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Giving Nature of our community

What’s Brewing in Anderson? Loving Lake Life

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Happy Birthday Pendleton


What’s Brewing in Anderson


Feeling Good


Our Giving Community


Leisure and Recreation


Time for a Break

Celebrating 225 years

Whiskey, moonshine & beer, oh my!


Healthcare here at home

De-stress with our spas and salons Helping those in need

Helping the community incorporate activity


Great Spring Break ideas for families

Educational Choices Abound in Anderson 34-35

An overview of higher education in the Upstate

42 Loving Lake Life Take advantage of the great things to do in your own backyard

41 Anderson’s Powerhouse: Carol Burdette Learn about this amazing woman 54

Economic Development


Summer Camp Guide

The Collegiate Connection


Commercial real estate’s role in growth Now’s the time to plan for a fantastic summer

March/April 2015

Letter from the Editor

Bring on the Spring!

Woohoo! It’s that time of year when the weather is starting to warm up, we’re able to get outside more and we can start imagining days on the lake and at the beach. Up until this year of my life, I always said I preferred to be cold rather than hot. Well, not anymore! After this winter, it is confirmed that I would rather be hot than cold. So, as spring approaches, I am ready! In this issue, there’s a great story on Hartwell Lake and some of the fun things you can do when the temperature rises. We also have some spring break ideas, and there’s definitely a beach trip idea to consider! Some of us (and by “us,” I mean women) get a little stressed thinking of bathing suit shopping for the season. If the thought of the annual bathing suit shopping trip is starting to stress you out, then you’ll find use out of our spa and salon story. We discuss some of the physiological benefits of spa treatments and how it can help you de-stress. And if you’re looking for some complete stress-free fun in this warmer weather, we have some great ideas for you! Check out the Senior Follies production, the celebration of Pendleton’s 225th birthday, Bluegrass Under the Stars and Project Challenge Playhouse’s production of Into the Woods…just to name a few! On the business side, we’re taking a look at the commercial real estate market in the county. There are some positive and encouraging things going on and unique innovations happening, particularly in downtown Anderson. And while the warmer weather makes us start thinking about the end of school and sweet freedom from action-packed schedules, now is the time to begin considering how the kids will spend some of that free time. Check out our summer camp guide for some ideas on how to keep children busy, active and having fun this summer. We have another information-packed issue for you, so dive into pages and learn about the great things happening right here in your own backyard!

Publisher/Editor April Cameron Advertising Sales Hannah McCullough Graphic Design Jennifer Walker Contributing Writers Caroline Anneaux Lisa Marie Carter Samantha Harris Teresa Hopkins Scott Junkins Pauline Medford Brian Stearns Angie Stringer Amber Tysl Contributing Photographers Black Truffle Photography Bucketheat Photo Lisa Marie Carter Glenn Brill Michael Mance Norma Hughes Smith Van Sullivan, Jr. Amber Tysl Visit Anderson Anderson Magazine is published six times a year. PO Box 3848 Anderson, SC 29622 Advertising Inquiries: 864-314-4125 Editorial Inquiries 864-221-8445 Copyright: All contents of this issue ©2015, 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.

Looking forward to the lake and beach!


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March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month Vicki Bright Vehorn didn’t wait until 50 to have a colonoscopy, and if she has her way, no one else will either. March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, but Vehorn doesn’t need a special month to keep colon cancer top of mind. She is one of a million colon cancer survivors in the United States today, but those survivors didn’t get there by biding their time. “Be proactive,” she says. “If I had waited until I was 50 I would be dead now. Know your body and be aware of changes, and if something seems wrong, do something about it.” According to Dr. Suresh Khandekar of AnMed Health Gastroenterology Specialists, although 90 percent of cases are found in people 50 and older, the colon cancer is increasing in younger people. “A lot of people under 50 think they’re too young for cancer, but you’re never too young for cancer, especially if you have symptoms and some of the risk factors,” he said. Colon cancer incidence and mortality rates are increasing in the under Dr. Suresh 50 population while it has decreased in Khandekar the over 50 population due to colonoscopy screening and polyp removal. According to Khandekar, people over 50 have heard and responded to the message about screening for colon and rectal cancers, although the number of people who demure is still far too high. “One reason people don’t take action soon enough is colon cancer occurs in a part of the body that some people are uncomfortable talking about, but we have to overcome that,” Khandekar said. “Our success rate is high when we find colon cancer early, and much lower when we find it late. Don’t be afraid to discuss concerns with your doctor or others you trust.” For Vehorn, inaction is not an option. “Believe me, everyone in my entire family has had a colonoscopy,” she said.

Vicki Bright Vehorn Screening is the best way to reduce the risk of colon cancer. Despite its high incidence, colon cancer is unique in that it is one of the most preventable and, when discovered early, most treatable forms of cancer. Vehorn found treatment at the AnMed Health Cancer Center. AnMed Health is one of 12 charter members of Levine Cancer Institute’s cancer care network. The state-ofthe-art center has comprehensive resources including ra-

“Believe me, everyone in my entire family has had a colonoscopy” diation therapy, chemotherapy and infusion, clinical trials, rehabilitation, genetic counseling, a learning center and a boutique specializing in products for cancer patients. “My family wanted me to go to Greenville because it’s bigger, and they thought that meant better,” Vehorn said. “My experience with the AnMed Health Cancer Center was wonderful. Immediately, I had my doctors and my liaisons. They’re wonderful people; they made me feel special.” n


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Photos courtesy of David Locke, Black Truffle Photography at Locke Design

Happy Birthday Pendleton south carolina

1790-2015 By Caroline Anneaux

Have you ever driven through a small town and wondered about its history and thought about what tales the old houses and buildings would tell if they could talk? Pendleton is one of those towns here in Anderson County. A town turning 225 years old this year is cause for quite a celebration, so we wanted to find out more about the history as well as what the future holds for such a charming upstate town. I spoke to Carol Burdette, current executive director for the United Way in Anderson, third generation life-long resident and former mayor of Pendleton to hear her wealth of knowledge about the small town she and other residents have every reason to be proud of. The land Pendleton sits on was part of the Cherokee nation, and it became the Pendleton district in 1789. The location was chosen, because is it the exact center of three surrounding counties – Anderson, Oconee and Pickens. The plan was to make it the judicial seat of Pendleton district with the large white building on the square, currently known as “Farmer’s Hall,” as the courthouse. The building was constructed, but it never did operate as a courthouse. Instead, it was deeded to the Pendleton Farmer’s Society. It is the second oldest Farmer’s Society building in the country and has the distinction of being the oldest one in continuous use in the United States. A restaurant operates downstairs, and meetings are still conducted on the second floor. Farmer’s Hall is considered the “birthplace of Clemson” due to the fact that Thomas Green Clemson himself spoke to the farmers at their meetings there. He preached the importance of opening an agricultural college in the area. The 1970s were really great years for Pendleton. In August of 1970, the entire town was listed on the National Historic Register. Then, the Merchants Guild received a federal grant allowing them to do significant things to improve

the downtown and bring more people into the area. New streetlights, benches, storefronts and other updates helped the town shine. 1978 was the year that Burdette’s sister, Patricia Porter, founded the Pendleton Spring Jubilee under the guidance of long-time historian and author, Hurley Badders. Held annually in April, the Jubilee is still one of the most popular annual events in the area today. Reflecting on the last 25 years since she helped celebrate Pendleton’s centennial birthday, Burdette is enthusiastic about a very committed group of folks on the town’s anniversary committee who are ready to highlight the town’s story through schools, arts, textiles and the environment in 2015. The committee decided to plant 225 new trees and 22,500 daffodils throughout the town. They have also set up an exciting calendar with events all year long to celebrate this wonderful town and the citizens who are a part of it. The small, southern town of Pendleton has done a great job keeping good racial relations in a town that has a 35 percent African American population. The community center is packed to the brim when the town gets together to celebrate together. Jane Edna Hunter, was born at Woodburn Plantation in 1811 to a mother who was a first generation freed slave. Hunter grew up, was educated as a nurse, moved to Cleveland where she established the National Phillis Wheatley Foundation, became a lawyer, published her writings and never forgot the people of Pendleton. Robert and Elsie Thompson are current African American residents in Pendleton, and they are incredibly involved in the community. Robert Thompson was the first African American to serve on the town council. Pendleton will celebrate these amazing men and women along with their ancestors and peers throughout the year. continued on page 8 7

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And what kind of celebration would it be if we didn’t take the time to look into what the future holds for the lovely town of Pendleton? Mayor Frank Crenshaw, third generation resident and family business owner, believes that the future of Pendleton depends on the ability of the leaders to pay close attention to the voices in the community, continuously improve communications with the citizens, follow the downtown master plan, strengthen current business partnerships while also creating new ones and making well-informed and educated decisions to keep the town on the right track. “It takes everyone working together to get things done,” says Crenshaw. Currently, they are working on being more visible in the community using new signs to bring visitors into the area and creating a well-developed and user-friendly website. Improving infrastructure is a number one goal for the future of Pendleton.

The Summer Homes

Streets bearing the name, Pendleton, are in many of the cities and towns all over the state. Our local Pendleton, the first town in the upstate, has always been called the upcountry of South Carolina. Scottish immigrants settled here and lived a very primitive lifestyle until the wealthy plantation owners in the low country needed a place to escape the heat, mosquitos and malaria. The prominent plantation owners and their families brought a lifestyle of elegance, chivalry and class to Pendleton. Ashtabula and Woodburn Plantation are two of the many summer homes still in existence today. Many people who visit the historic homes wonder why there are fireplaces in every room. The owners did not return to the low country until the first frost, so heating the homes was necessary on those early fall mornings in this part of the state.

“It takes everyone working together to get things done” “We may have storm water program expenses that are being passed down to local municipalities by the State, roads need repaving and the community is considering going Barrett Park turtle back to our own, local police department where the residents and officers recognize each other by face and name,” says Crenshaw. “All of this takes planning, time and money. Funding is a big issue in a town our size. The quality of what we do depends on sufficient increases in revenue aided by continued success in obtaining grants, continuing to build a bigger tax base, and additional annexation of property and new businesses. This will help ensure the ability to provide needed services, preserve the historical character and keep Pendleton on the map for 225 more years.” n

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A Year Long Celebration

Pendleton started their year-long celebration in January by hosting a State of Pendleton lunch at Cox Hall. In February, they celebrated African American heritage and began planting trees and daffodils all around town. March 5, 6, 7 and 8 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Pendleton Playhouse March 28 - 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Celebrating our Agricultural Heritage at Old Farm Days at Ashtabula April 4 and 5 Spring Jubilee on the Village Green April 4 - 6:00 p.m. Bluegrass Under the Stars at the Tri-County Tech Amphitheatre May 3 - 6:00 p.m. Jazz in the Park on the Village Green June 6 - 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Pendleton’s Official Birthday Party with music, cake and ice-cream on the Village Green July 4 - 10:00 a.m. Celebrating our Freedom at our Patriotic Parade in downtown Pendleton August 1 - 7:00 p.m. Community Variety Show at the Pendleton Playhouse September 1 – 30 Celebrating our Textile History at Hunter’s Store October 1 – 30 In honor of the 200th Birthday of the Pendleton Farmers Society a Farmers Hall Exhibit at Hunters Store November 22 - 6:00 p.m. Community Thanksgiving Service featuring a Community Choir at Pendleton United Methodist Church December 10 Unveiling of Jane Edna Hunter Documentary at the Pendleton Playhouse December 31 - 7:00 p.m. “A Toast to the Future” Event in Cox Hall at the Pendleton Playhouse Please go to for an extensive list of events, merchandise and other news about this exciting year celebrating Pendleton, South Carolina!


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38th Annual Spring Jubilee April 4 and 5 on the Village Green


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At first glance you may be thinking this sounds like a place to grab a great pizza (and their pizzas are hard to beat), but you couldn’t be more off. Not only are their pizzas perfect, but their fresh made Italian dishes are something you imagine an old Italian grandma sitting in the kitchen all day to make. Pizza House doesn’t even begin to describe what this restaurant is, but then again if you had to put all of their specialties in their name there wouldn’t be enough space on their signs to include it all. This place has you covered from Italian and Greek to specialty seafood dishes and scrumptious salads. My “partner in wine” and I went for lunch to try something different. They offer a nice selection of varietals of wine as well as beers and soft drinks. The house chardonnay is what we choose, and it’s perfectly chilled and a nice start to our lunch. We decide to begin with the hot crab dip served with fresh baked (in the pizza oven) pita chips. What a great start to any meal. Then, between the two of us, we had the Grilled Chicken Teriyaki and Pineapple Salad and the Salmon Stuffed with Crabmeat dish (like I said the name doesn’t even touch the tip). The grilled chicken salad was such a light refreshing bite to break up your winter doldrums! It’s like a bite of island deliciousness. Then there was the crab stuffed salmon, oh my. How I begin to tell you how fresh and perfectly prepared this salmon stuffed with a crab meat filling then topped with a light cream sauce tastes? I don’t – you must go and try this place for yourself. Stop by and say, “Hi,” to John and his staff and tell him Anderson Magazine sent you. ’Till next time – Cheers! n

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What’s Brewing in Anderson? By Brian J. Stearns | @brianjstearns

Mountain water whiskey, white lightening and wheat beer are all being brewed locally in South Carolina these days, and you’ll never guess which county has all three up and brewing…

Photos courtesy of Van Sullivan, Jr.

Anderson County is home to Six & Twenty Distillery, Carolina Bauernhaus Brewery and Palmetto Moonshine. Why the recent brewing boom? For the liquor lovers, it started in 2009 when legislation was introduced to the SC House of Representatives allowing micro-distilleries to operate within the state. The main reason for outlawing home-made brews/distilleries was the government’s inability to regulate and tax the product since it is made from local and readily available ingredients. For the beer lovers, recent changes in SC state law have fueled the brewery boom that’s currently underway. With the passing of the “pint bill” last summer, breweries have the ability to sell up to 48 ounces of beer to patrons on site instead of limiting their intake to free samples. SC currently has a total of 10 new breweries set to open this spring! Thirsty? Keston Helfrich from Carolina Bauernhaus (@bauernhausales) and his partners Brad Thomas and David Thorn11

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ton are eager to lift the garage door to the public this month. “We’re just waiting on the feds at this point,” said Keston as he juggled an interview and meeting with his general contractor at the same time. The brewery is located downtown off Federal Street next to the back entrance of McGee’s Irish Pub…the former Wilbur Ashley’s Auto Service garage. Keston said, “Carolina Bauernhaus will be a no-standards, power-to-the-people type of brewery. We will offer some seasonal stuff, but if people want to keep drinking it…we will keep making it for them!” Food trucks, outdoor seating, live music and more are in store this spring/summer, so be sure to drop in, fill up and enjoy. Just north on 85, in Powdersville, you’ll find Six & Twenty Distillery and its co-owner, Robert “Farmer” Redmond. Farmer’s personality and overall character are just as cool and smooth as his award winning spirits. He opened his distillery in December, 2012…you know, when the world was supposed to end…but not for this guy. He’s grown his local business to a fully operating and successful distillery in just over two years. Not only is he selling his whiskey (and now vodka) in NC, SC and GA, he’s also building and selling the stills as well. Six & Twenty is known as SC’s premium whiskey distillery and their high end still and whiskey column help produce a very clean/smooth spirit.

This past December they released the only five grain bourbon available in the United States. When I asked Farmer what he called this award winning, one-of-a-kind five grain bourbon, he answered, “5 Grain Bourbon.” I learned something very interesting about Robert Redmond when speaking with him. He’s the great, great nephew of Major Lewis Redmond, notorious outlaw and legendary SC bootlegger who was the American Robin Hood of his


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Trey & Brian Boggs of Palmetto Moonshine time. Major Redmond passed away in 1903, but his passion for whiskey remains in the family. Palmetto Moonshine is the creation of two hometown brothers and moonshine connoisseurs, Trey & Bryan Boggs. On January 5, 2011 the brothers received permission from the state of South Carolina make legal moonshine which made them the first micro-distillery to produce the white lightening. Through family ties and other local connections they were able to tap into 200 year old local recipes to create the fine tasting products on their store shelves today. With their local success, the brothers have been able to open multiple South Carolina locations in recent years. Another interesting fact, they make the mash, distill the product, bottle, label and pack right here in Anderson. Peach, Blackberry and Apple Pie are just a few of the great tasting home-style flavors Palmetto Moonshine has to offer. Swing into mason-jar heaven for a tour, a taste and a great time learning about the history of shine. All three of these brew locations have one thing in common: a couple of good ole’ SC boys with a passion to brew great tasting spirits and ales. Don’t let the scruffy beards, stained shirts and ripped jeans fool you: these owners are incredibly smart businessmen/entrepreneurs who are fueling the locally economy as much as they are fueling your taste for an excellent drink. Each has helped create new jobs in Anderson County as well as assist others in their passion

to get started in the business. Another great attribute all of these locations have in common is the use of local SC ingredients in their products. Most of the wheat and other fixins’ come from local Anderson farms and other nearby small family owned businesses. It’s as clear as Farmer’s vodka that all of this new SC legislation has led to a variety of new distillery and local brew businesses in the upstate. Fortunately for us, we have the top three right here in our back yard! n


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All About That Fabric By Samantha Harris

When Cristi Morris of Piedmont found out her daughter and fellow students would need costumes to portray Biblical characters in a drama competition, she knew exactly where she would go to get started. So she was among the hundreds of customers ignoring the freezing temperatures outside one Friday morning to shop at the monthly 3-day sale at All About Fabrics in Williamston. “I try to come every month,” Morris, a seamstress and artist, said. “They have the best selection and the best value. I get fabrics here for $2 and $3 a yard that would cost $8 to $12 anywhere else.” The good deal on the fabric will help Morris make the costumes and keep the school’s project under budget, she said. The prices and the outstanding customer service are the reasons people come from as far away as Philadelphia and Florida each month for the sale, said Greg Cohen, one of the owners. Brothers Eric Cohen and Kevin Cohen make up the rest of the team. “It’s a win for everyone,” he said, showing off a faux silk curtain that normally sells for $500 but costs $5 at the sale. “Customers get these great deals, and companies get to liquidate their inventories and move these products out of the mainstream market.” Because of issues like incorrect printing on packages or a difference in color, or simply a company’s need to close out its inventory, All About Fabrics gets to buy the items at a lower price and pass the savings on to its customers. Cohen likes to use the word “repurposing” instead of recycling because repurposing better describes his family’s fascinating history, he said. The company, which has survived two fires and several relocations to finally find a home in an old cotton mill, began four generations ago with his grandfather Morris Cohen began selling his wares in the 1930s in New York. Greg’s father, Herb Cohen, moved to Memphis, Tennessee, in the early 1970s to continue the

business and later located in Anderson. The company, which had begun selling fabric wholesale to major manufacturing companies, took huge hits when fires ravaged the business in 1992 and 1998. Because the Cohen family business was able to bounce back from the fires, the company name because Phoenix of Anderson. In 2002, the company moved to Iva. At the time, the country was struggling through a recession, and sales fell drastically. “After September 11, we were struggling, so my brothers and I had the idea to open up our sales to the

“It’s a wonderful place,” she said. “We’ve all become like family.” public,” Greg said. “My dad actually thought we were crazy because retail was such a bad idea in a bad economy.” Good or bad, the idea worked. The public fell in love with All About Fabrics immediately, and sales were strong. The company now has two divisions, All About Fabrics, which hosts the sale for the public, and Phoenix of Anderson, which sells fabric wholesale to manufacturers, shipping 50 countries worldwide, including Dubai and Vietnam. 14

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The sale draws thousands of customers each month from far and near. One couple from Canada plans the family vacation around the sale, Greg said. The warehouse is filled with organized aisles of tapestry, velour fabric, upholstery fabric, bedding, curtains, window treatments, clothes, handbags, rope, decorations, and more. The fabric sale comes on different weekends each month, but the date is heavily advertised on signs around town and on the website www.allaboutfabricsonline. com. The sale offers Groupons as well. “It’s good for the town,” he said, “because the restaurants get busy, and the stores and gas stations get more business. We are so happy about that because the town has been so good to us.” The company gives back to area causes, and it recently donated large amounts of fabric to the Artory, an armory that has been renovated to serve as an arts center in Williamston. Alice Banks, a seamstress who worked in a fabric department at a “big box” megastore for 15 years, now works at the sale each month. “Our prices put theirs to shame,” she said. “We have everything you could ask for; needles, thread, fabric, everything, and the customers love how we help them.” Many people come in “without a clue” about the dimensions of the fabric they need or what color they are trying to match, Banks said, but she is there to offer patience, help, and a smile. “It’s a wonderful place,” she said. “We’ve all become like family.” n


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feeling good

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By April Cameron

Did you know that April is Stress Awareness Month? Health care professionals and health promotion experts use this 30-day period to increase public awareness about the causes and cures for what some consider a stress epidemic in the U.S. Along with proper health care and nutrition, Anderson County has a stress-relief network you might not recognize… our plethora of spas and salons exist to assist with so much more than just vanity. You’ve surely heard the saying that you have to “take care of yourself before you can take care of anyone else.” This is the time to cast off any guilt about pampering yourself and realize that investing in “me time” can be a huge benefit to your health! Stress Relief and Relaxation It’s not called massage “therapy” for nothing! A therapeutic massage can certainly relax and sooth you. Locally, Evergreen Spa in Anderson has been offering services for more than 15 years. Myrna VanRomer is the owner, and has seen the benefits regular spa services have had on her clients. “To specially reduce stress, one has to make a regular appointment, said VanRomer. “This will give them something to look forward to and a visualization to reduce stress.” VanRomer suggests massage, facials and body wraps – either separately or as combined treatments – for stress reduction.

Self Confidence While self-confidence comes from the inside out, looking good on the outside certainly helps as well. Many local salons also offer spa services such as manicures and pedicures to help you feel more physically attractive. Merle Norman Costmetics Studio in downtown Anderson is a great option. A great haircut or new hair color can also be a boost to self-esteem. There’s no doubt that these types of treatments can make you feel rejuvenated and empowered to tackle life. However, you need to schedule these appointments with consistency and commitment to attending. Regular spa or salon trips are part of the “taking care of me” plan. You shouldn’t wait until you just can’t take those roots any longer. Don’t let you self-confidence start to wane due to a hectic calendar. Make the appointment. Keep it. It’s ok to put yourself first sometimes. When you consistently take time to visit the spa/salon, you will feel your self-confidence growing to more healthy levels. Weight Loss Taking good care of your body has both physical and mental benefits. Some spas offer programs and services to assist with weight loss and healthy living. Lilia Day Spa in downtown Anderson has a gym facility located in the same building and offers lifestyle and weight management coaching.


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VanRomer said, “The best way for men to realize that spa services are for them is to get them to just try something, and they will feel the difference.” She recommends booking a couple’s treatment to help ease them into the idea and “break the ice.” Making time to visit a spa or salon on a regular basis should not be considered indulgent. It is part of a balanced health care plan to help you feel your best both physically and mentally. n

Look Younger – Feel Younger The saying, “you’re only as old as you feel,” may very well ring true. Reducing outward signs of aging can play a significant role in the way you feel about yourself. Many spas today focus on treatments and products to help reduce the signs of aging. Wrinkle-reducing injections, facials, chemical or laser treatments on the skin can help you put your best face forward. Equilibrium Medi Spa has several registered nurses on staff who can offer expertise on treatments that will help you achieve the results you desire. Not Just for Women While women may be more comfortable using spa and salon services, men can reap the same benefits of stress reduction and self-confidence from visiting a spa.


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A Field of Dreams

By Angela Stringer, Anderson County Communications Director

If you want to witness a miracle, visit the Anderson County Special Populations and Recreation Program. Coordinated by Suzanne McMahan and administered by Glenn Brill, director of the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Division, the program was designed to meet the needs of individuals with intellectual and physical challenges through recreational, leisure and sports activities. McMahan has worked hand in hand with community leaders as well as Special Olympics Area 14 to provide year round sports training and competition opportunities for these very special athletes. The historic McCants Building, 101 South Fant Street, serves as the headquarters for the program with ample space for daily in-door activities and limited outdoor space for track and field practice. Currently, the athletes are practicing and playing inside the Anderson Civic Center when it is available. However, the athletes need a baseball field that will allow them a safe place to practice and play. The solution to the group’s quest for a safe baseball field came from within the Anderson County Special Populations family. The Stoller family got involved with the Mauldin Miracle League, which allowed local athlete Kathleen to play league baseball. Kathleen’s father, Scott, who is also the Anderson County EMS Director, immediately caught the vision for Miracle League, an organization dedicated to providing opportunities for all children, regardless of ability, to play baseball and he wanted to bring that vision back home to Anderson County. “One of the toughest issues experienced by the parent of a special needs child is watching your child be excluded from activities,” said local Miracle League Committee Chairman Scott Stoller. “It was almost 11 years ago when my daughter had her first experience with the Miracle League in Mauldin. Watching Kathleen participate on the field with others flooded me with memories of my first time on the baseball field, the lessons I learned while having fun and the friendships forged that have stood the test of time. Like every parent, I wanted that for my child. Because of the Miracle League, I have watched my daughter blossom from a timid, withdrawn child into a brave, young lady who recently walked onto the field of a Greenville Drive game and

sung the National Anthem in front of thousands of fans.” In 2007, Stoller initially shared his Miracle League vision with the Special Populations close-knit community. With the backing of Coordinator Suzanne McMahan and local parents, the vision began to spread. County Administrator Rusty Burns brought the idea to the council in 2009. Council support and the extensive leg-work of the Special Populations community working alongside county staff resulted in a plan of action. In early 2013, the Miracle League of Anderson was formed with eight board members and Stoller unanimously elected as board chairman. Current board members are Scott Stoller, Elliott Holman, George Sands, Greg Shore, Todd Davidson, Paige, Glenn Brill, Todd McCormick, Angela Stringer, Rebecca Barr, Karen Buccino, Ben Phillips, Rita Williams and Suzanne McMahan. In 2013, the Anderson County Council designated $90,000 toward the project and pledged in-kind support to the tune of $250,000 (providing the land at the Anderson Sports & Entertainment Center, development and upkeep). Using the funds provided by the Anderson County Council, the board have proceeded with the project. At this time, Alta Planning + Design have surveyed the designated site and provided a conceptual design and construction documents. Alta estimates the first phase cost at $192,000 with a completed project cost of approximately $750,000. According to Anderson County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn, “The Miracle League of Anderson is gearing up to kick off their capital campaign for the Miracle League Field, which will be located at the Anderson Sports & Entertainment Center. Once completed, this field will accommodate not only the regional Special Populations’ athletes, but will also be a shared asset that will be utilized by Special Olympics, wheel-chair competitions and Paralympic sports competitions. This project is at the heart of council’s desire to make Anderson County recreation accessible and available for all.” 18

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Official Miracle League baseball fields use ‘EverTop’ surfacing, which conform to the Americans with Disabilities Act and ASTM F-195-99 Determination of Playground Surface Accessibility. ‘EverTop’ is used both infield and outfield in order to provide a smooth, seamless maneuverable surface for players and mobility equipment and to eliminate barriers and dangers for children using walking aides or those with visual impairments. The Miracle League of Anderson, a 501 (c)3 nonVICINITY MAP profit charitable organization, operates(NTS)under a simple motto, “every child deserves to play baseball.” Stoller said, “We exist to provide all kids and young adults with special needs the opportunity to participate in organized sports, just like their peers, but in a safe, non-judgmental, all-inclusive atmosphere. We are here not just for the children, but also for the families – to support their unique needs and to give them the ability to sit back and watch their children have fun.” Anyone interested in corporate sponsorships or assisting with the Miracle League of Anderson project may contact Scott Stoller at 864.209.1101. Call Suzanne McMahan at 864.260.4142 for information about how to participate as an athlete or a buddy. n

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e have a giving community. We help everyone from children to adults, pets to the arts and beyond. These organizations work hard to make Anderson a better place and rely on the community to help them do that. There are so many organizations that assist others in need, and here in Anderson, there are several that lend a hand with critical issues such as food and shelter. These groups often run on a shoestring budget and are trying to meet the ongoing need for clothing, feeding and housing those who aren’t able to provide these very basic needs themselves. There are various reasons families and individuals need assistance with some of the basic necessities; unexpected loss of job, medical expenses, loss of spouse/partner, loss of shelter (due to fire, flooding, landlord selling unexpected, etc.) or increase in cost of basic shelter. Most of the reasons many are in need of a helping hand are unexpected and out of their control. Like many analysts have reported, between one-third to one-half of Americans are only a paycheck or two away from being homeless. With the help of many of our local charities for basic needs, individuals and families can then concentrate on jobs and bringing home an income to start on the road back to independence and hopefully get the opportunity to “pay it forward� if you will. While this is not a comprehensive list, it should give you some insight into things happening here in the community that shows the humanity and giving spirit of Anderson County. The Anderson Emergency Soup Kitchen at 306 West Franklin Street in Anderson serves plates and hot meals to those in need. A few ways to help this soup kitchen are to make a monetary donation to help with their costs and/or to volunteer time to help prepare and serve meals. continued on page 22


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In addition to the soup kitchen, there are several food pantries in our county that assist people by offering a place for them to get basic food staples in order for them to feed their families at home, some of these are; Good Neighbor Cupboard at 313 Towers St. in Anderson, Golden Harvest Food Bank at 311 Alliance Parkway in Williamston, and Anderson Interfaith Ministries (AIM) 1202 South Murray Ave. in Anderson. These food pantries are always looking for donations of non-perishables for everyone, remembering formula and baby food is also a need. Holding a food drive in your business, school or development is a great way to assist the food banks. AIM, as well as offering a food pantry, has stabilized the community for more than two decades, and continues to do so using its “hand up, not hand out” philosophy. They strive to connect people with support, resources and education so they can empower themselves to be self-sufficient. They help with emergency repairs to housing and also can assist with handicap ramps and accessibility. Other charities that also help with housing are Habitat for Humanity. This organization brings people together to build homes, hope and communities. Sunbelt Human Advanced Resources (SHARE) provides strategies and interventions designed to promote self-sufficiency and to assist people in achieving their potential by strengthening family and other supportive environments. United Housings Connection works together with other agencies in our area to provide affordable housing. These charities that help with housing are in need of donations, sponsors and volunteers. Some other charities that help out in many ways in our community are the Salvation Army. In addition to their well-known bell ringers at Christmas, they offer character building programs for youth, music training, communitybuilding and fellowship for adults and housing assistance. The Salvation Army also offers an emergency shelter for the homeless.

Haven of Rest exists to assist men bound by lifedominating problems rescued, restored, and released in a Christian environment. They have the Rescue Mission which provides meals for the homeless and an emergency shelter on a nightly basis. The Woman’s Shelter helps women who feel broken, entrapped, and hopeless by teaching them how to live life in a new, healthy, productive way. The Men’s Training Center (MTC) is a three-phase residential discipleship program for men 18 or older with life controlling problems such as alcohol and drug addiction and their thrift stores which provide the public with needed items at affordable prices. The Anderson Free Clinic provides comprehensive healthcare services to low-income, uninsured residents of Anderson County. In addition to medical, dental and prescription assistance services, AFC is dedicated to improving patient wellness through individual and group education and referrals to valuable community resources for a broad approach to overall health and well-being. Last, but certainly not least, there are a handful of charities that help out our four-legged creatures in the community. These organizations exist to assist with the “basic needs” of animals, in much the same way so many charitable organizations assist with the basic needs of humans. Two local organizations, Anderson County P.A.W.S and the Anderson County Humane Society, provide food, medical care and shelter to dogs and cats. In addition to offering pet adopting services, some local animal charities also offer low cost spaying and neutering for lower income households. No matter your passion or income, consider making a commitment to assist a charitable organization that assists those who are less fortunate. “When you carry out acts of kindness you get a wonderful feeling inside. It is as though something inside your body responds and says, yes, this is how I ought to feel.” -Harold Kushner n

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Leisure & Recreation in Anderson Authors: Glenn Brill, Director Anderson County Parks, Recreation & Tourism Division; and Maurice McKenzie, Planning and Development Director at City of Anderson Imagine Anderson continues to strive to make Anderson County and it communities a wonderful place for people to reside and to visit, a place that supports economic growth and development, a place that is healthy to live and a place that offers many recreation and leisure activities for all. Leisure and Recreation is one of the five goal areas identified in the Imagine Anderson Vision Plan…more parks, greenways and waterways were named as one of the accomplishments to reach the goal. We are proud when we look at the milestones both the City and County have achieved and would like to highlight some of the exciting things to come.

In the City: The Downtown Anderson Bicycle and Pedestrian Connectivity Plan. The plan was developed to provide a vision, goals, and recommendations for on and off-street bicycle and pedestrian facilities connecting Anderson’s downtown to key destinations throughout the community. It combines past planning efforts, significant public input and new research and analysis. It includes: • proposed on and off-street bikeway, walkway, and trail network, • recommended policies and programs to encourage usage of the network, and • promotion of safe bicycling, walking, and driving practices. The intent of the plan (Phase I is scheduled for implementation in 2015), is to improve and complement Anderson’s active transportation and recreation environment, including the multi-use path along the EastWest Parkway. This pathway, officially opened in late 2013, has been an active area for pedestrians, joggers, and bicycle enthusiasts. The Anderson Area Transportation Study Policy Committee, a body that prioritizes projects from federal and state funding, has identified future connections extending from the East-West Parkway’s multi-use path, which will provide linkages to the City of Anderson’s plan. In the County: In response to the popularity of the Parkway’s off-road path for walking, biking and jogging, Anderson County has begun work on a small park and two parking areas. Located on nearly two acres at the intersection of the Parkway and Hobson Road, the County has received an initial concept from a landscape architect which includes: parking for 30 cars in two lots; a 600 square foot playground; six picnic tables. Anderson County is leading a six county effort to establish a Blueway on the Saluda River. In 2012, the County built the first floating ADA-compliant Canoe/ Kayak Launch in South Carolina at Dolly Cooper Park in Powdersville. The Launch will host the sixth annual Saluda River Rally on June 6-7. On Saturday June 6, participants will be able to canoe, kayak or inner-tube two miles downriver from Pickens County to Dolly Cooper. On Sunday June 7, canoes and kayaks will be able to float nine miles downriver from Dolly Cooper to Piedmont. There are plenty of recreation opportunities for those in Anderson, and these continue to grow. Come out and enjoy all that the City and County has to offer! n 24

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Into the Woods March 5-7, 12 & 14 – 7 p.m March 8 & 5 – 3 p.m. Project Challenge Playhouse 864-260-5086 Anderson Area Chamber Toast n Topics March 6 - 7:30 – 9 a.m. Tucker’s or 864-226-3454 Shamrock & Run Saturday, March 7 Pendleton, Nettles Park Hollywood Comes to Anderson County March 10 - 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Anderson County Museum or 864-260-4737 Anderson Chamber Movers and Shakers March 13 - 7:30 – 9 a.m. The Bleckley Inn or 864226-3454 Roberts Church Community Trail Fundraiser Saturday, March 14 8:30 -10:30 a.m. Pancake Breakfast & Irish-Fare to-go orders Info: 864-225-9950

Downtown Anderson Color Run & St. Patty’s Parade Saturday, March 14 8 am – First Flight’s Color Me Lucky St Patrick’s Day 5K 10 am – St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the Electric City Anderson Senior Follies March 19-20 - Times Vary Anderson University’s Henderson Auditorium or 863-231-2080 Junior League Trail Run Sat., March 21 • 8:30 am Civic Center American Girl Club March 21 - 11 a.m.-noon Anderson County Museum or 864-260-4737 Meals on Wheels Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser Thursday, March 26 Lunch or Dinner 11:30 – 1:30; 5 – 7:30 or call 864-225-6800 for info.


Celebrating 225 Years of Pendleton April 2 (exhibit opens) 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Anderson County Museum or 864-260-4737 Anderson Area Chamber Toast n Topics April 3 - 7:30 – 9 a.m. Tucker’s or 864-226-3454 The BBT Connector Run For AIM Saturday, April 4 East-West Parkway Princess Spring Fling April 4 - 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Anderson County Museum or 864-260-4737 Pendleton Spring Jubilee April 4-5 Downtown Pendleton 864-646-3782 or e-mail jubilee@ Bluegrass Under the Stars April 4 - 6-9:30 p.m. Tri County Technical College, Pendleton Campus


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Anderson Chamber Movers and Shakers April 10 7:30 – 9 a.m. The Bleckley Inn or 864-226-3454 Elvis Has Left the Building April 10-19 Electric City Playhouse or 864-224-4248 American Girl Club April 18 11 a.m.-noon Anderson County Museum or 864-260-4737 Earth Day Event April 21 - 4-6:30 p.m. Anderson County Museum or 864-260-4737


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Healthcare for Moms and Children By Teresa C. Hopkins

rom the beginning to the end, pregnancy to geriatrics, Anderson County offers a wonderful health care system and innovative practitioners to take care of your health in each stage of life. AnMed Health is a comprehensive health system that has served the county for more than 100 years. AnMed Health’s medical staff includes more than 400 physicians, and with over 3,600 employees, AnMed Health is Anderson County’s largest employer. The local health system has an impressive list of achievements as it has grown over the years. While starting as a 25-foot bed hospital in the early 1900s, AnMed Health has grown to offer a hospital with 460 beds, a cancer treatment center, a chemical dependency treatment facility in Williamston, a 400,000 square foot outpatient facility at the North Campus and so much more. And that’s just a small, partial listing of services offered. In addition to AnMed Health’s exceptional services for the community, Anderson County also has physicians associated with Bon Secours Health System and the Greenville Hospital System, both out of Greenville. Alternative medicine practitioners also have a presence in our all-encompassing health care options. From chiropractors to acupuncturists to holistic medicine therapies, there is a health care practice in the area to meet your needs. Here’s a brief insight into some of the health innovations happening right here in your own backyard. n

A woman will face a unique set of medical needs throughout her lifetime. For women in Anderson County, the AnMed Health Women’s and Children’s Hospital can meet those needs. A wide-range of services is offered at the hospital, from preventive care to maternity services to children’s care. Hope Campbell, director of nursing at the hospital, is excited to highlight the top-notch children’s care offered at the hospital. Last year the hospital named the Upstate’s first Baby-Friendly Hospital, designated by Baby-Friendly USA, a national version of an initiative by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF – the United Nations Children’s Fund – to promote breastfeeding for new moms and their babies. The hospital went through a rigorous preparation and review process to become only the fifth South Carolina hospital to earn the Baby-Friendly designation. “We’re excited to see the hard work of many team members pay off with this designation,” said Hope Campbell, director of Women’s and Children’s Services for AnMed Health. “It feels like a victory for us, but the real winners are the infants who benefit from a heightened awareness by their parents and our staff. Breast-fed babies are healthier babies and we’re glad to adopt practices that will encourage new mothers to breast feed.” Newborns are kept in the room with their mothers immediately after birth, unless some medical issue requires transfer to the nursery. “Parents love having the babies in the room with them,” Campbell said. The Women’s and Children’s Hospital also has a 22-bed Pediatric Unit. Campbell said it is staffed 24/7 and there always is a pediatrician on the premises. Kids’ Care opened in 2010. Similar to an urgent care facility, Kids’ Care was opened to help alleviate the numbers in the emergency room at the downtown hospital. “Kids’ Care has been very successful,” Campbell said. “This is the fourth year in a row it has received a national award for highest patient satisfaction.” n


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The War on Cancer in Anderson There is a new cancer fight in Anderson County going on at the AnMed Health Oncology and Hematology Specialists office. The American Cancer Society reports more than one million people in the United States get cancer each year. AnMed Health has set up a comprehensive care program for residents of Anderson County and surrounding areas. “This hospital has set up an impressive infrastructure for cancer care,” said Dr. Kerry Williams-Wuch, a board certified medical oncologist and hematologist in Anderson. “We don’t just treat the cancer here; we take care of the patient.” That infrastructure includes patient navigators, support groups, counseling and nutrition support. She said Anderson County residents can access treatment without having to travel any great distance. Cancer care also includes preventative steps and early detection. Williams-Wuch said two of the most common cancers in the Anderson County area are colon cancer and lung cancer.

“In this area we see a lot of patients with late stage aggressive colon cancer, which can be prevented,” she said. “Everyone should have a colonoscopy by the age 50.” Williams-Wuch said lung cancer also is a problem in this area. AnMed Health offers a low-dose CT screening for lung cancer, “with low radiation levels and the ability to pick up the early signs of lung cancer,” she said. AnMed Health is one of 12 charter members of Levine Cancer Institute’s cancer care network. Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Cancer Institute aims to build “a cancer institute without walls,” by increasing access to specialist consultations, research offerings, program offerings and services to member institutions throughout the Carolinas. For AnMed Health patients, this means access to more clinical trials and an even deeper clinical team. AnMed Health has earned Accreditation with Commendation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. Only one in four hospitals that treat cancer patients receives Commission on Cancer accreditation. n 28

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Play Without Pain Joint pain is something most people will face at some point in their lives. When the pain becomes more than one can bear, or significantly impacts quality of life, medical attention may become necessary. AnMed Health Community Orthopedics, located at the hospital’s North Campus, is one aspect of the Total Joint Academy, which encompasses just what the name says…total joint care. The orthopedics aspect of joint care is handled by Drs. Darius Divina and Jesus Castillo at AnMed Health Community Orthopedics. Dr. Divina established the practice in 2010, and Dr. Castillo joined in July 2014. “Any orthopedic services you may need you can get here. You do not have to travel a long distance,” said Castillo. In fact, both surgeons are just as passionate about getting the word out about their practice to the Anderson County community as they are about the care they provide. The idea in the past had generally been that if someone got hurt playing racquetball or in any other activity, that he or she had to go to Greenville for treatment. “We are working to change that culture, or way of thinking,” Divina said. “You have quality medicine here in your backyard.” Drs. Divina and Castillo both are general orthopedic surgeons, meaning they treat any orthopedic issue. Most of their cases are surgical, but when possible they treat issues with anti-inflammatory aids or recommend physical therapy. The surgeons provide total joint replacements and tend to trauma cases, arthroscopy cases, carpel tunnel issues and basic fractures, such as those that can be seen in sports activities. “When people think sports injuries they think high school kids, but it includes so much more,” Castillo said. “You can get hurt doing almost anything or any sport. The injury could be the result of a weekend round of golf, it could be that tennis match you play for fun. “You can sustain overuse injuries from yard work or house work,” he continued. In addition to the medical care, Divina said he put the word ‘community’ in the name of the practice because that is an important aspect of what they do as well. Both doctors have met with primary care physicians in the area to make them aware of the top-notch orthopedic options in Anderson County. They also visit with and give lectures to sports teams and schools. “We don’t just cut on people, we care,” Divina said.

“This means AnMed Health is a ‘one-stop shop’ for joint care,” In addition to the orthopedic services, the AnMed Health Total Joint Academy brings all aspects of care related to joint replacement surgery under one roof. From screening and classes before surgery to check-in on the day of surgery to inpatient recovery and rehabilitation – everything is housed in a single location at the AnMed Health North Campus. “This means AnMed Health is a ‘one-stop shop’ for joint care,” Divina said. “It’s a full-service offering in one place that has greatly improved the patient experience.” Divina completed his residency training at Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital, where he served as chief orthopedic resident. He practices general orthopedic surgery with an emphasis on osteoarthritis, total joint replacement and trauma. Castillo completed his residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry School of Osteopathic Medicine, where he served as the chief orthopedic surgery resident. He served on active duty for the U.S. Navy at the Naval Hospital at Camp Lejeune, where he served as chief of orthopedics. He practices general orthopedic surgery with an emphasis on treatment of sports injuries; shoulder, hip and knee arthroscopy; cartilage restoration, and trauma. n


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It’s All About The Break By Samantha Harris

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Spring Break’s arrival causes cheers to erupt from every child’s mouth, but as parents think about how to fill those days at home with restless children, the idea can produce groans from even the most fun-loving mom or dad. Vacations spring to mind. But where should you go? Myrtle Beach is always a fun destination. Four or five hours away, depending on the driver, families can find miles of beach, hundreds of activities such as mini-golf, shopping and eating at Broadway at the Beach, attending dinner shows, or taking a boat cruise. If a shorter trip suits your family better, Great Wolf Lodge in Concord, North Carolina offers many attractions under one roof, a win when planning a quick trip with children of different ages. This indoor water park is kept at 84-degrees so the thrill seekers in the family can enjoy the water slides, and the children can splash around on water toys and wade in the beach area, which has a zero-depth entry area. When the wet and wild fun is done, the children can use a wand to battle dragons in MagiQuest, ride the HowlyWood XD ride (a 4D adventure), or get an ice cream-themed manicure in the Scooops Kids Spa. Teenagers can explore on their own in Northern Lights arcade area. Guests stay in themed cabins, and all of the water park fun is included in the price per night. Restaurants, including a take-out pizza joint, are on site. Sometimes a road trip is not feasible. Local families can always try a staycation, where they fall in love again with the attractions in their backyards. The Upstate offers several opportunities for staycation adventures, including the Greenville Zoo (see the animals and reserve a picnic shelter at Cleveland Park for your picnic lunch), the S.C. Botanical Garden(tour the garden during the day, or catch a concert on Friday evening), and The Children’s Museum of the Upstate. The museum, located at 300 College Street in Greenville, also has a Spring Break Lego Camp March 30 through April 4. “I love using times like Spring Break to take my boys to do fun things right here at home,” said Ximena Sherard, an Anderson mother of two. During the break, her son’s preschool will be closed. Packing up her 3-year-old, her 7-month old and all of their necessary supplies and driving more than an hour seems too daunting, she said. “My boys love the outdoors, so the park and the zoo are always good options, and when the weather does not cooperate, the museum is a perfect way to spend a whole day.”

Other local ideas include going bowling, skating, or indoor rock climbing, all of which are located in Anderson. These days away from school do not have to be boring for the kids or a burden for their parents. With a little research and planning, the week can really be a fun break for everyone. n

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EDUCATION INCOME HEALTH BASIC NEEDS These are the four pillars that the United Way of Anderson County is focused on to make a positive difference in the lives of those in Anderson County.

EDUCATION This not only means educating our young children, but also recognizing the importance of our youth, helping develop youth into young adults who are ready to lead and empowering youth from all facets of life to take hold of higher education opportunities. On February 5, the African American Leadership Council of United Way of Anderson County hosted its 8th Annual Black History Event. The keynote speaker was Dr. Daryl Crosby, educator, youth advocate, speaker, author, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. Dr. Crosby has a passion to see people find their purpose in life and to reach their fullest potential. He has a strong desire to help youth conquer their fears and challenges by encouraging them through the use of education. His award winning organization, MY LIFE MY LEGACY, Inc. is geared towards helping high school students to understand the importance of achieving formal education after high school, while helping them enroll into colleges and universities of their qualified choice. Since its existence, MY LIFE MY LEGACY Inc. has maintained a 100% success rate with its high school seniors that enroll in colleges and universities in Virginia, North Carolina, Florida and more. His presence and presentation was a great way to remind us of the importance of United Way’s dedication to youth. Continuing with its dedication to education and helping youth reach their fullest potential; the African American Leadership Council will present its 8th Annual College Fair and Youth Summit to be held at the Civic Center of Anderson, on March 14 from 10 a.m.-noon. The Summit is geared toward youth from grades 8-12 looking to further their education and career opportunities through college and trade school programs. “We want to let youth know that there are avenues out there for them to be successful in life through education”, stated Chaka Smith, chair of the African American Leadership Council. “Everyone is not designed to attend a 4-year institution that is why we will have representation from 2-year colleges, technical schools and trade schools.” There will also be financial aid representatives from 4-year, 2-year, technical schools, and trade schools to discuss the process of obtaining financial aid. For more information on the College Fair / Youth Summit, contact Lynn Dingle at (864) 226-3438 or lynn. n


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The Hottest Ticket in Town By Pauline Medford

The Anderson Senior Follies has staged an annual production cast exclusively with people 55 years old or older for the last 25 years. Their latest show, “It’s All Relative” will run March 19-22 at Anderson University’s Henderson Auditorium. All seats are reserved and tickets are on sale now for $18 and $12. The Anderson Senior Follies is a unique production group because the cast members are all volunteers who come from a variety of backgrounds and offer a diversity of talents. The shows are directed, choreographed, produced and co-written by Annette Cantrell Martin. In addition to that entire amazing amount of work, Annette also plays most of the music during the show. When asked what lead her to take on such a mammoth production, Annette’s answer was, “I was drawn into senior follies 26 years ago as a piano player and saw the potential to grow the show into something bigger than life itself! With the energy, sparkle, enthusiasm and commitment of the senior entertainers, it could only become nothing short of amazing! I may produce and direct the show, but everyone involved contributes immeasurably.”

Once the Senior Follies wraps up at Henderson Auditorium, smaller groups of cast members hit the road taking their show to other theaters and groups throughout the state and surrounding areas as part of the “Follies to Go Program.” Anderson Senior Follies remains the hottest ticket in town. Annette Martin and her cast of “seniors” invite the public to come and enjoy this incredible show. She says, “Year after year we play to sold out houses. Folks even scalp tickets for the show. Who would ever imagine that of a show where every entertainer is over 55!” Visit the Anderson Senior Follies website for more information and to purchase tickets: or call 864-231-2080.


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Educational Choices Abound in Anderson


By Caroline Anneaux

urrently, there are several private schools in Anderson serving the needs of families who desire a private school education for their children. Schools range from almost 100 students to over 250. There is a private school available to anyone who chooses this as an alternative to public school. All it takes is a little research to decide which one is the best fit for your family. Headmaster Joe Canney at New Covenant School in Anderson says his school “is one of Anderson’s best kept secrets,” but he would love to spread the word about their great school. They currently enroll about 140 students ranging in age from 2-year-old preschool through 12th grade with a student teacher ratio of 6:1. This year is their 16th year in operation, and they are excited about graduating their ninth class of seniors in 2015. New Covenant is a Christian institution providing a rigorous, quality academic program while training children to think biblically about every area of life. Along with academics, they also offer cheerleading, basketball, football, flag team, knitting, theater, soccer, tennis and other after school activities for your child. To apply, one family member must be a professing Christian, and they will need letters of recommendation from a pastor and a teacher. Oakwood Christian School provides an education for more than 250 children from preschool through 12th grade.

The school has served the Anderson area for almost 50 years. “The heart and soul of our school is to teach our children to be like Jesus Christ,” says Reverend Russell Baun. “We love taking the opportunity to take our students out into the community to reach out and serve. It gives them such a great feeling of confidence and importance to know that they did something to help and/or encourage another person.” Students may also choose to participate in several sports and clubs, including soccer, golf, basketball, baseball, volleyball and drama. Students wishing to attend Oakwood will need to apply, interview with the staff, submit current school records and sign a code of conduct. Anderson Christian School is a non-denominational private school for students in K5 through 12th grade and is presently pursuing SCISA (South Carolina Independent School Association) accreditation. They opened their doors in 1987, and the school is still a very popular choice today for over 270 students. The school offers college prep/honors/advanced placement classes and provides Ipads for K5-12th grade students. Several of the extracurricular activities include basketball, golf, cheer team, baseball/softball and FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes). Montessori School of Anderson is the only non-sectarian private school in Anderson and has 225 children from 34

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Where Lifetime Learning Begins


The mission of Anderson Prep Preschool is to provide a stimulating environment for preschool children and to help each child develop his or her own skills according to their individual capabilities. We believe that children learn and grow best in an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust and when they are actively engaged in their environment. Therefore, we strive to provide a wide range of hands on activities throughout the day that will contribute to all areas of their growth and development.


Anderson Prep Preschool provides a blend of the Montessori inspired philosophy and Christian values. The curriculum succeeds because it draws principles from the natural development of the child. The inherent flexibility of the method allows adaptation to the needs of the individual, regardless of their level of ability, learning style or social maturity.



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infancy to high school. “Our school is for joyful scholars, because the Montessori method instills a love of lifetime learning,” says Upper School Director Susan Johnson. Montessori opened in 1973, and is well-established in the Anderson community. With a ratio of 1:3 teachers to students at the infant/toddler level to 1:12 in the higher grades, your child will receive plenty of attention in the classroom. Extracurricular activities include sports for all grades, an outstanding drama and music program for all grades, Mock Trial, Model U.N., Math Club and Lego League. Students from elementary on up participate in educational field trips. Student in the middle school go to Colorado for an archeological dig every other year, and high school students have traveled to Germany and are currently planning a trip to Scotland to perform in the international Fringe Festival in Edinburgh. The application process requires a scheduled tour, application and a review of school records if applicable. St. Joseph’s Catholic School is the choice for close to 100 children in grades K4 through 8th grade. This private school opened in 1967 and is pleased to continue to serve the Anderson community today. Along with core subjects, students all take music, foreign language, computer, PE, Spanish and art to enhance their overall experience here. Middle school students also take Latin. Service projects are also part of the curriculum. After-school care is provided, and children may participate in extracurricular programs such as drama, Lego robotics, tennis and more. St. Joseph’s is also accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. n

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his summer will mark the five-year anniversary of Alison Youngblood and Tim Perry’s now somewhat famous running challenge to each other. Allison challenged Tim to see how many “non-runners” they could collectively gather and teach and inspire to successfully run the Midnight Flight 5K race Labor Day Weekend. Neither Allison nor Tim had any expectations, but they were excited to have had 67 runners join them for 6 weeks of training and finishing with the race. Alison and Tim realized that there were many people in and around the Anderson community, of all ages, that wanted to run, but did not know what steps to take to be successful and healthy in doing so. In August of 2011, the First Flight Alliance was formed officially as a non-profit organization with a mission “to inspire first steps towards building a healthier, stronger community.” They have inspired well over 600 people so far to change their lives by joining with them to take these first steps. First Flight Alliance is open to all community members who want to join their mission of healthier lives, and they have created a variety of ways to participate. Camp #runthistown has four levels catering to the more experienced runner wanting to complete a first marathon to the beginner runner who might consider vigorous walking to be a challenge. Each camp series allows participants access to a certified First Flight Coach, a web based/mobile training plan, Camp #runthistown t-shirt, a discount to the identified goal race when available, and a celebration party. “With the support of certified coaches, passionate volunteers and the local running community, new and seasoned athletes are setting new goals and crossing finish lines,” said Youngblood. First Flight hosts the “Race It Forward” series, designed to encourage runners of all levels; all races proceeds go to fund First Flight’s Operation Active Kids program, O.A.K.,

as well as other community programs designed to keep our community active. First Flight works hand in hand with groups such as A.I.M. and the YMCA to identify children who want to participate in athletic activities in the community but are financially unable to do so. Funds raised from the Race It Forward series pay for these children to have the opportunity to “get active and get healthy.” The next run on the calendar organized by First Flight Alliance is the March 14 Color Me Lucky Run. This race is a 5k and 1 mile fun run and is the Saturday before St. Patty’s Day. It may very well be more of a party than a race. The idea is to look like a leprechaun as you to run across the rainbow to participate in the Pot of Gold Celebration. First Flight Alliance recommends wearing a trash bag if you wish to remain colorless. “This race is untimed and participation is celebrated with tons of prizes for all of our leaping leprechauns,” said Youngblood. More information is available at website, and registration opens February 1 on or n

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The Collegiate

There’s no doubt that education is an essential key to achieving the success you desire. Whether a high school student is ready to take the first steps to college or someone wants training to be a welder making $30+ an hour or a victim of the recession needs to start a second career – the educational tools needed to get on the path to success are right here in Anderson County and in the surrounding Upstate area. Check out this overview of what the local colleges and universities have to offer. When you see the one that may fit your needs, make the call! Anderson University Anderson is the #1 up and coming regional college in the south for good reason. Located in Anderson on a beautiful campus, this private university offers 36 majors and 6 graduate degree programs. Anderson started as an all-girl school back in 1911, but now it is a co-ed university for over 2900 students. In addition to a great education, students may participate in over 40 clubs, NCAA sports and in 16 intercollegiate sports. Anderson also supports life-long learning by providing people ages 50 and older a chance to take classes and participate on campus. Online and evening courses help working students get their degrees too. Forrest College Forrest is located at 601 E. River Street in Anderson and caters to the student looking for an associate degree. Currently, they offer nine specialty areas. They are pleased to offer very small classes, and their students range in age from 18 to into their 70s. Anyone is welcome – married, single, full-time employees and single parents. Forrest has day and evening classes and even provides free childcare while you are in class if you need that service. Financial assistance is available. See all that they offer at Tri County Technical College Tri-County Technical College is a public two-year community and technical college serving Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens counties in South Carolina. The College serves more than 9,000 people at its four campuses in Anderson, Easley, Pendleton, and Seneca and offers more than 70 major fields of study. Academic offerings include technical and health education training, business and public services majors, university transfer offerings, and college credit courses for high school students. In addition to academic programs, Tri-County offers continuing education courses to more than 13,000 people each year, including contract training for local industry, professional certifications, and workforce training. For more information: 864-646-8361, info@tctc. edu, or visit


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Clemson University CU is a large, public university located in the foothills in Clemson. If you want to be a part of a huge student population, participate in every kind of club and sport imaginable, take some freshman classes in lecture halls filled with 100s of students and cheer your ACC football team in Death Valley, then Clemson is the place for you! Clemson is currently ranked #20 among all public universities and was just listed as #3 for “happiest students” in the 2015 Princeton Review. From its roots of an all-male military agricultural and science college of less than 500 students to the co-ed engineering, research and liberal arts college of 20,000 today, you will enjoy the full college experience getting your undergraduate, graduate or doctoral degree here. Choose from over 80 majors and over 100 graduate programs. Adults going back to school for additional degrees or a career change are welcome to apply too. Southern Wesleyan University Established in 1906 as the Methodist Wesleyan Institute, Southern Wesleyan University is a private, four-year liberal arts college, enrolling more than 600 traditional students. Also, more than 1,000 are enrolled in adult evening and online courses. More than 40 majors are offered, and four graduate degrees are also a part of the college. The average class size is 13 students. Southern Wesleyan offers a wide array of extracurricular activities, including sports, missions, campus social events, plays, concerts and more. Southern Wesleyan athletics is composed of 17 intercollegiate teams, is a member of NCCAA, and is completing the membership process for Conference Carolinas of NCAA Division II. Erskine College Erskine is a small Christian liberal arts college in Due West, only about 30 miles from Anderson. Undergraduate students here are most likely to attend right after high school, and 50 percent of Erskine College students go on to further their education after graduation. Students love the closeknit feeling of community at Erskine, and they are involved in clubs, sports, and other activities. If you are looking for small classes, a great education, and a strong sense of community, this might be the school for you! Erskine Theological Seminary, the institution’s graduate arm, provides ministerial and leadership preparation from an evangelical and Reformed perspective for a diverse student body of all ages from various denominations. continued on page 41


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North Greenville University NGU is located on a beautiful campus in the foothills of Glassy Mountain in Tigerville. This South Carolina Southern Baptist University is made up of approximately 2,600 students working toward their undergraduate, graduate, and/or online degrees. The University is known for preparing students for “effective Christian service and witness.” Students get involved in ministries around campus such as outreach, athletic, global, and church while working to obtain their education in a safe, loving, and Christ-centered environment. Furman University Furman is a private, undergraduate liberal arts college of 2,700 students in Greenville. All undergraduate students live on the 750-acre campus, which is routinely cited as one of the most beautiful in the nation. Furman offers majors and programs in 42 areas of study and is among an elite group of colleges to have a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honorary society. Furman’s scholarship programs for high-achieving high school graduates include the Hollingsworth Scholarship, which is reserved for South Carolina residents. Wofford College Wofford College, established in 1854, is a four-year, residential liberal arts college located in Spartanburg, S.C. It offers 25 major fields of study to a student body of 1,650 undergraduates. Nationally known for the strength of its academic program, outstanding faculty, study abroad participation and successful graduates, Wofford is home to one of the nation’s 283 Phi Beta Kappa chapters. The college community also enjoys Greek Life as well as 18 NCAA Division I athletics teams. University of South Carolina South Carolina started off as a college in 1801 in Columbia, and now it thrives as a public university chosen by over 32,000 students today. They are ranked #1 for the undergraduate international business major and international MBA. Currently, they have four campuses offering four year degrees and higher as well as four campuses offering associate degrees and on-line bachelor degree programs. If you are excited about a large campus, right in the middle of a capital city and cheering on a SEC football team in Williams-Brice Stadium, be sure to check this campus out. With 324 degree options, over 400 clubs and tons of sports to choose from, you cannot go wrong with making this your college home.


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Loving Lake Life

By Lisa Marie Carter


ou probably pass over or by Lake Hartwell at least once a month when driving around Anderson. As you drive over Dobbins Bridge Road and see the vastness of this breath-taking lake, have you ever thought about the history behind it? All that it has seen and experienced? Imagine if this lake could talk, the things it would share would be amazing. Many of you may be surprised to know that Lake Hartwell was named after a woman. That’s correct; Lake Hartwell is named for the American Revolutionary War figure Nancy Hart. Nancy Hart lived in the Georgia, and it was her devotion to freedom that has helped make her name commonplace in the Georgia and the Upstate. Lake levels fluctuate sometimes day by day. I’m sure you all recall the big differences between 2012 and 2013. In 2012 lake levels were so low you could see docks laid up on land that formerly were several feet from shore, and in 2013, the lake was so high many of those same docks were under water. During 2013 the Corp of Engineers had several big water releases from the dam to keep from flooding the many homes and properties that enjoy being located on lake front. The Lake reached its lowest level, 637.49 feet on December 9, 2008. The highest lake elevation was 665.4 feet reached on April 8, 1964. Overall the average lake elevation is 657.07 feet. As most already know, Lake Hartwell is a man-made lake built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers between October 1955 and 1963, at a cost of more than $89 million, as part of a flood control, hydropower, and navigation project, and is in both Georgia and South Carolina. Though originally

built for flood control reasons, Lake Hartwell is one of the Southeast’s largest and most popular public recreation lakes. Its authorized purposes now include recreation, water quality, water supply, and fish and wildlife management. Each year, millions of people enjoy all many amenities of Lake Hartwell including public parks, marinas, and campgrounds conveniently located around the lake. They come to take pleasure in a variety of outdoor recreational 42

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LAKE LIFE experiences making Lake Hartwell one of the most visited Corps lakes in the nation. You’ll be hooked on fishing on Hartwell when you try using one of the many charters available such as Lake Hartwell Fishing Charters located at Lake Hartwell Fishing and Marine or Captain Bill Fishing Adventures, LLC. If camping is more your thing, you’re in luck! There are several camp grounds located on the lake. Just to give a few ideas; Tiger Cove Campground, Lake Hartwell Camping and Cabins, Anderson Lake Hartwell KOA, Lake Hartwell State Park, Twin Lakes Campground and Saddlers Creek State Park. Hartwell Lake is also the host to several events for you to enjoy. February was the Bass Master Classic, a three-day fishing tournament. On the docket for the reminder of the year includes fishing tournament with the FLW series and more. Many of the events are free, and it’s a nice way to get

out and enjoy the lake during the winter months. June 19 and 20 touts the Meals on Wheels Hartwell Lake Poker Run which has become quite the event with something for everyone throughout the weekend, whether you have a boat or not. August 8 and 9, Hartwell plays host to the Pro Watercross National Tour competition. An action packed event for all to enjoy. September 12 and 13 offers a great time to catch the Diva Regatta, one of the many events hosted by Western Carolina Sail Club. No boat, no problem! Just contact one of the rental options available in the Anderson area on Lake Hartwell such as Clemson Marina, Big Water Marina. If you do in fact own a boat there are several marinas to help with your boating needs. Clemson Marina is a full-service marina located on Lake Hartwell four miles from Clemson University. Death Valley overlooks the marina. They offer in-water slip storage as well as some out of water. In addition to The Grill restaurant that is seasonal, they have fuel sales (89 non ethanol), a service department, and boat rentals. They are open and functional year round.

Portman Marina is the largest inland marina in South Carolina, just off I-85, exit 14. The marina features two of the area’s premier restaurants, The Galley Restaurant and Nami. Portman offers many full-service marina features such as 500-plus wet and dry storage spaces, covered and uncovered wet slips up to 50’ in length, fully enclosed dry storage 10’ and 12’ wide, courtesy dock, full-service gas dock with fuel, oil, and a pump out station, launch ramp with parking, water and electricity hook-ups, cable TV and phone service available, shower and bath facilities. Big Water Marina is self-service facility complete with ship’s store for all your nautical needs. They offer boat brokerage, boat storage, slips, a launch ramp, gas dock, repair yard, active sail club, and rental boats. For the sailing enthusiast, a very active sail club provides opportunities to race, cruise, and socialize. After a full day of boating fun be sure to try out one of the many dining options available to you on Lake Hartwell. In addition to the ones listed at marinas there several others such as The Grill Man, Tiger Cover Grill and many on the Georgia side also. However you choose to enjoy the lake I’m sure you agree a bad day on the lake is better than a good day anywhere else! n

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t’s usually about this time that our New Year’s resolution begins to lose some of the luster. Saying no to the dessert menu is becoming more difficult; you now may be ordering two shots of cream and sugar with that once black coffee; and motivating yourself to go to the gym tomorrow is more convincing than going today! We wonder why we have chosen to abandon our old way of living for our new less desired, and certainly more challenging lifestyle. During times like these we need to give our resolution an espresso shot or call an audible so we stay committed to our long term goal. If an active lifestyle was one of your goals for 2015, and the gym is becoming underwhelming, then why not add another element to your routine before losing it completely. You may want to take a break from the ordinary, and try a season of adult sports with the Anderson Sports and Social Club. Perry Freeman, owner of Anderson Sports and Social Club, started the organization in June of 2014 to promote a fun environment in Anderson and give adults a change up from the traditional dinner and a movie. Freeman, who is originally from Anderson, knew his hometown would appreciate a sports and social club after successfully launching a massive organization in Charleston. I would say his assessment was right. His organization is quickly becoming one of the more popular in Anderson - boasting over 500 participants per season and more than 2000 in less than a year of their grand

opening. You can choose from a list of activities that include Kickball, Softball, Dodgeball, Cornhole, Soccer or Flag Football. The sport year is divided into four seasons with a three-week break between each season. Every sport runs eight weeks of regular season, along with a playoff at the end to determine the champion. In addition to your pursuit of active living, Anderson Sports and Social Club has coed leagues, making it the perfect partner for your organization’s next team building exercise. Due to all games being conveniently held on weeknights, you don’t have to worry about missing anything exciting over the weekend, and as an added bonus, Anderson Sports and Social Club provide team jerseys as part of your sign up fee. If you would like to get more information about Anderson Sports and Social Club you may find them on Facebook where they have more than 1,400 likes or check them out on the web at In the meantime, remember the key to any active lifestyle is keeping your body in motion, and with Anderson Sports and Social Club, hopefully you can alternate a day or two at the gym with a night on the field. If your luck is good, maybe your less motivated days fall on game day! And who doesn’t get excited thinking about kicking, throwing, hitting or tossing the winning score? After all, an active lifestyle should be anything BUT ordinary, therefore making it less difficult to stay motivated for all your goals of 2015. n 44

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By Dixie McGee Benca March 17 has the honor of being dubbed the “friendliest holiday in America.” As the saying goes, “EVERYONE is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day.” In Ireland, it is the revered holy day of their patron Saint. St. Patrick’s Day, as we know it, is truly an Irish-American celebration. Why has it become such a joyous celebration in the states? The history of the Irish American immigrant experience reveals the answer. Upon arrival during the Great Famine, the poverty stricken and starving Irish Catholics were, in essence, given two choices: either take a gun and be used to stop bullets for the Union Army in the Civil War or fend for themselves in the streets of Boston and New York. These people were destitute and not wanted by the main stream America in those days. As they fought to validate their existence as citizens of America, St. Patrick’s Day became their rally day. They used the date for solidarity parades and marches to protest the gross discrimination heaped upon them. The Scot-Irish Protestants of the southeastern United States experienced the same distain straight from the British crown many years earlier. By the time of the “Famine Irish” immigration in the north, intolerance in the south had dissipated, but it was hardly forgotten by those

on the receiving end. By the mid 20th Century, the hills of Appalachia were still full of Scot-Irish descendants that mostly kept to themselves and were extremely mistrustful of authority. Our own Upstate is often described by outsiders as “clannish” to this day. The rest of the story is that these Celts went on to build most of the infrastructure of this country and rise to its highest levels of political, business and social status. March 17 has become a symbolic day to celebrate the greatness any people of determination and vision can achieve in this country despite the hardships they or their ancestors must overcome. So don your green and find your favorite gathering place to give a cheer to the fighting Irish spirit in every American heart. n

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It’s that time when winter’s hibernation gives way to spring fever and living life outdoors again. In between Mardi Gras, St. Patrick’s Day and Easter, celebrations are everyday opportunities to enjoy time with family and friends. When it comes to libations, spring leads to lighter choices of beer, wine and spirits. It’s a natural transition from deep, heavier flavors to crisp and fruity tones. Bourbon men switch to vodka or rum the warmer it gets, and cabernet women start ordering sauvignon blanc. My brown ale patron is now a pale ale guy. Maybe it’s a primal response to longer, warmer days and less of a need to pack on the calories. Nevertheless, spring is in the air, so I’ll recommend two of my favorites you’ll want to sample this season. Folinari Moscato Moscato is a grape widely used in Italy to make fun, sweet wines that practically scream spring. While it will work well as an aperitif, it will also pair well with desserts like cheese cake or fruit tarts, or, how I like it, sitting on your porch on a sunny afternoon. Folinari is 100 percent moscato and will retail around $9. Pouring a glass releases a potpourri of aromas from apricot, peach, nutmeg and vanilla. Tasting reveals pear, nectarine and honeydew with a sweet lingering finish. As a sweet white wine this one can’t be beat and will have you singing ‘Amore’ like Dean Martin in no time. Warsteiner Pilsner This genuine German Pilsner is a mild malt with undertones of hops fusing well with light roast flavor. Its pale yellow tone has a nice head that reduces to lacing. Immediately you notice the rich golden color with honeyed toast, citrus and earthy hop aromas. A taste leads to a frothy dry, clean finish. While it is considered a light, crisp beer with a dry finish, it has a 4.8 ABV and minimal after taste. For me, this is perfect with pretzels and pork with kraut. Best served ice cold, Warsteiner’s Pilsner is not a full bodied beer for a full meal. It’s best enjoyed with appetizers and hors d’oeuvres. Try it, and I know you’ll shout “Wunderbar!”

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It’s no “mystery” that people enjoy great food and great entertainment. Here’s your chance for both! Enjoy becoming a detective in the case of “A Recipe to Die For” and help solve the mystery performed by Nightshade Mystery Theater’s cast of seasoned professionals on Saturday, March 14 at 6:30 p.m. at The Listening Room in Belton. Along with the entertainment, you’ll be privy to round one of The Belton Skillet, a fierce cook-off between some of the area’s best chefs. Southern cook Melvin Fritter, California cuisine artist Katie Toast, and Cajun chef Heidi Benyeah are first up to battle out their cooking expertise, and our local “infamous” food critic Fatt Matt Cracker is coming too. Audience members will sample tastes from the Skillet competition as they work to solve the mystery at hand. Each table becomes its own detective agency. Can you solve the mystery? The proof may be in the pudding. This will be an unforgettable evening of caution and laughter. For more information on this event, contact Belton Center for the Arts at 338-8556. n

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United Waya Big Part of Anderson By Lisa Marie Carter

It was nearly 70 years ago when a Community Chest of Anderson County came into being. Over the years the name was changed several times but it is better known today as United Way of Anderson County. The mission of the United Way is to improve our community and the lives of our residents by providing leadership in identifying needs, combining resources and facilitating action.

“You have two hands, one for helping yourself and one for helping others.” In 2006 United Way of Anderson County adopted a community impact agenda and expanded their work beyond fundraising to serving as a community convener and provide leadership in the areas of education, inco me and health while continuing to help meet the needs of those in crisis. Each year they raise approximately $1.8 million from companies and individuals in the community. These funds allow them to award grants to local non-profit agencies who are striving to better the community, and along with these dollars and additional grants the United Way receives, they are able to offer some unique initiatives like providing reading coaches in elementary schools, providing tax preparation centers around the county and leading an Eat Smart Move More collaborative. United Way also raises money to feed 903 children each Friday who would have little to no food over the weekend with the BackPack SnackPack program. Thanks to United Way, 1,200 children aged birth to 5 years old are enrolled in the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, and they receive a high quality age appropriate book each month at their home. In addition to the previously mentioned, United Way is also involved in hands-on projects like the clean-up of the Equinox Park as well as hands-on projects at other non-profit agencies in our community. At United Way of Anderson County, 86 percent of each dollar raised goes back out into the community. In 2014 they were awarded the 4 Star Charity Navigator Award. They are the only non-profit in Anderson County with this distinction.

The investment process of the United Way of Anderson County is volunteer-driven. Local volunteers serve yearround to evaluate community needs, develop strategies for addressing needs, reviewing programs and projects requesting funding and making recommendations on how the United Way of Anderson County should most effectively invest community dollars to address community priorities. Their goals are simple: that every child that enters school will do so ready to learn and will continue learning until earning their high school diploma, that families will be financially stable and that our residents will know and understand how to live healthy lifestyles. Carol Burdette, President and Chief Professional Officer, has a long history with the organization and has a distinct vision for its future. “I began volunteering with United Way in 1989 as the campaign worker for the Pendleton area, continued volunteering with campaign, while adding on allocations, strategic planning committee, campaign chair, board chair and then founding chair of the Women’s Leadership Initiative,” said Burdette. “I have long-term goals of having our award winning and very successful teen pregnancy prevention program in every middle school in Anderson County, ensuring that every elementary age student is reading on grade level by 3rd grade, that we have a financial stability center in Anderson County and we have paid off our building so that more funds raised can go back to the community.” As the saying goes, “You have two hands, one for helping yourself and one for helping others.” n


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Anderson’s PowerHouse:

Carol Burdette By Caroline Anneaux

Carol Burdette is one of the most delightful women you will ever meet. Meeting her for a cup of coffee is as easy as calling up your best friend to sit down and catch up. She is a lovely, petite woman with a beautiful smile and a Christian heart. In her free time she loves to read or hit the road with the top down on her way to explore a historical place. And, until his recent passing, she spent 14 years with her beloved Boykin spaniel, John C. Calhoun. Then, as she begins to talk, you realize what a powerhouse she really is. Burdette describes her position as Executive Director of the United Way of Anderson County “as a dream job enabling her to touch 1000s of lives every year.” Not only does she put her heart and soul into the United Way, she spends additional hours every week volunteering in the community. Not one to sit at home and watch

television all evening, Burdette chairs committees, attends events and spends her money and her time to make things happen in the community. She follows the long-ago advice of her grandmother, “I’d rather wear out, than rust out.” Many of the projects she works on have come to fruition largely due to the time and effort she puts forth into seeing an idea turn into a reality. Currently, one of her many projects is developing an “urban farm” in Anderson just like the one in our sister city, Carrickfergus, Ireland. Her dream is to employ adults with special needs to live on and run a farm in Anderson. She has formed an action plan with a group of people who have the means as well as the desire to help her reach this goal. Burdette says she never imagined her life would turn out the way it has. As a shy girl growing up in Pendleton, she planned to be a secretary. Then, a school sponsored field trip changed her life forever. “A switch flipped, and I was much more outgoing and confident. All of a sudden, I had a desire to be a world traveler and explore new things. I am still in awe of how God engineered my life,” she says. By age 27 she was a single female, mayor of Pendleton and no goals seemed unattainable. During the course of 2002, she met four members of the royal family. After all she has experienced, she encourages young adults to spread their wings beyond their community and take advantage of what the world has to offer. Expect to see one of Anderson’s most influential women on a ballot in the future. Politics are still in her blood, and she is currently exploring opportunities for 2016. Anderson is fortunate to have such a powerful woman looking out for our community. n

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Growth and Development in Anderson County Commercial Real Estate’s Role

By Lisa Marie Carter

It seems like there have been new businesses opening up all around Anderson County recently. As the economy continues to improve so will the real estate sector in both the residential and commercial side. Businesses grow and look to expand as consumers begin to shop and spend more. Downtown Anderson has been expanding and being groomed to attract more residents, both business and personal. In order for the growth to go on, events and improvements must continue. The City of Anderson has worked to attract and plan events such as AU Race For The Gold, The Block Party, Art On The Town, The Main Street Car Show, First Fridays, Walk A Mile In Her Shoes, Alzheimer Memory Walk, Fresh Taste, Festivals of Trees Holiday Walk & Tree Lighting, Christmas Parade, Holiday Light Show and Resolution Run just to name a few. Also, the city is trying to fill empty business locations downtown with the start of campaigns such as the “I Wish I Was…” campaign, which focuses on vacant storefronts. The initial installations were “I wish I was a Candy Store” in the storefront of

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ECONOMIC GROWTH 402 S. Main St and “I wish I was a Toy Store” in the storefront of 400 S. Main St. The campaign has proven to be a success with the opening of Cabernet Canvas at 402. S. Main St. Making downtown more attractive to new businesses includes new additions such as Carolina Wren Park. The redevelopment of the old Belk Site was completed and consists of a multi-use park that is a venue for events, musical entertainment, small performances and picnic lunches. Little things like the new banners add a nice touch. The banners were placed on decorative street light poles with the verbiage Dine, Shop, Explore. The City Council approved Economic Development Incentive grants for two businesses; The Bleckley Inn Expansion and Mellow Mushroom. City Council adopted this program with a philosophy that incentives may provide a financial impact on the decision making process for economic development prospects. And in 2013, in order to help small businesses, the city enacted The Advantage Loan program. This loan program provides small, short-term loans to small businesses for startup costs associated with opening a new business. A business owner must meet the eligibility criteria that are in accordance with HUD regulations and meet the goals of Downtown’s Master Plan. Eligible expenditures are cost of permits and licenses, signage, façade renovation, inventory, equipment, product development, manufacturing, marketing or working capital. Low interest loans up to $10,000 at a maximum of five years can be deferred and must be collateralized. In addition to all of the actions being taken by City Council there is also a new movement taking place to assist start-up businesses and entrepreneurs. The City of Anderson is creating an entrepreneurial space and program(s) that will focus on a public/private collaborative with local industry partners. The space will be located at 130 W. Whiter St within the existing parking garage facility the City of Anderson owns. e-Merge @ the Garage will consist of incubator/accelerator programs providing entrepreneurial flexible work space and access to capital for start ups in Health Care, IT Intelligence, Culinary Arts/ Food Science and Education opportunities. Craig Kinley has played an integral role in getting e-Merge up and running. “Commercial real estate, such as the space under the city’s parking garage, is a little different than traditional shopping/strip malls and office building,”

said Kinley. “More often, we are finding that in a downtown real estate market it is more about the ecosystem with quality of life, business networking and flexible work space value. It is hard to put a square-foot dollar amount on downtown commercial real estate without taking into account the total ecosystem resources you yield from this environment,” he said. Another area putting a real effort in growth is Belton. In 2012 The City of Belton invited firms with considerable experience in community design, land use planning, economics, and citizen participation to submit proposals to update the current comprehensive plan. The City Council asked for the winning firm to work closely with them, the planning commission, area business owners, local residents and city staff to create a vision for the city’s future growth and development and to determine the most effective strategies and actions needed to reach that vision. In addition to providing the city with a blueprint for orderly growth and development, they were looking for an emphasis on opportunities to fill empty, underutilized and dilapidated buildings and land with vibrant businesses, development or amenities that fill service gaps within a five-mile radius of the City Square. In 2012, the Town of Pendleton began working on general goals for guiding the long-term development of Pendleton. The Town requested bids for a master plan design that would address public spaces and public space needs, including the design of streetscapes, landscaping, infrastructure, future public art and event sites and linkages between local cultural centers and facilities. We spoke with two local commercial real estate agents, Tom Daniel, of NAI Earle Furman and John Wright Jr., of McCoy-Wright Realty Inc., to get a first-hand perspective 55

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on the current state of commercial real estate in and around Anderson County. Wright tells us commercial real estate in Anderson County has picked up significantly over the last couple of years. He says 2014 was his firm’s best year since 2008. With the overall outlook better than it has been in a long time, businesses are growing, providing a need for new space and, in turn, commercial real estate companies such as McCoy-Wright are constantly seeing new businesses evolving. Wright says it’s refreshing to see the change and growth that is occurring in our downtown lately and feels this can be attributed to a strong and constantly evolving public/private relationship between the city and investors/developers. He goes on to say he feels we can improve upon certain areas, specifically with the property tax burden that is carried by property owners in the city and in downtown. “The hiring of Glenn Breed as the City’s Economic Development Director was a much-needed hire, and it is very encouraging to have

a ‘captain’ steering the ship and driving economic growth in the city of Anderson,” said Wright. Though there are projects that McCoy-Wright has its eyes on in the downtown area, Wright said he prefers to keep things quiet until he knows it is going to happen and the commitments are firm. Confidence builds throughout the real estate community as people continue to invest their money, time and energy into our area. Tom Daniel, of NAI Earle Furman (NAIEF), said the main reason he and his wife relocated to Anderson and

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the Upstate from Atlanta was his belief that this area was on the cusp of an upswing. “With over 25 years of real experience to rely on, I truly believe the linear I-85 corridor between Atlanta and Charlotte is a key macro market that will be amongst the nation’s leaders in opportunity growth,” said Daniel. A good barometer of this activity growth is that NAIEF had 19 listings or so in the 2012-2013 time frame, jumping to 42 in 2014 and will potentially cross 50 listings in 2015. Daniel said that, overall, the Anderson Market is doing quite well as compared to three to four years ago. There has been a significant amount of transactions completed and that is expected to continue trending upwards as more and more lenders loosen the belt on financing. Historically, most major retailers and restaurants have located up and down Clemson Boulevard, but those times are changing and so are the new pockets of growth. While deals are taking place countywide, Highway 81 North (East Greenville St) and Powdersville are the areas that are growing very rapidly, due in part to their proximities to major employers and Greenville, respectively. NAIEF also has some “irons in the fire” with retailers and developers coming in, but is not at liberty to disclose any particular names. “I am proud to see how far along Downtown Anderson has come over the years,” said Daniel. “While we still have a ways to go, there are many opportunities to capitalize on its successes. We wholeheartedly believe in Downtown Anderson. So much so, that we have invested in constructing a brand new office adjacent to Wren Park. We feel that it’s only a matter of time before we attract a corporate headquarters or large retailers that will springboard its growth to the next level.” As our town continues to grow, it is part of our responsibility, the residence and consumers, to help with the progress. Each year, the Saturday after Thanksgiving is now designated as Small Business Saturday encouraging one and all to shop at small businesses, shop local. Maybe every Saturday (or every day) should be that. If we all support our local businesses, we all support our community. n


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how Muddah, to Hello Hello Faddah Plan Now for Summer Camp By Caroline Anneaux It is time to start making decisions on where your children will spend part of their summer this year. Going to day camps or overnight camps are a huge part of childhood. Your children will make memories to last a lifetime. We found some really cool ones to try locally, and we threw in a couple of highly recommended overnight ones for those with children ready to pack overnight bags! Camps fill up fast around here, so be sure to sign up long before the warm days of summer arrive!

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Anderson Arts Center offers week long camps every week in June and July. Half- and full-day camps are available in painting, drawing, clay, mixed media and more. If your child chooses to stay all day, they will enjoy a more in-depth art experience for the afternoon session. Check out the web site to find out what “focus” is offered every week this summer. Children ages 4–12 are encouraged to sign up. Half days are $85 for members and $95 for non-members. Full days are $135 and $155 respectively. If you live in the outlying areas of Anderson, they still have something for your child. Four weeks of off-campus art camps will be held at the libraries in Pendleton, Iva, Powdersville and Williamston. Go online and register today before they fill up. Program director, Sydney Berkeley, is also available to answer questions. 864-222-2787

The Clemson Outdoor Lab is in Pendleton, and they offer a wide variety of camps for kids and adults with special needs, as well as a camp for children who want to experience an overnight camp in the local area. Camp Sertoma is for children with hearing and speech impairments or come from underprivileged families. Jaycee Camp Hope is for children and adults ages 7 and up who have developmental disabilities. Camp Sunshine is a weekend camp for children, teenagers and adults who have a profound disability. Camp Odyssey is for children ages 6-12 who are ready for overnight camp but prefer to stay closer to home. They will participate in archery, sailing, arts and crafts, fishing and more. Please check out their web page or contact Leslie Conrad at 864-646-7502 or to find out more about these camps and others they offer.

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If you’ve got an aspiring baker or chef in the family, there’s a camp for that! The Kitchen Emporium & Gifts in downtown Anderson offers a unique cooking camp for kids ages 8 to 12. The Academy for Young Chefs is held various weeks over the summer on Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $150/week. Space is limited, so call to reserve a spot for your culinary protégé. 864-225-2021

The Great Outdoors The YMCA at the Lake Hartwell location has entertained children for years during the hot, summer months. This year will be no exception. Running June 8 – August 14, this camp packs in the outdoor fun – swimming, water park, kayaking and canoeing at the lake, low ropes course, volleyball, archery, Summer Reader program and more. “This is a full day of organized activity for the children. They go from station to station with their friends getting exercise, learning about nutrition, singing camp songs and chants, working on STEM activities, playing on the playground and more,” said childhood development director Jan Page. A one-time $50 materials fee plus $90/week for non-members and $80/week for members keeps your child fed and active from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Breakfast and lunch is included each day. Registration begins May 4, and the first 200 to register get a FREE camp t-shirt. For those interested in half days, the main location in Anderson has a great program for ages 5-12. $55 non-members and $45 for members. Breakfast and lunch is included. Call 864-716-6266 or go to their website for more information.



Grove Station Farms in Piedmont offers horse and pony camps for children 4 years and older during the summer. Camps are designed for all levels of riding and include daily lessons, arts and crafts, games, field rides and “plenty of horsin’ around,” says owner Carole Flashpoehler. Three and four day camps meet in June, July and August from 9:30 – 1:30 daily. Call for more info (864) 845-3239 or visit

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For those of you with children comfortable enough to pack bags and leave the state for a week or two this summer, local mom, Sarah Long, suggests Camp Highlander in Mills River, North Carolina. “About 10 families from Anderson have participated in the family camp in previous years. We love it,” says Long. Family camps, mother/daughter, father/son and regular boys and girls camps are all part of their program. www. Camp High Harbour in Georgia is another highly recommended out of state camp wiith two locations on Lake Allatoona and Lake Burton. This is a YMCA camp, and they offer a mountain and a lake location. Your child may choose based on the type of activities they are looking for. Both of the overnight camps offer swimming, campfires, rope courses, water sports, team sports and more.

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Tri County Technical College has fun summer camps called Smart Fun for Kids and Camp Exceleration. Cooking, baking & decorating, around the world and First Lego League Robotics are some of the programs they will offer Monday through Friday this summer. Contact Sandra at 646-1732 for information on how to register. 59

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Tri-County Technical College’s Annual Bluegrass under the Stars concert is set for Saturday, April 4, at the Pendleton Campus. The free concert and fireworks event for the family is held annually in conjunction with the town of Pendleton’s annual Spring Jubilee celebration. The event will be held from 6 - 9:30 p.m. in the amphitheater. It will be held rain or shine (rain location is College’s Student Center). This annual concert will continue to feature award-winning veteran performers, as well as up-and-coming bluegrass artists, but a new face for the 10th anniversary concert will be Country Music Television (CMT), who has partnered with the College to promote its Empowering Education initiative. CMT will provide the headliner for the concert (to be announced at a later date, along with a schedule of performers). Tri-County is one of 20 community colleges nationwide selected to participate as a partner in Country Music Television (CMT)’s Empowering Education campaign. The comprehensive campaign provides an online resource, CMTEmpoweringEducation. com, to aid viewers in overcoming commonly perceived obstacles to furthering their education. “We are honored to be selected to participate in the CMT Empowering Education Campaign,” said Dr. Ronnie L. Booth, president of Tri-County. “CMT understands there are people right here in the Upstate who don’t truly understand that a college education is possible for them. CMT will help us to reach audiences we haven’t been able to reach in the past,” he said. Several of Tri-County’s academic departments will offer information and fun activities for concert-goers. The concert will end with a fireworks extravaganza. Concessions will be sold during the event. For more information, visit n


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Keeping Your Sanity with Organization Bsy Amber Tysl

When it comes to toys (or any other small household item), organization is key to keeping your sanity! In our boys’ playroom, we knew we needed storage to help keep those small cars, blocks and balls under control. However, I struggled to find exactly what I was looking for on a budget. Aesthetically pleasing storage cubes (especially, cute, woven ones) are not cheap! So, I did what I’ve been doing so often lately, and I actually have started going back to things I’ve pinned on Pinterest in the last year or so to see why it inspired me in the first place. And I came across a set of Land of Nod cubes. Problem solved. All I did was paint a number on these $6.99 fabric bins and they looked ten times better! Obviously, they’re not perfect, but nothing here in our home is with two young boys! And, because I love a good thrift store, I was thrilled to find that little woven basket (and the other) for $1 or $2. What easy projects are you doing to spark some organization around the house? n

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Tax Time Tips By Lisa Marie Carter

Don’t shoot the messenger. It happens the same time every year, yet every year it seems to sneak up on us. Wednesday, April 15 will be here before you know it. Before you do your taxes, or head off to your tax appointment somewhere, be sure to gather all you need to insure you get all the deductions due to you. In addition to some basic tips from the Internal Revenue Service web site, we also spoke to local tax accountant Tonya Steen at Howard and Tonya’s Income Tax & Payroll Services on Whitehall Road. Try using this handy check list to be confident you have covered all your deductions and reported what is required. In addition to the list on the next page, when heading off to have a professional prepare your taxes be sure to bring identification, copy of your health insurance, and if needed birth certificates for children born before January 1, 2015. Some things to keep in mind for tax year 2015; The tax rate of 39.6 percent affects singles whose income exceeds $413,200 ($464,850 for married taxpayers filing a joint return), up from $406,750 and $457,600, respectively. The standard deduction rises to $6,300 for singles and married persons filing separate returns and $12,600 for married couples filing jointly, up from $6,200 and $12,400, respectively, for tax year 2014. The standard deduction for heads of household rises to $9,250, up from $9,100. The limitation for itemized deductions to be claimed on tax year 2015 returns of individuals begins with incomes of $258,250 or more ($309,900 for married couples filing jointly). The personal exemption for tax year 2015 rises to $4,000, up from the 2014 exemption of $3,950. However, the exemption is subject to a phaseout that begins with adjusted gross incomes of $258,250 ($309,900 for married couples filing jointly). It phases out completely at $380,750 ($432,400 for married couples filing jointly.) The Alternative Minimum Tax exemption amount for tax year 2015 is $53,600 ($83,400, for married couples filing jointly). The 2014 exemption amount was $52,800 ($82,100 for married couples filing jointly). The 2015 maximum Earned Income Credit amount is $6,242 for taxpayers filing jointly who have 3 or more qualifying children, up from a total of $6,143 for tax year 2014. The revenue procedure has a table providing maximum credit amounts for other categories, income thresholds and phaseouts.

Estates of decedents who die during 2015 have a basic exclusion amount of $5,430,000, up from a total of $5,340,000 for estates of decedents who died in 2014. For 2015, the exclusion from tax on a gift to a spouse who is not a U.S. citizen is $147,000, up from $145,000 for 2014. For 2015, the foreign earned income exclusion breaks the six-figure mark, rising to $100,800, up from $99,200 for 2014. The annual dollar limit on employee contributions to employersponsored healthcare flexible spending arrangements (FSA) rises to $2,550, up $50 dollars from the amount for 2014. n


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Tax Credits Checklist

r Child Care Provider Address, I.D. Number and Amounts Paid r Adoption Expense Information r Foreign Taxes paid r First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit

Expense and Tax Deduction Checklist

r Medical Expenses for the Family r Medical Insurance Paid r Prescription Medicines and Drugs r Doctor and Dentist Payments r Hospital and Nurse Payments r T ax Deductible Miles Traveled for Medical Purposes r Home Mortgage Interest from Form 1098 r Home Second Mortgage Interest Paid r Real Estate Taxes Paid General Income r State Taxes Paid with Last Year’s Return (if r W-2 Form(s) for Wages, Salaries, and Tips itemized) r Interest Income Statements: r Personal Property Taxes Paid Form 1099-INT & 1099-OID r Charitable Cash Contributions r Dividend Income Statements: Form 1099-DIV r Fair Market Value of Non-cash Contributions to r Sales of Stock, Land, etc.: Form 1099-B Charities r Sales of Real Estate: Form 1099-S r Unreimbursed Expenses Related to Volunteer r State Tax Refunds: Form 1099-G Work r Alimony Received or Paid r Miles Traveled for Volunteer Purposes r Unemployment Compensation Received r Casualty and Theft Losses r Miscellaneous Income: Form 1099-MI r Amount Paid to Professional Preparer Last Year r Unreimbursed Expenses Related to Your Job Retirement Income r Miles Traveled Related to Your Job r Retirement Income: Form 1099-R r Union and Professional Dues r Social Security Income and Railroad Retirement r Investment Expenses r Income: Form SSA-1099 r Job-hunting Expenses r IRA Contributions Business Income r Student Loan Interest Paid r Business Income and Expenses r Moving Expenses r Rental Income and Expenses r Last Year’s Tax Preparation Fee r Farm Income and Expenses r Form K-1 Income from Partnerships, Trusts, and Tax Estimate Payments Checklist S-Corporations r Estimated Tax Payments Made with ES Vouchers r Tax Deductible Miles Traveled for Business r Last Year’s Tax Return Overpayment Applied to Purposes This Year r Off Highway Fuel Taxes Paid


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Girls’ Spa Weekend at AWAY getaway Old Edwards Inn and Spa By Lisa Marie Carter

Girlfriends can read our mind and our emotions, intuitively recognize what needs to be done, and do it. They can listen, empathize and show compassion. They comfort us and provide a shoulder to cry on. Sometimes life gets in the way, and finding time to nurture friendships gets more and more difficult as we grown older - you’re busy raising kids, working at a full blown career, just managing every day things of your own. There are days when you can’t get your own things done, never-the -less take time to visit or chat with a friend. It is for these reasons that girls’ weekends have become more popular. A getaway with just the girls is the best way to catch up, reconnect and just “be girls” for a bit. Over a year ago my dear friend Macy called me and said the words we all dread, “I have cancer.” It’s those words that make time with friends even dearer. Fast forward to a few months ago, and Macy calls to say the words we all pray for “I’m cancer free.” What do we do to celebrate this fantastic news? Three words Girls’. Spa. Getaway! Neither of us have a lot of time so we want something within driving distance, and we decide on Old Edwards Inn and Spa in Highlands, NC. A short, yet scenic, two-hour drive from Anderson. The resort is a European Style Retreat in the North Carolina Mountains and was named Trip Advisor’s #5 Top Hotel in the U.S. in 2015. Old Edwards sprawls along several blocks filled with numerous amenities such as dining venues and individually appointed guestrooms, suites and cottages heated mineral pools, whirlpool and freestanding double-sided fireplaces, not to mention their top notch full service spa. We choose to stay at their newest addition - 200 Main Street. A quaint hotel located just blocks from the main resort. Here you will enjoy some of the higher quality amenities such as fine linens and heated tile floors in the bathroom, as is offered in the main resort, at a more budget friendly price. We check in mid-afternoon and decide to walk around the quaint town of Highland, NC. In the winter months just a few shops are open, so once we’ve shopped them all we head to the main inn. We cap off our first night with a

stop in The Library and Hummingbird Lounge to enjoy some wine and a nice selection of artisan cheeses and charcuterie while sitting fireside. The setting in The Library is perfect to sit and chat with other quests or just enjoy the ambiance of the luxurious surroundings. After a heavenly night’s sleep on the queen size beds covered in fine linens, we head off for a full day at the spa, starting our day just relaxing and chatting in the warmth of the mineral hot tub. As we plan out our morning, we pop into the steam room for a bit to enjoy a eucalyptus spray during our steam. Next, it’s just a quick jaunt in the sauna, while we pat our faces with their ice mint towels. Our pedicures are scheduled to take place in just over an hour, so we slip into their plush bath robes and wander out into the lounge where we sip on their detoxifying waters. Sitting on the lush lounges we start by the fountain to relax and read, then end up in front of one of the two fireplaces as we fall further and further into a state of pure bliss. After our fabulous pedicures, that include a complimentary glass of champagne, an amazing foot massage and a few minutes of some detoxifying on the hot Himalayan sea salt lamp, we head to the Spa Cafe to sample some of their spa cuisine. We decide to save room for dinner by 64

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ordering salads. The salads here aren’t your average salad, Roasted Brussels Sprout Salad with browned butter vinaigrette and the Seasonal Salad topped with an assortment of marinated vegetables and the house made apple cider vinaigrette. This is just enough to hold us over. Next on our day of pampering are massages for us both. So many choices in this area we both get the Customized Massage. After 50 minutes of pure ecstasy we are now in a state of zombie like bliss, where we just barely comprehend anything else going on around us. How do you finish a full day of pampering? No other way than a shower in their 14-head showers. No, that’s not a misprint, it was a 14-head shower, and it was as heavenly as it sounds. (Of course as soon as I got home I started researching how to add shower heads to our home shower). After another walk through the quaint town of the Highlands we head back to our room to get ready for our dinner reservations at Madison’s, the four diamond restaurant located in the main resort. Dining here is not just about eating, it’s about the presentation, the show, and it is truly a culinary experience. It’s a farm-to-table restaurant and the


daily specials are created according to what is fresh and in season. For example, our starting course is a cream of mushroom soup. Prior to our visit here cream of mushroom soup would sound very boring, but not when you start with a bowl that has four mushroom creations, a bit of porcini mushroom powder as well as a swirl of stone ground mushroom. After the artful creation is explained in detail, our server then slowly pours the silver kettle of creamy deliciousness over it all, and it becomes like no other cream of mushroom soup. For our main entrees we tried the house specialty Cashew Dusted Sunburst Trout and one of the specials of the night, shrimp and scallops on a rosemary skewer. Hard to decide which we liked best, but we both agreed the trout was a pleasant surprise as neither of us have tried trout before. We then top of our dinner with the soufflé of the day which is a mixed berry soufflé served with vanilla-bean ice cream the perfect end to a perfect day. So much more can be said about Old Edwards Inn and Spa and the quaint town of Highland, NC but the only way to truly comprehend its delight is to plan a visit for yourself. After all, it’s less than a tank away! n


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Brutal Honesty: Friend or Foe By April Cameron My friends say they think I am one of the most honest people they know. Seriously, they do say that. But after I get the “honest” comment, it is followed by, “and I mean brutally honest.” I’m just a bottom-line kind of girl. If you’re telling me bad news, just get to the bottom line. The truth hurts, but it’s the truth, so might as well tell it. Giving me a price quote on something? Don’t tell me all the discounts, taxes, etc. Give me the price I will be writing the check for. Bottom-line it for me. Personally, I think that can be very beneficial in some situations. So many times we are asked for opinions or advice from friends (or others), but do they honestly want our opinion? Don’t you think that sometimes they are looking for reassurance or something to make them feel “less bad” about something? Now, don’t get me wrong. I think it’s very important to be a good friend and comfort them when they need it; stick by them through hard times; celebrate joys…but I don’t think I’m doing them any favors if they ask me if that shirt looks good with those pants and I say, “yes,” when the fact of the matter is, “not so much.” I have a couple of groups of very good girlfriends who I reached out to for this article. I asked them to tell me some of the brutally honest things I’ve said to them. When the replies flew in to me, I wondered how I have any friends left! But, I think they must need someone like me in their lives…they keep me around and on the “group me” texts. So I feel there is some appreciation for a brutally honest, bottom-line chick like me. For example, I’ve got this thing about making sure “the girls” are where they should be. Having the right undergarments are an absolute must. So it’s no surprised that after I gave my friend a hug when we met for dinner I simply told her, “Honey, don’t ever wear that dress without a bra again.” A coworker and I were talking about my always-available honest opinions. She said, “Just don’t tell me what shoes to wear.” I told her not to worry. I would never tell her what shoes to wear – I would just tell her what shoes NOT to wear.

Based on these examples, it seems I have a strong fashion opinion. What’s funny is that I’m not fashion savvy at all. If any of my friends were as brutally honest as I am, I would easily be ripped to shreds as well. However, if you’re looking for a different perspective on something, I’m your girl! From relationship advice to clothing, from parenting to career advice – I’m certainly no expert, but I can guarantee you’ll get my {brutally} honest opinion! (Thank you to my dear friends who for whatever reason appreciate me just the way I am. You know who you are!)

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