 43 new jobs and $5.3 million in capital investment to Anderson County. EPC is an auto parts supplier to BMW, a company that has propelled the Upstate into an automotive mecca. Other companies in Anderson County have also signed on with BMW, including Fraenkische, Inergy Automotive, Mergon, and Plastic Omnium. BMW also expanded their relationships with Bosch Automotive, Champion Tooling, General Machining of Anderson, and Machining Co., Inc. Anderson County also celebrated the grand opening of the Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated plant in Piedmont this summer. With the grand opening came another 147 new jobs and $13.5 million in capital investment. In the coming months, the county anticipates announcing two industrial expansions for 153 jobs and $24 million in capital investment, which economic development officials hope to announce by the end of October. Additionally, four other projects are in the pipeline that could mean another 323 jobs and more than $426 million in capital investment. “Based on past trends and current activity, there does not appear to be any slowdown in the industry sector,” said Rusty Burns, Anderson County Administrator. “We have 1,200 more

By Liz Carey

The Coca-Cola Bottling Company opened a new plant in Piedmont this past summer.

people employed than we did one year ago. Anderson County is encouraged by the anticipated growth and the major announcements to come before year’s end. Since January, our economic development office has received 31 RFIs (Requests for Information) from companies interested in our community. We generally receive around 38 in a given year, so we expect to reach or exceed our average. We have been planting a lot of seeds for economic success this year; and, we expect to reap those rewards in the very near future.” Anderson County officials said that so far this year, Anderson County Building and Codes has issued 24 building permits for commercial activities,

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such as restaurants, medical facilities, banks and offices. In comparison, 35 building permits were issued last year. In the City of Anderson, things are similarly upbeat. According to the city, as of August this year, 105 business permits had been awarded. Last year, the city had issued 96 by August and only 138 for the entire year. In Williamston, Mayor Mack Durham said several businesses have opened or are preparing to open in his town. “We have had several new businesses to open in Williamston including a coffee shop (Java Mug), computer repair shop (Tech Net), and a packaging and shipping store (Main Street Pack and Ship) on Main Street,” Durham said. “O’Reilly Auto Parts is under construction and everyone is excited about our new Asian restaurant, Panda Cafe, also on Main Street.” Other developments include a $2 million renovation of the old Williamston Hospital to house the Williamston Youth Academy, a facility that will serve displaced youth from unstable environments. The town has also annexed the property for Deals Galore and Papa John’s Pizza into the city limits, which opens the property up for additional development. “Williamston is ‘Growing the Good’ to offer quality of life opportunities for our residents and visitors,” Durham said. n

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Arts & Culture

State of the Arts

While the annual Anderson Arts Center art auction and gala is Friday, Nov. 11, you don’t have to wait until then to preview and purchase some of the most coveted artwork available from the event. This year’s event has added a special online preview and bidding option. With a focus on South Carolina artists, the event’s theme is State of the Arts: The Art and Soul of South Carolina. “We especially wanted to feature our artists who donate each year and make up the heart of South Carolina,” said Kimberly Speers, executive director of the Anderson Arts Center. “We are featuring selections for the South Carolina Arts Commission State Art Collection in addition to the donated work and work for sale from regional artists.” The new preview feature was added this year to give patrons the opportunity to view the artwork online before the event, giving the works and the artists as much exposure as possible. Those on the email list of the Arts Center are emailed two works each day to view with a “bid” and “buy now” option. According to Spears, at least two pieces were purchased prior to the event at press date. Pieces are available for viewing and bidding online at andersonarts.org. This is the largest fundraising event for the Arts Center and supports its many programs which benefit the community. Some programs include summer art camp, senior studio – a new program launched to work with senior adults at Richard Campbell Veterans Home and National HealthCare Corporation (NHC), as well as programs for at-risk students. Funds raised also support the free exhibits, Art on the Town and additional art and cultural events. The décor for the event is always welcomed with anticipation from those in attendance. This year is no exception. “The décor will reflect our great state and all of the symbols we have grown to love,” said Speers. “Even our menu will feature area chefs and their ability to celebrate Southern cuisine reflective of South Carolina.” In addition to the 67 original pieces of art, the auction also includes exotic trips, unique artifacts and items, and distinctive dinners as well. n

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Mastering the Art of Epilepsy By Sally Nichols

Hardship comes in all different forms, and every person experiences them differently; but not every person makes the most of his or her situation. When Madison Hicks had her first seizure in 5th grade, she had no idea how her life would be altered; but since her first seizure, a hobby developed into a coping mechanism that has had beautiful results. A native of Anderson, Madison was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was just 10 years old. As a young girl, it was a very difficult time for her. She lost friends, had countless doctor’s appointments and missed many, many days of school. People did not understand what was happening to her when she had an episode, according to Madison. “People thought that they could catch epilepsy,” she said Epilepsy is a disorder in which the person affected randomly has seizures that occasionally have an unidentifiable trigger. While seizures can develop from traumatic brain injury or stroke, the majority of seizures are idiopathic, meaning that doctors do not know why they start in the first place. Every epileptic’s seizures are different. “Some are just random, like mine” Madison said. Madison turned to her artistic side to cope with the physical and emotional struggles she encountered. She is an artist, whether with a camera in her hands or a pencil. “I absolutely love it,” she said. “If there is a certain moment that is beautiful, I’ll capture it,” Madison’s art helps her overcome the trials that come with having epilepsy, and the world has a bit more beauty in it because of her. “Art is relaxation; it’s beauty to me.” n

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Holiday Traveling best places to go for the holidays By Christina Curtiss Just like that, the holidays are upon us again. It seems like spring and summer blew past us and now we are staring down the holiday season. For many people, the holidays mean spending time with family and enjoying the traditions surrounding the season. These traditions are deeply engraved into our society and are carried down through the generations. But what if it is not possible to spend Thanksgiving or Christmas with family? This became a very personal question for my husband and me after we relocated to South Carolina eight years ago. We moved to this state with absolutely no family living nearby. Before we came here, every holiday was spent with our parents and children. When we moved to South Carolina, that dynamic changed. Although we tried to make the trip back to Michigan for the holidays, sometimes we just couldn’t make it happen. So in those instances, traveling was the answer. Since we were newbies to the South, we spent a few of those holidays visiting Charleston and Savannah. For us, it was a time where we could use the vacation days from work to explore truly remarkable cities and learn more about the South – our new home.

Now, I want to expand our travels and experience other vacation destinations, so I sat down with Kristi Jones, Certified Travel Counselor and the Travel & Tour Manager with Ionosphere Travel and Tours to learn about other holiday travel options. According to Jones, most people stay home (or visit their hometown) for the Thanksgiving holiday, but more and more families are choosing to travel simply for pleasure, instead of just for reuniting and visiting with family, over the Christmas holiday season. And for many, the days between Christmas and New Year’s offer more time off from work and school, opening up the opportunity to travel. Where do people go when they travel over the holidays? Although New York City is a popular choice for many travelers, with sightseeing, shopping, and of course the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, according to Jones, most people travel to warm climates. Walt Disney World is an extremely popular destination choice, which offers so many options for the entire family. The Caribbean is also a popular warm weather get-away with its many all-inclusive resorts offering luxury vacation packages that typically include accommoda-

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tions, meals, drinks (yes alcohol), and sometimes airfare. Cruise lines are a great way to see the Caribbean. The cost of taking a cruise has decreased over the years so it has become an affordable vacation choice for the entire family and is gaining in popularity. Most of the cruise lines are coming out of the recession with an increase in revenue and passengers, and are working to meet the demand with Holland America, Carnival, Disney, Princess and others introducing new ships. Airline costs also play a big role in holiday travel. As is widely reported each year, Thanksgiving weekend is the most heavily traveled time of the year, with airline ticket prices at their peak. But in sharp contrast, flying on Christmas Day is one of the cheapest days to fly. The destination you choose will determine the costs paid when you arrive. In warmer climates – Florida, the Caribbean, Mexico, Costa Rica, etc. – it is “high season,” and hotel and restaurant prices will be at a premium. If you chose colder climates, destination costs could be significantly lower. “In the heart of winter, people are tired of the cold weather and want to be warm,” said Jones. When traveling over the holidays, Jones has some sage advice. Think about where you are going and how you are traveling. Monitor the weather, which is especially true when going on a cruise or traveling to a tropical climate where hurricanes, tropical storms, and monsoons are a factor. Airline travel has its own challenges with tight restrictions on what you can pack and longer lines at security. Airlines are also working to improve on-time departures so make sure you arrive at your gate with plenty of time to spare. Think about parking and luggage. Airline parking can be expensive, but area hotels may offer long-term parking at a reduced rate. Checked luggage fees vary widely among airlines and Jones suggests weighing your luggage before you arrive at the airport as weights over 50 pounds can be subject to even more fees. She also had one more piece of advice: Invest in travel insurance to protect against something happening that could change or even cancel your trip. Most travel insurance plans include trip cancellation, interruption, or delay coverage, as well as lost or delayed baggage, medical coverage, medical evacuation, etc. The cost of insurance – approximately 6 percent of the cost of the trip – is well worth the price. Travel agents are a great resource to help you plan your trip and their services are free to their customers. andersonmagazine.com

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They are instrumental in the resolution of issues you may experience while traveling, and the cost of your trip is usually the same or even less than if you booked it online yourself. Traveling over the holidays can be a great option for the whole family. “The Christmas toys will come and go, but the memories that traveling leaves in a person’s memory will live forever,” said Jones. n Anderson Magazine is sensitive to the effects of the Hurricane Matthew on the coastlines of Savannah and Charleston, two destinations mentioned in this article. We offer our thoughts and prayers to all those affected by this event.

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It’s Game Day for Us Girls, Too!

By April Cameron

Last week, words came out of my mouth that shocked me. “Turn the TV to ESPN,” I told my daughter. It was Saturday morning. “Let’s see what’s happening on Game Day,” I said. I didn’t really grow up a football fan. I was more of a “team” fan. Loved my high school team, loved my college team, but not so much for the football part of it. It was more about the socializing, tailgating and things that went along with football. I’ll admit that I’m probably still not a true “football” fan in that I typically only watch one college team on Saturdays, but I actually watch the game now! I’ve spent a lot of Saturdays (and Sundays) watching football with different groups of people. Most of those groups were heavily dominated by men. But I’ve spent the majority of this college football season watching the games with women, and it has become clear that women make better football fans than men.

Lindsay Horton, D ana McClung and me with our tailgat e spread.

The Tailgate Food You know it’s true. My girlfriends and I can whip up a tailgate spread in about 2.5 seconds. Not that I don’t love a slow-cooked pork butt on a smoker, but that takes a lot of time, preparation and planning that as a single, working mother I simply don’t have. We ladies can literally look into our pantry and pull together a football feast at a moment’s notice (and it consists of more than just chips and beer). We Have Perspective You may not be able to tell it when we are actually watching the game and screaming at the TV, but we do realize it’s just a game. Everyone wants their team to win. It can be heartbreaking if they don’t. But people forget these players are typically teenagers. TEENAGERS. And we, as fans, expect them to never make a mistake, never have a bad day, and make all of our football dreams come true. The ladies I watch football with can actually view the players as the kids that they are and not have a comeapart should one of these teenagers actually act like a teenager. Bless their hearts.

tiz and Donelle Millwood Lindsay Horton, Sara Or e. having a cocktail at half tim

We Get Great Parking When we are able to make it to the games and not just watch them on TV, the ladies are winning in this category as well. Within the past couple of years, I have known of annual game day parking spaces that have come up as coveted items in divorce proceedings. Guess what? The women have ended up with possession of these! None of that arguing about where to park for the game, we’ve got that handled. Football widows? Not us. The husbands don’t even watch the games with us. I love the fact that I’ve got a group of female football watching friends who are always ready for “any given Saturday.”


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