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Anderson September/October 2018


AnMed Health Auxiliary

Celebrates 60 Years

Havana Redux BACK TO










September/October 2018 Publisher/Editor April Cameron

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Marketing Director Ashleigh Cole Graphic Design Jennifer Walker Contributing Writers Caroline Anneaux April Cameron Liz Carey Lisa Marie Carter Mike McMillan Jay Wright


When Everything Has Its Place

Back to School




Featured Photographer Black Truffle Photography Anderson Magazine is published six times a year. Advertising Inquiries: 864-906-1783 ON THE COVER: Serena

AnMed Auxiliary Celebrates 60 Years

Lifelong Learning

Tom Gibson is a photgrapher and experienced traveler and will have his work featured in an art show at the Anderson Arts Center later this year.

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Letter from the Editor

Goodbye Summer Well, it’s here! The early mornings, the lunch packing, the crazy schedules…all the things I dislike about school. But, that also means it’s time to watch the kids play sports, have them eating a little better during the day and getting everyone to bed at a decent time…which are all things I like about school! By now, we have a few weeks under our belt, and while the transition from the freedom of summertime to the rigidness of school is difficult, it really is a blessing that our kids have great opportunities in all of our school districts. We have highlighted things from each public school district in our Back To School story. You can see what is going on where your child attends school – and what the other districts are doing that you might like to see also incorporated in your district. But school isn’t just for those from elementary to high school in Anderson County! In addition to college educations, we have an amazing program at Anderson University called the Lifelong Learning Institute which welcomes adults to continue educating themselves without things like exams or homework! This program offers courses that are educational and fun and often include travel, theater visits and more. Check it out and see what opportunities you might find interesting. Now, for those who view the back-to-school time as chaotic, like I do, getting those kiddos out of the house for several hours a day will hopefully relieve some of the chaos in my house! With my children home more, there seem to be more dishes, more laundry and just more “stuff ” everywhere. If you’re feeling like you need to just flip your house upside down and shake out all the extra contents, you’ll love our story on getting organized! Michelle Pickens started a business called Stow Upstate which helps people get organized in their homes or offices. This story profiles her business and also shares her best practices on where to donate items you no longer want or need. In addition to donating items, you might should consider a garage sale, because when you see the amazing photos from our cover story, you’ll be wanting some extra cash to plan a trip to Cuba! I am not a very traveled person, and the few times

I have traveled out of the country, it has not been the best experience I have ever had. So, when travel to Cuba became a reality again, I barely noticed. However, Tom Gibson (on the cover) visited my Rotary Club (Rotary Club of Greater Anderson) and presented to us his amazing photos that he took while visiting there. And now, I’m adding Cuba to a place I would actually visit! Y’all, they are truly breathtaking! For me, his photos are such story-telling images…I can almost imagine what it would actually be like in Cuba. The photos you’ll see with this story are just a few of the amazing images I’ve had the privilege of seeing, and I know you’ll enjoy them, too. The good news is that you’ll be lucky enough to see a larger collection at the Anderson Arts Center with a show that will run Jan. 11- Feb. 14. Lastly, we are entering into the five-year anniversary of Anderson Magazine! This is the fifth September/ October issue we’ve produced, and I’m so thankful for your continued interest and support of this little dream I had. When you visit our advertisers, please let them know you saw them here! Or if you check out a business or event due to a story you read, let them know as well! Hope you enjoy this very special fifth-year issue!

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AnMed Health

New procedure provides lasting relief for reflux sufferers

For most people, acid reflux is the body’s way of reminding us to eat slower and skip that third piece of pizza. But for millions of people like Greg Hill, acid reflux is more than a temporary annoyance. Greg, an active 47-year-old, first remembers dealing with acid reflux as a teenager. Over the years, it got worse and worse. By adulthood, he was taking two prescription drugs in addition to over-the-counter heartburn relief. On particularly bad days, Greg would swallow baking soda to relieve the pain. “It was unbearable. It really truly was,” Greg said. “Even with the medicine.” Frustrated, Greg started researching options online. That’s when he learned about the TIF procedure for gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. GERD is a chronic condition where the gastroesophageal valve allows stomach acid to wash back (or reflux) into the esophagus. The acid irritates the esophagus, causing heartburn and damaging the esophagus over time. While heartburn medicine relieves the burning, it can’t stop reflux from occurring. TIF, or transoral incisionless fundoplication, is an outpatient procedure to repair the valve that causes reflux. TIF is a minimally invasive procedure that leaves no scars and has a faster recovery time and fewer complications than conventional reflux surgery. Dr. Paul Frassinelli of AnMed Health Piedmont Surgical Associates has followed the progress of reflux surgeries over the course of his 20-year career. Of all the developments he’s seen, TIF is the most promising. Studies of the TIF procedure show it can reduce patients’ dependency on medication. Seventy-five

percent of patients are completely off daily medicine after three years. “A lot of patients who would have undergone traditional surgery would be good candidates for this prodecure,” Dr. Frassinelli said. For patients like Greg, TIF is changing the quality of everyday life. Just a few weeks out from surgery, he was eating normally and rediscovering what it’s like to have a pain-free meal. “It was unheard of to not be looking in the cabinet for a medicine to take,” Greg said. “That was a way of life I had to get used to.” To learn more about TIF and whether this procedure is right for you, call AnMed Health Piedmont Surgical Associates at 864-224-1111.

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By Caroline Anneaux

ummer is often a time to relax for most families. The hustle and bustle of school is over, vacations away from home are taken, the days are long and hot, and things just tend to slow down a bit. After these past few months, you may look around your home and notice it looks like it has been on vacation, too! Your standard organization has fallen of the track. The pantry is a little disheveled from kids grabbing constant snacks. The linen closet is a hot mess from pool towels being constantly taken out and put up. The junk drawer is now a junk cabinet, because who has time to put everything where it is “supposed” to go when there are so many fun things to do? Now that the lazy days of summer are over, it’s time to get your home back in order. When every item has a dedicated place, it becomes almost effortless to find things when you need them as well as put them all away quickly to restore order at the end of the day or before


guests arrive. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to make your home a much more peaceful place to live? If getting organized is something you are afraid to tackle on your own, Michelle Pickens, owner of Stow Upstate, is committed to helping you and your family. After years of being a stay-at-home mom to three children, Pickens was interested in putting her mind and work skills to use again, but she was not quite sure what she wanted to do. “A couple of summers ago, I was sitting at a friend’s house discussing what kind of work I would like to do since the kids were a little older and all in school,” said Pickens. “When she mentioned that her home office was a complete wreck and needed someone to organize it, something just clicked.” Pickens always loved organizing things, and she was amazed that her friend was willing to pay her to get her home office straightened up and useable again. When September/October 2018

“My clients want organization in their lives, but they are never sure where to start. I help them choose one space to work on, and we go from there.” her children went back to school that fall, Pickens got busy on the office. She had a great time helping her friend and got paid to do something that she loved. “It took me about a year to get everything in order and make sure I was ready to open my own business,” said Pickens. “Last spring, I officially opened Stow Upstate and have been busy ever since.” Pickens said word of mouth is what keeps her in business. She takes before and after photos to show new clients what she can do, and former clients tell others about the amazing work she did for them. Work has been steady since Stow Upstate opened in 2017. “I love that I own a successful local business in Anderson,” said Pickens. “I also love that I am able to set my hours to work when my children are in school or camp, and I am still able to be at home with them in the afternoons, on weekends and over holidays. I set my schedule around theirs.” When someone first contacts Pickens about helping them organize an area (or areas) in their lives, she meets them to see the disorganized space. “My clients want organization in their lives, but they are never sure where to start,” said Pickens. “I help them choose one space to work on, and we go from there. I help them make a plan and give them ‘homework’ to get them started. All I ask is that they make “give away”, “throw away” and “keep” piles for me, and then I am able to get in there and create a beautiful and functional space for them.” Pickens has several local places she uses for “give away” donations. One of her favorites is the St. John’s United Methodist Church Clothes Closet located downtown on South McDuffie Street. Donated items are free to those who come to “shop” each week, and donors are given tax receipts. “The Clothes Closet at St. John’s is open to the public to shop on Wednesdays,” said Pickens. “They accept gently used clothing and bedding. As long as everything is gently worn or still has new tags, the items will be accepted. Even undergarments that have been washed and are in great shape are appreciated.” Haven of Rest has eight thrift store locations in the area. Pickens likes donating large pieces of furniture, appliances and other household items to this local ministry and to the Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore shop on Murray Avenue. “When I clean out areas for clients there are usually items that are in great shape but not perfect for the organized space I am creating for them,” said Pickens.

“This is when I call Haven of Rest to come pick the items up and give me a tax receipt for my clients. My clients and the local ministry benefit from the donation.” Sometimes clothes or household items are too old or out of style to donate to the clothes closet or to one of the other resale stores. Goodwill is where Pickens chooses to drop off these particular items. “Goodwill is known for recycling old clothes,” said Pickens. “Even if they have holes in them, they will take them and turn them into cleaning rags.” During the sorting process, things can get messy. Pickens tells her clients that it always looks worse before it gets better. Deciding what to keep and what to donate and throw away is something that is individual to each client. “Once I get through the messy process of eliminating what they do not need,” said Pickens. “I can get started on organizing and creating a space my clients will be able to use and keep up with. Part of my job is to let the clients take ownership of the newly created spaces and keep themselves organized from here on out.” Some of her recent jobs have included reorganizing a floral studio, sewing room, playroom, laundry room and mudroom. Pickens is willing to take a look at any space a client needs to organize in a home or office. At this time, she does not clean out and organize garages, sheds, storage units or any other outdoor areas. If you are ready to get organized, but you have no idea where to start, Pickens is ready and willing to help you out. n 7

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Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This event invites participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease. In Anderson, Walk is being held on Saturday, September 22 in Carolina Wren Park. Onsite registration begins at 9 a.m., and Opening Ceremonies start at 9:45 a.m. When you participate in Walk, your fundraising dollars fuel our mission, and your participation in the event helps to change the level of Alzheimer’s awareness in your community. The Alzheimer’s Association provides free, easy-to-use tools and staff support to help participants reach their fundraising goal. While there is no fee to register, we encourage participants to fundraise in order to contribute to the cause and raise awareness. And, all funds raised benefit those affected by Alzheimer’s disease in our own community. For more information, to preregister or form a walking team, visit n

MARK YOUR CALENDAR Saturday, September 22 Carolina Wren Park Onsite registration begins at 9 a.m. Opening Ceremonies at 9:45 a.m

ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE IS AN EPIDEMIC 1.) It’s the only cause of death in the top 10 in America that cannot be prevented, cured or slowed. 2.) Almost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease are women. 3.) One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. 4.) Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. 5.) More than 5 million Americans are living with the disease. 6.) There are an estimated 16 million caregivers of people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias in the United States.



TH leading cause of death in the United States

16.1 MILLION AMERICANS provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias




in medical and care costs

IN 2018, Alzheimer’s and other dementias will cost the nation

These caregivers provided an estimated


of care valued at over

BY 2050, these costs could rise as high as


7.) In the United States someone develops Alzheimer’s every 65 seconds. 8.) In 2017, 16 million caregivers of people living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias provided an estimated 18.4 billion hours of unpaid care, a contribution to the nation valued at more than $232 billion.


Between 2000 and 2015 deaths from heart disease have decreased

11% 123% seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia


MILLION Americans are living with Alzheimer’s

while deaths from Alzheimer’s disease have increased

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BY 2050, this number is projected to rise to nearly



It kills more than breast cancer and prostate cancer


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EVERY 65 SECONDS someone in the United States develops the disease

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Lindsey Daugherty, Principal, Role Model SC, will be leading team Anderson as they open their new community this fall. With over 20 years of experience in the continuum of senior care and working through each step of service beginning with the caregiver role Lindsey has a full circle understanding of the support, leadership, and guidance communities need to become the premier senior care providers. Lindsey’s mission is to change the outcomes of senior care and inspire long term care standards to be delivered at a whole new level of excellence. Lindsey and her team have a deep commitment of service to their residents, associates, families, and community. Lindsey resides in the Anderson-Clemson area with her husband, five children, and grandson.

Chris Pepper, Assistant Executive Director of Anderson. Chris began his journey in college as a med-tech and caregiver where he found his passion for seniors. He took the pathway to administration and quickly became an Executive Director. Chris’s passion, experience, and love for the Lord was a clear match for Dominion Senior Living. Chris strives to bring joy and happiness to other people’s lives and feels blessed with this opportunity every day. He truly feels serving seniors is extremely fulfilling and rewarding. Chris is honored to give back and repay those that have worked hard all of their lives and contributed so much to society. Chris resides in the Starr- Iva area with his wife and son.


Allen Tripp, Campus Service Director ( Maintenance Director) of Dominion Upstate. We give this talented man a broad title because he will begin in Clemson on our construction site until we open our doors for operation in Anderson. Allen Tripp is a hands on, hardworking, and highly skilled professional. He has served our country leading hundreds of men and women, now he will serve our seniors and lead impact.We are so grateful to have Allen onboard and know his future with Dominion Senior Living will be bright. Allen brings a big heart, compassion, and a willingness to grow his Dominion as he serves our community through his gifts. Allen resides in Anderson with his 3 children and his lovely wife, Christy Tripp.


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Robert Kelly, Dining Service Director of Anderson. Robert takes great pride in his role. He has been blessed to work in the culinary field for over 30 years. Robert has been a dietary aide, dishwasher, caterer, cook, supervisor, executive chef, and now a Dining Service Director. He served each position with pride. Robert treats his role with seriousness and compassion. He is ready and proud to serve his community. Robert told us, “ I love to make my residents happy by providing a great dining experience. I love to make my residents very happy in their daily life, and most of all I love having the Lord on my side.” We are just as thrilled as Robert to welcome him to our team. Robert resides in Starr-Iva area.

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Lou Anne Powell, Wellness Director of Anderson. Lou Anne brings 23 years of nursing experience to Dominion of Anderson. We are blessed and so excited to have Lou Anne’s skill set and passion for seniors. Lou Anne Powell has served in our area for many years through hospice services and senior living. Lou Anne also has an operational background in long term care administration. As we all search for our path and our gift, Lou Anne has found nursing is her gift and will express this through her Dominion assignment as our wellness director, in what she calls her third season of life. Dominion Senior Living residents are going to be so loved. Lou Anne resides in Anderson with her husband. She has 2 grown children and five grandchildren.

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Carly Watt, Life Enrichment Director of Anderson. Carly is a recent graduate from Clemson University where she majored in Recreational Therapy. Early on, Carly found her passion for the therapy world; whether that was through activity or physical health, she knew it was where she belonged. Carly enjoys working within the geriatric population and having the opportunity to enhance lives in an active way. Through her passion, love, and development of skills as an activities therapist, she is excited to join the team of Dominion Senior Living. God always leads us to the exact places we need to be and Carly trust in him that this is where she fits. Carly is excited to work in the activities department and for this new Dominion assignment. Carly joins us from the Starr- Iva area.



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SCHOOL By Liz Carey

It’s that most wonderful time of the year again – the days when the constant whining of “But Mom, there’s nothing to doooooooo!” turns to “But Moooom, I don’t want to go to school!” Across Anderson County, school districts are working to ensure that kids are safe and have what they need for a successful 2018-2019 school year. In Anderson School District One, Robbie Binnicker will take on the role of superintendent, following the retirement of David Havird in June. Havird, a 27-year veteran of the school system, announced his retirement in January after having served as a principal, assistant superintendent, associate superintendent and finally superintendent with District One. Students started back on August 20, and will have their first day off on September 3 for Labor Day, followed by a professional development day on October 1. The end of the first 45-day grading period is on October 23. Jane Harrison, associate superintendent with the Williamston-based district, said the district has used the summer to beef up security for the schools and to make some drop-off and pick-up areas safer. The district has hired four new school resource officers, Harrison said, to ensure that there is a fulltime SRO in every school. Additionally, the district participated in Proactive Response Group Training in August to prepare for any active shooter situation, including basic medical care for most emergencies. At Powdersville Middle School, the district has added a connector road to help with traffic congestion on Hood Road during pick-up and drop-off times. The district will also add three new Spanish teachers in order to make Spanish available for students in grades 6 through 8, she said. And at Palmetto High School, the athletics department will have a new multi-purpose room. In Belton and Honea Path-based Anderson School District Two, new classes at BHP High School are on tap to provide students with broader job opportunities once they graduate. District Two Superintendent Richard Rosenberger said the district has added three

new high school courses that are focused on job development skills. In the Introduction to Manufacturing class, students will be exposed to manufacturing skills and tools they would use in that workplace, such as metal lathes and forklift operations. The course will give students the background they need to pursue careers in the manufacturing industry, Rosenberger said. “It’s a demand from our business partners,” he said. “We want to be able to provide these kids with the skills they need to enter the job place, prepared to go to work.” The classes will be held in a renovated classroom, formerly the athletics weight room. “We are doing a whole lot of renovation, and we moved the weight room into a new building,” he said. “We renovated that building into a new fabulous stateof-the-art facility for manufacturing.” The school district will also launch new teacher education classes, he said. The program will introduce students to being a teacher and provide them with experiences readying them for this career path. “There’s a teacher shortage in South Carolina,” Rosenberger said. “If we want to get qualified teachers in our schools, we’re going to need to grow them ourselves. It’s a way to train our students on teacher education and to keep our workforce here.”

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Lastly, the district will provide employee building credentials that will give students in special education instruction in subjects like 3D printing, graphic design and other technology-based skills so that they develop job skills they can use in their future careers. “There are some students that would have gotten an attendance certificate,” he said. “This program will not give them a diploma, but will give them jobs skills. We want to capture them and give them the instruction they will need to be successful after they leave here.” Rosenberger said that he looks forward to the first day of school every year. “This is my 35th year in education and each year is more successful that the last,” he said. “You only have one first day of school, so we want to make sure that it’s a good one for all of our students. I’m looking forward to another great school year.” Changes in technology in the district, like new panel screen displays in some classrooms, he said, are an indicator of how the times have changed. “We don’t teach the same way we taught 20 or 30 years ago,” he said. “In order to successfully educate students now, we need to have the best people possible, with the best tools we can give them, in our classrooms.” In Iva-based Anderson School District Three, the 2018-19 school year promises great things. Anderson Three has developed an app for the iPhone or Android device that is a free download. The A3 App will coordinate all of the district’s social media and web site posts to provide residents with a new communication venue for the year. The app will feed users with information from the district’s Facebook, Twitter and other social media posts, as well as live feeds and other communication for events and information throughout the year. David Nixon, assistant superintendent, said that during the summer, the district IT staff also worked to ready over 800 Chromebooks for students. From grades 3 through 12, each student will have a Chromebook, while in grades K-2, students will share Chromebooks, with one for every two students. Nixon said other projects in the district included upgrading the camera systems to all high definition internet protocol (HDIP) cameras. Between the addition of new cameras and upgrades, he said, there are over 200 cameras in the district-wide surveillance system. In other security and safety measures, the district has updated the fire alarm system at Iva Elementary School and completed roof improvements in all of the district’s buildings. Additionally, the district constructed a new band tower for the marching band program and purchased new helmets for the varsity football team that are equipped with sensors that measure the impact of hits that a player takes throughout the season. Every Anderson Three classroom with be equipped


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traffic flow were addressed at both Riverside Middle School and Pendleton High School. Both schools will see a new traffic pattern during pick-up and drop-off that will prevent cars from stacking up on nearby roads. “We were so concerned about the safety of cars backing up on SC-187,” she said. “That road has so many semis on it, and we were very concerned about a tragedy at the school because of that road. This will solve that problem.” The school district will also work to encourage healthy eating habits through a marketing campaign that features its own athletes. For example, photographs of high school athletes making healthy food choices – like images with milk moustaches – will be placed throughout the district to encourage younger students to eat better. “It’s really about getting the right messages out,” Avery said. “We want to let people know that we’re not only here to offer education solutions, but that we’re here to grow with the community and to provide a healthy, safe environment for their children.” In Anderson-based Anderson School District Five, the biggest news is that students won’t be missing school on snow days thanks to their Chromebooks. According to Kyle Newton, spokesman for the district, students will be able to work on assignments from home if there are any inclement weather days. Even students who don’t have internet access will be able to work on assignments that will be downloaded onto their Chromebooks. “They’re used to using their Chromebooks,” Newton said. “This won’t be anything new to them. But, also, there aren’t that many times that we have snow days in this area.” The no-inclement weather days is part of a pilot program, Superintendent Tom Wilson said. Teachers will also participate in the program, providing instruction to their students if they have questions or comments about the assignments. The

Scho ol Pen dleton High with a SafeCeiver communication device that is integrated with district radio upgrades. The SafeCeiver device provides one-way communication to teachers from administration or emergency personnel in the event of an emergency. “Anderson School District Three believes that every child deserves a champion who will fight for them and work with them,” said Kathy Hipp, superintendent. “Our focus is to create an atmosphere that encourages each child to develop to their full potential by meeting the needs of the whole child including academic, physical, social, and emotional both inside and outside of the classroom.” In Pendleton-based Anderson School District Four, 2018-2019 will be about safety and security, but will also be about letting parents know more about the district. “#ExperienceFour is our new marketing program that is really about getting our brand out there,” said Joanne Avery, superintendent. “When we did some focus groups we found that many people assume that because we’re a smaller school system that we don’t have the same offerings that a large school system has. We wanted to let parents and students know that we can provide everything that a big district has, but with the benefits of a small district.” Those benefits include smaller class sizes and a more nurturing and caring school environment, Avery said. The marketing campaign is a way for the district to tell its own story and to combat a lot of misinformation that is out there, she said. Over the summer, the district has also been working to beef up security in all of the schools. Part of that was to hire two more school resource officers so that every school has a full-time SRO, she said. The district has also added electronic gates on second doors in some schools and will return to ID badges as a requirement for Pendleton High School. To increase the school district’s safety, parking and

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upside, district officials said, is that students won’t have to make up the day at the end of the school year. “And if they don’t get it done during the inclement weather day, they still have an opportunity to make it up,” Newton said. “They’ll have up to five days after they return to school in order to turn the assignment in.” The district is also finishing up the last of its construction projects that were funded by the penny sales tax passed in 2014. A performing arts auditorium is under construction at Southwood School for the Performing Arts. Additionally, construction is wrapping up on the Anderson School of Technology– the career and technical school for Anderson School District’s Three, Four and Five. The $34 million career and technical campus will provide a central location for career and vocational education for the three districts.

Ree dy River at p u n a le C S H GTC The atmosphere of the school not only prepares them for college, but also for life after college, she said. From weekly meetings with academic advisors, to town hall meetings featuring different speakers each month, the charter school exposes them to a variety of ways to become engaged in their community. “We say you don’t want to hoard your learning, you want to take what you’ve learned and use it to make an impact on your community,” she said. As part of that, seniors have capstone projects that directly impact their career or their communities. From community projects, where students work with a local community organization to improve their community; to traditional projects, where students would look into their chosen field and then use that information to benefit their community; to research projects, seniors have to actively use what they have learned, and what they want to do when they leave school, to make an impact. In the past year, Anthony said, one senior used her research project to explore her love of math and fine arts, and after her acceptance to Appalachian State University, was able to continue her research. Now, during her second year in college, she will present that research at a national math convention. Another aspect of the school’s benefits is the small class size, she said. The school is limited to 440 students, and class-size is limited to 25. “Some people enjoy the larger schools and do fine in larger classes, but we feel that the smaller classes give each student a more personal approach to education,” she said. “We have some students who thrive in our school who just need that smaller, more close-knit community.” While classes are filled for this year, the lottery for openings for the 2019-2020 acdemic year will be held in October. An information session about the school will be held at 6 p.m. on September 24 at the school’s building on the Greenville Technical College campus located at 506 S. Pleasantburg Drive. Greenville Technical Charter High School is in Building 119. n

Greenville Tech Charter Scho ol For Anderson parents looking for alternatives to the traditional high school setting, Greenville Technical Charter High School offers a college-based curriculum that allows students to have dual enrollment in college and high school, said Principal Mary Nell Anthony. Located just off of I-85’s exit 46, the school sits on the campus of Greenville Technical College and provides access to college courses as part of the high school curriculum starting during students’ sophomore year. Formerly part of the Greenville School District, Greenville Technical Charter High School is now part of the South Carolina Charter School District and is open to all South Carolina students. “Because we’re in partnership with the college and located on the college campus, our students are in classes with college students,” Anthony said. “Our students can open up the Greenville Technical College course catalogue and take any of those college courses in conjunction with the courses they need from high school that they have identified as part of their individual graduation plan.”


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By Liz Carey

The Anderson County Woman’s Club has not only taken care of the historic Marshall Orr House on Market Street, but has also taken care of the community in ways often not noticed by the community at large. In 1971, the Woman’s Club was started by leaders of several women’s organizations throughout the county. Now a 501(c)3, the Woman’s Club is focused on fostering and encouraging the educational, literary, cultural and civic growth in Anderson County. From providing donations to charity organizations, to scholarships to local women, the organization uses its membership to enhance Anderson County and the surrounding area. Becky Henry, a woman’s club member, oversees the organization’s scholarship efforts. Each year, she said the organization gives out $500 scholarships to women attending either Anderson University or Tri County Technical College. The scholarships have given many women in the area an educational boost, she said. The non-profit organization has donated items to the Calvary Home for Children and provided funding to a variety of charitable groups. Members hold monthly lunch meetings with a variety of speakers. In September, the organization will hold its fashion show that will benefit the house’s operating fund, which goes toward general utility expenses, as well as its expenses maintaining the Marshall Orr House. Donated

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to the group in 1973, the Marshall Orr House was once the home to Dr. Marshall Orr, a prominent physician in Anderson during the 1800s. Now, the house stands as the group’s headquarters, preserved in many ways as it was in the 1900s. The fashion show will feature the Hartwell, Georgia, fashion store, BailesCobb. Representatives from the store will participate as models, and the store will be sending a personal shopper to help women select items that meet their needs and personal styles. The house is also available for rent for events like parties and weddings. All money generated by event rentals goes back in to maintaining the house and supporting the group’s events. To become a member or get involved with the Woman’s Club, contact the group at (864) 226-7576, or email them at

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Brew HaHa - A Beer Festival This festival is no laughing matter – going on its sixth year, Carolina Brew HaHa will return to the Anderson County Recycling Center, bringing the opportunity to sample some of the top craft beer breweries available in South Carolina. It’s like Anderson’s own little miniOktoberfest, only without the accordion music and lederhosen. This year the offerings will be limited, said organizer Jake Grove, but that makes the festival only that much better. “There were years where we had 30 and 40 breweries available, but we thought we’d scale back to really focus on the beers rather and give people a chance to really try the beers and learn from the brewery reps,” he said. “Every year we send an invitation out to 40 or 50 breweries. This year we had many of the breweries contact us first to say they were interested in coming back.” The festival will again feature craft beers, food, live music and some VIP experiences – such as early entry and samples of some rare beers. Among the breweries will be local favorites like Carolina Bauernhaus, Brewery 85, Golden Grove, Thomas Creek, Quest and 13 Strips. Grove said the festival is also in talks with several cideries to bring their products to the festival as well.

And again this year, the event’s sponsors – Carolina Bauernhaus, Summa Joe’s, Doolittle’s, Carolina Beverage Company and Brews on Main/ Brews in the Alley – will be on hand to provide some of the beer and food. Brew HaHa attendees will also be able to participate in the Human Foosball tournament put on by the Cancer Association of Anderson as a fund-raiser. Grove said other activities will pepper the day as well. Tickets for the event are $40 per person, $50 for VIP tickets, and $15 for designated drivers. Gates open at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 13 for regular ticket holders and 1 p.m. for VIP ticket holders. The event runs til 6 p.m. Check out for more information, or call (864) 401-8167. carolinabrewhaha. com for more information, or call (864) 401-8167. n

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AnMed Health Auxiliary

Celebrates 60 Years

The AnMed Health Auxiliary is celebrating its 60 year anniversary this year, and the positive impact this group has had on the local health system is something that no one could have imagined when it was first formed in 1958. When the volunteer program started, the group was comprised of 142 adult women charter members. Today, the Auxiliary includes adult and college student volunteers, both male and female, who give of their time to enhance the services provided by AnMed Health. There is also a summer program for high school students age 15 and up. In the early years of the Auxiliary, volunteers served as “Admitting Escorts” and assisted with television rentals that patients could use while in the hospital. The women started a sewing room inside the hospital to assist with linens and other similar items, and by 1961, they opened a gift shop and snack bar. Special events, like “The Singing Christmas Tree,” were held to raise funds, and vending machines were installed in 1962 which also were a source of income for the Auxiliary. Funds raised through the Auxiliary were used for hospital improvements, like furnishing the dental clinic and nursing school that existed at that time. Over the years, the number of volunteers (Auxiliary members) and monetary donations to the hospital has grown tremendously. Today, the majority of income for the Auxiliary comes from the Something Special gift shops at the AnMed Health Medical Center and at the Women’s & Children’s Hospital. It also sponsors several fundraising events throughout the year such as uniform and jewelry sales.


Supporting the hospital is still the main focus of the Auxiliary, both with volunteering and financial contributions. Volunteers assist in over 25 areas of the hospital, providing approximately 25,000 hours annually to serve the needs of patients, families, and visitors. As the largest individual donor, the Auxiliary has provided over $5 million in funding to the AnMed Health Foundation, which provides financial support for programs that serve members of the community who need health care, but cannot afford it. Most recently this group donated $165,000 towards the purchase of the Mobile Mammography Coach. The Auxiliary has provided over $500,000 in scholarships for college students who are studying in healthcare-related fields, and it provides funding to the Cancer Center and Pediatric Therapy Works. To celebrate the 60th anniversary, the Auxiliary is hosting a luncheon at The Bleckley Inn on September 17th. Community members are welcome to apply for volunteer opportunities and become a part of the Auxiliary. There are options at the Medical Center campus as well as the North Campus. There is a brief application process, and orientation and training are provided. n For more information on volunteering with the Auxiliary, call (864) 512-1263 or visit volunteer. September/October 2018

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Learning Never Stops By Mike McMillan

Nancy Hanley is on a mission to change the minds of those who think education ends when students get their sheepskins. Hanley is the director of the Lifelong Learning Institute at Anderson University, an organization that proves that education is more than just tests and lectures. In fact, LLI offers a diverse selection of courses without the shackles of exams and evaluations. The courses aren’t focused on occupational learning, but rather offer a relaxed, collaborative environment with typical subjects ranging from the music of Frank Sinatra to World War II to poetry writing. Beyond a simple classroom setting, the program offers much more in the way of community, travel, and activities that should wash away anyone’s recollection of the more stressful days of all-night studying and finals. According to Dr. Joyce Wood, history instructor in the program, “the instructor doesn’t have to break out a test and grade it. It becomes a wonderful, mutual exchange.” “LLI is a great opportunity to explore new topics and meet friends,” said Lana Mattison, a LLI advisor board member. “Lately, I enjoyed courses in science and music — subjects new and fun.” There are 16 categories of courses offered this fall with 33 total courses. The LLI annual membership runs January through December or August through July. The annual membership dues are $30, and most of the courses cost just $20. For courses including dinner, theater, or travel, the cost increases a bit; however, one goal of LLI is to continue offering affordable courses for adults in the community. With the LLI annual membership, participants also receive a membership card that can be used for discounts at more than 45 local business, along with perks at Anderson University. On average, LLI students take about two classes per semester, with many of the participants opting to take more. “If I’m not careful, I’m there every day — sometimes twice a day,” said Mattison, a perpetual student who said she’s been excited about learning since she was five years old. The fees and tuition are modest, and the program offers free classes for members, such as sessions this fall on hypertension, holiday wreath-making, and wrapping presents. “These free classes for our members, usually on Friday mornings, are of the same quality as our other classes but are scheduled for one session,” said Faith


TOP: LLI visits Washington DC on one if its many trips. BOTTOM: Leonard Johnson, painist, presented a class on music entertainment. Line, LLI advisor board chair. “Who doesn’t love free?” While LLI students might get an appreciation for bird-watching or songwriting, the program also offers the opportunity to catch the theater bug. LLI members get a discount on tickets for performances at AU’s South Carolina School of the Arts. Performances this fall include An Enemy of People and Sister Act. For both, registration includes dinner and enriching preperformance talks. Also this fall, LLI will travel to the Greenville Little Theatre to see It’s a Wonderful Life. For September/October 2018

those who’d like to get a bit further out of town, there’s a trip to Boston and New York City planned for the summer of 2019. “We have found and continue to find the LLI program a very useful and continuing educational part of our matured lives — while challenging us to be active — in sorting out the ‘bucket list’ items we have enumerated for our lives,” said John and Genevieve Brown, who have been part of the program for five years. “The classes are diverse courses with emphasis on the cultural, educational, inclusion, and socialization,” said Genevieve Brown, who is also a LLI advisor board member. The LLI program at AU dates back to the mid1980s, where Dr. Paul A. Talmadge, vice president and academic dean at Anderson University — then Anderson College — approached English professor Sarah Sprague about Elderhostel, an adult-based learning program on college campuses. Sprague was the first director of the program, and the program changed to Learning in Retirement in 1994 with Claudia Boles taking over as director for 18 years. In the early 2000s, the program changed names to the current name, Lifelong Learning Institute, with Boles continuing as director until 2012. Lawrence Webb served as interim director until Nancy Hanley took over as director in 2013. Hanley said that while LLI is largely separate from the university’s day-to-day operations, the administration and campus provide strong support of the program. “Dr. Evans Whitaker, president of Anderson University, and Wayne Landrith, senior vice president for development and presidential affairs, support the Lifelong Learning Institute at Anderson University,” said Hanley. “When a program such as LLI at AU is successful, the credit begins with administration. This is especially true of our program.” Those wishing to enroll in the LLI program can visit the website at or call Nancy Hanley at 864-231-5617 and request a copy of the course catalog. n


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The possibilities of tomorrow intrigue us. They excite us. And, at times, they concern us. Without knowing exactly what the future holds, we may question the plausibility of realizing our hopes and dreams, including our financial goals. Ensuring aspirations become reality requires both foresight and action. Creating a solid plan of action is one of the most important factors in determining if investors will achieve financial goals. Establishing clear goals is the first step in embarking toward a successful financial future. Many investors look forward to secure, comfortable retirement with sufficient income. Some hope to make a college education a reality for their children or grandchildren. Others hope to enjoy the pleasures of travel they’ve always promised themselves. By developing a financial road map, you can begin to realize what steps must be taken to work toward your goals. Dreaming of your future plans is easy, but planning can be time-consuming and complex. That’s why so many investors never bother to develop a plan, and may never reach their goals. As a Stifel financial advisor, I can help you clear the obstacles that stand in your way and assist you in developing a wealth management plan tailored to your unique goals. At Stifel, we’ve developed a program that seeks to simplify the planning process, making it manageable and convenient. Through The Stifel Wealth Strategist Report, we can conduct a top-to-bottom evaluation of your financial situation. This program sets the groundwork for your financial road map. Our consultative process involves reviewing financial and non-financial assets, savings and investing practices and the ability to pursue stated financial goals. By requesting a confidential investment questionnaire, you can take the first step toward understanding your current financial situation and developing a plan for tomorrow.

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Tri-County’s Laneika Musalini Remains Committed to “Community Career Connection”


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aneika Musalini wishes there had been a clothes closet available to high school students in Anderson School District 5 back in 1998 when she was preparing to graduate from T.L. Hanna High School and enter the workforce. “My closet was my Mama’s. I wore one of my mother’s dresses to a job interview,” remembers Laneika, who was taking Accounting classes at the Career Center when she was hired by Merchants’ Credit for a co-op that turned into a full-time secretarial position while she finished her senior year. The job continued as she headed to Tri-County Technical College. Today, at age 38 with three degrees in hand (an associate degree from Tri-County, a bachelor’s from Anderson University, and a master’s from Clemson University), Laneika works as Director of Grants for Tri-County Technical College. The married mother of four says today there are students, just like her, who don’t own professional


attire to wear to job interviews. “First impressions are everything,” said Laneika. In 2014 she was a participant in Leadership Anderson, a 10-month leadership development program devoted to strengthening and developing community leaders. More than 800 local leaders have graduated from the program and continue their commitment to the growth, development, and prosperity to Anderson County. A requirement of the program is for class groups to develop a community service project to implement in the community. “Our class project was called Community Career Connection,” said Laneika. “Given the existing workforce gaps in our service area, the overarching goal of this project was to prepare students, who were graduating from the Anderson Five Career Campus, for the workforce.” Laneika played a major role in the development of this project, which had four components: to create September/October 2018

a Career Clothes Closet; to integrate soft skills training into the curriculum/ classroom; to facilitate mock interviews; and to host a Job Fair at the culmination of the program. “As we talked with economic developers in the area, we discovered a need for a program to prepare high school students,who want to go directly into the workforce or Tri-County Technical College,” she said. “You want to present the full package for an interview, but many don’t have business and workplace attire which are critical to a job interview, no matter what age. To be competitive, you have to sell yourself, be presentable, and put your best foot forward,” she said.

“I feel very compelled to continue the project because I know, first-hand, what this can do for our community.” ~Laneika Musalini

The group launched the Career Clothes Closet first and began to gather donations of workplace-appropriate clothing, accessories, and shoes. They received a large response and set up drop off locations (at the Anderson Chamber and the Anderson Five Career Campus). The public generously responded with donations, many with the original sales tags. They quickly outgrew the closet and set up a boutique, a designated room at the Career Campus with shelves and racks displaying clothing of all sizes for both males and females. Once clothes are selected by the students, they are theirs to take home and wear to job interviews and other events. “We had sponsors who gave monetary donations we put into petty cash to purchase clothes and shoes in the sizes we didn’t have in stock,” Laneika added. “We have outgrown our closet space twice already. The School is now designating a full classroom for the clothes.” As the project evolved, they added the components of soft skills training, mock interviews, resume writing, and a career fair that included real interviews with industry representatives looking to hire. “We received thank you notes telling us that if not for the clothes and preparation interviews, they would not have aced the interview. Students were offered jobs, all because of what they learned in the sessions. It changed how they see themselves,” she said. “When the students are fully prepared, they are more confident.” The project was completed before the Leadership Anderson graduation. Laneika remained committed to the cause the next year. “Years ago I was that student so I was invested in the program’s success,” said Laneika. “I feel very compelled to continue the project because I know, first-hand, what this can do for our community. So, for the past few years, I have continued the program by coordinating mock interviews twice a year at the Anderson Five Career Campus and coordinating the annual Career Fair. We have since invited all five Anderson County School Districts, Anderson Economic Development, WorkLink, and Anderson Vocational Rehabilitation to participate. Last year, we held our very first county-wide Career Fair (for graduating seniors) at the Anderson Mall in 2017. It was a huge success with businesses,” she said. “The impact is so great – students, parents, industry, and the community. This project is thriving four years after our Leadership Anderson team introduced it because it is meeting an ongoing need. I want to give thanks to Principal Cecil Bonner for his tremendous support and to Charlene King, the Student Ambassadors, and all mock interview volunteers.”


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Youth Volunteer Corps of Anderson The Youth Volunteer Corps of Anderson, hosted by United Way of Anderson County, creates volunteer opportunities to address community needs and to inspire youth for a lifetime commitment to service. Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) began in 1987 as a summer service program for Kansas City youth. Today, YVC is a network of affiliated organizations across the U.S. and Canada running that same program by engaging youth ages 11-18 in team-based, structured, diverse, flexible service-learning opportunities. United Way of Anderson started YVC in Anderson over 20 years ago and has been engaging youth ever since! The purpose of YVC is to help youth see the world from many perspectives, learn about people from all walks of life, and to help meet the needs of our community to make Anderson County even better. Youth serve in teams doing litter pick-ups, caring for children, creating crafts with special needs adults, building wheelchair ramps for the elderly, socializing animals at the shelter, planting rain gardens, and so much more! Each project starts with a fun icebreaker, the youth work together to complete the project, and then they wrap up with a reflection time focused on servicelearning. The goal is that each youth volunteer leaves knowing that they can make a difference with their time and energy with the hope that they develop a life-long passion for serving others. There are projects throughout the school year as well as the summer. During the summer youth have the opportunity to serve at one of our week-long summer day camps. They are able to spend intentional time learning leadership and life-skills from various business leaders and nonprofit agencies, work as a team, and help those in need. This year, between our after school, Saturday, and summer projects, 269 youth have served 2,750 hours on 127 projects! To get involved go to our website, www., or call United Way at 864-226-3438. n

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History in the making in Belton – It’s time for history to repeat itself at the Standpipe Festival in Belton. While the three decades long celebration only happens on one day, so much surrounds the event, you better just mark off the entire week to travel back and forth to Belton. On October 6 from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m., Belton opens its doors to show off its past, its present and its future. Featuring vendors, art exhibits and live music, the Standpipe Festival will take over the streets of Belton with something for everyone. But before the event even begins, there’s the Belton Center for the Arts opening ceremony for its 20th Annual Belton Standpipe Heritage and Juried Art Show at 7 p.m. on September 28. And then there’s Heritage Days at the Depot where skilled artisans and craftsmen demonstrate generations old techniques and historic interpretations. On October 4 and 5, the artisans will provide interactive hands-on instruction to area school children. And on October 6, the event will be part of the bigger Standpipe Festival. On the day of the festival, there’s an American Legion breakfast benefitting American Legion Youth programs; and there’s the Standpipe 5k; and then there’s the car show, and locomotive tours, and the museum exhibit, and the silent auction, and mule wagon rides, and trivia, and street dancing... and the list goes on and on. Honestly, if you can’t find something that makes you happy here, we’re renaming you Oscar the Grouch and setting you up a garbage can to live in. For more info, visit, or call (864) 338-8556. n

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September & October Events October 12 Art Gallery on Pendleton Square 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Free Featuring guest artist Erin Hughes. Erin’s work has evolved from film photography to fine art using her photography with encaustics and cold wax. Erin studied photography at James Madison University. Come and enjoy wine, soft drinks and light refreshments as Erin explains all of the tools and materials she uses for photo encaustic as well as cold wax/oil paintings. On the Square in historic Pendleton, SC. For info, call 864-221-0129 or visit

September 13 Swing for the Green Golf Tournament The Cliffs Valley Golf Association will host a golf tournament to benefit Safe Harbor, a domestic violence agency serving Greeville, Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties. To sign up, visit September 14 Art Gallery on the Pendleton Square 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., Free This month Art Gallery on Pendleton Square will celebrate its Fourth Birthday with an amazing array of sweets and pastries from the Village Bakery and Cafe, a drawing for gallery gift cards, and other celebratory activities during the evening. There will also be wine, soft drinks, and light refreshments as we celebrate four years on the Square in historic Pendleton, SC. For info, call 864-221-0129 or visit

October 13 FURBALL 2018 to support the Humane Society October 13 at the civic center For details call 934-5600 October 12-October 21 Night Watch at The Electric City Playhouse See this suspense thriller which follows Elaine Wheeler who is unable to sleep dues to fears of what she believes is a dead body in her neighbor’s window. The plot moves quickly and grippingly as it draws toward its riveting and chilling climax. For more info, 864-224-4248.

September 14-16 The Greek Festival Enjoy great food and entertainment at The Greek Festival at the Anderson Civic Center. Festival hours are: Friday 4:30-9:30 pm; Saturday 11 am-9 pm; Sunday 11:30 am-4:30 pm. For more info, visit September 17 Foster Care 101 Come to a presentation to learn all about foster care and you can make a difference in the life of a child. Anderson County Library, 6-7:30 pm. For info, call 864-260-4500. September 20 Anderson Arts Center Waterfront Wine Series This special Diner en Blanc (Dinner in White) will end the wine series for 2018. Guests should plan to wear all white, and the location is only revealed to those who register to attend. Call 864222-2787 to register. September 22 Anderson Mall BBQ & Bluegrass Enjoy food trucks, live entertainment, family games and more. Main Street parking lot of Anderson Mall. 5-8 pm. For more info, www. September 29-November 4 Denver Downs Fall Festival Find your way through a 10-acre corn maze, pick the perfect pumpkin, take a hayride, jump on the giant pillow, roast s’mores and more. For more info, 864-222-0336. October 11 Anderson Area Chamber Business Expo & Job Fair Visit local businesses and check out job opportunities at the Anderson Civic Center from 3-8 pm. To register a booth, become a sponsor or for more info, visit

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October 13 Fall Festival Roberts Presbyterian Church will celebrates its 11th annual Fall For All Festival from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. rain or shine. Events include free activities for children, the Bargain Barn, a silent auction, the Country Store, a quilt show, flower market, hay rides and a burger/hot dog lunch. The church is located at 2716 Highway 187 South, Anderson. For more info, call 864-225-9950. October 14-18 Friends of the Library Starburst Storytelling Festival Listen to some of the finest storytellers share stories, poems, music and more at the Anderson County Library during the week of Oct. 14. For more info, visit October 25-27 Anderson Bluegrass Festival Enjoy three days of live music from noon-until at the Anderson Civic Center. Some of the performers include Carolina Blue, The Gibson Brothers and Ricky Scaggs & Kentucky Thunder. Concessions available. For tickets, call 706-864-7203.

The Fight for K-9 Protection Continues in Hyco’s Name By Lisa Marie Carter This October 21 will mark three years since the shooting of Anderson County Sheriff ’s Office K-9 Hyco by a criminal suspect, which resulted in Hyco’s death. To this day, Hyco is still being honored and remembered in many ways including the proposed Fargo’s and Hyco’s Law, which was named to honor both Deputy Brandon Surratt’s K-9 partner, Hyco, and Richland County Sheriff ’s Corporal Warran Cavanaugh’s K-9 partner, Fargo, who was shot and killed in the line of duty December 16, 2011. The bill passed the South Carolina Senate in February 2017 and was awaiting the next step, but unfortunately failed to pass the House before adjournment for summer break. Deputy Surratt, formerly with the Anderson County Sheriff ’s Office and now with Greenville County Sheriff ’s Office K-9 Unit and Senior Corporal Warren Cavanaugh with the K-9 Unit of the Richland County Sheriff ’s Department will be starting their fight again this November as Fargo’s and Hyco’s Law is re-introduced by Representative Neal Collins, who has been a big supporter of this bill


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from its conception. Representative Collins will be reintroducing it to the Senate this fall. When asked why he feels the law needs to be changed, Surratt said, “The penalties are the same for killing a family dog and killing a police dog. Police dogs go through hours and hours of constant training and put their life on the line daily. They put in as many hours as their handler does every week.” Deputy Surratt further explained, “I don’t think most people fully understand a working police K-9. They are not just a tool or a toy. They are a partner. The time, dedication and training that goes into these dogs is like no other. These K-9s do things that the handlers and other officers can’t. More times than not these K-9s are why their handlers make it home after every shift. These working dogs deserve the stiffer penalties that this law will bring. This law is not for Hyco or for Fargo. It’s for all the working K-9s that are still in the fight.” If Hyco’s Law were in effect when Hyco’s killer was sentenced, it would have added five years to his sentence. Hyco’s killer is currently in prison due to the two attempted murder charges (for the attempt on Surratt’s life along with another ACSO Deputy).” Surratt said the biggest hurdle this bill has faced in the House is a lack of understanding about what police K-9s do and the valuable asset they are for every law enforcement agency. When asked what supporters of this bill can do to help make it a law, Surratt didn’t miss a beat. “Talk to their representatives and senators,” he said. “Call them, email them, send letters.” To find your state legislators and their contact information, log onto the S.C. State House website at For more information on Fargo’s and Hyco’s Law, contact the Hyco K-9 Fund at n September/October 2018


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On the day of our state’s June primary, I attended a local social event that started just before 7 p.m., which is when the polls close. I decided to take my own poll of who had voted that day. This is a smattering of what I heard: “No, but I’ll vote in the general election, the primary doesn’t really matter.” “No, I leave early in the morning and don’t get home until after the polls close.” “Was that today?” (Yikes.) Voting matters. It matters if we want to keep our democracy. It matters if we want our representatives in government to truly vote for our interests. Yet, according to the Charleston Post and Courier, voter turnout in counties across South Carolina regularly hovers in the teens. That’s upwards of 80 percent of eligible voters in our state who don’t vote. If you haven’t voted in a while, have recently moved, don’t remember if or where you’re registered to vote or simply want to register to vote, you can find out your voter registration status, register to vote or change your address at If getting to the polls is a problem, you can vote by absentee ballot either in person or by mail. If you’re 65 or older or disabled, you automatically qualify to vote by absentee ballot, but there are many others who will qualify, including those who will be away on voting day. You’ll want to register, change your address or complete an absentee ballot application now to avoid running afoul of deadlines. If you will be 18 by the date of the general election on November 6, you can register to vote any time this year. Other information on the site includes finding your polling place and the election calendar. Now, don’t you also want to be an informed voter? Find a schedule of candidate forums by visiting the local League of Women Voters site at www.clemsonarea. or contact the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce. Find your state legislators who are up for re-election at to see who they are, how to contact them, the bills they’ve sponsored and their voting records. Find your federal elected officials at and gov. Consider attending meetings of your county and city/town council. Council meeting schedules can be found under ‘quick-links’ at www.andersoncountysc. org/council for the county and www.andersoncountysc. org/#municipalities for your city or town. ‘Like’ your


candidates’ Facebook pages so you will know about their positions and responses to issues, and perhaps plan to attend a campaign event where you can ask them questions. Studies have shown that people vote when asked to do so by their friends and family. Let’s make voting cool again. Talk to your family, friends, neighbors and coworkers about the importance of voting. On this general election day, November 6, text them a quick reminder. Help a family member obtain an absentee ballot. Participate in a voter registration event or organize one at your church. Post a selfie with your ‘I voted’ sticker on your social media accounts on election day. Don’t assume our democracy will always be safe. It won’t without each of us doing our part. And on November 6, Rock the Vote, Anderson County! n

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The Modern Running Isn’t Scary! Homesteader: Spooktacular 5K • Oct. 13 The Family Club of the Anderson Special Needs Foundation will host their 5th annual Spooktacular 5-K & Fun Run on Saturday, October 13, 2018. This family friendly event offers lots of fun, $100 cash award to top overall male and female finishers, medals for the top three finishers in each age category, costume awards, Krispy Kreme doughnuts, lots of great raffle prizes, and, did we mention….FUN!

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WHY WE RUN! The Spooktacular 5K supports special needs citizens who live independently or in assisted living residences throughout Anderson County. Some of the consumers of the agency are without family or loved ones to provide for them financially so the fundraising efforts are used to help with clothing, eating out, social dances, trips, and events that involve them in the main stream of society. The race is considered not only a fundraiser, but also a chance to involve the special citizens in aSchvaneveldt fun community By Haley event. These individuals always participate in the race and will be volunteering by distributing water, cheering on runners and working the finish line. This year’s fundraiser will be held in memory of Brenda Drady, who chaired the Spooktacular 5K since its inaugural year. Brenda passed away after a 20-month battle with cancer on July 13, 2018. Brenda’s heart belonged to the special citizens of Anderson County and she dedicated her life to helping provide fun experiences to all of her special friends. Make plans now to join the Anderson County Special Needs foundation at the Anderson Spooktacular 5K by registering on The foundation is also seeking sponsors for this event. If you’d like additional information regarding the race or sponsorship, you can reach out to this year’s race chair, Ashley Brooks ( Let’s make this a great day for the Special Citizens of Anderson County! n


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The Empty Nest

By Caroline Anneaux

hat comes to mind when you hear the words “empty nesters?” Is it hard to imagine life without kids in the house every day? Can you even remember a time when it was just you and a spouse or just you at home in the evening or all weekend? As this school year begins, many parents in the local area are adjusting to that scenario for the first time in a long time – quiet houses, empty bedrooms and plenty of free time on their hands. Kevin and Beth Black are recent empty nesters in Anderson. VERY recent. In fact, they just earned that title in mid-August when their daughter, Maggie, moved to the Anderson University campus as a freshman. Their son, Gibson, was home for the summer but he moved out in early August to start his junior year at Clemson University. The Blacks still work full-time, which will keep them busy during the week. “I just retired from 28 years in public education,” said Kevin Black, a graduate of Newberry College who also holds advanced degrees from Nova Southeastern and Clemson University. “My last position was the principal at Riverside Middle School in Pendleton until June 2018. As soon as I retired, I started a new job with BSN Sports as a sales professional. There really hasn’t been any down time for me.” Kevin Black’s new job keeps him closely connected to seven local schools, where he attends practices and games regularly. His company provides sports equipment and uniforms for the schools in his territory. Beth Black, also a Clemson graduate, is currently a guidance counselor at Crescent High School in Iva. She stayed at home with her two children for five years and worked for Pendleton United Methodist Church for ten years before taking the job at Crescent High School. “I love my job as a counselor at Crescent,” said Beth Black. “It is wonderful working with the kids there, and I look forward to being able to attend extracurricular activities and support them even more now that many of my

evenings will not be spent at soccer practices and games for my daughter.” Now, do not think for a moment that these two new empty nesters will not be involved with their own kids this year. The Blacks have season football tickets to Clemson University, where they will cheer on their alma mater team. Their children and friends will join them for tailgating and watching the Clemson Tigers play. Maggie will play on the women’s soccer team at Anderson University, and her parents plan to watch as many of her games as they can on Wednesday and Saturday nights during the soccer season. “We are also hoping Clemson will make a third trip to a national championship game, so we can travel out to see them play in Levi’s Stadium this year,” said Kevin Black. “Our kids went with us to the last two games, and I anticipate taking them with us this year as well.” “They would not be happy if we went without them,” laughed Beth Black. But we all know that being empty nesters does mean that the kids are not around on a daily basis, and parents must adjust and find new ways to keep themselves busy. For years, parents have had to get children up, drive them to school and activities, cook and feed them meals and snacks, entertain them and the list goes on and on. Suddenly, there is a LOT of free time for an empty nester! Beth and Kevin do have plans besides working this year. “This is the year we will celebrate turning 50, and we just celebrated 25 years of marriage,” said Beth Black. “Since having children we have just gone away once or twice and only for a couple of days without our children. We are in the process of choosing a nice, tropical and all-inclusive vacation for just the two of us.” The Blacks are active at NewSpring Church in Anderson, and now they will have even more dedicated time for activities, volunteer opportunities and Bible study groups each week. Beth is looking forward to reading more, and they have plans to take up golfing together again like they did during their early, pre-kid days. “We want to take long walks together in the evenings now that we have more free time,” said Beth Black. “We also have a list of major football stadiums we would like to visit, and we plan to make it to some of those in the future.” While Kevin misses the times he used to spend watching sports with Gibson, and Beth will not have Maggie around to watch TV shows with and go on

“We are in the process of choosing a nice, tropical and all-inclusive vacation for just the two of us.” regular mani/pedi dates together, they are excited about transitioning into this new phase of their lives. Listening to them laugh and joke about being empty nesters and discussing all of their plans for the future shows that they are ready for this change. “Now we can finally eat cereal for supper together if we want to,” laughed Beth Black. “I think we are definitely going to adjust and settle into our new lifestyle!” n 37

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Creamy Veggie Sandwich Spread by Melinda Keaton Ingredients 3 packages (8 ounces each) Cream Cheese, softened 1 whole large Carrot (about 1 ½ cups), peeled, diced 1 whole large Zucchini or Cucumber (about 1 ½ cups), diced 1 stalk Celery (about 1 cup), diced ½ whole Red Bell Pepper, diced ½ whole Green Bell Pepper, diced ¼ cup Red Onion, diced (optional) ¼ cup Green Onion, sliced (optional) 1 Tablespoon Chopped Chives (more to taste) 1 Tablespoon Chopped Dill (more to taste) 1 Tablespoon Chopped Fresh Parsley 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice 1 dash Paprika 1 dash Garlic Salt Salt & Pepper to taste Directions Combine the softened cream cheese with all the other ingredients in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until the mixture reaches the consistency you want. If you prefer it chunky, with larger pieces of the veggies, you can just mix well in a large bowl. You can also add more or less of any veggie/herb listed. I often add some horseradish sauce to liven it up. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour before spreading. Serve cold with crackers, crostini, bagels, or use as a spread on a veggie sandwich. Prep time 20 min. & Ready in 1 hr. 20 min. Can yield up to 36 sandwiches.

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There is a group of Clemson lovers who call themselves The CATS (Clemson Ambush Tailgaters (an ambush is a group of tigers) which include four generations of families who tailgate together for Clemson games. Melinda Keaton, a Clemson graduate and president of the Anderson Area rea Clemson Club, met friend Mike Davis her first week as a Clemson student in 1980. They, along with family members, began tailgating together before and after all of the home football games that year, and they have continued the tradition ever since. Today, there are four families who anchor The CATS, Keaton, Davis, Blackwell and Smith families, but other friends join in on any given Saturday, and there may be 20-30 people at each tailgate. Their tailgate food varies from game to game and may include something on the grill, barbecue from the Smokin’ Pig, a Low Country Boil, breakfast/brunch or just potluck items where everyone just brings their favorite dish.

Mama’s Summer Pasta Salad by Melinda Keaton

Ingredients 8 ounce box uncooked pasta – any style elbow, spiral, bowtie ½ cup mayonnaise 1 Tablespoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon sugar 1 tomato, diced 1 cup celery, diced 2 pimentos, chopped* 1 ½ Tablespoon green pepper, chopped** Directions Cook pasta according to directions on box. Drain & rinse pasta. Mix mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt & sugar. Combine all other ingredients & then mix all together in large bowl. *Can omit pimentos & add chopped onions & cucumbers **Can add or mix different colors of peppers – green, red, yellow, orange Pasta Salad should be kept cold. If making for large crowd, double the recipe.


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ating Time in the South

The excitement is in the air, and football season is upon us! From the YMCA and Recreation leagues up to the NFL, Anderson County residents are die-hard fans of the sport and all the things that come with it – like tailgating! Tailgating often carries with it the same enthusiasm as watching the actual game for some folks, and there are superstitions and rituals that must happen in the tailgate spot just as in the locker rooms. We’ve gathered together some dedicated tailgaters to get their best tips and share some tried-and-true tailgating recipes to make your game day experience one of the bests!

Confetti Pasta Salad by Fran Poole

Ingredients 8 ounces small shell pasta, uncooked 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved 2 cups coarsely chopped fresh spinach 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped ¼ cup finely chopped red onion 3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill Fresh lemon vinaigrette 1 (4-ounce) package crumbled feta cheese Directions Cook pasta according to package directions, drain. Toss pasta with tomatoes and remaining ingredients in large serving bowl. Serve immediately, or cover and chill up to 8 hours.

Tex Mex Dip by Kim Blackwell

ngredients Ingredients 2 10 ounce cans black bean dip 1 carton guacamole dip 1 cup sour cream* ½ cup mayonnaise* 1 package taco seasoning* ½ cup green onions (chopped) 1 cup black olives (chopped) 1 can diced tomatoes (drained) 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese (grated) 1 cup Monterey jack cheese (grated) Directions *Mix together the sour cream, mayonnaise, and taco seasoning. Layer in above order in serving dish/bowl. (Green onions & black olives are optional). Chill until ready to serve. Serve with Fritos or Tostitos.

Sausage, Egg & Cheese Muffins S by Kim Blackwell

Ingredients 12 eggs 1 bag Jimmy Dean Sausage, cooked & crumbled 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese 2 – 3 slices bacon, cooked & crumbled ½ or 1 cup chopped mushrooms (optional) ½ or 1 cup chopped onions (optional) ½ cup heavy cream Salt & Pepper to taste Directions Beat eggs and mix with all ingredients in large bowl. Grease muffin pan and cook 30 minutes at 350 degrees. These are great for breakfast/brunch tailgates for those early noon kickoffs. This recipe can also be served as a large casserole dish.


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MaryBeth and Carter Knoble met when she was a student at the University of South Carolina and he was visiting friends who attended the school. Although Carter was a graduate of University of the South, he was raised a “rabid” Gamecock fan, thanks to his family, and the two continue a shared love of the school. The couple bought a tailgating space at The Touchdown Zone in 1998, the same year they were married, and have been tailgating in the same location for 20 years. Tailgating is a family event for the Knobles who enjoy having their three children with them on game day. Their tailgating spot is located next to other family and friends, so game days turn into a big, shared event of food and fun. Nearly 30 people may be part of their tailgate on a Saturday. With such a large crowd and so much sharing of items, the Knobles say packing the cooler is key – you always put the “nice” beer on the very bottom because some people are too lazy to dig for them! n

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By Marybeth Knoble Go to Bernie’s Restaurant on Bluff Road. Buy fried chicken. It’s the best in the state!

Wedge Salad Dip

Ingredients 8 oz. cream cheese softened 1 c. sour cream 1 1 oz. package dry Ranch Dressing Mix 1 1/2 c. chopped romaine lettuce 1/2 c. chopped tomatoes 1/2 c. chopped cooked bacon 2-4 oz. crumbled blue cheese according to taste 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh chives Directions Combine cream cheese, sour cream, and Ranch Dressing Mix and mix until smooth. Spread into the bottom of a 9-inch pie plate or other similarly sized pan. Top with lettuce, tomatoes, bacon, blue cheese, and chives. Enjoy with your favorite crackers or tortilla chips.

Spicy Seasoned Pretzels

Ingredients 16 oz (1 lb) bag tiny twist pretzels 1 cup vegetable or canola oil 2 teaspoon garlic salt (or 1 teaspoon garlic powder and 1 teaspoon salt) 2 tsp lemon pepper 1 tsp cayenne pepper Directions Pour oil and spices into a gallon ziploc bag. Seal and shake to evenly combine oil with spices Add in pretzels, seal up ziploc bag, and gently shake to combine. There are 2 different ways you can finish the pretzels: OPT OPTION 1: you can leave them in the ziploc bag and allow pretzels to soak up the seasoned oil for at least 6 hours, or ideally for 24 hours. Turn bag to shake up pretzels every few hours. OPT OPTION 2: bake the oil soaked pretzels in a 200 degree oven for about 1 hour, stirring several times to ensure even baking. Allow to cool before eating. Pretzels will keep in an airtight container for 3 weeks.

Crescent Sausage Bites

Ingredients 1 lb. hot sausage (pork or turkey) 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese 2 packages crescent rolls Dash salt & ground black pepper Instructions Directions In a saute pan, brown sausage; drain. Add a dash of salt and pepper. Blend in cream cheese until the cream cheese is melted. Unroll one package of crescent rolls and place on a baking sheet. With your fingers, gently press the seams together to seal them. Spread the sausage mixture evenly over the crescent roll dough, leaving about a 1/2-inch border along the edges. Unroll the remaining package of crescent rolls and place on top of the sausage mixture. Press the edges together to seal. Gently press the seams together. Bake at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until crescent roll dough is golden brown. Cut into small squares and serve. (A pizza cutter makes really quick and easy work of the cutting.)

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Havana Redux by Jay Wright


“Whatever you’ve heard or think you know about Cuba – forget it.” These were Andersonian Tom Gibson’s first words a day after returning from his eighth trip to Cuba. His first trip had been a research junket in August 2016, following an easing of travel restrictions to Cuba in 2014. Gibson realized he – like most of us – had been taught virtually nothing about this island only 90 miles from Key West. The announcement in early 2014 of easier access caused him to do some random web surfing. He was struck by Cuba’s architecture, beautiful scenery, and old cars – the things he enjoys photographing most. He found a lot of images and books about the cars of Cuba, but little detail about their history. “Tourist art is heavily car-related, so I was drawn to learn more about Cuba and do some first-hand research there. I got my first camera – a relatively inexpensive Kodak model – around 1970, and what began as a hobby had become an important part of all my other interests.” Gibson, a member of the Buick Club of America plus the Society of Automotive Historians, armed himself with a few books and maps and began planning his first trip to Cuba, which he took in 2016. Once there, Gibson was given some special tours by Rey Sanler Maseda, a seat-mate on his flight. Rey showed him his own ‘50s cars, a mobster’s former villa, the once-grand Havana Yacht Club, and many places of interest. Subsequent trips to Cuba have included research time in Havana, exploring other cities and provinces, and visiting friends with car hobbies as well as music and hospitality businesses. It has all added to his rapidly increasing body of research data and photos. The June 2018 issue of Buick Bugle, a monthly publication by Buick Club of America, was devoted to Cuba: its history, its attractions, its cars and articles of diverse impressions by contributors who have recently visited there. Gibson’s writings and photography are found on half of this magazine’s 45 pages. He received Buick Bugle’s Literary Award for 2018: the Terry B. Dunham Historical Award for his article, “History of Buick on La Isla de Cuba.” In it he documented some of Cuba’s car sales, dealerships, show rooms, car art, and car ads from 1898 until around the time of the Revolution.



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An important contribution by Gibson to the June issue was a list of important travel tips to conform with State Department guidelines, how to get a Cuban Visa, watching your money in Cuba’s 2-tiered monetary system, and where to go for additional information. How large is your body of research by now? “It’s huge. And I need to mention Helen Sablan. She and I have shared leading a couple of small groups visiting Cuba, and she has led several on her own there. I now have so many ideas for books and journals – enough to probably last me the rest of my life if I did nothing but write books.” How important is photography now, almost 40 years after that first camera? “It’s more important than ever. My interest skyrocketed when I sold my first photo. It’s a great feeling to have all the tools I need and accessibility to get the kind of pictures I want to take.”

How would you describe your photography? “I look for real life, in context. Not just a car, but a car in front of interesting buildings with ordinary people walking by, children playing, a tree, a cityscape. Or an interesting subject in the chrome of a classic car’s grill.” So, what do you want everyone to know about Cuba? “First of all, the Anderson Arts Center is planning a photography exhibit about Cuba in January 2019. It will feature the work of Bill Rush, Craig Johnson, Frank Mathias, and me. Second, an AAC program is under discussion for a series of lectures and seminars relating to the Cuban-American experience. Third, tourism is Cuba’s main source of revenue and the cruises and flights are ongoing. I’ve traveled a lot of this world and there is no place where I feel as safe as I do in Cuba. Travel there. Go see it.” n

1. Avenida Del Puerto Color In La Habana Vieja, a kaleidoscope of vintage taxis at the Parque Luz Caballero face an old monastery adjacent to the Plaza de la Catedral. 2. Solimar Race Lined up for a timed race on Calle Soledad in Centro Habana, the participants are framed by typical buildings and the ribbon-like Edificio Solimar, a 1944 masterpiece by Cuban architect Manuel Copado. 3. Abuela de La Habana A balcony in La Habana Vieja on the corner of Calles Lamparilla and Villegas. I later learned the name of the “abuela” (grandmother) is Señora Lourdes.

Unbridled Joy (Friday Afteroon) - It’s four o’clock on Friday and a group of youngsters on Calle Concordia delight as their school uniforms come off, and they get ready for a weekend of play.

4. Sloppy Joe’s Bar A vintage Peugeot 404 and modern cars are captured at the world famous Sloppy Joe’s Bar, a favorite haunt of Ernest Hemingway. The young lady standing motionless in the center is Blu Jam Chulayne, a photography student at the Colegio Universitario San Gerónimo de La Habana. 5. Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso Tourist taxis lure customers at the Parque Central in front of the Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso, opened in 1915 as the Centro Gallego, a magnificent clubhouse for Cubans whose forbears came from Galicia in Spain.

Santiago de Vegas 27 53 Cadillac 1 - Street mechanics work on a 1953 Cadillac in Santiago de las Vegas, a dusty exurb of Havana about 15 kilometers south of Jose Marti International Airport.


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P.A.W.S. Sniffs Out Funding for New Dog Community Park Anderson County P.A.W.S. (Pets Are Worth Saving) is the largest open admission, no-kill shelter in the Upstate of South Carolina, and is changing the way that people think about an animal shelter. P.A.W.S. is a resource for the people and pets of Anderson County. Lost a pet? Come see us and let us reunite you. Want to adopt? Come visit! We take in over 6,000 animals each year and promise we can find you the perfect match. Fallen on hard times? We have a food bank and want to help you keep your beloved pet. Have a community cat? Let us spay/neuter and vaccinate. Looking for a fun place to have a birthday party, watch a movie outdoors, do some yoga or exercise on a walking trail? Help us build our amazing new dog park that will offer all of these exciting outdoor activities! Anderson County P.A.W.S. sits on 12 acres of land that was graciously donated, but the current dog park does not make use of most of that space. P.A.W.S. is home to approximately 150 large dogs on a daily basis and the need more room for dogs to stretch their legs. Veterinarian Kim Sanders, P.A.W.S. Director sat down with a landscape architect to discuss the needs for a new dog park. Together, they came up with a park that gives back to the community. The park will have an amphitheater that will host yoga classes and movie nights in the summer. A shaded concrete picnic area will be the perfect spot for your child’s next birthday party. Ten separate play yards will allow adopters room to meet their potential new pet and allow volunteers to get dogs outdoors to burn off energy. The extra space will allow the P.A.W.S. dog trainer to host classes teaching shelter dogs manners that will allow faster adoptions. A walking trail will wind around the P.A.W.S. facility, and will be the perfect place to get your steps in for the day.

There is a multitude of reasons as to why Anderson County P.A.W.S. needs a new dog park. This park will serve the animals in our community. The P.A.W.S. Park will also increase the quality of life for Anderson County residents and their pets, which will provide opportunities to foster positive social interactions. People love to come together to show off and talk about their dogs and this park will be the perfect opportunity in the beautiful outdoors. See you at the P.A.W.S. Park soon! n Dr. Kim Sanders Executive Director of P.A.W.S.


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The Challenge to Conquer Cancer (C3) cycle group.

Anders Brown, Micah Hydrick and Lucas Gunnells at YMCA 8U Flag Football.

Johanna Philyaw, Avery Cameron and Katie Sonefelt were 17U Champions in the ATown volleyball tournament.

Liz & Cody Brock hosted a barbecue and fireworks gender reveal party to announce they were expecting a baby girl.

Jack Roberts and John Daniel Bowen head to the British Open in Scotland after graduation from TL Hanna.

Theresa Taylor, president of PIP Printing, was named the 2018 Rotarian of the Year for the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson. Tricia McDougald, club president, Taylor, and Josh Raffini, club treasurer.

Lindsay Horton, Anna Johnson, April Cameron and Michelle Hoffman enjoyed the 10th Annual Dabo’s Ladies Clinic.

Sanders and Jeanie Campbell enjoy a mother/son day at Kansas City Union Station.

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City Seed reopens in Downtown City Seed at the Station is one of the newest additions to the downtown area, and it blends some of Anderson’s history with today’s emerging entrepreneurs. Located at 520 North Murray Avenue, City Seed at the Station renovated what was known by many as Free’s Radiator Shop and also Lara’s Tires. The plant and gift shop is named after the original City Seed, which was a 103-year old seed store that closed in 2017. Donna LeBrun is the proprietor of City Seed at the Station. The renovated store offers garden supplies, tools and plants. They also sell vegetable seeds, packaged seeds and birdseed mixes. Additionally, the store has a select amount of home décor items like kitchen towels, beeswax candles, birdhouses and feeders and other items that make great gifts. n

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Bonding With Costumes By April Cameron

Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. And believe me, not for the candy. Where I grew up, we didn’t live in a neighborhood with lots of houses to visit. We lived 10 miles out of town down a dirt road. Our only “neighbors” were our family members, and even they were more than a mile away from my own home. So, trick or treating was not walking house to house for candy. It was getting in the car, driving to a cousin’s house, having a piece of cake or cookies and playing for an hour while our mom’s had a cup of coffee. So, for me, my favorite part about Halloween was the costumes! I loved dressing up for the night. And we didn’t just head up to the Party City for our costumes either. Many of our costumes were homemade. My mom was a great seamstress, so she could make anything. But some of my favorite costumes that I remember were just things we put together. One year, I was a “hobo,” and I even had a fake cigar. Another favorite was when I was a goblin and used a Hawaiian grass skirt as my goblin hair. But, alas, as we became teenagers, we outgrew Halloween costumes, and there was a costume hiatus. Until… Hello, college and sorority and fraternity socials! Some colleges call them “mixers.” But at Georgia Southern, the socials always seemed to have some type of theme – and that included COSTUMES! I dressed for disco themes, hippie themes, gangsters, rednecks...I’m not sure how it was allowed for some of the themes to exist, but they ran the gamut. Then, college ended and the only costume satisfaction came with annual Halloween parties. Which is great, but only one time a year. Until… Hello, pub crawls! I have been on pub crawls before, but really just discovered the “themed” pub crawl…and welcome back costumes! My friend talked me into going to a Harry Potter themed pub crawl in Greenville. Now, I am one of the very, very, very few who has not read the Harry Potter books nor seen the movies. But, I am a gamer and was excited to attend. It was like Halloween in June! Hundreds of people were dressed in various costumes from characters from the series. I’ve never seen so many round frame glasses in my life. There were people dressed as boy Harry Potters and girl Harry Potters. Robes were everywhere. Wizards walked down the streets of Greenville. There were even some characters that looked like they were really from the Handmaid’s Tale, but I was informed this was a nurse character from the movies. It was glorious! Fast forward to a couple of months later, and yet another pub crawl was planned in Greenville. This time, the theme was Saved By the Bell. If you don’t know, this was a popular show targeted at teens in the 1980s


and ‘90s. OMG! The ’90s?! I lived the ’90s! And, it was costume time again! Unlike the Harry Potter pub crawl, I understood completely what to wear to represent the 1990s! Thankfully, scrunchies have made a comeback, so it was easy to pull my costume together. Again, the streets of Greenville were packed with adults who looked like they had taken a time machine back to the early 1990s. It is a strange bonding experience when everyone you encounter is in a costume of the same style. There were gobs of Zack Morrises, Jessie Spanos and Kelly Kapowskis. There were costumes that represented the grunge years of the ’90s. MTV and the television show Friends were also well represented. By the end of the pub crawl, we had made friends with our fellow costume-wearers. It was like a rallying cry building a little community of costumers! With some fellow costume-wearers, we walked around the city together to the next location on the crawl, and with others, we would enter the next pub, see someone from a previous location, and reunite like old friends! It’s been said before that alcohol makes people friendlier, but after seeing the bonding experience from these themed events, I’m convinced it’s costumes! n September/October 2018

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