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Fishing Frenzy

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Healthy – Inside & Out

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Guide to the County

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LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER

UNITED WAY

“Let’s Get Physical” in 2015!

andersonmagazine.com Publisher/Editor April Cameron

It’s that time of year when we strive to reinvent ourselves–whether with better health, better finances, better behavior or even better “looks.”

Advertising Sales Hannah McCullough Graphic Design Jennifer Walker

I make New Year’s resolutions pretty much every year. Many times they are the same each year. Lose weight, save money, drink more water…If I had followed the savings plan I started out with last year, I would have had nearly $2,000 saved up for Christmas spending. But, alas, that did not happen. If I had lost those 10 pounds every year that I put it on my resolution list, I would probably weigh in the negative numbers at this point!

April

One year, I failed so miserably at my New Year’s resolutions that by mid-year, I decided to declare a revolution and have a New May resolution day. May 1 was going to be my new New Year. That lasted for a while, but surprisingly, by Jan. 1, I had to start over.

I admit it. I have awful will power. I am stubborn, extremely determined and very willful, but have zero will power. Whoever said, “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels,” was completely and utterly wrong. My personal trainer that I work out with says I have to find “the why.” Of course, he and I are usually talking about losing weight. Why do I want to lose weight? Why do I feel the need to change my body? I have a “why,” but the “why” never wins over mashed potatoes and gravy…and a good glass of wine. I’ve decided my self-esteem is just too darn good. My parents obviously did a tremendous job with me! In this issue, we’ve got some great ideas for you to add to your resolution list. Some do include getting healthy inside and out, but others suggest new ways to do things to support this community. Easy changes that can make a big impact. I hope you’ll incorporate some of these ideas into your life! Meanwhile, I’ll be over here trying to decide “why” I like red wine over white, “why” chicken piccata trumps chicken parmesan and “why” I can’t stick to any of the resolutions I make! Wishing you a great start to 2015!

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Contributing Writers Caroline Anneaux Lisa Marie Carter Joe Drennon Teresa Hopkins Scott Junkins Pauline Medford Shannon Owen Chip Reaves ‘Bobby Rettew Beth Richardson Danielle Shuff Angie Stringer Amber Tysl Contributing Photographers Addison Photography Anderson Parks B.A.S.S. Black Truffle Photography Glenn Brill Michael Mance Radiant Photography by Sydney Danielle Sullivan Photography Through the Looking Glass Amber Tysl Visit Anderson Anderson Magazine is published six times a year. PO Box 3848 Anderson, SC 29622 Advertising Inquiries: Hannah@andersonmagazine.com 864-314-4125 Editorial Inquiries News@andersonmagazine.com 864-221-8445 Copyright: All contents of this issue ©2014, 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.

Is your financial waistline seeing the bulge? By Joe Drennon The end of the year and holiday season may leave some of us with a little extra bulge around the waistline. Typically, we think of this in terms of our weight and health. But what about financial health? For some, the start of the New Year means extra bills we can’t pay, maxed credit cards and overall financial strain. For some, this may be just a temporary bulge from holiday spending. For others, it can be a slow growing bulge from chronic over-spending or lack of planning and budgeting. Still, for others, it could be from an unforeseen emergency situation that left large bills that can’t be paid off right away. With the New Year before us, it’s time to commit to losing the financial strain and getting finances in order for now and the future! There are plenty of local resources that could help you do so.

Clearpoint Credit Counseling Solutions - provides consumers with budget, debt and housing advice. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, with branches across the country, ClearPoint counselors in the Upstate can help consumers identify the causes of their financial problems and make a plan to address them. ClearPoint partners with local agencies to provide financial classes. You can call the Upstate office at 864-477-7023 or visit www.clearpointcreditcounselingsolutions.org.

Community Works - assists individuals and families with building financial wellness, gain affordable housing, and build savings. Community Works can help you understand and improve your credit score, create a budget to get you on the road to financial wellness, and decrease bad debt. In addition, through an individual development accounts (IDA) program, Community Works can provide match dollars to help you increase the amount of money you can save toward a down payment on a home. For more United Way’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) information call 864-235-6331 or visit the website www. – For households with a combined income of $53,000 or less per year, free tax preparation is available throughout communityworkscarolina.org. Anderson County. This means that you can have your taxes prepared for free and get your full tax refund back in your AIM - connects people pocket within a couple weeks. Last year, through this service, with support, resources Anderson County residents saved a combined total of and education so they $59,000 in filing fees, and $333,000 in tax refunds went right can be self-sufficient back into individual’s bank accounts. Taxes are prepared and financially secure. by IRS trained and certified volunteers. To schedule an AIM also offers an IDA program that provides match dollars to an individual’s appointment to get your taxes completed at a location near savings to help qualified individuals save toward the purchase you, call 2-1-1 starting in January. of a “productive” asset - something of value that is likely to return substantial long-term benefits to its owner (benefits United Way’s 2-1-1 – Looking like security, stability, and opportunities for more income). for other resources or services As a part of this program, AIM matches participants with in the community? Simply pick a financial counselor and provides financial literacy and up the phone and dial 2-1-1. budgeting classes. For more information call 864-226-2273 Someone can help you find or check out the website: www.aimcharity.org/programs/ information on how to connect with other social services or assistance you may need. financial_literacy. andersonmagazine.com

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Meet BassMaster fishing professionals at this inspiring event! Reigning BassMaster Classic Champion Randy Howell will discuss his journey to success, both personally and professionally, and you’ll have the chance to meet & greet with other Elite series fishermen as well. Enjoy a barbeque dinner by Creekside BBQ, as well as seminars and demos with some of BassMaster’s Elite professionals. For more information 864-225-6800 or www.acmow.org

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It’s the Superbowl of fishing, and it’s coming to Anderson. From February 20 through 22, 2015, the Bassmaster Classic will hit Lake Hartwell along with thousands of fishermen and fishing fans, at Anderson County’s newly constructed Green Pond Landing Event Center. The fishing competition is the world championship of bass fishing, and competitors qualify for it through various competitions throughout 2014. Officials expect that thousands will turn out to watch the competitors launch their boats and bring in their catches. Catches will be taken to Greenville’s Bon Secours Wellness Arena for weigh-ins. Down the road, at TD Bank Convention Center in Greenville, the Bassmaster Classic Expo will open up to thousands of fishing enthusiasts. Greenville may get the expo, but Anderson will get the fishermen and fishing. Lake Hartwell is one of the largest lakes in the Southeast and already attracts millions of visitors every year, according to the US Army Corps of Engineers, the organization that manages the lake. Hartwell comprises nearly 56,000 acres of water with a shoreline of nearly 1,000 miles, making it an ideal challenge for classic anglers, as well as amateur fishermen. Largemouth bass are abundant, as are spotted bass. “There couldn’t be a better location than Lake Hartwell for the 2015 Bassmaster Classic,” said Jennifer Norman, executive director of VisitAnderson. “With Green Pond, our new $2.6 million me-

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ga-ramp facility, our convenient location and our amazing bass fishing, the Bassmaster Classic will showcase all that our lake has to offer.” Lake Hartwell hosted the Classic in 2008, where Texas angler Alton Jones landed a 49 pound, 7 ounce bass to win, outdistancing his closest competitor by more than five pounds. Casey Ashley, an amateur fisherman and country singer from Donalds, South Carolina, said he’s looking forward to fishing Lake Hartwell again. He’ll be back to take on the lake, having competed before in 2008, and having winning the Classic as one of his goals. Earlier this year, Ashley won the Walmart FLW Tour presented by Ranger Boats on Lake Hartwell. Finishing the tournament with more than 68 pounds of large and small mouth bass, Ashley dominated the tournament from the start. But the best part of the tournament will be the facility that will be left behind. “Since the first Bassmaster tournament in 2008, Anderson County has been working toward a goal of creating a first-class facility that could handle major fishing tournaments from launch to weigh-in to awards ceremony,” said Matt Schell, manager of the Parks and Recreation Department for Anderson County. “It’s been a major undertaking for the county, but the results are paying off. Already we have several other tournaments scheduled. But the real beauty of the facility is that it will be here to serve as a place for Anderson County residents to use for their recreational purposes for many years to come.” Putting the facility together included a record-breaking project–pushing 600 tons of concrete into the lake to create a boat ramp to handle the larger fishing tournament boats. Poured, set and dried on site, two slabs of concrete were pushed into the water creating a ramp capable of supporting anything from john boats to houseboats. “It’s been a long process, and a slow one, but working as a team, the county has been able to overcome some of the rough spots and obstacles to create this amazing public space,” Schell said. “We’re utilizing one of the natural resources in the area that provides unlimited potential for tourism, recreation, business and community. Through a lot of hard work, we’ll have a state-of-the-art facility ready in time for the Bassmaster Classic in February and for many more tournaments over the next few years.” Already the facility is scheduled to host a fishing tournament in 2016 that meets the County’s goals–hosting everything from the launch to the weigh-in in Anderson County.  And in between, it’ll be open to the public for recreational use. That’s a win-win for everyone in Anderson County. n

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These ideas are easy and won’t cost you a fortune! By Caroline Anneaux New Year’s resolutions are normally about improving ourselves, so how about making a pledge to enhance your home as well? Use these simple ideas to freshen up the rooms in your house or apartment. These tips are great whether you are only a beginner or a more advanced home decorator and perfect for anyone interested in doing the work without the added expense of paying a professional.

cabinet knobs & handles The easiest upgrade for your kitchen is changing out the cabinet knobs and handles. Search local hardware stores of shop on eBay stores for really great selections. Hang a few new dish towels near the sink and add pretty, new placemats to the countertop bar or kitchen table for a quick and inexpensive update.

glass jars & baskets

Shop at the Anderson Jockey Lot, consignment sales or local thrift stores for inexpensive items that serve a dual purpose. A pretty jar beside the soaking tub to hold bath beads, a bedside table with drawers for a guest bedroom or a beautiful basket to hold all of the pet toys are simple ways to add extra storage and improve an area at the same time.

lamp shades

Update lamp shades around the house if the ones you have are discolored and worn. Don’t forget to add new, light bulbs to help set the mood you want to create in each room.

area rugs

Area rugs effortlessly hide a floor that needs new carpet or refinishing. The extensive selection at the Orian Rugs Showroom in Anderson ensures you will find a new look for any area throughout your home. If you already have beautiful flooring, custom rugs will effortlessly pull the theme of the room together and coordinate other items around the room. andersonmagazine.com

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Take a look around the rooms in your house. In one afternoon, boring cream or white walls painted a beautiful color will dramatically change the appearance of a room. Pick a room, take some pictures to help you decide what colors you need to match items you are already using and drive to the nearest paint retailer. The employees will even help you choose a paint color if you ask.

new bedding Retailers like Ross, TJ Maxx and Marshall’s have a wide array of comforter sets to choose from, and the prices are fantastic. Decorate a child’s room in a princess theme or a teenager’s room in their favorite high school colors. New bedding and a few fun items on the walls are all you need to get started. Adding new accessories later on just adds to the fun of redecorating a bedroom. Look for new wall décor or pieces every time you shop!

throw pillows New throw pillows in the family room will give the sofa and chairs an update. If your room is monochromatic, add pillows with a punch of color to brighten up the space.

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old picture frames

Old picture frames in multiple finishes give your photos an aged appearance. Gather all of the pictures in one room, and put all of them into the same color frame. Display them all together in an arrangement on a wall or table top for a new look. If purchasing all new frames is too expensive, a can of high quality spray paint will give you the same look for less than $8. Painting all of the frames you already own is easy, and it won’t break your budget.

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Have you changed your curtains, or are they the same ones from 15 years ago? Go to the nearest discount retailer and pick up a new pair for less than $30. New fabrics and colors on the windows makes a room look amazing. Depending on the amount you have to spend, switching out mini blinds for wooden shutters is a wonderful way to add visual appeal to your windows on the inside and outside of your home. 110 Federal Street • Anderson, SC

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If you have chipped or outdated light fixtures in your home or want to switch to an oil rubbed bronze or satin decor, it is as simple as going to the hardware store and buying a can of metallic spray paint in the finish of your choice. Take them down, clean them off, remove the globes and cover any non-removable glass, lightly sand them and give them a couple of coats of paint. The fixtures will look brand new again.

shower curtain

There are a few easy ways to freshen up a tired bathroom. Find a new shower curtain, bath mat and matching towels. If you don’t mind spending a little more money, you should consider replacing a faucet you have had forever. Your local home improvement stores have a variety of new faucets starting as low as $25. There are plenty of YouTube and DIY videos on the web. Watch and learn how to switch out a faucet yourself and save yourself some money in the process.

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There are so many ways to enhance the appearance of your home without spending too much money or time. Start small. Pick one room, establish a budget, make a list of some things you would like to change and get started. Before long, friends and family will compliment you on your fantastic new updates, and you will possess the confidence to continue refining and showing off your creative home decorating skills in all of your rooms. Items here are available from Orian Rugs, Restoration Hardware or IKEA. n andersonmagazine.com

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he New Year inspires many people to make a fresh start. That fresh start often comes in the form of resolutions, and more specifically, a resolution to exercise, get healthy and lose weight. Tara Ponder, wellness supervisor at AnMed Health, has experienced first-hand the increased interest in healthy living after the holidays. “I do know from experience from working in a gym setting in the past, and from my work utilizing and teaching fitness classes now, that there is a huge increase in gym memberships starting in January,” she said. Ponder said there Tara Ponder, AnMed Health usually is about a 50 percent increase in gym participation in January, and then there is about an 80 percent drop off around the second week of February. Ponder’s work at AnMed Health centers around employee health. She oversees the wellness program for all hospital employees. “There are several reasons for derailment,” she said. “One reason can be not having enough time in our busy schedules. There also is the cost to consider. Healthier meals tend to be more expensive than unhealthier options.” Ponder said it also is common for people to get discouraged when they don’t see the results they want in a given amount of time.

“I always try to encourage people to focus on how they feel instead of a number on the scales,” she said. Taking on a New Year’s resolution can be overwhelming. Mikki Campbell, founder of GetRight! Personal Training in Anderson, said there are five key ingredients to having a successful fitness journey–goal, commitment, plan, execution and perseverance. “Put these five ingredients together and anyone can achieve success,” he said. The biggest problem people face when trying to achieve success in fitness is staying consistent and motivated, according to Campbell. “The best way to combat that is find someone to hold you accountable, and always keep your reason for achieving your goal bigger than your reason not to,” he said. Campbell, himself a personal trainer, said one of his biggest responsibilities to his clients is to provide accountability and motivation. “Being able to trust someone, and know that you’re following the correct plan to achieve your goal, is invaluable,” he said. Chad Alewine is wellness coordinator at the Anderson Area YMCA. He understands it can be difficult to stick to a healthy resolution. He said that’s why the YMCA has developed a well-rounded plan to help people stick to their fitness goals. “We want to set people on a path for success,” he said. “In addition to the various classes here, we offer a six-week ‘fit start’ program that offers one-on-one meetings with a wellness coach.” The Anderson Area YMCA also offers a monthly healthy

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cooking class and each week provides a healthy recipe for clients. Alewine said the programs at the YMCA are developed to keep participants accountable and successful. “We can help people set their fitness goals and provide the help they may need along the way,” he said. If you have resolved that this is finally the year to get moving and get fit, you won’t be disappointed in the options available in Anderson County. Lack of time is no longer an excuse, thanks to gyms like Workout Anytime, and many gyms offer a free visit for a day so you can “try out” and see if it is the right environment for you. n

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C O N S T R U C T I O N

By Angela Stringer Anderson County Communications Director What an exciting time to live, work and play in Anderson County, South Carolina! Today, more than 200 major manufacturers and 20 international companies call Anderson County home. Having one of the nation’s strongest workforces and a wealth of industrial experience, coupled with unprecedented manufacturing excellence, has brought our County global attention. The County Council, along with the Office of Economic Development and staff, continue to attract national and international businesses that are looking to find a strategic location to operate within a community that demonstrates a superlative quality of life, as well as to support and retain our existing industry community. During 2014, Anderson County attained $764,010,000.00 in capital investment and 407 jobs from new businesses as well as the expansion of existing industries. CAPITAL INVESTMENT & JOB CREATION IN 2014 • Chomarat North America, a manufacturer of reinforcement materials for the composite and building industries, announced the expansion into a beautiful new facility in Alliance Business Park, investment of $10 million and creation of 25 new positions. • Carbon Resources Recovery SC LLC, a manufacturer of recycled tire materials, located its first North American facility in Anderson, with an investment of $20 million and creation of 30 new jobs. • Tetramer Technologies, an innovation company that manufactures advanced materials and performs research and development for new materials, made a $1 million investment and is expected to create 25 new jobs over the next five years. Date Jan-14 March-14 Apr-14 May-14 May-14 May-14 Jun-14 Aug-14 Sep-14 Oct-14 Nov-14 Nov-14

Company Chomarat Carbon Resource Recovery (CRR) Tetramer Duke Energy (Lee Steam) First Quality Tissue Electrolux E & I Engineering Viva Recycle Glen Raven Tactical Medical Solutions Stanco Fox Farm andersonmagazine.com

• Duke Energy Carolinas, in partnership with the North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation, announced a new 750 megawatt natural gas-fired combined cycle plant at the existing Lee Steam Station site, representing a $600 million investment and creating up to 500 temporary construction jobs and 2 permanent jobs • Tactical Medical Solutions, specializing in medical and triage supplies for first responders, made an additional $2.5 million investment by expanding into a 25,000 sq. ft. facility, and creating 15 new jobs. • First Quality Tissue, a privately held leading manufacturer of ultra-premium towel and tissue products, announced an additional investment of $50 million which will propel Anderson County into a four machine site. • Electrolux, a home appliance manufacturer, announced a $30 million investment to expand their facility and add advanced manufacturing capabilities. • E & I Engineering, headquartered in Donegal, Ireland, and a global provider of switchgear and power distribution solutions throughout the UK and Europe, announced its first North American operation, a $17 million investment and the creation of 250 new jobs. • Viva Recycling of South Carolina, LLC, a tire recycler and rubber manufacturer, announced the decision to establish a new facility in Anderson County with a capital investment of $6.9 million and the creation of 14 jobs. • Glen Raven, a global leader in high performance fabrics, Sunbrella, announced a $13.5 million investment and 10 new jobs at the Anderson Plant.

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Investment $10,000,000.00 $20,000,000.00 $1,000,000.00 $600,000,000.00 $50,000,000.00 $30,000,000.00 $16,500,000.00 $6,900,000.00 $13,500,000.00 $2,510,000.00 $6,700,000.00 $6,900,000.00 $764,010,000.00

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Chomarat: County Councilmember Tom Allen, Michel Cognet (Group Managing Director of Chomarat), Florent Troubet (Chomarat President), Brian Laufenberg (Chomarat North America President), Councilmember Cindy Wilson and Council Chairman Tommy Dunn cut the ribbon to celebrate the opening of the new Chomarat facility in Alliance Park.

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Industrial Spec. Building: Design for the new Anderson County 50,000 sq-ft, industrial spec. building, which will be located in Alliance Park, is underway and County Council is moving forward to close on the property in January.

• Stanco Metal Products, Inc., a family owned innovative stamping and fabricating solutions company, announced a $6.7 million investment and 9 new jobs at their new, larger facility in Anderson County. • Fox Farm, a family business that specializes in the manufacturing of garden products, premium potting soils and both natural and organic dry and liquid fertilizers, announced a $6.9 million investment and 27 new jobs at their new Pendleton facility, their first east coast investment.

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By Lisa Marie Carter

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ere we are again, the beginning of a new year. Many of the top five resolutions in 2014 had to do with being healthier in some way. If you’re one of those resolving to live a healthier lifestyle we thought some of our local experts might be able to help out with some of these resolutions. First things first, it must be something you are doing for you and are willing to make the commitment to lifestyle changes, not a short term change. It’s a modification in the way you look at and do most everything that will benefit you in every way for the rest of your longer, healthier life.

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This is where Caroline Timms comes in. Caroline is a Registered Dietitian. She offers these few easy steps to get started on a healthy lifestyle. 1-Focus on your health instead of weight loss to get the results you want. 2-Balance your daily intake of carbohydrates. 3-Make sure that you do not consume too little protein; consuming too little protein can lead to muscle loss and therefore, decrease you metabolism. 4-Do not consume too few calories this can actually slow down your weight loss. 5-Dividing calories throughout the day is very important for keeping your metabolism higher. With this information, you’ve got the first step down on how to start eating better, but many of us need a little boost to get moving. Now available in Anderson is Lipovicine injections. We spoke with Crystal Richey, RN, about this shot. According to Richey, the Lipovicine injection has L-Lysine and Leucine which claims to be the fastest fat andersonmagazine.com

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Tim Arndt, owner of Image Fitness, knows the struggles of getting fit and losing weight as he once weighed 358 pounds, and in 2004 he lost 150 pounds and has kept it off since. He has a few basic tips for those just beginning an exercise program. 1-Start with a stretching routine. You have to prepare your body and muscles for what is coming. 2-After you take a couple of weeks stretching, initiate some body weight moves. There’s no reason for weights just yet. Start with the basics, squats, lunges, push-ups and planks. Those four moves will absolutely be all you need to get a great start. Try five of each then build from there adding another set of five. 3-Couple those few moves with cardio in some form, walking, biking or swimming. “You will be rocking in no time,” said Arndt.

If you find you may have more trouble cutting back than you thought, reach out for professional assistance.

Improve Dental Health

If you’re like me, I promise the dentist I will start flossing after every visit. Why not start now and improve your overall dental health? 1-Brush twice a day and floss daily. 2-Toothbrushes should be changed three to four times a year. 3-Rinse or chew gum after meals. 4-In addition to brushing and flossing, rinsing your mouth with an antibacterial rinse can help prevent decay and gum problems. 5-Chewing sugar-free gum after meals can also protect by increasing saliva flow, which naturally washes bacteria away and neutralizes acid. 6-Block blows to teeth. Sports and recreational activities build healthy bodies, but they can pose a threat to teeth, wear mouth guards.

Kick the Habit

For a smoker, the resolution to stop is often on the list. Here are a few tips to help you get started on stopping 1-Smoke only half of each cigarette. 2-Each day try postponing the lighting of your first cigarette by one hour. 3-Decide you'll only smoke during odd or even hours of the day. 4-Decide beforehand how many cigarettes you'll smoke during the day. For each additional cigarette, give a dollar to your favorite charity. 5-Change your eating habits to help you cut down. For example, drink milk, which many people consider incompatible with smoking.

Reduce Alcohol Consumption

Caroline Timms, Registered Dietian

1-Set a budget on what you will allow yourself to spend on alcohol. 2-Let your friends and family know you’re cutting down and that it is important to you. 3-Try cutting back a little each day. 4-Make it a smaller drink, try bottled beer instead of pints, or a small glass of wine instead of a large one. 5-Cut down the alcohol by swapping strong beers or wines for ones with a lower strength (ABV in %). You'll find this information on the bottle. 6-Stay hydrated, drink a pint of water before you start drinking, and don't use alcohol to quench your thirst.

After all the holiday parties and fun, many people decide it’s time to cut back a bit. These ideas can help you keep yourself in check.

There are wonderful resources all over Anderson County to improve your health on multiple levels, but to contact the resources in this article, call: Caroline Timms for nutritional counseling at 864-356-5306 Crystal Richey, RN for the Lipovicine injection at 864-314-0345 Tim Arndt for personal training at 864-419-1981. n

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The Top Ten in Review By Shannon Owen It’s hard to imagine another year gone by! This means it’s time to pause and celebrate accomplishments in our community – accomplishments made only by coming together with a shared vision. Community-wide change is a process requiring much work, many partners and time. This is what Imagine Anderson is all about. Created in 2006, through a community-wide visioning process the Imagine Anderson plan serves as a catalyst for improving Anderson County over the next 20 years. The plan offers five overarching priority areas and 14 inter-connected goals. Looking back at 2014, here are some accomplishments toward the plan to celebrate. Trails, Footpaths and Transportation – The City of Anderson is progressing toward a community supporting alternate modes of transportation. Bike and pedestrian plans are underway to make the City of Anderson a more walkable, connected city. The Community Supports Education – Passing the education referendum in November’s election was a huge win for our education system with a new college and career center to be developed along with other education improvements in all five schools districts. New Jobs, More Business – Through the hard work of Anderson County Council and Office of Economic Development, our community has seen growth in jobs this year - 407 new jobs. And through County Council’s vision and hard work, a new spec building has been developed, setting the stage to attract more businesses and additional jobs that will advance the current and future economic climate of the county. Rocky River Nature Park – The Rocky River Conservancy in conjunction with Anderson University opened the Rocky River Nature Park this year taking a wonderful, but underused, city “swamp” and unlocking its great potential for local residents and visitors alike.

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Business Incubation – A City of Anderson/Innovate Anderson Initiative has birthed the new e-Merge concept to create a sustainable business incubator in Anderson. Smoke Free Communities – West Pelzer joins Pendleton and Williamston in supporting the health of its residents and visitors by passing a smoke free ordinance for the town. South Main Chapel and Mercy Center – Alongside the United Methodist Church in South Carolina, the United Way helped bring to reality the South Main Chapel and Mercy Center, an idle church building revitalized into a place of caring and compassion for all people. Assessing the needs of a challenged neighborhood, the center connects areas of need with community resources through creative partnerships. The center serves a place where the needs of the whole person can be addressed, physical, emotional, and spiritual. Healthier Schools – With the support of Eat Smart Move More, six additional schools commited to healthier environments within the school by implementing the Coordinated Approach to Child Health Curriculum (CATCH). Schools include: McLees Academy of Leadership, Concord Elementary, Homeland Park Primary, Townville Elementary, Mt. Lebanon Elementary, La France Elementary. Wren Park– With the new Carolina Wren Park and continued efforts to host block parties and outdoor movies, attendance to City events has increased by the thousands. Green Pond Landing Event Center – Now a premier fishing tournament facility on Lake Hartwell, Green Pond offers three launch ramps and parking for 158 trucks pulling boat trailers and another 103 spaces for co-anglers and spectators. There is an impressive list of major fishing tournaments to come including the BassMasters Classic in February 2015 and the American Bass Anglers National Championship in October 2015. n January/February 2014

Not to too our own horn, but “toot, toot!” We received so many wonderful comments and positive feedback from the first issue that we just couldn’t help sharing them. Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to read the magazine and especially to those who have passed it on to someone else to read! A huge thank you to our advertisers and supporters, too. Here are just a few of our fave comments we received!

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Good afternoon, April! I just HAD to write and congratulate you on your first issue of Anderson Magazine. I’m working now, of course, but look forward to taking it home with me and finish reading it tonight! You should be very, very proud!     Again, congrats on a job well done!  I can hardly wait to see the next one! ~B. Picked up your magazine Wednesday at Publix. It is great, have been through it many times. Pick up new information every time. Yesterday [we] went back and picked up more copies, which have been given to the neighbors. We love spreading the word of your huge success. Congratulations E&D P.S. It now sits on the coffee table in the den on top of Southern Living, it’s a keeper.

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SPORTS & RECREATION

Adventures in… rock climbing By Scott Junkins

Who doesn’t like the start of something new? Unless of course it’s the beginning to the end of something you have always enjoyed. Most New Year’s resolutions involve just that, eliminating that one bad habit that has held you captive for long periods of your life. This New Year’s, however, what if you do something different? What if you add, and not eliminate, a little enjoyment? How about adding some adventure to your life this New Year’s? While there is a whole host of activities to choose from living in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, rock climbing may be the most convenient and rewarding adventure you could choose. Pat Lever, Manager of Trailhead Climbing located at 505 Camson Road in Anderson says her facility offers the best environment for someone wanting to get started with rock climbing by offering a climbing experience for all skill levels in a controlled indoor setting. According to Lever, indoor climbing is a great adventure on its own and helps acclimate the climber before attempting to tackle the great outdoors. Climbing outdoors requires having the proper gear for the type of climbing you are doing whether it is having a lead climber and top rope climbing or just bouldering. Trailhead has an experienced staff that is great at teaching climbing techniques and the use of all types of different gear needed for outdoor climbing like a harness, rope, crash pad, cams, quick draws, carabineers, belay device and chalk bag. In addition, the Trailhead staff can help educate climbers on how to prepare for different climbs and

BUSINESS & INDUSTRY you are also able to rent the basic necessities like shoes, a harness and helmet from Trailhead. Lever said there are many areas perfect for outdoor climbing located in Western NC, Georgia and Tennessee just a few hours away from the Upstate. Experienced rock climbers seem to prefer Rumbling Bald in Lake Lure, NC as well as Looking Glass in Brevard, NC and Curahee in Toccoa, GA. A great website and place to find others that climb outside and at Trailhead is the Greenville Outdoor Club at www.meetup.com/ camping-184. You may visit Trailhead online as well at trailheadclimbing.com. So go ahead and conquer something new, bold and exciting this New Year’s! Exercise is already one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions, but, unfortunately, it is also often times the most failed. We all want to see immediate results from our efforts, now more than ever and exercise alone doesn’t always meet our expectations fast enough. Rock climbing not only puts your body in motion, but it also delivers an immediate payoff with beautiful scenery and breathtaking views every time you reach the end of your climb. Who knows? Maybe by starting a hobby that brings fulfilment to your resolution will help you break the habits that have held you hostage long enough and therefore making this New Year your best ever. n Climbing enthusiast Niki Tyson

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Are you Ready to Learn Something New in 2015? By Caroline Anneaux

Want a new hobby for 2015? We’ve got you covered! If you aspire to learn more about computers, think it would be fun to learn how to shoot a bow and arrow or need some great tips on writing an updated resume, we found people in Anderson County willing to teach you. Browse through the list of interesting programs, and find something that interests you!

GOLF

Golfing is a year-round activity here in Anderson County. At the Brookstone Meadows Country Club, you can take a variety of lessons throughout the year. All of the instructors are PGA certified and would love to help improve a player’s golf game or teach a beginner how to swing a club. This country club offers regulation course and putting greens. Mike Hamilton would be happy to arrange individual or group lessons for you this year.

CRAFTING CLASSES

Terri Earl Brooks and Cindy Earl Higgins own an amazing store tucked away in the corner on the square in downtown Pendleton. If you are a crafty person and want to learn more about book binding, mixed media, creating jewelry, paper crafts, stamping and more, you need visit the Earl Girls. Brooks was the first in the area over 20 years ago to offer crafting classes to locals. She is still enthusiastic about sharing her artistic skills with everyone. They offer over 250 classes. Stop by, shop in their store and sign up for an upcoming class. You will not be disappointed.

ART CLASSES

Learning to paint with watercolors, shaping clay into beautiful pottery and getting messy with paper mache is all part of the fun for children at the Anderson Arts Center. These classes and more are offered during the day, evenings and weekends to fit your family’s busy schedule. Various art, photography and clay classes for ages 15 and up are taught by local artists. Sydney Berkeley is the program director, and she would enjoy helping you find the best class for you to take in 2015.

LIFELONG LEARNING

This program was created for seasoned, mature adults in the Anderson area. For a nominal fee of $30/year, participants receive a number of discounts from over 50 local businesses and allows them the opportunity to sign up for classes. A sample of the course offerings are birding, fitness, music, history, religion, art, quilting and sailing. This semester they have introduced travel opportunities for members. “We offer a multitude of social and special events for our participants, and they build a relationship with others that last a lifetime,” says director Nancy Henley. Go to the website and peruse the extensive course offerings, sign up and get ready to learn something new. Anderson University Lifelong Learning www.andersonuniversity.edu 231-5617

Anderson Arts Center www.andersonarts.org • 222-2787

COMPUTER CLASSES

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If you have not taken the time to check out what your local library has to offer, you definitely need to! Crocheting, knitting, writing, updating resumes and even three levels of computer courses are among the many classes offered at no cost in a library near you. Community relations head, Mary Beth Evans, would be happy to answer any questions you have about the classes. Cheryl Williams is the training coordinator for all of the computer courses, and she would love to talk to you about what computer classes would best suit your needs. Anderson County Library www.andersonlibrary.org 260-4500

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ARCHERY

Saluda River Archery  is located in Piedmont on U.S. Highway 153 in the Powdersville area. Owners, Russell Cooper and Kevin Flaherty, say they opened this family-oriented club and range to meet the needs of locals who wanted a place to shoot. They are  equipped with a 29-lane indoor range and an outdoor range equipped with 3-D targets, elevated platforms, and target shooting up to 80 yards. Their on-site pro shop sells all of the hottest brands of bows and archery supplies for hunting and target shooting, and there is a bow tech on site at all times. Corporate events are fun and encouraged.  Lessons are given daily, and they invite school groups, scout troops and individuals to stop by and take advantage of everything this incredibly cool archery range has to offer.  Since indoor and outdoor courses are available, come on out no matter what the weather is like.

MARTIAL ARTS

Classes at this Christian-based martial arts school are technique-based. Students do not use strength or power while learning how to prevent rapes, assaults or protect themselves against bullies. Instead, they are taught a blended art form of martial arts where they use better angles, real movements and self-control to ward off a dangerous situation. Ron Brookshire, the owner who was trained in Canada, has his Special Forces Certification and over 25 years of martial arts experience, says, “It has to work, and it has to be simple and natural. ou should be able to protect yourself easily.” Call Ron or Mathew Palmiteer to set up private or group lessons.

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OUTSIDE CLASSES

Soil sampling, pesticide trainings, gardening programs and 4-H clubs are just the tip of the iceberg for classes offered through the Anderson Clemson Extension Services. Join the Anderson Area Cattleman’s Society Chapter or invite someone to give a presentation to your school group about Carolina Clear; a program about sustainable water sources right here in South Carolina. The Anderson Clemson Extension office offers really interesting programs for children and adults. Check out the website for more information. Anderson Clemson Extension Services www.clemson.edu/extension/county/index.html 226-1581 andersonmagazine.com

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BUSINESS & INDUSTRY

Tactical Medical Solutions Inc. Expands in Anderson County By Craig Wooten In 2006, President and CEO of Tactical Medical Solutions, Ross Johnson looked for a place not only to move his business but also his family. Attracted to the proximity of the lakes, mountains, and short ride to the coast, he found himself ideally located in Anderson. Since that time, the business has entered into a major expansion, taking the facility to almost three times the size of the prior, resulting in a 25,000 square foot facility on Harris Bridge Road. This location serves as the corporate headquarters and is situated on nearly sixty-seven acres fronting Interstate 85. Having served as a Special Forces Medic in the U.S. Army with tours in Afghanistan, Johnson saw first hand the emerging need for hemorrhage control items on the battlefield. Through these experiences and his desire to help his fellow soldier, the created and patented the SOF Tactical Tourniquet and the Olaes Modular Bandage. The SOF Tactical Tourniquet is approved by the Department of Defense and both the tourniquet and bandage are widely used throughout the U.S. Military and the Department of Homeland Security. Upon leaving the military, Johnson was joined by fellow Special Forces Medics and Operators. The company grew to offer a comprehensive line of medical supplies, and it fields a sales team that operates nationally and internationally. Currently, 21 people work at the Anderson location where sales, operations and custom kit assembly happen each day. In addition to the internal sales staff, Tactical Medical Solutions Inc. has more than 300 domestic distributors and over 30 international distributors. With many veterans coming home from the war and joining police, fire, and first

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responder departments, many of Tactical Medical Solutions Inc. products are being used throughout the military and civilian sectors.

Tactical Medical Solutions Inc.’s mission reads: “Our pursuit is that of preservation. For us, every life saved is a battle won, and a life lost is a defeat. Both victory and defeat take us to the drawing board where we ask ourselves, ‘How can we do better?’ We evolve and adapt so that when our products go with you into harm’s way, there is no question that you and the tools of your trade are prepared to perform at 100%.” This year, the company has worked extensively with the Los Angeles and Philadelphia Police Departments. With its international presence, the company has worked with the London Ambulance Service, German National Police, and multiple military and police units throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Tactical Medical Inc. maintains several US government contracts through the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), General Services Administrations (GSA), and NATO (NSPA).kit available and make sure it’s there when you need it. n January/February 2014

Tips for Raising Your Credit Score This Year Presents were purchased and given away, holiday items are in the process of finding their way back into the boxes that get tucked away into the attic or garage, you rang in the New Year with a bang, and now the post-holiday bills arrive. How successful were you this year at keeping your spending habits in check? How is your credit, and how can you work on raising that credit score? Matthew Poore, Loan Officer, of CrossCountry Mortgage, Inc. in Anderson suggests… • First, go to Annualcreditreport.com and get your credit report for free. You are allowed to order one every year according to federal law. It is a good idea to review your reports every 4 to 6 months. It is your job to keep an eye on your credit. Check regularly. • If there are any errors, you need to take care of correcting them. You may have to make a phone call or write a letter in order to get this done. The credit report companies only keep the records. You are in charge of contacting your creditors to correct errors. • Once you have made sure the report is current and free of mistakes, you need to make sure you get all of your bills current by paying any overdue balances you owe creditors. They will not remove the late fee notices on your credit report, but at least it will show you are current and trying to improve your credit standing. • Make payments (more than the minimum due) on any credit cards you have. Pay down the ones with high balances and high interest rates first. The credit card companies may offer to lower your interest rate if you are current on your payments. Give them a call and see what they can do to help you. • Make sure credit card balances are as low as possible compared to your credit limit or paid off in full. • Secured credit cards are a way of rebuilding bad credit, but you need to make sure they report to the credit report bureaus or it will not help your score. • If you cannot afford to pay off purchases, do not borrow money through loans and credit cards. The last thing you want to do is fall behind on payments. This will wreck your credit. • If you pay off a credit card account, do not close it unless it has a yearly fee. The available credit vs. balances is andersonmagazine.com

By Caroline Anneaux an important part of the scoring algorithm. • Paying off small “old collections” can hurt your score. It sounds crazy but, when you pay off a small old collection over 2 years old it makes that collection look new again. So leave those alone. “It is never too late to work on raising your credit score. If you are considering purchasing a home even two years from now, you should use these tips to improve your credit score and get the best possible interest rate when you lock in your loan,” says Poore. So whether you plan on buying new home or possibly a new car in the near future, keeping that credit score as high as possible will help ensure a great interest rate on the day you make your purchase. Start early, and aim for a high score. Do not wait until it is time to apply for the loan. It may take months to get your score up above 640, which is where it needs to be if you want the best rates. n

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New Year, SHOPPING & SERVICES

New You! By Lisa Marie Carter

When you look in the mirror are you thinking it’s time for a change? Do you need a new look, a new style to kick off 2015? It’s easy to keep the same hairstyle and makeup year after year. You know how to do it, it’s familiar and you feel comfortable with the routine. After a while it would be nice to look in the mirror and see a change. With a few simple changes you can perform your own makeover. Let’s start with your hair. Local stylist and owner of Moxie Salon, Gina Gauthier, offers some tips on the new style trends and small subtle changes for your locks. Her first tip is to work with what you have, not against it. Choose a hair color that will enhance the natural tones in yours. Brunettes should start by adding caramel and chocolate highlights. Adding subtle highlights is a sure way to brighten your complexion any time of the year and will look much better as it grows out than a color that is either much lighter or darker than your own. If you aren’t sure what style looks best on you, let your hairstylist help pick a haircut that’s right for your face shape. A great style for a long face is to try adding layers that frame your features and break up the length of your hair. For those with a round face and who want a slimming affect you should go for a long bob that is shorter in the back and longer in the front. What about those of us who want to look younger (who doesn’t want to look a bit younger)? This can be accomplished by simply keeping your hair healthy. Get a trim every four to eight weeks (depending on the length). Another quick tip is to try some at home treatments between salon visits, such as deep conditioning treatments. One easy at home conditioning treatment is coconut oil or olive oil, warmed slightly and apply to hair, cover your head with a shower cap or plastic wrap and let set for at least thirty minutes (maybe do an at home manicure or do it while your reading the latest edition of Anderson Magazine), wash out and style as normal. andersonmagazine.com

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Just want a quick fix to smooth out fly-a-ways and split ends apply a pea size of leave in conditioner (like AG’s Repair Serum) to dry hair. Of course we can’t forget about your guy. Men’s trends included the comeback of barbering in 2014. Vintage and edgy haircuts like the Pompadour (the pomp), slicked undercuts and side parts are also continuing to gain popularity among fashion forward gentlemen. But if slick isn’t your thing, short, cool, and messy is still expected to be trending into 2015.

Vintage and edgy haircuts like the Pompadour (the pomp), slicked undercuts and side parts are also continuing to gain popularity among fashion forward gentlemen.

America’s Best Senior Theater! Do you want a bit more dramatic change to your look? Look into facial injections that remove fine lines and wrinkles and can plump up lips and cheeks. These involve a bit more cost but may make those changes you have been looking for. What about the makeup itself? It can be minor to drastic in the change to your appearance, depending on the amount of coverage and colors used. It takes under five minutes to apply pressed powder, blush and lipstick. You can do it on the way to your coffee pot. One of the big trends in makeup is eyelash extensions and the newest version of extension is the brush-on fiber eyelash extensions, for those not wanting the commitment of the glue-on type. Brush on extension are an exciting new concept that require no glue or false lashes and the best part is you can apply it yourself in sixty seconds, as easily as normal mascara. There are a few brands of these fiber lashes on the market such as Cherry Blooms and Younique. Check with your salon to see if they carry them. You can also go a bit more dramatic, and save time in the long run, by getting permanent makeup such as eye liner. If you’re looking for a more guided approach to updating your look, there are several local places offer free makeup applications. This is something to take advantage of for two reasons. First is the application is done by a trained makeup professional who will know the best colors for your complexion and how to properly apply the makeup to achieve the look you want. The second reason is simple, it is better to try a new look before you invest in all new makeup. No matter what you do, do it for you. n

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Now that you have a new style you may want to make a change to your makeup and other tweaks to your complexion. Not only can you change your makeup, but you can change the way your makeup looks on you. To achieve this think about some treatments to your skin that remove fine lines and wrinkles and make a smoother pallet to start with. Wanda Dunn, a registered nurse and skin care specialists, suggests starting with a micro-peel. This service makes big changes with no down time and little cost (and has the added benefit of being a relaxing facial). Results are instant, painless and this treatment takes only 30 minutes. A micro-peel removes dead skin and some fine lines by a gentle scraping of the outer layer of skin, promoting new skin growth leaving a smooth soft surface for your makeup to be applied to. January/February 2014

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All About Anderson County By Lisa Marie Carter

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hether you were born and raised here or moved here at some point in your life, I'm sure you'll agree sometimes we tend to forget all our county has to offer. Our county seat, Anderson, was touted as the "City of Hospitality" for its gracious air and beautiful gardens and then was renamed as the "Electric City" for its groundbreaking use of hydroelectric power. With the breath taking Blue Ridge Mountains located an easy day trip away; Charlotte, North Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia each only two hours away, and South Carolina's coastal towns and beaches three to four hours travel make Anderson location ideal for just about everyone’s likes and hobbies. Lake Hartwell, or Hartwell Lake if you prefer, is one of the Southeast’s largest and most popular public recreation lakes. The lake was built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers between 1955 and 1963 as part of a flood control, hydropower and navigation project. Each year, millions of people come to Lake Hartwell making it one of the most visited Corps lakes in the nation. Hartwell Lake is a man-made lake bordering Georgia and South Carolina on the Savannah, Tugaloo and Seneca Rivers. Hartwell Lake comprises nearly 56,000 acres of water with a shoreline of 962 miles. The entire Hartwell “Project” contains 76,450 acres of land and water. Lake Hartwell, Lake Jocassee, Lake Keowee, Lake Russell, and J. Strom Thurmond Lake–known as South Carolina's Freshwater Coast–provide pretty much year-round recreation including but not limited to camping, fishing, boating, swimming, sailing, water-skiing, jet skiing or just relaxing lakeside. No boat, no problem? Several marinas offer rentals of many different types. In addition to the on-water activities there are several State Parks such as: Devils Fork State Park at Lake Jocassee; Lake Hartwell State Park; Keowee-Toxaway State Park at Lake Keowee; Sadlers Creek State Park at Lake Hartwell; Oconee State Park; and Table Rock State Park that can offer the outdoor enthusiast a smorgasbord of activities. You don’t have to be a botanist to enjoy one of the most beautiful local attractions, the South Carolina Botanical Garden, containing approximately 295 acres of nature trails, flower gardens, organic sculptures, outdoor classrooms, andersonmagazine.com

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and historical sites and on the site is a 70-acre arboretum, butterfly garden, and wildflower meadow. If you’re not quite the outdoor enthusiast, there is plenty to do in Anderson County. Up near the Clemson area is the T. Ed Garrison Arena, off Highway 76. The arena offers horse shows, livestock sales, and equestrian events at both indoor and outdoor arenas. This facility is the largest of its kind in the Southeast. Closer to the heart of the county in Anderson you’ll find the Anderson Civic Center which is host to many unique events throughout the year including the Great Anderson County Fair. Racing enthusiast are covered as well, you can catch races at Anderson speedway. “FOUR” the golfers there are over ten courses to choose from in Anderson County. On Sundays, Anderson County is home to over 260 places of worship for you to choose from, covering a broad range of religious sects and denominations. Most recently we've seen a huge movement in Anderson’s Downtown Revitalization project. Still maintaining its charm and old town feel by keeping the quaint shops, locally owned bistros, restaurants, and galleries, Anderson is also infusing some new blood with projects like the recently open Carolina Wren Park and upgrades to existing buildings. From the smell of the fresh ground coffee to remembrances of times gone by at the antique markets, and the harvest of many local farmers at one of the farmer’s market events, the old and the new combine to form a perfect marriage in downtown Anderson. Anderson’s downtown 16 block Historic District is compiled of the Anderson County Courthouse, the Sullivan Building, the P&N Railroad Depot, the Confederate Monument on the square, the Anderson County Museum (the place to visit for real history, real artifacts, real information and to find out about the people and places that helped form a nation, state and county), the Anderson County Library, the 1764 Revolutionary War Cannon, and the Anderson County Arts Center which are mixed in with some great new shops and eateries to keep your fueled up for your walk. Additionally, Anderson County is made up of several quaint towns each offering its own special flair to our county. n January/February 2014


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This is the smallest town in the U.S. to have a Carnegie Library. The name of this town has been under dispute for centuries, spawning a number of legends. Some believe it is the result of misspelling “Honey Path,” while others believe that Cherokees named it after a great trail.

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When David Garrison Sr. settled this Indian Territory around 1786 it was known to the Indians as “Big Shoals of the Saluda” and was changed to “Garrison Shoals” by David Sr. where he, along with son David Jr. owned a grist mill, tavern and 1,200 acres of land. The name was finally changed to “Piedmont” by the owner of the first successful cotton mill of the area. The Saluda River is a big part of Piedmonts fame, and home to the Saluda River Rally each summer.

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Pendleton was named for Judge Henry Pendleton, a Virginian who came to live in S.C. Pendleton is the host of the annual Spring Jubilee and Old Farm Days and Pendleton Fall Festival held in the town square. Be sure to visit the Woodburn Plantation. This plantation was established in 1800. Woodburn Plantation house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the house is open to the public by tour. Pendleton is also home to the Ashtabula Plantation house which was built by Lewis Gibbes in 1825. The house was expanded by later owners and the plantation grew to over 1,000 acres. Ashtabula Plantation is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is open to the public by tour.

The original name of this small town was Twiggs until the Savannah Valley railroad was completed in 1884. It was at that time the name changed to Starr Station, in honor of the first popular railway engineer by that name.

The town was named after Iva, the daughter of Dr. Augusta Cook was a shipping station for Seaboard Railroad.

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Separated from Pelzer only by railroad tracks, West Pelzer was chartered as Frankville in 1913, named after John Franks who made the original town survey. In 1918, the town name was changed to West Pelzer because of its location. Part of the town is still laid out as designed in the original street plan by John Franks.

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The town was named Belton in honor of Judge Belton O’Neal who was a big voice in the Greenville-Columbia railroad and was its first president. The tower that rises above the town of Belton, the standpipe for water storage, is the image used as Belton’s logo in the town seal. Belton is now the home to the S.C. Tennis Hall of Fame and holds the annual Standpipe Festival. Belton also happens to be home to the “South’s Biggest Flea Market,” Anderson Jockey Lot and Farmers Market which is open every Saturday and Sunday rain or shine, year round. While you’re there be sure to swing by Grits and Groceries for some of their famous southern grub.

Williamston was named for West Allen Williams, who discovered a natural mineral spring on his property. The town grew up around this medicinal mineral spring, whose water was believed to have healing properties. It was because of the mineral spring the town became a popular health resort in the early 1800’s. The site where the mineral spring still exists is now Williamston Park, where the town celebrates the annual Spring Water Festival and the Williamston Christmas Park.

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PELZER Pelzer was named for Francis Pelzer, who was one of the founders of the Pelzer Manufacturing Company that was built in 1881. Be sure to stop by Happy Cow Creamery, which sells fresh milk, cheese and other products from a little shop set up on Tom Trantham’s one-hundred acre farm just below Ware Place. Though the shop has only been around for a year, Trantham has been a farmer for much longer – since 1968. Call ahead for a tour.

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Split Creek Farm

Split Creek Farm which has been making award-winning goat dairy products including milk, artisan cheeses and fudge since 1988. Visitors are welcome to tour the operation and visit with the goats, as well as stop by the store to sample the tantalizing products.

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Palmetto Moonshine

Palmetto Moonshine, which was given a state permit to begin distilling the once illegal liquor in 2011, becoming the first legal micro-distillery of its kind, they have two locations you can tour and sample their goods at.

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Denver Downs

Historic Denver Downs Farm, family-owned and operated since 1869, is a working farm dedicated to “agri-tourism.”

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Six & Twenty Distillery is located in Piedmont and produces whiskey that contains South Carolina grown, soft red winter wheat. The distillery offers tours on Fridays and Saturdays, but asks you to call for an appointment.

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The T. Ed Garrison Arena at Clemson University is recognized as one of the premier multi-purpose livestock facilities in the Southeast. The Arena is South Carolina’s only full service, public facility designed to promote the state’s billion-dollar livestock industry.

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EDUCATION

Setting…and Getting the Goal By Lisa Garrett

Lindsey Montjoy is a self-described planner and a goal setter, and it has paid off. At age 31, she has earned four college degrees – two from Tri-County Technical College and two from Clemson University. She has advanced from an LPN to a lecturer in the School of Nursing at Clemson University in just a decade. “It’s important to set goals. They keep me motivated,” said Montjoy, who after earning Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) and Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) degrees from Tri-County, went on to receive bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Clemson, while working fulltime as a registered nurse. “It’s a manageable goal,” she tells others interested in going the LPN to Professor route. “You can work and pursue a degree.” She learned about this career pathway as an LPN student at Tri-County. After earning her degree in 2003, she entered into the Associate Degree Nursing program and became an RN in 2006. She worked in the AnMed Behavioral Health Unit until 2012. Lindsey had thoughts of continuing her education while nearing completion of her ADN degree but figured it was impossible in terms of finances and time. She had accepted the job at AnMed Health and didn’t know where more college could fit in. But after hearing about the LPN to Professor initiative, a partnership with Tri-County, the hospitals in the service area, and Clemson University, she changed her mind. “It sounded easy. I could earn my BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) in three semesters by attending classes one day a week at the University Center in Greenville. It’s convenient and manageable, even while working a full-time job. You aren’t burned out at the end. And AnMed Health has a tuition assistance program,” said Montjoy. In the past, there were barriers to pursuing additional education, such as time constraints, finances, and a need for personalized advising in their coursework. “Through the LPN to Professor initiative and the support of our area hospitals, today, students now have a vision and know they can succeed and gain advanced degrees,” says Dr. Lynn Lewis, dean of Tri-County’s Health Education Division, who credandersonmagazine.com

its the program with allowing nurses to move seamlessly through each scope of the practice level (LPN, RN, BSN, master’s) while staying in the workforce. “It truly maximizes a person’s ability to envision and achieve success in nursing education while remaining in their communities,” she added. “It helps to have encouraging counselors and instructors like I had at both Tri-County and Clemson,” said Montjoy. “I try to be that for my students now.” Montjoy has been working as a full-time lecturer in Clemson’s School of Nursing (mental health nursing) for more than a year. She always thought about teaching, even as a student at Westside High School. Along with education, she also was interested in nursing, so as an undecided freshman she entered Tri-County and found the LPN program and loved it. “The LPN program gave me a good foundation and helped me to be successful,”

she said. Montjoy earned her master’s in nursing (specializing in Family Nurse Practitioner) from Clemson in 2012 and then began working as a nurse at the CVS Minute Clinic in Clemson. She was a graduate teaching assistant while pursuing her master’s. “I loved that job,” she said. “I love this job. I am so happy. This will be my lifelong career.” She continues to work as an R.N. on weekends on a part-time basis with CVS. “I’ve got the best of both worlds,” said Lindsey, whose next goal is to earn a Ph.D. n

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hen thinking of the month of February, many think of the romantic Valentine’s Day. Then, there is another group of people whose minds may go straight to the event of Mardi Gras! Here in America, Mardi Gras makes most people think of New Orleans, but Mardi Gras is actually celebrated in several different countries. Brazil hosts Rio de Janeiro Carnival, and other noteworthy places throughout the world that hold Mardi Gras style parties are: Venice in Italy, Mazatlan in Mexico, and throughout many cities in Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Mardi Gras, which in French translates to Fat Tuesday, is officially the day before Ash Wednesday. The day is also commonly referred to as Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day

and can occur anytime between February 3 and March 9, depending on when Easter is held that particular year. But as the celebrations in America and across the world have grown larger with each passing year, Mardi Gras, has evolved from one day into week long celebrations. Locally, Meals on Wheels-Anderson holds a Mardi Gras celebration as a fundraiser for the organization. This event is New Orleans themed with food from local restaurants, “street vendors” like a palm reader and caricaturist like you might see on the streets of New Orleans and a silent auction. Make plans to attend the event locally, and put yourself in a New Orleans frame of mind with this great Chicken Jambalaya recipe! “Let the Good Times Roll!” n

Chicken Jambalaya Ingredients 2 tbsp. vegetable oil lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into cubes 1 cup very thinly sliced strips of ham 1 can seasoned diced tomatoes in juice, undrained 1 cups water 1 can diced green chilies, undrained 1 package vegetable recipe mix 1 cup uncooked rice Start by browning the chicken and ham in a skillet over medium-high heat. When almost fully cooked, add the water, chilies, tomatoes and vegetable mix to the pan and bring the mixture to a boil. Stir in the rice, reduce the heat to low and allow to simmer until fully cooked through.

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The Great Outdoor Lab By Caroline Anneaux

There is an amazing location off the beaten path and only a few miles from your home or business. A place where you can host an overnight birthday party, take your family for a fun weekend, hold your family reunion or organize your next corporate retreat. As you drive into the forest, you will understand why only a short distance from the hustle and bustle of nearby towns and cities there is a location that feels as though you have traveled many miles away to reach such a remote and gorgeous location. Leslie Conrad, director of the Clemson Outdoor Lab, is excited to let Anderson County residents in on her little secret place in Pendleton. “We offer a very unique meeting place here at the Outdoor Lab. Our facility provides all of the amenities of a full service hotel, but we have the luxury of being in the great outdoors in an absolutely stunning location,” said Conrad. She goes on to say that the facility is open year-round with bookings from mid-August to mid-June. During the middle of the summer, they are busy hosting the residential camps most people associate with when people hear the name, Clemson Outdoor Lab. When they aren’t busy hosting large groups of children, they offer overnight accommodations to anyone interested in reserving them. All of the cabins and suites have central heat, and the ones they rent out during warmer months have air conditioning as well. Depending on the time of year, rentals begin at only $69 a night. “This is an affordable way for local families to come out for a night or two and feel as though they went away for a nice, long weekend getaway without traveling more than 30 minutes from home,” said Conrad. Offering everything from picnics and barbeques to fancy wedding receptions and team building exercises, the Outdoor andersonmagazine.com

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SPORTS & RECREATION Lab welcomes groups of 20 - 250. Janay Whitesel is the reservations coordinator and can recommend all-inclusive packages, or help you arrange thing specific to the needs of your group. To keep your guests or family entertained, there is a large, covered pavilion and several smaller ones on the property. You may also reserve one of several small meeting rooms or the lovely and rustic banquet room, Kresge Hall, overlooking Lake Hartwell. Hiking trails, Frisbee golf, horseshoes and fire pits are all part of the experience. Pontoon boat and canoe rentals are offered at reasonable Guest enjoy Lake Hartwell rates. A large outdoor pool and a new waterslide are open during the warmer months of the year. A 55-foot climbing wall and high ropes course are on the property as well. The Outdoor Lab wants to make sure everyone has an enjoyable and memorable stay. If you are a local teacher, you might want to take advantage of the Outdoor Education Program they offer to school groups of all ages. What could be more fun than spending an entire school day outdoors with your class, while an instructor provides a lesson that goes along with the curriculum you are teaching them in the classroom? Now that you know about this hidden gem in Pendleton, contact them about setting up your next corporate event, family campout or class field trip this year. n

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BUSINESS & INDUSTRY

New Leadership in the New Year

By Teresa Hopkins

The Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce started the new year under new leadership. Pamela Christopher is the new chamber president. She comes to the Upstate from Wisconsin; but she is no stranger to the area. She began her chamber of commerce career at the Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce as economic development researcher in the 1990s. “I was fortunate enough to have worked at the Spartanburg Chamber when we recruited BMW and many of their suppliers to the Upstate,” Christopher said. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to be back in the area.” Christopher most recently served as the executive director of the Monroe Chamber of Commerce and as the economic developer for the City of Monroe, Wis., where she oversaw the day-to-day operations of a 360-business member organization. Prior to that she worked as a chamber and economic development executive for 18 years to support local, regional and state economic development efforts in South Carolina and Georgia. “I’m looking forward to working with the community and being part of the team to continue to strengthen the local, regional and state economy and continue the chamber’s advocacy for our business community,” Christopher said of her work in the Anderson area. She said workforce development is at the top of her agenda. “It is important to work together with our K-12 and post secondary educators to make sure we look at opportunities to grow apprenticeship programs so that we can develop curriculum to meet the needs of our current and future business needs,” she said. Christopher believes in working to help make a difference in others’ lives. Two of her favorite quotes are Theodore Roosevelt’s, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care,” and Margaret Mead’s “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” “I’m very excited to work with our city, county, business leaders, volunteers and our citizens to make a difference for our business community and citizens,” Christopher said. “You have a strong legacy and Anderson has been very successful, and I want to continue to work together to engage the community. I am so happy to be part of the Anderson and Upstate team. We can accomplish so much together.” The Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce is comprised of more than 830 businesses and professional firms andersonmagazine.com

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ARTS & CULTURE

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Hear the Sounds

coming from The Listening Room By Teresa C. Hopkins

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here is a new venue for live musical performances in Belton – The Listening Room on Main. Owned and operated by Belton resident Dave Jones, The Listening Room on Main opened in August 2014 with a performance by jazz singer Loretta Holloway. “I contacted her about performing because of her Belton ties,” Jones said. In 2011 Holloway was proclaimed “South Carolina’s First Lady of Song.” A native of Belton, she is a singer and actress, having performed in Las Vegas and Atlantic City and acted on stage and film. The Listening Room on Main isn’t a nightclub or a restaurant. It’s a conveniently located setting for live musical performances in an intimate setting that accommodates 120 people, according to Jones. He and his wife, Debby, have seen local and regional acts in small settings during their trips to New York City. He liked the idea of being able to see talented performers in a small setting. But The Listening Room on Main didn’t happen overnight. “I bought the building about eight years ago and thought about turning it into an upscale restaurant,” Jones said. “Then 2008 rolled around and the economy went under; it didn’t seem smart then to open an upscale restaurant.” Instead of letting it stand empty, Jones loaned the building to the First Baptist Church of Belton for meetings and services. Later a teenage Christian group used the space for a while. During this time Jones was thinking the building would provide a great location for a performance by his former schoolmate Loretta Holloway. “Then plans for a listening room just grew from that,” he said. The Listening Room isn’t open every day or every weekend. The plan is to have a big-name performer once a month, with about dozen other acts or performances in between. “Over a year’s time our plan is to have something for everyone with every kind of taste in music, from gospel to country to jazz.” Jones said. Cover charges for events will range from $10 to $50, depending on the act. “We want to keep the cover charge within reason,” Jones said. andersonmagazine.com

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Jones said he has several rentals on the books for private parties and receptions. There’s also a small catering kitchen renters can use. “We are also looking to have a couple of mystery dinner theaters with a group out of Asheville,” Jones said. “We’ve really just scratched the surface on the opportunities. This is a great facility in a great location.” In addition to providing a venue for live performances, Jones said 100 percent of the profits at The Listening Room go to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, specifically the Belton Center for the Arts and the Belton Alliance. “We are also open to assisting other nonprofit 501(c) (3) organizations in our area,” Jones said. The Listening Room is a labor of love for Jones. “Keeping Belton a great place is important to me,” he said. Jones owns Superior Engineering and Superior Hydraulic and Industrial Supply in Belton. He also serves as director of the Standpipe Festival and the Belton Christmas Parade, and is on the board of directors for the Belton Center for the Arts and the Belton Area Museum Association. “I’m a busy man for sure, but I have a lot of help,” he said. Jones credits Betsy Chapman, the director for The Belton Center for the Arts, his wife Debby, and his daughter Laura McGonigle with keeping everything running smoothly. He said they take care of the marketing and booking of events at The Listening Room. The Listening Room can best be explained, according to it’s Facebook page, as “a venue where talented singer/ songwriters/entertainers can perform to people who want to enjoy live music and entertainment. The crowd is small and you can enjoy the experience in a charming atmosphere without the loud noise and chatter of the typical bar environment.” For more information and upcoming events, visit The Listening Room on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thelisteningroomonmain, or contact the Belton Center for the Arts at 864-338-8556. n

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DINING & ENTERTAINMENT

EAT LOCAL By Beth Richards

Eating local means more than just going to local restaurants. It means eating food from farms located here in Anderson County. From Milky Way Farms in Starr to Happy Critters Ranch in Honea Path, and everywhere in between, there’s a plethora of local products from which to choose from our own backyard. Anderson County has a rich agricultural history. Even before becoming part of the colonies, the land was used as grazing land for the Cherokee Indians. In the county’s early days, it was used as a summer farming area for plantation owners on the coast who fled to the upstate during warmer months to escape the mosquitos and malaria. Today, dozens of farms in the upstate produce everything from raw milk, to poultry, pork and beef, to fresh berries and honey. About the only thing you won’t be able to find there is pre-processed food. “But that’s the beauty of eating local,” says Helen Daugherty, with Happy Critters Ranch in Honea Path. “You won’t find anything pre-processed at local farms. When you go into Walmart and you pick up a package of chicken, look at the label. You’ll see the contents and ingredients like chicken flavoring or preservatives. When you eat local produce, you don’t get that. What you’re getting is just chicken. When you buy a pork chop here, what you’re getting is a pork chop.” Daugherty says that the price is about the same too. “Our chickens are about $4 a pound. With the way prices have been rising lately, that’s really comparable to what you’ll find in the big chain stores.” The difference is in the taste. Her products are fresher and taste better than what you can get in a package. “One of our most popular products is our breakfast sausage,” says Daugherty. “People tell me all the time that it’s the best sausage they’ve ever had. I think it’s because of what the pigs eat and what kind of pigs they are. They eat a lot of acorns and grass. It makes a difference, I think.” Knowing how food grows is an important part of eating local too, says Katie Tillman with Friends Farm and Catering. “When you buy locally, you’re buying from people you know,” says Tillman. “And you know how they grow their food. You can see what they’re doing. It’s an important part of eating local because if you know the farmer and you trust them, you know you can trust that what they are selling you is good.” Friends Farm, in Townville, specializes in greens and berries, and makes some processed foods, like chicken salad, pimento cheese and salsas, that can be purchased at local stores and farmers’ markets. Initially, finding where to buy locally produced foods may be difficult. Tillman says going to farmers’ markets throughout the upstate and finding a farmer that you can trust is the key. Another way to orient yourself with local farmers is to go on the Upstate Farm Tour in the spring. Organized by South Carolina Farm Steward Association, the Upstate Farm Tour gives area residents the ability to visit and get to know more than 20 local farms in the area. You can find out more about the farm tour at www.carolinafarmstewards.org. andersonmagazine.com

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“When you buy locally, you’re buying from people you know.”

If you would like to sample local fare prepared by professional chefs, have lunch or supper in a restaurant in Anderson. Summa Joe’s owner, Joe Fredette, has used items from local farms since the day he opened the doors five-and-a-half years ago. Fredette also highlights six specials a day on a chalkboard in his restaurant. Creating fresh, new menu items every day keeps his chefs excited about cooking. “As a chef, I have a very rewarding relationship with the local farmers. I am able to purchase products that help sustain their business and know that I am preparing menu items that are healthier and definitely taste better,” says Fredette. Be sure to try his meatballs made with hamburger and sausage from Walker Century Farms. “Walker Century Farms is a family owned and operated farm in Anderson where we pride ourselves on grass-fed cattle and pastured hogs raised without antibiotics,” says owner Nancy Walker. “We provide local restaurants, businesses and families with beef, pork and honey. Stop by and shop at our marketplace where local producers sell milk, syrup, cheese, grits, eggs and many more items on your grocery list.” Earle Street Kitchen and Bar (Fresh Taste Chef Competition winner two years in a row) is another downtown Anderson eatery that uses local farms to supply them with food for their menu items. “We really love the concept of community support of local farms. Using fresh and local products, from places like Forx Farm and Split Creek Farm, is a really cool aspect of being a locally owned restaurant,” says general manager Dustin Gentry. Make healthier choices this year for you and your family, and help support the local farmers and producers in our area. For a partial listing of farms in Anderson County, restaurants that use local products and places where you can buy local products, check www.certifiedscgrown.com. n

Cow, and pigs and bees, Oh My! Now is the time to commit to better health and what better way than improving your diet with antibiotic-free, hormone-free locally grown food. Walker Century Farms offers grass-fed, grass-finished beef, pastured pork and lots of other delicious local food items at their Market. Visit the Market or call for more information!

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Finding local ways to eat local starts with buying from local farmers. You can find many of them at the local farmers markets throughout Anderson County. Many cities have their own farmers’ markets. Check with your town hall to find out more about what will be available in your area.

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HOUSE & HOME

UPCYCLE on the Cheap by Amber Tysl I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Goodwill now carries Target items! A few weeks ago, while digging through the linen bin at the Goodwill in Homeland Park, I came across a Target navy and white ikat pattern twin flat sheet. I knew I didn’t need a sheet, but, oh, that pattern! The more I walked around with it perusing the store for more finds, the more my mind wandered…this would be the perfect shower curtain for my boys’ bathroom! For $2, I gladly took it home with me, washed it, ironed it, and cut it in half. First, I folded the sheet evenly and just cut along the edge. I was not worried about it fraying because I had a plan to add pom pom trim. Don’t worry, I can’t sew, so with a little dab of hot glue, I attached the pom pom trim (from the local fabric store in Williamston) to cover up the jagged edges, and ten minutes later, the boys have an adorable new shower curtain! Never underestimate the thrill of the hunt...a brand new sheet from Target at a deeply discounted price is now a perfect shower curtain! n

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Recycling – on the New Year’s List Again By Pauline Medford

January 1, 2012, I declared us a recycling family. By February 1, 2012, we had failed miserably. 2013, we were going to be good stewards of the Earth and recycle. Now, in 2014, we have a kitchen corner piled with somewhat sorted recyclables that no one actually recycles. There is no curb side recycling in the city, which is my “go-to” excuse for no follow through. However, discovering Anderson County has 18 recycle convenience centers has shamed me into an absolute resolve to do better in 2015. Greg Smith, with the Anderson County Environmental Division says Anderson County residents disposed of 62,497.06 tons of trash in the landfills, but only recycled 5,425 tons of materials in 2013-2014. Smith added if more residents would recycle, the county would pay less on landfill tipping fees and earn more revenues on the recycled materials, not to mention the benefits to the environment. To see a complete list of recyclable materials accepted at the recycling centers, visit www.andersoncountysc.org/web/Recycle. However, for a quick reference, please note: All recycle centers, except Starr, accept aluminum and steel cans, green, brown, and clear glass; plastics #1 and #2; cellular phones, mixed papers, newspapers, cardboard (no wax coatings); used automobile oil, oil bottles, filters; lead car and truck batteries. n

Anderson County residents disposed of 62,497.06 tons of trash in the landfills, but only recycled 5,425 tons of materials in 2013-2014

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Recreation Vision Becomes Reality By Angela Stringer Anderson County Communications Director Each New Year brings time for reflection as well as new beginnings. As we look back on our accomplishments as a community, Anderson County certainly has garnered bragging rights during 2014. Anderson Council Chairman Tommy Dunn was elected to Council in 2009 with a clear vision to improve recreation. His leadership, along with the support of council and the collaboration of county staff, has helped “turn a corner,” putting the county on a solid path to exponentially expand lake and water-based recreation with the focus on access improvement for all. “Among our proudest accomplishments is Green Pond Landing and Event Center,” said Dunn. “The 221’ x 50’ high capacity mega-ramp weighs in excess of 1.2 million pounds. Less than 4 miles from I-85 and within close proximity to the City of Anderson, this new state-of-the-art recreational facility is centrally located on the Lake Hartwell Fishery at 470 Green Pond Road. It has been a pleasure to work with so many county employees who really care about making Anderson County the premier county in the State. Parks Manager Matt Schell has worked tirelessly to see this project take shape. This one project promises to bring fishing tournaments, water sports competitions and will serve as a major recreation boon as well as a higher quality of life for Anderson County residents.” Designed to accommodate for both historic lows and highs, the toe of the ramp is 629.65 above mean sea level, more than 30 feet below full pool (660 msl). In 2008, Hartwell Lake had a record low of 22 feet below full pool. According to Parks Manager Matt Schell, the depth of the new construction will mitigate the problem and the facility will operate and remain functional even in times of drought or over pool. “Anderson County and VisitAnderson.Com have partnered with South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the Heritage Corridor, the Army Corp. of Engineers, the Anderson County Transportation Committee, the Honorable Don Bowen and the Anderson County Legislative Delegation and the Lake Hartwell Natural Resource Trustees, to bring this vision to the incredible reality it is today,” said Dunn. Green Pond Landing and Event Center clears the way for international fishing tournaments and water sports competitions, including the Bassmaster Classic, which will take place February 20-22. Set up for the tournament will begin on February 16. The launch will be closed to boat traffic February 17-23. However, spectators will be welcome during the tournament, February 20-22. The launch will reopen for public access on February 24. The ABA Ray Scott Championship, a high profile, top tier tournament is scheduled in Spring 2016. The ABA Championship will be the first tournament hosted entirely in Anderson County, with the weigh-in and expo taking place at the Civic Center of Anderson and the launch at Green Pond Landing and Event Center. n

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SAVING ENERGY=SAVING C By Pauline Medford

onducting an energy audit or home performance check-up may not be on everyone’s resolution list for the New Year, but adding money to your savings account most likely is, and improving your home’s energy efficiency is one resolution to do just that. According to www.energy.gov, utility customers save 5-30 percent on utility bills by making energy upgrades to their homes. Turning lights off in unoccupied rooms and making your children walk around in something besides shorts and tshirts in the winter is a good place to start, but the real savings come from understanding how your home uses so much energy. Do you know 40-60 percent of a home’s energy use is from heating and cooling? Poorly maintained units, leaky and/or uninsulated ductwork, old thermostats and dirty filters can lead to higher energy use and poor system wear and tear. The Department of Energy recommends annual maintenance and checkups for your comfort systems. Ryan Lollis, with R&R Heating and Air in Belton, offers an annual maintenance contract for $100 for his clients, which includes two maintenance visits; one for the heating season and one for the cooling. Lollis also recommends residents change their HVAC filters once a month and have a programmable thermostat installed. Residents could see up to a 10 percent decrease in heating

and cooling costs by changing out their old thermostat. Visit www.rrheatingandairsc.com for more tips on energy saving measures for your home. Understanding how your home uses energy is easier said than done, but a comprehensive energy audit conducted by a home performance contractor will help. An energy auditor uses specific diagnostic equipment to determine where energy is being lost and provides the client with energy saving recommendations, as well as payback information. Richard Medford, a home performance contractor with Advanced Energy and Construction, says there are several areas residents can check on their own for improved efficiency and overall health of their home: 1. Be sure your home is insulated properly. 2. Have your home’s HVAC system tuned up annually. 3. Install weather stripping on doors leading to unconditioned space. 4. Make sure all windows are closed and panes are not broken. 5. Check that all exposed water lines are wrapped. 6. Make sure your home is using low flow fixtures. 7. Have a vapor barrier installed in your crawlspace if any exposed dirt is present. 8. Change traditional lighting to energy efficiency lighting. Both Lollis and Medford recommend visiting the Duke Energy’s Smart Saver Program’s website, www.duke-energy. com. Duke Energy provides a free walk through audit for Duke Energy customers. No diagnostic equipment is used in the initial evaluation; however, the Smart Saver Program provides customers with a list of approved home performance and HVAC contractors, such as R&R Heating and Air, who are obligated to follow strict national

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standards for the Duke Smart Saver HVAC Health Check or for the Insulate and Seal programs. Once the work has been completed, depending on what measures are taken, Duke Energy sends a cash rebate to the customer within a few weeks. Make a plan for improving the energy efficiency of your home in 2015 and you just might make it a year of savings!

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just 9 months earlier. The more I looked through the website, I found two similar ideas: I wonder what that would be like. Imagine this for just a second. A place to go downtown to see a movie and enjoy friends, family, and the electricity of the downtown atmosphere. And that is what exactly has happened. Four months after the first idea was submitted, Anderson had its first movie night in Wren Park. The park was packed with people of all ages enjoying Despicable Me 2 projected onto a large, inflatable screen. While the movie was showing, representatives from the City of Anderson passed out surveys asking what movie they would like to see right before Christmas.  On Tuesday, December 9, 2014, movie night returned featuring the Polar Express. People of all ages came with their pajamas and blankets to snuggle in for a Christmas movie. With the large screen, the movie can be seen from anywhere around Wren Park. This has allowed people to come for a night on the town then a movie inside the brand new Wren Park. As a child, I remember my first movie was Star Wars. I remember my parents loading us up into the car and off to the drive-in movie theater. It was great! We could wear our pajamas, bring some snacks and enjoy the movie from the comfort of our car.  Movie night in Wren Park is that same experience. Just pack some snacks, put on your pajamas or comfy clothes, grab those bag chairs and get ready for a night of fun. Similar to the drive-in movie theater, you have to get there early to find yourself good spot. But with any popular venue, the need to get there early for a good place to sit reveals something important. People like to come downtown to enjoy a good movie. Before the movie, I know my family likes to stop by and grab some coffee and a treat at Figs Beanery & Creamery right around the corner. That is the joy of a downtown movie night: you are just a short walking distance from any restaurant, coffee shop, or knick-knack store.  It is my hope there will be more movie nights downtown in 2015.  If you have an idea, please share it on WhatIfAnderson.com. You never know who might be reading. You just might come up with a cool idea like Movie Night in Wren Park! n andersonmagazine.com

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udy Booker has probably been in your living room at some time over the past 25-plus years. She’s reported on the Upstate’s weather on both channel WYFF and WSPA, and just recently retired from her career at WSPA. Originally from Wisconsin, Booker began her television career shortly after college by working behind the scenes. She moved to Augusta, GA and served as a writer/producer at a local news station and was asked to do the weather for them. That began the start of her successful television career. In addition to local news, Booker has used her dynamic personality to make a successful real estate career as well as being the proprietor of a retail shop in Anderson a few years ago. As she is settling into retirement from television, there’s no doubt she’ll stay quite busy – with her real estate job, 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild, there’s no sign of Booker slowing down. You just won’t get to see her in your living room each day!

4. Is it true the camera adds 10 pounds? I think that is very true. It is better now with HD TV, but I still look bigger and taller on air. 5. You have had a varied career - kitchen store owner, TV, real estate, - what was your favorite thing and why? I would have to say I have enjoyed all my careers but doing the weather and television has been my favorite. Working in TV news has kept me up with what is happening in the world and there is always something new. I have loved meeting all the people in this area. I loved talking to the civic groups, churches and the schools. It definitely was not a boring job.  I think it keeps you young always on the go and always knowing what is happening in the world and the community. I have met some wonderful people.

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1. In your television career, who is the most famous person you ever met? I have met a few, but it was years ago when I first entered the business. I guess I would say Ted Turner, he owned a station my husband worked for in Charlotte, NC. I also met and did promos with Willard Scott, the meteorologist at NBC back in the 80s.

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2. What is a big misconception or myth you can dispel about how television news works? In weather, people think we read a teleprompter but we do not. Everything we do is ad lib, but we prepare the weather report which takes around two hours. We have to change data, set up our shows and get our information and maps ready for on air. 3. What is the biggest blunder you ever made on camera? I guess that would be getting the giggles, and I could not continue. Everyone in the studio was laughing and we had to go to break.

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hen the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce holds its annual meeting in January, it will host Gov. Nikki Haley as its keynote speaker. Haley will discuss and economic development in the Upstate and in South Carolina at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting on Friday, January 30 in the ballroom of the Anderson Civic Center. Governor Haley was elected the 116th Governor of South Carolina in 2010, and was re-elected to a second term in November. Since first taking office, Governor Haley has focused on creating jobs and improving the business climate in South Carolina. Other states now look to South Carolina as an example for how to recruit new businesses while taking care of the businesses they already have. The event will be held at the Anderson County Civic Center, located at 3027 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. in Anderson, SC, from 11:45 am until 1:30 pm. The Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce will recognize outgoing board members, and award the following awards: the 2014 Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award; the 2014 Non-Profit Director of the Year Award; the 2014 Ambassador of the Year Award, and the 2014 Leadership Anderson Alumni Award. Registration is available at www.andersonscchamber. com. For more information, contact the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce at 864.226.3454. n

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You may have received or given wine as a gift this holiday season. It’s a common Christmas “go to” idea and the same thinking is applied to housewarmings, family occasions, and the upcoming Valentine’s Day. Dinner out with your significant other could require choosing an appropriate wine. Many dread appearing Neolithic. Not to worry, the mystique surrounding the selection of “vino” can be eliminated by using a few simple guidelines. Generally speaking, the more delicate the dish the lighter the wine; whereas a full flavored dish needs a full-bodied wine. • For the beginner, I recommend coursing your wine by the glass with your meal. If the restaurant has a wine expert, please ask for their assistance. It’s less risky, educational, and a good wine steward won’t burst your budget. If you’re on your own, you can’t go wrong starting with Champagne or Prosecco. They pair well with any appetizer or other food item.

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he Mayor’s Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast will be held on January 16, 2015 at the Civic Center of Anderson at 8 a.m. The public is invited to join City of Anderson Mayor Terence Roberts, other public officials and distinguished guests to hear keynote speaker Representative Chandra E. Dillard of Greenville. Representative Dillard served on the Greenville County Council from 1999-2008 and has served in the South Carolina State House, representing District 23, since 2008. She is the Director of Community Relations at Furman University. This is the eighth year for the Mayor’s breakfast which kicks off the weekend of Martin Luther King, Jr. celebrations and events across the area. In addition to the keynote speaker, guests will be treated to special music and the Mayor will announce the 2015 Trailblazer Award winner. The Trailblazer Award is presented annually at the breakfast to honor someone who has demonstrated Rep. Chandra E. Dillard distinguished service to the Anderson community. Doors open at 7:45 a.m. Breakfast will be served and the program will begin at 8:15 a.m. For more information contact City Hall at 864-231-2200. n

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Recommended Wine of the Issue: Argyle Pinot Noir 2012, Willamette Valley Oregon This elegant, light yet velvety Pinot rated 90 points smart buy with Wine Spectator, and displays ripe watermelon and cherry flavors. Pair this with baby back ribs or a cheese board of Manchego and Gruyere.

• Most salads can be paired with a light white of medium-acidity such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio. • We all know “red meats go with red wine,” but there are legions from which to choose. If you’re not sure, “Go Pinot” (Noir, that is). It’s light enough to please most palates. Merlot is also a good choice for a medium bodied selection. Cabernet Sauvignon is much heavier, tannic, and dry. Pair it with bolder meats such as lamb and beef. Fish or seafood calls for Chardonnay or White Bordeaux. • The big finish…dessert. Go back to sparkling wine if it’s a romantic celebration of extraordinary circumstances… like popping the question (hint: if he/she says “yes,” buy the whole bottle and share it with the staff…very classy move). Otherwise a sweet ice wine or glass of port is great with most finales. Pacing your special dinner is key and choosing wines isn’t complicated if you follow these principles. But always remember, if you do muck it up, it’s just “spilt wine,” not the end of the world. Your partner will love you anyway. n Cheers to you!

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esolving to shop local doesn’t just do you good, it helps the local economy too. According to the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce, if every household in Anderson County spent just $50 a month shopping local this year, the result would be $43.8 BILLION injected straight into our county’s economy. Shopping local, or shopping in places locally owned and operated, keeps money in the county, instead of being shipped off to corporate headquarters somewhere. And it helps more than just the county’s economy. “Shopping local is important because in addition to supporting the local economy, it support the people in our county,” said Lee Propp, owner of Propp Drugs in Anderson. Propp Drugs has been in Anderson for over 50 years, Propp said. His father opened the store and convinced him to stay on. Now Propp and his son work there together. Over the years, he said, he’s seen a lot more competition come in from larger chain stores. What has contributed to the sore’s success, though, has been the fact that it is locally owned and operated, he said. “There’s an element of trust here,” Propp said. “When you call up our store, you’re talking to a person. When you’ve got a cold, you can pick up the phone and you know who you’re talking to and they know you. They know what will be good for you and you know that you can trust what they tell you to take.” Independently owned places like Propp Drugs can also do things that big box stores can’t, like make custom-made items. At Propp Drugs, compound prescriptions, pet prescriptions and hormone replacement therapy prescriptions are no problem, where they may be at a chain store. “A lot of times, the pharmacists at those stores won’t know how to make what a person needs, and they will recommend that the customer come to us,” Propp said. Shopping local doesn’t necessarily mean spending more, said Scott Junkins with Harris Flooring America. Started in 1947, Harris used to be Harris Carpet. The name of the store changed, Junkins said, to reflect the store’s ability to provide a wider array of flooring solutions. “I think generally there’s a misconception that our products cost more,” Junkins said. “But when customers compare product to product, our prices with the prices at other stores, I think they’ll find that our prices are better overall.” Many times, the local stores can do things quicker than chain stores, he said. “We can get next day delivery, which means we can do installations within 72 hours,” he said. “Many times, at the big box stores, a customer will have to wait days to get delivery of their materials because it has to go through a distribution center before coming to the store.”

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BUSINESS & INDUSTRY According to the Chamber, when your dollar is spent locally, it not only stays here, but it’s turned over as many as three times–paying for groceries, gas and services within our community. Junkins said his business relied on relationships with existing vendors, such as installers. Shopping local, he said, doesn’t just pay for his salaries, but for the salaries of local installers who work for him. “We’ve been working with the same installers for 18 to 20 years,” he said. “We know them. In some of these newer companies and larger companies, they’re getting installers they don’t know who come in from Charlotte and Atlanta.” So resolve to shop local this year. Because when you shop local, your money goes toward one of your neighbor’s daughter’s dance classes, not toward another payment on the CEO’s yacht. n

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It was February 1961. The Quarrymen had only recently changed their name to The Beatles. John F. Kennedy was in the first weeks of his presidency. It was the year Sputnik would take a dog into space. Harper Lee would win the Pulitzer for “To Kill a Mockingbird.” And Willie Mae Lee walked in to her local hospital and offered to help. In the 53 years since, she has logged more than 15,000 hours of volunteer service to AnMed Health. And she won’t quit anytime soon. “This keeps me going,” Willie Mae Lee has volunteered for more than 50 years. Mrs. Lee says as she moves patterns and cloth across a table in the sewing room in a fort patients. corner of the hospital. “They asked me how long I’m going “We have gotten nice notes. One man carried his comto do it and I say, ‘As long as I can get here.’” fort pillow to all of his doctor appointments and when he Her first trip to what was then Anderson Memorial died he was buried with his comfort pillow. When you hear Hospital came just a few months after she and her late hus- things like that it means a lot to you to know you made a band Bob moved to Belton, where he went to work for The difference for someone,” Mrs. Lee said. Belton Bank. Some of her 15,000 hours of service were logged outside of the sewing room, too. Mrs. Lee served on the board of the Auxiliary and as president of the Auxiliary for a time. As president she had a seat on the hospital board and volunteered almost every day. Another woman who volunteered much of her energy to “You really learn a lot on the Auxiliary board. I’ve visthe hospital, founder Jennie Gilmer, was still alive and had ited different areas of the hospital and it’s interesting to see been actively engaged as a hospital board member until what’s going on. It was a learning experience,” she says. “I 1958. Between them, the two women have given time to all wish more people in the Auxiliary would take advantage of but two of the hospital’s 106 years. being on our board.” Mrs. Lee says volunteering gives her a sense of fulfillMrs. Lee also chairs an Auxiliary committee that awards ment. scholarships, and on the 50th anniversary of her service to “It’s been a long journey but it’s been enjoyable. If I AnMed Health, that scholarship was named in her honor. didn’t enjoy it I wouldn’t be here,” she says. “Volunteering She also served as historian for the group. Her 40 years of … it means a lot to me. I give back, but I get more out of it scrapbooks were the foundation for a publication celebratthan I give. I get back more than I could ever give.” ing the Auxiliary’s 50th anniversary. One constant during her tenure has been her original Through hip replacement and heart surgery, Mrs. Lee reason for going in that first day. Two women she met in told her physicians to hurry up and make her well. She had Belton had started a sewing group at the hospital and asked volunteering to do. It’s service that’s good for the soul, she the newcomer from Charlotte to join them. says. Service that helps bring substance to life. She recom“We originally made stuff for the operating room and mends it for everyone. towels for the ER. The operating room needed sheets for “I would tell [young people] volunteering is the best operating with holes in a certain place,” she said. Today the thing they could ever do in their life,” she said. “I wouldn’t sewing room remains busy, but most of their products com- ever want to do without it myself.” n

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Polar Plunge for Preemies

Don’t Get the Cyber Blues This Year By Chip Reaves We live in a wonderful world of technology and social media where you can share every moment and memory online with tools like Facebook, Instagram, Facetime, and more. Unfortunately there are some internet bad guys out there who don’t mind “photo bombing” all your online accounts if it means they can make a quick buck. “We see at least 20 infected computers every week” says Scott Smith, owner of Clever Tech Solutions in Anderson. “Most of them are minor, but these new Crypto viruses are definitely the worst.” According to Smith, a new breed of viruses with names like Cryptolocker, Cryptowall, or TorrentLocker are especially good at making people miserable – and making the crooks rich. “It usually starts with an email that might pretend to be a fax, or a receipt, or some sort of update. It has an unusual attachment, and when the person opens the attachment, the infection begins.” Smith says the virus doesn’t reveal itself right away – first it scans the computer and begins encrypting data. Once encrypted, the documents, photos, and other files will be inaccessible without a special encryption key – which the crooks will be happy to sell to you, for a price. “In most cases, after a few days the virus will revel itself and demand a ransom, usually around $300. Unfortunately,

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you have to decide between paying the criminals or losing your files forever, unless you have a good cloud-based backup copy.” Having a cloud-based or offsite backup is important, since the virus will often encrypt any local backups too. Other precautions Clever Tech Solutions recommends include: • Installing all Microsoft security updates at least monthly • Using top quality virus & malware protection software • Treating any emails with attachments as suspicious “With an updated computer, good protection software, and an off-site backup, you can enjoy making memories with your family the way it should be – in front of a camera,” said Smith. n

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he only girl in a set of triplets, Grace Cromer was born three months premature weighing only one pound and ten ounces. She is now a beautiful and healthy 16 year old who is the founder of Pennies4Preemies. Pennies4Preemies is a recognized nonprofit that helps to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. These funds stay local and are used by The Children’s Hospital of The Greenville Health System to support premature patients and their families. Pennies4Preemies also reaches out to children in Anderson County who are affected by special needs and illnesses. These families may receive financial assistance or donations of items that are needed for their daily care. Families are also connected with other community agencies to ensure that all of their needs are being met.   Saturday, February 7, Pennies4Preemies will host a Polar Bear Plunge at Portman Marina. The plunge will include local celebrity jumpers, but the public is invited to “join the jump” to raise funds as well. Register to be a jumper by February 1 for $25 and receive a free t-shirt. Onsite registration will be $30 and does not include a t-shirt. You may register online at  www.Pennies4Preemies.com or by calling  864634-6524. n

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o one actually gets excited over New Year’s resolutions such as “improve my cultural awareness,” but if you live in or around Anderson County, you should be downright enthusiastic, even thrilled, about the cultural and entertainment possibilities that are a stone’s throw away on any given day of the week, all year long. Below is a list highlighting some of the more popular and more obscure cultural activities in the area. I am hoping this list will make my New Year’s resolution a tad easier to keep. The hardest part is doing them all!

Clemson University is home of the Brooks Center for Performing Arts located on the Clemson University Campus. The Brooks Center hosts events ranging from a free performance by Emmy nominated jazz pianist, Vijay Iyer, on January 15 at 7:30 p.m.; to a modern dance exhibit by Urban Bush Women on January 27, 8 p.m.; to a retelling of Orpheus called “Eurudice” on February 19 and 21. A full schedule of upcoming events and ticket information can be found on their website, www.clemson.edu/brooks/events.

The Anderson Arts Center

Castlebay’s Julia Lane and Fred Gosbee

The Anderson Arts Center, located in downtown Anderson behind the Farmers Market at 110 Federal Street, hosts events, exhibits and classes throughout the year. The 2015 Migratory Water Fowl and Duck Stamp and Wildlife Banquet is January 30. Sydney Berkley with The Anderson Arts Center, invites readers to visit their website, www.andersonarts.org, for more information on this ticketed event. The 40th Annual Juried Show is March 28. The center will accept artwork March 27-28. The premier party is the evening of the 28th. Times and rules will be online closer to the date. The Warehouse Wine Series of 2015 begins in May, and the Winter/Spring Art Classes will begin again in Mid-January and will run until the end of May.

Belton Center for The Arts

The Anderson County Museum

The Anderson County Museum is a fantastic spot for upping your cultural ante. The museum is host to 13 permanent exhibits, several of which are designed to welcome and educate children. The South Carolina National Heritage Corridor selected the ACM as a one of the landmarks on their 240 mile stretch. The Museum Gift Shop is fabulous stop for gifts reflecting a South Carolina theme for all occasions and ages. For more information, visit their website, www.andersoncountymuseum.org, or call 864-260-4737.

Electric City Playhouse

The Belton Center for the Arts serves as a hub in Belton for all things “art” from exhibits, to lessons to camps and more. The gallery is open from 10-5:30 Tuesdays through Fridays and also from 10 to 2 on Saturdays. Beginning Feb. 1, the gallery will host Speaking of Sumi: Yoshiko Moon Art Exhibit featuring works by Yoshiko Moon of the Anderson International Festival. The exhibit will run through March 28.

Extend your Valentine’s Day celebration with Castlebay and some “Scottish Highland Romance” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 19 at the Anderson County Library, 300 N. McDuffie St. The image of the fiercely independent Scots highlander of the late 17th and early 18 centuries has evoked romance and fantasy. This fiery image continues to smolder today with novels like Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” series fanning the flames. Castlebay’s concert will feature both tender and passionate songs from the time of the 1745 Jacobite rebellion which is depicted in Gabaldon’s work. Julia Lane and Fred Gosbee make up the popular Celtic music duo, which has been coming to Anderson every year since 2005. Both have received critical praise for their expressive vocal harmonies as well as their expertise on Celtic harp, guitar, fiddle, and woodwinds. The performance is sponsored by the Friends of the Anderson County Library and is open to the public free of charge.

Art in Public Places Throughout downtown Anderson, there are many visual art exhibits that you may run into on the street if you are looking ahead! One is the bronze statue of William Church Whitner, who built the first hydro-electric power plant in South Carolina. Children (and adults) will enjoy finding the Carolina Wren statues throughout the downtown area for a unique “bird watching” experience. By beautifying everyday necessities, nine gray metal traffic control cabinets have been transformed into pieces of art, and painted quilt panels adorn many buildings in the area. The Wise Walks Public Art Project puts snippets of historical facts and words of wisdom right under our feet, and the large mouth bass statues remind us that Lake Hartwell is a work of art itself.

Project Challenge Playhouse

Just around the corner from the Anderson Arts Center is the Electric City Playhouse, at 514 N. Murray Avenue. The Electric City Playhouse is a non-profit black box theater hosting six season shows each year. The ECP hosts “The 3rd Annual Elvis Tribute” January 10, 7-9 p.m. The box office opens Monday-Friday, noon-5 p.m. and one hour before a performance. Visit their website, www. ecplayhouse.com for more information. andersonmagazine.com

Celtic Duo Makes Beautiful Music Together

Brook Center for Performing Arts

The Project Challenge Playhouse, located just outside of Historic downtown Anderson at the Anderson Adult Education Center, 2005 North Main Street, is another local theater worth rearranging your schedule to visit. The Project Challenge Playhouse is a non-profit, totally volunteer organization with the mission to promote, support and provide the opportunity to all students attending Anderson District Five schools. “Into the Woods, Jr,” will be on stage March 5-8 and March 12-15. 58

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The Legend of St. Valentine From History.com

The history of Valentine’s Day–and the story of its patron saint–is shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. But who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with this ancient rite?

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Did You Know? Approximately 150 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine’s Day the second most popular card-sending holiday after Christmas.

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The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death. Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons, where they were often beaten and tortured. According to one legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl–possibly his jailor’s daughter–who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories all emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic and– most importantly–romantic figure. Celebrating in Modern Times In addition to the United States, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Australia. Americans probably began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s. In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland began selling the first mass-produced valentines in America. Howland, known as the “Mother of the Valentine,” made elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as “scrap.” Today, according to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. (An estimated 2.6 billion cards are sent for Christmas.) Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines. n

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V OL UNT E ER I By Danielle Shuff

f you’re planning on “ bettering yourself ” this new year, why not start from the inside out and give of your time to others in need. Numerous research studies show that people who volunteer their time to help others develop strong social bonds that alleviate stress and reduce the risk of various diseases. Generally speaking, volunteering provides an increased perception of self-efficacy, greater self-esteem, higher levels of happiness, and improved levels of life-satisfaction. Volunteers are more likely to have better health later in life than those who do not volunteer. Volunteer activities reinforce a healthy lifestyle and lead to future volunteer activities down the road. Are you entering your golden years or have a loved one who is? Volunteering has been shown to be especially helpful to those in their later years, particularly retirees. Volunteering helps keep seniors moving, reducing the risk andersonmagazine.com

of physical decline from inactivity. It also promotes their self-worth because it provides them with a social role and a sense of purpose at a time when they leave their roles as an employee or parent. Those who have suffered recent losses benefit greatly from volunteering as well. By providing the freedom of choosing to do a certain activity while providing an obligation to serve, volunteering keeps people from isolating themselves during difficult times and helps them build trust in others. Serving others can also strengthen social bonds and give the person a greater sense of self-worth because they are making a difference in someone else’s life. So, now that you know the benefits of volunteering, besides the help you’ll be giving to others, you need to know where to start, right? Check out the following charities in Anderson County:

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I am for the Anderson County child: If you are over the age of 21 and want to help kids in the community, check out this organization. By volunteering your time with I am for the Anderson County child, you will be partnered with a child who is suspected of being abused or neglected. After getting to know the child, you will make recommendations to a judge so that they can make an informed decision about the child’s future. American Red Cross Disaster Volunteer: Do you want to help provide emergency assistance to those in need around the county? Join the American Red Cross as a Disaster Volunteer to respond to community disasters by providing shelter, food, clothes, medicine, and emotional support to those affected.

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Make-A-Wish Foundation of South Carolina: Do you want to help makes dreams come true? Consider one of the several volunteer positions with Make-A-Wish Foundation of South Carolina. You can work with the wish children to help make their dreams come true through event planning, raising awareness for the organization, providing handson volunteer experience with kids in the community, or contributing specific skill sets to various assignments.

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Habitat for Humanity of Anderson County: Do you want to help improve the housing available in Anderson County? If so, then volunteer for Habitat for Humanity of Anderson County to build and improve homes for families in need. Anderson County Library System: Do you love books? Then donate your time to the Anderson County Library System! As a volunteer, you will work at in the Friends Café and Book Store at the library or you can put your nose in the books and sort through donated books! United Way of Anderson County: Are you someone who likes to mix it up every once in a while? By volunteering for United Way of Anderson County, you can participate in a wide range of volunteer activities to help support your community.

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No matter what type of volunteer work you are interested in, there is some way for you to donate your time to your community. Visit www.volunteermatch.com to get a comprehensive list of volunteer options available in the area, and start bettering yourself and the lives of others today! n

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Anderson Humane Society: Are you an animal lover? Volunteer your time to help the Anderson Humane Society by participating in fundraising activities, taking dogs to adoption events, and help potential adopters select the animal that best suits their family. Foothills Alliance Sexual Trauma Center: Do you want to help survivors of sexual trauma? By serving as a Survivor’s Advocate for the Foothills Alliance Sexual Trauma Center, you will answer calls coming in to the hotline and accompany survivors to the emergency room after a recent assault.

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Haven of Rest Ministries, Inc.: Do you want to help homeless people in Anderson County get back on their feet? Consider donating your time to Haven of Rest through their rescue mission, men’s training center, and women’s ministry or donate items to the organization. Anderson County Museum: Interested in helping out with the local history? You can volunteer in various areas at the Anderson County Museum including manning the information desk, working in the museum store, coordinating special events throughout the year or cataloguing the museum’s artifacts.

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TRAVEL & LEISURE

Plan the Perfect Romantic Getaway

Now is the time to take that romantic trip you and your sweetheart have talked about taking. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, you might want to consider enlisting a travel agent to make sure you get everything squared away in time. Are you aware that travel agents never charge a fee for their services? Diane Allen and her team of travel associates, from CruiseOne Travel in Anderson, would love to help you plan your next getaway, and it will not cost you anything except the time it takes you to call (225-3650).

Romance in the South

Weekend trips to Savannah, Georgia are romantic and fairly inexpensive, Driving down takes several hours and gives you time to unwind and talk as you begin your weekend together. Check into a beautiful hotel, hold hands and walk along the river as you try to decide where to eat supper. Catch a carriage ride for two and enjoy the laidback atmosphere of a city steeped in history. Your travel agent will help you find the perfect package within your budget.

Take A Trip Back in Time By Danielle Shuff

Tropical Paradise

For those of you who want to travel somewhere warm in February, how about visiting Punta Cana or Riviera Maya? Depending on the season and destination, a flight out of Atlanta, along with an all-inclusive resort stay start at only $600 a person. You and that special someone will enjoy a welldeserved romantic escape and make memories you will remember for a lifetime.

Are you looking to visit some historical sites over the next year? You don’t have to go far! Check out Ashtabula Plantation, a house museum from the colonial period, in Pendleton. It has operated as a house museum since the mid-1970s, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a site on the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor.

The plantation sits on 10 acres of land and has a twostory brick structure dating back to as early as 1790 that once served as a tavern for travelers. After building the plantation home, the owners had the tavern connected to the main house by a breezeway and used it as a kitchen. Other rooms in the tavern were converted to servant quarters and schoolrooms. Lewis Ladson Gibbes, who lived from 1771 to 1828, built the main house around 1825. Later, other owners expanded the house to 10 rooms and expanded the farmland over more than 1,000 acres of land. Tours of the plantation are offered throughout the year so you don’t have to worry about going during a specific season. You can tour the two-story clapboard plantation home on Fridays and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. You can also arrange a private tour if you go with at least five other people. Tours are conducted by the Pendleton Historic Foundation. The foundation restored the house and furnished it with antebellum antiques and artifacts from the families who lived there. n

Mountain Retreat.

Tennessee is only a few hours away by car. By Friday evening, after a long week at work, you could be sitting in a hot tub overlooking a gorgeous sunset in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Hiking, mountain biking, spa treatments, hunting for waterfalls and antiquing are all terrific ideas for a mini vacation. Weekend packages for Valentine’s Day at the Park Vista hotel in Gatlinburg start around $180.

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Myrtle Beach is a wonderful winter weekend destination. Stores, shows, golf courses and restaurants are open all year at the beach, and you will not have to fight traffic or long lines in February. This is the perfect time to pack your bags and spend a weekend in a in a luxurious hotel suite overlooking the ocean, because prices are rock bottom this time of the year. “Travel agents are your best source for planning your vacation, and you won’t find a travel agency with better customer service than mine. I truly want the best travel experience for my clients, and we will work hard to make sure you have an excellent vacation,” says Allen. andersonmagazine.com

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If you have a little more time and would enjoy someone else doing all of the cooking, cleaning and entertaining, then a short cruise would be great getaway. Pack your bags, leave your car at the port and cruise to the Bahamas. Allen is a recipient of the Golden Excellence Award and one of the top 15 cruise agents for Carnival Cruise Lines in the entire US and Canada. She says there is still time to book the Carnival Fantasy sailing out of Charleston on February 14!

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#ParentingFail By April Cameron

Yeah, yeah, we all say we try to be the best parents we can be. And that’s true. But the fact of the matter is, sometimes we just screw up. I remind my kids that even though I’m a grown up, I still make mistakes. There is no rule book, no directions on what to do. As a mom, I’m doing the best I can with what seem to be good decisions at the time. However, I think I’ve had more than my fair share of parenting fails. I’m not talking about things like turning a favorite white Nike Elite sock pink, or packing the wrong chips, I’m talking big time, embarrassed to share details Parenting Fails. For example, over the summer, we went on a great family vacation to the beach. Lots of fun in the sun, sand and surf. After a fun-filled night of putt-putt and junk food, my

8-year-old son sees the Holy Grail of the evening – a tethered bungee “ride.” We’re having a good time, rolling with the flow, so we head over and sign him up. As we are watching others before our turn, I noticed he got extra quiet. Pure silence (and that NEVER happens with him). Up, up, up they go…and BOING, BOING, BOING, down they come. It’s his turn and he goes with Sean (significant other). Up, up, up. I’m filming with the phone, Sean’s waving, and it’s awesome. Until I hear a man behind me say, “What’s that kid doing up there? He’s terrified.” WHAT? Terrified, they’re waving at me! Oh wait. That’s not waving. That’s the “cut” signal. Embarrassed it took a perfect stranger to notice the sheer horror in my son’s face, I signal the bungee employee to abort, abort, abort. That’s one of those where I told the kids, “Let’s keep this between us.” #parentingfail Of course, I don’t let my daughter off the hook with Parent Fails either. It was the first year of middle school this year so we worked extra hard on the perfect outfit for picture days. Pictures come back, she tells me she hates them and doesn’t want any, so I write that off. She takes 100 selfies every day. Who needs school photos? A couple of weeks later she tells me we have to turn back in the proofs. Ummm, what? She says, “You know where you put them, right, Mom?” My answer is, “Of course I know… in the trash. You said you didn’t want any.” Turns out we were supposed to return them even if we didn’t want them, and I had to admit to her teacher that I threw her very first middle school photos in the trash. Nice move. #parentingfail And most recently in yet another attempt to be super mom, I was playing football in the backyard with my son and the neighbor child. These kids go hard, so I’m up for the challenge. I go out for the pass, Coop is guarding me, I make the extra effort reach to pull in the football and down Cooper goes. I trip, fall, come to my senses and he is crying. “What happened? Where are you hurt?” I ask. “You stepped on my face,” he says. Stepped. On. His. Face. #parenting fail But I try not to sweat the small stuff. I’ve probably done much worse that these things, and I’m sure every now and then, I do something much better. So, I’ll just keep trying to be a good mom and just hope my photo doesn’t show up on social media with the hashtag “parentingfail.” n

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localevents JANUARY January 7 Lunch and Link: Getting Organized with Google Noon – 1:30 United Way Office lunchandlinkgoogle.eventbrite.com

Jan 8 & 9 Belton Honea Path Players Present The Jungle Book 6:30 p.m. • BHP Auditorium $5 per person; children 5 and under are free

Jan 16 Mayor’s MLK Day Breakfast 8 a.m. Anderson Civic Center Info: 864-231-2200 Jan 17 MLK Day of Service 9 a.m. South Main Chapel & Mercy Center

Those in need will receive blankets, hats, scarves, gloves & school supplies lynn.dingle@uwandersoncty.com

January 21 Workshop: Jumpstart Your Organization’s Strategic Planning 9:30am – 1pm United Way Office jumpstartplanning.eventbrite.com

Jan 30 Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Luncheon 11:45 a.m. Anderson Civic Center Featured speaker: Governor Nikki Haley 864.226.3454 or visit  www.andersonscchamber.com.

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If you’re up for some travel, here are a few great events happening around our great state!

Feb 6 Chamber of Commerce Toast and Topics 7:30 – 9 a.m. Tucker’s Restaurant

$12 – Chamber members; $20 – Non members 864.226.3454 or gbolt@andersonscchamber.com

Feb 17 Small Business Workshop: Ten Thing You Should be Doing, but Probably Aren’t Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce

Jan 1 – Jan 19 Ice on Main Greenville Times Vary www.iceonmain.com

$15 – Chamber members; $35 – Non members 864.226.3454 or gbolt@andersonscchamber.com

Jan 14 & 15 SC AgriBiz & Farm Expo Florence 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. www.scagribiz.com

Feb 20 – 22 BassMaster Classic Green Pond Landing Anderson www.bassmaster.com

Jan 16-18 SOS Mid-Winter Break Shagging Event Myrtle Beach www.shagdance.com

Feb 20 Mardi Gras in the Electric City 7 p.m. • Civic Center $35 per person www.acmow.org

Jan 25 Low Country Oyster Festival Boone Hall Plantation Mt. Pleasant $17.50 per ticket www.charlestonrestaurantassociation.com

Feb 21 Upstate Regional Drill Competition  All Day Anderson Civic Center

$5 donation at door (funding goes to cover expenses and JROTC of Pendleton High School) www.scdrills.org

Jan 31 & Feb1 Betty Davis, Close Up Portrayed by Leslie Goddard Greenville, Wade Hampton High School 2 p.m. greenvillechautauqua.org

Feb 7 Bacon & Bourbon Charleston Unlimited samples of bacon & bourbon$70 baconandbourbonsc.com Feb 7 Junior League of Columbia’s Clean Sweep Giant rummage sale 8 a.m. www.jlcolumbia.org Feb 11-15 Beaufort International Film Festival Andie MacDowell in attendance beaufortfilmfestival.com Feb 13-15 Southeast Wildlife Exposition Charleston $40 www.sewe.com Feb 20-22 Battle of Aiken www.battleofaiken.org Feb 28 Charleston Brewvival Noon-5 p.m. $74.14 per person www.brewvival.com


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